Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Live reporting: School Committee - Sep 10, 2019

Present: Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield, Bergen, Schultz, Zub
Absent: none

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
Dan Harrington, Class President
Chor-Kin Chin, 
Allie Ivers (?), Student Government President

athletics underway for fall sports, club starting
empty bowls started, variety of clubs available
club fair coming soon

cell phones an adjustment this year, think it is a good adjustment to explain why and how it will work

first fire drill last week
curriculum night Sep 26

d. Superintendent’s Report
transportation update, stuff going on behind the scenes
tricky at beginning of the year, getting routines underway
thanks to the families for their patience

anticipate relief when after school clubs start, when students could be taking the ate bus home
administrators checking bus passes along with administrators

update on EEE
what is going on with school dept and across Franklin
Athletic Dept has been coordinating with Recreation as well
'moderate' level still by State Dept of Public Health
most outdoor activities are during the day
head lone sleeves and pants waiting for the bus
aerial spraying beginning tonight

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Middle School Improvement Plans

** social emotional learning
A World of Difference planning underway

Q - clarification on 'staff'?
it does include all the instructional and school staff, no one left out
trying to find creative ways to let other staff come to teacher meetings too

we have a lot of data with attendance to look at and use, what are the trends and what works over time

this is three years plus in work, we have a relationship with ADL to lean on and leverage

** engaging and rigorous curriculum
some of these are multi year initiatives
illustrative math learn from year 1 and build on

working on a district grading committee to start that work

across the six administrators, they have representation on all the district wide initiatives
have an FEF grant for a visiting author for all three schools year

** high quality instruction
observation time lead to coaching

personalized learning
looking at student strength and needs, what their needs are
all learn differently
develop support for individualized learning

IST = instructional support team (intervention)

Responsive classroom and keys to literacy

Q - how do you support teachers trying to do personalized training when the course load is larger (across the middle school environment vs. elementary)

** 2 way communication to support student learning

engage in regular communications on important topics
sharing articles, 2-way communications
tech can help with translations for non-English speakers
frequent and meaningful, trying to avoid overload

one year commitment for school council is manageable
did get folks to step up at Remington

** High School Improvement Goals 2019-20

shorter but more frequent conversations in advisory program with students

develop, tweak and refine programs for students

a topic in conversation all the time, integrating different sources, developing the language to recognize work already underway

"Portrait of a Graduate"

similar items between middle school and high school, consistency across the district
clear guidelines on what homework looks like at FHS

grading reform continues,heavy lifting done and more work to be done
continuing at the district level

personalized ;earning, not just empowering the staff but how to recognize the needs of the students

new teacher academy - orientation (1st by Central Office)
nothing quite like the first year in teaching

pathways, not just a 4 year college on the road
not just where are you going to college? what are you doing after high school?

Ms Tracey - communications specialist for Franklin (also working with middle schools)

thanks to Mr Bailey for his effort in the video, it could not have been done without him
video did make it to Fox25

b. Seal of Biliteracy Presentation

recognize inclusive work 
16 languages in the hallways

broad implications for FHS and FPS

manageable and minimal cost

recognition on awards night for the 2020-2021 year
this is all prep for the roll out and implementation

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