January 18, 2018
In Attendance: C. Sinanan, N. Streim, M. Verdiner, M. Kelly, M. Cornell, J., L. Kindred, K. Kefgen, M. Sarabia, S. Glover, E. M. Reveron, J. Silverman, D. Brown
Guests: Clayton (District 5 family leadership coordinator)
Ernest Clayton District 5
Welcome to our visitor from district 5 who is a family leadership coordinator
Sitting in to observe meeting
Review of minutes
Mr. Colwell is back. Students/staff are very excited, and physical education will resume.
PA gave a grant for Studio in the Schools. Four classes will participate. K-1 classes will end their studio in the schools and 2nd and 3rd grade classes will
Program will target students with accelerated learners, or students who show grit and persistence. They challenge scholars to in subject areas such as math, in building a common language. They provide opportunities for programs and after-school. They help provide If partnership is offered it will be available to 6th graders. Possibly also 5th grade students who are staying for middle school
YES CEO talked about possibly partnering program with teachers of the school. Teachers.
20 students will be selected to be in this year’s cohort (within the district 5 schools that participate in program)
If we continue with partnership the a students will be supported into adulthood.
If we continue with the partnership, every year students will have the opportunity to be selected.
After-school programming, limited budget. 2 hours, 1 hour of ELA and 1 hour of Math on Tuesdays and Thursday.
Departmentalized based on teachers. One teacher will teach two groups of students in one subject area.
62 total students signed up thus far.
Joint hearing reflections
Pleasant experience, parents were grateful but shared next steps and things that they need. Superintendent Rux took notes.
Next step is PEP
Follow up of parent grade 6 meeting
Ms. Glover shared experience: Staff was very nice. Presentation was professional, provided facts about data regarding student grades. Ex. students may be failing for not turning in homework
Provided statistics of 10 non specialized schools, and the criteria for acceptance.
If unacceptable behaviors continue this will lead to extreme consequences.
Follow up from superintendent's visit
Superintendent Rux suggested using RULER as a program
RULER is an acronym that stands for Recognizing, understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions.
Students recite a few poems in the morning, kids led meditation. They used mood meter to identify feelings.
Kids said mantra “May i feel happy in my mind” “Think of someone you love” “Think of someone you have a difficult time with and
Ms. Verdiner visited classrooms to see Morning Meeting. Kids lead activities.
Program is in place for 4 years in Thurgood Marshall and has seen progress.
Second Steps is character curriculum, PBIS
Expensive program (about $6000 per school for 3 participates), but is doable. We can possibly partner with Thurgood Marshall academy (TMA)
Ask Parent Coordinator of TMA to do a workshop for parents at our school on how to use RULER at home
Meeting with Superintendent Rux
Concern about being split school
Need for counselor
Possible support for RULER
We may have an influx of students from closing schools, how will this affect TCCS
Talked about startup fund
When you start a new school you get a projected start up fund.
Budget will include furniture for Lower school
List of what we expect to get
Office staff for both staff
Middle school enrollment
300 applicants between district 5 &6 for TCCS
Siblings do not get preference to middle school if an older sibling is in the Middle school
District 5: 15% ranked us as 1st choice
District wide average of 24% as 1st choice
Ranked within top 3 choice for district: 46%
Right now we are not a top ranked school based on these numbers
Looking at benchmark, to see where we are in meeting our goals.
Possible Program: Wait til 8
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.
Safety themes throughout the grades, fire safety, city safety, cyber safety, etc.
Diedra: Complaints from parents in lower grades to CB9 about bullying and other concerns such as overheating.
Youth safety curriculum from DA office