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Bell Schedule

Monday-Thursday

7:40 Doors open, breakfast served
7:50 First bell
7:55 Second Bell
8:00 Tardy bell
11:00 Kindergarten-First Grade Lunch
11:30 Second and Third Grade Lunch 
12:00 Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Lunch
2:30 Dismissal

Friday

7:40 Doors open, breakfast served
7:50 First bell
7:55 Second Bell
8:00 Tardy bell
10:30 Kindergarten and First Grade Lunch
11:00 Second and Third Grade Lunch 
11:30 Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Lunch
12:00 Dismissal
 
*Teachers are available for appointments with parents 30 minutes before and after school.  


 

 


 


 This week's letter

Date: February 17, 2021

Topic: Reading Motivation

 

Dear Families,

One of our priorities this year is to see our reading scores improve.  We are well on the way to this as you may have seen from our recent DIBELS results.  In raising reading scores further, one of our struggles is reading motivation. Some kids just don’t like to read!  We would love to change this.

Ms. Jessen, our amazing 1st grade teacher, has come up with an idea to help with motivation called Fun Fridays.  Every Friday, we combine grade levels and read to one another.  We are hoping to spread a love and culture of reading throughout the school.  Every so often, we will do something fun in addition to reading just to build schoolwide community.  We are excited to start our Fun Friday this week!

We also have a new program called Accelerated Reader (AR).  AR has been around for a long time.  Students read books, hopefully at their level, and take mini-quizzes on the content.  Students can enter a 5-point,10-point, 25-point, 50-point, and 100-point club, where there will be prizes like ice cream socials, lunch with the principal, and board game time (these are just a few of the ideas).  

Teachers will likely be giving your child a test called the STAR.  The STAR test gives us an idea what your child’s reading level is and the types of books that are best suited to independent reading.  Your child can then be steered toward those books.  The rationale is that by finding books on their level and feeling a sense of accomplishment in finishing those books, students’ interest and motivation for reading will increase.  We believe that as motivation to read increases, so will skill and ability.  Overall, we are looking to develop lifelong readers and learners, not just students who can pass a test.  

We will be posting, honoring and rewarding students as they gain membership into these clubs.  Look for this!  Also, we are sending home instructions so that you can access your child’s AR progress from home.  Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.  

I can be reached by phone at 435-618-0579 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

Sincerely,

Jim Martin

CARTA SEMANAL DEL DIRECTOR

Fecha: 17 de febrero de 2021

Tema: Lectura Motivación

 

Queridas familias,

Una de nuestras prioridades este año es ver mejorar nuestros puntajes en lectura. Estamos bien encaminados hacia esto, como puede haber visto en nuestros resultados recientes de DIBELS. Al aumentar aún más los puntajes de lectura, una de nuestras luchas es la motivación para leer. ¡A algunos niños simplemente no les gusta leer! Nos encantaría cambiar esto.

La Sra. Jessen, nuestra increíble maestra de primer grado, ha tenido una idea para ayudar con la motivación llamada Fun Fridays. Todos los viernes, combinamos los niveles de grado y leemos entre nosotros. Esperamos difundir el amor y la cultura de la lectura en toda la escuela. De vez en cuando, haremos algo divertido además de leer solo para construir una comunidad en toda la escuela. ¡Estamos emocionados de comenzar nuestro Fun Friday esta semana!

También tenemos un nuevo programa llamado Accelerated Reader (AR). La RA existe desde hace mucho tiempo. Los estudiantes leen libros, con suerte a su nivel, y toman mini-cuestionarios sobre el contenido. Los estudiantes pueden ingresar a un club de 5 puntos, 10 puntos, 25 puntos, 50 puntos y 100 puntos, donde habrá premios como eventos sociales de helado, almuerzo con el director y tiempo de juego de mesa (estos son solo un algunas de las ideas).

Los maestros probablemente le darán a su hijo una prueba llamada STAR. La prueba STAR nos da una idea de cuál es el nivel de lectura de su hijo y los tipos de libros que se adaptan mejor a la lectura independiente. Luego, su hijo puede dirigirse hacia esos libros. La razón es que al encontrar libros a su nivel y sentir una sensación de logro al terminar esos libros, aumentará el interés y la motivación de los estudiantes por la lectura. Creemos que a medida que aumenta la motivación para leer, también aumenta la habilidad y la habilidad. En general, buscamos desarrollar lectores y aprendices de por vida, no solo estudiantes que puedan aprobar un examen.

Publicaremos, honraremos y recompensaremos a los estudiantes a medida que se hagan miembros de estos clubes. ¡Busque esto! Además, estamos enviando instrucciones a casa para que pueda acceder al progreso de AR de su hijo desde casa. Háganos saber si tiene preguntas o inquietudes.

Me pueden contactar por teléfono al 435-618-0579 o por correo electrónico a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Atentamente,

Jim Martin


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Faculty Room
AGENDA

1. Welcome

2. Approval of March 23rd minutes

3. Continue reviewing emergency plan--how should we tailor the plan so it is specific to CES?  What recommendations should be made for the district plan?  

4. Next year elections and schedule--we will confirm the dates for the SCC elections and how many positions will be eligible for election. Also, what should our meeting schedule be for next school year?  

5. Accomplishments--what did we accomplish this year?  What are some goals for next year?  

6. Other--are there other issues that need to be addressed?

7. Adjourn (6:30 pm)

REUNIÓN DEL CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE LA ESCUELA CIRCLEVILLE

Martes 27 de abril de 2021

5:30 p. M. A 6:30 p. M.

Sala de profesores

AGENDA

1. Bienvenida

2. Aprobación del acta del 23 de marzo

3. Continúe revisando el plan de emergencia: ¿cómo debemos adaptar el plan para que sea específico para CES? ¿Qué recomendaciones se deben hacer para el plan del distrito?

4. Elecciones y calendario del próximo año: confirmaremos las fechas de las elecciones del SCC y cuántos puestos serán elegibles para la elección. Además, ¿cuál debería ser nuestro calendario de reuniones para el próximo año escolar?

5. Logros - ¿Qué logramos este año? ¿Cuáles son algunas de las metas para el próximo año?

6. Otros: ¿hay otros problemas que deban abordarse?

7. Aplazamiento (6:30 pm)

 


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

OFFICIAL MINUTES

September 24, 2020

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Amber Barnson, Stacie Gass, Lisa Allan, and Jim Martin

 

  1. Introductions were made.  
  2. Jim Martin discussed the background and purpose of School Community Councils--they come from state law and are a way to give voice to the community in making decisions to benefit the school.  
  3. Jim Martin handed out the Land Trust plan for the coming year, even though the header said 2019-20.  This year, we are focused on many of the same things we focused on last year--making sure that teachers have the program supplies they need for math,language arts, and science, supplementing our programs with online programs like IXL, funding a literacy specialist to work with our struggling readers, paying for school field trips so students increase their background and experiential knowledge, funding our character education program, funding math and science aides for struggling students, funding additional technology, and providing teachers additional classroom supply money.  There was a discussion by the SCC on whether the carryover from last year’s plan should be used to hire an additional paraprofessional.  This paraprofessional could be used to support some of the academic needs our students display from being out of school in the spring.  Jim will find out how much this carryover is and bring the information back to the SCC for discussion next time.  
  4. We discussed some of our Circleville data.  The data sheet is attached to these minutes and shows how our students have performed on DIBELS and RISE.  It also shows our goals as per the Land Trust plan for the coming year.  
  5. We discussed our plans for the year to continue growing academically.  There was some discussion about a Stallion Stomp and if this will happen this year around November.  There was also discussion about how our school might support students if we go back online.  Amber suggested that the approach be more uniform across grades and more time be spent with teachers.  SCC members wondered if the needs of teachers and classes related to the pandemic are being addressed--are there enough wipes, masks, etc.?  Jim will survey the teachers to find out.  
  6. SCC decided on a schedule for meetings this school year.  We will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month starting October 27th at 5:30 pm.  Additional meeting dates include December 1 at 5:30 pm, January 26th at 5:30 pm, February 23rd at 5:30 pm, March 23rd at 5:30 pm, and April 27th at 5:30 pm.  
  7. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.  

 

RISE RESULTS--PROFICIENCY

AREA

2016-17 RESULT

2017-18 RESULT 

2018-19 RESULT

GOAL FOR 2020-21

LANGUAGE ARTS

35.7%

48.9%

44.7% PROFICIENT

50%

MATH

64.3%

57.4%

59.6% PROFICIENT

65%

SCIENCE

65.9%

48.8%

60% PROFICIENT

65%

*A 5% increase is the goal set in the Land Trust plan.  It constitutes 4 additional students at proficiency.  

 

Some questions to consider:

  • What contributed to the large gain from 2017 to 2018 in ELA?
  • What did we do in science last year that led to such results?

 

STUDENT GROUPS

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

MATH

SCIENCE

Economically disadvantaged

38%

56%

55%

Students with Disabilities

11%

22%

38%

Latinx

10%

30%

38%

White

54%

68%

66%

RISE RESULTS--GROWTH 

AREA

GROWTH

LOW, AVERAGE, HIGH?

Language Arts

48.5%

Average

Math

51.5%

High

Science

51.7% 

High

*How is growth calculated?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCb5ZgGaKA4&feature=youtu.be

 

Some questions to consider:

  • What are we doing to facilitate such high growth in math and science?

 

EARLY LITERACY (DIBELS)

 

Students reading on grade level--41.9% (no change from 2018)
Students making typical or better progress--80.6% (no change from 2018)

 

CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE--88% (a 0.5% Increase from 2018)

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

20% Latinx

78% White

74% Economically Disadvantaged
17% Students with Disabilities

6% English Language Learner

 

CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE LA ESCUELA CIRCLEVILLE

MINUTOS NO OFICIALES 

24 de septiembre de 2020

5: 30-6: 30 pm

Primaria Circleville - Salón de profesores

 

Presente: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Amber Barnson, Stacie Gass, Lisa Allan y Jim Martin

 

Se hicieron las presentaciones.

Jim Martin discutió los antecedentes y el propósito de los Consejos Comunitarios Escolares: provienen de la ley estatal y son una forma de dar voz a la comunidad en la toma de decisiones en beneficio de la escuela.

Jim Martin entregó el plan Land Trust para el próximo año, aunque el encabezado decía 2019-20. Este año, nos enfocamos en muchas de las mismas cosas en las que nos enfocamos el año pasado: asegurarnos de que los maestros tengan los suministros del programa que necesitan para matemáticas, artes del lenguaje y ciencias, complementar nuestros programas con programas en línea como IXL, financiar una alfabetización especialista para trabajar con nuestros lectores con dificultades, pagar las excursiones escolares para que los estudiantes aumenten su experiencia y conocimientos, financiar nuestro programa de educación del carácter, financiar ayudantes de matemáticas y ciencias para los estudiantes con dificultades, financiar tecnología adicional y proporcionar a los maestros dinero adicional para el aula. Hubo una discusión por parte del SCC sobre si el remanente del plan del año pasado debería usarse para contratar a un paraprofesional adicional. Este paraprofesional podría usarse para apoyar algunas de las necesidades académicas que nuestros estudiantes muestran por estar fuera de la escuela en la primavera. Jim averiguará cuánto es este remanente y traerá la información al SCC para su discusión la próxima vez.

Discutimos algunos de nuestros datos de Circleville. La hoja de datos se adjunta a estas actas y muestra cómo nuestros estudiantes se han desempeñado en DIBELS y RISE. También muestra nuestros objetivos según el plan Land Trust para el próximo año.

Discutimos nuestros planes para el año para seguir creciendo académicamente. Hubo una discusión sobre un Stallion Stomp y si esto sucederá este año alrededor de noviembre. También hubo una discusión sobre cómo nuestra escuela podría apoyar a los estudiantes si volvemos a estar en línea. Amber sugirió que el enfoque sea más uniforme en todos los grados y que se dedique más tiempo a los maestros. Los miembros de SCC se preguntaron si se están abordando las necesidades de los maestros y las clases relacionadas con la pandemia: ¿hay suficientes toallitas, máscaras, etc.? Jim encuestará a los maestros para averiguarlo.

SCC decidió un horario para las reuniones este año escolar. Nos reuniremos el segundo martes de cada mes a partir del 27 de octubre a las 5:30 pm. Las fechas de reunión adicionales incluyen el 1 de diciembre a las 5:30 pm, el 26 de enero a las 5:30 pm, el 23 de febrero a las 5:30 pm, el 23 de marzo a las 5:30 pm y el 27 de abril a las 5:30 pm.

La reunión terminó a las 6:30 pm.


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

OFFICIAL MINUTES

October 27, 2020

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

   

Present: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Amber Barnson, Stacie Gass, Lisa Allan, Jim Martin, Kaylene Scherer, Natalie Remund, and Terecea Westwood

 

  1. We had a welcome with introductions. 
  2. Jim Martin shared a welcome video about School Community Council, to better understand the functions and roles of the SCC.  Jim will send the video out to the SCC.  
  3. The SCC reviewed the proposed school-family compact and family engagement policy.  This is required as a Title I school.  The council discussed the compact/policy and approved it with minor changes.
    1. Motion to approve--Terecea Westwood
    2. Seconded--Natalie Remund
    3. Kaylene Scherer--For
    4. Kristi Westwood--For
    5. Terecea Westwood--For
    6. Stacie Gass--For
    7. Natalie Remund--For
    8. Amber Barnson--For
    9. Kathy Riddle--For
    10. Lisa Allan--For
    11. Jim Martin--For 
  4. We discussed the Land Trust plan for quite some time.  Jim Martin handed out new copies of the plan.  There has been a question as to the intent behind a science specialist.  The council decided to move the money that would have been used for a science specialist from goal #3 to goal #4 and use the funds for science materials to supplement the new science core K-5.  The council would also like to provide some funds for science-related professional development.  Jim will find out the method for amending the plan to account for these additions/changes.  Goal #1 will also be amended to account for virtual field trips in addition to in-person field trips.  
    1. Motion to approve--Kathy Riddle
    2. Seconded--Lisa Allan
    3. Kaylene Scherer--For
    4. Kristi Westwood--For
    5. Terecea Westwood--For
    6. Stacie Gass--For
    7. Natalie Remund--For
    8. Amber Barnson--For
    9. Kathy Riddle--For
    10. Lisa Allan--For
    11. Jim Martin--For 
  5. Jim Martin shared a flier about upcoming virtual trainings for School Community Councils, one of which is tomorrow (Wednesday, October 28th).  Individuals who cannot attend in person may still view the recorded trainings.
  6. There was quite a long discussion about the School Community Council procedures.  It was decided that the Circleville SCC will be an 11-member council with 7 parents and 4 staff members.  The council also decided to eliminate a few of the current positions filled by second year members who have not been able to consistently attend.  SCC agreed to import the state SCC timeline to this document to serve as our annual timeline.  
    1. Stacie Gass moved to approve.
    2. Teresa Westwood seconded.
    3. Kaylene Scherer--For
    4. Kristi Westwood--For
    5. Terecea Westwood--For
    6. Stacie Gass--For
    7. Natalie Remund--For
    8. Amber Barnson--For
    9. Kathy Riddle--For
    10. Lisa Allan--For
    11. Jim Martin--For 
  7. The council discussed the need for a chair and a vice chair.  SCC nominated Kristi Westwood with a motion from Terecea Westwood and a second from Kathy Riddle.  
    1. Kaylene Scherer--For
    2. Kristi Westwood--For
    3. Terecea Westwood--For
    4. Stacie Gass--For
    5. Natalie Remund--For
    6. Amber Barnson--For
    7. Kathy Riddle--For
    8. Lisa Allan--For
    9. Jim Martin--For 
  8. SCC then nominated Amber Barnson to be the vice-chair, moved by Kathy Riddle with a second from Stacie Gass.
    1. Kaylene Scherer--For
    2. Kristi Westwood--For
    3. Terecea Westwood--For
    4. Stacie Gass--For
    5. Natalie Remund--For
    6. Amber Barnson--For
    7. Kathy Riddle--For
    8. Lisa Allan--For
    9. Jim Martin--For 
  9. Other--we will be discussing digital safety, safety,m and positive behavior intervention supports at the next meeting.  It has been requested of the SCC that we investigate the potential of installing a fence around the playground to better keep children enclosed from traffic.  Jim said he would look into whether Land Trust funds can be used for such a purpose or if there might be another way of paying for such an expenditure.    
  10. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.  

 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

OFFICIAL MINUTES

December 1, 2020

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Stacie Gass, Jim Martin, Kaylene Scherer, Natalie Remund, and Lilian Oywech

  1. We had a welcome with introductions. 
  2. The October 27 minutes were approved.  
    1. Motion to approve--Stacie Gass
    2. Seconded--Natalie Remund
    3. Kathy Riddle--For
    4. Kristi Westwood--For
    5. Stacie Gass--For
    6. Jim Martin--For
    7. Kaylene Scherer--For
    8. Natalie Remund--For
  3. Jim showed a video on the SCC’s responsibilities regarding school safety and digital safety.
  4. The SCC discussed safety generally.  It was decided that if we are to have a fence, it should be a medium-sized one tall enough to discourage climbing but with gates for easy access.  There was some discussion about the need for a fence.  The SCC decided to administer a school climate survey with a specific question about a fence to collect parents’ impressions.  It may be best to put a sign discouraging cars from driving past the parking lot.  Jim will collect some survey samples and send them to the council for feedback.  We reviewed the emergency procedures manual which has not been recently updated.  Jim will ask for an electronic copy of the procedures manual, from Superintendent Willis, and send it to the council.  The SCC members also expressed interest in receiving a list of the safety requirements outlined by the School Community Council website on the USBE page.  Jim will send these to council members as well.  As far as digital safety, Sally has been providing students this throughout the year.  It was suggested that she conduct a student training that is filmed and distributed to families.  There may also be a need for a parent training that Jim will discuss with Sally.  Jim will check with Superintendent Willis about doing a suicide/mental health training for the community and if the district is providing such a training.  The SCC reviewed the proposed school-family compact and family engagement policy.  This is required as a Title I school.  The council discussed the compact/policy and approved it with minor changes.
  5. Jim shared the draft of a positive behavior intervention plan, a requirement of state law.  Jim borrowed aspects of our plan from another school.  Jim welcomed comments and feedback.  Stacie Gass suggested that Jim reference a chart that was created last year for PBIS.  Jim will continue revising and get feedback from the teaching staff before finalizing.  Jim will provide a final copy to the SCC.
  6. Our amendments to the Land Trust plan were submitted to the school board for approval.  They should be considered at the next board meeting.  Stacie Gass asked for clarification on how much money teachers have for supplies as per the Land Trust plan.  Apparently it is less than once thought ($250) because in addition to classroom teachers, the following individuals also receive it: art, SPED, speech, ESL, Library, and reading specialist.  Jim will also have a conversation with Dallas about the state of our Land Trust budget.
  7. There was a question about field trips and whether they will be allowed this year.  Jim said he didn’t know if traveling to Salt Lake City would be allowed but would check with the Superintendent.  
  8. There were no other issues to discuss at this time.  
  9. Natalie Remund moved to adjourn.  Kaylene Scherer seconded.  There was no opposition.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm.

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

OFFICIAL MINUTES

January 26, 2021

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Stacie Gass, Jim Martin, Amber Barnson (phone), and Natalie Remund

 

During our welcome, it was determined that because of some conflicts, this would have to be a shortened meeting.  

  1. The December 1 minutes were approved.  
    1. Motion to approve--Stacie Gass
    2. Seconded--Natalie Remund
    3. Kathy Riddle--For
    4. Kristi Westwood--For
    5. Stacie Gass--For
    6. Jim Martin--For
    7. Natalie Remund--For
    8. Amber Barnson--For
  2. As a School Community Council, we are required to publish mid-year accomplishments.  We discussed what we have accomplished thus far this year:
  • We have reviewed the safety/emergency plan and are continuing to make it specific to our school needs.  
  • We have developed a school climate survey that will be administered this month.
  • We have developed a positive behavior plan that focuses on how to teach and reward appropriate behaviors.
  • We revised the Land Trust plan to allow for more money to be used to help teachers implement the new K-5 science core.  
  • The monthly character education program comes from the SCC and the Land Trust plan!  It leads to monthly recognition of students of the month!
  • The CES SCC has met monthly with good solid attendance!
  • Gary Hogg came to visit our school and talked to students about positive literacy habits.  
  • We have been discussing a fence around the playground to make it safer.
  1. The SCC reviewed the climate survey that Jim found online.  It was suggested that the survey go out this week in many different forms: by email, paper/pencil, AND a link over Facebook.  Jim will take care of this.  The SCC decided on some revisions to the survey: removing grade levels so that the survey results are less identifiable; changing the final question to “Suggestions for things you’d like implemented or additional information you’d like to share;” a selection for individuals who would like to volunteer with information on how to do so (contact Mrs. Toni at the front desk).  
  2. We held a digital safety webinar in December conducted by Sally.  No parents attended; however, it was recorded and will be put on our website and sent out via email to parents.  Stacie suggested that the link be included on the Wakelet she is creating with parent resources.  
  3. The SCC discussed the emergency/safety plan.  According to Superintendent Willis, the CES SCC should make recommendations about the plan which will be revised generally at the district level.  Natalie volunteered to go through the plan to identify type-o’s.  It was decided that we will go through the plan in more detail next time to identify where it can be more specific to CES.  There was additional discussion about a playground fence and whether this would be a good safety addition.  Playground safety issues were discussed such as students running out into the driveway without looking to retrieve a ball and more vulnerable students running out of the playground area and away from staff/school grounds.      
    1. Moved: To recommend to our district that we build a smaller fence with criss-cross openings around the playground.
    2. Motion to approve--Amber Barnson
    3. Seconded--Kathy Riddle
    4. Kathy Riddle--For
    5. Kristi Westwood--For
    6. Stacie Gass--For
    7. Jim Martin--For
    8. Natalie Remund--For
    9. Amber Barnson--For

Jim will share this recommendation with Superintendent Willis to determine next steps.  6. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 pm.


CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

OFFICIAL MINUTES

February 23, 2021

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Stacie Gass, Jim Martin, Amber Barnson, Lisa Allan, Terecea Westwood, and Natalie Remund

 

Excused: Kristi Westwood

 

The council voted to approve the January 26 SCC minutes as written.  

  1. Motion to approve--Natalie Remund
  2. Seconded--Lisa Allan
  3. Kathy Riddle--For
  4. Stacie Gass--For
  5. Jim Martin--For
  6. Natalie Remund--For
  7. Amber Barnson--For
  8. Terecea Westwood--For
  9. Lisa Allan--For

 

The School Community Council started by reviewing the survey results from the climate and culture survey.  We received over 30 responses, which is a very respectable response rate.  Jim highlighted our strengths and our challenges for additional consideration.  There will be additional discussion of the survey results at the next meeting (see attached).  

 

The council discussed a portion of the district emergency plan. The SCC will make recommendations for clarifications and changes to the district office, as well as generating some CES-specific elements to include with the plan.  We added phone numbers and amended some of the contacts on the first page of the plan.  Members wondered if we might include the district nurse’s contact information with the emergency plan.  There was discussion about our evacuation points being the Town Hall and/or the LDS Church in Circleville.  There was question as to how we might access these two locations in the event of an evacuation.  The SCC wondered if there might be a person on staff designated as the “key holder” for both of the locations.  Principal Martin will follow up to see if we can have keys to both locations or if there is a different idea about how evacuation might work.  

 

The SCC discussed getting Toni a portable phone or cell phone that she can take with her to wherever she is in the building, so she can answer the phones and possibly open the front door.  Jim will check on this.  

 

The SCC reviewed the “Prevention/Preparedness” page of the Emergency Plan and worked through the first three bullets:

  • Conduct an assessment of each school building. Identify those factors that put the

building, students and staff at greater risk, such as proximity to main highways or roads

that regularly transport hazardous materials or facilities that produce highly toxic material

or propane gas tanks, and develop a plan for reducing the risk. This can include plans to

evacuate students away from these areas in times of crisis and to reposition propane

tanks or other hazardous materials away frorn school buildings.

 

The SCC wondered who would be charged with conducting this assessment.

 

  • Work with businesses in close proximity to the school to ensure that the school's crisis

plan is coordinated with their crisis plans.

 

The SCC recommends that this be eliminated or changed to specify coordination with the town hall and the LDS Church for evacuation purposes.  

 

  • Ensure a process is in place for controlling access and egress to the school. Require all persons who do not have authority to be in the school to sign in.

 

This is sometimes challenging given the secretary’s schedule which pulls her away from the front desk several times throughout the day.  The SCC wondered about more hours for the secretary and/or additional precautions for guarding building access.  The SCC decided to change the rule about morning entry through classroom doors so that these doors are not left open throughout the day.  Students may now enter in the morning from the front doors.  This needs to be communicated to the community.  

 

The SCC discussed how difficult it is for parents to contact teachers or classrooms during the day.  Often times, the main phone line is unanswered.  Families do not have access to extension.  This information needs to be shared with the community.  Principal Martin will work on this.  

 

We decided to move on the from the emergency plan to the Land Trust plan.  Principal Martin proposed a budget for the plan (see additional documents).  There was a great deal of discussion about the plan including:

  • Increase the amount of money for field trips and guest speakers from $5,000 to $8,000.
  • Wait on the social and emotional curriculum and instead ask the district counselor to regularly present to grade bands.
  • Request that the total cost of a new math program be partially subsidized with other district funds.  
  • Discuss as a faculty what math program to go with given implementation costs and sustainability costs.  
  • Change Wonders supplementation to a focus on materials such as science consumables and supplies, Wonder consumables, IXL, Really Great Reading, and Accelerated Reader. Increase the amount to $8,000.  
  • Increase teacher supplies for 14 individuals from $3,000 to $3,500, with each individual receiving $250.  
  • Challenge the device refresh cost.

The plan needs to be presented to the Board at the March meeting.

 

Jim Payton is collecting bids on a fence which will surround the playground. We are also working on restriping the playground with games and activities.  

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 pm.

Strongly disagree Somewhat disagree Somewhat agree Strongly agree    
2   10 14   Teachers at CES have high standards for achievement. 
2   6 18   Teachers at CES work hard to make sure students do well.
2   9 15   Teachers at CES promote academic success for all students.
  1 5 20   CES sets clear rules for behavior.
2   3 20 1 My child feels safe at school.
2   4 19 1 My child feels safe going to and from school.
  1 9 16   School rules are consistently enforced at CES.
1 1 5 19   School rules and procedures at CES are fair.
  2 9 14 1 My child feels successful at school.
  2 10 14   My child is frequently recognized for good behavior.
1 2 7 16   I feel comfortable talking to teachers at CES.
1 5 4 15 1 Staff at CES communicate well with parents. 
1 1 5 19   I feel welcome at CES.
2 2 10 12   All students are treated fairly at CES.
2 3 8 13   Teachers at CES treat all students with respect.
    17 8 1 The school building is well-maintained. 
  7 3 14 2 My child's textbooks are up-to-date and in good condition.
  1 8 17   Teachers at CES keep their classrooms clean and organized.
1   2 21 2 I attend parent/teacher conferences at CES.
2   8 16   I am actively involved in activities at CES.
4 2 11 7 2 I frequently volunteer to help with special projects at CES.
3 4 9 8 2 I would be interested in volunteering (if this is the case, please contact Toni Thompson at 435-577-2551. 

 


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

March 23, 2021

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Jim Martin, Amber Barnson, Lisa Allan, Terecea Westwood, Kristi Westwood, and Natalie Remund

 

Excused: Stacie Gass

 

The council voted to approve the February 23 SCC minutes as written.  

  1. Motion to approve--Terecea Westwood
  2. Seconded--Amber Barnson
  3. Kathy Riddle--For
  4. Jim Martin--For
  5. Natalie Remund--For
  6. Amber Barnson--For
  7. Terecea Westwood--For
  8. Lisa Allan--For
  9. Kristi Westwood--For

 

The School Community Council reviewed the Land Trust plan and discussed each of the four goals and how dollars would be spent.  The four goals include:

  • Math--raise math RISE results by 5 points by updating our math program and administering assessment checks regularly throughout the year.  
  • Language arts--get 80% growth on Acadience (formerly DIBELS) and raise proficiency by 5 points; increase RISE results by 5 points by decreasing class size, progress monitoring students regularly, and providing differentiated targeted assistance to students not at proficiency.  
  • Social Studies goal--improve RISE informational text standards by 5 percentage points by focusing on building background content knowledge through field trips and designated social studies time weekly; emphasize character education throughout the year.   
  • Science Goal--raise science RISE results by 5 points through science materials such as the USBE textbook, Generation Genius, Mystery Science, Gizmos, and others.  

 

The SCC voted to approve the amended Land Trust plan to go before the BOard April 13th for final approval.  

  1. Motion to approve--Amber Barnson
  2. Seconded--Natlie Remund
  3. Kathy Riddle--For
  4. Jim Martin--For
  5. Natalie Remund--For
  6. Amber Barnson--For
  7. Kristi Westwood--For
  8. Lisa Allan--For
  9. Terecea Westwood--For

 

We continued reviewing the district emergency plan with specifications to CES.  On the page “Prevention/Preparedness,” Jim will find out who conducts a safety assessment of every building as per bullet #1. Jim will follow up with Paul about locking the front doors and the video doorbell.  Also, Jim will find out if Toni can be given a phone for times when she is away from her desk.  There is a need for site maps (school maps) showing evacuation paths and backup evacuation paths.  These should be posted in particular spots.  During one of our drills, we should check the walkie talkies and any other equipment to ensure that it is working properly.  The automated system will be used for communicating with families during an emergency, and Jim will see if a texting option can be added to School Messenger.  Facebook is also a good option for large-scale communication.  A few teachers at CES have their whole classes on a text group, and this might be a good idea for all.  We need to create emergency kits that have necessary supplies including emergency contact forms.  There was some concern mentioned over the NIcholas truck driving through the playground during peak times.  Jim will get some A-frame signs positioned in the pathway adjacent to the buses so that parents are not using this as a thru-way.  The fence bids are out and we are awaiting a response.  

 

On the page “Staff Responsibilities,” the SCC felt that the principal needed to be responsible for commuting the Telemed system to the evacuation location, so that the nurse can easily be contacted.  Jim needs access to the safe in his office or perhaps we need a new one.  It was suggested that the community support section of this page be eliminated since the duties outlined there fall under the auspices of faculty and staff.  

 

There were no other issues to discuss. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 pm.


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

April 27, 2021

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Jim Martin, Amber Barnson, Terecea Westwood, Kristi Westwood, Stacie Gass, and Natalie Remund

 

Excused: Lisa Allan

 

The council voted to approve the March 23 SCC minutes as written.  

  1. Motion to approve--Amber Barnson
  2. Seconded--Terecea Westwood
  3. Kathy Riddle--For
  4. Jim Martin--For
  5. Natalie Remund--For
  6. Amber Barnson--For
  7. Terecea Westwood--For
  8. Stacie Gass--For
  9. Kristi Westwood--For

 

The School Community Council continued reviewing individual pages of the district-wide emergency plan for CES specifications. Some of these specifications included:

  • Earthquake: Review shut off procedures annually added to After an Earthquake, #4.
  • Earthquake: Add “Participate in the Great Utah Shakeout every year.”
  • Fire: Amend #3 to read “Follow the posted evacuation routes andAssault/Fights: we thought this looked good as is.  
  • Active Shooter Response: coordinate with sheriff’s office to align this procedure with the standard procedure being taught to schools.  

 

The School Community Council discussed next year’s CES calendar and made clarifications/additions:

  • Add Intrigues of the Past the last week of September for grades 4-6.  
  • Add the Great Utah Shakeout in April.
  • Keep this year’s SCC schedule for next year.
  • Conduct SCC elections September 20-24 for five parent positions.  It would be nice to have more diversity and representation from Kingston.  SCC staff members will include Natalie Remund, Lisa Allan, Stacie Gass, and Jim Martin.  

The council voted to approve the calendar with election specifications.  

  • Motion to approve--Stacie Gass
  • Seconded--Kathy Riddle
  • Kathy Riddle--For
  • Jim Martin--For
  • Natalie Remund--For
  • Amber Barnson--For
  • Terecea Westwood--For
  • Stacie Gass--For
  • Kristi Westwood--For

 

The council discussed its end-of-year accomplishments and goals for the future.  The SCC accomplishments for 2020-21 are:

  • Made good progress on the safety plan and brought the need for changes to light.  
  • Adopted a new math program.
  • Went on some fun and educational field trips.
  • Got a doorbell installed for additional safety.
  • Got the process started on a new fence for the playground.  
  • Purchased some new platforms for science like Gizmos, Generation Genius, and Mystery Science.
  • Brought guest speakers such as Amberlee Snider and Gary Hogg to the students of CES.

The council established some preliminary goals for the next school year.  They include:

  • Finish the safety plan review.
  • Look at data from the RISE and DIBELS and decide on school needs.  
  • Continue with SCC trainings (i.e., overview of responsibilities).
  • Support teachers in adjusting to some of the new materials and requirements in math and science.

 

The SCC voted to approve the list of 2020-21 accomplishments and 2021-22 goals.  

  1. Motion to approve--Amber Barnson
  2. Seconded--Natlie Remund
  3. Kathy Riddle--For
  4. Jim Martin--For
  5. Natalie Remund--For
  6. Amber Barnson--For
  7. Terecea Westwood--For
  8. Stacie Gass--For
  9. Kristi Westwood--For

 

There were no other issues to discuss. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.


 

We have done a lot since the beginning of the school year.  Here is a run-down of our accomplishments thus far:

  • We have reviewed the safety/emergency plan and are continuing to make it specific to our school needs.  
  • We have developed a school climate survey that will be administered this month--please watch for information!
  • We have developed a positive behavior plan that focuses on how to teach and reward appropriate behaviors.
  • We revised the Land Trust plan to allow for more money to be used to help teachers implement the new K-5 science core.  
  • The monthly character education program comes from the SCC and the Land Trust plan!  It leads to monthly recognition of students of the month!
  • The CES SCC has met monthly with good solid attendance!
  • Gary Hogg came to visit our school and talked to students about positive literacy habits.  
  • We have been discussing a fence around the playground to make it safer.

This is just a summary of our accomplishments.  There are more which you can read about on the above website.  All of our agendas and minutes from this year are included there.  

If you have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear it.  Contact me by phone at 435-618-0579 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Hemos hecho mucho desde el comienzo del año escolar. Aquí hay un resumen de nuestros logros hasta ahora:

  • Hemos revisado el plan de seguridad / emergencia y seguimos haciéndolo específico para las necesidades de nuestra escuela.
  • Hemos desarrollado una encuesta sobre el clima escolar que se administrará este mes. ¡Esté atento a la información!
  • Hemos desarrollado un plan de comportamiento positivo que se centra en cómo enseñar y recompensar los comportamientos apropiados.
  • Revisamos el plan Land Trust para permitir que se utilice más dinero para ayudar a los maestros a implementar el nuevo núcleo de ciencias K-5.
  • ¡El programa de educación del carácter mensual proviene del SCC y del plan Land Trust! ¡Conduce al reconocimiento mensual de los estudiantes del mes!
  • ¡El CES SCC se ha reunido mensualmente con una sólida asistencia!
  • Gary Hogg vino a visitar nuestra escuela y habló con los estudiantes sobre los hábitos positivos de alfabetización.
  • Hemos estado discutiendo una cerca alrededor del patio de recreo para que sea más seguro.

Este es solo un resumen de nuestros logros. Hay más sobre los que puede leer en el sitio web anterior. Todas nuestras agendas y actas de este año están incluidas allí.

Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, nos encantaría escucharlos. Comuníquese conmigo por teléfono al 435-618-0579 o por correo electrónico a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sinceramente,

Jim Martin


 

Meet our School Community Council!

 

School Community Council is part of state law.  They are organizations made up of parents and staff members.  They look at data related to how Circleville is performing and review school improvement plans for improving student results.  The council decides how best to spend Land Trust money, which is money the federal government earns and distributes from federally-protected lands.  

 

The following members were elected to the 2020-21 School Community Council (SCC).  Terms are for two years.

NAME

MEMBER TYPE

YEAR

CONTACT

Lisa Allan

Parent/Staff

Year 2

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Amber Barnson

Parent

Year 1

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Ecko Barnson

Parent

Year 1

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Gabriela Bencomo

Parent

Year 1

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Stacie Gass

Staff

Year 2

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Kristi Westwood

Parent

Year 1

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Jim Martin

Staff

Year 1

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Natalie Remund

Parent/Staff

Year 2

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Kathy Riddle

Staff

Year 1

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Kaylene Scherer

Parent

Year 1

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Terecea Westwood

Staff

Year 2

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Feel free to contact a member of the School Community Council if you have an issue that you would like the council to discuss.  Agendas and drafts of the minutes are circulated a week before meetings, posted on our website, and posted on the school’s front doors.  Please share your input with a member of the council!


Circleville Elementary

Schedule of Proposed Meetings

2020-21

October 27th at 5:30 pm

December 1 at 5:30 pm

January 26th at 5:30 pm

February 23rd at 5:30 pm

March 23rd at 5:30 pm

April 27th at 5:30 pm

All meetings will be held at Circleville Elementary, in the faculty room. 


 

 

Dear Families,

One of the responsibilities of the School Community Council (SCC) is to decide how to spend our Land Trust dollars.  Land Trust dollars are given to school based on earnings from federal protected lands.  They come to us from the United States government.  State law gives the SCC the power to decide how best to use these funds.  

 

Last year, Circleville received $68,000 in Land Trust monies.  This money was used in the following ways:

  • IXL Learning is available to our students in social studies, science, math, and language arts, to provide practice in these core areas.
  • We purchase Studies Weekly for some of our grades.  This is a weekly newspaper that helps students learn history tied to the core curriculum.
  • We supplemented our math and language arts programs with additional consumable materials.  Consumables are those things that are used by students every year that need to be re-purchased for a new set of students.  
  • We took our students on a field trip in October to the pumpkin patch.  
  • We purchased an online program for our lower grades called Really Great Reading to ensure that students are reading on grade level by the 3rd grade.  
  • We paid for a literacy specialist to help students struggling with reading.  This person hosted students in the library weekly and facilitated a Battle of the Books competition.  
  • A person on staff was compensated to be our local science specialist.  
  • Teachers were provided with additional teacher supply money to ensure their students had the materials necessary for quality learning.  
  • We brought in an author, Gary Hogg, to motivate our students to read and write.
  • We funded our character education program.  

 


 

Accepted October 27, 2020

Rules of Order and Procedure

To promote ethical behavior and civil discourse each council member shall:

  • Attend council meetings on time and prepared
  • Make decisions with the needs of students as the main objective
  • Listen to and value diverse opinions
  • Be sure the opinions of those you represent are included in discussions
  • Expect accountability and be prepared to be accountable
  • Act with integrity

 

Rules of Procedure:

All meetings are open to the public and the public is welcome to attend. 

The agenda of each upcoming meeting with draft minutes of the prior meeting will be made available to all council members at least one week in advance, will be posted on the school website and made available in the main office.  The agenda will include the date, time and location of the meeting. 

Minutes will be kept of all meetings, prepared in draft format for approval at the next scheduled meeting. 

The council will prepare a timeline for the school year that includes due dates for all required reporting and other activities/tasks that the council agrees to assume or participate in.  The timeline will assist in preparation of agendas to be sure the council accomplishes their work in a timely manner. 

Timeline for School Community Councils and the School LAND Trust Program

Local school boards establish timelines for the election of school community councils. 

  • Elections may be held in the spring to be completed before the last week of the school year OR near the beginning of the school year. 
  • The election timeline must remain consistent for at least four years. 
  • Notice of the election is provided at least 10 days in advance of the election. 
  • School websites include information about how parents may apply to participate on the council and how they may have a direct impact on deciding how the funds will be spent. 

Mid-August – October 1st 

  • District Business Administrators adjust the current year distribution between schools to reflect changes in enrollment, including new and closing schools. 
  • Districts update contact information and spring due dates on the School LAND Trust website 

In the fall by October 20th

  • The following is posted on the school website and in the school office with other required postings: 
    • The proposed schedule of meeting dates for the year
    • The names of council members with a phone or email contact (or both)
    • A summary of implementation of the prior year School LAND Trust Plan including how the goals were completed and how the funds were spent along with the dollar amount received. 
    • Rules of Order and Procedure updated and approved by the council.
  • Principals enter Council Membership Report on the School LAND Trust website. The report includes names and email addresses of the current members, and phone numbers for the principal, chair and vice-chair. Principals also assure that the council was seated according to the law and that the Rules of Order and Procedure have been updated for the school year and are also consistent with the law. 

January 15th

  • UPEFS school level financial data is published and school trust expenditures are automatically uploaded into the School LAND Trust website. 

January 15 - February 5th

  • Principals enter the Final Report on the prior year’s implementation, expenditures and measurement results on the School LAND Trust website 

After February 5th 

  • Districts review Final Reports to make them public on the School LAND Trust website. 
  • USBE School Children’s Trust staff reviews at least 30% of Final Reports to determine compliance with the law, and to ascertain if expenditures made were according to the approved plan. 

Spring Reporting Due Date – Selected by the district 

  • Principals enter spring reports on the website 
    • School LAND Trust Plan for upcoming year
    • Committee Signature Form 

Prior to May 15 

  • Districts review spring reports 
  • Local board consideration and approval of Upcoming School LAND Trust Plans 

Prior to July 1 

  • Review of School Plans by School Children’s Trust Section at the Utah State Board of Education 
  • Final approval of School Plans on the School LAND Trust website. Plans are viewable to the public. July - Distribution of School LAND Trust Funds to districts for all schools with approved plans. 

The council consists of the principal, 2 school employee(s) who are elected in even years, 2 school employee(s) who is/are elected in odd years, and 7 parent members, half of whom are elected in even years and half in odd years.  In the event there is a tie vote in an election, the principal shall flip a coin to determine the outcome.  

The chair conducts the meetings, makes assignments and requests reports on assignments.  In the absence of the chair the vice-chair shall conduct meetings. 

The council must have a quorum to vote.  A quorum is equal to a majority of council members.

 If a parent member is absent from two consecutive meetings, the chair will notify the member that if the member does not attend the next meeting, the council will consider the seat vacant and the remaining parent members may appoint a parent to fill the unexpired term.  

Meetings shall be conducted and action taken according to very simplified rules of parliamentary procedure as required in 53G-7-1203(10).  Council actions will be taken by motions and voting with votes and motions recorded in the minutes. 

Simple Motions of Parliamentary Procedure

Used by some organizations to assist those new to the process

MOTION

DOES IT REQUIRE A 2ND?

IS IT DEBATABLE?

CAN IT BE AMENDED?

IS A VOTE REQUIRED

Adjourn

yes

no

no

majority

Amend a motion

yes 

yes 

yes 

majority

Close nominations

yes

no

yes

2/3

Main motion

yes

yes

yes

majority

Point of Order

no

no

no

ruled on by chair

Previous Question

yes

no

no

2/3

Reconsider

yes

yes 

no

majority

Withdrawal of Motion

no

no

no

majority 

motion (or an action to be taken by the council) is stated as a motion.  Someone else on the council “seconds” the motion indicating that at least one other person on the council feels the motion is worthy of discussion.  Then the council members may provide input and discussion as called upon by the chair.  When discussion seems complete the chair may call for a vote on the motion.  Or when a member of the council “calls the previous question” (a motion to end discussion of the first motion), a second is required.  Without discussion the chair calls for a vote that must pass by 2/3.  If the vote on the previous question fails, the council goes back to discussing the first motion.  If the motion to call the previous question passes, the chair directly calls for a vote on the first motion.  A vote to call the previous question is usually used to move business along.

  • A tie vote is a lost vote.
  • Most motions are main motions.A main motion may be amended.
  • A point of order is offered when there is some question if procedure had been followed correctly.
  • To stop debate or discussion on a motion and force the vote a member would say, “I move the previous 
    ”This requires a second and a 2/3 vote.
  • Hasty action may be corrected by use of the motion to reconsider. This motion may be made only 
    by one who voted on the prevailing side.
  • A person who made the motion may withdraw the same motion. 

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