Welcome and Opening Remarks
Margaret welcomed all to the meeting.
Carolyn Courtney gave the treasurer’s report. $577 was raised in ‘Pass the Hat’ on Meet the Teacher Night.
Parking lot update – Mr. Beck showed us a plan for the parking lot, and after much discussion, it was decided that our concerns were not met.
JOHS committee – Margaret Morse is a member of the school’s JOHS (Job Occupational Health and Safety) Committee.
Email from Tracey – Tracey Willoughby sent an email, on the behalf of the Home and School, to the English Language School Board about the parking lot.
Federation support – Peter Rukavina, the president of the Home and School Federation, has offered support in moving things forward with the parking lot issue.
Gr9 closing – review/ gluten-free table – The gluten-free table will be moved to a new location to avoid cross-contamination. We will offer Buns & Things ordering again this year.
Parking lot pickup – We will offer this again. It is easy to do, though we will have two people, instead of one, taking things back to the school for refrigeration.
Ice cream social – It will be changed to half an hour instead of forty-five minutes.
Meet the teacher – There will be a notice sent out before this night informing the parents of the ‘Pass the Hat’ at meet the teacher night.
Socials – There is a danger of losing the socials if we do not get enough parent volunteers and student participation.
School supplies – end of year – We will have collection boxes for leftover school supplies that would otherwise be thrown out by the students.
Breakfast Program – We are wondering if the breakfast program needs support since losing the support of the Queen Street Co-Op.
Grants and resolutions – We have asked the parents for ideas on grant and resolution ideas.
Volunteer hours for Gr10 – get more info to give for Gr9 summer? – Tracey is to find out more information.
Pamphlets from Home and School Federation – This will be set up for Parent-Teacher Interviews in November. Up to $2000 for those who qualify.
Recruitment – Bridge pass draw for volunteers? Need replacements to mentor. – Everyone attending the Home and School meetings will be entered into a draw for a bridge pass at the end of the year.
Principals Report – Oct 8, 2015
1. Good news stories –
1. Our annual Terry Fox Run / Pep Rally – $1,000 for cancer research.
2. PEI School Adminiskaters – 6,800 for Cancer Society.
3. Rachel Ashley presentation at school.
4. School golf team wins silver medal at provincials. 5 year streak ends.
2. Academic –
– 834 students. 325 (12 homerooms), 256 (10), 253 (10).
– Staffing updates – Laura Lindsay (Kathleen Canning) – Gym,
Grade 7 – Nessa Shipley, Tara Jefferey, Jennifer Spence, Katherine Rajamannie, Dave Shellington returns from leave, Ellen Gillis on mat leave.
Grade 8 – Lisa St. Coeur, Aritho Amfoublela
Grade 9 – Katie Moore (replacing Chris Aiken, who is replacing Greg Campbell, who is on leave)
EA’s – Kelly Laflamme (permanent) and Emily Burhoe (replacing Brian Trainor, who is on leave) .
– School Goals –
1. Character Development – Work Ethic and Attitude
2. Literacy Goal – writing prompt on personal expressive – moderated marking with in-school rubric. To be written week of Oct 26th during LA classes.
– Admin team will be attending Administrators retreat on Oct 20,21.
– Jackie Reid implementing “Chrome Book” with all Grade 8 Science
– Grade 8 teachers working with Progress Monitoring. Darcy McCourt – Literacy Coach .50 FTE.
3. Non-academic –
– Magazine Campaign ended. Sales much better this year – lots of excitement with illusionist.
– Completed fire drills and had meeting with bus drivers. Bus evacuations done.
– School pictures taken. Re-takes on Oct. 28th.
4. Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Oct 8 – 9th – Duke Trip Oct 12 – Thanksgiving
Oct 16th – Student Vote Oct 19th – Illusionist Sean Watson
Oct 22 – 23rd – TF Convention Oct 28 – Photo re-takes
Nov 4 – TOKW (no classes – Grade 9 only) Nov 5 – Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov 10 – Lockdown Drill Nov 11 – Remembrance Day (no classes)
6. Discussion Items:
* Parking lot
* Green Team initiative
There were only two suggestions in the box. One was for paper towels, which was decided to be too messy, as they were all over the floor. The other suggestion was for a Debate Club, which was decided to be a good idea. Mr. Beck is currently looking into finding a teacher supervisor.
There was more parking lot discussion. It was also discussed that new computers and Wi-Fi would not be brought into our school until approximately 2017. Mrs. Burry gave a ‘Green Team’ demonstration about a new sorting system. She is looking for any Green Team grants available. She is also doing a used-batteries drive at the school. We are looking into a recycling fundraiser, with more information to follow. Also, Maureen Kerr, the Home and School Representative for the Charlottetown Rural family of schools, inquired about anyone wishing to attend the Home and School semi-annual meeting, which is to be held at Three Oaks Senior High School on Tuesday, October 20.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our first meeting. We had a great turnout, and we hope to see you all at our next meeting on November 26th, at 6:30, in the library.