Scheduled SCC Meetings for 2016-17:
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm, Heartland Faculty Room
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm, Heartland Faculty Room
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm, Heartland Faculty Room
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm, Heartland Faculty Room
Minutes from SCC Meetings:
Heartland Elementary School Community Council
January 11th, 2017
Attendees: Andrea Robinson (Chair,) Shelly Davis (principal,) Marlane Forsyth (teacher,) Jenny Shirts (teacher specialist,) Stephanie Berg (parent,) Rebecca Simons (parent,) Janiece Atwood (Secretary-prepares minutes,) Christine Wright (parent)
Meeting Start Time: 5:50 p.m.
Meeting was scheduled at 5:30, however, not enough people had shown up and we had matters to vote on; luckily more showed up and we were able to start the meeting late, rather than re-schedule for next week.
Andrea emailed everyone on her list about this upcoming meeting, but got little response. She and Shelly discussed calling each member. If their number is disconnected, or they’re no longer at Heartland, or they don’t desire to be on the council, then we will be able to remove them from the list of members. With them officially on the list, and not participating or showing up, our ability to vote is affected.
Next year, we need to revise our Rules and have a set (minimal) number of members; as always, anyone is welcome to sit in on a meeting at any time without being a member.
We’ve had the same policy for years. 21 degrees (including wind chill) means it’s an inside-day. Also, days that are too wet (excessive rain or snow) will be an inside day. All approved to keep it the same.
90-Day Plan, 2nd Semester: Shelly
A handout of the 90-Day Plan was given to all. It has info on CFA’s, Planning for Small Instructional Cycles, and Collaborating to Increase Student Engagement in Learning.
Our main goal regarding the ‘Turn Around Program’ is sustainability. Regardless of what teachers or principal or administration we have, we need to keep that plan in action. Having Kaleb Yates leave Heartland was a perfect test, or example, of this; whoever is here needs to follow the plan we have in place. Nobody wants to see Heartland return to the ‘F’ grade level it was earning before. It has always been a great school, but there was room for improvement-there always is, in any school. We’ve come a long way, made great progress, and we need to continue in this direction. When she visited UVU last Fall, they were ‘pushed’ to make the bridge between the individual teams and get them all on the same plans using the same strategies.
Heartland Commitments (the non-negotiables) to the kids include lesson/action plan using small instructional cycles, daily schedule posted with objectives, weekly team data and planning notes/agenda, common formative assesments using INSPECT, effective and consistent management systems (CHAMPS/ETT,) effective and consistent CTC strategies.
S.N.A.P. (Student Neighborhood Access Program): Jenny
Heartland is considered a ‘walking’ school. Other than the Special Education students who bus in, everyone is considered in a close enough distance to walk to/from school. We received a map of our school’s boundaries, as well as detailed notes about the different safe-walking routes. There are basically 4 different routes that avoid heavy traffic areas as much as possible until students are able to cross with a crossing guard. Everyone, please review the notes. We have requested many concerns each year and they haven’t been fixed so far. Through discussion, there are approximately 4 areas she’ll ask for attention to, such as a painted crosswalk, orange flags, flashing lights, a crossing bridge, repair missing sidewalk, etc. In February, the city officials gather for this meeting and Jenny will submit our concerns/requests.
Miscellaneous Items we discussed:
Husky Awards: Jenny- Some parents and some of the faculty didn’t like our old program and yet, the kids were promised that this award would be something they could continue to earn each year. Some felt it should have to be earned at school, and others felt it should be earned at home. The requirements varied so much per grade and some felt it was confusing. We got ideas from a school in South Jordan and revised our program. Now it’s a great combination of items relating to the community, our school, and personal growth. Every grade has their own rubric that explains their personal goals so that it’s age/grade-appropriate, yet consistent with every student. If kids don’t earn the actual Husky Award, they’re still able to receive a lesser part(s) of this award, since there are 3 categories to work on. The new sheet was sent home right before Christmas break. All items concerning attendance and discipline (at school) is only counted January-June (the first part of the year is not looked at for this, so that everyone has a fresh start in January.)
West Jordan Middle School: Shelly- Last year somebody posted on Facebook that the 7th grade students at WJ Middle who came from Heartland had poor grades (specifically in Spanish, the dual-language students.) This concerned Shelly, so she requested the grades for the students from the principal at that school. It appears that our former students are doing very well with their grades, many averaging A’s and B’s, so she was relieved and content with the education we’re giving our kids!
Meeting Adjourned: 6:35 p.m.
Next SCC Meeting: Wed. March 8th, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(note: longer meeting than usual, we’ll be discussing Land Trust)