Weiss World Weekly Updates

Week of September 26, 2016

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Creating a Leadership Legacy

MISSION

Our mission at Martin Weiss Elementary School of Leadership is to prepare students to lead both nationally and globally by facilitating data-driven, innovative instruction to prepare students for college, community leadership, and purposeful living. We place academic excellence, character development, and personal leadership at the forefront of our educational philosophy.

VISION

Martin Weiss School of Leadership will be a premiere school of choice serving the Oak Cliff community with pride and excellence.

DESTINATION

Martin Weiss School of Leadership will utilize our rigorous, performance based, leadership development model that is driven by the following pedagogical approaches:


  • Socio-Emotional Learning

    • Socio-Emotional development via “The Leader in Me” (2) character development regimen.
  • Project Based Learning
    • Project Based Learning Instructional Framework (1) via training and resources offered by the Buck Institute.
  • Personal Leadership Portfolio PK-5
    • A cumulative leadership portfolio comprising measurable characteristics that define the 5 Levels of Transformational Leadership. (Includes Grade 5 Leadership Internship)


Our goal is to place academic excellence, career and college readiness, and social development at the forefront of our educational philosophy. Using the Project Based Learning Cycle coupled with our 7 Excellent Leadership Habits, learners will demonstrate competency in the Five Levels of Transformational Leadership. We will develop critical thinkers, consumers of information, informed researchers, and effective communicators. By spring of 2016, 75% of our students will qualify for a Dallas ISD magnet or choice school.

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Week at a Glance 9-26

Monday 9/26 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

  • Leadership Team Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.
  • PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Math Data Meetings During Conference Period
  • GT Testing Window opens
  • ALL SLOs MUST BE IN SCHOOL NET


Tuesday 9/27

  • New Teacher Meeting @ 3:15
  • Reading Data Meetings during conference period.


Wednesday 9/28

  • PBL Meetings during conference period. (No grade level meetings required this week due to data meetings)
  • Committee meetings after school
  • Clubs meet afterschool.


Thursday 9/29

  • Faculty Meeting: Claiborne Presents AIL
  • Leadership Team will be visiting all 3-5 classroom to look for Leadership Notebooks: Set-up and usage.


Friday 9/30

  • Camouflage Friday
  • Parents can eat lunch with their young leaders.
  • Breakfast of Champions

Important Dates (Looking Ahead)

Breakfast of Champions: September 30

Hispanic Heritage Month:September 15-October 15

Fall PBL Exhibition: October 20

Parent Conference Night: October 13

Pumpkin Contest Begins: October 24

Costume Parade: October 31

Fall Carnival: November 4

Compliance Videos

The time has come for ALL teachers and staff to view the annual compliance videos. The deadline to complete watching the videos is September 30th. See previous newsletters and emails for the link to the videos.

Field Trips

The deadline for submitting field trip requests has been set for the first day of the 2nd six weeks of each semester. In other words, you will have the first six weeks to plan all trips for the first semester and the 4th six weeks to plan for trips for the second semester. Field trips that will be excluded from this are the ones sponsored by UIL where there is a short turn around time and pre-approved destinations.

Uniforms can be purchased in the front office!

1. The uniforms for students have not changed. White, Navy, or Lt Blue Top. Khaki or Navy Bottoms.

2. Students can purchase a shirt with the logo affixed, or they can purchase the logo for $6.00. Logos are to be affixed to approved uniform pieces only. We also have our signature Navy Fleece on sale for students!!!

Teacher Uniforms

If your ordered uniform pieces, they should be here within the next 7 days!

Weiss Celebrates Education Go Get It Week!

Principal's Message

Top 20%

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule, informs us of the following theory:
  • 80% of an outcome is usually the result of 20% of the effort.

For example, many sales people find that 80% of their sales originate from 20% of their top customers. Conversely, quality care reps often notice that 80% of customer complaints often come from 20% of their customer base.


How can we apply this theory in our day to day lives? How does this relate to our 7 Habits?


In my own life, I have noticed that when I focus my time, energy, and effort on the top 20%, I am able to accomplish so much more in my role.


PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST

When creating my schedule for the week, I focus most of my time on high leverage tasks that will give me the most output and efficiency. I always hold our leadership team meetings for an hour on Mondays. Once the Leadership Team is mobilized and on the same page, we can synergize to get ten times more accomplished. That is a high leverage meeting that only takes an hour, but it multiplies effectiveness!


SHARPEN THE SAW

Consider identifying at least five things, people. and places that add joy your life instantly. Call them your top 20%. When you need to be re-energized or you need a smile, turn to your top 20%. The things, people, and places in your top 20% will boost your morale and multiply your productivity.


I will take a moment to share my top 20% with you:


  • Visiting some classrooms instantly gives my morale a boost. Seeing your dynamic morning meetings and your engaging activities makes my heart flutter! Shout out to Mrs. Colunga-- great lesson review on today!
  • My son--pictured here--is definitely in my top 20%. I keep pictures like this one in my office for an instant reminder of the joy he brings to our family.
  • As you all know, massage therapy, candles, tea and hugs are also in my top 20%.


What's in your top 20%?



Peace and Blessings

-Principal Brown

TEI News


September

26-Teachers submit SLO goal setting and PDP plans in Schoolnet


October

3- SLO's and PDP plans submitted in Schoolnet and Goal setting conferences completed

4-Last day for teacher rebuttal in oracle for TEI evaluation scorecard


November

3-1st DTR application deadline


December

6-Summative performance evaluation completed for new to the district DTR eligible teachers ( for 2nd application deadline)

15-Spot Observation-first semester checkpoint

15-SLO Goal Accomplishment competed (one semester course only)


January

18-2nd DTR application deadline

Late March Early April

Student survey administration begins


May

Teacher roster verification begins this month

12-Teachers submit SLO Goal- Accomplishment in Schoolnet

18-Last day to enter extended observations summatives and SLO scores into Schoolnet

22-Teacher rebuttal window opens in Oracle for summative performance evaluations


June

1-Last day to conduct spot observations and last day to hold summative conferences

5-Last day for teacher to input rebuttal in Oracle for summative performance evaluation

Common Assessment Window

As you are aware, the district will be implementing a district-wide common assessment system for all grades K-12 and content areas with a STAAR/STAAR EOC test.


There will be a window each six weeks to administer the common assessments, which can be found below. Please ensure your instructional calendars reflect the testing windows.


2nd Six Weeks: October 24-28 (5th week)

3rd Six Weeks: December 19-22 (6th week)

4th Six Weeks: February 13-17 (5th week)

5th Six Weeks: April 3-7 (5th week)

6th Six Weeks: Regular State Testing/ACP


TEKS Resource System (TRS) and common assessments are available at the trsystem@region10.org site


For grade levels and content areas that do not have a state assessment, assessment of student performance will also be conducted as a progress measure for students as they make their through the state standards. Specifically, the following are the non-state assessed grades/content area assessment expectations:


UPDATED

K-2:

Reading & Math: One CA each six weeks administered during the 5th or 6th week of the six weeks


3-5

3rd & 5th Writing: We will develop a feeder-wide CA to assess writing performance. We will administer this assessment once in the fall and once in early spring. AFs and select CICs will meet to review and develop this assessment. Principal feedback will be sought and we will come to a consensus prior to administering the assessment.


3rd & 4th Science: Campuses will have discretion on if six weeks assessments are administered for 3rd & 4th science. Although this is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that an assessment is given. Campuses will be required to show how students in 3rd and 4th grade are being monitored in science if the decision is made to not administer a CA.


6-8:

6th & 8th Writing: We will develop a feeder-wide CA to assess writing performance. We will administer this assessment once in the fall and once in early spring. AFs and select CICs will meet to review and develop this assessment. Principal feedback will be sought and we will come to a consensus prior to administering the assessment.


6th & 7th Science/Social Studies: Campuses will have discretion on if six weeks assessments are administered for 6th & 7th science. Although this is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that an assessment is given. Campuses will be required to show how students in 6th and 7th grade are being monitored in science and social studies if the decision is made to not administer a CA.


9-12:

All Common Assessments for all content areas will continue. Campuses will use campus created assessments for non EOC tested content areas.

District Wide Testing Calendar

DISTRICT-WIDE TESTING CALENDAR


OCTOBER

17-20--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery


DECEMBER

5--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

7--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

5-9--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

9—STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline

19-22--ACP (K-12)


JANUARY

10-23--ACP Make Up Window (K-12)

30—March NEAP Assessments (select campuses)


MARCH

6-9--(TAKS) Exit Level English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and Social (retest-online only) Out of school (OOS) and credit recovery


6-April 5--TELPAS (K-12)

28--STAAR EOC English I (9-12 and Retest)

28--STAAR Writing Day (Grades 4 & 7)

28--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

29--STAAR Reading (Grades & 8)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 7 Pre-AP & 8)

30--STAAR EOC English II & Retest

31-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline


APRIL

3-21--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

10-14—Terra Nova/Supera


MAY

1-5--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12 & Retest)

8--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

8--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

9--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

19--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

10--STAAR Science (Grades 5, 7th Pre AP, & 8)

11--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

12-- STAAR Make Up Assessment Deadline

26--1--ACP (Grades 6-12)


June

June 2--15--ACP Make Up Window (Grades 6-12)

Saturday School and Tutoring

Teachers should have already started tutoring and Saturday School will be starting in Mid-October. A schedule will be released.
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DISD 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 social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;


4. 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;


5. 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;


6. All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year