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              Mission: Mat-Su Borough School District prepares students for success


                                  Principal Post
                                                                                          August 8, 2012

                    Action Needed                                 Date Due         Principal Post Date
                      Nothing . . . yet!

                         Professional Development: A 2-week Glance
Date         Time          Topic                   Facilitator        Audience               Location
Aug. 10-11   8:00-3:30     Differentiated          Carolyn Coil       Elementary & middle    CHS Theater
                           Instruction                                school teachers
Aug. 13      1:00-4:00     Staff Meeting           SSS                All OT/PT Staff        District Board
                                                                                             Room
Aug. 13-14   7:30-3:00     Apex Teacher PD         Instruction        Interested Teachers    CTHS
Aug. 13-14   3:00-6:00     Apex Site Coordinator   Instruction        Interested Teachers    CTHS
                           Training
Aug. 14      1:00-4:00     Staff Meeting           SSS                All School Nurses      District Board
                                                                                             Room
Aug. 14      Noon-2:30     Self-Contained Staff    SSS                Secondary Self-        TBA
                           PD                                         Contained Staff
Aug. 15      TBA           Apex Presentation       Instruction        Interested Teachers    Various Sites
                           Teacher Training
Aug. 21      9:00-3:30     PD Training             SSS                New SpEd Teachers      FLE
Aug. 31      8:30-1:30     District-wide PD        Dr. Robert         All Staff              Menard
                                                   Brooks                                    Sports
                                                                                             Complex


ALL PRINCIPALS
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Political Activities
As we round the corner of summer and enter a new school year, we also move into a
new election season. The attached brief memo is a reminder of your responsibilities as
school leaders for conducting business in accordance with the Board Policy and
Administrative Regulation related to political activities of employees. Please see the BP
and AR at the end of the memo for reference.

In short, our schools may be accessed by candidates or political parties for a number of
reasons. Some of our schools are used as polling places as well. To keep us all
informed while supporting the most basic democratic process and the right to vote,
MSBSD schools will provide welcoming environments in the spirit of our democracy---
within the limits of our policy. It is not our place to favor one candidate’s political flyers
over another or be less respectful when requested to share the materials in the
teachers’ lounges. Remember, at work during work hours, we may be cheerful, yet
neutral to one party/candidate or another.
Please keep in mind:
   • AR 4119.25 which spells out the “do’s and don’ts” for schools and employees.
   • Candidates have the right to attend forums or gatherings in our schools that are
      open to the public. If the candidate currently holds a political office, it is proper to
      recognize and address him/her in terms of his/her official capacity (e.g. Board
      member Jane Doe or Assemblyman John Doe).
   • Candidates may give campaign materials to the Principal for posting in the
      employee lounges. (Nonetheless, at polling places, all campaign information in
      employee lounges must be removed before the polls open).
   • The use of staff mailboxes always comes into question. Traditionally, and
      presently in many of our schools, staff mailboxes are located in the teachers’
      lounges. Therefore, political and other advertising pamphlets have been allowed
      to be distributed directly into boxes. Over time, the mailboxes have been moved
      to other parts of the school. However, they remain private mailboxes for your
      employees. If as a principal you have allowed non-work related materials,
      political or not, to be distributed into your teachers’ boxes, please continue this
      same practice (e.g. coffee shop coupons for teachers, advertisements for local
      gym memberships, candidate flyers). The problem arises when you change your
      practice for different events. This deliberate act of favoritism would be
      considered prejudicial.
   • When in doubt, call your supervisor!

With the “American feeling” running strong through this Olympic year…let’s keep our
American freedoms strong in our hearts and legal in our schools! (Deena Paramo)

Love Your People Website
Many of you have requested the website to order “Love Your People” items. The
website is www.givemore.com. Thanks for all you do to lead by example, and for
inspiring and encouraging people to be kinder and more accountable to each other.
Have a great year! (Deena Paramo)

Notes from Mr. Stone
   Principals, for our school opening in-service on August 31st we would like to
     feature each school with some kind of electronic presentation. If you have a 20-
     30 second PowerPoint or slide show that Hi-Lites your school, please send it on
     to Kathy Moffitt’s attention and we will incorporate it into our program when we
     introduce schools. This is not a request seeking folks to one-up each other, just
     an opportunity for you to provide a visual to all the attendees. If you don’t feel
     like you can put something together in the next couple of weeks, we will simply
     put a slide up of your school.
   Principals, please remember to share our Safe and Civil Schools bus protocols
     with all of your staff and put a plan in place that will have your staff present the
     bus expectations to students in a homeroom or advisory class. Please provide
     the bus expectations to all of your parents as well. Dennis Boyer has included an
     attachment that outlines the model in this Principal Post. Please make sure you
     pass the attachment on to your staff members.

IT Update
Please see the attached document with updated information from IT.


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MAP Message
Middle and High School Registration MAP testing is now available. Please see the
attached document for guidance.

Important Web-Based MAP information: Web-Based MAP will not be implemented until
the winter testing season. iPads or other iOS devices are not going to work for Web-
based MAP once we do implement because NWEA MAP is currently a Flash-based
system. iOS devices do not support Flash. Regular fall 2012 MAP testing will continue
as planned using our current server based system as we have in the past. (Rick Meyerhofer)

Special Education Professional Development
All certified special education staff new to the district must attend a day-long
professional development session on August 21st from 9:00 – 3:30 at Finger Lake
Elementary School. Topics will include Mat-Su Special Education procedures and
processes, a detailed look at special education in the Mat-Su (a.m. session), and iPlan
training (afternoon session). All teachers teaching in a special education position are
expected to attend in the morning. All teachers with special education endorsements or
waivers are expected to attend the full day.

Certified staff, when entering leave in Sub Finder, use reason code A60. The sub will
come from a grant source. That account code information will be coming in the next
Principal Post. (Lucy Hope)

Curriculum Update and New Standards Implementation
This year the curriculum focus will be on updating and revising K-12 Math & K-12
Health. In addition, we will be conducting the needs assessment for K-12 Science and
Elementary Social Studies. Applications for writing teams will be available September
1st on the website. Interested teachers should contact Beckie Murphy at 761-4090 or
Beckie.Murphy@matsuk12.us. Professional Development and Implementation of all
approved curriculum from last school year will also be addressed throughout the year.
Information will be posted on the curriculum website.

New Standards
The newly adopted State Standards in English (ELA) and Math are to be fully
implemented in Alaska by 2016. The shifts in the ELA standards affect all content
areas, not just English, as they highly emphasize reading and writing grounded in
evidence from the text regardless of content area. Math has shifted to a more rigorous
clear focus on deep understandings of mathematical concepts and making topic
connections within the grade level.
We will use a systematic ongoing process as we work through this transition. More
information about the new standards will be presented at the next Principal’s meeting.
In the meantime, If you have questions please feel free to contact Beckie Murphy,
Curriculum Coordinator at any time. Beckie.Murphy@matsuk12.us or 761-4090.

CALS to CAPS
There will be a transition from Content Area Liaisons (CALs, former content building
representative) to Content Area Professional Development Specialists (CAPS) which
will be DISTRICT WIDE representatives. The primary goal of the transition is to build
sustainability and create a bank of teacher leaders capable of delivering site-based

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content specific professional development. There will be four Open House sessions for
interested teachers to get information on the transition, new duties, and compensation
along with the application process. Interested teachers will be required to submit a
short application with administrator’s recommendation. Final selection of team will be
determined by the second week of September.

CAPS Open House Schedule
     Elementary:     August 21st Iditarod Elementary Library 5:30-6:30 pm
                     August 23rd Pioneer Peak Elementary Library 5:30-6:30

           Secondary:     August 28th Wasilla Middle School Library 4:00-5:00 pm
                          August 30th Palmer Junior Middle Library 4:00-5:00 pm
Contact Beckie Murphy for more information.

Bus Rules
Please forward the attached Bus Rules to teachers so they can discuss them with
students the first week of school.

Student Mobility Reports
New measurements of student mobility now exist in Tyler Pulse in Enrollment, giving
administrators the ability to look at mobility rates in the context of school improvement
efforts.

The initial report created in Tyler Pulse, Student Mobility, measured students transfers
in and out against the current enrollment at a set point in time. A more detailed report
recently created, Mobility Analysis, includes alternative measures of student mobility
such as transiency, stability, intake and churn rates.

          The transiency rate is cumulative attendance periods for the school year and an
           estimate of the number of students served at each site for the entire school year.
          The intake rate measures the proportion of students that transfer-in to a district or
           school.
          The churn rate measures the extent to which students come and go at the district
           and school levels.
          The stability rate measures the extent to which students stay in the district or
           school for the entire year.

Early findings about mobility in MSBSD:
    More than half of mobile students in Mat-Su are low income, nearly a quarter are
        students with special needs.
    Mobility rates are highest in the early elementary and high school grades.
    Mobility is concentrated in the lower performing schools.
    Mobile students are not as successful as non-mobile students on the SBAs, even
        after controlling for low-income status. However, students who moved more than
        once during the school year performed no worse than students who moved once.

Now that we are in a position to track student mobility more accurately, schools can
begin to take steps to address it. As more years of data are collected, further analysis



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will be available to help us understand how mobility affects Mat-Su students over time
and how it relates to other factors that influence performance. (Shawn Arnold)

CCS Early Learning
Please see the attached document from CCS Early Learning to share with parents as
necessary.

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
Apex Training
Principals, HQ Virtual teachers are needed. Please encourage teachers to sign up for
Apex Functionality training, or send names of potential teachers who are strong in
content and communication to Brenda Hotchkiss at Brenda.Hotchkiss@matsuk12.us
and the Mat-Su iTech team will contact them with an invitation to attend training on
August 13th and August 14th. Please see the attached Apex PD August 2012 and Apex
Training Schedule documents for more information and to forward to teachers. Thank
you. (Kathy Moffitt)

Introduction to Algebra and Algebraic Thinking Part 2 (AT2)
After reviewing feedback from teachers who participated in the pilot of AT2 for
Introduction to Algebra classes last year, we will be extending and expanding the pilot
for this school year. All “Introduction to Algebra” courses should use AT2 as their core
curriculum for this school year. We have ordered additional student textbooks and
teacher kits to account for the expansion. Once teaching assignments have been
finalized, we will decide if we have a number of new AT2 teachers to warrant a
complete “new teacher” training. If not, Tiffany Thompson will be working with new
teachers one-on-one to train them. I will also be contacting “Intro” teachers directly and
asking what support they need to utilize the AT2 materials fully. (John Gardner)

KEAS-KEMS-AT2 Materials
Please remember to requests new workbooks and additional teacher kits for your
KEAS-KEMS & AT2 courses. All materials for this year were ordered and received, but
many are still waiting at the warehouse for schools to request them. Please submit
requests to Matcurr@matsuk12.us . You can also have teachers email requests to
John Gardner to coordinate.

Self-Contained Staff Professional Development
SSS would like to request that secondary Self-Contained certified staff be excused from
building PD on Tuesday August 14th from 12:00 to 2:30 for a Mandatory PD specific to
their programs and students. An outline for this PD and subsequent meetings was sent
to you all on August 2nd. Please contact Dale Sweetser to confirm staff participation,
questions, concerns or a list of staff affected. Thanks.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
Differentiated Instruction Professional Development
Please see information regarding the upcoming Differentiated Instruction in Elementary
& Middle School professional development and forward to your teachers, as the training
is this Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10. (Kathy Moffitt)



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Apex Training
Principals, HQ Virtual teachers are needed. Please encourage teachers to sign up for
Apex Functionality training, or send names of potential teachers who are strong in
content and communication to Brenda Hotchkiss at Brenda.Hotchkiss@matsuk12.us
and the Mat-Su iTech team will contact them with an invitation to attend training on
August 13th and August 14th. Please see the attached Apex PD August 2012 and Apex
Training Schedule documents for more information and to forward to teachers. Thank
you. (Kathy Moffitt)

KEAS-KEMS-AT2 Materials
Please remember to requests new workbooks and additional teacher kits for your
KEAS-KEMS & AT2 courses. All materials for this year were ordered and received, but
many are still waiting at the warehouse for schools to request them. Please submit
requests to Matcurr@matsuk12.us . You can also have teachers email requests to
John Gardner to coordinate.

Self-Contained Staff Professional Development
SSS would like to request that secondary Self-Contained certified staff be excused from
building PD on Tuesday August 14th from 12:00 to 2:30 for a Mandatory PD specific to
their programs and students. An outline for this PD and subsequent meetings was sent
to you all on August 2nd. Please contact Dale Sweetser to confirm staff participation,
questions, concerns or a list of staff affected. Thanks.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
Differentiated Instruction Professional Development
Please see information regarding the upcoming Differentiated Instruction in Elementary
& Middle School professional development and forward to your teachers, as the training
is this Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10. (Kathy Moffitt)

2012-2013 District-Wide Events
Attached you will find a list of elementary district-wide events for the coming school
year. We are still in need of a coordinator for cross country running. Please forward the
names of interested staff members, any changes to the current list, and event
coordinators for 2013-14 events to Lebron McPhail as soon as possible.

ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARIES (PLEASE FORWARD INFORMATION TO STAFF AS WARRANTED)
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Political Activities (All)
As we round the corner of summer and enter a new school year, we also move into a
new election season. The attached brief memo is a reminder of your responsibilities as
school leaders for conducting business in accordance with the Board Policy and
Administrative Regulation related to political activities of employees. Please see the BP
and AR at the end of the memo for reference.

In short, our schools may be accessed by candidates or political parties for a number of
reasons. Some of our schools are used as polling places as well. To keep us all
informed while supporting the most basic democratic process and the right to vote,
MSBSD schools will provide welcoming environments in the spirit of our democracy---

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within the limits of our policy. It is not our place to favor one candidate’s political flyers
over another or be less respectful when requested to share the materials in the
teachers’ lounges. Remember, at work during work hours, we may be cheerful, yet
neutral to one party/candidate or another.

Please keep in mind:
   • AR 4119.25 which spells out the “do’s and don’ts” for schools and employees.
   • Candidates have the right to attend forums or gatherings in our schools that are
      open to the public. If the candidate currently holds a political office, it is proper to
      recognize and address him/her in terms of his/her official capacity (e.g. Board
      member Jane Doe or Assemblyman John Doe).
   • Candidates may give campaign materials to the Principal for posting in the
      employee lounges. (Nonetheless, at polling places, all campaign information in
      employee lounges must be removed before the polls open).
   • The use of staff mailboxes always comes into question. Traditionally, and
      presently in many of our schools, staff mailboxes are located in the teachers’
      lounges. Therefore, political and other advertising pamphlets have been allowed
      to be distributed directly into boxes. Over time, the mailboxes have been moved
      to other parts of the school. However, they remain private mailboxes for your
      employees. If as a principal you have allowed non-work related materials,
      political or not, to be distributed into your teachers’ boxes, please continue this
      same practice (e.g. coffee shop coupons for teachers, advertisements for local
      gym memberships, candidate flyers). The problem arises when you change your
      practice for different events. This deliberate act of favoritism would be
      considered prejudicial.
   • When in doubt, call your supervisor!

With the “American feeling” running strong through this Olympic year…let’s keep our
American freedoms strong in our hearts and legal in our schools! (Deena Paramo)

Special Education PD (All-please forward to new SpEd Teachers)
All certified special education staff new to the district must attend a day-long
professional development session on August 21st from 9:00 – 3:30 at Finger Lake
Elementary School. Topics will include Mat-Su Special Education procedures and
processes, a detailed look at special education in the Mat-Su (a.m. session), and iPlan
training (afternoon session). All teachers teaching in a special education position are
expected to attend in the morning. All teachers with special education endorsements or
waivers are expected to attend the full day.

Certified staff, when entering leave in Sub Finder, use reason code A60. The sub will
come from a grant source. That account code information will be coming in the next
Principal Post. (Lucy Hope)

CCS Early Learning (All)
Please see the attached document from CCS Early Learning to share with parents as
necessary.

KEAS-KEMS-AT2 Materials (Secondary)
Please remember to requests new workbooks and additional teacher kits for your
KEAS-KEMS & AT2 courses. All materials for this year were ordered and received, but

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many are still waiting at the warehouse for schools to request them. Please submit
requests to Matcurr@matsuk12.us . You can also have teachers email requests to
John Gardner to coordinate.




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