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In this issue:
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Assessment Updates: Stay up-to-date with assessment developments and available training materials. Read more...
FYI
  • Girls STEM Night Out: Please share this fun opportunity with girls in grades 9-12! Read more...
  • Leftover Auction Items Available! You have a chance to bid on some leftover auction items from the EEF fundraiser!  Read more...
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: Help Cherrelyn take part in a Revolutionary War Reenactment.  Read more...
Employee and Student Wellness
  • Fall Fitness Classes are Starting: See what's available. Read more...
  • The Foundations of a Healthy Work and Learning Environment: A review of the district wellness policy. Read more...



Assessment Updates

The following section will keep you current with assessment developments and available training materials. 
 
Acuity
The first round of Acuity Benchmarks will be administered between the dates of September 15 and October 3.  There will be no early window for third grade reading this year, as the summative PARCC assessment will not occur early for third grade either. Teachers can expect a few new printed copies of the test to use for students with accommodations, copies of the CR questions for all students and a copy of the rubric/answer key to the CR question.
 
Use the screen shot tutorials to review how to access teacher login information and student login information. Acuity access can now be found on the district website under For parents and Students.
 
Aimsweb
Aimsweb is experiencing major difficulty with version 2.0. So much so that if we continue to try to roll over, we may not have access to the interface until November. Obviously, this does not meet our needs for progress monitoring. The issues are so encompassing that they have agreed to extend the 1.0 interface.
 
The good news is that the correct assessments were given on assessment day, and that your training was accurate. The challenge is that the interface will not look like you saw in the training. Previous Aimsweb interface modules will be available shortly as will your access to 1.0. We will continue to use 1.0 for the entirety of the school year. 
 
Use the following link to determine how your students scored on the first Aimsweb benchmark.
 
Aspire
The Aspire assessment system is in the process of being set up. Teachers delivering the assessment should have received notification of available online training modules. 
 
Additional information can be found on a district assessment wiki. Please access this wiki to review the administration manual as well as how to print student authorization tickets. https://sites.google.com/a/engschools.net/englewood-schools-assessment-training-materials/home/act-aspire
 
 aspire chart
 
Quarterly Writing Prompts for Grades 11 and 12
Writing prompts are now available for grades 11 and 12.  You can view the prompts, exemplars, and rubrics on the district website: For Teachers, Assessments, Assessment Resources.
 
The 7-12 quarterly writing prompts are aligned to ACT, which is an 11th grade assessment. Therefore, quarterly benchmarks will now only be mandatory for grades K-10 and for any student in grades 11 and 12 who are not performing at grade level. Teachers may choose to give the writing prompts to all 11th and 12th graders so as not to discriminate between those who are or are not performing on grade level, but whole class administration is not mandatory.
 
12th Grade CMAS
It is a good idea to allow students access to the electronic practice assessment tools (ePAT) prior to the high stakes assessment. Use the following link and look under high school to access a script, a guide, and a login site for students to get a feel for the test. http://www.pearsonaccess.com/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Colorado%2FcoPALPLayout_v2&cid=1205794393643&pagename=coPALPWrapper
 
There is no need to print anything from this page. At a bare minimum, allow students to login and answer a few practice questions so they can become familiar with the online tools. By doing so, the teacher also benefits by viewing the test questions and experiencing a mock test environment without the pressures of it being standardized.
 
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FYI

STEM Girls Night Out

Girls in our district have a great opportunity to participate in Girls STEM Night Out on Sept 19; a night of fun and learning at Arapahoe Community College.
 
Please share the attached flyer and registration form with girls in grades 9-12 who might be interested in participating in this awesome event! Registrations are due by Sept. 5.
 
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Leftover Auction Items

On August 23, the Englewood Education Foundation held a fundraiser, and some of the silent auction items were not claimed! Now you have a chance to bid on them. The items are as follows:
  1. From the City of Englewood: 25 visit pass to the Englewood recreation center plus a cap and a sweatshirt. (Starting bid: $60)
  2. From the City of Englewood: 10 admissions to Pirate Cove for summer of 2015 plus a cap, t-shirt, water jug, mug, and waterproof protecting bag. (Starting bid: $60)
  3. From Cultural Arts: A watercolor painting. (Valued at $255 will sell to best offer.)
  4. From Bishop Elementary: A painted partition. (Starting bid: $50)
To bid or for more information on any item, please contact Karen Miller at millkam@aol.com.
 
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

Hello Englewood Friends!
 
Our 5th and 6th graders at Cherrelyn Elementary are raising money to take part in a Revolutionary War reenactment through You Can Live History.  We hope to raise $4,216.88 by October 6, 2014 to provide this amazing opportunity to our students.
 
Please go to our DonorsChoose website to learn more about this project and to donate:
 
​Even more exciting is the fact that if you donate by August 31, 2014 and use the promo code INSPIRE at checkout, donorschoose.org will match your donation dollar for dollar (up to $100.)
 
For more information about You Can Live History go to http://www.youcanlivehistory.com
Thank you so much for your support of our kids!  Please forward this to anyone that you think might be interested in supporting our amazing students!
 
With Much Thanks!!!
 
Cherrelyn 5th/6th Grade Teachers:
Lisa Jackson, Stephanie Graham, Jessica Tarkanian, Scott Mountz, & Danielle Quintana

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Employee and Student Wellness
 

Fall fitness classes are starting around the District! You may attend any class, at any location. FREE to all Englewood Schools Employees. Each class lasts one hour, and runs for six weeks.

The current class schedule is as follows, but please check the ES website http://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/3191 for the most up to date schedule. Classes are still being added!!

Zumba

EHS

Wed

4 PM

8/27 – 10/1

Boot Camp

Clayton

Thurs

3:30 PM

9/4 – 10/9

Pilates

Maddox

Tues

4 PM

9/16 – 10/21

These classes are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. ALL employees may participate – not limited to Kaiser members!

A core component of the ES Wellness Policy is nutrition. Not only the kinds of food provided to students and staff during breakfast and lunch, but also the way in which food is used inside the classrooms, e.g. for celebrations and rewards.

The first four guidelines are as follows; we will cover the next four in the following edition of Act Now! Click here to see the Englewood Schools Wellness Policy as well as the Nutrition Parameters:

http://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/3193

….Englewood Schools supports the following:

2. Ensuring that students have the opportunity to practice healthy nutrition habits whenever food and beverages are offered at school. Therefore:

a. Meals served will meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition requirements and state policies, as outlined in the Englewood Schools Nutrition Parameters.

b. Schools will provide at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and at least 20 minutes to eat lunch. This does not include the time it takes to walk to the cafeteria or proceed through the breakfast/lunch line. This policy does not prevent any school from experimenting with breakfast or lunch being served and eaten in the classroom to increase overall learning time during a day.

c. A la carte items sold at mealtime, snacks and beverages sold by school stores or clubs and fundraising activities conducted during school hours shall fall within the Englewood Schools Nutrition Parameters.

d. School staff will avoid using food or beverages as a discipline for students.

 
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