Ahead of the Curve

Jasper Weekly 2.15.16 to 2.21.16

Serve. Matter. Experience. Together.

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Keep on Truckin'

It's the middle of February and it's beautiful weather. We got this! Spring break is around the corner followed by a whirlwind spring. We got this!

I have been so encouraged by the learning I have witnessed our students experiencing this past week. I wish everyone had the same opportunity as me to travel around the building each day to see our students and teachers in the trenches of the work we are all committed to doing. Jasper is a special place!

Enjoy your day to learn on Monday and I look forward to seeing you all back on campus Tuesday.

Keep on truckin'!

Upcoming Birthdays

Monday, February 15th-David Kraft

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Upcoming Weeks at Jasper

2/15-Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development Day

2/16-Spring Pep Rally A Block

2/19-End of 4th Six Weeks

3/7-3/11-Spring Break

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I personally prefer a blend of both. The connection I can make and value with a physical book is priceless while the functionality and research ability with a digital book is equally as priceless. The books I really like I have in both physical and digital formats.

Would love to hear others thoughts on the topic. Share your preference on our staff Google Classroom, https://classroom.google.com, Class Code: f3y5rao.

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General Announcements and Reminders

1. (NEW) Spread the Word

2. (UPDATED AGAIN) May 27th and June 6th Work Days

3. Spring Pep Rally

1. (NEW) Spread the Word

If you are sponsoring a club or organization and you will be holding meetings during block lunch, please, please, please, please submit an announcement request, which is included weekly in the link at the bottom of this page (http://tinyurl.com/announce-request). Also, submit this meeting to the block lunch meeting request, which is included weekly in the link at the bottom of this page (http://tinyurl.com/Block-Lunch).

This is how we update our block lunch board for the kids and how they keep up with what their options are during this time. We have so many great activities going on each day for kids but not all students know about them.

Have the students be responsible for getting the announcements and advertisements to you and you will just act as the liaison for submitting those so they are publicly available.

If you have any questions about advertising for your meetings, please reach out to Petra Morgan.

2. (UPDATED AGAIN) May 27th and June 6th Work Days

Teaching/Professional Staff on a 189-day contract:

May 27th:

This is a work day for everyone on campus.

June 6th:

In order to not have to come to work on Monday, June 6th, you will need to document 8 hours of professional development (not just extra work hours) outside of the normal work day (8:30-4:30) from the beginning of last summer until the end of this school year. This can include:

-Staff meeting outside of typical contract hours listed above (8:00-8:30 or 4:30-5:00 would count as 30 minutes toward documented PD hours)

-Campus professional development opportunities outside of these hours (above and beyond the 3 required Jasper PD sessions)

-2015 summer training

-2015 summer leadership retreat

-2015 summer AVID Institute

-2015 AP Institute

-District-recognized online PD (above and beyond any PISD/Jasper required sessions)

-PD360 (now called Edivate) at www.pd360.com, click "forgot password" to retrieve your pd360 password, which is different than your network login password, complete 1 lesson, including questions/assignments for 1 hour of PD

-MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) at https://www.mooc-list.com/, get with your support admin to determine number of PD hours each course would count.

-Campus professional development Google Classroom article discussion chats (Coryn will be sending e-mail soon and I will provide a link on the Ahead of the Curve)

-Race to Nowhere movie viewing at Shepton on Monday, February 22nd at either 4:45 (Shepton and Jasper staff only) or 6:30 (Shepton parents also invited to this viewing). This will count as 2 hours of professional development. Click here to register attendance.

-(NEW) Beyond Measure movie viewing at Shepton on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:00 (Shepton and Jasper staff only). This will count as 2 hours of professional development. Click here to register attendance.

If you do not meet all of the requirements above, you will either need to work the number of hours you are short on the professional development exchange hours on Monday, June 6th or take a personal leave for the number of hours you are short on the professional development exchange hours (can use a sick leave day if all personal days are exhausted).

For example, if you only completed 6 of the required 8 hours of flex professional development, you will either need to work 2 hours on Monday, June 6th or take 2 hours of personal leave (sick if personal is exhausted).

You will need to document these hours and turn them in at the end of the year.

If you have any questions about what might or might not count, please see your support admin.

Paraprofessional Staff:

You will need to check your work schedule in TEAMS to see if Friday, May 27th and Monday, June 6th are work days for you. If they are, please get with your support administrator for options for these days.

3. Spring Pep Rally

We will have our spring pep rally on Tuesday, February 16th during A block. This will be optional for students. This pep rally is an opportunity to recognize spring extracurricular activity with a special appearance by Dancing for a Cause (DFC). Please plan accordingly.

Important Bookmarks

Staff Google Folder:


Staff Google Classroom:


Class Code: f3y5rao

Staff Handbook:

Jasper Admin Walk-Through Form (use to help plan lessons and self-reflect):


Block Lunch Meeting Request:

Social Media Input:

Announcement Request (170 characters):



Campus Professional Learning Opportunities:


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