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Principal's Message

This is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Lets lift each other as we embrace this wonderful time of year. What random act of kindness will make your day? How will we show each other and our students kindness this week?


With just 28 days until our first STAAR exam and four months until the end of the school-year, we are well on our path to success. We are tailoring interventions based on tutoring, continuously progress monitoring to adjust our instruction, and giving students our best by teaching with excellence and our hearts. Together, we will be successful!


A few notes and reminders--


  • Based on your feedback, this week we will have "Tutoring Planning" afterschool. This time should allow you to make sure tutoring and other interventions are data driven and effective. Administration and campus coaches will be available to support.


  • 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?


  • TEI News: Some effectiveness levels require a minimum number of creditable years of service (CYS). Data recorded in Oracle will be used for this purpose. If you have not submitted service records from another district, they should be submitted by March 1. Creditable Years of Service can be verified in Oracle under "Notice of Assignment and Salary."

  • Registration for the spring semester ACP viewing began on Thursday, February 4th. All students teaching a course with a spring semester ACP are strongly encouraged to attend. Teachers may register by visiting the assessment website at assessment.dallasisd.org


  • 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.


  • Check out upcoming PD available to all staff below!
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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!

Go above and beyond by signing up for our Soto Teacher Academy. Campus Instructional Coaches will stop by your class at a time and Friday/Monday of your choosing to record a best practice in action. Once you are comfortable with the recording, it will be made available to other staff in order to share best practices. We all have unique talents and teaching strengths, lets share and learn together!
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Shout Out!

Shout Out!!! to Ms. Lehman for her collaborative nature and wealth of knowledge. She is an institution at Soto and we appreciate everything she does for our teachers and students. This year she has taught invaluable lessons to our students as part of the specials rotation. She is also a part of the Texas Bluebonnet Association and Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee. We appreciate her commitment to our campus and its success. Ms. Lehman is a master educator and we are lucky to have her!

Fieldtrip: Stockard Middle School

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 10am-12pm

Stockard Middle School

Fifth grade students will visit Stockard Middle School to prepare for the transition to middle school.

Tutoring Planning

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

4510 West Jefferson Boulevard

Dallas, TX

Based on your feedback, this week we will have "Tutoring Planning" afterschool. This time should allow you to make sure tutoring and other interventions are data driven and effective. Administration and campus coaches will be available to support.

STAAR Live Forum

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 9:30-11:30am

Soto ES Gym

Parents will have an opportunity to obtain information on the STAAR assessment and how to help their children be successful. Please promote it with all students.

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.