April 19, 2018

Hello Vanguardians!!

How is everyone holding up? I am thrilled most of testing is behind me. Good Luck to the high schools just getting started. This time of year just zips right along, don't forget to enjoy the time with your students and peers.

Couple of BIG announcements:

Dr. Jeff Rose will be speaking at the Vancademy Awards!! Let's all show him just how amazing FCS VANGUARD is. Get your RSVP in Today! (hopefully you have gotten your official invites this week.)

iPads! The iPad inventory has been going extremely well! iPad Pick up will be at the VanSmooze May 6th! Huge shout out to Heather Van Looy, Tanis Ockwell, Steven Herron, Hoke Wilcox, AMMS SWAT Team, Lien Ngo, and Brantley Saye for all the extra help completing this process.

Peer coaching is a core value of the FCS Vanguard Team. Completing the coaching points is required. Refer to this Vanguard Coaching S'more for all the information. The final reflection information is posted below and will be on the Coaching S'more very soon. Make sure to take care of all of this by April 30.


PS- Can't wait to see all of you at the VANCADEMY AWARDS in 18 days!!

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Switching from buttons that take up lots of space... Hopefully, it is still just as effective :-)

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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • Vancademy Awards Submissions Extended......April 20th
  • Vanguard Intent Form..........................................April 30th
  • Coaching Reflection .............................................April 30th
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Will You Be Returning to Vanguard Next Year?

As we are nearing the end of the school year, we would like to know who will be returning as a Vanguardian for the 2018-19 school year. Please take a moment to fill out the following form to let us know if you will be returning.

FORM = 1 Bonus Point

*EVERYONE needs to complete this by April 20 at 4pm! Thanks!

Transferring?!?! You will remain on Vanguard regardless of the number of members at that school. We will figure out who is where in the fall.

Vanguard Coaching Reflection

Please complete the form below. It is REQUIRED to complete your coaching requirements. You may include a link to a one-minute reflection video or a 100-150 written reflection.

In your reflection, address the following questions. What was the focus of your coaching this year? What did you learn from the coaching process? How does the TIM impact your coaching practice this year?

Coaching Reflection Form = (5 coaching points)

Vancademy Awards Information

The Vancademy is quickly approaching. We are so excited to celebrate YOU!!!


We need a head count so please take a second and RSVP below.

Award Nominations:

We need your help in nomination yourself or a fellow Vanguardian! The nomination process is very simple and anonymous. Submit nominations through the Vancademy button below.

Showcase Presenters:

We have changed the application a little to make it easier for you and for us to provide variety and choice in your presentation style. Please reach out with questions! We are looking for 20 presentations and have only 1!

Deadlines have been extended through TOMORROW April 20. We want to show off our AMAZING Members!

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Previously... In the VanWeekly

#FCSVANGUARD Chat:- In-Person and Online .......April 24th

Coaching Check 3 Due................................................April 30th

APPLE TEACHER TUESDAY: iWorks............................April 30th

Points! Need them? Here's How to Get Them!........April 30th

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Coaching Check 3 Due

Please make sure you are finishing up coaching check 3. Turn in COACHING CHECK 3 by April 30.

Here is a reminder of the COACHING EXPECTATIONS.

Turn Coaching Check 3 here.

#FCSVANGUARD Chat:- In-Person and Online

Topic: "Best Buys for Technology"

Thursday, April 26th

7:30 p.m.

Local Q and Brew (formerly Five Seasons)

3655 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA

Remember, all of your tweets need to contain: #fcsvanguard

Be prepared for the participation link at the VERY END! #VanPoints

(In Person: 5 Bonus Points)


When: 6:00- 7:00

Apple Lenox: April 24th

The power and flexibility of iPad give students the freedom to explore and express new ideas whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. And built-in apps and intuitive software create an incredibly personal learning experience for each student — one that can be as unique as each student.

Join us to learn more about the update to iWorks featuring the Apple Pencil. Hardware will be provided during the workshop.

#VanPoints- 15 (this was a typo, but we are going to go with it! it really will be 15pts!)

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Points! Need them? Here's How to Get Them!

We are nearing the end of the school year and many Vanguardians are just a few points away from their 50 activity points and 50 coaching points by April 30! Below is a list of ways to get your last few points!

Activity Points:

  • Twitter Chat- April 26 (5 points chat, 3 points in-person)
  • Apple Teacher Tuesday Lenox (15 points)
  • April Monthly Meeting (1 point)
  • RSVP to the Vancademy (1 point)

**Keep an eye out for bonus points in the upcoming Vanweeklys

Coaching Points

New Member Corner

Thanks everyone for your hard work this semester! It’s almost over!

FCS Vanguard Team

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to personalize learning through coaching and instructional technology.

Leadership Team