Leadership Team Meeting Minutes – Febuary 9, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

2/9/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.            Academic Honesty

–Marcus received a report from Mr. Flisak on cheating.  Marcus asked the group for their input.

–Ben said copying and cheating is the norm.  David Barrios said he gives a “0” on an assignment if he catches a student cheating.

–Delores  Lee said that kids take pictures of homework and post it on Facebook.  Test are also posted on Facebook.

–Ben found students copying right in front of him with homework for another teacher.  He sends students to the Deans’ Office for suspension when he catches cheating.

–Nancy mentioned students attempting to cheat on the CAHSEE yesterday.  Even though the questions are in different order for different versions of the test, Tony said it is possible to match the graphics and copy answers.

–Jessica wanted to know what message students get from Galileo about cheating—messages on walls about zero tolerance?

–Kathleen felt that we need to define cheating.

–Michelle said her teachers cover in the beginning of the year what is and what is not cheating.  Different teachers have different policies, but they state them and the consequences in their syllabus.

–Joseph felt it is hard to start a new policy now, but the group disagreed.

–David talked about an incident last year where the student who was receiving the department award was caught cheating.  It was a difficult situation.  He felt that no student thinks cheating is OK, but that it is easy to get away with.

–Kathleen told of a similar incident.

–Stan said cheating is not acceptable at any time of the year.  He spreads the students out and does as much as he can to make sure they do not cheat.

–Michelle felt teachers are changing the way they are assessing students, especially at the college level.

–Tony mentioned, “When does collaborating become cheating?”

–Ben felt we have to deal with the issue of students wanting to get points for good grades.

–Marcus will call other principals to see what is happening at other schools and we will continue the discussion at the next meeting.

–Joseph talked about artists and musicians modeling their work after their predecessors.

 

II.            Bell Schedule

–Marcus said we are still working on the spreadsheet for the student survey.  We are looking at A and B and the difference is the amount of passing period minutes.  Tony is still working on the student schedules.

–Joseph asked if there are more students late with a 5-minute passing period, versus a 7-minute passing period. Concrete data will be good.

–Tony talked about information on School Loop about tardies—biggest amount was for first period and then right after lunch.

–Suggestion was made to compare 2nd and 3rd period tardies.

 

III.            School Loop

–Marcus distributed a packet on School Loop.

–Marcus said he gets lots of interest from the parents about School Loop, particularly the 9th and 10th grade parents, as they are used to it from middle school.

–Marcus told of his experience at the training for School Loop.  The trainer has a student at Galileo and she was disappointed she only hears from one of her son’s teacher on School Loop.

–66% of our teachers completed the survey on School Loop.  Most of those felt comfortable using School Loop.  Tony went through questions on the survey and some of the results.

–Needing training and lack of time were the main reasons teachers were not using School Loop.  The training is from 4-6pm, after the working day.

–25% of parents are registered to use School Loop.  Ray mentioned that we have a minority using School Loop.  Tony said at his former school 90% of the parents were using it and all the teachers were.

–Ben felt that we need to tell parents what is going on with their kids.  Patrick felt we have high school students.  The parent is not holding their hand all the time, but we do need to check on how the students are doing.

–Discussion followed about using School Loop, time it takes to post grades, etc.

–Joseph told of his experiences and he said it is a good communication tool with the students who use it more often than the parents. Joseph felt the trainings should be done in the common planning time, not after school.  4-6pm is his time and there are other activities that he needs to do.  We are professionals and should be treated as such.

–The district is using our building for a district-wide School Loop training, and that is why it is scheduled from 4-6pm.

–David suggested we do in-house training.  Many teachers do not know how to do many of the items on School Loop.

–Stan says School Loop takes time.  He would like the district to do a survey of what times during the day/evening/night the data is input.

–Marcus said we will use School Loop next year in some way.

–Patrick said that School Loop is a contract issue.

–Marcus said if we have School Loop access at school, the principal can put it in the Principal’s Expectations.

–David Barrios brought up the fact that those teachers not contacting parents by School Loop are contacting parents in other ways.

 

IV.            February 14th Wellness & GSA Event

–Jessica talked about this event.  This concerns sexual health and teen relationships.

–Jessica said she had 2 pregnant students in her office this morning.  This happens often.

–She talked about students in abusive relationships.

–She talked about students working on “coming out” to their parents.

–This event will be highlighted on the district website next week.

–Our ELL students do not know where to get reproductive information.

–There will be 42 workshops this year. She asked the members of this group to sign up.

–Some teachers are giving students extra credit for the noon-time activities.  Please encourage your teachers to participate.

–Joseph said some of his students asked him to officiate at their wedding at the event.  Jessica told him to see Jackie Peters.  She told of the educational games by the marriage booths.

–Price to get married is 50 cents.  Proceeds go to GSA.

 

V.            Policy for Food Sales

–Mat asked what the school policy is. Marcus said there should not be any food sales on campus.

–Jessica said any candy sales for students are against district policy.

–Food Sales to teachers are OK.

 

VI.            Rise in Hall Walking

–We are being vigilant to curb this.

 

VII.            CAHSEE

–Stan said the auditorium was chaos and not well thought out.

 

Department Head

 

–Marcus gave kudos to Ray for his efforts to give Special Ed. students the regular tests.

–CST—California Standards Test—what everyone takes.  CMA is a modified assessment.  It is almost as difficult as the CST.  CMA does not count towards the school’s API.

–CAPA is for the severely impaired students.

–State goal is to have no more than 3% of students taking the CMA.

 

I.            Testing Update

–City College Placement Exam is February 24th for seniors going to City College.  It will be at Galileo from approximately 8am-noon.

–Nancy said last year CCSF gave the SFUSD priority for 2 classes they had to take.  This year our students attending CCSF have to have at least 3 classes that will transfer to a 4 year university.

–The test will be given in the library.  Students sign up for the test.

–Ray would like his students to take the test at the same time.

–CAHSEE—this past one was our census test and counts for the API score.  On both dates we tested 98% of the students we were supposed to test.  We needed to test at least 95%.

–Nancy said it was a little bit chaotic for those students who did not have a place to go when their classrooms were being used.  This is a whole school effort.  She asked for cooperation from all staff and teachers.

–Denise mentioned miscommunication on the second day.  The time of 10:30am was confusing and some students did not finish by that time.  Denise asked about students who did not report to her class until after 11am.  Discussion followed.

–Joseph suggested we plan a fun activity for those students who finish the test by 10:30am.  Kathleen said that some kids might rush through the test to go out and play.

–Michelle asked about the auditorium and how it was used.  Joseph turned the house lights up, as he felt it was too dark inside.

–Those two specific days are the only days we can do the CAHSEE.

 

–9th Grade Practice CAHSEE

–This year we can decide if we want to give it.  Ray and Kathleen both said, “No.”

–Will having the test improve our passing rate?  Ray said there are no stakes.  Decision made not to give it.

 

II.            Registration

–Nancy said they should finish on time by Feb. 17th.

–We can enter the information in Scheduler right after that, by the beginning of March.

 

III.            Academic Literacy Discussion Check-in

–Academic Literacy is a school priority.  First we have to define academic literacy.

–Mat said his department included reading, writing, academic norms—bring materials to class, ask for help, etc.  Know how to act in academic environment.

–Science focused on the standards. Specifics come from the standards.

–Kathleen said her department came up with definitions—and ability to navigate all of their classes.

–Denise said her department mostly talked about AP classes and what is expected of these students.  High literacy is one of the issues.  They do SSR in the target language.

Students who are ELD in their classes do very well.  They learn from the ground up.

–Joseph mentioned his department came up with 40 words that would apply to all his classes and were what the students should know by graduation.  He also liked the academic norms—bring a pencil.

–Standard Literacy in an Academic School, then Department literacy—Tony mentioned this.

–Academic Literacy means different things to different people.

–Ray said in their department said they talked about navigating through a textbook, etc. He mentioned the parts of a textbook.  These things need to be taught.

–Tony will put all this information together.

 

IV.            Common Formative Assessments & Data Director

–Marcus gave some background information on the usefulness of this information.

–The goal is for every course to have a common assessment and have a common final exam.

–This goal is for next fall.

–One a piece of data is entered for a student, it is linked to the content standards and teachers can watch their students over time.

–Any assessment teachers are now doing can be digitized.  This requires using rubrics.

–Denise said the big task is to get together with the teachers to work this out.

–Tony said it will take time to get this all set up.  What am I teaching, how am I teaching, and do I have a good collaborative relationship with other teachers who are teaching the same course?

–Discussion followed.

–David mentioned that much has been going on this year with data, etc., and there has not been much time to talk about curriculum.

–Denise is not sure how to explain this to her colleagues.  She asked for Tony to come and help her.  She also mentioned Chinese literacy.

–Michelle talked about Common Planning Time.  In the past one hour was Cluster Meetings, and one hour was Department Time.  She said this year they do not have the time to do this.  Marcus said those discussions will happen once we get the CLA and Data Director in place.

–Marcus told about his experience at Thurgood Marshall.

–Tony said he is hearing that teachers want to have more planning time.

–Joseph said we need more staff development.

–Patrick said everyone in the district supports CLA, but Data Director is not mandatory now.  We need to develop the CLAs first and then get to Data Director.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11;50AM.

Weekly Bulletin – February 6 – 10, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY 6 – 10, 2012


MAGNANIMOUS

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   MAGNANIMOUS: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. MAGNANIMOUS:Showing and suggesting a lofty or courageous spirit; showing or suggesting nobility of feeling or generosity of mind.

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 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/PAID INTERNSHIPS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this semester? 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!
LOVEFEST:Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness this upcoming February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! Teachers can sign-up for sexual health & healthy relationship workshops during the day, and everybody can get married in the courtyard during lunchtime. LoveFest has interactive games, music, prizes, and more! Hope to see you on Tuesday February 14th.


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: Community College Application Workshops on the following dates/times in Computer Lab 104
Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 2:10-3:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2:10-6:00 PM
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:10-3:30 PM
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:10-6:00 PM PM
Space is limited, first come first serve.


CCSF PLACEMENT EXAM will be at Galileo on:
Friday, February 24, 8 AM-12 PM. 
Sign-up with Bai Zhen @ the counseling office, 258F. 


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.

GOT QUESTIONS about birth control, pregnancy testing, or STD?s? Stop by the Wellness Center Room 151 during lunchtime or after school to make a confidential medical appointment.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this semester? 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!

THE ACADEMY of HOSPITALITY & TOURISM (AoHT) senior class is selling raffle tickets to win amazing prizes; such as a $100 gift card to Palio D’Asti Italian restaurant, two Giants tickets, a hotel night stay at the Marriott Marquis, InterContiental Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel and Hotel Kabuki/Tomo, dinner for 2 at Chez Panisse Cafe, NFL Baby package, Starbucks gift card and more.  The drawing will be on Feb 29th, leap day.  Each raffle ticket is only one DOLLAR each!  There are over 40 prizes worth more than $2100!  See Ms. Field or any AoHT Senior to buy tickets.

MOC SAT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock SAT to practice for the real SAT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 24th. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 28th.
ASB ELECTION: Do you wish to run for 2012-2013 ASB Office? Pick up a petition ASB Office.
BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 10 from 7 – 11 PM.
GALILEO LETTER JACKETS will on sale Thursday, Feb. 16 during lunch time in front of the auditorium. will meet today Monday in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the teacher and staff of the year election and 2012 – 2013 class election.
VALENTINE GRAMS: are on sale at ASB store during lunch time and after school this week. Delivery will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14 during period 4.
SPIRIT WEEK FOOD FESTIVAL: will be on Friday, March 9 during lunch time. Clubs must submit their proposals at ECM.


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: will meet today Monday in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the teacher and staff of the year election and 2012 – 2013 class election.

LOVEFEST:Join the Galileo GSA and Wellness this upcoming February 14th for the G-HOUSE LoveFest! Teachers can sign-up for sexual health & healthy relationship workshops during the day, and everybody can get married in the courtyard during lunchtime. LoveFest has interactive games, music, prizes, and more! Hope to see you on Tuesday February 14th.







 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/11/2012 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-January 11, 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,

Absent (Excused): 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 3:30 pm.  There were ten elected members present; a quorum was established.

 

II.  Approval of 12/7/2011 Meeting Minutes

– A member moved to approve the 12/7/2011 minutes as presented.  Another member seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.

 

III.  New Business

1.  DCYF Funding/Youth Vote

– Peter Lauterborn from the City Department of Children, Youth and Families speaks to the SSC.  He provided information to all members explaining the department and its goals. The department has a three-year cycle and is now in the second year.  The plans of actions are to identify needs in the first year, to allot funding in the second year, and to involve non-profits in the plan in the third year.

– The DCYF helps students get involved in civics, be in charge of “Youth Vote”, and place the students on the Board of Education.  The folder contents are a synopsis of the program.  There are 41 programs listed that Galileo students participate in.  Some are based here at Gal and others in the community.  The packet also includes the results of the last “Youth Vote” survey, which gives insight into the students here at Galileo. These surveys are given twice each year-Fall and Spring.  Galileo returned 1400 surveys, which are the highest returned in the district this year. This next survey will include some middle schools and then middle schools will all be included in the surveys.  Peter asks for more involvement from Galileo.

2.  Developing the BSC/Single Plan

– The BSC/SPSA development handouts distributed.  The site council reviewed the BSC/ BSCWG handouts.  Handout is the conceptually approved proposal from last meeting.  Major change, distributed leadership, secondly more talk on BSC working group. Constitution of the WG would be ½ and ½ school staff and community partners, exact numbers are in the handout.  Each group would elect their own members. Page 2 contains the time-line of implementation Sept/Nov.  These dates are past so we need to squeeze them into the second semester. Today we will review and approve the process and start the election of Working Groups.

Handout: Timeline (Pilot Run)

How do people feel about working groups set up? General timeline?

Q: Why are we doing BSCWG verse SSC?

A: More representation.  Give others opportunity to voice opinions without the two year commitment of the SSC.  Get a broader perspective on the school.

Q: Why can’t the SSC do it?

 

Page 1

A: Can’t do it in a monthly meeting structure.  More meetings of the SSC is a possibility

Q: BSCWG is duplicating SSC?

A: Yes

Q: Could we have extra meetings of the SSC and invite others?

A: Yes, that would work.

General consensus is to set up an Ad HOC committee of the SSC dealing with the budget, which is part of the SSC’s job.

We will change representation to SSC members with invited interested persons.  Interested persons must commit to all four meetings and committee will report to the UBC also (Left off the list of (reportees)

We will set up the working groups first meeting in Sept.  Finish the last BSC and begin forming a new one.

Q: Could the working group get started on Jan 25th?

A: Yes and be finished by the end of April.

 

Finalized proposal- Vote to approve the amended BSC plan with the proposed changes. Unanimously passed.  Extra meetings in Jan, Feb and March

 

Questions on the self-reflection portion discussed. Questions can be tweaked at any time. We will use the ones listed as Pilot questions.

 

Context:  How can we judge how we are doing here at Galileo aside from grades?

A: These questions could help insure that we have another measure of our success and progress toward our goals.

Handout: Galileo Priorities Timeline and Possible priorities.

 

IV.  Old Business

1.  Update on SSC Student/Teacher Representations

– The site council did not address this agenda item.

 

 

A member moved to adjourn the meeting.  Another member seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:53 pm.

 

Minutes taken by Stan DeBella and prepared by Karin Lau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Bulletin – January 30 – February 3, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 3, 2012


LEGITIMATE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK: LEGITIMATE  : All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place.LEGITIMATE: Conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards.

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/PAID INTERNSHIPS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this semester? 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.
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.

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.

GOT QUESTIONS about birth control, pregnancy testing, or STD?s? Stop by the Wellness Center Room 151 during lunchtime or after school to make a confidential medical appointment.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this semester? 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!

CASH FOR COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP: Thursday, February 2, 5:30-8 PM at Galileo Library. Parents and students are invited to learn more about financial-aid, FAFSA, and scholarship options.
All students who attend and fill-out a survey afterwards have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Light food will be served. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available.

THE ACADEMY of HOSPITALITY & TOURISM (AoHT) senior class is selling raffle tickets to win amazing prizes; such as a $100 gift card to Palio D’Asti Italian restaurant, two Giants tickets, a hotel night stay at the Marriott Marquis, InterContiental Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel and Hotel Kabuki/Tomo, dinner for 2 at Chez Panisse Cafe, NFL Baby package, Starbucks gift card and more.  The drawing will be on Feb 29th, leap day.  Each raffle ticket is only one DOLLAR each!  There are over 40 prizes worth more than $2100!  See Ms. Field or any AoHT Senior to buy tickets.

MOC ACT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock ACT to practice for the real ACT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 3rd. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 8th.

MOC SAT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock SAT to practice for the real SAT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 24th. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 28th.


SENIORS: Please submit your Cal-Grant GPA verification form by Feb. 2 to your counselor or to Bai in room 258F.

GALILEO TECH CLUB: is looking for students to join their team for the “Pioneers in Engineering” robotics competition at UC Berkeley. If you’re interested in joining, or are simply curious, please stop by room 102 (Mr. Chun’s room) afterschool on Monday, January 30th. meeting today, Monday, in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the next food festival and ASB/Class elections.

ASB ELECTION: Do you wish to run for 2012-2013 ASB Office? Pick up a petition ASB Office.
BOAT DANCE is Saturday, March 10 from 7 – 11 PM.
GALILEO LETTER JACKETS will on sale Thursday, Feb. 16 during lunch time in front of the auditorium.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL meeting today, Monday, in room 153 at 3:15 PM. Will discuss the next food festival and ASB/Class elections.




 

 

 

 



 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team Meeting – January 26, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/26/12

 

 

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

 

Leadership Team

 

I.            Priorities Update

–Marcus distributed the Possible Priorities based on our last meeting.  He encouraged input from the group.

–The last 4 were identified in the WASC review, as was the 9th Grade Transition.

–Marcus indicated here were extra SSC meetings.  He talked about the discussion in the SSC meeting.  He said that each and every department needs to identify the needs in Academic Literacy.  What data do you want to attach to each item?  The next SSC meeting will be in 2 weeks.  Please discuss priorities in your department on Feb. 8th.

 

II.            Registration Update

–Nancy thanked everyone for turning in their course descriptions in a timely manner.  The counselors have started registering students.

–In the Spring of 2013 we will be using Genesis, which is a new program for online registration.

–Teachers sign up with the individual counselors.

–Nancy said registration would finish in 4 weeks.

 

III.            Computer Lab

–This was a topic at the last UBC meeting.  One thing was Papa has to open the door for all the students.  Don thought the Computer Lab should use the AA2 key.  Everyone agreed.  We will revisit this later in the year.  There is a problem with students being in the lab unsupervised.

–Joseph asked if a teacher would leave the door unlocked.  We can set it up so that they door will also be locked.  Do not let other students in.  Unsupervised students must have a pass from their teacher.

–Kathleen would like to visit the gaming policy.  She felt many students should be studying instead of gaming.

–Ben wondered if some computers are designated “academic use only.”  We do not have a person to supervise this.

–Patrick said the library has been full at lunch time but there are free computers.  We need to let students know they should go to the library.

–Marcus asked Patrick to help him with a policy.

 

IV.            Bell Schedule

–Patrick said the overwhelming response were A & B.  A is what we have now and B is what we have now with a 7 minute passing.  Many in the room said it is not what they wanted.  Spec. Ed. wants the homeroom back.

–Science & VPA did not like the short Tuesday.  They like the shorter block as well,

–Patrick said maybe what we have is now is the basis for next year’s schedule.

–Many felt the 5-minute passing period was hard for teachers who travel.

–Patrick said the 2 common planning times were the most important part of the schedule.

–Marcus said that the students had a survey yesterday and he will have the results soon.

–Joseph would like to see data concerning how many students were late with 5 minutes vs. 7 minutes.  Some felt that students would be late no matter how long the passing period is.

–Nancy mentioned that the district letters reflect tardies—3 tardies equal an absence.

–Marti said the 5-minute passing period is a rush for everyone.  Tone of the classroom is difference.

 

V.            CPT Feedback regarding 1/25/12

–The Social Studies Department wants to thank the administration for the unstructured planning time.  Marcus asked what we should call this.

–Michelle asked that this type of information on unstructured planning time be given to the teachers several weeks in advance.

–Marcus asked for a quick vote—David said teacher discretion; Patrick said the chairs of each department could call a meeting; David said discretionary time would still let the chairs call a meeting; Ben felt that the department heads want to know ahead of time when is discretionary time.  Denise suggested calling it department head lead-time.

 

VI.            Sufficient Lead Time

–Joseph discussed getting confusing messages and not having enough time to change plans.  He mentioned the short notice for the assembly that is scheduled for this Friday.

–It was mentioned that it was on the calendar.  Michelle mentioned that many are not always checking the calendar, particularly as items are added to the calendar all the time.

–Joseph mentioned that when we went to digital, the communication is not as good.

–Ben gave his perspective on the advantages of collaborative leadership.

–Michelle said technology is wonderful, but many teachers cannot sit in front of the computer all the time.  She said that we need to carve out a time to check for updates to the calendar.  It is helpful to get information a week or so in advance.

–David said if something comes up we should be notified in more than one way—calendar, email, bulletin, on G-House TV.  We should use all of our avenues.

–We are moving from a paper to a technology age.

–Joseph suggested checking calendar every day should be a Principal’s Expectation.  Joseph said we need time to do this.  Marcus said the time is a challenge.

 

–Stan said he is the Environmental Liaison working with Lisa Franzen and he asked for ideas from the group for greening up the school.  Ray liked the program yesterday; Karin said the cafeteria could use some help.  Stan said it would be on a schedule starting with lights, electricity.

 

Department Head Agenda

 

I.            Department Head Selections

–Marcus asked everyone to write their new department chair selection on a piece of paper and give it to him.

–The Department Head commitment is for 3 years.

 

II.            CLA & Common Assessment

–This is a district priority.  This opens on February 21st.

–Marcus has adjusted his goal to the Fall Semester 2012. Every department should have a CLA for every course.  It must be put into Data Director.  See Marcus or Tony if you are having problems.

–Ray explained how it will work in his department.

–Denise shared what is happening in her department.

–Joseph said his project-based learning is hard to input into Data Director.  He said many of his students start at 0.  Marcus said he should compare the data from the end of one year to the next.  Denise discussed the same thing in her department.

–Patrick suggested 2 articles for members to read—one in the NY Times and the other in the SF Chronicle. Patrick felt the CLA is district driven and there are not enough resources and time to do this.

–Joseph discussed testing vs. assessment.  An assessment is produced internally in the classroom.  Marcus gave an example with world languages.

–Marti discussed how her department worked with the CLA.  She said her department would like to add to the CLA with their own assessments.  Marcus said they will be able to add this to Data Director.

 

III.            Miscellaneous

–Joseph wanted to talk about Powerful Teaching.  He talked about an article in the NY Times about a soccer coach in England.  This interview contained the information that this coach contributed his success to good teachers.  Joseph gave an example from his own schooling and mentioned a specific quote.  He also mentioned a former teacher here—Mel Esqueta and talked about his plays.  Our kids need inspiration and they need to see passion from the teachers.

–Joseph brought in a book about numbers, music, cosmology, and geometry.  He shared some items from the book.  Quadrivium is the name of the book.

 

–Michelle said Powerful Teaching should be discussed in each department.  Teachers need to share what is invigorating to them.  This is what fuels the fire of the teachers and their students.  We need to be able to do this.

–David feels there is no time to implement changes.  He would like time to innovate changes.

–Everyone thanked Joseph for bringing up this topic.

 

–Marcus asked everyone to look at the back of the Priority Page—this is from the PTSA meeting.

–Parents want the College Counseling Position restored.  Change the word “replace.”  10 parents and 1 student attended the meeting.

–Joseph asked how many counselors are bilingual—everyone except one.  Many are Chinese speaking, Lily knows Spanish.  Ray said Armando (para) is paid to translate Spanish, and he can be called upon.

 

–Joseph told of a student who has 2 ethnic backgrounds and the scantron only recalled one answer.  This survey was data driven only and we can put that in the directions.

–Denise said it would be good to get information about the survey ahead of time.

–Marti said we have a teacher in the school who teaches AP Statistics and can compose surveys.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

 

Weekly Bulletin – January 24 – 27, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 24 – 27, 2012


KINDLE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   KINDLE: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. KINDLE: To cause to glow;  illuminate; to start a fire burning; light; to flare up; to arouse.

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/PAID INTERNSHIPS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this semester? 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.
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.

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.

GOT QUESTIONS about birth control, pregnancy testing, or STD?s? Stop by the Wellness Center Room 151 during lunchtime or after school to make a confidential medical appointment.

SAT PREPARATION CLASS for only $75, Attention juniors: Do you want to improve your SAT scores? Revolution Prep is offering a high quality, affordable test prep course for the March 10th SAT at Galileo starting on January 28th! Call 1-877-REV-PREP to apply for a scholarship so that you can have a discounted price of $75 or visit the Counseling Center for more details.

WELLNESS: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this semester? 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!

CASH FOR COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP: Thursday, February 2, 5:30-8 PM at Galileo Library. Parents and students are invited to learn more about financial-aid, FAFSA, and scholarship options.
All students who attend and fill-out a survey afterwards have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Light food will be served. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available.
THE ACADEMY of HOSPITALITY & TOURISM (AoHT) senior class is selling raffle tickets to win amazing prizes; such as a $100 gift card to Palio D’Asti Italian restaurant, two Giants tickets, a hotel night stay at the Marriott Marquis, InterContiental Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel and Hotel Kabuki/Tomo, dinner for 2 at Chez Panisse Cafe, NFL Baby package, Starbucks gift card and more.  The drawing will be on Feb 29th, leap day.  Each raffle ticket is only one DOLLAR each!  There are over 40 prizes worth more than $2100!  See Ms. Field or any AoHT Senior to buy tickets.
MOC ACT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock ACT to practice for the real ACT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 3rd. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 8th.
MOC SAT PRACTICE: Anyone interested in taking the Mock SAT to practice for the real SAT, please see Ms. Marshman in the Counseling Office. Deadline to register is February 24th. The test will be held afterschool at Galileo on February 28th.

SENIORS: Please submit your Cal-Grant GPA verification form by Feb. 2 to your counselor or to Bai in room 258F.





 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team Meeting – January 17, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/17/2012

 

 

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

 

I.            Possible Priorities

–ELD Development School Wide Focus

–School Climate including safety, discipline and positive rewards

–9th grade transition and support for Early Warning Students

–Special Education

–Algebra—(focus on Freshmen Math) (Math)

–School Wide Literacy

–Academies/Pathways (Math)

–A-G new grad requirements (Math)

–College Prep—college going culture (Math)

–Class Size (school wide)  Math

–No Reduction in Teaching Staff (English)

–.6 Drama & .6 Speech Classes (EL Development) (English)

–Paras for writing in Regular Ed classes (English)

 

–Stress for students taking many AP classes—some of these referred to Wellness (Wellness)

–Newcomer Support (emotional, social, health care) (Wellness)

–Literacy—supporting EL (Social Studies)

–Geography for 9th graders (dept. does not teach 9th graders—transition between 8th and 10th grade (Social Studies).

–More Books (Library)

–Every Student Should Graduate (Library)

 

–Improve Special Ed communication (Spec. Ed.)—all teachers should be open to all students

–Scope and Sequence as it relates to regular classes for Special Ed. students. (Spec. Ed.)

–Para Expectations—who monitors them.  Paras must understand content. (Spec. Ed.)

–De-escalation Room for petty behavior.  Open 6 periods a day. (Spec. Ed.)

–Release time for paper work and documentation. (Spec. Ed.)

 

–Better emphasis on health, physical fitness and nutrition.  (PE)

–Maintenance program for facilities. (PE)

–Remedial Programs (PE)

 

–School Wide Discipline Policy and Enforcement (W. Languages)

–Early placement for native speakers. (W. Languages)

–Balance Native Speaker Classes (W. Language)

 

–English Language Development—more communication with all general ed teachers as well as .6 and .8 teachers.  (ELD)

–Speech class as an additional class. (ELD)

 

–School Wide Literacy (language of reading music, helps support school wide literacy). (VPA)

–9th Grade Transitions (VPA)

–EL Development (VPA)

 

–Stop Moving Rooms (Enrollment capacity)  (Science)—lots of travelling teachers.

–Balance class numbers across all periods (Science)

–Integrate Science & Tech into all classes (Science)

–Develop Stronger Literacy Component to Science Courses (Science)

–Build up the Biotech Program (Science)

 

–Serve Each Student (Counseling)

 

Nancy explained the differences in the A – G requirements and the SFUSD requirements.

 

–Marcus said that we need to come up with 10 priorities.  We can also combine some of them.

 

–Michelle said many of them can be enhanced by small class sizes.  Marcus added that it is highly unlikely in the district.  Discussion followed.

 

–Room sharing and no reduction in teachers are in direct conflict.  Tony said at times teachers choose to leave the school and then we may not replace them.

–Room sharing was eliminated.

–Some items do not involve money.

–Michelle asked about taking money from Professional Development.

–Marcus suggested reducing class size as part of 9th grade transition.  Reducing class sizes fits with many priorities.

–Mat suggested combining the collaboration ideas.

–Suggestions from some would like to have another counselor.

 

Definitely in:

 

1.  9th Grade Transition

2.  EL Development.

3.  Collaboration

4.  School Climate

5.  Special Ed

6.  School Wide Academic Literacy/Tech

7.  No Teacher Reduction

8.  A- G Grade Requirements

 

Administration will provide data for the department discussions tomorrow.

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin – January 17 – 20, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY
Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 17 – 20, 2012


JUXTAPOSE

 

FACULTY/STAFF

 

WORD OF THE WEEK:   JUXTAPOSE: All Teachers please put this word on your blackboard or other prominent place. JUXTAPOSE: To place closer together;  to put side by side;the state of being side by side or contiguous.

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: Are you looking to participate in a paid internship or program this semester? 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!

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.

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.

GOT QUESTIONS about birth control, pregnancy testing, or STD?s? Stop by the Wellness Center Room 151 during lunchtime or after school to make a confidential medical appointment.

SAT PREPARATION CLASS for only $75, Attention juniors: Do you want to improve your SAT scores? Revolution Prep is offering a high quality, affordable test prep course for the March 10th SAT at Galileo starting on January 28th! Call 1-877-REV-PREP to apply for a scholarship so that you can have a discounted price of $75 or visit the Counseling Center for more details.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Anyone who has not ordered their CAP and GOWN, senior graduation ring, and graduation announcements should either order online at www.jostens.com  ,or mail their order in before January 15.  Extra order forms are in the main office.

BASEBALL REMINDER:  Baseball starts in 1 week , Jan. 24. Be Ready. See Coach Papa for details.

WELLNESS/PAID INTERNSHIPS: Do you know students who are looking for a paid internship or program this semester? 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!

 









 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team Meeting – January 12, 2012

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

1/12/12

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 10:15am.

 

Leadership Team

 

I.            Bell Schedule

–Marcus passed out the “To Do List.”  He also passed out a “2012-2013 Bell Schedule Timeline.” He went over the document.  He discussed the dates that have passed and what is ahead.  Patrick will take the lead on this project.  Students will be involved in the process with a survey in homeroom.  Marcus would like to have the final schedule by February 9th to submit to the district.

–Nancy mentioned that this past fall the incoming 9th grade parents did not know that the bells schedule had changed.

 

II.            Enrollment

–Marcus said administration will decrease enrollment by 50 students.  This will mean 2.0 – 2.5 FTE reduction in teachers.  He discussed the fact that district enrollment is going down and some schools are in danger of closing.  Last year we had a projection of 2220 students.

–Nancy said we started this year with 2182 and now we are at 2104.

–David asked about the amount of incoming freshmen.  Marcus said we put our general education at 440 and then we get Special Ed. to make around 500.  The 50-student reduction will be in the 9th grade.

–Nancy said we will get 50 – 80 newcomer students.

–Nancy said Feb. 11 is the School Site Summit and that is when we should know our allocation and budget.  This year it will probably be A, B and C for the budgets.

 

III.            Priorities

–Marcus passed out a draft of the “2012/2013 Priorities Timeline.”

–Marcus asked for feedback on departments discussing the timeline.

–Marcus said the SSC needs this information so we may have to have a special meeting next week.

–Michelle asked how we could offer courses for students to sign up for without knowing what will be cut and what we can offer.

–Nancy said she will distribute the registration material to the members today.  She said that registering for courses is a way to collect data and understand what the courses the students need or want are.  She said that the priorities depend on input from the students.  Spec. Ed and ELD drive the priorities.

–Lauren mentioned that we ask for options from the students for their elective classes.

–David mentioned that we need to have the courses ready to see student issues.

–Group will meet on Tuesday 1/17/12 during 4th period to finish the priority process.

–Nancy passed out a “Spring Master Schedule Timeline.”  She discussed the draft document.  The amount of students is contingent upon the district.

–Nancy distributed the Course Description Draft.  She would like that back by next Thursday.  She also talked about the on-line registration form, as well as the Google form.

–Nancy asked for questions.  Denise wanted to know with the reduction in teachers how will we know home many sections we can have.  Marcus referred to the Priorities and explained how it works.

–Marcus said the academies and pathways are protected as we are an Academy of Science & Technology.

–Nancy distributed the Course Selection Sheets.  She discussed additions, etc.  She has forms for each class—10, 11, and 12.  Nancy discussed the registration process online.

–She is using course numbers for .6 classes, as they are now general ed.  The .6 classes are now the old .8 classes.  There are no .S and .C classes now.

–Nancy said there is another sheet that has languages and electives. Nancy said this is posted on the web site.

–Marcus asked how parents see this.  Nancy said it is on the website on each counselor’s website.

–David talked about the balance when some classes are listed on the website and others are on the paper course selection sheet.

–Ben suggested all the information be in one place and wondered why there are paper descriptions.  He felt all the information should be on the website.  He thinks by selectively printing courses on the paper this is influencing students about which courses to take.

–Marti asked about electives and mentioned specific courses in her department that are not listed as electives.  Nancy said if these courses are listed as electives, with the Excel sort, the Math classes would be listed as electives.

–Ben suggested listing electives by department.

-Please give Nancy any edits by next Thursday.  Nancy prefers email responses.  It is OK to give her a hard copy.

–Nancy said teachers should let students know what their next class in the subject area will be.  She distributed a form. There are some changes from how we did this in the past.  This should help students know what they should be taking.

–David asked if we could separate the electives by department.

–Nancy mentioned a document that has every course listed for each department.  David asked which document the counselors prefer.

–Joseph asked that electives be added to the Student Course Worksheet.  Ray asked that .71 and .72 classes be added.

–Katie suggested rearranging the document as the A – G requirements.  Lauren said it gets tricky and she gave the example of American Democracy and where it is listed.

IV.            BSC Working Groups

–Tony discussed how the SSC is working on the BSC and would like to have members of the Leadership Team and other stakeholders to be part of the SSC discussion on the BSC.  Tony encouraged everyone to come.  This will involve the direction of the school, what do we know, what data do we have, etc.

–Stan mentioned that there would be 4 meetings and those interested should commit to all 4 meetings.  David suggested we keep WASC in mind.

 

V.            Open House

–Karin said the date would change as Wed. March 21 would not work.  Karin said it would be the same format as last year—one program for our current students and one program for the incoming 9th graders.

–Karin indicated that combining the two into one evening brought more people.

–Michelle said the 8th graders are mostly interested in the Scavenger Hunt, which should be run by students.  Michelle said her teachers did not have the opportunity to talk to the students and parents.

–This topic will be tabled until the next meeting.

–Joseph discussed the past when we had big attendance in the fall when we gave out the report cards.

 

VI.            Feedback from Emergency Drills

–Marcus thanked everyone and said all the drills went very well.  He liked that everyone was on the field.

–Ray felt all classrooms should have a diagram in the room where the class meets on the field.  This diagram should be posted by the door in every classroom.

–Denise said her students were engaged in conversations and could not hear the lock down instructions.  Also the Polk Street Gate is a problem for entering and exiting the field.  She also asked if teachers are supposed to bring their first aid kits.  This should be for all drills.  She also asked about student attendance strips, particularly those who are do not come to the field.  She mentioned having the students sit down would be good.  She also suggested using red and green cards for the teachers to hold up for collection of the strips.

–David said there should be explicit instructions as to what teachers should have on the field.  He also asked for a clear protocol for TA’s.

–Patrick gave kudos to Katie and Susan for their hard work.

–Michelle mentioned staff helping and how they should be aware of correct exit strategies.

–Marti mentioned that her class was in the courtyard and then went into the auditorium and had difficulty hearing the warnings.

–Marcus said he felt that not all those teachers with prep periods showed up at the command center.

 

VII.            Senior Calendar

–Nancy distributed a draft of this calendar.  It will also be on the website.

–Lauren will coordinate graduation with Celia as her co-captain.

–AP Exams begin on May 7th—a week later than usual.

–Senior Finals will start on Wednesday, May 9th and end on Tuesday, May 15th.  There will be coordination between Senior finals and AP exams when there are conflicts.

–Nancy mentioned Frisco Day and all seniors are expected to attend.  Lily Rodriguez is coordinating that activity.

–Senior Clearance, Senior Breakfast, Graduation Rehearsal, Graduation dates are listed.

–Michelle wanted to make sure seniors could be signed out on May 18th for make-up or late work.

–Let Nancy or Lauren know if you have additions to the calendar.

 

VIII.            Testing Calendar

–Nancy passed out the Testing Calendar.  She discussed the STAR test and those periods that will meet in the afternoons each day.

–Joseph asked about the end time of school each day.

–Nancy distributed the AP Exam schedule.  Morning testing begins at 7:30am and afternoon begins at 11:30am.

–The yellow Testing sheet gives all of the rest of the testing for this year.  Nancy mentioned that City College will be coming to Galileo to help students who are going to City.  These are our most at-risk students and we want to make sure they have a plan after high school.

 

IX.            NASA Johnson Space Center Visit

–Karin distributed information on this visit—March 13th.  It will begin 3° in Room 101.  She explained the agenda.  This will also be televised on G-House TV.  The 5th period talk will be by an astronaut.  She explained the process of selecting the 40 students to participate.

 

X.            Feedback from Class Change Process

–Lauren mentioned the new forms—7 step process and the sign-out process.

–Michelle said the forms are great and forcing students to have conversations with their teachers.  Marti said we have started to change the culture of the school.

–Michelle said there are teachers who are feeling they are receiving more Special Ed. students than others in their department.  They feel it is because they are better at working with these students.  She asked about how these choices are made and which teachers are selected.  Ray said it is based strictly on class availability and size.  Ray said all teachers should share this responsibility and some teachers will not.

–Patrick asked for Special Ed. data on the class size spread sheet.

 

XI.            Academy Fair

–Tony distributed information and talked about a video that will be shown on G-House TV.  He is working with Eleanor for a note sheet for the students.

–He discussed the issue of 9th graders not being able to be in an academy or pathway right away.  We need to raise student awareness about the academies and pathways.

–Michelle asked about the format and set-up in the cafeteria.  Tony said it would be a series of tables in the cafeteria.  Michelle asked if students could be presenters.  Tony said he was leaving the presentations to each academy.  Kathleen asked about electricity and the use of technology.  Tony will email everyone a map.  Email your academy/pathway presentation plan to Tony.

 

XII.            Department Head Terms

–Marcus asked each department to let him know who will be the department head next year. One department head will not be returning.

 

Meeting adjourned 11:42am.

 

 

12/7/2011 Meeting-Attachment (SFUSD BSC&CoreCurriculum)

Overview:

Currently all fifty states have their own curriculum standards and the assessments associated were written based on these individualized standards.  Therefore, it was impossible to have a fair comparison between states.  To resolve this issue, the national core curriculum was created.  California adopted this new set of national standards, and subsequently, our District developed assessments (Common Learning Assessment-CLA) in math and English to align with these new standards.  Now schools are tasked to administer these CLAs twice a year in addition to the STAR test given in April annually.

 

The CLA are written based on the adopted textbooks within the national standards, so in order to perform well on the CLA, the school has to use these adopted textbooks.  The current Algebra class might pose some challenges.  The CLA for English assess students in their literacy skills; therefore, non-English teachers will also be tasked to develop the students’ literacy skills as well as the subject matters in the coming years, though the current CLA only assess math and English.

 

The Core Curriculum Framework delineates how each school achieves its goals and meets its academic performance.  Right now the Core Curriculum Framework is based on the old California standards.

 

 

“The San Francisco Unified School District sees the achievement gap as the greatest social justice/civil rights issue facing our country today; there cannot be justice for all without closing this gap.”

 

District Initiatives School Initiatives High School Initiatives
Core Curriculum Framework

English Language Development

Educational Service Delivery to Students with Disabilities

 

Ÿ  Equity and Access – Making Social Justice a Reality

Ÿ  Achievement – Engage High Achieving and Joyful Learners

Ÿ  Accountability – Keeping Our Promises to Students and Families

Ÿ  9th Grade Transition

Ÿ  A-G

Ÿ  Algebra

 

Ÿ  Core Curriculum Framework Ÿ  English Language Development Educational Service Delivery to Students with Disabilities
Ÿ  Standards Maps

Ÿ  Assessment & Collaboration Calendar

Ÿ  Intervention

 

 

Ÿ  At least 30 minutes per day for all EL students

Ÿ  Essentials of ELD

  1. Language Objectives
  2. Differentiated Language Instruction, which includes

Ÿ  Vocabulary development

Ÿ  Language structures

Ÿ  Sentence frames

Ÿ  Structured Language Practice

Ÿ Inclusion services at K,  6, 9

Ÿ Implement Pre-Referral

Ÿ Interventions

 

 

 

I did a side-by-side comparison of the BSC/SP template that the SSC reviewed in the Spring compared to the BSC/SP template that was handed out this Fall. The two documents are identical except in the district initiative for English Language Development:

District Initiative Two: English Language Development

Ÿ  30 minutes per day for all EL students

Ÿ  Essential Elements of ELD

1. Language Objectives

2. Structured Learning Protocols

3. Differentiated Sentence Frames

 

Describe what your school will do to ensure that this initiative is met.

 

Possible Next Steps Towards Implementation for the English Language Development initiative may include: reviewing CELDT and other language development assessment data (e.g., ADEPT); participating in APD’s

professional development related to the Essential Elements of ELD and other EL professional development provided by English Learners Support Services; engaging teachers in completing and analyzing Section III of the Lau Protocol; and supporting teachers to implement the ELSS ELD sample lessons.

District Initiative Two: English Language Development

Ÿ  At least 30 minutes per day for all EL students

Ÿ  Essentials of ELD

  1. Language Objectives
  2. Differentiated Language Instruction, which includes
    1. Vocabulary development
    2. Language structures
    3. Sentence frames
    4. Structured Language Practice

Describe what your school will do to ensure that this initiative is met.

 

Possible Next Steps Towards Implementation for the English Language Development initiative may include: reviewing CELDT and other language development assessment data (e.g., ADEPT); participating in APD’s professional development related to the Essential Elements of ELD and other EL professional development provided by English Learners Support Services; engaging teachers in completing and analyzing Section III of the Lau Protocol; and supporting teachers to implement the ELSS ELD sample lessons.

Background:

In 2008 the Board of Education adopted an ambitious 5 year strategic plan to close the achievement gap. Central to the plan was the development of  a Core Curriculum and Common Learning Assessments. One of the 13 initiatives of the plan was a  “ project that will develop rigorous and consistent curriculum to meet the new California and national core standards for all students”  The goals for this project for 2011 were articulated as:

  1. Co-construct the key components of the 21st century core curriculum, including scope and sequence, instructional strategies, assessments, and teacher resources for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Begin with schools that are ready to participate in testing the curriculum and providing feedback to modify the tools and materials.
  2. Develop a multi-year curriculum and assessment plan for implementing the 21st century core curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments across all schools.
  3. Build a professional learning system, including a web-based platform, to support the co-construction of the core curriculum and to give feedback on the assessments and to post and share practice within and across schools.

 

Core Curriculum and Common Learning Assessments

 

Project Overview

Guarantee that all students have access to rigorous and consistent curriculum that meets the new California and national core standards and promotes 21st century learning for all students, as articulated in our vision for student success. Develop the 21st century core curriculum with teachers, school leaders, and students and use it to provide the baseline for differentiated instructional strategies that are informed by Common Learning Assessments (CLA). Ensure that teachers and instructional staff at all schools continuously refine their approach to using core curriculum, instructional strategies, resources, and assessment tools through active participation in Equity Centered Professional Learning  Communities (ECPLCs).

 

2011 Goals

  1. Co-construct the key components of the 21st century core curriculum, including scope and sequence, instructional strategies, assessments, and teacher resources for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Begin with schools that are ready to participate in testing the curriculum and providing feedback to modify the tools and materials.
  2. Develop a multi-year curriculum and assessment plan for implementing the 21st century core curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments across all schools.
  3. Build a professional learning system, including a web-based platform, to support the co-construction of the core curriculum and to give feedback on the assessments and to post and share practice within and across schools.

 

Project Status Report

 

As part of implementing its strategic plan, Beyond the Talk, SFUSD is using a project management structure, which will include ongoing project status reports. Each report contains milestones that must be reached to make sure that the goals will be reached, project metrics to ensure the project is on track, a color code that corresponds to key progress metrics, and lessons learned and challenges. To see the latest project status report for the Core Curriculum and CLA initiative go here.

 

Read an overview of the district’s 13 priority projects for 2010-2012

 

Thirteen Initiatives

“The San Francisco Unified School District sees the achievement gap as the greatest social justice/civil rights issue facing our country today; there cannot be justice for all without closing this gap.”

— Carlos A. Garcia, Superintendent

 

The San Francisco Unified School District has higher average test scores than any other large, urban California school district. But ensuring our students reach their full potential requires more than having them perform well on tests. To help all students achieve their aspirations, SFUSD has developed a series of plans and projects to help create quality schools throughout the district:

 

Superintendent’s Zone/School Improvement Grant (SIG)

SIG is a three-year competitive grant to help improve student learning in 10 high-needs schools.  Funding allows the district to address the unique priorities school leaders and communities identify, as well as focus attention on areas of improvement that all schools are undergoing. Read more here.

 

College and Career Readiness

This project will help SFUSD achieve its goal of graduating all students so they are college and career ready by

expanding programs, partnerships, and coursework to help fulfill California public university requirements. Read more here.

 

Core Curriculum and Common Learning Assessments

A project that will develop rigorous and consistent curriculum to meet the new California and national core standards for all students. Read more here.

 

Special Education Redesign

Comprehensive reform of policies and programs to provide services that support students with disabilities through a partnership with general education. Read more here.

 

Student Placement: Middle School Feeder Patterns

A plan for K-8 pathways, which have assignment patterns so certain elementary schools feed into specific middle schools. These pathways create continuity for academic programs, support positive school climates, and build a bridge from elementary to middle school. Read more here.

 

Area Teams

Organization of the central office staff into area teams to provide a greater level of service and guidance to schools to ensure that the needs of schools inform and guide the strategies of the district. Read more here.

 

Early Learning

Creates a continuum of instruction between preschool and elementary school by incorporating a strong literacy approach, a smoother transition between grades, parental engagement, professional development, and summer and after-school programs. Read more here.

 

English Learners/Lau Plan

Ensures that english learners acquire high levels of English and home language proficiency, academic achievement, and skills that lead to success in the 21st century. Read more here.

 

Human Capital

A plan to recruit highly qualified, effective teachers and implement an evaluation system and tools to help develop leadership and encourage professional growth. Read more here.

 

Parent Engagement

An initiative that provides parents with continuous feedback on the progress of their child so that they may fully participate as educational partners and ensure their child graduates from high school with the skills to be college and career ready. Read more here.

 

Partnerships and Resource Development

A plan to attract and coordinate private funds with the philanthropic community to maximize resources and facilitate ongoing collaboration in pursuit of a shared vision for SFUSD youth. Read more here.

 

Restorative Practices

The creation of safe and caring school environments where students learn to take responsibility for their actions and adults have the tools to promote positive student behavior. Read more here.

 

Central Office Accountability and Performance Manager

An initiative that seeks to improve service from the central office to the school sites through the development of new or existing work-related processes and tools . Read more here.

 

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