LEADERSHIP TEAM/DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING – November 29, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

11/29/12

 

 

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

 

Marcus told everyone that Nancy had a death in the family and will be away until Monday.  She will get the registration sheets out to the department heads next Monday.  They will be due prior to Winter Break.

 

Ms. Field and AoHT would like to have a festival in the courtyard on December 14th to raise money.  They will be selling items and having food delivered.  Ethan asked about back up in case of rain.  Marcus suggested the 2nd floor hallway.  There will be 7-10 tables.  This is a project for the students.  They will come up with the products.

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Final Exam Schedule

–Marcus distributed a new final exam schedule.  He explained that we were called on the carpet by the district for not having enough instructional minutes.  We will have a homeroom for 40 minutes—we will call this a “Nutritional Homeroom.”  The final exams will be 2 hours and 15 minutes.

–Ray asked about the Special Ed busses on 3 days.  We will have them but we have to pay for them.

–We will talk about next year’s bell schedule at the next meeting.

 

II.         Class Observations

–Marcus asked for Lisa if the teachers would be willing to have Lisa and Bissa come and observe the classes. Joseph, Doug, Kathleen, Stan, Ethan, Michelle, Mat, Leah said Yes.  Ray said No.  Mat asked if they would be notified in advance.

 

III.       Substance Abuse Assembly Schedule

–Jessica distributed a proposed schedule for that day, March 21, 2013.

–The left column shows a normal Thursday schedule.

–This schedule would eliminate Homeroom and there would be 15 minutes less in the class times.

–Jessica explained the logistics of the assembly, the discussion after the assembly and there will be time for the regular class, which will be 15 minutes shorter than the normal block period.

–Allison said there has been an increase in marijuana use this year so this assembly will be very beneficial.

–The schedule was approved by the group.

 

IV.        Academic Integrity

–Allison asked if there is a school wide policy concerning cheating.  She said she and Mr. Emmi are noticing periods of time during the year when cheating is prevalent.

–They ask the teacher for their policy and if the students know it.  They talk to the student and then have the student write a letter of apology, and a paragraph about academic integrity. Then they set up a conference with the parent, the student, the teacher, the counselor and the Dean.

 

–David said we had discussed the need for a bare minimum of what will happen if a student cheats.  All students need to know this.

–Allison asked if we need more than this and David said we definitely do need more.  He would like a teacher component added—like the student should fail that assignment.

–Michelle asked if the school wide policy is in addition to each teacher’s individual policy.  The levels of plagiarism in the school vary.

–Allison felt the Deans’ Office would put out a policy, including a 0 on an assignment where the student cheated.

–Doug said that some students may not be clear on all forms of academic dishonesty.

–Doug also said that cheating does not necessarily happen in front of the teacher the work is for, but in front of another teacher.  Katie indicted a school wide policy would cover this.  Joseph mentioned a part of Balboa’s policy—someone who gives someone else homework to copy is just as guilty.

 

–Michelle asked for the insertion of sources students use for their outside papers.

 

–Kathleen felt that there should be some education to the students about cheating.  She mentioned that students cheat on the CAHSEE exam.

–Michelle said her department is having more in class writing exams due to the Internet.  They also get an initial sampling of student writing at the beginning of the year to have a benchmark for each student.

 

–Michelle asked about repeat offenses.  David said that Lincoln does a really nice job in this area.  Allison said they have not had a lot of repeat offenders.  She said that the students break down and cry within 7 minutes, and they have not had repeat offenders who were caught in the last year.

 

–David suggested using Lincoln’s policy.  He would like to go through it and see if there were some things he did not agree with.

 

–Lauren mentioned situations that are dealt with by the teacher and don’t have to go to the Dean’s Office.  Teachers should keep track of the offenses.  Katie suggested putting this information into the online referral system.

 

–Allison said they have only received 1 written referral this year—all the rest have been online.  David said that once teachers write a referral they can access referrals from other teachers.

–Allison would like to see “Deans’ Office Referral Written and Entered into Permanent Record.”  This will be of value to those students who are anxious to go to college.

–Katie would like to have the group take this to their departments and then review with the students, particularly with finals coming up.

–Kathleen suggested using SSR time to address academic honesty, perhaps with a power point presentation.

–Michelle discussed doing this as teachers give reviews for their finals.

–David suggested having students sign an agreement.

–Marcus asked how we could get this back from the students who have to get their parent’s signature

–Lauren suggested students sign in class and return that to the teacher.

–Katie felt that the signature does not mean much for the kids.  She felt that if the form was distributed in Homeroom, on G-House TV, and discussed in every class that would be enough.

–David felt that the parents need to know this information.  Katie said this is in the handbook, and that the school can suspend.

–It can also be published on School Loop.

–Let Allison know by tomorrow if you have suggestions, etc.

–Doug asked about transitional students and how we handle them. Discussion followed concerning the advantages and disadvantages of identifying these students to all teachers.

–Katie said that Wellness and Counseling work with the EWI students.  EWI—Early Warning Indicator—based on attendance and GPA.  This comes from Data Director.  Transitional Student information is more comprehensive.

–Jessica said the EWI list should be shared with students.  She also suggested sending both list and saying the students on the list are either EWI or transitional, but not identify who is on what list.

–David said he would like to know if students he refers are placed on the lists.  Katie said Donald shares his caseload with the staff.

 

V.  Update on Slow School Zone Signs

–Katie called 311 twice and now she put Kelli Mallen on it.  Kelli is going to the Supervisor.

 

VI.        Miscellaneous

–David asked about CPT. Marcus said it is on the UBC agenda today.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:05am.

 

Weekly Bulletin – November 26 – 30, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
NOVEMBER 26-30, 2012

INCOHERENT

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. : INCOHERENT: Lacking orderly continuity, arrangement or relevance; loose; incosistent.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS WORDS: “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.”    Hebrew Proverb

REFERENCE ITEMS

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                 Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve!
You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days,
we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop!
Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and
ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my
appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org  for the National Merit Scholarship.”

Weekly Bulletin
NOVEMBER 13 – 16, 2012

GERMINATE

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. GERMINATE: To begin to grow or develop; sprout.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS TIPS: (From Jeanne Sharbuno “Bite Size Tips for Busy Teachers”)
You take care of your students…by taking care of yourself first.
Use these 3 self-care tips as quick stress-busters to regain your balance throughout the day:
1.  Relax your nervous system with belly breaths. Breath in from your belly for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts, and release slowly for 5 counts. Repeat 5 – 10 times.
2.  Take a 10-minute refreshing walk during lunch to empty your mind and rejuvenate your soul.
3.  Keep silly cartoons or funny quotes at your desk to make you laugh and lighten your mood.

REFERENCE ITEMS

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                                                                              Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                                                                      Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.                                                                                            Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don Papa

THE WELLNESS PHIRE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: (Peer Health Insurance Rights Education) is working with a group of Galileo Juniors and Seniors to become certified as peer educators in health insurance, health advocacy and health care reform. We are looking forward to presenting in your classrooms starting in February 2013 to educate Galileo students. If you have questions about health care reform please see J. Colvin who can connect you with our wonderful interns!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve! You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days, we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop! Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

for the National Merit Scholarship.”

STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB? Enterprise for High School Students is offering a 14-week job training program that can lead to a paid internship at Gap and Old Navy stores in San Francisco. Stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151, for more information!

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!   We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

COLLEGE GEAR DRESS-UP DAY: is Friday, Nov. 16. Wear your favorite
college sweatshirt or gear.

HARVEST FOOD FESTIVAL: is Friday, Nov. 16 in the courtyard during lunchtime. Various clubs are selling your favorite food and drinks. Money helps to pay for the fun activities at Galileo. Campus will be closed during lunch time that day.

BASEBALL PRACTICE:  every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

Weekly Bulletin NOVEMBER 13 – 16, 2012

Weekly Bulletin
NOVEMBER 13 – 16, 2012

GERMINATE

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. GERMINATE: To begin to grow or develop; sprout.

NEW ITEMS:

STAFF WELLNESS TIPS: (From Jeanne Sharbuno “Bite Size Tips for Busy Teachers”)
You take care of your students…by taking care of yourself first.
Use these 3 self-care tips as quick stress-busters to regain your balance throughout the day:
1.  Relax your nervous system with belly breaths. Breath in from your belly for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts, and release slowly for 5 counts. Repeat 5 – 10 times.
2.  Take a 10-minute refreshing walk during lunch to empty your mind and rejuvenate your soul.
3.  Keep silly cartoons or funny quotes at your desk to make you laugh and lighten your mood.

REFERENCE ITEMS

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                                                                              Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                                                                      Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.                                                                                            Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don Papa

THE WELLNESS PHIRE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: (Peer Health Insurance Rights Education) is working with a group of Galileo Juniors and Seniors to become certified as peer educators in health insurance, health advocacy and health care reform. We are looking forward to presenting in your classrooms starting in February 2013 to educate Galileo students. If you have questions about health care reform please see J. Colvin who can connect you with our wonderful interns!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve! You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days, we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop! Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

for the National Merit Scholarship.”

STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB? Enterprise for High School Students is offering a 14-week job training program that can lead to a paid internship at Gap and Old Navy stores in San Francisco. Stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151, for more information!

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!   We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

COLLEGE GEAR DRESS-UP DAY: is Friday, Nov. 16. Wear your favorite
college sweatshirt or gear.

HARVEST FOOD FESTIVAL: is Friday, Nov. 16 in the courtyard during lunchtime. Various clubs are selling your favorite food and drinks. Money helps to pay for the fun activities at Galileo. Campus will be closed during lunch time that day.

BASEBALL PRACTICE:  every Monday on football field at 3:15. Coach Papa

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

11/8/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Final Exam Schedule

–Marcus distributed a proposed schedule.  He mentioned that we never came to a final decision.  The group reviewed the document.

–Thursday and Friday will be half days.  It will be 8am – 1pm including lunch.

–Lisa said that the deans want Thursday and Friday to be totally structured for students.  Marcus said the official line is “Students must be here.”

–Lisa asked how the make-up exams work.  David said the students go where they need to go to make up their exams.

–One problem is students who just show up and walk the halls.

–Stan suggested a video in the auditorium for those with no classes.

 

II.         Winter Assembly Schedule/Date

–Marcus met with ASB last week and they would like to have the assembly on Dec. 14th.  They feel there will be better participation than on Dec. 21st.

–Leah talked about the practice AP tests and the time they take.

–Joseph said we are only talking about 10 minutes of instructional time if the assembly is on Dec. 14th.

–David and Leah mentioned the distractions of the assembly.

–Stan said that those students who are in the assembly put a lot of effort into the show.

–Lisa said it seems too last minute at this time to move the assembly to December 7th.  She also felt moving it at all seems last minute.

–Marcus called for a vote on the 7th, 14, or 21st.  2 voted for the 7th, 2 voted for the 14th.   The assembly will be on December 21st.

 

–Discussion followed on the schedule for December 21st.

–Lisa said Option 2 would allow some class work during 4th period.

–Option 2 will be the schedule for 12/21.

 

III.       BSC Review

–Marcus distributed copies of the Balanced Score Card.  He explained the process of developing it and distributed updated copies of the document.

–Lisa discussed updated data information.  She hoped for individual meetings on this document, for Section 2, Fall Data Review, pages 4-7. Marcus apologized for printing an out dated copy.  He will provide the current copy to everyone in  their mailboxes.

 

—Doug mentioned an article he read in a local newspaper that discussed a technique of testing/not testing Special Ed. students.  We are above board and test our Special Ed. students.

 

IV.        Ordering School Wide Supplies

–Doug asked about school-wide supplies, like Kleenex.  He wanted to know if these had to be ordered by departments.

–Michelle said departments did not have budgets at the beginning of the year.  Do we need to now allocate Kleenex from district budgets?

–Doug also asked about scantrons.  Are these school wide supplies?  Ink comes into the same category. CLA activity also used scantrons.

–Katie said we will always have paper, water and Xerox machines that work.  We have some Kleenex.

–Doug felt that Kleenex falls under general and the school should pay for this.  Katie will add Kleenex to the list.

–David asked where to buy scantrons.  Respondents said check the Warehouse Catalogue.

–David asked about bulbs for LCD projectors.  Katie said we have 200 or so now.

–Ink for printers will be covered by Thong Ly.  Katie will check with him.

 

V.         Paper and Water Usage

–People are hoarding paper and water.  Katie asked for feedback to deal with this and curb the hoarding—to inspire responsible use.

–David asked if there is a way to find out how much usage there are on the machines and if this corresponds with the amount of paper usage.

–Either way we need to show more responsible use of paper.

–Katie would like to promote responsible use of paper and copy machines.

–David suggested a copy machine in-service at the start of next year.

–Kathleen suggested responsible students doing the copying.  Talk continued with the thought of having a para do the copying.  Teachers would have to turn in copy requests 24 hours ahead of time.

–We are 1/3 of the way through the school year and we have used ½ of our paper supply.

–David asked if we have more teachers this year.

–Michelle said she knows that many students are printing out their homework here on campus.  She asked where that paper comes from.

–David asked if we could limit student printing.

–Katie asked everyone to have a conversation with their department about responsible use of paper.

–Marcus said we will look at the notes and return to the next meeting with some hard data.

–Joseph suggested monitoring 307 and machines and paper for one day.

 

VI.        Youth Vote/ Student Surveys

–Katie reminded everyone to turn them in.  Return them to the boxes in her outer office.

 

VII.      Slow School Traffic Signs

–Kathleen talked of hearing all the accidents on Bay Street.  She talked of Denise LeBiavant requesting this for many years.

–Nancy said we have called in past years and nothing has been done.

 

VIII.     School Site Council Membership

–Stan said we have used the SFUSD make-up for membership.  This was 4 classroom teachers and one non-classroom personnel.  He checked the union guidelines and he explained those as more extensive.  All groups must be represented and the UBC rep is one of the teacher members.

–He also checked the State guidelines and they are the same as the union, but do not require the UBC rep to be one of the classroom teachers.

–His proposal is to have 2 teachers, 2 community members, 2 parents, 2 students, 1 para, 1 SEIU worker, 1 non-classroom teacher, 2 classroom teachers including 1 UBC rep. Community members cannot be employed by the district.  Parent members should not be working at the school site.

–Stan wants to put this in front of the SSC, but they do not meet until December and he would like to get this going before then.  He put this before the UBC and they said they would abide by what the Leadership Team votes.

–Each representative group would only vote for their representative.

–Marcus said the Leadership Team is not a decision making group.  We can make a recommendation.  The SSC can vote via email.

–Doug asked where we get the community members.  Lisa said we put feelers out and then get resumes, and then make decisions.

–Membership is for 2 years. It as suggested that perhaps community members do not serve consecutive terms.

 

–Stan talked about the problem of para representatives as they leave earlier than the end of the school day.

–Michelle asked about the possibility of a 3rd student on the SSC who was not an ASB officer.

–Stan said that the rules say that the classroom teachers have to be in the majority.

–Students could be represented by one ASB officer and 1 other student.

–Vote—unanimous to follow the UBC guidelines.

 

Department Head Meeting

 

I.          Master Schedule

–Nancy talked about changing course titles and the affect it would have on School Loop.  No changes will be made until after this grading period.  Next grading period she will communicate with everyone on how to do the changes.

–Joseph asked for the number of changes in names.  Nancy said there are some in Science, some in ELD, College and Career, Math.

 

–Communications will come from Nancy about moving to Synergy.  Counselors will go to classes during the 3rd week of January.

 

II.         Peer Observation Feedback

–Lisa asked the group for feedback.  How did it go, was it useful and meaningful?

–Stan said we have a lot of talent in the building and he liked going and seeing how other teachers do things.

–Michelle said English loves it and it is really beneficial for the new teachers.  She thinks it is a low-key way of guiding new teachers.

–Doug said it was good for his department.  There are a lot of good teachers in the building and it is good to get new ideas.

–David said it is really good for the new teachers.  He felt they should be encouraged to do more of this activity.

–Stan said some teachers do not want to observe other teachers and do not want to be observed unless it is for an evaluation.  He has heard this as a UBC rep.

–Mat said there were a few of his teachers who went across curriculum and they found it helpful.  David said that also happened in his department.

–Joseph said it is fantastic to see what is going on in other classrooms.

 

III.       Instructional Leadership

–Lisa asked how can we move to support instruction more in this school?  How can we structure this in the future?  She said she is not an expert in all subjects.  What are the members’ ideas for supporting instruction in the school?

–Michelle said some of the work done in departments could be modeling how to teach a lesson.  Most of the work includes business, or CFA’s, cluster meetings.  The way CPT is structured now, there is not time for supporting instruction with a teacher sharing the modeling of a lesson.

–Stan said there used to be district wide PD’s by department and members did some instruction and demonstrations.  He felt we could put on our own here at Galileo.

–Joseph mentioned what they did last year—observing other teachers in his department in the Fall and then teaching them a lesson in the spring.

 

IV.        Spring CPT Time

–Lisa distributed the plans for Spring 2013.

–Joseph asked about “The Amazing Race at Galileo.”  Lisa said this comes from an activity she did in graduate school and she discussed trivia questions about Galileo, staff, etc.

–Stan said “The Curricular Planning in Teams” is too vague.

–Lisa would like everyone to take this back to their departments for feedback.

–Stan asked about the April 10 and 11 Common Core State Standards Planning. Lisa said these are coming and will be a reality.

–Lisa explained the Peer Observation Planning.

–Stan would like one of the CPT sessions in the spring to be a Retirement Planning session to present new guidelines.  Lisa asked everyone to bring it up with their departments.

–Please give her feedback by Tuesday 11/13/12.

–She asked everyone to please turn in the sign-in sheets from your meetings.  She is also trying to learn where the student teachers are each period.  She distributed the sign-in sheets.  She also asked if the minutes from all meetings are being taken and turned in.  She has not received any of them.

 

V.         Feedback on CLAs

–Mat said the CLAs was a good learning activity for his department.  He felt they need to devote more meeting time to select questions.  In order for the results to be more meaningful, there needs to be more planning.

 

–Stan said the Chemistry CLAs were mirroring what Mat said.  They had more discussions on the questions, rather than the results.

–Doug said some of his teachers were more serious about the CLAs than others and then how they presented it to the students.  Part of the grade or not part of the grade?  They will work on a cohesive strategy for addressing the CLAs.

–Joseph used assessments they are already giving and did not design a new test.  This was part of the curriculum and grades.  Kathleen said her department did the same.

–Michelle said they are seeing more from the CFAs and this is working for them.

–David said he noticed the scores going up in the afternoons.

–Marcus thanked everyone for going through the process.  This is about teaching and reflecting on what we are doing.  He said the PTSA was asking for this.

–Mat said they felt that some of their questions were not very good.

–Michelle wants to use the same questions to see if there is improvement in the spring.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:40am.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – November 5 – 9, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
NOVEMBER 5 – 9, 2012

GULLIBLE

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. GULLIBLE: Easily duped or cheated.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                         Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

THE WELLNESS PHIRE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: (Peer Health Insurance Rights Education) is working with a group of Galileo Juniors and Seniors to become certified as peer educators
in health insurance, health advocacy and health care reform. We are looking forward to presenting in your classrooms starting in February 2013 to educate Galileo students.
If you have questions about health care reform please see J. Colvin who can connect you with our wonderful interns!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve!
You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days,
we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop!
Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and
ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my
appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Mon, Nov. 5: University of CA, Berkeley, UC Application, Personal Statement
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

for the National Merit Scholarship.”

STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB? Enterprise for High School Students is offering a 14-week job training program that can lead to a paid internship at Gap and Old Navy stores in San Francisco. Stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151, for more information!

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING: is today in 153 at 3:15 pm. Need to give your food proposals today for the upcoming Harvest Food Festival.

GALILEI SWEATSHIRTS: (printed letters) are on sale Nov. 5 – 9 at ASB store. Cost is now $20.

SCIENCE CLUB: will have its annual Galileo Rocketship Launch and the Big Science Quiz for class competition this Friday, Nov. 9 in the courtyard. It will start at 12:30 PM.

SCIENCE DRESS-UP DAY: Wear your favorite science t-shirt, sweatshirt, or gear this Friday. Come to the courtyard during lunch time and count down the rocketship launch.

Weekly Bulletin – October 29 – November 2, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 2, 2012

FRUITION

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. FRUITION: Pleasurable use or possession; enjoyment; realization or accomplishment.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                         Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                 Don Papa

THE WELLNESS PHIRE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: (Peer Health Insurance Rights Education) is working with a group of Galileo Juniors and Seniors to become certified as peer educators
in health insurance, health advocacy and health care reform. We are looking forward to presenting in your classrooms starting in February 2013 to educate Galileo students.
If you have questions about health care reform please see J. Colvin who can connect you with our wonderful interns!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve!
You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days,
we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop!
Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and
ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my
appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Mon, Oct. 29  CSU Application
Thu, Nov. 1: University of CA, Santa Barbara, UC Application, Personal Statement
Mon, Nov. 5: University of CA, Berkeley, UC Application, Personal Statement
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

for the National Merit Scholarship.”

STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB? Enterprise for High School Students is offering a 14-week job training program that can lead to a paid internship at Gap and Old Navy stores in San Francisco. Stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151, for more information!

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – October 25, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

10/25/12

 

 

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

Go Giants!!

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Wellness/UCSF School Wide Agenda

–Jessica and Susan presented information about the Substance Abuse Assembly last year.  They said this was the best assembly on this topic they have ever seen.  They would like to bring this one back and the presenter is loyal to Galileo.

–Jessica said that if a student is caught using drugs illegal substances on campus, they are assigned to 3 substance abuse sessions.  We have 35 cases so far this year.

–They explained the physiology of what illegal substances do to the body.  The students were really engaged.  They way he presents the subject is memorizing to the students and the adults.

–Jessica said this is the last year he can present to Galileo as he is finishing his residency.  He can bring 40 residents with him this year from UCSF.  They can come for a morning on a block day.  The date is March 21st.  We need to let them know as soon as possible.  We have never had a double assembly schedule on a block day.

There would be debriefings by the 40 residents.

–Jessica asked the group what they think of this.  Wellness had never done a school-wide assembly.

–Stan suggested that we not have block schedule that week.

–Joseph suggested flip flopping Tuesday and Thursday that week.

–Ms. Maroun has a theater presentation that week.

–Discussion followed about various possible schedules.

–Joseph suggested running 4 assemblies so they are smaller.  Smaller audiences usually mean the kids are more focused.

–David said he is concerned about moving the kids in smaller groups.

–Jessica will bring back several schedule options in the next few weeks.

–Susan said the presenter touches on all disciplines—math, science, English, etc.

–Stan suggested 3 assemblies on a block day with prep materials, but the presenters are only able to be here in the morning.

–The presenter’s perspective is from the ER and what happens with substance abuse and what they see in the ER.

–Susan said she has never seen this great a program in all the 40 years she has been working with youth and families.

–Kathleen would like to get prep materials so they can have them translated.

–Marcus thanked Jessica and Susan for their work on this.

–The presenter will do a presentation for the staff ahead of the student presentation.

 

II.         Assembly Bell Schedule

–Marcus asked for feedback from the group.

–ELD liked #5, Social Studies #5, Math #1and #5, English and VPA did not discuss.

David said anything would be fine.  World Language said that as well.

–Decision made, Schedule #5.

 

III.       CPT/PD Committee

–Marcus asked everyone to think about how we develop the CPT/PD calendar for the future.  We need to look at needs and priorities for the school.  Please discuss with your department.  We will discuss at next meeting.

 

IV.        Food Fest Parameters

–Kathleen asked about homemade food.  Mr. Wing said that is not allowed. The student nutrition policy says homemade food is OK.  She also asked about sugar, etc.

 

–Susan brought the nutrition guidelines.  She also emailed everyone the guidelines.  She talked about the terrible food our students eat and the huge obesity problem in our youth today.

 

–Entrees from homemade food and restaurants are OK, but anything else must meet the student nutrition guidelines.

–Susan talked about events in the past where students ate healthy food.  She mentioned some foods that she felt students would buy.

–David asked if the system now is on the “honor system?”  Marcus said they sell the junk on those 4 days at other schools.  He has been talking to students in the hallways about selling candy by clubs and classes.

–Susan said public law is involved.

–Jessica said we were in the newspaper several years ago for not following the nutrition guidelines.

–Michelle thought the sponsors of clubs should have these guidelines sent to them again.

–Doug felt that the meetings prior to food fests address what is acceptable to sell and what is not.  Many teachers and sponsors do not know what was allowed and what is not allowed.

–David felt it would be good to have a list of ingredients at sales or nutritional information.

–Marcus said we would put out a concise email about this topic.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.          Budget Check-In (Google doc)

–Katie asked everyone if they got the document.  She asked if anyone has questions.

She said that most of the money went into supplies.  Please let her know by the end of the day tomorrow what you need.  She needs to lump all the departments together this time.  She will do budget transfers and these will then be reflected on the Google doc.

–Stan asked about Bio Tech and how much money they need.  He mentioned a number of pieces of equipment that he needs repaired.

–Marcus said Science always needs more money than other departments.  At other schools, many departments always chip in to Science.

 

II.         Department Budget Allocations

–David said Science has to spend all their money on supplies.  They do not have the option of field trips, sending teachers to PD, etc., because of the consumables they use every year.  He feels it is an equity issue and doing the allocations based on just the number of students does not meet the needs of the Science Department.  He is asking for a “bump” above the other departments.

–Doug agreed with David.  He also mentioned that we used to have a “tech” budget but we no longer have this.  He must replace computers with his budget.

–Michelle said they have to replace novels and she wants to see what funds are recovered for lost English books.

–Katie said the lost textbook recovery funds are not set by department and Connie keeps the records internally.

–Michelle asked for the process for asking for these funds.  Katie will check on this.

–Michelle said she would like to take charge of collecting funds for lost textbooks and then use these funds to purchase more books.

 

–David thought each department should have a basic operating funds and then the rest should be shared.

 

–Mat said what every his department has left over, they would share with the departments in need.

–Ethan mentioned past practices of larger classes getting more supplies.  The SSC decides if the money goes to teachers or supplies.

–Leah said if we need money for supplies to effectively teach the classes, then we might not have money for conferences, etc.

–Ethan asked what the department budgets are for this year.  Katie referred to the Google doc for the information.

 

–Doug asked how Katie broke the budget down.  She said it was based on the number of students.

 

–Stan said we never see any accounting on the club accounts.  Katie said it is listed on the outside of the accountant’s door.  It is updated weekly.  Joseph suggested it should be put on a Google doc.  Katie said the accountant uses accounting software that we do not have.

–David suggested we find out if she can present this information to us digitally.  Question was asked as to whether we want this information public.

–Class sponsors should know accountability for class funds.

 

–Katie said many of the departments have special needs and could make a pitch as to why they need extra funds.  Katie will rearrange the funds as to how the departments want.

–Doug suggested Science identify the dollar amounts per student for consumables in chemistry, biology, etc.  Discussion followed.

–Stan said Biotech needs $3,000-$5,000 for consumable supplies.  Bio Tech 2 is more expensive than Bio Tech 1.

–Katie reminded everyone that we might be looking at further budget cuts if the election results are not positive on Prop 30 and Prop 38.

–The question was asked—“Should we spend now?”  The answer is yes.  Downtown can freeze the budget any time.

–Marcus asked David to do his bare bones budget and let him see it.

 

III        Master Scheduling

–Nancy said Eleanor MarBeshears is taking on the scheduling of the Academies.  This will begin the first week in January.

–Counselors will visit classrooms the week of January 21st to register students.

–Michelle asked if the counselors would visit the English classes.  Nancy said that has always been the easiest as everyone takes English.  This is over a 2-3 week span.

–Counselors will email the English teachers and the teachers will say when is the best time.

–Michelle asked about scheduling for AP and Honors classes—how or will we recruit for those classes.

–Students should sign up for Honors and AP classes they want and then schedule changes will only happen the first 3 weeks of school.

–Nancy said she is supposed to be done with the Master Schedule by May.

–David asked about the window for AP teachers getting a prep or a stipend.  Marcus and Nancy will discuss this and let the members know.

–Doug mentioned that some kids sign up for classes they are not capable of taking.  Screening should happen by March.

–Nancy mentioned problems with the district SIS.

–Marcus asked if anyone had a problem with changing the meeting to Wednesdays.  It would involve a change of prep periods for the members.

 

IV.        Course Titles

–Nancy will need to change course titles.  She asked for help in this process.  When she changes titles, grades disappear from School Loop.

–Doug said you can merge the classes before they begin.  Discussion followed on processes and problems.

–Some name changes are necessary so students get the proper credit.

–Doug suggested Nancy work with someone from School Loop and then we have a process to walk teachers through this. These changes must be done before the end of the semester.

 

V.         CFA Analysis CPT

–Next Wednesday we will do CFA Analysis.  You can look at English and Math or whatever you like.  Lisa will get Data for any group that wants it.  Lisa will provide a goal and questions departments of clusters can ask.  Look at the assessments and work with your information.

 

–Marcus would like to know the location of each cluster meeting.

 

VI.        Creative Clustering

–Lisa asked Michelle to talk about how the English Department does clustering—Clusters are set up by grade level.  Some teachers are teaching multiple levels, but each teacher will focus on one grade level.  They will focus on one project.

–In each cluster someone is appointed as the leader to take attendance, take notes, and report back to the whole department.

–Last week they worked with the “Thesis Statement.” Everyone reported back.  Then they talk about what has to be scaffolded.  She tries to focus on everyone doing the same thing, except for grade level.  Now it is transitioning into grade level appropriate.

 

–Ray said clusters happen twice a month.  He asked if once a month was enough for Special Ed.  They may not have time for 2 clusters per month.  He asked the members for their thoughts.

 

VII.      Miscellaneous

–Doug mentioned that Ray has students take the STAR test and this is the honest and direct way to do this.  Other schools do not all do this.  We are looking good.

–Ray mentioned the CMA test and the scores.

–Lisa talked about Spec. Ed. students with IEP’s who are in regular classes.  We need to open the lines of communication between regular teachers and Special Ed teachers.  Having Spec. Ed. teachers going to clusters is helping.

–Stan said there should be leveling of Special Ed students between classes.

–Ray said there should be a cap for each class and he mentioned 10%.

–He said some of the Regular Ed teachers are cooperative and others are not, so some classes have more Special Ed students.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:45am.

 

Weekly Bulletin – October 22 – 26, 20112

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
OCTOBER 22 – 26, 2012

ETHEREAL

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. ETHEREAL: Of or relating to the regions beyond the earth; celestial; heavenly; lacking material substance; related to, containing or resembling a chemical ether.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                         Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697.

G-HOUSE TV AND INTERCOM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Teachers: Please be cognizant of allowing students to listen to morning and homeroom announcements. Many are important for students to get info on sports, events, activities, or educational opportunities. Some teachers are hanging the phones  up or not turning the t.v. on for G-House. These actions deprive the students of notifications and they miss out. Thank you.                     Don Papa

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve!
You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days,
we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop!
Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and
ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my
appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Mon, Oct. 22:  Smith College (MA), Common App Application
Thu, Oct. 25: University of San Francisco, Common App Application
Mon, Oct. 29  CSU Application
Thu, Nov. 1: University of CA, Santa Barbara, UC Application, Personal Statement
Mon, Nov. 5: University of CA, Berkeley, UC Application, Personal Statement
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

“PSAT: Wed, Oct. 17 @ Galileo

All Sophomores will be taking the PSAT on Wed. Oct. 17.
Juniors: If you are interested in taking them, please sign up with Mr. Barbour or Bai Zhen in the counseling office, room 258. Please signup ASAP, spaces are limited for Juniors. Why take PSAT?  To prepare for the SAT and to also qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.”

STILL LOOKING FOR A JOB? Enterprise for High School Students is offering a 14-week job training program that can lead to a paid internship at Gap and Old Navy stores in San Francisco. Stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151, for more information!

“The Galileo Ping Pong Club is back!
We will meet every Wednesday, at lunch, in Room 350. A table and two rackets are available but you are welcome to bring your own racket. All levels of player are welcome!  First meeting: Wednesday, October 24, Lunch, Room 350.  See you there!”

Weekly Bulletin – October 15 – 19, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
OCTOBER 15 – 19, 2012

ERRATIC

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. ERRATIC: Having no fixed course; wandering. characterized by lack of consistency, regularity or uniformity.

ANNOUNCEMENT FORMS: We are now using Google Forms to collect announcement requests. The form is linked from the Teachers page at galileoweb.org. Check it out.

**BULLETIN NOTICES:**EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BULLETIN NOTICES:  Please email bulletin notices to: grinnellb@galileoweb.org. The deadline for submitting items for the bulletin is Friday morning by 8:30am.                         Mrs. Grinnell

SUBSTITUTE SYSTEM:  The Substitute System’s phone number:  345-0064.  The old phone number, 241-6641, is no longer operational.  The on-line system remains the same.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONTRIBUTION:  Just a reminder–if you haven’t already given your social committee contribution, it’s not too late.  See Bettie Grinnell in the Main Office with your $20–checks or cash welcome!                  Social Committee

HOT COFFEE is available every morning for $.75 a cup and fresh baked COOKIES are available for $.25 each in room 212 or 214. Thank you for helping support the special education programs.             Ms. Wlodaver and Ms. McDonagh

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

GALILEO PTSA EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Galileo PTSA is accepting Grant Applications from teachers and staff in need of funding for projects, equipment and/or supplies.  For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to the PTSA mailbox in the main office. If you have questions email the Grants’ Chair Claire Siegel at cesiegel@pacbell.net or call her at 415.350.5697

“MIND YOUR MOOD: KNOW THE SIGNS, LEARN THE SKILLS” Join Galileo Wellness for Mental & Emotional Health Awareness Day on Tuesday October 23rd. We are offering over 35 Classroom Workshops during the day– check your inbox for our sign-up sheet to bring a workshop to your classroom. We’ll also be hosting an interactive lunchtime event in the courtyard on Tuesday featuring educational games, music, an prizes! Help us spread the word to your students and hope to see you out there!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE in Room 150 is selling healthy snacks, beverages, sweatshirts, lanyards, bookcovers, pens, pennants, mugs, and other spirit items during lunch time and after school. Money helps to pay for our school activities.

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

OKTOBER FEST: is Friday, October 19 during lunch time in the Courtyard.
Clubs need to submit their food proposal at ECM today

HOMECOMING DANCE: will be on Saturday, October 20 from 7 – 11 PM at
Hyatt Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf. Dress is semi-formal. First 200 ticket
buyers will receive a free tri-color neon necklace. The main ballroom
will have dj dancing music and the side lounge room will have dj
karaoke for the singers. Photography is by Prestige. Bring ID with
picture. Door closes at 8:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB store
starting Oct. 1. Prices will be $25 with current ASB card sticker and
$30 without. Prices will go up $30 ASB and $35 w/o from Oct. 15 – 19.
Guest tickets are sold at Dean’s Office @ $35 with guest form.
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Happy? Sad? Excited? Bummed? Elated? Stressed? Joyful? Down? Chillin?  All of these feelings are WELCOME!
Join Wellness next Tuesday, October 23rd for our school-wide emotional health event  ~  Mind Your Mood: Know the Signs, Learn the Skills.  We’ll be offering classroom workshops all day and a lunchtime event in the courtyard featuring interactive games, music, an prizes! Come out and express yourself with Wellness!

COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS: Location: Room 104, AFTER-SCHOOL until 6 PM
Come get support on your UC, CSU, Common App, and Community College
(CC) applications! First come, first serve!
You may work on ANY of your applications at anytime!  On certain days,
we’ll have a college visit us as well at the workshop!
Before you come to the workshop, do: (1) Start your application and
ask me question at the workshop
(2) Bring copy of transcript. (3) For UC/Private, fill out my
appraisal form, download here: galileoweb.org/college/letter

UC/CSU DEADLINE: NOV. 30

WORKSHOPS:
Tues, Oct. 16: CSU Application
Mon, Oct. 22:  Smith College (MA), Common App Application
Thu, Oct. 25: University of San Francisco, Common App Application
Mon, Oct. 29  CSU Application
Thu, Nov. 1: University of CA, Santa Barbara, UC Application, Personal Statement
Mon, Nov. 5: University of CA, Berkeley, UC Application, Personal Statement
Tues, Nov. 13 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Thu, Nov. 15 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Mon, Nov. 19 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
Tues, Nov. 20: CSU East Bay
Mon, Nov. 26: University of CA, Berkeley
Tues, Nov. 27 UC, CSU, Private App, CC
FINAL Workshop! Thur, Nov. 29 UC, CSU, Private App, CC

WEBSITES:
CSU: CSUMENTOR.EDU
UC: Universityofcalifornia.edu
Private: Commonapp.org
Community College App: CC: cccapply.org

“PSAT: Wed, Oct. 17 @ Galileo

All Sophomores will be taking the PSAT on Wed. Oct. 17.
Juniors: If you are interested in taking them, please sign up with Mr. Barbour or Bai Zhen in the counseling office, room 258. Please signup ASAP, spaces are limited for Juniors. Why take PSAT?  To prepare for the SAT and to also qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

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