LSAT Meeting Minutes – November 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

November 2, 2022

Attendees: Josh Smith (Chair), Michelle Chapman (PTO President), Rebecca Hunt, Tim Gordon, Stacy Larracey, Tiffany L. Brown (Secretary), Principal Byrd.

Draft Agenda

  1. Title I Funding
  2. Lunch/Recess Conversation

Meeting Discussion Notes

Title I Funding:

 There was a discussion regarding the possibility of losing Title I funds in the future.   Members of the LSAT are looking to learn more when a school loses its Title I funding.  If that is to happen at Payne, what will that look like?  Ms. Byrd does not believe this will be an issue in the coming years.  Models to look at will be Ludlow-Taylor and Watkins.  One thought would be to formulate questions/inquiries to see what this means.  Stacey Larracey will spearhead the effort to gather questions regarding Title I funding.  There were questions regarding the flexibility regarding enrollment.  Principal Byrd informed the group that students are allowed to enroll if this is their neighborhood school (K-5) or through the lottery for pre-k -5. 

More information regarding Title I Funding in DCPS can be found here:

Lunch/Recess Conversation:

Discussion regarding the e-mail thread regarding Recess:

Principal Byrd reiterated what she has shared over email, that students at Payne have 30 minutes of recess (not including transitions) and 30 minutes of lunch each day and that school policy prohibits the use of recess as a consequence.  Our policy explicitly states: “Recess shall not be withheld, unless the student’s misbehavior occurred during recess.”  This policy is reviewed at the beginning of each year and monitored throughout the year.

 Ms. Chapman reported that she is still hearing that recess is “being taken,’’ however, no one has reported this claim to Principal Byrd.  If there is an issue with regard to recess and or other school operations, parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher and/or Principal Byrd.  In the event a parent feels the need to raise a community-wide issue, anyone can email the LSAT email address to raise the concern to this group for consideration and discussion. 

Another suggestion was for the school to provide more detailed communication directly from the school regarding school events from Principal Byrd.  

 In an effort to build greater outreach with the parents, in accordance with Payne’s Comprehensive School Plan (CSP) goals, Principal Byrd is working on a few engagement initiatives:

  1. Payne Parent University
  2. Dads of Payne Elementary (DOPE)
  3. Coffee with the Principal
  4. Reopening the possibility for classroom volunteers

Payne has instituted the Payne Parent University.  Payne Parent University is a monthly series of workshops where staff members along with the mental health team present information on how we can work together to improve the educational and social-emotional outcomes for all students.  

Payne Parent University Topics and dates are:

  • October 12th – A Community of Learners
  • November 9th – Reading at Home
  • December 14th – Math at Home
  • January 11th – All Learners Learn
  • February 8th – Learning Love
  • March 8th – PARCC Prep
  • April 12th – Summer Learning
  • May 10th – Mentally Healthy Learners

Principal Byrd also mentioned the dad’s group that Dr. Crumb and Mr. Montes are spearheading, DOPE, Dads Of Payne Elementary.  The first event will be a dads volunteer opportunity at Field Day on November 18th.

Principal Byrd is bringing back her “Coffee with the Principal” events on some Friday mornings in order to further build community and offer another forum for direct interaction with the Principal.

  ***A Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that shall exist in every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students. SY21-22 LSAT Guidelines 

LSAT Meeting Minutes – October 2022

Payne LSAT Meeting

October 5, 2022


Stephanie Byrd, Liz Aloi, Tim Gordon, Tiffany Brown, Michelle Chapman, Josh Smith, Stacy Larracey, Solomon Tackie, Emmett Creef

Draft Agenda

  1. Welcome 
  2. What is the LSAT?
    1. Goals and Expectations 
  3. Communications
    1. What systems should parents be checking?
      1. Remind? DoJo? Blackboard? Payne Post? 
      2. Website Widgets/Website Updates  

Meeting Discussion Notes

Meeting Logistics

  • Welcome message from Principal Byrd and meeting kickoff.
  • Group discussion and consensus that LSAT meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm.  This meeting was both in-person and on Zoom, and future meetings will be on Zoom with ad hoc in-person meetings as desired.
  • The meeting dates for SY 2022-2023 are 11/2/2022, 12/7/2022, 01/04/2023, 02/01/2022, 03/01/2023, 04/05/2023, 05/03/2023, and 06/07/2023, noting that additional meetings maybe required as budget season comes around.
  • Group discussion and consensus that Josh Smith will serve as Chair and Tiffany Brown will serve as Secretary

Purpose and Responsibilities of LSAT

School Year 2022-2023 LSAT Roster:

  • Teachers: Christopher Bergfalk (WTU Building Rep), Tiffany Brown (LSAT Secretary), Tim Gordon, Solomon Tackie, Emmett Creef 
  • Parents: Michelle Chapman (PTSA President), Liz Aloi, Josh Smith (LSAT Chair), Stacy Larracey, Rebecca Hunt
  • Support Staff:  TBD
  • School Staff: Stephanie Byrd (Principal)

Communications Update

  • Principal Byrd confirmed that Remind will be the primary communication channel between Payne staff/teachers and parents.  The Payne Post will be sent through Remind and email (via Blackboard).
  • Josh Smith and Tim Gordon confirmed that school website updates were underway to reflect the new school year and associated staff directory changes.

Presentation of the Comprehensive School Plan (CSP)

  • Principal Byrd presented the CSP and mentioned the same slides would be shared with Payne parents in a meeting on Oct 12th
  • Results from the PARCC indicate that Payne had the 3rd highest gain in ELA in the City.  Our math scores dipped by 6%.
  • Group discussion noted
    • The large gap in test results across racial categories
    • The large number of goals and specificity of the goals for the year 
    • General consensus with the strategies and goals set forth in the CSP

Payne PTSA 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes

Members attending: Rebecca Bell, Becky Shyovitz, Cara Camacho, Jessica Tillipman, Adam Wyrick, Carolyn Bowen, Steve Bowen, Michelle Chapman, Rachel Dancy, Adam Dancy, Alison Mitchell, Mark Jordan, Tony Lombardo, Melissa Baggett, Lexi Smith, Caitlin Coogan Sherman, Narissa Cooper, Rebecca Hunt, Krista Zuzenak

  • Welcome – (Michelle Chapman, President) convened meeting at 6:06pm June 16, 2022
  • Membership check – link is in the zoom chat if you aren’t sure you signed up yet. 
  • Spring Festival round up (Alison Mitchell, Fundraising Chair)
    • Made $5,000 from the festival through combination of ticket sales, auction items, food sales. 
    • Dunk tank was a huge success with teachers and students volunteering to be dunked. 
    • Extra water helped ensure no one overheated. 
    • Auction/Raffle was great, we should check with more businesses or corporations for more donations next year.
  • Other Fundraising
    • Payne Nights at local businesses are easy to organize and typically raise a few hundred dollars. Recent nights include:
      • East City Book Fair – still waiting on final take home number, several dozen books were also purchased and donated to teachers and the library by parents. 
      • Capital Candy Jar night was a big success raising a few hundred dollars for Payne. 
      • Mr. Henry’s night also raised a few hundred dollars. 
    • Safeway donating round up $ from shoppers during all of the month of August 2022.
  • Next year ideas
    • Movie nights in fall
    • Next Grade level parent chats in the spring
  • LSAT info and vote (Liz Aloi, LSAT Chair)
    • LSAT vote will be send out via email
  • Vote for PTSA Board members (Cara Camacho, Parliamentarian)
    • Running for election is Krista Zuzenak for Vice President and Caitlin Coogan Sherman for Treasurer. Per bylaws only a voice vote is required when a person is running unopposed. 
    • Cara Camacho nominated Krista Zuzenak for Vice President, unanimous voice vote of PTA members confirmed. 
    • Cara Camacho nominated Caitlin Sherman for Treasures, unanimous voice vote of PTA members confirmed. 
    • New officers were congratulated, departing officers, Cassie Carrington ( Vice President) and Carolyn Bowen (Treasurer)  thanked. 
  • Meeting adjourned.