January 8, 2013 Minutes

MOPSC Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2013

Introductions of those present at the meeting.

Committee’s Sharing out information:

Michael – Climate Committee supports our SIP with strategies; supporting classrooms by focusing on how behavior relates to academic success.

Climate uses RC/DD time to model appropriate behaviors by teaching class rituals and routines. (Emphasizing Marcy P.R.I.D.E.)

Our school year theme of "Empathy" and monthly themes. January is "Determination" and February will be "Effort".
Climate Committee helps to support classrooms with activities and resources.

Rebecca Dosch-Brown– Applied for grant money to bring in resources for students around the theme of empathy and bullying prevention. They are hosting movie nights and hope to have lots of families and students here for this event. Also thinking of having a second night after the documentary at Crescent Moon restaurant with childcare at Edison.

Steven – Athletic Director - We currently offer 6 sports here at Marcy. There is a limit to the number of students that can be on the team but this is somewhat flexible. The district is working with the parks system to make sure that the seasons of the sports allow students to play for either or both. Minneapolis is one of the few districts that offers middle school athletics.

Is there a way to have intermural teams or sports clubs for those students who are interested but might not make the team? Can we have more opportunities for the kids who are interested?

Coaches worry about larger numbers and how to work effectively with the students on the team for the best outcome for all.

Steven and others can work with Rosemary to try and offer other sports opportunities through Community Education.

Tammy – Middle school students have approached Tammy on organizing a down hill ski trip. This would be for 7th and 8th grade students. We have many students who want to attend but might not have the funds for this. It will cost $800 for the two buses and $22 per students to ski. This would be at Afton Alps. Marcy used to do these 13 years ago. For every 10 students we get one free adult ticket. The hope is that all the students that want to go can go. There are 140 middle school students. With the bus it would be about $30 per kid and there is a lesson included for students who need this.

Tammy will get out the permission slips early so we can discuss how much is needed by the February 12th, MOPSC meeting.

Maria Rollinger – Responsive Classroom
3 basic human needs all human beings need – Significance, Fun, and Belonging. When we have our morning meetings we want to make sure that all these three needs are meet for all students.


The Seven Guiding Principles

The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. Seven principles guide this approach:

1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
2. How children learn is as important as what they learn: Process and content go hand in hand.
3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
4. To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
5. Knowing the children we teach – individually, culturally, and developmentally – is as important as knowing the content we teach.
6. Knowing the families of the children we teach and work with them as partners is essential to children’s education.
7. How the adults at school work together is a important as their individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.

10 Responsive Classroom Practices

1. Morning Meeting –
2. Rule Creation –
3. Interactive Modeling –
4. Positive Teacher Language –
5. Logical Consequences –
6. Guided Discovery –
7. Academic Choice –
8. Classroom Organization –
9. Working with Families –
10. Collaborative Problem Solving -