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Welcome to Fairfield Junior High Community Council page!

The purpose of the Community Council is to involve parents in decision making at the school level.  Elected parents represent the parents of the school and participate in developing plans for improving the school, make decisions on how to best expend School LAND Trust Program monies, and increase public awareness of school trust lands and related policies.

The next community council meeting is: 
November 7, 2019 at 6:00-8:00pm
Centennial Junior High for School Community Council 2019 Fall Training
 

Meeting Schedule

Proposed 2019-2020 Community Council Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held in the Library at Fairfield Jr. High

  • 9/5, 4:00p, FFJH Library
  • 10/1, 4:00p, FFJH LIbrary
  • 11/7, 6:00-8:00p, Centennial Junior High for School Community Council 2019 Fall Training
  • 12/3, 4:00p, FFJH Library
  • 2/4, 4:00p, FFJH Library
  • 3/3, 4:00p, FFJH Library
  • 4/7, 4:00p, FFJH Library
  • 5/5, 4:00p, FFJH Library

Community Council Members

Fairfield Junior High

Community Council Roster 2019-2020

 

Name

Email

Position

Years

Lindsay Baird

lindsay.nielsen@msn.com

Chairperson/Parent

2

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberlyhwagner@yahoo.com

Vice-Chair/Parent

1

Vickie Mertlich

vmertlich@dsdmail.net

Secretary/Counselor

1

Tiffany Midgley

tmidgley@dsdmail.net

Principal

-

Brooke Anderson

Brookecanderson@gmail.com

Parent/PTA Rep

2

Charlotte Atkinson

taebocoach@yahoo.com

Parent

1

Kreg Edgmon

kreg@catalystrtc.com

Parent

1

Cynthia Johnson

cynisfun@gmail.com

Parent

1

Emily King

ekingart@gmail.com

Parent

2

Dr. Whitney Krahn

wkrahn@dsdmail.net

Teacher

2

Jay Nolan

jnolan@dsdmail.net

Teacher/JSSC Chair

2

Kristen Sims

davnkris@gmail.com

Parent

2

Current Year Agendas and Minutes

 

Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2019 September 5, 2019
October 1, 2019 October 1, 2019
November 7, 2019  
   
   
   
   
   

 

Past years Agendas and Minutes

Community Council Information Year 2018-2019

September 5, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting
September 5, 2018
 
In attendance – Bryon Nielsen, Muriel Mann, Jay Nolan, Whitney Krahn, Heidi Murdock, Janalee Jones, Brooke Anderson
 
1-School Safety/School Resource Officer – Mr. Neilson-
 
-Current Hours are 12 per week after working graves and 40 hrs. a week
 
-Kaysville city has moved officers to other spots, and all jr. high in the city only have part time officers.
 
-District pays for part of officer pay/ city pays the other part
 
-Action plan- Contact all Jr. high, Elementary, and high school community councils- send a letter discussing current officer situation and go to district and Kaysville city as a united voice.
 
2- Data from last year-
 
-Fairfield has improved in math and reading with last years scores.
 
-They fall into the top three in all categories when compared to similar schools
 
3-School Goals-
 
-80/80
 
-CRT above district average
 
-Read and write above district average

 

4- Community Council meetings- Meetings for the 2018-19 school year will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00

5-Nominations- This item was tabled till next month when more council members are present.

October 2, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting

October 2nd, 2018

Attendees: Kreg Edgmon, Janalee Jones, Brooke Anderson, Tammy Egbert, Jay Nolan, Muriel Mann, Lindsay Baird, Rick Miller, Cynthia Johnson, Megan Clark

Absentees: Heidi Murdock, Kristen Sims, Emily King, Bryon Nielsen, Whitney Krahn

Agenda
1.      Nominate secretary and vice chair – Janalee
          a.      Vice chair and secretary selected to be Lindsay Baird
2.      Community Council Training – Mr. Nielsen
          a.      Training reviewed with discussion of the community council duties and responsibilities as well as Land Trust Funds and what they can be used for
          b.      PowerPoint will be sent out to all council members
District-hosted In-person training
            Plan to attend one of the following meetings to learn more about the council
Wednesday, October 24th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
North Davis Jr. High Choir Room
835 South State Street – Clearfield
 
Wednesday, November 14th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Legacy Jr. High Choir Room
411 N 3200 W – Layton
 
Wednesday, November 28th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
South Davis Jr. High Choir Room
298 W 2600 S – Bountiful
 
3.      Support materials, information and training – www.schoollandtrust.org
         a.      Email was sent with this information last week, not everyone received it so Janalee will resend the information. You can also view the information using the web address listed above.
4.      Update on school safety letter - Janalee
         a.      Heidi and Janalee will write this up and send to the community council for input
         b.      The letter will then be sent to all councils in Kaysville
                   i.      The proposal is to request a tax for Kaysville City to employ 3 more officers and have full time officers in the schools
                           1.      Officer Nichols is only at the school an average of 12 hours a week which is in addition to his regular 40-hour schedule
                    ii.      A discussion was formed on whether we should have a full-time officer or a social worker to deal with more mental health issues.
                             1.      Thoughts were that officer Nichols could be trained in mental health and be at the school full time and could utilize this training in addition to his regular duties which include: creating personal relationships, discipline of students and assisting parents with getting children to school who are being difficult.
                            2.      It was also brought up that having a police car parked in the parking lot would deter other illegal activities and be a comfort to parents.
                     iii.      Council notified by Tammy that the District has a mental health worker on staff and students can get 6 free sessions. Parent involvement is also key in this area.
5.      Other Points of Interest
          a.      The school is required to do a drill each month; October will be a lockdown drill
                    i.      Email will be sent out to parents
          b.      Brooke, the PTA President, mentioned that there will be an assembly on December 4th where Collin Kartchner will present how social media may be harming youth.
                    i.      If your student will not be able to attend the assembly or if parents are interested, we encourage them to attend the Parent’s Meeting.
                           1.      This will be held on October 15th at 7 p.m. at Farmington High
                           2.      There will be a Q&A after the meeting
                           3.      Brooke will also see if he has a website that can be sent out in an email
            c.       Discussion regarding Land Trust Funds and where the funding comes from
                       i.      Funds come from Kaysville City and the Davis School District
6.      Closing
           a.      The next council meeting will be held on November 6th at 4pm
                       i.      Council meetings will be the 1st Tuesday of every month with the exception of December as there will not be a council meeting

November 6, 2018 Agenda

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting

November 6, 2018

Agenda

1-      Cell Phone Usage – Mr. Nolan

2-      Resource Officer update – Heidi Murdock

Community Council Members, 2018-2019

Community                                                     School

Heidi Murdock (2)                                          Bryon Nielsen, Principal

Kristen Sims (1)                                              Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal

Kreg Edgmon (2)                                            Rick Miller, Asst. Principal

Cynthia Johnson (2)                                        Tammy Egbert, Counselor

Janalee Jones (2)                                             Jay Nolan, Art & Photography Teacher

Brooke Anderson (1)                                      Whitney Krahn, French Dual Language Teacher

Lindsay Baird (1)

Emily King (1)

Megan Clark (1)

 

* The numbers in the parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative.

November 6, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Minutes
For November 6, 2018
 
In attendance – Dr. Mann, Mr. Nielsen, Heidi Murdock, Kreg Edgmon, Mr. Nolan, Mr. Dixon, Mrs. Egbert, Mrs. Krahn, Delaney Nalder – representing PTA, Cynthia Johnson, Kristen Sims, Emily King, Janalee Jones, Brigit Gerrard – from the David County School Board
 
Absent – Lindsay Baird, Megan Clark, Rick Miller, Brooke Anderson
 
1-      Cell Phone Usage – Mr. Nolan presented some statistics that on average Jr high students spend 4 hours a day on their cell phones.  Mostly on entertainment, games and music. Common Justifications for Cell Phone Policies
 
  • Studies show that those who put their cellphones away rather than keeping in their pocket did better than if they kept it in their pocket, because when they received notifications they could feel it in their pocket and it would cause anxiety.
  • Our current school policy is that the cell phone is to be put away during class time and can be out in the cell free zone, during lunch. Which is a typical policy with other schools.
  • Mr. Nolan has a lockbox in his class that is voluntary.  His students receive a candy when they put their cell phone in the lockbox.  He said it is working fairly well, he has taken away 2 cell phones so far this year.
  • Mr. Dixon, has a mandatory lockbox, but he is still confiscating cell phones.
  • Emily King expressed concern that the students during lunch and intervention are not interacting with each other because they are on their phones instead of talking with each other.
  • Mrs. Krahn expressed that kids should be able to put their phone away for 1 1/2 hours a day while they are in class.
  • Kristen Sims said that teachers have so much to do that they shouldn’t need to do one more thing.  She proposed we change the policy to be from bell to bell no cell phones.
  • Mr. Nolan expressed that part of a teachers job is to manage whether it is a cell phone or something else.  There needs to be exceptions in place where a child could have their cell phone with them in class.  To take pictures of slides for note taking, looking up information, etc.  Some students have special needs that a cell phone can be beneficial for them.
  • Kreg presented a handout, attached with minutes. He expressed that kids are not developmentally equipped to handle cell phones at school.  He was in favor of the bell to bell proposal
  • Dr Mann expressed that it will be very hard to manage a bell to bell policy.  We should ban completely rather than try to manage. She suggested we leave the policy as it is.
  • Ideas were suggested that the school purchase bags to keep the phones in during the day.  They have a lock with a key, they would be rented out to the kids.  Dr. Mann express that we do not have the personnel or the resources to manage such an undertaking.  Suggestions were given to ask parents to volunteer to handle this.
  • Mrs. Egbert expressed that on a daily basis, she is dealing with mental health issues that are tied to cell phone usage.  She expressed that we should find funding to pay for, to install, and regulate a bell to bell policy.
  • We proposed that Emily and Kreg would come up with a new policy to present to the community council at our meeting in January.  We would move forward from there.

2-      Heidi Murdock gave an update on our resource officer.  She talked to the assistant superintendent Davis School district.  He said that each junior high has a resource officer for 12 hours a week.  And this has been the case for the past 5 years.  The Kaysville police chief has said that they would hire 2 more officers this next year in hopes of have the resource officers in the schools for more hours.  Heidi and Janalee are going to meet with the police chief to clarify that this is the goal of hiring the 2 new officers.

3-      Brigit Gerrard – expressed her thanks for our service on the Community council.

Next meeting January, 8, 2019

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

January 8, 2019 Agenda

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting

January 8, 2018

Agenda

1-      Digital Citizenship Training – Mr. Nielsen

2-      School Land Trust discussion and allocation – Mr. Nielsen

3-      Cell Phone usage proposal – Emily and Kreg

Community Council Members, 2018-2019

Community                                                     School

Heidi Murdock (2)                                          Bryon Nielsen, Principal

Kristen Sims (1)                                              Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal

Kreg Edgmon (2)                                            Rick Miller, Asst. Principal

Cynthia Johnson (2)                                        Tammy Egbert, Counselor

Janalee Jones (2)                                             Jay Nolan, Art & Photography Teacher

Brooke Anderson (1)                                      Whitney Krahn, French Dual Language Teacher

Lindsay Baird (1)

Emily King (1)

Megan Clark (1)

 

* The numbers in the parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative.

January 8, 2019 Minutes

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting

January 8, 2019

In attendance: Janalee Jones, Lindsay Baird, Cynthia Johnson, Emily King, Megan Clark, Mrs. Egbert, Mr. Nolan, Kreg Edgmon, Brooke Anderson, Dr Mann, Mr S. Dixon

Not in attendance: Mr. Nielsen, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Krahn, Kristen Sims, Heidi Murdock

Agenda

1.   Digital Citizenship Training – Mrs. Mann

    a.       Janalee received an email from Natalie Gordon with online training information for the council.

               i.      The training can be found on the school board website under “Community Council”, “Training”, Training is named Digital Citizenship.

                ii.      Some council members have already viewed the training. Those who have not will need to review the training material.

     b.      Digital Citizenship for students is reviewed during 4th and 8th periods at the beginning of the year and during the new semester.

                i.      Students and parents sign computer acceptable use agreement.

                ii.      District monitors content.

                iii.      Teachers can see what has been viewed on student’s computers and other school devices.

      c.       Discussed the possibility of hosting a screening of Screenagers for students and parents.

                 i.      This would need to be prescreened and approved before students can view.

                 ii.      Kreg will follow up with pricing and possibility of prescreening.

2.      School Land Trust discussion and allocation – Mrs. Mann

         a.      Reviewed previous year goals and budget expenditures for the land trust.

         b.      Discussed how the 

expenditures last year improved student education.

 

         c.       Reviewed Sage scores for 2017 and 2018.

                   i.      New testing product will be used this year, the format is similar to the Sage testing.

3.      Cell Phone usage proposal – Emily and Kreg

          a.      Presentation by Emily with four options for cell phone usage by students.

                    i.      Council agreed to propose to administration the away for the day option.

                    ii.      Discussed community council’s role.

         1.      The community council is an advisory committee that can make formal recommendations to the administration on policy changes. It is then up to the administration to decide whether to adopt the recommended policy.

Community Council Members, 2018-2019

Community                                                     School

Heidi Murdock (2)                                          Bryon Nielsen, Principal

Kristen Sims (1)                                               Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal

Kreg Edgmon (2)                                            Rick Miller, Asst. Principal

Cynthia Johnson (2)                                       Tammy Egbert, Counselor

Janalee Jones (2)                                           Jay Nolan, Art & Photography Teacher

Brooke Anderson (1)                                       Whitney Krahn, French Dual Language Teacher

Lindsay Baird (1)

Emily King (1)

Megan Clark (1)

* The numbers in the parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative.

February 5, 2019 Agenda

Fairfield Jr High Community Council Meeting

February 5, 2019

 Agenda

1-     School Improvement Plan – Mr Nielsen

2-     School Land Trust discussion and allocation – Mr. Nielsen

Community Council Members, - 2018 – 2019

Community                                                  School

Heidi Murdock (2)                                      Bryon Nielsen, Principal

Kristen Sims (1)                                          Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal

Kreg Edgmon (2)                                        Rick Miller, Asst. Principal

Cynthia Johnson (2)                                   Tammy Egbert, Counselor

Janalee Jones (2)                                        Jay Nolan, Art & Photography teacher

Brooke Anderson (1)                                 Whitney Krahn, French Dual Lang. teacher

Lindsay Baird (1)

Emily King (1)

Megan Clark (1)

 

·        The number in parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative

February 5, 2019 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High Community Council Meeting Notes

February 5, 2019

Those in attendance:
Bryon Nielsen, Principal                                              Jay Nolan, Teacher
Whitney Krahn, Teacher                                              Sam Dixon, Teacher
Janalee Jones, Chair                                                   Tammy Egbert, Counselor
Cynthia Johnson                                                          Kristen Sims
Kreg Edgmon                                                               Megan Clark
Emily King
 
School Land Trust Progam was reviewed:
 
Prior Year Goals (2017-2018)
1. All students will make a 3-point increase in Utah compose scores, a 10% increase from the beginning of the school year to the end.  (Met Goal).
2.  80% of all students will master 80% of the curriculum. (Did not meet goal.  Met in some areas including art, music, and honors classes).
3. All Standardized test scores will be above district average in all reporting areas including Sage and ACT Aspire.  (Did not meet goal.  Met for math and science, but goal was not met for Language Arts).
 
Current Year progress report is progressing according to plan including:
1. Students continuing to use the RACE strategy to interpret data from informational texts and graphs across all subject areas
 
 
Proposed Goals for 2019-2020
 
1.  All students will read and write at grade level.  Proposal to continue to use literacy coaches to read and comment on students' written materials in language arts and history.  Discussion by council was to continue to fund the literacy coaches.  Teachers who commented said that it made things easier for them.  Mme Krahn suggested that literacy coaches could be used in French.  Proposed allocation for this $20,000.
 
2. 80% of the students will master 80% of the curriculum in all courses. This is done through teacher created formative assessments, end-of-term tests, and CRTs.  Discussion that behavioral issues generally impact academic performance. There was a suggestion that rather than focus on all of the areas currently proposed, possibly to pick a few and focus on those to better meet this goal. Several teachers said that they have had professional development training and found it useful. Proposed allocation for this $10,000.
 
3. CRT (Criterion and Reference Test) scores will be above the district average.  This supports collaborative efforts and teams meet each Friday.  We discussed how this supports reading, math, writing, and science.  This allows grade level teams to be formed within departments and collaborate and increase teaching abilities.  The allocation for this goal is $5,000.
 
4. Close achievement gaps.   The intervention coordinator and lunch and learn coordinators assist in identifying students who need additional help and providing support to those students.  Lab manager for technology helps further personalized instruction for students.  Productivity periods (which are the 8 productivity periods) also help reduce class size.  The Council recognized that ESL is below the achievement level of other students at the school, possibly need to provide extra resources for these students. Proposed allocation is $72,000.
 
Cell Phone Survey - Mr. Nielsen believes that based on the survey results, respondents were about equally split about having students have or ban cell phone.  He felt as thought 2/3 of respondents supported current policy.  Mr. Dixon (Sam) thinks that cell phones should be banned because student health should be a primary consideration. Mrs Krahn was surprised at the level of disrespect in the survey respondents.  Many on the council would like to keep the discussion about cell phones in school an ongoing discussion.
 
Mr Nielsen pointed out that cell phone usage is an issue that begins in the home and parents need to be educated. 

March 5, 2019 Agenda

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting

March 5, 2019

Agenda

1-      Vote on School Land Trust Allocation

-          Next Community Council – April 9, 2019 – second Tuesday, due to first Tuesday being Spring Break

Community Council Members, 2018-2019

Community                                                     School

Heidi Murdock (2)                                          Bryon Nielsen, Principal

Kristen Sims (1)                                              Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal

Kreg Edgmon (2)                                            Rick Miller, Asst. Principal

Cynthia Johnson (2)                                        Tammy Egbert, Counselor

Janalee Jones (2)                                             Jay Nolan, Art & Photography Teacher

Brooke Anderson (1)                                      Whitney Krahn, French Dual Language Teacher

Lindsay Baird (1)

Emily King (1)

Megan Clark (1)

 

* The numbers in the parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative.

March 5, 2019 Minutes

Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Meeting
March 5, 2019
Agenda
1-      Vote on School Land Trust Allocation
 
Attendees – Cynthia Johnson, Janalee Jones, Brooke Anderson, Lindsay Baird, Megan Clark, Rick Miller, Whitney Krahn, and Janel Tidwell (Counseling Intern)
 
We voted and approved the School Land Trust Monies.  Cynthia reminded us that we needed to sign the allocation.  Janalee said that she would contact Mr. Nielsen to have him get the paperwork put together so that the council members could go into the office and sign.
 
This is the last meeting for the school year.
 
Community Council Members, 2018-2019
Community                                                     School
Heidi Murdock (2)                                          Bryon Nielsen, Principal
Kristen Sims (1)                                               Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal
Kreg Edgmon (2)                                            Rick Miller, Asst. Principal
Cynthia Johnson (2)                                       Tammy Egbert, Counselor
Janalee Jones (2)                                           Jay Nolan, Art & Photography Teacher
Brooke Anderson (1)                                       Whitney Krahn, French Dual Language Teacher
Lindsay Baird (1)
Emily King (1)
Megan Clark (1)
 
* The numbers in the parentheses indicate whether this is the first or second year of the two-year term for that parent representative.

Community Council Information Year 2017-2018

September 9, 2017 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High 
Community Council Meeting Minutes
September 6, 2017 – 4 pm

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, TJ Strain - Asst. Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Scott Montgomery, Lynette Checketts, Rosie Chada, Tracie Mcewen-Garritson,  Heidi Murdock, Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Jay Nolan, Beth Williams, Michael Thomspon

Following brief introductions, the council was informed/reminded of the purpose and responsibility of community council, which is primarily to oversee the local distribution of the trust land funds and ensure that they are being used to help best meet our school goals.

The Fairfield Junior High school improvement plan is based on the school’s mission statement, which is to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students, and on the areas of focus for FFJH. Mr. Nielsen gave an overview of the current goals and action steps in place.

Goal 1 - 80% mastery of the curriculum. Last year FFHJ met that goal overall as a school with only 2 sub-areas not reaching that mastery level.
Goal 2 – To score above the Davis School District averages in all areas for the CRT testing (Sage). Those results will be coming in the next few weeks. Kimberly asked that we have that comparative data at our next meeting to evaluate if current efforts are being effective.
Goal 3 – Literacy, to have all students at or above grade level in literacy.

The 2017-18 Trust land budget was presented and explained by Mr. Nielsen.
    
7 productivity periods – $45,500.00 - Typical teachers teach 6 periods. FFJH added the option to teach a seventh (almost 4 are now doing so), which was less expensive than paying for another teacher and allows class sizes to decrease. These teachers still have a prep period (90 minutes) every other day.

Coordinators (labs, intervention, lunch and learning, volunteer, literacy) - $25,750.00 – These areas assist in supporting struggling students and reaching our school goals.

Professional Development - $8,750.00 – Used to send teachers to professional learning communities and conferences.

Literacy Coaches - $20,000 – Four people with a background in English have been hired to assist teachers in offering feedback to students on writing assignments. Three are used for Language Arts, and the other one is for all other subject areas.

A question was raised about new teacher orientation. The current procedure is that Dr. Mann meets monthly with the new teacher, the Evaluate Davis program is in place, and school and district mentors are provided. A conversation about Evaluate Davis ensued. Beth Williams suggested having 2 full class period evaluations rather than the four 20 minute evaluations and also suggested to eliminate the surprise element of the evaluation. 

We discussed the programs currently in place for at-risk students. A few of them include: Falcon Academy, Hope Squad, mindfulness groups, Peer Support, Read 180, Mr. Rosenberg’s “Guy Group,” and teacher tracking. These students are discussed by the grade level teams and have teachers have also met with the parents in the spring PTC. While the students’ grades did not dramatically change, it was still felt that the effort did have desirable results.
 
The school dress code was next addressed. The administration is considering sending a survey monkey to parents to see if the policy is in line with what our community deems to be important. The conversation included: dress code prepares students for real life; there is a correlation between behavior and performance and dress and grooming; kids should be allowed to express themselves in dress, it if is appropriate; students don’t always know when they choose their clothing that it is inappropriate; and that we should narrow down the code and simplify it. Perhaps with education and input there would be more support from the parents. The conclusion was for the administration to consider whether or not to do the survey with the support of the council.

Finally, it was noted that we need additional parents on our council. Of the three feeder elementary schools, (Morgan, Creekside and Layton), there is no representation from Layton Elementary. Chaleh Trujillo said she would reach out to PTA volunteers from the Layton Elementary area to see if they are interested. The teachers mentioned that some faculty members live in that area and have students at FFJH and they may be interested in being involved or nominating someone.  Mr. Nielsen said that a special election would not be necessary, the parent could be appointed. 

Our meeting schedule was adjusted to the first Monday of every month at 4 pm.
Next meeting will be Monday, October 2, 2017.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:10

October 2, 2017 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High 
Community Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, October 2, 2017 – 4 pm

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, TJ Strain - Asst. Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Scott Montgomery, Lynette Checketts, Rosie Chada, Tracie Mcewen-Garritson,  Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Jay Nolan, Beth Williams, Michael Thomspon, Cynthia Johnson, Kreg Edgmon, Janalee Jones

Two new parent representative members of the FFJH Community Council were introduced. Welcome Cynthia Johnson and Janalee Jones. 

SAGE data
Mr. Nielsen explained the results of the Sage testing for last year. Our school performed best in the math testing at 61%, which is above both the state and the district averages. Our science score, 54%, is slightly below the district average, but is above the state average. The language arts score is 45.3%, which is below both the district and the state. Mr. Nielsen stated that our goal to improve literacy is well placed and should help to address this issue by adding readers (literacy coaches) who will give students live feedback and more opportunities to write.

When asked what was working so well for the math department, Mr. Nielsen remarked that they work together well as a department and have aligned curriculum. The science team is working toward this same goal. In addressing the language arts strategies, Mr. Thompson commented that language arts spans all disciplines, and that there is a difference between making people write and teaching writing. Kimberly mentioned that our plan (adding readers) reflects a good direction of focus, but that it will take time to see quantifiable results.

Standards-based grading
We next discussed standards based grading. The department heads commented on this issue pointing out that in exact disciplines (math and science) this method can be effective. Whereas in the arts and parts of English there is an interpretation factor that needs to be considered. The administrators mentioned that each department will need to find what fits best, that it will take time, and reiterated that the goal is proficiency in the subject material.

National Junior Honors Society standards
Mrs. Garritson addressed her desire to adjust the school’s GPA standards for NJHS. Currently the requirement is for the students to have a 3.75 gpa each term. It was decided to maintain that GPA, but change to a cumulative GPA. The service requirements and citizenship standards will remain the same, with the exception of adding specific language about truancy and plagiarism being unacceptable. The council approved the recommended changes.

Parent volunteers
Kreg Edgmon next discussed his desire to have more parent involvement at our school. He sent a myth/fact informative paper in advance to the council looking for feedback. Some of the group mentioned a little confusion in the specific role of the volunteer, whether we were looking for specific duties or just a presence at the school. Mr. Strain mentioned that he disagreed with some of the myths and suggested it be reworded before presented to parents. It was asked if our school has a drug/gang/or bullying issue that would require additional support from parents. Mr. Nielsen said that while he is sure drugs and gangs and bullying is part of our school, there is a very low presence and that the faculty and administration work hard to identify at-risk students and work with them. Bullying is a tricky issue, but also has protocol in place when properly identified. Mr. Nielsen mentioned that an additional adult presence usually has a positive impact on behavior and is helpful before school, during lunch and after school.  Mr. Strain pointed out, though, that parents have no authority, which can potentially cause problems. He also mentioned that having adult men “hang out” at lunch with young girls is not a great idea. They both mentioned that it is quite an imposition on parents to come just to stand around for such short periods of time. 

The following points are portions of our ensuing conversation. Mr. Nolan addressed his concern that Fairfield did not seem to have a strong community and culture element. He feels that this is the pride that is displayed after school at extracurricular events and wondered if there could be some activity to promote more school spirit. Beth Williams suggested that it perhaps is the duty of the faculty and administration to determine their needs/desires first before we organize a volunteer force. Cynthia Johnson shared her perspective that she would always support a request from her child first, then from the teacher, and lastly from an outside group. Mr. Thompson mentioned that high schools have booster clubs that are run by groups and perhaps that would help bolster school spirit. The connection was then made that these groups are rarely parent appointed, but that the coach or adviser typically solicits the support and then parents volunteer where they are able. Kimberly asserted that this conversation was helpful and that we needed to further clarify our role before proceeding.

Lunch staffing
We briefly discussed the length of the lunch lines and learned that the lunch room in understaffed. It was brought up that perhaps this could be a good use of a volunteer, but that they would need to have certain qualifications.

Finally, Janalee Jones volunteered to be the Vice Chair for the Community Council. Thanks Janalee!
 
Meeting was adjourned at 5:15

November 6, 2017 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High 
Community Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 6, 2017 – 4 pm

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, TJ Strain - Asst. Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Scott Montgomery, Lynette Checketts, Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Jay Nolan, Michael Thomspon, Cynthia Johnson, Kreg Edgmon, Janalee Jones

Approval of minutes – Motion made by Cynthia Johnson and seconded by TJ Strain

Parent Involvement - There was a discussion on parent involvement at the junior high level and the specific needs at the school. Kreg mentioned that his goal is to not have volunteers be a burden for the school, but that parent involvement was critical for students during junior high years. He mentioned that this is a time when students with appropriate support can self-correct. We then discussed what “involvement” looks like at this stage for families.  Mr. Nelson submitted that to have parents who monitor homework and make sure their student is at school would be beneficial. Mr. Strain mentioned that monitoring social media would be beneficial. Mr. Montgomery suggested that our attention on involvement should be on things that are presented as needs. If teachers or programs need help, then supportive parents can volunteer. 

Dad’s and Donuts and FFJH newletter- It was determined that we use Dad’s and Donuts and a school wide newsletter to inform parents of good things that are happening at the school as well as upcoming activities. This could be the means to also communicate volunteer needs, and to educate families on ways they can best support their student. Kreg volunteered to lead a group of parents to collaborate on a quarterly newsletter. Mrs. Loureiro mentioned her concern that the newsletter be supervised and disseminated through an official FFJH medium. Chaleh agreed that the PTA could be that source. Kreg agreed to send someone from his committee to the PTA meetings.

The Science Olympiad team was discussed briefly. The school has appointed a parent volunteer to stand as the school employee to oversee Science Olympiad in order to be in compliance with school rules for clubs and organizations. Kimberly mentioned that she felt that Science Olympiad adds much to our culture as a school.

We discussed the current programs funded by the community council. 

Readers - Mr. Thompson reported that there are 4 “readers” who can get up to 6 hours a week and that it was starting to be used more throughout all the departments.

Lunch and Learn - Lynette Sealy has been hired to run the lunch and learn program. Students are invited to lunch and learn if they fall behind in their classwork due to “will” issues, and not “abilities.” While there are reported kinks to be worked out, Mr. Thompson mentioned that last term he was able to see significant improvements in 12 of his 9th grade English students because of this program. 

Chaleh introduced the council to the Leader in Me program, which is based on the 7 Habits for Highly Successful people. Mr. Nelson felt it could be beneficial but hesitated to ask teachers to add material that would take away from the class work. It was agreed that is was worth an investigation. 

Meeting adjourned – 5:05

January 8, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High
Community Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 8, 2018– 4 pm

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Scott Montgomery, Lynette Checketts, Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Jay Nolan, Michael Thomspon, Cynthia Johnson, Kreg Edgmon, Janalee Jones, Beth Williams; Tracie-McEwen-Garritson

Approval of minutes – Motion was made by Chaleh and seconded by Kimberly

LEADER IN ME – Corbin White presented on the Leader in Me program. Mr. Birch, Creekside Elementary’s principal, also spoke to the benefits of this program as it relates to his school. It is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and the program incorporates those habits into the vernacular of the classroom and the whole school environment. Mr. White reported that Leader in Me schools are seeing great improvement in behavior and student performance.

Teachers would be involved in 5 days of training (3 during the summer) in the first year. There would be a gradual transition (over a period of 3 years) that would involve coaching and training for the faculty and staff and also available for parents.

Some of the issues that could create problems include a change in principal and the cost.
The funding details are: $47,989.95 for the start-up year; $17,700 for year 2; and $17,754.69 for year 3. Each ongoing year would be $11,239.12 .
The Community Council is authorized to allocate 5% of the budget for leadership. The additional funds would likely come from donations or fund raising.

Chaleh is checking with the private donor who has sponsored the Creekside program to see if there is an interest in continuing this program at FFJH.
Kimberly encouraged everyone to investigate this opportunity before the February meeting where we will have a more educated discussion. The Leader in Me book will be available to any who would like to look it over before the February meeting. All are invited to attend The Leader in Me seminar on March 22.

Parent Involvement – We briefly commented about the newsletter that Kreg had put together. It contained information about the PTA Reflections winners and resources for parents as well as upcoming events and new teacher spotlights. Many had seen the newsletter and were happy with the information.

Mr. Nelson and Kimberly both mentioned that they would like to see more recognition for individual students in this newsletter.

Meeting adjourned – 5:05

February 5, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High Community Council Meeting Held on February 5, 2018
In Attendance:
Bryon Nielsen, Principal
Muriel Mann, Asst. Principal
Tracie McEwan-Garritson, Counselor
Janet Loureiro, Teacher
Jay Nolan, Teacher
Michael Thompson, Teacher
Kimberly Wagner, Chair
Lynette Checketts (Excused early)
Kreg Edgmnon
Cynthia Johnson
Beth Williams
Chaleh Trujillo

1. “The Leader in Me” program was discussed and reviewed.
a. The cost of the program is a concern. There may be a possibility that some funding could be obtained from the same person who is funding it for Creekside Elementary. Council funds for leadership are limited and would not come close to covering the cost. Mr. Nielsen mentioned that the cost for the first 3 years is more than $80,000.

b. Also, there was discussion whether we want to implement the program. Some of the teachers at Fairfield already implement the ideas found in “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” There was some discussion about whether the “Leader in Me” program was very different from the concepts found in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” Also discussed was the possibility of implementing the ideas without adopting the program. The phrases and buzz words used in the “Leader in Me” are protected by intellectual property and cannot be used without proper licensing.

c. Discussion of whether “Leader in Me” has been implemented in Junior or Senior High Schools in our area. Suggestion was made that we look at website and other resources specifically for Junior High Information.

d. Several Council Members wanted to read the book associated with the “Leader in Me” program and continue to evaluate the program.

2. High Honor/Honor Roll - We discussed whether there should be some recognition for those students who are performing well academically. Chaleh suggested that a list of High Honor/Honor Roll students be posted. Suggestion was made to put it behind glass or on a window, so that other students cannot change it.

a. If students earn a 4.0 gpa or have outstanding citizenship they get a doughnut

b. If students improve their gpa by.5 they get a candy bar and entered into a drawing to get taken out to lunch.

c. High Honor Roll students would have a3.7 gpa and Honor Roll students would have a 3.5 gpa for the term.

d. We discussed the possibility of putting a link in the newsletter as well to recognize students.

3. The Newsletter – Science Fair Winners will be listed in the February Newsletter. Suggestion was to include Art Show Winners and Solo and Ensemble winners.

NEXT MEETING: March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High
Community Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 5, 2018– 4 pm

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, TJ Strain – Assistant Principal, Muriel Mann – Assistant Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Scott Montgomery, Lynette Checketts, Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Jay Nolan, Michael Thomspon, Cynthia Johnson, Kreg Edgmon, Beth Williams; Tracie-McEwen-Garritson
Approval of minutes – Motion was made by Lynette and seconded by Kimberly

TJ presented information about the school improvement plan for the past year, the current year, and the proposed plan for the upcoming year. The plan is broken down into goals. Last year there were 5 specific goals and Fairfield achieved 3 of the 5 and was close on the other two.

This year the goals were condensed into 3. 
TJ reported on our current progress toward achieving these goals:
Goal #1 – Raise SAGE writing scores by 3 points. The baseline assessment was made through a Utah Compose writing sample. Kimberly addressed the concern that we have had in past meetings that this test is not always an accurate evaluation of the students’ skills. Mr. Nelson agreed but pointed out that it is an affordable and easily accessible test. To help us accomplish this goal, we have implemented the RACE strategy (Rewrite – Answer – Cite – Evidence) and we have funded paper readers. These readers have used established rubrics to provide support for teachers and have also given good formative feedback. Mike said that in the 9th grade English the students are getting approximately 2 papers evaluated per term. These readers are primarily used by the English and Social Studies departments.

Goal #2 – Achieve 80% mastery of 80% of the curriculum. Our school is currently at 77% and moving toward this goal.

Goal #3 – Score above district averages in standardized test scores in the SAGE testing. Fairfield has consistently scored above district standards in most areas. Later in the discussion we briefly talked about the lower science scores. Mr. Montgomery suggested that they could be a result of teacher turn-over and students adjusting to the new learning style method.

Next year’s proposed plan:

Goal #1- 80% of the writing scores will increase by 20% - or a 1 point increase. It was proposed that FFJH continue the RACE strategy for informational texts, including science and math. The paper readers will be used to get the baseline data with a 5 point rubric, as opposed to using Utah Compose. Mr. Thompson and Mr. Nelson reported that we are seeing improvement in the goal to have every student writing proficiently. We currently are using 4 paper readers. The proposal is to keep these 4 readers at $18,000.

Goal #2 – 88% of 9th graders will leave with 7 credits. We are currently at 77%, which represents 37 students with fewer credits. The proposed action is to identify these students and invite them to meet with the administration, teacher teams, and counselors. Opportunities are always available to remediate credits. Tracie pointed out that this is complicated by the fact that there are typically attendance issues with these students. The proposed action plan is to continue the lunch and learn program and intervention (addressing Will and Skill issues). This cost is $4,500.
Currently FFJH has 22 productivity periods – making class sizes smaller. Productivity, Falcon Academy, and remedial services will cost $75,000.

Goal #3 – 80% of students will have 80% competency. FFJH is currently at 77%. The proposed action is to continue to send 4-5 faculty members to PLC conferences. Those teachers then train other faculty. Departments work together to determine teaming and standards based grading. The cost of this would be $8,500.

Our total projected budget is $106,000. The total funding we are expecting is $108,491. The DSD will provide 213 chrome books next year. FFJH will need to purchase 6 carts for approximately $7,500 total. This will continue for the next four years with the district goal to have 1 tablet per student. FFJH will likely have classroom sets as opposed to assigning them to individual students, but this will necessitate purchasing more carts in the future. It was suggested that if the PLC conferences are local, that expense will be less and this amount may come out of that budget.

The attending council members signed the proposed school improvement plan. It will be finalized at the Learning First planning day on March 29. Kimberly will be the parent representative attending that meeting. The proposed plan may be adjusted at that meeting. The council will be notified about any changes made.
School Safety

The FFJH administration has proposed enclosing the front entrance to reroute all visitors through the office during school hours. They have also proposed the northwest doors, leading to the seminary, be automatically locked and unlocked between class periods. Beth asked if this was a funding issue. Mr. Nelson felt it was more of a man power issue.
Curriculum

Kimberly had heard that biology may not be offered in the future. Tracie told the council that Layton and Davis councilors have passed on the concern that students who take biology as 9th graders are then often taking chemistry before they have taken the appropriate math. The Regents Scholarship requirements are also changing this upcoming year to also have a financial needs component. This may cause demand for this hard course (a 10th grade level course) to go down. She also mentioned that Earth Systems is not offered at the high schools and that a majority of the science section of the ACT is based on the material from that course. The attending parents voiced hope that FFJH would continue to offer biology for the accelerated students.

Parent Involvement

The committee thanked Kreg for his recent newsletter with his professional insights and also for acknowledging the honor roll students. The parents also appreciated getting information about the upcoming play.

Meeting adjourned – 4:50 GO KIMBERLY!

April 9, 2018 Minutes

Fairfield Junior High
Community Council Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 9, 2018

In attendance: Bryon Nielsen - Principal, Muriel Mann – Assistant Principal, Kimberly Wagner - Chair, Lynette Checketts, Janet Loureiro, Chaleh Trujillo, Brooke Anderson, Janalee Jones, Michael Thomspon, Cynthia Johnson, Beth Williams; Tracie McEwen-Garritson

Approval of minutes – Motion was made by Kimberly and seconded by Cynthia

School improvement plan - Mr. Nielsen briefly updated us on the trust land funds budget for the upcoming year. He said that $7,200 was moved from Professional Development to pay for technology carts.

Presentation on social media safety – Mrs. Egbert gave a presentation she had previously shared with the JSSC (Joint Staff Student Committee) regarding technology and the junior high population. Some of the major points made were that technology is often designed to get individuals “hooked;” there are no stopping cues; and they tend to lead to addictions of the dopamine generated when they are used.
Researchers have further identified the following related negative effects:
1. Physical – relating to lack of sleep, which can lead to anxiety and depression.
2. Mental – there are impacts on functional skills abilities.
3. Social – lack of appropriate social skills.

Mrs. Egbert suggested that parents put off getting smart phones for their children as long as possible, and that total device time be limited to 2 hours a day. The school is sponsoring a contest with students voluntarily turning in their phones in the first hour to receive a prize. Kimberly requested that the presentation be sent to parents through the administration.
Leader In Me – FFJH has been moved to the top of the list for a grant for the next five years to run the Leader in Me program. The grant would cover approximately $70,000 to $85,000 of operating and licensing fees, leaving FFJH to cover the annual $7,500 and to invite the staff to attend a five day training outside of the school year. The council wondered if maybe community involvement would be able to raise the additional funds. Mrs. Loureiro and Mrs. Garritson mentioned a concern that this was too focused towards elementary level students. Mr. Thompson suggested that the whole faculty see the program before a commitment could be made. He mentioned that his classroom is full of posters from programs that were introduced but lacked faculty long term buy-in. Mrs. Jones suggested we take a step back in order to assess teacher interest. Chaleh said we would need to commit by the end of June. It was also suggested that the Leader in Me program make a presentation to the staff about current junior highs where this program is being used and is successful. While there was a noted hesitation from the committee council, Cynthia made the suggestion that we take time to consider this, as the council represented a very small sampling of parents and faculty to walk away from such a generous offer. However, in the end, it was decided that even though the grant money is generous, we would not be able to implement Leader in Me at this time.

Away for the Day - The next item was only briefly discussed and will be on the agenda for next month. Mrs. Emily King has asked the council to consider banning cell phones from the school. Discussion about whether it is the school's responsibility to monitor cell phone usage or the parent's and student's responsibility. There were several comments made regarding the use of cell phones in the classroom when there are not enough computers. Mrs. Loureiro said that she utilizes
them in her classroom. A Shakespeare book costs $50 per book, but the same book is available free online. Other classes also use these to supplement when there are not enough books. This will be addressed further in the final council meeting on May 7, at 4 pm.

Finally, several parents on the council are in their second year. We will hold an election next the fall to fill those openings. Those interested are welcome to run for another term on the council.

Final Meeting – May 7, 2018 at 4 pm

May 7, 2018 Minutes

Community Council Information Year 2016-2017

September 2016

September 2016 Agenda
Hello Council,

Here is our agenda for our first meeting at 4:00 PM on September 7th in the Library.

1.Introductions
2.Accept May minutes
3.SAGE Scores from last year-Administration
4.Volunteer Program Update-Maryn/Kreg

 


 

October 2016

October 2016 Agenda 

Hello Council,

Our next meeting will be on October 12th at 4:00 PM in the Library.

Here is our agenda.
1.Accept September minutes.
2.Review 2016-17 Budget.
3.Volunteer update.
4.Vice Chair Position
5.Writing Update

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


October 2016 Minutes

FFJH Community Council Oct 12, 2016 attended by:

Gregg Laub

Lynette Checketts

Kimberly Wagner

Mike Thompson

Tracie Gerritson

Christina Judd

Tammy Croft

Bryon Nielsen

Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain

Scott Montgomery

Lisa Prochet

 
Minutes for September accepted.

Budget $108,000 for 2016-2017 school year. We have a little bit extra & we will vote next month on how to allocate that. Options: possibly readers for English papers. Will ask teachers for their innovative ideas that will help meet school goals.

TJ gave volunteer update. We have between 53-70 hours logged. 1 volunteer has a goal of 200 hours this year. Volunteer sign up most effective coming from teachers making specific requests. Discussed volunteer protocol. 

Mathnasium is willing to volunteer during school days. Wells Fargo coming soon to volunteer.

Kreg- Brought up WatchDogs as an option for getting more dads in the school. Decided to focus on effectively using the Volunteer Spot & volunteer coordinator. Help could be used for going through English binders to help kids find/finish assignments. Discussed ways to help and encourage those kids who do not have support at home, maybe Mentor Monday and getting more Dads & Grandads helping at school

Kimberly accepted as Vice Chair, Lavinia as Secretary.

Mike gave Utah Compose update & explained teacher training which culminated in teachers writing their own essay at the computer, as if they were a student. We discussed the importance of learning writing as a life skill that sets them up for success.

Next meeting: November 2, 4PM

November 2016

November 2016 Agenda 

Hello Council,

Here is our agenda for our November 2nd meeting at 4:00 PM.
1.Accept minutes
2.Vote on proposals (English reader, etc)
3.Volunteer Update

 


November 2016 Minutes

Nov 2, 2016 Community Council
Attended by:

Gregg Laub

T.J. Strain

Christina Judd

Tammy Croft

Jan Rawlins

Maryn Edgmon

Scott Montgomery

Tricia Green

Lynette Checketts

Kimberly Wagner

Lavinia Anderl

Jaspreet Chadha “Rosie”

Chaleh Trujillo

 
Minutes from Oct meeting accepted.

Accepted motion to approve $1500 towards an English reader to read students’ papers and give them feedback. We feel that the English department and administration can work out the details of how often the reader would be at the school and what the grading rubric would be.

Accepted motion to approve additional hours (about 1- 1.5/day) to Lunch & Learn to have that person work with those students who are failing or struggling in classes. We allocated $1000 for one quarter and will revisit that at the end of the quarter to see if it is helping.

TJ will talk to Lunch & Learn person. Will also follow up with Mathnasium and Wells Fargo, who have both volunteered to help with math tutoring. 

Digital Citizenship - We discussed what tools Davis School district has in place to keep students and faculty safe while online. There is iboss and Net Smart. We also discussed what the district and school is doing to educate kids about the long term consequences of sexting. We feel that what the district has in place is effective and decided we would not create a separate task force at this time. 

Kimberly let us know that the movie that was discussed in the spring, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, will be shown at Layton High School on Nov 15 at 7 pm. Look for the PeachJar! 

Next meeting Wednesday Jan 4, 4 pm in the library.

 

October 2016

October 2016 Agenda 

Hello Council,

Our next meeting will be on October 12th at 4:00 PM in the Library.

Here is our agenda.
1.Accept September minutes.
2.Review 2016-17 Budget.
3.Volunteer update.
4.Vice Chair Position
5.Writing Update

Thank you for your service,

Gregg

 


October 2016 Minutes

FFJH Community Council Oct 12, 2016

Attended by:

Gregg Laub

Lynette Checketts

Kimberly Wagner

Mike Thompson

Tracie Gerritson

Christina Judd

Tammy Croft

Bryon Nielsen

Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain

Scott Montgomery

Lisa Prochet

 
Minutes for September accepted.

Budget $108,000 for 2016-2017 school year. We have a little bit extra & we will vote next month on how to allocate that. Options: possibly readers for English papers. Will ask teachers for their innovative ideas that will help meet school goals.

TJ gave volunteer update. We have between 53-70 hours logged. 1 volunteer has a goal of 200 hours this year. Volunteer sign up most effective coming from teachers making specific requests. Discussed volunteer protocol. 

Mathnasium is willing to volunteer during school days. Wells Fargo coming soon to volunteer.

Kreg- Brought up WatchDogs as an option for getting more dads in the school. Decided to focus on effectively using the Volunteer Spot & volunteer coordinator. Help could be used for going through English binders to help kids find/finish assignments. Discussed ways to help and encourage those kids who do not have support at home, maybe Mentor Monday and getting more Dads & Grandads helping at school

Kimberly accepted as Vice Chair, Lavinia as Secretary.

November 2016

November 2016 Agenda 

Hello Council,

Here is our agenda for our November 2nd meeting at 4:00 PM.
1.Accept minutes
2.Vote on proposals (English reader, etc)
3.Volunteer Update

 


November 2016 Minutes

Nov 2, 2016 Community Council

Attended by:

Gregg Laub

T.J. Strain

Christina Judd

Tammy Croft

Jan Rawlins

Maryn Edgmon

Scott Montgomery

Tricia Green

Lynette Checketts

Kimberly Wagner

Lavinia Anderl

Jaspreet Chadha “Rosie”

Chaleh Trujillo

 
Minutes from Oct meeting accepted.

Accepted motion to approve $1500 towards an English reader to read students’ papers and give them feedback. We feel that the English department and administration can work out the details of how often the reader would be at the school and what the grading rubric would be.

Accepted motion to approve additional hours (about 1- 1.5/day) to Lunch & Learn to have that person work with those students who are failing or struggling in classes. We allocated $1000 for one quarter and will revisit that at the end of the quarter to see if it is helping.

TJ will talk to Lunch & Learn person. Will also follow up with Mathnasium and Wells Fargo, who have both volunteered to help with math tutoring. 

Digital Citizenship - We discussed what tools Davis School district has in place to keep students and faculty safe while online. There is iboss and Net Smart. We also discussed what the district and school is doing to educate kids about the long term consequences of sexting. We feel that what the district has in place is effective and decided we would not create a separate task force at this time. 

Kimberly let us know that the movie that was discussed in the spring, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, will be shown at Layton High School on Nov 15 at 7 pm. Look for the PeachJar! 

Next meeting Wednesday Jan 4, 4 pm in the library.

January 2017

January 2017  Agenda

Hello Council,

Here is the agenda for our January 4th meeting at 4:00 PM in the Library.
1.Accept November minutes
2.French Immersion Program
3.Volunteer Program Update
4.Amendment B increase

Thank you for your service,

Gregg

 


 

February 2017

February 2017 Agenda

Hello Council,

Here is the agenda for our meeting on February 1st at 4 PM in the Library. Julie Tanner will be attending so bring your questions.
1.Accept Minutes
2.SAEV Presentation
3.Report on Syracuse and Centennial Community Council Money
4.Volunteer Updates
5.Julie Tanner

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


February 2017 Minutes

Community Council Minutes Feb 1, 2017

Attended by:

Gregg Laub

Brian Nielsen

Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain

Jaspreet “Rosie” Chadha

Kimberly Wagner

Lynette Checketts

Lavinia Anderl

Jay Nolan

Maryn Edgmon

Lisa Prochet

Mike Thompson

Julie Tanner

Mona Andrus

 

Went over January minutes.

Maryn motioned to accept & Kimberly seconded to accept Jan Minutes

SAEV club presentation - Students Against Electronic Vaping - new club at DHS and their goal is to educate about the dangers of E cigs

Some dangers:

no regulations on the ratio of nicotine to juice

drug of the generation  

8.4%(2213) of students in Davis county are reported as regular users of e-cigs

no restrictions for online purchases

47% reg users also use alcohol

gateway to other drugs

They want to come and do a presentation during lunch or during health classes to help kids understand the unseen dangers of vaping. They will contact Mr Nielsen for a date to come. They are currently the only club of its kind. Davis county is in the top 3 for use, along with Weber and Salt Lake Counties.

Comparisons of how Trustland money is used at local junior highs

From this we decided we are on track for our goals in the way we are using Trustland money. Things to consider:

Accountability - to be sure that money is used for a large group of students rather than simply a small, targeted group. 

Technology - Would like to have more of a detailed plan of how the money is used and if there is equipment not being used to maximum benefit. Great comment that it takes a teacher who is willing to take the time to make the tech relevant and amazing in class.

Talked to English & Art teachers in attendance -  English curriculum is more online based. He uses his projector all the time. Mr Nolan uses his 7 computers all the time for student research; would love to see Photoshop used in photog class

Software & licensing is a big cost - discussed pros/cons of grants

Heidi, who is over technology at FFJH & Creekside, could do an assessment. What types of tech is being used & how, how often? What is the cost and replacement cost? Is there tech stuff that is not being used that could being re-allocated? Are there some labs sitting open? What is needed down the road? Costs of Old Tech vs new tech.

Our most important asset: Teachers (thanks teachers!!) and being sure money is funneled to people that are helping kids one on one. 

Will receive 30% more in Trustland. 

Discussed possibly having a committee to help with writing strategies like Centennial has. Kimberly Wagner will go to April JSSC (?) meeting. 

Volunteer Updates

48 reg/150 Sci Oly

450 hrs from the beginning of year from Sci Oly. Plus athletic volunteer hours & theater.

We are on target to reach our Community Council goal for Volunteer hours. TJ will mark CC hours.

Discussed options for getting more parents to volunteer. Concerned about an effective way to do that. TJ will send out an email about signup genius. Discussed parents and pastries. No consensus at this time. We need lunch help. Needs to be a better way to get people to volunteer.

Next PTC - March 1

Fairfield Book fair Mar 4 at Barnes and Noble - get a discount

Julie Tanner & Mona Andrus from the Davis County School Board- 

Shared a little about that role 

we discussed parent teacher conferences - pros/cons 

Teachers get a comp day before Thanksgiving bc they have done PTC

(This year FFJH will have PTC Day 1 - regular// Day 2 - by appt only) 

High school boundary study for new Farmington high school opening Fall 2018 

Focus groups will be created to help with input. We discussed contested areas and how to find if you are in one.  Darrell White consultant for planning. You can look up minutes for Board Retreat meeting about the high school studies.

NEXT MEETING: MARCH 8 (Gregg, please double check that)

March 2017

March 2017 Agenda

Hello Council,

We will have our meeting on March 8th at 4:00 PM in the library due to parent teacher conferences.

Here is the agenda.    
1.Accept Minutes
2.Review 2016-17 Budget per instructions from Paula Plant.
3.Volunteer updates
4.Prep for 2017-18 budget.

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


March 2017 Minutes

FFJH Community Council March 8, 2017

Attended by:Gregg Laub, Annette Bitner - Tech community chair, Heidi Peace - STS, Maryn Edgmon, Lynette Checketts, Tracie Garritson, Tricia Green, Mike Thompson, Scott Montgomery, Kimberly Wagner, Bryan Nielsen, Lavinia Anderl, Jay Nolan, Jan Rawlins, Chaleh Trujillo, Rosie Chadra, Bridget Gerrard

Kimberley Wagner motioned to accept minutes & Lynette Checketts

Tech Presentation from Annette Bitner - Tech community chair & Heidi Peace - STS 6 fully wired labs - 3 1/2 labs, 448 total comp - 336 students, 1 iPad cart of 40

Working projector in every class - there are a few that will need to be replaced next year.

TV’s in junior high - concern: large enough screen for deep rooms.

$45K in Refresh money - cannot buy tv’s or projectors.

They replace about 76 computers/year. Teacher machines cost more than basic student ones.

Tech fees goes towards projectors, document stands, etc. They have about $7K to spend; Goal to get 6 sound systems (wired, rather than small speaker). Benefits of sound system: saves teachers' voices, teachers feel calmer, students able to hear. Cost: $1350 each = $8100. Chosen based on teacher requests. 17 areas have sound systems wired in currently; 45 classrooms total - we have 22 to go. Document stands costs $70 + iPad + apple tv.

Volunteer service hours Goal: 1000; we are at $879 total - doesn’t include play & choir concert

Kreg Edgmon - Dads & Donuts - negatives/positives - Willing to donate costs of watchdogs/ donuts - the idea is to have more parents/especially dads to have positive role models especially for those at risk kids. Suggested some other options to get dads in the school particularly at lunch. 300 junior high schools do it - Kreg & Gregg are willing to be part of Watch Dogs.

Chaleh brought up the need for a new audio system in the gym. Ask for new system from district. Also needs a new one in cafeteria.

Discussed preliminary numbers for next year’s budget. Mr. Nielsen gave a copy of proposed #‘s. Readers under literacy coaches. What do the core teachers need/want? Send out to department meetings to get feedback for next month.

Gala Basket - (Kimberly Wagner) - Rosie willing to work on this -- basket to auction off at the Davis Education Foundation - deadline is next week. Jodie Lunt in charge for the district. Bridget can ask for extension. Gala Auction is April 20.

Next meeting April 12 - need to approve budget so ready for Learning first day April 17.

April 2017

April 2017 Agenda

Hello Council,

Here is the proposed agenda for our meeting on Wednesday April 12th at 4PM in the library.
1.Accept Minutes
2.2017-18 Budget Review and Acceptance
3.Volunteer updates

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


April 2017 Minutes

FF Community Council Apr 12, 2017

Attended by:

Gregg Laub, Bryan Nielsen, TJ Strain, Jan Rawlins, Tammy Croft, Lynette Checketts, Kimberly Wagner, Tracie Garritson, Mike Thompson, Scott Montgomery, Chaleh Trujillo, Jaspreet “Rosie” Chadha, Maryn Edgmon, Kreg Edgmon, Lavinia Anderl

Minutes from March approved.

Bryan talking about budget. Similar 2017 to 2018

Discussed the readers and what they are doing. Discussed having more in place by start of next year. 

Lunch & Learn - discussed who to target next year; data shows about 5% increase, but hope to expand it next year.

We have about $8,100 set aside for technology needs discussed last month.

Motion to accept budget by Kimberly Wagner, seconded by Lavinia Anderl, approved by all.

At 1104 volunteer hours, not including sci oly that is time consuming right now. 

Recommend Mrs Hanline for the Davis Cares Award for all the time that she volunteers at the school. 

Dads & Donuts at 7:30  Thurs morning. - kick off WatchDogs - trying to get help for before school, after school, lunch, and intervention.

Student reward system - rewarding students that are doing the right thing. Message spreads fast amongst the students, if set up on the ?rst day. Do things that make the difference to the students.

Letter from English department expressing thanks funding the reader to give individualized feedback on student writing. 

There will be some spots to fill on community council next year. Those will be filled in August. 

Next year possibly do an anonymous survey for teachers. Do it at the computer during a faculty meeting - rate the effectiveness of community council programs, and how they would allot the funds if they were assigning the funds.

Next & Final Community Council meeting is May 3, 2017

May 2017

May 2017 Minutes

Community Council Meeting Minutes 5/3/17

In attendance:

Gregg Laub                                        Kimberly Wagner

Mike Thompson                                Tracie Garritson

Lynette Checketts                              Tammy Croft

Maryn Edgmon                                  Tricia Green

Chaleh Trujillo                                   Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain                                             Scott Montgomery

Kreg Edgmon

 

Motion to accept minutes by Kimberly Wagner and seconded by Tammy Croft

 

If anyone is interested in the co-chair position for community council next year, let Kimberly Wagner know.

Dads and Donuts was a great success. 250 people showed up and 20 people signed up to be a watch dog and volunteer in the school through the rest of this school year. It would be a great goal to have at least 1 parent volunteer per lunch each day of the year next year. Kreg started a social entrepreneurship club on Wednesdays during intervention to increase the positive culture at FFJH. He’s asking kids how they can make a difference in their communities and school. They will be brainstorming ideas each Wednesday and implementing them. One idea was welcoming the 7th graders at orientation in the fall.

Goals for volunteer hours for next year were discussed. There is a difference between environment/positive culture volunteer hours and educational volunteer hours. The council decided a good goal for environment/positive culture would be 2,500 hours for next year. Need to make the goals measurable – or meaningful.

Mrs. Garritson has tracked data with improvement with school safety and has sent it to the state. She will forward that data on to the members of community council. Can we send an anonymous survey to establish a baseline of internet safety and integrity? Put a monthly reminder/education for parents on the school website? Social media bullying has become a huge problem.

Parent elections for community council 2017-2018 will be decided on the first meeting of September. An email will go out in August asking for applicants. There are 3 openings. Members of community council consist of 7 parents and 2 or 3 teachers as well as administration.

Thank you to Gregg Laub for 6 years of service on the community council at FFJH!! We will miss him and look forward to Kimberly Wagner’s service as community council chair next year.

Motion to adjourn by Chaleh Trujillo and seconded by Lynette Checketts

Community Council Information Year 2015-2016

September 2015 Minutes

Trustland Budget


One of the responsibilities of the community council is to determine how to spend School Land Trust Monies.  This is money generated from the use of Utah land that has been set aside in a trust specifically for schools.  The money is to be used to help schools carry out their school improvement plans.  


Last year the council approved the FFJH School Improvement Plan which is to 1) Have 80% of students master 80% of the curriculum as measured by end of term assessments created by every department in the school 2) Score above the Davis School District Average on end of level test for Language Arts, Science, and Math and 3) Have all students read and write at or above grade level.


Each year the council reviews the school's test results and gives approval to spend the resources allocated through the Land Trust Monies to aide the school in fulfilling its plan.  Below is a brief overview of the $52,700 budget.   

Salaries-
$26,000
(lab aide, intervention coordinator, productivity for teachers extra classes being taught)

Professional Development-   
$12,200
(Professional Learning Community training to help teachers team in an effort to create a rigorous curriculum,  as well as assessments which measure student learning)

READ 180-                                      
$10,000 (Purchase of software to aide struggling readers and to assess entire student body on grade reading level twice per year)

Textbooks                                          
$1,000

Library                                                
$1,000

Equipment (computer)                       
$1,000

Reading/Literacy Coordinator(Responsible for testing all students 2x times annually, providing reading strategies in homeroom, and coordinating a school-wide vocabulary program)
$1,500

For more information about Community Council, please contact Gregg Laub (chairperson) @gregglaub@yahoo.com


September 2015 Minutes


ATTENDING:

Gregg Laub

Christina Judd

Jen Rawlins

Lavinia Anderl

Maryn Edgmon

Tracie Garritson

Scott Montgomery

Bryon Nielsen

Susan Hunt

Tammy Croft

Lisa Prochet

 

Susan Hunt stepping down as co-chair & made motion to elect Christi Judd as co-chair. Lavinia Anderl seconded that.

October 2015 Minutes

October 2015 Minutes


Attended by:

Gregg Laub

Maryn Edgmon

Tammy Croft

Scott Montgomery

Cameron Dixon

Bryon Nielsen

Jan Rawlins

Lisa Prochet

Lara McKee

Lavinia Anderl

Christina Judd

Susan Hunt

 

Minutes from last meeting were accepted.

Discussed Volunteer Coordinator position. There is budget for that (est $4000/yr). This person will be doing Lunch & Learn as well as coordinating & matching volunteers to the needs of the teachers. 

Vote to approve Volunteer Coordinator position was unanimous.

Testing Results for FFJH were looked over. Yea! We got an A! Only two junior high schools got an A. Way to go Falcons! We saw the comparisons between FFJH and the other similar schools in the district as well as the schools in Kaysville. 

Test results are posted on the USOE. You can check both SAGE and Pace reports.

We improved in our growth and we discussed some possible reasons: intervention and the attitude that goes with intervention (that doing your school work is essential to success), teachers using the same curriculum 2 yrs in a row and professional learning committees working as a team. We continue to be above the district average.

Next meeting will be a report on the volunteer coordinator and how that is going.
 

November 2015

2015 November Minutes


Nov 4, 2015

Attendance:

Gregg Laub

Bryon Nielsen

T.J. Strain

Lavinia Anderl

Tammy Croft

Cameron Dixon

Maryn Edgmon

Lisa Prochet

Susan Hunt

Scott Montgomery

Lara McKee

 

Minutes Approved from last month.

 

Volunteer Coordinator is working on getting Volunteer Spot set up.

Went over the school goals and the financial summaries of estimated expenditures for the school year and what has been spent so far.

JSSC asked for some input on accepting late work from students. One option is a school wide deadline for turning in late work each term another is teachers deciding their own class deadline. We agreed that we would support the teachers (JSSC) in what they decide.

Discussion about dangers of E-Cigarettes. PTA will do an activity to help educate students. Gregg will get the power point to us, along with a fact sheet & a letter for us to look over before sending it out to the school to help educate parents. We would like to send that out before Thanksgiving. 

Encouraged to go to training meeting.

Next meeting is Jan 6 at 4 pm. 

January 2017

January 2017 Agenda

Hello Council,

Here is the agenda for our January 4th meeting at 4:00 PM in the Library.
1.Accept November minutes
2.French Immersion Program
3.Volunteer Program Update
4.Amendment B increase

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


January 2017 Minutes


Fairfield Jr. High Community Council Minutes

January 4, 2017

Attendance-Gregg Laub, Thomas Strain, Bryon Nielsen, Christina Judd, Lynette Checketts, Maryn Edgmon, Scott Montgomery, Mike Thompson, Jay Nolan, Chaleh Trujillo, Tricia Green, Kimberly Wagner,

Lara McKee and Jan Rawlins

Accept Minutes-Motion by Kimberly Waggoner.  2nd by Lynette Checketts

French Immersion

Maryn Edmonton proposed bringing in a French Immersion Intern to come and help with our teacher and classroom.  Parents are concerned about the program not being available for students in Jr. High. FFJH may add one or two classes for next year. Could Trustlands money pay for an intern?  It's one possible solution.  Need a positive public relation campaign to move forward and for the program to succeed.

Mr. Nielsen reported on Trustland guidelines. He quoted Law 53A-16-101.5(6)(a) and State Board Rule R277-477-4 Appropriate Use of School Land Trust program Funds.
•…to implement a component of the school’s improvement plan or charter agreement, including: 

(i) The school’s identified most critical academic needs;

Classroom data shows that students are succeeding and coming out with positive test scores.  FFJH most academic critical need is literacy.

(1) …in data driven and evidence-based ways to improve educational outcome.

(2) …expenditures are required to have a direct impact on the instruction of students in the particular school's areas of most critical academic need.

The intern does not fit the requirement outlined by our Trustlands plan or fit in with our greatest school need which is literacy.

Personnel issues are not to be discussed at Community Council meetings. All teacher issues should be addressed directly to the principal.

The team discussed the possibility of the district to pay for an Amity Intern for the immersion program.  The question was raised if the district would pay for an intern if trustlands can’t. Mrs. Wagner mentioned that she is a neighbor to Julie Tanner who is on the school board and said she may be able to help get the district to pay for an intern. Mrs. Rodin has been volunteering once a week in the French classroom.   Others would love to volunteer if they would be needed in the class.  Some are concerned about not speaking French in the class.

Volunteer Update

60 hours for the month of December.

Mathnasium will give students a one month scholarship; will come and do special programs during intervention.

Wells Fargo-employees are intimidated of what to do in Jr. High.  They have been brain storming ideas and will be ready soon.   TJ will follow up with teachers about Mathnasium scholarships and Wells Fargo.

Need to be better at tracking volunteer hours for science Olympiad, French club, etc.

Amendment B increase

Increase 4% for next year.  More money to spend.  What are our needs?

It is exciting to have more money to spend on student needs.

Productivity etc.  Love teacher driven ideas.  Look at website or visit with other schools and do some idea sharing. 

Reader for English teachers.  Current reader is an English major and has done similar work before.  10 hours to read 300 papers.  Legacy has two readers: one for 6 hours and one for 8 hours weekly.

Next meeting. Pre tracking data to review for student help. Reader evaluation.

Centennial, Syracuse, Millcreek-literacy, Layton High School. Bryon will send a list of schools to Gregg.

Volunteer to look up plans.  Look at Math, Science, and English. 

Kaysville Jr High extended an invitation for parents to attend, Fight The New Drug Program, Jan. 19th @ 7 pm.  $5

Adjourn-Lynette Checketts.

February 2017

February 2017 Agenda
Hello Council,

Here is the agenda for our meeting on February 1st at 4 PM in the Library. Julie Tanner will be attending so bring your questions.
1.Accept Minutes
2.SAEV Presentation
3.Report on Syracuse and Centennial Community Council Money
4.Volunteer Updates
5.Julie Tanner

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


February 2017 Minutes

Community Council Minutes Feb 1, 2017

Attended by:

Gregg Laub

Brian Nielsen

Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain

Jaspreet “Rosie” Chadha

Kimberly Wagner

Lynette Checketts

Lavinia Anderl

Jay Nolan

Maryn Edgmon

Lisa Prochet

Mike Thompson

Julie Tanner

Mona Andrus

 

Went over January minutes.

Maryn motioned to accept & Kimberly seconded to accept Jan Minutes

SAEV club presentation - Students Against Electronic Vaping - new club at DHS and their goal is to educate about the dangers of E cigs

Some dangers:

no regulations on the ratio of nicotine to juice

drug of the generation  

8.4%(2213) of students in Davis county are reported as regular users of e-cigs

no restrictions for online purchases

47% reg users also use alcohol

gateway to other drugs

They want to come and do a presentation during lunch or during health classes to help kids understand the unseen dangers of vaping. They will contact Mr Nielsen for a date to come. They are currently the only club of its kind. Davis county is in the top 3 for use, along with Weber and Salt Lake Counties.

Comparisons of how Trustland money is used at local junior highs

From this we decided we are on track for our goals in the way we are using Trustland money. Things to consider:

Accountability - to be sure that money is used for a large group of students rather than simply a small, targeted group. 

Technology - Would like to have more of a detailed plan of how the money is used and if there is equipment not being used to maximum benefit. Great comment that it takes a teacher who is willing to take the time to make the tech relevant and amazing in class.

Talked to English & Art teachers in attendance -  English curriculum is more online based. He uses his projector all the time. Mr Nolan uses his 7 computers all the time for student research; would love to see Photoshop used in photog class

Software & licensing is a big cost - discussed pros/cons of grants

Heidi, who is over technology at FFJH & Creekside, could do an assessment. What types of tech is being used & how, how often? What is the cost and replacement cost? Is there tech stuff that is not being used that could being re-allocated? Are there some labs sitting open? What is needed down the road? Costs of Old Tech vs new tech.

Our most important asset: Teachers (thanks teachers!!) and being sure money is funneled to people that are helping kids one on one. 

Will receive 30% more in Trustland. 

Discussed possibly having a committee to help with writing strategies like Centennial has. Kimberly Wagner will go to April JSSC (?) meeting. 

Volunteer Updates

48 reg/150 Sci Oly

450 hrs from the beginning of year from Sci Oly. Plus athletic volunteer hours & theater.

We are on target to reach our Community Council goal for Volunteer hours. TJ will mark CC hours.

Discussed options for getting more parents to volunteer. Concerned about an effective way to do that. TJ will send out an email about signup genius. Discussed parents and pastries. No consensus at this time. We need lunch help. Needs to be a better way to get people to volunteer.

Next PTC - March 1

Fairfield Book fair Mar 4 at Barnes and Noble - get a discount

Julie Tanner & Mona Andrus from the Davis County School Board- 

Shared a little about that role 

we discussed parent teacher conferences - pros/cons 

Teachers get a comp day before Thanksgiving bc they have done PTC

(This year FFJH will have PTC Day 1 - regular// Day 2 - by appt only) 

High school boundary study for new Farmington high school opening Fall 2018 

Focus groups will be created to help with input. We discussed contested areas and how to find if you are in one.  Darrell White consultant for planning. You can look up minutes for Board Retreat meeting about the high school studies.

NEXT MEETING: MARCH 8 (Gregg, please double check that)

March 2017

March 2017 Agenda

Hello Council,

We will have our meeting on March 8th at 4:00 PM in the library due to parent teacher conferences.

Here is the agenda.    
1.Accept Minutes
2.Review 2016-17 Budget per instructions from Paula Plant.
3.Volunteer updates
4.Prep for 2017-18 budget.

Thank you for your service,

Gregg

April 2017

2017 April Agenda

Hello Council,

Here is the proposed agenda for our meeting on Wednesday April 12th at 4PM in the library.
1.Accept Minutes
2.2017-18 Budget Review and Acceptance
3.Volunteer updates

Thank you for your service,

Gregg


2017 April Minutes

FF Community Council Apr 12, 2017

Attended by:

Gregg Laub, Bryan Nielsen, TJ Strain, Jan Rawlins, Tammy Croft, Lynette Checketts, Kimberly Wagner, Tracie Garritson, Mike Thompson, Scott Montgomery, Chaleh Trujillo, Jaspreet “Rosie” Chadha, Maryn Edgmon, Kreg Edgmon, Lavinia Anderl

Minutes from March approved.

Bryan talking about budget. Similar 2017 to 2018

Discussed the readers and what they are doing. Discussed having more in place by start of next year. 

Lunch & Learn - discussed who to target next year; data shows about 5% increase, but hope to expand it next year.

We have about $8,100 set aside for technology needs discussed last month.

Motion to accept budget by Kimberly Wagner, seconded by Lavinia Anderl, approved by all.

At 1104 volunteer hours, not including sci oly that is time consuming right now. 

Recommend Mrs Hanline for the Davis Cares Award for all the time that she volunteers at the school. 

Dads & Donuts at 7:30  Thurs morning. - kick off WatchDogs - trying to get help for before school, after school, lunch, and intervention.

Student reward system - rewarding students that are doing the right thing. Message spreads fast amongst the students, if set up on the ?rst day. Do things that make the difference to the students.

Letter from English department expressing thanks funding the reader to give individualized feedback on student writing. 

There will be some spots to ?ll on community council next year. Those will be ?lled in August. 

Next year possibly do an anonymous survey for teachers. Do it at the computer during a faculty meeting - rate the effectiveness of community council programs, and how they would allot the funds if they were assigning the funds.

Next & Final Community Council meeting is May 3, 2017

May 2017

May 2017 Minutes

Community Council Meeting Minutes 5/3/17

In attendance:

Gregg Laub                                        Kimberly Wagner

Mike Thompson                                Tracie Garritson

Lynette Checketts                              Tammy Croft

Maryn Edgmon                                  Tricia Green

Chaleh Trujillo                                   Jan Rawlins

TJ Strain                                             Scott Montgomery

Kreg Edgmon

Motion to accept minutes by Kimberly Wagner and seconded by Tammy Croft

If anyone is interested in the co-chair position for community council next year, let Kimberly Wagner know.

Dads and Donuts was a great success. 250 people showed up and 20 people signed up to be a watch dog and volunteer in the school through the rest of this school year. It would be a great goal to have at least 1 parent volunteer per lunch each day of the year next year. Kreg started a social entrepreneurship club on Wednesdays during intervention to increase the positive culture at FFJH. He’s asking kids how they can make a difference in their communities and school. They will be brainstorming ideas each Wednesday and implementing them. One idea was welcoming the 7th graders at orientation in the fall.

Goals for volunteer hours for next year were discussed. There is a difference between environment/positive culture volunteer hours and educational volunteer hours. The council decided a good goal for environment/positive culture would be 2,500 hours for next year. Need to make the goals measurable – or meaningful.

Mrs. Garritson has tracked data with improvement with school safety and has sent it to the state. She will forward that data on to the members of community council. Can we send an anonymous survey to establish a baseline of internet safety and integrity? Put a monthly reminder/education for parents on the school website? Social media bullying has become a huge problem.

Parent elections for community council 2017-2018 will be decided on the first meeting of September. An email will go out in August asking for applicants. There are 3 openings. Members of community council consist of 7 parents and 2 or 3 teachers as well as administration.

Thank you to Gregg Laub for 6 years of service on the community council at FFJH!! We will miss him and look forward to Kimberly Wagner’s service as community council chair next year.

Motion to adjourn by Chaleh Trujillo and seconded by Lynette Checketts

School Improvement and LAND Trust Plans

Assessment's School Improvement Page
     - Click on the "SIP" tab on the top of the page
     - Click on the "Current Plans" tab half way down the page
     - From here, you can find your school and the composite school plan ​​​​​​​

Become Involved

Serving on the School's Community Council

Serving on our School Community Council is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to contribute and help improve academic performance at our school. The school receives an annual dividend from the school trust lands. Our council decides how these funds will be used.

This year our school received approximately $112,102 from the School LAND Trust Program! The council reviews and prepares other academic plans for our students each year. All plans are reviewed for final approval by our school board. Councils also act in an advisory capacity to school and school district administrations.

Watch for information on Community Council elections to be posted here in late spring or early summer. Elections are held at the beginning of the school year. Additionally, there may be occasional vacancies during the year that are filled by appointment by the remaining members of the Council. If a vacancy occurs, notice of the vacancy and an application form for those interested in serving will be posted here.

Watch for information on School Community Council elections to be posted here.

School Trust Land Election Information Website

Rules of Order

Rules of Order and Procedure – School Community Council 

To promote ethical behavior and civil discourse each council member shall:

  • Attend council meetings on time and prepared
  • Make decisions with the needs of students as the main objective
  • Listen to and value diverse opinions
  • Be sure the opinions of those you represent are included in discussions
  • Expect accountability and be prepared to be accountable
  • Act with integrity

CONDUCTING A MEETING

All meetings are open to the public and the public is welcome to attend.

The agenda of each upcoming meeting with draft minutes of the prior meeting will be made available to all council members at least one week in advance, will be posted on the school website and made available in the main office.  The agenda will include the date, time and location of the meeting.

Minutes will be kept of all meetings, prepared in draft format for approval at the next scheduled meeting.

The council will prepare a timeline for the school year that includes due dates for all required reporting and other activities/tasks that the council agrees to assume or participate in.  The timeline will assist in preparation of agendas to be sure the council accomplishes their work in a timely manner.

The chair conducts the meetings, makes assignments and requests reports on assignments.  In the absence of the chair the vice-chair shall conduct meetings. 

Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53A-1a-108.1(10).  Items on the agenda take priority over other discussions coming before the council.  Council action will be taken by motions and voting with votes and motions recorded in the minutes.

A motion (or an action to be taken by the council) is stated as a motion.  Someone else on the council “seconds” the motion indicating that at least one other person on the council feels the motion is worthy of discussion.  Then the council members may provide input and discussion as called upon by the chair.  When discussion seems complete the chair may call for a vote on the motion.  Or when a member of the council “calls the previous question” (a motion to end discussion of the first motion), a second is required and then, without discussion the chair calls for a vote that must pass by 2/3.  If the vote on the previous question fails the council goes back to discussing the first motion.  If the motion to call the previous question passes, the chair directly calls for a vote on the first motion.  A vote to call the previous question is usually used to move business along.

Attached is a chart that could be used if the council feels they would like to use additional motions of Parliamentary Procedure in their meetings.

  • A tie vote is a lost vote.
  • A main motion may be amended.
  • Nominations can be closed by saying, “I move to close nominations.”
  • Most motions are main motions.
  • A point of order is offered when there is some question if procedure had been followed correctly.
  • To stop debate or discussion on a motion and force the vote a member would say, “I move the previous question.”  This requires a second and a 2/3 vote.
  • Hasty action may be corrected by use of the motion to reconsider. This motion may be made only by one who voted on the prevailing side.
  • A person who made the motion may withdraw the same motion. 

 

Election of the Chair and Vice-chair

 After the school community council is seated each year, the school community council shall annually elect at the council’s first meeting a chair and vice-chair. The chair shall be elected from the parent members and the vice-chair shall be elected from the parent or school employee members, excluding the principal.   The principal will conduct the election for chair and vice-chair, in that order, according to the following procedure:  a) Members interested in either office may use the self-nomination process.  Nominations may also be made by other council members. b) Voting shall be by regular voice vote by the school community council.  A nominee must receive a majority vote of the council members present.  Should no nominee receive a majority vote, further nominations may be made, and subsequent elections will be conducted by secret ballot until a nominee receives a majority.  When a vacancy occurs in the office of chair or vice-chair for any reason, a replacement shall be elected for the unexpired term.

Removal and Replacement

If a member of the council fails to attend three consecutive meetings without being excused in advance, or fails to perform the duties of his/her office, the members of the council shall remove him/her from office and declare the position vacant.  The position shall be filled by the regularly established election procedure.

Conflict of Interest

A member who has a personal or private interest in any proposed or pending matter which presents a conflict of interest will disclose such interest and will not vote unless the member’s participation is necessary to obtain a quorum or otherwise to enable the Council to act. 

Laws and Rules