TMHS Site Council
"The TMHS Site Council is an advisory group focused on improving our school
to better meet the needs of our students while providing a forum for enhancing
communication between our school, parents, and the community."
Come join us! Site Council meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm in the TMHS library.
Most recent minutes are at the top
TMHS Site Council meetings for the 2019/20 school year will be from 5:30-7:00 on the first Thursday of the month, with one exception. The January meeting will be on the second Thursday due to winter break. All are welcome!
TMHS Site Council Meeting
October 3, 2019Meeting Minutes
TMHS Site Council Meeting
October 3, 2019
Smallest meeting in ten years (7 attendees) revised: 10
Many members had aged out the last two years
Blood drive next week
Freshman elections went well
Constitutional convention occurred last friday, high attendance
School Board report:
Elections for school board just concluded
Two new members, two are leaving
At the meeting on the 12th there will be roles divided( president, vice-president ext) and site councils reviewed.
At this point, no officer seats assigned.
Close to 22 seats( including students and staff) in the site council by-laws adopted at the beginning of the school
How site councils should be run, handbook issued and “updated” by School Board
Work under a centralized system with the state
Decrease in attendance at Super Saturday Schools
Hoping to have more students attend after parent-teacher and more parent involvement
Working on increasing teacher-family engagement (communication!)
Looking at data for target families to see what could be improved and to make strides to connect with parents
Halloween night gathering
Opening communication with parents and guardians of struggling students to better support them
Communicating with families in order to better explain
“My Ice-berg is Changing” a book being used to help deal with change ( ex. Admin change next year) and how to react better to change
Accreditation in the Spring
4 people for two days
A tool being used to gather data during new accreditation
Belief in aligning well with standards
Various events occurring throughout October
Lots of students falling asleep in class
Spending a lot of time on technology at night
Over committing/ not understanding the time regiors of classes
Having teachers step in to sub classes during pep period
Lots of teacher support
Has there ever been a study for how many subs per school per day?
Yes, conclusion has come that there is not a great fill rate for empty classrooms
Walk around with _____( missed name)
Viewed new teachers teaching lessons
New system that monitors student accounts (BARC)
Watch for key words and photographs that flag inappropriate behaviors
A lot of reports have been linked to curriculum and english lit classes
Most concerning reports that were flagged were of self harm
Using it to teach real world applications and real world repercussions
Teachers like not having to actively monitor screens during class, are able to connect more
Students are pretty indifferent
Additional program allows parents to monitor apps and see not just what is sent out but also what is received
Some programs offered by carrier networks can be deleted but this lets the parent/guardian know if anything is being changed with the program
Less vape devices have been confiscated this year then last year
A video was sent out this past week about the effects of vape on the body
Lots of new found fear with students about the unknown
TMHS Site Council Meeting
September 5, 2019
- Kristy Germain
- Devin Moorehead
- Lori Klein
- Gail Moorehead
- Nate Creel
- Adrianna Northcutt
- Ann Stepetin
- Sheryl Wittig
- Beth McKibben
- Kevin Allen
- Shannon Kelly
- Martin Stepetin
- Cycling back through accreditation (every 5 years)
- Spring date
- National teams, university input,
- Prior to becoming accredited no school in district had been accredited for ten years
- Cut paper budget by 75% to afford new machines (aka computers)
- Current enrollment ~690 right where projected
- Outside Paticitioner (forget to get name)
- No common recycling bins
- Convenient because of back of school recycling bins
- Dropping dirty bins, will not be accepted by the place
- Many organizations working on fulfilling the goal
- Do not want us to use the recycle bins behind school
- How to rinse the products out
Partner with student programs?
Ask JD? How are they using them? What programs?
Only recycle aluminum and plastic bottles?
- Make an announcement during events to help raise awareness
- First National Guardian's School in the State!! Please recycle.
- Greatest support for the school, for sustainability and success, is parents
- Parental rumor: will the two schools combine?
- School Board response:
- Voted for future investigation into educational benefit and cost of combing, vote failed.
- One for, rest against
- Ideal size for high school (from a federal report, date unknown), 500-700(?) students
- Same schedule between the two schedules, only difference is extension
- Thunder Mountain has an extension in the middle of the morning three day a week
- Juneau-Douglas has it first thing in the morning on the same day (think old-fashioned homeroom).
- What are the prime differences between Thunder Mountain and Juneau Douglas?
- Parking!- Larson
- Ever evolving due to the ability to evolve.
- Lots of community interest in developing the area around the school
- All curriculum is shared between schools
- Does not have career-tech ed at ™
- Does have a business class, woodworking, culinary ed, digital tech,
- Uses federal seed money to develop new programs
- More alike than different
- School board report:
- AUGUST Meeting-
- Tlingit language program
- Strategic plan rolls out in 2020, needs to make a new one
- Reviews of success reports on the strategic plans are open to the public on the school board website
- Super School board meeting wants plenty of community input (September 23 6:30pm)
- Reviewing Bridgit and her contract for superintendent
- Looking at redistricting elementary school, especially at how the districting between the developing property on Peterson Hill will affect Riverbend and Auke Bay
- Guaranteed two new members in October, also electing new members officers that month
- Reviewing the site council by-laws
- Very predictable
- Larson is retiring this year (not district announced)
- Many filtering process for new hire, community meet and greet, staff meet and greet, student board (run by student government?)
- Student Government rep report
- Freshman elections
- Year/goal planning
- Everybody welcome
- Joint school effort due to joined football team
- No royalty this year due to the suddenness of the dance ( September 13th)
- Royalty is not a common enough tradition
- Sports are combining, helping build school unity
- Wrestling, tennis, DDF, academic decathlon, football, football cheer
- The sports that do not have as many varied school participants were not as publically supported as joint, so possibly not as
- Hockey is not a joint team because there that would not make an even number of teams for the new bracket that had been recently developed
- Luke Adams is the new athletic director and JD hockey team’s head coach
- Assortment of new teachers
- Over 1:1 with computer access to students
- Panel with just graduated seniors after their first semester at college. Would gather current seniors in the auditorium to listen to what they would say.
- During the first few years kept hearing back about not knowing how to use or how much technology is being used in the classroom at college. This is not being reported in recent years due to increase of technology being implemented in high school.
- Parent help tip:
- Post meeting minutes/meeting dates onto website
- Larson stated that this will be addressed promptly
Joint High School Site Councils
Monday, April 1, 2019
at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé
Brenda Taylor - CHAIR JDHS
Paul Kelly - BOE Rep to JDHS Site Council
Dan DeBartolo - BOE Rep to THMS
Cynthia Horwitz - JDHS
Linnea Lentfer - JDHS Student
Elin Antaya - JDHS Student
Portia Carney - JDHS Student
Jennifer Knaggs - JDHS
Kim McNamara - JDHS
Carin Smolin - District CTE Director
Phuong Christian - JDHS
Vaughn Hammond - TMHS
Lynn Van Kirk - TMHS
Ed Becker - YDHS
Cameron Kookesh - YDHS Student
Sean Cone - JDHS
Chris Cairns - JESS rep
Scott Grant - JDHS
Becky Roth - ROCK JUNEAU
Michelle Strickler - TMHS
Dan Larson - TMHS Principal
Avery Hepdon - YDHS Student
Jasmine James - JDHS
Amber Frommherr - TMHS
Student Councils’ and Principals’ Reports
Joint Student Council Meeting with TMHS and School Board
Good conversation about student engagement
JDHS Student Council gave verbal invitations to School Board to do shadowing - BOE Members shadowing a student for part of the day (Peter Sidmore will send email to whole school board email)
YDHS - open to it (Steve Whitney is the rep for YDHS - Site Council meets during the 1st monday of the month at 11:15am)
Best days are Tues, Wed, or Thurs
JDHS - trying to arrange
TMHS - also trying to arrange (no TMHS student to speak to progress) Principal Larson said that School Board visits TM frequently already.
Upcoming events/Topics -
Safe Driving Week - buckle up campaign
Budget (Trying to do letter writing with student body: “The budget affects me…”)
School-wide (Assistant Principal’s additions)
Finished Course Selection
Planning for school-wide celebration for accepting our Tlingit Name
State Testing is happening
House Build program went to Hawaii to do Habitat for Humanity
Scheduling - doing as much as can until the budget comes out
Music Fest, Spring Sports
Steve Whitney is the rep for YDHS - Site Council meets during the 1st Monday of the month at 11:15am
Quarter 4 starting - very welcoming environment
Teachers and students are really nice (report from new student)
Smaller means more one-on-one time with teachers
Teacher additions to reports:
Spring Workshop (week long intensives) was amazing!
Mural at Zach Gordon
Other sections did overnights at Methodist Camp
Very difficult struggle to have Principal shared between YDHS, Montessori, and HomeBRIDGE. She is stretched too thin.
Housekeeping/upcoming district-wide meetings
School Board Meetings - April 9, TMHS, 4:30 Work Session, Regular Session 6:00pm
Save Our State/Fund our Future Rally - Sat., April 13, 12-1:00pm Capitol Steps
Baccalaureate - Tues, May 21, 6pm at TMHS (students arrive at 5:30pm, wear cap and gowns)
Next step is advertising
Thru FCAs at the schools
Then word of mouth and social media - so pass along details
Food is potluck finger foods from parents/families
Graduations - Sunday, May 26:
YDHS 1:00pm at Centennial Hall
TMHS 4:00pm at TMHS
JDHS 7:00pm at JDHS
Safe Grad - May 26, 10:00pm - 2:19am at UAS Rec Center
Next planning meeting: Thursday, April 4 at 5:30pm at TMHS
Any ideas on parking shuttles - send email to safe grad
Looking for old vinyl banners to paint on
School Board Report
Dan Debartolo for the overview
Wrapped up regular calendared budget items last week (End of March)
Budget sent to the City to be approved at April 1 meeting
Next meeting is Tues, April 9
Spotlight on success is the National Merit Scholarship finalists
JCSS annual contract
Capital Improvement priorities
Executive Session on collective bargaining
Contract negotiations - JESS, JEA, JSAA
JESS - Chris Cairns - Speaking about new collaborative process - interest based bargaining. Positive so far.
Non-Economic issues separated from Economic issues
Rescheduled Economic for April 23rd - Hopeful for a Tentative Agreement at that point
JEA - doing interest based bargaining
Per Dan Larson reporting from the Cabinet Side (not JEA)
Plugging away through the collaborative model
Going back to the table April 16-17
JSAA - short statement from Jim Thompson
Agreed on the dates, just beginning
Budget Report - at CBJ and state level (change can only happen if funding changes come into play)
Assumptions from BOE
ADM (Avg Daily Membership) - looking at a decrease of 77 from this year
No increase (or decrease) to BSA (Base Student Allocation)
Assume will remain the same as this school year as per legislation passed spring 2018 for FY19 and FY20. The time for a veto on that signed budget has passed; would take an active legislative effort to amend at this point
Hopeful that House and Senate will keep the budgeted BSA the same
Changes made through the zero-based budgeting process
Page 4 of the attached docs: White, Green, and Red sections
White - budgeted, Green - hopeful, Red - doubtful
Restoring the 1.5 high school Core Teacher additions (Enough for 0.5 per the three high schools)
Partial restoration of $30K for UAS Auto Shop
Middle School PTR (Pupil to Teacher Ratios) adjustments changed to match the actual
Most AVID $ restored (at $50K)
Restored some $ into an Elementary position related to an Elementary Specialist
Adjust one Health Assistant to a Nurse position
only if a Health Assistant leaves by attrition
Added a Student Services Coordinator position
To assist with added interventions and multitude of duties associated with the Student Services Director position
Questions about what this position will do and what credentials - not a lot of official details, Superintendent and cabinet working on fleshing out position expectations
Added a 0.5 FTE to make the Montessori School Counselor full time at 1.0 FTE
Next Steps - make sure to testify to House, Senate, City
Great Alaska Schools does a lot of communicating opportunities to testify or rally together
Thanks to the BOE members (from Ed Becker) on dealing with these big issues
What do people come to?
Course Request Nights (JDHS)
8th Grade Info Nights (JDHS)
High School parents are involved in what their own children need (TMHS)
Grandparent lunches, pre-testing snacks (TMHS)
Sports and Activities boosters (TMHS)
Music Fest - example is TMHS needing 13 parents to go on the Ferry
Housed out students
Trouble getting parents to attend?
Parent Forums (JDHS depends on topics and weather)
Open House at (JDHS 10-20% of parents)
Parent-Teacher Conferences (JDHS depends on timing)
Parent Group at (JDHS Over time it has gotten to be a smaller group)
Any trends over time in attendance?
Move to digital and less in-person
How can we increase authentic parent engagement?
Question to what IS parent involvement?
Maybe move to weekly instead of daily bulletin
Dan Larson - the digital parent involvement
High School parents are involved in what their own children need
Parent and adult student phone calls via adviser
Invited to come in personally
Sundays with the 21st Century Grant - families coming in for the social opportunities
Sean Cone insights
Look at less parent involvement as a success story due to lack of concern
Question from Melissa McCormick on idea of Adulting Conference
Positive reception from YDHS students
JDHS Students like the idea in theory, but don’t know if they as individuals would have time for it
Shared course opportunities
CTE: ETT (7th hour)
Computer Science (0 hour)
Educators Rising (0 hour)
What are ways to identify potential shared courses?
Certain types of courses that might work better
Independent/Coaching type courses
Outside instructor courses
Shared courses if work with schedules (YD and JD)
Check the shared folder sent via Brenda Taylor for additional information
6. Adjourn at 7:05pm
Thunder Mountain Site Council Meeting
December 6, 2018
Members present: Amber Frommherz, Shannon Kelly, Dan DeBartolo, Rain Hirst, Vaughn Hammond, Dan Larsen, Susan Martin, Michelle Strickley, Stefanie Wolter
Meeting began at 5:35pm
Student government - Rain spoke regarding the dress code. The current code had language that is considered anti-girl. There was a vote on the dress code today at lunch. The revisions are similar to JD’s. Once the student government accepts the changes the changes will be forwarded to the faculty. It was suggested that the changes be shared with Kristin Bartlett.
The government is current organizing the Winterball, Spring Carnival and trying to create a list of the activities that are organized by the student government so that the students know what they do.
Susan Martin asked about adding more Tlingit verbiage to the school and Rain said that she will share that idea with the student government.
School Board – Dan DeBartolo said that the Spotlight at the next Board meeting would be Project 3 Square with a presentation by Adriene Schwartz. At that same meeting the Board will accept the Gift of a Tlingit name for JDHS. He expects that there will be more gifts in the future. He said that there was support for Dr. Wiess to become the new superintendent but that the Board wants to ensure that they follow a voted-on process to make it official. The Board meeting will be at 6pm in the TMHS library.
There will be a FY19 Budget Revision reading at the work session at 4pm. They have requested that the CBJ fund to the cap for FY19. He mentioned that because the student count was high that they are going to ask for a new amount because the cap is higher. Dan was not sure how the extra money would be distributed to the individual schools.
They will be starting contract negations and hopefully reach a three-year contract with all three unions.
Principal Report – Dan Larson – The Robotics Team competed last week and will go to Regionals. The Region 5 wresting tournament will be at TMHS this weekend and the qualifiers will go to state. December 13th the women’s basketball team will be matched against East Anchorage.
In February they will begin working on schedules for next year and in March will look at the projected enrollment numbers.
There are eight new cameras in the school; he can see the video on his phone. There is a total of 27 in the school. Most are filming the hallways, restroom entrances and locker rooms.
Finals Week will be the last week of school in December, there will be two periods a day for tests.
They are working on a mini grant for a Mentor/Mentee program for their non-tenured teachers (9). Master teachers (Marks, Night, and Northcutt) will work with the non-tenured during lunches and Dan will meet with them monthly.
Course Fair – elective teachers will have some time to promote their classes
Negotiations start December 17th with the Cabinet. Dan is part of the team.
Substitute issue – Tier 3 teachers have no incentive for not using their vacation/sick days because they won’t get paid for them and the pay for subs is very low. Usually what happens is that the kids go to the commons or to the library.
Five Year Plan – One priority is to replace the hardware, it is 11 years old and they have to buy parts on eBay. Another priority is to get a speaker for the gym. This is something that the Site Council can help fundraise for. It was suggested that it be a Senior Class gift.
General comments – There will be a Mascot meeting on Monday.
Safe Grad – Vaughn is the chair of this group this year.
The next Site Council meeting will be January 10.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.