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December 2016


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Local School Council has scheduled a regular meeting on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016, to begin at 6:15pm at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 


I. Call to Order @6:15pm

II. Roll Call

Christina Hatley
Jim Oehler
Kristin Stephens
Nancy Connolly
Barbara Oken
Eva Rodriguez
Carrie Warner
Lori Sechesan (Medical Leave)
Aryn Fletcher (AB)
Becky Bush
Pat McCann
Sally Usmani

III. Vote to Approve Agenda
Becky Bush-1st
Nancy Connolly-2nd

IV. Vote to Approve Minutes
Becky Bush-1st
Nancy Connolly-2nd

V. Public Comment
Mr. Oehler would like to request that Farnsworth School follow suit with another local area high school (Lane Tech) and assign no homework over Winter Break. Principal OKen said she would communicate that same sentiment to the staff. Historically, most teachers are in line with this thinking.

VI. Reports
A. Chairperson Report

None at this time

B. Student Council Report

-Ugly Sweater Day-December 23rd

-Holiday Raffle- Chrome Book

-Coat Drive-Ends December 16th

C. Principal/Budget Report

a. Enrollment-640

b. Learning Systems

i. The ILT has reviewed the Fall Data and requested that each Grade Level Team do the same. A review of the Learning Continuum was also provided as a tool for refining instruction. They also developed and distributed a Math Survey regarding the new Envision 2.0 series to ensure that it is being used with fidelity. The Winter NWEA testing window is currently open.

ii. An attendance team has been developed to work on incentives for good attendance. The students in Room 103 will be assisting in the distribution of weekly horseshoes.

iii. MTSS Team is continuing their progress.

c. Empower and Motivates Staff

i. Family Game Night is being postponed until January 12th

ii. PAC-Health and Wellness Night scheduled for February 24th

iii. BAC-A meeting was held on December 2nd where they developed a mission statement, reported on attendance at multi-lingual meeting, a discussion of technology options for ELL students, and possible workshops for parents.

d. Climate

i. Culture and Climate Team has been established. Based on teacher feedback from a survey created by the team, teachers will be receiving training on Behavior Assessment/Plans as well as Talking Circles, and Check In/Check Out Meetings. Restorative Mindset bulletin boards will be on display throughout the building, and well as a column in the Mustang Flyer.

e. Operations

i. Waiting for the Board to bid and approve the repair work

f. Budget

i. A request was made to transfer $6204.00 from a Contingency Line to Pay for Copier Contract.

A motion was made by Christina Hatley to move the funds of $6204.00 from said Contingency Line to a Service Contract Line to cover the new copier contract. The motion was 2nd by Becky Bush. The motion passes with all in favor and one abstention.

Nancy Connolly departed at 7:00pm

-Holiday Bazaar was a success

E. Friends of Farnsworth
-Conversation with lawyer have concluded and they will be re-establishing themselves

F. Committees - BAC, PPLC, CIWP-LRE, PAC

VII. New Business-None at this time

VIII. Old Business-None at this time

IX. Set next Meeting Date
-Next LSC Regular Meeting scheduled for January 11th 8:15am

X. Vote to Adjourn @ 6:58pm