Superhero Tuesday Times

Elite 11 Portfolio, Dalia Flores Contreras - ILD

January 19, 2016

Happy Tuesday Superheroes!

I hope you've enjoyed the three day weekend as much as I have. I committed to spending an entire day at home, in my pajamas, cooking and watching movies and shows that have been sitting in my queue forever!

I also hope you were able to enjoy today's recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. by either reading, watching a relevant movie/documentary or enjoying the parade. I personally spent some time reading some of my favorite MLK Jr. speeches. I came across these three quotes that have always spoken deeply to me and I hope they do so for you too.

  • All progress is precarious, and the solution to one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
  • When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
  • We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

I look forward to visiting the following schools this week: McKinley, Bell, Mitchell, Jackson, Celia Clinton and Owen.

During our next site visit we will focus on the following:

  1. We will engage in a mini-culture walk using the Culture Rubric as well as the Data Collection Tool. The window for the MOY Culture Walk is January 25th - February 5th.
  2. We will revisit the skill/will matrix for your staff. The following link (click here) will provide you with some literature behind the skill/will matrix.

As always, I am an email/text/phone call away anytime to support you!

Have a Terrific Tuesday,



A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Our attendance goal is 95%, and this week's shout outs go to Mitchell for meeting and exceeding our YTD Attendance goal!

The following schools improved their YTD percentage from lasts week: Lanier, Lindbergh, McKinley and Mitchell. Let's keep trending upward!!!

The following schools have slightly declined in their YTD percentage from last week: Celia Clinton, Jackson, Jones, Owen and Springdale. Let's turn that arrow upward with tightened monitoring and outreach this week!!!

The following schools have no change to their YTD percentage from last week: Bell & Disney. Let's stir the pot and start trending upward!!!

Color Coding Legend:

95% and above - Green (Meets/Exceeds the goal)

93% - 94.99% - Yellow (Progressing towards meeting the goal)

Below 93% - Red (On the rise towards the goal)

A strong ATTENDANCE TEAM can truly help a school make great gains in attendance goals. Click here to read tips for effectiveness from

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Curriculum & Instruction: Math Standards

What are students learning in math across the grades right now?

This is a great question, and something you should know as you're popping into classrooms during math instruction as well as while you're reviewing lesson plans to provide teachers with feedback.

Below you will find a table, per grade level, with this information. You can find the current ELA Unit 4 Curriculum Maps for K-6 as well as the K-6 Math Scope & Sequence in the following Google folder:

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Supervision & Feedback

Elite 11 Leaders did a wonderful job of completing both probationary and career teacher evaluations on time. Thank you so very much for your hard work and effort in making this deadline.

Take a look at your January/February calendars and plan ahead for the new set of deadlines, which are:

  • Feb. 12th - Rec. date to complete both prob. obs. supporting the relevant eval (1st or 2nd)
  • Feb. 24th - Deadline for prob. evals and eval conferences

Remember to record a 6 STEP Feedback conference for the February Portfolio Meeting. Your videos are due to me by EOB on Monday, February 1st. I've added this to your calender as a reminder.

I will be asking to see your Observation Calendars during site-visits this month. Please have a copy of this for me or share your calendar via outlook. Some of you have scheduled these online in TalentEd, and if that's the case I can see them myself when I log on.

C&I - Gearing Up for the 5th Grade Writing Test

The countdown is here! We have 42 days until the 5th grade Writing Test, and only 25 instructional days!!!

You can help ensure your students are ready to master the test by sharing the online Parent, Student, Teacher Guide with your 5th grade teachers. The practice test reflects the format students will encounter on the actual test. Students will read 2 passages along with a writing prompt. Included in the guide are planning pages and response pages for practice, too.

The Parent, Student, Teacher Guide can be very useful to you the next few weeks. My recommendations would be the following:

  1. Review the rubric and practice test with your 5th grade teachers. Have them write a an exemplar for this practice assessment. Review/discuss the exemplar as a team. Reflect on what you had to know, understand and be able to do to produce this exemplar.
  2. Administer the practice test to 5th graders in your school.
  3. Have teachers score the tests using the rubric provided on pages 7, 8 and 9
  4. During a PLC Meeting, or other opportunity, discuss the student writing samples in order to determine what students are doing well with, and to identify areas to focus on during the next few weeks of writing instruction. This activity along with the initial activity of creating the exemplar should help inform instruction.
  5. You can also, as a 5th grade team, determine what you'll focus on each week and develop a short exit ticket to track student progress along the way.


Laura Grisso and team shared updates regarding ACCESS 2.0 during last week's LDD. Particularly they shared:

During our December Portfolio Meeting, many of you shared that you'd never seen the ACCESS test. With the link above now you can see what the test is like for your students. It would be equally powerful for teachers to see and experience this test as well. This will help them understand how language is measured in ACCESS for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Please be sure to work with your ELD teacher to determine next steps for sharing this information with teachers at large, as well as the best plan to prepare students for this new format in testing. Allowing students to have some time on the computer to experience the test prior to testing will greatly support their transition to this new format.

Finally, remember to ensure you have adequate headsets with microphones. Should you need to order more, the warehouse numbers are:

  • Headphones with microphone: IS100717
  • Adapter: IS100034

National Mentor Month

Did you know January is National Mentor Month?

I personally have benefited greatly from mentor through various seasons in my life all the way from middle/high school to the past few years of my career. Mentors can have a significant impact in the lives of children and adults.

Many of you have mentors who partner with your school in support of children so you'll want to think of how you celebrate their contributions this month. Click here for the National Mentoring Month website where you can find great tools and resources such as the National Mentoring Month Toolkit.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • January 14th - I Am A Mentor Day
  • January 21st - Thank Your Mentor Day

January Birthdays!

Join me in wishing our fellow Super Leaders a wonderful birthday!

  • January 2nd - Becky and she likes dark chocolate with raspberry, nuts, diet pepsi, her favorite color is green and she likes to watch romantic comedies.
  • January 7th - Elmer and he likes snickers, salt & vinegar chips, diet tea, his favorite color is black and he loves action movies.
  • January 18th - Tanya and she likes chocolate covered almonds, chips, diet coke, her favorite color is orange and she loves musicals.

Upcoming Testing Dates

  • Jan 4 - Feb 5: Pre-K Early Childhood Inventory Assessment Window
  • Jan 19 - Jan 28: 2nd Grade CogAt Testing Window
  • Jan 25 - Feb 5: SRI/SMI Testing Window
  • Feb 8 - Apr 1: ACCESS Testing Window
  • Feb 8 - Feb 26: Online MAP & CPAA Testing Window
  • Feb 23 - Feb 25: 5th & 8th Grade Writing Test

Need a copy of the updated testing calendar? Click here