Notes from September 25 PALSS meeting
Ripon High Booster Club/PFC
- Updated the group about the new booster club forming at RiponHigh. The first meeting of the Ripon High Booster Club was well attended. The meeting wasfacilitated by teacher Cam Burton and Vice Principal Keith Rangel. There was discussion aboutcalling it a PFC vs. Booster. Most parents were in agreement that it should be called a BoosterClub because alumni were more apt to be part of it. Also students might relate better to aBooster Club because it does not sound so elementary. Parent Shari Hernandez thought that weneeded to have a focus on technology and it seemed most in the group were in agreement.Cam Burton and Stephanie Hobbs suggested that we write the purpose of the group verybroadly to incorporate academic and extracurricular needs of the school. Next meeting theBooster Club will be electing officers. Meeting is scheduled for October 22 at 6:30 in the RiponHigh Library.2.
Creating/Promoting a college-going culture at the elementary sites-
We talked about theimportance of creating a college-going culture at an early age. Karina Ilardi told the group thatat Ripona they are collecting responses from alumni about where they went to college. The PFCis displaying those responses on a map in the computer lab so kids can see. At Park View, Mrs.Woodson is creating a display in the library of college posters and pennants to raise awarenessabout different colleges. Last year Park View held a Career Day for the 7
gradestudents. Other ideas; have teachers display their college diplomas in their classroom, have aspirit day where kids wear their favorite college sweatshirt, do a poster listing where teacherswent to college, and have junior high students do a research paper on different colleges topresent to the class. One parent mentioned the importance of having teacher and principalbuy-in so these activities can be encouraged and promoted. We would love to know what ideasyou have for your school!3.
- Jen Brogan updated the group about the recent board meeting outliningthe state of technology for the district. Right now Ripon High has the least amount of technology compared to the elementary sites. At the last board meeting, Jen spoke on behalf of PALSS to implore the board to add technology as a line item in the budget. The current needsinclude new computers for the teachers, a fully functioning computer lab for student use, andmounting ELMO projectors in the classrooms for the teachers to use for presentations. Inaddition to the parents and the community supporting technology, the district must do theirpart as well. Weston PFC President and Ripon High parent Wendy Angel said that she loaned acomputer to a Ripon High teacher so she could do her grades and take roll on the computer.The district needs to provide the tools necessary for teachers to do their jobs.