Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – February 28, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

2/28/13

 

Leadership Team Agenda

Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:40am.

 

I.          Master Schedule Update

–Nancy reminded everyone that course placements are due to her by the end of the school day tomorrow.

–The Counseling Office will be closed every day next week during periods 3 and 4 so the counselors can work on student schedules.  Teachers should not be coming to the Counseling Office during those periods.

–Nancy asked for comments and questions.

–David is having some difficulty finishing this project as Ms. Gamm is out this week.  Nancy said she would visit her classes.

–Joseph asked if she is looking for class placements or class offerings.  She needs both.

–Joseph asked what would happen if there were not enough students to fill up photography.  Nancy said the 9th graders have not signed up yet.

 

II.         Early Warning Indicators

–Nancy distributed information from the 10th graders and the 9th graders in this category.  She discussed the numbers.  She discussed attendance, credits and GPA.

–This is according to the SFUSD, not UC A-G.

–Nancy said there are some students who have no data.

–Donald Harper is working with these students.

–Stan asked if we were going to do more hall sweeps.  Marcus said we would try to increase the ones we do.  Attendance with these students is an issue.

–The district sends out the truancy letters every 2 weeks.  Doug asked if there was action beyond the letters.

–Lauren said the students who want to stay at Galileo improve their attendance.

–Nancy said they have been denying truant students the privilege of getting their driver’s license.  They also do assign community service to some.

Katie said 1 in 4 SARBs are helpful.

–Stan says we need to address school climate to get these students back to school.  He mentioned how often he hears “bitch,” and the “f-word” constantly in the halls.

–Doug asked if school climate is addressed on the student surveys.

–David said often this language involves terms of endearment.

–Doug said that this is common in all high schools.

–Marcus said he would like to hear from the students.  He wants to talk to the students who are not showing up.

 

III.       Budget 2013/2014

–Katie distributed information and said we are looking at a $400,000 loss for next year.  We will lose $300,000 out of WSF and $100,000 out of categorical.

–We are losing students.  Katie will work with Myong on the categorical funding.

–We are on par with most of the west side schools as far as funding.

–Katie explained the formulas for the categorical funding.

–We are budgeted at 1992 students.  In the past we have been budgeted for more students than we have.  We will have 132 fewer students next year.

 

–Michelle asked what the next steps are.  The information Katie passed out will go to the SSC as to what we have now.

–Katie said we have not spent anything on tech this year and we will need to do some over all maintenance as well as new equipment.

 

–Kathleen asked if anyone wanted equipment that goes along with the white boards.

 

–Katie said that the sequestration will hit school districts in June.  This will cut federal funds, including Special Ed.  Those services are mandated, so the district will have to take funds from regular ed to cover this.

 

–Michelle said the school board voted for layoff notices.  The budget is due the first week in April.

–Katie has not looked tat AP funding, but Jonathan is working on that.

 

IV.        Traffic Signs on Bay Street

–Katie forwarded an email to everyone concerning this.

–Ray said the speed limit should be posted as 15mph during school hours.

–Doug will do a speed study with his students on Bay Street.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.          English Language Learners

–Marcus wants to look at what will help our ELL students.

–David feels there is little support to do these things properly.  The district is asking for lots of things.

–Marcus felt we should choose specifics from the district guidelines.

 

II.         Balanced Store Card

–Marcus distributed this to the group.  He also distributed the IOC feedback from last year.

–Marcus went through each item on the BCC.  David felt that we need more support in creating content specific language objectives.  This should be done at the department level.

–Language objectives are what we need to work on.

–We are not doing GLOS—replaced by Language Objectives.  Marcus said we are doing pretty well with 1st and 2nd year teachers with the language objectives.

–Kathleen suggested Department and Cluster CPT for Language Objectives and Brick and Mortar words.

–Cornell Notes are used by many teachers.  Kathleen suggested consistency across classes.

Many use templates for the Cornell notes.  Marcus asked those with templates to bring them to the next meeting.  We will discuss them and put them on a faculty meeting agenda soon.

–David said there are many structures in Cornell notes.

–Marcus said it is important when we decide on school wide activities everyone should follow the plan.

–Sentence Frame—discussion on who uses them. We want to continue working on these.

–Structured Language Practice—Marcus said this was one of the most criticized areas.  David said that we are working on it.

–Marcus suggested time next year for individual departments to work on this throughout the year.

Discussion followed concerning department meeting times and cluster meeting times.

–Lisa asked how we can merge the department/cluster times and other topics for the good of the school.

–David mentioned the benefits of having both Wednesdays and Thursdays for certain tasks.

 

 

III.       Lau Plan

–The Lau Plan is basically a check-off list.  He distributed the Lau Plan from last year.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:45am.

 

Weekly Bulletin – February 25 – March 1, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1, 2013

REVAMP

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. REVAMP: Renovate; reconstruct; to make over; revise.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:  
Staff Wellness Words: Take a mid-day walk!  Even if it’s for 15 minutes, having some time to yourself in the middle of the day can provide the mental respite you need to be more present throughout the afternoon.

REFERENCE ITEMS

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

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 suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

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

ATTENTION JUNIORS: Questbridge College Prep Scholarship Presentation on Thur, Feb. 28, after-school in 263.
Presented by our Questbridge-match recipients, Ching Li, Anna Lei, and other QB finalists & applicants.
WHY Apply for the Questbridge College Prep Scholarship Prep program: (1) Stanford college admission conference (2) Full scholarships to elite private school institutions, college admission counseling, (3) All-expense paid-visit to a partner college (4) Telementoring from college students (5) Quest for excellence awards such as laptops! See Bai in room 258 on Tues/Thurs for more details. HOW to apply, visit the Questbridge website: https://questbridge.org/ (DEADLINE: Wed, March 27).

WHO should apply? If you are a high school junior with a strong academic record and an annual family income of less than $60,000, I encourage you to apply. Many past award recipients have also been part of the first generation in their family to attend college.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Deadline for FAFSA is coming up, March 2. Apply for it on FAFSA.GOV and also apply for scholarships! Look at the Galileo college website for Galileo specific scholarships: galileoweb.org/college/scholarship  The upcoming scholarships are due soon: TACT ($2,000, due Feb. 22), Maisin ($2,000, due March 1), AACE ($1,000-$5,000, due March 7).

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

BASEBALL PRACTICE: every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

ASB OFFICES AND CLASS OFFICES for 2013 – 2014 are now open. Pick up petitions at ASB office (Room 151), Deadline to turn in ASB office petitions is March 5, 2013 by 4:00 PM. Deadline to turn in senior,
junior, and sophomore petitions is March 19, 2013 in ASB office by 4:00 PM.

SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, March 8 during lunch time in the courtyard.

BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 9 from 7 – 11 PM. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting February 12.

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR AWARDS:  Nomination slips will be distributed on Wednesday & Thursday, February 27 & 28 during homeroom periods. Final election will be on Wednesday, March 12 in homeroom. Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Friday, April 5.

What is nanochemisty?  How do you design a video game?  What is regenerative medicine?  What are cyphers?
Grab the opportunity to spend four weeks this summer at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz or UC San Diego in COSMOS where you can find the answers to these questions.
Scholarships are available.  The application deadline is this Friday, February 22.  Get help with your application at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday.

Medicine! Health! Biology! Science!  10th and 11th graders—Apply for a Gladstone Scholarship to attend a 10 day summer medical program at UC Berkeley.  Live in the dorms!  Develop leadership skills! Go to SUMMERFUND for an application and preparation advice.  Tuesdays and Fridays in Room 458 A.  The deadline is Friday, March 1.

For young women only—Don’t miss the opportunity to study science and engineering, writing, history or environmental science this summer at Smith College in Massachusetts.   Don’t miss the opportunity to develop skill to become a powerful leader at the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Workshop, a nine-day program in New York.  This summer program is open to current 9th and 10th graders.

SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  The time is NOW!

SPIRIT WEEK MARCH 4 – 8
Monday – Sports Dress-Up Day
Tuesday – Mardi Gras Dress-Up Day
Wednesday – Business/Professional Dress-Up Day
Thursday – Tourist Dress-Up Day
Friday – Class T-Shirt Dress-Up Day

EXECUTIVE STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING: is Monday, in 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the Spirit Week Food Festival and election.

GALILEO LETTERMEN JACKET: to order is this Thursday in front of the auditorium during lunch time.

SENIORS VS FACULTY/STAFF VOLLEYBALL GAME is  this Friday in the Bay Street gym during lunch time.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY: is Friday, April 5 during a double period 4.

CHINESE KARAOKE CONTEST: is Friday evening, April 12 in the auditorium.

2013 SFUSD Arts Festival Winners: Literary Arts

Congratulations to the several Galileo students who are winners of the 2013 Literary Arts Awards for the SFUSD Arts Festival. The Galileo Community is invited to attend the non-fee award ceremony honoring our student winners. Two of our students will read from their work and all students will be honored at the Literary Arts Award Ceremony on:

MARCH 3, 2-4 P.M. at the Koret Auditorium, SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY.

Keynote speaker at the awards ceremony will be Christopher Chen.  Mr. Chen is a San Francisco native and graduate of UC Berkeley, with an MFA in playwriting from San Francisco State Universtiy. His play “The Hundred Flowers Project” won the Will Glickman Playwright Award for the best new play to premiere in the Bay Area in 2012.

Student submissions from other high schools included Lowell, Ruth Asawa Schoool of the Arts, Balboa and other schools.  Winners from Galileo included a remarkable, never before seen sweep in the Nonfiction category, and a second place award for the Dramatic Script category!

A list of winners follows:

DRAMATIC SCRIPT:

 2nd    Jenny Z. Li           Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION:

1st:   Michelle Linh       Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

2nd:  Raymond Chiu     Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

3rd:   Corinna Wong     Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Honorable Mention

(Most San Franciscan): Andy Wong     Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – February 21, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

2/21/13

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:40am.

 

Marcus gave the group some feedback from this morning’s Principal’s Meeting held at Galileo.  This is an inquiry meeting.  What can I do as the instructional leader to get teacher buy-in to the vision for the school is what Marcus was asking the assembled group of principals today. He also included groups at Galileo in this question.  The principals felt that our department heads are doing a great job.  This was just after a brief walk through.  The second group was first  and second year teachers and they also got a good rating.  The BBC was in that group and it was needed there.  The third group was a hodge podge.  The principals liked the co-teaching in 350 and 414.  Marcus thanked everyone in the room and said he learned a lot during  their visit today.

 

Leadership Team

 

I.            Superintendent’s State of the District Address

–Lisa talked about this meeting.  It is all district administrators meeting.  It occurs several times in the year.  Nancy said there were 400 administrators present.  Lisa said the weighted student formula would remain the same as last year.

–Doug said the governor said it would go up $300 per student.  That would be $200-300 per student.

–Nancy said the administrators mumbled we would get more money.  She also said we would get the arts and PE monies restored as well as library funds.  Joseph said the Prop H was cut by 25%, but it would now be restored. That would mean $25,000 for VPA.

–Lisa said there were discussions on how the district could help support priorities.  They talked about coaching, and professional development.  Nancy said they sounded like they would like to strengthen the Curriculum & Instruction Office as well as the LEAD office.

–Michelle asked if there was mention of evaluating teachers in part by test scores.  The answer was no.

–Katie said we would be allocated fewer students next year and this will result in less funding.

 

II.            Master Schedule Update

–Nancy asked if the google docs she sent everyone were working.  Doug said he took the math portion out and put it on his own sheet.  He felt this was safer.  David made sure everyone in his department had their own.  They will re-share the document when they are done.

–Doug said some of his students were not listed.  Nancy asked that absent students be added to the bottom of the list.

–Mat asked if someone would review the work at the end.  He felt there might be some errors. Lauren said they should catch these types of errors.

 

–Nancy said the academy/pathway numbers look pretty good.  She asked for the information back March 1st.

 

III.            Space Allocation

–David wanted to create a process for room assignments when rooms open up.  What is the process? Nancy has done this in the past.

–Stan felt the UBC should be involved.  Marcus felt the Leadership Team should have a stronger voice, as there are more representatives in this group.

–When a teacher retires, the room stays with the department.  Is it the most senior teacher who gets the room, or the new teacher?  David wants to know if it is done by departments and do the departments own the room?    Is it a school resource or a department resource?

–Doug felt that putting rooms into a general pool would not be fair.  He felt the department rooms should be close to each other.

–Michelle felt we should identify the educational priorities before assigning rooms.

–Doug said that their full time rooms need to stay their full time rooms.

–David said drastic changes do not happen over night.  He thought it is worth looking at room allocation to see where the process is now.  Doug said this should be students to room capacity ratio.  David mentioned safety and working conditions for students and teachers.

–Doug said in his department there are some teachers who are not full time and do not have their own rooms.

–Marcus suggested several people come up with some proposals.

–David said there were rooms that became available over the summer and there was no protocol for new assignments.  There are usually only 1 or 2 a year at most.

–Michelle talked about English being the only course students take all 4 years.  She mentioned programs that are growing with more sections being added.

 

–Marcus has a plan to get the school to 2000 enrollment.  Cutting students can result in cutting teachers.

–Kathleen asked if the Leadership Team could discuss room assignment if a room becomes available.

–David also said we should minimize the number of traveling teachers.

–Marcus said it would be great if several members could come up with several proposals.

–Michelle mentioned curricular needs as being important in room assignments.

–David will write a proposal and administrative team will do so as well.

 

IV.            Graduation

–Graduation is Wednesday, May 29th at 1:00pm.  We will work out coverage.

 

V.            Eighth Grade Open House

–Marcus said we need to come up with a date and we need to review last year’s structure.  Michelle remembers that it was mostly student run last year.  Karin Lau put it together last year.

–Joseph said the Orchestra and Band Performance was a part of the program last year.

–This event gives students and parents a look at the school.  David said the date was April 25th last year.

–Marcus said right now it is scheduled for after May 8th.  May 1st is another date that is suggested.

–Marcus felt there should be representation from each department as well as the academies and pathways.

–Lauren feels that this open house is valuable for the parents to see where their students are going to school.  8th graders will get their assignment letters on March 15th.

–All schools do this.

–Nancy suggested April 17th.  Joseph prefers April 24th.  April 17th is the preferred date.  We will do the concert that night as well.

 

VI.            Traffic Sign for Bay Street

–Katie said Kelli is reaching out for someone to come from the city and survey our area –Michelle mentioned how many drop offs occur on Bay Street.

–Doug mentioned the great speed of the traffic. Doug mentioned Page Street and Urban School. Parents paid for the signs there and the traffic slows.

–Marcus suggested a social studies class take this on.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – February 19 – 22, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
FEBRUARY 19 – 22, 2013

RESPLENDENT

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. RESPLENDENT: To shine back; shinning brillantly; glowing splendor.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:  
Staff Wellness Words: “If kids come to us [educators/ teachers] from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.”      – Barbara Colorose

REFERENCE ITEMS

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

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 suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

AoHT with the Fairmont Hotel is holding a pajama drive! There are countless homeless children who are in need of comfortable clothing when they go to sleep and we want YOU to donate pajamas. Pajamas must be NEW and sized for teens or young adults. The goal is to get at least 222 pajamas by 2/22! Drop off the pajamas at Ms. Field’s room 453.  For each pair of new pajamas you donate you will receive a free AoHT raffle ticket!

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

ATTENTION JUNIORS: Questbridge College Prep Scholarship Presentation on Thur, Feb. 28, after-school in 263.
Presented by our Questbridge-match recipients, Ching Li, Anna Lei, and other QB finalists & applicants.
WHY Apply for the Questbridge College Prep Scholarship Prep program: (1) Stanford college admission conference (2) Full scholarships to elite private school institutions, college admission counseling, (3) All-expense paid-visit to a partner college (4) Telementoring from college students (5) Quest for excellence awards such as laptops! See Bai in room 258 on Tues/Thurs for more details. HOW to apply, visit the Questbridge website: https://questbridge.org/ (DEADLINE: Wed, March 27).

WHO should apply? If you are a high school junior with a strong academic record and an annual family income of less than $60,000, I encourage you to apply. Many past award recipients have also been part of the first generation in their family to attend college.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Deadline for FAFSA is coming up, March 2. Apply for it on FAFSA.GOV and also apply for scholarships! Look at the Galileo college website for Galileo specific scholarships: galileoweb.org/college/scholarship  The upcoming scholarships are due soon: TACT ($2,000, due Feb. 22), Maisin ($2,000, due March 1), AACE ($1,000-$5,000, due March 7).

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWEL Presentation on: Tuesday, Feb. 19, after-school in counseling office (258F) for all interested students.
UMass Lowell offers an amazing educational experience with wonderful merit scholarship opportunities.UMASS Lowell also offers:·   120 academic majors with an abundance of classes, allowing students to graduate in 4 years.
·   Co-op research, internships, and service learning opportunities prepare students for success in the workplace and graduate school.·   Merit Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to half tuition (approximately $12,500)

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!  
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

BASEBALL PRACTICE: every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

ASB OFFICES AND CLASS OFFICES for 2013 – 2014 are now open. Pick up
petitions at ASB office (Room 151), Deadline to turn in ASB office
petitions is March 5, 2013 by 4:00 PM. Deadline to turn in senior,
junior, and sophomore petitions is March 19, 2013 in ASB office by
4:00 PM.

GALILEO LETTERMAN JACKETS: Pre-orders for Galileo letterman jackets will be on Thursday, Feb. 21 during lunch time in front of the auditorium.

SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, March 8 during lunch time in the courtyard.

BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 9 from 7 – 11 PM. Dress is semi-formal.
Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting February 12.

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR AWARDS:  Nomination slips will be
distributed on Wednesday & Thursday, February 27 & 28 during homeroom
periods. Final election will be on Wednesday, March 12 in homeroom.
Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Friday,
April 5.

What is nanochemisty?  How do you design a video game?  What is regenerative medicine?  What are cyphers?
Grab the opportunity to spend four weeks this summer at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz or UC San Diego in COSMOS where you can find the answers to these questions.
Scholarships are available.  The application deadline is this Friday, February 22.  Get help with your application at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday.

Medicine! Health! Biology! Science!  10th and 11th graders—Apply for a Gladstone Scholarship to attend a 10 day summer medical program at UC Berkeley.  Live in the dorms!  Develop leadership skills!
Go to SUMMERFUND for an application and preparation advice.  Tuesdays and Fridays in Room 458 A.  The deadline is Friday, March 1.

For young women only—Don’t miss the opportunity to study science and engineering, writing, history or environmental science this summer at Smith College in Massachusetts.
Don’t miss the opportunity to develop skill to become a powerful leader at the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Workshop, a nine-day program in New York.  This summer program is open to current 9th and 10th graders.

SUMMERFUNd has the information about these and many more programs.     Come to 4548A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  Fill out an interest form. Talk to students who’ve attended these programs.  Talk to Ms. K.  The time is NOW!

AoHT with the Fairmont Hotel is holding a pajama drive! There are countless homeless children who are in need of comfortable clothing when they go to sleep and we want YOU to donate pajamas. Pajamas must be NEW and sized for teens or young adults. The goal is to get at least 222 pajamas by 2/22! Drop off the pajamas at Ms. Field’s room 453.  For each pair of new pajamas you donate you will receive a free AoHT raffle ticket!

Weekly Bulletin – February 12 – 15, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
FEBRUARY 12-15, 2013

RAUCOUS

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  RAUCOUS: .Disagreably harsh or strident; boisterously disorderly.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:  
Staff Wellness Words: From Jeanne Sharbuno “Bite Size Tips for Busy Teachers”
You take care of your students…by taking care of yourself first.
Use these 3 self-care tips as quick stress-busters to regain your balance throughout the day:
1. Relax your nervous system with belly breaths. Breath in from your
belly for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts, and release slowly for 5 counts. Repeat 5 – 10 times.
2.  Take a 10-minute refreshing walk during lunch to empty your mind and rejuvenate your soul.
3.  Keep silly cartoons or funny quotes at your desk to make you laugh and lighten your mood.

Join Wellness this February 14th & 15th for our G-House Lovefest!!

On Thursday February 14th, Wellness and the Galileo GSA are hosting a lunchtime event in the Courtyard. Come check out the Marriage Booth, games, music, and prizes to teach students about healthy and safe sexual decision making. On Friday February 15th, Wellness will be offering 38 Classroom Workshops on 19 different topics, such as healthy relationships, gender identity, contraception & STD education. Hope to see you there!

REFERENCE ITEMS

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

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 suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

STUDENTS

LOVEFEST: Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness next week on February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! The lunchtime event will feature interactive games, music, prizes, and the famous Marriage Booth. Come learn about sexual health and healthy relationships this Valentines Day in the Galileo courtyard.

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

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Are you curious about what it takes to become an engineer, architect or construction professional? Ever wonder how a building works? If yes, then sign up for ACE mentoring program. The program is Free, it starts in late January for 15 weeks. Pick a day that fits your schedule, 4 pm-6 pm (Tues, Wed, or Thur), the location is in SF downtown. To apply, go here: www.acementor.org/925

ATTENTION SENIORS: Friendly reminders: (1) Apply to private colleges, most deadlines are in January and most students can receive 4 private college fee-waivers from Bai. (2) For students that applied to CSU: make sure to sign up for the EOP program if you qualify in order to receive academic support and tutoring. Also apply for the ELM/EPT placement exam, you may sign up on ets.org/csu/  (3) Starting Jan. 1, apply for FAFSA on fafsa.gov and also start  applying for scholarships! Go to this website to find our more about scholarships: galileoweb.org/college/scholarship (4) Lastly, try your best to maintain your grades, senior year still matters! If you need support feel free to e-mail or talk to your teachers and counselors. Sincerely, Bai Zhen, zhenb@galileoweb.org

SAT and ACT: Want to prepare for the SATs and ACTs by taking a practice test? Come sign up for the Mock SATs (2/13 in Room 263.)  Deadline to sign up is 2/6. Sign up for the Mock ACTs (2/20 in Room 263). Deadline to sign-up is 2/13  with Ms. Marshman, Counseling Office. The test begins at 2:30 after school, and is $5 to take. Only 40 slots available for each test.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL Presentation on: Tuesday, Feb. 19, after-school in counseling office (258F) for all interested students.
UMass Lowell offers an amazing educational experience with wonderful merit scholarship opportunities.UMASS Lowell also offers:·   120 academic majors with an abundance of classes, allowing students to graduate in 4 years.
·   Co-op research, internships, and service learning opportunities prepare students for success in the workplace and graduate school.·   Merit Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to half tuition (approximately $12,500)

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

BASEBALL PRACTICE: every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

ASB OFFICES AND CLASS OFFICES for 2013 – 2014 are now open. Pick up petitions at ASB office (Room 151), Deadline to turn in ASB office petitions is March 5, 2013 by 4:00 PM. Deadline to turn in senior,junior, and sophomore petitions is March 19, 2013 in ASB office by4:00 PM.

GALILEO LETTERMAN JACKETS: Pre-orders for Galileo letterman jackets will be on Thursday, Feb. 21 during lunch time in front of the auditorium.

SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, March 8 during lunch time in the courtyard.

BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 9 from 7 – 11 PM. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting February 12.

VALENTINE GRAMS: Senior class will be selling Valentine grams at the ASB store this week. Delivery will be on Thursday, Feb. 14 during period 4.

GALILEO’S BIRTHDAY: Happy Birthday Galileo is Friday, Feb. 15. Watch the Rocketship launch by the Science Club in the courtyard during lunch time. The
competition is which class can fly the paper airplane the farthest. Any student can sign up at ASB office by this Friday to participate
this contest. There will be a prize.

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR AWARDS:  Nomination slips will be
distributed on Wednesday & Thursday, February 27 & 28 during homeroom
periods. Final election will be on Wednesday, March 12 in homeroom.
Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Friday,
April 5.

Weekly Bulletin – February 4 – n8, 2013

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
FEBRUARY 4 – 8, 2013

RATIONAL

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  RATIONAL: Having reason or understanding; reasonable .

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS:  I am not a teacher, but an awakener. –Robert Frost

$1 RAFFLE TICKETS:   The AoHT Senior class is selling $1 raffle tickets to win amazing prizes; such as a SF Giants Tickets, 2 night hotel stay at the Sheraton, $200 to LUCE restaurant, Gift Cards to Google Play, H &M, Starbucks, ITunes, and more.  The drawing will be on March 13th.  Each raffle ticket is only one DOLLAR each!  There are over 40 prizes worth more than $2900!  See Ms. Field in Rm 453 or any AoHT Senior to buy tickets.  Little City, Big Dreams.

REFERENCE ITEMS

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

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 suppliegalileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

STUDENTS

LOVEFEST: Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness next week on February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! The lunchtime event will feature interactive games, music, prizes, and the famous Marriage Booth. Come learn about sexual health and healthy relationships this Valentines Day in the Galileo courtyard.

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

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Are you curious about what it takes to become an engineer, architect or construction professional? Ever wonder how a building works? If yes, then sign up for ACE mentoring program. The program is Free, it starts in late January for 15 weeks. Pick a day that fits your schedule, 4 pm-6 pm (Tues, Wed, or Thur), the location is in SF downtown. To apply, go here: www.acementor.org/925

ATTENTION SENIORS: Friendly reminders: (1) Apply to private colleges, most deadlines are in January and most students can receive 4 private college fee-waivers from Bai. (2) For students that applied to CSU: make sure to sign up for the EOP program if you qualify in order to receive academic support and tutoring. Also apply for the ELM/EPT placement exam, you may sign up on ets.org/csu/  (3) Starting Jan. 1, apply for FAFSA on fafsa.gov and also start  applying for scholarships! Go to this website to find our more about scholarships: galileoweb.org/college/scholarship (4) Lastly, try your best to maintain your grades, senior year still matters! If you need support feel free to e-mail or talk to your teachers and counselors. Sincerely, Bai Zhen, zhenb@galileoweb.org

SAT and ACT: Want to prepare for the SATs and ACTs by taking a practice test? Come sign up for the Mock SATs (2/13 in Room 263.)  Deadline to sign up is 2/6. Sign up for the Mock ACTs (2/20 in Room 263). Deadline to sign-up is 2/13  with Ms. Marshman, Counseling Office. The test begins at 2:30 after school, and is $5 to take. Only 40 slots available for each test.

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

BASEBALL PRACTICE: every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

ASB OFFICES AND CLASS OFFICES for 2013 – 2014 are now open. Pick up petitions at ASB office (Room 151), Deadline to turn in ASB office petitions is March 5, 2013 by 4:00 PM. Deadline to turn in senior,
junior, and sophomore petitions is March 19, 2013 in ASB office by 4:00 PM.

GALILEO LETTERMAN JACKETS: Pre-orders for Galileo letterman jackets will be on Thursday, Feb. 21 during lunch time in front of the auditorium.

SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, March 8 during lunch time in the courtyard.

BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 9 from 7 – 11 PM. Dress is semi-formal.
Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting February 12.

VALENTINE GRAMS: Senior class will be selling Valentine grams at the ASB store this week. Delivery will be on Thursday, Feb. 14 during period 4.

CLASS OF THE YEAR COMPETITION: will be the Valentine Kiss Jello-Eating
Contest this Friday in the courtyard during lunch time.

GALILEO’S BIRTHDAY: Happy Birthday Galileo is Friday, Feb. 15. Watch the Rocketship launch by the Science Club in the courtyard during lunch time. The
competition is which class can fly the paper airplane the farthest. Any student can sign up at ASB office by this Friday to participate
this contest. There will be a prize.