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May 21, 2015--Meeting Summary

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Albion Middle School Community Council

May 21, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Library

Attending: Darrell Jensen, Scott Jameson, Marianne Bates, Matt Erdmans, Stanton Akana, Mindy Timothy, Jordan Lynn, Monica Carlson, Kristin Messenger, Rene Hunter, Nathan Hunter, Richard Zito, Cheryl Simmons, Lisa Anderson, Mila Gleason.

  1. Minutes of last month’s meeting were sent out by email to be approved. Lisa Anderson made a motion that they be approved, and Rene Hunter seconded the motion.
  2. Mr. Jensen reported that our Land Trust Plan was submitted and was well written, but the Board would like schools to use data from 2015 rather than 2014.   The 2015 results will be the baseline and the percent of improvement will remain the same. The SCC unanimously approved to make this change.   Mr. Jensen also noted that Ms. Timothy is Albion’s Teacher of the Year.
  3. Mr. Jensen expressed appreciation for Teacher Appreciation Week activities.   The PTA provided several meals, a soft drink machine for the week, and gift cards for the faculty and staff. Teachers said that it was the best Teacher Appreciation Week ever!
  4. Nathan Hunter was present representing the PTSA.
  5. Mr. Jensen reviewed important dates coming up:
  • May 26th to ?—SAGE make-up testing
  • May 28th—Locker clean out, retirement reception for Terri Walton
  • June 1st—Knight of the Tri
  • June 3rd—Awards assembly
  • June 4th—Lagoon day, activities for 6th and 7th graders in the afternoon
  • June 5th—7th and 8th grade only
  • Aug. 18th—6th grade ½ day
  • Aug. 19th—everyone back to school
  1. Monica Carlson reported that Brighton Area Scheduling has started. Assemblies at Brighton were well attended by parents and students.   The master schedule is complete, and the counselors are currently working on resolving conflicts.
  2. Kristen Messenger brought up that students are playing games on cell phones when they are finished early in class rather than being involved in other activities. She brought a list of academically relevant activities that could be used as buffer activities for those who finish early. Mr. Jensen noted that enrichment activities are going to be added to classes next year.
  3. Mr. Jensen talked about the rotation that will be made in CTE classes next year. Students will rotate among FACS (Ms. Brown), Woodshop, and Engineering /Business (Ms. Valencia).
  4. We are 100% staffed for next year. Those leaving are:
  • Ben Poulsen—hired by CTEC
  • Carlie Allred—moving and staying home with children
  • Kristin Gonzales—staying home with children
  • Matt Erdmans—moving to Oregon
  • Terri Walton—retiring
  • Stanton Akana—teaching in Heber (closer to his home)
  • Ryan Durant—administrative intern at Jordan High
  • Monica Carlson—going to SL School District (closer to her home)
  1. Mr. Jensen thanked the SCC for their fine work this year.

March 19, 2015--Minutes

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Albion Middle School Community Council Meeting

March 19, 2015, 4:00, Albion Library

Attending: Mr. Jensen, Mr. Akana, Ms. Lynn, Ms. Timothy, Ms. Carlson, Ms. Bates, Jenifer Johnson, Lisa Anderson, Rene Hunter, Kristen Messenger, Richard Zito.

  • Minutes of the previous meeting reviewed and approved. Jordan Lynn made the motion and Jen Johnson seconded it.
  • Monica Carlson explained that the counselors have been teaching 7th graders the guidance curriculum.   College Spirit Day is tomorrow. The counselors are in the middle of next year’s registration—checking over the registration cards for errors. Albion’s current enrollment for next year is about 900.   2 interns are currently helping in the counseling center. Cathy Nelson will be back the beginning of May. Monica Carlson has been amazing keeping things going while Cathy is gone.
  • No Student SCC members were present to report.
  • Officers have been nominated for the new PTA Board. There has been more involvement this year in PTA. Volunteers helped with the musical and other activities. Mr. Jameson thanked the PTSA for being so proactive. They have done a great job this year!
    • District will provide links to explain words such “opportunities to respond” in the document
    • SET is School Evaluation Tool
    • For the Citizenship U-Knighted focus, there will be a “Team of the Tri” for the Team that has the highest academic achievement. At the present time about 30 students are not assigned specifically to one team because of their schedules.
    • This plan is much like last year’s plan. Some of the salaries, like Lego League, will not be paid until the end of the year
    • “Knight of the Day” is a daily recognition of students at Albion who are achieving in different ways
    • Some of the aides have been able to work more than 17 hours a week because of left-over funding from last year
    • Parents suggested that after-school tutoring or calling tutoring “Math Club” might improve attendance
    • Correction of using Land Trust funds for 2 library aides. Funding is for 1 library aide.
    • 6th grade math SAGE scores might be lower because of students adjusting to middle school, increased rigor in 6th grade math from elementary, and need to better align curriculum with the new math standards
    • Extra Land Trust money helps to upgrade and purchase technology. The school used technology, equipment, and Land Trust money as well as money donated by the PTA to upgrade computer labs last summer.
  • The Land Trust Plan and Report was approved by all 11 members of the SCC that were present. Jen Johnson made a motion to approve the Plan and Mindy Timothy seconded the motion.
  • Next meeting: April 16, 2015