March 28, 2015

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Duties for weeks of 3/30 and 4/13

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Coming Soon: Student Security Update

Security update for students:

  • Anything not in applications folder will not have permission to run (ex: no thumbdrives, no desktop)

  • Known issue: Google Chrome update--will keep trying to update; just click ok/cancel; looking at way to turn off the notification

  • Will make app store disappear; can’t get in app store from the apple (top left) (not blocking App Store - just removing the shortcut to it)

  • iTunes should not be impacted

  • Any apps already currently on computers will still work; if it is a problem - will need to delete and they can’t download it again (ex: FaceBook)

  • Locking the Dock too

  • .exe files (programs) will not run from a flash drive

"Of the Year" Nominations

Nomination forms can be found here.

To nominate someone, you must download the nomination form BEFORE completing it. After completion, you can attach it to an email to the person listed on the form, or you can print it out to send on the courier. Email would be the most efficient. Let me know if you have any questions.

Staff Member of the Month forms are due by Wednesday, April 1


The Forgotten Middle

  • The Forgotten Middle: What difference do elementary and middle school make? Do high school courses or students’ performance in HS courses impact student achievement levels or readiness for college/careers? See if your opinion matches these research findings: video link here, PDF article here.

...Only 3% of students who were far off track in eighth grade mathematics were able to reach college and career readiness targets by the time they graduated. Results were only marginally better in science and reading. ...Only 10% of students who were far off track in fourth grade were able to reach college and career readiness targets by the time they

Facing Change

“Facing Change” - super short article with great perspective on how to face change when asked to approaching instruction differently. Love the question, “Are there 1 or 2 students for whom instruction in your class isn’t working?”

Crucial Conversations: How to Forgive, Forget, and Move On

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Student Opportunities

Touchstone Energy Sport Camp Scholarship

Scholarships are sponsored by EnergyUnited

The deadline is quickly approaching for middle-school students to apply for an all-expenses paid scholarship from EnergyUnited to attend summer basketball camps at two of the state’s largest universities.

EnergyUnited is awarding two Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to local students this year. A young man will be selected to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp June 21-25 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and one young lady will win a scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 23-26 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Applications must be received or postmarked by March 31.

“These scholarships are a fantastic way for young athletes to experience life on a college campus and learn from mentors at their favorite NCAA athletic programs,” said Maureen Moore, communications manager for EnergyUnited. “We’re proud to reward local students for their hard work by providing this opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop skills that will help them excel on and off the court.”

At camp, students will work directly with the players and coaches to learn basketball skills and about leadership and teamwork.

To be eligible to apply, students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade during the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the overnight camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp if selected to attend.

Applications and more information on the scholarships can be found at by contacting Maureen Moore or Lindsey Listrom at (800) 662-8835. Applicants will be judged on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay. Winners are expected to be announced by May 1.

K-8 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest

  • K-8: NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK POSTER CONTEST! Rules for the 2015 poster contest have been posted on the School Bus Safety Web site. The contest is open to students in grades K-8. More information is available at which is also linked from the home page. Please publicize this in your schools. The theme this year is “Bully Free Zone!” providing a good opportunity for teachers to discuss this topic as it relates to riding the school bus. The deadline for submission to the state (through your transportation department) is May 22, 2015.