Ahead of the Curve

Jasper Weekly 3.21.16 to 3.27.16

Serve. Matter. Experience. Together.

Block Lunch Reminders

Block Lunch

I hope most of you have carved out 10 minutes to watch the video above that covers some spring reminders about campus supervision during block lunch. If you have not watched it by now, please do so by the end of the day on Tuesday. Enjoy!

Upcoming Birthdays

Saturday, March 26 - Jeff Banner

Sunday, March 27 - Cindi Tang

Upcoming Weeks at Jasper

3/22-Progress Reports Distributed

3/22-EOC Training in 1100 at either 8:15 or 4:20 (All Staff)

3/25-Student/Teacher Holiday

3/29-English 1 EOC

3/31-English 2 EOC

4/1-Spring Picture Day

4/15-End of 5th Six Weeks


4/30-World History AP Exam

5/2-Biology EOC

5/3-Algebra 1 EOC

5/5-AP Calculus Exam

5/6-European History AP Exam

5/6-Progress Reports Pulled

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General Announcements and Reminders

1. (NEW) 3/25 Student/Teacher Holiday

2. (NEW) Attendance System

3. EOC Passing Standards

4. May 27th and June 6th Work Days

1. (NEW) 3/25 Student/Teacher Holiday

3/25 is a student/teacher holiday. I realize on some calendars it has it listed as a possible workday, however that was only if 3/25 had to be used as a weather make-up day. Everyone enjoy your three day weekend!

2. (NEW) Attendance System

As most of you are aware by now, if you forget to take attendance in one or more periods, you will be receiving an e-mail from Teresa Brown with the administrative team CC'd. This is as a result of a campus audit that revealed a concern with attendance on campus. Our action plan is to send this daily follow-up e-mail in an effort to add in additional supports to help those teachers who are experiencing difficulty keeping updated attendance records. Keeping updated attendance records is how our district and school receives funding and how accurate attendance records are maintained for students. If there is a situation that makes it difficult to take attendance on a regular basis, please see your support admin.

3. EOC Passing Standards

Everyone should be aware that the EOC passing standards for 2015-2016 are higher than the previous years. Level II passing scores have raised 25-50 points depending on the test, which is about 1-3 questions difference. You can see the updated chart here:


4. May 27th and June 6th Work Days

Teaching/Professional Staff on a 189-day contract:

May 27th:

This is a work day for everyone on campus.

June 6th:

In order to not have to come to work on Monday, June 6th, you will need to document 8 hours of professional development (not just extra work hours) outside of the normal work day (8:30-4:30) from the beginning of last summer until the end of this school year. This can include:

-Staff meeting outside of typical contract hours listed above (8:00-8:30 or 4:30-5:00 would count as 30 minutes toward documented PD hours)

-Campus professional development opportunities outside of these hours (above and beyond the 3 required Jasper PD sessions)

-(NEW) 2015 summer training (non-paid)

-2015 Jasper summer leadership retreat

-2015 AP Institute

-District-recognized online PD (above and beyond any PISD/Jasper required sessions)

-PD360 (now called Edivate) at www.pd360.com, click "forgot password" to retrieve your pd360 password, which is different than your network login password, complete 1 lesson, including questions/assignments for 1 hour of PD

-MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) at https://www.mooc-list.com/, get with your support admin to determine number of PD hours each course would count.

-Campus professional development Google Classroom article discussion chats (Coryn will be sending e-mail soon and I will provide a link on the Ahead of the Curve)

-Beyond Measure movie viewing at Shepton on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:00 (Shepton and Jasper staff only). This will count as 2 hours of professional development. Click here to register attendance.

If you do not meet all of the requirements above, you will either need to work the number of hours you are short on the professional development exchange hours on Monday, June 6th or take a personal leave for the number of hours you are short on the professional development exchange hours (can use a sick leave day if all personal days are exhausted).

For example, if you only completed 6 of the required 8 hours of flex professional development, you will either need to work 2 hours on Monday, June 6th or take 2 hours of personal leave (sick if personal is exhausted).

You will need to document these hours and turn them in at the end of the year.

If you have any questions about what might or might not count, please see your support admin.

Paraprofessional Staff:

You will need to check your work schedule in TEAMS to see if Friday, May 27th and Monday, June 6th are work days for you. If they are, please get with your support administrator for options for these days.

Important Bookmarks

Staff Google Folder:


Staff Google Classroom:


Class Code: f3y5rao

Staff Handbook:

Jasper Admin Walk-Through Form (use to help plan lessons and self-reflect):


Block Lunch Meeting Request:

Social Media Input:

Announcement Request (170 characters):



Campus Professional Learning Opportunities:


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