Weekly Bulletin – January 5 – 9, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 5 – 9, 2015

NEOPHYTE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. NEOPHYTE:  a beginner or novice.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb1@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 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

 

***Universal Precautions and Asthma Management/Emergency Information 2014-2015

In the WAD from this week that I emailed to all of you is information on the Universal Precautions and Asthma Management.  I also have the information along with the roster in the Main Office.  The district requires that you read the information and sign the roster indicating that you have read it.  Please stop by the Main Office by January 15, 2015 to sign the roster.     Mrs. Grinnell

STUDENTS

ASB STORE is selling sweatshirts, lanyards, towels, beverages, and healthy snacks in room 150 during lunch time and after school.

 

ASB CARD STICKERS are sold in room 150 @ $5.00. You will get a free Galileo purple pen and planner. Limited supplies.

SENIORS: Order your cap and gown, senior ring and graduation announcements online at www.jostens.com.

 

EXECUTIVE STUDENT COUNCIL: will meet on Monday, Jan. 12 in room 153 at 3:15 PM to discuss the Multicultural Celebration Community Event on Feb. 5.

 

PEP RALLY AND CLASS OF THE YEAR COMPETITION: Snowball Paper Fight, on Friday, January 16 in the courtyard during lunch time.

 

YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!GALILEO ACADEMY

All you have to do to get your yearbook is to:

Step1-Sign in to your galileoweb email.

Step 2-Go to search and type in “Tree ring”.

Step 3-Open up the most recent  “Tree ring” email and click the link to create an account.

 

If you’re having trouble logging into your galileoweb email, see Ms. Field in Rm.453 or Ms.Ly in Rm.414.

GALILEO ACADEMY COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

For 9th  10th 11th & 12th:

1/8 @ 11:45am RM 154      SF Mimi Troupe is offering PAID Internships for Theater Production & Performance.  No previous experience is required. Spaces are limited. You will receive $10.00 a class; Food is

offered at every class.  Application deadline is 1/23/15.  Check School Loop for application and details.

*For other college information sessions that are not held on Galileo’s campus, please check the College & Career Center calendar on line.

TeenTechSF@TechShop: START OFF 2015 BY MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE! Join the Maker Movement on Jan 10-11 at the first teen civic hackathon at TechShop SF. No experience necessary. Only 40 spaces available. The cost is $55 per person.  https://teenstechchange.splashthat.com/

The California Academy of Sciences is recruiting Teen Advocates for Science Communication.  This is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff, and provide educational activities for the Academy’s visitors.  Volunteer time is after school or on the weekends.  Application deadline is 1/4/15.  For more details, check your School Loop email.

The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

 

For 10th  11th & 12th:

If you’re interested in joining the 2015 Historical Black College & University Tour, it’s during the spring break and the cost is $1500 per student including everything.  For more details, please check your School Loop mail or ask Ms. Tachelle in the 2nd floor computer lab.

If you’re interested in getting a part time job or volunteering, check out the Employment & Volunteer Bulletin on the College & Career website or the bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 11th & 12th:

Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute, the Research Center is seeking ethnic minority juniors or seniors for the Clinical Research Experience.  Accepted students will also receive a stipend of $2,500.  Application deadline is 1/12/15.  Please pick up an application form from the College & Career Center if you’re interested in applying.

Are you interested in earning 15 credits for taking an architecture class and or internship?  For details, check School Loop email.

If you’re interested in getting scholarships for college, check out the College & Career website or the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

If you’re interested in visiting a college campus for free, please check out the Fly-In Program posting on the College & Career website or on the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 12th:

1/8 @ 2:30pm RM 555        College Application Process Part II Presentation If you are in Mr. Papa’s, Mr. Jung’s, or Mr. Lynch’s social studies class, please attend this important presentation to learn about what else you need to do for your college application and financial aid information.

Meritus Scholarship is due 1/23.  For more details: www.meritusfund.org

Please be sure to visit Galileo’s website for the College & Career Center calendar for more updates.

Thanks,

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – December 9, 2014

LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETING

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

December 9th 2014

 

I.            Spring Semester 2015 Opening Day Procedure

 

–Stephen Emmi told the group: Everyone will go to 1st period from this semester, will hand out schedules, will ring bell, then students will go to new 1st period as needed.  All schedule changes need to be submitted through Department Heads by Friday, December 12th, 8am

–Joseph asked how many schedule changes there are? Stephen Emmi clarifies there are a small number of changes, mainly from math and ELD.

 

II.            Course Registration got 2015=2016

–Stephen Emmi told the group that  ideally this will happen 2 weeks in March, and we will have better idea by late January, after training he a and Lisa will go to.

 

III            SBAC

–Nancy told the group she is working with IT planning for it, including the right number of computers.  The time window starts right after Spring Break, and we need to finish before AP Exams begin.  Ideally we will have plan before we leave for break.  Plan is to test through classes for students.

–Kathleen asked what are exemptions for ELs?  Stephen replied with a year or less.

–Doug asked if the tests take longer than a class period.  Stephen and Nancy replied the time is 5-6 hours with an hour or so of prep, and then 4 hours of testing

–Doug asked if students take both the Math and English on the same day?  The answer is: Yes

–Michelle Moffett asked what will this look like? Nancy said resources on AAO for practice, time to practice for classes.

–Marcus mentioned his Stanford PD from Friday, content not that different from CST but computer skills are different especially for math and will need practice.

We went out in hallway for icebreakers that Marcus learned at Stanford PD…1st half of day is something serious and 2nd half is something fun…What’s the point?

Empathy for students struggling, clear directions, ok to be wrong, be happy about it and move on.

 

–Lauren asked about Graduation Practice.  Last year, we did it after school on block days, closer to time of graduation, mindful of AP calendar

–Doug suggested we talk to other schools?  We are talking with Washington.

–Alicia asked who will read names at graduation.

 

–Stephen Emmi explained the 1st 2 hours is computer based, then a performance assessment that needs 1.5 hours in-between, then performance assessment on computer.  Lisa will send out a link with released test questions to everyone.

 

IV.            New Teacher

 

–Lisa told the group about our new teacher, Ryan Welch, who teaches 5 sections of C&C in Room 310, please welcome him!

 

V.            Evaluations and Informal Observations

–Marcus said we are behind on formal observations, most will happen in the Spring.   He said he and UBC came to agreement that teachers can request the short form if they got Highly Satisfactory or above on their last evaluation.  The teacher does need to request it of their evaluator.  Informal observations will continue to occur.

 

VI.            AP Balancing

 

–Marcus brought up VAPA lacks AP courses…what are we doing about that but also what are we doing for students on the other end of the academic spectrum?   He gave example of an Urban Art class that addresses graffiti, murals, social justice, spoken word, etc.

 

VII.            Advisory Feedback

 

–Feedback from Washington and Lincoln read aloud.

 

VIII.            Miscellaneous

 

–Kathleen asked sbout low-end classes…newcomer classes for math especially for SIFE students. Doug responded that we are not allowed to teach anything lower than Algebra. Stephen Emmi mentioned Sprout funding possibility for 7th period.

 

–Susan encouraged the group to read the article Marcus handed out…discussed that many private schools are cheaper than public school at this point and that students don’t know this.  She also talked about common application, Lauren mentioned the culture change across the high school students and said there are more and more common applications each year but definitely a slow change.   She suggested that maybe College &Career teachers could expose students to the common application.  Doug mentioned density of colleges on the east coast, regional diversity, etc.  Lisa mentioned it would be good to create a list of colleges that accept common application, scholarships/graduated tuition, etc. for students to use.

–Alicia said we need to revisit college process for students, and used an example of Latino seniors with lack of SAT, applications, etc. and it wasn’t actually that hard to coordinate. It was great to see them as a community helping each other. We need to start in Junior Year with those efforts.

–Susan said we need to encourage ACT as well as SAT, and she mentioned that some private schools even offer airfare.

 

–David asked about incoming NX students for Spring Semester 15…they will be coming in from Day 1 throughout the semester.  Stephen Emmi will work with teachers of sheltered classes to move students up as appropriate.  Kathleen encouraged math and science teachers to attend the NX CPT meetings.

 

–Bai reminded everyone that next Wednesday there is a PTSA meeting at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria and financial aid workshops.

 

Marcus closed the meeting celebrations and thanks for the semester.

 

Meeting adjourned 12:15pm.

Weekly Bulletin – December 15 – 19, 2014

 

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

DECEMBER 15 – 19, 2014

MITIGATE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. MITIGATE:  to make less severe; to become milder; lessen in severity.

 

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb1@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 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

 

***Universal Precautions and Asthma Management/Emergency Information 2014-2015

In the WAD from this week that I emailed to all of you is information on the Universal Precautions and Asthma Management.  I also have the information along with the roster in the Main Office.  The district requires that you read the information and sign the roster indicating that you have read it.  Please stop by the Main Office by January 15, 2015 to sign the roster.     Mrs. Grinnell

 

One Warm Coat Drive

It’s cold outside!  Please join Galileo High School in the effort to provide One Warm Coat for those in need by donating a clean, gently worn or new coat this season.  Collection bins are located by the main office (room 207), counseling office (room 258)  and JROTC (room 157).  The bins will be there until December 19, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Wong at 415.735.3002.  Thank you for your generosity and support!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE is selling sweatshirts, lanyards, towels, beverages, and healthy snacks in room 150 during lunch time and after school.

 

ASB CARD STICKERS are sold in room 150 @ $5.00. You will get a free Galileo purple pen and planner. Limited supplies.

SENIORS: Order your cap and gown, senior ring and graduation announcements at school on December 9 and 10 during lunch in the main office lobby. Orders may also be placed online at www.jostens.com .

YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!GALILEO ACADEMY

All you have to do to get your yearbook is to:

Step1-Sign in to your galileoweb email.

Step 2-Go to search and type in “Tree ring”.

Step 3-Open up the most recent  “Tree ring” email and click the link to create an account.

 

If you’re having trouble logging into your galileoweb email, see Ms. Field in Rm.453 or Ms.Ly in Rm.414.

GALILEO ACADEMY COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

For 9th  10th 11th & 12th:

12/17 @ 5:30pm Cafeteria             Financial Aid Workshop for all grade level parents & students.  It will be in Cantonese, English, and Spanish translation.

*For other college information sessions that are not held on Galileo’s campus, please check the College & Career Center calendar on line.

SF Mimi Troupe is offering PAID Internships for Theater Production & Performance.

No previous experience is required. Spaces are limited.  You will receive $10.00 a class; you can even think of it like a fun job. Food is offered at every class.  Application deadline is 1/23/15.  Check School Loop for application and details.

The California Academy of Sciences is recruiting Teen Advocates for Science Communication.  This is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff, and provide educational activities for the Academy’s visitors.  Volunteer time is after school or on the weekends.  Application deadline is 1/4/15.  For more details, check your School Loop email.

The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

For 10th  11th & 12th:

All female students: especially seniors, interest in engineering, orthopaedic surgery and/or medicine?  If so, please check out the Perry Outreach Program.  This is a one day event at UCSF.  Application deadline is 12/17.  For more info. please go to the SummerFund office in room 458 or the College & Career Center or check your School Loop email.

If you’re interested in joining the 2015 Historical Black College & University Tour, it’s during the spring break and the cost is $1500 per student including everything.  For more details, please check your School Loop mail or ask Ms. Tachelle in the 2nd floor computer lab.

If you’re interested in getting a part time job or volunteering, check out the

Employment & Volunteer Bulletin on the College & Career website or the bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

For 11th & 12th:

Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute, the Research Center is seeking ethnic minority juniors or seniors for the Clinical Research Experience.  Accepted students will also receive a stipend of $2,500.  Application deadline is 1/12/15.  Please pick up an application form from the College & Career Center if you’re interested in applying.

Are you interested in earning 15 credits for taking an architecture class and or internship?  For details, check School Loop email.

If you’re interested in getting scholarships for college, check out the College & Career website or the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

If you’re interested in visiting a college campus for free, please check out the Fly-In Program posting on the College & Career website or on the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 12th:

Turn in uAspire consent form ASAP!!!

-All students must turn in the consent form even if you are not interested in working with a uAspire financial aid adviser

-Turn in signed consent forms to the College and Career Center either to Michael or Ms. S. Chan

-If you did not receive a consent form in the mail or during the AC101 workshop, pick one up at the College and Career Center

Please be sure to visit Galileo’s website for the College & Career Center calendar for more updates.

Thanks,

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F

WEEKLY BULLETIN – DECEMBER 8 – 12, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

DECEMBER 8 – 12, 2014

PARADOX

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PARADOX:a self-contradictory and false proposition;an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion.

 

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb1@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 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

 

***Universal Precautions and Asthma Management/Emergency Information 2014-2015

In the WAD from this week that I emailed to all of you is information on the Universal Precautions and Asthma Management.  I also have the information along with the roster in the Main Office.  The district requires that you read the information and sign the roster indicating that you have read it.  Please stop by the Main Office by January 15, 2015 to sign the roster.     Mrs. Grinnell

 

One Warm Coat Drive

It’s cold outside!  Please join Galileo High School in the effort to provide One Warm Coat for those in need by donating a clean, gently worn or new coat this season.  Collection bins are located by the main office (room 207), counseling office (room 258)  and JROTC (room 157).  The bins will be there until December 19, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Wong at 415.735.3002.  Thank you for your generosity and support!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE is selling sweatshirts, lanyards, towels, beverages, and healthy snacks in room 150 during lunch time and after school.

 

ASB CARD STICKERS are sold in room 150 @ $5.00. You will get a free Galileo purple pen and planner. Limited supplies.

SENIORS: Order your cap and gown, senior ring and graduation announcements at school on December 9 and 10 during lunch in the main office lobby. Orders may also be placed online at www.jostens.com .

YEARBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!GALILEO ACADEMY

All you have to do to get your yearbook is to:

Step1-Sign in to your galileoweb email.

Step 2-Go to search and type in “Tree ring”.

Step 3-Open up the most recent  “Tree ring” email and click the link to create an account.

 

If you’re having trouble logging into your galileoweb email, see Ms. Field in Rm.453 or Ms.Ly in Rm.414.

GALILEO ACADEMY COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

For 9th  10th 11th & 12th:

Many college admission counselors are visiting Galileo, please come meet them:

12/10 @ Lunch time RM 154         Aviation Institute of Maintenance This is a FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved technical program that gives students the training to become certified aircraft mechanics. The entire program is 20 months long and is located at the Oakland Airport. Day and night classes with a Career Services.

12/17 @ 5:30pm Cafeteria             Financial Aid Workshop for all grade level parents & students.  It will be in Cantonese, English, and Spanish translation.

*For other college information sessions that are not held on Galileo’s campus, please check the College & Career Center calendar on line.

The California Academy of Sciences is recruiting Teen Advocates for Science Communication.  This is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff, and provide educational activities for the Academy’s visitors.  Volunteer time is after school or on the weekends.  Application deadline is 1/4/15.  For more details, check your School Loop email.

The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

 

For 10th  11th & 12th:

All female students: especially seniors, interest in engineering, orthopaedic surgery and/or medicine?  If so, please check out the Perry Outreach Program.  This is a one day event at UCSF.  Application deadline is 12/17.  For more info. please go to the SummerFund office in room 458 or the College & Career Center or check your School Loop email.

If you’re interested in joining the 2015 Historical Black College & University Tour, it’s during the spring break and the cost is $1500 per student including everything.  For more details, please check your School Loop mail or ask Ms. Tachelle in the 2nd floor computer lab.

If you’re interested in getting a part time job or volunteering, check out the

Employment & Volunteer Bulletin on the College & Career website or the bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 11th & 12th:

Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute, the Research Center is seeking ethnic minority juniors or seniors for the Clinical Research Experience.  Accepted students will also receive a stipend of $2,500.  Application deadline is 1/12/15.  Please pick up an application form from the College & Career Center if you’re interested in applying.

Are you interested in earning 15 credits for taking an architecture class and or internship?  For details, check School Loop email.

If you’re interested in getting scholarships for college, check out the College & Career website or the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

If you’re interested in visiting a college campus for free, please check out the Fly-In Program posting on the College & Career website or on the Scholarship bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 12th:

Turn in uAspire consent form ASAP!!!

-All students must turn in the consent form even if you are not interested in working with a uAspire financial aid adviser

-Turn in signed consent forms to the College and Career Center either to Michael or Ms. S. Chan

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – December 2, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

12/2/14

 

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

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

I.          Spring Semester Opening Day Logistics

–Mat asked if we are using the same plan and bell schedule and schedule distribution as the Fall Semester.

–Stephen Emmi will let everyone know before Winter Break.

–Doug asked about schedule changes for students.  Stephen said he would have to do the changes over Winter Break.  Stephen Emmi will have more information in a week or so.

 

II.         Second Semester Dates

–Michelle asked about a block day on Wednesday, February 18th.  Lisa said it will be a regular 1 – 6 period schedule.  We will be in school on Monday, February 16th.  We will observe the holiday on Friday, February 19th.

 

–Vote taken on which schedule to follow–Three 6 period days that week.  We must get approval from SFUSD transportation.

 

–Michelle would like to talk about the testing schedules for the Spring semester.  SBAC is the new STAR Testing—for 11th graders, English and Math, and there is a 6-8 week testing window.  EAP will also be given.  These are computer based.  There is still a “No Child Left Behind” science test that is paper and pencil.  This will go through the Chemistry classes.

 

–Michelle asked about the on-site CCSF testing.  This will be in mid-February.  There are 2 dates—one for placement testing and one for advising.  Students are pulled from classes to take the tests.

–Doug said these activities are important to the students.  If students place too low, they start classes at a low level and have a harder time succeeding at CCSF.

 

III.       Attendance Procedures – Not User Friendly

–Lauren talked about marking the student absent when on a field trip.  Parents get the auto-dialer call and then panic to know if their students are really on the field trip.  These also generate truancy letters.  3 absences generate a truancy letter.  Most of these calls went to homes of good students.

 

–Lisa suggested teachers taking students on field trips give Vera a list of students attending the field trip.  When the teacher returns, give Vera the names of those who were absent and did not attend.

–Alan suggested that there be a firm date for students to turn in the permission slips for field trips.

–Discussion followed as to what happens to attendance for students who could not go on the field trip.

 

–Michelle Moffett asked about students who are gone for sporting events.  How should they be marked?  Lisa said she would look into that.

–Joseph felt we should have the same policy for field trips and sporting events.

 

–Michelle asked about attendance issues for students taking PSAT, CAHSEE, etc.

She asked if there was a scanning function that could be used with student ID cards for those testing.

 

–Joseph mentioned sometimes he can go to his class on the computer but cannot see the attendance window.

 

IV.        Homeroom Discussion

–Lisa reminded the group that we want to continue this discussion.  We are looking at functions of homeroom in the past, plans for the future and what other schools do.  Lisa distributed a list from past meetings.

 

Lisa asked if we missed anything in Functions.  Lauren asked about the “homey” part and Lisa said it would be under Community Building.

–Alicia said not all teachers let students eat during homeroom.

–Kathleen felt all forms should be listed under School-wide Distributions.

 

–Stephen Emmi mentioned that some teachers let students leave to get food.  Now with no homeroom there are fewer students leaving the building.

 

Lisa asked for Department Share Out—Michelle said English is all for homeroom—too many business items are now put in the English Dept.  They felt it would be good to have Homeroom separate from G-House TV.  If G-House is in homeroom, then more variety would help—2 programs, one for each day, to keep students engaged.  Her department felt there should be more hallway presence to keep students in HR.

 

–Doug said his teachers asked the real purpose of HR.  What would the benefits be?  His teachers said it would be meaningful if they could do a curriculum.  His department asked how many are really watching G-House TV, particularly on the second day.

–Lauren said the Counseling Office is for homeroom.

–World Language—Alicia said her department talked about taking attendance.  Her department was split 50-50.

–Mat said in Social Studies—7 do not want it, 4 do.  Those in favor talk about community; some do not miss it at all.

–Kathleen said her department thinks about relaxing with the kids, a no stress time.  She also asked about the “no hat” rule.  She mentioned consequences for being late to homeroom.  Also the students could watch G-House TV.

–Wellness prefers it—they can pull out students during this time.  She did mention some drop-in students who go to Wellness so they don’t have to go to homeroom.

Susan said there should be consequences for not attending homeroom.

–PE is unanimously for HR. This way they can see G-House TV one day.

 

 

–VAPA—Joseph said they were all for homeroom.  Mr. Machtay would prefer the broadcast at the beginning of the period.  It is a challenge for him to get it all together at the end of the period.  He also said Mr. Machtay would have a challenge to do two separate programs each week.  Susan offered Wellness videos she could provide.  Doug mentioned his students doing surveys and one is about homeroom.  That information will be forthcoming.

–Lisa said the next step would be to contact other schools to see how they handle these issues.

 

V.         Shadowing a Student

–Lisa distributed an article about a teacher who shadowed students for several days.  She asked everyone to read the article.

–Kathleen offered that we are doing the same thing we have been doing for centuries.

–Susan thought starting at 8:00am was not conducive to teenagers.

–Alicia talked about the difference from private schools and public schools.  She felt there was more movement in the private schools.

–Bai told of a student shadowing today and the student left early as he felt that Galileo was not a good fit for him.  He was not allowed to ask “why” questions.  Not much engagement here as at his private school.

–Doug talked about his son’s experiences in private school versus college.  His son had to get used to how to do lectures in college.

–Susan mentioned a private school that had casters on the chairs so the kids could move.

–Mark B talked about riding the bus to school and he observes students on the bus.  He felts some of the students did not sleep enough the night before.

 

VI.        Miscellaneous

–Lisa and Marcus are offering a sub day for Department Heads to observe your teachers.

—Michelle F. said there will be some relaxing activities during finals.

–Michelle M. requested that this does not start before the bell rings for the break.

–Doug mentioned his students and their surveys.  Please allow these students to do the surveys.

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.