- Thank you to: All staff and parents for working with Aspen with regards to parking, pick up/drop off and of course the safety of the students.
- Thanks to Maggie Rowan, Rachel Ibes and Amy Jacobson for presenting excellent info to the Board at the March meeting.
|Aspen Academy achieves intellectual, social, and creative growth for all students.|
|Define ways to strengthen intellectual, creative, and social programming.|
|Definition of, training for, and implementation of standards-based programming.||
March 21, 2017
New Student Testing –
Next year = Title 1 Team to be replaced by possible Instructional Coach?
Objectives – the anchor
Planning -> Instruction – Process
Assessment – Product – Formal/Informal – M & E level (give examples/rubrics)
Differentiation is an organized, yet flexible way of proactively adjusting teaching and learning methods to accommodate each child’s learning needs and preferences to achieve maximum growth as a learner.
Diane – Follow up with K-8 on creating an assessment packet (talk to Title 1 Team) – let them know what is going on… Due: April 4 for Staff Meetings – return to Diane
Angie – PD – then find someone to train. – That we need a Differentiation GOAL for next year. Per the Action Plan ppl
Mike – Will create Google Forms for the Survey (7) – Then share with Action Plan
Committee – so they can share with Staff at April 4th Meeting
Next Action Steps:
|Expand and strengthen data-driven instruction (DDI).||
April 17 to 21 – 3rd grade Math and Reading (not the afternoon of the 20th due to a tornado drill)
April 24 to 28 – MCA Math and Reading Makeups
May 1 to May 5 – MCA Science for 5th and 8th grade
|Aspen Academy maintains enrollment through recruiting and retention.|
|Track attrition data and target retention strategies at key grades.||
K = 91 (84 on waiting list), 1 = 80 (5 on waiting list, 12 packets out), 2 = 71 (20 waiting list), 3 = 69 (3 packets out, 22 waiting list), 4 = 69 (3 packets out, 25 waiting list), 5 = 69 (2 packets out, 9 on waiting list), 6 = 66 (no wait list, 7 packets out), 7 = 43 (no wait list), 8 = 31 (no wait list)
K- 76, 1- 68, 2- 69, 3- 69, 4-68, 5-61, 6-42, 7-26, 8-15 Total: 494
|Identify and pursue marketing opportunities in the community.||
|Develop marketing materials for different audiences branding/marketing identity.||
|Aspen Academy develops and maintains strong student, parent, and community partnerships.|
|Develop and expand THINK-related programming.||
The February THINK assembly focused upon teaching the value of Kindness. Volunteers from the 6th grade led the assembly and enacted a play inspired by the book The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper. The play focused on three vignettes which illustrated to students how they could apply the Golden Rule to their school experience. For example, if you want someone to be friendly and helpful to you, be friendly and helpful yourself by inviting a friend to play at recess, or helping pick up markers a peer may have dropped or by praising others’ effort in the classroom.
The sixth graders met 3-4 times over lunch to practice and perfect their play. They also welcomed students and asked them to share their own experiences of kindness. The sixth graders did a fabulous job.
In March, following Spring Break, seventh grade volunteers conducted the THINK assembly. The assembly taught the value of having High Expectations and the seventh graders produced a play based on the life of the Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, the first Latina Supreme Judge who grew up in poverty in the Bronx.
The seventh graders led the entire assembly and helped the elementary students consider how they might set high expectations for themselves in their lives.
The seventh grade process was excellent. Students drew names to determine who would be in the play and drew names again to determine what roles they took. Their was equity and fairness and all students worked hard to support one another and produce a high quality assembly.
There is no THINK assembly scheduled for April, due to testing. Our last THINK assembly will be held in May and we are hoping that our 6th grade robotics team may demonstrate their completed robot.
|Expand after-school programming options.||
|Increase parent involvement opportunities.||
|Aspen Academy develops and retains a highly qualified staff and board.|
|Define criteria we look for in prospective employees / board members.||
|Define training / support / coaching we will provide to employees / board members.|
|Define professional standards we expect employees / board members to meet.|
|Aspen Academy practices exemplary financial and operational management.|
|The Finance Committee will meet at least quarterly and define reporting needed.||
|Create / define / monitor organizational systems for clarity.||
|Implementation of Synergy across multiple operational areas.|
|OTHER – Strategic Planning|
|Information to report not otherwise included in Strategic Plan.||Director – Expansion project (Owner’s Rep – Kou Vang to be present)
On behalf of Friends of Education, Seven Hills Preparatory Academy is very pleased to be hosting the annual spring dinner and professional development event for Board Members and Executive Directors from schools authorized by Friends of Education. This evening, made possible by the generosity of Friends of Education, provides an opportunity for leaders from Friends of Education schools to meet and converse with one another, enjoy presentations on topics of interest to member schools, and celebrate the good work we’re doing together as charter public schools! Please forward the event information below to your Board members who, along with all of you, can expect an electronic invitation with more details to follow:
Who: Board Members & Executive Directors from Friends of Education Schools
When: Thursday, May 11th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Seven Hills Preparatory Academy, Bloomington Campus
8600 Bloomington Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425
What: Sit-down dinner and program consisting of brief presentations
How: This event is graciously underwritten by Friends of Education!