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In this issue:

Important Information for Everyone
  • Save Your Website Content: The new website will replace the old one on July 1. Read more...
  • Board Briefs: Catch up on what happened at the June 3 Board of Education Meeting. Read more...
  • Opening of School Schedule: For those who want to plan ahead, here is the back to school schedule for 2014-2015. Read more...
  • Update on Negotiations: Englewood Educators and the District have released this joint communication regarding negotiations. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Free Common Core Math Workshop: The Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle Summer Academy is hosting free math workshops for teachers. Read more...
  • Kathy Richardson/Math Perspectives Classes this summer: Hosted by Aurora Public Schools. Read more...
IT Updates
  • FirstClass Email Going Away: Please set up your email forwarding and automatic response ASAP. Read more...

Health and Wellness Corner
  • Exercise: Quality over Quantity? More exercise is not always better. Read more...
  • Fall Fitness Classes: See what's coming in the fall. Read more...
Important Information for Everyone

New Englewood Schools Website Chosen

You can see the development site at: engschools.schoolwires.net. To log in, you can use the same username and password you use for your computer. To edit your pages, select "Site Manager" at the very top after you log in.

If you are using SchoolFusion to host information that you would like to be on the new website, you will need to make sure it is saved to your computer before you leave for the summer. Any information that has not been saved will be lost.

If you have questions or concerns about this process, please email julie_mcginley@engschools.net.

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Opening of School Schedule

More detailed information will be sent as the new school year approaches, but for those who like to plan ahead, please click here to access the opening of school schedule for the 2014-2015 school year

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Update on Negotiations

The negotiating teams for the District and the Englewood Educators have been diligently meeting throughout the spring, utilizing an interest-based bargaining approach for negotiations. The teams have reached a number of tentative agreements on language issues and have discussed compensation matters as well. While there is currently not another negotiations session scheduled, the teams continue to communicate about reaching settlement and are planning to meet again. Due to the end of the school year and scheduling challenges, the teams may not meet again until August. Although the Negotiated Agreement and its Memoranda of Understandings would expire on July 31, 2014, the District and the Englewood Educators would continue operating as if they were in full force and effect. The teams are committed to maintaining the District’s relentless focus on learning and increasing student achievement throughout the District. Reaching settlement following the conclusion of the school year and the Board’s statutorily required budget adoption in June should not distract anyone from this educational mission.


Information for Teachers and Administrators

Free Common Core Math Workshop for Teachers

With the advent of the Common Core, many teachers are being asked to teach mathematics in ways that differ significantly from how they learned it.  We provide an opportunity for teachers to experience mathematical problem solving as learners. Teachers will develop their own facility with using the Standards of Mathematical Practice from the Common Core while working on engaging mathematical activities.  Problems will be selected from many areas of mathematics – geometry, number and operation, algebra, and probability and statistics.  We also have ongoing discussions related to implementing problem solving and the Standards of Mathematical Practice in the classroom.
 
Elements of this overall program:
•Participating in a learning community focused on mathematics
•Learning mathematics through rich tasks that provide the opportunity to expand one’s own mathematical understanding
•Focus on the Mathematical Practices and 21st Century Skills

To read more about the program, click here.

To RSVP, click here.

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Kathy Richardson/Math Perspectives Classes This Summer

Aurora Public Schools will be hosting two Kathy Richardson/Math Perspectives classes this summer in Aurora and we would love to have teachers from other districts join us. Two sessions will be offered:
Developing Number Concepts K-2
and 
Understanding Numbers 3-5:  Developing Computational Fluency

Both classes will take place June 24-26 at Tollgate Elementary (near Alameda and Chambers in Aurora) from 8:30-3:30. Go to www.mathperspectives.com to register and get more information.
We have hosted these classes for years and teachers continually say it’s some of the best learning they’ve had in terms of understanding how children learn mathematics and how to develop mathematical understandings in their students. 
Please share the information and invite your teachers to join us in Aurora!

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IT Updates

FirstClass Email Going Away

In preparation for our email migration to engschools.net/Gmail, please set up your forwarding to you engschools.net and auto-reply using these instructions.  Should not take you more than 5 minutes.
 
Questions?  Email Mike Porter using either engschools.net OR Englewood.k12.co.us.
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Health & Wellness Corner


Exercise: Quality over Quantity?

While it may seem logical that the longer you exercise (time per day), the better your results in terms of overall fitness and body fat. But a new study reveals that this is not necessarily the case.
 
Click the link below to learn about how incorporating a range of exercise types, and consuming a certain amount of protein helped improve lean muscle mass, lower glucose, and improve overall health in an inactive adult population:
 
http://www.stonehearthnewsletters.com/rethinking-current-assumptions-exercise/benefits-exercise/
 
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Fall Fitness Classes

On-site fitness classes will be made available again in the fall. The classes are FREE to all Englewood Schools employees, and are held on-site at schools / buildings. These classes are made available by Kaiser Permanente (but you do not need to be a Kaiser member to participate!).
 
The classes that will be available in the fall are:
  • Boot camp
  • Cross Fit
  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
 
Please contact your school or building Wellness Champion to share your preference! A listing of Wellness Champions can be found on the Englewood Schools website under Health and Wellness >> Superchampions.

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