JCS Staff Newsletter
June 8, 2022
Message from Superintendent
I hope your school year ended well and that you have been enjoying the beginning of your summer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout this past school year. I know many of you are working in summer school and camps throughout the school system this June. Summer is a busy time of working to hire new employees for the 2022-23 SY and preparing for the upcoming year.
I am happy to report that a five percent salary increase has been approved for all school personnel, along with a step increase, for the 2022-2023 school year. We greatly appreciate the Board of Education and the Johnson City Commission for their support. We continue to be fortunate to do the work we do with students and families in our school community.
I would like to remind you of the Tech Academy on July 27 at Science Hill. This is a great day to enjoy learning and collaboration with colleagues from across the district. You will find a link to register in your SSO under the “Professional Development” button. Please register under your school’s link. I hope you have a wonderful and restful summer, we look forward to seeing everyone at the end of July.
Steve Barnett, Ed. D
Make sure you checkout our different professional development opportunities over the summer.
July 27 - Tech Academy at Science Hill (More information below)
August 3 - First Day for students
Click here to view Printable Calendars for 2022-2023 & 2023-2024
JCS ESSER Funds
Johnson City Schools' Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund documents are available for review through this link. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to a Google form where we ask for feedback from all of our stakeholders. Every six months we will use this feedback for our ESSER 3.0 Public Plan-Federal Relief Spending Addendum. Please feel free to review these documents and provide us with feedback.
Information From Finance & Insurance
Full-Time Employees Life Insurance Open Enrollment period is May 16 – June 30
Open Enrollment for Hartford Life Insurance begins May 16 through June 30. Be on the lookout for an email from Finance with forms and instructions if you are interested in picking up or increasing supplemental life insurance on yourself and/or your dependents. Changes will be effective 9/1/2022.
JC Schools provides life insurance for all full-time employees equal to your annual salary. Once you have been employed full-time with JC Schools for more than 2 years, the amount of coverage provided is equal to 2 times your annual salary.
Summer Technology Academy
Our annual Technology Academy will be held on July 27 in-person at Science Hill High School. This year’s theme will be “Restore Your Connection”. If you would like to present at the Technology Academy, please fill out the form linked below. Registration for the event will be available soon! You don’t want to miss this big day of professional learning that will be in-person for the first time since Summer 2019!
IXL & Reflex Learning at Home
Students and parents are continued to take advantage of our newest platform for practice and reinforcement with learning standards. Buttons for both IXL Learning and Reflex Learning are found in each student’s SSO (Single Sign-On).
Information from Human Resources
JCS Summer Literacy Fair
Monday, July 25th at Mountain View Elementary School
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Pre-K - 5th Grade)
by JCS Literacy Coaches, JCS Teachers, & Literacy Consultants
Math & Science Curriculum Training
Tuesday, July 26th at Mountain View Elementary School
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Pre-K - 5th Grade)
by JCS Math & Science Coaches
Archive your class for the new school year
Since it's time for the new school year, go ahead and archive your class! This will help the transition to next school year. For video and detailed instructions, please visit this link.
Upcoming school year
- We will be rostering teachers over the summer for the platform, so keep an eye on your email.
- We do NOT plan on rostering students, so you will still need to provide parents with your class code.
- Here is information on how to find your class code, Bloomz also creates a PDF for you to easily distribute to your parents.
Bloomz Feedback or Help?
Do you have any feedback? Do you need help with Bloomz or have questions? PLEASE reach out to Collin Brooks. I want to make sure we are addressing concerns and empowering you to use this communication tool.
If you have any questions or problems with Bloomz, please contact Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.
Bloomz On-Demand Training for TeachersBeginning Parents on Bloomz | More Information
June Board of Education Meeting
June Board Recognitions
State Champion in solo acting
Championship for solo acting.
Battle of the Belts
Next BOE Meeting
The next Johnson City Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, August 1 starting at 6 p.m. inside the Board Room at Central Office (100 E. Maple Street). Board meetings can be viewed on the Johnson City Schools' YouTube channel.
In the News
Johnson City Schools aligns grading scale with State Board of Education
The Johnson City Board of Education voted to change the Johnson City Schools’ grading system (Policy 4.600) for grades 3-12 to align with recent legislation passed by the Tennessee Legislature. The new grading scale will be as follows for all students in grades 3-12.
- A: 90 to 100
- B: 80 to 89
- C: 70 to 79
- D: 60 to 69
- F: 0 to 59
Read more -
Science Hill wins first place in state-wide competition Battle of the Belts
Students from Science Hill High School earned first place in the Battle of the Belts competition, a friendly seat belt competition for Tennessee high schools designed to reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities by increasing seat belt use.
The Science Hill Battle of the Belts team included Myles King, Emily Williams, Julia Bartkus, Emma Harmon, Jasmine Abdel-Maksoud and Xochil Munoz. Students that helped with the public service announcement included Nora Honeycutt, Sarah Nipper, Vanessa Bushell and Chloe Banner. They were sponsored by Science Hill Health Science teacher Kayla Clawson and Ballad Health’s Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator Heatherly Sifford.
In all, the Science Hill group increased seat belt usage at Science Hill by seven percent, according to their data.
Read more - www.jcschools.org/News/398
Woodland welcomes STREAM Day for students to enjoy
Read more - www.jcschools.org/News/394
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JC Schools Staff Newsletter
We will distribute this newsletter on the Wednesday following the monthly Board of Education meeting. This newsletter will have information from District Departments and other helpful tips. If you have suggestions for content in this newsletter, please send them to Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.