• Take Action - July 2013 Archives

    Updates to District Letterhead

    New templates of the district’s letterhead stationery reflecting the district’s new leadership (Tisha Edwards, Interim Chief Executive Officer; Shanaysha M. Sauls, Ph.D., Chair, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners) are now available for download. All staff are requested to destroy printed copies of old letterhead and to delete digital copies of the previous letterhead template from computers and shared drives by Sunday, June 30.

    MSA Home Reports

    Home reports and labels for students who participated in the 2013 Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and Alternative Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA) have been sent to schools via school mail. Please mail the reports to your students' parents/guardians. The labels must be affixed to students' cumulative folder. Included with the home reports is a receipt of verification form. Please complete this form and return it to the Achievement and Accountability Office at 200 E. North Ave. by July 11, 2013, to providea record of when the home reports were sent to parents/guardians.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding home reports or labels, contact Carol Wilson at 410-396-8962 or by email. School- and student-level MSA data will be available on Principal's Dashboard on July 19.

    July 2013 Transportation Coordinator Training

    The Student Transportation Office has seen noteworthy improvement in the work done by our transportation coordinators since training intensified over the past year. In order to maintain the momentum, we are requesting that all schools with new transportation coordinators register for one of the upcoming training dates. On Tuesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 10, the Student Transportation Office will facilitate sessions for new transportation coordinators and coordinators that were trained prior to June 2013. All new coordinators should be registered for one of the training dates which will be held at the Student Transportation Office located at 1210 East 20th Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Please note, principals should inform the Student Transportation Office no more than 5 days after the school's transportation coordinator changes. In preparation, please have your school's transportation coordinator review the topics that will be covered prior to attending the session. Enrollment for training sessions is now available on the professional Growth System (click here for the enrollment instructions). If you have any questions, contact Roberta Neal at 410-396-7440 or RNeal@bcps.k12.md.us.

    MSA Home Reports

    Home reports and labels for students who participated in the 2013 Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and Alternative Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA) have been sent to schools via school mail. Please mail the reports to your students' parents/guardians. The labels must be affixed to students' cumulative folder. Included with the home reports is a receipt of verification form. Please complete this form and return it to the Achievement and Accountability Office at 200 E. North Ave. by July 11, 2013, to providea record of when the home reports were sent to parents/guardians.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding home reports or labels, contact Carol Wilson at 410-396-8962 or by email. School- and student-level MSA data will be available on Principal's Dashboard on July 19.

    Changes to courses at the Professional Development Center (week of July 15)

    A large conference has been scheduled at the two schools located in the Professional Development Center (PDC) building during the week of July 15-19. Several of the trainings and courses have been rescheduled, moved and/or cancelled due to parking and facility issues. Teachers should check their City Schools email for further information.

    Location changes:

    • Classroom Management from Theory to Practice: Increasing Student Achievement
      moved to Violetville Elementary/Middle (contact Nicole Brooks at nbrooks01@bcps.k12.md.us with questions)
    • SMS PowerSchool – July 15-17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
      moved to the district office ITD training lab (contact Stanley Wolfe at swolfe@bcps.k12.md.us with questions)

    Cancellations:

    • TSS v9.1 Course Customization with Control Panel (contact Janet Mudd at jmudd@bcps.k12.md.us with questions)
    • PTG Fundamentals (contact Dan Menges at dmenges@bcps.k12.md.us with questions)
    • DataLink Building and Administering an Online Assessment – Wednesday, July 17 (contact Dan Menges at dmenges@bcps.k12.md.us

     

    Closing Processes for the Fiscal Year End

    To ensure a smooth transition from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014, principals, assistant principals and business managers should download, review and complete (as required) the linked guidance documents, information sheets and forms.

    Accounting

    Grants

    Third-party billing

    Payroll

    Procurement cards (“P-Cards”)

    On May 27 all P-Cards will be deactivated in order to allow for end-of the year reconciliations. The cards will be reactivated on July 1, 2013.

    Teacher Evaluation Summer Institute

    After two years of development and field-testing, City Schools’ new evaluation and development system for teachers will be in place for the 2013-14 school year. To prepare for this roll-out, all principals are required to attend a workshop in August to learn more about the new system. This mandatory workshop provides an opportunity for school leaders to learn about the key components and the rationale for the new system so that they, in turn, can introduce it to school staff at the beginning of the new school year. Principals should be joined at the workshop by their building BTU representative and one assistant principal, and should invite these representatives to attend. (For schools without APs, a teacher or school leader should attend with the principal and building representative.)

    The workshop will be held at the Mount Washington Conference Center. Schools will participate with their networks, on the dates listed below.

    • August 12: Networks 4, 13 and 15
    • August 13: Networks 2, 5, 8 and 10
    • August 15: Networks 3, 7, 9 and 11
    • August 16: Networks 1, 6, 12 and 14

    The registration deadline is Monday, July 29. Please read more and register online

    PSASA Annual Evaluation Process

    Annual evaluations for all PSASA members are due by Wednesday, July 31.   Please use the Online Performance Management System (OPMS) to complete the evaluations. The PSASA evaluation process on the Human Capital webpage outlines responsibilities and lists the resources available to support you in this important process.

    Please contact the Human Capital Office at 410-396-8885 or e-mail opms@bcps.k12.md.us with any questions. For questions related to observations and evaluations, please contact Jerome Jones, manager, Labor and Employee Relations at 410-396-8885 orjjones05@bcps.k12.md.us.