Ahead of the Curve

Jasper Weekly 2.1.16 to 2.7.16

Serve. Matter. Experience. Together.

Starry Night, City Lights!

It's hard to stop smiling. What an amazing event last night! Thank you to everyone who came out to help and be part of the fun with our fantastic students! And a huge shout out to Rebecca Mallory and STUCO; the leadership, work ethic, and attitude of these young men and women shined through with setup, execution, and clean up of the 2016 Jasper Winter Formal.

After I Facetimed my daughters last night during the Cha-Cha Slide, they let me know how cool our school is and that they want to come here one day, too. They are so right. We have such an amazing school made up by extraordinary students, parents, and staff members! I wish every student in the world had an opportunity to experience Jasper High School.

I will be off campus Monday through Wednesday of this week at the TCEA conference in Austin. This conference is one of the largest educational technology conferences in the nation and the largest in Texas. I'm excited to learn about new ways technology can help us be more efficient, increase our creativity, and enhance the overall learning experience for our learners. Can't wait to see you back on campus Thursday.



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Upcoming Birthdays

Tuesday, February 2nd - Matthew Moreno

Sunday, February 7th - Robin Gott

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Upcoming Weeks at Jasper

2/15-Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development Day

2/19-End of 4th Six Weeks

3/7-3/11-Spring Break

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General Announcements and Reminders

1. (NEW) Jasper's TI innovation in STEM Award Nominee

2. (UPDATED AGAIN) May 27th and June 6th Work Days

3. (NEW) Spring Pep Rally

4. $62,000 Teacher Grants Available

1. (NEW) Jasper's TI Innovation in STEM Award Nominee

Please take a moment to congratulate Pat Kite, Jasper's 2015-2016 TI Innovation in STEM Award nominee. Pat will represent Jasper for a chance to represent PISD at the regional level with other North Texas educators. Three PISD winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be split among personal and classroom use. Congratulations, Pat, we are proud of you!

2. (UPDATED AGAIN) May 27th and June 6th Work Days

Teaching/Professional Staff on a 189-day contract:

May 27th:

This is a work day for everyone on campus.

June 6th:

In order to not have to come to work on Monday, June 6th, you will need to document 8 hours of professional development (not just extra work hours) outside of the normal work day (8:30-4:30) from the beginning of last summer until the end of this school year. This can include:

-Staff meeting outside of these hours (8:00-8:30 or 4:30-5:00)

-Campus professional development opportunities outside of these hours (above and beyond the 3 required Jasper PD sessions)

-2015 summer training

-2015 summer leadership retreat

-2015 summer AVID Institute

-2015 AP Institute

-District-recognized online PD (above and beyond any PISD/Jasper required sessions)

-(NEW) PD360 (now called Edivate) at www.pd360.com, click "forgot password" to retrieve your pd360 password, which is different than your network login password, complete 1 lesson, including questions/assignments for 1 hour of PD

-(NEW) MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) at https://www.mooc-list.com/, get with your support admin to determine number of PD hours each course would count.

-(NEW) Campus professional development Google Classroom article discussion chats (Coryn will be sending e-mail soon and I will provide a link on the Ahead of the Curve)

-(NEW) Race to Nowhere movie viewing at Shepton on February 22nd at either 4:45 (Shepton and Jasper staff only) or 6:30 (Shepton parents also invited to this viewing). This will count as 2 hours of professional development. Click here to register attendance.

If you have any questions about what might or might not count, please see your support admin.

If you do not meet the requirements above, you will either need to work on Monday, June 6th or take a personal leave day (can use a sick leave day if all personal days are exhausted).

Paraprofessional Staff:

You will need to check your work schedule in TEAMS to see if Friday, May 27th and Monday, June 6th are work days for you. If they are, please get with your support administrator for options for these days.

3. (NEW) Spring Pep Rally

We will have our spring pep rally on Tuesday, February 16th during A block. This will be optional for students. This pep rally is an opportunity to recognize spring extracurricular activity with a special appearance by Dancing for a Cause (DFC). Please plan accordingly.

4. $62,000 Teacher Grants Available

Grant Opportunity

Active Learning Center Grant valued at $62,000 each is available. Deadline is February 12th. Get with your support admin if you are interested.


Important Bookmarks

Staff Google Folder:


Staff Google Classroom:


Class Code: f3y5rao

Staff Handbook:

Jasper Admin Walk-Through Form (use to help plan lessons and self-reflect):


Block Lunch Meeting Request:

Social Media Input:

Announcement Request (170 characters):



Campus Professional Learning Opportunities:


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Honor the Past, Be Present, & Forge Ahead of the Curve