LSAT Meeting Minutes-December 2017

Payne Elementary School LSAT
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Members in attendance: Adrienne Daniels, Aisha Hemphill-Merritt, Dalila Kaddour, Juanita Stokes, Tiffani Turner, Mandla Deskins, Janice Brown Parker, Stephanie Byrd

Absent: [Shanita Henson – excused], Christina Mitchell, Zakia Dance

1. Election – Clarification on DCPS protocol to fill vacant positions

  • We need to fill the vacant parent position due to Ms. Zakia Dance’s departure as a parent at Payne ES due to her move outside of the District of Columbia. After significant discussion the parent members of the team recommended the following:
    • Review the list of seven remaining candidates from the election held in June 2017, and
    • Contact each person and inquire whether they’re still interested in serving as a member of the team (D. Duffy, V. Brietbarth, M. Thompson, A. Thomas, S. Bowen, N. Todd, and B Thompson). Parents will be contacted as listed in the order of most votes.
    • This recommendation will be shared with the Payne ES PTA at their January board meeting.
  • We need to fill the position of secretary for the 2017-2018 LSAT. No one volunteered to serve as secretary of our 2017-2018 LSAT.

2. Our Hopes and Dreams – Four (4) Years and Counting Down

  • Identifying our Piece of the Pie: Team members were encouraged by Chair Brown Parker to take into consideration our hope and dreams as we determine our priorities of focus this SY. Investigate and identify resources, agencies, and partners to assist and collaborate with us to help to achieve our goals in making Payne ES a world-class school. The following themes and programs were discussed:
    • World Cultures
    • Mathematics and Science
    • Responsive classroom o Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop
    • 2nd Science Teacher
  • Engaging Stakeholders and Promoting Our Plan
    • LSAT Minutes – Our minutes should be published to inform stakeholders. How? Where?
    • The team indicated that publishing the minutes of our meeting to inform stakeholders would be in the best interest of the school community. We’ll reach out to the school’s website team to see if the minutes can be posted on the website monthly. Perhaps there can be a LSAT section on the website. o
    • Opening our LSAT meetings to the public – When? Where?

Action Items:
1. Team Members will investigate and research exceptional and successful math and science programs, determine if those programs would be a good fit for our school, then report their findings to the team next month.
2. Janice Brown Parker will contact our website team to inquire about our ability to publish our minutes on the school’s website.
Next Month’s meeting: Next meeting date is 01/18/18 at 5:30 PM
Meeting adjourned at 6:38 PM

LSAT Meeting Minutes-November 2017

Payne Elementary School LSAT
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Members in attendance: Adrienne Daniels, Aisha Hemphill-Merritt, Dalila Kaddour, Juanita Stokes, Janice Brown Parker, Stephanie Byrd
Absent: Shanita Henson, Christina Mitchell, Zakia Dance, [Mandla Deskins – excused]
1. Elections – Community Member

  • Mrs. Aisha Hemphill-Merritt informed the team that as of today she has been unable to get in contact with Mr. Myers, hence she withdrew his name for our consideration.
  • Principal Byrd informed that our community members from last school year, Kellie and Jim Robinson are interested in continuing on the team which would add some continuity in the progression of the Five-year plan developed by the team during SY 2016-2017 – Secretary
  • There were no volunteers to serve as secretary. We will submit requests again next month at our December meeting.

2. Payne ES’s Program and Goals – The Big Picture There was significant discussion after review of our ‘Big Picture’ that was developed by last year’s team. Members reiterated what we’d like Payne ES to ‘look like in four years’. Questions like… What have we achieved? What is working? How do we implement a plan of action? And more of that nature was discussed. Student engagement, parent engagement, and safety of our students were primary in the discussion. The LSAT would like help develop and foster a tenacious attitude in our students. We’d also like to ensure that our students have access to the latest technology and innovation. We need to develop our foci – look towards big initiatives.
What do we want for our students four years from now? We want our students to/become… Global Academic Social-Emotional Good citizens Ask questions Enjoy school Culturally competent Bilingual Play well with others Creative Strong STEM student Welcome a challenge Social consciousness Proficient/advanced A risk taker Most concerned with achievement for impact, achieve for a reason Have a growth mindset/constant learner Knowledgeable/ confident Acknowledge as stakeholders and change makers Enjoy reading Self-advocating
Be able to compete with peers nationally, and locally Courage of her convictions
Great communication skills, both oral and written Problem solver
Mathematical reasoning and computational skills Be able to handle a challenge/trust failure
Be able to handle a challenge/trust failure Self-advocacy
Physically healthy Self-reflective
Happy/positive (don’t be a hater)
Mentally healthy
Other abilities/resolutions: entrepreneurial, resilience, empathetic, be able to find mentors
What work has to happen to create these kids?

1. We have to make sure we are encouraging our students to participate. We need to challenge our children to be competitive.

2. Analyze what we have in place that speaks to the list 3. Be able to take risks and justify them. We must be willing to push the envelope to a point we’re not afraid. Look at teaching our children to make smart risks.
3. Our Hopes and Dreams — 4 Years from Now Global Academic Social Emotional International Day World Cultures School Reading curriculum intentional in including different cultures
What have we done to move towards our goal?

1. Responsive classroom 2. Playworks program 3. *SEM teachers?

Action Items:
1. Members will draft ideal mission statement for PES LSAT.
2. Team Members will review information uploaded in to our google doc.
3. Janice Brown Parker contact Kellie and Jim Robinson to inform them they will continue as the community members of our team.

Next Month’s meeting: The team voted and agreed that the LSAT meeting will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM; however our next meeting date is 12/14/2017 due to winter break schedule.
Meeting adjourned at 6:42 PM