Weekly Bulletin – October 1 – 5, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2012

DISOWN

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. DISOWN: To refuse to acknowledge as one’s own; to repudiate any connection or identification with; to deny the validity or authority of.

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

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.

* 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.
Mon, Oct. 1, 3 PM: SFSU and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

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

EXECUTIVE STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING:is today, Monday, in room 153 at
3:15 pm. All club presidents, class officers, ASB officers, and
interested representatives must attend. Will discuss homecoming and
food festival.

OKTOBER FEST: is Friday, October 19 during lunch time in the Courtyard.
Clubs need to submit their food proposal at ECM today

HOMECOMING SONG AND YELL CONTEST:will be on Friday, October 5 at the
George White’s Athletic Field.

HOMECOMING DANCE: will be on Saturday, October 20 from 7 – 11 PM at
Hyatt Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf. Dress is semi-formal. First 200 ticket
buyers will receive a free tri-color neon necklace. The main ballroom
will have dj dancing music and the side lounge room will have dj
karaoke for the singers. Photography is by Prestige. Bring ID with
picture. Door closes at 8:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB store
starting Oct. 1. Prices will be $25 with current ASB card sticker and
$30 without. Prices will go up $30 ASB and $35 w/o from Oct. 15 – 19.
Guest tickets are sold at Dean’s Office @ $35 with guest form.
.

Song & Yell Contest – October 5, 2012

Song and Yell Bell Schedule – October 5, 2012

SONG & YELL BELL SCHEDULE

October 5, 2012

1°                       8:00am     –    8:35am

2°                       8:40am    –      9:15am

3°                       9:20am    –      9:55am

4°                     10:00am   –    10:35am

HR                   10:40am   –    11:00am

Song &Yell    11:00am   –    12:35pm

Lunch              12:35pm  –      1:20pm

5°                         1:25pm  –       2:10pm    

6°                          2:15pm  –      3:05pm

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – September 27, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

9/27/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Academic Honesty

–Marcus said we are missing some members, so we will table this until our next meeting.

 

II.         Vending Machines

–Marcus said money is tight this year.  The Senior Class needs to raise $14,000 for graduation.  Mr. Wing would like to have a public vending machine.  The administration would like to have a vending machine.  Drinks for ASB and snacks for the administration are the focus.

–David asked where they would be.  We need to place them where students would not be able to use them during class.  Marcus felt there was a space outside by Room 210.  Nancy suggested by the Deans’ Office.

–Ethan asked if this could be opened up to ROTC, PE, music, etc.

–Joseph asked who the supervisors would be—counting money, depositing money, unjamming the machines, stocking the machines, etc.

–Jessica said there are only a few vendors we can use due to student nutrition guidelines.  We have to follow the guidelines, and we can only use-approved foods.

These foods and machines are listed on the SFUSD website under Student Nutrition.

–Jessica said that they may not be open during lunchtime as that would conflict with the cafeteria.

–Ethan will look into private sponsorship from outside vendors.

 

III.       Lunch Forms

–Marcus would like a way to get more students to fill out the applications.  This will bring us more money.

–Suggestions made to bring this up at Back to School Night.  Nancy said there are many advantages besides the food—fee waivers for SAT, AP exams, etc.

–Jessica asked about those who do not qualify.  She also asked about the competition Karin Lau did a few years ago with the homeroom competition and the winner having a pizza party.

–Ethan said that PE would take this on.  They do a Field Trip Permission Slip that is required.  So he could require the Lunch Form as well.

–Both the paper form and the online form have a quick check for “Not Eligible.”

–Deadline for this year has already passed.

–Nancy said it might be possible to hand the form out at Back to School Night.

–David suggested giving them out to 8th grade parents in the Spring.  This would only work if the state has the forms ready.

 

IV.        PSAT

–October 17th in the morning.  This is a mandatory test for all 10th graders.  There are 60 slots for 11th and 12th graders.  The reason the students have to take it here at school is the district wants to increase our SAT scores and some students cannot afford the prep sessions.

 

V.         Back to School Night

–October 11th from 5pm-8pm.  Faculty only needs to be here for what they are responsible for.  For the Resource Fair, use student representatives. This activity will be around the auditorium perimeter.  This is 5pm-5:25pm.  Anybody can participate.

–Patrick said there might be better teacher participation if there were 2 Early Release days for teachers.

–Day before is the Early Release Day, so teachers can leave at 2:10pm.

–Joseph said that he is glad that we are doing this in the 10th week of the school and passing out report cards.  He believes we will get a big turn out and he likes the fact that the report cards will be delivered at the end of the event.

–A postcard to families is going out today.  On this notice, there was no agenda listed.

–Joseph asked if other schools were doing this the same week as we are.  Marcus said that most of the schools have already done this.

–Marcus asked the Department Heads to encourage all teachers to attend.  If any teachers cannot attend, please arrange coverage.  Nancy would like to know which teachers will not be present.

 

VI.        Schedule Changes

–There are a handful of schedule changes for the next grading period.  After School Loop closes on Wednesday we will place those changes.

–Department Heads should give a list of changes to Nancy by Monday.

–Ethan asked if he would get a print out of grades before October11th for athletic eligibility.

 

VII.      Data Report

–Marcus passed out the API over view.  This has last year’s results and this year’s results.  We will do a data review at next Wednesday’s faculty meeting.

–Marcus asked for feedback.

–We started out at 780, with a target of 785 and we went to 791.  Our target is 796 this year.

–In 2010 year, we are 7 3, 3 out of 10 in similar schools.  In 2011 we are a 5—a good gain.

–Nancy said more lunch forms we have will help with the similar schools rank.

–Joseph talked about the 13 points the English Language Learners achieved.

–Marcus mentioned the Latino Students and the huge accomplishment they achieved.  They went up 50 points.

–Nancy said there is a Latino support club that came from the Latino Club.  We have more Latino students in AP class than we have had in the past.

–Lauren said everyone went up, except Asian students stayed the same and students with disabilities did not go up.

–Marcus said we did very well with our White students.

–Patrick asked about gender changes over the years.  Nancy said we have more females than in the past.

–David felt that when the population shifts, it does affect the test scores.

–Nancy gave information on which programs have more males or females.

–Joseph asked about the number 100 for group size.  Marcus said the group size is 100 or 10% of population and that becomes significant.

–David mentioned a past practice of selecting 2 low scoring students and focusing on them.  He asked if this had any effect.  We have since stopped doing this.

–Patrick said he felt Loan Ly has been a great articulator for the Asian students who are going un-served.  These students know how to slide.  David mentioned a group of students he saw yesterday that are not in class, but not causing trouble—the one he saw was all male ELD students.

–Patrick suggested a Vietnamese class.

 

VIII.     Emergency Procedures Week

–The Great California Shakeout is Thursday, October 18th between 8:30am and 9:00am.  We will miss the 10:18am siren.  We are moving the time up due to the ELD Picnic and Activity.

–We will duck and cover, then evacuate to the football field.

–Katie would like to do a Lock Down, a Fire/Bomb Drill that same week.  All the drills will involve evacuation.  David said it would be good practice for lining up on the field.

–Fire and Bomb are virtually the same.  We evacuate for both and kids could be dismissed to their parents or not.

–Katie would like to do Monday and Tuesday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

 

IX.        Administrative Protocol for Sharing Information

–Mat mentioned a threat that happened this week and he has heard about students making a threat on the school, and the FBI getting involved.  His department would like to know the information is passed to the faculty.

–Stan said the teachers who had the students were told.  The administration did not want the kids to have notoriety from other students.  The students were suspended.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.          Textbook Accountability

–David said the book problems in his department, AP Biology and Physiology, involved books that were misplaced or borrowed.  In general we all try to do the best job we can.

–Administration wants to continue the process as it has been done in the past.  The inventory will continue, probably electronically.

–Joseph said we will have textbook loss no matter what system we have.  There are things we cannot control.

–Marcus said in the past Central Office would help with this, but now they are putting it back to the schools.

–David said in the past every 5 years new textbooks were adopted.  This has not happened and some of them are 10 years old.  The old textbooks are no longer available for purchase.

–Marcus suggested Department Heads press this issue in their district meetings.

–Kathleen gives points in her department for cleaning out lockers and finding books.

 

II.         CLA Updates

–Marcus said we are going to continue to meet the window and hope everyone is giving some kind of Common Formative Assessment in the time frame.  We want to get it into Data Director.  Goal is for teachers to have discussions around CFAs.

–Marcus said they would use Social Studies as the pilot.

 

III.       Miscellaneous

–Kathleen asked about truancy and who should be notified.  Nancy said to notify the counselor.

–Kathleen said they are starting their tutoring program and she passed out information about this program.

–David offered clarification on the science class names.

 

–Katie said the departments will get some money.  We have 50 more students and funds will come to WSF, SCE and LEP.

–David discussed the needs of each department and they are all different.  He wanted to bring this up to the departments to see what they need, and then spread out the extra funds.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

 

Weekly Bulletin – September 24 – 28, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
SEPTEMBER 24 – 28, 2012

DEROGATORY

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. DEROGATORY:  Detracting fromm the character or standing of something; expressive of a low opinion.

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

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.

* 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.
Mon, Sept. 24, 3 PM: Wellesley  (MA) and Smith College
Tues, Sept. 25, 3 PM: UCLA
Thu, Sept. 27, 2 PM: Williams College (MA)
Mon, Oct. 1, 3 PM: SFSU and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

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

EXECUTIVE STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING:is today, Monday, in room 153 at
3:15 pm. All club presidents, class officers, ASB officers, and
interested representatives must attend. Will discuss homecoming and
food festival.

OKTOBER FEST: is Friday, October 19 during lunch time in the Courtyard.
Clubs need to submit their food proposal at ECM today

PEP RALLY: is this Friday during lunch time in the courtyard. Watch
the Dodge Ball class of the year competition.

HOMECOMING COURT: Do you wish to run for HC court? Pick up a petition
at the ASB office. Deadline to turn in petition is by Friday,
September 28 by 4:00 PM. Candidates will be introduced at Song and
Yell Contest. Voting will be at the HC Dance on Saturday, Oct. 20.

HOMECOMING SONG AND YELL CONTEST:will be on Friday, October 5 at the
George White’s Athletic Field.

HOMECOMING DANCE: will be on Saturday, October 20 from 7 – 11 PM at
Hyatt Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf. Dress is semi-formal. First 200 ticket
buyers will receive a free tri-color neon necklace. The main ballroom
will have dj dancing music and the side lounge room will have dj
karaoke for the singers. Photography is by Prestige. Bring ID with
picture. Door closes at 8:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB store
starting Oct. 1. Prices will be $25 with current ASB card sticker and
$30 without. Prices will go up $30 ASB and $35 w/o from Oct. 15 – 19.
Guest tickets are sold at Dean’s Office @ $35 with guest form.
.

HOMECOMING 2012

HOMECOMING SONG AND YELL CONTEST:will be on Friday, October 5 at the
George White’s Athletic Field.  The Galileo Lions Football Team will play the Mission High School Bears Football Team at 3:00pm on our field.  Go Lions!

DRIVE 4 UR SCHOOL PROGRAM

Galileo Academy has been selected as the beneficiary of the Fall 2012 Drive 4 UR School Program by the Serramonte Ford Dealership.  Norman Cho, Class of 1972, contacted the general manager at Serramonte Ford to nominate Galileo for this unique fundraiser. This program will help raise money to support Galileo’s extracurricular activities such as homecoming, dances, assembly programs, prom, graduation and a new electronic sign.  Serramonte Ford will bring vehicles to Galileo on Saturday, September 22, 2012 between 9:00AM and 4:00PM.  The Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Galileo Associated Student Body for every person who test drives one of the vehicles, up to a maximum of $6,000.  Both the Galileo PTSA and the Galileo Alumni Association will also support this fundraising event by encouraging parents and alums to participate.  We will provide more details as the event gets closer. We need 300 or more test drivers. In addition, there is a home non-league football game that day and the Senior class is sponsoring a car wash in the parking lot by the football field. Please put this on your calendar. It will be a fun filled day.

Weekly Bulletin – September 17 – 21, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
SEPTEMBER 17 – 21, 2012

DEMOGRAPHICS

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. DEMOGRAPHICS: The statistical characteristics of human populations (as age and income) used especially to identify markets.

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

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.

WELCOME BACK PARENTS, GUARDIANS & STUDENTS

As principal it is my pleasure to personally invite you to our first PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) meeting of the school year.  The meeting will be held in the library this coming Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  As usual we are very excited to kick off the year with information and news that we believe will benefit all students of Galileo Academy.  9TH GRADE FAMILIES will be registered, introduced and trained on SCHOOL LOOP.  10TH GRADE FAMILIES  will be introduced to AP, Honors and Pathway and Academy options in HIGH SCHOOL 101 WORKSHOP.  11TH and 112th GRADE FAMILIES will be given information on the college application process, scholarship and financial aid, and entrance exam information in the COLLEGE APPLICATIONS 101 WORKSHOP.

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – September 13, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

9/13/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          School-Wide Academic Honesty Policy

–Marcus asked other district principals for their policies.  He felt the Balboa policy was the most comprehensive.  He distributed other schools’ policies as well so that all departments could read them and discuss them.  Marcus asked everyone to take this to their departments for discussion regarding additions, deletions, etc.  The goal is to have a school-wide policy for academic honesty.  We will revisit this at the next meeting.

–Marcus said the Deans would also like to be involved in this.

 

II.         Textbook Accountability

–Marcus asked everyone to present how their department is tracking textbooks and holding teachers and students accountable.

–David said they use the orange lost book cards.  They do a count at the end of the year.  He felt that teachers should track their own books and be accountable.  Everyone has access to the book room.  Some teachers keep their books in their rooms.

–Kathleen has a Textbook Record Sheet with the numbers on the sheet.  They do an inventory at the end of the year.  They use the orange lost book cards.  All books are kept in the book room and all teachers have access.

–Mat said his teachers use the book numbers and the orange cards. Some are in the bookroom and some are in classrooms.

–Ethan said the books are in the Fitness Lab and the teachers rotate.  They check books out to the students.

–Joseph said they do not have a state approved textbook.  If students want to take guitars home, they fill out an orange book card.  His art classes do not have books.

–Ray said for Special Ed the books are in the classroom.  If students check books out, the teacher fills out a sheet.  They have 15 books for each class.

–Michelle said they have textbooks and novels.  Teachers keep textbooks in their rooms.  Very few teachers use the textbooks.  They mostly use the novels.  The novels have numbers and are assigned to students.  Lost book numbers are sent to Connie in an electronic form.

–Michelle said they used to have a budget to replace novels.  In the past the teacher collected the money and replaced the novels.  They have stopped doing that now.

–Doug said teachers can keep books over the summer in a locked cabinet in their rooms.  Some teachers use the orange lost book cards.  Some teacher keep track electronically.  For transfer students from one class to another the teachers exchange the book numbers.

–Leah said they use the orange lost book cards for the textbooks.  For the novels the teachers keep track.

–Science and math had textbook needs this year.  Michelle said her department signs up ahead of time for the novels.  Due to higher class sizes, some of the teachers cannot teach the novels they want to, due to lack of books.

–Marcus mentioned a small amount of money in the lost textbook fund.  Let him know if you have needs.

–Marcus talked of a former school that was moving towards a central system that had a barcode system initiated by the librarian.

–David spoke of a system he experienced at another school.  All teachers had a scanner and a central person in charge of the books.  He feels a digital system will work.  Every book must have a bar code and be added to a database.  This database should be linked up to SIS.  School Loop does not have this capacity.

 

–Marcus will ask other principles.  We are getting pda’s donated to us.  This is like a personal computer you can hold in your hand.

–Michelle said at one time the English Department had a book clerk who checked the books in and out

–Lisa said that perhaps there could be a system that operates like the library system.

–Patrick said this is a statement by the district in the Librarian Job Description indicating this is not part of the Librarian’s duties.

–Katie discussed her work in the math and science department book rooms.  She feels the departments must have their own book storage areas and the accountability should be with each department.

–Michelle mentioned the Senior Sign-Out process and wondered if we could do this each year with each grade.  Marcus said the big deal for seniors is graduation.

–Many students who transfer do not return the books.  Marcus said it is against the law to withhold a student’s cum folder.

–Marcus said the district is putting a lot of pressure on each department to save money and keep track of the resources.

 

III.       7-Step Schedule Change Process

–Mat said there are many students attempting to leave AP classes as they say the classes are too hard.  He said Barry Barbour has been working with Mat.  The recommendation is to move from AP to regular, not Honors, as students should not get their second choice.  He mentioned students bringing in their parents to put pressure on the teacher.  Mat asked for administration back up.

–Katie said in the Spring they look at course requests and then we build the Master Schedule around the requests.

–Stan asked what the time frame is for the 7 Step Process.  Lauren said often students request a change from one class and that will affect all their classes.

–Most members like the process.

–Patrick said the AP issue is also contractual—if a class drops below 25 then the teacher would not get the extra prep.

–Michelle asked about the term “due process.”  Lauren explained it.

 

IV.        Night School/Cyber High Update

–Lauren said students have been registering.  Cyber High will launch next week and there will be 3 sessions.  Social Studies is not available for Night School. Tomorrow is the last day of registration.

–No class size will go above 38, but there are always those who drop out.

–Juniors and Sophomores can sign up if there is room.

–Lauren mentioned the classes available with Night School and she sent an email to everyone mentioning the classes.  Students who received F’s or D’s can sign up.

 

V.         Final Exam Schedule

–Marcus distributed last year’s schedule, with some changes.

–Marcus suggested having a shorter break between the two exams and an earlier dismissal.

–Grades will be due Thursday 12/20/12.

–Patrick questioned make-up exams and grade changes.

–Doug mentioned that we might get by with just one Winter Assembly.  David suggested that we plan for 2 and then go to 1 if we can.

 

VI.        Administration Responsibilities

–Marcus distributed the advised administration responsibilities due to change in personnel and exchanges of duties.

–Lisa said it will be posted on line.

–Marcus said Katie has taken on some testing and supporting Spec. Ed.  Lisa is taking up technology support.  Marcus thanked Bettie for learning the web site and Word Press.

–Katie also passed out the Clerical Responsibilities

 

VII.      CELDT Testing Update

–Lisa gave an update on how the testing is going.  Lisa thanked Ethan and Patrick for their contributions.  Karen and Rodolfo Cancino and Nancy Statler are doing the testing in Room 119.  Lisa explained the process of calling students from classes for the testing.

 

VIII.     Emergency Plan Review

–Katie told the group that the administrators will visit each department meeting today to talk about the Emergency Evacuation Plan.  Hopefully there will be a folder in each classroom.  There are not many changes.  Katie explained the posting process in the classrooms and the evacuation route needs to be posted.

–All Department Heads told where their meetings are held.

–Discussion followed on the recent evacuation we just experienced and how we did.

–Joseph mentioned one line of the evacuation map that is confusing.

 

IX.        PD Calendar

–Lisa distributed the PD calendar.  It will be presented to the UBC this afternoon.  This is a draft.  She thanked Leah and Michelle for help in including lots of requests from all of the departments.

–Wednesdays are mostly school-wide activities.  They will be school-wide activities.

–Thursdays are teacher days, with teacher requests.  Thursdays will be the same each month.

–School Loop time is always factored in when grades are due.  Lindsay Silverman is helping with School Loop training.

–Kathleen mentioned the October 18th ELD activity and the fact that they need to prepare for it the day before.

–Lisa said that clusters are mainly held during department time.

–Ray said his department does not use clusters.

–Stan mentioned that “time earned” for the October Open House is not reflected in the schedule.  Report cards will be distributed at the Open House.

–Discussion followed about how to name each item on the calendar.

 

X.         Evaluation Packets

–Stan asked about the number of evaluations this year.

–Stan asked if the teacher had a choice about the short or long evaluation.  Last year the administrators did all long forms.  This year they would like to do some short forms, but do not know how to select each one.

–Patrick suggested they read the contract.

 

Department Head Meeting

 

I.          ELD Feedback & Next Steps

–Lisa said she got feedback from yesterday’s PD.  She said she is excited about giving some teachers at school leadership opportunities.  She would like to see this work continue.  How do we move forward with this?  How do we propel this work forward?  What engagement strategies can we use that engage students and not take much time?

–Discussion of alternatives followed.

–Joseph said he enjoys going into other teachers’ classrooms and seeing how they teach to their students.  He feels it is really effective.  He mentioned focusing the Peer Observation Component in a discussion following the activity.

–Ray felt the leadership opportunities for staff is great.  He was surprised about the assumptions teachers have about what the students know and do not know.  Each department will be different.

–Lisa thanked everyone for their feedback.  She said next week there will be similar workshops.

 

–Marcus said they will be looking for the Authentic Language Objectives when they do walk throughs. Kathleen asked about the monthly GLO’s.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:40am.

 

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