Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Live reporting: School Committee - Jan 28, 2020

Present: D'Angelo, Keenen, Pfeffer, Scofield, Bergen, Spencer, Stokes
Absent: none

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters 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…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH
C. FHS Student Representative Comments
FHS #1 in winning percentage across winter sports for Hockomock League
rehearsal for Chicago underway, performances in March
Drama production also scheduled for Feb 28
students thanking the FHS admin for time to heal and the resources available after the inappropriate video was shared

D. Superintendent’s Report

professional development, half day, under direction of building principals

middle schools -draft portrait of a graduate/feedback
elementary level - SEL, cultural proficiency, math and literacy assessments, currciulum planning

next half day, Fri Feb 7

professional development within district
Merton/Williams reading workshop
Helbig, Violet, Young -math specialists - 2 part session on math learning

MASC mid-winter meeting
Giguere and Ahern attended last week
learning about modeling personalized learning experiences
Jeff Lawrence - key note speaker, complexity of leadership today

grant funding, pursue when it makes sense, some are entitlement grants, some are competitive, always aggressive in searching for opportunities

chorus workshop at FHS, James Burton, choral director of Boston Symphony and Tanglewood
he worked with students in small groups during the day
explicitly drawing upon the student emotions through voice

concert coming up in March

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