Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7071 Coral Gables Senior High School

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    11/13/2006  02:50 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Carmen Rodriguez

Location of meeting:    Coral Gables Senior High Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  10/18/2006


Members Present:

Gans, Jo Anne D (Principal)
Pullum, Fred (Adult/Vocational Principal)
Otero, Josephine (Alternate Principal)
Blackmon, Daniel (Union Steward)
Albalate, Eulalia (Teacher)
Hofmann, Stephanie (Teacher)
Hyatt, Iris (Teacher)
Munnerlyn, Paula (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Carmen (Teacher)
Zequeira, Otto (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Lowman, Mike (Adult/Vocational Teacher)
Gonzalez, Richard (Educational Support Employee)
Brennan, Eileen (Parent)
Levenstein, Sonia (Parent)
Salazar, Liz (Parent)
Watson, Sharon (Parent)
Hernandez, Robert (Alternate Parent)
Lara, Brittany (Student)
Navarro, Andrew (Alternate Student)
Betancur, Judith (Adult/Vocational Student)
Reitsma, Joan (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Excused):

Brisson, Nicki (Teacher)
Acosta, Elisabeth
Orgaz, Dee (Parent)
Lopez, Albert (Student)
Yanes, Silvia (Alternate Educational Support)
Melton, Mabel (Alternate Parent)
Wong, Tere (Business/Community Representative)
Ordonez, Ebet (Alternate Parent)
Zoller, Christopher (Business/Community Representative)
Garcia, Jackie (Alternate Parent)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Humberto Miret
Pat Peters

Topics Covered:

The Coral Gables Senior High School EESAC meeting was called to order by chairman, Stephanie Hofmann, at 2:50 p.m. A quorum was established. Introductions were made. The minutes of the October 9, 2006 EESAC meeting were presented. The following corrections were made: Mr. Blackmon and Ms. Albalate were marked present. Ms. Watson made a motion to accept the EESAC meetings of the October 9, 2006, with the stated corrections. The motion was seconded. By consensus, the EESAC accepted the minutes.

Mrs. Gans and Ms. Otero recapped the highlights of the first nine weeks.

Isabella Dominguez participated in D.C. and won the Science Fair.

National Hispanic awards were received. Radan Llano was a national winner.

Coral Gables Senior High School Speech and Debate team won many awards at
the Lincoln Douglas Competitions, including two championship throphies.

One hundred and fourteen Gables students earned the designation of AP
Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional
achievement on the college level Advanced Placement exams. Three Coral
Gables High School students qualified for the National A.P. Scholar Award.

Athletics – The football team won the District Championship.

Band received Superior Ratings.

At F.I.U.’s Journalism Day, Yennell Selman, Highlighes Editor in Chief was
voted district student representative for the Florida Scholastic Press

Ms. Mitchell’s I.B. students were selected for a grant from Fairchild
Tropical Gardens.

Ms. Gans stated that Gables was visited by a Region Review team as well as a District review team. Their emphasis was on reading. All visitors were former Elementary school principals.

Mrs. Gans stated that tutoring is available after school. Science has been added to the tutoring schedule. Tutoring is also available on Saturday. She is concerned that there are some students that are not presently in a science class, mainly because they may have been accelerated. These kids have been identified and will be made aware of the tutoring that is available. The Science FCAT will not affect graduation but it will affect the school grade. School pride and individual pride are being emphasized to students as reasons to strive to do well on the test. Incentives are going to be provided to students showing up for tutoring and being in attendance the day of testing.

Academic portfolios with each students individual data will be provided/reviewed with 9th and 10th graders. It highlights the areas of deficiency on the FCAT. Mrs. Gans feels strongly that in order for a student to improve he/she must understand their own data. The portfolios will be distributed through the Language Arts classes.

Ms. Munnerlyn explained that during Saturday School, she can pull up Snap Shot and see in which area each student needs help.

Liz Salazar stated she is finding I.D.’s near the street near her house. She is concerned about the information printed on the I.D. cards. She is returning them to school.

Ms. Gans noted that the students I.D. number should not appear printed on the student I.D., but should be barcoded only. She will check into the situation.

Mr. Zequeirra shared that he already distributed the student portfolios and that the students indicated that it was a useful tool. He also distributed an article from the St. Petersburg Times, which stated that many schools can expect to achieve lower FCAT test scores. He also distributed a chart of parliamentary procedure.

Ms. Hofmann commented on how excited students were about having an honor roll and principals honor roll and appaulded Mrs. Gans for having reinstated this tradition.

Mr. Zoller suggested the honor roll be posted. Mrs. Gans stated it would be scrolled.

Andrew Navarro stated he felt it too much to have 'Gables Writes' on common days.

Mrs. Gans reemphasized 'Gables Writes' was a brief activity that would continue to be implemented on common days.

Ms. Hofmann opened the floor for discussion regarding whether or not to hold an EESAC meeing in December, Ms. Rodriguez made a motion to not have an EESAC meeing in December, Ms. Watson seconded the motion. By consensus, the EESAC agreed not to meet in December.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.