Jeffries Weekly Update

January 18-22, 2016

Feedback Opportunity

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete a Friday Feedback- some have done it multiple times- love it! Feel free to complete one once a week, once a month- or as you feel the desire. I appreciate you taking the time to share celebrations, area of consideration and anything else you would like to share! It's called Friday Feedback on the Jeffries CANVAS page/Feed Forward. Go directly to CANVAS or click on the hyperlink above.

This Week's Events

January 8-29- JumpRope for Heart (see Coach Fielding for details)

Monday, Jan. 18- No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day);

Happy Birthday, Hannah Sparkman!

Tuesday, Jan. 19- Liz in Growth Plan Meetings all day (don't forget to bring your class data with you for MOY iReady, etc. and completed the reflection form on Google Docs. BEFORE the meeting). CANVAS Step 2 Training with Debbie Hammer 4-5PM (We will bring our new devices to the library and she will provide training on the different elements of CANVAS); Liz has MOY Meetings with staff; Liz has MOY Growth Mtgs. all day

Wednesday, Jan. 20- IGNITE Model Classrooms Training (for Tabitha, Julie and Bethany),

Thursday, Jan. 21- TST 7:45-8:30AM,; Liz out all day for Professional Advisory Committee Mtg.; IGNiTE Appy Hour 6-6PM at Sherwood (all Jeffries teachers encouraged to attend- bring your new teacher device with you!)

Friday, Jan. 22- 2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off! All entries in the Conference Room- judging starts at 10AM. Watch DOG: Marcus Pittman

Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 25- Liz out in the AM for INGiTE Leadership Collaboration;

Jeffries McTeacher's Night! 4-8PM at Kansas Expressway/Battlefield location (20% of sales come back to Jeffries!) We need teachers to meet and greet the students at the door or work behind the counter.

Tuesday, Jan. 26- Google Mini Learning Sessions (with Jana Payne)- 4-4:30PM in the Computer Lab (Topic: Your Google Account)- note: will occur every Tues. after school during Feb.; Liz has MOY Growth Plan meetings all day

Thursday, Jan. 28- Jeffries Health Risk Assessment (sign up!); Liz out from 12-2 for Delta 9 Mtg. at KAC

Tuesday, Feb. 2- Safety Committee Mtg. 4-4:30PM- Conference Rm.; Google Training with Jana (for those interested) 4-4:30PM; Jaguar Junction

Wednesday, Feb. 3- Mid 3rd Quarter

Thursday, Feb. 4- PTA Executive Mtg. 6:30PM

Friday, Feb. 5- Leadership Assembly

Saturday, Feb. 6- Shop with a Hero 9AM

Tuesday, Feb. 9- In-School House Players Assembly 1:15PM (K-5 in gym); 2nd Grade Performs for School at 2PM (following In-School House Players); PTA Mtg. with 2nd Grade Performance at 7PM

Friday, Feb. 12- Valentine's Parties 2:30-3:30PM

Monday, Feb. 22- 3rd Grade Peter & the Wolf Field Trip

Monday, March 29-Feb. 4- Student Council Penny War (to benefit Leadership Program)

Friday, March 4- Leadership Assembly; End of 3rd Quarter

March 7-11- Spring Break

Make Someone's Day!

Have you completed a SPS Recognition Form lately to recognize a SPS R-12 employee for a job well done? Please do that here!

Google for Education Training

Want to begin training modules so you can work at your own speed on learning all about Google? I have invited you to a CANVAS training for Google. I would highly encourage you to begin going through the online courses.

Shop With a Hero! (SPS R-12/Care to Learn)

The elementary division of Springfield Public Schools is excited to continue the collaborative opportunity with Care to Learn. Care to Learn, in partnership with Walmart, are providing funds for emergent needs of students in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene while providing a unique opportunity for selected students to be engaged with a caring school district “hero” employee. This event has been a great success for four years for the selected kiddos & staff, prompting Walmart to commit again to it this year. The information below will describe the process for this event.

The elementary sites will identify students in the district with needs related to Care to Learn’s purpose of providing for health, hunger and hygiene. Each site will have to opportunity to identify and select three (3) students. These students should reflect the diversity of the district’s student population and be half male and half female. Students do not have to qualify or be enrolled for free and/or reduced meal program or attend Title I schools, but should be identified as underserved/under-resourced for reasons beyond the student’s control.

Each student will be partnered with a caring district professional (Hero) who will take them shopping at the Walmart store assigned to them. Each student, accompanied the student’s parent(s) and their Hero, will be given $100 to spend on the student’s personal needs. Suggested example items might include: shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush/comb, dental care items, coats, hat, gloves, shoes, socks, jeans, shirts, nutritional food, vitamins, etc. Items not appropriate would include: alcohol, tobacco, candy, or toys. At the request of Walmart, a universal shopping date and time has been set. This event will take place Saturday, Feb 6th at 9am (The early time will allow shopping when Walmart is not packed by its usual heavy midday and afternoon volume).

Want to be a Hero? Please let Liz know if you would like to be a "Hero" by Friday, Jan. 22.

Know someone who needs a hero? Please let Liz know if you have a student in mind you would like to be considered for this event by Friday, Jan. 22

MOY Meetings with Liz (Everyone's included!)

Sign up for a time/day here!

Complete the MOY Feedback Form prior to your MOY Meeting!

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Have you registered for your HRA (Health Risk Assessment) yet?

Thursday, Jan. 28

Where? Jeffries Library (7:45-9:15AM)

To make an apt for your HRA, please call 888-8888. About a week or so before your scheduled HRA, you will receive via snail mail, some paperwork to complete and bring with you for your HRA appointment. I am positive this paperwork will include instructions on fasting and additional tests that could be requested if necessary. The HRA location will be in our wonderful library area. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

--Nurse Laura

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Ready to move beyond Lexia? Training for Reading Plus!

Many of you have students that have completed Lexia and your students are ready to move on to Reading Plus. We are excited to announce after school training opportunities for Reading Plus Level 2 in 2016. You DO NOT need to have previously attended Reading Plus Level 1 Training to attend. Registration for each session is through Employee Self Service.

You also can explore Reading Plus trainings online:

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Reading Plus Level 2



Dates & Locations

Mon., February 1, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., February 22, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., March 21, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon,. April 4, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

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2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off

When? Friday, Jan. 22nd

Who? Any Jeffries Staff Member Can Enter Contest (make your best batch of chili!)

Where? Everyone who is entering the contest should have their chili hot and ready by 10AM in the Conference Room. SPS R-12 Judges will taste test and judge at 10AM.

Other: Those who are not entering contest can sign up to bring bowls, crackers, dessert, drinks, etc.

Winners? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded

Need $$ to provide resources, etc. for your classroom?

Just a reminder that the Pick-a-Project application is still open until April. Teachers are still able to take advantage of this funding opportunity through the Foundation. More information and how to apply is found here on our webpage

Nominate a Teacher for Their Awesome Reading Skills/Strategies!

The Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Turner Reading Awards. We are looking for outstanding reading teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching reading in the classroom. There will be five winners chosen and each winner will receive a $1000 personal cash prize and a $1000 cash prize for his/her school.

The nomination deadline is February 10. The nomination form has been simplified and is available on our webpage

If you have any questions feel free to call or email.


Ashley Pratt

Development Director

Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

1131 Boonville

Springfield, MO 65802

Sign Up for Appy Hour!

3rd Quarter IGNiTE Appy Hour is here!

4:30-6:00 Thursday, January 21

Sherwood Elementary

What can I expect at the Appy Hour?

Expect a casual learning environment led by your peers. Pick up a new tech trick, share ideas with colleagues, and choose topics that interest you. Year Two schools will be joining Year One schools for collaboration and a jump start on training. Oh, and there will be flair and yummy snacks, too.

What should I bring?

Please bring your new HP Hybrid staff device if one has been issued to you.

What will I be learning?

You will choose two from the following learning opportunities:

PBL, for Real

(Harrison 2nd grade team) You've been to some training and you're trying to implement PBL. Come pick up a few tricks, tips, and ideas from teachers who are right there with you!

Digital Reading Plans

(Amber Howard, Elementary) Personalizing learning and flexing your schedule can be made easier with the use of a digital tools. Come learn how to create self-directed learners using Canvas and Goole Apps. Pick up ideas for any content area or grade level.

Norms and Protocols to the Rescue!

(Kate Dunn) Struggling to manage a classroom full of devices? Wish you had some strategies for creating classroom norms? Worried about sending devices home? No matter your grade level, you can teach students to manage behaviors in a positive way.

Managing iPads in the Primary Classrooms

(Heather Youngblood) Integrating iPads into the classroom is more than just downloading apps. Discover management tips, integration tools and real-world advice for making iPad integration successful in your primary classroom.

Mixing Up Your Presentation Tools

(Nicole Holt) Tired of the same 'ol presentation tools? In this fast-paced session pick up new ones you can use with students and staff tomorrow!

Blend Your Classroom with Blendspace

(Sarah Gugliotta) Looking for an easy way to combine PDFs, YouTube videos, PowerPoints, documents, Google images and more all on a single Canvas page? Get organized and create engaging lessons tomorrow with this easy-to-use tool.

Blending Math Stations

(Lindsay Wright) A room full of students who have different learning styles, understanding of content and individual learning needs demands a blended approach to math instruction. Come discover how to get started and the difference blended math stations can make for your students.

Using Adaptive Software to Personalize Instruction

(Elly Range, Debbin Roach) You have Lexia, Dreambox and ALEX but what exactly are you supposed to do with the reports and data these platforms provide? Discover ways to make data real for your students and how to use that reality to guide your instruction.

Yes, You Can teach an Experienced Teacher New Tricks!

(Nancy Piston) Jumping into tech integration requires one trait: Determination. Explore how you can get started with tech integration right where you are with unit plans in Canvas and assessment tools you can use tomorrow. No special skills required. Bring only an open mind and willingness to try something new.

Flexing Your Schedule

(Natalie Schifsky) Tired of the same daily routine? Ready to turn your classroom schedule over to your students? Discover how to teach Must Do/May Do options, time management and self-regulation to your students. Leave this session with a sample classroom schedule you can use with any content or grade level and realistic tools for making it work.

Get it Together and Keep it Together

(Ginny Kroenke, Tiffanie Grandon) Google Keep is more than just a simple to-do list extension you can add to a Chromebook. It's a powerful way to organize student work, lists of groups, make-up assignments and more! Discover how to use this free tool to organize your classroom, students and all those post-it notes.

STEAM for All

(Cherie Norman, Vicki Cook, Melissa McConnell) What does it look like to have 280+ students exploring STEAM topics of their own choosing on their own schedule? It looks like magic. Leave this session with ideas to get started with your own STEAM day and lessons learned from the Cowden staff.

Special Education Roundtable

(Chris Gregory) The modern learning tools provided through IGNiTE changes learning for all students. In this session, SPED teachers are encouraged to bring their favorite apps and tricks and collaborate with others from around the district.

RSVP and select your sessions here!

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