Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last PTO meeting of the 2016-2017 school year! Here’s what was discussed at the May 19 meeting:
Principal’s Update on STAR and Class Assignments
Students have completed the last round of STAR assessments for the year. Students in all grades will be going home with a copy of their student STAR folder by May 31st. Teachers will be meeting individually with each student to review results, with a focus on celebrating growth and identifying areas of opportunity for the future.
Principals Batis and Edwards have formalized a new data-driven process for class assignments. The process is designed to achieve balanced classrooms that meet the diverse needs (academic, behavioral and social) of all learners. Teacher feedback, including input from specialists who work with students at multiple grade levels, will be part of the class roster process.
For more details on STAR and the class roster process, refer to the May Principal’s Update.
Budget and Construction Update
Outgoing Treasurer Tonja Condron provided an update on year-to-date income and expenses. This year’s income/expenses effectively net out, which was identified as a PTO Board objective for the 2016-2017 school year after careful consideration of the reserve funds held in the PTO account and concerns voiced by families.
Major expenditures for the year include purchase of Chromebooks for students and new art boards. A significant reserve amount is still set aside for the greenhouse and playground. Payment to the school has been delayed due to the construction bid process (re-bids are still pending
public school board vote), but construction is still currently slated to begin on June 12th.
Kristina Adams will begin a two-year term as treasurer in the 2017-2018 school year.
Plans in the Works for Next Year
The PTO is working on adding some organized activities to indoor recess. The plan currently involves several rotating carts that would house various activities, including an option for physical activity designed for the classroom. If you would like to help, email Dana Rofey.
Mrs. Johnson also announced plans to increase O’Hara student involvement in the Kids of Steel Marathon Program. Anyone interested in supporting this initiative for the 2018 Marathon should contact Mrs. Johnson directly.
With the school year coming to an end, the PTO Board will be planning out goals and projects for the 2017-2018 school year over the summer. We’d love to hear your ideas! Comment below or email Sarah Shaffer with suggestions on what you think we should focus on or areas where we can improve.
Committee Chairs and Members Needed
- Yearbook – Cari Tarasi will be taking over chair position; Interested volunteers should email outgoing chair Lisa Correnti
- Hospitality Committee – 3 to 4 members needed
- Thanksgiving Baskets – Chair needed
- Book Fair – 3 to 4 members needed
- Fifth Grade Day – multiple positions open