Sunset Feeder Excellence

Principal Newsletter- This Week April 26-May 8

This Week...

Congratulations on your campus' hard work! We are excited about student achievement growth in many areas. Please be prepared to discuss student growth for your campus and your understanding of the recent released STAAR reports. Additionally, how are we ensuring each student's and teacher's needs? What supports do you need for me and/or the Division resources?


Based upon your input on suggested resources through the feeder budget, Ms. Garduno has agreed to partner in funding bringing Robyn Jackson to Dallas ISD.

The date she is able to come is May Thursday, 21st from 8:00-4:00. She will focus on providing effective feedback based on skill and will, she will give us time to practice writing effective feedback, and will talk about differentiating professional development for novice to master teachers. Since it is only for our feeder pattern, we will be able to include our AP's and instructional coaches.


Please send me your updated interventions for May, especially for students who are re-testing. How will you refine your interventions? How can the interventions be improved? How are individual students supported? What do small group, after-school and Saturday supports look like? How do you provide feedback and support teachers with these efforts at the campus level? How is student achievement progress-monitored?

Tiered Supports

Please be sure you are able to communicate and lead your Tiered supports for all AP's and teachers (with written feedback). On the Job Coaching and New to Profession should be provided and refined. Ensure your leaders know the current Tiers of each teacher and are providing daily support and coaching. Do your AP's and teachers know their current level? Are they committed to ending the year with their highest spot averages?

How are administrators calibrating with each teacher to ensure a collaborative process using the TEI rubric?

What is your targeted date for your campus to ensure the TEI deadlines? Please bring your plan and anticipated completion dates to our meeting on Friday.

Please be sure you have a plan to complete all SchoolNet entries with AP's. SLO's, Summative, Extended, etc.

Zero Vacancies in May

Please make every effort to fill your positions now. You should complete your ED Match profile which enables candidates to contact you directly. You can schedule interviews with individuals as well. Additionally, ensure you have all job fair dates to ensure campus representation. Are your leaders aware of Do's and Don'ts for a job fair? If you have an extenuating circumstance, please let me know immediately. Also, ensure you have a team ready to support the process. We will discuss current openings on Friday and the best teamwork to ensure quality candidates.

Systems Review

Please begin reviewing components of your systems review to refresh your memory and plan accordingly. What would an update on your Mid-Year be at this time? How can you grow from your current level of performance by the end of the year systems review? I will send a sign-up to begin your calibration with your end of year systems review. We will meet for discussion, then again for your final evaluation, similar to the mid-year two-way communication process.


Please remember the SchoolNet helpdesk is available from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, the presenters from our 4/10 meeting are also available by appointment. Principals should ensure AP data entries for SLO's, spots, extended and summatives using the system. Do you have a plan for input and a targeted completion date for your campus? Are your spots, extended observations and SLO's effectively input into Schoolnet? Veronica Martinez-Cantu has printed a report for each of your campuses. Please review and monitor your campus data closely to ensure TEI requirements. Also, there is a reminder of deadlines in your packet from our March 6 meeting. Have you coached your AP's on how to reflect with teachers using the TEI rubric? Are teachers confident with the rubric and do they understand how to become the exemplar? Praise, reflective questions and polish.

How are you ensuring 100% ownership of each teacher using the TEI rubric?

Sunset Feeder Meetings (Save the Dates)

April-May 1

27- Greiner, Lida Hooe

28- Rosemont

29- Winnetka

30- Sunset, Peabody, Kahn

1- AJES, Feeder Pattern Meeting at Greiner 9:00 a.m.

May- Data Meeting

1st- Sunset Feeder Pattern Principal at Greiner

*Begin Systems Review meeting with each principal

8th- Elementary Data at Kahn

15th- Middle School Holmes

20th- District-wide Principal

22nd- Sunset High School hosting High School

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Core Beliefs

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.
  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
  • With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.
  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.
University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address - Admiral William H. McRaven

Remember where we started the Year!

We started the year with the commencement inspirational video. Let's remember how strong we will end our first year of implementing TEI! The first rigorous evaluation system has already started to change the world because of your leadership! We have provided a strong foundation for growth through the support of our TEI experts, teacher focus group leaders and each educator. We are almost there, let's ensure a strong finish by intentionally planning our last few weeks of the student school year to maximize potential!