Weekly Bulletin – February 2 – 6, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 2 – 6, 2015

PHILANTHROPIST

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PHILANTHROPIST:  A person who has altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.

**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

 

SUMMERFUNd has information about many programs including

  • for 10th graders, PITCH, a program at UCSF to learn about health careers

  • for all grades, COSMOS, the state science and math program at UCSD, UCI, UCSC & UCD where students can study subjects as varied as

                      Intro to Engineering Mechanics

                       Video Games:  The Design of Fun from Concept to Code

                       Number theory and Discrete Math

                       Biodiesel from Renewable Sources

                       When Disaster Strikes:  Earthquake Engineering

  • for all grades, private summer school at Northfield Mt. Hermon in Massachusetts

  • for 10th but primarily 11th graders, Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, a free 4-week residential med program for 24 low-income students (Gal has had five boys selected over the years but NO girls)

 

All of these programs have full scholarships or are free.  SUMMERFUNd knows the ins and outs of applications and has contacts at each of these programs.

Please urge your students to fill out SUMMERFUNd’s orange interest form and then frequently visit 458A on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for help finding a program and completing paperwork.

 

Also, current students, alums and Ms. Kornblith are available to make short presentations in your classes!

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.

 

Petition for ASB & Class Office 2015-2016:

Do you wish to become a student officer, participate in various student activities, community services and gain leadership skills? The Student Government welcomes all Galileo Student to become active and contributive to the Galileo Community. Election information is posted outside the ASB Store 150 where you could also pick up a petition. Deadline to turn in ASB Petitions to ASB Office 150 is 4pm, March 2 and 4pm March 16 for class petitions. Get involved and we will see you soon!

 

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

 

SUMMERFUNd: Does summer seem far in the future?  Well, applications for many summer programs are now available…and for some, deadlines are approaching.  Fill out the orange SUMMERFUNd interest form that’s in the plastic folder

outside the office, 458A.  Learn about COSMOS that offers science and math programs at four UC campuses.  The topics go way beyond your high school courses.  There are even full scholarships.  Deadline:  February 20.  Learn about the 4-week Stanford Medical Youth Science Program that is FREE but selective.  Deadline:  February 15.   Other opportunities include outdoor wilderness, writing, art, filmmaking, music, business, screenwriting, marine science, nanotechnology and language immersion programs!  Stop in at SUMMERFUNd office, Room 458A, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons!

 

NOMINATIONS FOR TEACHER AND STAFF OF THE YEAR: will this Thursday, Feb. 5 during period 4.

 

BOAT DANCE: is Saturday night, March 14. Tickets will begin on sale for Valentine special starting Feb. 9.

 

SENIOR PANORAMA PICTURE: is Thursday, March 12 at the end of period 4 at the football field bleachers.

 

TEACHERS/STAFF vs SENIORS VOLLEYBALL GAME: is Friday, March 6.

GALILEO ACADEMY COLLEGE & CAREER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

For 9th  10th 11th & 12th:

2/7 10am-4pm           Oakland         Youth for the Environment & Sustainability Conference                    This is a free regional forum that brings students to learn about issues like increasing healthy transportation options, addressing air pollution and encouraging youth-led climate change solutions.  Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.  To register: www.sparetheairyouth.org/2015yesconference/

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

Summer programs are highly valued by college.  If you’re interested in applying for fun and educational summer programs, please check out the list posted on the wall outside of room 255, or on School Loop, or the list on the College & Career website.

For 10th & 11th:

Young women: if you are interested in computer science related education, Girls Who Code is a FREE 7 week course for you.  It also includes trips to top tech companies & mentorship from amazing women in the industry.  Application deadline is 2/5.  For more info., please see Ms. S. Chan or your counselor.

 

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.

For 11th & 12th:

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

For 12th:

2/5 @ 8:00AM  CCSF Placement Exams for seniors who have applied to CCSF

Must bring your CCSF student ID number and Galileo student ID card

English speakers please go to the Cafeteria

ELL speakers please go to the Library

If you still want to sign up please see Ms. S. Chan by 2/2.

2/5 @ 11:45AM         RM 154          The selected Uaspire students will meet with Michael; If you have been selected for this program, you would have received an email from him.

If you intend to enroll at a CSU campus, please take the placement exams ASAP.  For the CSU Math and English placement exams schedule, location, and sample questions, please check your School Loop email.

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

Thanks,

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 27, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/27/15

 

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

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

I.          Bell Schedule 2/16 – 2/18/15

–Joseph asked about the bell schedule for the week of 2/16.  Wednesday will be a regular bell schedule.  We need to check with Transportation see if this will work.

End time will be 3:10pm .  We need to see if we can get the busses to come at 3:10 rather than 2:10pm.

 

II.         Mid-Year School Capacity Activity

–Marcus explained the self-assessment activity.  He distributed it and we will combine what everyone contributes.

This is a rubric and he explained the different sections.  He asked everyone to quickly read the first section.  We skipped to 1.2, 2nd box.  Marcus asked everyone to read this section.

–Good teaching practice means random checking to see that everyone is participating.

–Discussion followed on the SST, SAP, SART, and participation of teachers with perhaps a floating substitute.

–Susan gave her thoughts on the SST, SAP, SART and IEPs.  These are all difficult to schedule.

–Doug felt it is important to have the whole team present at these meetings.

 

–School Team meetings is the second topic to discuss.  Doug gave his impression on where the school teams are.  Time and training need more development.  Joseph discussed the difference between “always” and “consistently.”  We fall under “consistently.”

–Marcus said we would do several of these discussions at upcoming meetings.

 

III.       Exit Exam

–Nancy will borrow some teachers this Thursday to train them for the Exit Exam.  She will send an email.

 

IV.        CAASP Training

–Lisa explained the computer training for the testing.  She divided the group into smaller teams to attempt the math and English parts of the practice tests.  After the teams had time to work with the exercise there was discussion on content, ease of using the program and everyone was encouraged to contribute to the discussion.

 

V.         Miscellaneous

–Susan told the group that those who announce retirement by Feb. 1st they will get $1,000.

–Those who resign by Feb. 1st will get 3 months of health insurance over the summer.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.

Weekly Bulletin – January 26 – 30, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 26 – 30, 2015

PERPLEX

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PERPLEX: to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally;to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question; to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.

 

**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

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.

 

Petition for ASB & Class Office 2015-2016:

Do you wish to become a student officer, participate in various student activities, community services and gain leadership skills? The Student Government welcomes all Galileo Student to become active and contributive to the Galileo Community. Election information is posted outside the ASB Store 150 where you could also pick up a petition. Deadline to turn in ASB Petitions to ASB Office 150 is 4pm, March 2 and 4pm March 16 for class petitions. Get involved and we will see you soon!

 

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 acount. 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:

1/30 @ 6pm  Chinatown     YMCA                        Asian Business League Career Discovery Panel Discussion    A free event to hear interesting career stories from community leaders such as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, KTVU Channel 2 News Anchor/Reporter Claudine Wong and many more.  Food will be provided.  RSVP is needed.  For more details, check School Loop email or the College & Career Center calendar.

1/31 @ 8am @ Dominican University      Free open house for juniors & seniors.  Please RSVP.  For more details check School Loop email or the College & Career Center calendar.

1/31 @ 9am @ CSU East Bay       Free educational & college-related workshops for first generation, minority students & their Families.  Free parking, lunch, shuttle for BART riders.  RSVP: www.csueastbay.edu/educationsummit

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

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

Summer programs are highly valued by college.  If you’re interested in applying for fun and educational summer programs, please check out the list posted on the wall outside of room 255, or on School Loop, or the list on the College & Career website.

For 10th & 11th:

Young women: if you are interested in computer science related education, Girls Who Code is a FREE 7 week course for you.  It also includes trips to top tech companies & mentorship from amazing women in the industry.  Application deadline is 2/5.  For more info., please see Ms. S. Chan or your counselor.

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.

For 11th & 12th:

1/28 @ 11:45am RM 154    Job Corps      It is the nation’s oldest and largest federally funded career skills training and education program for economically disadvantaged youth ages 16 through 24.  They provide room and board, 3 meals, vocational training, job placement, and high school education.

2/26  @ Skyline College     A free conference including breakfast and lunch for African American juniors & seniors who is interested in learning more about Skyline College and resources on campus. Please let either Ms. S. Chan or Mr. Donald Harper know if you are interested in going by 1/29.

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

For 12th:

1/28 @ 2:30pm  RM 104          Skyline Community College Info. & App. Workshop

If you plan to or want to attend Skyline in San Bruno city, you must come to this last application workshop.

If you want to apply for CCSF and take the placement exams at Galileo on 2/5, please see Ms. S. Chan by 1/28.

1/29 @ 5:30pm         Auditorium    Cash For College    Seniors & parents are welcomed to come and win a brand new lap top and complete the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act.

The Uaspire student roster has been selected.  182 students will have the honor to work with Michael; please look out for his email to you.

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

Thanks,

Ms. S. Chan

College & Career Counselor

Room 258F

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 22, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/22/15

 

I.  School Capacities

–Lisa began by telling the group every year we put in a request to EPC on how many students we want to have for the next year.  We take into account returning students, traveling teachers, etc.

 

–We currently have 1908 students and we are funded at about 1976 students.  We will get 40 newcomers.

–We will not be making decisions today, just getting input.  Do we want to be smaller or larger—this will all affect funding and staffing?

 

–David Barrios asked about the budget.  Does our budget go up as the district has more money for next year?  He asked if we get more money can we lower the number of students and still get the funding.  Science feels that the most professional thing to strive for is one teacher per classroom.  He would opt for smaller class sizes, so lower enrollment if we are getting more money per student.

 

–Susan said you lower the number of students, you have fewer faculty and fewer staff.  She said there are changes in different school sites.  She mentioned the new middle school that is being set up differently.  The district is also very fond of administrative costs, so all the funding is not equally distributed.

 

–Stephen Jackson asked how many teachers we would lose with lower enrollment.  Lisa said 150 students for one teacher per department.

 

–Doug said there are way too many variables in this equation.  We need to look at specifics, like how many teachers does this involve.  If we are going to lose teachers, then we could probably have more students.  Lisa said it does involve a lot of factors.  Do we want to stay where we are now, grow a little or go down?

–Doug asked if we stay the same would our class sizes go up.  Stephen Emmi said class sizes will grow.

 

–Joseph said they would like to see VAPA grown by 100 students and bring back band.  He felt there always will be traveling teachers.

 

–Michelle Moffett did not have a chance to have a conversation with her department to answer the questions.

–Michelle also mentioned bringing in new academies and pathways.  She felt that we need to look at how course offerings will look.

 

–Mat for Social Sciences said they feel they are at full strength, like their class sizes and do not want to lose anybody.

–Lisa said if we keep 1908 we will have less funding next year.

–Susan said parents are looking for schools that have lots of choices for their children.  The choice comes down to a difficult decision.  If we do no have electives that make high school more enjoyable, we will lose students to other schools.  Traveling will always happen based on our number of classrooms.

 

–Bai said many parents ask him about class sizes.  More students in the building and higher class sizes are not desirable to prospective parents.  He said some parents would like more VAPA classes.

 

–Lisa said if we have more students, we get more money.  We also run out of classrooms if we have more students.  We have to look the CORE classes that students need.

–Nancy said we do not know right now how much more money we will have, as the district is changing how they do the WSF.  The district has said the WSF will be conservative next year.

 

–David said more students do not necessarily mean more electives.  He mentioned several electives in Science, but it is important to recruit students for the electives.  He felt that no staff should be cut.  He would like to see the numbers remain the same or go down by just a few students if the attrition from our staff can accommodate that.

 

–Doug recalled 3 or 4 years ago that we had 2100 students and everyone seemed to fit.  He mentioned the addition of room 354 as a classroom.  Lisa said some periods have no available classrooms.  He felt giving teachers their own room is a preference question, not a capacity question.

 

–Michelle Moffett mentioned co-teachers and planning time and the benefits of having their own room for preps.  We may have to revisit CPT and using more for planning.

 

–Stephen Jackson asked about the space behind room 105 in the “garage” area where autoshop classes met.  He said we should be more aggressive in finding and refitting spaces.  Susan talked about events at GWHS and funding converting rooms that were the shop areas.

 

–Stephen Emmi and Lisa discussed some building requests from the past that have not happened.

 

–Lisa asked about our preferences for the total number of newcomer students.  We are funded and budgeted at 150.  We have 128 right now.

 

–Michelle asked if we can influence the newcomer students number for next year.  Lisa said we are a newcomer pathway school.  She put out numbers on class sizes.

Michelle said Kathleen wants the class sizes small and the students need them small as well.

 

–Lisa said the information will go to the High School Office today and it will go to the district tomorrow.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:30am.

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 20, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/20/15

 

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

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

I.          Communication

–Michelle had 2 questions from her department.  Why not communicate with the 15% of teachers who are not posting on School Loop?  Marcus said the current parents have lots of experience with School Loop and want the teachers to post regularly and often.

–David said there should be a window for responding.  He also suggested that the parents still have the middle school mind set and we need to convert them to high school communication.  We should let the parents know what will be different in high school.

–Marcus suggested all students are different and respond at different rates.  He gave an example of his children.

–Susan asked how many parents are on School Loop.  Stan DeBella said 30%.  Susan wanted to know how many parents actually check daily.  Marcus said he checks on his daughter every day.  She asked about all the parents who are not on School Loop.

–Marcus said as a school we need to make sure parents register for School Loop.  Parent involvement is a big thing.

–Michelle asked about the teachers who are not posting—are they being encouraged to post?  Do we let them know we want them to use School Loop to communicate with parents?  Marcus has spoken to some of them.  Student should know their grades at all times.

–Kathleen said 80% of her department uses School Loop.  Why do we have to post more often because some teachers are not doing it?

–Marcus said we have some high-powered parents with high-powered connections.

–Do we have alternative ways of communicating, like Progress Reports?

–Susan feels there should be something in the welcome to Galileo packet about the importance of students advancing in independence, studying, etc.  Marcus asked for the process at her son’s high school and then asked her to write that process up.

–Joseph mentioned there are things we can do with our students here and then there are district activities.  He said the grievance about forcing teaches to use School Loop is still on the table.  If the administration feels it is important for teachers to post, then they should provide CPT time to post.  Marcus said he could hold faculty meetings after school.  Joseph said only two per month.

–Marcus said he is frustrated that the administration does not have extra time to communicate with the teachers.

–Susan clarified that the expectation for posting has not changed—it is every 3 weeks this year. Next year Marcus would like it to be every 2 weeks. He feels that posting every 2 weeks helps teachers keep up with their grades.

 

–Michelle put out a general request for more timely communication in response to teachers’ emails with regard to admin.  Marcus said he is more of a face-to-face person and he gets many emails.  Michelle mentioned that they are being asked to use this technology tool as finding people takes more time.

 

II.         CAHSEE

–Nancy will send out information to all of the teachers this week about logistics, etc.

–Ethan said his teachers requested classrooms for the testing and where we can relocate the athletic activities during the testing. There is a basketball game after the second day of testing.

 

III.       CLRP Faculty Meeting Preview & Assignments

–Validation of culture as a person, gender wise, nationality.  This is about validating people as individuals.

–Marcus presented an exercise that he used to do.  This has to do with journal writing.  He gave the rules.  Name and date at the top of the paper.  Do not worry about punctuation.  Write to the edge of the paper.  It does not matter what you write about.

-–Participation points were very important in this activity he used in the classroom. Sharing what you write is voluntary. He plans to do this exercise at the next faculty meeting and he will not use the same song.

 

–Marcus gave the group 5 minutes to finish their writing to the first hole punch in the paper.

 

–Marcus asked if anyone wanted to share what they wrote.  Joseph went first.  Alicia read.  Stephen Jackson read.  David Barrios read. David Beauvais read. Susan wrote about music and talked about Bob Dylan.

 

–Marcus asked what just happed?  He said we got a chance to talk and relate and this is a good way to create relationships with students.  He gave a few examples.  Relationships are important.  Discussion followed.

 

–Marcus said the topic of the next book club is “The Model Minority.”

–Marcus gave an assignment to talk about what you can do to validate culture in our department and content area.

 

–Marcus would like to have another meeting about School Capacities this week. The meeting will be held this Thursday at the beginning of 4th period.

 

IV.        School Capacities

 

Leadership/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/13/15

 

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

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.               CAHSEE

 

Nancy reports we are working as much as we can to do promotion…letter to parents, working on getting information on the web, posted posters around campus, and class meetings with information

–Nancy out a request to prepare students for the exam in departments/classes.

–Ethan asked about athletic matches and practices.  Wrestling will get moved to an away match on Tuesday, Basketball on Wednesday will be ok.  There are concerns about practices Monday – Wednesday.

–Students will be tested will be 10th grade and 12th grade; Nancy will double check on this.

–Nancy stressed that tables have to specifically be set apart by a certain amount of space.

–Labeling students by grade level they have credits for…use counselor or classes to tell what actual year they are in HS

 

II.             Detention

–Nancy reported that Lunch Time Detention started yesterday, overall successful.

A few students didn’t show up, there were calls home, and if they don’t show up today they will be suspended.

–Nurse Kitchell requested hall sweeps on 1st floor Polk Street side regularly.

–Ethan asked about the issue regarding students who don’t show getting suspended.  He made the point that punishment shouldn’t be them not attending school (getting suspended).  Is that an appropriate punishment?

–Nancy said the suspensions are a way to show students that we are serious about lunch detentions.

–Marcus asked what the offense would be because we cannot use “K” for willful defiance anymore.

–David Beauvais spoke about the two types of students this might apply to and how it might work.

–Nurse Kitchell agreed with Ethan that perhaps the punishment doesn’t fit the crime…perhaps an in-school suspension.

–Marcus mentioned that in-school suspension requires a certificated staff member.

–David Beauvais is working to enlist parent support; parent meetings will happen before suspension, and then a meeting with the Principal might be the next step.

–Stephen Jackson was also thinking about in-school suspension but understands the cost issue, and he asked what chronic truant rate at school is.

–Discussion that it’s about 10 students wandering the halls.

–Stephen Jackson mentioned using the small size of the group to tailor interventions to each student.

–Doug asked what were the numbers yesterday?

–Nancy: provided the following: 10 on list, 5 attended, 3 not in 4th period, 2 ignored requests to attend.  Can serve 10-15 students.

–Nurse Kitchell expressed concern about all the names on the walkie-talkies and privacy concerns.  Also, she asked what time are you doing first period because Muni is sometimes the reason.  Lastly, what about feeding them?

–Nancy said: 1st period sweep is at 8:30am.  Cafeteria is brining lunch for all students regardless of free/reduced lunch status.

—David Barrios was attempting to address problem of students arriving to class late.   Lauren agreed.

 

–Alicia thanked Dean’s Office for this.  She knows it takes effort.  Even students knowing about it could make a difference regarding number of tardies.

–Joseph said in his 21st year at Galileo, we have tried lots of different things; he thinks this solution might really work.  Not for the chronic attendance issues but for the slow to class students who still attend and don’t see the urgency in getting to class on time.

–Nancy said that due to all the advertisements, students clearly knew about program.  Hallways were very quiet yesterday.

 

Meeting adjourned.

Weekly Bulletin – Janusry 20 – 23, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 20 -23, 2015

PEDESTRIAN

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PEDESTRIAN: a person who goes or travels on foot; walker; of or relating to walking.

 

**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.

 

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:

1/21 @ 11:45am RM 154    Jobs in the Construction Field      The construction field is

highly rewarding as well as high in demand in the current economy and it is an

awesome opportunity to get some hands-on training.

1/22 @ 10:40am & 12:30pm RM 157        Air Force ROTC Presentation        This is open

to all students who are interested in attending.  If you want to attend and need a pass

for your teacher to be excused, please see Ms. S. Chan.

1/24 @ 9am @ Oakland Marriot Convention Center    Black College Expo             Ticket is $8

in advance and at the door is $10 per person.  For details: www.thecollegeexpo.org

1/25 @ 1:30-3:30pm @ Jewish Community High School        GAP Year      If you would

like to take an educational break after you graduate from HS and before you start college, consider doing a GAP year.  Come to this fair and you will find plenty of valuable options.  For more details: usagapyearfairs.org

*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; Food is offered at every class.  Application deadline is 1/23/15.  Check School Loop for application and details or stop by the College & Career Center.

 

For 10th & 11th:

Young women: if you are interested in computer science related education, Girls Who Code is a FREE 7 week course for you.  It also includes trips to top tech companies & mentorship from amazing women in the industry.  Application deadline is 2/5.  For more info., please see Ms. S. Chan or your counselor.

 

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/Internship Bulletin on the College & Career website or the

bulletin board in the Counseling Center.

 

For 11th & 12th:

2/26  @ Skyline College     A free conference including breakfast and lunch for African American juniors & seniors who is interested in learning more about Skyline College and resources on campus. Please let either Ms. S. Chan or Mr. Donald Harper know if you are interested in going.

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

 

For 12th:

1/21 @ 2:30pm         RM 555          College Application Process Part II for seniors  This presentation includes basic financial aid and college application follow ups for seniors who are in Mr. Papa’s, Mr. Jung’s, and Mr. Lynch’s social studies class.

1/22 @ 2:30pm         RM 104          CCSF Info. & App. Workshop        If you plan to or want to attend City College of San Francisco, you must come to this last application workshop.

1/29 @ 5:30pm         Auditorium    Cash For College    Seniors & parents are welcomed to come and win a brand new lap top and complete the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act.

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 – January 12 – 16, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY

Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 12 – 16, 2015

PALATABLE

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PALATABLE: acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory: acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings.

 

**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:

1/14 @ 11:45am RM 154    Wells College           Come & hear about a Galileo graduate’s experience at this small private college in New York.

1/14 @ 2:30pm RM 104      Skyline College        Seniors can complete the application

1/17 @ 9am @ Stanford University          Stanford’s Annual Asian American Issues Conference    This is a free annual conference for high school and college students.  You will learn about current Asian American topics.  Free breakfast/lunch/dinner will be provided to registered participants!  For more details, check out the College & Career Center calendar.

To RSVP: https://aasa.stanford.edu/lts/

*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; Food is offered at every class.  Application deadline is 1/23/15.  Check School Loop for application and details or stop by the College & Career Center.

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:

1/15 @ 11:45am RM 154    10th & 11th grade girls: if you are interested in computer science related education, this FREE 7 week course is for you.  It also includes trips to top tech companies & mentorship from amazing women in the industry.

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:

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:

1/14 @ 2:30pm-4:30 @ 270 6th St. SF     Construction Jobs Resource Fair             Want to learn about career opportunities in the construction field?   Want to get a free video game?  Check out this Resource Fair and chat with industry experts, employers & mentors.  For question, call MHH: 415-865-2105 or stop by the College & Career Center.

1/29 @ 5:30pm         Auditorium          Seniors & parents are welcomed to come complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act.  Free dinner and win a brand new lap top!  Bring your 2013 income tax return.

Sharon Chen, Yanying Luo, Jinfeng Huang are the winners for the uAspire raffle.

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 Heads Meeting Minutes – January 1, 2015

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/6/15

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:20am.  He wished everyone Happy New Year.

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

I.          SBAC

–Marcus said we have some high stakes testing coming up.  There have been some changes in who is coordinating the testing.

–Lisa is in charge of this one and Nancy will do CLAs.

–We have to do the CST Life Science.  English and Math will fall under the new testing.

 

–Lisa discussed a hypothetical schedule.  She will work with department heads and teachers to iron out the details.  The tests will be given during a regular schedule.  English must be given first and Math will follow.  These are computer tests.  The Life Science test is a paper and pencil test.

–English will go through American Lit classes.  Teachers will monitor their own classes.

–Math will be run in Pre-Calculus or Algebra 2 classes.

–English will start on a Friday, then go to Monday.  Each segment is an hour.  There is a classroom activity that will precede this on a Tuesday. These tests will happen in April to not conflict with AP Testing.  English will be April 10 – 16, then a week break and then Math April 24 – 30.  AP testing starts on May 4th.

–There are accommodations for Sped. Ed and ELL students.  She talked about the accommodations.

–Lisa said the administrators will try out the test and then they will do this activity with the Leadership Team.  She distributed a blue print for the test.

 

II.         CHSEE

–Nancy said this exam will be on Feb. 3rd and 4th.  English will be first, then Math.  It will be a regular bell schedule for both days.  She plans to run the exams in the gyms.  She indicated it will take all 3 gyms.  This test is for 10th graders.  We need attendance and the students to pass the exams.

–We need to use the gyms to be in compliance.  The cafeteria and classrooms are out of compliance.

–Seniors do get the opportunity to take the test as this time.  March testing is for everyone and the May testing is for seniors.

–Nancy asked for ideas to prepare for the tests and get students to come.  She mentioned posters in the halls and G-House TV commercials.  What can we do as teachers to prepare students for the test?

–Michelle discussed talking about how the questions are phrased.  Classroom activities do not often mirror how the questions are phrased.  She said they would do this activity in the “Do Nows.”

–Nancy suggested Test Strategies—like process of elimination on answers.

–Kathleen has test taking strategies in reading and math.  Marcus suggested putting these on a Google doc.

 

–Lisa identified some students who might be a-risk for the Math portion.

–Lauren asked about the 11th and 12th graders who need prep.  How can they get a hold of the Test Prep math book that is in the bookroom?  We can also make a handout of websites to look at for test prep.

–Lisa suggested giving handouts to those students who will be taking the test.

–David suggested putting it on School Loop.

–Marcus said he would go into Social Studies classes to do workshops on what the test is all about.  We have low scores with Latinos and AAs.

 

III.       Detention

–Nancy mentioned the Lunch Time Detention to address the behaviors we noticed during the Fall Semester.  She said they were looking for rooms to hold these sessions.

–Susan asked if they were accepting referrals for detention.  Marcus said there are a handful of students who have no consequences and their parents say, “Don’t call me again.”

–Nancy said many students like to leave campus at lunchtime so this is a good consequence.  It will run daily to start to make the students aware.  She indicated it can only accommodate 10-15 students per day.

–Tardiness and defiance are reasons for getting assigned this detention.  Teachers can send information to the Deans’ Office.

–Dave said teachers should put on a referral any interventions they have taken.

–Lauren said we should check on legitimate absences for illnesses before assigning detention.

–Susan said there are times when CPS can help with this.  If the parents do not care, that is Educational Neglect.  Marcus said we will handle each student on an individual basis.

–Doug asked about the directive to not mark suspended students absent.  That is handled with the suspension when it is entered into Synergy.

 

IV.        Staff Changes

–New staff—Amy Barrios is .6 in English and ELD, Ryan Welch joined us as the College and Career teacher; Bob Novota will teach College & Career during the Band Period.  Hopefully we will return Band in the Fall.

 

V.         Enrollment

–We are up 10 students to 1916.  We will have 40 Newcomers arriving over the semester.

 

 

VI.        Course Changes

–They will take place over the week.

 

VII.      Master Schedule

–Stephen mentioned the classes that were added, and they are mostly completed.

Some balancing still needs to take place.  We added an American Lit class and a European Lit class for 9th graders.  We also added 2 ELD classes and an Econ class.

–David asked when there would be classroom visits.  Stephen said there is a new training for next year and will have a better idea after the training.

 

VIII.     UBC Agreements

–Marcus said the biggest concern is for student safety after school.  Some students are here as late as 10PM.  We will shut the building down at 6:00pm starting next Monday.  Everyone must leave.  We will have to be open for meetings.  The Bay Street Gate will be closed and locked at 4:30pm.

 

–Parking is a serious issue.  We will call DPT if cars are blocking someone in owners will get a ticket.  Susan Kitchell is drafting a letter.  Most of the offenders are chronic offenders.  Once DPT comes they will give tickets to anyone parked illegally.  Susan mentioned alternatives to blocking and where to park.

–Ethan mentioned painting something on the ground to warn parkers.

 

–Sub Days should come from department budgets or from colleague coverage.  These days the administrators have cannot be used for field trips for clubs, only classes.

 

IX.        Miscellaneous

 

–Lisa mentioned evaluations and short forms.  Anyone with Satisfactory or above in the last 6 years is eligible for the short form.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon.