Friday Updates

September 23, 2016

Happy Friday!

Cooler mornings, warm days, cooler nights, the leaves changing colors, football, (okay not my cup of tea) all are signs that fall is here.  Enjoy the changing season.  Enjoy your weekend!


Conference & Credit Fund

The Conference and Credit Fund can help you attend a conference, workshop, or class.  The deadline this year will be Friday, Oct.14.  You need to turn in a hard copy to Laurel Ross at Page Elementary by 4pm on 10-14.  To find the application form, directions, and criteria, go to the district intranet page, scroll down to Human Resources on the left.  Click on that.  Then scroll down till you see forms directory.  It is about the middle of the page.  Click on that.  Scroll down and the form is under the letter C.



Teaching With A Purpose Conference

Our district is a sponsor of the Teaching With Purpose conference coming up in Portland on October 14 and 15. The TWP conference focuses on culturally responsive teaching and culturally relevant pedagogies. The 3 goals of TWP are to activate equity focused policy, support leadership for culturally responsive institutional practices, and develop a network of committed educators around these areas.   


Keynote speakers will be Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings on Friday and Tim Wise on Saturday.  Check in and continental breakfast both mornings is from 8:45 to 9:30.  On Friday the conference runs until 4:15.  On Saturday until 2:30


SPS has 60 spots available as a sponsor.  There will be a small block of hotel rooms reserved, double occupancy.  The 60 spots and the hotel rooms will be first come, first served.  If you are interested in attending, email Judy Bowden at  



Student Learning Goals Workshop

Are you new to writing student learning goals?  Do you just need a refresher on writing SLGs?  Or maybe you have a few specific questions about SLGs.  Do you need a little time to get started on your goals with some support?  If any of these apply to you, this is the workshop for you.  After last year’s SLG workshop, several folks commented on how easy the SLG process really could be.  Come  join us on Thursday, October 6 from 4:30 to 6:00 at the OEA office at 2815 Coburg Road.  RSVP to Erin Leslie at  See attached flyer for more details.


From Our Contract

Personal Leave: Allocation. At the beginning of the school year, each licensed staff member will be granted two (2) days of personal leave to be used at such time and for such reasons as deemed appropriate by each individual employee, subject only to the following limitations:  The employee shall give three (3) days’ advance notice when leave is desired, unless circumstances beyond his or her control prevent such advance notice. The employee’s request will state the date and time, either half day or full day, of the anticipated absence.

Use of leave on any day before or after a holiday, or other recess period or during the first or last two (2) weeks of the licensed staff member’s work year, for employee-initiated absences will be allowed under the following conditions:  

Requests for leaves must be made electronically and/or in writing to the building administrator.

The Human Resources Department will approve a maximum of thirty (30) licensed staff members to be released for employee- initiated absences.

Employee-initiated absences will include Paid Personal Leave, Professional Development paid days, and Personal Leave (unpaid).


With regard to use of this leave for personal needs, the intent of this provision is to provide leave for events that normally would cause the employee to be absent whether paid or not.


In the event a licensed staff member needs more than two (2) paid personal leave days in a given year and did not use both paid personal leave days the previous year, the licensed staff member may request and be granted one (1) additional paid personal leave day. In no event may a licensed staff member have more than three (3) paid personal leave days in a given year.



September 23             Early Release District Day

October 7                   Early Release Building Day

October 11, 12           District flu shot clinics

October 1-14              Sick Leave Bank opens

October 14                 Conference & Credit Fund applications due

October 14                 Statewide Inservice day—work day/no students

October 28                 Early Release Teacher Directed



Anne Goff
Springfield Education Association President

Phone: (541) 726-8388 
              (541) 343-1151

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 
--Margaret Mead