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Important Information for Everyone
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Learning Services Department Update: New Survey Approval and Vetting Process: Counselors and administrators, we understand there are at least two needs assessments/environmental scans that are under development right now within the counseling departments. Prior to sending out the surveys, we need to inform you of a new and important survey approval and vetting process that is being implemented this year for surveys that are requesting sensitive student and family information. Read more....
  • Classroom Projection System Update: The Tech Dept is aware of some classrooms that have failing projectors or Smartboards. Read more on next steps for replacing and upgrading failing projectors and Smartboards....
  • Explore Learning Gizmos for Math and Science: This year Englewood Schools renewed the purchase for a premium learning application from www.explorelearning.com called Gizmos. It's a large catalog of interactive simulation lessons for grades 3-12 in math and science that work well on iPads. Read more...
Reminders
  • 1338 Committee Application Process Open: Read more...
  • Share Fair Denver on October 8: An energizing professional learning event for educators. Hosted at Englewood High School from 8 a.m. to noon. Read more...

 
Important Information for Everyone
 

October Count is Wednesday, Oct. 5

The October Count period is quickly approaching! During this time period it is extremely important that we are even more diligent about on-time and accurate attendance reporting in PowerSchool.

The October Count impacts our school funding on multiple fronts. In addition to per pupil funds from the State, it is this number that is used as a reference for the allocation of multiple State and Federal grant funds. The 2016 window for the October Count is September 28 through October 12. In addition to this time period, we also have the opportunity to claim students who attended school prior to September 28 and between October 12 and 31 under certain circumstances. Students that can potentially be counted during these extended window periods require additional verification. If teachers receive a request to complete a student verification form, please complete the form promptly and return it to your registrar.

Attendance is always important as this is how we provide our students with the greatest opportunity for success in school. During this time period it is even more important to verify attendance so that we also have the greatest opportunity to provide these educational opportunities to students through financial allocations.
 
   
 
 
Attention Counselors and Administrators: Surveying your students to collect school-level information and to identify trends in students' needs is an important aspect of your counseling work as well as a critical strategy to meet the standards set forth by the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

We understand there are at least two needs assessments/environmental scans that are under development right now within the counseling departments. Prior to sending out the surveys, we need to inform you of a new and important survey approval and vetting process that is being implemented this year for surveys that are requesting sensitive student and family information.

For the protection of students, families, staff and the district, the Learning Services Department will now review and approve surveys that are requesting information on potentially sensitive topics including: tobacco and substance use, weapons, violence, bullying, harassment, sexual orientation and activity, and mental health factors.

This approval process is being implemented because we need to ensure:
  • data are being gathered in a systemic way. There are surveys already developed and data already collected on many of these topics - we don't want to replicate efforts.
  • survey questions are vetted. Each question should have a specific purpose with a clear understanding of how the response data will be used.
  • the privacy rights of students and families are protected, and we have taken the necessary steps for parent approval/refusal.
  • the district takes responsibility for creating a consistent process for the creation, dissemination, and use of surveys. 
This is a new process for both the Learning Services department and the counseling departments, and there will be adjustments along the way. We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this new system.

For the sake of time and the urgency of the surveys you currently have under development, here are important next steps:
1. Design your survey and data collection system.
2. Determine HOW the data collected will be used.
For example, if you plan to ask about first generation college status, what will you do with that information to refine your practice and better serve students?
3. Have your administrator review and approve the survey.
4. Submit your survey to Joanna Polzin and include the date you would like to distribute the survey.
5 Learning Services will review the survey and provide feedback in a timely manner.
 
Thanks, and please don't hesitate to reach out to Learning Services Department with questions.
 
The Tech Department is aware of some classrooms that have failing projectors or Smartboards. We have consulted other school districts and experimented at Cherrelyn Elementary, and we have found that widescreen HD TVs are the most economical option to replace these failing systems. Upgrading and continuing to use the Smartboards is a costly investment. Thus, we have identified other ways to make the iPads interactive through projection. We will use the Smartboards for as long as they work in their current configuration, and they will not get software/hardware updates. The plan is to keep them working with spare parts from salvaged boards for as long as we can. Then, like failing projectors, they will get replaced with TVs. Thus, we are leaving Smartboards in classrooms if they still work and teachers want to keep them. If teachers do not want them, we will remove them and use them to replace other Smartboards that have failed but are still wanted by teachers. Also, working ceiling projectors in some rooms are being removed and replaced with TVs so we can use them as replacements for failing projectors in other schools. It will be a slow 2-3 year process before most of the Smartboards/projectors have failed and been replaced with TVs. If you have a failing projector, please put in a support request to have it replaced with another projector or a TV.
 
 
This year the district renewed the purchase for a premium learning application from www.explorelearning.com called Gizmos. It's a large catalog of interactive simulation lessons for grades 3-12 in math and science that work well on iPads, allowing teachers to take students to upper levels of critical thinking. Many teachers from last year use them and have reported strong results. Teachers can begin using Gizmos by going to https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cCorp.dspAbout&utm_source=sfdc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2016-01&utm_campaign=newsletter to learn more. When you are ready to set up your account, use your school's enrollment link below. You can also ask your school's instructional tech coach for assistance (listed below). Please do not share these account enrollment links outside of our district or with students/parents.

Enrollment Links:

BISHOP ELEM SCHOOL RegKey: U8UH--36GS http://www.explorelearning.com/register/U8UH-36GS
 
CHARLES HAY WORLD SCHOOL RegKey: R625--J3HQ http://www.explorelearning.com/register/R625-J3HQ

CHERRELYN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RegKey: MCXH--L6KU http://www.explorelearning.com/register/MCXH-L6KU

CLAYTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RegKey: Z2KD--BATQ http://www.explorelearning.com/register/Z2KD-BATQ

COLORADO'S FINEST HIGH SCHOOL OF CHOICE RegKey: 923L--VMXD http://www.explorelearning.com/register/923L-VMXD

ENGLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL RegKey: F62Q--C65U http://www.explorelearning.com/register/F62Q-C65U

ENGLEWOOD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY RegKey: UN4V--BB22 http://www.explorelearning.com/register/UN4V-BB22

ENGLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL RegKey: Y7VY--EMVK http://www.explorelearning.com/register/Y7VY-EMVK

Englewood Schools Instructional Tech Coaches:
Bishop - Molly Clarry
Charles Hay - Thomas Rode and Kay Bolerjack
Cherrelyn - Scott Mountz
Clayton - Patty Morand and Michelle Gasser
CFHSC -Hannah Bernaix
TEC - Scott Silva and Sam Irving
 
Reminders
 
1338 Application Process Open
 
We are now taking applications for the 1338 Committee. The 1338 Committee is charged with consulting with the Board of Education as to the fairness, effectiveness, credibility, and professional quality of the licensed personnel performance evaluation system and its processes and procedures. It is also to conduct a continuous evaluation of such evaluation system. Please click here to fill out the application and view the dates/times of meetings. If you have questions, please contact Joanna_polzin@engschools.net.
 
Share Fair Denver on October 8
 
An energizing professional learning event for educators. Hosted at Englewood High School from 8 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 
 
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