NRES Staff Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Week of January 3rd, 2016

Around the Building

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NRES would like to welcome Mrs. Minnie Bethel. Mrs. Bethel will be working in Miss Toth's room. Make sure to welcome Mrs. Bethel to our family.

New Duty Schedule

Here is the link to the new duty schedule for the second semester. Grades 1, 2, 3, & 4 will have new duties. 1st and 2nd will switch as will 3rd with 4th.

2nd Semester Duty Schedule

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December Star Student Assembly

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 7:45am


Please send names by Friday (1/8) and write-up by next Monday (1/11).

DOJ Closes Monitoring of Agreement

Here is a link to the United States Department of Justice letter to NELSD closing their monitoring of the agreement between them and the district. DOJ Letter

Professional Development Opportunities for Ohio Science Teachers

Check out these opportunities for Ohio Science Teachers provided by the Ohio Energy Project: Click Here

Learn More About STAR Scores

Conver-Stations-A Discussion Strategy

Looking for more student-led learning? Need to generate more engaging

conversation between students?

From Teaching Channel:

Watch as Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrates one way she facilitates

student-led conversations.


Looking for a formative assessment tool to use in class? Try Quizalize.

Quizalize is a formative assessment tool similar to kahoot.

Committees continue assisting with state test development for English language arts and mathematics

This fall and winter, numerous committees are continuing to make progress with test development for the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 through high school. These groups are:

Content Advisory Committees – In November, the committees reviewed performance-level descriptors for the upcoming December standard-setting activities. The content advisory committees continue meeting through January to review newly developed Ohio test items. Approximately 240 teachers are serving on these committees, which are segmented by grade level and content area.

Standard Setting Committees – On Dec. 15-17, approximately 110 Ohio teachers and content experts met to help make judgments about performance levels for this year’s tests. These Ohio educators also had a role in defining how student test performance translates to college and career readiness, or to being on track.

The committees of teachers received training on how to set Ohio’s five performance levels – Advanced, Accelerated, Proficient, Limited and Basic. The process for setting levels determines the scores that students minimally must earn on the tests to achieve each performance level. The committees represent both public and private schools from around the state that use the tests. The State Board of Education will review the committee’s recommendations before establishing this year’s performance levels.

To learn more about how teachers are assisting with test development, see this Web page.

Use INFOhio's new "bags" for blizzards, substitutes and more

The 2015-2016 instructional "bags" from INFOhio for K-12 are here. Each bag includes:

  • A complete, customizable research unit with four, self-contained lesson plans with assessments and activities;
  • A teacher guide with differentiation tips, standards alignments, extension activities, cross-curricular options, technology skills supported and time needed to complete the lessons;
  • Materials for in-class instruction and home exploration; and
  • Information about the career cluster covered in the unit along with links to related Career Connections on the Ohio Department of Education website.

Use these lessons as Blizzard Bags, as sub plans or any time you need a plug and play lesson. To get started, just download the PDF from these links:

Please send any questions or comments to

MEMO 617-This week's articles come from Edutopia, Phi Delta Kappan, The Journal of the Learning Sciences, Education Week, American Educational Research Journal, Elementary School Journal, and The New York Times. The headlines:

  • Turning "I can't" into "I can" in a high-school chemistry class
  • A teacher shadows a struggling high-school student
  • An Israeli study of girls' middle-school math challenges
  • Does a growth mindset make students better math problem-solvers?
  • High schools that combine academic and social-emotional learning
  • Anti-bullying insights from Sweden
  • Dealing successfully with traumatic memories
  • The debate on inclusiveness in college science classes

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Things to do:

  1. Grades Due by Tuesday (1/5), 11:00 p.m.
  2. Star Student names and Write-ups to Rob.
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, January 4

  • Pledge-Hoppes
  • Classes Resume
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Team Meeting, 2:20 p.m.

Tuesday, January 5

  • Pledge-Blaker
  • NEAT Meeting, Rob Out
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • Grades Due, 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6

  • Pledge-Curtin
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
  • Elementary Staff Meeting, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 7

  • Pledge-Doogs
  • Acceleration Follow-up Meeting (Doogs/Everhart), 2:20 p.m.

Friday, January 8

  • Pledge-Harris
  • Grade Cards go Home

Monday, January 11

  • Pledge-Johnson
  • PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 12

  • Pledge-Wyen
  • IEP Meeting, Doss 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13

  • Pledge-Doss

Thursday, January 14

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Star Student Assembly, 7:45 a.m.

Friday, January 15

  • District Wavier Day-No School for Students

Old Business-Previously Released Items

Second Round of OTES

If you'd like to schedule your second round of OTES please do so by the end of this month. After December I will schedule those who have not scheduled yet. Here's what you need to schedule:

OTES-Round 2 Scheduling
  1. Pre-Conference/Mid-year Review
  2. Observation-30 minutes
  3. Post-Conference
Schedule Your Second Round Meeting:

See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!

If you see a great opportunity for professional development please let me know. I'd like to be able to send you to it. The expectation would be that you then come back and share with the rest of the staff.

There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.

Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.

So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.

Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!


You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.

To start earning your wellness dollars visit and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.

EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!

Dear EPC Participant,

Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:

Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment

Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50

  • Login to
  • Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
  • On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
  • Click Sign Up
Step #3: Complete ONE additional wellness workshop: $50

Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center

Key Dates:

  • Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
  • Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016

Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.

You can also email for additional help.