Common Sense

Thomas Jefferson Feeder Pattern News - September 15, 2014

News in Brief

Longfellow MS Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Status

National Blue Ribbon status is one of the highest honors any school can achieve. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education announces the schools considered high-performing or those where students are making significant improvements in achievement levels. This year, Dallas ISD has four schools nominated for consideration, which is a huge accomplishment. This is a two-part series highlighting the schools.

“Think globally, act locally, and go boldly into the future.” That is the school motto at Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, and it is a driving force for the school’s approximately 430 students each day as they prepare for success beyond middle school.

“We are focused on increasing student achievement and helping students to begin their career-exploration journey,” said Principal Cheryl Breedlove-Wright. “Students understand that being accepted to Longfellow Academy means that much is expected of them and they step up to those high expectations.”


The school’s curriculum supports advanced core subjects of language arts, math, science and social studies. At the same time, it offers students another dimension of learning through classes focused on career exploration, business entrepreneurship, STEM, career portals investigation and a synergistic lab. In the lab, students complete modules on critical thinking, conflict resolution and goal-setting, as well as project-based learning activities as part of the Career and Technology Pathway.


The 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools are expected to be announced later in September.

Last Call! Exemplar Teachers Wanted!

Great teaching is happening right here in the TJ Feeder Pattern. Use the button below to nominate your EXEMPLAR TEACHERS. You may nominate more than one.


Teachers nominated may be utilized during our TJ Feeder Pattern Exemplar Teacher Tour as model teachers for their Grade Level and Content Area.


More details about this event will be forthcoming. In the meantime, nominate your teachers TODAY!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

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GenTX: Education Go Get It! Week September 15-19, 2014

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Think college for your kids is forever and a day away?? Think again. Time flies.


Ms. Loskot, Principal of Burnet ES, poses with college-bound TJ Senior and former student in her Kindergarten class at Saldivar ES, Bernardo Olmos. Ms. Loskot instilled a sense of purpose and a college-going attitude in him when he was young. It's never too early to believe in Higher Education!!!


Celebrate Education: Go Get It! Week by encouraging your students to Dream Big and, as Mr. Hall at Foster ES puts it, "Work Hard. Get Smart. Go to College!"

Submit Your Teacher Focus Group Representatives

Per the September 12 WAIP, campuses will submit Teacher Focus Group Representatives (3 for HS, 2 for ES and MS) for monthly meetings. The first meeting will be Thursday, October 9 from 4-5:30 at Thomas Jefferson HS.

Using Apps to Call on Students Randomly

Apps to call on students randomly – This Educational Leadership item suggests three apps to cold-call students:


- Pick Me! www.classeapps.com/pick-me generates student names and keeps track of who’s called on.

- Class Cards http://classcardsapp.com lets the teacher quickly rate the quality of a student’s response and can put the student on hold until he or she is ready to respond.

- ClassDojo www.classdojo.com lets the teacher establish several desired behaviors – for example, participating in classroom discussions, working effectively with teams, or persisting with challenging work – and give students instant feedback. Students can create avatars and monitor their progress.


“App-propos” in Educational Leadership, September 2014 (Vol. 72, #1, p. 10) mentioned in Marshall Memo #551.

Leadership Quote of the Week

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Week At-a-Glance

Monday, September 15
  • The Best Day Ever!


Tuesday, September 16

  • TJ FP Leveling Meeting (HCM & ED Only)


Wednesday, September 17

  • Districtwide College Fair @ Jesse Owens Memorial Complex (5:30-8:30pm)


Thursday, September 18

  • ISIP/IStation Training @ Bayles Elementary (4:30-7:30pm)


Friday, September 19

Action Items

Ever wonder if you've turned everything in? Check the "Submission Spreadsheet" in the TJ Feeder Pattern Google Drive linked above!