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Recent Connects Articles

Student information system (SIS) year-end rollover June 28-July 9

Student information system (SIS) year-end rollover June 28-July 9

June 11, 2021 The SIS year end rollover process is scheduled for June 28-July 9. The rollover transitions DoDEA from SY 2020-21 to SY 2021-22 and will affect access to Aspen and GradeSpeed.
Message from the Director: Safe summer holidays

Message from the Director: Safe summer holidays

June 11, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady shares an end-of-schoool year and summer message with the workforce.
Europe's access and equity goal: AP success at Alconbury Middle High School

Europe's access and equity goal: AP success at Alconbury Middle High School

June 11, 2021 Europe's comprehensive analysis of AP exam results and participation data resulted in positive changes. Take a look at how Alconbury Middle High School improved both AP enrollment and exam results. 
Defense leadership programs — application deadline extended to June 18

Defense leadership programs — application deadline extended to June 18

June 11, 2021 You now have another week to apply for the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program and the Defense Senior Leader Development Program.
Director's June all hands addresses past school year, return to Mark Center, and employee recognitions

Director's June all hands addresses past school year, return to Mark Center, and employee recognitions

June 10, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady led a virtual All Hands meeting June 9 where he provided updates to the workforce.
Microsoft 365 Groups: 3 important checks for privacy and sharing

Microsoft 365 Groups: 3 important checks for privacy and sharing

June 09, 2021 Did you know there are more than 20 ways to create a Microsoft 365 Group? You probably have created one without realizing it. Learn more about M365 Groups and how to adjust the settings to best fit your collaboration needs.
Kaiserslautern Middle School recognized as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

Kaiserslautern Middle School recognized as AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

June 09, 2021 Only 6% of secondary schools in the AVID system receive the designation of the AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction. Kaiserslautern Middle School is the only school in DoDEA that has received this honor.
DoDEA alumni and astronaut speaks at Alconbury's graduation made possible by a student request last year

DoDEA alumni and astronaut speaks at Alconbury's graduation made possible by a student request last year

June 09, 2021 Army Col. Drew Morgan told Alconbury Community Schools "maybe, next year" for speaking at their graduation ceremony. He followed through on that promise with an inspirational message for the Alconbury Middle High School Class of 2021.
Rachel Guilfoyle selected as DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year

Rachel Guilfoyle selected as DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year

June 08, 2021 Congratulations to Daegu Elementary School's fifth grade teacher Rachel Guilfoyle for being selected as the 2022 DoDEA Teacher of the Year.
DoDEA Principal Receives Spirit of Service Award

DoDEA Principal Receives Spirit of Service Award

June 07, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Terri Marshall, Principal of DoDEA Virtual High School, on receiving the Spirit of Service Award.
Summer conflict management course for DoDEA educators

Summer conflict management course for DoDEA educators

June 04, 2021 DoDEA is offering a free virtual conflict management course June 21-July 19 that meets twice a week for two-hour sessions.
Ramey School student named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Ramey School student named U.S. Presidential Scholar

June 04, 2021 Nicolas Taj Proskauer Valerio has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education. Proud parents, Tim Proskauer and Marie Valerio, are both DoDEA educators.
Career Practicum provides students with skills to succeed

Career Practicum provides students with skills to succeed

June 04, 2021 Krista Hurley's Career Practicum class at Kubasaki High School equip students with resumes, interview skills, and career portfolios.
Weekly Packet: June 4, 2021

Weekly Packet: June 4, 2021

June 04, 2021 DoDEA provides information on the procedure and updated points of contact for requesting additional special education staff for districts and to inform all educators that they must immediately delete any Nearpod account that they established using their DoDEA e-mail account.
Changes to 2021 FEVS coming in September

Changes to 2021 FEVS coming in September

June 04, 2021 The 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is coming this September. There are two notable changes affecting DoDEA employees. 
Reduced tuition for federal employees at 23 colleges and universities

Reduced tuition for federal employees at 23 colleges and universities

June 03, 2021 OPM recently added six new academic agreements with post-secondary education institutions that offer reduced tuition and/or scholarships to federal employees. Some agreements even extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.
New math resources website connects learning between home and school

New math resources website connects learning between home and school

June 03, 2021 The Americas Mid-Atlantic District recently launched the Mid-Atlantic District Math Resources website to support parent stakeholders and the efforts of classroom K-5 teachers.
Recordings available from Pacific South Virtual Learning Conference

Recordings available from Pacific South Virtual Learning Conference

June 02, 2021 The Pacific South Virtual Learning Conference 2021, held at the end of April, has more than 70 recorded sessions now available to watch on demand.
Employee Assistance Program: Better communication = better relationships

Employee Assistance Program: Better communication = better relationships

June 02, 2021 DoDEA's Employee Assistance Program provides a monthly newsletter for agency employees. June focuses on better communication and the virtual workplace.
FSAFEDS: Special enrollment period June 1-30 and relief provided by CAA/ARPA

FSAFEDS: Special enrollment period June 1-30 and relief provided by CAA/ARPA

June 01, 2021 Learn about the additional flexibilities offered with the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program and how to take advantage of them during the special enrollment period.