Jan. 22, 2019
This Week at RM
- No School-MLK Jr.
- Strings students to SMNW 8:30a
- Evaluation for JS 1p in 4B
- Staff Meeting 3:30-4:15p - Intervention v Accommodation
- NW Orchestra Festival 7p
- Band students to SMNW 8:30a
- Sped Meeting 12:15p
- GE in 2M follow up with family 12:30p
- QA in 2St follow up mtg. 1:15p
- LB in 3Hi SIT 1:45p
- Planning mtg for 3Ha 2:00p
- SIT for BM in KSt 2:30p
- Guiding Coalition Meeting 3:30-4:30p
- NW Band Concert 7p
- No Meetings Scheduled
- Dodgeball 6:30p at Trailridge MS
- JOCO Spelling Bee
Article V- General Employment Provision
3. Active professional employees who tender their resignation/retirement prior to February 1,will receive a $1,000.00 incentive payable at the conclusion of their current contract. Professional employees must complete their contract year to be eligible for the payment. This provision will sunset after the 2019-2020 school year if not renegotiated.
As noted above, this incentive applies to CERTIFIED staff noticing the district of their resignation or retirement by the end of the day Thursday, January 31st. Knowing some staff members will be making plans for the 19-20 school year and a potential change in their employment, we wanted to make certain this provision was shared. Please be sure to include this update in your staff meetings and other staff memos to ensure all certified staff are aware of this incentive.
SCHEDULING INTERPRETERS FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you are in need of an interpreter, Please send requests for interpreters to Maria Mcintyre at least one week before scheduled conference.
As we get closer to the spring KAP testing window, and pressure builds to maximize student performance, I am periodically reminded that we need to make sure that all of our staff are following test security protocols and best practices. Please share this information with your staff as soon as possible.
1) KAP Summative Assessment Items – These items are the most highly secure items. We need to be extremely vigilant and proactive about ensuring that Summative KAP items are not copied or recorded. And students and staff should not be discussing these items.
2) Interim Predictive Assessments – These items are also secure items. We need to do our part to maintain the integrity of the predictive interim assessments. These also should not be copied, recorded, shared, or discussed.
3) Interim Mini-Tests – These items are semi-secure. Teacher teams are welcome to open these items together inside the Educator Portal and discuss their design, difficulty level, etc. The mini-tests are set up to administer at any time during the school year and strategically scheduled by PLC teams. However, these items must stay in the interim system. DO NOT take screenshots of any test item in KITE Client or the KITE Educator Portal. Doing so gives the perception of a test security violation. It also violates copyright. And copying these items into other documents to use for other purposes destroys the integrity of the interim mini-tests for classroom instruction. If this is something you have already done, please remove these items from your documents immediately.
** If you are a math teacher looking for sample items that do not have any security implications, the Mathematics Flip Books are a good option:
I am confident that ELA has similar types of support documents as well.
Daniel Gruman, Ed.D.
KS Kindness Week Project
I am super excited about this opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the Kansas City metro area. I appreciate all of you that are willing to help. Here is the list of schools, items that need to be collected, and goals.
Santa Fe Trail
Shawnee Mission Early Childhood
When crunching the numbers, I set the goal to be roughly half of your student population. Please note that we are going to fall short of our goal of 2019 kits with the numbers I set. That’s OK. If we get more that is OK too. If some schools want to take on more items, we are going to be noticeably short on blankets and towels.
A couple of notes about each item:
Blankets - Need to be adult size blankets.
Buckets - NEW 5 gallon “Home Depot” type buckets WITH A LID. (I believe this group has the biggest challenge)
Kits - Here is the list of items that need to be collected for the kits:
24 Count of Individual Wet Wipes
Individual Pack of Kleenex
60 Count Band Aids
Small Bottles Hand Sanitizer
Small Bottle of Shampoo
6 Count Pack of Hand Warmers
Socks - Adult Size White Tube Socks - 6 pack
Towels - Adult Size BATH Towel
There are other items that we have utilized Community Partners in collecting. Some are easier to buy in bulk. Please let me know if you have Community Partners that can help OR if you are willing to be the point person for one of these items:
Hair Brush or Comb
Small Bottle of Hand Lotion
Tube of Toothpaste
Stick of Lip Balm
Bar of Soap
Deck of Playing Cards
I am also attaching fliers that we will give our students next week to start the collection.
Our target date is to have all items at the CAA for Student Council officers to assemble everything. For schools collecting items for the kits, please leave your items separated.
This project is HUGE, but I believe many hands can make light work.
Thank you everyone!