the RAH

Nov 5 - 9, 2018

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from J-

Sorry for the delay in sending out the RAH for this week. It was great to see the learning and engagement at our ActivateSPS. Kudos to your staff members who facilitated training, and I appreciate the teams under Dr. Pilley & Dr. Holt for as well as our IT crew for making the day possible.


As we enter this month of gratitude, please join me in demonstrating this to others. We are engaged in the most important work and cause. Thank you, and know that I'm your biggest fan simply for that reason!


Make it a great week!

The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids

ugh.... But we can help our kids navigate this

Building October Climate and Culture Scorecards

Building October Climate and Culture Scorecards have now been released and are in site Google folders. The data points that buildings are looking closely at are labeled as “new” in the headers. These data points are current year data through the end of first quarter and the trend arrows compare the status of your site to last year at this time. Building leaders will facilitate data conversations at the building level with the goal of moving these metrics in a positive direction for each site. We encourage all leaders to dive into this data again at the subgroup and student level in order to ensure the actions being deployed to make improvement are reaching the populations who need the most support.

From Lynn Schirk, Homeless Liaison

Homeless children and youth are those that lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence and include a variety of living situations caused by a loss of permanent housing due to economic hardship or disaster. These children and youth are eligible for McKinney-Vento services and have additional rights and protections under the federal law to ensure access to education and additional supports. The Office of Students in Transition of SPS offers these services for our children, youth, and families who are challenged with unstable housing. Some supports include:

  • Transportation assistance for school and related events for eligible students

  • Goal-oriented case management services

  • Connections to shelter and housing programs

  • Access to mental health and substance abuse providers

  • Access to healthcare, healthcare coverage and providers for non-covered adults

  • Employment services and adult education

  • Emergency support and more…


Did you know that the majority of people served in our office lack the documents needed to access food banks, employment, some shelters, and housing? We can help with that.


Did you know that domestic violence and unsafe living situations account for the majority of our McKinney-Vento eligible youth? Of the McKinney-Vento eligible families we served last year at WEDNESDAY CONNECTION (N=72), 51 households (124 children) were impacted by domestic violence. This trauma experience has the ability to impact a multitude of aspects in one’s daily life, stability, and academic success.


Did you know that the majority of homeless people served in shelters are children under the age of six?


McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth are highly mobile and this has a grave impact on their education. Did you know that these children can actually remain in one school during the entire school year regardless of where they stay in the Springfield area? We AND YOU can helpwith that.


This school year, The Office of Students in Transition social workers have served 137 SPS students (66 families) with emergency services. An additional 64 SPS students (34 families) have been referred for their ongoing case management services.


To learn more about our services, please visit our website.

10 Things About Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle.

from Mike-

Site Visit Notes

The chance to visit with you and see all of the great things taking place in your buildings is without a doubt the highlight of our calendar each day. Thank you for carving out the time to showcase the work of your teachers/students and discussing your ongoing progress towards goals.


A couple of logistical notes to help this process on your end…

1 -- If you are seeing J and I within a week or so of each other and there is no new data to report, there is no need to re-write the Site Visit (ABC) Form -- just reprint a copy with the same info for our discussion.

2 -- If the date/time that Gisela proposes is too close to another site visit or other events you have taking place, don’t hesitate to “decline” and suggest a new time using the Outlook tools -- or just reach out to Gisela. We want to work within your schedule and avoid having our visits bunch up on your calendar.


Thanks for all you do to lead your teams and create a great place for your students to learn each day!

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