Community Council Minutes

November 14, 2017

Attending:  Trina Favero, Jen Bessinger, Kirt Swalberg, Rae Ann Christensen, Casey Roche, Alicia Mitchell, Rob Lake, April Murray, Cordale Lamb, Stefane Lamb, Lee Yeagley, Denzil Remington, Julie Morgan, Kim Sparrow, Trina Favero.

Welcome:  Jen Bessinger

  • Next Meeting – January 9, 2018
  • Minutes reviewed and approved.

College Week.  

  • FAFSA open right now.  FAFSA Frenzy night on Parent Teacher Conference.  This week we send transcripts for free.  Snow, Dixie, SUU, OWATC waving registration fee this week.
  • Open houses will waive fee.  Take transcript with you.
  • Deadline for scholarships is December 1.  

Kirt – Jan – Digital Literacy piece.  

ACT Workshop –

  • First workshop was held.
  • Stephanie Lamb – workshop was really good.  Index score and how it works.  Pointers on testing.  Taking it multiple times is important.  Take once in fall of senior year or take math their senior year.  
  • Mr. Brown had done a great job.  Well worth the hour to come.
  • Next one will be Nov. 28, from 6 to 7 in the writing lab.  Will go over websites.  Encourage sophomores to come. 
  • We will have certified teachers – English and Math teach a class in the mornings – details still being worked out. They will start in January. 
  • February 27, is when our Juniors take the test for free. 
  • Any ideas on how to get kids to commit to coming.  Extra credit or attendance credit.
  • Dec. 9 is the ACT test to get you in concurrent enrollment classes.  Encourage students to come to Nov. 28 class.
  • Time management is part of learning how to take the test effectively.

Community that Cares

  • More buy-in from the community.  Meeting with business and church leaders to come together to help students at Roy.
  • Dec. 7 at the RHS Library will be a meeting.  Will look at Sharp Survey and other data to help students.  Janae Terry is our coordinator here at Roy.  
  • Christmas Tree Jubilee – right before Thanksgiving.  Janae is putting together a tree for that.
  • Community that Cares has been working great in Bonneville area.  Stickers are advertised on the back of business trucks regarding underage drinking.  

Grade distribution comparison.  

  • Trying to reduce F’s.  Math has been hard for kids and usually fail more than other classes.  Out of 150 students April Murray had 6 fail her class.  We are at 6.2% overall.  
  • April has her students come in after failing a test and learn the material and then take the test again.  
  • 806 total F’s.  We have 15 students that we have not ever seen.  Once you are at a junior high and quit coming to school they will count on Roy High’s graduation.  We have been working hard to get those students to school.  It is more about the kids gaining knowledge than numbers.
  • No R & R the first two weeks of quarter – teachers have more class time there.

Extra Curricular activities update - Alicia Mitchell 

  • Football l- 2nd in region and made it to state playoffs
  • Cross Country – Boys 2nd in region   8th in state
  • Cross Country  - Curt Crossley took 1st in Region 8th in State
  • Girls Soccer -   In Region playoffs – first time in years.
  • Tennis – Their numbers grew.  Every team made it to region.  
  • Volleyball – in a very tough region
  • Golf – 20 come out to Golf.  1 qualified for state
  • Swim  - we finished 1 and 2 in almost every event.  Roy put up new score board and new starting blocks
  • Girls BB – Starting this month
  • Boys BB – Starting this month
  • Wrestling – starts with Turkey Brawl
  • Play begins this weekend.  They will perform “Sister Act.”
  • Concerts have all been excellent.
  • Veterans Assembly – amazing.  Powerful music, drama groups involved, speaker.
  • Curt Crossley – scholarship to Weber State
  • Josie Williams signed with UVU

 Wednesday – Senior Citizen Dinner

  • Begins at 5:00 pm.  The play will begin at 6:00pm.  

Community Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


October 10, 2017

Welcome - Alicia Mitchell

Council Business - Jennifer Bessinger

  • Members were introduced:  Jen Bessinger, Trina Favero, Denzil Remington, Kim Sparrow, April Murray, Anthony Dick, Alicia Mitchell, Rob Lake, Lynette Atkinson, Rae Ann Christensen, Casey Roche, Cynthia Morgan, Stefane Lamb, Lee Yeagley, Julie Morgan.
  • Meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 am in the Royal Conference Room.

School Land Trust review - Alicia Mitchell

  • Goal 1 - Roy High will decrease its number of F grades given to less than 5% at the end of each quarter.
    • Expenditures include Math buyouts and tutoring,
    • Buyouts for teachers with large number of students in classrooms
    • Textbooks for new curriculum.
  • Goal 2 - Roy High will increase the overall ACT composite score by one percent
    • Stipends for summer PLC planning sessions.
    • Professional Development Conferences.   10 Teachers/Administrators attended PLC Conference this past month.  Excellent information given.  Faculty has already started receiving information given at conference.
    • Concerns to approach and help with students taking ACT Test:
      • Those who mark any answer.
      • Test anxiety
      • Teachers to continue to give pointers for taking test
      • Students encouraged to take test multiple times
      • ACT Prep class requested
  • Goal 3 - 88% of Juniors will be on track with academic credit by the start of their Senior year.
    • Student Advocates are a big part of the success.
    • APEX - Options class taught during the day as a buyout.  Kids pay small fee which goes to the company.  They can pass off multiple credits during the quarter if they apply themselves.  

Safe Technology and Digital Citizenship will be discussed next meeting.

Council Members job description:

  • Found on
    • Click on Laws and rules
  • Trustland Management video was shown.
    • Determine needs
    • Create improvement plan
    • Create school land trusts
    • Prepare digital citizenship plan

Roy Cone Community  Awareness/Dinner Night.

  • Mayor declared it as Family Night
  • Prepared for 400 - ran out of dinners.  Around 500 in attendance.
  • Many groups involved:  Communities That Care, LIA, Boys and Girls Club, and others.

Grade Distribution data comparisons.

  • Collaboration of Leadership Team - Focus to help middle kids - push teachers to notice improvement

AP & Concurrent Enrollment Courses - Lynette Atkinson

  • Goal in 2014 was to get students in AP classes.  Concurrent Enrollment and huge gains in classes that were offered.
  • Concurrent Enrollment  numbers were down last year because of technical issues, but are back on track this year.  
  • WSU offering a course for those gone from school a couple of years to brush up on their math before taking the placement test.
  • Suggestions were made to have a Concurrent and AP Open house.

Extracurricular teams/groups updates - Alicia Mitchell

  • Orchestra has a concert tonight.
  • Choir had a great concert last week
  • Golf team grew a lot this year.  20 boys participated.  
  • Girls Soccer is going to state playoffs for the first time in 19 years.  They will play at Corner Canyon.
  • Football made the playoffs.
  • Volleyball is improving each year.
  • Debate had their first meet
  • Cross Country doing great.  Girls took 5th.  Boys took 2nd place with Kirt Crossley taking 1st in individuals.

Senior Citizen Dinner will be held on Nov. 15, 2017 at 5:00pm.  Bar J Wranglers Concert will be held on Dec. 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm


Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 am.


Community Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Welcome and Council Business – Julie Morgan

  • Minutes were read and approved.
  • No Community Council meeting held in December.

Overview of School Land Trust

  • Land Trust program is growing. Money used to help us be successful.

RHS/Administrative Business

  • Grade Distribution
    • Last year we had 4.5% F’s. This year we have 5.7% F’s.
      • Sophomores are more apathetic
      • Sophomores have more F’s than seniors.
    • Teachers are giving opportunities to earn passing grades. They are giving extra opportunities to retake tests, etc.
  • 1st Trustland goal: Decrease failure rate by 3% by the end of the 4th quarter.
    • R&R Component to help improve the outcome.
      • Monies are used for: Math Tutoring, Calculators, Technology in classrooms
  • 2nd Goal is to increase by 3% proficiency in Sage testing.
    • 11th graders will not be taking the Sage Test except for Science classes.
    • Benchmark Tests will be given 4 times a year.
    • Teacher Coaches are helping with literacy.
    • Professional Development money used for conferences. We would like to be able to have the presenter come to us to train us all instead of sending a few to them.
  • 3rd Goal - Option Classes
    • 2 classes and students doing APEX
    • Many opportunities given to students to make up credit.
  • 4th Goal – AP and Concurrent Enrollment Classes
    • Lynette Atkinson and CTE doing a great job of increasing the number of students taking these courses.
    • Students only pay $5.00 per credit for Concurrent Enrollment classes. There is a $35.00 application fee to enroll in the college before taking the course.


  • An email will be sent out asking for Parents to take the survey to help with our Accreditation.
  • Help to spread the word to parents. One third of the parents are needed to take the survey.
  • Needs to be taken before the holiday break in December.
  • Announce at extra-curricular activities.
  • Teachers could announce to students to encourage their parents.
  • Spread the word on Twitter or Facebook
  • Use the District Notifier to encourage parents to take survey

RHS Extracurricular Activities

  • Football – Season ended last week. Region Champs.
  • At the football state playoff game KJZZ was broadcasting. Emme Corry, a Roy High Student, was honored and given a $500 scholarship by America First Credit Union.
  • Swim Meets begin next Thursday
  • Musical – The Wedding Singer will be performed on Wednesday, November 16, through Monday, November 21.
  • Our Senior Citizen Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5:00 and the Play will begin at 6:00.
  • Tennis – Alyssa Keyes won Academic All-State
  • College Awareness Week (this week)
  • College Application Week (next week)

Roy Cone Project

  • We asked for a Grant of $500,000. We received $458,000
  • The numbers for chronic absenteeism went up in elementary, junior highs, and high schools. We need the community to work together in helping get kids in school.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 am.

Council Meeting attended by: Rick and Julie Morgan, Lee Yeagley, Jennifer Bessinger, Kirt Swalberg, Clyde Moore, Casey Roch, Lynette Atkinson, Michele Kersey-Smith, Ron Koford, Rae Ann Christensen

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