April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020

Academic Office Newsletter

From the Office of Dr. Paula Knight, Deputy Superintendent of Academics

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Live Webinars from Eagleton Courthouse
The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse has put together a free webinar series for students and teachers, lasting for the remainder of the school year. Sessions will highlight the role of the judicial branch of government and instruct on relevant applications of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sessions began this week. If you are interested in having your students participate in the webinar series, which will include daily 45-minute sessions with judges, lawyers, and other key players, please email EducationTeam@ca8.uscourts.gov with your name and school. Rachel E. Marshall, Public Education & Community Outreach, will respond to complete the simple but required registration process.
Live webinars are at noon central, Tuesday through Friday, from April 21-May 15. Each week is a series, but you can mix and match however you’d like. Each session is a structured 45 minutes, including time for Q & A.
  • Tuesdays: Meet an attorney from the Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Wednesdays: Meet an officer from U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services
  • Thursdays: Meet a judge from the U.S. District Court
  • Fridays: Meet a representative from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Renaissance myON Webinar for Teachers
An important, one-hour webinar has been developed for the District to support engaging at-home continued learning. There will be a session for K-5 teachers and a session for 6-12 teachers. Each webinar will cover: 
  • myON comprehensive overview
  • Students personalized literacy environment
  • Educator experience across content areas
  • A few key reports for greater at-home student insights
  • K-5 Teachers: Monday, April 27, 2pm: REGISTER
  • 6-12 Teachers: Tuesday, April 28, 1pm: REGISTER
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
Scholarship Deadlines Extended
Please share with your students! The St. Louis Community Foundation has extended its application deadlines for scholarships. Click HERE for scholarship descriptions, links to apply and due dates. 
GOOD NEWS: U.S. News and World Report - Best High Schools in Missouri
Congratulations to Metro (No. 1), McKinley (No. 6) and Collegiate (No. 8) for being named top-10 schools in Missouri. We are so proud of our Panthers, Goldbugs and Owls! 
GOOD NEWS: Donors Choose
Donors Choose selected the classroom of Christina Nolan, Pre-K teacher at Froebel, to receive $1,000 for educational resources through a new program called Keep Kids Learning. After receiving the funds, Ms. Nolan worked hard to ensure all her students received a delivery of supplies directly to their home. As you can see Donte B. and his siblings are enjoying the materials!
GOOD NEWS: Take a Bow, Coach Turner
Longtime SLPS staff member and 2014 AIM for Fitness Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Fabian Turner is retiring this year, and received a glowing shout-out from the American Heart Foundation for his work as a coordinator.
Coach Turner has served SLPS students for 25 years, 20 at Hickey Elementary. During his time in the District, he also worked at Jefferson, Carr Lane, Blewett, Ford, Oak Hill and Bryan Hill.
Curriculum Specialists:
  • Dr. Esther Palsenberger, Elementary ELA, 314-779-5939
  • Judine Keplar, Secondary ELA, 314-532-6427
  • LaRon Haymore, Elementary Math, 314-930-6077
  • Zehra Khan, Secondary Math, 314-532-3574
  • J. Carrie Launius, Elementary Science, 314-934-5258
  • Dr. Valentina Bumbu, Secondary Science, 573-544-6835
  • Dr. Glenn Barnes, Social Studies, 314-934-5267
  • John Grapperhaus, Visual Arts, 314-934-5320
  • Kaye Harrelson, Performing Arts, 314-934-5445 
SLPS Foundation All Stars
Thanks to the grandparents, parents and peers who submitted more than 100 descriptions this week of school staff whom they consider SLPS Foundation All Stars. Click HERE to see the nominees.
School staff have continued to shine during this tough time: they are delivering school supplies, technology and food to some of our homebound families; providing one-on-one check ins with students at all hours; walking stressed parents through new technology frontiers; and keeping each other’s spirits calm by injecting humor and self care into meetings. We are grateful! Winners will be announced this afternoon. 
Click HERE to nominate a staff member for the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation's All Stars Program
Curriculum Corner: Secondary ELA
Please tune in to the virtual PD booster sessions being offered for ELA 6-12 each week. Sessions for the week of April 27 - May 1 are listed below:
Using Padlet to Organize Digital ELA Content and Resources: Padlet can serve as a great place for teachers to curate resources. Example: When organizing a unit on the impact of plastic on the environment while reading Flush and A World Without Fish, you can set up a Padlet for your students to share resources as they research online. This becomes a landing spot for the unit: links to articles, videos, infographics, images, and more were all stored in one place for all students to access.
Personalized Professional Development Session (EdCamp Style): Sometimes the best professional learning is on-demand. Join Judine Keplar and your colleagues for this “unconference-style” PD session where participants drive the content. Bring your on-demand PD topics and let’s explore solutions and resources together as an ELA community! 
If you missed the sessions offered during the week of April 20-24, visit your Microsoft Team to access recordings of the virtual PD booster sessions. Reach out to Judine Keplar with any questions. 
Curriculum Corner: Secondary Science
There are amazing opportunities for FREE virtual PDs for secondary science.
Free PD series on NGSS storylines April 29 through May 1. For more info and to enroll click here.
Free awesome PD for BIO teachers for the summer of 2020 called BioGraph: Teaching Biology Through Systems, Models, and Argumentation. This six-week, interactive, collaborative course is co-taught by a teaching team from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, on how to use online simulations to develop core biology content and practices, aligned with the NGSS. The course provides cutting-edge curriculum that is ready to implement and has been proven to increase student learning and engagement in biology. The online simulations include optional entry-level coding and the course provides support for learning to teach this with students. Though the course will be open all summer, there are three scheduled sessions that will run with extended support from the BioGraph Team:
  • Session 1: May 6 - June 27
  • Session 2: June 3 - July 25
  • Session 3: July 8 - August 2
Enroll now and receive updates as the course gets started.
Curriculum Corner: Performing Arts
Booster Sessions:
Elementary Music Group Discussions, April 30, 2-3pm; Secondary Music Group Discussions, May 7, 2-3pm
Objectives: MU:Re.7B.5a Demonstrate and explain, citing evidence , how responses to music are informed by the structure, the use of the elements of music, and context (such as social, cultural, and historical)
Outcomes: Teachers will have an open discussion on what has been working and needs to change. Discuss issues and develop solutions with and for teachers.
Dance/Drama Group Discussions, May 15, 2-3pm
Objectives: DA:Re.7B.5a Demonstrate and explain, citing evidence, how responses to arts are informed by the structure, the use of the elements, and context (such as social, cultural, and historical).
Outcomes: Teachers will have an open discussion on what has been working and needs to change. Discuss issues and develop solutions with and for teachers.
Curriculum Corner: Elementary ELA
First of all, it has been great seeing teachers teaching and differentiating virtual lessons with your students. It is a joy to see how many students are really starting to enjoy this way of learning.
Be sure you have been added to the "Elementary Teachers K-5" Teams Page. It is for all content areas and will give you a heads up on Booster sessions.  
The next ELA booster session will be held next Wednesday, April 29 at 11am. The link for the Zoom session will be found on the Teams page as an "announcement."
If you have any ELA questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact Esther Palsenberger or at 314-779-5939.
Curriculum Corner: Visual Arts
Understandably, there is great interest in the challenges of leading remote learning, when we can't be sure of the art supplies our students have at home. This session will present solutions to this challenge. It will be listed in Professional Growth as: Visual Art PD Booster: Planning for Limited Art Resources in the Home.
We will cover..
  • Collaboration around lesson plans for virtual and home learning
  • Sharing projects plans based on very limited home art supply
Click this link on Tuesday, April 28, 3-4pm to join the meeting. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 
Curriculum Corner: Elementary Science
The NSTA Daily Do (www.nsta.org/dailydo) is a great place to go to get information to help science instruction. The activities are written by lead science educator across the country. Each day is archived so it is easy to see every activity.
Curriculum Corner: Secondary Math
NCTM will celebrate its centennial with 100 Days of Professional Learning with live 60-minute webinars presented by selected speakers from the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition program that was to take place in Chicago
Each webinar will be held at 6pm on 100 selected days from April 1 leading up to the October NCTM 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition in St. Louis. A variety of speakers and topics are geared to meet all grade bands and interests. Webinars will be recorded and available at www.nctm.org/100 up to the St. Louis Annual Meeting: Schedule
Curriculum Corner: Social Studies
Virtual Learning Tools:
DocsTeach - Ready to use lessons and activities specifically designed for digital delivery. Here’s how you might use it. (Including tons of resources on the 1918 pandemic.
Google Arts and Culture - Virtual museums, historical sites, and millions (yes, millions) of online artifacts and images. What can this look like?
Smithsonian Learning Lab - Two and half million primary sources that you can curate and share with kids. Learn more about what that can look like. And explore their digital office hours.
So many virtual tours. Start with these lists: Departures. MSN Lifestyle. USA Today. Mental Floss.
GOOD NEWS: Math Tournament Results
Congratulations to these students and schools from Pool B (Collegiate, Metro and McKinley) for their achievements in the annual math tournament
Algebra 1
♦ Samuel Palka - McKinley
♦ Nischal Mohan - McKinley
♦ Max Grellner - Metro
♦ Carter Haley - McKinley
♦ Sifa Wangia - Collegiate
♦ Xavier Holmes - McKinley
Algebra 2
♦ Eve Rosenblum - Metro
♦ Michael Lopez - Metro
♦ Joshua Keoshkerian - McKinley
♦ Zukai Sagan - Metro
♦ Matthew Keoshkerian - Metro
♦ Junnie Bae - Metro
♦ Maclean Kelley - Metro
♦ Locke Meyer - Metro
♦ Abdul-Haq Alli - Collegiate
Upcoming Dates
♦ Saturday, April 25: Deadline to submit feedback on the proposed 2020-2021 school year calendar: LINK
Tuesday, April 28: Board of Education Work Session: STREAM
Friday, May 1: 6th Annual Let's Move Flash Mob: FLYER
♦ Tuesday, May 12: Board of Education Meeting: STREAM 
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