Gonzalez Premier Express

Week of May 9, 2016


To become the PREMIER elementary school in Dallas ISD


Our KF students will lead us during announcements this week. Please, make sure students are familiar with the script and report to the office by 7:58 a.m. I would like to start announcements no later than 8:05 a.m.

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    It is that time of the year when we will have an opportunity to show the District and the State what Gonzalez is all about. You have worked extremely hard to get our students not only prepared for the next grade level, but also to take the STAAR test. Our students are ready and confident that they will succeed; I know that they have worked hard and will do their very best during testing days. As we strive to become the PREMIER elementary school in Dallas ISD,

    • Remind our students that you are proud of them
    • Be calm and actively monitor the testing environment
    • Smile and follow the testing protocol shared by our Testing Coordinator


    Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn. The grade level with the highest attendance for the month of April is 5th grade with 97.8%. This is the 3rd month in a row for highest attendance for 5th grade; FANTASTIC job!!! Also, there were improvements in attendance in PK, Third and Fourth grade levels with the highest improvement of 0.7% in Third grade going from 96.9 to 97.6%. Let's continue to encourage our students to be present and on time!!!


    • Ms. Shelby and Ms. Edwards for their leadership and coordination of the testing meetings. They did an awesome job setting up the logistics of the testing environment. By doing so, we can ensure that our students get the best setting to be successful.
    • Ms. Shelby and Ms. Tyler for their support and organization as they conducted the last ARDs and 504 meetings to ensure our students get the accommodations needed for testing.
    • Coach Crawford and Mr. Balbuena for their leadership with the soccer teams. Our students continue to demonstrate commitment and represent Gonzalez very well. Our girls soccer team has won their last 29 games; way to go!!!
    • This past Saturday, we had our last session for Saturday School. I know that our students are very lucky to have each one of you as their teacher. Last Saturday, we had Mr. Nazeri, Mrs. Yarbrough, Mr. Salazar, Ms. Trevino, Mr. Gonzalez-Perez, Ms. Anguiano, Ms. Valencia, Mr. Riser, and Ms. Rentowski. Also, kudos to Ms. Gomez and Mr. Nuno for supporting our students with the logistical part of Saturday School.

    Lone Star Challenge

    Ms. Cooray and Ms. Edwards worked with our teams for over 2 months to prepare for this competition. We had 4 students place in 4 different categories. Our students did a terrific job!!! Congratulations.

    Teacher Appreciation Week


    May 9-

    • STAAR Math 3rd/4th
    • STAAR 5th Math Retest
    • Spring Climate Survey opens through May 17
    • PreK-2nd and Specials SLO Accomplishment Due - Cordoba/Mena via SchoolNet

    May 10-

    • STAAR Reading(3rd/4th)
    • STAAR 5th Reading Retest
    • AVANCE
    • TEI Roster Verification begins through May 25 - See e-mail sent by Mr. Cordoba for more details

    May 11-

    • National Paraprofessionals Day
    • STAAR Science (5th)
    • Soccer: Richardson Vs. Gonzales @Gonzales 4:30-5:30

    May 12-

    • STAAR Makeups

    May 13-

    • 11:00 - 2:00 Feeder Pattern Principal's Meeting At Gonzalez
    • Grades are due on May 15th for distribution of Progress Reports
    • Class picture With Logan's Photography
    • 3:30 Staff picture
    • Annual employee health fair @Ellis Davis Field House from 2:00-7:00pm

    May 14-

    • Annual employee health fair @Ellis Davis Field House from 10:00-2:00 pm

    Cafeteria Award for Excellence

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    SLO goal-accomplishment window is open on Schoolnet

    • Initiated by the teacher; please see Quick Reference Card
    • Scored using the SLO rubric in Schoolnet by a target date of May 19
    • Submission deadline is May 6 for PreK - 2nd and FLS while for 3rd-5th grade, Special Education, and Specials is May 17.

    Teacher and Student Surveys - Kindle usage

    The links to our bi-annual Teacher and Student Surveys measuring Kindle usage in the classroom are found below. The surveys can be completed on the Kindles.

    Please complete these surveys with your homeroom class by May 18th. They should take no longer than 10-15 minutes (max) to finish. I recommend going through the survey with your students together to avoid confusion on the questions.

    Link to student survey: http://tiny.cc/stepstudent2016

    Link to teacher survey: http://tiny.cc/stepteacher2016

    District Announcements

    Contract Dissemination for the 2016-2017

    • We will disseminate contracts for contract-eligible employees electronically via Oracle Employee Self Service by early May.
    • An email notification from notifications@dallasisd.org will be sent out to inform employees that 2016-2017 contracts are available for acknowledgement.
    • All employees will have two weeks to provide an electronic signature; according to section 21 of the Dallas ISD Educator Contracts, an offer of employment shall expire if the contract is not signed by deadline.
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    We Wish You A Happy Birthday!

    • Ms. Windham, May 10