On Monday, April 15 you received the first of two communications about the Teaching and Learning Framework. The framework was developed this year by a team of educators including teachers, MVEA leadership, site leadership and directors to support our D51 Learning Model of Performance Based Learning. This first communication focused on the Why: Why do we have a Teaching and Learning Framework? It is important that you preview this first communication before the second as it lays the foundation for the Why behind the framework.
The second communication, which you can access through the link below, focuses on the How and What of the Teaching and Learning Framework. The communication includes an introduction into the components of the framework, the initial focus area for implementation, and access to the complete Teaching and Learning Framework and glossary. Just like the first, the second communication is brief, only about 5 minutes, and is intended to be watched at the staff member's convenience.
The link below is to the first communication. After opening the link, click "Start Slide Show" to maximize the presentation. The presentation will start and forward through slides automatically (No clicking required).
Make sure you have access to audio before starting because the presentation has narration and video attached. The slide show will end automatically after the last slide which includes information about the second communication.
The first link works best from a district computer connected to the district's intranet but we have provided a second link to enable viewing from other devices (home computer/internet, iPad, smart phones, etc.).
Click on this link to watch the presentation from a district computer:
Click on this link to watch the presentation from an alternative device:
As you know over the past two years a team of educators including teachers, MVEA leadership, site leadership and directors have been working on the design of a Teaching and Learning Framework. The purpose of the framework is to systemize instructional practices, climate/culture, and organization to provide a more coherent and intentional approach to teaching and learning that supports our D51 Learning Model of Performance Based Learning. Over the next few weeks, there will be two communications explaining the Why, How, and What of the Teaching and Learning Framework.
This first communication focuses on the Why: Why do we have a Teaching and Learning Framework? Purpose?
It is important that all staff preview the presentation as it lays the foundation for the Why behind the framework. The presentation is brief, only about 4 minutes, and is intended to be watched at the staff member's convenience. However, it is important that this presentation is watched prior to the second communication because it is intended to lay the foundation for the next communication.
This second communication will focus on the How and What?
ELEVATE! is a two-day summit designed for maximum collaboration and consultation so participants can elevate thinking and expand horizons for the learners and communites served. During the summit, participants will follow one strand of learning.
Register NOW at http://www.mesa.k12.co.us/training
Susan Coleman, Hawthorne
Selestina Sandoval, East Middle
Kara Downey, Transportation
Belynda Hoffman, Lincoln OM Elementary
Judy Livingston, Fruitvale Elementary
Rochelle Buniger, Nisley Elementary
Monica Audino, Financial Services
Cindy Starr, Human Resources
Kathleen Wallace, Emerson
Sarah Vanbenschoten, Palisade High
Tammy Gribble, Career Center
Jolene Esquibel-Archuleta, Communications
Jackie Walters, Grand Mesa MS
Robert Barker, Safety and Security
Jennifer Woytek, Chatfield Elementary
Stacey Morton-Cohen, Shelledy Elementary
Beth Andrews, Pear Park
Linda Manspeaker, Hawthorne
Sara Fast, Fruita MS
Wendy Joy, Technology
Claudia Pacheco Gonzales, BTK
Nancy Kobylarz, Dos Rios
Brenda Trout, Technology
Heather Rosenbaum, Bookcliff MS
Debra Vanlandingham, Shelledy Elementary
Kimberly Charlesworth, Grand Junction HS
Nedra Graham, Mount Garfield MS
Doreen Abeyta, Fruitvale Elementary
Breanne Garcia, Chipeta Elementary
Amelia Byrne, Thunder Mountain Elementary
Suzanne Duval, Payroll
Stacey Lucero, Pear Park
Grand Junction HS
From July 16th – 21st, we're hosting our 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property in Denver, Colorado.
Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, and representatives from non-profit organizations. Participants will be introduced to teacher-friendly materials and innovative practices designed to enhance student learning.
According to past NSTI participant—and educator—Yolanda Payne, "Attending NSTI is a life changing experience. You learn things you and your students will benefit from. It will make you a better teacher."
Please note that travel and lodging are covered for teachers who are selected to participate in the program and reside more than 50 miles from the venue. Please circulate to your STEM contacts and encourage educators who may be interested in attending NSTI to visit http://bit.ly/2owDZOz to learn more about the program and apply by May 22nd at 12 noon ET.
Download the flyer here: NSTI 2017 Flyer.pdf
Summer Institute Registration is NOW OPEN! Open registration will continue through May 18, 2017, however space is limited and some courses are already full, so register now. On April 19, registration will be open to the entire western region, so get your spot reserved now before this opportunity is gone! This is a FREE, yes - FREE, learning opportunity to connect with colleagues, stay up-to-date on current effective practices, earn CDE Renewal and APLU and grow professionally! Don't wait!
Register NOW at http://www.mesa.k12.co.us/training/
See ATTACHED flyer for more information on Workshops, Renewal and APLU Opportunities!
West Star Aviation and Western Metals Recycling have joined with District 51 to hold a metal recycling event on Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 9am-4pm. You can drop off your metal recyclables at either school on the day of the event.
BASIC LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ITEMSCLOTHES WASHERS & DRYERSMICROWAVES & STOVESSWAMP COOLERS & BOILERSREFRIGERATORS (MUST NOT CONTAIN FREON)ALUMINUM CANSSHEET ALUMINUM & ALUMINUM GUTTERSBRASS FIXTURES AND FAUCETSCOPPER PIPES, WIRES, OR SHEETSTEEL BEAMSSTEEL PIPESMETAL GATES & FENCESMETAL CAR PARTS
If you have metal items that you wish to donate that are not on the list, please call Western Metals Recycling @ 970-242-9500 for information. Additionally, if you have a car or something that can only be off loaded with machinery, please contact Western Metals to arrange. There will not be machinery at the schools to unload overweight items.
Each school will receive a check for the value of metal that is donated.
Technology Purchasing Deadline:
Technology Services has some very large projects that will start the day school gets out and will continue throughout the summer. Due to these projects, we are establishing a deadline of Friday, April 21, 2017 for all Technology Purchases for FY1617. No orders will be processed from April 24th through June 30th. If you plan on purchasing any laptops, desktops, printers, Chromebooks, iPads, etc. with this year's funds, your order must be submitted to Wendy Joy no later than April 21, 2017.
If you are wanting to use 17/18 funding that will be available July 1st to purchase technology items, your order will be processed when received but the equipment may not be available to you right away. Setting up items ordered after July 1st will be done once the summer projects are completed. We cannot guarantee that the equipment will be available at the beginning of the school year, but we will make every effort to do so.
Please refer to our Technology Purchasing page, TechMart (link below), for information regarding Technology purchases. If applicable, complete the order form that is supplied so that we have all pertinent information.
Please remember that any technology device you purchase with district funds that you want connected to our network (Laptop, desktop, Chromebook, iPad, Printers) must be purchased through Technology Services. Do not obtain any of these devices from any other source, as we may not be able to support them.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding Technology purchases.
Technology Procurement & Finance Analyst
Mesa County Valley School Dist. 51
970-254-5141 or ext. 11558 internally
Western Colorado Community Foundation
Scholarship Opportunity for Non-Traditional Students!
See attachement for details
If you’re a school district employee who is headed back to school, you could get some extra help. The Mesa County School & Public Employees' Retirement Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship. If you are interested in more details and/or would like to apply, go to https://sites.google.com/site/mesacountyspera/.
Applications are due no later than Monday, February 20.
This notice applies only to employees who are scheduled to work all year including June, July, and August. This notice does NOT apply to teachers, paraprofessionals, nutrition services, principals, etc.
You may carry over accumulated vacation days from one year to the next, without loss, as follows:
One to five years of employment - 15 days.
Six to ten years of employment - 25 days.
Over ten years of employment - 35 days.
Any vacation earned or accumulated and not taken by January 14, 2017 (payroll cut-off date) which is in excess of the above carry-over policy is lost. Please refer to your Payroll Leave and Earnings statement for your accumulated vacation balance (not sick leave balance).
Download the flyer here: PERA 101.pdf
In an effort to streamline the flow of information, and ensure an appropriate place for different announcements, there will be some changes to this portion of the staff site. Previously, this area housed a variety of information, including major District announcements, training opportunities, staff discounts, community events, promotion of businesses owned by D51 staff, etc. We realize that it's important to make that information available. By assigning the different announcements to their appropriate location, we hope to ensure clarity and ease of access as follows:
The D51 Community website can be visited at d51community.com, or by clicking on the link to the right side of the staff homepage, under District info.
The Staff Classifieds can be accessed using the link to the left of the Staff News section:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Communications department at 254-5112, or internal extension 11111.
Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer and are ready for another school year! We should be proud of how far we've come in our transformation into a 21st Century District. Each and every one of you is crucial to the success of our District, and I'm looking forward to the 2016-17 school year!
Just as the industrial age model of education has become obsolete and needs to be reinvented, how we work together in support of students, teachers, principals, special service providers, counselors, and other support staff needs to change as well. Consequently, we are reorganizing the Central Office to provide better service and support. Our intent is to provide effective communication, enable effective and aligned professional learning, and encourage and increase collaboration across the district.
Click here for a document with information about the changes we are making. These changes are cost neutral and should have little impact on the daily routines of those in schools and classrooms.
Please review the document, which includes contact information for teams and individuals you may need to contact. This model will continue to evolve as needs arise. If you have questions, please refer to the contact information.
Superintendent Steve Schultz
There have been some misunderstandings regarding the self-administering of medications. Please note that three things have to occur for a student to be able to carry any medication with them and self administer that medication:
We make everyone, regardless of medication, go through the above process. And we do not let them carry opiate pain medications. Additionally, this is not a pilot program. The pilot program is finished and a request was made to the board to make this a permanent part of the medication administration policy.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Nursing Coordinator, Tanya Marvin, at (970) 254-5417.
Thinking about retirement?
Pre-retirement seminar October 15th
Get your questions answered!
Will my out of district experience count?
What are my health care options?
How many years do I need?
What will my benefit be?
Download the PDF here: Health Screening Notice.pdf
As a reminder for CHP members, the Community Hospital Urgent Care facility is now operating under the name Community Care of the Grand Valley and is located at 1060 Orchard Avenue.
Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch is offering school field trips!
School Price - $5
Exploring the Moon Farm
Haunted Straw Maze
Creepy Clown House
Hayride and One Pumpkin
To Book a Field Trip Call: David Moon at 970.261.6490 or Call Moon Farm at 970.858.7176.
The Business Incubator Center and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Grand Junction, October 6-7, 2016. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Click here for full event details.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We are excited to offer you a special tuition rate of $425 (regularly $455) which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.
Please use code "Friends" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Discount cannot be used in combination with other offers. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.
Janet Darling Grant Writing USA 888.290.6237 firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Benson, Marketing Director The Business Incubator Center 970.243.5242 ext 413 email@example.com
More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.
Annual District Golf Tournament
June 10, 2016
Please sign up by June 3rd!
SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR DETAILS
10 to 15 people needed to sort dirty boxes of heavy books, so wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty! Also, safely operate a box cutter and moving dollies. Volunteers need to be a current district staff member or an enrolled student. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or to sign up.
Please RSVP at this link. No personal information is needed, this is only for the purpose of getting a headcount.
For more information, please contact
Paula Cooper Paula.Cooper@d51schools.org
Christine Kisselburgh Christine.Kisselburgh@d51schools.org
Amy Shepherd-Fowler Amy.Shepherd-Fowler@d51schools.org
Kathy Hays Kathleen.Hays@d51schools.org
This Tuesday, May 3rd from 11am – 1pm the St. Mary's Bloodmobile will be parked in the back of the Administration Building. They would love to have as many volunteers as possible. If you are interested in donating blood, please go to the bloodmobile between 11am – 1pm or you can contact Jolene at extension 11101 to sign up for a time.
Check out the D51 Wellness site for more information, and to sign up!