Teacher Times #8
October 21, 2013
TAPCo. Birthdays of the Week
Valerie Garcia 10/22/13
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Resource for High School Educators: Guide on Nelson Mandela and the Transition to Democracy in South Africa
§ Participate on October 21: Museum of the City of New York History Day Celebration and Launch
§ Participate on October 23: Museum of the City of New York Free Open House for Educators: I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
§ Participate on October 25: NYC DOE Advanced Placement Day at the College Board Forum
§ Participate on October 26: Brooklyn Sewage Plant Bike Tour
§ Register by October 27: Museum of the City of New York Workshop Series: A Portal to the Past: Using the City Museum’s Online Collections Portal in the Classroom
§ Participate on October 28: Educator Open House at the 9/11 Tribute Center
§ Participate on October 28: Leading Your Team in Looking At Student Work
§ Participate on October 29: NYC Leadership Academy: Invitation to Middle School Literacy Workshop
§ Apply by October 31: NYC Urban Ambassadors Program - Free College Readiness Program for 10th Grade Boys
§ Participate on November 5: 11th National MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy
§ Participate on November 5: Workshop "The Capital of the New: New York City, the Modern World, and the 1913 Armory Show"
§ Participate on November 5: Teaching American History Professional Development: Plains Indians and the Changing West
§ Participate on November 5: ELL Elementary Literacy Conference: Creating Connections – Building Bridges…Instruction Shifts for ELL Academic Success
§ Participate on November 5: Museum of the City of New York Full-Day Workshop for Educators: A History of Activism: Civil Rights and Voting Rights with "Facing History and Ourselves"
§ Participate on November 5: Hands-On Elementary Science and the Common Core: Professional Development Program
§ Participate on November 5: STEM Matters NYC Career Day
§ Participate on November 5: Free Professional Development Workshops at the Environmental Study Center
§ Participate on November 15: 10th NYC High School Journalism Conference
§ Apply by November 25: Paid Apprenticeship at Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
§ Apply by December 20: Student Application for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
School Calendar and Field Trips
All shows, field trips, fairs, rehearsals, sport activities, festivals, fundraising, guests or any events involving students and/or Tapco facilities MUST be listed on the school calendar. In order to make sure all students have a chance to participate and avoid conflicts, do not request permission before verifying availability. Events that are already on the calendar will have priority. Preferably choose days that are not already taken. Having simultaneous trips/events overwhelms students’ schedules and creates CHAOS in terms of logistics and COVERAGES. Students should not be in the position of having to choose between activities (specially when they are directly linked to a final grade or a Test). Keep on mind that I cannot reserve or approve days or spaces for you. I can only place your already approved event (you must have a signed approval or email confirmation). All changes and cancellations must be notified to Mr. Link (please cc Ms. Delpech).
Plan as early as possible and follow these steps:
No later than 21 days before the activity (40 school days for extended/overnight trips):
- Check calendar to verify that students and facilities are available.
* Field trips: Fill out a Trip Approval & Plan Form, attach a list of chaperons (MS 1:10-HS 1-15). Include a list of students, chaperons and an itinerary.
* In-School events: Fill out a Request Form specifying the space and hours (see Ms. Annie). Include a list of participating students and teachers.
- As soon as Mr. Link approves the event you MUST forward/submit the approval to Ms. Delpech email@example.com (Otherwise your event will not be on the calendar. Mr. Link wants ALL events to appear in it). I CANNOT add anything to the calendar until you forward/submit approval.
No later than 15 days before the activity:
- Distribute permission slips (anytime students are taken out of the building or kept after school hours parents must be notified).
- Request free lunch/snacks (if necessary) by filling out a form directly at the Food service office 1st floor. Submit a list of students and their OSIS numbers.
- Make Bus reservations or fill out Subway passes (One MTA pass per every 30 students).
-Notify all Tapco staff about the activity (Specially: Chaperons, Mr. Nicolopoulos, Mr. Schaudt, Ms. Kecia and Ms. Annie).
3-2 days before the activity:
- Submit all permission slips signed by parents to Ms. Annie (make sure they provide at least one emergency contact number).
- Prepare an attendance list with students’ names, emergency contact numbers, and a space to mark them absent/present. Make 2 copies for each chaperon and specify what students they are in charge of).
-The day of the activity:
- Distribute 2 copies of the attendance to each participating chaperon/teacher.
- Ask chaperons to take attendance before leaving the building (both sheets). They should keep one and submit one to you to give to Ms. Annie.
- Give Ms. Annie one copy of each attendance taken.
***Students should NOT leave the building until attendance is taken and submitted to MS. Annie.
***If you are chosen to be a chaperon or participating teacher in any activity that requires to have your classes covered, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to submit printed lesson plans, photocopies handouts if any etc. 24 hours before the event. Leave lesson plans in your own mailbox. Do not email them.
ALL end of the semester shows and celebrations for 2013-2014 MUST BE approved and on the calendar no later than 10/31/13. (This is an extension of the previous deadline: 10/01/13). Additional activities (trips, events, guests or informal performances) can follow the standard regulations above.
As of 10/21/13 the only shows approved and on the calendar are: Thorpe, Sklar & Delpech. All 2013-2014 productions must be planned and scheduled by the end of October. If you are unsure of how your schedule will be next semester you should assume your schedule would be the same and plan to have sharing/show for each class/grade at some point. If your classes are dissolved or changed I can rename show or erase such dates later when you get your new schedule. If you cancel a show please notify Mr. Link (cc Ms. Delpech). The idea is to have a spot reserved and that it does not conflict with any other activity.
Pic Of The Week
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Shell Science Lab Challenge
§ New Funding and Support Opportunities to Strengthen Health Education
Teacher's Choice Program October Deadlines
Unless you opt out by completing this opt-out form by October 25, you will automatically receive Teacher’s Choice funds in your paycheck for November 29. You will be required to spend this allocation on qualifying educational materials (see “Using Teacher’s Choice Funds” on page 3) by February 28. Once funds have been received, refer to the Guidelines and Participant's Responsibilities documents on the Teacher’s Choice website.
Common Core Curriculum Professional Development Updates
The NYCDOE is offering professional development (PD) on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction. Note that during Code X PD sessions this fall, participants were informed that Code X Digital, a web-based supplemental support resource that will provide access to PDF files for all Code X units, novel studies, student work documents (graphic organizers), and multimedia, would be available starting this week. Scholastic has delayed this timeline. In the interim, resources for Code X Unit 1 are now available here. Updated information on the availability of Code X Digital will be available in next week’s Principals’ Weekly. As noted in last week’s Principals’ Weekly: § Code X: Teachers and school leaders can attend the first of four Code X webinars that will be offered over the course of the school year called “Engaging Students in Close Reading of Complex Texts.” In this webinar, participants will explore strategies for engaging students in the close reading of complex texts through differentiation, scaffolding, and assessment. Teachers should register for one of the webinars here: October 17 and October 21. Webinars will take place from 4:00–6:00 p.m. § Core Knowledge: Teachers and school leaders may view a recording of the October 7 Core Knowledge virtual office hours, which focused on the Assessment and Remediation Guide, here. Future office hours will be held from 3:30–4:30 p.m. on the following dates: November 4, December 2, January 13, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, and June 2 For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Resources on the Common Core Library
Note that two changes have been made to the Common Core Library: the homepage has been updated for easier navigation and the Common Core Classroom now features ELA and math pages that showcase curricular and professional development resources. For email updates about the Common Core Library, sign up at the bottom of the Common Core Library homepage. For questions, email email@example.com.
Open School and End of Marking Period
These dates and times are firm, so please adhere to them. Thank you for your cooperation.
Remember to visit our Professional Activities section of the website for important documents and resources.