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Shaffer Elementary is dedicated to building the best possible support for the education and development of each and every student. In an effort to streamline communication and coordinate efforts of the PTA, Accountability and the Leader in Me Lighthouse Team, The Shaffer Community Forum is a monthly opportunity for students, parents and teachers to connect, be informed and provide feedback on all of the great work going on at Shaffer. The Principal in conjunction with the PTA Board and Accountability Chair will plan the monthly Forum agendas. In addition, each team below (e.g. Accountability Team, Event Planning Team) will get work done in smaller meetings, then report out during the monthly forum.

March 14th Agenda:

  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan (UIP)- 3 goals and improvement strategies, 3 year goals. Math is our content area focus. Status Goal-Read Act-Achievement 80% meet overall composite score of Dibels. Math Growth- using pre and post EDM tests. Growth gaps- ALP students 50% or more meet or exceed on PARCC.
  • Systemic long term writing goal.Increase reading intervention rates. Looking at interventions every 4-6 weeks.Overview of the MTSS process.
  • Testing in March/April -4th and 5th grade start next week. A testing schedule will be sent home to parents this week.
  • Student Leadership Council-Hannah Stauffer, Jaxon Reeves, Lanie Harrison, Rachel Paulson
  • Happenings-Re-use plastic especially bags-Jingle on announcements
  • Spirit Days- bringing back to sharpen the saw. March 17th- green
  • Recycling commercial - will be shown at next community forum and this will be on the Shaffer Website (under Leadership Council)
  • PTA
  • Elections- currently looking for new board members-vice president, treasurer, fundraiser, community engagement, secretary. Looking for a new look to get more people involved and spread out the work.
  • Spring Fundraiser-Auction-Concert- April 8th we have sold approximately 170 tickets. Art work, baskets, etc.
  • Parent University
  • "Growing Up Fast in a Digital World" presented by Anne-Marie Braga from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

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February 21st Agenda:

  • Principal Update:
  • 17-18 School Budget
  • Developed in January and revised/finalized in May
  • Silent Auction and Concert
  • April 8
  • PTA is always accepting volunteers
  • Add “An Adults Only Event” to communication
  • Looking for Corporate Sponsors - contact Mr. Brasher
  • Shaffer reads on Read Across America
  • Thursday, March 2
  • Westerra Credit Union may be sending people over to read to kids
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Logo
  • Students submitted ideas, Leadership council combined different aspects of student designs to create our new logo
  • Reusable container
  • Leadership council moved through the scientific process about how the students at Shaffer can make a difference in cafeteria waste
  • Removing styrofoam waste and plastic waste will positively impact our environment
  • Leadership Council found there is a 1 cent difference between styrofoam and biodegradable plates
  • They have asked students to use plastic bags more than once or use plastic containers/tupperware
  • Leadership Council has begun using the word-of-mouth method of communication
  • Action Steps: Create posters, announcements, and a video to help support their goal
  • Open Forum
  • Leadership Roles
  • Additional adults have been partnering with students for leadership roles in the morning and it has created a positive impact in students wanting to come to school.
  • Additional parent volunteers are requested to work at the back door in the mornings

January 10th Agenda:

  • Principal Update:
  • 17-18 Budget-As a result of 3A/3B not passing, budget is still up in the air. Waiting for Board of Education to make decisions. Possibility of superintendent search will be addressed this week as well by the board. Priority #1 is teacher compensation. Dan McMinimee mentioned Shaffer to all principals today as a Leader in Me school. He encouraged people to come and visit Shaffer.
  • Received district dollars on December 21st. Decisions will be made by staff and Advisory Committee. Let Jeremy know if parents would like to be a part of this.
  • Staff survey being created with LAT to decide on priorities for next year. Also a budget tool will be linked on Shaffer website for parent input. We will also try to link it to the Shaffer App. (Jan 21st- Feb 10th.)
  • Outcomes from the BOE
  • Volunteering at Shaffer
  • Parent University January 25th-Leader in Me 5:30-7:45PM Dinner and student presentations on the 7 Habits and Leadership Notebooks.
  • New district website and app coming soon
  • Kindergarten registration started on Monday. 35 currently enrolled. We are hoping for 3 full time classes and 1 ½ time class.
  • Jacquie Cupich (Kindergarten) is retiring.
  • Leadership/Mentoring -Laura Stauffer
  • Student Leaders Hannah Stauffer, Oliver Mueller and Tessa Gardner talked about Leadership roles and why they enjoy these roles.
  • Non profit -Foothills Youth Leadership Connection- Laura Stauffer will be heading this up with the help from Shannon Anderson Arlene, and Marnie deMarteau. Bringing community members together to create a mentorship program. High school students will be a part of the future program with a service learning plan.
  • PTA
  • Fall fundraiser update; Apex Fun Run.$31,000+- most successful fundraiser to date. Teachers got 5% of what each of their classes raised. We will be doing this again next year, early October. We will be able to purchase technology; printers, batteries for computers and chromebooks
  • Spring fundraiser-auction (smaller scale). Teacher participation, artwork. Where and when (April 22nd?) is still being worked on. Kim King is working on all of this. Classroom, grade level baskets, or theme baskets? Concert type event. Tickets may be a bit higher.
  • PTA nominations

November 15th Agenda:

  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan
  • Share goals - Math continues to be the focus; 80% will make growth in writing (ECAW); READ Act Kids - decrease the kids falling below grade level; 80% growth in math using the pre and post tests of each unit; ALP/Quantitative students will show more than a year’s growth
  • Share improvement strategies
  • Academics/Professional Development
  • PLC work - We started our meetings as grade levels to answer the question what do students need to know.
  • MAP testing
  • MTSS
  • Leader In Me Framework - University: Breakout sessions, food truck, each habit is represented; also dealing with anxiety with kids; balancing extracurricular activities and school; how to not get burnout; survey coming out to find out what people are really wanting; blurb coming out from AnnMarie about what she is seeing from the meetings
  • Building Updates
  • Painting
  • Lead Results - one fountain had lead in it; Jeremy is aware; it is one temp; that fountain has been turned off; it is going to be fixed
  • Cotton ball up the temps
  • Leadership Council
  • Updates - built mission statements independently, empowering the recycling team to do it, creating new logo ideas for others to create
  • Fun Run Fundraiser
  • Money raised -
  • Feedback - silent auction coming up and still needing some help for that; live band instead of DJ; baskets are cut back - maybe 1 per grade instead of 1 per classroom
  • GT/ALP information
  • Penelope Heinigk - Curriculum & Instruction for Gifted & Talented Department
  • How are ALP kids identified: cognitive abilities (general intellectual abilities) specific academic aptitude (reading, writing, and math - skills learned) creative or productive thinking, leadership and human relations ability, talent, and psychomotor abilities
  • Social emotional factors come into play with these kiddos
  • There is a difference between a bright child and a gifted child
  • Identification at the 95th percentile (125 IQ)
  • Identification has changed this year: 4 pathways to identify according to CDE - provides portability throughout the state, more substantial BOE, more difficult to formally identify first and second graders
  • Cognitive data - 95th percentile or higher plus 2 additional pieces or qualifying data
  • Achievement data - multiple consecutive points in the 95th percentile or higher plus 2 additional pieces of qualifying data
  • Talent aptitude (under construction)
  • General intellectual ability - 95th percentile on an assessment with 2 other pieces of supporting data (the exception)
  • My child has an ALP so now what? - 80% of Jeffco students with an ALP are in regular neighborhood schools; 20% are in GT center; it is used along with classroom data to guide instruction for the student

October 11th Agenda:

  • Give Pulse - you can sign-up for the Community Forum; the hours being recorded through Give Pulse can help to get additional grant money
  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan (UIP)
  • In its draft form
  • Instructional Leadership Team is working with the document
  • Outlines areas of school wide focus
  • Math
  • Writing
  • READ plan students (performing under DIBELS benchmark) (does include Kindergarten)
  • Staff works with students to move off of plan
  • The UIP will be done and presented at the next Community Forum (November 8)
  • School Goal
  • Goes with the Unified Improvement Plan
  • Area of focus will be math
  • Individual Educator Goals (IEG’s)
  • Every teacher in the building has to create goals
  • One must be math
  • One must be content specific
  • Should be done by the end of the month
  • Grants
  • iPD (Professional Development)
  • Deb Peterson and Rebecca Warner
  • We are one of 12 schools to receive this grant in the district
  • This money is set aside for teachers to take two half-days to do purposeful planning and Professional Learning Community (PLC) work
  • MENTOR, Colorado Mentoring Partnership
  • Partnership with MENTOR
  • We have a parent working to develop the leadership roles within the building
  • She is handling all communication with parents, teachers, staff, and students surrounding leadership roles
  • Documenting and outlining leadership opportunities
  • Also gathering data to help with other grants
  • Westerra
  • $500 to help support the leadership process
  • Leader In Me
  • Leadership notebooks
  • Students are talking about them at home, and enjoying adding to the My Celebrations tab
  • Staff PD
  • Aligning academics
  • How do we incorporate Leadership Notebooks within each class (K-5)
  • My Self, My WIGS, My Learning, My Leadership, My Celebrations
  • Additional PD work coming to Shaffer as a result of the work we are doing
  • Sean Covey is coming out to Shaffer to meet with other Administrators
  • Community Coaching days are where a group of schools from Wyoming to Colorado Springs that get together to meet and discuss the Leadership Process - to observe the building
  • Deb Peterson and Rebecca Warner are trainers of trainers, and have trained the new staff members
  • Leadership Roles started
  • Roles began this week
  • They involve PK - 5th graders, big roles or small roles
  • Students can fill out leadership roles again in December/January
  • Parents are needed to help mentor greeters for evening events
  • Everyone has genius - using our genius is a great way to demonstrate leadership
  • Dan Niosi met with the fourth graders and brought a state program to their attention where they can get a free state pass
  • Laura Stauffer has been a huge part in getting Leadership Roles
  • Leadership Council
  • Had their first meeting last Wednesday
  • They will be developing our unique Shaffer Logo
  • Mill and Bond information
  • Jeffco Homepage
  • Click on Bond/Mill for any information or to get questions answered
  • Can also get building statistics for buildings around the district including planned improvements
  • PTA
  • PTA website has a volunteer sign-up on Give Pulse
  • Monster Mash - October 27 (Thursday)
  • Looking for volunteers or we can’t have run the event
  • Costume Party
  • Oral Interpretation - PTA website under programs
  • Kids speak and present orally
  • Nicole Shoup is leading this program
  • There are three practice days
  • Festival is on November 2
  • Reflections - PTA website under programs
  • October 24 - student work due
  • Judging takes place in the library
  • Looking for parents to volunteer to judge
  • Celebration on November 3
  • FunRun update
  • Today was the pep-rally
  • Fundraising event (1 of 2)
  • All proceeds will go to replacing the computers in the LMC
  • Fun Run is October 13 (Thursday)
  • Looking for parent volunteers for Thursday October 13
  • Payments are due October 19
  • Bullying
  • Stop bullying.gov
  • Greatschools.org
  • Section J (under students) in the Jeffco Board Docs
  • What is it?
  • A behavior meant to injure or harm another person
  • Sometimes it involves power
  • Can be repetitive behavior
  • Avoid labeling a student as either a bully or as a victim
  • Can be verbal (teasing, taunting, threats, name calling)
  • Boys and girls
  • Social/relational Bullying
  • “You can’t sit with me” “You can’t play with us”
  • Typically girl
  • Physical Bullying
  • Hitting, pushing, etc
  • Typically boys
  • Can occur any time (school, bus, park, cyber)
  • How does Shaffer address it?
  • physical bullying is easy to see
  • We want to encourage students to find their voice and hear their concerns
  • Kids tend to be in different roles in different situations - not easy to predict; kids react differently in every situation
  • Warning signs and next steps
  • Any kid can be bullied, any kid can be a bully
  • Same risk factors for both the bully and the victims
  • Risk factors can be physical, can be new to the school, kids who are perceived to not stand up to themselves, kids with learning differences, attention differences, self-esteem can also play a role, social challenges
  • Students who are bullying are often trying to compensate for something going on in their life
  • If a student witnesses bullying, is bullied, they are asked to report it to the administration so that the administrators can follow their protocol
  • Mr. Brasher has a conversation with every grade at the beginning of the year about the Code of Conduct (your right to come to school and learn, dress code, and bullying); Mr. Brasher comes back and follows-up with each grade mid-year
  • Bullying is taken very seriously at Shaffer. We strive to protect and keep our kids safe
  • Staff has been instructed to report any bullying to administration
  • Different situations require different procedures
  • Cyber bullying involves more people because of the technology
  • We make sure that students voices are heard (as the bully or as the victim), find the root cause of the bullying
  • Every case is unique, and there is a lot of grey area due to the complexity
  • Both Mr. Brasher and Mrs. Acker stress to students that it is their job to keep students safe
  • Ignoring is a great strategy to deal with bullying, but it is a difficult strategy; using a sense of humor is also a good strategy
  • If your child is hit, and you instruct them to hit back or taunt back, both students still receive discipline at school
  • If Mr. Brasher or Mrs. Acker meet with your child about bullying, you will receive a phone call about the meeting
  • Things to watch for - can be normal, but could be a sign of bullying
  • Injuries happening more often than usual (“I fell down”)
  • Headaches/tummy aches
  • Too sick to go to school
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Changes in wanting/not wanting to go to school
  • Homework refusal
  • Changes in friendships
  • Self-esteem changes
  • Talk of self harm
  • Students who are the aggressor - can be normal, but could be a sign of bullying others
  • Talk to the administration more often
  • Blame others - Leader in me encourages students to take ownership of their behavior
  • Super competitive
  • Super concerned with popularity - power issue
  • Still some stigma of kids not reporting/talking about what is happening
  • The best way to overcome bullying is kindness

September 13th Agenda:

  • Welcome Back Message from Principal
  • Logistics of new forum structure- the last few years we have had one month PTA and the next month accountability. We have changed it to a combination to help give more of a voice to the members. Principal will give info, and there will time to ask questions or give comments. Suggestion for a “call in” option for coffee with the principal for working parents. Jeremy will look into setting this up.
  • School Direction-
  • Theme - Pioneering Greatness; New for year two- new tree, posters auctioned off are now hanging in the halls. Leadership roles have expanded to allow for more students to have opportunities. We’ve been in a variety of papers Promoting LIM at Shaffer, having another leadership day, last one was a success.
  • The Leader In Me (Year 2)- having two new parent universities. Improving front entrance with tree, leaves, painting, mission statements for all, implementing goal(evidence) binders, trying to get Falcon Bluffs on board with LIM, hoping to integrate LIM into the middle school.
  • Evolving PLC approach- Cohort 3- collaborative planning mostly around math.
  • Leadership Council- will normally have a place to speak here. However, they haven’t met yet and haven’t been elected. Their first job will be designing a new logo. They will be here at the next meeting.
  • 1st report out next forum
  • Logo design
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Goals- 1. Continue to get more parents involved and/or increase engagement.
  • 2. Increase simplification of PTA, and web site.
  • Volunteer Updates- “give pulse” is the new way to track volunteers, to replace sign-up genius. Give Pulse makes it easy to track who is working and when. GP provides the whole year's worth of activities and programs that the community can get involved in when they can. This will help with grant writing for LIM through Mrs. Stauffer.
  • Approve Budget- passed out and reviewed new budget. Zoe explained the variety of programs that PTA funds at Shaffer. New tables outside the cafeteria was a little over 10,000. But are expected to last about 20 years; want to raise funds for new playground equipment, pay for games at BBQ, LIM, technology and security, as well as father/daughter, mother/son, monster mash, 5th grade continuation. They are going to do a science fair this year thanks to a dedicated parent volunteer. Classroom parties are set up by teachers so each classroom can be different. The PTA has set which holiday’s have parties.
  • To be a member of PTA go to PTA website and pay 10 to join. The budget was put up for motion, seconded by Mr. Brasher and passed by a unanimous vote.
  • Fundraising - Fun Run- new company for fun run, 5% of each classes pledge goes back to the classroom. Trying to promote more involvement. People can donate straight to Shaffer to help increase money but the student will not get a prize.
  • Accountable Talk
  • Academic Achievements -Mr. Brasher explained CMAS and PARK to members. new performance markers added to make 5 now.
  • CMAS Science
  • CMAS Math & ELA- good growth,
  • School Safety- 2 camera’s, constant lockout, ability to immediately lock down all doors immediately.
  • Emergency Drills- parent requested that teachers inform younger kids more and parents about what is happening and why. Practicing at home days before event helps anxious kids. Some parents would like to include the watch dog video in one of the parent universities. If there is something that happens in our area, the student will bring home a paper, or you get a phone call to let you know. If Shaffer is locked down no one can come in and each parent gets a robo call.
  • Future Outlook-
  • Q & A time- meeting adjourned at 8:16.

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Shaffer Elementary is dedicated to building the best possible support for the education and development of each and every student. In an effort to streamline communication and coordinate efforts of the PTA, Accountability and the Leader in Me Lighthouse Team, The Shaffer Community Forum is a monthly opportunity for students, parents and teachers to connect, be informed and provide feedback on all of the great work going on at Shaffer. The Principal in conjunction with the PTA Board and Accountability Chair will plan the monthly Forum agendas. In addition, each team below (e.g. Accountability Team, Event Planning Team) will get work done in smaller meetings, then report out during the monthly forum.

March 14th Agenda:

  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan (UIP)
  • Testing in April
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Happenings
  • PTA
  • Elections
  • Spring Fundraiser
  • Parent University
  • "Growing Up Fast in a Digital World" presented by Anne-Marie Braga from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

February 21st Agenda:

  • Principal Update:
  • 17-18 School Budget
  • Developed in January and revised/finalized in May
  • Silent Auction and Concert
  • April 8
  • PTA is always accepting volunteers
  • Add “An Adults Only Event” to communication
  • Looking for Corporate Sponsors - contact Mr. Brasher
  • Shaffer reads on Read Across America
  • Thursday, March 2
  • Westerra Credit Union may be sending people over to read to kids
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Logo
  • Students submitted ideas, Leadership council combined different aspects of student designs to create our new logo
  • Reusable container
  • Leadership council moved through the scientific process about how the students at Shaffer can make a difference in cafeteria waste
  • Removing styrofoam waste and plastic waste will positively impact our environment
  • Leadership Council found there is a 1 cent difference between styrofoam and biodegradable plates
  • They have asked students to use plastic bags more than once or use plastic containers/tupperware
  • Leadership Council has begun using the word-of-mouth method of communication
  • Action Steps: Create posters, announcements, and a video to help support their goal
  • Open Forum
  • Leadership Roles
  • Additional adults have been partnering with students for leadership roles in the morning and it has created a positive impact in students wanting to come to school.
  • Additional parent volunteers are requested to work at the back door in the mornings

January 10th Agenda:

  • Principal Update:
  • 17-18 Budget-As a result of 3A/3B not passing, budget is still up in the air. Waiting for Board of Education to make decisions. Possibility of superintendent search will be addressed this week as well by the board. Priority #1 is teacher compensation. Dan McMinimee mentioned Shaffer to all principals today as a Leader in Me school. He encouraged people to come and visit Shaffer.
  • Received district dollars on December 21st. Decisions will be made by staff and Advisory Committee. Let Jeremy know if parents would like to be a part of this.
  • Staff survey being created with LAT to decide on priorities for next year. Also a budget tool will be linked on Shaffer website for parent input. We will also try to link it to the Shaffer App. (Jan 21st- Feb 10th.)
  • Outcomes from the BOE
  • Volunteering at Shaffer
  • Parent University January 25th-Leader in Me 5:30-7:45PM Dinner and student presentations on the 7 Habits and Leadership Notebooks.
  • New district website and app coming soon
  • Kindergarten registration started on Monday. 35 currently enrolled. We are hoping for 3 full time classes and 1 ½ time class.
  • Jacquie Cupich (Kindergarten) is retiring.
  • Leadership/Mentoring -Laura Stauffer
  • Student Leaders Hannah Stauffer, Oliver Mueller and Tessa Gardner talked about Leadership roles and why they enjoy these roles.
  • Non profit -Foothills Youth Leadership Connection- Laura Stauffer will be heading this up with the help from Shannon Anderson Arlene, and Marnie deMarteau. Bringing community members together to create a mentorship program. High school students will be a part of the future program with a service learning plan.
  • PTA
  • Fall fundraiser update; Apex Fun Run.$31,000+- most successful fundraiser to date. Teachers got 5% of what each of their classes raised. We will be doing this again next year, early October. We will be able to purchase technology; printers, batteries for computers and chromebooks
  • Spring fundraiser-auction (smaller scale). Teacher participation, artwork. Where and when (April 22nd?) is still being worked on. Kim King is working on all of this. Classroom, grade level baskets, or theme baskets? Concert type event. Tickets may be a bit higher.
  • PTA nominations

November 15th Agenda:

  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan
  • Share goals - Math continues to be the focus; 80% will make growth in writing (ECAW); READ Act Kids - decrease the kids falling below grade level; 80% growth in math using the pre and post tests of each unit; ALP/Quantitative students will show more than a year’s growth
  • Share improvement strategies
  • Academics/Professional Development
  • PLC work - We started our meetings as grade levels to answer the question what do students need to know.
  • MAP testing
  • MTSS
  • Leader In Me Framework - University: Breakout sessions, food truck, each habit is represented; also dealing with anxiety with kids; balancing extracurricular activities and school; how to not get burnout; survey coming out to find out what people are really wanting; blurb coming out from AnnMarie about what she is seeing from the meetings
  • Building Updates
  • Painting
  • Lead Results - one fountain had lead in it; Jeremy is aware; it is one temp; that fountain has been turned off; it is going to be fixed
  • Cotton ball up the temps
  • Leadership Council
  • Updates - built mission statements independently, empowering the recycling team to do it, creating new logo ideas for others to create
  • Fun Run Fundraiser
  • Money raised -
  • Feedback - silent auction coming up and still needing some help for that; live band instead of DJ; baskets are cut back - maybe 1 per grade instead of 1 per classroom
  • GT/ALP information
  • Penelope Heinigk - Curriculum & Instruction for Gifted & Talented Department
  • How are ALP kids identified: cognitive abilities (general intellectual abilities) specific academic aptitude (reading, writing, and math - skills learned) creative or productive thinking, leadership and human relations ability, talent, and psychomotor abilities
  • Social emotional factors come into play with these kiddos
  • There is a difference between a bright child and a gifted child
  • Identification at the 95th percentile (125 IQ)
  • Identification has changed this year: 4 pathways to identify according to CDE - provides portability throughout the state, more substantial BOE, more difficult to formally identify first and second graders
  • Cognitive data - 95th percentile or higher plus 2 additional pieces or qualifying data
  • Achievement data - multiple consecutive points in the 95th percentile or higher plus 2 additional pieces of qualifying data
  • Talent aptitude (under construction)
  • General intellectual ability - 95th percentile on an assessment with 2 other pieces of supporting data (the exception)
  • My child has an ALP so now what? - 80% of Jeffco students with an ALP are in regular neighborhood schools; 20% are in GT center; it is used along with classroom data to guide instruction for the student

October 11th Agenda:

  • Give Pulse - you can sign-up for the Community Forum; the hours being recorded through Give Pulse can help to get additional grant money
  • Principal Update
  • Unified Improvement Plan (UIP)
  • In its draft form
  • Instructional Leadership Team is working with the document
  • Outlines areas of school wide focus
  • Math
  • Writing
  • READ plan students (performing under DIBELS benchmark) (does include Kindergarten)
  • Staff works with students to move off of plan
  • The UIP will be done and presented at the next Community Forum (November 8)
  • School Goal
  • Goes with the Unified Improvement Plan
  • Area of focus will be math
  • Individual Educator Goals (IEG’s)
  • Every teacher in the building has to create goals
  • One must be math
  • One must be content specific
  • Should be done by the end of the month
  • Grants
  • iPD (Professional Development)
  • Deb Peterson and Rebecca Warner
  • We are one of 12 schools to receive this grant in the district
  • This money is set aside for teachers to take two half-days to do purposeful planning and Professional Learning Community (PLC) work
  • MENTOR, Colorado Mentoring Partnership
  • Partnership with MENTOR
  • We have a parent working to develop the leadership roles within the building
  • She is handling all communication with parents, teachers, staff, and students surrounding leadership roles
  • Documenting and outlining leadership opportunities
  • Also gathering data to help with other grants
  • Westerra
  • $500 to help support the leadership process
  • Leader In Me
  • Leadership notebooks
  • Students are talking about them at home, and enjoying adding to the My Celebrations tab
  • Staff PD
  • Aligning academics
  • How do we incorporate Leadership Notebooks within each class (K-5)
  • My Self, My WIGS, My Learning, My Leadership, My Celebrations
  • Additional PD work coming to Shaffer as a result of the work we are doing
  • Sean Covey is coming out to Shaffer to meet with other Administrators
  • Community Coaching days are where a group of schools from Wyoming to Colorado Springs that get together to meet and discuss the Leadership Process - to observe the building
  • Deb Peterson and Rebecca Warner are trainers of trainers, and have trained the new staff members
  • Leadership Roles started
  • Roles began this week
  • They involve PK - 5th graders, big roles or small roles
  • Students can fill out leadership roles again in December/January
  • Parents are needed to help mentor greeters for evening events
  • Everyone has genius - using our genius is a great way to demonstrate leadership
  • Dan Niosi met with the fourth graders and brought a state program to their attention where they can get a free state pass
  • Laura Stauffer has been a huge part in getting Leadership Roles
  • Leadership Council
  • Had their first meeting last Wednesday
  • They will be developing our unique Shaffer Logo
  • Mill and Bond information
  • Jeffco Homepage
  • Click on Bond/Mill for any information or to get questions answered
  • Can also get building statistics for buildings around the district including planned improvements
  • PTA
  • PTA website has a volunteer sign-up on Give Pulse
  • Monster Mash - October 27 (Thursday)
  • Looking for volunteers or we can’t have run the event
  • Costume Party
  • Oral Interpretation - PTA website under programs
  • Kids speak and present orally
  • Nicole Shoup is leading this program
  • There are three practice days
  • Festival is on November 2
  • Reflections - PTA website under programs
  • October 24 - student work due
  • Judging takes place in the library
  • Looking for parents to volunteer to judge
  • Celebration on November 3
  • FunRun update
  • Today was the pep-rally
  • Fundraising event (1 of 2)
  • All proceeds will go to replacing the computers in the LMC
  • Fun Run is October 13 (Thursday)
  • Looking for parent volunteers for Thursday October 13
  • Payments are due October 19
  • Bullying
  • Stop bullying.gov
  • Greatschools.org
  • Section J (under students) in the Jeffco Board Docs
  • What is it?
  • A behavior meant to injure or harm another person
  • Sometimes it involves power
  • Can be repetitive behavior
  • Avoid labeling a student as either a bully or as a victim
  • Can be verbal (teasing, taunting, threats, name calling)
  • Boys and girls
  • Social/relational Bullying
  • “You can’t sit with me” “You can’t play with us”
  • Typically girl
  • Physical Bullying
  • Hitting, pushing, etc
  • Typically boys
  • Can occur any time (school, bus, park, cyber)
  • How does Shaffer address it?
  • physical bullying is easy to see
  • We want to encourage students to find their voice and hear their concerns
  • Kids tend to be in different roles in different situations - not easy to predict; kids react differently in every situation
  • Warning signs and next steps
  • Any kid can be bullied, any kid can be a bully
  • Same risk factors for both the bully and the victims
  • Risk factors can be physical, can be new to the school, kids who are perceived to not stand up to themselves, kids with learning differences, attention differences, self-esteem can also play a role, social challenges
  • Students who are bullying are often trying to compensate for something going on in their life
  • If a student witnesses bullying, is bullied, they are asked to report it to the administration so that the administrators can follow their protocol
  • Mr. Brasher has a conversation with every grade at the beginning of the year about the Code of Conduct (your right to come to school and learn, dress code, and bullying); Mr. Brasher comes back and follows-up with each grade mid-year
  • Bullying is taken very seriously at Shaffer. We strive to protect and keep our kids safe
  • Staff has been instructed to report any bullying to administration
  • Different situations require different procedures
  • Cyber bullying involves more people because of the technology
  • We make sure that students voices are heard (as the bully or as the victim), find the root cause of the bullying
  • Every case is unique, and there is a lot of grey area due to the complexity
  • Both Mr. Brasher and Mrs. Acker stress to students that it is their job to keep students safe
  • Ignoring is a great strategy to deal with bullying, but it is a difficult strategy; using a sense of humor is also a good strategy
  • If your child is hit, and you instruct them to hit back or taunt back, both students still receive discipline at school
  • If Mr. Brasher or Mrs. Acker meet with your child about bullying, you will receive a phone call about the meeting
  • Things to watch for - can be normal, but could be a sign of bullying
  • Injuries happening more often than usual (“I fell down”)
  • Headaches/tummy aches
  • Too sick to go to school
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Changes in wanting/not wanting to go to school
  • Homework refusal
  • Changes in friendships
  • Self-esteem changes
  • Talk of self harm
  • Students who are the aggressor - can be normal, but could be a sign of bullying others
  • Talk to the administration more often
  • Blame others - Leader in me encourages students to take ownership of their behavior
  • Super competitive
  • Super concerned with popularity - power issue
  • Still some stigma of kids not reporting/talking about what is happening
  • The best way to overcome bullying is kindness

September 13th Agenda:

  • Welcome Back Message from Principal
  • Logistics of new forum structure- the last few years we have had one month PTA and the next month accountability. We have changed it to a combination to help give more of a voice to the members. Principal will give info, and there will time to ask questions or give comments. Suggestion for a “call in” option for coffee with the principal for working parents. Jeremy will look into setting this up.
  • School Direction-
  • Theme - Pioneering Greatness; New for year two- new tree, posters auctioned off are now hanging in the halls. Leadership roles have expanded to allow for more students to have opportunities. We’ve been in a variety of papers Promoting LIM at Shaffer, having another leadership day, last one was a success.
  • The Leader In Me (Year 2)- having two new parent universities. Improving front entrance with tree, leaves, painting, mission statements for all, implementing goal(evidence) binders, trying to get Falcon Bluffs on board with LIM, hoping to integrate LIM into the middle school.
  • Evolving PLC approach- Cohort 3- collaborative planning mostly around math.
  • Leadership Council- will normally have a place to speak here. However, they haven’t met yet and haven’t been elected. Their first job will be designing a new logo. They will be here at the next meeting.
  • 1st report out next forum
  • Logo design
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Goals- 1. Continue to get more parents involved and/or increase engagement.
  • 2. Increase simplification of PTA, and web site.
  • Volunteer Updates- “give pulse” is the new way to track volunteers, to replace sign-up genius. Give Pulse makes it easy to track who is working and when. GP provides the whole year's worth of activities and programs that the community can get involved in when they can. This will help with grant writing for LIM through Mrs. Stauffer.
  • Approve Budget- passed out and reviewed new budget. Zoe explained the variety of programs that PTA funds at Shaffer. New tables outside the cafeteria was a little over 10,000. But are expected to last about 20 years; want to raise funds for new playground equipment, pay for games at BBQ, LIM, technology and security, as well as father/daughter, mother/son, monster mash, 5th grade continuation. They are going to do a science fair this year thanks to a dedicated parent volunteer. Classroom parties are set up by teachers so each classroom can be different. The PTA has set which holiday’s have parties.
  • To be a member of PTA go to PTA website and pay 10 to join. The budget was put up for motion, seconded by Mr. Brasher and passed by a unanimous vote.
  • Fundraising - Fun Run- new company for fun run, 5% of each classes pledge goes back to the classroom. Trying to promote more involvement. People can donate straight to Shaffer to help increase money but the student will not get a prize.
  • Accountable Talk
  • Academic Achievements -Mr. Brasher explained CMAS and PARK to members. new performance markers added to make 5 now.
  • CMAS Science
  • CMAS Math & ELA- good growth,
  • School Safety- 2 camera’s, constant lockout, ability to immediately lock down all doors immediately.
  • Emergency Drills- parent requested that teachers inform younger kids more and parents about what is happening and why. Practicing at home days before event helps anxious kids. Some parents would like to include the watch dog video in one of the parent universities. If there is something that happens in our area, the student will bring home a paper, or you get a phone call to let you know. If Shaffer is locked down no one can come in and each parent gets a robo call.
  • Future Outlook-
  • Q & A time- meeting adjourned at 8:16.
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