NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of November 15, 2015

Around the Building

Saw this in the hall and it made me laugh

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Two-Hour Delay Waiver Day, November 18th

The 2 hour delay waiver day on Wednesday, November 18th will be an opportunity for you to work with your team or independently. You will have the flexibility to choose. Please keep me posted on what you plan on doing that morning and what supports you may need from me. Also, breakfast will be provided : )

This month in STAR:

  1. Schedule and prepare for winter screening (11/30/2015-12/11/2015)
  2. Consider assessing all students at the end of the first marking period. Some reports require three data points to calculate a trend line. An assessment here enables you to have a trend line for all students after winter screening.
  3. Generate a State Standards Mastery Report by class or by student. This provides you baseline information as to where your students are performing in relation to the standards.
  4. Generate Student Progress Monitoring Reports for all students who have a goal set in the Goal-Setting Wizard. This report requires four data points to calculate a trend. Analyze the data to determine if changes in the intervention plan are needed.

New Value-added Video Series and Facilitation Guides available on portal

Battelle for Kids, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, is introducing a new Value-added Video Series and Facilitation Guides developed for teachers and administrators as an easy, digestible way to acquire a basic, conceptual understanding of Ohio’s value-added measures. The video series and guides were designed to be valuable professional learning resources for teachers and administrators as they access, interpret, analyze and effectively use value-added information to inform professional practice and accelerate student learning. Click here for instructions on how to access the videos and guides on the Ohio Student Progress Portal.

how parents can link to their child's account in Reading Eggs

Repost from Kim:

Parents should go to There is box that says "PARENTS

Click Here". After giving their email and creating a password, they will go

into the site and link using their child's username and password.

New Ohio’s State Tests Web pages published

The department made revisions to several Ohio’s State Tests Web pages this week in an effort to make information more accessible to the general public, teachers, test coordinators and other administrators. The new or revised pages are:

  • Content Preparation page for teachers – This link serves as a “home page” for teachers who are planning their instruction so students will acquire the knowledge and skills called for in Ohio’s Learning Standards. Teachers will find test blueprints, test specifications, sample test items, practice tests and other resources that will help them and their students get ready for the state tests. The department will continue posting resources on the pages for each content area:

If you have comments or questions about these Web pages or suggestions for more information you would like to see online, please send those to statetests@education.ohio.govwith “testing website” in the subject line.

World Book series now offers new interfaces and more support for students and teachers

World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Advanced have new interfaces this year that include more photographs, more educational videos, and more access to informational text on current events. World Book is available at no charge to all schools in Ohio throughINFOhio, Ohio's PreK-12 digital library.

World Book resources include:

  • Research tools to help students manage research projects;
  • A read-aloud option for articles;
  • Hundreds of images and videos;
  • Lexiled articles so that teachers can easily differentiate text to meet student needs;
  • Faceted search for curriculum correlations; and

Lesson plans, classroom activities, experiments and dozens of graphic organizers for core subjects at all grade levels.

Educator license renewal for 2016-2017 now open

Educators who are ready to request renewal of their licensure credentials for 2016-2017 may now do so. Please note:

  • E-signers should pay special attention to the effective year of the licensure request, and change it to the correct effective year if necessary before approving the request.
  • Please announce to those staff members whose licenses will expire in 2016 that they will each need a SAFE account to access CORE and renew their licenses. Here are some quick tips on how to set up an account.
  • All educators should verify that their email addresses within SAFE are current.
  • Remember to inform those who hold coaching permits (pupil activity permits) of the recent changes outlined on the Coaching Web page about verification of training and two new permit terms for certain educators.

More information about licensure is here. Please send any questions or call (877) 644-6338.

Transition to New Assessments: Impact on Report Cards and Educator Evaluation

Click Here to read.

The Ever Increasing Burden on America’s Public Schools

MEMO 611-This week's quotes and articles come from Educational Leadership, Wharton Leadership Nano Tools, The Education Gadfly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The District Management Journal, Changing Schools, Let's Grow Leaders, and a YouTube video. The headlines:

  • Understanding the fundamental attribution error
  • How leaders can build trust
  • A study of teacher merit pay in Houston
  • Two case studies of data-driven improvement
  • An elementary school improves student attendance
  • A richer and deeper view of student success
  • Demo lessons: some suggestions
  • Ten common budget planning mistakes
  • Questions to ask before spending money on new technology
  • A California teacher on effective use of online resources
  • Why a boss's feedback might be ignored
  • Economics videos

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:

To listen to a podcast of last week's Memo (#610), please click here:

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Things to do:

  1. Send interims home by Friday.
  2. Send 2 Hour Delay Plans to Rob
  3. Schedule and prepare for winter screening (11/30/2015-12/11/2015)
  4. Professional Growth Plan to evaluator/December 1st (Complete in eTPES)
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, November 16

  • Pledge-Fairbank
  • Mathsgiving
  • Interim Week
  • 4th Grade Conference, 11:45 a.m.
  • 504 Meeting-4th Grade, 2:15 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • Interim Week
  • Mathsgiving
  • IAT Follow-up-Harris, 10:00 a.m.
  • IAT-3rd/4th Grade, 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 18

  • Pledge-Clay
  • Interim Week
  • Mathsgiving
  • 2 Hour Delay-Waiver Day

Thursday, November 19

  • Pledge-Kugler
  • Interim Week
  • Mathsgiving

Friday, November 20

  • Pledge-B. Roberts
  • Interim Week
  • Mathsgiving

Monday, November 23

  • Pledge Chrisman
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 24

  • Pledge Everhart
  • Second Harvest Food Bank Barrel Pickup
  • IAT-Mann-7:30 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25

  • Conference Make-up Day, No School

Thursday, November 26

  • Happy Thanksgiving, No School

Friday, November 27

  • Thanksgiving Break, No School