Carter Chronicle

The week of January 18-22

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

January 19

All Primary evaluators must review and take action(either verify or return) on all Wave Two DTR applications

January 22

All Wave Two DTR applications must receive primary evaluator final verification

January 25

Last day for students to count for teachers regarding second semester data.

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Ensure the items below are emailed to Ms. Torres on the due date specified.

January 20nd- ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS please take your current master schedule to District Wide Principal's meeting

January 22nd- STAAR/EOC Written Tutoring/Intervention Action Plans are due!


January 20th

  • AASI Meeting @ 12PM Dallas County Schools-AASI Principals ONLY!

The African-American Success Initiative (AASI) is moving full steam ahead for the 2015-2016 school year. This week we want to highlight the wonderful work of Dr. Sharroky Hollie who completed the second installment of his four part culturally linguistic teaching and learning series for teachers, campus instructional coaches and academic facilitators. The month of January he focused on Classroom Management, Academic Vocabulary and Academic Literacy. Participates in this training walked away with valuable tools to utilize in their classrooms to effectively teach students while embracing cultural backgrounds and language utilized by students.

AASI is now gearing up for students to participate in two exciting programming opportunities. On February 18, students will participate in a wonderful academic focused matinee at the Dallas Black Dance Academy. Students will be exposed to a program that is aligned with TEKS to encourage creative learning outside the classroom

Stay tuned for more exciting details coming from the African American Success Initiative! For more information, please contact Jamila Thomas, AASI Coordinator.


District-wide principal meetings will now be held in a new location listed below. Please ensure that you do not attend any future meetings at D. A. Hulcy STEAM any longer.


Dallas County Public Schools

5151 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228


Below, is the link for our Feeder Reasoning Mind monthly report. Please read through the report.


Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Scholar/Teacher HOLIDAY- NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Unannounced campus visits
  • Office visit @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • ED Meeting with School Leadership - Doug Reeves @ 8:15 (Ms. Torres)
  • Weiss Campus visit @ 9:45-10:45
  • AASI 'Tacky Box' training at Dallas County Schools for ONLY AASI campuses @12:00-12:45
  • District-wide Principal's Meeting @ 1-5 (Elementary Principals please take a copy of your Master schedule to the ;meeting.)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Unannounced Campus visits
  • Office visit @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)

Friday, January 22, 2016

  • School Leadership Meeting 8:15-10:30 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)
  • Check in Meeting w/Mr. Cordero (Ms. Torres) @ 10:30
  • ED/AF Coaching Meeting 2nd floor Conference Room @ 11:00
  • AASI Mtg. w/School Leadership (Ms. Torres/Mr. Luna) 1:00-2:15
  • Haskell office visit ( Ms. Torres) @ 2:30

3-5 Cadre Training Topics for Cohort II (Elementary Principals ONLY)

Dates for Cohort II Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 10 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday. March 9 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, May 18 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, June 1 @ Nolan Estes

*All Training Sessions will be from 2:00-5:00PM- Send Literacy Coach and 2 strong teachers who can deliver the PD to your staff successfully*


CONGRATULATIONS to MARTIN WEISS for winning Feeder proposal named THE LEADER IN ME! This proposal will affect the entire feeder. Once again, congratulations to Martin Weiss for a job well done.



The number of 9th/10th grade A Honor Roll students DOUBLED since the first six weeks of school! Very Proud of the Carter Feeder 9th/10th grade students.

Carter Varsity Girls Basketball Team

Carter 39

Roosevelt 29

Overall record is 8 and 6.

Good job!


The STEM Department personally invite the Carter feeder pattern to STEM Day 2016! This exciting day of hands-on learning and exploration will be held Saturday, February 6, at Skyline High School from 8 am - 4 pm. Registration is required and is now open at

STEM Day was featured in the Dallas ISD The Same Page Newsletter email on January 8 ( The response has been overwhelming and classes are filling quickly.

In order to ensure they have an equitable representation from the district, please encourage your students and parents to register today.
We look forward to seeing you at STEM Day 2016!


The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations is currently planning an appreciation in honor of the Trustees for Board Appreciation Month. They are asking that students participate by making a token of appreciation for their respective trustee in the form of small art projects that can be presented at on January 28, 2016 at the appreciation lunch. Please submit one project per grade level to be gifted to the Trustee Joyce Foreman. The gifts should be completed and ready for pick up no later than Monday, January 25, 2016. If you have any questions please feel free to contact 972-925-3296 or by e-mail at Let's show Trustee Foreman our appreciation as a feeder!

HB 1842 Rollout- 2016 Timeline Update

Please take note of the following 2016 dates for the required development of a Turnaround Plan for Improvement Required 2,3,4,5 campuses

  • January 22, 2016: Turnaround Plan Template and instructions are released by TEA.
  • January 25, 2016: Webinar for campuses and PSPs regarding development of the Turnaround Plan. TEA plans to have a monthly webinar to answer questions that campuses encounter in the development of the Turnaround Plan.

  • February 11 and 12, 2016: Training for IR 2, 3, 4, and 5 campus Principals, EDs, and PSP at Region 10. One needs to attend either February 11 or 12.

  • April 15, 2016: DISD Turnaround Plans submitted to Dr. Chernosky for May Board Agenda Item.

  • May 1, 2016: Submission deadline of Turnaround Plan to TEA.

  • June 1, 2016: Board Approval of Turnaround Plans no later than June 1.

  • June 15, 2016: Commissioner Approval of School Turnaround Plans.

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


20th- College and Career Readiness is paying teachers to be trained by the Princeton Review: Check registration and training dates

26th- Deadline to send homemade thanking cards for your designated Board Trustee. Please send cards to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations

26th-Rookie Roundtable-Haskell 2nd Floor Conference room

28th- Board Appreciation @ Ross Ave 4:30PM

28th- Region 10 Upcoming ELAR PD Opportunity

29th- Deadline to complete the Annual Notification of District Polices and 2015-2016 Employee Handbook in oracle


1st- African Heritage Lecture Series @ St Luke's Community 12:45- Carter High School Only

9th- The Management Center training all day-Twain, McNair, Manns, and Carter

15th- Student/Teacher Holiday-No School


14th-18th- Spring Break


Data Walls

  • Please update your data walls with the latest ACP information.

4th Six-Weeks Lesson Objectives

  • ELAR unpacked 4th Six-Weeks learning objectives here

  • Avoid copying the TEKS or S.E.s as our lesson objectives – L.O.s should be specific, targeted, and backwards planned from a rigorous assessment.

Elementary Math CICs

  • Meet on Wednesday, January 20 from 8:00-4:00 at McNair Elementary. Bring laptops and the February Benchmark assessment materials.


  • Grades 3-5 Pearson Social Studies resource training – 3 teachers per elementary campus – Birdie Alexander Elementary – 3:30-5:00

  • Elementary Math CIC collaboration – Wednesday, Jan. 20 (8-4p.m.) at McNair Elementary

  • Feeder-wide Benchmark Feb. 16-19 - 3-10 STAAR assessed courses (full benchmark)

  • Writing Scoring Party Feb. 20 - 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Location TBD – 4, 7, 9, 10 writing teachers to score all benchmark essay on this day


  • Testing Window: Feb. 16-19

  • Who: 3-11 STAAR-assessed courses

  • What: AF provides assessments (2015 Released STAAR resources, 4-5 hours each)

  • Data Deadline: Feb. 26 Close of Business

  • Have you created your assessment plan (logistics, testing schedule, etc.) for that week?


Carter Coalition,

As all mid- year conferences have come to a close, it is imperative that you reflect on your first semester progress and your next steps as a campus. Remember that the action plans for improvement that are created for your campus will yield positive student results at the end of the academic school year.

The Parent conferences that were held, were also a great opportunity for you to interact with your stakeholders. I hope that you took advantage of this time by passing out important campus literature, signing up volunteers and chaperons, as well as registering for parent portal. Parents' support and involvement in our schools is key to the success of our scholars.

Have an awesome week of teaching, reflecting and learning!

Ms. Torres



6-27--I-station'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) (This date will be clarified)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

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)

**This chart will be updated as necessary


  • David W. Carter High School: Principal, Fred Davis III
  • John L. Patton Academic Center: Principal, Leslie Swann
  • STEAM Hulcy Middle School: Principal, Jonica Crowder-Lockwood
  • William H. Atwell Law Academy: Principal, Selena Deboskie
  • Barbara Manns Education Center: Principal, LeTrice Portley
  • Ronald McNair Elementary: Principal, Ariss Rider
  • T. G. Terry Elementary: Principal, Alicia Bradley
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary: Principal, Valarie Kendrick
  • Mark Twain Vanguard: Principal, Derrick Ross
  • Adelle Turner Elementary: Principal, Michael Nickson
  • Martin Weiss Elementary: Principal, Shundra Brown


Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

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.