February 22, 2018

Hi Vanguardians!!

How is it possible that February is over in 7 days!! This month has just flown by for me. Tanis and I have been working all day on Vanguard Supports and Events. We hope you find this VanWeekly extremely informative. To make it worth your while, complete the VanWeekly Info Check for bonus #VanPoints.

Please make sure you are finishing up coaching check 2. Turn in COACHING CHECK 2 by FEB 28. Here is a reminder of the COACHING EXPECTATIONS. New Members, you should be working on the onboarding course.

I have been impressed with all the great ideas from the mini-grants. The review process is all most over! If you applied, keep an eye on your email over the next week for more information.


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Switching from buttons that take up lots of space... Hopefully, it is still just as effective :-)

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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • Microsoft Teams Trainings
  • Save the Dates
  • NWLC Lead Retiring
  • 3D Printing Help

This Week:

  • #FCSVanguard Chat..................................... Tonight
  • EdCamp Fulton ....................................This Saturday
  • Apple Lenox Teacher Field Trip...................February 27th
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Save the Dates!

We have a bunch of incredibly fun and exciting things coming up that you will want to put on your calendar so you don't miss out!

Please add these dates to your calendar now. More details to come in a future VanWeekly!

  • March 24- edcampFULTON Ridgeview Charter
  • April- Vanguard iPad collection for inventory audit - Don't worry, they won't be gone long!
  • May 10th- Vancademy Awards Ceremony
  • June 13-15- School Lead Summer Training

#FCSVANGUARD Chat- Tonight

Topic: Office 365 and how to integrate it in the classroom

Hosted By: Joe Cambre @Mr_Cambre

Remember, all of your tweets need to contain: #fcsvanguard
This Semester we will continue Twitter chats twice a month on Thursday at 7:30PM.

Dates: Feb. 22, Mar. 8 & 22, Apr. 12 & 26, May 3 & 17

Be prepared for the participation link at the VERY END! #VanPoints

Congratulations, Beth Miller!

We are excited to announce the retirement of our very own NWLC lead, Beth Miller. She will continue to co-lead her learning community until the end of the school year. Are you also retiring this year? We would love to celebrate you as well. Please make sure you fill out the VanWeekly Info Check at the end of this week's VanWeekly to let us know.

Are you the ObiWan of the 3D Printer world?

Are you someone who is a master of the 3D printer?

Do you have any students up for a design challenge?
Can you help design something with Tinkercad?
Then we need you!

We are interested in having something 3D printed and need your help. We will supply the filament we just need the help designing and printing.
Please reach out to Chanel Johnson

Apple Lenox Teacher Field Trip

When: February 27th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Where: Apple Lenox

Did you know the Notes app on your Apple Device does more than just provide you a place to take notes? Notes actually lets you collect all your words, images, videos, links, lists, locations, and more, all in one place and sync them across your Apple devices. Join your fellow Vanguardians at the Lenox Apple Store to learn how to collect everything into one amazing note!

Sign Up Here!

Microsoft Teams for STUDENTS Training- Feb. 27,28, and March 1

Microsoft Teams (Office 365 app) has been enabled for students. This is really exciting news! Teams is an ideal way for teachers to create collaborative classrooms. This tool allows teachers and students to have conversations, share files, manage/submit assignments, and participate in online meetings through Skype. The possibilities are endless on how this resource can help teachers personalize learning for students. Mindy Ramon in Instructional Technology is hosting 30-minute information sessions to help teachers learn more. See the schedule below.

Please click the link to join the meeting. You may be prompted to install the Skype for Business web app.

February 27 4:00 PM

February 27 7:30 PM

February 28 8:00 AM

February 28 12:00 PM

February 28 3:30 PM-

March 1 4:15 PM

More information about using Teams with students has also been posted on the Office 365 training site.

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Bear Creek Middle School - February 24th

Ridgeview Middle School- March 24

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

Open the link below for details. March 24 event details & RSVP will come out in mid Feb.

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Previously... In the VanWeekly

  • Microsoft Training Opportunity............... March 3
  • School Leads Call ..........................................March 8th
  • Stipend Deadline................................ March 20th
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First round of stipends have been released to book keepers. Deadline to spend money is MARCH 20, 2018.

Stipend Ideas 2017-2018

This year we are providing potential items in categories. This Padlet is not complete, but will help you start thinking of ideas. Start planning ahead in case their is a quick turn-around for purchasing.


School Lead Call- March 8

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: March 8th

via FreeConferenceCall

  • dial-in number: (515) 604-9510
  • access code: 744554
Follow the agenda & conversation in Microsoft Teams.

Save the Date: Mar 8, Apr 12, May 3

*points will be awarded for participating in these calls.

Microsoft Training Opportunity

Register now for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy facilitated by fellow Vanguard teammates, Dana Munson and Lin Lee. This academy will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00-2:30 at Riverwood High School. Spend the day learning about OneNote, Sway, Teams, Forms, Skype and earn this special badge.

Click this link to register. Do you want to attend this training but are not available on March 3? There is an option for you to indicate that on the registration form. Please email Mindy Ramon in the Instructional Technology Department if you have questions or would like more information.

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

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New Member Corner

Please continue to monitor your points earned this semester at Take a minute, click through, and take a look at the column headers. All of the assignments and point values for the rest of the semester are now posted. I’ve also labeled certain assignments as optional. Just to be clear, everything not marked optional is, well, required.

All remaining content will be published to the iTunes U course over the next couple weeks, and next week’s assignment will be published tomorrow. I’ll make an announcement in Teams when it’s available. We have six weeks remaining before Spring Break, and the expectation is that you will all complete the course before then. For those of you eager for additional points, you will be able to earn 20 bonus points for completing an additional full coaching cycle with your coachee after Spring Break. Details on that to come later.

There will be one more new member call in March focused on coaching Q&A. If you have questions in the mean time, please post them to the new member Team so everyone can benefit from the answers.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

FCS Vanguard Team

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to personalize learning through coaching and instructional technology.

Leadership Team

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