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In this issue:

Important Information for Everyone
  • Monitoring Progress: See the results from the February Instructional Data Teams. Read more...
  • New Englewood Schools Website Chosen: The new site will replace the old one by July 1, 2014. Read more...
  • Congratulations to Karen Brofft: Karen will be the new Superintendent of Lewis-Palmer School District. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Elementary Summer School Teaching Positions: We are looking for talented and dedicated teachers for our summer program. Read more...
  • SB-191 Data Collection: Please read this important update. Read more...
  • Quarter 3 Writing Data Due April 11: Please follow the same process you did for the last two quarters. Read more...
  • SchoolNet Use: SchoolNet is also an assessment tool that has vetted items aligned to the CCSS. Read more...
  • Online Course for Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities: Administrators, special educators, team leaders and school psychologists are encouraged to attend this four-week course. Read more...
  • Voices of Englewood's Gifted and Talented: The latest issue is available. Read more...
FYI
  • Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit: Scholarships are available for students in grades 6-12. Read more...
  • STEM Girls Night Out: High school girls are invited to this fun night of STEM exploration. Read more...
IT Updates
  • Spring Break Network Testing/Upgrades: Outages may occur on March 24 and 25. Read more...
  • FirstClass Email Going Away...: This will be a phased, gradual transition. Read more...
Health and Wellness Corner
  • Charles Hay - Legacy Foundation Winner: Charles Hay was recognized as one of Colorado's healthiest schools! Read more...
  • Free Health Risk Assessment Available to All Employees: The Kaiser Total Health Assessment can help you examine what's affecting your overall health. Read more...
  • Join the Coolest Committee in the District – be a CHAMPION! If you're interested in finding out more about wellness at Englewood Schools or have ideas, become an ES Superchampion! Read more...

Important Information for Everyone

Monitoring Progress

By clicking here you can see the results from the February Instructional Data Teams. Congratulations to Kristin Swartwood at EMS for showing the highest achievement gains from pre to post assessment during the month of February!


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New Englewood Schools Website Chosen

After an RFP process, it has been decided that Englewood Schools will be transferring to a new website platform by July 1, 2014.

The new platform offers many advantages over our current website. It will be mobile-device and iPad friendly, have a better look and feel, and be easier to use. Some of the advanced features include single sign-on capabilities, integration with PowerSchool, more calendaring options, better communication capabilities to students and parents, and will allow for teachers and site administrators to make website changes or send classroom messages remotely from a mobile device.

Moving to the new site will involve transferring the current information on the website to the new platform. If you are someone who uses the current website to host your content, please begin thinking about what content you would like transferred to the new site and what content might be out of date or not relevant anymore. More details to come.

If you have questions or concerns about this process, please email julie_mcginley@englewood.k12.co.us.

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Congratulations to Karen Brofft

We would like to congratulate assistant superintendent Karen Brofft on being chosen out of 34 qualified candidates to be the new superintendent for the Lewis Palmer District in Monument, one of the highest performing school districts in Colorado.

Although Karen’s expertise and skills will be deeply missed, we celebrate what she has brought to our district and wish her luck with her next opportunity.

A process is in place to begin searching for and selecting the next assistant superintendent. Karen will remain with Englewood Schools through May of this year to ensure a smooth transition.

Read more about Karen's new opportunity here. 

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Information for Teachers and Administrators

Elementary Summer School Teaching Positions

Data indicates that students who are performing below grade level in reading and math benefit from an extended school year. The  district elementary summer program will be held July 7 to August 1st, 2014. We are presently looking for talented and dedicated teachers for this program. Please watch for the posting on our website or contact Melanie Dressman for details.  

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SB-191 Data Collection

Individuals and licensed professional groups were asked to send assessments, rubrics, and scoring information to Michell Ansley so we could begin the process of organizing the data collection for the entire school district.  Please refer to the attached spreadsheet (current as of 3-20-14) to determine next steps for you and your colleagues.
 
Please note that every teacher in the district is accounted for on the spreadsheet, along with the content area and assessment/data point from which they will draw their individual attribution score.  Please find your name and color code to determine next steps in providing us the information we need to move forward. 
  • BLUE: Assessment complete; data available in School Net.
  • GREEN: Ready to assess; assessment, rubrics, and scoring methodology approved.
  • YELLOW: Missing one or more components.
  • RED: No evidence of assessment sent to Michell Ansley regarding individual attribution and student measures.
All teachers who are not using Acuity, DRA2, or a teacher created Schoolnet assessment, will need to provide the district office with assessment data to meet the requirements of SB 191 by Monday, March 31 at 4:00.
 
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Quarter 3 Writing Data Due April 11

April 10, 2014 marks the end of Quarter three. Please enter all third quarter writing data in SchoolNet by the end of day April 11, 2014. Please follow the same process for entering writing data that you did for the first two quarters.

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SchoolNet Use

Aside from providing a data dashboard for each student, SchoolNet is an assessment tool that has vetted items aligned to the CCSS. It is very useful for creating the common formative assessments necessary for Data Teams.
Congratulations to Jessica Tarkanian for highest use of SchoolNet during the month of February!

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Specific Learning Disabilities: Eligibility Criteria and Identification Process Online Course

The focus of this four-week, online class is the effective and appropriate implementation of the eligibility criteria and identification process related to the determination of a specific learning disability. Administrators, special educators, team leaders and school psychologists are encouraged to attend.

The class is Monday, April 7 through Sunday, May 4. The deadline to register is Monday, March 31. The class flyer, course syllabus and registration information are posted at the link below.

Click Here for Additional Information

For more information, contact: Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us

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Voices of Englewood's Gifted and Talented

In this issue of “Voices of Englewood’s Gifted and Talented,” two parents, whose children are very different, share their experiences and thoughts about parenting their gifted child.  In addition, a high school student discusses his own experiences and offers suggestions.

Read the the issue here.

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FYI

Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit

June 9-13, 2014
Expanding Connections: Southwest Ancestral Landscapes in Mesa Verde County

The Colorado Preserve America Youth Summits provide engaging on-site interactive learning experiences for
students, teachers and service leaders by involving them in study of local history, historic preservation, cultural
conservation and heritage tourism issues that fosters leadership and motivates community efforts. Participants
selected through a competitive application process are offered community service hours and full scholarships
for all program costs, including meals, transportation and lodging.

Application Deadline is April, 25,2014
See this flyer for more information!

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STEM Girls Night Out

GIrls in high school have an amazing opportunity to participate in a fun and interactive STEM Girls Night Out on April 25. Partnering with Arapahoe Community College, at this night out, the girls will get to create an alien, analyze alien blood, and plan the alien's return trip to its home planet!

Please pass this on to girls you know who might be interested in this opportunity!

More information here.

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IT Updates

Spring Break Network Testing/Upgrades

Please be aware that ITS will be performing upgrades and testing during the Monday and Tuesday of Spring Break.  Sites will experience short but intermittent outages on March 24th and 25th as we apply network and wireless updates.  Please be aware if you will be working in the buildings.
 
Questions?  Call Mike at x2025

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FirstClass Email Going Away

A committee has been formed (Thanks to Julie McGinley, Mica Buenning, Trish Bruno, and Christopher Van Dyke!) to help Englewood Staff migrate away from the FirstClass email system and the .englewood.k12.co.us email system. No action is required at this point by staff. Look for information in the coming months detailing how to complete this migration and tips and tricks to our new email system, engschools.net. Again, no action is needed at this time, and this will be a phased, gradual transition lasting many months.

Questions? Email Mike Porter using either engschools.net OR Englewood.k12.co.us.
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Health & Wellness Corner

FREE On-Site Fitness Classes Starting in January

Charles Hay World School was recognized as one of Colorado's healthiest schools!  Charles Hay was awarded $2,500 by the Legacy Foundation. The funds will be used for health-related improvements, initiatives, and activities during the 2014-2015 school year.  
 
Way to go, Charles Hay staff, students, and parents!!
 
Check out this great video on what SCHOOL HEALTH means, created by the Legacy Foundation:

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Free Health Risk Assessment Available to All Employees

The Kaiser Total Health Assessment (THA)  is an easy questionnaire that can help you examine what’s affecting your overall health—from how often you exercise to what you eat in the morning—and then help you prioritize your lifestyle changes to reduce your risks.

How is my information protected?

This questionnaire is part of a confidential and voluntary program that is part of the Englewood Schools wellness program. It provides you with important information on how to stay healthy. No individual health information will be provided to anyone at Englewood Schools.

Kaiser members may complete the assessment online. If you are not a Kaiser member you may request a paper assessment from Linda Shamlin in the Human Resources Office.

To complete the Total Health Assessment online:
1. Log on to kp.org with your user ID and password
2. Hold mouse over “My Health Manager” tab, click on “My Medical Record.” Click on “Past Visit Information” and “Test Results” to write down your blood pressure, cholesterol (LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), and fasting glucose. If you do not have these test results yet, you may skip this step.
3. Click on “Health and Wellness”; and then click the “Total Health Assessment” icon. Scroll down and click “Start Succeed now.”
4. If this is your first time entering the site, click “I agree” to Terms & Conditions and click “Next.”
5. Complete the HealthMedia® Succeed™ Total Health Assessment.
6. Print out your personal report and make plans to improve your health with a variety of special online programs, health education classes, and discussions with your personal health care team.

Once you have completed your THA, bookmark or print your personal report and make plans to improve your health with a variety of online programs, health education classes, and discussions with your personal health care team.

This program is FREE to all Englewood Schools employees, both Kaiser and non-Kaiser members. 


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Join the Coolest Committee in the District – be a CHAMPION!

If you are interested in finding out more about the staff and student wellness initiatives at Englewood Schools, or have an idea that you’d like to implement, become an ES Superchampion! Please contact Dale Lumpa, Englewood Schools Wellness Coordinator, to learn about how you can get involved! Dale_lumpa@englewood.k12.co.us.

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