CCPTA meeting 11.18.2013 Ed Center
As a carry over from the PTA presidents meeting, here are a couple of places where you can make a PTA website, endorsed by nobody ‘official’ but used by Barrett www.my-pta.org and Glebe http://www.drupalgardens.com/
Introduction by Ted, first of three or four meetings covering budget, CIP, community engagement
Emma Violand-Sanchez http://www.apsva.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=3064
Emma is creating a family engagement leadership group. She wants to build capacity of family / student engagement towards student learning. They are meeting six times over the course of a couple of months to build and share a best practice model.
School Board: funding gap, va retirement system, growing enrollment, many secondary issues. APS contributes to the county in many ways, strategic plan presentations are happening now. SOL scores. New reading test and reading score has dropped. Will be looking at legislative package, she will be testifying at the state board next week about legislative issues that APS is for and against.
FAC, Don Weinstein CCPTA and FAC meet at the same time when there is a Holiday. Last FAC meeting was on 21 OCT at Yorktown. MCMM minor construction and major maintenance list was addressed, the list is smaller this year than last, as a result of better long term planning.
Security coordinator is emphasizing school cameras, radios, and visitor management. This will happen at all levels.
New elementary school has county board approval now. There is now a permit to disturb the ground at Ashlawn.
Betty Hobbs http://www.apsva.us/page/24
Raj Adusumilli http://www.apsva.us/page/24 Assistant Super for Information Services
Contact List for parents / ptas that are trying to develop directories. This will be available to the front offices of each school for PTAs to create student directories.
QQ many questions about parent vue
QQ parent vue and mining for data for school directories.
QQ what about parents that do not have Internet access?
QQ what about the emails that are going to the wrong place?
If you have access issues please call the helpdesk 703-398-1246
He is working with Linda Erdus to create a parent academy class. Clearly recognizes lack of understanding.
Has a very acute awareness of sensitivity of student information and is erring on the side of caution.
QQ what about the parents that don’t speak English?
There is a new ability to query a report coming out in the next week.
StudentVue is ready to be rolled out, but the password information reset ability was not tight enough. 22 november will have all passwords reset. 25 november is when the student vue will roll out to middle schools.
QQ do I need to ask my kids for their passwords? Yes. In the future there should be an ability to have a parent account control multiple student accounts.
Diedra McLaughlin http://www.apsva.us/page/24
That report by Michael Walden was made to quantify how important it is to conserve the long term investment that has been made in APS. The school division is an economic engine for the county, to keep meeting the needs of the kids we need to keep spending money on the schools.
Big Data Competition: provide data sets to create an analytical model. There is an article in todays (11.18.2013) Washington post education section.
An article from ‘the Atlantic’ ‘You’ll be shocked by how many of the world’s top students are American’
Thank you for your patience with APS go, thank you for participating, we are looking for results of the survey to be presented in the spring of 2014.
New Elementary School at Williamsburg campus community meetings were November 13th and 14th. Web page will be launched soon, principal selection will begin soon. New Principal will be selected by April 2014, on board by July, one year prior to school opening.
There was a meeting last week at Williamsburg middle around the construction for of the new school. Middle school activities will not be effected or obstructed during construction.
QQ please create a PTA entity of some type to help educate potential parents of new school students.
QQ construction timeline. How can you pick a GC and start two weeks later?
Congrats to the student athletes at W&L, Yorktown, and Wakefield. All of the schools are doing well and continuing to improve. Athletics are sometimes glossed over and need to be recognized.
QQ athletics are a huge opportunity for some kids and they are not paid enough attention to? How to consistently let kids know that sports are potentially a way to get into schools, or a different place in life?
QQ not just athletics, band, and many other activities can help extend opportunities.
Grading period is Q2. Grades for kids in 6-12 should all be home.
Dr Richard Allington Tuesday November 19th from 7 to 8:30 pm at Wakefield parent meeting, to talk about reading
Arlington Teacher Job Fair December 9&12 www.apsva.us/jobs they are hunting for high quality staff and are looking to attract high quality staff.
APS budget meeting December 11th at W&L for 2014-2015 budget. Anticipating a budget shortfall again and trying to find more ways to close the gaps.
QQ what is the plan to fund technology for the new schools and the schools that will have additions?
No school on nov 27 thru 29
Next month the CCPTA meeting will be on the 16th at Kenmore Middle School.