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

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

 

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 Mosher

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! 🌨❄⛄

Elementary CIA Update--January Report Card Posting Directions

posted Jan 15, 2017, 7:49 PM by Julie Mosher

 The elementary report card posting window opens on Monday, 1.16.17 and will close on Monday, 1.23.17.  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 spark line 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:  Have all scores entered and up-to-date BEFORE starting the posting process.

District Automates Emergency Calling Trees

posted Jan 11, 2017, 11:50 AM by David Gundlach

  OASD Staff,  We are always looking to leverage district investments in technology to improve our processes, increase efficiency, and reduce the workload of staff where possible.  

The Situation
We recently had an opportunity to review of our long standing Emergency Calling Tree process and noticed that it takes a great deal of time to move voice communications through that manual system.  The time we are spending on the calling tree takes away from our ability to communicate with staff, parents, and students quickly leveraging the technology that is available to us.

The Change
Effective immediately we will be replacing the district and building level calling trees with the Campus Messenger system.  This system allows parents, students, and staff to decide how they wish to receive these communications and broadcasts.  We have tested the system on several occasions and are confident we have made all the necessary adjustments to use it for this purpose.  The advantage of this system is we can broadcast voice messages, text messages, email, and portal messages to nearly 20,000 people in a matter of minutes.  

What Should You Do?
Staff have the opportunity to set their own specific preferences on how to receive important emergency communications.  We are asking staff to log into Infinite Campus and review their communications preferences and ensure that the information is accurate and updated.  CLICK HERE to review the procedures that explain how to request any changes to your "My Data" Infinite Campus information.  


Holiday Break Technology Changes Update

posted Dec 21, 2016, 1:32 PM by David Gundlach

  OASD Staff,  We have several scheduled improvements that we will be making over the holiday break and wanted to give you a brief overview of these changes and things you need to be prepared for upon your return on January 3rd.  We realize the demands on your time and would ask that you take a moment to read through the information below on the following topics:

1. Technology Outage Friday, December 23rd
The Situation
Members of your technology services team will be making some final improvements to our core network systems on Friday.  They will be removing some of the older core network equipment which will improve the stability and reliability of our systems.  

The Impact On Users
District systems will be down for much of the day on Friday, December 23rd as this work is performed.  All district technology systems will be affected.  Services will be restored by end of business on Friday.

2. OASD Phone System Changes
The Situation
We currently service and support over 1,200 phones tied specifically to one or more staff members as an important part of our communications, safety, and security systems.  We have identified a couple of key issues in supporting this system.  First, we need to have the capability of adding/removing/editing users quickly and accurately.  Second, we need to have the phones tied to specific rooms/locations so that any emergency call includes detailed location data for emergency responders.

We will be focusing our time next week on updating these systems so that the first extension will be dedicated to the location of the phone and the following lines on the screen will be used for existing staff extensions similar to what we have today.  This improvement will help us make changes faster and ensure that emergency calls contain location information for responders.

The Impact On Users
When users return on January 3rd they will see a new extension as the first line on the phones they use.  This will be the location extension and their personal extensions will be listed below that line.  Some of the data we have received may not be 100% accurate so we are prepared to make tweaks and adjustments when you return.  

What You Can Do To Help
If you return on January 3rd and your specific phone is not working properly please do the following:
  1. Reset your phone by unplugging the data cable connected to the jack labeled "Network" on back of the phone for 10 seconds.  When you plug the cable back in the phone will reboot.  This should correct the majority of problems.
  2. If you still experience problems with your phone please fill out a footprints ticket so we can address them as they come in.
3. oasd-wireless becomes oasd-public
The Situation
We continue to improve and simplify our WiFi system labeled oasd-wireless.  We have received many positive comments on recent changes that have made it easier for staff and community members to use this system with their personal devices.  Based upon user feedback, we will be changing the name of this system to oasd-public which should reduce confusion.  We will continue to make improvements to this system based upon your feedback.

The Impact On Users
When users return on January 3rd they will need to reconnect any devices that were previously connected to oasd-wireless to the new system called oasd-public.  The process is identical to how you originally connected to oasd-wireless.  Users may see the Acceptable Use Agreement screen but once they have agreed to the terms the system should function properly.  This will not affect district owned devices that connect to oasd-district.  

Thank you for taking time to read through the information above.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is any further information we can provide.  Have a well deserved and restful holiday break and Happy New Year!

CIA Update for December 2016: The Secondary Progress Reporting Edition, Secondary Common Writing Assessment Update and Elementary Report Card Prep

posted Dec 12, 2016, 1:51 PM by Julie Mosher

Welcome to the CIA Update for December!  

Scroll down for updates to Secondary Common Assessment data entry for semester long courses.


Exciting news for IC Grade book users.  The most recent IC update has added the ability to post grades for multiple course and sections from one screen.  This means less clicks, more efficient, faster, and the ability to know if grades posted with a “successfully posted” pop up.  All posting directions have been updated for HS and MS below to reflect that change.  CANVAS users, the process is the same.  For our elementary staff, we are working on the updated posting directions so that we can save you time and clicks as well!  Stay tuned and read on!


Secondary Progress Reporting


Middle School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK Window open 12.14.16 through 12.20.16 at midnight.


High School Progress Report #3--week 15--Directions LINK Window open 12.14.16 through 12.20.16 at midnight.



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 2016-2017 Grading Dates.  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-RXy90OC_rLNFuG4ujopekBZhXexeZaibVolVrS8Txc/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.



Reminder:  Grading and Reporting in the OASD


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 in IC or in CANVAS.  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.  



Updated Secondary Common Assessment Information and Directions


Click on the link below for the updated directions on Secondary Common Writing Assessment data entry.  Directions for semester long courses data entry is now included.  


LINK To 2016-2017 OASD Secondary Level Common Assessment Information



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

posted Oct 31, 2016, 1:44 PM by Julie Mosher

Welcome to the month of November and Mid-Semester Progress Reporting!  Please read below for more information. 


For the 2016-2017 school year, K-12 publishes 2 report cards each year at the end of each semester.  For elementary, the OASD will progress reports mid-semester.  For secondary, the OASD progress reports at week 5, 10, and 15.   November 4th  is the end of "quarter 2" for High School Driver's Education and Student Teachers in 9 week placements.


The progress report window for Secondary opens on Wednesday, November 9 and closes on Tuesday, November 15  at midnight.  Elementary opens on Wednesday, November 2 and closes on Tuesday, November 8 at midnight.  ALL grades/scores for elementary students should be up to date in Infinite Campus at the close of the window.  Parent email notification will go out via IC Messenger on Wednesday, November 9.  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


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 November 9th that elementary grades are up to date. The email letter is at this LINK. Families will go to the grades tab in the IC Portal for the latest progress for students.  Information will start to go into newsletters and we encourage you as teachers to 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 October 2016: Secondary Progress Reporting Edition 10.3.16

posted Oct 2, 2016, 9:04 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 9:05 PM ]

Happy Fall Everyone!  Please read through this post for important Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment information.



Posting Progress Report Grades for Middle Schools and High Schools:


Please click on this LINK for the MS directions to post progress report 1.  CANVAS gradebook users, go to page 6 of the document for posting directions.


Please click on this LINK for the HS directions to post progress report 1.  CANVAS gradebook users, go to page 4 of the document for posting directions.


The progress report window will open on Wednesday, 10/5 at 8:00 am and will close at midnight on Tuesday, 10/11.  Click on this LINK for Grading Dates 16-17 document.  


Middle School and High School Parent Access to Student Grades and Assignments in Infinite Campus and CANVAS:


Please click on this LINK for the communication to parents that was sent out via IC Messenger and in newsletters.  You are welcome and encouraged to share as needed with parents, families, and students including at Parent-Teacher conferences next weeks.  


Directions for Entering Common Writing Assessment (W9) into School Data Wall:


We have been working on a solution for entering common writing assessment data that informs educator, school, and district SLOs into the data walls used by schools.  The details and directions for entering common writing assessment data by department/course is at this LINK.


For the past three years, school and district learning goals (SLOs) have been focused on improving student learning in literacy, specifically writing.  Each department has been developing common assessments anchored in writing (W9) for the past year or more.  We are using the developed assessments, scoring them, entering data into IC, and then using the student data to inform our instruction, our literacy goals, and professional development.  We are using the common writing assessments we currently have and are moving forward!  


Many educators/departments are ready to enter their baseline scores (fall). Infinite Campus is set to receive the scores.  Building collaborations this past Wednesday focused on school-wide or level 4 data.  Entering your common assessment (W9) baseline scores helps to establish your next steps, your department's next steps, your school's next steps to improve student learning.  


Thank you for all you do each and everyday to ensure that students are College, Career, and Community Ready!  



Campus Community Guide

Please feel free to share this helpful Guide with all Infinite Campus users in your district. The guide gives an overview of the trainings and material available in Campus Community, and provides instructions on how to access them. Campus Community offers members a wealth of information to learn more about the product.


Campus Forums

Campus Community Forums is an important feature in Campus Community we think your users will appreciate. It gives them the ability to connect with other Campus users, ask questions or provide assistance on a variety of topics. This is a great way to tap into the knowledge and ideas of other Campus users!


CIA Update for August 2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 1:41 PM by Julie Mosher   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 7:50 PM ]

  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


DECLARE A GRADE BOOK AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL


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. Please read on for links to grade book set up in Infinite Campus and for communication with families.

Teachers may use the CANVAS grade book ONLY after completing the CANVAS Level 1 course and the CANVAS grade book 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 1. You will have an opportunity to switch at semester 2 if you choose. Please complete the following survey by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 31 to "declare" your grade book.


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

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! 

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