TGS Family Association

July 8, 2019

FA Meeting Minutes – Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 5:29 pm

The Gregory School

Family Association


Thursday, February 7, 2019

El Mirador Boardroom


Attendees:  Joy Mockbee, Alicia Sooter, Tanya Polec, Celia Bavier, Pam Farthing, Andrew Greenhill, Patti Wisnom, Catherine Ramus, Paula Allen, Katherine Pew, Hongyu Liu, Rose Schneider, Lynda Zimmermann, Ada Lewkowicz, Becky Knope, Iryna Myloserdna, Maria Vasilieva, Julie Sherrill, Sarajane Tier, Lori Patton, Tamar Bergantino, Nicole Westmoreland, Maria Elena Acuna, Tony Swensrud, Desi Winter, Elizabeth Goodwin, Darcy O’Brien, Anne Jie,  Mary Babbitt. 


FA President, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien, called the meeting at 8:53 a.m. 


Hawk Walk Angela Earnhart, Director of Athletics


Coach Earnhart encouraged more runners to sign up for the upcoming Hawk Walk on Sunday, February 10th. Registration had been extended to 8 a.m. on the day of the event. She asked parent or student volunteers to arrive at 8 a.m. and she would assign tasks. 


Summer Opportunities for Students David Schindel & Michelle Borleske


Mr. Schindel and Ms. Borleske distributed the list of “Summer PreCollege Programs for Middle & Upper School Students” and brochures of various programs. Both counselors said that participation in those programs would enhance a student’s experience, but would not improve his or her chance of getting into a particular college. Ms. Borleske emphasized that summer should be the time to relax and have fun. She mentioned that colleges looked for essays that focused on meaningful and challenging issues. Time spent on summer programs, travel, part-time work, or community service would help students on their essay writing. She said that job shadowing, internship, or paid jobs were equally important as college summer programs. Mr. Schindel said that students could also take classes at Pima Community College. A number of parents shared information about local programs.


For internship application, Ms. Borleske offered that a student resume should include education, favorite and relevant classes taken in school, ACT or PSAT score, awards and honors, as well as extracurricular activities. She encouraged kids to exchange ideas about the types of experience to be included on a resume. Dr. Sherrill added that participation in interim week was included in transcripts.


Finally, Mary Babbitt told the attendees that TGS would continue Minds Alive! Summer program for students entering 5th through 8th grade. Upper school students were encouraged to volunteer for the program, which would earn them community service hours. 


School Update Dr. Julie Sherrill, Head of School


Dr. Sherrill acknowledged and expressed appreciation for Sarajane Trier, who would move back to the Midwest. Dr. Sherrill said that the school was half way through its Annual Fund goal with 100% participation from the Board of Trustees and faculty but only 25% participation from families. She asked for help from families because participation rates would enhance the school’s grant writing. 


Dr. Sherrill further said that she would brought two issues to Upper School students in the upcoming meeting. The first was the importance of words in communication and the second was the vapor devices. Ms. Patton later showed attendees a Juul Kit ordered online. The group discussed aspects of how better to educate students and raise awareness of the harm of vaping. 


Family Association Matters


Staff appreciation would be held during Parent-Teacher Conferences with snacks for Middle School and lunch for Upper School. Sign-up for food drop-off and clean up would be available soon. 


Grad Night committee would have its fundraising event at Creative Juices at 2pm on March 3rd and $10 out of $35 fee would go to Grad Night. TGS fleece blankets are still available in the office for $25 and the entire proceeds will go to Grad Night. Email soliciting chaperones would be sent out soon.


Fine Arts committee would assist school events, as on the School Calendar. Parents would be welcome to attend the Art Extravaganza on February 15th during E4 session. Ms. Julia Conroy is looking for help to set up Cardboard City for the 5th graders during E3 on that day. 


Board of Trustee Report Patti Wisnom, President


Patti expressed appreciation to parents who were new to the FA meeting and for continued support to the school. The Board continues to focus on strategic planning. 


The minutes for the December meeting were approved. 


The meeting was adjourned on 10:02 a.m.


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