The Friday Extra!

Celebrating excellence and looking at the week ahead!


Hillcrest celebrates a legacy of excellence!!!

Instructional Strategies

Questioning Styles and Strategies

Questions are at the heart of teaching and learning. In fact, teachers may spend as much as 60% of their instructional time asking questions, listening to answers, and providing feedback. Studies over the past two decades have shown conclusively that effective questioning leads to significant gains in student achievement. Whats more, using a variety of questions to engage different styles of thought is one of the easiest and best ways for teachers to differentiate instruction.

Dr. Harvey Silver, founder of The Thoughtful Classroom, will guide you through four learning sessions that will help you develop more effective questioning practices for your classroom. For more information on Professional Learning Portfolio Series visit

Questioning Styles and Strategies -

Professional Development

Want To Spice Up Your Professional Learning? Try Using Video!! -Check out this Infographic to find out how!

TEI Reminder

Spot Observation Reminder

As a reminder, teachers’ effectiveness levels now dictate the minimum number of spots required for each. Given the importance of timely feedback for coaching purposes, all spot observations must be entered into Schoolnet and shared with teachers within two working days.

Effectiveness Level:

Minimum # of Spots:

No effectiveness level & Progressing II or below


Proficient I & DTR-Eligible


Distinguished (Proficient II and above)


Upcoming Events

Reminders from the WAIP

Mark Your Calendars!

Reading Language Arts Virtual Professional Development

Register Now for PD on 10/19.

For RLA teachers 3-12

Once registered; you will receive additional information on 10/15

Laura Jenkins

Reminder-Dates and Session Titles for the School Leader Reading Academy

Register now for training dates:

10/15 and 10/22

Laura Jenkins

Accountability Index Training

Training Dates:

11/3, 11/6

12/8, 12/10, 12/14

Federal and State Accountability


Attendance for Credit Training

For Campus Attendance Administrator

9/25 – received registration email (limited seating available)

10/5 – ES Training

10/7 – ES Training

10/8 – MS Training

10/8 – HS Training

Jackie McFarland


State Accountability Rating on First Report Card

9/28 – Delivered to campuses

Provide copy to each student

Sam IIiya


Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) After School Meal Program (ASM)

Thursday, October 3rd

(form attached)

Garrett Landry

CPR Instruction Training Requirements – ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS


10/19/15 OR 11/9/15

Lance Johanson


Math Olympiad Goes Viral! Mathematics Video Challenge

10/5 – Begins

12/4 – Concludes

Lucy Ford


Distribution of State Fair Tickets to Schools

ES – 10/5

Secondary – 10/12

Noelia Martinez

2015-2016 Bilingual Exception/ESL Waiver Report

10/2 – Campus receives packet

10/9 – Deadline to submit

Amanda Clymer


No Child Left Behind – Title I, Part A School Support Team Training


10/7, 10/8, 10/15, 10/16

Register @

Pre-Advanced Placement/Gifted and Talented (Pre-AP/GT) Manager Selection


10/8 – Selection deadline

LaTina Branch


2015-2016 PEIMS Round 1 Review

Round 1 Deadline – 10/9

Snapshot date – 10/30

Peggy Sullivan


Parent/Teacher Conference Materials

10/12 – High School

10/13 – Middle School

10/15 – Elementary School

Office of Family and Community Engagement


District Funding for Formative Reading Assessments and Interventions – ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Vendors: Achieve 3000, Amplify, or I station

10/15 – Deadline

Seema Tejura

Records Liaison Appointment

10/16 – Deadline (new only)

Districtwide Records Management


Pre-SAT (PSAT) 8/9 Student Testing Dallas ISD Scholars in Grade 8 – MIDDLE SCHOOL

10/19 – Deadline

Week of 11/16 - Testing

LaTina Branch


2015-2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Registration

Elementary and Middle School Only

Registration Deadline – 10/15

Campus Spelling Bee – 12/4

District Competition – 1/12/16

Dallas County Competition – 3/19/16

Arlena Gaynor

College Board Advanced Placement Course Audit


Advance Academic Services – 972-925-4631

Compliance Training for Campus Personnel


School Leadership

Oncor Dallas Mayor’s Race/3 Months to 3 Miles

12/12 – Race Day

April Hooper