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Update from the Regional Superintendent


Welcome to 2014-2015! 
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Professional Development Offerings for 2014-2015
ROE #12 is proud to announce its' Professional Development offerings for 2014-15! Priced from free to $150 for Administrators' Academies, there's something for every educational professional to keep their skills sharp, and expand their professional growth. Check out the listing HERE.  PD from providers other than ROE #12 is also available on the Professional Development Page of our website.  Be sure to check out the PD Bulletin Board as well.  We're proud to offer the launch of our School Professionals' Roundtable Series.  There's a half-day session for every grade level and subject area (including Guidance Counselors and Librarians)!  This is your opportunity to sit down, network, and have meaningful dialogue with your peers from other districts in a semi-structured format.   


ROE #12 on Social Media

Find us on Facebook.  Follow us on Twitter.  Check out our YouTube Video Channel.  You can always get more information at www.roe12.net, our presence on the world wide web.  Direct links to these Social Media sites can be found at the bottom of this newsletter and at the bottom of the front page of our website.


Need Inspiration?

Take a lesson from Mrs. Gilstrap.  WARNING:  This will probably make you cry. Click HERE.
(Reprinted from our Facebook posting of July 26)


Thinking About Retirement?

TRS, ROE #12, and East Richland CUSD #1 are pleased to offer a Benefit Information Meeting on Thursday, October 16, at 4:30 pm at the East Richland High School Auditorium in Olney.  You will be provided information about your benefits as a TRS member, ways to optimize your service credit prior to retirement, and get an overview of the retirement process.  Reservations are not required.  A time for Q & A will be provided as part of the one-hour long program.





What's Going On?!
Keep up to date on ROE #12 events by visiting our Google Calendar.  Professional Development Trainings, Bus Driver Trainings, Fingerprinting Schedules, Administrator Academies, deadlines for school administrators, and much more can be found.  To keep abreast of our accomplishments, ROE #12 issues Quarterly and Annual Reports to the public through our website.
Have You Downloaded Our App?

myROE12 is your link to all things ROE!  Direct links to our website and social media outlets, links to ISBE and many professional organizations, our Google Calendar, downloadable documents, YouTube videos, listings of education jobs available in our five counties from the IASA Job Bank, and much more are available at your fingertips!  It available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and as an HTML version for your desktop.  
 
ROE #12 Pre-K Programs Earn 'Gold Circle of Quality'

Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin is pleased to announce that the Illinois State Board of Education, the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Human Services, have recognized the ROE #12 Pre-K Programs at St. Thomas School and Kid's Kingdom in Newton, and East Richland Elementary in Olney with the Gold Circle of Quality rating.  Read more HERE.

Pictured are (L-R):  Pam Pilman, Teacher Aide at St. Thomas program; Lisa Bergbower, Teacher at St. Thomas program; Regional Superintendent Monte Newlin; ROE #12 Pre-K Director Peg Cain; and ROE #12 Pre-K Assistant Director Jill Young
 

Gifted Education Endorsement Opportunity

 

The Illinois State Board of Education is giving educators a short window of time to obtain an endorsement in Gifted by being "grandfathered in."  This window closes on February 1, 2015.  To obtain the Gifted Endorsement  under this provision, one must take this training and pass the Gifted Education Test which the State plans to release in early September.  The test will be based on the NAGC and IAGC Gifted Education Standards.  After February 1, 2015, those who wish to obtain the Gifted Education Endorsement must take 24 graduate credit hours in education AND pass the State test.

ROE #12 will be offering the Gifted Education Seminar at Nuttall Middle School in Robinson on October 27, November 17, and December 15, 5:00-7:00 pm.  Attendance at all three sessions is required.  Additionally, 45 clock hours of field work will also be required as part of the course. Cost for registration is $250.  Contact Sara Hemrich for more information.

 
 
Bus Safety Is No Accident!
 
ROE #12 reminds you that as school resumes, be sure to obey our bus laws. The majority of children injured or killed in public transportation accidents are not injured or killed on the school bus, but outside the school bus. Most are struck by motorists who fail to stop for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm. It might bother you to wait a few extra minutes for a school bus - but it could bother you for the rest of your life if you don't.
Sandi Thacker Retires

Longtime ROE #12 Lawrence County Office Manager Sandi Thacker retired on June 30th, and we wish her the best.  Her replacement is Lindsay Overton.  Lindsay has worked intermittently for the ROE over the past several years, and works for South Eastern Special Education as a teacher at Parkside Elementary School in Lawrenceville in the mornings.  Stop by and meet Lindsay during the afternoons, Monday through Friday at our office in the Lower Level of the Lawrence County Courthouse! 
Fear Retires From Regional Board of School Trustees
 
Robert Fear, Newton recently retired from his position on the Regional Board of School Trustees, having represented Jasper County since the 1980s.  Fear’s replacement on the Board is Travis Farley of Newton.  Farley was seated at the meeting of the Regional Board on July 7th in Olney.  The Regional Board serves the citizens of Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland counties by hearing petitions for detachment and annexation of property from one school district to another.  A plaque commemorating his many years of service was recently presented by (L-R):  Corrie Ray, Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools, (Fear), Travis Farley, and Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin.

ROE #12 Staff Participate in United Way's "Day of Caring"
 
 
The United Way of Crawford County organized a "Day of Caring" on Tuesday, August 5th, for volunteers to aid in the preparations for the coming school year in the Crawford County schools.  ROE #12 ASSIST Program Director, Travis Titsworth (left) and Right Track Truancy Director, Brandon Gurley spent the day painting the gymnasium at Hutsonville Junior High, and doing landscaping at Nuttall Middle School in Robinson.  ROE #12 salutes these dedicated employees and all the many volunteers who took the time to make the schools and students in their community a priority!

West Richland Annexation Proceeds

 

The legal challenge brought against the West Richland CUSD #2 Board of Education and the Regional Board of School Trustees of Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland Counties was recently withdrawn, paving the way for the annexation of the District to East Richland CUSD #1 on July 1, 2014.  Officials from both districts worked hard to prepare for the new school year.  All junior high and high school students are attending at the facilities in Olney, while all grade school students’ parents have been given the option of having their students attend either elementary building in Olney or Noble.  The former West Richland Junior/Senior High School building in Noble is now owned by the Illinois Eastern Community College District #529.  I believe it is their intention to use it as a satellite campus for Olney Central College programs.  East Richland CUSD #1 officials report that the transition for students and staff has been smooth and that student needs have been paramount in the decisions made.


I hope your new school year is off to a GREAT start!  Please let us know how we can ever be of assistance to you.  Our staff stands ready to help! Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of our children!

Yours for Kids,

Monte Newlin
Regional Superintendent of Schools
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