Gonzalez Premier Express

Week of December 7, 2015


To become the PREMIER elementary school in Dallas ISD


Our 3C students will lead us during announcements this week. Please, make sure students are familiar with the script and report to the office by 7:58 a.m. I would like to start announcements no later than 8:05 a.m.
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  • Let's continue to review and practice for ACPs using the blueprint as our guide. Let’s make this learning relevant and incorporate engagement strategies to motivate students. Games such as, Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, use and reference to study guides, stations, and Quizlet are a few examples of engaging activities while reviewing.
  • As we review for ACPs, continue to make sure that you are addressing, What students are learning, Why it is important, What mastery looks like, and How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives
  • As we use TEKS specific questions, there should be evidence in the implementation of the Lesson Cycle and quality questions, check for understandings, MRSs, while modeling of the expected outcomes.

Effort Creates Ability

  • Students need to know that they can reach high academic levels and the importance for doing so. If you can psych them into believing that they can reach greatness, then they will definitely live up to your expectations. Many times, it is harder for teachers to believe in students’ potentials than students believing in themselves. Even if you do not believe in the student, pretend to believe at least long enough until the student will make a true believer out of you.
  • If a student knows that the teacher is in charge, the teacher will have a greater influence over the student. Always take control and command of your students’ decisions, so you can guide their destiny to a great extent. Students know who cares for them by one’s authority and persistence for them to learn.


  • Everyone who has already provided feedback by completing the District Climate Survey; climate and culture of the workplace supports its effectiveness. Your feedback does matter! If you have not done so, please take some time to complete the survey.

  • Ms. Edwards for leading the United Way campaign. Also, thank you for those staff members who supported this initiative by making a contribution; these contributions impact our community.
  • Ms. Cooray, Mr. Gonzalez-Perez, Ms. Thiele, Ms. Edwards, and all of the parents who attended and supported our Robotics team during their competition this past Saturday. (see pictures below)


December 7 -
  • United Way Deadline - Edwards
  • Continue to monitor students' performance and review for ACPs

December 8-

  • School Science Fair
  • Weekly PLC - Testing Meetings

December 9-

  • ACP assemblies for 3rd – 5th students - Auditorium

    o 1:40 – 2:00 p.m. – 3rd grade

    o 2:10 – 2:30 p.m. – 4th grade

    o 2:35 – 2:55 p.m. – 5th grade

  • Magnet School Parent Meeting - Shelby

December 10-

  • Reading ACP - K-2nd
  • Mid-Year Review Meeting with Mr. Lusk
  • After school PD - 3rd-5th Math Vault PD
  • ESTAR/MSTAR overview @ Buckner 4:30 - 6:00 p.m

December 11-

  • Math ACP - K - 5th
  • Climate Survey Deadline
  • Confirm attendance to Christmas Party at 303 in Oak Cliff - Meza

December 12-

  • Cigna Mayor’s Race @ Reunion Park in Downtown Dallas
  • Robotics Qualifier @ UME Prep


December 14
  • Science ACP - 3rd - 5th
December 15
  • Reading ACP - 3rd - 5th
  • PTA Winter Holiday Performances
December 16
  • Language Arts ACP - 3rd - 5th

December 17

  • Social Studies and Specials ACP - 3rd - 5th
December 18
  • Christmas Party - 5:30 at 303 in Oak Cliff. Please, confirm attendance to Ms. Meza.


Linked here is a video posted on Curriculum Central of a Dallas ISD teacher sharing her view of guided reading and how she sets up the learning for her students (scroll down to the content videos). She explains how there is flexibility in what students can do when they are not at the guided reading table; whether it be centers or independent reading / work. The video is confirming the work that our reading teachers are doing around guided reading and centers. Let's continue to plan and execute guided reading on a daily basis; it is the only way our students are going to improve their reading skills.

Climate Survey

Our district continues to conduct the district wide Climate Survey in an attempt to consistently improve as an organization, gain integral feedback from our school-based employees, align systems to student outcomes, and to get feedback from employees on their perceptions of climate in their individual schools and for the district as a whole. To ensure confidentiality, the survey will be administered by an external organization, The Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. Last year, our participation was around 85%; as of December 3rd, our participation rate was 30%. Let's make it our goal to have 100% participation from everyone in the H.B Gonzalez family.

We need everyone to respond to an email you received last week; the subject line was Dallas ISD Climate Survey from PPRI at Texas A&M” If you did not receive the e-mail by Thursday, December 3, 2015, please check your Junk or Clutter folder.

To avoid duplication of responses, each email contains an individualized link to the survey; therefore, you cannot share this e-mail with anyone else. No employee ID number or other identifying information will be requested. The survey can be taken on campus, at home, or at any other location. If you need any assistance, please see Ms. Meza.

The deadline to complete the survey is December 11, 2015.


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We Wish You A Happy Birthday!!!

Ms. Rangel-December 10