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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.
An email sent on March 5, 2015 regarding reporting requirements spurred great conversation and interest from many of you. The Safe Schools Office, Legal and Risk Management would like to clarify a few issues as well as attach the revised forms recently completed by Risk Management.
The Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) is hosting a summer professional learning opportunity focused on the Next Generation Science Standards. Please note that there is a fee for participation and cost will be the responsibility of the participating school site.
Math Professional Learning for Principals with Dr. Timothy Kanold. Those who participated last summer are encouraged to return for deeper learning and those who were unable to join us last year are also encouraged to attend.
All high school seniors planning to attend Sacramento City College (SCC) in the fall have the opportunity for 5 college units for participating in the SCC Summer Success Academy June 22 through July 23. Students will develop skills to support their success in college via a Human Career Development Course, a Math Boot Camp, English Boot Camp and visits to 4 year colleges! Please announce and distribute the flyer to all Seniors attending SCC in the fall.
Sacramento City College (SCC) Allied Health Learning Community is a 2½ year program that gives students priority registration in the sections the community offers. Along the way, students can apply for the Dental Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Vocational Nursing programs and at the end of the program, students can apply for Dental Hygiene and Registered Nurse. In two years, students can apply to transfer to the CSU system and in 2½ years have an AS degree in Nutrition and/or Biology.
The window for 5th grade teachers to administer the School Culture and Climate Survey (SCCS) is Monday, April 13 thru Friday, April 24. All 5th grade classes at all elementary and K-8 school sites will administer the survey online. The survey will take only 30 minutes.
The testing window in SCUSD opens next week, and now is the time to help families understand the dramatic changes underway in California’s assessment system. Unlike last year’s “field test,” results of this spring’s Smarter Balanced online tests in English and math will be reported to the district, schools and our families.
As these tests are more challenging and require different skills, results should not be compared to the former STAR program.
Because have no CST or SBAC results for 2013-14, our district must administer an assessment to determine if ELs who are eligible for reclassification because they have reasonable English fluency have also mastered basic skills in the English Language Arts. This assessment will be administered only to ELs who have met the CELDT criteria for reclassification—an overall Score of Early Advanced or Advanced, with no subtest lower than Intermediate.
No-cost Physical Activity Leader (PAL) training is scheduled for implementation at the Sacramento City USD Serna Center on April 16, 2015. (see attached flier). The objective of the training is to assist attendees in becoming physical activity (PA) champions to work with their school district and affiliated schools to provide more opportunities for students to engage in PA throughout the school day.
In order to better track grant applications and funding awards, all grant applications submitted by SCUSD school sites or district office departments, they must include an Intent to Apply for Grant Funds form. The form can be found and completed online at the following link: http://www.scusd.edu/form/intent-apply-grant-funds. If you have any questions, please contact the Grants Coordinator DiAnne Brown at (916) 643-9101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College: Making It Happen, sponsored by CSUS, targets 5th (for SCUSD) through 8th grade students and their parents and aims to assist in communicating the importance of early academic planning as well as financial planning to assure all students have choices after high school. The day includes workshops, campus tours and an information fair – all of which are quite helpful to students and their parents. Attached are flyers that can be sent home.
Please see the attached information regarding the Accumulation Program for Part-Time and Limited Service Employees (APPLE). The Bulletin includes the following attachments: Announcement Letter; Acknowledgement and Designation of Beneficiary Form.
Please join your Infinite Campus Support team for a Scheduling Planning at Serna in Training Room A, the schedule is attached. Please bring copies of any documentation that will assist with the training.
As you know, the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® are coming in fall 2015 and spring 2016, respectively. The College Board recently launched collegereadiness.collegeboard.org to help you and your students understand the changes and get ready with sample questions from every section.
At the new site, you can:
Learn about the redesigned SAT/PSAT, including details on:
California legislature passed a new law (SB 1266) that went into effect January 1, 2015. This legislation was enacted to guard against dangerous allergic reactions in school children with no previously known allergies. The law requires every school in California to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, and train volunteer teachers and staff members on how to identify anaphylaxis, and administer this life-saving medication. All SCUSD schools are now prepared to address this medical need.
Applications are available for eligible students – graduating high school seniors who have lived in El Dorado, Placer, Yolo or Sacramento County, California, for at least two years prior to the time of application and also meet California State residency requirements. Students must be planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational/technical institution located within 100 miles of the Sacramento County Courthouse. For more information, visitwww.jewishsac.org/schwabrosenhousescholarships.
Please be advised that the District took to the SCUSD Board of Education the request for the evaluation waiver for these 2 groups of teachers on November 20. The District then applied to the California Department of Education (CDE) for the evaluation waiver on November 21. CDE’s next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 2015 to act on this item at their board meeting; therefore, we will not obtain a decision in time for the 2014-15 evaluation year.
All schools wishing to label a course “AP” must submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2015. Schools which offer AP classes must identify an AP Audit Administrator. Administrator authorization is a required aspect of the audit process. Authorization to use the “AP” designation for your course indicates College Board permission to use the designation on students’ transcripts, in your school’s course catalog, and/or on your school’s website.
There are tools available to help you to properly compose your School Site Council and have members ready to start participating in the School Plan and budgeting process for 2015-16. School Site Council training is available and there is guidance and tools on the SCUSD website at the School Site Council webpage at http://www.scusd.edu/general-information/schoolsite-council-ssc. Please see the attached flyer for information.
Please review the following regarding student fees and share with staff and any other relevant individuals in your school community. It is important that all staff understand this issue and communicate it accurately when discussing with students and families.
Please see the attached letter and supporting documents from the Superintendent with information for our high school senior students who may benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) federal program.
Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) is a specialty program that provides FREE wellness exams for babies, children, teens and young adults eligible for Medi-cal or low income eligible. Trained medical providers are available to help children stay healthy, find health problems early and answer health questions.
The CHDP program offers valuable health resources for babies, children, teens and young adults and provides the following services:
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.
With online state testing here to stay, students may need help in learning how to use a computer keyboard with accuracy and efficiency. There are several programs – some free, some that have a cost – that schools can use to bring students up to speed. The following document provides recommended guidelines for choosing a keyboarding application. We are not recommending one program will be right for all schools, but providing some information on making these decisions with some example keyboarding applications and costs.
Looking for an alternative to cookie dough and candy bars sales? Healthy fundraisers set a positive example and support: 1) healthy eating and physical activity by children, 2) nutrition education, 3) parents’ efforts to feed their children healthy food and 4) the fundraising needs of schools. For resources, see the attachment.
Professional Development Series begins September 15.
School site staff and parent volunteers, who are key to parent engagement are encouraged to attend the Parent Resource Center Collaborative training series. The goal is to increase the skills and capacity of staff that work with parents, as well as to provide tools to increase parent engagement at each school site. By attending this series, your staff will gain knowledge and confidence. It’s also an opportunity to interface and share strategies with their peers at other sites and with district staff.
Please review the attached bomb threat checklist, as it can be a useful tool in the event you receive a telephonic bomb threat. Immediately after you end this type of call, place a quick call to a known telephone number so that the call can be located easily in call records.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Safe Schools Manager Nina Delgadillo at (916) 752-3081.
As most of you know, but if not, the emergency cards run through Central Printing, using a Duplication Requisition. The item numbers are DR-355 for emergency cards not drilled and DR-356 for emergency cards that are 3 hole drilled on the left side. If you have any questions, you can contact Central Printing at 277-7117. Thank you.
Attached please find the 2014-2015 Enrollment and Attendance Report Bulletins along with the spreadsheet that will be needed. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Mena at 643-9402. Thank you.
This is a reminder that all schools need to use the District Emergency Card for students. It is important that all sites are using the same card with the same information. As discussed at the Office Manager’s meeting, attached is a helpful tool for entering the information in Infinite Campus in the correct fields which will help to make our information accurate in the new student system.
As shared in Nina Delgadillo’s presentation last week, please see the following emergency numbers that you should have in your cell phone as well as share them with your Office Manager and Plant Manager:
Sacramento Police Department (non-emergency): 264-5471
Attached is updated step-by-step instructions for office staff on how to provide parents with their Infinite Campus GUID numbers necessary to log into the system, this one includes information on printing labels.
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.