Sandy Plains Roundup

March 13, 2015

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PARCC Assessments

Thank you to everyone for helping to ensure a successful initial implementation of the PARCC Assessments in grades 3-5. Your commitment to the success of our students is evident in many ways throughout the building. The buddy classes are cheering on their testing buddies, teachers and staff are being flexible in rearranging their schedules, staff members are diligently implementing and proctoring the testing sessions, computers and laptops are being shared, updated, and fixed...the list goes on. Thank you to everyone for working as TEAM Sandy Plains in order to accomplish this monumental task.

Be sure to check out the Let it Go video from Mrs. Tracey's and Mrs. Deter's classes. It can be found on the shared drive under Let It Go Tracey and Deters! What a fun way to wish their PARCC buddy class much success!

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Essential Events


March 19: PTA Sweet Frog Night

March 20: PTA Movie Night

March 23: Print Management Walkthrough

March 26-27: Dr. Lindsey Moses PD Grades K-2 26th Grades 3-5 27th

March 26: 4th Grade Tree Planting

March 28: Challenge 24 Tournament

April 1: Third marking period ends

April 2 -12: Spring Vacation

April 13: School Reopens

BCPS Bytes


639. STEM WILDLIFE BIOLOGY ISSUE INVESTIGATIONS WORKSHOP

The Office of Science PreK-12 is offering a professional development opportunity for teachers of Grade 8 gifted and talented environmental science, high school environmental science, biology, and AP environmental science. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Perry Hall High School in room 216. The focus of the workshop will be to use local wildlife issues and align them with the Maryland Environmental Literacy Standard 1, the Next Generation Science Standards, BCPS science curricula, and STEM standards of practice. Participants will engage in activities using materials contained in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources education trunks. They will review and receive sample lessons, classroom investigation suggestions, and a two-hour stipend for participation.

Interested teachers must register using the Workshops-Registration Catalog on the Online Registration System at https://www.bcps.org/apps/registration. The workshop is titled STEM Wildlife Biology Issue Investigations. Registration instructions are available on the login screen.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Matthew Budinger, Science Resource Teacher 443-928-9917



640. PARAEDUCATOR WORKSHOPS


The Office of Special Education will be offering a professional development series for paraeducators. Please see the schedule listed below. Participants will be able to identify effective strategies and expand their expertise and knowledge base regarding best instructional practices for educating students with disabilities. Paraeducator Workshop Schedule*

TITLE

DAY

DATES

LOCATION

Understanding and Managing

Challenging Behaviors

Wednesdays

April 15–May 13, 2015

Carney ES Library

Visual Supports to Encourage

Student Success

Thursdays

April 16–April 30, 2015

Middlesex ES

Resource Center

Supporting Students with Autism

in the Classroom

Thursdays

April 16–May 14, 2015

Padonia International Elementary Library

We Are Digital Age Paraeducators!

Thursdays

April 16–May 14, 2015

Catonsville HS

Library & Computer Lab

Tips and Tricks using Microsoft Office 2013

Mondays

May 4–June 8, 2015 (No class May 25)

Kenwood Administration Building, CIRT Lab

Universal Design for Learning

Mondays

March 23–April 27, 2015

(No class April 6th)

Perry Hall MS Library

Gathering and Effectively Communicating Student Data

Wednesdays

March 25–April 29, 2015

(No class April 8th)

Sandy Plains ES

Library & Computer Lab

Promoting Independence for Secondary Students through Gradual Release

Tuesdays

April 14–April 28, 2015

Ridgely MS Classroom




644. PAYROLL UPDATES


Extra Duty Activity (EDA) Pay

The sports-related winter EDA pay for teachers is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015. Hourly employees performing EDA assignments will be paid on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The payment will be included in the regular biweekly pay and taxed based upon the marital and exemption status on the employee’s record.

Floating Holidays

Eligible AFSCME-represented employees will be advanced their two floating holidays on Friday, March 13, 2015. Floating holidays should be used by Friday, June 12, 2015. Unused floating holidays will be converted to rolled leave in July 2015.

Compensatory Time

With the authorization of an appropriate administrator, AFSCME- and ESPBC-represented employees may accrue compensatory time (comp time). Administrators should monitor the accrual and usage of comp time on a monthly basis. Administrators are responsible for ensuring that employees use their comp time within a reasonable period after its accrual. Comp time must be used by the end of the school year for eligible 10-month employees, and by Tuesday, June 30, 2015, for eligible 12-month employees.

Short Deadlines

Because of spring break, the due dates for payroll time sheets will change. As a result, this may affect the number of days being paid in a pay period to part-time and contractual employees; although all employees will be paid for all time worked. Detailed information regarding the deadlines will be distributed to school/office timekeepers on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Area Payroll Clerk 4240



647. BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES AND SUPERINTEDENT’S RULES


BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY AND SUPERINTENDENT’S RULE 4004, EVALUATIONS

At the March 4, 2015 meeting, the Board of Education approved Policy 4004. The policy was revised to provide an updated definition of evaluations that includes that all administrative and supervisory staff shall be evaluated annually. The policy is posted on the BCPS Web site at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/policies/4000Series/POL4004.pdf.

At the March 4, 2015, meeting, Superintendent’s Rule 4004 was presented to the Board of Education. The rule was revised to establish guidelines for the department of Human Resources to work with the Department of Organizational Effectiveness to implement training on the evaluation process. The rule is posted on the BCPS Web site at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/rules/4000Series/RULE4004.pdf.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

William S. Burke, Chief, Organizational Effectiveness 0252

BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY AND SUPERINTENDENT’S RULE 4011, PROFESSIONAL LEARNING (FORMERLY RULE 4304, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH)

At the March 4, 2015, meeting, the Board of Education approved Policy 4011. The policy was revised to: (1) include a revision of the term professional development to professional learning; and (2) include professional learning shall be offered to all employees. The policy is posted on the BCPS Web site at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/policies/4000Series/POL4011.pdf.

At the March 4, 2015, meeting, Superintendent’s Rule 4011 was presented to the Board of Education. The rule was revised to: (1) provide an updated definition of professional learning opportunities; and (2) provide updated language in accordance with the Master Agreement. The rule is posted on the BCPS Web site at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/rules/4000Series/RULE4011.pdf.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

William S. Burke, Chief, Organizational Effectiveness 0252



SUPERINTENDENT'S RULE 4303, TERMINATION OF UNSATISFACTORY TENURED TEACHERS

At the March 4, 2015, meeting, Superintendent's Rule 4303 was presented to the Board of Education. The rule was revised to include definitions, update with current language, and to comply with the PRC editing conventions. The rule is posted on the BCPS Web site at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/rules/4000Series/RULE4303.PDF.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

George Duque, Manager 2095