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Important Information for Everyone
  • Goodbye from Superintendent Ewert: A letter to all staff from Superintendent Ewert. Read more...
  • Opening of School Schedule: The tentative opening of school schedule for the 2015-16 school year is on the web. Read more...
  • Subfinder will be Discontinued after June 30, 2015: A new service will take its place. Read more...
  • Reminder - Online Learning Modules Available: For all employees. Read more...
  • Englewood Education Foundation Creativity Grants: Apply by Friday, June 19. Read more...
  • Technology Equipment Turn-in Procedure: Follow these steps if you have equipment you need to turn in. Read more...
  • New Program Titles for Special Education: Effective beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • New Math Materials: We are excited to announce that we will be providing elementary math teachers with new math resources for the 2015-16 school year. Read more...
  • Educator Effectiveness & Licensing: Teacher Exchange Opportunities Announced. Read more...

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  • iPad Survey Data: Teachers talk about the effect of iPads on their classroom. Read more...



 
Important Information for Everyone
  
Please read this letter to all staff from Superintendent Ewert.
 
A tentative opening schedule for the 2015-2016 school year is available on our district website here. Please keep an eye on www.englewoodschools.net For Staff>Opening of School Schedule for additional information or changes to this schedule.
 
 
Frontline Technologies, the provider of Aesop, has purchased CRS Advanced Technology, the provider of SubFinder. This means that SubFinder will be replaced by Aesop for absence reporting and substitute placement with Englewood Schools. 

To make this transition as easy as possible for all employees, the “Go Live” date will be July 1, 2015. We will end this school year with SubFinder and start the 2015-2016 school year with Aesop. 

To get a more in depth look at Aesop from the different type of users, check out the different links to Aesop’s Learning Centers below. Each Learning Center is full of training materials – articles, videos and guides – that pertain specifically to each User.

Secretaries and Principals: 
- Campus Users (or “Administrators” in SF) http://help1.frontlinek12.com/?b_id=2369

Employees:
- Employees http://help1.frontlinek12.com/?b_id=3397

Substitutes:
- Substitutes http://help1.frontlinek12.com/?b_id=3220

Each Learning Center is accessible without even logging into Aesop. The best place to start in each center is by clicking onto the “Getting Started” icon right in the middle of the main page. This will take each user to a good starting place to learn about how Aesop works and its functionality. The search bar allows you to enter a keyword or phrase (like “payroll” or “absence”) and related material will populate.
In addition, once we are ‘live” and you are able to log into Aesop, there will always be a “Help” tab available to you where you can instantly click and link to Aesop’s Learning Centers at any time.

Watch your District email over the next weeks and months for your individual log in information plus any other self training guidance as it becomes available. If you have a question or concern about this upcoming software change, please reach out to Linda Shamlin or Theresa Romero.
 
  
Online Learning Modules, available for all employees.
Public School Works Online Learning Modules
username: first initial and last name, for example: jdoe
password: last four of social security number

Examples of course catalog include:
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Emergency Management
First Aid Equipment and Supplies
Food Safety
HR
Operations Safety
Personal Productivity – MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Safe Work Practices and Job Procedures
Nurse Safety
Student Behavior, Intervention and Support
Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility
Workplace Safety

The Englewood Education Foundation provides grants to promote, implement and support innovative educational projects that are aligned with the vision and mission of Englewood Schools that are not supported through traditional district funding.
 
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Checks will be awarded in September 2015. 
 
If you have equipment that needs to be turned into the ES Technology Department, please deliver or inter-office mail it to Mary Hensley at RDAB. If she is not in, you will find a box in the RDAB mailroom labeled "Equipment for Tech Central Storage" that you can put the equipment in with an attached note that explains who it was last issued to and why it is being turned in. This includes equipment from staff leaving employment with the district, student iPads, and equipment being retired from active service. If you have a large amount of equipment to turn in, please box it up and coordinate with Mary to send it directly to Technology Central Storage at CFHSC. 

Effective for the 2015-16 school year.

In an effort to better reflect the services provided in our special education programs, the Englewood Special Education Leadership Committee has adopted some new program titles. The following are the name changes for programs provided within Englewood Schools: *Please note that the Early Childhood, Speech and Language, and TIES programs will keep their current names.

Learning Support Program (Formerly SHaRE): 
This program will serve students with disabilities that have mild to moderate academic delays (generally 1-2 years below grade level). Typically these students in this program are able to be independent in a school setting and their academic support can be provided in class, via a team taught class, or in skills-based pullout group. Students in the Learning Support Program will participate in district and state assessments with or without accommodations, based on the individual’s IEP. Students in this program typically have adequate adaptive and life skills.

Moderate Academic Support Program (Formerly: ADAPT-A):
This program will support students who display moderate/severe academic delays (generally 3-4 years below grade level). Students in this program may need support in some school settings and a modified curriculum or significant accommodations to access the general education curriculum. Often the student’s IEP indicates that academic needs can be met in and outside of general education setting. Students in the Moderate Academic Support Program will participate in district and state assessments with or without accommodations, based on the individual’s IEP. Students in this program typically have some adaptive skill building needs.

Significant Support Program (Formerly ADAPT-D):
The Significant Support Program will serve students with disabilities that display significant academic delays (generally more than 5 years below grade level). Students in this program are typically unable to be independent in one or more life skills (including but not limited to: completing a task, toileting, feeding, accessing the school setting). These students require modified curriculum with accommodations and their core academics are typically taught using a modified curriculum outside of the general education classroom. Students in the Significant Support Program typically qualify for the alternative state and district assessments. Students in this program typically have very impacted adaptive skills.

Affective Needs Program (Formerly BEAM):
Student who access the Affective Needs Program typically display behavioral and/or emotional characteristics that seriously interfere with their learning or the learning of others. These students demonstrate one or more of the following characteristic to a marked degree: lack of emotional regulation, an inability to utilize coping strategies, difficulty with interpersonal skills, aggression, an inability to identify feelings/emotions (in self and/or others), a lack of stress tolerance, and/or extreme difficulty attending to task. Many of the students in this program have been identified as having a Serious Emotional Disability (SED) or a mental health disorder, but they are not student whose sole diagnosis is Social Maladjustment Disorder. Students in this program may need to access individualized support, small group pullout or academic instruction in a separate environment in order to learn. Students in the Affective Needs Program typically participate in district and state assessments with or without accommodations, based on the individual’s IEP.
 
 

Elementary Math Teachers,

We are excited to announce that we will be providing all elementary math teachers with new math resources for the 2015-16 school year. The Math committee representing all schools and grade levels worked this spring to evaluate common core standards and programs which will best support instruction and student learning. Teachers began by studying the research on mathematics and creating a scope and sequence for our district. You can review the work HERE

The two math programs selected are Bridges and Eureka Math. Bridges will be used with K-5 students, and our sixth grade students will use Eureka Math. Eureka Math is also available as a supplemental resource for grades K-5. We will provide licenses for each grade level at each school. We invite you to explore both programs HERE. Passwords are provided. 

In addition, our neighboring districts (Cherry Creek and Littleton) are also using Bridges. We will participate in a 3 day Math Institute with Littleton July 27-29. This 3 day training for K-5 teachers, including Special Education and Coaches, will be a paid training for participants. You will receive a $450 stipend for attending all three days. We will also provide a Math Institute for Eureka Math for sixth grade teachers. 

If you are the special education teacher representing your school, the institute June 15-17 has a specific offering tailored around your needs. Day one will focus on K-2 standards and materials, day two will focus on 3-5 standards and materials and day three will provide job alike collaboration. Sped teachers will engage in using the standards and materials to support the writing of IEP goals. Please register HERE

For Professional Learning or Instructional STEM coaches, we have some space in June as well as July. If you are interested in June 15-17, please register for 4th grade HERE. If you are attending in July, register using the link below and please select K, 2nd, or 5th grade. 

For classroom teachers, the July institutes will provide you with opportunities for learning the program and for planning. The third day will engage participants in planning both year long and first two units.

Principals interested in attending may register for the June session HERE. If you cannot attend, we will provide an overview at a later date. 

The summer math institute is three full days and elementary classroom teachers are asked to attend July 27,28,29 . You will be paid a stipend of $450 for attending all three days. Lunch will be provided. Location and exact times will be sent out in a future communication.

All K-5 elementary math teachers must complete this registration form. Registration closes on Friday, May 29 at 5 pm. Confirmation emails will be sent out the following week. If you are unable to attend, please indicate this on the registration form. 

We will also have an opportunity to participate with Littleton for unit 2 and October Number Corner planning after school (4 - 6:30) on the following dates:

First grade August 31st
Kindergarten September 1st
Fifth grade September 8th
Third grade September 14th
Fourth grade September 21st
Second grade September 22nd

We will have more information on this once the school year has begun.
 
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Educator Effectiveness & Licensing: Teacher Exchange Opportunities Announced
 
The Colorado International Teachers’ Exchange League recently announced full-year teacher exchange opportunities that involve trading jobs and housing for a full year with a teacher from another country. Applications to exchange teach in Canada for the 2016-17 school year and to exchange teach in Australia for the 2017 calendar year will be available by the end of June.

To view minimum qualifications, learn more about the exchange and submit applications, visit www.coloradoteacherexchange.us. The program is facilitated by CEA and the Colorado International Teachers' Exchange League (CITEL).
Click Here for Additional Information
 

 

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iPad Survey Data
The Technology Department recently collected data about the one-to-one iPad program through a teacher survey. Please see the results here
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