Leadership Team Meeting Minutes – Febuary 9, 2012


Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting





Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:10am.


Leadership Team


I.            Academic Honesty

–Marcus received a report from Mr. Flisak on cheating.  Marcus asked the group for their input.

–Ben said copying and cheating is the norm.  David Barrios said he gives a “0” on an assignment if he catches a student cheating.

–Delores  Lee said that kids take pictures of homework and post it on Facebook.  Test are also posted on Facebook.

–Ben found students copying right in front of him with homework for another teacher.  He sends students to the Deans’ Office for suspension when he catches cheating.

–Nancy mentioned students attempting to cheat on the CAHSEE yesterday.  Even though the questions are in different order for different versions of the test, Tony said it is possible to match the graphics and copy answers.

–Jessica wanted to know what message students get from Galileo about cheating—messages on walls about zero tolerance?

–Kathleen felt that we need to define cheating.

–Michelle said her teachers cover in the beginning of the year what is and what is not cheating.  Different teachers have different policies, but they state them and the consequences in their syllabus.

–Joseph felt it is hard to start a new policy now, but the group disagreed.

–David talked about an incident last year where the student who was receiving the department award was caught cheating.  It was a difficult situation.  He felt that no student thinks cheating is OK, but that it is easy to get away with.

–Kathleen told of a similar incident.

–Stan said cheating is not acceptable at any time of the year.  He spreads the students out and does as much as he can to make sure they do not cheat.

–Michelle felt teachers are changing the way they are assessing students, especially at the college level.

–Tony mentioned, “When does collaborating become cheating?”

–Ben felt we have to deal with the issue of students wanting to get points for good grades.

–Marcus will call other principals to see what is happening at other schools and we will continue the discussion at the next meeting.

–Joseph talked about artists and musicians modeling their work after their predecessors.


II.            Bell Schedule

–Marcus said we are still working on the spreadsheet for the student survey.  We are looking at A and B and the difference is the amount of passing period minutes.  Tony is still working on the student schedules.

–Joseph asked if there are more students late with a 5-minute passing period, versus a 7-minute passing period. Concrete data will be good.

–Tony talked about information on School Loop about tardies—biggest amount was for first period and then right after lunch.

–Suggestion was made to compare 2nd and 3rd period tardies.


III.            School Loop

–Marcus distributed a packet on School Loop.

–Marcus said he gets lots of interest from the parents about School Loop, particularly the 9th and 10th grade parents, as they are used to it from middle school.

–Marcus told of his experience at the training for School Loop.  The trainer has a student at Galileo and she was disappointed she only hears from one of her son’s teacher on School Loop.

–66% of our teachers completed the survey on School Loop.  Most of those felt comfortable using School Loop.  Tony went through questions on the survey and some of the results.

–Needing training and lack of time were the main reasons teachers were not using School Loop.  The training is from 4-6pm, after the working day.

–25% of parents are registered to use School Loop.  Ray mentioned that we have a minority using School Loop.  Tony said at his former school 90% of the parents were using it and all the teachers were.

–Ben felt that we need to tell parents what is going on with their kids.  Patrick felt we have high school students.  The parent is not holding their hand all the time, but we do need to check on how the students are doing.

–Discussion followed about using School Loop, time it takes to post grades, etc.

–Joseph told of his experiences and he said it is a good communication tool with the students who use it more often than the parents. Joseph felt the trainings should be done in the common planning time, not after school.  4-6pm is his time and there are other activities that he needs to do.  We are professionals and should be treated as such.

–The district is using our building for a district-wide School Loop training, and that is why it is scheduled from 4-6pm.

–David suggested we do in-house training.  Many teachers do not know how to do many of the items on School Loop.

–Stan says School Loop takes time.  He would like the district to do a survey of what times during the day/evening/night the data is input.

–Marcus said we will use School Loop next year in some way.

–Patrick said that School Loop is a contract issue.

–Marcus said if we have School Loop access at school, the principal can put it in the Principal’s Expectations.

–David Barrios brought up the fact that those teachers not contacting parents by School Loop are contacting parents in other ways.


IV.            February 14th Wellness & GSA Event

–Jessica talked about this event.  This concerns sexual health and teen relationships.

–Jessica said she had 2 pregnant students in her office this morning.  This happens often.

–She talked about students in abusive relationships.

–She talked about students working on “coming out” to their parents.

–This event will be highlighted on the district website next week.

–Our ELL students do not know where to get reproductive information.

–There will be 42 workshops this year. She asked the members of this group to sign up.

–Some teachers are giving students extra credit for the noon-time activities.  Please encourage your teachers to participate.

–Joseph said some of his students asked him to officiate at their wedding at the event.  Jessica told him to see Jackie Peters.  She told of the educational games by the marriage booths.

–Price to get married is 50 cents.  Proceeds go to GSA.


V.            Policy for Food Sales

–Mat asked what the school policy is. Marcus said there should not be any food sales on campus.

–Jessica said any candy sales for students are against district policy.

–Food Sales to teachers are OK.


VI.            Rise in Hall Walking

–We are being vigilant to curb this.


VII.            CAHSEE

–Stan said the auditorium was chaos and not well thought out.


Department Head


–Marcus gave kudos to Ray for his efforts to give Special Ed. students the regular tests.

–CST—California Standards Test—what everyone takes.  CMA is a modified assessment.  It is almost as difficult as the CST.  CMA does not count towards the school’s API.

–CAPA is for the severely impaired students.

–State goal is to have no more than 3% of students taking the CMA.


I.            Testing Update

–City College Placement Exam is February 24th for seniors going to City College.  It will be at Galileo from approximately 8am-noon.

–Nancy said last year CCSF gave the SFUSD priority for 2 classes they had to take.  This year our students attending CCSF have to have at least 3 classes that will transfer to a 4 year university.

–The test will be given in the library.  Students sign up for the test.

–Ray would like his students to take the test at the same time.

–CAHSEE—this past one was our census test and counts for the API score.  On both dates we tested 98% of the students we were supposed to test.  We needed to test at least 95%.

–Nancy said it was a little bit chaotic for those students who did not have a place to go when their classrooms were being used.  This is a whole school effort.  She asked for cooperation from all staff and teachers.

–Denise mentioned miscommunication on the second day.  The time of 10:30am was confusing and some students did not finish by that time.  Denise asked about students who did not report to her class until after 11am.  Discussion followed.

–Joseph suggested we plan a fun activity for those students who finish the test by 10:30am.  Kathleen said that some kids might rush through the test to go out and play.

–Michelle asked about the auditorium and how it was used.  Joseph turned the house lights up, as he felt it was too dark inside.

–Those two specific days are the only days we can do the CAHSEE.


–9th Grade Practice CAHSEE

–This year we can decide if we want to give it.  Ray and Kathleen both said, “No.”

–Will having the test improve our passing rate?  Ray said there are no stakes.  Decision made not to give it.


II.            Registration

–Nancy said they should finish on time by Feb. 17th.

–We can enter the information in Scheduler right after that, by the beginning of March.


III.            Academic Literacy Discussion Check-in

–Academic Literacy is a school priority.  First we have to define academic literacy.

–Mat said his department included reading, writing, academic norms—bring materials to class, ask for help, etc.  Know how to act in academic environment.

–Science focused on the standards. Specifics come from the standards.

–Kathleen said her department came up with definitions—and ability to navigate all of their classes.

–Denise said her department mostly talked about AP classes and what is expected of these students.  High literacy is one of the issues.  They do SSR in the target language.

Students who are ELD in their classes do very well.  They learn from the ground up.

–Joseph mentioned his department came up with 40 words that would apply to all his classes and were what the students should know by graduation.  He also liked the academic norms—bring a pencil.

–Standard Literacy in an Academic School, then Department literacy—Tony mentioned this.

–Academic Literacy means different things to different people.

–Ray said in their department said they talked about navigating through a textbook, etc. He mentioned the parts of a textbook.  These things need to be taught.

–Tony will put all this information together.


IV.            Common Formative Assessments & Data Director

–Marcus gave some background information on the usefulness of this information.

–The goal is for every course to have a common assessment and have a common final exam.

–This goal is for next fall.

–One a piece of data is entered for a student, it is linked to the content standards and teachers can watch their students over time.

–Any assessment teachers are now doing can be digitized.  This requires using rubrics.

–Denise said the big task is to get together with the teachers to work this out.

–Tony said it will take time to get this all set up.  What am I teaching, how am I teaching, and do I have a good collaborative relationship with other teachers who are teaching the same course?

–Discussion followed.

–David mentioned that much has been going on this year with data, etc., and there has not been much time to talk about curriculum.

–Denise is not sure how to explain this to her colleagues.  She asked for Tony to come and help her.  She also mentioned Chinese literacy.

–Michelle talked about Common Planning Time.  In the past one hour was Cluster Meetings, and one hour was Department Time.  She said this year they do not have the time to do this.  Marcus said those discussions will happen once we get the CLA and Data Director in place.

–Marcus told about his experience at Thurgood Marshall.

–Tony said he is hearing that teachers want to have more planning time.

–Joseph said we need more staff development.

–Patrick said everyone in the district supports CLA, but Data Director is not mandatory now.  We need to develop the CLAs first and then get to Data Director.


Meeting adjourned at 11;50AM.

Weekly Bulletin – February 6 – 10, 2012

Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 6 – 10, 2012





WORD OF THE WEEK:   MAGNANIMOUS: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. MAGNANIMOUS:Showing and suggesting a lofty or courageous spirit; showing or suggesting nobility of feeling or generosity of mind.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES: Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                         Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

ATTENDANCE: Teachers– Please check your Galileo e-mail for Attendance Notices. Most importantly, Notice of Missing Attendance will be sent to all teachers via e-mail who have failed to turn in attendance strips by 4:00 pm the previous day. Please turn in the attendance strip or reply can be cleared. Thank You.                                     Ms. Mallen.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.                     Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

PARKING COURTESY:  Please do not block other cars in both the Bay Street and the Polk Street parking lots.  If you have to block a car, do it only for a few minutes and leave your Galileo Parking Hanger in plain sight in your car.  If you do not have a Galileo Parking Hanger, see Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office.
Mrs. Grinnell
GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies. We urge staff to apply for these grants as last year we did not use all of our budgeted money. For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to Karin Lau, room 206 or main office PTSA mailbox.
WELLNESS/PAID INTERNSHIPS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this semester? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect your students with programs in the community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or direct students to the Wellness Center, Room 151!
LOVEFEST:Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness this upcoming February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! Teachers can sign-up for sexual health & healthy relationship workshops during the day, and everybody can get married in the courtyard during lunchtime. LoveFest has interactive games, music, prizes, and more! Hope to see you on Tuesday February 14th.


ASB STORE: is selling Galileo t-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyard key chains, pennants, lab books, pens, pencils, book covers, district approved nutritional snacks and beverages during lunch time and after school in room 150.
ASB CARD STICKERS:ASB is selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00 in room 150. Discounts will be offered for Galileo sweatshirts, t-shirts, dances, and other school spirit

SENIORS: Come by Ms. Chan’s office to pick up your latest transcript during lunch or after school. Please also check my webpage galileoweb.org/chan and your school loop email for updates on important information pertaining to seniors.

SENIORS: Community College Application Workshops on the following dates/times in Computer Lab 104
Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 2:10-3:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2:10-6:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:10-3:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:10-6:00 PM PM
Space is limited, first come first serve.

CCSF PLACEMENT EXAM will be at Galileo on:
Friday, February 24, 8 AM-12 PM. 
Sign-up with Bai Zhen @ the counseling office, 258F. 

CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.
Please submit it as soon as possible.
WANT A JOB? Come visit the Job Bulletin Board in the Counseling Office. Also check Ms. Marshman’s website (http://galileoweb.org/marshmanl) and click on “Jobs” for recent postings.

GOT QUESTIONS about birth control, pregnancy testing, or STD?s? Stop by the Wellness Center Room 151 during lunchtime or after school to make a confidential medical appointment.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this semester? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect you with programs in your community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151!

THE ACADEMY of HOSPITALITY & TOURISM (AoHT) senior class is selling raffle tickets to win amazing prizes; such as a $100 gift card to Palio D’Asti Italian restaurant, two Giants tickets, a hotel night stay at the Marriott Marquis, InterContiental Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel and Hotel Kabuki/Tomo, dinner for 2 at Chez Panisse Cafe, NFL Baby package, Starbucks gift card and more.  The drawing will be on Feb 29th, leap day.  Each raffle ticket is only one DOLLAR each!  There are over 40 prizes worth more than $2100!  See Ms. Field or any AoHT Senior to buy tickets.

MOC SAT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock SAT to practice for the real SAT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 24th. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 28th.
ASB ELECTION: Do you wish to run for 2012-2013 ASB Office? Pick up a petition ASB Office.
BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 10 from 7 – 11 PM.
GALILEO LETTER JACKETS will on sale Thursday, Feb. 16 during lunch time in front of the auditorium. will meet today Monday in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the teacher and staff of the year election and 2012 – 2013 class election.
VALENTINE GRAMS: are on sale at ASB store during lunch time and after school this week. Delivery will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14 during period 4.
SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, March 9 during lunch time. Clubs must submit their proposals at ECM.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: will meet today Monday in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the teacher and staff of the year election and 2012 – 2013 class election.

LOVEFEST:Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness this upcoming February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! Teachers can sign-up for sexual health & healthy relationship workshops during the day, and everybody can get married in the courtyard during lunchtime. LoveFest has interactive games, music, prizes, and more! Hope to see you on Tuesday February 14th.

















CAHSEE Feb. 7-8

All 10th grade students will take the CAHSEE exam (required for graduation) on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 starting at 8:00am.

Last Name Room
A – Calderon 103
Calonje – Chen, Laurie 201
Chen, Michael – Dear 254
Del Rosario – Garcia 305
Gardner – Ho 350
Holland – Jiang 404
Jimenez – Lewis Library
Li – Liu 405
Lo – Merkuryev 412
Miranda – Pang 414
Parubets – R 450
S – Tan, Jin 457
Tan, Pearl – Wang, Wesley 460
Wang, Winnie – Yeung 361
Young – Z Cafeteria

1/11/2012 Meeting Minutes


Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA  94109

Room 210 at 3:30 P.M.

Location and Time of Meeting


School Site Council Meeting-January 11, 2012

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Marcus Blacksher, Stan DeBella, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Mele Lau-Smith, Claire Siegel, Nicole Torres, Jacky Chau,

Absent (Excused): Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved


Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.  There were ten elected members present; a quorum was established.


II.  Approval of 12/7/2011 Meeting Minutes

– A member moved to approve the 12/7/2011 minutes as presented.  Another member seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.


III.  New Business

1.  DCYF Funding/Youth Vote

– Peter Lauterborn from the City Department of Children, Youth and Families speaks to the SSC.  He provided information to all members explaining the department and its goals. The department has a three-year cycle and is now in the second year.  The plans of actions are to identify needs in the first year, to allot funding in the second year, and to involve non-profits in the plan in the third year.

– The DCYF helps students get involved in civics, be in charge of “Youth Vote”, and place the students on the Board of Education.  The folder contents are a synopsis of the program.  There are 41 programs listed that Galileo students participate in.  Some are based here at Gal and others in the community.  The packet also includes the results of the last “Youth Vote” survey, which gives insight into the students here at Galileo. These surveys are given twice each year-Fall and Spring.  Galileo returned 1400 surveys, which are the highest returned in the district this year. This next survey will include some middle schools and then middle schools will all be included in the surveys.  Peter asks for more involvement from Galileo.

2.  Developing the BSC/Single Plan

– The BSC/SPSA development handouts distributed.  The site council reviewed the BSC/ BSCWG handouts.  Handout is the conceptually approved proposal from last meeting.  Major change, distributed leadership, secondly more talk on BSC working group. Constitution of the WG would be ½ and ½ school staff and community partners, exact numbers are in the handout.  Each group would elect their own members. Page 2 contains the time-line of implementation Sept/Nov.  These dates are past so we need to squeeze them into the second semester. Today we will review and approve the process and start the election of Working Groups.

Handout: Timeline (Pilot Run)

How do people feel about working groups set up? General timeline?

Q: Why are we doing BSCWG verse SSC?

A: More representation.  Give others opportunity to voice opinions without the two year commitment of the SSC.  Get a broader perspective on the school.

Q: Why can’t the SSC do it?


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A: Can’t do it in a monthly meeting structure.  More meetings of the SSC is a possibility

Q: BSCWG is duplicating SSC?

A: Yes

Q: Could we have extra meetings of the SSC and invite others?

A: Yes, that would work.

General consensus is to set up an Ad HOC committee of the SSC dealing with the budget, which is part of the SSC’s job.

We will change representation to SSC members with invited interested persons.  Interested persons must commit to all four meetings and committee will report to the UBC also (Left off the list of (reportees)

We will set up the working groups first meeting in Sept.  Finish the last BSC and begin forming a new one.

Q: Could the working group get started on Jan 25th?

A: Yes and be finished by the end of April.


Finalized proposal- Vote to approve the amended BSC plan with the proposed changes. Unanimously passed.  Extra meetings in Jan, Feb and March


Questions on the self-reflection portion discussed. Questions can be tweaked at any time. We will use the ones listed as Pilot questions.


Context:  How can we judge how we are doing here at Galileo aside from grades?

A: These questions could help insure that we have another measure of our success and progress toward our goals.

Handout: Galileo Priorities Timeline and Possible priorities.


IV.  Old Business

1.  Update on SSC Student/Teacher Representations

– The site council did not address this agenda item.



A member moved to adjourn the meeting.  Another member seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:53 pm.


Minutes taken by Stan DeBella and prepared by Karin Lau

















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