We understand it’s not always top-of-the-list to attend our Community Meetings on a busy Thursday evening. This is why we have a Recording Secretary to take notes for you! Thanks to Jeanette Connole for her diligence in getting our Meeting Minutes out to the community. Please browse the highlights from our meeting last week and get in touch with any one of our board members if you have questions or concerns.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Community Meeting Agenda
- PTO Welcome
- First & Second Grade Conversation
First grade (Mrs. Callahan and Mrs. Deegan) and second grade (Ms. Courneen, Mrs. Bolt and Mrs. Haggerty):
* STEM and inquiry style have changed the dynamic of learning and teaching here. 1st grade just finished unit on plants. 2nd grade just finished unit on gourds. The students begin with observations and develop questions, then do the research. There is so much hands on learning happening, which allows the students to guide their learning. Teachers see that students are more engaged and inquisitive now than when they taught more traditionally. The students are learning to problem solve more effectively as well. More students have begun to shine who may not have had that experience prior to inquiry-based learning.
Khan Academy = website families can access to help reinforce common core. It provides a deeper understanding of math and other subjects. Teachers are giving students the tools and strategies to learn in different ways that are most appropriate and efficient for each child.
- Hour of Code Presentation
Mr. Melian presented the “Hour of Code.” Smith is one of only a few schools in West Hartford participating in this international program. This is “an opportunity for children to explore the basic elements of computer programming.” Each student will be able to do some level of computer programming. Learn more at www.code.org or www.hourofcode.com.
December 8-14: each student will have an hour of coding experience during their Media Center Classes.
- Camp Jewell
December 14: Barnes & Noble gift wrapping from 3-8pm.
- Fundraising round-up
* Meadow Farms complete
* Shoe fundraiser – Starting December 1, please donate any and all old shoes that are no longer worn. The shoes will be cleaned and donated to people in need. Smith will receive proceeds based on weight of shoes donated.
- Upcoming events:
*Movie night: Tomorrow night (11/21/14) – Despicable Me 2. Movie will begin at 7:00pm.
*Winter Concert: 12/11/14. There may be a bake and/or beverage sale.
*Cocoa & Caroling: 12/15/14 – winter songs will be sung around the Smith neighborhood. Please note that this date is different from the date in last week’s Connection. Monday, 12/15 is the correct date.
*Community meeting with Board of Ed Members: 12/18/14 at 6:30pm
- Katie Mace: BOE update
Board of Education elections were held recently. Smith’s own Mark Overmeyer-Vasquez was elected chairperson!
Whiting Lane won Best Float award in the Park Road Parade. We would like to have a float next year.
- Open Forum
Smith will be represented 12/27/14 on WTNH, talking about the Great Balloon Chase, the salmon program, and all of the great things we do at Smith.
Family resource center: Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am: early learning playgroup. Also, see website for guest speakers at the family resource center.
Smithschoolpto.org – room parent information, monthly restaurant nights, PTO meeting minutes, etc. can be found there.
Amy Yarbrough: thank you for all of the coat and book donations. Many families benefitted.
Mr. Melian: Smith was the 2nd most energy efficient school in the district this week.