P.D.

May 9, 2022

 

Hi Everyone,

My 91-year-old father-in-law had to go to the hospital Friday afternoon and has been in the ICU with intestinal bleeding since then, so I didn’t get as much time to get school work done this weekend as normal. He’s stable now and I hope to get the Site Council agenda and Draft School Improvement Plan out by Monday, as well as a draft plan to Leadership for the 22-23 Class List Process. Stay tuned!

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing & Expo Updates – Four updates:

• 0.5 SPED Position – Whitney Oliver has been hired as our 0.5 SPED Teacher (shared with 0.5 SPED at Gilham). She’s an experienced special education teacher who is currently the CLC teacher at Chavez. She had excellent references and should make a great addition to our school! Please welcome Whitney to to Team Holt!

• 1.0 SPED Interviews Friday – Our 1.0 SPED Teaching job was not filled at the Expo, but Kelsey and are conducting interviews this Friday at 1:30 to try to hire someone from the 4J Early Hire Pool. Let me know if any of you would like to volunteer your time to join us.

• 2nd Grade Interviews Thursday – Our two 2nd grade classroom positions are also both unfilled. HR wants us to interview some of their early hire candidates before posting externally (I do know of some strong external candidates), so I’m conducting interviews this Thursday at 2:30. Let me know if you’d like to join me for these interviews.

• New School Nurse – Please welcome our new school nurse, Jill Klinko. He schedule isn’t set just yet, but we are sharing her with and Cal Young, so she’ll hopefully be there three days a week like our prior school nurses. Please welcome Jill to the team!

• Region Equity Manager Visit Tuesday – Alma Reyes Guillen, the Sheldon Region Equity Manager emailed principals she is planning to visit all schools in our region this week. She’s visiting Holt on Tuesday at 11:00, so don’t be surprised if you see her in your classroom or around the school.

• Friday PD – Watch for a separate email for this Friday’s PD, which will be async so I can conduct SPED teacher interviews.

• Bruce Hale, Virtual Author Visit, May 17th – Author of the Clark the Shark series of books, Bruce Hale, is doing a virtual author visit at Holt on Tuesday, May 17th at 1:10. I don’t have a Zoom link but will add it to the calendar once I get it. We’ve ordered some books for the library by Bruce, so hopefully we’ll get those this week. If you’d like to get kids excited, he has on his website some Fun Activities and Curriculum Tie-ins.

• Holt Bolt, Thursday, May 19th – The Holt Bolt is on the calendar for Thursday, May 19th at the following times:

K/1/2, 8:45-9:45
3/4/5, 10:30-11:30

The event this year is a “Fun Run” and not a fundraiser. PAHS is going to test out a new digital tool for counting laps, where all students will have a QR code sticker, which volunteer will scan with an app on their phones that keeps track of all participating students. If it works well, we may try it for the Fundraiser Holt Bolt next school year. Students will run around the building. We’ll have a map we will share soon. There will be prizes (TBA on details) and also Otter Pops (or something similar) for kids at the end of the event. There will also be t-shirts for all students and staff! This is my first jog-a-thon at Holt, so let me know if I’m missing anything or if you have any questions.

• CORRECTION (times were swapped): Field Day, Wednesday, June 15th – Holt’s annual end-of-year Field Day will be Wednesday, June 15th. Grades 3-5 will be 8:45-10:15. Grades K-2 will be 12:00-1:30. Linked here is the 2022 Field Day Plan, including station direction, where classes will start, and map of the stations. Thank you, Alex, for coordinating all of this!

• COVID Updates – Two COVID updates:

• When to Stay Home w/Symptoms – We are almost back to regular-times standards for when staff need to stay home, which is fever or vomiting. The only new wrinkle is if you have symptoms on the COVID list you need to have a negative test, which I can administer to you here at school. The HR COVID person said staff, “need to stay home if they are sick – that goes without question. If it is congestion and runny nose, and they test negative they can come to work. As always, they must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to work (if they had a fever).” COVID symptoms are:

• Fever of 100.4º or higher
• Chills
• Cough (non-persistent, dry coughs are okay, but congested coughs are not)
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

• iHealth Rapid Test Expiration Dates – If families ask about the expiration date on the iHealth tests that were sent home with all students, the date have been extended to 9 months instead of the 6 currently listed on the boxes. Also, the date is likely to be extended to 12 months. Also, we still have extra tests if you know of any families needing rapid tests.

• G.I. Outbreak Update – Unfortunately the barfing continues, so we aren’t able to lift the LCPH safety measures just yet. Keep washing those hands!

• ELA Adoption Update – The ELA Adoption Team meet last Friday to review their independent scoring of the two pilot programs. If you’re interested in seeing the final scores, see the linked LA/ Literacy Materials Adoption Pilot Wrap Up & Celebrations Slide Show. I checked in with Robin S. and she said the team is moving forward with recommending Wit & Wisdom for adoption.

• TSPC PDU/PEER Form Temp Change – TSPC is suspending PDU Reporting through the end of next year, December 2023. HR is not requiring licensed staff to turn anything in, but continue to track PDUs, since you’ll need to have those ready for any renewals for January 2024 and beyond (if nothing else changes). Let me know if you have any questions on this.

• Self-Harm Event Recording – Linked here is the Self-Harm Video Recording from the community event about self-harm that was held April 25th at Sheldon. It could be a good resource if families reach out about self-harming behaviors.

• Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities – May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. If you are looking for activities to recognize the challenges the AAPI community has faced and celebrate their part in the American story, see these resources at Houghton Mifflin, NEA, Education Northwest, and the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website.

• 5 Super Common End-of-Year Behavior Issues (Plus How to Address Them!) – This WeAreTeachers Article was already shared by Kim, but I wanted to highlight it. Excessive talking, incomplete work, defiance, drama, and no motivation. Read on for tips how to handle these situations.

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

May 9 (M)
Yellow Day
ELD/Speech/Title/Counselor Staff Room Duty
TAG Testing Window Opens
8:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS, ELA PT
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, ELA CAT

May 10 (T)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS, ELA PT
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, ELA CAT
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00-7:00, Conscious Discipline Parent Night (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, ACE Awards Celebration (Facebook)

May 11 (W)
School Nurse Day (Office)
8:30-1:30, Allan to Superintendent Interviews (Ed Center)
9:00-11:00, Allan skipping Elem Principals’ Meeting
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS, ELA PT
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, ELA CAT
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Zoom)

May 12 (H)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS, ELA PT
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, ELA CAT
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
2:30-4:30, 2nd Grade Interviews (In-Person & Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

May 13 (F)
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, ELA CAT
1:30-2:25, Friday PD
1:30-3:30, SPED Teacher Interviews (In-Person & Zoom)

May 16 (M)
SPED/PE Staff Room Duty
8:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – ELA CAT
11:00-12:00, 4th Grade O Heroes Program Visit
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, Math CAT
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

May 17 (T)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – Math CAT
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, Math CAT
1:10-2:10, Bruce Hale, Virtual Author Visit (Zoom)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

May 18 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – Math CAT
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, Math CAT
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
7:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

May 19 (H)
8:45-9:45, K-2 Holt Bolt
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – Math CAT
10:30-11:30, 3-5 Holt Bolt
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, Math CAT

May 20 (F)
11:30-12:30, 5th Grade OSAS, Math CAT
1:30-2:25, Friday PD

Just 27.5 kid days left. Here’s a link to some Summer Countdown Actives to relish your final days with your kids. You’ve got this, people!

Allan

 

April 25, 2022

Hello Holt Bolts,

This Wednesday is Administrative Professional’s Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day, so a HUGE shout out to our AMAZING front office staff, Melanie and Sharon! Be sure to let them know how appreciated they are, because we all know that the above image is true.

And if you need a reminder that Holt is a pretty great school, I had two different visitors on two different days last week remark how Holt has such a welcoming, positive, and calm feel to it compared to other schools they’ve been. This is a nice reminder since it’s sometimes easy to lose perspective, especially this time of year when it’s easy to get frustrated with things, so although you may not always realize it, you all have created a pretty rad school here!

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• Expo Updates – Shared at last week’s Staff Meeting, SJ took at job at Adams and Ashley Wolf took a job at Gilham. Since that announcement, Elizabeth Cobb is moving into the 3rd grade vacancy, which means Holt will have two 2nd openings and 1.5 SPED openings at this week’s Job Expo.

• COVID Utility EA Update – Rosie is no longer with 4J, so we will have subs in this position for the remainder of the year since building are not be staffed with COVID Utility EAs next school year. Our sub from this past week, Carol Eicher, has agreed to be our regular sub for the remainder of the school year Mondays through Thursdays, so please welcome Carol to Team Holt!

• REPEAT: Allan Out MONDAY – I’m attending a COSA Conference and will be out of the building this Monday, but I’ve asked the Monroe principal, Sun Saeteurn, to be on call if anything out of the ordinary comes up.

• UPDATE: Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – We got rained out last week, so we’ll try again for this Tuesday at 1:10. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser THURSDAY – Kona Ice it coming to Holt this Thursday at dismissal, so remember,  shave ice is always free to all staff members! Remind your students and start thinking about what flavor you want (Lavender Lemonade is my fav)!

• K/1 Hearing Screening, THURSDAY & FRIDAY (hallway closed) – Kindergarten and 1st grade students have their hearing screening this Thursday and Friday. UO speech language pathologists will run the tests out of the Speech and ELD classroom, which means classes should not use this hallways as an entrance/exit Thursday and Friday during testing, which is scheduled for the following times:

Thursday
10:30-11:00 Barton
11:30-12:00 Harmon
12:00-12:30 Seno

Friday
8:30-9:00 Gulewich
9:30-10:00 Vaughan
10:00-10:30 Cobb
10:30-11:00 Gori
11:30-12:00 Stimler

• Holt Spirit Day – Wacky Wear Day, FRIDAY! – Start planning your outfits for this Friday’s Wacky Wear Day! Get your kids pumped and don’t forget to log onto the Virtual Assembly at 7:40.

At the assembly we’ll play a game of Pictionary and are also presenting a special Holt Hero Award, which I’m told was something put into place pre-pandemic, but hasn’t been used yet. For folks like me who weren’t here for that discussion, linked here is the Holt Hero Award Nomination Form, explaining how it’s a special award for student community service outside of school that goes above and beyond. Maybe only one or two students a year would get this award, but we had a student who last week alerted their parents to a fire at a neighbor’s house in the middle the night, who was then able to contact the fire department before the fire spread.

• Friday PD: School Improvement Planning – Site Council met last week and have decided upon two umbrella School Improvement Goals; Attendance and Equity/Inclusion. Our next step is to develop strategies and action steps to improve in these areas, which I would like to get staff input on.

Some of the ideas discussed at Site Council for attendance were to focus on more Tier 1 school wide strategies, such as attendance challenges, or to create a strategies to reduce barrier for families, such as partnering with Safe Routes to School for carpools and walking groups. For equity/inclusion, we discussed ideas such as starting affinity groups, reinvigorating parent involvement after two years of mostly virtual parent involvement, and also taking a particularly close look at supporting ELD students, who are stood out when we looked at attendance, discipline, and academic data.

Start brainstorming ideas in these areas and come prepared to share on Friday.

• Friday at 4:00 @PublicHouse – Here’s a great way to end your week! Join colleges for a beverage at PublicHouse in Springfield! There’s pizza, Hawaiian food, Fisherman’s Market, Indian & Latin fare, and all sorts of good food to choose from, as well as a variety of beverages. Bring your family along if you’d like and hope to see you there!

• Staff Pockluck, May 2nd – The Sunshine Committee May Staff Pockluck is happening a week from Monday. Add your name to the Staff Potluck Luncheon Sign-Up! Sunshine will provide Birthday cake for May Birthdays!

• Next Year’s Master Schedule Update – Downtown is providing schools with guidance on master schedules and suggested/required times for content areas, so we need to wait until we get this official guidance before we can begin working on the master schedule for next school year. Principals may get more info this week, which I’ll share out once I get it.

• Digital Access to New ELA Curriculums – I wanted to highlight one item from the FAQ for the ELA Adoption, which is that staff can access everything digitally from for the two programs being considered for adoption starting next school year.

For EL Education, log on to their website. Fill out form to create account. Check email for confirmation. Create password using link from confirmation email.

For Wit & Wisdom, log onto their website and use the password: elafororegon More info on what you can access can be found here. (Shhhh. Insider info leads me to think Wit & Wisdom will be the adopted curriculum)

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: The School Garden – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on the Holt School Garden:

Garden
Schedule:
A Zimbra calendar is created for garden use

Events:
Fourth grade runs a curriculum project with the gardens beds
Buddies classes often sign up for picnics or use at end of the year

Expectations:
Garden tour before garden time
Benches are to be sat on
Brenda’s Rock is meant to be observed

• What Role Does Vulnerability Play in our Classrooms? – I quite liked this Brene Brown video that came from the Spring 4J TAG Newsletter.

It’s hard to find someone in our field completely unfamiliar with shame researcher & author, Dr. Brene Brown. She’s written a good number of books outlining her research on shame, vulnerability, courage, resilience, leadership, and the list goes on. As teachers we know that our students learn best in classrooms where the teacher has created a culture of courage and belonging. Creativity and learning take place when children feel safe to risk and try to learn something new.

Gifted learners are not the only ones who find it especially difficult to appear vulnerable in the classroom, but the truth for all of us is that learning IS inherently vulnerable – by definition. How does our own personal “baggage” effect our teaching? How can we grow as human beings to better serve our learners? Watch this video of Dr. Brene Brown speaking to an audience made up entirely of teachers and see how it makes you feel. Listen to how she describes empathy as the antidote to shame. You just might find yourself inspired and even braver than before.

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

April 25 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Allan at COSA Conference
9:15-5:30, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)
6:00-7:30, Self-Harm Community Event (Sheldon HS)

April 26 (T)
9:15-5:30, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

April 27 (W)
Administrative Professionals Day!
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:15-1:45, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade

April 28 (H)
Max Out, but with Sub Covering
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:30-12:30, K/1 Hearing Screening (SLP & ELD Rooms)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
2:15-3:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser! (Hard Play)
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Debbi’s Room)
4:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo (Zoom)

April 29 (F)
Max Out through May 6th, but has Sub
Holt Spirit Day, Wacky Wear Day
7:40-8:10, Spirit Day Virtual Assembly (Zoom)
8:30-12:00, K/1 Hearing Screening (SLP & ELD Rooms)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD
1:30-2:20, 4th Grade Data Team Meeting
4:00, Friday at 4:00 @Public House

May 2 (M)
Teacher/School Staff Appreciation Week
May Staff Potluck
5th Grade Staff Room Duty
8:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – ELA CAT
11:20-12:20, 5th Human Growth & Development (Henrich & Parks)
1:10-2:10, 5th Human Growth & Development (Lovato & Ayres)

May 3 (T)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – ELA CAT
11:20-12:20, 5th Human Growth & Development (Henrich & Parks)
1:10-2:10, 5th Human Growth & Development (Lovato & Ayres)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

May 4 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – ELA CAT
11:20-12:20, 5th Human Growth & Development (Henrich & Parks)
12:30-12:55 – Delgani Strings Visit to Longoria
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
1:00-1:25 – Delgani Strings Visit to Benavides
1:10-2:10, 5th Human Growth & Development (Lovato & Ayres)
1:30-1:55 – Delgani Strings Visit to Talley
7:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

May 5 (H)
9:05-9:50, 3rd Grade OSAS – ELA CAT

May 6 (F)
School Lunch Hero Day (2nd Grade)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD

It’s the last week of April and then just a month and a half until summer!

Allan

 

 

April 18, 2022

 

Greetings Bolts,

Hope you all had a good semi-three-day weekend.

Twenty items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• Darrin Update – I know lots of folks are concerned and have been asking about Darrin. He’s asked us not to share too much, but we can share that he will be out the rest of the school year for medical reasons, but that he’s getting better daily and plans to come back in the fall. HR is having us put in for subs for the remainder of the school year.

• School Nurse Update – Martin McCarthy, RN has agreed to stay with Holt to support the current illness outbreak as well as providing nursing coverage. We will continue to have Hallie Ritter, LPN continue to be the one to provide on-site nursing services. SSD has already hired a new RN who starts early May and they’ve asked Maxim for another LPN who could help cover for absences, so we will have more staffing options soon.

• Job Expo Update – I was not notified of any changes from round one of last week’s Job Expo, so as of Saturday night, we still have 1.5 FTE special education teaching positions vacant for next year and no other staffing changes.

• REPEAT: Volunteer Appreciation Week, THIS WEEK – This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week. See the linked Sunshine Committee Volunteer Appreciation Doc for details and sign up on the Treat Table Spreadsheet to celebrate our volunteers and student teachers, bringing teats each day this week!

• REPEAT: Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – As long as the weather cooperates, this Tuesday at 1:10 will be our April Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

• Friday PD – Watch for a separate email regarding this Friday’s PD, which will focus on the ACT area of High Leverage Instructional Strategies.

• Allan Out April 25th – Not this week, but Monday next I’m attending a COSA Conference and will be out of the building, but I’ve asked the Monroe principal, Sun Saeteurn, to be on call if anything out of the ordinary comes up.

• 2022–23 School Calendar Dates Pending Approval – If you didn’t catch it in the 4J Family Email shared with staff, the 22-23 School Calendar for next school year is posted online. Key dates include:

• First Day of School (Except Grades 7 & 8): Wed., September 7
• Winter Break: Mon., Dec. 19–Mon., Jan. 2 + Tue., Jan. 3 (staff work day)
• Spring Break: Mon., March 27–Fri., March 31 + Mon., April 3 (staff work day)
• Last Day: Thu., June 15 (or later if weather makeup days are needed)

• FRIDAY PD Follow-Up – As a follow-up to Friday’s PD, here are links to the:

Second Step Training Modules
Second Step K-5 Pacing Guide
Kelso’s Choice Slide Show
Printable Pocket-Sized Kelso’s Wheel
SB 13 Update for K-5 Slides and Zoom Recording (Passcode: iK56V=S2)
LETRS Introduction Slides and Zoom Recording (Passcode: iK56V=S2)
LETRS Sign-up Form
ELD Adoption FAQ, answering questions from the February ELA Update Video

Lastly, please enjoy the cringy Kelso’s Choice music video.

• SSD Learning For All PD – Related to the above, linked here is the SSD Slide Show shared with licensed SSD staff last Friday, as well as a Recording of the Zoom (access code: 8Uyz9i?Q)and the questions/comments from the chat.

• Kindness Rocks! – See the Kindness Rocks Email for details, but show your kids the Student Council Bertha Holt Kindness Rock Project Video to get the excited.

– Grade level rocks are outside Ashley’s room (B5).
– Paint them anytime. Could be a Buddy Activity!
– Give finished rocks and leftover paints & pens to Ashley by May 11th

https://youtu.be/5DD0CWX7sCk

• Bruce Hale Author Visit, May 11th – Also mentioned at Friday PD, we will have an optional Virtual Author Visit from Bruce Hale, author the the Bruce the Shark series among others. If you want to introduce your kids to Bruce Hale before the visit, here are some Fun Actives & Curriculum Tie Ins with the author visit and also s a collection of Bruce Hale Videos on Writing from his website.

• Fiddle Pictures? – Did anyone get good pictures or videos of Kelly fiddling with your class? If you did, can you email them to me?

• iPad Cords & Charger Order Cancelled – Tech Department got wind of our order, so we do not have our off-the-books extra chargers and cords coming. However, the Tech Department is planning to order additional cables and chargers, so hopefully we’ll get those soon. For now, continue to put in tickets to 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu if you need additional chargers so you stay on this list, but eventually, COWs will have a full set of chargers.

• Nut Products at Snack Time – I finally got an answer about how to handle nuts and allergies during snack time. Downtown said teachers should have a nut free space for students that require it. Also wipe down before and after any food break. You can say that a room is nut free, especially in a room where there is a significant medical need. You have to look at medical plans so the messaging will be different for different classrooms. Medical staff should weigh in for students with sensitivities to nut products.

• Summer Job Opportunities w/KITS – KITS emailed that they are looking for KITS Site Supervisors, KITS Lead Educators, and KITS Parent Group Facilitators. Job posting close this Sunday, but if you missed that deadline, let me know and I can reach out to the KITS Coordinator on your behalf.

• Self-Harm Community Event – 4J is hosting a Self-Harm: Suicidal/Non-Suicidal Self Injury Community Event on April 25 from 6-7:30pm in the Sheldon Auditorium to learn what to do when your child exhibits signs of cutting, what it means, and where to seek help.

• April is National Poetry Month – This month is National Poetry Month. If you looking for any classroom resources, you can start at Reading Rockets, Read Write Think, or Edutopia.

• District Admin Updates – Coming from Springfield, David Hulbert has been hired at the new principal for Edison starting next school year. Also, Peter Tromba, principal of Spencer Butte Middle School, has accepted a high school principal position in Asheville, North Carolina. See this email for details.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Class Placements – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Class Placements. This topic is going to be revisited at the next Leadership Team Meeting and brought to rest of the staff if we want to tweak or change any parts of this process:

Class Placements
Procedure:
• Each spring our staff works to place students currently in Grades K-4 into balanced classes. Staff uses an electronic matrix to configure classes for the following fall. Point values were assigned to various attributes in an attempt to equalize the classes given a variety of factors. Our Grade 5 teachers work to complete transition paperwork for our middle school. All placements go to the front office and administration at the conclusion of this process. The administrator(s) then review the lists, verifying that there aren’t extenuating variables which need to be considered.
• Kindergarten teachers, along with Administration, meet following the first full week of school in September to configure the classes for the school year.
• Administration makes the final decision on all classroom placements, considering the needs of the teachers, educational assistants, students, parents, and school.

Moving students
Prior to school start and during the year:
• Classroom placements are an administrative decision. We do the best to include teacher feedback in all decisions. Requests for classroom changes by families will not be considered until the second full week of school. All requests should be directed to the building administrators. No classroom changes will be considered until Friday of the second full week of school. If a change can be made it will be made the following Monday. Any changes made after the initial two week request are an administrative decision. Medical and Emergency moves are determined as needed.

Parents:
• Parents MAY NOT make requests for classroom/teachers through you. If parents have information about their student they feel is important for placement for the following grade, the office has a form that is due at the end of May for them to use. Those forms will be given out by office staff to teachers when placement time comes, to the grade level. Please disregard any emails or notes you may have received from parents regarding placements.

Staff Responsibilities:
• Please remember to use neutral comments like “wears glasses”, “seat close to teacher”, or “see me for more information” in the comment section of the grid. Back of the cards are now left blank
• Some students will be assigned to classes based on need (ELD, SPED). These decisions are made by staff in those areas and administration.
• Card comments: please remember anything written on a student card is public record. Please keep comments helpful, but neutral. If you feel you have specific information that a teacher needs to know about a student, mark the “see teacher” field
• Class lists are created using the “green” and “blue” cards, as well as an electronic matrix. As you build each class, it is helpful to keep in mind these characteristics and details:

⁃ SPED- CLC, LC, 504,
⁃ Behavior challenges, CICO, and IEPs
⁃ Academic skills, Title, should be in Title but not enough room
⁃ Speech
⁃ Gender
⁃ Parent volunteers
⁃ Personality conflicts between students
⁃ Parental needs (how frequently does parent contact teacher)
⁃ TAG
⁃ Medical issues

• When your team has finished creating classes:

⁃ Make a master list (ideally alphabetical by last name) of each class created, wrap it around the cards and secure it with a rubber band. These go to Melanie asap.
⁃ NO information about class placements may be shared with families- not even that they have been created.

• A New Resource for Free Digital Field Trips – This Edutopia Article share how the Museums for Digital Learning was developed in partnership with teachers and provides curated material on a variety of subjects. They have resource kits and ebooks sourced from museums across the country. It has materials for kids at all grade levels. Create a free account and check it out!

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

April 18 (M)
Volunteer Appreciation Week
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
3:00, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)
3:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

April 19 (T)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)
5:30, 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation (Zoom)

April 20 (W)
Oingo Boingo Day
8:15-9:00, Allan to Retention Meeting (Office)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
3:00-4:00, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)
4:00-6:30, School Board Work Session (Zoom)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

April 21 (H)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Zoom)

April 22 (F)
Earth Day
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD

April 25 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Allan at COSA Conference
9:15-5:30, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)

April 26 (T)
Allan Potentially Testifying at Custody Hearing
9:15-5:30, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)
2:45-3:25, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

April 27 (W)
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:15-1:45, 5th Grade to Outdoor School (Camp Lutherwood)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade

April 28 (H)
Max Out, but with Sub Covering
K/1 Hearing Screening
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
2:15-3:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser! (Hard Play)
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Debbi’s Room)
4:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo (Zoom)

April 28 (F)
Max Out, but with Sub Covering
Holt Spirit Day, Wacky Wear Day
K/1 Hearing Screening
7:40-8:10, Spirit Day Virtual Assembly (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD
1:30-2:20, 4th Grade Data Team Meeting
4:00, Friday at 4:00 @Public House

Lots of rain in the forecast this week. Fingers crossed it’s not during school hours!

Allan

 

April 11, 2022

Hello Everyone,

Although we have many deserving staff members, I wanted to congratulate our Holt ACE Award Nominees; Elizabeth Cobb, Kelsey Hicks, Ashley Reich, Desiree Talley, and Lisa Zluticky. Thank you for making us look good!

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates

• REPEAT: Holt SPED Openings for Job Expo – Spread the word that Holt is the place to be to your teacher friends! Let’s find someone good for our 1.0 and 0.5 SPED jobs for next year!

• School Nurse Update – I’ve honestly lost count of how many school nurses we’ve had this year, but our latest nurse, Awbree Cardwell, has taken another job outside of 4J, but Hallie Ritter is coming back to fill in until SSD can hire another school nurse for us and Martin McCarthy is taking over duties on our suspected Norovirus outbreak. Welcome back, Hallie!

• Caesar the Llama Visit, THURSDAY @12:45– You may have seen this llama on some educator friends’ social media around 4J, but we finally nailed down the owner of Caesar the Llama for a visit at Holt. Cesar will come at 12:45 and will visit each wing for classrooms to come out to pet, visit, and take photos with Cesar. I’m thinking the schedule will be as below, but let me know if you see any issues:

12:45-1:15, D-Wing
1:15-1:40 C Wing
1:40-2:00, B Wing
2:00-2:20, A Wing

• Friday PD/Planning Day – Downtown still doesn’t know the time for the district PD portion of the day or if they do know they haven’t told principals, so watch for a separate email with my guess at what the schedule for this Friday will be. We’ll focus on Second Step, Kelso’s Choice, and I’ll also hold a separate Classified Staff Meeting following the all-staff meeting.

• Kindness Rocks! – I’ll add this to Friday’s agenda, but we received a Kindness Mini Grant for the Kindness Rocks! Holt Rock Project 2022. Participation will be optional since this grant was written before our staff agreement regarding grants that impact the entire staff, but coming out of the Holt Student Council, the idea is to create our very own painted rock garden with messages of kindness. Students will decorate their very own rock with kind words or colorful images. See the above linked file for additional details and we can talk logistics on Friday.

• CPR/AED/First Aid Training Available Friday – If you’d rather attend a CPR/AED/First Aid Training at Edison (the swing school location next to Market of Choice) this Friday, 9:00-2:30, which had 14 last minute cancellations, let me know ASAP before those slots get filled. The training is free of charge. See this email for details.

• 4J Login Change, DUE FRIDAY – Be sure to follow up on 4J Technology’s emails about claiming your 4J account with the new RapidIdentity system. Linked here are the directions. You’ll need to use your 4J email and password to view the file. I’ll add this to the end of the agenda for Friday’s PD so walk anyone through this who may need help. I know it’s tripped up a few people.

• Volunteer Appreciation Week, NEXT WEEK – Not this week but next week is Volunteer Appreciation Week. See the above linked file from the Sunshine Committee for details and sign up on the Treat Table Google Doc to celebrate our volunteers and student teachers!

• Fire Drill, 4/19 @1:10– Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, April 19th at 1:10 will be our April Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

• Earth Day is April 22nd – Not this week, but next week is Earth Day, which is annually observed around the world on April 22nd. If you’d like ideas for this day, linked here are Edutopia Resources, Education World, the EPA Website, and Tana’s Earth Day Email from last year.

• Suspected Norovirus Updates – It’s still called a “suspected” outbreak until someone ill gets a stool sample tested, but since it quacks like a duck, and acts like a duck… so Lane County Public Health (LCPH) and 4J are treating it as if it were confirmed Norovirus. I shared these updates at the end of our Friday PD Meeting, but to update everyone here is an email summary and here are the highlights:

• Drinking Fountains Closed Again – Any drinking fountains that were uncapped and flushed have to be closed again.

• Additional Cleaning Measures – The short version is custodial staff are doing the types of nightly deep cleaning we did last spring, using electrostatic disinfection nightly, using a stronger disinfectant in restrooms, and replacing and re-testing the sanitizer solution used to wipe down cafeteria tables.

• PE/Music Restroom Re-Opened – LCPH said we can re-open these restrooms as long as common touch points are cleaned twice a day, which Ryan started doing on Friday.

• Student Lunch Service Changes – Student cannot reach into common areas for food, so the mild cooler closed and will be passed out by staff, extra fruit & veggies cannot be out and additional food will be added to trays instead, eating utensils will be provided on trays instead of in a bin, and the “No Thank You” bin is closed.

• COVID Updates – Two COVID related updates:

• Badging In Still? YES! – I asked downtown if we still need to bad since we’re no longer contact tracing and the answer was, yes, we still need to badge in.

• Volunteer Message to Families – Downtown is sending the following message to families about volunteers being allowed in schools again, so heads-up you may have parents reaching out to you:

Volunteers are essential!

In non-pandemic circumstances, thousands of parents and community members volunteer to support 4J schools each year. While visitors and volunteers in schools are limited due to the pandemic, dedicated volunteers are providing a variety of essential supports this school year.

Volunteers are serving in 4J schools to support essential needs for health and safety and critical instructional supports such as small group instruction. Volunteers also are needed to help outdoors with landscape maintenance.

Each school has identified different needs and volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer to provide essential supports, please ask your school about available volunteer opportunities. Volunteers who may have contact with students or may go into a school building must be fully vaccinated and complete a background check process.

• Outdoor School Staff Volunteers – 5th Grade is going on day trips for outdoors school this year (overnight was cancelled when Coyote Outdoor School couldn’t hire enough staff), but we are looking for any interested staff members to help chaperone on Monday, April 25th. Subs are being offered by downtown to help with outdoor school.

• Mental Health Events and Training Opportunities – There are several upcoming events and training opportunities around grief, mental health, and suicide.

• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) April 12 & 13ASIST is a 2-day, in-person, April 12-13th, advanced training appropriate for people responsible for suicide interventions, safety planning and follow-up care within their school or organization. This training is offered by Lane County Public Health and Lane Education Service District.

• Community Resilience Forum, April 14th – Community members are invited to join a conversation about how we navigate losses and strategies for supporting each other. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available on site. The event will be recorded and can be viewed the following day on preventionlane.org. Child care will also be available.

• Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)– QPR is a 1.5 hour virtual training for anyone interested in learning more about suicide prevention and how they can play a part in helping others in distress. QPR workshops are facilitated by members of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County and are appropriate for all audiences. We’re always adding new dates which you can find by going to the Services tab on suicidepreventlane.org.

• Youth Mental Health First Aid Two-Part Course – Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a 6 hour virtual training for anyone who would like to learn more about mental health issues among youth and how they can provide support and navigation of services. YMHFA is offered by the Oregon Family Support Network in cooperation with LCPH and is open to all people who live in Lane County. There is an April 27th and June 16th training.

• Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), June 22 – AMSR provides participants with the core competencies to screen, assess, safety plan and manage the care of people at risk of suicide. No previous training is required, however AMSR provides advanced skills for professionals who have already taken QPR or ASIST. Click flyer or website to learn more about AMSR content and objectives.

• Strategies for Managing Challenging Student Behaviors – Student misbehavior has been particularly agonizing for teachers this year, but this Edutopia Article covers proactive steps educators can take to remedy it, including:

• Taking a closer look
• Displaying curiosity and humility
• Building Connections
⁃ Survey students with academic and nonacademic questions
⁃ Observe more, talk less
⁃ Partner with students
⁃ Compliment students
⁃ Support students
⁃ Elevate students
⁃ Collaborate for students on their behalf
• Celebrating Success

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

April 11 (M)
Artist in Residence Final Week
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
4:00-5:00, Optional SEAL Program Info Meeting (Zoom)

April 12 (T)
Allan Potentially Testifying at Custody Hearing
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

April 13 (W)
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
2:40-3:30, 5th Grade Data Team

April 14 (H)
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:20-12:25, Caesar the Llama Visit
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:30-2:25 Cesar the Llama Visit
4:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

April 15 (F)
No School — Planning/Professional Development
8:00-1:30, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)
1:30-2:20, 3rd Grade Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 4th Grade Data Team Meeting

April 18 (M)
Volunteer Appreciation Week
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
3:00, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)
4:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

April 19 (T)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)
5:30, 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation (Zoom)

April 20 (W)
Oingo Boingo Day
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
3:00-4:00, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

April 21 (H)
11:30-12:20, 5th Grade OSAS – Science
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Zoom)

April 22 (F)
Earth Day
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD

And if you’re a snow-watcher like me, stay turned for that unexpected blizzard Sunday night!

Allan

April 4, 2022

 

Greetings Holt Bolts,

Twelve items of note for this week:

• Sunshine Newsletter Highlights – Desiree send a Sunshine Newsletter of Sunshine Committee events coming up:

• Staff Potluck Monday! – I forgot to put this on the calendar way back when Sunshine originally sent this out a couple months ago, but it’s not too late to add your name to the Staff Potluck Luncheon Sign-Up! Sunshine will provide Birthday cake for April Birthdays!

• Volunteer Appreciation Week and Treat Table Sign-Up – Sunshine also shared the April 18-22 Volunteer Appreciation Week Sign-Up to recognize our small but dedicated volunteers, as well as student teachers and practicum students.

• Staff Shout Outs – Click the Shout Outs Link to post a shout out about a staff member who has gone above and beyond! You can also use the shout out notes in the Staff Room table. These will be shared in the next Sunshine Newsletter!

• Holt Openings for Job Expo – Holt Will have one full-time SPED teaching position and one half-time SPED teaching position at the Job Expo later this month if you have any teacher friends you want to recruit to come work here at Holt! SSD is pairing the half-time job with a Gilham half-time SPED job, so it will actually be a full-time position. Spread the word that Holt is the place to be!

• Summer School Classified & Licensed Jobs – The new SEALs Summer School Program has a number of openings if folks are looking for summer work. The 4J Jobs website has postings for Teachers (Elementary and Middle), Counselors, Secretaries, and EAs (Elementary and Middle). There are also job postings for K.I.T.S. (Kids in Transition to School) and E.S.Y. (Extended School Year). Most positions close Wednesday.

• Friday PD – School Improvement Plan Updates – This Friday’s PD time will be an update and chance for input on our School Improvement Plan being worked on by Site Council. We’ve looked at a variety of data and have used the ORIS Tool to examine areas of need. Our next step will be to develop 2-3 goals and I wanted staff to have a chance to share your thoughts on priority areas. If you’d like to review the data, info, and past meeting minutes, you can go the Holt Staff Drive > Meetings > Site Council > 2021-2022 > Minutes.

• April 15 PD/Planning Day – Principals were told last Wednesday that we are in charge of the PD for this day (5.5 hours of PD, 2 hours of prep), though a portion of the day that’s a district led Zoom, but downtown doesn’t know yet what time that will be, so I can’t announce times for the building PD at this time. However, as I shared last week, I will plan on doing an all-staff review of Kelso’s Choice and the Second Step Bully Prevention Unit (which is different from the Erin’s Law Student Safety Unit). Let me know if you have any additional topics you’d like us to cover or if you’d like to help lead or assist with the Kelso or Bully Prevention review. I’m also planning to hold a Classified Meeting this day, but will announce the time of this meeting once downtown figured out the time for their portion of the day.

• SSD Staffing Allocation Update and Clarification – I shared last week how SSD Licensed & Classified Allocations were different this year, with no program identification between LC and CLC staffing. If you are interested, linked here is a Google Slide Show and Google Doc that SSD Admin went over with principals last week, but the elevator speech version is that IDEA tells us special education is NOT a place where students go to receive services, but rather special education services are to follow students as determined by the IEP.

• REPEAT: 2022 Electronics Recycling Competition – Remind kids they can drop off any old electronics at the collection site in front of the office this week. See the Electronics Recycling Competition Flyer for details, but donations can be anything with a plug or that takes batteries (toys, cell phones, monitors, computers, phones, cables, etc.).

• Suspected Norovirus – If you’d didn’t hear through the grapevine, C-Wing had a suspected Norovirus outbreak with half a class out sick with similar symptoms (i.e. barfing). Lane County Public Health ordered nightly deep cleaning for that wing and for classes to use hand wahsing instead of using hand sanitizer, so remember the continued importance of washing hands and not touching your face, even for non-COVID reasons.

• Oregon Blue Book Student Essay Contest – If you’re looking for a writing topic that may grab your kids’ interest, the Oregon Blue Book Student Essay Contest theme for the year is, “Oregon Students Share Their Pandemic Experience.” Students can submit written or video essays. Written essays must be 100-300 words and will include an illustration to go with the essay. Video essays must be two minutes or less. Winners will be featured in the 2023 Blue Book and also invited to the State Capitol for the official Oregon Blue Book Release Party. The contest is open until October 20, 2022.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Hall Passes – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Hall Passes:

Hall Passes:
• Any student coming to the office must have a hall pass (hot pink). Please remember if they are coming for a break you need to note the time that they are able to return. If you need more hall passes, please let the office know.
• Generally, students should have permission to be in the halls with a note, or in some cases, a self-manager badge. All students in halls should follow the regular rules of the halls and walk quietly.

• 100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying – This Guardian Article has some fabulous tips! Whether it’s taking fruit to work (and to the bedroom!), being polite to rude strangers, or taking up skinny-dipping, here’s a century of ways to make life better, with little effort involved. Some of my favorites were:

22. Laugh shamelessly at your own jokes.
34. Go for a walk without your phone.
60. Drop your shoulders.
91. If in doubt, add cheese.
97. Listen to the albums you loved as a teenager.

But I firmly disagree with this one (utensils MUST be loaded in the same order they go into the drawer):

17. Don’t be weird about how to stack the dishwasher.

And one bonus tip I did a few years ago that was a life changer:

101. Turn off you phone notifications. My phone only has text and phone notifications turned on. All other apps I check when I’m ready to, not when they tell me to.

 

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

April 4 (M)
Artist in Residence Continues
School Librarian’s Day (5th Grade)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
2022 Electronics Recycling Competition Drop-Off Week
8:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)

April 5 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)
6:00-7:00, Conscious Discipline Parent Nights (Zoom)

April 6 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
2:40-3:30, 2nd Grade Data Team
3:00, Allan Meeting w/SSD Admin (Zoom)

April 7 (H)
Regular Day

April 8 (F)
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – School Improvement Plan (Cafeteria)
1:30-2:20, KG Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 1st Grade Data Team Meeting

April 11 (M)
Artist in Residence Continues
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty

April 12 (T)
Allan Potentially Testifying at Custody Hearing
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

April 13 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
2:40-3:30, 5th Grade Data Team

April 14 (H)
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
4:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

April 15 (F)
No School — Planning/Professional Development
Times is TBA for All-Staff, Classified, and District Meetings

Just eleven weeks until summer (or is it too soon for that?).

Allan

March 28, 2022

 

Hello Team,

Hope you all had a good spring break. The highlight of my break was FINALLY getting/forcing my children to watch the first Star Wars film. I’ve earlier tried to get them to willingly watch, but I gave up on that and announced to them that they had no choice and that we were watching whether they liked it or not whether they liked it or not. And if you were wondering, I had them watch the non-special edition versions where Han shoots first. They still preferred “Turning Red” but whatever.

Twenty-one items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Five staffing updates:

• 22-23 Staffing Spreadsheet – Linked here this the complete classified and licensed 22-23 Staffing Plan. Custodial and Nutrition Services staffing are done by downtown, so that is not included here. Let me know if anything looks off or if you have any questions.

• Teaching Assignment Change – One change you may notice in the above linked staffing plan is that Lisa Z. and Elizabeth swapped grade levels, so for next year, Lisa will move back to 1st grade and Elizabeth will move up to 2nd grade.

• New CLC Staff – Joining Richard and Darren in the upper grade CLC is Julie McWhorter as our new CLC EA. Julie is a Holt parent and a former middle school teacher who took time off from teaching to be with her newborn child. She was our first choice for the position, so please say HI to Julie when you see her on Monday. Welcome to the team!

• SSD Staffing Info – I shared earlier Holt’s SSD Allocations, but one thing SSD has done differently this year is they no longer differentiate between LC and CLC allocations. As part of the “Learning for All” initiative, where students regardless of need (excluding Life Skills) stay at their neighborhood school. They have also eliminated 1:1 EA staffing and instead have a section noting “Students needing more intensive adult support.” Holt already does a pretty good job of offering a flexible continuum of services, with students receiving support in the LC or CLC regardless of placement, though for our SPED team this may complicate case management, but I’m sure we’ll figure things out.

• Student Service Coordinator – 4J added this 8-hour classified position to Howard, Chavez, and River Road the year and is now expanding it to Holt and a few other schools. If you’re a 4J old timer, this position is similar to the old Family Resource Center Coordinators, who supported families by directing them to community services, resources, and agencies. If you’re curious, this is the Job Description.

• UPDATED: Artist Schedule – Any classroom teacher who had changes already knows, but linked here is the Updated Artist in Residence Schedule for The Art of Fiddling and the Mystique of Louisiana with Kelly Thibodeaux. Session will be in the Music Room and regular Music classes will be in classrooms during the three week residency.

• Recess Rules Review Monday – A reminder we’re reviewing recess expectations this Monday according to the schedule below. Teachers should come out your class during the review, which will focus less on “Rules” and more on getting along, communication, and problem solving, which is where most of our playground issues stem from.

8:10-8:25 KG Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
8:35-8:50 2nd Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
9:00-9:15 1st Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:05-1:20 4th Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:30-1:45 3rd Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:55-2:10 5th Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)

• Recess Pick-Up Reminder – Speaking of recess, teachers, a reminder from classified staff, is to be sure you’re ready to pick-up your classes at the end of your grade level recess times. Many EAs have groups right after recess duty and end up having to start groups late if lines are not picked up on time. Also remember that morning and lunch recess are 5-minutes shorter on Fridays.

• Holt Spirit Day, FRIDAY, Sports Day & Assembly! – This Friday is a Holt Spirit Day and this time it’s Sports Day! Wear your favorite team gear or simply wear your Holt spirit gear. I’m planning to wear my “Furies” baseball jersey and if you know what that’s from without using Google, you are seriously rad.

Linked here is the Sports Day Assembly Agenda. Teachers should log on at 7:40 and then turn on your cameras once kids come to school. Festivities begin at 7:55. 

 

• FRIDAY PD – OSAS Testing Security Training – Gloria will give the annual OSAS test security training this Friday at 1:30. Teachers and EAs who will be in 3/4/5 classrooms or SPED classrooms when testing occurs should attend. EAs can bank trade time for coming to this training. K/1/2 teachers will have a separate async PD activity I’ll share by email.

• COVID Rapid Tests Going Home with Students 4/4 – ODE has sent rapid tests to school districts with directions to distribute to all students at Title I schools. We’ll count these out for classrooms to send home next week on Monday, April 4th. I’ll include info in the next Quick News, along with the linked Home Kit Instructions (English and Spanish) and the linked videos (English and Spanish) on ​​how to use the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests.

• 2022 Electronics Recycling Competition – Remind kids we’re in the middle of the 2022 Electronics Recycling Competition and to drop off any old electronics at NextStep (245 Jackson St.) during March and April (making sure they tell them it’s for Holt) OR drop them off at the collection site in front of the office we’ll set up the week of April 4-8. The school with the most “e-waste” collected wins a $500 gift certificate and a Next Step Robot made by a local artist. Holt won this competition in the past, so let’s see if we can win again!

• April 15 PD/Planning Day – As of the week before spring break, Instruction Department leadership had not met or shared out the plan for the April 15th PD/Planning Day. This day is supposed to be 5.5 hour of PD and 2 hours of prep. We asked at the last principal meeting if the PD would be district based or building based, but they did not not at that point. If it is building based, I am planning on doing an all-staff review of Kelso’s Choice, since we have many new staff and many since we didn’t have to use it for a couple years there. I’d also like to review the Second Step Bully Prevention Unit (which is different from the Erin’s Law Student Safety Unit). I’ll keep folks posted once I know the district plan for this date.

• McKinney-Vento Program Updates – Four updates regarding the 4J McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Program from an email sent to principals:

• 4J McKinney-Vento Referral Form – There is a new online referral option for staff and community members to refer students for McKinney-Vento supports. The 4J McKinney-Vento Referral Form works best, but referrals can also be made by email or phone (541-790-6888). This link is also on the Holt Staff Dashboard.

• Who Qualifies for McKinney-Vento? – Students are eligible if their housing situation isn’t fixed, regular, or adequate. Examples of living situations include:

• living in a trailer or RV
• staying with others (extended family/friends) due to financial or other hardship
• living in a motel/hotel
• living in substandard housing (electricity/water turned off, over-crowded)
• sleeping in a vehicle, tent, RV, public space or other space not meant for habitation

If you become aware of any students in one of these situations, let me know and we can notify the McKinney-Vento Team to reach out to the family for support.

• New McKinney-Vento Website – The McKinney-Vento team as created a new user friendly 4J McKinney-Vento Website that includes resources, eligibility information, and a link to the above referral form for staff, students, families, or community member to make referrals to the team.

• Current District McKinney-Vento Count – Linked here is the current 4J McKinney-Vento Count through March. Holt has more homeless students than any elementary or middle school in the Sheldon Region and has the fifth highest count for any elementary school in 4J.

• No Student iPad Sharing – Although student iPads are staying at school, they are still checked out to individual students, so it’s important students are not using other studnets’ iPads. This is important because the personal liability rules still apply for damaged iPads (we may not know who damaged the iPad if they are sharing) and also for privacy reasons (so students are not getting access to others’ personal files or log-in information).

On a related note, I heard from a Tech Department buddy it was decided right before spring break that all of 4J will start keeping iPads at school, but they’re waiting to announce this change until they figure out the logistics of carts, chargers, and securing iPads at school, so we only went rogue for a few days there. ;)

• Post Mask Policy Transfers – Following the change of mask policy, Holt only had 3 students change pathways and it was 3 students moving from K-5 Connect back to in-person.

• Nut Free Lunch Table – Mentioned at last week’s Staff and Classified Staff Meeting was that for liability reasons, downtown is no longer allowing schools to be “nut free” and instead telling families we will offer “nut free tables” at lunchtime, which they believe will be easier to guarantee as nut free. I’ll be sharing the following article in the next Quick News:

Nut-Free Table In the Cafeteria

In the past, we have designated our cafeteria and school as nut free. School District 4J has determined schools do not have the ability to guarantee that eating areas are completely nut free. The health and safety of students is exceptionally important to us. We can guarantee that we have a nut-free eating area in our cafeteria that guarantees that students eating at that table have nut-free meals. Students sitting at a nut-free table must have a documented nut allergy and may be joined by students who have school provided meals, as we can guarantee that all school provided meals are nut-free.

 

• Safety Planning (i.e. Risk Assessment) Resources – Mostly for our IPBS Team, but maybe be of interest to others, the 4J Safety & Lagging Skills Planning Webpage lists resources to create a safety plan for a student going through a Behavioral Safety Assessment (BSA). This email provides additional info how 4J is trying to shift focus in plans to identifying the lagging skills driving a student’s behavior and providing an opportunity for learning, modeling, and practicing those skills.

• Sluggo’s Reading Challenge Video – If you want to show a video to kids about the reading challenge, the Ems sent a pretty entertaining 2-minute video explaining the bookmarks.

• District Admin Updates – Downtown emailed principals several admin updates over the break. The Charlemagne principal for next year is Joe Hadley, current South Eugene HS assistant principal. The Camas Ridge principal for next year is Hobie Blackhorn, current assistant principal at Shasta Middle School, The Awbrey Park for next year is Jared Tiecke, current principal at Mt. Angel School Middle School.

• New Resource: Care Solace – 4J has partnered with Care Solace, a new mental health service that matches students, staff, and families in need to verified, local service providers, securing appointments in days, not weeks or months. Principals or counselors can make referrals (don’t ask Max yet, counselors haven’t been trained just yet), so let us know if there are situations that could use a referral.

• Lane County Schools – Suicide Alert Meeting Info – Most of this is geared towards older students, but there is some info in this email from Lane County that does apply to students as young as 4-years old. There’s a Slide Show, Resources (including crisis support, counseling, support groups, bereavement services, and general websites), and a Toolkit for Schools.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Translating – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook is on Translating. Most school wide communication falls on me, but for those occasions anyone is sending something out school wide, DeepL is a more accurate translation service than Google Translate.

Translating:
We will translate school-wide correspondence in Spanish, if possible.

• Intervening Early to Improve Students’ Math Self-Efficacy – This Theory Into Practice Article say that self-efficacy (students’ belief that their efforts will produce success) “is arguably the most powerful motivational resource that drives individuals to engage, persevere, and accomplish goals in various domains.” In classrooms, self-efficacy is “the strongest predictor of students’ academic achievement.” But self-efficacy in math declines during the elementary grades. The authors say it’s urgent to counteract this negative trend before students reach adolescence, and suggest communicating these core messages to all students:

• Anyone can get smart and do well at math.
• My brain is like a muscle, and I can train my math muscles.
• I can do math better by working hard, using good strategies, and getting help.
• Overcoming difficulty is part of doing well in math.
• Girls can perform just as well at math as boys.

Conveying these messages well can change students’ fixed mindsets and gender stereotypical beliefs. The messages are most effective if they are presented in engaging classroom activities and that it’s better to conduct these activities with a classroom of students rather than individually, because some of the beliefs being counteracted are social in nature. See the above link for details.

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

March 28 (M)
Classes Resume
Artist in Residence Begins
Kinder Staff Room Duty
8:10-8:25 KG Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
8:35-8:50 2nd Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
9:00-9:15 1st Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:05-1:20 4th Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:30-1:45 3rd Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
1:55-2:10 5th Recess Rules Review (Hard-Play)
2:45, Allan to Transiiton Meeting
6:00-8:00, Allan to 4J Equity Action Team Meeting (Zoom)

March 29 (T)
Regular Day

March 30 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
5:30, School Board Work Session (Zoom)
6:00-8:00, Allan to 4J Equity Action Team Meeting (Zoom)

March 31 (H)
9:10-10:10, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
10:40-11:40, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
12:45-1:45, 4th Grade School Garden Project Lessons (Garden)
6:00-7:00, Mental Health Parent Night: Suicide Prevention & Awareness (Zoom)

April 1 (F)
Holt Spirit Day, Sports Day
April Fools’ Day!
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
7:40-8:10, Sports Day, Virtual Assembly (Zoom)1:30-2:25, Friday PD – OSAS Test Security Training (Cafeteria)

April 4 (M)
School Librarian’s Day (5th Grade)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
2022 Electronics Recycling Competition Drop-Off Week
8:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)

April 5 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)
6:00-7:00, Conscious Discipline Parent Nights (Zoom)

April 6 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
2:40-3:30, 2nd Grade Data Team
5:30, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

April 7 (H)
Regular Day

March 8 (F)
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – School Improvement Plan (Cafeteria)
1:30-2:20, KG Data Team Meeting
2:25-3:15, 1st Grade Data Team Meeting

 

Have a good week and remember, lots of review and reteaching!

Allan

March 14, 2022

 

Howdy Bolts,

My crystal ball tells me we will see “interesting” behaviors this week. Between spring break and masks becoming optional, I think it’ll be important staff do A LOT of pre-teaching of behavior expectations this week and not count on “They should know this by now.”

Seventeen items of note for this week:

• Staff Allocation Updates – We’re still waiting for Student Service Department (SSD, i.e. special education classified and licensed staffing) allocations, but we did get our English Language Development (ELD) allocations, whis is the same as this year (0.8 FTE) and we also got our SIA (Student Investment Act) 1st grade EA allocation, which is 3 hours per 1st grade classroom, which downtown projected us for three 1st grade classrooms, meaning 9 hours.

• REPEAT: Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – Tuesday at 1:10 is our March Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

• REPEAT: Lockdown Instruction Before Fire Drill – Related to the above, downtown is requiring schools to review Lockdown and Evacuation Drills with students. ALICE is no longer being used in 4J and it’s replacement is not in place yet, so in the meantime, teachers should simply do a short review with students off of the 4J Safety Poster (below), which says the following for each drill:

STUDENTS
Move away from sight
Maintain silence
Do not open the door

ADULTS
Recover student form the hallway if possible
Lock the classroom door
Turn out the lights
Move away from sight
Maintain silence
Do not open the door
Prepare to evade or defend

EVACUATE! (A location may be specified)

STUDENTS
Leave stuff behind if required to
If possible, bring your phone
Follow instructions

ADULTS
Lead students to evacuation location
Account for students and adults
Notify if missing, extra or injured students or adults.

 

• TIME UPDATED: Staff Social, Bowling at Emerald Lanes, THURSDAY! – Don’t forget we have a staff social this Thursday at 4:00 at Emerald Lanes! Come visit with work friends, have some beverages, show off your bowling skills (or non-skills if you’re like me, but I can show off my rad bowling shirts). See you there!

• COVID Updates – Five COVID related updates:

• Drinking Fountains & Legionaries Disease – I mentioned at Friday’s Meeting that we’re now allowed to use drinking foundation again. However, do not let students use the classroom drinking fountains until they have been flushed for a full 5-minutes (a good job for a kid). Since that water has sat stagnant for over a year, we don’t want anyone getting Legionaries Disease.

• Mask Up in Nursed Office & Isolations Room – The state has determined that school health rooms and isolation rooms are healthcare settings. This means if staff are interacting with students closely or for a sustained period of time, masks will be required for staff in the health room. If the interaction is brief or contact is not close, masks are only strongly advised. Masks should be offered to students that will be in the health room for a sustained amount of time. If students are symptomatic or sick, they will be required to wear a mask. Examples;

• A student comes into the health room briefly for scheduled medication–no masks required for staff or student.
• A student comes into health room for injury or illness that requires some observation or close contact (observation after a head bump or inhaler use)–Staff required to mask, mask offered to student.
• A student comes into health room not feeling well or is symptomatic–masks required for both student and staff. Student should be moved to isolation space until picked up to go home.

• Rapid Tests if Symptoms at School – Although we’re not doing test-to-stay for close contacts any longer, we can still administer rapid tests for any student or staff who start exhibiting symptoms while at school.

• Teaching Kids to Respect Others’ Mask Choices – If teachers haven’t already, be sure to take some time during your Monday Morning Meeting time to remind students to respect individual choices when it comes to masking or not. If you want a canned slide show about this, the Adams principal shared this Student Masking Slide Show.

• COVID Flowchart – This is more for front office staff, but if you’re interested, linked here is the latest COVID Flowchart for when a student tests positive, shows signs of illness, or is exposed to COVID.

• iPads Staying at School – Starting Monday, most students will leave their iPads at school. Only BEST/YMCA kids will take them home, but please remind those students iPads at dismissal are to be in backpacks and not walking and iPad-ing at the same time.

• Holt Bolt, Thursday, May 18th – PAHS settled on Thursday, May 18th as the date for this year’s Holt Bolt. It’s on the calendar and that’s the date we’ll stick with unless something unexpected comes up.

• Check Lost & Found – Remind kids to check the Lost & Found this week. Anything left at the end of the day Thursday will be bagged and donated.

• Artist in Residence Schedule – Linked here is the Fiddle Artist in Residence Schedule (PDF or XLSX). I believe Lesli has checked in with grade level teams, but let us know if you have any questions. The residency title is The Art of Fiddling and the Mystique of Louisiana and Kelly Thibodeaux is the musician leading the lesson in the Music Room. Regular Music classes will be in classrooms during three week residency.

• ACTION REQUIRED: Claim You 4J Account4J Technology Emailed staff a RapidIdentity Quicksheet how to update your password and account security. The short version is go to this link and follow the directions.

• REPEAT: Erin’s Law, Lesson #5 BEFORE SPRING BREAK – 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. 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.

• REPEAT: ACE Award Nominations Open – Nominate a teachers or licensed specialists, administrator or supervisor, classified staff, or volunteer. Nominations are due by March 31st. See the 4J ACE Awards webpage for more info.

• REPEAT: March 18th Expectations – Teachers may work from the building or in another location. If teachers are not going to be in the building they need to let me know. Downtown has not given this flexibility to classified staff, but classified folks can utilize trade time this day to shorten your work day. I’ve scheduled a Classified Staff Meeting at 9:00 for this day, so let me know if you have any agenda items you’d like discussed.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Recesses – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Recesses:

Recess
• Students are walked by teachers from the building to the asphalt/red curb at the beginning of recess. Students are released once EAs signal readiness. Please be on time, so that students receive a full recess.
• Students are picked up from recess on time. It would be very much appreciated if teachers would please review with students and reward them for staying on their spot in line (on the asphalt) and not move around once line up has begun. A significant percentage of physical aggression issues occur after the recess whistle has blown as kids are lining up.
• Recess supervisors will blow the whistle in soft play a minute prior to the 2 minute warning bell.This gives kids time to walk back from soft play to hard play and line up. The warning bell is a time for hard play students to return equipment and line up.
• Student Classroom Volunteers during recess:There will be NO VOLUNTEERS allowed in the classroom during any of these recess periods. If students approach a teacher about volunteering, the teacher needs to send them back to the appropriate place they need to be at that time. The only exception to this is if volunteering in another room is a part of a designed student support plan.
• Students Inside at Recess: Students are not to be in classrooms during recess. District policy is that students are to be out of the building during recess times. An occasional opportunity (not daily or weekly), is permitted, but students must be SUPERVISED. Students cannot be left alone in classrooms. A reminder also that students cannot be kept from recess for behavioral reasons or work completion.
• All classes need to have an assigned line for the end of recess times. Please work with the teachers/grades to assign class to lines. Consider flow, entrance to buildings etc when determining lines. A copy should be given to the office so that supervision staff can be informed.
Recess Supervisor PBIS Guidelines
PLAYGROUND GUIDELINES – General Rules for all

• ODE Continuing Care and Connection Next School Year – An ODE Announcement to administrators that school districts are next year to continue to focus on care and connection. More info will be coming from ODE, but note they have quite a few resources on the ODE Care and Connection webpage.

• NASA Artemis I, Send Your Name to Space – Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come. NASA is offering people a chance to have your name included on a flash drive that will fly aboard the space craft to the moon. I thought kids would find this fun and it also might spark an interest in space and science studies if any of you are doing that this spring. I got my NASA Boarding Pass!

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

March 14 (M)
Melanie Out, Katie Covering
Office/Library/Music Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #5
National Pi Day
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, 5th Grade Outdoor School Family Information Night (Zoom)

March 15 (T)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

March 16 (W)
Staffing Plans Due to HR
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
5:30, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

March 17 (H)
St Patrick’s Day
Dental Clinic (sealants) – Time/Location TBA
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45-3:25, Leadership Meeting (Debbi’s Room)
5:00, Staff Bowling! (Emerald Lanes)

March 18 (F)
No School — Staff Work Day
9:00, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
10:00, Optional Classified Staff PD (Zoom)

March 19 –  27
No School — Spring Break

March 28 (M)
Classes Resume
Artist in Residence Begins
Kinder Staff Room Duty
6:00-8:00, Allan to 4J Equity Action Team Meeting (Zoom)

March 29 (T)
Regular Day

March 30 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
5:30, School Board Work Session (Zoom)
6:00-8:00, Allan to 4J Equity Action Team Meeting (Zoom)

March 31 (H)
6:00-7:00, Mental Health Parent Night: Suicide Prevention & Awareness (Zoom)

April 1 (F)
Holt Spirit Day, Sports Day
April Fools’ Day!
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – OSAS Test Security Training (Cafeteria)

Just four kid days until spring break!

Allan

 

February 28, 2022

 

Hi Everyone,

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three Staffing Updates

• CLC Job Postings and Interviews – Our two CLC vacancies are now posted on the 4J Jobs website and will close on Tuesday. If HR can get me candidate names in a timely manner, my hope is to hold interviews for the CLC Teaching position Monday, March 7th and the CLC EA position Wednesday, March 9th after school if any of you would like to volunteer your time to help with interviews. Let me know if you are interested and I will get you applications and interview questions.

• School Nurse Update – Holt has a new RN who was hired last week, Awbree Cardwell. She will be at Holt and Monroe. She’ll have the same hours as Hailee and will be on-site in the morning on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Nurse Cathy is going to start training her this week. And if you’re keeping score on the Holt Same Name Game, we now have Aubree & Awbrey, Ashley & Ashley, Debbie & Deb, Jackie & Jacque, Jeff & Geoff, Katie, Katherine & Kathy, Kelly & Kelly, Lisa, Lisa & Lisa, Liz & Elizabeth, and Robin & Robin.

• REPEAT: 22/23 Staffing Survey – To help me with next year’s staffing plan, if you haven’t already, I’d like staff to complete the linked 2022-2023 Staffing Survey. All answers will be kept confidential and let me know if you have any questions.

• Friday PD – Watch for a separate email regarding this Friday’s PD, which will focus on the ACT area of Social Emotional Learning and Self Care.

• Classified Appreciation Week is Coming! – A reminder for licensed staff, shared earlier in the Sunshine Newsletter, next week on March 7th is our Classified Appreciation Week “Potato Bar” Luncheon. This day we celebrate all our amazing classified staff, and everyone is welcome!

K – grated cheddar, butter, sour cream, Greek yogurt
1 – baked potatoes (70) 50 regular/20 sweet potato
2 – desserts
3 – chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, steamed/roasted broccoli, guacamole, salsa, sliced olives,
4 – salads and/or slaws
5 – fruit platter or fruit salad
Specialists – chili (in crock pot), black beans (in crock pot), chopped bacon or bacon bits or diced ham

• REPEAT: BMX Virtual Assembly, MONDAY@8:30 & 1:15 – This Monday is our very cool BMX Virtual Assembly from Guinness World Record Holder, Matt Wilhelm. Zoom links are on the Holt Staff Calendar and times for the assembly are:

Grades K-2: 8:30-9:15
Grades 3-5: 1:15-2:00

See Last Week’s Announcements and Ashley’s Email for prior shared info.

• Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge Kick-Off Assembly, March 7th – Tuesday, March 8th (Grades K-2: 8:30-9:15 and Grades 3-5: 1:15-2:00) is our virtual Kick-Off Assembly for Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge. See Last Week’s Announcements or the Ems’ Email for details on how kids can earn 2 FREE tickets to an Ems Game. Attendance is optional for this assembly, but it can be fun for kids.

• COVID Updates – In COVID news…

• Mask Rules Updates (No Change) – You may have read the ODE and CLC announcements regarding new mask guidelines, but everything in 4J is status quo for now. March 19th (a staff work day) is when school district have the option to lift indoor mask rules. On a related note, I asked at a recent principal meeting if they were considering changing the mask requirement for when student are not around (like how it was last spring) and was told that’s a local rule and it is something they are looking at.

• Close Contact Sport at Recess OKAY – It was asked at a principals’ meeting last week if kids can now play close contact sports, such as soccer and basketball, and the answer was this IS allowed now.

• Working w/Minor COVID Symptoms if you had COVID? – It was also asked if a staff member who has had COVID in the last 90 days can come to school with minor cold symptoms (i.e. sore throat, cough, etc.). The answer was, yes, with minor cold symptoms, but they should not be at work if they look contagious. Staff need to be fever free for 24 hours and free from diarrhea/vomiting for 48 hours.

• Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit, Lesson #5 – 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. 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.

UPDATE: DATE IS TBA • 4J OSAS Testing Window & Training Reminder – Principals and Data Coordinators were emailed the 4J OSAS testing window for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, which is April 11 – June 3. Gloria will give the annual test security training next week on Friday, March 11th at 1:30. EAs who will be in 3/4/5 classrooms or SPED classrooms when testing occurs should attend as well and can bank trade time for coming to this training.

• REPEAT: Read Across America, March 2nd – NEA’s Read Across America is this Wednesday. This year’s theme is: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. For some ideas and resources, check out NEA (National Education Association), The Book Wrangler’s Month Long Reading Calendar (Google Slides linked to books on Epic!), and Reading Rockets.

• Electronics Recycling Competition 2022 – Holt has won this in the past, but the 2022 Electronic Recycling Competition is coming in April. I’ll start advertising the event in the Quick News and on social media, but staff can also feel free to talk it up to kids as well. Here’s the blurb I’ll use:

 

2022 Electronics Recycling Competition!

Have any old electronics collecting dust? If it has a plug or takes batteries, and wether it’s working or not, just drop them off at at NextStep (245 Jackson St.) during March and April (making sure you tell them it’s for Holt) or drop them off at at Holt’s main entrance the week of April 4th and 8th.

Cell phones, monitors, computers, phones, cables, etc. we’ll take it all!

The school with the most “e-waste” collected wins a $500 gift certificate and a Next Step Robot made by a local artist. Holt won this competition in the past, so let’s see if we can win again!

 

• GagaBall Pit Update – Our Gaga Ball Pit it here, but it’s a permanent installation and not a portable pit, so I need to get approval from the Facilities Department before we can put it in, so it may be a while before we have GagaBall up and running. Stay tuned!

• District Admin Updates – Morgan Christensen, principal at Kennedy MS earlier this year, will continue as the Title IX Coordinator through the end of the year. Jennifer Hebard, assistant principal at at Kennedy MS, will become interim principal through the end of the year. Scott Marsh, principal at Edison, is moving to serve as the interim assistant principal at Kennedy MS for the rest of the year. etired admins will cover Edison for the remainder of the school year. See the linked email for full details. R

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Animals/Pets – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Animals/Pets:

Animals/Pets

• Animals are not allowed inside the school, nor in or around arrival and dismissal areas.
• The only exception are registered service animals. All service animals must be approved by the front office.

• Women’s History Month – March is Women’s History Month. Jacque found a cool Women’s History is Epic “Wall of Fame” Slide Show for 23 school days in March from Book Wrangler, which contains direct links to Epic! books on each of the woman highlighted. Book Wrangler also has printable posters and bookmarks. Other resources to check out include:

National Education Association (NEA)
We Are Teachers
Edutopia
WomensHistoryMonth.gov

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

February 28 (M)
ELD/Speech/Title/Counselor Staff Room Duty
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
8:30-9:15, K- 2 Virtual Assembly – Matt Wilhelm BMX Show (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
1:15-2:00, 3-5 Virtual Assembly – Matt Wilhelm BMX Show (Zoom)

March 1 (T)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria or Library)

March 2 (W)
NEA’s Read Across America
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
7:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

March 3 (H)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin

March 4 (F)
1:10-2:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser! (Hard Play)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – ACT SEL/Self-Care (Async)

March 7 (M)
Classified Employee Appreciation Week
SPED/PE Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #5
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45, CLC Teacher Interviews (Tentative)

March 8 (T)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
8:30-9:15, K- 2 Assembly – Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
1:15-2:00, 3-5 Assembly – Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge (Zoom)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Team Meeting (Volunteer’s Classroom)
6:00-7:00, Parent Education Series – Conscious Discipline (Zoom)

March 9 (W)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
2:45, CLC EA Interviews (Tentative)

March 10 (H)
8:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
9:20, 5th Philosophy with Paul Bodin
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

March 11 (F)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – Staffing & OSAS Test Security Training (Cafeteria)

14 kid days until spring break!

Allan

 

February 14, 2022

Howdy Everyone,

Twelve items of note for this week:

• State Mask Updates – Staff were sent the 4J COVID Update, but linked here is the ODE Update if you want to more nitty gritty of the rules that go into place if a school district does eliminate the indoor mask mandate. The short version is we are status quo until March 31st, at which time 4J will work with Lane County Public Health to decide if indoor mask rules will change or not.

• Friday PD – Downtown said they are creating an ELA Adoption Infomercial Video for teachers this Friday. They also said there will be an optional Zoom Q&A with the district ELA Adoption Team for teachers to join if they choose. Principals don’t have the video or the Zoom link or times yet, so I’ll email and post them on the Staff Zimbra Calendar before Friday.

• Gifts of Hope Project – Ashley already emailed details, but the short version is:

1- Collect dollars, along with the slips of paper stating how they earned their dollar.

2 – Keep a record of who has turned in a dollar on the class list on the front of the envelope.

3 – Visit the Gifts of Hope Collection Counter Google Sheet to update the total amount of dollars your class has collected. Ashley will use this to update the fundraiser thermometers on the wall.

4 – On February 24th, your grade level will come up with the gifts of hope item that they would like to purchase.

• Holt Spirit Day – PJ Day, Friday, Feb. 25 – Not this week, but next week on Friday, Feb. 25th is a Holt Spirit Day and hit time it’s Ultimate Cozy Pajama Day! Get your kids excited and start planning your own PJ Day outfit!

• Staff Social, Friday at 5:00, Feb. 25 – The Social Committee emailed info earlier, but Friday next week will be a Friday at 5:00 at the Public House in Springfield. There’s pizza, Hawaiian food, Fisherman’s Market, Indian & Latin fare, and all sorts of good food to choose from (pretty sure I’ll get a bratwurst from Pig & Turnip), as well as a variety of beverages. Hope to see you there!

• Data Team Options for Missed Prep – For Data Team meetings on Fridays, we’d previously given teachers the option to skip the PD in order to make up for the missed prep, but downtown is also offering extended contract. Teachers can choose either of these options. If you choose extended contract, just fill out the linked Extended Contract Form and give it to me to get signed for payroll.

• Free UO Basketball Tickets – Holt had free basketball tickets donated for the UO vs USC men’s game on Saturday, Feb. 26th. I’ll put 10-12 tickets in each teacher’s mailbox teachers can use with students as incentives, rewards, or however you see fit. If you don’t want them, put them in my box and I’ll redistribute them. Thank you, Ashley R., for scoring these!

• K-8 Summer Enrichment and Academic Learning Program – See the linked 4J New Summer Programs Doc if you’d like to learn about some of the new student summer programs being offered this year. If you have questions about programs or summer job opportunities, contact Casandra Kamens at kamens@4j.lane.edu

• Superintendent Search Update – If you didn’t catch it in The Register Guard, The school board last week met with Alma Advisory Group, the firm hired coordinate the superintendent search, who recommended the board extending the timeline, citing board dysfunction as a reason why 4J did receive many quality applicants. The board did not make a decision regarding the timeline, but this will likely be discussed at this week’s board meeting. Linked here is a video of last week’s meeting.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Library – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Library. Teachers, please note it is an expectation to stay with your students to help with supervision during your library time:

Library

Schedule:
• A Library schedule is created each year, posted in the library, and given to staff via paper. Staff sign up for times based on their availability

Expectations:
• All classes will visit the library each week for a story/lesson as well as for check out.
• Some classes will have access to the media specialist and some will not depending on the time their class is scheduled.
• Students are expected to talk with a level 1 voice, walk, use shelf markers, and sit at tables quietly following their check out.
• Class periods are 25 minutes.
• Teachers are expected to monitor students and be present during their scheduled time.
• Classes should arrive and leave at their scheduled time.
• Classes can trade times should a conflict arise. Please notify the media specialist of the change.

• Get Ridiculous! – From Ian Byrd’s blog Birdseed:

I used to aim for “real world” problems when planning lessons. But this was often a pathway to the mundane. I mean, how many times did I ask students to calculate how much paint they’d need for a wall? Real world? Yes. Interesting? Not even close. Our brains are drawn to the unusual and the unexpected. Let’s take advantage of that and purposefully seek out weird outliers, oddball examples, and unexpected constraints. Let’s get ridiculous!

Get ridiculous with Math:

If you’re writing a fraction problem, PLEASE don’t make it about pizza! No one uses fractions when eating pizza. But if your question has to be about a pizza, then make that pizza unbelievably huge. Make it the size of a football stadium. Or have Tiny Tim eat just 2/999 of the pizza. Make the numbers weird!

Get ridiculous with Language Arts:

Rather than pushing kids to write 500 word stories, we’d practice very very very short stories. Or ask students to rewrite sentences or paragraphs without using a particular letter.

See the full Byrdseed Article for more ideas on how to get ridiculous and grab kids’ interest. If you’re intrigued by this, you can subscribe to the Brydseed Newsletter.

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

February 14 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Winter Benchmark Testing Continues
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

February 15 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria or Library)

February 16 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:30-4:00, Mobile Food Pantry (Cal Young MS)
2:40-3:25, 4th Grade Data Team
5:30-7:30, School Board Work Session (Zoom)

February 17 (H)
5:30-7:30, 4J/EEA Negotiation Session (Zoom)

February 18 (F)
Winter Benchmark Testing Closes
SJ Visits Her Class!
1:30-2:20, 5th Grade Data Team
1:30-2:25, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – ELA Adoption Update (Async)
2:25-3:25, 3rd Grade Data Team

February 21 (M)
No School – Presidents Day

February 22 (T)
5th Grade Staff Room Duty
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (Volunteer’s Classroom)

February 23 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:30-4:00, Mobile Food Pantry (Ed Center)

February 24 (H)
2:45-3:25, IPBS Team Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
5:30-7:30, 4J/EEA Negotiation Session (Zoom)

February 25 (F)
Holt Spirit Day, Ultimate Cozy Pajama Day
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting (Zoom)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – High Leverage Strategies
5:00, Staff Social! Friday at 5pm (Public House)

Have a good week and an even better 3-day weekend!

Allan

February 7, 2022

 

Greetings Holt Staff,

This week is National School Counselor Week, so I just want to give a shoutout to Mr. Max, who’s done a great job stepping up as our school counselor this year. I’d also like to give a shoutout to Ms. Darla, who’s generously continued to stay connected with Holt and helped with a variety of matters, so thank you for not dropping us like a hot potato. Both of you are amazing and your work is much appreciated.

Twelve items of note for this week:

• February Fire Drill, Tuesday @1:10 – This Tuesday at 1:10 will be the February Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map. If it raining, we’ll try again next week.

• Bertha Holt Birthday Assembly, FRIDAY! – See the linked Assembly Agenda for details. The Zoom begins at 7:40, winners announced at 7:50, assembly REALLY begins at 7:55, and will end at 8:10.

• Friday PD Cancelled – Downtown emailed principals they do not have ELA info ready for this Friday and have to reschedule. Be sure to complete the Teacher PD Survey if you haven’t already. If you have already completed it, enjoy your extra hour of of prep!

And if you’re interested, Expeditionary Learning (EL) and Wit & Wisdom are the two curriculums that are being considered.

• Classified Staff Meeting Friday 2/18 – Teacher PD this day will be async, so I’ve added the February Classified Staff Meeting to the calendar for this date. We can talk recess, PBIS, and start planning for the Gaga Ball Pit rollout (probably after spring break).

• School Nurse Update – Hailee Ritter is our new school nurse and will be here on Mondays, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

• Dismissal Car Traffic Policing – Drivers are starting to slack again of following pause parking rules at dismissal, not pulling forward, getting out of their car, or blocking traffic in some other manner. It’s not an expectation staff police the pause parking line, but it’s much appreciated if you can remind parents to keep it moving.

• Staff Gear Order Form – Ashley already emailed folks, but (UPDATED) order at the NEW ONLINE STORE for a Holt Staff t-shirt or hoodie.

• District Admin Updates – See the linked emails for details, but Brooke Wagner is the new Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, taking Jose Salgado’s spot after he resigned in December. Filling Brooke’s Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services position temporarily is former Albany superintendent Melissa Goff. Lastly, Morgan Christensen is temporarily taking over Title IX Coordinator, which Dawn Strong was previously doing along with her COVID duties for HR.

• TECH TIP: Adding 4J Calendar in Zimbra – If you want to add the district calendar (which has Zoom links for all their public meetings) to your own Zimbra Calendar, you can do that by Click your Calendar tab > Click the gear icon at the top of your list of calendars > click Find Shares > Check the box next to 4J Calendar and then click Add.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Copy Room & Copying – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook is on Copy Room & Copying (note that the “Parent Help” section is not happening right now):

Copy Room & Copying
Agreements:

• Save big copy jobs (grade level projects or multi-page packets) for days other than Monday mornings.
• Please continue to use the copy machines wisely, sparingly, and in accordance with copyright laws. Use both sides of each piece of paper, along with half sheets, whenever possible.
• For copies over 100, please use the Riso.
• Students are not allowed in the IMC
• Cardstock must be loaded in the “free” side feeder only
• White paper: Drawers 1 & 2
• Colored paper: drawer 3
• Oversized paper: drawer 4
• Please do not put construction paper in the copier, use the Riso instead.
• Baskets are located in each copy room for copies that are left on machines
• Staff should make an effort to scan/thumb through what they grab off the copiers to avoid mistakenly taking copies belonging to other staff members
• The wrapping paper the copy paper comes in is NOT recyclable. There is a waxy coating on the inside.
• If white-out is used, it must be COMPLETELY dry before using on the copier. White correction tape is preferred to avoid residue being left on the glass
• Color copies can only be printed by the office. General guidelines are for a few pages, not whole class sets. If you need color copies printed, please send your document to Katie or Melanie with your request. This will require lead time to allow the staff to have time to print
• If the copier jams, do not walk away!! It is staff responsibility to fix the machine. Do not leave it for the next person. If you cannot solve the problem, notify the office immediately and put a sign on the copier
• If a code appears, let the office staff know.
• Norms are posted in the copy rooms.

Supplies:

• Supplies in the cupboards are for teacher use only, not classroom supplies
• If supplies need to be reordered, use the white board in the large IMC to list what is needed. Add your name for reference. Office staff check periodically to see what needs to be ordered. This would be only for supplies needed in the IMC rooms, not classrooms
• Exception: Pencils located under the sink are also for student use.

Training:

• It is the teacher’s responsibility to train their student teacher, practicum students, or parent volunteers on proper use of the machines and procedures
• Office staff should be asked if help is needed
• Replacement of staples or toner must be done by office staff

Clean up:

• Staff should clean up any papers or other materials used to complete a project
• Staff should replace die cut letters and shapes to their locations

Parent Help:

• PAHS have created a mailbox in the workroom where staff can place a work order
• Staff should fill out the form indicating what they need done
• Lead time is required
• Staff may also select to have their own classroom volunteers use the copy room and resources. Volunteers need to be trained by teachers on all copy machines and procedures

• Look Beyond the Struggle to Celebrate Black Achievement – In addition to recognizing the civil rights movement, teachers can use Black History Month to call attention to the achievements of Black Americans in other areas. See this Edutopia Article for ideas on who to celebrate outside of the civil rights movement.

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

February 7 (M)
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
Winter Benchmark Testing Continues
National School Counselor Week
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

February 8 (T)
International Clash Day (sorry, one of my all-time favorite bands)
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, PBIS Team Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00-7:00, Conscious Discipline Parent Nights (Zoom)

February 9 (W)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:40-3:25, 1st Grade Data Team
5:30-7:30, 4J/EEA Negotiation Session (Zoom)

February 10 (H)
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Zoom)
6:00-7:00, PAHS Meeting (Zoom)

February 11 (F)
7:40-8:10, Friendship Day & Holt Celebration Assembly (Zoom)
1:30-2:20, 2nd Grade Data Team
1:30-2:25, Friday PD: Complete the PD Survey
2:25-3:25, KG Data Team

February 14 (M)
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Winter Benchmark Testing Continues
4:00-5:00, All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

February 15 (T)
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

February 16 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
2:30-4:00, Mobile Food Pantry (Cal Young)
2:40-3:25, 4th Grade Data Team
7:00-10:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

February 17 (H)
Regular Day

February 18 (F)
Winter Benchmark Testing Closes
SJ Visits Her Class!
1:30-2:20, 5th Grade Data Team
1:30-2:25, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
1:30-2:25, Friday PD – High Leverage Strategies
2:25-3:25, 3rd Grade Data Team

February 21 (M)
No School – Presidents Day

FYI – Someone let me know last week there’s only 86 kid days school until summer. :)

Allan