Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Live reporting: School Committee - May 24, 2016

Present: Bilello, Bergen, Douglas, O'Malley, Schultz, Jewell
Absent: Scofield

1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2016 School Committee Meeting.

motion to approve, second, passed 6-0

Payment of Bills - Dr. O’Malley
Payroll - Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
last night for the students as they graduate on June 3rd
last day of school as on Monday, Chromebook returns on Wednesday
Senior week next week, beginning Tuesday
graduation on Friday, June 3rd followed by the All Night Party

Netflix unblocked for the summer on chromebooks
plastic bag petition being circulated

token of appreciation for both seniors

Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Parmenter Update
Tom Morris, Principal
Shannon Barca, Assistant Principal


3rd grade hydroponic garden
growing lettuce and understanding the growth process

sample unit plan provided to School Committee
seedlings planted in rock wool

tomato plant root structure approx. 7 ft long
Parmenter 'think board' used to post questions for the school community to answer and respond to
Parmenter Elementary School teachers at the School Committee meeting
Parmenter Elementary School teachers at the School Committee meeting

one of many units being worked on this year

hydroponic garden chosen to explore science and compare/contrast with traditional gardening
to be understanding and discerning 

YMCA provided a grant via Mass In Motion to the schools, some chose to start last year
some chose to start this year, need someone to 'own it'

Would also need to work with the Health Dept to provide the produce for school use in the cafeteria; currently the volume doesn't allow for such

use grade level research rubric to provide grading for the students with the learning process on the unit; students have come back with YouTube videos from other schools who are also exploring hydroponics

curriculum coordinators have been lost over time, should be a goal of the committee to bring the role back, each school is doing something but the coordination among is not as shared as it could be

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Jewell comment on doing their own thing and fostering the science locally disagreed with by O'Malley as then the district would not be doing what it needed to do

Bilello added that use of the standards and the 'understanding by design' process tied in other aspects of the overall curriculum in the right way

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