Weekly Bulletin – February 3 – 7, 2014

Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 3 – 7, 2014

OXYMORON

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. OXYMORON:  A combination of contradictory or incongruous words as in “cruel kindness.”

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

THE GALILEO LOVEFEST: is on February 14th! We are offering over 45 n-class presentations about healthy relationships and sexual health. Wellness will send out an email soon announcing how to sign up. Be sure to take a look and sign up to have presenters come to present in your class on Friday, February 14th! There will also be a courtyard carnival and marriage booth at lunch- we will be sending out extra credit opportunities for students to participate in if teachers are interested.

 

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before the following General PTSA meetings:

March 12, 2014 and April 9, 2014.  This will give the Grants Committee members time to review and then make recommendations for voting at the above listed General PTSA meetings.  For complete guidelines, please go togalileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request     Questions can be directed to Jeanne at  Lattjiu@aol.com

                                        

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 questioGALILEO ACADEMY

ns 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

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, new drawstring day packs, hand towels, 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.

LETTERMAN JACKETS will be on sale Tuesday, Feb.4 in front of the auditorium during lunch time. Free embroidery – “T-Day Champ 2013” for football players..

GIRL’S CLUB NEEDS GIRLS JUST LIKE YOU:

Find a safe place to be yourself. To meet other girls and make new friends.

And dance.  But don’t worry no dance experience is needed. Its Wednesdays @2:30-4:00, in the Auditorium. For more info. come see Ms krohne during lunch in 202.

LUNAR NEW YEAR ROOM DECORATING CONTEST: is Thursday, Feb. 7. All clubs and classes can participate. 1st prize is pizza party, 2nd prize is Snapple fruit juice cans for participants, and healthy snack bags for participants. Deadline to turn in your application to participate is Feb. 4 to ASB office.

LION DANCING: will perform on Friday, Feb.7 in the courtyard during lunch time. Galileo students performed on national TV, America’s Got Talent and reached the quarter finals last year. The performance is to celebrate the new year 2014 and to celebrate the scientist, Galileo’s birthday.

THE BOAT DANCE is Saturday night, March 15 from 7 – 11 PM. Theme is “Dancing On Water.” Dress is semi-formal. Must board at 7 PM at Pier 41. Must show ID at the door. Photography by Prestige. Valentine special – 2 tickets for $50 sold at ASB store starting Feb. 12 to 14. Tickets will increase $30 with current ASB card sticker and $35 w/o from Feb. 18 – 28. Guest ticket is $45 sold at the Dean’s office. Prices will continue to go up in March. Sign up to run for Queen and King of the Sea.

THE GALILEO LOVEFEST is two weeks away! On Valentine’s Day join Wellness, the GSA,  and many community organizations from all over the city to learn about  healthy relationships and sexual decision making. Join us for the lunchtime carnival, games, music, and the GSA’s marriage booth!

GALILEO GEAR: BASEBALL CAPS $15.00; T-SHIRTS $15.00   ROOM 263-COACH PAPA

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 29, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

1/28/14

 

 

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:20am.

 

 

Marcus said the visitors from Colorado yesterday were very impressed with Galileo—positive environment, liked the academies and pathways.  Marcus thanked those involved in hosting the group.

 

–He talked about the gap in per pupil spending from our district ($3,800 plus add- ons).  The Colorado team has over $6,000 per pupil. Only a 7% of the Colorado students qualify for free and reduced lunch.  Not much diversity in ethnic breakdowns is present in their school system.

 

 

Leadership Team

 

 

 

I.          Testing

 

–Katie went to the Testing meeting last Wednesday.  40% district wide was chosen and we are the only large comprehensive high school that does not have to do the field test.  We could test if we wanted to but we will not.  There is a new tech roll out with a secure server that will be downloaded to individual computers.

 

 

–10th graders still need to take the Life Science test for federal accountability.

 

–11th graders who are taking EAP have to take the Math and English and writing.  11th graders in Geometry are exempt from the Math.

 

–Michelle asked if we could get both of the tests on the same day.  Katie is working on it.

 

The CST will be done over 2 days.  Katie would like to test each group in the English and Math classes.  Students do better when they are with their subject teachers.

 

–Testing window goes from April 7 –May 8.  Katie said it would not overlap with AP” testing.

 

 

II.         Student Access to Wi-Fi

 

–Mat says that since student can access with wi-fi, the now use their phones and there is more phone usage during class.

 

–Lisa said we did not make a technology plan when Ben Chun left, and some of the items Doug Pfifer is not doing as much as he did in the past.  We are the only school in the district where you can’t get immediately to the sfusd wireless.  We are now transition now to the district—sfusd and sfusd guest.  These are all accessing the same wi-fi network.  Soon we will only use the sfusd and sfusd guest and the Galileo network will be gone.

 

–Lisa said it was important to offer students wi-fi so they do not have to use their data plans.

 

–Marcus said teachers will have to be more diligent in monitoring the cell phones.

 

III.       TA Badges

 

–Nancy said the TA Badges are ready for the teachers.  Students will be responsible for wearing the badges.  This is a quick id to prove they are TAs, but they still will be required to carry a pass when they are a TA.  Those who do not have the proper identification have to be held accountable.

 

–Students should not be leaving campus at all.  Nancy will send a memo about this.

 

–Badges have student name, teacher name, period and a school special stamp.

 

–Students keep the badges.  No photos are on the badges.

 

–Alicia suggested that the teachers hold onto the badge.

 

–Marcus said he and the UBC worked on the badges and the procedures.

 

–Marcus suggested people write up suggestions.

 

 

IV.        Master Schedule

 

–Nancy is working on google doc and form. She wants departments to look at the registrations form and is asking for improvements/adjustments. This form is used for students to register.

 

–David said he wants to make sure all departments are treated the same.

 

–Nancy confirmed that English/ELL can be used for graduation eligibility.

 

 

 

V.         Grading

 

–Marcus spoke with two departments but both did not provide additional insights on how there are grading. He wants departments to talk amongst themselves to make some decisions on how they will make changes to their current grading policies.

 

 

VI.        WASC

 

–Lisa is writing up the report. Activity followed asking leadership team members to respond to each poster. Each poster has a need or strength listed in the WASC report.  All responses will be used in the report.

 

 

VII.      Day of Learning

 

–Loan Ly will be coordinating a Day of Learning where all students and educators are invited to attend on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Galileo. She is asking if teachers can provide extra credit/incentives for students to attend. Everyone must register to attend.  In past years this event was held at Mercy High School but the event has become so popular that they needed a larger venue. Workshops for teachers will be available. Many guest speakers from a variety of local agencies, including students and teachers will present.  

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

 

Weekly Bulletin – January 27 – 31, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 27 – 31, 2014

OMINOUS

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. OMINOUS:  Threatening; serving as an omen.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

ARE YOU STRESSED? Having a hard time adjusting back to school after break? Having issues in your friendships or relationships? Just need someone to talk to? Come to the Wellness Program in Room 151. It’s free, private and if you are looking for someone to listen we are here!

 

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before the following General PTSA meetings:

March 12, 2014 and April 9, 2014.  This will give the Grants Committee members time to review and then make recommendations for voting at the above listed General PTSA meetings.  For complete guidelines, please go to galileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request     Questions can be directed to Jeanne at  Lattjiu@aol.com

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 questioGALILEO ACADEMY

ns 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

 

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, new drawstring day packs, hand towels, 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.

 

LETTERMAN JACKETS will be on sale Tuesday, Feb.4 in front of the auditorium during lunch time. Free embroidery – “T-Day Champ 2013” for football players..

 

GIRL’S CLUB NEEDS GIRLS JUST LIKE YOU:

Find a safe place to be yourself. To meet other girls and make new friends.

And dance.  But don’t worry no dance experience is needed. Its Wednesdays @2:30-4:00, in the Auditorium. For more info. come see Ms krohne during lunch in 202.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CLASSROOM DECORATING CONTEST: is Thursday, Feb. 6th. All clubs and classes can participate. 1st prize is pizza partty, 2nd prize is Snapple fruit juice cans for participants, and healthy snack bags for participants. Deadline to turn in your application to participate is Feb. 4 to ASB office.

LION DANCING: will perform on Friday, Feb.7 in the courtyard during lunch time. Galileo students performed on national TV, America’s Got Talent and reached the quarter finals last year. The performance is to celebrate the new year 2014 and to celebrate the scientist, Galileo’s birthday.

 

BOAT DANCE: is Saturday night, March 15.

 

WANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF? The Wellness Center gives out free condoms to students- just come by the Wellness Center to see Jessica or go to the Nurses office to see Nurse Kitchell to get them. If you have other questions about birth control, sex, STD’s, or how to get tested come see Naomi, Jessica or Nurse Kitchell in the Wellness Center. It’s always free and confidential!

GALILEO GEAR: BASEBALL CAPS $15.00; T-SHIRTS $15.00   ROOM 263-COACH PAPA

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

1/21/14

 

 

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:40am.

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

 

I.          Affordable Care Act Enrollment Days

 

–Jessica told the group that on Thursday there will be specialists here to help families enroll.  It takes an hour and a half to get a family enrolled.  The computers in 260 will be used.  The information is going out through the auto dialer today.  This is for any family that has students in the SFUSD.  There are 7 dates for this enrollment throughout the district.

 

–Lisa suggested this be announced on G-House TV.

 

 

II.         Consequences for Cutting Homeroom

 

–Mat said his department is asking what is in place at this time.

 

–Stephen said detention and community service if we are able to catch them.

 

–Some students are going out of the building with loose permission from adults in the building.

 

–Stephen asked the group to tell their teachers not to let students out during homeroom.

 

–Jo said that 3 Us on a report card means students cannot attend dances.  For the seniors if they get a U for a final grade they cannot participate in the graduation ceremony.

 

–Doug said at the private school where his son attends, the teachers record the attendance and the administrators give the citizenship grades based on attendance.

 

 

–Marcus said that TAs will have ID Cards with their names and periods on them.  They should show them when they are in their TA period.

 

 

III.       Dress Code

 

–Kathleen discussed the fact that the hot weather is bringing back the exposed flesh in the girls and the underwear in the boys.  She asked if other teachers are talking about this.

 

–Lisa said they would all take calls and will talk to students who are inappropriately dressed.

 

–Katie said Mr. Rasul talks to kids and gives them PE clothes or sends them home.

 

 

IV.        Newcomers

 

–Kathleen said there will be an ELD Night School for levels 5 and higher.

 

–She also mentioned some of the newcomer students who are just coming to Galileo might not be fluent by next year.  She is looking into the .8 classes to make sure there are adequate class spaces.

 

–Discussion followed about class sizes at the beginning of the semester and then how the classes grow larger during the semester.

 

–Kathleen said if the newcomers come in as Juniors (15 or older), they do not have to meet all the graduation requirements (A-G), but then they cannot go directly to a UC after high school.

 

–Marcus asked how long the students keep the newcomer status.  Jo said 1 semester to 1 year.

 

–Kathleen said they are called “developing,” and this can go either way and it is a bit confusing.  Most of them cannot manage the .6 classes.

 

 

V.         Emergency Preparedness Week

 

–Katie is thinking of the last week in February or the first week in March.

 

–Michelle said the English Department would be busy the last 2 days of February.

 

–Nancy said the counselors will be going to classes between February 18 and March 4.

 

–Katie said she would know the testing schedule after a meeting this week.

 

–Katie did not want to do it the last week of the grading period.

 

–Suggestion was made to do it the week of February 10th.  We will mix of periods and days and Katie will put it on the calendar.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.  Master Schedule

 

–Nancy distributed information concerning the 2014 Spring Master Schedule Timeline.  Today begins the period to let Nancy know if there are new classes in each department. She surveyed the group.

 

–Joseph said Mr. Novota would like to offer Beginning Band.  They are making a commercial for G-House TV.

 

–David and Alicia had new course offerings they have discussed with Nancy.

 

 

–Nancy talked about the 2-day training she and Lisa went to about how to build the Master Schedule.  She said it was good training.  She mentioned the timeline she distributed is a DRAFT and the district is working now to put things in place to start building the Master Schedule.  She emphasized that we need to be flexible.

 

–Nancy said Lisa will be helping with the Master Schedule, as Nancy will not be back until October next fall, as she is pregnant and will not be able to come back for the start of the school year.

 

–Counselors will be able to visit 2 classes per period.  We also need to report the number of classes to the March School Site Council meeting.

 

–Doug asked if Synergy would decide which courses a teacher has and when the prep period is.  He spends a lot of time honoring his teachers’ requests. 

 

 

–Ethan said the new plan is already in place at GWHS.  He offered that “work is work” and it needs to be fair across the board.

 

–Nancy said there are no guarantees for who has prep period when.

 

–David hoped that after the computer puts out a program, the department heads would be able to discuss it with the administration.

 

–Question was asked if the system could take into account room assignments so that teacher movement is kept to a minimum.  The answer is “Yes.”

 

 

DRAFT

 

 

January 12 – Ongoing          Begin Master Schedule Priority Discussions

 

February 18 – March 4        Counselors Registers Grades 10 – 12 (for next year)

 

March 10 – March 21           Department Heads Submit Student Placement and/or

 

                                                Placement Revisions

 

By March 21                          Department Heads Submit Teachers 3 Content Area Choices

 

March 17 – March 28           New Student/Freshman Registration

 

April 7 – April 11                  Number of Courses/Sections Are Determined

 

 

March 24 – April 11             Counselors Enter Course Requests

 

 

April 14 – 18                         Build Shell

 

 

April 18                                  Continue Development of Master Schedule

 

 

May 12 – 23                          Round 2 of New Student/Freshmen Registration

 

 

May 30                                   Teachers Are Notified of Courses They Are

 

                                                Teaching 2014 – 2015

 

 

–Kathleen asked if her students could move up in the same logical pattern that is in place now.  The answer is “Yes.”  This will also include team teaching classes that have to be certain periods.

 

–Michelle said that some of the academy people want to have a common prep.  Lisa said they are prioritizing academy programs and co-teaching programs.

 

 

–Ray said that we need to be able to read the IEPs of all the incoming 9th grade (current 8th grade) students.  He explained that the only way to know how to place the students is to read the IEPs.

 

 

–Michelle said one of the glitches of team teaching is that the teachers did not have time for discussions.  She would like to know before the end of the semester who will be team teaching and what they will be teaching.  Marcus said they would know before the end of the school year.

 

–Nancy will ask who wants to team teach, etc.  There will be a Google form.  They will prioritize team teachers who want to stay together.

 

 

–Doug asked who would handle those who have issues with what they are teaching next year if they are told on the last day of school.  Nancy said administrator contracts do not end on May 30th and they will be working on it.

 

 

II         Grade Level Special Ed Problems

 

–Ray said we are still getting 9th grade students in unannounced enrollment.  He said the placement office is not looking at Special Ed component for students they send to Galileo.  He mentioned that Naomi Gibbons has 15 students in one class, which is quite large for Special Ed.

 

 

III.       Miscellaneous

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:10PM.

 

Weekly Bulletin – January 21 – 24, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 21 – 24, 2014

NOTORIOUS

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  NOTORIOUS:  Generally known and talked of; widely and unfavorably known.

NEW ITEMS:

 

ARE YOU STRESSED? Having a hard time adjusting back to school after break? Having issues in your friendships or relationships? Just need someone to talk to? Come to the Wellness Program in Room 151. It’s free, private and if you are looking for someone to listen we are here!

 

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before the following General PTSA meetings:

March 12, 2014 and April 9, 2014.  This will give the Grants Committee members time to review and then make recommendations for voting at the above listed General PTSA meetings.  For complete guidelines, please go togalileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request     Questions can be directed to Jeanne at  Lattjiu@aol.com

                                        

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 questioGALILEO ACADEMY

ns 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

 

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, new drawstring day packs, hand towels, 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.

 

LETTERMAN JACKETS will be on sale Tuesday, Feb.4 in front of the auditorium during lunch time. Free embroidery – “T-Day Champ 2013” for football players..

 

GIRL’S CLUB NEEDS GIRLS JUST LIKE YOU:

Find a safe place to be yourself. To meet other girls and make new friends.

And dance.  But don’t worry no dance experience is needed. Its Wednesdays @2:30-4:00, in the Auditorium. For more info. come see Ms krohne during lunch in 202.

 

PEP RALLY & CLASS COMPETITON: – Dodge Ball – is this Friday in the courtyard during lunch time.

LUNAR NEW YEAR DOOR DECORATING CONTEST: is Thursday, Feb. 7. All clubs and classes can participate. 1st prize is pizza partty, 2nd prize is Snapple fruit juice cans for participants, and healthy snack bags for participants. Deadline to turn in your application to participate is Feb. 4 to ASB office.

LION DANCING: will perform on Friday, Feb.7 in the courtyard during lunch time. Galileo students performed on national TV, America’s Got Talent and reached the quarter finals last year. The performance is to celebrate the new year 2014 and to celebrate the scientist, Galileo’s birthday.

 

BOAT DANCE: is Saturday night, March 15.

 

WANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF? The Wellness Center gives out free condoms to students- just come by the Wellness Center to see Jessica or go to the Nurses office to see Nurse Kitchell to get them. If you have other questions about birth control, sex, STD’s, or how to get tested come see Naomi, Jessica or Nurse Kitchell in the Wellness Center. It’s always free and confidential!

 

OASIS FOR GIRLS: Young Women of Galileo – are you looking for a paid job/internship? Oasis for Girls is coming to Galileo on Thursday January 16 during lunch to share information about this  great opportunity! If you have questions or want to apply, stop by Wellness this Thursday!

 

GALILEO GEAR: BASEBALL CAPS $15.00; T-SHIRTS $15.00   ROOM 263-COACH PAPA

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes–January 14, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

1/14/14

 

 

 

 

Galileo Grading Policy Conversation Day 4

 

 

 

Outcomes:

 

–Surface concerns, issues and strengths around teachers’ grading policies

 

–Challenge or confirm belief systems around grading policies

 

–Create a safe environment to share potentially difficult issues

 

 

 

Agenda:

 

1.  Minute Paper

 

2.  Review Norms—raising hand s, step-up/step back,  assume positive intentions.

 

3.  Framing for the day:  What are your next steps with your departments and as a school?

 

4.  Lincoln Policy

 

5.  Work time – individual – partner – group

 

6.  Next steps?

 

 

 

Lisa distributed a document that was from last semester—Mark Distribution by Ethnicity.

 

Doug asked for a similar document by gender.

 

 

Eric and Myra came for the 4th meeting on the Grading Topic.

 

Eric reviewed the norms, including assume positive intentions.

 

Myra talked about the Framing for the Day.  Myra and Eric will share what Lincoln’s Policy is and then everyone will work in groups.

 

Eric distributed the Lincoln Grading Policy and asked members to review it and talk with one another about it.  This is a living document.

 

 

Eric asked for feedback from the group.

 

 

–Alicia mentioned the issue of the two students who got the same grade—one came all the time but didn’t do all the work and the other student who didn’t come every day but did the work.  They both got grades of C.  The C says something about each student.

 

–Marc said they wanted to make sure the students gained some mastery and the grade reflects that.

 

–Eric mentioned discussions at other schools.

 

–Stan said we are doing fine on expectations.  What does consistent grading policy?  How do you calibrate grades?  Stan also mentioned the vocabulary in the Lincoln document.  He also mentioned the School Loop Guidelines.

 

–Eric explained how the Lincoln faculty discuss common assessments and look at student work and compare grading standards.

 

–Stan challenged the word calibrated and its definition.

 

–Mat added with calibrated grades there must be a baseline and asked who will set the baseline?

 

–Doug added that if there are enough people discussing, the members can calibrate to each other and do not really need a baseline.

 

–David asked how long this has been implemented at Lincoln.  Eric said this was the first school year it was implemented.  He expressed curiosity about the gains Lincoln will make this year. 

 

–Joseph like the idea of teachers getting together to look at work samples and compare grading policies.  He also liked the words “care givers” in the document.  Joseph also agreed with Stan about the definition of the words.

 

–Joseph also mentioned the disagreement between teaches and the union about the use of School Loop.

 

 

Eric called for a discussion about what kinds of activities you would like to try out in your departments.  How will this affect grading policies.  He referred to the back of the agenda with a piece from our last WASC review.  These are items we were told to work on.

 

 

WASC—“Identification of essential skills and knowledge in all courses and the development of common assessments, grading standards, criteria, rubrics and student exemplars so that teachers can made grading practices more consistent and more accurately communicate proficiency levels to students.”  Lisa added that this is something WASC recommended we work on.

 

 

What are the next steps with your departments?

 

–Share syllabus and discuss individual grading policies

 

–Create common rubric

 

–Discuss and develop no D policy

 

–Plan common assignments or assessments

 

–Discuss late work/revision and develop policy

 

–Discuss the purpose of grades and who is the intended audience

 

–Discuss zeros

 

 

Things to Think About:

 

–How much are assessments worth?  What types of assignments are teachers using?

 

–How much are assignments worth?

 

–Are grades based on meeting the standards of effort?

 

 

 

The members of the group discussed the issues with each other.

 

 

Eric called for feedback from the group.

 

 

–David mentioned the grade break down and the differences in teachers in the same courses.  It is not just a disparity, but also teachers can teach the same course in different ways.  Students know this.  This affects the Master Schedule.

 

 

–Michelle said looking at a particular grade level, the grades can be high, and then looking at the EAP scores, they do not always match in the 11th and 12th grades where we are trying to assess if the students are college ready.

 

 

–Mat said he thought this would be a tough buy in as teachers appreciate educational freedom and flexibility.  He felt there would be obstacles.  His department has begun an assessment activity.

 

 

–David does not want to get away from academic freedom, but there must be common curriculum.

 

 

–Doug felt the way David does.  Then he talked about it from a student’s prospective and the differences in easier teachers and higher grades.  There should be fairness for the students.  He referred to the data by ethnicity.  He look at the balance between ethnic groups and it seems more balanced in the seniors.  It is not balanced when the students are freshmen.  He mentioned the differences in being prepared when they enter high school.  He felt his department would understand the need for implementing this.

 

 

–Joseph said this will vary from department to department.  The departments vary in size and the amount of classes/courses in each department.

 

–Kathleen said they have a consistent portfolio in her department that spells out the assignments and the amount of each type of assignment.

 

 

Eric and Myra will be here at Galileo to help support everyone.  Myra told everyone she was ready to provide information.  They both thanked the group for having them.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

 

12/11/13 Meeting Minutes

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
December 11, 2013

Members present: Marcus Blacksher, Mele Lau-Smith, Jonathan Ring, Jackie Peters, Loan Ly, Stan DeBella, Brandon Lee, Bettie Grinnell, Jim Fong

Members of the public present: Marcia Lomneth.

The meeting was called to order at 3:35pm.

Approval of minutes:

S. DeBella made a motion to approve minutes of 9/18/13. Motion seconded by M. Blackshur. No discussion and minutes were approved.

J. Ring made a motion to approve minutes of 10/16/13.Mele asked about the October 18th minutes. No changes or discussion and minutes were approved. S.DeBella abstained as he was not present at the 10/18/13 meeting.

Jim Fong requested a follow up to the proposed talk with other principals about the budget referenced in the 10/16/13 minutes. M. Blackshur gave an update in the budget discussion below.

1. Budget Discussion

M. Blackshur shared that the letter that the Galileo SSC sent to Myong Leigh was provided to other High School principals by Janet Schulze. There was no other information provided in addition to the information in the letter. No additions were made to the Galileo SY 13-14 budget as a result of the letter.

J. Ring told of a meeting he attended with Myong Leigh in which no further information was provided either. J. Ring shared a document he created that shows how the change that the district made to the per pupil spending formula affected Galileo. From the Spring preliminary budget to the Fall final budget, the per pupil spending formula was reduced by $38/student.

The per-pupil cuts affected Galileo more than the buffer cuts. The AP funding received helped mitigate the impact of the reduction in per pupil spending. However, this may not be the case next school year as the teacher’s contract will be negotiated this year. In summary, the per-pupil spending went down and the high school budgets absorbed the largest cuts when compared with elementary and middle schools.

There was discussion as to how to follow up with the district’s response to the letter sent by the SSC this semester. It was suggested that the SSC send a follow up letter in January asking:

1. If the district is planning on using the same process for this upcoming budget year in which the per pupil spending formula might change from the Spring to the Fall
2. That the Galileo SSC requests the district work in good faith with all SSCs to assure them that the Fall budget will not include changes to the budget formula that adversely impact budgets with no warning. Furthermore that the Galileo SSC will not pass a budget without such assurances.

It was noted that if the SSC does not pass a budget, the Principal will be required to submit a budget that has not been approved by the SSC. This was the case a few years ago when Washington HS tried to not submit a budget a few years ago and the district told Washington that the principal had to submit a budget.

L. Ly also suggested that an informational flyer be develop to provide tips to students and parents so that they can become more involved in the school’s budget development process. M. Lau-Smith asked if L.Ly could draft the flyer to which L. Ly agreed.

J. Peters asked how the Prop 30 funds have been spent. It is not entirely clear how the funds were appropriated throughout the district. It appears as though many new positions have been hired at the district level to support school sites and that not much of the money has reached the schools.

S. DeBella noted that if is a California requirement that 55% of the budget go into the classroom. He mentioned that last year 48% of funding went to the classroom. This is a legal requirement and a way we could possibly put pressure on the district.

All members were asked to save the March 1st date for the School Site Planning Summit. The summit brings together all school site councils and provides an over view of the budget process and workshops. SSC student representatives are included in the summit.

M. Lau-Smith summarized the action items that were agreed on:
1. Develop an informational flyer to inform parents so they can support us. Loan will work on this.
2. Follow-up letter to Myong Li—Mele and Jonathan will work on this.

Jonathan mentioned that the budget comes out before the union contracts have been negotiated.

II. Bylaws

A discussion on the Galileo SSC Bylaws followed. It was noted that there are no alternates for the teacher members of the SSC. S. DeBella will follow up with the teachers who were not elected to let them know that they serve as alternates.

It was agreed that each representative body will develop a nomination and election process for review prior to the January meeting:

Teachers – S. DeBella
Classified – B. Grinell
Students – B. Lee
Parents – M.Lau-Smith will compile and J. Fong will review and finalize.

J.Ring initiated a discussion about the ratio of SSC members. In the past, there were 4 classroom teachers and 1 non-classroom representative. B. Grinnell suggested that the bylaws make it clear that classified staff have a seat on the SSC. Non classroom personnel can mean other certificated staff such as counselors, etc. This can create a situation where no classified staff are represented. As a result of the discussion it was suggested that the membership of the SSC be comprised as follows:

4 Certificated staff , of which at least 3 are classroom teachers
1 Principal
0 other administrators
1 classified staff,
3 parents
3 students.

J. Ring made a motion to revise the bylaws with the above requirements. S. DeBella seconded the motion. Motion carried.

J. Ring brought up Section 2 and 4 for the alternates. It was noted that all nomination and election processes include a process for selecting alternates.

J. Ring brought up Section 6, involving public comments and the process through which public comments are allowed. In terms of the budget process, there Marcus liked it when we had one meeting for public comment and then a meeting with no public comments. Mele talked about the past process.

Marcus said that he needs to make it clear to the group that the SSC is a recommending body, but the principal makes the final decisions. Article II, Objectives explains this process.

Jackie asked if there was something in the document that says the principal should notify the SSC if he or she is not going to follow the SSC’s recommendations, then he or she should notify the SSC. This would be part of the recommendation we sign-off on.

January agenda
1. Review Informational Flyer
2. Review Letter to Myong Li
3. Review Election Process
4. Discuss Budget Process
5. Discuss BSC

During the February meeting there will be an update of the WASC (Western States Accreditation of Schools and Colleges) review process currently underway. The SSC will be asked to review and sign off on the WASC review prior to submission.

Other items:

J. Fong asked when is the best time for the community meetings related to the BSC and budget process. M. Blackshur noted that they are usually held during the PTSA meetings. J. Fong mentioned that at the middle school his child attended, the community meetings were held at different times of the day and included discussion groups. It was agreed to discuss a community meeting schedule as part of the BSC discussion at the January meeting.

J. Fong inquired about the reasons behind the 27-point reduction in the API. M. Blackshur noted that this is under discussion at the Leadership Team level and said there are some things the school is working on to raise the number.

J. Fong suggested that there might be something to learn from the technology portion of Kahn Academy and that perhaps teachers and/or students could create their own academies. J. Fong mentioned that the school might be able to receive an innovation award as a result of such an initiative. M. Lomneth mentioned there could be some things already in place that can be collected to show implementation and receive the grants.

S. DeBella moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:55pm. M. Blackshur seconded the motion.

Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.

Weekly Bulletin – January 13 – 17, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 6 – 10, 2014

NEOPHYTE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

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

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

ARE YOU STRESSED? Having a hard time adjusting back to school after break? Having issues in your friendships or relationships? Just need someone to talk to? Come to the Wellness Program in Room 151. It’s free, private and if you are looking for someone to listen we are here!

 

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before the following General PTSA meetings:

March 12, 2014 and April 9, 2014.  This will give the Grants Committee members time to review and then make recommendations for voting at the above listed General PTSA meetings.  For complete guidelines, please go togalileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request     Questions can be directed to Jeanne at  Lattjiu@aol.com

                                        

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 questioGALILEO ACADEMY

ns 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

 

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, new drawstring day packs, hand towels, 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.

 

LETTERMAN JACKETS will be on sale Tuesday, Feb.4 in front of the auditorium during lunch time. Free embroidery – “T-Day Champ 2013” for football players..

 

PEP RALLY AND CLASS COMPETITION SNOWBALL FIGHT: in the courtyard on Friday, Jan. 17 during lunch time.

 

BOAT DANCE: is Saturday night, March 15.

 

WANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF? The Wellness Center gives out free condoms to students- just come by the Wellness Center to see Jessica or go to the Nurses office to see Nurse Kitchell to get them. If you have other questions about birth control, sex, STD’s, or how to get tested come see Naomi, Jessica or Nurse Kitchell in the Wellness Center. It’s always free and confidential!

 

OASIS FOR GIRLS: Young Women of Galileo – are you looking for a paid job/internship? Oasis for Girls is coming to Galileo on Thursday January 16 during lunch to share information about this  great opportunity! If you have questions or want to apply, stop by Wellness this Thursday!

 

GALILEO GEAR: BASEBALL CAPS $15.00; T-SHIRTS $15.00   ROOM 263-COACH PAPA

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