Team Trailblazer Weekly Update

January 27, 2016

Text Based Instruction - Part 2

What do we need to do as educators to not only evaluate chosen texts for their rigor, but we also need to connect those texts to the standards we are teaching.


What is that process?


Why is it important not to try to force a connection between the standards and the text that isn't naturally there?

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Diversity Training Part 2 - Virtual

Diversity Training - Diversity Training-Understanding our history and how who we are impacts teaching our students

Thursday, March 17th, 1-3pm

This is an online event.

Please refer to your Outlook for an invite!


Please plan accordingly with cancelling any CC sessions for that afternoon - thanks!

A message from our counselors - sent to students on 1/26

Hi MVCA High School students!

It’s that time of year again…S2 Drop/Add!

A link to the drop/add form is below as well as in on the high school website. Please note the following.

S2 Course Drop/Adds must be requested by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5.

If you have more than 2 courses that must be dropped/added, please contact your counselor ASAP.

Schedule changes can be made for the following reasons only.

Needed to meet graduation requirement (11th and 12th only)

Scheduled for a course already passed

Do not have at least 6 courses

Retake a failed S1 course. (Note: failed Math, World Languages and Chemistry will automatically be scheduled by your counselor.)


Drop/Add Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EQ4EXX7mGC6qTQQOkIQ2BfCRgKMI0gdSsOFwO6hbZ6g/viewform?usp=send_form

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The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

HS Teachers - can you please push this out to your classes?


The CollegeBoard is holding an essay writing contest. It is for ALL students, not just AP. Can we push this out to all students in grades 9-12? The Grand Prize is $5,000!

Students would need to submit their essays to AP Coordinator, Tonya Westra. Not all essays will be accepted, but she will review and grade each and every entry. She will return essays to students if she feels there is area for improvement before submission. The last day for Tonya to submit is 2/28 so she would need all student essays before that point.


More information:


The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

2016 Call for Entries

Submission window: Jan. 1–Feb. 28, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.

Our understanding of the human experience is enhanced by the study of significant historical artifacts. When we interact with art — when we learn about it, think about it, write and talk about it — we participate in a larger, ongoing conversation about culture and society. The 2016 Writing Prize contest invites you to be part of this conversation.

Your essay should share your perspective on the artwork you choose to write about, and it should also include evidence that backs up your conclusions. We’re looking for writing that is both interesting and instructive, and that clearly communicates your experience with the artwork and your views on it.

Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and can be submitted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016. You’ll need to ask a teacher-sponsor to approve and submit your essay; see How to Enter for more on that. We’ll select one student winner who will earn a $5,000 prize and have his or her essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic.

https://www.collegeboard.org/writing-prize?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=11201648&ep_rid=243373118

MVCA Student Art Exhibition Semester A 2015-2016: Fine Art, Digital Photo, Image Design - KUDOS TO OUR ART TEAM AND THEIR STUDENTS!

MVCA Student Art Exhibition 2015 - 2016: Semester A

NOHS: Copying Quizzes/Content from the LOR

Update from the national team:


We have received reports that teachers are getting an “Import Failed Error” message when copying quizzes or content from LOR when they attempt to “Copy Quiz to Content.” Workaround Until Resolved: Teachers have the ability to “Copy Quiz to Quiz Pool,” and create a quiz using “Manage Quiz” by following the steps below:

•In the LOR, select “Import into the Question Library.”

•After the questions are imported, go to “Manage Quizzes” and create a new quiz.

•In the “Add Questions” area, add the questions from the question library. NOTE: The questions downloaded from the LOR will be in their own folder.

•Teacher can then add to content and the gradebook.

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Congratulations to instructional coach, Lindsay Forsman, on the birth of her son, Carson, on Sunday, January 24!

She will be out on leave until April 18. If you were working with Lindsay, please look for an email from the IC who will work with you until she returns.
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Expense Reports

Please submit all expenses for one month by the 15th of the following month through Intacct.


Thank you!

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What can you attend with your team?

GVSU - Free PD Opportunities

MAP© 101- Building on the Basics (WEST)

Event Start: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction (East)

Event Start: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Rtl/Multi-Tiered System of Support (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Rtl/Multi-Tiered System of Support (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Phonics & Phonemic Awareness (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center



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Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center



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ADHD Clinic for Educators (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory



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Capturing Curiosity: Creating Engagement in Mathematics (West)

Event Start: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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MAP© 201 (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Guided Reading (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Micro-Aggressions (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Comprehension & Close Readings Strategies Workshop (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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MAP© 201 (EAST)

Event Start: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

More Information or Registration



Comprehension & Close Readings Strategies Workshop (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Google Tips for Teachers (East)

Event Start: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Micro-Aggressions (East)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Unwrapping the ELA Common Core Standards (West)

Event Start: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Tech Tools and Teaching Tricks (WEST)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: L. William Seidman Center

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Unwrapping the ELA Common Core Standards (East)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Guided Reading (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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It's More Than a Test: Implementing a Successful SAT Assessment Program (East)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

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Designing Differentiated Units of Instruction (West)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00
Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

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Face to Face PD in Lansing

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8am-4pm

5708 Cornerstone Drive

Lansing, MI

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon.


Breakfast will be served from 8:00-9:00 am and lunch will be served as well. If you have a special dietary request, please get in touch with Julie Overholt.


Our PD will start at 9:00 am.


Our MS teachers as well as our HS special education teachers will be working with our winter NWEA throughout the day. The afternoon will include planning for our S2 NWEA prep as we look to our spring testing window opening up on May 2.


Our HS gen ed teachers will be working on MSTEP/PSAT/SAT preparation.


Anyone who lives an hour or more away from Lansing is welcome to get a hotel in the Lansing area. There are quite a few hotels very close to Lansing Community College's West Campus. Please use Atlas Travel to book your hotel - thanks! Please find a roommate for your hotel stay - thanks!


We also would like people to rent a car when the cost of the rental is less than what your mileage would be. Please use Atlas Travel to reserve your car - thanks!


Please bring your laptops and if you have an extension cord, please toss it into your bag just in case.


This PD is being paid for by our regional assistance grant - just as our December PD.

Please come prepared with your mileage/car rental/hotel receipts so that you can fill out a paper copy before you leave on Friday. You will then fill out a report in Intacct for reimbursement as well.


We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Atlas Travel

I have attached information about Atlas Travel if you have not used it yet since we switched on December 1, 2015.


https://portal.atlastravel.com/start/k12

Interventionist Tracker How to Videos

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Quarter 2 ILP Action Items

And the final percentage is in...


98% schoolwide!


I have attached the detailed report if you would like to take a closer look.


Thank you for your efforts!


Just a thought...when you send out the S1 report cards...how about posting a Q3 ILP Action Item with the appropriate template?


Thanks!

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Report Cards

Report cards will be kmailed and posted in notes (hint - Q3 ILP template) by the student's HR teacher.


They will also be printed and mailed to our families from the learning center.


MS will use the tool pushed out this week.


HS will use the same tool we have used in the past. I will email you your HR students' report cards when they are generated.

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OLS Enhancements

From Susan:


Some exciting enhancements will be made to the OLS to improve performance and ST/LC accessibility

There have been no changes to current functionality only background performance and color/style type changes

Only ST/LC pages will have these enhancements

Global rollouts will happen in January 2016 _ MVCA is expected to happen 1/28/16.

Please review these enhancements in case families call on you to help them with the new navigation. Add these slides to any websites you maintain for families as well.

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NWEA

Please continue to press to get our non-tested students tested! We will pull another update this week.
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Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 7am

This is an online event.

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Students finding your cell phone number?

We have had some people mentioning that kids are mysteriously finding their cell phone numbers. If that is happening to you...here is how you fix it - thank you Angela Hammer!


Go into your OLS account. Go to MY Account >> My Account. Change your number in there to the school number.