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October 9th, 2018 Meeting Minutes

posted Oct 10, 2018, 5:26 PM by Nicole Engel   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 5:35 PM ]

PTSO Meeting/Coffee with the Principal


  1. Welcome and Activity 
    1. Activity from Innocent Classroom: a program that all teachers, admin, and staff are going through this year -
  2. Summary of the start of the 2018/2019 school year
    1. All PTSO meetings will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Agendas will be shortened to ensure that the meetings remain the same length. 
    2. Enrollment: 472 including 40 in pre-k
    3. Workshop Week: 
      1. Lucy Calkins reading curriculum 
        1. High Expectations, Achievable Goals
          1. Reading units of study… (5-6 weeks, varies by grade)
        2. A Clear Instructional Arc
          1. Focuses on more than just the level the student is reading at
      2. ENVoY
        1. Provides a range of strategies which focus on non-verbal communication skills to manage classroom groups
        2. Systematic approach to managing four distinct parts of a lesson
        3. A vehicle to influence
        4. 2 hour refresher for trained staff
        5. 1 day training for new staff
  3. Observations of staff
    1. Renewing contract – peer reviewers (2)
    2. Renewing contract on cycle – administrator (1) and peer reviewer (1)
    3. Probationary – administrator (3)
    4. Probationary – mentor (peer reviewer)
    5. 9 new teachers this year; 2 brand new to teaching, 2 from Spain
  4. SES – Student Engagement Specialist
    1. New position this year: Meghan 
  5. Amities: Santiago – Columbia; Marta – Spain; Nestor – Columbia
    1. Need winter clothing for Santiago and Nestor. Clothing has been purchased; how can we support the purchase?
      1. Approximately $300 has been spent, but all amities could use new/better boots. 
    2. Ann, Yesenia are heading to a sale this weekend. Will look into getting some boots in different sizes to store in the basement. 
    3. Ann: other dual schools ask parents to contribute some money for the amities every year. $5 per family per year might be appropriate for RDLS families? This could be used for winter clothing and incidentals.
      1. Important: Amities do not receive their first stipend for their work here until the end of October/beginning of November. 
    4. Polly: can we see the amity contract/does it clarify what is the responsibility of the host families? There is a lot of grey area here. 
      1. Need to develop a sustainable program going forward to support the amity program.
      2. Sra. Marta: we need to have a meeting between the PTSO Board and the Amity program.
  6. Book of the Month Program
    1. Each month teachers will receive a selected book that lends itself to conversations around culture, race, and equity.
    2. Our First Book: All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
    3. Windows & Mirrors: windows – see outside of themselves and their world (perspective-taking); mirrors – see themselves reflected in the curriculum.
    4. Project cost is $1783 for the school year
      1. We have applied for a grant for $750 of that. Won’t know if we received the grant until the end of November.
    5. Sheridan Hills began the program in the district. We have selected bilingual books and/or Spanish books.
    6. Members approved the proposal – we will move forward with Book of the Month. 
  7. MCA Data – will be discussed next meeting
  8. SIP (School Improvement Plan) – will be discussed next meeting
  9. Audrey: Concordia Language Villages might provide opportunities for the amities; willing to take the lead on the Box Top program.