Stoddert Elementary School Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Meeting
October 24, 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Administration – Bryant, Villegas, Plenty
Faculty Representatives –Guaraldo, Turmail, Zachary
Parent Representatives –Cramer, Gillespie, Loughlin (outgoing Secretary), Russell
Local Community – Fiorillo
PTO President – Perry
The meeting was called to order by Don Bryant (the outgoing SY2015/16 LSAT Chair is no longer participating).
Greeting & Self-Introductions
Role of LSAT – Advisory only, non-voting, can make recommendations and inform decisions made by Principal. Potential benefits include increased sharing of ideas and improved communication among stadtholders.
Establishing Norms – To ensure all LSAT participants are heard and respected, please consider:
- Assuming positive intent with all input provided during meetings,
- Recognizing the need for some degree of confidentiality due to the sensitivity of topics discussed, and
- Balancing confidentiality with thoughtful and effective stakeholder communication to allow constructive dialogue around challenging issues facing Stoddert.
- LEAP – Villegas (Learning Together to Advance Our Practice; Math and ELA “teams” with coaches and rigorous planning and other time requirements)
- Eureka Math – Villegas (PK-12 math curriculum aligned to the Common Core; piloted in 10 schools last year (including Hyde-Addison, which saw a significant increase in math test scores); faculty received materials after returning in August, and in many cases after students returned in August, even September; requires re-teaching basic math principals to ensure foundation compatible with Eureka model; drain on LEAP coaching and planning time, teacher/administrator/parent time because all are “learning as we go”)
- IMPACT – Plenty (new 9-part rubric for faculty/staff evaluation and feedback)
Bottom line: All three initiatives are DCPS “one-size-fits-all,” centrally-mandated programs new in SY16/17, with varying levels of planning/training evident prior to the start of the school year, significant learning curves for all involved, and contributors to the tremendous time crunch felt by Stoddert faculty, staff, and students right now.
SY16/17 Budget/Staffing/Enrollment Overview – Background materials provided by Bryant. Ad hoc discussion included:
- Current Fillmore transportation debacle (substation of SUVs, mini-vans, and shuttle buses that do not allow a Stoddert faculty/staff member to accompany every student to Fillmore for full-size buses, which also shortens instructional time by 30 minutes for afternoon Fillmore students)
- Concerns about DCPS plans to close Fillmore and the need to plan for potentially accommodating arts education in-house)
- 40% reduction in nursing coverage at Stoddert this year, and uncertainty of Department of Health new model
- Preserving current programs
- Unusually low “Other spending” category in Stoddert budget for SY16/17 because the PTO was able to fund a new laptop cart for the school at the end of SY15/16; category expected to increase next year
- Space – Stoddert’s last renovation was based on accommodating 320 students. We now have 435 students. Continuing enrollment growth (look at all those 5th graders – increase in 5th offset expected 1st grade enrollment this year, other differences between project and actual enrollment were minor; new families enrolling almost daily, still)
Selection of LSAT Chairperson –Loughlin (Chair), Gillespie (Secretary). Brief discussion about the benefit of additional faculty/staff participation in LSAT.
No decisions were considered during this meeting, other than Chair/Secretary selection and agreement to meet again November 9th (as already planned). This meeting will focus on Fillmore and include a visit from Heather Holaday, DCPS Deputy Chief, Arts, Global Education, Health, and Physical Education. The meeting adjourned shortly after 5:00 p.m.
Next LSAT Meeting
Wednesday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.
SY16/17 LSAT Participants (confirmed during preparation of meeting minutes)
Bryant, Donald Administration
Cramer, Gayle Parent
Fiorillo, Joe Community Rep
Gillespie, Jon Parent (Secretary)
Guaraldo, Lauren Faculty/Staff
Loughlin, Melissa Parent (Chair)
Moore, Robert Faculty/Staff
Mundell, Debra Faculty/Staff
O’Beirne, Brian Faculty/Staff (Union rep)
Russell, Emily Parent
Turmail, Eve-lyn Faculty/Staff
Zachary, Wanda Faculty/Staff