What the heck? How many times will they discuss governance issues and communication issues? They have been over this territory so many times and yet every retreat agenda, there it is. And, that part is for two hours. I do note the addition of the issue of communications "how does the Board interact with the media and how is a spokesperson assigned." It appears there is a policy but they seem to feel the need to discuss it.
Here's the agenda for the Special Board meeting next Wednesday. As of now, I know of two topics; approval of negotiation of a contract with Dr. Nyland to be permanent superintendent and approval of a contract for new computers. This process for the purchase of new computers is way behind schedule and there are no vendors or prices yet available. The new computers will cost between $1.2-1.4M but they have no vendor yet. Again, this does NOT bode well for this testing cycle that includes the brand-new Smarter Balanced assessment.
The Board seems to have made this a rather full "special session" with the addition of a couple of items:
- Intro of Capacity Management
- and looky here - the extension of the MOU with the Alliance. Except, there is no extension document attached. When will that come?
I note that there is no question that there should be an MOU but it's a good question. Oh I know, the Alliance makes money now off of managing school accounts. (They claim it would send the wrong message. If that's true, how come the district doesn't have MOUs with other community groups?)
End of update
The Board has decided there will be public comment.
For the 12/10 Special Meeting of the Board, public testimony will be limited to the agenda items for this meeting and will be for 2 minutes per slot, with a maximum of 20 speakers. All public testimony rules apply, including those identified in 1430BP.
Members of the public who wish to address the Board may sign up to do so by either e-mailing or calling (206) 252-0040, beginning Monday, December 8 at 8:00am. The public testimony list will be posted Tuesday, December 9.
Broadview-Thomson middle school PE teacher, Shelly Ellis, was named regional middle school PE Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America. Congratulations, Ms. Ellis.
Among many accomplishments, Ellis:
- Goes beyond basic curriculum to challenge her students, with engaging lessons on topics ranging from muscle groups to bullying to nutrition.
- Helps fellow teachers find ways incorporate physical activity. She has led staff development on how to provide “brain boosts” – short physical activities – in regular classrooms.
- Forms community partnerships, such as working with REI to teach her students how to snowshoe.
- Has identified relevant Common Core principles and helped incorporate them into physical education standards through her work on committees at both the state and district levels. (Ellis’ students read articles while speedwalking, for example.)
- Serves as Broadview’s athletic director and coaches girls basketball at nearby Ingraham High School.
The award is given by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and recognizes outstanding coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
A team of 12 journalists from the Ballard program learned about this and other awards last month at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention in Washington, D.C. More than 6,000 students from around the country attended the national convention in November and more than 2,000 students competed.
The crew from Ballard got to tour one of the most storied newspapers in the country, The Washington Post. And five select students were treated to a special tour of The White House's West Wing, which they chronicled for the Talisman.
It was the first time The Talisman placed at a national level.
The Board office often has a student newspaper out on their lobby table and I agree; the Talisman is a great example of excellence in student achievement. (Also, you can learn things from the student newspaper that you don't hear about at home. Support your school's student newspaper with a subscription and you'll be surprised at what you learn.)