Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

May 16, 2016

Happy Bosses Week

Happy Bosses Week to all of the BA Feeder Principals and Assistant Principals! This is your week to feel appreciated for all of the hard work that you do in the name of student success! Thank you for all that you do! Here's to a fantastic week!
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Educators Receive Free Admission to the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum offers complimentary admission to the Main Garden and Children's Adventure Garden to Teachers and Educators. Present a valid educator picture ID at the ticket booth for the complimentary admission. If a picture ID is unavailable, an educators ID plus a driver’s license can be presented. Offer is only valid on daytime admission. Offer does not apply for paid educational programming. Parking fees apply
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Coaches Connection

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BA Basketball Team Helps Neighbors

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Bryan Adams High School

Basketball Team only won four games last season, but they’re already the most improved team in the metroplex.

Their coach, Juan Rivas challenged his players to make a difference in the community, and they responded with a real slam dunk. With an emphasis on giving back to the community, the team met at the high school on a Saturday at 7:30 in the morning. Their task was the split up in two groups and attack two monstrous projects.

At one Dallas home, the challenge was helping a homeowner

get rid of loads of clutter in her garage. April Wheeler, the homeowner, said she’s sure the boys did not know how hefty the challenge was. However, she’s appreciative because her parents graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1971, and they would be proud of young men following in their footsteps.

Coach Rivas said his players will be success stories on and off the court, and he wants them to remember to always lend a helping hand to their neighborhood, no matter how far life takes them.

About a mile from that location, other players had the chore of cleaning

the yard of Sheila Ehrig. Unable to do the yardwork herself, and having recently lost her husband, Ehrig said “At first, I said ‘no’… then I said that’s stupid and I said ‘yes’, and I couldn’t be more pleased with what the boys have done.

Ehrig went on to say the players at Bryan Adams are going to be great at whatever they choose to do. The Bryan Adams Basketball Team should be proud of itself for delivering the ultimate assist.

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Your Behavior Influences The Behaviors Of Others

  1. Dr. Stephen Porges, neuroscientist at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry, says that there is a visceral reaction (in lay terms–a physical reaction between the head and the heart) when someone uses a tone that sounds threatening, or turns away from the person speaking. He says that you can see it in the face of the person that is the receiver of the negative voice intonations or physical movements, and that in turn produces a fight or flight type of behavior. “When you feel safe, you can do lots of interesting things. When your nervous system detects risk and fear, you can’t even sit in a room without being hyper vigilant about what is going on behind you,” quotes Porges. When fear is removed, it is empowering. Voice tone matters. Language matters. Physical cues matter. While someone is speaking, the listener is cuing. “When people feel comfortable, their nervous system is triggering an inhibitor to their sympathetic nervous system and this in turn facilitates health, growth and restoration through social interactions. The intonation of my voice is producing a field of energy that your nervous system has well-identifying receptors that can turn on and off defensive behaviors.”

Recipe for Success: Leading with the Brain in Mind

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May 10, 2016

May 5, 2016

by Vicky Dearing, PCC, M. Ed.

BA Basketball Team Cleans up Neignborhood

Shout out to the Basketball Teams for cleaning up the BA neighborhood! Thank you Coach Rivas and Coach Yates for affording our students this opportunity!

Summer learning for Reinhardt PK Students

Fifteen PreK students, 16 moms and dads, and 5 preschoolers gathered in the library for the final Parent & Tot meeting for the year. Lisa Phillps and Hilary Jirasek of Leadership ISD discussed the importance of reading and fun learning activities. Our guests also stressed that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months.

Each family was given a Klutz product, a National Parenting Award and Parents' Choice brand of book, activity kit filled with colorful shapes and sparkly items to inspire creativity and book making. Together, parents and students engaged in a make-n-take session where they created books, with numbers, shapes, patterns, and colors. The meeting concluded with PreK students proudly sharing his/her book in Show & Tell presentation.

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Contract Information

Human Capital Management is preparing to disseminate contracts for the 2016-2017 school year. Contracts will be available for all contract-eligible employees via Oracle Employee Self Service by early May. Please expect an email from containing instructions on how to complete the acceptance process once contracts are available. Employees will have two weeks to provide an electronic signature.

According to Texas Education Code, contract eligible employees wishing to resign must do so 45 days before the first instructional day of the school year. The deadline for the 2016-17 school year is July 8, 2016.

A list of contract-eligible positions and additional information may be found on the contracts home page at

Class of 2019 Public Exhibitions - Bryan Adams Leadership Academy

Wednesday, May 18th, 4:45pm to Thursday, May 19th, 6:30pm

2101 Millmar Drive

Dallas, TX

Bryan Adams is open to parents, feeder pattern teachers, community members, partners, volunteers and neighbors to witness the first public exhibitions of the inaugural cohort of the Leadership Academy.

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Student Learning Objective

The Student Learning Objective Goal-Accomplishment window is open on Schoolnet. If you have the data for your end-of-year assessment, you can enter it into SchoolNet now. TEI provided links to a Quick Reference Card and the rubric. The deadline to complete this is May 19.

Summer Professional Development

Summer will be here before you know it! Explore the Summer Catalog 2016 by clicking here.

Did you know Dallas ISD has a robust professional development catalog with workshops available by subject matter? You can browse the catalog and register for the workshops through the links below.

Literacy Cadre

The remaining sessions of the PD for K-2 reading teachers are as follows:

May 16-18

May 23-25

Teacher Excellence Initiative

Student surveys will be administered the week of April 11. Have your teachers begin to prepare students by explaining to them what the instrument is and what to expect. You will also need to plan for the administration of the survey and include it in your instructional calendars.

In May, teachers will verify their rosters in order to verify the students will be included in the calculation of their student achievement results.

MAY 19th is the last day that administrators can score the SLO Goal Accomplishment for teachers. Please plan with your teachers to ensure that they enter appropriate information in a timely manner so that this goal can be met.

MAY 19th is also the last day to enter extended observations and summatives in schoolnet.

May 23-June 6 will be the teacher rebuttal window in oracle for summative performance evaluations.

June 2 is the last day to conduct spot observations and the last day to hold the summative conferences.


Monday May 16, 2016

  • Literacy Cadre

Tuesday May 17, 2016

      • Literacy Cadre
      • Virtual PD Session for Assistant Principals
      • Gaston Dance Performance

      Wednesday May 18, 2016

      • Literacy Cadre
      • Principals' Meeting
      • Class of 2019 Public Exhibitions - Bryan Adams Leadership Academy

      Thursday May 19, 2016

      • Bayles Science Night
      • Student Directs at BA
      • Class of 2019 Public Exhibitions - Bryan Adams Leadership Academy

      Friday May 20, 2016

      • District Truancy Meeting at BA
      • Movie on the Hill
      • Green and White Game

      Testing Dates


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

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

      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