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District School Council Meeting January 30, 2012 In Attendance: David Green Gary Bartlett Dayna Tilleman Randi Malmo Paul Sparrow Clarke Linda Spaller Tara Yagos Shellie Kienzle Allison Pike Julie Nolan Sue Oguchi Keith Fowler Brooke Culley Barry Litun Brenda Stendebach Corinne Steele Karri Stewart Jodie Knott Sahil Paul Lisa McMullin John Loree Neil Langevin 1. Meeting was called to order at 6:33 by Chair Shellie Kienzle. Introductions were made. 2. The agenda was approved as presented. 3. Minutes – noted on point 4 that the December 5 Minister’s forum was the meeting that was open to the public. 4. John Loree and Neil Langevin presented on the development of the District proposal for AISI ( Alberta Initiative for School Improvement) Cycle 5 which will run from 2012/13 – 2014/15 DSC members were asked to provide their opinions about: a) What characteristics of effective classrooms would you like to see teachers at your school utilize? b) As we begin to plan our Cycle 5 project, do you have any suggestions/ideas about the school improvement project? Three groups were then formed for small group discussion. Request that Joanne send out the form Neil used to all school council chairs for discussion and input at the individual school council meetings. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is attached to this email. 5. Barry Litun asked that the DSC representatives discuss the possibility of moving DSC date to the first Monday of November, December, February, March, April, May and June for the 2012-2013 school year with their respective school councils. This will be discussed at the February DSC meeting. 6. Shellie Kienzle reminded representatives of the provincial ASCA conference April 20-22 in Edmonton. Keith Fowler noted that the District supports registration and costs (up to $200.00) for a school council to send a delegate to the provincial conference. Shellie pointed out the ASCA Award of Recognition program. Information has been distributed. 7. Barry Litun outlined the process for the February 6 Town Hall meeting. 8. Mich Forster provided the Trustee’s Report: a. Tripartite discussions b. Trustee Wickham’s decision to resign was supported by the Board. c. The Board has decided to continue for the balance of this term with six trustees. d. Question: How often should a trustee attend school council meetings? Response: Encourage school council chairs to contact their trustee liaisons if the trustees can provide comment on agenda topics scheduled. 9. Barry outlined the preliminary 2012-2013 school year calendar. 10. The DSC will host the Minister’s teleconference on February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room. Parents for all school councils are invited to attend. RSVP is not necessary. 11. Round Table Reports: a. Fleetwood Bawden School: January focus on culture. Arts: two full day origami workshop. Book exchange scheduled for February 2 and is open to the community. b. Galbraith School: Snow shoes arrived but there is no snow. One School, One Book – “Featherbrain”. Dr. Robin Bright presentation. In March Chris Gonsalvez will host a presentation on Internet safety. 2013 is the school’s centennial celebration. c. Ecole Agnes Davidson: Carnival will run throughout February. Staff will attend healthy schools symposium. The Heritage Fair will be held in March. d. Lakeview School: Met their fundraising goals. There are many activities – after school skating. Campbell soup labels are donated to the school as a fundraiser. e. Gilbert Paterson Middle School: Basketball City finals are on February 16. “Annie” performances run February 13-15. Bands and choirs are registered for the Kiwanis Festival. The school council has formed a society. f. LCI: Exams are finished. Term 2 starts January 31. Improved lighting in the staff room was discussed. There was a staff appreciation event – food and snacks during parent-teacher interviews. Seven people attending Town Hall meeting. LCI added some staff for semester 2. Summer school will be offered through Victoria Park High School. The University of Lethbridge offers French testing programs for Immersion students. g. Chinook High School: The Laramie Project is scheduled for March. A leisure centre will be built adjacent to Chinook High School. The grad theme has been chosen. Many fundraisers were very well supported. The staff attended a Learning Video Conference with Dr. Ken O’Connor. Fundraising for a piano and a bus. h. GS Lakie Middle School: Was awarded $75,000 Aviva Grant to build a technology booth. There will be a dance on February 15. Teachers Glee Club did not make the last cut. There will be a dance show at the Yates on February 9. i. Lethbridge Christian School: Applied for the Community Spirit Grant. Grades 3-5 sang with the symphony just prior to Christmas. Within three days the caretaker and a student passed away. The school community is very appreciative of the support they received. There will be student led conferences in March. j. Nicholas Sheran Community School: They held a Christmas Dance for the first time. There was an opportunity for family pictures. One School, One Book – “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”. Random acts of kindness. The council has formed a society. k. Dr. Probe School: The council has formed a society. Steve Harmer – magic and character education presentation later in February (appeared 20 years ago). One School, One Book – identified as a North American Model School. Grade 4 Bingo. Grade 5 Social day with other Westside elementary schools. Preschool registration opens February 1. Tours to the Galt museum. l. Mike Mountain Horse School: Society/School Council roles have been defined. Developing a recognition policy; hoping to be done within the next month, willing to share with other school councils. The school has started a breakfast program. m. Winston Churchill High School: Exam week has been completed. Student council is very busy: Valentine’s Dance is scheduled. They are fundraising for a school in Ghana. The Blood drive is starting. Badminton has begun. Four parents to attend the Town Hall. Gary Bartlett reminded the group that the Lethbridge Community Foundation is accepting applications until February 15. You can Google search “Lethbridge Community Association for more information. Link to Association: http://www.lethbridgecommunityfoundation.org/G.applying_for_grants.html 12. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
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