The BEST UPDATE
BEST SUMMER 2015 CALENDAR
Building will be accessible June 8-11 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..
Sarah will email information regarding access June 15-18.
CONFIRMED DATES FOR YOUR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
Aug. 17 - Teachers return to BES
Aug. 17 - MackinVia Training - Library 2:00 p.m. bring your laptop or iPad
Aug. 18 - Convocation - 8:00 a.m. CHHS
Aug. 19 - 1:1 digital classroom training 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Note: Prior to the end of the 14-15 school year the following message will be sent out district wide to all elementary parents - make sure that your 15-16 schedules reflect these times.
Slight Change in dismissal times for nest year…
As a district, we are always evaluating our processes to ensure they are the same from campus to campus. Throughout the past school year we have audited how we conduct dismissal at all elementary campuses and learned the process looked different on every campus. The school day is from 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., and we want our students to have every minute of instructional time possible! Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, every elementary campus will begin dismissing students from their classrooms at 2:45 p.m. We will allow our bus riders to leave first so the busses may be pulling away from the campus by 2:50 p.m. This means that all of our walkers and students that are picked up in the car riders/carpool line will be dismissed slightly after 2:45 p.m. I understand this is a change from how we did things this year, and we will make sure to send reminders as we approach the first day of school! If you have any questions or concerns about our new process, please feel free to contact me. – Sarah Hodges
Save this FLEX Information - you will need it this summer!!! (Set a goal to have this completed before July 1.)
Here are the instructions for accessing the new Flex website. We've moved FLEX modules from iTunes U to Google sites for ease and consistency. There are several modules that do not have content yet, but those should be completed soon so teachers will be able to work on them over the summer if they wish. Newly hired teachers will receive this information from HR so they can begin this summer if they wish.
Remember policy states that FLEX requirements are to be met within 60 days of the contract start date. Staff will receive credit in Eduphoria upon completion of these modules, so principals and/or assistant principals can monitor their progress. As in the past, teachers who do not complete their FLEX requirements are subject to their pay being docked. There is not someone centrally monitoring this as was past practice. Campus administration is responsible for monitoring the completion of FLEX. My recommendation is to put the responsibility on the individual. Teachers can access and print their transcripts demonstrating completion of the FLEX requirements.
John Doughney, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Learning
Check the link below for all of the GCISD sponsored staff development opportunities available to you this summer.
See reprint of email from Kerissa below for summer Twitter chats...
Kerissa Bearce <email@example.com>Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 10:48 AM
Thank you all for your participation this year on our #gcisdchat evenings. For this summer, we have something very different for you.
Our Twitter chats will be with the hashtag #gcisdchitchat. You can participate whenever you want! Questions and resources to think about will be posted with the hashtag everyWednesday on the topics below. For any more information, please email me or visit our #gcisdchat website at http://bit.ly/gcisdchat.
SUMMER TIME ENERGY CONSERVATION
The end of the 2014-2015 school year is near. Some of us will be moving to an alternative schedule this summer, but many of us will be packing offices and classrooms and taking a break for the summer. As you prepare for your break or vacation, please take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown period. Below is a flier with tips and details about shutting down your areas for the break, which helps the district save on energy costs.
As a reminder, we have a new partnership with Cenergistic to help our district explore new avenues to reduce energy and save money. Our summer shutdown period is one such way. If you have any energy conservation questions, please direct them to Kent Hall (817.251.5605 /firstname.lastname@example.org), our GCISD Energy Specialist.
Whether your summer will involve a world tour, a whirlwind of activity, or just hanging around, we hope you’ll have a great time of rest and relaxation.
You — our faculty and staff members — have done a great job and you deserve a break!
This shutdown period is an essential time for our energy conservation program, too — now’s the chance for you to do your part to help save money! As you prepare for Summer Break, take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown period. Remember, every dollar saved on energy is a dollar saved for education.Do your part to support and fully participate in the energy conservation program
Before the break:
• Turn off, unplug or set back energy-using items
• Clean out and unplug, small refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and other small appliances that have a light or (non-vital) clock.
• Unplug lamps and animal habitats. Classroom pets need a home for the summer that isn’t school as temperatures will be hot.
• Take home aquariums.
• Our custodial and facilities staff will ensure that building temperatures are comfortable for your return in August.
• Now, go hang out with friends and enjoy your summer!
CHECK IT OUT edcamp GCISD
Where: Grapevine High School Technology Education and Career Center
Who: All GCISD Teachers and Staff are invited to attend.
How do I Register? Register in Eduphoria: http://bit.ly/gcisdcamp15
Watch this Video to learn more about the EdCamp experience.