ICEF Weekly Newsletter

December 13, 2015

Welcome to Week 18!

Winter shows and celebrations, oh my!
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Upcoming Dates

December 16 - ICEF Holiday Party, Killer Shrimp, 4:00PM

December 16 - CADRE MEETING CANCELLED! (Encourage them to come to holiday party!)

December 17 - Directors' Gathering, 12:00PM, Home Office


Directors/IS's - Just a reminder, starting in January, Directors' meetings will be moved back to the first Thursday of the month and IS meetings to the 3rd Thursday of the month. Thank you for your understanding on this schedule change. Calendar updates will be sent out next week.

Focus for the Week - 2.1A, Value of Effort and Challenge

The last week before holiday break is always a challenge! How do we keep students engaged this last week?

News, Helpful Hints, and Reminders

From the Academic Team -

  • The president signed the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA!) Say goodbye to NCLB! Check out the signing here: http://www.ed.gov/essa
  • Directors - Please continue to engage your stakeholders update your LCAP and SPSA summaries. If you need assistance, please contact Marie or Ryan.
  • This week, 24 teachers are meeting in Sacramento to review more than 800 new California Alternate Assessment (CAA) items. The CAAs, designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who have an IEP, are new, adaptive, computer-based tests that will use these new, technologically enhanced items on the spring 2016 administration of the CAAs. The CAAs will be administered April 11 through June 17 to eligible students. Training will begin in January 2016; more details on training dates and locations can be found on the CAASPP Web site.

From the Operations Team -
  • Please take note of the important December deadlines! Enrique sent an email on December 7 with all that information!

  • In preparing for the 2015–16 administration of the summative assessment, remember to ensure that CALPADS data are current:

    · Confirm that the student’s grade is correct in TOMS. The student’s grade will not update after the district’s selected testing window opens. More information will be provided in an upcoming Weekly Update on the procedures to follow if a student’s grade is incorrect and the testing window is open.

    · Verify that the program participation, English learner designation, individualized educational program (IEP) and disability code, or Section 504 plan in CALPADS are current. Beginning with the 2015–16 administration of the summative assessments, only students with disability have access to embedded accommodations. If TOMS does not reflect the correct program participation for a student, the fields mentioned above will need to be updated in CALPADS. It will take 24–48 hours for the changes the student record to appear in TOMS.

From the Arts Team -
  • Explore Theatre Arts with TEENAGE DRAMA WORKSHOP - A Summer Theatre Program for Middle and High School Students

    · Students entering 7th – 12th grade as of Sept. 2016 may attend TADW, as well as June 2016 high school graduates. The program welcomes those with little experience as well as those with a considerable performance background. For those high school students interested in technical aspects of theatre, TADW offers a technical theatre track.

    · 2016 estimated enrollment will be 70-85 students in the performance track and another 15 to 20 (students entering grades 9-12 in the fall) in the technical theatre track. Registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    · Encourage students to apply! http://www.csun.edu/teenage-drama-workshop/application-enrollment-fees

    Please share this program with students, parents and teachers who may be interested.

From the Development and Communications Team -
  • New for the 2016 CCSA Conference! In addition to "Moving Away from Sage on the Stage Teaching: Targeted Group Structures" being accepted, ICEF will have three additional presentations at the CCSA Conference in March 2016:

    · What about the students? The Healthy Push and Pull of Collaboration between Charter Schools and Authorizers

    · Increasing Student Engagement Through the Arts

    · Empowering at Risk Students Through I-Empower Guidance Counseling Program

  • Free Field Trips! 826LA offers the following standard field trips: http://826la.org/programs/field-trip-lessons/ Please review the information and apply for appropriate trips for your schools.

  • Check it out! eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards. http://www.ecybermission.com/About

    http://www.ecybermission.com/WhoCanCompete

  • Opportunity for students! http://campinvention.org/educators/

    We partner with schools nationwide to provide meaningful, out-of-school-time development that instills creative problem solving and teamwork through the hands-on application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

    The Camp Invention program presents children in grades one through six with real-world challenges while encouraging them to solve problems and present their ideas through science themed, engaging hands-on investigation.

Celebrations and Worth Noticing!

  • Cheers to John Knight, Lisa Finegan and the PEP team for last week's great training on the Teacher Effectiveness Framework!
  • John Dawson, the former CEO of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is now a hands-on advisor to VPPHS student store! Cheers to Michael Faught and the VPPHS Team for making this happen!
  • Much love and admiration to Lanise Robinson for her selflessness and strength of character. We wish her well wishes.

A HUGE shout out to our 9 ICEF Schools that made AYP last year! FDAES (IILA), FDAMS, LDPES, VPPES, VPPMS, IIES, IICMA, IVES and IVMS!

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Santa visits ICEF Elementary Schools!

ICEF Public Schools, A Culture of Excellence

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