"Super" Spruce Scoop

Volume 2 Edition 29

April 4, 2016

Our Greatest Strength

Teachers are our greatest asset to support students. As such, I would like to thank our outstanding principals, assistant principals, coaches and teachers for attending the job fair this past Saturday to conduct interviews. Based on the feedback I received from many of you, there were some really strong candidates who you picked up and will be serving our students in the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you to Ms. Petters, Ms. Rivera, Dr. Johnson, Ms. Garcia, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Bernal and their respective teams for giving up their Saturday to procure talent for our students.

Dallas ISD Achievement Goals & Branding

Our Dallas ISD Board of Trustees along with Dr. Hinojosa have developed six goals for the District. They are listed below. As you continue to develop your school's brand along with your staff's input, please consider these goals and how to connect them to your campus plan. For example, goal #2 speaks to the work we are doing with two-way dual language at B. H. Macon, ECHS at Spruce and Single-Gender at Balch Springs.

During our branding conversations, several Spruce feeder principals spoke of the extra-curricular activities in already in place and were going to build off of them to brand. This aligns with goal #6. I thank each of you for taking the time to meet with your CILT to discuss this important idea. There is much powerful work taking place in the Spruce feeder pattern. We just need to direct to the brand we feel best suites are school.

Dallas ISD Achievement Goals:

  1. All students will exhibit satisfactory or above performance on state assessments.
    Students below satisfactory performance will demonstrate more than one year of
    academic growth.
  2. Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district.
  3. The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and socio-economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures.
  4. Ninety-five percent of students will graduate. Ninety percent of the graduates will qualify for community college, college, military, or industry certification.
  5. Ninety-five percent of students entering kindergarten will be school-ready based on a multidimensional assessment.
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Pre-K Roundup - A District Priority

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Events for the Week

  • Monday, April 3 - Pre-K Roundup beings
  • Tuesday, April 4 -
  • Wednesday, April 5 - Principal Focus Group
  • Thursday, April 6 -
  • Friday, April 7 - Pre-K Round up concludes
  • Saturday, April 8 - Two-Way Dual Language Fair

Kudos Goes To:

  • Juan, Tomeka, Umoja, Danielle, Marquetta, Gerald and Rocio for preparing for our meeting by gathering relevant artifacts to support the topics of conversation.
  • Willie and Clarita for developing gardens at their respective middle schools. The learning will be invaluable to our students.
  • Henry B. Gonzalez, B. H. Macon, and Douglass for good instruction

Frederick Douglass

B. H. Macon

Henry B. Gonzalez