Lincoln/ Madison Feeder

Legendary Leadership * World-class Scholarship

Week of March 21, 2016

Our Vision

The Lincoln/Madison Feeder Pattern prepares scholars to lead, think, communicate and compete as responsible citizens who are college and career bound.


Welcome back from a much needed spring break! Hopefully each of you were able to rest and rejuvenate in preparation for the remaining 11 weeks of school. Over the spring break, the Lincoln High School boys basketball team earned the title: State 4A Champions! Many in the high school sports world had counted Lincoln out due to several losses during the regular season, but as I watched the boys play, I saw a poised, resilient group of young men who seemed to be accustomed to set backs and obstacles. They never lost their cool and in my mind, were quite a bit more equipped and prepared for a game of this magnitude. That group of young men is a microcosm of all of the students we serve. Our students come to school having faced unimaginable challenges, but yet they continue to be resilient individuals due to the commitment and hard work of principals and staff members who do not give up. For the next 11 weeks, please encourage your students and staff members to play until the buzzer sounds. Work hard and stay focused.

Together, we are all champions for our students, schools and communities. I believe that we have everything that we need to win; in fact we are already victorious. I believe that each of our schools will meet standard with an increase in distinctions. I urge you to believe with me.

Dignitaries Celebrate With Lincoln High School

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Lincoln High School State Championship Parade March 26, 2016

Elite News along with the Lincoln Alumni class of 1976 will sponsor a Championship Parade for the newly crowned Lincoln High School State Championship Team on Saturday, March 26, 2016 beginning at Noon. The parade will begin at Fitzhugh and Second and travel to Elsie Fay Higgins Street, Malcolm X Blvd., Oakland Ave. and end at Lincoln High School. Championship t-shirts may be purchased for $15 at Lincoln High School. Go Tigers!

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Dallas Morning News Features Lincoln on Front Cover of the Sports Section

Momentous Institute Tour Follow Up Training

For those of us who were able to tour the Momentous Institute, it was definitely worth the time and effort in the rain. Every decision made at Momentous is very intentional and in most cases research based. From textured walls, to hallway displays, to stability balls for seating, we left with a renewed understanding that we must support our teachers through targeted training so that they can better provide for our students' social emotional needs. Our 7 feeder principals have been invited to take part in a free training that Momentous is piloting on June 7 from 1:00-4:00. They will use our feedback to perfect the training before offering it on a broader scale. Please sign up to attend at the link below.

Madison to Host Open House on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Eighth grade parents and students from across the metroplex are invited to attend the Open House program at Madison High School on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will learn more about the Collegiate Academy that is scheduled to open in August 2016 which will serve at least 100 incoming freshmen. The Academy will focus on Information Technology and allow students an opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of college credit free of charge while at the same time earning a high school diploma. We see this program as a game changer for the students and families in the South Dallas community and anticipate a tremendous increase in the number of students graduating college and work force ready.

Principal's Meeting on Wednesday

Please plan to attend the March principal's meeting on Wednesday, March 23 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. We will learn more about the new individualized Professional Learning Plan for teachers that will start this summer. We will also hear strategies for getting the best candidates from HCM. Dr. Claudia Allums from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture will serve as our keynote speaking about "Healing Leaders: On the Spirit of Learning." Her session is sure to be a treat!

STAAR Challenge

Each principal should have received the information regarding the STAAR Challenge for the Intensive Support Network. As a reminder, please send your challenge letters to Caroline Hawkins by the close of business on March 24, 2016. Rally your students and staff this week as we strive for excellence on next week's first round of STAAR testing. Check out the Carter /Kimball Challenge from a few years ago.

Leadership Focus and Updates

Make sure that your testing plans and procedures are in place for the first round of STAAR next week. Ensure that you have enough trained personnel to administer tests; especially if students need small group testing environments. Make arrangements for lunches and ensure proper signage throughout your building. We will discuss your testing plans as I visit schools this week.

Budget meetings begin Monday for the Lincoln Feeder and continue on Tuesday for the Madison team. Please come to the new HCM building prepared with all necessary documentation.

In reviewing the spot observation report for last week, we are behind on entering our spots, please make sure that you finalize all spots that are in progress asap. Create a plan or calendar to ensure that you are remaining on track.

On the Horizon

Music in Our Schools Month

Mar. 7-Apr. 6- TELPAS testing

Mar. 8- Apr. 22- Open transfer period

Mar. 21- Budget meetings @ HCM Lincoln Feeder 3:30-5:30

Mar. 21- AP Focus Group Meeting @ Haskell

Mar. 22- TEI Expert Session @ Madison

Mar. 22- Deadline for Counselor of the Year Application

Mar. 22- Budget meetings @ HCM Madison Feeder 8:00-10:00

Mar. 22- Collegiate Academy Open House @ Madison 5:00-7:00

Mar. 23- Student discipline hearing training (optional) 11:00-1:00 @ Haskell

Mar. 23- Literacy Cadre 3:45 @ Rhoads

Mar. 23- Principal's Meeting 1:00-5:00

Mar. 23- Reconnect Facilitator training (high schools) 4-5 p.m. @ Haskell

Mar. 24- STAAR Challenge Letters due to Caroline Hawkins

Mar. 24- Little Mermaid thank you letters due to Caroline Hawkins (elementary)

Mar. 26- Lincoln High School Championship Parade - Noon

Mar. 29-31- STAAR/EOC testing

Mar. 30- Student discipline hearing training (optional) 11:00-1:00 @ Haskell

Mar. 31- Failure rate plans due to Caroline Hawkins as applicable

April 16- Feeder Pattern Super Saturday @ Fair Park

April 16- Youth Empowerment @ Lincoln 1:30

Our Feeder Leaders