CMHS Site Council Meeting

Nov. 5, 2013

In Attendance:

Carla DeShaw: Principal

Georgann Squire: Teacher

Jim Willis: Staff

Kristen Matthews: Parent

Darin Houle: Student

Eli Matthews: Student

Discussion Notes (typed by Kristen Matthews)

Topic #1: Purpose of Site Council

- “Discuss, research, and implement school programs, services, and activities that enhance

student academic and social learning experiences.”

- leadership team

- approval of presentations by outside agencies (e.g. Safe Place PSA assembly)

- new Site Council model; MHS only

Topic #2: Council’s first goal is the establishment of a mission statement for CMHS. Council will:

- Develop a list of ideas by looking at the mission statements of other schools/organizations and brainstorming. Mission statement should encompass the mental, physical, and emotional needs of the students. Consider values and ethics, and compile a list of key words. (e.g. integrity, achievement, equity, diversity, involvement, community)

- Tap into resources (including faculty/staff, student body, parents, and community) Consider a contest format to bolster student involvement.

- Generate a survey (possibly via Survey Monkey) to narrow list of prospects.

- Council will evaluate final data and make a recommendation.

Topic #3: Professional Development – special training regarding students with Type 1 Diabetes

- American Diabetes Association reps will hold training session at Applegate. Kristen Matthews requested that some CMHS staff members be trained as well. Georgann Squire volunteered to coordinate between the two schools.

Topic #4: Diplomas and Graduation potential/ rates

- Georgann Squire would like to identify which types of diplomas the district offers

(i.e. standard, modified, special, etc.)

- Carla DeShaw discussed programs undertaken by the state to identify graduation potential

among elementary students. These studies fall under the umbrella of achievement compacts.

- The council will look at tracking student attendance with graduation rates. In that chronic

absenteeism among ninth graders has been identified as a predictor of graduation outcomes, ideas will be considered to increase/encourage school attendance. Specifically, look at communications

to the parents regarding attendance and how the student handbook addresses absenteeism.

- Oregon currently has a 68.4% graduation rate – thus the creation of achievement compacts.

- In the 2010-11 school year, CHS saw a 13% drop in graduation rates. The council will try to

identify the specific factors that came into play that year.

Agenda for next meeting:

1. Mission statement
2. Achievement compact

(NB Specific needs will be addressed at meetings as they arise.)