Welcome Lea Pearson
- Approx number of parents by level: 3-ES, 25-MS, & 2-HS.
Celebrating Accomplishments Lea Pearson & Francie Nolan
- Tiffany Robinet won a $500 savings bond for winning ?
Upcoming Meetings Lea Pearson
- February 14th - Social / Emotional issues of the gifted child.
- Summer Opportunities Fair (SOF) is TUESDAY, 3/1, 5-8 pm, at Franklin Park Conservatory. Need help with preparations and day of event. Circulating a sign-up sheet.
- April's meeting will be a year-end recognition/celebration. Tentative date is May 1st at OSU.
Open Discussion of Questions about School Choice Lea Pearson
- Help getting kid to make up their mind as to what they want
- Why are schools waiting so long to schedule tours (deadline for MS and ES is Feb. 28)
- What are the school options, particularly at MS
- What sports are offered
- How lottery process works
- Can apply to 3 community choice school and 3 ?
- Stopped doing racial quotas; had to add NCLB piece
- How find GPA and test scores of schools
- Can go to ODE for test scores, demographics, etc about schools
- CPS website has link to ODE
- Are there different admissions requirements for different schools
- Is there any leverage depending on your kid's aptitude
- Difference between NCLB and lottery
- Tips or secrets
- How find out if you are part of NCLB
- if your child has a particular aptitude, is there a way to recognize it and find out how to pursue it
- Lea mentioned FACTline as a resource
- Suzanne: no one in this room would be eligible for NCLB because they would be underperforming
Turned meeting over to G&T Judy Gatti, Ginny, & Francie
- Noted that the list of specialists doesn't say how much time the specialist is at their school-but no one is on site more than 4 days in a MS with more than 60 kids identified
- Driving force of the district is the curriculum guide, so all schools would be using the same guide-so is uniform for the entire district
- Francie explained more about the cluster model in MS-means writing WEP's and can only serve 60 WEP's
- Explained accelerated classes
- Q: What is being done to get specialists out there? And how decide who goes where
- Francie explained “the Rule”-then 32 units from the state-then 33 1/2 units from the general fund-formula used to determine how many specialists would be appropriate at each school
- Ginny feels the cluster group model is the most exciting thing she's seen for MS-this would be the same across all MS
- Differences between schools depends on accelerated classes-so you might want to see what accelerated classes are available at schools you might apply to
- She explained compacted science
- Also kids can take Spanish I in 8th grade
- If can get outside talents, we have academic options at various schools, so ask what is available
- Sports are only at 7th and 8th grade level (not 6th)
- Q: parent concerned her child is bored who didn't get into ECLIPSE class
- Suggested to try lottery again in 6th grade and 9th grade if you're not happy where you ended up, as your chances are higher for getting in the second year
- Judy Gatti: CAHS, Eastmoor, and Ft. Hayes get 900 applications for maybe 200 spots
- All HS offer AP
- Kathy Jackson Suggested going to the school's special events to see how well attended, does it feel comfortable,
- Deadline is FIRM
- HS fair is this week
Broke into groups
- Judy noted schools that have accelerated science; then discussed 3 MS math models
- Q: while on a tour, do I get to see the guidance counselor or the gifted specialist or do I need to make a separate appointment?
- Q: child wants to take summer school to get ahead, what do you think of that?
- Kathy answered-not a good idea, is mostly kids taking as a remedial class or repeat
- Ginny mentioned Owjl camp due Feb. 15
- Plug made for stimulating summer activities
- Mentioned I Know I Can as a source for financial help
- Q: how find out about WEP's-when do parents get involved in the process?
- Q: about testing, when identified
Next General meeting is Monday, 2/14.
Steering Committee Meeting immediately following General meeting.
Submitted by Michele Newbauer based on notes taken by Sally Watkins, 2/8/05.