Administrative Reports

 
 

 


Southern Fulton School District Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 

District Report

 

Bus In-service

In-service for bus drivers was held today in the elementary library. Information regarding the anti-bullying program, BusTracks, and other information was shared. Bus drivers were given GPS Trackers to start logging stops.

 

I will be meeting with contractors again probably in October when the bus analysis is finished.

 

Parents will be informed about the possibility of changing bus numbers and/or drop off or pick up times.

 

Teacher/Staff In-service

Teacher/staff in-service begins tomorrow. Information such as PSSA scores, confidentiality, epileptic seizures, etc. will be shared tomorrow. On Friday, the entire day will be spent on technology.

 

SAS (Standards Aligned System) Model District

I would like to apply for the SFSD to be a part of a 3-year process for the SASMD. This is a rigorous application process and only 6-8 school districts across the state will be selected. Application is due August 31.

 

High School Report

 

7th Grade Orientation/Open House

 

On Wednesday, August 10, from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. the high school was open for incoming 7th graders to take another tour of the building, pick up their schedules and set up their lockers prior to the beginning of the school year.  We had over 75 students take advantage of this day. 

 

Intelligent Tutoring for the Structure Strategy (ITSS) Efficacy Trial

 

Ms. Shank and her students are participating in this study that is aimed at providing more students the opportunity to improve their reading skills by receiving individualized practice via state-of-the-art computer technology ITSS.  The students will complete a pre-test and posttest of the Gray Silent Reading Test and surveys on motivation to read and efficacy.  The work with ITSS is expected to yield improved reading comprehension skills and reading efficacy. Letters will be distributed to all parents in grades 7th & 8th to explain the trial, participation during the school year, prior to students taking the pre-test.

 

Study Hall Enrollments

 

2011-2012 Study Hall Enrollments as of 08/15/2011

2010-2011 Study Hall Enrollments

Period

Maroon

White

 

 

Period

Maroon

White

1st

25

37

 

 

1st

27

48

2nd

144

91

 

 

2nd

117

79

3rd

9

28

 

 

3rd

31

29

4th

24

9

 

 

4th

33

33

5th

34

34

 

 

5th

33

29

6th

22

13

 

 

6th

31

12

7th

37

9

 

 

7th

22

47

8th

43

14

 

 

8th

19

28

9th

42

46

 

 

9th

20

22

 

 

Facilities Request

 

Cheerleaders – Sidling Hill Spirit League Cheer Competition; 3/10/2012; 7a.m. – 8p.m.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

 

·         August 17 – Teacher-In Service

·         August 18 – Teacher-In Service

·         August 19–Teacher-In Service

·         August 22 – First Day of School with Students

·         August 25 – Open House 6:00 – 7:30

 

Elementary Report

Events

 

I held two trainings at the elementary for teachers.  On August 1, 2011, we reviewed PSSA data and looked at areas for improvement.  On August 9, 2011, we began reviewing data in the first planning meeting for moving from a Title I targeted program to a Title I school-wide program.

 

Building Use Request

 

None

 

 

 

Pre-K Counts

 

Our PreK Counts enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year is 23 students.  There are three slots that are still open.

 

Upcoming Events

 

August

17                                Teacher In-Service

6:00 PM Pre-K Orientation

7:00 PM Kindergarten Orientation

18                                Teacher In-Service

                                    Open House (Grades 1-6) 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

19                                Teacher In-Service

22                                Student First Day

29                                PTA “Joe Corbi” fundraiser begins                           

 

 

September

2                                  Picture Day

                                    Cub Scout overview Grades 1-2

5                                  No School-Labor Day

7                                  Bible Release Information to students

9                                  Grandparent Luncheon

11                                10th Anniversary of September 11th Tragedy

12                                PTA “Joe Corbi” fundraiser ends                  

16                                Constitution Day Lessons (Constitution Day is on Sept. 17)

 

 

Federal Programs Report

 

No updates

 

Facilities Manager Report

 

Insurance Items

 

The high school roof, rain gutters, 13 of 16 sky lights on the gym and some fascia was damaged from the hail storm at the end of May. The repairs are being made by Heidler Roofing and costs covered by insurance.

 

Damaged air conditioning units are being repaired and covered by insurance.

 

I have made arrangements with Tonoloway Enterprises to repair the damaged baseball dugout.

 

Lighting around the exterior of the high school building has been repaired and covered by insurance.

 

There was electrical damage to an oven and a lighting circuit at the elementary. That has been repaired.

 

There are a few items pending and I will report when I get a definite answer from the insurance company as to what and how much they are covering.

 

Budgeted items

 

The repair to the front parking lot is done.

 

The painters are on the job cleaning up and painting the exposed structural steel.

 

Tables and desks have been ordered for the high school.

 

The rubber mulch for the exercise area at the elementary has been put in place.

 

 

 

Business Manager Report

 

Dan Simpson, from Rotz & Stonesifer, will be starting the audit for the year ended June 30, 2011, on Monday, September 19, 2011. 

 

I completed and submitted the 2010-2011 Health Report.

 

Our annual meeting with the bus contractors and drivers was held this morning at 9:00 AM.

 

 

Technology Specialist Report

 

Powerschool

 

I have moved Powerschool to a different server and upgraded to Version 7.  I’ll need to look at enhancements made in this new version to see which ones we can use.

 

PA State Reporting

 

All PIMS data uploads have been made for the 2010-2011 school year.  I will start preparing for the 2011-2012 required uploads.

 

Accelerated Reader

 

I’ve converted all Accelerated Reader (AR) data to the new web-based Renaissance Place (RP).  AR was used at the ES and by Mr. Leese and Mrs. Keebaugh at the HS.

 

New Technology

 

The iPads, laptop, and cart purchased for Ms. Shank are ready to be used.

 

The iPads for special education have arrived and I’ll be working on getting them ready.

 

We have received four MP3 players via a grant to be used by special education for audio books.  I’m working on getting those ready for use.

 

 

Supervisor of Special Education Report

 

School Psychologist

 

The school psychologist will be coming to Southern Fulton during the first week of school. 

 

FBA Training (Functional Behavior Assessment)

 

On July 20, 2011, the TIU #11 staff carried out an excellent training for the Special Education Staff.  FBA training (Functional Behavior Assessment) is mandatory for special education teachers. When a student with an IEP has emotional concerns and/or is involved in a physical altercation a FBA must be carried out. 

 

Leadership Summit

 

On July 21 & July 22nd the Administrative Team attended an outstanding retreat one of the sessions focused on teacher evaluations. There will be a follow-up session which includes homework for each of us who attended. 

 

Special Education Leadership Conference

 

The conference at Bedford Springs for special education administrators was excellent.  The sessions focused on state mandates and how districts are to meet these mandates with so many budget cuts.  Districts were cautioned to make sure that FAPE and LRE are the districts priorities.    

 

Special Olympics

 

On August 11, 2011, a group of individuals meet in McConnellsburg to run a recruitment night.  Members of the team were from all three county schools and members of the community.  Through a grant there will be two bocce courts established in Southern Fulton School District.  Bocce teams are to be created at all three schools.  Competitions will occur between the schools and hopefully in time they will have an opportunity to compete in district-wide competition, but that will not occur in the near future. 

Special Olympics are for individuals 8 and up, which means older adults may be on teams if they have cognitive concerns. 

 

Special Education

 

The number of students in Southern Fulton who have IEP’s is changing daily.  As some students move out, others are moving in.