JCS Staff Newsletter
January 5, 2022
Message from Superintendent
Happy New Year!
I hope that you enjoyed your break and had an opportunity to relax and recharge. 2022 is going to be an exciting year in Johnson City Schools! It is important to start the new year by thanking you for everything you do for your students and families. Regardless of your role or title, you are an integral part of Johnson City Schools. I hope that everyone will continue to work to help one another make it a successful year. Each day that we have with our students is very important. It has been a demanding year, but you continue to navigate the challenges and build strong relationships with your students, families, and community. We appreciate you.
By mid-January, we will inform teachers of their placements as we begin the 2022-2023 school year with two 6-8 middle schools and returning the 5th graders to our elementary schools. This will be an exciting transition for our community.Again, thank you for everything you do. Johnson City Schools is the best because of your hard work and dedication to your students, school, colleagues, and community.
Steve Barnett, Ed.D.
JCS ESSER Funds
Johnson City Schools' Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund documents are available for review through this link. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to a Google form where we ask for feedback from all of our stakeholders. Every six months we will use this feedback for our ESSER 3.0 Public Plan-Federal Relief Spending Addendum. Please feel free to review these documents and provide us with feedback.
2021 United Way Campaign Update
Thanks to the generosity of so many, we were able to donate $25,634 to the United Way of East Tennessee Highlands. These funds will go a long way to help numerous non-profits in our community. THANK YOU!
If you contributed the amount to receive a jean ticket, those will be coming to your United Way representative by next week. They will place then place them in your mailbox. The jean tickets will be available to use until the end of December 2022.
Information From Finance & Insurance
Certified Staff - follow the delay schedule
Classified Staff - Arrive as soon as safely possible. Staff will be given the opportunity to make up any time missed due to unsafe road conditions. If the missed time is not made up or comp time used, pay will be adjusted.
ECLC Teachers - Arrive as directed by Principal
Certified Staff - Do not report to school
Educational Assistants and other 10 Month Classified Staff – Do not report to school
11 and 12-month classified staff – Arrive as soon a safely possible. If the employee missed the full day or the majority of the day, the employee will need to take personal or vacation time: for less than four hours missed, the employee will be given an opportunity to make up the time or may use time-off available. If the missed time is not made up or time-off is used, pay will be adjusted.
ECLC Teachers – Do not report to school
Certified Staff - leave after all students are safely dismissed.
Classified Staff - follow the directive of your principal.
ECLC Teachers - leave after all students are safely dismissed.
Information from Human Resources
All new certified and classified staff members hired after September 15, 2021, should complete the New Hire Compliance Training. Go to the PD icon in the SSO Portal, authorize Canvas to access your account and register for the correct training. Please complete the training within 30 days of your start date. Classified staff members should request a new Canvas account from Tina Faust (email@example.com) prior to registering. Certified staff members will automatically receive a Canvas account. Contact me for assistance with this process.
Visit our Professional Learning department web page to learn more about ordering die-cuts and classroom resources from The Learning Center. Contact Tracey Coffey with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 434-5218. ~Tracey Coffey, TLC Manager
A Photo Sharing App is not Enough for School Communication
Through the use of the Bloomz app, parents can receive immediate feedback. Immediate feedback between parents and teachers is one of the advantages of digital communication, building and supporting positive parent-teacher relationships. How happy would little Suzie’s parents be to see a picture of her reading quietly to herself (say, if this was a struggle for her)? The whole class doesn’t need this picture and that added personal, specific feedback shared further supports a teacher’s relationship with the parents.
If you have any questions or problems with Bloomz, please contact Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.
Bloomz On-Demand Training for Teachers
January Board of Education Meeting
National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American
Science Hill JROTC
The Science Hill JROTC opened our January board meeting by presenting the colors.
Next BOE Meeting
The next Johnson City Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, February 7 starting at 6 p.m. inside the Board Room at Central Office (100 E. Maple Street). Board meetings can be viewed on the Johnson City Schools' YouTube channel.
In the News
Science Hill Health Science students get hands-on with human organs
Science Hill students in the Career and Technical Education Health Science cluster received the unique experience of getting to touch and view human organs when the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine’s “Anatomy on Wheels” program stopped by the high school.
There were mixed reactions when students started touching organs. The opportunity, however, provided a bit of inspiration for those Science Hill students who might be interested in pursuing a profession in healthcare.
Read more at www.jcschools.org/News/302
Science Hill Boys Soccer brings awarness to Mental Health
The Science Hill boys’ soccer team has had a busy off-season of conditioning. But they’ve been even busier spreading awareness about the importance of mental health.
During November, the boys’ soccer team took on an initiative to bring awareness to the importance of mental health. Each day, each team member completed 22 push-ups to show that they had “2 much 2 live for.” After completing their set, they would send the videos into a group chat. The videos were then posted to their Facebook page.
Liberty Bell gathers gifts to provide Christmas for Veterans at VA
For more than 20 years, Liberty Bell Middle school has worked with the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center to adopt veterans who live in the domicile at the local VA hospital in Johnson City. The partnership was started by Donna Wilkinson at Indian Trail and continues today at Liberty Bell. Each Liberty Bell team of students is given the opportunity to adopt a veteran and gather donations of items that are wrapped and then presented to their veteran for the holiday season. This year Liberty Bell students and faculty worked to provide presents for 19 veterans.
Read more at www.jcschools.org/News/301
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JC Schools Staff Newsletter
We will distribute this newsletter on the Wednesday following the monthly Board of Education meeting. This newsletter will have information from District Departments and other helpful tips. If you have suggestions for content in this newsletter, please send them to Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.