January 9, 2018
Welcome – Jennifer Bessinger
Attending: Kirt Swalberg, Lynette Atkinson, Jennifer Bessinger, Cynthia Morgan, Stefane Lamb, Julie Morgan, Rick Morgan, Trina Favero, Alicia Mitchell, Rob Lake, Rae Ann Christensen, Casey Roche, Tony Dick, April Murray, Shaun Graves, Tyler King, Nadine Curtis.
Any changes in email let us know.
Minutes for last month was read and approved.
1. ACT Workshops and plans for Classes. - Mike Brown
- Talked to parents on feedback on ACT prep class. It was decided to keep it in the evening. 2 workshops.
- The 1st workshop was how ACT come to be. Handouts on study skills.
- The 2nd workshop was for practice websites.
- There is a morning class with Mr. Dick and Ms. Harnett. 17 students attended. 30 students have shown interest in the class. Monday and Wednesday are for math classes. Tuesday and Thursday for Science and English.
- We should be able to do 2 or 3 sessions a year.
- Do parents have any idea how to market it?
- Send information to teachers to spread the word.
- Post on the Counseling web page.
- Counselor corner button to be added to website with new material.
- Try to do one in the afternoon. Early morning seminary and drivers ed conflicts with the mornings, but there is also lots going on in the afternoon.
- Next year we will try to do about 3 sessions.
2. R&R Discussion. - Rob Lake
- There are requirements to leave for R&R but any kid can stay in class. We want our teachers to have one and one time or small group help that they need. Teachers are not to be behind their desk working.
- It is not happening – a little worse with the honor students as well as the other.
- It is intimidating to approach the teacher.
- Guidelines whether they stay or not. It could be just time for them to work.
- Why can’t they move around? We don’t want to overload classes. Students can bring up the portal and look at what assignments they are missing.
- Sometimes teachers are pulled in a lot of directions helping students during R&R.
- Parents could look at portals and find out information missing and talk with them about them.
- Students don’t want to get help in front of their peers.
- We as teachers can do better to get the student help and engaging students.
3. Graduation Rates – Kirt Swalberg
- 13% F’s for this quarter as of last Thursday.
When a student enrolls in one of our junior highs they are ours – even if we don’t see them. They count against our graduation. 97% of our students here did graduate but with all others figured in (those that aren’t attending), it is at 90.6%.
Students not coming to school has been put back on the school instead of the courts getting involved. That is why we have student advocates in place.
All 4 high schools were above 90%. We have had the most significant increase.
90% is not our goal. We will continue to fight.
- Graduation rates –
- 2013 - 74%
- 2014 - 77 %
- 2015 - 84%
- 2016 - 88.6%
- 2017 - 90.06%
4. Extracurricular teams/groups updates - Alicia Mitchell
- Swimming – 2 region meets left. 2 kids in top contenders.
- Wrestling – beat Bountiful. They have a small team this year. They have done really well
- Boys Basketball - tough preseason schedule. Made addition of Mr. Puzey as a coach
- Royalaires – competition this past weekend. They took 1st overall in 5A
- Cheer – Welcomes a brand new coach – lots of progress being made. They took 4th at competition
- Girls Basketball - 8-3 record. They are making a run for region title. Josie Williams is doing a great job and has signed with UVU.
5. Sub for Santa - Kirt Swalberg
- $20,000.00 was raised
- 26 families helped.
- Started a food pantry and give help that way.
- Granite School District may have a lot of ideas for food pantries.
- Bar J Wranglers earned a lot of the money
- It’s A Small World playing
- Mrs. Mitchell – kiss a pig. Admin shaved heads.
6. School land trust plan. - Kirt Swalberg
- Ideas were asked for to include in Trustland plan.
- ACT might be something we would like to continue
- Technology. Smart panel – started using them this year. About $4000 each. We have 2 right now with math teachers. Most of our projectors are 10 years old and bulbs are very expensive.
- Chrome books - hopefully have them in all classrooms in the future. 6 sets of portable labs and all English teachers have a set.
- Google classrooms are being used.
- Canvas – used at Weber State and we are starting to use Canvas.
- Improve or help in math – such as tutoring (students are not taking advantage of it) Maybe look at doing it in the morning. Kids want to go to their own teacher.
- Maybe have another teacher help in a class during R&R instead of watching the hall.
- April assigned to talk about it next meeting.
- Look into grants for help.
- Come up with ideas for next meeting
7. Counseling – Casey Roche
- Registration this month – idea is for Registration online. February – 30 minute meetings with students and parents. If you have constructive feedback let us know – so we can let the District Techs know to help with the process.