ENSC Weekly Notes
January 13, 2014
Welcome to 2014 - Part II
We did have a few winter related issues last week. ENHS and ENMS both experienced frozen water pipes which broke and caused water damage. A huge thank you to our custodians, maintenance staff, Bill Knox, Brian Leitch, Sandy Scare, Kevin Alison, Lisa Laur, Andy Deming, and Steve Peterson for their help in cleaning up the areas. Help provided by Kendallville Fire, Police, and Parks and Recreation is much appreciate also!
Enjoy your return to school!
We do have five make up days built into our current calendar. We will use January 20, February 17, and May 9 as make up days for Wednesday - Friday of last week. IF (and that is a huge IF) we do not miss any other snow days this school year, we will use May 16 and 23 to make up Monday and Tuesday of last week even if our waiver request is approved. It is highly unlikely that we will not have any additional cancellations. But....you never know.
I am sure you are asking why we would consider making these days up. I believe every day of instruction is valuable for our students and if we are able to make up these days without adding days on to the end of the school year, it is beneficial and impactful for our students. When we begin to extend the school year for make up days, students are less focused and attendance is lower. The best time to make up snow days is before testing is complete! By the time we reach June, all testing is over (ISTEP, iREAD, ECAs, AP). In addition, other issues are created as we near the June 7 graduation date.
In my opinion, it is highly unlikely that we will not experience additional cancellations!
January 15 School Board Meeting
Superintendent Ritz Welcome
This Week's Super Hero
Avilla Elementary is proud to honor Amy Mosley as this week’s Super Hero! Amy assists teachers and students in the area of technology and oversees our lab, as well as working with teachers to enhance the use of technology in the classroom. The lab no longer is a “standalone” place where kids “do” technology, but a place where students bring their own equipment and use it to create! A current project she has undertaken is teaching code to Kindergarten thru sixth grade students! It is very exciting to see students using these tools to create their own work! Additionally, she collaborates with each grade level to infuse the use of technology into the classroom so that students are using available technology on a daily basis as a part of the leaning process. Amy also sends out a weekly update as to what is occurring with Avilla students and the use of technology. We are very appreciative of her efforts and congratulate her on being named the Super Hero of the week!
Winter Storm of 2014 Heros
Notes from Becca
Clean Up After the Storm
Ahhh…it looks like the weather is finally changing and we will be able to get back to normal operation on Monday. As part of the clean-up process, we also have to clean up some educational items that were delayed or will need to be addressed quickly as we return.
mClass Testing ( Grades K-2) and IRI (grades 3-8)
Due to inclement weather and the issues this has caused for mCLASS Reading 3D (TRC and DIBELS) MOY testing, the IDOE is extending this MOY testing window a week and two days for all Corporations and Schools. Please complete the Reading 3D MOY testing by February 14th, 2014. Also, keep in mind that the math window has not moved, so please do not wait to complete this testing or you will have both to complete at the same time. IRI follows the mClass schedule so days will be added there also.
ISTEP Readiness Test (grades 3-8)
Students with laptops need to update and clear their machines in preparation for the Readiness Test on January 28th. Patch Tuesday is the name given to the day each month that Microsoft releases security and other patches for their operating systems and other software. Patch Tuesday is always the second Tuesday of each month. The next scheduled day is Tuesday, January 14th.
So, wait until Wednesday, January 15th and then all students will need to run all updates, possibly install the test client, and clear unwanted and unneeded program. The tech staff will provide more details. Please use Monday and Tuesday to talk to students about saving what they would like to keep offsite, i.e. flash drive. Also remind students that machines will need to be kept clear from now through May. We learned last year that students who kept their machines clean of games and downloads experienced less problems with the test.
Students with iPads had a system upgrade over break. We will learn more about these when we return.
Anxious to Return!
By the way, the school year is just a few days short of half over!