Parent Advisory Council Meeting Notes

 

September 12, 2017

Start Time: 6:07 PM

Members present:

GMS Staff: Mrs. Makita Jenkins (Principal)  and Mrs.  Pam Harris (Title I)

Parent Representatives:  Mr. George Hollowell

                                                      Ms. Jessica Pope

                            Mrs. Saysha Morrisey  


Welcome                                               Mrs. Jenkins


P.A.C .stands for PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL


Purpose of P.A.C.

                                   -To improve home-school-community relations,make

                                      parents  aware of what is going on in the school

                                   and to get feedback/input on school policies and programs

                                  - Every school must have a PAC

                                   -The parent members are assigned to either one year or  

                                    two-year terms

                                   -We have seven members this year

                                    -Meet every other month

                                    -Last meeting was in May 2017


Introductions of Members (The names of the students may be misspelled)

Mr. George Hollowell (Charleigh’s  Dad)

Ms. Jessica Pope (Jameson’s Mom)

Mrs. Saysha Morrisey (Tatiana and Tyrrek Grizzle’s mom)




The Title I  Status of Grantham Middle School

Mrs.  Jenkins stated that Grantham Middle is a Title I school  posed the question to the parents, “Do you have an understanding of what it means to be a Title I school?”


She shared some of the basic qualifications of being designated as a Title I school and how Grantham barely made it, but we are indeed a Title I school.   


Mrs. Jenkins  spoke of the free and reduced lunch ties to being qualified as a Title I school and announced that this year all Grantham Middle School students are entitled to free breakfasts and lunches regardless of socioeconomic status.


Title I funds are given to improve the academic standing of the students because statistically, students who come from financially-challenged backgrounds have been known to struggle with scholastic achievement.

 

Mrs. Jenkins also stated that she wanted to see more students take advantage of the free breakfast.


Vote for Secretary-  Mrs. Jenkins shared that there is a need for the office of secretary to be filled.


S.I.P. Team

Mrs. Jenkins mentioned that the School Improvement Plan Team is mostly comprised of staff members, but parents are always welcomed.  The meetings are every other Tuesday at 3:00 PM.


She put in a “plug” for a parent liaison to be attend to our S.I.P.


The next S.I.P. meeting is on 9/19/17 at 3:00 PM


The first meeting is usually the longer one.


Parent Communication Avenues Used by Grantham Middle

-GMS has a Twitter account maintained by Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Jenkins

-GMS has a school website-Mrs. Jenkins demonstrated how to get to the webpage

-GMS has a Facebook page

- Class Dojo is an app that GMS uses daily

-Whereas the aforementioned programs are used for social, community  and some academic awareness, PowerSchool is an excellent means to stay on top of the students academic trends and data

-Mrs. Jenkins expressed her concerns that more parents are NOT connected to PowerSchool and how this can adversely affect student achievement


This year’s school focus: Manners, Mentoring, and Mission

Why manners?   A significant amount of students at Grantham seem to not know the basics of manners.  Manners may not be a focus within the homes of many students.  A focus on manners will hopefully combat the “entitled” mentality that seemed to prevail last school year.


Why mentoring? Last year Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Brown-Rouse,  Mr. Daughtry-Grubbs and Mrs. Harris mentored around 30 students as a group and it seemed to have made a positive difference in the lives of the students that were mentored.  This year, Mrs. Jenkins’ vision is to have all staff members mentor students this year.


Ms. Pope asked about the possibility of students also mentoring students.

Mrs. Jenkins stated that we are working on a “vertical alignment” type of mentoring to help with transitions between grades.

Ms. Pope asked about students being mentors of students within their same grade.  She shared the success story of how her son Jameson served as a mentor/friend to an autistic student last year.

Mr. Hollowell  also spoke of how the pastor of his church was interested in the mentoring aspect of school partnership.

Mrs. Jenkins expressed that responsible adults are always welcomed to mentor at GMS.


Why mission? Stewardship is one of the key tenets of the GMS mission.  We recite our mission statement each morning and did the same last year.  This year we will pair actions with our words through service projects that will be implemented by each grade level.


We also work with the “Make a Difference” food pantry headed by a phenomenal young lady by the name of  Kenzie Hinson.


Spirit Gear orders are being taken until the end of the month.  We also have shirts in specific sizes on sale now.


Parent “Buy In”

A teacher who is also a resident of  the Grantham Community expressed concern about many parents not taking academics seriously.

Ms. Pope stated that, from her perspective,parents may feel this way because students are over tested which leads to great stress.

Mrs. Harris stated she experienced success by incorporating/emphasizing  test-taking strategies and stress-relieving strategies throughout the year.

Ms. Pope agreed that including strategies at the beginning and throughout the year instead of six weeks before testing would be a helpful practice that could help.

Mrs. Jenkins stated that although Ms. Pope’s concerns about students and the added stress  that testing gives to the some students are valid. There are some parents who genuinely do not seem to be invested in their children’s academic success because they know that poor performance in classes or on tests will not keep their children from being placed in the next grade level.


Mrs. Jenkins also talked about data notebooks as a school-wide endeavor and Mr. Hollowell shared how regularly testing his daughter on STAR and sharing these results with him helped keep him “in the know” and his daughter focused  on excelling.


EOG Results

Mrs. Jenkins shared a visual with the results on last year’s test and how this is not reflective of the true Grantham Middle School and tied in how the focal points discussed earlier work into the plan of GMS being successful in all areas.


Upcoming Important Dates

Mrs.  Jenkins the following calendar highlights for the parent members who were present to add to their calendars:

        9/20- Early Dismissal/Club Day

        9/22- Progress reports go out

        9/25-9/28-Book Fair

        9/26-Curriculum Night

        9/29- Picture Day

        10/2-Candy Fundraiser

        11/14-Next PAC meeting

        

Meeting was adjourned at 7:19 PM



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