Council Meeting Minutes

 

Roy High Community Council December 10, 2019

 

In Attendance: Jennifer Bessinger, Jason Doliwa, Trina Favero, Cordell Lamb, Stephanie Lamb, Shauntelle Anderson, April Murray, Samantha Bills, Tony Dick, Brenda Hart, Matt Williams, Tyler King, Rob Lake, Natalie Cole, Julie Morgan, Rich Morgan, Kate Bideaux. 

Jason Doliwa went over the Meeting dates, the rest of the year meeting dates are as follows; February 11th and March 10th that will be it for this school year. We should be back in the conference room for the February meeting. 

Notes from the Meeting of November 12, 2019 were sent via email and approved during this meeting. No changes need to be made. Please let us know if there needs to be changes to the notes. 

Mr. King: Sped life skills classes have some unique needs. Some of that requires room clears. We have to clear the room to protect the safety of other students. Our rooms are not very well equipped to handle those kids. To help with safety concerns the district is building some additional rooms inside the life skills classes where they can essentially have a “time out”. This is going to be hugely beneficial. Right now we have one of those rooms vacated so they can do that construction. They are meeting in the conference room. They should finish the first classroom up in a week and a half and they will rotate to the other classroom. We will change one of the sped classrooms to what is currently Herrick’s classroom. Roy High School is getting overloaded. We are adapting and overcoming. They are moving two portables over here that are right now at Roy Jr. High, in preparation for high numbers again next year. We may have three life skills classes next year. 

Where the Trustland money comes from. Video shown by Mr. Williams: “Building the Trust.” 

As states entered the Union federal lands were appropriated to them to provide financial support for specific institution in 1894 congress allocated parcels of lands called “trustlands” to the new state of Utah. Utah was given sections 2, 16, 32, and 36 in each township resulting in scattered township throughout the state. In total 1/9 of the state was granted to Utah as trustlands. Congress required these lands to be used to support public institutions. Along with these land grants, congress also established permanent endowments to help support public institutions including public schools. Nearly 100 years later despite selling off half of the original land grant in the first few decades, Utah had done little to grow these endowments. A concerned group of educators, legislatures, and other stakeholders organized and advocated for an independent agency to manage the states’ trustlands in 1994 was SITLA established and developed a business model to maximize revenue from Utah Trustlands, in its first year SITLA nearly doubled the permanent education fund from 50 million to 95 million dollars and helped grow all permanent funds to a combined balance well in excess of over two billion dollars today. Entirely funded with no cost to taxpayers, a separate entity helps diversify and manage these in portfolios. Each beneficiary uses it for its most pressing need. 

“It’s good to know where it comes from every year, it’s supposed to increase a bit more next year. We need to discuss how to spend the money this next year.” 

Since last time we met we received our graduation rates, we were at 92 percent last year. It went down one percent, but it wasn’t that long ago that we were in the 80s and even in the 70s. WSD as a whole last year was at 84 percent. Two Rivers High School was at 82 percent last year, before it was in the 30s and 40s for Two Rivers. They really focused on graduation for Two Rivers. There is a Horizons Academy which they created last year which pulls most of those kids that won’t graduate so it’s kind of a pathway for those kids into adult education and it’s at 31 percent graduation so that is where that lower graduation rate went. State average was high 80s, as a district they were really impressed with the graduation rates. Horizons Academy they can work online through an edgenuity program; they funnel those kids through the edgenuity program they usually end up at Horizons Academy. Two Rivers is more for kids that a traditional high school isn’t working out for them and so this is a great option for them. Weber Innovation Center is at 45 percent graduation, which has been surprising. They have put the WIC students back into our high schools. We have a counselor that will work with those kids to get them to graduate. It was a shock to all of us and it will bring our numbers down a little bit. 

Cohort rate of graduation is when they start tracking a kid when they enter 9th grade, and if they drop out in those four years this affects the graduation rate. The actual day of graduation cohort is attributed to our transient nature, we started with 1855 and we dropped about 60 kids that were not found. Same thing happened at Roy Jr. that we never see where they go. We have more homelessness. The cohort is that 9th grade year. It is those 600 9th graders that started four years ago and where they are now. 92 percent is fantastic. 

Kate Bideaux “When you look at just the whole number my guess is that socioeconomic status, we may have a higher number of children in sub groups, the other high schools don’t have our diversity when we have a higher of children in our subgroups that make up our whole. We love our diversity; I’m even guessing of what is in the sub groups is why our non-graduation rate is so much higher.” 

Food pantry: Shelley Bush, “Down the first hall it’s located, when I first came we had the pantry packs, that were provided by the Catholic Community Service that basically they can grab a bag and go for a meal for an evening. There is tuna fish, macaroni and cheese and that kind of variety. We bring them out on Fridays, I noticed there are a lot of expired food, partially because they walk home and don’t want to carry it and they are embarrassed. The 

other portion is grab and go food that they can come and grab during the day. One thing I wanted to try and do to make it more effective, open it up after school hours, so if parents can grab it when they are picking up their kids, we are going to try it wed from 3 to 5. I’d like to see it be a little more utilized. If we can get the word out, It’s closer than going to Catholic Community Center or bishop’s storehouse, come on in take what you need, see from there what the needs are, and how to restock and refill it work with different partners.” Mr. Williams “I sent out an email to everyone on Roy High’s mailing list and I got back a bunch of replies saying how can we volunteer? What can we do to help? Right now we are going to see how it goes. We will just start there, we are regulated on what we can take in our goal is to reach out to see if some organizations will do some food drives and see what we need and see how much it is used on Wednesday nights. The community showed lots of interest to help.” 

Lynn Raymond from the district, about digital citizenship put in place that they wanted us to touch base with digital citizenship and what were are doing for filter for student internet access. With chrome books coming home. We have two I-boss filters, two industrial filters that are significantly different than what you do at home these are half million dollars each. They use artificial intelligence to see all of the traffic that comes through the network, it still forces all of that Chromebook traffic through the district. Everything goes through the first filter, if for some reason the filter goes down, the second filter will kick in, if that filter goes down then internet is stopped though those chrome books. Digital citizenship is part of it, we are trying to teach kids what is and isn’t appropriate online. You can imagine it is an uphill battle, it is two very contradictory things. We use common sense media that is a good one for parents, for what is safe and what is not safe online it talks about the types of things you should and shouldn’t post online. The other thing that we will be doing very soon many of you received an email from Bark. One of the questions we get asked in the communities, is they know what they are doing online at home but on their student account they have no idea what they’re doing so we are utilizing Bark. There is kind of the traditional way of keeping people safe on the internet is filtering. That is really a cat and mouse game, that if they know what they are doing they can get around it If they are using VPNs, Bark will stop that. More of a responsibility is where we teach kids, there is things you can do to try to get around filters to be inappropriate but what will happen is someone else will be notified through Bark with artificial intelligence, it kind of sees the emails, video chats, google hangouts, if anything is inappropriate it just grabs a snip it of that, and it will send it to the administration and parents too. We have been getting all that in place in the back end. We will have it fully in place in January, within a short period of time. It depends on what it is. You can go in and pick what you want to be notified upon, suicide, a weapon around the school, those types of things the administration will take action on, it depends on the severity, there are some that are typos, when it gets to a certain level of severity, we call parents and let them know. Bark is more specific and it depends on severity. We call the parents and let them know the next time they will get a AUP notification. And be banned for using their chrome books. As you know they have been using their phones the network access, where we have turned off the student Wi-Fi for their phones, they have moved to using their chrome books to chat etc. so now it lets us see what that chat is and if it is inappropriate. 

ACT: Brenda this Saturday is the free ACT where we have students signed up. We have 9 teachers who are helping run the test. Connie Malan is a go getter, she sent an email to the admin to ask if we wanted to do another free ACT test Feb 8th it looks like we have been approved for another writing portion of and online and the paper tests. This puts us at three free for our juniors this year. We have scheduled Jan 25 a Saturday for a skills training. Which will be great and they will be back for another test February 8th. We aren’t going to offer ACT’s practice test as it costs a lot. We will offer skills to students in specific categories. Just as important is our scores of tests, this has college readiness written all over it. We will see if it will affect our rates. The statistics show the more you take it the better you will do. On the January 25th, when do they need to sign up for that and is it fully open? Hart: “We will offer it for everyone... anything we throw out there now will be lost. We will be limited by the volume. We are still working out some of the details, it will be a great... free to the students. If we do the ACT prep it is 65 dollars per kid... we would hugely limit our kids if we did that. Watch for signups to happen in early January for the skills day. 

Auditorium: Mr. King “It is happening, we met with a ton of contractors, they came in and met with the architect and went through some of the specifics. They are working on their bids; they have to turn them in on Dec 18th. We are hoping to nail it down before break. We will choose which company they will go with. Seating: they are created so you can replace each individual part. We are working on sound. It’s plenty loud in the auditorium, but it’s not real clear. The clarity will increase significantly. Lighting will be a huge part of it. LED won’t have to be replaced as often. Cat walks, pulleys and getting out there to change lights are extensive and this will and improve the longevity of the lights. We will get new paint, carpet, curtains. The district gave us 1.5 million dollars; they weren’t able to fit new curtains in that original cost. The teachers weren’t happy, the curtains are worn out, sun rotten. Matt reached out to Dr. Stevens, we have been able to do some things and we will split cost. We were going to have to fundraise for that about 1/3 of the cost. Kate Bideaux mentioned a Ram grant that helped Ogden high’s auditorium. Roy’s Auditorium is used 52 weekends of the year. Maybe if we sell a Plaque on the chairs to help fundraise. We will lose 100 seats. Assemblies will be in the gym. Last one next Friday. It is supposed to be done by Aug next year. The Auditorium is 37 years old, everything is original. 

Last 10 or 15 min of the meeting let’s brainstorm next year: 

One of the main goals is to raise ACT scores, Average score is 18. This has been a great goal. I personally would suggest that we stay with that. I know that with trustlands, this has been our main goal and our focus.. 

Food pantry there is usually two problems. It’s really what do we need? More communication reaching out to what people need. Delivery system? How could we get people to use it? That is what it is for. Maybe we want to consider a subtler delivery method or get families using it, they need dinner and that is what it is for. Weber high stopped doing the food pantry, they have identified 25 students, and those kids know it’s a very discrete thing those kids come in on Fridays and they have a basket to take home. There are things to look into and make sure that the families that need it are getting it. One idea is to get a list on the website about the food pantry and needs. Council member “I grew up in a home where we got reduced lunch tickets and they were a different color and that was a stigma and everyone knew,” Shelly Bush, “There are 15 to 20 kids daily that will come in and get chili or top ramen for lunch, Let’s see what response we get to come in and get food tomorrow night as we go forward with it. We are wide open for ideas. 

Council Member Mr. Lamb “What about a goal around numbers of kids that are taking college level classes, what about accessing those classes in high school.” We have a wonderful variety. We have a high number of concurrent enrollment and AP classes. Mr. Williams “I love the idea of having a goal of increasing the number of kids that take concurrent enrollment and AP classes and OWATC classes.” Increasing that number is a great idea. If we could emphasize it. As we move our focus, we can continue the things that helps us get there, not forgetting about increasing our ACT scores. 

Current goals are on the website under community council: Trustlands goals: 1. Increase ACT composite score one point. We are 3 or 4 points below... Clearfield, and Weber. 2. 89 percent of our students will be on track with academic credit by starting of senior year. 3. Roy High will decrease the number of F grades given to less than 6 percent of each quarter. 

In February we will get a little bit more focused on what we want our goals to be. The meeting in March is when they have to be submitted and done. Send Mr. Williams ideas. We will probably keep increasing the ACT scores. We are increasing our classes we are offering. Two of them are concurrent enrollment class, Horticulture, History and Sports class concurrent enrollment which will help with graduation. 

On the goal of F grades it was brought up how effective is a C+ now on getting out for R and R, CLT team which is our group of teachers we will discuss with those things. How effective is R&R? We see it being hugely affecting. Lower end kids that walk out of class don’t care, they aren’t going to care anyway, there is a group of kids that want that hour lunch. The graduation rate and those things are proof of that. Would it motivate kids if we increased it to a B-? Mr. Williams “My fear is what is the tipping point. It will motivate some but for some, C plus is above average, there are so many things that some of it is teacher the teacher. There are so many things that go into that F. We will talk about that in our CLT Meeting how we tweak R & R a little bit, but it is about 10 percent of it is the teacher. 25 minutes helping teachers with their homework. There are certain kids that we battle with. I love using R&R really any situation that kids are having struggles. We love that that is an option, the thing that is so nice about it April Murray says is that she can totally help 10 kids that are struggling and get things made up. April Murray also attaches tutoring to their grade that they stay in for R&R and those kids will help tutor the other ones. We are not afraid to try things to make it better for the students. 

 

Roy High Community Council October 8, 2019


In Attendance: Jennifer Bessinger, Jason Doliwa, Trina Favero, Anthony Dick, Cordell Lamb, Stephanie Lamb, Shauntelle
Anderson, Kate Bideau, April Murray, Tyler King, Brenda Hart, Rob Lake, Natalie Cole, Julie Morgan, Rich Morgan, Matt
Williams.

Council Business: Meeting dates are good for the remainder of the year. Goal today is to review the Trust Lands Plans
and goals. The TSSP is a new grant Teacher and Student Success Plan, similar to the Trust lands plan. Our district has
chosen to make it similar in the requirements.
Digital citizenship training. November 12 th they will come in and do the training with the community council.

TRUSTLANDS PLAN FOR THIS YEAR: 208,000 is what we ended up receiving.
Goal 1: Increase the overall ACT composite score by 1 percent
Action steps: Have specific PLC in the summer for the teachers. Teachers were given a date to get together. And we
asked that part of that to be planning what they can do ACT wise.
Ongoing professional development for teachers, sometimes it is conferences etc.
Sophomore students will begin to take Aspire tests.
ACT prep programs, we will offer after school and before school courses.
Increase the number of students that take AP and concurrent classes, that is always a goal of ours. We will at least offer
two parent nights that will educate students and families to increase academic performances.
We will have an ACT class that is taught during day.
We will schedule a practice ACT day to have students see what it would be like
ACT will reimburse if Juniors if they have already paid for it. We just found out yesterday that the registration process is
through their counselor. We can and need to advertise it in our classes.
December 14 th ACT Ms. Hart: They are trying to see if online is the best way to take it. Roy High has been chosen as a
test site Juniors specifically, half will take paper test and half will take the online test. They will compare the two and
see if they do better on line. They can take it for free. They will again take it March 24 th with just paper and pencil. The
half taking online will show us accurate results, if students do better taking it online. Online is just specifically for
juniors. We have to have a minimum of 50. We just found out yesterday that they are allowing us to do it. Juniors
won’t know until they get here on December 14 if they are doing the online test or paper and pencil test.
Mr. Williams “the more times our students can be a part of it, see how it goes the better off student’s scores will be.
There is nothing natural about coming on a Saturday and taking a test for four hours. This will help with test anxiety”

Goal 2: Eighty-nine percent of students will be on track with academic credit by the start of
their senior year:
Edgenuity is a new program just for makeup credit. Original credit; we have weber online but it is a little difficult. There
are a couple other different smaller programs, we use PM school, Northridge learning center with packet make up
credit. Sometimes we help kids pay for those that are on fee waivers. Two option teachers will be assigned with
struggling students, right now that is Mrs. Kersey-Smith and Angie Knudson and they have about 15 kids in each class,
working with kids that failed classes getting them back on track.
What do the advocates do? We have two, they do anything from contacting students that aren’t in school, making a
plan on how to get them coming again and caught up. We had 40 kids that hadn’t come to school thus far this year,

they track them and make sure they are going to classes. They get them set up with doing online make up work,
working with counselors, they are extra support not letting kids fall through the cracks. Mr. Dick: “They are a great
resource, I’ve gone to them and they help contact kids, I can’t leave my classroom to track down kids, I can’t always
leave to make phone calls. We have two advocates that are at 5.75 a day.

Goal 3: Roy High will decrease number of F grades given to less than 6% at the end of each
quarter:
Graduation is our main goal, but we are also doing a lot of things for college and career readiness. Counselors have this
thing called: 1, 2, 4 and more goal, 1-year school, 2-year school and 4 year schools, but lots of things in between. That is
our goal is getting them involved and learning about something that will interest them that they might do. It used to be
that the high school focus was just go to college. but not everybody goes to college. Our goal is to help them to get
somewhere that they are interested in.
Math is the most the failed class. We have great math teachers; students just struggle with Math. April Murray wishes
more would kids would attend. We have after school tutoring. We have mid 20s in math class sizes. Mr. Dick “at times
I have had with 35, 40 kids its almost too hard to catch those who are struggling. Much better this year with mid to high
20s.” We also use this along with a couple of other sources to buy-out other teachers preps. Not all teachers want to be
bought out for their preps.
Ashley strong observes other teachers and is the literacy coach, she helps them with literacy.
We have an ALEKS program to help with math and the grant pays for extra licenses of it.
1 to 1 technology: Mr. Williams, “Maybe we weren’t ready, cart before the horse. Some adjustments are still needed.”
Kate B “However it gives everybody access. You can’t for see everything.” This is the student’s language. If we want to
compete educationally we have to be able to put them in the student’s hands, council comments are that not all
teachers are embracing it… Mr. Williams “we will continue to work on that.” Canvas: Colleges uses canvas. Now we
are preparing kids to use canvas. Meeting participants “Only thing confusing is that some teachers use google classroom
and students have to go back and forth. Council comments “We like the updates every week from canvas, to know what
assignments they have turned in or not.” Computers are their language. Mr. Williams: from Jr. High they spent
$60,000 in copies a year and this definitely cuts down on that, the chrome books basically pay for themselves.
We have been using smart boards, they are outdated, we now switching over to smart panel TVs.
Unused funds are usually being used for technology: In the past we have been able to write in and rotate it in the grant
to use through extra funds for the fine arts program etc. Matt would propose that if we have some extra money that
we use extra for fine arts. We will talk about it in next council. Council Members “$5,000 is not much when we are
talking about $208,000.” Our fine arts teachers worry that their jobs will be obsolete one day. Mr. Williams “It gives
students one more opportunity to be involved.”
We need to put the Trust lands plan on the WEB Page
TSSP: 107,000 in addition to the 208,000 from Trust lands:
It has been decided that we will have the same goals as for the Trust lands grant.
The legislature has given us extra funds. Our district has chosen that we will use some of it for a mental health
specialist. We share the mental health specialist with Jr. High. There is a referral process, counselors still handle
minimal situations. As it gets to a tier 3, Andrea Bailey can help with that. The goal is to hire more. Each Junior High
puts in a little bit, then district puts in half of the cost. We are realizing it is much needed with the anxiety and
depression of students. It could easily turn into a full time position here at the High School. This job is developing as we
go. Not a lot of school districts have it. We have a half time counselor who we made full time so 36,000 of that is to
make them full time. Every WIC student that is Weber On Line full time used to be categorized at WIC, at the end of

last year they sent them back to the school. Usually they are very far behind in credits. Roy High has 40 kids that are really

behind and only online. Each counselor has 5 or 6 kids that they have to keep track of. It was a huge shock on when
they sent them back to the high schools. The student advocates will work with these kids and each counselor has about
5 or 6 in their alphabet that they will have to work with that don’t come to the building at all.
Teacher buyouts and Flat panels TV’s, right now a teacher buyout costs about $10,000. Increase the ACT. We will use
other funds to try and increase ACT scores.
Students will increase their ACT score just by retaking it again.

In Addition:
Mr. Lake updated council on Fall sports, new Swim coach Nathan Toll.
Talked about the Assembly we had with “Instead with Nick Vijucic”. Awesome Anti-Bullying assembly.

 

ACTION PLANS:
Put Trust land plan on the web page of Roy High
ACT Prep classes.
 Can we have a summer class? It would help the very busy sport kids.
 Start classes and pushing ACT prep early in the fall.
 Counselors be involved to remind kids to retake ACT over and over.
 Have sophomores take ACT’s in preparation.
 Really push the free extra ACT for juniors on December 14 th . Find out when they have to be registered to take
this.
 Create another opportunity to get kids familiar with testing procedures, practice test. ACT prep class.

Scholarship information:
 Council Members will discuss and maybe send out information to parents quarterly about unknown
scholarships. “Top ten things for helping to get scholarships.”
 FASFA is required for college, it will be very good for parents and students to attend this week’s FASFA night.

 

Roy High Community Council November 12, 2019

 

In Attendance:  Jennifer Bessinger, Jason Doliwa, Trina Favero, Cordell Lamb, Stephanie Lamb, Shauntelle Anderson, April Murray, Samantha Bills, Mindy Silva, Brenda Hart, Matt Williams. Rob Lake, Natalie Cole, Julie Morgan, Rich Morgan.

Jason Doliwa went over the Meeting dates, the rest of the year meeting dates are as follows;

December 10, 2019, February 11, 2020, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 am in the Royal Conference room.   All in attendance agreed on time and dates.

SCHOLARSHIPS:   Taryn Isaacs.  “Scholarships is actually something that I am super proud of our counseling department for getting the word out about scholarships.”  In 2014 we had around $782, o00 awarded scholarships, 2018 was the first time Roy High hit over One Million in scholarships.  In 2016 it jumped to Two and a half Million, that was when we started college application week and helping students actually filling out applications.  In 2018 we bumped up to over 3-1/2 million in scholarships.  That is a pretty steady.  We are always looking for ideas to get kids to apply for scholarships.  

Taryn Isaacs:  We now approach scholarships more aggressively, at CCR we have a handout which shows three different areas, GPA and index score from ACT and show them how much they can for a scholarship.  At CCR we introduce them to the academic index chart. There is a chart outside on the bulletin.  We are in the middle of sophomore CCRS right now, parents are invited to those meetings, we have the folder that has the academic index chart, pamphlets.    Julie Morgan said the latest one is the best CCR she has ever been to.   Roy Counselors have a great resource on the Roy high website roy.wsd.net under students, counseling, and then under the tab of scholarships brings up 27 pages of different scholarships and how to apply and when the application is due.  Other scholarships come from government others come from private.   This is a big help for the students to find those scholarships easily.

When we meet with the juniors, we go in their classrooms, especially during college awareness week.   The junior lesson is all about the ACT, where they can study for it.   We show them the bulletin board.  They do a quicker CCR, we remind them again about scholarships.  We answer questions.  We remind them again how to apply for scholarships and how to sign up to take the ACT. 

Then for Seniors during college application week we go into their classrooms and prepare them for college application week and tell them all about the different scholarships, where to find them. Parents are invited to a senior parent meeting that was announced by email, at parent teacher conference and we have started a senior newsletter that we send out every quarter and that was announced on there too and unfortunately we get about 40 parents total to come.  We would like to increase that.  I think the biggest jump in our numbers have come due to college application week. Counselors make a lot of effort they take call kids down and try to get them to apply for scholarships.  We look at scholarships and try to find some kids to apply to a particular one.  Roy high has the most students in our district that has earned the EDGE scholarship at Weber State.  If you a have ideas and suggestions, to get kids to apply, please give us some ideas.  Scholarships in general the problem is no one comes knocking at your door.  It is a process; it’s like pulling teeth.   

Lamb: these are habits they are developing, the parents almost need to push kids starting in 7th grade, sometimes by 9th grade if they have failing grades it’s too late.  It’s hard for first time parents to catch that vision of how this will affect their kids’ college education.

Williams “kids don’t seem to care when they are in high school, I have a junior in college and now she is figuring out the importance of scholarships.”  They don’t put a lot of effort in applying in high school unless there is a push by the parents or counselors.

ACT UPDATE:  Brenda Hart:   Last time we met we met you guys threw out some ideas about having training prior to the kids taking the test.  We talked about it and we are going to offer a Saturday training for skills before the March 24th test when all Juniors are required to take it.  We will have probably four sections, we will have teachers teach them how to have success in certain categories like reading and I think that has to do with kids just understanding the question altogether.  So we will have them move from group to group so that they can have a taste of all different aspects of the test.   Do you think we should just offer it to Juniors or all classes?   Members agreed we should offer it to all.   How many Saturdays before?  Do you think two Saturdays before?  The Saturday before is junior prom?   A few weeks before?  If they have a few weeks before to know what their weaknesses are.   Teachers will also offer some take away material to help them study and even in class they will go over some material.  We will definitely run with the skills training two or three weeks prior to the March 14th ACT, maybe even four weeks.   Maybe the last weekend in February we will do that skills training.

December 14th ACT:  We have given out 232 vouchers.  We don’t have access to seeing who has registers.   Connie keeps checking.  We hope we can see how many have registered as opposed to just how many vouchers we have given out.  The very very last day to register is November 22.   There is the deadline of November 8 but for some procrastinators they have bumped it to the November 22. 

Extra ACT in December:  Taryn:  We heard about an opportunity to put in for another free ACT it is a pilot we had to write them and submit an application.  We were selected. That is going to be December 14th, students do not know if they will be doing the online version or the paper version. We hope that just doing it an extra time will help increase their comfort with it and their scores.  We always recommend that they have already taken it before their free one comes. Taryn Isaacs “That has been an unintended consequence with the free one being offered is that now even in parent’s mind is that they think ‘Oh don’t we just do that at the school’ the ACT that the juniors do they just think they do it once and they don’t take it again.  Even during the CCR with the juniors the number of students that had taken it in December was very small.   That was one of the focuses was to raise the ACT scores.  Matt Williams:  As Jason as I first met for Community Council that was one of the focuses to increase the ACT scores.   That is also part of the Trustlands goal is to raise the ACT scores and that is what statistics show, the more they take it, the levels go higher, they take it more serious, they feel more comfortable about it.  The cool part about it is they are trying to go online and this will be a great trial basis for us. Even at the Jr. High they would do bench mark tests and the more they familiarized themselves with the test, the better they did.  Statistics show that.  Ms. Bills:  Parents can pay the extra after they have taken the ACT and get the results on what they need to work on, what areas they need to improve on before they take the next test.

Ms. Lamb: If they go to online are they going to let them use the program that they are using in Math? Because they don’t use the calculators to graph as much because they are using the DESMOS to graft.  April Murray “There are not really any questions on the ACT where you have to use a grafting calculator.”  They just usually have the graphs right there for you.  You shouldn’t have to have a graphing calculator. 

 CLT- UPDATE   Collaborate Leadership Training 10/25:     Matt Williams: We had a training for our teachers, the CLT team taught and this is what we are working towards with our teachers:  Transfer and Essential Questions.

Transfer:   How does this transfer into real life?  Why are we learning this? 

Essential Questions:    Daily questions that you want the kids to understand what they are learning. 

 Last year they made great strides.  Last year the PLC’s made great strides and these questions are very important, if you are teaching a lesson what is the purpose of this lesson, is it just because it is your favorite lesson?  Or what am I trying to get them to learn today?  Each teacher has different essential questions.  We aren’t forcing each teacher to have the exact same question, but there are essential standards that are the same across the board.   April “We are making great progress; we are focused on what we want them to know next year.  Now we are focused on these questions and there is more thinking involved instead of just following procedures and steps.  Mindy Silva:  It is great to have the same goal involved and we are all working on the same thing.   Matt Williams:  It helps us to share, when I first started teaching, no one wanted to share what they were doing or what they were teaching.  What it allows teachers to do is to collaborate and talk and have the same goal.  The kids are learning the same thing as they did in different classes.   April:   We are all doing the same tests, there is more consistency as well. 

SP67 STUDENT SUCCESS GRANT FACILITATOR:  We have hired a new Roy cone facilitator:    Shelly Bush about week and a half ago.   She graduated from Roy High.   She spent some time working for Davis Chamber of Commerce.  She has spent time working with the Foundation and spent time working with and fundraising and donor relations, facilitating grants and making sure money spent is where it is supposed to be.  She is excited to be involved in this project and work with students and families and to make a difference.  There is a need for these resources.  

Matt:  The grant is 111 pages, as she embarks on this new process.  The grant is different than what it was about 8 or 9 years ago originally donated 458,000 that the state gives the Roy cone each year, a large portion of it goes to the boys and girls club, Weber Human Services and then at Eleven schools we employ a student advocate.   It’s about partnerships and student success.  Shelly is still getting her feet wet.  It is a five-year grant; we are in the fourth year.  The legislature may pull the grant the last year.  Regardless if we get the grant or not, I think the positon will probably remain here, just because of the partnership.   We are so restricted in how we can spend the money, that it does make it difficult sometimes in what we can use it for.  It will still survive and we will do really well.  We will still have a small pantry here, food drives, eagle projects, maybe move it over to the hope center.  Roy Jr High there is huge locker rooms and offices and long term goal is to move the pantry into one of those locker room.   Roy jr High won’t be finished until next year, food pantry is down the road that is the plan as of now. 

COMING UP AT ROY HIGH:

Veterans Assembly 9:30 to 10:30    Friday 11/15 Guest speaker is Mr. King

Senior Citizen Dinner 11/20 @ 4:30, those who are helping serve come at 4:00. 

Sub for Santa money that we have:  some we will use to help Cannon Cooper with medical bills and help to get him home and back to school.  He may possibly come to school in January whether he will be in a fancy wheelchair or walking. 

Digital literacy training will be here next meeting

If you know of families that need help with Christmas, send information by email to Matt Williams or the counselors and they will get the list started of families that need help.

Things to work on:  Ideas for next time December 10th what we want to do for our plan.  We have worked on ACT’s and F percentages.  Come with some ideas.

Skills training last Saturday in February for ACT.

Roy High School, 2150 West 4800 South, Roy, Utah 84067 (801) 476-3600