- Falmouth High School
November 4, 2019
FHS SCHOOL COUNCIL: November 4, 2019
Present: Zaria Cain-Williams, William Cone, Mike Feeney, Mary Gans, Philip Gessen, Sanjay Govindarajan, William Peters, Zorianna Petrosyan, Noah Schmidt, Sean Sullivan, and Jennifer Vu.
Meeting opened at 3:15 pm.
Council members were welcomed to a new school year.
- Co Chair: Mr. Peters and Mr. Cone will decide for next meeting which parent will serve as co-chair.
- Parents received a conflict of interest for the town.
- NEASC/School Success Plan distributed
- Mrs. Gans provided a brief overview of the NEASC process and school success plan.
- Mrs. Gans is going through priority areas of growth based on our NEASC visit.
- Mrs. Gans discussed ALICE training protocols and how it is different than previous trainings. ALICE training Nov 13th for parents.
- Role within the budget what kinds of education programs should we have. School Council has a role. Mrs. Gans is asking for an additional adjustment counselor.
- Sanjay discussed more academic courses as opposed to electives.
Homework Discussion: what is essential and the amount that is essential
- Better communication with teachers with homework or tests.
- Looking to add staff with the volume of homework. More standardized for homework.
- Homework can feel like busy work. Lexington Public School policy something to consider.
- Parents said the volume pushing away from wanting to learn and reflections. Peers helping students with homework.
- What to do about catching up when you get sick and the homework.
- Homework and all of the conflicts in order to get things done.
- Homework traditional so teachers feel that they need to do it.
- AP courses we need to understand that homework is there.
- Test calendars and time management is a piece.
- Flipped classroom at times should work.
- When you take multiple AP it is hard and think about management.
- AP ton of homework that helps us to understand it I can learn it on my own.
- People need to know what you going into it.
- Sports and academics/ academics are important. There is a stigma in taking AP.
- Homework forum on December 13th from superintendent @ LAW auditorium.
- We have kids we have kids waking up really early to get homework done.
- Please email Mrs. Gans if you have any questions or concerns:
- Students mentioned that they wanted to discuss special education services.