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September 21, 2023

South Sevier Middle School

Welcome to the new SSMS Community Council Members!

Aarika Viula, chair

Marti Anderson, vice chair

Melissa Smith

Kecia Christensen

Kelly Cefalia

Payton Ashby, SSMS teacher

PaulMcCormick, school counselor

Michelle Nielson, principal

 

next council meeting: October 26, 2023 at 3:15 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

October 26, 2023

Community Council Meeting

South Sevier Middle School

3:15, conference room

Attendance

Parents: Aarika Viula, Marti Anderson, Melissa Smith, Kelly Cefalia, Kecia Christensen (joined via zoom)

School Representatives: Payton Ashby, Paul McCormick, Michelle Nielson

The following slideshow was used to share agenda items

 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BcvAZBC07NSbZOZgxpN2rca_OIjZEsnBWJBLRZxYNh8/edit?usp=sharing

1. Community Council Training Video 

2. What's Happening at SSMS

3. Trustlands Budget Plan Review (approved by 22-23 council in March 2023)

4. TSSA Budget Plan Review (approved by 22-23 council in March 2023)

5. Anticipated Meeting Dates

6. Questions/Concerns/Clarifications

Other Discussion

A question was asked to remind the council of the school safety measures to protect students throughout the school day.

Response included:

*Secure building: all exterior doors are locked all day, the only way in is through the main entryway after ringing a doorbell and being "buzzed" in

*Emergency Procedures: students are/will be trained to respond to hold, secure, lockdown, evacuate, and shelter emergency situations.  At the time of the council meeting, students had participated in two evacuation drills.  Training for hold, secure, and lockdown will begin in November.

A question was asked to further clarify where Trustland funding comes from.

Response included a verbal explanation and reference to the following informational video

 

next council meeting: January 25, 2024

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

January 25, 2024

Community Council Meeting

South Sevier Middle School

3:15, conference room

Attendance

Parents: Aarika Viula, Marti Anderson, Kecia Christensen, Melissa Smith, Kelly Cefalia

School Representatives: Paul McCormick, Michelle Nielson

Excused: Payton Ashby

The following slideshow was used to share agenda items

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vlamv5jn5gyZNUkGx3mKCCT1HjHiuYd0X6J2bx8hm70/edit?usp=sharing

1. What's Happening at SSMS

2. Finding Support in School Student Survey

3. 22-23 RISE Performance Data

4. Budget Updates

5. Emergency Procedures Review (3 evacuation practice, 1 lockdown practice so far this school year), lockdown procedures explained in detail

Other Discussion

A question was asked about the school's cell phone procedures in comparison with the push coming from Governor Cox to restrict personal device time of students while in school.

Response: school procedure of using phone caddys was explained along with the cooperation and positive support of the expectation that comes from students and parents alike.

Positive feedback and compliments were given concerning the school's fl-EX-plore program.  Very successful and engaging for students.  Data to back up effectiveness. One council member shared how her child's experience in cosmetology explore class has ignited her passion and interest to pursue a career in this field. 

Response: principal thanked council members for feedback and the trust and support shown to all that goes on in the school

 

next council meeting: March 14, 2024