ARMADILLO NEWS

NATHAN ADAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WELCOME TO WEEK 20

A Private School Education @ A Public School Price!

Dallas ISD Core Beliefs

Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

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.

Nathan Adams Vision & Mission

Our vision is to create an exceptional learning environment that produces remarkable students who are prepared to be successful and equipped to compete in a global society.



Our mission is to prepare all students to achieve the highest standard of intellectual, physical, and social growth.

Message from Principal Renaud

Welcome to Week 20 Nathan Adams Community. Hoping everyone enjoyed the long weekend with family and friends. This is a very important weekend with MKL Day. This day is tightly aligned with our Word of the Week- RESPECT. We will use this word multiple times throughout the year for Word of the Week to help our students build a strong foundation of character and kindness. If we are to live in a civil society, all of us must understand the delicate balance between the rights of an individual and those of a group. Students in particular must respect others’ right to learn. This mind set also includes respect for themselves, the learning environment, parents, and teachers. With this strong foundation nothing but success will follow!


I also wanted to share how proud I am of our gains in the climate survey and the ACP data. Nathan Adams made TWO of the districtwide TOP 10 LISTS including biggest gains in Beliefs & Priorities and Positive Culture. It truly took a team. The teachers put in so much time and effort preparing their lessons and tutoring the students. What a talented staff we have. I am truly the luckiest principal in Dallas ISD! Please join us at the PTSA meeting Jan 19th @ 6:00 pm for more information.

Martin Luther King Day January 18, 2016

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Nathan Adams Representative @ the Districtwide Science Fair-Way to go Veronica Dean!

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Armadillos in the Districtwide Spelling Bee!

Edwin Viera & Vivianna Gerry represented Nathan Adams at the Districtwide Spelling Bee!

Way to go Edwin & Vivianna, we are so proud of you!

WT. White Feeder Pattern Job Alike Professional Development

We are so proud of Ms. James, Ms. Copeland, and Ms. Stinnett for leading the learning of the teachers in our feeder pattern. Nothing but positive praises from the participant evaluations and from the Executive Director!
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Nathan Adams Elementary ACP Data Trends

Data Celebrations

Ø READING

o Kinder, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Eng are above the

Feeder and District

o Kinder Eng and Span above 90% passing

o 1st Grade Eng and Span above 80% passing

o 2nd Grade Reading above 80% passing

o 4th Grade Reading is 20 points above the Ditrict

o 5th Grade Span above the Feeder and District

o 5th Grade Eng and Span above 80% passing

Ø MATH

o Kinder and 1st Grade are above the Feeder and District

o Kinder above 90% passing

o 1st and 2nd Grade above 80% passing

Data Areas of Growth

Ø READING

o 3rd Grade Spanish Reading below 60% passing

o 4th Grade Spanish Reading below 70% passing

Ø MATH

o 3rd Grade Math below 50% passing

o 4th Grade Math below 60% passing

o 5th Grade Math below 70% passing

Scholastic Book Fair @ Nathan Adams Jan 19th-21st!

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Chess for Humanity @ Nathan Adams

We are excited to start back up with our chess club which is known as Chess for Humanity, led by world renown champion Akshay Malhotra from St. Marks School.

ACP Instructional Action Plan Meetings

What to Bring to your ACP IAP meeting:


  • Laptop
  • Completed Instructional Action Plan
  • Copies of ACP Results (may be electronic)
  • Assessment Analysis

This Week at Nathan Adams

Monday January 18

Two grades per subject due in Gradespeed

Submit lesson plans

Tuesday, January 19

· Book Fair in the library 8:00-3:30

· Volleyball Practice 3:15-4:15

· After School Tutoring

· Chess Club

· PTSA Meeting in the library 6:00pm

Wednesday, January 20

- Districtwide Principal Meeting 12-5 pm

· Book Fair in the library 8:00-1:00

· Volleyball Tryouts 3:15-4:15

Thursday, January 21

· Book Fair in the library 8:00-1:00

· After School Tutoring

Friday, January 22

· 3rd Grade Field Trip to Museum of Geometric and Madi Art

Upcoming

Monday, January 25 – Student Council Meeting in Portable 2 at 3:15

Friday, January 29 – Coffee with the Principal in the library 8:15 – 9:00

Monday, February 1 – Explore Walker Day- 5th Grade field trip

Monday, February 1-Faculty Meeting

Testing-At-A-Glance

JANUARY

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


MARCH

7-April 6--TELPAS (K-5)

29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grade 4) (This date will be clarified)

29--STAAR Math (Grade 5)

30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grade 4) (This date will be clarified)

30--STAAR Reading (Grade 5)


APRIL

4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-5)

4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grade 5)

12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-5)

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

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

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

May

9--STAAR Math (Grades 3 and, 4)

9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grade 5)

10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3, & 4)

10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grade 5)

11--STAAR Science (Grade 5)

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

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

***Dates are subject to change***

Climate Survey Results

Celebrations

v We had 90% participation from the staff.

v We are in the 5th Quartile for College Going Culture

v We have No RED or Yellow categories

v The overall campus Beliefs and Priorities had an 18.4% gain.

Beliefs and Priorities

#8 - I have the support I need from campus leadership to do my job well had a 28.1 % gain.

Culture of Feedback and Support

#19 – My school has an effective instructional leadership team had a 30% gain.

Positive Culture and Environment

#24 – Discipline had a 40% gain.

#29 – Morale at my school has improved this year had a 35% gain.

College Going Culture

#34 – Instruction in this school is focused on helping students get ready for college 7% gain.

Areas of Growth

Beliefs and Priorities

#9 – My campus leadership helps me understand recent changes in the schools focus had a 21% gain.

The A-Team will continue to help teachers understand recent changes and initiatives.

Culture and Feedback

#15 – The instructional feedback I get helps me improve the quality of my instruction had an 18% gain.

#17 – PD sessions at my school this year helped me improve instruction had a 6% gain.

The A-Team will survey the teachers first and ask them what do they need support with prior to PD.

Positive Culture and Environment

#28- I am satisfied with the recognition I receive for doing a good job had a 2 % gain.

The A-Team is committed to give more recognition and be consistent with the first of the month celebrations.

College Going Culture

#35 - Teachers in this school feel that it is a part of their job to prepare students to succeed in college had a 5% drop-92.3

#36 - Teachers at this school accept nothing less from students than their full effort had a 6% drop- 94.9

#37 - Teachers at this school do not let students give up when their class work becomes challenging had a 6% drop- 94.9

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Student transfer period for the 2016-2017 school year is now open.

Please visit the link below to apply. El periodo de transferencia para el ciclo escolar 2016-2017 ha comenzado. Si a su hijo(a) le corresponde asistir a otra escuela pero usted solicito la trasferencia a Nathan Adams es momento de que renueve su solicitud. Por favor visite la página abajo.