Pinkston Feeder Pattern

Week At A Glance - May 9th

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...

Very sad news..... Sidney Lanier lost a talented and truly dedicated teacher over the week-end. Mr. Diaz's death was sudden and unexpected. Please keep his family and the Sidney Lanier community in your thoughts and prayers. Mr. Diaz was a highly regarded teacher and made a positive impact with his orchestra students.


You and your staff have worked very hard to prepare your students for this week. I have no doubt that they will perform and exhibit excellence. Students will show those test makers everything they know.

Spots, Extended & Summative Evaluations (Form with all links in the Google folder)

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

System Review

Please have the following information ready for your Systems Review

  • Systems Review Form with 4 questions and next steps (bullet formation is fine)
  • Self Assessment using Systems review Rubric and artifacts supporting rating
  • Self Assessment of Summative (Only need evidence if you have rated yourself exemplary for a category) Form included in Google folder

Summer Teacher Professional Development

Feeder Pattern Principal Meeting

The feeder pattern meeting is scheduled Wednesday, May 11th; however, I am trying to reschedule the meeting to Friday. I will confirm the meeting date and time tomorrow.

LEER MAS Region X Training:

  • Monday, Ma16th - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - C. F. Carr
  • Open to all Feeder Pattern Bilingual Teachers

Kudos -

Pinkston HS

  • Kudos to the Pinkston staff and students who participated in the EOC lock in on Friday April 29,2016


  • Kudos to Genesis Soto. Her score on the ACT made her eligible for the Duke Tip Summer E-Studies. She has enrolled and will be taking Anatomy and Physiology over the Summer

  • Kudos to the DESA chess team. They won 2nd place overall and one student came in first place

  • Kudos to the DESA Pentathlon team7th and 8th grade students won several medals

Quintanilla MS

  • Congressman Marc Veasey spoke to all of our 8th graders on Career Day about his experiences, education, challenges and the things he is passionate about. He also discussed the importance of saving money as opposed to spending

  • Our counselors went to a ceremony celebrating all what they do and our amazing counselors received recognition. Our campus also was named a Distinguished School of Character.

Allen ES

  • Kudos to Angel Ogata, a fifth grader whose artwork traveled this week to be displayed at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Showcase

Arcadia Park ES

  • Kudos to Arcadia Park PTA for providing lunch from Olive Garden to our faculty and staff during teacher appreciation day

Carr ES

  • C. F. Carr would like to give a shout out to Mercy Street, SOAR, Watermark, Parent Connect, and all sponsors for their show of support to our teachers & staff during Teacher Appreciation Week

  • C. F. Carr welcomes Mr. Noel Mendoza, from Multicultural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, this month’s speaker at our Parent Connect –ARK meeting. His topic of conversation will be Healthy Brain Development

Carver ES

  • Three cheers to the full Teaching Staff of George W. Carver! With their dedication and enthusiasm to our students! Carver is on the right path to great academic performance

  • Kudos to our Partners in Education: Readers2Leaders, Carver PTA, Mercy Street West Dallas, Texas Capital Bank, Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Ark Parents. They have provided to our “Carver Staff”, special tokens of Appreciation and meals every day during Teacher Appreciation Week

De Zavala ES

  • De Zavala teachers and staff were greeted Monday morning with special treats to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week. The theme “Saddle Up” shows the preparation and dedication every staff member puts forth in working with children

  • The Book Fair Fiesta experienced a record high in sales of over $1700 in its opening day alone. Students and staff are enthusiastic about purchasing the books they love for summer reading

  • The De Zavala Green Team were honored with a special recognition certificate at Dallas City Hall by Mayor Mike Rawlings for the many efforts the school has placed on increasing recycling

Earhart ES

  • Earhart parents will graduate next week from the ARK program. ARK stands for Adults relating to Kids. The ARK program meets weekly to support parents and their students

Lanier ES

  • Lanier Vanguard 5th grade Band students received 1st division rating, the highest rating, at the Pride of Texas Competition

  • Lanier Vanguard Dance students participated in the visual Performing Arts Showcase at Booker T Washington

  • Lanier PK teachers participated in the PK Academy Session and Momentous Institute this week

Martinez ES

  • Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center students raised over $5000 in donations for the Pennies for Patients Service Project (Leukemia Drive), exceeding their goal of $3000. Ms. Hilario's 5th grade class collected the highest donations and was rewarded with a pasta party and other freebies at the Olive Garden Restaurant this week

Stevens Park ES

  • Stevens Park hosted huge community Cinco De Mayo event. The community, staff, and students celebrated together with food, fun and

Check out Stevens Park STAAR Test Song!

Gabe Allen teachers celebrate teachers!

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

Campus Visits -

SPOT Observations & Systems Review

Monday - Earhart

Tuesday - CF Carr; Quintanilla

Wednesday - Feeder Pattern Meeting 9:15AM; DISD Steering Committee

Thursday - DCCCD/DISD Steering Committee; ECHS Training

Friday - Various Campuses

Week At A Glance:

Monday - Friday - May 9th - 13th
  • P2LD Registration
  • Achieve 3000 Post-test window
  • STAAR Testing

Monday, May 16th

  • Region X - Leer Mas Training - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - C. F. Carr - Open to all Feeder Bilingual Teachers

Friday, May 20th:

  • Pinkston High School Collegiate Academy Signing Event

Article of the Week - Building Ownership by Allowing Students Some Choice

In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, James Lang (Assumption College) suggests three ways to give students a degree of choice without sacrificing control over essential curriculum direction:

Student-generated test questions – “Traditional exams in a course represent one of those moments in which students seem to lose all control,” says Lang. To counteract that, he suggests having students work in groups for 30-45 minutes coming up with test questions that might be used (or reworded) in the actual exam. This is a two-fer, says Lang: it not only gives students a sense of control over their learning but also serves as an effective review session.

Open assessments – This involves leaving 10 percent of the syllabus for an assignment that students create with the instructor. The default is a paper, but students are free to come up with a more creative and interesting assignment.

Class constitutions – Having students collectively come up with ground rules for a course gives them a collegial sense of working together toward a shared purpose. This could include the use of cell phones, tablets, and laptops in class, how late work is handled, and other items that aren’t on the instructor’s list of non-negotiables.

“Ceding control over any aspect of teaching can be scary,” says Lang, “which may be why my own progress in this area has been so gradual. But if you find the prospect intriguing – if these ideas resonate with your own experience as a teacher or learner – see if you can offer students one new choice next semester, either in how they demonstrate their learning to you or in how your class forms its community rules. In doing so, you just might nudge them one step closer to the goal we have for every student: taking ownership of their own education.”

Have an awesome learning week!