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A weekly digest of the bulletins is sent to all principals, office managers and executive staff every Tuesday. If you have any questions about bulletins or the weekly digest, please contact the Communications Office at (916) 643-9042.
The District purchased Fitnessgram 10 software. Fitnessgram 10 is a web-based program which means staff can enter scores from their home computer, phone, iPad, school computer, etc. Each participant will receive a New Fitnessgram Book (one per site).
Face to Face Training will be held:
Date: December 1, 2015
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Serna Center Training Room A (Computer Room)
November 20, 2015Action Required - December 18, 2015
All parents of 1st and 3rd grade students must be notified about universal screening for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Services. This screening will happen in January.
Parent Notification Letters, including an opt-out form, are prepared and translated for distribution during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please download, print and distribute the 2-page letters attached. Letters should be distributed to parents by December 18.
Opt-out forms are due to the GATE Department by Monday, January 4.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code can be done anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. If you would like to participate, please go to the following website: https://hourofcode.com/us/how-to.
The National Equity Project will be returning to work with SCUSD principals on Wednesday (November 18). A hard copy of the PowerPoint will be provided at the meeting. An electronic version can be found here for those of you that are interested.
In an effort to reduce the amount of false alarm activations that we have experienced in the past and to insure a smooth return after the holidays, the Operations, Maintenance and Security Departments would like to suggest a few tips that will help make our schools secure and safe over the upcoming Holiday Season.
The County Health Department is seeing an increase in the Norovirus this season.
Please contact Health Services @ 643-9412 or Terri Fox, School Nurse, at 296-7779 if you have 10 percent of your school’s population out sick (especially with Gastrointestinal Symptoms), or unusual absence patterns that make you suspicious for communicable disease.
SacGivesBack is in full swing! Our goal is 70 percent or 3,000 employees contributing to this year’s campaign. There is no better way to help so many people in need. Together our contributions support the long and proud history of financial contributions to create a fresh and vibrant future with new opportunities. As a reminder, each school is asked to reach 70 percent participation from staff. This week your school will receive notification showing what 70 percent represents at your school.
The Community Read–In Project will kick-off this month and run through April 2016.
Hosting a Community Read-In event can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings. We are calling on parents, educators, grandparents, students, youth groups, businesses, schools, colleges, children’s programs, and places of worship, book clubs, libraries, literary groups, bookstores, and the general public to read with us now through 2016.
All parents of 1st and 3rd grade students must be notified about the upcoming universal GATE Screening scheduled for January. Parent Notification Letters, including an Opt-Out Form, will be prepared and translated for distribution during Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Letters must be distributed to all 1st and 3rd grade parents prior to December 18.
The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium is currently accepting applications for the SEVA Studio Lab Grant, intended to help schools create a complete video studio setup for students to use on a daily basis. The SEVA program’s mission is to support academic achievement while students learn to work collaboratively in teams and engage in projects that motivate them to remain in school. Content generated by SEVA Studio Labs will enhance programming content on educational channels on the regional Comcast network and provide student-produced content for the Sacramento community.
The processes for identifying students for Gifted and Talented Education services and programs have changed. The GATE Department is available to support sites in explaining this transition to staff and parents. Ideal situations for these orientations include PTA/PTO and/or Parent & Family nights, and 1st or 3rd Thursday Staff Meetings. Presentations last approximately 20 minutes and are tailored to the audience.
Contact the GATE Department to schedule an explanation session.
Federal law requires that all employees funded with federal grant funds provide verification of their time worked in the federal program. As a result of a federal programs audit last year, our district implemented revised time accounting procedures. Office managers were trained and continue to receive updates in these new procedures at Office managers meetings. It is important that office managers have started processes for time accounting with federal funded staff this school year. They have been encouraged to call the State and Federal Programs office for assistance if needed.
The upcoming quarterly Office Manager meetings are scheduled on the following dates from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Serna Center for Office Manager attendance and team building. Please make arrangements early to support staff attendance and networking.
November 10, 2015, Tuesday
February 24, 2016, Wednesday
May 4, 2016, Wednesday
With the integration of the visualization software, Tableau with Infinite Campus, users will now need to change the Data Source to LIVE when creating and/or exporting adhoc queries if they want current information returned in their filters.
Please expect an order of trade books to be delivered to your sites. The titles are meant to be added to the existing sets of trade books that your teachers have to support the work in the Core Ready binders. Please find the list of titles here and also at www.scusd.edu/ela.
During the 2015-2016 school year, all teachers will have 6 hours of Common Core Collaboration Time which can be either used for a release day with a substitute teacher or planning time after their contracted work day. This time will be paid at their contracted hourly rate. These hours must be utilized by May 31, 2016. The attached memo gives necessary details.
On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 172 which suspends the administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and the requirement that students pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years.
Each year there are more than 100,000 reports of missing children in California. Law enforcement, citizens and even children are instrumental in returning missing children home to their families, communities and schools.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), is the highest award that a K-12 science or mathematics (including computer science) teacher may receive in the United States.
In February of 2014, a Teacher Technology Support Coach program was deployed to support the initial implementation of the Infinite Campus Student Information System (SIS) and adoption of new hardware intended for use with State Mandated student testing across District school sites. We are extremely grateful for the contributions of our teachers who participated in the program.
Please review the attached revised SCUSD Suicide Risk Assessment procedures with your school staff to inform them about the procedures if they become concerned about a student being at risk for suicide.
The revised curriculum maps are available for trimester 1/quarter 1. Trimester 2/quarter 2 will be finished shortly. Trimester 3 and quarters 3 and 4 will be finished by the start of January. Links to the maps are below:
Recently, Google, YouTube and several other Web-based providers began encrypting data, preventing internal systems from identifying and restricting inappropriate content. To continue to meet our obligation to deliver safe content to our schools, the District now leverages several tools, including classification systems maintained by Google and YouTube, to identify and filter potentially unsafe content.
We are working on streamlining the BTSA process. We would like to have at least one BTSA providers in each school to provide local support for first and second year teachers. In order to do this, we need a larger cohort of BTSA support providers. Please send the names of teachers in your building, with a minimum of three years of teaching experience, who you recommend to be a support provider. Currently, the stipend is $1,500 but we are working on a small increase. We will contact the teachers you recommend and ask them to apply.
Health Services, in collaboration with Student Hearing & Placement, and Capital City Independent Study School, has developed a new model for delivering Home Hospital Instruction. We now offer a program called Medical Independent Study as a less restrictive setting for students who are eligible for Home Hospital Instruction.
We have provided a Decision Tree to help schools determine if it is appropriate to refer a student for our program(s). We have also provided a new, simpler application packet to provide to families.
Common Planing Time is time spent in professional development activities that focus on site’s school development/improvement plans and/or the District Strategic Plan. This may be done in department/grade level teams or as whole-staff activities. Typically, team meetings will focus on examination of student work, analyzing student/school data, sharing methodologies, and developing curriculum and assessments.
2015-2016 CPT guidelines for 6 and 8 hour employees are attached.
August 18, 2015Action Required - September 3, 2015
AB 2706 now requires schools to provide health coverage information in their enrollment packets at the beginning of the school year. To meet this mandate, we have adopted a flyer developed by All In, and added our district resources to the flyer. Attached you will find this flyer in the threshold languages.
Please include this in your First Day Packets to ensure that it is distributed to all families.
Health Services is operating an Immunization Clinic for SCUSD students who meet certain eligibility criteria. Regular clinics are being offered at the Enrollment Center, and several Tdap-only clinics have been scheduled to coincide with 7th grade orientation at several school sites. Attached are flyers in multiple languages. We have also included a listing of other Sacramento Area Community Clinics.
Only the contracted TPA MidAmerica and Zuk Financial will be permitted access to our campuses; then with district and site administers approved appointments for IRS Compliance Educational purposes only. Individual Tax Sheltered Annuity representatives may leave information in front district/school offices for interested staff to make contact for appointments on personal time. There is no selling permitted on district property.
The California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) has an opportunity for K–12 science teachers, administrators, and parents to participate in the 2014 Science Stakeholder Meetings, which will be hosted by the California Department of Education and Educational Testing Service (ETS).
These meetings will give participants the opportunity to provide input to the development of science assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The input gathered from stakeholders will be shared with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as he prepares recommendations for the California State Board of Education for the new science assessments.
CDE would like to recruit parents and their children for an upcoming focus group meeting to be held at SCOE on Monday, June 9, 2014. The purpose of the focus group meeting is to gather feedback from parents and students on their experience with this past spring’s SBAC field test.
Please see the attached letter for more information to share with your parents.
The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests will be updated on May 19, 2014. The current Practice and Training Tests will be replaced by refreshed Practice Tests that more closely mirror the operational assessments. The tests will include new questions and performance tasks. Enhancements also include additional embedded universal tools, designated supports and accommodations.
Friday, May 16, is the last day for SBAC testing. Below are links for teacher, administrator and student surveys created by many of us with the County Office of Education. We hope you will take the time to provide us with valuable feedback to support you for next year.
Getting good reports from schools. Most of the kinks are human errors and fixable.
Please make sure your teachers have logged in and are able to access the TA Interface before testing begins. Please make sure you have entered them first into TIDE before I call to get a password reset that has not been set up.
If students are having difficulty with their SSID number, check that there are no spaces between the CA-1234567890 or that they put the – after CA.
Starting Test Sessions—Because of an update in the Test Administrator (TA) Interface, the TA will need to choose a [Select All] button from the test selection box when starting a test session. This will choose all available tests including all grade levels and both content areas for non–performance task (non-PT) PT and performance task (PT) tests.
Starting on March 25, all Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) users in will have single sign-on access to the Test Administrator (TA) Interface and the Online Reporting System (ORS). Manuals for both of these systems can be found at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/ca/field-test-ca/resources/.
Starting on April 1, the single sign-on feature will also work for the Test Administrator (TA) Practice and Training Site. At the same time, any temporary usernames and passwords that had been provided to you for accessing the TA Practice and Training
24 days until the testing window begins! Please, if you have any questions contact your specialist or CAASPPSupport@scusd.edu. We were requested from Caltac, due to a very high volume of calls to be the point of contact.
The Test Administrator’s User Guide in now available along with a new Frequently Asked Questions Guide. Please see the attached and on our website.
First, I want to thank each of you for all your hard work with both enrollment and concapping of students this year. The purpose of this message is to provide you with information relative to concapping. As you know, concapping students this year has been difficult due to two factors. First, we increased class size. Second, we eliminated most transportation.