Educational Excellence
School Advisory Council

7571 International Studies Preparatory Academy

Verified EESAC Meeting Minutes for:    01/24/2013  03:30 PM

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Recording Secretary:    Marisol Marin Restrepo

Location of meeting:    ISPA - 1570 Madruga Avenue, Coral Gables Florida 33146 - Media Center

Was a quorum established?    Yes

Was the meeting advertised?    Yes,  11/05/2012


Members Present:

Perez, Alejandro (Principal)
Bez, Lilliam (Teacher)
Iglesias, Caridad (Teacher)
Marin-Restrepo, Marisol (Teacher)
Rodriguez, Deanna (Teacher)
Ruiz, Richard (Alternate Teacher/Paraprofessional)
Calvo, Tamara (Educational Support Employee)
Luque, Thais (Parent)
Mazloum, Sylvain (Parent)
Zanaska, Steven (Student)
Maziak, Noura (Alternate Student)

Members Absent (Excused):

Martin, Onelio (Alternate Educational Support)
Bustamante, Rocio (Parent)
Medina, Yuli (Parent)
Michienzi, Enza (Alternate Parent)

Members Absent (Unexcused):

No one had an unexcused absence.

Others Present:

Noura Maziak, Student
Nilka Cofino, Student
Jose Courel, Teacher
Jose Alvarez, Teacher

Topics Covered:

International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA)
EESAC Minutes
January 24, 2013
I. Agenda
• Approval of minutes from prior EESAC meeting on December 6, 2012
• School Improvement Plan 2012-2013 Review and Updates
• Winter Interim Assessment Update
• School Recognition Program Timeline and discussion
• Committee Updates
• PTSA News
• Open Forum/New Business
II. Call to Order
• Ms. Rodriguez called the EESAC committee meeting to order at 2:30 p.m., on January 24, 2013, at International Studies Preparatory Academy at Gables (ISPA). The meeting was held in the media center at the school.
III. Roll Call
• Mr. Perez, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Bez, Mr. Courel, Mr. Alvarez, Ms. Marin-Restrepo, Ms. Franco, Mr. Mazloum, Mrs. Luque, Nilka Cofino, Steven Zanaska, and Tamara Calvo
IV. Approval of Minutes from December 6, 2012
• Motion to approve minutes by Ms. Bez and seconded by Mr. Ruiz
• Minutes from December 6, 2012 were approved by all members.
V. Open Issues
A. Recruitment
1. Applications are still being accepted only if post-marked by January 15th, 2013
2. Mr. Perez stated we currently have 456 students for the 2013-2014 school year.
3. The majority of students are applying for 9th grade
4. 125 openings are available for 9th grade
a. Spanish: 75
b. French: 25
c. Italian: 25
5. For the first time, ISPA will offer the “International Education (IE) Italian” program for students not fluent in Italian yet.
6. The school’s goal is to from 300 to 310 students next year.
B. School Improvement Plan 2012-2012 Review and Updates
1. School continues to monitor SIP goals and objectives.
2. Copies are available upon request
3. They can be obtained from Mr. Perez
VI. Winter Interim Assessment Status
A. Mr. Perez explained Winter Interim exams are being administered this week.
B. Trend Analysis was discussed to analyze School Performance data from 2010 to 2012 and explain improvement expectations in Proficiency and Learning Gains of Reading, Mathematics and students in the lowest 25th percentile.
VII. School Recognition Program Discussion
A. Mr. Perez stated that the funds have not been received yet by the State of Florida determining the actual amount that was awarded to the school.
B. The faculty and staff will vote on the bonus’ distribution as soon as the amount is announced.
C. Mr. Perez explained the State of Florida recognizes a school that increases its grade or that maintains a grade of A.
VIII. Committee Updates
A. On February 6th, students will attend a movie with Ms. Milian, as part of her curriculum.
B. Students will go to a fieldtrip to Washington D.C. with Ms. Rodriguez
C. On May 24th, the 9th graders will go to Epcot Center on a fieldtrip.
D. On May 31st, students on grades 10th and 11th will go to Universal Studios.
E. The PTA will have its PTA Night to raise funds.
F. Mr. Perez is trying to organize a 3-day trip for students to tour different universities throughout Florida.
IX. Open Forum/New Business
A. Ms. Bez made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Mr. Courel seconded the motion.
Minutes submitted by: Mrs. Marin-Restrepo