PTG Meeting 11/15 @ 7:00 p.m.

Below please find the Agenda for this week’s PTG meeting being held at 7:00 p.m. in the school Library. Hope to see you there!

-Jen and Shelagh


Thoreau School PTG Meeting

November 15, 2012

7:00 p.m. Thoreau Library


I. Welcome: Shelagh Moskow and Jen Johnson

II. Items for Discussion/Presentation

       A.      Update on PTG Co-Presidents Monthly Meeting with Principal Kelly   Clough

       B. Ga-Ga Pit : VOTE

       C. Reapplication for Non-Profit Status

       D. Info from Evaluator Meg Anderson (see info below)

       E. Auction/All SchoolSocial

       F. V.P. Report on Upcoming Events
III.  Next Meeting: January 17, 2013 7:00 p.m. Thoreau Library

October 31, 2012

Dear Thoreau parents,

It was good to meet some of you at the early morning meeting at Thoreau last Friday, October 26th.  I appreciate those that came, and I also realize that not everyone can get to meetings like that one.   When I open interviews to parents, I will provide both early morning and evening interview times as well as do a random sampling of parents and conduct phone interviews in the early evening.  Interviews in person will be in small groups of 3; please feel free to contact 2 other parents with whom you would like to interview.    You are free to decline a phone interview.

In November, I will be concentrating on interviewing the Thoreau teachers and staff.  I will begin interviewing November 7th and continue with interviews once or twice a week through the end of November.   In addition, I will attend a faculty and SAC meeting, teacher meetings during the week as well as observe classrooms.

Early in December, I will begin interviewing parents, so please look for more information about opportunities later this month.

Since both faculty and parents raised the issue of confidentiality, I will also attach the norms for the interviews which will apply to all those who are being interviewed.   We will go over these at the beginning of each interview; if you have questions about norms, you may ask them at that time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this important process.

Sincerely, Meg Anderson

The purpose of these interviews is to identify the qualities of the adult culture at Thoreau (particularly about collaboration, decision making, and communication) at this moment as a benchmark from which to move forward toward a more positive adult culture.   Recommendations about how to strengthen the adult culture will be formed and shared with the school community in January, probably in multiple meetings, beginning with those who work in the school.

Unless there is some bearing on the adult culture, this evaluation will not deal with individual complaints about other individuals or topics outside of the scope of the evaluation.  These should be addressed individually by those involved.


(For Meg and for those who are interviewed)

 §  Start and end on time

§  Active Listening

§  Check your assumptions

§  Trust the process

§  Respect all voices

§  Confidentiality

For Meg:  Confidentiality means that I will not use names when information is shared and I will try to the best of my ability to avoid identifying information. I will share patterns, ranges, shared interests and strengths but not individual comments unless it illustrates a trend and then only anonymously.  The information will not be shared for any purpose other than for the purpose of the evaluation.

For Those Interviewed:  Confidentiality means that those who are interviewed will not share conversations they have had with Meg outside of the interview time; this includes sharing via email, blog, phone calls, etc. with school personnel, parents, or other community members, people not involved in the school, media, etc.   This ensures that everyone gets a chance to share their experiences and thoughts before conclusions and recommendations are made and people are not unduly influenced by previous conversations.