• PS 7Q School Leadership Team                                                                                                                                                            Minutes of Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, O. Hernandezz: DC37 Representative, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

    M. Causi: Minutes:

    The minutes were reviewed and accepted for the March and April meetings.

    S. Tucci: Kindergarten Orientation

    Kindergarten orientation was a success. We are going to have a Pre-K orientation for parents as well.  The dual language presentation will take place in June. All parents will be invited to hear about the advantages of enrolling their child into this program.  We may start a dual language class in Pre-K.  This is parental choice and can be instituted provided we get a dual language Pre-K teacher.

    S. Tucci: Enrichment Programs

    We started the enrichment program for grades one, two, and three on Wednesday and Thursday. It has been very successful. We could not offer this program to all students so participants were chosen at random. Over 220 students attend the program on Wednesday and 100 students on Thursday.  All students were provided with an enrichment program throughout the year when Casa Broadway worked with all students in our school. 

    Information was disseminated to parents regarding the after school program used at the 51st Street Academy.  This program can come to PS7 as long as NYC provides the money to pay for it. 

    We are unsure about the number of students that can be invited, but there is would be not fees for the parents.  This is a program that is not associated with PS7. They have their own personnel who may consist of high school and college students. 

    Safety is a big concern. If the children are going to be in the hands of high school and college students, they may not be protected as they are here during the year.  The PA has to look into the program to decide whether it is a good fit for our students.  Then it should be presented to the group.

    Instructional Programs: Go Math, Music

    The Go Math is the program we implement here at PS 7. It is working well. Teachers sometimes think we need something in addition to Go Math. We are unsure at this time about whether we are going to change the program completely or if we will bring in a supplemental program. 

    Music: Ms. Tucci posted the music position in January. As of this time we have not found a good candidate.  The position will be opened again. Teachers use music in the classroom during morning routines and content area. In order to provide music to our students Ms. Tucci invited Casa Broadway to PS 7. It is a music and dance program. 

    S. Tucci: SLT Meeting Time Update

    It brought to Ms. Tucci’s attention that there is not enough time to discuss all the issue on the agenda. The time is based on parental decision.  Parents can decide whether they want meetings in the morning or afternoon. Parents can discuss the time after elections are held for SLT positions in September.  Madeline Chan said she wants meetings in the afternoons because she has heard that parents want the meetings at that time.  With the new parents coming in for the SLT, they can decide what time they would like the meetings held. 

    Parents also want to discuss whether they want a PA or PTA.  A PTA may function better in our school. This is also something that has to be discussed with the parents during the PA meeting.  

    S. Tucci: Single Stall Bathrooms

    This is now a new regulation.  We are going to select a bathroom on the second floor that will be designated for transgender students and school community members.  A  child must request to use the transgender bathroom. Staff members will continue to be able to use these bathrooms, but it will be designated for those who chose to use it as well.

    S. Tucci: Reorganization 

    Next week we will begin reorganizing the classes so that we can begin talking about how many classes our school will have for the following year.  Ms. Tucci is working on the numbers now.  She will try to keep class size down to 26-27 students instead of 32, but this is also based on the budget. 

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

    Our next meeting will be June 20th at 7:30. If there are any concerns or items to be added to the agenda please contact Ms. Causi.

      
     
                                                                                       PS 7Q School Leadership Team
    Minutes of Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, O. Hernandezz: DC37 Representative, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

    S. Tucci: Enrichment Programs

    Tomorrow we will begin the in-house enrichment program. PS 7 teachers will be hired to provide enrichment programs to our first through third grade students.  Students were invited to the program on a random basis.  Fourteen teachers will be teaching different activities such as art club, dance and movement, sports, fitness, technology, and science.  The students were able to choose what they would prefer. 

    Casa Broadway has been brought into our school in order to allow all the students to participate in dance and movement. At the end of the program parents will be invited to see the performance in the auditorium for each grade as it finished. 

    In previous years you have been asked about having a community based organizations come into the school to provide different activities for the students. This is a choice that can be made.  If parents want to have a CBO come to our school, they can look into it and come back to the committee in September. Ms. Tucci will support any choice the parents make.  If we have a CBO next year we will only provide enrichment during the day.

    We have many afterschool programs. We have had early bird programs. We have had a Saturday academy for third grade and now that it is ending we will be providing a Saturday academy for the second grade to get them ready for third grade.

    N. Landau: Early Bird Program

    A Title I and Title III early bird program is currently taking place for our Kindergarten and first grade students.  Eighty-five students in both Kindergarten and first grade have been invidted to the program to help increase their literacy and math skills.  The program is in session from 7:15 to 8:00 AM and will continue until the last week of June. 

    Ms. Perez’ third grade Saturday academy will be coming to an end and she will begin to supervise a second grade program for students in need of extra academic support.

    Our school will be hosting a Summer in the City program. Students from many different schools in the area will be participating in this program at PS7. Because we were only allowed to invite five of our own students, Ms. Tucci would like to create our own second grade program to provide services to those second graders who need extras support in literacy and math. 

    Dr. Landau will be the site supervisor for summer school.  

    S. Tucci: 2017-2018 School Goals 

    The group the current years school goals and discussed how they would like to adjust/or change the goals for the 2017-2018 school year. 

    It was agreed upon that our current goals would be continued throughout the next school year.

    It was decided to continue the first two goals as they are.  These goals pertain to providing teachers with individual feedback though observations and increasing communication throughout the school community

    Although Ms. Tucci would like to place more emphasis on increasing the reading levels of our second grade students, the team agreed to continue our reading goal as is for the next year. This goal pertains to increasing the reading levels of students in all grades by three levels or more. 

    We will also continue working to increase the writing levels of our ENL students in the 2017-2018 school year.  We will look at the year end data, as it becomes available, to determine the percentage by which we met this goal in order to adjust it for the following year. 

    S. Tucci: Kindergarten Orientation

    All incoming Kindergarten parents are invited to orientation in May. We will discuss the programs provided by our school as well as our school expectations.  A package of books will be given to all incoming students to help ready them for the following year.  

    All students in all grades will receive a packet of books to read over the summer.  We will invite students to attend a dual language meeting to show how the program works at PS 7.  All students are invited to participate in Dual Language. This meeting will be in June.  Students will also be given access to online reading through RAZ, Lexia and Imagine Learning.

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

    Our next meeting will be May 23 at 7:30. If there are any concerns or items to be added to the agenda please contact Ms. Causi.

      

     
    PS 7Q School Leadership Team
    Minutes of Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, O. Hernandezz: DC37 Representative, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

     

     

    M. Causi: Minutes

     

    The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as is.

     

     

    N. Landau: Goals

     

    The goals were reviewed and discussed with the group. The percentages of students in each grade who increased their reading levels by three or more levels is as follows:

     

    Kindergarten – 3.9%

    First Grade – 57%

    Second Grade – 32%

    Third Grade – 17%

     

    The writing goal focused on the performance of our ENL students.  NYSESLAT results over the past two years showed a need to improve the writing skills of these students. Narrative and informational writing was assessed amongst the grades for our ENL students.  The percentage of ENL students on each grade who increased their writing level by at least one benchmark is as follows:

     

    Kindergarten – 66%

    First Grade – 57.7%

    Second Grade 56%

    Third Grade 33.6%

     

    We anticipate that all students will meet this goal.

     

    Our math goal focused on problem solving.  Data was analyzed to determine whether students understand the content, are able to explain their understanding of the content, and know which tools are needed to solve the problem. Second and third grade students were assessed using an open-ended NYC baseline and mid-year task, which measured students’ ability to show the work as well as indicate the correct answer.  We are right below our end-of-the-year goal. Almost 50% of second grade students and 51% of third grade students increased their math performance by one benchmark level. Students will take the the final math performance assessment in May. 

     

     

     

     

     

    M. Causi: Math goal CEP

     

    Our goal is to increase problem solving skills by 55%. The group reviewed the action plan make sure we are moving children in the right direction. 

     

     

    S. Tucci: Enrichment After School

     

    Enrichment has been implemented in our school throughout the year during regular school hours with programs such as Casa Broadway.  Artists from Casa Broadway worked with Kindergarten through third grade students in cycles throughout the year. In addition to this, our school will be implementing an enrichment after school program for our students.

     

    Ms. Burns will teach coding as one of the enrichment options in this program. This is programing. The reason for this initiative is to help students begin gaining the skills they will need for the future workforce.  It is a stimulating program that allows all students to excel. 

     

    As per the posting we are going to start the enrichment after school program after the spring recess.  It begins April 24th through June 21st.  We will accommodate students based on the number of teachers available. We want to include all grade students.  Parents were asked to add any topics they would like to see implemented. 

     

    Dr. Landau is currently supervising an early bird program to address the needs of the Kindergarten and first grade students. Students in the program receive extra support in reading and math. This helps Kindergarten students develop the early concepts of print and teach letter sounds and sight words.  First graders who are currently reading at levels D and below will focus on the literacy skills needed to boost their levels. Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday cycles are currently in progress to help meet th needs of more students. 

     

     

    S. Tucci: Summer School

     

    We are hosting summer school (ELA and Math) for mandated third, fourth and fifth grade students. There will also be a Title III enrichment program (Summer in the City).  This is for second grade students who are not performing at grade level.  Summer school will begin each day at 8:30 AM and end at 2:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

     

     

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

     

    Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30. If there are any items to be added to the agenda, please contact Ms. Causi.

     

     
     
                                                                                       PS 7Q School Leadership Team                                                                                        
    Minutes of Tuesday, February 14, 2017
     
    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, O. Hernandez: DC37 Representative, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

     

    M. Causi: Minutes

     

    The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as is.

     

    N. Landau: Reading Goal

    Assessments have been completed and teachers are in the process of grading and entering them onto a spreadsheet on Google Drive.  Once this is completed the data will be analyzed to see student progress.  We will have the results by our next SLT meeting for all three academic goals.

      

    S. Tucci: Teacher Individual Feedback

     

    The Teacher Observation/Individualized Feedback goal was reviewed and discussed by the team.

    At the beginning of the school year teachers met with supervisors to discuss observation options, (four mini-observations, six mini-observations, or one formal and three mini-observations.) Observations are conducted to see how students are engaged and learning in the classroom.  Based on feedback from these observations, administration provides professional development to the teachers to meet their individual needs.  We also have a staff developer from Teachers College who comes in twice a month to model reading and writing lessons. Teachers practice and come back to the group with feedback.

    Results of these observations show that teachers are using good teaching practices in their classrooms.  Our teachers and students are doing a magnificent job. Our teachers are making our students successful learners.

    S. Tucci: Summer School

    Our school will be open for our students and those from six other schools. We will have special education, ELL’s, second grade, and mandated third and fourth grade students. Summer classes will begin after the Fourth of July and will end August 10th. The summer school day has been increased from 8:30 – 12:30 to 8:30 – 2:30.  Teachers will get a half hour break. It will be a rigorous program.  Because there will be many students from other schools in our building participating in the summer program at our school, we will be mostly providing classes for our third grade mandated students. 

     

     

    S. Tucci: Enrichment After School

    The ideas for an enrichment after-school program include dance and music, physical education, yoga, art, chess and checkers, and chorus. All ideas are welcome.

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

    Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30.  If there are any items to be added to the agenda, please contact Ms. Causi.

     
    PS 7Q School Leadership Team
    Minutes of Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

     M. Causi: Minutes

     The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as is.

    N. Landau: Reading Goal

     Assessments have been completed and teachers are in the process of grading and entering them onto a spreadsheet on Google Drive.  Once this is completed the data will be analyzed to see student progress.  We will have the results by our next SLT meeting for all three academic goals.

    S. Tucci: Teacher Individual Feedback

    At the beginning of the school year teachers meet with supervisors to discuss observation options, (4 mini observations, 6 mini observations, 1 formal and 3 mini observations.) observations are to see how students are engaged and learning in the classroom.  Based on feedback for these observations we provide professional development.  We have staff developer from tc who comes in twice a month to model reading and writing lessons. Teachers practice and come back to the group with feedback. Based on these observations teachers are providing good teaching practicing.  Our teachers and students are doing a magnificent job. Our teachers are making our students successful learners.

     The Teacher Observation/Individualized Feedback goal was reviewed and discussed by the team.

     S. Tucci: Summer School

     Our school will be open for us and six other schools. We will have special education, ells, we will have second grade, mandated third and fourth grade. And title 3 for ells. We will have summer school after the forth of July to August 10. We used to have from 8:30 – 12:30.  Now it will be from 8:30 – 2:30.  Teachers will get ½ hour break. It will be a rigorous program.  Because we have six other schools we are not able to take care of all of our second grade students. 

     Ideas for Enrichment after school:

    Dance and music, phys ed, yoga, art, chess, checkers, chorus

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

     Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30. If there are any items to be added to the agenda, please contact Ms. Causi.

     

     
    PS 7Q School Leadership Team Minutes
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 

     

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, K. Bueno: Parent,

    S. Tul Muntaha: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent.

     

     

    M. Causi: Minutes

     

    The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as is.

     

     

    N. Landau: Afterschool Programs

    The afterschool teachers have administered pre-assessments so that we can measure how much the students learn during the program. Students are engaged in activities such as guided reading, math instruction and word games. The students are grouped based on needs in a small group setting. 

    N. Landau:  Student Data

    Teachers have been collecting data on different subjects (reading, writing, math, etc.).  Data is collected at different points in the year to assess student progress and needs.  Teachers are consistently formally assessing. They use checklists and conference notes. Data has been collected in real time so that teachers can use it drive instruction and so that we can see how students are growing over time. 

    M. Causi: Next Meeting

    Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30. If there are any items to be added to the agenda, please contact Ms. Causi.

     
     
    PS 7Q School Leadership Team Minutes
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 

    In attendance: S. Tucci: Principal, S. Concepcion: PA President, F. Pichardo: UFT Chapter Leader, N. Landau: Assistant Principal, M. Causi: SLT Chairperson/2nd Grade Teacher, L. Bolger: Secretary/1st Grade Teacher, E. Liriano: ENL Representative, I. Burns: Cluster/AIS Representative, O. Hernandez: School Aide, K. Bueno: Parent, S. Ahmed: Parent, C. Rivera: Parent and B. Valeucia: Parent. 

    M. Causi: Minutes 

    The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as is. 

    M. Causi: New Policy for SLT Meetings 

    SLT Meetings will now be open to all parents and teachers. Minutes will be posted in public areas throughout the school and on school wires. 

    N. Landau: After School Math and Literacy 

    After school Title I and Title III programs have begun. Second and third grade students have been invited to attend these classes based on teacher recommendation. In second grade there are five Title III (English language learners) classes and three Title I classes. Students practiced literacy and math skills in these classes using Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell guided reading books, and Moving with Math. Teachers assessed students literacy and math skills during the first session and will use this data to drive instruction throughout the program. 

    In third grade there are four Title III classes and four Title I classes. Class sizes have been limited to 12 to 15 students in an effort to provide more individualized instruction. 

    An early bird program will begin shortly for our first graders. These classes will take place on Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. This program consists of nine classes with about 15 students in each. 

    M. Causi : After School Enrichment Program 

    In January or February we will start an enrichment program. Students receive enrichment throughout the day utilizing the different vendors we hire, but we want to come up with a program after school. Teachers will be surveyed to find which activities they would like to teach, such chess, music, or art. At a later date we will discuss the types of activities we will be able to provide. 

    M. Causi: Meeting Dates

    An updated listing of meeting dates was distributed and reviewed with the team. 

    M. Causi: Next Meeting 

    Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30. If there are any items to be added to the agenda, please contact Ms. Causi.