Department Heads Meeting Minutes – August 14, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Department Heads Meeting

 

8/14/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 12:15pm.

 

I.          Walk Throughs

–Marcus spoke about the history of the Walk Through tool and how it went last year.  He mentioned that the rating portion caused some discussion last year.

–David suggested Marcus email the teachers after a Walk Through and ask the teachers to come in for a conversation.

–Marcus said he will make it clear to the staff that he enjoys the conversations and will send the staff an email if he feels there should be a conversation.

 

–Lisa asked for the process of Informal Walk Throughs, as she will be doing much of this on an informal basis.

–Michelle said that it has pretty much been that visits are welcome and there is an open door policy.  She mentioned administrators who dropped a note to the teachers after a visit.

–Marcus said it is a criterion for evaluation for administrators, so this year Marcus will have to show more documentation that the administrators are doing walk throughs.  Marcus will keep a copy of the document for his records.

–Joseph said he would not want this to be part of a formal evaluation and would not want this to get into his personnel files.  He said he welcomes anyone to come to his classroom to observe.  This also helps with student management.

–Joseph also said that his department members have done walk throughs in his department.

–Doug said that his department does this and does cover classes for each other so they can observe in other departments.

–The administrators were asked if they could help cover classes.

 

II.         CLAs and Common Formative Assessments

–Testing window for CLAs is October 9 – 19th.  This is on the Staff Calendar.  All departments are giving some sort of assessments during this time.

–David mentioned that they have created a CLA for the Fall and for the Spring.  He also said that this was written for the end of the semester.  English and Math for 9th and 10th graders will happen in the October time period.

–Doug asked about the hand written portion of the test. Lisa said she and Marcus would do some training to help teachers use the data.

–Joseph asked if the Common Formative Assessment has to be a scantron test.  Marcus said Joseph would have to do it by hand.  Joseph talked about his project based assignments.  Lisa suggested looking at particular sections of the rubric.

–Joseph would like to see Common Formative Assessments from other departments.  This would help in planning their test.

–David felt the goal of this is to see what we need to do better on.  We want to have the best use of our time.  Marcus said that some departments have activities in common while others do not.

–Joseph suggested each department could pick their best assessment and share it with others.

–Mat asked if there would be another window for the non-Math/English assessments.

–Mat said his department did not want to do the assessment at the end of the semester, as there would not be time for changes.  Marcus will send out an email and everyone will have input for the timing.

 

III.       School Loop Training

–Training on Thursday will include an intro class from 1:30pm-2:30pm.  The advanced training will be from 2:30pm on.

–Lisa has answers to some of the questions.

–By 3:30pm, everyone must have the syllabus up, send an email, post an assignment, upload a document (hopefully your syllabus), and your grading scale.

–Anyone who already knows how to do all of these activities does not have to go to the training, but all of these items must be posted by 3:30pm.  Two trainers will be here—one of them is the mother of one of our students.

–Joseph said he tried to post an assignment last night, but with no students listed it was not possible to post an assignment.

–Joseph brought up the issue of “intellectual property.”  He would like to hear from the union about this.  He feels that if he creates something on his home computer, he owns it.  Does it have to be copy writed?  There is not enough time to do all of this by 3:30pm tomorrow.

–Lisa said it does not need to be the actual syllabus, but should know how to do the activity.

–Kathleen feels the same as Joseph about the issue of “intellectual property.”

–Marcus said that documents do not have to be attached—just the basic assignment.  The title of the assignment would be fine.

–Joseph said he felt this syllabus is his “intellectual property,” and he would like clarification from the union.

–Lisa mentioned that any work that you do on work time then becomes the property of the school/company, etc.

–Marcus said he is not sure there is anything in the contract about this issue.

–Joseph felt that each individual has a right to their “intellectual property.”

–Lisa said the solution is to upload something resembling the document.  The syllabus is the document she would like uploaded.

–Discussion followed to change the language.

–Doug mentioned that the Math Department would not be at school on Thursday, so Lisa will help on Friday

 

IV.        CST and Goal Setting

–You can look at your results, but we cannot share it until August 31st.

–Marcus asked everyone to join a prediction activity—for the  CSTs write a prediction of what the CST will be for last year in each department. Marcus collected the predictions from each member.

–It was mentioned that the UCs might use CST results for English class placement.

–Marcus mentioned reading Schmoker last year and this will be an activity this year.

 

V.         Miscellaneous

 

–Mat mentioned that 6th period on Wednesday and Thursday next week would be 35 minutes, while all others are 50 minutes.

 

–Michelle asked about department budgets—do we have any money?  Supplies will come out of a general area.  Katie said it was voted on last year that departments would relinquish their supplies to save a position.  Katie suggested Donor’s Choice as an alternative to get supplies, etc.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:55pm

 

 

 

Department Heads Meeting – May 31, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Department Heads Meeting

 

5/31/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:10am.

 

Marcus welcomed the new members, Lisa Warnke and Douglas Page.  Then everyone introduced themselves.

 

 

Department Heads

 

I.          Department Head Return Dates

–At the last meeting this was under discussion.  The return date will be August 13th.  The mornings will be for everyone to work on their own and then there will be meetings in the afternoon.

–Department Heads will work 2 days prior to school and 3 days after school.

–It has not been determined yet if there will be department heads in the fall.  No one has received letters yet.

 

–Joseph mentioned a Grievance Meeting next Wednesday at 3pm, 555 Franklin Street, Room 306.  Joseph and Michelle are mentioned by name in a letter he read to Susan Solomon concerning all department heads.             Joseph encouraged everyone to attend.

 

II.         Calendar

–Katie mentioned that she and Tony will be working on the Galileo calendar for next year.  She asked members to give them any dates they wanted on the calendar.

–Freshmen Orientation will be the Friday before classes begin.  PE uniforms will be sold at that time.

–Doug Page asked for the end of the marking periods.

–Joseph wants the Winter and Spring concerts on the calendar.

–Date for Back to School Night should be on the calendar.

–September 20 or 27 will be the ELD Picnic/Team Building Activity.

–Human Rights Exhibit should be between STAR and AP testing.

–Kathleen asked for the CELTD testing dates.

–Joseph mentioned the concept of unbalanced semesters.  In the spring semester, there is STAR testing, 4 Furlough Days and a week of finals, which he felt made this semester so rushed.  Kathleen said the first semester seemed really rushed.  Joseph felt we should eliminate the Final Exam week.  He also thought we should have 3 block days for finals, and have teachers give 1-hour finals only.

 

–David said some teachers want that time to do their grades, clean their rooms, etc.

–Marcus said we want to get students ready to go to college and the finals are part of that.

–Kathleen said we should have a policy about finals as many do not give them.  She asked if this is a sight-based decision.

–The Furlough Days are not listed on the Instructional Calendar.  The district says it is 4 for next year.  If the state tax initiative does not pass, the amount of furlough days will be 9.

 

–Michelle asked about CPT for next year.  Marcus said we need to do the PD plan first.  We will go with the 2 days—Wednesday and Thursday.  She asked for the Cluster Time.  Doug also asked for more CPT for the clusters.

–Marcus said with the Cluster Time there must be agendas with a focus and a goal.  We need to be efficient with the time.

–Doug said that most teachers teach more than one subject so they are involved in 2 clusters.

–David had a suggestion on how to target both the admin requirements and the cluster activity and meet administrative requirements.

–Ray said he prefers the meetings to be longer than 1 hour.  The old 2 hour meetings were much more productive,

 

III.       Final Survey Results

–Joseph passed out the final survey results.

–Most preferred the 5-minute passing period.

–Most people preferred 2 homerooms per week.

–Most people wanted to keep 15 minutes of SSR.

 

–The survey also included the teacher comments.

 

–David mentioned that the teachers who travel do have a challenge to get to the next classroom.

 

–Marcus said the student survey results were not clear.  54% preferred the 5-minute period.  We will look at the student survey and make the final decision.

–Marcus asked about the SSR.  David said school literacy is a huge issue.  Research shows that it is very effective in literacy.  Literacy affects all disciplines.

–Denise said students like structure.  It happens every block day for each period.  Ethan said he requires books in PE.

 

–Ray said every classroom should have an SSR library.

–Lisa suggested having SSR during homeroom. She suggested making homeroom longer.

–G-House TV will continue next year.

–Ray said we use homeroom for class level assemblies as well.

–Michelle said that Homeroom is not supposed to be an additional class for the teacher.  Joseph said this is also a union issue, so homeroom is not a class.

–Kathleen said homeroom is a chance to talk to the kids and homeroom stays together 4 years.  It is a bonding issue.

 

–Kelli made a comment about the attendance strips and homeroom, which Joseph read to the group.

–Kathleen mentioned the citizenship policy and Katie said that there are teachers who do not enforce this policy.

–Doug talked about private schools, where the teacher just marks the attendance strips and does the grades.  The absences are calculated by the school and then citizenship grades are assigned accordingly.

–Denise talked about what the Deans’ Office puts out about citizenship.  She followed it and it worked.

–David said he thought many teachers might forget about doing the citizenship.

–New teachers may not know about the citizenship policy.

–Marcus thanked Joe and Stan for doing the survey.

 

IV.        Miscellaneous

–Denise asked about old editions of books in boxes.  Katie said the warehouse will come and collect, but they need a list.  Put the books outside where you keep the books.  Please email Katie if you have books to get rid of and where they will be.

–Consumables can be recycled.

 

–Kathleen has lots of SSR books and magazines.  Katie asked her to send that out in an email in the fall.

 

–Ethan asked if our entire faculty will be in place at the start of school.  He also asked about the budget.

 

–Ray said his department has their books on rollers.  Please do not take these books or carts.  The carts are labeled.

 

–Marcus said we will use the entire 2nd floor for summer school, and the 3rd floor in the Van Ness Building.  Some classrooms are a mess right now and have to be cleaned prior to summer school.

 

–Promethean Boards—Marcus encouraged the group to make the best use of them.  If some teachers are not using them, give them to others in your department.  Kathleen said we need training.

 

–Mat asked about tomorrow.  Marcus asked the members to stop in and see him tomorrow.  He will be here until 3pm tomorrow.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:55pm.

 

5/9/2012 Meeting Minutes

SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA  94109

Room 210 at 3:30 P.M.

Location and Time of Meeting

 

School Site Council Meeting-May 9, 2012

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Stan DeBella, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Claire Siegel, Mele Lau-Smith, Jacky Chau, Karin Lau, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle, Gayline Tom

Absent (Excused): Marcus Blacksher, Nicole Torres, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:47 pm.  There were eight elected members present; a quorum was established.

 

II.  Approval of 4/11/2012 Meeting Minutes

– S. DeBella moved to approve the 4/11/2012 meeting minutes as presented.  D. Page seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

III.  Old Business

1.  Balanced Score Card Updates

– M. Blacksher was absent.  The item would be postponed to a future meeting.

 

IV.  New Business

1.  Priorities for SY 2012/2013 Preliminary Budget

– There would be minimal changes to the preliminary budget; the staffing FTEs and allocation would remain the same, but the number of sections might shift.  The influx of continuous enrollment and student requests dictated how the master schedule is set up and that also determined the number of sections needed.  This fluctuation would cause the previously allocated sections to be different.

– During the preliminary budgeting process, money had been set aside to pay for the department head and AP prep periods.  The contract talk might change that.  At the same time, the school might get more money in the fall.  With all these uncertainties, the site council needed to establish what their priorities were once the Fall Final budget became available.

– Since it was difficult to make specific suggestions given the lack of information, it was felt that the SSC should provide guidance to the administration on the priorities for the SY 12-13 Preliminary budget.  It was agreed that the guidelines should follow the priorities that were developed through the development of the SPPA/Balanced Scorecard.

 

D. Page moved that when additional fund became available, it would be allocated based on the priorities set forth in the Balanced Scored Card, which were to maintaining small class sizes and increasing teaching positions.  If the admin chose to go outside of these priorities, they would inform the school site council in a timely manner.  C. Siegel seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

 

S. Debella moved to adjourn the meeting.  W. Smith seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:25 pm.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

Weekly Bulletin – May 21 – 25, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin
MAY 21 – 25,2012

COMMENCEMENT

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:    COMMENCEMENT: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. COMMENCEMENT: The ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas.

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.

ATTENDANCE: Teachers– Please check your Galileo e-mail for Attendance Notices. Most importantly, Notice of Missing Attendance will be sent to all teachers via e-mail who have failed to turn in attendance strips by 4:00 pm the previous day. Please turn in the attendance strip or reply with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendance can be cleared. Thank You.                                     Ms. Mallen.

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. We urge staff to apply for these grants as last year we did not use all of our budgeted money. For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to Karin Lau, room 206 or main office PTSA mailbox.

WELLNESS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this summer ? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect your students with programs in the community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or direct students to the Wellness Center, Room 151!

NEW FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE–CHECK THE GALILEO WEBSITE AND YOUR EMAIL!  SCHOOL IS OUT EACH DAY AT 12:45pm 5/21-5/25.

STUDENTS

ASB STORE: is selling Galileo t-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyard key chains, pennants, lab books, pens, pencils, book covers, district approved nutritional snacks and beverages during lunch time and after school in room 150.

SENIORS: Come by Ms. Chan’s office to pick up your latest transcript during lunch or after school. Please also check my webpage galileoweb.org/chan and your school loop email for updates on important information pertaining to seniors.

CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.  Please submit it as soon as possible.

WANT A JOB? Come visit the Job Bulletin Board in the Counseling Office. Also check Ms. Marshman’s website (http://galileoweb.org/marshmanl) and click on “Jobs” for recent postings.

JUNIORS: if you have not taken college and career, please see Ms. Ho during lunch or after school to sign up! You will need to complete this graduation requirement before the end of your junior year as the college and career course will no longer be offered next year to seniors. The course is offered every Tuesday and Friday after school for the month of April and will continue into May, if necessary.


AP CHEMISTRY: For students, who signed-up for AP chemistry, next year, please come to room 406 after school on Friday, June 4 to pickup your textbook and to get information on your summer assignment.               Mr. Matsumoto
SENIOR BREAKFAST: is Monday, May 21 in the cafeteria starting at 8:00 AM.

CAPS AND GOWNS: will be delivered on Monday, May 21 in the auditorium at 10:30 AM. Those seniors, who did not pre-order, can still purchase them. Cost is $38.

GRADUATION: Ceremony at Bill Graham’s Civic Auditorium will be on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 1:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Mayor Ed Lee.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this summer? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect you with programs in your community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151!

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting – May 17, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

5/17/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Balanced Score Card

–Marcus distributed information on the Balanced Score Card.  This is a living document.  He asked for feedback from the group.

–Marcus will get into the WASC report over the summer and see what else we need to address.

–We need to go into next school year knowing what we need to do.  The first two sections are over view and data review.

–Michelle mentioned the Core Curriculum the district is putting together.  She mentioned what the district is doing with the Standards Maps.  At this point we do not know what this is.  Tony referred to her page 8b.

–Tony said the district does not have clarity about what this will look like.

–David said they are not using the Common Core to design the Common Curriculum for English.

–Part A concerns readiness and challenges.  This is followed by Next Steps.

–Patrick mentioned the lack of funds for professional development.

–Patrick said they will be dropping the CLA’s next year.  He said this was mentioned in the WAD from last week.

 

–ELD Current Status—we list what we are doing now.  Some of this is ELD department and the rest is other departments.  Language Objectives are listed as well.  We are not doing the BBC school-wide so we still have to address having a language objective in each classroom.

–Vocabulary development is spelled out on page 9. Brick word and mortar words are the same.

–Section 3 of the Lau Plan will be studied next year.  Tony mentioned some training that will occur this summer with Q-tell.  Jen Fong will help with PD next year.

–Special Ed is the next section.

–Marti asked about statistics on AA and Latino students.  Ray addressed this and indicated what the numbers meant.  Ray said he would explain any of the “Next Steps.”

–Administrators must attend the IEPs and administrators must arrange coverage for teachers who need to attend the IEPs.

–Ray expressed the challenges of scheduling the IEPs.  He also said there is a box to excuse administrators and teachers on the IEP—full exclusion or partial, depending on which box is checked.

–Proportional Representation—Ray discussed this and said we have talked about this before.  For 30 students, 3 or 4 Special Ed students is the max.

__Michelle said this has come up before—she would like some PD on how to arrange this.  Ray said his department would be happy to do this.  Marcus said he would like to know from general ed teachers where we should start with PD.

–Ray said the teachers who are delivering resource services, they should be in the classroom, not in room 352.  It should be a 100% commitment.

–Some in the group said they do not feel comfortable asking the resource teachers why they can’t come to class when they say they can’t.

–Increased administrative monitoring of how Special Ed resources are allocated in classrooms.

–Resource also includes the paraprofessionals.  Ray said we have some of the best paras in the district.

–Marcus said that the Inclusion model has only been pushed for the last several years.  He mentioned our new AP, Lisa Warnke, and her experience in this area.  He is happy to have her on board.

 

–Section IV

–Michelle wants other departments listed besides English.  Marcus said this is a school-wide activity.  This has also been discussed in the SSC meetings.

–Marcus said we need to add more to Closing the Achievement Gap.  We are having an extremely hard time with our Latino students.  Some of the students in 9th grade are drinking, etc.  We have12% now Latino students in the 9th grade and this will double next year.

–Patrick mentioned conflicts of getting the dens together.

–Marcus mentioned that the English Department has a small number of teachers working with the 9th graders.  Marti said it is the same in the Math Department.

–David suggested that more teachers teach 9th grade so there are more teachers available for discussions and improvements.

–Michelle mentioned a former professional development on different cultures—Sharroky Hollie  and how helpful that was.

–Marcus said he became very expensive very fast.

–Tony referred everyone to page 16 and cultural responsive teaching.

–Explore dens and define dens.  Are they useful?

–Look for opportunities in the Master Schedule and CPT for 9th grade teachers to collaborate.

–Look for opportunities in extra-curricular after school activities.

–Patrick said Kristy Morrison and Doug Page said at the UBC meeting yesterday they would like to fund raise to save Futurama.

–Jessica talked about the SAP meetings.  This helps with the 9th grade transition students.

–Ray requested .7 Adv.  Algebra and  .7 Chemistry on the schedule (item deck).

 

–Accountability (page 17)—

School Climate—Jessica would like to add Wellness to this area.

–Ray talked about the Move-Up Assembly and why some of the students wanted to leave as all the scholarships went to Asian students.  Michelle said we should include events like sports teams, athletic teams, Talent Show winners, etc.  David Barrios said we should revisit how we plan this assembly, to recognize a broad range of achievement.

–Marcus mentioned increasing attendance in class.  He will take more of a hands-on approach to this next year.

–Patrick mentioned teachers helping with the hall sweeps next year.

–Jessica wanted to add the SST meetings to outcomes of Measurable Outcomes.

–The PTSA came up with increased communication, reflection tool for students and teachers on how students are feeling in class about the instruction and one more.  We do need to communicate more with the parents.

 

–Michelle wanted to mention a priority of small class sizes.  If we get more students can we hire more teachers?  Marcus said yes.

 

II.         Academic Honesty

–We will table this item until next year.

–Denise said she caught 2 students cheating yesterday.

–Marti told of students taking photos of AP exams with their cell phones.

 

III.       Homeroom Survey Results

–Joseph told of his experiences in doing this survey—his first.

–The passing period time (5 or 7 minutes) was not clear.

–Most preferred the weekly homerooms.

–SSR overwhelmingly retained—most wanted 15 minutes.

–69 people voted.

–CPT 2times a week.

–Joseph will revisit the survey to prepare the results.

–We need more staff to fill out the survey.

 

 

Department Head Meeting

 

I.          Contingency Plans for Fall

–Mat talked about all the details that department heads handle.

–Marcus said he can’t see the district eliminating the department heads.  The principals express this to the district.

–As of now Department Heads have the 4th period free.

–Michelle said there has to be a formal agreement for next fall to have the department heads report to school 2 days prior to the teachers arrival.

–Ethan said the district will put those duties on the responsibility of the administration.

–If the department head positions are not retained, the former DHs will have another class to teach.

 

II.         Department Head Duties 5/30 and 5/31 and 6/1.

–Marcus asked everyone to plan to return for these 2 days.

–Michelle would like to use the 2-3 days at their own discretion.

–Marcus would like to meet for an hour on 5/31 at 11:00am.

–David asked if there would be 2 full days of meetings.  We will do a 3-2—Friday and Monday meetings and Tuesday a free day.

–Patrick said 2 days of meetings would be difficult as it is hard to get things done.

–Suggestion was made to have meetings in the am and work allowed in the afternoon.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:50am.

Weekly Bulletin – May 14 – 18, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

MAY 14 – 18 ,2012

SUBLIMINAL

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:  SUBLIMINAL  : All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. SUBLIMINAL: Perceived below the level of consciousness; of too low an intensity to produce a clear awareness.

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.

ATTENDANCE: Teachers– Please check your Galileo e-mail for Attendance Notices. Most importantly, Notice of Missing Attendance will be sent to all teachers via e-mail who have failed to turn in attendance strips by 4:00 pm the previous day. Please turn in the attendance strip or reply with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendancecan be cleared. Thank You.                                     Ms. Mallen.

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. We urge staff to apply for these grants as last year we did not use all of our budgeted money. For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to Karin Lau, room 206 or main office PTSA mailbox.
WELLNESS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this summer ? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect your students with programs in the community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or direct students to the Wellness Center, Room 151!

 To: All teachers/staff and students.
Everyone is welcome to show up. If you are planning to come, please RSVP with me via email: zhenb@galileoweb.org

Event: Gates Millenium Scholarship and APIASF scholarship information session.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 17th after-school (from 2:10-3 pm) in room 255,

Details: Phong Luu from Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), two national scholarship organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander students will be sharing information about the eligibility requirements and best practices for counselors and teachers to help prepare students to complete a thorough scholarship application. According to him, students are 30% more likely to complete an application when they have educators assisting with the application process. With a focus in the STEM fields at Galileo, there are opportunities for some of these students to earn 10-year scholarships from the Gates Foundation! Students are welcome to show up to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

NEW FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE–CHECK THE GALILEO WEBSITE AND YOUR EMAIL!  SCHOOL IS OUT EACH DAY AT 12:45pm 5/21-5/25. 


 

STUDENTS


ASB STORE: is selling Galileo t-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyard key chains, pennants, lab books, pens, pencils, book covers, district approved nutritional snacks and beverages during lunch time and after school in room 150.
 
SENIORS: Come by Ms. Chan’s office to pick up your latest transcript during lunch or after school. Please also check my webpage galileoweb.org/chan and your school loop email for updates on important information pertaining to seniors.

CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.  Please submit it as soon as possible.

WANT A JOB? Come visit the Job Bulletin Board in the Counseling Office. Also check Ms. Marshman’s website (http://galileoweb.org/marshmanl) and click on “Jobs” for recent postings.

JUNIORS: if you have not taken college and career, please see Ms. Ho during lunch or after school to sign up! You will need to complete this graduation requirement before the end of your junior year as the college and career course will no longer be offered next year to seniors. The course is offered every Tuesday and Friday after school for the month of April and will continue into May, if necessary.

AP CHEMISTRY: For students, who signed-up for AP chemistry, next year, please come to room 406 after school on Friday, June 4 to pickup your textbook and to get information on your summer assignment.               Mr. Matsumoto

LAST DANCE AND YEARBOOK SIGNING PARTY: is Friday, May 18 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting May 9.

SENIOR BREAKFAST: is Monday, May 21 in the cafeteria starting at 8:00 AM.
CAPS AND GOWNS: will be delivered on Monday, May 21 in the auditorium at 10:30 AM. Those seniors, who did not pre-order, can still purchase them. Cost is $38.
GRADUATION: Ceremony at Bill Graham’s Civic Auditorium will be on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 1:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Mayor Ed Lee.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this summer? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect you with programs in your community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151!


To: All teachers/staff and students.
Everyone is welcome to show up. If you are planning to come, please RSVP with me via email: zhenb@galileoweb.org

Event: Gates Millenium Scholarship and APIASF scholarship information session.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 17th after-school (from 2:10-3 pm) in room 255,

Details: Phong Luu from Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), two national scholarship organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander students will be sharing information about the eligibility requirements and best practices for counselors and teachers to help prepare students to complete a thorough scholarship application. According to him, students are 30% more likely to complete an application when they have educators assisting with the application process. With a focus in the STEM fields at Galileo, there are opportunities for some of these students to earn 10-year scholarships from the Gates Foundation! Students are welcome to show up to learn more about scholarship opportunities.


Weekly Bulletin – May 7 – 11, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

May 7 – 11, 2012


REDUNDANT
 

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: REDUNDANT   : All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  REDUNDANT: Exceeding what is necessary or normal; using more words than necessary; characterized by or containing an excess.

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.

ATTENDANCE: Teachers– Please check your Galileo e-mail for Attendance Notices. Most importantly, Notice of Missing Attendance will be sent to all teachers via e-mail who have failed to turn in attendance strips by 4:00 pm the previous day. Please turn in the attendance strip or reply with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendance can be cleared. Thank You.                                     Ms. Mallen.

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. We urge staff to apply for these grants as last year we did not use all of our budgeted money. For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to Karin Lau, room 206 or main office PTSA mailbox. 

WELLNESS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this summer ? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect your students with programs in the community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or direct students to the Wellness Center, Room 151!

STUDENTS

ASB STORE: is selling Galileo t-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyard key chains, pennants, lab books, pens, pencils, book covers, district approved nutritional snacks and beverages during lunch time and after school in room 150.

 SENIORS: Come by Ms. Chan’s office to pick up your latest transcript during lunch or after school. Please also check my webpage galileoweb.org/chan and your school loop email for updates on important information pertaining to seniors.

CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.  Please submit it as soon as possible. 

WANT A JOB? Come visit the Job Bulletin Board in the Counseling Office. Also check Ms. Marshman’s website (http://galileoweb.org/marshmanl) and click on “Jobs” for recent postings.

JUNIORS: if you have not taken college and career, please see Ms. Ho during lunch or after school to sign up! You will need to complete this graduation requirement before the end of your junior year as the college and career course will no longer be offered next year to seniors. The course is offered every Tuesday and Friday after school for the month of April and will continue into May, if necessary.

AP CHEMISTRY: For students, who signed-up for AP chemistry, next year, please come to room 406 after school on Friday, June 4 to pickup your textbook and to get information on your summer assignment.               Mr. Matsumoto

LAST DANCE AND YEARBOOK SIGNING PARTY: is Friday, May 18 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting May 9.

SENIOR BREAKFAST: is Monday, May 21 in the cafeteria starting at 8:00 AM.
CAPS AND GOWNS: will be delivered on Monday, May 21 in the auditorium at 10:30 AM. Those seniors, who did not pre-order, can still purchase them. Cost is $38.
GRADUATION:Ceremony at Bill Graham’s Civic Auditorium will be on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 1:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Mayor Ed Lee.WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this summer? The Galileo Wellness website has up-to-date information to connect you with programs in your community. Visit galileoweb.org/wellness or stop by the Wellness Center, Room 151!




 

 

 



 


 








 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/11/2012 Meeting Minutes

SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA  94109

Room 210 at 3:30 P.M.

Location and Time of Meeting

 

School Site Council Meeting-April 11, 2012

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Marcus Blacksher, Stan DeBella, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Claire Siegel, Jacky Chau, Nancy Lambert-Campbell, Karin Lau, Katie Pringle

Absent (Excused): Mele Lau-Smith, Nicole Torres, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– J. Ring called the meeting to order at 3:36 pm.  There were eight elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.

 

II.  Approval of 3/14/2012 and 3/21/2012 Meeting Minutes

– S. DeBella moved to approve both of the meeting minutes with the following corrections to the 3/21/2012 meeting minutes.   The first correction:  from this original statement – iii. Why does Galileo have 7.4% cuts to its budget when the District has millions in reserve?  S. DeBella and P. Delaney would try to report back to the site council with an answer at the next meeting.” to “S. DeBella and P. Delaney brought attention to this issue.”  The second correction:  under Roll Call, add “yes/no” to J. Ring’s name.  M. Blacksher seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

III.  Old Business

1.  Balanced Score Card Updates

– M. Blacksher distributed copies of the BSC to the site council members.  J. Ring asked if it had already been submitted and M. Blacksher affirmed it.  P. Delaney proposed that the members take the time to review the document and bring back thoughts to the next meeting.

 

IV.  New Business

1.  Revised SY 2012/2013 Preliminary Budget

–  The preliminary budget that was submitted on Friday, March 23 was rejected because the school did not allocate 2% of its WSF fund to cover the non-personnel expenses.  To meet this stipulation, the admin freed up some WSF fund by substituting a counselor’s FTE with categorical fund-EIA/LEP.

– K. Golata, the ELD department chair, manages the LEP fund. She uses the money to pay teachers extended hours in the tutoring program and to buy technology, software and supplemental materials for the classrooms.

– A member questioned if the number of sections allocated at this point will change.  K. Pringle stressed that the sections offered are very fluid.  They will change based on student needs and student requests.  She also suggested that the council begin planning their priorities if and when the school gets more money in the fall.

S. DeBella moved to adjourn the meeting.  P. Delaney seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:09 pm.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

Weekly Bulletin – April 30 – May 4, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 30 – MAY 4 2012


PROXIMITY

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: PROXIMITY   : All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. PROXIMITY: Closeness

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.

ATTENDANCE: Teachers– Please check your Galileo e-mail for Attendance Notices. Most importantly, Notice of Missing Attendance will be sent to all nteachers via e-mail who have failed to turn in attendance strips by 4:00 pm the previous day. Please turn in the attendance strip or reply with the names of absent students so that your non-recorded attendance can be cleared. Thank You.                                     Ms. Mallen.

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. We urge staff to apply for these grants as last year we did not use all of our budgeted money. For further information please visit galileoweb.org/ptsa. Grant applications may be turned in to Karin Lau, room 206 or main office PTSA mailbox.

WELLNESS: Please encourage your students to visit my.YOWhoo.org, an educational & interactive website designed specifically for teens in San Francisco. Students can participate in a poll and be entered to win raffle prizes, including two $100 VISA cards and 5 sets of movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

 STUDENTS

ASB STORE: is selling Galileo t-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyard key chains, pennants, lab books, pens, pencils, book covers, district approved nutritional snacks and beverages during lunch time and after school in room 150.
ASB CARD STICKERS:ASB is selling ASB card stickers @ $5.00 in room 150. Discounts will be offered for Galileo sweatshirts, t-shirts, dances, and other school spirit  items.

SENIORS: Come by Ms. Chan’s office to pick up your latest transcript during lunch or after school. Please also check my webpage galileoweb.org/chan and your school loop email for updates on important information pertaining to seniors.

CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.  Please submit it as soon as possible.

WANT A JOB? Come visit the Job Bulletin Board in the Counseling Office. Also check Ms. Marshman’s website (http://galileoweb.org/marshmanl) and click on “Jobs” for recent postings.

SENIOR RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold at the ASB Office. 1st prize is a free Bay Area Limousine (2 hours limit) for the prom. 2nd prize is Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo rental for prom. 3rd prize is Hoogasian corsage and boutoniere for prom. Ticket costs $1.00. Drawing will be at ASB Election Assembly on April 16. Money will go to pay for senior graduation expenses.
HOT TOPICS:  Interested in knowing more about hot topics affecting teens in San Francisco? Visit My.YOWhoo.org, a website designed specifically for YOU. Participate in a poll and enter a raffle to win prizes like $100 VISA cards and movie tickets. Contact Casey in Room 151 for more information!

ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, May 4 in the courtyard during lunch time.


JUNIORS: if you have not taken college and career, please see Ms. Ho during lunch or after school to sign up! You will need to complete this graduation requirement before the end of your junior year as the college and career course will no longer be offered next year to seniors. The course is offered every Tuesday and Friday after school for the month of April and will continue into May, if necessary.

AP CHEMISTRY: For students, who signed-up for AP chemistry, next year, please come to room 406 after school on Friday, June 4 to pickup your textbook and to get information on your summer assignment.               Mr. Matsumoto

JUNIORS: You must complete the college and career graduation requirement before school ends next month! The college and career course through Kuder WILL NOT be available for you next school year!

Over 200 have already completed this requirement but 200 still needs to sign up! If you do not fulfill this requirement you WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GRADUATE (regardless of how many credits you have)!

REMAINING COLLEGE AND CAREER SESSIONS:

Thursday, April 26th (two sessions), 2:10-3:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm
Friday, April 27th, 3:30-5:00pm
Thursday, May 3rd (two sessions), 2:10-3:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm
Friday, May 4th, 3:30-5:00pm

SOPHOMORES: This is for all sophomores who still need to fulfill the College/Career requirement for graduation. You now have opportunities to get the credits for College/Career, please see Mr Barbour as soon as possible for more information. Immediate space is limited so please act quickly.

CLASS ELECTIONS:will held this Wednesday during homeroom period.

MOVE-UP AND AWARDS ASSEMBLY: is this Friday during a double period 4.

LAST DANCE AND YEARBOOK SIGNING PARTY: is Friday, May 18 in the cafeteria from 7 – 11 PM. Tickets will be sold at ASB office starting May 9.

SENIOR BREAKFAST: is Monday, May 21 in the cafeteria starting at 8:00 AM.
CAPS AND GOWNS: will be delivered on Monday, May 21 in the auditorium at 10:30 AM. Those seniors, who did not pre-order, can still purchase them. Cost is $38.
GRADUATION: Ceremony at Bill Graham’s Civic Auditorium will be on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 1:00 PM. The keynote speaker will be Mayor Ed Lee.




 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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