The Weekly Comet

Volume 1 Issue 6 11-16-2015

Message from the Principal

Superstars! This year seems to be zipping by at light speed. With Thanksgiving break next week and ACPs beginning on 12/10, we know that we have a limited number of instructional days left this semester. Now, more than ever, we need to make every minute of every day count. One way we can maximize our time is making sure that every lesson is tightly aligned to the TEKS. Having a crystal clear lesson objective and gearing each activity in the lesson cycle towards mastery of that objective will help ensure that students are learning exactly what they need in order to be prepared for the rigors of college.

Keep up the good work!


Shooting Stars

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We want to give a special shout out to some of our stars who have really shone extra bright!

Welcome Eliana Benson- Ms. Benson delivered her baby on Saturday. Mother and daughter are doing well. Another bright star in our constellation.

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Reduce the achievement gap between Gen Ed students and Dual language students-

We are going to start a Gen Ed Saturday Reading Camp for grades 3-5. Ms. Siguenza will be facilitating this initiative, please look for more information.

Improve Purposeful Aligned Instruction - As you plan your lesson activities, having a crystal clear vision for how students will be assessed will help make each activity laser focused. Look at the verbs in the TEKS, this tells us what students are expected to do.

Improve the efficacy of professional development -This week our PD is content based. 2nd grade math teachers will be exploring the relationship of parts to a whole in fractions.

3-5 Math teachers will focus on estimation, long division and getting started with Measuring Up Live.

Reading teachers will explore different designs for a balanced literacy block that supports the five components of effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension).

5th grade science teachers will be designing learning stations to spiral in previously taught objectives.

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TEI Updates

Spot Observations

At Silberstein, one of our core values is a commitment to growing ourselves and each other. As the semester comes to a close, Henry and I will continue to visit clasrooms for spot observations. We will be visiting classrooms right up through December 18th. Each spot observation will be followed by a face to face feedback session.

Extended Observations and Summative Appraisals

Henry and I will also begin extended observations and summative appraisals for some teachers. Per TEI guidelines, you will receive a notice of the 10 day window for your extended observation.

Data Driven Instruction

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4th six weeks Interim Assessments

One of the fundamental principles of Data Driven Instruction calls for beginning planning with the assessment in mind. We have scheduled dates on the calendar to ensure that 4 six weeks Interim Assessments are completed by the first day of the marking period. 3rd-5th grade will use the 2015 STAAR release (math and science will use only the TEKS that will have been taught up to that point). We would like to have each assessment vetted by another grade level. Below are some due dates:

12/11- First draft of assessments are uploaded.

12/18- Feedback on assessments- each grade level content team will take the assessment for the grade level below them and provide feedback. For example, 4th grade math teachers will take the 3rd grade math assessment and provide written feedback. An assessment feedback template will be e-mailed to all teachers. 5th grade assessments will be vetted by the admin team.

1/04- Final draft of 4 six weeks IA uploaded by the end of the day. This will be a teacher work day.


ACPs will begin on 12/10. We will take one assessment each day. The assessments will take approximately 2 hours each day in the morning. To allow all teachers a planning period each day, we will run a compressed specials schedule once testing is completed each day. The schedule for assessments is listed below:

Dec. 10th-Math

Dec. 11-Reading

Dec. 14-Social Studies

Dec. 15-Science

Dec. 16-Lang. Arts

Dec. 17-Specials (3rd Music, 4th PE, 5th Art) and make ups

Important Upcoming Events

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Below you will see some important events for the next few weeks.

You can also check out our electronic Silberstein Calendar anytime. Go to to see all our upcoming events.

Picture Day

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 8:30am-1:30pm


A schedule has been emailed to all staff members

Anti-Bullying Rally

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 1:30pm


Basketball- Home

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5:30-7:30pm


College Pride Day

Friday, Nov. 20th, 7:45am


To promote a college-going culture, ALL DISTRICT STAFF are encouraged to wear their college attire on Friday

Kinder Field Trip to the Arboretum

Friday, Nov. 20th, 10am

8525 Garland Road

Dallas, TX

Superstar PD- RtI

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 3:30-4:30pm


We will focus on using schoolnet to document RtI.

SIlberstein Spelling Bee

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 10am


The best spellers from each grade level will compete in a grade level Spelling Bee. 4th and 5th grade will compete together, with the winners moving on the the district competition. A schedule for each grade level will be published this week.

Superstar PD- ACP testing

Monday, Nov. 30th, 3:30-4:30pm


We will review ACP testing procedures.