"All Together Adamson--Excellence In Action"

The Week of November 16, 2015


The Adamson Feeder Pattern will work collaboratively with all parents and stakeholders to ensure ALL students are college and career ready by providing rigorous, highly engaging, quality instruction.



Adamson HS celebrated its 100th year Anniversary on Saturday. The event was very well put together with student performances, food and family fun! KUDOS for honoring such a legacy for our feeder's namesake High School in the great Adamson Feeder Pattern!


GILLIAM CA recently hosted parent/student information nights for parents. Cedar Valley & Gilliam CA partnered to offer important information as well as to answer questions from parents. This week, parents will be offered a parent workshop on financial aid for college. KUDOS to Ms. Nicholson & Ms. Marlin for providing these opportunities for the campus.


BOTELLO & REAGAN have classroom data walls where teachers and students are tracking progress between common assessments at a glance! KUDOS to you!


Adamson & Bryan Adams Feeders recently collaborated on Friday for a Coaches Connection Training. KUDOS to Maria, Kelly, Felicia, and Barbara for planning well and providing this rich experience for our Campus Instructional Coaches!


The WAIP has many action items for principals. Please help keep things organized by reading and reviewing the memos with your principals. Thank you for taking care of your leaders and for helping them be successful!


Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence

Chapter 4: Building Collegial Relationships

QUESTION: Do I ensure that novice teachers are paired with competent veteran teachers?

Author Kafele reminds us of the importance of supporting teachers who are either new to the building or new to the profession with solid support systems. Beyond a mentor-mentee relationship, leadership teams should be HANDS ON with new teachers so that the proper relationship can be created and maintained. After all, we want our new teachers to return the following year!

Ms. Hill's ask: What active and regular steps are you using to support our teachers new to the profession? Reflect and take necessary steps to retain our new teachers.

Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!

*Exerpts taken from the book The Principal 50 by Baruti Kafele


Monday, November 16, 2015

    • Administrative Team Meeting @ Gilliam 8:00 AM
    • Coaching Cycle Visit @ Bowie 9:00 AM
    • Greiner Visits Botello ES 9:30-2:00
    • Coaching Cycle Visit @ Peeler 12:00
    • PTA Board Meeting @ Peeler 2:00
    • Financial Aid Meeting for Parents @ Gilliam 6:00 PM

    uesday, November 17, 2015
    • School Leadership Meeting with Dr. Bravo 7:30-8:15 @ Haskell (Ms. Hill)
    • Campus Visit @ Gilliam (spots) 8:30-9:45
    • Coaching Cycle Visit @ Adamson 10:30

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    • Campus Visit @ Gilliam 8:00 AM (spots)
    • ECHS Focus Meeting @ Hulcy 12:00
    • Monthly Principals' Meeting @ Hulcy 1-5 PM

    ATTENTION: There is an action item associated with this month's principal's meeting. Please see the email that you received last week for additional information. We will be calibrating on a video. If you do not have the opportunity to watch the video prior to Wednesday, it will be shown beginning at 12:00 on Wednesday @ Hulcy.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    • Unannounced Campus Visits
    • Advisory Council Meeting @ Cedar Valley 2:00-3:30
    • PTA Meeting @ Peeler 6:30 PM

    Friday,November 20, 2015
    • School Leadership Meeting 7:30 AM @ Haskell (Ms. Hill)
    • ED Meeting with Mr. Cordero 8:30-10:30 @ Haskell (Ms. Hill)
    • School Choice Strategic Meeting @ Haskell 10:30 (Hill, Casco, Sotelo)
    • Unannounced Afternoon Campus Visits


    Professional Development for 3-5 grade reading cadre members will be on January 4 from 2-5 at the Buckner Building. This is a district-wide professional day so you will need to work your agendas so that your cadre members can attend this training.

    As a reminder, your cadre team should spend the next six weeks implementing what was learned during the last training on Generating Text Dependent Questions through content PLCs and classroom observations to look for implementation.

    The next round of PD for K-2 reading teachers will be December 14, 15, 16, 15 Please remind teachers who have been in attendance to arrive on time and ready for learning. Thank you to our host sites for accommodating this training.


    Be sure to read the "TEI NEWS" emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

    November 10

    TEI Expert Training wad held @ WHHS from 4:45-5:45. Please provide the opportunity for your campus experts to disseminate important information.

    A Note From Your Executive Director...


    I will finish our Coaching Visits centered around monitoring the current curriculum alignment status and progress on campus action plans in our schools. We will be using the curriculum alignment rubric (classroom & leader) and progress on campus action plan rubric as foundation tools for our coaching conversations. Please take stock of the items listed on the rubrics and begin working with your teams to address any areas that may not be on track. If you have already had your visit, you should have definite next steps to monitor both of these items prior to our mid-year reviews that will occur in December.

    As a reminder, SCHOOLNET has resources to assist with your professional development needs. Not only are there resources for leadership teams to present to teachers, there are PD offerings for teachers to improve their craft. Please take advantage of these district resources.

    Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!


    Ms. Hill


    • W.H. Adamson High School, Principal Jaine Ortega
    • Kathryn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, Principal Tamara Francis
    • Hector P. Garica Middle School, Principal Gary Auld
    • Felix G. Botello Elementary, Principal Reyna Sotelo
    • James Bowie Elementary, Principal Noelle Wilson
    • James Hogg Elementary, Principal Jairo Casco
    • John F. Peeler, Principal Sofia Villarreal
    • John Reagan Elementary, Principal Ruby Ramirez
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    Week of November 16--PSAT for 8th Grade Students

    19-Dec 11--Middle School PE Performance ACPs (7th & 8th Grades)

    30-Dec 4--Middle School Art Performance ACPs (7th Grade)


    Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)

    7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

    9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

    7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

    10-18--ACP (K-5)

    15-18--ACP (6-12)


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


    2--SAT (Grade 11)

    7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

    29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

    29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

    29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

    30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

    30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

    31-STAAR EOC English II


    4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

    4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

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

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

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

    18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

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


    9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

    16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

    2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

    9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

    10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

    11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

    12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

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

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

    27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)

    **This chart will be updated as necessary