2013-03-21 minutes and materials

SIAC Committee
Minutes from the March 21, 2013 Meeting

The Lewis Central Community School District SIAC Committee met on March 21, 2013 beginning at 6:30 pm with the following individuals in attendance: Meredith Ellis, Angie Stoufer, Denae Statzer, Ericka Benson, Jim Haver, Joe Vinchattle, Kayleigh Putnam, Kellie Vinchattle, Noah Hahn, Joel Beyenhof, Melody Charleson, Laurie Kammrad, Tara York, Heidi White, Kim Jones, Laurie Thies, Kent Stopak, Dave Black, and Mark Schweer.

link to meeting materials

Dave Black facilitated the meeting. The agenda for the meeting included the following items:
  1. Organization/Purpose of this group
    • Mr. Black reviewed the purpose of the group and the requirements of Iowa law.
    • The group watched an animated video called I Choose 'c' and discussed implications for teaching and learning at Lewis Central through the guiding question - "Do you feel that our LC schools are preparing students well for their futures? Why or why not?"
      • Key ideas supporting "yes"
        • Problem Solving
        • Collaboration
        • Communication
        • Critical thinking
        • Inquiry
        • Well-rounded students
        • Graduation requirements
        • "Prepared for life" type classes
        • District is willing to make changes and take risks
        • Essential questions/big ideas lead to student-centered and student driven learning
        • Focus is on more than just test scores
        • Good sense of community
        • Teaching of 7 Habits and PBIS
        • Counselors involved with students in planning course selections, etc.
        • Increased focus on instruction to higher levels of thinking
      • Keys ideas that support "no"
        • Need more world languages
        • Technology access needs to be greatly increased
        • Teachers are at various level of implementation of initiatives
        • Significant numbers of students remain "not proficient"
        • Some HS courses not rigorous enough
        • Need to focus on work ethic
  2. Selected Student Achievement Efforts
    • Mr. Black reminded the group about the three student achievement goals of the school district
      • More than one year of growth for all students
      • Close the gap for IEP students, and
      • Increase graduation rate
    • Mr. Beyenhof reviewed Graduation and Dropout data for the past several years..
      • For the 2011-2012 school year we had a 4-year cohrot graduation rate of 89.86% which is above the statewide average of 89.26% and an increase of 6.21% from the prior year.
      • Several strategies have been implemented to positively impact these data. They are reviewed in slides 14-16 of the handout. Plans continue to expand services designed to keep students engaged in school and graduating on time.
    • Mr Stopak and Mr. Black reviewed the School In Need of Assistance (SINA) Restructuring process that will happen as a result of Titan Hill Intermediate's status as a SINA-4 designated school.
      •  A large advisory group is being assembled that will meet in April to identify restructuring options for the administration to consider for recommendation to the Board of Education.
      • The group will be considering "major restructuring of the school's governance arrangement" consistent with the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind. Any recommendation must represent fundamental reform and have substantial promise to improve achievement on the IA Assessments.
  3. Recap Work Done to Date (time did not allow us to get to this agenda item)

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for April 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

Submitted by Dave Black
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