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CIA Update 12.11.17: Secondary Progress Reporting Edition

posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:48 PM by Julie Conrad

The progress report window for Secondary opens on Wednesday, December 13 and closes on Tuesday, December 19 at midnight. Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, December 20.  Please click on this LINK for the 2017-2018 grading dates document.  Please note that the end of the grading window inside of CANVAS has been extended to accommodate the January 22 make-up day. Grading dates for IC Posting are NOT impacted.

Middle School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK


High School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK


An email was sent with updated links for MS and HS on 12.10.17.  邏


Additional Helpful IC Documents and Directions:


Adding and scoring an assignment for secondary--LINK

Adding and scoring and assignment for elementary--LINK

Setting Up student groups--LINK

Campus Tools Quick Guide--LINK

IC Quick Guide for Portal--LINK

Transfer Student Grades in IC Directions--LINK

Setting Up Pass/Fail Marks or Courses--LINK


Technology Update - December 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 3:41 PM by David Gundlach   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 3:47 PM ]

  Welcome to the December 2017 Technology Update.  The purpose of this update is to provide you with the latest information on changes that might impact you in the area of instructional technology.  Please take a moment to read through the information provided in this document and feel free to contact us with any questions or input you may have.  


Staff Feedback From Last Update

First off thank you to everyone who completed the feedback form found at the end of the tech update.  I really appreciated your comments and questions.  I have summarized the feedback received and a couple of common questions below.

Feedback
  • Staff appreciate the table of contents and the short and to the point nature of the update.
  • Staff would like the text to be a bit larger and easier to see (done! - just upped the size to 12 point so let me know how you like it)  
  • Staff appreciated the opportunity to give feedback
Highlighted Questions 

Question: Will we be switching to Infinite Campus LMS and what about Canvas?!
Answer: No!  We have no plans to move to Infinite Campus LMS and will be renewing our contract with Canvas.  We will continue to provide the best LMS solution for teachers (Canvas 6-12 and Google Classrom K-5) and any decision to move would come from a committee of teachers.

Question: We (teachers) are wondering if there will ever be a login option for subs, long term subs and student teachers?
Answer: Yes!  We have already setup our "daysub" accounts for daily subs and we now have a process in place to add long terms subs and student teachers just like any other staff members with a few minor exceptions.  In short, they will have OASD accounts so they can properly do their work.  This was a great suggestion from you...keep them coming!

Technology Spotlight:  GSuite Training and Teacher Resources

Need to know how to do something with technology?  We continue to get requests from staff for documentation on how to use various software especially GSuite (aka Google Apps).  In order to make this easier for everyone we have two services to provide you with timely and updated information.  

The first one is called GSuite Training and can help you with ANY question you have about a Google Application.  This system knows what you are doing in Google and will provide you with example "how to" topics depending on where you are and what application you are using. 

1. Find the GSuite Training icon in the upper right corner of whatever Google App you are running and click on it.

2. The GSuite Training system will expand to provide you with help topics based upon where you are.  Either select the appropriate help topic or search for your own and then the system will walk you through what to do with audio prompts.

The second set of resources have been created by our very own technology integrators, technology service staff, and our media specialist teams.  These google doc resources are for OASD Specific Topics (i.e. Creating and securely sharing a Google Doc) and are available in a new section of our portal website. 

1. Go to the portal page and click on Staff Resources

2. You will see three folder icons on this page.  One for Apps and Software, one for Hardware, and one for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) resources.  Click on the folder you wish (i.e. Apps and Software).  


3. You will be taken to a Google Team Drive folder where you can find resources on many topics of interest broken down in the appropriate subtopics (i.e. GSuite)

Staff Chromebook Update

Staff Chromebooks were provided back in November of 2014 and are slated to be replaced in Fall 2018.  We are currently evaluating new systems for staff and have a group piloting the Acer R13.  The Acer R13 is a powerful, touch screen Chromebook that is high definition and features all day battery life.  This unit also has the benefit of having full size ports (USB, HDMI, etc.) just like the HP 14's currently used by staff.
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Stacy Gregory won a drawing for a chance to pilot the new Acer Chromebook first!  Stacy qualified for the Chromebook drawing by reading through the entire Tech Update and participating in a feedback survey.  Congratulations Stacy!  

NEW! Google Drive File Stream Replaces Google Drive Client

Google Drive File Stream
Google has announce that the Google Drive Client is being replaced by Drive File Stream for education clients. This does NOT mean Google Drive files will be going away it just means the tool used to access the files is changing slightly. As of December 11th 2017, the Google Drive Client will no longer be supported and as of March 12, 2018 the Google Drive Client will stop syncing files.  For those that access Google Drive Files by signing into email then going to Google Drive, this will NOT be changed. See the PC World Article for more details.

What does this mean for the Oshkosh Area School District?
  1. Chromebooks are NOT affected and accessing Google Drive by signing into Gmail then going to Google Drive will remain the same. This will continue to be a preferred method of accessing Google Drive Files.
  2. Google Drive Client has been removed from the Microsoft Software Center so it can no longer be installed
  3. Drive File Stream will soon be available in the Microsoft Software Center for all Windows Workstations (Stay posted for additional communications related to this)
  4. When Drive File Stream is installed by the user via the Microsoft Software Center, the Google Drive Client will be uninstalled as part of the process
  5. Signing into the new Drive File Stream will be very similar to signing into the no longer support Google Drive Client
  6. Google Drive Client will NOT be uninstalled from any Windows Workstations via an automated process without the users knowledge
What are the benefits of Drive File Stream?
  1. Files are NOT stored on the local workstation taking up space
  2. Drive File Stream will be available to staff and students
  3. Files created in the native software application will remain in their native software application. For Example, Microsoft files will remain and open as Microsoft files. They will NOT be converted to a Google Document! This applies to "ALL" software applications such as AutoCAD and the Adobe Photoshop Suite

Application and Website Approval Process and Timeline

As we mentioned in the last tech update, the district has updated our system for application and website approval.  We appreciate all staff who were patient with us and let us know when services were blocked that should not have been.  We believe we have resolved the majority of those issues and have fully implemented our Application and Website Approval Process.  The OASD App Approval Process is managed by our media specialist team so if you would like to request a new application or have a website blocked or unblocked do the following:

1. Go to our portal page and click on the Library Media Link
2. Click on the Resources link

3. Click on the appropriate link to request an app or website be blocked or unblocked on a Chromebook or iPad

Tell Us What You Think!

Congratulations again on reading through the entire update.  We would really love to have your feedback on a couple of quick questions below.  Either fill out the form below or CLICK HERE.

OASD Tech Update Dec 2017 Feedback form






 

CIA Update for November 2017: The Mid-Semester Progress Reporting Edition updated 11.3.17

posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:47 AM by Julie Conrad   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 12:48 PM ]

 For the 2017-2018 school year, K-12 publishes two report cards each year at the end of each semester.  For elementary, the OASD will progress report mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD progress reports at week 5, 10, and 15.  November 6th is the end of "quarter 1" for High School Driver's Education and Student Teachers in 9 week placements.

Elementary Progress Reporting:


The progress report window for elementary opens on Thursday, November 2 and closes on Wednesday, November 8 at midnight.  ALL grades/scores for elementary students should be up to date in Infinite Campus at the close of the window.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Thursday, November 9.  Please on this LINK for the 2017-2018 grading dates document.  


How do I prepare for elementary progress reporting?

Step 1:  DOUBLE check that you are using points (4) when entering assignments and not rubric.  Several teachers have noticed that an in progress grade is not calculating or parents/families cannot see grades on the portal.  Almost every time it has been that rubric is selected instead of points.  ALWAYS choose points and enter 4.  See the directions for Adding and scoring assignments for elementary below.  


Adding and scoring assignment for elementary--LINK


Step 2:  Enter any assignments or assessment scores into the IC gradebook.  Be sure that all scores are up to date by midnight on Wednesday, November 8 at midnight.  


The OASD continues to encourage students and families to go to Infinite Campus as their first stop for information.  The best way to prep for progress reporting or grade posting is to keep your IC grade book up to date!  We encourage and expect our educators to update and input assignment data weekly so that students and parents can get the most up to date information. Accurate grading and record keeping as well as communication with families on student progress aligns with Danielson Domain 4 Components 4b and 4c. Click on this LINK for more information on the Danielson Framework for Teaching.  


An email will be sent out to elementary families via IC messenger on November 9th that elementary grades are up to date. The email letter is at this LINK. Families will go to the grades tab in the IC Portal for the latest progress for students.  Information will start to go into newsletters and we encourage you as teachers to refer families to the IC Portal for updates on progress.


In addition to progress reporting, we always communicate with families when a child’s classroom performance significantly changes.  This may be for the positive or if the student is struggling.  Your building principal will give you more information on your learning community’s expectations.



Secondary Progress Reporting:


The progress report window for Secondary opens on Wednesday, November 8 and closes on Tuesday, November 14 at midnight.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, November 15.  Please click on this LINK for the 2017-2018 grading dates document.  


Middle School Progress Report #2--week 10--Directions LINK


High School Progress Report #2--week 10--Directions LINK


An email was sent with updated links for MS and HS on 11.6.17.  邏


Additional Helpful IC Documents and Directions:


Adding and scoring an assignment for secondary--LINK

Adding and scoring and assignment for elementary--LINK

Setting Up student groups--LINK

Campus Tools Quick Guide--LINK

IC Quick Guide for Portal--LINK

Transfer Student Grades in IC Directions--LINK

Setting Up Pass/Fail Marks or Courses--LINK


Technology Update - Fall 2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 2:48 PM by David Gundlach   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

  Welcome to the Fall 2017 Technology Update.  The purpose of this update is to provide you with a summary of several exciting changes to our technology systems that will impact the instructional environment during the 2017-18 school year.  Please take a moment to read through the information provided in this document and feel free to contact us with any questions or input you may have.  

New Technology Services Team Members 

We are pleased to announce that we have hired two new staff members as part of our technology services team.  While many of you may have already seen Bob and Luke in your buildings we wanted to be sure to give them a proper introduction so that you know who they are and what they can do for you.  If you would like to see the entire Technology Services Team CLICK HERE

Bob Summers - Technology Infrastructure and Services Manager

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Bob Summers joined our team just before summer and replaced Aaron VandenHeuvel as our Technology Infrastructure and Services Manager.  Bob works with the technology services team to ensure that we have a technology infrastructure and support system that all staff can depend on every day.  Before joining Oshkosh Bob spent several years in the private sector and most recently spent over 12 years working as the Technology Coordinator for the Kaukauna School District.  

Luke Simonson - Customer Service Improvement

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Luke Simonson joined our team over the summer and replaced Dave Last as our technology systems support for customer service improvement.  Specifically Luke works to improve the end user experience on systems that have already been installed and are up and running.  His primary focus is to ensure that we double back to the end user after systems are in place and make sure they are working for you or improved to better meet your needs.  Before joining Oshkosh Luke spent over 3 years working as hardware specialist for the Kaukauna School District.  

Using Personal Devices on OASD WiFi

Staff and the public are welcome to use the OASD WiFi system on their personal devices. The best way to use a personal device is to connect to the oasd-public WiFi system. This system is designed to allow for public devices and will ensure that you have a smooth and successful internet connection. We are asking that staff double check their personal devices and if they are connected to oasd-district to change them back to oasd-public.

New Teacher Chromebooks On The Horizon 

Our Learning Without Limits Initiative has been extremely successful and exceeded our expectations in terms of teacher use and student impact.  The initiative was rolled out in four key phases.

  1. Installation of a state of the art infrastructure to support digital learning
  2. Provide embedded professional development through the use of technology integrators who assist staff in leveraging technology in their lesson design
  3. Provide teachers with their own device that mirrors the student device for lesson creation, grading, and communications
  4. Provide students access to their own device to participate in the modern learning process.

We have completed phase 4 and are now ready to cycle back to replacing the teacher devices provided in November of 2014.  We have a team of teachers prototyping several new Chromebooks with some significant improvements over the current HP 14 models that teachers have.  This team will be evaluating several options in the coming months and we hope to select the specific device some time in January or February once the latest technology has been released.  We will then set up a teacher rollout time that works with the district calendar either in late spring or early fall.  

Old Samsung Chromebooks Scheduled For Removal 

We continue to leverage the old silver and black Samsung Chromebooks as replacement units for students who are not able to use their HP 11 Chromebook due to lack of charging or damage.  Unfortunately these devices are too slow to work well on our new, fast, Cisco WiFi network.  Therefore we have decided to eliminate these devices and provide enough HP 11 backup units for the media center to cover any shortage of student units.  We will recycle/resell the old devices to ensure that they are disposed of properly.  We hope to have this project completed prior to Thanksgiving.

Student Google Experience Changes 

In our effort to streamline and improve student usage of Chromebooks, we have made a few changes to the student experience.  The first change is for all users and involves all students being taken to the Student Portal upon logging in to Chrome.  The other changes listed below are only for elementary students:

  1. The Youtube app has been removed from the device.  Students can still access Youtube.com in the browser, just not through the app
  2. Google Drive and Google Classroom have been added to the Shelf/Task Manager
  3. The Mirroring 360 and Read&Write for Google extensions have been added by default for student Chromebooks.

OASD Website Filtering Changes and Issues

The Oshkosh Area School District uses a dual filter system like most districts that have gone 1 to 1. We use a system called Palo Alto™ for internal systems. We use a system called GoGuardian™ for Chromebooks. The GoGuardian system was originally put in to ensure that devices are filtered when they are outside of the district.

We made some changes to these systems over the summer in preparation for more students at the elementary level receiving their devices. We now have the multiple groups established for more granular filtering settings. The main filter groups are K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8, 9-10, 11-12, STAFF, and GUEST. The grade 7 and younger groups are covered by COPPA legal requirements as they involve students ages 13 and under. We have created an OASD Filter and Firewall Settings document to detail which categories are blocked and which ones are allowed by group.


While the majority of users did not notice this change, we have received reports that some sites that were previously open are now blocked. This may or may not be true as we are also experiencing a "time out" issue with some sites. To better help you diagnose if you need to request a site be unblocked or if it is a time out issue, please see the screen shots below:

Website Blocked by Palo Alto - Please request this site to be unblocked if appropriate


Website Blocked by GoGuardian - Please request this site to be unblocked if appropriate

Website Time Out Issue - Please submit a footprint ticket with the site.  This is a district wide issue and we are working to resolve them asap.


ALERT - Do Not Activate Infinite Campus Learning Module

We recently received word that Infinite Campus, without the consent of districts, put out a new Campus Learning Module. Furthermore they have a popup screen that encourages users to try this module outside of the OASD software adoption process. We are asking all OASD Staff to refrain from activating or using this module. Please see the screenshot below to see what we are referring to. If you have activated it already, please contact Julie Conrad or David Gundlach immediately. We, along with most other IC districts, are requesting that IC turn this off to avoid confusion and issues. We will keep you posted.

Congratulations on reading through the entire update. If you have read to this point feel free to enter your name in a drawing to receiving one of the new, advanced, Teacher Chromebooks to test out and use! CLICK HERE to enter your name.

CIA Update 10.2.17--Secondary Posting Edition

posted Oct 1, 2017, 10:00 AM by Julie Conrad   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

The posting window for Progress Report 1 of Semester 1 opens on Wednesday, October 4 at 8:00 am and closes on Tuesday, October 10 at midnight with email notification going to parents/families on Wednesday, October 11.  

Click on this LINK for 2017-2018 Grading Dates.

Click on this LINK for Middle School Progress Report 1 Posting Directions.

Click on this LINK for High School Progress Report 1 Posting Directions.  

Please see your friendly IST with any questions or assistance.  We are always happy to help!  This information will be archived on the Portal Announcements page.

Have a great week!  

CIA Update 2017--Welcome Back Edition

posted Aug 27, 2017, 4:11 PM by Julie Conrad   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 6:20 AM ]

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!  Please read through this document for important Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment information.  Please read through the entire document.  



FIRST WEEK BACK PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND SCHEDULE


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! In order to help you plan, please find links to the First Four Days Schedule, the August 28th CT Grid, and the Wednesday Professional Development Times for 2017-2018.


The First Four Days gives you an overview of trainings that are happening in the district. Trainings are mandatory unless marked optional.  


First Four Days


The August 28, 2017 CT Grid shares locations for grade levels and departments after convocation along with the topics/tasks you will be working on during collaboration.


August 28, 2017 CT Grid


The Professional Development Times document shares dates and times for building and district collaboration.


Elementary Professional Development Times

Middle Professional Development Times

High Professional Development Times


We hope you find these documents helpful for planning.



DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY ASSESSMENTS INFORMATION


As always, it is SUPER important that we as elementary educators do a great job with assessment protocols and record keeping so that we can pass data on to the next grade level and inform our instruction.  Please work with your IST-Math and IST-Literacy to access data from the spring to start off your instruction this fall.  You can also find data from last school year in the Assessment Tab for each student in Infinite Campus.


Work SMARTER, not harder and maximize instructional minutes!!  

2017-18 Elementary Assessment Timeline:

Grade Level

AVMR Assessments: Infinite Campus Data Deadline

Grades K-5 Fall

January 19, 2018

Grades K-5 Spring

May 25, 2018



UNIVERSAL ABC SCHEDULE FOR SPECIALISTS AND A/B CALENDAR FOR 2017-18


Click on this LINK for the Universal ABC and AB Schedule Memo


Click on this LINK for the ABC elementary school calendar


Click on this LINK for the A/B middle school calendar



INFINITE CAMPUS GRADEBOOK SETUP for 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR


Your CIA Team and Data-Technology Team have been hard at work this summer to make sure the Infinite Campus standards bank and grade book is up to date so that educators, students and parents have a better overall user experience.  Here is a summary of improvements and revisions:

  • Campus Instruction has a new look.  Click on this LINK for an overview.  

  • ALL elementary grade books have been set up!!  No action is needed!  Please click on link below for a reminder on how to enter assignments.  

  • At the secondary level, teachers may use the CANVAS gradebook ONLY after completing the CANVAS Level 1 course and the CANVAS gradebook training.  Progress reports and final grades will be posted in IC.  Please see your friendly IST-Teach Integration or IST-Curriculum for more information.

The OASD will continue to encourage students and families to go to Infinite Campus as their first stop for information.  PLEASE keep your grade book up to date!  We encourage you to update and input assignment data weekly so that students and parents can get the most up to date information.  Keeping up to date with assignment entry will speed up posting at report card and secondary progress reporting time.  In addition, we will be directing elementary families to the IC portal for updated grades at elementary progress report windows.  


Click on this LINK for 2017-18 Grading Dates.


The 17-18 School Year will be turned for educators in Infinite Campus on Monday, August 21. The IC parent portal will be turned on 8/28/17 for elementary and 8/22/17 for secondary.


Click on this LINK for High School Infinite Campus Grade Book Setup


Click on this LINK for Middle School Infinite Campus Grade Book Setup


Adding and scoring an assignment for secondary--LINK

Setting Up student groups--LINK

Campus Tools Quick Guide--LINK

IC Quick Guide for Portal--LINK

Transfer Student Grades in IC Directions--LINK

Setting Up Pass/Fail Marks or Courses--LINK

Elementary Infinite Campus Grade Books are set up for all content areas.  File:Thumbs up font awesome.svg - Wikimedia Commons


DECLARE A SECONDARY GRADEBOOK FOR SEMESTER 1 2017-2018


Please fill out this form to indicate which gradebook you are using for Semester 1... Infinite Campus or Canvas. You may change your choice Semester 2. If you are at multiple schools, please fill the form out once per building. By filling out this survey, we will be able to communicate with parents where to find information on their child's academic progress. Please note, you are required to complete Canvas Level 1 AND Canvas Gradebook Training prior to using Canvas as your primary gradebook.  Please complete this survey by August 31st.  LINK TO SURVEY


Parent Access to Student Grades and Assignments in Infinite Campus and Canvas--LINK


LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS (LCS)


Life and Career Skills are taught and assessed in grade K-8 in the OASD.  K-5 reports out on LCS standards on the elementary report card.  Grades 6-8 reports out on LCS (formerly known as Effort Grade) each progress report and on the semester report card.  Information on how to set up LCS in a CANVAS grade book will be shared at CANVAS MS gradebook training.



OASD K-8 SCIENCE FIELD TEST UPDATE

Please read below for information and updates on the Roll Out of NGSS and the Science Field Test.

  • This summer 75 elementary teachers, 18 middle school teacher, and 10 ISTs were trained in the HMH Science Dimensions Program that is aligned to the NGSS and three dimensional learning that the framework of NGSS lays out.

  • Materials are being shipped to schools as soon as they arrive.  Hands-on kits have NOT arrived as of 8.28.17 in the morning.  We will alert you and get them sent out as soon as they arrive.

  • All field test teachers should be receiving or have received student texts, ScienceSaurus handbooks, Teacher Editions and Assessment Guides.  Elementary will receive or has received level readers for each classroom.

  • Online/digital resources should be ready to access early this week.  An email with login directions for staff and students will be forthcoming.

  • SpEd teachers and ELL teachers working with field test classrooms will have access to hard copy teacher materials.  More info coming on how to access.




ELEMENTARY SCIENCE UPDATE


NGSS Standards loaded in Infinite Campus for K-8.  Click on this LINK


This school year will continue our transition to the NGSS in the OASD.  The elementary will transition to full implementation over the next three school years.  

  • 2017-2018→ Science Unit Map for Field Test Classrooms and Non-Field Test Classrooms

  • 2018-2019→ Science Unit Map with NGSS units--full implementation


Click on this LINK for the 2017-2018 Elementary Science Units Map for Non-Field Test Classrooms.  

Coming Soon!  Click on this LINK for the 2017-2018 Science Unit Map for Field Test Classrooms.  All Elementary Field Test start with Unit One.  Middle School field test start with Module A.


Science Resource Managers sent in a curriculum resources consumables list for your school.  Ordered consumables will be delivered in the coming weeks.  Live cards were ordered and will be handed out in the coming weeks as well.  


Technology Update - Summer 2017.2

posted Jun 1, 2017, 2:37 PM by David Gundlach   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 2:50 PM ]

  On behalf of your Technology Services Team, we would like to thank you all for your hard work, professionalism, and patience as we continue to make improvements in the tools and training provided to staff.  There are several exciting changes to our technology systems that will impact the instructional environment between now and the 2017-18 school year.  We want to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief summary of the changes and how you as a staff member can provide input and prepare for them.  Please take a moment to read through the information provided in this document and feel free to contact us with any questions or input you may have.  

Technology Improvements Summary For 2017-18

Workstation Replacement - Phase 2

In April 2014 voters approved our first referendum that protected academic programs and provided funds for our "Learning Without Limits" initiative.  These resources allowed us to provide professional staff and students in grades 3-12 with a Chromebook for instructional purposes.  Since we are adding nearly 9,000 devices for students and staff, it was necessary to reduce the quantity of computer workstations so resources could be diverted to student and staff devices.  While we are reducing general use computer labs, and replacing elementary computer labs with mobile Chromebook labs, we are adding back workstations for staff and students to access in common areas throughout our schools for greater access.

Grades K-5 Technology Access and iPad 2 Removal 

Grade 3 - 5 Learning Without Limits

We excited for the start of the 2017-18 school year as we have the opportunity to complete the elementary phase of our Learning Without Limits program.  The DTT will be having their final meeting on May 18th to complete the planning and logistics to ensure a successful rollout.  The team has done a terrific job each year of creating an implementation plan customized to the needs of the specific grade levels around the areas of logistics, digital citizenship, curricular integration, data privacy, and teacher professional development.

Grade K - 2 Access

K-2 staff have asked a lot of great questions about this topic so this information should be timely and helpful.   As mentioned in the last update, we have been able to generate cost savings in our instructional technology program to fund greater access in grades K-2 than we thought possible.  We are excited to announce that we have budgeted for 2 or 3 classroom sets of devices depending on the size of the elementary schools.  The original plan included only 1 set for each elementary school regardless of size.  We also surveyed all K-2 staff and found that the majority wanted both Chromebooks and iPads for K-2.  For those schools that are large enough to have 3 sets, the majority wanted to have 2 sets of Chromebooks and 1 set of iPads.  We further asked each of the large schools to give us their "final answer" on this configuration and 100% confirmed this preference.  

So we are pleased to report that even after you figure in the removal of the outdated computer labs and iPads currently in use, the elementary students will have greater access to technology next year than they do now.  The ratio of students to device will be 1 to 1 in grades 3 - 5 and approximately 2 to 1 in grades K-2.  This represents a significant improvement over current access levels given that K-2 students will have their own mobile Chromebook lab in addition to the set(s) of iPads being provided.  It should also be noted that AGR (formerly SAGE) schools have an advantage as we are proposing the same quantity per "set" in those schools and their class sizes at K-3 are capped at 18 students.

Replacement of outdated iPad 2's

The iPad 2's that were purchased several years ago have exceeded their expected lifespan as evidenced by Apple no longer allowing these devices to be updated.  We need to replace these devices to ensure they continue to work as needed.  We also have the opportunity to capture some revenue if we trade these devices in in the near future (30-60 days) as the value continues to drop.  Any revenue captured from trade values will be provided to the schools, if they purchased the devices, or used to offset the cost of the new K-2 access plan, if the district purchased the devices.  Therefore, we will be removing all existing, outdated, iPads throughout the district as quickly as possible.  We will be working to send a detailed communication to building principals outlining the logistics for this process in the near future. 

OASD Security Camera Project

Last April voters approved a referendum which provided $600,000 for the installation of security cameras in all district facilities.  On January 11th the Board approved the selection of two vendors who will be responsible for installing the cabling, cameras, and video management system for administration and law enforcement to use.  The project is already underway with a completion date of August 25, 2017 at which time we will have all buildings equipped with this critically important technology.  

OASD Switch Infrastructure and Elementary School WiFi Upgrades

Our district infrastructure is over 6 years old and is in need of replacement to ensure that we meet the ever growing demands of our Learning Without Limits program. We participated in the federal eRate program to obtain over $800,000 in discounts which has allowed us upgrade the entire district. The new Cisco switch equipment will ensure that the growing number of Chromebooks, iPads, Workstations, Security cameras, and WiFi access points have fast, reliable, network connectivity.
In addition to the new switch infrastructure, the district will be installing new, high capacity, Wi-Fi access points in all elementary schools to support the additional devices at the elementary level.  The installation has already begun and will be completed over spring break.  Special thanks to the members of the Technology Services Team who will be spending their spring break completing this project.  

Lakeside Fiber

Oshkosh benefits greatly from owning our own high speed fiber optic network that connects all district facilities with the exception of Lakeside Elementary School.  As a result, Lakeside has suffered from limited bandwidth, slow network speeds, and is unable to support the new security cameras being installed.  We are thrilled to finally be running fiber optic cable to the newly renovated Lakeside Elementary School and anticipate this project being completed by July 1, 2017.  This upgrade will ensure that all Oshkosh schools have the bandwidth to meet educational needs now and into the future.

Protecting Your Data During Summer Computer Re-Imaging

  • During the summer, we will be re-imaging computers which consists of wiping the hard drives and reloading updated software from scratch to ensure they are working perfectly for you in the fall.
  • The re-image process wipes the hard drive and removes any locally stored files. Please backup any files that you have stored locally on your computer that you need. Click Here to view a document that has suggestions of common files that may be stored local. Click Here to learn how to login to Google Chrome to sync and backup your Chrome settings, bookmarks, and other data for use on any computer. 
  • Please leave all printing and/or copy devices ON as we continue to test those devices throughout the summer months.

Archiving Or Taking Google Data With You

  • Google has created an excellent solution called "Google Takeout" to archive your Google Data and take it with you if you are leaving the district.
  • Click Here to view a short video on how to use Google Takeout or Click Here to be taken to the Google Download Page
  • If you are leaving the district please transfer ownership of shared Google files to a colleague. Once your account is set to inactive or removed, all of the shared files are no longer accessible. Click Here for a document on how to Transfer Ownership

CIA Update--End of the Year Edition 6.1.17

posted Jun 1, 2017, 1:14 PM by Julie Conrad   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

 CIA Update--End of the Year Edition

Updated 6.1.17

 

End of the Year Schedule:  Please see the attached End of the Year Memo on end of the year schedule and elementary specialist responsibilities.  

 

OASD Report Cards:  On Friday, June 9, a message will be sent out to all families on Infinite Campus for viewing report cards. We will not print report cards unless a family requests a printed copy, or a family does not have internet access/does not have an account on Infinite Campus.

 

Directions for Elementary Report Card Posting Semester 2

 

The best way to prep for report card posting is to have grade books and scoring up to date.  Beginning on Tuesday, May 30, elementary educators can work on finalizing grades and comments in Infinite Campus.  The elementary report card posting window opens on Tuesday, 5.30.17 at 8:00 am and will close on Friday, 6.9.17, at 11:00 am.  Your building may work with you to close the window sooner in order to get report card notifications out to families. Please click on this link for grading dates document--LINK.   

 

Several enhancements have been added to Infinite Campus to make grade posting easier. This includes the following:

  • Teachers can now post ALL strands for a content area in one step.  This drastically reduces clicks.

  • Specialists (Art, PE, and Music) can post a full grade level and ALL strands at once.  This doubly drastically reduces clicks.

  • Teachers will be able to view in progress scores and a sparkline graph from the Post Grades View.  This will make overriding grades easier.

  • Teachers will be able to post a comment per content area from the Post Grades View and on one scrolling screen.  

 

Please click on this LINK for step by step directions and screenshots.  Your friendly building IST were trained on Friday, 5.26.17, so that they are ready to assist you.  Please click on this LINK for a preview of the elementary report cards at each grade level.  

 

In addition, a letter for students with an IEP is linked in the posting directions.  Click on this LINK for the letter that explains grading and reporting to grade level expectations.  


 

Directions for High School Report Card Posting Semester 2

 

Please click on this LINK for step by step directions and screenshots for high school report card posting.  Directions for CANVAS users included.  

 

PLEASE READ all directions once through to help you in the posting process.  

 

 

Directions for Middle School Report Card Posting Semester 2

 

Please click on this LINK for step by step directions and screenshots for middle school report card posting.  Directions for CANVAS users included.  

 

PLEASE READ all directions once through to help you in the posting process.  

 

 

Adoption of Units of Study for Literacy on 5.24.17 by the BOE

 

After adopting the Units of Study for Writing, the OASD took an in depth look at other options for reading instruction. After previewing the materials, the team felt that they did not address phonics for early readers nor offer the support needed to support teachers with guided reading, a key differentiation strategy. Based on that, the OASD IST-Literacy along with numerous classroom teachers built the Units of Study for Literacy for OASD. The units of study are frameworks that provide a scope and sequence with the key teaching points for each grade level are clearly identified so that students do not have gaps in learning. This is living document in that as we try out the materials, we will gain your feedback in changes. Each classroom teacher will be providing a hard copy of the Units of Study for Literacy for their reference. Additionally, it will be available electronically.

 

Thank you to all OASD educators who worked on this to make this possible!

 

Extended Day:

 

In an effort to ensure a daily, solid block of time for prep, the school day minutes have been shifted for the 2017-2018 school year. The extended day will allow the needed time to truly meet DPI OASD Instructional Minutes. In order to do this, an ABC specialist schedule was approved by the BOE. Please click on this LINK for for details.

 

In coordination with Kobussen, the times for the student school day will be 7:45 a.m. -2:45 p.m.  Even though the school day will start ten minutes earlier, morning pick up times will not change and the approved school calendar will stay the same for the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, the teacher work day schedule will remain the same as the current schedule; 7:30-3:15.

 

Have a wonderful summer! Please take the time to relax and rejuvenate!

 

Best!

Julie and Kim


CIA Update--End of the Year Prep 5.15.17

posted May 15, 2017, 2:04 PM by Julie Conrad

Here are updates and end of the year reminders:
  • Please see the attached End of the Year Memo on end of the year schedule and elementary specialist responsibilities.  
  • 2016-2017 Grading Dates Document.  Directions for secondary posting will be available on June 1.  
  • Elementary Report Cards:  The best way to prep for report card posting is to have grade books and scoring up to date.  Beginning on Tuesday, May 30, elementary educators can work on finalizing grades and comments in Infinite Campus. Directions for posting report cards will be available on May 29th.  
  • OASD Report Cards:  On Thursday, June 9, a message will be sent out to all families on Infinite Campus for viewing report cards. We will not print report cards unless a family requests a printed copy, or a family does not have internet access/does not have an account on Infinite Campus. 
  • High School Senior Interim Grading:  Senior interim grading window opens at 8:00 am on May 19 and will close on May 23 at midnight. Directions for posting senior interim grades will be available on May 18.  
Thank you for all you do!  You are doing great.  Keep Going.  Finish Strong.

CIA Update for May 2017: The Secondary Progress Report 3 Edition

posted Apr 30, 2017, 8:06 PM by Julie Conrad

CIA Update for May 2017:  The Progress Report 3 Edition

updated 4.30.17


For the 2016-2017 school year, K-12 publishes two report cards each year at the end of each semester.  For elementary, the OASD will progress report mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD progress reports at week 5, 10, and 15. Progress Report 3 is the last progress report of the semester at week 15.

***Directions for High School Senior Interim grade posting will be sent out on May 18th. ***


Secondary Progress Reporting:

The progress report window for Secondary opens on Wednesday, May 3 and closes on Tuesday, May 9 at midnight.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, May 10.  Please click on this LINK for the 2016-2017 grading dates document.  


Middle School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK


High School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK


As we approach the last 5 weeks of the school year, please remember that we have 12% of our instructional time for the year to go.  Make it count!  Finish strong!  Our students take their cues from us.  Are we there yet?  Not quite.... Finish strong!

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