In attendance: Dana Ulibarri, Cathy Kay, Melissa Stout, Jesica Mickelsen, Marsha Hornock, Jennifer Powell, Emily Larsen, Marie Limbaugh, Sydney Andersen, Kelly Noorda, Justin & Laura Caldwell, Trina Roundy, Heather Desmond, Crystal Bizardi
Kelly Noorda called the meeting to order.
Kelly talked reported on Back To School Night and asked for any feedback:
- Salli said from a teacher’s perspective it was awesome!
- Loved used clothing, how it was organized and the price.
- Only doing used clothing twice a year.
- Jesica Mickelsen said it was the smoothest one so far. Liked not having the opening meeting.
Online store feedback:
- Needs a continue shopping button.
- Everyone likes the online store
- Paypal button confusing
- Could we put used uniforms online?
Marie Limbaugh said we should let parents know what is acceptable for used uniform donations and add a cut off date for bringing in used uniforms to donate.
Cathy Kay reported on the 2018-2019 budget. Our biggest money maker this year will be Boosterthon. Change isn’t easy but let’s try it out. 2018-2019 goal is to raise $45,000. Biggest easy money makers are BoxTops, Amazon Smile and Smith’s rewards. You can do Amazon smile for businesses too. Have to order from Smile.Amazon.com to get credit. Biggest expenses are cheer, message grams and t-shirts/jackets. Kelly made the motion to accept the budget and the parents approved unanimously.
Kelly discussed the organizational flow for parents.
- Parents contact HOPE board
- Fiscal issues, HOPE board contacts Cathy Kat
- Legal issues, HOPE board contacts Brigitte Todd
- Admin issues, HOPE board contacts Mr. Dubois
Upcoming Book Fair was discussed. HOPE volunteers decorate and volunteer at book fair but all the money goes to Hawthorn Academy. Hawthorn Academy gets more money when they choose a book credit vs. a percentage of the sales in cash.
Dana Ulibarri reported on BoxTops. $0.10/BoxTop. You can use the BoxTop app to download your receipt. $2000 brought in last year from BoxTops. We track BoxTops closely. If students dress down but didn’t bring in BoxTops or didn’t pay ahead of time, they have to change to a school uniform.
Kelly reported no Popcorn Friday.
Kelly reported that t-shirt/jacket orders will have the first order go in on September 7th and the final order go in on September 30th. May do another order in December or January depending on interest.
Double dress down days was brought up as a way to make more money because parents would buy more shirts. It was talked about doing it in addition to BoxTops or as a “buy-out” option. It was mentioned that frugal parents would buy a shirt if their student could wear it more than once a month. Ms. Harmon reported that kids act differently when they are not in their uniforms. It was discussed that too many dress down days may make them loose their value.
Dana reminded everyone that BoxTops were due by the Wednesday before BoxTop dress down day.
Kelly reported we needed a coordinator for the book fair Sept 26-27 to decorate, setup and find volunteers.
Kelly reported on Boosterthon. It’s our big fundraiser this year. Company does a pep rally and 8-day in school program to get kids excited. Kids create online website based on STEAM and create characters based on IB and character traits. Get donations online and Fun Run is during school on the Friday of the Boosterthon.
The Boosterthon team is here throughout week to help and cheer kids on.
Fun Run will have blow-ups, DJs and day time fun run. Middle school will have a color run. There will be a blower to blow color away. Boosterthon has worked with many schools, several in Utah. Kids will be excited, they’ll get shirts and it will makes lots of money.
It was brought up to do a community outreach with Boosterthon to get local businesses to donate and suggested to have the Peer Leaders coordinate that.
No silent auction or Harvest Market. It was brought up that the ‘Skip The Line Pass’ does well at the Silent Auction and was suggested maybe doing an online silent auction.
Mr. Dubois reported on admin items. Dr. Swensen will be at next meeting discussing Title 1. Grading has changed for K-8th grade. A-F scale has changed to 0-4
- 4 = Student can apply what they learn to everyday things
- 3= Student understands at grade level
- 2= Student partially understands
- 1= Student doesn’t understand
- 0= Only given if student doesn’t do the work
9th grade – 0-4 has been assigned percentages so they will still get letter grades for their transcripts.
Teachers will create a rubric for assignments. This is easier for the teachers. Gives them leeway. Grades will not be done on a ball curve. Goal is for report cards to help students understand where they are and how we (parents, teachers, admin, etc) can help.
For sports – Need all 2’s or higher and citizenship required to play. Can not have any U’s and only 1 N to play. Mr. Larson is the sports director. He is in charge of checking grades and citizenship. If a student has the grades to play when they make the team but then grades drop, they will be on probation and can play again when they get their grades up.
Citizenship will be done on a 10 point scale. Every student starts at a 7 and can gain or lose points based on how they do IB traits. The teachers have a Google Spreadsheet to track +/- points and also to see how student(s) are doing with other teachers.
We will have the Eagles Nest where Mr. Dubois will give teachers reward slips to hand out to students daily. At least one student every day. Students bring slip to Mr. Dubois. Once there are 200 students in the Eagles Nest there will be a reward shin-dig (i.e. Ice Cream Social).
Ms. Harmon reported for the teachers. School is off to a great start. Parents liked that students had warm greetings at every step on the 1st day of school.
Heather Desmond is the room parent coordinator.
Kelly closed the meeting with upcoming events. Boo-Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents August 22nd. First BoxTop Dress Down Day August 31st. Next Meeting September 17th.
Meeting adjourned at 9:16am