School Council Meeting Minutes

School Council Minutes

2/11/2010

Attendance:

Joseph Connelly, Suzanne Stern, Jim Stoddard, Judy Katz, George Sopel, Amy Hummel, Danielle Halwick, Rebecca Kemp, Teresa Gallo-Toth

Dr. Connelly opened the meeting by welcoming the newly elected council member, Amy Hummel, to her first meeting. He also welcomed Judy Katz, a Runkle School neighbor, who has agreed to serve as our Community Representative.

  • Election of Officers

It was agreed to table this item until the March Meeting when all members would be present.

  • Update on Runkle School Building Project

Dr. Connelly disseminated a tentative floor plan design for Old Lincoln School and a time chart of projected starting and ending time of school buses for next year. A brief discussion took place involving these issues. A concern was raised about the use of double bus runs causing some students’ bus pick-up times to be as early as 7:05AM. The need for a parent information night on the Runkle School project to provide parents with accurate information was expressed. It was felt that recent attention involving abutter resistance to the current approved design may be causing confusion about the status of the project. Tentative date for this meeting is March 10, 2010.

  • Responsive Classroom

Teresa Gallo-Toth briefed the School Council on current Responsive Classroom activities. Dr. Connelly reported the Grade 7 and 8 Teachers had agreed to use the 2010/2011 school year to study “Developmental Designs,” the upper grade component of Responsive Classroom.

  • School Council Website

Jim Stoddard reported School Council agendas and minutes were now up-to-date and posted on the School Council website.

  • 2009/2010 SIP Midyear Progress Report

We have expanded our MCAS Boost program to now encompass grades 4, 5, and 6. Runkle Achievement Program continues as a means of establishing connections with students in need; in addition, K2K (Kids-to-Kids) is a student-based program where older students read and play games with younger students in need.

Runkle Tardy Policy has been updated and is showing promising results in dealing with chronic issues of tardiness at the upper levels.

Greater academic online presence – new 6-8 Math curriculum (Impact Math) has big online component; many websites managed by Jenny Murphy for Math and other subjects K-8.

  • Future Meeting Dates

The following dates were identified for the remaining four months:

Tuesday, April 6, 4-6PM

Wednesday, April 28, 4-6PM

Wednesday, May 5 (if needed), 4-6PM

Monday, June 3 , 4-6PM


School Council Minutes
12/21/09

4:00 pm

Attendance:

Joseph Connelly, Danielle Halwick,  Ben Chang, Rebecca Kemp, Kayla Myerson, Jennifer Shapiro, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Jim Stoddard, Suzanne Stern, George Sopel, Kate Hollander (Guest)

Dr. Connelly opened the meeting at 4:00PM by distributing the 12/21/09 meeting packets. Jim Stoddard moved the minutes of the 11/19/09 be approved with one correction: under item #3 Michelle Bernstein’s name changed to Teresa Gallo-Toth. Jennifer Shapiro seconded motion passed 9-0.

  1. Grade 7/8 Winter Play.

Kate Hollander briefed the council on the upcoming winter play. This year the grade 7 and 8 students will perform “Inherit the Wind” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. This year the performances will be held on Thursday February 4th at 7:30PM, Friday February 5th at 8PM, Saturday February 6th at 7:30PM and Monday February 8th at B.H.S. The cost to participate is $15.00 which helps cover production costs. Kate indicated the rehearsal schedule was very demanding during the months of December and January. Kate also indicated all grade 7 and 8 students who express interest in participating in the play get involved either as members of the cast or as vital behind the scenes helpers.

  1. Home/School Communications

Dr. Connelly briefed the council on a recent misuse of the School Directory. He indicated the Directory was meant to be used for Runkle Parent personal use, and the information contained in the directory is not to be disseminated and used for any other purpose. Effective with the 2010/2011 School Year, the PTO has agreed to publish the School Handbook and School Directory separately so that the Handbook would be available for school wide dissemination the first week of school. The School Directory will be published in late fall once all student enrollment information is official. The Directory will also include a “Use Statement” which will explain how it is to be used by the parents.

  1. Update on Old Lincoln School

After a brief update on how transition planning was going it was agreed that a Parent-Information Night should be planned so that parents will be provided with an accurate update on all Runkle School Building Project issues. This meeting should be held in late January/early February at the latest.

Dr. Connelly reported that Mark Lowenstein (Runkle Parent) and Mary Murphy (Brookline Public Schools Transportation Clerk) were working on preliminary bus routes. Dr. Connelly hoped to have preliminary bus routes ready for review and for identification of most appropriate bus stops by early January 2010.

  1. 2010 School Council Elections

Letter to P.T.O. requesting their coordination of this year’s School Council Elections was reviewed. It was confirmed that we had two (2) parent 3 year term vacancies and one (1) community representative vacancy. It was hoped that the nomination of candidates and actual election of council members could take place during the month of January so that new members could attend the February meeting.

  1. Update Runkle School Principalship Search

Ben Chang updated the School Council on the “fast track” search process that Superintendent Lupini had recommended and sought approval to use. Ben indicated that Dr. Lupini had met with the Runkle Staff and with current parents holding leadership positions to explain his rationale. Ben indicated that Dr. Lupini hoped to have finalists selected by early January. A small group of highly qualified candidates would be interviewed by a broad-based committee of Runkle parents, teachers, School Administrators, and School Committee Members. This group would identify finalists for Dr. Lupini’s consideration.

  1. Other

Dr. Connelly disseminated a timeline for the creation of the 2010-2011 School Improvement Plans. This timeline called for each School Council to work on 2009/2010 goals through their February meetings. March and April meetings should be dedicated to the creation of Draft SIP plans to be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools for approval on or before May 24, 2010.

  1. Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 5:45PM.


School Council Minutes

11/19/09

4:00 pm

Attendance:

Joseph Connelly, Rosemary McElroy, Ben Chang, Jennifer Shapiro, George Sopel,  Rebecca Kemp, Suzanne Stern, Michelle Bernstein, Teresa Gallo-Toth,  Jim Stoddard, Danielle Halwick

Dr. Connelly reported newly appointed teacher representative Kayla Myerson was unable to attend due to a graduate course conflict.  She hopes to begin attending all meetings in December 2009.

  1. Runkle School Building Project Update.

Dr. Connelly reported the Runkle School Bld. Project appropriation of $29,100.000 passed by unanimous vote at the Special Town Mtg. held on Tuesday Nov. 17, 2009.  He thanks all the parents for their strong support and presentations at Town Meeting.

It was also reported over the next three months the Runkle project will go before the Brookline Planning Board and The Board of Appeals as the permitting process is completed.  A strong representation of parents at these upcoming meetings would be helpful in promoting the need for this Bld. Project.

  1. Old Lincoln School Planning Update.

Dr. Connelly disseminated draft copies of the proposed Runkle School “Floor Plan” for The Old Lincoln School.  He indicated the “plans” acceptance was contingent on build-cut costs not exceeding $50,000 and the ability of some exsisting spaces to be redesigned.  In particular Room 107 needs a dividing wall removed and Rooms 308 and 208 need walls constructed.  It was  also highlighted the current building use proposal called for the Old Lincoln School Auditorium to be divided into three major areas to house the Library, Computer Lab and teacher work area.

Dr. Connelly also updated the council on the status of Runkle School Bus Routes. He indicated Mary Murphy and Mark Lowenstein were developing preliminary bus routes to be reviewed by a parent “Bus Route” subcommittee in early January.

Everyone agreed a special Parent meeting to discuss all aspects of the Old Lincoln School move should be planned for a January/February 2010 time frame.

  1. Circle of Power and Respect Grades 7/8 (Responsive Classroom Initiative).

Danielle Halwick and Michelle Bernstein briefed the School Council on Responsive Classroom implementation progress in grades K-6.  They also spoke briefly on a newly developed program that would allow Responsive Classroom initiatives to be expanded into grades 7 and 8.

After a brief discussion, everyone supported discussing the continuation and adaption of RC with the grade 7/8 Runkle Teaching Staff.

  1. Runkle School Principalship Search.

Ben Chang, Rosemary McElroy and Jenn Shapiro discussed and reviewed a meeting they had with Supt. Of Schools Dr. Lupini.  Everyone supported The Supt. Of Schools proposal of initially attempting to finalize the Runkle School Principalship Search by only interviewing highly qualified select candidates as identified by Dr. Lupini.  It was Dr. Lupini’s goal to complete the search for a new principal for Runkle School and Lincoln School before other competing school systems had initiated their elementary/middleschool principalship searches.  In this way Brookline would have access to a very strong pool of candidates.

Ben Chang reported Dr. Lupini hoped to complete the search for a permanent Runkle School Principal by early January at the latest.

  1. Staff Issue Update.

Dr. Connelly reported on second grade teacher Marcy Bienen’s medical condition and her need to be on an extended leave. Suggested strategies for informing the parents and providing coverage were discussed.

  1. 2010 School Council Elections

After reviewing the current term status of each member it was agreed the Runkle PTO would be requested to coordinate All-School elections to fill two three year parent representative terms.  One to replace Michael Noble and one to fill the expired term of Jennifer Shapiro.  It was  also noted the Runkle School Council had a vacant Community Representative position.

The meeting was adjorned at 5:45PM


School Council Minutes

10/21/09

4:00 PM

Attendance:

Joseph Connelly, Ben Chang, George Sopel, Susanne Stern, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Danielle Halwick, Jim Stoddard

  1. Appointment of New Teacher Representatives

After a brief discussion it was agreed that grade six, Science/Social Studies Teacher, Kayla Myerson, would replace Maxine Hunter on the School Council. The School Council Membership also strongly supported appointing Rebecca Kemp as a Teacher Representative. It was felt her role as a special education teacher at Runkle School would add much to the School Council. The need to balance the parent/teacher membership could be adjusted at the January 2010 School Council Membership elections. Both teachers will be invited to attend the November 19, 2009 Meeting.

  1. Resignation/ Replacement Michael Noble

It was decided to wait until the January 2010 elections to replace Michael’s vacant position.

Ben Chang volunteered to serve as Co-Chairman of the Runkle School Council until new officers are appointed following the January 2010 elections.

  1. Review and Discussion of 2009/2010 Goals

Joe Connelly disseminated copies of the 2009/2010 School Improvement Plan. Jim Stoddard, Danielle Halwick and Joe Connelly reported on the current status of each goal. Jim Stoddard indicated the new grade 6-8 Math program “Impact Math” had been implemented. Jenny Murphy was serving as the Lead Teacher for the Critical Friend Group (CFG). Marian Voros had replaced Deanne Dixon as the Coordinator of the Child Study Team (CST). Danielle Halwick gave a brief update on Responsive Classroom.

Joe Connelly and Jim Stoddard addressed efforts being made to improve student tardiness. They indicated this years Student Handbook will contain revised consequences for repeated unexcused tardiness. This included parent phone calls after the third unexcused tardy, and assignment of detention after six unexcused tardies. Only students in grades 6-8 would be held responsible for being on time for school. Issues of tardiness with students in grades K-5 would be addressed by contacting parents and guardians.

Joe Connelly disseminated copies of a Runkle School Building Project Summary (Essential Points) which had been prepared for the Brookline Finance and Advisory Committee.

Joe Connelly also reviewed the current states of the pending School Renovation Project. School Council members suggested the following names of parents to contact to serve on a Bus Route Development Sub Committee:

Tim Reed

Mike Lowenstein

Rosemary McElroy

Julie Heuberger

Discussion then centered on how best to prepare for the November 17, 2009 Town Meeting which included an article to appropriate the 29.1 million dollars to fund the Runkle School renovation/ new construction project. Ideas generated included hosting an online tour of the existing Runkle School to highlight existing deficiencies and/or inviting a TAB reporter to conduct a tour with photos for a newspaper article. Direct contact with a Town Meeting Representatives was also encouraged to help inform them of the need for this school building project to be supported.

Next Meeting Date: Thursday November 1, 2009 4:00 PM


School Council Minutes

9/24/09

Meeting called to order by J. Connelly at 4:10 PM

Attendance: Joseph Connelly, , Ben Chang, George Sopel, Susanne Stern, Jennifer Shapiro, Michelle Bernstein, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Danielle Halwick, Jim Stoddard

Michael Noble – Absent, Rosemary McElroy-Absent

Maxine Hunter- No longer a member

Dr. Connelly began the meeting by introducing the following new teaching staff:

Hannah Kimball Gr.2

Stephanie Convicer Gr.4

Kayla Myerson Gr. 6 Science/S.S.

Cathy Stahl PDD Sped Teacher

Julie Spector Sped Bldg. Facilitation

All teachers were present. Each had an opportunity to make a few brief comments.

  1. Future Mtg. Dates

After a brief discussion the following dates were confirmed for meetings to be held September 2009 through January 2010. It was felt a decision on School Council Mtg. dates to be held the second half of the school year should wait until after School Council elections.

Dates approved

September 24 4:00 PM (Thursday)

October 21 4:00 PM (Wednesday)

November 19 (Thursday)

December 14 (Monday)

January 14 (Thursday)

  1. Jim Stoddard presented a slide presentation summarizing 2009 MCAS results for Brookline and the Runkle School which was followed by an open discussion. Everyone expressed their satisfaction with the overall student performance and growth that had occurred at all grade levels.
  2. Dr. Connelly presented an update on the Runkle School Building Project. He indicated the finalized Schematic Drawings had been submitted to MSBA. It was expected a formal vote on the scope and budget of the prepared Runkle School project would be voted on by the MSBA. Runkle School Building Committee on September 30, 2009. The third of three public meetings was scheduled for 7:00 PM Sept. 30, 2009. At this meeting the Design Partnership Design Team and members of the School Building Committee would present a detailed review and update on all aspects of the Runkle School Building Project. This meeting is planned as an informational meeting.
  3. Dr. Connelly presented a school opening report. He indicated the Runkle School had experienced a very smooth and positive school opening preK-8 enrollments were reviewed and discussed.
  4. It was agreed a review of the SID plan and 2009/2010 School Council goals would be reviewed and discussed at the Oct 21, 2009 meeting.
  5. Public Comment

The make-up of the Runkle School Council was briefly discussed.

It was acknowledged we currently had two vacancies, namely a teacher representative to replace Maxine Hunter and an unfilled community representative position. Dr. Connelly reported to date he had received one teacher offer to replace Maxine Hunter. The teacher was a special education teacher who was currently working the primary grades. Many council members expressed their desire to replace Maxine Hunter with an upper grade teacher or to explore increasing the teacher representation on school council to allow both teachers to serve. All members felt it would be beneficial to have a teacher with special education experience on the council as well. Kayla Myerson grade six teacher who replaced Maxine Hunter offered to serve as Maxine’s replacement on the School Council. The School Council will take official action at the Oct. 21st meeting to fill these vacancies.


School Council Minutes

1/8/09

(approved unanimously on 2/9/09)

Please note: Date and time change for our next meeting:

March 5th from 3:30 – 6:30 in the Runkle Library

Present:

Jen Shapiro and David Summergrad – Co-Chairs

Rosemary McElroy, David Godes, Mike Noble, Ben Chang, Danielle Halwick, Maxine Hunter, Jim Stoddard, Teresa Gallo-Toth

Absent: Michelle Bernstein

1) Opportunity for the Public to Speak – no one present

2) Minutes from December 11th – approved unanimously – sent to Jenny Murphy to post, along with the corrected list of SC members

3) Elections are coming in January: Jen Shapiro’s term is up, as is the seat vacated by Tom Reed (PTO runs the elections)

4) Facility Update: the MSBA has selected Design Partnership of Cambridge as the design architect for the Runkle Project. Check them out online at:

http://www.design-partnership.com/ (http://www NULL.design-partnership NULL.com/)

  • Once the contract with DPC is signed we expect to begin the design process in February. There will be a number of meetings this winter to gather input into the design from all the various stakeholders.
  • We expect that the Runkle School will re-locate to the Old Lincoln School in June 2010, to be there for the 2010 – 2011 school year and probably the following year as well.

5) Responsive Classroom update:

  • Teresa and Danielle spoke about the status of the training
  • (all teachers in grades K-4 and grade 6 have had the training)
  • grade 5 to be trained this summer
  • most specialists had the 1-day overview
  • we have reached the critical mass of teachers trained in the building
  • Future training needs: grade 5 teachers, more specialists, paraprofessionals,
  • substitutes, lunch and office staff, new staff who are hired
  • we have a professional development learning strand (2nd year) that focuses on RC

Becoming an RC school is a 3 to 5 year process – the big challenge:

  • reaching the common spaces; changing the culture
  • early data has suggested that we are seeing fewer office referrals
  • parent component: plan for a speaker who can help parents learn what RC has to offer: “Make RC Work for You”
  • Other ideas to help parents learn about RC
  • Piggy-back on other events like “Snuggle and Read”
  • Invite each parent to a morning meeting
  • Pass out the “Cliff Notes” at the 15-minute fall conferences
  • Present more about RC at kindergarten welcome night

6) Planning for the SIP process

  • (the AYP addendum is done)
  • We received the documents the town sent out to help with the SIP:
  • Timeline
  • Sample template
  • System-wide goals and strategies

Book recommendation: The Power of Words

Still to come:

  • RC “Cliff Notes” (from Teresa and Danielle)
  • Planning an RC evening for parents
  • Future item: Wellness ideas:
  • February 12th meeting – go over the needs of the SIP
  • March 5th meeting – “pour in” the content
  • April 9th – revise and update
  • May 14th – draft feedback from Julie Hackett
  • May 28th, 7:30 am: SIP Presentation


School Council Minutes

12/11/08

Present: Jen Shapiro and David Summergrad – Co-Chairs

Rosemary McElroy, David Godes, Mike Noble, Danielle Halwick, Maxine Hunter, Jim Stoddard, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Michelle Bernstein

Absent: Ben Chang

1) Opportunity for the Public to Speak – no one present

2) Minutes from November 13th approved unanimously – being sent to Jenny Murphy to post, along with the corrected list of SC members

3) Elections are coming in January: Jen Shapiro’s term is up, as is the seat vacated by Tom Reed

4) Facility Update: the MSBA has selected three firms as finalists for the design process

Flansburgh Associates, Cambridge Design Partnership, and Miller-Dyer-Spears

A firm will be selected in January

  • If a design architect is on board by mid-January, we are hoping for drawings to be ready for either the May ’09 Town Meeting or the November ’09 Town Meeting. We would expect there to be a number of meetings this winter to gather input from all the various stakeholders.
  • We are still hoping to meet the July 2010 target to begin construction. We expect that the Runkle School will re-locate to the Old Lincoln School and be there for the 2010 – 2011 school year and perhaps the following year as well.

5) ThinkMath Presentation:

  • Hope Wallace (from the EDC and the publisher, Harcourt) attended our meeting. She had answered some questions that had been sent in advance, and she shared some online resources with us. [Jim – do you have notes you would like to add here?]  Michelle will post the links for the math materials online.
  • If parents or staff members have specific questions about the town-wide implementation of ThinkMath, please continue to direct them to Angela Allen, Brookline’s K – 8 Math Coordinator:
  • Angela_Allen@brookline.k12.ma.us (Angela_Allen null@null brookline NULL.k12 NULL.ma NULL.us)
  • We will be planning a math night for the spring. (Date TBA?)

6) Brookline’s 5 Core Values

  • We discussed the document that the School Committee has adopted. We spent some time on the newest Core Value: Educational Equity. Our interpretation of Equity is broad and applies across the spectrum of all learners. We need to look at ways we can provide extra challenge and high interest opportunities for those who are ready to benefit form them.

7) School Council Training: completed by all who needed to attend

Book recommendation: Everything Bad is Good for YOU

Still coming:

  • RC quick sheet (from Teresa and Danielle)
  • Planning an RC evening for parents
  • Future item: Wellness ideas: guest in January?
  • We will vote on these minutes at our meeting on January 8, 2009, then send them to Jenny Murphy, Runkle’s ETS, for web posting.

School Council Minutes

11/13/08

Present:

Jen Shapiro and David Summergrad – Co-Chairs

Rosemary McElroy, David Godes, Ben Chang, Mike Noble, Danielle Halwick, Maxine Hunter

Absent:

Teresa Gallo-Toth, Michelle Bernstein, Jim Stoddard

1) Opportunity for the Public to Speak – no one present

2) Minutes from October 23rd approved unanimously – to Jenny Murphy to post

3) Possible new member through January 2009?

We decided against this option – we will wait until the elections in January to get back to our full complement of School Council members

4) Facility Update:

Things are moving forward!

  • The Runkle Building Committee met again on Monday, November 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in room 202 at the Old Lincoln School. Rosemary McElroy attended.
  • There was a walk-through meeting for approximately 25 prospective design architects here on November 13th at 10 am.
  • David is leading “walk-through: tours for interested Town Meeting members: Sunday November 16th at 11 am, Monday November 17th at 8 am, 10 am, and 3 pm.
  • The fall Town Meeting begins on November 18th – there is a warrant article to fund up to $600,000 in design fees for Runkle’s project.
  • If a design architect is on board by mid-January, we are hoping for drawings to be ready for either the May ’09 Town Meeting or the November ’09 Town Meeting. We would expect there to be a number of meetings this winter to gather input from all the various stakeholders.
  • We are still hoping to meet the July 2010 target to begin construction.
  • David met with Erin Chute Gallentine and Peter Rowe to talk about improvements needed in the grounds and how that may fit into the project plans.
  • We were asked by the Runkle School Building Committee to help them consider ideas about parking and traffic, in advance of a traffic study that will be doe for the project. We have over 75 employees who park here daily. The drop off patterns cause a lot of congestion each morning at the intersection of Chesham, Druce, and Buckminster. Below is our brainstorming list:
  1. Issue permits for staff who park on the adjacent streets so that others who may be using that parking can be ticketed.
  2. Add some parking spaces on the right side of the school driveway, at the Clinton Road entrance.
  3. Consider underground parking as part of new construction.
  4. Consider underground parking under the playing fields.
  5. Eliminate parking on both sides of Druce to allow for safer flow of traffic, especially in the winter.
  6. Create a drop off circle on the Clinton Road side (maybe under a portico)
  7. Encourage more walkers and more use of the Clinton Road entrance
  8. Ban parking on one side of Buckminster Road
  9. Assign a crossing guard at the five corner intersection of Druce, Chesham, and Buckminster
  10. Increase signage to keep traffic moving at drop-off zones

ThinkMath Presentation:

  • Hope Wallace (from the publisher, Harcourt) is attending on December 11th
  • We need to think of what questions/feedback we want to share with her. (Jim to follow up with the Math sub-committee)

AYP:

  • We reviewed the draft document for the AYP action plan (this will be sent out to the Council as an attachment). We also looked at the PowerPoint presentation David prepared to help people understand the various acronyms associated with the testing.
  • Only one parent inquired about changing schools (someone who had inquired in previous years as well) unrelated to the MCAS results

School Council Training:

  • December 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Library: Rosemary, Mike, Jen
  • December 8, 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the Police Station: Danielle, David G, Michelle, David S, Ben, Maxine

Book recommendation: Reason to Write by Douglas Reeves

Proposed Agenda items for 12/11:

  • Approval of Minutes from 11/13/08
  • ThinkMath conversation with Hope Wallace from the publisher
  • AYP review revised action plan and SIP addendum
  • Facility Update
  • Brookline’s 5 Core Values – David is attaching this document to the email
  • RC quick sheet (from Teresa and Danielle)
  • Future item: Wellness ideas: guest in January?
  • We will vote on these minutes at our meeting on 12/11, then send them to Jenny Murphy, Runkle’s ETS, for web posting.


School Council Minutes

10/23/08

Present:

Jen Shapiro and David Summergrad – Co-Chairs

Rosemary McElroy, David Godes, Ben Chang, Mike Noble, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Jim Stoddard, Danielle Halwick, Michelle Bernstein

Absent:

Maxine Hunter

1) Opportunity for the Public to Speak – no one present

2) Minutes from September 25th approved unanimously

3) Possible new member through January 2009: Jen will share the name with David who will invite that person to join through the January elections

4) Facility Update:

Things are moving forward!

  • The Runkle Building Committee meets again on Monday, November 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in room 202 at the Old Lincoln School. It is a public meeting.
  • There is a walk-through meeting for prospective design architects here on November 13th at 10 am.
  • The fall Town Meeting begins on November 18th ñ there is a warrant article to fund the design fees for Runkleís project.
  • David is in touch with Tom Reed about inviting some Town Meeting members to a walk-through of Runkle prior to the day of Town Meeting.
  • David is meeting with Erin Chute Gallentine and Peter Rowe to talk about the grounds and how they may fit into the project plans.
  • We are still hoping to meet the July 2010 target to begin construction.

ThinkMath Presentation:

Michelle Bernstein, math specialist at Runkle, led us through a presentation that gave us a netter understanding of the materials and sequence of the ThinkMath program. She described the professional development that teachers have had and continue to have to learn to use ThinkMath effectively. She reminded us that ThinkMath is a program for K-5, not the whole curriculum. The Brookline Learning Expectations and Massachusetts State Framework describe the curriculum.

We may invite Hope Wallace (from the publisher, Harcourt) to come to a School Council meeting. (she is attending on December 11th!)

For next meeting:

AYP Draft Plan and Presentation (David will invite the AYP Assistance Team from the district)

MCAS results and Adequate Yearly Progress

The School Council is required to be part of the creation of an action plan to support improving our MCAS testing since two of our ìsub-groupsî did not achieve AYP for two consecutive years. This plan will be developed by staff and town-wide coordinators, and then shared with the Council for input and further development. The plan will be part of a School Improvement Plan amendment.

Book recommendation: Reason to Write by Douglas Reeves

Proposed Agenda items for 11/13:

  • Approval of Minutes from 10/23/08
  • New member?
  • AYP discussion and draft plan
  • Facility Update
  • Brooklineís 5 Core Values
  • RC quick sheet (from Teresa and Danielle)
  • Future item: Wellness ideas: guest on December 11th?
  • We will vote on these minutes at our meeting on 11/13, then send them to Jenny Murphy, Runkle ETS, for web posting.


School Council Minutes

9/ 25/08

Approved Unanimously: 10/23/08

Present:

Jen Shapiro and David Summergrad – Co-Chairs

Rosemary McElroy, David Godes, Ben Chang, Mike Noble, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Jim Stoddard, Danielle Halwick, Maxine Hunter, Michelle Bernstein

1) Opportunity for the Public to Speak – no one present

2) Possible new member through January 2009: Jen will check on the person who was the runner up in Januaryís election

3) Committee Updates:

Wellness:

Jen Schultz and Katherine Reynolds Cohen Co-Chairs, and Rosemary McElroy

Initiatives from last year: grant for pedometers; signage for cafeteria, celebration day in the spring

New initiative: include Recycling under the topic of Wellness (talk with staff members: Michelle, Maxine, and Teresa, as well as Susan Barrett from the PTO)

Safety and Respect:

Jen Shapiro, Danielle, Maxine, and Teresa

Monitor and publicize the 2nd year implementation of Responsive Classroom

Parent updates, evening presentations, special ìeventî

One-page talking points document: Teresa will produce it

Shared reading for the community

Math:

Mike Noble, Jim Stoddard, Michelle Bernstein, David Godes

The task before this committee is to “tune” the ongoing implementation of ThinkMath and to look at the Brookline Learning Expectations

We will spend a large portion of the meeting on October 23rd with a presentation on ThinkMath by Michelle and the other specialists

Better understand the terminology and practices (e.g.: copying materials, etc.)

Facility:

David Summergrad, Tom Reed, Paul Saner, Arthur Segel, Christina Suh, Vanda Khadem, Marian Voros, Scott Newman, Emily Leonard, Karen Breslawski, David Redgrave, Cliff Brown, Jen Shapiro, Deanne Dixon, Tracy Paradise, Teresa Gallo-Toth

MGT (the firm hired to create a master facility plan for Brookline) scored Runkleís building as a:

76/100 for the physical plant

43/100 for meeting program

The MSBA has been favorable about our project:

Chosen as one of 80 out of 460 proposed projects in the state

Selected as one of 14 out of 80 projects to move forward

We are still hoping to meet the July 2010 target to begin construction.

The Runkle School Building Committee has met once; next meeting on October 6th

The facility sub-committee will meet on October 14th

4) MCAS results and Adequate Yearly Progress

The School Council is required to be part of the creation of an action plan to support improving our MCAS testing since two of our ìsub-groupsî did not achieve AYP for two consecutive years. This plan will be developed by staff and town-wide coordinators, then shared with the Council for input and further development. The plan will be part of a School Improvement Plan amendment.

We will vote on these minutes at our meeting on 10/23, then send them to Jenny Murphy, Runkleís ETS, for web posting.

Proposed Agenda items for 10/23:

Approval of Minutes from 9/25/08

New member?

ThinkMath presentation

AYP update

Facility Update

Brooklineís 5 Core Values


School Council Minutes

4/17/08

Present: David Godes, David Summergrad, Jen Shapiro, Ben Chang, Rosemary McElroy, Mike Noble, Tom Reed, Michelle Bernstein, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Emily Gaberman, Maxine Hunter

Absent: Lauren Smith

1. Approval of minutes from March 20, 2008: unanimous ñ sent to Jenny Murphy to post

2. Opportunity for the public to speak ñ no one present

3. Review of the draft SIP:

We made some small changes to the draft that we had sent out; new iteration to go to the Supt. on 4/29/08

(re: math – Mike shared some information about his meeting with Angela Allen ñ more on 5/15 at our next meeting)

4. Facility Update: With the renovation/addition ground-breaking still approximately two years away (July 2010) we are on a fast track to add 2 portable (modular) classrooms to Runkle to relieve the immediate space crunch. These will be located at the far end of the present kindergarten hallway: public meetings are set for 4/29 at 8 am and 5/13 at 7 pm

5. Curriculum overview document: Teresa and David S. will meet before 5/29 to review the readiness of the document

Special Announcement: The new staff member joining the School Council, replacing Lauren Smith in September, will be Danielle Halwick, teacher in grade 1. Welcome Danielle!

Dates of note:

SIP and Narrative drafts due to Dr. Lupini: 4/29

Next meeting is 5/15 5 p.m. ñ 6 p.m.

SIP public presentation: May 29th at 7:30 a.m.

School Council Meeting in June: 6/12 at 5 p.m.


School Council Minutes

3/20/08

Present: David Godes, David Summergrad, Jen Shapiro, Ben Chang, Rosemary McElroy, Mike Noble, Tom Reed, Michelle Bernstein, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Emily Gaberman

Absent: Lauren Smith Resigned: Marian VorosMembers of the Public: Katherine Reynolds Cohen, Jen Schultz (co-chairs of the Wellness Sub-Committee of the School Council

1. Approval of minutes from February 14, 2008: unanimous

2. Opportunity for the public to speak -none

3. Report from Wellness Committee: Jen Schultz & Katherine Reynolds Cohen presented two basic goals for their sub-committee’s work:

a) To improve signage and communication about the daily menu in the cafeteria to improve participation

b) To write a grant for pedometers for grade 6 (in conjunction with Maxine Hunter, 6th grade math and science teacher) to be integrated into the curriculum, to be a pilot program at Runkle School.

Rosemary will be added to the Wellness Sub-Committee

[Note: School Council members have been invited to join David to sample the school lunch – dates to be determined]

4. Facility Update: With the renovation/addition ground-breaking still approximately two years away (July 2010) we are on a fast track to add 2 portable (modular) classrooms to Runkle to relieve the immediate space crunch. These will be located at the far end of the present kindergarten hallway.

5. SIP Review: please review the changes to the SIP document in its new slim form. Emily, Jen Shapiro, and David S did some streamlining and rearranging. What’s missing? Is it more user-friendly? WeÌll take this up at our meeting in April.

6. Curriculum overview document: Teresa and David S. will meet before 4/17 to review

7. Safety and Respect Vision Statement: the final version is going out to the staff (3/21) and to the community in the Runkle News (4/11)

Special Announcement: The new staff member joining the School Council, replacing Marian Voros, will be Maxine Hunter, teacher in grade 6. Welcome Maxine!

Dates of note:

Next meeting is 4/17 from 4 p.m. Ò 7 p.m.

SIP and Narrative drafts due to Dr. Lupini = 4/29

School Council Meeting in May is 5/15 at 5 p.m.

SIP public presentation = May 29th at 7:30 a.m.

School Council Meeting in June = 6/12 at 5 p.m.


School Council Minutes

2/14/08

Present: David Summergrad, Ben Chang, David Godes, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Lauren Smith, Emily Gaberman, Mike Noble

Absent: Michelle Bernstein, Jennifer Shapiro, Marian Voros, Rosemary McElroy, Tom Reed

Members of the Public: Elena Olson was at the meeting after 5:15.

1. Opportunity for members of the public to speak – no one was present to speak at 5 pm.

2. Minutes of 1/16/08 approved unanimously (with edits)

3. New members were welcomed: Michelle Bernstein, Ben Chang, David Godes, Rosemary McElroy, Mike Noble

We spent a portion of the meeting reviewing School Council documents and our meeting norms.

4. Jennifer Shapiro was elected co-chair, unanimously.

5. We voted to send cards of gratitude to the out-going School Council members:

Cliff Brown, Elena Olson, Barbara Kellman, Tanya Paris

6. SIP timeline and revision – Jennifer, Emily, and David will meet on 3/4 after school (3:30 – 5:00?)

7. School Council sub-committees: – we’ll update these lists on 3/20/08

Math: Emily Mike, Michelle, David G

Curriculum: Teresa, Jennifer(?)

Wellness: Jen Schultz and Katherine Reynolds Cohen, Co-Chairs, Jennifer (?) Elena Olson(?)

We will invite the co-chairs to our meeting on March 20th to report on their SMART goals

Safety and Respect: Emily, Lauren, John McTaggart, Deanne Dixon

Facility: David S, Tom, Marian, Teresa, Vanda Khadem, Arthur Segel, Emily Leonard, Jennifer, Paul Saner, Cliff Brown(?), Christina Suh(?)

Communication: Jennifer, Teresa(?)

8. Next meeting: March 20, 2008 – 4:00 – 7:00

a) Budget Report from David

b) SIP report from Jennifer, David, and Emily

c) Wellness Committee report from Jen Schultz and Katherine Reynolds Cohen, Co-Chairs

d) Curriculum Overview – “final” draft ready to vote to accept(?)


School Council Minutes

1/16/08

(approved unanimously 2/14/08)

Present: Jen, Barbara, David, Tom, Teresa, Emily, Tanya, Marian

Absent: Cliff, Lauren, Elena

Public: Mike Noble, Scott Murphy, Dan Jacobson, Ben Chang

  1. Approval of December minutes – unanimous
  2. Public Comment – Dan Jacobson expressed concern about the lack of a crossing guard at the corner of Druce/Chesham/Buckminster (Emily will send Dan the name of someone on the transportation board); Mike Noble expressed interest in the work of the Math Sub-Committee
  3. Sub-Committee Updates:

Math – successful parent meetings are being led by math specialists

Next parent meetings:

1/24 for grades 5 & 6

2/5 for grades 3 and 4 (8 a.m.)

  • David and Emily need to review and reduce our SIP gird by 2/14
  • Safety and Respect – Responsive Classroom is in place in 15 rooms -we have had many fewer office referrals
  • David and Emily need to review and reduce our SIP grid by 2/14
  • Wellness – Jen Schultz and Katherine Reynolds Cohen have met
  • Priorities are being set and a meeting is planned
  • Curriculum – Teresa is almost ready to publish the curriculum overview
  • Facility – we await the work from the SBA after the meeting on 1/31

4. Elections – PTO is organizing – we have 5 open seats for parents

Next meeting: 2/14 at 5 pm


School Council Meeting Minutes

9/19/07

Present: Jen, Glenn, Marian, David, Barbara, Emily, Elena

Absent: Lauren, Teresa, Cliff, Tanya, Tom

Opportunity for the Public to Speak: no one present

Minutes from 6/14/07 approved unanimously

School Council training (for co-chairs only) 10/2/07

Each sub-committee should try to meet before our next meeting on 10/25/07; so we can include an item for goals for each sub-committee Ò Jen and David will create a sub-committee template. David will send out the list of sub-committee members from last year.

Sub-committee Review:

  1. S&R Ò Responsive Classroom training took place this summer for 16 staff members, with another 25 to be trained next summer. The changes are exciting and transformative. David will share the revised S&R vision statement on 10/25. Emily has tabulated the survey results.
  2. Facility Update – an SBA committee visited Runkle on 8/29. They indicated that we should know our status by 12/07. If we make the cut we need to move ahead quickly with a feasibility study. We are still on the town CIP for FY10.
  3. Math – ThinkMath pilot groups ate underway in grade 2 and 5. New materials are being created and shared with all other grades (K, 1, 3, 4) to match the upgraded math Learning Expectations. Math will continue on our SIP for the year, with the work being done in-house by our math specialists, who will report periodically to the School Council.
  4. Curriculum Overview: Teresa is almost ready to go to press.
  5. Communication: this group needs to meet – Jen will coordinate. They will connect with Jenny Murphy, our new ETS.
  6. Wellness Sub-Committee: chaired by Jen Schultz and Katherine Reynolds Cohen.

Next meeting on 10/25/07 at 5:00 pm

Early Agenda:

  • Sub-Committee Membership and Goalsreviewing the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)reviewing the latest S&R Vision statementreviewing the timeline for SC tasks
 

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