Weekly Bulletin – April 7 – 11, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 7 – 14, 2014

SATIRE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. SATIRE: Literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridiclue or scorn.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

WELLNESS: Would you like support with brainstorming interventions for students who who might be sleeping, disruptive or struggling in your classes? Wellness has two manuals, the BRIM and the PIM, that categorize different kinds of students behaviors and ways that teachers and staff can productively intervene. If you would like any support with using this resource please come to Wellness and speak with Jessica, Naomi or Nurse Kitchell.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS:  Summer School Applications are available now.  Check the WAD for directions.  You must apply on Ed-Join.  See Bettie Grinnell if you have questions of problems.

 

SUMMERFUNd is inundated with summer program information.  Please tell your students about the benefits of SUMMERFUNd and encourage them to fill out the 2013-2014 purple interest form that can be found in the plastic folder beside the door to 458A.  The office is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons…and most evenings… Knowledgeable SUMMERFUNders and Ms. K. will help find students programs and shepherd them through the application and scholarship (if applicable) processes. There are wilderness programs, writing programs, science programs, language programs, community service programs, research programs, art programs (and more!)!  SUMMERFUNders have had life changing experiences!

 

“GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATIONS The last PTSA general meeting for the 2013/14 school year will be held on April  9, 2014.  Applications and instructions can be found at:

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request/

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before meetings: 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

                                        

**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

 

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, book covers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

 

SENIOR PANORAMA: is Wednesday, April 9th on the athletic field during homeroom period.

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

 

CHINESE KARAOKE CONTEST: is Friday night, April 11 in the auditorium. Buy tickets from the Chinese Culture Club officers or at the door.

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.

 

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR: Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Fri., April 11.

 

ASB & CLASS ELECTIONS: ASB Election Assembly is April 11. ASB election is Wed., April 16 during HR.

set your pages to “print ready” so they get printed. Code is: 1013603647311717.

 

Are you interested in psychology or ever thought about being a therapist or social worker? RAMS is looking for students ages 16-20 to participate in their Summer Bridge Program. Summer Bridge is a 8 week mentorship program where students will learn about the field of psychology/social work. They will attend field trips, participate in workshops & groups and will be paid stipend of about $500 at the end of the program. Come to Wellness to get an application!

TRAVEL 2000 miles to the University of New Hampshire to join Project SMART!  There are scholarships.  This is a hands on opportunity to study either  Marine and Environmental Science or Space Science or Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.  For more information and help with your application, visit SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in Room 458A.

Are you interested in exploring current global issues and learning Spanish or French? Do you want to make new friends?  Live on a college campus? Find out what it’s like to live in a small town?  Discover Minnesota?  SUMMERFUNd will help you with your application to the 3-week Language and Global Issues Summer Institute at Carleton College.  The scholarship deadline is Thursday, March 27.  There’s not much time so see Ms. K. in 458A this Tuesday afternoon!!!

 

Are you curious about the ocean?  What kinds of life are BELOW the ocean floor?  Here’s an opportunity to spend one week on Catalina Island, California as a marine scientist.  This program is FREE and includes airfare!  If you are in 9th or 10th grade you can apply at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

DOCTORS, NURSES, DENTISTS…OH MY!  Calling 10th graders who are interested in these and other healthcare careers.  SUMMERFUNd now has applications for PITCH, a FREE 3 week program at UCSF, Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 25. The application is due Monday, March 17.  Come to 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for more information and an application.

 

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

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – Marcy 25, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

3/25/14

 

 

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:25am.

 

 

I.          Master Schedule

 

–Nancy thanked everyone for their placement information.  She explained the process of merging the information.

 

–Concerning the department preferences, she asked everyone to continue to work off the form the Counseling Office provided.

 

–Lisa can provide a copy for everyone of the document they unshared to merge.  Let us know if there are any changes.

 

–Lisa asked anyone who is concerned about the Master Schedule to please meet with her.

 

–Michelle asked if counseling is still checking in with students who are moving from regular classes to AP and all the implications.

 

–Mat asked if they should specify .8, AVID, etc.  Nancy said they should include these titles in the preferences to teach.

 

–Joseph asked about students who are requesting an upper level class, but have not gotten the teacher’s signature.  Nancy said to let her know about these situations.

 

 

–Nancy said the district put out master schedule abilities for Nancy and Lisa but not the counselors and they have not loaded the students yet.

 

 

II.         Electives

 

–Michelle mentioned that 3 electives might come out of her department.  She asked what right of veto the department would have.  She also asked about protocol for suggesting electives.  One of the electives suggested for her department came from another department.

 

–Marcus said he did not have an answer for the protocol yet. 

 

–Journalism, Creative Writing and Public Speaking are the 3 electives.  Journalism and Creative Writing have a history with the English Department.  Public Speaking was thought of for ELD, but general ed. students could sign up.  This would be an elective based on the A – G.

 

–Nancy mentioned the UBC and the Leadership Team has charged the administration with finding electives so we do not have so many TAs.

 

–Ray said electives should be content neutral and not pulled from any department.

 

–Any credits in a department that exceed the requirement for that department are elective credits.

 

–Marcus suggested we table this until next week after members have time to think about this issue.

 

 

III.       Star Schedule?

 

–Mat asked about which weeks were given to STAR testing.

 

–Katie said the Week of April 14th and April 21st.  Wed and Thur blocks will always stay the same.  There will never be 2 consecutive days of the same block.

 

April 18th and 21st will be regular days.  Week of April 14th blocks begin on Monday.  The week of April 21st blocks begin on Tuesday.

 

–11th graders get tested in English and Math in their classes.

 

–10th graders get tested on Life Science.

 

 

IV.        Riso (Department Allocations)

 

–Mat asked if every department had their own Riso machine.  The answer is “No.”  Mat asked if next year they could see which departments already have Risos when the allocations are divided up.  Doug agreed with this.  Some departments do not use the Riso machines.

 

–Suggestion was made for every department to purchase their own Riso machines.

 

–Science, Math and World Languages have their own Riso machines.

 

–Katie explained that they gave departments more money as an entire community.  In the future departments may get less, so there are funds for items the entire Galileo community needs and uses.

 

–Lisa mentioned the Riso supplies are purchased from the general funds.

 

 

V.         Senior Homeroom Meeting

 

 

There will be a Senior Homeroom Meeting on Thursday, April 10th.  The Panorama Photo will be Wednesday, April 9th.  There will be a speaker coming in to talk to the students about Frisco Day.  Jo asked for understanding of two Senior events in the same week.

 

–Seniors will be late to 3rd and 4th periods that week.

 

 

VI.        BCC Audit

 

–Lisa gave the group feedback on the audit yesterday.  The visitors were impressed with what they saw.  They visited classes, met with a parent and with the administration.  They wished the district would provide more support to this project.  They also said they would like to hear more students talking in the classrooms.

 

–Marcus said we do need to work more with the student voices—group work, etc.  There was talk of arranging the classrooms so group work is easier.

 

 

VII.      Final Exam Schedule

 

–Marcus distributed the Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2014.

 

–Michelle mentioned difficulties in her department with grading.  She asked about what time grades would be due.  Lisa said Friday at 2:00pm.

 

–Michelle asked if the exams could start a day early—the previous Friday.  Tuesday and Wednesday would be exams and then Thursday a make-up day and then Friday the last day of school.

 

 

–Graduation is on Wednesday afternoon.

 

–1,2 on Friday, 4,6 on Tuesday and 3.5 on Wednesday.  Question was would this conflict with the Senior Breakfast.  Thursday and Friday will be full days.

 

 

VIII.     Bell Schedule

 

–Doug presented a bell schedule that he and Joseph and Jonathan came up with.  One difference is to move the CPT to before school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  He discussed the history and the fact that Lowell has later starts.  This schedule banks 5 minutes per week and has no homeroom.  The school day ends at 3:10pm every day.

 

–With no CPT at the end of school, students can get tutoring and extra help right after school.

 

–Ray said the morning bus would be a problem.  The busses will have to alter their schedule, but elementary school and middle school busses run then.

 

–Kathleen said we also have not decided to eliminate homeroom.

 

–Ethan said this schedule would be a concern with athletics.  Students are missing too much class time.  With CPT at the end of the day, students are not missing as much class time.  There are over 350 students participating in sports.

 

–Ray also said that first thing in the am is when many of their IEPs are done as parents are working.

 

–Marcus asked if we are in agreement with eliminating homeroom.  Spec. Ed likes it, ELL likes it, Michelle could not provide an answer, Math said they would like to eliminate it.

 

–Marcus asked the group to check with their departments on preferences.

 

 

IX.        Miscellaneous

 

–Lisa asked about the Truancy meeting tomorrow.  She mentioned it will affect 3rd period, as it is mandatory for those students summoned to attend.  Nancy said it affects over 380 students.

 

–Nancy will try to provide everyone with a list of who should be there and who actually signs in to the meeting.  Students and their families are supposed to attend.  Nancy said this is called a Civil Summons.

 

–Joseph asked if the list could be in an excel document so it could be sorted by grade level.

 

 

–Ray talked about thinking of eliminating the block schedule.  Stan said it would destroy the academies.  Ray’s suggestion was to have double periods for the academies.

 

–Doug suggested a rolling schedule.

 

–Marcus said that would make it difficult for CPT.

 

 

–Lisa said we would have to see what our priorities are and sort out the schedules.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

 

Weekly Bulletin – March 24 – 28, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

MARCH 24 – 28, 2014

RIFE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  RIFE: Abundant; common; copiously supplied; abounding.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

WELLNESS: Would you like support with brainstorming interventions for students who who might be sleeping, disruptive or struggling in your classes? Wellness has two manuals, the BRIM and the PIM, that categorize different kinds of students behaviors and ways that teachers and staff can productively intervene. If you would like any support with using this resource please come to Wellness and speak with Jessica, Naomi or Nurse Kitchell.

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS:  Summer School Applications are available now.  Check the WAD for directions.  You must apply on Ed-Join.  See Bettie Grinnell if you have questions of problems.

 

SUMMERFUNd is inundated with summer program information.  Please tell your students about the benefits of SUMMERFUNd and encourage them to fill out the 2013-2014 purple interest form that can be found in the plastic folder beside the door to 458A.  The office is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons…and most evenings… Knowledgeable SUMMERFUNders and Ms. K. will help find students programs and shepherd them through the application and scholarship (if applicable) processes. There are wilderness programs, writing programs, science programs, language programs, community service programs, research programs, art programs (and more!)!  SUMMERFUNders have had life changing experiences!

 

“GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATIONS The last PTSA general meeting for the 2013/14 school year will be held on April  9, 2014.  Applications and instructions can be found at:

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request/

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before meetings: 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

                                        

**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

 

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, book covers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

 

SENIOR PANORAMA: is Wednesday, March 26 on the athletic field during homeroom period.

SENIORS VS TEACHERS/STAFF BASKETBALL GAME: is on Thursday, March 27 during lunch time in the Van Ness gym.

 

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

 

CHINESE KARAOKE CONTEST: is Friday night, April 11 in the auditorium. Buy tickets from the Chinese Culture Club officers or at the door.

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.

 

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR: Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Fri., April 11.

 

ASB & CLASS ELECTIONS: Do you wish to run for 2014 – 2015 ASB or class office? You can pick up petitions at the ASB office, room 150. Deadline to turn in petitions is Monday, March 24 by 4:00 PM to ASB office.. ASB Election Assembly is April 11. ASB election is Wed., April 16 during HR.

 

GALILEO YEARBOOK: Deadline to Purchase and Edit your Yearbook: March 17

To purchase your yearbook login to your Galileoweb email and click any link from Treering (the yearbook website). Follow the directions to sign up and purchase your yearbook.  You may use a credit card or check.  See Ms. Field in Rm 453 or Ms. Ly in Rm 414 if you need help with your Galileoweb password or have trouble ordering. When you are done editing your custom pages, be sure to set your pages to “print ready” so they get printed. Code is: 1013603647311717.

 

Are you interested in psychology or ever thought about being a therapist or social worker? RAMS is looking for students ages 16-20 to participate in their Summer Bridge Program. Summer Bridge is a 8 week mentorship program where students will learn about the field of psychology/social work. They will attend field trips, participate in workshops & groups and will be paid stipend of about $500 at the end of the program. Come to Wellness to get an application!

TRAVEL 2000 miles to the University of New Hampshire to join Project SMART!  There are scholarships.  This is a hands on opportunity to study either  Marine and Environmental Science or Space Science or Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.  For more information and help with your application, visit SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in Room 458A.

Are you interested in exploring current global issues and learning Spanish or French? Do you want to make new friends?  Live on a college campus? Find out what it’s like to live in a small town?  Discover Minnesota?  SUMMERFUNd will help you with your application to the 3-week Language and Global Issues Summer Institute at Carleton College.  The scholarship deadline is Thursday, March 27.  There’s not much time so see Ms. K. in 458A this Tuesday afternoon!!!

 

Are you curious about the ocean?  What kinds of life are BELOW the ocean floor?  Here’s an opportunity to spend one week on Catalina Island, California as a marine scientist.  This program is FREE and includes airfare!  If you are in 9th or 10th grade you can apply at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

DOCTORS, NURSES, DENTISTS…OH MY!  Calling 10th graders who are interested in these and other healthcare careers.  SUMMERFUNd now has applications for PITCH, a FREE 3 week program at UCSF, Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 25. The application is due Monday, March 17.  Come to 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for more information and an application.

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

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – March 18, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

3/18/14

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

I.          Classroom Announcements

 

–David said 4th and 6th periods there are many announcements.  These announcements are made by staff other than Bettie.  He asked the group for feedback.  Michelle said they are annoying.  Most of these announcements could be made during 4th period announcements.  Some are also done during CPT, which is also interrupting.

 

–David said that announcements should go through Bettie or the 4th period announcements.  Once someone else starts announcing then it gives other staff the idea they can also announce.

 

–Jo said many of the announcements at the end of 4th period are about lunchtime activities.

 

–Someone suggested having announcements at the end of 4th period.

 

–Lisa suggested we keep announcements at the same time and if necessary change next year.

 

 

II.         WASC

 

–Lisa reviewed the day with WASC.  The WASC visitors knew that we had a lot of staff and administration changes.  They saw consistency in the classrooms and progress from their last visit.  They did say we are in the discussing and talking about stage of our action plan items. They said that we need to move more in the action plan stage.  They indicated we are fine and we will have another self-study in 3 years.

 

–Marcus thanked everyone for being prepared and doing what you do.

 

 

III.       BCC Audit

 

–Bilingual Community Council—Lisa explained the composition of the BCC.  Their focus this year is duly identified students—ELL and Spec. Ed.  They will come again this coming Monday.  They will visit classrooms that were visited last week by the district people.  The district liked what they saw last week.  Lisa will email everyone about this.  They will just observe and will not expect a conversation.  Feel free to tell the students who the visitors are.

 

 

IV.        Xerox Overage $2100

 

–Marcus said this is an overage bill.  We need to be mindful of how many copies we are making.  He asked the group to relay this to their teachers.

 

 

V.         Homeroom

 

–Lisa said we talked about this several weeks ago.  She distributed some possible schedules if we eliminate homeroom next year.  M, T and F are the same.  4th period has an additional 5 minutes for announcements, so dismissal would be at 3:10pm.  Wednesday we would eliminate homeroom and add a 5-minute announcement time at the end of 5th period.  On Thursdays 4th period would be 20 minutes longer for G-House TV—either at the end or beginning.  Wednesday we would get out at 1:55pm and Thursday at 2:10pm.

 

–Ray mentioned the bus schedule and they control our dismissal time.

 

–Joseph did not like the inconsistency of lunch each day.

 

–Josephine was not sure having G-House TV once a week that it might not be fair to the kids who are a part of the broadcast.  Lisa said Hank Machtay was OK with once a week.

 

–Ethan asked about G-House TV for PE students.

 

–David said once a week for G-House TV might get more faculty members to tune in.

 

–Joseph suggested 10 minutes on Wed and Thur for G-House TV for more consistency in the bell schedule.

 

–With this schedule CPT could be longer which could be beneficial.

 

–Faculty meetings might have to change to Thursdays.

 

–Joseph would go for consistency of schedule rather than consistency of announcements.

 

 

–Marcus asked if the group would like more possibilities.  Doug said he thought we should bring this back to department members.

 

 

–Ray would like to see more students in homeroom.  He felt that 2 hours to sit for special ed. students with no breaks is awful.

 

–Jo talked about the truancy letters and parent conferences.  She found out that students are attending their friends’ homerooms and this causes truancy notices.  She felt teachers should not allow students who are not in their homeroom to stay.

 

She also said that when teachers turn off the TV the students are seeing a bad role model.  She also mentioned the counselors use homeroom to pass out notices, transcripts, etc.

 

–David said he does not have much faith in teachers enforcing attendance in homeroom.  Homeroom takes up valuable time.

 

–Doug mentioned that in many classrooms, students are talking during G-House TV.  Teachers do not enforce attendance or watching the G-House TV.

 

–Jo said there is a lack of consequence for cutting homeroom.  She talked to counselors at Lincoln and GWHS.  Both of those schools put in a 3 day cut list—if a student is on the truancy list, they cannot play sports, go to dances, attend club meetings, etc.  We have no consequences for our students.

 

–Kathleen said the “U” should mean something.  She said her teachers like homeroom—for a chance to talk to the kids, have a break on block days, etc.

 

 

–Marcus said the deans and security want homeroom removed, as attendance is not being enforced.

 

–Ray asked if there could be a grade and the answer was no, due to the contract.

 

–Marcus asked everyone to bring this issue to their teachers.

 

 

VI.        Teacher Referral Process

 

–Ray asked teachers to not turn a student away when they are new by saying the class is full.  When they schedule a student in a class, they select the class with the lowest numbers.  He asked that the problems be settled after school, not turning the student away.

 

–Kathleen says the same thing happens with newcomers. 

 

–Nancy said that when students are incarcerated, they are removed from the class rolls.  When they come back, we have to take them in.  Nancy asked that teachers not turn these students away, call the counselors, etc.  We are trying to make these students a part of the community and we do not want them wandering around.

 

–Michelle said some rooms are smaller and that needs to be taken into consideration along with class size.
–Jo said the counseling office works hard to figure out the schedule for students.  Accept the students, and then email the counselor after class.

 

–Nancy said this time of year it is challenging scheduling students and finding classes.

 

 

Department Head Agenda

 

 

I.          Master Schedule

 

–Nancy said she assumes everyone is working on the Google Docs.  She asked if this is true.

 

–Nancy asked the group if the March 21st deadline would work.  Michelle, David and Ray had questions.

 

–Nancy made a form for department preferences for the 3 courses the teachers would like to teach, and the a space for the department heads to enter needs.  Lisa explained the form.

 

–Administration would like all the information completed by Thursday, March 27th in the am if possible.

 

 

II.         Truancy

 

–Last year we had A2A that generated truancy letters to students.  This year it was not operating until a month or so ago.  The first letter went out after 3 absences (800 letters). The second letter has gone out which is sent after 15 unexcused absences (500 letters).  This is a Summons Meeting with the District Attorney.  This meeting will be on Wednesday, March26th.  The third letter is going out this week (there are 400 of these), and these students should be SARBd and perhaps meet with a judge. There will be 400 families meeting in the auditorium with their students.

 

–These letters count excused absences and tardies.  The district does not want us to suppress these letters.  Pupil Services is in charge of this.

 

–Students attending games are supposed to be marked present in classes they miss.  Homeroom absence is the main part of these letters.

 

–Ray said for special ed. students this can generate lawsuits from the parents.  He has lots of calls from parents and lawyers.

 

–Jo said if an attendance strip is not turned in, then the student is marked present. She encouraged teachers to turn in the strips for accurate attendance accounting.

 

–Doug asked if we were moving to online attendance next year.  Nancy said it is supposed to happen, but it was supposed to happen a few years ago.

 

–Nancy explained the process for correcting the attendance.  The students are involved.

 

 

II.         Frisco Day

 

–Joe said it is on Friday, April 18th.  This is a mandatory field trip by the district.  There is no teacher approval for this field trip.  It is for Seniors and held at CCSF and SF Concourse.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – March 11, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

3/11/14

 

Lisa asked everyone to introduce themselves to start the meeting.

Lisa distributed Section 4 of the WASC report. 

Chairman Felton Owens mentioned the WASC visit 3 years ago and gave an over view of that visit.  He mentioned 8 areas of critical follow-up.  We were granted a 6- year accreditation in 2011.  The purpose for this visit is to take a look back in the areas that were identified and to see how far we have come and what we are using leading to school improvement.

#1 Improve regular review and revision of the School Goals and Balanced Score Card with all Stakeholders.

Felton described the narrative.  He then mentioned evidence—this can be meeting minutes, memos, etc.  He asked the group for feedback.  How is this approached?

Kathleen said we have seen the Balanced Score Card come to life in these last few years.

Doug mentioned that the BSC went to the Department Head level.  He felt this is more appropriate and is effective.

David said we identified goals and priorities for our CPT.

Michelle said the BSC is our school plan.  We were informed by much of what the WASC had to say and the direction the district wants us to go.

Felton asked if there seems to be a lot of buy in to where we are going.

David said it depends on the amount of changes.  There is a sense of interest with new ideas.  Interesting discussions are happening.

Felton asked about the Leadership Team meetings.

#2 Work to support the use of homework and assignments that develop higher order thinking skills rather than basic comprehensive questions.

#3 Train and implement additional differentiation within the classroom to meet the needs of all subgroups.

Stephen Jackson discussed this in terms of what is going on in the classes he co-teaches with Michael Roman.  He talked about the students, the curriculum, and extra support for students who need it.  He talked about activities.  He mentioned more students are attending, proud to be in the general ed. classes, and stepping up.

Felton asked for AVID personnel and wanted to know if what we say about team teaching, is it happening in the other sub groups—ELL, AVID, etc.?

Felton asked if there is a difference now with suspensions than during the past visit.  Stephen said the new changes have made a difference in student involvement.

Donald talked about his work in engaging the smaller sub groups.  Lisa asked him to talk about the BSU.  Donald also mentioned the assembly they just put on.  He talked about working to make the students feel more a part of the school.

Alicia talked about the Latino Club and the desire to have the Latino students recognized.  She would like to make the link even stronger.  Two of the club members are now going to run for ASB Office.

Marcus said we have had a good year athletically and that is a rallying point.

Michelle mentioned a teacher actively building the AP Spanish program who was fusing the academics with the culture.  There are efforts to bring this to the other AP programs.  She mentioned creating pre-AP classes.

Felton visited an Honors English class and was impressed with the curriculum and the discussions.  He mentioned the blending of the various different students.  He mentioned they were all participating in the discussion.

Mr. Wing talked about his CADA honor and told a little bit about the convention.    He talked about why he was selected for the honor.

#7 Strengthen and diversify the student government organization and incorporating more students into the school governance structure.

Jessica talked about activities Wellness does.  Donald talked about the Food Fest Soul Food, the BSU assembly, and the Regional Conference for BSU.  There is also a trip to New Orleans to visit HBC & Us.  They will also go to Mississippi.

Kathleen mentioned the large number of ELL students. There is a leadership pathway for them after school.  She mentioned training them to be mentors to students the following year.

LGBT was also mentioned.  We are sensitive to all the different groups that might be amongst us.  Joseph mentioned the t-shirt and modeled the one he was wearing.

Eugene mentioned the Chinese Culture Club and the karaoke event coming up.

Tami Benau visited 15 classrooms this morning.  She enjoyed the team teaching.  The teachers were in a really nice dialogue.  She asked about time the teachers have to collaborate.  Michelle said our CPT on Thursday is designated, but many teachers use their own prep times as well.  Many times the team teachers do not have the same prep periods.

Lisa mentioned the Prop A funds and each teacher can use 18 hours.

Doug mentioned in the Math Department those from special ed. who are team teaching get included in all the Math Department activities

Tami liked the consistency of technology, graphic organizers, students taking notes, etc.  She liked the level of engagement and guidance by the teacher.  Has there been any discussion on mathematical practices followed by activities in the classroom?

Michelle discussed the process in the English Department.  She mentioned the SFUSD’s directions in this area.

Mat said they use reading as an historian.  David talked about the next generation science standards.

Tami talked about the District BSC, the WASC directives and this visit and that she is very impressed with how we keep all this going.  Useful organizational strategy is.

#8  Maintaining clean bathroom facilities and securing lockers.

Felton said this is important.    He also asked about the security of lockers.

Katie talked about her efforts with graffiti and identifying those who are doing the graffiti.  She mentioned response from the district to get rid of hate graffiti.

She also mentioned security is much better with the lockers, both in the halls and in the locker rooms.

Felton thanked everyone for attending the meeting.  There is no exit meeting for this visit but he asked everyone to thank everyone for this visit.

Marcus talked about the Principal’s Book Club.

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.

Weekly Bulletin – March 10 – 14, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

MARCH 10 – 14, 2014

RAMPAGE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. RAMPAGE: To rush wildly about; a course of violent, riotous or reckless action of behavior.

NEW ITEMS:

 

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS:  Summer School Applications are available now.  Check the WAD for directions.  You must apply on Ed-Join.  See Bettie Grinnell if you have questions of problems.

 

WELLNESS PROP A PDPPlease sign up for our Wellness Prop A PD opportunities that start this month! If you didn’t receive the form to sign up please contact Jessica Colvin at x3162 or by email at colvinj@galileoweb.org

 

SUMMERFUNd is inundated with summer program information.  Please tell your students about the benefits of SUMMERFUNd and encourage them to fill out the 2013-2014 purple interest form that can be found in the plastic folder beside the door to 458A.  The office is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons…and most evenings… Knowledgeable SUMMERFUNders and Ms. K. will help find students programs and shepherd them through the application and scholarship (if applicable) processes. There are wilderness programs, writing programs, science programs, language programs, community service programs, research programs, art programs (and more!)!  SUMMERFUNders have had life changing experiences!

 

“GALILEO PTSA EdUCATION GRANG APPLICATIONS will be presented at the February 26, 2014 general PTSA meeting.

Note the change of date from March 12, 2014 to Feb. 26.  If you have not done so, please submit your applications ASAP (latest is Feb. 19) for consideration

at this meeting.  Otherwise, the next and last PTSA general meeting will be held on April  9, 2014.  Applications and instructions can be found at:

http://galileoweb.org/ptsa/grant-request/

Galileo PTSA Education/Enrichment Grants Application Procedures Update:

 

Please submit your applications 3 weeks before 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 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

 

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

 

Do you ever feel like you want to help your friends but their problems are too big or hard for you to help with? Wellness is here for you and your friends. If you are concerned about a friend come talk to Naomi or Jessica and we can help support you or your friend. Wellness services are always confidential.

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.

 

SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL is Friday, March 14 in the courtyard during lunch time.

SENIOR PANORAMA: is Thursday, March 27 in athletic field during homeroom period.

SENIORS VS TEACHERS/STAFF BASKETBSLL GAME: is on Thursday, March 27 during lunch time in the Van Ness gym.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR: Final election will be held on Wed., March 19 during HR. Winners will be announced at the ASB Election Assembly on Fri., April 11.

 

ASB & CLASS ELECTIONS: Do you wish to run for 2014 – 2015 ASB or class office? You can pick up petitions at the ASB office, room 150. Deadline to turn in petitions is Monday, March 24 by 4:00 PM to ASB office.. ASB Election Assembly is April 11. ASB election is Wed., April 16 during HR.

 

GALILEO YEARBOOK: Deadline to Purchase and Edit your Yearbook: March 17

To purchase your yearbook login to your Galileoweb email and click any link from Treering (the yearbook website). Follow the directions to sign up and purchase your yearbook.  You may use a credit card or check.  See Ms. Field in Rm 453 or Ms. Ly in Rm 414 if you need help with your Galileoweb password or have trouble ordering. When you are done editing your custom pages, be sure to set your pages to “print ready” so they get printed.  

 

OUTWARD BOUND: Have you been to California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains?  Want to get away??  What about an outdoor adventure: backpacking, mountain climbing and camping with Outward Bound?  Do you want to explore our own Greater Bay Area beyond city noise, traffic and smog?  Apply to be a Pinnacle Scholar! The application is due  Saturday, March 15.  SUMMERFUNd is a Pinnacle Partner.  Start your application at SUMMERFUNd on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in Room 458A.

YOU ARE IN LUCK!  The application deadline has been extended for YOUTH LEADERSHIP CORPS, an environmental, outdoor program that offers and 14 day summer outdoor trip and then meets monthly during the school year beginning next September. YOUTH LEADERSHIP CORPS also includes a two week backpacking adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The new deadline is Friday, March 14.  Don’t procrastinate! Find out more at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

Are you curious about the ocean?  What kinds of life are BELOW the ocean floor?  Here’s an opportunity to spend one week on Catalina Island, California as a marine scientist.  This program is FREE and includes airfare!  If you are in 9th or 10th grade you can apply at SUMMERFUNd in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

 

DOCTORS, NURSES, DENTISTS…OH MY!  Calling 10th graders who are interested in these and other healthcare careers.  SUMMERFUNd now has applications for PITCH, a FREE 3 week program at UCSF, Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 25. The application is due Monday, March 17.  Come to 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for more information and an application.

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

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – March 4, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

3/4/14

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Homeroom

 

–Os-Maun Rasul came to talk about Homeroom and the concerns about Homeroom.  He will discuss some possible solutions.  He mentioned in previous schools there was a school-wide curriculum students were exposed to in Homeroom.  This helps with classroom management and encourages students to attend homeroom.

 

–He mentioned that many students treat homeroom as a free period.

 

–Lisa mentioned submitting grades and not being about to give grades for homeroom.

 

–Nancy said some teachers have given homeroom grades, which then need to be removed.

 

 

–Lisa mentioned that Stephen has suggested doing away with homeroom.  If the main purpose of homeroom is around announcements, grade level groups meetings of students, etc., there might be an alternative.

 

–Homeroom teachers will still announce the names at graduation.

 

–Marcus said we have to have a homeroom in place for testing.

 

–David mentioned the rapport that comes with homeroom for testing which may be different with the new testing process.

 

–Nancy said we would have to figure something out if we eliminate homeroom.  She also mentioned that counseling might go back to grade level.

 

 

–David would like to propose that the 15 minutes be part of a block period.

 

–Nancy said it would be better to be the last 15 minutes of the period.

 

–Jessica is curious to know what other SF high schools do.  What do they use homeroom for?

 

–Kathleen recalled the nutrition break and thought this would be good for the students.

 

 

–Lisa discussed tacking the announcements onto a period.  Block Days could have G-House TV and or class assemblies.  She mentioned getting out earlier on Wednesdays.

 

 

–Stan asked about G-House TV—answer was it could be at the end of a block period.

 

–Joseph said we should think about the students and know that they do need a break.

 

–Homeroom is instructional time; nutrition time does not count as instructional minutes.

 

–Doug mentioned that many students would leave campus on nutrition breaks and we would have the same hall walking problems as we have with homeroom.

 

 

–Marcus suggested we compose several schedules with homeroom included at the end of the period.  He asked them to bring them to the next meeting.

 

–Several members recalled some schedules Jonathan Ring did in the past.

 

 

II.         WASC

 

–WASC review is next Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  She referred to the report—everyone has seen the first 3 chapters. She will email everyone the entire report.

 

–The visiting members will be with us during Leadership next Tuesday.

 

–There will be a check-in during 4th period on Monday in Room 210.

 

 

–Marcus asked everyone to read the report by next Monday.

 

–Please let Lisa know if there should be changes or edits.

 

 

III.       Master Schedule

 

–Nancy said the counselors are finishing registering students today.  Department Heads should have the forms by Monday to look at student placements.

 

–Placement will be due on March 21st.

 

 

–David asked when Nancy would send out the form regarding teacher preferences.  She said she would try to send that out next week.

 

 

IV.        Night School

 

–Mat said this is about the integrity of night school.  He discussed that some of the students feel entitled to a passing grade for showing up.  No one in his department is teaching night school.  He also mentioned our discussions on grading.  He mentioned the scenario that students might think night school is easy, and may run into unintended consequences.  He mentioned some students who take classes in summer school to pass in 5 weeks.

 

 

–David said students know that night school is easier.  He said many of them are trying to graduate.  He mentioned the 1 science class offered, and no matter what science class a student needs, this class fits it.

 

 

–Alicia mentioned that her son is in night school.  She discussed his history.  She said his teacher bonds with the students.  This class ends at 5:30pm.  These students go for 2 ½ more hours after school.  There is a fine line to walk between judging students and encouraging them to be prepared to move on.

 

–Stan is a night school teacher.  The teachers are aware that students take the class as the easy way.  He said they try to make the curriculum applicable and helpful for the students.  The entire make up credit, online, summer school, night school all have their drawbacks.

 

 

–Jo said there are some students who are trying to play the game—the smart ones. Jo said they try to get the students on the right track.  She mentioned other students who are looking to have a second chance to make up credits and turn it around for college.  She said 9 out of 10 of these students are in that group.  We need to help these students.

 

–Nancy discussed the orientation for night school and tells the groups that the students will be from all different levels and the content should be a review of the basic curriculums.  She mentioned that classes can be dismissed between 5:00pm and 5:30pm.  She said teachers use resources in the school, like the library, computer labs, etc.

 

 

–Marcus said that Mele Lau-Smith, who runs the after school programs said we are spending lots of money having night school here. The largest one is at Washington and perhaps our students should go there.

 

 

V.         Students with “Action Plans”

 

–Mat discussed the students who go part time and how this is decided.

 

–Nancy said we have a handful of students on a modified schedule where they start out with a shorter day.  For the 504’s there are some students who do not meet the full qualifications for an IEP.  Some of these have health problems, particularly mental health problems, who cannot handle the whole school day.  She mentioned several scenarios.

 

–Nancy and the counselors oversee the Action Plans.

 

 

VI.        AP Test Payments

 

–Doug mentioned that currently the individual teachers collect the funds.  Some students have to get waivers from the counseling office.  He mentioned some students get waivers from some tests, but not all.

 

–He also mentioned the scenario of being responsible for the money—what if he gets robbed, he loses the money, etc.  Who is responsible?

 

–Nancy was thinking that there should be follow through with the students.  We will be giving 990 exams this year.

 

–David mentioned centralizing it by student, not test.

 

–Nancy said Judie White works with Nancy on the payments.

 

 

VII.      First Aid Supplies

 

–Doug mentioned an email from Nurse Kitchell to Karen Field that each department is responsible for all their first aid equipment.  He asked for what the rules are and what they each have to stock.

 

–David says he buys Band-Aids for the classrooms.

 

–Ray said there are latex gloves in 212 and 214.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:05pm.