Principal Dawn Ellis’s report
Murch’s enrollment is large.
The Weather Bug station is up and running.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Dawn reported that Murch is accredited by the Association. Our accreditation will run out within the next year. We need to make a decision as to whether to pursue reaccredidation or not. At this point Dawn and Vicki will do some more research into why Murch initially sought accreditation by this organization, and what the benefits would be to seeking reaccredidation. They will report back at the October LSRT meeting. The accreditation seems to mainly benefit colleges and universities.
HSA report by Co-President Karin Perkins
There will be a reception for new Murch parents on Friday, September 3rd.
Friday, October 1st will be the first “Movie on the Hill.”
The “SOS” (Staff our School) campaign will begin towards the end of the week of September 6th.
The “Paddles Up for Murch” effort at the Auction last year raised $15,000. Over the summer, the HSA purchased 3 macbooks, 11 ELMOs and LED projectors.
The HSA has also just purchased a portable SMART board which will be housed in the Murch library.
Strategic Plan Update
Dawn reported that many members of the Murch staff spent the summer creating new curriculum guidelines for math instruction at all grade levels.
Staff also inventoried and organized math and science materials. The school is still in need of a great deal of accessible storage for these materials but this is not likely to happen prior to our 2013 renovation.
The LSRT still needs to flush out the social-emotional goal for the strategic plan.
Karin Perkins reported that the HSA has allocated some money to support completing the strategic planning process this year, depending on what the needs are to complete the process and implement the goals.
Lauren Miller will be the staff LRST co-chair. The parents will select a co-chair as well and notify Lauren.
Meetings will occur on the first Monday of every month. The starting time will move back and forth between 5:00 and 5:30 P.M.
The next meeting was set for Monday, October 4th at 5:00 PM.
Sarah Bogan will take notes at the meetings. Vicki Otten will type the notes up, send them around for additions and edits and make sure they are posted on the website and the Forum.
Lauren Miller will circulate possible meeting dates for the LSRT to complete work on the strategic plan’s social-emotional goal