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January 2014


NOTICE WAS GIVEN that the Local School Council held a re-scheduled meeting on Wednesday,
January 15, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. at Farnsworth School, 5414 North Linder Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. 

1. Call to Order @ 8:19 am

2. Roll Call

-Melanie Moorhouse
-Monica Koziol (AB)
-Jim Oehler
-Kristin Stephens
-Barbara OKen
-Roseanne Stansbury-Nelson
-George Wilson
-Kathleen O’Donnell
-Kenneth Comineck (AB)
-Christina Hatley
-Mike Simball (AB)
-Aryn Fletcher

3. Approval of Agenda
-Melanie Moorhouse-1st
-Jim Oehler-2nd

4. Vote to Approve Minutes
-Jim Oehler-1st
-Kathy O’Donnell-2nd

5. Public Participation
-None at this time

6. Reports
A. Chairperson
-Happy New Year! A big thanks to Principal OKen and building staff for getting the school grounds ready after the massive snow falls and negative temperatures
-LSC Elections are upon us-applications due February 26th (at school)

B. Principal Report
-NWEA testing is wrapping up
-Quarterly (Q2) Benchmark assessments are being completed this week and next. The CPS created assessment is modeled are the upcoming PARCC assessment.
-ILT learning cycle continues to be “Text Complexity”
-ACCESS testing is also starting
-REACH observations continue, as do peer observations
-College Day has officially begun, and staff will work on promoting the day to increase participation
-Attendance is a continuing concern-and Principal Oken is working with the Board to adjust the metric specific to our cluster programs.
-A letter was sent out concerning parents ability to “opt” out of the NWEA testing-it will be included in tomorrow’s distribution of the Monthly Mustang.
-Next Family Night will potentially include a program by the Respiratory Health Association-concerning
-Principal OKen continues her professional development via the CELA program. Additionally, Principal OKen is working with her 2nd year Principal Mentor group to tour various neighborhood schools.
-Ron Sanders has been chosen as Farnsworth’s building engineer. (Hooray!)
-As Mrs. Shelke has resigned her position with the board, the opening is in the process of being posted and interviews for the full-time bilingual position will begin shortly.
-We are OFFCIALLY Healthy Wellness Certified!!!
-Fund summaries were distributed-no major changes. Discussion of re-instatement of the “Raz Kids” program will be revisited for its effectiveness.
-Donations to two accounts have been noted. 1) In memory of Erin McDermott to benefit the vision department 2) In memory of Tiffani for anything that would “make her smile”

-Health & Wellness presentation at yesterday’s PTA meeting was very informative.
-Daddy-Daughter dance February 7th (6-8pm)
-Upcoming membership drive
-Proposed parent “traffic” control committee was also discussed. Mrs. Oken has spoken to the alderman and is aware of the concern.
-Suggestion of a dress code “free pass” for a student’s birthday.

-Chess is going well-looking to continue support from Dan Wilson
-Stage lights are in-they look great!
-Still involved in the participatory budget process, Mrs. Oken has been added as a contact and is aware of the project and its cost projections
-Concern over missing TIF funds is being looked into

E. Committees: 
BAC-Next meeting scheduled for April, ACCESS testing is progress
PPLC- No report at this time
CIWP-LRE-Report distributed

7. New Business
-Game Night potentially scheduled for the next few weeks in January.

8. Old Business
A. After Care Program Update
-Although minimum number of enrollment has not been met,
“Champions” is still considering starting the program regardless.

9. Set next Meeting Date-LSC Regular Meeting
February 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

10. Vote to Adjourn
Motion to adjourn was made by Jim Oehler
-Melanie Moorhouse- 2nd