the RAH

October 1-5, 2018

from Blended Learning

BrightBytes Survey

The fall BrightBytes survey will be available to staff and students October 1-19. The Blended Learning department will provide a hot breakfast catered for the staff on the date of your choice for the first three elementary schools, first two middle schools and the first high school to have 100% participation by staff and reach statistical significance for students. If you have questions, please reach out to Nichole Lemmon

CertifySPS Expansion

During the 2017-2018 school year, CertifySPS was offered to 200 Blended Learning Mentors who completed online modules to receive certification in Google, Canvas, Tech Tools Guru, and Digital Citizenship. During the 2018-2019 school year, an additional strand is being offered to mentors in collaboration with the Learning Development Department: Enhancing the 4Cs. Due to the new strand we are now able to expand Digital Citizenship to all SPS teachers. Below is information that will be shared with your teachers by your Blended Learning Specialist:

Digital natives enter our classrooms every day. While they know how to use various types of technology and social media, they often lack the understanding of why being a responsible and safe digital citizen is a must and how to achieve that goal. Educators are best positioned to prepare students to thrive in the digital world. Because of this pressing need for our students, the Blended Learning Department is excited to offer a #CertifySPS strand to teachers within our district. The flipped learning of #CertifySPS allows teachers to prioritize their learning based upon their needs regarding time, pace, and location. The Digital Citizenship #CertifySPS strand focuses on three ideas--understanding what DC is and the resources currently available within Canvas, implementing device management strategies and tools into teacher’s classrooms, and growing personally as an educator and leader in the building for digital citizenship. 40 spots are available to teachers to join. Sign-up

Want a Positive School Culture? Look to Your Teachers

Positive culture starts with treating teachers like the professionals that they are.

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep & Screen Time

At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time were tied to higher mental test scores.

from Mike-

Reflections Art Contest

In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about this year’s edition of the annual PTA Reflections contest featuring the creative and artistic talents of our amazing elementary students. Our district has had some amazing entries in years past, with local winners advancing to state and even national recognition. This is a great opportunity to not only showcase our kiddos and the great things taking place in our buildings, but also continue to cultivate the valuable partnership we share with our local PTA. For an update on the latest happenings with the Springfield Council of PTA organization be sure to check out their September 2018 Newsletter.

Suspending Ele Students Linked to Future Problems

When students are suspended in kindergarten and first grade, a new study finds, it can lead more suspensions in later grades and less time spent on early learning experiences.

from J-

The scorecards, and the discussions of them, have been increasingly on my mind. I wish to share a few of my thoughts. First, the non-purpose: While the scorecards certainly increase one's awareness of where each site falls in relations to others, it isn't to create rivalry with each other. The status and ranking is what it is; but it is in no way intended to create unhealthy pressure or competition.

Rather, the purpose is to share your status and trend points. Each building is unique, as well as the make-up of each staff and each of the individual students coming together as a collective whole. No two schools are alike; each is unique and the best in each way. The purpose of the scorecards, in that way, is intended for you to know exactly where you are, how your climate and culture are, and how you might capitalize on strengths and grow in opportunities to drive teaching and learning. The status of others around you give you the chance to collaborate with others - to learn what is being done that is successful and replicate as appropriate while driving a sense of urgency into our why.

This is what I mean by insistence: driving urgency into our collective why. We simply cannot be okay any single student to not become an "educated" person - a kind, collaborative, knowledgable tiny human who can get along with others, read, write, apply mathematical reasoning, and work well with others. Be insistent.

Thank you for all you do! Happy Principals Month! I appreciate you, and the learning and leadership connection your provide across you community. Make it a great week!

Prescription for Play

“Play is the most important part of childhood,” Dr. Dreyer said. “It’s how they develop emotionally, cognitively and in language — the statement comes out to help pediatricians and parents understand the importance and how to even do it better.”