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The County School Connection Hi All, This has been a very exciting year in the County Superintendent's office. We have had the aggra- vation of lawsuits by Southwest Gas and Valley Telecommunications, the enlightenment from May 2007 the technology trainings provided by our Technology Integration Specialist Val Quarto, the en- Vol. 1 Number 1 joyment of the Spelling Bee and the Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremonies, the research of the County Professional Development Team that has expanded into the school districts, and the chal- lenge of completing the grant requirements of the Title III consortium and the Title II Improving Cochise County School Teacher Quality Grant. For more information on these activities, continue reading the newsletter. Superintendent’s Office Believe it or not, we still have money available for Science and Math workshops, for data analy- sis for districts, and for supporting Small Schools' activities. This also was the first year to dis- seminate all of the Forest Fees that came into the office, and to reach an agreement to continue to maintain and support the Legal Enhancement fees paid to the County Attorney's office as an al- ternative to the prepaid legal services fees offered to the schools by the Trust. In the last six and a half years, I have had many responsibilities that have contributed to my knowledge base concerning school law and local governance. The most time consuming of all Trudy Berry, was serving as the governing board for the Ft. Huachuca Accommodation School District. This has taught me many lessons and has been challenging as well as rewarding. The imminent Superintendent change on the horizon is a bill that would establish a five-person governing board for the Fort 100 Clawson Ave. Huachuca Schools. Senate Bill (SB)1313 is on its way through the house and senate and will then need to be signed by the Governor. I welcome the opportunity for change and feel confident P.O. Drawer 208 that Ft. Huachuca will benefit from this proposed law. More information will follow. Bisbee, AZ 85603 I have had the pleasure of experiencing all facets of education on the national, state, and local 520.432.8950 levels, including serving as the Cochise County representative to the Arizona Association of www.co.cochise.az.us/ Counties (AACo) which proposes and tracks state legislation. One of the interesting reports this schools year concerns the redistricting committee's plan for Cochise County which will affect Pearce, Ash Creek, Rucker, Elfrida, Valley Union, McNeal, and Double Adobe. All board members from these districts are requested to respond to the proposal by July 30, 2007. The final decision will be made December 30, 2007, and redistricting elections will be held November 2008. Good teaching comes It has been exciting and fulfilling, and I thank everyone for making this a great year! I look for- not from behind the ward to serving you in the future. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. desk but from behind Trudy Berry Cochise County School Superintendent the heart. Elizabeth Andres One to One Digital Learning Initiative Benson High School was selected as one of seven pilot schools to participate in one of the initiatives Superintendent Horne mentioned during his State of Educa- tion Address in January 2007. The One to One Digital Learning Initiative will financially support the high school in upgrading their infrastructure to support a wireless network, provide the teachers professional development to find, evaluate, and use digital resources to support Arizona Teaching Standards, and supply next year's eleventh graders taking US History and Government with laptops. Benson plans to deliver Arizona Social Studies Standards and 21st Century Work Skills through carefully designed technology-based activities that increase student learning, collaboration, productivity and achievement as they help students develop and practice the responsible use of technology. For more information, contact Lillian Hritz at (520)432-8963 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 2 The County School Connection Technology Tools for Early Learners Math and Science Update On Wednesday, May 9, 2007, our office will be hosting The Cochise County Education Service Agency (CCESA) sent Technology Tools for Early Learners presented by Dan out a Math Training Request Form to all districts within Bartch of ASSET (Arizona State University). The work- Cochise County regarding strengths & weaknesses in math. shop will be held at Sierra Vista Middle School, Room Douglas Unified School District expressed a desire for sustain- 212, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees will receive able training and is willing to provide data/test scores to our hands-on experience using the many resources specifi- office. Consequently, Douglas will be provided with training in cally targeted to address the Arizona Early Learning Stan- the areas K-5 (all strands), 8-12 Graphing Calculators, and K-8 dards for PreK-3. To register, please log on to http:// Discrete Math. Workshops will take place within their district www.co.cochise.az.us/ and participants will receive stipends. This service will continue schools/Default.htm click to be available, so if you would like training in your district, let on the Education Service us know. For more information, contact Cathy Tutor at (520) Agency Training/ 432-8957 or email@example.com. Workshop Schedule link, click on “View Course Listings” button, and then “Click Here to Register”. Space is limited and atten- dees will be registered on a first come first served basis. FREE ON-LINE TRAINING English Language Learners The Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office currently has a grant that will pay for middle school math and science Cochise County has hired Hope Geminder, teachers (emergency certified and all non-highly qualified) to firstname.lastname@example.org, as the ELL coordinator for the Title III obtain professional development through the ASSET programs Consortium. She is currently the ELL Coordinator for Palomi- being offered through June 30, 2007. Courses include: Unwrap- nas School District. She will be gathering school data per the ping the Science Standard and the Backward Design Model (K- requirements of the grant and using that data to identify areas 12), Teaching Middle School Life Science (5-8), Virtual Math for professional development. Academy (K-12), and Math in Everyday Life (6-8). Course registration is $21.00 and will be reimbursed by the county of- In exchange for working with the ELL coordinator, the County fice. Register on-line at http://www.asset.asu.edu/ and send an will reimburse up to 50% of the individual district contribution invoice to our office at P.O. Drawer 208, Bisbee, AZ 85603. for ELL activities or training outside of the required 45 hour For more information, contact Cathy Tutor at (520)432-8957 or SEI training. This is defined as programs in addition to normal email@example.com. classroom instruction that may include individual or small group instruction, extended day classes, summer school, or intersession school that improve the English proficiency of cur- rent ELL and pupils who have been reclassified as English pro- Social Studies and Science Materials ficient within the previous two years. The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to an- For information regarding the Title III ELL Grant or services nounce the release of Content-Rich Support Materials provided by the county ELL coordinator, please contact Robert for Social Studies and Science K-5. Visit the NEQ Hot Blakely at (520)432-8952 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics at http://www.azed.gov. Go to IDEAL, log in, and click on Content-Rich Support Materials. Economic Standards —Strand 5 Available April 16, 2007: Social Studies: Grades 2 and 3 Correlated w/Mathematics Standards Science: Grades 3 and 4 In June 2007, our office will be hosting Economic Standards— Available June, 2007: Social Studies: Grades K and 1 Strand 5 presented by the Arizona Council on Economic Educa- Science: Grades 1 and 2 tion. The workshop will be held in Sierra Vista. Attendees will learn the Economic Standards—Strand 5 and correlate them Available August, 2007: Social Studies: Grades 4 and 5 with the Mathematics Standards. For up-to-date information, Science Grades K and 5 please log on to http//www.co.cochise.az.us/schools/ Default.htm click on Education Service Agency training/ Workshop Schedule link. Page 3 The County School Connection AWARD WINNERS Teacher of the Year COCHISE COUNTY LAW DAY The 2007 Cochise County Teacher of the Year Awards Cere- The Cochise County Law Day ceremony was held on May 1st mony & Banquet was held on March 30, 2007. The 2007 at 10:00 A.M. in Bisbee on the front steps of the courthouse. COCHISE COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR is Diane This year’s theme was “Liberty Under Law, Empowering Feacher Smith from Sierra Vista Public Schools. Diane is Youth, Ensuring Democracy.” also the HIGH School Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Diane! We are proud to have you represent Cochise County. Congratulations to all of the participants. Our MIDDLE School Teacher of the Year is John Gammon from Pearce School District, our ELEMENTARY School Winners of the Junior High Essays (grades 6-9) Teacher of the Year is Rita Long from Douglas Unified 1. Quentin Gunn - a 9th grader at Buena High School School District, and the EDUCATION SPECIAL PROJECT 2. Brian Becker - a 9th grader at Buena High School of the Year went to Cynthia Bohmfalk of Douglas Unified 3. Jacob Ostrowidzki - a 9th grader at Buena High School. School District for “Kids Helping Kids.” Winners of the High School Essays (grades 10-12) District Awards went to: 1. Josh Brock - an 11th grader at Buena High School 2. Anna Streight - an 11th grader at Benson High School ELEMENTARY 3. Aleesa Baakko - a 12th grader at Buena High School. Rita Long, Douglas Unified School District Local Winner of the State Essay contest (a different topic was Sandy Moore, Sierra Vista Public Schools assigned) Keith Snyder, Ft. Huachuca Accommodation Schools Claire Maxey - a 9th grader at Buena High School Brad Dale, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic School Ken White, Cochise School District Winners of the Poster Contest Linda Marshall, Naco School District 1. Andrea Acuna - a 4th grader at Huachuca Mountain Elemen- tary School (Mrs. Pvarnik's class) MIDDLE 2. Samantha Hernandez - a 4th grader at Willcox Middle School (Mrs. Wilson's class) John Gammon, Pearce School District 3. Joseph Scholz - a 4th grader at Huachuca Mountain Elemen- Richard Bernal, Sierra Vista Public Schools tary School (Mrs. Pvarnik's class) Bonnie DeHaven, St. David Unified School District Graphics Arts Contest HIGH SCHOOL 1. Jessie Clemmer - a 12th grader at Buena High School 2. Anna Van Meter — a 12th grader at Buena High School Shirley Ortega, Valley Union High School District 3. James Schwantes - an 11th grader at Buena High School Erin Kilpatrick, Berean Academy Jennifer Fithen, Sierra Summit Academy Dan Jordan, Douglas Unified School District Diane Feacher Smith, Sierra Vista Public Schools Jacqui Clay, Center for Academic Success SPECIAL PROJECTS “Packing Tape Sculptures”, Malinda Zuk, Berean Academy “Peer Mediation Program”, Vivian Watson, Ft. Huachuca Accommodation Schools “Kids Helping Kids”, Cynthia Bohmfalk, Douglas Unified School District Congratulations to ALL teachers who repre- sented their districts! Page 4 The County School Connection COCHISE COUNTY SCHOOLS STATEWIDE INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (SIT) PROJECT Lawsuits and Settlements COMPLETES SECOND YEAR ON HIGH NOTE! On April 11, 2007, the Cochise The SIT project is completing the two-year grant cycle this County Board of Supervisors ap- June. County public, private and charter schools have taken advantage of a variety of support and training services over proved returning funds to school the last two years. Training offered has included Intel districts that requested reimbursement for the Southwest Gas and Valley Telecom judgments. The charges had Teach to the Future, iSAFE Internet Safety Curriculum, been previously deducted from district accounts. Thinkfinity Educational Web Resources, IDEAL Arizona Department of Education’s Web Portal Resources, ASSET The returning of funds will allow school districts to budget Web Portal Overview, Interactive Whiteboard Integration, for the 2007-2008 school year to repay these amounts. Webpage Design and Development, and numerous content- based application integration workshops. Val Quarto, the The total paid back to the districts from the county general fund is $174,867.65. For more information, contact Trudy Technology Integration Specialist, has worked with school Berry at email@example.com or (520)432-8950. district administrative teams assisting in applying for grants, completing e-rate applications, and designing professional development activities to support district and school goals. The Statewide Instructional Technology Team is currently collaborating to complete the grant application for Professional Development Leadership Academy continuation of the grant for two more years. We are looking forward to offering a variety of workshops such as Bowie Unified School District is working with the Cochise those listed above, plus: County PDLA team on a pilot professional development project. The County PDLA team met with Bowie on April Teaching Writing with MS Applications 13 to analyze their data in order to identify areas for profes- Teaching Math using Excel sional development. During the half-day collaboration, the Visualizing Words - Primary Language Arts (Excel PDLA team first presented a case study to open a dialog on Science Projects Collecting and Graphing Data for data analysis, and then moved on to Bowie-specific data, Experiments backward mapping, and looking ahead to construct an action Teaching Scientific Inquiry supported by technology plan. We look forward to working with Bowie at the PDLA (internet research, smart board, IDEAL Form Assess bank) summer conference in Phoenix and continuing the partner- Reading Comprehension Strategies for Reading e –text ship in the fall for the strategic design, implementation, Supporting Special Needs Students: Web-resources analysis and continuous improvement of the professional development action plan. For more information, contact Currently, Val Quarto is setting up an ITV Video- LeAnn Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org (520) 432- Conferencing room at the County Schools’ Office in Bisbee 8953. that will be available for professional development workshops next year. We will also be able to host professional development Webinars and Video Conferences for technology integration. Continuity of Operations Preparedness & Training Exciting things are happening in Cochise County. For more information, contact the Technology Integration Specialist, On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, the Cochise County Health Valerie Quarto at (520)432-8962 or email at Department will be hosting School Site Planning presented email@example.com. by Patrick Dameron of TTEC Training. The ultimate goal is to develop a Pandemic Influenza Plan for each district. The presentation will be held at The Palms in Sierra Vista from 9:00 a.m. —2:30 p.m., is FREE of charge, and lunch will be provided. This opportunity is limited to fifty (50) partici- pants. To RSVP, please contact Iris Rodriguez at (520) 432- Children’s Mental Health Week and 9431 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teacher Appreciation Week are May 7- 11, 2007. Page 5 The County School Connection IDENTITY THEFT ALERT Payroll and Expense Calendar The following information was summarized by Bill Bennett after Your Balance of Contract and Summer Runs memo attending a presentation by Diane Reeves (NPI Compliance Group, should have been faxed back to our office by now. This LLC), on “How to Protect Yourself and Your School District from will let us know how many Balance of Contract employ- Identity Theft” at the April AASBO meeting. ees you have and how many summer runs will be needed. The dates for the end of the fiscal year are as Identity theft is epidemic in this country. Only 25% of identity follows: thefts are financial. The other 75% are Social Security fraud. This is why schools are extremely vulnerable. A stolen Social Security In our office by Noon on: Number (SSN) from an adult would probably not be useable for much more than a year. However, a child’s SSN could be used for Payroll #23 May 11 several years without bringing much attention. Payroll #24 May 25 Payroll #25 June 8 Because identity theft is running rampant in Arizona it has become Payroll #26 June 12 necessary for legislation regarding protection of personal ID’s. This affects schools who maintain their student data electronically. “The Summer Runs June 19 Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) applies to every business and individual who maintains or otherwise pos- For those of you who use Visions/Enterprise, please sesses consumer information for a business purpose.” make sure that all of your Summer Runs are dated June 30. There can be fines, civil and criminal penalties when employee or student information is lost under the wrong set of circumstances Advice of Encumbrance memos will go out on May 4. and your school district has not taken reasonable measures to com- Those need to be back in our office by July 18 so we ply with these laws. The FTC has categorized an impressive list of know what has been encumbered. businesses as “non-bank” businesses that may be unaware they are subject to the law. As a reminder, make sure that all vouchers for encum- bered expenses are clearly marked “Encumbrance.” If it is determined that you have not taken reasonable steps to safe- guard data, your district can be liable for fines up to $1,000,000 per occurrence, jail time up to 10 years for executives (that’s admini- stration, business managers and school board members), or re- Contact Us moval of management. Trudy Berry, Superintendent email@example.com 432-8950 So, what are “reasonable” measures? Appoint an Information Secu- rity Officer, develop an information security policy, provide man- LeAnn Morrison, Chief Deputy datory identity theft prevention training for your workforce and firstname.lastname@example.org 432-8953 consider establishing an early warning system for data breaches/ identity theft by offering an identity theft plan as an employee Robert Blakely, Grants Administrator/ESA Director benefit. email@example.com 432-8952 Cathy Tutor, Admin Assistant/Project Coordinator Schools are one of the primary targets for hackers. Pay particular firstname.lastname@example.org 432-8957 attention to the security of your web applications—the software used to give information to visitors to your website and to retrieve Deb Bauman, Secretary information from them. For a free copy of the comprehensive com- email@example.com 432-8950 pliance guidelines proposed by the FTC, contact NPI Compliance Bill Bennett, Automated Finance Clerk Group, LLC at (602) 518-7332. The company is also a resource for firstname.lastname@example.org 432-8951 identity theft training at no cost to your school district. The FTC website (www.ftc.org ) is an excellent resource for more ways to Theresa Yiannakis, Account Clerk protect yourself as an individual as well as protecting your school. email@example.com 432-8954 Michael Thompson, Automated Finance Clerk Important Budget Dates firstname.lastname@example.org 432-8956 Lillian Hritz, SIT Program Coordinator May 15 - Revised budget due to ADE and County Office email@example.com 432-8963 July 5 - 07/08 Proposed Budget due to ADE and County Office July 15 - Publication of Proposed Budget Valerie Quarto, Technology Integration Specialist July 18 - Adopted Budget due to ADE and County Office firstname.lastname@example.org 432-8962
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