PTA Minutes for March 18, 2010

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

PTA President’s Report

  • Parent survey due back by April 23rd. Please fill out in order for the school to understand what your needs are. We need to know both the positive and the negative, in order to improve.
  • Cinderella Ad- May 21st and 22nd– please ask community members to support the school play- objective one ad per student will make a difference
  • Fundraising drive still counts- will go towards next year’s student planners and other school initiatives such as student clubs.
  • Thanks to all of the volunteers at the student S.O. dance.

    Treasurer’s Report

    • $925.38 net earned in February/March period, with cash ending balance of $10,034.82 as of March 18th, 2010.

    PTA Interim Elections:

    • Recently opened Co-Recording Secretary position has been filled. Ana Cucchiara has been voted in through end of 2009-2010 school year.
    • SLT position for 2 years ending 6/11:  Maureen Salloum has been elected.

    School Leadership Team

    • Ingrid Guapisaca: training held last week, also Bonnie Song and Karen Dinegar present- cell phones have recently been confiscated, parents must pick up after 2nd warning- kids text each other in the hallways – parents please tell their kids not to text during school hours- students voted overwhelmingly against school uniforms

    School Safety Committee

    • 12 people trained for CPR
    • No major safety issues at present

    School Administration Reports

    6th grade AP Barbara Choit:

    • ELA predictive exam given this past week. It does not count but is used to gather data.
    • 6th grade trip “1776” at Broad Hollow Theatre in Elmont: 8:45- 1:00pm
    • SO movie 3/25 periods 6-7 “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
    • ELA open houses for upcoming state exam Sat 4/17 and Sat 4/24 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, with parent workshop 9-10am, 11-12pm on 4/17 run by Brenda Dolan

    7th grade AP Mr. Robert Chambers:

    • Philadelphia trip on Wed 6am-7pm with 22 chaperones
    • SO movie 3/26 “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
    • Upcoming math open houses for state test prep on Sat 4/10 8-10am, 10-12pm, with parent workshop 9-10am and 11-12pm on 4/10.
    • 4/9 service league installation and children will be notified next week in homeroom.

    8th grade AP Mr. Jeffrey Surrett:

    • Remaining results for high schools are coming out for students
    • Career day – see Parent Coordinator section
    • SO movie 3/26 “Harry Potter”

    Parent Coordinator, Rhonda Bogaty

    • 3 classes turned in 100% of parent surveys on time
    • Many parents have gone on ARIS but the DOE wants 100% of parents accessing their kids school record information online.
    • Career Day is 3/24 and 11 guest speakers will go from classroom to classroom.
    • SO doing wonderful things: City Harvest, Food Drive, Haitian Relief- they are excellent at school spirit. They have even decided to have school vending machines for pens, pencils and erasers, in addition to a money change distributor.
    • The SO also asked for a carnival which the principal has agreed on. The carnival will be held June 16th, with rain date June 23rd. Students will be able to attend during 2 periods, one of them their lunch period. Much help needed- 25 volunteers are hoped for. Boom blaster, Skiball, Dunking machines etcetera will be present!

    Principal’s Report Zoi P. McGrath:

    • Students raised $1784 for Haiti Earthquake in just 4 days and their interest and enthusiasm was amazing.
    • Last Year Learning Environment portion of the School Report Card a score of 8.0 whereas 8.2 minimum needed for A
    • Science Olympiad- 3rd in city overall and moving on to state level in New Paltz in April: Mr. Taso Lampoutis and Ms. Lana Rajwan, advisors
    • Robotics club- #1 in city for both performance and research, against all other city schools including both middle and high schools- Ms. Ruta Dave
    • Math team scored 1st in city and went up to Albany to be ranked #5 in the state- over 200 schools competed. Catherine Oh scored 2nd in state on individual level- math coach Mr. Zachary Boyt
    • MS67 got 1st place in city for Lions Club Art Competition, 15 children accepted into LaGuardia HS this year

    Q&A Other Issues Discussed:

    Excessive state testing: the Principal and Assistant Principals agreed that the number of diagnostic tests mandated by the Board of Ed has increased to an unmanageable point, such that they take too much time away from instruction and are no longer indicative of a student’s capabilities due to excessive repetitive questions. They have also noted that students begin to not take the test seriously when they are tested too often simply for diagnostic purposes.

    Respectfully Submitted by:

    Darlene Ritchie

    Co-Recording Secretary


    EXECUTIVE BOARD Meetings 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Room 101

    GENERAL MEMBERSHIP Meetings 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Chorus Room 116

    1. Thursday, April 15, 2010 – NOMINATION/BUDGET
    2. Thursday, May 27, 2010 – ELECTION
    3. JUNE 2010 – NO MEETING

    SLT-SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM Meetings 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Rm. 301

    1. 1. Thursday, May 20, 2010
    2. 2. Thursday, June3, 2010

    SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Room 224A

    1. Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    2. Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    3. Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    F ALL Dates Subject to Change