Parent Advisory Committee
January, 2013 - Gulf Shores Elementary Patron
The GSES Advisory Committee met on January 2, 2013 at
1:45. Julie Pierce, Staci Robinson, Jason Dyken, Paige Griffin, and
Andrea Frogue were present.
The first item on the agenda was to review the Digital
Renaissance presentation made to the Rotary Club. Several students
described their digital projects in the core subjects using Pages,
Animoto and other digital resources. Finally, the Technology Coach
shared Remote Desktop with the patrons. Remote Desktop is a
monitoring program of all Mac Airs in the school. Website additions
were reviewed: math homework videos, School Tube features of
student digital projects, and interviews with various faculty
The second agenda item was to review the 2013 Title I
budget. An additional $57,876 funding was used for 2 full time
temporary teachers for second semester.
The final item on the agenda was open discussion from
patrons about any concerns or questions.
Suggestions for safety were offered. One patron asked if
hallway video could be linked to the local police station and what
would be the cost. The patrons were assured that lock down
procedures had been reviewed, and teachers had watched a Homeland
Security video entitled Run, Hide, Fight. Finally, Gulf Shores
Police Department had been present on campus since school began
after the holidays.
The next Patron meeting is scheduled for March 12,
2013 at 1:45 in the principal's office.November, 2012
- Gulf Shores Elementary Patron Meeting
February, 2013 - Gulf Shores Elementary Parental
Involvement Plan Meeting
The GSES PIP Committee met on February 4, 2013 at 8:30.
Julie Pierce, Staci Robinson, Eliza Huskey, Paige Griffin, and
Nicky Gotschall were present.
The first item on the agenda was to review the First
Friday Forum Digital Renaissance presentation and Remote Desktop.
Parents were enthusiastic about the student projects and the use of
The Title I budget was the second agenda item. An
additional $57,876 was sent to GSES. The monies were spent on 2
full time temporary teachers to work with small group instruction
during the day. The parents also agreed to spend their Parent
Instructional Supply of $3,786.75 on planners, car rider tags,
school calendar magnets, and communicators.
Finally, general comments and feedback were offered.
First, parents questioned how Gulf Shores Elementary School was
addressing school safety. The principal reported that two lock down
drills have been held this school year. The Gulf Shores Police
Department provided a wonderful surprise of police officer
assistance during the school day for a couple of weeks in January.
Cameras are present at the front of the school and in the 100 and
400 buildings. Finally, the principal is working with the
Superintendent, parents' groups, teachers, and the local police
department on adjustments, if necessary, to the Safety Plan that is
a detailed written document for dozens of emergencies that outlines
safety steps for each emergency. The local police department was
asked for suggestions, and the police officers said other than
installing prison razor wire, the campus was as secure as it could
be. The parents asked that more frequent unannounced drills be
conducted especially during the lunch wave. In addition, the
parents requested that a School Messenger call be made to parents
informing them of the above safety precautions and
The second general comment was that the students were
enjoying changing classes for reading and math/science/social
studies. This parent felt there was increased rigor in that
teachers had more time to plan deeply for fewer subjects. She also
applauded Brain Pop as a digital tool that required her daughter to
The next meeting scheduled is April 26, 2013 at
The GSES Advisory Committee met on November 7, 2012 at
1:45. Julie Pierce, Jason Dyken, Debbi Phillips, Paige Griffin,
Andrea Frogue, and Matt Taylor were present.
The first item on the agenda was to introduce Andrea
Frogue as the new patron to replace Debbie Files.
The Digital Renaissance review included the following
information: enrollment in grades 4-6 is 462 students, unissued Mac
Air inventory is 5, all students whose parents want them to have
computers have them. A breakfast to thank the Gulf Shores City
Council for the laptops is scheduled for November 16, at 8:00 a.m.
The school will be open for all visitors to observe the use of
technology in instruction at 8:30. The event is called an Open
House of Thanksgiving for Our Computers.
Enrollment of Gulf Shores Elementary is at 1040
students, and the free/reduced lunch rate is at 70%.
The fourth agenda item was to review the 2013 Title I
budget. First, the reduction of the budget from $276,000 FYE 2012
to $169,000 FYE 2013 was explained. The United States Department of
Education was forced to sequester 9% of funds due to the inability
of the Joint Select Committee to reach an agreement on a deficit
reduction plan. That caused the late release of $36,000. Feedback
was requested from the patrons on the spending of the additional
Title funds in coordination with a $10,000 gift and the year's
fundraisers. The patrons were in agreement with the purchase of
Quest Gardens, Icurio, IXL, and Spelling City to support the
Digital Renaissance. In addition, they suggested adding a part time
technology support person. More information will be gathered from
IT and Federal Programs. Fundraiser monies will pay for Icurio,
copier, and Missouri eMINTS travel. The gift will be spent on
programs of the donors' choice: music instruments, Promethean
board, ear buds, long distance field trip, a professional
performance, outside seating, multiple disabilities class, archery
program, and an after school Lego club.
Item five was the announcement of several after school
clubs and activities. An archery club will begin in the spring
taught by Coach Burleson. Two Lego engineering programs will be
offered in January and February called Vehicle Engineering and
Collision Cars. Currently there are two technology clubs that meet
after school on Tuesdays, and Beginning and Advanced Dolphin Sound
meet on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Finally, Ocean Camp for
Girls met in October after school to promote girls becoming
August 31, 2012 -
Gulf Shores Elementary Parental Involvement Plan
PIP Committee met on August 31, 2012 at 8:15. Julie Pierce,
Huskey, Paige Griffin, and Nicky Gotschall were present.
item on the agenda was to review the Title I Parent Survey from the
survey indicated a strong sense of satisfaction with Gulf Shores
survey also indicated a desire for fewer meetings. So the
webinars on the school's website to communicate information,
especially tips about
how to help
students with math homework. Finally, parents were
the efforts taken by the front office staff to make new families
item was to review the GSES Parental Involvement Plan. Minor
The plan will continue to be revised by the School Improvement Lead
for approval in late September.
The Title I
budget was reviewed noting that it had been cut in half by almost
item on the agenda was for general comments and feedback.
review of the summer 2012 Registration process. Parents liked
the ability to
pick up the
paperwork and prove residency early. Parents requested an
evening time and
to bring valid proofs of residency ensuring a consistent list of
testing results were discussed at length. Parents asked if
the principal could
that the ARMT+ was a more rigorous test, and that the common
study is not aligned to the ARMT+ math test rather the 2003 course
parents requested an FAQ about the Invest in Progress campaign.
meeting scheduled is November 2, 2012 at 8:30.
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2012 - Gulf Shores Elementary Patron Meeting
Advisory Committee met on September 6, 2012 at 1:45. Julie
Jason Dyken, Debbi Phillips, and Paige Griffin were present.
item on the agenda was a review of the deployment of the Mac Airs
grades 4, 5, and 6. The plan is to deploy laptops to the
sixth graders on
September 9. Fourth and fifth graders will receive their
computers the following
Enrollment in those grades is 460 students. Mac Air inventory
is 412. Backpack
is 309. More computers and backpacks will be ordered if there
item on the agenda was to review enrollment, testing data, and the
Survey. Enrollment stands at 1027 students with a 54%
transiency rate. ARMT+
an increase in reading and math scores in third and sixth grades
and a slight
fifth and sixth grades. A summary of the data can be found on
copy of The
Wave. Overall, Gulf Shores Elementary met the Annual
and made Adequate Yearly Progress. The survey indicated a
strong sense of
Gulf Shores Elementary. Communication about Title I plans,
and parental involvement activities was rated high. Teachers
were viewed as
reach. Customer service by the office was addressed and all
will qualify GSES for an additional employee to assist
asking for identification was an essential safety
reviewed the 2013 Title I budget and asked why the budget was
the previous year even though the student free/reduced population
also gave feedback regarding the summer registration process.
reported as well organized and smooth. The patrons did
suggest an evening
to register. They felt an evening would be welcomed by many
item on the agenda was open discussion from committee members about
suggested a meeting between the school and local police department
together towards a solution to increasing traffic congestion with
Patron meeting is scheduled for November 6, 20121 at 1:45 in the