News and Notes

Transfer Period – Updated – March 23, 2018

Internal Hiring begins on April 19-June 10:  Instructional and Non-Instructional positions will be available through the transfer period.  Transfers will be allowed into non-Title I and Title I Funded Schools. If you intended to participate in the Transfer Fair or if you plan to re-locate for the 18-19 school year, please use the Google Form,  email or see Celeste or Kiesha to share your plans. Thanks to those of you who have already made your intentions known. We will not be distributing intent forms. We’re saving trees and will be doing a Google Form for you to let us know what your plans are!  The transfer period will be extended for Title I schools this year.

LET’S DO A 5K TOGETHER !

Get ready David Cox Staff and Families!  The NLC is officially kicking off the R.A.C.E for the North!  The RACE for the North is a 5K scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018! Let’s join in as a school team!  Every school will be represented by Staff , Students and families from their school!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Packet pickup at 8am

Festivities begin at 8:30am

Huntersville Business Park 11330 Vanstory Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078

The race is a charity run/walk fundraiser designed to support students, teachers, and families of the North Learning Community. The event will be hosted by CMS, Lake Norman EDC, Lake Norman Chamber and the Lake Norman Education Collaborative.  The event includes a Kid’s Fun Run and a 5K. Adult participants will receive a performance t-shirt while supplies last. Students are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing their school gear. The race will be officially timed and prizes will be awarded for top finishers in each category, 1) the best male and 2) female, and 3) registered participants 12 and under.

Proceeds from the event will:

  • go toward grants to the teachers and staff of the 26 schools represented in the North Learning Community for teacher support (i.e. teacher appreciation, classroom beautification, teacher lounge upgrades, etc.)
  • provide critical needs funding to families in our community as referred by teachers and staff in the North Learning Community

 

$22 Adults

$12 CMS Teachers and Staff

$ 7 CMS Students

FREE Under 5 years of age

Register for 5K at: http://bit.ly/2GaXGRH

I hope you’re in!  I’m in!

Notes from CTI

 

CMS Teachers,

There’s still time to apply for 2018 CTI Seminars! Applications are due this Sunday, March 18, at midnight.

Apply to more than 1 seminar (preferably 3) to increase the likelihood of being accepted as a CTI Fellow. CTI seminars are interdisciplinary and there are many great options for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

Application Info

Seminar Meeting Dates

Eligibility Criteria

How To Apply

Application Essay Requirements

Your principal needs to approve your application, but that approval may occur after the due date following your submission.

Please let us know if you have questions or need assistance. We’re available this weekend at info@charlotteteachers.org.

Notes from PENC

Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) has several upcoming opportunities for educators across the state. Please visit www.pencweb.org for more information.

National Board Workshops (initial and renewal candidates):

  • March 17, 2018 – Wayne County
  • April 14, 2018 – Alamance County/Burlington
  • May 5, 2018 – TBD

Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program – 0.5 CEUs

  • HELPS Small Group Training – June 11, 2018 – Wake County

Workshop details and registration can be found at www.pencweb.org/workshops.

Young Artists Competition

PENC is currently accepting electronic entries for its annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate and gift bag with gift certificate at the fall 2018 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines. More information and competition guidelines can be found at www.pencweb.org/Young-Artists-Competition.


March 29, 2018 – Snow make-up Day – Updated March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 29 is now a Non-Required Teacher Workday (Superintendent Waived – March 5, 2018)

From the Superintendent

As we now move into warmer weather and the possibility for severe weather has diminished, I am waiving the make-up day scheduled for Thursday, March 29. This day (Thursday, March 29) will be a teacher workday and students will not report to school. Because teacher assistants would have worked on the student make-up day, they may report to work, take annual leave, use comp time if available or take leave without pay on Thursday, March 29.

Updated – March 1, 2018

North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey – March 1 – March 30 

The North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey is a biennial survey administered by the state to assess teacher perceptions. Comparable to the TNTP Insight Survey, schools must have at least a 40% teacher response rate (and a minimum of 5 respondents) to receive a survey report.

February 16, 2018

Professional Development Update from Sherry Cote

I am passing along some information that I have acquired about workshops.  When an employee is going to a workshop that is not initiated by the school, the point person coordinating the workshop at the school needs to acquire the budget code for the workshop.  The process is to send the approved Request for Absences once signed by Ms. Ellis, to the department in charge of the workshop and they will assign the budget code and sign off on the RFA.  The department will then send these forms back to the school.  This all needs to be done well in advance of the workshop and definitely must be done before the week of the workshop.  Below are some steps that will help to process the paperwork in a timely fashion.

 

  1. When you first find out you are going to a workshop, complete your RFA form.
  2. Put the RFA in my box and I will have Ms. Ellis review and approve.
  3. Once they are approved, I will return to you to put in SmartFind and send to the proper department for budget code and signature. (If there is more than one person going and you give me the contact information, I will forward all the forms together to the department hosting the workshop for signature and budget code).  This will eliminate multiple forms going to the department at separate times.
  4. The hosting department will then return the completed form with budget code and signature to the school.
  5. Once received, I will then enter the budget code into SmartFind so that your payroll time is correct.  Please note that the budget code needs to be entered into SmartFind no later than the end of the week that you went to the workshop in order for your time to be recorded correctly.  We cannot have RFA forms for workshops coming in the day before the workshop!

 

Thank you for helping to make this a smoother process.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  All RFA’s unless you are sick or not planning to be out, should be written up in advance and approved before the day you will be out.  Please do not just put it in SmartFind and forget to complete the RFA.  There are way too many RFA forms missing and many hours are spent tracking them down.  I would rather be working on other things that are needed to be done for you and the school.  The more time spent on chasing RFA forms the less time to complete other tasks.

Updated – January 26, 2018 @ 11:41AM

Congratulations to Mrs. Alison Pierce – Instructional Assistant of the year 2017-2018!

New Dates for all K-5 Report Cards

 

Post Grades by 5 pm Permanently Store Grades Ready for Pickup Report Cards Go Home
K-2 Report Cards January 30 February 1 February 8 February 9
3-5 Report Cards January 30 February 1 February 8 February 9

SUBJECT: NC Digital Learning Competencies

How do I obtain credit?
What are DLCs?
A set of competencies approved by the State Board of Education to provide a framework for schools, administrators, and classroom teachers on the needed skills to provide high-quality, integrated digital teaching and learning. These competencies outline the types of skills teachers and leaders should integrate into their practice in order to create digital learning environments.  
Read more about the DLCs on the DPI website.

What do I need to do?
All instructional and administrative staff renewing their license in 2019 or later will be required to earn at least 2.0 CEU’s in the Digital Learning Competencies (DLC) per renewal cycle.  TEC credits earned prior to — are not eligible for this renewal process.

How do I get the CEU’s?
CMS is preparing a variety of ways for employees to get their 2.0 DLC CEUs.  Individuals can also seek DLC credits for DPI sponsored professional development and conferences.  

1. CMS Virtual Offerings
An easy way to earn these CEU’s is by completing four virtual courses in Hoonuit,                              formerly known as AtomicLearning.
CMS recommended Paths:
Hoonuit Virtual CEUs for Teachers
Hoonuit Virtual CEUs for Administrators
     2.    Friday Institute PD Offerings 6 DLC CEUs
Leadership in Blended Digital Learning
     3.    DPI Events/Courses
Connect, Share, Grow sessions for SLMC/IFT/ICs in January/February. Learn more and register here
Log into the NC Educator Effectiveness System using your NCEdCloud Credentials. Find a course (1.0 credit each) you want to participate in that has the type code of DL and submit your credit request in MyTalent.
Self-Paced Course Options:
Assessing Digital Tools
Copyright in the K–12 Classroom
Digital Literacies 1: Reading, Writing, and Research
Digital Literacies 2: Visual Information Literacy
Flipped Classrooms: Action Research from the GTN Project
Responsibilities of the 21st-Century Educator
     4.    NCTIES
           CMS will accept the 2018 NCTIES Conference for DLC CEUs.
     5.    Coming Fall 2018:
CMS is developing a process to consider approval of additional external and CMS summer learning events for DLC credits.

Please note: all outside credit will show on your CMS transcript after it has been reviewed and approved.


Updated – January 19, 2018 @ 4:09PM

Inclement Weather Information

As you know, CMS was closed January 17 and January 18 for severe weather. Make-up days for staff and students will be January 22 and February 19. Make-up days for students and staff are included in the annual academic calendar, which is approved by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. There will not be a make-up option for the Code A day, January 19, 2018.

Assistant Group – Non-exempt instructional support scheduled to work 197 days in the 2017-2018 school year.

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – This employee group is not eligible to use annual leave, bonus leave or comp time.
  • Assistants will not be paid for January 17 and January 18; however, will now be paid for January 22 and February 19 severe weather make-up days. Originally, January 22 and February 19 were teacher workdays where assistants were not scheduled to work and would not have been paid.

Non-Exempt 10-Month Secretary

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – Employees will choose to take annual leave, bonus leave or use comp time, if available. The employee may choose to take the day without pay or can make the day up, with supervisory approval, during the week of March 26, the week of May 28, or, at the end of the school year on June 13 and/or June 14.

Other School-Based Non-Exempt – This employee group follows the school calendar (i.e. campus security associate, BMTs, associates, etc.), and is scheduled to work 215 days in the 2017-2018 school year.

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – Employees will choose to take annual leave, bonus leave or use comp time, if available. The employee may choose to take the day without pay or

can make the day up, with supervisory approval, during the week of March 26, the week of May 28, or, at the end of the school year on June 13 and/or June 14.

Non-Exempt Child Nutrition, Transportation, and ASEP Staff

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – Employees will choose to take annual leave, bonus leave or use comp time, if available. The employee may also choose to take the day without pay.

Non-Exempt 11 and 12-Month School-Based Support Staff and Central Office Staff – This employee group does not follow the school calendar.

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – The employee will choose to take annual leave, bonus leave or use comp time, if available. The employee may choose to take the day without pay or can make the day up, with supervisory approval, during the week of March 26 or the week of May 28.

Non-Exempt 10-Month School-Based Support Staff and Central Office Staff – This employee group does not follow the school calendar.

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – The employee will choose to take annual/bonus leave or use comp time if available. The employee may choose to take the day without pay or can make the day up, with supervisory approval, during the week of March 26, the week of May 28, or, at the end of the school year on June 13 and/or June 14.

10-Month Exempt Instructional Staff

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – These employees may take annual leave, bonus leave, special annual leave, use a flex certificate if available (may use up to two flex certificates per year), take the day without pay, or, can make the day up at the end of the school year on June 13 and/or June 14.

11 and 12 Month Exempt Instructional Administrative Staff/Central Office Staff

  • 1/17/2018 and 1/18/2018 – These employees may take annual leave, bonus leave, or special annual leave. The employee may also choose to take the day without pay.

Teachers who are employed the first day of the school year and work the entire year earn 11.7 days of annual leave during that year. Ten days are designated mandatory annual leave days on the academic calendar. New 10-month employees who begin work after the first day of the school year should work on all optional workdays; however, these employees may have a pay deduction at the end of the year if they do not earn enough leave to cover the annual leave days they use within a calendar year.

All employees who are unable to come to work on a severe-weather day and selected a make-up option should report the severe-weather day as “code 19 – Severe Weather Make-Up Day.” Schools must report the employee’s absences in SmartFind Express and the MyTime Kronos system.

CMS Make Up Snow Days

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will resume normal schedule on Monday, Jan. 22. The district has set three make-up days for the school closings due to weather on Jan. 17-19. They will be held on Monday, Jan. 22; Monday, Feb. 19; and Thursday, March 29.

Wednesday and Thursday were all coded Code C.


Updated – January 10, 2018

 January 22 – Teacher Workday

The Learning and Teaching, Exceptional Children, English Learner, and Student Services Teams are pleased to offer a wide range of both face-to-face and virtual learning professional development opportunities to Pre-K-12 classroom teachers, ESL teachers, EC teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and K-12 Arts and World Language teachers.  Our specialists have worked diligently with their directors to analyze formative data, solicit input from facilitators and teachers, and design professional development that is relevant, timely, and aligned to the curriculum.

The Google link below lists the course offerings, times, locations, and registration information, if applicable.

·         Specific PD offerings and locations: Central Office PD information (click on the grade span tab)

The Learning and Teaching, Exceptional Children, English Learner, and Student Services Departments are proud to partner with schools to support the instructional needs of all educators ensuring they have access to digital tools, resources and best practices necessary to challenge and engage all students.  Please review the offerings at the link.  The CMS expectation is that ALL staff members have the opportunity to partake in PD on this day. I will follow up with each team to determine your selections for January 22.  You may attend the PD of your choice either physically or virtually.  Thank you and have a wonderful day. (I too will be attending Professional Development on this day).


Updated – December 7, 2017 @ 2:15PM

CMS ONE ACCESS – December 18 or 19

Please participate in CMS ONE Access December 18 or  19, 2017 by teachers and students logging into your account

PURPOSE:  To provide 100% of CMS students access to digital resources of the Public Library so all students have access to reading materials and other digital resources while on winter break or away from school   

What is ONE Access?

ONE Access is a collaboration between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that enables CMS students to use their student ID number to access and check out CML resources. It is important for students to review access procedures prior to the winter break so they can use resources while not at school.

How do students log-in?

The CMS student portal and the CMS homepage each have a ONE Access button. Additionally, students can visit www.cmlibrary.org directly. When you access the library site, click on the account button in upper right hand corner. This will take you to the login page. The login is the student ID number and the pin is the student’s 4 digit birth year.

Does it take a lot of time?

No. Please take 5 minutes during AM or PM announcements to ask the entire school to log-in together.

How do I know if my students have already logged in?

It is recommended that the school have everyone who is present that day log-in, whether they have previously logged in before or not. This will give students a reminder of the resources available as well as ensure that we are closer to the district goal of 100% students with access.

The Library sends a report to VLMS each week showing the individual students and is available by contacting Christine Clark (christinek.clark@cms.k12.nc.us).

What are some suggestions for ensuring log-in day goes smoothly?

  • Make sure students have their CMS ID number prior to log-in day.
  • Grades 3-5 should use Chromebooks or personal mobile devices
  • K-2 students may need additional support as they may not have mobile devices; we’ll work with Bynoe to get through this.

K-2 Report Card Feedback

SUBJECT:             Revised K-2 Report Card Feedback and Revisions

As we have just completed the district-wide implementation of the new Mastery Grading K-2 Report Card for the First Quarter Marking Period, we would like to take time to collect feedback and suggestions for revisions. As with last year’s pilot, all suggestions are carefully reviewed and considered for improvement in order to best support teachers and inform parents of their child’s mastery of grade level skills. We appreciate the input and creative solutions for streamlining the data entry process of the report cards that have already been submitted both through K2Comments@cms.k12.nc.us and FAC representatives.

Teachers, please complete this brief survey to provide feedback and suggestions for possible revisions of the K-2 report card. Based on your feedback and discussions with the report card programmers, we will work on both immediate changes and revisions for next year as we include the new state ELA and math standards.https://goo.gl/forms/tu7dHPN1hkFAHnrI2

Principals, please include this survey link in an upcoming class or school newsletter, so we can gather feedback from as many parents as possible.https://goo.gl/forms/ihN63oGHBoezTNLe2

Thank you for your commitment to supporting mastery grading and for your creative solutions for continuous improvement of our communication tool for parents.
Staff Assigned Laptops – Status, Important Processes:

As of October 30, all teachers in grades PreK through 12 have received a new HP430 touchscreen laptop.  For the first time at CMS, these devices are assigned to the individual rather than the school, and the device assignments are recorded in the new inventory system.  Each recipient has completed an online staff loan agreement form, accepting responsibility for the use and care of the device.  

As a reminder, these are the processes for managing the laptops should a staff member transfer within CMS or separate from the district:

  • Staff member transfers to another school:  Since the laptop is assigned to the individual (and not the school), the staff member takes the device with him/her to the new school.  When at the school, he/she should enter a Cherwell ticket so the systems engineer can rename the device for the new location (it will continue to function properly).
  • Staff member transfers to a non school-based department:  The staff member returns the laptop to the school.  The school enters a Cherwell ticket; Technology Services retrieves the laptop, ensures it is unassigned from the user in the new inventory system, and refurbishes the device for future use.  It is important that the ticket be entered so that the district has a record of the staff member returning the laptop.  Please do not give the device to another staff member; until the return, the initial staff member will be on record in the inventory system as the “owner” of the device.
  • Staff member separates from CMS:  The staff member returns the laptop to the school.  The school enters a Cherwell ticket; Technology Services retrieves the laptop, ensures it is unassigned from the user in the new inventory system, and refurbishes the device for future use.  It is important that the ticket be entered so that the district has a record of the staff member returning the laptop.  Please do not give the device to another staff member; until the return, the initial staff member will be on record in the inventory system as the “owner” of the device.  We are reconciling termination records with laptop returns, so it is important for the device to be returned to Technology Services.

If, during the school year, an employee new to CMS is hired by the school, the school can enter a Cherwell ticket requesting a device.  We process these requests as quickly as possible and will deliver a laptop to the new employee, completing the online loan agreement form and recording the assigned device information in the new inventory system.


Updated – December 1, 2017 @ 1:25PM

HOLIDAY PARTIES

We have already confirmed December the 18th for Holiday Parties in 4th and 1st grade.  Please email your grade level administrator after collaborating with your teams about your Holiday party time.  Communicate this information with parents only after you have confirmed the date and time with an administrator. Dates left for parties are the 15th and 19th.  First come first serve.

TA Scholarship Information – Click HERE

Updated – November 21, 2017 @ 6:58AM

Teacher Talks

The application to present at the next Teacher Talks live event is open through December 1, 2017. All CMS educators are eligible to apply. The application and additional program information is available at http://www.cms-foundation.org/our-work/teacher-talks. Please encourage staff members to apply.

Based on the idea of former CMS and NC Teacher of the Year James Ford and inspired by the world-renowned TED Talks, Teacher Talks provides educators with a platform share ideas and experiences and inspire each other as they nurture talent and cultivate the minds of tomorrow. This past March, six CMS teachers took the stage in Uptown Charlotte to deliver powerful talks that are still being shared throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg and beyond. Previous talks are available on the CMS Foundation website (see link above).

The next live Teacher Talks event will be March 8 at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. This event will be free and open to all CMS teachers; however, registration will be required as theater seating is limited. Event registration details will be available in January.

For questions or more information, email talks@cms-foundation.org.

DSS Hotline Changes

Click HERE for recent changes.  Very Important, please review. 
Parent Reminders

Early Release Dates – Reminder for year….  Include in Parent Square…. Sent by Celeste on 11/20/2017


Updated November 9, 2017

*At this time, we have a nurse available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please be mindful of the non-urgent/not really sick (just needs TLC)  students that are sent to the office on non-nurse days (Monday and Thursday).  Thank you so very much for your support!

*Please be sure all attendance is completed in PowerSchool no later than 9:15AM each day.  Thank you.


Updated- October 27, 2017 

DC Staff Apparel Order Due to Forbes 10/31/2017… show your DC Pride!!

School Bus Evacuation Training Video for Students

NC School Board of Education requires that ALL students are taught how to evacuate a school bus in the event of an emergency.

To assist in ensuring that every child has an opportunity to learn how to evacuate a school bus; the Transportation Department has posted a short 13 minute video, “Bus Evacuation Drills for Students” through a link on YouTube.

LINK TO SCHOOL BUS EVACUATION DRILL THROUGH THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOR YOU TUBE:  http://youtu.be/Sap6OihN0iw

Grade levels, please work together to determine when your grade level will show the video to your students.  (Please do not choose the Literacy or Math Block)  Please determine a date and time.  Once you have determined the date and time, communication leads, please notify Ms. Cote when you have scheduled to do so.  I must verify that every teacher has shown the video to students.  Thank you so much for your support.  Please make sure you schedule the video to be shown by November 9, 2017.  Thank you.

Stand Up Speak Out Pledge

Join the Movement, make your pledge today for Safe and Welcoming Schools

WHAT: Stand Up Speak Out is dedicated to supporting a culture of respect and safety for EVERY CMS student, family, and staff. Each signed pledge means YOU are prepared to advocate and engage others to ensure our schools and communities are safe, welcoming, and bully free. Take the PLEDGE today and Stand Up Speak Out against Bullying.

Dr. Wilcox took the lead in signing the pledge.  Now it’s your turn to lead and encourage everyone in your school family to join the movement to stop bullying.

Will your school take action?

Every student, staff, parent, and community partner can join in #StandUpSpeakOut

to end bullying!  It’s EASY! Here is HOW…

GO TO www.makingitbetter-cms.tv

CLICK on the Stand Up Speak Out logo

  1.      CHOOSE YOUR PLEDGE
  •         Elementary School
  •         Middle school
  •         High School
  •         CMS Staff, Community, Parents
  1.      SIGN THE PLEDGE BY TYPING YOUR INFORMATION – The pledge takes less than 2 minutes to complete
  2.      Pay It Forward to a champion in your school to continue the movement…

Updated – October 20, 2017 @ 7:51AM

Cafeteria Update

To address a recurring question:  What do we do when no IA is present to support in the cafeteria during my lunch time?  This is an issue that came up repeatedly last year, because of a variety of needs around the school.  We have provided additional staff to the cafeteria to support when we do have emergencies, as well as to ensure proper student/adult ratios when IA’s are absent or covering.  IA’s do report consistently when available.  The Morning Email will let you know if they are being used elsewhere during cafeteria time.  When the assigned Instructional Assistants are not available, we will need the teachers assigned to the table of the absent IA(s) to support that area.  

Interim Assessment/Data Days

Interim 1 Assessment & Data Day Schedules and Materials have been posted to the Echo. CLICK Here to view them directly.

2017-2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Writing Contest

For more than 20 years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have participated in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Writing Contest, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Given the many tragedies that have struck our nation, eyes have turned to the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work has left a legacy for every generation. We want to provide an opportunity for our students to express their thoughts and ideas on how to build and sustain a community of equity and justice.

The theme for this year is Courage:  The Solution to Fear

The prompt for this year’s contest is:  On March 8, 1965 in Selma, Alabama, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke from the pulpit.  He spoke these words: “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”  How do you interpret these words to show courage?  Make your answer heard through your art, digital media, or writing.

Students entering the contest will create art, video, or writing that responds to the prompt, all under the theme of Courage:  The Solution to Fear. Bilingual and/or Spanish immersion students may submit a writing entry in either English or Spanish.  Schools will submit works digitally as in years past. Submissions will be shared through Google drive. All materials for the contest are also available online in the following Google folder:  http://bit.ly/MLKCMS

Please review the contents of the folder.  All entries are due November 30, 2017 by 5:00pm.

Please share this opportunity with your staff, students, and parents.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to another wonderful contest year!

Math Digital Tools – Dreambox Update

Due to budget constraints, all students in grades K-2 will have access to Dreambox for 12 months. This means, students in grades 3-5 no longer have access to Dreambox. K-2 students will still access the Dreambox program through Clever or the app.

Please remember, all students in grades K-5 have access to a variety of resources and digital tools:

enVision math:  The new math curriculum adoption, enVision math, has a number of online components that are for daily use within the lesson and for small group differentiated instruction. Each day teachers should use the online solve and share, Visual Learning animation video, and lesson projectables.

Small Group:

  •         K-5 Online games (vocabulary and fluency), math tools activity, take another look video, today’s challenge, online assessments, online daily quiz (quick check)
  •         K-2: Interactive math story, vocabulary games

3-5: Knewton Adaptive Homework:

  •         Practice Buddy Independent Practice
  •         Practice Buddy Homework

Compass Learning, now Edgenuity:  All K-8 students have access to Compass Learning/Edgenuity math AND ELA through their Clever dashboard inside NCED Cloud.  Students can also access Edgenuity via iPads. The content has been converted for grades 1 and 2 on the iPads. The Kindergarten content will be converted by the end of 2017.  If using an iPad, students in grades 1 and 2 should access Edgenuity by opening the Safari browser, logging into NCEd Cloud, and selecting Clever, instead of using Puffin Academy. iPads will need to have iOS 10 or higher. Please note, in the NWEA learning paths, students are assigned content based on the student’s academic level not grade level. So, if a student in grades 1 or 2 scores in a kindergarten range, the Compass/Edgenuity activities will not load and just display a white screen. Students can choose another activity within their learning path that will be on grade level or can work on teacher assigned content that would be pulled from grade levels 1 or 2.

For additional questions, concerns, or assistance regarding Compass Learning/Edgenuity, please contact Tom Lamb at tom.lamb@edgenuity.com or Valerie Davis at valeriel.davis@cms.k12.nc.us.

For more information on all math resources, enroll in the CMS Elementary Math Canvas Course:  https://cms.instructure.com/enroll/GPBJ3Y

Heat/AC

Are you ready for HEAT?  I would like to know your feedback. Please talk with your team and have your Communications Lead tell me what CONSENSUS your team came up with.  CMS will begin begin switching us from A/C to heat around November 15th.  In October and early November we always have some cold days but we also have some really warm weather, so please consider this before asking for an early switchover.  If staff decides to make the switch a little early, I will need to know by October 27 to ensure it can happen before they start their rounds.  Communication leads please let me know what your team would like to do by 10/27.  Thank you. (Please don’t tell me how each person has voted.  Please tell me the consensus for your team.)


Additional Reminder for Field Trips – Updated – October 13, 2017 @ 8:55AM

David Cox does not utilize Instructional Assistants for Field Trips.  Parent Chaperones are to be secured at the appropriate ratio for each class.  Two weeks prior to the field trip, classroom teachers are to check with Mrs. Estevez for proper volunteer clearance and submit the names of their chaperones for the trip to the grade level administrator.  Classes having difficulty securing chaperones, must notify the grade level administrator 30 days prior to the field trip for support in securing additional volunteers.

EL Services Language Assistance Services

The goal of the CMS English Learner (EL) Services Language Assistance team is to provide timely high-quality interpretation services to families and schools, minimizing cultural and linguistic barriers, promoting parent involvement, and building a foundation for students’ academic success.

Oral Interpretation Services

The EL Services Language Assistance Team works with professional full-time district staff and contract interpreters to provide real-time, face-to-face communication with individual families, and groups of parents to facilitate communication with those who communicate best in a language other than English.

The EL Services Language Assistance Team can provide interpreters for individual meetings with families including parent-teacher conferences, Individualized Education Program (IEP), Positive Behavioral Intervention System, disciplinary meetings, school-wide and district events.  We provide headset interpretation equipment for large events, which can be requested on the Interpreter Request Form.

Due to the high volume of interpretation requests received during the period of Parent Conferences and Kindergarten Orientation, we will provide a maximum of two (2) hours, for this event, of interpretation services per language.

Submitting Request for Oral Interpretation Services and Headsets

Interpretation requests are submitted through the CMS Intranet (my.cms.k12.nc.us).

Departments à Eà English Language Services à Related Links àInterpreter Request Form

Please allow 5 business days for the request to be processed.

Emergency Language Line Telephone Interpretation Services

Emergency Language Line is a fee-for-service resource available for interpretation needs.  EL Services manages and monitors this service.  The Emergency Language Line is only authorized for emergency telephone interpretation services when other resources have been exhausted OR for short encounters (5 minutes or less).  Contact Stephanie Perry at 980-343-1359 or stephanie.perry@cms.k12.nc.us, EL Services Senior Administrative Secretary, for more information.

Parent Information Phone Line – 980-343-0057 (NEW! November 1, 2017)

The EL Services Language Assistance team will begin offering telephone support to parents who do not speak English as their first language.  Our Spanish Language Assistance Team will manage the line from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.  The interpreter will provide parents with requested information, arrange for the parent to speak with the appropriate school staff, or connect the parent with a needed resource.

TransAct, an online tool to access forms and notices, available in 21 languages

Please register for TransAct at http://www.transact.com to access forms and notices such as health and medical, attendance, permission slips, school signs, safety, parent involvement, and Section 504.

How to register, login to an account and personalize documents. First Time User? Register for Access: 1) Go to http:// www.transact.com. 2) Click on the Register link at the top of the page (Next to “Login To TransACT”) 3) Select your State, County and School District 4 Enter district email and click Next 5) Enter your user information and click Next.  You will receive an automated email with your password.

Change languages on a document: 1) Open the document you want 2) Find the orange drop down menu on the upper right that says “English” 3) Hover over the menu and select the language you need 4) Click Open PDF in the toolbar on the right side of the page.

Fill-In and Save a Document: 1) Open the document you want 2) Click on the Fill-in and Save button in the toolbar on the right side of the page 3) Fill in the text in the highlighted fields 4) Click Select Languages & Save 5) Check the box next to the languages you wish to save 6) Open the document in Adobe Reader or Preview 7) Go to File>Print or File>Save As.


Teacher Directions for Field Trips:

When turning in money for field trips, please be sure to put where you are going on the form and fill out the turn-in form completely.

Number of students, how much per student and total per student.  Then put the total at the bottom in requested places.  Please put a zero in any field that you are not using.  EX:  coins – if you did not collect any put a zero.

I (Mrs. Cote)  will also need for each field trip a copy of all paperwork received from the vendor.  Ex:  letters, proposals, confirmations, invoices etc.  I need this information for auditing purposes.

Sometime in the future I will be updating the turn-in form.  Once complete I will send everyone a new copy.

Thank you so much for your support!

Teacher Directions for Pictures:

Teachers:  Picture order forms were placed in your box.  Please send one home with each student, they are dual sided English/Spanish.           

Collection forms were also placed in your box.  Pictures may be ordered on line or by completing the order form.

Inform parents with late orders that they will be accepted online only up to 48 hours after Picture Day.

Extra copies:  If you have extra’s you may keep some if you would like, but then please send the balance back to the office so we will have them here if parents ask for them.

Updated – October 5, 2017 @ 10:30AM

Don’t forget that Got Skills night will be October 26, 2017 @ 6PM.  Please work to personally invite or determine other means to help support great participation!  Remember, the team with 50% or more of their parents participating will get 1 hour of paid lunch off campus together.  Let’s see how creative you can be in getting your parents out for this first Parent/Family engagement event of the year!


Updated – September 29, 2017 @ 12PM

*Grade Level Admnistrative Support – Mrs. Pride and I have divided the school such that parents and staff know who to go to for grade level issues.  Mrs. Pride will serve as administrative contact for PK, K, 2, 4 and the Connect Team.  I will be the administrative contact for 1st, 3rd, 5th, EC and IA’s.  For IA’s, Ms. Hinton will be your direct contact person.

*The Assessment Calendar was Uploaded/Linked to the Echo

*Recess Schedule was Uploaded/Linked to the Echo

*Final Committee Designations – if your team is missing a grade level representative, please email Celeste by the close of business on October 2, 2017 to indicate who on your team will fill that committee seat.  Thank you.

DILT:  Claire Hayes, Melanie Moore, Amy Fullerton and Purvi Majithia

BTSP Program Lead:  Anthony Iannone

MTSS – Tier I:

PK – Needs Representative

K – Satkoski

1 – Was Willis – needs new rep.

2 – Guthrie

3 – Moore

4 – Iannone

5 – Wheeler/Tampa

Connect:  Needs Representative

Facilitator – McGregor

MTSS- Tier II:

PK – Needs Representative

K – Webber

1 – Needs Representative

2 – Burns

3 – Thomas

4 – Parker

5 – Tampa

Connect:  Needs Representative

Facilitator:  McGregor

Check in Check out Coordinators:  Walker and Pierce

School Leadership Team:

Ellis, Pride

Content Facilitator: Forbes

EC Representative:  Starck

Connect Representative: Carter, Karen

PK: Needs Representative

K:  Satkoski

1:  Needs Representative

2:  Prater

3:  Rivers

4:  Needs Representative

5:  Tampa

CSST:  Student Supports:  Ellis, Pride, McGregor, Oliphant, Facilitators as available, Nurse

MTSS-A

Ellis, Pride

LaRussell, Hinton, Forbes

PK – Needs Representative

K – Simpson

1 – Thompson

2 – Majithia

3 – Greenberg

4 – Needs Representative

5 – Peterson

Facilitator:  Facilitators

*Legal Update

I received this from our legal team and wanted to share with you in the event that there are questions about the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, etc.

The legal department has consistently advised on this issue, including a telephone conference call with all high school principals last school year. It is unconstitutional for schools to: (1) require students to observe patriotic rituals or (2) discipline students for silent acts of political protest [like kneeling/sitting for the national anthem or refusing to say the pledge of allegiance] that do not interfere with another person’s ability to engage in such rituals or do not disrupt the operations of a school.

*Charlotte Teachers Institute is partnering with Discovery Place Education Studio to host Evening for Educators on Tuesday, 17 October, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  This event will showcase CTI Fellows’ original curricula created out of CTI seminars.  The format will be  poster presentation-style where guests can walk around to different teachers’ projects to learn more about their curricular focus.  We’ll have refreshments too.  This event is free and open to the public.  

 

Link to PRESENTERS REGISTRATION
Link to REGISTER to ATTEND the event (also on CTI website)

Updated – September 24, 2017 @ 10:52AM

Committee Meetings for the 2017-2018 School Year

September

19 – BTSP Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

19 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

21 – CSST – Student Support – 8:15-9:15AM (Front Office Conference Room)

25 – MTSS-A Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

26 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

28 – SLT @ 6PM – Media Center

29 – FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

October

3 – DILT – PD Planning – 3:30-4:30PM – (Location TBD)

4 – BTSP Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

17 – MTSS-B Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

19 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

19 –  SLT @ 6PM – Media Center

24 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

26 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

26 –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

30 – MTSS-A – Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

November

1 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

2 – DILT – PD Planning – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

9 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

16 – SLT @ 6PM – Media Center

21 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

21 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

16 –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

27 – MTSS-A – Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

28 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

December

7 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

13 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

14 – MTSS-A – Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

15  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

18 – DILT PD Planning – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

18 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

January

4 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center) [From December]

10 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

11 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

16 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

23 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

25 – SLT @ 6PM (Media Center)

25 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

25 –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

29 – MTSS-A Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

February

6 – DILT PD Planning – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

8 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

20 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

22 – SLT @ 6PM (Media Center)

22 – FAC @ 3:30PM

22 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

26 – MTSS-A Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

27 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

March

7 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

8 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

19 –  DILT PD Planning – 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

20 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

22 – SLT @ 6PM Media Center

22 –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

26 – MTSS-A Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

27 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

29 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

April

11 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

12 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

17 – MTSSB- Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

24 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

26 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

26 – SLT @ 6PM Media Center

26 –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

30 – MTSSA Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

May

2 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

7 – DILT Meeting @ 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)

10 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

15 – Tier I Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

22 – MTSS-B Tier II Meeting – 3:30-4:30PM (Media Center)

24 – CSST – STUDENT SUPPORT – 8:15-9:15AM (FRONT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM)

24 – SLT @ 6PM (Media Center)

24  –  FAC 3:30PM (Location TBD by FAC)

29 – MTSS-A Leadership Team – 3:30-4:30PM (PLC Room)

June

6 – BTSP Meeting– 3:30-4:30PM (Location TBD)


Updated September 15, 2017 @ 2:51PM

Interested in being a Principal?

Open House will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm @ Spaugh Auditorium , it is open to all CMS Employees interested in school leadership.

Please RSVP using this link: www.PrincipalPipeline.com/OpenHouse

Principal Preparation Programs (Click on the blue)

  •         Leaders for Tomorrow at Winthrop University
  •         School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA) at Queens University
  •        UNC Charlotte Aspiring High School Principals Program
  •         Educational Leadership Programs at Wingate University

Benefits Update

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ annual Benefits Open Enrollment is Sept. 30 through Oct. 31, 2017.

Once again, benefit counselors will be scheduled at David Cox meet individually with all benefit eligible employees to explain all the benefit programs, coordinate enrollment with the State Health Plan and explain all the voluntary benefits changes. (Those dates have not been communicated yet)

A member of the Worksite Communications advance team will be visiting all work locations between Monday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 29, to distribute communication materials to all employees.  

It is not necessary for our employees to meet with a benefits counselor as they are able to use the Employee Self-Service function of the enrollment platform if they are not enrolling in voluntary benefits (i.e. Accident, Critical Illness, etc.).
Professional Development Opportunity

Would you like to learn how to create a website for your class to keep your parents informed?  Ms. Bynoe would like to help you create a Weebly!

She has September 28th available right after school (3:15pm-4:15pm)  to be able to support you with this work.  She’ll be conducting a class in the Computer Lab for all interested bodies.  HAVING A WEEBLY WILL POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR STANDARD AROUND PARENT COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY USE TO SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING.  🙂

Please email Ms. Bynoe directly to let her know of your interest. Her email is so.success-bynoe@cms.k12.nc.us Thank you!


Lamination

Our laminator is finally up and running again.  This year, due to large repair costs not in the budget this year, we are limiting use of the Laminator to Ms. Bonar.  She will be our school laminator.  She will not be cutting out materials, but laminating for you.  We will begin a lamination schedule next week.

Monday – PK and Kindergarten

Tuesday – First Grade and Connect

Wednesday –Second and Third Grades

Thursday – Fourth Grade

Friday – Fifth Grade

She will only be laminating instructional materials this year.  We are not able to use laminating film for parent gifts,  or for preservation of non-instructional materials. Laminating film is very expensive and we just don’t have the budget to laminate non-instructional items.

*We will be placing a lamination basket in the teacher workroom for you to place your items in.  Please be sure your name is on it. Ms. Bonar will not laminate items without a name.

Early Dismissal/Late Arrival

As outlined in our school handbook and read by each of you, there is no longer a paper Early Dismissal/Later Arrival Form.  Everything is now electronic and the link is found in your handbook.  For your convenience, I have added it here.

*Early Dismissal/Late Arrival Form (Click on the Link)


Updated September 10, 2017 @ 10:59AM

Early Release Dates!

Our first early release date is quickly approaching.  The first early release date is October 16, 2017.  Students will be dismissed at 12PM.  ASEP will be in full operation.  Parents needing to utilize ASEP should be registered two weeks prior to the early release date in order to ensure sufficient staffing.

Updated – September 10, 2017 @ 10:47AM

Policy Updates:  This memo is written to highlight policies and regulations that have been recently updated. Please note these are not new policies; however, some policies and regulations may not have been well understood which has impacted consistent implementation.  CMS Board of Education Policies and Regulations that were recently revised and approved include:

Policy Code Regulations: JLCG-R Students with Food Allergies

Policy Code Regulations: JL-R Student Wellness

Policy Code and Regulations: IMG Service Animals

Policy Code Regulation: JLCG-R Students with Food Allergies outlines plans for supporting students with severe allergies to foods.  CMC recognized that it is not possible for the district to totally eliminate the risk of exposure of students with severe allergies (identified students) to foods that trigger allergic reactions. However, the district takes seriously its responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect the safety of all students. This policy does not allow for eliminating an allergen from a school building or classroom but provides guidance for ensuring safety and strategies to reduce exposure.

Policy Code Regulations: JL-R Student Wellness outlines guidance related to requirements for each school to have a School Health Team, requirements related to Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health Education as well as guidelines followed by Child Nutrition related to food sale.

Policy Code and Regulations: IMG Service Animals outlines updated requirements and guidelines to follow in case of the need for a service animal to be in schools.


Updated – September 8, 2017 @ 10:58AM

For any students having Immunization Deficiency Notices – Please share – ConnectEd messages and individual notes have been sent home to parents.  BIG SHOTS COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR IMMUNIZATIONS AND HEALTH ASSESSMENTS
Children entering school in North Carolina are required to present a completed immunization record on the first day of school (G.S. 130A-155). Students must be up to date on required immunizations. Any student new to NC public schools is also required to submit a Health Assessment (Physical Exam) completed within 12 months prior to the first day of school entry.
Students have 30 calendar days from their first day of school to submit proof of the required immunizations and/or health assessment. Without proof, students will not be able to be in school after September 26th. On September 27th, students without prrof are to be excluded from school. Use absence code 2B; do not code as a suspension.
This year, Big Shots Saturdays will include opportunities for students to receive immunizations and health assessments. Please share the information on the attached flyer. Payments may be required for immunizations with some insurance plans. Health assessments will be offered free of charge. To make an appointment, see the attached flyer and link. Walk-ins also welcome.
Saturday September 9
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mecklenburg County Public Health
2845 Beatties Ford Road,
Charlotte, NC 28216
Saturday September 16
9 a.m. – 4 p.m
Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road,
Charlotte, NC 28211
Saturday September 23
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mecklenburg County Public Health
2845 Beatties Ford Road,
Charlotte, NC 28216
**

*Please share this information via email with your families.  It will also be shared via Parent Square and ConnectEd.  Thank you.

Title I, in collaboration with Community Partnerships and Family Engagement, will host the third annual CMS Title I Family Engagement and Academic Fair on Saturday, September 23rd at East Mecklenburg High School from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is Gearing Up for Greatness and will celebrate the importance of our students and families while providing attendees with the tools they need in order to have a successful school year.

At the Fair students and families will:

  • Receive free immunizations courtesy of the Novant Community Cruiser
  • Explore the latest technology with Microsoft’s Device Bar
  • Learn about academic expectations and how to support learning at home with workshops from CMS, the Arts and Science Council, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Receive information on graduation requirements and college planning
  • Speak with representatives from various CMS departments as well as community organizations, and so much more!

Updated – September 1, 2017 @ 11:11AM

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to help Texas students and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our Help for Houston effort starts Wednesday, Aug. 30, and lasts through Tuesday, Sept. 5. We are asking families to contribute new children’s clothing and toiletries. The timeframe is brief in order to get these items to children and families as soon as possible.

Boxes will be provided to all schools. Our thoughts are with the people of Texas who are struggling during this challenging time. Thank you for helping others in their time of need. #teamCMS #weareCMS (5PM – September 6 – Donations to JM Alexander)

Releasing Students to Non-Parents

School employees have a duty to provide adequate supervision of students. As part of that duty, school staff must exercise reasonable care when releasing a student from school. When there is a request to release a student, the student’s file should be reviewed to determine if the non-parent has authorization from the parent to pick-up the child. Once parent authorization is confirmed, the student should be released only after authorization is obtained from the principal or other school administrator. If school staff do not know or recognize the non-parent, identification should be required before the student is released. Unless a court has ordered otherwise, a school may only release a student to:

  • A parent or legal guardian or legal custodian;
  • A CMS approved hardship caregiver;
  • A person who has written authorization from the parent; or
  • Authorized law enforcement or DSS officials.

 

Medication Administration

Kudos to Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades for indicating who will be trained to give medication on field trips:  K (Atty and Webber); 4th (White and Powell) and 5th (Wheeler and Tampa).  All other teams should email Ms. Ellis with the names of who will be trained.  We are awaiting this information before we schedule a training date and time.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Student login update

Great News! In addition to all students grades 3-12 being provisioned with a device, all teachers including those who attended New Teacher Orientation have been provisioned with a laptop. Teachers are ready!  Over 3,000 teachers participated in training this summer on digital literacy and use of digital tools, including Canvas.

The Technology Services team has worked diligently to streamline student access to digital tools.

Student logins have been updated to a more consistent format using the student’s state ID and unique password. Students will be able to access more of the digital tools available in the NCEdCloud portal. This change is a big step in making digital learning and access to digital tools, easier for students from any computer with Internet.  Please review the table below for updated login information.

 

Grade NCEdCloud Desktop Computer Chromebook/Google Apps for Edu
K-4 Username: Student ID

Password: Cmsx0000

(0000=grade level graduation year)

Example:

Username: 1234567890

Password: Cmsx2030 K

        Cmsx2029 1st gr.

        Cmsx2028 2nd gr.

        Cmsx2027 3rd gr.

        Cmsx2026 4th gr.

Username: Student ID

Password: 8 digit birthdate yyyymmdd

Example:

Username: 1234567890

Password: 20101125

(student born November 25, 2010)

Username: Student email

Password: Cmsx0000 (0000=grade level grad yr.)

Example:

Username: 12345678@student.cms.k12.nc.us

Password: Cmsx2030 K

                 Cmsx2029 1st gr.

                 Cmsx2028 2nd gr.

                 Cmsx2027 3rd gr.

                 Cmsx2026 4th gr.

5-12 Username: Student ID

Password:  Unique passwords created by students last year. Note- Any teacher of record can change student password from their NCEdCloud portal. Students in grades 5-12 new to CMS as of August 25 will need to claim their accounts and set their password.

Username: Student ID

Password: 8 digit birthdate yyyymmdd

Example:

Username: 12345678

Password: 20101125

(student born November 25, 2010)

Username: Student email

Password: 8 digit birthdate

yyyymmdd

Example:

Username: 12345678@student.cms.k12.nc.us

Password: 20101125

(student born November 25, 2010)

Title IX Requirements:

In compliance with Office of Civil Rights directives, CMS has developed age-appropriate lessons for all K-12 students on the following mandated topics:

  •       Sexual and gender-based harassment
  •       Consequences of sexual and gender-based harassment
  •       Steps to take if they or another is being harassed based on sex/gender
  •       Encouragement to report such harassment
  •       Safe strategies for bystander intervention

All students must receive instruction on the above topics, unless a parent/guardian completes an opt-out form, with documentation provided to OCR via retention of opt-out forms at the school level. (Letters to go home Thursday, September 7 and Opt Out forms must be returned within 5 days – by September 12, 2017.)  

A training for staff on the mandate and lesson content is contained within the Canvas platform. All licensed staff are required to access and complete the Canvas module, which should take no more than 10 – 15 minutes. Title IX – Professional Development.  Training must be completed by September 12, 2017.  Teams should notify Ms. Ellis as the date and time you will be teaching the lessons in your classroom.  Please notify Ms. Ellis by September 12, 2017 as to when your team will be teaching the lessons.  All lessons must be taught by September 26, 2017.


Important Transportation information for Bus Riders  (Updated 8/25/2017)

In order to assist you with information regarding when your students might have transportation, here is Transportation Information for you.  Parents will have to come to the school on key dates to get bus passes for their students.  When students are authorized to get on the bus, their parents will received a bus pass and you will have a copy as well. (Key Bus Pass Distribution Dates are:  August 29, August 31, September 5.)

  •       Students who have moved, had their new address recorded in PowerSchool between August 2nd and August 25th, and are eligible for transportation should have their stop in place for the afternoon bus ride Tuesday, August 29th.  This includes new students enrolled within the dates above.  (Priority is given to eligible students requesting service to and from home to school; it may take several weeks to process alternate stops/daycare stops at the beginning of the school year).
  • Students who have moved, had their new address recorded in PowerSchool between August 26th and August 29th, and are eligible for transportation should have their stop in place for the afternoon bus ride on Thursday, August 31st.  This includes new students enrolled within the dates above.  (Priority is given to eligible students requesting service to and from home to school; it may take several weeks to process alternate stops/daycare stops at the beginning of the school year).
  • Students who have moved, had their new address recorded in PowerSchool between August 30th and August 31st, and are eligible for transportation should have their stop in place for the afternoon bus ride on Tuesday, September 5th.  This includes new students enrolled within the dates above.  (Priority is given to eligible students requesting service to and from home to school; it may take several weeks to process alternate stops/daycare stops at the beginning of the school year).

Students who have moved, had their new address recorded in PowerSchool on September 1st or later, and are eligible for transportation will have their bus stop set by the Transportation Area office through the EveryInfo program.  Schools, transportation offices, and call center staff can access the start dates using the EveryInfo program.