Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates
October 19, 2015
Bayles Superhero Team Participates in the Teaching Trust's Executive Ed Training
It's My Park Day - Saturday, October 24th, 9AM-NOON
Individuals, business/community groups and corporate teams are invited to organize and participate in beautification projects at their neighborhood parks.
Sign up by October 16th at DallasParks.org or call Park & Rec at (214) 670-1923.
Coordinated School Health Try-It Tuesday
- Try to commit to one small change from the My Health Booster in the CATCH Coordination Toolkit (i.e., move more during passing periods, walk with coworkers after school, etc.)
- Try to coordinate a staff luncheon with all GO or SLOW foods.
- During National School Lunch Week*, try to let students see you eating a GO Food in cafeteria.
- Try to coordinate with parents and students to participate in the or the Healthy Harvest Fun Run/Walk. National Observance or Dallas Event designated on CSH Calendar.
- Provide teachers with stress balls during World Mental Health Day, as well as numerous stress-reducing techniques (i.e., count to ten, take a deep breath, go for a walk, etc.).
Hill's Superhero Team Participates in the Teaching Trust's Executive Ed Training
Texas schools alter student instruction metric
This year onward, Texas public schools will measure student instruction in terms of minutes, rather than days. Previously they had to provide 180 days of instruction; however, the metric has been altered to 75,600 minutes, meaning that if a school needs to make up extra time, they can add minutes to current school days instead of adding additional days to the school calendar. The Texas Education Agency’s Debbie Ratcliffe said it will avoid situations where make-up days are scheduled for occasions such as Good Friday.
Casa View's Superhero Team Participates in the Teaching Trust's Executive Ed Training
The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be October 20-22. 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.
Commissioner Williams shortens Grades 3-8 STAAR assessments
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified school districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will reduce the length of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in grades 3–8 for the 2016 spring administrations.
“House Bill 743, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this year, requires STAAR assessments be designed so 85 percent of students can complete the grades 3–5 assessments in two hours and 85 percent of students can complete the grades 6–8 assessments in three hours,” said Commissioner Williams. “The steps I’m announcing for the coming school year are merely the first as TEA works to meet the legislative requirements while also balancing the validity and reliability of each assessment.”
To meet this legislative requirements of HB 743, TEA will take the following actions in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years:
For 2016 only, TEA will remove all currently-embedded field-test questions for STAAR grades 3–8, which will reduce the length of each assessment by five to eight questions.
TEA has also redesigned the 2016 STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing tests so they will be completed in one four-hour administration.
In addition, Commissioner Williams advised that TEA will also collect detailed data during the spring 2016 test administration on the time it takes students to complete the assessments. That data will then be used to determine how to adjust the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments for spring 2017 testing to more precisely meet the testing time requirements of HB 743.
To read Commissioner Williams’ letter to school districts, visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Reduction_of_Number_of_Questions,_State_of_Texas_Assessments_of_Academic_Readiness_%28STAAR®%29_Grades_3–8_Assessments.
Paint the Town Purple
October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The City of Dallas' Domestic Violence Task Force is launching a PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE domestic violence awareness campaign throughout the month of October.
Participants are asked to Paint Yourselves Purple in solidarity of the cause and to come together as community to help end domestic violence in Dallas. For you this may be wearing a purple ribbon on your lapel for the month of October, for others it may be painting one fingernail purple, or wearing purple to work.
For your neighborhood, it may be switching out your porch lights to purple bulbs for the month of October, or placing purple ribbons on your door wreath. Offices may have their employees wear purple on Fridays, change their storefronts to a purple theme, have purple flowers in their lobbies, or to host "lunch and learn" seminars to learn more about domestic violence prevention and resources available to them in their workplace. You can demonstrate your support and commitment to ending domestic violence however you like.
The Taskforce hopes to not only educate the public about this public safety issue, but also to bring the community together in solidarity to end domestic violence in our City. It is your job to change the culture of silence that surrounds domestic violence. I hope you will help us Paint the Town Purple in October.
Thanks to a generous donation from Walmart, the Taskforce was able to purchase purple light bulbs for citizens to use in their porch lights. There are thirty locations throughout Dallas where you can pick up a FREE purple light bulb to put in your porch light.
Compliance Videos We All Love To Watch
The due date for the completion of all videos is October 31, 2015.
Bullying Prevention for Administrators, Teachers, and Staff
Darkness to Light (Child Sexual Abuse)
Let's Talk About It: Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and other Maltreatment of Children
Legal Issues: Sexual Harassment
Suicide Prevention: Don't Keep It a Secret
Texas Educators' Code of Ethics
What You Need to Know About Concussions
Monday, October 19, 2015
- Student Holiday / Staff PD
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
- Literacy Cadre at Casa View
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
- District Principals Meeting at Hulcy
- Literacy Cadre at Sanger
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Literacy Cadre at Smith
Cougars vs. North Dallas at 7:00 PM Loos - Couch Field
Teacher of the Year Ice Cream Social
Bryan Adams Fall Show
Friday, October 23, 2015
- Bryan Adams Fall Show
Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)
7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)
9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)
7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)
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 Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7)
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 FEEDER PATTERN
- Bryan Adams High School - Principal Richard Kastl
- 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