Monday, January 30, 2017


New Items

State Assessment Training – Identify Building Test Coordinator – for All Principals

Previous Items

Special Education Special Day – for Principals
What’s Going On In Your School? Tell Us! – for All Staff
Update – Administrator Leave Balances in Aesop – for All Administrators
Importance of Attendance: Taking Advantage of Family Advocacy Days – for All Administrators
K-ELPA Testing Equipment – for Elementary Principals

New Items

State Assessment Training – Identify Building Test Coordinator

From David Rand
Training for this year’s state assessment will be provided to secondary schools on February 7th and elementary schools on February 21st. Schools will receive further details about these meetings from the Executive Directors. Each school will need to identify a building test coordinator prior to the day of training that will also need to attend. Detailed information and documentation that will be reviewed in these trainings for the state assessment will be sent to schools by Friday, February 3rd. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you very much!!!!!

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Special Education Special Day

From Michelle Colvin
As a reminder, Special Education Special Day is Wednesday, February 1. All special education staff will participate in professional learning provided by Special Education Administrators and Special Education Teacher Leaders on that day.

High School Special Education Teachers, OTs, PTs, MTs, Adaptive PE Teachers, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, and the Audiologist will attend PL at South Branch Library at 3104 Strong Avenue from 1:00 to 3:00.

Middle School Special Education Teachers, Bridges, New Directions, and KVC Teachers, Secondary SLPs, Secondary School Psychs, and Secondary Teachers of the Gifted will attend PL in Rooms 132 and 133 at Central Office from 1:30 to 3:30.

Special Education Teachers at Early Elementary Schools, Elementary School Psychologists, Elementary Gifted Teachers, and Elementary SLPs will attend PL in the East Wing on 3rd floor of Central Office from 2:00 to 4:00.

Special Education Teachers at Late Elementary Schools will attend PL in Room 131 at Central Office from 2:30 to 4:30.

Early Childhood Teachers will attend PL at KCK ECC from 1:30 to 3:30.

All Special Education Paras will receive PL at Eisenhower Middle School Gym and Cafeteria during their regular two-hour PL time (some time between 1:00 and 4:30 depending upon the para???s schedule).

Please contact Michelle Colvin at or 627-2614 if you have any questions.

What’s Going On In Your School? Tell Us!

From Grace Elmore
Do you have something interesting and fun going on in your school? Share it with your KCKPS community.

Please send story ideas to Grace Elmore, Communications Specialist, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Staff eNotebook, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Update – Administrator Leave Balances in Aesop

From Amy Jo Troyer
Administrators –
The information in the notice yesterday was to advise you of the email message that would be going out to all staff. Please be aware that, as an employee, you may also access your regular employee account with your phone number to review your balances as the message shared. However, if you would like to use your ADMINISTRATOR account and avoid toggling between that and your end user account where the balances are maintained, you can do so with a few clicks! We’ve detailed those steps for you in the attached PDF so you have a clear direction going forward on how to see the information you need. Please reach out to your respective HR Advisor should you have any questions.

HR Leadership Team


Importance of Attendance: Taking Advantage of Family Advocacy Days

From Rosie Rodriguez
Parent-Teacher conferences offer an excellent opportunity to talk with parents about the importance of their child’s attendance. Use this time to recognize improved, good or excellent attendance as well as communicate concern about poor attendance. Many parents are unaware of the impact that chronic absence can have– particularly in the early grades. And even when parents do understand the importance of regular attendance, they can easily lose track of the number of days their child has missed.
Provide and update to parents on their child’s attendance to date.
Take a moment to congratulate them on good or improved attendance.
Provide parents with a school calendar. This can be an effective visual reminder of the number of days missed and the fact that absences add up.
Updating parents on absences is a great way to helping them track their child’s attendance and to start developing good attendance habits.

K-ELPA Testing Equipment

From Joe Fives
Since iPads cannot be used for the speaking portion of the assessment, you may utilize your building’s Chromebooks for that purpose.

While our intent is to have maximum availability of technology for instructional use, we did not mean to preclude you from using any of your building’s technology resources where needed, even outside of the grades they were deployed.

We continue to update computer labs, but realistically, we will not get to all those machines prior to the assessment window opening. Since we are now 1:1 at grade levels 3 – 12, and 2:1 at K – 3, there is plenty of equipment available to complete the assessments.