MINUTES OF PAC MEETING
Monday, September 21, 2009
PINETREE SECONDARY SCHOOL
THOSE IN ATTENDANCE:
Tracie Buzza Lois Swanson Michelle Sather
Thu Tran Nishi Charmaine Nickason Ling Mah
Janet Park Christina Hong John McCullough
Meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by president, Janet Park
The agenda was approved with no changes.
Tracie motioned to adopt the minutes and seconded by Lois. All in favour and
Minutes for May 19, 2009 adopted.
ADMINISTRATION REPORT: (John McCullough)
John welcomed all the parents and was especially pleased to see new parents in
The enrollment at Pinetree was 36 students short of their projections, possibly due to the
conditions of the global economy. As it stands now, there are 1,416 registered students
and 63 international students. To maintain staffing for their projected numbers,
administration is in the process of looking at different scenarios to try to maintain 1,450
students. The new zone assistant, Sylvia Russell has been very helpful in this process.
Currently, administration has been in consultations with teachers with regard to Bill 33
issues (class size/composition). There is a new, more involved consultative process, all
done to meet the needs of students. It is important to note that more students are being
identified requiring Individual Education Programs, most typically learning disabled (ie.
1st yr-12 students identified; 2nd yr-25 students identified; 3rd yr-67 students identified).
Trying to balance all of this and get the school up and running has been challenging and
very busy for the staff.
Students with ‘unexcused absences’ will be a focus of John’s this year. He will try to
determine what is happening with these students, and encourage them to attend
consistently. To help with this, on Sept 30th, John and some gr. 12 students will go ‘live on
TV’ with various scenarios to get across the message of what is important at Pinetree.
October 6th will be the grade 9 immunizations.
John discussed the topic of field trips, particularly Type 1 (within Canada/US) and Type 2
(outside of North America). Currently, the school district’s senior leadership team is
reviewing specific criteria regarding these type of field trips. Extra field trips, attached to
a regular class, are paid by the student. However, if there is a financial hardship both the
school and PAC have avenues to assist those students who may need help.
On Thurs from 7:30-9:00 am, there will be a ‘Welcome to Pinetree’ breakfast for all gr. 9
students. The grade 12’s and Grad Council sponsor this, and also do the serving and clean
On Oct 8th, there will be a gr. 12 ‘Welcome Back BBQ’ with lots of music and food!
On Oct 5th, there will be the first emergency prep drill, where the staff and students will
practice the lockdown procedure. They will all end up gathering at Cummings Field.
An area of concentration for our entire school district this year is in the area of Health
and Safety for all staff and students. This includes sending out the message to wear
appropriate and safe clothing and doing ‘safe’ acts. We all need to help keep each other
On wed, there will be a gr. 12 assembly to begin the Grad Transition Program. It will be a
step-by-step talk on how to accomplish this, and how to prepare for an exit interview.
Some gr. 12’s may even have this done by mid-Nov. Staff do not want the gr. 12’s to leave
this too late in the school year.
On sept 25th there will be a Pro-D day.
Our school district will be working on a focus for the future, with support from Andy
Hargreaves, an educational researcher and author of ‘The Fourth Way.’ At our next PAC
mtg, John would like to have some time for a short presentation and an opportunity for
parents to respond.
Pinetree will no longer have a school bus, as it is too expensive to operate and upkeep.
The school was painted over the summer. It looks great! There has been some graffiti and
broken windows lately, but they try to get it off/fixed as quickly as possible.
There was a question to John inquiring about the growth of programs at Pinetree. He
responded that English, Math and Sciences all have full classes. Computer and Work
Experience classes have grown significantly in numbers of students. Info tech numbers
are down. The numbers in Applied Skills and Art/photography are being maintained.
In closing, John discussed the H1N1 flu situation, and that all staff and students are being
encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cough into their elbows and stay home if
they’re sick. The school asks that parents inform the school if their child is home sick
with this flu bug.
Overall, the students are excited to be at school, enjoy the hustle and bustle and it has
been a very good start to the new school year!
TREASURER’S REPORT: (Lois Swanson)
Lois gave the financial update re: the General and Gaming Accounts.
A significant challenge for us, and all PACs, will be the diminished funds from
Government Casino Funds. Although we’re still waiting for the official word from our
application, we are expecting $10.00 per student, or about $14,000.00. This is down by
50% from previous years.
The BC VIP Grant is still be honored by the government. The school wide bottle drive,
being organized by Mr. Bruneau and 100 volunteers in October, should bring in about
$5,000 for school computers!
DPAC REPORT: (Mariella Rutty)
There is a DPAC orientation for parents on thurs Oct 1st at 6:00 pm at Seaview
Elementary School. This will also include important info re: budgets and minutes.
BCCPAC is encouraging district PACs, school PACs and individual parents to write to
MLA’s with regards to cut backs to gaming grant funds, no consultation process and their
negative impact on students, teachers and entire school communities.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: (Tracie Buzza)
Tracie shared that there will be information for students in the hallways with regard to
emergency preparedness. This is low-key, but informative.
AFTERGRAD: (Tracie Buzza)
The after grad event will be on May 23rd/24th. The hope is that the ‘pay it forward’
tradition of the parents of gr. 10 and 11 students helping will continue.
The next mtg for the committee will be in October, with an attempt to have 3 mtgs before
SPC Report: (John McCullough)
The notes/discussion with regard to Bill 33 (class size and composition) is in the
PAC CHAIR REPORT: (Janet Park)
Janet welcomed all the parents and invited everyone to be involved in PAC and the SPC.
Janet and John are attending and participating in school district mtgs re: proposed
changes to catchments/boundaries for schools in the north part of Coquitlam. The 2 nd
mtg is tomorrow night. The mtg in October will be to give info/recommendations to the
Board of Education.
New Business/General Discussion:
At our next PAC mtg, John and other staff members will be making a presentation with
regard to ‘The Fourth Way.’
Next PAC mtg: Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Tracie motioned to adjourn. Ling seconded it.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Submitted by ___________________ Donna Loss, Secretary