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

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/29/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Bell Schedule Vote

 

 

–Marcus asked Michelle if her department has another proposal for a bell schedule.

 

–Michelle asked on the longer block days could there be longer passing periods and longer lunch times?

 

–Doug said having different passing periods on different days would be a nightmare.

 

–Michelle said on block days there is not enough time for teachers to use the restroom.

 

 

English says Proposal A, but would like to keep the schedule that we have now.

 

Math says Proposal A.

 

Wellness said A with more time for lunch.

 

PE didn’t have a preference.  No TVs with PE so 300 kids would not see G-House.  They would have access to G-House TV with homeroom.

 

Sped. Ed. Old Schedule feeling A was overwhelming.

 

 

Soc. Studies favored A, but liked the STAR schedule.  Blocks more often.

 

World Languages—no one wanted to vote.  They wanted to know what the process is.  Some members felt that more should be involved in the decision, like parents, SSC, etc.  6 of her teachers really liked to block schedule.  Some liked blocks 4 days a week.  4th period prep is 20 minutes longer—an equity issue.

 

–Someone in the department said it didn’t work last time we eliminated homeroom.

 

Reluctantly chose A.

 

 

Science—could not talk to dept. No vote.

 

ELL-reluctantly A, but they want to keep the same schedule as now. They wanted an all faculty vote.

 

–Marcus said we would not change bell schedules for 3 years.  It will be Schedule A and the administration would talk about passing periods.

 

 

II.         Master Schedule

 

–Nancy said we are working on it and thanked everyone for being available.

 

 

III.       New 8th Grade Students

 

–Marcus said he received an email from Jen Fong.  She said they are maxed out for 8th grade newcomers at the middle schools.  They will come to Galileo and spend the month of May here and then be 9th graders in the fall.  Most of these students are behind in Math.  Doug said that we do not have any math content that they will match up with. He feels that there will be disruption in classes with these students coming in.  He felt we do not have the curriculum to keep them engaged.

 

–David said this is like babysitting.  Nancy said most of the students who have come so far are Latin.  These students have not had consistent schooling anywhere.  Some of them are fleeing from countries with political problems.

 

Legally we have enroll the students.  She mentioned that many of them are 17.

 

–We have enrolled 4 so far.

 

 

–We have space and there is only a few weeks left in the school year.  This would save the transition from middle school to high school.

 

–Michelle asked if they would under enroll the middle schools next year.

 

–Marcus said we have 72 newcomers now and we will max out at 100.  Hopefully then the district will have to open another newcomer pathway at another school.

 

 

–Alicia said that we need to make them feel comfortable, safe and welcome.

 

–Doug talked about educating these students—our classes are beyond their level and this will affect our students.

 

 

–Marcus suggested creating a power list for Math and have these students translate this list.  David said this might put a bad taste in their mouths for what school really is.

 

–Alicia said we need someone to translate what school is, the purpose of them being here for the last 4 weeks of the year, etc.

 

–Nancy asked about variable credit for newcomers who came for the last 9 weeks and last 6 weeks of the semester.  3 credits for 9 weeks and 2 credits for 6 weeks.

 

This applies to new high school students.

 

–Ray said the problem with variable credits is this doesn’t work into our system.  He said that the students have to take the whole class over again.  Ray suggested elective credit and Nancy said we cannot do that.

 

 

–David said he sees this as giving them something other than an F.  Students will still have to take the class over.  Jo said they have to be enrolled and take certain classes.  She felt that no credit was not fair as they come to school.

 

–Nancy said she could give a No Mark.

 

–Nancy enters the credits in.  She can give the NM after the teachers submit the grades.

 

–Lisa said for those who have been here for a period of time, some credit and a grade is important and feels better than NM and 0 credit.  This is acknowledgement for the students.

 

–Marcus asked Nancy to put this in writing and get it back to the group.

 

 

–Marcus said we have to make sure we have all the languages to help these newcomers.

 

 

IV.        Miscellaneous

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:55am.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 28 – May 2, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 28 – May 2, 2014

ULTERIOR

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. ULTERIOR: Further; more distant; remote; situated on the farther side; going beyond what is openly said or shown and especially what is proper.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

WELLNESS:

 

WELLNESS REFERRALS: Wednesday April 30, 2014 will be the last day to submit any non-medical and non-emergency Wellness referrals.  This allows us to dedicate the time required for closing up current cases and transitioning students into a summer plan of care. Any referrals made after April 30, 2014 will go on our Fall 2014 check-in list and will receive a check-in by one of our Wellness Counselors within the first few weeks of school in Fall 2014.

 

All referrals received between now and April 30 will be assessed but students will be referred for off site services as we won’t be able to open new cases this late in the year. As always, we are all available for consultation about any/all students through the end of the school year. Thank you!

 

SUMMERFUND is  about opportunity, exposure and access for Galileo students.

Please  encourage students to find out about the many summer programs that are still available.  SUMMERFUND has information about the San Francisco Osaka Sister City student ambassador program (alums Judy Zhu and Tracy Pa were high school participants), FACES for the FUTURE summer medical academy, Visions community service programs, outdoor leadership experiences, writing programs  and the local psychology program, Summer Bridge.  Deadlines vary but they are approaching.  SUMMERFUND is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, Room 458A.

                                        

**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.

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

 

MOVE-UP AND AWARDS ASSEMBLY:is Friday, May 2 during a double period 4.

 

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: is Friday, May 2 during lunch time. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or attire.

 

RECYCLING ELECTRONICS FUNDRAISER: for freshmen class is Saturday, May 3 in the parking lot next to the football field from 10 AM to 2 PM.

 

MOVE-UP DANCE: & Party is Friday night, May 9 in the cafeteria from 6 PM to 10 PM. Tickets will be sold at the ASB store. Seniors will get a free slice of pizza, cake, & drink to celebrate their graduation.

 

CAPS & GOWNS: will delivered in the auditorium on Thursday, May 22 from 10 AM to 12 PM.

 

GRADUATION: is Wednesday, May 28 at Bill Graham’s Auditorium at 1 PM.

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.

 

Are you looking for a job or summer internship? Lots of applications are up on the Wellness Center’s website,galileoweb.org/wellness and click on “Programs and Internships”. There are applications Oasis for Girls, Project WHAT!, jobs for high school students, and more.

9th, 10th and 11th graders…Are you interested in taking a three week trip to Japan?  You’ll fly for FREE and then live with a host family in Osaka, Japan.  Two Galileo students have already done this.  How?  They filled out an application,  participated in an interview and then were selected to represent San Francisco as  student ambassadors.  To prepare your application, see Ms. Kornblith at SUMMERFUND in room 458A on Tuesday or Friday afternoon.  The application deadline is Monday, April 21.

 

SUMMERFUNd:

Interested in healthcare?  SUMMERFUND has applications for two local programs, open to all grades.  FACES is a two week commuter program at Samuel Merritt U. in Oakland.  The deadline is Friday, May 9 but do not wait.  Students are being accepted NOW.

 

The four-day Youth Leadership Conference on Asian-Pacific Islander Health at Stanford University gives students an opportunity to learn especially about hepatitis B and liver disease.

Besides health information, students from all over the world will work together to develop ways to educate communities and fight the disparities in healthcare delivery.  SUMMERFUND has the information you’ll need.  The office is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  458A.  Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 2.

 

Want to get away?  This is no airline commercial!  Can you imagine yourself kayaking under the Golden Gate Bridge?  Sleeping outside on Angel Island?  Backpacking? Whitewater rafting?

It is possible!  Apply to go on a 24 or 13 day summer trip!  Visit SUMMERFUND in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons to pick up  and prepare your application!

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

GRADUATION SPEAKERS NEEDED:

Attention all seniors, are you interested in speaking at the graduation ceremony? Auditions for graduation speakers will be held Thursday, May 1st during 4th period in room 210. If you are interested in auditioning, please see Mr. Emmi in the dean’s office.You must reserve a time slot with Mr. Emmi in order to participate.

SUMMER SCHOOL:

“9th, 10th and 11th graders! Did you get a D or F in a previous class? You need to take summer school for credit recovery!

For those who think night school would be a better option, you are wrong! Priority is given to seniors for night school and often does not have room for all other grades.

For those who think Edgenuity (online class) is easier….you are also wrong! Please ask the current students who are struggling to complete and pass Edgenuity. It is a challenging program.

Summer school is only five weeks! Take advantage of this opportunity and make up your classes this summer!

Deadline to sign up is Monday, May 5th! Please see your counselor NOW! ”

COLLEGE & CAREER INFORMATION

For 9th-11th:
5/3 from 1:30-4:30pm @ Cow Palace for NACAC College Fair
This is the annual largest national college fair.  Many colleges in the country and 16 colleges from UK will be there.  9th-11th graders and parents are encouraged to check it out!
Register @: www.gotomyncf.com For more details, see email in School Loop.
   5/4 from 7:30-8:30pm @ Hyatt Regency SF @ 5 Embarcadero Center SF for Exploring College Options: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, & Stanford will provide information sessions for students and parents.  To RSVP: www.exploringcollegeoptions.org
For 11th Graders:
Are you interested in a job working with youth in SF public schools?  Enroll in a FREE college course at CCSF this summer and you could be eligible for a job in an SFUSD after school program after you graduate from high school.  For more info., please see Ms. S. Chan or your Academic Counselor.  Application deadline is 4/30/14.
Many private colleges provide FREE fly-in program for you to visit their campus to see if it’s a good fit school for you.  For a list of these colleges, visit www.collegegreenlight.com  Colby College is one of these colleges.  For more details, please check out Colby College’s website or talk to Ms. S. Chan.
For 11th & 12th Graders:
Are you interested in cars, car shop safety, automotive design & maintenance?  If so, take advantage of the Transportation Technology Summer Program at CCSF.  You will also earn $600 while learning.  Students must have a CA ID, or Driver’s License and or a valid passport.  For more details, please talk to Ms. S. Chan or your Academic Counselor.
An updated scholarship list and summer program list are posted on Galileo’s website and on the designated boards in or around the Counseling Center.

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – April 22, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/22/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Marcus discussed what he experienced at the conference he recently attended in New Orleans.  The conference centered around African American and Latino males.

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Bell Schedule

 

–Marcus said the vote that was taken by the departments favored eliminating homeroom next year.  He distributed two schedules for members to share with their departments and bring feedback for the next meeting.

 

 

Marcus and Lisa discussed the differences in the two schedules.

 

–Michelle asked if these were the only 2 options or could other alternatives be suggested.  The answer is yes; other proposals can be presented.

 

–Ray asked about Proposal B and discussed the fact that the bus schedule will be impacted.

 

 

II.         Youth Vote

 

–This is coming up and it is very important.  It will be done in Homeroom.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          Mac Computers from Library

 

–Doug mentioned that the library got new chrome books and he wanted to know what would happen to the old Macs from the library.  He discussed some of the history of the computer control from years passed.  He felt our technology planning is a little adrift.

 

–Chrome books are all about browsing.  There is no storage on the machine.  Everything is on Google docs—all this is browser based.

 

–Lisa said she and Thong have been discussing what to do with the Macs from the library.  The batteries are shot in those computers so they always have to be plugged in.  We could purchase new batteries.  Evan Roth has requested them for a new CAT class he will be teaching.  No formal decisions have been made yet.

 

 

–Doug asked how do we make those decisions and who is making them?  He said that with the Common Core coming there will be more need for technology.  He would like to see another laptop cart.

 

–Marcus said there are SCE funds for more technology.

 

 

–Ray suggested getting 3-4 tech-savvy staff and have them figure out what we need and how to put it together.

 

 

II.         Technology Budgeting

 

–Doug has 13 people in his department.  He buys 2-3 new laptops each year.  He uses his budget because he knows what he needs.  If the school would pay for his laptops, he would use his funds for other things.

 

–Next year Marcus will ask people to fill out a one-page form on how they will use the technology.  

 

–David said a laptop is an essential item for each teacher.  He felt that these should come from the school budget, not the department budgets.  He is suggesting a tech budget.

 

–Marcus said Thong told him the life of a laptop and desktop is about 5 years.

 

–Doug mentioned the computers do not last as long as they used to.  Planned obsolescence.

 

 

–Alicia talked about her department and their thoughts.  The iPads were mentioned and there will be some training at a future faculty meeting.

 

–Michelle said there are not enough chrome books to be a class set.  There are 32 now and Lisa mentioned that we are trying to get 40.

 

 

III.       Testing

 

–Marcus and Katie thanked everyone for all their good work.  Please share this with your department members.

 

 

IV.        AP Testing

 

–Nancy and Lisa will do this together.

 

–Lisa sent out emails to those teachers who will have to move classrooms.

 

–Nancy will have pre-administration materials sent to the classrooms.  She needs this information back by next Wednesday, April 30th.

 

 

–Alicia said the AP language tests require a cassette player.

 

 

V.         Miscellaneous

 

–Joseph mentioned the email thread about remodeling 260.  He felt that discussion should be part of the technology plan.  Marcus said he would read the thread and administration will discuss this.

 

 

–Doug mentioned an email about Popeye’s Chicken and he wondered after inquiry what this was all about.  He said it came from a student.

 

–This is an entrepreneurship to start a business plan.  Doug felt these emails should come through teachers, not students.

 

 

Doug gave the history of policing the emails in the past—Doug, David Barrios, Thong and Ben Chun.  How do we want to handle this now?

 

–Kathleen suggested the Tech Committee take on this duty.

 

–Joseph mentioned we have a lot of new teachers each year.  Lisa said she educates them about our email network.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:50pm.

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 21 – 25, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 21 – 25, 2014

TANGIBLE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. TANGIBLE: Capable of being touched; real or actual rather than imaginary or visionary; definite; not vague or elusive.

 

NEW ITEMS:

 

WELLNESS:

 

Galileo is…Above the Influence on Monday, April 21st. Check your email for a link to sign up for presentations about substance use prevention. We have 20+ available workshops during the day, as well as a courtyard carnival at lunch with lots of games to educate students about drugs, drinking, and their safety- including info about having a safe Prom.  

 

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  about opportunity, exposure and access for Galileo students.

Please  encourage students to find out about the many summer programs that are still available.  SUMMERFUND has information about the San Francisco Osaka Sister City student ambassador program (alums Judy Zhu and Tracy Pa were high school participants), FACES for the FUTURE summer medical academy, Visions community service programs, outdoor leadership experiences, writing programs  and the local psychology program, Summer Bridge.  Deadlines vary but they are approaching.  SUMMERFUND is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, Room 458A.

                                       

**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.

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

 GRADUATION SPEAKERS NEEDED:  Attention Seniors:  Would you like to speak at the Graduation Ceremony?  Auditions for graduation speakers will be held Thursday, May 1st during fourth period in room 210.  If you are interested in auditioning, please see Mr. Emmi in the Dean’s Office to sign up for a time slot.  You must check in with Mr. Emmi prior to May 1st in order to participate.

MOVE-UP AND AWARDS ASSEMBLY:is Friday, May 2 during a double period 4.

 

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: is Friday, May 2 during lunch time. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or attire.

 

RECYCLING ELECTRONICS FUNDRAISER: for freshmen class is Saturday, May 3 in the parking lot next to the football field from 10 AM to 2 PM.

 

MOVE-UP DANCE: & Party is Friday night, May 9 in the cafeteria from 6 PM to 10 PM. Tickets will be sold at the ASB store. Seniors will get a free slice of pizza, cake, & drink to celebrate their graduation.

 

HIGH SCHOOL DRAGON BOAT RACE: is Saturday, April 26 at Lake Merced. It’s free. Come anytime from 9 AM to 3 PM.

 

CAPS & GOWNS: will delivered in the auditorium on Thursday, May 22 from 10 AM to 12 PM.

 

GRADUATION: is Wednesday, May 28 at Bill Graham’s Auditorium at 1 PM.

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.

 

Are you looking for a job or summer internship? Lots of applications are up on the Wellness Center’s website,galileoweb.org/wellness and click on “Programs and Internships”. There are applications Oasis for Girls, Project WHAT!, jobs for high school students, and more.

9th, 10th and 11th graders…Are you interested in taking a three week trip to Japan?  You’ll fly for FREE and then live with a host family in Osaka, Japan.  Two Galileo students have already done this.  How?  They filled out an application,  participated in an interview and then were selected to represent San Francisco as  student ambassadors.  To prepare your application, see Ms. Kornblith at SUMMERFUND in room 458A on Tuesday or Friday afternoon.  The application deadline is Monday, April 21.

 

SUMMERFUNd:

Interested in healthcare?  SUMMERFUND has applications for two local programs, open to all grades.  FACES is a two week commuter program at Samuel Merritt U. in Oakland.  The deadline is Friday, May 9 but do not wait.  Students are being accepted NOW.

 

The four-day Youth Leadership Conference on Asian-Pacific Islander Health at Stanford University gives students an opportunity to learn especially about hepatitis B and liver disease.

Besides health information, students from all over the world will work together to develop ways to educate communities and fight the disparities in healthcare delivery.  SUMMERFUND has the information you’ll need.  The office is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.  458A.  Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 2.

 

Want to get away?  This is no airline commercial!  Can you imagine yourself kayaking under the Golden Gate Bridge?  Sleeping outside on Angel Island?  Backpacking? Whitewater rafting?

It is possible!  Apply to go on a 24 or 13 day summer trip!  Visit SUMMERFUND in Room 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons to pick up  and prepare your application!

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

Weekly Bulletin – April 14 – 18, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 14 – 18, 2014

SUBSIDIZE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. SUBSIDIZE: To purchase the assistance of by payment; to aid of promote.

 

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  about opportunity, exposure and access for Galileo students.

Please  encourage students to find out about the many summer programs that are still available.  SUMMERFUND has information about the San Francisco Osaka Sister City student ambassador program (alums Judy Zhu and Tracy Pa were high school participants), FACES for the FUTURE summer medical academy, Visions community service programs, outdoor leadership experiences, writing programs  and the local psychology program, Summer Bridge.  Deadlines vary but they are approaching.  SUMMERFUND is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, Room 458A.

                                        

**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.

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.

 

ASB & CLASS ELECTIONS: 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!

9th, 10th and 11th graders…Are you interested in taking a three week trip to Japan?  You’ll fly for FREE and then live with a host family in Osaka, Japan.  Two Galileo students have already done this.  How?  They filled out an application,  participated in an interview and then were selected to represent San Francisco as  student ambassadors.  To prepare your application, see Ms. Kornblith at SUMMERFUND in room 458A on Tuesday or Friday afternoon.  The application deadline is Monday, April 21.

 

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

SPRING 2014 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

GALILEO ACADEMY

 

SPRING 2014 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

 

 

 

Friday, May 23, 2014

 

Homeroom:                    8:00am –   8:20am

 

1° Final Exam                 8:30am – 10:35am

 

Break (Lunch)               10:35am – 10:55am

 

2° Final Exam               10:55am –   1:00pm

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 

Homeroom:                        8:00am –   8:20am

 

4° Final Exam                     8:30am – 10:35am

 

Break (Lunch)                   10:35am – 10:55am

 

6° Final Exam                    10:55am –  1:00pm

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 

Homeroom:                      8:00am –   8:20am

 

3° Final Exam                   8:30am – 10:35am

 

Break (Lunch)                 10:35am – 10:55am

 

5° Final Exam                 10:55am –  1:00pm

 

 

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014                                        Friday, May 30, 2014

 

Make-up Finals Day – Periods 1 – 6                        Last Day of Spring Semester – Periods 1-6

 

Dismissal           3:05pm                                          Dismissal:                        3:05pm

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 8, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/8/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Homeroom/Bell Schedule Discussion Report

 

Joseph said VPA wanted to do without homeroom, and wanted to return to the 2011/2012 Bell Schedule.  Homeroom was scheduled just for necessary activities.

 

Mr. Machtay said it is important to have G-House TV on both days, as PE students would not see it if there was only one weekly broadcast.

 

Spec. Ed.  Yes on homeroom, no blocks, CPT once a week for 2 hours.

 

Social Studies—close vote.  Some supported homeroom— as teachers and students can take care of business, mini-break, sense of community.  Most would vote to get rid of homeroom.  Schedule wise would like to end consistently and CPT time in the afternoon.  With morning CPT time students were still late.  Starting homeroom at 8am would mean many would be late.

 

 

Science—discussion centered on blocks and the academies and pathways and science classes would be destroyed without the blocks.  To even think about changing it now for next year would be a big problem.  CPT should be in the afternoon.  Homeroom—his department did not want to touch homeroom if the blocks would disappear.  Members were split on homeroom.

 

 

World Language—her department wanted to keep homeroom but would like a nutrition break and allow students to eat during homeroom.  Block periods are very long and the homeroom is like a break.  One member suggested 1 homeroom a week.  One of her department members mentioned grade level meetings in past years during homeroom in the auditorium.  Some felt CPT time should be once a week.

 

 

ELD—Her department likes homeroom—relationship with kids, break, take care of business.  Why are we talking about changing the schedule at this late date?  She said the year without homeroom it was difficult to locate kids.  They like the blocks.  CPT in the afternoon.

 

 

Counseling—they do like homeroom to pass out papers, etc.  They will allow the teachers to make the decision.  Jo suggested not talking about doing away with something, but can we talk about consequences for not attending homeroom? Lisa told of a parent she talked to at the truancy meeting who told of students going to the wrong homeroom to be with friends.  There was also discussion about teachers not knowing their homeroom students.

 

 

 

PE was split—they do not have homeroom right now.  CPT time in the afternoon.

 

 

Stan asked if anyone checked with Eugene Wing and the competition between the classes.  How would eliminating homeroom affect his activities?

 

 

Lisa said the English department was split and she could get no feedback from Math.

 

Administration was leaning toward eliminating homeroom.  Lisa said with educational research, homeroom is effective if there is a curriculum.  Alicia said it is effective for giving students a break.

 

David hears the logic of the break and the logistics of passing out materials, etc.  Are there other ways to make this work?

 

Ray said it is easy to pull Special Ed students out of homeroom rather than their classes.

 

Without homeroom, Jo would have to defer to English and History classes to distribute information.  That would be disrupting academic classes.  Then materials would have to be sorted by each class.

 

 

Math said no homeroom.  Marcus said the administrators will talk it over.

 

 

II.         Final Exam Schedule

 

–Lisa mentioned that the final exam schedule—first final is 2 hours and 5 minutes in length; second schedule is 1 hour and 55 minutes.  Everyone felt the periods should be even.  The schedule will be readjusted.

 

 

III.       Debrief of Truancy Meeting

 

–Marcus said it was so bad and it was effective in some ways.  Next year when A2A is working, Synergy is working, the meeting will be planned better.  Marcus said the homeroom truancy was quite large.  Marcus told of a parent who was encouraged by the students and she caused a problem in the discussions.

 

 

A2A is the system that generates letters to the parents.  These letters are sent out automatically through the district.  The district did not want us to interfere with the letters.  Nancy gave a history from last year.  We have not had an auto dialer this year, so many families are finding out quite late about their children’s absences.

 

–Joseph asked if this will be better next year.  Nancy said there is hope the attendance will be online next year.  There is nothing certain about this yet.  Nancy said we need the auto dialer, but we will not get it unless we have online attendance.  She said we have 300 students who are absent every day and it is impossible to call all of these students.

 

Marcus said he would ask teachers next year to call parents if a student has been absent 3 or 4 times.

 

The counseling office does send out D & F letters.

 

 

Jo said there were positives from the meeting—lots of parents attended.  She encouraged teachers to let counselors know which students are not attending class.

 

Ray asked about phone numbers that are not working.  Jo suggested checking the emergency cards but even these numbers could be incorrect.  Marcus said Mr. Westry should make a home visit to get the contact information.

 

 

IV.        After School Study Hall/Homeroom Club

 

–Alicia said this came out of the truancy meetings.  She talked of activities she did with her students and one of the ideas parallels the Principal’s Book Club.  She mentioned Asian students getting together to get their homework done and it is also a social activity.  She would like to open up her room after school to start this.  She has many Latino students.  This way the students could get their homework done.  She said some students don’t go to class as they are behind.  They don’t understand their books at times.  They could help each other and possibly have food. 

 

Members agreed that this is a great idea.  David mentioned some schools have a study hall built into the day.

 

Ray called it a Peer Tutoring Program and said it is a great idea.  Alicia has formed relationships with these students.

 

Lisa suggested getting the snacks through the Excel After School Program.  The program will deliver the snacks.

 

Marcus mentioned Loan Ly’s “Slacker’s Club.”  Joseph said there are teachers who are here and are already having homework clubs.  Joseph would like to see these teachers get compensated.  He suggested some of the funds that go to Excel could go to these teacher.  There are rules that govern this.  Certificated Teachers can get paid after school for credit recovery, but not enrichment activities.

 

 

Marcus said study halls would require a certificated person and this is a budget issue.  Ray said they are trying to eliminate their Study Skills classes, as the students do not take it seriously.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          Student Teachers

 

Lisa will send an email about SF State and student teachers.

 

 

II.         CPT during STAR

 

Next week there will be 4 block days.  There also be 4 CPT’s. Monday and Tuesday next week will be Curriculum and Cluster.  Wednesday and Thursday—what was previously planned.  Wednesday will be grading, Thursday, Departments.  Following week Tuesday would be an extra department day, Friday everyone can leave early.

 

Stan asked about the attendance strips.  Lisa will check on this.

 

 

Blocks will be as follows:  Monday—odd periods, Tuesday—even periods,  Friday—odd periods.

 

 

III.       Master Schedule

 

Nancy thanked those who turned in department preferences on Google Spreadsheet.  Nancy asked Ethan to let her know.  Nancy said they will start doing the schedules this week.

 

Kathleen asked if there will be a Newcomer Pathway.  The answer is Yes.  Nancy said these students do need to be in the general population as well as their own classes.

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.