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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!

Technology Update - Summer 2017

posted Apr 15, 2017, 8:37 AM by David Gundlach

  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.  
 

District Technology Team (DTT) Work

The DTT is a committee composed of staff who represent you in the technology planning and decisions made.  CLICK HERE to see the members of the DTT for this school year.  You can contact any one of these staff with your thoughts, ideas, and concerns as they meet regularly to plan for these improvements.  The focus of this group over the next 18 months is to work on the implementation of the grade 3-5 Learning without Limits initiative and develop enhanced data security and privacy practices for the district.

Technology Improvements Coming 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 - NEW INFO

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.

CIA Update for March 2017: The Mid-Semester Progress Reporting Edition updated 3.26.17

posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:10 PM by Julie Conrad

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.  March 24th was the end of "quarter 3" for High School Driver's Education and Student Teachers in 9 week placements.


Secondary Progress Reporting:

The progress report window for Secondary opens on Wednesday, March 29 and closes on Tuesday, April 4 at midnight.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, April 5.  Please click on this LINK for the 2016-2017 grading dates document.  


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


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



Elementary Progress Reporting:

The progress report window for elementary opens on Tuesday, March 21 and closes on Tuesday, March 28 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 Wednesday, March 29.  Please click on this LINK for the 2016-2017 grading dates document.  


How do I prepare for elementary progress reporting?


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 March 29th 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.


Thank you for all you do! Happy Last Week of March!

🌼🌷🌸🏵🌹🐝💐


CIA Update--Progress Report 1 for Semester 2 Posting Edition 2.20.17

posted Feb 20, 2017, 6:24 PM by Julie Conrad

 CIA Update--Progress Report 1 for Semester 2 Posting Edition

The 5 Week Progress Reporting window for secondary opens on Wednesday, February 22 and will close on Tuesday, February 28 at midnight.  Email notification will be sent to students and parents on Wednesday, March 1.  

Click on this LINK for the updated grading dates for the 2016-2017 school year.  

Click on this LINK for the High School Posting Directions 5 Week Progress Report #1 Semester 2.

Click on this LINK for the Middle School Posting Directions 5 Week Progress Report #1 and LCS Score Semester 2.   

Please READ the posting directions once through before starting to refresh your memory.  As always, please reach out to your friendly building IST for assistance. We are here to help!  邏

Technology Update - Spring 2017

posted Jan 26, 2017, 8:40 PM by David Gundlach   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 8:43 PM ]

  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.  
 

District Technology Team (DTT) Work

The DTT is a committee composed of staff who represent you in the technology planning and decisions made.  CLICK HERE to see the members of the DTT for this school year.  You can contact any one of these staff with your thoughts, ideas, and concerns as they meet regularly to plan for these improvements.  The focus of this group over the next 18 months is to work on the implementation of the grade 3-5 Learning without Limits initiative and develop enhanced data security and privacy practices for the district.

Technology Changes through the 2017-18 School Year

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.  It should be noted that the budget amount was dictated by remaining resources from the referendum after all academic programs were protected.  By leveraging our advanced technology infrastructure we were able to use these resources to install Priority 1 cameras in the most important areas.  We did not have sufficient resources to install Priority 2 and 3 cameras at this time.

Workstation Replacement

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 appropriate and necessary to reduce the 2400 computer workstations to a fleet of approximately 1,700.  These 1,700 are mainly in classrooms, office areas, and a few remaining specialty computer labs.  Regular computer labs account for the bulk of the reduction and 1/2 of the district was upgraded last summer with the other 1/2 occurring this summer.  As a result, all elementary school computer labs will be dismantled prior to the start of the 17-18 school year.  

Grades K-2 Technology Access and iPad 2 Removal

As part of our sustainable technology plan approved in 2014 it was determined that access in grades K-2 was necessary along with our 1 to 1 access for students in grades 3-12.  As a result we have budgeted for 2 or 3 classroom sets of devices depending on the size of the elementary schools.  It is our intent to remove all of the outdated iPad 2's at the elementary level and replacing them with the classroom sets in conjunction with Chromebooks for all students in grades 3 through 5.  The specific type of device (iPad or Chromebook) will be determined later this spring in consultation with the district CIA team.

OASD Switch Infrastructure and Elementary School WiFi Upgrades

It has been over six years since Oshkosh made the first investments in network switch equipment that allowed us to provide consistent and reliable technology services to the district. Those systems now need to be replaced to ensure that we meet the ever growing demands of our Learning Without Limits program. We participated in the federal eRate program to obtain nearly $600,000 in discounts which will help us upgrade the entire district in the coming months. 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 will occur prior to the start of the 17-18 school year and will provide high speed network connectivity in all 14 elementary schools. 

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.  This upgrade will ensure that all Oshkosh schools have the bandwidth to meet educational needs now and into the future.

Data Privacy Work

Data privacy is a major focus in our state and our district.  The DTT is working hard in three different areas to provide staff the resources necessary to ensure the data privacy and security for all users.  All staff will benefit from this work in the areas listed below:
  1. Professional Development for all staff on Data Privacy and Security.  
  2. Resource adoption protocols and processes to ensure data security
  3. Emergency Response Plan development in the event of a data breach

CIA Update--End of Semester 1 Edition--January 2017--updated 1.17.17

posted Jan 17, 2017, 10:00 AM by Julie Conrad

 

Grading Date Changes


With Tuesday, January 17 being a non-school day due to weather, the following adjustments to the semester and the grading windows for elementary and secondary will be made:

  • Tuesday, January 17 will be made a non-instructional day in Infinite Campus and CANVAS.

  • March 24 will become an instructional day as our snow make-up day.

  • January 23 will be the last day of semester 1.

  • January 24 will be first day of semester 2.

  • Grading window for elementary is open and will now close on Wednesday, January 25.

  • Grading window for secondary will open tomorrow, January 17, as scheduled and will now close on Wednesday, January 25.

  • District assessment score entry windows are NOT changed.  See below.

  • Email notification on report cards will go out to families and students on Thursday, January 26.  

  • Reminder!  The best way to prep for report card posting, at all grade levels, is to have all scores and assignments entered and updated before starting the posting process.  


Please click on this LINK for the updated Grading Dates 2016-2017 document.  All changes are highlighted in purple.  


Directions for Elementary Report Card Posting


The elementary report card posting window opens on Monday, 1.16.17 and will close on Wednesday, 1.25.17.  Please click on this link for grading dates document--LINK.   


Several enhancements have been added to Infinite Campus to make grade posting easier. Woot Woot! 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, 1.13.17, so that they are ready to assist you.  Please click on this LINK for a preview of the semester 1 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.  


Please Remember the following:  

  • Have all scores entered and up-to-date BEFORE starting the posting process. This will save you time and frustration.

  • Gradebooks “start over” at the semester.  Going to semester report cards for elementary means that semester 1 report cards are based on scores from semester 1 only.  Semester 2 report cards are based on scores from semester 2 only.


Directions for High School Report Card Posting


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


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.  





Declare a Gradebook for Semester 2 of the 2016-2017 School Year


At the secondary level, educators have the option to use the CANVAS grade book or the Infinite Campus grade book for the 16-17 school year. It is time to “Declare a Gradebook” for Semester 2.  


Teachers may use the CANVAS grade book 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.


In order to facilitate communication with families on how to check academic progress for their child, we are asking that secondary teachers "declare" a grade book for semester 2.  This is your opportunity to switch at from IC to CANVAS or CANVAS to IC, if you choose.  Please complete the following survey by 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 19 to "declare" your grade book. ALL need to complete the survey even if you are staying in the same gradebook.  


Survey LINK:  Declare Gradebook 16-17  Semester 2


The information for each school will be compiled and made available to families/parents/students.  The following letter will be communicated via newsletters, website, etc.  You are also free to use the letter in your classroom communications.


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



AVMR, DRA, On-Demand Writing and Secondary Common Assessment Score Entry Windows


Even though the semester grading window has been extended, the assessment score entry windows CANNOT be extended or adjusted.  The assessment score set up in Infinite Campus is complex and tied to many different “data buckets”.  Please follow the dates listed below for each assessment.  




AVMR

Grade Level

Infinite Campus Data Entry Due Date:

All data entered should be reflective of a child’s current level of understanding.  

Grades K-5 Winter

January 20, 2017



Mid-Year PALS – Grades K-2

  • January 16-27

    • Students Identified on Fall PALS

    • Scores due on PALS Data Site – February 3

Mid-Year DRA2 – Grades K-5

  • January 23 – February 10

    • All Kindergarten and Grade 1 students

    • Students in grades 2-5 who were not proficient in Fall

    • Scores due on Infinite Campus – February 17


On-Demand Writing *

Pre-Assessment – Grades K-5:

  • See OASD Units of Study Writing Progression

  • Scores for Unit One only will be entered into Infinite Campus. Other pre-assessments, as well as the pre-assessment for Unit One,  will be used for informing instruction.

  • Unit Three

    • at the beginning of the unit (no later than February 28)

  • Unit Four

    • at the beginning of the unit (no later than April 28)

Post-Assessments – K-5

  • Unit Two

    • at the end of Unit Two (no later than February 15)

  • Unit Three

    • at the end of Unit Three (no later than April 13)

  • Unit Four

    • at the end of Unit Four (no later than June 2)



Secondary Common Assessments Anchored in Writing

  • Three Assessments for year long courses

    • Baseline:  Fall (Entered by October 31)

    • Mid-Year:  Winter (Entered by February 10)

    • End of Year:  Spring (Entered by May 1)

  • Two Assessments for semester long courses

**If you have mid-semester data, please see your building IST.

  • Semester 1

    • Baseline:  Fall (Entered by October 31)

    • End of Course:  Winter (Entered by January 20)

  • Semester 2

    • Baseline:  Winter (Entered by February 10)

    • End of Year:  Spring (Entered by May 1)


Professional Development


Please click on this LINK to view the Infographic for Professional Development. The infographic was developed after a group of teachers and administrators met to create a three year plan for professional development. You will note that the graphic includes areas that have been part of OASD for the last decade as well as areas that we know we need to continually develop to make sure students College, Career, and Community Ready. In addition, the outcomes and measures are written for each quadrant.


Procedure for Transferring Student Grades within the OASD


Please click on the link below for how to transfer student grades from one teacher/section to another within OASD during the semester.  If a student starts with you a semester, no action is needed.  Gradebooks at the all levels “start over” at the start of a semester.  


LINK for Mid-Semester Transfer Student in IC - Within District and Out of District

CIA Update--The Inclement Weather Day Edition at the End of Semester 1--1.17.17

posted Jan 16, 2017, 8:36 PM by Julie Conrad

With Tuesday, January 17 being a non-school day due to weather, the following adjustments to the semester and the grading windows for elementary and secondary will be made:
  • Tuesday, January 17 will be made a non-instructional day in Infinite Campus and CANVAS.
  • March 24 will become an instructional day as our snow make-up day.
  • January 23 will be the last day of semester 1.
  • January 24 will be first day of semester 2. 
  • Grading window for elementary is open and will now close on Wednesday, January 25.
  • Grading window for secondary will open tomorrow, January 17, as scheduled and will now close on Wednesday, January 25.
  • Email notification on report cards will go out to families and students on Thursday, January 26.  
  • Reminder!  The best way to prep for report card posting, at all grade levels, is to have all scores and assignments entered and updated before starting the posting process.  😀
Please click on this LINK for the updated Grading Dates 2016-2017 document.  All changes are highlighted in purple.  

The information above along with direction links for posting will be in the full CIA Update.  High schools have sent out updated Semester Exam schedules via IC messenger and social media.  

Stay safe! 🌨❄⛄

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