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November 6, 2019
The Q2 District assessment window is  Dec. 2 - 19 . Please review ELA , Math & Science standards that will be assessed. Have feedback about quarterly assessments? Tell us what you think !
Portfolio evaluated teachers, check your email for a message from Portfolium to get registered for upcoming portfolio eval s .
Content Cadres: Course 1 closes on Nov. 22. Have questions? We've got answers to your most frequently asked questions here !
We're hiring Math curriculum reviewers ! Apply by Nov. 22 to join our team & help lead the way in Math instruction at SCS.
Teachers, did you know you get FREE access to the i-Ready Teacher Toolbox? Learn more & access your account here .
Check out how you can get your students involved in the nation's BIGGEST reading event!

TOMORROW is Read for the Record day for elementary schools all across the country. If you're still looking for cool ways to get your students excited about this record-breaking reading event, take a look at our Read for the Record activity guide to get cool ideas that are aligned with this year's book, " Thank You Omu ," as well as our literacy standards.
Grade Ed Plans for first & second grade at-risk readers are due by Nov. 22.
By Nov. 22 , all elementary schools should develop Academic Support Plans to provide skills-based supports for first and second grade students identified as At-Risk in Reading, according to the quarterly Success Criteria for each grade level. These students identified as At-Risk should not include students receiving Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions. The Academic Support Plan for At-Risk students will be created and tracked in EdPlan. Students are expected to participate in the iReady Diagnostics, as well as use the i-Ready Reading Intervention Program throughout the school year. Please note that Academic Support Plans for Kindergarten students identified as At-Risk in Reading should be entered by Jan. 30, 2020 . The supporting materials below provide additional guidance and specific steps for entering the Academic Support Plans within the EdPlan platform.

There’s a tool for that! Informal observation tools are available in PLZ.
The Cornerstones of High Quality Instruction resources have been updated and shared with leaders during the September Zone Meeting. According to the Cornerstones of High Quality Instruction, and similar to last school year, principals and/or designees who are TEM-certified will conduct one informal observation per teacher per semester using the IPG tool to give informal feedback and drive coaching supports from Instructional Leadership. These informal observations do not have to be conducted prior to formal observations. Only IPG observations conducted by TEM-certified principals and/or designees can be housed in PLZ.  All information regarding the Cornerstones of High Quality (Instructional Leadership Teams, Instructional Practice Guides, and Cycles of Professional Learning) can be found here.
Get excited Science teachers, second quarter supplemental Science resources are here!

Hey Science teachers, check out this quarter's Science Instructional Advisor's (SIA's) Choice resources. These are a quarterly compilation of outside resources, along with the relevant curriculum map, to make your Science lesson planning a little easier!

It's a bird... it's a plane! NO, it's SCS Superheroes! Nominate your school heroes to award them with $100.

Do you know someone who works in our schools who always... saves the day? We're looking to honor the best and brightest heroes who go above and beyond to serve our schools. We want to know who you think are the most awesome cafeteria workers, teachers, ed assistants and other school staff in our District. Nominate a standout hero by Nov. 15 for a chance for them to win a $100 gift card and title of "SCS Superhero!" for all of their hard work!
November EAP Spotlight: Anxiety

A new month brings a new focus from our monthly EAP newsletter! Our November EAP topic addresses coping with anxiety. Take a few minutes to read some helpful tips about recognizing signs, symptoms and triggers of anxiety, along with tips to manage it. Don't forget, all SCS employees and their dependents have access to mental health EAP services offered through Methodist Healthcare.
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