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1. Meeting called to order/Greetings

2. Reading and approval of the minutes

3. Meeting recorder selection- Lois Shivers

4. Principal Update5. RESO A6. CEP Update7. Budget8. Parent and Family Engagement Policy9. PAC Update10. Any additional topics for this week?

Items for next agenda?



SLT MEETING 2021–2022 

March 17, 2022  

4:00 PM – 5:11 PM 




Call to Order and introduction of SLT  


Members present: 


Penelope Angelopoulos 

Jillian Coulton 

Patricia Santora  

Irene Filakouris 

Rose Marie Gulston 

La-Keysia Taylor  

Dina Lemkova 

Deanna Maietta 

Ann McIndoo 

Raul Mera 

Helen Ponella 

Kim Sanders  (Recording Secretary for 3/17/2022) 

Julie Waters 



  1. Meeting called to order/Greetings
  2. Reading and approval of the minutes
  3. Meeting recorder selection
  4. Principal Update
    5. RESO A
    6. CEP Update 
    7. Budget 
    8. Parent and Family Engagement Policy 
    9. PAC Update 
    10. Any additional topics for this week? 

Items for next agenda? 


Minutes approved at 4:11pm. 

Voted on Zoom vs live meeting. The option to come into the building was offered with notification because Ms. Ponella and Ms. Sanders run the meetings from the building.  

4:16- Majority voted to keep Zoom meetings.  

Principal Update 

  • Guest speakers at PTA internet safety and pornography 
  • Cheryl Wills from NY1 for Black History Month  
  • Cheryl Wills’ brother- Big Boy Wills for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 
  • Respect for all week and No One Eats Alone to build community and develop unity 
  • Third reset assembly to go over building norms and expectations as we look to the second half of the year 
  • New initiative for LAMS bucks- in order to borrow a basketball, volley ball, soccer ball, etc. during lunch, during recess, students must pay 5 LAMS bucks- This is to encourage good behaviors 

This modification is working well and student behavior has improved to get LAMS bucks.  

  • Into the Woods- 3 productions during the day and 1 afternoon. 
  • Boys bathrooms open periods 1, 2, 7, 8 and monitored by school aides. 
  • We celebrated in March Woman’s History Month, Civics for All, Developmental Disabilities Awareness, the beginning of Lent, St. Patrick’s Day, and Pi Day. 
  • ELA and Math simulation tests were administered to get the students ready and tighten systems and procedures. Data is used to identify gaps and develop individual plans for students.  
  • There were concerns about the scheduling of parent teacher conferences; however, remote sessions allow for longer conferences. Also, do not forget teachers also have Tuesday mornings to meet with parents. Overall feedback was positive. 
  • Next week our Superintendent is visiting the school. The Superintendent visits twice a year- once in fall to give feedback and later in the year to see if the feedback was implemented. This year we are looking at using protocols in teacher teams and feedback in the classroom is occurring between students and teachers to students.  
  • We have doubled our schools in both ELA and Math from the benchmarks.  
  • Budget- Today was the last day to move money. We made all of our deadlines. Our teachers wish lists were granted. Prometheans are coming.  
  • Library kickoff took place with our new librarian. Library is open to students again and for classes. The library was cleaned out and updated. 
  • Only one case of COVID this week.  
  • During the reset assemblies we spoke about the mask policies and respecting all decisions- students that chose to wear or not wear masks. Students have been respecting the choices of their peers.  


4:30pm- RESO A was submitted February 21, 2022 by Ms. McIndoo, Ms. Filakouris, and Ms. Sanders 


  • 1 million for security cameras- To increase security in and around the building. 
  • 2 million for upgrading bathrooms- Bathrooms are the original 1979 bathrooms.  
  • 2 million for upgrading 75 classrooms- Classroom cabinetry and flooring are the originals from 1979.  

4:36pm- CEP Goals 

For Math, we made the 10% gains for our end of the year goal during our midyear assessments. Therefore, another 3% was added on for the end of the year goal. This makes our new end of the year goal 46% from 43%. We discussed at our last SLT meeting and agreed on this new goal. Of course, our expectations are higher, we never shoot to only achieve the bare minimum.  

New data presented for MLLs (multilingual learners) and SWDs students with disabilities)  

MLL Students: ​  

Number Tested 77​ 

60% (46) Growth​ 

40% (31) No Growth​ 

When we say “no growth” this does not indicate that the students are not learning. Remember this is based on only the standards that were tested.  

This data is very powerful for us because it lets us know what gaps our students have and it allows us to create individualized plans for them. 

  • 84% (26) of these students are considered at risk, chronically, or severely chronically absent. ​
  • 45% (14) of these students are dually identified (MLL and SWD). 


Number Tested 203 

67% (136) Growth 

33% (67) No Growth 

  • 71% (48) of these students are considered at risk, chronically, or severely chronically absent. 
  • 21% (14) of these students are dually identified. 



For ELA, we made the 10% gains for our end of the year goal during our midyear assessments. Therefore, another 3% was added on for the end of the year goal. This makes our new end of the year goal 48% from 51%. We discussed at our last SLT meeting and agreed on this new goal.  

MLL Students:  

Number Tested 77 

62% (48) Growth 

38% (29) No Growth 

  • 55% (16) of these students are considered at risk, chronically, or severely chronically absent. 
  • 41% (12) of these students are dually identified (MLL and SWD). 


Number Tested 204 

69% (141) Growth 

31% (63) No Growth 

  • 63% (20) of these students are considered at risk, chronically, or severely chronically absent.  
  • 21% (13) of these students are dually identified. 


Dually Identified Students​ 

Total Students Identified as Dually Certified (MLL and SWD) Students: 51 



Total Tested: 42 

67% (28) Growth 

33% (14) No Growth 



Total Tested:42 

69% (29) Growth 

31% (13) No Growth 


Many of our students that showed “no growth” were chronically absent or dually certified (MLL and SWD).  

Our Plan of Action to support growth: 

Added Supports for ALL Students that are Considered at Risk, Chronically, or Severely Chronically Absent : 

  • Targeted outreach to families has continued through guidance counselors.  
  • Continued outreach to families by teachers. 
  • Additional extracurricular clubs (social emotional, sports, academic enrichment) to build school culture/enjoyment and encourage students to come to school. 
  • Re-opening of sports during recess. 
  • LAMS bucks to buy items from the school store and to borrow sports equipment.  
  • Purchased Cloud 9 Learning software which provides integrated SEL- Mental Health solution that utilizes character strengths to empower children and teens to adopt character strengths and embrace mental wellness. 


Added Supports for ALL Students Showing No Growth on iReady Assessment from Fall to Winter: 

  • Targeted AIS groups for teacher administration duties. 
  • Team meetings to target individual student gaps/needs for the purpose of creating and monitoring action plans for support.  
  • Teams partner with parent/guardians to create action plans for student support and growth.  
  • Purchased Castle Learning software which provides academic support for all subjects, for home and school, whole with a comprehensive instructional platform for in class, homework, review, and testing.  
  • Purchased Cloud 9 Learning software which provides integrated SEL- Mental Health solution that utilizes character strengths to empower children and teens to adopt character strengths and embrace mental wellness. 


Added Supports specific to MLL Students Showing No Growth on iReady Assessment from Fall to Winter: 


  • Afterschool MLL Academy. 
  • Google Classroom for students and families with resources, strategies, and academic support 



Added Supports specific to SWDs Showing No Growth on iReady Assessment from Fall to Winter: 


  • Standards based targeted instructional support through the Special Ed Recovery Program. 



Finalizing stages 


As Ms. Ponella discussed in the last meeting, some of the things purchased: 


  • Prometheans for the rest of the classrooms 
  • SEL curriculum- Cloud 9 
  • Academic support for in school and home- Castle Learning 
  • Acceptance assemblies 
  • Teacher wish lists 
  • More extra curricula activities 
  • More academic afterschool 
  • New teacher professional learning 
  • Coaching for new and untenured teachers with Teaching Matters 


Staffing concerns- there is a shortage of teachers. Louis Armstrong needs Math, ELA, Special Education, and Science teachers among some others. Please feel free to forward resumes to teachers or administrators of LAMS. 

5:55pm- Parent and Family Engagement Policy​ 
The Parent and Family Engagement was sent to SLT members for the meeting in February and resent before March Minutes 

There were no suggested updates or edits.  

SLT members can continue to send updates or edits to Ms. Sanders. The CEP is a live document that can continue to be edited.  

5:57pm- PAC  

Update from Sharee Gibson 

  • 8 people that joined the PAC committee. 
  • 5 parents that are tentative and want to learn more.  
  • PAC needs to meet before the month.  
  • An online survey was put out to families through email and put on the Facebook group. 
  • Results on how to spend PAC money: 
  • Most responses came from 6th and 7th grade parents 
  • Top 3 choices for the activities and expenditures 
  1. Field trips- educational focus 
  1. Partnership with NYC Cultural institutions 
  1. Workshops 

Most wanted workshops: Child Safety (internet, cyber bullying, gang awareness), Middle School and High School admissions, How do you succeed in middle school, Writing skills, Social Emotional, College and Career Readiness, After school clubs, restorative practices 

Next Steps: 

  • Decide and drill down on activities 
  • Implement activities 
  • PAC Meeting  
  • Create 2 other officers- alternate chair and recording secretary 
  • Create PAC bylaws  
  • Ms. Ponella asked if there were decisions made on spending the 8,000-9,000 existing money.  
  • Ms. Gibson stated that the PAC never got the chance to meet for specifics.  
  • Ms. Ponella pointed out that there is only a certain amount of time to spend large increments of money. After next weeks money can only be spent in increments of 250. 
  • Ms. Cataldo stated that PAC bylaws already exist. She will send them to support the new PAC in the creation of bylaws.  


Next SLT: April 14 

  • Any additional Items for the agenda?​ 
  • Items to add to next SLT meeting? 

No more items were brought up. 


5:11pm- SLT meeting closed 


Louis Armstrong Middle School 

SLT Minutes 

December 9, 2021



Members Present: Irene Filakouris (standing in for Helen Ponella), Kim Sanders, Ann Mc Indoo, Judy Alberto, Deanna Maietta, Rosemarie Gulston, Raul Mera, Patricia Santora, Jullian Coulton, Dina Lemkova-Seryy, La-Keysia Taylor, Lois Shivers


Meeting Recorder: Kim Sanders

Meeting Start Time: 4:00pm


Ms. Filakouris announced that she is filling in for Ms. Ponella



  1. Meeting called to order/Greetings
  2. Reading and approval of the minutes
  3. Meeting recorder selection
    4. LAMS Bucks Update
    5. LAMS Needs- Capital Improvement Projects 
    6. CEP Update
    7. Title I PAC Budget
  4. Principal’s Update​


4:05pm- Meeting was called to order.


4:12pm- Minutes were approved.


4:13pm- Minutes were recorded by Ms. Sanders- Raul Mera was not present at the start of the meeting.


4:14pm- LAMS Bucks have been successful. Students are seen doing the right thing. The bucks have supported increased good behaviors. There have been price cuts on items that can be bought using LAMS bucks- Ex) Black Friday special and Cyber Monday special


4:18pm- The 3 top capital improvement projects:

  1. security cameras,
  2. renovating the bathrooms,
  3. and storage cabinets for classrooms


4:28pm- Review of CEP goals and action plan

Reviewed Math goals-

  • increase of 10% for all students on i-Ready assessment
  • increase of 15% for ELL students
  • increase of 15% for SWDs


Reviewed ELA goals-

  • increase of 10% for all students on i-Ready assessment
  • increase of 15% for ELL students
  • increase of 15% for SWDs


Reviewed Science goals

  • increase of 10% for all students on i-Ready assessment
  • increase of 15% for ELL students
  • increase of 15% for SWDs

4:36pm- CEP action plan reviewed



Administer i-Ready Beginning-of-the-Year assessment to identify learning gaps and strengths for all students, MLLs, and SWDs



Identify gaps; review pacing calendars to determine appropriate areas to address gaps within curriculum; review Math data to identify reading and writing gaps and how they impacts comprehension in Math; review pacing calendars to determine appropriate areas to address reading and writing gaps;  identify professional learning to address specific gaps; adjust curriculum to address gaps; create and adjust existing formative and summative assessments to determine success level of curriculum changes; identify entry levels, differentiation, and instructional needs of specific and groups of students (with a focus on MLL and SWDs); identify students for small group instruction



Continue to adjust curriculum to address gaps; continue to asses students to identify specific learning needs; continue to adjust specific lessons to address student gaps; identify professional learning needed based on new gap findings; continue to identify entry levels, differentiation, and instructional supports (both in class and extracurricular) needed to address student gaps (large scale and individual); continue to identify students and make adjustments to small group instruction



Administer i-Ready Middle-of-the-Year assessment for comparison to October 2021



Identify gaps; review pacing calendars to determine appropriate areas to address gaps within curriculum; review Math data to identify reading and writing gaps and how they impacts comprehension in Science; review pacing calendars to determine appropriate areas to address reading and writing gaps; identify professional learning to address specific gaps; adjust curriculum to address gaps; create and adjust existing formative and summative assessments to determine success level of curriculum changes; continue to identify entry levels, differentiation, and instructional needs of specific and groups of students (with a focus on MLL and SWDs); continue to identify students and make adjustments to small group instruction



Administer i-Ready End-of-the-Year assessment to identify remaining gaps; Continue to adjust curriculum to address gaps; continue to asses students; continue to adjust specific lessons to address student gaps; identify professional learning needed based on new findings; identify student supports (both in class and extracurricular) needed to address gaps; record remaining gaps for individual students to advance to teachers for the 2022-2023 school year


445pm- Announced Title I Pac meeting is after SLT


4:46pm- Principal’s update


  • Marking period ended November 19; report cards are posted in mystudent account; we are in second marking period
  • Communication with families is done through Pupil Path, School Website, and Principal’s weekly voice message
  • 300 families are still not on Pupil Path- important information is relayed
  • December Coffee with the Cabinet was hosted; we continued our schoolwide conversation and Brilliant NYC program; January’s meeting is the 5th
  • January 6th Virtual Open House 9am and 6pm via Zoom
  • Next week, we have Ned assemblies
  • Picture days next week- 5th and 6th graders who were absent; Wednesday, December 15th grade 5 make-ups; Friday, December 17th grade 6
  • The new social worker Justine Corio has been instrumental in supporting students
  • Canned food drive was a success; we are now doing toys for tots
  • Using school funds, we have purchased approximately $45,000 for instruments
  • Class coat hooks have been purchased and we hope to have them installed over the holiday break
  • SO is in full force. Student campaigns have started for office position
  • No school on December 24th; classes resume January 3
    • Take time to be with families and reset


5:06pm- Meeting ended

Louis Armstrong Middle School 

SLT Minutes 

November 4, 2021

Meeting called to order


Minutes reviewed, edited for minor errors and approved

ELA viewed at last SLT meeting

            Downward proficiency trend as anticipated

            5th grade proficiency      45%




Projections discussed: no growth vs typical growth vs stretch growth


            5th grade proficiency 41%

            6th grade proficiency 33%

            7th grade proficiency 29%

            8th grade proficiency 33%

Projections discussed: no growth vs typical growth vs stretch growth


            5th grade proficiency 7%

            6th grade proficiency 15%

            7th grade proficiency 2%

            8th grade proficiency 41%

Small group instruction being offered by teachers – encouraged by teacher with calling parents and reminding students to participate.

CEP ELA, Math & Science goals reviewed:

By June 2022 increases at a minimum are expected as follows

            GE 10%

            MLL 12%

            SWD 12%


Instructional Plan of Action to strengthen core instruction:

Increase vocabulary/literally skills
Use culturally responsive pedagogy

Plan of action is driven by data and focuses on individualized access to instruction for all learners, esp MLLs and SWDs

Get to know the students, identify academic gaps, address social/emotional needs

Principal’s update

PTC – November 18th

            Afternoon session         1-3

            Evening session             5-730

Parents are to reach out to teachers to set up appts

Additional available time is every Monday 8-830 AM

Last day of marking period I is 11/19, three periods in total

Helen Keller exams were completed today – over 500 students will receive free glasses

7th & 8th graders – participated in assembly called “Ryan’s story” about harassment and bullying. Presented by father whose son committed suicide due to bullying.

Uptick in internet pornography addictions

  • New SW is hired with adolescent addictive training who can deal specifically with this issue

Still looking to hire bi-lingual SW

Candidates being interviewed for librarian – pending right fit for LAMS

3 more aides have been hired for hallway/lunch/bathroom duty

Waiting for info regarding training parents to act as aides

Today and tomorrow: respect for all and internet safety assemblies

Resocialization to school building remains a big issue as children are still readjusting to being back in school in person after 1.5 school years away.

Plan is to reward positive behaviors:

            LAMS bucks

                        Earned by being caught doing the right thing

                        Spent in the school store


COVID update

4 cases this week

Reinforce NOT sending kids to school sick

Twice per year superintendent comes to the school 11/19th is the next visit – minimum of 7 classrooms

Monthly coffee with the cabinet – first Wednesday of the month

            Main concern is lockers – cannot bring them back due to social distancing and mischievous

To increase social distancing – for 5th grade classes the teachers may start going to the classes rather than vice versa.

Large tech delivery received – chrome notebooks

Parent involvement discussed – how to increase

Possible speakers for PTA meetings discussed

Dina to follow up with Mr. Previti regarding parent needs survey

Plan for Camp fair in the spring, including Fresh air fund  – possibly March

Picture day dec 6,7,8,9.

PTC – schedule with teacher directly via email

Dance classes – only for 5th & 6th graders

            Videos shared during meeting

Security camera quotes

            Need more information in order to write the grant. At this point no clear amount has been quoted.

Open forum and plan for next SLT meeting:      

            Big ticket items for the school, eg: cameras, bathroom reno, what else do we need?

            Members to email Ms. Sanders with any agenda items for next meeting

Closing remarks and Thanksgiving wishes by the Principal

Meeting adjourned 5:51           

Louis Armstrong Middle School 

SLT Minutes 

October 14, 2021 

Meeting was called to order at 4 p.m. quorum was established   

Minutes of September was approved. 

Due to the upcoming holidays our next meeting has been move to November 4th.2021 at 4 p.m. 


Principal Report: 


Upcoming events  

Breast Cancer walk  

Respect For All with Social Emotion Development 

Poem contest  

Dress as your favorite character  

Ryan’s Story Internet Safety  

This week concludes Hispanic Heritage week  

Ms. Porella gave an update of the assessment tools that the school is using to assess our children  

Tik Tok Challenge may be over  

Our First Coffee with the Cabinets Zoom meeting was excellent we had forty-nine parents in attendance 

LAMS cash dollar will be used as a positive incentive to reward children for positive behavior  

Working to fix any breakfast or lunch issues that is current 

We will be looking at the school budget 

Revising the parent handbook and will be sending them out by next week  

 Parent Coordinator Ms Cataldo: 

Calendar will be posted on the school website  

Parent Conference is November 18th, 2021 

Letters will be going out to parents asking if they would like to opt out of our eye exam program. If the opt out letter is not returned children will be tested  

Teaching Parents and Children the importance of healthy choices will be done October 24th to the 30th  

CEP Goals: 

Using i-Ready data. Baseline was given and the data is being used to identify learning deficits, teachers and staff will be using this data to improve our children’s education loss, this is based on the individual child needs. School based option for Professional Development- children are being supported by focusing on power standards. 

At our next meeting we will look at goal setting, encouraging parent Partnership 

Budget Review: 

First half of the budget is salary base  

More periods added to 7th grade ELA  

This year schools have three vacancies for school Aids  

Health Aid was hired, librarian, art teacher, math teacher, and two social workers 

Principal asked for suggestion on how to use our school grant 

The school will research prices for school cameras if we cannot use funds to purchase camera then will go to RESO- A   

Principal is looking to hire an HHA minimum requirement Hight School diploma- hired person will work a minimum of five hours; also hours can be flexible; resume can be sent to the principal, currently school doesn’t have a social worker. 

Build New dance room, remodel orchestra room, looking to bring more art and dance programs. 

 Technology Update 

850 1 to 1 devices were ordered- we have only received 50 so far; school has received 500 device forms from students requesting devices; if parents previously had a device continue to use it 

 Waiting for intern from CUNY; hots spots are available   

Science Classroom update: 

Grant was approved; final layout was sent to SCA for approval science room updates modernize proposal was submitted; groundbreaking will be in spring. 

Six classrooms will be updated; renovation is big and will during school; vacant rooms will be available during the renovation phase  

Lams face mask will be available in our virtual shop and at the school  

PTA will help with Mr. Blum Green team 


SLT MEETING 20212022 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM 




3:30 PM 


Call to Order and introduction of SLT  

Members present: 


Penelope Angelopoulos 

Jillian Coulton (Recording Secretary for 9/23/21) 

Patricia Santora  

Irene Filakouris 

Rose Marie Gulston 

La-Keysia Taylor  

Dina Lemkova 

Deanna Maietta 

Ann McIndoo 

Raul Mera 

Helen Ponella 

Kim Sanders 

Julie Waters 


Review Bylaws 

SLT Bylaws were revisited and a poll will be sent for voting on the time and day for future meetings. Options tabled are for the second or third Thursday of every month at either 7:30am, 3:15 pm, 3:30 pm or 4 pm. Each option has conflicts and will need to be rescheduled as needed.  


Penelope Angelopoulos volunteered to be Timekeeper 
Recording Secretary to be rotated each meeting 


Structure of meetings is as follows: 
1. Call To Order 
2. Reading and approval of minutes 
3. Old Business Items 
4. New Business Items 

  1. Principal Update
    6. Agenda for following meeting
  2. Adjourn

Members must attend all meetings. If member misses 2 consecutive meetings without extenuating circumstances they may be expelled. Remuneration sheets must be filled out each month.  


Principal Update 

Ms. Ponella reviewed her first day slides presentation with everyone on the team. She began celebrating the good news and a healthier starting budget. 22 Prometheans and 980 laptops have arrived for digital learning. A new scoreboard has been installed in the Gym. Air conditioning units and central air have been installed in all classrooms. New teachers have been hired across all grades and subject areas and a new dance program has been implemented in the 5th  and 6th Grade. LAMS House structure has been reinstated this year and solidified and strengthened with a dedicated core team for each house made up of an AP, a Dean, and a Guidance Counsellor. Ms. Ponella gave a Title 1 Update and reiterated that the new school year will be framed by nurturing the whole child with a focus on SEL (social emotional literacy). 


Instructional Focus 

Additional learning periods in Math and ELA – additional teachers have been hired.  

Dedicated SETSS Teacher 

Project SAVE Teacher 

Art Technology Program 
Dance Program 
Professional Assemblies for students 


Ms Ponella read her principal pledge to the team. 


Assessment metrics to be used:  
Getting to know your child 

Last state test scores (which she has but have been embargoed) 

i-Ready benchmarks 

NYS 2019 Standards Based Benchmark tests 


School Wide Initatives: 
Respect for All 

US History Regents for All 
Spanish Proficiency 

First Wednesday of every month Coffee with the Cabinet 


Covid Protocols and Health and Safety 

Expanded Outdoor Learning Space and amphitheater stadium style seating for outdoor lunch are on the to do list. Waiting on DOE guidance for outdoor recess but hoping for it. Contact sports will be prohibitedLockers have been deemed a safety hazard as social distancing can’t be maintained. Daily health screening to continue for entry and new guidance from CDC on testing and contact tracing will be followed. Staggered dismissal times and exits to maintain safe physical distancing.  

Grading policy has been communicated to parents from teachers. Code of conduct and cell phone policy has also been communicated 


TiK Tok Challenges (recently a bathroom one) and Discord messaging continue to be a problem. Pupil Path is up. Blue Cards have been sent home. Lunch clubs will be announced. iPad Airs can be distributed once applied for. 


No meet the teacher this year. Parent Conferences will be November 18. Early office hours available to meet with teachers in the morning 8-8:30 am 


Ms. Ponella ran through both the Chancellors Instructional Principles and the District 30 Expectations 


CEP Goals is a living document and will be distributed next week. Still collecting data and taking survey with students and checking on overall social emotional health. Overall impression right now, however, is that the students are excited to back iperson and overall seem happy.  


Any pressing items missed or to be added to the next agenda can be emailed to Ms. Sanders. 


Meeting adjourned at 5:30 pm 

SLT Meeting

February 10, 2022




  1. Meeting called to order/Greetings
  2. Reading and approval of the minutes
  3. Meeting recorder selection- Lois Shivers
  4. Principal Update
    5. CEP/iReady Data Update
    6. COVID Update 
    7. Mock Test for ELA and Math
    8. Social Media (Tik Tok)
    9. RESO A
    10. Parent and Family Engagement Policy
  5. PAC Update 
    12. Any additional topics for this week?

Items for next agenda?



 February Minutes

SLT Minutes 

principal updates 

Lunar new year 

American heart month 

No one eats alone 

Respect for all week 

Shoe drive 

Black history month 

National holocaust remembrance month 

Gym uniforms distributed 

Benchmarks are given-great increases & growth 

promotion & doubt notices handed out 

End of march is the end of the marking period 

Meetings with guidance counselors to assure kids are succeeding  

Mid winter recess 21-25 schools open on the 28th 

5th grade parents reapply march 1st to secure your post  

High school applications are open and guidances counselors are there to support the application process 

PTA meeting on the 16th w guest speaker is a social worker (adolescent pornography) 

School survey- how the school is functioning 

Pupil path not working/working on contacting parents outside of pupil path 

Winter concert - children decorated 

Received a lot of money this year 

20 new teachers, received coaching and training 

New furniture for classrooms  

Close to $900,000 for technology  

Classrooms will be getting new smart technology 

Close to $30,000 on parent resources 

Many clubs for students interests 

Big boy wills (book) grades 5 & 6 (author has autism) 

Emancipated (book) grades 7 & 8 (author Sherrll Wills coming to speak to children next week)  

Met and exceeded the 5% mid year goal 

Students weren’t excited but that is changing and they’re improving  

1st 2nd grade level and now they’re in 4th  

16% gain in 5th graders, 7% gain in 6th graders, 6% gain in 7th graders and 10% gain in 8th graders 

covid update 

Kids and teachers have received test kits 

It’s encouraged to take the test before returning to school 

Proof of a negative result is not required 

If a child tests positive isolation lasts 5 days & must contact school immediately if child is tested positive 

If a child has been tested positive within 90 days they won’t be getting a testing kit 

Mask mandate will not be lifted in school 


simulation test ela and math 

march 8th & 9th 

make sure supports are put in place 

the children are more than statistics 

want the systems to know that the students are sure of that to do  

make sure logistics are in place, help us to help the kids do better 

social media 

Most incidents occur here (directly related)  

Harassment on social media & ends up in the building The children are viewing inappropriate content, and challenges asking to destroy property and harmful acts 

Unsafe acts have already occurred in school 

Gaming is a big thing amongst students 

Monitor your childrens' internet use 

 Children are bringing items from home for these challenges to use at school 

Vandalism in the bathrooms 


feb 24 is the due date 

Top items were security cameras, bathroom renovations and storage space in classrooms  

Get borough wide elected officials to support the school 

Cameras are the hot items 

Bathrooms need to be renovated  

parent and family policy/pac update  

Have until april 4 to spend $8,075 

Working on getting more parents involved 

Needs members support to get up to speed 

Schedule a meeting for the parents to learn about the pac and give suggestions on how to use the fund 

Title 1 is a federal program that puts money aside to help students improve 

Parents decide how to help students academic success 

am & pm session as well as a parent survey to get everyone's input 

Official pac meeting the week of march 1st and bring ideas to the SLT