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Elias Bernstein Intermediate School 7 

Dr. Nora De Rosa, Principal 


School Leadership Team Meeting Minutes 

March 9, 2021


In attendance: Dr. De Rosa, Principal; Jeannie Caccioppoli, UFT Representative; Pamela Molloy, PTA President; Gerianne Dalton; Nicole Donniacuo; Rosanna Gottlieb;  Greg Rocco; Joseph Mennella; Matthew Scheiper; Madisyn Passantino, Student Representative; Barbara Zaremba, Guest


Absent:; John D’Angelo


Meeting began at 1:50 pm. Motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting and to hold the meeting without quorum due to insufficient number of parent representatives present at the start of the meeting was accepted by Ms. Donniacuo and seconded by Mr. Scheiper. 


CEP Update/DocuSign SLT Page: Mr. Scheiper reported that the signature page for the CEP is complete and submitted to the DOE and uploaded onto IPlan. 


UFT: Ms. Caccioppoli stated that there was no new business to report for UFT


PTA: Sixth and seventh grade picture day is scheduled for March 17, 18 and 19th. Eighth grade picture retakes are also scheduled. It was noted that if an 8th grade student takes a retake photo, the new photo will be used in the yearbook automatically. The PTA is planning to schedule another clothing drive for after the spring break. Additionally, the PTA is planning to provide all 8th grade students with a school face mask for graduation. More information will be forthcoming. Ms. Gottlieb inquired about school merchandise for incoming 6th grade students. Mr. Mennella stated that there will be merchandise available soon. The school is currently working on a presentation for incoming students and their parents, in lieu of an in person school tour. Each department is working on a video to highlight their subject area. Once a presentation is completed, there will be more information for students and parents to access information and purchase merchandise. 


New Business: Dr. De Rosa stated that NYS is still working towards a testing waiver for this school year (with regards to State Testing). It was noted that the waiver will not eliminate state testing; rather it will allow NYS to test under different circumstances (i.e: over the summer, later in the year, shorter exam time, etc.) 


Dr. De Rosa also stated that the school is working on graduation, in compliance with DOE guidelines, and are hoping to have a commencement ceremony outdoors, with limited capacity. This will be contingent on DOE approval. It was also noted that with limited capacity, this may require several separate commencement ceremonies. Due to this requirement, IS 7 graduation dates may conflict with graduation dates at feeder and community schools. 


Mr. Mennella updated the team regarding in person programming. In alignment with the  Chancellor’s mandate, priority was given to our most vulnerable populations, and self contained classes are scheduled for 5 day a week in person instruction when the school is open. Additionally, 6th grade ICT classes are scheduled for 5 days a week in person instruction when the school is open. Starting tomorrow, 7th and 8th grade ICT classes were scheduled for 3-4 days per week in person instruction when the school is open (it was noted that the school is currently closed due to two unrelated cases; in person schedule changes will resume when the school reopens). Mr. Mennella stated that the administration will continue to look at other possibilities to maximize the number of students in person while following DOE guidelines. 


Agenda Items for April meeting: None at this time


Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Scheiper and seconded by Ms. Gottlieb 


Recorded by:




Gerianne Dalton

Elias Bernstein Intermediate School 7 

Dr. Nora De Rosa, Principal 


School Leadership Team Meeting Minutes 

February 9, 2021


In attendance: Jeannie Caccioppoli, UFT Representative; Pamela Molloy, PTA President; Gerianne Dalton; Nicole Donniacuo; Rosanna Gottlieb; Joseph Mennella; Matthew Scheiper; Barbara Zaremba, Guest; Madisyn Passantino, Student Representative


Absent: Dr. De Rosa, Principal; John D’Angelo; Greg Rocco


Meeting began at 1:50 pm. Motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting and to hold the meeting without quorum due to insufficient number of parent representatives present at the start of the meeting was accepted by Rosanna Gottlieb and seconded by Mr. Scheiper. 


CEP Update/DocuSign SLT Page : We are currently in the stage of monitoring progress towards meeting our CEP goals for the year, in anticipation of reporting progress on IPlan. Ms. Dalton encouraged all members to review the CEP and our goals for this year on the IPlan portal. Mr. Scheiper will be emailing all members the SLT Stakeholder Form for the CEP, to be signed using DocuSign. Mr. Scheiper reviewed how to complete the form electronically. Once signed by a member, it will be emailed to the next member to be signed. If you have any questions or issues, please reach out to Mr. Scheiper. 


School Reopening: It was announced this week that middle schools will be reopening in person, with teachers returning on 2/24 and students returning 2/25. IS 7 staff is currently in the process of planning to meet the Chancellor’s goal for maximum live instruction. Our school is looking at scheduling our most vulnerable population first and then spiraling up in terms of scheduling, as per the Chancellor’s regulations. Current obstacles in terms of planning are available space in the building, due to social distancing guidelines and number of teachers returning to in person instruction. Currently, IS 7 is utilizing all large spaces within the building (i.e.: gym, cafe, auditorium). Administration has been in contact with PS 55 and PS 42, our feeder schools, with regards to the models they utilized when reopening. IS 7 is looking at all options in terms of schedules. It was noted that a major challenge will be the inconsistency of having to close due to positive cases with the current guidelines for class/building closures. 

8th Grade Accelerated Classes Criteria: Current 7th grade students will be completing a task this year for Regents class placement, in lieu of an in person placement exam. The task will be offered to all 7th grade students. The task will have components for Algebra, US History, Living Environment and ELA. It was noted that there is not guaranteed placement in Regents a class; all students are able to apply. In the event the number of students exceeds the number of seats in Regents classes, the power score from the task will be utilized to determine placement. 

UFT: Ms. Caccioppoli presented a fundraising opportunity through Amazon called Amazon Smile. Schools are able to register through the program and receive 0.5% of purchases donated back to the school. There was no other business for UFT. 

Elias Bernstein Intermediate School 7

Dr.  Nora De Rosa, Principal

 

School Leadership Team Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2021

 

In attendance: Dr. De Rosa, Principal; Jeannie Caccioppoli, UFT Representative; Pamela Molloy, PTA President; Gerianne Dalton; John D’Angelo; Nicole Donniacuo; Rosanna Gottlieb; Joseph Mennella; Greg Rocco; Matthew Scheiper; Barbara Zaremba, Guest

 

Absent:   All Present

 

Meeting began at 1:50 pm. Motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting and to hold the meeting without quorum due to insufficient number of parent representatives present at the start of the meeting was accepted by Dr. De Rosa and seconded by Ms.Caccioppoli

 

CEP Update: We are currently in the stage of monitoring progress towards meeting our CEP goals for the year, in anticipation of reporting progress on IPlan. We are still awaiting guidance regarding the SLT signature page, specifically how to obtain electronic signatures. Ms. Dalton encouraged all members to review the CEP and our goals for this year on the IPlan portal.

 

SLT Required Webinar and Discussion Questions: All members viewed the SLT webinar and discussed the following:

 

  1. After viewing the webinar, what questions and concerns do we still have as it relates to the roles and responsibilities of our SLT?

Dr. De Rosa and Mr. Mennella expressed no new questions - just hoping next year someone will take over for secretary on the School Leadership Team. Ms. Caccioppoli expressed that she feels we as a team do everything required of us.

 

  1. How have (or should) our SLT and school priorities shifted due to COVID-19?

Dr. De Rosa and Mr. Mennella expressed that they think we need to focus more on instruction as it relates to “catching up” and filling the gaps, rather than excelling. Also need to address social awkwardness of students who are not interacting with each other in a traditional way. We are not currently sure if next year’s CEP will be inclusive of students socialization or relationship building. Mr. Scheiper stated that the holiday scavenger hunt that students participated in prior to the winter break allowed for students to socialize more with each other. He found that following that activity, more students were participating during class with their cameras on. Ms. Gottlieb inquired about doing more activities similar to the scavenger hunt throughout the year. Some ideas brought up were having open hours during the day for students to meet (with teacher supervision), having students be grouped for extended periods of time in classes, to allow for relationships to build. The team noted that the 6th grade is having a difficult time with relationship building as they have had little time in person at school to meet other students and interact. Ms. Dalton brought up a suggestion from a previous meeting of utilizing some of the office hours to develop clubs or groups with similar interests, where students can interact and make new friends.

 

  1. What does meaningful parent and family participation look like at our school?

Dr. De Rosa and Mr. Mennella stated that this year, we have been able to have a much more personal interaction without community through personal phone calls. We are enjoying the positive results of this new relationship. However, we will never be able to sustain it once we go back to a regular schedule. We simply do not have enough staff who have availability. Ms. Caccioppoli stated that while in 8th grade they call some students each morning, at times this interaction isn’t as meaningful as other interactions. She did note that some 8th grade classes have a phone chain where they reach out to each other, and students have expressed that this has been helpful.

 

  1. How should our Parent and Family Engagement Policy be updated to address newly developing family needs?

Dr. De Rosa and Mr. Mennella stated that more use of technology for virtual meetings would be beneficial.  Ms. Dalton stated that parent teacher conferences could continue virtually, as it is easier for parents to attend. Ms. Caccioppoli added that virtual fundraising could be done to raise money for the school (i.e. Amazon fundraising, etc)

 

  1. Should additional funding become available, what are our priorities to address emerging student needs?

Dr. De Rosa stated that they would like to hire a secretary, as we are currently down to two. They would also like to hire a school aide as we recently lost a school aide to another school.  For the parent communication piece and to support parents, it was suggested to appoint someone for the personal interaction.  For example, helping with technology, attendance, and general questions.  We also would love to do some “free” after school academic support for struggling students as well as those who wish to excel further. Ms. Dalton suggested that once school resumes, add to the Arts and Technology programs/extracurricular (programs that allow students “break” from academics and those which may have been reduced during blended/remote learning, and allow for increased socialization).

 

  1. How can we assess our effectiveness  as an SLT?

Dr. De Rosa suggested the team do a self reflection on how we interact, ourselves,  as we sit in the SLT meetings. For example, “Do I contribute? Do I bring things to the table? Do I ask questions? Do I make suggestions? How much time do I truly devote to creating and monitoring the CEP?” This would enable us to develop goals as a team.

 

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey: Mr. Mennella brought to the team's attention that the DOE will be distributing a School Survey, looking to gather information about the experiences of teachers, staff, students and parents with regards to the 2020 school year. The staff survey will be distributed during an upcoming meeting. Students will receive the survey in an upcoming Social Studies class. Ms. Zaremba will be distributing the survey to parents via Operoo in the coming weeks. Tentative due date is the beginning of February. As of today, guidance has not been provided as to what form the survey will be in (link to website, online document, etc.)

Incoming Honors 2021-2022: As per guidance from the Chancellor, incoming classes in Fall 2021 will not include Honors classes, in order allow all students time to be supported in filling gaps due to the challenges in the previous school year. In order to proceed with Honors classes and Regents tracked classes in the future, students need to work on foundational skills. Teachers will focus on supporting students in building foundational skills in the upcoming school year, identifying needs and adapting curriculum as needed. The long term goal of the school is to offer the same opportunities with regards to Regents testing to our incoming students, with an additional goal of offering Regents testing to a higher percentage of students than in previous years. Mr. Rocco inquired as to how the school will track students for honors in 7th grade. Although it has not been fully determined yet, some of the criteria the school will rely on will be teachers assessment and observations, with grade assessments as possible means for placing students in honors classes/Regents tracking in the following years.

 

 

UFT: Ms. Caccioppoli stated that some teachers were inquiring about support with regards to discussing recent political events in their classes. Dr. De Rosa noted that there is a link to curriculum support and materials in the recent email from the Chancellor. Several members of the team feel that recent events offer opportunities for teachers to make connections to the standards and curriculum. Teachers should provide information in an unbiased manner and remain in the contexts of the curriculum. Ms. Caccioppoli also inquired as to whether students will be required to receive the vaccine. Currently, the vaccine has not been approved for children under the age of 16.

 

PTA: Ms. Molloy stated that the PTA will be meeting tomorrow. The fundraiser at the Grand Oaks, previously scheduled for March has been cancelled. The PTA will be reaching out to parents this week regarding options for either a refund or to utilize their payment as a donation or towards a  future event. The PTA is currently looking into various online fundraising options. Ms. Donniacuo inquired about fundraising for an event to take place when students return to school. Ms. Gottlieb suggested offering an 8th grade “grab bag”, which could include Class of 2021 items (for example, t-shirt, water bottle, etc.) Parents could purchase grab bags as a surprise for their graduating student.

 

New Business: Ms. Gottlieb inquired about sweatshirts for the incoming class of 2024. Dr. De Rosa stated that they will discuss at the upcoming articulation meeting. Ms. Gottlieb also inquired about whether 8th grade students will be taking graduation pictures at an outdoor location. Mr. Verdiglione is currently looking into this option.

 

Agenda Items for September meeting: None at this time

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Ms. Dalton and seconded by Mr. Scheiper.

 

Recorded by:

 

 

 

Gerianne Dalton

 

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Elias Bernstein Intermediate School 7

Dr. Nora De Rosa, Principal

 

School Leadership Team Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2021

 

In attendance: Dr. De Rosa, Principal; Jeannie Caccioppoli, UFT Representative; Pamela Molloy, PTA President; Gerianne Dalton; Nicole Donniacuo; Rosanna Gottlieb; Greg Rocco; Joseph Mennella; Matthew Scheiper; Barbara Zaremba, Guest

 

Absent:; John D’Angelo; Madisyn Passantino, Student Representative

 

Meeting began at 1:50 pm. Motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting and to hold the meeting without quorum due to insufficient number of parent representatives present at the start of the meeting was accepted by Ms. Gottlieb and seconded by Mr. Scheiper.

 

CEP Update/2021-2022 Goal Update: The SMART GOAL Builder Application will be added to the IPlan Portal this month. The next step is to develop SMART goals for the 2021-2022 CEP. Team members are encouraged to review this year’s CEP on the IPlan Portal.

 

COVID Class Closures and Parent Notification: Previously, when a COVID exposure leading to a class closure has occurred, admin and staff were calling individual homes to personally notify parents after hours. As the number of class closures increase, with the limited number of staff that can make calls beyond school hours, notifications will be made through Operoo. Ms. Caccioppoli inquired if staff is notified if a class they teach is quarantined; staff is notified of class quarantines, and if exposed, staff will be also quarantined.

 

Schoolyard Reconstruction: The construction on the schoolyard (on Irvington) has begun and is expected to be completed by the fall. The playground construction currently taking place (through the Parks Department) is expected to be completed sooner. Staff has been taking kids outside as much as possible; with the playground closed, Dr. DeRosa has made available additional spaces on the perimeter of the school building for student use. This includes space outside 114 (on Hylan) and outside of the gym (on Hylan), in addition to the reading garden.

 

Closure of Irvington: At the start of this school year, a permit was filed to close Irvington for use as a space for teaching. The permit has been granted and the school is working with the Department of Transportation and the NYPD to close Irvington during school hours. The start date has not yet been determined. The street closure will affect staff parking. Once the school is given a start date, staff will be given some notice of the change in order to find alternate parking. The street will be closed with blockades after student AM drop off until the end of the school day.

 

Graduation Update: The school is currently looking at different options for graduation, in accordance with state regulations. Holding a ceremony outside is an option, but in order to hold a ceremony with all students in attendance, the school would need approval from the health department, in addition to proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results from those in attendance. Additionally, a whole grade ceremony may present social distancing challenges. An option the school is considering is holding small ceremonies for the students at IS 7, with a

virtual option or livestream. The ceremony would be for students only, giving them an opportunity to receive their diploma on stage and in person. Family members would have the option to watch the livestream or video at home. The school is also looking at using the yearbook video company to record a possible ceremony. Another option would be to hold several small ceremonies at IS 7 (1-2 classes at each ceremony), which would allow for 1 family member to be in attendance. The one family member rule would be strictly enforced, in order to maintain indoor safety guidelines. In addition to any graduation ceremony, the drive by parade, which was held last year, will also be organized. Ms. Molloy stated that the parade was an excellent event and way to celebrate the students. Ms. Gottlieb stated that she felt holding a small event with 1 family member might be the most appealing option. IS 7 is working with the other schools in our area to try and remain consistent.

 

PTA: Auction and Baskets:

 

The PTA is currently working on contacting individuals who purchased tickets to the fundraising auction last year to give them the option of a refund or tickets for this year’s event. The PTA has approximately 150 baskets saved from last year; they are currently looking to ensure no gift certificates have expired. Ms. Molloy stated that by next week, they will have an accurate number of baskets and can proceed with planning the event, which will be held outdoors. The current plan is to hold the event at IS 7, on a Friday or Saturday afternoon. The event would begin at approximately 4pm, with time for parents to enter into the raffles. The drawing would be held virtually via Zoom or another application.

The PTA has a meeting scheduled for next week, where they will be creating a nominating committee for the upcoming elections. The clothing drive will be taking place this Friday, 4/23. A phone blast will go out to parents reminding them of the event and where to drop off donations.

 

UFT: Ms. Caccioppoli stated that UFT elections are currently taking place for Chapter Leader and Delegate. Results should be available by the end of May, at which time it will be presented to the team.

 

New Business: No new business

 

Agenda Items for next meeting: Remuneration

 

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Scheiper and seconded by Ms. Gottlieb

 

Recorded by:

 

 

 

Gerianne Dalton