Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Week of July 14

Happy Tuesday, Friends!  I hope you are enjoying the time off.  I have been making the most of my friends and family time before returning to work next week.  Mike has enjoyed quite a few home cooked meals (applause) and Hannah and Sophie have had daily walks.  LIFE IS GOOD!  

We found out yesterday that we are LEED Gold Certified (WAHOO!) and there is a new article in Texas Architect about our school.   Let me remind each of you, YOU were hand picked to be part of our famiLEE!  It is because of YOU and YOUR EFFORTS that we are transforming education and blazing new trails.  

If you have been approved by the board, then you have a Coppell ISD Outlook account.  You will also have a Coppell ISD Gmail account.  To access your Outlook account from home, go here.  Your Outlook user name is your first initial, last name.  For example: ckastrounis.  

To access your Outlook account from home, go here. Your Gmail username is first initial, last name, @g.coppellisd.com.  For example: ckastrounis@g.coppellisd.com.  Both of these accounts have the same password.  

Since your Google invites will go to your gmail account AND so that you don't have to check BOTH, here are digital and listed directions to sync the two of them together (thank you Coppell ISD iTeam):
  1. Log into your Google Apps Account (Google Apps 2011-12, if it is your first time, use the password CISD)
  2. Click Email on your Google Apps Dashboard
  3. Click on the gear in the top right corner.
  4. Click on Mail Settings.
  5. Click on "Forwarding POP/IMAP" in the settings tabs.
  6. Click "Add a Forwarding Address"
  7. Type in your regular @coppellisd.com email address.
  8. Open Outlook or Webmail
  9. Find the email from "CISD Administrators Team"
  10. Find the confirmation code in the email.
  11. Highlight and copy the code.
  12. Go back to Google Apps.
  13. Paste the code in the confirmation code box.
  14. Click the verify button.
  15. Click the dot next to "forward a copy…"
  16. Choose what you want to do with the gmail (I prefer to have it marked as read).
  17. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  18. Click "Save Changes"

Thank you for those of you that contributed to last week's Flexible Learning Environment portion for our iBook.  We have over 90 images and some narratives submitted.  Thank you Stacey, Alli, Roxann, Elizabeth, and Amanda for your work on this.  Thank you Britt for learning some funky new widgets for us to use.

Again, we cannot start our work without your help!  This week our focus will be on collecting evidence in relation to  INNOVATIVE LEARNING AND TEACHING.  Below is the part of the rubric that relates to this task in order for you to see what kind of information we are looking for.  

Please drop your written contributions (we need examples of how you have demonstrated this in your spaces), photos and videos in relation to Innovative Learning and Teaching folder in this location by Monday, July 20. Next week, you will receive an updated blog with our next focus.  

If you want to get a jump start on some of the Back to School tasks that need completed, you can read our campus handbook NOW.  It has been updated from last year.  It is compelling reading and tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about RJL (and then some).  There is a form for you to sign and turn in to Diana before the end of the first week of school. 

June 27- Viana's Birthday
July 13- Cassie's Birthday
July 14- Shelley L's Birthday
July 15- Lunch at Mattitos (email Lauren)
July 26- Nicole's Birthday
July 31- Wendy's Birthday
August 3-4- Balanced Literacy Training
August 3-7- New Teacher Orientation
August 18-21- RJL Back to School Training
August 20- Meet the Designer Night (5:30-7:00)

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