October 10, 2018 Edition
IN THIS EDITION 2019 Tech Summit Presenter Proposals Request | FREE: IEFA PD Oct. 18 | CPI Workshop Nov. 9th | FREE: GT Fall Super Saturdays | 2018-19 MECC Agenda | Tech Tip of the Week | Co-op Food Program Advisory Committee Meetings | Joke of the Week | Addt'l PD Opportunities & Resources
- CALL FOR PRESENTERS -
6TH ANNUAL TECH SUMMIT
February 4-5, 2019 | Bozeman, MT
This event aims to continue the trend of being one of the largest gatherings of technology-oriented instruction and integration in Montana. Our two-day event will provide meaningful content across five separate strands, as well as opportunities for professional networking. The goal is to put valuable information and tools into our attendees hands that they can immediately apply in their classrooms to get their students more engaged and excited about technology.
We would LOVE to get a presenter proposal from YOU for a breakout session! Our five areas of focus include presentations for administrators, school board members, women in technology, classroom technology integration intended for utilization / practical application by all subject areas, and technology support staff.

DID YOU KNOW??? If your proposal is accepted you
receive FREE registration to the ENTIRE EVENT!

PLEASE CLICK HERE to submit your proposal
For more information please contact:
Mary Anne Skinner | maskinner@swmss.coop | (406) 522-6069
Melissa Tovaas | mtovaas@swmss.coop | (646) 831-7264
FREE PD Opportunity
INDIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL
MEA DAY ALTERNATIVE
9-4pm Oct. 18th | Willson School 217A | Bozeman

Please join us for a day of IEFA professional learning, grades K-12.
- Up to 6 OPI Renewal Units Available -
Presented by IEFA Educational Consultants Kim Quigley & Dr. Shane Doyle

9-12pm: Developing Questions & Planning Inquiries Using IEFA Resources
1-4pm: Applying Inquiry Strategies with the NEW Bison Trunk

Although this event is FREE you must register to attend:
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 16th

For additional information please contact:
Kim Quigley | kim.quigley03@gmail.com | (406) 539-3521
CPI Square
NOV. 9 CPI WORKSHOP
8 - 5pm | Willson Building | Bozeman, MT
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training program is a safe, nonharmful behavior management system designed to help human service providers give the best possible care, welfare, safety and security to disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control individuals. Our one day workshop provides you with 8 OPI Renewal Units.
- REGISTRATION OPEN TO ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS -

Please click HERE if you are interested in the Nov. 9th workshop
[enrollment must meet minimum to hold]

Questions? Please contact our CPI instructor:
Melissa Hanson | mhanson@galmadspecialedcoop.org
- FREE SWMSS PD -
GIFTED & TALENTED
SUPER SATURDAY
presented by Dianne Fowler, M. ED
8:30am - 3:30pm Dec. 8 in Bozeman
6 OPI Renewal Units Available
- MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND -

[deadline to register is Dec. 4]

For additional information please contact our instructor:
Dianne Fowler | upanotch4kids@gmail.com | cell (830) 870-2002
2018-19 MECC AGENDA
Kicking Off the New Year!

Our goal is to support curriculum work at our member school districts by building awareness of the process with staff through MECC overviews and supporting your district's curriculum goals through review sessions.

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR REVIEW SESSIONS
Science - September 26 & November 14
ELA - Elementary - October 3 & January 16
ELA - Secondary - October 24 & January 23
Social Studies - September 19 & December 5
Counseling - January 15
World Language - February 20

2nd Tuesday of every month @ 3:45 pm

Questions? Please contact our Co-Director of Education:
Melissa Tovaas | mtovaas@swmss.coop | cell (646) 831-7264
TECH SUPPORT TIP OF THE WEEK
"State Reporting: It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year"
State data reporting doesn't have to be the cause of your sleepless nights or headaches anymore! Have you tried:

  1. Hitting or giving dirty looks to your computer?
  2. Submitting a case to SWMSS through the Infinite Campus Community Portal?
  3. Calling SWMSS??? 

Don't forget - TEAMS reporting is due Friday, October 12th!
"We're listening. We're here for your district. We're up to the challenge."
Mary Anne Skinner | maskinner@swmss.coop | (406) 522-6069
- Attention Food Service Managers -
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN OUR
CO-OP FOOD PROGRAM
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A committee of school food service managers from around the state reviews all program items to ensure quality, nutritional integrity and
student acceptance. They work to include foods that help schools and organizations meet higher nutritional standards, such as foods made with whole grains and foods lower in fat and sodium.

We are looking for new members! Please contact Cindy or Jennifer for more information or to RSVP for one of the following meetings:
2018-19 MEETING
DATES & LOCATIONS

Miles City Oct. 30
Great Falls Nov. 1
Missoula Nov. 2

DID YOU KNOW?

The Spring 2019
Order Window
Opens Nov. 15 !

For more information please contact:
Cindy Giese | cgiese@swmss.coop | cell (406) 366-9829
Jennifer Brekke | jbrekke@swmss.coop | (406) 522-6024
JOKE OF THE WEEK
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING & RESOURCES


  • FREE COSN Cybersecurity Webinar: Protecting Student Cyber AND Physical Security; 1-2pm EST Wednesday, Oct. 17; Details

  • GRANTS Air Force Academy K - 12 Educator Grants - applications due by Dec. 15; Details




  • SWMSS 2018-19 Indian Education for All (IEFA) Offerings - Flyer

  • Infinite Campus Montana User Group Meetings Nov. 5, 6, 7, & 8: Register HERE
  • New Infinite Campus Apps for Parents & Students - click HERE

  • SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual MT Science Summer Institute Aug. 6-7, 2019 in Bozeman; sign up to receive updates including session topics, speaker bios, and conference details HERE
THANK YOU TO OUR 2018-19
MAJOR BUSINESS SPONSORS
2019 CALENDAR SALE now through Nov. 2
SWMSS Member discounts available -
the prices will knock your socks off!

- Check out their October Flyer here -
FREE Dream Big IMAX DVD & Teaching Kit Opportunity
for Montana Middle & Elementary School
STEM Teachers - film details here

To request a kit please contact:
Scott Hedglin | scott@arch118.com | (406) 404-1777