Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Weekly Communication 3/26 - 3/30

Wink’s Weekly Words

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This week the board approved some personnel incentive plans for you.  In the business section below, check out info on our Sick Leave Bank and Early Resignation Incentive.  In the coming months, we will be working hard to explore options regarding our teacher and staff salary scales in an effort to get even more competitive in staff salaries.

Tickets to the Showdown - Read below to find out if you have won a ticket in our Showcase Showdown on May 25. Everyone has earned 2 to start with, but you can earn more just by being awesome and by having your name drawn.


We are excited to report that Matthew Todd will be our new curriculum director.  Mr. Todd has done a great job for our district as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and most recently elementary principal. We are excited that Mr. Todd will take his knowledge and expertise to the district level so that we help our principals, teachers and campuses make even greater gains in their learning.

REQUIRED TRAINING - All teachers and paraprofessionals must attend Test Administrator
Training on Tuesday, March 27.  Your counselors will give you more information.

Remember that you are RESPONSIBLE for reading your test administrator manual.

Test Administrator Modules (CLICK HERE)  must be viewed and certificates must be
printed off and turned into your counselor prior to Test Administrator Training on
Tuesday, March 27.  Your counselor may give you more specifics.

SCREENCASTS - Remember that your name and date must be typed on the certificates
before printing.  If you need more clarification, please view the following two videos:

Fri, Mar 30 - Bad Weather Day (NO SCHOOL & HAPPY EASTER)
Mon, Apr 2 - Term Contracts need to be turned in to Superintendent’s Office
Fri, Apr 6 - End of 3 weeks (Make sure gradebooks have minimum number of grades)
Fri, Apr 6 - TELPAS Window Closes
Tue, Apr 10 - Thu, Apr 12 - STAAR Testing Week
Wed, Apr 11 - #LoveMySchoolDay - Use your Twitter and Facebook account to tell the world why you love BRISD.
May 30-31 - REMINDER - We’re having training on May 30-31. This will help you get 2 of the 5 flex days for 18-19 knocked out right at the beginning summer!
* Alignment of 8-12 essential standards
* R10 content experts will be here


New for 2018 - 2019:  BRISD will have a Sick Leave Bank.  This is a great benefit to add to our Personnel Package.  
Read about it here.  Donation forms will be handed out during inservice in August

At March’s Board Meeting, the board approved an Early Resignation Notice Incentive plan.  This is a way to thank our staff whom have been dedicated to our district for 5 plus years while also allowing the district time to plan for next school year.  See link for more information. Early Resignation Notice Information

The deadline to apply for the Early Resignation Notice Incentive is April 9.

Reminder about On The Job Injuries:
Principals shall require all employees to provide information to complete an Employers First Report of Injury or Illness form.  The employee shall be responsible for providing updated information as it occurs. The Employer's First Report of Injury form should be completed by the immediate supervisor and employee then forwarded to the Administrative Office on all accidents occurring at school or school sponsored events. It is imperative that all reports filed for Workmen's Compensation be filed within three days of the accident.  Blue Ridge ISD does use a network for Workmen’s Compensation claims.  It is your responsibility to check with Amanda or Kim about what doctors participate in the network to avoid out-of-pocket expenses.  


The following people have won a ticket for prizes at the Showcase Showdown on Friday, May 25:
Micki Smith, Joanna Verde, Ashley Elder, Scott Ball, Jennifer Adlof, Sonja Stephens, Kim Mounger, Erica Gudgel, Stephanie McPherson, Miranda Garlington.

Every week we will pull 10 more names.  Find out how many tickets you will win for the Prize is Right on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Special Programs Announcements

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Technology Announcements

In order to handle all of your devices, programs, and other technology needs please remember to submit all requests for support through Eduphoria. This will allow the technology team to resolve your issues as soon as possible. Please click here to view a video on submitting technology requests in Eduphoria.

Media Center Announcements
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