BREWER SCHOOL COMMITTEE
6:00 PM, Monday, January 9, 2017
Brewer High School Lecture Hall
A. December Recognitions
- JMG has a new partnership in coordination with DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) and OCFS (Office of Child and Family Services) to work with a specific group of students in foster care with intent. As we know, this is a population who often falls through the cracks, despite everyone’s best intention and all the resources available to them. Between Sarah White and our JMG LEAP coordinator, Michelle Bourne, we are looking to close some of those cracks to make sure these students are getting all they are eligible for to best help them pursue meaningful careers and livelihoods. Four students were identified for the LEAP program. On Friday, December 16th, the students attended a training called Opportunity Passport, a financial literacy training. In return for doing the training, the students earned $100 and a savings account that JMG matches dollar for dollar, up to $1000 a year. These students will continue to be mentored during the high school personalized learning time and have additional scholarship opportunities as well. Congratulations to Sarah White for bringing this program to our students.
- Skype with Antarctica: https://youtu.be/i-YtUYud7fA The third grade recently skyped with researcher Jean Pennycook who studies the nesting habits of the adelie penguin.
- Congratulations to the Brewer Music Department (Brady Harris, Heather MacLeod and Lanissa Nadeau) for another successful winter concert season in December. All concerts were well attended and the music was superb.
B. Strategic Planning Update
The community forum was held on December 8th. We had about twenty people in attendance and collected data on the five focus areas. This data along with faculty feedback data will determine the final draft. Our next strategic planning meeting is on January 19th at 5PM.
C. Student Voice Group Update
The student group if finalizing their ideas on cell phone regulations within the high school to present to the faculty. It is taking them a little longer to organize their thoughts but they are working hard to get this done.
D. Acting Commissioner Hasson Announces $3 Million Available for Grants to School Administrative Units for Regionalization and Efficiency Efforts (Article): Why is this important?
I wanted to inform you about the recent announcement regarding regionalization and efficiency efforts from the Department of Education. There is 3 Million dollars available in grant money for these efforts. Penquis superintendents have a model already existing for how we run professional development through PREP for our region. Due to this, we have been speaking about other initiatives that might bring money to our region. Alternative education regionalization at the middle school level and transportation are some of the ideas being explored. Article is provided for you.
E. Freshmen Teaming Professional Development Day
On Friday, January 6, Renita Ward-Downer and I, lead a professional development day with the freshmen team teachers at the high school. This retreat day focused on best practices in teaming models, creating foundation for improving teaming model at the high school, looking at grading practices in a proficiency-based model, reflected on our own grading practices, created common grading practices, reviewed our new data management system and discussed how we will manage two systems until we are able to make a full transition. It was a very beneficial day. We plan to offer similar days with other groups of teachers within the high school.
F. Getting Ready for Our Incoming Freshmen Class – First PBE Diploma Class
Starting Tuesday, January 11th, the high school begins their sending school district visits as part of our recruiting efforts for the 2017-18 school year. The materials that are typically shared had to be revamped due to changes in the first PBE diploma class. We are visiting the following schools in January: Dedham, Holbrook, Glenburn, Center Drive and All Saints. Airline has no 8th graders this year. There are 201 potential 8th graders from sending school districts that we will meet. High school ambassadors will come with Perry Bennett, Samantha Pangburn and myself to visit these students. We will review our academic programming, athletics, AFJROTC, PCHC, STEM*, clubs/activities, music, theatre, robotics, etc. (*New initiative in the budget proposal). All students will be invited to participate in Step Up Day on January 26th.
G. Presentation to Penquis Superintendents at UTC in December on Brewer’s PBE Model, Curriculum and Transcript Process
I recently presented to the Penquis Superintendents, UMaine and DOE representatives regarding Brewer’s PBE Model, Curriculum and Transcript Process. It was well received and many questions were asked. This presentation and overview will be presented to the school committee in small pieces each month through PBE Lesson 101.
H. PBE Lesson 101: Learning targets guide what it is we want students to know and be able to do. Teachers are currently working to align all courses and classroom lessons to learning targets. (Handout from Empower: New Student Information System)
Teachers are using Empower to identify standards to create learning activities/lessons that are aligned to these learning targets. Teachers are beginning to ask themselves how do I help students demonstrate their learning of a learning target? As we move to proficiency-based education, it is important that teachers focus on the learning that is obtained on each learning target and create pathways for how students can demonstrate learning in multiple ways. We will continue to provide professional development. The handout I have provided this month, shows you the system we are using. It has the learning targets across the top, students and where students are at with each learning target. Teachers will be practicing with this system during the 3rd and 4th quarter.
I. Update on Trademark of Brewer Witches and Mascot Process
I researched briefly the process of trademarking the “Brewer Witch” and the actual logo. It is a pretty simple process that requires a search, which I already completed and there is not another Brewer Witch copyright that has been submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office. I also researched through the National Federation of State High School Associations to find out what other schools have trademarked logos/mascots/etc. There have been quite a few high schools that have received cease and desist from colleges that have same logos or mascots as there are increased revenues for colleges/universities from logoed apparel and merchandise.
- High schools might be best served by trademarking their nicknames, logos and mascots, and copyrighting all design-related artwork for logos and mascots. Trademarks are obtained through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov) and copyrights are available through the U.S. Copyright Office administered by the Library of Congress (www.copyright.gov). Easily navigable, streamlined application processes have been created for both and they are available at low cost (see websites for details). ($300/trademark)
- High schools might be best served by using the NFHS Licensing Program through the Licensing Resource Group (LRG) to protect their marks and benefit from LRG’s marketing efforts to earn royalties on their marks. Complete information and an easy-to-complete online licensing agreement are available at the LRG website (www.nfhslicensing.com).
- For more than 20 years Licensing Resource Group (LRG) has helped colleges and universities protect their trademarks, promote their brands, and generate profit through the sale of licensed merchandise. Now LRG Prep makes this possible for high schools as well. By joining the NFHS Licensing Program your high school is partnering with the industry’s premier trademark protection and brand-building agency.
- LRG Prep offers high school administrators assistance with financial auditing of licensees, legal consultation, retail merchandising, e-commerce, and brand development – all at no cost to high schools. Please contact LRG Prep to learn more about controlling the use of your school name, logos, and mascot through the NFHS Licensing Program.
J. Update on Brewer High School Principal Hiring Process
Position will be posted in February with interviews to begin in March. Candidate’s name will be brought forward in April/May depending on timeline completion.