Minutes PTO January 19th 2011
PTO wants to thank Ina Demurs for helping at the family feast and at the SEA sale . She was a great help!
Green Team idea:
Marcia will put out a request for members of the green team. Parents and teachers and students will work together to create activities and ideas to promote a “green school”. Ideas to create activities for the week before Earth Day in April.
Milk Carton recycling:
We are part of the pilot program of the districts Waste Reduction taskforce.
Peter McCormick and Gloria went on a site visit to see how another school does the milk carton recycling. Our Principal is committed to make this happen. We are awaiting the recycling containers.
Continuous Improvement School Letter:
Marcia explained the letter that went home to parents explaining students achievement. The letter was a form letter stating that parents could move their children to another school. Riverton, EECS and Lincoln are the schools identified as CIPS schools. This is our second year as a CIPS school. EECS for the past four years has not met academic expectations as measured by the Federal No Child Left Behind act. We are on a cycle of Continual Improvement (CIPS) where we receive extra funding for teacher training. Testing cycles have also changed where the testing take the tests in the beginning of 3rd grade. So second grade teachers are helping preparing children so they will be ready for the rigorous test in the beginning of the third grade. The goal is to offer targeted instruction to make sure kids have rigor and that they are challenged. We are settling in at EECS to make sure there are common expectations with goals and learning targets. EECS is looking to make sure we are doing all we can at every grade level. Moving to a national testing system in 2014. This year we are developing a plan to see some positive results.
Future repercussions of not meeting adequate yearly progress:
Marcia was at Reiche which was the first school identified as a CIPS school- and Reiche under Marcia’s leadership was able to make adequate yearly progress. If we are at the bottom 5% of schools in the state then you are in danger of closing.
In February’s PTO meeting – David Galen the districts Academic Officer will present the districts testing. There are four different tests in the school this year so he will explain what is happening.
Parents noted that with the increased testing it is important to integrate the arts.
If parents have any questions Marcia would love to hear from you! Please contact her!
Responsive classroom presentation by Melissa Roberts (second grade teacher)and Susan (first grade teacher)
- Responsive classroom is based on the book “How to teach children to care” Examines how the social emotional piece affects academic achievement.
- EECS has responsive classroom as one of the core tenants.
- There are ten guiding principles to responsive classroom.
- Over 2/3rds of the staff are training in at least the first level of responsive classroom.
- Melissa has been certified to teach teachers responsive classroom for the last three summers.
- The ten guiding principles were discussed and a handout outlining these ten was offered. Morning meeting example. @ 20 minutes. All classroom starts with morning meeting at EECS.
- Greeting and sharing. Puts power in the kids hands when they get to present to their classmates.
- Group activity is often a physical activity. An example is a chant- “I am going to Kentucky…”. Sometimes academic activity.
- Morning message announces the learning activity coming up.
- All school meetings mimic morning meeting model.
Parents want to know how they can volunteer. Marcia will get parents names to do so. A list will be made of how parents can help out.