the RAH

Aug 6-10, 2018

Big picture

Here we go!

Thank you for a fantastic day at Learn.Lead.Succeed, followed by our Elementary Kickoff. The days consisted of meaningful learning, great connections, and a collective commitment to our work in leading schools and supporting/being about the work of learning.

As we continue to make communication clear, the RAH will resume as a weekly newsletter will be one consistent medium to keep you in the know. Various Executive & Senior Leaders will provide information through this format as to save umteen emails. As this is a open source web-based newsletter, sensitive information will not be included, or it will be linked into Canvas.

Thank you for your commitment to making this year your best ever. Insist upon excellence. Be who you said you would be.


The Trauma Informed Teacher - Silent Front Line

"It is crystal clear that relationships are the counterpoint to traumatic stress in childhood"

from Mike-

This past month has been a whirlwind as we transition to a new role and get to know our talented group of leaders across the district. I am looking forward to working alongside each of you this year as we support our teachers and students in another year of learning. It hasn’t taken me long to assess that the pool of talent and resources is deep here at SPS. Perhaps only surpassed by the passion for kids that is evident as I have been able to visit with each of you. Thank you for your warm welcome to the team and for everything that you do to ensure that our students have a positive and safe place to learn each day. You are a difference maker.

Here’s to a great year!

Big picture


Thursday, Aug. 9th, 8am

3710 South Jefferson Avenue

Springfield, MO

7:30-8:00 Check-in

8:00-8:30 Opening with Learning Executive Director & Superintendent

(Keynote & Logistics - Auditorium)

8:45-9:25 Session 1

9:35-10:15 Session 2

10:25-11:05 Session 3

11:05-11:45 Lunch

11:55-12:35 Session 4

12:45 - 1:25 Session 5

1:35 - 2:15 Session 6*

2:25 - 3:05 Session 7*

*Sessions 6 & 7 will be combined Ele Principals

An app has been developed for ActivateSPS that will provide helpful information about the event including specific information about each session and facilitator. You will also have access to a map of Kickapoo and Glendale High School, the social media feed about ActivateSPS and links to presentations. Please use the QR code below to download the app on your smartphone or tablet.

Big picture
We Worry More About Student Well-Being...

Family poverty, school safety, and students' lack of effective supervision at home rank as high on their list of anxieties about student well-being.

Kids Shouldn’t Be Punished For Being Human

And that’s the big takeaway here: There isn’t a cure-all or a one-size-fits-all model, but we can make it a point to remember that that our kids human. And so are you. We aren’t perfect, so why expect them to be?

Transfer Requests-

A few of you are inquiring about transfer requests, when to honor them, and what is the cutoff point in accepting transfers. Please read below for information on that topic.

As a general rule of thumb, transfer acceptance isn't reviewed until Aug 1. Now that we are at that point, you are welcome to accept transfers...but proceed with caution. Accepting transfers will not increase your FTE support. So should you accept a number of transfers, and then on the first few days of school get a number of new students who are registering with you as their home school, you will simply be dealing with larger classes. Before any new(er) FTE is hired/reassigned from other sites, a review of how many students are on transfer from other sites.

The attempt to honor the transfer of younger siblings should be honored, but not guaranteed. Please work with parents to make such requests happen, but not at the expense of other families who have followed the transfer request process.

A general practice, that is disliked by parents but effective, is to sit on transfers the first few days of school until your are confident the students who live in your attendance boundary are in. This confidence window should not extend beyond two weeks after the first day of school.

To determine a general rule of thumb if your building is at capacity, take the number of classroom (not incl/ specialty teachers) FTE x 23. Multiply that number by .9. That number is approximately 90% of your capacity based upon teacher count, and the number your building is closed to transfers. If you have a specific grade level with substantially lower numbers, you may (and should) accept transfers at that grade level even if the remaining grade levels won't accomodate transfers. Please know that that "closed for transfer" final word needs to come from J or Mike.

We will be working with Ann White as she fields calls about building transfers. We will providing her the numbers your building will be closed to transfers based upon our FTE count. Please connect with Mike or J for any transfer questions.