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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

District News for Wednesday, January 16

Compiled by Elaine Baker
Inclement Weather Procedures
In the event of bad weather,
Notification of Employees: If a regular school day is canceled, or the opening is delayed, all employees will receive a message via Connect-ED as to when or if they are to report to work. This message will also be provided on the district's website ( ) and via the district's info line, 366-4636.

Making Up Time Missed
If a regular school day is missed due to inclement weather, all employees are to work on the designated make-up day. Make-up dates are listed on the 2007-08 calendar.

If a teacher workday/staff development day (teacher day) is missed due to inclement weather, teachers are to make up the day at the discretion of their principal. Principals must document time missed and made up.

Non-certified school staff must attend 5 of 10 teacher days. If they miss a day they are scheduled to work due to inclement weather, they must make up the day on one of the remaining teacher days, as agreed upon by their principal.  

Delayed Opening
Teachers can make up the time missed due to a delayed opening at the discretion of their principal. Time missed and made up must be documented by principals.

<Congratulations to the staff and students at Castle Heights on being the first middle school in the district to receive accreditation from the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All the hard work completed by Principal Kelly Kane and her staff has paid off through this wonderful achievement.

<Belleview will have its first music and dance performance in its new cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Mon., January 28. The winter-themed concert will feature 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade students under the direction of Julia McCallum and Michelle Crissinger. Admission will be free.

<The district's annual American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 18, from 9:00-l 1:30 in the Board Room in the district office. According to Susan York, drive coordinator, the Red Cross is now down to "appeal status," which means they desperately need all blood types, positive and negative.

<Kim Lawson, a second grade teacher at Lesslie, recently received a grant from Donor's Choice. Because Kim is a strong advocate for a literature-rich classroom environment, she provided a "Literacy Lounge" in her classroom where students can enjoy reading while listening to classical music.

< Northwestern's Choral Department's annual spaghetti dinner has been replaced by a dinner from Outback Steakhouse. From 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the school cafeteria, each ticket holder will enjoy a meal of steak and chicken, a salad, a vegetable, dessert, and beverage. The Troubadours and Singers will perform at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00. Tickets$9 for anyone over the age of 10 and $5 for children age 10 and underare now on sale through Jan. 24. Contact any Troubadour or e-mail Elizabeth Mixon, choral director. (Take-out orders will also be available.)

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