November 19, 2012
Regular Session

The meeting was called to order by Caryl Falvey at 7:32 p.m. at Plymouth  River School.

Members Present:    Caryl Falvey, Ray Estes, Carol M. Falvey, Dennis Friedman, Paul Gannon, Edward Schreier, Andy Shafter

Central Office Present:    Dot Galo, Ellen Keane, Elizabeth Flynn, John Ferris

Visitors Present:    Roger Boddie, Douglas Holley, Melissa Smith, Katie Roberts, Chuck Cormier, Helaine Silva, Alec Porter, Mary Eastwood, Tina Wehner, Steven Dings, Tom Pyles, Mary Power, Laura Marwill, Richard Innis and HCAM representative.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Ed Schreier,

It was
Voted:    To approve the Minutes of the Regular Session of November 5, 2012.

Student Communications.

Steven Dings reported on:  Drama “Legally Blonde,” successful production (200+ participants), Festival “Booby Trap,” Spirit Week and Rally, auditions for Lip Sync, Amnesty International event, fall sports update, girls and boys soccer, cross country, field hockey, football, Homecoming, rowing – Head of Charles event – HHS placed 3rd for public high school competition, girls track.


The Committee heard a report from Plymouth River School.  Chuck Cormier, Principal, provided a presentation on the grade 5 Field Science Program, including a question/answer hypothesis discussion on specimens in bins, three strands: lab exploration field observation, and family activities/citizen science, nature trail at each elementary school, Lost Lady Bug Project, Cornell University, schoolyard five minute field trips project Feeder Watch – The Great Backyard Bird Count, seasonal themes & topics & key concepts.
Sept./Oct. Insects.
November/December: Botany; January: Magnets; February/March: Birds & Mammals;
April/May: Amphibians & Reptiles; May/June: Spring Botany; MCAS preparation, Field Science in addition to grade 5 science classes.  Caryl thanked Chuck for his report and for leading the annual grade 4 Cape Cod trip.

New Business.

The Committee heard a report on Spring 2012 MCAS testing.  Ellen Keane, Assistant Superintendent, presented summary slides from the MCAS 2012 report.  Questions ensued from School Committee.  Science Director, Katie Roberts, ELA Director, Laney Silva, and Math Director, Doug Holley, were present to comment and respond as needed.

The Committee heard a report on the 2012 Accountability Reports.  In 2012, MA was granted a waiver from certain NCLB requirements.  The new focus is on reducing proficiency gaps, using a new 1-5 leveling system, use of  PPI measure, differentiation of high needs subgroups and flexibility in use of Title I funds.  Under the new system, HHS and Foster School were rated Level 1 Commended; Hingham Middle School was rated Level 1; the other schools earned a Level 2 rating and East had insufficient data to be leveled.  Caryl thanked Ellen for her report.

The Committee discussed the next steps in the development of Warrant Articles for the funding of the High School Fields Project.

The Committee received information regarding a field trip of the Hingham Middle School Grades 7-8 Adventure Club to Rock Spot Climbing, Boston, November 29 and December 6, 2012.

The Committee received information regarding an overnight field trip of Boys Varsity Hockey to Falmouth Arena, Falmouth for a two-day Hockey Jamboree, December 8 & 9, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Katherine Trinkle, a paraeducator at Hingham Middle School, effective November 14, 2012.

The Committee received notification of the resignation of Misty Whelan, a paraeducator at Hingham Middle School, effective November 21. 2012.

Subcommittee Reports.

Long Range Planning:  Andy Shafter reported on last Saturday’s School Facility “Walk Around” for School Committee, Advisory Board and Selectmen representatives.

Policy:  Carol M. Falvey noted the next meeting on Tuesday, November 27th.

Superintendent’s Report

1)    21st Century Skills – Global Education Initiative (a SC/Superintendent Goal for this year), the     first meeting led by Ellen Keane and Rick Swanson was held on November 9.  Many local school     communities participated; two more meetings are scheduled.

2)    Drug/Alcohol Prevention Community Task Force – Chaired by Dot Galo and Mike Peraino,     Police Chief and including staff, students, parents, community.  Next meeting December 12,     2012, 6-8 p.m.

3)    Copy of Dot Galo’s response to OCR Title IX Agreement. Phil Catanzano at HHS November 26th with Booster Group reps.

4)    Teachers As Scholars – Letter of thanks from art teacher for PD class.

John Ferris provided an update on the POS implementation at all schools

Caryl Falvey reviewed the next meetings:

November 27, Policy Subcommittee, School Dept. Conference Room, 7:15 p.m.
November 28, School Committee, Central North & South Hearing Rooms, 7:30 p.m.
November 29, Special Education Funding Working Group, School Dept. Conf. Rm., 6:30 p.m.
December 17, School Committee, School Department Conference Room, 7:30 p.m.

On a motion by Ray Estes and seconded by Paul Gannon,

It was    Voted:    To adjourn the School Committee meeting at 9:10 p.m.

Carol M. Falvey