Video: First-ever Camp 67 event a success
Before the first day of school, Camp 67 helped ease students in grades 6 and 7 into middle school. Teachers got into the spirit of things with flash mobs, fancy t-shirts and barbecues. Students had a chance to tour their school, meet their teachers, meet fellow classmates and participate in community-building activities. Hear what students and staff had to say about Camp 67.

How to get others to actually read your emails
Etiquette may seem old fashioned, but the way you write your emails has a direct impact on whether others will take the time to read it, and how they choose to respond. Follow these tips to ensure that your emails are reaching the right people in the right way.

  • Address the recipient by name. It will make him or her feel a personal connection to the message.
  • Sign your name using an effective email signature. Check last week’s Bridge for examples.
  • Don’t copy the whole world. Only send a group email if it is useful to everyone. Include supervisors only as a last resort, when all other forms of outreach have failed. Don’t reply all unless the email chain requires collaboration from everyone (ex. Don’t reply all to just say “thanks”).
  • Use BCC when sending to a large list of people so recipients aren’t overwhelmed by all the email addresses. Do not use BCC to keep others from seeing who you copied. 
  • Remember that email isn’t private. All emails can be printed or forwarded without your knowledge. As public employees, we are also subject to Freedom of Information Act requests, meaning that any citizen can request to see your emails. This is also a very good reason why you shouldn’t conduct personal business with your SPPS account, and vice versa.
  • DON’T USE ALL CAPS unless you want to seem like you’re shouting.
  • Use the subject line to describe the topic of your message. Don’t just say “hello,” or put the entire message (such as a single question) in the subject with an empty body.
  • Avoid abbreviations and acronyms (lol!) that others may not understand or can be interpreted as unprofessional.
  • Don’t rely on email alone. Face-to-face or phone conversation has a lot of value, and some people might respond more quickly to a phone call than an email. Uncomfortable or emotional conversations are also best had in person.

Ask SPPS: When is open enrollment? (Ask a question)
Open Enrollment for benefits will be held November 4, 2013 through November 15, 2013 for the 2014 plan year, which begins January 1, 2014. All benefits changes will be done using our online benefits enrollment system. 

There are no changes to the medical plans being offered in 2014. Human Resources will provide employees plan comparison (including pricing) and enrollment information via regular U.S. mail the week of October 14, 2013. This information will also be available through the Benefits website.

Employees will be offered the opportunity to attend meetings to receive one-on-one assistance. Please look for the dates in future Bridge articles.