JCS Staff Newsletter
March 9, 2022
JCS ESSER Funds
Johnson City Schools' Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund documents are available for review through this link. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to a Google form where we ask for feedback from all of our stakeholders. Every six months we will use this feedback for our ESSER 3.0 Public Plan-Federal Relief Spending Addendum. Please feel free to review these documents and provide us with feedback.
Information From Finance & Insurance
Trust Co. Meeting (Classified Retirement Plan)
April 14th at 3:30 p.m. Shawn Weems with the Trust Company will be at the Central Office (100 E. Maple St.) to review how the Trust Company retirement plan works and answer questions anyone may have. The Trust Company is the 401a retirement plan for Full-Time Classified Staff hired on are after 7/1/2010. If you are interested in contributing more to your retirement or want to look at how your funds are invested, it would be great for you to come. Johnson City Schools contributes 5% to the plan and will match up to an additional 3%. If you not sure which retirement plan you have, you can contact Leia Valley (email@example.com), Tina Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan Mominee (email@example.com).
Summer STEAM Camp
We are excited after a two-year hiatus that our Summer SteAm Camp will be returning to North Side Elementary the week of June 6. Applications will be available from current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers. Students will be chosen via a lottery system if there are more than 135 applicants for this half-day track. Teachers who would like to apply to work in this one-week camp can apply here: Application Link
Cohort 7 Technology Teacher Leaders
Cohort 7 of the district’s Technology Teacher Leader program will begin accepting applications shortly after spring break. Talk to a colleague who is already a Teacher Leader to see if this program would be a great fit for your continued professional learning. You do not have to be techie at all to apply!
Summer Technology Academy
Our annual Technology Academy will be held on July 27 in-person at Science Hill High School. This year’s theme will be “Restore Your Connection”. Applications for presenters will be available soon as well as registration for the event! You don’t want to miss this big day of professional learning that will be in-person for the first time since Summer 2019!
IXL & Reflex Learning at Home
Students and parents are continued to take advantage of our newest platform for practice and reinforcement with learning standards. Buttons for both IXL Learning and Reflex Learning are found in each student’s SSO (Single Sign-On).
Information from Human Resources
JCS Math coaches are hosting a virtual "Podcast Party" PD opportunity on March 10th, and there's still time to register in the Learning Stream. Be sure to watch the podcast prior to attending the session at 4:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Please continue sending in all district and school training sessions that provide PDP opportunities to our teachers. We are seeking all content areas including technology, reading, science, and the arts! Earn $20 an hour for presenting a 2-hour, district-wide session at TLC, on Zoom, or in your classroom. Send your information to me directly on the JCS New Training Request Form on our web page. Contact me if you would like to book the TLC for your session prior to submitting the form.
Visit our Professional Learning department web page to learn more about ordering die-cuts and classroom resources from The Learning Center. We will order materials by request to put in our district library. Contact Tracey Coffey with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 434-5218. ~Tracey Coffey, TLC Manager
Feedback? Need Help? We want to know.
If you have any questions or problems with Bloomz, please contact Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.
Bloomz On-Demand Training for Teachers
March Board of Education Meeting
During our Board Meeting we recognized teachers who recently earned tenure.
Science Hill Students Earning All-State Band Honors
Isaac Berry - Alternate Trombone
Luke Berry - Trumpet
Allen Feng - Percussion
Christine Holley - Flute
Brady Vermillion - Alto Saxophone
Next BOE Meeting
The next Johnson City Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, April 4 starting at 6 p.m. inside the Board Room at Central Office (100 E. Maple Street). Board meetings can be viewed on the Johnson City Schools' YouTube channel.
In the News
Gilmore recognized as Appalachian Highlands Twenty under 20, other accolades
You’ve probably heard Julia Gilmore’s name before. But there is little doubt that you will continue to hear about the Science Hill junior. Gilmore – who is a varsity cheerleader, member of the Science Hill Student Government Association, the Beta Club, and the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Group – was recently recognized by Appalachian Highlands for Twenty Under 20.
With her more than 2,000 hours of community service, Gilmore also recently earned the Governor’s Star Volunteer Award Youth Honoree for Washington County from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
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Science Hill students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by teaching Topper Tots
When you think of hands-on learning, you don’t always think about childcare. But Science Hill students in the Human Services cluster who take the Family Studies classwork with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the Topper Tots program.
On Wednesday, the Family Studies students were able to spend the day with Topper Tots as they celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading his books and participating in developmentally appropriate lessons.
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Hands-On! and JCS team up to offer after-school STEM activities
Funding provided by a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant, has enabled Fairmont, Woodland, Liberty Bell, and Indian Trail students to learn alongside staff members of the Hands-On! Discovery Center. Using 21st CCLC funds, Johnson City Schools has contracted with the Hands-On! Discovery Center to facilitate STEM lessons in after-school science clubs.
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JC Schools Staff Newsletter
We will distribute this newsletter on the Wednesday following the monthly Board of Education meeting. This newsletter will have information from District Departments and other helpful tips. If you have suggestions for content in this newsletter, please send them to Collin Brooks at BrooksB@jcschools.org.