Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

February 22, 2016

BA Student Council Visits City Council

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BA Basketball Playoff

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball team, Coach Eubanks, and Coach Greely for making it to the playoffs! We are inviting all teachers, students, and community members to come out and support our team on their playoff run. This is a young team that needs our support for the next 4 years.

Date: Tuesday - February 16, 2016

Location: North Mesquite High School

Time: Gates Open at 6:30, Game Begins at 7:00 pm.

Admission: Adults $3 and students $2

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Congratulations Gaston Counselors

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Supporting Students Whose Families Are Constantly On the Move

In this article in AMLE Magazine, author/consultant Ruby Payne offers suggestions for how schools should handle students enrolling in the middle of the year, some of whom have been uprooted from their apartments in the middle of the night just ahead of eviction. Putting herself in the shoes of such a student, Payne writes, “You aren’t happy to go to your new school. You know it will take at least one fight to establish that you aren’t a wimp. Is your teacher happy to see you? Well, you’re the fourth new student she has added this week. You just want to be left alone. You’re tired, hungry, and miserable. You don’t know where anything in the school is. And you think you will have to move again pretty soon because it won’t be long before your mom and her sister get into a fight.”

Being prepared to support the onboarding of students like these is an important school responsibility, says Payne.

Here are her suggestions:

• Arrange for the PTA or someone else in the school to prepare “new student” folders that contain items like these:

- A pad of paper;

- A pencil or pen;

- A map of the school;

- Coupons for free lunches for several days;

- A magnet with the school’s name, address, phone number, school hours, principal’s name, school website, holidays and vacations, and days report cards are issued;

- A DVD showing adults how to get into the building, where to sign in, what each wing of the building looks like, where the cafeteria and gym are located, and where to park when visiting by car.

• Assign a student “ambassador” to help each new student find his or her way around and eat lunch with the student for a week, helping him or her feel included.

• Assign an adult to check in with each new student for 3-5 minutes every day, and make sure the student has a relationship with at least one adult in the school.

• Have the school counselor call the family after the first week to talk about the child and ask if additional support is needed.

Why go to all this trouble when the student will probably move again within a few months? “No responsible educator would, in effect, punish students for coming from an unstable, unpredictable environment by ignoring them and seeing them as a burden,” says Payne. “When students believe there is an adult who cares for them, that they are important enough to be given support, they are less likely to become ‘social isolates’ who cause problems.” It’s even possible that, if the family has to move again, the parents advocate to keep their children in the same school.

“Welcoming Highly Mobile Students” by Ruby Payne in AMLE Magazine, February 2016 (Vol. 3, #6, p. 10-12), no free e-link; Payne can be reached at

IStation Tip

A third grade teacher had a a new mission: to implement Istation Home and find an intrinsic motivator for students to use it. “I had to find a way to get the kids to want to do Istation at home,” she said, “and I didn’t want it to be some extrinsic reward or prize. I wanted them to use Istation Home because they wanted to get better for themselves.”

And so the 60-minute club was born. Each week, the students were tasked with completing 60 minutes of activity on Istation Home. Any student who completed at least 60 minutes was given the opportunity to eat lunch in the conference room.

“The first week, only one child met the goal. I felt like I’d done something wrong,” Ms. Vandagriff said. “Not only was he the only one who met the goal, but now the offer to eat in the conference room seemed like a punishment; he’d be the only one in there! So I let him invite a buddy to join him at lunch. The next week, his buddy met the goal too; he wanted to feel like he’d earned his spot. After that, the program really caught on!”

So what’s happened since then? Some really incredible outcomes! The teacher was fortunate to move up to 4th grade with the 3rd grade students who’d started in the 60-minute club. This enabled her to continue monitoring Istation usage and data to track and implement the interventions her students needed. By the end of that second year, several students who had previously not met the standard on the state’s test were able to pass it — one student even received a commended score!

Hexter PK Supports Children's Medical Center

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Gaston Students Selected for BA Dance Company

Congratulations To Gaston Students:

La Centheah Bagley

Arianna Delgaldillo

Leslie Vela

Deisy Valencia

Ingrid Navarro

They made the Bryan Adams Dance Company for 2016-2017!!

Mrs. Brisby Gaston’s Dance instructor is bursting with pride!

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Literacy Cadre

As a reminder, your cadre team should be implementing what was learned during the last training on Generating Text Dependent Questions through content PLCs and classroom observations to look for implementation.

The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be February 22, 23, and 24. Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.

New Teacher Excellence Initiative Website Now Live!

New Teacher Excellence Initiative Website Now Live!
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new TEI website. The site can be found by visiting The new and improved user-friendly site contains information and resources for current and future teachers, administrators and parents and community.


Tuesday February 16, 2016

      • Middle School Writing PD
      • Grades 3-5 Literacy Cadre

      Wednesday February 17, 2016

      • Six Weeks Ends

      Thursday February 18, 2016

      • Fifth Six weeks Begins

      Friday February 19, 2016

      Saturday February 20

      Destination Imagination Regional Competition at BA

      Testing Dates


      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)

      29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

      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)


      • Bryan Adams High School - Principal Richard Kastle
      • Gaston Middle School - Principal Susie Stauss
      • Hill Middle School - Principal Candace Ruiz
      • Bayles Elementary - Principal Robby Wilson
      • Casa View Elementary - Principal Oscar Aponte
      • Gill Elementary - Principal Damien Stovall
      • Hexter Elementary - Principal Jennifer Jackson
      • Kiest Elementary - Principal Yazmine Cruz
      • Reilly Elementary - Principal Marion Jackson
      • Reinhardt Elementary - Principal Phoebe Montgomery
      • Sanger Elementary - Principal Hector Martinez
      • Smith Elementary - Principal Lora Morris

      Executive Director, Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern

      Barbara Martin - English/Language Arts Academic Facilitator

      Kelly Morgan - Math/Science Academic Facilitator