February 14, 2022
CALMING CORNERS PD SERIES
On Thursday, February 10th, 25 EPS educators completed the first of four professional development sessions on creating or expanding a Calming Corner in their classroom (photos below). Calming Corners are research-based tools to promote educational equity for students at the Tier I level. Participants will earn a $750 grant award to use on the Calming Corner spaces in their classroom, and up to 11 PDPs. Thanks to the dedicated teachers who participated in the session, particularly the thoughtful answers you ave during the “Learning Walk.”
If you would like to participate in a future Calming Corner Cohort, please let the SELWELL department know by adding your name to the Calming Corner waitlist
INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO PRODUCED BY EPS EDUCATORS
ESL Teachers Shane McNally and David Green produced a video for their Professional Development course "The Newcomer EL Experience Across the Curriculum." Mr. McNally and Mr. Green interviewed four former ELs who live or work in Everett. Their subjects include Stephanie Martins, Everett's first Brazilian City Councilor, and Lafayette School paraprofessional Lubens Figaro. Participants share their insights on being an English Learner and offer advice on creating a welcoming classroom environment that promotes positive growth mindset.
We encourage all staff to watch this inspirational video. You are also welcome to screen it for EL students in your classrooms.
JEANS DAY FOR THE CLASS OF '23
The Everett High School Junior Class is holding a jeans day fundraiser on Friday, February 18th to raise money for events such as prom. Please make your donation to your building’s administrative assistant and all final collections should be forwarded to the main office of EHS.
The Junior Class Officers are Riley Avelar (President), Kristi Skane (Vice President), Bethy Palacios (Secretary), and Luisa DaSilva (Treasurer). They are exploring several fundraising opportunities for the Class of ‘23, and the jeans day will provide them some start-up funds to put their ideas into action.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH
We have created a survey asking for staff members, students, families, and stakeholders to give us their ideas on how we can best utilize the significant funding contained in the Student Opportunity Act. Please take a few minutes to give us your priorities for our district and our students. Any and all staff members are encouraged to fill out the survey.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
The Everett Public Schools is offering a Mental Health First Aid Certification course for principals, assistant principals, administrative assistants, family liaisons, and student success coaches. You choose from two sessions: Wednesday, February 23rd or Thursday, February 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid is a one-day, skills-based certification course that teaches participants to recognize, support and respond to young people struggling with symptoms of a mental health or substance use problem.Sign up HERE.
A CREDIT TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL
Everett High School is forming a committee to produce an updated “Core Values/Vision of the Graduate” as part of the ongoing NEASC accreditation process. The 8-member group will utilize the 2021 NEASC Collaborative Conference report, the Everett Public Schools core values, and the current Vision of the Graduate document to recommend necessary changes to the Vision of the Graduate in accordance with NEASC guidelines for priority areas.Click HERE for complete details.
K-8 STEM SURVEYS
STEM Director Rupi Kaur has put together a group of surveys for math and science teachers to help the district gain a complete understanding of what educators like and dislike about our curriculum, and provide us with data to use when reviewing, vetting, and selecting a new curriculum.
Many of our curricula have been in place for more than five years, and we will be conducting a curriculum review. We want to empower all educators to help make these huge curriculum decisions. These surveys are for all educators, including co-teachers and interventionists!
LOOKING AHEADThe EPS will hold a jeans day fundraiser on Friday, March 4th to benefit the George F. Lombard "Believe in Me" Memorial Scholarship. The “Believe in Me” scholarship is presented to an EHS senior by the Guidance Department and Mr. Lombard's family (more details below). Please make your donation to your building’s administrative assistant and all final collections should be forwarded to Parlin School Assistant Principal Stanley Chamblain.
YEARBOOK ADA reminder to all EPS staff that Tuesday, February 15th is the final day to purchase an ad for the Class of ‘22 Yearbook. Taking out an ad is easy. Just visit yearbookforever.com to buy and customize an ad for an EHS senior. There are color and black and white options. You can upload photos, and customize your message.
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