December 4, 2008 minutes

Parent Council Meeting

December 4, 2008


Title 1


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 hotline?

– Science Fair coaching


PBIS — Positive Behavior Interventions and Support


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.


Area B Meeting on January 15


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.


Fundraising Ideas

(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.



Meeting adjourned.