NEWS as of Jan. 17:
Use the Tests and Projects Calendar
Upper School Teachers, remember to enter your tests on the testing calendar so that we don’t overload students. We should have no more than 2 tests per day in any given grade level and no more than 4 per week in each grade.
For more details, look at the right column on this page just under the calendar.
Tickets to the Gala
Have you purchased your tickets yet? Please go HERE to buy your tickets to the gala NOW, so that we can plan the space at the Marriott. To get $45 off, use the coupon code STAFF. This gives you essentially one free ticket. If bringing a spouse, click on the couple price to get the best deal.
Using the same coupon code, you can also get a table for $200, which is $100 off. We'd love for you to buy a table and fill it with friends who might be interested in GCA!
In addition, if you know of a pastor on a church staff that you would like to invite, you can get a free ticket for him or her by using the coupon code PASTOR. Think of your youth pastor, children's director, any pastor on staff at a church (not other ministry people).
Required events for staff:
All staff are required to attend the events below. I thought it would be helpful if you had the dates now so that you don’t inadvertently schedule something else.
Please add these to your personal calendar. The times are APPROXIMATE and could change.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 7-8 - Teacher In-service
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29- State of the School/re-enrollment meeting
6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 - Gala & Auction
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 - Family feedback night
6-8 p.m. Friday, May 3 - Spring musical
3 p.m. Saturday, May 25 - 8th grade & high school graduation
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, May 21 & 23 - Lower School Teacher Outservice
1-3 p.m. (after finals) Monday & Wednesday, May 20 & 22 and also 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, May 24 - Upper School Teacher Outservice
Required attendance, all teachers:
All staff meetings, in-service, out-service, teacher training dates (In-service and out-service are August, January & May.)
Parent-teacher conferences and training sessions
Christmas and Spring performances
All fund-raising events
One each of: Eagle Preview, Eagle 101, field trip or off-site student event, sporting event (Exception: Teachers who work a half day or less should attend one total of these four events.)
Absences or Tardy Arrivals
ABSENCES: Do not mark anyone "present;" just leave that blank. The blank tells us they were in class.
Always mark a student "unexcused" in Renweb when you are taking attendance and you don't know why he is absent.
For Lower School, Sonya and for Upper School, the academic advisor will determine whether absences are excused or unexcused and communicate that to the teacher. The teacher needs to mark the absence excused in Renweb if it is, indeed, excused.
Planned absences require advance notice of at least two class periods from the parent. (There is an excused absence form on "The Nest" for parents under our "forms and resources" tab to fill out.)
If a student is tardy to class, please send him or her to the front desk to obtain an admission slip to class. Students who are tardy must serve a 10-minute detention after school the same day, unless it causes a hardship for the parent; then they will serve their detention the next day.
The teacher can determine if a tardy is excused or unexcused and mark it appropriately in the attendance book. Three unexcused tardies count as one unexcused absence, but that is just FYI. You don't need to mark anything for three. You just need to know that unexcused tardies are serious.
Guidelines for Kitchen/Teacher Workroom
No student use of the kitchen (even staff children)
No student use of the copier in the teacher workroom for personal homework
Upper School Teachers
Tests and Projects Calendar
If you know you will have a unit test or a major project due please write it in on that day on the Google Tests and Projects calendar. If you have weekly tests or quizzes, those do not need to be put on this calendar, just the major ones.
To get to the calendar, find the app drawer at the top right of your screen when you are signed into Google. (From mail, Docs, or any Google app)
You will see "My calendars" on the left. Click on the Tests and Projects calendar and choose "Display only this calendar."
Now choose the month view at the top right of the screen. Notice that every three Saturdays, the instructions appear for this calendar. You can click on them when you forget.
On the day of your test or project due date, write the grade, subject and description. Example: 7th English test. DO NOT ENTER A TIME. We want your test/project to be recorded as an all-day event, because if someone looks at the hour-by-hour version of the calendar, they would need to scroll through the whole day to see your event.
We should have no more than 2 tests/projects per day for the same grade and no more than 4 a week.
Make Up Tests
If a student has scored below a 70 on a test, you may give him or her the option to retake the test. You can give him the same test if you want, because on a retake, the maximum score he can make is a 70. Give the student a deadline to take the test.
If a student missed a test or needs to retake one:
Put the unused test into the Make Up Test folder in the teacher's workroom. It's at the top in the middle of the mail slots.
The absent student should come at the makeup test time, which is 8:15-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Addison OR 3:00 Wednesdays in Allen. Kim Martin (T/Th) or Shannon Behrman (W) will proctor and return the completed test to the "Make Up Test" folder.
If that time does not work for the student, then the student will need to make arrangements with the teacher at the teacher's discretion. Often a student will have a study hall period when he can take the test. We do not normally allow students to miss lunch or PULSE or chapel.
Last Class of the Day
Teachers, please walk your class to pick up zone if it is the last class of the day for those students. If you have a class the very next hour, have any student without a waiting car return to the lobby.
Guiding Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.