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Mark T. Sheehan High School

Minutes of Meeting: November 6, 2014

In Attendance: Ms. Brinton, Ms. DeVince, Mr. Dirkson, Ms. Distante, Ms. Dow, Ms. Duthie, Ms. French, Ms. Hawkins, Ms. Sue Hudson, Mr. Marciano, Ms. Mellor, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Palange, Ms. Raccio, Ms. Riley-McCracken, Ms. Schlick, Ms. Nation, and Mr. Wiesen
The meeting convened at 6:32 p.m.
The minutes from the October 2014 meeting were read. Ms. Raccio requested that the minutes be amended to reflect that Sheehan’s wording concerning evening conferences on the FAQ sheet (which was distributed at the ninth grade parents meeting) was cited as a positive example for other schools to model. Motion to accept—Ms. Riley-McCracken; Second—Ms. Schlick.
The meeting began with an introduction of the members present as well as of our guest speakers for the evening. Ms. Brinton and Ms. Distante joined the meeting to update the group on the NEASC accreditation process. Aided by a PowerPoint presentation, they explained the work in which the school is engaged, the value of accreditation, and how parents can become involved in the process. The faculty is currently writing a self-study report based on the NEASC Standards—Core Values & Beliefs, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, School Culture & Leadership, School Resources, and Community Resources. This work is teacher-driven, designed around best practices, and provides a framework for schools to engage in reflection and determine areas in which it can improve. In November 2015 (November 15 – 18), a team of educators will visit the school to validate the findings of the self-study report. This team will provide both commendations and recommendations that will guide the school’s future work. Ms. Murphy also addressed the membership and shared her experience reviewing the narrative essay for the School Resources Committee. Ms. Brinton and Ms. Distante addressed questions from the group and concluded their presentation by asking for additional parent volunteers. A number of parents did express their interest in providing assistance.
Ms. French provided the members of PTAC with an update concerning Project One Fund Wallingford. Plans are moving forward for the Picnic in White, which is tentatively scheduled for May 16, 2015. (This is also the same night as Sheehan’s Junior Prom.) The event will be held at a secret location that will be disclosed on the day of the event. Musical entertainment will be provided and a “priceless gifts” raffle will be held. Possible priceless gifts include dinner at Dr. Menzo’s home and reserved seating at graduation. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Wallingford Public Schools. The superintendent’s student council will be asked to identify what technology they would like to see in their classrooms. Their recommendations will be considered when deciding on what technology purchases should be made with the monies raised through this event.
Ms. Raccio provided the group with an update from System-wide PTAC, which included:

  • A subcommittee of the System-wide Parent Teacher Advisory Council (SWPTAC) will be formed to discuss the dress code policy. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should contact Shawn Parkhurst or Tammy Raccio.

  • A “parent university” may be formed where parents can learn more about topics of interest (topics may be generated from the climate survey).

  • Data from the health survey was shared with the group.

A discussion took place concerning the recent health survey and the possibility of inviting Craig Turner to a future meeting to discuss the findings of the survey and plans the town has for moving forward. Everyone in attendance thought this was a good idea and the suggestion was made to invite Lyman Hall’s PTAC to the meeting.

Towards the end of the meeting, those in attendance were reminded of the Parent Budget Forum scheduled for November 24.
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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