NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of February 14, 2016

Around the Building

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Performance Level Descriptors Now Available

The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) are now available in the Ohio State Test Portal under the Resources tab in the Reporting Resources link.

PLDs are the link between Ohio’s Learning Standards and performance standards. They were developed by Ohio educators and other content experts to recommend the most appropriate implementation of content and skills for Ohio’s State Tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics as part of the State Test Standard Setting process. The Ohio Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) assembled panels of Ohio stakeholders to review actual test questions to define what students should know or be able to do at each performance level. The feedback from the Ohio stakeholders during the standard setting process was compiled and analyzed to determine the cut scores to rank student performance. The Ohio stakeholder recommendations for cut scores were shared with the State Board of Education and approved at the January 2016 board meeting.

MEMO 623-I looked through the last eight Memo issues and added four new "classics" to the collection - the articles that truly stand the test of time. Classics show up in red on the all-headlines link at and also in the archive.

This week's quotes and articles come from Principal Leadership, a Bain and Company study, AMLE Magazine, The New York Times, Educational Leadership (more next week), two videos, and a literacy website. The headlines:

  • Instructional leadership by a team, not just the principal
  • Why some children grow up to be creative and others don't
  • Supporting students whose families are constantly on the move
  • A comparison of four different programs for English learners
  • Getting reluctant middle-school students reading
  • A parent argues for "exit plans" from special education
  • Helping teachers stay sharp and fresh
  • Dylan Wiliam videos of classroom experiments with formative assessment
  • A video of the world's weather for 2015
  • A website for finding diverse books

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:

To listen to a podcast of last week's Memo (#622), please click here:

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Things to do:

  • 3rd Grade Teacher-RIMPs
  • Schedule Winter Conferences-Submit Schedules to Rob
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, February 15

  • Presidents' Day-No School

Tuesday, February 16

  • Pledge-B. Roberts
  • Tasty Tradition Fundraiser Ends
  • NEAT Meeting, Rob Out
  • Shrek the Musical Preview, 9:00 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • IEP-Johnson, 1:45 p.m.
  • BIP Meeting Review-Toth, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17

  • Pledge-Chrisman
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
  • LPDC, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18

  • Pledge-Everhart
  • ACT Team Visit-Toth
  • Board of Education Meeting @ SV, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 19

  • Pledge-Hoppes
  • 1st Grade "Tooth Fairy" North Spring Dental, 11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 22

  • Pledge-Blaker

Tuesday, February 23

  • Pledge-Curtin
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
  • Ronald McDonald-A Friendship Adventure, 9:00 a.m.
  • Parent Conference-Nickles, 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24

  • Pledge-Doogs

Thursday, February 25

  • Pledge-Harris

Friday, February 26

  • Pledge-Johnson
  • Spring Pictures

Old Business-Previously Released Items

Technology Help Desk

Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.

Springfield Tutoring Academy

The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.



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.