September 1, 2021 Edition
IN THIS EDITION... SSoM is Hiring! | Common PIR Day Sept 24 | Infinite Campus Training & Resources | SSoM Co-op Food Program | Science Summer Institute Resources | New Grant Opportunity | SSoM Partner Resources | Joke of the Week | Addt'l Resources | About SSoM

JOIN THE SCHOOL SERVICES of MONTANA TEAM:
CAMPUS TECH SUPPORT ASSISTANT
Full-Time, Permanent, Remote Position - Awesome Team - Great Benefits
The Campus Technology Support Assistant will work closely with the SSoM Infinite Campus Support Administrator and the SSoM Medicaid Billing Program Specialist to provide front-line support to our client school districts on matters related to the Infinite Campus Student Information System and the CompuClaim Medicaid billing software suites.

TO APPLY: click here for complete details; we will be accepting applications until this position is filled.
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
COMMON PIR DAY 2021
September 24 | 8:15 am - 3:30 pm
Manhattan School
Join us for a day of professional learning hosted by School Services of Montana, Region IV CSPD, and Manhattan School District. This year's focus will support learning about the new Montana SEL Competencies and collaborating on implementation ideas and resources. We will support the following topics through a general session in the morning, followed by breakout session options:

  • Building the foundations and a common language for SEL
  • Strategies for explicit instruction in social and emotional skills
  • Integration of SEL with academic curriculum areas
  • Supporting the schoolwide community with SEL (adult learning, community / family engagement and support)
  • Click here for details including the event schedule and session details

We are also offering an ‘unconference’ style segment in the afternoon (similar to an EdCamp), which is a participant-led discussion and sharing of ideas on a specific topic. Suggest a topic or join one that others suggest: science or other curriculum-focused discussions, Google and other apps for tech integration, supporting students with dyslexia, or any other topic you bring to the table)! 
Please contact SSoM Director of Education Services with questions:
Melissa Tovaas | (646) 831-7264 | mtovaas@mt-schools.org
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USER GUIDES, OPI AIM LINKS, & VIRTUAL NAT'L TRAINING WEEK
GUIDES BY TECH MINION MARY ANNE SKINNER & INFINITE CAMPUS

2ND ANNUAL VIRTUAL NATIONAL TRAINING WEEK
Nov. 15 - 19, 2021

LIVESTREAM LAUNCH PARTY | OCTOBER 18, 2021 | 2PM CST

*Exclusively for registered districts* Join us for the first-ever launch party in Infinite Campus history! This exciting live event will kick off session registration and festivities surrounding National Training Week. There will also be many great prizes and giveaways! 321 districts have registered for this PD opportunity that will cover 25+ session topics for anyone that uses Infinite Campus at all skill levels. Plus, 10 session times each day and repeated sessions throughout the week will accommodate all schedules.

WHY join Infinite Campus for National Training Week?
Non-Passport Customers login & click HERE
Passport Customers login & click HERE

Registration discounts available for School Services of Montana member districts & Passport Customers!

AIM COLLECTION SCHEDULE 21-22 SY
  • AIM Help Desk (877) 424-6681 or (406) 444-3800 or submit an AIM Help Desk Ticket
  • AIM Collection Schedule Assessment Help Desk (844) 867-2569 or opiassessmenthelpdesk@mt.gov (for MT Edition Users)
  • Data Collection Calendar

AIM USER GUIDES
Fall Enrollment Count User Guide & Checklist; MAEFAIRS Student Count ANB (School Finance Page); AIM & MAEFAIRS Verification Guide; Enrollment Exceptions for ANB Funding: MT Youth ChalleNGe, Job Corps, MTDA, 19/20 Eligible, ILIP
For refreshers, questions, and assistance please contact SSoM Tech Minion ASAP:
Mary Anne Skinner | maskinner@mt-schools.org | (208) 631-2053

SSoM CO-OP FOOD PROGRAM
FALL 2021 DETAILS & MORE
Fall 2021 co-op food deliveries kicked off with a huge OOFTA on August 23rd due to manufacturer ingredient shortages, staffing shortages, and product discontinuations. Our US Foods K-12 bid specialists, food service brokers, and the SSoM co-op food program staff are working hard to secure product, find comparable (reasonably priced) product alternatives, and keep all of our participating food service directors up to date about these daily changes. It has been overwhelming at BEST for everyone involved! Here's a bit of info you CAN count on:
- QUICK LINKS & PRESSING INFO -
Fall 2021 Program Details: Click HERE

When will my delivery arrive? Contact your US Foods K-12 Bid Specialist

Spring 2022 Order Window: Nov 1 - 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Delivery Schedule:
  • Delivery 1 = Aug 23 - Sept 10
  • Delivery 2 = Sept 20 - Oct 8
  • Delivery 3 = Oct 18 - Nov 5
  • Delivery 4 = Nov 15 - Dec 3

Fall Advisory Committee Meetings are tentatively scheduled for October 14, 15, and 19. Stay tuned for details : )
Questions? Program Registration? Please contact SSoM Purchasing Manager:
Jennifer Brekke | jbrekke@mt-schools.org | (406) 580-7547
MONTANA SCIENCE SUMMER INSTITUTE 2021
Quick links to resources from this year's event, plus a 2022 update!

SESSION RECORDINGS
The recordings and any presenter-shared resources are now uploaded for all registered participants to access. Find them by logging into your ‘Sched’ platform (https://mtssi2021.sched.com/) and clicking on the selected session within the ‘Schedule’ area. Scroll down and you will see the “Session Recording” field toward the bottom.

>>> SAVE THE DATE FOR SSI 2022 AUG. 1 - 3, 2022, Bozeman, MT
We have reserved space on the MSU campus for 2022! Please send requests for any areas of focus you'd like to see at next year's conference. We hope you'll join us : )

Melissa Tovaas, Director of Education Services, School Services of Montana
mtovaas@mt-schools.org | (646) 831-7264
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Mini Grants Due September 15
The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative is offering mini grants of $500 to $1,000 for youth organizations that use multimedia assets from a database that features women scientists and engineers. The collaborative is a statewide network housed within the Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) in the Department of Education at Montana State University and has a co-leader at the University of Montana.

The database, called the IF/THEN Collection, was created by Lyda Hill Philanthropies to enhance the perception of women in science, technology, engineering and math careers. The collection features photos, videos, activities and other resources. All assets are free for non-commercial and educational use.

Examples of potential projects that could be awarded mini grants include, but are not limited to: redesigning a brochure, website or other promotional materials to showcase more women in STEM; creating, printing or distributing on-site signage or posters; using the IF/THEN gender representation toolkit to collect data on the representation of gender in physical and digital spaces; using activity sheets and educator lessons for camps or programs; and using videos as a lesson hook. Grant applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Preference will go to organizations that are reaching middle school girls, particularly those who are typically underrepresented in STEM. However, the collaborative envisions supporting a wide array of organizations, so all are encouraged to apply. To learn more, visit montana.edu/smrc/documents/Girls_STEM_Collaborative.html or contact smrc@montana.edu.

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative is an outreach program of Montana’s National Science Foundation EPSCoR program with co-leaders in the Science Math Resource Center and UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area. The goal of the network is to build collaborations and share resources to support girls and other youth typically underrepresented in STEM. Opportunities like mini grants and events are advertised through the network’s quarterly e-newsletter; subscribe at http://bit.ly/mtgirlsstem-news.
- SSoM BUSINESS PARTNER RESOURCES -

SSoM Partner COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOM
Now is the time to invest in high-quality curricula that will accelerate literacy learning, attend to students' social and emotional needs, and build inclusive, equitable communities for all learners.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR TEACHING & LEARNING

THE LEARNING PROFESSIONAL from LEARNING FORWARD
How can asynchronous online coaching transform professional learning, empowering educators and allowing districts to scale their professional learning efforts? Read the article:

ONLINE ELEMENTARY READING ACADEMY (OERA) - REGISTER NOW!
OERA is a self-paced online course that teaches the essential components of reading instruction, based in the science of reading, with clear and explicit models immediately applicable to the classroom.

SAVE THE DATE: FALL 2021 SIPPS SYMPOSIUM, 2 - 5pm EST Oct. 28, 2021
This virtual event will feature an informational track plus two professional learning tracks. Details coming soon!

NEW BLOG SERIES - Structured Literacy: Unpacking Eight Key Questions for Transforming Reading Instruction and Outcomes for Readers

  • Caring School Community, K-9 CASEL SELect Program; offered 10/6/21, 11/3/21, 1/5/22
  • SIPPS, K–12: Developing and Supporting Foundational Skills; offered 9/8/21, 10/13/21, 11/10/21, 1/12/22
  • Being a Reader, K–2: Comprehensive Reading Instruction; offered 9/22/21, 10/20/21, 11/22/21, 1/26/22
  • Making Meaning & Book Clubs, 3–6: Comprehensive Reading Instruction; offered 9/15/21, 11/17/21, 1/19/22
  • Being a Writer, K–6: Comprehensive Writing Instruction; offered 10/20/21

GET THE RECONNECTING & REBUILDING TOOLKIT DOWNLOAD
JOKE OF THE WEEK
You've heard of Elf on a Shelf. In Montana we have...
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & FYIs -
MT OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

THIS JUST IN! Beginning Friday, Sept. 3, OPI will streamline their communications with you by combining all units and programs in their agency monthly OPI Compass newsletter (formerly the OPI Summary) rather than separate emails. The new format will feature upcoming events, deadlines, and other updates with direct links to specific sections and items so you can quickly navigate through the information. Look for the OPI Compass on the first Friday of every month!
FREE PD! OPI INDIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL (IEFA) ADVOACY AWARD RECIPIENT WEBINAR SERIES: Contemporary Topics in Indian Country September - March
This series of six FREE webinars will feature a different Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education recipient. Each session will cover current events and contemporary issues facing Montana tribes. Learn how to research primary documents for classroom use and how to respectfully integrate them into your instruction. REGISTRATION OPEN - click for complete details.
OPI MONTANA AUTISM EDUCATION PROJECT is offering 80+ hours of online training in Teaching Procedures for students with autism/cognitive delay, Applied Behavior Analysis, and a variety of focused topics. Click here to learn more.
REGION IV CSPD offers FREE VIRTUAL PD for SW MT! (click here for website)

THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING READING, a 12 part series with Carrie Cole, 4 - 6 pm on Wednesdays, Sept. 8 - Dec. 1, via ZOOM
  • This comprehensive 12-part training will empower teachers to understand the what, why, and how of evidence-based reading instruction in foundational reading skills so they can better meet the diverse needs of their students.
  • Details & Registration HERE
  • OPI Renewal Units available when attending ALL 12 sessions
  • Region I & II training - click here
All 5 CSPDs offer FREE VIRTUAL PD for their respective regions. Click for details:
WORLD LANGUAGE INITIATIVE - MONTANA (WLI-MT)
"WLI-MT's mission is to make language & culture programming available for ALL Montanans."

Tuesdays at 2pm Newsletter Highlights
  • ADULT LANGUAGE CLASS SIGN UPS BEGIN SEPT 7TH - fall classes include evening, in-person classes, online lunch hour classes, and specialized classes for organizations and businesses; program schedule
  • FREE COMMUNITY NIGHTS beginning Wed, Sept 15
  • NEW! YOUTH CLASSES include after-school K-5 language programs at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, Saturday Asian languages program at the Emerson (grant-funded & low cost), and online K-5 language classes Tues/Wed
  • PLEASE NOTE: all classes begin the week of Oct 4th; complete details (language, age group, costs, etc) & registration link can be found HERE.
- ABOUT SCHOOL SERVICES OF MONTANA -
SSoM is a 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.