TGS Family Association

April 4, 2015

March 12, 2015 General Membership Meeting Minutes

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Family Association of The Gregory School

General Membership Meeting

March 12, 2015

In attendance: Paula Allen, Suzan Costich, Valerie Deitch, Stephanie Evic, Abbey Glaze, Gabrielle Gonzales, Herman Gordon, Merle Henkel, Stan Kissinger, Andrea Mainman, Debra Meyer, Sharon Norman, Darcy Nagle O’Brian, Lori Patton, Becky Rebenstorf, Julie Sherrill, Laura Swenson, Monica Walker


Welcome and Announcements

The meeting was called to order at 7:51 AM by FA President Andrea Mainman.  She began introductions around the room.  The minutes from our last minute were available for those in attendance to look over.  A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes from the February meeting.


Treasurer’s Report

We received more money in the Shop N’Give account.  No expenditures were recorded for classes this month.


Committee Reports

Staff Appreciation – The 6th grader class did a great job last month with the Valentine’s Day theme.   This month’s is being hosted by the 8th grade class and will take place on the 30th – a late start day – and will be catered by Beyond Bread.

Fine Arts – The Spring Musical, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, will be presented on March 27th & 28th. On the Friday before the show, there will be a 5th grade spelling bee and on Saturday there will be an alumni spelling bee, just prior to the show. Music will be provided all by The Gregory School students, with the exception of the cello.   A cafeteria-style dinner will be served at $5 per person.  Dinner will be provided for the students involved on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday prior to the show.

Grad Night – Plans for the big Grad Night surprise are in the works and moving along.


Development Report

A class contest is in the works.  The class with the highest participation (percentage wise, not dollar amount) will will a prize. The Middle School winner will have a pizza party and the Upper School winner will receive a late pass good for 10 min.  Abbey spoke about the posters she is making that will go up in the dining hall for each class which will have pie charts/thermometers on them to show the percentage of participation.  So far, the 9th grade is winning.  They want the kids to encourage their parents to participate.  Students are not being asked to contribute.  Dr.  Sherrill will talk about the importance of this at the next All School Meeting.  Right now we have $100,000 and our goal is $310,000.  Stanley Kissinger said the Board of Trustees is happy to report 100% participation.  Currently the school is at 13%. Last year we had about 30% participation.  This percentage impacts the school in its ability to acquire grants and funds.  It is tax deductible.  There is also still time to take advantage of the tax credit before the 4/15 deadline.


Head of School Report

Dr. Sherrill just returned from California where she visited with Dr. Menke who taught at The Gregory School for many years and was well liked by the students.  His legacy was making learning adventuresome through field study and school trips.  She would love for the students to take a trip out there and have him teach them about the ecology in the area of Central California. She also spoke about the Fab Lab concept which is based on MIT’s Media and Fab Lab.  There are two types:  East Coast which is more engineering based and West Coast which is more collaborative; inventing new things.  There is an investor/private donor who has given $75,000 for the Fab Lab and she wants to see the two concepts come together and for it to be connected to MIT.  Capt. Mark Kelly is putting his name to the project and will be personally connected to it.   The English Writing Center is also exciting news.  It will be for grades 5-12.  Upper School students will be available to help out younger students and earn service hour credits for doing so.   She also discussed and gave us a preview of the schedule for next year.  There may be a “zero” hour/period 7:15-8:25 AM.  The regular school day would start 8:30 AM.  There will be more encore options.  She is looking into getting more students involved in athletics by encouraging them to play a sport or intramural activity, encouraging a healthy body/mind mentality.  For example, a student spending 15-20 hours of equestrian time each week could receive credit for that.  There is a goal to improve the El Mirador Gym for more strength training/working out options.  These are all still in discussion and nothing is final at this point. Administrators and staff will be discussing these concepts through April. More information is yet to come.


New Business

Andrea read through a list of upcoming activities.


The meeting was dismissed for Lori Patton to speak about the 6th grade skills course, revamping the program and teaching the students how to plan better by using a planner, color coding, google calendar and all of the online resources available in our library including how to cite sources/references.



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