NRES Staff Newsletter
Week of March 27, 2016
Around the Building and Other Places
- Please DO NOT send student to the kitchen for ice during school hours. This is a safety issue. The cooks are preparing food and using equipment that may be hot.
- During recess duty please make sure you circulate the area. One teacher should be positioned "up top" closer to the building and one "down lower" by the tree. This will increase supervision, and allow for intervention to possible situations.
Thank you for your help in these matters, and let me know if you have any questions.
Severe Weather Safety Drill
Sunday, March 27th, 9am
March Star Student Assembly
Tuesday, April 5th, 7:45am
Little Mermaid Preview
Thursday, April 7th, 8:15pm
Message from Amy...She's also Available to Sub
Hope everyone has had a great Spring Break, and I look forward to seeing you all again!
Get free training in classroom technology and 15 contact hours from INFOhio
INFOhio is looking for energetic people employed within Ohio school buildings and districts to join the 150+ member INFOhio District/Building ICoach team. People accepted to be part of the 2016-2017 INFOhio District/Building ICoach team receive free training on incorporating INFOhio resources and other digital tools successfully in the classroom and training they can then use to help their students and peers.
The training is online and can be completed any time between May and August 2016. Once training has been completed, ICoaches receive certification for 15 contact hours, which most districts accept for CEUs.
You can nominate teachers and librarians who might be interested in becoming FY17 INFOhio District/Building Level ICoaches or complete the application yourself. Click here for program guidelines. The application is available here. Applications will be accepted through April 15, and acceptance into the District/Building ICoach program will be confirmed by April 29.
New Online Videos Help Parents Support the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
The flyers and videos were developed by INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA. They are available to all Ohioans for free download. For more information and easy ways to communicate with your parents about the videos, go to the Online Video announcement on the INFOhio website.
Ohio seeking parent input on Ohio’s Learning Standards in math, English language arts
Ohio’s learning standards in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies are five years old. The Ohio Department of Education now is reviewing the standards to update them, if revisions are necessary. To get started, the department is asking educators, parents and other members of the public to review and give feedback on the math and English language arts standards.
Please help us make sure that parents in your district know they have an opportunity to review and comment on these standards now through April 5. Would you be willing to promote the idea on your district website and send each of your students home with a brief message about the standards review?
Parents can review and comment at ohio-k12.help/standards/. On the Ohio Department of Education’s Standards Revision Web page, you will find a one-page overview for parents your district can print and send home with students.
Comment period open until April 5 for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math
Individuals or groups of individuals, who will find information about completing the online survey here, may submit their ideas for one or more grade levels and subject areas. Respondents are encouraged to submit online supporting evidence about their submissions.
To receive email notifications of the latest news on standards revisions, make sure you aresigned up here for your area of interest under Ohio’s Learning Standards. For more information, see the Standards Revision page.
Ohio University Research Study
Please fill out the survey by clicking on the link https://ohio.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2cneKhE8aUWJjXn or copying and pasting the link into your browser. I am asking you to please submit the survey by no later than April 10, 2016. Participants that submit a completed survey by March 20th may choose to be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card. Surveys completed and submitted between March 20th and April 3rd can to be entered to win a $50 gift card. Finally, those participants that complete and submit a survey between April 3rd and April 10th may choose to be entered to win a $25 gift card that will be mailed to the address you provide on your completed survey. The non-winning surveys from the $100 drawing will be included in the $50 and $25 drawings as well, so submit the completed survey as soon as possible.
Explanation of Study
The purpose of this study is to examine teachers’ perceptions regarding students’ prior experience with financial concepts and skills, their perceptions of their students’ cognitive readiness to develop financial concepts and skills, and the teachers’ own perceptions on the importance of teaching financial concepts and skills at the primary grades.
For this study, the term financial literacy will be based upon the definition of a financially literature person. Afinancially literate person is “an individual who has developed sufficient levels of (a) financial knowledge and (b) skill in using financial representations, tools, and models in order to function personally, in the family, on the job, and in society” (Alhammouri, Foley, & Ashurst, 2015, slide 7). Financial knowledge and skills are that which kindergarten through Grade 2 students need to achieve as stated by standards found in the Ohio’s New Learning Standards: Social Studies Standards (ONLS:SSS), the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and the National Standards in K–12 Personal Finance Education. These standards represent necessary financial concepts and skills such as the identifying of coins and bills, counting collections of money, making change, vocabulary such as borrowing and credit, and general financial understandings of the process of spending and saving. The researcher finds these definitions as more applicable and inclusive to the average citizen.
Alhammouri, A., Foley, G. D., Ashurst, J. M. (2015, October). Financial modeling for high school students. Workshop presented at the meeting of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Cincinnati, OH.
If you consent to participate, you will be asked a series of questions regarding financial literacy and the instruction of money concepts in your classroom.
Your participation in the survey should last no longer than ten minutes, but please take your time to provide comprehensive answers.
Risks and Discomforts
No risks or discomforts are anticipated in this study.
This study is important to society because results will be analyzed and reported with the goal of benefiting educators through the sharing of ideas and knowledge regarding best practices in instructing on financial literacy concepts and skills. You will have the satisfaction of contributing your ideas and perspectives to research in a growing field of interest in primary education. You may also be entered into a drawing for up to a $100 gift card that will be mailed to the address you provide on your completed survey.
Confidentiality and Records
Your study information will be kept confidential by the researcher. All data will be kept on the primary researcher’s password protected computer.
Additionally, while every effort will be made to keep your study-related information confidential, there may be circumstances where this information must be shared with:
- Federal agencies, for example the Office of Human Research Protections, whose responsibility is to protect human subjects in research;
- Representatives of Ohio University (OU), including the Institutional Review Board, a committee that oversees the research at OU;
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact Dr. Chris Hayhow, Director of Research Compliance, Ohio University, (740)593-0664 or email@example.com.
MEMO 628-This week's articles come from Chalkbeat, Phi Delta Kappan, The New York Times, Education Update, Educational Researcher, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Here are the headlines:
- The debate on "no excuses" classroom discipline
- "PLC lite" versus the real thing
- The case for a very different high-school math curriculum
- Are we conditioning girls to be scaredy-cats?
- Teaching ELA and math students to use their brains in similar ways
- Avoiding common errors applying Carol Dweck's mindset thinking
- The science achievement gap and how it might be closed
- An infographic on where STEM college graduates work
If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:
To listen to a podcast of last week's Memo (#627), please click here:
- Preparing children to start school ready to learn and thrive
- Counteracting stereotype threat in urban seventh graders
- Ten highly effective classroom practices from Down Under
- Close reading 101
- Words from other languages that might enrich English
- Harvard's "Best Foot Forward" classroom video project
- Teaching students mathematical argumentation
- Getting students engaged in advanced math problem-solving
- What's the ideal ratio of computer time in blended learning classes?
- Questions principals might ask in the hallway
- Are KIPP schools' results explained by selection and attrition?
- Websites for Unite for Literacy and Retrieval Practice
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Things to do:
- Review Severe Weather (tornado) procedures with students
- March Star Student names and write-ups to Rob by Friday
10 Day Forecast
Monday, March 28
- ACT Visit-Toth
- 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
- 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
- 5th Grade Team Meeting, 2:20 p.m.
- 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
- IAT Follow-up-Johnson, 10:45 a.m.
- Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
- IEP-Chrisman/Toth, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30
- Severe Weather Safety Drill, 9:00 a.m.
- 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
- IAT-Johnson, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 31
- Pledge-J. Roberts
- Attendance Mediation (Mann & Wyen), 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Friday, April 1
- Elementary ELA Meeting
Monday, April 4
- IEP-Blaker/Toth, 3:30 p.m.
- PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5
- Pledge-B. Roberts
- Star Student Assembly, 7:45 a.m.
- IEP-Curtin, 9:00 a.m.
- 4th Grade Conference, 2:15 p.m.
- IEP-Chrisman/Toth, 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6
- 2 Hour Delay for Staff Professional Development
Thursday, April 7
- Biometric Screening, 6:45-9:15 a.m.
- Preview of Little Mermaid, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, April 8
Old Business-Previously Released Items
Meal Magic...Coming to a Cafeteria Near You!
Northeastern Local School District is implementing a new management system for the Food Service department called Meal Magic. Each student will have a lunch account, which will be accessed by using a school assigned keypad number at the register. Students will enter their number into the keypad located at each register to purchase their food. At this time students will still be able to pay with cash at the register, however they will need their Student Lunch ID Number to purchase a lunch.
For convenience, the district is also updating EZ Pay accounts to allow for prepayment of
meals for your student(s). EZ Pay is our online system that currently allows parents to pay all school fees online.
The lunch charge policy will stay the same - students will only be permitted to charge three
lunches. No breakfast charging will be permitted.
Northridge will implement Meal Magic on Monday, April 11th. A district letter will be going out to parents prior to implementation.
REMEMBER...This will be a new system for everyone. Please be patient with the cafeteria staff, tech. dept., and students.
Technology Help Desk
Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page www.nelsd.org, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.
Springfield Tutoring Academy
The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.
See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!
There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.
Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.
So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.
Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!
EARN YOUR $35 TODAY!
You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.
To start earning your wellness dollars visit epcwellness.org and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.
EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!
Dear EPC Participant,
Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:
Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment
Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50
- Login to epcwellness.org
- Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
- On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
- Click Sign Up
Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center
- Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
- Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016
Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional help.