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Secondary Area

FEBRUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Education Event in Fort Wayne at The Summit

    February 22nd, 6:30 – 9:00pm, Most Likely to Succeed

    A special screening of the highly acclaimed education documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed. This film debuted at the 2015 Sundance Festival and has been garnering national attention ever since. The Summit has been approved as one of the national campaign stops where the film is being accompanied by its Executive Producer, Ted Dintersmith. Following the film’s screening, those in attendance will have an opportunity to participate in an expert panel discussion featuring the film’s Executive Producer, Ted Dintersmith; Dr. Philip Downs, Superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, and Dr. Vince Bertram, CEO/President, Project Lead the Way and a current member of the Indiana State Board of Education. This is a free, but ticketed event.

    Free tickets can be obtained by registering at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-most-likely-to-succeed-tickets-20017884030.

Help support teens experiencing mental health challenges through art.

Wunderkammer Company is sponsoring a day (February 21) for teens to make art and write letters to support teens with mental illness. Help give teens hope! (see attached)

Matt Savage

AWS Foundation is holding its annual disability awareness event on Saturday, February 27 at 6 p.m. at Sweetwater. The program features Matt Savage, a 23-year old on the autism spectrum, who overcame severe sensory integration issues, taught himself to play the piano at age 6 and is now a highly regarded jazz pianist. (see attached)

February is Black History Month

Two resources have been placed on the Social Studies webpage under Supplemental Websites for Historic Holidays that will help teachers find activities and information about Black History Month.

Honor Flight Letters from Students

-----Original Message-----
From: Nellie Keltner [mailto:nkeltner@phpni.com]
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 7:56 AM
To: Stockman,Krista
Cc: knkeltner@comcast.net
Subject: Honor Flight Request for Veteran Thank You letters from students

Once again we are requesting letters from area students for the Veterans on the Spring flights to Washington, DC. The flights are April 27th and May 25th.

Would you help us and forward the attached to your contacts and let them know that we are so grateful for everyone’s participation. We have received many letters from your students on past flights.

We have found that on previous flights many Veterans have asked if the letters would have the school name and address on it somewhere, because they would like to respond to questions that some of the students ask.

The Veterans are so excited when they receive these letters on their flight back to Fort Wayne. The large envelope which contains their mail is presented to them on the plane.
Many months later, the Veterans are still reading them and enjoying the messages from students.

Thank you for your help in honoring our Veterans.

Nellie Keltner
Fulfillment Coordinator
Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana nkeltner@phpni.com
260-432-6690 Ext.552

The Free Books Deadline is February 14th


The final deadline for Free Books For Read Across America Day is February 14th, 2016.

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.

These books are free. Educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders must be received by February 14th, 2016.

Free Books for Read Across America Day: Order Form at http://www.lefbooks.org

REMINDERS!

February 24 - Bring completed SIP to Leadership (cover sheet, Principle 4 & CNA Title I only)

March 1 - SIP due date to IDOE

March 16 - Grades due by 8 a.m.

March 16 - QIT PL Session

March 24 - Distribution of report cards

April 15 - BSC (3rd Quarter) due

HEY HIGH SCHOOL

Summer opportunity for Indiana high school science teachers - teacher development program at Purdue University (West Lafayette). More information about the program, as well as teacher compensation and support, is available at

https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE/Research/RET

MIDDLE SCHOOL POTPOURRI

Samples to help the 7th grade Social Studies teachers and students prepare for the second round of ISTEP. The below are two PARCC practice tests that are used in Colorado. Jim Dettmer stated it would be okay to use those as practice resources, but everyone has to understand that the ISTEP test might not look exactly like these resources.


Open in Foxfire

http://co.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=CG7SSEA1&password=Practice1

http://co.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=CG7SSEA1&password=Practice

MS Academic Super Bowl Scrimmage

Jefferson is hosting the FWCS Middle School Academic Super Bowl scrimmage on March 24 - more info will be coming soon. The theme this year is Hoosier Heritage. The state-wide contest is on April 30. Good luck!

MSAC

Spring Sport Try-Outs:

  • March 1-3 Boys/Girls Soccer
  • March 7-10 Boys/Girls Track


Pro Football Mini Camp (PFMC) - 2016 camp will take place at Wayne on May 14-15

  • This year, coaches clinic will be split and it will not be held the Friday before camp. The clinic will be mid-late April (more details later)

  • Registration for the camp will be online ine registration (just like last year)
  • Promotional flyers will be provided soon

Instructional Resources

  • Marshall Memo 619, 620, 621, 622, 632 (see attachment)

SCHOLARSHIPS/CONTESTS (see attachments/Links)

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Parent Workshops

This is also an opportunity for 21st Century Scholars to Complete Affirmations


Items for parents to bring to workshop:

  • Social Security Number
  • 2015 Income Information
  • Parent/Guardian and Student Income Tax Return Information


Workshop Dates:

  • February 16, 8-8 p.m. @ North Side
  • February 17, 12-7 p.m. @ Wayne
  • February 22, 1:30-7 p.m. @ Snider
  • February 23, 12-7 p.m. @ South Side
  • March 1, 7:30-7:30 p.m. @ Career Academy at Anthis Room 113


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2016

TECHNOLOGY TIDBITS

Have you heard the buzzword MS365 or people talking about the new Microsoft suite of tools we have access to? Microsoft had a slow start at getting into education market but is now taking it by storm. There are so many tools available to help you communicate and collaborate in the classroom or office. The best part is the professional learning that is available to you online. Microsoft didn’t hold back on training content. Sign in with your 365 account and pick from several courses that you want to explore.

Access the site at https://education.microsoft.com/

Click on the sign in tab

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ATTACHMENTS

  • Helping mental illness through art
  • Matt Savage
  • Honor Flight letters
  • Marshall Memo
  • Hispanic Scholarship and Forgivable Loan Program

DATES TO REMEMBER

February

  • February 9 – 6th Grade AP, 9th Grade (HS) AP/Counselors’ meeting CANCELLED

  • February 11 - FWEA Discussion, 3:30 p.m., FWEA

  • February 11 – Secondary principals’ meeting, 8-12 p.m., SS J126

  • February 12 – Instructional Coaches meeting, 8-11 a.m., SS J126 CANCELLED

  • February 15 – Protected Day

  • February 17 – FWAPA (Northrop family), 7:30-8:30 a.m., Grile cafe

  • February 17 – SRO meeting, 9:30 a.m., SS J126

  • February 19 – Lottery sibling appeal due

  • February 22 – Board meeting, 6 p.m., Grile

  • February 23 – Pyramid (HS) Assistant Principals CANCELLED

  • February 23 – PTA Founder’s Day @ NSHS

  • February 24 – Leadership (Principals, 260 APs, other notified), 7:30-9:30 a.m., Andorfer

  • February 24 – QIT PL Session, (MS 3:45-4:45 p.m. / HS 5:15-6:15 p.m.), GWC

  • February 25 – Guidance Coordinators & MS Counselors’ meeting, 8-10 a.m., SS J126

  • February 25 – Learning Forward/Coaching, 8-3 p.m., IN Tech Andorfer

  • February 26 – Learning Forward/Inter-Rater, 8-4 p.m., Grile Tech Lab

  • February 29 – Learning Forward/Cabinet, 8-3 p.m., Grile Board Room

March

  • March 1 – PF Proposal Due Date for period April 1-30, 2015

  • March 1 – SIP due date to IDOE

  • March 1 – Learning Forward (Core/Academy), TBD

  • March 2 – District Support Team, 3-4:30 p.m., Grile Board Room

  • March 3 – Secondary principals’ meeting, 8-12 p.m., SS J126

  • March 8 – 260 Assistant Principals CANCELLED

  • March 9 - FWEA Discussion, 4:45 p.m., Grile Board Room

  • March 10 – Intern meeting, 8-10 a.m.., SS J126

  • March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 11 – Reserve Make-up Day

  • March 14 – Learning Forward/Lead Coaches, TBD

  • March 14 – Board meeting, 6 p.m., Grile

  • March 15 – Operations (HS) Assistant Principals, 8-10 a.m., SS J126

  • March 15 – Learning Forward/Coaching, TBD

  • March 16 – Grades due by 8 a.m.

  • March 16 – Learning Forward/Inter-Rater, TBD

  • March 16 – Superintendent’s Student Advisory, 10-12 p.m., Grile Board Room

  • March 16 - QIT PL Session, (MS 3:45-4:45 p.m. / HS 5:15-6:15 p.m.), Mirror Ctr Parkview Medical Ctr

  • March 18 – Instructional Coaches meeting, 8-11 a.m., SS J126

  • March 21 – Protected Day

  • March 21 – Learning Forward/Cabinet, TBD

  • March 22 – Learning Forward (Core/Academy), TBD

  • March 23 – Leadership (Principals, 260 APs, other notified), 7:30-9:30 a.m., Andorfer

  • March 24 – Secondary principals’ meeting, 10:30-2:30 p.m. (after Leadership), SS J126

  • March 24 – Distribution of Report Cards

  • March 25 – Good Friday (holiday)

  • March 28 – Board meeting, 6 p.m., Grile

  • March 29 – Pyramid (HS) Assistant Principals, 8-10 a.m., SS J126

  • March 31 – Guidance Coordinators & MS Counselors’ meeting, 8-10 a.m., SS J126

  • March 31 – Graduation Review, 4-5 p.m., Area Office