Pinkston Feeder Pattern

Week At A Glance - April 4, 2016

Core Beliefs

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.

In The News...

Many of you may be aware that we had an unfortunate incident that occurred last week and 3 students were involved in a fatal accident. The students were siblings and attended Martinez, Edison and Longfellow. The Martinez PTA is collecting funds to help the family through this difficult time. If your school community would like to contribute, please have your PTA give the funds to Martinez PTA over the next few weeks. As a school and district, we cannot conduct the fundraising, but the parent organizations can. Thank you for all the support you are providing the Martinez community during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.


Feeder Pattern Kuddos are definitely needed for the work that went into having a smooth 1st Round of testing. The students were focused and the teachers up and actively monitoring. A BIG Kuddos goes to the Testing Coordinators. Thank you for putting together an air tight testing plan. You are greatly appreciated!!!!

Pinkston – Kudos to the boys and girls soccer team for advancing to the bi-district round of the UIL soccer playoffs.

Quintanilla - QMS participated in the Leadership Corp Cadet competition Saturday, March 30, 2016 at Long Middle School. The Rifle Team won 3rd place.

Carver - Kudos to the Parent Volunteers of the ARK Parent Connect program, who organized a Spring Egg Hunt for all students in grades PK - 1st. The Carver Courtyard was filled with spring fun on March 23 & 24.


During my visit to campuses, I would like to review your campus STAAR Mock results and discuss the plan moving forward. Each team should have a data meeting scheduled to discuss the strengths, weaknesses and strategies for ensuring the opportunities for growth are targeted during the next 6 weeks.

We are approaching the finishing line and it is important to keep the momentum going at an accelerated rate. Each campus team has placed a great deal of effort and time into preparing students for mastery, so let's make sure we continue to motivate our teachers and students to finish strong.

There was a lot of fanfare about the Challenge Video's and letters this week. I saw many students energized and excited about the challenge, so let's continue to brainstorm ways to keep the energy, excitement, perseverance and can do attitudes alive!

Mr. Williams initiated a video challenge of all ISN schools. I've attached a few links below with creative videos from our feeder. Christian also sent an idea regarding motivation earlier this week to consider. Alyssa shared a link that is also a great motivator with students. When students know you care, they will move mountains for you! The link is below under Special Student Project.

Quintanilla DESA Challenge

Special Student Project

Spot Observation Tracker

The link below provides access to the spot observation tracker. To determine if you are on track, look at the individual teacher percentages which should be above 50%. The percentage in the upper right hand box will only give you the percentage for spring semester. If you frontloaded many of your spots in the fall, then your percentage for spring will be low. All your teachers should have received at least half the number of spots they were assigned for the year. If you have teachers with less than half of their annual number of spots completed, please make sure you schedule time to observe their classrooms within the next several weeks. Please do not conduct observations in the same teacher's classroom multiple times a week for the purposes of getting them inputted into the system. Teachers should be visited through out the course of the semester, not all in a week or two. Let's be strategic and purposeful about spot observations and feedback.

Professional Development Plan

Guiding documents for teacher professional development are included in the Google Folder for your review. The Teaching and Learning Department went over this information at the last principal meeting.

Achieve 3000 Newsletter

Achieve 3000 will begin sending newsletters to give us tips on how to best use the system. I've included the first newsletter in the Google Folder for you review. If you need support with Achieve 3000, please reach out to Delma Martinez so she can coordinate the support you require.

Parent Engagement

Last week, I shared your current status with meeting the parent engagement criteria. Some of you noticed the data was not accurate and wanted to submit the documentation to support that certain actions and events had occurred. Our Campus Support Team representative for the feeder pattern is Alrich Smith

(972) 925-3953

Please reach out if you require assistance.

Collegiate Academy

The recruitment plan for Pinkston Preparatory Collegiate Academy has launched and we are doing well, but need your help in getting the word out to our families. I placed a flyer in the Google Folder and would appreciate it if you could print copies and send the flyer home with your students. Many elementary students have secondary siblings who might be perfect candidates for the Collegiate Academy.

The pathways are:

Associates Degree in Health Sciences (Invasive Cardiovacular technology, cardiac Sonography, Magnetic resonance Imaging, Radiological Sciences, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technology and Nursing) We have seats allocated for our students which is a huge asset. All other students must compete among thousands of applicants. All Health Science students will have a seat in one of the above areas!!!!!! This is definitely a win for our students!

Business Management

Associates Degree in Business Management

Supervisor Certificate

Management Certificate

Retail Management Certificate

Small Business Academy Certificate

Business Leadership Achievement Award

Associates Degree in Network Administrator and Support (CISCO Specialization)

CCNA Network Associate Certificate

Cisco Network Assistant Award

Cisco Networking Intern Award

We have our second parent meeting schedule Wednesday, April 6th from 6:00PM - 7:00PM at El Centro. We currently have 33 students who have completed applications and the first round of interviews are scheduled this week. We are targeting to have 100 students in the program, so your support with spreading the word through sending out flyer would be most appreciated! The link to the application is below

Principal Survey

You (principal) are listed as the primary respondent for the TEA Principal Survey for first year teachers and will receive the survey notification next week. Please complete the survey by May 31st.

ESL Summer Camps

The feeder pattern will sponsor several ESL summer camps which will be hosted at Gabe Allen and Stevens Park. Gabe Allen and Stevens Park will get the first 15, and the remaining 25 seats for each campus will be on a first come first serve basis. Carr, Carver, Earhart and Martinez will go to Gabe Allen and Arcadia Park, Lanier and DeZavala will go to Stevens Park. The flyer is in the Google folder for your review and dissemination. I've also included a blurb describing each program.

Teacher Performance Rubric

As a follow up from the principals meeting, I've placed a draft of the 2016-17 Teacher Performance Rubric and additional information on the teacher hiring and selection.

If you have not had an opportunity to provide feedback yet, TEI shared a link ( ) to capture your feedback on the proposed rubric. In the Google folder you will see a copy of the proposed rubric and four domains. This document is a draft for feedback/discussion purposes only. TEI would like to receive all feedback on the rubric by end of day on Monday, April 11th so they can finalize the 2016-17 rubric.

Report Card Review for the 5th Six Weeks

Please develop a process for reviewing report cards to ensure grades have been appropriately entered. During the review, you can project the number of students who will need to attend the summer readiness program. If you find you might require an increase of teacher allocations based on the projection and the formula, please let me know as soon as possible.

WAIP Summary in the Google folder - Important Action Items included. Please read and take action.


Math Elementary Resource:

Carnegie Learning for Math CICs: Please remember to bring your homework!

Campus Visits - STAAR Mock Results and Plan Forward; Spot Observations

I may stop by through out the week to conduct spot observations.

Monday - Earhart, Carver

Tuesday - Gabe Allen, Carr

Wednesday - Stevens Park & Quintanilla

Thursday - Earhart & Gabe Allen Visitation from TCU

Friday - Haskell Meetings

Article of the Week- Teacher Teams As Powerful Engines of Change

In this article from Usable Knowledge, Leah Shafer reports on a study by Susan Moore Johnson, Stefanie Reinhorn, and Nicole Simon (Harvard Graduate School of Education) on what makes effective teacher teams. The research took place in six Massachusetts schools and involved content teams – focused on curriculum, lessons, and pedagogy – and cohort teams – focused on behavior, individual student needs, and school culture. The researchers found that five factors consistently contributed to a team’s success:

  • There was a clear, worthwhile purpose to meetings.

  • Teams met on a regular schedule, there was enough time for the business at hand, and the time was considered sacred.

  • Trained teacher leaders facilitated team meetings.

  • Administrators offered ongoing, engaged support and attention to the meetings and held teachers responsible for what they were supposed to accomplish.

  • Administrators looked for collaboration skills when hiring and gave teachers continual feedback that augmented the substance of team meetings.

    Effective teacher teamwork had a positive impact in each of the schools, including:

  • Greater curriculum consistency across classes and grades;

  • Sharing the work of lesson planning;

  • Increased rigor and expectations for students – getting them to think “bigger and deeper about tough concepts”;

  • A support network for new teachers;

  • Opportunities for skill-sharing between veteran and novice teachers;

  • Frequent feedback from peers on lesson plans, behavior management, and pedagogy.

    “Many factors contributed to these schools’ success,” says Johnson, “– careful hiring, frequent feedback on instruction, strong norms for both students and faculty, student supports, and skilled management – but it was teams that knit these components together for the good of students.”

    “Teaching Together for Change: Five Factors That Make Teacher Teams Successful – and Make Schools Stronger” by Leah Shafer in Usable Knowledge, February 29, 2016,

Have an awesome learning week!

Week At A Glance:

Just in Time Trainings!

Monday, April 4, 2016:

Tuesday, April 5 , 2016:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016:
  • Dr. Jesse W. Jackson III, author of the book Don't Kick Them Out: Why Black and Latino Students Frequently Get Suspended, is a licensed professional counselor, author, and educational speaker.
  • The elementary session will occur on April 6 from 8:00am - 12:00pm at the Dallas County Schools Training Center.
  • The secondary session will occur on April 6 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at the Dallas County Schools Training Center.

Thursday, April 7, 2016:

Friday, April 8, 2016:

Monday, April 11, 2016:

  • No School; Inclement Weather Day

Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

  • Elementary Literacy Cadre: 2-5 p.m.