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Local School Advisory Team

McKinley Tech High School LSAT Meeting Minutes - November 26, 2018


1. Welcome, Introductions

2. Review Minutes/Updates

3. LSAT Chair's Report

4. Principal's Report

a. Allovue Overview

b. Comprehensive Plan

c. MTHS Benchmarks & Standards/AP Review

5. Discussion/Questions/Next Steps

a. School Climate

6. Public Comment


Sherice Muhammad, Chair

Jennifer Rous, Secretary

Kimbria Jackson

Dr. Jones

Andri White

Theodora Brown (phone)

John Hammond

Kenneth Lesley

Sherry Richardson

Nyah McDaniel

Antonia Brown

Guest - Mr. Igoudjil

Valerie Wilson

Tanisha Mason

Alecia Witherspoon (phone)

Todd Richardson - absent

Geri Averytt, PTO President - absent

Meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm.


1. Quorum: Chair asked for introductions of those present and reviewed voting members in order to determine a quorum was present.

2. Minutes: There were no comments submitted for the October 29, 2018 minutes. Muhammad Motion with Rous Second to accept as submitted. Vote: In favor. Rous to provide to Dr. Jones for upload to the McKinley Website.

3. Updates: There were no updates to any actions from the last meeting.

4. LSAT Chair's Report: Nothing significant to report.

5. Principal's Report:

a. Enrollment: Dr. Jones provided a handout detailing the last few years of enrollment and the projected enrollment. SY17-18 enrollment of 620, SY18-19 enrollment of 633, SY19-20 projected enrollment of 653. McKinley needs to keep 9th and 10th grade enrollments up as no 11th or 12th grade enrollments are allowed. Significant competition is occurring with additional STEM type programs starting at BAARD College and Coolidge getting a math academy. From review of the students, most of the city-wide selective schools are competing from about 700 students. Dr. Jones commented that uninvites are now only occurring for GPA, that behavior and absences are no longer criteria. Theodora Brown asked why, as it impacts school culture and the success of the other students and school. Dr. Jones responded that DCPS had issued the criteria and that despite appeals through the District Front Office, other reasons were not part of the municipal code. Dr. Jones reported that to proactively work with these students the Deans are hosting group discussions and resources are being directed to the students based on past behavior. The school is also working on Restorative Justice model, as the "Choice" program is no longer an option.

b. Recruitment: Opportunities for recruitment and outreach were discussed. Dr. Senegar-Mitchell has visited many schools; EdFest is coming up; Ads have been purchased in the Capital Hill Spotlight; Social Media presence has been boosted; newsletters have been sent to all middle school counselors and administrators. Witherspoon commented on the McKinley Alumni association that there were approximately 700 people there and this would be a good place to advertise and share successes. Metro ads were also discussed as a potential recruiting tool, depending on the cost. Dr. Jones to get the DCPS lottery listing for Muhammad for follow-up on students.

c. Math Scores: Jackson reported on the Module 1 District Math exam results with approximately 95% of the eligible students taking the exams. Algebra I had 39% passing. Algebra II had 49% passing. Geometry had 65% passing. Hammond reported that many of the concepts were not fully covered prior to the exam as there is too much material to cover. Jackson stated that overall the freshman class was struggling, and Algebra I results demonstrated this. Additional challenges were experienced due to a teacher being out for pregnancy. Algebra I was a heavy unit on systems and functions, which will be revisited later. Geometry students also took a mid-term exam and scores were higher on that versus the Module 1 as there was content not covered yet. The group discussed the Eureka Math curriculum. For example, Algebra II module 1 curriculum was 225 pages, which was not able to be completed prior to the exam. Teachers must use 80% of time on Eureka and then can substitute with other materials.

Witherspoon (9th Grade Parent) asked what kind of plan was available to ensure that freshmen are being acclimated. As so many schools are represented, is there a uniform math skill set that is developed. Students need to be successful in 9th grade to be successful long term.

d. Substitute Teachers: Dr. Jones and Jackson commented that there are many challenges within DCPS in finding qualified substitutes. If individuals are qualified, they usually have jobs. Finding a math sub was a challenge. Able to find a substitute for Spanish (Disla), but recognize will be difficult for Biology. DCPS schools must use the District to find subs and cannot find on their own.

e. AP Exams: Dr. Jones introduced the topic with stating the LSAT wanted to know more since the AP results had declined last year, but that Igoudjil continues to have high results. Igoudjil stated that he has helped to design AP and Pre-AP curriculum, but that some of the teachers are not correctly implementing this curriculum. Unlike the PARCC where students are required to comprehend and summarize, the AP requires comprehending and critically evaluating. It is a different skill set. He is seeing student increase reading levels by 1-2 grades already by working on their reading and comprehension skills. They write and then hone skills by practicing again and again and receiving constructive feedback, not punitive. Igoudjil's students do best on the essays as he makes them write 10 sentences in 10 minutes, so by the time get to essay, they can write 3 paragraphs in 30 minutes. Students should continue to read 30 minutes/day as they continue to have lower multiple-choice literacy. One of the ways to improve scores is to update the Teacher Position Descriptions. Not all teachers can teach AP courses, and this should be adjusted. The viability of AP courses was questioned. Igoudjil reported that many schools are still accepting scores of 4 and 5, and some even accept 3's. Even if not accepted, the students will be placed in advanced classes. Depending on the student, even a 2 on an AP exam may represent significant progress.

f. Star Framework: Dr. Jones reported that stars rating will be released first week of December. She is planning a meeting to discuss the results with all staff. AP courses are not measured for stars, but PARCC results are. AP courses do offer points showing variety of courses.

6. School Climate: Hammond provided an update on concerns from the teachers and staff. He had reached out to Department of Education for a climate survey but due to timing, Dr. Jones had requested additional time to review and potentially add additional material, so the survey has not yet been distributed. Hammond expressed concerns from the teachers based on teachers feeling harassed, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Teachers have had schedules changed and been asked to cover courses they were not prepared for. Dr. Jones and Jackson expressed concerns over the survey and some of the reports from the staff. Sensing some tension between the groups, the LSAT volunteered to be a neutral body to assist with a School Climate survey and identify areas where it

can be of service to improve the school. Rous volunteered to collect questions from all LSAT members and to reach out to DCPS to see if they have a standard climate survey or resources which can be utilized.

Chair discussed adjourning the meeting. Jones Motion with Brown Second. Vote: In favor

Meeting adjourned at 7:48

Proposed Agenda for Meeting #4 - January 28, 2019

1. Review and approval of previous meeting notes and approval to post on Website

2. Develop survey

3. Allocation of funding to Biotech Program