Team Trailblazer Weekly Report

December 18, 2015

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE: Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

May you enjoy those you hold close and count your blessings for the silly things in life that make you smile...like gray apparel and ninja carols : )


Enjoy your well deserved break!

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This week and through our winter break, we wish Leeann Kish, Lynn Bradley, Pam Carpenter and Michelle Bunton a very happy birthday!
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Promising Practices - PRESENTERS WANTED!

We’re looking for those interested in sharing a promising practice at the 5th Annual Promising Practices Conference scheduled for Thursday, February 25th, 2016.


The K12 Promising Practices Conference is an opportunity for school practitioners to share their current evidenced based programs and activities targeted at improving engagement in schools.


The event will include opening remarks by a panel of K12 Teacher Ambassadors, Mentors and Instructional Coaches, short presentations, workshops, and a poster exhibit hall.


We’re seeking proposals from a variety of groups (K8, HS, Special Educators, FAST, Counselors, Administrators and more).



Our theme this year is Engaging the Learner, the Parent, the Teacher

How do you engage your learners, your parents and/or your teachers/staff?


Please see the attached PPT for more details!



Submission: Please complete the short session proposal webform:

http://tinyurl.com/K12Proposal2016

Proposal Review: Session proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis until January 8, 2016. Proposals will be selected to provide a wide range of topics and audiences. Selected participants will create a speaker, workshop, or poster session using the template provided to selected presenters.


Final Presentations are due January 29, 2016. The attached PowerPoint deck provides further explanation.


Questions: Please contact the Academic Services team at our HelpDeskhttps://K12AcademicServicesSupport.com

December 11, 2015 - MVCA Professional Development

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It was wonderful to see all of you last week!

NRTSO SHOUT OUT TO HEATHER SHUE, ANNIE BUTZU AND MELONIE PORBUSKY!

We are proud of you!
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NWEA Winter MAP Testing

Monday, Jan. 11th 2016 at 8am to Friday, Jan. 15th 2016 at 5pm

This is an online event.

Our 7-8 graders, both gen ed and special ed as well as our special ed high school students will be taking NWEA Winter MAP Testing.


Tiffany will be sending out a detailed email with more info!

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New S1 Students - Enrollment Plan

We will have students starting still this semester. We are not able to refuse enrollment as a public school in Michigan.


Here is what the enrollment team at K12 has been asked to do:


-Preference is that we still PUSH for the 2nd semester start date of 1/26. It is in the student's best interest.



· -Messaging will stay the same for students who have been in school and can provide current % in courses.

- If students start on 1/4, 1/11 or 1/18 and they are currently attending 1st semester at another school, but want to finish out 1st semester with MVCA, we can match those courses if they can provide grades in the form of percentages. This is not recommended. It is in their best interest to finish out 1st semester at their current school.


· -If student is currently attending and if finals are not over until after 1/26, they should stay at their local school through finals week and then start with MVCA after they fully complete their 1st semester.


· -If student is not currently attending: For students beginning 1/4/16 or 1/11/16, please assign 2 CR courses plus ORN010 and Finding Your Path.

-Students starting on 1/19 will receive ORN010 only.


-If student is not currently attending: For students beginning 1/18/16, please assign OLL and FYP.
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Quarter 2 ILP Action Items

Please be sure to reference the document from Tiffany regarding our students who still need to receive an ILP Action Item Note within TVS. Thank you!
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Kmail to Notes in TVS

We are finding that some of our staff is frequently using the Kmail to Note feature within TVS. It is creating quite a log of notes for our students - many of which are not needed.


Please think twice before using the tool - do all teachers and staff members need to have access to this information? If yes, please consider having an ongoing note instead of individual notes.


If not, please don't click the box.


Thank you!

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A Note From Special Education and our Child Find Coordinator

Dear Staff,

As a school, it is our responsibility to identify struggling students, students we suspect may have a disability, and those that disclose they have a disability. Many times, those disclosures and requests come to us via kmail, as this is the means in which our parents most frequently contact teachers. While that method of communication is wonderful for parent to teacher communications, it is not the most efficient or appropriate means of communication between staff. There are very strict timelines required for both responding to and complete an evaluation for special education. The school has 10 calendar days to respond to a request for special education testing, and 30 school days from the receipt of a signed REED document to complete testing and hold a MET meeting. To help us manage this process quickly and provide supports to students in a timely manner, we have a Child Find Coordinator. This is Maureen Turner (mturner@k12.com). She moved into this position last school year and is your go to contact for testing requests.

Going forward, please refrain from forwarding any communications to administrators or other staff members within kmail.

Please follow the SOP below for all referrals AND for general communications stemming from a kmail:

· Copy the kmail message or save the kmail as a PDF

· Paste the message or attach the message to an email to the appropriate staff

If a request for Special Education testing specifically, please:

Complete the initial testing referral survey so that Maureen has all referrals in one place.

http://www.surveyface.com/CollectResponse/m8Fne_BcMWufiapfk0NJsVbSFF2WNk5zxE7XBPdUxWa4lk8QCNALOqC7IxEn4Qh8u0EzfeRKOEXXCktZTiTF_Q

· Please SAVE this link so it is readily available to you, as it is rather long.

o If a request for a 504 Plan, please submit a FAST referral

o If a medical condition is disclosed, please email Maureen and the appropriate academic administrator to determine what steps should be taken to support the student.

Once again - ALL internal communications should happen via email, rather than kmail. Thank you for your help in this, and ensuring that our students’ needs are met in a swift and efficient manner!

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Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 21st, 8am to Friday, Jan. 1st 2016 at 5pm

This is an online event.

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January PD through GVSU - please take advantage!

Phonics & Phonemic Awareness (West)

Event Start: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension (West)

Event Start: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

MAP© 101- Building on the Basics (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Improving Performance and Attitude in Middle Grade Students (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

MAP© 101 - Building on the Basics (EAST)

Event Start: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: Grand Valley State University

More Information or Registration

Grammar Mirth-Playing with Parts of Speech (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

Improving Performance and Attitude in Middle Grade Students (West)

Event Start: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Reading RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Math RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Reading RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

Middle School/High School Assessments & Interventions (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

More Information or Registration

Math RTI: A Movement Approach to Intervention (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

Middle School/High School Assessments & Interventions (East)

Event Start: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration

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SAVE THE DATE - February F2F PD

Friday, Feb. 12th 2016 at 8am-4pm

Michigan, United States

MI

The location is still being determined.
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Staples info from Corporate

Do you buy office supplies? How about furniture, technology, or Keurig items?

If you answered yes, then we have some exciting news for you! As a K12 employee, you are eligible to receive the same corporate pricing on all your personal purchases from Staples Advantage® through our Personal Purchase Program. From the office supplies and accessories you use every day, to furniture, technology and even Keurig® coffee brewers, at prices you’ll love. Plus, they’ll deliver any order of $50 or more right to your doorstep, free.

Click on the attached flyer for more details and to register.

This flyer can also be found on the K12 Intranet by going to Groups à Human Resources à Shared Documents.

Thank you & Happy Purchasing!

Poll Everywhere

Lissa from the charter schools office used this in our learning continuum training this morning - check it out!


https://www.polleverywhere.com/