Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Live reporting: School Committee - May 26, 2015

Present: Douglas, O'Malley, Rohrbach, Clement, Mullen, Trahan, Jewell
Absent: none

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments - none

Review of Agenda - none

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 12, 2015 School Committee Meeting.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Payroll Mrs. Douglas

FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. JF Kennedy Elementary School Update 
– Joan Toye, Ashley Bodkins
Ann Williams, Kate Merten

6 Chromebook carts at the beginning of the year and 4 more carts just recently
technology used extensively throughout the school
Chromebooks especially valuable

Creative Arts Fridays
scope and sequence developed during the summer as a standards based unit
coordinate the schedule for poetry, art and technology all on Friday
spend about 45 minutes with each class
the poetry is integrated so it doesn't feel like a separate unit
"we read like writers and write like readers"

PCC funded enrichment program with a poet in residence
Elizabeth Gordon McKim, poet in the oral tradition

coffeehouse at the end of year to celebrate poetry and art and music

inserted video clip of students with their comments on the poetry workshop conducted each week

Mystery Skype
found other 4th grade classes interested in Skyping through Twitter
the SKype session is limited to ask yes or no questions only and then try to identify where they are located

learning how to work together without actually being together in the same room

make their art, take a phot, upload to the system, edit the file to add text
only help needed is to print (which is due to the way printers are set up)

student created a video on how to solve a math problem
integrating math and tecchnology

during the snow periods, they tackled a 'blizzard poem'
wrote it, uploaded and shared with the class

O'Malley - delighted to see the creative arts are integrated as well as they are

Jewell - concerned about teaching writing (the practical art, both the doing and reading of) when the computer is not available

How to communicate to the world, used the example of Franklin Matters

Williams/Merten respond
All poetry is done in a notebook first70-80% of the writing is done by hand firstit is not forgotten, it is an important skill to have
thank you for showing us how creative you are using the systems

you might see 3-4 students with a chromebook, not eveybody using them
it is just another tool

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