Horizon Award Nomination Deadline Extended – 10/4 @ 5:00 p.m. – for All Administrators
Family Advocacy Interpreter Request – for All Administrators
Bully Site Action Plans – for All Principals
Attendance Awareness Month – for All Principals
PTA Play – for Elementary Principals
2018 Continuing Education Fair – for All Administrators
United Way Pre Campaign – for All Administrators
SIT Coordinators – for All Principals
Horizon Award Nomination Deadline Extended – 10/4 @ 5:00 p.m.
From Amy Jo Troyer
The Kansas Horizon Award program offers Kansas school districts an excellent opportunity to honor exemplary first-year teachers.
The program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, recognizes and rewards teachers who have served as outstanding representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state during their first year of teaching.
Horizon Award winners receive special recognition during the KEEN State Education Conference, which takes place each February in Topeka.
Nominated teachers must have completed their first-year of teaching and be starting their second year.
Please provide your nominee with the attached application packet. Once their application is complete, please submit the paper copy and all required attachments to Amy Jo in HR no later than October 4th at 5:00 p.m.
One EC-5 and one secondary nominee will be chosen by a selection committee to move forward at the state level and represent the district; their applications will be checked for accuracy and submitted/postmarked by the deadline by the HR team. HR will notify the selected nominees and their administrator in late October!
Family Advocacy Interpreter Request
From Rosie Rodriguez
Is that time of year to gather up your language needs for Family Advocacy Days. Below is the link for your requests. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Bully Site Action Plans
From Sean DeMaree
This year the Kansas Bully Awareness week will take place the week of October 8th, with the focus on ???choosing respect???. As we work towards creating safe and respectful schools, we also need to think about our Bully Site Action Plans. Bully site Action Plans/Suicide Prevention Plans serve the purpose to promote strategies and preventions for students and staff aligned with districts priorities and goals, as well as meeting the requirements of KSA 72-8256 and the Jason Flatts Act. For ideas on prevention and awareness, visit RedCardKC.com or StopBullying.gov. Bully Site Action Plans/Suicide Prevention Plans are due on October 31, 2018, and should be submitted to Sean DeMaree. If you need any support with strategies and/or writing your plans, contact Sean DeMaree by phone: 913-627-2631 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance Awareness Month
From Rosie Rodriguez
Hope your Attendance celebrations and recognitions are going well. Attached is a pdf containing resources and ideas on how to battle chronic absenteeism at all grade levels.
The Table of Contents links will take you to the section you are interested in. Please do not hesitate to contact Student Services for support.
Thank you for all that you do.
From Stephanie Dickson
The sky is falling the sky is falling!!! The PTA Play for this year is Chicken Little the Musical. Dates are Nov. 13 showings at 9:45 and 11:15 and Nov. 14 at 9:45. Running time is an hour. Please email email@example.com with desired showing, number of students and staff that are attending and if needed a special needs bus. Thanks you. Call me with any additional questions 627-6862
2018 Continuing Education Fair
From Shelly Beech
This week, I will send out the attached flyer to all buildings regarding our upcoming continuing education fair. The envelope is addressed to building secretaries, so please thank your secretaries for me, for distributing the flyers to all staff!
We have invited 17 Universities and Colleges to Central Office for a Continuing Education Fair. This is an excellent opportunity for certified and classified staff to receive information from multiple colleges about continuing education opportunities (some colleges offer discounted tuition rates). There will be representatives available to speak with staff interested in the following programs:
- Continuing Education Courses for Licensure
- Adult/Accelerated Bachelors and Masters Programs
- Programs for adding additional endorsements to current teaching license (Ex. ESOL, SPED)
- Programs for adding leadership endorsements (Ex. School Leadership)
- Alternative Routes to the Classroom/ Transition to Teaching Programs
- Para/Aide to Teaching Programs
- Programs for Associate Degrees
- Dual Bachelors and Masters Programs
- Terminal Degrees
- Non-Degree Seeking Professional Development Opportunities
Please share this information with your staff. We would like to garner support for this event by having great district-wide attendance!
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Professional Workforce Development team.
United Way Pre Campaign
From Raquel Ayala
A huge THANK YOU in advance from United Way???s CEO as we approach October 1st campaign kick-off.
From Sean Demaree
The SIT process is part of our tiered approach for ensuring that all students have access to the supports they need to meet our high expectations.?? As teachers track and monitor student progress, they are able to identify students who may need support beyond the classroom, and this is where the SIT process becomes needed. A SIT Coordinator becomes the leader for each school’s SIT process, and will be the main contact for training, data collection and support to the classroom teachers. For the 2018-2019 school year, the SIT Coordinator will continue to be an instructional leader from the classroom who has a strong grasp on interventions and student support. Each school will be allotted the same number of Coordinators as they had in the 2017-2018 school year. For ideas on how to best utilize your SIT Coordinator, follow the link below, or for additional support or planning, contact Sean DeMaree, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator names due by October 3.??