“I observed a second grade class learning about civil rights leaders and activists in our country’s history. As a culmination to this, the students chose one of their favorites and wrote letters of opinion about a person that the student thought should be a hero for civil rights in our country! The writings are up on the bulletin board and the teacher made stickies to put on a chart beside that hero’s name. It wasn’t a contest but to validate that they have proved their opinions with evidence in that person’s life.” – Ellen
Raymond High School College Fair, April 12th
Upcoming School Board Meeting
The School Board will be meeting this Wednesday evening. They’ll start out with a public hearing to expend funds from the Technology Capital Reserve Fund to upgrade the wireless system at IHGMS, and then act on that expenditure later in the meeting. Following the public hearing, students involved in RCFY Youth Action will be updating the Board on their activities
RESS Representatives will be at the meeting to sign the newly voted Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Board. During negotiations, RESS and the Board had agreed to file a petition with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board to add the position of “Night Lead Custodian” to the bargaining unit. They’ll be taking action on that petition on Wednesday evening. They will also correct the omission of “Night Lead Custodian” from one of the lists that should have included it in the CBA.
Administration will be talking with the Board about how summatives and formatives are graded at the high school and the middle school. I’ll also be talking with the Board about possible changes to the work schedule of our assistant principals. Following that, the Board will be considering a proposed revision to the 2017-18 academic calendar. This proposed revision moves the in-service day from Friday, March 16th, 2018 to Tuesday, March 13th, 2018. This would allow students to be out of the building during voting day. I’m considering this revision as a precaution in light of recent changes to firearm laws and the confusion as to whether firearms can be brought to schools serving as voting locations. (…they can’t.)
The Board will take action on membership for the Shared Resources Committee, as well as the second reading of policies EEA Student Transportation Services and EEAA Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property. They will also be reviewing new/revised policies GBCD Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF Food Service Management for the first of two readings.
The School Board will be scheduling a time for a Board/Admin retreat with our district administration, and then will be reviewing the monthly financial update.
You can see the full agenda, as well as links to all public backup, at www.sau33.com/agenda.
REA Contracts Due Friday, April 21
REA contracts are due to be returned to the SAU by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 21. Please sign and return both copies of your contract to your school principal.
REA Health Insurance Open Enrollment Info Sessions
SchoolCare is hosting information sessions as we head into the open enrollment season. No pre-registration is necessary.
Tuesday, April 18, LRES Health Room, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 20, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Manage your Flex Spending Account
Employees who have elected to have a Flex Spending Account (FSA) can roll over a maximum of $500 come July 1st. If you’d like to view your balance online with Benefit Strategies, see the instructions below on how to access your account. Also below, please find a list of eligible expenses through the FSA.
Join the Strategic Planning Committee
The School Board is accepting letters of interest from employees, parents, and community members to join the Raymond School District Strategic Planning Committee for their annual review of the plan. This annual review is scheduled for the full day on Thursday, May 18th, beginning at 8:00 AM. Please submit a letter of interest by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2nd to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU Office.
My Learning Plan Training
A short refresher class for those who would like to attend on how to use My Learning Plan. No need to pre-register. Questions – contact Jennifer Heywood.
Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM, LRES Computer Room
Tuesday, May 2, 3:00 PM, IHGMS Room 192
Summer Poetry Programs for Educators at The Frost Place
From the NH DOE:
The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching brings together hard-working classroom teachers and highly skilled poet/teachers to share time-tested approaches to making poetry an essential element of the classroom. Both graduate and continuing education credit are available. This conference is taking place June 24 – 28, 2017. For more information go to http://frostplace.org/cpt. Registration deadline is May 18th.
The Frost Place Writing Intensive Workshop is an intensive 1 1/2 day session for classroom teachers who want to focus on their own writing and revision practices. The workshop is limited to participants who have already attended the Conference on Poetry and Teaching. Continuing education credits are available. This workshop is taking place June 28th and 29th. For more information go to http://frostplace.org/writing-intensive. Registration deadline is May 18th.
Summer Institute Holocaust and Genocide
From the NH DOE: The Summer Institute introduces participants to the study of the Holocaust and genocide in the 21st Century while focusing on multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches, genocide prevention, and lessons for democratic citizenship. The institute is taking place at Keene State College July 16-22. To register or for more information go to www.keene.edu/cchgs. Registration deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017.