NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of January 11th, 2016

Around the Building

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Message from a parent:

Hi there,

I have been meaning to send you an email to thank you for having the students donate to an orphanage during the Christmas season instead of having a Christmas party. What a great way of showing the kids to think of others and how to make a difference in the lives of children in need. This was a great lesson for our children.

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.



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.

BookFlix available free to all Ohio preK-3 classrooms


Scholastic BookFlix, a collection of paired fiction and nonfiction eBooks that promote foundational reading skills such as vocabulary and fluency, is available at no charge to all preK-3 Ohio classrooms through INFOhio. This year, Scholastic has added five new fiction/nonfiction book pairs for a total of 120 pairs. The new titles are:

  • One Zillion Valentines and Valentine’s Day;
  • Emily’s First 100 Days of School and 100th Day of School;
  • John, Paul, George & Ben and Benjamin Franklin;
  • Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and How Do You Know It’s Fall?; and
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and Back-to-School Safety (both titles also in Spanish).

Children can choose to have the books read to them or, as their reading skills improve, read them on their own. Each book pair also includes comprehension games to test a student’s ability to understand words used in the stories, distinguish fact from fiction and put story events in order.

Find tips for using BookFlix to improve foundational literacy skills with INFOhio’s Beginning Reader’s Resources publication. Email with questions about using BookFlix.

New practice materials and revised test specs available


Teachers of students who will take state tests this year in English language arts, science and social studies may see new practice test items and related materials that were posted online last week. These include additional Student Practice Resources in several areas and updated test specification documents for science and social studies in all tested grades and courses. We have updated the science and social studies specifications from last year to reflect that districts will administer the 2016 tests in two parts within one testing window.

The department and the American Institutes of Research have released the following materials:

  • English language arts – Remaining sample items (grades 4-8), adding to those for grade 3 and high school that appear here.
  • Science – Additional practice test items for grades 5 and 8 and updated test specifications for all science tests.
  • Social studies – In addition to the updated test specifications for all tests, high school American history teachers now have additional practice test items. These items constitute an evidence-based set, which is a group of several questions associated with one or more common stimuli. Evidence-based sets allow students to work with primary source materials to show deep understanding of social studies topics. The questions in these sets will assess a range of the skills and content in the content statements.

The department and AIR released mathematics sample items for grades 3 through high school in October.

Also note that test specifications for English language arts and mathematics will be available in the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers of these content areas may review test blueprints accessible from the Content Preparation for Teachers – State Tests Web page, which also describes what they can learn from test specifications and blueprints.

MEMO 618-This week's articles come from Independent School (more next week), Educational Researcher, American Educator, Edutopia, Education Week Teacher, The Teaching Channel, and a website. The headlines:

  • Qualities of an effective school leader
  • Practice-embedded educational research
  • Getting better at getting better
  • A sea change in school discipline policies
  • Zero tolerance for abandoning the use of discretion
  • Are traffic-light behavior charts effective?
  • One teacher's approach to grading math tests
  • A new history website

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

To listen to a podcase of Memo 617 (from before the vacation), please click here.

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Things to do:

  1. Star Student names and Write-ups to Rob.
  2. Submit Afternoon Plans for Waiver Day.
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, January 11

  • Pledge-Johnson
  • PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 12

  • Pledge-Wyen
  • IEP Meeting, Doss 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13

  • Pledge-Doss

Thursday, January 14

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Star Student Assembly, 7:45 a.m.

Friday, January 15

  • District Wavier Day-No School for Students

Monday, January 18

  • MLK Jr. Day-No School
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • IEP Meeting-Doss, 1:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • NEAT Meeting, 2:30 p.m.-Rob Out
  • IEP Meeting-Blaker, 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 19

  • Pledge-J. Roberts

Wednesday, January 20

  • Pledge-Clay
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
  • LPDC Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 21

  • Pledge-Kugler

Friday, January 22

  • Pledge-B. Roberts

Old Business-Previously Released Items

Second Round of OTES

If you'd like to schedule your second round of OTES please do so by the end of this month. After December I will schedule those who have not scheduled yet. Here's what you need to schedule:

OTES-Round 2 Scheduling
  1. Pre-Conference/Mid-year Review
  2. Observation-30 minutes
  3. Post-Conference
Schedule Your Second Round Meeting:

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.