Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

December 14, 2015

T'was the Week Before...

Courtesy of Reilly Elementary -

T'was the week before Christmas at the elementary school
And all the weary staff were losing their cool!
Santa searched for the ones that gave their time and hearts
he wanted to thank them but how could he start?

So many hours, they worked without fuss
They worked for the children; they all gave so much.
What could he do to show them their worth;
The difference they made with all their hard work.

"I know" Santa said, "I'll open their eyes.
"They'll see clearly the impact they have on small lives.
They'll see smiles on faces that their work puts there;
They'll see kindness in children taught the lesson to care."

"They'll hear laughter from families that share in their days
They'll get hugs that without them would just go away."
"And at night when they rest, they'll sleep soundly and know
Their teaching and caring hearts keep the children aglow."

Welcome Back

Welcome back Candice Ruiz, Principal at Hill Middle School. Ms. Ruiz spent several weeks at Baylor Medical Center awaiting the birth of her twin boys. We were all happy to hear about the October 9 arrival of Noah and Elijah. The students and staff at Hill Middle School welcome her back to work after her long absence.

Mock Interviews at Bryan Adams

Last week, Bryan Adams had over thirty guests from the community help with the AVID Mock Interviews in the Library. The 100+ AVID students represented well and received so many compliments on their overall attitudes, preparedness, attire, and great showmanship.

Attached you will find a few pictures from the event. We could not have done it without the adults from the community who came to volunteer hours of their time. They offered amazing feedback to the students and treated it as if they were in a real interview. The students were all so excited and I loved seeing the sense of accomplishment in their eyes and hearing how great they did after each interview.

Thank you so much to Laterica White in CIS for helping set the entire thing up! Also, many thanks to the AMAZING interviewers! Be proud of our students, because they represented Bryan Adams with pride!

Krystal Morrow - AVID Coordinator

Dallas Childrens' Health Holiday Parade

The BAHS Fine Arts Department is proud to present: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a musical comedy January 14-16, 2016. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. All BA feeder students are welcomed to attend for FREE just by wearing a school spirit shirt OR by bringing a can of food to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. And there will be a special FEEDER NIGHT on Thursday January 14th where all attending Feeder students can meet and take a photo with the cast!
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Larry Smith Food and Jacket Drive

Support the community by donating non-perishable food and gently used jackets to Larry Smith Elementary between November 30th and December 17th. All donations will be given to families in need in the Larry Smith community. Collection boxes will be located in these Larry Smith locations: front office, FLS and the cafeteria. Everyone from the Feeder and community is invited to help out!

7th Grade Writing Professional Development

Adamson, Bryan Adams, Seagoville, Spruce

The Academic Facilitators from four Feeder Patterns will work with seventh grade teachers to prepare for STAAR writing. The training dates are:

January 4 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday)

January 19 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

February 2 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

February 16 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

March 1 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

Literacy Cadre

Professional Development for 3-5 grade reading cadre members will be on January 4 from 2-5 at the Buckner Building. This is a district-wide professional day so you will need to work your agendas so that your cadre members can attend this training.

As a reminder, your cadre team should spend the next six weeks 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 December 14, 15, 16, 15 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.

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United Way

Dallas ISD 2015 Employee Giving Campaign for United Way begins November 1st – December 18th. Dallas ISD 2015 goal is to raise $100,000.

Employees are invited to commit to a minimum $5, 12‐month payroll deduction or a minimum one‐time $20 donation.

Congratulations to All Participants in the Mayor's Race

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TEI - Upcoming Dates

December 15

SLO Goal Accomplishment for semester 1 need to be completed

January 14
Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)


Monday December 14, 2015

  • HCM Hiring event @ Bush Elementary (4:00 – 6:30 PM)

  • Tuesday December 15, 2015

      • SLO-accomplishment due (1st semester courses only)
      • DTR Training at Larry Smith (5:00 - 6:30)

      Wednesday December 16, 2015

      • Districtwide Principals' Meeting

      Thursday December 17, 2015

      Friday December 18, 2015

      • Personal Graduation Plans Due

      December 19 – January 1, 2016

      • Winter Break - Have a restful break!

      Testing Dates


      Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)

      7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

      9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

      7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

      10-18--ACP (K-5)

      15-18--ACP (6-12)


      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