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November 14, 2018 LSC Minutes

LSC Meeting Minutes

O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy 

6024 W. Warwick Ave, Chicago IL, 60634

November 14, 2018

Video of the meeting is available at

Call to order 6:14 pm. 

Roll call: 

Roll call — Present: Efren Toledo, Debra Dean, Amy Ellison, Jennifer Alper, Ami Thaker, Naomi Millan, Joel Paulraj, Mahmoud Bambouyanni (left at 6:18 pm), Angelica Jacinto, David Feller

Absent: Bill Harmon, Robert Lee 

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

Motion to approve the agenda. Bambouyanni motioned, Dean seconded. Unanimous approval.

Motion to approve the minutes of the October 10 and October XX meeting. Alper motioned, Bambouyanni seconded. Unanimous approval. 

LSC Committee Reports


– Working on getting student council going and then a committee will be created to address restorative justice 

– Next PPLC meeting will be Dec. 11 at 2:45 pm. 

CIWP – covered in Principal’s Report

Principal Evaluation Committee 

  • Had its first meeting. Harmon plans to pass out survey from last year to see if it can be reused. If changes needed, will need to go for legal review.
  • Requested a description of the assistant principal role and a “larger vision” for DL instruction. Toledo said DL initiative is discussed on the school’s website. He discussed what the role of assistant principal is and said would provide a written version of what he said to the committee. Assistant principal: co-principal. The committee may want to hear directly from assistant principals.
  • Future committee meetings are Dec 5 at 5:30 pm and Jan 10 at 5:30 pm.

Bilingual Advisory Committee

  • Last meeting focused on recruitment. This is the second year for the BAC.
  • It has goals of increasing participation among parents with students in the ESL program, and fostering a love of the student’s native languages. There are 23 language groups at Thorp.
  • Next meeting will be Dec. 14 at 1:15 pm in the lunchroom.

Wellness Committee 

  • Two town halls were held. Great attendance at the high school selection town hall.
  • About 30 people attended the sex health curriculum town hall.
  • Jen Jones has been working on the Thorp Well Nest.
  • Will have a meeting on December 3 to put together a survey to help frame the homework conversation which will be the subject of a February town hall.

Communications Committee

  • Leadership switch. Committee headed by Paulraj now.
  • Working on getting the LSC online suggestions box operational again.
  • Next meeting TBD.
  • Millan to work on LSC Minute videos.

School Committee/Organization Reports/Discussion

Friends of Thorp

  • Fall Fest raised $10,363.86 net.
  • Community Tavern fundraiser: $500.
  • Winterfest will be on Saturday Dec. 8, starting at 10:30 am.


  • Successful teacher luncheon.
  • Mixed bags raised over $5000 so far.
  • All funds go teacher requests.

7th/8th Grade

  • Moving movie night to January.
  • Planning on a Culver’s dine-in fundraiser (Dec. 5), Lou Malnatti’s frozen pizza, Culver’s ice cream in cafeteria fundraiser, Perkolator fundraiser on Dec. 20th.

Principal’s Report

  • School is evaluating student performance as a whole every five weeks. Students earning a D or F dropped from 105 (Wk 5) to 71 (Wk 10).
  • November 3 there was an executive functioning seminar, with 25 families attending.
  • Discussed SQRP. We’re in the top 10% of the country. A lot of the growth came from the diverse learners. 7th and 4th grade had the highest gains.
  • Discussed the My School/My Voice survey. Looks like we’re “moderately organized.”
  • Discussed 5 Essentials. There seems to be a disconnect between survey results and school environment as perceived. Teacher participation was 56.9%, which was low compared to other schools. PPLC will be looking at the 5 Essentials more closely.
  • Discussed budget. Aftercare program was moved into internal accounts.
  • Emergency Repairs:
    • Sewer collapse cost $35,000 ($8,000 from the schools account).
    • Also a $35,000 emergency repair for the HVAC controls.

Old Business

  • Pat, lunch manager, gets a more accurate lunch menu. Will try to get that info out to parents.

Public Participation

  • Is it possible to get student feedback on the 5 Essentials more frequently than once a year?
  • Dec. 14, 5-7 pm, 7th/8th grade dance

Next meeting: December 12 at 7 am. 

Adjourn 7:35 pm. Dean motioned, Paulraj seconded. 

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