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November Agenda/Meeting Notes


Teaticket Elementary School

School Council Agenda

November 4, 2021

8:15 – 8:50 A.M.

MakerSpace Classroom 

Standing Members: Staff: Sandy Kapsambelis, Jody Kirincich, Amanda Kelleher, & Camille Hamilton. Parents: Nadine Neil-Davis, Corinne Minshall & Mike McCarthy

  • MCAS
    • Falmouth has been a historically high achieving MCAS district. However achievement scores in Falmouth and across Massachusetts experienced significant shifts due to COVID.
    • Overall we continue to achieve higher levels than the state and surrounding communities.
    • Review test results for our current grade four students as compared to 2019
    • Shifts in instruction have taken place and as a district. We continue to evaluate our instructional practices.

  • Cultural Proficiency
    • You+Me=Equity group
      • All families will be invited to attend the monthly meetings to work toward creating a more inclusive school environment. 
      • Group Vision
        • Our work is to ensure that all children feel affimed, respected, and celebrated for who they are.
      • Mission Statement
        • To promote and model the practice of acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of all people regardless of their external or internal social, cultural or racial contexts.
  • Follow up on Book Groups from last year
    • Last year we read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    • Since then we have hired the new DEI Officer, Jacquelyn Hartman
    • The Administrative Team has been reading Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Racism in School by Mica Pollock (2008)
    • Family invite will go out Friday to see if anyone is interested in leading a book study using this collection of essays. 

  • Restorative Practices
    • Dr. Adolph Brown Professional Development
    • Professional Development with Dr. Curtis Bates

  • Social Emotional Learning
    • Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) 
      • Screening to be implemented Fall/Winter/Spring
      • The DESSA mini measures 8 social emotional competencies
        • Strength based assessment
        • Assessment is used to identify at risk students with low S/E competence
        • Scores fall into one of three categories:
          • Strength
          • Typical
          • Need For Instruction
        • Teachers complete a likert scale for the 8 questions:
          • Accept responsibility for what they did
          • Do something nice for somebody
          • Speak about positive things
          • Pay attention
          • Contribute to group efforts
          • Perform the steps of a task in order
          • Show care when doing a special project/school work
          • Follow advice of trusted adult


  • FPS Wellness Committee
    • Head of Committee is Director of Physical Education Health and Wellness K-12, Michael Ciliberto
    • First meeting November 8th @ 3:45 FHS Library
    • Three sub committees: 
      • Physical activities
      • Nutrition
      • Social Emotional

  • Other
    • Ableism

  • Future Meeting Dates:
    • December 2, 2021
    • January 27, 2022
    • February 17, 2022
    • March 31, 2022
    • April 28, 2022
    • May 26, 2022
    • June  TBA


Meeting Notes:

Attendance: Nadine Davis was not able to make the meeting and Krista Connelly joined the meeting.

DESSA - We want to make sure that families are aware of students who are in need and that we can provide them with strategies. 

Ableism- Corinne MInshall shared some examples of ableism, how it impacts our families and the need for professional development.