ALOHA DANCE

ALOHA DANCE is Friday, September 7 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Music is by DJ Wes from Wild 94.9. First 300 students will get a free Hawaiian lei. Digital photography by Prestige. Must show ID with picture. Doors will close at 8:30 PM. Tickets are sold at ASB store @ $5 with current ASB card sticker and $10 w/o.

Weekly Bulletin – September 4 – 7, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
SEPTEMBER 4 – 7, 2012

CONVENTIONAL

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. CONVENTIONAL:  Formed by agreement or compact; according with, sanctioned by or based on convention; ordinary; common place.

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.

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

THE WELLNESS CENTER is now accepting applications for the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program. Students become leaders in promoting health and wellness while building their resumes and getting paid! Send interested students down to Room 151 for more information.

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB STOREis selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

ALOHA DANCEis Friday, September 7 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Music is by DJ Wes from Wild 94.9. First 300 students will get a free Hawaiian lei. Digital photography by Prestige. Must show ID with picture. Doors will close at 8:30 PM. Tickets are sold at ASB store @ $5 with current ASB card sticker and $10 w/o.

WELLNESS YOUTH OUTREACH WORKER:Are you interested in being a Wellness Youth Outreach Worker? You can learn new skills, be a leader in promoting student health and wellness, build your resume, and even get paid. Applications are now available in the Wellness Center, Room 151. Stop by this week for more information, ask for Casey.

* COLLEGE PRESENTATIONS: ALL students are welcome to attend (particularly seniors!) . Teachers, please encourage your students to learn more about their college options:
During each presentation, a college admission officer or representative will be there to talk about their college and provide more in-depth inside information about the school.

LOCATION: Room 358, after-school.
Thu, Sept. 6, 2 PM: UC Davis & Marlboro College (Vermont)
Mon, Sept. 10 3 PM: Stanford University & Scripps College (Claremont)
Thu, Sept. 13, 2 PM: University of Oregon
Mon, Sept. 17, 3 PM: USC & Mills College (CA) (
Thu, Sept. 20, 2 PM: Mt. Holyoke (MA)  (This presentation will be in room 258F)
Mon, Sept. 24, 3 PM: Wellesley  (MA)
Thu, Sept. 27, 2 PM: Williams College (MA)
Mon, Oct. 1, 3 PM: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Tues, Oct. 9, 3 PM: Cal Poly Pomona (CSU)
Thu, Oct. 11, 2 PM: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

For a more updated list, please talk to Bai Zhen in the counseling office, room 258F.  e-mail: zhenb@galileoweb.org

* QUESTBRIDGE application workshop: Room 358, after-school on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Seniors: Interested in learning more about Questbridge, a program that connects low-income students who are high-achievers with some of America’s best private colleges. Students have an opportunity to receive a full-scholarships and resources. Come and learn more about it.

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – August 30, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

8/30/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:15am.

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Updates

Schedules

–Lauren explained the reasons for the many schedule changes.  85% is done as of this morning.  It will all be done by the end of today.  Schedules will be distributed to the first period teacher.  Students will begin their new schedules first period tomorrow.  Teachers need to pick up their mail to distribute these schedules.  ELD and Math have the most changes.

–Lauren said some students may not want the changes.  There will be no students allowed in the Counseling Office unless they are registering or have an appointment slip.  Any changes will be made if they can be accommodated.  Most requests will be “no.”

–Michelle asked if teachers would get a new class list.  Lauren said it will be on School Loop by 8am.  New class lists will come in a few days.

–Lauren will put out a notice about class lists on School Loop and the fact that it is the most accurate place for information.

–Kathleen said it is a good idea to make these many changes all at once.

–English had the most changes and Lisa said the English teachers were very accommodating to the changes.

–Doug blamed the poor district assessments on the necessity for all the changes for the students.

–Lauren thanked everyone for adhering to the Tuesday deadline.

 

            Night School

–Lauren has teachers for English, Science and Math and still needs a Social Studies Teacher.  English—Peters and Kyle, Science—Rivera, Math—Liang.  Registration will begin September 10th and classes will begin on September 17th.  Lauren said each class will meet 2 times a week. Funding is coming from the district. The district has to offer credit recovery.

 

            Cyber High

–This will be paid for by the district.  Lauren needs someone to organize this.  Allison Wagner did it last year. Lauren will send out an email.  No teachers for this program, only a coordinator.

–Students are allowed to do the course work at home, but must take the tests and quizzes at school.

–All students are able to take courses, but preference is given to seniors.

 

II.         Due Date for Fall Semester Grades

–Michelle spoke for David.  She mentioned the online calendar notes grades are due at the end of the semester.  She mentioned last year that we had 3 days into the Spring semester to turn in grades.

–Michelle mentioned that teachers would give finals early if the grades are due at the end of the semester.  The last week would find many students in the halls, etc.

 

–Marcus said that district-wide grades do not go out on a particular level until all schools have turned them in.  Galileo and Lowell were the only high schools last year that did not turn in grades prior to the end of the semester.

–Michelle asked about the final exam schedule.  Bettie said we would have half days for Fall finals.  The schedule has been sent to the district to reflect this.

–The Friday of finals week will be the date for the Winter Assembly.

–Marcus suggested we table this item and discuss it next meeting.

–Grades will be due on Thursday so Connie can process the grades.

 

III.       Assembly Bell Schedule

–Doug talked about the schedule, with 45-minute classes for 1-4 and then periods 5 and 6 are 55 minutes.

–Discussion followed as to how to alter the schedule.

–Suggestion was made to have 60 minutes for lunch.  Katie said this is a safety issue, as the kids can get involved in activities off campus.

–Katie asked Doug to put together several alternative schedules.

 

IV.        Back to School Night

–October 11th.  Marcus distributed minutes from last year as to how everyone felt.  He also wants to discuss attendance.

–Stan asked if the other schools were having their open houses on October 11th, and Marcus said that we are not in alignment with the rest of the district.

–Last year parents and students visited classes and other activities were going on.

–Some teachers gave their students extra credit for attendance.

–Parents will get the report cards at the end of the event.  That might help clear out the classrooms at the end of the event.

–Teachers do not discuss grades at this event.

–Doug mentioned the fact that some parents do not follow the schedule.

–Lisa suggested some guidelines for the teachers.  This is not for individual student conferences.

–Jessica asked about clubs and activities.  In a prior year they were in the cafeteria and no one came.  Her staff stayed for long hours.  She discussed the chaos for them in the cafeteria during the 9th grade orientation.  The main hallway or courtyard could be an alternative place.

 

–All teachers are required to come to Back to School Night.  Some teachers have very valid reasons for not coming.  How do we cover their classes?  Ray said he has 3 teachers who attend evening classes and cannot come.

–Marcus suggested coverage can be arranged within the department.  Lisa said those teachers who will be absent should submit a sub plan.  Marcus suggested a video    or a power point.

–Lisa suggested waiting to see who could not come and deal with it on an individual basis.  Department Heads would coordinate who would cover each period.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.          Centralized Book Accountability System

–Marcus said that the district has told us that we request more books than any other school in the district.  We need to have a better accountability system so we know what students and teachers do with their books.

–Doug felt we need an accountability system here.  He said that we also need to know the attrition rate for wear and tear, lost books, etc.  Marcus said the district will put something together to show what we ask for.

–Michelle asked if we could use the money collected for lost books to buy new books.  Katie said we could but it is not that much money.  Now the money goes into the ASB account so we can pull funds from there for new books.

–Katie said we need to make teachers and students aware of the fact that we need to pay attention to the books and keep track of them.

–Kathleen does a book round up at the end of the year and gives prizes for students who bring in extra books.

–Stan says students who leave are responsible for many lost books.  He does not sign a card if the student does not return the book, but the student leaves anyway.

–Lauren said Freshmen were not given textbooks yet.

–Doug said the Math Dept. make the changes internally in their department.

–Marcus asked if we could hold the cum folder for a transfer student who does not turn in or pay for books.

–Katie suggested letting Connie and Judie know that students do not get a transfer if the card is not totally signed.

–Marcus asked for all members to bring their department procedure for dealing with textbooks and losses to the next meeting.  We will work on setting up a standardized procedure.

–Ray asked for the funding sources for his paras.  He felt we lost 12 allocated hours.  We have more students now.

 

II.         3-Day Lesson Plans & Syllabus Submission

–Some of his teachers are complaining that they do this every year.

–Lisa said she will think about it.  But, she also mentioned that teachers teach different classes each year.

–Doug said they would do it department wide.

–Discussion followed.

–Lisa said she could store the information and have the teachers review the plans and syllabus for next year.

–Stan said all syllabi are posted on School Loop.  Email or give a hard copy to Lisa.  Goggle Docs will work well.

 

III.       Miscellaneous

–Class count—we are below where we need to be.  Wednesday, September 5th will be the district count.  Please emphasize with your teachers not to let students out of class.

–We are budgeted on 2072, and our last count was 1955.  Ray said with Spec. Ed. they have to go by SIS for the count.  Katie said they do “hot body” counts and we need all students in class.  The district will come and physically look at us.  The count will probably be 3°, and there could be more than one visit to each classroom.

 

–CELDT testing is going well.  Kathleen and her teachers are doing a lot of it.  In the coming week there will be 3 workers who will do the speaking portion of the test.

Students will be pulled in groups of 6 for a longer period of time.  We hope this will be less disruptive.

–September 20 and 21 will be the tests in class—ELD and English classes.

–Lisa said all 400+ students need to be interviewed for 15 minutes.

 

–Michelle talked about the Bathroom Passes.  When will we get them?  Katie said use the small white ones now, but the larger laminated passes are coming.

–Ray writes his own pass.  Doug says he uses a piece of math equipment that is large.

–Katie said the teachers and students should know that the student has to ask permission to leave the classroom and receives something to take with them.

–Lisa suggested not leaving the passes, etc., right by the door.

 

–Michelle mentioned the PD calendar.  She said it is confusing for CPT when an email comes the evening before the activity.  Michelle asked for more than 24 hours notice.

–Lisa will post the activities on the Staff Calendar.

 

–Marcus is getting very concerned about money.  We hoped for $120,000 and that is now down to $80,000.  We use lots of paper and Xerox machines.

–Marcus said we will monitor how much paper we use in the next 4 weeks.

–Doug suggested Donors Choose, asking for paper.  He thought every teacher should do this.

–Katie said there are no more extended hours, no more funds for field trips, no more mass mailings to parents (she will use School Loop).  Discussion of cuts followed. Mention was made of the cost of our Galileo Web and the possibility of using School Loop which is free but not as nice as our website.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

ASSEMBLY BELL SCHEDULE

                                        Galileo Academy Assembly 2012-13

 

 

                                  1°                         8:00am       –      8:45am

                                  2°                         8:50am       –      9:35am

                                  3°                         9:40am       –      10:25am

                Assembly A or 4°            10:30am     –      11:25am

                Assembly B or 4°            11:30am     –      12:25pm

                             Lunch                     12:25pm    –       1:05pm

                                   5°                         1:10pm       –      2:05pm

                                   6°                         2:10pm       –      3:05pm

 

ALOHA DANCE

ALOHA DANCE is Friday, September 7 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Music is by DJ Wes from Wild 94.9. First 300 students will get a free Hawaiian lei. Digital photography by Prestige. Must show ID with picture. Doors will close at 8:30 PM. Tickets are sold at ASB store @ $5 with current ASB card sticker and $10 w/o.

Weekly Bulletin – August 27 – 31, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
AUGUST 27-31,2012

CONNOTATION

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. CONNOTATION: Something suggested by a word or thing; implication.

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.

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

THE WELLNESS CENTER is now accepting applications for the Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program. Students become leaders in promoting health and wellness while building their resumes and getting paid! Send interested students down to Room 151 for more information.

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

ASB STOREis selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00. Discounts are given for dances, sweatshirts, yearbook, and other spirit items.

ALOHA DANCEis Friday, September 7 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Music is by DJ Wes from Wild 94.9. First 300 students will get a free Hawaiian lei. Digital photography by Prestige. Must show ID with picture. Doors will close at 8:30 PM. Tickets are sold at ASB store @ $5 with current ASB card sticker and $10 w/o.

CLUB DAY is Friday, Aug. 31 during lunch time in the courtyard.

WELCOME ASSEMBLY is Friday, Aug. 31 in the auditorium during a double period 4.

WELLNESS YOUTH OUTREACH WORKER:Are you interested in being a Wellness Youth Outreach Worker? You can learn new skills, be a leader in promoting student health and wellness, build your resume, and even get paid. Applications are now available in the Wellness Center, Room 151. Stop by this week for more information, ask for Casey.

COLLEGE PRESENTATIONS: ALL grades welcome to attend. Teachers, please encourage your students to learn more about their college options:
During each presentation, a college admission officer or representative will be there to talk about their college and provide you with inside information about the school.

LOCATION: Room 358, after-school.

Thu, Sept. 6, 2 PM: Marlboro College (Vermont)
Thu, Sept. 13, 2 PM: University of Oregon
Mon, Sept. 17, 3 PM: Mills College (CA) (all-girls)
Thu, Sept. 20, 2 PM: Mt. Holyoke (MA) (all-girls)
Mon, Oct. 1, 3 PM: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Thu, Oct. 11, 2 PM: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

For a more updated list, please talk to Bai Zhen in the counseling office, room 258F.
Additional colleges that might come are: USC, USF, SFSU, UCLA, Williams College, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, Stanford, and many more! Stay tuned!

2012/2013 OPENING WEEK BELL SCHEDULES

2012/2013 OPENING WEEK BELL SCHEDULES

Posted: August 8, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

2012/2013

 

OPENING DAY BELL SCHEDULE

Monday, August 20, 2012

 

Homeroom                8:00am            –            8:25am

1°                                    8:30am            –            9:25am

2°                                    9:30am            –            10:25am

3°                                    10:30am          –            11:25am

Lunch                           11:25am            –            12:05pm

4°                                    12:10pm           –            1:05pm

5°                                    1:10pm             –            2:05pm

6°                                    2:10pm            –            3:05pm

 

FIRST WEEK BELL SCHEDULES

Tuesday, August 21 &  Friday, August 24, 2012

 

1°                            8:00am            –            8:55am

Homeroom        9:00am            –            9:25am

2 °                          9:30am            –            10:25am                                           

3°                          10:30am            –           11:25am

Lunch                  11:25am            –            12:05pm

4°                          12:10pm            –            1:05pm

5°                            1:10pm            –            2:05pm

6°                            2:10pm            –            3:05pm   


Wednesday, August 22 & Thursday, August 24, 2012

  1°                                8:00am          –           8:50am

Homeroom              8:55am           –           9:10am

  2°                                9:15am           –          10:05am

  3°                              10:10am          –          11:00am

Lunch                        11:00am          –          11:40am

  4°                              11:45am          –           12:35pm

  5°                               12:40pm         –            1:30pm

  6°                                 1:35pm         –              210pm                     

Department Head Meeting Minutes – August 23, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Department Heads Meeting

 

8/23/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:45am.

 

I.          Check-ins

–Each department talked about their numbers in each section.  Lauren mentioned possible solutions to balance the class sizes.

–Discussion held about distribution of prep periods for teachers.  Many teachers no longer have first period prep.

–Lauren talked about the highest class sizes in each department.  Marcus asked if any periods have low student counts.

–Lauren said there will be a number of class changes and mid-week next week would be a good time to check with Lauren.

 

–Mat asked for a remedial step to take with students who are high or under the influence.  Marcus said we only go to the police for a first offense if they are selling.  Otherwise they are sent to the Deans’ Office and sent home.

 

–Ray gave a good report from special ed.  Classes are leveled.

–Ray asked members to tell teachers not to send kids out of class if they are not on the list, as they wander the halls and get in trouble.

–Ray talked about team teaching. Get teacher buy-in. Some teacher(s) are not on board with team teaching. Michelle suggested planning year for two teachers to work together before launching on mapping curriculum.

–Ray talked about caseload size being 2 over 28 for RSP. But moving 2 to SDC to lessen the caseload.

–Ray encouraged teachers to come and see him with questions

–Ray overall having a good opening

 

–Joseph: classes are slightly bigger, but hard to tell because student leveling is happening

–Joseph said the band is low; 7:30am meeting will be held tomorrow with Marcus, Joseph and Bob Novota.

 

–David reported lots of movement, now starting to balance out.  He mentioned class cap confusion, so he will talk to Lauren about it.

–Clarification that students not have 2 science classes was discussed.

–Credit recovery is based on space in individual classes—Marcus

 

II.         ELD changes

–Night School, seniors have priority

–David is a teacher whose been using out of compliance textbook, 130 shy of using adopted textbook. Asked if we should do a Lau law complaint? Marcus will put it on agenda; need to come up with book inventory system school wide; on agenda for next meeting

–Marcus said if you’re short books, dept. heads should email him so he can ask other schools.

 

–Michelle has no major complaints other than copiers.

–Michelle used CPT time to meet with new teachers yesterday; everyone is bringing class lists to talk about #s today after school during CPT time.

–Michelle mentioned reservations about how teachers will be inputting school loop per principal expectations.

 

–Kathleen had CPT 2-4:30 meeting yesterday. Teachers are confused of Lau plan and rules. Mixups with ELD. Will impact all classes (the changes).

–Kathleen said ELD classification list by teacher, will be handed out to teachers at next faculty meeting. Can get the list off of data director in “reports”, Jen Fong as author.

–Kathleen will write “cheat sheet” of all codes and distribute.

 

–Doug mentioned a teacher concerned with how to teach ELD 5 kids. Doug will go over how to tell if they are ELD. Lisa will go over the specifics at this meeting.

–Doug said that all freshmen have been tested. Graded, scored, entered data at CPT time yesterday. Will align it today at CPT time, students will be told on Friday of new placements.

–Doug feels there are too many freshmen classes; consolidate into a higher level to balance.

 

–Marcus said the 3 day count (check in) hot bodies 1906 + 200 absences (over average #), 30 of the absences are “no shows” and will be dropped.

–Katie said numbers are good and we will make the 2074 we were budgeted for.

–Katie asked all dept. heads tell teachers to keep all kids in their room 3rd period.

–Katie asked dept. heads to have teachers prep #s grade levels and absences, which is helpful.

 

III.       Room 206

–Lisa said lots of students come in. Asked to remind depts. of “no students” policy. No students on copy machines.  She mentioned the unlocked mailroom, which needs to be locked.

–Joe suggested signage for faculty and students

 

IV.        ELD Placement.

— Lisa is helping make sure that ELD students are placed correctly.  We will be out of compliance for placement of students incorrectly. Kids need to be moved out of courses into non-ELD courses.  She explained .8 classes are for ELD 1-5 (CELDT level 3 or lower). .6 non-English classes are for non-low level ELD and classes may have LTEL CELDT scores of 1.

–Kathleen – general ed and .6 are lumped together.

–Lisa “party line” to relay to department: kids will be upset not being in a .8 class, and being in .6, remind them that it will be a tough situation that will be a learning one to improve their English. Exposure helps their language acquisition.

 

V.         Copy machines:

–Call Katie or Linda to locate Thong or Bounmy for fixes. Thong will status check machines in am and pm. Supplies not ordered will be ordered. Linda’s TAs will keep paper available. No staff to have a person dedicated nor someone dedicated during specific times.

–Emphasize: have a “jam” session where a teacher can teach during dept. mtgs on how to clear a jam; no kids copying; feedback requested.

–Lisa: said if there’s a jam in 206 that teachers notice, tell Lisa and she’ll tell Katie.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:35pm.

 

 

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