Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, 12 October 2010

3:20 p.m. Room 113, FA


Committee Members Present: Donna Bushey, Keely Dunshee, Steve Dupree, Laura Hunter , Kathy LaBare, Helen Martin, Jackie McCarthy, Carol Van Riper, Jennifer Whittaker


Committee Absent: Chris Stromer


Meeting called to order by Jen Whittaker at 3:18p.m.


Minutes of 14 September 2010 were approved.


Shareholder Reports


-ELA testing was done in September and groups have started

-Fire truck and ambulance were toured for Fire Safety Month

-Field trips are ongoing

-Open house scheduled for October 27th

-1/2 staff development day will be grade level meetings

-Picture day was 6 October


-2010-2011 Goals include reconfiguration, RTI/IST, PTO info on website, math plan, and changes to PBIS for pre-K to 5


St. Josephs

-Parent dinner and book fair went well

-Walk for Emma to benefit Retts syndrome netted $324.11

-5th grades received anti drug programming

-5th grades went to Conservation Field Days on 23 September

-3rd grades toured Upper Canada Village

-Malone Call Firemen came to present fire safety

-1/2 staff development was given to Homeland Security rep doing internet safety

-AIS providers have started meeting with students


Middle School


Middle School Student


Franklin Academy


Franklin Academy student

-Phi Sig initiations

-Epsilon Spirit Week included Nerd/Redneck day and PJ day

-Forensics team growing and gaining momentum

-Picture Day went well

-Clubs are starting up

-Homecoming Dance a success

-Tons of fire drills

-New gym program (choose 5 week program) well liked by student body

-Model UN to host Trick or Treat Street

-PSATS on Saturday



-Davis Open House same night as vote for Davis land acquisition

-Reconfiguration bathroom issue is being researched

-Writing district cell phone policy

-Commends Jen Whittaker for a job well done



-2 October banquet had good turn out

-Contract negotiations still on hold





-Planning a pumpkin carving event for members and guests

-NYSUT Leadership Conference in 2 weeks in Lake Placid

-ESchool having issues with 5 week reports

-RTTT scope of work due, MFT working with district as due dates approach

-1/2 staff development had curriculum work and department meetings

-Awaiting on reconfiguration finalization by BOE



-Davis having movie night on the 21st

-Open House on the 27th PTA featured bake sale

-Plans for a spring consignment sale

-Flanders chocolate sale to benefit playground equipment and Smart boards

-PTA paying for busses for 3rd grade field trip

-Excellent PTA turn out

-Toys for Tots spaghetti dinner planned

-SADD and FA Teens Speak Out are merging



-Mr. Walbridge meeting with Mr. Whipple on Capital project

-6 week audit going well

-Common Core State Standards in Math, Dr. Tim McNamara speaker, 13 attend

-Race to the Top: how much $ and how it needs to be spent

-2 schools receive tech grants: tech proficiency assessments given to teachers and students

-BEDS underway

-VADIR reported

-Chief Info Officer missed meeting; new reports for RTI take much time


Old Business

-Goal 1-Perception Survey-visitor Jerry Griffin

-easy administration, 69 questions < 40 minutes

-perhaps not to seniors and at January

-20-30% undecided; merely filled in middle bubbles

-ideals versus norms-rust to judgment

-returned 27 August as PDF, easy to forward, bad timing

-looking at soon to form goals

-absolutely in favor of this survey

-Goal 2-Reconfiguration

-at BOE

-Goal 3-Comprehensive Strategic Instructional Plan

-Grade level coordinators meet tomorrow

-MMS in 3rd year of being a School in Need

-Assessment workshop next week

-Literacy purchased non fiction books that do not match learning standards

-Hot Topic: Reading AIS after ELA block with no science or ss, raises concerns about giving a grade


New Business



-Next DWSIC meeting 9 October at FA Room 113, 3:15 p.m.


Meeting adjourned by Jen Whittaker at 4:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Melissa J. Smith

St. Josephs Community School