Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

January 11, 2016

Dr. Hinojosa Visits Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern

Dr. Michael Hinojosa visited campuses in the Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern last Wednesday. He started his morning at Kiest Elementary, then proceeded to Gaston Middle School, and Bryan Adams High School. He had a good visit at each campus with compliments for all. Thank you everything you do every day for our students!

Soccer Championship Tournament

Congratulations to the Girls' Soccer Team at Hill Middle School. The girls braved the cold weather playing three games, last Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The girls won the first two games moving them forward towards the championship. It was a tough loss in the third and final game.

Thank you to all the fans who sat through the cold and freezing wind to cheer for the girls.

Larry Smith Soccer Team

The soccer team at Larry Smith Elementary collected coats and food for families in need. This donation was supported by the PTA. Thank you to PTA President, Tina Mercado and Soccer Coach, Daniel Saldana.

Grading Tips

One teacher’s approach to grading math tests – This video from The Teaching Channel shows California middle-school teacher Leah Alcala demonstrating her new method of grading tests. She highlights each student’s errors, doesn’t give a grade, and has students look over their tests and talk through each mistake with classmates and with her. Only later can students check their grade online. They can re-take the test, using a different version. Alcala says this approach gets students focused on the mathematics rather than grades. One goal, she says, is to “normalize the process of making mistakes.”

“Math Test Grading Tips” by Leah Alcala on The Teaching Channel, January 2016,

Operation Care at Bryan Adams

52 AViD student met during Christmas Break and volunteered with Operation Care with the homeless on their own time on a Saturday.

Increase Dialogue

So ... in the spirit of Jim Knight's words, below is a viable resolution for the second semester. Reflect on where you are, and consider trying this.

Increase student dialogue in the classroom - Trade in one worksheet for a conversation around learning. Too often teachers feel learning is not taking place if they are not controlling the conversation. Throw out a question based on the subject, and walk around as students discuss it. Let students talk with a partner and then help guide the learning based on the conversations you hear. It allows you to go deep with some students and repeat information to others. Just remember that this will take modeling and consistency, especially if students aren't used to doing it.

This also applies to Professional Development!

Open Carry

Starting Jan. 1, 2016, Texans will be able to legally carry their handguns in a holster openly anywhere they could carry concealed in accordance with House Bill 910. Individuals who obtain a License to Carry (LTC) or have a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) will be able to carry their weapon in plain view, when properly secured in a belt or shoulder holster.

The City of Dallas has trained 311 and 911 call takers on the new laws and regulations to ensure they are able to answer concerned citizen's questions. Dallas Police Department has trained police officers on the new laws so that they are aware of what is legal and what is a violation under the new open carry law. For more information on open carry, please click the following link to watch our educational PSA and review frequently asked questions: open carry

Performance Moved to Later Date

The BAHS Fine Arts Department's presentation of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a musical comedy has moved to a later date. The show is currently rescheduled for March. More information will follow.

Literacy Cadre

As a reminder, your literacy cadre team should spend the next six weeks implementing what was learned during the last training on Generating Text Dependent Questions through content PLCs and classroom observations to look for implementation.

The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be January 19, 20, 21 Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.

Board Member Appreciation

January is Board Member Appreciation Month. The Bryan Adams Belles are invited to greet the Board of Trustees at January 28th School Board Meeting. The Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern is most fortunate to be represented by Trustee Dan Micciche. He spends a lot of time in the schools supporting our academic and athletic events. He maintains a pulse on the community and actively advocates for the students and families in our schools.

Thank you Trustee Micciche for all you do to support our schools!

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TEI - Upcoming Dates

January 14

Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)


Monday January 11, 2016

  • High School Parent Conference
  • AP Focus Group @ Haskell 4:00-6:00

  • Tuesday January 12, 2016

      • Middle School Parent Conference

      Wednesday January 13, 2016

      • 4:45 - TEI Expert Meeting at Bryan Adams - REVISED DATE
      • 6:30 - Destination Bryan Adams at Gaston Middle School

      Thursday January 14, 2016

      • Elementary School Parent Conference
      • Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)

      Friday January 15, 2016

      Testing Dates


      6-27--Isaton's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


      2--SAT (Grade 11)

      7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

      29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

      29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7)

      29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

      30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

      31-STAAR EOC English II


      4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

      4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

      12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

      12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

      18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

      18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

      20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


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

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

      2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

      9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

      9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

      10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

      10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

      11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

      12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

      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