Lincoln/ Madison Feeder

Legendary Leadership * World-class Scholarship

Week of February 1, 2016

Our Vision

The Lincoln/Madison Feeder Pattern prepares scholars to lead, think, communicate and compete as responsible citizens who are college and career bound.

Kudos to Our Teachers!

This was a great week of teaching and learning at our schools. Our teachers are working extremely hard, and I was particularly impressed with what I saw in our writing classrooms this week. During the Instructional Audit at Roberts, we saw student writing samples posted, conference logs and interactive notebooks (with the table of contents). The audit was excellent, with every teacher in the building working towards student mastery. At Madison, the English I teacher was immediately applying the brainstorming strategy that she learned at the STAAR Academy held at Gilliam last week. She invited me to her classroom to see the anchor charts that she had developed. I am so proud of our teachers, and I know that our students are benefitting because of their hard work and commitment.


Together, we can positively impact our students, schools and communities. I believe that we have everything that we need to do just that. I believe that each of our schools will meet standard with an increase in distinctions. I urge you to believe with me.

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Brainstorming Anchor Chart at Madison

Working Smart

If you have not already done so, make sure that your teachers understand the components of the STAAR Writing/English tests. Take a look at the Snapshot document located on the Lead4Ward website. English teachers should understand that 46% of their tests includes 2 short answer responses and 1 essay. Are we spending 46% of our instructional time on these 2 components? Fourth grade writing teachers need to know that 70% of their test will cover the revising and editing. Are we teaching the rules or are students just answering based on what "sounds right?" How much time are we spending on the revising and editing?

Check out the lead4ward link below:

http://lead4ward.com/docs/STAAR_Quick_Look_2015-16_REV2_Oct_12_2015_2.pdf



Martin L. King will host a Region 10 training covering the expository essay for all 4th grade teachers on February 2 from 12:00-2:45 p.m. Please email Rachel George if you are planning on sending someone to the training. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. George and the MLK team for inviting the feeder teachers to attend this session.

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School Counselors Make a World of Difference

Please take some time out this week to celebrate our school counselors during National School Counseling Week. We know that these individuals work tirelessly to support our students' social and emotional health. They also impact the climate/culture for both staff and students. They are vital members of our staff, and for that we want to give a heartfelt "Thank You!"

Feeder AP Meeting to Review Effective Documentation

Constance will host our second AP meeting this Friday, February 5, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 at Haskell. Our focus during this session will be on effective documentation. We look forward to seeing each of them on Friday.

Lincoln's Culinary Students Partner with The Crescent

The talented culinary students at Lincoln have been selected to partner with the Rosewood Crescent Hotel where they will engage in shadowing, mentorship and eventually internships. This is an excellent opportunity for our students and we are so proud of their eagerness to learn.

Leadership Focus and Updates

This week, please have recent data available from your interventions so that I can review it during campus visits. The data can be DOL data, weekly quizzes or writing samples. We will continue with the PLC observations as well this week. Please review your emergency evacuation plan in light of the recent fire at W. Wilson.

Reminders:

-Review the 4th 6 weeks common assessments this week during PLCs. The final assessments will be available on 2/5 on CC.

-Principals should provide written feedback to teachers within 48 hours of the spot observation.

-Please note that non-renewals will be somewhat earlier this year due to the Board calendar. If you have teachers who are struggling, ensure that you are making every effort to support their progress.

On the Horizon

February- African American Heritage Month

Jan. 6- Feb. 1- Campus based Written compositions

Feb. 1-Feb. 5- National School Counselor's Week

Feb. 2- Instructional Audit at Dunbar 1:00

Feb. 2- Region 10 training for 4th grade writing teachers @ MLK 12:00-2:45

Feb. 3- Guided Reading Sweep @ Dunbar 8:30-10:00

Feb. 3- Just in Time RLA training @ Buckner 4:30 (3rd-5th grade)

Feb. 3- K-2 Literacy Cadre @ Rhoads 3:45

Feb. 4- Grade Failure Conferences

Feb. 5- Feeder Assistant Principal's Training- "Effective Documentation"

Feb. 5- Deadline to complete AP Midyears

Feb. 6- AP English Prep Session @ North Dallas HS 8:30-2:00

Feb. 6- STEM Day

Feb. 8- AP Focus Group Mtg.

Feb. 8- Guided Reading Sweep @ Rhoads 9:00-10:30

Feb. 10- Instructional Audit @ Rhoads 11:30-1:30

Feb. 15- President's Day- NO SCHOOL

Feb. 17- Districtwide Principal's Meeting 1:00-5:00

Feb. 20- Trustee Nutall's African American Read-in @ Cornerstone Baptist 11:00-1:30

Feb. 24- Guided Reading Sweep @ MLK 8:30-10:00

Feb. 25- Feeder Meeting @ Rice 9:30-12:00

Feb. 25- Guided Reading Sweep @ Rice 8:00-9:30

Feb. 26- Deadline to submit 4th six weeks Common assessment data to ISN

Feb. 26- Deadline to submit field trips and fundraisers for the Spring

April 16- Feeder Pattern Super Saturday @ Fair Park

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