We are attempting to go through this blog to deliver any information that is not immediately urgent. We are hoping that having it come in one place at one time will be easier for you to keep track of and refer to later. The drawback is that there may be times the blog gets a bit lengthy. Today is one of those times! My apologies for the notes being so long today. Thanks for reading.
Abbreviated Day- Now is the time of year that the idea of an abbreviated day comes up for some students. Please remember that there are steps and procedures that need to be completed before you can abbreviate a student’s day. Please refer to and follow these guidelines when considering abbreviating a student’s day. Call if you have any questions.
Evaluation/SLGG’s/Minis- From Jon: We have made quite a few changes to our expecations around observations, SLGGS, and evaluations in the last couple of years. Some of the changes have come because the state has changed their rules. Some changes have been put in place to help relieve some of your workload. Expectations this year look exactly like last year. I’ll do my best to help summarize those expectations.
Student Learning Growth Goals: We are still required to have Student Learning Growth Goals. The requirement and expectations are still the same. The goals still need to reflect student growth. For those of you who want to know all the expectations, please see this state guidelines document or this quality review checklist.
Scoring – Last year we changed how we measure the SLGGs. We have removed the state scoring guide and the Oregon Matrix. We are required as a district to make sure we are reflecting on SLGGs in the evaluation. We decided to fulfill this requirement by using Domain 4 Monitoring, Assessment, and Follow-up in our Summative Evaluation Rubric. Domain 4 speaks specifically to how teachers use assessments. SLGGs should be considered when evaluating Domain 4. We expect that other factors, like classroom observations, will influence the scoring of this section as well. There are five different standards in Domain 4. The SLGGs may influence one or more standards in this domain. We trust that teachers and administrators can have a professional conversation of how much influence that SLGGs had on the scoring.
Summative Evaluations: They will be done like usual except the matrix has been removed. All probationary employees are on Summative Evaluation. Employees of concern need to be on Summative Evaluation. Regular/Contract employees need a Summative Evaluation every two years.
Probationary Employee= Six observations total. Two formal observations are required by the state. Four mini observations. Two of the minis can be professional.
Employee on Summative Evaluation= Six mini observations. Four classroom observations and two professional observations.
Employee not on Summative Evaluation= Three mini observations. Two classroom observations and one professional observation.
Our committee discussed what counts as a Professional Observation. We believe that this includes any meeting where an administrator either observes professional behavior or has a professional conversation with an employee. This may include an EBISS meeting, IEP meeting, PLC meeting, student or parent conference, goal setting meeting, committee work, etc. In the case of some meetings, it would be appropriate for an administrator to observe several employees at a time. The feedback could be given to the group or to an individual. The important part is to let the employees know that it will be counted as a mini.
The changes will be published in the newest version of The Professional Growth and Performance Evaluation Manual. We are certain, however, that most employees don’t look at that manual, so it will be up to administrators to share this information with them.
If you have any question, then please do not hesitate to call me at Ext. 1104.
Dyslexia- Once again, we are already much of this and our primary efforts moving forward will need to be in the area of notification. Here you can find all of the paperwork we discussed at our horizontal meeting. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.
Austin/Dart- Austin, AKA the DART guy, will be contacting each of you very soon to set up a 45-60 minute meeting before winter break. The focus of the meeting will be how he can support your school design work through DART. What questions do you have about DART? What features would help you most? How can it be improved so that it will help you do your work? Please be on the lookout for Austin’s meeting request.
Amy Howell/ COCC observers- Amy Howell, Early Childhood Education Program Director at COCC, may be contacting you about having students observe in classrooms. She has permission to contact you and you are ok to place or not.
From Hayley E.- Cristina and Lorna have some resources they would love to share out with K-5 teams to support students with challenging behaviors. They will reach to teams to gauge interest and schedule a time in the coming weeks!
Move up day- Middle Schools would like to have middle school move up day on Tuesday, May 21. There are no BLP schools scheduled at outdoor school that week. Please let me know if that won’t work. If I don’t hear from anyone by next Wednesday, I’m going to tell Jim to move forward. Thank you.
Title I- Please complete your Title I budget by next Friday, October 5. JoAnne needs it completed by then so that she can get it submitted to the state the following week. Thank you.
Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines- Attached you will find guidelines around visitors and volunteers. Let me know if you have any questions.
From Julianne: Schoolwide Standard Response Protocols (SRP) and Reunification Training
Every other year we require schools and departments to deliver SRP (lockDOWN, lockOUT, etc.) training to all building staff. The training is delivered by district safety personnel, SROs and fire officials. Please plan on a 50 minute training. Training should be complete by December 31, 2018
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Standard Response Protocols (SRP) and Reunification Training with John-Michael Keyes
If you missed the 2018 Safe Schools Alliance Safety Day, please consider attending one of the three Oregon trainings coming up in early October. This training draws on the research and collaboration of experts in education, law enforcement and emergency management to assemble real-world solutions that can be brought to the classroom. One critical aspect of the training is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians after a school crisis or emergency. Together, the SRP (our LockDOWN, LockOUT, etc. protocols) and SRM provide school and district safety teams with proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful response to crises and reunification.
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First Aid Certified Staff
Per Bend-La Pine Schools policy EBBA First Aid, “each school shall have, at a minimum, at least one staff member with a current first aid card for every 60 students enrolled. Names of the first aid cardholders will be posted.”
Check out the attached spreadsheet to see how your school stacks up as we start the new year. Please remember to post those names as well.
School Resource Officers: Below is a list of Each School’s SRO:
Officer Ward: Amity Creek, Bear Creek, Jewell, Silver Rail
Officer Stoaks: Lava Ridge, Ensworth, Ponderosa, Juniper
Officer Smelser: Elk Meadow, Pine Ridge
Officer Krauger: High Lakes, Miller, Westside Village, Highland
There are no changes to South County and Buckingham.