Minutes for the Montgomery Blair High School PTSA Meeting -- April 16, 2002
Meeting was called to order by Marilyn Shoenfeld at 7:30.
The upcoming calendar of events was discussed. This included the Blair Fair, Silent Auction, Blast Scholars Banquet, the African American Issues Committee Achievement Awards Ceremony, the Prom and After-Prom. More volunteers are needed.
After-Prom has raised $6,000 so far. Donations from businesses are down this year. They are counting on a successful silent auction on April 26th. They are mailing to 1,400 parents and will have a phone-a-thon in early May.† Prom fund raisers have arranged for Blair night at Ledoís Pizza on April 30th.† They will get 10% of all sales between 5-10 pm (eat-in and carry-out).
Other events mentioned included the handing out of PSAT results to Juniors on April 17th, County-wide College Fair on April 23rd †and the MCCPTA yearly election of officers on Tuesday, April 23. Michelle Turner, of the Einstein cluster, has served as president of this organization for the last year. However, the nominating committee did not put her name forth for this election. Nominations will be taken from the floor. Marilyn Shoenfeld strongly urged all MCCPTA representatives and PTA presidents to support Michelle.
Mr. Gainous reported on the first Diversity in Media Day. It was designed to raise student awareness to the variety of media career paths available today. Over six hundred students participated. Some of the presenters were Blair alumni. This event was developed by students and they deserve the credit.
Also in the Principalís Report we heard about the Superintendentís new organizational plan for our Tri-cluster at the retirement of our current Community Superintendent (this is the 7th person in 5 years to leave this job). The plan is to break-up the present group moving Einstein and Kennedy into other existing groups with Blair having a separate arrangement. It was discussed that this reorganization did not make sense in light of the plans for the consortium with Einstein, Wheaton and Kennedy. Also Kennedy, Einstein and Blair all have similar needs and have worked well together in the past.
Meetings are scheduled to continue planning the Signature programs for Blair.
The Consortium is a line item in the budget.
Linda Wanner reported that 3 Olympic Athletes will be visiting Blair on April 23rd. There is an event planned for the morning and only 750 students can attend. T-shirts will be handed out.
A parent raised the issue of the Algebra II final being so difficult that many A students received Ds on the final. The Algebra II final, like many others, is a county wide exam.† Mr. Gainous stated that he wanted students to take the county exam and that Linda Wanner would look into the matter and answer the parentís concerns.
The Honor Code committee was represented by a student who explained the plans for an improved honor code. They hope that the new honor code will be voluntary and that students who sign it will then receive some higher level of review if they are called to task. The new code will involve students, teachers and parents. Several parents mentioned that ethics instruction and some form of honor training would be helpful for students who are often tempted to help each other at the expense of the rules.
The meeting was adjourned.† The next PTSA meeting will be held on May 21, 2002