Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

9/2/14

 

 

 

 

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

 

–Marcus thanked everyone for their efforts on Friday with the assembly, the amount of substitutes, etc.  He mentioned the motivational speaker and how good he was. 

 

 

–Marcus introduced John Ignacio, a retired school administrator who will fill in for Nancy while she is on leave.  John discussed his background.

 

–Marcus mentioned John will support the Deans Office and do Buildings & Grounds work.  He will work on the Emergency Response Team.  Marcus mentioned he would be taking over the budget.  Marcus is now the authorizer for Office Depot.

 

 

I.          Enrollment Count

 

–Marcus said we will be a live site for the enrollment count.  It will happen tomorrow at 10:am.  8-10 district administrators will come to each classroom during the count.   Lisa said they would print new class lists.  Marcus explained the categories.  Marcus said to go with the new class lists.

 

–Lisa asked that any students not on class lists who show up to class should be sent to the Counseling Office for their new schedule.

 

 

II.         Department Budgets

 

–Marcus distributed the preliminary budget for the year.  He mentioned that the budget is $20,000 above last year.  It is still based on the amount of students and the percentage for each department.

 

–Discussion followed on College & Career as part of VAPA and Health being part of Science.  Most of the expenditures are for office supplies.

 

–Lauren asked about Comp. Sci Academy and AOiT and their make-up by department.

 

–Biotech needs $3,000.

 

–Marcus said in the past each department has kicked in some $$ to help Science with their consumables.  He asked about the procedure.  David came up with the needs for Science.  That amount came off the top and then the rest of the money was divided between the 9 departments.  The budget Marcus passed out is a draft.

 

–Marcus said we will keep track of tech purchases from each department budget.

 

–Marcus will ask each department to pay for furniture needs, unless it is something very serious and large.

 

–We do not want to throw away good furniture.  Check the district warehouse for any needs you might have.

 

 

III.       Emergency Response Team & Emergency Preparedness

 

–Marcus mentioned a calendar that has been prepared for this topic.  There will be a meeting tomorrow after the SAP meeting.  Next week is Emergency Response Preparedness Week and we will have a drill every day.

 

–Marcus said for the most part non-classroom personnel are on the ERT.

 

–Marcus said we would be particular on procedures for the drill.  Teachers on prep periods will have to report to the command center.

 

–Susan Kitchell said we have to work with the traffic on Bay Street.

 

–Kathleen said the 4th floor is hard to get out as the staircases are packed.

 

–Joseph mentioned they use the center staircase to the courtyard and it is very fast.

 

–Joseph said he is an advocate of teachers holding up their yellow cards for the students to see.

 

 

IV.        Lunch Form Logistics

 

–Michelle asked if we could get information from the district about who has been notified of free lunch and who has done the applications online.  It is difficult to know what the district has.  She explained that there are various ways the district notifies the students.

 

 

–Alicia said some teachers are taking points off if students do not turn in the form.  Marcus said he did say an incentive would be extra credit.

 

 

V.         School–wide Operational Needs

 

–Lunch forms, picture days, college & career presentations, grade-level assemblies to disseminate information, Song and Yell (without homeroom), testing, emergency cards and code of conduct, surveys, Youth Vote, voting for school and class officers.

 

–We will figure out how to get all these issues addressed.

 

 

VI.        Student Readmit Slips

 

–He mentioned that his teachers said that students are no longer getting these slips.  Right now there is no way for a teacher to know if the absences are excused. 

 

–Stephen Emmi talked about readmit slips from last year that were never picked up.  Some teachers are not requiring them.

 

–Marcus said we need to realign this process.  Some teachers put the responsibility on the students.  He said when he was teaching he would not accept student work without a readmit slip.

 

–Marcus asked the group to discuss with their departments the policy of no teacher taking late work without a readmit slip.  We could advertise this on G-House TV.

 

–Joseph said he felt that those with no readmit slip should have their work marked down, not given no credit.  Marcus amended what he did—lower points for late work.

 

–David suggested teachers should put their requirements on their syllabus and then make exceptions if they feel inclined.

 

–The school must have an official record of the absences and which are excused.  We have to keep the parental notes for 7 years.

 

 

VII.      Library Update

 

–Alan talked about the opening of the library this year.  He did have the library open on the first day of school.  He mentioned the Special Ed classes, English classes.

 

–The condition of the library now is excellent—clean, with computers, etc.

 

–Schedule with Alan and email him and he will put the schedule on the calendar.

 

–He sent a survey to all the teachers about what they would like for the library.

 

–He is working on a few presentations about research and procedures.

 

–He mentioned he is looking for some good TAs.

 

–He would like the library to be an integral part of the school, highly used, etc.

 

–Michelle mentioned Wellness has lots of bookmarks to distribute.

 

 

VIII.     Miscellaneous

 

–Lisa is now in charge of the textbook funds.  She will see each department head.  Textbook orders are due this Thursday.

 

 

–Marcus met with Mele Lau-Smith about our After School Programs.  Years ago Margaret Chiu promised that all students who graduated from the Teachers Academy program would be eligible to be paraprofessionals.  He is putting together some information on this program.

 

–We will start the discussions with the SSC.

 

 

–Wellness will do a photo shoot and they need 5-6 administrators to volunteer to be in the brochure.  This will be on October 5th after school.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:10pm.

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

8/26/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Administration Update

 

–Marcus said we would put time limits on agenda items now to keep the meetings on track.

 

–Marcus began with a welcome for Nancy Lambert-Campbell.  She told us about her kids.

 

 

–Marcus mentioned Mr. Emmi would be full time in the Counseling Office.  Nancy will take over Katie Pringle’s duties.  Nancy and Marcus will work on the budget.  Marcus is going to take over Athletics and some of Buildings & Grounds.  Lisa is going to do Textbooks, and part of the BSC.

 

–Marcus was trying to get an interim administrator to help with security, safety and emergency procedures.  So far we have not been successful but HR is working on it and hopefully there will be someone in place by the end of the week.

 

–Nancy said she would probably be back on October 16th.

 

 

II.         School Year Calendar

 

–Lisa distributed the calendar and asked everyone to go over it and see if there are issues, corrections, etc.

 

–She eliminated the Election Assembly, added the CAHSEE dates.  She will distribute it to everyone at next week’s faculty meeting.

 

–Michelle mentioned some Wellness activities.

 

–Kathleen asked about SBAC and Lisa explained we would decide the dates later.

 

–October 9th is Back to School Night.  Marcus said next year it will have to be in line with the district Back to School Night Week.  That means we will not be able to hand out report cards then.

 

 

 

III.       First Week Bell Schedule

 

–Joseph suggested not having block schedule the first week of school.  He asked how everyone else felt about this.  He thought all classes should meet every day.  He mentioned students transferring classes and how this affects them.

 

–Doug felt that made sense but he did like getting right into the semester.

 

 

–Lisa asked if everyone liked having CPT the first week.    Everyone said Yes and we could not have that if all classes met each day.  David asked if we could have one day short by an hour and a half. 

 

–Transportation is an issue.  We could do shortened classes and have all 6 periods but get out early on Wed. and Thur.  The group preferred this option.

 

 

IV.        Picture Days

 

–Marcus gave the history of picture day and what a struggle it has been.  We use these photos for IDs.  We are waiting to hear from Prestige.  9th and 10th graders will be in PE classes and 11th graders will come from US History.  These days are next week.  We will let everyone know the schedule prior to next week.  Some ELL students will be included in their ELL classes.  There will be make-up days.

 

–Marcus felt it was important to have all students take the photos—they are used in all aspects of the school.

 

 

V.         Emergency Response Training

 

–Marcus said we will have to have an Earthquake Drill this week.  The ERT team will meet next week.  September will include the Emergency Preparedness Week, where we will have all the drills.

 

–Stephen Jackson asked about students in wheelchairs.

 

–Joseph said he liked the fact that not everyone can make announcements.  He said that those in the building after school should be able to make announcements.  He mentioned one teacher who was frightened by not being able to communicate with others.

 

–Marcus said the after school coordinator will have all call access.  There will be procedures on who to talk to after school.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          BSC/CPT

 

–Lisa mentioned she has items from many of the members.  She would like anything else anyone has and then meet about these items.  Send her items for the calendar.

 

–Marcus mentioned that time for CPT must be utilized.

 

 

II.         Schedule/Balance Concerns

 

–Stephen Emmi thanked everyone for their patience.  There may be some more balancing next week and then everyone will get updated class lists.

 

–Lisa mentioned changes in the ELL student schedules.

 

–Marcus told about the ELL Village over the summer.  He said the district is asking us to take more of these students due to what is happening in Central America.  He said we will take 25 and we will be allocated another FTE.

 

–Marcus said our numbers say we are full—at 125.  District is asking us to take more.  We are closed for Newcomers.  After our reclassification, some of them will move into the general ed. population.

 

–Marcus explained the history of “Newcomer” in the district.

 

–Kathleen explained the “US Entry Date.”  She also discussed the 3 years and how that can affect students.

 

–Lisa said there is a new Board of Ed Policy that some ELL students can stay until they are 21.

 

–Stephen Emmi asked about how to handle textbooks when students transfer classes.  Doug said Math does not use textbooks.  Michelle said they designed the first 2 weeks to not use books.  Others said that textbooks should be returned to the teachers.  Discussion followed.

 

 

 

III.       Teacher Phone Log

 

–Marcus said we do not trust Synergy, etc. for attendance, truancy.  He asked everyone to talk to their teachers about keeping a log of family contacts.  How do we communicate with parents when their students are absent?  Marcus would like to develop a form and then he will take it to the union.

 

–Kathleen asked if they have factored in those parents who do not speak English.

 

–Michelle asked if the Auto-dialer will ever come back? She also asked how many parents have signed up on School Loop.

 

 

IV.        Department Budget/Supply Orders

 

–Marcus said Department Budgets will be issued next week.  $100,000 will be split among the departments based on the number of students.

 

–Marcus explained the Office Depot order procedure.  Department Heads put in the order, it goes to Marcus for approval and then Linda forwards it.

 

–Marcus told the group they could begin ordering now.  He asked everyone to put their names on the orders.

 

 

V.         Miscellaneous

 

–Joseph asked about all students changing their passwords—how do students change their passwords?  Lisa mentioned an email from Danny Tan, Hank Machtay and Thong Ly.

 

–Doug expressed his concerns that many people have access to all these passwords.  Joseph mentioned many students take photos of their passwords that also include other passwords.  No one at Galileo had any notice of these password changes.

 

 

–Alicia talked about Club Day this Friday.  She asked who is in charge and how to get a table outside to participate.  Mr. Wing sent out an email.

 

 

–David mentioned our instructional minutes and why we have so many extra ones.  According to John Holmes of the District Attendance Office our original schedule was 300 instructional minutes short of the required 64,800.

 

 

–Michelle will talk with Marcus about the lunch application distribution.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:10pm.

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

8/19/14

 

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

Leadership Team Agenda

 

Mr. Blacksher welcomed Lauren Marshman back.  Marcus welcomed Mark Bayango back and Michelle Fortunado as Wellness Coordinator and Susan Kitchell as UBC representative, and Bai Zhen as the ELL Counselor and Family Liaison.  Lisa mentioned that we would try to include Alan Phelps as the Librarian in the meetings.

I.          Check in & Opening Day Feedback

–Marcus asked for feedback.

–Joseph said he helped out in the courtyard and it went smoothly.  He mentioned several students did not have schedules in the courtyard.  He also mentioned the VAPA classes are a little smaller this year.

–Lisa mentioned some students went to the wrong tables in the courtyard.

–Lauren said there are lots of class changes requests.  She asked everyone to be patient.

–Susan said it was cold in the courtyard.  She mentioned that students do not know how to wait in a line in alphabetical order.  She gave a few examples.  She would recommend this be taught in the curriculum.

–Stephen thanked everyone who helped.  He discussed the parameters of class changes for students.  He also mentioned not wanting to switch students out of JROTC for PE.  Ethan explained JROTC is eligible for PE credit under special 7th period independent study.

–Stephen Jackson said it went well for Special Ed.  They are working out the paraprofessional assignments.  They will balance out sections in regular ed.

–Stephen said the IEPs at a glance should be available by next week.  He explained his plans to make these documents available.

–Lisa said they are working on simple documents with simple accommodations for some of the special ed. students.

–David asked if the IEPs are available in the cum folders.  The answer is “Yes” but it takes a long time to read them from the cums.

–Marcus asked Stephen to prepare a 5-minute presentation for the next faculty on how to read the IEP at a Glance.

–He also said they could email teachers IEP pdf versions.

–Wellness is doing well—quiet so far.  They did attend Freshman Orientation and they are visiting the Health Classes.  There are several new therapists.  She mentioned Sunnydale Violence and there are a group of students who need support.

The Crisis schedule will start next week.  This week see Michelle or Naomi.

–Mat said his department is welcoming Danny Lynch for Vicky Ung.  Danny was a student teacher at Galileo and taught summer school.  Mat suggested signs in the hallways with arrows to answer some of the student questions on locations of rooms, etc.

–One problem was on the schedules not all of the room number printed.

–Doug said, “So far, so good.”  He said they had less information from the students this year.  They still need to test some of the freshmen.  They talked to students on Friday and Monday who they needed to changes their schedules.  They will be pulling students from classes on block days and will have information for the counselors on class changes.  They will use open classrooms and the library.  Most of the testing will be done in the Algebra classes.

–Ethan said things were going well in PE.  He needs to talk about health issues and how to identify who has health issues.  We do not have emergency cards at the school.  Lisa said they hope to be distributed on Thursday.  Susan said some parents are not honest on the emergency cards.

–Susan said it is good to ask the students about health problems.  Ethan said the first day of PE dress is September 2nd.  Ethan also asked about G-House TV and where will the PE students watch the broadcast. Students with PE will be able to see the broadcast on the block day when they do not have PE.

–Susan asked that everyone let Susan know if they have students with health problems.

–Susan talked about Epi-pens.

–Ethan mentioned students in the bleachers, garbage on the field, etc.  He suggested having students help clean.

–Alicia mentioned class sizes.  She thanked the Counseling Office for their help and support.  She asked where to put obsolete books.  Lisa mentioned the process with the forms.  Marcus suggested we put them in the garage.

–Kathleen agreed with Doug.  Some classes are too big and they are balancing them and the support classes are going well.  They are testing all week.  They are doing the best they can without much data.  Lisa said data can be pulled from Synergy.  Departments can sign up to have viewing access to the data.

–Lisa thought the first day went well, kids were in classes, the halls were clear, etc.

–Michelle said her department did not complain yesterday.  Everyone was patient and all were expecting changes during the week.

–David mentioned singleton conflicts.  Lisa said Synergy did a matrix on singleton and doubleton classes.

–He has some teachers who are concerned about juniors and seniors being placed in freshmen classes.  He said these students could be disruptive.  Marcus suggested a warning first and then removing those students.

–David also mentioned copy paper getting restocked.

–Mark mentioned new Academy and Pathway teachers and he has been checking in with them for support.  He is doing web sit updating.

–Danny Tan changed the name AoIT to Computer Science Academy.  He is working on the website.

–Lisa mentioned the PTSA meeting this evening.  It will be from 5:30pm-7:30pm and food will be provided.  The PTSA may fund a web master.

–Bai discussed his new role and the name of the room Connection.  He talked about how the room will function.

–He mentioned the 700 school planners—there are about 300 of them left.  They can pay $1 or receive for free if they get an ASB sticker.  He thanked everyone for their help with orientation.

–Marcus mentioned the staff from Central Office and told the group that they expressed that we have a good feel, welcoming adults, and happy students.  It was amazing and had a great feel.  Marcus said everyone helped.  It was the smoothest beginning he has every participated in.  He thanked everyone.

II.         Weekly Meeting Structure

–Marcus felt we conduct our meetings well.  He felt the administrators should be mindful of their cell phones.

–He said agenda items will be timed.

–Lisa said many items will be sent in an email.

III.       PD Feedback

–Marcus asked for feedback.

–Doug said the ones he went to were the best ones he’s been to.  He mentioned 4 of our teachers who led the PD.

–Lisa asked for feedback on Tuesday and Wednesday and David Barrios commented on how fun it was.  Stephen Jackson discussed the talks in small groups.  Kathleen agreed.

–Alicia mentioned the cultural discussion and suggested closure to it.

IV.        Miscellaneous

–Joseph mentioned tomorrow being the first day that we do not have homeroom.  He asked the administration about what they will do to make sure students do not walk out of the building to get food, drinks, etc.  The G-House TV will be at the end of the second block period.  Teachers should not release students early from G-House TV.

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.

Department Heads Meeting – August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

8/8/14

 

 

 

 

Marcus called the meeting to order at 9:10am.

 

 

I.  Welcome

 

–Marcus asked everyone to share their summer activities with the group.  Everyone shared their experiences.

 

 

II.         Department Head Job Description and Responsibilities

 

–This document was distributed to the group.  Marcus mentioned that it has not changed since last year.  He asked the group to review the document.

 

–Marcus said we can choose items each year to focus on.  He asked the group to focus on items 2 and 12, which involve more classroom walk through.

 

–He mentioned item 8, common formative assessments.  He felt we were about 50% there.

 

–Item 15—he thanked everyone for working on this over the summer.

 

–Lisa mentioned 7/8 new certificated hires—one new counselor—Andrea Galdamez—10th grade counselor.  Lauren Marshman will do AVID and other special groups.  Celia Chan will be 12th grade, Barry will be 11th grade, Aracely Sanchez will be 10th grade.

 

–Lisa told the group who left and who the new hires are.  Lance Cossey, who replaced Alan Phelps when he was on sabbatical leave last year will return.  Alan Phelps will be the new Librarian.  Yvette Huginnie will be with the SOAR program.  Megan Jessup, a student teacher from last year will join our ELD department.  Lauren Marshman will return from leave.  Aron Mizrahi will join us teaching Biotech.  Sara Garcia has left Galileo.  Victor Soberanis will join us teaching Spanish.  And Bai Zhen will be our Family Counselor.

 

–She explained the SOAR program, which will be in 352 and is a Special Ed transition program.

 

–Marcus referred to item 18 and asked the department heads to collect the 3-day emergency lesson plans.

 

 

–Marcus went to a workshop this summer on meeting protocols.  He asked the group to think about whether or not they want to have protocols.  Lisa mentioned the “norm” of taking turns talking at meetings.

 

 

III.       Master Schedule

 

–Lisa said it has been completed and she sent them to all department heads.  She mentioned room sharing.  Most co-teachers have common preps.  She said she and Stephen Emmi will work to limit student schedule changes this year.

 

–Math will be doing some testing with the freshmen.  Some changes will be made prior to the start of school.

 

–Doug talked about the freshmen who will be tested will be given this information at Freshman Orientation.

 

–ELD will have some changes after testing during the first week.  Lisa mentioned science and social science classes at .8.

 

–We do have 100 newcomer students.  Marcus said we might get 15 more.

 

–World Language will do some testing in the native speaker classes.  Alicia explained the changes in Spanish for native speakers.

 

–Lisa said they have created non-native Chinese classes as well as native Chinese classes.

 

–Guadalupe Guerrero’s son is a 9th grader here.  His father is second in charge in the school district, Deputy Superintendent.

 

–David asked if the drop rules are the same as last year.  He asked if there could be some information sent to everyone.  It will still be the 7 steps.

 

–There will be a set plans for TAs.  Right now there are very few TAs.

 

–Bilingual TAs will work with Bai Zhen.

 

–Michelle Fortunado will head Wellness as Jessica Colvin left.

 

–Let Lisa and Stephen Emmi know if you need TAs.

 

–Athletics needs TAs.

 

 

IV.  PD Days – Tuesday – Thursday

 

–Friday will be a Teacher Work Day.

 

–Tuesday includes the whole faculty and staff.  This will include School Wide Direction and Visioning.  Marcus included information and would like to table this until the end of the meeting.

 

 

–Lisa mentioned Monday—9am-10: 30am she will give a Co-Teaching PD.  She invited everyone to come.  This will be in room 203.  She explained what the PD will contain.  Some co-teaching pairs will be present.

 

 

–Marcus said that everyone will co-teach at one point or another, so please get this message out to students.

 

–10:30am – noon, Lisa and Stephen will meet with the counselors.

 

–In the afternoon they will meet with the new teachers.

 

–Breakfast will happen on Tuesday from 8:00am-8:30am and then everyone will be assigned to specific tables.

 

9:00am – 10:00 Visioning work.  Then they will talk about nuts and bolts.

 

 

Wednesday—Breakfast and then some Culture/Race work.  This will continue throughout the year and everyone will be broken into small groups.  Courageous conversation about race will be one topic.  Cultural Responsibility pedagogy will be another area.  There will be department time in the afternoon.

 

 

–Thursday will be a district PD.  Information will be forthcoming.

 

–Friday is a teacher workday.

 

–Michelle asked if they can opt out from Thursday’s PD and do something else.  Marcus said he would know after lunch today.

 

–Joseph said he would like to help with the PA system in the cafeteria.

 

 

V.         DH Responsibility at Freshman Orientation

 

–Lisa referred to the information given to all department heads.

 

–The orientation is similar to last year.  All department heads must participate from 10:50am – 11:20am—the parent piece in the auditorium.

 

–Please arrive at 10:45am.  There will be 30 minutes to all present and field questions.  This will be translated through headsets.  The way this works is to say something and then wait for the translations.

 

 

–Ethan suggested an information table for those students who have questions.  Marcus suggested Bai Zhen’s College Ambassadors and ASB to man these tables and wear identifying T-Shirts.

 

 

–Lisa suggested coming up with questions we think all parents would want answered.

 

1.  What do I do if my student is absent.

 

2. How does my student get into an honors or AP class of academy or pathway?

 

3.  What about the summer reading program?

 

4.  Free meal program? (we went up 10% last year).  Marcus will ask the English department to work on this again this year.

 

5.  PE—How do we get uniforms, lockers and what if we cannot afford the PE uniforms?

 

6.  What standard classes do all 9th graders take?

 

7.  Why do some students have 2 teachers in some classes?

 

 

–Lisa and Joseph will work on a power point for the auditorium.

 

 

VI.  Nuts & Bolts for Department Reminders

 

–Attendance Updates—by mid-October or November we hope to have online attendance posting.  The district is giving every teacher in the district a laptop to make this possible.

 

 

–Furniture—Let admin know through Katie if you need furniture or need furniture disposed of.  Get this done by Friday afternoon.

 

 

–Clocks—Let Bettie know if your clock is not working.

 

 

–Work Orders—let Bettie know.

 

 

–Purchasing—tabled until this afternoon.  Lisa said purchasing can happen and then the departments will be given their funds.

 

 

–Opening Day—Lisa mentioned the bell schedule for the first day and the particulars.  ASB will do music, club tables will be there and schedules will be passed out.  Lisa asked those with free 1st periods to come help.  Let the administration know if you can help.

 

–Senior schedules will be passed out next week as well as the freshman schedules.

 

–On 8/18, they will be done by grade level and alpha.  Students who did not come on time can go to the Counseling Office to learn where to go.

 

 

–Bell Schedule (3° & 4° responsibilities)  With the extra time for 4th period on Monday, Tuesday and Friday all teachers must let students hear the announcements the last 5 minutes of 4th period.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays it is mandatory that all teachers turn on G-House TV the last 20 minutes of 3rd and 4th periods.

 

–All activities that were previously done in homeroom will be done in the extra minutes in 4th period.

 

 

–Leadership/Department Heads will meet 4th period on Tuesdays.

 

 

–2014/2015 Calendar—Lisa will have this to everyone shortly as soon as it is complete.

 

 

VII.      Suggested Reading Assignment

 

 

–Michelle brought this topic up from the last department head meeting in June. Michelle presented and distributed information sheets on what the recommendations are from each department.  The reading selections could be displayed in the classrooms.  These can be in various languages.

 

–Narrative and Expository would cover the first 2 nine-week periods.

 

–Argument and Research would cover the second semester.

 

 

Meeting adjourned.  Lunch will be ready at 11:15 in 214 and we will reconvene at 12;30pm.

 

 

The meeting reconvened at 12:30pm.

 

 

VIII.  SFUSD Vision 2025—Reimagining Education

 

–This involves the superintendent’ and the district’s vision of where a student should be in 2025.  This is a 10-year plan.  There are 6 tenants that are described.  Marcus played a video that is on the district website.  Hank Machtay’s students worked on this video.

 

 

Marcus referred to the pamphlet that came with the video.  This contains the 6 tenants.  They are:  Content Knowledge; Career and Life Skills; Global, Local and Digital Identity; Leadership, Empathy and Collaboration; Creativity; Sense of Purpose and Self.  The video was paid for by a grant fro the Haas Fund.

 

 

Marcus asked for feedback from the group.

 

–David said it had a feel like the ESLERS and Stephen mentioned the rubric for success.

 

–Alicia was happy to see there is an emphasis on other items than how to use a computer.  She sees private schools producing the owners and companies and public schools producing the workers.  She likes the creativity aspect.

 

–Kathleen likes the fact that students are spending time in the real world and she feels the students learn from real life situations.

 

–Michelle said we have been talking about data so much over the past years.  She thinks this gets away from data is measuring student success, which is good.  How do we hit all of these for all of our students is the biggest challenge.

 

–Lisa mentioned measuring success in the future with more than just test scores.

 

–Marcus said WASC mentioned that we do not pat ourselves on the back enough for what we do.

 

–Attendance, Grades and EAP results were items we looked at last year.

 

–Joseph feels good about what we are doing in VAPA when he looks the 6 tenants.  He said this year his students would write self-evaluations.  What went well, what didn’t go so well and what could improve.  He wishes the district would include artistic language and musical language, etc.

 

–Marcus said Joseph should keep pushing this.  Coding is now a language.

 

–Stephen said all the tenants have so many applications in our city’s industries.  We need to hold these industries accountable for some of our students’ education.  He mentioned leadership, creativity, internships, etc.

 

–Doug mentioned that many high school students don’t have enough skills to go into companies.  Steven said we should outreach to the companies to see what they can do for our students.

 

–Discussion followed.

 

–Lisa mentioned real world challenges in the business world and how we can simulate this with our students.  She mentioned that our students in 10 years may no be able to stay in SF without real world training.

 

– Marcus mentioned: Simulate the practice of being about to communicate and collaborate.

 

–Doug mentioned the problem of how students get placed in kindergarten that breaks the issue—many leave SF to go to other areas.

 

–Alicia mentioned electives and how they are important—students should have more variety of electives.  Students need to know how the world works today.  She suggested redoing the College and Career class to make it much more dynamic and engaging.

 

 

–Marcus referred to the Vision for Galileo.  He also mentions the District Priorities, High School Priorities and the Galileo Priorities.  He mentioned the great feelings at Galileo.

 

–We have the opportunity to come out on top of the Smarter Balance. We need to push for this.

 

–We must remember our underserved populations—we need to acknowledge that some of our populations are not prepared with the skills they need to succeed.  People need different kinds of things to be successful.

 

–Marcus will take PD in this direction this year—who we are, where we are and where we want to be.  He mentioned that our Asian population has changed, our Latino population has increased.

 

–Our biggest challenge is to meet the demands of a continually changing 21st century.  Many have taught here for any years and we have to change to keep up with the students.  We must be flexible.

 

 

–Michelle mentioned the semantics of meeting the requirements.  She wants the students to beat the competition.  Joseph likes the term thrive and compete in that order.

 

–Discussion followed on the word “Traditional.”  David said much is moving away from traditional, and classroom direction is changing.  Focus now is not all on content but what students can do with the content.

 

–With the vision, Lisa wanted the wording to reflect the students.  Then David mentioned the Galileo Community.  Stephen suggested Galileo students.  We have an awesome climate at our school reflective of the Galileo community.

 

–Doug suggested removing the word “obligation” and say “we will provide.”

 

–Michelle mentioned a creative shift by doing electives within the curriculum for the courses.

 

–David mentioned we need to constantly reassess our curriculum and make it accessible to the students.  This may cause changes in how we teach.

 

 

–Marcus we redraft the Vision Statement and will bring it back to the next meeting.

 

–Marcus mentioned that

 

 we need to think beyond our district to be the best.

 

–Marcus is pushing the district to acknowledge the schools with a Newcomer Pathway.

 

–Lisa mentioned our Special Ed data has drastically improved in the last year.

 

–Katie said there have been huge changes in the Dean’s Office and sub groups have no changed to a minimum of 20 (down from 100).  Referrals have been cut in half with the Special Ed students.  A large part of this is expectations and the students changing their behavior as they are engaged.

 

–Steven mentioned the changes with the main-streaming of the SDC students into regular classes, this provides the first real chance for some of these students to go to college.

 

 

–Ethan suggested pushing for a cleaner school—controlling liter, spitting, clean bathrooms, etc.

 

–Katie is pushing to get recycling bins in the hallways, as custodians must recycle in the halls, but not in the classrooms.

 

–Katie will be talking with the custodians about recycling.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 2:15pm.

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

5/20/14

 

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

 

I. Mock Interviews for Student Teachers

–Joseph had a request from his student teacher to do mock interviews.  He asked if others in the group would be willing to do this during the first week of June.  This will be practice for the student teachers as they are going out on job interviews.  Mat said he would be interested in helping.

 

II. Bell Schedule for 2014/15

–Mat was seeking clarity for next year how students will get their class schedules without homeroom.  Marcus said they will do it by first period so we will post that.

–Question was asked about G-House.  It will be shown during one of the periods.

–Mat asked when the final bell schedule would be ready.

 

III. Assemblies

–Michelle brought the topic up at the last meeting.  She mentioned some invitational assemblies.  In February there was a Black History Assembly.  She did not see the attendance that she used to see.  Perhaps because they were invitational only assemblies.  She felt we should look at assemblies that represent the largest body of students.  Perhaps some of the assemblies could use different formats and they might be out dated.

 

–Marcus invited several ASB officers to talk about their feelings on assemblies.  Rebecca, the new ASB President, passed out some proposals.  Brandon talked about the assemblies.  He feels they are a great way to boost scho0ol spirit and as Mr. Blacksher says, “Get involved, get involved, get involved.”  He felt everyone should attend the assemblies.

 

==Rebecca proposed a multi-cultural assembly that would represent all the different ethnic groups represented at Galileo.  Another student named Kyle said he felt the assemblies need to be more organized and there should be a few more.

 

–Rebecca said the assemblies always end with a video, perhaps to fill time.  She said that the inspirational speaker we had this past year was very motivating—Arthur Dong, a Gal alumni.  She thought we should have more inspirational speakers.

 

–Mr. Blacksher said there are many students who do not attend the assemblies.

–Mr. Wing distributed a list of all the assemblies.  He said we have 6 school-wide assemblies.  Welcome, Song and Yell, Winter Assembly, Student Talent Show, ASB Election Assembly and Move-Up Awards Assembly.  He mentioned in the past the Move-Up and the Awards Assembly were separate.  Stan asked him when they stopped moving up in the Move-Up Assembly.  Eugene explained how this worked.  This ended in the early 1980’s and the seniors no longer moved up on stage.  He mentioned that we changed the procedure when 9th graders came to Galileo.

 

–Marcus asked for the names of the invitational assemblies.  Joseph mentioned 3 music ones, then others mentioned Samoan, Black History, Media Arts, 2 Health Education Assemblies, Drama Presentation.

 

–Marcus asked if there are any current assemblies we want to discuss keeping or discarding.  Michelle talked about the ASB Election Assembly.  She wondered why it should be a whole school event as the seniors are graduating.  She also mentioned the ASB is a very select group of students and many students may not care about who runs for office and who gets awards.  She wonders how these assemblies would take precedence over our cultural diversities.

 

–Alicia asked if there was a set amount of assemblies we can have?  Marcus said we are trying to determine this.  She felt Song and Yell is effective.  She thought that we need to see if student spirit is important and keep those that improve spirit and get rid of or improve those that do not improve spirit.  What is the bottom line purpose of each assembly?  She also favors the Talent Show.

 

–Kathleen said her students felt the ASB election assembly was too long.  Could we combine the motivational speaker with the ASB Election Assembly?.  She also mentioned the Samoan Assembly and how popular that was.  She also thought some of these could be on G-House with subtitles.  Many cultures at this school are not represented.

 

–Stan asked how we run the Song and Yell without homerooms.  Lisa said we tell the students where the grades sit.

 

–Rebecca agreed with what Kathleen said about the election assembly for class officers.  She said for the ASB election assembly the candidates make short speeches.  She would be fine with doing this on G-House TV.  She said she did not feel students would attend the Talent Show after school.  This assembly can excite the students about the talents of the students.

–Joseph said doing the ASB presentations on G-House TV would be good.  It is important to teach our students to be part of the electoral process.  We need to get as many people involved as possible in the school election process.  He also mentioned with no homeroom how difficult will the voting be.

 

–Mr. Wing said the purposes of the assemblies are:  motivational, educational, and cultural.  It is good for the students to see diversity. He mentioned the term of Brothers and Sisters for the cultural assemblies and all students should be present.  He favored some sort of ceremony of the closure of high school years, and recognizing the scholars.

 

–Josephine agreed with Joseph about the election assembly.  She felt many in the audience do not feel connected to the speakers for office.  She compared this to the presidential campaigns where there is a Town Hall Forum where the audience can ask questions of the candidates.  For the Move-Up and Awards Assembly—she would ask the people who are passing on the torch, do you feel the closure and the new sense of responsibility?  Is the ceremony fulfilling what it is supposed to?

She also said she likes to have those who have never been on stage before be recognized for winning scholarships.

 

–Lisa said in her few years here, not many candidates run for office and she favors using G-House TV for the speeches.  Interviews would be a possibility and the Town Hall setting would work as well.

 

–This topic was tabled until the next meeting.

 

Meeting adjourned at 112:15pm.

 

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

5/13/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

 

I.          Graduation

 

–Jo wanted to update the calendar for seniors.  May 15th will be a Senior Homeroom Teacher meeting for Galileo.

 

–Graduation practice will be Friday, May 23rd after Senior Breakfast.  It will be around 11am, for an hour.

 

–Tuesday, May 27th is graduation rehearsal at Bill Graham at 10:30am.

 

–Graduation Day—1:00pm on May 28th. Students need to report at 11:30am.  Guests will be admitted at 12:15pm.  She would like homeroom teachers to arrive at that time as well.

 

–Department Heads should be present by 1:00pm.  The department awards will be presented about 1:30pm.

 

 

II.         Assemblies

 

–Marcus said we will put this off until next week as the seniors he invited to talk are taking AP tests now.

 

 

III.       Transfers of Newcomers

 

–Jo gave the following dates:

 

 

2/21- 7 before—5 credits

 

2/25-3/14 – 4 credits

 

3/17-4/14—3 credits

 

4/15=5/9—2 cr3edits

 

5/13-30—1 credit

 

 

–David asked if those coming from another school, would we get their grades.  The answer is yes.  These dates are only for the newcomers who are just enrolling in SFUSD.

 

 

–Kathleen said she has a formula for after school tutoring that could possibly help with the uneven amount of credits for the newcomers.

 

–Marcus said we are almost full of Newcomer students so we should not be getting many more.

 

 

IV.        Departmental BSC Review

 

–Lisa said part of tomorrow’s faculty meeting will be sitting in departments and reviewing this year’s BSC by department.

 

–She asked everyone to make copies of this year’s BSC for everyone in your department, as we will have a review of this by each department and reflect on how we can use this for next year.

 

–Lisa is working on a new template for review.

 

–David would like to share this with his department and Lisa said “View Only.”

 

 

–Mat asked if CPTs will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays next year.

 

This will be decided by the next meeting.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:40pm.

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

5/6/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          School Calendar

 

–Lisa distributed this year’s school calendar.   She thought we could glance over the calendar and see what we need to add to it for next year or what we want to discuss as a team.

 

–Michelle mentioned that next year President’s Day holiday for SFUSD will be a Friday.  Lunar New Year is the Thursday before.

 

–School wide events will be on the calendar.  Michelle wanted to know if this is open for discussion.  Invitational assemblies were mentioned.

 

–Michelle brought up the Black History Invitational Assembly.  She also discussed the Move-Up/Awards Assembly where a portion of the students are honored.  She felt we should revisit some of the whole school assemblies.

 

–Kathleen felt the same that the Black History Assembly should return.

 

–David said the ASB & Election Assembly and the Move-Up Awards Assembly are painful for the students to sit through.  He thought about combining the Move-Up and the ASB Election assemblies into one.

 

–Kathleen said she and Alicia want to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

 

–Josephine mentioned the Talent Show—it is now a school-wide assembly.  She mentioned the Black History Assembly and the Lunar New Year Assembly from the past.  She mentioned having the Talent Show as the Multi-cultural assembly.  She also said funds are gone for Frisco Day so that would give another day for activities at school.

 

–Marcus said some teachers say we have too many assemblies.  He would like to continue this discussion next week and have Mr. Wing and some students attend the meeting.

 

 

Joseph asked if the testing schedule will still take 2 weeks next year.  Katie said we are looking at Smarter Balance that will be on the computer and we cannot finish it all in one week.  Katie also mentioned the EAP, which could take 2 weeks.  Katie would like the EAP to be integrated into the Smarter Balance.

 

 

–Lisa asked Marcus who was leading Freshmen Orientation and Marcus said it has not been decided yet.

 

 

II.         Master Schedule

 

–Nancy said the work is going well and the hope to run the Master Schedule next week.  We will see what happens and how well your preferences work out.  We will continue to meet as we work on the schedule.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          CFA Development Process

 

–Marcus said Joseph and his department members have been working on this.   He said that some departments are included in the assessments, but for his department they all teach separate disciplines.  They are designing their own tests.

 

–CFA is Common Formative Assessments.

 

–Joseph asked his teachers to develop rubrics and then put them on Data Director.  He had visuals to explain their process.  They developed ways to measure student achievement and the students were informed of the process.

 

 

–Joseph said they will use this data in their planning for next year.

 

 

–Marcus said the expectations are to continue to work on the CFAs.

 

 

II.         BSC/CPT

 

–Marcus said discussions will begin with plans for next year.  He mentioned another template that will be given in parts to everyone.  The discussions will continue.  Use current information to plan for next year’s goals for the BCS.  Think about what to work on in CPT.

 

 

–Joseph asked where to find the BSC on the SFUSD website.  Lisa went through the process, step-by-step.  She said they would edit it and modify it for each department for next year.

 

 

III.       Miscellaneous

 

–Michelle asked about planning for the days we all come back before school and at the end of the year.

 

–Marcus said he could not answer anything about August until the district says what will happen.

 

–The return date will be Tuesday prior to the start of the school year.  Two days will be at the school site, one teacher workday and one district day.

 

–Department heads will work 3 days at the end of the school year.  Some may owe a day at the end of the year.

 

–Alicia asked about the dates for senior finals and senior sign-outs.  Once the seniors have finished their finals and have signed out they need to come for graduation practice, etc.

 

–Alicia asked about graduation, the time and attending.  Department Heads give out the Department Awards at graduation.

 

 

–Kathleen asked about grading the newcomers who have just arrived.  Marcus will have Nancy put some information out about this.  Kathleen suggested using the seat time document.

 

 

–Michelle mentioned missing items from her bookroom.  She asked if teachers need English books to please please see her before hand.

 

–Michelle asked about summer school and wondered if one of our teachers could be in charge of our books.

 

–David asked what rooms will be used for summer school.  Katie said it will be the Van Ness Building, the Counseling Office and some science classrooms.

 

–David mentioned damage that was done to his room several years ago.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:05pm.

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/29/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Bell Schedule Vote

 

 

–Marcus asked Michelle if her department has another proposal for a bell schedule.

 

–Michelle asked on the longer block days could there be longer passing periods and longer lunch times?

 

–Doug said having different passing periods on different days would be a nightmare.

 

–Michelle said on block days there is not enough time for teachers to use the restroom.

 

 

English says Proposal A, but would like to keep the schedule that we have now.

 

Math says Proposal A.

 

Wellness said A with more time for lunch.

 

PE didn’t have a preference.  No TVs with PE so 300 kids would not see G-House.  They would have access to G-House TV with homeroom.

 

Sped. Ed. Old Schedule feeling A was overwhelming.

 

 

Soc. Studies favored A, but liked the STAR schedule.  Blocks more often.

 

World Languages—no one wanted to vote.  They wanted to know what the process is.  Some members felt that more should be involved in the decision, like parents, SSC, etc.  6 of her teachers really liked to block schedule.  Some liked blocks 4 days a week.  4th period prep is 20 minutes longer—an equity issue.

 

–Someone in the department said it didn’t work last time we eliminated homeroom.

 

Reluctantly chose A.

 

 

Science—could not talk to dept. No vote.

 

ELL-reluctantly A, but they want to keep the same schedule as now. They wanted an all faculty vote.

 

–Marcus said we would not change bell schedules for 3 years.  It will be Schedule A and the administration would talk about passing periods.

 

 

II.         Master Schedule

 

–Nancy said we are working on it and thanked everyone for being available.

 

 

III.       New 8th Grade Students

 

–Marcus said he received an email from Jen Fong.  She said they are maxed out for 8th grade newcomers at the middle schools.  They will come to Galileo and spend the month of May here and then be 9th graders in the fall.  Most of these students are behind in Math.  Doug said that we do not have any math content that they will match up with. He feels that there will be disruption in classes with these students coming in.  He felt we do not have the curriculum to keep them engaged.

 

–David said this is like babysitting.  Nancy said most of the students who have come so far are Latin.  These students have not had consistent schooling anywhere.  Some of them are fleeing from countries with political problems.

 

Legally we have enroll the students.  She mentioned that many of them are 17.

 

–We have enrolled 4 so far.

 

 

–We have space and there is only a few weeks left in the school year.  This would save the transition from middle school to high school.

 

–Michelle asked if they would under enroll the middle schools next year.

 

–Marcus said we have 72 newcomers now and we will max out at 100.  Hopefully then the district will have to open another newcomer pathway at another school.

 

 

–Alicia said that we need to make them feel comfortable, safe and welcome.

 

–Doug talked about educating these students—our classes are beyond their level and this will affect our students.

 

 

–Marcus suggested creating a power list for Math and have these students translate this list.  David said this might put a bad taste in their mouths for what school really is.

 

–Alicia said we need someone to translate what school is, the purpose of them being here for the last 4 weeks of the year, etc.

 

–Nancy asked about variable credit for newcomers who came for the last 9 weeks and last 6 weeks of the semester.  3 credits for 9 weeks and 2 credits for 6 weeks.

 

This applies to new high school students.

 

–Ray said the problem with variable credits is this doesn’t work into our system.  He said that the students have to take the whole class over again.  Ray suggested elective credit and Nancy said we cannot do that.

 

 

–David said he sees this as giving them something other than an F.  Students will still have to take the class over.  Jo said they have to be enrolled and take certain classes.  She felt that no credit was not fair as they come to school.

 

–Nancy said she could give a No Mark.

 

–Nancy enters the credits in.  She can give the NM after the teachers submit the grades.

 

–Lisa said for those who have been here for a period of time, some credit and a grade is important and feels better than NM and 0 credit.  This is acknowledgement for the students.

 

–Marcus asked Nancy to put this in writing and get it back to the group.

 

 

–Marcus said we have to make sure we have all the languages to help these newcomers.

 

 

IV.        Miscellaneous

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:55am.

 

 

 

 

Leadership Team/Department Head Meeting Minutes – April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/22/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Marcus discussed what he experienced at the conference he recently attended in New Orleans.  The conference centered around African American and Latino males.

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Bell Schedule

 

–Marcus said the vote that was taken by the departments favored eliminating homeroom next year.  He distributed two schedules for members to share with their departments and bring feedback for the next meeting.

 

 

Marcus and Lisa discussed the differences in the two schedules.

 

–Michelle asked if these were the only 2 options or could other alternatives be suggested.  The answer is yes; other proposals can be presented.

 

–Ray asked about Proposal B and discussed the fact that the bus schedule will be impacted.

 

 

II.         Youth Vote

 

–This is coming up and it is very important.  It will be done in Homeroom.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          Mac Computers from Library

 

–Doug mentioned that the library got new chrome books and he wanted to know what would happen to the old Macs from the library.  He discussed some of the history of the computer control from years passed.  He felt our technology planning is a little adrift.

 

–Chrome books are all about browsing.  There is no storage on the machine.  Everything is on Google docs—all this is browser based.

 

–Lisa said she and Thong have been discussing what to do with the Macs from the library.  The batteries are shot in those computers so they always have to be plugged in.  We could purchase new batteries.  Evan Roth has requested them for a new CAT class he will be teaching.  No formal decisions have been made yet.

 

 

–Doug asked how do we make those decisions and who is making them?  He said that with the Common Core coming there will be more need for technology.  He would like to see another laptop cart.

 

–Marcus said there are SCE funds for more technology.

 

 

–Ray suggested getting 3-4 tech-savvy staff and have them figure out what we need and how to put it together.

 

 

II.         Technology Budgeting

 

–Doug has 13 people in his department.  He buys 2-3 new laptops each year.  He uses his budget because he knows what he needs.  If the school would pay for his laptops, he would use his funds for other things.

 

–Next year Marcus will ask people to fill out a one-page form on how they will use the technology.  

 

–David said a laptop is an essential item for each teacher.  He felt that these should come from the school budget, not the department budgets.  He is suggesting a tech budget.

 

–Marcus said Thong told him the life of a laptop and desktop is about 5 years.

 

–Doug mentioned the computers do not last as long as they used to.  Planned obsolescence.

 

 

–Alicia talked about her department and their thoughts.  The iPads were mentioned and there will be some training at a future faculty meeting.

 

–Michelle said there are not enough chrome books to be a class set.  There are 32 now and Lisa mentioned that we are trying to get 40.

 

 

III.       Testing

 

–Marcus and Katie thanked everyone for all their good work.  Please share this with your department members.

 

 

IV.        AP Testing

 

–Nancy and Lisa will do this together.

 

–Lisa sent out emails to those teachers who will have to move classrooms.

 

–Nancy will have pre-administration materials sent to the classrooms.  She needs this information back by next Wednesday, April 30th.

 

 

–Alicia said the AP language tests require a cassette player.

 

 

V.         Miscellaneous

 

–Joseph mentioned the email thread about remodeling 260.  He felt that discussion should be part of the technology plan.  Marcus said he would read the thread and administration will discuss this.

 

 

–Doug mentioned an email about Popeye’s Chicken and he wondered after inquiry what this was all about.  He said it came from a student.

 

–This is an entrepreneurship to start a business plan.  Doug felt these emails should come through teachers, not students.

 

 

Doug gave the history of policing the emails in the past—Doug, David Barrios, Thong and Ben Chun.  How do we want to handle this now?

 

–Kathleen suggested the Tech Committee take on this duty.

 

–Joseph mentioned we have a lot of new teachers each year.  Lisa said she educates them about our email network.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:50pm.

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting Minutes – April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014

GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting

 

 

 

4/8/14

 

 

 

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

 

 

Leadership Team Agenda

 

 

I.          Homeroom/Bell Schedule Discussion Report

 

Joseph said VPA wanted to do without homeroom, and wanted to return to the 2011/2012 Bell Schedule.  Homeroom was scheduled just for necessary activities.

 

Mr. Machtay said it is important to have G-House TV on both days, as PE students would not see it if there was only one weekly broadcast.

 

Spec. Ed.  Yes on homeroom, no blocks, CPT once a week for 2 hours.

 

Social Studies—close vote.  Some supported homeroom— as teachers and students can take care of business, mini-break, sense of community.  Most would vote to get rid of homeroom.  Schedule wise would like to end consistently and CPT time in the afternoon.  With morning CPT time students were still late.  Starting homeroom at 8am would mean many would be late.

 

 

Science—discussion centered on blocks and the academies and pathways and science classes would be destroyed without the blocks.  To even think about changing it now for next year would be a big problem.  CPT should be in the afternoon.  Homeroom—his department did not want to touch homeroom if the blocks would disappear.  Members were split on homeroom.

 

 

World Language—her department wanted to keep homeroom but would like a nutrition break and allow students to eat during homeroom.  Block periods are very long and the homeroom is like a break.  One member suggested 1 homeroom a week.  One of her department members mentioned grade level meetings in past years during homeroom in the auditorium.  Some felt CPT time should be once a week.

 

 

ELD—Her department likes homeroom—relationship with kids, break, take care of business.  Why are we talking about changing the schedule at this late date?  She said the year without homeroom it was difficult to locate kids.  They like the blocks.  CPT in the afternoon.

 

 

Counseling—they do like homeroom to pass out papers, etc.  They will allow the teachers to make the decision.  Jo suggested not talking about doing away with something, but can we talk about consequences for not attending homeroom? Lisa told of a parent she talked to at the truancy meeting who told of students going to the wrong homeroom to be with friends.  There was also discussion about teachers not knowing their homeroom students.

 

 

 

PE was split—they do not have homeroom right now.  CPT time in the afternoon.

 

 

Stan asked if anyone checked with Eugene Wing and the competition between the classes.  How would eliminating homeroom affect his activities?

 

 

Lisa said the English department was split and she could get no feedback from Math.

 

Administration was leaning toward eliminating homeroom.  Lisa said with educational research, homeroom is effective if there is a curriculum.  Alicia said it is effective for giving students a break.

 

David hears the logic of the break and the logistics of passing out materials, etc.  Are there other ways to make this work?

 

Ray said it is easy to pull Special Ed students out of homeroom rather than their classes.

 

Without homeroom, Jo would have to defer to English and History classes to distribute information.  That would be disrupting academic classes.  Then materials would have to be sorted by each class.

 

 

Math said no homeroom.  Marcus said the administrators will talk it over.

 

 

II.         Final Exam Schedule

 

–Lisa mentioned that the final exam schedule—first final is 2 hours and 5 minutes in length; second schedule is 1 hour and 55 minutes.  Everyone felt the periods should be even.  The schedule will be readjusted.

 

 

III.       Debrief of Truancy Meeting

 

–Marcus said it was so bad and it was effective in some ways.  Next year when A2A is working, Synergy is working, the meeting will be planned better.  Marcus said the homeroom truancy was quite large.  Marcus told of a parent who was encouraged by the students and she caused a problem in the discussions.

 

 

A2A is the system that generates letters to the parents.  These letters are sent out automatically through the district.  The district did not want us to interfere with the letters.  Nancy gave a history from last year.  We have not had an auto dialer this year, so many families are finding out quite late about their children’s absences.

 

–Joseph asked if this will be better next year.  Nancy said there is hope the attendance will be online next year.  There is nothing certain about this yet.  Nancy said we need the auto dialer, but we will not get it unless we have online attendance.  She said we have 300 students who are absent every day and it is impossible to call all of these students.

 

Marcus said he would ask teachers next year to call parents if a student has been absent 3 or 4 times.

 

The counseling office does send out D & F letters.

 

 

Jo said there were positives from the meeting—lots of parents attended.  She encouraged teachers to let counselors know which students are not attending class.

 

Ray asked about phone numbers that are not working.  Jo suggested checking the emergency cards but even these numbers could be incorrect.  Marcus said Mr. Westry should make a home visit to get the contact information.

 

 

IV.        After School Study Hall/Homeroom Club

 

–Alicia said this came out of the truancy meetings.  She talked of activities she did with her students and one of the ideas parallels the Principal’s Book Club.  She mentioned Asian students getting together to get their homework done and it is also a social activity.  She would like to open up her room after school to start this.  She has many Latino students.  This way the students could get their homework done.  She said some students don’t go to class as they are behind.  They don’t understand their books at times.  They could help each other and possibly have food. 

 

Members agreed that this is a great idea.  David mentioned some schools have a study hall built into the day.

 

Ray called it a Peer Tutoring Program and said it is a great idea.  Alicia has formed relationships with these students.

 

Lisa suggested getting the snacks through the Excel After School Program.  The program will deliver the snacks.

 

Marcus mentioned Loan Ly’s “Slacker’s Club.”  Joseph said there are teachers who are here and are already having homework clubs.  Joseph would like to see these teachers get compensated.  He suggested some of the funds that go to Excel could go to these teacher.  There are rules that govern this.  Certificated Teachers can get paid after school for credit recovery, but not enrichment activities.

 

 

Marcus said study halls would require a certificated person and this is a budget issue.  Ray said they are trying to eliminate their Study Skills classes, as the students do not take it seriously.

 

 

Department Heads Agenda

 

 

I.          Student Teachers

 

Lisa will send an email about SF State and student teachers.

 

 

II.         CPT during STAR

 

Next week there will be 4 block days.  There also be 4 CPT’s. Monday and Tuesday next week will be Curriculum and Cluster.  Wednesday and Thursday—what was previously planned.  Wednesday will be grading, Thursday, Departments.  Following week Tuesday would be an extra department day, Friday everyone can leave early.

 

Stan asked about the attendance strips.  Lisa will check on this.

 

 

Blocks will be as follows:  Monday—odd periods, Tuesday—even periods,  Friday—odd periods.

 

 

III.       Master Schedule

 

Nancy thanked those who turned in department preferences on Google Spreadsheet.  Nancy asked Ethan to let her know.  Nancy said they will start doing the schedules this week.

 

Kathleen asked if there will be a Newcomer Pathway.  The answer is Yes.  Nancy said these students do need to be in the general population as well as their own classes.

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.

 

 

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