Surreal Life
The members of the team are:
Ms. Clark, Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Mindlin, (Ms. Clyde)
Meetings are held in room 204



Team Meeting: May 17th
This was a staff meeting in the auditorium.


Team Meeting: May 10th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
Team members discusses issues with certain students in 707 and 708 and the quality of their work. We looked at a task and how these students approached and completed the task. Several of these students are former ELLs, so we discussed the use of visual aids and posters to help these students.

Team Meeting: May 3rd
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
Team members discussed two students that were placed into 707 and the effect these students are having on the class. We also discussed a student from 707 that has been chronically absent and the quality of work this student has been doing in class.


Team Meeting: March 8th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
Team members discussed the health issues of a student in 707. These health issues are hurting the academic performance of the student. The student is already a holdover and is in danger of failing again. We also discussed students with IEPs.

Team Meeting: March 1st
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team discussed the behavioral progress of several students is classes 707 and 708.

Team Meeting: February 23rd
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team spoke with Ms. Vardonov about the progress of having two students removed from class 707.

Team Meeting: February 2nd
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team continued to look at the task and the rubric. We saw which students were exceeding, meeting, and approaching the standards and objectives according to the rubric. We noted the students that were below standard and Mr. Mindlin discussed how he would address those students. He talked about the students' strengths and weaknesses in his class. As a team we discussed whether or not these are strengths and weaknesses those students had across the curriculum.

Team Meeting: January 26th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team continued analysis of student work. We discussed the work of the ELLs and former ELLs. We also looked at the work of students with IEPs. We looked for vocabulary and directions that may have been unclear to these students.

Team Meeting: January 19th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
Analysis of student work - Mr. Mindlin brought student work samples. This was a science project about how to make a wet mount slide.
Step 1: Assignment and expectations – Mr. Mindlin told us the objective of the project, how it related to his class lesson, the standards used, and the rubric he gave.
Step 2: Reactions and adjustments – Team members discussed the rubric before looking at the student work. The requirements of the project were to have a table of contents, hypothesis, procedure, drawings, data, conclusion, and bibliography. We learned the breakdown of the 4 point rubric being used.
Step 3: Assessment of work samples – The team looked at samples of work from classes 707, 708, and 731. We discussed whether the work would be considered a 4, 3, 2, and 1 based on the rubric.
Step 4: Pattern Analysis – We started the pattern analysis - need to continue at this point next session and then continue with step 5.

Team Meeting: January 12th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team looked over the analysis of student work memo. We discussed the document and how we will use the process in future meetings. We also discussed student behavior.

Team Meeting: January 5th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team discussed students in danger of failing the second marking period focusing on which of the 20 targeted students were in danger of failing and what can help those students. The team spoke to the father of a student from 708 over the phone dealing with the student cutting classes and not completing classwork. The father said he would come in the following morning to discuss the issue.

Team Meeting: December 22nd
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Clark
The team discussed progress reports and which students are in danger of failing as well as the format of the progress reports. We discussed the 20 targeted students. We also discussed the 37.5 minutes and what students are staying and who should be staying as well as how to get them to stay.

Team Meeting: December 15th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
The team met with guidance counselor Ms. Vardanov to discuss the possible moving of a student out of class 707 (at the parent's request). We discussed pros and cons of the move and what class the student could possibly be moved to. The team discussed classes 707 and 708 and several students causing disruptions in those classes - trying to find solutions. The team discussed the student progress reports.

Team Meeting: December 8th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
The team members met with the mother of a student from 708 in Mr. Bernardin's room for 20 minutes. The rest of the time was spent discussing the progress reports that we will be working on for the next two meetings. We discussed the format and who will make the copies for which classes.

Team Meeting: December 1st
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
The team completed the ARIS profile which deals with our 20 targeted students. We also shared the results of the parent surveys that we received from the parent-teacher conferences. We discussed the information pertaining to our subjects as well as any other important information the parents included on the surveys.

Nov 24,2011
Thanksgiving Recess

Nov 17, 2011
Parent Teacher Conference

Team Meeting: November 3rd
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
The discussion was centered around report card grades and students that will fail the first marking period in each subject. We spoke about students with IEPs as well.

Team Meeting: October 27th
Members in attendance: Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
We discussed the reasons for choosing our 20 targeted students. This included information from the RESI and ARIS. We chose students who had a decrease in scale scores in ELA and/or math on the state test from 2010 to 2011. Also, if students were not putting effort into their classwork. Most students are in the low to mid 2 range. Several students have IEPs.

Team Meeting: October 13th
Members in attendance: Clark, Armstrong, Mindlin, Celebi
We finalized our 20 targeted students list.

Team Meeting: October 6th
Members in attendance: Clark, Armstrong, Mindlin, Clyde
1) Discussion on which 20 students will be targeted.
2) Discussion on problematic students in common classes.
3) Students with positive behavior

Team Meeting: September 22nd
Members in attendance: Clark, Armstrong, Mindlin
Discussion Topics:
1) ICT class 731
2) IEP students
3) Behavioral problems in classes 707 and 708