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