Albion School Community Council Meeting Summary
October 27, 2011, 4 – 6 pm
Members Present: Jodi Roberts, Michelle Flynn, Nancy Tingey, Paula Paulson, Sarah Weaver, Joanne Ackerman, Connietrue Simons, Courtney Roberts, Marianne Bates
Guests Present: Nicole Svee Magann, Neiko Gilgen
1. Approval of Minutes: Reviewed minutes of September 22, 2011. Motion to approve by N. Tingey second by J. Ackerman. Minutes approved.
2. Principal Update: Principal Ackerman followed up on some questions from the September meeting.
a. Money from Land Trust must be used for top needs identified. We can use BLT to identify school needs, as well as a constituent survey.
b. Concern about large reading classes. This has been addressed by using a 7th period for two small 7th grade remediation classes funded by Land Trust. Also using an aide to assist in entering class scores.
c. There was a question asking if class sizes bigger next year when we move back to the renovated Albion. J. Ackerman indicated that we are down about 120 students compared to last year and we would like to increase back to that number. The number of teachers will adjust based on the number of students enrolled.
d. Regarding the issue of students carrying around heavy backpacks between Albion and Butler – the teachers are minimizing the number of books that students need to keep.
e. Good news –Buses that drop off at Butler, are now coming down to Albion afterward so students who have 1st period at Albion don’t need to walk in bad weather at the beginning of the school day.
f. ACTION ITEM: J. Ackerman will follow up with transportation regarding a better drop off path for parents at the bus pick at old Albion.
3. Math Score Concerns – Neiko Gilgen, Math Department Chair responded to SCC questions.
a. Regarding drop in Albion CRT scores in math – from 87 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2011. CRT test based on old core, and Albion math department is teaching the new core for math. We expect that the CRTs will be revamped to match the new core, but will take some years.
b. Extra help in math is provided in a number of ways. Before school math tutoring is being paid by Land Trust funds. We have a Math aide paid by CSIP. Also focusing on Professional Development.
c. M. Bates reported that in first quarter, morning tutoring provided 96 sessions for 29 students. Students ranged from honors students to those in intervention as well as ESL students.
d. ACTION ITEM: N. Gilgen will look into an option of providing extra credit for students who attend a number of tutoring sessions. This could help increase the number of students taking advantage of this program.
e. Two period math for special ed, and less proficient students in 9th grade is seeing success. This quarter, lowest grade was a C. Same tests and assignments as regular classes.
f. ACTION ITEM: N. Gilgen will research some kind of parent friendly information on the common core. Differences from old to new and how that will affect each grade. Side by side comparison. Include benefits and reasons for the change. We will post on Albion website.
4. Albion Building Leadership Team (BLT) – Nicole Svee Magann, Assistant Principal. The BLT consists of all Albion Department Chairs. This is implemented by the District, but guided at the school level. The goal is to improve the learning experience. Using data. Helping teachers become better teachers.
a. BLT has recommended CSIP goals to SCC. The BLT is looking at scores and data. Develop goals and identify priorities. CSIP and land trust goals in sync and drive use of funds. (See attached list of goals)
b. BLT working on growing the engaged classroom; students reading, writing, speaking every five minutes. BLT training for all teachers on engagement. Set engagement goal for each teacher. Year long professional development – each Friday one teacher share an engagement strategy. Teachers are learning from each other and have ownership of the process.
5. ACTION ITEM: Share with parents that the last ten minutes of 7th period on Fridays are available for students to go to see other teachers.
6. ACTION ITEM: SCC members to review Goals and strategies from BLT and bring back comments for November meeting.
7. Brighton SCC Community forum. December 1 at 6 pm at Brighton. Inviting all feeder schools to meet with our three School Board members and Superintendent Doty. Topics – common core, grade reconfiguration, bond projects.
8. J. Ackerman motioned that we table agenda number five (SCC Bylaws) to our next meeting. SCC approved.
9. Adolescent Issue Night Nov. 3, 2011, 6:30 pm at Union Middle School. J. Ackerman distributed a flyer and invited SCC members to attend this event geared toward parents of middle school students. Topic is Learning About Adolescents with keynote speaker Richard Eyre.
10. Next Albion SCC meeting November 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm.
Albion School Community Council
Minutes for Nov. 17, 2011
4 p.m. Conference Room
Members present: Joanne Ackerman, Michelle Flynn, Nancy Tingey, Sarah Weaver, Connie Simons, Courtney Roberts, Marianne Bates
- 1.Minutes from the Oct. 27 meeting were read and approved.
- 2.Members talked about busing to Albion, including student safety at pickup/drop off locations.
- 3.Members talked about math test scores and discussed the math common core. Math teachers are willing to give extra credit for students who attend math tutoring.
- 4.Joanne Ackerman gave an update on the remodel of Albion Middle School. She said the majority of the classrooms have been framed and the insulation is being installed. "They are going to be ready for inspection starting in May. The last week of May we can start moving furniture into certain areas." The work is on schedule.
- 5.The Adolescent Issues Night, on Thursday Nov. 3, at Union Middle School, was well attended. Next meeting will be held in March at Eastmont.
- 6.Members of the Council were asked for input on the CSIP.
- 8.Discussion on terms of service on SCC. Members can serve three 2-year terms.
- 9.Members reviewed budget. C. Simons voiced concerns that it is hard to teach to English core curriculum without multiple classroom sets of some books. The council expressed support to purchase sets of specific books for classrooms. (This can be accomplished with $14,000 carryover from last year -- $10,000 of which will be saved for next year -- and $4,000 to go to the classroom books.)
10.C. Simons made a motion to purchase novel sets to support the new English Core Curriculum. Council anonymously approved the motion.
Next meeting will be held Jan. 26, 2012
ALBION MIDDLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL
JAN. 26, 2012, 4:00 PM, LIBRARY
Jodi Roberts_X___Nancy Tingey____X__ J. Ackerman____X_ Michelle Flynn__X
Paula Paulson______ N. SveeMagann___Sarah Weaver___Connietrue Simons_X__
R. Jimenez_____Lisa Dalgleish___Courtney Roberts_X__Marianne Bates___X_
- Meeting notes from Nov. 17 were approved.
- Remodel update—The building will be ready to have furniture moved in on May 11. Ms. Ackerman is meeting with Keith Bradford from the district to order equipment and furniture. The workers are painting right now, and the cabinetry is being shipped. The remodeled school will have 6 mobile computer labs with 20 computers in each lab.
- The extra reading class that was suggested at the last meeting is not possible. Ms. Corrigan says that, with the help of Wilma, she is able to take care of the reading classes. Ms. Simons reported that the ELA attended a text complexity meeting at the district today, and they will meet next week to propose novels. Ms. Ackerman suggested, and it was approved by the SCC, that all $14,000 be used for additional ELA novels to support the new Common Core curriculum in ELA.
- The district proposed cell tower fund sharing, so that all schools get a part of the money collected from schools in the district having cell towers. A committee will be meeting to work out the details, after there were concerns from several schools’ SCC members.
- Mark Thomas was approved as a new member of the SCC. The length of his term needs to be clarified.
- Ms. Magan is completing the final CSIP plan and will send it to the SCC for approval.
- Mrs. Bates reviewed the SCC mid-year report required by Utah Land Trust program. Ms. Ackerman suggested adding the meeting notes for the Jan. meeting to the mid-year report.
- Ms. Ackerman reported that the school will now be able to use state USTAR money to fund early-morning tutoring. This will be helpful because Land Trust money can then be used to fund the math aide (she was previously funded by CSIP funds which are no longer available).
- Ms. Ackerman requested, and it was approved by the SCC, to use $12,000 cell tower funding to help pay for an electronic marquee when we return to Albion. The PTA will provide an additional $12,000 through PTA funds and selling donation pavers. The location of the marquee will probably be moved for better visibility. Ms. Ackerman also requested, and it was approved by the SCC, to use $4,000 in cell tower money for a stained glass window which will be viewed from the Commons area. Student input will be solicited before the stain glass window is designed.
- The SCC will create bylaws to help the SCC have clear and consistent procedures for meetings, elections, etc. Bylaws will help define the organization and functions of the SCC so that the community better understand its role in the school. It will also help those parents who may be interested in participating in the SCC know what they are signing up for if they choose to become SCC committee members. Both Butler Middle and Brighton High have bylaws for their SCCs. SCC members will review examples of bylaws and send suggestions, changes, additions to Mrs. Tingey by February 10. She will create a document that will be presented at the next SCC meeting on February 16.
- Go to this website: http://www.boarddocs.com/ut/canyons/Board.nsf/Public
- Click on "Meetings" tab.
- Click on "January 17, 2012."
- Under the "Executive Study Session and Board Meeting," click on "View the Agenda."
- On the left-hand side of the page, click on "Middle School Class Schedule" under "2. Study Session."
- Under "Agenda Item Details," you can access the MP3 files of this portion of the meeting.
- Because the Land Trust Plan and Report must be submitted on March 30th, the SCC will hold an additional meeting on February 16th. Besides the programs now in place, additional use of the money might be technology (Alpha Smarts, iPads for teachers), other curriculum supports. Ms. Bates will send financial information about this year’s expenditures and costs of current programs to the SCC before the February meeting.
- Next meeting: Feb. 16, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Nathan Hunter was present representing the PTSA.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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)
- Mr. Jensen thanked the SCC for their fine work this year.