Sandy Plains Roundup

June 12-19, 2015

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Administrators' Address

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Essential Events


June 26: Summer school teachers on duty

June 29: Summer school begins

July 3: Independence Day holiday; Schools and offices closed

July 4: Independence Day

August 17: Teachers on duty

August 24: Opening day for students

Magnificent Music and Movement

Some Highlights

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BCPS Bytes

815. SUPERINTENDENT'S END OF YEAR MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

A video message from the superintendent to the students has been prepared specifically for each school level. Principals are requested to have teachers show the video to their students on Monday, June 15, or Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The instructions to access the video are as follows: Log onto Safari Montage. Enter the name of the video, "Dr. Dance Year End Message Elementary Students" or "Dr. Dance Year End Message Middle & High School Students" in the Safari search engine, and the video will appear. The video messages can also be accessed on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/130435114 for the Superintendent's 2015 End of Year Message to Elementary Schools and https://vimeo.com/130435440 for the Superintendent's 2015 End of Year Message to Secondary Schools.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Dolores Pierorazio, Executive Administrative Asst. 5908


821. PAYROLL UPDATES


Last Ten-Month Pays 2015

•The last pay for ten-month teachers will be on Friday, June 19, 2015.

•The last pay for ten-month ESPBC-represented employees will be on Friday, July 10, 2015.

•The last pay for ten-month AFSCME-represented and ten-month food service employees will be on Friday, July 10, 2015, and will include pay for time worked Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, 2015.

•Taxes and county retirement, if applicable, will be taken from the pays of June 19, June 26, and July 10, 2015; no other constant deductions (e.g., health insurance) will occur.

•The last pay for substitute teachers will be on Thursday, July 2, 2015, covering the pay period Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12, 2015, and Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, 2015.

June 19, 2015

All ten-month high school and alternative high school teachers, itinerant, and resource teachers scheduled to provide services to high school students (TABCO-represented), as well as ten-month high school and alternative high school paraeducators and clerical staff (ESPBC-represented), are expected to report for duty on Friday, June 19, 2015. All aforementioned ten-month staff who work the full duty day on June 19, 2015, shall receive one (1) additional urgent personal business day for their use in the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers and ten-month staff who are absent because of a documented and approved illness on Friday, June 19, 2015, shall be charged the use of a personal illness day and shall receive one (1) additional urgent personal business day for their use in the 2015-2016 school year. The additional one (1) urgent personal business day, if not used during the 2015-16 school year, shall accrue and be treated as rolled sick leave. Any of the aforementioned teachers and ten-month staff who are expected to work on June 19, 2015, and who subsequently resign or retire from service with the Baltimore County Public Schools shall be compensated for the day at the appropriate per diem rate.

Spring and All Year Extra Duty Activity (EDA) Payments

Spring and all year EDA payments for teachers are scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015. Hourly employees performing EDA assignments will be paid on Friday, June 26, 2015. The payments will be included in the regular biweekly pay and taxed based upon the marital and exemption tax status on the employee's record.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Area Payroll Clerk 4240


823. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY- EDLP

The Extended Day Learning Program (EDLP) is seeking qualified candidates for several specific positions to launch the 2015-2016 school year. Interested candidates can access information about the program on the EDLP Web site and must submit an application via the Office of Temporary Services. A digital copy of a flyer with additional information, including essential hyperlinks and which specific positions are open, is attached for distribution.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Stacy Bryan, Supervisor 2270


824. SPECIAL EDUCATION SUMMER REMINDERS

Summer reminders about special education are attached.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Denise Mabry, Coordinator 3660


826. CHILD OUTCOME SUMMARY (COS) FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS AND PROVIDERS

The Office of Special Education is offering a two-day professional development opportunity for teachers of early childhood three- and four-year-old students on the child outcome summary rating scale. This professional development will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, and Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Loyola Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Space is limited; however, additional sessions will be offered in the future as needed. Participants will be allotted time for lunch on their own. 6

Participants will attend both days and will gain an understanding of the child outcome summary process to measure entry and exit data for preschool children, which goes into effect July 1, 2015. The link to the Introductory Child Outcome Summary Process is http://ectacenter.org/eco/assets/media/ChildOutcomesStepByStep-captioned.mov

Interested participants should register for this professional development by Wednesday, June 17, 2015, using the Summer Professional Development Catalog on the Online Registration System at https://www.bcps.org/apps/registration. The workshop is titled Child Outcome Summary for Early Childhood Teachers and Providers. Registration instructions are available from the login screen.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Christel Marsh, Specialist 3660


827. SUMMER HOURS – RESOURCE CENTERS FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS

The Resource Centers for Families and Schools at Middlesex Elementary and Campfield Early Learning Center will have adjusted hours and days for summer 2015. Resource centers will be open Monday through Friday (except July 3) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the dates listed below. (Dates and times are subject to change; please call to verify.) Regular hours will resume Monday, August 17, 2015. Middlesex Resource Center

June 22 through July 2 (closed July 3)

July 20 through July 31


Campfield Resource Center

July 6 through July 17

August 3 through August 14





828. 2015 SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CAMP PERFORMANCES

More than 300 students are enrolled in the 29th Annual BCPS Summer Instrumental Music Camp to be held this year from June 23 through July 1, 2015, at Perry Hall High School. Day camp participants are BCPS students in Grades 5–12 who are enrolled in their schools’ music programs.

On Monday, June 29, 2015, the Summer Instrumental Music Camp High School Band will be performing a free concert from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Avenue in White Marsh. Additionally, all musical ensembles from summer camp will perform in a public concert on Wednesday,

July 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater at Oregon Ridge Park, the summer home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Shane Jensen, Specialist 4024 x253


831. BCPS ONE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) 2015–2016 ROLLOVER INFORMATION

The BCPS One Learning Management System (LMS) includes the gradebook, curriculum, lesson tiles, and test and quizzes applications. Teachers will have full access to the LMS until August 1, 2015. However, teachers will not be able to upload digital content to the lesson tiles or gradebook for the 2015–2016 school year until Monday, August 10, 2015.

In addition, the BCPS One LMS will rollover to the 2015–2016 school year, as well as undergo routine maintenance from Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 9, 2015. During these dates, the LMS may be intermittently unavailable to allow staff to test the functionality of the system and upgrades prior to the beginning of the 2015–2016 school year.

Beginning on Monday, August 10, 2015, teachers will have access to their 2015–2016 class lists and gradebooks in the BCPS One LMS, as well as the ability to begin creating lesson tiles for the new school year. On Monday, August 17, 2015, all students and parents will have access to their 2015–2016 classes in the LMS.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

George Roberts, Executive Director 3866



833. TEACHERS OR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS CHANGING ASSIGNMENTS

Teachers and school administrators moving to another BCPS school should take his/her device (HP Revolve or Folio) to their newly assigned school. The device will need to be added to the new school’s inventory. Principals should ensure that the technology liaison or designee adds all new devices to the school’s inventory by Friday, September 4, 2015.

Teachers or school administrators moving to a central office position should leave his/her device at the school for the incoming teacher or administrator.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Jodi Obenstine, Director 3858 x427



835. DISTRIBUTION OF ONE-CARD SUPPLIES

The Department of School Safety and Security will provide One-card supplies to schools for the 2015-2016 school year. BCPS provides one lanyard and one cardholder for each student's card. Lanyards will be provided for newly enrolled students, incoming kindergarteners, and sixth and ninth grade students. Defective items need to be returned to the Department of School Safety and Security, and replacement items will be sent.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Christine Smith, Administrator 4360



836. BCPS ONE ENHANCEMENTS

Based on user feedback, the BCPS One homepage is being enhanced to offer more features and functionality. BCPS One users can log onto https://bcpsone.bcps.org to preview the redesigned homepage, which will be launched on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s):

Jeanne Imbriale, Director 5769


841. PARAEDUCATOR WORKSHOP The Office of Special Education will be offering a professional development series for paraeducators. Participants will be able to identify effective strategies and expand their expertise and knowledge base regarding best instructional practices for educating students with disabilities. TITLE DATES* LOCATION Prompting Student Independence through Gradual Release Model July 6-9, 2015 1–3:00 p.m. Catonsville Library Meeting Room Universal Design for Learning July 6-10, 2015 1–4:00 p.m. Perry Hall Middle School Library Visual Supports to Encourage Student Success - Session 1 July 6-8, 2015 1–4:00 p.m. Campfield Early Childhood Learning Resource Center Visual Supports to Encourage Student Success - Session 2 July 27-29, 2015 1–4:00 p.m. Middlesex Elementary Resource Center

TITLE DATES* LOCATION Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior July 7-9 & 14-15, 2015 3–6:00 p.m. White Oak School Gathering and Effectively Communicating Student Data July 13-17, 2015 2–5:00 p.m. Chatsworth School Library and Computer Lab *Participants are expected to attend all of the dates in a series for which they register and may only register for one course each to allow as many paraeducators as possible to take part. Stipends will be provided. Interested participants must register for the series they wish to attend by Tuesday, June 30, 2015, using the Catalog Workshop Summer Professional Development at Summer – Professional Development at https://www.bcps.org/apps/registration. The workshop is titled Paraeducator Workshop. Registration instructions are available from the login screen. Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s): Sara Egorin-Hooper, Supervisor 3660


842. GRADE 5 BALLROOM PROGRAM: SIGN-UP FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR The Office of Music and Dance Education partners with the Office of Health and Physical Education to administer a comprehensive Grade 5 ballroom program for BCPS elementary school students. The partnership is in its tenth year. This one-week program is taught by professional dancers/teachers of ballroom dance. The program teaches students about the dance forms and their origins, as well as provides practical experience in social/partner dance. It also emphasizes dance etiquette and decorum, both valuable character education components. The cost of the program is $500 per school, payable directly to the instructor. The Office of Music and Dance Education does not allocate additional funds to schools toward this program. Principals are encouraged to consider other possible funding sources, such as community resources, the PTA, Grade 5 parent boosters, or the school's operating budget. Principals interested in having their school participate in this program during the 2015-2016 school year must return the attached interest form by Friday, August 7, 2015. Questions regarding this information should be directed to the following individual(s): Sonia Synkowski, Dance Resource Teacher 4024