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.




 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting – April 26, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

4/26/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          Student and Teacher Voices

–Joseph shared conversations with students about the STAR tests.  Joseph mentioned that there are 5 different versions of the test and the questions are in different order on each of the versions.  He talked about how excited these students were about solving the math problems on the test, during their lunch hour.

–He talked about the RIP tombstones they made for the band program being cut.  One student asked him about the cuts.  One student said her brother was going be a Gal student next year and band is the only thing he is good at.  He told of other students who were upset about the end of the band.

–Then Joseph read the speech that he read to the parents and students in the auditorium at the Open House last night.

 

“Tonight, we are witnessing the last performance of the Band on this stage.

Every other spring concert that I have helped produce in my 18 years at Galileo has been a time of celebration. This year’s concert is different.  This is a time for mourning and sadness.  87 years ago, the Galileo Band and Galileo Piano program was born.  For 87 years, the music program has contributed to the culture and fabric of Galileo.

We will never hear the fight song played at Song and Yell.

Future graduating seniors will not be called to the stage to receive their diplomas with the clarion call of the trumpets playing the opening strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Graduating seniors will not be able to sing the Galileo Hymn with the Band.

Beginning piano students will no longer be able to touch the genius of great composers like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

Incoming 9th grade students will not be able to become a part of this tradition that has been in existence since 1925!

Tonight, the work of a long line of dedicated, hard working music teachers comes to a crashing halt.

There is a chance that this may not come to pass.  Every other time that the Arts have faced a catastrophic demise, money has been found.  Budgets have been restored.  The needs and desires of students have been realized.

We are here to celebrate the band’s long and powerful life.  Thank you to all musicians, parents, teachers, and administrators who have helped support music at Galileo.

The world will little note, nor long remember what I say tonight, but it can never forget the music that has been made here. Our job is to be dedicated to the unfinished work that they who performed here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—to preserve the long tradition of music at Galileo.”

 

–Michelle asked if the SSC has discussed priorities for restoring programs.  Marcus said this would happen at their next meeting.

–Patrick thanked Joseph for sharing his thoughts.

–Joseph said that everyone needs to know about items such as this.

–Marcus is in conversation with Rob Daniels about this and restoring the position.

 

II.         Academic Honesty

 

III.       Open House Feedback

–Mat said some in his department question the need for all teachers to be present.

–He did mention that a big wave of students and parents came by to see their display

–Marcus said he agreed, but he did not know how to say who should be here and who should be excused.

–Denise thought about teachers who travel far by public transportation or have young children.

–Marti recalled a year in the past where only several teachers from each department were asked to be present.

–David suggested doing it as a department choice.  He also mentioned that this used to be more oriented to our current students, but it has become more of an 8th grade event.

–Joseph felt that the tour groups should be spaced farther apart.

–Joseph also advocated for a return to having the Fall Open House moved to week 10 so we can distribute report cards to parents—that brought many more parents to the event.  He also mentioned that some parents have students in more than 1 school and they cannot attend all the events when they are all in the same week.

–Jessica shared her thoughts about the event.  She did not get as many parents as she was prepared for.  She said the feeling was chaotic and felt it did not showcase the amazing programs at Galileo.

–Nancy said they tell the parents who are registering their students about the Open House.

–Patrick mentioned that if Department Chairs were the ones required to attend, they might not be available for a CPT if they are given comp time.

–Patrick said you cannot use where people live or how many children they have as a means of excusing teachers.

–David felt it is better when the parents are free flowing and not in groups.

–Jessica volunteered to help see how we can change this event.

 

IV.        Final Schedule

–It is now posted on the Web Site.

 

V.         2012/2013 Bell Schedule

 

–David wanted to discuss the homerooms and passing times.

–Some teachers want homeroom every week.

–He also said there should be discussion on the passing periods.

–Nancy asked Patrick if there was a vote last year on the bell schedule.  Patrick said it was on the CPT—1 day or 2 for early release, which affects the bus schedule.

–Joseph asked if Patrick could have the UBC put out a survey.  Patrick said the UBC would review the survey.

–Denise said her teachers felt the teachers know the students better for testing when we have a weekly homeroom.

–Ben said for scheduling purposes it seems to be better to have consistency and have the homeroom weekly.

–Marcus asked Patrick to do another survey.  Patrick said the UBC will work on contractual issues.  He also said the UBC is not a paid position.

–Marti thought the UBC was involved in creating this year’s schedule.

–Ben said we have a Leadership Team, a UBC and an SSC and no one wants to take the lead on this.

–Stan asked how many questions should be on the survey.

–Marcus asked for feedback.

–David said his department did not want to have homeroom only once a month.  Denise said her department felt the same.

–Bettie recalled for the group the days of Galileo being an II/USP school with low-test scores.  The Homeroom was reinstated then so that teachers could build relationships with their students which would help students want to do better on the tests.

–Marcus asked Stan to do a survey with 2 questions—Weekly Homeroom or not?  5 or 7 minute passing period?

–Joseph is in favor or the weekly homeroom and a 7-minute passing period as the bathrooms are really crowded and 5 minutes is not long enough.

–Joseph suggested we also survey the teachers about the length of SSR.  He also said that we need to be flexible.  Galileo is an organic being and we need to revisit the ground rules.

–David offered some insight into why we are having this discussion now.  He thought we did not make a decision on the homerooms and the passing periods.

–Marcus is happy with what makes the teachers and students happy.

–Denise suggested homeroom on one of the block days.

–Stan asked if the survey should be on email or hard copy.  Joseph said he would help do a Google doc.  Joseph said it could be done during CPT next week.

–Marcus said we would have to have plans for things to do during homeroom.

–Bettie talked about the many bell schedules that need to be programmed.

 

VI.        Build On

–Marcus introduced Chad Zibelman from Build On.

–Chad said they have been here since 2008, they are a national organization and their focus is to enhance education and empower youth.  This is worldwide.  This year they are an after school program; in previous years they were a lunchtime program.

–He mentioned that a Galileo student in this program was on the national news last week. One focus is community service.

–There are two full time employees in the schools to run the program.

–Chad would like to have a space on campus.  He would like to look at partnering with an academy or program at Galileo.

–Denise asked if he has talked with Summerfund.

–Michelle asked if Build On was going to work with our groups who already do Community Service.  Chad said they would like to get other students involved as well.

–Chad said they are now under the umbrella of Futurama.  They are at Leadership now and they will start full time in the fall.  The organization builds schools in foreign countries and gives the students the opportunity to travel abroad and help build schools in foreign countries.

–Joseph expressed his feelings on how positive this type of work is.  He mentioned Christmas in April from the past.  He is in favor of building community service here at Galileo.

–Karin said she has parents who want activities for their children during the summer. She expressed her concerns to keep this open and not partner with a pathway, as that limits the student participation.

 

VII.      Master Schedule

–Nancy said they continue to work on the schedule.  This year there is more data from the district than they have ever had before.  Beginning on May 13 we will get another 100 9th graders.  We have 430 now committed to Galileo—530 were admitted.  We will get more money.  We may be facing some changes.

–David said they might have to change their department schedules, as they did not get another room.  If you have any ideas on rooms, please let David know.  He will have to change the singleton/doubleton situation.  Nancy and David will work on this.

–Nancy said her last day is tomorrow.  Things will continue to be influx.  Nancy is training Lauren and Nancy will keep in touch with Lauren.  Marcus and Tony have done the master schedule.

–Many items will affect the Master Schedule and there will be changes.

–Denise discussed conversations with parents about 9th graders taking world languages.  Nancy said we do not have the capacity to offer world languages to 9th graders.  They do have to take the College and Career course during 9th grade.

–Marti discussed the transition with her retiring and Doug Page taking over.

 

–Joseph wanted to discuss the extra days for department heads.  This year we did 2 days before school and 3 days after school.  She mentioned how Vicki handled this in the past.

–Ray said since we will have Summer School at Galileo, then department heads could come in during summer school to work on the schedule.

–Marcus said they would talk about this in their administrative meeting.

 

–Marcus said that there was talk of Nancy moving to C & I.  At this point that won’t happen and the new position is for C & I.  Round 2 of interviews will be tomorrow.

–Denise expressed her hope that we get someone who knows about high school curriculum.

–Michelle talked about the CPT and how much of it has not been productive.  She mentioned that we have not had cluster meetings.  She would like to see more of this in the CPT schedule.

–Ray misses the 2-hour meetings.  He said an hour is not long enough to get major tasks done.

–Joseph said it is important for teachers to share their best practice with their colleagues.  He thought these meetings should be interdepartmental.

–Marti felt that we need to know ahead of time when meetings are scheduled—weeks ahead of time.

–Marti suggested doing a survey or room need, ratios.

–Joseph mentioned rumors in the district about eliminating department head positions and AP preps.  Then we will need more rooms.

–David felt we should minimize teachers having to move during the school day.

–Marti will look at the ratios. Michelle and David will help her.

 

–Marcus asked everyone to thank Richard McDowell for his hard work on winning a 2-year grant worth $50,000.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.  Balanced Score Card Review

–Marcus distributed some current information.

 

–Item tabled until next meeting.

 

II.         Professional Development Day Feedback

–His department appreciated the flexibility of the day and that teachers could catch up as being very valuable.

–Others agreed.  Many said it was the best PD day they’ve ever had.  They had time to get things accomplished.

–Joseph said the best PD days are those that are on-site.

–Marti said her department really enjoyed the flexibility.

–Marcus thanked everyone for the feedback.

–Ray learned that IEP meetings are not optional and IEP teachers and administrators must attend the meeting from beginning to end unless a box is check on the form that they will only attend part of the time.

–Joseph said it is difficult when teachers have to attend an IEP on their prep time.

–Marcus said the district is going to work on making IEPs more streamlined.

–It is an administrator’s duty to find coverage for teachers who have to attend an IEP during their class time.

–Ray said that IEPs should never take more than an hour.

–Ray said all of his teachers will check the box saying “Part of” for teachers and administrators attending.

 

III.       Miscellaneous

 

–Michelle asked about the agenda for the department heads 2 days prior to start of school.  The department heads need time outside of meetings to get work done.

 

–Joseph asked for input for the survey for homerooms and passing times.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:25pm.

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 23 – 27, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 23 – 27, 2012


PREPONDERANCE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

WORD OF THE WEEK:   PREPONDERANCE: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.  PREPONDERANCE: Superiority in weight, power, importance or strength; superiority or excess in number or quantity; majority.

 

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: 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.

SENIORS: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement.
Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.

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.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.
CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

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.

SuperSATurday College Rally and Resource Fair
Bay Area High School Students: You Can’t Lose if You Choose.  Find out how at the SuperSATurday College Rally and Resource Fair on April 28th 1-5PM at Laney College.  This FREE event features KMEL, KBLX and celebrity guests such as: Sway Calloway, Big Von, PopLyfe, Nio tha Gift, Deja Bryson, the Oakland Raiders and more.  Get Free college and S.A.T. or A.C.T. information, college swag, win prizes and learn how you can get a free S.A.T. or A.C.T.  Pre-register to guarantee admission at choosecollege4life.com or call 510-614-3400.  Space is limited.


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






 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 16 – 20, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 16 – 20, 2012


OPULENT

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   OPULENT: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. OPULENT: Having a large estate or property; wealthy;amply or plentifully provided.

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: 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.

SENIORS: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement. Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.

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.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
March 19 – 23 > $75 with current ASB card sticker and $85 without. Guest ticket $90.
April 2 – 20 > $85 with ASB and $90 w/o
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.

CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY:has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16th during a double period 6. Voting will take place that week during the afternoon.
GRADUATION REHEARSALS: for seniors will be April 17 – 20 in the auditorium.
SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

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!

ASB ELECTION BALLOTS: will be distributed on Tuesday, April 17 during period 1 for all students to vote.
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.


Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 12, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

4/12/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.          ELL IOC Report

 

–Marcus introduced Jen Fong who will give us the ELL  IOC report.  She discussed the unannounced visit earlier this semester, March 19, 2012.  She mentioned the Lau case and said that the courts keep finding us out of compliance.  This is the Internal Oversight Committee to make sure we are serving the ELL students.  This group is composed partly of assistant superintendents.

–She distributed information and explained its development.  The feedback from the visit should produce reflection and then growth.

–She mentioned that this is the 6th report in the district this year.  In the past there has not been a lot of support for the ELL students.

 

–Stan asked for the definition of a Language Objective.  Jen used the terms compare and contrast.  She mentioned that they would be happy to do some professional development in this area.  She used the term graphic organizers.  She wants the students to have academic English.

 

–She came for the review with her team and others, totaling 12 individuals.  They visited as many places as they could.  They talked to non-classroom staff and students.  They still need to talk to the parents.

–It was clear that everyone was aware of the ELL students.  Newcomers have 0-1 year in US schools.  Developing ELs have 2-4 years in US schools.  Long Term ELs have 5+ years.

–In classes where there were very few ELs, they did not see as much strategies for these students as in classes where there were many Els.  She said it is mandated that teachers use SADIE strategies and that is why all teachers are mandated to have a CLAD.  Student to student activities and graphic organizers are some of the things they were looking for.  Do we see visuals?

In lecture classes, the ELs have a harder time absorbing the material.  They like to see a variety of strategies that help students.

–Please move ELD .7-.8 to regular English so that they will be eligible for UC entrance.  She sees that happening at Galileo.  We do not want to mix Newcomers with Long Term ELs, even if they have the same CELT scores.  The Long Term ELs do not take the CELT seriously. Now that more ELs are being included in the mainstream, we need to use strategies to reach them.  She addressed the difference in the Long Term ELs’ speaking and writing skills.

 

–David asked if separation of the ELs and the ELAs in mainstream classes is important.  Jen discussed the differences between Long Term ELs and other students.

–Kathleen said many folks are not clear on the difference between .6 and .8 classes.  She asked for more PD in this area.  Jen said they are eager to do this.

–July 23-27, 2012 are dates for training over the summer.  Those who attend will follow up when they return to the site.  There is a $2,000 stipend for doing this.

–Jen said they would come to the site and design training that would work here.  She said you will see immediate results.

 

–David asked if the district will make it easier to identify the different students.

She said Data Director does it now.  She hopes it will be on SIS shortly.

–.6 in English means something different than in Math, Science and Social Studies.

–Jen encouraged everyone to attend some of the trainings.  She also encouraged everyone to ask for help with strategies.

–She said that we could get picked again next year for the IOC visit and she hopes they would see growth at that time.

–She encouraged increasing student-to-student interaction.  This is more engaging.

 

–Marcus distributed information on the Balanced Score Card.  Please look at the ELL section and we will discuss it next meeting.  Do we want to do these activities by department or school-wide?

–Marcus also distributed some information from the last WASC review to remind and refresh our thoughts.

–He said our EL students and our Newcomer students are extremely motivated to be successful.  We are doing good things at Galileo.

 

–Ben asked if we did well in this review and will we come under additional scrutiny. Marcus said there are areas for improvement, but we are doing a lot of things well.  He spoke about using more visuals next year to help our EL students.  Kathleen mentioned they are making posters to use the academic language.

 

–Michelle mentioned concerns with the re-designation of students that can cause elimination of some skill sets. Kathleen touched on the criteria students need to move to the next level.

–Denise said there should be this information can be given to al faculty.

 

II.         CAHSEE Results

–Tony passed out the results and gave credit to Jonathan Ring for creating the document.  He explained the document and highlighted the gains.  He felt the overall numbers were great.  Special Ed students are included in this report.

–Ben commented on the zip code break down.

 

–Nancy said CSU is going to start using the CST tests for Math and English placement, instead of the EAP.

 

III.       Common Formative Assessments

 

–April 23rd is a PD day and this is the entire agenda.  We want to see one each semester.

–Teachers can attend other PDs off site, but the CFAs must be completed prior to 4/23.

–Nancy brought up lunch and the fact that many wanted to go off campus for lunch.  Lunch is on your own.

–There will be a short faculty meeting in the morning.

 

IV.        Budget

–Marcus said we submitted a budget initially by balancing the budget by not using the mandated 2% for operating costs.  We wanted to use the projected AP money for that.  It was turned down.

–Marcus, Karin and, Katie worked on a revision.  They used categorical funds for the counselors.  We have an ELD retirement, so we did not fill that position.  If get an influx of Newcomers we will have to ask for more funds for these students.

–Nancy gave department heads the sections based on what we have now.  Things change over the summer.

 

V.         Miscellaneous

–Marcus asked how many 9th graders were assigned here and how many have signed up?  As of yesterday there were 130 who have not committed to Galileo.  520-550 were assigned.  TAs phoned the homes and some parents did not realize they had to come in for enrollment.  Many Latinos did not realize they had to come to the school to accept.  Only 7 of the 130 said they were going to go to another school.  Karin Lau will call those families.

–Round 2 for enrollment will start soon.  It will begin on May 13th.  Round 3 will be in the summer time.  Nancy said we should have more students that we expected.

 

–Master Schedule—singleton/doubleton meeting tomorrow 4° in 102.  There will be another meeting on Thursday of the STAR testing week if we do not finish.  Nancy asked everyone to check the Google Doc and enter the singletons and doubletons.

–Try to have one class of each grade level in every period.  Let Marcus and Nancy know if there are too many 1st and 6th period preps.

 

–Marcus mentioned student placement.  ELL students are supposed to start and end the day with those support classes.  This is a WASC recommendation.  Nancy said the ELD classes are on the even periods and the labs are on the odd periods.  Kathleen said they tried to have the students in the ELD community at the beginning and the end of the day.  He encouraged each department to review the WASC and the Balanced Score Card.

 

–FRISCO Day is tomorrow.  There are students turning in last minute field trip slips.  The district is providing more busses.  Those students who are not going need to show up for classes.  Anyone who does not come to school or to FRISCO Day will not be allowed to go to Prom.

–Ben discussed the severe consequence for this particular day if a student cuts versus any other day.

–Patrick said parents might have a valid argument against this punishment.  He mentioned recent articles in the SF Chronicle that are disturbing about CTS at Mission and O’Connell.

–Discussion followed.

–Joseph felt the day was poorly scheduled—on the last day of the grading period.  He felt the administration should protest this schedule and say it does not work for our teachers.  Marcus said there was no opportunity to say this.  Marcus felt that some teachers felt they were done with grading by the last day of the grading period.

–Nancy said it is earlier this year and the district wants to wait until students get accepted to college.  Some teachers felt it was too close to AP testing.  Suggestion was made to do it during CST time.  Chaperones then become a problem.

 

–Bettie distributed the Draft of the April 25th Open House for Karin Lau.  Marcus said there was a suggestion to offer extra credit if families come.

–Michelle said the kids go from room to room on the Scavenger Hunt and do not ask any questions about programs, etc.  Teachers and parents felt it was a waste of time.

 

–Marcus said the parents felt the number of questions should be limited—students can pick the questions they are interested in.  Marcus will send an email to everyone with what the parents suggested.

–Nancy suggested parents and students should visit departments.

–Michelle said it should be student run, which would be more interesting to the in-coming students.

–Denise asked if all teachers were required to attend.

–Ray said some parents try to monopolize the teachers.  This is not a time for teacher conferences.

–Ben felt we should have a clear statement of purpose.  Then we can figure out the activities.

–David felt we should be showcasing the first floor and have that open.

 

–Marcus said Wednesday, April 18th at 2:15pm there will be a School Loop Training in 102 for submitting grades.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:40am.

 

 

3/21/2012 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-March 21, 2012

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Marcus Blacksher, Stan DeBella, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Mele Lau-Smith, Claire Siegel, Nicole Torres, Jacky Chau, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai, Nancy Lambert-Campbell, Karin Lau, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle, William Hoffland, Gayline Tom, Michelle Moffet, Michael Kyle

Absent (Excused): None

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:41 pm.  There were twelve elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.

 

II.  Approval of 3/14/2012 Meeting Minutes

– The site council decided to postpone this item to the next meeting.

 

III.  New Business

– There weren’t any new agenda items.

 

IV.  Old Business

1.  2012/2013 SY Preliminary Budget

– M. Lau-Smith set the ground rules for the second part of the site council meeting to continue discussing the preliminary budget.  She hoped that K. Pringle had gotten the answers to the five questions formulated from the March 14 meeting so that the council could go forward with passing the preliminary budget.  Here were K. Pringle’s answers to the five questions:

i.  Is it a guarantee that Galileo will get the AP money in the fall?

– She couldn’t get a reply from downtown and the fact remained that the AP money hadn’t been loaded in our budget allocations.  Though Galileo would likely get the money in the fall, the school couldn’t plan on using it.

ii.  In what areas can Galileo use the categorical funding –EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP?

– The school could use these restrictive monies for supplementing but not supplanting services and classroom supplies for their target student population.

iii.  Why does Galileo have 7.4% cuts to its budget when the District has millions in reserve?

– S. DeBella and P. Delaney brought attention to this issue.

iv.  How does the school use its non-personnel fund?

– K. Pringle explained that out of the total non-personnel budget of $263,105, $150,000 went to the different departments; the balance of $113,105 was used for school-wide.

v.  Can the school reduce its required 2% in non-personnel and replenish it in the fall when the school gets the AP money?

– The 2% stipulation in non-personnel applied only to the WSF fund, not the entire budget allocation.

– K. Pringle presented her budget spreadsheets (see attached):

Page 1 – Budget Allocations (same as March 14)

Page 2 – Budget Summary (same as March 14)

Page 3 – All Cuts 2012-13

– The spreadsheet showed all the possible cuts in non-classroom and classroom with the bottom line of $203,874 remaining for non-personnel expenditure.

Page 4 – Possible Cuts 2012-13

– The spreadsheet showed all the possible cuts in non-classroom and classroom incorporating all the changes proposed by the school site council on March 14 and the leadership team meeting with the bottom line of -$13,103 remaining for non-personnel expenditure.

Page 5 – The Cost of Salaries for Administration, Certificated, Classified in four years.

 

– K. Pringle explained Page 4 in details and suggested that when the site council meet again to discuss the fall final allocation in September, the members could decide what services and personnel to restore if there were new money.

– After K. Pringle’s presentation, M. Lau-Smith asked that each member take 2 minutes to comment on the proposed cuts on Page 4 and to try to base their reactions around the District and school priorities (District-English Language Learners, Special Education, Common Learning Assessments/Common Core; school-9th Grade Transition, Algebra, A-G Alignment).

 

1.  W. Smith – If the ASB period were taken out of the school day, the action might cause the school culture to decline.  He suggested putting the ASB period back.  He felt the AVID program is generally successful.  If the school wanted to close the achievement gap, the AVID cuts should be reconsidered.

 

2.  N. Torres – She wanted to know that when resources are scarce, how do the admin and staff corroborate so that gaps are filled.  How do department heads come together to meet the challenges?  Does a process exist?

 

– Pringle cited that the school staff does work together to resolve issues.  For example, the counseling office had asked for an additional counselor, but the idea was overwhelmingly rejected.  And hence, the item was taken off the budget.

 

3.  C. Siegel – The AVID reductions seemed detrimental as well as the English department’s elimination of one section.  She suggested restoring the AVID sections in the lower grades.  K. Pringle proposed offering two sections in the 9th grade, 2 sections in the 10th, and a single section to combine the 11th and 12th graders, when the demands often dwindle.  The 9th graders get credits for College and Career when they take AVID.  The AVID class is an elective and therefore, it does not meet the A to G requirement.

 

4.  S. DeBella – He was disappointed that the District didn’t get back to Galileo with these crucial answers.  He still questioned the steep cuts to all the schools when the District has so much in reserve.  He and P. Delaney would try to find some truth to this debacle.  M. Lau-Smith concurred with his frustration.  She wasn’t very successful at her inquiry of answers last year.

 

5.  M. Blacksher – He lamented the lack of funds and resources to maintain all the programs, which make Galileo a great school.  If Galileo got more money in the fall, he would enhance the math and science departments.  He was also disappointed that there weren’t enough resources to keep up with the fast changing technological hard/soft ware.

 

6.  J. Ring – He felt the proposed cuts were manageable.  He was aware that the proposal had the intention of decimating the non-personnel portion and replenishing it in the fall with the AP money.   He reminded us that the budget allocations were based on the old contract.  When a new contract is negotiated, it will change the rules of the game.  He prioritized keeping all the teachers and lowering the paper usage expenses.  He questioned the quality of library services if the librarian’s hours were reduced to .60FTE.  If the world language department’s demand didn’t necessitate the additional .40 FTE, the librarian’s hours should be restored back to 1.00 FTE.

 

7.  D. Page – He commented that it was difficult to reduce positions when they are filled.  He wanted to know why Galileo had gotten a bigger cut as compared to the other schools.  He felt that the proposed cuts were manageable, but cuts to the classrooms still hurt.

 

8.  J. Chau – He felt the cuts in AVID sections weren’t so detrimental.  He observed that many students had the mindset to go to colleges.  He didn’t want the ASB period cut from the school day.  The position was important because it had the responsibility to raise money to pay for graduation expenses.  Who would carry on the torch when the position is eliminated?  He preferred for the Yearbook and Journalism to be combined as a single class and be offered during the school day.  Though it might be feasible to offer it afterschool as an extracurricular activity.

 

9.  C. Lee – She wanted the Yearbook and Journalism class put back into the school day.  The Yearbook class requires a lot of hard work; having it as an after school activity would not work.  She wanted the ASB period to be restored to the school day because it had to fund raise to pay for the senior expenses.

 

10.  P. Delaney – He said it was possible for the site council to refuse signing off on the budget if they were not satisfied.  Of all seventeen high schools, Galileo placed fifteenth to receive the least amount of funding.  He questioned the additional section in the social studies department and the reduction of seven sections in the physical education department.  He proposed to add back some of the sections in PE and reduce some sections in science, since students only need two years of it to graduate.  He also proposed to offer fewer sections in Health Ed, since the demand will drop due to a smaller 9th grade class.  He would like to restore all 8 sections of AVID and fill those JROTC classes to offset the high PE class sizes.

 

11.  A. Mai – It would be difficult to have the student body advisor teach five classes and do the ASB period after school.  When that happened, it would affect the school climate.  Also, giving the advisor $2000 stipend to do the ASB activities is not equitable.

 

– M. Kyle questioned why the library would face reduced hours and services.  He as an English teacher and his department teachers use it often.  He thought it was wrong to have the classroom teachers carry the burden of all the cuts when the non-classroom staff such as the administration, counselors, and clerks escapes such reductions.  He wanted the English sections and the library FTE restored and keep technology as a priority.

– M. Moffet, English department head, felt that cuts should be done across the board and to avoid the areas where they could help the school raise its API scores and the students with meeting the A to G requirements.  The proposed cuts on page 4 concentrated on cutting sections in VAPA and English and bypassed the administration and clerks.  Though students only need two years of science to graduate, there are more sections offered there.

– After the site council members and visiting staff commented on the proposed cuts, M. Lau-Smith summarized people’s preferences and suggestions.  In order to submit a balanced budget, cuts must take place.  She looked at reducing the world language sections even more.  Students have the options of testing out the language requirement if they speak that language.  When the school reduces its elective offerings, the limitation will impact mostly the juniors and seniors, who then take TAs to fill their schedules.

– Staff has the rights to return and have a full-time position.  When cuts must be made, it is beneficial for the staff to have the position kept at a minimum of .60 FTE, when benefits kick in for the incumbent.

– M. Blacksher disseminated the “science course registration data” handout, which showed the course sign-up data in the department.  Galileo tended to offer more science electives thought students only need two years.  M. Moffet would like to see a variety of English courses-required and electives- offered in her department as well.

– M. Lau-Smith suggested cutting each clerical position by .20 FTE or reducing one position to .60 FTE.  She reiterated people’s proposed reductions in order to balance the budget:

* add back the ASB period to the school day

* restore the librarian’s hours to 1.00 FTE

* keep the 13.40 FTE in English

* reduce non-personnel fund to reflect the anticipated AP money coming in the fall

* decrease .20 FTE from a clerical position

 

– The site council members voted on the following two motions:

First motion:  to approve the possible budget discussed with the above changes.

Second motion:  to sign off on the budget, but to write a letter to protest the various key issues.

– P. Delaney recommended that the letter be written and delivered at a future board meeting.

 

 

Roll Call:

W. Smith – yes/no

N. Torres – yes/no

C. Siegel – yes/no

S. DeBella – yes/no

M. Blacksher – yes/abstain

D. Page – yes/no

J. Chau – yes/no

C. Lee – yes/no

P. Delaney – no/no

A. Mai – yes/no

M. Lau-Smith – yes/no

J. Ring – yes/no

 

 

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/14/2012 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-March 14, 2012

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Marcus Blacksher, Stan DeBella, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, Patrick Delaney, Mele Lau-Smith, Claire Siegel, Nicole Torres, Jacky Chau, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai, Nancy Lambert-Campbell, Karin Lau, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle, William Hoffland, Karen Field, Gayline Tom, Lauren Marshman, Michelle Guan, Michelle Moffet, Susan Kitchell, Jackie Alarcon,

Absent (Excused): None

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved

 

Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:53 pm.  There were twelve elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.

 

II.  Approval of 2/8/2012 Meeting Minutes

– P. Delaney moved to approve the 2/8/2012 minutes as presented.  S. DeBella seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

III.  New Business

1.  2012/2013 SY Preliminary Budget

– K. Pringle distributed the 6-page handouts (see attachments).  She thanked J. Ring for his math wiz in helping her formulate her spreadsheets.  The attendees referred to the handouts while K. Pringle did her power point presentation.

Page 1 – Budget Allocations

The spreadsheet shows what Galileo has received in these four years:  2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013.  The bottom line for next year will be a 6.9% cut in the overall budget.

Page 2 – Budget Summary

–  The spreadsheet elaborated on the following headings:  Fund, Name (of Fund), Allocated, Budgeted, Balance, Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE), Salary, Benefits, Extended Service, Non-Personnel for the six different funding sources and in the four-year span.  The six funding sources are:  General Fund Unrestricted/WSF, Special Ed/WSF Site, Economic Impact Aid/School Compensatory Education (EIA/SCE), EIA/Limited English Proficient (EIA/LEP), Prop H PE, Prop H Arts.

Page 3 – District & School Site 2012-13 (Version) A

Page 4 – District & School Site 2012-2013 (Version) B

Page 5 – District & School Site 2012-2013 (Version) C

Page 6 – The Cost of Salaries for Administration, Certificated, Classified in four years.

 

– Categorical funds such as EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP come with many restrictions; therefore, the money could not be used for classroom personnel.  The admin would like to access the money without being out of compliance.  K. Pringle is waiting to hear back from the State/Federal office.

– Galileo offers the JROTC program.  Currently, Galileo pays for a .50 FTE, the Army pays for a 1.00 FTE, and private fundraising pays for the other .50 FTE.  The military mandates that these two FTEs to co-exist.  When that stipulation does not happen, the school will be out of compliance, which Galileo has gotten out of this year.  The school will have one year to fix the problem.  At this juncture, the private fundraising effort has raised around $20,000.

– The school can’t sign the students up for JROTC.  They have to opt in to the program.

– The Version A proposal is the starting point of discussions of where cuts might happen.  The leadership team met over the course of a week to dissect the proposal. During such meetings, each team member had the opportunity to speak in favor or against the specified cuts in the proposal.  Subsequently, Versions B and C were created incorporating the team’s input.

– M. Lau-Smith clarified that if the council could not reach a consensus of a proposed preliminary budget today, another meeting will be called.  She also set the perimeter that advocacy of a program or position cut is not preferred.  She realized that any cuts to Galileo would be detrimental.

– She summed up that the three scenarios involved cuts in the same departments.  Then in Versions B and C, the ASB period is deleted and replaced with a stipend of $2,000 as a form of compensation.  And Version C shows a deficit of $65,371 after all the cuts are implemented.

– J. Ring cited that the school is required to put 2% of its total budget, which is $177,513 towards non-personnel.  He would like clarification on what fund is allowed to make up this 2%.  He commented that Galileo would receive fund for the AP exams taken, but that the fund won’t come until in the fall.  He would like to know if Galileo could use this money towards the 2%.  He also would like to know how restrictive is the categorical funds and the assurances of the Career Tech Ed support to fund teachers.  He questioned how many students actually double up by departments.

– K. Pringle explained that the school could not plan on the use of the AP exam fund because it doesn’t exist in the budget allocations.  When she gets a confirmation of the money, she can then zero out the non-personnel and will later replenish it with the said fund.  This strategy will free up designated money to fill more FTEs.

– L. Marshman, the AVID counselor, explained that the program recruits its participants, whose GPAs are between 2.5 to 3.30, in the 8th grade.  Once in high school, they take the AVID class all four years.  They learn organizational skills, get tutorial support, receive elective credits, and by the senior year, 90% of them get into a 4 year college.  Currently there are two sections per grade level and are taught by four teachers.  If the eight sections are cut down to five, around eighty students will lose out and the program can only offer one section per 10th, 11th and 12th grades.  If she cuts the 9th grade sections from two to one, the overflow will impact the College and Career sections.  The 9th graders get the College and Career credit for their AVID class.

– Currently Galileo pays for .50 FTE of J. Alarcon’s position and the Peer Resource office matches the amount to bring the PR position to a 1.00 FTE.  J. Alarcon teaches three sections of Peer Helping and one section of College/Career.  The proposed budget is to consolidate all three sections of around fifty enrollees into two sections of twenty-five each.   But J. Alarcon’s argument is that she will need all three sections to maintain her program.  The small class sizes allow her students to collaborate and institute projects to benefit the school community.

– The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department will go from current 20 sections to 18 sections in the proposed budget.  The cuts will impact the one-year graduation requirement.

– Students need two years of Physical Ed to graduate.  Some students meet this requirement by taking JROTC and/or playing team sports.  The cuts of 2 FTEs will not allow students who fail the fitness test to retake PE and will increase class sizes.

– Students are required to take 4 years of English, 3 years of science, 2 years of math, etc. to graduate.  But in order to be competitive to get into a college of choice, students often times take the recommended years by UC, such as 4 years of science and 4 years of math.  These increases explain why the enrollment numbers in the science and math departments are higher.

–  It was suggested that the English Language Development (ELD) department’s section numbers be included in the English department’s figures, because ELD counts as one year of English requirement.

– M. Moffet, English department head, pointed out that the elimination of 1 FTE in her department is disproportioned to the cuts in the math and science departments.  She cited that the Early Acceptance Performance (EAP) results pointed to that 24% readiness of juniors performing rigorous work.  The ideal class size for English teachers to maximize learning and teaching is 25 students, not the proposed 31.9.  English teachers spend an average of 15 hours per week to grade papers.  And the department as a whole contributes to the high CST achievement level, not math or science.  And yet, the department is taking a bigger cut.

– M. Blacksher commented that the overall enrollment across the District had gone down.  Galileo will likely not see an increase of enrollment in the fall.

– A member questioned how was the ASB stipend of $2,000 determined.  It was set arbitrarily.  It was suggested to increase the amount.

– All three versions proposed to eliminate Yearbook and Journalism during the school day and implement them as part of the Futurama after school program.  The Yearbook class might survive the move because students still want to see the finished product, but Journalism will likely lose its appeal.  When the move takes place, students can get credits as long as they put in the required instructional minutes.

– Drama is a good elective class to offer to EL students, because it encourages the students to express themselves using English.  But it doesn’t look promising at this austere financial time.

– P. Delaney questioned if Galileo is heavy in clerical support.  If we are, he proposed to streamline the duties of the secretarial staff, so that a reduction in classified personnel is possible.  M. Blacksher cited that schools, which take this measure, don’t function well.

– W. Hoffland, a PE teacher, expressed his concern for the 2 FTE cuts in his department.  He said the PE enrollment numbers are askew because PE teachers used to indiscriminately sign off on students, who participate in team sports, to get PE credits.  He reflected that PE teachers are more reluctant to do so now.

– M. Lau-Smith asked if Galileo will receive more students in the fall, therefore, the school would see an increase in its budget allocation.  K. Pringle shared that she was told that Galileo should not expect to get more money even if the City releases its rainy day fund.

– M. Lau-Smith would like to get some answers to these questions before the site council meets again next Wednesday, March 21.  If the site council doesn’t have the answers, it will prevent them from making a sound decision.  In that case, they will revoke signing off on the preliminary budget, which is due on Friday, March 23, 2012.  M. Blacksher cautioned that it is imperative that he turns in a balanced budget.  K. Pringle will get some answers for the site council by next Wednesday.

Questions such as:

i.  Is it a guarantee that Galileo will get the AP money in the fall?

ii.  In what areas can Galileo use the categorical funding-EIA/SCE and EIA/LEP?

iii.  Why does Galileo have 7.4% cuts to its budget when the District has millions in reserve?

iv.  How does the school use its non-personnel fund?

v.  Can the school reduce its required 2% in non-personnel and replenish it in the fall when the school gets the AP money?

 

IV.  Old Business

1.  BSCWG Updates

– The council did not have time to address this agenda item.

S. DeBella moved to adjourn the meeting.  P. Delaney seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 5:42 pm.

 

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 9 – 13, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 9 – 13, 2012


NEOPHYTE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

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

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: 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.

SENIORS: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement. Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.

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.

SENIORS: Please Turn in your FRISCO DAY Field Trip Forms to the Counseling office ASAP. This is a mandatory district wide fieldtrip on April 13th. You ALL need to attend. Get your parents signature and please bring it by April 4th to guarantee your spot on the bus. Thank You.
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 13. Money will go to pay for senior graduation expenses.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
March 19 – 23 > $75 with current ASB card sticker and $85 without. Guest ticket $90.
April 2 – 20 > $85 with ASB and $90 w/o
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.
CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY:has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16th during a double period 6. Voting will take place that week during the afternoon.
GRADUATION REHEARSALS: for seniors will be April 17 – 20 in the auditorium.
SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

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!

ASB ELECTION BALLOTS: will be distributed on Tuesday, April 17 during period 1 for all students to vote.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING: is today, Monday, at 3:15 pm in Room 153. Clubs can submit their food proposals for the Aloha Festival
ALOHA FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, May 4 in the courtyard during lunch time.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Do you want to sing the Star Spangled Banner at Galileo’s Graduation on May 23rd?  Auditions will be held on Monday April 9th after school
in room 555.  For more information, contact Mr. Taylor at taylorj@galileoweb.org.”







 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – April 2 – 5, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

APRIL 2 – 5, 2012


NEBULOUS

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   NEBULOUS: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. NEBULOUS: Indistinct; vague.

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: 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.

SENIORS: Keep in mind that you won’t be able to graduate without the college/career requirement. See me as soon as possible if you have not completed the requirement. Those who still need to submit the Advance PE form, the absolute deadline is April 20, 2012.
CAL-GRANT: Seniors, you may still submit your Cal-Grant forms to Bai Zhen, in room 258F.  Please submit it as soon as possible.

ATTENTION JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, AND FRESHMEN: STANFORD UNIVERSITY campus field trip on Thursday, April 5 (all day). Priority for junior students who are highly interested in Stanford. 

Students will have a tour of the campus, informational panel from students, and will have all-you-can-eat at Stern Dining Commons, one of the best at Stanford. If interested, go see Bai Zhen in room 258F for a permission slip. Thanks.


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.
ASB ELECTION: Do you wish to run for 2012-2013 ASB Office? Pick up a petition ASB Office.

SENIORS: Please Turn in your FRISCO DAY Field Trip Forms to the Counseling office ASAP. This is a mandatory district wide fieldtrip on April 13th. You ALL need to attend. Get your parents signature and please bring it by April 4th to guarantee your spot on the bus. Thank You.
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 13. Money will go to pay for senior graduation expenses.
SENIOR PROM: at City Hall on Saturday, April 28 from 8 pm to midnight. Dress is formal. Tickets will be sold at ASB Office. Prices are:
March 19 – 23 > $75 with current ASB card sticker and $85 without. Guest ticket $90.
April 2 – 20 > $85 with ASB and $90 w/o
April 23 – 27 > All tickets $90
Money will help pay for both prom and graduation expenses.

CLASS ELECTIONS: – Do you wish to run for 2012 -2013 senior, junior, or freshmen office? Pick up petitions at ASB office.

ASB ELECTION ASSEMBLY:has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16th during a double period 6. Voting will take place that week during the afternoon.

 GRADUATION REHEARSALS: for seniors will be April 17 – 20 in the auditorium.

SENIOR PANORAMA:  will be taken on Thursday, April 19.

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!

Leadership Team Meeting Minutes – March 22, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

3/22/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:05am.

 

I.          Budget

–Katie distributed the most current budget sheet.  This consists of input from this group and the SSC.

–The district is adding to the librarian position and the nurse.  We are cutting .5 para position and .2 clerical.  We are moving .4 from the TSA to ELD.  We are cutting .6 from AVID and moving it to English.  English we are cutting .8, offset by .6 AVID and .2 Journalism. College Career/Health—cut .4, move .2 to Social Studies and only 9th graders.  PE is cut 1.4., offset by .4 TSA. We are cutting IT prep.  We are cutting .4 from ELD. Math—no change.  Peer Resource no change. Science—additional sections, no ASB prep, $2K stipend, additional students.  Social Studies add .2 from CC/Health.  VAPA—cut.4 fewer students (A-G). World Language–no change.  Yearbook/Journalism combined class.

–We will be keeping drama.

–3.6 % cut in Certificated classroom positions.

–Katie discussed operating costs.  We have a total operating budget of $142,293.00 for the coming year.  Last year we had $263,105 from the WSF.

–We are getting a 6.9% cut, but only a 3.6 certificated classroom cut.  We have an 8.8% cut in classified positions.

–Ethan asked about PE credit for sports.  Next year students will not get credit.  He also asked about the 138 students that have to take PE because they did not pass the content standards.  Marcus mentioned the administration has discussed having an after school program for these students.

–Ben mentioned that some of these students were involved in academies and other programs and relied on sports credit for PE to complete their requirements.

–Marcus said we are out of compliance with this and we are not supposed to do this.

–Ethan has to test these students and if they do not pass, then they have to take PE.

–Those certificated cuts—teachers are entitled to a 1.0 position in the district.

–Ethan asked about ROTC.  There will be 1 position, and we pay .5.  If outside funding happens, then we may have 2 positions.  Leo is working on his PE credential.  We are planning for 150 students in ROTC.

–Ethan asked about enrollment numbers for ROTC in all grades.  He asked if students are arbitrarily placed in ROTC and then they can opt out.

–Katie said a lot of these numbers will change in the fall.

–Ethan talked about the fact that periods 5 and 6 are heavy in PE and the morning classes are lighter.  We need to balance the classes.  1st period and 6th period classes have the most students.

 

–Patrick questioned cutting .2 from social studies and cutting 1 .4 from PE.

–Marcus said the PE classes are small.  Ethan said the class size should be 37.  Marcus said 37 is an average number for class sizes.

–Katie said there were cuts all over the place.

–Stan said the members of the SSC refused last night to sign off on the budget.  It was submitted and will have a letter stating objections to being cut this year.  Out of 17 high schools in SF, our funding is 15th.

–Patrick said the letter is currently being drafted and this group will get a copy of it.

–Marcus said this is not an easy process and he thanked everyone for their input and participation.  He thanked Katie for her hard work.  Jonathan Ring and Mele did an excellent job as well.

 

II.         Vending Machines

–Katie has been approached by a company to put in vending machines at Galileo stocked with healthy foods.  Wallenberg, Mission and Gateway have them.

–We would get money for them—50-50.

–We can decide where the vending machines are placed.

–Last time we had them they were located in ROTC and kids were cutting classes and hanging out there.

–Joseph mentioned the history of having a Coke machine in the Band Room and all the problems that came with it.

–Ray mentioned that vending machines are quicker than leaving campus.

–Marcus felt that if we do it, we should do it ourselves and keep all the money.

–Ben felt the students should initiate the project.

 

III.       Student Activity Dates

–Katie emailed this to everyone and she got some appreciation.

–Nancy said April 13th is Frisco Day for Seniors re: college.

–ASB assembly will be Thursday 4/12.

–Joseph suggested having a regular 1-6 schedule and having a double 4th or double 6th.

–Michelle suggested the assembly on Monday prior to STAR testing.  STAR testing always starts on a Tuesday.

–Katie asked if we could do the voting during the periods in the afternoon after the morning STAR tests.  Everyone agreed.

–Assembly is Monday April 16th for ASB elections.

 

IV.        Open House

–Counseling Office has sent information out to prospective students saying it is April 25th.  Incoming 9th graders have been given this date.

–Joseph wanted to have it the same evening as the Spring Concert.

–Registration for incoming 9th graders was arbitrarily moved up a week.  Nancy said the notice from the district was late.

–Joseph would like to coordinate these two events in the future.

 

V.         Staff Appreciation

–Thursday, May 3rd is the date Gayline is proposing.  It will be the Faculty Meeting time—switched from Wednesday to Thursday.  Wednesday will be for department meetings.

 

VI.        Master Schedule Update

–Nancy told the group that the counselors are now inputting the information that the teachers have sent.  We should be able to figure out how many sections for each course the week after Spring Break.  They are trying to do some comparison data.

–She mentioned that there will be some blanks in student schedules in the beginning—mostly to show the district we need a lot of help.

–Marcus said we will not double up on science classes to see what we are working with and to show the district the bare bones schedules.

–Nancy said some of the schedules for juniors and seniors would only have 4 classes.  Joseph asked how they could graduate if they could not have a full schedule.

–This is a long process and we will see what the bare bones looks like.  Hopefully the district will release more funds and we can expand.

–9th graders for the fall are registering now until April 13th.  The district has put in 532 9th graders.  That means more money for us as originally we were projected at 450 students.  The counseling office will call those who have not come to register.  They will also do some outreach.  That would mean $4,279.00 per student.  That would mean over $400,000 more money.

–Patrick asked about the demographics.  Tony said 49% Chinese, 25% Latino and all other ethnicities were not higher than 10%.

–The real $$ amount comes after the 10 day count.

 

–Nancy said there are also upper class students who do not return in the fall.

–Michelle asked about the singleton/doubleton meeting—April 12th is the target date.

–Lauren will take over Nancy’s position in the Counseling Office while Nancy is on maternity leave and Tony will be helping with the Master Schedule.

 

VII.      Copy Machines in 307

–Denise talked of an experience she had several weeks ago and she talked about a project where someone copied a book—23 originals, 55 copies.

–Please remind your department members to use the Riso for large volumes.

–The Xerox machine in 307 is broken.

–We are trying to keep students out of copy machines.

–Marcus asked about codes for each person.  Joseph mentioned that teachers would give their codes to their students.

–Large printing jobs can be sent to the district office now, but that won’t happen next year.

–Marti mentioned in the past each department head talked to the teachers in their department who make lots of copies.

–Ben suggested that unattended big jobs be seized and brought to the main office for pick-up.

 

VIII.     School Safety Concerns

–Denise mentioned that we have no School Crossing Signs by our school.  There

Should be on every corner.  We will put in a work order.

 

IX.        Star Testing Procedures

–Marti wanted to make sure that everybody knows what they are to do as far as picking up, dropping off, etc.  All ducks should be in a row.  Vicki did it for the last 15 years.  She would like to see everything spelled out way ahead of time.

–Tony did the STAR testing for 2 years at Aptos.  The first faculty meeting after Spring Break we will go over the procedures.

–Tony will try to replicate as much as possible what has been done in the past.

–Our usual substitutes will be on hand to help.

–We will use Room 253 for the headquarters.

–The group asked for the bell schedule for STAR test.

–Denise brought up the fact that teachers who are assigned as support should be ready to relive the regular teachers.

–Marti asked to be somewhat free so she can handle the problems with Math department encounters during the testing.

–Kathleen said it is important for teachers to read the directions, as they are different every year.

–Marti suggested an information session just prior to the STAR testing so everyone has all the information.

–Denise said it is important to follow the script that comes with the test.

–Karin talked about the Chinese Immersion schedule.

–Mat suggested the relief schedule be kept within the department.

–Katie suggested that teachers be assigned as a team to give the test and do a 50-50 job.

 

IX.        Common Formative Assessments

–Marcus said he hoped everyone was almost done with this. April 23rd is the target date.  This will be department time.

–Tony said the most recent CLA’s are now in Data Director.

–Ray talked about the problem when the pre-slugged answer sheets are not ready for the students.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

 

 

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