Staff ITK - 4/12/18

Posted by Emily Parks on 4/12/2018

Good to Know

Sherman ISD Restructures Technology Department
Sherman ISD has restructured the technology department to provide more efficient support and innovative opportunities for students and staff. Dr. Mignon Plyler has been named the Director of Innovative and Instructional Technology, and will oversee innovative technology in the classroom. John Folmar has been selected as the Director of Technology Services and will be responsible for maintaining district technology infrastructure and implementing the technology improvements approved in the November 2017 bond election. For more details, click here.

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY SURVEY: Strategic Planning

Sherman ISD has opened its 2018 Community Survey to help shape strategic planning and identify areas of focus and priority over the coming years. The school district invites feedback from parents and the community about the quality of our schools and programs, and their priorities for our district.

The survey, which is completely anonymous, is available online at http://bit.ly/SISDSurvey. It is offered in both English and Spanish and will be available until Monday, April 16.

Deadline to Accept/Decline Contracts TODAY

Professional contracts are now available for professional employees to accept or decline. Paraprofessional and auxiliary staff members' Letters of Reasonable Assurance will be available to accept or decline on May 1, 2018. You can access your professional contract through the employee self serve. Please follow these steps through TEAMS:

  1. Employee Service Center
    2. You may be prompted to confirm your identity, if you have not logged into TEAMS recently or if you are using a new or different computer.   Via text message or phone call, you will receive a four digit code to enter. Please make sure you choose your personal number, do not choose your school's phone number.
    3. My Employment Records
    4. My Contract
    5. You will be prompted to enter information about yourself.
    6. Complete Electronic Business Agreement.
    7. Select 2019.
    8. Read Contract and click Accept or Decline.

Please accept or decline your contract by April 12, 2018, as the contract offer expires on this date. If you have any questions about the process or your contract, please contact the Human Resources Department at 903-891-6410.

Let’s Celebrate!

15 Advance to Regionals in Academic UIL

Sherman High School is sending 15 students to Regionals in UIL Academics following several top finishes at the District 5-5A Academic Meet March 24 at Sherman HS. Students advancing to UIL Academic Regionals include Paeden Blankenship, Maddi Dorris, Colton Fisher, Alexander Folks, Michael Gajda, Fabian Guerro Alvarado, Abdullah Hossain, Donald Jarvis, Jasmine Leon, Noah Leonard, Chad McDuffey, Sarah McGinn, Lela Ramsey, Amanda Thomas, and Katlyn York.

Dillingham Student Wins State Patriotic Writing Contest

Dillingham Intermediate 6th grader Brooklyn Fielder won $200 after her Patriot’s Pen essay placed in the Top 24 in Texas out of 8,083 contest submissions. The 2017-18 competition, which is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from across the state, asked students to write on “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

Around the District

K-8 Science Fair Friday, April 13

Sherman ISD and PACES (Parents Advocating for a Challenging Education in Sherman) is hosting a Science Fair Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sid Richardson Center at Austin College. Parents and families are encouraged to come see the budding brilliance of the next generation of scientists! More than 175 entries will be on display. Judges from Austin College and the community will award students in various areas.

4th Grade Transition Meeting April 17

Dillingham Intermediate School will hold a 4th Grade Transition meetings Tuesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. for parents of students entering the 5th grade in the 2018-19 school year. Dillingham Intermediate Principal Brett Counce will discuss information about the move from elementary school to intermediate. For information, contact Dillingham at (903) 891-6495.

Employee Retirement Seminar April 19

Sherman ISD will host the final Advanced Retirement Planning Seminar for the 2017-18 school year Thursday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in A148 at the Service Center.  Hosted by Russ Ross and developed specifically for educators at or nearing retirement, this information-packed presentation will provide you with the information needed to successfully retire through TRS and resign from Sherman ISD when the time comes. For more information, or to register, click here.

Bearcat Art Show April 21

Sherman ISD art teachers will work with students to put on a Bearcat Art Show, in conjunction with Earth Day festivities, which will be held April 21 on the grounds of the municipal building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an excellent example of how our teachers involve our students in the community and give our students hands on opportunities to showcase their talent.

 

Department News

Employee Transfer Window Open

Employees may request a transfer for the 2018-2019 school year until Friday, May 11, 2018. Employees may not request a lateral transfer for the 2018-2019 school year after May 11, 2018.  All lateral transfer decisions should be made by Friday, June 1, 2018. If you have questions about this, please contact the Human Resources Department at 903-891-6410.  Please visit with your supervisor prior to requesting a transfer. To submit a transfer request:

  1. Log into the Employee Service Center in TEAMS.  Your username and password are the same as your email and network username and password
  2. Click on My Employment Record.
  3. Click on My Employee Transfer Request.
  4. Click on the Job Category.
  5. Find the job(s) you are interested in applying for and check the appropriate boxes.
  6. Complete all tabs under Transfer Details.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. If you decide to make any additions or changes to your request, please make sure you remember to hit Submit each time.

Extracurricular Programs Offer Opportunities for Students

Extracurricular opportunities in Sherman ISD offer students a wide range of opportunities outside of the classroom. Athletics and fine arts, overseen by the Student Services and Engagement department, provide students a chance to contribute and diversify their interests and skills. Benefits range from learning time management and prioritizing, to building self-esteem and learning about long term commitments. To learn more about extracurricular programs in Sherman ISD, visit our website, www.shermanisd.net.

Technology Dept. Offers Office 365 to Staff at No Cost

Did you know you have access to Office 365 in and out of school? Sherman ISD staff can take advantage of Microsoft's Office 365 suite of software anywhere, anytime or from any device. To access the software, visit sso.shermanisd.net from any computer, enter your district login credentials, and select the Office 365 option.  You can install this software for free on up to 5 personally managed devices (desktop, phone or tablet). The Office suite will run on Apple, Android and Windows devices.


Upcoming Dates

Thursday, April 12, 2018
National Library Week, Apr. 9 - 13

Friday, April 13, 2018
Speech & Debate @ Academic Speech Regional
JV Baseball vs Durant, Starts at 6:00 PM
SISD K-8 Science Fair @ Austin College, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Speech & Debate @ Academic Speech Regional
JV / V Baseball @ Naaman Forest, Starts at 9:00 AM

Monday, April 16, 2018
Public School Volunteer Appreciation Week, Apr. 16- Apr. 20
SHS Swimming Tryouts, 4:00 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
SHS Swimming Tryouts, 4:00 PM
JV / V Ladycats Softball vs WF Old Settlers Park (Senior Night), 4:30 PM
5th Grade Parent Transition Night @ Dillingham, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday, April 20, 2018
4th grade Field Day at Bearcat Stadium, 8:00 AM
JV / V Ladycats Softball at Denison, 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Bearcat Art Show, Municipal Lawn - 9 AM to 4 PM

Monday, April 23, 2018
Admin Prof Week, Apr. 22 - 28, 2018
STEM Week, Apr. 22 - Apr. 26

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
JV Tennis at JV District Tournament, 8:00 AM

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Secretary's Day

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Piner Wildcat Tennis @ Denton, 4:00 PM

Friday, April 27, 2018
Arbor Day
Jefferson Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser Night, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM