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Teaching & Learning Framework Communication 2

​D51 Staff:

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:

  • You will be directed to Office 365 to authenticate. Your sign in will be your district username @d51schools.org (districtusername@d51schools.org), then click in the space to enter your district password (you may be automatically redirected to the adfs site to type in your password). Click "sign-in" and then, depending on your device, click the play icon to start the video.
7/20/2017 7:53 AM
Teaching & Learning Framework Communication 1

D51 Staff:

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?

  • In May, a follow-up communication to teachers will be sent with the How and What including an initial timeline, focus, and introduction into the main components of the framework.
  • The intent is for teachers to be able to access the framework before summer if they choose to get acquainted with it over summer.

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:

  • You will be directed to Office 365 to authenticate. Your sign in will be your district username @d51schools.org (districtusername@d51schools.org), then click in the space to enter your district password (you may be automatically redirected to the adfs site to type in your password). Click "sign-in" and then, depending on your device, click the play icon to start the video.

 

7/20/2017 7:44 AM
ELEVATE!

​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

7/31/20175/12/2017 2:03 PM
Congratulations to this year's Wellness Winners

​Congratulations to the 2016-17 District 51 Wellness Award Winners!!

 

$500

Susan Coleman, Hawthorne

Selestina Sandoval, East Middle

$250

Kara Downey, Transportation

Belynda Hoffman, Lincoln OM Elementary

Judy Livingston, Fruitvale Elementary

Rochelle Buniger, Nisley Elementary

Monica Audino, Financial Services

$50

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 

 

And congratulations to the schools who had the highest Wellness Points per staff member!!

Grand Junction HS

Bookcliff MS

Appleton Elementary 

5/8/20175/12/2017 11:27 AM
2017 National Summer Teacher Institute

​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

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5/12/2017 11:11 AM
CMU - Teacher Education Graduate Degrees

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4/27/2017 10:59 AM
Summer Institute 2017

​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! 

4/19/2017 1:50 PM
Metal Recycling Event

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 ITEMS
CLOTHES WASHERS & DRYERS
MICROWAVES & STOVES
SWAMP COOLERS & BOILERS
REFRIGERATORS (MUST NOT CONTAIN FREON)
ALUMINUM CANS
SHEET ALUMINUM & ALUMINUM GUTTERS
BRASS FIXTURES AND FAUCETS
COPPER PIPES, WIRES, OR SHEET
STEEL BEAMS
STEEL PIPES
METAL GATES & FENCES
METAL 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.

4/8/20174/4/2017 3:57 PM
Technology Purchasing Deadline!!

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.

https://connect.d51schools.org/staff/dept/technology/techpurchases/hardware/SitePages/Home.aspx

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.

https://connect.d51schools.org/staff/dept/technology/techpurchases/general/SitePages/Home.aspx

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding Technology purchases.

Thank you!

 

Wendy Joy

Technology Procurement & Finance Analyst

Mesa County Valley School Dist. 51

Technology Services

970-254-5141  or ext. 11558 internally

3/7/2017 7:17 AM
Scholarship Opportunity Non-Traditional Students

​Western Colorado Community Foundation

Scholarship Opportunity for Non-Traditional Students!

See attachement for details

http://wc-cf.org/students/available-scholarships/

2/23/2017 1:21 PM
Employee Scholarship Opportunties

​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.

1/20/2017 9:48 AM
Human Resources Updates

Vacation Notice

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).

12/5/2016 12:08 PM
Setting Up Voicemail

How to Set Up Your Voice Mailbox (ShoreTel IP420 Model)  
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1. Press the Voicemail button
 
2. Enter your Password.  The default password is 1234#
 
3. Press Option 7 for Mailbox Options then follow the prompts
 
         a. Record a Greeting: Option 1
        
         b. Set Password:  Option 4
 
         c. Record Your Name:  Option 6
 
 
 
How to Set Up Your Voice Mailbox (ShoreTel IP485 Model)
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1. Press the Voicemail button then press Call VM  (left most button just below the screen)
 
2. Enter your Password.  The default password is 1234#
 
3. Press Option 7 for Mailbox Options then follow the prompts
 
         a. Record a Greeting: Option 1
        
         b. Set Password:  Option 4
 
         c. Record Your Name:  Option 6
11/21/2016 2:23 PM
PERA 101

​Download the flyer here: PERA 101.pdf11-4 Mesa Valley PERA 101.jpg

11/4/2016 2:41 PM
Staff News Site Changes

Colleagues,

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:

  • Major District Announcements: Staff News
  • District related training opportunities: Staff news
  • Training opportunities offered by outside organizations: D51 Community
  • School events: please contact the Communications Department at internal extension 11111.

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.

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The Staff Classifieds can be accessed using the link to the left of the Staff News section:

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Communications department at 254-5112, or internal extension 11111.

10/7/2016 8:11 AM
Important Info for Staff

​Colleagues,

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.  

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Steve Schultz

10/6/2016 9:21 AM
Clarification: Students Self Administering Meds

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:

  1. We have to have a written doctor's order for the medication. The order needs to include that the student can self carry.
  2. We need a parent signature and the parent has to supply the medication. The parent also needs to sign a carry contract with the student and the RN. The carry contract states that the parent knows the student has the medication with them, and the parent agrees that the student is capable of self administering the medication.
  3. The RN physically meets with the student. The student shows the RN that they are capable of self administering and both the student and the RN sign the carry contract.

 

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.

9/29/2016 9:30 AM
MVEA - Retirement Seminar

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?

www.mvead51/retirement-seminar

9/14/2016 10:33 AM
Health Screening Notice

​Download the PDF here: Health Screening Notice.pdf

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9/2/2016 2:52 PM
REMINDER: Community Hospital Urgent Care location

​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. 7-12 CHP Reminder.jpg

8/18/2016 9:38 AM
Moon Farm School Pumpkin Patch - Field Trips

​Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch is offering school field trips!

School Price - $5

This includes:

Exploring the Moon Farm

Petting Zoo

Haunted Straw Maze

Creepy Clown House

Haunted Castle

Hayride and One Pumpkin

 

To Book a Field Trip Call: David Moon at 970.261.6490 or Call Moon Farm at 970.858.7176.

www.moonfarm.net

 

8/12/2016 11:36 AM
Grant Writing Training

Grants Training in Grand Junction, CO  -  October 6-7, 2016

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.

Contacts:

Janet Darling
Grant Writing USA
888.290.6237
janet@grantwritingusa.com

Terri Benson, Marketing Director
The Business Incubator Center
970.243.5242 ext 413
tbenson@gjincubator.org

More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

  

8/11/2016 11:18 AM
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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5/16/2016 8:55 AM
Annual District Golf Tournament

​Annual District Golf Tournament

June 10, 2016

Please sign up by June 3rd!

SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR DETAILS

6/10/20165/12/2016 10:24 AM
Volunteers needed for Annual Book Giveaway

​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 polly.burch@d51schools.org for more info, or to sign up. 5-5 ANNUAL BOOK GIVE VOL FLYER 2016_Page_2.jpg

6/15/20165/10/2016 2:19 PM
Teacher Invite - D51 Unplugged with Rebecca Midles

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Please RSVP at this link. No personal information is needed, this is only for the purpose of getting a headcount.

https://docs.google.com/a/d51gapps.org/forms/d/1B4le5bVbQkWyTlmoA3v9_4ZdKIMWTEiEZ8pOdlT9oVs/viewform

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 

5/9/20165/6/2016 11:34 AM
Retirement Open House, May 11

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5/11/20165/6/2016 8:11 AM
Summer Institute Registration EXTENDED!

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5/5/2016 11:48 AM
St. Mary's Blood Drive - May 3rd

​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. 

 

5/3/20164/29/2016 10:55 AM
New D51 Wellness Challenges

​Check out the D51 Wellness site for more information, and to sign up! challenges.jpg

5/2/20164/28/2016 10:33 AM
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