Minutes for October 6 2014 PAC General Meeting

BURNABY MOUNTAIN SECONDARY SCHOOL P.A.C. MEETING October 6, 2014

Called to Order at 7:15 p.m.

  1. Welcome – Dave Dye, Chair of the PAC welcomed everyone to the meeting and had everyone introduce themselves.
  2. Minutes – Karen Sciarretta reported that her name was misspelled in the June minutes. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes as amended.
  3. Old/New Business
  4. Jackie Ellis, was welcomed as our Department Head for Student Services. She talked about her work experience and detailed what the department includes. The counsellors have been very busy with helping ensure all students are in their courses
  5. Effie Aadland – was welcomed as our new Vice-Principal. She is the go to person for students with last names from A to K and International Students. She comes to us from Burnaby North. She is excited to be here.

Textbooks will be given out subject to course, availability, etc. The process of assessing needs is still ongoing

Meet the teacher night is on Wednesday October 7th and she is looking forward to meeting you there. All are welcome. All teacher emails are available on the school district website if parents are unable to be at the meet the teacher night.

  1. Student Council – President – Jared Introduced himself and talked about special events that will be happening over the school year, including the Multicultural event in November which is a fundraiser in support of the Vancouver Association for Torture Survivors. He also talked about the various ways the Student council is there to support the students.
  2. Dry Grad 2015: Dry Grad student Reps Iris, Robin and Alice will be student contacts for the PAC. They are selling SPC cards for $9 each. They will be sponsoring a Dry Grad BBQ, a Halloween photo booth, Rose and Chocolate sales, and a Grade 12 appreciation event.

Dry Grad PAC Committee Co-Chairs are Donna Binotto and Adrienne Dall’ Antonia. They are hoping to have lots of help raising funds for Dry Grad activities. Dry Grad typically runs from after the Dinner/Dance at the school from between midnight and 5 a.m. Last years Dry Grad was a Boat Cruise. Dry Grad is a supervised event. Historically, Grade 11 parents have been asked to help with supervision and clean up.

  1. e. Communication with the PAC – we can be found at www.mountainpac.ca. Like us on Facebook: Burnaby Mountain PAC. Or follow us on Twitter at @MountainPac_.

You can also email us at info@mountainpac.ca or chair@mountainpac.ca

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Karen Sciarretta There are two separate accounts – the Gaming account is for any grants we receive and typically any money for student activities comes out of this account: and the Main account. The 2013/2014 report to date is written so people can compare what was spent to the projected budget. Next month will have a more formal report including spending to date in September and October.

A Motion was put forward to approve the 2013/14 financial report to the end of August. This     motion was seconded. All in favour.

  1. Committees
  2. School Planning Committee (SPC) – There is no report as there has not been a meeting held yet.
  3. Parent Education – 7-8:30 Thursday October 8 there will be a presentation on Scholarships for parents. The students will be having a presentation on scholarships on Tuesday October 7th. This event is recommended for Grade 10 and up, but grade 8 and 9 students are also welcome to attend.

Having the teachers come and talk at the PAC meetings last year was appreciated and something we would like to see continue.

Parent Education Events will be posted on the school website, and the PAC twitter and Facebook pages as well as through the schools list-serve.

  1. DPAC – None of the time missed due to the strike will be made up because it would mean renegotiating all contracts, which would affect school budgets among other things.

Some activities and other things may need to be juggled, but every attempt to meet all learning goals will be made.

There have been some changes made to the LIF (Learning Improvement Fund) fund. It is essentially now two funds, the Education fund and the Support Staff fund. They are looking at options in terms of having more teachers and less EAs in classes.

Dates to remember are:

October 23 – Ross Green – How to deal with Challenging Behaviour for parents

  • At Central Secondary. Details can be found on the Burnaby DPAC website.

October 22 – Jesse Miller – speaking about online safety for kids – at Alpha Secondary.

  1. PAC Elections – Chairperson Dave Dye and Treasurer Karen Sciarretta were elected at the June meeting, with the remaining positions to be elected at the first meeting of the 2014/15 year.

Chairperson – Dave Dye

Treasurer – Karen Sciarretta

Vice-Chair– Anne Millard

Secretary = Diane McDonald

Parent Ed – Nicole Smith

SPC – Jo Irving, Vicki Dorval, Freida

DPAC – Lydia Bourchal-Strand, Lili Chan, , Jen Mezei , Laurie Very (DPAC alternate)

MEMBERSAT-LARGE – Effie TSalkitzis, Moira Rockwell, and Linda Handcott

 

A motion was made to accept elections by acclamation. This motion was seconded and all are in favour.

A motion was made to remove the former chair Alana Park and vice-chair Carol Ohno from signing authority at the bank and appoint new signatories Chair Dave Dye and Vice Chair Anne Millard. This motion was seconded and all were in favour.

 

  1. Principal’s Report – Welcome to all parents. Thanks for coming to the PAC meeting. Thanks for being patient while everyone gets settled into the new school year. With the strike impacting courses, over 600 yellow course change sheets have been filled out. Councillors have been very busy helping ensure that everyone’s course load is correct. There is lots of support for your kids. We have 3 full time and one half time councillors. Our Youth Services Worker Wendell Williams is on leave, and Phil Dutton is filling in. We have a Youth Engagement Worker and an RCMP liaison officer. There are 15 new teachers, a new Science Department Head. There have been 17 blocks added to the timetable.

June’s provincial exam results for Grade 10 and 11 students were fantastic.

This school year, enrolment is currently at 1420 students, which is 40 more students than last year. There are approximately 267 Grade 8s, 257 Grade 9s, 276 Grade 10s, 282 Grade 11s, and 336 Grade 12s.

We are excited that this year’s Grad Dinner and Dance will be at the Fairmount Waterfront Hotel, which is a new venue for us.

If anyone’s agenda planner is missing pages, please visit the office to correct the issue.

Parents are welcome to keep in touch with Teachers through their school district emails which are available on the schools website.

Some dates to keep in mind are:

October 16 – Club’s Day

October 22 and 23 – Mountain Madness

October 24 – Pro-D Day

October 29-31 – Junior Band event

October 29 – Interim Report Cards

With the exception of a very few changes, the schedule of events will be kept as close to the calendar posted as possible.

 

LIF funding is divided 80% to teachers and 20% to support staff. Considerations are being looked at in class size in science, more teachers in course support, and more support for ESL students going into Socials 11. Funding for E.A.’s has changed slightly. There will be no disruption with CUPE workers as their contract was settled in June.

There are no issues forecast with Provincial Exams scheduled in June in terms of challenges in meeting the learning outcomes due to the strike.

 

Meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.

The next PAC meeting will be November 3rd at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

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