Weekly Notification

Certified Edition - May 2, 2022

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For: Elementary Teachers

As we wrap up our work on LETRS Units 1-4, please keep in mind the following…

  1. Unit 4 – Our Provo Cohort has our full day trainings for Unit 4 scheduled on May 23 or June 1. Please make sure that you have registered for one of these dates. The MIDAS section is 60076.
  2. If you missed any of the LETRS full day training sessions (Units 1-4), please be sure to sign up for a make-up class ASAP.
  3. The deadline for all Units 1-4 work is June 10.
  4. Completion of Units 1-4 LETRS= Attendance at each Unit full day training, completion of all online modules and bridge to practice, and the tests.

K-6 Math Assessment: May 2 – May 20

For: Elementary Teachers

District Elementary Math Interims will be administered three times per year at each grade level. The window for the EOY Growth Measure Assessment, taken on the Into Math platform, will be open from May 2nd – May 20th. All K – 6 students, including those in DLI programs, should participate in this assessment. The following information on the Growth Measure Assessment is available in the Elementary Curriculum Notebook:

  • How to Assign the Growth Measure Assessment
  • How to Open Growth Measure Reports
  • Navigating the Growth Measure Reports Page
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Renewing Our Teaching Practice with Flexible Learning

For: All Teachers

As I have visited with teachers, students, and parents across the district over the past few months, I have been repeatedly asked for two things:

  1. Clear expectations/consistency for digital learning
  2. A vision for the use of technology in our classrooms
To help answer this call, we are excited to offer paid workshops throughout the month of June. In these workshops, we will explore what flexible learning looks like post-pandemic, using Canvas to create differentiated learning environments to use in the classroom.
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SUU Masters Opportunity: Enroll by May 16, 2022

For: All Employees

SUU is offering an excellent opportunity for anyone thinking about enrolling in a masters program.

Plain Talk Virtual Summit

For: All Teachers

The Center for Literacy & Learning is excited to bring you the 2022 Plain Talk Virtual Summit. If you were unable to attend the 2022 in-person event, or missed one of your favorite presenters, this summit is for you. Heralded as the nation’s premier literacy Institute, Plain Talk gained its reputation because of its clear focus on providing evidence-based reading research and strategies for those who teach at all ages and grade levels. While the vast majority are literacy focused (reading, writing, speaking), we also welcome experts on conditions that may also affect reading (e.g., ADHD, social-emotional issues, equity, leadership, executive function). Join us live on May 11, 2022.

Mini Grassroots Workshops for Secondary Math

For: Secondary Math Teachers

USBE is partnering with Grassroots Workshops to offer Mini Professional Learning opportunities.

Full-Length Grassroots Workshops for Secondary Math

For: Secondary Math Teachers

USBE is partnering with Grassroots Workshops to offer Full-Length Professional Learning opportunities.

Summer PD: Standards Implementation Institute

For: All Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

The Standards Implementation Institute (SII) is an opportunity to join your Utah colleagues for an integrated, content-specific professional learning experience to further develop content and pedagogical skills while empowering you to leverage your current resources.

Each week in June and July, SII is offering 1- 2- and 3-day courses in many areas.

K-6 ELA Program Review/Open House

For: Elementary Teachers

As our contract with McGraw Hill (Wonders) comes to a close, the District Literacy Committee is in the process of exploring new K–6 ELA programs. We are committed to selecting a program that is in line with the newly updated state core standards and that will meet the needs of K – 6 students and educators across the district. As part of this review process, we invite all teachers, administrators, and members of the community to explore each of the 3 programs being considered. Materials will be on display and available for review from 1:30pm – 3:30pm on Friday, May 13th at the GLC. A survey will be available for you to give feedback and share your insights on each of the programs being considered. We value your input and hope to see you on May 13th at the GLC!

American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Certification for Employees

For: All Employees

The Provo City School District nurses are offering certification for American Heart Association Heartsaver K-12 CPR/AED and First Aid. This certification is valid for two years. It is required that at least three people at each school be certified in CPR & First Aid. However, certification is recommended for all school staff, especially those who work with medically fragile students.

2022 Utah System Conference

For: Teachers and Admin

The Utah State Board of Education is holding a conference on Building Relationships to Foster Inclusive Practices. This two-day conference will be held in person at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah and includes a virtual component for persons who are not able to attend onsite.

ELA Standards- Draft Open for Comment

For: All Teachers

The draft of the preschool through Grade 12 Utah English Language Arts (ELA) standards are now open for public comment. You can provide feedback by clicking on the link below in person at one of these three public meetings:

  • April 4, 2022, 6-8 pm Sevier School District Office 180 E 600 N Richfield, UT 84701
  • April 27, 2022, 6-8pm Washington School District 121 West Tabernacle St. George, UT 84770
  • May 17, 2022, 6-8pm Ogden City School District 1950 Monroe Blvd Ogden, UT 84401

The public comment period end on June 14, 2022

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May 2022 Benefits Buzz – Open Enrollment Reminder

For: All Employees

Open enrollment is coming July 21st – August 12th. Open Enrollment for Benefits and Wellness Labs will be held on:

  • August 4th from 9 until 12:30 in the PDC
  • August 8th from 9 until 4 in the District Office Boardroom

Chromebooks will be available, but you may bring your own laptop. We do encourage employees to enroll independently. If you have a vacation planned, make sure you don’t wait until the last minute.

If you complete Open Enrollment by the end of the day on August 5th, your name will be put into a drawing for prizes.

Where Did Our Wellness Program Finish?

For: All Employees

The 2021-2022 Wellness Year for Provo City School ended on April 30, 2022. We had an excellent and productive year. Our renewal rate for the 2022-2023 medical insurance is 2.6%. Congrats to all who participated.

Save the Date! Provo City School District Author Con September!

For: All Employees

Yup! The Author con has been rescheduled for September 22nd at Provo High. The event will be held from 5:00-8:00PM. We will have authors, illustrators, book store, make-and-take bookish crafts, prizes, photos opts, workshops, vendors, book signings and food trucks! Whew! This is for the whole Provo City School District family. Mark your calendar and we will see you there!

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Bite-sized PD form Innovative Learning: Copy Link to Highlight

For: All

You know that feeling when you find the perfect information online that you want to share with your students or colleagues, but it’s 3/4 of the way down the page and you’re dreading trying to help them find it? Well, a new feature in Chrome allows you to link right to the information in the page that you want people to see. On a PC, highlight the section you want people to read within a text, right-click and select “copy link to highlight.” On a Mac, hold the Ctrl button on your keyboard and click your trackpad then select “copy link to highlight.” This generates a URL ending in a # symbol, which you can then share with others. Upon visiting the new URL, readers are taken directly to the highlighted portion.

If you have a retirement announcement you would like to in the weekly notifications please email shaunas@provo.edu.

Suicide Prevention Training for License Renewal

For: All Teachers

PCSD’s approved Suicide Prevention Course will be the course offered by USBE. We will no longer offer the Face to Face course. Learn more on the Employee Website.

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