Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Live reporting: School Committee - Sep 12, 2017

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

1. Routine Business 
Citizen’s Comments 
Parent - no name, 2 children at HMMS
wants to be more involved, after leaving the cocoon of the elementary level wants to be involved and looking to help

Review of Agenda - Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the Open Session of the August 22, 2017 School Committee Meeting. 
motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-0

Payment of Bills - Dr. O’Malley 
Payroll - Mrs. Douglas 
1. Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman
2. Special Statement to the Franklin Community 
37 administrators put together values letter to welcome students and parents for an inclusive community
the letter was posted earlier to Franklin Matters

middle school principals presenting the school improvement  plans to the School Committee (not shown in photo)
middle school principals presenting the school improvement
plans to the School Committee (not shown in photo)

2. Guests/Presentations 
a. 2017-2018 School Improvement Plans 

Horace Mann Middle School – Rebecca Motte 

Remington Middle School – Brian Wildeman 

Annie Sullivan Middle School – Beth Wittcoff 

files to be added later

social studies under review at State level, consideration of addition of civics

adoption of new science standards, 6th grade will be fully implemented this year
2nd round of training on responsive classroom, by end of next year all at MS should be trained
implementation of advisory programs

follow up on mental health awareness day
a station on yoga was used, a yoga club is being started
COPE.com has coping strategies
teachers are incorporating the strategies themselves to help with a common language

curriculum is not a static thing, needs to be reviewed to ensure currency yearly

  1. Franklin High School – Paul Peri
implementing an advisory program
had not had class meetings with prior schedule, now able to do so with change in schedule

looking to enable outreach to parents/guardians on signs of student stress

in depth look at grading practices, focused on core academics, but looking at how to measure that learning

making curriculum as inclusive as possible

new teacher academy, borne out of the new teacher orientation; 14 at FHS
meant to support the new educators

working on communications, heard want and need of what is happening
bi-weekly to parents, improving with use of social media
quite a bit to communicate out
school council meetings were active last year
positive opening, 1791 students at FHS

"there is a vibrancy in the school system"

brief break 

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