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Important Information for Everyone
  • Discounted Internet for Low Income Families: Families that qualify for free or reduced price lunch may also get low-cost internet in their home. Read more...
  • Brews for Books: The EEF fundraiser will be held on August 29, 2015. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Use Digital Curriculum Before Paper: Apps can help you. Read more...
  • New Teacher Induction: Please give us some information. Read more...
  • iPad Damage/Loss/Theft Procedures Read more...
  • iPad App/Web Service Approval Process Read more...
  • Single Sign On for Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal: PowerSchool sign on has changed. Read more...
  • Make Sure Your Teacher Website is Up-to-Date: Parents may go to your website to learn about you. Read more...

FYI
  • Free Month of Self-Defense Training: Brought to you by Competitive Edge Mixed Martial Arts. Read more...
  • Microsoft Office Home Use Program for Education: Staff can purchase for just $9.95. Read more...
  • First Annual Wellness Symposium: Hosted at the Englewood Campus. Registration is FREE! Read more...


 
Important Information for Everyone
  
Get your families connected! Families that qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch can also qualify for deeply discounted internet services in their home. Please encourage families to apply at at https://apply.internetessentials.com for $9.95 per month + tax. You will also find this link on the district website under the Technology Department section.  
The Englewood Education Foundation's annual fundraiser, Brews for Books, will be held this Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the B.O.B. (Brew on Broadway) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
 
Tickets are $50 for the general public and administrators and $35 for teachers and ancillary staff.
 
The price of admission includes: Dinner, beer/wine and other beverages, live entertainment, live auction and more! All money raised goes to scholarships for Englewood students and creativity grants for teachers.
 
Purchase tickets at any school, from an EEF board member, or at the district administration building. 

Regardless of the subject you teach, apps such as Google Docs/Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Notability, Documents 5, Book Creator, Google Classroom and others are fantastic tools for teachers who wish to create a paperless (or at least less paper) classroom environment that allows the teacher to have instant access to student work, and manage every aspect of the classroom workflow digitally. With Google Classroom a teacher can manage multiple classes. Within the Google Classroom environment, the teacher can create and distribute assignments and announcements to each class, edit and return student work for revision, grade student work, initiate and participate in whole class or private discussions, and have overall a seamless paperless assignment workflow that eliminates all the tedious and time consuming tasks that take up a lot of instructional time. This extra time can be allocated to learning. The true power of Google Classroom lies in the fact that it weaves together Google Docs, Sheets, Gmail, and Drive to eliminate the need for hard copies.
 
This allows teachers to:
• Create a document, a spreadsheet, a presentation, or a form
• Distribute this assignment to students
• Customize due dates, organization of content, and copies of the assignment for every student

 
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New Teacher Induction
 
All teachers who hold a provisional license, please fill out the Google from attached here. Please contact Joanna Polzin at Joanna_polzin@engschools.net or 303-806-2013 with questions or concerns. You will be set up with a mentor teacher in the next week.

 
iPad Damage/Loss/Theft Procedures
 
If an iPad, case, charger, or cord are damaged, lost, or stolen, a support request with problem type "tablet" should be submitted right away. Then your school's support technician will meet with the student to determine if the issue is an obvious accident or wear-and-tear replacement. The technician will record the incident in a PowerSchool tracking form tied to the student's account. If it was an accident, and the student has paid their technology fee (or had it waived through free & reduced lunch qualification), then the cost of repair will be covered by the school district. Only the first accident per school year is covered by the district in this way. Second accidents are usually classified as neglect and thus, not covered by the technology fee.

If there is any suspicion of neglectful or malicious damage/loss/theft, the technician will escalate the incident to school administration for investigation and determination of possible fines and discipline consequences. Fines cannot be waived by free & reduced lunch status. Fines are levied for accidents for students who did not pay their technology fee, neglectful incidents, and malicious incidents. Administrators will record the incident in a PowerSchool tracking form tied to the student's account.

If the iPad is in need of repair, a loaner will be issued by your building's technician and the iPad will be repaired. If the charger and cord are damaged or stop working, turn in the defective parts to your building technician for wear-and-tear replacement. Do not throw them away or students could be charged a fine for replacements. If a student lost the charger and/or cord, report the incident using a support request. The charger and cord will be replaced and a fine will be placed on the student's account.
 
 
iPad App/Web Service Approval Process
 
To consider and app or website service, a teacher (or teachers) should vet the app through the Apps/Websites Selection Protocol found on the lower left menu on the technology department website at http://www.englewoodschools.net/domain/35. If the app passes this process, forward the answers to the vetting process questions to your school administrator. If they approve of the app, they will then forward the request to the Director of Technology for approval. If all looks in order, It will be added the app list and it will scoped to the appropriate groups of student iPads.  
Single Sign On for Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal
 
Beginning this school year, the Student/Parent Portal is Single Sign On! Once parents have set up an account and associate their students with the account, they have access to all associated students’ information in one session. Previously, parents would need to log in separately for each student.

Teachers—Here’s what you need to know:
  • All secondary students/parents should have access to the Portal. Some elementary schools are piloting on a very limited basis.
  • Parents need to set up their own accounts and associate their students to the account. Letters were sent home to all secondary families with this information.
  • Students have their own, separate access information. In most cases, this is the same as their Web Services username/password and—in most cases—different from what they used last year to log into the PowerSchool Portal. When students log in to the Portal, they will only see their account information.
  • With Single Sign On, parents and students will have the ability to download and use the PowerSchool App.
  • NOTE: A District Code is required to set up the app. The District Code is GDSC.
  • Starting Monday, August 31, an Account Information page will be available through the PowerTeacher BackPack—Select Screens. This page will contain access information for the following accounts:
    • Apple IDs
    • Web Services
    • Learning Apps
    • PowerSchool Portal Student Access
    • PowerSchool Portal Guardian Access (Parents need this information to associate this specific student to their account, but once set up, will access with the username/password they created.)
 
 
Make Sure Your Teacher Webpage is Up-to-Date
 
As the new school year kicks into gear, don't forget to take a look at your teacher page on your school's website and make sure it is updated. 
 
Your login to the website is the same as your computer login, or the one you use to print.
 
If you need help or have questions, please reach out to julie_mcginley@engschools.net.
 

FYI

Free Month of Self Defense Training
 
Competitive Edge Mixed Martial Arts would like to offer you and your family one month of free self-defense training over at our academy in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree. Give us a call at 303-799-4400, or visit our website: Ce-mma.com

We are offering this to all staff members and their families. We are family friendly. This free training is so beneficial, and can and will save and protect lives!
 
Staff can purchase this program for just $9.95. Here is the link: https://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/default.aspx?culture=en-US
 
Use this program code:  F5055243B5 and your district email.
 

First Annual Colorado Community Wellness Symposium


In partnership with our Englewood Wellness committee, Kids' Adventures, is presenting the 1st Annual Colorado Community Wellness Symposium on September 12, 2015. We have assembled a great lineup of experts in the fields of Movement, Learning, and Mindfulness. The Symposium will be held at The Englewood Campus.

You will learn about the influence movement has on focus, memory and mood on people of all ages from the author of Spark; Harvard University lecturer, Dr. John Ratey. Get up and move as representatives from BOKS teach us tools to start our days off with a kick! Finally, Nattiel Pierson of Kids' Adventures will walk us through some simple processes to deal with stress. And best yet... Registration and lunch, which will be prepared by Englewood's new food services staff are free!
 
Educators who attend are eligible for 8 hours of continuing education credits!!!

Click here to learn more and register!

I hope you can join Kids Adventures for the great educational opportunity to you as I feel the information presented on this day is extremely valuable. Please feel free to forward this on to your network.

When: September 12th, 2105
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: The Englewood Campus - 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood, CO 80113

Lunch will be provided!

Click here to learn more and register!

We look forward to learning, playing and getting active with you all!

In MNM,

Tom O'Connor
President - Kids Adventures, Inc.
(Cell) 303-929-7918
(Fax) 877-466-8447
www.kidsadventures.org
 
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