Staff Talk

A Newsletter for Beaverton School District Employees

Big image

August 2017 Issue

Go Paperless!

If you haven’t already noticed, Employee Online Services (EOS) has changed! Upon logging in, you will be prompted by a dialogue box that asks you to forego receiving paper copies of your Pay Stub and/or W-2 by “opting-in” to receive one or both of them electronically through EOS. If you accept, your preferred delivery method for either document may still be changed at any time. If you do not regularly access EOS, please consider logging in today to make this change OR simply submit the form (below) to the Payroll Department.

Substitutes: Please note that receiving your Pay Stub and/or W-2 electronically will not discontinue paper delivery of your monthly time receipts.

While opting-in is not required, by going paperless you can help us protect the confidentiality of your personal information, improve the timeliness of your access, and significantly contribute to the overall efficiency and expense reduction of the District.

The Payroll Department currently prints, stuffs, and manually distributes approximately 3,500 pay stubs per month. We so appreciate your consideration to GO PAPERLESS today, in an effort to reduce the count in 2017-2018!

Sincerely,
Your Payroll Department
Big image

2017-2018 School Calendar


Grading Day/No students.....................................Friday, Nov. 3
Veterans’ Day Holiday...........................................Friday, Nov. 10
Schools Closed.......................................................Wednesday, Nov. 22
Thanksgiving..........................................................Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 23-24
Winter Break..........................................................Thurs., Dec. 21- Wed., Jan. 3
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Schools Closed........Monday, Jan. 15
Grading Day/No Students.....................................Friday, Feb. 2
Presidents’ Day Holiday........................................Monday, Feb. 19
Spring Break...........................................................Monday – Friday, March 26-30
Grading Day/No Students....................................Friday, April 13
Memorial Day Holiday..........................................Monday, May 28
Last Day for Seniors..............................................Wednesday, June 6
Last Day of School.................................................Tuesday, June 19

Early Release/Teacher Collaboration

Beginning September 13, 2017, the District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow educators time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities.


Beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2017, dismissal times will be (subject to change):

  • Elementary schools that start at 8:00 a.m. will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
  • Elementary schools that start at 8:30 a.m. will dismiss at 1:35 p.m.
  • Hazeldale @ 118th will dismiss at 2:25 p.m. (2017-2018)
  • Middle schools will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.
  • High schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
  • Bridges Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
  • ACMA, Health & Science, SST, ISB, Rachel Carson and Merlo will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.


The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage has an updated FAQ and an animated video (English & Spanish) explaining Early Release and Teacher Collaboration. Check it out and share it today!

Clothes Closet Reopens August 30

The Beaverton School District Clothes Closet will reopen at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. The program provides free clothing to low-income students in the District, operating in a portable building located on the west side parking lot at the Administration Center, 16550 S.W. Merlo Road.

The Clothes Closet will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year. Parents must have an Admit Slip for their child to visit the Clothes Closet. Admit slips are available from the school secretary, principal, or counselor.

Donations of clean, new or gently used, school-type clothing are always needed. The Clothes Closet especially needs jeans, sweatshirts, T-shirts and new underwear and socks. Two bins located in front of the Clothes Closet are available Monday through Thursday during regular District business hours for clothing donations. The Clothes Closet is also looking for adult volunteers to help families shop at the program during the extended hours of service between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

For information, contact Johanna Shrout, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 503-356-4443.

IT Updates for 2017-2018

BSD Help Desk

When any staff needs technical help, they should request help by clicking on the BSD Help Desk icon in their dock and submitting a request. As soon as the request is saved, it will immediately go to the person who can help with that request. For most requests, this will be the school’s Computer Support Technician (CST).


It is important that staff request tech support using this system rather than email, sticky notes or other methods for the following reasons:


  • Allows the request to immediately get to the person who can help

  • Allows tech support staff to efficiently organize and prioritize requests

  • Allows for other tech support staff to help when the primary person is not available

  • Allows IT to more quickly become aware of patterns of problems

  • Provides some data to help identify areas of need

Wireless Security Changes/Enhancements

In order to provide more security to our systems and network, we will be implementing security enhancements to our wireless systems.


The new wireless networks will be named BSD_User and BSD_Visitor:

  • BSD_User is for all BSD computers and BSD staff and students personal devices.

    • BSD Computers are sent the required information to get on the system

    • BSD Students and Staff simply log in to the network using their normal user information/password

      • Select BSD_User in your devices wireless setup

      • Log in to the network using your normal user name/password (Each device and current software can be a little different (especially for Android)

          • You may have to select - “Do Not Validate Certificate”

          • Do not enter anything in a field labeled “Anonymous Identity”

      • Registration is renewed once a year unless the user's account is disabled or password changes.

    • This network provides access to all BSD resources, filtered internet and has no bandwidth limitation


  • BSD_Visitor is truly for visitors or guests.

    • A visitor will connect to this network and be able to use filtered internet

      • Select BSD_Visitor

        • User is directed to the web portal

        • User enters name and email address

        • User accepts terms and is allowed on network

    • The amount of bandwidth they can use will be limited

    • Their access is limited to 24 hrs and then would require registering again


This change was made in all District buildings over the summer. BSD devices will automatically have the updates applied. Personal devices of staff and students will require them to select BSD_User wireless network and enter their login credentials.

Computer Support Technicians (CST) now called Technology Support Specialists (TSS)

Each school has a tech support person known as a Computer Support Technician (CST). As of July 1, 2017, the job title has been changed to Technology Support Specialist I (TSS I).

This was done as part of the Human Resource process of reviewing, and updating where necessary, all classified job descriptions in the District. This new title better reflects the work being done and is aligned with other newly updated job descriptions in the IT Department.

2017-2018 Schedule of School Board Meetings

The 2017-2018 schedule of regular School Board meetings and School Board Work Sessions has been designed to curtail conflicts with competing events and holidays. Meetings typically begin at 6:30 p.m., times and location are subject to change. Check the District website (http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us) for the latest information. The schedule is as follows:

August 8......................Work Session, Southridge High School
August 28 ...................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
September 25 ............Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
October 10 .................Fall Work Session, TBD (Tuesday) (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
October 30 .................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
November 13..............Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
December 11 .............Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
January 22, 2018 .......Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
February 6 .................Winter Work Session, TBD (Tuesday) (3:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
February 26 ...............Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
March 19 ....................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
April 16 .......................Spring Work Session, Location TBD (3:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
April 30 .......................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
May 14 ........................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)
June 18 .......................Business Meeting, Administration Center (6:30 p.m.)

July Construction Updates

Invitation to shop at Columbia Employee Store

Beaverton School District staff are invited to shop the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from Friday, August 18th – Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Each employee can bring 4 guests with them to shop and they can use the invite multiple times during the date range listed above. Also, there is an End of Season Sale happening at the Employee Store until August 20, 2017.


WHAT’S THERE AND WHAT ARE MY SAVINGS?
The store is at EMPLOYEE pricing. Tags are marked with prices. Discounts can vary.

Includes all brands in the Columbia Sportswear family of brands: Columbia Sportswear, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna. 50,000 sq. feet of each brand’s newest and most popular styles.


INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Bring the invite below with you to the store reception desk. *Or show the invite to the receptionist on your mobile phone.


Show your work/organization ID (options listed on invite).

This invite is non-transferable but you can bring your family and friends with you (up to 4 guests per person, per visit).


You are welcome to visit us MULTIPLE TIMES during your invite period!


LOCATION, PHONE & HOURS:
Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, 14100 NW Science Park Drive, Portland OR 97229
Store phone: 503.985.4125
Store hours: M-SAT: 10a-7p / SUN: 10a-6p.

Big image

Here are some Kudos!

Summer Reading made fun at Fir Grove Elementary School

Fir Grove Elementary School supported a summer full of reading for every student this summer. Reading Specialists, Vanessa Rousseau, Michelle King, and Melissa Mayes worked hard to select, order and display books for a school-wide summer reading book giveaway in June.

Each student at Fir Grove was invited to self-select books that were fun, fast and easy, to enjoy over the summer months. Fir Grove principal, Erin Miles, allocated Title I funds to purchase the books for every student. Each child got an average of 6-10 books to add to their home libraries.

For the summer reading kickoff assembly, ELD teacher, Joyce DeBusk invited Timber Joey and a few players from the Timber Soccer Team to share their personal stories about the importance of reading.

Volunteers assemble Emergency Preparedness Kits for all BSD classrooms

Thank you to the more than 30 volunteers, who worked seven three-hour shifts over four days to help the Public Safety Department assemble emergency preparedness kits for every classroom in the Beaverton School District.

Volunteers from Wells Fargo, Baden-Powell Service Association Scout Group 503, the Community Emergency Response Team, Beaverton School District, and THPRD assembled 2,400 emergency preparedness kits filled with a first aid kit, a brightly-colored safety vest, a whistle, a trash bag, two warming blankets, two face masks, a glow stick and hand sanitizer.

Thank you also to THPRD for providing the space to assemble the kits.

Health Careers teacher selected to participate in NBCE annual Part IV Test Committee Meeting

Health Careers teacher, Ron Romanick, D.C., of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners participated in the annual Part IV Test Committee meeting held in Greeley, Colo., at the headquarters of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in June.


Dr. Ron Romanick was one of 30 participants in the United States chosen to review patient case scenarios and select case-related questions for the Part IV Practical Examination to be administered in November 2017 and May 2018. Part IV assesses clinical skills in diagnostic imaging, chiropractic technique and case management for applicants seeking state licensure.


The NBCE Part IV Examination was administered for the first time in January 1996 and continues to be administered twice yearly on chiropractic college campuses. Part IV is accepted in all states and the District of Columbia for initial licensure in chiropractic.

Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., NBCE’s mission is: Ensuring professional competency through excellence in testing. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers and scores legally defensible, standardized written and practical examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

Congratulations, Dr. Romanick!

ACMA teacher attends 2017 Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance

MaryAnn Campbell a social studies and orchestra teacher at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA), was selected as one of only 53 participants of the 2017 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance held in Washington, D.C., in July of 2017.

The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math, and related subjects from 20 different states. The program emphasized the social and cultural context of Renaissance art in Italy and Northern European countries between the 14th and 16th centuries. The term Renaissance, meaning “rebirth,” refers to the humanistic revival of classical culture and learning with its underlying belief in the creative potential of humankind.

Participants studied works by leading Renaissance artists as represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection, including the painters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. Participants learned about the development of oil-painting techniques, the role of prints in disseminating new ideas, using works of art as primary resources in classroom instruction, incorporating art into interdisciplinary teaching, and strengthening students' visual literacy.

Through lectures, gallery talks, and hands-on activities, participants analyzed Renaissance artworks and focused on interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Activities were designed to meet teachers' personal and professional enrichment needs. A demonstration of Venetian painting techniques and a site visit to a printmaker’s studio at Georgetown University rounded out the Institute’s course of study.

Generous support for the Teacher Institute was provided by the Park Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Fund, the PaineWebber Endowment, and the Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship.

Congraulations, MaryAnn!

Additional Beaverton students named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Three additional Beaverton School District seniors were named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners:

  • Jessie Lu, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA): Macalester College
  • Sahana Krishna Kumaran, Westview High School: University of Oregon
  • Meredith Sauer, Southridge High School: Kenyon College


Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.


Congratulations to all BSD National Merit Scholar winners!

BSD sub honored on Alaska Airlines Grand Floral Parade float

Retired teacher and Beaverton School District substitute, Lauren Post, who is also a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, was selected to ride on the Alaska Airlines Grand Floral Parade float honoring Oregon's youth and educators.

"I've taught for almost 40 years - I've also been a flight attendant for Alaska Air for 17 years. I've combined my two cherished careers for 17 years, flying full time and subbing for the District," says Lauren. "Kudos to Alaska Airlines for making their theme this year all about brilliant teachers. What an honor it was for me to represent all hard working educators. I'll cherish this memory forever."

Beaverton School District

Published by: Communications & Community Involvement Dept. Read past issues of the Staff Talk Newsletter.

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.