Great Kick Off to a wonderful 2019-2020 School Year- Innovating OCPS Issue 2

Message from Innovation Office Associate Superintendent, John Wright

Dear Innovators: 

Thank you for another great week of learning across our schools.  Also, thank you to everyone for your patience and support.  I believe we are off to a tremendous start; yet, I know it has been a potentially more stressful start with the implementation of the new student information system, with all of the new mandates around school safety and now with a hurricane heading in our direction!  I especially want to thank you for all you’ve been doing to support your teachers and teams around these issues and helping them keep their attention and focus on student learning.

Regarding safety:  I’ve included Doug Tripp’s responses to the questions that came up during the presentation at our principal’s meeting below:

Big questions from principals today were who is responsible for training cafeteria staff and custodians – they do not report to principals and do not work comparable hours to teachers and principals in most cases?
A separate email was sent to Food and Nutrition Services, Facilities Services (Maintenance and Custodial) and ESE (nurses et al) which indicated that they are to work closely with their individual school principals to assist in conducting training and certifying compliance. If their staff can attend the facilitated discussion that training will suffice as long as they are included in the roster and complete the sign-in process.

What about extended day staff – some programs are run by us while many are run by other groups such as YMCA, Boys and Girls Club etc.
Current thinking is that the training and certification requirement applies to staff that are assigned to a school work location (reports to work and conducts the majority of their work at a specific location) during regular school hours.

What about employees who do not speak English fluently?
The standard applied by the district for training of staff with disabilities and language barriers applies to this training.

When can principals get the cell numbers for their emergency managers?
Principals have been provided their Emergency Preparedness Administrators OCPS email address and telephone numbers. If a principal would like to have the personal cell phone number of their Emergency Preparedness Administrator they should reach out to them directly.

For the age developmentally appropriate assailant drills, what about schools such as K-8s that serve 5 to 15 year olds in the same building?
Age developmentally and age appropriate active assailant drills should be sensitive to the cognitive, emotional and maturity level of the students. In cases in which there is a wide range, principals and their staff should design and deliver the drill in such a manner that recognizes this distinction. While the actions to take remain consistent across all groups, the manner in which these are explained to students may differ as result of cognitive, emotional and maturity differences. Teachers will play a key role in ensuring that the active assailant drills are sensitive to their students cognitive, emotional and maturity level.

Also, please be aware of the following important deadlines:

SAFE School Plan due by 9/27/19

SERT Table Top Exercise due by 12/12/19

SERT Table Top Canvas Training due by 12/13/19

Facilitated Discussions due by 12/13/19

Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool 

You should be receiving notification that the school assessment in FSSAT is available. As the assessments populate the system, users may receive a notification that an assessment has been assigned to them.  Users may begin working on their assessments as soon as they receive the notification email.  These are due back to the FDOE by October 1, 2019. Please use the FSSAT Companion Guide  “click here” as a reference while completing the 2019-2020 School Security Risk Assessment.

Makerspace Meetups

We have some great upcoming opportunities for Professional Development regarding Makerspaces and for the use of many new technology tools. 

On Wednesday, September 25, Blankner will be hosting a LEGO PD from 8:00-3:00.  Schools that are part of the pilot should send up to 5 members to the training.  Subs will be paid for by Mariel’s team. 

From 3:00-4:30, Blanker will showcase their Fab Lab and Collab Lab.   This will be the first installment in a series of cross-school collaborations to share the ways that teachers are utilizing the Makerspace materials and spaces.  Participating schools should send up to 5 members to these as well; others are invited to send one or two team members who want to be part of this PLC and to learn more together throughout the year.  Please  view  to access the School of Innovation Makerspace Meetup Flyer which includes a description and blurb for each date.  If you have not chosen a date to host a meetup, please let us know your preference.  Please find  the registration link here.  Teachers will be paid one hour for attending the afternoon sessions.

Thank you to Mariel Milano for supporting our schools with this effort.

I have placed baseline feedback in each of your Principal Coaching Logs (dated 8/23) that outline key areas of focus for our work together this year.  This document will be fluid yet this baseline can serve as a guide to make connections between your SIP, Action Plan, innovation work, literacy, etc.  Please be prepared to share your action planner by Friday, September 13th – I added a week due to the potential disruption the storm might bring.

Finally, here is a link to information regarding FSSATs

I have placed baseline feedback in each of your Principal Coaching Logs (dated 8/23) that outline key areas of focus for our work together this year.  This document will be fluid yet this baseline can serve as a guide to make connections between your SIP, Action Plan, innovation work, literacy, etc.  Please be prepared to share your action planner by Friday, September 13th – I added a week due to the potential disruption the storm might bring.

Great opportunity for Professional Development regarding Maker Spaces and for the use of many new technology tools.  Schools that are part of the pilot should send up to 5 members to the training – Others are invited to send one or two team members who want to be part of this PLC and to learn more together throughout the year.  Thank you to Mariel Milano for supporting our schools with this effort.

Finally, congratulations to Vanessa DeMars and her family for the beautiful addition – Baby Brady!

Baby Brady arrived on August 20, 2019. Baby Brady arrived on August 20, 2019.

Baby Brady arrived on August 20, 2019.
Baby Brady arrived on August 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay safe this weekend and be prepared for updates from the District Incident Management Team and Emergency Operation Center which have been activated and are working across agencies to monitor the hurricane closely.

John and team

Celebrating a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 School Year

These young scientists at WIndy Ridge K-8 discover what effect volume and mass have of motion!

Windy Ridge K8 students work on science lab

Discovery Middle School celebrated their new Apple Mac Computer Lab! We are excited to see what will be created with this technology. This lab will integrate the arts, content instruction and technology.

New Mac labStudents working in the new Mac lab

 

 

 

 

Princeton Elementary students were able to engage in the engineering process during their conveyor belt challenge in Ms.McCollum’s second grade class! Great work everyone! 

Students working on conveyor belt challenge Students working on conveyor belt challenge Students working on conveyor belt challenge Students working on conveyor belt challenge

 

 

 

Orlando Gifted Academy Introduces their new school chalk mural! Go Owls! Great job Mrs. Faubel!

OGA new chalk mural

OGA new chalk muralOGA new chalk mural OGA new chalk mural

 

 

 

 

 

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DPLC Session 1- September 11, 2019

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Emergency Preparedness Due Dates:

SAFE School Plan due by 9/27/19

SERT Table Top Exercise due by 12/12/19

SERT Table Top Canvas Training due by 12/13/19

Facilitated Discussions due by 12/13/19

Send these forms in with ample time to ensure compliance is captured before due dates. 

Drills for the month of September are: 

Active Assailant- Due by 9/11/19

Fire Drill- Due by 9/25/19

 

Happy Birthday

8/29 Trevor Honohan
9/1 Michael Wilson
9/6 Kimberly Beckler
9/6 Debbie Erickson
9/9 Vonda Meyer
9/13 Katherine Barnes
9/14 Elaine Rogers
9/15 Juanita Menzies
9/30 Pamela Webb

 

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