Ahead of the Curve

Jasper Weekly 10.12.15 to 10.18.15

Serve. Matter. Experience. Together.

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Ehh, What's Up Block?

I hope everyone was able to get outside a bit this weekend and soak in the amazing weather. You never know how many more of these days we will get this year.

I thought I would take this opportunity to update everyone on block lunch. Based on observations, conversations, and feedback, it has been a success thus far. We are still evaluating block lunch every week as an admin team and I feel confident we will have a very good handle on the status and direction of block lunch by the end of the semester. Here are some examples of feedback I have received:

  • Majority of students report liking the freedom, responsibility, and flexibility it gives them
  • Majority of students report liking the time they have to do work with access to teachers and classmates
  • Majority of students report liking the ability to participate in activities that were once difficult for them to work in their daily schedule
  • Majority of parents report liking the reduced amount of homework students are doing at home
  • Majority of parents report liking the time for students to relax a bit during the day
  • Majority of teachers report liking the flexibility it gives them during the week to work with teammates and struggling students
  • Majority of teachers report liking the opportunity it gives them at the end of the six weeks to help get kids caught up to eliminate as many incompletes as possible

The success of block lunch boils down to assessing if this experience can:

1. Maintain a safe and secure school environment

2. Keep the campus clean

3. Increase flexibility for teachers to collaborate

4. Increase flexibility for teachers to support students

5. Increase flexibility for students to be more involved

6. Increase flexibility for students to support their learning

We always support feedback and input to make block lunch at Jasper the most successful experience for teachers, students, and parents.

Staff Birthdays

Mark Sfikas-Wednesday, October 14th

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Upcoming Weeks at Jasper


10/22-Progress Reports Distributed

10/23-Group Picture Day

10/28-Spirit Sales in the Foyer at Lunch

10/30-Friday before Halloween (just something to keep in mind)

11/5-End of the Second Six Weeks

11/23-11/27-Thanksgiving Break

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General Announcements and Reminders

1. (NEW) EOS Survey

2. (NEW) Safe Schools Training

3. (NEW) Parent/Teacher Conferences & PD Opportunities

1. EOS Survey

The EOS Survey must be completed by October 31st by ALL STAFF.

  • Please click on the Plano ISD staff survey link: Plano ISD Staff Survey
  • Staff are logging in using their district email address. Participants are encouraged to complete the survey in one sitting, however, if they do not complete, the survey responses will be saved, and allow for a later completion.
  • If a participant does not finish the survey and another participant uses the same computer to take the survey, the browser will take the second user back to the first person’s unfinished survey. There are 3 options to avoid this:

o Participants can take the survey on individual computers. If they are not sharing computers, the glitch will not occur.

o If participants are sharing computers, and they complete the survey before another participant uses that computer, the glitch will not occur.

o If a participant starts the survey but needs to complete it later, they can clear the browsing history on the computer and then the next user will be taken to the login page, not the first person’s incomplete survey.

*See Julie's e-mail to the staff on Monday, October 5th for more details.

2. Safe Schools Training

Before December 18:

  1. Sexual Misconduct: Staff to Student
  2. General Ethics in the Workplace - Texas Version
  3. Family Reunification

3. Parent/Teacher Conferences & PD Opportunities

8 conferences between the dates of 10/5 and 10/16

*Face-to-face is the preference

  • If face-to-face was not an option, please be sure to have documentation about why it was not an option
  • In the case of documented reasons why face-to-face was not an option, a phone call conversation will be the substitute
  • No voice messages or e-mails will count as a conference

Link to parent/teacher conference form: https://docs.google.com/a/pisd.edu/forms/d/1mZ6flMdZRqZQl75CrH0u5-MU_P_lU4m76sEe-1DMkE4/viewform

We also have 6 professional learning opportunities available on Monday. Please visit this link for more information:http://tinyurl.com/http-tinyurl-PDSchedule

During the course of this school year, each staff member must select 3 professional learning opportunities from this list as a substitute for the 5 staff meetings removed from the staff calendar.

Important Bookmarks

Staff Google Folder:


Staff Handbook:

Block Lunch Meeting Request:

Social Media Input:

Announcement Request (170 characters):



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Honor the Past, Be Present, & Forge Ahead of the Curve