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September 30, 2020
BUILDING BRIDGES: All teachers are asked to attend a live PD session with Dr. Donyall Dickey on standards-based content & instructional practices TODAY or Oct. 5, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Get complete details & live links for both sessions here.
Part 2 of the new Canvas Course Development series starts this week! The series helps teachers use Canvas as an instructor to virtually deliver SCS curricula. Please take courses in sequence.
Want to earn some extra cash over Fall Break? Apply for a Virtual Fall Break Learning Academy position (K-12 teachers, SPED teachers, site admins & bilingual mentors) by Oct. 5!
The Math Dept. created new Microsoft Teams to share PD, resources & news. Plus, it's a space for teachers to collaborate & share best practices. Sign up now! K-5 | 6-8 | 9-12 | Algebra II
To be eligible for November 2020 Flex Days (Nov. 23-24), teachers must have evidence of completing 29 specified hours of PD on their PLZ transcripts. View courses here.
#SCSTHINKPINK: Help support breast cancer awareness & celebrate SCS survivors in October! Submit photos for the Survivor Wall, take part in the Virtual Pink Out & Cook Pink!
(NEW) "The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show offers more support for SCS teachers on instructional practices!

"The Whitelaw Edition" Talk Show outlines how SCS will continue to improve instruction for students. We want to continue to expand our work by deepening our knowledge of the new standards with many focused PD opportunities using the Common Core Companion. We will continue by increasing instructional effectiveness through a deep study of Gradual Release. The video explains strategies and resources to increase student achievement and how we will execute the work across the District by completing the same planning documents and content using a consistent language. This will help teachers improve their understanding of standards-based instruction by engaging in a finite set of four Instructional Practices:

  • Practice I - Performance-Based Objectives
  • Practice II - General & Content-Specific Vocabulary 
  • Practice III - Gradual Release Responsibility & the 5 E’s
  • Practice IV - Write & Manipulatives
(NEW) Please review these important reminders and updates regarding grading protocols.

Regardless of the type of learning environment provided to our students, teachers should continue to follow the grading protocols released during the 2019-20 school year. However, please ensure students receive credit within their class participation grade for time spent using intervention software, such as i-Ready, Edgenuity, or similar programs. Whenever a student completes at least 45 minutes on any day for ELA or Math, a 100 should be included as a class participation grade for the relevant subject area on that day.
(NEW) Check out the latest i-Ready updates to support your students!

Next Steps with i-Ready after Diagnostic:

Online Instruction Reminders:
  • Per i-Ready research, quality and quantity of personalized online i-Ready instruction matter. Reaching at least 30 minutes per week of online instruction, but also with average pass rates of 70% or greater, has historically shown the greatest student gains. You can monitor these fields in the Personalized Instruction Report in the i-Ready Reports Tab.

i-Ready PD Office Hours on ZOOM Starting Next Week:
  • Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., with Lorene Essex:
  • ZOOM Link
  • Phone: + 1301 715 8592 - ID: 825 389 2480 - Passcode: 0MaVka
  • Fridays, 7-9 a.m., with Elaine Price:
  • Link for 10/2
  • New ZOOM link starting 10/9
  • Phone: +1 301 715 8592 - ID: 750 144 9083 - Passcode: 4cgSWA
(NEW) The first ACT Family Night of the year is coming up next week!

Please help us spread the word to high schoolers and their families about our upcoming ACT Family Night on Wednesday, October 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. The live session will help students and families learn about upcoming testing dates and the college admissions process. The first 100 people to register will get free ACT prep materials, and everyone who attends can enter a drawing for free ACT registration or score report. Additional sessions will be held in January and April. Click here for more info and a registration link.
(NEW) Encourage students to get active at home on National Walking School Bus Day!

Students may not be coming to school every day, but they can still get active at home on National Walking School Bus Day. The Coordinated School Health team is encouraging students to pick a time during their lunch, break, PE class or whenever they choose to get active. Students can get creative, have fun and post pics and videos of their activities on social media using the hashtag, #SCSBreak2Walk. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative posts using the hashtag October 7 -11. Here are the English and Spanish flyers to share with your students.
(NEW) A special Hispanic Heritage Month literacy night is taking place October 8. Tell your students!

A live bilingual literacy event is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, as part of ongoing Hispanic Heritage Month activities. The event is designed for elementary-aged students, but all students and families are welcome to tune in to hear a special live reading of Margarito's Forest. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will also include a hands-on student activity, live demonstration and even a free book! Share these flyers with your students for information: English | Spanish
(NEW) 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

  • 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) The Orpheum is celebrating SCS student storytellers October 13-14!

The Orpheum Theatre is excited to present Story Fest, in collaboration with Overton and Douglas High Schools. The Orpheum had been working with students at both schools before the pandemic to prepare their play and documentary, but the premieres had to be postponed. Finally, Story Fest will take place October 13-14. Register for the FREE interactive event here.
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