May 2020
DCIU Update
Upcoming Events
Teen Town Hall with Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon hosted by PCCY
Friday, May 22, 2020 | 11 AM
Register HERE or watch via Facebook Live on @PCCYPage

Students from school districts across Delaware County will be participating in a Town Hall discussion with Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon.

Student Spotlight: DCTS Student Nathan Murray
Well done to  Delaware County Technical Schools  (DCTS) senior Nathan Murray for being recognized in April by the Electrical Association of Philadelphia (EAP) for his work as a top-performing student in his electrical technology class!

Nathan entered DCTS's program as a Junior, and since then has received praise from his instructor, Harry McGinnis, for his knowledge and skills, especially his conduit bending abilities. Nathan attended EAP's Electric Expo 2019 with his class and was thrilled to learn about new products and technologies available in the industry. 
A Message from the Executive Director
Greetings,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these trying times. As we continue to navigate the current environment, I want to thank each of you for your diligence in continuing to serve our communities . Looking ahead, DCIU is committed to providing quality programs and services while maintaining a safe environment for students and staff. We look forward to the day we can be together again, but until then are appreciative of the tools and resources connecting us and moving us forward. Be well.

Maria Edelber, Ed.D.
Executive Director, DCIU
DCIU Moving to Bimonthly Pay Schedule

As a reminder, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Technical Schools will be moving to a 24 pay cycle, beginning July 1, 2020. There will be no changes in total compensation for staff as a result of this move. All salary and benefit calculations will now be made on a 24 pay schedule, rather than 26.

Scheduled pay dates under the 24 pay cycle will be the 15 th and 30 th of each month. However, in the event that the 15 th or 30 th of a given month falls on a weekend or Monday holiday, the Friday before that scheduled pay date will be the day all staff is paid.

DCIU partnered with TD Bank in April to provide financial literacy workshops on budgeting and money management. You can find similar resources on the TD Bank website HERE or contact Ed Norris at enorris@dciu.org for more information.
Pupil Services Creates Wellness Videos

DCIU Pupil Services staff have been working hard to ensure their students and families are in the right frame of mind during these uncertain times. Staff including Christine Adamo-Newell and Andrea Spencer have been creating videos with themes such as Mindful Monday, Wellness Wednesday and Feel Good Friday.

The goal of the videos is to engage in and promote activities that inspire relaxation and stress reduction. Whether it be reading books, making crafts, or breathing exercises, the videos are a great way to step back from daily anxieties and practice self-care.

The videos are uploaded weekly and there is something for everyone. Check out the videos HERE!
DCIU Staff Celebrate Spirit Week
During the week of May 4th, DCIU staff across the organization particpiated in a virtual Spirit Week. Staff were asked to send in photos each day to connect with their coworkers in a fun and silly way. The five days of the week were themed as: slipper day, crazy sock day, pet day, office buddy day, and favorite dessert day. Staff enjoyed the opportunity to see their colleagues and come together as a community. If you missed any of the videos, check them out below!






Thank you to everyone who participated!
Thank You to DCIU Front Line Workers!

Many DCIU staff have been working tirelessly to maintain operations and provide resources to our students and families. This includes workers who have been required to return to our buildings to keep the work going! From Human Resources, to IT, to the Business Office, to facilities staff and more, these workers have been on the front lines while many get to work from the comfort of their home.

Thank you for all that you do and know that your colleagues appreciate you! Please enjoy the video above showing our thanks.
Excellence in Teaching Awards 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients! DCIU is proud to partner with Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) each year to recognize the the many teachers across the region for their hard work and dedication to their students. In these difficult times, we applaud our teachers for their commitment to education.

Special shout out to DCIU Life Skills Coordinator Mary Keeley for being selected as an Excellence in Teaching Award recipient! FMFCU created a wonderful video honoring the recipients that you can watch above.

Marple Education Center: Continuity of Education Highlights
Staff at Marple Education Center have been working to find innovative and creative ways to connect with their students.

Brian Dunbar, physical education teacher, conducted an asynchronous learning module for students who attend our Low Incidence program. Watch his video to see how he incorporated this lesson into a fun baseball exercise!

TC Hagee has been creating art videos from home to show students how they can be creative with with any materials available.

This is a just a glimpse at the lengths MEC staff have gone to engage students while they are at home.
STARS: Celebrate your colleagues and nominate a STAR!
Even though we are not physically together as as a DCIU community, that does not mean that staff have not been going above and beyond! The Sharing Talent and Recognizing Service (STARS) program is an opportunity for DCIU to staff to celebrate the incredible work we do each day. If someone you know has shown leadership, responsibility, creativity and a positive attitude, or if he/she works well with others and continually upholds the mission and values of DCIU, then please nominate that individual for STARS recognition.

You can find the STARS nomination form  HERE!
Have you completed the 2020 Census?
The census is underway and it is am incredibly important part of ensuring that schools receiving the funding necessary to provide a quality education to our students. Now more than ever, it is critical that you and your family are counted in the 2020 Census.

The census can be completed online in just a few minutes. Fill out the 2020 Census here!
We encourage you to send staff celebrations, events, and program highlights to feature in future issues. If you have content that you would like featured in the DCIU Update newsletter, please email Theresa Marsden at tmarsden@dciu.org