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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.
We are a couple of years into the implementation of Infinite Campus (IC) for our district-wide student information system. We have been looking at annual clean up processes and working to develop more consistent data practices and better professional development for our staff. If we don’t address these issues, we risk serious concerns about the accuracy of our data and reporting of student data to CALPADS.
We now need to focus on our Behavior data as the end of the school year quickly approaches.
Please help to inform your community about the district’s LCAP survey. The capacity of district staff to share information with all staff, parents, and families is limited, and we rely on your connections to spread the word. Our deadline is the end of May.
The survey can be completed in English or Spanish online, on desktop, tablet or using a mobile, at www.scusd.edu/lcapsurvey2016. It is very simple and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
Last year, all sites received ELA supplemental materials: Core Ready binders and the trade books called for in the Core Ready lessons. At the beginning of this year, additional trade books to support Core Ready lessons were sent to sites. For ease of checking in and out the Core Ready binders and trade books for Core Ready lessons with your teachers at the end of the year and the start of next, there is an inventory list, posted at www.scusd.edu/ela in the Elementary Resources pod. The inventory list is also attached here.
The district’s LCAP draft is available now on the district website. It is linked in the green box on the home page.
Materials for principals are attached.
Stakeholder engagement is so critical to this process. We appreciate any assistance schools can provide to share the information and encourage community members–staff, parents, students, community partners–to take the survey.
The SCOE School of Education in partnership with the University of Phoenix is excited to announce a summer Visual Arts credential program. This special offering is available to teachers who currently hold either a clear Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential.
Gang Violence Prevention/Intervention Specialist Andrew Pham provides Gang Awareness Education training for site staff and parents that includes important information on early warning signs, gang indicia and tips for dealing with the gang influences in classrooms and school campus.
Mr. Pham is available to provide this training at sites before the school year comes to a close. Email him at email@example.com to set up a training.
The goal of the “High School Course Catalog and Guide for College, Career and Life-Ready Students” is to provide students, their families and school personnel with information that will help prepare our students to be College, Career and Life-Ready Graduates. This PDF document is fully interactive and contains the following useful information:
Instructional Minutes Requirements for all 2016-17 daily schedules, including regular, minimum day and testing schedules should be submitted to Internal Audit before the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Crayola, in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, is accepting applications for the 2016 Creative Leadership Grant program. The program will award up to twenty grants of $2,500 each in support of innovative leadership-team-building programs within elementary schools. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at $1,000.
The Energy Education & Technology Center at SMUD will sponsor five (5) teachers to attend the Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators which is scheduled for July 24-29 in Sebastopol, CA. Teachers will learn everything solar from the geometry of the sun to hand making solar modules and a variety of solar powered devices. There are many make and take activities, lesson plan designing sessions and tours of local sustainable businesses.
Beginning Thursday, April 28, SCUSD will be offering a bi-weekly immunization clinic where eligible students can receive free immunizations. Please see the attached flyer which has the schedule, location and eligibility criteria.
East Sacramento Preservation will provide a $500 scholarship to a college-bound public high school senior from East Sacramento. The scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant’s demonstrated dedication and desire to enhance his or her community. The student’s focus should be on preservation of worthy institutions and landmarks.
Applications are available now and are due on May 18, 2016. Winners will be notified by the end of May and the scholarship will be awarded at the East Portal Park—Pops in the Park Concert on June 4, 2016.
We want to provide principals with an update on the progress of negotiations with SCTA and the fact-finding process in general. We reiterate that this is a process that helps the parties reach a fair labor agreement. We continue to express that we value and respect the teachers in our district and are committed to compensating them fairly. We do want to attract the best and brightest educators to our district. In doing so, we must also protect the district’s finances for the long term and resist the urge to spend beyond our means.
On May 26 and May 27, students from all over Sacramento County will be arriving at the Sacramento County Fair for their annual agriculture educational tours! Organizations will have immediate access in educating the youth of today in the field of agriculture. By taking advantage of this great opportunity, you can form the minds of these students, which will create a thirst for knowledge in the field of agriculture for many years to come.
The process for reclassifying EL students is moving online to Illuminate. The criteria for reclassification remains the same: If students have met the criteria for CELDT score and for achievement on a standardized ELA assessment (CAASPP or SCUSD ELA benchmarks), their names will appear under a Reclassification report for their school in Illuminate. Next, classroom teachers (grades K-6) or English teachers (grades 7-12) will determine whether or not to recommend the student for reclassification, based on data, and will mark their recommendation in the report.
We are very pleased to partner with the Sacramento City Unified School District to sponsor the first student drawing contest in celebration of more than 40 years of historic preservation in Sacramento. The Sacramento Preservation Commission and Sacramento Heritage, Inc. (SHI) ask for your support in encouraging students to enter the contest and learn more about Sacramento’s history and cultural resources.
All UPE members can join the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for $1 a day from February 2016 to June 2017. This is a special SCUSD promotion. At the conclusion of the promotion, we are hoping to have close to 200 members. If we do, then we can gain consolidated membership status and the promotion continues. SCUSD will contribute 1/2 the membership dues if we get close to the 200 members. Please consider joining.
All other SCUSD management staff will be able to join ACSA for $2 a day from February 2016 to June 2017.
The following email was sent to teachers regarding the survey for AB 329 – Comprehensive Sexual Education:
If you are receiving this email then you have been identified as the Science Liaison for your school site (if you received this email in error – please let me know). The implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a huge undertaking and I am excited to work with you all to facilitate this work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or requests for support.
Youth Development Department is in the process of forming an advisory committee for its Expanded Learning programs (before school, after school and summer programs). Our objective is to engage all stakeholders in the Program Quality Improvement Process. We are looking for potential advisory members who are passionate about Expanded Learning programs and want to contribute ideas to continuously improve the quality of programming in Sacramento City Unified School District.
In order to comply with new state laws, the District is currently preparing a new policy relating to District Residency requirements, and revising its policy for Tobacco Free Schools. Please take a moment to review these policies and provide any comments to Raoul Bozio, Legal Services Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Snowball is a hands-on five-day professional development program for teachers, school administrators and students, steeped in Systems Thinking, Education for Sustainability and Organizational Learning. The dates are July 11 – 15, 2016. If interested, please visit www.campsnowball.org for all information.
While the 2016-17 Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) template is now available on the Document Tracking System website, due to the limitations of the technology in DTS, the 2015-16 template is now archived and cannot be re-opened for editing. In order to have a record of funding changes to the SPSA, it is important that you document any changes in your School Site Council minutes. These minutes should be sent to Lisa-Hayes@scusd.edu.
Governor Brown recently signed legislation that will allow some students who did not pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma retroactively.
Senate Bill 172 requires all K-12 districts to award diplomas to students who met every other graduation target but failed the exit exam, which became a requirement starting with the class of 2006. It takes effect in January and sunsets on July 1, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 , Zuk Financial ,Valic, Hartford and CalPERS 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.