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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 March 3, 2015

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

None at this time

REQUIRED READING

MATH WORK SAMPLES

Schools are required to offer a local performance assessment in math once per year for grades 3-8 and high school. PPS uses work samples scored with the official state scoring guide to fulfill this requirement.

On the K-5 and 6-8 math pages, there are links for a screencast training for all those who have never been trained on the 2011 ODE math scoring guide or would like a refresher on it. We suggest that you do this training as part of a staff meeting or PLC meeting.

Below are the direct links to the training as well as information about specific grade level work samples:

Grades 3-5:
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum/6635.htm

6-8 Grades:
https://sites.google.com/site/ppshighschoolmath/ms-work-samples

Work sample scores must be submitted into Synergy by June 12, 2015.

Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the math team if you have any questions.

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


SUMMER SCHOOL

It is that time of year again! Human Resources is in the process of identifying which schools will be holding a Summer School program this year. If you plan to have any type of summer program(s) at your school, please email Becky Gilson at bgilson@pps.net by no later than March 13.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:
1. Contact information for person responsible for program(s)
2. Person responsible for timekeeping and payroll processing
3. Courses/content being offered
4. Grade level(s)
5. Start/end date of program
6. Daily start/end time
7. Positions for which you will be posting/hiring

This information is required to ensure applicants are hired in a timely manner and that the Substitute Office has the necessary information to replace any absences that may occur.

PLEASE NOTE: All summer programs/schools will be required to post and interview this year.

Thank you in advance for your support and if you have any questions, please contact Becky Gilson.

Becky Gilson, HR Specialist, Substitute Office
x63556 bgilson@pps.net

DEADLINES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

PARENT/GUARDIAN SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

Deadline: Final Week for the Parent/Guardian Successful Schools Survey
Date: March 6, 2015
Action needed: Send completed surveys to Kimm Fox-Middleton

Kimm Fox-Middleton, Communications Manager
x63070 kfoxmiddleton@pps.net

OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL HINTS

DIBELS TRAINING FOR K-3 TEACHERS

The Department of Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment has identified funds to ensure that all teachers who have not yet received DIBELS training will have another opportunity to attend before the next benchmark testing window. We will offer this training on Tuesday, March 17. Teachers who attend will be given a chartfield by the presenters the day of the training. Please encourage teachers to sign up on the Learning Campus.

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


ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION ASSISTANCE

The HRIS team will be providing one-on-one or small group training for any administrator who would like to go over evaluations. Training will include the following:
· Navigating to the evaluation list
· Search page features
· Evaluation Template Types
· How to complete each evaluation type for PAT, PFSP & Non-Rep members

If you would be interested in participating in a small group training, please email HRISteam@pps.net by Friday, March 6, 2015. We will then set up training and/or one-on-one times for those interested.

Thank you.
HRIS Team

Nicole Enyeart, HRIS Functional Lead
x63064 nenyeart@pps.net


NEW STUDENT BODY FUNDS COORDINATOR IS TAMI CHRISTENSON

The accounting department is happy to announce that Tami Christenson has been hired as our new Student Body Funds Coordinator, replacing Cynthia (Cindy) Duley, who took a position in the Budget Department. Tami transferred over from Accounts Payable, where she worked on the travel desk and processed payment requests. Please use her as your primary point of contact for all Student Body Funds questions and concerns, and she will forward your requests as needed to others in the department. Her phone extension is 6-3757.

Cheryl Anselone, Sr Manager-General Ledger
x63754 canselone@pps.net


NOMINATIONS FOR MATH OPPORTUNITY

The Oregon Department of Education is looking for nominations of teachers, curriculum specialists, and other experienced professionals who have interest and expertise in Mathematics to participate in the evaluation of instructional materials. Those individuals chosen to participate on the committee will receive training, travel reimbursements, and a stipend.

The evaluation committee will meet the week of July 20 to July 24, 2015 (unless fewer days are required) in West Linn, OR. Work will involve the evaluation of instructional materials in mathematics, to be voted on by the State Board of Education in October.

In accordance with Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-011-0066, the Oregon Department of Education shall include classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and others having experience and expertise in the subject area. Completion of this nomination form does not guarantee that person will be selected to the committee.

To nominate, please fill out the nomination form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PVYPX2S
Self-nominations are not allowed, so please have a supervisor or peer complete the nomination form.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Vanessa Clark at vanessa.clark@ode.state.or.us or (503) 947-5746.

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


LANGUAGE ARTS ADOPTION: PARENT AND COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED

The Language Arts and ELD Curriculum Adoption Committee is seeking parents and community representatives to provide input on materials being considered. Two meeting dates are scheduled: April 11 and May 16 from 9 - Noon. More information, including the application (in all supported languages), is available on the adoption website: LINK. Building administrators are encouraged to share this information with their PTA or other interested parents. The deadline to apply is March 27.

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


$500 FOR SCHOOLS

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers awards of up to $500 to public schools and libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community. These grants give educators an opportunity to design and implement a great program—whether a special activity outside the standard curriculum or one that helps meet its goals.

The online application is very easy. They request a description of the program activities and ask how the program goes beyond the basic curriculum (each response limited to approximately 200 words). A list of materials and costs is required. The project must be completely and exclusively funded by the grant. There were 60 awards last year all across the country but none in Oregon. It’s time.

Due date: March 31
Website: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/minigrant-program/

Susan Jordan, Grants
x63447 sjordan@pps.net


ACS-HACH HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM GRANT: UP TO $1500

Since 2008, over 600 high school chemistry teachers received ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.

Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applicants will be notified by June 30. The online application is not complicated. There are three primary questions with responses limited to either 250 words (two of them) or 400 words. Sample applications are included on the website.

The grants are typically offered for:
• Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
• Instructional Materials
• Professional Development
• Field Studies
• Science Outreach Events

Due date: April 1
Website: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html

Susan Jordan, Grants
x63447 sjordan@pps.net


WIN A SCHOOL ASSEMBLY WITH BLAZE AND THE TRAIL BLAZER DANCERS!

Portland Teachers and Administrators,
Your GoNoodle sponsor Randall Children’s Hospital is offering you the opportunity to win a school assembly with Blaze and the Portland Trail Blazer Dancers.

The TOP 5 schools who have played the most GoNoodle breaks this year will be entered into a raffle to win!

Vernon School is currently the top GoNoodling school in the district; however, every school still has a chance to be in the top five and be entered in the raffle. The cut-off date to be entered is March 20.

Let’s Recap the Details:
- Top FIVE schools who have played the most GoNoodle breaks during this school year will be entered into a raffle
- March 20 is the cut-off date to be entered
- The PRIZE is a school assembly with Blaze and the Portland Trail Blazer Dancers

Want me to visit your school for a GoNoodle Day to help boost your GoNoodle break numbers? Email me! Got questions? I’ve got answers, so email me. Good luck GoNoodlers!!

Best, The GoNoodle Guy (a.k.a. Cab)
Cabell Westbrook
Community Engagement Manager, Portland
GoNoodle | HealthTeacher
(804) 436-5474 - mobile
cabell.westbrook@gonoodle.com
www.gonoodle.com

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


BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL: MARCH 7-8 IN SE PORTLAND

This beloved Southeast Portland tradition is now in its 25th year. Participating artists donate 30% of their proceeds to benefit the Buckman Elementary School PTA. The remaining 70% goes directly to the artists themselves. One hundred forty juried artists and crafts persons will sell their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! In addition to these artists, our own Buckman students will be selling their creations! We will have live music and dance performances throughout the entire two-day event, as well as food cart delectables served. Free children's art activities will be available for your kids while you shop in our kids' art room.

Admission to the show is a suggested donation of $2 to $5 per person. Children four and under are free. Hours are Saturday, March 7, 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, March 8, 10 am - 4 pm. Located at SE Stark and 16th Ave. Explore our line-up of artists, entertainment, food carts, and other information online here: http://buckmanartshow.weebly.com/. Save the date and we'll see you March 7 and 8 at the Buckman Art Show & Sell!

Robin Morrison, Principal of Buckman School
x66230 rmorrison@pps.net