Minutes from the
School Site Council Meeting
April 28, 2010
Steve Coover, Principal Desna Hall, parent Anka Landrum, student
Pam Howard, teacher Mark Dobie, parent
Harold Mumford, teacher Ben Smith –AP, non-voting
Emmanuel Pizano, teacher Laura Aragon, classified
Excused: Jonathan Geraci (teacher)
Absent: Izzy Duong (student), Malachi Beasley (student), Ashley Patton, (student)
1. Review and approval of minutes of the March 10, 2011 meeting. The minutes
were approved. They had already been emailed out to committee members for
review. Agenda, minutes and relevant other documents are also posted at the
School Site Council Wiki at http://mmschoolsitecouncil.wikispaces.com
2. Continued Review of the Eight Goals of SPSA (Single Plan for Student
Achievement). Ben Smith pointed out that the next SSC meeting will be on May
19th and the June 2nd meeting has been canceled. The original meeting date was
moved up because the district needed the plan submitted earlier than previously
At the May 19th meeting, the SSC will be reviewing the whole SPSA document.
Hopefully, it will be approved by the group and then it can be sent up to the
Mr. Coover reported that his sub-group had finished Goal #5. Mr. Pizano’s sub-
group has been working on Goal #4 and it is almost ready to submit. This leaves
Goal #6 to be done before the next meeting. Goal #8 still has to be finished; Mr.
Smith reported that he would update this goal as it has to do with reducing
absences and tardies.
Mr. Coover noted that Mount Miguel is one of 4 schools in the district where
attendance has actually improved. He believes that this increase is due to the
diligence of the teachers in pushing the importance of attendance in their
classrooms. Most teachers have included information in their class syllabus and
behavior policy documents about avoiding tardies and absences.
Mr. Coover also reported that more MM students are now taking the SAT test to
get into college. The school has been offering the PSAT to all sophomores who
indicate that they are interested in going to college. The PSAT gets students
ready to take the real SAT when they are juniors and seniors. The school no
longer gets data on the number of students taking the ACT exam so this statistic
will be dropped from the SPSA report.
Ben reminded everyone the 5 criteria used in the SPSA – used in the report. This
information will also be reflected in the WAS report. Ms. Smith is hoping that
the document will be a “leaner and meaner” WASC document.
Student Anka Landrum reported that she felt that the overall environment of
Mount Miguel is much better than it was a few years ago. Students are learning
better, more productive ways to deal with their problems. Camp LEAD has been
a big help is giving students of all ethnicities and ability levels an opportunity to
be involved in leadership opportunities.
Mr. Mumford reported that Friday, May 13th would be a “work day” for an ad
hoc sub group of the SSC. This group will be working on giving the SPSA its
final grooming for the May 19th meeting. Mr. Mumford said that he will be
providing lunch for people working on the project that day. Ben Smith will be in-
and-out of the discussion that day to offer his assistance.
Mr. Mumford also noted that he will start the review process this coming Tuesday
afternoon, May 3rd, from 2:00 – 6:00 in his room. Any interested people are
encouraged to stop by and help him on this project.
3. Round Table. No issues to report.
4. Next Meeting. The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 19th.