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Weekly Update – May 22, 2017

School Board Meeting Update

Video of LRES Grandparent Pancake Breakfast

Reminder: Insurance Open Enrollment Forms

Are Due to the SAU Office by Friday, May 26th.

The preschool students held a tea for Mother’s Day.  The students were so happy to see their mother and grandmothers and present them with pots of flowers that they had painted themselves.  I want to thank Ms. Mahoney for inviting parents in to see some of the work her students had done. ~Ellen

School Board Meeting Update

The School Board met last Wednesday evening. They opened their meeting with a public hearing for the expenditure of capital reserve funds.  Later in the evening, the School Board acted on these requested expenditures.  They awarded the RHS paving project o All Phase Paving & Excavating.  They also approved expenditures for the replacement and addition of digital cameras at IHGMS, for the purchase of IHGMS algebra and science textbooks, and for the purchase of an outside walk-in freezer box at RHS.  We didn’t receive any bids for the RHS roof top air conditioning unit replacement, and we’ve held off on recommending a bidder for the upgrade of two LRES bathrooms while we work with the lowest bidder a bit further for a final cost.

The School Board read the names of those students who achieved RHS Principal’s List and IHGMS High Honor’s List by earning all A’s for the third quarter and extended their congratulations to those students.  This was followed by a presentation by some student athletes from the RHS Unified Basketball Team along with their Assistant Coach, Carly Hughes.  The Unified Basketball Team includes players both with and without physical and intellectual disabilities.  This is their second season, and we are so pleased with how students really seem to be enjoying themselves and the spirit of cooperation.

Raymond Police Chief David Salois spoke with the Board about the recent changes in gun law in New Hampshire.  Federal law has not changed.  Raymond schools are all within a safe school zone, which means that no firearms are allowed within the safe school zone unless permitted due to certain exceptions, such as for law enforcement personnel.  State law used to require that persons wanting to carry a concealed weapon would need a license from their local authority.  This license may have allowed a person to fall under one of the exceptions to the safe school zone federal statute.  This state law was recently changed so that a local license is no longer required to carry a concealed weapon.  However, federal law still applies.  Even though a license is no longer required to carry a concealed weapon, a license is required to carry a concealed weapon within a safe school zone (unless that person falls under another exception to the federal statute).

Mike Davey from Energy Efficient Investments talked with the Board about performance contracting,  which is a means of raising money for investments in energy efficiency that is based on future savings.   The first step, he explained, would be to conduct an energy audit throughout the district to determine where possible investments and savings could be.  This audit would be conducted at no cost to the district, would take about 4-6 weeks to complete, and if the Board chose to complete some projects suggested in the audit, they can select certain project; they would not be required to approve all, or any, of the recommendations.  The Board agreed to move forward with an energy audit.

Bryan Belanger and Laura Yacek presented the 2017-18 Student Handbook.  Then handbook was approved with some minor changes made.  They will be returning to another School Board meeting with some more information about their dismissal procedure and getting students to their buses.

The School Board signed the auditor’s letter of engagement, agreeing to auditing services for the 2016-17 school year.  This was followed by the Board’s appointment of several community members to the Strategic Planning Committee.  They approved policies IMDA Patriotic Exercises and JCA Change of School or Assignment as presented.  They also read, in their entirety, proposed revised policies GCEC Administrators’ Vacations and IHBG-R Home Education/Dual Enrollment.  It was generally agreed by the Board that they would not move forward with the proposed changes for policy GCEC and it would not be brought back to the Board for a second reading.  Policy IHBG-R will come back to the Board at their next meeting for a second reading and action.

Finally, the Board reviewed the financial report for months ending April 30. 2017.

The next regular School Board meeting is June 7th.  The School Board is also holding their Board/Administration Team Retreat on Monday, June 5th.  And the Shared Resources Committee is meeting this Thursday, May 25th, at 7:00 PM.

Video of LRES Grandparent Pancake Breakfast

As a closing activity to their section on learning how to tap the trees at LRES and make maple syrup, the second grade held a pancake breakfast for grandparents with the maple syrup made as part of their learning.  A video of the pancake breakfast is now playing on RCTV Channel 13 and is also can be viewed online here: https://raymondtv.viebit.com/player.php?hash=UwEzdX7zwaaB

Weekly Update – April 3, 2017

CPR/First Aid Class

Strategic Planning Committee

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information Sessions

Upcoming School Board Meetings

My Learning Plan Training

Nominations for 2017 Ocean Stewardship Award

Safety Educator

Para-educator Professional Development Workshop

I was in a preschool class where the students were working in stations. One group was working with the teacher on numbers.  Another group was identifying the letter “e” on sheet of letters, and a third group was at a station with tactile objects in a play setting.  It was amazing to see that the students were all engaged, calmly working and listening to what they were asked to do.  These students are only 3-4 years old, so it was an impressive class to watch.  One of the students saw me come in  and said “No, it’s not pick-up time yet!”  Clearly they were enjoying learning. – Ellen

LRES PTO Father Daughter Dance

CPR/First Aid Class

The District is offering an Infant/Child/Adult CPR & First Aid class for our employees on Wednesday, April 12th at 3:15 PM at IHGMS.  This class is for a two-year certification, and covers new certifications as well as renewals.  Registration is required – please register through My Learning Plan.  The class is listed in the District Catalog.  If you need any assistance with My Learning Plan, contact Jennifer at j.heywood@sau33.com or 895-4299 x1103.

Strategic Planning Committee

Are you interested in helping to plan for the future of Raymond School District?  We are 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.  

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information Sessions

SchoolCare is hosting several information sessions as we head into the open enrollment season.  No pre-registration is necessary.

RESS:

Monday, April 10, LRES Media Center, 3:30 – 5:00

Tuesday, April 11, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30

Wednesday, April 12, RHS Media Center, 2:45 – 4:15

REA:

Tuesday, April 18, LRES Media Center, 3:30 – 5:00

Thursday, April 20, IHGMS Media Center, 3:00 – 4:30

Wagepool:

HealthTrust has also scheduled an information session for our non-union, wagepool employees on Monday, May 22 at 3:45 PM, location TBD.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

The School Board is holding two meetings this week.   On Monday evening, they’re meeting with the Board of Selectmen to discuss Town and School priorities together.  Then they’re holding their regular meeting on Wednesday evening.  At that meeting, students and staff representing the music program at each of our schools will be there to share with the School Board.  Following that, the Board will be reviewing and taking action on our revised Professional Development Master Plan to be submitted to the State.  The Board will then be taking up the subject of food service outsourcing, followed by a discussion about School Board members and possible conflicts of interest.  They’ll discuss a date to meet with the incoming Superintendent, and what topics should be covered at that meeting.   The Board will also be reviewing two proposed revised policies:  A revision to EEA Student Transportation Services updates our policy to adhere to new law specifying the right of charter school students to in-district transportation.  Revised policy EEAA Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property makes some clarifications about the use of videos at school events, in light of the law passed awhile back which restricted videotaping in classrooms.

You can see both agendas, as well as all School Board public backup information for these meetings, at http://www.sau33.com/agenda.

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.

Thursday, April 6, 2:30 PM, RHS Media Center

Monday, April 17, 3:30 PM, LRES Computer Room

Tuesday, May 2, 3:00 PM, IHGMS (Location TBD)

Nominations for 2017 Ocean Stewardship Award

From New England Aquarium:  Are you a teacher or school group, or know of one, who aspires to liveblue – taking an active role in protecting our world’s ocean and environment? If so, please nominate yourself, your students, or another teacher for a New England Aquarium Ocean Stewardship Award!

Prize: Winners for each category will receive a free Aquarium program at their school in fall 2017.
Eligibility: The school group category is open to all K-12 school groups in New England. A school group must be affiliated with a school and include a faculty adviser. The teacher category is open to all K-12 classroom teachers in New England. Self nominations are welcome.
Nomination Deadline: NEW DATE–April 26, 2017

Safety Educator

See the March/April Safety Educator from the NH Fire Marshal’s Office here.

Para-educator Professional Development Workshop

Granite State College is offering a para-educator workshop on Saturday, April 29th.  “Many resources are available for working with and supporting the children who thrive within the traditional system and follow the expected developmental milestones. But what about those children who do not? This workshop examines a comprehensive survey of common diagnoses and provides comprehensive approaches that offer hope to those who appear to be unreachable. The information is delivered in plain language so you can lead your most frustrated and misunderstood children toward significance and success.”  Fee: $15.  3 CEU’s.  Visit https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=23934

Weekly Update – March 6, 2017

You Make the Difference Award

Students Helping Students – IHGMS Fundraiser Success!

NH DOE Educator Renewal Online

Spot the International Space Station

SERESC Professional Development – Book Creator for the iPad

NHSTE Computing in the Cloud Across the Curriculum

March 17 SchoolCare Biometric Screening

Ellen

You Make the Difference Award

See the latest You Make the Difference winners here.

Nominate one of your coworkers for the “You Make the Difference” Award and both of you could received a gift certificate to an area store or restaurant!  Three ways to nominate your coworker:

Submit your nomination online (Note: you will need to sign in with your SAU 33 account to access the form.)

Print out the form and sent to Jennifer Heywood at the SAU

Email j.heywood@sau33.com with the word “Nomination” in the subject line

Students Helping Students – IHGMS Fundraiser Success!

Connections, OK, used 3.6.17The students in the connections room recently completed a huge fundraiser for the Children’s Chamber Foundation, as part of the Student Helping Students Campaign.   The connections room students worked together alongside their peers, creating mittens and hats and then selling these items in the classrooms each morning.  They were able to raise a total of $410.40 total.  Kudos to them !

NH DOE Educator Renewal Online

From the DOE: Educators who are employed by NH school districts and are due to renew their certificates by June 30, 2017 are encouraged to renew on-line after being recommended by the SAU. Online renewal has a shorter turnaround time, saves paper, eliminates checks, and is more efficient. Reminder: there is a $50 late fee for employed educators who submit their renewals after June 30th.

If your name has changed since your last certificate, please select the Name/Address Change –writeable form available on our Credentialing Forms page www.education.nh.gov/certification/cred_forms.htm Complete and email this form to credentialing.docs@doe.nh.gov with “name change” in the subject line to receive support as quickly as possible. Hard copy of the form may also be mailed or faxed using the contact information on the form.

Spot the International Space Station

From Rice University: If you haven’t seen an ISS overflight, It can be beautiful.  We had one recently in Houston that went almost directly overhead.

To find out when the next one for your location is, go to:
And put in  your city’s name.
You can sign up to get email alerts when a good one will be near you.
The best time to observe is just after dusk or just before dawn, when YOU are in the dark but the ISS is in sunlight!
You do not need telescopes, but binoculars can be nice.  It moves pretty quickly.
A good high-pixel count digital camera with telephoto can even get some detail, especially if you are lucky and it passes in front of the moon.
If its in the evening in 1Q moon or morning in 3Q moon you could get lucky and get them both in the same shot!
One person even got a set of photos of the ISS in front of the Sun!

 

SERESC Professional Development – Book Creator for the iPad

Tuesday, March 21, SERESC is offering a workshop to learn how to use this bookmaking app with their students to create and share their own original books.  For more information, visit https://www.smore.com/r0cxd

NHSTE Computing in the Cloud Across the Curriculum

NH Society for Technology in Education is offering a workshop at SERESC in Bedford on April 7th. “Learn about the variety of devices used to “compute in the cloud” including tablets, iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops.  In addition, learn about the new features in the Chrome browser and Window 10 that support the integration of cloud-based digital content.”  Visit http://nhste.org/event-2032307 for more information.

March 17 SchoolCare Biometric Screening

The Biometric Screening being held on the morning of March 17 at RHS had filled up, but due to increased interest, SchoolCare added 20 additional openings. This screening is open to all SchoolCare members and registration is open now.  Register by going to your Good For You! accounts under the “Events” icon on the top right.  Appointments are 15 minutes long and you can earn a $100.00 cash incentive for obtaining your biometrics.  See the flyer below.

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