"Super" Spruce Scoop

April 11, 2016

Volume 2 Edition 30

Spruce Feeder Pattern - "Super"!

This Scoop is filled with many positive stories highlighting the work and accolades accomplished by so many in our feeder pattern. Whether we look at our elementary schools, middle schools or high school, we continue to see good work and staff members going above and beyond for our scholars. Thank you to all of our team members for the positive contributions to make our feeder pattern "super."

Music Memory Champions - Anderson Elementary

Our 3rd/4th Grade Music Memory Team not only won its first 1st place trophy but scored 100 points in the Dallas ISD competition—making Anderson one of only two elementary schools to achieve a perfect score.

Music Memory is a UIL contest for elementary students to test their memory skills at naming sixteen classical and jazz music pieces studied during the school year. The contest, held at the Meyerson Symphony Center, features a live orchestra performing the pieces while students name the title and composer.

In his first year to compete, Team Captain Aureus Morel, 3rd-grader, led the Anderson team to total victory. The winning team also includes: 4th-graders Kassandra Rojo and Naleishka Sierra and 3rd-grader Uriel Montes.

The 5th Grade Music Memory Team was represented well by Eric Byrd.

Music Memory Coach Ms. Bell, Anderson Music Teacher, guided the team during weekly after-school practice sessions. The 2016 competition was the first time for our school to win—and we won BIG! Students won not only a huge school trophy but also Olympic-style medals decorated with music notes.

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As we approach the fifth six-weeks period, it is important that we convey the professional development requirements to our teachers and staff. Below is the link to the district's website where course offerings can be found. Please be sure our teachers and staff begin to register as the system is now open.

Teachers and staff should use the Individualized Planning Document and Summer Professional Learning and Development Agreement form linked at the website. This will help with the planning process and ensure everyone meets the requirements outlined.

Spruce Feeder Pattern Principals' Meeting

Friday, April 15th, 11am-2pm

226 North Jim Miller Road

Dallas, TX

Growing our Gardens

Congratulations to Balch Springs Middle School for launching their school garden last Saturday. They continue to add value to the lives of students through meaningful learning opportunities. An outdoor garden is a prime example of authentic learning which connects state standards to hands-on experiences.

Events for the Week

  • Monday, April 11 - No school
  • Tuesday, April 12 - Students Surveys to be implemented this week
  • Wednesday, April 13 -
  • Thursday, April 14 -
  • Friday, April 15 - Fifth six weeks ends

"I Will Graduate!"

Pictured below is the fourth grade class at William Anderson Elementary School. They are wearing "I Will Graduate!" shirts. Anderson and many other elementary schools in our feeder pattern and our district are fortunate to be provided these shirts which underscore the importance of graduation. Principal Garcia used them strategically to motivate her students as they wore them the day before STAAR. Strong principal leadership begins with a vision and is carried out in many small details. That's what makes a school successful!
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Spruce Yearbook Committee

Thank to Ms. Jackson, Spruce's yearbook sponsor, and the SUPER students of the yearbook committee. They have put together a yearbook reflective the rich school culture and the many important events of the school year. We appreciate Ms. Jackson's leadership, commitment and support to making the yearbook outstanding!
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Youth Art Month - Henry B. Gonzalez

We have awesome news about 5 Gonzalez students, whose artwork was selected to be on display at the African American Museum at Fair Park for Youth Art Month! This is another honor brought to us by our students under the leadership of Mrs. Blasingame who ignites love and passion for art. The reception is this Thursday, April 7th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Each one of you are invited to honor our students and to see the best elementary artwork from all over the District. The following students will be honored:

  • Catherine Valenzuela KC
  • Gloria Vasquez 1E
  • Angel Diaz 3C
  • Jayle Maciel 4D
  • Brandon Ortiz 5E