Tiger Tales

SHS Faculty and Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin

January 12, 2015.........Edition # 20

Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI’s. If anyone needs to disseminate information to the entire faculty, please send your information to Ms. Dean by 12:00 p.m. Friday.


This publication, in total, is for faculty and staff member’s use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly. All information in the bulletin is deemed important and faculty and staff members should be cognizant of deadlines, meetings and events.

They Say it's Your Birthday!

They say it's your birthday! This song's for you! Click HERE to Play video. Happy Birthday.....from John, Paul, George, Ringo, (although you'll notice from the video that most have them have changed quite a bit!) and all of us from Southside!


Jan 3 ..............................Todd Harrison (CATE Teacher)

Jan 5 ..............................Erikson Bynum (English Teacher)

Jan 9 ............................. Natalie Goglia (Social Studies Teacher)

Jan 11 ........................... Sylvania Anderson (FANS Operator)

Jan 12 ........................... DeCarlos White (Custodian)

Jan 23 ........................... Carlos Brooks (Principal)

Jan 23 ........................... Stacy Fuentes (Science Teacher)

Jan 26 ........................... Cedric Miller (Guidance Counselor)

Jan 31 ........................... Raina Farrell (English Teacher)

Jan 31 ........................... John Ballenger (Social Studies Teacher)

Jan 31 ........................... John Butler (Athletic Director)

Two Weeks in Advance:

Monday, January 12:....... Mid-Term Exam Week


Please review the Exam Schedule (posted below)

12:00 pm .................US History EOC Team Meeting


Tuesday, January 13:


Planning Periods.....New Hire HELP! Session

4:00 pm ...................Faculty Council Meeting

4:00 pm ...................Exchange Day Notification deadline (Ms. Ransome)


Wednesday, January 14:


2:00 pm ..................Teacher Intent Form Return deadline (to Ms. Dean)

4:00 pm ..................Department Meetings


Thursday, January 15:........2nd Quarter Ends



Friday, January 16: ...........Teacher Work Day/Optional Exchange Day



Monday, January 19:....... MLK Day



Tuesday, January 20:


9:00 am ...................Grades and Scoresheet Report Deadline

Duty Periods ...........Professional Development (Media Center O.R.)


Wednesday, January 21:


..................................Furman Bridges Assembly

4:00 pm ..................Faculty Meeting


Thursday, January 22:


1:35 pm .................Full Lockdown/Firedrill



Friday, January 23:


................................9th Grade Academy Awards Goals Assembly

4th Period .............Report Cards distributed

4:00 pm .................Grade Distribution & Midterm Exam Post-Analysis, Contact Log deadline

In the near future:



January Highlights:


Jan 26 .............2nd Q PAS-T Student Surveys deadline

Jan 27 .............Faculty Council Meeting

Jan 28 ............ AP/IB Teacher Meeting

Jan 29..............Herff-Jones: Junior Ring assemby & Senior Supply meeting

Jan 29 .............Final Exams deadline


February Highlights:


Feb 3 ..............NAEP testing

Feb 17 ............Duty Period PD

Feb 17 ............3rd Q Progress Report Grades & Scoresheet Reports due

Feb 24 ............Edmodo Cohort Training


For all Regularly Scheduled Meetings & P.D. refer to the 2014-15 P.D. Brochure

2014-15 1st Semester Exam Schedule

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1st Semester Exam Make-up Procedure

Mr. Griffith will distribute via email the list of students who have been approved to take a make-up 1st semester exam. This list will go out each afternoon until the time for submitting medical excuses has lapsed. Teachers must not allow a student to take a make-up exam until his/her name appears on the list. Once a student has been approved, the teacher and student are to make arrangements for the administration of the make-up exam. If a mutually convenient time cannot be scheduled, then the teacher must report this situation to Mr. Griffith.


See below for a few additional details related to make-up exams and please contact Mr. Griffith if you have any questions.


· Monday, 02/05/14, is the drop dead deadline for the grades of students who are missing work because class ranking reports have to be run shortly thereafter.


· Teachers must enter a “0” for each student who misses an exam. Once the make-up exam has been taken, the teacher must go through the grade change process so that the “0” is revised to the earned academic grade.


· Teachers are encouraged to be creative. Please consider dividing the exam into parts, using a “buddy” teacher, giving the exam before or after school, etc.


· If all else fails and the make-up exam has not been administered by Friday 01/23/15 at 1:00 p.m., send the exam with the student’s name to Mr. Griffith. I will organize these into groups so the exam can be administered in the media center on Tuesday 01/27/15.

From the Desk of Mr. Brooks

Mid-Year conferences:

Mid-year conferences will begin in the coming weeks. Your administrators will email conferences schedules to each teacher in the coming days. Items needed for mid-year conferences include:

  • Documented proof of mid-year progress for professional and student achievement goals


  • Grade Distribution Review/Mid-term analysis/Parental Contact Log Review


  • Website check, Attendance Review


  • PowerTeacher Review (Academic Vocabulary entries/Major and Minor assessments entries)


  • Portfolio progress


    • Student Survey Tally sheet (page 34)


    • Student Survey Summary Sheet (data should be disaggregated—page 26)…top three strengths and top three areas of improvement should be annotated to include the number of students who strongly agree/agree and strongly disagree/disagree


Departmental Meetings:

All teachers should plan to attend this week’s Departmental meetings. Department Chairs will discuss new course offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.


Intent forms are due to Ms. Dean by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Course preference forms will be placed in each teacher’s mailbox on Wednesday, January 14. If you are interested in teaching a new course for the 2015-2016 school year, please list the name of the course and the course number on the form. Also, please list the current clubs, committees or varsity/junior varsity teams you sponsor. Each teacher should plan to sponsor or serve on at least one committee, club or extracurricular sports team. Preference forms are due to Ms. Dean by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From the desk of

Freshman Academy Updates

Upcoming Academy Events!


January


12 - English Benchmark Incentive

13 - Algebra Benchmark Incentive

14 - Character Education – Test Taking Skills

21 - Furman Bridges Assembly

23 - Freshman Goals Celebration/Awards Assembly


ACADEMY Reading Initiative:


The Academy Reading initiative has started! Please talk to students about what they have been reading during 4th period.


Triple A Tutoring:


Triple A tutoring will continue every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Please let your students know they may attend tutoring each Tuesday and Thursday (bus transportation and snacks are provided).


Tuesdays: Math, English, and Social Studies/Science help will be offered


Thursdays: Math, English, and Assessment Make-up/Retake help will be offered



Make-Up: If you have an excused absence on a day when an assessment was given, you will have the opportunity to Make-Up that assessment in AAA tutoring each Thursday.


· You MUST sign up by Wednesday if planning to Make-Up assessment on a given Thursday.



Retake: In English 1, Algebra 1, and Earth Science, you may retake quizzes as well as one test per quarter based on the following stipulations:


· You MUST sign up and attend the Tuesday tutoring session before the Thursday retake session and you MUST receive help in the subject that you wish to retake the assessment in. Your teacher in the Tuesday session MUST observe you participating and putting forth a reasonable effort.


· You MUST have all assignments completed in this class.


· You MUST sign up by Wednesday to retake the assessment.

Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Grade Reporting

Teacher Support Website

Kathleen Stables, CRT


HELP! Session: Grade Reporting (2Q, Midterm Exam grades, Semester or Final Grades)

Tuesday, January 13th

Planning Periods

Ms. Stables Office

Bring - Laptop

Everyone is welcome!


Grade Reporting Directions are attached to the Tiger Tales email. Here are just a few of the Grade Reporting reminders:


2nd Quarter Grades

  • Update all transfer grades.
  • All 2nd Quarter assignments must be DATED no later than 1/17/2015.


Midterm Exams

  • Assign a zero (0) in PT if a student fails to take the Midterm Exam. (The grade may be updated later if/when a student makes-up an exam - see make-up procedures)
  • The Midterm Exam is NOT part of the 2nd Quarter Grade. Midterm exams MUST be DATED 1/18/2015 regardless of when the exam was administered and entered into the E1 Reporting term!


Floors

  • Floor 2nd Quarter Grade, and the Semester Grade, and (if applicable, the Final Grade)
  • Do NOT floor the Midterm Exam (or Final Exam) Grades
  • Floor any 2nd Quarter and Semester grades above 100; no grades to be reported above 100


Comments

  • Enter comments in the Q2 Reporting Term ScoreInspector
  • Enter no more than 3 comments


Grades & Scoresheet Report Deadlines for the 2014-15 school year printable pdf

Grade Reporting Grade Reporting Website & Calendar

Faculty Facts

Attention Teachers and Staff: The AFJROTC Corps of Cadets is once again hosting a charity fundraiser for the SC Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from 1-28 February. Friday Jean Passes will be available for $5.00 for each Friday in February or you may purchase all four for $15.00. Please see Major Windley or Sgt. Hodge if you are interested. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause.


Athletic Announcements

Be sure to come out and support Southside Tigers!

2014-15 Winter Sports

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BYOD Reminder Please remind your students that BYOD personal devices are not to be used when the teacher is absent; Personal devices will be confiscated: if they use it, they could lose it!


Seat Time Recovery Remind students that they are allowed to miss five (5) days in semester courses and ten (10) days in year-long courses. Any absences over these allowances must be medically excused. In order for students to be eligible to attend Seat Time Recovery, they must have passing grades. If students do not make up time for the unexcused absences, they will receive an FA (failure due to absence) instead of passing grades.

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Any news and information, reminders, or dates and deadlines for upcoming events for dissemination to the general faculty and staff should be emailed to Ms. Rebekah Dean no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday rdean@greenville.k12.sc.us. Any documents to be included should be in a PDF format.


Links to all archived 2014-15 Tiger Tales will be found on the staff drive.