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May/June 2016 Edition

SUMMER: A Time to Reflect

Summer break is around the corner and this is a perfect time to reflect on what you have accomplished and setting goals for next year! Walt Disney once said ‘you can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful idea in the world, but it requires people to make the dream reality. This is certainly the case as being part of the Blended Region. The reality is that the learning experiences that have taken place this year in and out of the classroom could not have happened without a great deal of commitment and support from each school. One of the most critical factors of any successful school is the staff! Thank you for your commitment, dedication, and positive attitude this school year. The Blended Team will continue to work diligently to support everyone at the school. Have a wonderful summer and looking forward to SY1617!

End of the Year Announcements


The Scantron and i-Ready Spring Assessment testing window is coming to a close on June 15th. The region's goal is to have 90% of the students tested. A school growth analysis will be provided by the end of June. Everyone's assistance is needed! Some schools are counting the assessments as a course assignment and also providing incentives to students. If assistance is needed, please contact the blended team. Good Luck!

Teacher Grant:

ASCD Teacher Impact Grants (TIGs) provide funding and support directly to teachers for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education. These grants allow teachers to develop and execute projects that can serve as models to be replicated and scaled. Teachers could be given up to $10,000!! The application deadline is June 16, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Click on the link for more information and to access the application.

School Spotlight

Check out Hill House Passport Academy (HHPA) and Newark Prep Charter School (NPCS)! A teacher at HHPA has incorporated a student interest project into the History course and NPCS is partnering with educators in Korea! Read more about it below!
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School Spotlight

HHPA History Teacher, Jessica Noyes, had her students in US History create a video montage as part of the course assignments. Check out the final product! Reach out to Jessica if you are interested in learning about her process in developing this assignment. She is excited to incorporate more engaging student projects next year. Enjoy!
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NPCS Developing International Partnerships

Mr. Henry McNair, the Assistant HOS of NPCS, has been in contact with educators from Korea. Recently the Korean educators toured NPCS as they are interested to incorporate a blended model in their secondary schools. Mr. McNair is also working on developing skpe classes for students and possibly a teacher learning exchange for SY1617. How exciting for everyone at NPCS!

Customized ELA Workshop Model

Make learning personalized and customized through a workshop model. This is a great way to incorporate technology, standards, skill development, and students' interests! Click on the link below to see a HS teacher in Maryland describe the process and see it in action.

Summer Student Actvities

A lot is going on nation-wide for students this summer.

1) Many states fund a summer work program. Check out the DOE website for possible opportunities for students to work part-time.

2) Check out community libraries as they will be hosting a nation-wide summer reading program. There are prizes and activities for students in Middle School and High School.

3) K12 is hosting summer virtual clubs. Students can register and learn more about them by going to their OLS homepage, under announcements.