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Hooper Elementary Community Council meeting minutes

Thursday, October 3, 2019 1:30 a.m.

Hooper Elementary Staff Lounge


Members in attendance:

Ashley Droscher – Chair, Kari Breeding, Cindy Pendleton, Kadee Frew, Heather Cragun, Paul Widdison, Shanae Headley, Cyndi Bennett

Welcome:  Given by Ashley Droscher.   Thank you to everyone for attending.  Two new members were elected to the council – Shanae Headley and Cyndi Bennett.  Due to the employee/parent ratio, Mrs. Breeding proposed that the next two candidates that received votes be added to the council – Cassie Brown and Jennifer Flint. 

Ashley Droscher made a motion to accept the changes to the council, Cindy Pendleton seconded the motion. All others were in favor.

Report on Last Year’s Funds: Given by Mrs. Breeding.   $66,374 all went to aide time.  $3000 was earmarked for technology.  $2,718.95 was carried over.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Budget:  Given by Mrs. Breeding.  For this school year, $74,224 is available through Trust Land funds and TSSA.  All was invested in aide time with $3,000 being held over for technology.  This funding has allowed for a second set of chrome books to be purchased, teacher training, and 2 paid days for teachers to participate in collaboration meetings.  This will also allow for some teachers to attend the PLC conference in October.  There will be a carry-over, but this money should be utilized for current students at this time.


School Data: Given by Mrs. Breeding.  RISE testing data, which is administered to 3rd – 6th grade students, will be available next meeting.  Dibbels testing data is for students from K-3rd grade.  It is as follows for the 2018-2019 school year. (Terms to know BOY=Beginning of Year, MOY=Middle of Year, EOY=End of year)

                Kindergarten Proficiency                                                              First Grade Proficiency

                BOY:      71%                                                                                        BOY:      54%

                MOY:     80%                                                                                        MOY:     51%

                EOY:       63%                                                                                        EOY:       60%       

                                -8% decrease overall.                                                                     6% increase overall

                45% of students in Kindergarten                                                55% of students in First grade

                made typical or above growth.                                                                   made typical or above growth.

                Second Grade Proficiency                                                             Third Grade Proficiency

                BOY:      71%                                                                                        BOY:      76%

                MOY:     72%                                                                                        MOY:     74%

                EOY:       703%                                                                                     EOY:       89%       

                                -1% decrease overall.                                                                     13% increase overall

                76% of students in Second grade                                               82% of students in Third grade

                made typical or above growth.                                                                   made typical or above growth.

Mrs. Breeding would like to look at the data in a three-year time frame in order to gain a more comprehensive view of test scores. The goals for the 2018-2019 council were:

#1 – Our goal is to produce a 1% gain n the S.A.G.E. end of level test in the areas of language arts and math in grades 3-6.  Currently waiting for those results to be posted on DATA GATEWAY.

#2 – Hooper students in grades K-3 will achieve a 1% increase in the number of students reaching the reading benchmark from the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year to the end of the 2018-20189 school year. 

The Growth Scores were K-3 = 64.5% and the District goal is 60% typical or above typical student growth.)

School Business: Given by Mrs. Breeding. 

  • November 14th is the start of the Office Fundraiser of selling chocolates. This money will be used for school safety and to add a key card system to the exterior doors. This system is about $7000.  Any remaining funds from the fundraiser will go to getting new desks and to replace smartboards with I-TVs which cost about $4000 per board. Families are welcome to donate money without selling the chocolates. 
  • It will probably be another year before secure, buzz in doors can be installed in the two hallways near the office.
  • Mrs. Breeding is working with the District purchaser and Superintendent to help obtain the $15,000 it would take to outfit the school with new desks and chairs as well as specialized tables for the Special Education department. Parents were offered desks and chairs.  The District recommends recycling the desks to earn some money for the metal.  New desks and chairs should arrive in the next few weeks. 
  • Mrs. Hatch is the new 4th grade teacher. The transition has been smooth and parental willingness has been excellent.  She will be a huge asset to the school.
  • Next Fall Hooper Elementary will be moving to a 1 to 1 school. Each student will be issued a Chromebook to stay at the school. Teachers will be attending a training in January and Mrs. Breeding will hold a Parent Meeting in the new year.  This move is not to replace teachers, but to facilitate individual learning.  The District follows strict safety policies to ensure all students will be protected.   
  • The crosswalk at the 4-way stop was not put in correctly or according to the school plan. Mrs. Breeding is working to have this fixed. 

Mrs. Breeding asked those in attendance their view on the 1 to 1 move.  All in attendance agreed that this move will not be drastically different to how things are already as students use chrome books during the school day.  Students will need this technology and knowledge as they progress through the school system.  Teachers will be able to access instant data and using chrome books will help to make teaching more efficient.  Mrs. Breeding will also get reports if there are students trying to access sites they shouldn’t.  She can then address the problem quickly.  This will also be a yearly $24,000 leasing commitment.      

Future Schedule:  Given by Ashley Droscher.  Schedule of meetings is as follows:

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 1:30pm in the conference room

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 1:30pm in the conference room   

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 1:30pm in the conference room

Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 1:30pm in the conference room

School Board Input:  Given by Paul Widdison.  Paul is a member of the school board technology taskforce.  S more schools are moving to 1 to 1, he has been getting a lot of phone calls from concerned citizens.  Complaints of the amount of time chrome books are used at home have surfaced.  Those in attendance agreed that although the risk is there, the benefit far outweighs it.  There will be a learning curve, but overall this move will benefit children.  Mr. Widdison also believes that Hooper Elementary community council has a good handle on Trust Land funds as well as TSSA funds. 

As Weber School District continues to grow, it looks like a new high school in the south west end of Weber County will be on the next bond in 2023 or 2024.  $97 million was bonded last year, but this upcoming bond will be $200 million to cover the new high school, a new junior high in West Haven and a couple of other elementary schools.  Upgrades could possibly happen for Pioneer, Riverdale, Roosevelt and Hooper elementary schools.  There is also the possibility of realignments of the Hooper area.   


Next Meeting:  Tuesday November 7th at 1:30pm in the conference room. 


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