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Admin Connection

The Administrator's Connection contains information for school and central administrators. Please see the current posting below which may include required action, required reading, deadlines and opportunities.

Admin Connection for  October 28, 2014

Information for school and central administrators:

This administrative webpage will be the primary communication tool from district leadership. Occasionally, there could be a change in venue, date, or time of an event or meeting. When these or similar pieces of information need to be conveyed quickly, group e-mails will most likely be sent out. However, the number of these should be limited. School and district administrators are expected to view the Admin Connection every Tuesday (on Wednesday on weeks when the district is closed on Monday). Thank you and do not hesitate to notify us (admin-connection@pps.net) if you have suggestions for improvement of this tool.

REQUIRED ACTION

IT UPDATE: CHROMEBOOKS AND PRINTING

School staff are now able to print to their school’s Ricoh copier directly from their Chromebook. Please visit the Tech Bundle website for details and a poster. Note: staff working at multiple locations are currently only setup with one location, but can contact the IT Service Desk for assistance setting up printing at multiple locations. Please ensure staff in your building are aware of this important information. If questions arise, please contact the IT Service Desk (itservicedesk@pps.net).

It is critical to the success of this work, of benefit to yourselves and your buildings, and fundamental to the effective use of these tools by your teachers that these sources of information be communicated at all levels of the district and referenced when questions arise. Due to the importance and rapid pace of these projects, IT will be keeping this information up-to-date as frequently as possible via the links referenced above.

Ryan Whitman-Morales, Director of Technical Operations
x63007 rmorales@pps.net


TESTING YOUR EMERGENCY LANDLINE (THE RED PHONE)

We will be testing the emergency landlines (red phones) district wide on Thursday, October 30, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Please make sure your phones are plugged in and the ringer is turned up so you can receive the call. I have heard from several schools that have problems with telemarketers calling on these phones. Telecommunications has added the numbers to the do not call list several times, unfortunately it does not seem to help. During normal school operations it is okay to have the ringer turned down but the phones must stay plugged in. These phones are essential for you to able to communicate out of your buildings during a power outage or other building emergency.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Molly Emmons, Emergency Preparedness Manager
x63238 memmons@pps.net

REQUIRED READING

EXECUTIVE MASTER CALENDAR AND PRINCIPALS’ MASTER CALENDAR UPDATES

Executive Master Calendar
School Board: Meeting cancellations and additions for October and November

Principals’ Master Calendar
School Board: Meeting cancellations and additions for October and November

Link to calendars

Rudy Rudolph, Project Manager
x74618 rrudolph@pps.net


OTL TEACHER CONNECTION BLOG AND COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES

The PPS Teacher Connection blog connects teachers working in Portland Public Schools with the information, resources and services provided by the Office of Teaching and Learning. An email bulletin is sent out regularly to let teachers know what content has been recently posted.

Currently, the Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Department is seeking engagement and input from teachers and administrators on several key initiatives. More information about each of the work groups and how to apply is available on the PPS Teacher Connect Blog via the links below:
6-12 Language Arts & ELD Adoption
PPS Assessment Advisory Council

Angela Hubbs, Assistant Director, Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment
x63495 ahubbs@pps.net

Ewan Brawley, Senior Director, ICA
x63749 ebrawley@pps.net

Susan Payne, Asst. Director, Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment
x63115 spayne@pps.net

DEADLINES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

None at this time

OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL HINTS

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR TRAIL BLAZERS’ READ BIG! AT PPS K-5s, K-8s

Robin Lopez's reading campaign, Read Big!, is back this year to encourage students to log their pages read during November, December and January. Students who meet the site-based goals earn a free Trail Blazers ticket. Schools with the highest participation will be considered for a school event with Robin Lopez.

North, NE and NW PPS schools should contact Mike North, mike.north@trailblazers.com, 503-963-3978, to register and receive reading logs and posters.

For SE and SW PPS schools, contact Greg Bauman, greg.bauman@trailblazers.com, 503-963-3947, to register and receive reading logs and posters. Thank you!!

Larry Bingham, Communications Manager
x63066 lbingham@pps.net


TIPS TO DISTRIBUTE DURING CONFERENCES FOR 3RD GRADE READING INITIATIVE

Dear K-5 and K-8 principals and vice principals,

En route to your schools via Pony are daily reading tips from the Multnomah County Library. These are for your teachers to distribute to all PPS kindergarteners, first, second, and third graders during parent/teacher conferences.

These brochures were created by our partners at the library as part of PPS’ Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative, a key strategy in the district’s priority goal of ensuring that all students read at grade level by the end of the third grade. You can read more at www.pps.net/readtogether.

As you will see, this is a great resource for families, teachers, and students. We have distributed them by language needs and we apologize that the Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali translations are still being processed. We will Pony those to you as soon as they arrive.

Thank you for distributing these to your teachers. Please be sure to thank the Multnomah County Library for its generous support of our students.

Larry Bingham, Communications Manager
x63066 lbingham@pps.net


WALMART COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM: UP TO $2500

The Walmart Community Grants focus on four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment, or Career Opportunity. Your project (and your response to the quiz) must fall into one of these areas.

The online application only has two real questions: provide a program description, and describe the program relevancy; both are limited to 2,000 characters. That’s roughly 400 words – a page and a half double spaced.

The application goes through your local Walmart. It certainly does not hurt to introduce yourself to the store manager and tell him or her that you’re applying (if you happen to be buying something).

The online application also requests several district and school numbers. I will have those for you.
Due date: December 31
Web site: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

Susan Jordan, Grants
x63447 sjordan@pps.net


DYSLEXIA 101 PD OPPORTUNITY

PPS is partnering with Decoding Dyslexia Oregon in order to offer PD to central and school-based staff on Friday, November 14 (12:30 - 4:00 at Junior Achievement Portland, 7830 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206). Space is limited, but is open to current PPS teachers and administrators who want to attend. The PD will include an overview of dyslexia in order to better understand and support our students with this language-based learning disability. Register on the Learning Campus.

Angela Hubbs, Assistant Director, Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment
x63495 ahubbs@pps.net


ELL ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

The ESL Department is posting an open call to fill vacancies in the ELL Advisory Council.

Openings include:
Three (3) parents of current PPS ELL students (serving three (3) different language groups)
Two (2) community members who represent ELL populations (i.e. Coalition of Communities of Color)
Two (2) teachers to represent elementary, middle, high school, special education, ELL specialist/coach;
Two (2) school administrators involved with programs for LEP students/ELLs to represent elementary, middle, high school, alternate/Ed Options

Nominations close November 5. For meeting schedule, nomination forms and by-laws of the ELL Advisory Council, visit our web page at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/esl/7624.htm

Francisco Garcia, Sr. Program Mgr. ESL
x63097 fgarcia@pps.net