Cougars' Illustrated

"In it, to win it!"

Week of January 11 - 22, 2016

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.
  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
  • With our help, 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.

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2015 - 2016 Goals

Please keep our goals in mind:

1. 98% attendance rate for both teachers and students.


2. Earning 3 Distinctions in either math, reading, science, student progress or closing the achievement gap.


We are engaged in the exact professional activities geared towards our goals: Watch Teams, Cougar Huddles, Status Meetings, 2 week lesson planning, creation of common rigorous assessments, RTI, structured PLCS, Friday FUNdamentals, content support provided by instructional coaches and grade-level leads, and data driven conversations. We must be fully committed to these practices and see them as opportunities to increase our instructional practice and to bring the best to our students every day.

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Spelling Bee Champion

On January 12, 2016, 5th graders Alex Olds and Rashad Gossett will represent C. F. Carr at the District Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee will be held at Russell Elementary School located on 3031 S. Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75224. The Bee starts at 5 pm.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Jan. 11th
  • CIC Reading PD

Tuesday, Jan. 12th
  • PLCs PreK - 5th grade (Climate Survey Analysis)
  • Texas Christian Academy (TCA) Visit
  • Social Studies Textbook PD


Wednesday, Jan. 13th

  • Writing Wednesday: PK - 2 Narrative Writing; 3rd and 5th grade Open-ended Response; 4th grade Expository Writing
  • PLCs


Thursday, Jan. 14th

  • Board of Control Meeting (BOC/FSAC) 7:30 am
  • 2 week lesson plans due for weeks ending January 22 - 29, 2016
  • Fall Student Recognition Assembly: K-2 @ 3-4 pm; 3rd-5th @ 4:30 - 5:15 pm
  • Going Green Ice Cream Social: A Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, ACP (Students and Teachers)
  • Parent Conference @ 4:30 pm
  • RTI during Specials


Friday, Jan. 15th

  • Weekly Content Quiz
  • PowerHour (CILT)


Monday, Jan. 18th

  • No School


Tuesday, Jan. 19th

  • Graded Writing Samples Due (place in crate in main office)


Wednesday, Jan. 20th

  • Writing Wednesday: PK - 2 Narrative Writing; 3rd and 5th grade Open-ended Response; 4th grade Expository Writing
  • PLC: Learning Walks


Thursday, Jan. 21st

  • Texas Rangers Caravan Assembly (3rd-5th grade) auditorium @ 1:30 pm
  • BE/ESL PD


Friday, Jan. 22nd

  • Weekly Content Quiz

Deepening Our Professional Knowledge

The goal of this series is to introduce short snippets from professional articles geared towards growing us as professional intellectual educators. (TEI Domain 1, 2, 3 and 4).