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Internet News | Intranet News March 8, 2010 Send in your items for DirectLine to Judith Malveaux by 4 p.m. on Thursday. Submissions may not exceed 150 words. Review submission criteria here. Click on links to go to the following sections of DirectLine: DISTRICT NEWS Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center move Enrolling for benefits is easy New paperless request for student reassignment/transfer process State report shows CMS dropout rate declines in 2008-2009 Highly qualified update EC Newsletter TEAM CMS Thank you, Elva! Leaving CMS, but still leaving her mark Child Nutrition AD speaks at national conference Social Work Department thanks hard-working staff CMS assessment director serves on national panel North Learning Community area superintendent honored Honor your outstanding coworker COMMUNITY NEWS Save money with program for grocery relief Outward Bound to hold fundraiser race Classroom Central's Give Kids a Book! PARENT UNIVERSITY High school 911 Family Fun and Information Day PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNCC invites teachers to writing workshop Teachers invited to seminars with Davidson and UNCC faculty Earn a master’s degree at Montreat College Training available for school health teams CMS Urban Education Symposium EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS Henderson Properties offers real estate benefits, advice Liberty Tax offers free online tax preparation Horizon Hospitality offers discounts on hotels Borders holds Educator Appreciation Week EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Join Ace 21st Century CLC GRANTS Grants Alert Get grant assistance AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award Social Studies Teacher of the Year Harris Teeter Teacher of Excellence Award Lemelson-MIT 2001 InvenTeams DIRECTLINE INFORMATION DL ARCHIVES DISTRICT NEWS Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center move Members of executive staff, their administrative assistants and executive coordinators, and employees in the legal, communications, finance and board services departments – 49 people in all – will move to the fifth floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center April 23-25. The first work day at CMGC will be Monday, April 26. Click on the "CMGC Move" link under Quicklinks on the Intranet to learn more about the move, including: Why the staff is moving Who is moving Parking and logistics Mailroom and address change information Frequently asked questions Contact information Enrolling for benefits is easy Annual enrollment continues through April 30. Simply follow these steps to enroll: 1. Schedule a meeting with a benefits counselor. Details on how to sign up will be provided by your school or department. 2. Prepare yourself by reviewing the enrollment guide to learn more about the benefits changes this year and the plans available to you. 3. Speak with a benefits counselor and make your enrollment elections. Remember, your counselor can answer any questions and help you make the right choices. If you have any questions, contact HRDC at (980) 343-4777 Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by e-mail at email@example.com. New paperless request for student reassignment/transfer process The request for reassignment/transfer form is available online. Families must submit the 2010-11 requests electronically. CMS employees can request student reassignment/transfer based on the fact that they are employed with CMS. The reassignment/transfer process runs March 1-26. Every effort is given to place staff member’s children at the school they request. Staff members should provide an explanation for the desired placement when they complete the request online. Notifications will be mailed in late April. Request for reassignment transfer will not remove a student from their wait pool placement for magnet schools. Contact Student Placement at (980) 343-5335 with any questions. State report shows CMS dropout rate declines in 2008-2009 Highly qualified update During a Spring 2009 NC Title II audit, it was determined that the Praxis 0511 test used for highly qualified status of EC teachers in a content area did not meet the same rigor as the general education content area Praxis II. Therefore, all EC teachers who were determined to be highly qualified in a content area using that test were no longer considered highly qualified. In addition, DPI reviewed the HOUSSE instrument used several years ago to determine highly qualified status for EC teachers and found it not rigorous enough. A video of a presentation that covers service-delivery options is available for each school to consider when looking at the needs of secondary students with disabilities. Click here for more detailed information. EC Newsletter Highly qualified information in this week's EC Newsletter. TEAM CMS Thank you, Elva! After 37 years in education, Dr. Elva Cooper has retired as an administrator from CMS. Leaving CMS, but still leaving her mark CMS Area Superintendent Nancy Bartles may have said goodbye to daily life in education, but she’ll still be leaving her mark on the district. Child Nutrition AD discusses meals for special needs students at national conference Amy Harkey, assistant director of Child Nutrition Services, was a speaker at the School Nutrition Association Legislation Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27. Her topic was Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets. First Lady Michelle Obama also spoke to more than 800 School Nutrition Association members and said the people who prepare meals for schools have more influence over what children eat than parents do, which makes their efforts integral in the fight against childhood obesity. CMS Social Work Department thanks hard-working staff March is National Social Work Month and the CMS Social Work Department acknowledges with heartfelt appreciation the commitment, dedication and excellent work demonstrated by school social workers throughout the CMS district. Read the story on the Intranet. CMS director of assessment serves on national graduation-rate panel Dr. Chris Cobitz, director of assessment in the CMS Office of Accountability, was the only representative from a public school district on a federal education panel. The panel, convened to provide the U.S. Department of Education with recommendations on state proposals to meet the graduation requirement for No Child Left Behind, met last month in Washington, D.C. N.C. Middle School Association to honor North Learning Community leader Last call for this month’s Employee Excellence Award nominations Have you witnessed a coworker's on-the-job excellence? Noticed a supervisor's superior service? Noted a staffer's steadfast dedication to world-class service? Celebrate that person! Nominate a colleague for an Employee Excellence Award. Winners receive gifts, recognitions on CMS TV and recognition before a Charlotte Bobcats game. Tell someone "thank you for all you do" today by nominating them. Complete the form and send it by courier (#835) or fax (980) 343-3647 to Judith Malveaux. COMMUNITY NEWS Save money with program for grocery relief Calvary Baptist Church (2200 Ashley Road) hosts Angel Food Ministries, a nonprofit organization that provides grocery relief to communities throughout the country. CMS families may benefit from the groceries, since the retail cost is $70, but they cost $30 through Angel Food Ministries. The deadline to place an order is March 15. Click here for the Calvary Baptist Church menu. Call Vernon Thomas at (704) 392-6507 if you have any questions. Outward Bound to hold race to raise funds for educator programs On Saturday, March 13, NC Outward Bound, in partnership with the US National Whitewater Center, will kick off the first race in a series of four trail races. This is a progressive series that will begin with a 5K race and end with a half- marathon. All ages are welcome. Parents or guardians must accompany youth under the age of 18 and sign a waiver upon check in. Proceeds from the race series will go to support the Charlotte programs of NC Outward Bound, including educators’ courses, scholarship program and Unity Project. Click here for more information. To register, click here for the National Whitewater Center Web site or here event site. Classroom Central to host Give Kids a Book! The fifth annual Give Kids a Book drive, hosted by Classroom Central and LittleOnes Magazine, kicks off March 1, and will continue throughout the month. The drive is a community-wide initiative to raise much-needed, age-appropriate books for children in low-income schools. The goal of Give Kids a Book is to get age-appropriate reading material into the hands of children who have little or no exposure to books outside of the classroom. An act as simple as cleaning out the bookshelves at home may inspire one more child to learn to read. New and gently used books for students in pre-K through 12th grade will be accepted. If your class, club or school is interested in supporting Give Kids a Book, contact Sarah Porter (704) 377-1740 ext. 14. PARENT UNIVERSITY Parent University class focuses on high school success On Thursday, March 11, Parent University will hold "High School 911: A Parent's Guide to Understanding How to Navigate through High School." The workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Butler High (1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road). The workshop is targeted for rising 9th graders and their parents as well as students/parents already in high school. During the evening, families will learn more about graduation requirements, study skills and academic success, resources in high school, finding your niche in high school, and much more. Click here for more information. Parent University event at Time Warner Arena mixes fun with learning On Saturday, March 27, Parent University will hold a Family Fun and Information Day at Time Warner Cable Arena in partnership with the Charlotte Checkers. The theme of the event is, "Shoot for Success with CMS." The event begins at 1 p.m. and will include workshops, keynote speakers, interactive information booths and activities for the whole family. At 7 p.m., families can enjoy the evening Charlotte Checkers game. Each family will receive two free tickets and can purchase additional tickets for $5 each. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, contact Jerri Haigler or call (980) 343-1719. All volunteers will receive two free tickets, a Parent University shirt and dinner. This event is fully funded by outside partners of Parent University. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNCC invites teachers to writing workshop with author UNC Charlotte's Writing Project presents the 2010 Writing Workshop, featuring Chris Gallagher, author of: Teaching Writing That Matters: Tools and Projects That Motivate Adolescent Writers Reclaiming Assessment: A Better Alternative to the Accountability Agenda Click here for more information. Teachers invited to seminars with Davidson and UNCC faculty The Charlotte Teachers Institute invites educators at selected schools to learn more about Fall 2010 seminar topics from the Seminar Leaders and hear from CMS teachers who have participated in the program. Click here for more information, including a list of participating schools. Earn a master's degree in 18 months at Montreat College Training available for school health teams Another Coordinated School Health Team Training date has been added. This will be the last training this school year. The training will take place on Tuesday, March 30, from 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. You only have to register for one class. Location: CMS Central Learning Community Office, 324 North McDowell St. CMS Staff register through MyPD under “Student Support” This training is for all school staff and school nurses interested in starting or energizing their existing School Health Team. The training provides information on the Coordinated School Health Model using a collaborative team approach to help young people grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on their physical, emotional, social and educational development. School staff are encouraged to attend the training together. CMS Urban Education Symposium Teacher Professional Development is pleased to offer additional Urban Education Symposium seminars on Saturday, March 20, with afternoon follow-up seminars in early May. These seminars will be held at the Professional Development Center (428 West Blvd.). Registration is through MyPD. Click here for additional information. EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS Henderson Properties offers employees smart real estate benefits, simple advice Liberty Tax offers free online tax preparation Horizon Hospitality offers discounts on Atlanta- and Chattanooga-area hotels Borders celebrates educators Borders wants to honor the hard work of educators with Educator Appreciation Week, held Friday, March 19, through Saturday, March 27. Educators receive 30 percent in savings on personal and classroom purchases of books, CDs, DVDs, cafe items, gifts and stationery when you use your current Classroom Discount Card, educator ID with date, or pay stub. For more information, please visit www.borders.com/educators. There will be a special reception on Saturday, March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Borders stores nationwide. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Join ACE 21st Century Community Learning Center as a tutor Make a difference in a student’s education, enjoy a 1:10 teacher/student ratio, and a caring environment four hours a week after school as part of the ACE 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The pay is extended employment and centers are located at Spaugh, Sedgefield, Wilson, JT Williams and Ranson middle schools. Fax application and reference form to Oneita Williams at (980) 343-3250. GRANTS Get information on available grants Click here for the latest Grant Alerts. Each school's grant contact person also receives this publication. Get grant assistance from the Center for Grant Innovation The need to seek grant funding is increasing across the entire district. If you are the only person in your school working as the School Grant Contact and your time is limited, we recommend forming a grant committee or workgroup. Share the CMS Grant Alerts and your 2009-2010 Grant Resource Notebook with the entire school staff. The goal of a successful grant workgroup or committee is to organize members from different backgrounds and expertise levels to share in the grant seeking and writing process. Please continue to keep the CMS Center for Grant Innovation informed of all grant activity at your school regardless of the dollar amount. CMS does have a Board policy for any grants over $15,000, and our team will assist you with this process. Contact the CMS Center for Grant Innovation at (980) 343-6229. AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition a math or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction. This year, they are accepting kindergarten through sixth-grade teacher applications. The deadline is April 1. NABT: Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award The National Association of Biology Teachers Vernier Software & Technology Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his or her commitment to the environment into the community. The maximum award is $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. The deadline is May 7. Click here for more information. Social Studies Teacher of the year The National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7- 12. Award winners receive $2,500, a complimentary one-year membership in NCSS and up to $500 in transportation/lodging reimbursement to attend the Annual Conference. The deadline to apply is April 1. Click here for more information. Nominate someone for a Harris Teeter Teacher of Excellence Award The Harris Teeter Together in Education Teachers of Excellence Award recognizes and rewards teachers who further excellence in education. The winning teacher wins $1,000 and the teacher's school also gets $1,000. Principals can nominate one teacher per grade level each school year through May. To be eligible, a teacher must teach at a school that is registered with the Harris Teeter Together in Education program. The school must also have a minimum of 100 people linked to its TIE school code number. Teachers of Excellence Guidelines Teachers of Excellence Application Lemelson-MIT 2011 InvenTeams Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are composed of high school students, teachers and mentors who work collaboratively to identify a problem they want to solve, research the problem and develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. The maximum award is $10,000. High school science, mathematics and technology teachers - or teams of teachers – are eligible. Intra- and interschool collaborations are also welcome. The deadline is April 25. DIRECTLINE INFORMATION Missed an issue of DirectLine? Check out the archives here. Want your employee news in DirectLine? Send information to Judith Malveaux. www.cms.k12.nc.us Reach further. Global competitiveness starts here. Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public records requests pursuant to the North Carolina Public Records Law, resulting in monitoring and potential disclosure of this message to third parties. 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