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Important Information for Everyone
  • Board Briefs: Catch up on what happened at the March 3 Board of Education meeting. Read more...
  • 2015-16 District Calendar: The Board-approved district calendar is now available. Read more...
  • 2015 Evaluation Information: A reminder about upcoming dates and evaluation steps. Read more...
  • New Nutrition Services Director: We would like to introduce and welcome Beth Schwisow to Englewood Schools. Read more...
  • Considering Retirement or Resignation?: Please fill out a separation notice. Read more...
  • RDAB Hours: The Roscoe Davidson Administration Building is open 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read more...
Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Spring High-Stakes Assessments: High level information to help you know what to expect as we move along with spring testing. Read more...
  • PARCC Assessment: Some district-wide components we would like to share. Read more...
  • CMAS Assessments: Teachers in grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 need to prepare for the CMAS assessment while they are giving the PARCC PBA. Read more...
  • Alternate Assessments: Important next steps.
  • 1338: Change in Student Measures in the Evaluation Process. Read more...
  • Instructional Tech PD Opportunity: Digital Innovative Learning Day. Read more...
  • Mid-Year Professional Learning Survey Results: Links to view the mid-year PD survey. Read more...
  • Earn $25 to Amazon for a 20 Minute Survey! Read more...
  • Google Classroom Enhancements: Check them out!
  • District-Wide Choir Concert: In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, 5 Englewood schools will put on a choir concert on March 18. Read more...
  • Winter Fitness Class Schedule: Free on-site fitness classes are now in session! Read more...
  • The Hidden Risks of Sitting: Sitting is the new smoking. Read more...

Important Information for Everyone
The 2015-2016 district calendar is now available on our website. This calendar includes Bishop, Charles Hay, Cherrelyn, Clayton, ELA, EMS and EHS.
The rest of the calendars are coming soon.
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.
We would like to introduce and welcome Beth Schwisow to Englewood Schools as the new Nutrition Services Director. Beth will be overseeing the Nutrition Services program for the District beginning July 1, 2015. She will start with the district on April 6th as we begin the transition from a Food Service Management Company to self-operating the Nutrition Services Program.

Beth comes to us from Denver Public Schools where she manages 19 schools for DPS (3 High Schools, 3 Middles Schools, 10 Elementary Schools, 2 K-8 Schools, and 1 Early Childhood Center with a staff of over 70 employees.) She has 26 years of successful leadership experience in Institutional Food Service, with the last 6 years working in school foodservice for two of the largest school districts in the State. She has a B.S. in Food, Nutrition and Institutional Administration, a Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition Management and is a Registered Dietitian. She helped develop “Back to the Future with Scratch Cooking” in Denver Public Schools, a cooking and menu redesign program which has been nationally recognized by the School Nutrition Association. She coordinated with Community partner, Slow Food Denver on procuring volunteer chefs to assist with training and has presented at two National School Nutrition Association conventions.

“My passion is to provide healthy, delicious foods that kids love to eat. I enjoy working with staff, administration, parents and community to further this effort. I develop and nurture productive community/district partnerships to assist our efforts in funding to support and maintain our programs, promote Breakfast after the Bell, offer nutrition education as well as to increase knowledge of our work, ultimately to impact student’s health and academic achievement."

We are truly looking forward to Beth joining the Englewood Schools team!
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.
Roscoe Davidson Administration Building
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*
Monday through Friday
*Unless otherwise posted

Below you will find some high level bullets to help you assimilate what to expect as we move along with spring testing. For detailed information, please keep a close eye on specific ACT NOW articles in the next several weeks.

Spring Assessments:
    • Math and ELA
    • Grades 3-Algebra II
    • Testing window: March 9 - April 1
  • CMAS
    • Science for grades 5 and 8
    • Social Studies for grades 4 and 7
    • Testing window: April 13 - May 1
    • Math and ELA
    • Grades 3-Algebra II
    • Testing window: April 27 - May 22 for all but EHS
    • EHS has an early window: April 20 – May 15
  • ACT
    • College Entrance Exam
    • Window: April 28 with a Make-up on May 12
Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students Who Qualify
  • Dynamic Learning Maps DLM is the PARCC Alternate
    • Testing window: April 13 - May 15
    • There is only one window for DLM
  • CoAlt is the CMAS alternative 
    • Testing window: same window as CMAS
  • The 11th Grade Alternate is the ACT alternate assessment 
    • Testing window: April 1 - April 24. 
    • This assessment has been in place for many years

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PARCC Assessment
Welcome to high stakes testing season. We recognize that there may be potential frustration or anxiety due to the impact that the required standardized testing has on our students and staff. With our Relentless Focus on Learning we recognize that assessment drives instruction and school improvement. The PARCC Assessment represents one piece in the body of evidence to support the growth and learning of our students and staff. Although specific building logistical information will be coming from your building administrator, there are district wide components we would like to share here:
  • PARCC is replacing TCAP and students in grades 3-11 are required to participate. 
  • The PARCC assessment system includes two required testing sessions. Performance Based Assessments in ELA and Math will be administered in March and April. End-of Year Assessments in ELA and Math will be administered in May.
  • In most buildings, the majority of students will test on iPads with wired keyboards. The district has purchased wired keyboards that will rotate from school to school so all students in the district can test during the same window. Individual building schedules will coordinate with the keyboard rotation.
  • In the first testing window, each grade level will engage in 5 testing sessions; 3 ELA and 2 Math.
  • ELA/Literacy assessments at each grade level will include "three tasks: a literary analysis, a research simulation, and a narrative task. Each grade level will include 4-5 texts, both literary and information. Short-answer comprehension and vocabulary questions will be associated with each text."
  • Math assessments will include "short and extended response questions focused on applying skills and concepts to solve problems that require demonstration of the mathematical practices with a focus on modeling, reasoning, and precision."
  • Use this link to access a readiness checklist prior to, during, and after PARCC testing.
Please remember that we are in this together. We recognize that you may continue to have questions. Please address these questions to your building administrator or school’s testing coordinator. As a district, we believe that your actions have and continue to contribute to student success. Thank you for your continued professionalism as we learn and move through this process together.
CMAS Assessments

Because there is very little time between PARCC PBA and CMAS, teachers in grades 4,5,7, and 8 need to prepare for the CMAS assessment while they are giving the PARCC PBA. As we load adult users into Pearson Access, the system will automatically send users an email with login information. Though teachers may not be ready to work within the CMAS system, it will be important to save the email to be accessed at a later time. Additionally, CMAS administrators can expect a spreadsheet for recording student accommodations that need to be in place for CMAS.

Anyone who will administer CMAS has already received the necessary training during the coarse of the PARCC/CMAS training provided by the district or your school assessment coordinator. However, teachers can expect a “refresh” module and the original power point as references once CMAS gets closer.

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Alternate Assessments

Much of the window for DLM and CoAlt overlap, so if a student will be taking both sets of assessments, the test proctor/administrator will need to determine the best order of the assessments to meet the student needs. Below are important next steps:
  • Test Proctors enter First Contact Information for each student in KITE Educator Portal
  • Proctors enter Person Needs and Preferences Profile (PNP) for each student in KITE Educator Portal
  • Un-contracted braille must be indicated in the PNP by March 1
  • Test Proctors and students engage in released items and activities
  • Ensure KITE Client is loaded onto all devices that will be used for DLM testing. If DLM proctors need support with this, please put in a work order to the tech team
And General Reminders
  • For scheduling of the CoAlt: DLM assessments, there will be a 60-90 minute delay after submitting a testlet and the before next testlet is assigned. There are 7 testlets per content area for each student. Each testlet is anticipated to take 7 – 10 minutes. A student will take the assessment in short sittings over multiple days. This will allow flexibility around academic and social activities.
  • This is a computer delivered assessment. No materials will arrive at the district. If students are able to access the computer independently multiple students may take the assessment at the same time.
  • The CDE recommended testing window is April 13, 2015 – May 15, 2015. Districts may begin testing any time after the consortia window opens on March 16, 2015.
  • The Text-To-Speech (TTS) is not available for the Spring 2015 assessment.

 The most current assessment calendar can be found on the Englewood website: http://engschools.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/CO01900647/Centricity/Domain/870/Monthly%20Style.pdf
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1338: Change in Student Measures in the Evaluation Process

District Administrators and Englewood Educators convened a1338 Evaluation Council twice during the 2014-15 school year (September & January). This Council is a statutorily required body that consults with the Board of Education as to the fairness, effectiveness, credibility, and professional quality of the licensed personnel performance evaluation system, its processes and procedures, and conducts a continuous evaluation of the system.

All decisions made by the 1338 Evaluation Council are jointly made by District Administration and Englewood Educators, and early last fall, a joint communication on the licensed professional evaluation process was published in ACT NOW. At the January 1338 Evaluation Council meeting, some changes were made due to new information from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and input from Englewood teachers and administrators.

Last year, Senate Bill 191 called for a licensed professional evaluation to be based on 50% professional practices and 50% student measures. Due to the ongoing implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards and new state assessments, legislation for the 2014-15 evaluation cycle allows for 0% weighting of student measures even though we still must report to Standard 6 (Student Measures) to CDE.

Therefore, during a collaborative decision-making process between the District and Englewood Educators, the 2014-15 licensed professional final evaluation will be based on 75% professional practices, 25% School Performance Framework, and 0% individual measures.

Rationale for this change for spring of 2014-15 is as follows:
  • There are concerns about the validity, reliability, and timing with existing assessment systems
  • Our internal, agreed upon assessment systems lack growth data due to new standards implementation (no baseline data)
  • Some licensed professionals have created assessments and have results that are difficult to vet for reliability and validity.
While we believe effective use of student data is crucial for effective planning of instruction, differentiation, data team collaboration, professional development, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, we also believe the use of individual measures data can be accurately represented and brought to bear within the professional practices portion of the evaluation system. We encourage all teachers to share data with their evaluator during the summative evaluation process.
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Instructional Tech PD Opportunity

Transform your classroom, Inspire your students
Digital Innovative Learning Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Angevine Middle School
1150 W South Boulder Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026

Our neighbor, BVSD's Ed Tech Team, proudly presents Digital Innovative Learning Day. Please fill out this registration form to secure your attendance—the cost to educators outside of BVSD is only $25.00 and the EPS Technology Department will pay for it if you just give a printed copy of the registration form to Mary Hensley at RDAB by April 10th. This is an optional professional development opportunity.

Check out the commercial for additional information.
At Digital Innovative Learning Day, you will experience:
  • Resources for flipping your classroom using digital tools
  • Using in-the-cloud apps for instruction and student-created products
  • How to get students to publish for authentic audiences
  • Many ways for students to demonstrate their learning through use of tech tools
  • How to create a collaborative learning environment with digital tools
  • ...and many more to choose from based on your classroom and school needs!
The schedule of available sessions will be posted soon on the Digi Day website. You will also receive built-in time for collaborating with colleagues in order to apply your new skills.

Mid-Year Professional Learning Survey Results

Click on the links below to view the results of the mid-year PD survey.

Elementary: https://docs.google.com/a/engschools.net/forms/d/19GTXwc1zBB8hjF2QZ0mpZ-Y2rUiktppLk_P7ZrkFfo4/viewanalytics

Secondary: https://docs.google.com/a/engschools.net/forms/d/1xFqxpufAHxysdOK2j3I5Olh64M18qq_Gy0kJ4mudMy0/viewanalytics
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Earn $25 to Amazon for a 20 Minute Survey

Colorado Teachers,

My name is Kirsten Hermanutz and I am a doctoral student at the University of Denver in Child, Family, and School Psychology. I am currently working on my dissertation, the topic of which is efficacy of early career teachers in working with families.

In order to gather my data, I am recruiting teachers to take a short online survey. If you currently are a general education teacher in Colorado in grades K-12, in the first through fifth years of your professional career (in any district, not including student teaching or internship), please consider taking the following survey:


It will take approximately 20 minutes, and at the end you will have the opportunity to provide your email address separately from the survey for a chance to win one of five $25 Amazon gift cards. The survey does not ask any identifying information, and the responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to complete this survey is March 18th, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact me at Kirsten.hermanutz@gmail.com.

Thank you for your time,
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Google Classroom Enhancements

Are you using Google Classroom to manage the workflow of your students on iPads? Google has made a lot of enhancements to it lately. Check them out at https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6149237.
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In celebration of March as "Music in Our Schools Month," five Englewood schools will come together for a performance in the EHS Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.
Music will range in variety of genres and will open and close with all 220 singers from Clayton, Bishop, ELA, EMS and EHS in addition to individual and group numbers throughout the evening!
We hope to see you come out and enjoy an evening of music with our Englewood students, guest singers and guest instrumentalists!

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.

BOOT CAMP: Mondays, Cherrelyn, 3:30 PM, starting March 2
YOGA: Mondays, Bishop, 3:45 PM, starting Feb 23

PILATES: Tuesdays, Maddox, 4:15 PM, started Feb 10
BOOT CAMP: Tuesdays, Charles Hay, 3:30 PM, started Feb 10

ZUMBA: Thursdays, Englewood Leadership Academy, 3:45 PM, started Feb 26
BOOT CAMP: Thursdays, Clayton, 3:30 PM, started Feb 26
Click here to watch a 5 minute clip that explains why “sitting is the new smoking.” Remember, all Englewood Schools students should be moving for at least 1 minute, twice per hour!

If you need some ideas for these quick fitness breaks, ask your building Wellness Champion or contact Dale Lumpa (dale_lumpa@engschools.net).