Howl at The Trail
Weekly Update February 8, 2016
Mike and Marc will both be out today
7:15 AM - SIC Meeting room B-104
8:30-1:00 - Mathcounts Competition
FACULTY MEETING RESCHEDULED for WEDNESDAY 3:40-4:30.
3:40-4:30 Faculty Meeting (Teacher of the Year Celebration) in Media Center
4:00 - Academic Team Meeting vs. Castle Heights (away)
Weather Make-up Day
Saturday. February 13th
Monday, February 15
Birthdays This Week!
February 14, Kim Rinks
Nuts and Bolts
Spring Professional Learning Opportunities in Technology
Reminder: To obtain/maintain the state requirement for Teacher Technology Proficiency, all teachers In Fort Mill School District are required to participate in three hours of tech-based professional development each year. In Fort Mill School District, Teacher Technology Proficiency is renewed every five (5) years and coincides with the renewal of the Professional teaching certificate. National Board Certified Teachers are required to demonstrate Teacher Technology Proficiency at the midpoint of the ten year certificate window. Please click here to access additional information about Teacher Technology Proficiency.
Click the link below to access information about professional learning opportunities available this spring:
In an effort to differentiate to better meet your needs, we have designated sessions with turtle and rabbit icons. If you are unsure whether a session would be suitable for your needs, we have created a short Google Form for you to complete to help identify if a turtle or a rabbit session would be best for you.
Click Which Professional Learning Course Is Right For You? Turtle vs. Rabbit to access the Google Form.
Remember that the Professional Learning Opportunities for Spring 2017 are open to all faculty and staff in the Fort Mill School District and you must register through eSchool Solutions in order to participate. A link to eSchool Solutions is on the FMSD webpage. Click on the Employees icon and then look under “Technology” in the chart to find the eSchool Solutions link. If you do not have an eSchool Solutions account or are unsure of your login information, please let Kiersten Cook know.
In closing, on the Professional Learning Opportunities for Spring 2017 you will notice that we have added two graphics. The pie graphic serves as a reminder of the many options that are available for earning the three hours of tech-based professional development each year. The second graphic is an overview of the updates to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Student Standards. We have noted next to each session the possible connection that could be made in the classroom if the teacher applied what was learned in the professional learning session with students in the classroom.
2016-17 School Calendar
New Observation Tool
For most of my career teacher observations have been centered around what the teacher does in the classroom. About 1-2 years ago, there was a shift in the philosophy and observation instruments have started moving to a more student engaged model. Currently the walk through form we use here at BTMS utilizes both the teacher engagement model as well as the student engagement model. As we begin to move forward we will be looking more at how our students are engaged in the instruction in your class. Take a look at the link so you can see what AdvancED will be looking for as they visit classrooms.
create and collaborate on a digital canvas, anywhere, anytime between both students and teachers. Then the Smatboard Smart amp may be worth some of your time. Here is link to a video that shows what this program can do:
The first person who lets me know they are interested will have a special session t learn more about this technology that increases student engagement.
Political Update Involving SC Educators
My two cents
State Senator - Greg Gregory
State Representative - Raye Felder (Ft Mill 29708)
As soon as I have the most up to date contact information I will provide it to you.
Amend Bill 59-63-280 (Wireless communication)
The amendment will adopt a policy that prohibits student use of wireless electronic communication. This includes, pagers, telephones, anything that allows wireless communication with another person or device (i.e Chrome books, laptops, etc.)
House Bill 4482 - State Dress Code
Governor Haley's Budget has asked for an increase of $100 to the base student cost. Some funds will be reshuffled and when that occurs, the net increase is actually $53.
Currently SC has a $1.2 Billion dollar surplus (of which about $750 Million will be re-occurring). In order to raise the base student cost by $100 it only takes about $80 million. To fully fund the base student cost would cost the state about $500 million. If you do the math, that leaves about $700 million in revenue that could be used for all other state projects.
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