Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    09/15/2011  03:40 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Marisol Marin-Restrepo

Location of meeting:    ISPA - room 409

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  07/11/2011


Members Present:

Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Iglesias, Caridad (Teacher)
Marin-Restrepo, Marisol (Teacher)
Milian, Nathalie (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Ruiz, Richard (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Kassner, Samantha (Student)
Jose Hernnandez, Teacher

Members Absent (Excused):

Ferre, Helen
Fernando Gimenez-Zapiola
Samantha Parchment
Melissa Jacobs
Bustamante, Rocio (Parent)
Luque, Thais (Parent)
Gimenez-Zapiola, Camila (Alternate Student)
Bermudez, Miguel (Business/Community Representative)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Jose Courel, Teacher

Topics Covered:

International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA)
EESAC Minutes – September 15, 2011
Attendees: Mr. Perez, Mrs. Iglesias, Mrs. Rodriguez, Mr. Courel, Mr. Hernandez, Mrs. Marin-Restrepo, Mr. Ruiz, Mrs. Milian, Samantha Kassner,Miguel Bermudez,.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
• Motion to approve minutes by Ms. Rodriguez and seconded by Mrs. Iglesias
o Minutes approved by all members.
o End of Course Exam (EOC) for Algebra, Geometry, and Biology
o Schools continues to recruit for new students
• Mr. Perez:
o Two new community business representatives: Melissa Jacobs and Miguel Bustamante
o Students will go to whole food supermarket four times a year to have hands-on activities to learn about healthy cooking and eating.
o They are also preparing a presentation for teachers and parents on wellness and healthy eating.
o Alternate teachers: Richard Ruiz and Mr. Courel will replace Ms. Conto.
o Ms. Milian will replace Ms. Johnson on the EESAC as teacher.
o Parent members: Rocio Bustamante, Helen Aguirre-Ferre,
o Student alternate: Camila Gimenez-Zapiola
• From October 1, 2011 to January 15th, 2012, school will concentrate on recruiting for new students through magnet fairs at K-8 Centers and Middle Schools.
• Orientation meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 6pm to help with parent orientation meetings and informational meetings.
* Correction to the minutes from previous meeting that the following individuals were absent: Helen Ferre, Rocio Bustamante, Samantha Parchment
• All students applying to ISPA will be required to take a language proficiency test beginning in November.
• The school’s goal is 125 students for the 2012-2013 ninth grade class: 75 Spanish program, 25 Italian , and 25 French
• Mr. Perez reviewed the School Improvement Plan:
o SAC chair: Mrs. Rodriguez
o Highly Qualified Teachers: all of the teachers
o LLT (Leadership team)
o Response to Intervention (RtI)
o We have no school grade designation
o Goals for the 2011-2012 SIP
o Reading
o Math
o Writing
o Science
o Attendance
o Suspension
o Parental Involvement
o Dropout Prevention
• All were in favor of the SIP plan.
• Mr. Perez reviewed the elective offerings for next year and beyond
o Piano and Guitar Lab
o Art
o Beginning Weight Training and Fitness
o Spanish I, French I, Italian I
• Additional teachers will be hired in the following years based on enrollment.
• Mr. Perez asked if anyone had additional questions, comments, concerns.
• Meeting concluded at 3:30 p.m.