Gonzalez Premier Express
Week of December 7, 2015
RACING TO PREMIER - NEXT MILESTONE....ACPs
- 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)
Ms. Cooray for leading and supporting our students during an FLL competition this past Saturday.
Robotics Team 2
Mr. Gonzalez-Perez with his team show part of the school's Robotics team project "One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure"
Ms. Edwards for her leadership in setting up and preparing our students for the Spelling Bee. Also, thank you to Ms. Wilburn for being our pronouncer as well as Ms. Shelby and Ms. Kennard for being the judges of this great competition.
Robotics Team 2
Mr. Pradel, Mr. Salazar, Mrs. Blasingame, Ms. Yarbrough, and Ms. Brown for their support in preparation and coaching for the UIL competition.
Ms. Wilburn, Ms. Martinez, Mrs. Buchanon, and Mrs. Rentowski for preparing, coaching, and chaperoning our students for the UIL competition.
Math Around School
Mr. Pradel for working on this multiplication project to support our students in practicing this very important skills at least as they go upstairs.
- United Way Deadline - Edwards
- Continue to monitor students' performance and review for ACPs
- School Science Fair
- Weekly PLC - Testing Meetings
- 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
- 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
- Math ACP - K - 5th
- Climate Survey Deadline
- Confirm attendance to Christmas Party at 303 in Oak Cliff - Meza
- Cigna Mayor’s Race @ Reunion Park in Downtown Dallas
- Robotics Qualifier @ UME Prep
DEADLINES/EVENTS COMING UP
- Science ACP - 3rd - 5th
- Reading ACP - 3rd - 5th
- PTA Winter Holiday Performances
- Language Arts ACP - 3rd - 5th
- Social Studies and Specials ACP - 3rd - 5th
- Christmas Party - 5:30 at 303 in Oak Cliff. Please, confirm attendance to Ms. Meza.
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.