Welcome to our virtual bulletin board for all principals. Fill out the form in our right sidebar to submit bulletins to be posted below.
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.
To prepare for the next year’s scheduling needs, Technology Services will be offering various sessions on scheduling. Topics addressed will be Course Setup, Student Request process, Staff and Course Planning, and loading students into the master schedule using the Schedule Wizard.
Listed below are the links to register for the different sessions.
Part 2: Course Setup and Student Request Process – Sign up here
Celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez with us!
The Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference and Celebration is a free college and career motivational event for junior high, high school and community college students, as well as parents and community members. Explore college choices, connect with community resources and learn from professional role models who can help you plan for your future career.
The conference takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 9 on the UC Davis campus at the ARC Pavilion.
Sac State is sponsoring their “College: Making It Happen” event April 2nd from 8:00 to 1:00 in the University Ballroom. This event targets students in grades 5 through 8 (5th graders from SCUSD are added because of Sac Pathways) and provides students and their parents with interactive workshops around academic planning, financial planning, and choices after high school.
Parents and students can register online at www.csus.edu/cmih or they can call 278-2481 for more information.
A new law requires, instead of merely permitting, districts to provide sex education classes. Section 51934 provides that, “pupil shall receive this instruction at least once in junior high or middle school and at least once in high school.” There remains an “opt-out” provision.
To coordinate a district response to this law, we need to collect survey data regarding what schools are currently doing to provide sex education.
The upcoming quarterly Office Manager meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Serna Center for Office Manager attendance. Please make arrangements early to support staff attendance and networking.
These meetings are held quarterly and are inclusive of valuable updates and shared resources from various departments.
Many thanks to our presenters, sponsors and staff that work so diligently to make this event a success each quarter.
K-12 Textbook Inventory and Request forms for the next school year are to be completed and returned in order for needed materials to be provided before the beginning of the school year. Please contact Library/Textbook Services at 277-6377 for assistance.
Please return completed forms to Library/Textbook Services by March 18, 2016.
January 26, 2016Action Required - February 4, 2016
The District, in partnership with CSUS Department of Education, will host a special recruitment event on February 19, 2016, at the Serna Center, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (See attached bulletin.) We invite you to join us for an afternoon of opportunities to meet and network with CSUS credential candidates who are graduating this spring!
RSVP is required. Please let us know by February 4, 2016, if you plan to attend by sending your response to:
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.
Our Science website is officially live! Please direct teachers and other interested folks to our site. We have all of the standards linked as well as all of our professional learning resources are available. Any and all feedback is welcome!
The District is accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Classified Champions of the Year Award. We encourage you to nominate outstanding certificated and classified employees who perform at levels over and above their district duties and who deserves to be recognized as a top employee in our district.
Please submit your nomination form by February 12, 2016 to the Human Resource Services Department, School Box 770.
Link to retrieve the Teacher of the Year Nomination form:
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.
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects. These books are free. Educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders must be received by February 14, 2016. Order Form at http://www.lefbooks.org.
The California Department of Education (CDE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013 and released the draft instructional framework for Science Education last month. To prepare for the implementation of the new standards, the district collaborated with SCTA in the spring of 2015 to form a committee and develop a comprehensive three-year NGSS implementation plan. The committee was comprised of elementary, middle and high school teachers from schools across the district and administrators.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.