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October 7, 2020
REMINDER: Teachers should continue following the 2019-20 grading protocols. Please refer to this document for details on grading opportunities for student work, resources & support. 
DLD is Nov. 3 in Teams & Canvas. Register in PLZ by Nov. 1 for TWO courses (content & dept. session) & Microsoft Teams for Classroom Instruction, Pt.2. More info in the DLD Guidebook.
View the updated library of demo lessons & how-to videos for examples of virtual core content instruction in Microsoft Teams for various grades & content areas.  
The SCS Aspiring Teachers Program is excited to continue supporting employees by offering FREE Praxis study support! Get more details & sign-up info here.
REMINDER: As we continue the work of virtual instruction for all students in SCS, it is important to ensure standard procedures are followed. View the Teams standard procedures here.
Oct. 9: Virtual Hero Wall Entries Due (UPDATED)
Oct. 12-16: Fall Break
Oct. 12-19: Apply for Saturday Academy (NEW)
Oct. 31: Boo for Books (NEW)
(NEW) NOW HIRING: Positions for the new Saturday Learning Academy are available October 12-19!

SCS is making monthly Saturday Learning Academies available for K-12 SCS students to provide extra enrichment throughout the year and help address learning loss caused by school closures in the spring due to COVID-19. We are hiring K-12 regular education and special education teachers, as well as site administrator positions for each monthly academy. Positions for the October Saturday Academy will be available October 12-19. November positions are open November 2-9, and December positions are open November 30 - December 7.

***Please also tell your students and families that registration for the October academy is October 9-20. Parents can register online at
(NEW) New school grant opportunities are here for the month of October!

Check out all of the latest opportunities to receive funding and resources to support your classroom this school year. View the complete list of October School Grant Opportunities here.
(NEW) New teachers: get some helpful tips to prepare for your first formal observation of the year.

As you navigate the uncharted waters of virtual teaching and prepare for your first formal observation, you may have some uncertainties. The Teacher Induction Team wants to ease your fears by equipping you with some tips from District experts to help you feel confident and knowledgeable about your observation process in our October session, "Evaluation Tips from the Inside." Don’t miss out on this insightful social networking and learning opportunity to empower you with ways to prepare and feel great about your observation!

Title: Networking (Evaluation Tips from the Inside)
Date: Monday, October 21
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
PLZ Registration: Course #24865 (Section #41318)
(NEW) Check out new resources and PD opportunities from the ELA team!

The ELA team has new supporting documents and upcoming PD opportunities. The resources are designed to help teachers with grading and managing assignments within the ELA platforms, as well as to understand how the new curriculum is aligned to the four Instructional Practices. Check them out here, and be on lookout soon for more!
(UPDATED) We're honoring SCS service men and women with a Virtual Veterans Day Hero Wall. Submit pics by Oct. 9!

As we approach Veterans Day (November 11), the HR team wants to salute and spotlight our SCS military veterans who have served or are presently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. A Virtual Veterans Day Hero Wall video will be created and shared in our District publications and on the SCS social media pages. Please submit the following information by October 9 to this updated link

  • High-quality photo of the veteran in uniform
  • First and last name of the veteran
  • Current SCS position and school/department
  • Branch of service
(NEW) We're putting the BOO in BOOKS on Halloween! Encourage families to join us Oct. 31!

Our second "Boo for Books" event is taking place Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Board of Education. This year's event will be a drive-thru event with free goodie bags and books for students in grades Pre-K - 5 while supplies last. The goal of the event is to continue to increase awareness, support and engagement around the District's Third Grade Commitment early literacy initiative by helping students and families build their at-home libraries. Get more info here.
(NEW) Encourage your students to enter the 2020 MLGW "PowerBytes" Poster Contest by November 20!

Today’s students have been born into an Internet-equipped world where technology is used in all facets of life, from school to home to play. Students are on the Internet now more than ever, and this increased connectivity has created the opportunity for more threats. The “MLGW Power Bytes” are the newest addition to the MLGW Power League Superheroes. The Power Bytes are Internet Safety Superheroes, and their mission is to encourage families to use technology safely. The “Power Bytes” Poster Art Contest allows students to create a visual image of the “Power Bytes” characters while conveying strategies to be safe while using the Internet. Submissions are due by Friday, November 20. Get complete details at
(NEW) The Orpheum's Arts Recharge video series offers creative "brain break" exercises for students at home.

Arts Recharge is a free series of videos for educators and families. Online learning can be challenging, and with students having so much screen time it can be hard to engage them fully through the long school day. These quick-guided theatre exercises can be used to recharge students’ bodies, voices and imaginations. Whether to jump-start a class period or infuse a brain break into the learning process, theatre games and warm-up activities can springboard engagement, joy and collaboration with your students, creating an optimal environment for learning. Access the YouTube playlist here.
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