November 29, 2021

 

Hey Holt Bolts,

Just three weeks until winter break (with a 4-day week in the middle), but remember this can be a stressful time of year for many students and families (and us too) for a variety of reasons, so be prepared for uncharacteristic behaviors the next few weeks.

Sixteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Behavior EA Job Posting & Interviews – Interviews for our Behavior EA position will be this Thursday after school 2:35-4:00. If you’d like to volunteer your time to help with interviews, let me know and I will share applications and interview questions. Both classified and licensed staff are welcome to join!

• Two New EAs Start Wednesday – Our two new EAs, Hannah Connor (2.5-hour EA) & Andrew Raasch (CLC EA) are set to start this Wednesday, so please introduce yourself and welcome them to Holt!

• Holt BEST EA Job Posting – If any classified staff are interested in additional hours or if you know of anyone else good, please encourage them to apply for the Educational Assistant, BEST Afterschool (multiple vacancies, multiple sites) job posting. Although it says multiple sites, district BEST admin will give people their site of preference (Holt, of course). The posting closes Wednesday.

• Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit– If you haven’t already, to meet the Erin’s Law state requirements, teachers must cover Lessons 1-4 of the Second Step Child Protection Unit this fall before winter break. Lesson 5 should be taught right before spring break and lesson 6 right before summer break.

• Behavior Check-In Survey – Kim and Max wanted to connect with staff on any other students that need behavior support and if there are any topics regarding behavior you have questions or need information. If you have students needing additional supports or information, complete the linked two-question Behavior Check-In Survey.

• REPEAT: Artist in Res. Survey (Term 2) DUE FRIDAY – For our Term 2 Artist in Residence, teachers should take a look at the LaneArts Residency Descriptions to pick your top five artists. Then fill out the linked Artist in Residence Survey 2021 (Term 2), which will help facilitate our discussion and decision at our December 7 Staff Meeting. Please complete the survey by this Friday.

• Elementary Director Visit Thursday – Director of Elementary Education Services, Jeff Johnson is planning to visit Holt this Thursday at 9:45. He said he wants to stop by some classrooms, so I figured people would appreciate a heads-up.

• COVID Protocol Reminders – Two COVID protocol related items:

• ODE Outdoor Mask Requirement & Test-to-Stay Changes – An ODE Bulletin and ODE News Release from last week said the state will soon issue revised guidelines that don’t require masks to be worn outdoors and new rules so students do not need to quarantine if they test negative for COVID. However, 4J is working with the county to determine next steps on these and what it means for schools, so at this time all 4J COVID protocols are status quo until further notice. Stay tuned!

• 3-Feet Physical Distance Reminder – Continue to remind students to maintain 3-feet physical distance, especially when they are walking in line, lining up in class, lining up at the end of recess, or lining up outside the cafeteria.

 

 

• December Fire Drill, Tues. Dec. 7th @1:10 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, December 7th at 1:10 will be the December Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map. If it’s raining, we’ll reschedule for Tuesday the following week. 

• Allan Out of the Building Dec. 7th – I’ll be out of the building Tuesday, December 7th to attend an in-person ELA Adoption Meeting and retired South Eugene HS principal Stephanie Cannon will cover for me. I’ll plan to be back in time for the Staff Meeting.

• SIA Classroom Libraries – Principals will get more info on this Wednesday, but downtown used Student Investment Act (SIA) funds to purchase diverse books for classroom libraries. Holt is getting three pallets worth of books on Wednesday, December 15th at 2:00 (which I’ll tell downtown is a terrible delivery time). Each classroom teacher will get 3 book bins worth of books, which teachers can pick up after the delivery.

• 4J Care Teams – 4J has Regional Care Teams to help schools when they’ve exhausted their resources to assist a family. For additional info, here is the Sheldon Region Care Team Flyer. Connect with Max for initial requests for assistance, but principals got an email there were zero referrals from Sheldon Region schools, so let me know if you have any student or family situations you’re feeling stumped how to help. Referrals could for assistance could be:

• Death of a parent
• Incarcerated parent -­ concerns about recent incarceration or pending release
• Homeless or impending homelessness
• Unknown if open child welfare case but has concerns that were called in
• Domestic Violence
• Extreme behavior issues – ­additional supports needed outside of school
• Specific resource needed but unknown where to refer
• Medical concerns about the child or other family

• UPDATE: K-5 Health Curriculum Adoption/Pilot – The adoption team is hoping to get reps from South and Sheldon area schools, particularly a SPED teacher, an ELD teacher, a PE teacher, Kinder, 1st, 3rd, and 4th, ideally. See this Update Email for details and let me know if any of you are interested.

• Language Arts Pilot Info – If you’re curious, the ELA Adoption Team shared the linked ELA Pilot Info & Timelines with committee members last week.

• Mobile Pantry on Wednesdays – I’ll share this in the Quick News, but linked here is a Mobile Food Pantry Calendar from Food for Lane County if you have any families you want to share this with.

• BrainPop Pilot Ending – 4J’s Free BrainPop pilot ends this week on Tuesday.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Threats by Students – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Threats by Students. I actually just added this to the handbook because I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of this policy, especially since downtown hasn’t sent the district back-to-school policy memo in three years:

Threats by Students
Schools are required to notify the parent of a student when another student makes threats of violence or harm or the student’s name appears on a targeted list that threatens violence or harm to the students on the list. State law requires verbal notice within 12 hours of learning of the threat and written notice within 24 hours, so staff should report threats to the principal as soon as possible.

• REPEAT: Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code Dec. 6-12 – Next week, December 6-12, is Computer Science Education Week, which include the Hour of Code. Check out the tutorials and activities at Hour of CodeComputer Science Education WeekKhan Academy, and these Edutopia Articles. Let me know if any of you are doing something cool for the Hour of Code. I’d love to see if we can get some media coverage!

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

November 29 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Begins

November 30 (T)
Regular Day

December 1 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:40-3:25, KG Data Team Meeting
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

December 2 (H)
9:45-10:45, Elem Director Visit to Holt
2:35-4:00, Behavior Support EA Interviews (Library)
5:30-8:00, Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event (Katie’s House)

December 3 (F)
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
1:30-2:20, 1st Grade Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 2nd Grade Data Team Meeting
2:30-4:00, Allan to New Teacher Mentor Meeting (Zoom)

December 6 (M)
No School – Staff Work Day
5th Grade Staff Room Duty

December 7 (T)
Computer Science Education Week – Hour of Code
TAG Testing Week
Artist in Residence Continues
Allan Out – Stephanie Cannon Covering
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

December 8 (W)
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:40-3:25, 3rd Grade Data Team Meeting

December 9 (H)
4:30-6:30, Allan to Conscious Discipline PD (Zoom)

December 10 (F)
1:30-2:20, 4th Grade Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 5th Grade Data Team Meeting

Have a good week, y’all!

Allan

 

November 22, 2021

Howdy Bolts,

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Five staffing updates:

• Behavior EA Job Posting & Interviews – Our Behavior Support EA Job Posting is now up and closes Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll get candidates on the 24th and can set up interviews for the following week, most likely on Tuesday, Nov. 30th or possibly Thursday Dec. 2nd if HR is slow getting me the candidate list, so let me know if you’re interested in being part of interviews and I’ll send you candidate applications and interview questions.

• 2.5-hour Title 1 EA (Hannah Connor) – Hannah Connor was offered and accepted our 2.5 hour Title 1 EA job. She currently works and is planning to continue to work as a Behavior Technician at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and prior to that worked as a Personal Support Worker.

• School Nurse (Lisa West) – Nurse Cathy has been the school nurse for the ENTIRE Sheldon Region, but she is getting some relief. Lisa West has joined 4J and will be taking over at Holt and Monroe. She was at Health Screening last week, so some of you may have already met her. I actually met her about 30 years ago, because we went to high school together (Go, Highlanders!).

• BEST Coordinator (Lily Hamilton) – I realized I hadn’t included in prior announcements Ben decided to decline the BEST Coordinator position in favor of retaining his building hours, which he would have had to give up job rights to, so downtown has been conducting interviews for a while and has hired a new coordinator for Holt, Lily Hamilton. She’s a recent graduate from the UO and has worked as a Garden Educator, a Summer Program Leader at Willamalane, and as a Preschool Teacher. Downtown is still hiring BEST EAs for Holt and once they are hired, we’ll be able start things up.

• Holt Same Name Fun! – If you’re keeping track, we now we have Ashley & Ashley, Debbie & Deb, Jackie & Jacque, Jeff & Geoff, Katie, Katherine & Kathy, Kelly & Kelly, Liz & Elizabeth, Melanie & Melanie, Robert & Robbie, and Robin & Robin. Most impressively, we now have Lisa, Lisa, Lisa & Lisa, who should really start their own band.

Please give a big welcome to all our new folks!

• Artist in Residence Survey 2021 (Term 2) – For our Term 2 Artist in Residence, teachers should take a look at the LaneArts Residency Descriptions to pick your top five artists. Then fill out the linked Artist in Residence Survey 2021 (Term 2), which will help facilitate our discussion and decision at our December 7 Staff Meeting. Please complete the survey by Friday, December 3rd.

• Fire Marshall Inspection Results – Ryan is connecting with folks who had items the Fire Marshal flagged as needed correcting. If you’re interested, linked here is the complete Fire Marshal Inspection Report, which also including additional emails and documentation. The two main items we got dinged for were:

• Combustable items hanging from ceilings
• Door egress width (3-feet) blocked by rolling carts and other items

Door egress is something they’ve always been stickers for, but items hanging from ceilings is a new one to me. The Marshall will be coming the first week of December to make sure we have corrected items on the report.

• Staff Meetings, Library or Cafeteria? – It was asked last week if we need to continue to meet in the cafeteria or if we could move back to the library. I checked with downtown and even though staff are vaccinated and we are wearing masks, we still need to maintain 3-feet distance, which we cannot do with a staff our size in the library, so for now we’ll continue holding Staff Meetings in the cafeteria.

• Timeline for Potential Staffing Shifts at Semester – It was asked at last week’s Staff Meeting what the timeline would be for potential staffing shifts as a result of students changing pathway from online to in-person or vice versa. I asked at a principals’ meeting and was told they should have more information following the middle and high school shifts, which are happening now at their trimester break. They’ve realized a lot of survey data need cleaning up, with duplicate, incomplete, and/or conflicting submissions. Once that is cleaned up, the process should move fairly quickly, but as of right now, we were not given any firm dates outside of January 10th is the deadline for elementary families to submit a change request and that second semester, when students would start their new pathway, is only twenty-one days later on January 31st.

• Current Online & In-Person Numbers – Related to the above, linked here Enrollment as of 11-01-21. Holt has 486 total students, including both online and in-person. 25 are in K-5 Connect, 15 in EOA, and 446 are in-person. The grade breakdown for online students is:

KG: 5
1st: 9
2nd: 7
3rd: 5
4th: 4
5th: 10

• FREE Students CoatsJessica Cristobal, wife of UO Football Coach Mario Cristobal, donated a bunch of student sized coats to Holt. If you know of students in need of a winter coat, please check in with Melanie if we have coats in their size.

• Seesaw Family Connect – Downtown backed off on saying ALL school communication must go through Seesaw, but teachers should try to use Seesaw as a way for families to see what students are doing in class (recording videos of themselves or taking pictures of their work). This will hopefully build a connection with families, which is more challenging right now due to safety protocols. A short video message now and then can be another method for families to feel more connected to their child’s teacher.

• K-5 Health Curriculum Adoption/Pilot Opportunity – Let me know if any of you are interested in being on the adoption team to help select a new 4J Elementary Health Curriculum. See the linked email for details, but let me know by the end of the week if you’d like me to submit your name.

• Student Quarantine Change – Lane County Public Health notified 4J they are changing the 14-day quarantine for student close contacts to a 10-day quarantine. See this email for details. Another state change coming next month is a test-to-stay option.

• Reminder: Heath and Safety Protocols – HR asked principals to share a few reminders about face masks:

• Our team does not anticipate ODE or Lane County Public Health changing the requirement that face masks are required indoors for all students and staff.
• Masks should be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking or if you are in a room with the door closed.
• Many staff have elected for an increased level of protection and use an N95 or KN95 mask. It is not appropriate to assume this means they are not vaccinated. If you recall, last year many of our employees were fit tested for N95 masks.

If you have any concerns about colleagues not following current protocols, please contact me.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Toys – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Toys, which are supposed to stay home:

Toys
Toys are to be left at home. If a student brings a toy, it is teacher discretion to remove and hold if it becomes a distraction. Toys for after school programs or events should remain in a student backpack

• Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code Dec. 6-12– December 6-12 is Computer Science Education Week, which include the Hour of Code, which was started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities at Hour of CodeComputer Science Education WeekKhan Academy, and these Edutopia Articles. Let me know if any of you are doing something cool for the Hour of Code. I’d love to see if we can get some media coverage for some of our activities during Computer Science Education Week.

• JUST FOR FUN: What to Watch! – Ever wonder what’s new and good to watch on the streaming services? Check out Variety’s What to Watch page, which is updated weekly. They cover new and recommended shows on the major streaming platforms. I can usually find one or two new shows or movies that interests me.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

November 22 (M)
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
4:30-6:30, Allan to Conscious Discipline PD (Zoom)

November 23 (T)
1:00-3:00, Holiday Food Box Pick-Up
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)

November 24 (W)
Regular Day (maybe)

November 25 (H)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

November 26 (F)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

November 29 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty

November 30 (T)
2:35-4:00, Behavior Support EA Interviews (potential)

December 1 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:40-3:25, KG Data Team Meeting
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

December 2 (H)
9:45-10:45, Elem Director of Elementary Visit
2:35-4:00, Behavior Support EA Interviews (potential)
5:30-8:00, Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event (Katie’s House)

December 3 (F)
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
1:30-2:20, 1st Grade Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 2nd Grade Data Team Meeting
2:30-4:00, Allan to New Teacher Mentor Meeting (Zoom)

Fingers crossed for a nice and quiet short week.

Allan

November 15, 2021

Hi Everyone,

Eight items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• CLD EA (Andrew Raasch) – SSD and HR have hired Andrew Raasch as our new CLC EA, filling the vacancy left by Jason. Andrew has worked as a Direct Support Professional in a group home setting as well as worked as recreation staff at River House Outdoor Center. Andrew had to give two weeks notice to his current employer, so he’ll start with us December 1st, but please welcome Andrew to the team!

• 2.5-hour Title 1 EA Update – We interviewed three solid candidates last week and have forwarded a name to HR. Hopefully they will make a job offer soon.

• Rescheduling Missed Conferences – We’ll treat no-shows for conferences the same as we treat missed IEP meetings, which is make at least two documented attempts to reschedule, either by phone or email, though doing one of each is best.

• Holiday Food Boxes – Only about 20 families have signed up for Food Boxes if teacher can share the following blurb with families if you’re sending a newsletter out before Friday. I’ll also send a Seesaw announcement on Monday. Staff can also reach out to individual families or mention it to your class as a whole. The link can also be found on the front page of the Holt website.

Holiday Food Boxes: Garden Way Church is offering 40 Holt families a holiday food box for Thanksgiving Break. If your family is in need of a holiday food box over Thanksgiving break, please complete the Food Box Sign-Up Form by noon on Friday, November 19th. Family will be able to pick up Food Boxes Tuesday, November 23rd between 1:00-3:00. If more than 40 families apply, we will conduct a lottery. Families will be notified the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 19th. https://forms.gle/ogsCBXp4JEmFc3w29

• REPEAT: November Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – Tuesday at 1:10 will be our November Fire Drill. Linked here is theBuilding Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map. If it’s raining, we’ll reschedule for Tuesday the following week.

• Nov. 24th School Day Status – If I were a betting man, I think there WILL be school this day. This Calendar Change was proposed earlier this month to address workload, but the school board response was not positive. An official vote will be held this Wednesday regarding November 24 and January 14.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Electronic Devices – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Electronic Devices. The short version if student may have them at school, but they must be off and out of sight during school hours:

Electronic devices:
To prevent distractions to student learning, cell phones, all electronic devices, and toys are prohibited during school hours. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices. Staff is not able to investigate lost or stolen devices. Students may have a cell phone/electronic device, or toys on their person that is turned off and out of sight from 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Students who need to contact a parent/guardian, must use the school phone in the main office. If an electronic device makes itself evident visually or auditorily, the consequences will be the following:

Upon the first infraction, the cell phone and/or electronic device or toy will be confiscated and held in the main office. A parent or guardian must pick it up. If a second infraction occurs, administration will determine the consequence. Multiple infractions can result in a permanent banning of a cell phone or the need for the student to check in their phone with the office each day.

Watches with cellular capabilities are considered to be under the same parameters as cell phones. They should be off or away during the school day. They may not be worn in class or out to recesses

• How to Avoid Common Classroom Management Problems – In this Edutopia Article, Youki Terada says that when Steve Jobs was in elementary school, he was bored in school and became (in his own words) “a little terror,” constantly playing pranks in class. Punishments made him defiant and even more disruptive, and the school ended up expelling him. This dynamic is the first of seven that Terada describes, with research-based strategies for avoiding them:

Mistake #1: Responding to surface-level behavior and not the underlying cause – In the case of the young Steve Jobs, the lack of challenging work was the problem. With another student, it might be trauma at home, for another a learning disability that makes classroom assignments extremely challenging. “If teachers can figure out what a student’s goals are,” says Terada, “they can address the misbehavior in a more-productive way.”

Mistake #2: Assuming it’s not an academic issue – One study found that 20 percent of classroom misbehavior stemmed from students not understanding the assignment or finding it too difficult.

Mistake #3: Verbally confronting every minor infraction – The injunction to “sweat the small stuff” can be taken too far, says Terada. Constantly reprimanding students who aren’t paying attention or who are having side conversations can create a “negative reinforcement pattern,” sparking defiance and making the problem worse. Nonverbal tactics such as “the look” or an agreed-upon hand signal can be much more effective.

Mistake #4: Using time-out corners – Sending students away from the group as a punishment “can cause feelings of shame or embarrassment,” says Terada, “undermining your relationship with them and jeopardizing the trust you’ll need for productive learning.” An alternative is a time-out “peace corner” that’s explained as a space where students can calm down, reflect on their emotions, and practice self-regulation. The key is taking the stigma away from the time-out area and encouraging students to sit there anytime they feel the need to pull themselves together.

Mistake #5: Writing names on the board and other public shaming – Some schools post the names of students who’ve had detentions and low test scores in the halls, and a common classroom practice is tracking behavior with color-coded stickers – red for bad behavior, blue for good. Practices like these, say researchers, fail to deter misbehavior and may make things worse. Far better is dealing with misbehavior in private conversations, after determining the root causes.

Mistake #6: Demanding obedience – “It’s a losing battle to expect compliance from students without putting in the emotional work,” says Terada. “Demand it and many students will simply rebel, test boundaries, or engage in power struggles.” The alternative is building relationships, warmly greeting students at the door, co-creating classroom norms, and working continuously to develop social and emotional skills.

Mistake #7: Not checking the biases we all have – Study after study has shown how implicit bias can lead teachers to give African-American students fewer disciplinary warnings before imposing consequences, as well as expecting less of them academically. “Such perceived unfairness can contribute to a ‘trust gap’ among students of color,” says Terada. Teachers and schools need to track data, he says, looking for patterns, raising educators’ consciousness, and working toward an equitable environment for all students.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

November 15 (M)
Holt Annual (Virtual) Book Fair Continues!
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
Melanie Out – Katie Subbing
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

November 16 (T)
Darla’s Last Day
District Science Kit Pick-Up
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 17 (W)
Picture Retakes (Library)
Ruby Bridge Walk to School Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 18 (H)
9:00-12:00, K-3 Vision Screening/K-5 Dental Screening (Gym)
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Zoom)
6:00-7:00 PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

November 19 (F)
Holt Spirit Day, Team Color Day!
7:50-8:10, Holt Spirit Day, Color Day – Virtual Assembly

November 22 (M)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
4:30-6:30, Allan to Conscious Discipline PD (Zoom)

November 23 (T)
1:00-3:00, Holiday Food Box Pick-Up
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)

November 24 (W)
Possible Work Day
Probably Regular Day

November 25 (H)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

November 26 (F)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

Heads-up! Full moon this Friday!

Allan

 

November 8, 2021

 

Greetings Bolts,

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• School Counselor Update – Max Taylor, our Behavior EA, was selected to take over as our school counselor for the rest of the school year. He’s already made great connections with some of our toughest kids and should be a great match for the position and for our school!

The transition plan is for Darla to stay on at Holt through conferences and to use the following Monday to have some closure with students and pass the torch to Max.

• 2.5-hour Title 1 EA Interviews, Wednesday – Let me know if you are interested (and available) in being part of interviews for a small 2.5-hour Title 1 EA Position we’ve created with our remaining Title funds. Interviews will be the Wednesday, 10:10-12:00 in the library.

• CLD EA Vacancy – We’re still waiting on HR to get back regarding their job offer to a candidate to fill Jason’s vacant CLC EA position.

• November Fire Drill, 11/16 @1:10 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, November 16th at 1:10 will be our November Fire Drill. Linked here is theBuilding Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

• Conferences Updates & Reminders – Seven parent/teacher conferences updates and reminders:

• Conference Schedules to Office – If you haven’t already, send a copy of your schedule to Melanie.

• Seesaw and Families – Make sure families are signed up with Seesaw Family at conferences. You can see which family members are connected by logging into your Seesaw account and clicking on the ADD families button.

 

 

• Resources for Families – Should any families request tutoring, the Eugene Rotary (WEBSITE and FLYER) offers free virtual tutoring and the NAACP (WEBSITE and FLYER) also offers a free in person tutoring program for all BIPOC students. Teachers should NOT suggest tutoring, because that puts the district on the hook to provide or pay for tutoring.

• Allan’s Conference Tips – Parents generally just want to see that teachers “know” their child and care about them. If you can convey that at your conference, usually by sharing a story or two, mission accomplished! My other advice is to start conferences off with “How do things look on your end?” or other open ended question so parents to share anything that’s on their mind, rather than making them wait until the end and possibly running out of time.

• REPEAT: EA Extravaganza, WEDNESDAY – Educational Assistants should attended the EA Extravaganza on Wednesday from 8:00-12:00 via Zoom. See the above link for sessions, times, descriptions, and Zoom links, and see Marlee Litten’s Email for additional details.

• REPEAT: Title 1 Compacts & Conferences – Title 1 Compacts (English and Spanish) should be reviewed with all families at conferences. For the signatures, the teacher and student should sign the form and for parents review the permission section at conferences and then just date the form in the parent signature line that the parents agreed to do their part.

• REPEAT: Wednesday PAHS Lunch – PAHS is planning to provide a big lunch for staff on Wednesday, with enough to be left over for dinner if staff are still working in the building then, so I’ll need to get a head count at Tuesday’s Staff Meeting of how many people will be in the building this day.

• Recess and New Kickball Rules – Linked here is the Recess Equipment and Activity Rules Doc, which is a living document of the most current recess rules. Most recently we added Kickball Rules to the doc, which Kim and I will come around to review with grades 3, 4, and 5. Teachers should email us a good date and time to come in for a 10-15 minute block of time to go over the “official” kickball rules.

• Referral Reminders – When writing a referral remember to:

• Press Hard with a Pen – Minor and Major referrals are on NCR paper, so use a pen and press hard so what you write goes all the way through the three layers.

• No Student Names in Description – Major referrals are sent home to parents, so do not include other student names in the description section. On major referrals, there is a spot on the second page of the NCR paper to include this information.

• List Just One Behavior Type – SWIS, the system we enter minor referrals, only allows for one violation/behavior type, so check off the most egregious behavior if an incident has multiple offense types (i.e. if a student called someone a name and then pushed them, check off just “Physical Aggression”).

• Parent Requests for SPED Eval – Any time a parent requests their child get an IEP or wants them tested, make sure you notify me or our school psychologist, Kelly Kirk, immediately. A legally mandated timeline starts from the moment parents make that initial request.
• Artist in Residence – Our first Artist in Residence, Glass Fusing Fun with Rachell Jarvis, is finally set-up and will be Nov. 29 through Dec. 17. See Lesli’s Email if you have any scheduling requests (though no promises).

• Staff Directory Photos Update? – Anyone hate their picture on the Staff Directory Webpage? Let me know and I can update it with this year’s photo. If you don’t have a photo on the school website, be sure sure to get your picture taken on Picture Retake Day next week on Wednesday, November 17th. BONUS FUN: If you log onto Adobe with your school email and password, you can have some fun removing your school picture background to make some much more fun of backgrounds.

 

• Language Arts Adoption Updates – If you’re interested, Expeditionary Learning (EL) and Wit & Wisdom are the two curriculums that will be piloted this year. One of them will be adopted for implementation next school year. Linked here is an Adoption Update Email that gives an overview of what’s happed so far in the adoption process as well as a timeline for next steps.

• Franz Bakery Virtual Field Trip – Franz Baker is offering a virtual field trip and will give classes bakers’ hats and a voucher per. If you’re interested, linked here is their Franz Bakery Virtual Field Trip Email, but you just need to email a few dates and time to Jodie Kelly FranzBakeryTours@usbakery.com

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Head Injuries – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Head Injuries. See the 4J Students with Concussions Webpage for additional details, including the letter that is to go home with students who’ve had a head injury:

Head Injuries:
• Any students who has incurred a head injury must be sent to the office for evaluation.
• Students should be escorted
• Parents must be informed of any head injuries, even if minor

• Thanksgiving Lessons Reminder  – Here’s my annual reminder about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Staff should keep in mind that student conceptions of Native Americans often come from classroom activities around the First Thanksgiving. These conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is often both inaccurate and potentially damaging. When planning activities, be aware that what most of us learned in school about the “Pilgrims” and “Squanto” and the “First Thanksgiving” is a mixture of both history and myth. Thanksgiving activities should avoid reinforcing historical myths and should also avoid stereotypes (ie. NO warbonnets!) It’s often best to shift the focus away from the “First Thanksgiving” and instead focus on items children can be thankful for in their own lives and on their families’ celebrations of Thanksgiving at home. Some resources on what to avoid and what to teach can be found at the National Museum of the American Indian, Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), and Education World. This Google Doc links to a ton of read aloud stories, primary sources, site, and other information about Native and Indigenous People. Here is a good article with a Native American Perspective on Thanksgiving as well as one on The True Story of the First Thanksgiving. Also, the 4J Natives Program is available for classroom presentations year-round and can offer an accurate picture of Native American culture.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

November 8 (M)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
2:30-3:30, Allan to Care Team Meeting (Zoom)

November 9 (T)
3:25-7:35, Parent/Teacher Conferences (Zoom)
4:00-8:00, Holt Night Out Fundraiser – Chipotle Mexican Grill4:05, Allan to Conference (Zoom)
5:30-6:30, 4J Parent Info Session: COVID-19 & Schools (Zoom)
November 10 (W)
No School – Conferences
8:00-12:00, EA Extravaganza (Zoom)8:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences (Zoom)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
10:10-12:00, Title EA Interviews (Library)

November 11 (H)
No School — Veterans Day

November 12 (F)
No School — Parent/Teacher Conferences Comp Day

November 15 (M)
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
Melanie Out – Katie Subbing
Darla’s Last Day
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

November 16 (T)
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 17 (W)
Picture Retakes
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 18 (H)
K-3 Vision Screening
K-5 Dental Screening
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Zoom)
6:00-7:00 PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

November 19 (F)
Regular Day

And remind students about the Holt Night Out Fundraiser at Chipotle this Thursday, 4:00-8:00!

Allan

November 1, 2021

 

Hello Friends,

We survived a week of Halloween excitement, so now we just need to survive this week’s sugar crash.

Eleven items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Molly Beick (CLC EA) – Molly has been subbing in the CLC most all of this year, but she has now officially been hired to fill Ganell’s 6.5 CLC EA vacancy, so please welcome Molly as our newest Holt Bolt!

• School Counselor Update – We interviewed three candidates for our Temp School Counselor opening this past Friday and will hopefully have a job offer out from HR by the end of the week.

• CLD EA Vacancy – The person HR offered Jason Martinez’s 5-hour CLC EA position never responded, so SSD had HR make the job offer to another candidate. Darrin has taken over Jason’s morning crossing guard duties, but hopefully we’ll get someone for the rest of the position soon. In related news, Jason is now working online with K-5 Connect.

 

 

• Conferences Updates – Five parent/teacher conferences updates:

• EA Extravaganza, Wednesday, Nov. 10th – Educational Assistants should attended the EA Extravaganza on November 10th between 8:00-12:00 via Zoom. See the above link for sessions, times, descriptions, and Zoom links, and see Marlee Litten’s Email for additional details.

• Title 1 Compacts & Conferences – Title 1 Compacts (English and Spanish) should be reviewed with all families at conferences. For the signatures, the teacher and student should sign the form and for parents review the permission section at conferences and then just date the form in the parent signature line that the parents agreed to do their part. This should be less work than sending the forms home for parent signatures and then having to collect and track them again. Title 1 staff will put class sets in teacher mailboxes this week.

• Wednesday PAHS Lunch – PAHS is planning to provide a big lunch for staff on Wednesday, with enough to be left over for dinner if staff are still working in the building then, so I’ll need to get a head count at Tuesday’s Staff Meeting of how many people will be in the building this day.

• Allan Available to Attend Conferences – Teachers can let me know if you have any tricky conferences you’d like me to attend. Send me a date, time, and Zoom link and I’ll be there!

• REMINDER: Conference Dates – Dates for conferences are:

Nov. 9 (T), 3:25-7:25, Evening Conferences
Nov. 10 (W), 8:00-8:00, All-Day Conferences
Nov. 11 (H), Veterans Day – No School
Nov. 12 (F), No School, Teacher Comp Day

• PAHS Volunteer Request Form – PAHS is looking to help and volunteer however they can. Library is the only place volunteers are allowed inside the building, but if you have other uses for volunteers (prepping materials, grading, sorting, etc.), please filled out the linked PAHS Volunteer Request Form. Last week they set out pumpkins in the school garden for the Kinder Pumpkin Patch “Field Trip.”

• REMINDER: Mandatory Elementary School Bus Safety Training – If you haven’t already, be sure to show your students the required Bus Safety Training Video and then let me know the date you showed it.

• Walk+Roll to School Day, WEDNESDAY – The first Wednesday of each month is Walk & Roll Day, so please encourage your students to walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school. If students live a long way from school, they can try parking a ten minute walk from school and walking the rest of the way. The goal is to reduce traffic and pollution around our school and to promote physical activity for our students.

• Campus Safety and Security Team Offer – Kari Skinner, Director of Student Wellness and School Safety, emailed principals that our new Campus Safety and Security Team (kind of the new SROs) are offering to be a sort of mentor and/or “seeing” a student to make a connection. If you know of a student who could use this kind of big buddy, let me know the student name and a brief description of what you’re hoping for.

• Seesaw Usage – The following was sent to principals on Friday regarding how teachers should use Seesaw, but I don’t think the first bullet (sending class newsletters over Seesaw) is right (there’s no formatting option and if you link or attach a newsletter, that’s one more click you might lose someone). I’m going to ask about this at my elementary principals’ meeting on Wednesday, so feel free to ignore that bullet for now. I think the other three bullets are nothing new:

Now that the year is well underway, we want to give some reminders on what should be happening in each teacher’s Seesaw account. Make sure that you start engaging in Seesaw walk throughs in the coming weeks. If you need Seesaw assistance, please reach out to Justin Huntley.

• Home communications from the classroom. Classroom newsletters should be disseminated through Seesaw. These are automatically translated into the home language.
• Each classroom teacher should have an asynchronous lesson, learning links, and/or choice board posted for students on quarantine.
• When students are on quarantine, daily assignments for students.
• Zoom links for grade level TOSA supports.

• 4J Care Teams – 4J has started Regional Care Teams to assist schools needing assistance when they feel they have exhausted their resources to assist a family. For additional info, here is the Sheldon Region Care Team Flyer and a Slide Show that was shared with counselors. For initial request for assistance for families, please connect with Darla. Referrals could be for assistance regarding, though not limited to:

• Death of a parent
• Incarcerated parent -­ concerns about recent incarceration or pending release
• Homeless or impending homelessness
• Unknown if open child welfare case but has concerns that were called in
• Domestic Violence
• Extreme behavior issues – ­additional supports needed outside of school
• Specific resource needed but unknown where to refer
• Medical concerns about the child or other family

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Hoods off indoors, Hats OK indoors – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Hats and Hoods:

Hats may be worn on the playground, halls, and cafeteria at Holt. Teachers may ask a student to remove the hat if it becomes a distraction. Teachers may decide if hats may be worn in their own classrooms and guidelines for students must be clear and consistent. If hats become a distraction, the teacher may ask a student(s) to remove the hat. Continued disruption with hats may require teachers to communicate with parents about their classroom policy.

Hoods may be worn outdoors for warmth, but must come off once inside the building for visibility and safety; this includes halls, cafeteria, and classrooms.

• Team Building Activities for Kids – We all know that a sense of community and belonging helps kids feel safe, take risks, and (hopefully) make better, kinder choices. This list from WeAreTeachers offers a list of some ideas for helping students connect and cooperate with one another.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

November 1 (M)
KG Staff Room Duty
Ewok Appreciation Day
1:45-2:00, 4th Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)

November 2 (T)
1:45-2:00, 3rd Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 3 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 4 (H)
8:30-9:30, Allan to Safety Committee Webinar (Zoom)
2:00-2:15, 2nd Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)
4:00-5:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

November 5 (F)
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)

November 8 (M)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
2:30-3:30, Allan to Care Team Meeting (Zoom)

November 9 (T)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Library)
3:25-7:35, Parent/Teacher Conferences (Zoom)
4:00-8:00, Holt Night Out Fundraiser – Chipotle Mexican Grill

November 10 (W)
No School – Conferences
8:00-12:00, EA Extravaganza (Zoom)8:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences (Zoom)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

November 11 (H)
No School — Veterans Day

November 12 (F)
No School — Parent/Teacher Conferences Comp Day

If you missed it in Saturday’s Register Guard, Holt made the local news gain. Check it out and feel free to share with students!

Allan

 

 

October 25, 2021

 

Hi Bolts,

Twenty-two items of note for this week:

• Temp Counselor Interviews Friday – We’ll conduct interviews for our Temp Counselor Vacancy this Friday from 1:20-3:30. Let me know if any of your are interested in joining myself and Kim.

• October Virtual Assembly, Friday @7:55 – The October Spirit Day Virtual Assembly will be this Friday at 7:55. We’ll draw winners over Zoom (prizes will be delivered to classrooms) and then (keep this part a secret from kids) we’ll unveil our brand new BOOK VENDING MACHINE! Afterwards, grade levels can have a “field trip” to come see the vending machine according to the schedule below. Here’s the agenda for the event:

7:50
Start zoom meeting with each class.
Music will be played until start time.

7:55
Assembly begins! Live from the hallway! Mr. Chinn Starts us off!

7:56
Miss Kim pulled out 10 winners (Pre drawn) and adds to the wheel (pre-written)
THEY STAY IN CLASSROOM! Prize will be delivered!
Spin the wheel with all 10 names on it!

1st Spin = Fidget Game winner!!!!
2nd Spin = BIG Fidget Pop-It!
3rd Spin = RAZOR scooter!!!

BOLT WINNER DRAWING = First Helper at the Book vending Machine

8:00
SHOW the SPECIAL SURPRISE!

-Unwrap machine
-Mr. Chinn Cuts the ribbon!
-Student puts in coin to machine

8:04
End Assembly portion.
Start of the Field Trip Around the School!

8:15 – KG Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:25 – 1st Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:35 – 2nd Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:45 – 3rd Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:55 – 4th Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
9:05 – 5th Field Trip to Book Vending Machine

• Elementary Director Visit Monday – Director of Elementary Education Services, Jeff Johnson is planning to visit Holt this Monday around 9:15. He said he wants to stop by some classrooms, so I thought people would appreciate a heads-up.

• Conferences Updates – Three updates regarding parent/teacher conferences.

• Teleworking Allowed – Principals have been given flexibility to allow teachers to work from home for conferences, which I’ll allow. Just send me an email if you are planning to work from home either of the conference days.

• Staff Not at Conferences – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday are regular work days for all staff who are not part of conferences and should work your regular hours at school. However, if you have accumulated trade time or are planning to accumulate trade time in order to not work any of these dates, email me your plan ahead of time.

• REMINDER: Conference Dates – Dates for conferences are:

Nov. 9 (T), 3:25-7:25, Evening Conferences
Nov. 10 (W), 8:00-8:00, All-Day Conferences
Nov. 11 (H), Veterans Day – No School
Nov. 12 (F), No School, Teacher Comp Day

• PE and Music Pick-Up – A request from Alex and Ashley, please be sure to pick up your students on time so specialists have time to prep for their next class.

• Teacher Recess Reminders – Two items of note:

• Morning & Lunch Recesses 5-Minutes Shorter on Fridays – Remember, according to the 4J Standard School Schedule, morning and afternoon recesses are 5-minutes shorter on Early Release Fridays (60 minutes total of Recess/Lunch/Break/Passing Time on regular days and 50 minutes total on early release days). This is noted on the Master Schedule on the supervision tab, but not on the main master schedule tab.

• No Snacks at Recess – Although this is allowed during normal times, we can’t have kids taking off their masks to eat at recess, so please make sure students are not taking food out to recess with them.

• Classified Emergency Sub Plans – EAs should write a generic set of “Emergency Sub Notes” to the office. Include schedules and other pertinent notes, but this will help for if folks are unexpectedly out.

• Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit – All classroom teachers should use the Second Step Child Protection Unit for meeting the state Erin’s Law requirements. For each grade level, there are six lessons, which are to be covered at three points in the school year, with Lessons 1-4 in the fall, lesson 5 right before spring break, and lesson 6 right before summer break. I believe 4J purchased only one kit per grade level, but linked here are Child Protection Unit Scans of the teacher guides if that makes things easier. I’m including the linked Erin’s Law Information in Monday’s Quick News and it’s recommended teachers follow-up with the linked Family Message (English & Spanish).

• Second Step Scope & Sequence – Speaking of Second Step, linked here is the recommended Second Step and Bully Prevention Scope & Sequence. I know the reality is it’s difficult to cover all of these lessons, but do take time to cover the high points in each of units over the course of the year.

• Leadership Plan Update – All of the leadership positions staff voted to compensate on our plan have been filled on the Leadership Sign-Up Sheet. Our final task to vote on the plan with the names attached, 2021-2022 Holt Leadership Plan, which we’ll do at our next staff meeting, which will require a minimum 75% licensed staff approval.

• COVID Protocol Updates & Reminders – Four items of note:

• What Symptoms Mean Staff Stay Home? – Staff should stay home If you are experiencing any primary COVID symptoms due to an unknown illness, which are:

⁃ Fever of 100.4° F or higher
⁃ Chills
⁃ Cough (non-persisten, dry coughs are okay, but congested coughs are not)
⁃ Shortness of breath
⁃ Difficulty breathing
⁃ New loss of taste or loss of smell
⁃ Diarrhea
⁃ Vomiting

As always, staff who feel unwell should stay home and use appropriate leave (sick leave).

• Holt Family Quarantine Letter Updated – Geoff spotted there was some incorrect info on the Holt Family Quarantine Letter, which referred to a slide deck (which was the TOSA created one that expired on Oct. 15) and a Home Learning icon in Clever that didn’t exist (Downtown made one after I asked, but it simply links back to the quarantine letter), so I deleted those two bullets on the letter.

• Check that your Clever is current – If you have students on quarantine, teachers should check your Clever page to make sure apps, resources, and other links are current.

• Vaccine Booster Clinics – I signed myself up for a booster this Friday, so to save you all research time, you can go to Lane County COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinic Operations webpage. They encourage you to schedule an appointment in advance for more rapid service at their clinics, but they also welcome walk-ins.

• UO EdF Practicum Students – The UO is looking to place undergraduate Education Foundation (EdF) students during winter (January 3 – March 18) and spring terms (March 28 – June 18). EdF students spend a minimum of 3 hours per week per term in a classroom setting. They can assist host teachers with individual and small groups for academics, art, PE, and STEM activities. More details are provided in the linked UO EdF Field Placement Flyer. If you are interested, complete the linked Seeking Teachers to Host an EdF Student Volunteer Survey Form by Friday, November 5th.

• Behavioral Safety Assessment Training Video – Sheri Hoyland, the 4J Behavioral Safety Assessment Coordinator (threats, suicide, safety, etc.), asked principals to share with staff the linked Behavioral Safety Assessment Training Video. Linked here is her full email, which also includes a link to the Student Wellness & School Safety Department website, which is your “one stop shop” for all things Student Wellness & School Safety Department, and also the linked Age Appropriate Sexual Behavior in Children and Young People, which delineate which behaviors are Age Appropriate, Concerning, or Very Concerning by age range (0-4, 5-9, 9-12, and 13-18).

• K-5 iPad Cart Survey – Holt actually has the best response rate of any 4J school on this right now, but teachers who haven’t already should complete the K-5 iPad Cart Survey by the end of the week.

• SSD Mask Flowchart – If you’re interested, linked here is the SSD Mask Flowchart for how to address situation when a student receiving special education is not wearing their mask properly on a regular basis.

• Child Welfare Reports – When you make child welfare calls, let me know and also complete an Abuse Reporting Form (make a copy and don’t edit the original), which helps me track dates, concerns, and how many calls we’ve made for individual student. To make a report, you can call either:

Oregon Child Abuse Hotline, 1-855-503-7233 (SAFE)
Eugene Police Department Non-Emergency number, (541) 682-5111

• Elementary TOSAs List – I’ve had a few different teachers asking who to reach out to downtown for different curricular supports, so linked here is an email of the 2021-2022 Elementary TOSAs that was sent out earlier this year.

• List of Social Services – Similar to the Parenting Now Resources for Families (English and Spanish) I shared in the past, linked here is a very comprehensive Relief Nursery Community Resource Guide that ranges from counseling, to anger management, to immigration assistance, with 48 pages of local resources for families.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: No Scents or Perfumes – Holt has a nicely comprehensive Holt Staff Handbook, which I’m planning to highlight a section of in each week’s announcements. For this week it’s Scents/cleaners/air fresheners:

Scents/cleaners/air fresheners: Perfumes, highly scented deodorants, air freshening spray and plug-ins altogether must be removed from classrooms and commons spaces due to staff and students sensitivity

• Buddy Bench Video – Since it’s been almost 3 years since kids have been in person, a number of kids have no idea how to use the “Buddy Bench” on the playground if teachers could take some time, perhaps at a Morning Meeting to review how it works. If it’s easier, here’s a 3-minute video one school put together on how the Buddy Bench works.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

October 25 (M)
Office/Library/Music Staff Room Duty
9:15, Jeff Johnson Classroom Visits
10:15, 4th Grade Rules School (Library)
10:40, 5th Grade Rules School (Library)
4:30-6:00, Health Insurance In Retirement Presentation (Zoom)

October 26 (T)
1:45-2:00, KG PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)

October 27 (W)
Book Vending Machine Arrives!
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Kinder Pumpkin Patch in the Garden
1:45-2:00, 5th Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)

October 28 (H)
8:45-9:00, 1st Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)
9:10-10:10, Reich in School Garden
10:40-11:40, Dagget in School Garden
12:45-1:45, Robison in School Garden
2:45-3:25, IPBS Team Meeting (Library)
4:00-6:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)
1:45-2:00, 2nd Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)

October 29 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Dress-Up Day!
7:50-8:10, October Holt Virtual Assembly (Zoom)
8:15 – KG Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:25 – 1st Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:35 – 2nd Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:45 – 3rd Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
8:55 – 4th Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
9:05 – 5th Field Trip to Book Vending Machine
1:30-3:30, Temp Counselor Interviews (Library)

November 1 (M)
KG Staff Room Duty
Ewok Appreciation Day
1:45-2:00, 4th Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)

November 2 (T)
1:45-2:00, 3rd Grade PBIS Bonus Recess (Playground)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 3 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 4 (H)
4:00-5:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

November 5 (F)
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)

Only 2 weeks until a short Conference Week. After that, just 1 full week until a short Thanksgiving week. Then just 3 weeks until a nice long winter break. There’s your good news of the day!

Allan

October 18, 2020

 

Hey Bolts,

Let’s start things off with some cheery news. This past Friday SJ welcomed a happy healthy baby to the family when Elliott Joseph Anthony Moore joined the Moore clan. Wish them all well while SJ takes the next few months off!

Ten items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Four staffing updates:

• Temp Counselor Job Posting – The Temp Counselor Job Posting for Darla’s replacement for the remainder of the year went up last Friday and is posted through this Thursday.

• Welcome (back) Nichole Roy – SJ’s long term sub is former Holt student teacher and regular Holt sub Nichole Roy, who will start this Monday. Please welcome Nichole to the team!

• New CLC EA – Dylan Johnson was moved to Camus Ridge instead of Holt. SSD is instead sending us a new hire who should start this Wednesday. They told me her first name is Elizabeth (I haven’t gotten her full name yet), so please welcome Elizabeth to the team!

• District Teacher Moves – District admin sent the following message to principals, which is mostly the same as what they send the week before. This message makes it sound that it will be after the impact of the Oct. 18th Vaccination Mandate when downtown will assess the need for teacher shifts.

Variance in class size – We continue to have some large class sizes across our elementary school and the luxury of some small classes. We will be revisiting building staffing allocations following the impact of the October 18 vaccine mandate to address any teacher shortages or to ameliorate our large classes across the district.

 

• Arrive to Cafeteria On Time (not early) – With only 5 minutes between classes, it is important teachers enter the cafeteria on time and not early, which allows for a cafeteria reset between cohorts. We do want to give a BIG thank you and very much appreciate teachers helping students get through the line. :)

• Tips to Avoid Student Quarantines – We’ve had two positive student cases and a possible third case we’re waiting on test results. Now that I’ve had to contact trace a couple times, I have some tips on  minimizing close contacts (i.e. kids who’ve eaten breakfast, snacks, and/or lunch with masks off within 6-feet of a positive student longer than 15 minutes) having to quarantine.

• Keep Breakfast and Snack Under 15 Minutes – If students have their masks off eating within 6-feet of another student with their mask off longer than 15 minutes, all of those students will have to quarantine for 24 days or 10 days from the onset of COVID symptoms if they eventually test positive. If teachers keep your breakfast and snack times under a cumulative 15 minutes total (for example, 10-minute breakfast, 4-minute snack). Then no students in your class would have to quarantine if you had a positive case.

• Mix Your Class and Cafeteria Seating Charts – Related to the above, even if you keep your breakfast and snack below 15 minutes, if the same students ALSO sit within 6-feet of one another in the cafeteria, either next to, across the table, or from behind on the next table, they WILL have to quarantine. Please check your seating charts to make sure the same students in your class are not also sitting together in the cafeteria.

• Staff Room Duty Reminder – I’ve added Staff Room Duty to the Staff Zimbra Calendar. Teams should take care of daily cleaning, wiping crumbs off surfaces so the custodial staff can sanitize, wrap up/clean up/throw away food, wipe microwave, and load/start/unload dishwasher as needed.

• TalentEd Notes for Probationary Teachers – Now that we know contract teachers (those who have taught in 4J four or more years) do not need to complete any tasks in TalentEd this year and probationary teachers (those who are in their first three years with 4J) will complete all tasks as usual (self evaluation, goals, 2 informal observations, and 1 formal observation) here’s my plan:

• Informal Observations – I’m going to start doing informal observations this week and will swing by classrooms for 10-15 minutes, after which I’ll submit my write up through TalnetEd. We do not need to meet, but I’d be happy to meet with folks if you’d like.

• Formal Observations – I’ll email probationary teachers a date to observe a reading lesson sometime next month. We’ll do a pre conference the day before the observation and a post conference sometime (hopefully) soon after.

• Educator Goals – Probationary teachers are supposed to have two SMART Goals and one professional goal. Since the state is pushing “Care & Connection” this year feel free to make ALL three goals about SEL, morning meetings, building community, and not focused around academics and testing data. HR provided a SEL Goal Template and a Technology Goal Template you may use if you’d like, but also let me know if you’d like any help or want to bounce any ideas around.

• Calling Office by Intercom (send a runner or adult do the talking) – If you have an emergency in your classroom, you can call the office by phone or the intercom, but know that if you use the intercom it is very difficult to understand student voices. If you need to relay something quickly, it’s likely faster to send a student to the office or for the teacher to talk/yell across the room into the intercom if you’re unable to call.

• Autodialer Attendance Calls – As an FYI, downtown is finally starting the autodialer tardy call to families this week, which will hopefully lessen the number of tardies we’re currently seeing, which seems unusually high. Absent calls started last week.

• Learning for All Update/Pause – There’s currently a pause on all district ACT PD until at least January, but the Learning for All PD is indefinitely postponed for the year. If you want more details, see the linked SSD Email.

• Smithsonian Resources for Teaching and Learning – The Smithsonian Institution and PBS have teamed up to make extensive materials available online. Check out this link for free PK-12 resources on coral reefs, ocean ecosystems, air and space exploration, African-American history and culture, and more.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

October 18 (M)
SPED/PD Staff Room Duty
No School — Teacher Work Day
8:30-9:25, KG Data Team (C04)
9:00-2:05, Optional Teacher & EA Tech Support Sessions (Zoom)
9:35-10:30, 1st Grade Data Team (C04)
10:40-11:35, 2nd Grade Data Team (C04)
11:40-12:25, 3rd Grade Data Team (C04)
1:10-2:05, 4th Grade Data Team (C04)
2:15-3:10, 5th Grade Data Team (C04)
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting

October 19 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 20 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 21 (H)
4:03-6:30, Allan to Conscious Discipline PD (Zoom)

October 22 (F)
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)

October 25 (M)
Office/Library/Music Staff Room Duty
4:30-6:00, Health Insurance In Retirement Presentation (Zoom)

October 26 (T)
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)

October 27 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

October 28 (H)
2:45-3:25, IPBS Team Meeting (Library)
4:00-6:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

October 29 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Dress-Up Day!

Have a good 4-day week, everyone!

Allan

October 11, 2021

Hey Holt Bolts,

Here’s your good news for the week. Teachers and school staff can get a free Thank You Meal starting Monday through Friday at McDonald’s during breakfast hours! The McGriddle is sadly not on the list, but you can get a FREE sandwich with hash browns and a medium coffee. Just show a school ID!

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three Staffing Updates:

• SPED Classified Changes – SSD partway through last week transferred Ganell from our CLC to Spencer Butte Middle School to work in their Learning Center. Taking her place is a new SSD hire, Dylan Johnson, who is set to start this Wednesday.

• COVID Utility EA (Rosie Lenker) – Our new COVID Utility EA started last week, but I told everyone the wrong first name. I shared her legal name and not her preferred name, which is is Rosie, so please welcome Rosie to the team!

• Potential District Staffing Shifts – Downtown emailed the following to principals on Friday, which sounds like they may be shuffling teachers to balance class sizes:

Variance in class size – We continue to have some large class sizes across our elementary schools and the luxury of some small classes. We will be revisiting building staffing allocations following the impact of the October 18 vaccine mandate to address any teacher shortages or to ameliorate our large classes across the district.

• Leadership Plan Meeting, Wednesday @2:45– This Wednesday at 2:45 in the library, I’ll hold an optional meeting for any licensed staff interested in drafting a third Leadership Plan scenario for staff to consider. As discussed at last week’s Staff Meeting, this plan will separate the Leadership Team from the Leadership Plan, redistributing those 7 days. In this scenario, staff taking on extra leadership duties will be compensated in the Leadership Plan and the Leadership Team will be a voluntary committee, similar to those who volunteer to be on PBIS, Safety or other teams and committees. If you’re unable to attend this meeting, but wish to share your thoughts, let me know before Wednesday. I’ll plan to share the new draft with all staff following this meeting.

• PAHS Potluck Lunch This Friday! – Our fabulous parent group is planning a Staff Appreciation Potluck for staff this Friday, so be on the lookout for some good food to be delivered by 10:00!

• Conference Reminders – Conferences will be Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 3:25-7:25 and Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 8:00-8:00 (minimally in 15 minute blocks), with no school that Thursday for Veterans Day or on Friday for the comp day . Once you have your conference schedule, share a copy of it with the office for when parents call the office forgetting their times. One option for scheduling conference is Calendly, which SJ shared at last week’s Staff Meeting, which will email parents the Zoom links and also reminders of their scheduled meeting time. If you need a translator, let me know the date, time, and Zoom link and I’ll put in a request for a district translator to join your Zoom. Still no answer from downtown if teachers may telework or not during conferences. Jenny and I will also keep you posted if Title 1 Compacts will be a Google Form or paper.

• District Calendar Updates – Three items of note:

• October 15th – Work Day – Now that all building and district PD (not including Data Teams) is paused through at least January, this Friday is all yours for planning and prep. The Tech PD on accessing the pre-made Seesaw and Nearpod lessons at 9:00 on Friday is now optional (watch for forthcoming Zoom links). See the linked District Email and Principal Email for additional details.

• October 18th – Work Day – Teachers are to receive at least 5.5 hours of planning time this day, but I’m not planning to hold any meetings this day unless something comes up.

• November 5 & 19 – Downtown has said Friday, November 5th and 19th, teachers will have an additional hour of prep time to compensate for missed prep time on November 12 and 26. If you’re asking yourself, “Weren’t all PLCs and PDs already cancelled these days?” I was wondering the same thing.

• School Bus PBIS & Positive Slips – Bus drivers have their own version of a PBIS positive slip, which teachers should honor just the same as our Zap Tickets for weekly drawings and such. Below is an example of the Bus Positive Slip.

• REMINDER: Set Up Your Voicemail – If you haven’t already, by this Friday set up your 4J voicemail. See the linked 4J Phone Voicemail Manual or this Quick Start Voice Mail User Guide for how to set it up. If you have questions, please contact Brian at 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu

• REMINDER: K-5 iPad Cart Survey (and Allan speculation) – If you haven’t already, classroom teachers should complete the K-5 iPad Cart Survey James Grubic sent to all elementary teachers last week, which will help downtown identify what teachers need. What wasn’t said in that email, rumor has it they are considering allowing us to keep iPads at school instead of having kids take them home every night.

• REMINDER: On Time Recess Pick-Up – Teachers, be sure to pick students up on time from recess. Most EAs are scheduled to leave the playground right at the end of recess.

• 4J TAG Updates – If you’re interested, principals and building TAG Coordinators were sent the 4J October TAG Newsletter and an email about Fall TAG Testing. The short version is schools sign up for a testing block and that’s when we test any TAG referrals.

• ELA Adoption Updates – Another if-you’re-interested item, I volunteered to be the Sheldon Admin rep for the K-5 ELA adoption because I’m nosy and like to be in-the-know, so if you’re curious, here is the Adoption Committee Handouts last week. I had a link to the slide show, but that link is no longer sharable. I did grab a screenshot of the four programs being considered, which are ARC Core, EL Education K-5 Language Arts, Wit & Wisdom, and Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA).

• SSD Updates for Principals – One last only-if-you’re-interested item, SSD shared the following SSD Slide Show Updates covering various SPED related topics.

• United Way Ruby Bridges-Hall Event – Save the Date – United Way is organizing a virtual event with Ruby Bridges-Hall, happening 10:00-10:30 on Thursday, October 28th, specifically for Lane County students and schools. There will be a 10-minute presentation, and 20-minute Q&A session led by students. Linked here is the Event Flyer. As you likely know, Ruby Bridges helped launch the desegregation of New Orleans public schools at the age of 6, in 1960. The event theme is “the power of using your voice for racial justice.” There will be more to come soon regarding this opportunity.

 

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

October 11 (M)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
9:00, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

October 12 (T)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Library)
4:00-6:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

October 13 (W)
2:45-3:25, Optional Leadership Plan Meeting (Library)

October 14 (H)
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

October 15 (F)
No School — Planning Day
8:00-2:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Roosevelt MS)
9:00-10:00, Optional District Tech Webinar – Pre-made Nearpod and Seesaw lessons (Zoom)
10:00, PAHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon Delivered (Staff Room)

October 18 (M)
No School — Teacher Work Day
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
4:00-4:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting

October 19 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 20 (W)
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 21 (H)
Regular Day

October 22 (F)
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)

 

And if you missed it on KEZI last week, Holt is now TV news file footage! They did a story on Oregon ‘Care and Connection’ Campaign Eases Return to In-Person Learning and reused footage from when they came out the first day of school. Check out the video below and feel free to share it with students.

Have a good 4-day week everyone!

Allan

 

October 4, 2021

 

Howdy Holt Bolts,

The above meme has been floating around quite a bit this past week, but also keep in mind it’s been 3 years since staff have had a normal school year. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves!

Seventeen items of note for this week:

• PBIS Updates – From your PBIS team. Please review to understand process and procedures this year.

ZAPS
• Green tickets given to student for following a rule, showing kindness, etc
• Frequency: A LOT – give these out!!
• Tickets are placed in the red spinner by the teacher
• Name and room number need to be written legibly.
• During weekly announcements on Mondays, Allan will announce winners from the drawing. (2 students from each grade)
• ZAP’S may also be drawn at an Assembly.
• Some ZAPS have an Electra Instant Winner and those students can instantly pick a Prize (see the office schedule below)
• Students are given a menu of choices for their prize (in the office). More info on menu below.

ORANGE TICKETS
• Given to a class for doing an exceptional job – walking quietly, helping out, listening, etc
• Frequency: as needed but we are trying to earn the prize each month
• Tickets are placed on the Orange You Fantastic wall by teacher (Wall is by the Calming Room)
• When the school earns a particular amount (50 right now) they earn a prize. They are earning an extra recess at this time.
• Sometimes we will work together as a whole school and sometimes by class in which the teacher can choose the reward.
• Allan will announce what prize we are earning and Kim will send out an email to remind teachers as well

HOLT BOLT AWARD
• Given to an individual for outstanding demonstration of character that goes above and beyond just following rules
• Frequency: this is a VERY SPECIAL award that is not given all the time.
• Student receives a certificate to go home

PRIZE MENU
• We know that trinket prizes have some impact and certainly bring happiness to students for a short period of time.
• We also know that experiential rewards can have a longer period of positive reinforcement and the district is moving that direction.
• ZAP winners will go to the office to pick out one of these “non-tangible” prizes at the office. PRIZE COUPON You can use this link to show students what they can earn if their name is drawn.
• Ideas for additional rewards are more than welcome
• OFFICE SCHEDULE: 9 AM and 2 PM (Fridays until 12 PM). No more than 2 students at a time.

GOLDEN TICKET TABLE
• Working within the COVID guidelines for tracking and our capacity to provide the Golden Ticket Table, the following is a starting approach that may be adapted as go along.
• The GOLDEN TICKET is a prize option on the PRIZE COUPON list for the ZAP drawing each Monday.
• The GOLDEN TICKET table is available on Fridays.
• The ZAP drawing will include 2 students from each grade who can choose from the PRIZE COUPON list. If they choose the GOLDEN TICKET, they can choose (2) friends to eat with them at the GOLDEN TICKET TABLE on that Friday. They will also be released first to go to recess.
• GOLDEN TICKETS can only be earned this way. We are not able to accommodate other options (like turning in 10 ZAPS) due to the tracking necessary for COVID.

• October 15th PD Update – I shared last week the PD plan for this day was, “Professional Development (5.5 hours), Guest speaker – Race/Equity, SEL Building Specific, Teacher Planning Day” so I asked for details at a last week’s principal meeting and found out downtown got busy did not scheduled a guest speaker and instead are doing a 1-hour district tech webinar and turning the rest of the day over to principals. The ELA adoption committee is meeting, so I won’t be in the building to lead any PD (I’m sure you’re devastated), so the plan for the day will be:

8:00-9:00, Team Collaboration
9:00-10:00, Tech Webinar – Pre-made Nearpod and Seesaw lessons
10:00-12:00, Team Collaboration
12:00-12:30, Lunch
12:30-2:00, Team Collaboration
2:00-4:00, Prep

For collaboration team, teams can choose what’s useful for you; planning lessons for students on quarantine (since TOSAs are no longer providing canned lessons), review the library of pre-made Seesaw and Nearpod lessons, begin looking at fall benchmark data, or other tasks useful to your team. I’ll add this to Tuesday’s Staff Meeting agenda to make sure this plan works for folks. I’ll keep you posted if downtown changes anything.

• Monday Announcements Begin This Week – I’ll do announcements this Monday at 8:00, announcing Zapp Winners, the Pledge of Allegiance, and reminders of upcoming events. We have auditions for student announcers this week, so hopefully we’ll have kiddos doing it soon!

• School Picture Day, WEDNESDAY – Shared earlier, lined here is the Picture Day Schedule. Grade levels have been assigned times and teams should decide who takes which of your grade level spots (or if you want us to choose, we can do that too). A few classes had to be given specific times to work around specialists.

• Quarantine Student Lesson Option– I heard another idea one principal gave teachers for students in quarantine. Since the direction states “Teachers send the essential components of their daily in class learning and activities as a Seesaw assignment.” one school has teachers simply sending that day’s Journeys story and/or activity through ThinkCentral and the LearnZillion video for that day’s lesson. Other options shared earlier are using the TOSA created 10-day lessons, which are good through October 15th (found on the 4J Student Quarantine Extended Absences K-5 doc) or sending out the Monthly Library Choice Board from District Librarian Amy Page.

• Site Council Reps – Our first Site Council Meeting of the year is next week. There are 5 licensed reps and 3 classified rep positions. Rep positions are 2-year terms, though I don’t recall who was on year-one or year-two, but I do know we have at least one classified and one licensed rep opening. There were only two classified reps last year and Kristina was one of the licensed reps. If other reps can let me know if you are on year-one or year-two, we can decide how many open positions we have. Classified reps were Jackie and Lisa. Licensed reps were Geoff, Jenny, Kristina, Leslie , and Liz. I’ll add this to the Tuesday Staff Meeting Agenda as a check-in item.

• Classified Meetings are Back! – I’d originally had these on the calendar for the first Friday of each month, but then took them off when Friday PDs got scheduled on top of them, but since those on pause I’ve added Classified Staff Meetings back to the calendar, though it’ll be the second Friday for October. See a separate email for that agenda.

• 2019-2020 Mandatory Elementary School Bus Safety Training – The state requires all students, even non-bus riders, to receive instructions on bus safety before the end of December 2021. Linked here is a Bus Training Info Sheet (English and Spanish) and Emergency Exits Handout sent to principals, but all classroom teachers need to do is show a bus safety video. There’s the  Newer Bus Evacuation Training Video or the quaint 1990s relic The Safest Way Out. Teachers then let me know the date you showed the video for the report I have to submit to Transportation.

• Walk+Roll to School Day, WEDNESDAY – Get your students pumped for our first Walk & Roll to School Day! All students are encourage to walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school. If they live a long way from school, they could try parking a ten minute walk from school and walking the rest of the way. Older students can walk on their own. Younger students will need to walk or bike with an adult. The goal is to reduce traffic and pollution around our school and to promote physical activity for students. Students who ride the bus are doing their part by participating in the biggest carpool of all.

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• Kyla Lenker (COVID Utility EA) – Kyla is set to start this Wednesday. She’ll work out of the Calming Room with Kim and Max.

• Emergency Sub Licenses – Classified subs now only need a high school diploma, so if you know of anyone interested in applying for the sub pool, please refer them to the 4J Jobs website.

• TalentEd Professional Goals – There’s been talk by downtown about reducing TalentEd tasks, so I’m going to ask at the principals’ meeting on Monday if licensed goals are required or not. If they are required, I’ll schedule a time for a group of interested teachers to come up with optional building goals teachers can use if they want. Stay tuned.

• Safety Week Feedback – Let me know if you have any feedback that would make any drill we did last week go smoother, whether it’s changing around evacuation lines, flow exiting the building, or anything else.

• 4J Nutrition Services Updates – This Nutrition Services Update was shared with principals in response to last minute menu changes. The short version is there are supply chain issues and menus are having to unexpectedly change when items aren’t getting delivered. The other piece of info is they are not taking any requests from buildings at this time while they sort through their current set of problems (I was one of the troublemakers who last week contacted them about bringing back chocolate milk for kids).

• Student iPads Potentially Staying at School – Principals got fired up last week about having to send home iPads daily and the issues it’s creating. In response, downtown is now looking at how best to address these issues. More to follow.

• Updated 4J COVID Reporting Process – If you’re interested, the linked COVID Reporting Email and Docs were sent to principals and office staff regarding how and when to report suspected COVIC cases. The short version is we report if a student is COVID positive or has been a close contact to someone who is COVID positive, but we DO NOT report if a student has primary COVID symptoms or if a student is taking a COVID test and does not have any symptoms.

• Taking Small Steps Toward Equity – It can be difficult to know how to keep going with equity work, but starting with culturally responsive teaching is helpful in getting past, “Okay, I get it… what do I do now?” See this Edutopia Article for ideas on diversifying explicit the curriculum as well as diversifying implicit curriculum. Making small changes can make a big difference.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

October 4 (M)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

October 5 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 6 (W)
Walk+Roll to School Day
8:00-1:00, School Pictures (Gym)2:45-3:45, Asynchronous Content Prep Time
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 7 (H)
4:00-5:30, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)
5:30,6:30, 4J Virtual Job Fair (Zoom)

October 8 (F)
1:25-2:25, Asynchronous Content Prep Time
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)

October 11 (M)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
9:00, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

October 12 (T)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Library)
4:00-6:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Zoom)

October 13 (W)
2:45-3:45, Asynchronous Content Prep Time

October 14 (H)
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

October 15 (F)
No School — Professional Development/Planning Day
8:00-2:00, Allan to ELA Adoption Meeting (Roosevelt MS)
8:00-9:00, Team Collaboration
9:00-10:00, Tech Webinar – Pre-made Nearpod and Seesaw lessons
10:00-12:00, Team Collaboration
12:00-12:30, Lunch
12:30-2:00, Team Collaboration
2:00-4:00, Prep

Have a good week, y’all!

Allan

 

September 27, 2021

 

Greetings Holt Staff,

Nineteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Four staffing updates:

• Michael Larsen (CLC Teacher) – Regular Holt sub, Michael Larsen is taking Kristina’s spot at our CLC Teacher. Michael has a Masters Degree in Special Education and prior to teaching worked as a CLC EA. To help with the transition, Michael will start on Monday and will overlap with Kristina through her last day on September 30th.

• Max Taylor (Behavior EA) – Max was hired as our new Behavior EA and started last Friday. He recently graduated from the UO with a Sociology Degree and has experience working as an office assistant at Chavez.

• Kyla Lenker (Utility COVID EA) – Kyla joins us as our Utility COVID EA. She has an Elementary Education degree and most recently worked as an EA in Junction City. Before that she worked as an inclusion specialist with middle to college-aged individuals experiencing DD. Kyla has an intake meeting with HR later this week and should be able to start soon after.

• Student Office Assistant (Anna Moore) – Sheldon High School student and former Holt student Anna Moore will be our new Student Office Assistant. We’re still working out her exact hours and start date, but she should be starting soon.

Please welcome these fine folks to Team Holt. Go, Bolts!

• Walk+Roll to School Day – Not this week, but next week on Wednesday, October 6th is Walk & Roll Day! Please encourage your students to walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school. If students live a long way from school, they can try parking a ten minute walk from school and walking the rest of the way. The goal is to reduce traffic and pollution around our school and to promote physical activity for our students.

• Rainy Day Arrival Plan – This is Oregon, so we’re only going to do the rainy day arrival plan if it’s an downpour. However, if we do get a downpour, here where grade level cohorts will be stationed and who will be supervising:

5th Grade – Covered Area (Connie & Iris)

4th Grade – Gym (Ben & Tasha)
• Enters through gym doors on blacktop

3rd Grade – Cafeteria – (Marilyn, Max, Alex)
• Enters through gym doors by bike rack
• 2 in cafeteria one at gym doors

2nd grade – Library (Robbie, Annie, Jackie)
• Enters through 2nd grade door and walks to library
• Robbie in Library, Annie at door, Jackie at K-2 intersection

Kinder & 1st Grade – K-1 Hallway (Cheryl, Wendy)

*Outside – Kim, Allan, Darla directing traffic flow
*Breakfast carts at each station for handing out breakfast

AT BELL all stations stay in area until released to avoid mixing cohorts
• K-1 and 2nd graders in Library released first
• 5th grade enters through 2nd grade door
• 3rd released
• 4th released

• Updated Inside Recess Supervision Plan – Related to the above, linked here is the Updated Supervision Schedule, which includes a revised inside recess supervision schedule for where recess supervisors are stationed.

• COVID & Quarantine Updates – Holt has not had any positive staff or students at school yet, but it’s only a matter of time before we a class or groups of students and/or staff have to quarantine while we contact trace. Talking to other principals who’ve had to do this, please take note:

• COVID Cleaning Update – I asked at a principals’ meeting about the discrepancy between what custodians were told and what’s in the district COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan and the COVID-19 Infection Prevention Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols. I’m not totally satisfied with the answer since I still see discrepancies, but an email from the custodial manager said the plans and practices are aligned.

• Seating Charts to Allan ASAP – If you have not already, give me your seating chart as soon as possible. This also goes for PE, Music, Title, and SPED groups. Paper or electronic copies are fine.

• 6-feet apart if you don’t want to quarantine – If you have a COVID positive student, any student who were within 6-feet of them for for 15-minutes cumulative time over the day will also need to quarantine. This also applies to staff, so keep yourself and students 6-feet apart whenever you can if you want to avoid dealing with quarantines.

• Do staff quarantine after a close contact? – If a staff member is fully vaccinated and was identified as a close contact, they DO NOT need to quarantine unless they are presenting COVID symptoms (Fever > 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, chills, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell) and continue work as normal.

• How long do students quarantine after a close contact? – When kids are quarantined individually either through exposure at school or at home, they cannot return for 14 days.

• What happens when an entire class has to quarantine? – Linked here is the full doc of What happens when a positive case has been identified? but here is the short version:

Day 1 – Asynchronous lessons from classroom teacher
Day 2+ (if necessary) – Synchronous lessons from classroom teacher, following the K-5 Connect Schedule
Day 3 – Students NOT identified as close contacts return for in-person learning

• What happens when individual students have to quarantine? – Also on the What happens when a positive case has been identified? doc is this full answer, but below is the short version:

1. Teachers send parents the Family Quarantine Letter (edited to fit how you are sharing lessons).

2. Teachers provide students lessons by either Option A: Send the essential components of your daily in class learning and activities as a Seesaw assignment or Option B: Until Oct 15, assign students the pre-made lessons created by TOSAs (linked on the above doc).

3. Students may access a district teacher (not their brick and mortar teacher) during office hours (links and times are in the above doc).

4. Communicate and collaborate with case manager for any student on an IEP or 504 or ELD.

• Student Quarantine Extended Absences K-5 – A longer more detailed version of the above is described in the Grades K-5 Student Quarantine & Extended Absence Process I shared last week. The following Teacher Quarantine Flow Chart has also been created to assist teachers with this process, which includes details on preparing students now before a quarantine, what happens for a whole class quarantine, and for individual student quarantines.

• How do I know if a student is on quarantine? – I shared this earlier, but as a reminder, if a student has a little grey house next to their name on your Synergy seating chart, that student is on quarantine. District contact tracers are sometimes slow to update this, so just ask myself or office staff if you’re wondering about a particular situation. 

• DUE: Classified & Licensed Self Assessment & Goals – All staff, both classified and licensed, need to complete a self assessment in TalentEd by September 30th. Licensed staff need to also complete a Goals Development Form by October 30th, which later next month we can develop some optional building goals people can use.

For the self reflection ratings, how I evaluate staff on the 1 – 4 scale is a 3 is the target. If you’re a 3 (Effective), you’d doing a solid job. If you’re a 4 (Exemplary), you should be going around the school district teaching other staff that area. A 2 (Area for Growth) is not necessarily a bad thing. It just mean there is room for improvement. For myself, I can think of lots of areas I know I can get better at.

• iPad Charging Options – If teachers want a charing stating in your classroom Brian got his hands on some extra chargers and there are a couple options:

• COW Cart w/Chargers – Long term, I think we’ll be able to keep iPads at school and won’t be required to send them home daily, so COW carts are probably the best long term solution. Brian can wire a cart with about 5-chargers for now (chargers are on backorder and can be fully wired up with chargers later).

• Power Strip w/Chargers – Short term, if you’re tight on classroom space right now, a power strip with 5 chargers hooked up might work better for now. If you’d like this option, also let me know how long of a cord you’ll want for your power strip.

Teachers should let me know if you’d like one of these options.

• Second Step Tips – In addition to the digital resources I shared last week (let me know if you didn’t get access), each grade level should have at least one physical kit, as well as the bullying prevention unit materials. Let me know if you are missing anything. 4J Behavior Specialist Shasta Quigley shared the following Second Steps resources:

Getting Started:
How the Program Works Scroll to the bottom of the page for the 8 minute walkthrough

VIDEO: Program Walkthrough Overview of the teacher dashboard, how to create classes and online resources and lessons

Other Links:
K-5 Digital Scope & Sequence
Pacing Guide for a 20 week sequence. Includes information on length of lessons

• Site Based Safety Committee – 4J has been out of compliance regarding state requirements for building Safety Committees. Myself, Kim, and Darla will make up the team, but I wanted to open it up to anyone else who would like to join. Linked here is a Safety Committee Email from Brooke Wagner with a description of committee and committee member obligations. Let me know by the end of the week if you’d like to join or if you have any questions.

• Friday Afternoons – I shared earlier that I’m pushing pause on Wednesday and Friday PD/PLCs, but downtown officially told principals October 1st should be 1-hour of protected prep and the remaining time in the afternoon should be protected for teachers to create asynchronous content that can be used by students in quarantine.

• Student Birthday Treats – I’m putting this in Monday’s Quick News, but for health and safety reasons we cannot allow families to send swag bags or gifts to students on someone’s birthday. We can allow pre-packaged foods, such as store-bought cupcakes, popsicles, or individually packaged treats.

• Chairs Up at End of Day – A reminder to staff, please have students put chairs up at the end of the day.

• October 15th PD – A few people have ask what the plan is for the Friday, October 15th PD Day. All that’s been shared with principals is “Professional Development (5.5 hours), Guest speaker – Race/Equity, SEL Building Specific, Teacher Planning Day.” So now you know as much as I do.

• Highly Qualified recruitment change for SPED EAs – To open up the classified candidate pool, HR Emailed principal they are no longer requiring applicants for SPED EA vacancies to meet HQ standards, which is a minimum two years of college. I’ve heard rumors this may soon apply to general EA positions as well, so if you know of anyone good out there who couldn’t apply for position before that they should do so now, whether it’s for a permanent job or as a sub. UPDATE: HR Emailed principals Sunday that beginning immediately, ALL educational assistant candidates who are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent, will be referred to hiring administrators for consideration.

• Licensed Rover SubsHR Emailed principals they have hired 5 “rover” subs who will fill any unfilled sub jobs, which have been rampant across 4J. They plan to hire 5 more. If there are days where there are no unfilled licensed sub jobs, they’ll be assigned to any unfilled classified sub jobs.

• REPEAT: Safety Week, THIS WEEK – Safety Week is this week. See the schedule below and see the Sept. 13, 2021 Announcements for details.

• Monday – Directed Evacuation (i.e. Fire Drill) – 1:45
• Tuesday – Lockdown Drill – 8:35
• Wednesday – No Drill or Weather Make-Up Day
• Thursday – Room Clear – Time decided by teachers
• Friday – Earthquake/Fire Drill – 8:35

Please let me know if you do not have a manual or if you have any questions or suggestions.

• REPEAT: SELCO’s Educator Grants, Due THURSDAY – SELCO’s SPARK! Creative Learning Grant Program is now accepting applications for projects up to $1,000 that inspire curiosity, make learning accessible, and spark something new. Applications are due September 30.

• REPEAT: EEF Grant Applications DUE NEXT WEEKEEF Grant Application are due Friday next week. No one has brought a grant to me yet, so unless someone tells me this week they want to submit a grant, I’ll plan to recycle some old grants for books, PBIS stuff, and various supplies.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

September 27 (M)
Safety Week
Allan turns 50 and get’s a discount a Denny’s!
8:10, Allan Reading to Class
9:00, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:05, Allan Reading to Class
1:45, Fire Drill
2:35, Sunshine Committee Meeting (Library)

September 28 (T)
8:25, Lockout Drill
2:45-3:25, IPBS Meeting (Library)

September 29 (W)
No Drill or Weather Make-Up Day
2:45-3:25, PLC Meetings – Repurposed for Leadership Plan Discussion (Library)
4:00-5:00, Allan to 4J Data Team Meeting (Zoom)

September 30 (H)
Room Clear Drill – Time decided by teachers
2:45, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)

October 1 (F)
8:35, Earthquake/Fire Drill
1:25-2:25, Asynchronous Content Prep Time

October 4 (M)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

October 5 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 6 (W)
Picture Day
Walk+Roll to School Day
2:45-3:45, Asynchronous Content Prep Time
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 7 (H)
Regular Day

October 8 (F)
1:25-2:25, Asynchronous Content Prep Time

Two weeks down, thirty-four to go! Have a good week, everyone!

Allan