The Weekly Comet

Volume 1 Issue 10 2-08-2016

Message from the Principal

Have we really passed the 100 day mark?!?! As we walk the halls we see teachers working relentlessly with students as they buckle down for our Spring Marathon. This is the time of the year when our stress levels begin to rise. The pressure for students to perform gets greater each year.

Fortunately for us, we work at Silberstein. Since I first visited last Spring, the sense of family, common purpose and joy in the work being done here has greatly impressed me. If you feel the pressure beginning to build, reach out to a co-worker or friend.

Hopefully the PD session today will help alleviate a little stress.

Please remember, you are greatly appreciated for everything you do for our students. I am honored and humbled to serve with you.

Keep up the good work!


Shooting Stars

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We want to give a special shout out to some of our stars who have really shone extra bright!

Ms. Peterson and Ms. Arbona- These two teachers have been working all year with a student who has very significant issues. There have been quite a few emotionally trying incidents. These two teachers have persevered in the interest of their student with grace, professionalism and caring. Their commitment to this student has demonstrated tremendous courage.

Thank you for exemplifying the Silberstein Way!

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Our 3 key priorities for this year:

Reduce the achievement gap between Gen Ed students and Dual language students-

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at additional systems we can put in place to make sure that Gen Ed students are not falling behind their Dual Language peers.

Improve Purposeful Aligned Instruction - As we approach the end of the 4th six weeks, we will set aside time to analyze student achievement data and plan instruction that addresses any areas of student concern.

Improve the efficacy of professional development - Based on feedback from our follow up surveys, we will making improvements in how we provide PD to teachers. Look for a very brief follow up survey today.

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TEI Updates

Spot Observations

Henry and I will continue to do regular spot observations. Our goal is to see most teachers every two weeks. We will also begin extended observations and summatives soon. All teachers will receive written notice of the 10 day window for their extended observations.

Data Driven Instruction

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4th six weeks Interim Assessments

Our 4th six weeks interim assessments will be coming up the week of 2/16. Kinder-2nd grade students will take teacher made assessments. 3rd-5th grade students will be engaging in a full Mock STAAR protocol. This will entail providing all the accommodations students will receive on the regular STAAR (e.g. small group, oral administration, extra time, etc...) Mr. Medaris will be sending out the plan soon. It will closely resemble the ACP plan.

DDI Gap Analysis and Vertical Team Feedback

We will again bring in subs so teachers can have a full day to analyze the data from their 4th six weeks IA.

RLA teachers will meet on Monday, 2/22.

Math/ Science teachers will meet on Tuesday, 2/23

Kinder-2nd will meet in Portable 13

3rd-5th will meet in the auditorium.

As usual, please bring your laptop. We will provide reports and protocols.

Saturday School

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We will have Saturday School on the following dates:

2/06; 2/20; 2/27; 3/05; 4/02; 4/16; 4/23; 4/30; 5/07

We will not have Saturday school on holiday weekends (e.g. President's day, Easter, Spring Break)

Important Upcoming Events

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Below you will see some important events for the next few weeks.

You can also check out our electronic Silberstein Calendar anytime. Go to to see all our upcoming events.

5th grade Sweetheart Dance

Friday, Feb. 12th, 5-8pm

Silberstein Gym

5th grade students will attend the first of what we hope will become an annual tradition. We want the experience of their final year at Silberstein to be joyful and memorable. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help.

Presidents Day-Staff and Student Holiday

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am-3pm

Dallas Independent School District, Dallas County, TX, United States


No school today!

Science Mock STAAR (5th Grade)

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 9am-1pm


Math Mock STAAR (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 9am-1pm


Reading Mock STAAR (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9am-1pm


Star Power

Friday, Feb. 26th, 8am-3pm


Our Star Power celebration this six weeks will be a sock hop. Please look for more info from Nurse Michael.