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CIA Update: AVMR Assessment Reminders and Clarification

posted Apr 22, 2016, 11:05 AM by Julie Mosher

As we approach the end of the year, data collection showing evidence of student growth in the various content areas is under way.  AVMR is the Oshkosh Area School District’s benchmark assessment that allows the district to show growth in foundational skills and conceptual understanding  of mathematics at the building, grade level and classroom level.  In addition, classroom teachers use the data on a regular basis to inform instruction.  The spring scores will be key to the classroom teacher that will be receiving your students in the fall so that instruction can begin right at the beginning of the year.  


Here are some reminder, tips and tricks to make your AVMR data entry experience as stress free as possible:


  • PLEASE remember that there is not a window for AVMR.  There is a deadline to promote the use of AVMR assessments as formative assessments and to allow you flexibility in conducting the assessments as you see students reach construct and level expectations. The deadline for this school year is May 27.

  • Once you have seen a child meet those expectations, you can assess and enter the score in IC and be done assessing the student with AVMR protocols.

  • REMEMBER….You may not need to start at the beginning of the assessment every time you assess.You may conduct the assessment starting at a point of entry based on your assessment data and teaching notes--using your prior (January) testing protocols as a guide for your point of entry will make this easy.  

  • This assessment time should be an exciting time to confirm the hard work you have done to move students all  year long!

  • Please work with your building IST-Math to discuss the best starting point and efficient strategies to make this as meaningful and efficient as you can.  Math Skills teachers, please work with Sara McKittrick.  


As always, please reach out to your friendly building IST, Julie Holmes or Julie Mosher with any additional questions.

CIA Update for March 2016: The Mid-Semester Progress Reporting Edition

posted Mar 20, 2016, 4:13 PM by Julie Mosher

For the 2015-2016 school year, K-12 will be posting 2 report cards each year at the semester.  For elementary, the OASD will be progress reporting mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD will be progress reporting at week 5, 10, and 15. March 24 is the end of "quarter 3" for High School Driver's Education and Student Teachers in 9 week placements.


The progress report window for Secondary opens on Tuesday, March 22 and closes on Tuesday, April 5 at midnight.  Elementary opens on Wednesday, March 23 and closes on Tuesday, April 5 at midnight. Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, April 6.  Please click on this LINK for the 2015-2016 grading dates document.  


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


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


Elementary Progress Reporting


How do I prepare for elementary progress reporting?


The OASD will continue 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 April 6th 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 start referring 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.

IC Posting Directions for Progress Report 1 Semester 2

posted Feb 21, 2016, 5:00 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 8:42 AM ]

Click on the LINKS below for directions for Middle School and High School Progress Report 1 Semester 2 Posting:

  • High School posting directions LINK. CANVAS users go to page 4 in the document.

  • Middle School posting directions LINK

  • Report card grading window will OPEN on Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 am.

  • Report card grading window will CLOSE on Tuesday, March 1 at 11:59 pm.  

  • Email notification to families will be sent Wednesday, March 2.  

Semester 1 Report Card Posting 1.18.16

posted Jan 17, 2016, 7:56 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Jan 18, 2016, 12:17 PM ]

  IC Posting Directions for Middle School and High School


Click on the LINKS below for directions for Middle School and High School Report Card Posting:

  • High School and MS Algebra and MS Spanish 8 posting directions LINK. CANVAS users go to page 7 in the document.

  • Middle School posting directions LINK

  • Report card grading window will OPEN on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 am.

  • Report card grading window will CLOSE on Tuesday, January 26 at 11:59 pm.  

  • Email notification to families will be sent Wednesday, January 27.  

Attention High School CANVAS gradebook users!  

  • Gradebook in CANVAS will be active for semester 1 until Sunday, January 24 at 11:59 pm.  CANVAS grade book users and can post in Infinite Campus as described above.  



IC: Posting Grades from Elementary Grade Book (Report Card)  


Here are action steps you need to take to make posting grades (generating your report cards) as smooth and stress free as possible:

  • Get all scores and assignments entered and updated into your IC Grade Book by January 22.  By having everything entered and up to date, you can use record keeping time on January 22nd to go through the posting process.  

  • Grade books with the Essential Elements follow the SAME steps as listed below.  There is no difference in the logistics.  

  • Yes, you can override grades/scores in IC!  This has been a frequent question.

  • The grading window opens on January 19 and closes on January 26.  You can only post grades and enter comments during that 8 day window that includes record keeping on January 22.  Step by step posting directions are available at this LINK.  

  • If you are ready, you can get a jump start on comments by putting them in a google doc.  You will then be able to cut and paste the comments into IC.  Comments will be entered by content area.  You DO NOT have to enter a comment for each strand on the report card.  You may go to the last posted strand and enter a comment for the entire content area.  For example:  In literacy, enter the comment at the Speaking & Listening Strand.  This will force the comment to appear under the content area box on the report card.  

  • The report card will be sent to families via the IC parent portal.  Families that have requested a hard copy will be mailed a report card. See below for how the report card is set up in IC.

  • Support for you--your IST and Tech Coach has been or will be trained in posting for the elementary report card.  There are step by step directions for you to follow at this LINK.  During record keeping time on January 22, an IST or Tech Coach will be available to support you in posting grades.  Be on the lookout for information specific to your building on supports available to you.  


Semester 1 Report Card Prep 1.11.16

posted Jan 11, 2016, 7:35 PM by Julie Mosher

 
Here is information you need to know to prepare for Semester1 Report Card Posting:
  • Please click on the link below for the 2015-2016 Grading Dates.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vj-nQsaZft6zZzUvT60cJooGbtHRKABjVjmCt524B4s/edit?usp=sharing
  • Report card posting directions for Elementary and Secondary will be available by Friday, January 15.
  • Report card grading window for grades K-12 will OPEN on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 am.
  • Report card grading window for grades K-12 will CLOSE on Tuesday, January 26 at 11:59 pm.  
  • Email notification to families will be sent Wednesday, January 27.  
Attention High School CANVAS grade book users!  
  • Grade book in CANVAS will be active for semester 1 until Sunday, January 24 at 11:59 pm.  CANVAS grade book users and can post in Infinite Campus as described above.  

Attention Elementary Grade Book Users!

  • The OASD will continue to encourage students and families to go to Infinite Campus as their first stop for information.  The best way to prep for elementary report card posting is to keep your IC grade book up to date!  
  • If you would like to start to prep report card comments, type comments into a google document. You can then cut and paste when ready to add comments.

CIA Update for December 2015: The Secondary Progress Reporting Edition and Elementary Report Card Prep

posted Dec 11, 2015, 12:40 PM by Julie Mosher

  For the 2015-2016 school year, K-12 will be posting 2 report cards each year at the semester.  For elementary, the OASD will be progress reporting mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD will be progress reporting at week 5, 10, and 15.


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.  


Middle School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK--Window open 12/9/15 through 12/15/15 at midnight.


HIgh School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK--Window open 12/9/15 through 12/15/15 at midnight.


With the recent update to Chrome 47, an issue has cropped up in Campus Instruction where there are dropdowns boxes.  It does not allow the user to click and select an option with a mouse from within the dropdown box.  A few places where Modal dropdowns can be found is when switching schools and calendars,  in Post Grades and selecting Grading by Task, and then a Task selection dropdown box pops up or in Campus Messenger.


Workaround: Navigate by clicking with your mouse to open the dropdown box, then use the arrow keys to go up or down to reach your selection, Once your selection is highlighted, click anywhere outside the drop down to make your selection.



Elementary Grade Book Prep for Semester 1 Report Card


How do I prepare for elementary report card posting?


The OASD will continue to encourage students and families to go to Infinite Campus as their first stop for information.  The best way to prep for elementary report card posting is to keep your IC grade book up to date!  


An email will be sent out to elementary families via IC messenger when the elementary report card is ready to view on the portal.  Information will start to go into newsletters and we encourage you as teachers to start referring families to the IC Portal for updates on progress.  Please click on the link below for the 2015-2016 Grading Dates.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vj-nQsaZft6zZzUvT60cJooGbtHRKABjVjmCt524B4s/edit?usp=sharing


In addition to report cards, the IC portal, and 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.


Read&Write for Google Chrome™ Now Available in OASD

posted Nov 4, 2015, 5:20 PM by Julie Mosher


Learning without Limits



The OASD Curriculum Department is pleased to announce the purchase and launch of Read&Write for Google Chrome™ for all OASD students and staff.  If you have an OASD email, you have access to Read&Write for Google Chrome™.  The OASD believes that ALL students and staff should have access to the right tools at the right time to support teaching and learning.  Read&Write for Google Chrome™ is one of those tools.


What is Read&Write for Google Chrome™?

Read&Write for Google is an Extension that is added to your OASD Google Account.  The Extension, once added, provides the following accessibility tools for the web, google docs, PDF and ePub files:

  • Text to Speech as well as Speech to Text

  • Word Prediction

  • Picture Dictionary

  • Fact Finder

  • Translator

  • Highlighter and Annotation Organization

  • Voice Notes


How do students/staff access or install Read&Write for Google Chrome™?

  • Users have to be logged into an OASD Google Account

    • (automatically done on Chromebooks....other devices or desktop will be an additional step)

  • Users visit Google Chrome Web Store at this link

  • Click on For oshkosh.k12.wi.us on the left hand side

  • Click on read&write for Google Chrome

  • Accept Permissions by selecting Add Extension

  • Read & Write should now be added to user's Google Account


How do I use Read&Write for Google Chrome™?

Click on the following links for short tutorials on how to use Read&Write in:



Where can I go to get additional information or support?




CIA Update for November 2015: The Progress Reporting Edition

posted Nov 1, 2015, 7:38 PM by Julie Mosher

CIA Update for November 2015:  The Progress Reporting Edition

For the 2015-2016 school year, K-12 will be posting 2 report cards each year at the semester.  For elementary, the OASD will be progress reporting mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD will be progress reporting at week 5, 10, and 15.


The progress report window for Elementary and Secondary opens on Wednesday, November 4 and closes on Tuesday, November 10.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, November 11.  Please click on this LINK for the 2015-2016 grading dates document.  


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


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


Elementary Progress Reporting


How do I prepare for elementary progress reporting?


The OASD will continue 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 11th 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 start referring 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.


CIA Update for September 2015

posted Sep 23, 2015, 4:40 PM by Kim Brown   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 5:12 PM by Julie Mosher ]

Happy Fall Everyone!  Please read through this document for important Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment information.  Read on for district-wide information with links to grade level specific information below.  



Infinite Campus Grade Book Set-Up, Progress Reporting and other Information for 2015-16 School Year


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.


IC Grade Book Set Up Directions:

Click on this LINK for High School Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up

Click on this LINK for Middle School Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up

Click on this LINK for Elementary Infinite Campus Grade Book Set UP--Podcast LINK.


Helpful IC Tips and Tricks:

Setting Up student groups--LINK

Campus Tools Quick Guide--LINK

Setting Up Pass/Fail Marks or Courses--LINK

Assignment Copier from last school year--LINK

IC Messenger Directions--LINK

Parent Portal Quick Guide--LINK

Parent Access Page OASD Website--LINK


Progress Report Information for Elementary Schools is in the grade level specific documents.


Posting Progress Report Grades for Middle Schools and High Schools:

Progress Reporting grading window for secondary opens September 30th and closes October 6th.

Click on this LINK for High School posting directions.

Click on this LINK for Middle School posting directions.


College, Career, and Community Ready in the OASD


Everyday we are working towards all students in the OASD College, Career, and Community Ready.  We need the help of our community partners and families to do that.  Please check like us on Facebook and watch for a steady stream of communication out to families on CCCR.  

https://www.facebook.com/College-Career-and-Community-Ready-510246309142066/timeline/



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 information released this summer 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.  🙌🎉🎊


Please click on this LINK for the latest information the replacement for the Badger Exam--the Wisconsin Forward Exam in grades 3-8.  As always, more information to come.  


Religious Practice/Instruction and Dietary Restrictions Memo


The Oshkosh Area School District is a diverse learning community where all students and families are welcome.  With an increase in diversity comes a need to increase our understanding of different languages, religions, and cultural practices.  Please find information attached on release time for religious instruction/practice and dietary restrictions for religious reasons.  Click on this LINK for the full memo.  



Click the links below for grade level specific information.


Elementary Middle High




CIA Update for August 2015

posted Aug 24, 2015, 10:17 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 12:50 PM ]

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.


Elementary Middle High



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:

Grade Level

AVMR Assessments: Infinite Campus Data Deadline

Grades K-5 Fall

October 30, 2015

Grades K-5 Spring

May 27, 2016



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:

  • Grades K-12 have two terms--Semester 1 and Semester 2--viewed as S1 and S2.  A report card will be issued at the end of semester 1 and semester 2.

  • The grade book term and dates all match!  No more “you are living in T2 or T4”.  

  • The standards bank has been “cleaned up” and the elementary Essential Elements in Literacy and Math have been added.  See you PST how to set up your gradebook for students with an IEP on the Essential Elements.

  • The latest feature update in Infinite Campus freezes the header row and student name column when entering assignments. No more losing your spot!

  • Filter features have been enhanced so that you can enter one student’s information at a time if desired.  

  • The Parent Portal view in IC has been streamlined by making the above 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


Click on this LINK for Middle School Infinite Campus Grade Book Set Up


Setting Up student groups--LINK

Campus Tools Quick Guide--LINK

Setting Up Pass/Fail Marks or Courses--LINK


Click on this LINK for Elementary Infinite Campus Grade Book Set UP--Podcast 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.  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).  ​​


K-5 Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy

6-8 Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy

9-12 Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy


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!


RtI Update


Links for OASD Educators:

Elementary RtI Literacy Essentials and Interventions

Secondary RtI Literacy Essentials

Secondary RtI Classroom Based Strategies for Some Students


OASD Universal Behavior Expectations

OASD Continuum of Behavior Support

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.


https://sites.google.com/a/oshkosh.k12.wi.us/portal/resources/departmental-landing/human-resoures


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact HR.


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