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Important Information for Everyone
  • Respecting Diversity for December Holidays: The Anti-Defamation League provides some tips for the upcoming holiday season. Read more...
  • Print Shop: The publications department will be closed November 24-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more...

Information for Teachers and Administrators
  • Google Apps on iPads: Professional Development Series.
  • Acuity Training: Optional for Re-licensure credit.
  • Multisensory Literacy Instruction Course: A course designed to enhance teaching abilities of those working with struggling readers. Read more...
  • New Teacher Induction December Meeting: All inductees should attend this meeting Read more...
  • YouTube Video Filtering Enabled: Google is now filtering inappropriate YouTube videos for us. Read more...
  • Recommended YouTube Education Channels: Resources for every grade level. Read more...
  • EHS 2015 Craft Fair: On Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Read more...

Important Information for Everyone

Respecting Diversity for December Holidays

In an effort to help schools comply with the United States Constitution and create an environment that communicates respect for diversity by valuing diverse points of view concerning religion, the Anti-Defamation League offers the following guidelines for developing December holiday curricula:

  • The school must never appear to endorse religion over non-religion, or one particular religious faith over another.
  • Diversity includes religious diversity.
  • Public schools must remain free from activities that could involve religious coercion.
  • Schools must be careful not to cross the line between teaching about religious holidays (which is permitted) and celebrating religious holidays (which is not.)
  • Special school events, assemblies, concerts and programs must be designed to further a secular and objective program of education and must not focus on any one religion or religious observance.
  • Religious symbols are not appropriate seasonal decorations in public schools.
  • In an effort to be inclusive, it is not advisable to seek or rely on information about a religion from a representative child of that faith tradition. 
To read more about the dos and don'ts, you can read this document.

Print Shop

The Publications Department will be closed November 24-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Please plan your orders accordingly. 

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!)

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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Acuity Training
Dear Teachers,

We are offering an optional, differentiated training for teachers.

The time, date, and location is: 
  • 3:30-4:30 on Tuesday, November 17th at Charles Hay (Intermediate/advanced training). The instructor is Thomas Rode. Topics taught will include how to assign interventions and create standards based assessments.

Please fill out the Google Form located HERE, so we can better tailor the training to meet your needs. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Joanna_polzin@engschools.net.

Multisensory Literacy Instruction Course
This course is an introduction to literacy instruction and the science of reading. The course is designed to enhance teaching abilities of those working with struggling readers who require purposeful intervention. Topics covered include an overview of oral language, phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, spelling, fluency, comprehension, history of the language, dyslexia, and components of effective instruction.

This training meets national certification requirements of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) (www.altaread.org) at the Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) level as well as the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) (www.interdys.org) Knowledge and Practice Standards for teachers of reading.
Saturday, January 9, 9:00-3:00
Tuesday evenings, January 19-April 26, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
See this flyer for details and find the registration form here. You may also read the course syllabus here

New Teacher Induction December Meeting

The New Teacher Induction December Meeting will be held at RDAB on Thursday, December 10 from 4:00-5:30. All inductees should attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please email Joanna_polzin@engschools.net.

New YouTube Filtering Installed

Google is now filtering inappropriate YouTube videos for us. If you have a Google Classroom teacher account, you will be able to bypass the Google Youtube filter and approve the video if it gets blocked. You will see an "approve" button below the video block if this happens and you have a Google Classroom account. If a video is blocked and you cannot bypass it, just send the URL to your building technician and we will whitelist the video for you with Google so that it will play the next time you try to use it. Hopefully this will reduce distracting YouTube use by students.

Recommended YouTube Education Channels

Sometimes YouTube can seem like a big distraction for students. But there is a lot of great educational content on it that students can access anytime. Today’s secondary students turn to it as their number one source for homework help (see article at http://www.sj-r.com/article/20151012/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/151019890). Below is a list of some of the best sources of educational content on YouTube. These are collections called YouTube Channels. We hope you can find something you can use with your students in your classroom.

Grades K-8
Mother Goose Club at: https://www.youtube.com/user/MotherGooseClub/playlists
Wiz Kids Science at: https://www.youtube.com/user/WhizKid8881/playlists
Reading Rainbow at: https://www.youtube.com/user/readingrainbow/playlists
Steve Spangler Science at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SteveSpanglerScience/playlists
Brain Bubble TV at: https://www.youtube.com/user/brainbubbletv/playlists
Grades 6-12
Crash Course at: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse/playlists
Veritasium at: https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium/playlists
Math Help at: https://www.youtube.com/user/yourteachermathhelp/playlists
History Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/historychannel/playlists
And many more found at http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2010/10/20/100-incredibly-useful-youtube-channels-for-teachers/.

EHS 2015 Craft Fair
On Saturday, November 21, 2015, join us for the Englewood High School Holiday Craft Fair, Englewood Unleashed Chili Cook-off and National Honor Society Blood Drive.