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Building Blocks of Success Week of May 2, 2016

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Dallas ISD 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 Action Plan

Key Actions

  1. Allen Elementary will increase student achievement by providing purposeful instruction in Reading, Mathematics, Writing, and Science.

  2. Improve the quality of instruction by increasing rigor and student engagement.

  3. Allen Elementary will improve positive perception of school climate and culture by all stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community.

Campus Improvement Plan

Problem Statement 1: 47% of the "all students" category did not meet the state standard in writing.

Annual Goal: 76% of the "all students" category will meet state standard in writing in the 2016 STAAR.

Problem Statement 2: 67% of the African American students did not meet the state target in reading.

Annual Goal: 76% of the African American students will meet the state target in reading in 2016.

Problem Statement 3: Less than 5% of all students met 2 or more subject area tests at Final Level II in the 2015 STAAR assessment.

Annual Goal: 15% of all students will meet 2 or more subject area tests at Final Level II in the 2016 STAAR assessment.

Happy Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Whether you are a teacher, teacher assistant, counselor, media specialist, parent liaison, paraprofessional, nurse, food and service person, CRC, office manager, or assistant principal, we are all part of a very important profession; educating and giving our scholars the knowledge to be successful. I appreciate every hour you spend away from your own families to work for our kids. I appreciate all the days you stay late, or come in early. Because of my appreciation for you, I have prepared these week's activities. These tokens do not measure all that you do for our Gabe Allen scholars, but it is a small way to show appreciation for whom you are as a person, as a professional, and for what you do for our scholars.

Gracias, my wonderful team!

Proud to be an Eagle!


Thank you Ms. Roth, Ms. Butson, Ms. Cole, Ms. T. Martinez, Ms. E. Martinez, and Ms. Jenson.

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Week at a Glance...

Magnificent Monday, May 2, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Superhero Massage in the Counselor's office

  • PD will meet in the gym

Terrific Tuesday, May 3, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Wonder woman nails in the Counselor's office

  • STAAR training at 4:15 in the PD room

  • No tutoring

Wonderful Wednesday, May 4, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Tutoring

Thrilling Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • STAAR Assembly (Radio Station) Auditorium G-3-5

  • First grade Winspear Opera House Field Trip 9:30-11:30

  • Lesson Plans are due
  • STAAR Tutoring
  • All rooms covered!

Fabulous Friday, May 6, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • 5 de mayo PTA Performance-we will have 2 performances for the parents


We will announce the STAAR Camp Date. We will not have tutoring on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Teacher Appreciation: Why We Teach

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"Teacher Appreciation: Why We Teach." Edutopia. N.p., 20 May 2014. Web. 01 May 2016.

All good teaching originates from the motive of generosity. To help others understand history, literature, mathematics or science is the ground upon which all learning stands. Fundamentally, education is the transmission of wisdom from one scholar to another.

The Leader Who Serves

Indeed, this is what great teachers do every day. They open their classrooms and provide guidance, knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. Such lifelong service requires great fortitude. Many in the general public believe that teachers have an easy career that finishes every weekday at 3 PM, freeing them from responsibility for the remainder of the day. But for those who teach, the unstinting physicality of standing and circulating all day in the classroom, the ongoing preparation of lessons, and the relentless redesign and sequencing of instruction are exhausting. With the immeasurable number of emotional interactions between ourselves and our students, our benevolence is bound to flag. Fortunately, this is normal and cured with some self-care.

Years ago, a dear friend and Latin teacher was walking past my classroom as I was ushering my students in before the bell.

"Servus Suvorum Dei," he said.

"What, Mike?"

"The servant of the servants of God," he translated. This was his definition of why we teach: to become the leader who serves.

I reflected on that medieval vow as I saw the faces before me -- trusting or skeptical, smiling or nervous. They really did motivate me to serve them. It was an unflinching commitment.


Similarly, in her book What Keeps Teachers Going, Sonia Nieto states that a successful teacher is one who places a high value on students' culture, race, language, gender, experiences, families and sense of self. These teachers sustain high expectations of all students, especially for those whom others may have given up on. They stay committed in spite of predictable obstacles and create a safe classroom haven for their students. By being resilient, by challenging the status quo of educational bureaucracy, and by viewing themselves as life-long learners, they come to care about, respect and love their students. To understand your own motivation to teach, you explore your own history of learning. Nieto says it is the "experiences, identities, values, beliefs, attitudes, hangups, biases, wishes, dreams and hopes" that make teachers successful. She has her teachers write about those experiences that influenced them to become teachers. It is only by mining their own influences they can begin to understand what motivated them to become a teacher in the first place. So teaching becomes a career-long process of uncovering both your own and others' stories.

Consider Malcolm Gladwell's examination of what makes successful teachers. He identifies one quality as the most significant: "withitness" or regard for student perspective. This means that in the classroom, there is a high-quality feedback loop between teacher and student. Teachers communicate both verbally and nonverbally to their students in a back-and-forth exchange to get a deeper understanding.

Of course, optimism also helps. If every year, you received the same students you left off with the year before, teaching would be much easier. But new students, new sections and new school years require a new approach. What startles one class into discussion may leave the next group cold.

Ambition and Passion

Ironically, not all of us set out to be teachers. Many of us to come to teaching from other paths. One middle school teacher who struggled with math and self-confidence was told by her fourth grade teacher that she would never amount to anything. Then in fifth grade, she met Mr. Murphy, who told her she would be getting A's in math from that point forward. In fact, she became a math teacher and did her student teaching alongside her mentor. Now she works in a large urban area with kids who also seem to get A's in math.

Still, others of us were teaching our stuffed bears and younger siblings in our bedrooms when we were ten years old, and knew we were born to teach. But it was the influence of a great teacher who sparked our ambition into a passion. One ESL teacher says, "Although I started school barely speaking English, my teachers loved me. So I loved them back. Because of their influence, I am now one of their colleagues in the same school. They support me now just as much as they did when I was their student."

Likewise, teaching becomes the embodiment of our vocation. "I teach because I love to learn," says a special education teacher. "I am doing what I want to do. I am becoming the very teacher I always wanted to be."

In brief, this is why we teach: to improve the transmission of learning, to honor the scholarship we have so dearly won, and to inspire our students' compassion and ideas. In these challenging times for teaching and learning, we must persist to persevere.

2016 Youth Art Month Student Art Show

The 2016 Youth Art Month Student Art Show held April 5-April 15, 2016 at Fair Park was extended for another week because of the positive feedback from the Dallas community. Ingrid Rodriguez, second grader, entered “Landscape”, and fifth grader, Angel Ogata showed a Tessellation titled “Cry Wolf”. These chosen students were showcased at the African American Museum. They received medals for exemplary artwork. Angel’s artwork traveled this week to be displayed at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Showcase, April 30th. I want to applaud these two excellent artists for their contribution to the community. Mrs. Moon

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Children's Day

Children’s Day (El Día Del Niño) is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30. Last Friday, our PTA honored our scholars with a fun activity during their recess. Our scholars enjoyed the ice cream and music for 15 minutes.
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Last PTA Meeting of 2016

Our Pre-Kinder scholars directed by Ms. Thomas and their teachers performed last Thursday. Their presentation was filled with music and dancing. Our audience was delighted with their musical presentation. We recognized the scholars of the Month. Our PTA presented a $5,000 donation to our school. Congratulations to all grade levels for each presentation. Special thanks to Ms. Thomas for all the rehearsals and preparations.
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Kudos to the Rotary Club of Dallas. They provided all Kindergarten students the "I Like me" personalized book. Our students were excited as they read the book and listened to their names and best friends names.

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May 9- Grades 3-4 Mathematics

Grade 5 Mathematics (retest)

May 10- Grades 3-4 Reading

Grade 5 Reading (retest)

May 11-Grade 5 Science

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May 2016

Patricia Martinez 05/14

Mackenzie Moore 05/16

Theresa Martinez 05/24

Gabe P. Allen Elementary

Sheila Ortiz Espinell- Principal

Franceslia Rodriguez- AP

Russell Sims-AP