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Important Information for Everyone
  • Kaiser Permanente Informational Meeting: On Tuesday, Oct. 20, a representative from Kaiser will present information about the Englewood Schools health plan options for 2016. Read more...
  • Flu Shots: Protect yourself from the flu for free. Read more...
  • Emergency Contact Info: Add or update your emergency contact information. Read more...
  • All staff MUST fill out this survey: All staff with a district-issued laptop or desktop must take this quick two-question survey before Nov. 6. Take the survey here.
  • Board of Education Candidate Forum: On October 10, 2015, the League of Women voters will hold a forum for the Englewood Schools BoE candidates. Read more...

Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Google Apps on iPads: Professional Development Series.
  • Assessment Update: Gentle reminders for upcoming due dates. Read more...
  • Encourage Students to Upgrade to iOS9: Upgrading will improve many of the technical problems we've been experiencing with apps. Read more...
  • App Deletions by Students: Get those apps back. Read more...

Important Information for Everyone

Kaiser Permanente Informational Meeting

What: Kaiser Permanente Informational Meeting
Where: CFHSC Auditorium (300 W. Chenango)
When: Tuesday, October 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Why: A Kaiser representative will present information pertaining to the Englewood Schools health plan options for 2016. Englewood Schools will have two plan options for 2016. Similar to 2015 we will have a High Deductible Health Plan (4,000/8,000) with some minor changes. New for 2016 we will offer a new HMO plan. The will be no changes with the Delta Dental plan and the VSP vision plan for 2016.

Open enrollment will begin in November at each school/work site once dates have been determined. You will be required to sign up for an enrollment appointment at your school/work site in the next few weeks. Please watch your e-mail for additional information concerning our health plan options and open enrollment.
Are you a Kaiser Permanente member? Flu shots will be available on a walk-in basis at all Kaiser locations from October 1 through November 13. The walk–in hours are 8AM - 6PM, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. No cost to Kaiser members and covered dependents. Just bring your Kaiser member card and a photo ID.
Adding or updating emergency contact information in iVisions
It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s necessary!

Employees have the ability to change their emergency contact information following these instructions:

1.) Log into your iVision account by going to the District home page>>For Staff>>Technology and District Online Resources>>iVision Log in with the information sent to you by a previous email.
2.) Move the cursor over the drop down menu for Employee Resources
3.) Highlight Profile to open the menu.
4.) Click on Emergency Contacts.
5.) Look at the information and see if it is correct. If it is, no action required.
6.) Click on the magnifying glass icon if the contact information needs an edit.
The form will appear that allows changes.
a.) Once the new information is changed, click on Update Contact.
7.)To add a new contact, at step 6.) click on Add a New Contact.
a.) On the form add the information for the new contact and click on Add Contact.

Please take a few minutes to do this important update. In case of an emergency, this is where we will go to find your emergency contact information. If this is blank or we have the wrong information, you’re the one at risk.
On Saturday, October 10, at 10:00am, the League of Women Voters will oversee a candidate forum for the four Board of Education candidates vying for three open positions on the Englewood Schools school board for the November 3 election. The event will take place at the Englewood Campus in the Venue.
The four candidates are as follows:
  • Kevin M. Ebert
  • Sharon Scheminske
  • Dagan Thomas
  • Gary Richardson (write-in candidate)
At the forum, candidates will have an opportunity to make opening and closing remarks and will answer questions submitted by the audience. 
Englewood Schools has been a Google Apps for Education District for a number of years now. But we have a number of new staff and others who need some professional development on how to use Google apps for teaching and learning. This series is focused on teacher use of Google Apps with students. Nonetheless, all staff are welcome to participate. These are hands-on classes so bring your laptops/iPads. Relicensure credit will be offered for each session except June's. These are optional sessions. Attend as few or as many as you need. If registered participants exceed room capacity, a second session will be scheduled.

To register for a session, just find the event on the 2015-16 District Professional Development Calendar at https://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/4188. Then click on the event – more details. Then below the session description, find the attached link to the registration form, click on it, fill it out, and submit. You can also copy the event to your calendar. From within the details of the event, click on more actions – copy to [your calendar]. Alternatively, you can click on the event below to take you directly to the registration form for that session. These sessions will be team-taught by teachers and Technology Department staff. We hope to see you there. (There will be chocolate!)

October 21st – Google Classroom
November 19th – Google Docs & Drive
December 17th – Google Forms & Sheets
January 21st – Google Calendar & Gmail
February 18th – Google Sites
March 17th – Google Slides
April 20th – Google Chrome & Extensions
May 19th – Google Hangouts
June 2nd – Preview of iPad Apps for 2016-17

This PD series is aligned to Colorado Teacher Quality Standards 3.D. and 4.B and Colorado Licensure Standards 7.1-7.5.
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Assessment Update
Thank you for completing your Q1 assessments. Gentle reminders: 
  • Acuity-Scoring window closes 10/12/15
  • TSGold-First checkpoint is extended to 12/31/15 by CDE
  • Writing-Q1 scoring window closes 10/12/15
  • READ plans-due in Enrich by fall conferences. The letter for parents is attached here in English and here in Spanish. If you need assistance, please contact Joanna_polzin@engschools.net or your building leader. 
The Assessment Grid has been updated and is located HERE.

Please let Joanna_polzin@engschools.net know if you need assistance.
Encourage Students to Upgrade to iOS9
Please encourage all students to upgrade their iPads to iOS 9. This is best done at home with the iPad plugged in and charging. It is very important to NOT unplug or turn off the iPad while it is updating. It may take time so it should be done in the evening, not the morning before school starts. It can be done at school if it can be left alone for 30-60 minutes plugged in.
  1. Before beginning the upgrade, make sure your most precious files are backed up to iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox. It's unlikely anything will go wrong, but if it does, you could lose any data that's changed since your last backup such as new contacts, documents, photos, videos and more.
  2. To to find the update, tap Settings > General > Software Update. 
  3. When prompted, tap Download to download the iOS 9 update. Once this is finished, tap Install to upgrade iOS and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. After the update, the student will need to sign back into their iPad with their Apple ID.

Upgrading to iOS 9 will improve many of the technical problems we have been experiencing with apps. Many of the best apps have been updated by their developers to work best with iOS 9. If after repeated attempts, a student's iPad will not upgrade, or they have trouble signing back in with their Apple ID. Please take note of the error and submit a support request under problem type "tablet" at https://www.englewoodschools.net/Page/3427.

App Deletions by Students

Sometimes students delete an app on accident or on purpose to delay doing school work. The app is still available for re-downloaded from within the Self Service App. However, if they delete the Self Service App, you will need technical support to get it back on the iPad. Please emphasize with kids the necessity of not deleting Apps. IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY NOT DELETE THE SELF SERVICE APP. This App serves as their educational 'App Store'. The icon looks like this:
self service app  

Approved apps can be found here, so if a student is missing Notability or Google Classroom or any other app that should be there, this is where you should check first.