Gonzalez Premier Express

Week of September 26, 2016


This week 5E will lead our school with the morning announcements. Please make sure students are in the main of office by 7:58 . Also, ensure that the students selected are familiar with the script used. You can find the morning announcement script here.


To become the PREMIER elementary school in Dallas ISD
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Common Assessments, IStation, and Achieve3000 are a great data source to help us determine student academic strengths and deficiencies. I know that we are taking these assessments seriously; let's make sure that our students and parents know the importance of any formative assessment so that each stakeholder knows what needs to be done for each one of our scholars to be successful. If we are preparing our lessons with the end in mind, then we are planning rigorous lessons addressing high leverage TEKS preparing our students for the next grade level, end of the year assessment, ACPs, and common assessments. Remember, district-wide there is a direct correlation between the ACPs and the Achievement assessments.

Let’s make sure that we are addressing our student deficiencies as we recruit support from our parents. I know we are making of this year the best for our students!!!


  • Third Grade team for representing our school very well during our Teaching Trust visit. During the observations, there was evidence of great preparation and alignment between the TEKS, LO, DOL and instructional practices.

Education Go Get it Week

It was such a pleasure to have had the opportunity to see the eagerness and joy our students and staff displayed during Education Go Get it Week (EGGW). This event was a success thanks to the great team effort and collaboration under Ms. Shelby's leadership. The purpose of EGGW is for young senators to learn more about going to college and its importance. Let's continue to have college-going and career conversations with our students and make going to college a reality for our students. I know we are impacting the lives of our young senators and making sure that our instruction is focused on helping students to get ready for college and the workforce. See pictures below of our college-going spirit

School Priority # 3 is to broaden constructive relationships with the members of school community.

Our PTA meeting was another success!!! Part of this meeting was share with our parents about Title I and our TAG program. Also, Mr. Evangelister worked with our 1st grade students to perform for our parents; we had a great turn out. Let's continue to make sure we encourage parent participation in school events, parent workshops, and parent conferences to create partnerships to build the whole child.

We want to express our gratitude to our PTA officers, Ms. Terronez, Ms. Almendarez, Ms. Gamiz, and Ms. Gomez for their efforts and continued support.
Teachers and staff who participated and represented their grade level and/or department.

  • Mr. Martinez - PreK
  • Mrs. Drake - Kinder
  • Ms. Ortega - First grade
  • Ms. Windham - Second grade
  • Ms. Thiele - Third grade
  • Ms. Brown and Ms. Rentowski - fourth grade
  • Ms. Trevino, Mrs. Buchannon, and Ms. Iberosi - Fifth grade
  • Mrs. Blasingame and Ms. Wilburn - Specials
  • Ms. Martinez and Ms. Gomez - Support staff
  • Mr. Mena and Ms. Tucker - Leadership Team

5th Grade Math Parent Workshop

Continuing to support our goal # 3 of building constructive relationships with the members of school community, Mrs. Buchannon and Ms. Iberosi conducted a parent workshop discussing homework expectations and modeled a lesson on division and multiplication for parents. Ms. Gomez supported as a translator to ensure everyone is on the same page.


  • For after school tutoring and enrichment classes, please release students to the cafeteria at 3:15. We want to make sure that our students are supervised at all times. Also, remind students of the expectations of transitions and level of noise - Implement HALL to the extend possible.
  • If you have not already done so, Mrs. Buchannon sent an e-mail last week regarding a group of students who are being trained to help in your class with students who need extra help after school. If you are a teacher in need and could use the help of a responsible 5th grade Super Scholar, please email mafranklin@dallasid.org with the following: number of Scholars wanted, days of your tutoring / times, room number / Section (bilingual or general ed.), Your name / Subject

  • Plan, align, and write our LO and DOL in student friendly terms and post them in a prominent place. Remember to use the Knowledge and Skill statement to ensure the appropriate level of rigor is being addressed in the LO.
  • During transitions remember HALL H (Hands to self) A (All feet on the 2nd square), L (Lips closed), L (low speed).
  • Let’s keep including more Student to Student Engagement, tied to the LO.
  • We are conducting conferences with each student so that they know what they need to achieve while recruiting support & assistance from their home.


Monday, September 26 -
  • Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15
  • PreK - 2nd CLASS observations continue. Please, see the schedule placed in your box for the window for your class.
  • 3:30-4:15 - Swimming Group 1
  • 3:30 - 5:00 Teaching Trust Group Goal Setting - TT Leadership group

Tuesday, September 27-

  • Clay Leadership - 30 minutes. Please, welcome the volunteers and support them as they execute the leadership lessons with our students. Our goal is for our 3rd - 5th grade students to learn about leadership, reflect, and set goals to become productive leaders in our school/community. We will follow the same rotation as communicated before.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Tutoring Continues. Please, submit your extra duty pay request. Also, find a copy of tutoring letters here. Remember, you will have to Sign In (at the top of the page) with your EAD credentials. Look for After School Tutoring Form 2016-2017

Wednesday, September 28-

  • Weekly PLC Meetings - Data Meetings Reading and 3rd grade Math
  • 3:40 - 4:40 Grade Level Chair / Attendance for Credit Meeting

Thursday, September 29-

  • Weekly PLC Meetings - Data Meetings Math and 3rd grade Reading
  • Weekly PD - Continue to collaborate with your grade level to finalize the 2nd six weeks instructional calendar
  • 3:30-4:15 Swimming Group 2
  • Lesson Plans due by 5:00 p.m.
  • SPRUCE HS HOMECOMING COMMUNITY PEP RALLY - Front Lawn of Spruce HS. (student organizations will be selling hotdogs, nachos, street tacos, drinks, chips, etc.)6:30pm Food and Fun. 7:00 pm starts

Friday, September 30 -

  • 1st Six Weeks Ends
  • 2nd Six weeks Instructional calendar due - Cordoba
  • Dyslexia Log Due

Saturday, October 1 -

  • Teaching Trust - 8:00 - 4:00

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

  • October 7 - Deadline to submit all of your compliance videos certificates to Ms. Martinez. Please, see e-mail sent on July 19, 2016.
  • October 14 - Proposal Deadline fall field trips and out-of-school activities

Employee Policy and Compliance Acknowledgment

In compliance with state and federal laws, Dallas ISD requires that all employees, including contractors, complete an Annual Policy and Compliance Acknowledgment at the beginning of every school year.

Between Sept. 19 and Oct. 31, using their EAD username and password, employees are required to log into the Annual Policy and Compliance Acknowledgment application at http://PolicyAcknowledgement.dallasisd.org/ to acknowledge the following:

For more time and flexibility to review these documents, employees can read them by clicking on the links above before logging into the application.

So, What are the Other Kids Doing?

As we continue to make sure our Guided Reading routine is as perfect as possible, please see the message below from Ms. Doretha Allen, Academic Facilitator.

Apprehension comes for the well intentioned reading teacher when approaching guided reading because they may have the question, “What the other are kids doing?” This is a good questions and the answer is high quality learning centers/stations. This takes planning! Clear expectations and routines help students know where to go and what to do. The station/center work must be planned for the cognitive demand of the students and should meet the following criteria:

  • Students should be able to do the work independently

  • Students should be able to complete the work in the allotted time frame

  • Comprehension skill work aligned to the objective for the day

  • Students may have a product when they leave station/center

These articles may provide a deeper understanding.



Process Standard 1B - Strategy

Please see the message below from Ms. Felicia Marshall, Academic Facilitator.

As we continue to move forward in guiding our scholars to understand word problems here’s step-by-step process of how to PROBE our scholars thinking for them to become successful to solve word problems through the lens of Process Standard 1B:

Use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution

Teacher Actions are as follows:

  • Students lets "LOOK" at this word problem....(These questions will assist your students to "ANALYZE" the given information)
    • What is the problem about?
    • What are the important details?
    • Can you rewrite the question in your own words?
  • Next students, let's "FORMULATE A PLAN OR STRATEGY...."
    • What strategy will you use? (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division)
    • Is there any missing information?
    • Show your work and try to display it using more than one way.... (Also, refer to the "QWC Chart”....draw a picture, use manipulatives, create a graph, table etc.)
    • Did you answer the question?
    • Does your answer make sense?
    • Did your problem solving process make sense?
    • How do you know this is correct?
    • Explain/Justify your thinking (written/oral)

Asking the following questions will help your scholars to conceptually understand the process of what the problem is truly asking them and they can make sense of how to solve a word problem through PROBING them step by step until it becomes second nature...

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