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NOJH PTSA General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

9:00am, NOJH Teacher Lounge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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In attendance:

Amy Jacobs Keri Fidler   Jill Kirkham Lizzie Lund

Julie Satterthwaite Rachel Hedgepeth Dominique Dietz      Susan Burnett

Marlisa Lund Kristyn Humphreys Mindy Pendergast      Don Morse

Welcome & Introductions: Amy welcomed those in attendance.

Review of Minutes: 9/19 minutes were emailed and approved. Rachel approved, and Mindy seconded.

Reflections:

  • Rachel shared that even with the extended deadline there were only 10 entries.
  • Participating students will be recognized at assembly (Amy to arrange with Ms. K)
  • Treat will be given to each participant. Winners will be recognized at the awards assembly with gift cards.
  • Discussion about pros/cons of keeping the program. Does time to manage it outweigh the participation.
    • Students who participate learn skills, receive accolades, and hopefully lower at-risk behaviors.
    • It is a valuable program for those who participate, but everyone is just so overwhelmed it’s hard to add one more thing.
    • Will look to involve a committee next year to lighten the load.

Counselor’s Report:

  • Career development is underway with the 8th grade. They have a 4-year plan on Google Classroom. 8th grade is to get info and start thinking about it, 9th grade is time to get serious about the plan.
    • Changes are expected in required courses including digital literacy, PE, and computer science.
    • 8th grade PCCR 11/12-12/14/18
    • 7th grade PCCR 12/17-19
  • Thank you to PTSA for a great Parent-Teacher Conference dinner.
  • Updates on Comprehensive Guidance Review - 11/8
  • Mix It Up at Lunch - 10/23
  • New Student Social to welcome those new to the school and to the area
  • Due to several recent deaths, a Grief Group will be started in January
  • HOPE Squad is working through training

Principal’s Report:

  • Mr. Morse reported the school received $5,000 grant for cameras plus $5,000 in matching funds. The new cameras will be installed as soon as possible.
  • The school will be issuing Chromebooks to students in January. Increased enrollment brought in additional funds for teacher salaries, which allowed Trust Land Funds to purchase additional Chromebooks.
    • Computers are pre-programmed to go through district filters.
    • Teachers will have 12 training sessions.
    • Teachers encouraged to use Chromebooks to enhance not replace teaching.
    • Concerns were expressed from those in attendance about brain development and too much stimulation from screen time.
    • Additional access points will be installed throughout the school to help with wi-fi connections.
  • Discussion about potential service projects for PTSA Reps to do around the school

PTSA Reps:

  • Reps made Red Ribbon Week posters
  • Mr. Short is taking the lead on Red Ribbon Week activities at the school, and PTSA Reps will help.
    • Mindy and Lizzie will organize shifts to help distribute prizes.

Other:

  • Move HOPE Week discussion to next meeting
    • Discussion about food trucks - lines too long, not enough food.
  • Kristyn has new business names for fundraising efforts.
  • PTSA Doughnut day will be in November.
  • Christmas Tree Jubilee
    • Lisa will be doing the tree for NOJH using a donated tree.
  • Upcoming elections
    • Please vote!
    • Many great resources to help make decisions, including vote.utah.gov

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Wednesday, November 14 @ 9:00 am

NOJH PTSA General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday September 19, 2018

9:00am, NOJH Teacher Lounge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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In attendance:

Amy Jacobs Keri Fidler   Jill Kirkham Lisa Mann

Wendy Long Rachel Hedgepeth Dominique Dietz      Erin DeLuna

Marlisa Lund Teara Galbraith Kristyn Humphreys      Don Morse

Mindy Pendergast

Welcome & Introductions: Amy welcomed those in attendance and asked for introductions.

Review of Minutes: Keri reviewed 8/22 minutes. Marlisa approved, and Lisa seconded.

Principal’s Report: Wendy thanked everyone for a great start to the year.

  • Increased enrollment has resulted in additional funds to pay for full-time science teacher. This will free up Trust Land Funds.
  • The school will purchase 11 new portable Chromebook Labs. The ratio of students to Chromebooks will be nearly 1:1. Chromebooks are leased with a renewal every 4 years.
  • PTSA’s payment for Colin Karchner is $500.
  • Discussion about moving HOPE week to another week not during parent-teacher conferences. Marlisa will suggest this to the high school.
  • Discussion about the possible carbon monoxide incident at Weber High. NOJH has working CO detectors and Scott Zelmer from the district is working hard to make sure the issue is resolved and schools are safe.
  • Don talked about the lockdown drill scheduled for this afternoon. NOPD will assist. Students are taught “lights out, out of sight.” Detailed how the district’s reunification team trains and prepares for these drills. The junior highs should do 8 drills/year.

Counselor’s Report:

  • HOPE Week updates. Several community organizations including Prevent Child Abuse, Safe UT, & Hannah’s Hope will be on site to provide information about resources. Dom will provide mindfulness/breathing techniques.
  • Character Education is off to a good start. The focus is mindfulness.
  • Mindfulness will now be Wednesday mornings at 7:25.
  • Discussion about Comprehensive Guidance Review
  • The counseling office is working hard to improve attendance by 25%. Melissa Fronk and the counselors are working to identify a student advocate for each student with attendance concerns including cultural, home life, adverse childhood experiences, and homelessness. Advocates work with and encourage the student to improve attendance.

Hope Week - 9/25 at Orion

  • Colin Kartchner will speak at NOJH @ 10:00 am on 9/24.
  • Mindy & Kristyn have been coordinating with Orion and local businesses to prepare for 9/25
  • PTSA Reps & HOPE Squad will volunteer to help hand out wristbands and meal tickets.
  • Kristyn has made a Google Form to help with meal ticket organization. There will be 150 meal tickets available per truck.
  • There will be 5-6 food trucks (Lost Texan, Tacos, Corn Dog, Hawaiian food, Island Splash, Doughnuts) at Orion from 4:30-7:00. They are not allowed in the parking lot due to new food truck laws.
    • Still working on water. Kristyn reached out to Associated Foods, but they have not responded yet.
    • Orion responsible to get recycling bins.
  • BMX presentation will be from 6:-7:00 in the Orion Gym.
  • Monday is Food Truck Night @ Snowcrest, Thursday is Jon Bytheway @ Weber.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Erin reviewed the budget.
  • Discussion about AIM insurance. Suggestion to ask the District if the PTSA is covered at the junior high level as a club.
  • Waiting on registration/reimbursements from JoAnn so we can get the membership funds from the school.

Reflections:

  • Rachel reminded everyone of the 10/8 deadline.
  • Encourage students to participate
  • Discussion about QR code cost vs. benefit for providing application forms.
  • Treat will be given to each participant. Winners will be recognized at the awards assembly with a $10-$15 gift card.

PTSA Reps:

  • Mindy reported this year’s reps are awesome!
  • There are 24 students and a good mix of grades.
  • Letters of Intent and Recommendation were presented for any who wanted to read them.
  • PTSA Reps are looking for a project to do in lieu of recycling.
    • Amy will email Wendy for ideas

Other:

  • PT Conference dinner 9/26
    • From 3:30-4:30 in the cafeteria
    • Angie Erickson has arranged for Teriyaki Chicken from Mo Bettah
  • Fundraising Letter
    • Need to deliver Rands Roofing and Kirk Larsen
  • Box Tops due at October meeting
    • PTSA reps will help cut them
  • Red Ribbon Week 10/23-10/31
    • PTSA will do doughnuts

Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 17 @ 9:00 am