Andersen Site Council
19 April 2016
Aisha – Parent of an Andersen student
Annie – Family liaison
Ayaan – Parent of 2 Andersen students
Denise - Principal
Eudet – Parent of 2 Andersen students
Gayle – ESL teacher
Jairo – 4th grade teacher
Julia – Parent of 3 Andersen students
Katie – Technology teacher
Lori – Middle School reading teacher
Lucia – Parent of an Andersen student
marija – Community Education Coordinator
Najah – Social Worker; Alternate for Jamie today
Paula – Reading teacher
Rosa – Parent of 3 Andersen students
Rosario – Grandmother of Andersen student
Tavion – 7th grade student
Yolanda – Parent of an Andersen student
Welcome and Introductions
Great turn out!
Purpose of Site Council
District says Site Council:
Provides direction for the school
Advises about the school budget
Monitor of how the school is doing
Why are you here? What do you see our job as a Site Council to be?
Discussion in small groups
Families come to Andersen because of the location; Want to have a neighborhood school that we’re proud of
Here to figure out how our kids can get the best education possible
Want more information about what we as parents can do to make sure our school is as good as possible
School safety and security – bullying
Three steps for improvement: Cleanliness, education and respect
Making sure that Site Council meetings feel relevant to everyone that is in attendance
Site Council members are informed and feel heard
Plans that are made are put into action
A venue to connect teachers and parents
Helping to ensure that Andersen is getting better
As a Site Council, we keep the needs of all of the students first and foremost
Site Council as a connection between community, parents and staff
Student Recognition 2016-2017
Highlight Students of the Month by putting their photos up along with a short blurb in each of the wings of the building
Monthly assembly – Only with students who are being recognized
Monthly recognition celebration; Teacher in charge each month
Need to find a way to recognize students that doesn’t take away from too much instruction time
This is motivating for students
Proposal: Could we have a public display of photos combined with a celebration with all of the other Students of the Month for that month?
Monthly recognition where each classroom recognizes 1 or 2 students by posting them around the building and then only those students being recognized attend the celebration
Parents are welcome to attend but we recognize that not all parents are able to attend
Not everyone goes to the assembly
Teachers recognize the students in the class before sending them to the assembly
Need to be clear about the guidelines and expectations for choosing Students of the Month
Motion was made for the above proposal and approved
Parent Engagement Task Force / Family Involvement Plan
Good, productive meeting:
How to help students with respect?
How can parents support teachers with discipline?
How can parents and teachers communicate and be more connected?
What needs to be in place for family events:
Agenda translated into both Somali and Spanish
Food is a great bonus
Language exchange opportunities
Important for staff to show respect
Parents want their students to learn and can act as partners
Have a committee to help plan Family Fun and Learning Nights
Once per month? Saturday retreats twice per year?
How to structure? When to have them? How to pay for them?
How do we teach our students to solve problems in non-physical ways?
What if the discipline we have isn’t enough?
Even though we have so many rules, our students don’t always have respect for teachers and adults
Have social skills as a Family Fun and Learning Night topic?
A lot of next steps
Subcommittee will meet again on 4/21/2016 at 8:45am
As we move forward with planning Family Fun and Learning Nights, a few things to keep in mind:
Transportation – what does that really look like?
Next year will have a team of people working on family engagement
Miriam, Mr. Abass, Takara, Annie
They need to be at the 4/21/16 meeting
How do we incorporate outreach? How do we include parents that aren’t able to attend a meeting?
School Involvement Plan / High Level Ideas
What are we thinking for goals for next year?
Seeing a slight increase in proficiency in the upper grades in reading on the MCAs
For our SIP for next year, ILT is thinking:
Continued focus on building academic conversations next year
Students need opportunities to practice speaking English and make meaning of things through conversation
Have to teach students how to have these academic conversations
Started learning how to do it this year
Still have goals around math, literacy and behavior
Discussion of reading norms at home
Sunshine meetings as an example of something that is being done
Extend conversations with students and parents about their academic data and their dreams – talk deeply
How do we ensure that we are not limiting students to their test scores
How can we get homework help in After School?
More support for newcomer students?
Learn from what other schools are doing well
Most schools that look like us are performing about the same
Is the curriculum assessed?
We’re always looking for something to improve
Approval to move forward with the continued focus on building academic conversations as part of our SIP for 2016-17