December 17th Board of Education Meeting

December 18, 2019

Six middle school students were recognized for their classroom achievements at the board meeting on Tuesday night. The 6th grade students were Elliott Freyman and Collin Peden, the 7th grade students were Nathan Mendiola, Cameron Eckert, and the 8th grade students were Steven Glew and Cooper Kent.

Middle school principal, Mr. Paul Wheeler, and middle school family engagement coordinator, Ms. Violeta Chinni, gave a presentation to the board on goals in the middle school for the year and the family resource center.

The goals they had for the year were to create a new building improvement plan, increase family engagement, and improve communication.

For academic improvement, they want to raise achievement scores for each tested area, improve current academic programs, increase depth of knowledge and raise expectations, and they have started the students on tracking their own grades and assignments.

For climate and culture (to make the school a place where people want to be), they have increased Leader in Me activities, established a family resource center, established a break room for students, and they have added more color to the building to make to make it more welcoming. The break room serves as a room for students to go to in order to calm down to hopefully avoid having to go to one of the principals’ offices.

For communication, they have created and sent out 7 newsletters so far this year, and they have utilized social media more, with multiple posts each day and lots of pictures going up.

To increase family engagement, they have created the family resource center and they hold “Coffee with the Principals” days, they have a parent teacher advisory council, and they are looking to increase volunteer opportunities.

The family resource center, headed up by Ms. Violeta Chinni, is located right inside the lobby doors to the left in the middle school. The room features bright blue walls, lots of decorations, and a kitchen table to make it more welcoming to those who come in.

The areas of focus that they have created for family engagement include: school communication, school events and activities, family involvement opportunities, family resources, and family education.

Different examples of school communication include news releases and announcements, social media and website updates, family newsletters, family home visits, teacher positive communication, and many other things. For school events and activities, there are open houses and orientation, guidance and IEP meetings, parent topic nights, academic events, athletic events, school functions and fundraisers, and social events and activities. Family resources available are family assistance request forms, clothing, hygiene & school supplies, directory of services, community connections, learning materials, job boards, meeting space, and other things. Family education includes parent topic nights, parenting news & eTips, parenting videos/books/brochures, Facebook live feeds, Lighthouse leadership trainings, community service events, etc. For involvement opportunities, there are student mentors, trip & dance chaperones, event volunteers, parent advisory council members, school culture ambassadors, Lighthouse leaders, athletic coaches & club advisors.

Also, at the meeting, the board held the first reading on the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The calendar is mostly set, and will be released when graduation is set. Right now, it is scheduled for June 6th, but the board is considering moving it to Sunday, May 31, 2021.

The next board meeting will be January 14, 2020 with an organizational meeting at 6:15 and the regular board meeting to follow at 6:30.

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