Creslane School Board Report

June 11, 2003

 

Calendar:       June 6 (11 – 12:30):  Mighty Mustang and Read at Home Celebration

with U. of O. athletic team presenting books and Creswell Fire Dept. parading our high readers around town.

                        June 9:  Wacky Dress-up Day

                        June 10:  Last Student Day

                        June 11 (7:45):  Retiree/Goodbye Breakfast

                        June 12-August 24:  Who knows?

 

Read At Home:  87 students will receive books signed by seven members of the University Of Oregon Athletic Team Friday, June 6th at 11:00.  The high readers from each classroom will ride around town in one of Creswell’s finest fire trucks at 12:00 while the rest of us celebrate with Popsicles on the front lawn.  A special thank you gift certificate was given to Vickie Bowers for all her work collating the data for the Read At Home program.  She gave many hours devoted to this endeavor.  Thank goodness for people like Vickie!

            One hundred eighty-four students joined Ms. Robertson May 19th and we made kites.  These students achieved the March reading goal.  Older students helped younger students, and all of us had fun.

            Almost 800 bubble gums balls were given to 350 April Read At Home achievers. 

 

Mighty Mustangs:  During the assembly the Mighty Mustangs for the year were awarded a pencil, certificate and prize of a miniature golf game.  We are proud of these folks for making Creslane a great place to learn, be safe and have fun.  The May Mighty Mustangs will have their picture in the Chronicle.

 

Wacky Dress-up Day:  We have had “wacky dress-up days” for the last three weeks.  The students have had fun wearing their pajamas, dressing up like twins, wearing sports clothes (although we very carefully reminded our students to follow the dress code J), and deciding as a class what to wear on Monday, the 9th. 

 

Discipline:  I have included a three-year comparison graph.  As you can notice, we did substantially better every month until February.  In February there was a media blitz on the war and the financial straits of Oregon.  We also began talking in earnest about the dire conditions possible for end of this year and the ramifications for next year.  Also, the flu was in “full swing.”  Is it a coincidence or do “outside forces” affect the conditions for learning in our schools?  We do think it is interesting since Memorial Weekend (5 days off) we have only had one office referral.  After the strain and exhaustion of the previous three months and the chocolate of Easter, the attitude has changed dramatically after a period of rest. 

 

Attendance: May’s attendance for the school was 94%.  This match’s the average attendance rate for the entire year.  According to the State Report Card, our attendance rate last year was 93%. 

Fundraisers:  Mrs. Lee and her fifth grade moneymakers declare success.  Rapid Refill, an ink cartridge refill program has earned the fifth graders $1100 to this date.  They will use the money to celebrate the end of their elementary careers, and they are contemplating using the balance to fund tests for the “Reading Counts” computerized reading program.  Reading Counts test students on their comprehension of the books they read for leisure and for class work.  The points they receive go toward their Read At Home points. Testing comprehension provides more accountability than just counting minutes.  This program is very similar to the new program at Creswell Middle School, Accelerated Reader.  The Reading Counts program also determines readability, gives suggestions of books at students’ levels and provides graph readouts for teachers, parents and the students showing individual progress.

 

Acknowledgements: 

1)     Margaret Young, the cousin of Betsy Priddle, Creslane’s Title 1 teacher donated $200 dollars for our first grade reading program, specifically for reading aides.  Gifts from the heart lift our spirits and hope.

2)     Amy Sierzaga and Tom Carrol gave $100 to Creslane as a compensation for the “no” vote in our last levy attempt.

 

Curriculum:  During a grant proposal we tested all of the students at Creslane on their body fat composition.  We were delighted to find that the average Creslane student is far below the national average.  The national average for children this age is 13% body fat.  The average at Creslane is 9.97%.  We did find that body fat increases as they get older.  Our kindergarten average was 8.68% and our fifth grade average is 11.77%.  This news is great, but cutting physical education from our curriculum raises a concern.

 

Site Council:  (please refer to the attached Site Council minutes)

 

Enrollment:  525 students (524 last year at this time)  I wrote a letter informing a Cottage Grove family that their son could finish this year, but other arrangements needed to be made for next year.  They moved to Cottage Grove in the middle of the year.

 

 

Creslane’s Scenario A: 

 

Four sessions Kindergarten = 20 per session (1/2 day sessions)

 

Three classes First grade = 28 per class

 

Three classes Second grade = 32 per class

 

Three classes Third grade = 27 per class

 

Three classes Fourth grade = 30 per class

 

Three classes Fifth grade = 28 per class

 

 

Creslane Site Council Minutes:

June 2, 2003

3:45-5:00

 

Members Present:  Cindy Harrold, Kim Parsons, Bobbie Magathan, Diana McMahon, Kim Meyers, Sandi Scaife, Betsy Priddle, Lauri Thomas, Sherry Loennig, Nicole Kerins, Stephen Thompson, and Jacque Robertson

 

Visitors:  Debby Turnbull

 

Agenda: 

1)     Handbooks:  We reviewed the “classroom changes” addition to the handbooks.  It was decided earlier in the year to create a procedure that gave direction to parents and teachers regarding changing the classroom placement of a child during the school year.  This will be included in both the student and staff handbooks.

Classroom Changes:

 

Changing the classroom placement of a student involves major adjustments for everyone.  These need to be dealt with in a constructive, interactive manner.  Before classroom changes can be made at least two meetings/conferences between the teacher and parent have to occur to discuss the problem and possible solutions.  If these two conferences do not lead to a satisfactory conclusion the principal will be included in a third meeting (although the principal can be included at any time at the request of either party).  A decision agreeing to a classroom change arising from this conference will be taken to the grade level team to determine the best alternative placement.  The change of classrooms will occur after the placement has been determined and the new teacher has had a day to prepare for the student.

 

2)     We discussed the staffing for next year and possible “add backs.”  We reviewed Scenario A (attached).  It was agreed that although the class sizes are large especially at first and second grade, they are “do-able.”  We discussed the pros of adding back (if the funds increase): (a) another classroom teacher at the primary level, (b) physical education or music and the benefits of both (either of these programs could relieve stress on the schedule by providing “back to back” scheduling besides their intrinsic value), and/or (c) increasing classroom assistants.  Any of these “add-backs” would improve the education Creslane students receive, although all of them would be best J.

 

 

3)     We reviewed the three-year discipline graph. An active conversation was held after viewing the tremendous improvement the students had made in the first half of the year and then the equally horrible decline in student behavior beginning in February.  The rational for this increase in office referrals was attributed to increased illness, war blitz, and financial concerns at home and at school.  We discussed how outside sources affect student productivity and how we can minimize the negative affects while at school.  We all acknowledged this year as being unusual in that twice, negative financial situations surfaced (one that resulted in the 9% cut and the second with next year’s budget factors.)  However, there were classroom discussions that might have been eliminated or handled in such a way as to minimize stress on the children.