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CESU T-notes 6/7/16

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VOl 4 NO 24, June 7, 2016

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         My husband and I are getting ready to move and this involves scrounging boxes.  I was gifted old boxes from discarded school records.  This past week I lifted one such box and the musty, stale odor brought me back to a room, with dusty sheets draped over old furniture,  1850 encyclopedias on a bookshelf, creaky floorboards, a lamp with spiderwebs dancing to the ceiling, and a man sitting in a chair.  
         It is funny how smell transports you.   
         My great grandfather was ancient.  We visited him now and again and would rip up three sets of stairs to get to the brown room of his very old Victorian house.  He fled from the Bolsheviks in Russia.  We would listen to his stories.  Eventually when my sisters drifted away he would ask me to play chess.  He sat in an old armchair, chain smoked cigarettes, coughed, sighed and would slowly move his pieces.  Each time I quickly made my move he would lean forward, raise his bushy eyebrows and raspily say, “Zhoo zure zhoo vant to zo zhat?”  Usually he won the first two or three games.  On the last game I always was able to beat him.  Then he said “Zhat is enough!” and drifted off to sleep.  This ritual lasted until he was 98 years old.
Thirty years later I was playing chess with my six year old daughter, it was the third game, and I let her win after she sweated, thought, retried, lost a few, then finally won.  I started laughing.  At that very moment, sitting on the floor with my daughter, I realized my great grandfather had let me win.  IMG_1509.JPG
Why had I not realized this until that point?  Since I was five years old,  I had thought, I am smart, I can beat a Russian chessmaster.  When I was struggling in school, I would think, Well I can do anything because I can beat my Opa at chess.   All this time I had believed it was true.  As a Russian he had some little pieces of paper certifying the chess prowess.  He spoke five languages. There is no way I could have beat him if he was really playing.  He had tricked me!
Do you have people in your life who pushed you without you knowing?  How do we help our children struggle, and struggle just enough to push them, and then let them know they are smart?  We can’t let them win all the time, we can not have them never win.  Where is that sweet spot for stretching their minds and helping them grow and build confidence? That area of growth is in a different place for each child, and each area of learning.  Finding the sweetspot is one of a teacher’s greatest gifts.  If we can build knowledge and confidence, and not have our young people know this is what we are doing -- until they are well into adulthood -- we will have made them lifelong learners.  And this is what all of you have been doing all year.IMG_1598.JPG
Eventually I got up and kept moving boxes….the memory drifted away ... the musty smell was starting to scratch my throat. However, even in the process of moving my home, I was thinking this past week about all the teachers out there.  Thank you for stretching our learners!
            
4th grade track meet- Amazing video
Link to this month's CESU Works! May Newsletter.
ELA
ELA K-4 Committee meeting Monday June 27 @ Central Office
ELA work 5-8 @ CHMS and BRMS with Sarah Miller and Julie Parker June 14,15,16
Mathematics
Balancing the Equation Matt Larson (NCTM President) gave a talk on April 15, 2016, called “Balancing the Equation” at the Math Forum Ignite event at the 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. After viewing the video, think about how you might share the message with others.
2016 VMI Summer Course Options
Math as a Second Language – July 11th-July 15th
Number Theory for Teachers – July 18th-22nd
Functions & Algebra for Teachers – July 18th – 22nd
Technology

Click here for CESU Tech Tips Summer 2016


Please save info from old websites as we convert to our new school websites -  before June 30th: Schoolfusion - How and What to Save

  1. Webpage content: Highlight everything on your Schoolfusion page, then paste it into a Google Doc.  We can copy and paste it into your new web page later.

  2. Download any files (that you want to keep) from Schoolfusion, and save to your Google Drive.

We encourage you to call on tech support for help if you need it.  This time may be a good opportunity to clean house - don’t copy or save what is no longer needed.


PK-8 Items NOT affected - no need to touch them: Google blogs, sites and docs; Schoology.

The technology committee is working with Finalsite to develop layouts and will provide training in August and September.


Summer CVEDC Opportunities: visit website

June 17, 2016 - Going Google One day workshop

August 18 & 19 - Tech Tools for Assessment- 2 day workshop

June 27-30 Weaving Technology, Standards and Lifelong Skills into Content Areas July 13-19: Personalized Learning Using Technology - 3‐credit

Wellness

Great Ted Talk Sean Anchor- Gratitude- I recommend all watch it

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CESU T-Notes 5/20/16

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VOl 4 NO 24 May 20, 2016

CESU Boot Camp!  CESU Boot Camp!  May is Movement May GO for it!

Boot camp at Camel’s Hump
3:45-4:30 Tuesdays May 17, 24, 31.

Beginner boot camp at Fit2Excel in Essex
5-6pm Tuesdays May 17, 24 and 31
All beginners welcome, even if you have never done any class like this.  



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Link to this month's CESU Works! May Newsletter.

Mt Mansfield Modified School District and Chittenden East Supervisory Union are pleased to announce the hiring of Rebecca Thibault as our new Human Resources Director.  Ms Thibault comes to CESU after ten years of experience at Onion River Co-op, City Market as a Human Resources Benefits Manager.  Prior to that she worked for IBM as a Human Resources Program Coordinator.  At City Market, Ms. Thibault focused on the mission of the organization to ensure local farmers, vendors, and members of the community were supported while also serving all employees.  During her tenure she shifted the entire employee health care policies to align with the Affordable Care Act.  She has worked in policy development, labor relations, benefit plan structuring, and employee wellness, building a strong organizational culture, implementing human resources and payroll software and recruiting top talent.  In addition to her impressive skillset and experience, she brings energy, passion and a supportive demeanor, all of which will contribute immensely to our school district.  Ms. Thibault holds a bachelors from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Vermont.  Ms Thibault lives in South Burlington with her family including two young children.  Please join us in welcoming her to our community!RT Photo.jpg


Climate
How to support transgender children in school- good article. Transgender bathroom article
Counselors
DCFS and Kid Safe Collaborative have launched a training site on reporting child abuse
ELA

Next Year:  The ELA committee met and made adjustments to the reading and writing units for next year.  In addition they decided that we would wait to implement the Fountas and Pinnell for our reading assessment. During in-service in August, we will get running record training. Reading and writing workshop video clips for your viewing pleasure
Mathematics

Building consistent practice / language across grade levels.  13 Rules that Expire     12 Rules that Expire in Middle School

Applications for the next cohort of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative application on the VMI website


Science

The Natural Resources Management Academy July 8-10, 2016


Climate & Energy Engagement: Building NGSS-aligned tools and skills for data-driven action middle- and high school; June 27–29, Fairlee, VT;Sign up


Videos science and teaching Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching. The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) 2016-2017 VSI Science and Engineering Academy Learn more and to apply. Vermont Science Institute, Summer Academy Aug 7-12

Student Support Services

When a parent sends a request for copies of their child's special education record, it should be in writing so there is no question about what the parent is requesting.  The person receiving the request should reply within a reasonable amount of time (1 day ideally) in writing.  The written response lets the parent know; 1. You received the request 2. The date they can review the record and/or date by which a copy of the records will be ready for pick up (we do not mail the records) See email from Bev for a template


DLM folks-- teachers are wondering if they are done testing because the testlets "keep coming".  In the Test Administrator Manual (TAM), page 86, it tells you that the summative assessment contains 5 ELA and 5 Math testlets. The additional testlets arriving in your testing sessions are field test items. Explanation as to why we need to do the field test items: Life-cycle of a test item;  Because VT is an integrated model AND computer adaptive, we need test items to span the fall, winter and spring summative windows. The field test items serve the purpose of building the assessment blueprint and providing a better bank of items across all levels.  These field items are very important both in their purpose and because each one went through an expensive and laborious process - a process that can take up to 4 years. Here are some of the most common steps that take place between item creation and acceptance into the item pool. (1) The item gets written (by educators); (2) it may go through a review by content experts, if it passes; (3) it will then go through teacher item/sensitivity bias review; (4) if it gets rejected it will either be returned for rewriting (repeat the process), if it passes, it will go through a field test (what you are doing) and once through the field test; (5) it will go through psychometric reviews and accurate level placement, then; (6) it finally makes it to the official summative test.


Special education financial reporting to VT AOE, needs to track program costs for students with programs in excess of $50,000.  These are typically:


1. Students tuitioned to out of district programs

2. Students with one on one Paras or Howard Center Interventionist

3. Students who receive several types of services with many individual and related services.


To track these costs for each student, we need to know the following information:

1. Who is providing each service on the IEP

2. How many students are in a group (if the group size is: sm or lg group)


If you have a student who falls into one of the above categories and you are writing a new IEP, please send, via interoffice mail, a copy of this student's service page to Marjorie with the above information identified. It is IMPORTANT that we receive the IEP service page within 30 days of the IEP meeting.


DocuSped: Effective immediately, the AOE has revised the Physician Letter to include an explanation of the June 1 change in the procedure code and the AOE has determined that the electronic signature date on the Medicaid logs can only be entered in the software by checking the Signed Electronically box. Otherwise, when not using the electronic signature process, the date may be handwritten after printing and hand signing the forms rsmith@clearskydatasystems.com
Technology

Our PK-12 school websites will be replaced for the 2016-17 school year. PK-8 Items NOT affected - no need to touch them: Google blogs, sites and docs; Schoology


Schoolfusion - How and What to Save (do before July 1st!) *

We encourage you to call on tech support for help. You may, of course, do it on your own.Webpage content: Highlight everything on your Schoolfusion page, then paste it into a Google Doc.  We can copy and paste it into your new web page later. Download any files (that you want to keep) from Schoolfusion, and save to your Google Drive.*This time may be a good opportunity to clean house - don’t copy or save what is no longer needed. Background: Schoolfusion was bought out and is being eliminated by Blackboard.  A website committee began work in the fall, and selected Finalsite from 11 companies' proposals.


The new websites will be very attractive, engaging and easier to use!


Click here for the CESU Tech Tips Spring 2016 Edition

Summer CVEDC Opportunities: visit their website

June 17, 2016 - Going Google One day workshop

August 18 & 19 - Tech Tools for Assessment- 2 day workshop


June 27-30 3 CreditWeaving Technology, Standards and Lifelong Skills into Content Areas

July 13-19: Personalized Learning Using Technology - 3‐credit

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CESU T-Notes 5/11/16

Posted by Unknown
VOl 4 NO 23 May 11, 2016

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It is hard to believe it is almost halfway through May.  Soon another year of adults connecting and changing the lives of children will end.  But wait, there is still so much happening! Field trips, assessments, concerts, assemblies, all school meetings, and learning, each and every moment. IMG_1314.JPGIMG_1277.JPG
For us to reach all children, we need time to plan, to collaborate, to wrap our heads around young people who are struggling to get to school, to complete their work, to concentrate or to learn.  We need time to figure out the content of what we are teaching and how to unpack new units, new materials, new legislation requiring personal learning plans.  
This year we changed our schedules and calendars and included embedded time to work in teams and also delayed starts.  Today was the last delayed start for the year.  In the weeds, it is hard to see how much has been accomplished... and much has been accomplished!  Thank you. Math teachers are talking about how move from concept, strategy and fluency to automaticity.  Music teachers are creating new ideas and aligning their work.  Middle school and high school teachers are creating systems for Personal Learning Plans. Middle level world language teachers are re-aligning their classes. Elementary teachers are looking at the writing and seeing mounds of growth.  These are small examples and I want to acknowledge the work of everyone this year. FullSizeRender (3).jpgIMG_1282.JPGIMG_1299.JPG
Although there are still kinks to work out and details to be refined, it was clear to me, on this last delayed start for the year, that teachers are focused, committed and changing how we deliver education.  We talk with our hands, we listen to each other, we commit to change and make our way through  initiatives.  Thank you for your work these late starts.  IMG_1295.JPG


From our School Board Chair:
To all CESU Staff and Teachers:
On behalf of the CESU/MMMUSD School Board, I want you to know how much you are appreciated.  Your daily passion, and your daily contributions, is essential to all our students, families and community.
Our students are receiving an excellent education in one of the best educational districts because of you.  Thus, be assured your work makes a difference.  You are changing the lives of our students, every single day, through your love of kids and wanting to help them grow into wonderful, self-sufficient, thinking and thoughtful adults.

So again, on behalf of the school board, I extend our heartfelt gratitude for being educators in order to make a difference in the lives of children, and for the conscientiousness hard work you do each day.  You are respected, valued, and supported.

Sincerely,Jon T Milazzo,CESU/MMMUSD Board Chair jon.milazzo@cesuvt.org

CESU Boot Camp!  CESU Boot Camp!  Have you ever wanted to do a little bit more training?  Do you want to be just a little bit more active, or maybe become a lot more active?  Through a grant, this spring, two trainers have visited all or our schools to offer a myriad of ways to be active.  Please follow up- May is Movement May and the grant will pay for you to try out a number of opportunities!  GO for it!IMG_3271.JPGIMG_3250 (3).JPG

Boot camp at Camel’s Hump
3:45-4:30 Tuesdays May 17, 24, 31.

Beginner boot camp at Fit2Excel in Essex
5-6pm Tuesdays May 17, 24 and 31
All beginners welcome, even if you have never done any class like this, please try out the beginner class.  






Do you know about citations? Do you know how to cite and how your young learners cite.  

Link to this month's CESU Works! May Newsletter.

Climate
How to support transgender children in school- good article. Transgender bathroom article
Counselors
DCFS and Kid Safe Collaborative have launched a training site on reporting child abuse
ELA

Next Year:  The ELA committee met and made adjustments to the reading and writing units for next year.  In addition they decided that we would wait to implement the Fountas and Pinnell for our reading assessment. During in-service in August, we will get running record training.

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching + Writing Intensive
Conference on Poetry and Teaching June 25 – 29, 2016
Middle School Citation Expectations  Tech GE 3b includes proper citation of digital sources, including digital images.
Engineering
Vermont Engineering Initiative summer 2016 professional development courses
Environment
Idle-Free from the Start vehicle idling awareness and eco-driving guest-lecturing presentations this school year before Vermont high school classroom audiences
Literacy
Chart Chums - A website for charts for writer’s workshop  Here is a link to many reading and writing workshop video clips for your viewing pleasure:
Mathematics
10 year improvements in math document


Building consistent practice / language across grade levels.  13 Rules that Expire     12 Rules that Expire in Middle School

Applications for the next cohort of the Vermont Mathematics Initiative application on the VMI website
Performing Arts
Young Folks Doing Old Stuff Conference Friday May 13, 2016 Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington. Presentations and workshops by educators and scholars from Qu├ębec, traditional music and dance in educational settings.
Science

The Natural Resources Management Academy July 8-10, 2016


Climate & Energy Engagement: Building NGSS-aligned tools and skills for data-driven action middle- and high school; June 27–29, Fairlee, VT;Sign up


Videos science and teaching Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching. The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) 2016-2017 VSI Science and Engineering Academy Learn more and to apply. Vermont Science Institute, Summer Academy Aug 7-12

Student Support Services

Special education financial reporting to VT AOE, needs to track program costs for students with programs in excess of $50,000.  These are typically:


1. Students tuitioned to out of district programs

2. Students with one on one Paras or Howard Center Interventionist

3. Students who receive several types of services with many individual and related services.


To track these costs for each student, we need to know the following information:

1. Who is providing each service on the IEP

2. How many students are in a group (if the group size is: sm or lg group)


If you have a student who falls into one of the above categories and you are writing a new IEP, please send, via interoffice mail, a copy of this student's service page to Marjorie with the above information identified. It is IMPORTANT that we receive the IEP service page within 30 days of the IEP meeting.

Technology

Click here for the CESU Tech Tips Spring 2016 Edition


Middle school: a day of learning and fun with science and technology on Tuesday,  May 17, 2016. eriksson@champlain.edu


Summer CVEDC Opportunities: visit their website

June 17, 2016 - Going Google One day workshop

August 18 & 19 - Tech Tools for Assessment- 2 day workshop


June 27-30 3 CreditWeaving Technology, Standards and Lifelong Skills into Content Areas

July 13-19: Personalized Learning Using Technology - 3‐credit

Wellness
Wellness Team, For folks who are able to attend, let’s plan to meet on Monday June 6th 3pm - 4 pm.  We will need to debrief the grant and the year.  You will get an invite from Andrea.

Everyone:
Boot camp at Camel’s Hump
3:45-4:30 Tuesdays May 17, 24, 31.

Beginner boot camp at Fit2Excel in Essex
5-6pm Tuesdays May 17, 24 and 31
All beginners welcome, even if you have never done any class like this, please try out the beginner class.  

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