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Building Blocks of Success Week of February 8, 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.

Building Blocks to Success

An exemplar Core Belief: Staff members that have a commitment to children and to the pursue of excellence.

We began Saturday Camp last Saturday with 77 smiley scholars and 17 staff members who happily came with a focus on learning. Kudos for the following staff who spent Saturday morning at school: Ms. Curtis, Ms. Millan, Ms. Mojica, Ms Roth, Ms. Gordon, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Molina, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Serratos, Ms. Lamar, Ms. Ortega, Ms. Teffera, Ms. Hagler, Ms. Logan, Ms. Collier, Ms. Fowler, and Ms. Harrington. Ms. Delmy came in early to open the school for us. Thank you to Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Zamora, and our volunteers who helped delivered the lunch.

What I liked the most about coming to Saturday School is that these teachers have the unconditional belief on ensuring academic success for each student, a refusal to accept excuses for poor performance, and extending the learning time for students who struggle to meet the grade level standards. The teachers that came in received a jean pass. I invite everyone to join us on board as we continue building blocks to success. We will keep our focus on increasing student achievement and academic performance.

Proud to be an Eagle!

Week at a Glance...

Magnificent Monday, February 8, 2016

  • PD Book Study-Teach like a Champion Second grade Team

  • PD for new teachers-Mr. Elizondo Power Struggle Part II

  • Soar Team Introduction

  • All teachers will meet in PD room at 4:15 pm

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

Terrific Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Bilingual/ESL meeting with Ms. Garza at 7:30 am

  • Tutoring

  • National Wear Red Day- wear red shirt with jeans

Wonderful Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Literacy Cadre (Hagler, Serratos, and Curtis)

  • Tutoring

Thrilling Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Attendance is due by 9:00 am

  • Tutoring

  • Lesson Plans are due
  • 4th grade Field trip to Dallas Museum of Art
  • New Bilingual Teachers training at Quintanilla
  • UNCF Fundraiser Begin

Fabulous Friday, February 12, 2016

  • TELPAS new raters online training due

  • Instructional Calendars are due

  • Valentine's Card Exchange 3:15 PM


Saturday, February 13- No Saturday School

Monday, February 15- No School President's Day

Ms. Serratos and Ms. Martinez's students shared the Saturday School lunch. Their happy faces is the evidence that learning can be fun every day of the week.

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Our fourth graders enjoyed Saturday School. These students worked hard during the writers workshop.

Getting ready for Coffee with the Principal

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Ark Meeting

Parents attended our monthly Ark meeting . ARK helps parents to address the practical aspects of parenting—dealing with topics such as effective discipline, homework, family meetings, bully-proofing, and instilling responsibility. Thank you Ms. Selsemeyer for all you do to help us support our families.
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It's the 100 Day of School!

Our scholars enjoyed a break from the normal routine as they practiced math skills using games and activities based on the number 100. Pre-K students were proudly wearing the hats that they designed at home. This what a great family project!
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Happy National Counselors Week!

Our school counselor, Ms. Ortiz, helps students achieve school success and plan for a career. Thank you Ms. Ortiz. You help to build a bright future for our scholars.
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Gabe P. Allen Elementary

Sheila Ortiz Espinell- Principal

Franceslia Rodriguez- AP

Russell Sims-AP