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Important Information for Everyone
  • Board Briefs: Catch up on what happened at the 1/6 Board of Education meeting. Read more...
  • PowerSchool Down for Upgrade: ITS will be performing a PowerSchool updated over the MLK holiday weekend. Read more...
  • New State Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: Use 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Read more...
  • Congratulations to Mark Hickethier: Mark is preparing to retire from Englewood Schools after 33 years of service. Read more...
  • Grand Opening of The Englewood Campus: On Saturday, February 7 at 10am, everyone is invited to celebrate the opening of the Englewood Campus. Read more...
  • Considering Retirement or Resignation?: Please fill out a separation notice. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • iPad Training Added to PD Calendar: The IT team has added a one day iPad training on Feb. 5. Read more...
  • Retrieving Aspire data from Schoolnet: How to look at your specific classes. Read more...
  • District assessment Google site: Important links, training information, and key how to tutorials in one location. Read more...
  • Acuity Feedback: Share your experiences, challenges or celebrations. Read more...
  • Prepare for the TELL Colorado Survey: Start planning now. Read more...
  • University of Phoenix Mini Grants: The University of Phoenix will offer ten $500.00 mini grants for classroom projects. Read more...
  • UNC Educational Leadership Program: UNC is offering an opportunity for teachers to pursue a graduate degree in school administration or principal licensure. Read more...
  • Broken Tee Grill Discount: Englewood Schools employees can receive a 25% discount on breakfast & lunch. Read more...
  • Lunch & Learn: Bullying and disabilities in the school system. Read more... 
  • Winter Fitness Classes: Make your requests now!
  • Staff Wellness Needs and Interest Survey: The results are in. Read more...
  • Prevent Pain While Using Your Smartphone: Tips and tricks. Read more...

Important Information for Everyone
PowerSchool Down for Upgrade

ITS will be performing a PowerSchool update over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. PowerSchool will be unavailable from Saturday, 1/17, through Monday, 1/19, to perform the upgrade. New features will include enhanced search capabilities and document attachments on the admin side. A complete list of updates/enhancements will be available through the Tech Support & Tips Web page.
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) launched a new statewide child abuse and neglect hotline – 1-844-CO-4-KIDS on Jan. 1. Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy” called for the creation of the hotline to promote greater safety for Colorado’s children.

Designed to provide one, easy-to-remember phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect, the hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All callers will be able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The new hotline system will capture critical information and ensure that calls across the state are handled quickly and appropriately with the ultimate goal of ensuring that no child is harmed.
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Mark Hickethier started with Englewood Schools in 1981 as a Graphic Arts/Drafting teacher. During that time he also taught some vocational classes.
After three years of teaching, Mark was offered the Publications Manager position. He started the department with two small rooms. He had one ink press and a dark room. Mark has created and developed thousands of forms, documents and publications for the district.
As technology changed, Mark saw the need to take the department into the future. He worked very hard to find the right solution, not only for the print shop, but for the schools as well. The Publications Department is what it is today because of Mark.
Mark has been a member of the Englewood Schools Classified Staff Association for several years. He served as Vice President for the last 4-6 years.
Mark will retire from Englewood Schools at the end of the month. A  celebration is planned in his honor on Thursday, January 29 from 4-5:30pm at Maddox. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Hensley at mary_hensley@engschools.net or x2016.
Thank you, Mark, for your service to Englewood Schools and congratulations on retirement! 
On Saturday, February 7, starting at 10:00am, we invite one and all to come celebrate the opening of The Englewood Campus!
At 10am in Fisher Auditorium, we will have a ceremony including a ribbon cutting and a dedication. At 11am we will have self-guided tours, contests and refreshments.
Please invite any alumni, former staff members, community members, neighbors, and friends. Spread the word! 
Just a friendly reminder, if you will be retiring or resigning at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, please complete a separation notice and submit to your supervisor for their signature. Be certain to make a copy for your records and submit the completed separation notice to Linda Shamlin in Human Resources as soon as possible. The separation notice can be located on the district website >> For Staff >> HR Documents & Resources>>Forms>>Forms for Employees >> Separation Notice.

If you are considering retirement, please be certain to contact PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association) as they will provide information directly related to your retirement. PERA agents can be reached at 1-800-759-7372 or 303-832-9550.

Please know we wish you all the best as you move toward exciting new opportunities and adventures!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Linda Shamlin in Human Resources at 303-806-2029 if you have any questions.

In order to meet the needs of anyone new to the district, the IT team has added a one day iPad training on February 5, 2015 from 8:00 – 3:00 in the Maddox Training Center. Principals have already approved this date for any new teacher who would be impacted by iPads in the classroom. The district will provide the sub, and teachers can expect a personal email in January.
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Retrieving Aspire data from Schoolnet
Aspire is the only place to view individual student reports, but you can get a look at your specific classes in Schoolnet by following the steps in this screen shot.
Schoolnet makes seeing your class easier than Aspire because it allows you to see only your students.
District Assessment Google Site

Aside from the assessment information teachers can find on our website, under for staff: assessments, the district has also created a Google site, which contains important links, training information, and key how to tutorials all in one location. We will continue to add to this site as more information becomes available. This is a good site to bookmark: https://sites.google.com/a/engschools.net/englewood-schools-assessment-training-materials/home

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Acuity Feedback

On January 26, 2015, there will be a teacher meeting to gather input on the new Acuity assessments. The meeting will be in the RDAB Board Room and will run from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. If you would like to share your experiences, challenges, and or celebrations with the new benchmark assessments for grades 3-6, come join us!

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Prepare for the TELL Colorado Survey

The fourth iteration of the biennial Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey is open Feb.11 through March 9. Educator and instruction letters, including confidential access codes, will be mailed to schools at the end of January/beginning of February. Start planning how to get a great response rate in your school. You must have at least 50 percent participation to view your own school/district survey. It is important to remind staff of the anonymity of the survey.
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University of Phoenix Mini-Grants

The University of Phoenix is proud to partner with Englewood Public Schools to offer 10 $500.00 Mini-Grants to Englewood Public School District Teachers; Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. These grants are to be used on classroom projects before the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Applications are due February 6, 2015; winners will be announced on February 25, 2015.

The scholarship committee will be made up of the University of Phoenix Academic Affairs Colorado Campus Chairs and appointed Englewood Public Schools personnel.

UNC Educational Leadership Program

The University of Northern Colorado offers an entry level leadership program culminating with receipt of a principal license and, with three additional hours, a Master of Arts of Education Specialist Degree. It is designed to develop the vision and skills necessary to secure and sustain positions of leadership at the building level.

Information Meetings:

Sheridan, District Office Training Center -- Thursday, February 5, 4pm
Englewood, Administration Building Board Room -- Tuesday, February 10, 4pm
Littleton, Administration Building, Cafeteria -- Wednesday, February 18, 4pm
Cherry Creek, ESC Room 210 -- March 5, 4pm 
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From now until March 15, 2015, Englewood Schools employees will receive a 25% discount at the Broken Tee Grill for breakfast or lunch.
Please check out the menu here, and read more about the offer here.

Lunch and Learn: Bullying and Disabilities in the School System

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to a discussion of bullying in our schools. Lisa Pisciotta from the Denver Public Schools will moderate a panel of experts that include: Amy Grossinger, Psychologist, Archuleta Elementary; Ellen Kelty, School Suicide Prevention Expert; Joe Weber, LCSW, Denver School of the Arts and Karen Matson, Assistant Principal, Archuleta Elementary; as they explore the topic of bullying and suggest ways to make our schools safer for children.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Manual High School. More information is available on this flyer

To register, please contact Lionel Llewellyn at lionel.llewellyn@state.co.us or phone 720-941-0176.
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Winter Fitness Classes - Make your requests now!

If you are interested in having a FREE on-site fitness class at your building in winter 2015, please submit your request to Caryn Tomasiewicz (caryn@healthatwork.com) with the following information:
  • Type of class requested
  • Day of the week 
  • Time of day
  • Block-out dates (such as holidays, events at your school, or other things that may interfere with class).
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Staff Wellness Needs and Interest Survey

Thank you to all who completed the Staff wellness needs and interest survey!

You can see the aggregate results on the website under Health and Wellness > Staff Wellness.

Some common themes we found:
  • After work is the best time for participation in wellness programs
  • Onsite fitness classes are popular
  • Competitions with prizes is an appealing format!
  • Staff generally feel we can help each other in wellness by asking each other to take a walk together, go to a class, and NOT bring in the sweets and junk food!

Thank you for helping to improve our wellness program, and please consider joining a building / school wellness committee, or become a wellness Champion! Email Dale Lumpa for more info (dale_lumpa@engschools.net).
If you have a smartphone, you may have spent hours discovering all the things you can do with it. But you may also have discovered its downside: repetitive movements of your shoulders, neck, elbows, and thumbs can create pain and even structural changes in your joints, muscles, tendons, and nails in addition to straining your eyes.

By using your smart phone with some modifications, you can avoid or decrease discomfort or pain. Use the tips in this flyer to avoid or decrease discomfort or pain.