Parent Council Meeting
December 4, 2008
Marcy has 44% students
qualifying for free and reduced lunch and therefore gets 5% of the school
budget from Title 1 funds. Part of the Title 1 requirement is that the school
has a meeting soliciting family input.
Some of the ways we use the
Title 1 funds: Bilingual program assistant, additional funds for our social
worker, associate educators, parent liaison, instructional supplies,
As part of outreach to
families there was a Somali parent meeting
to help families navigate Marcy. There was a great turnout of about 20 parents.
The school compact is also
part of the Title 1 requirements
Ideas for more outreach:
– Math homework help, maybe a
– Science Fair coaching
The idea of this program is
to treat behavior like a core subject, a discipline that students can learn,
just like math and reading. The district sent a team that interviewed staff and
students and found that there were no consistent behavior expectations. To
address this, Marcy came up with the PRIDE program, which stands for Peace,
Respect, Inclusion, Determination, and Effort which oulines the building-wide
consistent behavior expectations. The goal is that 80% of the students can meet
the expectations. Marcy is now at 87% students meeting expectations!
Part of the program is to
acknowledge each other and celebrate the successes. Every student should have a
chance to feel successful.
The Area B meeting will be
held at Marcy on Thursday, January 15. Everyone is welcome to attend. Kate
proposed to invite Marianne Norris, Area Superintendent of Elementary
Education, to talk about elementary reforms and to invite new school board candidates.
Discussion about what snacks to serve.
Because of the Area B meeting
in January 15, the January 8 Parent Council meeting will be a board meeting
focusing on business, open to anyone who wants to attend.
(Katherine and Laura)
One idea is to partner with a
restaurant that is willing to donate a percent of sales to the school. Pizza
Luce downtown was suggested. Details to be determined.
Another suggestion was to try
a read-a-thon as a fund raiser. This idea will be discussed further at the next
meeting, It could coincide with National Reading Month.
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