Team Trailblazer Weekly Update

December 7, 2015

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Intacct has gone live!

If you have not received your Intacct log in, please contact

You should have received this email as well

I’m excited to inform you that we are going live today with the Intacct accounting system!

You should have received your logins and passwords and can begin using the system once you do. If you do not receive them by the end of today, please contact me immediately.

As a reminder, if you have questions while transacting you can click on the ‘Help’ feature at the top-right navigation menu. Intacct has a comprehensive help library that is specific to the process and page that you are working in during that time.

We’ve also included a cheat-sheet you can refer to which will help guide you when coding your expenses. Please visit the links provided if you wish to review the training videos that were captured during the training sessions in October. We recommend viewing them with Mozilla Firefox.

If you experience any issues, or require additional support please send an email to .

We firmly believe that Intacct will provide for a number of improvements and look forward to its evolution! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to provide feedback so we can improve the system in the future.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated for their support and time spent during this phase of the implementation!

Joe Schnurr

Director, Business Systems Operations

2300 Corporate Park Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171





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Blackboard Connect

Thank you Angela Hammer!

Thankfully Blackboard created a recording for how to use a function called Voice Plus. This function is the one that allows you to insert an individual student’s name in an all call / robo call message to the students. This is a really good idea because we have families with multiple students and this can let them know exactly which student the message is targeting.

The first 2.5 minutes of the video will provide you the instructions you need to inserting a student’s name into your messages using Voice Plus. The recording mentions a custom variable but for most of our calls we won’t be using it. Maybe down the road teachers may want to use it and even FAST if they do calls for attendance because they could add in a custom variable of missing # days.

But for the First_Name variable, things are really easy. Watch the recording, type in your script, insert the variable, record your message being ready to press the * (star) key where you need to insert the variable.

If you have questions, please let me know!

Hammer J

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Team Time - Recording from 12/7/15

Session: Mrs. Snyder

Type: None

Started: Dec 07, 2015 07:46 AM Eastern (EST, North America/Canada)

Ended: Dec 07, 2015 09:27 AM Eastern (EST, North America/Canada)

This session was recorded. To view the recording, please click the link below:

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New students on 12/7/2015

1822661 Jore 7th Grade

1768056 Monte 7th Grade

1671755 Rizzo 7th Grade

1812194 Shelton 7th Grade

1814239 Tibbitts 7th Grade

1823617 Bombalicki 8th Grade

1822289 Brown 8th Grade

1822151 Carmer 8th Grade

1823648 Davis 8th Grade

1815585 Davis 8th Grade

1816791 Grubb 8th Grade

1821953 smith 8th Grade

1520296 Sylvester 8th Grade

1820819 Tyson 8th Grade

1823170 Alva 9th Grade

1459207 Brown 9th Grade

869144 Francis 9th Grade

1821820 Gervais 9th Grade

1822016 Jankowski 9th Grade

1822430 Jimenez 9th Grade

1821774 Kenney III 9th Grade

1634525 Parr 9th Grade

1809935 Sanford 9th Grade

1668843 Sparrow 9th Grade

1729865 Tibbitts 9th Grade

1814893 Turpin 9th Grade

1820188 Tyson 9th Grade

1817376 Bongers 10th Grade

1816765 Brooks 10th Grade

1789069 Claxton 10th Grade

1821656 Lucovic 10th Grade

1818313 Pearson 10th Grade

1814037 Robinson 10th Grade

1821591 Smith 10th Grade

1823593 Tyler 10th Grade

1816070 Welch 10th Grade

1814679 Wright 10th Grade

1817479 Gaytan 11th Grade

1819688 Hutchinson 11th Grade

1816911 Jimenez-Morales 11th Grade

1821604 Pascoe 11th Grade

1809348 Snarski 11th Grade

1796028 Wilcox 11th Grade

1794555 Ingersoll 12th Grade

1411157 Maciag 12th Grade

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Item Analysis in new platform

From our northern region colleagues - please see email attachment as well!

"Today our team stumbled on how to find question level data per student. So let’s say you want to remediate on question #4 on quiz 3.04. We have found a faster way to determine who answered #4 incorrectly."

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We are looking forward to hosting you this week - please read the info below regarding additional details!

PD - Diversity Training and Holiday Fun!

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 1:30-8:30pm

146 Monroe Center Street Northwest

Grand Rapids, MI

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We will be meeting at the McKay Towers in the Ballroom.

There is a parking garage across the street.

We will start at 1:30 with our PD. Please feel free to arrive between 1:00 and 1:15.

Our afternoon will be spent going through diversity training with Andrea Kitomary.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 and our evening will include some holiday fun - see below!

Bring your smile and sense of humor for our photo booth!

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Holiday Sock Mixer on Thursday evening at PD!

We request that everyone brings a pair of holiday socks along with a bag of holiday goodies that will be used to stuff the socks throughout the evening.

Guests will first stuff the matching sock into the other sock.

Over the course of the evening, everyone will trade socks and stuff one of their goodies into it as we mingle.

This goes on until the socks are stuffed with treats.

Lastly, everyone gathers to trade the socks one last time.

Everyone can then break out their goodies and wear their new socks to PD on Friday!

PD - Instructional Rounds

Friday, Dec. 11th, 8am-4pm

1800 East Beltline Avenue Southeast

Grand Rapids, MI

Parking is found right outside the Prince Conference Center and it is free of charge.

Breakfast will be served from 8-8:30 and we will begin our PD at 8:30 am.

K12's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Margie Jorgensen, will be working with us on Friday morning before we break out for our instructional rounds with Summer Shelton and our instructional coaches.

Lunch is served at noon.

We will wrap up the day by 4:00. Please bring your expense receipts as noted below on Friday to PD.

Let's keep it festive with an ugly Christmas sweater contest on Friday!

What to bring to PD please!

1. laptop

2. headset

3. power strip if you have one

4. moderator and participant links

To prepare for the Instructional Rounds PD on Dec. 11th, teachers will need to pull their external moderator and participant links from their teacher OLS accounts to have ready to go Friday morning. We recommend saving the links in a Word document and/or emailing the links to him or her-self, so that it is easy to find and share.

This 5 minute tutorial walks teachers through the process:

If you have questions, please reach out to your IC.

And don't forget your sweater and holiday socks...

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 - LET'S ENJOY THE SEASON with an ugly Christmas sweater contest on Friday! Please wear them to PD!

Dress Code for PD

Here is what has been approved for PD next week:


We will follow the corporate policy for Thursday afternoon/evening for business casual:

Corporate-Casual Dress Code Examples:

Slacks, Pants, and Suit Pants: Slacks, such as Dockers, wool pants, flannel pants, long dressy/dress shorts, dressy capris, and dressy synthetic pants are acceptable. Inappropriate: jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting workout pants

Skirts, Dresses, and Skirted Suits: Casual dresses, skirts, and skirts that are split at or below the knee. Length should be at a length at which an individual can sit comfortably in public. Inappropriate: Short, tight skirts with long slits, mini-skirts, skorts, beach dresses, and spaghetti-strap dresses

Shirts, Tops, Blouses, and Jackets: Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, and turtlenecks are appropriate. Inappropriate: tank tops; midriff tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans; halter-tops; tops with bare shoulders; sweatshirts, and t-shirts unless worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket, or dress

Shoes and Footwear: Conservative athletic or walking shoes, loafers, clogs, sneakers, boots, flats, dress heels, and leather deck-type shoes are acceptable. Inappropriate: flip-flops, bare feet, and/or slippers


JEANS and your holiday sweater or business casual as outlined above : )


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Our mileage, hotel and parking for Thursday is paid for through our grant through MDE. We will be filling out those reports out together on Friday afternoon.

Please bring:

1. Hotel receipt

2. Mapquest mileage printout for your trip to GR and back home

3. Parking receipt from Thursday PD


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Food Drive for Streams of Hope - BRING ON FRIDAY

We wanted to have an opportunity for us as a staff to give back to the community this holiday.

We have opted to collect non-perishable food and hygiene items to donate to Streams of Hope in Grand Rapids. They provide food to the community and also provide opportunities for children of all ages to gather for tutoring, meals and fun.

Please plan on bringing your items to PD on FRIDAY – it will be easier to load once J

We will be having a raffle throughout the day on Friday with some holiday goodies. All staff members will receive one raffle ticket and those bringing in items will have the opportunity to place their names into the hat multiple times.

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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:

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 HelpDesk

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Learning Continuum Training

For you!

Session: Mrs. Ferguson's Room

Type: None

Started: Dec 02, 2015 02:52 PM Eastern (EST, North America/US)

Ended: Dec 02, 2015 04:01 PM Eastern (EST, North America/US)

This session was recorded. To view the recording, please click the link below:

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All Hands on Deck!

Spring state testing gets rolling with SAT and PSAT in April. Please begin to make plans if needed to assure that all can participate. We will need everyone to be prepared to be at sites for testing.

SAT dates: April 12 - 13

SAT Make ups: April 26 - 27

I will send out all dates for MSTEP once they are confirmed.

We will also begin making site assignments in January.


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Lindsay and Sarah have had record numbers for attendance to our Tutors on Demand sessions this year. Thank you for your support of the program and for approving kids to join!

If you are finding that you have an all-star student who needs a challenge and would like to refer them to the program, please let them know, and I’ll reach out to them. ( or

They do not need to setup an email account and only will be asked to attend one session every Thursday from 4-5pm. It’s not a large commitment for them but our kids love it!

Below is a list of students we already have as tutors, just so you’re aware.

We’re in need of math tutors and have extra history tutors so feel free to send kids our way!

Have a great day!


Current Peer Tutors

Thurayya A. – Grade 9

Victoria J. –Grade 8

​Zach F.- Grade 7

Justin S.- Grade 7

Cole G- Grade 8

Emma B.- Grade 8

Abigail T- Grade 9

Alexander M- Grade 6

Alexis L-Grade 8

Jaylie D- Grade 9

Ganna O.- Grade 8

Katherine E- Grade 9

Dallas J.- Grade 6

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Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2:30-3:15pm

This is an online event.



Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2:30-3:15pm


This is an online event.

More information
Academic feedback is a gift. Sometimes it feels like a year old fruitcake from your Great Aunt Martha, but it's still a gift. Let's collaborate on growing and using all of the gifts we receive.

Checks for Understanding Aren't Muddy Windshields

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 10-10:45am

This is an online event.

Checks for Understanding Aren't Muddy Windshields

What if I told you CFUs were actually helpful to YOU? Believe or not, they can make your job easier! I promise. Come to this session to find out how.

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 10-10:45am

Exit Tickets in the Loop with Summer Shelton

Friday, Dec. 18th, 9-9:45am

This is an online event.

Exit Tickets in the Loop

Are your exit tickets giving you everything you need to move on or reteach? Let's work together to create meaningful snapshots of student learning.

Friday, Dec. 18th, 9-9:45am

December PD at GVSU

Below are workops taking place before Christmas. Before the new year, be sure to get in a few more professional development workshops. We will be focusing on technology, math and classroom management.

Click on the date you would like to attend to register for each workshop.

All workshops for the year are also listed on the GVSU CSO website at and most have SCECHs available for an additional cost of $15.

**FREE for schools authorized by GVSU
Starting at $75/person for non-GVSU schools

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

Grand Rapids: December 17
Detroit: December 3

9:00am-3:00pm (lunch included)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training is for teachers and staff members who interact with students on a daily basis. More than 8 million professionals world wide have participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention is known world wide for its innovative, holistic philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for staff and those in their care-even during crisis moments. This program is now recognized by many as the international standard for violence prevention and intervention training.

MAP© 102 - Proctor Training

Grand Rapids: December 15
Detroit: December 17

5:00 - 7:00pm (dinner included)

This is an evening workshop for those who are NEW to proctoring the NWEA web-based assessment. Participants will be introduced to the steps of preparing the system for testing as well as proctoring a live test. Participants will also experience the test from the student's perspective and sample a computer adaptive test. Multiple testing scenarios will be covered so proctors know the best way to handle all situations. This is a hands-on workshop that takes place in a computer lab. No need to bring your own computer.


Please contact Erin Abel at 616-331-9094 or


Could you benefit from MAP© Training, please click on our SMORE link below and sign them up for the WINTER WORKSHOPS starting in January! . Space is limited.


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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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FAST Updates for Grades 7-12 - Re-sending this week!


FAST will be taking care of monitoring all Strong Start items, including ORN/OLL, welcome calls, first student log in and first LC log in.

We will not be moving HR teachers' kids from their current ORN sections. FAST is working on creating a plan to transition those sections over to FASLs. All new students will now be fully monitored by Marla Baldwin, Family Engagement Coordinatory, in all of our Strong Start metrics.

**HR teachers/all teachers are still responsible for ILP action items. This has not changed. Please continue to mark individualized actions as they happen - thank you! **

Tracker Referrals for Academics:

You may or may not have noticed that all of our 7-12 homerooms now have a FASL assigned to them. If you don't know who your FASL is yet, please see below.

Moving forward, FASLs attached to your HR students will be the only ones making academic referrals into the FAST Tracker. They will be monitoring their assigned students through the tracker and will be making referrals as needed. HR teachers are no longer making academic referrals.

We are moving back a bit towards our system that we used last year at the HS.

If you have not had interactions with your assigned FASL, please reach out and introduce yourself. They will be working closely with your HR students.

CONNECT Counselor Referrals:

Any teacher who encounters a student need that would require intervention from Dave or Mike, will still make a referral to the FAST Tracker or if it is urgent, a phone call to Dave or Mike.

Here are the official FASL assignments as of 12/7:

6-7 Todd

8 Bingle

9 Korhorn and Redzic, A.

10 Kahssai

11 Redzic, M.

12 Hines and Freel