This was the body of a mass email from the APP Advisory Committee:
Update regarding changes to the assignment plan due to enrollment issues:
What the APP AC has been doing:
The APP Advisory Committee has learned a lot from the experiences of the past years, and we are using that experience now to work with the School Board, district administration, and the APP community.
Among the many things informing our work, both committee co-chairs served on Design Teams in conjunction with the elementary and middle school splits, our members work on committees and organizations within our schools, our staff/teacher reps keep us in touch with the administrative perspective (and some are past or current APP parents as well), we work as volunteers in in the buildings where we see issues play out first-hand, AND most important, we have children, like your children, who will be impacted by these decisions.
It is likely you will not actually see most of our APP advocacy, as it is usually done quietly in small steps through many emails, phone conversations, and one-one-one discussions.
Please know the APP AC is working daily to advocate for a strong APP for our students.
--APP AC members are attending the district meetings to learn as much as possible from the District and the communities.
--Co-chairs Stephanie and Geeta are communicating and working with Dr. Bob Vaughan, Manager of Advanced Learning.
--We are talking with School Board members and setting up meetings to speak with them one-on-one, as this is the best way to learn what solutions board members are considering and for us to relay our concerns and ideas as well.
--We are inquiring about meeting with the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Susan Enfield.
--We are communicating with representatives from the PTSA at Garfield.
--There will be a district meeting to discuss the Transition Plan at Garfield on Monday, November 15. We encourage all interested to attend, and we will be there as well.
--We are still working out the details, but there will be a District/APP meeting on Wednesday, November 17 to discuss issues and options on the table. More information about this will follow very soon.
What the APP AC is saying:
In all our discussions, we are advocating for all of APP to remain assigned to Garfield--this is our first choice.
It is also our obligation to look at the big picture and examine other options the District and School Board members are considering as well, and to advise/advocate for the best options for APP and our schools.
Very soon, we will communicate information on what options the District and School Board members are supporting.
Many ideas are on the table, all of which will be discussed at the meeting on November 17. We will need to consider: what changes the District hopes to implement, what the School Board would like to see happen in their vision of the District and APP, and how we will continue to advise or influence any of these decisions to maintain a thriving and successful APP.
And we want to hear from you.
What you can do:
Attend meetings and become informed. Voice your ideas, concerns and experiences. Keep in mind APP is part of a much larger picture.
Email your APP AC rep listed below and Stephanie and Geeta with concerns and issues you'd like us to know about and what you think is important to bring forward to the School Board and administration.