SSC Minutes for May 14, 2018

-Getting additional parents involved with SSC:

-2017-2018 Theresa’s last year on SSC, possibly Phyllis’s also (willing to serve or pass on)

-September 2018 will have a reassignment: Kim Trutane (?) in place of Ross Stapleton-Gray

-Current members can suggest parents or others they think can contribute to SSC next year

-Behaviour Matrix:

-Goal is to get as many community members to know abt Behaviour Matrix

-Timeline & Rationale: Summer-Fall 2017

-Behaviour Matrix looks at discipline differently than previous discipline grid

-Beginning of year we looked at social and emotional competencies, hoping to bring this into classrooms K-12 next year

-Reasoning & Evidence: example: harassment and bullying: unwelcome social, written, or electronic comments that are ongoing and hurt the recipient (make them feel powerless)/create a hostile environment

-Goal of behaviour matrix is to make sure discipline is more of a learning experience rather than a punishment experience through conflict resolutions/restorative circles and reflective assignments

-Regarding schedule change: no matter what, students are always going to be there, not just kicked out as far as we can get them; schedule change is very possible as a resort

-Conflict resolution or restoration circle communicates that AHS supports victims of harassment and bullying

-Next Steps: 2018-19 Goals

-Overall goal is to increase student engagement in-school and guiding positive behaviours from all students

-Use freshman orientation, advisories, and interactions w/ students/staff to communicate matrix expectations

-We want to ground our decisions in what is actually happening

-Next year, the behaviour matrix will be part of the handbook, finished with the transition when 2018-19 school year starts

-When we ask a student to stay for detention is to spend some time reading an article or TedTalks on various topics: mindfulness, decision making etc. followed by a reflective assignment

-Two Year Discipline Data Comparison @ AHS:

-Violation: a student who keeps coming down for the same reason

-Disposition: A student who is coming down for multiple infractions

-Between 2016-17 & 2017-18 school year there are decreases in actions and suspensions, increase in students counseled