Pinkston Feeder Pattern

Week At A Glance - May 2nd

District Goals

  • Goal 1: All students will exhibit Satisfactory or above performance on State assessments. Students below Satisfactory performance will demonstrate more than one year of academic growth;
  • Goal 2: Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district;
  • Goal 3: The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;
  • Goal 4: 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;
  • Goal 5: 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;
  • Goal 6: All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year.

In The News...

Happy Belated Birthday Sheila Ortiz (April 23rd) - The feeder hopes you had a wonderful day!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! A big Shout-Out to our amazing teaching staff. You make a significant difference for our kiddos! Thank you for being so dedicated, compassionate, selfless and caring about our youth. You are really changing lives each and everyday. Have a wonderful celebratory week!

Principals we appreciate you and all that you do to support our amazing teaching staff. During the day, please accept a little token of our (Eliza, Delma, Christian and me) appreciation - one surprise for each day this week. We love our rock star principals!!!! You are the movers and shakers!


  • Pinkston High School Collegiate Academy Team met the goal of 125 accepted students for the first class in the Collegiate Academy. Thank you to everyone for promoting and supporting the new initiative. Shout-outs to Alyssa Peraza, Lisa Miramontes, Edwina Woods, Christian Ruiz and Delma Martinez for helping to schedule and conduct interviews:). A very special shout-out to Dwain Simmons, Eber Perla, Sarah Maronen, Kendra Armstrong & Tracy Haynes for making this opportunity come alive for 125 students.
  • Kudos to the DESA debate team. This past Saturday, they competed in the debate competition at Conrad. Two students, Oziel delaFuente and Yadira Zazueta, received acknowledgements
  • Over 250 Stevens Park parents met at the school for a STAAR rally where they wrote letters to their students as they prepare to take the STAAR exams.


Good Luck to all the EOC test takers! We know the students are armed and ready to do their best. Secondary schools, please ensure your staff implements the testing plan as designed to prevent irregularities during this administration. If you have not emailed your testing plan for this week, please send to Eliza.

Spots, Extended & Summative Evaluations

Can you believe it is already May??? The deadline to have your evaluations completed is rapidly approaching.

Due dates:

TEI - May 16th - Spots, Extended and Summative

School Counselor Evaluation (SCEI)- May 26th

3R - June 3rd

Assistant Principal Evaluation (APEI) - June 9th

It is imperative the team meet the deadlines. Please go through School Net and verify all your teachers are current on spots, extended and summative evaluations. I would like each school to have a calendar with the remaining spot, extended and summative evaluations scheduled along with who needs to conduct the task. We will review the calendar during my visit this week. The one pager with the deadlines and information link is in this week's folder.

Systems Review

System Reviews are around the corner starting May 16th. If you have not received an invite, please let me know as soon as possible. I have included the form that should be completed by the date of your Systems Review in the Google folder. Please review the rubric and questions in the Systems Review to prepare for this meeting. You can bring your instructional team to join and discuss, but this will be up to you.

AP Evaluations

The AP evaluation deadline is approaching quickly. Please review the AP evaluation process with your AP's and schedule their evaluation meeting. This meeting will mirror your evaluation process.

Dr. Smisko Visit

As many of you know, Dr. Smisko will retire at the end of this school year. The Pinkston feeder pattern has a special place in her heart and she would like to see a few schools prior to her departure. We will tour the feeder between 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Wednesday May 4th. No need for fanfare, she would just like to see the progress schools have made:).

Job Fair

We have a Job Fair coming up Saturday, May 7th. All the information is in the weekly update Shenise sends to you. If you have vacancies or believe you will have vacancies, please register to attend. As we wait to hire, the quality of candidates begin to deteriorate. Please have a team at the job fair if you have vacancies.


Last week, I wrote about an opportunity for teachers to obtain a masters degree for a discounted rate with Dallas Baptist University. The flyer is in this week's Google folder to share with your staff.

Achievers Academy Summer Program for Middle Schoolers

The Middle School application for Achievers Academy is extended to May 6th in order to increase participation. Information has been updated on the website and all social media outlets received the updated extended deadline of May 6th for MS Achievers Academy. Please let your middle school students know about the opportunity!

Feeder Pattern Principal Meeting (Time Change)

Feeder Pattern Principal meeting scheduled May 12th from 1:00PM - 4:30PM

STAAR Testing Plan

Please submit your testing plans by tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd. Those testing this week, please submit today.

Achieve 3000 Post Test Window

  • The LevelSet Post Test will begin May 2nd. At this point, any student logging on to the system during school hours will have the test pop up. Please make sure teachers are aware that all students should be tested between May 2 – 22nd. Testing best practices apply.

Start & End Times

Thank you for signing the form with start and end dates. Start and end times should not be changed unless we have discussed a reason for proposing a change. The form shows that we have acknowledged the start and ends times and will abide by them through-out the 2016-17 school year.

Excess List

An excess list will begin to circulate now that letters have been disseminated. Anyone with a vacancy will select from this list. The teachers notified about being in excess have been invited to attend the job fair Saturday.

Dallas Baptist University

DBU is offering teachers an opportunity to earn their Master's Degree for a 1/3 off of tuition. I will invite a representative to speak at our next Principal Meeting so you can share this great information with your staff. A flyer is in this week's Google Folder.

Tutoring Funds

Many schools have a significant amount of funding in your tutoring budget. When large amounts of money go unspent, it means the money should be repurposed toward an area in need. You should always use this money for tutoring and Saturday school, the you have more Title and general funding for other areas of need.

Principal Summer Professional Development

Please remember to let Eliza know if you would like to attend Damen Lopez No Excuses University Conference June 20-22. We will need to get the paperwork done quickly.

WAIP Summary in the Google folder - Important Action Items included. Please read and take action.

Campus Visits - Review Status os Spot, Extended & Summative Evaluations; Observe SSI Plans in Action

SPOT Observations, STAAR Countdown Action Plans, Systems Review

Monday - Gabe Allen, Earhart, Pinkston, Lanier

Tuesday - Martinez, Arcadia Park, Stevens Park, Quintanilla

Wednesday - Carver, Pinkston, DESA, DeZavala

Thursday - Carr

Friday - Various campuses

Week At A Glance:

Monday-Friday - May 2-6

  • EOC testing
  • Achieve 3000 Post test Window begins

Monday - Friday - May 2-6

  • Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6th:

  • P2LD Registration Opens

Saturday, May 7th:

  • Job Fair
Monday - Friday - May 9th - 13th
  • STAAR Testing

Friday, May 20th:

  • Pinkston High School Collegiate Academy Signing Event

Article of the Week - What Happens When We Reassure Students That Anxiety Is Normal

In this Education Week article, Sarah Sparks and Debra Viadero report on research about students’ emotional reactions to school transitions. In one study in Madison, Wisconsin, 1,190 sixth graders were randomly assigned to take part in an experiment. As they entered middle school, the students were asked to read several pages of quotes from a survey that students like them took at the end of the previous school year. The quotes conveyed the idea that anxiety was typical and transitory – for example, “I felt like I had a knot in my stomach the first four months,” but that the teachers “were there to help you” and the negative feelings dissipated. The students in the experimental group were then asked to write their reactions to the quotes.

When the researchers followed up with the incoming sixth graders the following spring, they found striking differences between those in the experimental and control groups:

  • Students in the experimental group had higher ratings in social belonging, school trust, and school identification and lower ratings of evaluation anxiety.

  • They had higher GPAs and fewer Ds and Fs.

  • They had been absent one day less.

  • They had fewer behavior referrals.

    “It turns out children are better able to cope if they understand what they’re going through is normal, that it affects everyone, and that it will pass,” comments Adam Gamoran of the William T. Grant Foundation. “How we think about a stressful situation influences how we feel and how we perform.” Studies like this, he says, “show how deeply intertwined are cognition and emotion.”

“Studies Affirm Role of Emotions in Students’ Transitions” by Sarah Sparks and Debra Viadero in Education Week, April 20, 2016 (Vol. 35, #28),

Have an awesome learning week!