Ridgeline High School; School Community Council Minutes
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 A.M.; Conference Room
Members Present: Kerri Williams (Chair/parent), Crystal Howe (Vice Chair/parent, Michelle Palmer (Secretary/parent), Robert Henke (principal), Michelle Israelsen (parent), Joshua Nelson (parent), Kay Sweeten (parent), Bonnie Odd (staff), Emma Smith (teacher), Jerry Skidmore (teacher), Tara Johnson (counselor/non-voting member), Brittany Foster (assist. principal, non-voting member) David Swenson (assist. principal, non-voting member)
Members Absent: None
Visitors: Dr. Michael Liechty (Deputy Superintendent, Cache County School District), Marcie Lyons
Meeting Conducted by: Kerri Williams
Agenda Item #1: Approve minutes from December meeting
Discussion: Michelle Israelsen made a motion to approve the minutes from the December meeting. Crystal Howe seconded. The vote was unanimous to approve the minutes as currently written.
Agenda Item #2: Counseling Items
Discussion: Tara Johnson gave a report on the Systemic Intervention Project. The counselors have selected 100 students who need the most intensive help because of their low GPA or they have failed math or English, which puts them at higher risk of dropping out of high school. These students meet with a VISTA intern once a week to set goals in areas in which they are struggling. There have been increases in attendance and GPA from 1st trimester data. Some students have been moved out of the program after showing progress in 1st trimester. There is now a FLEX class (15 students) to help students learn study skills and receive help with their homework. Tara also discussed the Mental Health Initiative. Ridgeline has 2 full-time VISTA interns, 1 FCHD practicum intern, 1 counselor intern, and 2 social worker interns who can help students who are struggling with depression and other mental health challenges. The teachers have been taught to look for risk factors and warning signs for students who may be at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder or suicide. Jan 23-27 is Yellow Ribbon Week (suicide prevention week). Our school will focus on positive things that students can do to improve their mental health including ways to cope with stress, help-seeking skills (teaching the students how to get help if they are feeling depressed), and introducing them to Safe UT(an app/program where students can talk/text/chat with a licensed therapist from U of U anonymously. They can report bullying, discuss relationship problems, talk about suicidal thoughts, etc). Safe UT was presented to the students on January 9th.
Agenda Item #3:Speed limit change on highway in front of school-follow-up
Discussion: Mr. Henke talked to Mike Anderson about this. The original plan was to move the speed limit when the school was built. UDOT has to make the decision for any changes.
Agenda Item #4: Monson Recognition-follow-up
Discussion: Mr. Henke gave the council members information concerning Cache County School District policy concerning naming of facilities, which is included at the end of the minutes. Mr. Liechty addressed the council on this matter as well. There are 2 ways that we can honor Mr. Monson. 1: A historical plaque discussing the history of the land on which the school was built. This could be placed in the entryway of the school, the library, or commons. 2. The road in front of the School could be named “Monson Road.” Crystal Howe brought up the concern that if the road ever gets extended to the north, this road name could cause confusion. Emma Smith let the council know that the upcoming play “The Legend of the Riverhawk,” written by Sarah Hall, a history and drama teacher, is based on the history of the area. It will be performed February 23, 24, 25, 27. It would be good to let the community know about this event. No motions or assignments were made.
Agenda Item #5: Trust Land budget up-date
Discussion: Mr. Henke reported that we have 65.6% of the money left in this budget. Some of the money will be used in to send 6 teachers to a PLC (Professional Learning Community) conference in Phoenix. Remaining purchases need to be made by the end of March.
Agenda Item #6: Thoughts on academic and citizenship grades-performance-based grading
Discussion: Mr. Henke reported that he met with the school-wide PLC team to discuss this issue. They like the idea that citizenship would only count for up to 10% of a grade. They would like students to only have one grade as we are doing now, instead of the idea of having a performance grade and a citizenship grade separately. Grades would be based on assessments (tests, projects, papers, etc.). The goal is for students to have a deeper understanding of the material and the ability to apply it in new situations. Mr. Henke talked with Blake Pickett, the principal of Spring Creek Middle School, and shared with the council the grading breakdown that they are using. The council is interested in getting more data. We want to know how teachers feel about this system of grading. Math 2 is already using performance-based grading. The grade scale would be adjusted from the current scale. Right now, any student receiving 59% or less receives a failing grade. In the new scale, this number drops to 24%. This new system would benefit ESL and lower-end students who would now be able to get a letter grade and receive credit for classes instead of failing.
As we look at the Trust Land Plan for next year, we need to decide where we want to spend the money. Our plan must be based on highest academic need. If we decide to change the grading scale, the teachers would need to work of this over the summer to make preparations. Trust Lands Money could be used to pay the teachers for their time, if it is written into our plan. Kay Sweeten made a motion to have the Schoolwide PLC team come up with a Trust Lands Plan, that would include money to spend on performance-based grading, to present to the School Community Council for approval. Joshua Nelson seconded the proposal. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.
Agenda Item #7: Other Items
· The question was asked if the district has decided on which days would be used as make-up days for the snow days. Mr. Liechty said that the district leaders would be meeting this week to discuss a plan.
· Michelle Israelsen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Crystal Howe seconded. The vote was unanimous to adjourn the meeting.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 14, 2017at 7:00am in the Conference Room
Minutes Prepared By: Michelle Palmer
Naming of Facilities
It is the desire of the Board of Education that each new building or other facility within the District is given a name that lends dignity and status to the school or facility. The Board of Education reserves the right to name all new buildings that are constructed or purchased. This will be accomplished after community and patron input and by submission of names to consider by the Board of Education. It is the policy of the Board of Education that school buildings will not be named after a city or town within Cache County. The name for any new facility must be approved by the Board of Education.
When a school or district facility is nearing completion, the administrator responsible for the new facility will be in charge of recommending names for the Board of Education to consider. The site administrator will accept name proposals from community members, district personnel and other patrons to take to the Board of Education for final approval. When the site administrator is ready to present proposed names, he/she will request to be placed on the next available Board of Education agenda to have the matter discussed/approved in a public meeting.
Named Gifts to Cache County School District
With the aim of improving instructional opportunities for students, it is the policy of the Board to encourage members of the private sector to make financial contributions to the school system. Further, it is the policy of the board to assure that major contributors are appropriately recognized in a meaningful way.
Named Gifts Policy
The policy on named gifts shall be administered as follows:
(1) Named gifts to Cache County School District shall not impact, restrict, or limit the Board’s ability to purchase, sell or trade property and award contracts in the best interest of the District.
(2) The person or entity for whom a gift is named must be a well-respected individual or organization whose name will lend dignity and status to the school or facility.
(3) Naming schools for donors:
Gifts valued at $1,000,000 or more which facilitate construction of a new school may be recognized by naming the school for the donor or the donor’s designee under the following conditions:
(a) The donor is the largest single contributor to the project. (b) The board has not already committed to name the school for a previously qualifying donor.
(4) Naming the facilities for donors including auditoriums, field houses, stadiums, media centers, computer labs, science centers, etc.
Gifts valued at $250,000 or more which facilitate capital improvements at an existing school or district-owned building; e.g., remodels, additions, reconstruction, etc. may be recognized by naming the improved facility for the donor or donor’s designee under the following conditions:
(a) The donor is the largest single contributor to the project. (b) The Board has not already committed to name the school for a previously qualifying donor.
(5) Recognizing gifts with plaques or other appropriated memorials.
Gifts valued at $25,000 or more which are used to improve educational facilities, to provide services for students or staff, or to enhance education programs may be recognized with a plaque or other appropriate memorial at the location where the gift is received.
(a) The gift must make a significant difference to the educational system. (b) The gift must help achieve a goal established by the school or to her educational entity.
(6) The duration of the named gift will be subject to the Board’s discretion but the name of facility which recognizes a donor will remain for at least 10 years unless there has been a substantial change in the nature or character of the donor that would warrant an earlier name change.