September 22, 2022 Edition
IN THIS EDITION.. Self-Paced Dyslexia Course | Food Program Highlights, Bonus Perks, & Industry News | Infinite Campus Fall User Groups | Upcoming Curriculum Reviews | SSoM Program Updates featuring COPY PAPER SALE UPDATE | SSoM Partner Resources | Joke of the Week | Additional Resources | About SSoM
SSoM Self-Paced, Online Course
Understanding & Supporting
Students with Dyslexia &
Other Reading Disabilities
Are you supporting students with dyslexia or other reading disabilities this year? This asynchronous, virtual course was designed by literacy expert and consultant, Genevieve Thomas, with Spark Educational Consulting, and brought to you by SSoM. It was constructed to deepen your knowledge about dyslexia as it relates to Montana’s Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act, the science of reading, and research-based literacy assessment and instructional practices in a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Click the button below for registration and details about the course module content.
  • Earn 11 OPI Renewal Units
  • SSoM Members Receive a $20 Discount
  • Course available through June 30, 2023
- ATTENTION FOOD SERVICE MANAGERS -
SSoM CO-OP FOOD
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS,
BONUS PERKS, AND
INDUSTRY NEWS
PSSST! THERE'S STILL TIME TO SIGN UP :)
Lowest K-12 pricing in Montana | Zero Program Fees to Schools | NO MEMBERSHIP FEES required to participate | Order WHAT you want WHEN you want it | Receive orders as often as WEEKLY | Opt-in Today!

For program questions, or to opt into this program, please contact:
Jennifer Brekke, Purchasing Manager | jbrekke@mt-schools.org | (406) 580-7547
NEW: FOOD PROGRAM BONUS PERKS!!!
Participating districts also gain access to one of the industry's most comprehensive purchasing portfolios for K-12 Schools featuring hundreds of contract listings in categories such as: Administrative-Financial-Management Services, Facility Management & Maintenance, Food Service-Products & Supplies, I.T., and Office Supplies & Furniture. Our new partner, a leader in performance improvement, focuses on cost management, savings, and operational efficiencies. *DETAILS COMING SOON*
INDUSTRY NEWS
Reimbursement Rates Released for 2022-2023 SY
Overall, reimbursement rates increased compared to the 2021-2022 SY for the National School Lunch Program, Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program. These rates are effective from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Details can be found at:

Update on Waivers
The USDA released a comparison table of flexibilities for the 21-22 SY and 22-23 SY. This will assist agencies as they transition from 21-22 operations under COVID-19 waivers into the 22-23 SY. More information can be found at:

National School Lunch Week (NSLW) October 10 - 14, 2022
This year's theme: 'Peace, Love, & School Lunch'
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day, and more than 240 Montana school districts are a part of that! NSLW was created in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more, please visit:
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- REGISTRATION COMING SOON -
MONTANA FALL 2022
USER GROUP MEETINGS
For the fastest, most accurate support, please EMAIL your Infinite Campus Support Team:
Mary Anne Skinner, Director of Infinite Campus Support Services | maskinner@mt-schools.org
Tamara Blanchard, Infinite Campus Support Specialist | tblanchard@mt-schools.org

MONTANA EDUCATION CURRICULUM CONSORTIUM UPCOMING EVENTS


SOCIAL STUDIES REVIEW
...a continuation of curriculum development, including the creation of Year At-A-Glance docs, proficiency scales, and assessments for K-12 priority standards.  Register using the new Social Studies Sign-Up Genius form to help balance out participation across the grade levels. Dr. Hailey Hancock, MSU Education Dept. & Social Studies specialist, joins us to support this work!
  • Oct 27, 2022 @ Manhattan School District – full day
  • Nov 2, 2022 @ Dillon Elementary School District – full day
  • Nov 15, 2022 is Virtual - 1/2 day Elementary and 1/2 day Secondary

LIBRARY MEDIA REVIEW
Attention Library Media Specialists & Teacher Librarians! Join us for the MECC Curriculum Review by completing this form and survey: Library Media Curriculum Review Registration and Survey We are excited to have Erin Lipkind, library media consultant, join us to support this work!
  • Nov. 21, 2022 (Anaconda School District) – full day  
  • Dec. 15, 2022 (Anaconda School District) – 10am - 2pm
  • Library Media Curriculum Review Draft agenda – agenda to be finalized after reviewing your survey data

Visit our calendar of events for updates on scheduled events, registration details, and descriptions: MECC 2022 - 2023 Calendar of Events

For questions or info about joining MECC, please contact our Director of Education Services:
Melissa Tovaas | mobile (646) 831-7264 | mtovaas@mt-schools.org


SCHOOL SERVICES OF MT
PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
SSoM COPY PAPER SALE UPDATE

We did it! After months of searching, we finally found the sweetest deal on copy paper this side of the Mississippi through a nationally-based office supply & service company. Here are the highlights:


  • No longer limited to plain white copy paper - get great prices on all of your district's office supply needs!
  • Free shipping direct to your school with your $100 minimum order!
  • Short on storage space? No problem! Small orders are A-OK. You no longer have to order a year's supply ALL. AT. ONCE.
  • Low Pricing GUARANTEED through JUNE 30, 2023!

WHAT'S THE CATCH?!? Where's the price??? The 22-23 SY Copy Paper Program is ONLY AVAILABLE as a perk provided by a brand new School Services of Montana business partner. Hint - are you ready to join nearly 70 school districts who already have access?

Contact SSoM Purchasing Manager for complete details and requirements:
Jennifer Brekke | jbrekke@mt-schools.org | (406) 580-7547
SAVE THE DATE!
5th Annual Montana STEM Summer Institute
Jul. 31 - Aug. 2, 2023 | Bozeman, MT
INFINITE CAMPUS & FRAM: RESOURCES
FRAM Setup - Study Guide: Before using the FRAM module, it is important that districts configure and/or review FRAM preferences and tool rights.

FRAM Online Applications - Study Guide: The Online Applications tool allows district FRAM Processors to process online Meal Benefits Applications submitted to the district via the Portal.

FRAM Eligibility - Study Guide: The Eligibility tool shows a student's eligibility for receiving free or reduced-price benefits.

FRAM 2022-2023 Eligibility Carryover Process Instructions: log into Campus Community to view.
PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE: STATISTICAL DATA EDITION
This collection is basically a tribute to the sometimes undeservedly underrated branch of science known as statistics, which is all about collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data. From governmental census data to financial data and planning, business, sports and weather forecasting, and much more, statistics is used in virtually every aspect of our lives.
SSoM PARTNER RESOURCES & EVENTS
BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR TEACHING & LEARNING

As the year begins, professional learning is top of mind - but what practices and support structures create the ideal conditions for teacher learning?


COMPLIMENTARY VIRTUAL EVENTS
[click the date for details & registration]

Sept 28 Get to Know Being a Reader, A Comprehensive Reading Program for Grades K-5; 2 - 3pm MT

Sept 29 & Oct 20 Putting the Evidence-Base Into Practice: Foundational Skills; 2 - 3:30pm MT
  • Sept 29 focus: instructional design; Oct 20 focus: program components
  • Each session is 1 hour with the last 30 minutes optional to teachers for networking

Oct 25 Where the Science of Learning Meets the Science of Reading: Unpacking the Evidence; 2 - 3pm MT

For more information about what Collaborative Classroom has to offer to your district, contact:
Melissa Tovaas, Collaborative Classroom Liaison, mtovaas@mt-schools.org
JOKE OF THE WEEK
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
MT OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

OPI Education Compass - September 2022 Ed.
MONTANA PBS EDUCATION
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Youth Mental Illness

This documentary gives voice to the experiences of young people in America who struggle with mental health challenges and focuses on the importance of awareness and empathy.
All 5 Montana CSPDs offer FREE VIRTUAL PD in their regions. Click for details:
ABOUT SCHOOL SERVICES of MONTANA
SSoM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education service agency committed to unlocking the full potential of every child in each and every school we serve across the state. We accomplish this by providing a wide variety of professional learning activities and business services designed to meet the specific needs of Montana’s excellent educators and administrators. Interested in supporting our work? Click here to make a donation, and be sure to read all about our organization on our website.