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May 8 LSC Meeting Minutes

LSC Meeting Minutes
O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy
6024 W. Warwick Ave., Chicago, IL 60634
May 8, 2019, 7 am

An archived video of this meeting is available at

Roll call:
Present: Jennifer Alper, Debra Dean, Efren Toledo, Joel Paulraj, Bill Harmon, Ami Thaker, Angelica Jacinto, Amy Ellison, Mahmoud Bambouyanni and Robert Lee.

Absent: David Feller, Naomi Millan

LSC members will be noted by last name only for the remainder of the minutes.

Approval of agenda and March minutes: Ellison motioned, Dean seconded. Unanimous approval.


LSC Committee Reports

— PPLC (Professional Personnel Leadership):

– – PPLC: ELL – Discussed on how to improve curriculum, language and arts. Summer PDs, PBL projects, categories for grade bands and Spanish curriculum.

— CIWP: No updates

— Principal Evaluation Committee: Extending deadline for principal evaluation survey.

  • Closed session planned – Paulraj motioned, Harmon seconded

— Bi-lingual Advisory Committee: Priority to go to city meetings. Discussed spanish class in school and Bi-literacy test

— Committee on Diverse Learners: Autism awareness event went well. DL workshop planned for May 18

— Wellness Committee: Amy and Jenn Jones finalized the homework survey. Homework townhall planned for 5/29

— Communications committee: Plan to add changes based on principal survey feedback


School Committee/Organization Reports

Friends of Thorp — May 10 – Exterior prep for gardens, stain picnic tables and black fence touchup.

PTA — Digital families event went well. Lot of student involvement.

– National PTA to highlight Illinois PTA connection

– Day of awesomeness for beginning of school

– Discussed Penny wars, Step it up fundraisers – LSC to vote on them later

No parent fundraisers for rest of the year

7th and 8th Grade Committee —June 6 -Milwaukee trip planned

Mr. Vikhter working on student highlights

7th and 8th grade committees to be combined next year

Other items – Amy Ellison provided an update from the citywide LSC chair meeting

-The 5 year plan for CPS was presented by the CEO and her office.

– Highlights Community partnership and more transparency

– Kids are succeeding and thriving at CPS

– Equity

– These are welcome changes

– State of the school address & talk about CPS at large

Principal Report
– Students developed correction practices

– Discussed PBL capstone projects and sensory walks

– Discussed Sole Hope project on Uganda

– Lifeskill loft setup to learn life skills

– Received a Thorp TV update

– Budget and internal accounts to be reconciled next time

Motion to adjourn: Lee motioned, Dean seconded. Unanimous approval.

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