David G. Burnet Elementary

Shining Stars Gazette - May 4th, 2015

3rd week of the 6th six weeks


Good First Instruction - Notes from your principal

Please do not take down instructional displays from the walls. K-2 cover your walls, but do not take down instructional displays. We want students to continue learning after ITBS/Logramos. 3-5 you will also cover the walls for ACP testing, but do not take down the instructional displays. We want to focus on good first instruction until the last day of school. Let's finish strong! Your commitment to our students and the pursuit of excellence is present everyday at Burnet. Thanks for choosing Burnet!

Let's continue making everyday the best day ever at Burnet!



Our vision is to guide and direct our students, so they become productive citizens, lifelong learners, and future leaders. We are committed to providing the best education possible for every child.


Empowering students to become passionate learners. David G. Burnet Elementary is committed to ensuring each child a quality of education. We believe that quality of education should prepare a youngster for further education and responsible, productive citizenship.

Personal Vision Statements from Staff 4.28.15:

  • Our students have a difficult life.
  • They will win
  • No self pity
  • Going to the next level
  • Make learning fun
  • Student success
  • Compassion
  • Make a difference
  • Authentic
  • Family
  • Adventure
  • Caring
  • Happy
  • Respectful
  • Responsibility
  • Feeling of belonging
  • Commitment
  • Effectiveness
  • Making a difference
  • Serving my students
  • Happy in life
  • Caring
  • Leadership
  • Passion
  • Enthusiasm
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Fun
  • Kindness
  • Passion
  • Exciting to learn
  • Patience
  • Success
  • Goals
  • Compassion
  • High Expectations
  • Faith that things will turn out well.
  • Family
  • Flexible in my student needs.
  • Pride in who I serve
  • Education is the cornerstone of a better society
  • Harmony, trust and a sense of humor
  • Loyal to my students success
  • Instill a drive for learning
  • Instill hope
  • Perseverance
  • Attainable Goals
  • High Expectations
  • Supportive and Orientated Personal Development

Key Action 1: Sustain a Positive Culture

Club Sandwich Deliverying Lunch for Saturday School Students! Thanks Mr. Carrillo and Ms. Duenes for helping with Saturday School. Thanks for our volunteers and teachers for helping our All Stars!

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Key Action 2: High Quality Instruction and Engagment

Key Action 3: Data-Driven Instruction

Teacher Performance Rubric - Overview of Domains and Indicators

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

1.1 Demonstrates knowledge of content, concepts, and skills

1.2 Demonstrates knowledge of students

1.3 Plans or selects aligned formative and summative assessments

1.4 Integrates monitoring of student data into instruction

1.5 Develops standards-based unit and lesson plans

Domain 2: Instructional Practice

2.1 Establishes clear, aligned standards-based lesson objective(s)

2.2 Measures student mastery through a demonstration of learning (DOL)

2.3 Clearly presents instructional content

2.4 Checks for academic understanding

2.5 Engages students at all learning levels in rigorous work

2.6 Activates higher-order thinking skills

Domain 3: Classroom Culture

3.1 Maximizes instructional time

3.2 Maintains high student motivation

3.3 Maintains a welcoming environment that promotes learning and positive interactions

Domain 4: Professionalism & Collaboration

4.1 Models good attendance for students

4.2 Follows policies and procedures, and maintains accurate student records

4.3 Engages in professional development

4.4 Engages in professional community

4.5 Establishes relationships with families and communities

Week At-A-Glance

Monday, May 4th, 2015

  • Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • Planning Day Reading 5th grade
  • Continue progress monitoring
  • Faculty Meeting - ACP Testing Training, SLO Training and Istation Task Force

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

  • Teacher Appreciation Surprise!
  • Continue progress monitoring
  • No Collaborative Planning Meeting (Complete climate survey and work on your SLO)
  • ITBS/Logramos K-2
  • Specials - 3rd switches with 1st and 5th switches with 2nd
  • NO K-2 Tutoring

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfast!
  • Continue progress monitoring
  • NO Student Clubs & sports
  • ITBS/Logramos K-2
  • Specials - 3rd switches with 1st and 5th switches with 2nd
  • Grade Level Chair meeting @ 3:15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

  • Teacher Appreciation Surprise!
  • Continue progress monitoring
  • Thursday folder goes home
  • Remind 2nd and 4th grade students to wear college t-shirts tomorrow
  • ITBS/Logramos K-2
  • Specials - 3rd switches with 1st and 5th switches with 2nd
  • NO K-2 Tutoring

Friday, May 8th, 2015

  • Teacher Appreciation Cake and Surprise!
  • Staff with perfect attendance all week can wear jeans. Ms. Lupe will monitor :)
  • ITBS/Logramos K-2
  • Specials - 3rd switches with 1st and 5th switches with 2nd
  • Please send kudos to Ms. Loskot by 2:00 pm

Quote of the Week

Think BIG

Think Differently Act Courageously

STAY Calm and Shine On!

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Soccer/Spring Carnival!

Friday, May 15th, 4-6pm

3200 KInkade Drive

Dallas, TX

Please sign up in the main office to help with our school fundraiser, either playing soccer or assisting with the spring carnival. See Ms. C. Gonzalez with ideas or questions. Let's make this last fundraiser the best one ever!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Action Items

Professional Learning Opportunities - Summer 2015

Registration will open Monday, May 4, 2015. Please click on the link to view catalog.

Junior League of Dallas Grants for Innovative Teaching

Deadline for 2015-2016 applications is Monday, May 18th at 5:00 p.m. Click on the link to view website and pertinent information concerning this grant.

Important Dates!

May 4th - 8th : Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 4th - 8th: ACP 3rd Art

May 4th: Planning Day Reading 5th

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo / National Teacher's Day!

May 5th-8th ITBS/Logramos K-2

May 7th: National School Nurse Day!

May 12th: 5th Grade STAAR Reading Retake

May 14th-15: ACP 5th PE

May 18th: PreK & Specials PTO Meeting

May 19th: K-5 ACP Math

May 20th: K-5 ACP Reading

May 21st: 3-5 ACP Science

May 22nd: 3-5 ACP Social Studies

May 25th: Memorial Day Holiday

May 26th: 3-5 ACP Language Arts

May 29th: 5th Grade Grammy's 2-3:30!

June 2nd: Field Day

June 3rd: Field Day

June 3rd: Awards Assembly K-2

June 4th: Awards Assembly 3-5

June 5th: Students Last Day of School / Volunteer Recognition

BEST DAY EVER - Everyday

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