PINKSTON POST

"COMMITTED TO CHILDREN, COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE" 2015-2016

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

  • With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.

  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Campus Goals & Targets

End of Course Exams

Algebra I, English I, English II - 65% STAAR at Level III ADV - 15%
Biology, U.S. History - 95% AP Exams - 10% College Readiness - 15%
ACP- 70% Passing in All Courses, Student Attendance - 95% All Grade Levels

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26 DAYS to ENGLISH End Of Course Exams!!!!

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Week at a Glance ~ 4th Six Weeks Assessment Window

Monday February 8

Professional Learning Community Theme: Data Meeting, RTI

  • Campus Instructional Walks

Tuesday February 9

Professional Learning Community Theme: PD, Article Study

  • CILT Meeting @ 9:10am in Main Office Conference Room
  • Article Study - What Works in Schools Chapter 2 Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition
  • ELAR Mock Exam

Wednesday February 10

Professional Learning Community Theme: Effective Lesson Planning & Model Lessons

  • SAMS Meeting 10:00am

Thursday February 11

Professional Learning Community Theme: District PD

  • Bryan Adams Visit
  • Campus Instructional Walks

Friday February 12

"AVENGER Intervention Initiative" ~ Staff Wear Avenger Shirts: NO JEANS Allowed

  • Review Weak SE's from this week's DOL's & Assessments
Professional Learning Community Theme: Teacher Nuts & Bolts
Sample Teacher PLC Activities (On Your Own):
  1. Lesson Planning
  2. Parent Contacts
  3. Profiling/Data Review
  4. Material prep for lessons
  5. Personal PD (video modules) via School-net, Curriculum Central, or Region X

VIKING BIG ROCKS..... Moving Instruction to Proficiency


  • Math - Student Reference Sheets/ Anchor Charts
  • Science - Vocabulary Journal Usage
  • Social Studies - Vocabulary Development & History Alive Implementation
  • ELAR - Balance Literacy & Text Based Evidence: Anchor Charts, Annotation Strategies

Campus Wide

  • USAGE of PINKSTON QUESTIONING PROTOCOL
  • Evidence of Student SELF-Profiling
ESL TOP 5

1. Question Stems & Sentence Starters

  • (Pinkston Questioning Protocol
  • Discussion Response Frames) Peer Interactions

2. Peer Interaction

  • Think, Read, Write, Pair, Share
  • Peer Tutoring (Expert - Novice)
  • Table-Talk
  • Partner Reading
3. Vocabulary Development
  • Interactive Word Wall
  • Words Across Contexts
4. Graphic Organizers
  • Frayer Model
  • Venn Diagram
  • T Charts
  • Story Board
  • Concepts Web
  • Timeline

5. Manipulatives

  • 3-D Flip Foldables
  • Card Sorts/ Hands-On Labs
  • Tiles

Important Reminders

  1. Students should not be released from class without an official pass from the teacher... for an official pass see Mrs. Espinosa
  2. Doors are expected to open 10 minutes after the bell rings each period: following a tardy freeze
  3. Ear buds, food, and drinks are NOT allowed in class
  4. Staff should be visible in the hallways during passing periods, prompting students to class.
  5. All staff members are expected to model appropriate dress code per DISD policy....NO EXCEPTIONS
  6. ALL TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ATTENDANCE BY 4:15 pm DAILY

Dialogue with the Superintendent

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4:30-5:30pm

2200 Dennison Street

Dallas, TX

Pinkston Staff - Attendance strongly requested

Viking New Teacher Academy

Friday, Feb. 19th, 8am

2200 Dennison Street

Dallas, TX

Attention all NEW Teachers........

If you are interested in learning strategies that will improve your classroom management, the Viking New Teacher Academy is for you! Sessions will be held alternating Fridays beginning February 5, 2016 during PLC 's IN ROOM 210.

Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln ~ February 12th

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Viking Weekly Superstars ~ Pinkston Teachers!!!

Ms. G. Valle

Mrs. K. Young

Mrs. S. Hart

Mr. R. Bennett

Girls Soccer vs. Kimball

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

5520 Langdon Road

Dallas, TX

Girls Softball vs. Samuell

Monday, Feb. 8th, 6pm

8233 Military Parkway

Dallas, TX

Boys Basketball vs. Carter

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 5pm

Sprague Stadium, Dallas, TX, United States

Dallas, TX

Girls Basketball vs. Carter

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

1819 West Wheatland Road

Dallas, TX

Senior Night

Girls Soccer vs. Madison

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6pm

Sprague Stadium, Dallas, TX, United States

Dallas, TX

STAAR LIVE FORUM for Parents!

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Viking Tennis vs. Roosevelt

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 5pm

2324 West Kiest Boulevard

Dallas, TX

Pinkston Baseball vs. Conrad

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

Mercy Street

Viking Baseball vs. North Dallas, Sunset, Lake Highlands

Friday, Feb. 12th, 4:30pm

Mercy Street

Girls Soccer vs. Roosevelt

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 1pm

5520 Langdon Road

Dallas, TX

Girls Softball vs. North Dallas

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 9am

3120 North Haskell Avenue

Dallas, TX

President's Day...... NO SCHOOL!!

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am

2200 Dennison Street

Dallas, TX

Staff/ Student Holiday