Creative Science School

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Site Council Minutes 4/1/13

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In attendance: -    Jeff Pazdalski

-    Russ Alexander-Hensley

-    Ben Needham

-    Brooke Dempsey

-    Margo Wizeman (2nd grade parent, Spec Ed teacher in PPS)

-    Katy Relaford

-    Lynne Gammon

-    Filip Hristic


-  Communication methods and processes at CSS

-  PBIS update

-  Mid-level strategic plan

Agenda item #1:  Communication methods & processes

•    Russ presented a draft of a document that laid out CSS parent-teacher communication processes and expectations.

•    Input was provided and edits were made.

•    Next step is for updated version to be presented to staff for additional edits or additions.

•    A decision was made to incorporate the info into the upcoming parent handbook, rather than distributing as a stand-alone document.

Agenda item #2: PBIS and Climate Committee update

•    Climate Committee members are: Lynne Gammon, Filip Hristic, Maria Kleiner (librarian), Katie Longstreth (1st grade), John Linder (5th grade), Kathy (para-educator)

•    The committee has been in an exploratory year with PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports), which is a “decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students” [from their website].

•    PBIS is the adopted program for PPS and the only support services they offer is through PBIS.

•    Data has been gathered this year from student & staff surveys, building-wide observations, etc.

•    PBIS provides a coach, she has been meeting with the committee, and will present a “PSIB 101” presentation to the entire staff at the April 29 staff meeting.

•    In conjunction with PBIS, the Climate Committee will be looking for a Character Education program for CSS to adopt.  They will present several options to the entire staff and one will be chosen by the end of the school year.

•    The question was raised if/when parents will be invited to join the Climate Committee. The response from Filip & Lynne was that they were unclear about the purpose of adding parent members.

•    The goal of sharing the Character Education program choices will be a presentation at the May 14 PTA meeting – this needs to be confirmed with PTA for scheduling.  Parent input can be provided at meeting.

Agenda item #3: Mid-level strategic planning

•    Information about available staffing should be available by the end of April.

•    Ideas were brainstormed about how best to evaluate the current ML program.

•    Filip is currently soliciting feedback from students, and he’s meeting and discussing with ML staff as well.

•    A survey will be created and distributed to ML parents for input.

•    Decisions to be made this spring: What will the daily/weekly schedule look like?  Will the students be grouped by cohorts or remain mixed grades?  What about Advisory time?  What electives can we offer?  Who creates the schedule?

•    The April 15 Site Council meeting will be dedicated to Mid-level planning and discussion