NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of May 8, 2016

Around the Building and Other Places

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Free Beach Bags and virtual summer camp offer online learning activities

Back by popular demand: INFOhio Beach Bags and Camp INFOhio offered for free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.

The Beach Bags, for grades K-3, feature stories and activities that let children practice reading skills while learning about careers and the environment.

The Beach Bags are:

Camp INFOhio, for children in grades 4-6, contains five days of reading, activities and experiments centered on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) topics. Kids can try their hands at code breaking, conducting science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learning about roller coasters before designing their own and creating their own musical instruments.

No sign-up is necessary. Parents can simply download the packets listed above and work through them with their children at their own pace.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee - Reading Round the Clock

“So You’re Parenting a….” series of flyers that give parents ideas for helping their children practice reading during everyday activities like going to the grocery store or walking around the neighborhood are now available in Spanish as well as English.

It includes five flyers—one for each grade from PreK-3—helps children develop early literacy skills and pass the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. All flyers can be found on INFOhio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee page. If possible maybe you can print off a copy to send home with grade cards.

There are also additional videos that assist caregivers with tips on Reading on the Go, Reading for a Purpose and Reading on the Screen.

These resources have been developed by INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA, the flyers are available to all Ohioans for free download.

Today's articles come from The Atlantic, Chronicle Review, the American Psychological Association, Harvard Business Review, Education Week, and two arts websites. The headlines:

  • Grit is essential, but it has an underside
  • Reconsidering the part that good fortune plays in our lives
  • What is the role of brick-and-mortar schools in the age of Google?
  • Twenty psychological principles for successful teaching and learning
  • Thinking positively about networking
  • Can classroom "walkthroughs" add value?
  • Teens' cellphone dependence
  • Does students' in-school cellphone use widen the achievement gap?
  • Two websites focusing on the arts

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:
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Things to do:

  1. K-2 Teachers-Update Summer School Lists
  2. Complete Academic Intervention List (In Rob's Office)
  3. 1-3 Teachers: Administer State Diagnostic Tests
  4. Update Supply List
  5. Complete Teacher-to-teacher communications
  6. Create 2016-2017 class list
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, May 9

  • Pledge-Wyen
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting
  • 2nd Grade Team Meeting
  • Fairbanks-Olive Garden Luncheon
  • Bouncy House Reward, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
  • PD Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m. @ RH

Tuesday, May 10

  • Pledge-Doss
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • NEAT Meeting, Rob out
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting
  • Kids Hope Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m. in room 500
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting
  • OTES Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Chiller
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting

Thursday, May 12

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Clark Co. Elementary Principal Meeting, Rob out
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Bowling Alley
  • 1st Grade Farm Day at SV
  • PTO Young's Night, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13

  • Pledge-Clay
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kindergarten Committee Helpers Field Trip


Monday, May 16

  • Pledge-Kugler
  • 2nd Grade Wizards of Wright Presentation
  • 5th/6th Grade Band and Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 17

  • Pledge-B. Roberts
  • 2nd Grade Ice Cream Making Day
  • Teacher Roster Verification Due
  • 1st Grade Field Trip to Park
  • 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 5th Grade Transition Meeting, 2:10 p.m.
  • NEHS Graduation

Wednesday, May 18

  • Pledge-Chrisman
  • Kindergarten Graduation Dress Rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Graduation, 1:00 p.m.
  • KRHS Graduation

Thursday, May 19

  • Pledge-Everhart
  • Spring Awards, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sneak-a-Peek, 1:15 p.m.
  • IEP Meeting-Toth, 2:30 p.m.
  • LPDC Meeting

Friday, May 20

  • Pledge-Hoppes
  • Field Day/Cookout
  • End of 4th Quarter/2nd Semester
  • Last Day for Students!

Old Business-Previously Released Items

State Diagnostic Testing

K-3 Grade Teachers:

Districts and community schools are required to administer diagnostic tests each year in reading to students in grades kindergarten through grade 3, mathematics to students in grades 1-2, and writing to students in grades 1-3. Diagnostic results are reported into EMIS, the Ohio Department of Education’s data collection system.

As a building/district we have completed the reading portion of this requirement. We still need to complete the math and writing portions. In previous years we were allowed to use vendor assessments for this purpose; however, due to our ratings are this year's report card we are required to use the state issued diagnostics. Once I have copies from C.O. I will pass these along to you for administration.

I will need "on-track" and "not on-track" information from you. We must also report information to parents. I'm looking into this and will let you know more.

Important Announcements

  1. Please DO NOT send student to the kitchen for ice during school hours. This is a safety issue. The cooks are preparing food and using equipment that may be hot.
  2. During recess duty please make sure you circulate the area. One teacher should be positioned "up top" closer to the building and one "down lower" by the tree. This will increase supervision, and allow for intervention to possible situations.

Thank you for your help in these matters, and let me know if you have any questions.

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Meal Magic...Coming to a Cafeteria Near You!

Northeastern Local School District is implementing a new management system for the Food Service department called Meal Magic. Each student will have a lunch account, which will be accessed by using a school assigned keypad number at the register. Students will enter their number into the keypad located at each register to purchase their food. At this time students will still be able to pay with cash at the register, however they will need their Student Lunch ID Number to purchase a lunch.

For convenience, the district is also updating EZ Pay accounts to allow for prepayment of

meals for your student(s). EZ Pay is our online system that currently allows parents to pay all school fees online.

The lunch charge policy will stay the same - students will only be permitted to charge three

lunches. No breakfast charging will be permitted.

Northridge will implement Meal Magic on Monday, April 11th. A district letter will be going out to parents prior to implementation.

REMEMBER...This will be a new system for everyone. Please be patient with the cafeteria staff, tech. dept., and students.

Technology Help Desk

Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.

Springfield Tutoring Academy

The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.



See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!

If you see a great opportunity for professional development please let me know. I'd like to be able to send you to it. The expectation would be that you then come back and share with the rest of the staff.

There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.

Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.

So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.

Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!


You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.

To start earning your wellness dollars visit and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.

EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!

Dear EPC Participant,

Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:

Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment

Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50

  • Login to
  • Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
  • On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
  • Click Sign Up
Step #3: Complete ONE additional wellness workshop: $50

Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center

Key Dates:

  • Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
  • Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016

Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.

You can also email for additional help.