Harris Creek Elementary School P.T.A. Minutes
Tuesday, August 6th 2013 / Open House & General Meeting
6:05p.m. Principal Sanchez called our meeting to order and introduced herself along with Vice Principals Tina Anderson and Brandon Thomas. To contact them, their email addresses were displayed on the screen.
Our current enrollment is 1,014 students in Pre-K through 5th grade and we are continuing to enroll new students.
All of our teachers are extremely qualified and 13 of them are National Board Certified Teachers. Harris Creek Elementary teachers receive intense training on Common Core State Standards. Principal Sanchez welcomed our Track 1 & 2 teachers then dismissed them to get their rooms and presentations ready for parents.
Principal Sanchez encouraged everyone to become a volunteer. Registration is available in the Media Center. Opportunities for volunteers include: reading to students, chaperoning field trips, performing clerical tasks for the teachers, preparing and assembling Monday folders for the students, and practicing math facts with students.
Wake County offers free Parent Academies that provide parents with the information and strategies they need to help their children become successful students. The closest location for these academies is at Millbrook High School. (There was a list on the screen of upcoming Parent Academy options.) Registration is available online at www.wcpss.net/adult-edu (Click on the Parent Academy tab.)
Principal Sanchez informed H.C.E.S. parents on the new Read To Achieve House Bill (950/S.L.2012-142 Section 7A) that went into effect this 2013-2014 school year. It states that all students must pass their third grade Reading EOG to be promoted to fourth grade. The screen showed a list of “Good Cause Exemptions” as well as another list of options for students who did not pass initially. To ensure our students’ success we provide:
Differentiation in the classroom
An Intervention Teacher for each grade level. We have this thanks to our school-wide
Title One status.
mClass Benchmark Assessments, to be given in the fall, winter, and spring.
Progress Monitoring every 10 days for students who performed poorly on Benchmark Assessments.
Implementing Daily 5/CAFÉ learning strategies
Principal Sanchez then handed it over to Ruby Costa who explained Standards Based Grading.
1- Student isn’t there yet, still working on it
2- Meets expectations WITH teacher support
3- Meets expectations independently on a consistent basis
4- Exceeds expectations independently on a consistent basis
There will be no 3* this year. Ms. Costa handed it over to P.T.A. President Jessica Watkins.
Jessica told parents she was looking forward to another great year with the HCES PTA and announced what we were able to accomplish last year, specifically, the technology purchases we were able to make. She also reminded parents that the state does not allocate funds for these things, so if we want our students and classrooms to stay current and have access to the best technology, it is on us to raise those funds.
P.T.A. goals for 2013-2014 include:
Increased parent involvement in the classrooms and at HCES events.
Providing more clubs and activities for our students.
Completing purchases for Touchboards so that there is one in every classroom.
Mounting our BenQ projectors in every classroom.
Jessica presented our Budget and it was displayed on the screen for parents to view. Our two big fundraisers and sources of income this year are our GoPlaySave coupon book sales, which are already underway, and Boosterthon, which kicks off next week.
Jessica noted the P.T.A. booth set up in the hallway and encouraged parents to join and get involved. Opportunities for involvement include: Fundraising, Math & Science Night, Book Fairs, Literacy Night, Eagle Fun Fest, and Student Clubs.
The Harris Creek Elementary School P.T.A. can be followed on Facebook Harris Creek PTA and Twitter @HCPTA.
Principal Sanchez gave a final thank you to the P.T.A. and then gave parents directions for visiting their child’s classroom after dismissal.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.