Minutes District School Council Meeting January 30_ 2012 by xiaopangnv


									                           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 neil.langevin@lethsd.ab.ca. 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

   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
           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
           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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