W. H. ADAMSON FEEDER PATTERN

"All Together Adamson--Excellence In Action"

The Week of January 4, 2016

THE MISSION OF OUR WORK

The Adamson Feeder Pattern will work collaboratively with all parents and stakeholders to ensure ALL students are college and career ready by providing rigorous, highly engaging, quality instruction.

ADAMSON FEEDER PATTERN LEVERAGE POINTS

FEEDER KUDOS!

Welcome Aboard Ms.Cheatham! We are excited to have you join the Adamson Feeder Pattern Family!

THE PRINCIPAL 50

Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence

Chapter 5: Instructional Leadership

QUESTION: Do I understand that my main priorities as a school leader are student achievement and the continued improvement of instruction?


Author Kafele tells us in chapter 5 that it is imperative that we do not get distracted by normal challenges of everyday life at the expense of keeping student achievement and instructional quality as priorities. In order to keep these two critical aspects of an effective school at the forefront, it will require leaders to spend a lot of time in classrooms observing instruction AND seeing its impact in student achievement. Kafele says that in order to have time for this, leaders must re-prioritize and and re-think the way responsibilities are allocated within the building. Delegate the time consuming work of extinguishing crises to trusted deputies (other leaders in the building).


"ANY VAUNTED PROGRAMS THAT YOU, AS THE SCHOOL LEADER, PUT IN PLACE TO HELP RAISE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT WILL BE WORTHLESS WITHOUT EVIDENCE"


Ms. Hill's ask: What have you done to keep student achievement and the continued improvement of instruction the main focus at your campus? What do your recent ACP scores tell you about these two components of school?


Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!


*Exerpts taken from the book The Principal 50 by Baruti Kafele

THIS WEEK AT-A-GLANCE

Monday, January 4, 2016

    • Professional Development/Teacher Work Day--No Students
    • 3-5 Literacy Cadre @ Nolan Estes Training Plaza; Room A 2-5 PM
    • Middle School Writing Professional Development 2-5 @ Buckner Building


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    uesday, January 5, 2016
    • Professional Development/Teacher Work Day--No Students
    • School Leadership ED Meeting 8:15-4:15 @ Haskell (Ms. Hill)


    Wednesday, January 6, 2016
    • Students Return Today!
    • Unannounced Campus Visits
    • MOY I-SIP Window Opens Today
    • Principal Focus Group 4-6 @ Haskell


    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    • Teaching and Learning Meeting @ Buckner Building 7:30 AM (Ms. Hill)
    • Unannounced Campus Visits


    Friday,January 8, 2016
    • School Leadership Meeting 8:30-10:30 AM @ Haskell (Ms. Hill)
    • Unannounced Campus Visits

    LITERACY CADRE CORNER

    Professional Development for 3-5 grade reading cadre members will be on January 4 from 2-5 at the NOLAN ESTES Training Room A. The topic will be on Closely and Actively Reading. This is a district-wide professional day so you will need to ensure that your cadre members and reading coach will be in attendance.


    The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be January 19, 20, 21 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.

    TEI TIDBITS

    Be sure to read the "TEI NEWS" emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.


    January 14

    Wave 2 DTR application deadline

    MID-YEAR REVIEWS

    You received your calendar appointment for your mid-year review meeting prior to the break. As you continue to prepare for your session, please keep in mind the impact that the systems that you have in place have on student achievement. This will be especially important as you complete your self-assessments. Should you have any questions about your mid-year reviews, please reach out to me. Please note that Gilliam will not have a mid-year at this time and that Adamson will have one when Dr. Ortega returns.

    A Note From Your Executive Director...

    Team,


    Welcome Back from Winter Break! I hope that you were able to unplug and get the rest and relaxation that will be needed to push through the second semester of school. As you know, ACP data became available over the break. As you read this week's question from The Principal 50 book study, you will notice that it focuses on the TWO MOST IMPORTANT aspects of school: student achievement and instructional improvement.


    Your campus' ACP scores are a reflection of the level of instruction that is going on in your building. Your duty at this time is to take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for your mid-year results by giving KUDOS for outstanding achievement and taking immediate action in the areas in which improvement is needed. One sure way to accomplish this is to observe classroom instruction regularly and to GIVE FEEDBACK to teachers in a timely manner with specific polish points for change and improvement. Your coaching will need to escalate based on how rapidly you begin to see improvement. Principals will also need to ENSURE that Assistant Principals are up to speed and showing fidelity to the observation and feedback process.


    Student achievement results are expected to be analyzed this week with your teachers and ACTION PLANS should be created so that you can have a written expectation of what your campus agrees to in order to improve. I will be attending various campus PD sessions this week as well as dropping by to observe instruction. Please ensure that you communicate our expectation that students receive quality instruction everyday.


    Let's begin the second semester strong by setting a strong instructional tone beginning Monday. Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!

    ALL TOGETHER ADAMSON!


    Ms. Hill

    OUR FAMILY OF FEEDER SCHOOLS

    • W.H. Adamson High School, Principal Jaine Ortega
    • Kathryn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, Principal LaKeiah Cheatham
    • Hector P. Garica Middle School, Principal Gary Auld
    • Felix G. Botello Elementary, Principal Reyna Sotelo
    • James Bowie Elementary, Principal Noelle Wilson
    • James Hogg Elementary, Principal Jairo Casco
    • John F. Peeler, Principal Sofia Villarreal
    • John Reagan Elementary, Principal Ruby Ramirez

    TESTING-AT-A-GLANCE

    JANUARY

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


    MARCH

    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) (This date will be clarified)

    29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

    30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

    30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

    31-STAAR EOC English II


    APRIL

    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)


    MAY

    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)


    **This chart will be updated as necessary