Hilltop Elementary School Council
February 28, 2017
The Hilltop Elementary School Council met in regular session on
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the media center at the
School Council Members present:
Abby Izor, Chairperson
Brian Wilkerson, Business Member
Dr. Ovedia Glover, Principal
Dr. Ruth Bennett, Assistant Principal of Instruction
Wanda Stafford, Counselor
Shannon Grieshop, Teacher/Secretary
Amber Haslett, Teacher
Jessica Story, Media Specialist
Wendy Wood, Paraprofessional/Parent
School Council Members Absent:
Katie Wilkerson, Parent member
Call to Order
Chairperson, Abby Izor, called meeting to order at 7:30
Reviewed last meeting's minutes. There is no error in the titles.
Abby Izor motioned to adopt the minutes from the last meeting.
Brian Wilkerson seconded the motion.
Approval of Agenda
Agenda for today's meeting was passed out. Motion to accept agenda
of February 28, 2017, made by Dr. Ruth Bennett and seconded by
Dr. Glover said that this is our third successful school council
meeting this year. She is feeling very good about it.
HES Reading Initiatives
• The system goal for this year is literacy, so we have set
up reading initiatives for each grade level. There are still some
students behind and we are placing more interventions for them to
be proficiently learning with more strategies and initiatives.
• Read Across America week is this week. Monday was Tacky
Tourist Day, Today is Pajama Day, Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday,
Thursday is hat day, and Friday is character day. Students are
invited to dress up every day. There is a trivia each morning.
• We had 137 Six Flags reading logs turned in. The students
had to read 36 hours.
• Library now has volunteers for every day of the week, so
we can keep the library open more. There is an increase in students
checking out books.
• We had over 250 students to participate in Winter
• The Big Top Literacy night had a magician and an author.
Mrs. Seamans did a great job heading that.
• We will have another reading initiative in March.
• Mrs. Story said that coming to Hilltop has been great and
the excitement for reading was already here.
• Hilltop Science Club along with Mrs. Peters, Mrs.
Seamans, Ms. Hare, and Mr. McMurran (a parent volunteer) went to
the Science Olympiad. This is an event throughout the county where
students get to compete against other schools. Big thanks to the
science club, teachers, and parents for representing and placing at
• To be a STEM school, 75% of the teachers must be math or
• Mrs. Franz' class has a STEM activity at the Crow's Nest
• 5th graders go to Starbase each year.
• Mrs. Izor said that the Museum of Aviation had a
competition in January for Middle Schools and was surprised to find
out that some elementary schools competed as well.
Write Score Data & Georgia Milestones
• Write Score is practice for the Georgia Milestones
reading and writing. The Write Score was given at the end of
January and beginning of February. Teachers can look at the scores
and plan remediation and enrichment accordingly. It is scored by a
nonbiased party. Scores are broken up by specific standards.
Teachers are provided exemplar writing pieces, a picture of where
the student is and where they should be. It gives teachers a list
of students by who needs remediation and what area (ex. Conclusions
/ Getting readers attention). If transitional words are needed by
the majority of the students, then a whole class lesson can be
provided. Write Score provides PowerPoints and resources to help
remediate and these resources can be used throughout the school
• The cost of the reading and writing for Write Score is
about $1000 per grade level.
• Teachers would like to do the Write Score assessment
twice which would be another $3,000. They would like to do it
earlier in the school year and then again in January to see the
• Write Score gives a great snapshot of what kids did that
day. It is modeled and formatted exactly like the Georgia
milestones. It provides an online testing environment.
• Stamina in online testing environment is something some
students have trouble with. It is 60 minutes long. With the Write
Score, students get idea of what that feels like.
• Georgia Milestones is three weeks of testing in
• 5th grade tests first. They test in all content areas
April 10 - 14 and 17. Math and Language Arts is broken down into 2
• 3rd grade is April 18 - 21. They only test ELA and Math.
No science or social studies this year. 4/18, they will have ELA
part 1 (writing); 4/19 ELA part 2; 4/20 Math part 1; and 4/21 math
• 4th grade is April 24 - 27.
• GA Milestones is administered in the morning and the
afternoon. Teachers have known since January if they were morning
or afternoon and where they would test so their students can have
experience with correct device and do Writers Workshop and Math in
• We need less volunteers and testers for the GA Milestones
than we did for the CRCT, but it is for a longer length of times -
• Gate Grades - 3rd is a gate grade for reading. 5th is a
gate grade for reading and math.
• There are different kinds of questions -
o Norm Referenced Questions - GA students compared to United
o GA Based Standards Questions
o Field Test Questions
• Norm Referenced questions don't count as GA score unless
it matches GA content.
• Questions can be:
o Selected response (not multiple choice)
o Constructed response - 4 to 5 sentences answering a question
about a passage or explaining a math problem.
o Extended Writing Prompt - read 2 passages and write answer to
o Writing - information / opinion genre - 7 points total, 4 points
for ideas/organization and 3 points for conventions and
o Technology enhanced answers such as 2 choices instead of just 1
answer. Students must read carefully to know what question is
• There are resources available on the Hilltop Website such
as study guides and assessment manuals.
• 2nd grade technology club's goal is to help students
become familiar with the keyboard and typing responses for 3rd
• Hilltop Drama Team Performance: March 6 and March 7. Mr.
Parsons and Mrs. Small have put this together.
• Hawk Walk is March 24th. This is the very last fundraiser
of the year. We have no negative balance right now. Specials
teachers are spearheading the Hawk Walk this year. There will be
activities and music. Parents are invited. It is during specials.
Dr. Glover is going to talk to specials teachers to find out their
goal and ask them to advertise so parents will know if we have
reached our goal. We are looking for sponsors for the Hawk Walk. In
the past we have had face paint, dunking booth, and hair spraying
• Field Day is May 9 for lower grades and May 10th for
higher grades. They may purchase ribbons this year. There is also a
book fair scheduled for the same week 5/8 - 12th. This year Field
Day is only half a day. In the future we may have all day. Pickles
are a big hit. Parapros are going to work concession.
• Next year is an exciting year for Hilltop. It is our 10
year anniversary. We will have a school dedication. We are looking
forward to next year. We have the best school.
• We will have 1 more meeting this year. It will be May
• Kudos to Mrs. Story for her resources and cutesy ideas.
She has been preparing for the job fair and has created the 1st
Hilltop picture book. It tells our story. Children who cannot be
photographed aren't in this book.
• PTO - we really don't have a PTO right now. Last Friday,
Dr. Glover received confirmed conversation that we do not have one.
Since it is not efficiently operational right now, it is on hold
until new officers can be elected for next year. We need a good
president to tell Dr. Glover when to come to meetings and that can
handle the growth and diversity of our school. We can't touch any
of the money or anything. Someone who can be the president for
several years would be great. They are going to require three
people on the checkbook - president, treasurer, and teacher
liaison. We want a diverse PTO. All means all. We will notify
parents in April of election in May.
• We enrolled 4 or 5 new students last week. We are
growing. The neighborhood is growing. We have high expectations and
demands. We are expecting growth for the next 15 years.
• Wendi Wood
There was no old business to discuss.
Next Agenda Meeting Topics:
• Finalize Field Day Activities
• Opening of School year - 10 year anniversary
• Report on any GA Milestone data received
With no further business to come before the school council, the
meeting was adjourned at 8:18 a.m. Wendy Wood made a motion to
close the meeting and Brian Wilkerson seconded the motion.
(Next meeting of the Hilltop Elementary School Council will be
held on May 2nd at 7:30 a.m. in the school media center.)