Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

January 25, 2016

Bryan Adams Open House

Congratulations to all the wonderful 4th and 5th grade orchestra students who attended and played at the Bryan Adams High School open house extravaganza. At least 80 students from the elementary schools showed up to stand alongside the Bryan Adams High School orchestra to play "Kum Bah Ya."

There were many comments from parents who were very impressed with the positive atmosphere and noticeable changes at Bryan Adams. What a change from 7 years ago when we last did this.

It took a lot of effort for our elementary students to get their parents to take them, transport their instruments (especially cellos and our bass player!), and arrive dressed and on time during their dinner time. I hope you agree that they deserve a shout out.

Marty Spake

Orchestra Director

Kiest, Casa View, Reilly, and Truett Elementary

Bayles Coach Shares Feedback Video

Trieu Le, the math coach at Bayles, made a presentation to the Curriculum Instructional Coaches. He shared a video of a data meeting and walked the coaches through the protocol used at the meeting. It was impressive to see the teachers determine the reasons their students did not understand the problem. From there the teachers developed plans to reteach the student expectation and practiced the reteach lesson. If you are interested in viewing the process, you may request a copy of Mr. Le's video from your Instructional Coaches.

Daily Five at Sanger

Daily Five is ALIVE in Ms. Miller's classroom at Sanger Preparatory Academy. Every day at the same time, the students in 2C have a routine and system that supports the emphasis in balanced literacy along with a mini-lesson. It is during this time that Ms. Miller capitalizes on small group instruction and feedback.

The Mindful Child

The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland

This book’s tagline is “How to help your kid manage stress and become happier, kinder and more compassionate.” That’s a bold claim – but the book supports it. By helping children learn to focus on breathing and to pay careful attention to what is happening around them, children can better handle challenges and can become more introspective and thoughtful.

This book is all about mindfulness – it talks about the value of teaching mindfulness to children, and then it dives right in. The book is full of strategies, techniques, games, and songs.

If you’ve ever found the healing power of taking a deep breath before reacting, you know the power of mindfulness. Millions of adults use mindfulness to successfully reduce stress in their lives. Today’s children are facing stressors every day – challenge schoolwork, competitive sports, complicated friendships, and more. This book shows how powerful mindfulness can be for children, not just adults.

Give it a shot and let us know what you think! As a huge bonus, we are thrilled to share that Susan will be speaking at our 2016 Changing the Odds Conference. Visit this link for more information and please consider joining us!

©2016 Momentous Institute - See more at:

Hexter Mathletes

Hexter Mathletes competed in Colleyville on January 23, 2016.

Cadet Salinas Invited to Valley Forge

Cindy Salinas, a Junior at Bryan Adams High School holds a leadership position in JROTC and is a member of the National Honor Society. Cadet Salinas was previously selected to attend the Naval Academy where she is a summer camp graduate. She received notification of a scholarship to attend the Military Order of the World Wars Youth Leadership Summit at Valley Forge. Her scholarship is sponsored by he Dallas Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Increase Wait Time

More ... In the spirit of Jim Knight's words, below is a viable resolution for the second semester. Reflect on where you are, and consider trying this.

Increase wait time - In the classroom we ask students questions and give them about three seconds to answer. If they don't answer, we go on to another student. I wrote about it here. Give them some time to answer the question. If they cannot answer the question, Jim Knight suggests that we Repeat, Rephrase, or Reduce (watch a Teaching Channel video of Jim coaching a teacher on that topic here).

BA Swim Team

Boys win 1st place in the District Championship!

Girls win 2nd place in the District Championship!

Coach Enriquez won Coach of the meet and Michael Hernandez won swimmer of the meet.

Subject: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs

Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities sponsors a number of summer programs for K-12 teachers. The summer seminars last several weeks, and the Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops are for one week. Educators from across the country are selected for the programs, and librarians are included in the experience. Not only is the professional development incredible, but a stipend is provided to cover some, if not all, of the costs.

You can get a list of 2016 program offerings at:

Application deadline is March 1 for the workshops. Think about the possibilities!

Literacy Cadre

As a reminder, your cadre team should be implementing what was learned during the last training on Generating Text Dependent Questions through content PLCs and classroom observations to look for implementation.

The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be February 1, 2, and 3 Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.


New Teacher Excellence Initiative Website Now Live!
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new TEI website. The site can be found by visiting The new and improved user-friendly site contains information and resources for current and future teachers, administrators and parents and community.


Monday January 25, 2016

  • Progress Reports go home this week

  • Tuesday January 26, 2016

    • STEM Shadow Day at BA
    • Cards due for School Board Appreciation

    Wednesday January 27, 2016

    • SECONDARY PRINCIPALS & COUNSELORS – January Master Schedule Information

    Thursday January 28, 2016

    • Dance Contest Show Off at BA - Large Gym (7:30 pm)
    • School Report Card Distribution/Posting Deadline

    Friday January 29, 2016

    Testing Dates


    6-27--Isaton's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


    2--SAT (Grade 11)

    7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

    29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

    29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7)

    29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

    30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7)

    30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

    31-STAAR EOC English II


    4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

    4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

    12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

    12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

    18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

    18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

    20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


    9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

    16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

    2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

    9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

    12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

    2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

    18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

    27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)


    • Bryan Adams High School - Principal Richard Kastle
    • Gaston Middle School - Principal Susie Stauss
    • Hill Middle School - Principal Candace Ruiz
    • Bayles Elementary - Principal Robby Wilson
    • Casa View Elementary - Principal Oscar Aponte
    • Gill Elementary - Principal Damien Stovall
    • Hexter Elementary - Principal Jennifer Jackson
    • Kiest Elementary - Principal Yazmine Cruz
    • Reilly Elementary - Principal Marion Jackson
    • Reinhardt Elementary - Principal Phoebe Montgomery
    • Sanger Elementary - Principal Hector Martinez
    • Smith Elementary - Principal Lora Morris

    Executive Director, Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern

    Barbara Martin - English/Language Arts Academic Facilitator

    Kelly Morgan - Math/Science Academic Facilitator