Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

December 7, 2015

Winter Concert Celebration

You’re invited to the Music Department’s annual

Winter Concert Celebration

The Bryan Adams Music Department is proud to present their annual Winter Concert. With performances by the Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Choir Club, Jazz Band, Full Orchestra, and small Ensembles.

Admission is free so bring your good will and cheer and let us share with you the JOY of Music.

Where: Bryan Adams Auditorium

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

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Support the community by donating non-perishable food and gently used jackets to Larry Smith Elementary between November 30th and December 17th. All donations will be given to families in need in the Larry Smith community. Collection boxes will be located in these Larry Smith locations: front office, FLS and the cafeteria. Everyone from the Feeder and community is invited to help out!

7th Grade Writing Professional Development

Adamson, Bryan Adams, Seagoville, Spruce

The Academic Facilitators from four Feeder Patterns will work with seventh grade teachers to prepare for STAAR writing. The training dates are:

January 4 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday)

January 19 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

February 2 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

February 16 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

March 1 - 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday)

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Hill Open House

Our open house and silent auction date is set for Thursday, December 10th from 5-7 pm, followed by a winter performance by our Highlander band at the PTA meeting. I will send the flyer to you this week.
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Climate Survey

The fall climate survey will officially begin Dec. 1 and end Dec. 11. Emails will begin to be sent to staff on Nov. 30 (first day back from Thanksgiving break), but due to the large number of emails, they may not all be received until Dec. 1. Results will be available by January 8.

Literacy Cadre

Professional Development for 3-5 grade reading cadre members will be on January 4 from 2-5 at the Buckner Building. This is a district-wide professional day so you will need to work your agendas so that your cadre members can attend this training.

As a reminder, your cadre team should spend the next six weeks implementing what was learned during the last training on Generating Text Dependent Questions through content PLCs and classroom observations to look for implementation.

The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be December 14, 15, 16, 15 Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.

United Way

Dallas ISD 2015 Employee Giving Campaign for United Way begins November 1st – December 18th. Dallas ISD 2015 goal is to raise $100,000.

Employees are invited to commit to a minimum $5, 12‐month payroll deduction or a minimum one‐time $20 donation.

TEI - Upcoming Dates

December 7

DTR portal will open for Wave 2 DTR-eligible teachers

December 15

SLO Goal Accomplishment for semester 1 need to be completed

January 14
Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)


Monday December 7, 2015

  • EOC Retest-English I
  • DTR portal opens for Wave 2 DTR eligible teachers

  • Tuesday December 8, 2015

      • EOC Retest-Algebra I

      Wednesday December 9, 2015

      • Principal of the Year Celebration
      • EOC Retest-English II
      • 6:30 - Destination Bryan Adams at Gaston Middle School

      Thursday December 10, 2015

        • EOC Retest-Biology
        • STEM Academy Open House and Private Auction
        • The Bryan Adams Music Department Winter Concert

        Friday December 11, 2015

        • EOC Retest-Make-Ups
        • Last day to complete Climate Survey

        Saturday December 12, 2015

        • MAYOR’S RACE 5K

        How to Manage Test-Taking Anxiety

        Social Emotional Health, Education, Breath by Momentous Institute

        A key factor that contributes to test anxiety for kids is not knowing what’s going to happen. Adults have the ability to see the bigger picture and place things in context, and kids often are only able to focus on what’s happening at that particular moment. So something like standardized tests might seem like the biggest thing in the entire world to a fourth-grader. We circled up with a few people on our staff, a teacher and two therapists, and here was some of their advice.

        • Ask kids what they are worried about.

        You might be surprised to find out that their anxiety isn’t what you thought it was. Our teacher shared that she thought her students were worried about getting answers wrong, but instead she found out that they were more concerned with running out of time. Once she knew that, she was able to talk about pacing and skipping questions and coming back to them, rather than spending time talking about the wrong concern.

        • Prepare, prepare, prepare

        This one seems obvious – of course you prepare your kids! But it’s one thing to talk about what to expect, and something else to really show your kids and prepare them. Try lining up their desks in the way they’ll be lined up for the test. Have them sit in that position while you do a lesson not related to the test (like a writing assignment, or free reading time.) This allows them to familiarize with the room setup, so that on the day of the test, they’re not concerning themselves with a test and a new seating arrangement. Our teacher shared that when she had them in their practice seats, one student was distracted by the class pet moving around in his cage. It hadn’t occurred to her that the pet would be a distraction, but she was grateful that they practiced, so that when the test came, she could temporarily loan the pet out to another class in the school.

        • Visualize

        Talk the kids through the day. Start with what it will be like when they walk in the room. Talk through having them take a seat at their desk. See if they can take a moment to close their eyes and center themselves. Then talk them through the process of starting the test. What happens when you get to a question that you don’t know the answer to? Can you skip it and come back to it?

        • Practice self-regulation early and often

        Kids who have the ability to self-regulate are much more likely to call upon their strategies when the time comes. Starting at the beginning of the year (or now – it’s never too late!), give kids the tools they need to calm themselves down. These can include breathing or movement.

        There’s no way to eliminate all anxiety – and a little bit of anxiety is good for kids – but these strategies should help kids channel that anxiety, rather than letting it take control.

        Testing Dates


        Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)

        7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

        9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

        7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

        10-18--ACP (K-5)

        15-18--ACP (6-12)


        6-27--Isaton's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


        2--SAT (Grade 11)

        7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

        29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

        29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7)

        29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

        30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7)

        30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

        31-STAAR EOC English II


        4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

        4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

        12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

        12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

        18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

        18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

        20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


        9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

        16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

        2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

        9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

        9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

        10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

        10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

        11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

        12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

        2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

        18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

        27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)


        • Bryan Adams High School - Principal Richard Kastle
        • Gaston Middle School - Principal Susie Stauss
        • Hill Middle School - Principal Candace Ruiz
        • Bayles Elementary - Principal Robby Wilson
        • Casa View Elementary - Principal Oscar Aponte
        • Gill Elementary - Principal Damien Stovall
        • Hexter Elementary - Principal Jennifer Jackson
        • Kiest Elementary - Principal Yazmine Cruz
        • Reilly Elementary - Principal Marion Jackson
        • Reinhardt Elementary - Principal Phoebe Montgomery
        • Sanger Elementary - Principal Hector Martinez
        • Smith Elementary - Principal Lora Morris

        Executive Director, Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern

        Barbara Martin - English/Language Arts Academic Facilitator

        Kelly Morgan - Math/Science Academic Facilitator