Sunset Feeder Excellence
October 17th- October 21th
Continuing Schoolwide Collaboration
- "Continue to Collect Artifacts of Practice to Monitor the Work of All Teams
- During Staff Meetings, have various Collaborative Teams Present Products of their Work
- Identify and Assist Teams that are Struggling with the collaborative process
- Intervene and Take Necessary Steps for Teams that are Dysfunctional or not Engaging in the Collaborative Process
- Focus Sit-in Observations on Teams needing the Most Assistance and Provide More Autonomy to Teams Functioning Well
- Meet with the Leadership Team to Reflect on the Schoolwide Collaborative Team Processes and Plan Adjustments if Necessary" p. 111-112
Writing Rubric Feedback
Each campus have determined collective commitments for the core content areas. The principal should have a leadership "footprint" that is evident in each content area.
By now, the principal should have reviewed at least the tested writing grade level to ensure the teacher's effective use of the state assessment rubric. Students should have at least one writing sample in a portfolio (short answer response at high school as well). Administrators and CIC's should review the scored writing sample and provide feedback on the teacher's feedback/small group to individual students. Students should rewrite the essay based upon feedback for a higher score. As in the past, teachers should have guidance on the revising and editing needed based upon the samples of student writing. Peabody is asking other grade levels to take turns as second scorers. There is also an emphasis on providing feedback and revisions vs. quantity of essays.
- Ribbons for perfect attendance each six weeks
- Awards for highest percentage of attendance by classroom/grade
- Counselor Goals to follow-up immediately with individual student needs
- Parent meetings for students with attendance concerns
- Keeping a "temperature" of attendance with a target above 98.6
Don't forget... Activities/Celebrations/Failure Reports
Failure Reports are due to ED
Branding Your School
Parent Conference Refinements
- Pre-scheduled conferences
- Passport theme for students to earn a jeans day by visiting special area teachers!
- Central location for Parent Portal, counselor, PTA, etc.
- Scheduled times for different meetings (i.e. grade level, seniors, new families, etc.)
From the Academic Facilitators...
Math Notes: Problem Solving (Close Reading Strategy)
I was unable to discuss this strategy with CICs this past week due to another task I was working on for the feeder. I hope to visit with each campus and discuss Close Reading in a Math Framework during the next two weeks.
RLA Curricular Updates
Dallas Reads is a partnership between the Dallas ISD and community partners highlighting and celebrating the critical role of literacy in students’ lives through special events scheduled throughout the school year. The events calendar can be accessed at http://tiny.cc/dallasreadscalendar. Check out videos of our first two events in the sections below!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Language and Literacy kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) with a lecture by Richard J. Gonzales, author of Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas on September 15. View the highlights here! Students can celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by reading books about this year’s theme: Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future. A book list can be found on the Dallas ISD Library Catalog.
Formative Reading Assessment Windows
Following are the beginning of year (BOY), middle of year (MOY), and end of year (EOY) reading assessment windows:
ISIP/Achieve 3000 (Grades 3–8)
BOY: September 1, 2016–September 30, 2016
MOY: January 10, 2017–February 3, 2017
EOY: May 1, 2017–May 26, 2017
Reading Inventory (Grades 9–10)
BOY: August 24, 2016–September 23, 2016
MOY: December 12, 2016–January, 22, 2017
EOY: May 1, 2017–May 26, 2017
*Congratulations to the following elementary and middle schools that tested over 90% of their students on Achieve 3000 during the BOY window!
Peabody, Rosemont Middle, and Lida Hooe
Professional Development Reminder
Upcoming RLA Teacher PD
Writing Series: Analyzing Student Responses*
Just in Time Unit Planning
New Teacher Academy RLA Refresher: Text-dependent Tasks*
Data-driven Instruction in the Reading Language Arts Classroom
New Teacher Academy RLA Refresher: Academic Vocabulary*
All sessions are for teachers of grades 3–12 and will be held at the H. B. Bell School Support Service Center located at 2909 N. Buckner Blvd, Dallas, 75228.
*Teachers enrolled in the New Teacher (9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9) or Writing Series (9/20, 10/4, 10/18) must attend all sessions in the series.
There are several steps that need to be taken over the next few weeks in order to participate in the Dallas ISD Spelling Bee:
1. Designate a Campus Spelling Bee Coordinator.
· Campuses are responsible for the registration fee of $145. Schools may pay the enrollment fee by credit card or by check, with a $7.50 check processing fee added for check payments. Scripps does not accept purchase orders.
· Enrollment period is from August 22 through October 13, 2016. Please take into account additional time that may be needed for Dallas ISD to process the check request for your campus.
3. Once you have received confirmation of your enrollment with Scripps, please register with
Ms. Martinez' Campus Visits
Tuesday- T&L Tuesday to collaborate with Reading AF's in open forum & CIC Support Meeting: Kahn
Wednesday- Greiner Support Planning Meeting & CIC Support Meetings: Lida Hooe & Rosemont
Thursday- Sunset CIC Support Meetings: Anson Jones, Winnetka & Peabody
Friday- Secondary Fair Day, & Garza RI Campus Visit
Professional Learning Communities
This year, we are focusing on content area leadership led by the principal.
- What evidence do you have to show you have reviewed progress monitoring and provided guidance for adjustments? What evidence do you have that these adjustments are being made?
- How are your CIC's strategically supporting all teachers? What is their master schedule for the week?
- As a campus- What are your SMART Goals for each state tested Areas- What are they?
- What is your Literacy Plan to follow-up on the cohort from last year? Have your teachers begun leveled readers? What is the expectation for small groups?
- What are your collective campus commitments and how have you monitored them?
- How are teachers following up with your feedback?
- How are you improving writing instructional leadership?
The following are the four core questions for PLC's using data:
Q1. What do we want our students to learn?
Q2. How will we know they have learned it?
Q3. How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty?
Q4. How will we respond when a student already knows it?
Have a great week!
Campus Visits- This Week
Tuesday, October 18th- Individual supports and reports completed, AJES/Rosemont
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016- ED mtg with School Leadership, Sunset High School
Friday, October 21, 2016- Secondary Fair Day
Campus Based Performance Management
We are currently in the PHASE 1: Goal Setting Conference portion of the
Campus Based Performance Management System.
(See Graphic Below)
For the 3R System, principals should be reviewing goals of employees and conducting conferences. DEADLINE OCTOBER 14
For Counselors, principals should be reviewing goal and conducting conferences. DEADLINE OCTOBER 14
For Media Specialists, principals should be reviewing goals and conducting conferences. DEADLINE OCTOBER 14
All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year.
October 13, 2016
High School Principals
(November 4, 2016)
October 6, 2016
High School Principals
Gabriela Corona Zavala
All Assistant Principals
All Campus Personnel
17-20--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery
5--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)
7--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)
5-9--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)
9—STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline
10-23--ACP Make Up Window (K-12)
30—March NEAP Assessments (select campuses)
6-9--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery
6-April 5--TELPAS (K-12)
28--STAAR EOC English I (9-12 and Retest)
28--STAAR Writing Day (Grades 4 & 7)
28--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)
29--STAAR Reading (Grades & 8)
29--STAAR Math (Grades 7 Pre-AP & 8)
30--STAAR EOC English II & Retest
31-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline
3-21--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)
1-5--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12 & Retest)
8--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)
8--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)
9--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)
19--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)
10--STAAR Science (Grades 5, 7th Pre AP, & 8)
11--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)
12-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline
26--1--ACP (Grades 6-12)
June 2--15--ACP Make Up Window (Grades 6-12)
District-wide Principal Meetings – The number of district-wide principal meetings was reduced to once each six weeks and the time will remain 1:00PM – 5:00PM and the location will also remain the same. The dates are:
December 14th – Winter Celebration TBD
Feeder Principal Meetings
o 2nd six weeks – November 1st – November 11th;
Suggested Meeting Date: November 3 Winnetka
o 3rd six weeks - January 10th – January 20th;
Suggested Meeting Date: January 12 Rosemont
o 4th six weeks - February 21st – March 3rd;
Suggested Meeting Date: February 23 Sunset
o 5th six weeks - April 10th – April 21st;
Suggested Meeting Date: April 13th Lida Hooe
o 6th six weeks - June 5th – June 15th
Suggested Meeting Date: June 15 Greiner
All Feeder Meetings will be at 9:00 am
Textbook On-line Access
Textbooks availability- on-line resources, who has accessed?
The link below is to Curriculum Central. Online access is handled through Teaching & Learning. Roland Antoine with IT is the lead on the districts transition to Clever. Clever is portal that provides “most” of the districts online resources for teachers and students with a single sign on solution for easier access.
How are you modeling processes for teachers to utilize within classroom for student perception?
Discover Dallas ISD- All Campus Participation
Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2-4pm
Ellis Davis Field House
Student visits by last name:9-12:30 A-L
Feeder-wide visits? If you are not a magnet, how is your school branded? What are your selling points? Begin working with communications to refine your marketing... Alternatives within a feeder, marketing each other.