Panther Press

Wednesday April 6th 2016

Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Panthers!

Spring is in full bloom and we are on our way to May! Remain focused in your classrooms on high quality instruction and engaging lessons that focus on the topics students still need to master.

Administrators and Instructional coaches will be discussing with core area teams STAAR preformance level descriptors and review strategies that will give your the highest impact with your students.

As we move through April we will also be conducting more extended observations and beginning summative conferences. Keep up with your lesson plans and continue to discuss high quality LO and DOL's in your PLCs.

Upcoming Professional Development

Monday, April 4
  • AVID - Collaboration & Team Building
  • Studey Survey Training

Tuesday, April 12th

  • Book Study 2 - Session 3

Monday, April 18

  • Finishing Strong - Teacher/CIC Led Sessions

Monday, April 25

  • Book Study 2 - Session 4 (Wrap Up)

Hallway Duty and Passing Periods Expectations

All Staff Members, please remember the following:
  • PROTECT- arrive at your post on time to ensure safety.
  • EXPECT- seek out students who need to be reminded about rules, passes, and uniform expectations.
  • CONNECT- smile and call students by name. Use Encouragement.
  • CORRECT- I correct student misbehavior consistently student to student, day to day.

Weekly Classroom Management Tips

Do Students Have an Incentive to Get to Class On Time?
Bell-to-Bell Instruction
If students know that will miss out on a quiz or miss out on important instructions because class starts right on time, they will be less apt to be late. Have reliable and loyal student helpers pass out folders and work to ensure students sit down as soon as they arrive, making starting on time possible.
The Late Log
Cut down on tardiness among students by keeping your tardy log taped to your door. Have students who are not in class when the bell rings sign the log. Make sure that their names and id's are correct before turning in to Ms. Hale in attendance.

Comments, Questions and/or Concerns

Please remember that we have a Comments/Questions/Concerns box on the biometric clock in the main office. We welcome your suggestions and we want to know what questions or concerns you have. We will empty the box each Friday and provide answers to what we receive during Professional Development each Monday.

ACP Spring Film Festival

Sign up for the ACP Spring Viewings https://assessment.dallasisd.org/

-- Stockard Showcase --

SeaPerch Regional 2016 - Video posted on the HUB

Get a sneak peak of video that will be posted to the GISD HUB this week! Congraulations SeaPerch Teams, Mrs. Walaski, and Mrs. Taylor!
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There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth... not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

Hello Spring !

Spring is the time of rebirth and new beginnings! This is a perfect time to reset. You can:



  • Revisit classroom goals (academic and behavior)
  • Set new classroom goals (Display on butcher paper and have students initial)



Sample Classroom Goal: 100% of students in 3rd period will pass Reading STAAR



As we enter into a new season, consider trying something new. Think about using collaborative/cooperative learning group table mats to hold students accountable for critically listening during whole class instruction (Click title at the bottom)


CIC's will continue to work with small groups in your classroom as we approach our first round of STAAR !

Upcoming Events:

8th Grade School Picture April 5th

Bad Weather Day - No School - April 11th

Spring Carnival April 15th

Spring Student Surverys Week of April 12th - 15th