December 1, 2010

Parent Council Meeting Minutes
December 1, 2010
6:30 pm Media Center

Board members present: Julia Janousek (chair), Amy Orris (treasurer), Lisa Hondros (secretary)
Admin/staff present: Sidney Orchard (parent liaison); Rhonda Vopava-Geyette (5/6 teacher).

Agenda

1. Introductions

2. Principal’s Report (None)

3. Treasurer’s Report (Amy)

$75K in our checking account plus $20K in our savings account; Chinook Book sales twice what expected (profit of $500); magazine income came in as expected.

4. Leadership Report (Lisa)
Associate Supt. Erin Glynn (former Marcy principal) attended Leadership meeting for a Q&A; she is supportive of progressive education, teaching the “whole child” but noted as well that all teaching must be done within the framework required by No Child Left Behind law and Marcy’s current AYP status – third year of not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). In practice, this means keeping to the schedule with required numbers of minutes in Readers/Writers workshop and Math. Teachers are wondering how to fit student presentations into the schedule. The suggestion was made that students could perhaps present in small groups or during morning meeting. The schedule also has consequences for the amount of time students can be in band. Middle school students can only be pulled out of Social Studies and French.

At the same time that Marcy works to make AYP, the district also has hired consultants to evaluate the open magnet programs at Marcy, Barton and South High. This year they are visiting schools and look to see how the programs are “aligned.”
DISCUSSION: How can parents help? We need to ask teachers what parents can do. Elizabeth Hawley has created a survey to get feedback from families on the music program.

5. Parent Council Filing Requirements

a. Move to adopt Resolution #2010-002
Resolution #2010-002: Be it resolved that the Marcy Parent Council approves the content of the Charitable Organization Annual Report and all its attachments to be filed with the MN Attorney General’s Office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.
ACTION: Motion adopted unanimously
b. Move to adopt Resolution #2010-003
Resolution #2010-003: Be it resolved that Marcy Parent Council authorizes Treasurer Amy Orris to sign and file the Marcy Parent Council tax return for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.
ACTION: Motion adopted unanimously

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Holly Hatch Surisook and Lisa Hondros (serving as secretary)