Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Live reporting: School Committee - October 15, 2019

Present: Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield (late), Bergen, Schultz, Zub

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, Ally Ivers)
Fri Oct 25, homecoming football game vs. Taunton
Sat Oct 26, homecoming dance

senior nights for various sports coming up
Elisha Project volunteer work by FHS team

early decision coming up Nov 1 for colleges

d. Superintendent’s Report
middle schools excited by author visit coming up in November
book fair at Unlikely Story 20% donated back to schools
drop and read in middle schools
author visit to Unlikely Story sign up for

Professional development across the district
brought folks together across the buildings
roles, responsibilities around student learning
smaller group work coming Nov 5

family and community education team, empathy focus

great time at the Harvest Festival, thousands appeared
thanks to the DECA students who participated
raised money by selling Panther gear

2. Guests / Presentations
  • a. FHS Europe Trip Recap – Kevin McCarthy, Mike Walsh, FHS Students
thank you to all who permitted us to take part in this trip
large and logistically challenging trip
your faith in us was well placed

66 FHS students participated in the trip

mattress fund raiser achieved 7K to help defray the costs

  • b. NEASC Two-Year Update – Paul Peri, William Klements
did receive our accreditation
9 highlighted recommendations
did take action on those
3 were completed outright
6 of the 9 deal with 21st century and connected with Portrait of a Graduate

3 completed
  • Advisory program
  • overcrowding in cafe and fitness center; seniors eating in Media Center
  • District moved to Google
21st century skills
8 of the 9 of these are FHS admin, the 9th to the School Committee
find time in schedule for cross planning, scheduling task force in planning stage
whole school and student progress measures
data analysis
dependable funding to support staffing

per NEASC the most important work will always be "in progress"

  • c. Health & Wellness Curriculum Presentation – Kristin Letendre
Dr Edwards joined Kristin to present overview (copy of doc to be added later)

150 minutes at elem, 225 at secondary, we fall far short of these recommendations

vaping increasing

slide captures to b added along with presentation copy

students no longer get nutrition education at high school given other demands for instruction

@FPSHealthPE Health Twitter feed more active, quarterly newsletter actually getting out monthly

wish list:

  • at least another 30 mins at elementary
  • middle school going to every other day
  • FHS, expand beyond the 9th and 10th grade levels

resources and schedule changes would both be required, both also require budget prioritization; had requested a PE/Health teacher last budget and didn't get it

5.2 FTE to cover 9/10; would need to add those numbers also to cover the 11/12 classes as well

there are some mitigations available via the advisory opportunities that are not direct instruction but can offer an alternative for those in need

Kristen sending letter later this week on health course with a video link and narration on the changes

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