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CIA Update for August 2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 1:41 PM by Julie Mosher

  CIA Update for August 2016: First Four Day Schedule, CT Grid, PD Calendar, Grade Book Setup Directions, Elementary Assessment Windows, Science Curriculum Update


Welcome to the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 school year! In order to help you plan, please find links to the First Four Days Schedule, the August 25th CT Grid, and the Wednesday Professional Development Times for 2016-2017.


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


Elementary First Four Days

Middle First Four Days

High First Four Days


The August 25, 2016 CT Grid shares locations for grade levels and departments after convocation along with the topics/tasks you will be working on during collaboration.


August 24, 2016 CT Meeting Grid Link


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!!  

2016-17 Elementary Assessment Timeline:

Grade Level

AVMR Assessments: Infinite Campus Data Deadline

Grades K-5 Fall

January 20, 2017

Grades K-5 Spring

May 26, 2017



UNIVERSAL SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT FOR SPECIALISTS AND A/B CALENDAR FOR 2016-17


Click on this LINK for the Universal Schedule Adjustment Memo


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



INFINITE CAMPUS GRADEBOOK SETUP for 2016-17 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:

  • 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.  

  • The “assignment list” in settings is now called the “curriculum list”.

  • 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 2016-17 Grading Dates.


The 16-17 School Year will be turned for educators in Infinite Campus on Thursday, August 18. The IC parent portal will be turned on 8/30/16 for elementary and 8/22/16 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


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



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 grade book training.



OASD K-12 SCIENCE TASKFORCE UPDATE

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

  • This summer, we have encouraged everyone to unplug and take vacation. You all followed directions well!  And this is a good thing.  With everyone's schedule and all the trainings for CANVAS and Bridges Math K-5, we ran out of days this summer.  We will be meeting as a Secondary Science Taskforce on Wednesday, September 7 from 4-5:30.  We will schedule an Elementary Science Taskforce meeting later in September.  We want you to focus on implementing Bridges this fall.

  • Each elementary has a designated Science Resource Manager.  Science Resource Managers will be meeting on Tuesday, September 6 to go over inventories from your buildings.  Butterflies and Fast Plant Seeds have been ordered.  Be on the look out for a separate email to the Sci Resource Mgrs.

  • On August 24, at our first district meetings, we will be providing the following information/updates:

    • For elementary, Sci Resource Mgrs will share the process for taking inventory for consumables.

    • More info will be coming out on supporting elementary pilots of EiE and Hand to Mind to modules for elementary.  We want you to be focused on implementing Bridges this fall!  

    • For secondary, we will be focusing on the process for developing and piloting an NGSS aligned unit, adoption of NGSS by the district, CANVAS NGSS Overview course, and the announcement of the NEWScI grant to support PD.  YES, we got the grant!! Woot, Woot!!! This is similar to the STEM cohort that K-5 was in the last three years.  

  • Adopting the NGSS will be a board workshop on October 12 and NGSS adoption will be on resolution at the October 26 board meeting.  This adoption is for the 2017-2018 school year with plans to phase in. We will be working through what we "load" into Infinite Campus and CANVAS as standards/outcomes.  We do not have to make a final decision on what to "load" until May 2017.  

  • A sub-group of the Science Taskforce will be working on course sequencing so that we have a plan for a phase-in starting with this year's 7th graders (Class of 2022).  Please keep in mind that the three credits of Science is now required for graduation.  

  • Please remember that we made the decision to stay with discipline specific courses and not integrate for secondary Science.  This was an important decision and will guide how we approach course sequencing and unit design.  

Thank you for all you do each and everyday to support STEM in the OASD!


ELEMENTARY SCIENCE UPDATE


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

  • 2016-2017→ Science Unit Map with current units and optional engineering pilots

  • 2017-2018→ Science Unit Map with one new science + engineering unit at each grade level

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


Click on this LINK for the 2016-2017 Elementary Science Units Map


Science Resource Managers met in June to start to plan for transition of current science curriculum resources consumables across the district.  Science resource managers will do the following to prep for the 9.6.16 meeting to order consumables for the fall/early winter.  

  • Communicate with your school’s teachers about the inventory process.

  • Work with teachers to inventory science kits and consumables by grade level. Use the 2016-2017 Elementary Science Units Map to help identify district science resources at a grade level.  Use the Refurbishment Order Forms as  a guide to what consumables are needed for each kit.  

  • Use the 2016-2017 Science Inventory Template as your master list.  Bring your school’s completed science inventory in google docs to the 9.6.16 meeting at 3:30 pm in Room 115 (Tech Conference Room) at Central Office.  

  • Please be sure to timeslip your hours.  Science Resource Managers have up to 20 hours at the curriculum rate ($18.30 per hour).





CIA Update: IC Posting Directions for Middle School and High School 6.2.16

posted Jun 2, 2016, 1:46 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 1:46 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 Friday, June 3 at 8:00 am.

  • Report card grading window will CLOSE on Thursday, June 9 at 11:00 am. 

  • Email notification to families will be sent Friday, June 10.

Thank you for all you do each and every day for students! The finishing line is in sight! 

CIA Update: Posting Grades from Elementary Grade Book (Report Card)

posted May 26, 2016, 8:49 AM by Julie Mosher   [ updated May 30, 2016, 4:27 PM ]

Posting Grades from Elementary Grade Book (Report Card)

Based on your feedback, the grading window will open on June 1.  Link to Grading Dates 2015-2016


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 having everything entered and up to date, you can focus on going 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 Wednesday, June 1 and closes on Thursday, June 9.  You can only post grades and enter comments during that 9 day window.  Step by step posting directions will be 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.

    • Sample Elementary Report Card by Grade Level  Click here to access the folder. LINK

  • Support for you--your IST and Tech Coach can support you during posting of the elementary report card.  Sep by step directions for you to follow will be available at this LINK .   Be on the lookout for information specific to your building on supports available to you.  

CIA Update: Senior Interim Grading Directions 5.20.16

posted May 19, 2016, 3:46 PM by Julie Mosher

Please Click on this LINK for Senior Interim Grading Directions.

High School Senior Interim Grading Window Opens May 20th at 8:00 am and Closes May 24th at 11:59 pm.


CIA Update: Progress Report #3 Edition 5.2.16

posted May 2, 2016, 11:43 AM by Julie Mosher

Please click on the links below for Middle School and High School Directions for Posting Progress Report 3 Semester 2 Posting:
  • High School Posting Directions LINK.  CANVAS users go to page 4 of the document.
  • Middle School Posting Directions LINK
  • Progress report grading window will OPEN Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 am.
  • Progress report grading window will CLOSE Tuesday, May 10 at 11:59 pm.
  • Email notification will be sent to families on Wednesday, May 11.
  • Looking Ahead 👀....High School Senior Interim Grading Window Opens May 20th at 8:00 am and Closes May 24th at 11:59 pm.
And Finally.....Keep on Teaching and Learning.... We still have 15% of our instructional days/minutes of the school year left!  Finish Strong 

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.

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