• School Council Minutes April 2015

    MINUTES FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

    FLIPPEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNCIL

     

    April 17, 2015

     

     

    ✤              Meeting called to order at 8:48 a.m.

    ✤              Those in attendance: Dr. Obenauf, S. Bryant, D. Roach, Mrs. Harrell, Mrs. Williams

    ✤              Old Business

    a. We discussed the “new” math and how it has helped students.

    b.No one made it to the Flexibility meeting at ELMS. Ms. Harrell is going to send Dr.  

      Crump and email to ask I there was any important information she can share.

     

    ✤              New Business

    a. We discussed the 2015-2016 Code of Conduct the county has proposed. Dr. Obenauf  

        sent everyone a copy to review. Please send comments, questions, and/or suggestions     

        to Dr. Obenauf. She is compiling a list to send to the county office.

     

    The next School Council Meeting will be Friday, May 15 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

     

    Meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.

     

    Flippen Elementary School Council

    425 Peach Drive

    McDonough, GA  30253

    (770) 954-3522

    Fax (770) 954-3525

    Web Site www.henry.k12.ga.us/fle

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  • School Council Minutes March 2015

    Meeting Minutes

    Flippen Elementary School Council

    Opening:

    The meeting of Flippen Elementary school council was duly called to order by Felicia Harrell  and held on Friday, March 20, 2015 beginning at 8:40 a.m.

    Present were: 

     Dr. Toni Obenauf, Felicia Harrell, Sharon Bryant, Lya Snell, Denise Roach, Natosha Reid-Rice and  April Williams.

    Old Business:

    Robotics:

    Dr Obenauf updated that she had checked on this program, but they really wanted a teacher to facilitate the program but they are too busy. She also mentioned that she really would like to get Big Thinkers/science program, and have the program personnel to rent a room and facilitate. More information on this will be available by the summer with goal to start in the next school year.

    Good News:

    Felecia mentioned that she is working with First United Methodist Church to get the program together; several meetings have been scheduled and cancelled due to numerous conflicts. Next meeting is scheduled for mid-April, and goal is to start this program in the next school year.

     

    New Business:

    Fifth Grade Celebration:

    Staff has submitted request to conduct a raffle, and approval received this past week.  Felecia mentioned they would raffle an IPAD as the 1st place prize, and other prizes TBD.  So far, they have a commitment to donate 4 tickets for the Braves game, and are working with Walmart to obtain a donation. If Walmart provides a gift card, it could be used to purchase items for the raffle.

     

     

    Flippen Elementary Climate rating:

    Dr Obenauf said she attended a principal’s meeting last week to discuss he results from the climate survey, with ratings of 1-6. Flippen had 106 parents to participate.  

    -The star score was for the last school year, so this year’s score will likely be the same since they did not know there was an issue with the questions.

    - Staff/parents ranked in the 96th percentile and students ranked in the 66th percentile-- but ratings were skewed due to the type of questions, and the students likely did not understand some of them. 

    - Student handbook is being revised to address some of these issues and provide clarification

    Other:

    -PTO Childrens Ball on February 13 was a big success

    -Spring Fling coming up, Friday April 17 6-8 p.m.

    -Georgia Milestone Testing, Tuesday April 14 – Wednesday April 29

    New Agenda Items:

    Agenda to be set by Chairperson.

    Adjournment:

    Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 a.m. by Dr. Obenauf.  The next school council meeting will be held April 17, 2015  at Flippen Elementary beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Minutes submitted by: April Williams 

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  • School Council Minutes January 2015

    MINUTES FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

    FLIPPEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNCIL

     

    January 16, 2015

    2014-2015

     

     

     

                  BOE Discipline open meeting held in 11/2014. What were the findings of that meeting? (Dr. O didn’t attend nor was she aware of the meeting. She was going to find out what she could about that open BOE Discipline meeting at the county’s next principals meeting.) Nothing was discussed at Principals meeting yesterday about this issue.

                      

    6. New Business

          Define goals outlined in the Henry County BOE Strategic Plan for 2015.

    The goals have already been defined by the county and the schools are working towards these goals.

     

     

    The 2015-2016- and 2016-2017 school calendars have been approved and posted on the county web site.

     

    We are continuing to review CCRPI points and expectations at Flippen Elem.

    We are beginning to look at Personalized Learning for all students.

     

    The district  SACS visit will be March 9-11. The SACS team will visit various schools in the district.

     

    Mrs. McCoy is meeting with church leaders about starting the Good News Club at Flippen. She will report back to the council on the final decisions that are made about the club.

     

    Charter school update:

    State Board adopted new rules in Nov. expected to adopt new rule for IE2 in Feb.

    HCS has planning meeting in Feb. to discuss this and the decision to be made in March.

    We should be able to get a waiver for next year.

     

    Projections: growing 1.7% for the next year as a district, good growth, and steady trend.

    15-16 budgets will be due in March. Board is considering upping the allotment per student.

     

     

    Those in attendance: Dr. Obenauf, S. Bryant, D. Roach, Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Reid

     

    Flippen Elementary School Council

    425 Peach Drive

    McDonough, GA  30253

    (770) 954-3522

    Fax (770) 954-3525

    Web Site www.henry.k12.ga.us/fle

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  • School Council Minutes -September 2014

    Meeting Minutes

    Flippen Elementary School Council

    Opening:

    The meeting of Flippen Elementary school council was duly called to order by Lya Snell  and held on Friday, September 19, 2014  beginning at 8:38 a.m.

    Present were: 

     Dr. Toni Obenauf, Felicia Harrell, Sharon Bryant, Lya Snell, Denise Roach, Natosha Reid-Rice,  Diqueta McCoy and  April Williams.

    Approval Of Agenda:

    The agenda was unanimously approved and distributed.

    Approval of Minutes:

    The minutes from the August 15 meeting were approved

    Old Business:

    STEM/Technical fair:

    STEM Night is being held on Tuesday, September 23 and some of the teachers will present information, as well as some of the students.

    Learning Garden:

    Dr Obenauf checked with some of the teachers to find out if the teachers are interested and able to support this initiative for Flippen. Feedback is that we cannot adopt this initiative at this time, as it’s just too much going on, and this program requires continuous follow up.

    Update-Technology:

    -          Deployment of PTO purchased IPADS--The county has not sent anyone out yet to hook them up, but the school has the option to hook up independently/as unsupported, and may pursue this option.

    -          The county has started an initiative to place projectors in the classrooms in other schools; since they will purchase the projectors, we can look at using our funds to purchase other items such as kindle fires, etc

     

    New Business:

    Eagles Landing Middle School/Transitioning Students:

    Several of the Council members expressed a concern about students transitioning into the assigned middle school, and any new initiatives that may have been adopted in the past few years.  Dr. Obenauf and Dr. Snell mentioned that Dr Crump has a very open approach to meeting with parents, and has seen good improvement in their Parent Council involvement, as well as her strong leadership and supportive administration. Other discussion points include the uniform policy, prior administration and teacher involvement, and caliber of the teaching staff.

     

    Discussion—Educational/Learning Initiatives:

    -           Keyboarding Skills—concern about navigation/any initiatives in the school; this is not part of the curriculum, but there are several typing websites that are published, and students are encouraged to use these to improve their typing skills

    -          Cursive writing—it is not part of the curriculum, and will not be offered at this time. This is a skill set the students will acquire through independent learning or from parents.

    -          Math—there are continual changes in the approaches to doing math; some of the parents are not able to help due to the different approaches that are used now.  One of the initiatives at Flippen

    -          LanguageSpanish is not offered at this time

    -          TAG program—there was a lot of changes to this program with more students placed in TAG classrooms; some are permanent TAG students, and others will potentially move back to the regular curriculum

    -          Reading— emphasis on reading every night,  offering reading choice boards and scoot pad

    School Clubs/Learning Opportunities :

    -          Chess Club – Dr. O is still looking for a lead for this program, as they want to implement it as soon as possible, with meetings for once a week.

    -          Tennis Club-  Incorporated into the PE program

    -          Big Thinkers- there has been slow/no response from the facilitators for this program.  Natosha said she will follow up.

    -          K Piano –Implemented with participation from over 30 kids.

    -          Good News Club—new initiative/offering if there is any interest; one of the local churches may be able to facilitate it.

    -          Math 24—FLES usually participates, scheduled tentatively for March 2015 at East Lake

    -          Explore Vision, Odyssey of the Mind, Lego Robotics—discussed if we are doing any of these; Odyssey of the Mind will be facilitated by one of the TAG teachers, and Felicia said she will check to see if her husband is interested in facilitating the Lego robotics forum.

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    Other:

    Charter school transition meeting to be held at Eagles Landing Middle school on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

    New Agenda Items:

    Agenda to be set by Chairperson.

    Adjournment:

    Meeting was adjourned at 10 a.m. by Dr. Obenauf.  The next school council meeting will be held October 17, 2014  at Flippen Elementary beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Minutes submitted by: April Williams 

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  • School Council Minutes-August 2014

    Meeting Minutes

    Flippen Elementary School Council

    Opening:

    The meeting of Flippen Elementary school council was duly called to order by Felecia Harrell  and held on Friday, August 15, 2014  beginning at 8:05 a.m.

    Present were: 

     Dr. Toni Obenauf, Shannon Daniel, Felicia Harrell, Sharon Bryant, Lya Snell, Denise Roach, Natosha Reid-Rice,  and  April Williams

    Introduction of New Council Members

    The Assistant Principal and new members (Sharon Bryant, April Williams) were introduced.

    Approval Of Agenda:

    The agenda was unanimously approved and distributed.

    Approval of Minutes:

    N/A

    Old Business:

    Involvement from Parents:

    The Council is looking for a way to get increased involvement from parents, and hoping the web page will catch on and increase usage.  Additionally, a newsletter was started at end of past school year, and we received lots of positive feedback.  The newsletter has a website, and facebook link.

    PTO tablets purchase:

    PTO completed the purchase of 10 IPADs, but waiting on the technical support before deploying for school use.

    STEM Focus:

    The majority of teachers have adopted the STEM concept and incorporating into their curriculums.  Also, discussed the concern about transition of kids (advanced) and their integration into middle school after exposure to STEM concepts.

    New Business:

    Revisions in Spirit Night and Fifth Grade Trip:

    Spirit night (skating activity) location is being revised to the Fun Galaxy, due to better incentives and more activities.  The first skating event for the year will be held 8/28, from 5-8.

    The Fifth Graders annual field trip has been held at Jekyll Island in previous years, but this year’s  field trip will be at Driftwood due to the closure of  Jekyll Island.

    Technology:

    Dr Snell discussed a new device which provides smart board capability, at a more affordable price via a projector with sensor.  She will get the information from POC (Brett Cook).

    Hampton High is opening soon with technology initiative (laptops for every student); these are being funded through the Gates Foundation.  Discussion point came up if we can get this funding at Flippen, but discovered this was initiated at the County level.

    Additional discussion point was it would be nice to have teachers present at the technical fair.  Dr Obenauf mentioned she thought they were already doing it, but said she will check into it.

    Learning Garden :

    Natosha mentioned the Captain Planet Foundation provides funding for a Learning Garden, and asked if we are interested in pursuing this initiative for Flippen Elementary.   Dr Obenauf mentioned the teachers would have to buy in, and fit it in their curriculum for it to work; the concern is this would compete with their meeting and focusing on their SLO’s and curriculums.  Natosha will get additional information on this initiative.

    Other:

    Recommend conducting the 1st PTO meeting on 9/23, during STEM Night, 6:30

    New Agenda Items:

    Agenda to be set by Chairperson.

    Adjournment:

    Meeting was adjourned at 9:31 a.m. by Dr. Obenauf.  The next school council meeting will be held September 19, 2014  at Flippen Elementary beginning at 8:00 a.m.

    Minutes submitted by: April Williams 

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  • Flippen School Council By-laws 2014-15

    By-laws for the organization and running of the school council.
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