CSC Minutes 12/7/15

CSC Minutes 12/7/15
December 7, 2015 GWHS


Barbara Chin, Anne Mairs, Jay Clapper, Mike Johnson, Melissa Schwartz, Stephen Arichea, Kelli Pfaff, Jake Fisher, Bryn Learned, David Wollins, Angela Danley, Renelle Weightman, Scott Lessard, Mary Jo Minogue, Kathryn Swan, José Martinez, and Kittie Hook.





One George Updated | K. Pfaff

Martinez: The One George initiative started over a year ago: in January data will be shared on PARCC and ACT results. The saying of “One George” will be moved into the work of GWHS as a whole.

Barbara Chin:Â Protocol- During the meeting committee members will be the first to ask questions, then the option to ask questions will be opened up to the guests as well.

Kelli Pfaff:

  • Need for One George initiative came from the high rate of kids choosing to not come to their neighborhood school: GW. Hopes for what George would become was created into an action plan. Final public version at the beginning of January, this will then be revisited in May and Scott Lessard will begin to think about what this looks like moving forward.
  • First Core Group: Patriot Pathways
    • Scott Lessard: The primary objective was to ensure that if a student came in 9th and 10th grade and was successful then they would have access to the IB program, AP program, or traditional classes.
    • Most of the reform came in the science category. Making sure 9th and 10th graders were taking the right science courses to meet the requirements of entering IB and AP.
    • George was a recipient of Career Connections. Started with a med-prep program and a business program.
    • JosĂ© Martinez: 36 9th graders who have grade issues in their honors courses. Utilizing support of advisement teachers, parent, and teachers to determine whether those students remain on the honors track. Now that these students are recognized we have the ability to do something about it.
    • Kelli Pfaff: Conversations around what freshman registration looks like- goal was that students have a one on one conversation with an academic advisor/counselor to talk about the courses they will take.
  • Second Core Group: Student Center Learning and Supports
    • Kelli Pfaff- establishment of the advisory program. Ultimately has been a benefit.
    • Tutoring and mentoring supports- huge focus around office hours and tutoring is now happening twice a week.
    • Distributive leadership: institutionalized and distributive decision-making.
    • Student performance, what does decision making look like among these different groups, what is distributive leadership, last action item was to select a leader for 2016.
  • Third Core Group: Intentional School Culture
    • Focused on how to build a positive community for students, staff, and administration.
    • Student retreat- 100 junior and seniors that were trained then went to freshman academy. This set the foundation for moving into the advisory programs.
    • Position created to fund the director of school engagement. Currently leading the student-leadership program. Supporting the expansion of the tutoring program. Last year there were 120 students who shadowed, now there have been 240. There will be a second open house on Thursday night- a large turnout is expected. Feedback has been extremely positive.
    • Accommodations for students coming from far away to try and address what has become a really good problem of having too many students who want to come see GW.
    • Closed campus: challenges with having two lunches. May go to one lunch but still keep the campus closed for 9th and 10th Cons: teachers can’t collaborate during lunch. Student clubs can’t meet. Pros: It is easier to control only half the population at one time. Seeing much higher attendance after lunch.
    • Patriot Pride: school wide calendar, creating more visibility into what is happening, create more unity and transparency. Creation of the ambassadors and PIT crew.
    • School Wide Parent Association: trying to capture broad parent participation. Difficulties with schedules, parent philosophies, and the commitment required.
  • Questions about One George Update:
    • If there are surplus funds raised from fundraising, where should that money go?
      • Answer from Pfaff: Advisory program is in huge need, position of director of school engagement, tutoring and mentoring program.
      • Answer from Martinez: Large items like the advisory program and teacher development program.
    • The literacy program is a huge budget item. We have to use our school budget to remediate the literacy program when that comes from the elementary and middle school levels.
      • Answer: there is some momentum to continue to support the effort. The easiest way to get more money is to attract more kids.
    • What is the IB admittance protocol for the next class?
      • Answer: Students would have to demonstrate academic success in a rigorous environment, but they would not have to have a full set of 5 honors classes.

Budget Update | M. Johnson

  • Shifting more educational, use of resources decisions from the central office to the school level:
    • Wants schools to have more ownership over what happens in the schools.
    • More decisions and activities happening in the schools and the central staff is more of a resource.
  • Distributed leadership and teacher leaders:
    • Increase collaboration among teachers
    • Assist in the evaluation of teachers
    • Design and deliver school-based professional development
  • Additional Improvements:
    • Last spring came up with money because they were able to convince the state legislature to lower our contribution to the teacher pension pay.
    • Resulted in the increase of teacher pay.
    • Able to higher additional teachers.
    • Increase the incentives for teachers that teach in the hardest to teach schools.
    • Increase health insurance benefits for all employees.
  • Changes to Testing:
    • More changes, but for next year the testing for 11th and 12th grade will go away except for the ACT (could be the SAT) test in 11th
    • There will be an ACT-like test for 10th
    • 9th grade testing will remain the same.
  • Starting the process for a mill levy and bond for 2016:
    • No Child Left Behind required all schools to be graded through a report card, schools that are at the low end of that consistently for 3-5 years were then “replaced.”
    • The school is shut down, everyone who works there can reapply for a job, and a new principal is appointed. The policy is still being developed for what it will look like in the future.
  • Questions for Michael Johnson:
    • Could you ask someone to provide us with the formula for how the PPR for GW students is assigned?
      • Answer: Michael Johnson will look into the reasons why East HS students have a higher PPR than a GWHS student receives. Mr. Johnson can get the formulas for that process.
    • Question about cleaning up the SPF.
      • Answer: If there were some specific ideas about how to simplify the process then he would be open to hearing them.
    • Question about funding for next year
      • Answer: Hickenlooper’s proposal is to lower funding on the state level. The legislature can help by moving money around; the ultimate problem is with the Colorado Constitution.
    • Is there any money left from the 2012 bond money and where was it used?
      • Answer: All the money has been allocated. The process is starting for 2016. It will be voted on in November of 2016. We voted on windows among other things. A committee of 40-60 people will be created to do the planning for the bond and mill levy. It will work similarly to that of the 2012 committee. The information that our principal has provided will be added to a list that will be brought to the committee.’
    • Do you suggest individual parents making a case to the committee for 2016?
      • Answer: If you want to make a presentation there will be public testimony at each one of the meetings. Mr. Johnson would recommend bringing lots of people from the community to make an affective case.
    • How is the committee selected?
      • Answer: Everyone applies and then the board will decide on who is chosen to sit on the committee.
    • Can you advocate on our behalf that we have to sustain the One George initiative when we have worked so hard to get to where we are?
      • Answer: Mr. Johnson has already talked to people about that, he believes that we need to sustain what has been created and he is optimistic that we will be able to do this.
    • Question about knowing that there is a commitment to financially support this institution, is the school board committed to funding the school so that we aren’t lagging behind east?
      • Answer: One of the reasons that they do per pupil funding is so that everyone is treated fairly. GW did get some assisted budget money last year. His focus is to continue that additional support so that we can continue our work. One of his motivations for doing this is that traditional schools are competing with charter schools. His long-term goal is to put charter schools and GW on the same level. The best advocate for this school is the people here on the ground.
    • One priority is a 9th grade academy — we need to do work around 9th grade literacy and math. We are recommending spending 100K to provide a strong literacy program to support kids around reading and writing. The point is that it is an inherited problem and we have to use our budget and don’t feel that this responsibility should fall on us.
      • Answer: If a high school recognizes a need and can demonstrate this can we can potentially increase the amount of money we receive.
      • Answer: What would be very helpful for Michael Johnson would be to bring this together, come up with a number and what they want to use the money for.

Budged | J. Martinez

  • Hold on to the list of priorities and it will be revisited when we have more direction and time.





January 11, 2016 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm