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Important Information for Everyone
  • Board Briefs: Catch up on what happened at the 2/3 Board of Education meeting. Read more...
  • Print Shop Hours Reduced: More pre-planning needed to receive orders on time. Read more...
  • 2015 Evaluation Information: A reminder about upcoming dates and evaluation steps. Read more...
  • Grants & Scholarships Available: CSPERA offers scholarships to active school personnel in pursuit of further education. Read more...
  • Considering Retirement or Resignation?: Please fill out a separation notice. Read more...
  • Text 911: Arapahoe County 9-1-1 now offers a texting option. Read more...
  • Budget Meetings: The local and state fiscal situation will affect the 15-16 school year and beyond. Read more...
  • Englewood in the News: Read about the Grand Opening of the Englewood Campus in the news. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • New iPad Case Policy: Students may customize their iPads by buying pre-approved cases. Read more...
  • Master Agreement: Please read this joint communication and the newly signed Master Agreement. Read more...
  • District assessment Google site: Important links, training information, and key how to tutorials in one location. Read more...
  • Acuity Feedback: Based on the feedback from the Acuity Feedback Meeting, we will create a survey for all teachers. Read more...
  • Governor Hickenlooper Encourages Participation in the TELL Survey:  Read more...
  • PARCC and Teacher Login Information: Teachers are being registered for the PBA PARCC Assessment. Read more...
  • Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership: UNC is starting two cohorts at the Denver Lowry campus this fall. Read more...
  • Spring Blood Drive: Englewood High School will host its spring blood drive on Feb. 20. Read more...
  • Elitch Gardens Discount: Save on a season pass and daily tickets. Read more... 
  • New Englewood Schools Mobile App: We are launching a new mobile app to help parents keep up with school happenings. Read more...
  • Wellness Champions Meeting: February 18.
  • Winter Fitness Class Schedule: Free on-site fitness classes are now in session! Read more...

Important Information for Everyone
Due to some short-staffing issues (Mark Hickethier's retirement), the print shop's hours will need to be reduced for the foreseeable future. Using the print shop is the most economical way to produce large print jobs. But these reduced hours will require a little more pre-planning/lead-time to receive orders on time.

The hours will now be 7:00am - 3:30pm M-F unless arrangements have been made in advance with nicole_purcell@engschools.net. This booklet provides directions on how to place print shop orders. Please have orders for the next day in by 12/noon for on time delivery the next day. On particularly busy days, we may not be able to deliver by the next day so planning ahead is advised. We understand emergencies happen so call Ext 2094 and we will see what we can do. The print shop will be closed during the entire week of spring break (Mar 23-27th) and whenever Nicole Purcell might be out sick or on vacation.

As a replacement for paper assignments/handouts/student work, the Technology Department advises teachers to use digital means of instruction when practical. Google Classroom, Google Drive, eBackpack, and other resources can be used to teach students with their iPads and reduce their use of paper.

See http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3757273 for an inspiring story about how schools across the county are going more and more paperless.
It’s that time of year again… 
I wanted to send a friendly reminder regarding upcoming dates and evaluation steps.

Classified Evaluation Process will open February 1, 2015.
Teacher Evaluation Process will Open in March 2015.
Admin-Pro-Tech Evaluation Process will Open in April 2015.

Steps involved with the Year End Evaluation:
Step 1: Employee Completes Self Evaluation 
Step 2: Supervisor Completes Final Evaluation & Meets with Employee for Year End Conference 
Step 3: Employee Acknowledgment/Opportunity for Rebuttal and Electronic Signature
Step 4: Supervisor Electronic Signature
Step 5: Second Level Supervisor Electronic Signature

Due Dates for Specific Tasks are Listed in Halogen to the Right of the Task to be Completed. These due dates assist with the timely completion of the entire process.

Remember to Save Early and Save Often. When you have completed the task and want the process to move forward, click Complete.

One final opportunity: As in the past, Administrator 360s will collect anonymous feedback to drive continuous growth and development. The 360s will open in March 2015.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Linda Shamlin in Human Resources should you have any questions. Linda_Shamlin@engschools.net or 303-806-2029.
The Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association (CSPERA) is proud to announce that the Birnadine Mack Foundation has established a scholarship to aid all active school personnel in their pursuit of further education. 
A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient in each of the four divisions of CSPERA; Metro, Northeastern, Southern and Western. The money may be used for re-certification credit or further study in pursuit of a degree. ALL current school employees are eligible to apply. Find the application here. The application deadline is April 3, 2015. 
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.
The Arapahoe County E9-1-1 Emergency Communications Authority recently announced the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1.
The attached press release provides information for how to text 9-1-1 in an emergency. 
When to text 9-1-1:
  • If you are hearing impaired.
  • When a voice call could increase a threat.
  • If you are injured and cannot speak.
  • If you are in a remote location and can only send a text message.
In the interest of open communication and fiscal transparency, Jon Kvale, Director of Finance for Englewood Schools will be meeting with staff and parent groups at each school to raise awareness and understanding of the state and local fiscal situation and its potential impact on the 15-16 school year and beyond. This will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity for the entire community to ask questions.
For more information about what will be included in the meetings, please see this PowerPoint.

Read about the grand opening of the Englewood Campus:

We have a new incentive for students to personalize their iPads. Students that view their iPad as their own tend to take better care of it and use it more for learning. Also, some students are very hard on their iPads and could use a tougher case to protect it. The Technology Department provides each student with a standard iPad case when they are issued an iPad. If the student wants to upgrade their iPad case to a better one, they can optionally do so at their own expense if a district tech support technician pre-approves the case. If a student wants to upgrade their case, they must get approval BEFORE installing the case on their iPad. Bring in the case (preferably still in the package) to your school’s technical support technician and request approval. If the case meets our high standards for safety and durability, it will be approved and a sticker will be placed on the back of the case to indicate that the district authorizes it. The old standard case must be turned in upon approval. Teachers should not allow students to use nonstandard cases unless they have a technician approval sticker on the new case.

Students are advised to purchase cases on the list found at https://www.englewoodschools.net/ipadcases or show a district technician a link to the case they are considering before purchasing a case. All cases will need hard plastic protection on all four corners and be just as durable as standard district cases. If a case was already purchased, and is not approved, the district is not responsible for the cost of the new case and the student will have to use the district issued case. When a student asks a staff member about upgradeing their iPad case, direct them to https://www.englewoodschools.net/ipadcases and tell the student to send an email to your school's support technican to arrange for a decision on case approval.
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Master Agreement
The newly signed Master Agreement is available here.
Please also take the time to read this joint communication from the District and the Englewood Educators Association about conflict resolution. 

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

Based on the feedback from the Acuity Feedback Meeting, we have agreed to create a survey to collect input from all teachers. You can expect that the survey will be released after form C is complete. The link will go to building principals and they will send it out when it is best for the individual school system.

The more responses we get, the more valid the results of the survey will be, so please take a few minutes to respond. We will use the results to evaluate the viability of continuing to use Acuity to meet our needs for benchmark assessments.

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Governor Hickenlooper Encourages Participation in the TELL Colorado Survey

The fourth iteration of the biennial Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey is open Feb.11 through March 9.
Please read this press release from Governor Hickenlooper.
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PARCC and Teacher Login Information

Teachers are being registered for the PBA PARCC Assessment. When you receive an email from PearsonAccess Next, please open it and use the link to set up your password. The link is: http://co.pearsonaccessnext.com/customer/index.action

Also you can find manuals and training modules at this site: http://parcc.pearson.com

Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from UNC

UNC is starting two cohorts at the Denver Lowry campus this fall: A Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) with an option for administrator (superintendent) licensure and a Master of Education or Educational Specialist Degree (M.A./Ed.S.) with principal licensure. Each of these programs will be taught as a hybrid of face-to-face and online components designed for the working individual.

An informational meeting will be held at the Denver Lowry campus on March 5th. The session for M.A./Ed.S. candidates will be held from 5-6pm and the session for Ed.D. (doctoral) candidates will be held from 6-7pm.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend the informational meeting, please contact us:

For Ed.D. (doctorate): Linda Vogel, linda.vogel@unco.edu, 970-351-2119
For M.A./Ed.S.: Chris Jenkins, chris.jenkins@unco.edu, 303-547-4220
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Englewood High School's chapter of National Honor Society is hosting the award-winning annual Spring Blood Drive and it is rapidly approaching! The blood drive will be held in the South Fieldhouse at TEC on February 20th, with appointment slots from 10:30-3:30. Donating is easy and painless and every donation saves 3 lives. To donate, please fill out this form. http://goo.gl/forms/3IwMIrfkxV
For more information on donor eligibility, please visit Bonfils.org or contact Rachel Hankle or any NHS member. Come help us make this drive a success!

Elitch Gardens Discount

Use this link to purchase daily tickets, season passes and more at a discount for Colorado schools.
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New Englewood Schools Mobile App

We have upgraded our mobile application to make it easier for parents to keep in touch with their child(ren)'s school.
Teachers can also use the app to edit their websites from their mobile device, if they wish.
Please refer to this user guide for how to get started with the app.  
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Wellness Champions meeting - Feb 18

Calling all interested ES staff! Please join us on Wednesday, February 18th from 4-5 PM in the Maddox Training Room for the first wellness Champions meeting of 2015. Together we’ll talk about wellness programming for the year ahead, share success stories, challenges, and ideas. The more, the merrier!
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Winter fitness class schedule

FREE on-site fitness classes are in session! These classes are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. All Englewood Schools employees may participate in any class. You do not need to be a Kaiser Permanente member to attend. Each class is one hour in duration.

PILATES: Tuesdays, Maddox, 4:15 PM, started Feb 10
YOGA: Mondays, Bishop, 3:45 PM, starting Feb 23
BOOT CAMP: Tuesdays, Charles Hay, 3:30 PM, started Feb 10
BOOT CAMP: Mondays, Cherrelyn, 3:30 PM, starting March 2
ZUMBA: day and time TBD, Englewood Leadership Academy