STAFF MEMO
June 16, 2015
 
Happy Summer
Thanks to ALL for a great school year!  
Now, get out there and enjoy summer!!!! 

  • Congratulations To Our Graduates
     
    Congratulations to all our graduates and to ALL staff that helped each one succeed!  
     


     
     
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  • Eureka Math Update
    Eureka Math is still in the process of updating modules for September.  To accommodate printing needs and prepare for the new school year, the District will print Module 1 for all grade levels over the summer and will have these in buildings when staff return. IMPORTANT: Please do not send in print requests for Eureka Math until September after all modules have been updated.  Watch your email for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Leavell.

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  • Back-To-School Fair & Fun Run
     
    Back to school fair  

     
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  • Volleball Camp
     
    BHS Knight Volleyball Camp
    Knight Volleyball Camp for students in grades 2-12 will focus on building a solid foundation of fundamental volleyball skills including:
     
     
     
    • Forearm passing
    • Overhead Passing
    • Setting
    • Serving
    • Attacking
    • Offensive/Defensive Strategies
     
    Camp dates are July 27-30, 2015. Cost is $55.  For more information read our brochure or contact Coach Blackwood at 360.981.4926 or blackwood1323@hotmail.com.

     
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  • Upcoming Email Migration

    Due to changes in Microsoft policies, and increasing demands for a more robust cloud-based platform, we will be changing email providers this summer for all staff in the Bremerton School District.

     

    Your email address will remain the same during this process. You will not need to learn a new email address.

     

    On June 26th we will migrate from Office 365 to Google Apps for Education.  The migration will begin at 5pm on the 26th.  At that time, all passwords for staff will be reset to the default password scheme.  All access to Microsoft Office365 email systems will be suspended.  You will not be able to access it via the web, phone or the Outlook client.  Simultaneously, we will begin an 18 to 24 hour process to backup all current data in the Office 365 system. This includes email, contacts, and calendars.  

     

    This migration process will take a fair amount of time, so please do not be alarmed if it takes a couple days - up to and including June 30th - to complete.  During this time you will be able to log into the Google apps system and view and reply to any new incoming messages.  Your mail flow should only be interrupted for a few hours the night of the 26th. All district website links to staff email access will be updated, and you will be able to log in to access your mail. As soon as the the backup is complete we will begin migration of all your current email, contacts, and calendars to your new account.

     

    Over the next couple of weeks we will be emailing a printable guide to all staff members for you to take home with you during the summer. It will include a timeline of the migration and all important information needed to access Google mail post migration.  We will also create a website to mirror the printout so that it can be accessed from home.  This will include directions to set up the new email service on your smartphone or other digital devices. Technology Services will be available during the summer to assist with any additional questions or concerns that may arise.

     

    This new account will also give you access to the Google Apps platform, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and more. There will be training at Summer Institute to introduce you to these options, as well as throughout the year. It will be available in addition to the Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Powerpoint), not as a replacement.

     

    We appreciate your patience as we make this change and hope to make it as smooth and painless as possible.  Please watch for additional emails regarding this change and keep in touch with your building tech facilitator for up to date announcements.

     

    Additionally, please feel free to contact Technology Services if you have any questions or concerns.


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  • Will You Forfeit Your Leave?

     

    Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing your own leave balances, how much you have used during the school year and how your balance is affected by your working agreement and District policy.  If you earn vacation you should ensure your balance on August 31 is no more than thirty (30) of your work days.  Any days in excess of thirty (30) will be forfeited on September 1.

     

    Each employee should review their working agreement regarding their rights associated with personal leave.  If you are allowed to accrue Personal leave, it is accounted for in the “Other Paid Leave” category in the Time Off Section of EA+.  Any excess personal leave not used or cashed out (if eligible) by June 30 (August 31 for full year employees), will be forfeited on September 1.  For days that qualify for cash out (please see your working agreement) complete a paper leave slip, mark “Other” and write “completed qualifications to receive (insert number) days of personal leave cash out”.  Your request for cash out (leave slip) must be approved (signed) by your building administrator and must be submitted to Payroll by June 30, 2015.  The Leave slip may be printed from the District’s website. Go to Staff, Employee Forms, Leave Slip – Exception Reporting Form.


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  • Volunteer Corner

    As the school year closes we would like to share some volunteer data for 2014-15. 

    • This year we launched the HelpCounter on-line volunteer program that enables volunteers to apply or reapply online!
    • Over 1,000 volunteers dontated their time district-wide
    • 21,000+ collective hours throughout the District 
     Thank You
     
     
    Thank you to all who participated in the 1st Annual Be Bremerton Community Service Event, May 2, 2015.
    This video was produced by Bremerton High School students Pearl Laguana, Zephan Kizer, and Bridger Schuster in the Media Production class.  Great job!
     
    Need Volunteers?
     Click Here

     

    IMPORTANT For the safety of our precious students and staff, please remember that all volunteers must be cleared BEFORE they chaperone field trips/school events or help in the the classroom.  
     
     
    For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact your Building Volunteer Coordinator or Joyce Cowdery 360.620.7291.  


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  • POLICY AND PROCEDURE UPDATES
    This section has been added to share policy and procedural changes by the School Board and the District.  Please contact your principal or Patty Glaser if you have questions about how a specific policy change might impact you.
     
    The following Bremerton School District Policy and/or Procedure(s) have recently been approved by the School Board:
     

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  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
     
    CWU Online Courses
    CWU   
     

    Central Washington University has partnered with VESi to provide online courses that are available for professional development credits or Washington State clock hours.

     Course Topics Include:

     

    • Assessment

    • Attention Deficit Disorder

    • Autism & Asperger's Disorder

    • Child Abuse

    • Classroom Management

    • Common Core

    • Differentiated Instruction

    • Diversity & Inclusion

    • Early Childhood

    • Elementary Math Concepts

    • Mental Health

    • Reading & Writing

    • Talented & Gifted Students

    • Violence, Bullying & Aggression

     

    Courses offered for 2, 3, or 4 Professional Development
    Credits and 20, 30, or 40 Clock Hours with fees starting at just $195.

     

     

    To Register Call: 1-800-313-6744

     

    www.virtualeduc.com/cwu

    STEAM at EMP Museum 
    Registration is now open for this weeklong summer professional development opportunity at EMP Museum for grades 5-12 educators. Summer STEAM at EMP Museum (STEM + Arts = STEAM!)
     
    Olympic ESD Opportunities
    Visit the OESD website for more information about PD opportunities.
     
     
    Classified Staff Developmen
    The District encourages all classified employess to pursue professional and personal growth through training opportunities and has reserved a budget solely for classifed staff training. To access these funds, an Application for Classified Staff Development Funds must be completed and sent to the Superintendent's office. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Glaser at 473.1003.

     
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  • WANT ADS

     
     
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