BREWER SCHOOL COMMITTEE
6:00PM, Monday, March 7, 2016
Brewer High School Lecture Hall
A. February Recognitions
- Letter to Mrs. MacInnes’ class from First Lady Barbara Bush
I would like to take this opportunity to thank First Lady Barbara Bush for recognizing Mrs. MacInnes’s third grade class for their National Writing Award. These students also were selected to ask a question during her Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program.
- Letter to Mrs. MacInnes’ class from Senator Susan Collins
Senator Susan Collins recognized the hard work of Mrs. MacInnes and her third grade class. The students were quite excited to receive this correspondence.
- Letter to Mrs. MacInnes from City of Brewer
On Monday, March 1, 2016, the City Council invited Mrs. MacInnes to their meeting to accept recognition. City Councilor Joe Ferris asked that a resolve congratulating and recognizing Mrs. MacInnes and her class for winning the writing contest be on this City Council Agenda. I want to personally thank the City Council for recognizing the wonderful actions taken by this teacher and the hard work her students continue to put forth. Recently their story, Classroom Pets, was illustrated and read by Mrs. P. Mrs. P. is actress Kathleen Kinney most remembered for her role as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show. Here is the link to the story:
- Letter from Senator Susan Collins to Superintendent Towle regarding Mrs. MacInnes’ third grade class
I also received correspondence from Senator Collins recognizing Mrs. MacInnes’s third grade class and encouraging all of the third grade to work with the state legislature to see the lobster become the Maine State Crustacean. The news on this is that a bill has been written and the students will be lobbying down in Augusta this spring.
- Recognition of our Student Based Health Centers and Collaboration with Penobscot Community Health Center 10 Year Anniversary from the City of Brewer
On Monday, March 1, 2016, the City Council invited Mr. Dusty Hillman, Ms. Kathy Sherman, and Ms. Carol Warmuth, as well as, all other staff that work in our our two student based health centers to attend the City Council meeting. City Councilor Jerry Goss asked that a resolve recognizing each of them for the ten years that Penobscot Community Health Care has supported and partnered with the Brewer School Department to provide quality health care for the students of Brewer Schools be on the agenda. I would like to commend PCHC and our dedicated staff for providing health care to our students. Having been a teacher and an administrator in school systems that have a student health center and in some that do not, I was delighted to learn about our health centers. Upon touring both of our health centers, I was impressed by the quality of health care we provide our students and the dedication to student health in Brewer. I have always held the opinion that when students are healthy and all of their basic needs are met, students are in a wonderful place to learn. I would also like to thank Jerry Goss for bringing this resolve forward and thank the City Council for recognizing PCHC and the Brewer Faculty for their dedication to our students and families for the last ten years.
- International Students to Brewer High School 2016-2017 Update (Packet enclosed)
I have continued to research bringing International students to Brewer High School through the help of Suzanne Fox, an International Consultant who has been helping schools set up International Programs for over 30 years. She is currently working with the following public high schools: Falmouth, Grant-Deuel, Kennebunk, Leland, Gray, Orono and Stearns. She also works with the following private schools: MCI, John Bapst, Erskine, Catherine McAuley, Lee Academy and many more in New England. She works with schools to travel abroad where she already has connections to arrange for students to study in your school.
This company has a strong reputation across upper New England for helping schools build successful international programs. They guide private and public schools through the entire process: from an introduction to SEVIS and its regulations, to an overview of the education system in China, and programs that will help faculty, students, and host families prepare for incoming international students. This organization provides faculty training, student orientation, host family background checks and placement services, monthly check-ins between the students and their home families, check-ins with the school, etc.
We are trying to set up a detailed meeting in March and I will have more to report out at our April meeting. I’m specifically looking at numbers of students at public –vs- private school, start up costs and sustainability.
- Strategic Planning Committee Update
Committee met on February 25th. During this meeting we reviewed the work that was previously done by Starboard Leadership and Jeff Wahlstrom. It was nice to finally have clarity on what was completed in terms of a strategic plan. The strategic planning framework was outlined with a mission, vision and six proposed strategic priorities. This is as far as the committee did get in completing a strategic plan in 2012. The current committee then broke into subgroups and compared strategic plans from other districts across the country discussing strengths in each creating a list of possible topics to include in our strategic plan. We then reviewed our mission and vision and discussed the difference between these terms. We also planned our community forum for March 10th at BCS at 6:30 PM and teacher feedback loop on March 3rd during the teacher workshop day. Our next meeting will be held on March 24th where we will review the input from the Community Forum and Teacher Feedback Loop to propose edits to our mission and vision, and draft our core beliefs.
- Budget Update
Please see the one-page budget update regarding our progress on the budget process thus far.