Welcome Back, YWLA!

Here's a glance at August 3rd-14th...

Some Useful General Information:

  • On-Campus Hours: 8:30-4:30 with a 30-minute lunch (unless otherwise indicated).
  • Help ensure we start on time so we can end on time. Be sure to arrive on time, return from lunches and breaks on time, and be ready to go at the indicated start time.
  • Instructional staff (i.e., teachers, co-teachers, SPED): Attend all instructional activities.
  • Front Office Staff: Ms. Trevino will communicate your daily hours.

Safety Protocols

Safety of staff is paramount. Before you enter campus, be sure you've completed your SafeSchools Coronavirus Awareness course.


Here are the protocols for staff to follow when on campus:


  • Each day before you enter YWLA (or any district facility), be sure to complete this quick survey: https://grandprairieisd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CMrHM5mbBwrNIN
  • Use your badge to Raptor in/out each day at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance. We need to know who is on campus, and this will also be your sign-in on meeting days.
  • Masks are mandatory unless you're alone in your classroom or office. That means masks are to be worn in common areas such as hallways as well as classrooms/offices when you're with even one other person.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Outside of your classroom, be as contact-free with items as possible. Avoid handling commonly used items, and wash/sanitize your hands afterwards if you must touch common items.
  • The break room is closed and the vending machines are off. Bring your own caffeine, and eat lunch alone in your classroom since masks can't be worn while eating. Feel free to Zoom with other staff while you eat so you won't get lonely.

YWLA Q&A

Please click here to submit your questions: https://forms.gle/2n2psm9h7gUadWZZA

Classroom Set Up Considerations

As you're preparing your classrooms, consider whether you need the the "full set-up" of years past. When we return to in-person (currently scheduled for September 8th), think about the number of surfaces in terms of daily cleaning/disinfecting when bringing in decorations and other items. Remember, students can't share common items (scissors, glue, markers, etc.), so keep that in mind while setting up.

Virtual PD Norms

Follow these norms when participating in district and campus virtual sessions:


  1. Your video must be on and you must be visible.
  2. You and your background should be professional.
  3. Active engagement with the meeting and content is required.

Week 1

Monday, August 3, 2020 (Optional Campus Work Day)

This is an OPTIONAL on-campus work day. Hours will be 8:00-3:00, and all staff on campus are to follow YWLA safety protocols.


If you'd like to come to campus to work in your room, click here to RSVP: https://forms.gle/Ryy4ME8oDrmtGGfu5


If you come to campus (or any other district facility), click here to complete a health screening prior to entering campus:

https://grandprairieisd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CMrHM5mbBwrNIN


Dress Code: Casual (jeans/shorts and tshirt are acceptable)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Virtual Day)

Today's sessions are 100% virtual. Participants will be off-site.


Welcome Back!


AM Sessions

9:00-10:55 | 2020-21 Kickoff! Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143

10:55-11:35 | Department Meetings: Prep for T&L Days -- Zoom info from dept chairs

11:40-12:00 | And the winner is... Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143


12:15ish-1:00 | Lunch


After lunch will be a combination of sessions (see below) and tasks. When you're not in your sessions, complete these tasks:

  1. Flipgrid to greet the staff! Click below to submit a quick greeting; It doesn't have to be complex or lengthy; have fun with it! (Log in with your GPISD Google credentials.) TEACHERS: https://flipgrid.com/e54a5a35. SUPPORT STAFF: https://flipgrid.com/6af82b63
  2. TTESS Survey from Carrion, located in Canvas.


Sessions

New Teachers


Electives

  • 1:30-2:00 | Electives: Zoom with Merhout; info in Canvas.
  • 2:35-3:20 | Electives, Science, Social Studies: Zoom with Burns and Carrion. Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143


Math


Social Studies

  • 2:00-2:30 | Social Studies and Science: Zoom with Merhout; info in Canvas.
  • 2:50-3:20 | Electives, Science, Social Studies: Zoom with Burns and Carrion. Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143


Science

  • 2:00-2:30 | Social Studies and Science: Zoom with Merhout; info in Canvas.
  • 2:35-3:20 | Electives, Science, Social Studies: Zoom with Burns and Carrion. Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143


ELA

  • 1:30-2:15 | Math and ELA: Zoom with Burns and Carrion. Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143
  • 3:00-3:30: ELA: Zoom with Merhout; info in Canvas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Virtual Day)

District Teaching and Learning Days


Today's sessions are 100% virtual. Participants will be off-site.


Be sure to sign up on Edugence; that's where you'll get specifics of expectations, links, etc.

Thursday August 6, 2020 (Virtual Day)

District Teaching and Learning Days


Today's sessions are 100% virtual. Participants will be off-site.


Be sure to sign up on Edugence; that's where you'll get specifics of expectations, links, etc.

Friday, August 7, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Safeschools/Campus Work Day


  • Be sure to Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • If you haven't finished your SafeSchools training, use today to do so.
  • Take your 30-minute lunch where it best fits into your Safeschools/Work Day schedule. See above for safety protocols for lunch.


Teacher Dress Code: Casual (jeans/shorts and tshirt are acceptable)


Note: The building will not be open this weekend. Use your work day wisely.

Week Two

This week, when you're not in sessions, be sure to use your time wisely to plan and prepare for our students' virtual return. Also, remember our virtual PD/Zoom norms when in sessions.

Have fun and learn things :)

Asynchronous Campus Sessions

Staff -- Be sure to compete these items:


504, SPED, Safety (Andrews)

  • See emails sent Tuesday, August 11th for additional information


Information from Nurse Patti

Monday, August 10, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Campus Work Hours
  • Complete the district health screening.
  • Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • Teacher Dress Code: Business casual or nice jeans and a YWLA spirit shirt or college shirt

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8:45 | Welcome (Ms. Burns)

  • Required: All staff
  • Prep: Show and Tell - Bring a picture of something from the summer to share with staff
  • Zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/94766717143


9:30 | ELPS Training (District Strategist)


10:45 | Canvas (Ms. Thornton)


11:15| Canvas (Ms. Thornton)


1:00 | Canvas (Ms. Thornton)


2:15 | Campus Nurse Nuts & Bolts (Nurse Patti)


3:30 | Trauma-Informed Care and SEL in the Classroom (Ms. Culclager, Ms. Martinez, Ms. Gash)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Campus Work Hours

  • Complete the district health screening.
  • Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • Teacher Dress Code: Business casual or nice jeans and a YWLA spirit shirt or college shirt

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8:45 | TTESS (Ms. Carrion)


10:00 | Campus Nuts & Bolts (Ms. Andrews and Ms. Johnson)


11:15| Documentation (Ms. Carrion)


1:00 | Teen Leadership (Ms. Merhout)


2:00 | ELA Textbook Overview (District Facilitator)


3:15 | Math AI (Ms. Merhout)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Campus Work Hours

  • Complete the district health screening.
  • Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • Teacher Dress Code: Business casual or nice jeans and a YWLA spirit shirt or college shirt

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This morning's sessions are "Grab and Go": Attend what you need to attend in order to be best prepared for 2020-21.


8:45

Lesson Planning: Synchronous, Asynchronous, and In-Person (Ms. Merhout, Ms. Hart)

Creating and Editing Videos for Online Learning (Ms. Taylor)


9:50

Lesson Planning: Synchronous, Asynchronous, and In-Person (Ms. Merhout, Ms. Hart)

Building Relationships Digitally (Ms. Johnson)

AVID Online: We Can Still WICOR (Dr. Jacks)


10:55

Building Relationships Digitally (Ms. Johnson)

Creating and Editing Videos for Online Learning (Ms. Taylor)

AVID Online: We Can Still WICOR (Dr. Jacks)

  • Password: AVID


Afternoon Sessions


1:00 | ELLevation Training (ELLevation Trainer)


2:05 | Zoom/Online Instruction Tips and Tricks (Burns)


3:15 | Department Time

  • Required: All instructional staff
  • Prep: None
  • Zoom: Info from your department chair

Thursday, August 13, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Campus Work Hours

  • Complete the district health screening.
  • Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • Teacher Dress Code: Business casual or nice jeans and a YWLA spirit shirt or college shirt

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9:00 | Virtual Convocation (Superintendent Ellis)


1:30 | First Day/Week Procedures (Admin)

Friday, August 14, 2020 (On Campus)

8:30-4:30 | Campus Work Day


  • Be sure to Raptor in by 8:30 (scan your badge at the Welcome Desk by the main entrance).
  • Take your 30-minute lunch where it best fits into your schedule. See above for safety protocols for lunch.
  • Finish the day 100% ready to welcome your students on Monday :)


Teacher Dress Code: Casual (jeans/shorts and tshirt are acceptable)


Note: The building will not be open this weekend. Use the weekend to get one last, good rest before Monday with students.