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October 21

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Open Enrollment Ends Monday 10-26

If you have already enrolled or you don't need to enroll, please disregard.

Open enrollment for your 2016 Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) benefits ends Monday, October 26, 2015 at midnight.

KEHP Open Enrollment Hotline:

Outside Frankfort: 888-581-8834

In Frankfort: 502-564-6534


Do I need to Enroll?

Yes, if you want to:

  • Change your health insurance plan
  • Elect or keep the employer-funded General Purpose Waiver Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
  • Elect a Healthcare FSA
  • Elect a Dependent Care FSA

No, if you:

  • Want to keep your current health insurance plan option
  • Currently have and want to keep your employer-funded Waiver Dental/Vision HRA
  • Are a KRS, KTRS, or Legislative/Judicial return-to-work retiree, under age 65 and want to keep your current health insurance plan with your active agency

Note: If you did not complete your LivingWell Promise for 2015, you must enroll online and select either the Standard PPO or CDHP. Otherwise, you will be automatically defaulted to the Standard CDHP, single coverage level for 2016.

Tiger Trot Mania

Saturday, October 31st is the annual Tiger Trot event! This year we will be having it here for the first time! If you would like to help during this event below is the link to sign up. We really need course monitors, registration, volunteer tshirt distribution/collection.

We start registration at 9:30AM and the first race at 10:00AM so if you do want to volunteer plan on being here at 9:15A. Also included is the youtube video that Sara will be showing the students to promote this event.

Signup Genius Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040845a5af2fa13-2015

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U18SWHcupo

Student Active Participation

In the coming weeks we will review our feedback from ABRI's Fall Coding visit. The data has been shared with the ABRI team and one piece that I want to get everyone thinking about is not new, but desperately needed--active, student engagement!


The coders shared that our teachers give opportunities for the whole group to respond to a question every 1.27 minutes. That is frequent response. But, the rate of invitation to an INDIVIDUAL student to respond was 1 per 14.29 minutes. Which means if a child is not participating in the group response, s/he could potentially "sit" for 14.29 minutes before becoming engaged.


How can we improve our invitations for students to respond and be accountable to their own engagement? Invite EVERY PUPIL to RESPOND as often as possible. In the link below there is an A-Z list of ways to engage every student--some require prior preparation (Yes/No cards, whiteboards, colored cards to match teacher choices, pair/share strategies) but are techniques that, once learned, can be used across content areas to keep students engaged and accountable for their learning!

Math Situations to Deepen Understanding

The units in the link below are samples from Context for Learning Mathematics. Check them out and let me know what you think. Each unit is two weeks long and includes a literature experience and a situation that allows for students to apply their newly learned math skills/concepts. Let me know what you think!

Classroom Expectations

Remember to RETEACH expectations following a break. This will be time well spend in the coming months. Common area lesson plans, videos and materials are in the Southside 2015-16 shared Google doc.

This Week at Southside

Certified TPGES/OPGES Observations begin this week through November 30. If you did not receive an invitation for an observation and post observation conversation, please let me know!


Monday, October 26

Tuesday, October 27

National Mix It Up Lunch Day

RTI Day at Southside

Bindu Sunil at Southside

Staff Meeting: Drama Standards and Program Review Committee Meetings

Wednesday, October 28

First Grade field trip to Science Center

KRTS Retirement Info Session 4:00 -Blair Center

Thursday, October 29

Kindergarten field trip to Evan Orchard

Southside Data Teams: Schoology Intro with Robyn/SCORED writing prompts for instructional conversation

New Teacher Session 2:45-3:45 (Gari Grider's Room)

Born Learning Workshop #4 5:30-7:30

Tiger Trotters 5:30PM

Friday, October 30

Susie OUT AM only at CO

Numeracy Committee Meeting 7:00AM (Conference Room)

Lunch and Learn-w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

First Quarter and KPREP Pin Ceremony in Gym 12:45-1:30

Fall Classroom Parties 1:30-2:15


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 Tiger Trot at Southside! 9:30 registration begins

Coming Up

Oct. 31 Tiger Trot @ Southside

Nov. 2 Kindergarten Parent Academy

Southland Dairy Farmers Mobile Classroom

AR Kick Off 2:45-3:30 (Library)

Nov. 3 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Personalized PD Day (open to all/mandatory for those needing hours)

Nov. 4 Send home "Tuesday" folder due to Nov 3 PD Day

Nov 4-6 Red Ribbon Activities

Nov. 6 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

Nov. 9 ABRI Data Share with Staff 2:45 Library

ABRI Committee Meeting in Library 3:00

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day

Nov 12 SBDM Meeting

Born Learning Workshop #5

Nov. 13 Lunch and Learn w/Lighthouse Families 11:30-12:30

Nov 16 Southside Report to the Board of Education 7:45 @ CO

Nov 19 Born Learning Workshop #6

Nov. 20 Picture Day Make Up

Nov. 24 Author Visit: Suzanne Nelson

Thanksgiving Dinner in Cafeteria--visitors welcome!

Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Dec. 1 EL Parent Academy @ SSE 5:30

Dec 10 Schoolwide Field Trip to Collins for Little Mermaid

SBDM Meeting 4:00 Conference Room

Born Learning Graduation Celebration