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Principal's Message

Happy February! This is such a sweet month!!! Everywhere we look, we see such great growth and sweet smiles from our students. We are off to great places with academics and extracurricular activities galore! Last week we cheered our girls and boys basketball team and the running club held its first practice. The campus is alive--full of learning and fun!

Make sure to share in the love of the holiday season and let someone know you appreciate them. I am sure it will brighten up their day!

A few notes and reminders--

  • Based on your feedback, this week we will host a Staff Meeting. Mr. Peña will briefly address us before we review our February calendar and conduct TELPAS training.

  • Based on your feedback, PLC meetings will continue to be led by grade-level chairs and strive to answer our four guiding questions--What do we expect students to learn? How will we know they are learning? How will we respond when they do not learn? How will we respond if they already know it?

  • If you are tutoring and have not received confirmation that your supplemental pay request has been approved, please see Mrs. Ramos to ensure that the request is processed for payroll purposes.

  • The Credit Union of Texas announced a $20,000 scholarship for district educators. Educators looking for resources to continue their education may be candidates for a new scholarship created by Credit Union of Texas in honor of retired district administrator William H. Cotton. The $20,000 scholarship is available solely to Dallas ISD staff. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29, 2016. Requirements, links to the scholarship application and other details are available on the district’s Staff Page.
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A Week in Review

Your Voice Matters

THANK YOU for great PLC Meetings and a productive planning session last Wednesday. Please share your thoughts on "The Leader in Me" with your grade-level chair. Don't know what it is? Ask any member of the leadership team. Your input strengthens our campus!

Go Above and Beyond!

We need a few staff members to support 3rd-5th grade students and teachers during tutoring. Please email me if you are interested in tutoring STAAR tested subjects afterschool or on Friday/Saturdays.

Shout Out!

Shout Out!!! to Mrs. Garza, the best counselor anyone can ask for! With a smile and a wealth of knowledge, she is always willing to lend a helping hand. There is no task too small or large for her. She constantly shows how much she cares for our students, teachers, and staff by helping with academics, guidance lessons, discipline, parent phone-calls, accommodations, and the list could go on and on... above all she brings warmth and care to our staff. We appreciate her commitment to our campus and willingness to help. Mrs. Garza has a special light and we are lucky to have her!
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Staff Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 3:15-4:45pm

4510 West Jefferson Boulevard

Dallas, TX

Based on teacher feedback, every other PD session will be dedicated to a staff meeting in order to communicate ongoing campus events, needs, and expectations. This week Mr. Peña will briefly address our staff and Mrs. Villarreal will conduct TELPAS training.

Basketball Game

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 4:30pm

Soto ES Gym

Cheer on our Soto Stars as they bring their best game on this basketball season!!!

Staff/Student Holiday

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am

4510 West Jefferson Boulevard

Dallas, TX

There will be no school for students and staff on February 15, 2016 in observance of Presidents' Day.

First Grade Dental Program

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 10:15pm

Soto ES Auditorium

A short educational dental program sponsored by Masonic home and School of Texas will take place on 2/24/16 at 10:20am. Each student will receive a toothbrush kit. For questions or more information, please see Nurse Caraway.