Friday, September 4, 2020

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Curriculum & Instruction

Quarterly Midpoint Progress Reports

Per Board Policy IHA, report cards for all students shall be sent home and posted in the online grade book four times a year at the end of the quarter (please see district calendar for the end of quarter dates). In addition, progress reports for all students shall be issued at the midpoint of each quarter. Grades shall be updated in the online grade book each week (approximately 10 per quarter) to keep everyone informed of student progress.

The following weeks will be dedicated to sending home Quarterly Midpoint Progress Reports:

Quarter 1- Week of October 5-9, 2020 (Family Advocacy Day- October 9, 2020)

Quarter 2- Week of December 14-18, 2020

Quarter 3- Week of February 22-26, 2021

Quarter 4- Week of April 26-30, 2021

All Principals

Re: Literacy Festival and Math Relays

With the suspension of events that require student groups to meet in person, the Curriculum and Instruction Department is cancelling the Literacy Festival and Math Relays for the 2020-21 school year. 


Middle and High School Principals

Re:  Signaling Shifts in ELA Instruction (Revised GVC and myPerspectives) 

The purpose of this asynchronous learning opportunity will be to revisit shifts in Secondary ELA instruction through the revised GVC and the new resource, myPerspectives.  This video (approx. 1 hour) will highlight program components in the new resource and reacquaint you with the Student-Centered Unit Structure.  By participating in this learning opportunity, you will gain additional background information that your teachers received during the week of training (August 18-20).   After viewing the video, take time to explore myPerspectives on your own and immerse yourself in the work alongside your ELA teachers.  The demo log-in is available in the video.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Kristi Chalk with questions or concerns, as teachers and PLCs continue to move forward in this work. 

Secondary ELA Instructional Shifts (Video)

Slide presentation pdf


Middle and High School Principals

Re: Math Curriculum Access for Administrators

If you were unable to schedule a time to meet with Kurt Parker about the math curriculum and resources this week, please contact him via email to set up an appointment. The meeting will take less than an hour and is required before administrative access can be granted.


Middle School Principals


With the suspension of events that require student groups to meet in person, Middle School Robotics is cancelled for the 2020-21 school year. 


High School Principals


High School Robotics is slated to begin in January of 2021.  We will wait to determine whether teams will be allowed to meet in person, per local health official recommendations, to fulfil the requirements needed for competition.


Elementary School Principals

Re: Math Curriculum Resource (Eureka Math in Sync)

 Update: Great Minds and our IT department have started the rostering process of Eureka Math in Sync. Teachers and students will access Eureka Math in Sync using Clever. Great Minds anticipates access to the platform will take approximately 5 business days. In the meantime, please work with your building representative to provide staff with the professional development session around utilizing Eureka Math in Sync. Building representatives have already received the training and have been provided with a PowerPoint to help guide their work. If questions arise please do not hesitate to reach out to Marica Rhone and she will be happy to assist your building.

Student Services

Info from Student Services on Social Emotional Learning

As we enter this school year, know that the Student Services Department is here to support you and your community. Here you will find pertinent information and helpful resources related to Social Emotional Learning.


Bullying Prevention Site Action Plans

Bullying prevention is a priority in KCKPS and as part of that initiative each building submits a Bullying Prevention Site Action Plan to the Office of Student Services by October 31st. Within the appropriate folder linked below, you will find your respective building’s template that we are asking be completed by October 31st, 2020. Please also include any supporting documentation, which can be added to the folder (please label with building name and item title) or emailed to Prevention Site Action Plan Folder

SIT Updates

As we head into this school year, there are many changes underway. We start our remote learning journey through the first 9 weeks, with the focus and priority being on engaging our learners and their families. We are also undergoing the Strategic Planning process, with Theme #1 focused on implementing an MTSS process for SEL. As we undergo this process, we anticipate changes to the SIT process. Please be on the lookout for updates related to this as they are available. Currently, please continue the process in the manner it has been implemented in your respective school community.Please update your SIT Coordinators for the year in this spreadsheet- SIT Building Coordinator Contact Sheet

As you conduct SIT meetings, please continue to document in Infinite Campus. If you need a refresher, this is a great resource.

For data collection, use the tools your community is familiar with and adapt them to remote learning as needed and as possible. Utilize formative assessments for data. Think about opportunities for engagement data- number of canvas log-ins, use of apps that record engagement time of users, activity completion data, assignment submission data, discussion post participation, etc.

A great resource for thinking of supporting students during remote learning is this article from ASCD.


We have registered for the Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) Survey which provides us with a snapshot of the problem behaviors, risk factors, and protective factors that exist within our community. Middle School and High School leaders, please be on the lookout for details on administering the KCTC within your school community.

Virtual Volunteers

Volunteers are vitally important in helping us create inter-connected school communities with relationships both within the school and with our community outside of school. If you know of someone interested in volunteering to support social emotional learning, please send them to to get more information.