Notes 12-12-12

  • Mission To provide a safe, respectful neighborhood school that builds upon our tradition of high expectations for all students; nurtures the uniqueness of each child; and ensures that families are connected, informed, and involved.

    Vision Imagine every student achieving at least a year’s growth, academically, socially, and emotionally. Imagine students prepared for the next year, Middle School and beyond, learning how to learn and to create achievement through effort. Imagine a supportive school community united, learning with, and through each other, to reach this vision.

    1.  Meeting Norms- Council Council attendees agree to the following norms during meetings.
      1. Begin and end meetings on time.
      2.  Everyone’s voice is important.
      3. Refrain from side conversations while others are talking.
      4. Keep conversation positive or solution-oriented.
      5. Address concerns and issues directly.
      6. Promote open and fair discussions without hidden agendas.
    2. Enrollment Season- Telling the Story
      1. What are the extras we provide to ensure we stand out? Social Studies and Science program. Music program. Visual Arts program. Stories about the close knit community including reading, learners and engagement, family events, PTA, VISTA Tutoring, Community Ed, DC, EDL, and clubs like chess club, legos, math masters. Compete against Nova, etc. Tour and Open House.
      2. Look at our success rate in testing. 
        1. In Reading, we were able to get 50% of students well below target to meet or exceed proficiency and 17% to reach partial proficiency. We were able to get 43% of students at risk to meet or exceed proficiency and 46% to reach partial proficiency. We were able to get 98% of students on target to meet or exceed proficiency and 2% to reach partial proficiency.
        2. In Math, we were able to get 10% of students well below target to meet or exceed proficiency and 34% to reach partial proficiency. We were able to get 58% of students at risk to meet or exceed proficiency and 39% to reach partial proficiency. We were able to get 97% of students on target to meet or exceed proficiency and 2% to reach partial proficiency.
      3.  Annual Report to the Community- Mark Andersen is working to complete the report. He asked the council for thoughts and ideas and will be seeking ideas from the teachers.
    3. Preparing for Future Enrollment
      1. Changes based on new community school zone, formerly attendance area
      2. How do you think enrollment will change?
      3. How do we change to ensure we can reach our mission and vision?
    4. For what school events, should we get a press release? Any completed events, successes, or awards for which we should write an article?
      1. Kevin Dutcher and program schedule.
      2. Family Service Night
      3. Caroling at Carondolet
      4. Lego Robotics- December 15
      5. Grants awarded.
    5. Family-School Agreement- Why bother? How does it connect to the handbook? Suggest it is done more like Hopes and Dreams and that all agree to it, sign it, and post it. Display it like “One Thing I Love about SPPS.” Find a wall to decorate.