PARENT INVOLVEMENT/FAMILY SUPPORT MEETING
October 12, 2005
Nancy Bull – Teacher w/Special Assignments Leslie McCracken – Testing Director
Buddie Batten – McCracken’s Assistant Melody Browning – Golden Isles
Valerie Fields – Altama/JMM Shirley Moore – Sp Ed Office
Terri Doak – Risley Middle Ann Maxwell – Goodyear
Carol Lacount – Greer Tammy Ross - Needwood
Millie Santiago – Glyndale Tara Davis – Satilla Marsh
Anna Rodriguez – B-Molette Martha Spence – Glynn Middle
Marijo Pitts-Sheffield – Dir of Grants & Fed. Prog Maureen Morales – Migrant @ BM
Marijo introduced all guest speakers followed by the Parent Involvement Workers
When our new Superintendent, Dr. Bull came on board the Glynn County School
system, his main goals were to increase student achievement and communication. With
this in mind, Bull’s MAGIC was created. It is a user friendly program added to our Glynn
County School webpage to open the lines of communication with our community.
Anyone can access it and it is a great resource for parents to see what is going on in our
schools. It has Mrs. Bull’s e-mail so she can get feedback about the program. The
deadline for feedback is October 18th. It also has goals, objectives and test results. You
can get information by categories such as, grade level, demographics, teachers, etc...
Mrs. Bull along with Dr. McCracken and her assistant, Ms. Batten were there to expose
us to this new program.
When you enter the webpage, you will find the following on the top of the page:
1. “Draft of 2005-06 Goals & Objectives.” You click on this item and will find a
number at the end of each objective to show the level of importance.
2. “Model for Achievement and Accountability” – Dr. McCracken went through
this information very briefly so that we can get a feel of what it was about.
3. “2005-06 Standards” – This was the area that was mostly focused on. You
will see it as a table on the middle of the page. Here parents can see how
their children are doing in school, know what teachers are covering in class,
check grades, see testing scores, etc. This is a great source of information
for parents who want to know what is happening in school.
4. “Thinkgate” – Dr. McCracken explained this area as well. It has an icon called
“Testgate” under MYGCBE and serves as a guide for parents to navigate.
They can see what each school is doing and how they are improving.
At the end of the overview, all the Parent Involvement Workers brainstormed to see how
we can promote this program. We focused on those parents that don’t have a computer
at home. We suggested several places where parents visit on a daily basis such as
churches, apartment complexes, and colleges, among others. We also realized that
giving them an incentive will have parents wanting to browse the program with hopes of
winning something. Dr. McCracken was going to look into finding a way for the parents
to register when they enter the program. We thought about different things that would
invite parents to register. They were given several ideas which included something as
small as a certificate to one of our restaurants to something as big as a family trip to Wild
Adventures. Tammy Ross, one of our Parent Involvement Workers is going to check
into this. We feel that our Partners in Education Board should be involved. Mr. Jim
Weidass will be contacted to see if a meeting could be scheduled.
The important thing to think about was how we, as Parent Involvement Workers could
get the information to our parents. We suggested that we get an article written by Dr.
McCracken so we can all place the same message in our school’s newsletter. Other
suggestions are as follows:
1. Use the school lab to get parents started in small groups, Opening it after hours,
it can be included in the parent’s computer class along with teaching them to use
MYGCBE. We want to get together before we start this so we can learn more
about the program at another meeting. Anna Rodriguez will let us know when
there is a good time for us to go to Burroughs-Molette and work with it on a big
screen. The Instructional Coach will be assisting us.
2. Give out bookmarks and/or magnets to parents in the shape of a yellow school
bus with the webpage to place in the schools, churches, grocery stores, etc. We
will schedule a week in January to expose the program to the community.
3. Have the program translated in Spanish for our Hispanic Community
Dr. McCracken is going to place a summary of our meeting on the webpage so that
parents can see what is being done to make it easier for them to surf thewebpage. We
were told that SACS will be visiting us on November 10th and to contact Marijo if we
wished to be interviewed.
III. PESA & STAR PROGRAM
Valerie wanted to let us know that she had given our names and number to Captain
Wilson, the STAR Program Coordinator so that he can contact us if a parent needed to
attend the PESA program. The STAR program strongly suggests that the parents of
students that are in the STAR program go to a parenting seminar.
IV. FBBR FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Valerie wanted to know if we all received the FBBR e-mail. She wanted to know our
opinion. Everyone gave her the thumbs up on the material.
Valerie wanted to know if we were able to register for the training. Not many were able
to get into a session. She wanted to know if it was a good resource. There were various
opinions about the matter. Some stated that the forms and documents translated were
not the same as ours. It was overwhelming to get so much information in such a short
time and that we weren’t able to really get to enter the site again to learn more about it.
We all agreed that it was OK and to get it finalized.
At the end of the meeting we were given a copy of the Parent Involvement job
descriptions and our White Binder. We suggested meeting before our November 9th
meeting at Burroughs-Molette to familiarize ourselves with the MAGIC program. We are
also waiting for Dr. McCracken to get us an article about the program so that we can
place it in our newsletter.
Our next meeting will be November 9th at Glyndale.