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Shaffer Community Forums 2017-2018




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.

October 17th Agenda:

  • Principal Message - Thank you to PTA parents for Fundraiser last few weeks & accountability. Accountability had been meeting to figure out how going to run and what we want that to look like in the building. Thanks to teachers for Fun Run, Conferences, and PTA for dinner too.

    • Messages from parents about teachers - to be shared at staff meeting 10/18

    • Sarah Gould - LIM coach - she can feel LIM’s presence in our school

    • Veteran’s Day- November 10: working with Bill B who built monument across the street to set something up with him

    • Opportunity with Parent University to bring things to table for Forums

    • Parent Safety Program in November (date??)  - Aurora police officer to talk with parents & community only (no students) 7-9, how to identify risks and what to do

    • November 7 - lockdown drill at 2:30

  • PTA

    • Final count from Fun Run next Tuesday

    • Room parents - what to do and help with those classes who don’t have parents

    • Monster Mash - gave more money

    • Community feedback for how we use proceeds from Fun Run. 10% will be given to teachers for classrooms of earnings

      • Curriculum or building needs

      • JB to send to staff for what we’d like our needs to be

  • Accountability

    • Website link

    • UIP  

      • Reviewed

      • Focus

    • Updated Process

      • Meeting dates

        • August, September, October, November, January & May

        • October Agenda

          • Welcome new members

          • Review final UIP

          • Review fees

          • Teacher update on UIP goals

            • Any end of year expectations that have been established so far

            • Show progress on alignment of Everyday math to state and common curriculum

            • Show examples of systemic practices being developed around reading and writing

          • Other items from feedback form or committee members

            • Snack Cart

            • Leader in me data request around other high achieving schools and tests scores in the first few years of implementation

    • Monster Mash - photobooth on ipad $40 for app, $15 for light. Gallery for parents to view and print/save/send pictures.

September 12th Agenda:


  • Welcome Back Message from Principal

    • Forum structure-notes are on the Shaffer Website, Under ‘Our School’, and then under ‘Shaffer Community Forum”

    • Norms:

      • Have fun!

      • Make sure to take care of yourself

      • This is a safe place to take risk

      • Respect

      • Integrity

      • Professionalism


  • School Information

    • New staff-All of the  staff has returned this year except Mr. Demoulin who moved to Minnesota. A few Paraprofessionals have not returned.  Kindergarten classes have all  new paras. New Half time Kindergarten teacher -Brittnie Hogan.  New Psychologist- Chi Kowalchuk. Lindsey Wall has returned from leave.Our student population has stabilized and we currently have a  choice enrollment waitlist.

    • Mission- Learn Together Lead Together

    • Vision-At Shaffer we will nurture, inspire and empower a community of leaders.

    • Things happening at Shaffer:

      • Professional Learning Communities are teacher/grade level  meetings that meet every week with the Instructional Coach.

      • New focus for PD from our CMAS/PARCC data.

      • Leadership Opportunities-we have hired a full time Para to run this.

      • Volunteer requests/opportunities -5 hours from every parent this year.Pictures of parent volunteers will be posted on community calendar in main hallway.

Volunteer Tab on  Shaffer Website to sign up.





  • School Direction-

    • The Leader In Me (Year 3)

      • Continue work from year two

      • Classroom mission statements

      • Leadership notebooks

      • Classroom greeters

      • Leadership Opportunities (Inside and outside class)

    • P3 Early Literacy Cohort

      • Preschool and Kindergarten

    • Behavior Concerns-Teachers, Parents and Mr. Brasher-action team

      • Committee developing to address spike in behavior

      • Restorative Practices

    • UIP -Unified Improvement Plan

      • Math (primary focus)

      • Writing and READ act students

      • TLIM success

  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

    • Introduce new PTA members

      • President-Isaac Meeker

      • Vice President-Nicole Shoup

      • Treasurer: -Michelle Payne

      • Secretary and Communications-Kristin Blasi

      • Fundraising:-Leslie O'Rourke

      • Membership and Community Engagement-Stephanie VanGels


    • Board member voting-all members voted in.

    • Approve/review budget - adjusted some from last year.

    • Goals to accomplish- Improve the arts -sound system for Nikki Smyth

    • Watch Dog Dad- Scott K.-43 Dads attended last week’s event. Thanks to Garlic Knot.

    • Fun Run begins the week of Oct. 9th.(APEX) Parents will be notified at least 2 weeks in advance. 10% back to the classrooms depending on how much each class raises.Theme is ‘United’. There will be an app.

    • Auction-Spring

    • Spirit Night- once per month. Chick Fil -A next week.

    • Box Tops and Milk Caps (app?)

  • Accountable Talk-Ronnie Ridpath and Cathy Flanders

    • Academic Achievements

      • CMAS Social Studies-4th last year only

      • CMAS Science 5th last year only

      • PARCC Math & ELA-Power Point with graphs of Overall Result Grades 3-5- achievement and growth data.-

Put Powerpoint on website?

  • Questions from parents:

    • 40-50% of students not meeting ELA & Math-What are we going to do?

      • We will look at multiple data points and address in UIP

      • We need to own scores and move forward

      • ILT will meet tomorrow to discuss

      • We need to focus  on growth-our scores are not where we (staff) would like them to be.

      • Information to parents on why they shouldn’t opt out-how is the information used?

      • Teachers use MAP data (district mandated progress monitoring tool) and formative assessments

  • Format and structure of MAP vs. PARCC

    • Time

    • Types of Questions

    • Summative vs. Formative

    • Multiple choice vs. Short Constructed Response



  • School Safety- updated camera’s, constant lockout, ability to immediately lock down all doors immediately.

    • Emergency Drills- each month

    • Lockdown Drill -October 4th- what is language is used? Send info home to parents.

    • Shelter Drill-sometime this year

    • Everyone is badged-teachers and adults coming into building

Future Outlook-

  • We need you

  • New things coming and your feedback is appreciated

  • Q & A time-



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