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Lincoln/ Madison Feeder

Legendary Leadership * World-class Scholarship

Week of January 18, 2016

Our Vision

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

Our Moral Responsibility

Today, we stopped for a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King. His life serves as a powerful reminder of the urgency in which we must work. For many of our students, we are their greatest hope for a better life. With that in mind, we must continue to insist on nothing but excellence from our staff members as well as from ourselves. This may require courageous conversations or bold decisions on our part, but we have a moral responsibility to ensure that our students are exposed to quality instruction in a positive climate so that we can impact student achievement every day.

Together, we can positively impact our students, schools and communities. We can make Dr. King's dream a reality. I believe that we have everything that we need to do just that. I believe that each of our schools will meet standard with an increase in distinctions. I urge you to believe with me.

Excellence in Action

Literacy Cadre/Writing Conferences

As a reminder, K-2 teachers will meet on Thursday, January 21 at 3:45 @ Rhoads for their next Literacy Cadre. Please encourage all of your K-2 teachers to attend. Kudos go out to those teachers who have attended consistently all school year. I know that your commitment is making a difference for our students.

With so little time left before our first round of testing in 4th grade writing and English 1 & 2, our students should be writing and receiving feedback through conferencing on a regular basis. Please check your writing portfolios to see evidence of regular feedback from teachers. Make sure that the feedback is aligned with the rubric so that students' understanding of the rubric is crystalized through the feedback. Also, please note that the writing ACP is not optional. Students should be completing the writing which will be scored at the campuses. Please ensure that your teachers have been trained and calibrated on scoring the essays.

Three Week Mini-Markers This Week

Please ensure that you administer the 3-week mini-markers this week. All data reports and walls need to reflect this data. Identify Hot SEs that need to be spiraled into the six weeks exams and plan accordingly.

Principal's Meeting on Wednesday

Our monthly principal's meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday at 1:00 at the Dallas County School's Technology & Training Center, located at 5151 Samuell Boulevard, 75228. I would strongly encourage you to arrive early due to limited parking at the Training Center. Please remember to reflect on the guiding questions you received regarding how your school addresses high failure rates while still maintaining integrity in the grading process.

Leadership Focus and Updates

Please monitor the implementation of your action plans through the review of the weekly data that teachers are providing you. If students are grouped, the grouping should be flexible based on the data. Please ensure that teachers post an LO and DOL for their intervention time as well.


- The bi-monthly I2020 update is due this week on your gooole link. Please make sure that your quantitative data includes student achievement data such as ISIP, Common assessments, Achieve 3000(baseline), Reasoning Mind, SRI (high schools), DOL etc. You could also include attendance, truancy, discipline, spot data and survey feedback.

-Review the 4th 6 weeks common assessments this week during PLCs

-Principals should provide written feedback to teachers within 48 hours of the spot observation.

-Please note that non-renewals will be somewhat earlier this year due to the Board calendar. If you have teachers who are struggling, ensure that you are making every effort to support their progress.

Board of Education Recognition Month

A special "thank you" goes out to Trustee Nutall and Trustee Solis for their unwavering support of our schools and communities. You are appreciated! .

Thanks to those of you who have updated your marquees to acknowledge our Trustees.

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On the Horizon

January- Board of Education Recognition

Jan. 6- Feb. 1- Campus based Written compositions

Jan. 6- Jan. 25- SRI testing (high schools)

Jan. 6- Jan. 27- ISIP MOY testing

Jan. 15- ACP Status report due to L. Williams

Jan. 20- Principal's Meeting 1:00-5:00

Jan. 21- K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Rhoads 3:45-5:15

Jan. 21- ISN High School Common Assessment collaboration @ Lincoln 9:30

Jan. 23- STAAR Academies (Region 10) 9:00-12:00 English 1&2/Reading, Writing & Math elementary @ Gilliam

Jan. 25- Deadline to submit projects for Trustees

Jan. 25- IC training Tier 1 and Tier 2 schools

Jan. 26- 5th Grade Science job-alike @ Bushman 4:30-6:00

Jan. 28- Feeder Principal's Meeting @ Roberts 11:00-2:00

Jan. 30- ACE Carnegie session @ Haskell 8:00-12:00 (identified 6 participants)

Our Feeder Leaders