• SC Minutes 12/02/2015


    OPEN SESSION

    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    School Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    Sharon Middle School

    75 Mountain Street

    Sharon, MA 02067

    Present: Katie Currul-Dykeman, Jon Hitter, Marcy Kaplan, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee, Veronica Wiseman

    Also present: Tim Farmer, Jahmal Mosley, Jose Libano, Kevin O’Rourke, Lori Glassman, Barbara Munden, Marjorie Mitlin

    Open Session was convened at 7:04 p.m.

    PUBLIC FEEDBACK

    Correspondence

    There was no correspondence to come before the Committee at this time.

    Open Forum

    There were no community members present for participation in Open Forum.

    SHS Student Representatives

    Recent happenings at SHS:

    • SHS drama department successfully performed the musical, Spamalot

    • Winter Sports are underway

    • Human Rights presentation “Her Story” on 12/4/15, which is a presentation to call attention to the plight of human trafficking

    • Progress reports are coming out next week

    • Student government elections were held – results pending

    • A candle light vigil was held in commemoration of Ezra Schwartz, Sharon resident killed in Israel

    DECISION ITEMS

    Consent Agenda:

    Prior to the vote, V. Wiseman stated that consent agenda items #1, 2, 3 and 5 would be voted together and item #4 (FY 2016-2017 School Calendar) would be a separate vote.

    1. Approve Open Session Minutes (11/18/15)

    2. Approve SHS Model UN trip to MIT (2/5-7/15

    3. Approve SMS 7th grade trips to Thompson Island (5/5, 5/7, 5/12)

    5. Approve Home Schooling Request

    MOTION: (Salomons/Smith-Lee) Moved to approve the consent agenda items #1, 2, 3 and 5 as presented. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    DISCUSSION ITEMS

    YRBS Presentation (B. Munden, M. Mitlin)

    B. Munden, SHS health/physical education teacher, and M. Mitlin, SHS social worker, presented an update on the Youth Risk Assessment Survey results. Included in the presentation:

    • survey was conducted in May

    • 81% or 897 students responded

    • categories included: alcohol related behavior; substance use (prescription & non-prescription); tobacco use; sexual behavior/pregnancy; stress/suicidal tendencies; gender issues

    The complete survey results will be put up on the SHS website. Following the presentation, there was a Q&A with the Committee.

    School Improvement Plans (SHS & SMS)

    K. O’Rourke presented the SMS School Improvement Plan, which was based on the following four strategic plan goals:

    1) Establish a physically & emotionally safe environment – ALICE training is ongoing for all staff; students, parents and staff are being educated on the ALICE protocol; anti-bulling efforts – Upstander day, guest speakers, etc.

    2) Meet learning needs of all students – implementation of 1:1 technology for eighth grade students; work of Future Needs group continues; work continues on implementation of DDMs; review of homework survey continues

    3) Provide relevant experiences & educational opportunities that integrate global and social competency within the existing curriculum – training continues on Literacy Common Core Standards; development of focused lessons on grade-level expectations; inform parents of focus areas

    4) Develop respectful partnerships – revise open house format for separate night for display of student work; implementation of parent portals for Powerschool and Edline websites – possibility of returning to paper report card; implementation of ASCP SMS lounge

    Following the presentation, there was a Q&A with the Committee.

    J. Libano and L. Glassman presented the SHS School Improvement Plan, which was based on the four strategic plan goals

    1) Address learning needs of all students – broaden course offerings & scheduling options; expand VHS offerings; prepare students and staff for 1:1 technology; address; consider the initiation of a student help desk and an honors court; investigate eliminating back-packs

    2) Meet learning needs of all students – update cheating policy; form a committee to look into academic integrity issues; implement an honor court

    3) Provide relevant experiences & educational opportunities that integrate global and social competency within the existing curriculum - publicize PD plan for faculty; help desk for students needing technology support; presentations about 1:1 program protocols and expectations

    4) Develop respectful partnerships – consider hallway cameras and restroom smoke detectors; provide upgrades in public areas; provide suggestion box; investigate eliminating backpacks

    Following the presentation, there was a Q&A with the Committee.

    PARCC Presentation

    Dr. Mosley, with the aid of PowerPoint, presented PARCC/MCAS results. Included in the presentation:

    • Students in grades 3-8 participated in PARCC ELA and math

    • High School participated in MCAS

    • 2015 PARCC results indicate: 82% of students in grades 3-8 scored in the levels 4 and level 5 in the ELA sections of the PARCC; and 70% of students in grades 3-8 scored in levels 4 and 5 in the math sections of the PARCC exam.  

    • Tenth grade ELA MCAS results – 73% - advanced

    • Tenth grade math MCAS results – 76% - advanced

    • Sharon students performed well on the PARCC tests compared to districts in our demographics

    • Data will be used from PARCC/MCAS to compare district’s assessments

    4. Approve FY 2016-2017 School Calendar (Consent Agenda item)

    V. Wiseman proposed the following school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • Attend school on Friday, September 2nd

    • No school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break (November 23rd)

    • Last day of school on Monday, June 19th (with 5 snow days – last day one-half day on June 26th)

    V. Wiseman also asked the Committee to consider offering another version to the one listed above. There was a lengthy discussion on the proposed calendar and the time constraints involved with offering yet another school calendar version to the STA. The STA has been provided with calendars for 2015-2016 dating back to May.

    M. Kaplan put forth the following motion:

    MOTION: (Kaplan) Moved to offer one calendar as set forth with no school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, attend school on Friday, September 2nd, with the last day of school on June 19th – second option: have a half day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and have school on Friday, September 2nd. There was no second to the motion.

    M. Kaplan put forth the following motion:

    MOTION: (Kaplan/Smith-Lee) Moved to offer Option one calendar, which includes a school day on Friday, September 2nd and no school on the November 23rd, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with the last day of school on June 19th. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Smith-Lee, Wiseman. No vote: Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons. Vote did not carry.

    K. Currul-Dykeman made put forth the following motion:

    MOTION: (Currul-Dykeman/Smith-Lee) Moved to offer a calendar that would have school on Friday, September 2nd, and a half-day November 23rd, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the last day of school on June 16th – with five snow days, the last day would be June 23rd. There was not vote taken on the motion.

    Before the vote, T. Farmer suggested offering two calendar versions to the STA.

    Given some confusion over the last motion, The Committee voted 6-0 to revote the motion put forth by K. Currul-Dykeman. Motion carried unanimously.

    MOTION: (Currul-Dykeman/Smith-Lee) Moved to offer a calendar that would have school on Friday, September 2nd, and a half-day November 23rd, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the last day of school on June 16th – with five snow days, the last day would be June 23rd. Yes vote: Currul-Dykeman, Hitter, Smith-Lee, Salomons. No vote: Kaplan, Wiseman. Vote carried.

    Following the discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee to forward the voted calendar to the STA.

    Strategic Plan Timeline; Communication Strategies

    T. Farmer stated that the administration is seeking direction (timeframe and benchmarks) in beginning the process on a new strategic plan. A timeline would be helpful for the Administration and School Committee to meet benchmarks. The current strategic plan had community input for community members who served on the task force. Technology resources can be used to reach the community. Work will commence in September.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES

    Policy subcommittee met this evening prior to the S.C. meeting. Next meeting will be December 16th at 6:15 p.m.

    Budget subcommittee will meet on December 7th at 7:45 a.m.

    John Marcus, Rory Marty and Tim Farmer presented the School Department’s needs to the Capital Outlay Committee at their last meeting.

    SUPERINTENDENT’S ITEMS

    None at this time.

    Other Business

    There being no other business, V. Wiseman asked for a motion to adjourn Open Session.

    MOTION: (Smith-Lee/Salomons) Moved to adjourn Open Session and enter into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing negotiations with non-unionized personnel with the intent not to return to Open Session. Yes vote: Curul-Dykeman, Hitter, Kaplan, Salomons, Smith-Lee, Wiseman

    Meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

    Submitted on behalf of the School Committee by: Helen Campanario, Recording Secretary to the School Committee

    Back-up Materials for the December 2, 2015 meeting

    • copies of consent agenda materials

    • Superintendent evaluation documents

    • copy of elementary school improvement plans

    • copy of school calendars

    • copy of PP presentation (PARCC/MCAS)

    • copy of SMS & SHS School Improvement Plans

    • copy of YRBS Presentation documents

    • copy of SHS PTSO Newsletter

    • copy of SPS Capital Outlay PowerPoint presentation

    • copy of East School Council’s minutes