Category: Weekly Update

Weekly Update – June 19, 2017

Breakfast and Wellness Fair June 23!

Upcoming School Board/Subcommittee Meetings

“This is our last Weekly Update!  I never thought this day would arrive- I guess I thought I would go on working forever.  I believed this because I love my job and I love being around our students and all of you.  I’ve loved each and every position I’ve held in Raymond- the good days have always far outweighed any “bad days”.   I haven’t been able to see all of you these last few days so please accept this as my sincere thanks for all you have done for me.  Over the years you have been my mentor, a colleague, an advocate, a coach, my support, and a friend.  Thank you- I will miss you all so very much.” ~ Ellen

Breakfast and Wellness Fair June 23!

All employees are welcome to breakfast – prepared and served by the District Admin Team!

Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 AM in the RHS Cafeteria

Wellness Fair: 8:00-10:00 AM in the RHS Gymnasium – Many prizes and giveaways!

Wellness Fair

Upcoming School Board/Subcommittee Meetings

The School Board is holding their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 21.  The meeting will open with a public hearing for the expenditure of capital reserve funds for upgrading two bathrooms at LRES and to upgrade air conditioning in three office areas at RHS.  Following the public hearing, the Board will hear a request regarding a memorial plaque at IHGMS.

Bob Bickford will be reviewing the 2017-18 IHGMS Student Handbook, and then Steve Woodward will be talking about enrichment opportunities for students at RHS during 2017-18.

The Board will be taking action on a donation from the Knight of Columbus of $1,341.90 to LRES, as well as the expenditure of capital reserve funds as reviewed during the earlier public hearing.  They will also be taking action on the proposed revised policies before them for second reading: IKF High School Graduation and IKFA-R Early Graduation Plan.

The Board will hear the financial update for months ending May 31. They will then be reviewing the District Investment Policies DFA and DFA-R, which must be reviewed annually as per policy.  Following that, they will be reviewing and signing the School Board Auditor Questionnaire, which is an annual document requested by our auditors to answer some simple statements about the financial practices in the district.

The School Board will also be addressing a possible recommendation for a bus stop location at the proposed development at 41 Chester Road. They will be doing a site visit to view the potential stop location in person earlier that evening, at 6:00 PM.

The regular School Board meeting begins at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, June 21.  You can view the agenda and find links to public backup at www.sau33.com/agenda.

The Shared Resources Committee is meeting on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM in the RHS Media Center.

Weekly Update – June 12, 2017

Breakfast and Wellness Fair June 23!

School Board Meeting Update

Flexible Spending Account Info

Correspondence Summer Problem Solving Program for Math Skills

“I observed a middle school phys ed class and the students were having their summative on archery safety. I was very impressed with the students’ attention to the teacher as he went over all the things the students needed to be aware of when shooting a bow.  The class was organized, the students had a great time with this new skill, and they were all very aware of the importance of safety.  All of the students followed the instructions and safely took turns shooting at a target.  It was so well done!” ~ Ellen

Wellness Fair Breakfast June 23rd!

All employees welcome!

Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 AM in the RHS Cafeteria

Wellness Fair: 8:00-10:00 AM in the RHS Gymnasium – Many prizes and giveaways!

Wellness Fair

School Board Meeting Update

Last week’s School Board meeting began with recognition and thanks to those who are retiring this year, as well as those who were nominated throughout the year for the You Make the Difference Award.  Following that, IHGMS students spoke with the Board about their recent trip to Washington D.C.  They visited various memorials including the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, walked to the White House, visited the Capitol Building, met Senator Shaheen, went to the Washington Nationals Game, attended a dinner/dance cruise, and stopped at the Bronx Zoo on the way home.

Patrick Colburn, Project Manager with Keach-Nordstrom Associates, spoke with the Board about the proposed property development on Chester Road.  He was asking for some direction as to where the bus stop would be located once the community is completed.  It was the consensus of the Board to do a site walk of the entrance location for the proposed development before giving Mr. Colburn their opinion. 

Steve Woodward presented the 2017-18 Student Handbook.  After some discussion and revisions, the handbook was approved with amendments.  The School Board then accepted a donation from Hannaford Helps Schools  for Raymond High School.

The School Board approved policy IHBG-R Participation in Public School Activities by Home Educated and Nonpublic School Pupils as presented for second reading.  They also read, in their entirety, proposed revised policies IKF High School Graduation Policy and IKFA-R Early Graduation Plan for the first of two readings. 

The Board approved a day for incoming Superintendent Tina McDoy to spend in the district as part of her transition for July.  Following that, the Board considered a request by a Board member to use surplus funds to purchase Chromebooks for each school, which ultimately was not approved.  It was noted that the need for Chromebooks is recognized and it was suggested that such an expenditure be considered during the budget preparation season.

The next regular School Board meeting is scheduled for June 21st.  The next Shared Resources Committee is scheduled for June 22nd.

Flexible Spending Account Info

It is the time of year when you should review the balance in your Flexible Spending Account.

You have 90 days after June 30th to submit claims for eligible expenditures incurred during the 2016-17 school year on the attached FSA Reimbursement Request Form.  A receipt dated between 7/1/16 and 6/30/17 must be attached to the form.

Employees continuing their employment after June 30th with the Raymond School District can carry forward up to $500 from their 2016-17 FSA plan to their 2017-18 FSA plan for expenditures to be incurred during the 2017-18 school year.
Please note: After June 30th your debit card can only be used for expenditures made in the 2017-18 school year.  Claims for 2016-17 expenditures must be submitted on the FSA Reimbursement Request Form.
Per IRS regulations, any funds not used for either of the two purposes stated above, will be forfeited.  Please plan ahead to ensure that none of your funds are forfeited.

 

Correspondence Summer Problem Solving Program for Math Skills

The Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search (MMSETS) invites every student of grade 3-12 from Maine or New Hampshire to join the correspondence problem solving program. Please see below or contact Eva J. Szillery PhD, MMSETS Program Director at evaszillerymmsets@gwi.net or (207) 356-0207.

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Weekly Update – June 5, 2017

RESS Employment Statements are due  Wednesday, June 7th. Please sign and date both copies and return one copy to the Superintendent’s Office no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Next School Board Meeting

Support Staff – June Meeting Dates to Complete Health Assessments

Can You Solve this Virus Riddle?  (5 minute Ted-Ed Video)

In May, second grade students wrote persuasive letters to encourage the people of Raymond to protect the Earth by doing such things as not littering, recycling and using less oil. They did a great job because each of the students used facts in order to encourage people to see their point of view.  You can see some of these letters at the Raymond Area News website. – Ellen   

Next School Board Meeting

The School Board is holding their regular meeting this Wednesday evening.  First on the agenda, they will be recognizing our retirees and our nominees throughout the year for the You Make the Difference Awards.  Following that, students from IHGMS will be talking with the Board about their trip to Washington D.C.

The Board will be hearing a request to consider a bus stop for a new development being constructed on Route 107.  Mr. Woodward will be presenting the 2017-18 RHS Student Handbook for approval.  And the Board will be taking action to accept donations from the Hannaford Helps Schools program and the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Fund.

Policy IHBG-R Home Education/Dual Enrollment will be going before the Board for its final reading.   Policies IKF High School Graduation Policy and IKFA-R Early Graduation Plan will be read by the Board for the first of two readings.  Revisions to both policies are to include the civics requirements of RSA 89:11.  Additionally, the High School Graduation Policy is updated to reflect all completion options, including the new Honors Diploma and Certificates of Completion.

The Board will be scheduling a time for Dr. McCoy to be in the District as part of a beginning transition plan prior to her start in July.

The Board will then be considering the purchase of Chromebooks from this year’s surplus funds.

You can see the agenda and public backup for this Wednesday’s School Board meeting at http://www.sau33.com/agenda.  They will also be meeting this evening for a “Retreat” with our District Administrative Team.

The Shared Resources Committee will be meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM at RHS.

Support Staff – June Meeting Dates to Complete Health Assessments

Karen Stuart, from Human Resources, will be at each school in June to help all support staff complete their online confidential Health Assessments through Cigna  to receive their Choice Fund. The Choice Fund is provided by SchoolCare to cover the first portion of the services that apply to your deductible. You must take the Health Assessment from June 1st through July 31st or you will not receive the Choice Fund. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes. Below are the scheduled dates and times:

LRES – Tuesday, June 6, Computer Lab  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

IHGMS – Wednesday, June 7,  Downstairs Computer Lab  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

RHS – Tuesday, June 20,  Computer Lab/Library  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (Exam Week)

Weekly Update – May 30, 2017

Support Staff – June Meeting Dates to Complete Health Assessments

You Make the Difference! Award Winners

 

“I visited a 5th grade class who are learning all the parts of a book they are reading: A Week in the Woods.  They were learning how to use descriptive words to describe characters and using context cues to figure out information about the characters.  The students loved the choice of this book as it is about a 5th grader.” ~Ellen

Support Staff – June Meeting Dates to Complete Health Assessments

Karen Stuart, from Human Resources, will be at each school in June to help all support staff complete their online confidential Health Assessments through Cigna  to receive their Choice Fund. The Choice Fund is provided by SchoolCare to cover the first portion of the services that apply to your deductible. You must take the Health Assessment from June 1st through July 31st or you will not receive the Choice Fund. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes. Below are the scheduled dates and times:

LRES- Tuesday June 6, Computer Lab  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

IHGMS- Wednesday June 7,  Downstairs Computer Lab  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

RHS- Tuesday June 20,  Computer Lab/Library  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (Exam Week)  

 

You Make the Difference! Award Winners

Paula OK, used 5.30.17Congratulations to Paula Chouinard, who won this round of the You Make the Difference!  Paula won a gift certificate to Tuckaway Restaurant in Raymond.  She was nominated for “The students at LRES are very fortunate to have an amazing health teacher. Mrs. Chouinard is very passionate about the subject she teaches, which is evident from all of the time she puts into her program. Each week she introduces a healthy fruit or vegetable to all students, grades kindergarten through 4. In order to do this she must shop for the item and then prepare the featured fruit or vegetable for approximately 500 students. Oftentimes parents will thank her for introducing their children to the nutritious snacks, who love it and then insist that they buy it to have it at home! Her program is not limited to nutrition, she also teaches the importance of exercise by having the kids participate in Fun in Fitness at the end of each class, nature walks and snowshoeing. She has also taken on a lot of the science curriculum by teaching units on the various body systems, plant life cycle, crayfish, best beetles and dissecting owl pellets. She teaches all of these things and more in only 45 minutes a week, per class!  Thank you Paula, for all of your years of dedication to LRES! You will be missed!”

Congratulations also to our other wonderful nominees:

Jodi Gibbons: “Jodi goes above and beyond the expectations of her role as a school employee. She not only welcomes new students, but encourages connections with their new peers.  She takes the time to recognize student birthdays, and is consistently high-spirited and friendly with all students and faculty. She approaches special education students with care and ensures they have the lunch experience they want and need. Jodi is more than willing to fill in for manager responsibilities when needed without hesitation. She takes initiative to expand her knowledge of relevant food service laws that is evident in her exceptional service. It is employees such as Jodi who are an outstanding representative of the Raymond School District and directly contributes to our warm and positive environment.”

Suzanne Ives: “Suzanne is a wonderful teacher who cares deeply for all children not just her classroom. She spends countless hours at school after hours. She makes learning fun and is able to adjust for each student. The children love her humor!”

Irene Kreider: “LRES has been very fortunate to have a dedicated librarian for the past 11 years. Mrs. Kreider essentially performs two jobs every single day. She is responsible for managing and organizing the library, where hundreds, if not thousands, of books are borrowed and brought back weekly. She is also responsible for teaching 6 classes every day. She teaches essential library skills, research techniques, introduces current authors, uses Google Classroom with students and is always very willing to help colleagues with projects they may have going on in their classroom. I honestly do not know how she does it! Thank you for all you do! You will be missed.”

Noel Cox: “Noel has been a wonderful advocate for all of her students. She goes above and beyond and is always so positive. Her big heart and dedication is truly an inspiration. She does her best to ensure that all her student’s needs are being met. Recently she looked into one of my students and brought the team together to discuss some interesting facts she noticed. Because of her investigation, we got additional testing done for this kiddo, and the information we received will help him to be more successful. She even met the family in Concord during the testing to gain more insight. She is wonderful to work with.”

Michelle Dowling: “Michelle is an unsung hero at RHS. She has facilitated great relationships between school and home and also among staff and students. Michelle is committed to bringing positive solutions to difficult situations and is successful in her approach. Students from the past always make sure they pop in to see Michelle when visiting the school, so it is clear that she has made a positive impact on many students’ lives. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside Michelle for many years as a mentor, a colleague, and a friend to all. Good job Michelle!”

Tricia Wentworth: “Tricia is a tireless advocate for the students on her caseload. She not only meets one on one in a seemingly nonstop parade of her kids, but she is genuinely invested in their success. With our seniors in particular she follows their progress, meets regularly with them, and consistently reviews their graduation plans – she really worries about them, and is somehow able to be their mom and their counselor all at once, and maintains their respect and admiration. Tricia also knows how to motivate them. She is proactive in advocating for them, tracking progress, and yes, even nagging them like any good mom would do. She is truly awesome at what she does.”

In addition to the random drawing among nominees for the Tuckaway gift certificate, we also have a random drawing among those who submitted nominations. Congratulations to Alison LaCasse, who was the recipient of a $25 gift card to Hannaford.

Weekly Update – May 15, 2017

You Make the Difference Awards – Final Call!

Upcoming School Board and Board Subcommittee Meetings

HealthTrust Insurance Meeting for Wage Pool Employees

Modifications Made to FSA 2017-18 Plan

NH Institute for Civics Education Workshop – No Cost to Attend

SchoolCare Employee Assistance Program

May Safety Educator

“I visited the woodworking shop and Mr. Plender shared with me some of the projects students have been working on.   Included are projects such as benches, using some of the smaller pieces of the chestnut oak that fell.  They have milled some smaller boards about 4-5 feet long and will be milling the larger ones in the fall.  The students and I are amazed at how heavy this kind of wood is.” – Ellen

You Make the Difference Awards – Final Call!

We’re nearing the end of the school year.  This is one last call for your nominations for You Make the Difference!  Please submit your nominations by May 22.

When you nominate one of your coworkers for the “You Make the Difference” Award, both of you could receive 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

Upcoming School Board and Board Subcommittee Meetings

The School Board is meeting this Wednesday evening.  They’ll be holding a public hearing early on in the meeting for the expenditure of capital reserve funds.  We had put out requests for proposals for several projects, including paving the kitchen access area at RHS, upgrading two of the bathrooms at LRES, and upgrading some air conditioning units at RHS.  These, plus expenditures for algebra and science textbooks, and digital cameras at IHGMS, will be acted on by the Board later in the meeting.

The Board will hear a presentation by the RHS Unified Basketball Team about their second season.  This will be followed by a discussion by Raymond Police Chief David Salois, who will be talking with the Board about the implications of recent changes to firearms regulations.

Mike Davey, from Energy Efficient Investments, will then be talking with the Board about “performance contracting.”  Performance contracting is a means of raising money for investments in energy efficiency that is based on future savings, for projects such as lighting and boiler upgrades.  This is an introductory discussion to determine if there is interest.

The School Board will be reviewing the letter of engagement with our auditors for services for the financial year ending June 30, 2017.  This is an agreement for auditing services that is reviewed and approved annually. They will then be naming any additional community members to the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as acting on any nominations and/or resignations.

Proposed revised policies IMDA – Patriotic Exercises and JCA – Change of School or Assignment will be presented to the Board for their final readings and adoption.  Proposed revised policies GCEC – Administrators’ Vacations and IHBG-R – Home Education/Dual Enrollment will be brought to the Board for the first of two readings.

Lastly, the School Board will be reviewing the financial update for months ending April 30, 2017.

The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting for their annual review of the Strategic Plan this Thursday, May 18th, beginning at 8:00 AM in the IHGMS Media Center.

The Shared Resources Committee will be holding their next meeting on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 PM in the RHS Media Center.

HealthTrust Insurance Meeting for Wage Pool Employees

Just a reminder that HealthTrust will be at IHGMS Room 192 on Monday, May 22 at 3:45 for any wage pool employees who would like a review of the insurance plan.

Modifications Made to 2017-18 FSA Plan

Please note that there were some modifications made to the Flex Spending Account Plan Description for 2017-18.  A summary of these modifications may be found on our website under Human Resources –> Insurance Benefits.

NH Institute for Civics Education Workshop – No Cost to Attend

See flyer below.  Click here to learn more and register.

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SchoolCare Employee Assistance Program

See below a list of services available to SchoolCare members as part of your employee assistance program.

SCHOOLCARE EAP Services sheet

May Safety Educator

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Weekly Update – May 8, 2017

School Board Meeting Update

Upcoming School Board/Subcommittee Meetings

Insurance Open Enrollment Meetings

NH DOE Professional Development

“I visited a first grade classroom and a student wanted to read a story to me. Then it snowballed and I had 4 students read me stories. I was very impressed with their reading skills as first grade students and I was so glad to see that the students were proud to be able to read.” – Ellen

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2nd Grade Pancake Breakfast with Grandparents, with maple syrup tapped from LRES trees.

School Board Meeting Update

At their meeting last week, the Board heard students from IHGMS talk about their trip to Nature’s Classroom.  About 90 students participated in the program this year, which included hiking, lab experiments, group activities, and – unfortunately – a stomach bug.  But they had a successful week with a lot of fun and learning.

The Board heard a request to post flyers for the Miss Raymond and Junior Miss Raymond Pageant in the schools and approved that request.

Two alumni from the RHS Class of 1996 came to the Board meeting to talk about the time capsule that was buried by their graduating class over 20 years ago.  We will be coordinating a time for them to meet with Todd Ledoux and some current RHS Class Officers to dig up the time capsule.

Each of our Building Principals and our Curriculum Coordinator reported to the Board on the last quarter of activities and progress.  The Board then accepted a donation of $744 from Hannaford to Raymond High School as part of their Hannaford Helps Schools program.

The Board approved policies GBCD – Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management as presented for second reading.  They then read proposed revised policies IMDA – Patriotic Exercises and JCA – Change of School Assignment or Policy for the first of two readings.

The Board named a community member to the Shared Resources Committee.  They had not received any letters of interest from the community to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee, so they extended that deadline for another two weeks.  Following that, the Board discussed topics for the Strategic Planning Committee to consider during their annual review.  The Board moved to add as a strategic goal to investigate whether 1:1 Chromebooks would be an option for students in grades 5-12.

The School Board has recently started posting its public meeting backup online.  Last week, they voted to also post the backup for its public subcommittee meetings.  These subcommittees include the Shared Resources Committee, Policy Committee, any building committees, and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Upcoming School Board/Subcommittee Meetings

The School Board is meeting this evening at 7:00 PM for its work session with incoming Superintendent Dr. Tina McCoy.  You can see the agenda and any public backup for this meeting at www.sau33.com/agenda.

The Shared Resources Committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday at 7:00 PM.  You can see the agenda for this meeting and any public backup at www.sau33.com/sharedresources.

Insurance Open Enrollment Meetings

If you would like to make a change to your insurance benefits or need help filling out any forms, Karen Stuart will be at each school the following dates and times.  Please contact your school secretary to schedule an appointment of contact Karen directly at 895-4299 x1104 to schedule a time to meet at her office.

LRES  Wednesday May 10th, 7:00-8:30 AM

LRES Monday, May 15th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

IHGMS Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM

IHGMS  Tuesday, May 16th, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

RHS Friday, May 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 AM

RHS Wednesday, May 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

NH DOE Professional Development

From the NH DOE:

NH’s Manufacturing Week Has Expanded to Manufacturing Month It is time to register your schools to participate in NH Manufacturing Month 2017. One of the primary goals of NH Manufacturing Month is to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about advanced manufacturing and the high demand career opportunities this sector of the economy provides. The Department of Education, and its partners, NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership, NH Division of Economic Development, and NH Community College System, have organized NH Manufacturing Week for the last four years. This year’s NH Manufacturing Month will take place in October. High school and middle school students are invited to visit local manufacturers throughout the month. NH CTE’s and community colleges will schedule open houses for students and members of the community to learn about their advanced manufacturing programs. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Duddy, the NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership, at (603) 226-3200 or jilliand@nhmep.org. If you are interested in scheduling a tour for your students, we ask that you complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHMFG2017.

NH Emergency Preparedness Conference The NH Emergency Preparedness Conference is an annual event attracting over 800 people from around the state involved in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery on a local, state and federal level. The conference aims to promote and strengthen interdisciplinary partnerships to increase New Hampshire’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards. The conference provides excellent opportunities for training and networking with local experts and practitioners from fields such as emergency management, community and public health, fire, EMS, law enforcement, private sector, risk management, healthcare, local, state and federal government, public works, code enforcement/building safety, schools, social services, volunteer groups, and more. The conference is taking place Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 7:15am-4:45pm at Radisson Hotel, Manchester. To register or for more information go to http://www.NHEmergencyPrepConference.com.

Teaching Today: Pedagogy, Perspective, and Practice Conference Series On May 19th, NHASCD welcomes Steven Leinwand whose interactive presentation will be on Sensible, Accessible Instructional Strategies for Increasing MATH Engagement. His fast-paced, energetic presentation at this NHASCD Spring Conference will be full of real-world examples. Throughout the day he will also describe and model key strategies and characteristics of high quality mathematics instruction and share explicit ideas on how to bring these instructional shifts to scale. This conference is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center. To register or for more information please go to www.cvent.com/events/may-19th-2017-nhascd-conf-with-stevenleinwand/event-summary- 19723cda73464a1f96ebc0d1c2438576.aspx?utm_source=Steven%20Leinwand,%20Final%20Notice%2 0May%2019th%204-4-17&utm_campaign=Leinwand%20Conference%204-4-17&utm_medium=email.

Weekly Update – May 1, 2017

Click here to see the latest You Make the Difference Award winners

Re-certifications to the SAU

School Board Meeting Update

Upcoming School Board Meetings

Health Stipend Info for Eligible Employees

Dyslexia and Related Disorders Webinar

“I visited an art class with 3rd grade students. The teacher had created an art show for parents that was beautiful- it featured every student in the school and quite a bit of work went into the hanging and presentation of student work.  She wanted this class to see what other students had created and told them they were going to an art museum. The students were given slips of paper so that they could write a letter of appreciation to the individual artists. The art produced by our students was amazing and the teacher related each of her lessons to a particular artist- everyone from Georgia O’Keefe to Monet.” – Ellen

 

High School Spirit Week Hall Decorating Contest

Re-certifications to the SAU

For those of you who are up for re-certification this year, please send a copy of your certification to Human Resources at the SAU when you receive it.

School Board Meeting Update

The School Board meeting on April 19th opened with a public hearing for the expenditure of up to $20,000 from the Technology Capital Reserve Fund to upgrade the wireless system at IHGMS.  There was no public input forthcoming, and later in the meeting, the School Board approved the expenditure contingent upon the District receiving funds through the E-rate grant (which will help offset the total expenditure amount).

Raymond Coalition for Youth’s Youth Action Group students talked with the Board about their activities this year.  Activities included Family Fun Night, the Sticker Shock campaign done around prom time and New Year’s warning people of the seriousness of purchasing alcohol for minors, Red Ribbon Week held in October about the dangers of abusing drugs, Project Safeguard for 7th grade students, submission for a film competition regarding drug abuse, and distribution of t-shirts with drug-free messages.  The film should be shown on June 4th at O’Neil Cinemas in Epping, and can also be seen on the RCFY YouTube page.

The School Board approved a correction to the 2017-2019 RESS Collective Bargaining Agreement which allowed for the addition of “Night Lead Custodian” at all appropriate places in the contract.  They also approved the filing of a petition with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board to add the position of “Night Lead Custodian” to the Union.  Following that, the School Board and representatives from RESS signed the 2017-2019 agreement and spoke positively about the successful negotiations this year.

Some of our building administrators and I spoke with the Board about how we weigh formative and summative assessments in the grading process.  Specifically, there was discussion about whether formative assessments should count negatively toward a student’s overall grade if the summatives are all high-scoring.  Currently, at the middle school and the high school, formatives count for 10% of the final grade and summatives count for 90%.   After some discussion, it was suggested that a student could earn the full 10% for formatives as long as the work was completed as expected, regardless of the percentage of correct answers.   It was agreed that Mr. Bickford would bring this suggestion to the Grading Committee.

There was some discussion of a proposal to revise the required number of required work days for assistant principals.  However, it was determined that the best time to discuss this would be during budget preparation, and the issue was tabled.

The School Board approved a proposed revision to the 2017-18 calendar.  The March 2018 in-service was rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13th.  You can see the new calendar on our website.

The School Board named a community membeer to the Shared Resources Committee and extended the deadline for letters of interest for another two weeks.

Policies EEA – Student Transportation Services and EEAA –  Video and Audio Surveillance on School Property were approved as presented for second reading.  And policies GBCD – Background Investigations and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management were read in their entirety for the first of two readings.  There were some questions regarding providing meals to high school students who have negative school lunch balances.  We’ll be providing some clarification about that at the next meeting.

The School Board scheduled a Board/District Administrative Team Retreat for Monday, June 5th.  And Mr. Brickett reviewed the financial report for months ending March 31, 2017.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

At this week’s May 3rd meeting: students from IHGMS will talk with the Board about their trip to Nature’s Classroom; we’ll open an envelope marked for the RHS Class of 1986 Time Capsule and decide next steps to open the time capsule – some alumni from 1986 will be present at the meeting for this; the Board will hear principals’ and curriculum reports; policies GBCD – Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check and EF – Food Service Management will be brought to the Board for their second readings, and policies IMDA – Patriotic Exercises and JCA – Change of School or Assignment will be brought to the Board for the first of two readings; the Board will consider additional members for the Shared Resources Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as discuss possible items to include as part of the Strategic Plan Annual Review; and they will be reviewing whether public subcommittee meeting backup should be posted online.  You can see this agenda and public backup for this meeting at www.sau33.com/agenda.

The Board has also scheduled a work session with incoming Superintendent Dr. Tina McCoy.  This meeting will be held on Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM.

Health Stipend Info (for Eligible Employees)

Insurance eligible employees electing not to participate in the health insurance plan for the entire year who provide documentation of alternative coverage without an insurance subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will receive a payment at the end of this school year.

Please provide documentation of alternative coverage without an insurance subsidy if you plan to receive a health stipend. For any eligible employee starting employment after the start of the school year and who has not enrolled in the health insurance, this payment will be pro-rated based on the number of days worked.

Please provide the Human Resources Coordinator with your insurance documentation by the end of May.  Acceptable documentation includes a letter from the sponsoring employer showing dates of active coverage, Certificate of Credible Coverage from your insurance carrier that states the plan year (2016-2017) you are covered or an IRS form 1095-C that you received from the sponsoring employer (not the Raymond School District). Insurance cards and Explanation of Benefits from your carrier will not be accepted.

Questions, contact Karen Stuart at the SAU.

Dyslexia and Related Disorders Webinar

From the NH DOE: The NH Department of Education (NHDOE) is pleased to offer a webinar entitled Dyslexia and Related Disorders: An Overview, Signs and Symptoms, and Screening Tools hosted by Reading and Writing Specialists Beth McClure and Colleen Sliva.  This professional development opportunity, funded by the NHDOE, is based upon RSA: 200:59, pertaining to the screening of all public school students in kindergarten or first grade in order to identify risk factors of dyslexia and related disorders.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Please use the following link to register for the session:

https://sfnh.webex.com/sfnh/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecda5101f0ad603dc8774e1384382d971