PTO Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Attendees: Shan Evuich, Stacia Hoots, Shawn Keunnen, Amy Macuga, Kerrie McNeely, Janelle Nickell, Julie Nirula, Maggie Sheppard, Sarah Smyth, Ellen Su, Darcy Tsandes
School Update – Shawn Kuennen
· Success Maker
o Haven’t heard back from PCEF on if can use 2013/14 funding for 2014/15 school year
· Beat The Calculator
o Great success, kids loved it
o Challenging enough, especially in upper grades
o Will fine tune next year. Need to figure out what to give as incentive.
· Projectors – currently 8 years old
o Capital outlay request not approved.
o Will see if comes out of technology budget.
o We are planning to update the projectors one year at a time. Waiting on final cost.
· Additional Outlets in Teacher’s Lounge
o Hope to put in over the summer.
· Front Entry Overhaul
o Agree need to do something, especially with amount of wind
o Glass enclosed case?
· Renewable Energy
o Julie Booth agreed to lead this initiative
o Have not received an update on district solar initiative
o Need to contact UT Power to determine if Wind is feasible.
o Need to decide if want Wind to generate power (will need grants) or use for educational purposes.
· Back-To-School Night
o Tuesday, August 29th, 5:00 – 7:00
o 5:00 – 5:30 Grades 3-5 in classroom; 5:30 – 6:00 Orientation Presentation; 6:00 – 6:30 Grades 1-2 in classroom; 6:30 – 7:00 Orientation Presentation
o Kindergarten would like to keep their orientation separately.
o PTO will give info to Kindergarten teachers to hand out at their orientation (classrooms open two days prior to school starting).
o Kindergarten families will be invited to School Orientation, however, their classrooms will be unavailable that evening.
· Science Room / Specialist
o Has asked if unused 2013/14 money can be used in 2014/15.
o Will interview in August if current science specialist does not want role.
· Trish Alderman, a parent from Parley’s who is moving to Jeremy, expressed concerns for non-DLI class integration… based on her experiences at Parley’s.
o She spoke of specialist assignment by groups (A, B, C, D), instead of classrooms, to promote more mixing of the kids.
o Another suggestion was to allow the kids to sit with other kids in their grade, as opposed to having to sit with their class.
Raising the Bar
· 90% of JRES students are at grade level or above.
· PTO will donate $10,000.
2014-2015 School Year for JRES
Back-to-School Night: August 19, 5-7pm
First Day of School: August 21
First Day of Kindergarten: August 25
Labor Day: September 1
Fun Fall Festival: September 12
Red Apple Gala: September 20
Fall Book Fair/Conferences: October 6-10 (tentative)
Fall Recess: October 16-17
Halloween Dance Party: October 24, 6-8pm
Live PC/Give PC: November 8
Winter Recess: December 22-January 2
Martin Luther King Day: January 19
Winter Book Fair/Conference: February 2-6 (tentative)
February Recess: February 16-20
Spring Break: April 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week TBD
Non-classified Appreciation Day
Lunch/Custodian Appreciation Day
Art Festival: April 24 (tentative)
Running with Ed: May 16
Memorial Day: May 25
Last Day of School: June 4