Lincoln/Madison Feeder

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Week of October 12, 2015

Our Vision

The Lincoln/Madison Feeder Pattern prepares scholars to lead, think, communicate and compete as responsible citizens who are college and career bound.

This week, over 30 K-2 teachers from the 5 elementary schools came together for round 4 of the Literacy Cadre in partnership with Teaching and Learning. The focus of the session was phonics, and teachers were fully engaged in the hands-on, practical strategies to be used with students. When I went to Dunbar the next day, first grade teacher Ms. Hickman was already working with her students in small groups covering phonics strategies! This is the sense of urgency that we must have to move our students. Kudos!

Composition Walks Completed

I truly enjoyed taking time this week to peek into the writing portfolios at each of the schools. We have a lot of work yet, but each school has at least gotten started with the writing. The rubric serves as a guide for the walks each 6 weeks, but I encourage you to develop your own set of expectations for the writing instruction on your campus.

I must compliment the 4th grade writing teachers at Roberts and Rice for being well on their way with the writing. Please make the necessary adjustments because we anticipate great strides next six weeks.

Staff Development- October 19

October 19 is a staff development or teacher workday across the district. Please submit to me your agendas for that day by October 12. My expectation is that you provide staff development early on in the school year and use the later days for work days. Our teachers need this support early on. Curriculum design, balanced literacy, RtI, common assessment development and lesson planning are all critical and our teachers could use further development in these areas.

PLC of the Week

Kudos go out to Eneida at Roberts for a fantastic PLC this week! Teachers took time to review the assessment data with the test in hand. Teacher leaders and the IC shared best practices for reteaching the SE. An action plan was completed to indicate what would be retaught, to whom and how. Great start!

Read the WAIP

Please read the WAIP. High Schools get your teachers registers for the SAT training so that they can support students with the redesigned SAT test. As a reminder, this is 10 points on the principal's evaluation and a key component towards college readiness.

Also, the IC "Just in Time" training dates are posted as a reminder. Please send ICs, Demos, AP or lead teachers who can support your staff. All can and must register to attend.

Leadership Focus and Updates

This week, I will be revisiting the balanced literacy schedules/agendas as well as math block schedules. These should be posted outside of the doors. I will also be looking at Schoolnet to review the written feedback being provided to teachers on spot observations. Math teachers and recently leveled classrooms will be the focus of the spot observation visits.


1. Please register for the supper program. As of Friday, only 68 principals districtwide had applied. It is unclear as to why more principals have not applied for this critical benefit for our students. Please check the earlier WAIP for this information.

2. As a reminder, students can not be charged for field trips at title 1 campuses. All students must have access to these opportunities and none should be denied due to a lack of funds.

3. Each campus should receive the forms that need to be completed by parents to receive title 1 funds. Please plan to ask parents to complete these forms during parent conferences this week.

4. High schools should invite their counselors to the principal's meeting at 3:00 to hear the HB5 updates.

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On the Horizon

· Sept. 15-Oct. 15-Hispanic Heritage Month

. Oct. 12- High School Parent Conferences

. Oct. 12- Staff Development agendas due (copy Caroline Hawkins)

. Oct. 12- AP Focus Group 4-6 p.m. @ Haskell (previously identified APs)

. Oct. 13- Principal for a Day (districtwide)

. Oct. 13- RtI Feeder Training @ Lincoln (Library) 3:30-5:30 (all principals and 1 additional person)

. Oct. 15- Elementary Parent Conferences

. Oct. 16- Secondary Fair Day

. Oct. 19- Staff development day

. Oct. 20- Reasoning Mind Observations (elementary only)

. Oct. 20- Make up K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Roberts 4:00-6:00 (attend either 10/20 or 10/28)

. Oct. 21- Principal's Meeting @ Hulcy 1:00-5:00 (bring data templates) (HS counselors come at 3:00)

. Oct. 21- 3-5 Cadre Make up Session @ Buckner Rm. 304 2:00-5:00 (2 teachers and IC)

. Oct. 22- K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Rhoads 3:45-5:15

. Oct. 26- Red Ribbon Week begins

. Oct. 28- Make up K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Dunbar 4:00-6:00

. Oct. 28- Districtwide AP meeting @ Hulcy 7:30-4:30

. Oct. 28- Districtwide IC training with T&L

. Oct. 29- Districtwide IC training with T&L

. Oct. 30- Feeder Principal's Meeting @ Dunbar 9:00-12:00

. Oct. 30- Compliance videos must be completed

. Oct. 30- PEIMS Deadline

. Oct. 30- Data Rooms complete

. Nov. 7- Lincoln vs. Madison (South Dallas Superbowl) @ Kincaid

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