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March PAC meeting

Point Grey Secondary School / stəywəte:n PAC Meeting

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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Barbara Corbin, PAC Chairperson calls meeting to begin at 7:20 pm in the staff room.

Present: Principal Randy Clark.   Executive Members: Barbara Corbin, Sharon Blair-Chow, Fanny King, Janis Esau, Davina Fu,

 

1.  Approval of minutes from February 28, 2007.  Sharon Blair-Chow motions to accept the minutes, seconded by Janis Esau.  All in favour.  Motion carried.

 

2.  Teachers’ Union Representative – Sue Inglis

-  Raises concerns regarding students taking on-line courses.  Initially students choose on-line courses not available at school.  Recently, more students are taking on-line courses while still registered in a course at school, continuing only with the course offering the higher mark.  Some students from private schools are getting marks inconsistent with their actual grades in class.  This has a negative effect on the public school population & its social atmosphere.  Ongoing discussion is necessary, especially for students in younger grades.  There needs to be a certain level of supervision with on-line courses.  P.G. Students are only allowed 2 spare blocks in their time table, but there is no limit to how many on-line courses a student can take.  No guidelines or limits exist on registration for on-line courses; no approval needed from parents, only Grades 8 & 9 students in Vancouver need principal’s approval. 

- Randy Clark adds comments:  All other areas in BC, no approval needed at all.  Administration and staff are working their way through the issues of on-line courses while making adjustments.  Provincially, in Oct & Nov 2006, schools are asked to accept on-line marks.  In March 2007, Secondary Schools were asked by the VSB to include on-line marks on the second term report cards.  Some principals in our district have an issue with such request because on-line courses are quite different from the in-school courses.  Many felt that report cards should clearly reflect the source of marks since schools have no control over students taking courses on-line or the standard of marking.  There has not been standardization or review by the Ministry regarding the on-line system.  Parents need to give feedback regarding on-line courses to the Ministry and VSB. 

- School Budget: VSB has approximately $8.5 million shortfall that could lead to teachers being laid off.  Parents need to encourage school board to streamline budget and not have funds become available too late in the school year for adequate course planning and staffing. 

-  Bill 20 – 2007:  New name of VSB is Board of Education.  Refer to Ministry of Education at http://www.leg.bc.ca/38th3rd/1st_read/gov20-1.htm; includes school fees and achievement contracts signed by school board & overseen by new superintendent of achievement.

-  Bill 21 – 2007:  See http://www.leg.bc.ca/38th3rd/1st_read/gov21-1.htm.  Creation of employee registry to register those teachers who had been disciplined by the College of Teachers.  An employer registry is also to be set up.

-  VSB Education Facility Review - decides which schools will be closed and future use of vacant school buildings.  See http://www.vsb.bc.ca/districtinfo/educationalfacility/default.htm.   Vancouver district has decreasing enrollment.  Point Grey currently has more than enough students to fill capacity.  Upcoming meetings welcome public & parents’ input regarding use of school buildings.  It takes a full calendar year after a decision is made before a school is closed. 

-  Sue Inglis has heard of a VSB directive circulated at Charles Tupper Secondary. Barbara Corbin to contact PAC Chairperson at Tupper for a copy or details of such a document.

 

3.  Report from the Administration – Randy Clark

-  Term 2 marks issued in report card on March 16, awaiting feedback from parents.

-  Grade 12 students busy sending transcripts for post secondary applications before Spring Break.

-  April 20, Profession Development Day – Staff to discuss school planning for Sept 2007.

-  will report feedback on mid-year exams at the next PAC meeting.

-  School Fees http://www.leg.bc.ca/38th3rd/1st_read/gov20-1.htm.  Some fees will be allowed; music instruments & certain sports activities.  However, PE, Arts, including Photography, Applied Skills, e.g. Home Economics, Shop will not be able to charge fees as in the past. Departments in the school are listing existing school fees and breaking down the fee structure into components for review under the new criteria of what is allowable.  The Point Grey Newsletter to be issued in May 2007 will contain a draft schedule of fees.  An updated version will appear in the August 2007 newsletter.

-  Track, date of completion to be near the mid to end of August. http://www.pgtrack.com/   

-  Band & Choir students in Calgary until April 1 & 30 students in Italy & Austria until March 31.  Group from Senior Rugby Team will be on exchange in Ottawa, April 30 for 1 week.  Point Grey is hosting students from Ottawa on April 2 for 1 week. 20 students from Japanese class to Tahara, Japan (near Nagoya) for 2 weeks in April. A group of students from Grades 9 & 10 go to Vancouver Island beginning of June.

-  With VSB reviewing school facilities, Point Grey will lose 2 portables at end of school year.  School population of 1285 will be decline over the next 2 years by approximately 30 students per year, mostly from limiting applications from students living outside of Point Grey catchment.   There are currently 10,000 empty seats collectively in elementary & secondary schools in Vancouver, east of Cambie Street. 

 

4.  Updates - Janis Esau

- Craft Fair & Book Sale information is now on line, thanks to Linda Barker, Maureen Bayless and Michael Baker who all worked on the website link.  A synervoice will prompt parents.

- Point Grey Sign/Message Center update (Sharon Blair-Chow). Quotes from 2 companies: Visual Information Systems and Knights Signs.  Knights Signs did the original signage; already have the electrical specifications & engineering drawings.  Knight’s quote is within PAC’s expectation of $ 21,000 to $28,000 for electric message board and graphic sign with actual Musqueam language format.  Taxes & training, extra.  Sign Committee to finalize. 

 

5.  SPC – Sharon Blair-Chow

-  VSB has approved some maintenance work, painting lockers and area above lockers.

-  See minutes from SPC, forwarded to Maureen Bayless to be posted on PAC website. 

-  Recognition Award research - Janice Grout & Sharon began research regarding student recognition that is not academically or athletically based.  Sue Inglis outlined list of awards printed in the Point Grey student’s agenda and has provided details.  Janice Grout is researching history & structure of Point Grey awards and is also looking at promoting awareness of awards. 

 

6.  Report on budget development presentation to VSB Trustees, March 12 – Sharon Blair-Chow

-   Barbara Corbin, Maureen Bayless &Sharon Blair-Chow attended. The only school, P.G.’s presentation addressed district issues: special education funding & staffing; 1 counselor per grade, financial hardship funding, data management system to keep track of students

 

7.  Other Business – Sharon Blair-Chow

-    Mini School Fundraiser: Dr. Gordon Neufeld will speak on “Making Sense of Adolescence” on Wednesday, April 4, at Magee High School.  7:00 pm refreshments, talk begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets @$10 from Maureen Bayless. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.  Next PAC meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 7:15 pm at Musqueam Band Office, 6735 Salish Drive.  See map.  http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=6735+Salish+Drive,+Vancouver,+B.+C.+++V6N+4C4&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=27.756881,85.078125&layer=&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=49.229117,-123.191972&spn=0.008267,0.033388&om=0&iwloc=addr&z=15&pw=2

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