The Voice of Kimball Nation

September 7 - 11, 2015

Executive Director's Message

As I have visited classrooms this past week, I have seen so much effort to improve the quality of instruction we are providing to students. It looks like we are doing our HOMEWORK! When we take some extra time to practice the concepts we learned together we get better at our craft. Principals are creating conditions for better teaching and learning to occur by allocating resources, putting programs and procedures in place, and working directly with teachers. To make our work most effective we will focus our efforts on the leverage points that will lead to the greatest gains for student achievement. As a feeder pattern we will embrace three leverage points that research shows will make the greatest impact on teaching in learning.

I have listed the three leverage points we will focus on throughout the year 1) High Quality Instruction, 2) Feedback and Follow-up and 3) Relevant Professional Development. I know each of you have embedded these targets in your Campus Action Plans and working together with aligned goals we will achieve collective success. We will use these leverage points to build teacher leadership capacity and improve student achievement.

These three leverage points will be a laser focus on what goes on in the classroom, specifically on the urgency of developing teaching and learning behaviors that lead to improved student learning. Our end goal will continue be to increase student achievement, and we will begin with focusing on the most effective leverage points to develop our teachers.

Make it a GREAT week!!

Dr. Cheryl Wright

Kimball Feeder Pattern - Leverage Points

Partners in Education School Supply Drive at Margaret B. Henderson Elementary

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The Partners in Education school supply drive at Margaret B. Henderson Elementary was a big success! Every student received a school supply box along with a colorful backpack filled with supplies and a school uniform. Margaret B. Henderson Elementary and Federal Reserve Bank have been Partners in Education for the last three decades and continue to have a strong partnership.

Volunteers from the Federal Reserve Bank support the students and teachers at Henderson Elementary throughout the year, by participating in READ-Ins, supporting the tutoring program, Adopt a Family Program, the Career Day Program, and providing resources to teachers as well as, supporting teacher appreciation week and student recognition awards. Thank you to the Federal Reserve Bank volunteers. You are stellar Partners in Education!

The 5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Strong teams within a school are essential to retaining and sustaining teachers. In schools with low staff turnover teachers report feeling connected to colleagues and supported by them. Click on the link above to read more.

The Coaches' Corner

The Coaches' Corner will be a weekly feature used to target leverage points for effective leadership skills. This section will include a specific coaching focus, helpful artifacts and resources, and guiding questions to focus your work. This week's targets are listed below.

Coaching focus

Spot observations and fidelity to the TEI Rubric


Schoolnet / Entering data into the Spot Observation Tracker

Guiding Questions

How are you using the data from the spot tracker?

How are you following up on feedback?

Gradual Release of Responsibility

The Gradual Release model allows students to give feedback to the teacher on what they have learned. Students take ownership of the concept and are able to express the learning in the way they perceived it. Check out the video for a closer look.


Monday, September 7th

· Labor Day / Staff and Student Holiday

Tuesday, September 8th

· Carpenter ES – 1:30 – 2:30 / Scheduled Visit

Wednesday, September 9th

· CIP Work Session @ Kimball HS 2:30 – 4:30

Thursday, September 10th

· Brashear ES – 8:15 – 9:45 / Scheduled Visit

· Kimball HS 10:00 – 12:00 / Scheduled Visit

Friday, September 11th

· Zan W. Holmes MS – 1:00 – 2:30 / Scheduled Visit

· Maria Moreno ES – 2:45 – 4:30 / Scheduled Visit

On the Horizon

Sept. 8 - Science Fair Coordinators' Meeting @ Buckner

Sept. 9 - Work Session for CIP

Sept 9 - Principals' SchoolNet Training Option #2 (7am, 10am, 4pm @ Haskell)

Sept. 16 - School Improvement (IR) Meetings

Sept. 11 - Fall Field Trips Due / Fundraising

Sept. 11 - Complete Goal Setting Conferences

Sept 11 - Principals' SchoolNet Training Option #3 (7am, 10am, 4pm @ Webinar)

Sept 8 - Science Fair Coordinators' Meeting @ Buckner

Sept 9 - Principals' SchoolNet Training Option #2 (7am, 10am, 4pm @ Haskell)

Sept 11 - Principals' SchoolNet Training Option #3 (7am, 10am, 4pm @ Webinar)

Sept 14 - Districtwide Principals' Meeting (1-5pm @ Hulcy)

Sept 14 - Assistant Principals' Focus Group (4-6pm @ Haskell)

Sept 18 - TEI Score Cards Released - Principal's Available until 8:00 PM

Sept 18 - DDI Process Established

Sept 23 - New Safety Coordinator Training (8am @ Maria Luna)

Sept 24 - Existing Safety Coordinator Training (8am @ Maria Luna)

Sept 25 - Revised Campus Improvement Plan due to ED

* Note the Districtwide Principals' Meeting date has changed to Sept. 14th


Each teacher should maintain three grades per week in GradeSpeed. Accurate reporting of grades is in accordance with district policy and provides data on students that may be struggling and need additional help. Continue to focus teachers on keeping student grades updated.

Quote of the Week

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Congratulations!! Kimball Knights Winners of the "Oak Cliff Super Bowl"

Justin F. Kimball Feeder Pattern - Division 1

Embrace Opportunities. . . Unlock Potential. . . Inspire Excellence! "KIMBALL NATION"