School SGC Montessori Magnet (Moylan/ McDonough Campuses)
Date 11/05/2014
Location Moylan Campus
Attendees

Beayanka Pinckney-Naraine, Annette Santana, Jonathan Seamans, Fiona Shackleton, Tracy Weiss, Kolaiah Williams, Rosie Bannock, Lauren Akerlind, Cynthia Kehoe, Ruth Tracy, Dee Dee Kielbasa-Desmairas, Kathy Evans, Carolyn Havrda (Principal)

Proceedings

School Governance Council Minutes 11/5/2014
Beayanka Pinckney-Naraine, Annette Santana, Jonathan Seamans, Fiona Shackleton, Tracy Weiss, Kolaiah Williams, Rosie Bannock, Lauren Akerlind, Cynthia Kehoe, Ruth Tracy, Dee Dee Kielbasa-Desmairas, Kathy Evans, Carolyn Havrda (Principal)
Ground Rules
The SGC Ground Rules were reviewed.
Review and acceptance of 10/14/14 SGC minutes
Minutes reviewed and accepted. Revised minutes will be posted in main hallway with hard copies available through Carmen Gonzalez.
New School Resource Aide
Nancy Mendez moved to a district assignment effective Monday. Our new school resource aide will be Graciela Rivera. She has a B.S. in Psychology, is a neighborhood community member, is fluent in Spanish and English and has a daughter at Montessori Magnet.
Enrollment
210 students enrolled for the 2014/15 school year, in line with expectations. 2 students moved out of state.
Location
The district continues to move forward with the plan to secure a single location for our school. The move will likely be the year after next, so our school will remain in the current 2 locations for
the 2015/16 school year. The district expects “an extremely positive move” in the process within the next three weeks.
Next week, Facilities will work to ensure that the current spaces are conducive to the growth for next year. This the first time that facilities is coming to our location to review the school's footprint.
Title One
11/19 is the next meeting so we can expect an update then relative to Title One.
OPMAD
With the funds from the following sources, OPMAD will be able to fund a full-time coordinator position for the program. Jeanette will continue to be the coordinator, now full time. (Jeanatte recently had a baby boy, Max.) The OPMAD program will also continue to include yoga and Chinese instruction.
21st Century Grant: Our school received the grant, which is $135,000 in years 1-3; 25% reduction year 4; 50% reduction year 5.
Tobacco Settlement: We'll receive $55,000 from this settlement.
Other: An additional grant for $35,000 had to be withdrawn because we received the 21st Century grant and a school could not have both.
Attendance
Attendance improved in October. Chronic absence = 18+ per year, an average of 2+ per month. In September 21% of students had 2+ absences. In October that rate dropped to 16%. Personal conversations with families is thought to be the reason for this improvement.
Climate Survey/ School Accountability Plan (SAP) / Theory of Action / Map
Carolyn will resend the climate survey to everyone. There was discussion regarding perception v. reality in our students' responses. For example: the peer climate survey indicated 54% positive response from our students versus 80% positive response from students in more “rough” environments. We discussed that perhaps the Montessori environment creates a greater sensitivity to harmonious relationships, and that this may be the reason for the lower perceived peer climate.
There was discussion about how to measure parent engagement. A “parent tracker” was suggested. Unfortunately schools did not use it. Carolyn said that an alternate tracker was developed at Annie Fisher. It is spreadsheet based and could be enacted next year.
School Spirit Day
We brainstormed about how to implement a school spirit day. We discussed having dress down day for students for parents signing up for the portal, participating in jump rope for heart, to promote attendance, or for all. Other school spirit day options were: crazy hair day or dress as a literary character. Days to have spirit day may be: the 1⁄2 day before Thanksgiving. Picture re- take day it may be good to allow everyone (not just those re-taking pictures) to dress down or up.
No Child Held Back
Discussion about No Child Held Back. There was concern that if our school participates, it will be more work added to the guides' plate. Other schools possibly participating are: ELAMS, McDonough and Parkville. More information is needed to decide whether to proceed. Everyone agreed to read the materials and send questions and feedback to Jonathan and Carolyn by Friday.
NOTES:
Kolaiah was our time keeper.
Meeting minutes respectfully submitted by Tracy Weiss

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