ACE Weekly Newsletter

December 14, 2015

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In This Week's Issue:

Note from Executive Director


Celebrating Excellence:

  • Principal Awards
  • Mayor Visits Pease Elem for Recycling Program Kick Off
  • Secret Santa Literacy Gifts for K-2
  • Dade received $25,000 for sports
  • Blanton Leads the Way with Data Use
  • Writing Instruction @ ACE

Articles of the Week:

  • Coping During Test Week

Video Spotlight

  • Conquering Test Anxiety


  • ACE Site
  • Math SE live binder
  • School Calendars
  • HUB
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Note from your Executive Director

Dear ACE Team,

We wrapped up our writing walks this week; special thanks again to all of our writing teachers. For the new year, we will spend time sharing best practices in math and science, as well as some universal teaching strategies for critical thinking, namely "Ratio" and "Stretch It".

Another great way to share teaching ideas is through TORSH. We are so excited about the possibilities for this video platform. If you haven't experimented with it yet, please jump in! With so many strong/distinguished teachers in our ACE network, we could easily create our own library of exemplar videos to support each other. Feel free to send me any videos to view... I am eager to learn & celebrate!

I hope you have a wonderful last week of the fall semester 2015. Best wishes for a warm, relaxing and well-deserved winter break. May your holidays be filled with all of the things you enjoy most.


Jolee Healey

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December 14th-20th

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ACE Principals Recognized

Congratulations to Tracie Washington, Secondary Principal of the Year! Congratulations also to Tonya Clark, current principal at Mills Elem., and Luis Valdez, current principal at Edison MLC, for earning the highest School Effectiveness awards last year at their previous campuses. Way to go!
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K-2 Secret Santa Literacy Gifts for ACE Schools!

Huge thanks to Commit! and an anonymous donor for giving each of our ACE K-2 classrooms a new classroom library, a reading rug and an oral language kit. Commit! emphasizes that "Reading well by 3rd grade is vital to the future of our city. Our city depends on a strong and vibrant education system, so we wholeheartedly support increasing the number of students reading on grade level by 3rd grade."

For more information about the Commit Partnership:

The Commit! Partnership helps drive student achievement in Dallas County from cradle to career by leveraging data, community expertise and collaboration to measure what matters, identify effective practices and spread what works. For more information, please visit

Blanton Leads the Way with Data Use

Thanks to Blanton leaders an d teachers for sharing your data walls with us! It was great to see that data was not only posted, but that students were actually using the data to manage their own learning.

Wrapping Up our ACE Writing Walks

Next Steps: Conferring Notebooks

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Coping During Testing Week

Every year, when testing season arrives, students’ nerves reach an all-time high. For many reasons, standardized testing is scary, physically exhausting, and mentally strenuous for even the most resilient students, especially on top of their regular schoolwork.

This week's article gives suggestions for what to tell students to help them cope with stressful testing environments.

Click here to read more.

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Videos from Last Week

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