Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

6611 Country Club Middle School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    10/08/2012  05:05 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Gustavo Gil

Location of meeting:    Media Center - Country Club Middle School

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  10/03/2012


Members Present:

Fernandez, Jose (Principal)
Conroy, Denise (Union Steward)
Belkin, Linda (Teacher)
Covone, Gina (Teacher)
Gil, Gustavo (Teacher)
Leon, Erika (Teacher)
Martin, Melissa (Teacher)
Anne, Knight (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Mercado, Nidia (Educational Support Employee)
Pino, Marisol (Alternate Educational Support)
Cermeno, Yaremy (Parent)
Gonzalez, Diana (Parent)
King-Elston, Santrel (Parent)
McDuffie, Tammie (Parent)
Perera-Acosta, Alba (Parent)
Rizo, Alex (Parent)
Rubio, Sandra (Parent)
Orta, Daniela (Alternate Parent)
Rubio, Lannie (Student)
Longa, Alexandra (Alternate Student)
Coalla, Yaniri (Business/Community Representative)
Rodriguez, Evelyn (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:

No one else was present.

Topics Covered:

Country Club Middle School
EESAC Meeting Ė October 8, 2012
The October 8, 2012 EESAC meeting commenced at 5:05 PM by Ms. Erika Leon. The first item on the agenda was the review and approval of the minutes from the previous EESAC meeting. Mr. Gil read the minutes. Ms. Spicer had a correction to the minutes regarding the Science departmentís pull out program and advised the EESAC that at the present time the pull out program was not going to be implemented because none of the Science teachers are free during homeroom to work with students. Ms. Covone motioned to approve the minutes pending correction and Ms. Belkin seconded the motion.
The second item on the agenda was the presentation of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Ms. Alfred-Duverny presented the Mathematics portion. Ms. Alfred-Duverny went over the Mathematicsí departmentís goals for improving student performance. Some of the strategies Ms. Alfred-Duverny discussed were PLC groups, remediation, group tutoring, individual tutoring, using data, increasing rigor and higher order level thinking skills, math journals, and using technology programs such as E2020. Ms. Spicer presented the Science portion. Ms. Spicer mentioned that Science students FCAT 2.0 performance were in-line with the Districtís. According to the 2012 FCAT 2.0 Science results, 42% of students scored a level 3 or above. The Science departmentís goal is to increase that percentage to 47%. Ms. Spicer explained that the area students were having the most difficulty with was Nature of Science. The Science departmentís strategy to help students in this area include: providing opportunities for inquiry based labs, PD for teachers, utilizing a lab rotation schedule, , student and teacher participation in school-wide and district-wide Science competition, using data to drive instruction, differentiating instruction, and continued use of technology such as computer labs, Compass Learning and Gizmos. Ms. Belkin presented the Writing portion. Ms. Belkin shared the Writing goal of increasing 3% from last yearís performance. The strategies that will be incorporated to reach this goal are: planning for writing, use of graphic organizers, pre-writing, modeling, PLC collaborative discussions, peer sharing and editing, student-teacher writing conferences, and writing journals. Ms. Galue presented the Reading portion. Ms. Galue explained that Informational Text was an area of concern for all sub-groups of students. Some of the strategies that the Reading department will utilize to improve this are: differentiating instruction, using how-to articles, using real-world articles, FCAT 2.0 task cards, Edusoft data, mini-assessments, FCAT Explorer, Compass Learning, higher order thinking skills and critical thinking style questioning, FAIR data, District data, active reading skills, and technology resources such as Achieve 3000 and Imagine Learning. Ms. Rodriguez presented the ELL portion. Ms. Rodriguez mentioned that the ELL departmentís goals are to increase the percentage of proficient students on the CELLA in the Listening and Speaking portion from 49% to 52%, in Reading from 20%-23%, and in Writing from 25% to 27%. Some of the strategies that the ELL department will utilize to reach these goals are: cooperative learning groups, differentiated instruction, building prior knowledge, graphic organizers, and Imagine Learning. Mr. Gil presented the Civics portion. Mr. Gil shared that 0% of students were proficient in the Baseline Civics Test. The Social Studies departmentís goal is to increase that percentage to 25% on the Civics EOC. The strategies for reaching this goal include: utilizing the Social Studies FCAT Task Cards, monitoring Edusoft and District data, graphic organizers, and utilizing technology. The SIP was unanimously approved.
The third item of the agenda was the SIP Budget. Ms. Lebena presented the SIP Budget line by line. A first motion by Ms. 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 recognition and incentives was reached. Mr. Gil seconds the motion. Each of the board members casted their votes, Ms. Belkin voted yes, Ms. Leon, E. voted yes, Mr. Gil voted yes, Ms. Martin voted yes, parent representative Ms. Sandra Rubio voted yes, student Lannie Rubio voted yes, parent representative Ms. King-Elston voted yes, Ms. Galue voted yes, Mr. Hankins sitting for Ms. Conroy and representing UTD voted yes, and Mr. Fernandez voted yes to approve Country Club Middle School Improvement Plan budget and to transfer the amount of funds not to exceed $2,999.99 from the EESAC to student recognition and incentives. The SIP Budget was approved.
The fourth item on the agenda was the Parental Involvement Plan (PIP). Mr. Fernandez presented the PIP while highlighting input from parents being taken into account when compiling the plan. Additionally, revisions previously made were focused on to ensure accuracy and concurrence. Mr. Fernandez discussed the assurances on the PIP, reviewed workshops for parents, availability of school resources to parents, and highlighted activities. Discussion took place on the PIP and Mr. Fernandez asked if anyone had questions, as well as informed everyone that he was available to answer questions regarding the Parental Involvement Plan. EESAC voted and approved the Parental Involvement Plan.
Final comments, concerns, and/or questions were requested by Ms. E. Leon; no response. Ms. Belkin motioned to adjourn the meeting pending corrections and Ms. King seconded. The meeting concluded at 6:00 PM.