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Attention NSES and Halliwell Parents: CIA Night-Secrets Revealed!

Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, October 15th from 6-7pm in the NSES library to learn about CIA (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.) Our Curriculum Director, Principals and teachers will be sharing information and about the K-5 common core standards, curriculum, instructional strategies, assessments and much more. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to carnold@nsps.us

All are invited to celebration of educator excellence at September 26 WaterFire

This year RIDE will honor Rhode Island educators for their outstanding service and dedication to the education profession and to Rhode Island students at “WaterFire: A Salute to Rhode Island Educators.” This event will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 5 - 9 p.m., in downtown Providence.

At 5 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held at Memorial Park (at the corner of South Main and College Streets). Please join us as we recognize the following educators:

· National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified educators
· 2014 Rhode Island Milken Family Foundation Educator Award winner
· Presidential Award winners and finalists for mathematics and science teaching
· 2015 Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teacher of the Year
· 2015 School Business Official of the Year
· 2015 Adult Education Teacher of the Year
· Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year
· Rhode Island Principals of the Year
· Rhode Island Support Professionals of the Year
· 2015-16 District Teachers of the Year
· 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

All are welcome to attend the celebration to support our Rhode Island educators. In addition to the awards ceremony, this family-oriented event will include a procession featuring the honored educators, culminating with a “Ring of Fire” at the basin in downtown Providence. A private reception for honored educators and their guests will follow.

Please share this message with your principals and with other educators.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mary Keenan, at mary.keenan@ride.ri.gov.

Policy Committee

As you know, our school committee is the governing body for our school district and operates based on the established policies. This year, I have been charged with the update and/or revision of three school committee policies.
1.Homework Policy
2.Retention Policy
3.Title I -Parent Involvement Policy
I plan to develop a policy committee. We will review the current policies, research policies in other districts, make modifications and revisions as necessary. The final step for the policy committee will be to make recommendations to the Superintendent who will then present the policies to the school committee for a first reading. I know that this type of work isn't for everyone, but if you have an interest please let me know. carnold@nsps.us
-Clare

Technology Conference - October 17th

The Rhode Island Department of Education is sponsoring the Innovation Powered by Technology Conference to be held on October 17th, in Providence , RI. The conference will focus on personalized and proficiency-based learning approaches. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow educators and leaders in the field as you immerse yourself in a collaborative culture powered by digital learning in the 21st century. Follow this link to register: http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?581477

Professional Development Day - August 26, 2015

August 26th -- Professional Development Day

There is a menu of sessions, simply go to the room of the session that you are interested in. Each teacher will be able to choose two different sessions and then will meet with their department/grade level during session three.

Most sessions will be offered twice. I am appreciative of all the time, energy and effort of the Professional Development Advisory Committee and the session presenters.  Enjoy your day.

Session 1 --

Tech Session

Description

Google Classroom


Google Classroom is a simple to use and increasingly powerful tool that allows teachers to manage their classrooms paperlessly, create and distribute assignments, share resources and allow class-based discussions. Learn the basics of using Classroom with students and experiment with building your own classes.

Growth Mindset 101


Elementary Focus Growth Mindset- How teaching a simple idea about the brain effort and motivation. Are you a growth mindset or fixed mindset? How can we teach our students to have a growth mindset? Come and find out!

This session was offered last year and has been brought back due to feedback.

Chromebook and Google Apps Basics


Are you new to the district or do you need a refresher on chromebook and Google Apps basics? Get to know our new chromebooks. Chromebooks are a great web-based device that is wonderful to use with students of all ages.

Student Anxiety - Information and Resources


Secondary Focus Learn about how Anxiety impacts students in the classroom, this session will focus on information, resources and strategies.

Google Forms


Create online forms that automatically collect responses and generate simple charts based upon the data. Look like a data genius using this simple (and free) tool!

Coding in the Classroom


Application development is now one of the most high demand career paths in our current job market. Incorporating coding and application development into the curriculum is becoming more and more important to prepare our students for the current work force. This session will offer some helpful strategies and tips to embed the fundamentals of application development into the curriculum at all grade levels.  It will cover a variety of free tools that can be used to embed application development concepts into the curriculum.

Game Based Apps and Tools for Instruction


Let’s make a deal! Learn how game-based apps like Kahoot, Socrative and Pear Deck can enhance your instruction and assessment.  Make your own quiz or simply use one already uploaded.  Guaranteed 100% student engagement!

Kaizena & Google Drawing


Learn how you can use the Kaizena add-on with chromebooks to help students with their reading and writing skills.  This free add-on allows you to attach recorded and written feedback to Google documents and can be used with our chromebooks.

Google Drawing- it’s not just for drawing! Create handouts with images, text boxes, lines, shapes, and tables.  Customize the look of your handouts in ways that you can’t do with Google Docs.

Google Time


This session was created based on feedback; it is simply time to work on your Google apps for education. Teachers can convert word docs to Google docs, set up your Google classroom or explore Google tools on your own.

Big Ideas Math

(Session 1 only)


Session for 6-12 math teachers.

This session will be an overview of the Big Ideas math program, materials and web-based resources.

Extensions, Apps and Add-Ons


Explore awesome apps; extensions and add-ons that will help integrate all that Google has to offer into your classroom.  Leave with the tools needed to transform your student learning and efficiently complete daily tasks as an educator.

Digital Citizenship Continuum of Study

(PE/Health Teachers only)


Continue to extend and refine the K-12 Digital Citizenship continuum of study focusing on online safety, online communication, digital footprint, and information literacy.

 

Session 2--


Tech Session

Description

Google Classroom


Google Classroom is a simple to use and increasingly powerful tool that allows teachers to manage their classrooms paperlessly, create and distribute assignments, share resources and allow class-based discussions. Learn the basics of using Classroom with students and experiment with building your own classes.

Growth Mindset 101


Secondary Focus Growth Mindset- How teaching a simple idea about the brain increases effort and motivation. Are you a growth mindset or fixed mindset? How can we teach our students to have a growth mindset? Come and find out!

This session was offered last year and has been brought back due to feedback.

Chromebook and Google Apps Basics


Are you new to the district or do you need a refresher on chromebook and Google Apps basics? Get to know our new chromebooks. They are a great web-based device that is wonderful to use with students of all ages.

Student Anxiety - Information and Resources


Elementary Focus Learn about how Anxiety impacts students in the classroom, this session will focus on information, resources and strategies.

Google Forms


Create online forms that automatically collect responses and generate simple charts based upon the data. Look like a data genius using this simple (and free) tool!

Coding in the Classroom


Application development is now one of the most high demand career paths in our current job market. Incorporating coding and application development into the curriculum is becoming more and more important to prepare our students for the current work force. This session will offer some helpful strategies and tips to embed the fundamentals of application development into the curriculum at all grade levels.  It will cover a variety of free tools that can be used to embed application development concepts into the curriculum.

Game Based Apps and Tools for Instruction


Let’s make a deal! Learn how game-based apps like Kahoot, Socrative and Pear Deck can enhance your instruction and assessment.  Make your own quiz or simply use one already uploaded.  Guaranteed 100% student engagement!

Kaizena & Google Drawing


Designed for teachers to give their students voice feedback that attaches to a Google Doc, Kaizena can help you keep running records! Learn how you can use this free Google Docs add-on with our new chromebooks.

Google Drawing- it’s not just for drawing! Create handouts with images, text boxes, lines, shapes, and tables.  Customize the look of your handouts in ways that you can’t do with Google Docs.

Google Time


This session was created based on feedback; it is simply time to work on your Google apps for education. Teachers can convert word docs to Google docs, set up your Google classroom or explore Google tools on your own.

Extensions, Apps and Add-Ons


Explore awesome apps; extensions and add-ons that will help integrate all that Google has to offer into your classroom.  Leave with the tools needed to transform your student learning and efficiently complete daily tasks as an educator.

New Teacher Orientation

(Session 2 only)


Welcome New Teachers!!! All new teachers to the district are requested to attend this session. You will be introduced to our mentor coordinators, district initiatives and receive your official welcome!

Digital Citizenship Continuum of Study (PE/Health Teachers Only)


Continue to extend and refine the K-12 Digital Citizenship continuum of study focusing on online safety, online communication, digital footprint, and information literacy.

Review Curriculum and Units of Study. Session #2 is optional.

 

Attention Teachers: PD Opportunity - Helping Children Develop Resilience

 The Holt Funeral Home is sponsoring a seminar, Helping Our Children Develop Resilience as They Face Life’s Stressful Events, on September 24, 2015 at 6:30pm, in Chapel Hall at Mount Saint Charles Academy. All the administration, teachers and staff of the North Smithfield School Department are welcome to attend.

 

Holt Funeral Home has hired a world renowned children’s grief expert speaker, Maria Trozzi. Maria has worked with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, in educating parents, teachers and caregivers on talking with children about grief and loss. She has provided consultation and trainings in the wake of Newtown, Columbine, 9/11, Boston Marathon Bombings and numerous other crisis events. Maria has been the Director of the Good Grief Program at BU, for over 20 years, working with various educators, health providers and communities in helping adults help children to face stressful events.

 

You can find more information concerning the seminar and Maria Trozzi, M.Ed. on the Community Seminar page of our website, www.holtfuneralhome.com

NSHS and Burrillville High School Science Curriculum Collaboration

This year North Smithfield Schools will develop Science curricula. We are excited to do this work in collaboration with Burrillville High School Science teachers. We will create curriculum guides that 'unpack' each standard, a curriculum map that shows which standards we are teaching by quarter and units of study based on the Understanding by Design (Ubd) format. After the curriculum is written we will be making live binders of the work and embedding into curriculum website. During the curriculum development we will establish a "Task Force" which will meet after school to review research, and ensure the curriculum is articulated and aligned across and between grade levels. 

Who: HS Science Teachers
What: NGSS Study of the Standards and Curriculum Development
Where: North Smithfield Middle School -- 1850 Providence Pike | North Smithfield, RI 02896 | 401-597-6100
When: Dates Below

October 21st- Science Curriculum Grade 9 Biology
October 28th- Science Curriculum Grade 9 Biology
November 4th- Science Curriculum Grade 9 Biology
November 9th- Science Curriculum Grade 9 Biology (Monday)

January 6th- Science Curriculum HS Chemistry
January 13th- Science Curriculum HS Chemistry
January 20th- Science Curriculum HS Chemistry
January 27th- Science Curriculum HS Chemistry

March 16th- Science Curriculum HS Physics
March 23rd- Science Curriculum HS Physics
March 30th- Science Curriculum HS Physics
April 6th- Science Curriculum HS Physics
 

Summer Teacher Technology Institute

We will be holding another NWSC Technology Institute. The four districts in the North West Consortium are: Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville and Lincoln. The summer Teacher Technology Institute is open to all teachers, administrators or staff members from any of the four districts. The institute will consist of four professional development sessions spread across two days during the summer. Each session will focus on different technology tools and how to integrate them into your current practice. All sessions are available to participants free of charge, although seating will be limited.

The summer 2015 Teacher Technology Institute will be held on Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th at Lincoln Middle School. There will be a number of different sessions to choose from, many focusing on the tools within Google Apps for Education. If you are looking to improve your skills or learn something new, these will be great opportunities that are completely free!

Who: Teachers and Administrators
What: Technology Institute
Where: Lincoln Middle School
When: Aug 18th and 19th

Here is the link to sign up…

http://www.nwconsortium.org/teacher-technology-institute

Growth Mindset Resources and Materials

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