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Jamestown School Committee Work Session: May 6, 2004


Cathy Kaiser, for receiving the Rhode Island Association of School Committee’s Howard Kay Award for outstanding school committee leadership.

• Jamestown teachers, by the Jamestown Town Council, which issued the following proclamation:

Whereas, the Town of Jamestown supports our teachers in their mission to educate the children of our community; and

Whereas, we recognize the important influence Jamestown teachers have on the future of our children and thus on the future of our community and our country; and

Whereas, Jamestown teachers strive daily to provide a healthy, challenging learning environment for our children; and

Whereas, Jamestown teachers are charged with the all-important task of ensuring that no child is left behind in our schools; and

Whereas, Jamestown teachers model life-long learning in their continuing commitment to professional development; and

Whereas, Jamestown teachers should be accorded high public esteem reflecting the value our community places on public education;

Therefore, we, the Town Council of Jamestown, Rhode Island, hereby proclaim May 2-8, 2004, Teacher Appreciation Week in Jamestown and urge all citizens to pay tribute to our teachers.

Key Work of School Boards:

Strategic Planning Documents: The committee agreed on the need for a "user-friendly" pamphlet outlining the goals and strategies of the Strategic Plan. Superintendent Katherine Sipala shared the example of a tri-fold brochure from Lincoln Public Schools that was produced inexpensively in-house.

Use of Rhode Island Foundation Grant Money: A RIF grant to the Southern RI Collaborative provides each SORICO district with funds to bring in a facilitator or speaker for a district-level session. Prompted by a request from Project Citizen students for a school-based teen center, the committee discussed holding a facilitated meeting with key stakeholders on the topic of extended day offerings. The goal would be to bring together town leadership, the Recreation Department, the Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, the Jamestown Education Foundation and other interested school and community parties to explore an extended day and discuss how to package it as a community.

Healthy Schools! Healthy Kids! Policy Discussion: The committee continued its discussion of a possible policy statement pertaining to Healthy Schools. While acknowledging that students’ eating habits are formed at home, the committee agreed that school, parent and community teamwork is essential to encourage students to make healthy food and physical activity choices. Mrs. Sipala and Mr. Filkins will attend the May 27 workshop "Food Safety Education and Policy Program for Schools," sponsored by the RI Cooperative Extension and Kids First.

The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on May 20. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.