NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of January 18th, 2016

Around the Building

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NRES would like to welcome...

  • Baby Roberts: Grayson James was born Tuesday, January 12th @ 3:07 a.m. (8lbs 3oz and 21 inches)
  • Baby McKinniss: Born on Friday, January 15th @ 7:17 a.m. (7lbs 13oz and 20.5 inches)
  • Amy Ansel: Amy will be long-term subbing for Jessica. Amy will start this coming Tuesday.
  • Jean Ark: our new District Wellness Coordinator. Jean will be getting a survey out across the district to gather information about how best to serve you. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey so that she may work to provide opportunities for all of you that will be productive and beneficial toward promoting positive health across the district.
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Part One Release: 2015 Ohio School Report Cards

Today the Ohio Department of Education is releasing the first portion of results for the 2015 Ohio School Report Cards. At this link, you will find spreadsheets for district and school grades for four- and five-year graduation rates and K-3 Literacy. In addition, extensive data for the Prepared for Success measure also is included. However, this measure will not receive a letter grade until the 2016 report card.

Individual district and school report cards will be updated later today at

On Feb. 25, the department will release the remaining components (Achievement, Gap Closing and Progress), as well as information about gifted students and district financial expenditures. The department also will release career-technical planning district and dropout recovery school report cards at that time.

This year, there was one-time delay in the report card time line due to the transition to new assessments and unexpected, multi-week delays caused by the late delivery of PARCC assessment results. Next year, the department expects to release the 2016 report cards no later than Sept. 15, 2016.

Please direct any questions to with report card in the subject line.

Spring checklist posted for Ohio’s State Tests; new Web page organizes resources

You may now download the Spring 2016 District Test Coordinator Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies from the portal. The checklist presents important dates leading up to testing as well as a timeline of preparations for the spring 2016 administration of Ohio’s State Tests – either online or on paper. The document provides links to resources as well as testing support contact information.

The department encourages district test coordinators to involve other personnel in the checklist preparations, particularly building test coordinators, test administrators and technology specialists. Please be sure to review this information and watch for future communications on related updates.

Links to the District Test Coordinator’s Checklist and many other resources on the portal appear on the department’s newly revised Test Administration Resources page, which briefly describes each tool. Although much content in these resources remains consistent across testing periods, updates for spring 2016 are ongoing.

Look for updates to the Test Coordinator’s Manual, Directions for Administration Manual and Test Administrator Checklist in February along with new PowerPoint presentations that you can use to familiarize test administrators with key elements of the administration manual. We are targeting a March release of the Online Testing Checklist, which test administrators must print for easy reference to scripts and step-by-step instructions on testing days.

State Tests Operations Team
25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
Office of Curriculum and Assessment | (614) 466-1317

New list of Third Grade Reading alternative assessments announced

The approved list of alternative assessments for third grade reading that districts may use in 2016-2017 is now available. These alternative reading assessments are optional for districts to administer to third grade students for the purpose of determining whether they have demonstrated acceptable levels of reading performance for promotion to the fourth grade.

The Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Third Grade Reading Proficiency Assessment is a new option on the list of acceptable assessments, which also include the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Iowa Assessments; Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) - Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP); and Data Recognition Corporation – Terra Nova 3.

Districts are responsible for the cost of these assessments, which they may administer twice during the year and once during the summer to mimic Ohio’s grade 3 English language arts test administration. Districts and schools should set dates for the administration of these assessments.

Test windows for 2016-2017 announced

The dates for 2016-2017 state test windows are now available for Ohio's State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies; Ohio Graduation Tests; and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.

Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies

The overall test windows appear below. Later this year, the department will announce guidelines for selecting a specified number of consecutive test dates within these windows.

  • Summer 2016: Grade 3 English language arts, July 11-15; high school end-of-course tests (online only), July 18-29.
  • Fall 2016: Grade 3 English language arts, Nov. 7-18; high school end-of-course tests, Dec. 5, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017.
  • Spring 2017: English language arts, March 13-April 14; mathematics, science and social studies, April 3-May 12.

Ohio Graduation Tests

  • Summer 2016: (Optional): June 13-26.
  • Fall 2016: Oct. 24-Nov. 6.
  • Spring 2017: March 13-26.

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

  • Feb. 20-April 14.

The department will announce dates for the 2016-2017 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment later this year.

MEMO 619-A shorter Memo this week, with articles from Harvard Business Review (more next week), Harvard Educational Review, Education Week, and Independent School (more next week). The headlines:

  • Creating an emotionally positive workplace
  • "Compassion fatigue" in the helping professions
  • History curriculum units on the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks
  • Keys to effective implemention of RTI
  • Ethical - and unethical - collaboration in secondary-school classrooms

I made an embarrassing error in the first article in last week's Memo (#618): John Hanly, who shared a terrific list of effective principal characteristics, is in hospice care. Humble apolgies! The corrected Memo is on the website. For a corrected HTML version of last week's Memo, please click here:

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:

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Things to do:

  1. Star Student names and Write-ups to Rob.
  2. Submit Afternoon Plans for Waiver Day.
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, January 18

  • MLK Jr. Day-No School

Tuesday, January 19

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • IEP Meeting-Doss, 1:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • NEAT Meeting, 2:30 p.m.-Rob Out
  • IEP Meeting-Blaker, 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20

  • Pledge-Clay
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
  • LPDC Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 21

  • Pledge-Kugler

Friday, January 22

  • Pledge-B. Roberts

Monday, January 25

  • Pledge-Chrisman

Tuesday, January 26

  • Pledge-Everhart
  • On-Watch/BLT Meeting, Rob out in PM
Wednesday, January 27
  • Pledge-Hoppes
  • Rob out in PM

Thursday, January 28

  • Pledge-Blaker
  • Kindergarten Boot Camp, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 29

  • Pledge-Curtin
  • Tasty Traditions Fundraiser Begins

Old Business-Previously Released Items

Technology Help Desk

Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.

Springfield Tutoring Academy

The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.



Second Round of OTES

If you'd like to schedule your second round of OTES please do so by the end of this month. After December I will schedule those who have not scheduled yet. Here's what you need to schedule:

OTES-Round 2 Scheduling
  1. Pre-Conference/Mid-year Review
  2. Observation-30 minutes
  3. Post-Conference
Schedule Your Second Round Meeting:

See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!

If you see a great opportunity for professional development please let me know. I'd like to be able to send you to it. The expectation would be that you then come back and share with the rest of the staff.

There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.

Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.

So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.

Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!


You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.

To start earning your wellness dollars visit and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.

EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!

Dear EPC Participant,

Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:

Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment

Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50

  • Login to
  • Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
  • On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
  • Click Sign Up
Step #3: Complete ONE additional wellness workshop: $50

Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center

Key Dates:

  • Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
  • Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016

Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.

You can also email for additional help.