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A newsletter for the employees of Boulder Valley School District
Board Names Three Superintendent Semi-Finalists February 27, 2007
Community invited to semiﬁnalist interviews on March 6, 7 and 8 On the inside
The following news release was sent to media Tuesday evening, Feb. 27. Stay Safe! p. 2
BOULDER – Boulder Valley Board of Education President, Dr. Helayne Jones, (Don't Fall Down on the Job)
tonight announced the names of the three semi-ﬁnalists to succeed retiring TAC Update p. 2
BVSD Superintendent George F. García this summer. The three semi-ﬁnalists (Teachers Advisory Council)
are, in alphabetical order, Dr. James Hammond, currently superintendent of the Impact on Education p. 3
Tukwila School District in Tukwila, Washington, Dr. Christopher King, currently
deputy superintendent of the Boulder Valley School District, and Dr. Sandra
Smyser, currently superintendent of the Las Virgenes Uniﬁed School District in
(Scholarships for Graduating Students)
TEC Students and VITA
(Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Superintendent's Honor Roll
Guided by the leadership criteria developed
with signif icant BVSD community input, BOARD APPROVALS
my colleagues and I are delighted to announce Policy KFD and associated regulation
three outstanding professional educators, KFD-R, Volunteer Use of District
any one of whom could lead one of Technology, were approved. This
Colorado’s premier school districts. policy and regulation deﬁne the
circumstances for which volunteers in
Dr. Helayne Jones BVSD schools will be granted access to
President of the Board of Education district technology resources. The new
policy is available on the web site at
Dr. Jones pointed out that each of the three semi-ﬁnalists would, along with www.bvsd.org/C4/Policies/default.aspx
in-depth interviews with the seven-member school board, be interviewed by under the "Index K" section.
three separate public input panels representing BVSD internal and external
stakeholders representing parents, teachers, district administrators, staff, The learning materials recommended for
community representatives, and business leaders. adoption for Secondary Language Arts
The public input sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, Wednesday, The appointment of a new member to the
March 7 and Thursday, March 8. All interviews will take place in the Board District Accountability Committee was
Meeting Room in the BVSD Education Center located at 6500 E. Arapahoe approved.
Road in Boulder. The times for each group’s semiﬁnalist interview are the same
for each day. Those times are: The following contracts were approved:
NetworkD Corporation was awarded
1:00-2:00 p.m. – Parents/Community Group
a contract for renewal of LANDesk
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Administrator Group licenses and the purchase of anti-virus
licenses. The funds for LANDesk come
4:00-5:00 p.m. – Teachers/Support Staff Group from the 3A computer replacement
While questions will only be taken from panel members during each input budget; the anti-virus licensing is an
session, the general public is welcome to attend and urged, along with anticipated general fund budget expense.
panel members, to ﬁll out assessment sheets on each semi-ﬁnalist for later Amen Consulting was awarded a contract
Board review as the Board chooses the ﬁnal candidate for the district’s new for assistance with developing a time
superintendent. keeping system that is built using Lawson
technology and is fully integrated with
the Lawson system.
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Don't Fall Down on the Job
Since 2001, more than 200 Boulder Valley School employees have been injured
when they slipped and fell. Don’t become a claim statistic.
Scan ahead while you walk and remove hazards that you encounter. Good habits with regard to housekeeping play
a big part in preventing slips, trips, and falls. Essentially, by keeping the area clean and free of clutter, you are
removing the hazards, preventing injury to yourself and others.
Maneuvering Around Hazards
If you spot a hazard or slippery area, slow down, keep a steady footing and look
where you place your feet. Shorten your stride to keep your center of balance
under you. Walk like a duck, with your feet pointed slightly outward, creating a
stable base and making wide corners. Correct the hazard if possible.
Alerting Others of the Hazard
Alert others of the hazard by the use of cones or other barriers. Follow all policies
with regard to spills or other hazards.
Choosing the Appropriate Footwear
Choose your footwear to meet the environment that you will encounter. As we age,
it takes more light for us to see clearly. Poor lighting can impair your vision and
create hazardous situations. If lighting is poor, use a ﬂashligt at the work site.
Teachers Advisory Council Update
by Janet Stellema, TAC Chair
Although only three items were on the Teachers Advisory Council (TAC) agenda this month, time passed quickly due to
much discussion. Dr. Chris King presented TAC with a draft of board policy regarding “Academic Honesty and Integrity.” Dr.
King explained this policy would more clearly deﬁne cheating and the consequences. TAC will review the policy and provide
feedback and ARs will receive a copy for each building to discuss. TAC expressed concerns about the New Century Graduate
survey that high school teachers have been asked to ﬁll out. Both Jonathan Dings and Brigitte Mutter were on hand to respond
to questions and hear recommendations from TAC.
Inﬁnite Campus remains a consistent concern for teachers and this month’s issues focused on an update of the IC priority list
and on IEP problems on IC. Although IC was originally purchased to address special education needs, a fully functioning IEP
product will not be online until August 2007. Andy Kutinsky explained that some of the delay was due to awaiting updates on
federal regulations. She further outlined that professional development time will be set aside in August for special education
teachers to become familiar with the new product. Currently it is not possible to transfer information from an existing IEP into
a new IEP document, requiring retyping of information. While IC has corrected this problem, the district is unable to upgrade
because that version “broke” other features of the system. Dave Willamson explained that IC has made progress on many issues
but that Boulder Valley has not been able to take advantage of those updates due to underlying technologies at the district level.
Dave shared a large stack of updates and changes that IC has made and explained that IC will have a version 2008.1 available
in June but that the district will be moving from IC version 3.8 to version 2007.2.2 in the fall.
The item of largest concern remains the assessment times built into the elementary calendar for next year. Sheri Williams and
Sandy Ripplinger brought TAC members up to date on what was being done to create a framework for these assessment days.
Sandy emphasized the need to be both “tight and ﬂexible” and that all schools would use those two days to assess, score and plan.
Sandy described assessments that would be school based with all teachers involved with ALL students assessed in some way.
As a minimum, student K-3 must be assessed in literacy as well as 4th and 5th grade students currently on ILPs. TAC suggested
creating a timeline for implementation along with who would be responsible for the various stages. Kindergarten students and
their needs are also an issue that needs to be addressed again. TAC also asked again when the time will be made available to
teachers to plan for this new change and what other responsibilities would be removed so that teachers would have the time
necessary. Sandy stated that TAC had given her “lots to think about” and agreed to return to TAC in April with further updates.
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IMPACT ON EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATING BVSD STUDENTS
Impact on Education is privileged to oversee four scholarship programs that annually award approximately
$45,000 to graduating BVSD students. High school counselors will accept applications for these scholarship
programs over the next few months.
Community members who have chosen to honor deceased family members and service organizations that are
committed to supporting youth and education have created these scholarship funds. As such, each reﬂects the
funding priorities of the individuals or group who established it. Impact on Education manages the investment
of scholarship funds and works with high schools to oversee the application and awards processes, in addition to
managing ongoing interactions with recipients and donors.
A brief description of the four scholarship programs follows:
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING STUDENTS AT ANY BVSD HIGH SCHOOL
• The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Scholarship awards BVSD graduating seniors $1,000
per year for up to four years. Impact on Education anticipates awarding ﬁve scholarships to 2007
graduating BVSD seniors. Qualifying students must maintain a full college schedule of 12 credit
hours or more, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75, and complete 25 hours of community service to
renew the scholarship beyond the ﬁrst year.
• The Dennie and Donna Wise Scholarship awards BVSD graduating seniors $1,000 per year for
two years. Impact on Education anticipates awarding eight scholarships to 2007 graduating BVSD
seniors. Qualifying students must be accepted into a vocational, technical, or community college and
provide evidence of ﬁnancial need. This scholarship is well-suited for students who pursue post-
secondary education on a part-time basis while working.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO GRADUATING STUDENTS AT BOULDER HIGH ONLY
• The Gould-Foothill Scholarship awards Boulder High School graduating seniors a one-time $1,500
scholarship to help them pursue the education necessary to become an elementary school teacher.
Impact on Education anticipates awarding two scholarships to 2007 graduating Boulder High School
seniors. In addition to being interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, qualifying BHS
students must have attended Foothill Elementary School for at least four years and provide evidence
of ﬁnancial need.
• The Sally Smyth Scholarship awards a four-year scholarship of $5,000 per year to one graduating
Boulder High School senior who has been accepted to a four-year liberal arts college. The qualifying
BHS applicants must provide evidence of ﬁnancial need.
High school counselors have been provided with speciﬁc application information and award processes for each
of these scholarships. Each has its own deadline—all scholarship awards are announced in mid-May.
For more information about these scholarships, please visit:
In the eight years that Impact on Education has managed scholarship programs, it has awarded over $100,000
to more than 50 graduating BVSD students. Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship with Impact on
Education should contact Francie Anhut at 303-524-3865 x 2 or Francie@ImpactOnEducation.org.
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Congratulations to this week's
Superintendent's Honor Roll recipient:
Manhattan Middle School for the Arts and Academics Science Teacher Kimberly Greene was presented with an
“Excellence in Teaching Award for the Middle Level” award by the Colorado Association of Science Teachers this past
The purpose of CAST is to support, stimulate, and improve science education at all levels of instruction (pre-K through
college) in the State of Colorado. Along with several other activities, the association provides mini-grants each year to
science teachers who are among its approximately 400 members.
“Exemplary does not even begin to describe Kim Greene,” said Manhattan School Principal Martha Gustafson. “She is
a master teacher with a powerful knowledge of her subject matter, a deep understanding of pedagogy, and a purposeful
command of instructional strategy.”
“BVSD is extremely proud of Kim Greene,” said Samantha Messier, K-8 Science Coordinator for BVSD. “She is an
extraordinary teacher with a winning combination of enthusiasm, expertise, dedication, and compassion. Any aspiring
young scientist would be lucky to ﬁnd themselves in her classroom.”
“The most outstanding attribute of Kim Greene is her unrelenting devotion to her students,” added Gustafson. “She has
the uncanny ability to bring out the very best in all students in her classroom, day after day, year after year.”
Boulder TEC Students Help Low-Income
Community Members File Income Taxes
Sean McCoy's Banking and Accounting students at Boulder TEC have now
assisted approximately 70 low-income community members with the ﬁling of
their income tax returns. Help the students beat their record of 260 returns ﬁled
last year — Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might
beneﬁt from this program.
Members of Boulder TEC’s Future Business Leaders of America Club are part of
Boulder Valley Board of Education the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that was created
Helayne Jones, Ed.D., President by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1969. The VITA Program offers free
Angelika Schroeder, Ph.D., Vice-President tax help to low- to moderate-income people, generally, $39,000 and below for an
Teresa Steele, Treasurer individual. In order to qualify, students are required to take online training with
Jean Paxton the IRS and score 70 or above on a test afterward. An IRS agent helps the students
Ken Roberge prepare for the test.
Lesley Smith, Ph.D.
The assistance is available on a walk-in basis (ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve) on Thursdays
from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. INCLUDING
Boulder Valley School District through the Spring Break holiday (Sat., March 24, Thurs., March 29, and Sat.,
George F. García, Ed. D., Superintendent March 31). The tax help sessions take place at Boulder TEC, 6600 Arapahoe
Avenue, in the banking and accounting classroom on the west end of the building
BVSD On the Inside (facing the greenhouse). Tax help will be offered through April 7.
Maela Moore, Newsletter Editor
Come early and come prepared!
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February 27, 2007