What is Site Council?
The Site Council serves as the advising board for Alberta Rider Elementary. Every year, the Council analyzes and evaluates the academic achievement of all students in the school. After reviewing the school’s academic performance and looking at the big picture of the school’s progress, the Council and the Principal create the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). This plan, once developed, is submitted by the school and approved by the school district.
The CIP may include a new academic program or a staff member or parent outreach strategy. As the school budget is limited and many funds can only be spent under strict guidelines, the decisions are made taking into consideration the best overall interest of our school and students.
Over the course of a year, the Council works with the Principal to evaluate the school's progress towards the academic and climate goals included in the CIP. To monitor performance, individuals who are responsible for programs in the School Plan are invited to make a presentation to the Council during its scheduled meetings. During these presentations, the Council seeks to understand the nature of the program, success to date, and opportunities for improvement.
It is made up of a group of teachers, parents and classified employees that work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs. Our primary goal is to increase student achievement. We do this by working toward improving instructional programs and planning for professional development.
Sample Topics Discussed at School Site Council Meetings
- What are the academic goals and priorities of the school?
- What data can be reviewed to ascertain whether the school is achieving the established goals?
- Is the school making progress toward the goals that have been established?
- Are there particular groups of students who are not doing as well as others?
- What programs should be implemented to help students that are not meeting expectations?
- How are these programs funded?
- Are there certain programs that are not effective or do not support academic and/or climate goals?
- How are programs measured for effectiveness?
When will it meet & how can I join?
Our Site Council meets after school hours. Members are selected each fall and agree to a two-year position. If you are interested in serving on the Site Council, please email the principal, Casey Petrie, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-431-4908.