Committee to Study the
April 14, 2006
Attending: Anne Freske, Lee Kounovsky, Sharon Heater, Shirley Burrus, Ken Donner, Terrie Chrones, John Moran, Jan Ophus, Sue Bowers
Guests: Jara Baak, Monami Kondo, Mika Ogiwara (arrived about 7:15)
Anne Freske opened the meeting at 6:45 a.m. The group approved the proposed agenda and the minutes of the March 9 meeting.
Anne shared that Dr. Stuber had reported the UofO/Ed Weeks effort on the Creswell Community had reported some data about the schools that did not match Department of Ed. numbers and had not produced any other reports that would be helpful to our effort.
Hugh Turnbull has written a Chronicle article about the Committee’s work, which should be in the paper next week.
Lee reported on a recent OACTE (Oregon Assoc. of
Career/Technical Educators???) workshop he attended. Its focus was connecting middle school to
high school and demonstrating for students why high school is relevant. He shared several resources, including game modules
from the Oregon Employment Department and a PTE Pathways CD. He mentioned hearing the success the
Both CMS and CHS have some students using at least parts of
CIS, the UofO’s Career Information System program. While Class Advisors at CHS have been working
with students on their Career-Related Learning Standards (CRLS), a recent
review of their portfolios has shown that actual progress has been
inconsistent. Mr. Ophus is now
considering a semester class for seniors to focus on CRLS, SAT preparation,
scholarship applications, and related matters.
Three staff members at CHS are planning a visit to the
Studies have shown that if students recognize a purpose from their schooling and have a defined pathway, the dropout rate goes down. There was general agreement that focusing on individual students who need considerable “handling” is very difficult with class sizes approaching 30 students. John Moran shared an insight from his son, who had challenges during high school. He warned John that for every four difficult students, he could probably help two, the third was a “maybe” and one would likely never come around. John’s son cautioned against spending too much time on the fourth.
Three of CHS’s foreign exchange students arrived at the meeting. Following introductions, they were asked to describe their schools at home and how they contrast with their experiences here. Comments included:
After hearing from the students, committee members revisited the question, How can we “raise the bar” here at CHS and help more students be successful? The Skills for Success program at CMS has been helpful there. Struggling students have more of a homeroom format with a skilled teacher and extra help from Mr. Donner. This uses teaching resources, but also eases the burden on the other teachers, helping their classes go smoother. Working with these students is a K-12 issue, not just one for the high school. Anne will talk with Ellen Adler about joining this discussion.
In order to have more time for discussion, the next meeting of the Committee was set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. The group needs to develop ideas and begin to focus on implementation. Anyone interested in joining the conversation about the future of CHS is welcome to attend.
Lee was congratulated on his recent “Teacher of the Year” award. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Bowers, Secretary