Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

0841 Coconut Grove Elementary School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    06/08/2010  02:05 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Meagan McCue

Location of meeting:    Room 1

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  06/01/2010


Members Present:

Dupuch, Patricia (Union Steward)
McCue, Meagan (Teacher)
Orjeda, Maria (Teacher)
Torossian, Marina (Teacher)
Uriarte, Adrianne (Teacher)
Yanes, Emely (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Crawford, Penny (Educational Support Employee)
Dupuch, Vernette (Alternate Educational Support)
Brown, Melissa (Parent)
Carrick, Kate (Parent)
Dubearn, Abigail (Parent)
Ewing, Ruth (Parent)
Reijnen, Iris (Alternate Parent)
Revoredo, Nicole (Student)
Pebbles, Lucia (Business/Community Representative)
Schechtman, Grissett (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Ravelo, Eva N (Principal)
Stecher, Vianna (Teacher)
Ehrich, Graham (Parent)
Volovitz, Emily (Alternate Student)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

Sorensen, Mia (Parent)

Others Present:

Jim Turk (Parent)
Mike Rojas (Parent)
Norvin L. Griner (Teacher)
Ana F. Perez (Teacher)
L. Mychal Jefferson (Parent)
Teresita Gyori Bosque (Parent)
Paula Volpe (Teacher)
Louise Kellner (Teacher)
Linda Fife (MDCPS OPI)
Virginia Zilli (Parent)
Patricia Granger (Teacher)
Paul Mitchell (Parent)
Caroline Fritz (Parent)
Caty Flor (Adminstrator in Charge)
Maria Cervantes (Assistant Principal)
Evelyn Burns (Teacher)
Janet Blum (Media Specialist)
Nancy St. Leger (Teacher)
Jamie Wellbeloved (Teacher)
Vernette Dupuch (Educational Support)
Elizabeth Charlton (MDCPS OPI)

Topics Covered:

The meeting was called to order at 2:04 pm by Maria Orjeda

Ms. Orjeda reviewed the agenda which is to include reviewing the End of the Year SIP and voting in of new parents.

Ms. McCue read the minutes from the 5/10/10 meeting. Two corrections will be made in regards to spelling.

A motion was made by Grissett Schechtman to amend the minutes regarding the specificity of the ethnicity and marital insinuations. Ms. Uriarte seconded the motion and all were in favor.

A motion to approve the minutes with corrections was made by Lucia Peebles and seconded by Kate Carrick. All were in favor.

A parent, Mykal Jefferson, asked what was the purpose of these meetings?

Ms. Orjeda informed him that what governs this committee is the SIP and the monitoring of the plan.

He asked why was such topics about personal life and ethnic decisions have to do with this committee.

Ms. Orjeda informed him that these topics are not discussed at EESAC. Part of the agenda opens the floor for discussion and that I have no control over what parents and guest members express as concern but once the topic becomes inappropriate I will stop and redirect the meeting.

School Improvement Plan:
Ms. Orjeda reviewed the End of the Year SIP. She reviewed all the goals and how they were developed.

Ruth Ewing had a question in regards to how eligibility for Enrichment Tutoring is developed. It was clarified that eligibility is determined by an FCAT score of 3, 4, or 5 and that participation in the afterschool French program is an eliminating factor.

Nancy Marmesh noted that contrast needs to be fixed throughout the reading portion of the SIP.

A parent, Iris Reijnen, had a question as to what an on campus field trip is. Ms. Wellbeloved clarified that it is an activity such as Mast Academy, which provides science hands-on activities for grade five.

A parent, Jim Turk, raised the question as to what committee addresses facility improvements and Ms. Flor clarified that it is the Safety/Discipline committee that addresses the facility questions.

Mrs. Orjeda informed the committee that the SIP review will occur in two parts. Part 1 is due June 18 and Part 2 is due July 30.

There was no old business.

In regards to new business, FCAT Scores for third grade are in but fourth and fifth grade scores will not be in until the end of June.

Lucia Peebles commented that the principal Ms. Ravelo should be congratulated and acknowledged for her hard work.
A parent, Kate Carrick, added that the teachers should also be congratulated.

The proposed new parental members of the ESSAC committee are as follows:
Ruth Ewing
Jim Turk
Mike Rojas
Caroline Fritz
Marcie Lalein
Abigail Dubearn
Kaylene Munoz

Ruth Ewing made a motion to nominate the new parental members brought forth by the PTA to the ESSAC Committee. Iris Reijnen seconded the motion and all were in favor.

In New Business:
A parent, Abigail Dubearn, brought a representative from the Miami Museum of Science, to provide information for the possibility of attending field trips at the museum.
A teacher, Marina Torossian, stated that the gifted classes attended the field trip and that it was aweful. The museum needed to revamp their educational program.
A parent, Kate Carrick, also agreed that the field trip to the museum was non-purposeful.

The next meeting will take place in August after school begins.
Notice of future meetings will be sent both through ConnectEd and email.

A parent, Mykal Jefferson, commented on the positive attributes of C.G.E. and reminded everyone that we are here for the children and not for our personal gains. He also stated that the school is not the correct forum for adults to be displaying their personal conflicts of interest.

A parent, Caroline Fritz, added that it is important to treat each other professionally and respectfully.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:46 P.M.