School Council Minutes February 2018
Hilltop Elementary School
The Hilltop Elementary School Council met in regular session on
Tuesday, February 13, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. in the media center at the
School Council Members Present:
Dr. Ovedia Glover, Principal
Dr. Ruth Bennett, Assistant Principal of Instruction
Shannon Grieshop, Teacher
Amber Haslett, Teacher
Sandy Sawyer, Teacher
Brian Fleming, Parent
Quincy Gonder, Parent
Call to Order
Sandy Sawyer called meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. Amber Haslet
Dr. Bennett welcomed everyone for coming.
The county received a grant and purchased I Station program for
Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms. This also
included two wonderful ladies who help oversee the program, 25
I-pads, 3 laptop carts, new teacher workstations, and new flat
screens for each class in these grades.
Mr. Fleming said that the new flat screens need a new video card
which is why they had to update the teacher workstations.
I-Station overview video was watched.
Students receive one half hour per week in reading and math.
They are assessed each month. Students who need extra support are
placed on tiers to get more instruction and time on I-Station.
Resources are provided for teachers for instructional purpose as
well as reports that show student growth.
Houston County was one of 2 school districts chosen by
If the program is so good - why not implement this in grades 3,
4, and 5. After February 20th, grades 3-5 will have
access to this as well. Each grade level will have their own cart -
purchased last week. Downfall - students that are identified with
an IEP cannot have access to I-Stations because this is supposed to
stop students from needing an EIP. We have the largest population
of special education. Obstacles we face (Free and reduced lunch,
population) aren't as low as other schools.
2nd step is also a system initiative. We have
EBD program. Title 1 program have a lot of behavior problems.
Behavior intervention. Good vs. Bad behavior. Each teacher has
their own kits. Lower grades (K-2) have puppets. There are
characters, videos and songs to go along with the lessons.
Grades 3 - 5 have worksheets and activities.
We introduce lesson on Mondays.
Dr. Wynn met with PBIS team to discuss rubric to refer students
to 2nd step including data such as office referrals and
Mrs. Mims and Mrs. Waller are here on Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursdays each week to help us implementing this.
We are keeping newer smart boards that were purchased with
school funds to use in upper grades that need them.
2nd step is social emotional learning.
We are going to spotlight students on the board for positive
behavior focusing on 2nd Step characters.
SOAR party is Friday - additional from Specials. Students will
remember having both.
Pre-K applied for grant to purchase 2nd step.
April 9-13 & 16 is 5th grade
April 17 -20 is 3rd grade
April 23-27 is 4th grade
Hoping with new carts that everyone can test in the morning so
they are all fresh and doing their best.
MAP testing just finished. 2nd and 4th
assesses reading and math 3 times a year. This gives a score and
compares growth, projects who should be proficient and who needs
more help. This shows teachers where to group students to enrich
and remediate. Reports are available.
3-5 just finished Write Score. This is an online test that
mirrors milestones in reading and writing. Writing is graded by
Write Score Company. It groups who needs what skills to help focus
on instruction. It shows student response so you can show students
how to improve. Evidence of what they did helps so students can see
what needs to be done. Also has already made lessons to help with
Writing across county isn't where it should be. How GA
Milestones asks them to write narratives is different than what we
ask. They are used to doing personal narrative not a narrative
based on a passage they read.
Izor moved to England
Nora Gibson hasn't been present lately.
Asked Gonder and Fleming to look for 2 more parents to join the
team that love Hilltop
Celebrate Mr. Fleming's wife - she was chosen to represent the
county for science.
Amber Haslett made motion to close. Sandy Sawyer seconded