October 2, 2008

Parent Council Meeting Minutes
October 2, 2008
6:30 pm
Multipurpose Room
Board members present: Bettina D (vice-chair), Lisa H. (secretary, leadership alternate), Sidney (Marcy family and community liaison); Julia Janousek (parent representative and Marcy Family Network facilitator)
Agenda:  Formal business to be followed by casual conversations ?about concerns and ideas parents have while getting to know others in our school community.
1. Principal/Assistant Principal’s Report (Bridget)
a.  PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)/Marcy PRIDE:  Continuing to work on this, identifying what’s working, what’s not; suspensions (9) since following policy; focusing on bus because many referrals happen there.
b.  SIP (School Improvement Plan): bringing SIP to Leadership Council for approval on Monday
c.  IFL (Institute for Learning)  Accountability:  principal is instructional leader.  Push for clear expectations and objectives; accountable talk; learning walks and wonderings.  A trained person walks through classroom and states “wonderings.”  There is a coach to help frame wonderings, e.g., “I’m curious about . . . .”  IFL goal is to make thinking audible and eventually put in writing.  Efforts not directed at individual teachers but at collecting wonderings throughout the building and identifying themes.
2.  Special Request
Sara Dotty:  Request for help paying for Dorothy Hoffman, former Curriculum &Instruction director, to work with staff, parents and students on connecting open school philosophy with IFL.  Total cost is $1000.
Several people spoke to valuable expertise and reputation of Dorothy Hoffman.
Action:  Will consider as special request with budget at November meeting
3.  Announcements
Board elections will be next month
Leadership meetings will be on 1st (5:15) and 3rd (3:15) Mondays
4. Other Items:
a.  Paul Thompson – Greening Our Schools presentation
Goal:  organize parents and staff to find leaders for Greening Our Schools
Paul needs to identify one parent and one staff volunteer leader by the end of October.
Potential Green Team goal is to work on SEE (Schools for Energy Efficiency) and involve students.  Green Team will meet at a regular time.
Job Description?  Paul will draft a job description and send to Sidney
Action:  Sidney will announce in Parent’s Press
Auditor will be contacting individuals who asked for an audit on Greening Our Schools forms submitted to Paul at the September meeting.
b.  Classroom Reps (Julia)
Rooms needing reps:  Joan, David, Polly, Dan, Teresa, Tefari, Jan and Rhonda
Formal business meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.?
Respectfully submitted, Lisa Hondros (serving as secretary)?