August 11

Thank you for all of your participation and enthusiastic engagement at our Leadership meeting yesterday. I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated, caring and skilled team. Much appreciated!! Here are a few notes to take you to your weekend.

Work Calendar- You will find a copy of your work calendar here. Please complete and return to me at your earliest convenience. We will take a few minutes at our meeting next Friday to discuss this and leave sheets.b

Observations/ Evaluations- As you are aware, certified staff are now on a two-year evaluation cycle. A summative evaluation is completed every other year, but the observation requirements look the same every year.  However, there will be some changes to those requirements beginning this school year. I believe these changes strike a nice balance between honoring your time and the professionalism of our teachers, with improving instructional practices and pedagogical conversations between teacher and supervisor.  Here is a summary of observation/evaluaton requirements this year.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these changes.

SMART- We are currently working on a new district agreement with SMART. I will share it with you as soon as it is complete (there should be no significant changes). Please do NOT sign an agreement with SMART for your school. The district agreement will outline what you are obligated to do as a partner. Call me if you have any questions.

Outdoor School- The state is now outlining district requirements for accessing outdoor school funding (just received our first communication yesterday). I will be working on the applications and keep you up to date as I learn relevant information. In the meantime, carry on with plans to attend outdoor school.

ACT/CBM- We will no longer be doing the ACT math for third, fourth and fifth graders. CBM will take its place. CBM has proven to be just as predictive for passing SBAC, it is easier to administer and costs less. More info around timelines will come soon as Dave is working on completing an assessment calendar.

Dibels- Here is the Dibels schedule.

Opportunity- Here is something some of you might be interested in pursuing. Please let me know if you decide to apply.

Greetings,

The Oregon FIRST Robotics Grant funded by the Oregon Legislature will be administered by the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program, a 501c3 non profit organization.  Established in 2011, the grant program will continue to provide funding for participation in FIRST programs to Oregon public schools and non-profit organizations conducting after-school programs in public schools.  The Oregon Legislature budgeted $466,650 to support FIRST programs in schools during the 2017-2018 and 2018 – 2019 seasons. Team based awards will provide support for FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams.

FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is an international program with the stated mission to:
“…inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

The purpose of this grant is to:
•           Increase the number of students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related careers through participation in FIRST programs.
•           Elevate community involvement through mentorship and sponsorship of FIRST teams.
•           Increase the opportunities for students in Oregon elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to participate in FIRST programs with a focus on underserved students and rural communities.

The applications and awards for the ODE: FIRST Robotics Grant is administered by the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program.

Important Dates:

Team Support Application Cycle 1 Opens, All Programs August 1, 2017
Team Support Application Cycle 1  for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams Closes September 11, 2017
Application review and deliberation for FLL teams September 25, 2017
Team Support Checks distributed for FLL teams October 9, 2017
Team Support Application Cycle 1 for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) teams Closes September 30, 2017
Application review and deliberation for FTC and FRC teams October 9, 2017
Team Support Checks distributed for FTC and FRC teams October 31, 2017
Final Reports for funded teams due May 30, 2018

For more information, application deadlines and online applications, follow this link.

Upcoming Events

August 15 & 16- Taking it up Training

August 18- Horizontal Meeting- 8:30-11:30 @Pine Ridge

August 28- New Teacher Day

August 29- Welcome back @ Les Schwab Amphitheater. 3-5 P.M.

September 6- School Starts

 

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