December 3, 2021

To Do:

School Design Plans: Please send me a quick email letting me know if you have completed your School Design Plan.

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STAS Level 1:
If you have not already done so, would you please click on this link to update your building’s Level 1 team information?
BLS STAS Level 1 Teams (Link)

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A message from Dave about YouthTruth: Just a reminder to watch the 18-minute Kick-Off Webinar, be on the lookout for an email from YouthTruth AND develop a plan for implementing this survey to students and staff in January.

We need to increase the response rate on the part of secondary schools. Dave Van Loo is advocating that an 80% student response rate at each school. Consider how you can create a scenario in your school which allows us to reach this goal. Perhaps have students complete the survey during a special schedule that includes an extension of a period OR during advisory. We will implement YouthTruth in January!

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Leave Sheets: Leave sheets are due by Monday, December 6th.  Please let April know if you have any questions.  The time period that we are recording is 11/08/21 – 12/05/21.  Those with electronic calendars (administrators) can fill in their calendar and let me know when they are done.  Everyone else (paper leave sheets) can send me their leave sheets or email me with their dates of leave and I can fill them out for you.  If you did not take any leave during this period (11/08 – 12/05) just let me know and I will note it.  We are required to turn in a leave sheet whether we have taken leave or not.

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From Kinsey: Multilingual Department Staff Supervision: Our district team has grown!  Updated case loads here.  Your school’s assigned Liaison should be visible in your building fairly consistently, according to the schedule they’ve shared with you. You should have received an email this week with updates on Family Liaisons and Language Specialists (schedules, case loads, mini-observations, and evaluations).  Thanks for reviewing that information, and letting Kinsey know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions!

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SSC/SSI Proposed Evaluation Domains and Standards

One critical aspect of creating a new role in BLPS schools is determining the evaluation rubric.  Please see the below proposal for this year’s evaluation rubric.  This was vetted through a representative group of SSC’s/SSI’s, and Admin.  The group believed this was a great match and would work well for this year.  At this time, I would like you all to take a look at the proposed eval rubric and provide your feedback HERE.  In the future, the plan is to design a rubric specific to the student success program and your new roles.  

I am also sending this exact email to SSC/SSI for their comments.  I hope to have this process finalized and determine prior to leaving for winter break.  Thanks in advance for your participation.  

Student Services Coordinator Rubric

Proposed Domain: Standards

2.4 – School Culture: Communication

2.5 – School Culture: Relationships

3.9 – Programs and Services: Assessment

3.10 – Programs and Services: Records

3.11 – Programs and Services: Intervention

4.12 – Professional Responsibilities: Professionalism

4.13 – Professional Responsibilities: Self-Improvement

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Information:

Outdoor Masking: Based on recent revisions to requirements issued by the Oregon Department of Education, beginning Monday, Dec. 6, wearing masks while outdoors for Bend-La Pine Schools’ students and staff will be recommended (not required). This change applies to students in grades K-12 and staff in outdoor settings that include, but are not limited to, recess, lunch, PE, etc. 

Additionally, families or other visitors outside on school campus (for instance during student drop off or pick up) are recommended, not required, to wear masks.

Unvaccinated individuals not wearing masks who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case while outdoors will need to follow quarantine protocols if they are identified as close contact. 

Masks continue to be required indoors.  

Guidance for those participating in athletics and activities remains largely unchanged. 

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No visitors: At our district COVID meeting this week it was determined that we should not be allowing Military Recruiters in our buildings at lunch or any other time because we are still not allowing visitors.  I realize I originally gave the green light for these folks to be in our high schools.  That is no longer the case. We continue to not allow college reps on our campus for the same reason. These folks can connect virtually with students but cannot be on campus during the school day. I understand this is not the news you want to hear.  However, this is where we are for now.

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Secondary Blog: This post is directed towards any teacher that uses text of any kind with students.  Increasing student literacy across disciplines is something new teachers receive focused training in, but might not be a topic more experienced teachers hear much about.  The post contains a few strategies teachers might find useful, as well as a couple of great resources if you’re curious and would like to learn more. Ready to Implement Now…Reading Strategies for All Subjects

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Classified evals – Paul inquired with OSEA union leadership last year and they were not interested in limiting the number of domains for evaluation.  While I haven’t asked this year, I can, but I don’t anticipate their position changing.

Calendar:

HERE is the calendar for meetings for the year

Here is a sample Learning Walk schedule you can use as a guide to plan that visit.

SIW schedule

December 7 – Work Session: Canvas/Synergy @ BSHS 8:00-9:30 in Perseverance Hall.

December 14 – Work Session: Curriculum Guide Audit @ Realms HS 8:00-9:30 (Feel free to invite one counselor and your curriculum secretary). Please email me who you plan to bring by Wednesday. Students will join us for this work session. Please bring you equity stance with you and be prepared to share.

December 17 – Self Reflection due

January 5 – SLGG’s due

Reminder: complete your work calendars.  If you need assistance please contact April Jorgenson.

Mark your calendars for June 20 and 21, 2022 for our Leadership Training Academy.

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