NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of May 1, 2016

Around the Building and Other Places

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I think we need to see these dance moves at the staff meeting...?

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Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Friday, May 6th, 10:15am


This Friday you are invited during your lunchtime to a staff appreciation luncheon in the IMC. This is being provided by the elementary and middle school offices.

I will cover lunch duties so you may fellowship with your team.

Elementary Staff Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2:30pm

Room 502

This will be Tuesday this week due to a meeting conflict several staff have on Wednesday.

K-2 Summer School

Just a reminder that Shawn shared a document with KG-2nd grade teachers for them to identify students who may need summer school. You have one week left to add students to these lists. We are wanting students on RIMP's or who have struggled with reading throughout this school year. Let me know if you have any questions. The Board Office will send out letters once the lists are complete.


I've shared with you two document via google. One is the district STAR data and the other is our building. Please take a look at each document.

Lunch Prepay Update as of May 3-Third time's a charm!

Starting tomorrow send prepays to the elementary office. The kitchen staff will have someone in the library to collect the money. Tuesday through Friday continue sending down prepays to the office.

Sharing online videos with parents can bolster young children’s reading

Have you seen the three new videos to help parents help their children practice reading? Now is a perfect time to share these with parents, as you encourage students to continue reading through the summer. Reading on the Go, Reading for a Purpose and Reading on the Screen, each less than three minutes, give parents concrete, easy tips to help their children become stronger readers. Find all videos on INFOhio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee page.

You can show the videos at parent events, when you also can hand out companion flyers with even more tips. Or go to the Online Video announcement on the INFOhio website for sample email messages, newsletter articles and social media posts.

The flyers and videos were developed by INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and the Ohio PTA. They are available to all Ohioans for free download.

MEMO 634-This week's quotes and articles come from Education Week, The New York Times, a speech by the Secretary of Education, Phi Delta Kappan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Middle School Journal, Kappa Delta Pi Record, and several Web links. The headlines:

  • Charlotte Danielson on shifting from teacher evaluation to development
  • Culture shock for U.S. military veterans who become teachers
  • A compendium of key teaching principles from cognitive science
  • Building ownership by giving students some choices
  • Teaching evolution without violating students' religious beliefs
  • What happens when we reassure students that anxiety is normal
  • Using Twitter in a middle-school classroom
  • Defining "maker space"
  • An app to form student groups
  • A free school climate survey tool
  • Information graphics and your brain
  • An interview

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:

To hear a podcast of last week's Memo (#633), please click here:
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Things to do:

  1. K-2 Teachers-Update Summer School Lists
  2. Complete Academic Intervention List (In Rob's Office)
  3. Top Cat names to Rob by Friday, April 29
  4. Star Student Name and Write-up to Rob
  5. 1-3 Teachers: Administer State Diagnostic Tests
  6. Submit SLO Score Sheets to Rob
  7. Update Supply List
  8. Complete Teacher-to-teacher communications
  9. Create 2016-2017 class list
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, May 2

  • Pledge-Blaker
  • 3rd Grade Math Test
  • 5th Grade Science Test
  • American Fidelity Meetings
  • Facilities/Operations Committee Meeting @ KRHS @ 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3

  • Pledge-Curtin
  • 3rd Grade Math Test
  • 5th Grade Science Test
  • IEP Meeting, Toth
  • Elementary Staff Meeting, 2:30 p.m.
  • American Fidelity Meetings

Wednesday, May 4

  • Pledge-Doogs
  • 4th Grade Social Studies Testing
  • ETR/IEP Meeting-Nickles, 1:00 p.m.
  • Pre-school Student Meeting at RH, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

  • Pledge-Harris
  • 4th Grade Social Studies Testing
  • Retention Conference-Mann, 2:10 p.m.

Friday, May 6

  • Pledge-Johnson
  • All Library Books Due
  • Star Student Assembly, 7:55 a.m.

Saturday, May 7

  • PTO Flower Sale @ NR, 10:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, May 9

  • Pledge-Wyen
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting
  • 2nd Grade Team Meeting
  • Fairbanks-Olive Garden Luncheon
  • Bouncy House Reward, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • PD Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m. @ RH

Tuesday, May 10

  • Pledge-Doss
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • NEAT Meeting, Rob out
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting
  • Kids Hope Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m. in room 500
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting

Wednesday, May 11

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Chiller
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting

Thursday, May 12

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Clark Co. Elementary Principal Meeting, Rob out
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Bowling Alley
  • 1st Grade Farm Day at SV
  • PTO Young's Night, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13

  • Pledge-Clay
  • Kindergarten Registration

Old Business-Previously Released Items

State Diagnostic Testing

K-3 Grade Teachers:

Districts and community schools are required to administer diagnostic tests each year in reading to students in grades kindergarten through grade 3, mathematics to students in grades 1-2, and writing to students in grades 1-3. Diagnostic results are reported into EMIS, the Ohio Department of Education’s data collection system.

As a building/district we have completed the reading portion of this requirement. We still need to complete the math and writing portions. In previous years we were allowed to use vendor assessments for this purpose; however, due to our ratings are this year's report card we are required to use the state issued diagnostics. Once I have copies from C.O. I will pass these along to you for administration.

I will need "on-track" and "not on-track" information from you. We must also report information to parents. I'm looking into this and will let you know more.

Important Announcements

  1. Please DO NOT send student to the kitchen for ice during school hours. This is a safety issue. The cooks are preparing food and using equipment that may be hot.
  2. During recess duty please make sure you circulate the area. One teacher should be positioned "up top" closer to the building and one "down lower" by the tree. This will increase supervision, and allow for intervention to possible situations.

Thank you for your help in these matters, and let me know if you have any questions.

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Meal Magic...Coming to a Cafeteria Near You!

Northeastern Local School District is implementing a new management system for the Food Service department called Meal Magic. Each student will have a lunch account, which will be accessed by using a school assigned keypad number at the register. Students will enter their number into the keypad located at each register to purchase their food. At this time students will still be able to pay with cash at the register, however they will need their Student Lunch ID Number to purchase a lunch.

For convenience, the district is also updating EZ Pay accounts to allow for prepayment of

meals for your student(s). EZ Pay is our online system that currently allows parents to pay all school fees online.

The lunch charge policy will stay the same - students will only be permitted to charge three

lunches. No breakfast charging will be permitted.

Northridge will implement Meal Magic on Monday, April 11th. A district letter will be going out to parents prior to implementation.

REMEMBER...This will be a new system for everyone. Please be patient with the cafeteria staff, tech. dept., and students.

Technology Help Desk

Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.

Springfield Tutoring Academy

The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.



See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!

If you see a great opportunity for professional development please let me know. I'd like to be able to send you to it. The expectation would be that you then come back and share with the rest of the staff.

There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.

Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.

So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.

Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!


You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.

To start earning your wellness dollars visit and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.

EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!

Dear EPC Participant,

Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:

Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment

Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50

  • Login to
  • Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
  • On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
  • Click Sign Up
Step #3: Complete ONE additional wellness workshop: $50

Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center

Key Dates:

  • Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
  • Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016

Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.

You can also email for additional help.