CIES Wednesday Envelope

for Elementary Staff--September 21, 2016

In this issue:


  • Optional Opportunity for Staff who attended the 2016 NUA Summer Academy-NUA Booster
  • We Need Your Help! Math Enrichment and Reading Intervention Task Forces
  • Fluency Without Fear: Article by Jo Boaler with Resources
  • Community Education Learning Opportunity
  • District 279 Foundation Classroom Grants Program
  • Think Central Access
  • Meet Your CIES Team

Optional Opportunity for Staff who attended the 2016 NUA Summer Academy-NUA Booster

What: Optional opportunity for staff who attended the 2016 NUA Summer Academy will be offered this year. NUA Booster Sessions-are open only to staff that attended the NUA Summer Academy 2016. Commitment to participate in all four sessions is required. The NUA Booster sessions will focus on a continuation of learning - more and new HOP strategies; application - time for teachers to work with one another to plan and prepare implementation of strategies learned; and a time to share experiences with the HOP to date. A light dinner will be served. These sessions are unpaid.


When: There will be two different cohorts. Sessions will be 4:45-6:45

NUA Booster Cohort A: 9/28/16, 11/9/16, 2/22/17, 4/26/17

NUA Booster Cohort B: 10/26/16, 1/18/17, 3/22/17, 5/24/17


Please register in KeepCertified as soon as possible.

Registration will open on 9/22/16 for all staff that attended NUA Summer Academy 2016.

We Need Your Help! Opportunities to be on District Task Forces

Two New District Task Forces:


  • 5th Grade Math extension and enrichment - What do we do for those really high students?
    This task force will meet monthly on the following dates:
    10/6, 11/10, 1/12, 2/9, 3/2, 4/6.
    Please register for Math Extension and Enrichment for 5th Grade Task Force in KeepCertified to be part of this task force.
  • Grades 3-5 Literacy interventions- What kinds of interventions are needed? What is best practice?
    This task force will meet monthly on the following dates:
    10/13, 11/17, 1/19, 2/16, 3/9, 4/13.
    Please register for Literacy Interventions for Grades 3-5 Task Force in KeepCertified to be part of this task force.

Fluency Without Fear: Article by Jo Boaler with Resources

"Mathematics facts are important but the memorization of math facts through times table repetition, practice and timed testing is unnecessary and damaging...People with number sense are those who can use numbers flexibly... Unfortunately many classrooms focus on math facts in unproductive ways, giving students the impression that math facts are the essence of mathematics, and, even worse that the fast recall of math facts is what it means to be a strong mathematics student. Both of these ideas are wrong and it is critical that we remove them from classrooms, as they play a large role in the production of math anxious and disaffected students."
Full article with resources

Community Education Learning Opportunity

What You Always Wanted to Know about Islam and Muslims

offered by the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) of MN

Always wanted to learn more about Islam and Muslims? Uncover a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. The class will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. You’ll learn about the beliefs and practices of Muslim as well as religious celebrations. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand.

    • Oct 26 from 7-9 pm (2 CEUs will be earned for participation)
    • MGSH
    • $25 (employees pay $12.50)
    • Call (763) 391-7119 to receive the discount and register


Women in Islam

offered by the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) of MN

This presentation covers Islamic teachings about the different roles of Muslim women in society, including cultural differences. You'll uncover common misconceptions regarding Muslim women and gender equity in the spiritual, social, and economic aspect of life. Muslim women and culture/diversity will also be discussed. The presentation is concluded with examples of Muslim women and their role in history and today.
  • Dec 1 from 7-9 pm (2 CEUs will be earned for participation)
  • MGSH
  • $25 (employees pay $12.50)
  • Call (763) 391-7119 to receive the discount and register

District 279 Foundation Classroom Grants Program

The District 279 Foundation Classroom Grants Program makes funds available to all schools in the Independent School District 279 for innovative and creative projects that enhance curriculum or provide performance or social development opportunities. Any district employee, school volunteer or community member may submit a grant proposal for consideration.

District 279 Foundation Grant Information

Think Central Access

New teachers:

Email the Help Desk to activate your account.


Teachers changing grade levels:

  1. Under Settings, click Manage Account
  2. Select the appropriate grade level(s) in the center of the page
  3. Save

Meet Your CIES Team - Aaron Zech, Web Technology Support

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. We look forward to connecting and building relationships throughout the year!


How long have you worked for Osseo Area Schools?

Just under a year and a half now. I spent 1 year as a TECH ESP at MGSH, before moving to the ESC for web support.


What is your favorite part of your work?

Working with and being surrounded by technology.


What is one thing you would like us to know about you?

I’m a gamer. I love playing video games, and in 2014 I got to work one of the biggest games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and name is even in the credits.

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