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Building Blocks of Success Week of May 9, 2016

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Dallas ISD 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.

Campus Action Plan

Key Actions

  1. Allen Elementary will increase student achievement by providing purposeful instruction in Reading, Mathematics, Writing, and Science.

  2. Improve the quality of instruction by increasing rigor and student engagement.

  3. Allen Elementary will improve positive perception of school climate and culture by all stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community.

Campus Improvement Plan

Problem Statement 1: 47% of the "all students" category did not meet the state standard in writing.

Annual Goal: 76% of the "all students" category will meet state standard in writing in the 2016 STAAR.

Problem Statement 2: 67% of the African American students did not meet the state target in reading.

Annual Goal: 76% of the African American students will meet the state target in reading in 2016.

Problem Statement 3: Less than 5% of all students met 2 or more subject area tests at Final Level II in the 2015 STAAR assessment.

Annual Goal: 15% of all students will meet 2 or more subject area tests at Final Level II in the 2016 STAAR assessment.

Staying Positive

Dear teachers and staff,

Your work this year has been inspiring, thoughtful, caring, student focused, and fun! When I think about what the perfect school looks like, I think about Gabe P. Allen. We have the perfect school: all kids are present; with all their issues, drama, attitudes, insights, passions and energy.

You all have work hard to make a difference in student's lives. The Cinco de Mayo Program was an example of how we are making a difference in our student's lives. Their happiness and enthusiasm, as they were performing, was contagious. Our parents were so proud and happy.

Let's continue with the hard work. As we have this week STAAR round, let's all help each other to have a successful week. Most importantly, let's show students that we believe in them. On Monday morning, when you see our third, fourth, and fifth graders give them a smile.

Thanks to each one of you for all you do!

Proud to be an Eagle!

Week at a Glance...

Magnificent Monday, May 9, 2016

  • Math STAAR Test

  • Please be on time

Terrific Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • Reading STAAR Test

  • Please be on time

Wonderful Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  • Science STAAR Test

  • Please be on time

Thrilling Thursday, May 12, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am


Fabulous Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am


Teachers and staff, please remember that it is very important, to follow our testing procedures. We will be audited during this round of STAAR testing. No specials and recess. Teachers will eat with their classes. Let's all shine, but most importantly let's monitor our scholars and ensure that they bubble in all their answers correctly.

Teachers are Appreciated at Gabe P. Allen

It was a week full of activities for our teachers and staff. We appreciate all you do for our scholars. Every day we grow stronger as a family. Thank You! Enjoy the videos.
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teachers dancing

We celebrated our 5 de mayo program. Here are the pics.

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Our guests dancers: Mr. Laudig and Ms. Martinez

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Our parent volunteers are amazing. They worked hard to prepared our students. Teachers, thank you for your flexibility, and for allowing the pull out of students for the practices. Kudos to Ms. Thomas for coordinating with the parents and to Ms. Selsemeyer for connecting all the efforts. Gracias a todos.

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Summer Learning for Teachers

Teachers we will have formal conversations around strengths and growth areas. We want to ensure that you leave for the summer knowing what you are to attend this summer.




Individualized PD Planning Document



Ending the Year on a Positive Note


It's that time of year. You look up at your calendar and begin counting down to the last days of school. You might even have little numbers in the corner of the boxes indicating how many days are left in the year or until graduation.

Likewise, your students are on the edge of their seats. Maybe the weather has been getting nicer and nicer, or maybe students are in a hubbub about the upcoming dance or graduation or their summer vacation.

Administrators are wringing their hands with everything that needs to be done before the school doors close for the summer. Maybe they have preparations for summer programs, or maybe they're awaiting those all-important preliminary test scores from the State.

May is a tough month for anyone who works in a school.

I won't pretend to be immune to that end of year feeling, but I'm determined not to let it make me crazy.

Here's how we can stay sane and end the year with a bang.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Rather than counting down the days, start a list of your most successful uses of technology this school year. Celebrate your growth and make either a pencil and paper list (I'm picturing one of those papers under a magnet on your fridge or tacked to your corkboard), a blog post or Facebook note listing at least 5 things that you have done better this year (try tagging a few colleagues or teacher friends in your Facebook post to get a nice conversation going), a few new things you have tried or changes you have made in your classroom because of technology. This could be as simple as creating a filter in your email inbox, trying out a new Web 2.0 tool, starting a blog or using email to correspond with parents.

Encourage Student Reflection

Have your students reflect on their own use of technology and have them brainstorm ideas for next year. Let them offer up ideas for how technology could have been implemented in a lesson or project or have them list their favorite ways that the class has used technology this year.

Practice a Positive Mindset

When you walk into the staff lounge, do so with a smile and find something positive to share with your colleagues about this year. Try to pull a happy memory out of them of a successful lesson or bright moment in their year. Both of you will return to your students feeling refreshed.

Those are a few of my approaches. What else can we do to end the year on a high note?

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District Climate Survey

The District would like to know how things are going at Allen. Follow the link that will be emailed to you to complete the Spring Climate Survey. Please remember to respond to each question as it applies to your own beliefs and actions, even when the question is being asked as a third person. Our goal is to have 100% of the teachers and staff responding positively. "Avoid Neutral responses". Ask your grade level chair or an administrator if you have any questions. Let's show the District and the whole community that Allen Elementary is a great campus and we are all proud of our teachers! Proud to be an Allen Eagle!
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May 9- Grades 3-4 Mathematics

Grade 5 Mathematics (retest)

May 10- Grades 3-4 Reading

Grade 5 Reading (retest)

May 11-Grade 5 Science

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May 2016

Patricia Martinez 05/14

Mackenzie Moore 05/16

Theresa Martinez 05/24

Gabe P. Allen Elementary

Sheila Ortiz Espinell- Principal

Franceslia Rodriguez- AP

Russell Sims-AP