PTA member Ann Koneiczny updated the board. The Apres Ski Direct Giving Party was held on Nov. 12 and was a great success, raising about $10K. The PTA also hosted a Bingo Night on Nov. 17. PTA is on the lookout for donations through Colorado Gives Day.
Sarah Heim-Smit (Student Support Coordinator) is Leaving DLS
Sarah has touched hundreds of people at DLS and the team is going to miss her dearly. She is moving on to another district wherein she can pursue a part-time schedule that will allow her more time with her family. The Board wishes her the very best in her endeavors and thanks her for her dedicated service to DLS.
3A & 3B Bond Discussion
The 3A & 3B bond package passed! Denver Language School will receive $2.9 million for a second floor addition to DLS East to create five new classrooms and providing sorely needed modern classroom space and expanded parking for staff. Board members are currently in talks with individuals from DPS about existing options, and our long term facilities goals.
Once the planning process begins for capital improvements, DPS has a formulaic approach to how they expand buildings for school accommodations. However, to the extent DLS has a wish list, the Board plans to ask for those items at the appropriate time. Additional updates include: DLS West Elevator Construction – is complete! We are simply awaiting final inspections.
The Board conducted a first reading of the proposed amended bylaws. The Bylaws clarify that the Board does not get involved in day-to-day operations of the school. The Bylaws will now be submitted to DPS for comments/edits. Then, they will be posted to the next agenda for approval.
DLS is currently on target. Any variances in budget are related to how things true up throughout the year, for example DPS Mill Levy funding, PTA Funding, employee benefits, etc. DLS is projecting a $22K annual surplus.
PARC Test Paper/Pencil Waiver - Submitted to DPS for 3rd and 4th grade PARCC Test.
DLS is Measuring Literacy in Three Languages Using New Tools:
iStation Literacy (English and Spanish)
Level Chinese - Literacy
STAR - Math
UNC Teacher Interns at DLS
Chinese Teachers from Beijing Royal School will be arriving through the UNC program. DLS families will be hosting the teachers. DLS will partner with UNC education school on their new Master’s in Education for Chinese teachers. We are also adding a literacy support teacher for 3rd-4th grade classes. We added this position in response to scores and our model. That individual will be running reading groups and meeting with students in a smaller setting.
Measures of Student Learning
The final School Performance Framework (SPF) did not include a response to DLS’ request for error correction on early literacy data. DLS is in the green based on other corrections requested for middle school data. However, additional corrections should be made and Principal Kathy is utilizing all her resources and contacts to communicate this effectively with DPS.
The Board went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.