EC5 ESL PL on October 4th – for EC5 Administrators
Family Advocacy – for All Administrators
Math Resource and GVC Refinement Cadre Opportunity – for Elementary Principals and Assistant Principals
ELA GVC Refinement and Resources Cadre Opportunity – for K-5 Administrators
SIT Training – for Principals
Attendance Outreach and Interventions – for All Administrators
Anti-Bullying Awareness Week – October 2-7, 2017 – for Administrators
FREE TICKETS for an adaptation of Kite Runner – for Secondary Principals
Ticket Offer – Brian Stokes with the KC Symphony
From Jodie Lin
Please share with all staff in your building.
Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) is offering educators from school districts connected with its programs a special opportunity to participate in its upcoming Benefit Concert for Arts Education on October 7th.
The concert features the Broadway and Tony-award winning star, Brian Stokes Mitchell, with the Kansas City Symphony, and will be presented in the wonderful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. KCYA invites you, your teachers and staff to join us for this exciting event. Please note below the details giving educators an incredible 2-for-the-price-of-one ticket offer.
More information at this link:
Special Ed Special Day – October 4
From Michelle Colvin
As a reminder, the special education teachers who serve students with mild to moderate disabilities mostly in general education settings will engage in professional learning unique to them on Wednesday, October 4, according to the following schedule:
High School Special Ed Teachers – Central Office Rm 131 from 1:00-3:00
Middle School Special Ed Teachers – Central Office Rm 132 from 1:30-3:30
Special Ed Teachers in 8:30 to 3:30 Elementary Schools – Central Office Rm 333 from 2:00-4:00
Special Ed Teachers who work in 9:00 to 4:00 Elementary Schools – Central Office Rm 133 from 2:30-4:30
Early Childhood Teachers and Paras – Central Office East Wing from 1:30 to 3:30
Paras who work in Secondary SLC/Collab settings and Bridges Central Office – Rm 253 from 1:00-3:00
Paras who work in 8:30 to 3:30 Elementary Schools – Children???s Campus of Kansas City 3rd Floor Conference Room from 2:00 to 3:30
Paras who work in 9:00 to 4:00 Elementary Schools – Arrowhead Library from 2:30-4:00
Special Education Teachers and paras who work in Life Skills, STEPS, or ED classrooms will be in their buildings for professional learning on October 4.
From Stephanie Dickson
PTA Play is once again around the corner. This years??? performance by Theatre for Young America is a brand-new musical based on Doreen Cronin???s latest book in the wildly popular series that began with Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (performed by TYA last season). It???s Halloween time at Farmer Brown???s farm and the literate farm animals want an old fashioned Holiday Celebration. One problem: Farmer Brown does not like scary things???no haunted house or creepy ghosts for him. But the clever, well-read cows, poultry and pigs create a party more fun than fright with apple-bobbing, costume parades and hilarious musical performances. This performance is suitable for all K-5th graders.
Curriculum Connections: Musical theatre adaptation of award-winning literature, farm life, personification of animals, holiday customs, humor.
Dates are Tuesday, Nov. 14th 9:45 showing will only be for early schools and 11:15 open to all.
Wednesday, Nov. 15th one showing at 9:45 open to all schools.
The show will run about an hour. The cost will be $2.50 per student.
Please contact Teresa Kloiber at IARC 627-6850 or Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your school.
Any questions call or email Stephanie.email@example.com 913-627-6862.
EC5 ESL PL on October 4th
From Kristen Scott
Just a reminder that we will have our EC5 ESL professional learning the afternoon of October 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 at Schlagle High School.
From Rosie Rodriguez
It’s time to begin gathering your building needs for interpreter requests. To facilitate this process, please fill out the form below;
Math Resource and GVC Refinement Cadre Opportunity
From Matthew Andersen
Last spring a cadre of K-5 teachers, ICs, and administrators from across the district came together to review math curriculum resources for a possible adoption in 2018-2019. Based on our established criteria, it was determined that Eureka Math was the curriculum resource that best met our current math needs in KCKPS. Therefore, the Curriculum Department is currently seeking K-5 classroom and ESL/SPED collaborating teachers who will help determine ways to best refine the GVC as well as provide information on future professional development.
ELA GVC Refinement and Resources Cadre Opportunity
From Jasmine Shimerda
The Curriculum Department is seeking Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom teachers and ESL/SPED collaborating teachers to participate in an ELA cadre. This cadre will refine the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) in order to articulate and support the vision for responsive whole group reading instruction (K-2) and phonics/word study instruction (K-1). As part of the process to inform the GVC refinement, this cadre will engage in study to deepen understanding of the ELA standards and responsive whole group literacy instruction, as well as work to implement new Fountas and Pinnell Classroom resources (Interactive Read Aloud, Shared Reading, and Phonics, Spelling and Word Study) into their classrooms. Cadre members will also inform the best ways to support teachers around utilizing the refined GVC and new resources that will be provided to all K-2 classroom teachers for the 2018-19 school year .
Please see flyer for additional information and share with teachers who might be interested in this opportunity.
From Ashley Washington
Our first Student Improvement Team (SIT) ???Brown Bag Special” Training is coming up on Friday, September 29th! “Brown Bag Specials” are for SIT team members/building staff, community partners, PTA members, parents, board members, school psychologists, social workers, nurses, members of school site councils and any other persons interested in being a part of the process. The topic of this training will be ???Student Improvement Team Framework/Expectation???. This will be an opportunity to learn all about the SIT process and a chance to collaborate with those who work with our students, as well as partner in promoting their achievement, building relationships, and celebrating their success. If you currently work with students in the SIT Process, are new to the SIT Process, or just want to join in on the work; we will be in room 133 at Central Office from 10:30-12:30.
The training will work in 30 minute intervals???.please do not worry about being late or needing to leave early. We will chat and chew, so feel free to bring your lunch and come to see what SIT is all about. Everyone is welcome!
I am so excited to share and collaborate with all who come, as we begin to foster a universal process that will support our students’ academic and social-emotional growth!
Have a great day,
Attendance Outreach and Interventions
From Rosie Rodriguez
We are close to the end of Attendance Awareness Month. Below is a resource for you to continue raising attendance throughout the year. Click on each link to find ideas and resources to monitor and increase attendance at your building.
Schools that have increased or have met our 95% goal of Average Daily Attendance will be recognized by our Superintendent at the end of the month.
Anti-Bullying Awareness Week – October 2-7, 2017
From Tina Richardson
Research shows that schools with a positive and welcoming school climate increases the likelihood that students succeed academically while protecting them from engaging in high risk behaviors like substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence. A positive school climate encourages behaviors with clear consequences for violating rules as well as rewards for meeting expectations. School climate can be understood as the frequency and quality of interactions among and between staff, students, parents, and the community throughout the entire school community.
In a positive school climate, the caring attitude of the school is clearly visible and is reflected by widespread participation in all areas of the school. According to the National School Safety Center (1990), a student???s perspective of the school climate is affected by the following:
Student involvement: The degree to which students are involved in and enjoy classes and extracurricular activities at school.
Student relationships: The level of comfort students feel in relating to one another and the ease with which they make new friends.
Teacher support: The amount of help and care that teachers direct toward students.
Physical environment: The extent to which the school building reflects the caring attitude of the school, the school buildings are clean, well cared for, supervised, and safe.
Conflict resolution: Whether students are clear about the rules and feel that conflicts are resolved fairly and rules are consistently enforced.
Participation in decision-making: The extent to which students, administrators, and teachers share in making decisions about school improvement.
Curriculum: The extent to which students feel that what is taught in classes meets their needs.
Counseling services: Whether students feel counselors are accessible and able to help with personal problems, job, and career information, and concerns about drugs, alcohol, and relationships.
Recreation alternatives: Whether students are satisfied with existing recreational activities and teachers??? support of these activities.
Personal stress: The amount of pressure students feel they are under and the resources they have to cope with it.
FREE TICKETS for an adaptation of Kite Runner
From Jodie Lin
Schools are responsible for substitutes and buses
10 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Yardley Hall Show length, 90 minutes l Suggested Ages: 14 and up
From the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, this performance dramatically portrays the relationship of two boys ??? Amir, a privileged Pashtun and Hassan, a Hazara servant. Amir takes us on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. This Literature to Life award-winning adaptation mirrors the original short story written by the author. Using Afghani music as a backdrop, the performance features pre-show discussion, 50 minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this best-selling contemporary novel, and 30 minutes post show audience dialogue.
FOR YOUR FREE TICKETS, YOU MUST EMAIL ANGEL MERCIER AT firstname.lastname@example.org.