December 2017

Transitional Transfers and Deadlines

Be aware, the last opportunity for parents to request a Transitional Transfer Request for their student for 2018-2019 is Friday December 1, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.. Please review the following information and key deadlines. As of November 29, 2017, there were 501 TT requests for a different middle or high school for 2018-2019.

Key Building Deadlines

  • Friday December 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. This is the final day for accepting or declining TT requests by the TT requested building principal. Addressing TT requests should be addressed as soon as they post in your inbox or TT submitted applications.
  • Monday December 18, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. If a parent receives more than one TT acceptance, the parent should make a decision about which school their child should attend. Ann White will help with this.
  • Friday December 22, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Site Secretaries for 5th and 8th grade buildings should code all accepted TT students accordingly in eSchool and attach TT request form in the student's eSchool paperclip.

Linda Lemmon Celebrating 25+ Years of Service to SPS

We call her our historian in the Records Office because she can recollect how things were done back in 1995 in the Records Office. She has the sweetest disposition and is willing to help anyone at anytime. Linda Lemmon is a talented leader in our world of records.

Linda started working for Springfield Public Schools as a lunchroom aid, and from there worked in SPS school kitchens. She remarks that back in those days, everything served to students in the cafeteria was made from scratch. She smiled as she remembered most foods and baked goods started with lots of butter.

She was assigned to Truman Elementary and then later at Weaver Elementary nutrition services staff. During this time, Linda realized computer skills would be necessary to keep up with technologies being used all over the district. While taking courses at OTC, a friend informed her of an opening in the Records Office. After interviewing with Dr. Janice Duncan, Linda's world moved from cooking to record keeping.

The original Records Office for the district was housed in the Kraft Administrative Building at 940 N. Jefferson. As Linda recalls, it was filled to the brim with filing cabinets, some stacked upwards to six feet. People had to get a step stool to see into the top drawers.

Linda has seen lots of progress to electronic records, and systematic electronic archival of records. She enjoys coming to work everyday and feels blessed to work with such a wonderful team of people. in the Records Office. Actually, we are the fortunate ones to work with such a lovely person as Linda Lemmon.

Positive Comments

This time of year produces a mountain of stress for our families in the community and also for our staff and students. Just a time out to hear a word or two from Kid President about 20 Things We Should Say More Often. Enjoy.

Plus, I just learned in my technology training how to do this, and was excited to share my new skills.

SPS Volunteer Program

We have had an amazing start to the 2017-2018 school year with our district volunteers. There are 3439 eligible volunteers signed up to provide services from helping in the school offices, to running copies, laminating for teachers, assisting with reading and other subjects, lunch buddies, watch dog dad and grand-dads, Farm to School garden volunteers, and a multitude of other duties that allow our staff to focus on academic support and learning for students.

We have 78 volunteers across the district who are eligible for a VIP ID badge that has their own picture on it complete with a VIP lanyard. We are thrilled we have so many dedicated individuals who are making a big difference in the buildings where they volunteer. In this season of giving, their efforts are celebrated.

Thank you, too, to the Site Volunteer Coordinators who keep track of and provide our staff information about volunteers and what they can do for their school.

Please note below the 6317 hours and 30 minutes logged by our site volunteers. Last year at this same time, we only had 2946 hours logged. This is more than doubled. Be sure to thank your volunteers the next time you see them.

Site Volunteer Coordinators will be receiving their individual building volunteer hour data next week.

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Reflection and Appreciation

The Records Office staff want to wish you all the very happiest of moments with family and friends during the Winter Break.

Sincerely, Linda, Peggy, Amy, Brenda and Ann