Week at a Glance
Marian Central Catholic High School Staffulty Newsletter
July 24, 2020
Summer is winding down... I think we all wish it could go on for another month or two! Everyone in Administration and the office are getting ready to get the year rolling so this edition of the Week At A Glance will be focused on just that.
All of the teacher classrooms should be ready to go so you are free to come in during office hours to get your room set up. Please just remember the following...
- Your room should have the teacher desk at the front of the room (Maintenance will be working to tape the teacher "safe zone" in the front of the room to include the teacher desk)
- All student desks must face the same direction, facing front (Maintenance is working to ensure that you have enough desks in your room for the LARGEST class)
- Be as socially distant as you can.
Office hours are:
July 27 - 31 will be from 9 am to 1 pm
August 3 - 7 will be from 9 am to 3 pm
August 10 - 14 will be from 8 am to 4 pm
August 12 & 13 will be our Teacher Institute Days to start the year
August 14 will be Freshmen Orientation (see below for more information)
August 17, the first day of school and throughout the school year 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
A few workshops will be going on in the coming weeks as well...
Cafeteria: Freshmen Study Skills, August 3 - 6, 12 pm to 2 pm
Virtual: College Essay Writing, August 3-7, 9 - 11 am
The teacher portal has been open as of Thursday, July 18. You can go in and set up your gradebook including grade weighting, medical & academic alerts, etc..
If you are new, or if you just forgot how to do this, please click on this link and it will take you to a powerpoint that takes you through, step by step.
**These links are through Office 365 so you may have to sign in to your O365 account to access using the same login as you do to access your computer...
ie: dnovy and then my numerical password.
Calendar (this will be updated for additional events like emergency drills, etc. soon)
Floor Plan with teachers
You all should have received an email today from email@example.com. This email will provide you with a link to go on to the GCN website to complete the state-mandated safety trainings for this school year. Please make sure that all of these trainings are completed before April 1, 2021.
August Staffulty Meeting
Administration is anticipating calling a meeting for all Staffulty early August so that we can clarify key Covid-19 procedures. We will contact you via email when this is firm.
August 12 & 13 Inservice
Our 2020-21 kick-off inservice days are coming up quickly. We are very excited to have you all back! The agenda for these days will be coming soon.
Have a great week!
FRESHMEN STUDENT ORIENTATION Aug. 14, 2020
Thank you ahead of time for putting on our smiles, letting our compassionate personalities shine, and welcoming our newest members of the Marian family!
Please click here to see the day's schedule.
**Note that orientation will only be a half-day. This will allow Faculty a little more time, if they wish, to get ready for the beginning of the school year.
Transitioning from In-Person Learning (If needed)
Feel free to email Ms. Novy with questions/clarifications so we can solidify this before it is sent out to the families. Thank you.
Back to School Prayer for Educators
As I step into a new academic year
Restore my spirit
Renew my passion for sharing your wisdom
And nurture my compassion
for those You put in my charge.
Transform me as I seek to transform
Guide me as I seek to guide
Open my mind and heart
As I seek to open minds and hearts
To the Good News of justice and peace.
Help me listen more deeply
To the world and to your Word
So I can walk with my students
Attentive to the Wisdom that
Calls us all to the Kingdom of God.
How to Move your Lesson Plans from In Person to Online
As we know, although we are starting the year in the classrooms, we still need to be prepared for the possibility that we may need to, at some point in the school year, transition to Remote Learning again, either partially or fully. In this section of the newsletter, we will be sharing a variety of ideas and resources to assist you in your continual planning.
Using Backwards Design for Online Teaching
The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching This is a very comprehensive guide to adapting your in-person lessons to online. It is jam-packed with ideas and perspectives focusing on active learning, developing engaged and motivated learners, and even ideas on assessment.
SAMR Student Choice Matrix This is a great resource for identifying different ways to transition traditional classroom paper/pencil activities to utilizing technology at various levels!
So what's the difference between Formative and Summative Assessments anyway?
Formative assessments occur during instruction and are used to monitor students learning and to provide timely feedback that can be used to improve student learning. Faculty can use formative assessments to identify students who are struggling, in order to address any problems in understanding immediately. Feedback is especially important for formative work, as this allows students to better understand where they may be struggling and how to remedy those concerns. These assessments also provide the teacher, prior to the summative assessment, with the information needed to adjust their teaching to better meet the needs of the students.
Examples of Formative assessments include classwork, homework, labs, outlines, notes, bell ringers, exit tickets, informal observations, quizzes, questioning and discussion participation, self- and peer- assessment, and other lower-stake items. It is strongly encouraged by the administration that teachers offer students an opportunity to retake/redo any formative work with remediation expectations preceding the retake/redo. It is to the teacher’s discretion to reformat the assessment/assignment for retake/redo.
Summative assessments occur after instruction and are used to evaluate student learning at the end of a unit or course, usually comparing it to a set of specific learning outcomes/objectives. Where formatives may have some effect on a student’s grade, summative assessments measure whether the students met the expectations of the content standards and, therefore, have a larger impact on the student’s grade.
Examples of Summative assessments include unit tests, final papers, culminating projects, and quarter and semester exams. If the student does not meet specified mastery levels, the teacher is strongly encouraged to provide measured remediation and some form of reassessment for partial credit recovery.
Here is a very simple, short video that may help explain the difference between formative and summative assessments.
New Email Server
As of 7/7/20, Marian Central moved to Microsoft Outlook email. You will no longer be able to email from your Google Account. To access your Outlook email, you can go to www.office.com and select Outlook.
With the move to Outlook email, there is enhanced security and protection against “spam.” You may receive emails from Barracuda which will show you any emails that were blocked as potential spam. You have the ability to review the emails and if they are not spam you can whitelist them so they will be delivered to your inbox. Also, if you notice that you are not receiving emails from certain people make sure to check your Junk Email folder as some scans and voicemail messages were being delivered there.
If you have any questions or need any assistance please reach out to Julie Houk.
Upcoming Technology PD: