April 3, 2020

Welcome Back from the Hawks! I asked Stace and Anne Marie if I could share this fun video they sent out to their students this week.

To Do:

Here is the link to the COVID-19 guidance doc cabinet has been preparing for you. Hopefully, you will find this information helpful as we plan for the coming weeks. The document is a DRAFT and not ready to be shared with your staff. Please review this document prior to our HS Admin WebEx meeting on Monday morning at 9:00. We are looking for feedback, additional questions to answer and suggestions from our principals to improve our work before putting the document in a more usable format.

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Student Teacher Placements: I mentioned earlier in the week that we have entered into an agreement with George Fox to develop a BLPS “Grow our Own” program. This includes placing/mentoring student teachers to support our profession. I sent a link from Kris Molitor, our George Fox connection explaining that we need placements for five student teachers beginning in January. She reached out to us and shared a corrected doc requesting those placements for the August-December (not January). Two of the five student teachers are requesting BSHS and PBMS. The other three still need placements and two are sped teachers (the need for sped teachers is HIGH) and one Art teacher. Please consider mentoring one of these student teachers at your school.

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Standards-Based Grading Synergy Training: Several of you and members of your staff have expressed interest in standards-based grading in Synergy. Becky Rewalt is facilitating training for this on April 16 at 11:00. Here is the link to information more from Becky. If you are interested, please register for Synergy 2021 Grade Book Standards Demo on Apr 16, 2020, 11:00 AM PDT at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1667261355448008974

Information:

Welcome to Ellen Jones! Jody McBride has resigned from her position in our office and will be moving to the LA area where her husband accepted a job. Just prior to school closures we had interviews to fill her position (prior to our hiring freeze) and am thrilled to have Ellen Jones hired to fill this spot. Ellen worked at CMS for five years, about ten years ago. It is a bit awkward to begin a new job that supports schools when there are no kids in them, but I wanted you to know Ellen’s name and know that you can reach out to her via email if you have any needs that she may be able to help with.

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College Admissions: We are learning that colleges and universities are adjusting their admissions requirements in response to nationwide K-12 closures. Here is an article from the LA Times about the University of California system accepting P/NP grades and suspending the standardized test requirements. Here is a similar article from EdSource.

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Enrollment Guidance: During our meeting yesterday I mentioned that Rachel Mavis sent out enrollment guidance to our registrars. I am including it here for your reference. Yes, we are enrolling new students!

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FREE resource for World Languages: Cate Hill let us know that Rosetta Stone is currently being offered for free. If you or your World Language teacher is interested in learning more, please reach out to Cate for more information.

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From Art Witkowski at ODE for Health and Biomedical Sciences: I hope this email is finding you well.  Our team is busy preparing resources and examples to help you with “Distance Learning.” This will be the first of continuing communications will include resources for all CTE clusters however I wanted to pass on an invitation to attend a free day of online workshops just for Health Sciences teachers.  These are scheduled for this Saturday starting at 7am.  I’ll try and record them and add them to a resource area we are developing for CTE.

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Child Abuse Reporting: There has been some media coverage around the potential for abuse of youth to increase during this time of stay at home isolation. Because students are not coming to school, the number of referrals for abuse has already seen a large drop in Deschutes County. In an effort to simplify the process for making a DHS/Law Enforcement referral, would you please remind your staff that they are still mandatory reporters, and share this link to the reporting form in the Portal, where a new fillable form can also be completed and sent to Ellen Jones (see below).

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From Becky Rewalt: Many of you are asking your educational assistants to assist with contacting students and families. They do have read-only access to student information in Synergy, even if they have not attended the training.  If folks find that they are having trouble getting information or with their access please have them submit a helpdesk ticket and we will work to get it resolved quickly.

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From Ben Hansen: If you have classified staff who need a laptop to work from home, your site tech can repurpose student laptops (or other inventory) for this purpose.

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Teacher emails to students and families: We have heard a few times from parents regarding a request for a bit more identification when receiving emails. As you can imagine, emails from school staff are coming fast and furious this week and parents are not always able to identify the school or course that the correspondence is coming from (especially if there is more than one student in the home). Please pass this request on to your teachers: When sending an email to family/student, please put school initials (e.g. LPHS, Realms HS) and course title (e.g. Lit and Comp 1 or US History) in the subject line.  It sounds like this would help alleviate some of the anxiety around learning from home.

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WebEx support: Our Instructional Coach Team has been hard at work preparing helpful information related to WebEx. WebEx student guidelines can be found on this page, and they will be shared with you as part of the BLS Guidelines (I shared the link above). (They’ll be in folder #7 – Student Connectivity). Teachers do have the capability of temporarily “expelling” a student from a WebEx. Here are written instructions, here is a video, and here is a short video (54 sec.)

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Mail continues to be picked up every day. If you have questions about this, please contact Terry Cashman.

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A note about inaccurate emails from IT: As we send out more district-wide emails, we are learning that more than 700 families that have faulty or blocked email addresses. Because email is an important tool, particularly at this time, we want to try to help get more of our families connected.

Deby Bryson is reaching out to office managers with school-specific information of families with bad/blocked email addresses, with the hopes that we can reach out to those folks to get updated contact information if possible. Call Deby with questions.

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COVID Info: There is a great deal of information coming in about the COVID-19 situation and because our reality changes quickly, it can be difficult to keep track. Here is a document of COVID-19 Links to important state and district documents so you can access information related to this pandemic in one place.

As you know, directives from ODE changed on Monday evening around how instruction would be viewed and graded. Here is the ODE’s new language around Learning for All – full document, as well as Learning for All – Summary which contains the highlights.

Calendar:

Monday, April 6 9:00: HS Admin WebEx with Cabinet (be prepared with feedback on the Guidance Doc Jay sent out today – the link is above)

Wednesday, April 8, 2:00: HS Principal WebEx meeting

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March 20, 2020

To Do:

We are asking that all principals send out an email to their staff prior to March 30 (ideally, you send it today). Here are some key points to include:

  • Schools are closed until April 28
  • All staff report to work on March 30, which can be done remotely unless the position precludes this from being possible (ie: custodian).
  • You will conduct a virtual meeting using WebEx (or other) at ____ time on March 30. I’ve mentioned a few times about wanting you to “meet” with your staff on March 30 – oftentimes alluding to the use of Webex as a platform for doing so. I want to make it clear that you do not have to use Webex, or another video-based platform to conduct this all-staff virtual meeting. What you will be sharing in this initial meeting is very important for alleviating the stress that many on your staff have been feeling over this past week (or longer) and will set the tone for the days that follow. Feel free to consider other means to communicate (i.e. slide presentation, detailed email, a combination of written material followed by smaller group Webex meetings, etc.) at that initial meeting. One concern with using Webex with your entire staff at the initial meeting is the possibility of frustration and missed connection due to technological issues from first-time use from all (most) of your staff. One suggestion is that you run multiple smaller group meetings (ie: by department). Let me know prior to March 30 if you’d like to problem-solve this with me.
  • You will provide expectations to them at that March 30 meeting
  • Continuity of learning begins on April 1.

Informational:

Here is a recap of the general expectations for teachers from the doc we will be sharing with staff on March 30 and some talking points you could use when you address teachers on that day. During times of remote learning, teachers will continue to guide the learning of their students:

  • Communicate a daily learning plan to students and families.
  • Hold regular office hours to answer questions and provide instruction and feedback. No grades will be entered into grade book/Synergy.
  • Monitor student participation in remote learning; reach out to and try to engage students who are not participating. No attendance will be taken in Synergy

Continuation of Learning: One of the resource pages we ask you to share with and go over with your staff on Monday, March 30 is this district Continuation of Learning Plan (Amy’s Doc). Think of this document as the foundation on which we are building our instructional model for as long as our schools are closed. The first page provides a quick philosophical overview for teaching/learning during school closure, as well as a number of hot links to other sections of this document. (One of the embedded hotlinks takes you to a Remote Learning Tools page – please highlight this resource as well.) Please read and be familiar with this document and other embedded links found within its pages – as you will likely be asked questions about it from your staff. HERE is a copy of the letter Shay sent today that focuses on key questions they may be having about what happens March 30 and beyond.

What about the classified staff? Yesterday Stephen Duval shared with the MS Team a non-teacher position work task google doc position work task doc he created around the sharing of ideas for non-teacher position work task ideas. This link will be shared with our entire building admin team so we can learn from each other.

Read Alouds – why not in high school? Some teachers around the district are recording and sharing read alouds and the like. Please share these guidelines from publishers as some titles are off-limits.

Facilitating distribution of iPads/materials/personal items with families: One thing you each need to have a plan for – and communicate to your families – is a process for them to come collect necessary materials (i.e. iPad, and/or other instructional materials) that are currently at school. Here is what we are asking: 1) Complete this document for your school no later than Monday, March 30. (HS are listed on the third tab at the bottom.) 2) Provide as much detail as necessary about what you want parents to hear about your process, as our Latino Liaisons will be recording a bi-lingual message for you using the information you provide. On Tuesday (3/31) your building’s message will be sent home to your parents (thanks to our Liaisons) via Synervoice.

Mental Health/SEL Instructors and Clinicians next year: As you continue to work on your staffing plans, I wanted to send you the completed job descriptions for the positions associated with our new mental health/social-emotional learning support positions in the high schools. Every school was allocated some FTE for one of these positions. Ideally, you want to have both an Academic Coordinator (which we are calling the Secondary Student Success Instructor) AND a counselor/mental health or social worker (which we are calling the Secondary Student Success Clinician). Some of you will be able to fill both of these positions and some of you will add some of these responsibilities onto current positions such as a Grad Coach.

Sean asked me to share with you THE NOTE he sent to his special programs staff.

ELL Guidelines: Kinsey has provided some specific guidelines for our ELL Specialists for their work beginning March 30. Also, here is the updated Language Delivery Plan.

Kinsey has also provided this information requesting translations. Please share this important information with your staff.
(BSHS, HDMS, BCE, REJ, and Records Clerks: the following message does not apply to you, as you are piloting the new software.)
Currently, our protocol is to email Jody McBride with requests to translate written documents.  All status checks or updates to existing translator/interpreter requests also get emailed to Jody McBride.  
However, Jody is moving and will no longer be the contact for these requests.  Effective March 30th and for the remainder of the 19-20 school year, please send all document translation requests or status checks/updates to Ellen Jones: [email protected]  
As a reminder: documents for translation should be emailed in an editable file format (directly to Ellen Jones); requests for interpreters for meetings/events go through the Interpreter Request Form (link on the Portal).   

Calendar:

I am not going to schedule any meetings until we get through this first week after the break.

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March 13, 2020

To Do:

First off, thank you all for everything you are doing to lead your school communities through unprecedented waters. You are doing an amazing job and it is appreciated. Your blog will be very short today. Please read and share the information that Shay sent to you earlier today. That should answer most of your questions. If you have any further questions or need some clarification, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email.

We will see all building administrators Monday at 9:00 in the board room for more detailed information about plans moving forward. Once again, thank you for everything you are doing.

I will be rescheduling our meeting that was canceled this morning, after spring break.

Please let me know if you would NOT like for me to share the names of your performing arts teachers with Anna Higgins (see the explanation from Anna below) and Marilyn Magness. If I don’t hear from you then I will share names based on your staffing plan. From Anna: An energized community member (Marilyn Magness) who has recently retired after a long career with Disney. She has a vision to ignite/excite/inspire/resource the local performing arts educators (inside schools). We’d love to pull them together for a small event before the end of the school year. Here is Anna’s contact if you’d like more info… [email protected] 541.771.6886 (cell).

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March 6, 2020

To Do:

ACR Processing: Thank you to you and your office staff for helping us to have the ACRs processed by the end of the day today. Synergy will update where students are pointed and Brad will be spending time next week to create staffing plans based on your projected student enrollment. If the Board approves the SIA plan at the Board Meeting on Tuesday night, staffing plans will go out on Friday, March 13.

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Informational:

PURSUIT 2.0 was a success! Thank you to you and your staff for your efforts in getting our sophomores to this awesome event at the Riverhouse. Christina at the Bus Garage and Garra with Nutrition Services were amazing partners in helping to make this event happen. Also, huge kudos to Cyndi Desoto, the parent/community member/event coordinator! She has a passion for helping our kids to develop the mindsets for success!

Over 2000 students attended from BLPS and Redmond districts! One thousand surveys were completed by students with an average ranking of 93% saying they thought the conferences should be part of every sophomore experience and 88% saying they would do more workshops with PURSUIT. We will move the event to the fall of the sophomore year beginning with the NOV 16, 2020 PURSUIT show. Mark your calendars! The event will be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and we will again invite all of the sophomores in Central Oregon. We plan to run one show and then include a career fair with workshops and breakouts.

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Evaluation Process check-in: Please be sure you are up to date on mini observations, formal observations, and SLGG goals. You need to have four minis and the initial and mid-year SLGG data reviews and discussions completed by spring break. I am hearing that some teachers are not getting mini observations completed. After completing the debrief conversation on a mini, be sure that you and the teacher both agree that it satisfies a mini and how many minis have been completed for the year. You have 72 hours after an observation to complete a post-mini debrief. The handbook still says 24 hours and Jon is working on getting that revised. _________________________________________________________

Interested in Read 180 Texts? If you have a reading intervention class (or support offered) at your high school and would be interested in adding some Read 180 leveled texts to your collection, please let Wendy Reeves know. There are a number of these texts available to receive for the very low price of free.

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March 8 – Daylight Savings time begins.

March 13 – 7:00 am HS Administrators Meeting at MVHS Library – Be Ready to Share DRAFT of your Building MTSS plan. Be sure to include the Academic, SEL and Behavior Tier I, II and III interventions. Here is the MTSS DRAFT that our district team (Dean, Kay-Ann, Jenn and KT) developed – as an example.

March 13 – Staffing allocations sent to principals

Week of March 16 – Staffing Plans approved by Legace, postings sent to HR

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February 28, 2020

Informational:

Here is the latest UPDATE on the superintendent search process.

The DHS / Law Enforcement Interview  Protocol Checklist form on the portal and on our district website (it coincides with JFG-AR: Student Searches & Questioning) was missing an important step: providing notification to the person interviewing a child about the student’s disabling condition (if any). If you have copies already made, please either get rid of these or update them to add this missing step.

I’m confident our schools are currently doing this, but our checklist form didn’t include that important (and required by law!) part of the process. Please share this with your front office staff as well!

Calendar:

Remember, we do not have a Leadership meeting scheduled for March.

Next week is Classified Staff Appreciation Week!

March 2 – ACR Submission Deadline

March 37:30 @ BSHS – BSHS, MVHS and SHS Principals process ACR’s for 20-21.

March 6 – HS Administrators Meeting CANCELLED – MOVED TO MARCH 13

March 8 – Daylight Savings time begins.

March 13 – HS Administrators Meeting – Be Ready to Share DRAFT of your Building MTSS plan. Be sure to include the Academic, SEL and Behavior Tier I, II and III interventions. Here is the MTSS DRAFT that our district team (Dean, Kay-Ann, Jenn and KT) developed – as an example.

March 13 – Staffing allocations sent to principals

Week of March 16 – Staffing Plans approved by Legace, postings sent to HR

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February 21, 2020

To D0:

This week, I met with principals to review your staffing allocations and HSS funding for next year. Please begin thinking about and designing how your plan will look for next year. The enrollment projections will go out from Brad on March 13, and, after I have approved your staffing plan, you can begin sending your postings to HR the following week.

Also, be thinking about how you will allocate STAFF for the MH intervention we will implement next year. Be ready to identify those key people we will support with training and coaching over the next few years.

Please register 1-3 of your teachers who are responsible for the Essential Skills Writing diploma requirement for this 1/2 day of WRITING TRAINING at the HDESD next week, Feb 27.

Information:

Bekki Tucker, our fabulous CTE Coordinator at BSHS has organized a CTE collaboration event during our next District SIW on March 11. This event is open to ALL CTE HS and interested MS teachers in our district. Here is a FLIER about the event and a special message from Bekki: Wednesday, March 11 CTE District SIW @ Bend High Tech Building. We will have light refreshments. This will be a great hour and a half building relationships with our industry partners and hopefully walking away with an awesome hands-on project that our industry partners can support you with. Our industry partners are eager to be in your classrooms in a variety of ways, some are more available than others. Maybe they can bring a fresh perspective, maybe they can volunteer 2-3 times during the project to be in class with you and students and maybe they can help with materials. Be prepared with a potential upcoming project or an idea for a project or unit coming up this Spring. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected] If you have industry contacts you would like me to reach out to and specifically invite, let me know. I have invited several industry partners already, but more leads are appreciated. 

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Reflections about Leadership Equity moves: In our role as building leaders, the messages we send to staff about the importance of instruction and culturally relevant practices are essential to moving our teams forward in our work with students. I asked Chris Boyd if I could share what he is working as he prepares to hire his first staff members at the new HS: Currently, I am in the process of organizing information to share with the future ICCL/Design Team at the new high school in regards to the building blocks for future school culture.  And, I have been digging into Zaretta Hammond’s CRT & the Brain.  HERE is a talk she gave a year or so ago about Culturally Responsive Teaching that I thought you would enjoy.  
While it is critical that we understand implicit bias and develop ways to interrupt racism in our schools, we also need to be having more conversations about instruction and how approaches to teaching and learning serve to perpetuate learning and achievement gaps from an early age.   This could be the best 20-minutes of your day.

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More cool tools from Kinsey: You recently received an iPad for your front office.  These are ELL/Language Department tools that we are providing your building, to support multilingual communication between staff, families, and students.  
We know tech can be an awkward way to connect with families.  But, hey it’s something!  Even if you have Spanish-speaking staff in the front office (most of us don’t…yet), this tool can help us connect with families who speak the other 30+ languages in our district.  
The app Google Translate is available on that iPad (see below for a summary of the features offered in the app).
Other communication tools will also be available on this iPad.  We will provide some support workshops for your front-office team to get familiar with these tools–more details in the next ELL/Language Dept newsletter.  
For now, just a heads-up that the iPad is heading your way.  Please find a safe and accessible space in your front office for it to live permanently (maybe near your interpreter posters?), especially if it will travel between Counseling/Attendance/etc.  We encourage you to play with Google Translate, too–check out this demo of just one of its many features!

Google Translate features:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++CWe need help: We are looking for someone either in our district or in the community who might want to host the Chinese exchange teacher currently working at BSHS.  He (William) is currently staying with the Marklands.  The host family would get a $200 stipend per month to help with food costs.  We can also provide a bus ticket for his transportation – they do not need to provide him with a car or transport him each day unless it works for them to do so.

If you know of someone, please have them get in touch with Louise who coordinates our Chinese Exchange program– her e-mail address is [email protected]

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Discipline Data Reporting: Please note the changes that have been made to the school Office Referral Form. We’ve added a “Vaping” violation, as well as added “marijuana” under Drugs. These changes were made in an effort to collect better data connected to these two violations. If you do not know the substance, please mark other substance. An updated Office Referral Form can be found on the Portal now, and Synergy will be updated on Monday to reflect these changes.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++A special reminder from Scott and Julianne: Thank you for helping us to minimize visitor/volunteer management inconsistencies between schools. Scott and I really need your help to ensure that this policy is followed with integrity and consistency. Not only do we fall into possible profiling when we do not follow our policies consistency, but we also find ourselves set up for legal issues. Thank you for reaching out if you have questions or need help!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Heads up about a growing trend that could result in unsafe situations for our students. Thank you to Jimmy Krauger, SRO at Summit HS, for bringing this to our attention: The Skull Breaker Challenge is a practice picking up on social media. The practice can lead to brain damage and even death. Please review these articles and share the information with your school teams: New York Post Article, Inside Edition Report and Fox News.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Deschutes County Mental Health has scheduled a two day ASSIST Training on April 30 and May 1. Access the link to register teams from your school.

Calendar:

CFEE for ME! I am involved in the CFEE (Coaching for Educator Equity) training Monday-Friday next week. My understanding is our time is devoted night and day to this process so expect that my availability will be limited. Please contact Jim or Jay in an emergency.

Feb 24 – MAC Survey – Please work with your FAN advocate to communicate this with your staff.

March 2 PURSUIT at the Riverhouse – ALL sophomores attend!

March 2 – ACR Submission Deadline

March 37:30 @ BSHS – BSHS, MVHS and SHS Principals process ACR’s for 20-21.

March 6 – HS Administrators Meeting CANCELLED – MOVED TO MARCH 13

March 13 – HS Administrators Meeting – Be Ready to Share DRAFT of your Building MTSS plan. Be sure to include the Academic, SEL and Behavior Tier I, II and III interventions. Here is the MTSS DRAFT that our district team (Dean, Kay-Ann, Jenn and KT) developed – as an example.

March 13 – Staffing allocations sent to principals

Week of March 16 – Staffing Plans approved by Legace, postings sent to HR


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February 14, 2020

To Do:

Our next HS Administrators Meeting is this Tuesday, Feb 18, at 7:00 in the BSHS Library. One of our agenda items is to discuss the Excellence and Equity Report summarizing the community listening sessions completed in the fall. Be sure to bring your laptop so you can access the report and other related resources! Also, we will discuss chapters 10-12 of The Culture Code.

Informational:

Sean and I met with the HS Principal team last week to share what we learned about BRYT during our visit to Boston in early February. This article about BRYT was published last week and gives a quick overview of the intervention and design as well as the students it is intended to serve. This intervention has been implemented in over 140 high schools in the northeast. We continue to talk about the number of students who need a higher level of mental health support than we (schools) are structured to support. Our opportunity is NOW to put a proactive system in place to serve these students. We have already started some of this work in our schools and have some of the key staff in place. Help designing a high school system, as well as professional development that builds staff and student skills and coaches our teams to do this important work will help us to serve our students more effectively. Let’s move away from reacting and towards a more thoughtful system design that ensures our students are poised for success! We can do better and our students deserve the best we can offer!

Did you know we have a district program to GROW OUR OWN teachers? The information about this PROGRAM was sent to classified staff recently. If you are aware of a teacher who may be interested in pursuing a hard to fill position such as counseling or specialist position, and they need to add a new endorsement, please encourage them to attend the INFORMATION SESSION on Feb 25.

Just a reminder, principals, to approve guest speakers prior to them speaking in your schools. Here are the policy and practices needed to approve guest speakers.

Dean recently highlighted for me this quick summary from Kim Marshall about what we know about best practices. I found this quote to be one of the most compelling to me, “K-12 students are more accurate about their teachers than principals using traditional evaluations, which is not surprising when we consider that students are sitting in the classrooms every day” As building leaders, how are you providing time to listen to what students are saying is working and not working?

Please review and distribute this information about a STEM opportunity for our students.

Your school’s Child and Youth Resilience Survey  (CYRM) administration day coming soon. Please note that there are two important actions for you to do:

  1. Choose your date
  2. Send parent notification at least 1 week prior to administering the survey. 

Everything you need can be found in the link below.  Please contact Sean if you have any questions.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XXexL2yvznKwcU2fSeRfqMahTc-SDJLXl4pDuhXPcl8/edit?usp=sharing

Calendar:

Feb 18 (Tuesday) – 7:00 am HS Administrators – BSHS

Feb 18 – Choice Option HS Deadline

March 2 – ACR Submission Deadline

Week of March 2 – Principals process ACR’s for 20-21

March 6 – 3:15 HS Administrators Meeting

March 13 – Staffing allocations sent to principals

March 18 – Postings sent to HR, after approved by Legace

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February 7, 2020

Information:

Principals, thank you for the time today to meet and discuss how we can best support our students struggling with mental health challenges. The intervention you heard about utilized the DBT model of therapy. Here is a quick overview of DBT, if you are interested… read these few short paragraphs. For those of you who want to dig deeper learn more here.

Here is the presentation from this morning’s meeting and the link to research on BRYT from the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health.

Every high school is in great shape with CPR/First Aid training requirements as of Feb 2020! Check it out!

The Adult Programming team at the Deschutes Public Library is hosting a free program that will cover the inclusion of tribal history in Oregon schools.  The event will be held at the East Bend Library on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m.   Here is the link for the event.

Christie shared an interesting article about leveling libraries and the research advising against it. Currently, none of our high schools level their libraries. Your Librarians had passionate responses to my question of whether they level libraries. In lieu of coffee one morning, ask them that question.

Dr. Dave continues to provide interesting reading questioning the “college for all” mantra, this article from The Atlantic “The World may be Better Off Without College For Everyone”. and from The New York Times “Who Gets to Graduate” and “College May Not Be Worth it Anymore.” How does this information bode with the fact that students will need higher-level skills and knowledge to be Future Ready as they enter a global economy? How do we program and plan to meet that need?

Calendar:

Feb 14, 7:00 am HS Principals – Original Pancake House (1025 SW Donovan Ave – off of Colorado)

Feb 18 (Tuesday), 7:00 am HS Administrators – BSHS

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January 31 2020

Informational:

It’s hard to believe we are at the halfway point in the school year! Just a reminder that Feb 19, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 11 are the member-directed individual work dates during SIW. There are two more District SIW dates: Feb 12 and March 11.

The window for completing the upcoming Resiliency survey is Feb. 24 – April 3. This survey is related to the Culture of Care work we are doing regionally. Next week you’ll receive an email asking you to sign-up for your school to administer this survey, as well as a parent letter to communicate prior to your administration.

February is Black History Month – and a great opportunity for you/your staff to shine a light on a group of people who are often not discussed (outside of slavery) in terms of what they have contributed to US history. Here are some resources for you and your staff to generate ideas (or simply take and use) over the course of the next four weeks (and beyond).

Our STC team recently reviewed this article. I thought you might find it interesting. There is more than one pathway to success!

Dave shared this article about GPA being a stronger predictor of college success than standardized tests. Turns out – the higher the GPA, the greater the probability the student will graduate from college!

Calendar:

Feb 3, 3:15 Leadership meeting – Part of the agenda includes an overview of our focus for our SIA dollars. I am unable to attend that Leadership meeting as Gary, Jim, Sean and I will be at a training Monday-Wednesday. I will be checking email in the evening.

Feb 7, 7:00 am HS Principals – Ed Center room 312

Feb 14, 7:00 am HS Principals – Jackson’s Corner (eastside)

Feb 18 (Tuesday), 7:00 am HS Administrators – BSHS

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January 24, 2020

To Do:

As you may recall, we asked our students to complete a short Resilience Survey a number of months ago. Sean had spoken about this more in-depth earlier this fall at a Leadership meeting. The window for the second round of this short student survey will be from Feb. 24 – March 20, 2020. You’ll hear more about this in the next month.

Information:

At our meeting this week, Misty shared these TWO DOCUMENTS with us that are helpful in the STATS process: the Threat Response Form (TRF) and the Guidelines for Administrators form. If after an investigation, the team determines a Level 1 Threat Assessment is not needed, please complete the TRF for your records. In addition, document the process in Synergy under incidents.

Here is an Important Message from Sean about the importance of an inclusive stance in serving our special education students. When we default to including students in our general education classrooms, we see increases in connection and achievement.

Here is an important reminder from Debbie about breaks for classified staff: I have received a few calls this week regarding breaks and lunches for classified staff, which made me realize it is a great time to send a reminder on our contract language regarding breaks for staff.  (Article 16.5)

  • If an employee is scheduled for four (4) hours but less than six (6) hours, the employee must be scheduled for one fifteen (15) minute paid break.
  • Employees scheduled for six (6) hours get a fifteen (15) minute paid break and a minimum of a thirty (30) minute unpaid meal period.
  • Employees scheduled for more than six (6) hours shall receive two (2) fifteen (15) minute paid breaks and a minimum of one (1) thirty (30) minute unpaid meal period.

Also, please know you cannot regularly schedule lunches or breaks at the start or end of the employee’s work hours, or combine break and lunch periods to provide for early release or longer lunch breaks.  This would be considered a violation of our contract and Oregon law.  You do, however, have the flexibility to modify an employee’s daily schedule for an extenuating circumstance.  If you have any questions about employee work schedules and ensuring you are providing the appropriate paid and unpaid breaks, please call our office. 

Tami Pike asked me to share with you this protocol to follow as challenging situations arise in your building.

A few readings and reflections I want to share with you…

Our role in deescalating potentially volatile situations: In our work, we are often put in stressful situations in which we feel compelled to react quickly. Sometimes, when we don’t allow ourselves time to thoughtfully consider the perspectives of others and the possible ramifications of our reactions, we create more angst and actually escalate a situation, creating more work and frustration for ourselves and those around us. As leaders, our goal is to model for others how to constructively respond to challenges. We do this by pausing and remaining mindful so we can make reflective decisions that deescalate and support others include staff, students and parents. Also, asking for help by consulting with others and taking time to think through responses with your team, can help you to make a more informed decision. Sometimes just taking the time to listen and NOT responding can be what people need to develop their own solution to a problem or concern. This article by Melissa Eisler, Respond vs React: How to Keep Your Cool in Times of Stress highlights the importance of keeping our cool so we can create a calm environment for others, including ourselves.

Integrating SEL: As we continue to move toward fully integrating Social Emotional Learning into our work in schools and classrooms, developing these important skills will become as integral to our school design as curriculum and instruction. This paper speaks to how explicitly teaching these “Future Ready” skills positively impacts students in many ways: SEL is the Key to Success.

Leadership Team Meeting – February 3, @ The Ed Center, 3:15

HS Principal Meeting – Friday, February [email protected] 7:00 am, Jackson’s Corner

HS Admin Meeting – February 18 (Tuesday), BSHS @ 7:00 am (this replaces the February 24 meeting) Be ready to discuss The Culture Code Chapters 10-12.

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