Teaching and Learning News

March 23, 2015

K-Prep Dates

The dates for K-Prep have been set. The window has to be 5 consecutive school days within the last 14 instructional days. They are as follows:
Elementary: May 12, 13, 14, 15, & 18
Middle: May 13, 14, 15, 18, & 20
High: May 21 (On-Demand Writing Only)

Spotted This Week (And Last!)

Teaching Tip of the Week

Predict-O-Gram
Provide students with a list of terms, vocabulary words, or concepts found in an upcoming reading. For example, if the students were preparing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the teacher might share the following terms: depression, segregation, jury, trial, South, Alabama, lawyer, racial segregation, kids, jail, poverty, housekeeper, summer, court, rabid dog, drunk.
Then, the teacher would ask the students to anticipate and discuss in pairs or whole group what they think their reading will be about, how the words might be used in the novel, or what questions they have. As the reading ensues, the class can revisit the list to check predictions.

Social Media Tips for Educators (from KEA)

Before YOU post something, ask yourself, "Would I want my (principal/students/parents/student teaching supervisor) to see this?"

Do not accept "friend requests" from current or potential students or their family members.

TELL Survey Update

We are closer to our goal of 100% participation! Moyer and Johnson will be receiving donuts from Graeter's on Thursday of this week!
District: 90.31%
HHS: 77.78%
HMS: 97.73%
JES: 100%
MES: 100%
WES: 85.71%
The survey takes place through March 31.

PD Opportunity for Paraeducators: 1-day conference

Top 10 Ways to Become a Top Ten Para
Presenter: Mina Hammons
Choose one of the following dates: June 22 OR June 23 OR June 24 OR June 25
8am-3:30pm
Registration Fee: $30
Register at: www.nkces.org
Talk to your principal if you are interested in attending!

Revised 4th Quarter Dates

4th Quarter: March 12-June 2 (51 Instructional Days)
Midterm: Friday, April 24
Progress Reports: Friday, May 1
End of Quarter: Tuesday, June 2
Report Cards: Tuesday, June 9

Golden Apple Top 20

Collin Shadwell (HMS) and Heidi Neltner (JES) will be recognized this Thursday, March 26 at the Excellence in Education Dinner. Both of these AMAZING teachers are in the Top 20 for a Golden Apple award! Congratulations!

Back to School Dates 2015-2016

August 11: District PD Academy
August 12: District PD Day
August 13: Opening Day Breakfast
August 14 & August 17: No School
August 18: First Day of School for Students

Trivia Question of the Week

What does TELL (as in TELL survey) stand for?

The first person to respond with the correct answer will receive a small prize.

District Travel

You may be reimbursed for meals when you are traveling out of the district and staying overnight.
Board policy allows up to the following amounts:
Breakfast: $10
Lunch: $15
Dinner: $25
For travel to high rate cities (such as Louisville or Chicago), meals will be reimbursed at the daily per diem rate established by the General Services Administration (GSA). You can find this rates at the following link: www.gsa.gov/perdiem
Detailed receipts should be turned in with the reimbursement form. Without a detailed receipt, you will only be reimbursed $5.00. Tips should not be more than 20%.
Additionally, we cannot reimburse for extras, such as snacks or coffees.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 24: Ed Study Seminar #6
  • March 26: Excellence in Education Dinner
  • March 27-April 3: Spring Break