Atlantic West Elementary Title One School Janette Hameister, Principal School Advisory Council School Advisory Forum October 6th, 2014 2:30 pm 1. Welcome/Icebreaker: Ms. O’Malley welcomed everyone to our SAC meeting. Ms Kauffman led the group in an icebreaker. 2. Review of Minutes: Everyone read previous minutes. Linda DeRuiter motioned to accept the minutes, Maritza Smith seconded the motion. 3. Membership: We need new members for the committee. There was some interest from parents to join the committee. The group voted in favor for Barbara Finn, Nazma Akhter and Cassandra Hulcolm to join the committee. 4. Innovation Zone Showcase: The showcase is this Thursday evening, October 9th at Coconut Creek High School from 6 until about 8 o’clock. Our second grade students will be performing a song about the water cycle. We will be highlighting our STEAM Museum Magnet program at the showcase. We will showcase the integration of the Sprouting STEAM Museum Magnet theme. We provided the parents with some examples of what this might look like at each grade level during our First Parent Curriculum Academy and Student Learning Showcase on September 29, 2014. Mrs. Hameister shared Bernoulli’s Principle with the SAC. They were able to see how a hands on demonstration/inquiry lesson can deepen content knowledge and increase engagement. 5. School Improvement Plan Review and Approval: A review of the SIP plan resulted in unanimous approval. We looked at our current school status as a supportive environment, mission and vision. The school leadership team was introduced and SAC was made aware of the importance of their input and approval of the SIP. Teachers are planning collaboratively with the help of Title I funds for substitutes. Teachers have a half-day and a full day each quarter. Over the summer, 90% of the staff attended training and planning days. Our plan includes the Parent Involvement Plan that we wrote and approved last May. Our goal is for all teachers to analyze data form grade level common assessments based on Florida Standards to plan and deliver differentiated instruction. Our teachers participated and continue to participate in professional development in areas including Elementary is Engineering, Understand by Design, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, and Object=based Museum Learning. Our Annual Measurable Objectives are for 70% of our students to be proficient in reading, 73% in Math and 45% in Science. The Action Steps and Barriers for attainment of the Goal across the content was also reviewed. We will add a Webb’s DOK activity to an upcoming SAC meeting so the Council can better understand what is happening in classrooms as teachers apply DOK training in their classroom instruction. Mrs. Kauffman asked how we can be sure students are “learning to read” if they are below level and perhaps not able to read the more difficult content. All leadership members are teaching Leveled Literacy Intervention Groups on a daily basis. Differentiated text has also been made available as a resource to teachers across all grade levels. The “Reading and Writing connection is also an important component of the structure of the plan. Ms. DeRuiter mentioned that many Kindergarteners lack letter recognition. Programs like Fundations are being implemented to meet this need. Ms. DeRuiter expressed a concern that more support staff would be a good idea. She suggested we seek out volunteers. Mrs. Hameister said we might ask the local churches. We may also look into the Adopt a Grandparent Program Ms. O’Malley shared that the program was discussed at the last Title One Coordinator’s meeting. Progress is monitored through classroom walkthroughs, collection and analysis of data from common assessments, etc. BAFS (Broward Assessment of the Florida Standards) will be conducted the last week of October. Future testing dates will be discussed at upcoming SAC meetings. Ms. De Ruiter asked about Alternate Assessments. Mrs. Hameister said that these decisions are under review at the State/District level. 6. Accreditation Training Plan Implementation: We are an accredited school district. It was explained that accreditation means we must “live up to certain standards”. Mrs. Hameister shared the district website for SAC to review. We completed a survey of our staff. This is done annually. Some of the standards we would like to improve upon were shared: Standard 1: Purpose and direction was rated at 3.33, Standard 2: Governance and Leadership was rated at 3.17, Standard 3: Teaching and Assessing for Learning rated at 3.08, Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems was rated 2.86-one of the lower, and Standard 5: Using Results of Continuous Improvement was a 2.8. We are working to improve these ratings as evidenced through the action steps reviewed in the SIP. 7. Principal’s Report: PTA Fall Carnival is on the 23rd of October. We have already held Book Fair, Parent Nights, and picture day is tomorrow. Field Trips are already in full swing as well. We are 100% meeting class size. As of today we have 665. November 6th is out Magnet Open House and Museum Showcase. Title One night at AWE is on October 30 8. Concerns/Celebrations: The Principal’s Cadre was here last week and toured many classrooms. We received many, many compliments. Teachers are doing a lot of hard work and it shows! We will all bring “goodies” for a Thanksgiving treat at the November SAC: Pumpkin Pie (O’Malley), Fruit (Martiza) with chocolate fondue (PTA), Spinach Dip (Norma), Drinks (Suzanne), Rum Cake (Linda), Plates, Cups, Napkins (Hameister). There being no further business Ms. DeRuiter motioned to adjourn and Norma Sheber seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 PM.