Gonzalez Premier Express
Week of September 18, 2016
RACING TO PREMIER
Last week, I shared with you the great news that our school received five distinctions. Those distinctions are on Academic Achievement in Math, Academic Achievement in Reading, Top 25% Student Progress, Top 25% Closing Achievement Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. As I think about the great things that are happening at Gonzalez, I made a connection with the Iceberg Illusion shown above. For many people from the outside, they just see the SUCCESS that our school continues to show; however, we know that this success is the fruit of the efforts, sacrifices, hard work, dedication, and all of the other items, to name a few, depicted above. I cannot say it enough, I am very proud of the work you continue to do, the impact that you are making in the lives of our children, and the fact that you are creating active, engaged scholars.
Let's continue to stay the course and not lose perspective. Let's take pleasure in our accomplishments, but don't let that get in the way of staying on task and making sure we are secure in the place where we have reached. I know we are making of this year the best for our students!!!
- Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Michael, and Mr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez for representing our school very well during Mr. Lusk's first official visit to Gonzalez. During the observations, there was evidence of great preparation, use of manipulatives/notebooks, student engagement, and focused LO.
- Coach Crawford, Ms. Blasingame, Mr. Evangelister, Mr. Salazar, and Mrs. Buchannon for starting their after school enrichment clubs to support our building of the whole child as we align to Goal 6 from the District.
During his class, Mr. Gonzalez-Rodriguez has students use a number line to solve word problems related to estimation.
Ms. Thiele works with a small group of students practicing their reading skills as she integrates social studies concepts.
During this lesson, Ms. Camarillo models a think aloud as the students work on creating a writing composition and made reference to a criteria chart and other resources available to them.
The 4th grade students are engaged in reading and homework as they are waiting to be dismissed at the end of the day. It is a great way to use this time as parents come to pick up their children.
One of our school goals is to broaden constructive relationships with the members of school community. Ms. Brown conducted a parent meeting discussing homework expectations and modeled a lesson for parents. Ms. Del Toro supported as a translator to ensure everyone is on the same page.
One of our goals is for our 3rd - 5th grade students to learn about leadership, reflect, and set goals to become productive leaders in our school/community. Thank you to our volunteer and partners, Abel Lopez, Daniel I. Castillo, Amy Garza, Lucia Gallegos, and Ruth Castillo. There was great feedback regarding these sessions and look forward to our students internalizing and applying these leadership skills.
REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK
- Plan, align, and write our LO and DOL in student friendly terms and post them in a prominent place. Remember to use the Knowledge and Skill statement to ensure the appropriate level of rigor is being addressed in the LO.
- As we continue our SPOT observations, please be very consistent in the effective implementation of various practices discussed during our TEI orientation and lesson alignment conversations. With regards to Alignment (learning objective), the proficient rating states: Focuses students at the beginning and throughout the lesson, by clearly stating
- What they are learning
- Why it is important
- What mastery looks like
- How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives and explaining to students
- Engage learners throughout your lessons. It will support the increase in student achievement and reduce disruptions. Consider the implementation of hands-on items, such as index cards, sticky notes, white boards, graphic organizers and other tools so that the knowledge is internalized.
- During transitions remember HALL H (Hands to self) A (All feet on the 2nd square), L (Lips closed), L (low speed).
Monday, September 19 -
- Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15
- 1st Six Weeks Common Assessment window (Sep 19th - 22nd)
- CLASS observations for PreK - 2nd begins - Please, see the schedule placed in your box for the window for your class.
- Pre-K CIRCLE BOY Part 1 (Sep 19th - 23rd)
- Education Go Get It Week (Sep 19th - 23rd)
- Swimming 3rd - 5th grade - 3:30-4:15
Tuesday, September 20-
- Picture day - students will be able to use their regular clothes if they are purchasing a picture package.
- Teaching Trust visit 9:00 - 10:30 - Focus: Alignment
- 3:30 - 4:30 Tutoring Begins. Please, submit your extra duty pay request. Also, find a copy of tutoring letters here. Remember, you will have to Sign In (at the top of the page) with your EAD credentials. Look for After School Tutoring Form 2016-2017
- SBDM - 3:45- 4:45
- PTA - 6:00 - 7:00
Wednesday, September 21-
- Weekly PLC Meetings -
- District-wide College Fair 5:30 - 8:30
Thursday, September 22-
- Swimming K-2nd - 3:30-4:15
- Weekly PD - Triad collaboration and 2nd six weeks preparation. Math will meet at Blair Elementary; Science will meet at Gonzalez Elementary; and Reading will meet at Moseley Elementary.
- Lesson Plans due by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23 -
- 9:00 HIPPY open house
- Deadline to administer SLO pre-assessment
- 5th Grade Field Trip @ The Crow Museum of Asian Art.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
- District’s summer dress code expires Sept. 25. All district employees are reminded to return to full professional attire on Sept. 25 when the summer dress code expires. Visit the Staff Page to view the announcement and download the HCM memo.
- Sunday, September 25 - Deadline to submit SLO Goal Setting and PD Plan via SchoolNet
- Tuesday, September 27 - Ident-A-Kid
- Wednesday 28 - Grade Level Chair / Attendance for Credit Meeting
- October 7 - Deadline to submit all of your compliance videos certificates to Ms. Martinez. Please, see e-mail sent on July 19, 2016.
I am very happy to inform you all that our school's Green Team has been nominated for the Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards. We have been nominated by Mr.Wendell director of the Memnosyne Institute.
We are very happy to get recognized by this nomination and it will mean a lot if we can win this award for our Green Team and our School. Help us win this award by voting for the Gonzalez Green Team.
Here's how to vote:
Voting goes through Sep.30th. Click on the link, scroll down to "next page" and go to page 6 "Volunteer". Then look for Gonzalez Green Team select it and then hit "Vote Now" at the end of the list. You can vote once a day.
The winners will be announce at the Memnosyne Institute's Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards on Nov.3 at the Dallas Arboretum.
READING MODEL LESSONS
During the last three weeks, using the Premier and our PLCs, we engaged in conversations and you have been able to observe examples of various components of guided reading .
The information below was shared from Ms. Doretha Allen, Spruce FP Academic Facilitator. It is a great resource where you can find reading model lessons for the various components of reading,
- oral language
- phonological awareness
Ensuring Mathematics Success for All
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’s landmark publication Principles to Actions connects research with practice. Specific, research-based teaching practices that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students are combined with core principles to build a successful mathematics program at all levels. Please, see the link below for a summary of this publication.
Ms. Regina Tucker - Math Instructional Coach
Please, make sure you take some time to welcome and greet Ms. Tucker. See below a little bit more information about her,
"I'm originally from Memphis Tennessee. My family moved to the Dallas area in 2006 and at that time I began teaching in DISD. I am a wife of 19 years and a mother of two ( Julian 14 and Jasmine 7). I am passionate about education because we are teaching our future leaders. My other passions include spending time with my family, shopping, and traveling. I look forward to a great year as I join the Gonzalez family."