Wednesday, October 26, 2016

School Governance Council

Next meeting is Wednesday 5/19 at 3:20 in room 223 (Mr. Amdur's room)

The intent of the School Governance Council is to enable parents, school staff, and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement in the state’s lowest performing schools. School Governance Councils serve in an advisory capacity to assist the school administation.

2015-2016 School Governance Council Members

Amy Henson -
Jessica Nichols -
Stuart Amdur -
Colleen Furtak -
Ashley Di Iorio -
Becky Veliz, Mercy Petillo, Denise Vazquez, Derrick Wilson, Maria Dugllay, Vladimir Laguerre, Tracie Geter,
Alternate: Claudette Johnson

Next Meeting May 20, 2015

School Governance Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meeting began: 3:25pm

1. Curriculum Carnival (Ruth Gaie and Ryan Howard)

The 1st year doing the carnival. We will begin with literacy then move on to math, social studies. Looked at the tentative flyer. Parents are going to be needed to help with cutting raffle tickets and other things

2. Update of SIP grant budget and spending (Henson)

Funds increasing. Spending funds on interventionists, and core 6. Providing upper grades with high and low books. Differentiated content books (grades 5-8)

3. Johnson School Improvement Plan (Roberts)

SIP and school grant Merge.

4. Parent power school portal demo (Amdur)

Mercy Petillo's daughter Roselyn sign in was used to show how to enter power school. How to navigate through it and how to set it up to see more than one child.

5. For the good of Johnson School.

Meeting adjourned: 4:12pm

Next Meeting May 20, 2015 Room 223

Meeting Minutes  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Meeting began: 3:26pm

1. SIP grant update
A grant from the state to improve reading proficiency at 5% increase. STAR and AIMSWEB are used as assessments. Both test in literacy and
math. AIMSWEB is given 3x a year. We have been using it for 4
Years. All the schools in CT. use it and it also used to rank schools.
Review of Star, Aimsweb, and attendance data.
Star has been amazing, ton of information for our SRBI groups. It
allows us to act quicker. Star prints out a detail report. Therefore,
We are able to group children with the same need. We see from our
report that 4th, 5th, and 8th grades are not meeting 5% increase as
stated in our SIP. In the AIMSWEB, we see that there is some impr
ovement in reading fluency and comprehension for 4th, 5th, 8th grades.
In the attendance data from Nov. we had 95.36% for 16 school days.
In Dec. we had 94.65% for 17 school days. In January we had 93.30%
for 17 days. For January school delays could be the main factor for the
Power School parent portal tutorial.
Moved to another day.
Scholastic Book Room.
It is assembled just working out a few things. It will be used for Fall,
Winter and Spring and used in conjunction with STAR. It will support independent reading and effectively on their own. It will help with thi
ngs like reading instruction, vocabulary scaffolding and comprehen
For the good of Johnson School.
Next meeting we are to bring one other person with us. Carnival theme event.
Meeting adjourned: 4:12pm

Governance Council Meetings

Next Meeting Agenda 2/18/15 3:15 in room 223

Purpose: School Governance Councils were created by the states recent education reform law (Public Act 10-111) to enable parents, school staff, students (where appropriate) and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement. School Governance Councils serve in an advisory capacity and are charged with assisting the school administration in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the schools achievement.


A)   Attendance: 3 consecutive or 5 non-consecutive absences within the year,      majority will vote the person out.

B)   Punctuality: after 3:30, or 15 min after the meeting has begun it's considered an absence. After 5X, will be voted out.

C)   Being present: no excessive cell phone use, no doing other work, side combos. After 3X, will be voted out.

D)   Be prepared: being able to speak on your agenda, have materials for all. After 2X, will be voted out.

1.   SIP grant update (Henson)

2.   Review of Star, Aimsweb, and attendance data (Wolf, Roberts, Howard)

 3.   Power School parent portal tutorial (Amdur)

January 21, 2015

1. Welcome and thank you : )

2. Motion to adjust last meeting’s minutes (approved) (Henson)

3. Purpose of the school governance council and examples of ways to help (Henson)

4. Description of the roles on the council (Henson)

5. Review of Bylaws (special attention to Section 4 and 6) Discuss quorum. (Henson)

6. Establish norms for the governance council. (Henson)

7. Power School access for parents (Amdur)

12/17/14 Meeting Minutes

1.  Welcome new members of the council, parents and staff. 

 New appointed parents: Denise Vazquez, Derrick Wilson, Maria Lugllay, Vladimir Laguerre.

New appointed community member: Prof. Thomas Forget (non-voting)

New appointed staff: Jessica Nichols, Stuart Amdur, Ashley Di Irio

a. Select a secretary: Mercy

b. Select an attendance taker: Ashley

2.  Wesley Daunis (math coach) on school wide Aimsweb and Star assessment data.

Both assessments are very specific and provide good data for SRBI, tutors and grandpals. Started the assessments around the end of September - beginning of October. K-Grade 1 have a scale score of 3-900 pts. Grades 2-8 have a scale of 0-1400 pts.

3. Stuart Amdur on how parents can access their childs grades through the power school portal

There are 2 ways of accessing Power School. Students can use their student ID, and parents can get an access code number. For parents that do not have a code can get one from the school's secretary or home school coordinator. You can set it up to view multiple children.

 4. Amy Henson on the implementation of the SIP grant

a.STAR : The assessment that has been implemented already in the school. By February there should be individual growth reports.

b. Scholastic book room: provide grade level texts for students in K-8th grade. Teachers will be able to give better instruction and monitor student achievement. Currently working on building the shelves and locations. 2 locations: teacher's room for grades K- 4, copy room for grades 5 - 8. 7th and 8th grade teachers get to choose books for their students.

 5. Set a new meeting date for January: January 21, 2015 in Rm. 223

October 7, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Began:  9:15 am

Members Present:  Becky Veliz, Mercy Petillo, Colleen Furtak, Mary Francis, Amy Henson, Marlene Roberts

Activity:   Purpose to interview candidates for the assistant principal position at GWJS by members of the SGC.  Session facilitated by Dolores M.  MasonFollowing discussions, consensus was reached, a recommendation was forwarded to the Human Resources Office for the Superintendent’s review.  The Superintendent will make the final decision. 

Meeting Adjourned:  2:15 pm

5/21/14 Meeting Minutes

1. Welcome Luisa Wolf, our new Assistant Principal, to Johnson School! Mrs. Wolf was the School Governance Council’s number one recommendation as Assistant Principal to the superintendent. 


2. Membership update:

The SGC is in immediate need of membership elections for the 2014-15 school year.  The election will be held by the end of the school year.  Nominations will be made during the next two weeks.  We are in need of 4 parents and 2 staff members.  The election results and information must be sent to the state.  A new chairperson will be voted in by the SGC constituents. 


3. Allocation and Budget:

The Bridgeport Board of Education determines the kind of support our school receives based on student enrollment.  For school year 2013-2014, Johnson School staff may increase by one part-time Numeracy Coach.  That decision will be forthcoming in the next few months.  The Instructional Support Facilitator position will be eliminated and replaced by a Literacy Coach.  Their responsibilities will be literacy based.  The allocation for next year will be $24,030 for school supplies and $5,607 for Title I parent involvement.  This year, 2013-2014, the budget monies were used for paper; smart board repairs and replacements; and art, music and office supplies.  Title One monies were used for parent workshops and materials. 


4. School Improvement Plan:

Johnson School wrote a school improvement plan grant for the 2014-15 school year.  We performed a needs analysis on the school and focused on school climate and academics.  We decided to pursue The RULER, a social emotional learning program out of Yale, that teaches empathy through language arts.  Teachers will receive professional development throughout the year.   We also asked for two online reading assessments, Star and the Scholastic Reading Inventory to strengthen services through a four tiered process of differentiated instruction.  One will give teachers the student's lexile level and the other will identify weaknesses in comprehension skills.  We asked for a leveled library to more appropriately match students to texts. Teachers will be receiving PD on differentiated instruction on-going throughout the year through CES.  Presently, we are awaiting to hear if our grant proposal has been awarded. 


5. Survey 

Completed as a group, to be entered in the computer.


6. Election discussion

Elections to be held to elect new members and new SGC chair person.



 3/19/2014 Meeting Minutes

1. Assistant Principal Announcement: 
 Luisa Wolf has been selected for the position and will begin 4/21/14
Dr. D will stay for 2 days a week until the end of the year to assist Luisa Wolf in teacher evaluations
2. School Improvement Grant
 A group of teachers and administrators have been working together to research and write an alliance grant.  The grant makes the school eligible for 250,000 dollars from the state for needs identified by the staff.  We have identified our needs as climate/culture and academics.  For climate and culture we are asking for The RULER a social-emotional learning program out of Yale.  For academics we are focusing on aligning our tiered instruction.  We are doing so by receiving CES professional development and coaching and intervention materials.
3. Ideas for Spring
 Grade 6-8 dance
Luisa Wolf's disney night 
Parent-Teacher-Student basketball game
parent newsletter from PAC
multicultural night
4.Parent Communications: School Goal
It is the school's goal to communicate with parents about the accessibility of at-home online interventions.
Lexia workshops and Lexia letters along with Symphony math

 February 12, 2014One additional interview was held today due to the school delay on 2/10. The following School Governance Committee members in attendance were: Mark and Mary Francis, Marlene Roberts, Colleen Furtak, Amy Henson, Marissa Wachtel, Becky Veliz and Mercy Petillo.

February 10,2014Four interviews were held for the Assistant Principal position at Geraldine Johnson School. The following School Governance Committee members in attendance were: Mary and Mark Francis (co-chairs), Mrs.Marlene Roberts (principal), Colleen Furtak, Amy Henson, (teachers), Marissa Wachtel (school counselor), Becky Veliz, Rosita Stewart, Mercy Petillo (parents).