Friday Notes

Dare to be Different!

Citizens Energy Poster Contest WINNER!

Congratulations to Ann Marie Uhlmansiek for winning the Citizens Energy poster contest. Ann Marie got a visit from Blue, an iPad, 4 tickets to the Colts game on December 14th, and an opportunity to go down to field level before the game. Check out her art work. It is absolutely amazing!

Awesome job, Ann Marie!


Also, a big THANK YOU goes out to the awesome teacher standing next to Ann Marie. These things do not happen without support from a really awesome and dedicated adult. Awesome job, Mrs. Barnes! Enjoy the $250 classroom grant from Citizens.



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Finals Schedule

We will be on a No PRIDE schedule December 13th-19th. See your department leader for details about finals. Please keep in mind that there should be no assessments scheduled during this window that require additional assistance to provide accommodations.


Bell Schedule

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Who's Your Favorite Teacher?

I always enjoy watching these videos. I try to pick up on the words each interviewee uses....what qualities make up a "favorite" teacher.


http://video.edweek.org/detail/videos/teaching-and-learning/video/5420645892001/who-s-your-favorite-teacher?autoStart=true&cmp=eml-eb-sub-thankyou+11162017

Metaverse

Check out the app Metaverse! I promise you will not be disappointed.

Internal Controls

Just a reminder that the Internal Controls Training, located in Safe Schools, is due by the end of the year. It is significantly shorter than the other trainings.


Thanks for taking care of this!

Canvas

The November discussion thread has been posted. Thanks to everyone that participated in the October thread.

Documentation Purposes Only and Referral notification to Administrator

When submitting a “Documentation Purposes Only” in Infinite Campus please be aware that those will be assigned the Resolution of “Documentation Purposes Only.” If you assign a classroom consequence please put that in the details section of the submitted form. All other referrals, that are office managed, will be assigned a resolution.


Please see the attached link on classroom managed and office managed behaviors.

https://drive.google.com/drive/starred


As always, before writing a referral on repeated events, like not bringing supplies, please get in contact with the parent or guardian. Getting a parent or guardian involved or making them aware cures most of our issues.


Also a reminder, when submitting a referral please select the grade level Administrator to handle the referral. Infinite Campus defaults to contacting both Amy and myself as seen below. Please select the Administrator that needs to handle the referral.


Miller

All 6th

Last names A-M 7th


Smith

All 8th

Last names N-Z 7th


If you have any questions please see Rob.

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Sub Plan Reminders

Please review the sub plan expectations that were shared on day 1. It is imperative that our visitors have all the tools they need to be successful. Thanks for your help with this!


  1. Sub plans should be specific, typed, and include: a seating chart, reliable students, and enough work for the ENTIRE class period. The plans should clearly state what items should be taken up and where they should be placed. Leave nothing to guess.


Model Sub Plans

Chromebooks

Please pay special attention to the instructions below. It is expected that the procedures set for the Chromebooks are followed exactly as stated. If you use the Chromebooks and fail to adhere to the information outlined, future use of the Chromebooks may be denied.


#1 - Review the document located at https://www.smore.com/eqcys. PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES. You must drop off the cart after use (between 2:15-2:30), and carts need to be picked up the DAY BEFORE they are used (between 2:30-2:45)


#2 - YOU MUST have a system in your classroom to determine what kid is using what Chromebook. As I have mentioned previously, I would just number your roster and require students to use that Chromebook. Why? When we need to track down what happened to a broken computer, or pull a log of what a student accessed, we have to have the Chromebook cart # and computer #.


If you have any questions about any of this let me know.

School Closing/Delay Information

School Closing Info:


Our goal is to have made a determination by 5:30am in regards to school closings or delays. A two-hour delay could be used for extreme cold weather. A factor of making this decision includes whether or not it is predicted to have rising temperatures throughout the morning. While it may be very cold at 5am, rising temperatures throughout the bus travel/waiting times for students might be sufficient to not warrant a delay. We will continue to use our Connect Ed (robo call) system to notify parents as well as social media and news outlets as soon after 5:30am as possible if there is going to be a closing or delay.


When schools are delayed, teachers and support staff should begin their day according to the delay. A 2-hour delay means that school begins…2hours later. If an employee is scheduled to arrive at 7am they should arrive at 9am in this example.

When schools are closed/delayed all custodial and maintenance staff will still report to their assigned work locations as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so. If those staff members are NOT to report to work, they will receive information from their immediate supervisors.


All twelve-month staff members and Central office staff members should report to work as soon as reasonably safe for them to do so. A twelve-month staff member may choose to take a day from their available personal days.

Principals please review your two-hour delay schedule and share it with your staff. Also review what information you would share with your parents and post on your website.


OTHER REMINDERS:

1. We will clear snow from designated entries in the morning. Please make sure your staff knows which doors/entries will be cleared first. (If you are not sure, contact facilities.)

2. Parking lots are not plowed unless there is more than two inches of snow. Remind staff that appropriate footwear is needed.

3. Please try to use the walk off door mats in the buildings. However, even if this is done the tile/terrazzo floors can still become very slippery when wet.

4. Middle School East DOES NOT serve breakfast on two hour delay days


Our 2 hour delay bell schedule can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NL1Nk2Hi5lwKDDG3fxcwv56vBkw3IWWYrs8R6-nCuWo/edit

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M


Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z


High School Transition Information

Current information about transitioning our 8th graders to the high school can be found here. Please read over it, and let Kyle or Sarah know if you have any questions or concerns.


Giving Tree

The Annual FTMS East Giving Tree is up in the office. Stop by the area between the main office and student services to check it out!

1. Stop by and take a tag. Please give what you can.

2. Purchase the item on the tag you have picked. Please include a gift receipt. If you do not enjoy shopping, you can always give your tag and money to Cherie Whitaker. She is our resident shopper!

3. Wrap the item you purchase and tape the tag to the outside of the wrapped item. (no need to wrap gift cards)

4. Return the wrapped item with tag to Kyle McClarnon or Sarah Ready by Wednesday, December 13th.


Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.


Child Abuse & Duty to Report

An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect shall make a report to DCS or local law enforcement immediately. This applies to every staff member in the building. Please review the Child Abuse & Duty to Report information by clicking here.


High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

Genius Hour

Monday, Nov. 20th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Internal Controls Training Due

Sunday, Dec. 31st, 11:45pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN