SPECIAL NOTICE: School Site Council Parent Member Election
Please come to our School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 4pm in the library. ALL parents who attend will have the opportunity to vote for one parent member, the last open seat on the Council this year. If you are considering running for SSC parent member and have any questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact Michelle Beckstrom, SSC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Principal Caryn Lane.
What is School Site Council?
Valencia School Site Council 2015-16
Membership: Corrie Mathiessen (Parent), Michelle Beckstrom (Parent/Chairperson), Jennifer Murphy (Parent/Secretary), Lizzy Anderson (Parent/Measure L Manager), Kimberly Petersen (Parent), Jan Swanson (Teacher), Karen Richmond (Teacher), Susan Murphy (Teacher) and Caryn Lane (Principal). TBD- Classified Staff Member
Alternates: (Teacher) and Renee Duncan (Parent).
The school site council is a group of parents, teachers and other school staff that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The members of the site council are elected by their peers; parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect teachers.
Questions school site councils can ask
· What are the goals and priorities of our school?
· What data do we have that shows how well we are achieving those goals?
· Are we progressing toward our goals?
· Are there particular groups of students who are not doing as well as others?
· What supports could we put in place to help struggling students?
· How will we fund those supports?
· Do we have programs that are ineffective or unrelated to our goals?
· Is it possible to eliminate those programs?
· How will we know if our new programs are effective?
Over the course of a year, a typical council might consider the goals of the school or district and then work with the principal to evaluate the school's progress toward those goals. In this evaluation, the council might consider school test scores, attendance and discipline records, parent surveys and input from students.
After looking at the big picture of the school's progress, the council and the principal create a plan for improvement. This plan might involve a new academic program, staff member or parent outreach strategy. Successful school site councils, regardless of their specific agendas, are more than a "rubber stamp" committee, and always ask thoughtful and challenging questions. School site council members don't just represent their own interests. They have an obligation to make decisions that will best serve the whole school community.