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June 10th – Last Blog

Hi Madison Family,

We’re in the final stretch! You all are amazing humans who have given so much this year. Let the final countdown begin! Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, June 13 Tue, June 14 Wed, June 15 Thur, June 16 Fri, June 17
iPad Turn in During Focus 6:30 – Band Concert   Promotion Practice – 5th and 6th Period

Promotion – 6pm

Promotion Party – 7pm to 9pm

Last Day for Students: Special Schedule

MADISON INFORMATION                  

 

  • Focus Slides: Here is your last slide deck for the year!
    • Monday – iPad turn-in and locker cleaning; if you missed the meeting on Friday or don’t have your spreadsheet, see Peter.
    • Tuesday – Finish iPad turn-in and locker clean-out; then watch the celebratory track video
    • Wednesday – Groaner Day!
    • Thursday – Teacher’s choice! There are a couple of announcements in the slides for 8th graders, around promotion, but other than that, please enjoy this last day of class with your Focus class as you would like.
          
  • MacBook Camp: Join us for an exciting 4-day, optional learning experience with the 4J Edtech Team and Apple Learning Specialist – August 15th-18th. There will be two camping opportunities…morning camp and afternoon camp. Camp sessions are for 6th-12th grade educators working in a 1:1 MacBook environment. Join us for the latest tools and features of the MacBook and walk away with lessons you can use in the classroom. Not only is this a paid professional development, but upon completion of MacBook Camp 2022, you will also receive 16 PDU credits! There are a limited number of seats available for this fun and exciting opportunity. Completing this survey indicates your interest in participating in this optional learning experience – indicate your camp time preference. Teachers will be notified when seats have been filled. https://forms.gle/hJ2VZwwXaHfacxwv7

                        
  • FERPA and HIPAA: I just wanted to remind everyone that as an education team we are sometimes privy to private student information. This might include a student’s medical history, their personal information and history, or their educational history. By law, student’s educational privacy (FERPA) ad medical privacy (HIPAA) are protected, meaning only people who directly work with a student have the information ONLY if the information needs to be known to successfully help the student. For example, if a student is experiencing housing insecurity, was removed from their home, has a diagnosed disability, or has suffered abuse in the past, only people who directly work with the student should know that information and it should only be shared if it’s essential to ensure the person can adequately help the student. Before sharing personal information about a student, especially as it pertains to a diagnosed or suspected disability or trauma background, please consider if the person (or even you) needs to know that information because it’s essential to your work with them. These are legal requirements and we can be held liable if private student information is shared. Additionally, it can lead to a rumor mill as information gets passed along. I appreciate you taking a moment to pause and reflect before discussing a student’s private information.
           
  • Last Day of School Schedule: See calendar above
         
  • Staff Check Out: Linked here is the check out sheet for this year. As a side note, Gina and I have 2 full days of training at the district office on June 20 and 21, so unfortunately we won’t be in the building that day. 
        
          
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  • Repeat: Friends/Family Allowed to Help with End of Year Packing: For the last week of school AND when students are not present, downtown is allowing friends and family of staff members to be “essential visitors” to help with end of year packing. The only requirement is they check-in at the Raptor Kiosk in the office (on weekdays) and limit their movement in the building.

End of Year and Next Year Information

  • JuneteenthThe last day of work for most certified staff is Monday, June 20. Now that June 19th or Juneteenth is a federal holiday and falls on a Sunday, it is recognized on Monday, June 20. Certified staff can choose from the following options to observe Juneteenth:
    • Take June 20 off and work June 21
    • Work 8 additional hours the week of June 13-17 and take June 20 off
    • Work on June 20
         
  • 2022-23 Report Dates: Teachers’ official report back date is Tuesday, August 30, however there is ELA training planned for Friday, August 26 and Monday, August 29. Teachers will be paid for these days, however they are not required since the district did not announce the dates before Spring Break. 
        
  • 2022-23 Work Year Calendars: Here are the calendars for next year:

We hope you have a great week!

Peter and Gina

June 3, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

10 more kid days to go! While the end is in sight, it’s still important to maintain as much routine and normalcy as possible. Keep your expectations high and the work going even though I know we all are really looking forward to June 17. It’ll help the next few weeks continue to run smoothly. Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, June 6 Tue, June 7 Wed, June 8 Thur, June 9 Fri, June 10
3:45 P&G to Admin meeting

6pm – Parent Promotion Planning event

Fire Drill – 11:30

7:45 Last TLC

6:30pm Spring Play

8:00 Last Wednesday GLT

10:00 Supervision Meeting

Friday Schedule

9:30 Gina to  Attendance Zoom

2:35 Activity Day

6:30pm Spring Play

 

MADISON INFORMATION                  

  • Focus Slides: Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the slides this week. So, for Monday, please use your professional judgement about whterh your fFocus class would best benefit from an additional day of easyCBM testing, Grade Checks, or a fun game day. Thank you for your patience. We will work to create content for the rest of the week and have it ready to go by Monday afternoon.
  • Staffing Update: We are scheduling counselor interviews next week. I am excited to announce Ruth Mountainspring just accepted the 8th grade math position.  She is currently teaching Lane School.  
  • Activity Afternoon: Thank you for all signing up.   Here is the LINK if you forgot what you signed up for 🙂        
  • Staff Check Out: I will share our staff check out sheet early next week after Justyne and Rechelle approve it.  The sheet includes things like clearing off the tops of bookshelves, moving furniture, and preparing your room to be cleaned. As a side note, at this time I have 2 full days of training at the district office on June 20 and 21, so I unfortunately won’t be in the building that day. Come check out with me on June 17 and then finish up any unfinished items by June 21.
        
  • Friends/Family Allowed to Help with End of Year Packing: For the last week of school AND when students are not present, downtown is allowing friends and family of staff members to be “essential visitors” to help with end of year packing. The only requirement is they check-in at the Raptor Kiosk in the office (on weekdays) and limit their movement in the building.
             

End of Year and Next Year Information

  • JuneteenthThe last day of work for most certified staff is Monday, June 20. Now that June 19th or Juneteenth is a federal holiday and falls on a Sunday, it is recognized on Monday, June 20. Certified staff can choose from the following options to observe Juneteenth:
    • Take June 20 off and work June 21
    • Work 8 additional hours the week of June 13-17 and take June 20 off
    • Work on June 20
          
  • 2022-23 Report Dates: Teachers’ official report back date is Tuesday, August 30, however there is ELA training planned for Friday, August 26 and Monday, August 29. Teachers will be paid for these days, however they are not required since the district did not announce the dates before Spring Break. If you haven’t already planned a vacation for these dates, I highly recommend attending – I am sure it will be good stuff.

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, June 13 Tue, June 14 Wed, June 15 Thur, June 16 Fri, June 17
  6:30 – Band Concert   Promotion Practice – 5th and 6th Period

Promotion – 6pm

Promotion Party – 7pm to 9pm

Last Day for Students: Special Schedule

We hope you have a great week!

Gina and Peter

May 27, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, May 30 Tue, May 31 Wed, June 1 Thur, June 2 Fri, June 3
No School – Memorial Day Dump Recycling Bins

7:45 Last Climate Team

2:30 Fire Drill

8:00 Department/Content Meetings

 

 

1:00 Sub-district track meet

9:00 Invited GSA Field Trip

Last LSU – 2nd Period

2:45 PD

 

MADISON INFORMATION                  

  • No Focus slides this week, because we’re doing easyCBM testing all week. Please see Dorothy’s email for all the details.

 

  • Staffing Update: We had a team help out with interviews for a new 8th grade math teacher, this week, and we are waiting to hear the results of that hire. Also, our counselor posting has just closed, so we’ll be scheduling those interviews for next week. If you’d like to be a part of the interview team, please talk to Gina.
       
       
  • EasyCBM Assessments: Please see Dorothy’s email regarding easyCBM, sent on May 26th, for information and links.  We will be testing all week during Focus class. Here is the link to the log-in directions. 
         
                   
  • Activity Afternoon: If you haven’t yet signed up for a spot during our June 9th activity hour, please do that using this link.
                                   
  • Repeat: iPad Collection: We will be collecting iPads and chargers on June 13th, during Focus. April will bring the charging carts to classrooms so that teachers can collect the devices and mark them turned in. 
                  

 

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, June 6 Tue, May 7 Wed, June 8 Thur, June 9 Fri, June 10
3:45 P&G to Admin meeting 7:45 Last TLC

6:30pm Spring Play

8:00 Last Wednesday GLT

10:00 Supervision Meeting

9:30 Gina to  Attendance Zoom

2:35 Activity Day

6:30pm Spring Play

 

We hope you have a great week!

Peter and Gina

 

May 20, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, May 23 Tue, May 24 Wed, May 25 Thur, May 26 Fri, May 27
State Testing Make-ups State Testing Make-ups

No Place for Hate Leadership Training – Peter off campus

7:45 TLC (Library)

8:00 Safety Team (Cody’s Room)

State Testing Make-ups

Fire Drill 11:07

State Testing Make-ups

7:45 Justice League 

State Testing Make-ups

MADISON INFORMATION                       

  • Focus Slides: Here are next week’s slides. They are still under construction, but will be featuring some student-suggested content, which is exciting.

 

  • EasyCBM Assessments: We will be doing easyCBM assessments in Focus class during the short week of 5/31-6/2. Please start with math and then have kids move on to reading. Dorothy will get out any additional links or details before Friday of next week.
           

        
  • Activity Afternoon Event: If you haven’t yet had a chance to sign up for our Activity Day festivities, please take a peek and add your name to the list. On Thursday, June 9th, we will be running a Friday schedule, in order to create an activity hour from 2:35-3:35. 

 

  • No Place for Hate Leadership Training – will be an all-day training with a professional trainer for the anti-defamation league for selected students. 6th and 7th grade reps will be meeting in the foods room and the 8th grade reps will be going to LCC campus to attend the training with their high school teams. Click here for the list of student leaders invited to participate.
         

DISTRICT INFORMATION                                              

  • iPad Collection: We will be checking in all iPads at the end of the year, most likely on Monday June 13th. Watch for additional details to come.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, May 30 Tue, May 31 Wed, June 1 Thur, June 2 Fri, June 3
No School – Memorial Day Holiday   Gina out AM   2:45 PD

We hope you have a great week!

Gina and Peter

May 13, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, May 16 Tue, May 17 Wed, May 18 Thur, May 19 Fri, May 20
Peter out of the building

2:30 – P&G to admin meetings

Anne out of the building

7:45 Climate Team

8:00 GLT   9:55 LSU (2nd Period)

2:45 PD

MADISON INFORMATION              

  • FOCUS Slides: 
    • Monday Climate Survey Link: Linked here (English / Spanish) is the climate survey for 3rd-5th grade students. Please plan to have students take the survey by Friday, May 20. I highly recommend projecting the survey and having kids go question by question with you. The font is small and the format might be confusing for some kids. It asks questions about where they go to school, how safe they feel at school, and a lot of questions about bullying. Here are the directions and a video to show beforehand:
      1. Please show the 7-minute video linked here, Learning About Bullying Pt 1, before administering
      2. Assure students that their answers are completely confidential and others will not know how they responded.

 

  • Testing Update: This week, we will begin math testing. We have over 70 opt-out students going to the library, so please keep any kids who are testing with Ms. Brooks and can reliably remain quietly in the classroom, and send students who you fear will be a behavior problem to the office

 

DISTRICT INFORMATION                                                  

  • Self-Harm Event Recording: Linked here is the recording from the parent information event about self-harm event that was held on April 25 at Sheldon. It could be a good resource if families reach out about self-harming behaviors.
              

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

  • Ideas to Countdown the Year: Keeping in mind that the end of a school year can be difficult for some students, it’s also a good time to have some fun together. Whether you tie a countdown number to the activity or just make some space each day for a little fun together, here are some ideas from Teaching Made Practical. They are from upper elementary, but several ideas that would still work great for middle school.

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, May 23 Tue, May 24 Wed, May 25 Thur, May 26 Fri, May 27
  8:00 Safety Team National Speech & Language Pathologists’ Day

9:05 Fire Drill

 

 

7:45 Justice League

10:45 BSU

1:45 NSU

2:45 Staff Mtg.

We hope you have a great week!

Peter and Gina

 

May 6th, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

This is the week where we celebrate all of YOU! Thank you so much for all you’ve done this year. It’s been one for the history books (literally) and we’ve made it almost to the end together. I hope you know how much we all appreciate each one of you.

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, May 9 Tue, May 10 Wed, May 11 Thur, May 12 Fri, May 13
  Empty classroom recycle bins in the classroom   7:45 Justice League

9:30 Spring Creek 5th graders coming to visit us

9:30 Awbrey Park 5th graders coming to visit us

2:45 – Transition Staff Meeting

MADISON INFORMATION              

  • Focus Slides
  • Thanks for a good PD.  It was fun to play with you and it will be fun to watch you play with your students during the last 6 weeks.

DISTRICT INFORMATION                                    

  • Sora Reading App: Amy Page (district librarian), reminded the admin group that Sora is open for kids to use 24/7. Unlike Epic, which closes access for kids at 4pm, Sora will let them log in from home as well. Kids just need their 4J username and password and they can access books anywhere at anytime. If you’d like to learn more about Sora or other district sponsored apps (like Pebble Go), Amy Page is happy to come to your class and model for kids. Just send her an email and she’ll schedule a time to come to your class.

         
  • Climate Survey Coming: The district has revamped their climate survey. It will be administered to all 3rd-12th grade students in May. I’ll share the link as soon as we have it. 
         
  • EasyCBM Spring Testing: The EasyCBM Spring testing window opens this week and remains open through June 17. We are waiting until later in May to begin our testing. Please look for more information from Carla in the coming weeks. 
         

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

  • A Note on Mother’s Day: With Mother’s Day approaching, this is a good opportunity to reflect on how we can continue to create an inclusive environment for all of our students. We have quite a few students who either don’t live with their mothers, have lost their mothers, are being raised by their dads, or have difficult relationships with their mothers. As Mother’s Day approaches, if you’re planning to do projects or activities to celebrate mothers, please shift to a “Love Makes a Family” or “Family Day” theme instead. Creating an inclusive environment means we intentionally create space for students to be given choice about which adult they’d like to celebrate, regardless of gender or their role in their life. This article from Welcoming Schools shares information and resources about creating an inclusive experience for students.  

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, May 16 Tue, May 17 Wed, May 18 Thur, May 19 Fri, May 20
Peter Out Empty classroom recycle bins in the classroom      

I hope you have a great week!

Peter and Gina

 

April 29th, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, May 2 Tue, May 3 Wed, May 4 Thur, May 5 Fri, May 6
Eid-al-Fitr(Religious Holiday)

Teacher Appreciation Week

2:30-5:00 P&G to Admin mtg

Eid-al-Fitr(Religious Holiday)

Teacher Appreciation Week

7:45 Climate Team

9:15 8th gr. reading screening

8:00 GLT – canceled because it is grading week

10:00 Supervisors Mtg

  No School – Progess Re

10:30-2 PE PD

 

MADISON INFORMATION              

 

  • Staffing Update:
    • We would like to welcome Jason Miller to Madison to teach 8th grade SS.  Jason is joining us from Kelly Middle School. He has had a long rivalry with Madison and is tired of losing so he decided to take his talents north of Beltline.  All jokes aside, I am excited to work with Jason next year.
    • We are thrilled to be keeping Julian Kane on, next year, as a contracted teacher in science. Congrats Julian!!
                     
         

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

  • None this week – Just take care of yourself!

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, May 9 Tue, May 10 Wed, May 11 Thur, May 12 Fri, May 13
  6:00 ACE Awards 10:00 Supervisors meeting 7:45 Justice League

9:30 Spring Creek 5th gr visits us

9:30 Awbrey Park 5th gr visits us

We hope you have a great week!

Gina and Peter

April 22, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

We have officially hit the part of the year when things start to happen fast and furiously. Please make sure to check the calendar and team meeting notes each week; there’s lots going on!

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, April 25 Tue, April 26 Wed, April 27 Thur, April 28 Fri, April 29
ELA 6 – Start Testing

Honor Roll Assembly 7th and 8th Grade in Gym during Focus

Dump Recycle Bins

TLC – 7:45am

Safety Team – 8am

Honor Roll Assembly 6th Grade Gym During Focus

9:15 – Team visit to Awbrey Park

Science 8 – Start Testing

8am – Department/Content Team Time

9:15 – Team to visit Spring Creek GSA – 6th Period

2:45 Building PD 

MADISON INFORMATION              

  • Focus Slides: Teachers, please make sure that you are projecting the Focus slides, so that kids know exactly where to report for this week’s assemblies.

 

  • Updated State Testing FAQ Document – Dorothy and I have updated the Madison FAQ document. Please see updates in red. Questions? email  Gina and Dorothy and we’ll notify everyone about answers.

 

  • Momma Barsotti Update: Last Friday, the doctors let my mom know that they have found a bone marrow donor.  My mom’s spirit was very high and ready to welcome the anonymous donor into our family.  We think the donor is from Europe but do not have any other information about the donor except it is a male and they are international.  She has also started a Caring Bridge Site if you want to follow along from a distance. If you have never heard about Caring Bridge, it is a pretty cool website where families can keep family and friends up to date on what is happening.  Also, if you are new to Caring Bridge – it is a nonprofit that is always asking for money.  I choose to ignore those requests but they do get annoying.

 

 

DISTRICT INFORMATION                                    

  • District Admin Update: David Hulbert has been selected as the principal of Edison Elementary School next year. Dave is currently the principal of Maple Elementary in Springfield. 
         
  • Self-Harm Event, April 25: The district is hosting a Self-Harm: Suicidal/Non-Suicidal Self Injury Community Event for parents and guardians on April 25 from 6-7:30pm in the Sheldon Auditorium. 

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, May 2 Tue, May 3 Wed, May 4 Thur, May 5 Fri, May 6
Start of Teacher Appreciation Week Dump Recycle Bins

7:45 Climate Team

 

ELA 7/8 Start Testing

8am – GLT

  No School – Progress Reports and PD

2nd Annual PE PD 10:30 to 2

We hope you have a great week!

Gina and Peter

April 15, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

One things I enjoyed while teaching (and frankly when I was too tired to plan anything awesome, so it was literally born out of “Oh, no, what are we going to do today?”), I had students create a presentation to review with their classmates. It required very little work on my part and they had a great time. This post from T2T reminded me of it and I thought I’d share in case you’re looking for a low prep, high engagement activity. Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, April 18 Tue, April 19 Wed, April 20 Thur, April 21 Fri, April 22
  7:45 Climate Team 8am – GLT 7:45 Justice League

2:25 Fire Drill

BSU – 3rd Period

NSU – 6th Period

2:45 – Staff Meeting

MADISON INFORMATION              

  • Focus Slide: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17aDPappVbN-pxfZCSttdT-fqaD8ihn5MwQnA47GX4Ug/edit#slide=id.g1244f1c3ad9_0_0
  • Staffing Update: I am excited to let you all know that Suzie McLauchlin has accepted a teaching position at Madison next year.  She will be teaching one 6th grade SS, two Read180 classes and two French classes.  Suzie is currently teaching at SEHS in the IHS program.  Before moving to the USA, she taught SS, Philosophy and beginning English in France.   If you know Suzie, please give her the warm Madison welcome.
                   
  • Congrats to our OBOB Team! Please join me in congratulating our OBOB Team.  They represented Madison well.  They were close to getting out of pool play but were just beaten out.  Nice job Coach Shana!
       
  • ACE Award Nominees: Every single person in education deserves to be recognized and celebrated this year for continuing to show up for kids and each other. There were a record breaking 234 nominations this year. Here are Madison Nominees: Misty, Christina, Heather, Allison, Maddy, Mike, Ms. T, Tyler, and Tim plus our volunteer Paul Bodin.  Pretty awesome list!
  • State Testing TAs – Thank you to Dorothy for organizing our session and thanks to all for your patience and active engagement as we made our way through Friday’s required training. If you haven’t yet gotten your signed test assurance form in, please put it in Gina’s mailbox. You can not get your login set-up until we have that signed form.

DISTRICT INFORMATION                                         

  • Repeat: Suicide Alert Meeting Info: This email from Lane County shares information about suicide prevention that applies 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. Just a reminder that if students report or make comments about suicidal ideations or threats of suicide, to immediately reach out to me and Dani so we can intervene.
       
  • Repeat: Claim Your 4J Account: 4J Technology emailed staff a RapidIdentity Quicksheet on how to update your password and account security by Today. This will ensure your usernames and passwords are consistent across all 4J systems and make it easier for the tech department to integrate new systems. The short version is to go this link and follow the directions.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

  • Reframing Assessments as Checkpoints: In this article from Edutopia, 5th grade teacher Steven Goldman discusses how his team rebranded tests as “checkpoints” and administered them every two weeks. In doing so, they saw not only an increase in learning, but a decrease in test anxiety as well. This shift in how both teachers and students viewed assessments created positive outcomes even in rooms where mistakes were normalized.

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, April 25 Tue, April 26 Wed, April 27 Thur, April 28 Fri, April 29
Start of State Testing for Science

Focus Assemblies

 

 

7:45- TLC

8am – Safety Meeting

9:15 – We go to Awbrey Park

  9:15 – We go to Spring Creek LSU – 2nd Period

GSA – 6th Period

Building PD – 2:45

We hope you have a great week!

Gina and Peter

April 8th, 2022

Hi Madison Family,

Can you believe it? We’re nearly half way through April! Thank you for the work you do every day.

Here are this week’s updates:

Mon, April 11 Tue, April 12 Wed, April 13 Thur, April 14 Fri, April 15
  7:45 – TLC 8:00 – Content/Department Teams if desired   No School

State Testing Training – 9am

PD – 

MADISON INFORMATION              

 

  • April 15 PD/Prep Day: The tentative plan for April 15 is State Testing Training from 9 to noon.  Testing subjects and EA should attend this training.  Non-testing subjects will start to think about how we want to communicate grades next year.  The school wide PD will run from 12:30 to 2. 2pm to 4 is your planning time.   I have been told by the powers above me that staff need to be in the building during the PD time.  My understanding is the work offsite past practice is for grading and planning days (not professional development days).  Peter Thoughts… although working off site has it advantages, I think hard conversations like grades, etc will be better in person.
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DISTRICT INFORMATION                                    

  • 4J Expo Process: The email from HR linked here details the process for the expo this year. The expo will again be held virtually to fill vacancies at all levels and provide staff who are returning from leave, have been displaced, or are looking for a new opportunity or building to shift to open positions. Secondary and district office vacancies will have interviews on Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 26. Elementary interviews will be held on Thursday, April 14 and Thursday, April 28. Vacancies will be sent via email on Tuesday, April 5. To interview for a position, staff must complete 2 steps: 1) apply using this Google form anytime before the due date for that round of the expo and 2) complete a job interest form which will be linked in the vacancies email. Candidates must meet the following requirements:
    • part-time or full-time job rights
    • 0.5 FTE or greater
    • contract or probationary
    • temporary employees working 0.5 FTE or greater, hired into their temporary assignment prior to November 1, 2021, working in a position that has been determined hard to fill (SPED, Counseling/Social Work, Dual Language positions) and whose assignment continues through the Job Expo
                
           
  • Suicide Alert Meeting Info: This email from Lane County shares information about suicide prevention that applies 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. Just a reminder that if students report or make comments about suicidal ideations or threats of suicide, to immediately reach out to me and Dani so we can intervene.
       
  • Repeat: Claim Your 4J Account: 4J Technology emailed staff a RapidIdentity Quicksheet on how to update your password and account security by April 15. This will ensure your usernames and passwords are consistent across all 4J systems and make it easier for the tech department to integrate new systems. The short version is to go this link and follow the directions.
              

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND OTHER INFORMATION       

  • How to Counter Learned Helplessness: This article from Edutopia shares how learned helplessness can be a by-product of things like past experiences or over-scaffolding and provides tips for shifting students into shouldering more of the load of their learning. Learned helplessness can look like:
    • Refusal to accept help, even if the teacher repeatedly offers it
    • Frustration leading to easily giving up
    • Disengagement from effort
    • Lack of motivation
    • Diminished self-worth and self-efficacy (such as providing a myriad of reasons why solutions will not work)

Next Week at a Glance:

Mon, April 18 Tue, April 19 Wed, April 20 Thur, April 21 Fri, April 22
  7:45 – Climate Team 8am – GLT 7:45 – Justice League 2:45 – Staff Mtg.

BSU – 3rd Period

NSU – 6th Period

We hope you have a great week!

Peter and Gina