NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of February 7, 2016

Around the Building

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Start Talking Information and Resources

A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.

Parents, mentors and peers can make a difference just by talking to the young people in their lives about drug abuse. Please Start Talking!

  1. Parent Know! Tips StartTalking Parents Parent Tip Sign-Up
  2. Teachable Moments StartTalking Schools Teachable Moments Sign-up
  3. Here is the link to the Parents 360 Rx video and attached is the toolkit StartTalking Programming Parents360 Rx
  4. Learn how you can help prevent youth drug abuse by just having a conversation. Tips at: StartTalking Home
  5. A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use drugs. Talk to your kids:
  6. Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are 50% less likely to use. Learn more: StartTalking Home
  7. 10 Tips flyer if you would like to share on social media or in communications with parents and other stakeholders.
  8. Parent 360 Toolkit

Approved Professional Development Meeting Reminder


Reminder: If you are attending professional training that has been approved by Mr. Shaffer, please be sure to fill out the cost part of the professional form in kiosk. If you are driving also include the mileage. After you return from the training be sure to complete the Professional Meeting Expense Voucher found under staff resources on the district's webpage and turn all paperwork into the board office within 5 days.

Young Authors Update from Karen

What you need to know about Young Authors:

  1. We have 5 slots for K-5.
  2. Students may write: short story, poetry, essay, critical review, news story, or editorial. (Every type of writing is fine except lap reports and research reports.)
  3. Only 1 entry per student, not to exceed 1,500 words.
  4. Hand written best drafts will be accepts to our NRE Young Authors Selection committee. Please try to limit to 1 entry per class. If you choose not to submit students due to the crunched time frame--please let me know. Writing selections need to be written at school. However, students may edit/revise something they have written previously this year.
  5. I will need to send chosen entries electronically to young authors. If students, can/want to type their entries and e-mail me that is helpful. If not, no worries, I will type up the students entries. If typing, please use Microsoft Word; 12 point; Times New Roman font; double-spaced for body; (prose or poetry, exceeding 1 page-single space.) Title--14 point; Times New Roman. If there is no title use "Untitled"; Paper- 8 1/2 x 11; Margins 1" top, bottom, left, right. I will double check/edit any student typed entries to make sure they meet the guidelines.
  6. The conference for winners is March 11 at Wittenberg.
  7. 7th-12th grade entries have a theme of "Adventures around the World"; K-6 entries do not have to go with this theme, but may if the writer would like.
  8. *Student entries need to be turned into me or my mailbox by 2:10 on Wed., Feb. 17th. Entries should *not have the student's name, but *should have the student's grade level.* Please give me a *separate folded piece of paper that contains the student's entry title and their name.* The 2/17 due date gives our selection committee one week to review and finalize winners and me time to type/compile everything to send to Young Authors. No entries will be accepted after this time. (If you are interested in being on the selection committee, please e-mail me.)

Thank you for encouraging and fostering strong writers in your classroom!



Science Saturday's with Mr. C

Free MCESC Science Program for children and families in the region.

Families are invited to join YouTube sensation Mr. C to learn about the science of having fun.

MEMO 622-This week's articles come from The New Yorker, Kappa Delta Pi Record, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Literacy Today, and Edutopia. The headlines:

  • Why texting is the ideal medium for teen crisis counseling
  • Three key factors that nurture student resilience
  • More on emphasizing altruism in the college admissions process
  • Finding the right balance of talk, student voice, and technology
  • Squelching shame in reading classes
  • Effective use of exit tickets
  • Digital tools to support effective literacy teaching

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

To listen to a podcast of last week's Memo (621), please click here:

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Things to do:

  • 3rd Grade Teacher-RIMPs
  • Schedule Winter Conferences-Submit Schedules to Rob
  • 3-5 Teacher: Let Rob know if you're interested in the Pillowcase Project
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, February 8

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Interim Week
  • Pennies for Patients
  • AASCD meeting, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 504 Meeting-Johnson, 2:15 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • Interim Week
  • Pennies for Patients
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Kuss
  • NEAT Meeting, Rob Out
  • BIP Meeting-Toth, 2:00 p.m.
  • IAT Follow-up-Johnson, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10

  • Pledge-Clay
  • Interim Week
  • Pennies for Patients

Thursday, February 11

  • Pledge-Kugler
  • Interim Week
  • Pennies for Patients
  • Valentine's Parties, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12

  • No School-Conference Make-up Day


Monday, February 15

  • Presidents' Day-No School

Tuesday, February 16

  • Pledge-B. Roberts
  • Tasty Tradition Fundraiser Ends
  • Shrek the Musical Preview, 9:00 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • IEP-Johnson, 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17

  • Pledge-Chrisman
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
  • LPDC, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18

  • Pledge-Everhart
  • Board of Education Meeting @ SV, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 19

  • Pledge-Hoppes
  • 1st Grade "Tooth Fairy" North Spring Dental, 11:30 a.m.

Old Business-Previously Released Items

Technology Help Desk

Over Christmas break the technology department began using a new FREE helpdesk software called Spiceworks. Spiceworks will allow us to better rack technology needs. We will be using this software for submitting, tracking, and handling your technology needs. The Spiceworks program allow us to communicate better with you on your technology needs and issues. For your part you just need to submit a technology ticket. You will receive email updates automatically as your ticket is handled and completed. This should help us complete your issues quickly and more efficiently. If you are having an issue you just go to our web page, RESOURCES, STAFF RESOURCES, TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK REQUEST (3rd item on left). Enter your email address, a SUMMARY of the issue (PLEASE enter your building initials to start summary), a detailed DESCRIPTION of the issue, select your LOCATION, click SUBMIT REQUEST. You will automatically receive an email with your ticket number and other information.

Springfield Tutoring Academy

The Clark County ESC is excited to announce our collaboration with the Springfield Tutoring Academy. The Springfield Tutoring Academy provides after school tutoring in all subjects, dyslexia assessments and Orton Gillingham tutoring. This is a non-profit organization providing a service to students in Clark County. We are sharing this information with you so that you are aware of this valuable resource for students who need extra support outside of the school day. The attached flyer provides more information and can be copied and shared with parents and colleagues.



Second Round of OTES

If you'd like to schedule your second round of OTES please do so by the end of this month. After December I will schedule those who have not scheduled yet. Here's what you need to schedule:

OTES-Round 2 Scheduling
  1. Pre-Conference/Mid-year Review
  2. Observation-30 minutes
  3. Post-Conference
Schedule Your Second Round Meeting:

See a great opportunity for Professional Development? I'd like to help!

If you see a great opportunity for professional development please let me know. I'd like to be able to send you to it. The expectation would be that you then come back and share with the rest of the staff.

There isn't always money for PD or money to get subs for a lot of people; however having one or two people attend workshops/conferences with the expectation that they will share with others when they return can help foster a more powerful Professional Learning Community within our school.

Sharing would consist of coming back and presenting at a staff meeting and "coaching" those of us who might be interested in going further with the topic/idea.

So be on the lookout for great PD and let me know.

Complete your PHA by June 1, 2015 to earn $35 wellness dollars!


You can earn $35 today by completing your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) through the EPC Wellness Program. The PHA will take about 20 minutes to complete and consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that impact your health.

To start earning your wellness dollars visit and log in using your username and password. New users can select 'Sign Up Today' to register on the wellness website.

EPC Wellness: Participate and Earn Rewards!

Dear EPC Participant,

Don’t miss out on your reward! Make sure to complete the following steps as you participate in EPC wellness:

Step #1: Complete Personal Health Assessment

Step #2: Complete Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health wellness workshop (required): $50

  • Login to
  • Click on #1 Your Roadmap for Health
  • On the Manage Workshops page scroll down the list and find ‘Reasonable Alternative – Your Roadmap for Health.
  • Click Sign Up
Step #3: Complete ONE additional wellness workshop: $50

Step #4: Redeem wellness dollars for gift cards in the Hallmark Gift Card Center

Key Dates:

  • Complete steps 1,2, and 3 no later than August 31, 2016
  • Complete step 4 no later than September 30, 2016

Please click HERE to review the attached program guide to help answer any questions.

You can also email for additional help.