the RAH

April 9-13, 2018

from J-

I"m looking forward to our learning together on Wednesday. While we want to finish the year strong, there are a couple of discussions that will begin to start the stage for the 2018-19 school year.


An invitation to not be focusing on the number of school days left; rather, focus on the impact that can be made within that time. I'm grateful to teachers who commit to finishing strong through the remainder of the year (this article may be of value). There are so many fantastic things going on! Thank you for your influence and leadership in making them happen.


If you have classroom openings, please put filling them with the highest qualified individual a priority. Contact me if you are running into any roadblocks.


There is mucho informationo below that will be helpful to you. If you need additional support - please pick up the phone and let me know.

Leadership Springfield - Principals of Leadership

The application window for Principals of Leadership, Class 6 is now open. Principals of Leadership is program through Leadership Springfield that seeks to inspire, develop and connect principals with the Springfield community for the purpose of enhancing the educational opportunities of students. This program is open to principals and assistant principals and consists of a fall retreat and 5 program days over the course of the year. Programming concludes with a graduation each June. Tuition fees for accepted applications will be paid by the office of Innovation and Information. Please consider applying for this exciting leadership development opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the close of the business day on May 4th. Click here for more information and access to the application.

from Bret-

Learning coaches met on Thursday and the agenda is here. For those principals who have a learning coach, you are invited to our May 17th Learning Coach meeting. If you would like to submit a topic to discuss, please do so on this Padlet.


Please let me know ASAP concerning issues on the Cardinals field trip spreadsheet found here.


It’s that time of year to begin building class lists for next year, which results in parents requesting teachers. Should you allow parents input into their child’s placement, here is a Learning Styles inventory you can share with them.

from IT

Meet Diane!

Diane Chambers has joined our staff in the Information Technology Department and one of her tasks is working with One2One Risk on our device fees and damage waiver enrollments. She has hit the ground running and her focus has helped improve our response times already.

If you need help with changing a fee amount or gathering information to respond to parent questions you can email both Diane Chambers (edchambers@spsmail.org) and Julie Kulan (jnkulan@spsmail.org) for assistance and the first available will respond.


You can also find answers to FAQ on the student device fees for Principals & Secretaries at this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Is30t9quheWlAW05gRv1yAKWnoI_NZWUMewCGkFtGc/edit?usp=sharing


Clearing Chrome History

A new process has been put in place for clearing Chrome history on student Chromebooks. Simply call the help desk and they will clear it on the phone. We do need an administrator, principal or assistant principal, to ensure an evaluation of the content has occurred.

Tip of the Week

SPLS must be supported by leaders. What actions have you taken this year to influence your teachers’ learning? Check out this interview with author Jenni Donohoo for ideas on expanding your capacity to support learning at your site. This two page article also specifies what principals can do to foster collaborative learning among teachers.

Learning Supports and Partnerships

Ready - Set - SUPPLY!

Representative churches will be convening on April 17, 2018 to sign up to provide school supply supports to sites for the 2018-19 school year. Please remember to complete the supply list found at at this link by April 13, 2018.
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The planning team appreciates the input we’ve received from several of you, including the idea to provide schools with less severe needs with 25-30 backpacks filled with multi-age supplies.
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