Monday Message

Excellence and High Expectations With A Commitment to All

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January 18, 2016

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a blessed weekend and took some time to reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today. This year, Tulsa held the annual parade with the theme: One Race: The Human Race. Thank you to our schools, students and staff present in support of parade. This past week, I had the pleasure of addressing our high school students at the MLK Leadership Forum. It was great to see our schools present at this event and engage in activities that unite us as people...people of Tulsa.

We are quickly moving through January, and there are a few key assessments coming up. This is a strategic time to review with our staff strategies and supports to enhance student learning. As we conduct classroom visits: we will be visiting with a focus on :
- Standard being taught
- Student learning tasks
- Assessment of mastery

As a reminder, during this month, a few points we will be touching are:

- Progress on Roadmaps (Gradation and student achievement) - [Monthly]
- Culture Response Plan (check in) & Tripod 7Cs
- Read 180/System 44 progress
- Teacher coaching
- Time management calendar

I will also be looking to schedule with each of you our co-observation and digging deeper into Observation/Feedback and Key Action Step.

As always, I am humbled and honored to be your ILD and working alongside you to change the future our children, communities and city.

-Your ILD, Julio César Contreras

FYI: If you haven't had the opportunity to read our strategic plan: Click here to read Destination to Excellence

National Mentoring Month: January

Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? Here is a great link with resources for you to incorporate with your volunteers and / or other school activities.


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Ensuring our students and families to know...

Last week I shared a winter weather toolkit with tips and ideas for schools to use during the winter months.

Last week I shared a winter weather toolkit for schools and communities with tips and ideas to support our students during the cold months. I hope that you had the opportunity to review the website and information.

I recently came across a checklist to clarify for our parents and students when they should come to school [even when they think they are too sick to come]. Many times parents keep children home without full knowledge of the impact it will have on their child. One of the most common correlations with absences is behavior concerns.

- ECJR had 2 days at /above 94%
- Hale Hs and ECHS had 2 or more days above 87%

Keep it up!

Click here to download last weeks attendance data chart

Portfolio Legend:

(Jr) 95+ Green; 93-94.99 Yellow; 92.99- Red

(Hs) 93+ Green; 87-92.99 Yellow; 86.99 - Red


Graduation Roadmap: Increase the graduation rate by 5 percentage points between the 2015 and 2016 graduation cohorts.

This week I look forward to reviewing with high schools progress with Graduation checks and student status for graduation.

High schools should click here to access the graduation progress spreadsheet

Supervision and Feedback

With in the next two weeks, I am request for each school leader to record a 6 step feedback session. This video will be used during our February portfolio meeting [scheduled for February 10]. Please share the video with me by February 1.

Be sure to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding this.


District Information

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Preparing for the 8th Grade Writing Test

The OCCT 8th grade writing test is 42 days away and only 25 instructional days! We can help ensure our students are ready to master the test by sharing/reviewing the online Parent, Student, Teacher Guide with students and teachers. The practice test reflects the format students will encounter on the actual test. Included in the guide are planning pages, response pages and three very important rubrics:
- Writing Test Rubric
- Composite Score
- Performance Level Descriptors
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Read 180 / System 44 Data

During these next couple of weeks in January [during site visits] we will be reviewing Read 180 / System 44 data and the indicators for success. If you recall, earlier this year we reviewed programming and session data.

In the meantime, I am asking each school to please review the following:
- # of students enrolled
- Are all teachers trained
- For 2nd Semester, are the right students programmed for System 44 / Read 180

Important Dates

  • 1/19 Board Meeting @ ESC 6:30 pm
  • 1/19-2/12 Optional Trimester Online EOI Test Window
  • 1/21-22 LDD AP @ Wilson
  • 1/23 ACT
  • 1/25 Discipline Action Plan due to ILD (from December Portfolio Meeting)

Star Student Of The Week

Meet Cedrick

Meet Cedrik - a future leader in Tulsa. This year he recently move into the senior class rank of #2. He is currently taking three AP classes, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Mayor's Student Advisory Board.

Q) What is your favorite TV program?
A) Archer
Q) What do you plan to do as a career?
A) I want to do Counseling and Psychology
Q) What is one thing you want to accomplish this school year?
A) I want to get a car
Q) Where do you want to attend college?
A) Oklahoma State University
Q) What is your favorite class?
A) Multimedia and Image Management Tech

Conociedo a la Familia / Getting to know the Family

Meet Caleb Starr

Q) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A) Monaco
Q) What is your favorite movie?
A) The Godfather 2
Q) How many siblings do you have?
A) One sister, Kristi
Q) What was your favorite TV show growing up?
A) The Wonder Years
Q) What is your favorite quote?
A) I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying - Michael Jordan