Some highlights of the 10-23-13 CHIME Community Association meeting follow:
Our school’s executive director, Erin Studer, talked about the upcoming student-teacher conferences and explained they were spaced out to two separate weeks to help with scheduling. He told us that feedback from students, teachers and parents was positive on the Cyber Safety talk given in October and reviewed the sports teams available at CHIME (swimming, volleyball, basketball, flag football, etc.), highlighting some sports victories and talking about the new CHIME Cheetah mascot we’ve seen at recent sports and school events generating added excitement.
He announced there will be no more bubble tests for grades 2-7 State Tests except for science tests. The first Common Core Standards pilot test will be a 50-question competency assessment. So, in the Spring, there will be no bubble tests, no individual results from CST, and API scores will not go out. A new quality report will rate a school’s quality based on parent satisfaction, suspension rates and graduation rates. The testing time window at CHIME will rotate because tests must be taken on computers.
On the construction of the new Middle School Building and expansion, $2.6MM of gap funding from an additional grant has been approved. In November and December we’ll all have the opportunity to review construction and design plans and tour the site, so we can better understand the project. Occupancy of the new building is likely to be January 2015.
Principal Jennifer Lockwood talked about Casino Night, to benefit CHIME Institute (infant toddler, preschool, K-8 charter school) with silent auction, dinner, and special recognition of Dean Michael Spagna. She called our attention to several other upcoming fundraisers—Family Fun Nights, Skateland, Chuck E Cheese, Chili’s all day, McDonald’s night (event pending), and Yogen Fruz (find all times and dates on our calendar). She told us that Annual High School Night will be Thursday, November 14 at 6pm.
Heather Mayer told us that the aim of our upcoming Beautification Day, on Saturday 11/16/13 from 8am to 12noon, is to make “the school campus LOOKS to match its heart.” She encouraged ongoing participation by students and parents by picking up trash on campus rather than simply walking by it for example.
Jennifer Currier let us know that the theme of the School Carnival on April 5 will be a superhero comic book concept, and the carnival will be a kind of street fair as we’ll use Collier/Corbin Streets and the school auditorium. The theme is “Super School Making Super Choices” which ties into a Healthy Family theme to satisfy the State Farm Grant. All families are needed to participate for the carnival to be a success. Anyone who has public relations/marketing/advertising experience especially to reach community. Now is also the time to start soliciting donations for auction items.
We still have some open positions: volunteer coordinator and members for the new upper grade field trip and visitor committee. Also the school music program needs volunteers.
A funding request was taken to vote: a $550 request for Anti-Bullying seminar for parents. Despite the fact that the motion passed, it was clear that members who voted “no” were not allowed the opportunity to express objection so the measure will be brought up for another discussion and vote at the next meeting.
In open forum a question was brought up about whether CHIME has a Reflections Program? Answer: No. A Reflections Program is usually a student contest that fosters appreciation for the arts, such as posters, photos, paintings, dance. A suggestion was made to explore the idea with our director of curriculum. We also discussed talent shows and spelling bees, and the CCA agreed to talk to Ms. Lockwood and perhaps create a community survey to get a read on what people would like to see in future events, while maintaining inclusive importance.
Read the complete meeting minutes here.