The Eagle

Week 5: September 19- September 23, 2016

Shavannia M. Dash, PrinciPAL
Johnny Gassaway, Asst. PrinciPAL

Sharri Zachary, Asst. PrinciPAL

Core Beliefs:

(1) Our main purpose it to improve students academic achievement.

(2) Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

(3) There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

(4) With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.

(5) Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

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PrinciPAL's Message: OUR WORK

If I had to sum it up in a nutshell, the administrators' most basic expectations for our work at Pease, it would be:

  1. Ensure the students are always safe.
  2. Teach the best lessons you possibly can every single day.
  3. Teach with love, patience, and understanding.
  4. Constantly assess the progress of all students and use this data to inform your instruction.
  5. Expect respectful behavior from all students and understand students grow along a continuum… Give second chances because we all want and need them.
  6. Reach out to parents and colleagues as partners.
  7. Integrate literacy, discussion and technology into your lessons wherever possible.
  8. Celebrate students.
  9. Prepare students to work in a global world in jobs that may not exist yet.
  10. Strive to enjoy the small accomplishments in life.

While I know that we all have our own expectations, i'd like to think that the list above encompass what we all want and expect from our students as well as from one another because here at E.M.Pease, we do things differently.

As we start to really dig into the 2016-17 school year, I want to remind you that I, along with my "dynamic duo" aka J. Gassaway and S. Zachary are always willing to speak with you and/or students, and to listen to your concerns, requests, and feedback. So don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support your teaching and learning.

In Service to Children,

PrinciPAL Dash

Asst. PrinciPALS Gassaway & Zachary

SpEd IEP Information

Be sure to take some time and thoroughly review any IEP’s you receive from our SpEd team to ensure you are fully addressing your special education students’ learning needs in your lesson plans. Additionally, don’t forget to notate your accommodations and /or modifications in your lesson plans. If you are not sure how to deliver the goal or objective to our students, please see Ms. Gusters or Mr. Groden. Thanks Ms. Gusters and Mr. Groden for supporting teachers in this work.

Additionally, please note that Ms. Gusters and Mr. Groden will be coming into planning sessions to notate what you are working on so they will have a better picture of how to co-teach and support your instruction. We are SUPER excited to have 2 SpEd teachers to provide in-class support for our students. Please don't hesitate to let them know how they can best support you and your students.

Classroom Orientation Sessions: Sept. 22, 2016


On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, we will host Curriculum Overview and Classroom Orientation sessions from 500-6:30 pm. During this time, each teacher, teaching pair, triad or quad, should prepare for a brief overview that outlines for parents what content you will cover this school year as well as what testing requirements students are being prepared to meet. Be prepared to share information in 3 rotations with each rotation lasting 12-15 min. We will end with a Title I overview session in the auditorium for parents.

A link to a partially complete PPT has been uploaded to the Pease General folder on Google Drive and can be accessed via the following link:

Additionally, in an effort to ensure a large turnout, we are asking teachers at each grade level to donate hotdogs and buns as well as solicit donations of either chips or soda/water so that as families leave they can grab a quick snack as a "thank you" for coming out. Please bring all donations to school by Tuesday, 9-21-16.

Thank you in advance for an amazing effort to engage our parents. If you have any questions, please be sure to see an administrator or a CIC.

Parent Communication:


As you complete each day, think about something positive that your students have done. Because parents must be active partners with us, I am reminding you that a positive connection with the parents/guardians of each student in your homeroom by Friday, September 26, 2016, is the expectation. This intentional outreach will show your parents that you are able to see the good in each one of your students and will aid in the development of a strong home/school connection. Your outreach can happen via email, a voicemail or a quick note home. Thanks for documenting this contact on your parent communication log and thanks for being a champion of children.

Student Discipline & Reprimands:

Teachers, as a reminder, please make sure that your conversations with students are appropriate. Per our handbook, at Elisha M. Pease, we Praise in Public and Reprimand in Private. Please make sure that this concept guides each and every conversation you have with students. Additionally, remember that involving parents early on and building an alliance with them can only serve to improve student behavior. Thank you for modeling appropriate and professional conversations as well as for monitoring your tone when speaking to students at all times.


Please note the timeline below for completion of SLO’s which was discussed during our BOY training. Quick Reference Cards to help with the creation of you SLO can be found on Curriculum Central as well as on the TEI page on DISD website. Note: be sure your SLO is uploaded under the SLO SETTING dropdown box and NOT the SLO ACCOMPLISHMENT box.

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Think It Over...

"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."

Mary McLeod Bethune

Eagle Instructional Spotlight

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September Birthdays

April Green -5th

Danielle Tillis - 8th

Sonya Johnson - 10th

Shanitra Beck - 14th

Kevin Jones - 14th

Tamesha Tarpley - 16th

Hasani Wilburn -17th

Florence Goodwin - 24th

Kayla Trevino - 30th