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.
We have recently deployed three additional digital resources to students in the district: Khan Academy (grades 7-12), Code.org (all grades) and Open eBooks (all grades, Title I schools only). Students will be able to log in to these resources from any internet-connected device at home or school using their district-provided account credentials or Clever badge. The services are being deployed at no cost to the district.
Please see the attached Teacher of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline to submit nominations is December 23, 2016. To nominate a Classified Champion, please go to Human Resources, http://www.scusd.edu/human-resource-services, the nomination form is under Employee Recognition.
Please see the attached 2016-17 Classified Professional Development schedule that is currently being offered and share with classified staff. Please sign-up for the classes, there is a link in the last column of each class listed to do so.
Did you know 1 in 5 youth is or will experience a mental health challenge? And only half of all youth experiencing a mental health challenge receive the support they need. You can help a youth in need! Become a Youth Mental Health First Aid Responder.
Teacher of the Year nomination period opens on December 1. This year nominations will be accepted through December 23. All schools are encouraged to nominate one teacher for recognition as a Teacher of the Year Nominee on our district’s website. Thank you very much for all you do to support our dynamic teachers. Nomination applications and instructions will be released on December 1.
Please be aware that the district’s technology purchase lists (http://tinyurl.com/scusdhardware) have been updated to reflect changes in computer hardware, peripherals and other devices available for purchase from our preferred vendors. Staff responsible for initiating purchases should consult the updated lists prior to generating requisitions.
Your “Step into Wellness” employee wellness program invites you to participate in the 8-week “Maintain Don’t Gain” campaign. The campaign gives you tips on how to maintain your weight rather than gain weight over the holiday season. You can set and make a pledge to reach your goal – check out setting SMART goals: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSFoywS7Mt4. Challenge your coworkers and have fun healthy holidays!
Please share the attached opportunity with your teachers. The district will pay the cost of tuition and books for the first 15 people to express interest. Please note however, that if teachers want to use the units for salary advancement, then they will have to pay the cost of the tuition themselves. We encourage teachers to participate in pairs or small groups from a school. Teachers will need to respond quickly as the course begins January 18. Interested teachers should register ASAP using the information on the flyer.
GATE Screening will happen between January 17 and February 17 for all 1st and 3rd grade students across the district.
Letters notifying families about the testing window and the GATE screening process have been developed for distribution. Letters should be copied at the school site level and distributed to ALL 1st and 3rd grade families. This may happen during Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Opt Out Forms should only be available by request in the school office.
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.
Please see the attached 2016-17 Classified Professional Development schedule that is currently being offered and share with classified staff. Please sign-up for the classes, there is a link in the last column of each class listed to do so. More classes will continue to be added throughout the year. The evening trainings will hopefully be announced at the end of the month. Thank you.
This year, the district is providing all students with accounts and access to Google Apps for EDU (GAFE). Please share this information with parents by sending the attached notice home with students as soon as possible.
Below is information regarding the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA). This is an amazing program that is open to all students ages 16-23. The program is offered at no cost to the students and they come away incredibly enriched, with mentors, and with exposure to the Sacramento business community.
Nov 1: Requests submitted online to Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC)
Dec 1: SECC will share proposed budgets with sites/district office
Dec 8: SECC Board approves proposed sites
January 13: Commitments from districts solidified
The College and Career Readiness Department would like to remind you of some exciting changes that will simplify and improve the FAFSA process for the next academic year.
The 2017-18 FAFSA will now be available on October 1, 2016.
In addition, parents will be reporting their family income based on prior-prior year (year before last) tax information when completing the FAFSA. For example, for a 2017-18 FAFSA, your income will be based on 2015 taxes.
The model curriculum on the life and work of César Chávez provides a standards-based model curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12, with biographies, pictures and other resources to help teachers prepare lessons. The biography of Chávez is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cantonese and Tagalog. This site also includes a bibliography and other resources on Chávez and farm labor issues:
This year, the district rolled out Google Apps for EDU accounts to all staff and students. We are happy to report that over 3,200 students and staff have already logged in over 10,500 times, creating and collaborating on over 19,750 files since the start of school. Our teachers are excited to be using Google Apps in the classroom, and we are working closely with staff at schools to learn about and share new and innovative uses for the many tools it provides.
To simplify access to instructional resources by students, Technology Services is implementing a unified, single sign-on system that will allow students to log in to all instructional applications and services using their new student accounts and password. Effective 09/23/2016, the following applications will have been integrated into this system:
• Google Apps for EDU
• Infinite Campus
• Pearson EnVision
• Walch Connect
• Big Ideas Math
• ST Math
Earlier this year, Technology Services distributed essential student account login details to all principals via email and asked you to share this information with your teachers. However, to make it even easier to find student account information, we have implemented a real-time account lookup process via Infinite Campus.
Effective immediately, teachers and office staff may view student account information in the new “Student Account Info” tab in Infinite Campus.
Please share this information with your staff and teachers.
A mental health crisis is defined as a sudden, generally unanticipated event that profoundly and negatively affects the social and emotional well-being of a significant segment of the school population and often involves serious injury or death.
If your school is experiencing a crisis that meets the above definition, please follow the attached procedures.
Please review the attached revised SCUSD Suicide Risk Assessment procedures with your school staff to inform them about the steps to take if they become aware of a student being at risk for suicide. Also, included are the Suicide Risk Assessment procedures if a student needs to be assessed while participating in an Expanded Learning Program.
Technology Services is pleased to announce that 650,000 new Sacramento and surrounding area addresses have been added to Infinite Campus, including apartment numbers. This addition helps to ensure that Infinite Campus has a comprehensive address repository, and centralizes the address management process.
Going forward, only central office staff will be able to add new addresses into Infinite Campus. No school staff will have access to add/create new addresses. This change does not impact school staff’s ability to change addresses for students.
Please remember it is very important to update the staff and contact information in the “personnel section” of each school node of Rapid Responder. Please review your site’s information of current employees and contact information. Thank you.
All Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs) were approved by the Board of Education on September 1, 2016.
Document Tracking Systems has updated the cover page of each SPSA indicating this approval date.
Note: now that school is back in session, if your School Site Council membership needs to be updated due to staff changes or student/parent moves, please hold an election prior to the end of October, 2016.
The Sacramento County Office of Education is pleased to offer National History Day (NHD) to local 4th-12th grade students. NHD delivers standards-based, authentic, student-centered, project-based learning to achieve learning goals. This classroom-based program is fully aligned to the new California History Social Studies Framework, Common Core ELA Literacy in History/Social Studies standards, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework.
The beginning of a new school year is an opportunity for a quick reminder that the district is prohibited from requiring students to pay a fee, deposit or other charge in order to participate in an educational activity. For further detail, and a discussion specifically relating to field trips, athletic and PE apparel, as well as ASB funds, please see the attached memorandum.
Please see the 2016-17 Enrollment and Attendance Reports for Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Information includes the reporting of enrollment data for the first school month of the 2016-17 school year and the process for reporting monthly enrollment/attendance data during the school year.
The attached bulletin describes how certificated personnel can achieve salary advancement through professional improvement. The onus of initiating and keeping track of hours is on teachers/certificated staff.
Principals/relevant administrators (such as central office administration) need to pre-approve requests.
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.
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:
Only the contracted third Party Administrator (TPA) MidAmerica, Zuk Financial, Valic, Hartford, Washington National (formerly Conseco) 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.
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.