Carter Chronicle

The week of December 14-18

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

December 7-January 14:

Wave 2: The DTR application portal will open for Wave 2 DTR-eligible teachers and teachers must submit their application by noon on January 14, 2016. Wave 2 teachers will receive an email the first week of December with the application link and optional DTR teacher trainings. View trainings by registering here

December 15
SLO Goal-Accomplishment submitted (one semester course only)

January 14
Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)

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Monday, December 14, 2015

  • ACP Examinations (K-5)
  • Panorama Playbook Training for AF's @ 3:00-4:30 Buckner Building

  • Teacher Recruitment event 4:00-6:30 @Bush Elementary for -McNair, Birdie and TG Terry

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

  • School Leadership Meeting with Dr. Bravo 7:30-8:15 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres
  • Carter Coalition Feeder Holiday Luncheon-Mi Cocina-@ 11:15
  • Unscheduled School visits 1:30
  • Legislature Updates Workshop for High School H.B. Bell School Support Center 2:30-5:00
  • SLO Goal-Accomplishment submitted (one semester course only)
  • ACP Examinations (K-5)
  • ACP Examinations (6-12)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Mid-Year Review Hulcy @ Hulcy-STEAM 8:15
  • Mid-Year Review Manns @ Hulcy-STEAM 10:30
  • Legislature Updates Workshop for High School H.B. Bell School Support Center 2:30-5:00
  • District-wide Principals meeting @ Hulcy 1-5
  • ACP Examinations (K-12)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • Carter TAS meeting @ 8:15- with Region 10, ED, AF's,, CIC's, and Leadership teams @ Twain

  • Manns TAS meeting @ 10:30- with Region 10, ED, AF's,, CIC's, and Leadership teams@ Twain

  • McNair TAS meeting @ 1:45- with Region 10, ED, AF's,, CIC's, and Leadership teams @ Twain

  • Twain TAS meeting @ 3:30- with Region 10, ED, AF's,, CIC's, and Leadership teams @ Twain

  • ACP Examinations (K-12)

Friday, December 18, 2015

  • School Leadership Meeting with Dr. Bravo 7:30-8:15 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres
  • ED Team 'B' Meeting with Mr. Cordero 8:30-10:30 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)
  • Check in Meeting w/Mr. Cordero (Ms. Torres) @ 10:30
  • The Annual Notification of District Policies and 2015-16 Employee Handbook acceptance due today in Oracle
  • Chancery forms due TODAY
  • Carter Coalition grant recipient announced
  • ACP Examinations (6-12)
  • Counseling Team Meeting-Courtney Jackson @11:00 Haskell
  • ED/AF Coaching Meeting 2nd floor Conference Room @ 11:45
  • AASI Mtg. w/School Leadership (Ms. Torres/Mr. Luna) 1:00-2:15
  • Haskell Office Time 2:15-4:30 (Ms. Torres)


Internal and external press communications conducted a brief story with AASI Coordinator Jamila Thompson on Tuesday, Dec 8th at Carter High School. AASI mentor Curtis Ferguson of ATWELL, and 3 students participated in this wonderful opportunity!

The News and Information team would like to say, “thank you” to Carter HS and Atwell MS for their help on Dec 8th in getting positive placement about the African-American Success Initiative. The Carter HS report should be in an evening newscast on CBS 11

Click link to see Atwell's teacher De'Andre Carter on Channel 8 news



Evaluation documents for both the Principal and Assistant Principal Excellence Initiatives are now available on Curriculum Central. Please note the Systems Review Component for 2016 is still in draft format. When finalized, you will be notified.

For Principal and Assistant Principal Evaluation Documents click the link below:

3-5 Cadre Training Topics for Cohort II (Elementary Principals ONLY)

Dates for Cohort II Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 13 @ Buckner Building
  • Wednesday, February 10 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday. March 9 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, May 18 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, June 1 @ Nolan Estes

*All Training Sessions will be from 2:00-5:00PM- Send Literacy Coach and 2 strong teachers who can deliver the PD to your staff successfully*

HB 1842 Rollout- 2016 Timeline Update

Please take note of the following 2016 dates for the required development of a Turnaround Plan for Improvement Required 2,3,4,5 campuses

  • January 22, 2016: Turnaround Plan Template and instructions are released by TEA.
  • January 25, 2016: Webinar for campuses and PSPs regarding development of the Turnaround Plan. TEA plans to have a monthly webinar to answer questions that campuses encounter in the development of the Turnaround Plan.

  • February 11 and 12, 2016: Training for IR 2, 3, 4, and 5 campus Principals, EDs, and PSP at Region 10. One needs to attend either February 11 or 12.

  • April 15, 2016: DISD Turnaround Plans submitted to Dr. Chernosky for May Board Agenda Item.

  • May 1, 2016: Submission deadline of Turnaround Plan to TEA.

  • June 1, 2016: Board Approval of Turnaround Plans no later than June 1.

  • June 15, 2016: Commissioner Approval of School Turnaround Plans.

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


14th- Wave 2 DTR application deadline( by noon)

15th- deadline to report snapshot in US schools data

26th- Deadline to send homemade thanking cards for your designated Board Trustee. Please send cards to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations

26th-Rookie Roundtable-Haskell 2nd Floor Conference room

28th- Board Appreciation @ Ross Ave 4:30PM


9h- The Management Center training all day-Twain, McNair, Manns, and Carter


We only have a few days to conduct the December fire drill, and submit the fire drill after action report. Please remember to conduct your fire drill before the 15th of the month, and have your fire drill after action report submitted via Oracle within 24 hours.

Below you will find a link of what the weather will be like for the next 10 days, let’s continue to be 100% compliant.


ELAR 4th Six-Weeks Objectives

The first KEY of Data-driven instruction is Assessment: defines the roadmap for rigor. The elementary and high school teachers collaborated to use the upcoming February benchmark to help define what specific lesson objectives students need to master. You can access the document here.

Data-Driven Instruction Key Components

  1. Assessment – defines the roadmap for rigor.

  1. Analysis – deep dive into results

  2. Action – adjust teaching to meet the needs of all students

  3. Culture/Systems – data-driven culture is the campus culture

Please share the link below of a 1 hour webinar from Carneige Math with your teachers. They can view this over the Winter Break to prepare for Spring Semester.

Getting Minds Right: The Growth Mindset Classroom

Math Webinar

Please share the link below of a 1 hour webinar on from Carnegie Math with your teachers. They can view this over the Winter Break to prepare for the Spring semester.

Getting Minds Right: The Growth Mindset Classroom

Why is the education world, especially the math world, in a buzz over Growth Mindset? In this session, learn about the research behind Fixed and Growth Mindset in order to make connections between teacher and student mindset and student success in mathematics. We will discuss and explore resources and strategies available to promote a growth mindset in the mathematics classroom.


Carter Coalition,

This week elementary scholars began taking our district's ACP exams. Next week, secondary campuses will begin to take them as well. ACP results from all exams taken, will provide a clear picture of where all our scholars fall in regards to each their level of mastery of the first taught semester curriculum. Also, each of you will be able to gauge the strengths of the instructional programs on your campuses from alignment to the instructional delivery in every classroom setting.

Continue to ensure that you are providing the operational support for a safe, quiet, and smooth testing environment free of distractions for our scholars.

This week, we also were able to look at our data from the data meetings for campus failure rates and the correlation of spot observations data to teacher failure rates. This gave every leader to hone in on what was evident from the spots/teachers and how relevant the data actually was according to congruency with the AP's in spot observations.

Continue to monitor failure rates as well as calibrations walks with your Asst. Principals to ensure that the spot observation rubric is being followed.

Here is to a strong last week of testing before our extended holiday break.

Ms. Torres



Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)


6-27--I-station's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


2--SAT (Grade 11)

7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

31-STAAR EOC English II


4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)

**This chart will be updated as necessary


  • David W. Carter High School: Principal, Fred Davis III
  • John L. Patton Academic Center: Principal, Leslie Swann
  • STEAM Hulcy Middle School: Principal, Jonica Crowder-Lockwood
  • William H. Atwell Law Academy: Principal, Selena Deboskie
  • Barbara Manns Education Center: Principal, LeTrice Portley
  • Ronald McNair Elementary: Principal, Ariss Rider
  • T. G. Terry Elementary: Principal, Alicia Bradley
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary: Principal, Valarie Kendrick
  • Mark Twain Vanguard: Principal, Derrick Ross
  • Adelle Turner Elementary: Principal, Michael Nickson
  • Martin Weiss Elementary: Principal, Shundra Brown


Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at-risk students.

Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.