April 26, 2018

Hello Vanguardians!!

Who can believe we only have 20 school days left in the school year?!?!?! I can't wait summer break as I am sure you are the same way!

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.

Megan Endicott is planning an amazing event for all of you! We are thrilled Dr. Jeff Rose will be speaking at the Vancademy Awards!! If you haven't RSVP'd please do so ASAP. We need a head count to make sure we are ready. All school principals have been invited, check in with them to see if they are attending.

The Vancademy SWAG Bags are AMAZING! Must attend to receive. Don't miss out.

iPads! The iPad inventory is all but done. iPad Pick up will be at the VanSmooze May 6th! For those unable to attend, there will be an alternative pick at some point in the future. We will share alternative pick up information, when it is available.


PS- Can't wait to see all of you at the VANCADEMY AWARDS in 9 days!!
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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • #FCSVANGUARD Chat: In-Person and Online - TONIGHT!!!
  • Points! Need them? Here's How to Get Them!- Extended!
  • iPad Return: VanSmooze- May 6th
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#FCSVANGUARD Chat: In-Person and Online - TONIGHT!!!

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 Square: May 1st

Introducing Clips, the newest video editing app from APPLE!

Join Us as Apple Avalon hosts a teacher-only field trip, CLIPS Style. Check out Clips at

Come learn how to weave a visual take that emodies your passion to empower and inspire young minds.

Download the FREE app to your iPad or iPhone prior to the event.

SIgnup Genius

#VanPoints- 10

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

We are so excited about the number of people who are working to finish up their points that we decided to continue to offer points into the next month. Please see below the upcoming ways you can still earn points.

However, any points accumulated after April 30th won't count towards the competition for the trip to ISTE.

Activity Points Possibilities:

  • Twitter Chat- April 26th (5 points in-person, 3 points chat)
  • Twitter Chat- May 3rd (5 points)
  • APPLE TEACHER TUESDAY: Clips- Tuesday, May 1st (10 points)
  • April Monthly Meeting (1 point)
  • RSVP to the Vancademy (1 point)
  • Attend the Vancademy- May 6th (15 points)

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

Coaching Points

iPad Return: VanSmooze- May 6th

We are finishing up the process of inventorying the iPads and are getting ready to return them to you, YAY!!

You will be able to pick up your iPad during the "VanSmooze" Welcome Reception. If you are not able to attend the event, we will have other opportunities for you to pick up your iPad in the weeks to follow.

Where: Johns Creek HS Auditorium Lobby

Time: 5:00 pm

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.

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Previously... In the VanWeekly

  • Coaching Check 3 Due................................................Monday, April 30th
  • Coaching Reflection...................................................Monday. April 30th
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Coaching Check 3 Due- MONDAY

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.

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)

Thank you to the 70 Teachers who have completed the Coaching Reflection. EVERYONE else... Please complete by April 30!

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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