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Albion School Community Council Minutes

May 21, 2024

Albion Media Center, 4:00pm


Members Present: Mr. Eric Gardner, Ms. Amanda Parker, Ms. Bailee Monteiro, Ms. Stephanie Nasser, Ms. Reagan Jewell, Kim Steenblik, Ashley Anderson, Rachel Bills, Cristina Cook, Anna Evensen, Stephanie Lewis,  Pat Passey, Jessica Pohlman, Michelle Schmidt, Lindsey Tait, and Kevin Taylor

Excused: Emily Decker     Absent: Wes Novack




Call to Order: Kim Steenblik, SCC Chairman

Motion to approve agenda: Kevin T., 2nd Anna E.  Passed

Motion to approve minutes: Michelle S., 2nd Ashley A.  Passed



SCC Business: Members of Albion SCC able to serve in the 2024-25 school year include: Ashley Anderson, Rachel Bills, Cristina Cook, Emily Decker, Anna Evensen, Stephanie Lewis, Pat Passey, Jessica Pohlman, Kim Steenblik and Lindsey Tait.



Principal’s Report:

  1. Amanda Parker reported on Albion’s Safe Walking Routes map. The area of significant concern is along Little Cottonwood Road where no sidewalk exists. It was noted that a district bus serves the 6th graders attending Albion. Possibly we could petition for the 7th and 8th graders to be allowed on that bus as long as space exists.
  2. Principal Gardner reported on the “no tardies” incentives offered to students in April. 647 students had zero tardies and received an early lunch pass. A total of 847 students qualified for the treats table with two or fewer tardies. This was an improvement of 150 fewer students being tardy than in previous months.
  3. Principal Gardner referred to a handout on Albion’s Year-end testing.

In Reading 80% of our students scored proficient or higher. This was Albion’s highest score ever and put Albion above all the other district middle schools. In Mathematics Albion’s score of 68% was also the highest middle school in the district and showed the greatest growth with 169 from fall to spring. In summary, Albion met our goals and we show an upward trajectory. We are proud of Albion’s teachers and students for all their hard work.

  1. Gardner said the staff credits this progress to team collaboration meetings every Friday and part of the faculty attending motivating conferences over the summer. Science teachers will be going to training in Chicago this summer while Social Studies teachers will be going to Boston.
  2. Albion faculty members across departments are excited to focus on the All Community Read for next year. Daniel Nayeri’s Newberry Honor Award book, The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams is the book chosen. Mr. Nayeri will be at Albion March 10 and 11 of 2025 to meet with students and discuss this book, plus cook up a few treats. In the future this book will become part of Albion’s 6th grade curriculum.


Counselor Report:

  • Counselors are working on making smooth transitions for 5th graders entering our school, as well as for 8th graders moving on to Brighton.
  • Albion’s plans for the final days of school were reviewed with the objective of having students here, in school, until the last day.
  • Albion will have some updates over the summer, adding a science classroom, a workout room by the gym and updating the faculty room.
  • Kim expressed gratitude to everyone who has served on the Albion SCC for the 2023-24 year.
  • Motion to adjourn at 5:10 pm by Rachel Bills, 2nd Stephanie Lewis, Passed.
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