TGS Family Association

August 18, 2013

August 8, 2013 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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St Gregory College Preparatory School

Family Association Meeting Minutes

August 8, 2013

 

In attendance: Sarah Artzi, Jennifer Cassius, Donna Evans, Sam Evans, Saad Farouki, Cynthia Feig, Monika Gloesslein, Gabrielle Gonzales, Nancy Goodman, Elizabeth Goodwin, Liz Groskind, Jeanne Hoover, Debra Huffman, Lori Jones, Jas Katariya, Julieanne Lamri, Margaret Larsen, Melonie Lopez, Christina Maher, Andrea Mainman, Andy Malleod, Sandra Maltry, Gioconda Mancusi, Debra Meyer, Ginerva Dell Orto Nee, Katherine Nesci, Sharon Norman, Jen Richardson, Cathy Rosenberg, Reema Sawhney, Hava Shahar, Julie Sherrill, Jeffrey Spier, Laura Swenson, Mary Sutherland-Petersen, Marvis Sylvers, Pamela Tinley, Burcak Tolan, Melinda Williams, Karen Zimmerman.

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Andrea Mainman called the meeting to order at 2:33 PM.  She facilitated introductions around the room.  The May annual meeting minutes were submitted, seconded by Gabrielle Gonzales and approved.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

In the absence of treasurer Naomi Weiner, Andrea explained that the budget is largely unchanged from last May, with the exception of the budget for class representatives being raised from $250 to $300 for the 2013-2014 school year and the addition of a headmaster discretionary fund.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. Homecoming – Gabrielle Gonzales reported that Homecoming will be on Friday, September 20th, on the middle school campus.  Volunteers are still needed so please contact her if available to help.
  2. Staff Appreciation – Tina Roessler explained that committee members will partner with different grades, with each grade “hosting” one staff appreciation event during the course of the school year. She is hoping to vary the themes of these events and to plan around staff preferences and needs, such as last year’s “wellness week” with healthy meals, air quality enhancing plants, etc.
  3. Fine Arts – Andrea Mainman filled in for Fine Arts committee co-chairs, stating that the role of the committee was to support the faculty and students in the fine arts department.  The first event will be the upper school play.  More information about that to come.
  4. Parent Reps – Middle School Parent Rep chair Elizabeth Goodwin offered to answer any questions that may come up.  Rep activities will be kicking in shortly.
  5. Shop and Give – Marvis Sylvers reminded everyone to register their credit card/Safeway card online through escrip. This includes renewal of current subscribers, since that needs to be updated by parents between now and November. We made about $1200 in escrip proceeds last year.  Right now, Safeway is donating 10% of proceeds on back-to-school items through Sept 10th.  Target and Office Max also offer additional back-to-school donation dollars currently, so please use those cards when you shop for your school supplies.
  6. The Sip – Sharon Norman announced that the annual St Gregory fundraiser, The Sip, will be on October 26th at Ventana Canyon Resort this year.  Included will be a silent auction, beer tasting stations and a selection of German-themed appetizers.  The auction items will be available online for those unable to attend.
  7. Grad Night – Gabrielle Gonzales announced that St Gregory “tailgate” chairs are available for $25 each, with 100% of the proceeds helping to cover Grad Night expenses. She also mentioned that that  a committee meeting will be set in the next few weeks.

 

ADMINISTRATION/SCHOOL BOARD REPORTS

I. Development – Dr Sherrill gave this month’s Development report.  The development department is currently working on the annual report, support for The Sip and generating a current alumni list, to better involve our alumni community.  Videotaping of students and staff is currently underway, to produce video footage targeted to alumni, donors and potential donors.  Alum Derek Jobst is filming these segments.  Kathy Ross and the Development committee are also in the process of creating a new job description in anticipation of the search for a new Development Director.

  1. Board of Trustees – President Margaret Larsen introduced herself and spoke about the role of the St Greg school board and how it works in conjunction with the school administration.  Currently, work is moving forward on a branding initiative.  As FA president, Andrea Mainman is our representative on the Board.

 

NEW BUSINESS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Middle School Curriculum Night – Thursday, August 15th from 6:15 to 8:32 (adjusted 8/12/13)
  2. Upper School Curriculum Night – Tuesday, August 20th from 6:15 to 8:32 (adjusted 8/12/13)
  3. Middle School Potluck – Friday, August 23rd from 6 – 8 PM in the cafeteria (doodle poll)
  4. Upper School Potluck – Sunday, August 25th from 6 – 8 PM in the cafeteria (doodle poll)
  5. Homecoming – September 20th

 

MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 3:00 PM for special guest, Dr. Julie Sherrill, to speak.

 

Dr. Sherrill spent the first two days of school – with the kids finally on campus – pinching herself.  She spent much of that time in classrooms and in the lunchroom, doing quite a bit of listening, when she wasn’t addressing them during the orientation.  She spoke with them about the many values that are a part of the St Greg mission.  She told them – and the FA meeting attendees – about herself and what her hopes and goals are for our St Gregory students.

 

In a meeting with seniors, Dr. Sherrill facilitated dialogue with them regarding the changes that were made before she arrived, listening intently to what she described as their “very insightful” feedback, regarding internships in particular.  She is willing to reinstate them but some of the seniors did community service in lieu of internships this summer. Dr. Sherrill is working with faculty and students to find some sort of reasonable compromise.  In looking at the calendar, she is  hoping to plug in a senior trip over the three-day-weekend beginning on Oct 11, which is the day after college admissions paperwork will be due.  Also discussed was extracurricular club development.  She’ll be meeting with student council to discuss this next week.

 

Regarding other changes that have been made, Dr. Sherrill reported that the faculty and staff have been professional and exuberant in their new roles.  These changes were made in an effort to be financially responsible with tuition dollars.  She wants to create salary equalization to ensure faculty retention.  The administration team has been streamlined to be more in balance with enrollment numbers.  This will also enable Dr. Sherrill to be in the classrooms and interact with staff and parents, especially during this first year.  It will give her a better understanding of the accreditation process and be helpful for recruiting purposes as well.

 

The accreditation process is an involved one, requiring much oversight.  Susan Heinz has been involved with this previously and has already taken the lead.  A one year self-study process will result in collecting data for the October 2014 accreditation review.  We report to the accreditation agency what our current situation is.  It will then report back with any areas appearing to be weak.  We will then respond with a plan for strengthening those target areas.  Dr. Sherrill will speak at a future FA meeting regarding more of the specifics of this process.

 

NEXT FA MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH AT 2:30.

 

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