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Feb. 13 LSC Meeting Minutes

LSC Meeting Minutes

O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy

6024 W. Warwick Ave, Chicago IL, 60634

February 13, 2019

Video of the meeting is available at


Call to order: 5:39 pm

Roll call — Present: Efren Toledo, Debra Dean, Amy Ellison, Jennifer Alper, Ami Thaker, Naomi Millan, Joel Paulraj, Angelica Jacinto, Bill Harmon, and Robert Lee. David Feller arrived 6:04 pm. Mahmoud Bambouyanni present between 6:14 pm and 6: 34 pm.

(For the rest of the minutes, participants will be noted by last name only.)

— Approve agenda. Alper motioned, Harmon seconded. Unanimous approval.

— Vote to approve Dec. 12 minutes. Harmon motioned, Dean seconded. Unanimous approval.

— Vote to approve Dec. 17 minutes. Paulraj  motioned, Alper seconded. Unanimous approval.




— Natalia Espinoza, student council president, and Thomas Mackie, presented the work the student council has taken to continue the conversation around restorative practices. Students conducted a survey of peers in the 5th to 8th grades to get their feedback. Student council will work on proposals regarding discipline options for in-school discretion infractions.

— PPLC is also working looking at homework practices, incorporating survey feedback from teachers and students.


Principal Evaluation Committee

— Met on 2/13. Principal survey will be rolled out by 3/11. Last year there were 150 responses, so hoping to get more feedback this year. Survey will be open until spring break. Next meeting is March 13 at 4:30 pm.


Bilingual Advisory Committee

— Met on 2/8. Marie Cuellar came out to give a Q&A. They also discussed how to use the $500 budget they have.


Diverse Learners Committee

— Next meeting will be Feb 25. 7:45 am. A survey is planned of all parents to see how to better serve kids with special needs.


Wellness Committee

— Developing a homework survey. There will be two town halls coming up. March 4 on social media. One in April on homework.

  • Discussion of social media incident at the school which occurred one week earlier.


LSC Communications Committee

— Feedback form is working well. LSC Minute is live. Friday letter is being revamped to twice a week. Dean sending out parent portion.



Friends of Thorp –Fundraising ball will be March 22.

PTA — Received a grant for digital literacy. Will host two events.

7th/8th Grade Committee — For the D.C. trip (45 students) costs per were decreased from $750 to $500 through fundraising.



— MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) team meets once per week and evaluates if students need to move into the DL process.

— Aligned resources: PPLC is helping to find the gaps in instruction. For example, bringing back phonics instruction, which is not part of Common Core.

— Rigorous student task: Math teachers went to Hitch to learn about Singapore Math.

— New copier being purchased for 2nd floor.

— Looked through budget. The dates in the purchase orders need to be updated to 2019.

— Vote for budget transfer of 124 funds. $64,000 to cover the purchase of Chromebooks (6 carts of 36 books) for upper grades. Old Chrome books will be reused in lower grades. Toledo said strategy will be to buy when possible. They used to be leased. Paulraj motioned, Feller seconded. Unanimous approval.



— LSC meetings will continue to alternate morning and evening times. March 13 meeting will be at 7 am.

— Participation in the Local School Council Advisory Board encouraged by Ellison.



— Presentation on CIWP and Budget still needs to be done. Will try again for March 2, 9 am. Communications can go out via backpack mail. Dean will post on calendar.

Motion to adjourn at 7 pm. Dean motioned, Harmon seconded. Unanimous approval.

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