“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Just a few reminders for the week ahead…
SEA Nominations Forms Due TODAY
If you are interested in being a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly this summer in Houston, Texas, nomination forms are due TODAY. Also, we have five open positions (both one-year and two-year terms) available to our Region 35 Council which you can apply for. Please give your nomination forms to your SEA Building Representative to give to our Elections Chair. As a reminder to building representatives, we will be meeting today afterschool from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room. As always, all members are welcome to attend.
Message to Our Non-Tenured Teachers
Just a reminder to our non-tenured teachers that your third observation of the year should be completed by this Friday, March 1st. Your Student Growth ‘Ending Meeting’ should be completed prior to March 1st as well. Administrators have until March 15th to give you your “Summative Appraisal Report”. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you have your evidence in all of the components on Common Ground. It is so important to advocate for yourself, especially in the areas that are not directly observed by your evaluator. For any other questions about your appraisal and the timelines, you can refer to our online Teacher Appraisal Plan.
Message to Our Tenured Teachers on Year Two of the Evaluation Cycle
If you are on your second year of the evaluation cycle, your two observation should be complete by March 1st. There is a minimum of one formal and one informal observation that be completed. Your Student Growth ‘Ending Meeting’ should be completed prior to May 1st. Administrators have between March 1st and May 1st to give you your “Summative Appraisal Report”. And I encourage you as well to make sure you have your evidence in all of the components on Common Ground. You are your best advocate!
Grade Reporting Timeline
Just a reminder, the grade reporting timeline has been revised to reflect the emergency days used. The report card window opened last Friday, Feb. 22nd. The new end of trimester two is Friday, March 8th. Comments/grades need to be completed by 8 AM on Monday, March 18th. The website will close on Tuesday, March 19th. Parents will be able to view report cards on Wednesday, March 20th.
NEA’s Read Across America Day
Did you know every March 2nd is Read Across America Day? The National Education Association (NEA) first brought up to have a special reading day in 1997. Because this idea was well-liked, a year later in 1998, the first Read Across America Day was held. This date was chosen as it also is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Because March 2nd is a Saturday this year, schools across the nation will be observing Read Across America Day this Friday, March 1st. Time to pull out your favorite Dr. Seuss books or engage the students in some extra “Drop Everything and Read” times. What else can you do to celebrate reading with your students on Friday? Check out NEA’s Read Across America Day 2019 Online Toolkit for more information.
NEA Member Benefits Meetings
Thank you to our NEA Member Benefits representative, Justine Sallee, for scheduling visits to all 28 of our schools. She will be wrapping up her visits this week and her schedule is listed below. If you were unable to attend her presentation, be sure to check out the NEA Member Benefits website for more information on how you can be saving money with your membership.
Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:
February 25th: National Clam Chowder Day
February 26th: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 27th: National Strawberry Day
February 28st: National Chili Day
March 1st: National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
Important Dates in February:
February 25th: Member Benefits visit to the ELC & RAC (during lunch) & SEA Building Rep Meeting
February 26th: Member Benefits visit to Fairview (during lunch); Retirement Meeting for TRS Employees @RAC (contact Diana Peters if you are attending)
February 27th: Member Benefits visit to Eisenhower (during lunch)
February 28th: Member Benefits visit to Einstein (during lunch)
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