My name is Ayesha Hashim and I'm a PhD student at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. I am studying TUSD Connect for my dissertation research and have been asking teachers to complete a confidential, 20-minute online survey.
This survey will allow me to inform TUSD's efforts to integrate technology with instruction. But to do so, I still need to hear back from more teachers before the end of the fall semester (December 18, 2014 at 5 pm).
I would very much appreciate your help in informing teachers at your school about my survey and the new deadline by forwarding along this email. The level of response at Orchard Hills Middle School has been phenomenal so far. I just need to hear from five more teachers to get a representative picture of how teachers are using technology for instruction at your school.
I understand that this is a busy time of the school year. In appreciation for your staff's time, I am offering all teacher respondents a $5 Starbucks gift card and a chance to win four $50 Amazon gift cards. I would also be happy to present my research findings for Orchard Hills Middle School at a school staff meeting, if this is something that would be of interest to you.
Thanks for all of your help so far in informing teachers about my survey. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Hillview and Tustin Adult Education Community Holiday Supper (Attachment)
Hillview High School and Tustin Adult Education staff are conducting a toy and canned food drive to assist families and individuals in the Tustin Unified community who need our support.
The attached flyer has all the details. If you have any questions, please contact Tim O’Donoghue at (714) 730-7356, email@example.com or Dustin O’Malley at (714) 730-7395 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can help by providing a gift, donating canned or nonperishable food or giving a copy of the flyer to any family you think might be in need. The Holiday Sunday Supper will be held December 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Tustin.
Donations can be sent to us in the District mail or dropped off at Hillview by Wednesday, December 17. You can also call one of us and we will come get the item.
ELA and Math Checkpoints (Fifth Grade)
Orange ELA Checkpoints
We have extended the date for which the grade 3-5 ELA Checkpoints will be open to provide time for teachers to grade the constructed response items. As a reminder, there are two constructed response items on the grades 3 and 5 tests, and one constructed response item on the grade 4 test. Details are noted on the Directions for Administration documents.
Typically an extension would not be necessary, as the checkpoints were open for administration and scoring for a two-week period. However, teachers are working on report cards, and we want to make sure they have enough time to grade the constructed response items and complete the data entry for report cards.
The student testing timeline for grades 3-5 was Dec. 1 - 12. We will leave the grade 3-5 ELA Checkpoints open until December 19 so teachers have additional time to score the constructed response items.
Orange Math Checkpoints
The original testing window was from Nov. 18 – Dec. 5. We have had several requests from teachers to extend the window for make-up testing. We are therefore extending the window through Dec. 16 for Math Checkpoint make-up testing.
Contact Protocol – IMPORTANT!
Please remind teachers that all extension requests (including report card extension requests) shall be made by the site administrator. Teachers from several sites have contacted Assessment and Evaluation directly to ask for extensions, and I want to make sure you are aware and approve of the extensions. We will always refer extension requests from teachers back to the site administrator, and then we will await your email or phone call before providing extensions.
Classified All-Stars (Attachment)
Movies License (Attachment)
Our school has renewed a license for public performance rights to specific studios. This license is good to show legally obtained copies of movies from these studios for entertainment purposes. The movie studios included in the license are:
New Line Cinema
There are also exceptions in which media may be shown from studios that are not included in our public performance licensure for educational purposes. Below is an excerpt from the US copyright office.
“Can a school show a movie without obtaining permission from the copyright owner?
If the movie is for entertainment purposes, you need to get a clearance or license for its performance.
It is not necessary to obtain permission if you show the movie in the course of “face-to-face teaching activities” in a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, if the copy of the movie being performed is a lawful copy. 17 U.S.C. § 110(1). This exemption encompasses instructional activities relating to a wide variety of subjects, but it does not include performances for recreation or entertainment purposes , even if there is cultural value or intellectual appeal.”
Lastly, whether or not a movie is shown for educational or entertainment purposes, district policy needs to be followed:
· Any student viewing a movie with a rating higher than G, must have a signed permission slip.
· No movie with a rating higher than PG may be shown at an elementary school
· Students should be 13 years old, along with a parent permission slip, to view a PG-13 rated film
· No R rated films may be viewed at any time
TUSD Assessment Calendar (Attachment)
The current (updated) TUSD Assessment Calendar is attached. The most recent revision is highlighted in yellow.
5 Tool Educator Patch (Attachment)
The chicken dance being taught by Mr. Daviss. Does it get any better?
Students practice a duck and cover drill while learning about earthquakes in Miss Dunbar's earth science class.
The dynamic math team at OH!
Look at how excited they are after learning about "The Kleenex Effect" :)
Great "critical thinking" prompt.
Great teachers know when it is time to take a break to get up and get moving. Mrs. Bruner has a fantastic sense for engaging students.
Beginning in January, I will be focusing on rigor during classroom walk troughs specifically, I will be observing Level 3 and Level 4 on the attached DOK chart.
As many of you know we recently installed an electronic messaging board in the office. This new communications tool has been provided through a TPSF grant and PTO donations. The purpose of the board is to highlight the many incredible happenings throughout our campus. If you have pictures or events in class that you would like highlighted, please e-mail them to Tammis with a brief caption and we will display on the board to be “showcased”.
Art students installed Yarn Poms in trees, as part of a "commissioned Yarn Bomb" in order to add whimsy to our school during cold winter weather courtesy of Mrs. Carlos.