Committees

Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

Math Update

Cheryl Hibbeln, a district representative from High School Resources, presented updated information regarding the integrated math pathways. After reviewing the sequences as outlined last year, the district intends to make changes. To allow students the option to move into accelerated and advanced math classes, the district plans to use a combination of factors to determine placement, including a new, as yet to be determined, placement test.

Concern was expressed because even the most advanced math sequence proposed for middle school did not provide for students to take calculus before their senior year, unlike the previous math sequence. Also, students would not reach a math course with a weighted GPA until later and they would not be able to have three weighted math classes like before.

Feedback is being gathered, and more information will be provided when it becomes available.

Calendar Start Date

At the February Cluster Congress meeting chief public information officer, Ursula Kroemer, solicited feedback on the district’s proposal to start the 2016–2017 school year before Labor Day. [Note: The 2015–2016 school year starts after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 8.] Cluster Congress representatives noted there are many factors that support starting after Labor Day. The rationale for the earlier start date in 2016 and a link for you to provide feedback are at www.sandi.net/calendarchanges. The Calendar Committee intends to present the information collected to the Board of Education in the spring.

Possible GATE Changes

The Cluster Congress meeting also included a presentation from the current and former chairs of the Gifted and Talented Education District Advisory Committee (GATE DAC), parents Elizabeth Nagy and Katie Anderson. A GATE planning group is investigating the recommendations suggested two years ago by a GATE Tiger Team, an in-depth committee.

GATE was decimated by the budget cuts in the recession. The planning group would like to rebuild a strong program that functions more effectively. It appears differentiated instruction for gifted students seems to have been overlooked during the emphasis on Common Core standards.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is on Wednesday, Apr. 15, at 4:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School community room. Meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions, please email co-chair Jaylene Farry at [email protected]

Tamara Hurley, Legislative Analyst