Speak Up 2014
We Need You!
Surveys are open for input October 6 – December 19, 2014 at: CLICK HERE
The feedback we receive from students, parents, and staff who participated in the Speak Up Surveys for the past two years have helped the District Digital Learning Transformation. Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project.
Student Survey password: hssdspeakup
The survey password is what students will use to take the survey. Students are the only participants required to enter in a survey password to take the survey. Students and parents can access the survey through your school name, which can be looked up by state and part of the school name or by zip code.
BAY HARBOR ELEMENTARY
BAY PORT HIGH
BAY VIEW MIDDLE
FOREST GLEN ELEMENTARY
HOWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HOWARD AND SUAMICO 4K COLLABORATIVE
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys are open for input October 6th – December 19th, 2014 at: CLICK HERE
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
Safe Routes to School-Bike/Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day
February 8, 2015
Bike to School Day
May 13, 2015
What is Safe Routes to School?
SRTS programs encourage children ages K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs are funded through the revised federal transportation act which in turn provides funding to state departments of transportation. SRTS Programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools. Grants require 20-30% be used for the education of safe and healthy walking and biking.
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Pay for Lunch Online
Make lunch account payments the quick and easy way through the myLunchMoney.com online payment program. Once you've enrolled, you can check balances and fund the account from your computer, phone or fax.
School lunches served through the National School Lunch Program meet federal nutrition standards set by the USDA and consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Menu and nutrition information may be found on the Food Service page of our district website.
Smarter Balanced Releases Online Practice Tests
Examples provide early look at next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core
Teachers, parents, and students across the country can now access online practice tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced or SBAC) recently released sets of example test questions for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Practice Tests will help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year.
Select the "student interface practice test" Click here: username and password information will be filled in automatically, but you can select the grade level and navigate your way to that grade's practice math assessment, practice ELA assessment, or the practice ELA performance task. (There are several other choice and instruction screens, but eventually you will get to the practice items by selecting "next")
If you have any questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessment that students will be taking beginning in the spring of 2015, a lot of information can be gleaned from their website: Click here Or, feel free to call Andrea Thiry-Wenz, Director of Teaching & Learning at (920) 662-8107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from the Nurse
One of the problems most often confronting parents of school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day.
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The flu season is the worst it has been in the last 10 years. It is off to an early start and it often lasts through the end of March. When people are ill, they are down in bed for 5-7 days. It is not too late to get their flu vaccine as that remains the best way to help prevent getting the flu. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to help protect so the sooner one gets vaccinated, the better. This is the web site that has the best information on preventing and treating flu, as well as a directory for locating where to get the vaccine: www.flu.gov
Please note: Unless your child walks to school, the school your child will attend is subject to change. This is because of population growth and the commitment to balanced class sizes.
Map of Elementary School Attendance Boundaries
With the winter season upon us, the following information is provided to help parents be prepared in case of emergency school closings.
School cancellation decisions include using the best professional meteorological information services. The most important factor considered is the direct observation of weather conditions in our area by school and bus company officials.
In addition to radio and television stations being notified of our emergency closings, we have a telephone notification service which will allow us to leave a message at your home. When it becomes necessary for a delay in the start of school or for early dismissal, several additional factors must be considered. In a majority of families, both parents work outside of the home. Parents are asked to have alternate plans for their children’s supervision and care in the event school is closed or delayed. This is especially important for young children. It is necessary to allow adequate notice to parents before sending children home at a time when no one expects the children to be home.
To allow school administrators to communicate with representatives from the bus company and news media, please do not call the schools, television and radio stations, or bus company to find out if school is delayed or closed. The most timely information on emergency school closings would be available by tuning into the following television and radio stations:
-WBAY-TV 2 WFRV-TV 5 WLUK- TV- 11 WGBA-TV NBC 26 and WACY TV UPN 32
-Cumulus Broadcasting Radio (WDUZ-AM, WQLH-FM, WPCK, WOGB-FM 103.1)
-Midwest Broadcasting Radio (WTAQ- FM1360, WIXX-FM 101.1, WNFL-AM 1440, WLYD FM 99.7, WNCY-FM Y100)
-Woodward Communications Radio (WHBY 1150, WAPL 105.7, WKSZ-Kiss FM 95.95, WZOR Razor FM 94.7, 1570 WSCO The Score, 104.3 WECB The Breeze)