Friday, September 11, 2020

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Curriculum & Instruction

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate our attendance taking processes and procedures. Please ensure that you refer your attendance clerks and teachers to pages 12-18 of the updated Remote Learning Plan to understand all of the KSDE and KCKPS expectations for attendance.  Our goal as a district is to ensure the majority of our students can engage in the live online learning sessions with our teachers. It is the best way for our teachers to teach and our students to learn.

We know that you are working diligently with families to determine who will need to complete learning logs. To alleviate the issue of collecting such a large number of logs, please see p.18 of the RLP regarding working with families on a case-by-case basis to complete the learning log. Finally, we will continue to update the Attendance and Daily Learning Log FAQ document when questions arise.

Please use this link to access the FAQ document.

Also, please remind your staff that this first week is for the district and buildings to collect baseline data on how many students can participate in online learning where we can take attendance using Infinite Campus. Although a student may be counted absent in Infinite Campus because they could not attend a live online session, they will not be penalized for not participating in online learning sessions this week. We are waiving the completion of the daily learning logs for the first week as well.

Starting next week (September 14), students who are unable to attend live online sessions (all or part of them) will need to complete a daily learning log. Those daily learning log folders have been shared with each principal’s @m account. Please make sure you have access to that folder through your ‘Shared with me’ folder. If you do not, please contact Brandi Mendenhall for assistance. You will also want to share that folder with your attendance clerks so they can cross-reference Infinite Campus with the daily learning log spreadsheet. We have recently obtained a Spanish translation for the electronic Remote Daily Learning Log, which can be found in your school’s Remote Daily Learning Log Folder. Other languages will be available shortly. We are waiting for the translations to come back. If you need a specific language, please email Brandi Mendenhall and let her know which ones.

KCKPS Leadership Mobile Minute

Click here to read the Mobile Minute.

Elementary School Principals

Re: K-5 Social Studies Cadre

The Curriculum Department is seeking a variety of classroom, SPED, and ESL teachers to represent K-5 grade levels in work around the KS HGSS (History, Government, and Social Studies) standards. We will engage in a cadre that will come together to examine the revisions in the HGSS standards and learn about the C3 framework. This knowledge will then be applied to analyzing and using resources to develop and revise inquiry units to add to the GVC and build assessment tasks. Please see the application for more information and forward to teachers who might be interested. 

Applications are due by September 17.

For questions or more information please email me at

Middle School Principals

Re: Caregiver Supports for Amplify Science

Hello Principals! Building ICs and classroom teachers know this already but I wanted to make you aware that Amplify has created some resources to support, parents, guardians, and other caregivers in the transition to Amplify. They cannot offer support to students directly but I am excited that they have resources for the adults that are supporting students at home. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. My email is

Caregiver’s Support For Amplify Science

  1. What is Amplify Science?
  2. Getting started
  3. Materials overview
  4. A powerful partnership
  5. Explore grade-level resources.
  6. Where to go for help
    1. Contact Support via telephone at (833) 97-Care-8 (833-972-2738) or
    2. Our support hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT, and Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT.

Federal Programs

Principals, Department Managers, Title IX Coordinators/Investigators

Immediate Reporting of Alleged Title IX Misconduct to District Title IX Coordinator

Any alleged misconduct that is sexual in nature must be screened through the Title IX grievance process.  As a reminder from our district Title IX Coordinator/Investigator training, please contact Lisa Walker immediately upon receiving any report that falls into this category (See #1, #2, and #3 on the KCKPS Title IX Reporting & Investigation Procedures).  This immediate consultation enables us to tighten alignment across departments and involve Human Resources regarding any potential leave that might need to occur, as well as other departments that might need to provide immediate support for student-on-student issues.


 Update School Improvement Plan (SIP) Indicator Selections by 9:00 AM, Monday, 9/21/2020

The Federal Programs team must submit a required report to KSDE by 9/30/2020.  As discussed during our 2019-20 School Improvement Planning Process professional development, all Kansas schools are required to have their School Improvement Plans located in the KansaStar system by the start of the 2020-21 school year.  Additionally in 2020-21, KCKPS will be required to submit a secondary report for EACH school that will include identifying the Indicators your leadership teams have decided to work on as a part of your 2020-21 SIPs. All plans must be updated in KansaStar with final selections on the 3-5 indicators you plan to focus on for the coming year by Monday, 9/21/2020. 

Human Resources


Here is the list of trainings for Principals and Assistant Principals provided by LSI during this month.  Your participation is required.  Please see the Attendees column for details about which sessions you need to attend.

You only have to attend one of the sessions focused on effective feedback.  Use the link below to enroll in the How to Make Your Feedback More Effective session.  Zoom links and resources will be provided closer to the training dates.

Date/Time Attendees Content Notes
September 15

8:30am – 11:30am

All new  Principals and APs Focus Teacher Evaluation Model Part 3 Continuation from sessions in July
September 17

12:30pm – 3:30pm

All new  Principals and APs Focus Teacher Evaluation Model Part 4 Continuation from sessions in July
September 22

8:30am – 11:30am

ALL Principals and APs How to Make Your Feedback More Effective Choose 1 session

September 22

12:30pm – 3:30pm


September 24

8:30am – 11:30am

Student Services


Please update your SIT Coordinators for the year in this spreadsheet- SIT Building Coordinator Contact Sheet. As you conduct SIT meetings and create plans, please continue to document in Infinite Campus. If you need a refresher, this is a great resource.

This brief provides considerations and suggestions for adapting Check-in Check-out (CICO), an evidence-based Tier 2 school intervention, for situations where students are learning from home.

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 Bullying Prevention Site Action Plan Folder, 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

Did you know that Teaching Tolerance has a Learning Plan Builder that you can utilize to support SEL and bullying prevention implementation? It allows you to select meaningful student texts, choose how you’ll teach them and how you’ll assess student learning. Read about the Learning Plan Builder here.

Prepped and Ready

Children’s Mercy is offering Prepped and Ready remotely. Prepped and Ready is a presentation to help equip parents for the transition into parenting teenagers. Feel free to add the following into your parent newsletters:

We understand this transition is a time of tremendous change for teens and it can be overwhelming as a parent to know how to help. Prepped and Ready aims to help you learn what steps you can take before a crisis develops with your teenager. We seek to empower you to address the hard topics that can be very uncomfortable and we talk about changes each one of us can make within our own homes to make them safer. To see upcoming dates and register go to: