SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM – LAWN AVENUE SCHOOL
MINUTES- JULY 23RD, 2009
Attendees: Principal Kathy Almanzor, Jenn Clark, Ann Zainyeh, Theresa LeBlanc, Janet LaMantia and Lora DiMuccio
Thank you to Ms. Jenn Clark for serving as Co-Chair of SIT team. Also, recognition for her work and effort to align student report cards to a standard based document.
Introduction of new member.
Island Treasures – SIT will take up in September
Advisory – First advisory steering committee took place on 7/21/09. Incoming 5th graders will design a “wolf paw” tying in to school mascot. This advisory kick-off activity will include pictures of the students along with their advisory group (wolf pack). The School Improvement Team will receive advisory updates at monthly meetings.
Updates on advisory work will be included in the Warrior with a possible link on website.
An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a goal driven document that will be completed by students at different times throughout the year during advisory time. The advisor will facilitate this process.
The need to inform and clarify for parents the role of Advisory and the purpose of the ILP document was discussed.
Junior National Honor Society – work in progress – criteria for inclusion will need to be communicated to students and parents.
Excellence in Effort – Grades 7&8 (September) / Grades 5&6 – in discussion
Standard Based Grading System – Grades 5&6 – working on adding standards to report cards. Awaiting feedback from team teachers. Grades 7&8 – Standardized report card.
Benchmarks – Identifying Writing Benchmarks will be the focus at beginning of the year.
Challenging all students – Rigor and Relevance – Work from SIT will be included in district’s strategic plan. Ideas for informing parents/community include evening events, slides show, web page. Possible Oct./Nov. evening for informational night. A survey will be utilized to determine interest.
Classroom Visits – yearly basis – possible March date.
Kids Corner – Jamestown Press – Principal Almanzor will submit work on a rotating basis 5th through 8th grade. Student work will be published on the 2nd week of the month commencing October. Funding concerns will need to be discussed further.
VIE – Volunteer In Education – Ann will provide total count of parent volunteers. Coordination required in order to match parent/community member with teacher. Expertise journal to be sent out parents.
Discipline – Free Fridays – dates to be scheduled at first school faculty meeting. Emphasis on structured events. Students not participating will report to designated room/area.
3R pledge - To include grade 5 – community meeting during homeroom to discuss pledge. Students will take pledge in H.R. with volunteers assisting with project and hanging up of work.
Grade 5 – TIES – Tolerance…Integrity….Empathy will be the focus. Possible emphasis on the trait “empathy” to start the year.
Next SIT meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th at 3:30pm in the Lawn Avenue Library.