Weekly Bulletin – April 16 – 20, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 16 – 20, 2012


OPULENT

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   OPULENT: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. OPULENT: Having a large estate or property; wealthy;amply or plentifully provided.

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 with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendance 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: Please encourage your students to visit my.YOWhoo.org, an educational & interactive website designed specifically for teens in San Francisco. Students can participate in a poll and be entered to win raffle prizes, including two $100 VISA cards and 5 sets of movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

STUDENTS

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  items.

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: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement. Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.

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.
SENIOR RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold at the ASB Office. 1st prize is a free Bay Area Limousine (2 hours limit) for the prom. 2nd prize is Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo rental for prom. 3rd prize is Hoogasian corsage and boutoniere for prom. Ticket costs $1.00. Drawing will be at ASB Election Assembly on April 16. Money will go to pay for senior graduation expenses.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
March 19 – 23 > $75 with current ASB card sticker and $85 without. Guest ticket $90.
April 2 – 20 > $85 with ASB and $90 w/o
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.

CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY:has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16th during a double period 6. Voting will take place that week during the afternoon.
GRADUATION REHEARSALS: for seniors will be April 17 – 20 in the auditorium.
SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

HOT TOPICS:  Interested in knowing more about hot topics affecting teens in San Francisco? Visit My.YOWhoo.org, a website designed specifically for YOU. Participate in a poll and enter a raffle to win prizes like $100 VISA cards and movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

ASB ELECTION BALLOTS: will be distributed on Tuesday, April 17 during period 1 for all students to vote.
ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, May 4 in the courtyard during lunch time.


JUNIORS: if you have not taken college and career, please see Ms. Ho during lunch or after school to sign up! You will need to complete this graduation requirement before the end of your junior year as the college and career course will no longer be offered next year to seniors. The course is offered every Tuesday and Friday after school for the month of April and will continue into May, if necessary.


Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 12, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

4/12/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          ELL IOC Report

 

–Marcus introduced Jen Fong who will give us the ELL  IOC report.  She discussed the unannounced visit earlier this semester, March 19, 2012.  She mentioned the Lau case and said that the courts keep finding us out of compliance.  This is the Internal Oversight Committee to make sure we are serving the ELL students.  This group is composed partly of assistant superintendents.

–She distributed information and explained its development.  The feedback from the visit should produce reflection and then growth.

–She mentioned that this is the 6th report in the district this year.  In the past there has not been a lot of support for the ELL students.

 

–Stan asked for the definition of a Language Objective.  Jen used the terms compare and contrast.  She mentioned that they would be happy to do some professional development in this area.  She used the term graphic organizers.  She wants the students to have academic English.

 

–She came for the review with her team and others, totaling 12 individuals.  They visited as many places as they could.  They talked to non-classroom staff and students.  They still need to talk to the parents.

–It was clear that everyone was aware of the ELL students.  Newcomers have 0-1 year in US schools.  Developing ELs have 2-4 years in US schools.  Long Term ELs have 5+ years.

–In classes where there were very few ELs, they did not see as much strategies for these students as in classes where there were many Els.  She said it is mandated that teachers use SADIE strategies and that is why all teachers are mandated to have a CLAD.  Student to student activities and graphic organizers are some of the things they were looking for.  Do we see visuals?

In lecture classes, the ELs have a harder time absorbing the material.  They like to see a variety of strategies that help students.

–Please move ELD .7-.8 to regular English so that they will be eligible for UC entrance.  She sees that happening at Galileo.  We do not want to mix Newcomers with Long Term ELs, even if they have the same CELT scores.  The Long Term ELs do not take the CELT seriously. Now that more ELs are being included in the mainstream, we need to use strategies to reach them.  She addressed the difference in the Long Term ELs’ speaking and writing skills.

 

–David asked if separation of the ELs and the ELAs in mainstream classes is important.  Jen discussed the differences between Long Term ELs and other students.

–Kathleen said many folks are not clear on the difference between .6 and .8 classes.  She asked for more PD in this area.  Jen said they are eager to do this.

–July 23-27, 2012 are dates for training over the summer.  Those who attend will follow up when they return to the site.  There is a $2,000 stipend for doing this.

–Jen said they would come to the site and design training that would work here.  She said you will see immediate results.

 

–David asked if the district will make it easier to identify the different students.

She said Data Director does it now.  She hopes it will be on SIS shortly.

–.6 in English means something different than in Math, Science and Social Studies.

–Jen encouraged everyone to attend some of the trainings.  She also encouraged everyone to ask for help with strategies.

–She said that we could get picked again next year for the IOC visit and she hopes they would see growth at that time.

–She encouraged increasing student-to-student interaction.  This is more engaging.

 

–Marcus distributed information on the Balanced Score Card.  Please look at the ELL section and we will discuss it next meeting.  Do we want to do these activities by department or school-wide?

–Marcus also distributed some information from the last WASC review to remind and refresh our thoughts.

–He said our EL students and our Newcomer students are extremely motivated to be successful.  We are doing good things at Galileo.

 

–Ben asked if we did well in this review and will we come under additional scrutiny. Marcus said there are areas for improvement, but we are doing a lot of things well.  He spoke about using more visuals next year to help our EL students.  Kathleen mentioned they are making posters to use the academic language.

 

–Michelle mentioned concerns with the re-designation of students that can cause elimination of some skill sets. Kathleen touched on the criteria students need to move to the next level.

–Denise said there should be this information can be given to al faculty.

 

II.         CAHSEE Results

–Tony passed out the results and gave credit to Jonathan Ring for creating the document.  He explained the document and highlighted the gains.  He felt the overall numbers were great.  Special Ed students are included in this report.

–Ben commented on the zip code break down.

 

–Nancy said CSU is going to start using the CST tests for Math and English placement, instead of the EAP.

 

III.       Common Formative Assessments

 

–April 23rd is a PD day and this is the entire agenda.  We want to see one each semester.

–Teachers can attend other PDs off site, but the CFAs must be completed prior to 4/23.

–Nancy brought up lunch and the fact that many wanted to go off campus for lunch.  Lunch is on your own.

–There will be a short faculty meeting in the morning.

 

IV.        Budget

–Marcus said we submitted a budget initially by balancing the budget by not using the mandated 2% for operating costs.  We wanted to use the projected AP money for that.  It was turned down.

–Marcus, Karin and, Katie worked on a revision.  They used categorical funds for the counselors.  We have an ELD retirement, so we did not fill that position.  If get an influx of Newcomers we will have to ask for more funds for these students.

–Nancy gave department heads the sections based on what we have now.  Things change over the summer.

 

V.         Miscellaneous

–Marcus asked how many 9th graders were assigned here and how many have signed up?  As of yesterday there were 130 who have not committed to Galileo.  520-550 were assigned.  TAs phoned the homes and some parents did not realize they had to come in for enrollment.  Many Latinos did not realize they had to come to the school to accept.  Only 7 of the 130 said they were going to go to another school.  Karin Lau will call those families.

–Round 2 for enrollment will start soon.  It will begin on May 13th.  Round 3 will be in the summer time.  Nancy said we should have more students that we expected.

 

–Master Schedule—singleton/doubleton meeting tomorrow 4° in 102.  There will be another meeting on Thursday of the STAR testing week if we do not finish.  Nancy asked everyone to check the Google Doc and enter the singletons and doubletons.

–Try to have one class of each grade level in every period.  Let Marcus and Nancy know if there are too many 1st and 6th period preps.

 

–Marcus mentioned student placement.  ELL students are supposed to start and end the day with those support classes.  This is a WASC recommendation.  Nancy said the ELD classes are on the even periods and the labs are on the odd periods.  Kathleen said they tried to have the students in the ELD community at the beginning and the end of the day.  He encouraged each department to review the WASC and the Balanced Score Card.

 

–FRISCO Day is tomorrow.  There are students turning in last minute field trip slips.  The district is providing more busses.  Those students who are not going need to show up for classes.  Anyone who does not come to school or to FRISCO Day will not be allowed to go to Prom.

–Ben discussed the severe consequence for this particular day if a student cuts versus any other day.

–Patrick said parents might have a valid argument against this punishment.  He mentioned recent articles in the SF Chronicle that are disturbing about CTS at Mission and O’Connell.

–Discussion followed.

–Joseph felt the day was poorly scheduled—on the last day of the grading period.  He felt the administration should protest this schedule and say it does not work for our teachers.  Marcus said there was no opportunity to say this.  Marcus felt that some teachers felt they were done with grading by the last day of the grading period.

–Nancy said it is earlier this year and the district wants to wait until students get accepted to college.  Some teachers felt it was too close to AP testing.  Suggestion was made to do it during CST time.  Chaperones then become a problem.

 

–Bettie distributed the Draft of the April 25th Open House for Karin Lau.  Marcus said there was a suggestion to offer extra credit if families come.

–Michelle said the kids go from room to room on the Scavenger Hunt and do not ask any questions about programs, etc.  Teachers and parents felt it was a waste of time.

 

–Marcus said the parents felt the number of questions should be limited—students can pick the questions they are interested in.  Marcus will send an email to everyone with what the parents suggested.

–Nancy suggested parents and students should visit departments.

–Michelle said it should be student run, which would be more interesting to the in-coming students.

–Denise asked if all teachers were required to attend.

–Ray said some parents try to monopolize the teachers.  This is not a time for teacher conferences.

–Ben felt we should have a clear statement of purpose.  Then we can figure out the activities.

–David felt we should be showcasing the first floor and have that open.

 

–Marcus said Wednesday, April 18th at 2:15pm there will be a School Loop Training in 102 for submitting grades.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:40am.

 

 

3/21/2012 Meeting Minutes

SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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-March 21, 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, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai, Nancy Lambert-Campbell, Karin Lau, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle, William Hoffland, Gayline Tom, Michelle Moffet, Michael Kyle

Absent (Excused): None

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:41 pm.  There were twelve elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.

 

II.  Approval of 3/14/2012 Meeting Minutes

– The site council decided to postpone this item to the next meeting.

 

III.  New Business

– There weren’t any new agenda items.

 

IV.  Old Business

1.  2012/2013 SY Preliminary Budget

– M. Lau-Smith set the ground rules for the second part of the site council meeting to continue discussing the preliminary budget.  She hoped that K. Pringle had gotten the answers to the five questions formulated from the March 14 meeting so that the council could go forward with passing the preliminary budget.  Here were K. Pringle’s answers to the five questions:

i.  Is it a guarantee that Galileo will get the AP money in the fall?

– She couldn’t get a reply from downtown and the fact remained that the AP money hadn’t been loaded in our budget allocations.  Though Galileo would likely get the money in the fall, the school couldn’t plan on using it.

ii.  In what areas can Galileo use the categorical funding –EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP?

– The school could use these restrictive monies for supplementing but not supplanting services and classroom supplies for their target student population.

iii.  Why does Galileo have 7.4% cuts to its budget when the District has millions in reserve?

– S. DeBella and P. Delaney brought attention to this issue.

iv.  How does the school use its non-personnel fund?

– K. Pringle explained that out of the total non-personnel budget of $263,105, $150,000 went to the different departments; the balance of $113,105 was used for school-wide.

v.  Can the school reduce its required 2% in non-personnel and replenish it in the fall when the school gets the AP money?

– The 2% stipulation in non-personnel applied only to the WSF fund, not the entire budget allocation.

– K. Pringle presented her budget spreadsheets (see attached):

Page 1 – Budget Allocations (same as March 14)

Page 2 – Budget Summary (same as March 14)

Page 3 – All Cuts 2012-13

– The spreadsheet showed all the possible cuts in non-classroom and classroom with the bottom line of $203,874 remaining for non-personnel expenditure.

Page 4 – Possible Cuts 2012-13

– The spreadsheet showed all the possible cuts in non-classroom and classroom incorporating all the changes proposed by the school site council on March 14 and the leadership team meeting with the bottom line of -$13,103 remaining for non-personnel expenditure.

Page 5 – The Cost of Salaries for Administration, Certificated, Classified in four years.

 

– K. Pringle explained Page 4 in details and suggested that when the site council meet again to discuss the fall final allocation in September, the members could decide what services and personnel to restore if there were new money.

– After K. Pringle’s presentation, M. Lau-Smith asked that each member take 2 minutes to comment on the proposed cuts on Page 4 and to try to base their reactions around the District and school priorities (District-English Language Learners, Special Education, Common Learning Assessments/Common Core; school-9th Grade Transition, Algebra, A-G Alignment).

 

1.  W. Smith – If the ASB period were taken out of the school day, the action might cause the school culture to decline.  He suggested putting the ASB period back.  He felt the AVID program is generally successful.  If the school wanted to close the achievement gap, the AVID cuts should be reconsidered.

 

2.  N. Torres – She wanted to know that when resources are scarce, how do the admin and staff corroborate so that gaps are filled.  How do department heads come together to meet the challenges?  Does a process exist?

 

– Pringle cited that the school staff does work together to resolve issues.  For example, the counseling office had asked for an additional counselor, but the idea was overwhelmingly rejected.  And hence, the item was taken off the budget.

 

3.  C. Siegel – The AVID reductions seemed detrimental as well as the English department’s elimination of one section.  She suggested restoring the AVID sections in the lower grades.  K. Pringle proposed offering two sections in the 9th grade, 2 sections in the 10th, and a single section to combine the 11th and 12th graders, when the demands often dwindle.  The 9th graders get credits for College and Career when they take AVID.  The AVID class is an elective and therefore, it does not meet the A to G requirement.

 

4.  S. DeBella – He was disappointed that the District didn’t get back to Galileo with these crucial answers.  He still questioned the steep cuts to all the schools when the District has so much in reserve.  He and P. Delaney would try to find some truth to this debacle.  M. Lau-Smith concurred with his frustration.  She wasn’t very successful at her inquiry of answers last year.

 

5.  M. Blacksher – He lamented the lack of funds and resources to maintain all the programs, which make Galileo a great school.  If Galileo got more money in the fall, he would enhance the math and science departments.  He was also disappointed that there weren’t enough resources to keep up with the fast changing technological hard/soft ware.

 

6.  J. Ring – He felt the proposed cuts were manageable.  He was aware that the proposal had the intention of decimating the non-personnel portion and replenishing it in the fall with the AP money.   He reminded us that the budget allocations were based on the old contract.  When a new contract is negotiated, it will change the rules of the game.  He prioritized keeping all the teachers and lowering the paper usage expenses.  He questioned the quality of library services if the librarian’s hours were reduced to .60FTE.  If the world language department’s demand didn’t necessitate the additional .40 FTE, the librarian’s hours should be restored back to 1.00 FTE.

 

7.  D. Page – He commented that it was difficult to reduce positions when they are filled.  He wanted to know why Galileo had gotten a bigger cut as compared to the other schools.  He felt that the proposed cuts were manageable, but cuts to the classrooms still hurt.

 

8.  J. Chau – He felt the cuts in AVID sections weren’t so detrimental.  He observed that many students had the mindset to go to colleges.  He didn’t want the ASB period cut from the school day.  The position was important because it had the responsibility to raise money to pay for graduation expenses.  Who would carry on the torch when the position is eliminated?  He preferred for the Yearbook and Journalism to be combined as a single class and be offered during the school day.  Though it might be feasible to offer it afterschool as an extracurricular activity.

 

9.  C. Lee – She wanted the Yearbook and Journalism class put back into the school day.  The Yearbook class requires a lot of hard work; having it as an after school activity would not work.  She wanted the ASB period to be restored to the school day because it had to fund raise to pay for the senior expenses.

 

10.  P. Delaney – He said it was possible for the site council to refuse signing off on the budget if they were not satisfied.  Of all seventeen high schools, Galileo placed fifteenth to receive the least amount of funding.  He questioned the additional section in the social studies department and the reduction of seven sections in the physical education department.  He proposed to add back some of the sections in PE and reduce some sections in science, since students only need two years of it to graduate.  He also proposed to offer fewer sections in Health Ed, since the demand will drop due to a smaller 9th grade class.  He would like to restore all 8 sections of AVID and fill those JROTC classes to offset the high PE class sizes.

 

11.  A. Mai – It would be difficult to have the student body advisor teach five classes and do the ASB period after school.  When that happened, it would affect the school climate.  Also, giving the advisor $2000 stipend to do the ASB activities is not equitable.

 

– M. Kyle questioned why the library would face reduced hours and services.  He as an English teacher and his department teachers use it often.  He thought it was wrong to have the classroom teachers carry the burden of all the cuts when the non-classroom staff such as the administration, counselors, and clerks escapes such reductions.  He wanted the English sections and the library FTE restored and keep technology as a priority.

– M. Moffet, English department head, felt that cuts should be done across the board and to avoid the areas where they could help the school raise its API scores and the students with meeting the A to G requirements.  The proposed cuts on page 4 concentrated on cutting sections in VAPA and English and bypassed the administration and clerks.  Though students only need two years of science to graduate, there are more sections offered there.

– After the site council members and visiting staff commented on the proposed cuts, M. Lau-Smith summarized people’s preferences and suggestions.  In order to submit a balanced budget, cuts must take place.  She looked at reducing the world language sections even more.  Students have the options of testing out the language requirement if they speak that language.  When the school reduces its elective offerings, the limitation will impact mostly the juniors and seniors, who then take TAs to fill their schedules.

– Staff has the rights to return and have a full-time position.  When cuts must be made, it is beneficial for the staff to have the position kept at a minimum of .60 FTE, when benefits kick in for the incumbent.

– M. Blacksher disseminated the “science course registration data” handout, which showed the course sign-up data in the department.  Galileo tended to offer more science electives thought students only need two years.  M. Moffet would like to see a variety of English courses-required and electives- offered in her department as well.

– M. Lau-Smith suggested cutting each clerical position by .20 FTE or reducing one position to .60 FTE.  She reiterated people’s proposed reductions in order to balance the budget:

* add back the ASB period to the school day

* restore the librarian’s hours to 1.00 FTE

* keep the 13.40 FTE in English

* reduce non-personnel fund to reflect the anticipated AP money coming in the fall

* decrease .20 FTE from a clerical position

 

– The site council members voted on the following two motions:

First motion:  to approve the possible budget discussed with the above changes.

Second motion:  to sign off on the budget, but to write a letter to protest the various key issues.

– P. Delaney recommended that the letter be written and delivered at a future board meeting.

 

 

Roll Call:

W. Smith – yes/no

N. Torres – yes/no

C. Siegel – yes/no

S. DeBella – yes/no

M. Blacksher – yes/abstain

D. Page – yes/no

J. Chau – yes/no

C. Lee – yes/no

P. Delaney – no/no

A. Mai – yes/no

M. Lau-Smith – yes/no

J. Ring – yes/no

 

 

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/14/2012 Meeting Minutes

SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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-March 14, 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, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai, Nancy Lambert-Campbell, Karin Lau, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle, William Hoffland, Karen Field, Gayline Tom, Lauren Marshman, Michelle Guan, Michelle Moffet, Susan Kitchell, Jackie Alarcon,

Absent (Excused): None

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:53 pm.  There were twelve elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.

 

II.  Approval of 2/8/2012 Meeting Minutes

– P. Delaney moved to approve the 2/8/2012 minutes as presented.  S. DeBella seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

III.  New Business

1.  2012/2013 SY Preliminary Budget

– K. Pringle distributed the 6-page handouts (see attachments).  She thanked J. Ring for his math wiz in helping her formulate her spreadsheets.  The attendees referred to the handouts while K. Pringle did her power point presentation.

Page 1 – Budget Allocations

The spreadsheet shows what Galileo has received in these four years:  2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013.  The bottom line for next year will be a 6.9% cut in the overall budget.

Page 2 – Budget Summary

–  The spreadsheet elaborated on the following headings:  Fund, Name (of Fund), Allocated, Budgeted, Balance, Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE), Salary, Benefits, Extended Service, Non-Personnel for the six different funding sources and in the four-year span.  The six funding sources are:  General Fund Unrestricted/WSF, Special Ed/WSF Site, Economic Impact Aid/School Compensatory Education (EIA/SCE), EIA/Limited English Proficient (EIA/LEP), Prop H PE, Prop H Arts.

Page 3 – District & School Site 2012-13 (Version) A

Page 4 – District & School Site 2012-2013 (Version) B

Page 5 – District & School Site 2012-2013 (Version) C

Page 6 – The Cost of Salaries for Administration, Certificated, Classified in four years.

 

– Categorical funds such as EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP come with many restrictions; therefore, the money could not be used for classroom personnel.  The admin would like to access the money without being out of compliance.  K. Pringle is waiting to hear back from the State/Federal office.

– Galileo offers the JROTC program.  Currently, Galileo pays for a .50 FTE, the Army pays for a 1.00 FTE, and private fundraising pays for the other .50 FTE.  The military mandates that these two FTEs to co-exist.  When that stipulation does not happen, the school will be out of compliance, which Galileo has gotten out of this year.  The school will have one year to fix the problem.  At this juncture, the private fundraising effort has raised around $20,000.

– The school can’t sign the students up for JROTC.  They have to opt in to the program.

– The Version A proposal is the starting point of discussions of where cuts might happen.  The leadership team met over the course of a week to dissect the proposal. During such meetings, each team member had the opportunity to speak in favor or against the specified cuts in the proposal.  Subsequently, Versions B and C were created incorporating the team’s input.

– M. Lau-Smith clarified that if the council could not reach a consensus of a proposed preliminary budget today, another meeting will be called.  She also set the perimeter that advocacy of a program or position cut is not preferred.  She realized that any cuts to Galileo would be detrimental.

– She summed up that the three scenarios involved cuts in the same departments.  Then in Versions B and C, the ASB period is deleted and replaced with a stipend of $2,000 as a form of compensation.  And Version C shows a deficit of $65,371 after all the cuts are implemented.

– J. Ring cited that the school is required to put 2% of its total budget, which is $177,513 towards non-personnel.  He would like clarification on what fund is allowed to make up this 2%.  He commented that Galileo would receive fund for the AP exams taken, but that the fund won’t come until in the fall.  He would like to know if Galileo could use this money towards the 2%.  He also would like to know how restrictive is the categorical funds and the assurances of the Career Tech Ed support to fund teachers.  He questioned how many students actually double up by departments.

– K. Pringle explained that the school could not plan on the use of the AP exam fund because it doesn’t exist in the budget allocations.  When she gets a confirmation of the money, she can then zero out the non-personnel and will later replenish it with the said fund.  This strategy will free up designated money to fill more FTEs.

– L. Marshman, the AVID counselor, explained that the program recruits its participants, whose GPAs are between 2.5 to 3.30, in the 8th grade.  Once in high school, they take the AVID class all four years.  They learn organizational skills, get tutorial support, receive elective credits, and by the senior year, 90% of them get into a 4 year college.  Currently there are two sections per grade level and are taught by four teachers.  If the eight sections are cut down to five, around eighty students will lose out and the program can only offer one section per 10th, 11th and 12th grades.  If she cuts the 9th grade sections from two to one, the overflow will impact the College and Career sections.  The 9th graders get the College and Career credit for their AVID class.

– Currently Galileo pays for .50 FTE of J. Alarcon’s position and the Peer Resource office matches the amount to bring the PR position to a 1.00 FTE.  J. Alarcon teaches three sections of Peer Helping and one section of College/Career.  The proposed budget is to consolidate all three sections of around fifty enrollees into two sections of twenty-five each.   But J. Alarcon’s argument is that she will need all three sections to maintain her program.  The small class sizes allow her students to collaborate and institute projects to benefit the school community.

– The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department will go from current 20 sections to 18 sections in the proposed budget.  The cuts will impact the one-year graduation requirement.

– Students need two years of Physical Ed to graduate.  Some students meet this requirement by taking JROTC and/or playing team sports.  The cuts of 2 FTEs will not allow students who fail the fitness test to retake PE and will increase class sizes.

– Students are required to take 4 years of English, 3 years of science, 2 years of math, etc. to graduate.  But in order to be competitive to get into a college of choice, students often times take the recommended years by UC, such as 4 years of science and 4 years of math.  These increases explain why the enrollment numbers in the science and math departments are higher.

–  It was suggested that the English Language Development (ELD) department’s section numbers be included in the English department’s figures, because ELD counts as one year of English requirement.

– M. Moffet, English department head, pointed out that the elimination of 1 FTE in her department is disproportioned to the cuts in the math and science departments.  She cited that the Early Acceptance Performance (EAP) results pointed to that 24% readiness of juniors performing rigorous work.  The ideal class size for English teachers to maximize learning and teaching is 25 students, not the proposed 31.9.  English teachers spend an average of 15 hours per week to grade papers.  And the department as a whole contributes to the high CST achievement level, not math or science.  And yet, the department is taking a bigger cut.

– M. Blacksher commented that the overall enrollment across the District had gone down.  Galileo will likely not see an increase of enrollment in the fall.

– A member questioned how was the ASB stipend of $2,000 determined.  It was set arbitrarily.  It was suggested to increase the amount.

– All three versions proposed to eliminate Yearbook and Journalism during the school day and implement them as part of the Futurama after school program.  The Yearbook class might survive the move because students still want to see the finished product, but Journalism will likely lose its appeal.  When the move takes place, students can get credits as long as they put in the required instructional minutes.

– Drama is a good elective class to offer to EL students, because it encourages the students to express themselves using English.  But it doesn’t look promising at this austere financial time.

– P. Delaney questioned if Galileo is heavy in clerical support.  If we are, he proposed to streamline the duties of the secretarial staff, so that a reduction in classified personnel is possible.  M. Blacksher cited that schools, which take this measure, don’t function well.

– W. Hoffland, a PE teacher, expressed his concern for the 2 FTE cuts in his department.  He said the PE enrollment numbers are askew because PE teachers used to indiscriminately sign off on students, who participate in team sports, to get PE credits.  He reflected that PE teachers are more reluctant to do so now.

– M. Lau-Smith asked if Galileo will receive more students in the fall, therefore, the school would see an increase in its budget allocation.  K. Pringle shared that she was told that Galileo should not expect to get more money even if the City releases its rainy day fund.

– M. Lau-Smith would like to get some answers to these questions before the site council meets again next Wednesday, March 21.  If the site council doesn’t have the answers, it will prevent them from making a sound decision.  In that case, they will revoke signing off on the preliminary budget, which is due on Friday, March 23, 2012.  M. Blacksher cautioned that it is imperative that he turns in a balanced budget.  K. Pringle will get some answers for the site council by next Wednesday.

Questions such as:

i.  Is it a guarantee that Galileo will get the AP money in the fall?

ii.  In what areas can Galileo use the categorical funding-EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP?

iii.  Why does Galileo have 7.4% cuts to its budget when the District has millions in reserve?

iv.  How does the school use its non-personnel fund?

v.  Can the school reduce its required 2% in non-personnel and replenish it in the fall when the school gets the AP money?

 

IV.  Old Business

1.  BSCWG Updates

– The council did not have time to address this agenda item.

S. DeBella moved to adjourn the meeting.  P. Delaney seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 5:42 pm.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 9 – 13, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 9 – 13, 2012


NEOPHYTE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:   : All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. NEOPHYTE: A new convert; beginner; novice.

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 with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendancecan 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: Please encourage your students to visit my.YOWhoo.org, an educational & interactive website designed specifically for teens in San Francisco. Students can participate in a poll and be entered to win raffle prizes, including two $100 VISA cards and 5 sets of movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

 


 

STUDENTS

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
items.

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: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement. Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.

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.

SENIORS: Please Turn in your FRISCO DAY Field Trip Forms to the Counseling office ASAP. This is a mandatory district wide fieldtrip on April 13th. You ALL need to attend. Get your parents signature and please bring it by April 4th to guarantee your spot on the bus. Thank You.
SENIOR RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold at the ASB Office. 1st prize is a free Bay Area Limousine (2 hours limit) for the prom. 2nd prize is Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo rental for prom. 3rd prize is Hoogasian corsage and boutoniere for prom. Ticket costs $1.00. Drawing will be at ASB Election Assembly on April 13. Money will go to pay for senior graduation expenses.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
March 19 – 23 > $75 with current ASB card sticker and $85 without. Guest ticket $90.
April 2 – 20 > $85 with ASB and $90 w/o
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.
CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY:has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16th during a double period 6. Voting will take place that week during the afternoon.
GRADUATION REHEARSALS: for seniors will be April 17 – 20 in the auditorium.
SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

HOT TOPICS:  Interested in knowing more about hot topics affecting teens in San Francisco? Visit My.YOWhoo.org, a website designed specifically for YOU. Participate in a poll and enter a raffle to win prizes like $100 VISA cards and movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

ASB ELECTION BALLOTS: will be distributed on Tuesday, April 17 during period 1 for all students to vote.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING: is today, Monday, at 3:15 pm in Room 153. Clubs can submit their food proposals for the Aloha Festival
ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, May 4 in the courtyard during lunch time.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Do you want to sing the Star Spangled Banner at Galileo’s Graduation on May 23rd?  Auditions will be held on Monday April 9th after school
in room 555.  For more information, contact Mr. Taylor at taylorj@galileoweb.org.”







 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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