School Community Council 2017-2018

Community Council

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year, Viewmont Elementary was allocated $54,000 from the Trust Lands funds.  The Community Council decides how to use this money to best impact student learning through the writing and approval of the School Improvement Plan.  The Community Council is made up of parents, teachers, other school staff, and the principal.  Community Councils also discuss, and make decisions relating to student safety, character education, and how to create a positive school environment.

Everyone is welcome to attend meetings. The following is our proposed meeting schedule for this year.

Meeting Schedule

When: 1st Wednesday of the month, at 3:15 pm
Where: Library

All meeting agendas will be posted on the webpage one week prior to the meeting. Minutes will be posted within a week of the meeting. Minutes and agendas can be found by clicking directly on the date of the meeting.

  • October 11, 2017 – Meeting minutes

  • November 1, 2017

  • December 6, 2017

  • January 3, 2018

  • February 7, 2018

  • March 7, 2018

  • April 4, 2018

  • May 2, 2018

Viewmont Community Council Members 2017-2018:

 

Member Name Email Phone Role
Kimberly Crandall kcrandall@slco.org 801-651-9278 Chair (Parent)
Julie Dansie julie@dansie.com 801-560-5239 Vice Chair (Parent)
Matt Nelson mnelson@murrayschools.org 801-264-7438 Principal / Director
Anne Renz arenz@murrayschools.org School Employee
Jessica Felt jfelt@murrayschools.org School Employee
Sunshine Szedeli sunshine.szedeli@gmail.com Parent
Teresa Koontz teresakoontz801@gmail.com Parent
Mary Jo Ballou balloumj@hotmail.com Parent
Jamie Cheney jamie@totallytutoring.com Parent
Kevin Obrien obrienscape@hotmail.com Parent
Ashley Nelson ashleyjnelson@gmail.com Parent

The following is a summary of the School Improvement Plan from the 2016/2017 School Year and how much money was spent in trying to meet each goal. Each goal has statement of what the goal was and then a statement about what actually happened during the year as the school tried to implement the goal.

Goal #1                           Amount Spent on this goal: $21,200

Increase students’ overall Reading proficiency in grades K – 6 by providing research and evidence based Tier II and Tier III interventions during the 2016-17 school year. Viewmont Elementary will increase SAGE Language Arts scores from 31% proficient to 36% proficient in 4th Grade, 46% proficient to 53% proficient in 5th grade, 37% proficient to 45% proficient in 6th grade. All grade levels will have 90% of their students scoring Benchmark on the DIBELS Next Reading Assessment by the End of the Year.

What Happened:           All of the action steps identified in this Plan were achieved and will continue to be implemented in upcoming years. Writing was especially successful as teachers implemented the same graphic organizers across grade levels, administered writing prompts at the same time and analyzed the writing data as a team and then as a school during school wide PLCs. EADMS was used with fidelity even though the district used iReady as a resource and teachers used EADMS with fidelity, thus using data to drive instruction and Tier 2 intervention groupings, especially during Math.

Goal #2                      Amount spent on this goal $19,500

Increase students’ conceptual proficiency and procedural fluency in Math in grade K-6 by providing research and evidence-based Tier II and Tier III supports and interventions during the 2016-17 school year. Viewmont Elementary will increase on SAGE assessments as follows: 33% to 43% in 4th Grade, 48% to 52% in 5th Grade, 32% to 40% in 6th Grade. EADMS assessments will be used to progress monitoring mastery of each standard.

What happened:            Paraprofessionals were used during Tier II Math block for all grade levels to support small group instruction. Professional development was not provided on a consistent basis for the paraprofessionals. EADMS was purchased to assist in test management and data analysis. CGI was not able to be provided with fidelity. Teachers targeted Essential Standards and continued to work on Learning Targets and DoK Questions and tasks during Tier I instruction.

Viewmont Elementary achieved an “A” grade from the state of Utah. To learn more about the school grading and how Viewmont achieved an “A” grade, visit www.datagateway.utah.schools.gov. This is a high achieving school and the money from Community Council is being spend wisely and is focused on increasing student achievement. To learn more about how the money is spent and to have your voice heard please consider attending School Community Council meetings.

Best Regards,

Matt Nelson

Principal, Viewmont Elementary

 

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Serving on the School Community Council
Serving on the 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. Click here to see how much money our school received this year and previous years 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.

Click here to view rules of order and procedure of School Community Council meetings.

Qualifications
Every public school in Utah has a School Community Council. The councils are made up of school employees who are elected by employees and parents who are elected by parents of students attending the school. Membership terms are for two years. Elections are held at the beginning of each school year.

Parent members must have a student attending the school at least one of the two years of their term of service. Employees must be employed by the school district at the school.
For more information please visit www.schoollandtrust.org .