Week of October 12, 2020

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Admin Corner:

What a great weekend, the weather was perfect. I was finally able to see my son play a game this season. I hope you took this time to enjoy this weather and to spend time with your loved ones. Last week we welcomed our in-person learners into the building. As we know we started a little shaky but we ended strong. Our dismissal continues to improve and by Friday we are getting students out in record time. This has been said before but I will say it again, we know that this year is different for everyone, parents, students, and educators alike. You are the ones paving the way for future educators. Our past practices may not work in our current situation, take this time to be creative, and change things to fit your needs. There is no one way to teach, and no one-way students learn, if you try and fail then try again. "If you fail never give up because F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning"

Let's get ready to be the GAME CHANGERS we are and LEVEL UP!!!

"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." --John Wooden

Must Haves

  • Schedules must be posted outside of the classroom with time stamps. (portables place them on the inside of your door)
  • Posted LO and DOL
  • Data Wall (K-2 guided reading levels)
  • Plexi Glass Dividers
  • The seating Chart posted in your room by or on the door and a copy placed in the Principal box.
  • Hand Washing Posters in every classroom (we will have flyers until our posters arrive)
  • Face Mask MANDATORY for ALL!! (shields optional)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • word wall math and reading
  • Exemplars next to LO/DOL grades 3-5
  • Aggressive Monitoring Tally Sheet grades 3-5

Things to Remember

Clock In times-
  • Teacher Assistants 7:15 am
  • Teachers 7:35 am (pick-up students by 7:40 am)

School Starts

  • School Begins at 7:45 am (SEL activities daily 7:45 am - 8:00 am)

School Ends

  • School Ends at 3:15 pm


  • Ensure you are wearing your PPE at all times, students will be coming to the classroom in a week.


  • Tardy's for in-person instruction begin Monday 10-12-20
  • No Tardy's for online students (YOU MUST ADMIT AT ANY TIME)
  • Unexcused can only be marked if documented on the Dorsey form that was shared. (If documentation is not present then attendance corrections must be made)
  • Check daily for engagement for students that were not present the day before. This means you must have an activity for students to complete (ex: education galaxy, happy numbers, reading A-Z) If the student logged in they must be changed to RAE no matter the length of time.

Direct Teach-

  • Zoom, Teams, google meets is for direct instruction (this is not a time to talk to parents, schedule another time to speak to a parent)
  • DO NOT kick out students from your session for non-participation or inactivity.

Tech Issues-

  • Many students are experiencing tech issues. (WE WILL TAKE IT AT THEIR WORD).
  • Students have until 11:59 pm to complete any classwork/homework assignment.


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Our Key Actions

October Birthdays


Coach Taylor

Ms. Perez

Ms. Maria

Ms. L. Sanchez

Ms. Calico

Mr. Dickson

Ms. Hernandez

Ms. Johnson

A Message from our Executive Director: Tanya Shelton

I am in awe of our teachers! Just this summer, we couldn't imagine teachers delivering instruction face-to-face and virtually simultaneously. But here we are, and they are doing the impossible. Muhammad Ali once said, "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

Our teachers have made the impossible....possible. They have shown us that there is no limit to the opportunities we can provide our students regardless of their chosen learning option. I've observed teachers engage students virtually and face-to-face through questioning, monitoring student work, and small group instruction. Our teachers are thriving! I couldn't be more proud of how they are serving our students. We must show our gratitude by celebrating our teachers' work as we close out the first six weeks. Thank you for providing the leadership that would allow them to thrive beyond the barriers we've faced during this pandemic.

Practice like we've never won!

Perform like we've never lost!

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We have the opportunity next week to receive feedback based on the first six weeks of instruction. The data will tell us areas in which we are closing learning gaps and areas in which we need to focus. In order to get a true measure of what our students know, we must provide the best testing environment possible for our students to thrive. Many of you have done a great job organizing testing. Please see the feedback below based on trends in testing plans:

Praise Trends:

  • Scripts and meditation before testing to create positive testing environments.
  • Expectations for teachers to monitor students virtually and face-to-face.
  • Amin team sweeps embedded in testing plans to monitor the monitoring.
  • Staff training and logging into the platform before CA 1.
  • Testing schedules and timing clear and timestamped.

Next Steps:

  • Ensure that students log into the platform before being administered CA 1.
  • Be clear about teacher moves after testing related to review and continued instruction.
  • Determine how students will show their thinking on paper and how this will look for virtual testers.
  • Ensure that students have answered all items before submission in the DAN platform.
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MANDATORY Unconscious Bias Training Tuesday October 13, 2020 4 pm- 5 pm


We are so excited to present Cultural Intelligence / Unconscious Bias training to your campus this school year. Your participation in this professional learning series will help us to begin cultivating an equity mindset districtwide. Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. It’s rooted in rigorous, academic research conducted across more than 100 countries. Join us as we develop the capability to function and relate effectively in culturally diverse situations.

During our 60 minute October session, we will define culture and cultural intelligence, discuss ten cultural values, and map our group’s diversity. Prior to the first session, participants should use https://cqcenter.com/enroll/0e7ec8ca-c956-4faa-ad8d-b2e6935de957 to access the CQ pre-assessment. This pre-assessment will allow us to gather data on our own personal CQ and better understand how we relate to others. Click here to view the guide with information on how to access and complete the assessment.

All professional staff including teachers, campus administrators, counselors, and coaches should participate in the CQ training sessions. The first CQ session for your campus will be held on October 13th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. The sessions will be held on Zoom. Staff can access the session using the information below.

Join Zoom Meeting

An attendance form will be shared at the end of the session and credit will be awarded based on the completion of the form. Please help us to make this a productive collaborative session by ensuring that all participants promptly log in to the session and come with a collaborative mindset to discuss and learn from the collective group.


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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is celebrated in a myriad of ways, from parades to concerts to food fairs. Another way to celebrate is to learn. Research important Latino figures in history or attend an educational Hispanic Heritage Month event near you, such as an art exhibit.

Now more than ever, it is important to learn from, celebrate, and teach our kids about the great contributions of each culture. Please think about what virtual activities will look like for Hispanic Heritage Month. In the link below are some virtual activities taking place in a virtual setting.

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Sylvia Mendez

Unsung shero, Sylvia Mendez, paved the way for desegregation of schools in the U.S when in third grade, she became the first Mexican-American to go to an all-white school in California. Her parents sued in the landmark case Mendez vs. Westminster in 1947, successfully desegregating all public schools in California. This was the first case in which the U.S ruled in favor of desegregation, and paved the way for the more well-known Supreme Court Case, Brown vs. Board of Education.

"Separate is never equal" read-aloud



Safety Videos for Students Covid 19

*If you have not done so, it is MANDATORY that you show the safety video for all students that are in-person.

**If you receive a new student, please allow the student to view the safety video during rotation time.

  • Links to the 3-5th videos:

Bucket 1


Bucket 2


  • Links to the K-2 videos:

Bucket 1


Bucket 2


Safety Lesson for ALL grades



SLO's due October 19

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Don't let COVID-19 and social distancing affect our morning routine. Welcome back our students with a smile and give them the start in the morning they deserve. We will continue to greet students by the door, however, our greetings will look a bit different. You will receive these greeting to post outside your door.
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Many of our families rely on this product to supplement their food costs to feed their families. The only requirement on our part is to provide a small lesson and enter it on their platform. I would hate to lose this resource for our families because of not following our part. Thank you for helping us provide our families with this resource. (This report was sent to me on 10/6/20, if you find that there is an error please contact Maryann)

If you are highlighted you must submit your brighter bites lesson for the missing dates by Monday 10/12.

*On Tuesday 10/13 all teachers will conduct and submit the third lesson.

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By this Friday, October 9, you should have plans for the Week of October 19 and the Week of October 26.

PLC Tuesdays in the Library:

In this week's PLC PK-2 in Library bring Ipad and laptop.

PLCs for Grades 3- 5 in Library bring laptop.

**If you are not using the PowerPoint Lessons you should have lesson plans in the template or if you are possibly using a different I DO please enter in your lesson plan template**


K-2 Fountas and Pinnell October 1 - 30

BAS/SEL Running Records window for 1st and 2nd-grade students which will be October 1-30. We are very excited this year that the Early Learning department has purchased the Fountas & Pinnell Assessment Systems Reading Record App for all K-2nd grade teachers. This will be so helpful for you to administer the running record using the app. We have also prepared a BAS/SEL Teacher Assessment Guide - BOY 2020 that will walk you through everything you need to know from how to administer running records (Administering Running Records with the BAS/SEL Kits - ppt), suggested schedules, how to install the app on your iPad, and supports to administer a running record remotely. This guide is jam-packed so you will want to take some time to go through each step and open and read through each link! I’m here to support you so please let me know what questions you may have. I will be glad to help!


Tierra Blair, Ed.D.

Instructional Specialist

Dallas ISD Early Learning



Interested in Professional Development

Nearpod for RLA Teachers

Nearpod is a digital tool that will help you bring your presentations to life. Participants will learn how to create engaging presentations adding interactive components with ease such as polls, drawings, videos with embedded questions, collaborative boards, and more. Click on the hyperlinks below to join the session.

Grade 3-5 RLA Teachers - October 8, 2020; 3:45 -4:45pm

Grade 9-12 RLA Teachers - October 13, 2020; 4:30 -5:30pm
Grade 6-8 RLA Teachers - October 15, 2020; 4:00 -5:00pm

To view other professional learning opportunities during October 2020, click here.


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Link to DORSEY Google Site

MONDAY 10/12/20

  • Staff meeting- 3:30 pm

  • Join Zoom Meeting

  • TUESDAY 10/13/20

    • PLC in Library during Planning Time
    • Common Assessment Math (3 -5)
    • Brighter Bites
    • MANDATORY -Cultural Intelligence training 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday 10/14/20

    • Common Assessment Reading (3 - 5)

    Thursday 10/15/20

    • Common Assessment Writing/Science (4 and 5)

    Friday 10/16/20

    • Common Assessment Make-Ups


    Staff Dress Code

    • Monday- Wear Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt with Jeans $5.
    • Tues-Tweet Tuesday (wear jeans for free if Tweet something positive about our school #jdorseywildcats)
    • Wednesday- District-wide PINK OUT DAY (Free)
    • Thursday- Business Casual according to DISD policy
    • Friday- Wear Jeans for $1 with a college shirt or Dorsey Spirit Shirt

    *Business Casual which includes Appropriate Scrubs is allowed any day Monday- Friday.

    **Business Casual will be re-evaluated every quarter and may be subject to change

    ***During Specific occasions and for formal meetings, employees will be expected to abandon the business casual look in favor of standard business attire.

    **** Specialized days mentioned above are for Dorsey employees, when participating in specialized days appropriate sneakers are allowed. Dorsey specialized days are subject to change****

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    SEL in Action: This months focus Self-Care

    The Counseling Services Department has created a virtual calming corner to provide tools and resources for managing feelings and emotions, thus supporting mental health. Take a mental break and enjoy!

    • Self-awareness: understanding your stress points as well as knowing specific activities / strategies help you to find balance and joy
    • Self-management: understanding positive ways for you to manage stress while still cultivating your own resilience
    • Social awareness: recognizing others' needs for self-care and being empathetic
    • Relationship skills: seeking help when needed and asking others for their support and guidance
    • Responsible decision making: making positive choices for yourself, including knowing when to say "no" to certain tasks if you don't have the capacity for them at this time


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    Tweet something amazing about Dorsey one time a week Wednesday through Sunday and earn your Tuesday Jeans Pass.

    @Dorseywildcats #jdorseywildcats (Type Both)