Gonzalez Premier Express

Racing to Premier


To become the PREMIER elementary school in Dallas ISD
I am so excited about this school year!!! You continue to do a fantastic job with our scholars. As we visited classrooms last week, specially during the visit with Mr. Lusk, the trend was
  • positive interactions
  • consistently presenting the content correctly in a logical and coherent fashion aligned to the learning objective
  • use of multiple strategies and academic language to emphasize key concepts

Let's continue to engage our students with relevant content and in relevant ways. As I read the Marshall Memo, there is a piece that reminded me of our focus on engagement and how this practice is more and more prevalent in our school. In the 1993 College Teaching article, Leaving Behind Ineffective Lecture-Style Teaching, Allison King states that the key with all cooperative learning strategies is careful orchestration of curriculum content by the instructor, group goals, and individual student accountability – that is, each student must take an assessment on his or her own at the end.

“Engaging our students in such active learning experiences helps them to think for themselves,” King concludes, “– to move away from the reproduction of knowledge toward the production of knowledge – and helps them become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers so that they can deal effectively with the challenges of the twenty-first century.”


Our 5B students will lead us during announcements this week. Please, make sure students are familiar with the script and report to the office by 7:58 a.m. I would like to start announcements no later than 8:05 a.m.


  • Senators for your support and dedication to our profession. We can only get better through collaboration and feedback.
  • All teachers and support staff who conduct morning duty so that our students are safe while building positive relationship with each one of them.
  • Kindergarten and Ms. Camarillo for conducting BOY parent meetings. Creating partnership with parents supports building the whole child.
  • Ms. Yarbrough, Mrs. Trevino, Ms. Rojas, Ms. Ibarra, and Ms. Cooray for representing our school in the best way possible during our visit with Mr. Lusk.
  • Ms. Tyler for supporting the Special Education department to have 100% compliance with ARDs.
  • Coach Crawford, Ms. Buchanan, and Mr. Evangelister for their commitment to our scholars as they began their enrichment activities.
  • Ms. Cooray for thinking outside of the box.... See picture below. Students in Ms. Cooray's science classes describe their learning for the week the "Google Way"
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SPIRALING - Link shared by Mrs. Pier... Great information!!!

Have you ever asked your students a question during a math lesson they should know the answer to, only to realize they literally have no idea what you are talking about? Students stare with blank faces, while the teacher wonders, “How can this be happening? I just spent weeks on this topic!” Any teacher can attest, this happens way more than it should! Well, I’m here to tell you there is a simple solution to this problem of “forgetfulness”, and it is called spiraling!

Daily Events

September 8 -
  • IStation ISIP BOY window continues through September 11(K-2). Remember, it is a best practice to have the teacher be present during this time so that students take this assessment more serious.
  • Reasoning Minds Implementation begins - Marshall

  • 1:30 - 1:55 - 1st - 3rd grade Boy Scout rally in the auditorium
  • 2:00 - 2:25 - 4th - 5th grade Boy Scout rally in the auditorium
  • 3:45 - K-2 Reading Teachers Biweekly PD (select one) @ Burleson

September 9 -

  • Weekly PLC Meetings - Data and Common Assessments
  • 3:30 Boy Scout Sign Up
  • 3:45 - K-2 Reading Teachers Biweekly PD (select one) @ Cuellar

September 10 -

  • 2:00 After School Meal Program meeting - Mena
  • 3:30 - 5:-00 Lync Communications System Training

September 11 -

  • ARD Calendar Due - Tyler
  • Campus Emergency Operations Plan Due - Mena/Salazar

Deadlines/Events Coming Up

September 15 -
  • Tutoring begins
  • Teacher Action Plan due

September 18 -
  • SLO Due on SchoolNet for feedback

September 22 -

  • PTA at 6:00 p.m.

September 24 -

  • Reading Cadre 3-5 at Buckner

September 27 -

  • SLO Due - TEI Timeline

TEI Update

Watch Understanding the Components of my TEI Evaluation.

Understanding the new TEI salary structure
We know that many of our teachers have questions surrounding the upcoming changes that the new salary structure will bring. Below you will find links to three resources that will provide teachers with answers regarding their salary. As a reminder, since teachers are now evaluated under TEI, increases in compensation will come only through TEI’s strategic compensation model. Teachers evaluated under TEI are not eligible for the 3 percent increase passed by the Board.

How to Calculate your 2015-16 Salary
TEI Compensation Frequently Asked Questions


As we continue our SPOT observations, please be very consistent in the effective implementation of various practices discussed during our TEI orientation and PLCs. With regards to the learning objective, the proficient rating states:

Focuses students at the beginning and throughout the lesson, by clearly stating

and explaining to students

  • What they are learning
  • Why it is important
  • What mastery looks like
  • How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives


Continue to make it a routine to verbally share and review the importance of the LO

and DOL throughout the lesson. If these components are effectively aligned, taught and all students can demonstrate what has been learned and voice their importance, then it will be reflected in your score on Domain 2.1.


New SENATOR Leaders

We want to formally and officially welcome,
  • Mr. Ronald Pradel - Special Education Behavior Unit (Hall of Justice)
  • Ms. Erika Amaya - Bilingual Teacher Assistant

Take some time to greet, welcome, and get to know them.


Wishing the best for the years to come....

Mr. Mena - September 6th
Ms. Stelle - September 12th
Ms. Rojas - September 13th