Jeffries Weekly Update

January 11-15, 2016

Feedback Opportunity

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete a Friday Feedback- some have done it multiple times- love it! Feel free to complete one once a week, once a month- or as you feel the desire. I appreciate you taking the time to share celebrations, area of consideration and anything else you would like to share! It's called Friday Feedback on the Jeffries CANVAS page/Feed Forward. Go directly to CANVAS or click on the hyperlink above.

This Week's Events

Monday, Jan. 11- Happy Monday!

Tuesday, Jan. 12- Professional Learning- We will get our staff devices (no vertical teaming)- in the library; Jeffries Texas Roadhouse Night! 4-9PM (2nd Grade students dance at 7PM)

Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Liz out of town for State Leadership Academy Meetings (W-F); Phil Mendenhall Teacher in Charge for AM & Rachelle Certain Teacher in Charge for PM (Emergencies only). Tracy Livingston will do carline duty for Liz; Watch DOG: Justin Senteno

Thursday, Jan. 14- Watch DOG: Brandon Essary; TST 7:45AM-8:30AM (Trotter's Rm.);

Liz gone all day

Friday, Jan. 15- Liz gone all day (Phil Mendenhall is Teacher in Charge for emergencies only until 12:15PM).

Upcoming Events

January 8-29- JumpRope for Heart (see Coach Fielding for details)

Monday, Jan. 18- No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Tuesday, Jan. 19th- CANVAS Step 2 Training with Debbie Hammer 4-5PM (We will bring our new devices to the library and she will provide training on the different elements of CANVAS); Liz has MOY Meetings with staff; Liz has MOY Growth Mtgs. all day

Thursday, Jan. 21- Liz out all day for Professional Advisory Committee Mtg.

Friday, Jan. 22- 2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off!

Tuesday, Jan. 26- Google Mini Learning Sessions (with Jana Payne)- 4-4:30PM in the Computer Lab (Topic: Your Google Account)- note: will occur every Tues. after school during Feb.

Thursday, Jan. 28- Jeffries Health Risk Assessment (sign up!)

Tuesday, Feb. 2- Safety Committee Mtg. 4-4:30PM- Conference Rm.; Google Training with Jana (for those interested) 4-4:30PM; Jaguar Junction

Wednesday, Feb. 3- Mid 3rd Quarter

Thursday, Feb. 4- PTA Executive Mtg. 6:30PM

Friday, Feb. 5- Leadership Assembly

Saturday, Feb. 6- Shop with a Hero 9AM

Tuesday, Feb. 9- In-School House Players Assembly 1:15PM (K-5 in gym); 2nd Grade Performs for School at 2PM (following In-School House Players); PTA Mtg. with 2nd Grade Performance at 7PM

Friday, Feb. 12- Valentine's Parties 2:30-3:30PM

Monday, Feb. 22- 3rd Grade Peter & the Wolf Field Trip

Monday, March 29-Feb. 4- Student Council Penny War (to benefit Leadership Program)

Friday, March 4- Leadership Assembly; End of 3rd Quarter

March 7-11- Spring Break

Make Someone's Day!

Have you completed a SPS Recognition Form lately to recognize a SPS R-12 employee for a job well done? Please do that here!

When will staff get their new laptops? Timeline (tentative) revealed!

Jeffries Elementary: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (at our scheduled faculty mtg./professional learning time from 3:50-5:00PM in the Library!). Blended Learning Dept. will hand out the devices, get everyone logged in, and do some customization. The day after our staff receives their device, they will have a tech start at Jeffries to answer questions or assist with needs.



  • HP Hybrid device

  • Device cases

  • Wireless projection module (installations on-going)

  • Tablet stands (arriving starting in December)


  • Certified staff in certified positions

  • Staff rosters will be emailed prior to deployment for verification


  • 30 minutes to deploy

  • Short presentation covering basics

  • Everyone will login, configure their email, and personalize their device

  • A technician will be available the next day on site to answer questions and help with other setups

  • Desktops are not pulled this year

Google for Education Training

Want to begin training modules so you can work at your own speed on learning all about Google? I have invited you to a CANVAS training for Google. I would highly encourage you to begin going through the online courses.

MOY Meetings with Liz (Everyone's included!)

Sign up for a time/day here!

Complete the MOY Feedback Form prior to your MOY Meeting!

Have you registered for your HRA (Health Risk Assessment) yet?

Thursday, Jan. 28

Where? Jeffries Library (7:45-9:15AM)

To make an apt for your HRA, please call 888-8888. About a week or so before your scheduled HRA, you will receive via snail mail, some paperwork to complete and bring with you for your HRA appointment. I am positive this paperwork will include instructions on fasting and additional tests that could be requested if necessary. The HRA location will be in our wonderful library area. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

--Nurse Laura

Ready to move beyond Lexia? Training for Reading Plus!

Many of you have students that have completed Lexia and your students are ready to move on to Reading Plus. We are excited to announce after school training opportunities for Reading Plus Level 2 in 2016. You DO NOT need to have previously attended Reading Plus Level 1 Training to attend. Registration for each session is through Employee Self Service.

You also can explore Reading Plus trainings online:

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Reading Plus Level 2



Dates & Locations

Mon., February 1, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., February 22, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., March 21, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon,. April 4, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

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2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off

When? Friday, Jan. 22nd

Who? Any Jeffries Staff Member Can Enter Contest (make your best batch of chili!)

Where? Everyone who is entering the contest should have their chili hot and ready by 10AM in the Conference Room. SPS R-12 Judges will taste test and judge at 10AM.

Other: Those who are not entering contest can sign up to bring bowls, crackers, dessert, drinks, etc.

Winners? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded

Shop With a Hero! (SPS R-12/Care to Learn)

The elementary division of Springfield Public Schools is excited to continue the collaborative opportunity with Care to Learn. Care to Learn, in partnership with Walmart, are providing funds for emergent needs of students in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene while providing a unique opportunity for selected students to be engaged with a caring school district “hero” employee. This event has been a great success for four years for the selected kiddos & staff, prompting Walmart to commit again to it this year. The information below will describe the process for this event.

The elementary sites will identify students in the district with needs related to Care to Learn’s purpose of providing for health, hunger and hygiene. Each site will have to opportunity to identify and select three (3) students. These students should reflect the diversity of the district’s student population and be half male and half female. Students do not have to qualify or be enrolled for free and/or reduced meal program or attend Title I schools, but should be identified as underserved/under-resourced for reasons beyond the student’s control.

Each student will be partnered with a caring district professional (Hero) who will take them shopping at the Walmart store assigned to them. Each student, accompanied the student’s parent(s) and their Hero, will be given $100 to spend on the student’s personal needs. Suggested example items might include: shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush/comb, dental care items, coats, hat, gloves, shoes, socks, jeans, shirts, nutritional food, vitamins, etc. Items not appropriate would include: alcohol, tobacco, candy, or toys. At the request of Walmart, a universal shopping date and time has been set. This event will take place Saturday, Feb 6th at 9am (The early time will allow shopping when Walmart is not packed by its usual heavy midday and afternoon volume).

Want to be a Hero? Please let Liz know if you would like to be a "Hero" by Friday, Jan. 22.

Know someone who needs a hero? Please let Liz know if you have a student in mind you would like to be considered for this event by Friday, Jan. 22