• Category 2

    Selected in 2015

  • Grades: pre k - 5
    School Setting: urban
    Town Population: 1,258,000
    Student Enrollment: 704
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 3%
    White/Caucasian: 2%
    Hispanic: 95%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22
    % Reduced Lunch: 100%
    % ELL Learners: 74%
    Founded: 1956
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Janeen Pantoja
  • CONTACT:
    3033 Merrell Rd
    Dallas, TX 75229
    972-794-3200
    jpantoja@dallasisd.org
F.P. Caillet Elementary School
Dallas, TX
“Our school culture is one of collaboration and teamwork. Our theme is “As individuals we are strong, as a team we are invincible.” We wear this on our school spirit shirts, on our website, and communications that come from the school."
Describe the most successful activity your school has initiated to strengthen ties to your community.
The most successful activity our school has initiated to strengthen ties to our community would be our partner ships with Commit 1, The Winston School tutors, St. Marks, The Hockaday school…
Describe your school culture and explain changes you’ve taken to improve it.
Our school culture is one of collaboration and teamwork. Our theme is “As individuals we are strong, as a team we are invincible.” We wear this on our school spirit shirts, on our website, and communications that come from the school. Changes we have taken to improve it are building relationships with teachers, students, staff, parents and community members, adding academic team opportunities for students…?
Describe how data is used to improve student achievement and inform decision making.
Data is used to improve student achievement and inform decision making in many ways. Each six weeks we administer common assessments. Teachers and students keep track of this data and look at growth or setbacks and set goals. With a focus on students tracking their own data (age/grade appropriate) there has been a shift in giving students ownership of their progress and setting goals.
Describe the program or initiative that has had the greatest positive effect on student achievement, including closing achievement or opportunity gaps, if applicable.
The programs or initiative that has had the greatest positive effect on student achievement, including closing achievement gaps is close monitoring of data and small group instruction. Basing lesson plans and activities on data pinpoints areas in need of re-teaching and extra support. MSTAR/ESTAR, Istation, Achieve 3000, IXL (math) and RM City provide excellent sources of data to use to guide our instruction and professional development as well.
Explain how Title I funds are used to support your improvement efforts.
Title 1 funds are used to support our improvement efforts by purchasing supplemental study materials. These materials include hands on manipulatives for math, STAAR, ITBS/Logramos prep materials,…These are crucial to help students to prepare for the format and rigor of our state assessments…
Describe your philosophy of school change or improvement.
A community of collaboration that maximizes student potential.
Identify the critical professional development activities you use to improve teaching and student learning.
The critical pd activities we use to improve teaching and student learning…by using teacher led professional development sessions. By sharing ideas with each other, we build capacity and validate our teachers and their expertise. This also fosters our community of collaboration and teamwork.
Describe specific programs in place to ensure that families are involved in the success of your school and students.
Specific programs in place to ensure that families are involved in the success of your school and students…
• Reading under the stars
• Math night
• Science night
• Avance
• Coffee with the principal
• Dad’s club
• Parent volunteer program
What is the single most important factor in the success of your school that others could replicate?
The single most important factor in the success of our school that others could replicate would be knowing our students and their needs (academic, emotional, etc.) and knowing our data in order to guide our instruction. By doing this we can prescribe exactly what they need and help them succeed and take it to the next level.
What are your school’s top two goals for the next year?
1. Build and strengthen our community partnerships. Including our climate and culture within the school.
2. Increase student achievement.
Stats
  • Category 2

    Selected in 2015

  • Grades: pre k - 5
    School Setting: urban
    Town Population: 1,258,000
    Student Enrollment: 704
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 3%
    White/Caucasian: 2%
    Hispanic: 95%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22
    % Reduced Lunch: 100%
    % ELL Learners: 74%
    Founded: 1956
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Janeen Pantoja
  • CONTACT:
    3033 Merrell Rd
    Dallas, TX 75229
    972-794-3200
    jpantoja@dallasisd.org