The following are the minutes from the LSAT meeting in January 2016…
Administration – Bryant, Villegas
Faculty/Staff Representatives –Choi, Guaraldo, O’Beirne, Stevenson, Turmail
Parent Representatives –Clark, Loughlin, Oppenheimer
Local Community – none present (not yet identified/confirmed)
Other—Maria O’Donnell, PTO Co-President
- Current Enrollment (estimates – there is always some give-and-take as students move in and out of the school)
- Section 1 – PreK: 20, K: 21, 1st: 27, 2nd: 22, 3rd: 25, 4th: 20, 5th: 20
- Section 2 – K: 21, 1st: 26, 2nd: 24, 3rd: 26, 4th: 20, 5th: 20
- Section 3 – K: 22, 1st: 26, 2nd: 23, 3rd: 26, 4th: 21
- Section 4 – K: 22
- Totals (approx.) – PreK: 20, K: 86, 1st: 79, 2nd: 69, 3rd: 77, 4th: 61, 5th: 41
- Careful consideration will again be given to which grades and “specials” can be best located in the demountable classrooms (West Wing), in order to provide the best experience for the entire school community.
- Largest grades expected to be 1st, 2nd, and 4th next year.
- How many students will “stay” for 5th grade may become more clear by April
- West Wing physical space may benefit from physical improvements, such as awnings, urban garden, etc. (PTO funded?)
- What we know:
- The West Wing cannot accommodate classes with over 24 students effectively because rooms are smaller than in the main school building.
- The PTO is investigating possible ways to improve the experience of traveling between the main building and the West Wing.
- Priority is given to housing all classes of each grade together (e.g. all 4th grade classes in the West Wing this year).
- Relocating each year requires teachers to take down, pack, and set-up their classrooms annually.
- New norms have evolved since the West Wing opened in 2014:
- Individual grades no longer have consistent room assignments from year to year.
- Every Stoddert student experiences learning in the West Wing for at least one class (Spanish).
- Lockers aren’t just for 5th graders anymore.
- The initial DCPS estimate for total enrollment at Stoddert during SY 2016-2017: 449 (Stoddert leadership negotiated down to new estimate of 435) – high total enrollment has implications for (among other things):
- Lunch scheduling
- Recess scheduling
- Extended Day program
- Floating Aide position has helped ease strain of large 1st grade classes somewhat
- Information Literacy “Special”:
- Teacher collaboration in different grades
- Basic computer, not tablet, skills needed for PARCC testing
- Parental involvement would be helpful to ensure reinforcement of basic computer skills
- Resource support
- Math resource availability seems to have declined, even as enrollment has increased
- Are we meeting the needs of our neediest math and reading students?
- Teaching resources must be considered for their overall impact on learning across the student population (Specials, EPASS, Resource Teachers, etc.)
- LSAT Community Rep status – Has anyone reached out to anyone? Another involvement would be welcome again (if interested)