E-Staff Weekly for 4/11/16

"Personalizing Education"

PSSA ELA Testing

GRADES 3-5: April 14-17

  • Please follow all directives per our training session
  • Please minimize hallway transitions when possible
  • Classrooms and students should remain quiet during hallway transitions
  • Students should not be around classroom windows when outside during testing times
  • If you should need assistance during testing, please contact the main office
  • No homework should be assigned during testing times, "light" academic work during the instructional day. Instruction continues through testing windows.

Late Passes

If your students arrive to school after morning announcements, they are required to have a late pass. Any students that don' have this, please send them back to the main office.

Voluntary Transfers Letters

See letters sent via email last week. Due date to Human Resources is April 29, 2016

Report Cards Dates

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Wednesday Communication Folders

Please remember to send home the Wednesday Communication Folder every Wednesday.

21st Century Learning Night

From Chris Brockman

I wanted to ask that if you know of any staff that would be a great addition to 21st Century Learning night (May 31st) that you might encourage them to participate and register using the link below. It would be great if it could be mentioned at next week’s faculty meetings as well. We really want each school well represented at this year’s event. Thanks very much.

21st Century Learning Night Form

Earn 4 hours of flex or 4 hours of pay!

Field Trip Reminder

From the transportation department...

We have received numerous trip requests that do not fit within the time frame sent out earlier this school year. Ideally the earliest pick-up time is 9am and return time is 1:45pm. Drive availability still is a problem when trips fall outside these times.

Need FLEX Hours?

Please pass along to all teachers that the Internet Safety Presentation (see below) on April 14th will qualify for 1.5 hours of flex credit. Teachers can sign up to attend in OTS.

Spring Benchmarking

  1. Linkit benchmarks will be given to students in non-PSSA tested grades (K-2), using Paper/Pencil Format. (the reason for this decision was based upon the fact that PSSAs test the same standards as the Benchmarks; therefore one test is sufficient for that purpose).
  2. Decisions to provide SPRING Linkit benchmarks to any other student or groups of students will be a building- level decision. If a school decides to test students outside of the required tested groups, the information will be communicated directly to me and copied to the Supervisors and the Director of IT, Diane Miller.

GCN Trainings

These following training's must be completed by the end of the school year. Please see Tina for any training's you haven't completed yet.

  1. Harassment (GCN)
  2. Act 126 Mandated Reporter (GCN)
  3. Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention (GCN)
  4. SEL training (Video and Powerpoint presentation) – for new staff members
  5. Policy 824 – Maintaining Professional Adult/Student Boundaries (will be reviewed in future faculty/department meetings)

Happy Birthday to You!


KIM MULLOY - April 12

CHAD SHAW - April 20


CATHY RAIMO - April 29

Teaching Resources, Inspiration, and Sometimes a Good Laugh!

M. M. Seylar Elementary School

"Personalizing Education"

Education is a very personal thing. We at Seylar believe that every child has the right to achieve their highest potential and for them to be inspired, to dream, to be excited, and to have pride within themselves and for their school community. Our mission is to combine these beliefs with your child’s innate passions and love for learning to bring together a mind’s on approach, where students are engaged, challenged, and supported so they can achieve their personal best.