• Site Council: 11.22.19 Agenda and Meeting Minutes

    In attendance: 

    Agenda

    1.  Introductions & Welcome
      1. Gratitude, Grounding, Brain Break 
    2. Review of last meeting

    Jessica suggested having peer mediators that take on issues and resolve with their peers. 

    Christine brought up restorative justice.  Serene has a background and will be practicing RJ circles weekly with the 7th graders.  It’s a district initiative. We have an RJ coach in the district. Would be great to have it talked about in Mindful Morning. 

    Serene: PPS- graduate goal is our students will be anti-racist leaders. RJ works well with moving students in this direction. Possibility of inviting a Resolutions NW leader to come talk.  Middle Schoolers are talking about having affinity groups (specifically a Students of Color Union or a Black Student Union). Making sure it’s showing up in the curriculum

    Jessica: Having conversations about race before events happen is important. 

    1. Marysville Successful School Survey  
    2. Celebrate and Elevate:
    3. Next Steps/Plans: 
    4. Next Meeting Date: 

     

    Site Council: 9.27.19 Agenda and Meeting Minutes

    Invited:

    Cathy Murray: Principal 

    Audrey Rozell SUN Site Coordinator

    Serene Bertram: Assistant Principal 

    Mai Quan: Education Assistant

    Ellie Russell : Parent of 2nd grader

    Jessica: Parent of a 1st grader

    Alex Phan: Parent of a 1st grader and 3rd grader

    Flora: Parent of Kindergartener, 2nd grader, and 7th grader 

    In attendance: 

    Cathy Murray, Serene Bertram, Audrey Rozell, Mai Quan, Ellie Russell, Jessica, Flora Gonzalez, Alex Phan, and Christine Bersten

    Agenda

    1.  Introductions & Welcome
      1. Gratitude, Grounding, Brain Break 
    2. What is a Site Council  Cathy provided a handout with guidelines to holding Site Council and ways to formailize it.  Intentionally reaching out to families. Get families involved in the details, help guide the school and decisions, determining where we are putting our resources (especially in Spring when we are budgeting for teachers).  Add a tab on the website with Site Council information, balance of staff and families (an equal voice), include students occasionally for perspective. 

    Jessica suggested having peer mediators that take on issues and resolve with their peers. 

    Christine brought up restorative justice.  Serene has a background and will be practicing RJ circles weekly with the 7th graders.  It’s a district initiative. We have an RJ coach in the district. Would be great to have it talked about in Mindful Morning. 

    Serene: PPS- graduate goal is our students will be anti-racist leaders. RJ works well with moving students in this direction. Possibility of inviting a Resolutions NW leader to come talk.  Middle Schoolers are talking about having affinity groups (specifically a Students of Color Union or a Black Student Union). Making sure it’s showing up in the curriculum

    Jessica: Having conversations about race before events happen is important. 

    1. 2018-2019 Marysville State Assessments Data from State Report Card is not available yet. 
    2. School Continuous Improvement Plan: Reviewed the SCIP.  Across the board 7th graders reported a low “Sense of Belonging”.  Have students come up with a plan: what do they need, add clubs (Mindful Club, Affinity groups, etc.), creating team time, Student Council, Students of Color Club
    3. Celebrate and Elevate:
    4. Next Steps/Plans: 
      1. Find resources that support talking to children about race
    5. Next Meeting Date: October (Requested a meeting for October)

    Site Council

    Cathy Murray

    Mai Quan

    Audrey Rozell

    Gina Kim- Folston

    Jessica

    Ellie Russell

    Michael Rehana

    Alex Phan


    Cathy discussed different forms of classrooms for students who have special emotional needs. General ed with para (focus classroom), push in to general ed, SES classroom, schools like Pioneer.

    A survey will be going out with regards to Student Success Act funding for our school.  Parent voice is needed. Money will be given next year. We could have an evening to conduct the surveys in the future. 

    Peer mediation

    5th graders working with younger grades

    Sarah Holmes has been parterning with staff to lead Restorative Justice groups with middle school. If you want to sit in sometime, let us know.  Importance of checking in with families. 

    Working on systemizing family comunication. Need to regulate the entire community. Giving oportunities to share their experiencec.

    Corey Seymour (13 schools in our cluster)- will be doing a BSU meeting with our middle school students once a month. First one in December

    Nicole Watson, PAT representative, social justice equity leader Ideally trying to meet with schools trying to get in front or racial events before they happen. Helped us lead our first meeting. Practicing the agreements with each other. Not talking about situations that are too personal.  Need a toolbox to talk to our children. Uncovering the social construct/implicit bias. Developing the white ally, interrupting racism and gaining multiple perspectives. 

    Gender inclusivity work, as well.  

    *The ways boys treat the girls of the younger students (Jessica).  Having the entire class talk about situations. Using teachable moments but also getting in front of it.  Interupting patterns at a young age. Great for children to practice at home, too (especially if there is gender power at home)

    Piloting toolbox. Caring School Communities (has much more circles and training teachers with a unified message).  Good segway to talk about gender. How situations affect a community. Possibility of using a book club to facilitate conversations.  

    Reviewed the Student Successful Schools Survey. We do best in our student/teacher relationships. 5th and 7th graders were given the survey last February. Developing sense of belonging.  How do we foster that home school communication so that students are “talking about ideas from class”. 

    *How often are people disrespectful to others at your school (can be used for the discussion up above). May need to unpack this question.  WIth whom and where is it taking place. 

    What makes you feel like you belong here? 

    We targeted middle school this year:  Engagement and Sense of Belonging. 8th graders are scoring higher now that they are middle schoolers. Project based curriculum for middle schoolers.  Had a three days immersion experience with building robots. Drama. 

    Parents don’t know how to talk about puberty with their students.  Develpmentally skills to have communication.  

    Looked at Sara Fuller’s data on her survey

    Patroling the pick up time at the east side driveway.  Cars are pulling in the fire lane. Maybe use the chain, or cones with signs.  Monitoring safety. Colorful sign. Ride and walk to school day. Stanchions. Safety person down there with an adult.  More crosswalks. One way. Have enough people complain at once it will move up the list. If you add school, it gets elevated.