Butler Middle School
School Community Council (SCC)
Paula Logan - Principal
Jenna Ellingson – Parent / Chair
Jesse Hennefer – Faculty / Vice Principal
Heather Passey – Parent /PTSA President
Amir Haskic – Parent / Vice Chair
Kim Steenblick – Parent
Deanna Runyan-Wall – Parent
Tatiana Grant – Counselor
Amber Terry – Counselor
Officer Galieti – School Resource Officer
Carolee Mackay – Visitor
Dave Olsen – Faculty / Recorder
Paula called the meeting to order at 4:05 pm. Attendees introduced themselves. Paula noted that the agenda was delayed to include Canvas training and will be posted earlier in the future.
Item One: School Community Council (SCC) Course.
Jesse and Paula pointed out the role of the SCC and invited members to the Canyons School District (CSD) website for training on an online tool called Canvas. Canvas is an educator tool used in the eighth grade core classes for assignments, calendars and lesson plans. The CSD has created a version of it to assist members perform their duties on the SCC. The website is: www.canyonsdistrict.org/scc.
The group then watched a short video featuring Interim- Superintendent Rhode. The video stressed the importance of the role of each member of the SCC. Jesse said that one of the SCC’s roles is to help direct the use of School Land Trust money allocated for the school.
Deanna asked about cell tower money. Jesse said we lost one tower due to relocation and we kept one tower. Deanna suggested we solicit additional towers to help financially.
Jesse showed a short video that summarized the School Land Trust program. According to the video, most of the money comes from the royalties paid from the fossil fuel rights. This money is almost all of the discretionary money schools are allowed. The money we are allocated should be targeted for remediation, additional FTE’s and aides. Our job is to help find uses for it. The Canvas website can assist members with this task.
Paula said our School Land Trust Allocation is about $51,000 this year. The number is based on the planning from the previous year’s SCC. This year’s allocation is buying us four academic aides. Each team meets once a week and identifies students that the aide can help. This is done on a rotating basis. Each grade level has one aide. A fourth aide was hired to assist the math department.
Kim asked where the extra dollars from last year would go? Paula said the SCC would have to decide the matter and submit an addendum to the CSD.
Item Two: Elect Chair, Co-Chair and Recorder.
Amir motioned to select Jenna as the incoming Chair. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
Jenna motioned to elect Amir as the incoming Vice-Chair. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
Dave was selected to record the minutes.
Item Three: Academic Framework for CSD.
Jesse showed members a slide with the CSD academic framework. It is a summary of the CSD vision for day-to-day operations. It consists of three parts. Part one is to ensure that district / school instruction and interventions match the State Core and and student needs. Part two is using data over time and part three is to make educational decisions collaboratively using the data.
Item 4: School Grades.
Paula told members that grade given to BMS by the State of Utah was a “B” or 74% (446/600). She said this grade is based on the Bell Curve that limits the number of high grades. She provided members with two handouts summarizing the criteria for developing each school’s grade.
Paula explained on the board that the 446/600 had two parts. One part was growth and one part was proficiency.
Proficiency was based on scores of 96%, 93% and 83% for Math, Language Arts and Science respectively. These three numbers are 226 parts of the 446 score.
Growth makes up the rest of the total. Growth consists of a score for all students and a score for students below proficiency. Students below proficiency that remain below a certain threshold may have improved but are not counted as a positive contributing factor in the Growth total.
For that reason, Paula said that several other measures provide us with a more detailed picture of school progress. These include: the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) in Language Arts and the Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) in Math. Both of these tests are given three times a year.
Amber added that the Explore test will be offered to the eighth grade on the 2nd and 3rd of October. It is a nationally normed test and this is our third year of participation.
We also look at the State Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) for school progress data.
There was some discussion about the school population data and any drop in enrollment due to recent changes.
Paula said our enrollment numbers are slightly below 900 students.
Deanna suggested posts on the BMS website to encourage students from inside the boundary to return if they are attending school elsewhere.
Amir agreed and said the new spirit, the new building, a new faculty should all be part of a new birth.
Jesse added there is also teaming, collaboration and new programs like the Lego League.
Kim suggested that one reason some people go outside the boundary is for sports.
Tatiana said our enrollment is above the projected figure of 760 that was estimated after the boundary change. She added that the counselors present the pro’s and con’s of attending here or elsewhere when parents have questions.
Deanna said she believed some parents didn’t care for their students being in the high school in ninth grade was another reason for some students not being enrolled here.
She also said some parents went to other schools so they want their child to go there too.
Paula said anything we are doing should be put on our website.
Item 5: Bylaws review for next time.
Jesse gave everyone a copy of the SCC Bylaws and asked everyone to review it for next time.
Kim said the word Co-Chair should read Vice-Chair.
Dave motioned to adjourn. Jesse seconded.
The motion carried unanimously and the meeting ended at 5:18 pm.
The next meeting is Tuesday, October 8th in the Main Conference Room at 4:00 pm.
Review of Bylaws
Review of Current LAND Trust plan and monies
Discussion of addendum to LAND Trust plan to deal with additional funds
Future meetings are to be held on the second Tuesday of every month in the main conference room at 4:00 pm.
Today is Thursday November 7th
It is an A Day
For lunch today: Hawaiian Haystack
- Remember tonight is the 2nd night of Parent Teacher and Me conferences. Remind your parents to visit the website for instructions and link to the Online Scheduler.
- PTA Reflections entries are due on November 11th.
- NO SCHOOL tomorrow Friday 8th!
And remember, "It's always a great day...to be a Bruin!"
Today is Monday November 4th
It is an B DAY
Today's lunch is: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Announcements for today:
- Stage Crew meeting tonight after school and Wednesday after school, in auditorium. Talk with Ms. Mallory if you can make it.
- Book Club!! We will have our pizza party on Wednesday November 6th, during both lunches. Your book is your pass to the Media Center! Come and join us to talk about our new favorite book...the Graveyard Book!
- Brighton Bantam Boys Basketball Tryouts tonight at Brighton High School. 7th Graders 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. 8th Graders 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM.
- Parent Teachers Conference Tuesday Nov. 5th and Thursday Nov. 7th. Make appointments online. Go to Butler Middle website for instructions and link to Online Scheduler.
Bruins of the Week: Cinnamon Bears - Alyse Searle, Alex Clifford. Gummi Bears - CJ Cutshaw, Lekaa Suhail. Pandas - Jake Runyan, Aimee Geetsen. Polars - Jakie Botero, Brennan Neeley. Grizzly's - Brooke Burns, Dustin Taylor. Kodiaks - Brianna Rosetti, Luke Schneider.
And remember, "It's always a GREAT day...to be a Bruin!"
Today is Friday, November 1st.
There is NO SCHOOL TODAY.