Week of September 28, 2020

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Admin Corner:

Yeah! We get to welcome students into the building on Monday. The feeling of welcoming a new set of students is both exciting and nervous. This Monday we will meet some of our PK and Kinder students in-person. I am excited to see here students engaging in learning conversations and lessons as I walk throughout the building.

This week we will teach all of our safety measures with our youngest learners as we prepare for the return of 1st-5th grade the week of October 5. Let's ensure we are following all of the expectations with our youngest learners.

We know that welcoming back students will be a test of everyone's nerves, patience, and anxieties. With COVID-19, we have a lot to watch out for, and we can't ignore SAFETY! Every classroom should have

  • Dorsey cloth face mask for you
  • Baggie with 3 cloth masks for each student. HR teacher only (write student name on the bag)
  • Face Shield for you
  • Face Shield for each student with name on it. HR teacher only (students who took MAP on campus have their name already on the shield
  • Gallon bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Air Filter (If students will be in your room)
  • Individual student drawer for each in-person student
  • School Supplies for each in-person student (to be left at school)
  • Plexi Glass protectors for students.
  • 5th-grade teachers ONLY (Contactless Thermometer)

If you are missing any of these items please let me know ASAP!

**In-person students will also receive a personal bottle of hand sanitizer for their backpacks

Let's get ready to be the GAME CHANGERS we are and LEVEL UP!!!

"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." --John Wooden

Things to Remember

Clock In times-
  • Teacher Assistants 7:15 am
  • Teachers 7:35

School Starts

  • School Begins at 7:45 am (SEL activities daily 7:45 am - 8:00 am)

School Ends

  • School Ends at 3:15 pm


  • Ensure you are wearing your PPE at all times, students will be coming to the classroom in a week. Practice wearing your PPE all day in your classrooms. As you are teaching a lesson, use your face shield, this will allow students to see your mouth moving which will cue them that you are speaking.

Bulletin Boards and Schedules

With our youngest students arriving on Monday, we want to make sure that our school looks welcoming and inviting. The entrance into our building is the first impression of our campus. How parents and students are greeted will further determine what our customers think of our service. Please ensure that Bulletin Boards are updated and decorated in our school themes and with information that promotes positivity on campus. Schedules must be posted outside of the classroom with time stamps.


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Our Key Actions

September Birthdays


Ms. Heiner

Ms. Guerrero


Coach Taylor

Ms. Perez

Ms. Maria

Ms. Calico

Mr. Dickson

Ms. Hernandez

Ms. Johnson

A Message from our Executive Director: Tanya Shelton

After three weeks of instruction, we have much to celebrate. We are making strides with virtual learning, our admin teams are coaching to make a quick turnaround in classrooms, and our students are adapting well to the virtual lessons. On Monday, we will welcome our youngest learners back to the building. All of you have made robust plans for safety and student culture systems. Kudos to you and your teams on outstanding leadership!

Looking forward, as we become more adjusted with logistics, safety protocols, and systems, we must be intentional in our analysis of data to determine if our students are learning at high levels. There is a quote by Alex Peiniger that states, "In the end, you should only measure and look at the numbers to drive action, meaning that the data tells you what you should do next." Our mid-point data will tell us how to adjust instruction and reteach concepts for mastery.

I look forward to checking in with most of you after the Power DOLs. Let's begin planning for Look Back PLCs to intervene before our first common assessment. Thank you for another terrific week! Please see the trends below for week 3 of instruction for our cluster.

Practice like we've never won!

Perform like we've never lost!

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is celebrated in a myriad of ways, from parades to concerts to food fairs. Another way to celebrate is to learn. Research important Latino figures in history or attend an educational Hispanic Heritage Month event near you, such as an art exhibit.

Now more than ever, it is important to learn from, celebrate, and teach our kids about the great contributions of each culture. Please think about what virtual activities will look like for Hispanic Heritage Month. In the link below are some virtual activities taking place in a virtual setting.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama in 2009, Justice Sotomayor was on the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and an instructor at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican-born parents, Sotomayor was in the majority in two major Supreme Court landmark rulings in the last term: King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges.


Enrollment Verification

The Texas Education Agency requires districts to perform verification of rosters at least once a semester. Each teacher of record will certify their class roster with their signature on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

IT is VERY IMPORTANT that we submit this verification to Ms. Palacio by 1:00 pm

New Attendance Procedures as students return to campus

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See the Red text.

You MUST have attempted to contact the parent by phone or email, we also have REMIND (make sure the parent is on Remind) and have been unable to make contact before marking as Unexcused. We have provided a log for ease of use. This is to be done daily.

***Watch the video below to create a personalized copy of the Attendance Tracker for Unexcused absences***

Daily Attendance form for Unexcused Absence 2


Safety Videos for Students Covid 19


SLO's due October 19

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Beginning of the Year MAP Testing

MAP Testing will serve as an important data collection to ensure that we understand the learning gaps of our students and create plans to close those gaps. MAP testing will be completed by the close of the month. Thanks to Mr. Cabrera our Google Meister for spearheading the scheduling and coordinating the testing so that we have a safe and secure testing environment for all of our students over the next 3 weeks. Testing will begin on Mon, Sept 14.

It is important that you contact your parents and let them know about on-campus testing. It will be for one day only. 3-5 grade teachers tell your students to bring their district-issued Chromebooks for testing.

Students will arrive at 8 am through the front door. All students will go directly to the cafeteria will they will be seated appropriately. All students must wear a mask and they will have the temperature taken. Student uniforms are highly encouraged, if they do not have a uniform, tell them to come dressed appropriately.

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Virtual Backgrounds

The Marketing Department created virtual backgrounds for staff and student use during Zoom meetings and virtual learning. Front pictures of campus buildings are also included. Please use the button below to access the virtual backgrounds. Thank you to Principal Verduzco for sharing the link with our team.




Grade Level PLC

PLC Zoom Link Here

Password: Level Up


In order to practice and prepare for good first instruction, beginning this Friday we will start planning 2 weeks ahead. By this Friday, October 2, you should have plans for the Week of October 5 and the Week of October 12.


This week's PLC for grades PK-2 we will focus on Benchmark Assessments and tracking data.

  • Please come prepared with Fountas and Pinnell Kit (K-2)
  • Circle dates and suggestions on how to assess (PK)
  • PK and K PLC will change (K will be on Thursday)(PK will be on Friday)

PLCs for Grades 3- 5 (Power DOL's Look Backs)

  • .Download and Complete pre-work before PLC

**If you are not using the PowerPoint Lessons you should have lesson plans in the template or if you are possibly using a different I DO please enter in your lesson plan template**

3-5 Look Back PLC Pre-Work

Create a Look Forward and a Look Back folder for this year in your google drive to store your documents for easy retrieval.


K-2 Fountas and Pinnell October 1 - 30

BAS/SEL Running Records window for 1st and 2nd-grade students which will be October 1-30. We are very excited this year that the Early Learning department has purchased the Fountas & Pinnell Assessment Systems Reading Record App for all K-2nd grade teachers. This will be so helpful for you to administer the running record using the app. We have also prepared a BAS/SEL Teacher Assessment Guide - BOY 2020 that will walk you through everything you need to know from how to administer running records (Administering Running Records with the BAS/SEL Kits - ppt), suggested schedules, how to install the app on your iPad, and supports to administer a running record remotely. This guide is jam-packed so you will want to take some time to go through each step and open and read through each link! I’m here to support you so please let me know what questions you may have. I will be glad to help!


Tierra Blair, Ed.D.

Instructional Specialist

Dallas ISD Early Learning





DallasISD is excited about our 3rd year of participation in the national September Attendance Awareness Month! Our theme for this year is "#Show Up!" DallasISD. We will all participate with virtual weekly kick-off each Wednesday as we have the opportunity to dress up each week with a different theme. Show your pride by dressing up and getting your students to dress up as well, and post pictures to Twitter @DorseyWildcats
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Thank you for opening your minds and hearts during our Racial Equity discussion. As our facilitators, Ms. Calico, Ms. Samuel, Mr. Dacpano, and Mr. Cabrera mentioned this topic will be an ongoing discussion throughout the year. I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences with our Dorsey family.
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Link to DORSEY Google Site

MONDAY 9/28/20

  • Make-up MAP Testing
  • PK and Kinder On-Campus
  • Staff meeting (3:30-4:30)

  • Join Zoom Meeting

  • TUESDAY 9/29/20

    • Make-up MAP Testing

    WEDNESDAY 9/30/20

    • Last Day for MAP Testing
    • PLC for 2nd and 3rd
    • Wear Sport Shirt
    • Newline AV Training 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84783095452
    • Public School Choice Meeting 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm

    THURSDAY 10/1/20

    • PLC for Kinder, 4th and 5th

    FRIDAY 10/2/20

    • PLC for PK and 1st
    • National Custodial Workers Recognition Day


    Staff Dress Code

    • Monday- (pay $5 to wear jeans with certain color depending on the Topic we are supporting) October-Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Tues-Tweet Tuesday (wear jeans for free if Tweet something positive about our school #jdorseywildcats)
    • Wednesday- Specialized Wednesday when designated (currently District-wide sports day)
    • Thursday- Business Casual according to DISD policy
    • Friday- Wear Jeans for $1 with a college shirt or Dorsey Spirit Shirt

    *Business Casual which includes Appropriate Scrubs is allowed any day Monday- Friday.

    **Business Casual will be re-evaluated every quarter and may be subject to change

    ***During Specific occasions and for formal meetings, employees will be expected to abandon the business casual look in favor of standard business attire.

    **** Specialized days mentioned above are for Dorsey employees, when participating in specialized days appropriate sneakers are allowed. Dorsey specialized days are subject to change****

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    SEL in Action: This months focus Self-Care

    The Counseling Services Department has created a virtual calming corner to provide tools and resources for managing feelings and emotions, thus supporting mental health. Take a mental break and enjoy!

    • Self-awareness: understanding your stress points as well as knowing specific activities / strategies help you to find balance and joy
    • Self-management: understanding positive ways for you to manage stress while still cultivating your own resilience
    • Social awareness: recognizing others' needs for self-care and being empathetic
    • Relationship skills: seeking help when needed and asking others for their support and guidance
    • Responsible decision making: making positive choices for yourself, including knowing when to say "no" to certain tasks if you don't have the capacity for them at this time


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    Tweet something amazing about Dorsey one time a week Wednesday through Sunday and earn your Tuesday Jeans Pass.

    @Dorseywildcats #jdorseywildcats (Type Both)


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