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Week of May 2-6

Employee Make Up Day for Recent Bad Weather

Students are not required to make up the lost school day of April 19. However, the TEA waiver does not apply to employees; the waiver only applies to the state required number of days in the student calendar.

If employees do not make up the day, they cannot be paid for the day.

Next week, Principals will receive more detailed information for accounting for missed staff work hours on Tuesday, April 19 (all employees).

Here are the main points:

Employees will have choices on how to make up the day prior to their last day of work:

Apply time already worked

  • Exempt employees (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.) have likely already worked many extra hours that could be applied or will do so by the end of their duty year
  • Non-exempt employees may have compensatory time or may be able to earn comp time prior to the end of their duty year

Apply a personal, vacation, or non-duty day

Work the extra day

Choose to be docked for the day. If this occurs, the employee will be docked on a future paycheck.

Some nonexempt employees may have lost some work time last Wednesday or Thursday, coming to work late or being unable to come to work, due to high traffic and flooded roads and subdivisions. Payroll will send information to administrative assistants regarding this.

More details are supposed to come to principals this week - including communication to employees. Thank you for your patience as we work to find solutions.

District TRIPOD Data

Tripod results were released via email to principals and teachers on April 18, 2016. If you have not received your individual results, please check the email account you provided to Tripod Education Partners. You may also contact Tripod Support at if additional assistance is needed.

In the past, the results from Tripod were delivered using favorability percentages. Tripod now uses scale scores referred to as Tripod scores. Tripod scores have a range of 202 – 398 with the average score set at 300 and the majority of scores falling between 270 and 330. For the sake of comparison, campus and district level data were converted to the new scale score. District and campus comparisons will be sent in a separate email.


REMINDER: Lead Mentor(s) Application due May 3rd

Last year, principals, iCoaches, or APs ran the campus mentoring program as SITE COORDINATORS. This year Site Coordinators will be called “LEAD MENTORS” and the district is offering this as a leadership opportunity to teachers.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please see Shirley for the application. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 3rd. Late applications will not be considered.

Selections will be made by the district deadline of May 5th.


Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30-4:30pm

MWE - library


* Staff Updates

** T-TESS (information being sent to you via email)


SUMMER TRAINING FOCUS - This summer we will be focusing on three targeted areas; curriculum, access to curriculum in ItsLearning, and ELL training.

  • Core curriculum –working on a stronger, more viable and guaranteed curriculum and inputting the curriculum into ItsLearning.

  • Educational Technology - ItsLearning Workshop Wednesdays to support the use of the new learning management system.

  • The Bilingual/ESL – contracted with the American Institute of Research (AIR) to provide training for campus based ELL teams at targeted schools to help teachers learn how to help ELLs achieve high standards across content areas. We will also offer several online compliance trainings.

TEACHER SUMMER U - July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4.

  • The majority of the classes will be at MHS and at the Science Center with a few classes scattered at other campuses as needed.

  • We will have a large number of Bilingual/ESL language acquisition classes offered throughout Teacher Summer U with Dr. Mercuri and the Freemans instructing many of these sessions.

  • The Summer Professional Learning Catalog is now available! More information will be loaded into the Summer Professional Learning Catalog throughout May and June.

NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION - August 8th -10th at WAIS. New teachers will attend campus level NTO in the afternoons on August 8th and 9th. A finalized schedule will be communicated soon

AUGUST PROFESSIONAL LEARNING - we will have convocation, curriculum access & planning and the new Teacher Appraisal rollout. More details to come on these plans.

May 11th is School Nurse's Day | Celebrate MWE Nurses Rossi & Gruenberger

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