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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.
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.
Future Hornet Day will be on Saturday, October 24, and is designed especially for prospective undergraduates and their families. Students can tour the campus, meet with many of our dedicated faculty, and attend information sessions on admissions, housing, financial aid and more. Students and their families can meet and mingle with some of Sac State’s finest throughout the day – students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends.
The Board of Education is counting on the district to widely engage our community in this issue. As you know, the district is considering moving up the start of school to August next year, which will align SCUSD with all districts in the region. The number of school days would remain the same: School would start earlier and end earlier. However, it’s important that we hear from employees and parents before this decision is made.
Water is a critical part of California’s way of life. Our economy, our environment and our day-to-day lifestyle need water to flourish. But our water supply is limited. We can help make the most of it by using water wisely every day. Saving water is not hard. We simply need to be smart about using what we have. Rethinking the way we use water – both indoors and outdoors – will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it. Sign up to participate in Project Green 2016 and help your school conserve water!
September 29, 2015Action Required - October 15, 2015
As a friendly reminder, the date of October 15 is fast approaching for the completion of Mandated Report Training for all your school site staff. Please ensure that your site staff has completed and participated in the Mandated Report Training by October 15. If not completed, the following information is available to meet this deadline:
You may arrange for free onsite training with The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento Inc.
ELAC training will support ELAC members in planning and facilitating effective activities and meetings. In addition to reviewing the purposes and requirements for ELAC, we’ll focus on how to get and keep parents involved.
Who should participate:
EL Site Representatives
ELAC Parent Members
School Community Liaisons
Other Interested School Staff
Times and Locations:
(Sign up for one; each session is identical.)
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.
September 15, 2015Action Required - September 30, 2015; November 16, 2015
The district is forming two parent advisory committees to provide consultation and review on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (LCAP PAC) will be board-appointed. The deadline is September 30, 2015 to submit an application for this committee. The online application page is: http://www.scusd.edu/lcapadvisory2015.
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:
Sacramento City College invites all juniors, seniors and their parents to attend the annual Preview Night on October 29 with tours, a student services fair and informational workshops. All in attendance will learn more about:
Sacramento City Unified Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program is now recruiting teachers to provide tutoring. As an approved provider, Sacramento City Unified can offer free tutoring services along with other contracted providers. These services will be provided to students who attend Title I PI schools year 2-5 and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please see the attached teacher recruitment documents.
On Saturday, November 14, from 9 am – 3 pm, SMUD will host the Solar Champions workshop for K – 6 Sac City teachers. The workshop will be presented by Tor Allen of the Solar Schoolhouse. Each Sac City school representative at the workshop will receive one Solar Schoolhouse classroom kit. (Up to two teachers from each school may attend but only one kit will be given out to each school.) Each teacher will be required to complete a lesson plan as part of the workshop activities and an application at the end of the workshop when the kits will be distributed.
The district is working with the publisher of the Sacramento News and Review to produce a 12-page, magazine-type publication that will be inserted into editions of the Sacramento Bee and SNR next month.
The goal of this promotional publication is to raise awareness of our great schools and programs before parents make enrollment decisions for next fall.
We will be ordering extra copies of the publication for distribution in our preschools, sixth grade classrooms and eighth grade classrooms and will need your help in backpacking it home.
This training will introduce participants to the Ad Hoc reporting tools used to create meaningful subsets of data.
Participants will learn how to create a query of course data matching user-defined criteria, create a static list of students, modify a query created by another user, and use a data subset to generate a form letter from a template.
Following the 2 hour webinar, there will be an hour allowed for district specific questions.
As shared during the September 16 principals’ meeting, all teacher math and ELA CCSS professional learning sessions scheduled for September – November have been cancelled. We will spend the month of October restructuring the sessions and will update you on the professional learning structure for the remainder of the 2015-2016 year in November.
All principals’ meetings will continue as scheduled. The next principals’ meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 7.
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.
Our publisher of science workbooks did not have enough to fill our order for the start of the year. As such, photocopied workbooks covering the first part of the year are being shipped out to schools now. Complete workbooks will be shipped out to schools as soon as the publisher fills our order, which should be by November. Thank you.
September 8, 2015Action Required - September 8, 2015
Please send the name of at least one teacher from your site who you believe would be a good BTSA support provider for a new teacher in your school. We are attempting to streamline BTSA and make sure every new teacher has a mentor within the site if possible. Please send recommendations to Kelly Dunkley in the BTSA office as soon as possible. She will contact the teachers to assess their interest. Please feel free to recommend as many teachers as you feel would be a good support provider. Thank you.
September 8, 2015Action Required - September 25, 2015
To verify textbook sufficiency, all schools, (except charters and Williams Review schools) need to return the Materials List forms for their grade levels served, marking the column titled “Sufficient Y/N” to indicate sufficiency. Each site needs to send the relevant forms and an email stating sufficiency to Matt-Turkie@scusd.edu and Carmenyn@scusd.edu by Friday, September 25.
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.
Expanding Your Horizons is a one day STEM conference at Sac State on Saturday, October 10, 2015. EYH is designed to encourage and empower young women to pursue education and careers in STEM. A study by the American Association of University Women found that the critical years where girls lose interest in math and science are the 7-10th grade. Women continue to be underrepresented in critical fields related to math and science.
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.
The Parents Rights and Standards of Behavior manuals and the Voluntary Insurance letters have been shipped. If you did not receive your shipment as scheduled, please contact the warehouse at (916) 277-6660.
If you received your shipment but you need more manuals or letters, please write to Central-Printing@scusd.edu until noon Friday, 8/28/15. After that, we will ship all remaining pieces to Student Hearing and Placement. Please order from them beginning Monday, 8/31/15.
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.
CSU Sacramento is proud to invite all SCUSD students and their parents to check out their campus and all that college has to offer at it’s annual “Hornet Day” celebration on Saturday, October 24.
Families can check out the campus, attend informational sessions, enjoy the Homecoming festivities at 3:00 pm and attend the football game at 6:05 pm. This is a great event and would be a wonderful way to introduce college to the students at your site!
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.
SacPD is very excited to continue the partnership with SCUSD for the 2012/2013 school year. This year SacPD will have 8 SRO’s and 1 Sergeant assigned to Sac City schools, this is a reduction from last year when there were 12 SROs and 1 Sergeant. Sac PD has also assigned LT. Lisa Hinz to Sac City schools. Lt. Hinz will also be coordinating youth programs in the City of Sacramento.