JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL

FMSAS GENERAL MEETING #1

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

6:30 P.M.–8:00 P.M.

(Teacher’s Cafeteria)

MINUTES

Meeting called to order at 6:42 P.M.

Quorum was established. All board members present: Peter McNulty, President; Christine Tucker, VP; Marylou Mejia, VP of Fundraising; Cindy Solovei, Treasurer; Josie Contratto, Secretary

Student Leadership Cabinet: Kenny Yamaguchi, Robina Henson, Grace Martinez

Barry Allwright, Assistant Principal; Larry Welch, SAS Coordinator;

Various SAS parents. (Sign-in sheet available.)

Introduction and opening remarks by Peter McNulty, President:

  • New FMSAS website. New email communications system.
  • Explained primary function and purpose of FMSAS: Mainly fundraising for educational tools, but also includes nonmonetary goals, e.g, internships for 10th, 11th graders., etc.

Communications by Christine Tucker, VP; Josie Contratto, Secretary:

  • Discussed importance of maintaining effective communication between parents and school via website, email, fliers, and social media, e.g., Facebook, Twitter. Incorporating main calendar into website to include all school events.
  • New website address is: FMSAS.NET
  • Discussed the implementation of MailChimp as SAS’s new email communication system to announce various upcoming events, meetings, polls, etc. Will facilitate timely, relevant

Committees by Cindy Solovei, Treasuer:

  • Presented members with a packet of information for proposed committees.
  • Gave detailed presentation about formulation and the function of each committee. All to report to the Board of Directors (BOD)
  1. Communications
  2. Fundraising
  3. School Relations
  4. Community Relations
  5. Enrichment
  6. Parent Support
  • Encouraged members to sign-up.

Fundraising by Marylou Mejia, VP of Fundraising:

  • Discussed the importance of building a stronger community with parents, students, staff, and faculty.
  • Announced the Annual Fundraiser coming in October. Welcomes assistance and suggestions from parents regarding fundraising events.

SAS Program by Larry Welch, SAS Coordinator:

  • Detailed discussion about the SAS program and the significance of active parent participation.
  • Introduced Ms. Jigamyan, sponsor of Student Leadership Cabinet.
  • Announced Mr. Klein currently working on recruitment. FMSAS tours to be scheduled during the first three weeks of November.
  • Announced incidences of cheating; stressed importance of signed student-parent contracts. Reminder: Academic Committee assists students who need help. All SAS teachers provide office hours.
  • FMSAS was given a small budget from GATE this school year. Professional development program for teachers, compensation for Mr. Klein’s recruitment expenses.
  • Asked to reinstate Turnitin.Com plagiarism software. $1,500 site license fee per year. Also can set up group chat room for peer assessment.

PARENT FEEDBACK (OPEN DISCUSSION):

Question: What is the existing budget?

Answer: Approximately $6,000. Portion allocated to funding Ms. Novik’s request for calculators.

Further discussion about the Annual Fund Drive and setting up Paypal for convenience of monthly contribution. Discussion of suggested $50.00 amount at the beginning of the year. Those funds part of current budget. For upcoming Annual Fund Drive, amount to be decided by each family, whatever their comfort level.

Question: Can cost of Turnitin.com be prorated?

Answer: No. Yearly subscription.

Question: Last year, parents were pressured to fill out the free lunch application, but then there was no follow-up.

Answer: Application available online. Ties in with Title I money. Relevant to reduction of test fees.

Suggestion that full transparency of allocation of funds builds trust.

Question: Can donations be specified for a certain category?

Answer: Might be too difficult to effectively administrate.

Peter McNulty made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Josie Contratto. (8:00 P.M.)

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