SCC MINUTES

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School Community Council - Granite Elementary

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In attendance: Ronnie Mulqueen, Karen Kidd, Tiffany Smith, Misti Milner, Nicole Hilton,Mauricette McKinnon, and Jenifer Johnson

  1. Cell Tower: We have officially lost both cell tower contracts. Granite will lose approximately $13,000 a year.
    • Cell Tower revenue has traditionally funded field trips and professional development. We will need to rethink how we pay for both of these items and consider other ways to generate revenue (fundraiser).  
    • Since the cell tower is also the flagpole in front of the school – it will need to be replaced. The district will install a new pole once the old one is removed.
  1. Three of our SCC members will be attending the SCC Convention at Crescent View Middle School on Thursday, January 24th.
  2. New Members for Next Year: We have a couple of SCC members leaving us at the end of the school year. Members will be talking to their neighbors and friends about being a part of Granite’s SCC. We will also advertise the openings online and at school functions. We are hoping to have the new members by June.
  3. YOTT (Year of the Transition): Parents feel that the district has inundated them with information about realignment. Parents seem to be accepting that it will happen and are moving forward.

NOVA, Student Council, and Safety Patrol will all be taken over by the 5th grade next year. Other 6th grade traditions that align with 5th grade curriculum will be maintained at the discretion of the 5th grade teachers.

  1. SNAP/Safe Walk Route: Our “Safe Walk Route” plan is due at the end of the month. The committee agreed that a drive through lane in the “parents dropping-off their students” lane might alleviate much of the frustration associated with this area of our school. The West lane (closest to the school) will be the designated “Stop and Drop.” The East lane will be designated as a “Drive through Only.”
  2. Comprehensive School Improvement Plan: Our CSIP is also due at the end of the month. The council reviewed our current CSIP and proposed that a 4th component be added that addresses the enrichment of the middle and high students. They would also like the plan to allow teachers the opportunity to teach how they know the students need to be taught.
  3. UCAS: Mrs. Mulqueen reviewed UCAS with the SCC. Members were concerned that our percentage rating took a dramatic dip with the new system. They used the data from UCAS to formulate their proposals for the CSIP plan.

The next SCC meeting will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:15 P.M. in Mrs. Mulqueen’s office.

 

 


 

 

School Community Council - Granite Elementary

October 16, 2012 - 4:15 P.M.

Present: Ronnie Mulqueen, Karen Kidd, Tiffany Smith, Misti Milner, Nicole Hilton, Mauricette McKinnon, & Nancy Tingey (guest)

                               Absent: Jenifer Johnson

  1. Fund Raiser Ideas –
    1. Idea was suggested to do a read-a-thon. This fundraiser would be in the Spring and strategically placed to not interfere with the Fall P.T.A. fundraiser. The main concern voiced was that the community, while supportive of the Jog-a-thon, may find it too similar and a financial drain.
    2. Cell Tower - $12-$15,000 per year will probably look like $10-$12,000. District receives 20% that is dispersed to other schools in the district that do not have cell tower monies.
    3. School Community Council Training –
      1. It was recommended that councils develop a conduct list of procedures that guide SCC meetings.
      2. It was recommended that the council make a greater effort to educate the community on the work we do and how they can be involved. Let parents know that we are separate from PTA.
      3. Loss of funding from Land Trust will require that we reevaluate and assess where our money is best spent. Student population expected to drop to around 400 next year with the loss of 6th grade and student attrition.
      4. Recommended that SCC members take the opportunity to network with SCC members at other schools.
      5. Land Trust Review –
        1. We are creating our review for the 2011-2012 school year. Once the data is analyzed and percentages figured, the review will be completed and submitted to the SCC for review.
        2. It is important that we use this information as an opportunity to raise the bar for what we are doing.
        3. Brief review of the 2012-2013 Land Trust plan. The focus is Reading and Writing with similar hopes for benchmark improvement.
        4. Possibility for Meeting Next Month -                        
          1. The state has implemented a new way to rate the effectiveness of schools. Overall proficiency, DWA, science, and academic growth create the profile (3rd-6th grades).
          2. This gives us the opportunity to see where we need growth and to celebrate ourMrs. Mulqueen has a meeting next week with the district where she will be trained and better informed on exactly where we stand as a school. There is no pass/fail, no attendance, and no ethnicity breakdown considered into the score.  
          3. We want to make sure that our students are getting a years growth for a year’s worth of school.
          4. This new way of evaluating our school may also pose new directions for CSIP and Land Trust monies.
          5. Information on a scheduled meeting will be given by the first part of November.

Comments –

  1. Jennifer is still working on creating a safe walking route for our students that requires Sandy City and Salt Lake County to work together (crossing guards).
  2. Mrs. Mulqueen – SCC will be receiving correspondence from the District about an early out day on Thursday, Nov. 1st and Friday, Nov. 2nd for teachers to prepare for parent/teacher conferences. She encouraged the council to watch for this information so they can answer questions from their community as they arrive. There will also be a similar situation prior to spring conferences.

 


 

 

 

 

School Community Council - Granite Elementary

May 16, 2012

Present: Leah Strate, Karen Kidd, Ronnie Mulqueen, Tiffany Smith, Misti Milner, & Nancy Tingey (guest)

Absent: Nicole Hilton, Jenifer Johnson, Mauricette McKinnon, & Kathryn Menssen

  1. SCC Changes for Next Year
  • We are excited to welcome Tiffany Smith and Misti Milner as new members of the SCC.
  • We are sad to see Kathryn Menssen and Leah Strate retire from the committee. They have been valuable members of the SCC and we appreciate their insight and knowledge.
  • Next year, LeeAnn Cardwell (PTA President) will attend our meetings to help bridge the gap between SCC and the PTA.
  1. Cell Tower
  • The district is reallocating some of the money that schools with cell towers receive. A 10% portion of Granite’s money is returned to the district and then redistributed to schools that do not have cell towers.
  • In the past, professional development and field trips have been funded with this money. The PTA is willing to help make up some of this loss with money from their fundraiser. Their focus will be to help pay for busses.
  • Cell tower money has been approved to use for salaries. Granite plans to use some of this money to hire a computer lab aide. This discussion will happen in August.
  1. Land Trust Plans
  • The major change with the land trust funding is that the focus will shift from reading/math to reading/writing.
  • We will retain two reading intervention aides for 2012-2013.
  1. Safe Walk Route
  • Our hope is to secure crossing guards for 3100 E. where the busses come in and off of 9800 S. where the parents enter. The complication being that both roads are a city/county split and neither wants to take ownership.
  • We want our kids to be safe and are still adamantly pursuing commitments from both Sandy City and Salt Lake County.
  1. Citygro Fundraiser
  • The school is allowed to have two fundraisers per year for profit. The PTA manages one and the school has the option of doing one.
  • Citygro is a card that functions in a way similar to a Happenings book, but with better/more benefits. The SCC will revisit this discussion in January 2013.
  • SCC would like to look at how heavily the community is tracked with similar fundraisers.
  1. Calendar 2012-2013
  • Our calendar for next year has tentatively been almost set in stone as follows:
  1. August 20, 2012
  2. October 15, 2012
  3. January 14, 2013
  4. April 8, 2013
  5. May 2013

 


 

 

 

School Community Council - Granite Elementary

February 13, 2012

In Attendance: Nicole Hilton, Ronnie Mulqueen, Karen Kidd, Kathryn Mennsen, Mauricette McKinnon, Jenifer Johnson, and Leah Strate

  1. Mid-year Review of Land Trust:
    1. Teachers would like more planning time. Mrs. Mulqueen will be buying time (6-8 hrs.) for the teachers as they prepare to implement the new Language Arts Common Core next Fall.
    2. Funding for Professional Development and field trips comes from the cell tower monies.
    3. CSIP Review:
      1. Mrs. Mulqueen walked the council through the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. The plan will be completed and signed in April.
      2. Safety/Crossing Guard Issue:
        1. A #10 will be added to Granite’s “Text Description of Walking Routes.” This reads, “Back parking lot is off limits to parents.”
        2. Nicole Hilton will speak with the PTA about organizing parents to help monitor the car “unloading zone” before and after school. In the past, parents would come for a few months in the Fall and then again in the Spring to help drivers learn to unload their students to the sidewalks. No students should be exiting a car towards the center of the drop-off zone.
        3. Safe Walk Route:
          1. Nicole Hilton and Mrs. Mulqueen will speak to (and have been in contact with) both Sandy City and Salt Lake County about stationing certified crossing guards on 3100 E. (county) and 9800 S. (Sandy City). The crosswalks are marked and should be monitored during drop-off and pick-up by certified crossing guards.
          2. Mrs. Mulqueen will verify that all sidewalks on school property are being adequately cleared of snow.
          3. School-wide Bullying Program:
          4. Mrs. Mulqueen has recognized a need for bullying intervention at Granite.
            1. The goals of this program are:
              1.     Providing students with the tools to stand-up for themselves.
              2.     Providing students with the tools to stop the bullying.
              3.     Providing students with the tools to cope.
  2. Steps for Implementation:
    1. Grade level meetings with Mrs. Mulqueen and Stephanie Bailey will be held. The purpose of the meetings will be to define bullying and to state the behavior expectations for Granite students.
    2.   A character education program will be selected to help with implementation. Suggested programs were “Positive Action” and “Words of Wisdom.”
    3. Nominations and New Member for 2012-13:
      1. There will be two SCC positions that need to be filled. The openings will be advertised on the web, through newsletters, and at parent/teacher conferences.
      2. Next SCC Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2012

 


 


 

 


 

 

 

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