The Hornets' Weekly Buzzzzz!

Important information for the week of May 2nd

Together EARHART Achieves More


It's a Bird, It's a Plane! No. It's Staff Appreciation Week! **********************

Let the BRAGGing continue...

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· 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.

OUR BELIEFS...The Earhart Way

#1. Increase Student Achievement

#2. Increase the Quality of Instruction

#3. Increase the Culture and Climate

What's Buzzing this Week...

Sneak Peek at the Week!

Monday (5-2): Flower power!!!! (Flower donation from HPPC)

  • Superhero shirt w/ blue jeans
  • Popcorn snack bar
  • STAAR Wars Camp begins - 5 days until the second round of STAAR
  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday: (5-3): "Dough-nut what we'd do without you!" (Coffee & Doughnuts)

  • Superhero shirt w/ blue jeans
  • Progress reports go home

Wednesday (5-4): Superhero's need a break too! (Chair Massage)

  • Superhero shirt w/ jeans

Thursday (5-5): Cinco de Mayo - "Soup"ER Lunch!

  • Wear Mexican inspired attire!
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip - Perot Museum

Friday (5-6): Our Heroes are better than yours! (BBQ Hero Sandwiches)

  • Superhero shirt w/blue jeans
  • School Nurse Day - Thanks Mrs. Brown for all you do!!!!!

Saturday (5-7)

  • Pack the House for Saturday School (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • Job Fair


Teacher Spotlight of the Week!

As we celebrate Staff/ Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to begin a series titled, A Peek Inside..." which will showcase the awesome work that's happening around the building. I also want to give you a little food for thought as you think about the direction you want to take towards improving your craft.

I get energized every time I see you engaging students in a way that promotes learning.


Your princiPAL


In the short amount of time I was in Ms. Z's class, I saw a lot of evidence from Domains 2 & 3. As you observe the video, I want you to make a connection with the TEI rubric and complete a quick activity at the end (see the link at the end of this section).

Ms. Z's Classroom

Check for Understanding

After students finish with the traveling pair share, Ms. Z calls all of the students to the carpet. As Ms. Z and her students go over each response, she validates and affirms students' thinking (this also allows her to clear up any misconceptions students may have about the learning objective - cause and effect).
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Ms Z Motivates
I want to say a big thank you to Ms. Zepeda and the awesome students of 2A/2B. Ms. Z did not know I was coming to videotape her class (or the purpose:).

Ms. Zepeda, thanks again for allowing us to take a peek inside your classroom and learn from you and your students!

Teachers: Please respond to the quick activity using the following link (Link will be active until Friday):


In the News...

TEI Roster Verification

TEI roster verification begins on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 until May 25, 2016 at 5:00pm. Teachers are encouraged to review the rosters at that time to ensure that they are accurate.For teachers to verify rosters May 25, 2016. For administrators to approve rosters 5:00 pm on June 10, 2016.

Training Opportunity - Grades 3-5

  • English & Social Studies teachers in grades 3-5 are encouraged to attend the National Math and Science Initiative(NMSI) Laying the Foundation,(LTF) training during June 7-10,2016 at Arlington Heights High School. Advanced Academic Services will fund the registration fees for the 4 day training.
  • If you are interested, please email me @

Achieve 3000 Post Test Window (Grades 3-5)

  • The LevelSet Post Test will begin May 2nd. At this point, any student logging on to the system during school hours will have the test pop up. Please make sure teachers are aware that all students should be tested between May 2 – 22nd. Testing best practices apply.

Reminder: ESTAR/MSTAR End of Year (EOY) Administration

The end of the year (EOY) Spring administration window for the ESTAR/STAR Universal Screener opened Monday, April 4, 2016, and will close Friday, May 6, 2016, for all students in grades 2-4 (ESTAR) and grade 5 (MSTAR). This is a part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework and must be completed by the deadline.

What's Happening in the Hornet's Nest!



In this Education Week article, Sarah Sparks and Debra Viadero report on research about students’ emotional reactions to school transitions. In one study in Madison, Wisconsin, 1,190 sixth graders were randomly assigned to take part in an experiment. As they entered middle school, the students were asked to read several pages of quotes from a survey that students like them took at the end of the previous school year. The quotes conveyed the idea that anxiety was typical and transitory – for example, “I felt like I had a knot in my stomach the first four months,” but that the teachers “were there to help you” and the negative feelings dissipated. The students in the experimental group were then asked to write their reactions to the quotes.

When the researchers followed up with the incoming sixth graders the following spring, they found striking differences between those in the experimental and control groups:

  • Students in the experimental group had higher ratings in social belonging, school trust, and school identification and lower ratings of evaluation anxiety.

  • They had higher GPAs and fewer Ds and Fs.

  • They had been absent one day less.

  • They had fewer behavior referrals.

    “It turns out children are better able to cope if they understand what they’re going through is normal, that it affects everyone, and that it will pass,” comments Adam Gamoran of the William T. Grant Foundation. “How we think about a stressful situation influences how we feel and how we perform.” Studies like this, he says, “show how deeply intertwined are cognition and emotion.”

“Studies Affirm Role of Emotions in Students’ Transitions” by Sarah Sparks and Debra Viadero in Education Week, April 20, 2016 (Vol. 35, #28),

Dallas ISD Summer Professional Development

The 2016 P2LD Summer Catalog is available to view on the new PD website. Registration will open May 6th in SchoolNet for all teachers.


  • Goal 1: All students will exhibit Satisfactory or above performance on State assessments. Students below Satisfactory performance will demonstrate more than one year of academic growth;
  • Goal 2: Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district;
  • Goal 3: The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;
  • Goal 4: 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;
  • Goal 5: 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;
  • Goal 6: All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year.


STAAR Resources:

Math Resource

Have a great week of Teaching, Collaborating, and Learning!