Owl Notes

MARCH 24

THINGS TO KNOW...

*Phishing - Our district was hit over the weekend with a phishing scam. When you are online, even though SSO, at home, remember you are not near as protected as you are at work. Just be cautious of what you click on and if you don't recognize the link, DO NOT CLICK ON IT. Personally, Jeff was caught in a scam this weekend and they locked his account. He never clicked on anything and wasn't even on the site the system claimed he was. If you get locked out, please email Helen (Jeanie) Wyatt and me and we will do our best to work through it.

*Directive from Dr. Hines was sent out that unless otherwise mandated by me, all staff are to work from home. I realize we will have a few exceptions to this for copying purposes. At this point, we will do our best to our best to open the building one more time this week in the event anyone doesn't have everything but it will be a GRAB AND GO SESSION. Tentatively we will schedule that for Thursday from 10 - 12.

*Zoom - The district is working with Zoom to see if we can streamline and put a link through Canvas for you to access which will in the long run, be a better protection for your students. Until then, when you communicate with parents this week, just simply have them email you that their child has permission to participate in learning via Zoom. Something simple like "I (parent name) give permission for my child (child name) to participate via Zoom for remote learning. I understand that the account must be in my name and I will give my child permission to use the account.

*Teacher website will be updated on Tuesday by 8:00 a.m weekly as well as the parent website.

*Lisa McGarrah is available on Wednesday @ 1 for a zoom conference with whoever wants to join and ask her questions. She sent you an email but here is the Zoom code for it. 223-881-447

CREATIVE TEACHER IDEAS

I've added a new folder COVID-19 in our ORE folder in google. Inside of it, I've added a "Creative Ideas for teaching." Below is the link. Please feel free to go in and add to the list creative things you are doing that does not include paper/pencil activities. Let's work smarter not harder.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D9pXY9LeLTIISO-MeMLwnJITNEZFRGgKUKk1AzrzR64/edit?usp=sharing

EXAMPLES OF SMORES FROM OTHER CAMPUSES OF WHAT WE ARE MOVING TOWARDS -

https://www.smore.com/yqx31

This one shows you a link to another SMORE with grade level activities loaded.


https://www.smore.com/bgdmy

This one from Suchma has the information loaded into the one SMORE at the bottom.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q - Since the expectation is that all teachers do the same assignments, is it okay if I do small group lessons with my lower students via Zoom?

A - Yes as long as you have parent permission for their child to be on Zoom and parents are not overwhelmed. Just don't give any other assignments to the students except what the grade is sending.

DOCUMENTATION

It is important that you are documenting contact with parents. You need to keep a log throughout this journey of how many times you tried to contact a parent and the result of each time.


If you have someone who didn't answer today, you must continue to attempt to contact them and document. Those who do not participate at all will be our first candidates for summer school.


Your team is required to keep notes on what you are providing weekly for your students. Team leaders have more detail and most of you are already doing that! :)

IMPORTANT DATES TO PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR -

Team Leader Meetings will be weekly on Monday @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday grade level/department meetings will be held throughout the day. The will be weekly and ALL staff are required to attend via Zoom. (This will be Thursday this week)

SPED - 8:30

PK/K - 9

1 - 9:30

2 - 10:00

3 - 10:30

4 - 11:00

Specials - 11:30

Front Office 1:00

Wednesday grade levels need to schedule a time for planning via Zoom.

RESPONSE NEEDED

*PK - 2 teachers - check with parents and email Kara by Wednesday afternoon the name and id number of your students who would like to borrow computers.

*Pictures of your at home work space - I am putting together a fun activity to guess the workspace. Several of you text me, but if you could email me that picture, I would appreciate it. Even if you have already sent one, please send it again. My email is overrunning and I'm having a hard time finding them. To help me, in the subject line put: WORKSPACE

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

*Kara Saly for taking control of packet pick up and computer pick up. AMAZING JOB!!!!

*Team Leaders for always being willing to meet with me, share your opinion, and being respectful as we discuss and change and discuss and change.

*Maria Falcon and Jeanie Wyatt for organizing and seamlessly handing out laptops for our students to use at home.

FOCUS FOR 19-20

ENSURE THAT GOOD QUALITY INSTRUCTION IS TAKING PLACE IN ALL CLASSROOMS BY FOCUSING ON:


*integration of technology

*implementation of guided math 3x a week

*improving Tier 1 best practices

FUTURE DATES TO KNOW...

Everything is on hold!!! :)

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