SRES Administrative Updates
Action Required: Intent Form
Please take a few minutes and complete the FCPS Intent Form. It is important that you complete your intent form as we prepare for the hybrid learning model that will begin on January 28, 2021.
Please click on the following link to complete the intent form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StaffIntentFormDec20
Please complete the intent form by Friday, December 11, 2020.
Strong Alone, Unstoppable Together: Relationships, Rigor, Reflection
As we are watching great instruction we will be adding some ideas!! Consider talking to a colleague to ask about some of these GREAT ideas. Click the button to see the ideas.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
19--Reports cards mailed home
20--Crazy Hair Day!!!
25, 26, 27--Thanksgiving Break; Schools and offices closed
2--Fun Run during specials
Materials to Math and Lit specialist for distribution by this day
4--Spirit Day! Wear your SRES gear or blue and white!
11--2 hour early dismissal; follow Wednesday schedule, teacher work session
Material Distribution from 11-4 pm
14--Mid-Term for Term 2, Staff Meeting
16th-- Virtual Escape Room--4:15
24-31--Schools closed for winter break
1-- New Year's Day; Schools Closed
8--Spirit Day! Wear your SRES gear or blue and white!!
13--All staff report back to school building
18--Dr. Martin Luther King Day; Schools and offices closed
20th-- Virtual Paint Night--4:15
26--Last Day of Term 2
27--Schools closed for students; Teacher work day
28--Hybrid learning commences, First day Term 3
5--Spirit Day! Wear your SRES gear or blue and white!!
9--Report cards issued
15--Presidents' Day; Schools and Offices Closed
First student day of 2021-2022 school year-- August 18, 2021
First student day of 2022-2023 school year--August 17, 2022
SRES FUN RUN LINK
REMEMBER---review the specials schedule for 12/2 as that day schedules have changed!! This is located on the portal and has it's own tab on the schedule document!! SRES Schedule
T-Shirts and Coffee
Also, our PTA has generously provided a bag of coffee from Dublin Roasters from proceeds from our recent fundraiser. You can pick this up in the front office, too! You will need to sign for your coffee upon receipt from Missy and/or Hope!
Never been a better time to share a piece of our heart…
SIX EAST Salon & Spa feels strongly about giving back; especially to our heroes, teachers/school administrators, medical and public service personnel – here’s to you!
On November 27th, “BLACK FRIDAY” (aka “Frosty Friday” in Frederick), we are offering COMPLIMENTARY haircuts to all that fall within that category!
Due to COVID restrictions, this is an appointment only event. Call 301-698-0800, to schedule or request an appointment through our website at www.sixeastsalon.com.
A valid workplace identification must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify and confirm a reservation.
For further information or any questions please reach out!
Thank you for everything you do for our community!
6 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701
Report Card Reflections for next Quarter
1. When a student grade drops below ME or a C families can receive notification at any time. I have the ability to pay people for working with students and/or families outside of the instructional day until December. Feel free to use these funds if you need to do a conference or meeting with students and students and their families. Remember an interim can be sent at anytime during the semester.
2. Students can not receive below a ME or C without an interim.
3. All interims must be approved by Carmen. We are creating a standard interim form and a standard way to submit these-- information to come about this in upcoming newsletters.
4. Our Schoology gradebooks need to match the grades we are giving. We may need to discuss this as a team. If this is an issue, talk with Heather and/or Christine so we can spend some time during PL to discuss. Families should be able to see their children's grades at anytime.
5. We need at least one grade per week (9) for each subject area. Plan now how you will ensure that students have those number of grades.
Learning curve opportunity. Thank you in advance for your reflections and upcoming discussions about this.
Google Meet Updates
Google Meet - No Host Controls
From Eric Haines - Only the owner of the Meet (first one in) has the host controls. For nicknamed Meets, it does not matter who creates the link. It is the first one to click join that should have the host controls. If you are using an unnamed Meet (which should only be used with parents), then only the creator of the link has the host controls.
With that said, there have been similar reports of teachers not having the host controls even when they are the first in. This shouldn't happen, but Google has acknowledged that it is a bug that they are working on. If you have the blue shield in the bottom left, then you are the owner and have the host controls.
One other thing to try is resetting Chrome. Teachers that have experienced minor glitches in Google Meet have solved them by resetting Chrome. Here are the directions to do that:
Issues can often be resolved by resetting Chrome, as follows:
Click the 3 dots in the top-right corner of Chrome and select Settings
On the left side of the screen, click Advanced
In the menu that appears below Advanced, select Reset and clean up
In the middle of the screen, click Restore settings to their original defaults
Click Reset settings
You won't lose anything by doing this, so it’s safe to try when you have issues in Chrome, especially if the issues don’t appear in other browsers, or if the issues appear when using your Chrome account across multiple devices.
RAISE HAND AND GOOGLE BACKGROUNDS
Please watch this video made by Tatiana about the new "raise hand" and "Google Backgrounds" feature that have been populating in Google Meet as well as how to change the order of student names to be alphabetized by last name!
Message from Michelle Carpenter
I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for a well deserved break! I wanted to remind you that I am here if you have any questions or if you want me to work with you on a new tech tools (This could be through a Google Meet or a pre-made screen cast).
I have updated my google site. https://sites.google.com/fcps.org/virtual-learning-mentor-suppor/home
You will find step-by-step written directions on how to create Boom Cards and a screencast-o-matic on making them as well. You will also see a screencast-o-matic on how to use StudyMate.
I also have updated my office hours.
Again, please let me know if I can help in any way. I hope everyone has a relaxing Thanksgiving break.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Myersville Elementary School
Teachers and Support Staff,
Again this year, SRES PTA is offering reimbursement of personally purchased school items for teachers and support staff. The PTA is incredibly appreciative of your work and dedication to the students. We know that many of you spend your own money to buy supplies to perfect your educational craft; therefore, we are offering $45 reimbursement for teachers and $25 reimbursement for the support staff who are members of the PTA. If you have not signed up to be a PTA member yet and are interested, please complete the PTA Membership Form.
To request reimbursement for your personally purchased school items, please complete and submit the Teacher/Support Staff Reimbursement Google Form. In addition to supplying your personal information in the form, you will need to attach the receipt(s) (or screenshot of the receipt) for the items you are requesting reimbursement.
If you have any questions, please email Brooke Divver (PTA Treasurer) at email@example.com.
~SRES PTA Executive Board
Hybrid Model--BOE Decision
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
During the Board of Education of Frederick County's public meeting this afternoon, the Board voted that FCPS will implement the hybrid learning model for students in grades prek-12 beginning on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
All teachers and instructional staff will report back to work in school buildings on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 to facilitate the transition to the hybrid model.
Effective January 1, 2021, employment will resume for FCPS staff who were subject to the fall Reduction in Force, with such staff reporting to work on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Decisions to modify implementation of the hybrid model or small group instruction will be determined by the Superintendent in collaboration with the Frederick County Health Department, based on a review of the metrics provided by the Maryland Department of Health.
Scheduling Appointments with Administration
Tentative Fun Run Schedule
Linked below is our schedule located on the portal. The last tab is called 12/2 Fun Run. You will note that the specials blocks have not changed, except for PreK, which we added so that all of our students have an opportunity to participate in this exciting event. You will also note some changes to the instructional day in an effort to maintain the integrity of our plans and continue to allow for 45 minutes of instruction for both math and reading as well as PATHS and our morning/afternoon meetings on this day. Please review and let Carmen know if you see any issues with the schedule, as indicated no later than 11/16 as we will be informing families soon thereafter.
Kanga"brew" Anyone?? DEADLINE FRIDAY 11/13
LAST DAY FOR ORDERS IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13!! Get your KangaBREW NOW!!
Spring Ridge PTA has partnered with Dublin Roasters Coffee to bring the Roo Community a special house blend called… KangaBREW. This delicious Coffee goes for only $15 a pound! Not sure what to give your loved ones this holiday season? Who doesn't love good Coffee from your friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop! Here’s the best part: For every 1 pound bag sold, Dublin Roasters gives the Spring Ridge PTA Five Dollars! It’s the gift that gives TWICE!
Just to sweeten the deal, we are giving a $20 Dublin Roasters gift card to a lucky PTA member. We will choose at random on 11/11! If you haven’t joined the PTA, it’s not too late!!
Follow this link to get your KangaBREW now!
Adobe Cloud--ACTION ITEM
A copy of Abobe Creative Cloud has been purchased for your use. If you have not yet downloaded it, please follow the directions below.
To download the application to your computer:
1. You must be on a fcps network (bring your computer to school or access fcps wifi from a fcps facility)
2. Install from software center
To get to software center on your computer type in the search window (software center) see red arrow on screenshot below
1. Click on software center and it will show all of the downloaded applications
2. Click on Adobe Creative Cloud (Pr)
3. The application should download to your computer
If you have any issues with installation, please contact Hope.
Elementary Report Card Reminders
Some reminders from our SIS team as our first term comes to a close:
Term 1 ends Friday, November 6th. Grade entry is due by Thursday, November 12th. Please see reminders below and review attached documentation. Social and Development skills will not be reported during Term 1 report card processing.
Elementary Report Card Reminders
- Term 1 grades are due Thursday, 11/12 by 8:00 am
- TAC Documentation and Schoology Help can be accessed from your TAC Homepage by clicking on your initials on the top right-hand corner
- Tools to review grade input
- Missing Marks
- Run Sample Report Cards –Cognos Published Reports >TAC – Classroom Teacher User Only > Elementary Reports
- Comment List can be found under TAC Documentation Site
Additional Comments are available:
- 10316 - "Student Received Supplemental Reading Instruction” for grades PK to 1
- 12725 - "Student Received Supplemental Reading Instruction” for grades 2 to 5
- 2 Comments can be entered per subject, including Specials
- Enter APS grade (Applies Problem Solving Strategies) for Math
- Enter DFS grade (Demonstrates Foundational Skills) for Reading in PK, K
- Enter Effort grades as a Number (4,3,2,1,0) if you did not use a gradebook
- Enter Y for every student that received Interim in Homeroom Class Section
- Enter Reading and Math Instruction Levels
- SAVE OFTEN.
The sync process from Schoology to TAC begins every evening at 9:00 pm. Assignment grades entered into Schoology before that time will be included in the synced term grades. TAC receives the grades by 5:15 am the next day. Be sure to account for this timing when completing your Report Card grading. **For Term 3, please have grades complete in Schoology by Wednesday, November 11th at 9pm if you would like to use Load from Gradebook in TAC on Thursday, November 12th.
- You should always verify grades and make any necessary overrides on the Report Card Screen prior to the deadline.
- If you don’t get your grades done in Schoology in time for them to sync to TAC, you can either (a) manually enter your grades on the Report Card screen in TAC whenever you are ready, or (b) use Load from Gradebook first, and then manually change only the grades that need to be adjusted.
For questions regarding Schoology contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding TAC, contact the eSchool help desk: eschoolPlus@fcps.org, internal phone line: ext. 45433 or external phone line: 301-644-5337.
Special Education Data Requirement--Your Role
It is a requirement through IDEA that members of an IEP team provide data to be discussed to a family 5 days PRIOR to an IEP meeting. Team members will reach out to you and ask for data so that they can prepare a report to send home that remains in compliance with established timelines. It is required that this information be provided in a timely fashion. Any information not sent home to a family prior to a meeting cannot legally be discussed in an IEP meeting without the parents' permission.
Any questions should be posed to the team member requesting the data upon receipt of said request. Questions about the process or anything related to special education, can be sent to Carmen.
Conference Reporting--ACTION ITEM
Google Meet Breakout Rooms
Please note that most SEIAs do not have access to this feature. If you have tried to start a meet on your own and do not have the breakout room feature, you most likely are not on this list to have breakout rooms.
The door near the mailboxes remains unlocked for access to mailboxes and bathrooms.
Combined Charities Campaign
The Combined Charities Campaign ("Campaign") starts today, November 2, and goes through Monday, November 30. This is an opportunity to give back to our community, a community in which there is even more need due to the pandemic.
Please click this link to view a letter from Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban, BOE President Brad Young, FCTA President Missy Dirks, FCASA President Amy Schwiegerath, and FASSE President Sharon Eburg for an appeal to staff as well as additional information.
This year, the Campaign will be exclusively online. To view the brochure listing organizations eligible to receive your pledge through the Campaign, please visit https://unitedwayfrederick.org/ccc. The online donation forms (for payroll deduction and credit or debit card) are also accessible via this link.
Let's make this the best Campaign ever!
For questions, please contact Wanda.Ford@fcps.org, Combined Charities Campaign Coordinator for FCPS.
We have placed a document on the portal for all to be able to use to give each other a compliment when we notice someone living and implementing our School Improvement Plan´s commitment statements. This virtual bulletin board is located on our SRES staff portal under the school improvement tab.
Virtual Hoppy Store
We are rolling out our Virtual Incentive Program for SRES effective November 12th! We are so excited to provide necessary reinforcement and acknowledgment that will help our students thrive in their learning environment. It is so important to recognize and provide specific feedback and reinforcement to our students on a daily basis. This is how they learn and grow! I know each of you are already doing this in your classrooms in some way or another and we want to be able to streamline that to meet the needs of all of our students. You will find all the necessary information below.
Classroom Teachers Action Item--Please check to make sure I am (Jessica Johnson) added as an admin in your schoology homeroom course—This is needed for me to add materials into your course!
(If you would like additional detailed information please reach out to Jesse.)