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October 16, 2023 (Agenda)

FHS SCHOOL COUNCIL

AGENDA

Monday, October 16, 2023 ~ 3:30 pm ~ FHS Library

1. Welcome
a. Introductions
b. Approval of Agenda
c. Review of Note Taking & Minutes Procedure

2. Procedural Issues
a. Purpose of School Council
i. School Council Statute - M.G.L. c. 71, § 59C - By law, the School Council
is an advisory body that works together to provide ideas and opinions to
help the principal review (i) the educational needs of students, (ii) the
annual budget, (iii) the school improvement plan/school-district goals, and
(iv) the student handbook.
ii. School Councils Questions and Answers - Education Laws and
Regulations
iii. The School Council may also review the student handbook and provide
feedback regarding same, and may also raise issues of concern that may
arise throughout the school year.

b. Selection of Co-Chair
i. M.G.L. c. 71, § 59C provides that the principal is a co-chair and the other
co-chair is to be selected by School Council members at the first meeting
which must be held within 40 days of the first day of school. School
Councils can set their own internal rules of operation, including rotating
responsibilities for the co-chairs.
c. MA Conflict of Interest Law
i. The Massachusetts conflict of interest law requires all public employees,
which includes municipal employees (School Councils are considered
municipal agencies and their members, although they serve without
compensation are considered municipal employees for purposes of the
conflict of interest law), (i) to complete the online comprehensive training
once every two years, and (ii) to acknowledge receipt of the summary of
the law every year. If there are any school council members who
completed the comprehensive online training last year, you only need to
acknowledge receipt of the summary of the law this year. For any school
council members who did not complete the comprehensive online training
last year, you will need to complete the comprehensive online training this
year and acknowledge receipt of the summary of the law, as well.
1. LINK:
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/complete-the-conflict-of-interest-la
w-education-requirements - click on the box that says "sign in or
create an account...." - that will take you to the training. If you
were a school council member last year, you should already have
an account. If you are new, you will need to create an account.

2. If any school council members need help accessing or creating an
account, you can send an email to EthicsTraining@mass.gov.
School council members can also review this Help section on the
State Ethics Commission website: Conflict of Interest Law
Training - Help.

3. Discussion Items
a. Framework for Student Success - The framework builds upon the core work of
the district from previous years, while placing additional emphasis on several
important areas for growth and improvement. For the current school year, we’ve
identified three key areas of focus:
i. The Clipper Experience
ii. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
iii. Two-Way Communication and Partnerships

1. To learn more about the framework, please visit our website
https://www.falmouth.k12.ma.us/clipper. It contains a new graphic
depicting the framework, a slide deck and video from the School
Committee meeting, and other resources to help families and staff
understand our district-wide goals and priorities.
b. School Handbook (Student Handbook / Student Handbook)
c. Clear Expectations for Student Success

4. Upcoming Dates/Events
● Early Release 10/17
● FPS first of Belonging Series 10/17 6:30-8:30 pm at Falmouth Recreation Center
● College Fair at FHS 10/18
● Reverse Science Fair 10/19
● Fresh/Soph Parent/Guardian Guidance Night 10/19
● Senior (and Make up) Picture Day 10/20
● Spirit Week 10/23 - 27
■ Pep Rally 10/26
■ Grade 8 Welcome Home Event at FHS 10/26 6:00 pm
■ Homecoming: Football Game; Dance; Band Step Up Night
● Junior Work Day 11/4 (weather date 11/5)
● AP Art and Literature to NYC 11/8
● ELA MCAS Retest 11/8 and 11/9
● Winter Sports Meeting 11/9
● Q1 Grades Close 11/10
● No School 11/10
● Coffee Hour with the Superintendent at FHS 11/14 7:00 pm
● Math MCAS Retest 11/14 - 11/15
● All Cape Auditions 11/15
● Fall Play 11/17 - 11/19
● VIPS Elementary Track Meet 11/18
● Powder Puff Flag Football / Tailgate 11/20 (weather date 11/21)
● Q1 Report Cards 11/22
● Senior Quotes & Questions Due 11/22
● No School 11/23 - 11/25

● Thanksgiving Game v Barnstable 11/23
● Winter Sports Begin 11/27
● Fall Sports Awards 11/30
● Greenery Pick Up 12/1
● Holiday Stroll 12/2
● Christmas Parade 12/3
● Early Release 12/5
● Grade 8 Tours 12/5 @ 6:30 pm (weather date: 12/12)
● Instrumental Music Concert 12/14
● Choral Music Concert 12/21
● No School 12/22 (early release) thru 1/1

5. School Council Meeting Dates
a. Wednesday, January 3, 2024 @ 5:00 pm at LAWRENCE School in Room 219,
preceding 6:00 pm Joint Budget Presentation by Superintendent
b. Monday, March 4, 2024 @ 3:30 pm at FHS Library
c. Monday, May 6, 2024 @ 3:30