Community Council

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Every school has a school community council consisting of the principal, elected teachers and parents.  Parent members must exceed the principal and staff by at least two. Parent input is important in the decisions made by councils. Parent participation on school community councils is important. Councils prepare, adopt, and implement education plans at their school. 

School improvement is the responsibility of everyone, from students and parents to professionals and public officials. As we clarify roles, expectations, and responsibilities, we increase the likelihood of each contributing significantly to this most important enterprise. School community councils are one way we can work together to make schools more successful. A council is an advisory body. All of its actions and plans are overseen by the local school board or local charter board. The tools currently available on this page, along with others being developed, are intended to encourage parent involvement and to help school community councils work smoothly and effectively.

Why should parents participate?
- Improved student success and well-being for ALL students
- Engaged parent representation in decision making will allow for greater equity
- A diverse pool of parent viewpoints helps bridge cultural gaps.

Click here to learn more about a community councilwww.schools.utah.gov/schoollandtrust

Duties of the Community Council include the following:

  • Develop a School TSSA plan

  • Develop a School LAND Trust Program

  • Assist in the development and implementation of a Staff Development Plan

  • Develop a Child Access Routing Plan (elementary level only)

  • Advise and make recommendations to school and District administrators and to the
    School Board when appropriate

  • Develop a Reading Achievement Plan (elementary level only)

  • Create subcommittees and task forces as needed

  • Ensure Digital Safety is completed

  • Make data based decisions for student needs

Committee 2020-2021

Current plan:
Goal: 100% of Grouse Creek students will make progress towards the benchmark as measured by the Acadience benchmark when taken in the spring of 2021. Students will each increase their words per minute by at least 10 words per minute.
Academic Areas

  • Reading

Measurements
Data taken January 2019, indicates that 0% of Grouse Creek students k-6 are reading at grade level benchmark as measured by the Acadience assessment. Based on this baseline data, we feel that the increasing 10 words a minute goal is attainable. 2019 BOY data reported that the average reading fluency was 49 wpm. 2020 MOY data reported the average reading fluency was 70.5 WPM.  100% of students will make reading skill progress.
Measurement: We will use the Acadience assessment in May 2020 (possibly), September 2020, and January 2021 as measurements of progress. We will use pathways to progress growth as well.
Action Plan Steps:
1- Give students diagnostic assessments to identify specific reading skills needed.
2- Integrate non-fiction text such as math magazine, science world periodicals. 3-All reading teachers will instruct using correct reading techniques and skills.
3- Teachers will give formative assessments as students acquire and progress in their reading development.
4- Identified students will receive individualized tier 3 interventions.
5- Supplies will be purchased to build STEM kits. The kits will allow students to integrate their reading fluency in order to solve problems.
Expenditures Category Description Estimated Cost Total:$663
General Supplies (610) Grouse Creek will be purchasing supplies needed to facilitate student learning and improve reading through STEM non-fiction project kits. The kits will focus on nonfiction and Reading Naturally materials.
Money Given: $679
Used for: Stem Materials

Council Members
Principal: Melissa Morris
Grouse Creek School was awarded special school status.

2019-2020 Trust Land Report

GC allocation was $619

Goal #1
Grouse Creek School sees a need to continue to work on the overall reading proficiency of our students. We have based this need off of the current 2018-2019 Acadience mid-year test scores. Which indicates students tested were below benchmark for their current grade level in the area of Reading Comprehension. We will continue to integrate both fiction and non -fiction text into our students daily routines. These materials will align with Common Core, State, and Box Elder Standards. By the spring of 2020, 100% of the students attending Grouse Creek School will have improved their personal reading comprehension as determined by Acadience Reading Comprehension benchmark testing.

Goal #2
Student growth will be measured by Acadience Data Management. Student growth will focus on the Reading Comprehension section of the assessment. Growth will be determined off the beginning year score and the year end score for each student tested.

Action Plan Steps

To integrate the non-fiction text we will purchase the informational periodicals Math Magazine and Science World Magazine published by Scholastic. Each student will receive their own copy of each magazine. Students will read and actively discuss one article per week for each periodical.
Additionally, to integrate the fiction materials, we will purchase new books for our school library. Students will have direct input as to what books will be added to the school library. By adding more books to the  school library  students will have more opportunity to check out books that not only interest them but will be within their reading limits. Students will be required to check out at least one of the new books that they requested prior to the end of the second trimester.

Council Members
​Chair- Sarah Warr
Vice Chair: Vonda Blanthorn
Principal: Viola Foy
Parent: Gerald Foy
Parent: Kenny Warr
School Employee: Johnathan Evans

2018-2019 Trust Land Report

​GoalWe will continue to work on improving our students overall reading proficiency. We will focus on integrating both non-fiction and fictional texts that align with the common core state standard.  By the spring of 2019, 90% of the students attending Grouse Creek School will be reading on grade level as determined by the DIBELS assessment and any other state determined assessments.
Money Given: $854
Academic Area: Reading 
Measurement: Students growth will be measured by scores received on the DIBELS assessments and any other state mandated assessments. 
​Used for: We will purchase the non-fiction informational periodicals Math Magazine and Science World magazines published by Scholastic. Each student will receive their own copies of these magazines. Students will read and actively discuss one article per week out of each of these periodicals. Additionally, both Historical and Historical fiction text will be purchased and added to the school library. Students will have direct input on the texts that are purchased. Extra funds will be used to support struggling readers by having aides come into the school and read with them. 

Council Members:
Chair: Sarah Warr
Vice Chair Gerald Foy
Principal: Viola Foy
School Employee: RoseMary Tingey
Parent: Vonda Blanthorn
Parent: Kenny Warr
Parent; Clay Blanthorn

2017-2018 Trust Land Report

Goal: We will continue to work on improving our students reading proficiency. We will focus on non-fiction informational text that aligns with common core state standards. By the spring of 2018, 90% of our students will be reading on grade level as determined by the DIBELS assessment and other state determined assessments. 
Money Given: $1018
Academic Area: Reading
Measurement: Student growth will be measured by scores received on the DIBELS assessments and any other state mandated assessment. Per our scores on both SAGE and DIBELS assessments all students did make personal growth in the academic area of reading. 
​Used for: We will purchase the non-fiction informational periodicals Dyna-Math and Science World magazines. Students will read and actively discuss one article per week out of each of these periodicals. Non-fiction, biographical and autobiographical texts will be purchased for the school library. Students will have direct input on text that will be purchased. Extra funds will support reading aides that will come into the school to read with struggling readers. 

Council Members
Chair: Heather Warr
Vice Chair: Shana Thomas
Principal: Viola Foy
Secretary: Vonda Blanthorn
Parent: Jerry Foy
Parent: Kelly Warr
School Employee: RoseMary Tingey
Parent: Clay Blanthorn
Parent: Antonio Arroyo

2016-2017 Trust Land Report

Goal: We will continue to work on improving our students reading proficiency. We will focus on non-fiction informational text that aligns with common core state standards. By the spring of 2017, 90 % of our students will be reading on grade level as determined by the DIBELS and SAGE tests.
Money Given: $1033
Academic area: Reading
​Measurement: Students growth will be measured by scores received on the DIBELS and SAGE assessments. Our DIEBSL assessment we had 71% of our students that were proficient. Our SAGE scores showed that 80% of our students were proficient. 
Used for: We will purchase non-fiction informational text Dyna-Math and Super Science magazines. Students will read one article per week of these texts. Non-fiction library books will be purchased. Extra funds will support reading aides that will come into the school to read with struggling readers. 

Council Members
Chair- Sarah Warr
Vice Chair- Shana Thomas
Principal: Viola Foy
Secretary: Vonda Blanthorn
Parent: Jerry Foy
Parent: Heather Warr
Parent: Kelly Warr
School Employee: RoseMary Tingey
Parent: Clay Blanthorn

2015-2016 Trust Land Report

Goal: Improve math performance. We had no students testing at the proficient level on the SAGE testing. Our goal is to get 33% of our students testing at the proficient level. We would like to reach this goal by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. 
Academic Area; Mathematics
Measurements: We will use the SAGE testing results to assess our goal. 
Per the amendment our goal was changed to focus on reading. We did reach our goal. The reading goal was measured by the use of DIBELS test and SAGE tests.
Money Given: $1283
​Used for: Grouse Creek School will have a new faculty for the 2015-2016 school year. They will need to hire an aide or aides to help the teacher deliver differentiated instruction in their math teaching.  Per the amendment our goal was changed to focus on reading. We purchased periodicals from Scholastic that qualified as informational text. We also hired a reading aide to help with literacy tutoring with the students of our school. 

Council Members
Chair- Clay Blanthorn
Vice Chair- Sarah Warr
Principal- Viola Foy
Parent- Heather Warr
Parent- Shana Thomas
School Employee- Thra Howard

School Community Council Rules of Order and Procedure  
All meetings are open to the public and the public is welcome to attend. 
The chair or a co-chair conducts the meetings, makes assignments, and requests reports on assignments. 
Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53A-1a-108.1(9)(i). 
Items on the agenda take priority over other discussions coming before the council. 
Action of the council will be taken by motions and voting. 
The motions and voting are recorded in the minutes

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TSSA PLAN

Community Council Meeting schedule for 2020-2021

Grouse Creek was issued a special circumstance waiver because of the lack of those who can serve on the community council on October 12,2020 by the Box Elder School Board