October Minutes 2017

KES School Governance Council

Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2017

 

I.  Roll Call

Members Present: Teresa Conowal, Hillary Mullinax, Dana Fowler, Will Baldwin, Amanda Sheffield, Jill Geraghty (and Megan Nason)

Members Absent: Andrea Grizzle

 

II.  Approval of June & August meeting minutes

            Motion by: Will Baldwin

            Second by: Amanda Sheffield

            # members voted in favor to approve: all

           

III.  Old Business

            Getting students involved in charitable initiatives at KES---School Council

            Ms. Mullinax shared the ideas that the KES Student Council has for charitable initiatives for the year:

                        October/November – Food drive

                        After Thanksgiving – Penny Wars

Each grade gets a jug; silver coins and bills take away from the total money; display in front hall where the fall display currently is; money will go to Shop with a Cop; need prize for the winning grade

                        Spring – Relay for Life support activities

 

IV.  New Business

Grade level and School-wide Behavior Rubrics

Dr. Nason and Ms. Fowler explained the implementation of schoolwide behavior rubrics; Ms. Fowler noted how successful they have been in 5th grade because the students do not want to be “on the rubric”; schoolwide success is evidenced in only two office referrals in Sept. 2017 versus 50+ in Sept. 2016.

 

How do we at KES identify and address Bullying

Dr. Nason gave an overview bullying and harassment identification protocol and procedural flow chart; Ms. Conowal, Dr. Nason, and Ms. Purdy attended a county training on preventing bullying facilitated by an attorney who deals with many bullying cases

 

Crisis Plan

A comprehensive crisis plan is in place for all elementary (and other) schools in Dawson County; the elementary school principals will be observing a mock crisis at the high school for training purposes; all KES teachers have a copy of the plan and school drills are ongoing; should the school be evacuated and students are not permitted to return to the building, the reunification location for KES is Harmony Baptist Church

 

Grade-level Field Trips

*3rd: Gold Mines (October)

*3rd & 5th grades: Musicals (December)

*1st: Burt’s Pumpkin Farm (Dec. 1)

*Ms. Fowler asked to for 5th: Wonder (matinee with other elementary schools)

 

Positive Office Referrals

KES is using positive office referrals to reward PAWS behavior and to build positive relationships, as well as to deter students from being “afraid they’re in trouble” any time they see Ms. Conowal or Dr. Nason or Ms. Purdy coming to talk to them; posted on bulletin board outside Ms. Conowal’s office.       

 

School Improvement Plan

Ms. Conowal shared the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and asked the SGC members to take time to review it before the next meeting.

Focus on reading with two primary goals: Improving student reading levels and developing interest in reading at the same time.

Ms. Conowal stated that the biggest issue at KES is reading across all grades.

The data wall will help throughout the year with “points in time” evaluation/status; MAP assessment will provide K-5 baselines on a common instrument; this will allow teachers to determine if the gap is widening or closing

New reading program is helping to motivate students to read by making it fun (prizes, etc.).

Students are enjoying having myON because they’re able to choose topics they want to read about.

GMAS sheet shows four achievement levels (minimum = proficient); Ms. Conowal emphasized that instruction should reflect daily expectation that students are getting what they need.

 

*What would the council like to know more about this year?

            Please contact Ms. Conowal or Dr. Nason with suggestions.           

                       

V.  Citizen Comments

            None  

 

VI.  Topics for January meeting:

*Data from Dawson County Quarterly Assessments

*Update on Reading Data

 

VII.  Adjournment

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