presentation Christine and Jill current IRT s (Instructional Resource Teachers)
at Lapham and Marquette. IRT is a district initiative to bring professional
development and curriculum support to elementary at an individual school level.
The amount of IRT allocation this past year has been part time at each school.
Next year the positions will be full time. The IRT’s role is varied in each
school depending on needs of individual school and school’s SIP (School
Improvement Plan). There is embedded staff development and problem solving
around whole school issues as well as individuals. Lapham and Marquette are
together offering a Lucy Calkins writing course this summer around the writing
curriculum along with a follow up after school study next year. This will build
continuity to both schools in writing. IRT’s support standardized and district
level assessment, teacher development, SSIT (Student Support Intervention Team)
Discussion- around allocation change next year as it impacts special classes for
class and a half. The class and a
half will impact Lapham. There is a petition floating from other PTO’s voicing
concerns round the class and a half allocation switch. PTG will get info and
circulate. Possibly have parents attend future budget meetings. This will be on
next month’s agenda.
Walsh Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association Education Chair- discussing a
proposal around officially adopting Lapham.
There are surveys available and circulating on list serve to get
volunteers for the school through the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association.
Future fundraising this summer. The
association publishes a quarterly newspaper and is interested in including
events or programs in it.
from Affiliated has been newly named principal at Jefferson Middle School. She
has taught at Jefferson for 10 years and is looking forward to the return. She
appreciates the connections she has made in the last 7 years. The process and
posting for he replacement will be coming soon.
all school trip to overture this week. Next year’s planning is in progress.
Lapham is in need of four volunteers for a Sat or evening to move in new
bookshelves. Mike will be putting out request. Allocation cut 1 ½
positions. TEP staff was lost and a half time teacher and aid. Art and music
decreased a tenth.
Third and special education teacher positions are posted. The IRT position has
been posted together ½ time each school. Paula
Avellera social worker will be solely based at Marquette and Lapham.
Marquette’s garden meeting will be meeting to prepare for Master Gardner
Curriculum and tie in with Home Grown Snack and work with Mermaid Café. Urban
Adventure with third grade starts soon. Partnership with government continues.
Students will visit downtown. Cultural Arts African Dance and Singers. National
Geographic Map of Africa coming. Next Tue. The 21 11:30.
Alex volunteers to continue at Treasurer -other officers still needed.
Committees-Lisa Newman- Notices for Copper Challenge coming.
Jim-garden upcoming forum to discuss use of the Lapham Plot.
5:30 open doors
5:45-6:15 music presentation
6:15-8 talent show