Make sure you stay informed of all things HiCap by subscribing to the mailing list.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Minutes from 11/5/2018 Meeting - Council Only

11/5/2018 HiCap Parent-only meeting - No admins present Jennifer, Miryam, Bonnie, Austina, Laurie, Kristi, Sylvia,?,?

Does the hiCap Highlights page have the link to enter questions for the info night? Website is confusing for AAP kids. Will all have 6th and 7th AAP next year? Not saying this on website.
  • Elementary Cadre
    • Maywood principal did not cluster hicap kids in classrooms
    • Teachers not happy with hicap program
      • Parents from different schools talk to each other and come back to teachers asking for what other teachers are doing – extensions versus acceleration from school to school
      • Teachers were only offered PD later in the summer and some couldn’t take it or didn’t
      • Teachers asking for: Special ed kid counts as 1.5, ELL kid counts as 1.5, hicap kid counts only 1
      • Possible documentary being done that will have NSD as a spotlight among others
    • Council could communicate to parents more that the EAP classroom is different than in-school services
  • Results of facebook poll on priorities
    • Top vote: hicap PD for teachers –
      • work on legislation on PD for principals
      • talk to the union
      • principals reviewed on how well they implement hicap services for all qualified kids
    • 2: math in elementary for in-school
    • 3: pathway for hicap at high school
    • Services for single subject students
    • Location for new EAP
    • AAP as an actual hicap program
    • Hicap kids who are not yet high achieving – what services can we offer and how can we bring those kids up to the high achieving level they could be?
  • High school update from bothell
    • Talked to new principal
      • Aligning math
      • What AP classes can be available to 9th graders?
      • Science pathway
      • Working with Danielle – counselor to work on these issues
      • Aware of the CHS issue – going through Edmonds versus UW, need consistency
    • Math
      • Multiple entry points?
      • In-school elementary math is not same as EAP math
      • Middle school math has 6,7,8th grade together, which is iffy
    • Principals need PD on gifted/hicap
    • SBA as a gate for hicap qualification as well as Naglieri?
      • Some teachers prepare kids for SBA test, some don’t. SBA may not be a good representative of achievement.
    • Update on AAP for this year
      • Leota full AAP, all other schools are mixing challenge and AAP in their classes
        • Kids in same class will see different name on their schedule HC/Challenge
        • Kids who appealed may not have gotten into AAP class, but some kid who didn’t appeal might have been put into that classroom
        • 6th grade challenge for all means that any kid could have been put into AAP
      • Decisions were made by building principals, not by Jen
      • Dr Reid assures us that this mixing will not happen again
    • Trimesters – not ideal
    • Money issues
      • Do we keep survey gizmo or drop it?
        • Can get a free account without logic
        • $35 for full account
        • Jennifer motion, Laurie seconded, unanimous consent to change to free survey gizmo account.
      • We have to pay for mail chimp
    • Vote on new reps
      • North Creek – no candidates
      • Kenmore Middle – no candidate qualified
      • Sunrise Elementary – 3 candidates…may not be qualified if we are looking for parents of EAP students rather than in-school services
      • Lisa Benado will be ongoing elections commissioner
        • Will talk to Kavi
        • Will respond to non-qualifying candidates
      • Priorities for council advocacy
        • Principal/asst-super training on hicap issues, accountability, and consistency across school
        • Teacher training for AAP and in-school
        • Services in the homeschool classroom
          • Accelerated math/in-depth thinking
          • Single subject consistency with EAP
        • Programs for not yet achieving kids