The Weekly Comet

Volume 1 Issue 10 3-21-2016

Message from the Principal

What a nice break! The weather was great and I hope you were able to get the rest and relaxation you deserve.

It was so nice to walk the building today and see students and teachers jumping right back into great teaching and learning. This is a true testament to the level of professionalism we have here at Silberstein.

As we head into this final stretch of the school year we will undoubtedly face some trying moments. We all know how the stress and pressure can mount as the school year comes to an end. One of the things I love most about our school is the sense of family. I know we can count on each other to help us when we hit a wall.

We are doing the most important work of our time and our students benefit greatly from our work. So, hang tight, stay focused and have some fun.

Keep up the good work!


Shooting Stars

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We want to give a special shout out to some of our stars who have really shone extra bright!

Mr. Padilla, Mr. Quillin, and Ms. Bersani- These folks have been quietly working on closing the gap between 2nd and 3rd grade mathematics. Mr. Quillin and Mr. Padilla bravely accepted the challenge to create even more rigorous assessments for their students. As they evaluate their student performance, they will have created a very rigorous map of instruction to better prepare their students for 3rd grade.

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Our 3 key priorities for this year:

Reduce the achievement gap between Gen Ed students and Dual language students-

As we continue to move forward with tutoring and Saturday school, we are working to close the gap between our Gen ed students and our DL students.

Improve Purposeful Aligned Instruction - The ultimate test for effective curriculum alignment is how students perform on assessments. We know that every teacher has been working really hard to make that happen.

Improve the efficacy of professional development - With testing season underway, most of our Monday meetings will be testing meetings. We will work ot keep those as brief and focused as possible. We will begin working on creating our action plan for next year.

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TEI Updates

Spot Observations

Henry and I have begun extended observations. You will receive a notice of a 10 day window for your extended observation. Please pay close attention to the indicators on the rubric that have not been covered in the spot observations. Click on the link below to see the rubric.

Data Driven Instruction

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Next week our 4th and 5th grade students will be taking STAAR assessments. Teachers have been working diligently to to get their student ready. A big part of that preparation has been a relentless use of data to guide instructional decisions.

Saturday School

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We will have Saturday School on the following dates:

4/02; 4/16; 4/23; 4/30; 5/07

We will not have Saturday school on holiday weekends (e.g. President's day, Easter, Spring Break)

Important Upcoming Events

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Below you will see some important events for the next few weeks.

You can also check out our electronic Silberstein Calendar anytime. Go to to see all our upcoming events.

Inclement Weather Day-Staff and Student Holiday

Friday, March 25th, 8am-3pm

Dallas Independent School District, Dallas County, TX, United States


No school today!

First Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, March 23rd, 11:30am-1:30pm

5938 Skillman Street

Dallas, TX

1st graders will be going to the Dallas Children's Theater on Skillman to watch The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

STAAR Assessment

Tuesday, March 29th, 8am-3pm


STAAR Assessment

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 8am-3pm


Reading Mock STAAR (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9am-1pm