Principal Update 9/30/22

Good afternoon Doss parents and families!  I hope your Friday is going well.

Week 7 Walkthrough Photos

On Tuesday, October 4th from 5:00-6:30 P.M. the PTA will host both a Bond and Trustee Candidate vertical team/community meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide a brief discussion of the 2022 Bond and allow parents/staff to ask questions.  We will also host both District 4 AISD Board Trustee Candidates just after the bond presentation so they may discuss some of their philosophy and take questions from the community.  As you know, both bond and trustee candidates’ information is critical to the future of our district.  I highly recommend attending either in person or virtually.

During my walkthroughs this week, I observed many of our teachers beginning to serve students in small groups.  In a traditional method of teaching and learning, the teacher teaches a short lesson and allows students to explore centers that based on their current learning standards.  Using our Professional Learning Communities (PLC) method of collaboration and data driven instruction, our teacher differentiate students support by providing students intervention (as needed) and enrichment for those who have met standard on that particular learning standard.  It was great to observe these structures after many weeks of setting classroom expectations and classroom culture building.  I look forward to what I will observe next week!

Lastly, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take their first Short Cycle Assessment (SCA) for Math and Reading (5th Science) over the next seven school days.  The SCA’s are designed to assess what teachers taught over the past six weeks so our teachers can evaluate more formally which students are needing additional intervention and those needing enrichment.  Our focus on essential standards, we hope, will prove fruitful when student data is received.  Please help us set our students up for success by ensuring he/she is getting enough sleep, eating a protein-filled breakfast, and arrives to school on time.  Your teachers will communicate the specific date and time of your child’s SCA.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Do take time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather.


  • Parent/Principal Coffee October 7 @ 8:00
    • I will host my next parent/principal coffee on Friday, October 7 both in the Community Room and via Zoom.  
    • Please see below for tentative agenda:
      • Welcome
      • Overview of Campus Improvement Plan (CIP)
      • Staffing Update and Student Numbers
  • Doss Monthly Tours Are Back!
  • Doss Garden Tear Out Day October 1 with Mrs. Johnson
    • Who: interested Doss families What: Weed and tear out old plants to prepare for Fall Garden When: Saturday, Oct 1  9:30 – 11am Where: Doss Garden Dress comfortable and bring water.  Gloves, tools are handy.
  • Student Tardy Information
    • Over the past two weeks, we have noticed a growing number of student tardies (178).
    • As a reminder, students need to be in their classrooms by 7:40 A.M. so they are prepared for the learning day.
    • Please see Mr. Ibarra if you have questions about student tardies.
  • Reminder:  Early Release October 7
    • All students will be released at 1:30 on Friday, October 7.
    • Please check with your child’s after school care to ensure they are running or not.
    • iKids will not see students on this day.
    • 3rd Base will see students on this day.
  • AISD Proud to Be Hispanic Fiesta
    • Austin ISD is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with our 2022 Virtual Talent Show “Proud to be Hispanic. Join the Fiesta!” Please encourage your teachers, staff and families to participate in this open call with prizes of $250 and $500 for Class Performance. Categories are singing, music, dancing and art (drawing or painting) that involve Hispanic Culture.Students can submit their videos or pictures at until October 9. Accepted entries are being posted on Facebook (pictures and drawings) and YouTube (videos of Singing, Dance and Music categories).
      Voting ends on October 12. More than $4,000 in prizes will be awarded in an in-person ceremony on October 15—Save the date!. Please see these flyers 
      for more information.