For those of you who missed it, the following are highlights from the October Governance Team meeting:
- Rod Reynolds updated the GO Team on the Tutoring Task Force’s efforts to expand on our existing tutoring programs, including at Sutton Middle School. The GO Team is looking for creative ways to overcome time and transportation constraints faced by students, for example by providing in-school tutoring during an expanded Advisement, looking to college students to supplement existing tutoring, and offering after-school transportation (for which the GO Team has previously budgeted);
- Sarah Shoup and Media Specialist Lori McCall updated the GO Team on the roll out of YouScience, a program designed to give students guidance on turning their strengths and interests into real-world careers. The program uses science and algorithms (instead of just personality and interest tests) to help students make post-secondary choices. In early 2017, the GO Team under Mike Everly’s leadership began researching the pros/cons of YouScience, and we were very encouraged by the opportunities it presented. The program is now being mandated by the Georgia Dept. of Education for all high schools in Georgia. We’re on the right track!
- Principal Douglass updated the GO Team on the serious topic of safety on our school campus. He is actively soliciting information from knowledgeable parties on the most effective ways to keep our students safe while maintaining a campus that is welcoming and promotes an environment of learning;
- The GO Team reviewed End of Course (EOC) scores. This process is continuing, with focus on particular areas of concern;
- In keeping with our Strategic Plan of graduating students who are “college and career ready,” Rod Reynolds led a discussion of the benefits of teaching a more rigorous Personal Finance program, in particular to our juniors and seniors, including topics like how to budget/save, how to manage credit card debt — and generally how to be an adult! We are looking for ways to build this into the curriculum or roll it out as a separate program; and
- Following up on the discussion at September’s meeting concerning APS grade calculation, Mr. Douglass has spoken to Central Office, which is receptive to discussing how APS students’ grades are reported and whether the current method is the most accurate or somehow puts us at a competitive disadvantage. Lisa Jern and Carolyn Dingman will follow up.
GO Team meetings are monthly, on the third Thursday (4:30; Media Center). Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this month’s meeting is on Nov. 16. Meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity for public comment. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please contact Lisa Jern, Chair, at email@example.com . GO WARRIORS!