In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

Sherman ISD School Board Approves Technology Upgrades

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All Sherman ISD campuses will receive updated technology next school year after the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a $3.3 million district-wide technology upgrade.


The upcoming technology enhancements will be the first full-scale technology upgrade for the district in 12 years and will provide all teachers with a laptop and docking station, a 75-inch interactive wall panel, and a wireless document camera. Sherman ISD instructions staff will also transition from desktops to laptops.


In the spring of 2018, the Sherman ISD Cross-Functional Technology Committee, comprised of teachers, principals, students, and parents began meeting to identify new technology that would enhance student learning. In the fall of 2018, SISD teachers previewed an interactive projector and panel and provided feedback to the committee. Based on that feedback and research, the SISD technology department presented the information during the April board meeting, and the board approved the recommended upgrades and technology toolkit. The upgrades will meet the district’s objective to increase teacher mobility and instructional flexibility within the classroom, improve student interdependence and collaboration, and increased the connectedness between students inside the classroom and beyond.


In the spring of 2018, Sherman ISD began wireless and infrastructure upgrades and in March of 2019, additional upgrades, which included a new classroom sound, bells, and paging system were installed. During the third phase, teachers will receive their new laptops in the summer so they can begin the 2019-2020 school year with a new device. All upgrades are scheduled to be completed before the end of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.


A complete list of the Sherman ISD approved Technology Tool Kit is listed below:

• Teacher laptop with docking station

• Wireless document camera

• Interactive projection panel

• New classroom audio system

• Learning Management System

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

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Administrative professionals on each Sherman ISD campus and in each department keep our school district running smoothly. They truly deserve to be celebrated and today Sherman ISD made that happen. The SISD Service Center held a cookout with yummy hamburgers, hotdogs, and apple pie. We thank each of our administrative assistants, and we know that we could not do it without you. Thank you and we hope you all had a great day!
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Employee Letter of Reasonable Assurance Due May 3, 2019

2019-2020 Employee Letter of Reasonable Assurance: Letters of Reasonable Assurance are now available for non-contracted employees to accept or decline. Please accept or decline your Letter of Reasonable Assurance by May 3, 2019. If you decline your Letter of Reasonable Assurance, please submit a letter of resignation. If you are resigning, please submit your letter directly to the HR department.

Please follow these steps through TEAMS:

1. Employee Service Center
2. You may be prompted to confirm your identity, if you have not logged into TEAMS recently or if you are using a new or different computer. Via text message or phone call, you will receive a four-digit code to enter. Please make sure you choose your personal number, do not choose your school's phone number.
3. My Employment Records
4. My Contract
5. You will be prompted to enter information about yourself.
6. Complete Electronic Business Agreement.
7. Select 2020.
8. Read Letter of Reasonable Assurance and click Accept or Decline.


For additional information, please email Jill O'Neal at JOneal@ShermanISD.net

Sherman ISD Spring Enrollment of Benefits

In an effort to give you more time in August and a smoother start to the school year, Sherman ISD will have open enrollment for benefits for all returning employees this spring. The start date for any changes or additions will not take effect until September 1, 2019. The TRS ActiveCare open enrollment window is not changing, it will still be in August. SISD does not control this window. You may have to make some minor changes in August; however, If you do not want to make any changes to your health coverage after the new rates and coverage are set by the state, you will not have to do anything additional in August.


This spring, there will be meetings held at each campus to discuss the insurance products. This will include voluntary life insurance, vision, dental, heart, cancer, and other supplemental benefits. Last year, we added a Health Saving Account (HSA) option for employees. An HSA is similar to a flexible spending account; however, one big difference is that you do not have to spend the money in one calendar year and you can even take your account with you if you resign or retire and use it at a later date.


The meeting dates and dates of when the representatives will be at the campus are listed below. If you have any additional questions, please contact Human Resources Executive Director Jill O'Neal.

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Back the Blue Fundraiser

Sherman ISD is participating in the Classic Texoma/Katy County Back the Blue in Blue Jeans fundraiser. For a donation of $10 or more, you will receive a blue jean pass for Wednesday, May 15th and entry in the Golf Ball Drop for a chance to win $1,000. All donations must be turned into Julie Mitchell Kerr by May 8, 2019. Please get with your campus principal if you would like to donate to participate.

SISD Night at the Dallas Rattlers

The Dallas Rattlers Lacrosse Team will host a SISD Night, benefiting the Sherman Education Foundation on June 2, 2019. Tickets are $20 and 25% of ticket sales will be donated back to the SEF. Also to kick-off the event, Sherman ISD's elementary teacher, secondary teacher and new teacher of the year winners will be honored before the game with the game ball delivery. The first 50 students to purchase tickets will have the chance to take part in a fan tunnel. Please mark your calendar for this event and additional information will be available soon. For more information, please email Julie Kerr (Mitchell) at Jmitchell@ShermanISD.net.

SISD Summer Professional Development Opportunities

We are excited to announce the summer offerings for professional development in Sherman ISD. We hope that you will take advantage of literacy, RTL, math, Gifted and Talented and/or technology training that will support you in your work as a master teacher. Click the image below to get information about trainings provided by in-district trainers, consultants, and Region 10 with links to register. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Techpalooza

Sherman ISD presents a variety of sessions to support technology integration and collaborative learning at all levels. This year we have 3 levels of Technology Professional Development: Emerging, Intermediate, and Advanced. We will also be joined by our Curriculum Department with sessions for Math and ELAR! Come discover diverse and relevant topics shared by educators who are teaching and learning every day. Click the image below to visit the Techpalooza website.
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Region 10 Summer Professional Development

Sherman ISD will be hosting a Region 10 Summer Roadshow this summer at Dillingham Intermediate. Because we are hosting and seats fill up fast, we get a two week advance on registration! There are many great offerings to consider and we encourage you to click the image below to start planning for your summer professional development today!

Region 10 Retirement Planning Seminar

Region 10 Education Service Center is hosting a FREE Retirement Planning Seminar to any employee of a Region 10 District. They will have highly respected TCG Advisors leading the seminar. TCG has specialized in advising education professionals and is the Investment Advisor to Region 10 ESC’s Retirement Asset Management Services (RAMS). To register for the seminar, click the image below.

SISD Employee Transfer Window Now Open

The employee transfer window is now open. Employees may request a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year until Friday, May 10, 2019. Employees may not request a lateral transfer for the 2019-2020 school year after May 10, 2019. All lateral transfer decisions should be made by Friday, May 31, 2019. If you have questions about this, please contact the Human Resources Department at 903-891-6410. Please visit with your supervisor prior to requesting a transfer.

Steps for requesting a transfer for the 2019-2020 School Year:


1. Log into the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Your username and password are the same as your email and network username and password

2. Click on My Employment Record.

3. Click on My Employee Transfer Request.

4. Click on the Job Category.

5. Find the job(s) you are interested in applying for and check the appropriate boxes.

6. Complete all tabs under Transfer Details.

7. Click Submit.

8. If you decide to make any additions or changes to your request, please make sure you remember to hit Submit each time.

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Summer School applications are now available!

Employees interested in working summer school may now apply through the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Teachers wanting to apply for the LEP Pre-K and Kindergarten summer positions should apply for Summer School Teacher- ESL EC-4 or Bilingual EC-4, depending upon their current certification. Summer school dates and pay rates are listed below.


Steps for Applying for Summer School


1. Log into the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Your username and password are the same as your email and network username and password

2. Click on My Employment Record.

3. Click on My Employee Transfer Request.

4. Click on the Job Category.

5. Click on Summer School.

6. Find the job(s) you are interested in applying for and check the appropriate boxes.

7. Complete all tabs under Transfer Details.

8. Click Submit.

9. If you decide to make any additions or changes to your request, please make sure you remember to hit submit each time.


SUMMER SCHOOL DATES & PAY RATES


Sherman High School:

Director- $320 Daily Rate- June 3-July 3

Teachers- $240 - full day/ $120 – half day - June 3-July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule- Morning and Afternoon Sessions:

8:00-12:00- 4 hours

12:30-4:30- 4 hours


Piner Middle School and Dillingham Intermediate School:

Director- $240 per day- June 3-June 28

Teachers- $180 per day- June 3-June 28

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:30-2:30- 6 hours


LEP PreK/ K Summer School:

Director- $280 Daily Rate- May 28- June 27

Teachers- $210 Daily Rate- May 28- June 27

May 28, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-3:00


Boot Camp

Lead Teacher: $175 Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

Teacher: $150 per Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-12:30


JDC

Teacher: $150 per Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-12:30


ESY

Teacher: $30 per hour - June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27

Assistant: $15 per hour- June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27

Student Schedule: 8:30 to 1:30


Attendance Clerks: $14.00 per hour

Classroom Assistants $13.00 per hour (LEP campus only)


Times of Day for Personnel

One the summer school schedule, times for instruction are listed. Staff schedules will be 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the instruction times listed.


Summer School Pay

The pay for all summer school personnel is considered extra duty pay. Personnel will only be paid for days in which they are present. The one exception is for directors that miss a day in case of an urgent and previously approved work-related event.


SISD Employees will only be paid for days worked outside of their regular yearly contract.

Upcoming District Events

Apr. 26 - Fourth Grade Field Day @ Bearcat Stadium

Apr. 29-30 - Special Olympics Track Meet @Princeton HS/ Gunter HS

May-Mental Health and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 2-Kindergarten Round-Up at All Campuses @7am-7pm

May 3 - GenTX Decision Day at SHS @11am-1pm

May 4 - Election Day

May 4 Piner Farewell Dance @8pm

May 6-10 National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week

Upcoming Community Events

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