Teacher Times #39
June 22, 2015
Staff Birthdays of the Week & Summer
James Joseph 6/24
Norbert Goldberg 6/29
Anna Castelli 7/10
Peter Casper 7/16
Kelly Downing 7/23
Ian Wold 7/26
Leticia Domenech 8/6
Shirley Hawkins 8/14
Andy Feliciano 8/15
Anna Maria Pastore 8/26
Michael Berkowitz 8/30
Raul Acevedo 9/1
Jessica Galimidi 9/4
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Register by July 5: Peer Mediation and Collaborative Negotiation Skills Trainings
§ Participate on July 7: Summer Workshops at the New-York Historical Society: The Art of Al Hirschfeld
§ Participate in July and August: Summer Youth Programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
§ Register by July 8: Attend a Book Signing and Presentation by Sylviane Diouf
§ Register by July 8: 2015 Summer Course: Bolstering Learning through Building Social-Emotional Competencies
§ Register by July 13: Newly Assigned Institute: Creating an Effective Library Program
Elementary and Middle Schools:
§ Register by July 10: Join the New York Botanical Garden's Teacher Training: Plant, Learn and Grow: Gardening 201
§ Participate on July 17: Transform to Common Core Geometry-One Day Geometry Workshop
Grant opportunities are posted on the Grants website (you can visit the page on any computer using this link). This week’s highlights include:
§ Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Have a Great Summer!
Pic Of The Week
Return of Technology
Yep, it's that time of the year again. Time to return your technology so that the technology elves can store, repair or inventory your technology. Here is the rundown on how it will be done.
1. LAPTOP CARTS - The carts should be left in your room and soon one of the aforementioned elves will come and remove it. In the meantime, high school teachers, please return your keys to me as soon as you can. Before you do, make sure your cart is full... no missing books, the units are fully charged, and that any and all damage is reported. Please make sure your printer is off. Also, after the laptops are fully charged, please unplug them.
Middle school teachers.... you may still keep using your cart, but your last day should be Tuesday, June 23rd. All keys must be returned to me by the end of that day. Please, no exceptions. We have a lot of work to do to get them ready for storage.
QUICK NOTE: Today I walked in on a middle school class where half of the kids were on video games. This was not an isolated occurrence. I do not mean to be flippant when I say our school did not receive a hard-to-get technology grant to create electronic babysitter for the kids. They are to use the computers for educational purposes only, and if there is no educational purpose, they need to stay in the cart. No exceptions.
Also, I am witness to kids eating and drinking while using the computers throughout the building. In addition, "stray" computers have been returned to the Dean's office and to my room by school security or staff members.. in other words, they have been taken from the carts and left around the building unattended.
This is in violation of our school's technology policies. Now that we are at the end of the year, please don't relax with the rules. This is the time we will lose laptops to theft, damage or vandalism, and there is no money whatsoever to replace them. I am asking all "keepers of the carts" to PLEASE be more careful. Please take care of our technology and observe our school's policies. Please do not leave the key lying around for kids to use the computers when you are not there.
2. PORTABLE DIGITAL PROJECTORS - Please return them to my room during the 6th, 7th or 8th periods of the any day. They can also be returned before school, with 8:10 as the cut-off. I would like to ask that this is done by the end of the school day, Tuesday, June 23rd.
If you arrive to return equipment while I am teaching, please do not just leave it in my room. It has to be signed back.
3. LAPTOPS - Meaning, individual laptops assigned to individuals. Please follow the guidelines for the digital projectors. If you need to keep them longer, please speak with me directly.
4. OVERHEAD PROJECTORS - No need to return them. It is OK to just store it in your room if you can lock it up. If you can't lock them up, then please return them as per 2 and 3 of above.
5. INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS - Of course they stay where they are. However, please unplug them and store your pens and accessories safely. You do not have to return the pens to me, but please be mindful of where and how you store it.
6. DESKTOP COMPUTERS (where applicable) - They stay where they are. If you are finished using them, unplug them. We will clean them up, unplug them, and put dust protectors. If you still need to use them please do so as long as you need to, but let me know how long that will be.
7. OTHER - Am I forgetting anything? If you borrowed extension cords, adapters, or anything small, please return them. DVD players? Keep them. VCRs? Please store them next to your eight track tape players. (smile)
Thank you so much for your help. And thank you in advance for your supportive of the tech squad as they prep the carts for summer storage. If you have any individual questions or issues, please come chat with me in the morning or during 6th to 8th periods.
Good luck with you wrap up for the year. Almost there!