Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern Updates

January 19, 2016

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Hill Highlandettes

Hill's 6th grade Highlandettes show their spirit in their new team costumes. Let's go HILL!

Casa View

Maria Casarez, parent liaison at Casa View received a $400 uniform donation from White Rock Lions Club.
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STAAR Interventions Academy

Region 10 will present a STAAR Interventions Academy for campus administrators and teachers and provide the most recent updates from the legislature. Instructional strategies and best practices for the assessed curriculum in Mathematics, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing will also be explored. Click here for the flyer.
Location: Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy
Dates: January 23, 2016 and February 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hexter Places in the District Science Fair and the District Spelling Bee

Hexter Elementary placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the District Science Fair.

1st place, Lily Morris, 3rd grade

2nd place, Patrick Trei, 5th grade

3rd place, Ariana Regala, 4th grade

Patrick Trei placed 3rd in the District Spelling Bee on January 12. He will compete in the Dallas County Spelling Bee on February 18th.

Why Is Breakfast Important?

Research confirms that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children’s health, academic achievement, cognitive development and mental health. Unfortunately, many children regularly skip breakfast each morning, depriving them of the important benefits associated with the morning meal.

In the school setting, children who struggle with hunger face:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Slower recall
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Diminished academic performance
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • Issues with aggression and anxiousness
  • Difficulty getting along with other kids
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased illness, with a longer recovery time, leading to increased absence and tardiness

BA Student Attends Texas Dance Association Conference

On January 6th-9th, Vanessa Mondragon attended the Texas Dance Educator's Association Convention and was accepted into the Texas All State Dance Team! She was the only dancer from Dallas ISD to perform and receive this honor. Vanessa is a senior and is the Captain of the Bryan Adams Belles.

She took dance classes from professional dancers and choreographers that included jazz, contemporary, Bollywood, hip-hop, technique progressions and dance conditioning.

She also performed in front of over 300 dance educators.

Teachers reminded to verify years of service in Oracle

Some TEI effectiveness levels require a minimum number of creditable years of service (CYS). Data recorded in Oracle will be used for this purpose. Teachers who have not submitted official service records from other districts, should submit this information to HCM’s Records Department by March 1, 2016.

Sanger Destination Imagination

Star Thinkers is a Destination Imagination team at Sanger Elementary. The challenge they decided to enter is called The Meme Event where they create a service project for a community. Star Thinkers chose Alex Sanger as their community with a cause to create more respect at the school. The team wrote a platform, created posters, campaign swag, and wrote announcements for the school. The meme they created is STAR... Students Talk About Respect.


More ...In the spirit of Jim Knight's words, below is a viable resolution for the second semester. Reflect on where you are, and consider trying this.

Give more feedback than praise - I cannot tell you how many times I have said "Great job!" in my lifetime. Our default reaction is to provide praise. Step back and try to offer some feedback instead. This is easy when students make a lot of errors, but it's harder to do with our students who excel. Offer feedback that will help them move their dial.

Family Volunteers to Help Tornado Victims

Thank you to the Hexter family who volunteered their time to help the tornado victims. You serve as a great role model for your child and for the children at Hexter.

Literacy Cadre

Professional Development for 3-5 grade reading cadre members was on January 4 from 2-5 at the NOLAN ESTES Training Room A. Please ensure that your campuses follow the coaching cycle model as the information is disseminated to teachers and that follow up is done to ensure effective implementation. T

The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be January 19, 20, 21 Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.


Monday January 18, 2016

  • Student / Teacher Holiday

  • Tuesday January 19, 2016

    • Middle School Writing PD - Buckner Building
    • Literacy Cadre - Casa View

    Wednesday January 20, 2016

    • Districtwide Principals' Meeting
    • Literacy Cadre - Sanger

    Thursday January 21, 2016

    • Literacy Cadre - Smith
    • 5:00 - 7:30 - Bryan Adams Open House

    Friday January 22, 2016

    • CIC Training - Buckner

    Testing Dates


    6-27--Isaton's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)

    29-- Registration Deadline, Testing window: March 1-25 Credit by Examination for Acceleration (CEFA) (K-12)


    1-25-- Credit by Examination for Acceleration (CEFA) (K-12)

    2--SAT (Grade 11)

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

    29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

    29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7)

    29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

    30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

    31-STAAR EOC English II


    4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

    4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

    12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

    12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

    18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

    18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

    20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


    9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

    16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

    2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

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

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

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

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

    11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

    12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

    2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

    18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

    27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)


    • Bryan Adams High School - Principal Richard Kastle
    • Gaston Middle School - Principal Susie Stauss
    • Hill Middle School - Principal Candace Ruiz
    • Bayles Elementary - Principal Robby Wilson
    • Casa View Elementary - Principal Oscar Aponte
    • Gill Elementary - Principal Damien Stovall
    • Hexter Elementary - Principal Jennifer Jackson
    • Kiest Elementary - Principal Yazmine Cruz
    • Reilly Elementary - Principal Marion Jackson
    • Reinhardt Elementary - Principal Phoebe Montgomery
    • Sanger Elementary - Principal Hector Martinez
    • Smith Elementary - Principal Lora Morris

    Executive Director, Bryan Adams Feeder Pattern

    Barbara Martin - English/Language Arts Academic Facilitator

    Kelly Morgan - Math/Science Academic Facilitator