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11/30/20
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ur RIDE Interim Assessment application was approved for Gr. 1-11.  This means RIDE will support funding for STAR (this school year only), and in turn RIDE will be able to use our aggregate results along with results from other cities and towns in the state to assess learning during COVID.  

 Due to RIDE’s approval of our application, Renaissance/STAR has activated “STAR 360”.  STAR 360 also includes other products and types of assessments which you are welcome to use, but arenot required to use.  Please be reminded that STAR 360 (compared to what we have had in the past), will only be available this school year.  Chariho’s expectation for teachers in Grades 1-11 is to administer the MOY (Jan 4– Jan 22) and EOY (Beginning in May) assessments in STAR Reading and STAR Math, and continue progress monitoring for selected students as has been done in the past.  Here is a link to an updated Draft Assessment Calendar, once finalized it will be posted on the District’s Website.  In addition, for Grades 1-4, we also will receive licenses for “Freckle”, again this will only be for the 2020-2021 school year.  We hope these tools may provide additional resources for you during this challenging year. 

 Grade 11 teachers may be receiving sign-in information to create an account in the next week, and Gr. 1-4 teachers may be receiving Freckle sign-ons.  If you already had a “free” Freckle account with your Chariho email address, it will “merge” any of your records.  When a Gr. 1-4 student signs in to STAR, they will see a Freckle Icon.

Watch for more information in the coming weeks about related professional learning opportunities.  In the meantime, on the Renaissance Platform you will see a link to “Renaissance-U”, where you can find many professional learning resources.

 

Posted by Jane Daly  On Nov 30, 2020 at 10:48 AM
  

Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Public Interaction (Updated as of 7/31/20)

11/16/2020

Dear Chariho Community,

I am writing to share some updates and guidance. Please note that while in-person registration has closed for Quarter 2 and 3 and Trimester 2, families may opt into full distance learning at any time. Please reach out to your principal if you would like to move to distance learning.

On November 24th the Chariho School Committee will be meeting to review our current learning scenarios. Currently, all our schools offer either full in-person learning every day or an option to move to full-time distance learning. There is a discussion that will take place at our 11/24 school committee meeting to determine if we should consider moving to a 4-day in-person week/1-day distance learning day, or possibly other alternatives. A four-day week would consist of Monday as a distance learning day for all students to allow teachers the opportunity to have additional planning time and to create office hours for students who need additional support. Please note these options are based on a full/partial return plan. 
Please note CALA is an alternative learning academy and plans will be based on the individualized needs of the students. Our students at CALA will be prioritized to continue full in-person learning every day (if possible) if families choose that option.

If cases of COVID19 continue to rise we may be placed in what is called a limited model. In a limited model, our administrators prioritize our students based on the level of need I.e. grade level, students with IEP's, multi-lingual learners, students who require intervention, and/or have large learning gaps. You can review the RIDE guidance on the Limited Plan by clicking here.

We are asking our families to complete this survey so we can gather feedback for the School Committee meeting on possible learning scenarios moving forward. Even if you are currently registered for distance learning, we would like your feedback on the in-person learning scenario you would prefer if you were to return to in-person learning. If you have already completed the survey but have changed your mind, the survey does allow you to edit your response. We also added an “other” section for families who prefer an option that was not listed.

Please complete the following survey by Wednesday, November 18, 2020:

Elementary School Families- Click Here

Middle School Families -Click Here

High School Families -Click Here

We recognize that keeping the schools open is important for the education of our children. I am asking everyone to do their part so that we can continue to do what is necessary for the good of this entire community. 

I continue to appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.

Sincerely,

Gina Picard

Superintendent


Posted by Eric OBrien  On Nov 17, 2020 at 3:32 PM
  

Save time!  Reuse PM Tests by simply setting an updated test window......

For tests already entered in the platform from last year, to administer this year all you have to do is update the Testing Window, and the test is ready to administer.

If you need to edit the test, you can simply make a copy, then just add or delete individual questions as needed.

Posted by Jane Daly  On Oct 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM
  

FREE Professional Learning Opportunities:

RIDE continues to commit to helping RI schools and districts strengthen their professional learning systems and practices. As promised, they have compiled and continue to update a diverse list of no-cost options for professional learning available to RI educators throughout the fall of 2020.

Note: some of these opportunities take place on the State PD Days - October 19 and November 16.
Posted by Jane Daly  On Oct 05, 2020 at 10:36 AM
  
 

Updates on School Accountability 2020-2021
School Report Cards and the School Accountability System are an essential part of keeping teachers, students, parents, and the community informed on the progress of their schools. RIDE plans to release accountability results for the 2020-21 school year in Fall 2021, but some of the measures will be affected by COVID-19. For example, to support public health guidance that it is especially important to stay home when students and teachers are sick, RIDE intends to remove the student and teacher absenteeism measures from the accountability system for 2020-21.

In response to questions about school accountability for 2020-21, RIDE has posted a FAQ document on 2021 school accountability.  RIDE will continue updating this document throughout the fall as schools reopen and we receive additional clarity on requirements from the US Department of Education and feedback fromstakeholders.


Posted by Jane Daly  On Sep 29, 2020 at 11:23 AM
  

Subscribe to Rene Rosivach's Friday Finds, which can be found on the Chariho Regional School District Website/Teaching and Learning/Distance Learning Fellow/Friday Finds! 
You can sign up to be a member of this Google Classroom by clicking on this invitation to join the class https://classroom.google.com/c/MzY3MTE1MzkxM1pa?cjc=7ts6ual, the code to join is 7ts6ual, and have tips sent to you on a regular basis.  The most recent posts include information on "Zoom Tips for Breakout Rooms" and "Zoom Roles Templates".  All posts are also archived and topics can be easily searched.

Also, the Reading Teachers have created a Remote Running Records Google Folder which contains digital versions of the Fountas & Pinnell texts for Running Records.  This was created so that Running Records could be administered for those students learning remotely.  A protocol for such administration can be found here.  Thank you to Kerry, Christy, Tammy, Karen, Kelly, Mary Ellen, Franca, Karrie, Jackie, Jen, and Erica for developing these resources!


Posted by Jane Daly  On Sep 21, 2020 at 3:16 PM
  
Links to 2020-2021 Chariho District Professional Learning Resources are now available!

9/2, 9/3, & 9/4
Opening Sessions, Convocation, and Sessions I, II, III, and IV:
Links to all Documents and Recordings 

Anti-Racism Training Part II  
Date:  10/19/20
Time:  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  
Audience:  All District Staff

Please register in advance by going to the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkceGpqDwuGt3BFLzfb8rC0pHR6_7jFmbH


9/4  Link to download the Anti-Racism Training Part I Toolkit:

https://resistheism.org/antiracism-resources

Posted by Jane Daly  On Sep 15, 2020 at 10:44 AM
  

RIDE Professional Learning Offerings

RIDE continues to commit to helping RI schools and districts strengthen their professional learning systems and practices. Therefore, RIDE has compiled a diverse list of no-cost options for professional learning available to RI educators throughout the week of August 24-28, 2020. We hope both the synchronous and asynchronous offerings provided around health, safety, wellness, and instruction will enhance opportunities for educators, administrators, and staff alike. To maximize time now afforded to educators due to the later start to the school year, we are working with our providers to determine if they can repeat their synchronous offerings, and/or offer new options, also during the week of 8/31-9/4. Therefore, we encourage users to revisit this list throughout the next couple of weeks for the latest information on professional learning offerings. Please email PL@ride.ri.gov for any professional learning questions or concerns.

Posted by Jane Daly  On Aug 18, 2020 at 1:14 PM
  
Go to the Performance Matters webpage under "Staff Resources" on our district site,  and you will find the link to the RICAS Released Test Items now entered in the platform.

All released Gr. 3 and Gr. 4 ELA and Math Items can now be used by teachers in the current grade, and to review results with students from the prior year.
Along with the items, I created a Test for each grade level/subject.  In this way, teacher’s can create their own tests if they just want to choose a few items, or type in the given Test number, “copy” it, then remove or add items to the test that they would like to use at that time.

Gr. 5-8 Math will be the next priority.....
Posted by Jane Daly  On Dec 06, 2019 at 10:09 AM
  
If there is an unseen emergency and you need to administer a test over more than one day, at the end of testing you should selected those students and move them to "Locked Status".  You can then "unlock" them the next day of testing so they can continue the test.

Do not score rubrics/tests until the students have "Finished" the test.

Here is a link to the related Help Section in Performance Matters:
https://unify.performancematters.com/help/Content/core/sam/olaStudentAdmin.htm

Here is a great under 5 minute video which may help you: 

Manage Online Testing with OLA Student Admin - performancematters


Posted by Jane Daly  On Dec 06, 2019 at 10:03 AM
  
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