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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year! Please read through this document for important Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment information.
FIRST WEEK BACK PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND SCHEDULE
In order to prepare you for the beginning days of school, we set-up a one stop shop to share an overview for the first week back, locations for those days, and access to the professional collaboration calendar. Please click on the appropriate link below. If you are at multiple schools, choose your home location.
State and District Assessment Update
With the passage of the state budget, there have been some major changes to the Wisconsin State Assessment System. Click on this LINK for the latest information on large scale and district level assessments for the 2015-2016 School Year. There is NO WKCE/WAA testing this fall for any grade level and NO fall ACT Aspire for grade 9. 🙌🎉🎊
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY ASSESSMENTS
Elementary Educators--we have heard you loud and clear and through the input of the Elementary Task Force representatives and representatives from the CIA team, that beginning of the year assessments are overwhelming and that it is holding you back from focusing on instruction and building your classroom culture. Representatives from the CIA team have continued data digging and research. We have come up with a revised assessment schedule for the 2015-2016 school year as a result. Listed below are links to assessment windows for Literacy and Math.
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!!
2015-16 Elementary Assessment Timeline:
Universal Schedule Adjustment for Specialists and A/B Calendar for 2015-16
Click on this LINK for the Universal Schedule Adjustment Memo
Click on this LINK for the A/B middle school calendar
Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up for 2015-16 School Year
Your CIA Team and Data-Technology Team have been hard at work this summer to make revisions to Infinite Campus standards bank and grade book so that educators, students and parents have a better overall user experience. Here is a summary of improvements and revisions:
The OASD will continue to encourage students and families to go to Infinite Campus as their first stop for information. PLEASE keep your IC 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 2015-16 Grading Dates.
The 15-16 School Year will be turned for educators in Infinite Campus on Tuesday, August 25. The IC parent portal will be turned on 8/26/15 for elementary and 8/31/15 for secondary.
Click on this LINK for High School Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up--more info to be linked.
Click on this LINK for Middle School Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up--more info to be linked.
Click on this LINK for Elementary Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up--podcast will be linked on or before 8/26/15. Teacher grade books/course sections will be populated on 8/27/15 after open house if not set up already.
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. Each middle school will be participating in professional development and learning on LCS the afternoon Thursday, 8/27.
Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy
Please find the Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy scope and sequence for the OASD grades K-12 linked below. The documents are broken out by level and include grade level expectations, resources and the educators responsible which include classroom teachers, IST-MIL (formerly known as Media Specialists), school counselors, school resource officers, IST--Technology (Tech Coaches).
Ensuring that all students are College, Career and Community Ready is the primary goal of the OASD. Working together to implement the Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy scope and sequence is a step needed as we roll out Learning Without Limits--1:1 initiative and to meet the Learning Without Limits objective: Provide a rigorous, relevant, and connected personalized learning system preparing students for the world they will graduate into.
This is a work in progress and will evolve over time. Educators will be working with IST-MIL and IST-Technology this year to establish the scope and sequence. We want to make sure our students have the tools and information they need to learn in a digital environment efficiently and safely. Please visit the OASD Tech Integration Portal page for more information at https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/technology-integration/home.
OASD K-12 Science Taskforce Update
Please find the OASD 3 Phase Plan for K-12 Science including the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at this LINK. The document is a brief overview of a much more detailed plan with 5 instructional goals and 3 operational goals that will get us to implementation of NGSS by the fall of 2017.
A task force of close to 40 educators met this summer for two full days and action teams at elementary, middle school and high school levels also met to continue planning. A BIG thank you to all who took time out of their busy summer schedules to help the OASD move forward with NGSS! Your professionalism, passion, and hard work is so appreciated!
Links for OASD Educators:
If your staff has not had an opportunity to discuss the behavior expectations yet, know that it will be discussed during an upcoming collaboration.
Human Resources Required Training and Quizzes
Below you will find the link to the power point relative to OASD work rules and the Board Policy Quiz. Please review the powerpoint and complete the quiz. When you select the correct answer, the system will forward to the next question. Should you select an incorrect answer, the system will provide the Board Policy for your review. When you are done with the quiz, click on submit and the system will record your name and date of completion. Please complete the quiz by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/staff-policy-quiz/
Another item that we must complete is the Bloodborne Pathogen Quiz. You can access the quiz on the District website under Human Resources. The Bloodborne Pathogen Quiz, when submitted, will automatically record that you completed this task . Please complete this by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact HR.
Below are a few announcements and support recommendations as you work to re-open your classrooms this week.
Beside the excitement of the 1:1 roll-out at our High Schools, our biggest announcement is advancement in our wireless network.
To take advantage of the advanced internal network (OASD-DISTRICT), AND NO MORE CAPTIVE PORTAL, with a District owned device, you will need to walk through some steps to set up your device. You need to complete these steps to receive this benefit. Additional information will be posted for you soon and your instructional support teams will be updated on procedures as well.
Our Service Operations worked diligently this summer, with a cadre of interns, to hook-up, test, and check off every classroom in our District as functional. As a reminder, if you have an issue, please use Footprints to submit a support request. Here are the main items that are tech support focused:
*As an important note, the team did not have access to many document cameras, so they could not be hooked up. Please place a Footprints service ticket for hook-up if your document camera was stored away separately over the summer.
We have instituted a new methodology to manage iPads based on Apple enterprise support advancements. The app update process has made more functional. Additional information will be provided soon.
As well ....
Notes on items you'll be hearing about in a timely fashion:
Please remember your various instructional support personnel in your buildings. They will be continue to be heavily involved in helping you integrate technology into your classrooms and assist in your professional development growth.
Another year in the books, another year in our technology growth and maturity as an organization. This year we truly felt how much other districts were looking at what is happening here in Oshkosh, not in the sense of the technology itself, but how it was being used throughout our organization and in our classroom. I can't think of a higher compliment to the work that is being done throughout our District integrating technology for our organization, students, and community.
Summer Projects and Improvements Summary
Protecting your data during summer computer re-imaging
Archiving or taking Google Data with you
If you are leaving our District
Remaining Technology Equipment
If you have questions, remember you have a number of resources to reach out to:
Aaron Vanden Heuvel
ITIL v3 / ITIL CSI / ITIL SO / CWNA / CEVA
Technology Infrastructure and Services Manager
Oshkosh Area School District
Here are action steps you need to take to make posting grades (generating your end of the year report cards) as smooth and stress free as possible:
Here are things educators will NOT have to do at the end of this school year:
Posting Senior Interim Grades--Click on the link below for step by step instructions and screenshots for posting senior interim grades. The grading window is open from Monday, June 1 at 8:00 AM to midnight on Tuesday, June 2. Both North and West have sent out reminders and other important end of the year date documents. Please follow!
Parent and Student Portal is open/active and grades will be live in IC once posted and as you make updates. Calculations for graduation honors will take place starting the morning of Wednesday, June 3. The Infinite Campus SANDBOX will house the temporary class rank and cumulative GPA for determining graduation honors. Final grades and semester GPA will be posted to the portal on June 12. Unofficial transcripts, class rank and cumulative GPA will be posted to the portal the week of June 15.
Click on this LINK to access directions for posting senior interim grades for HS.
You will go through the posting process again for final semester 2 grades. When you post, it will override the posted senior interim grades.
Please click on this LINK for the Secondary Posting Directions for 15 Week Progress Report. Middle School will be posting Academic grades only and will post Effort Scores at the end of the semester.
The grading window will open on Wednesday, May 6 and will close on Tuesday, May 12 at midnight. Email notification will be sent to parents on Wednesday, May 13 that the progress report is available in the IC Portal. This is the final progress report of the year. High School teachers should be following additional directions from the high school admin team on senior interim grading.
Please know that we are continuing to work with Infinite Campus on feature improvements to the IC grade book for the 2015-2016 school year. This includes an improved parent/student portal view as well as features that will make assignment entry more efficient for the teacher. Once we have firm dates and news, I will share out the information.
Please click on this LINK for the Secondary Posting Directions for the 10 Week Progress Report. Middle School will be posting academic AND effort grades for this progress report. Please click on this LINK for the directions to post effort grades.
The grading window will open on Wednesday, March 25 and will close on Tuesday, March 31 at midnight. Email notification will be sent to parents on Wednesday, April 1 that the progress report is available in the IC Portal.
Please click on this LINK for the Secondary Posting Directions for Five Week Progress Report. Middle School will be posting Academic grades only and will post Effort Scores at the Ten Week Progress Report.
The grading window will open on Wednesday, February 25 and will close on Tuesday, March 3 at midnight. Email notification will be sent to parents on Wednesday, March 4 that the progress report is available in the IC Portal.
Based on your feedback, the following adjustments/changes to quarter 3 and quarter 4 grading and reporting are listed below as well as an update on the Badger Exam for grades 3-5.
IC Tip: How do I print or generate a summary report for myself or a family?
Many staff are asking about preparing for the Badger Exam Grades 3-8, formerly known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Here is the latest information:
So.... we are on this as a district and I encourage all of our staff to focus on teaching and learning. That is the reason we went into this profession. The test will take care of itself. Let me know if you have any other questions. :-)