Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

6611 Country Club Middle School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    09/20/2011  04:30 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Ms. Erika Leon

Location of meeting:    Country Club Middle School Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  09/12/2011


Members Present:

Fernandez, Jose (Principal)
Conroy, Denise (Union Steward)
Belkin, Linda (Teacher)
Covone, Gina (Teacher)
Gil, Gustavo (Teacher)
Martin, Melissa (Teacher)
Ramos, Guillermo (Teacher)
Lobato, Rolando (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Mercado, Nidia (Educational Support Employee)
Pino, Marisol (Alternate Educational Support)
Cartwright, Judy (Parent)
Orta, Daniela (Parent)
Perez, Jesus (Parent)
Rizo, Alex (Parent)
Uz, Jose (Parent)
Uz, Miriam (Parent)
Cardeso, Cindy (Alternate Parent)
Uz, Carlos (Student)
Gonzalez, Adriana (Alternate Student)
Gonzalez, Diana (Business/Community Representative)
Rodriguez, Orlando (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

No one had an excused absence.

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Evelyn Rodriguez, Santrel King- Elston, Sandra Rubio, Alexandra Longa, Erika Leon, Lisa Spicer, Anne Knight, Jessica Fernandez, Steven Hankins, Viviana Lebena.

Topics Covered:

EESAC Meeting September 20, 2011 Country Club Middle School


The second EESAC Meeting of the 2011-2012 school year commenced on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm by EESAC chairperson Ms. Linda Belkin. The first item on the agenda was the review and approval of last meetings' minutes. Mr. Ramos read the minutes and then Ms. Covone motioned to approve the minutes and Ms. Leon second the motion and the minutes were approved. The second item on the agenda was the review and approval of the School Improvement Plan for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Viviana Lebena briefly introduced the School Improvement Plan to the board and presented Part I, which included the school information, student achievement data, highly qualified administrators, highly qualified instructional coaches, highly qualified teachers, non-highly qualified instructors, staff demographics, Response to Instruction/Intervention (RTI), and the Literacy Leadership team. Ms. Anne Knight, the reading department chairperson, then explained the reading portion of the SIP. Ms. Knight explained the different reading goals from the current 2011 performance and the expected goal increases for 2012 in students in levels 3, 4 and 5, the students making learning gains in reading, the lowest 25%, the different subgroups (Black, Hispanic), the English Language Learners (ELL), the students with disabilities, and the economically disadvantaged. To reach the desired, targeted and expected levels of performances different reading strategies throughout the school year, including differentiated instruction, student data chats, Reading Plus program, and graphic organizers, amongst many other strategies, will be utilized. Ms. Jessica Fernandez, the mathematics department chairperson, then presented the mathematics section of the SIP. In the presentation of the different mathematics goals for student levels 3, 4, 5, the students making learning gains, the students in the lowest 25% and the different subgroups (Black, Hispanic), and ELL, students with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged, one common theme was throughout. The common theme is more emphasis on Geometry, Measurement and Number Operations. Through virtual manipulatives, hands on activities, differentiated instruction and monthly assessments, the levels of expected performance for 2012 should rise to the desired goal percentages. Ms. Lisa Spicer then presented the Science portion of the School Improvement Plan. Again, a review of the expected increase of percentage goals for 2012 in students in levels 3, 4, 5 was presented. To reach these expectations, more frequent use of inquiry-based experimental learning activities, labs, Discovery Education, FCAT Explorer and school based tri-weekly assessments will be used to monitor progress to goal attainment. Ms. Belkin, the Language Arts department chairperson, then presented the writing portion of the SIP. She also reviewed the expected levels of performance from 2011 to 2012 for all the student subgroups. Although 93% of the students reached 3.0 or higher in writing, a school writing plan will be implemented for the English Language Learners (ELL), and more strategies will be implemented in the 6th grade for the students to have a stronger foundation for writing. Ms. Lebena then presented the attendance goals in the SIP and how important is for the students to be present in school to be able to learn. She also briefly discussed how the school monitors truancy, the suspension goals to decrease for the 2011-2012 school year, the progressive discipline plan to combat these issues and lastly, the parent involvement plan, which involves communication through different mediums throughout the school. Further, Ms. Viviana Lebena, sitting in for Principal, Mr. Jose Fernandez, in the EESAC Meeting then distributed a draft of the Title I Parental Involvement Plan and the amount of Title I funds set aside for parental involvement to the parents. Ms. Lebena then presented the different components of the Parental Involvement Plan, including the mission, and the appropriate and legal uses of Title I funds. Through careful discussion and explanation of the different components in the PIP, those present made no suggestions for revisions to the sections. Lastly, a first motion by Ms. Gina Covone to accept and vote by the board the School Improvement Plan as written and to include the approval of monies not to exceed $2,999.99 from EESAC funds to student incentives was reached. Ms. Leon second the motion. The board members then each casted their votes. Ms. Linda Belkin, Ms. Erika Leon, Ms. Gina Covone, Ms. Viviana Lebena sitting in for Mr. Jose Fernandez, Mr. Steven Hankins sitting in for Ms. Denise Conroy and representing UTD, Ms. Anne Knight, Mr. Guillermo Ramos, student Alexandra Longa, student Lannie Rubio, parent representative Sandra Rubio, parent representative Santrel King-Elston and business/community representative Evelyn Rodriguez all voted yes to approve the Country Club Middle School Improvement Plan for the 2011-2012 school year and to transfer the amount of funds not to exceed 2,999.99 from the EESAC to student incentives. Ms. Covone then made a motion to end the meeting and Ms. Leon second the motion and the meeting concluded at 5:15 pm.