TGS Family Association

February 28, 2018

January 18, 2018 FA Meeting Minutes

Filed under: FA Updates — Family Association @ 2:34 am

Family Association
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 18, 2018
El Mirador Boardroom

In Attendance:  Gabrielle Gonzales, Patti Wisnom, Anne Jie, Darcy Nagle-O’Brien, Andrew Messing, Claudine Messing, Emeka Onuoha, Rose Schneider, Valerie Deitch, Jim Evans, Kathrine Pew, Natalie Gruenstein, James Robertson, Nansol Martinez Campa, Julie Sherrill

  • Welcome and Introductions

FA President, Darcy Nagel-O’Brien, called the meeting to order at 6:39pm

  • Guest Speaker        David Schindel, College Counseling

Mr. Schindel shared an article from the New York Times that summarized what elite colleges were seeking in candidates, “What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)”, Education Life, The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2017.  In Q&A, Dr. Sherrill and Mr. Schindel both credited the school for its emphasis in challenging courses for students.  Both encouraged parents and students to speak to Mr. Schindel for further questions.

  • School Update        Dr. Sherrill

Both Middle School and Upper School have improved the Friday Exploration Programs based on feedback from students and parents. Students can now sign up for seminar-like classes, such as the Religions Around the World series. Dr. Sherrill encouraged parents to talk to their children’s advisors about Friday choices and check out what their children have signed up for.

Dr. Sherrill also said that thanks to a generous donation the school has completed a comprehensive security assessment. The report with recommendations was presented to the Board of Trustee. The high priority for implementing the recommendation was “low cost, do now”, such as repairing the fence around the campus and being able to lock classroom from inside. One other recommendation was to put anti-shattering film on glass windows.

Dr. Sherrill also reported that enrollment was positive. There are 60 seats in the incoming Freshmen class. The lists for 5th and 8th grades, as well as the Freshmen class, have closed. The school will continue its small-class philosophy, but having more students will help strengthen the athletic programs. Dr. Sherrill also mentioned that the goal for the annual fund is $150K and $115K was collected.

  • Board of Trustees Report        Patti Wisnom

Patti Wisnom said that the focus of 2018 continued to be financial strength. She thanked parents for their support.

  • Treasurer Report        Valerie Deitch

Valerie Deitch gave her Treasurer’s report. Although income is slightly below expectation, certain actual expense items were reasonable and within expectation.

Committee Reports:

  • Hawks Pride        Amber Adil

o   The committee is seeking sponsors for Hawk Walk on Saturday, February 11, 2018. We are also seeking items to be put in goody bags and will need about 350-400 pieces per item.

o   From Coach Earnhart:  Hawk Walk website has a link for volunteers. There are also on The Gregory School’s web page under “event.”

  • Fine Arts        Leslie Heros, Marie Maloney, Darlene Buhrow

o   Middle School Play will be on February 16. Upper School Play will be on March 1-3, followed by Musical, the Funny Girl, in April.

  • Winter Formal                                   Lisa Wiedebush

o   Winter Formal will be at the brand new Truly Nolen Leadership Center. The dance is chaperone by both parents and faculty. Tickets ($30) are available in the office from Ms. Mogul and will available Friday night at Basketball game.

  • Middle School Rep        Paula Allen

o   The 5th grade reps are planning a class Valentine’s day party for students and teachers. The 6th and 8th grades will host the Staff Appreciation lunch on Thursday, March 8th. Sixth and 8th grade parent reps will be receiving a planning email soon. There will be a MS parent gathering during the MS dance on Friday, February 9th. Details to follow.

 

The December minutes was approved.

The meeting was adjoined at 7:44 p.m.

 

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