Welcome to our school Community Council page!
The purpose of the Community Council is to involve parents in decision making at the school level. Elected parents represent the parents of the school and participate in developing plans for improving the school, make decisions on how to best expend School LAND Trust Program monies, and increase public awareness of school trust lands and related policies.
- Meeting Schedule
- Community Council Members
- Current Year Agendas and Minutes
- Past years Agendas and Minutes
- School Improvement and LAND Trust Plans
- Become Involved
- Rules of Order
Emily Van Orman
Bountiful Jr. High
Community Council Meeting- Oct. 2, 2020
In Attendance: Kathryn Ashton, Jenn Nielsen, Wes Gold, Polly McQuarrie, Jared Johnson, Michelle Strong, Stephanie , Alan Crookston, Haley Watt, Erika , Emily Van Wagoner, Julia M., Andrea Davis
A nomination was made for Jared Johnson to be the Chairperson and Andrea Davis to be Secretary. Both nominations had a second and a unanimous vote.
The budget for 2019-2020 was discussed. There is a $3,000 roll over from last year.
BJH now has a true 1 to 1 ratio for devices.
BJH was given some voice enhancement systems for classrooms as a gift from West Bountiful Elementary.
The Goals for the 2020-2021 School Improvement Plan were discussed along with action steps and ways that the school plans to accomplish those goals.
Every teacher at BJH is a mentor to 20-25 students to check in with them and help them with their learning progress and figuring out how to manage the hybrid schedule.
Teachers are reviewing canvas with students in class and helping them be comfortable with knowing how to access their assignments on home days.
Trust Lands money allows BJH to have math double blocked so students attend math every day.
Teachers requested that students give quick feedback to teachers if something in canvas is not working.
The Community Council discussed the possibility of getting a study buddy system set up. It was discussed to see if there was a way to find those students that were struggling with the hybrid schedule and help match them up with resources in their own community or to help connect them with other students. Jenn Nielsen was going to draft a letter and get it to Mrs. Ashton to send out.
Attendance: Kathryn Ashton, Emily Van Orman, Michelle Strong, Stephanie Patton, Andrea Davis, Alan Crookston, Krista Tovey, Polly McQuarrie, Jenn Nielson, Wesley Gold, Jeff Christensen
Discussion about using money for productivity. Will use TSSA funds for now. There is some other money that could be used from Trust Lands funds. However, the wear and tear of the students using their computers each day and transporting them to and from school may necessitate a larger budget for Technology to replace damaged computers.
Fridays are awesome. It is appreciated by the teachers and students.
The teachers are tired. This has been a challenging year. How can we best support them? Discussion about giving thanks and acknowledgement to the teachers. Discussion of an email blitz or an email asking parents to show their appreciation for our teachers. Even more meaningful would be a note of thanks from the students themselves. Discussion of using Social Media in February to have a thank a math teacher today, thank an English teacher today, etc. and go through each department. Also discussed having the PTA help with passing out a postcard to students as they arrived at school for them to fill out with their thanks and then deliver to their teachers.
Discussion about changing the dress code to allow hats at school. Most dress code problems deal with hats. It was voted unanimously to try allowing hats and see if it caused any problems.
Next meeting in February around Parent Teacher Conferences.
Bountiful Jr. High Community Council
Feb. 24, 2020
In Attendance: Kathryn Ashton, Daron Kennett, Jenn Nielsen, Andrea Davis, Jared Johnson, Wesley Gold, Emily Van Orman, Michelle Strong, Alan Crookston, Stephanie Patton
Daron Kennett- District Professional Learning Department
Davis Learner Profiles- Descriptions of what students should be able to know and do by certain key grades. 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th
Critical Thinkers, Collaborators, Communicators, Creators, Innovators, Global citizens, People of Character, Problem Solvers.
Input on what a 9th graders should know around problem solving- Skills, Dispositions, Experiences
Skills- Communication Skills, Identifying the problem, working with others, verbal communication skills to work with others to solve the problem, weigh pros and cons, judgement and evaluations, social and emotional skills to remain calm and approach this problem objectively.
Dispositions- How to evaluate and place a true weight on the problem that they are dealing with, Counseling Office put responsibility on students- helping them see and make choices, positive forwarding thinking disposition, confident, know they have people who care about them and will help them. How to have a positive view of someone who you might disagree with.
Experiences- Experiential classes-learn and apply to outside things, do better at preparing students to be willing to persevere, work hard, apply learning and stick with it to the end- more important than the straight A book learning.
Grade to see the amount of effort that is put in, Spectrum program has 17 questions that both the teachers and students both do their own assessments to rate work ethic, responsibility and other areas. Need to not put more on teachers-they are already overworked, Need to have a way to have parents support at home.
SIP Goals for next year-
Keep all goals the same
Add in an SEL Goal- Implementing Mindfulness into the classroom, Everyday at the beginning of the school year for 2 weeks to do a base mindfulness curriculum. 5-10 minute lessons. Then teachers will do a 1 minute mindfulness activity each day. Give each student a singing bowl.
Mindfulness- Teach the students how to cut out the distractions and learn to live in the moment. Help them to settle down and handle stress better.
Everyone agrees to keep the same goals.
Having a designated mindfulness area-possibly in the library. Have P.E. Teacher buy in and teach it during PE.
We will need to meet or communicate through email in March to finalize the SIP goals, including the SEL goal. Mrs. Ashton will communicate through email when it is time to do that.
In Attendance: Kathryn Ashton, Jared Johnson, Polly McQuarrie, Wesley Gold, Justin Brooks, Andrea Davis, Emily Van Orman, Michele Strong, Jenn Nielsen, Crista Tovey, Shon Feller
Everyone reviewed the email with Next Year’s School Plan
Everyone received and opened email to show that you participated in the plan and clink on the link showing our participation.
Paulie McQuarrie will be leaving BJH- will still have a mindfulness goal, but it my look a little different.
Kimberly Madsen will be the new counselor.
This year, a very small handful of 9th graders who are missing credit. We are meeting our goal this year. BJH has amazing 9thgrade teachers that refuse to let our kids fail.
Can we have a Dance Company at the Jr. High? None of the teachers are qualified to teach it. It would have to be an afterschool club. A teacher would have to supervise, and a community member would have to teach. Farmington JR. High and Millcreek Jr. High have a dance club.
BJH is happy to find clubs and activities for students to participate in, but we need to have someone qualified to teach it, on a volunteer basis. The dance teacher at Viewmont may be able to help locate someone to help teach.
Lockers/Backpacks for next year. Most teachers love having the backpacks with the students and having all of their supplies with them. The only parent concerns were in the wintertime, kids didn’t want to have a coat because they didn’t have a locker to put them in. Also, those students who were involved in a sport or orchestra or activity that requires extra stuff would have to carry around 2 backpacks. Having a locker or place in the school to put their extra stuff would be helpful during their season.
As a teacher, Mr. Gold felt it was a better way to have backpacks with the students. There were much fewer tardies. The kids get to their classes on time, even with the shorter transition time. They don’t have to leave class to go get their things. There is much less noise in the hallway.
Suggested to keep the bell schedule and time between classes the same as this year. Transition time between classes. 2 minute clean up bell and then 3 minutes to get to class. The teachers like having that 2 minute buffer.
The PTSA has a new President- Lauren Larsen. Michele Blauer will stay on a treasury. Jodi Youngberg as membership. Looking for a secretary and a few more people to support and help out.
End of Year Activities? The District allowed each school to pick one activity. BJH has chosen to have a big yearbook signing on the last day of school. There will be snow cones, hotdogs, and fun stuff. This will be on Thursday, the last day. Ends at 12:55
Community Council Meeting Notes 9-30-19
Kathryn Ashton Tiffany Sowby
Amy Hughes Jenn Nielsen
Andrea Davis Michele Strong
Crista Tovey Sheri Dean
Emily Van Orman Jenn Pond
Council Members were introduced to each other.
The Chair and Vice Chair were elected.
2019-2020 Community Council Chair- Andrea Davis
2019-2020 Community Council Vice Chair- Jenn Nielsen
Council Member responsibilities were reviewed using “The Work of School Community Councils” by Natalie Gordon from the Utah State Board of Education. Additional training information was given.
Kathryn Ashton walked the council through the 2020 School Improvement Plan and Trust Lands Plan. We reviewed each goal and the funds that were allocated to achieve that goal.
The 2018-2019 Final Report was given out for review.
The council discussed how things are going so far this year and went into further discussion on the following topics.
Cell Phone Usage- If a teacher is requesting the students to look up information using their cell phones, then other devices need to be available for the students without cell phones to use.
Incentives for academic improvement- Parents on the council suggested that an email be sent to parents explaining how students can get recognized for academic improvement and let them know that they can donate gift card and other prizes to the school to help encourage students to keep making improvements in the academic efforts. Parents are more likely to donate if they have a more specific cause and request of what to donate.
Eagle Time- Eagle Time was fully explained by Mrs. Ashton and council members suggested the more information was given to the parents and students so that time can be used as it was designed to be used. Parents and students should be reminded that if they need help from a specific teacher, they can let that teacher know to make a request for that student to come get help from them during Eagle Time. Also, students should be reminded that if they are all caught up on work, to use that time for the Social and Emotional Learning program that is available to them on Canvas.
Speaker System- It was proposed that the school charge a $3-5 fee to reserve your seats for the choir concerts. A parent Michelle Blauer is willing to provide the support to Mrs. Bradbury to organize the carry out the purchasing of tickets. Many parent members of the council thought this was a great idea and would happily pay to have reserved seats instead of waiting in line for an hour before the concert begins. The funds generated could go towards a new speaker system, which is currently a great need at the school. Kathryn Ashton will discuss the proposal with Mrs. Bradbury.
It was discussed and voted on that our meetings will be held one time a semester. Emily Van Orman motioned and Polly Mcquarrie gave a second. All on the council agreed.
Next Meeting will be on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 at 7:30am
Link to the School Improvement Page on the Assessment Department.
Assessment's School Improvement Page
- Click on the "SIP" tab on the top of the page
- Click on the "Current Plans" tab half way down the page
- From here, you can find your school and you will see the composite school plan
Serving on the School's Community Council
Serving on our School Community Council is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to contribute and help improve academic performance at our school. The school receives an annual dividend from the school trust lands. Our council decides how these funds will be used.
This year our school received approximately $60,000 from the School LAND Trust Program! The council reviews and prepares other academic plans for our students each year. All plans are reviewed for final approval by our school board. Councils also act in an advisory capacity to school and school district administrations.
Candidate nominations are being taken now through Wednesday, September 19.
An election will take place September 24 - 28
The election will take place digitally through MyDSD. Ballots will also be taken in the main office
Rules of Order and Procedure – School Community Council
To promote ethical behavior and civil discourse each council member shall:
- Attend council meetings on time and prepared
- Make decisions with the needs of students as the main objective
- Listen to and value diverse opinions
- Be sure the opinions of those you represent are included in discussions
- Expect accountability and be prepared to be accountable
- Act with integrity
CONDUCTING A MEETING
All meetings are open to the public and the public is welcome to attend.
The agenda of each upcoming meeting with draft minutes of the prior meeting will be made available to all council members at least one week in advance, will be posted on the school website and made available in the main office. The agenda will include the date, time and location of the meeting.
Minutes will be kept of all meetings, prepared in draft format for approval at the next scheduled meeting.
The council will prepare a timeline for the school year that includes due dates for all required reporting and other activities/tasks that the council agrees to assume or participate in. The timeline will assist in preparation of agendas to be sure the council accomplishes their work in a timely manner.
The chair conducts the meetings, makes assignments and requests reports on assignments. In the absence of the chair the vice-chair shall conduct meetings.
Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53A-1a-108.1(10). Items on the agenda take priority over other discussions coming before the council. Council action will be taken by motions and voting with votes and motions recorded in the minutes.
A motion (or an action to be taken by the council) is stated as a motion. Someone else on the council “seconds” the motion indicating that at least one other person on the council feels the motion is worthy of discussion. Then the council members may provide input and discussion as called upon by the chair. When discussion seems complete the chair may call for a vote on the motion. Or when a member of the council “calls the previous question” (a motion to end discussion of the first motion), a second is required and then, without discussion the chair calls for a vote that must pass by 2/3. If the vote on the previous question fails the council goes back to discussing the first motion. If the motion to call the previous question passes, the chair directly calls for a vote on the first motion. A vote to call the previous question is usually used to move business along.
Attached is a chart that could be used if the council feels they would like to use additional motions of Parliamentary Procedure in their meetings.
- A tie vote is a lost vote.
- A main motion may be amended.
- Nominations can be closed by saying, “I move to close nominations.”
- Most motions are main motions.
- A point of order is offered when there is some question if procedure had been followed correctly.
- To stop debate or discussion on a motion and force the vote a member would say, “I move the previous question.” This requires a second and a 2/3 vote.
- Hasty action may be corrected by use of the motion to reconsider. This motion may be made only by one who voted on the prevailing side.
- A person who made the motion may withdraw the same motion.
Election of the Chair and Vice-chair
After the school community council is seated each year, the school community council shall annually elect at the council’s first meeting a chair and vice-chair. The chair shall be elected from the parent members and the vice-chair shall be elected from the parent or school employee members, excluding the principal. The principal will conduct the election for chair and vice-chair, in that order, according to the following procedure: a) Members interested in either office may use the self-nomination process. Nominations may also be made by other council members. b) Voting shall be by regular voice vote by the school community council. A nominee must receive a majority vote of the council members present. Should no nominee receive a majority vote, further nominations may be made, and subsequent elections will be conducted by secret ballot until a nominee receives a majority. When a vacancy occurs in the office of chair or vice-chair for any reason, a replacement shall be elected for the unexpired term.
Removal and Replacement
If a member of the council fails to attend three consecutive meetings without being excused in advance, or fails to perform the duties of his/her office, the members of the council shall remove him/her from office and declare the position vacant. The position shall be filled by the regularly established election procedure.
Conflict of Interest
A member who has a personal or private interest in any proposed or pending matter which presents a conflict of interest will disclose such interest and will not vote unless the member’s participation is necessary to obtain a quorum or otherwise to enable the Council to act.