Agenda #6 August 1, 2012

School Committee
Committee Members
Brian A. O'Connell - Chairman
John F. Monfredo- Vice-chairman
Dianna L. Biancheria
Administrative Representative
Marco Rodrigues, Ed.D.

OFFICE OF THE
CLERK OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
WORCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20 IRVING STREET
WORCESTER, MA 01609


AGENDA #6


The Standing Committee on  TEACHING, LEARNING AND STUDENT SUPPORTS will hold a meeting:
on:   Wednesday, August 1, 2012
at:    5:30 p.m.
in:    Room 410, DAB
ORDER OF BUSINESS
ANNEX

I.      CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING

II.     ROLL CALL

III.    GENERAL BUSINESS

The Administration recommends that the following items be filed at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports:
 
gb #0-137 - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria (April 30, 2010)
 
To consider development of a student satisfaction survey.
 
gb #0-308 - Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo (November 10, 2010)
 
Request that the Administration consider offering courses in computer game design and computer game development and programming.
 
c&p #1-3 - Clerk (March 30, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding a program entitled, “Challenge Day” which would address issues of bullying.
 
ros #1-7 - Administration (May 11, 2011)
 
FINDINGS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION REVIEW TEAM
 
c&p #1-10 - Clerk   (October 26, 2011)
 
To consider a communication from a citizen regarding the State of the Schools Address.
 
gb #1-152 - Ms. Novick (May 9, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration petition the federal Department of Education for a waiver of the No Child Left Behind Act, as did the McPherson District in Kansas, pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
gb #1-312 - Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo (November 21, 2011)
 
To consider increasing the number of Mathematics credits required for graduation from the Worcester high schools from 3 to 4, insofar as feasible.
 
gb #2-75 - Administration   (March 7, 2012)
 
To approve a Band course to be implemented at Sullivan Middle School.
 
gb #2-90 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell (March 19, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration consider adding the following information to the Tobacco Use Policy in the Policies Handbook:
 
“Nicotine delivery products are any manufactured articles or products made wholly or in part of a tobacco substitute or containing nicotine that is expected or intended for human consumption, but not including a tobacco substitute prescribed by a licensed physician or a product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco use cessation or harm reduction. Nicotine delivery products include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes.”
 
gb #2-97 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell (March 26, 2012)
 
To consider proposed additions and revisions to the 2012-13 Policies Handbook.
The following items will be discussed at the meeting:

gb #1-55 -     Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo (January 31, 2011)
 
To consider allowing high school students to fulfill the requirement for physical education, in whole or in part, through participating as team members in their school's interscholastic sports programs.
 
 
gb #1-259 - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O'Connell (September 21, 2011)
 
Request that the Administration review the Family Handbook to determine if it needs to be updated and to share the document with parent organizations.
gb #2-83 -     Ms. Colorio/Mr. O'Connell (March 16, 2012)
 
Request that the Administration provide a breakdown of the K-2 teachers who are reading specialists.
gb #2-133 -   Mr. O'Connell/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Novick   (April 10, 2012)
 
To determine what actions, if any, should be taken, and what investments should be made, at Claremont Academy, to address the concerns expressed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, as to “the library media service program and services, including staffing levels, and the extent to which they adequately support the school’s curriculum, the instructional needs of teachers, and the learning needs of students”, as set forth in the February 7, 2012 letter of NEASC to Claremont Academy.
As a result of NEASC recommendation and planning for the upcoming school year at Claremont Academy, the Administration has assigned a full time librarian to Claremont Academy for the 2012-13 school year in an effort to meet the needs of the school, students and instructional staff.
IV.    ADJOURNMENT
Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee

I.      

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