The Voice of Kimball Nation

January 11 - 15, 2016

Executive Director's Message

KFP Leaders,

This past week you reviewed all of your data from ACP assessments and the Climate Survey. As a feeder pattern we scored at or above the district average in majority of the content areas. This is good, but we still have much work to do!

We have to focus on the leverage points that will most effectively improve our students’ success. Now is the time to think about writing an action plan! An action plan for how to improve your program over the next six weeks. This plan will take far-off goals and hard changes and break them down into steps you can keep track of and complete. The six weeks action plan usually includes goals, steps, assignments, and deadlines. Develop your action plan with your team as it will be stronger with the collaboration of others ideas.

It is critical for each of you to have a plan of how you will use the data you have received, because without a plan you will just keeping reviewing the data and not take the specific actions to make adjustments and interventions.

Get the data working for you! We are half way there! Be deliberate! Success will only be achieved because you planned it!

Plan your work and work your plan!

Make it a GREAT week!

Dr. Cheryl Wright

Kimball Feeder Pattern Leverage Points

Reaching High School Students - A Multi-Tiered Approach

P.K. Yonge provides a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that is tailored not only to fit the increased academic demands but the unique social and emotional challenges of secondary students.

Resources for Reading Literacy

Given the focus on reading and literacy across the district, feeder, and campus levels, I wanted to share several resources with you that you may wish to share with your ELAR teachers and coaches.

1. High-interest e-texts that students love! The creator is a former DISD teacher from Sunset.

2. Expository texts with leveled text/questions by Lexile Levels

3. From today’s Marshall Memo….Three Questions to Help Students Read More Critically

In this article in AMLE Magazine, New Jersey educator Sandra Wozniak makes the case for integrating current events into science, history, language arts, and other subjects. “Just because it’s not ‘in the book’ does not mean it’s off topic,” she says. She also offers a suggestion from James Bach for three questions to ask students as they read any text:

- Huh? What is this all about? Is it confusing? Is it vague?

- Really? Is this factually accurate? What’s the source? What’s the evidence?

- So what? Why does this matter? To whom? How much?

More from Bach at

“Motivating Students with Teachable Moments” by Sandra Wozniak in AMLE Magazine, August 2014 (Vol. 2, #1, p. 10-13),

I hope you find these resources valuable!


Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Hall ES @ 8:30 – 10:30

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Browne MS @ 12:00 – 2:00

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Moreno ES @ 2:30 – 4:30

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Executive Director’s Meeting - Haskell Bldg. @ 8:30 – 10:30

  • Office Time

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Kimball HS @ 12:00 – 2:00

  • Middle School Parent Conferences @ 4:00 – 8:00

  • TEI Campus Expert Meeting – Henderson ES @ 4:45 – 5:45

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 2 Kimball HS @ 8:30 – 9:30

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 2 Browne MS @ 11:00 – 12:00

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 2 Brashear ES @ 1:00 – 2:00

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 1 Holmes @ 8:30 – 10:30

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 2 Carpenter @ 11:00 – 12:00

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 2 Donald ES @ 1:30 – 2:30

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • School Leadership ED Meeting – Haskell Bldg. @ 8:00 - 10:15

  • Board Appreciation – Admin Bldg. @ 11:00 – 11:30

Principal's Monthly Map


  • Complete the extended observation for potential non-renewals

  • Plan summative conferences for non-renewals

  • Complete Distinguished Teacher reviews

  • Begin 2nd semester spot observations

  • Submit non-renewal documentation to HCM

  • Mid-year conferences with APs and teachers

Instructional Planning

  • Monitor CIP

  • Review/Appeal 16-17 projections (demographics)

  • Budget meeting preparation

  • Project staffing needs from course tallies

  • Choice sheets-completed & tallied

  • Draft master schedule

  • Senior transcript reviews

  • Finalize plans for spring professional development

  • Consideration for campus-based summer programs

  • Curricular Focus – Writing/Reading


  • ACP data review meetings with teachers (create interventions)

  • Monitor Reasoning Mind, ISIP, College Readiness, Achieve 3000

  • Review attendance data/Monitor attendance for credit plan

  • Review student discipline data

  • Grade failure reports, meetings, and intervention plans

  • Climate Survey

  • Magnet Applications due 1/31

PLC Topics

  • Classroom observations

  • Monthly update of CIC coaching and faculty training

  • Climate survey results meetings and conversations

  • TEI System and support for DTR Eligible Teachers in completing applications

  • ACP data

  • Feeder pattern trends

  • Spiraling low SEs

  • Action plans

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