C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 12.9.19

Research Study Opportunity for Jr. High Math Teachers

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Mt. Lassen Math Conference

A one day Mt. Lassen Math Conference is available in Redding on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The theme this year is about creating a culture of math discourse in the classroom. A unit of credit is available through California State University, Chico.

Click here for a link to the flyer.

The keynote speaker is Steve Wyborney creator of Esti-Mysteries. Here's his website: http://www.stevewyborney.com/

Registration link: http://bit.ly/MLMC2020Reg

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Technology Help Ticket

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above:.

2. Select "Submit a ticket"

3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.

4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.


There are nearly 100 new activities to try during CS Education Week, happening this year from Dec. 9–15. And with more than 600 tutorials total, everyone can find the perfect activity. Tutorials can be filtered by grade, experience level and classroom hardware, and as always, we have activities that work offline or without computers.

Why pursue your Google for Education certification?

From Cult Of Pedagogy:

Over the past few years, I have become a huge fan of all things Google, and I’ve seen how their tools for educators have transformed student learning all over the world. Teachers who want to get the most out of these tools go beyond simply using them—they acquire enough skills and knowledge to become Google Certified Educators. (Learn about the certification levels here).

You might be wondering why someone would bother getting certified. Isn't it enough to just know how to use the tools for yourself? Here are some reasons teachers go for the certification:

  • Complete your skill set. Even if you’re well-versed in Google tools, chances are you have some weak areas and gaps in your skills. By pursuing certification, you’ll fill those gaps, building your confidence and making your foundation (and your resume) more solid.
  • Grow your network. Once you earn certification, you’ll be part of a huge community of Google Certified Educators. These energetic, open-minded educators will serve as a personal learning network you can draw upon for advice, ideas, and resources that will keep feeding your growth.
  • Boost your earning capacity. Once you’ve reached the trainer level (which you can pursue after completing levels 1 and 2), you'll have the credentials to offer professional development anywhere. This can become a whole new source of income.

(Thanks Karen Hicks for sending this my way)


CAASPP Accounts

Teachers- you should have received an email from CA-Assessments@ets.org for your CAASPP log on. Please search your email from this address: CA-Assessments@ets.org

Welcome to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) or the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) assessment systems! Secure access has been assigned by a testing coordinator, or a user has self-registered for the Digital Library, so access has been granted to the appropriate online applications and systems associated with the assigned testing program and level of access.

To begin, use the secure verification link to verify an identity and set a password. This link expires after 30 minutes. If the account is not activated within this period, users must request a new secure link by selecting the secure verification link, entering the associated email address on the Reset Your Password web page, and then selecting the [Submit] button.

A new password must contain at least eight (8) characters and include all of the following:

  • One (1) lowercase alphabet character
  • One (1) uppercase alphabet character
  • One (1) number
  • One (1) special character such as one of the following: ~!#$%^&*()-_=+[]|;:,.<>/?@

Follow the instructions on the screen to enter a password for the username, which is the email address to which this was sent. Select the [Save] button to complete the process.

After the new password has been established, the system requires that the password be reset every 90 days.

Check Them Out! Interim Assessment Resources for Educators

As the 2019–20 school year begins, LEAs can look to several resources that are available to support their educators’ understanding and use of the 2019–20 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments:

· The Interim Assessment Overview provides information about the interim assessments available and includes the addition of 42 focused Interim Assessment Blocks as well as the Interim Comprehensive Assessments for grades nine and ten.

· The three-page Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments: At-a-Glance presents the interim assessments available for the 2019–20 school year, by content area and grade level.

· The 14-page Interim Assessments Available by Grade for 2019–20 lists all available interim assessments, by grade, claim, and target(s). It includes the total number of test items and items that require local hand scoring. This information is for LEAs to assist them in their planning for the administration and local hand scoring of the interim assessments.

· The Sandbox training tool is available to help educators become familiar with the features and functions of the Interim Assessment Reporting System (IARS). This tool features virtually the same functions as the IARS, but uses practice test items and fictitious student data in a nonsecure environment with no log-on credentials required. The Sandbox can be accessed on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page by selecting the button labeled “Reporting System Sandbox.”

· The Interim Assessment Viewing System is a secure-access preview tool that can be used to view the interim assessments for professional development and training as well as to prepare for general assessment administration. The viewing system is located on the CAASPP Portal Interim Assessment Administration Resources web page. Log-on credentials are required for access.

Additional resources related to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments web page.

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Mileage Reimbursement Policy for District Meetings (including VT/CAIS)

In the interest of stretching limited budgets, please check if a vehicle at your site is available as a first choice. Alternatively, mileage will be reimbursed for one vehicle per 4 people traveling from each community.

Upcoming Dates

December 13-Science Vertical Team Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

December 17-Counselor's Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

December 23-January 3 Winter Break

January 7-Instructional Leadership Team-District Office, 109 Board Room

January 9-Alt Ed Vertical Team Meeting-District Office, B117 Conference Room

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Useful information

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Instructional Coaches

Our Instructional Coaches are here to help!

Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 18-19 & 19-20

2019-2020 Grading Period Calendars

PUSD Employee Handbook 2019-2020

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above: (This has been updated on our websites as well.)

2. Select "Submit a ticket"

3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.

4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.

Please Note: Previous work orders did not migrate over to the new system, so we ask that you please create new tickets moving forward so that our Team can assist you in a timely manner, as we revisit your sites in the coming weeks.

TK/K- 6th Grade ELA

ThinkCentral for all your textbook resources

Curriculum and Instructional Services

Kristy Warren

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction

@kristymwarren on Twitter

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