November 21, 2017

Board Highlights: Nov. 21, 2017

The following is a brief recap of the Tues., Nov. 21, 2017, BPS101 Regular Board Meeting.

  • View the agenda and all supporting documents from this meeting and minutes from previous meetings. 
  • View BATV’s recordings of previous meetings.
  • View recap of Tues., Oct. 17 Board Meeting.

Celebration: BHS Freshman Robert Finch

Board members celebrated Batavia High School student Robert Finch who, along with his teammates from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, won a gold medal at the Oct. 29, 2017, Special Olympics Illinois Division 6 championship volleyball game. During the celebration, BPS101 Assistant Director of Student Services Kari Ruh and BHS Math Teacher and Freshman Football Coach Mike Theriault shared how Robert continues to make a positive impact at BPS101 and is the team manager for the Batavia High School Freshmen Football Team. Members of the freshmen football team came in support of their beloved manager and stood with him during the presentation. It was a really special moment!

Celebration: AGS Podcasts

AGS students are now podcasting to share what’s happening in Gator Country! In celebration, AGS Principal Dr. Tim McDemott, invited three AGS podcasters, Charlotte Johansen, Tommy Jensen, and Nathan Donosky, to the Board Meeting to share their experience with producing weekly podcasts. Tune into the AGS podcasts on AudiBoom.

Report: 2018-19 Academic Calendar

Dr. Brad Newkirk, BPS101 Chief Academic Officer, presented a draft of the 2018-19 school calendar to the Board and explained that it was created based on feedback from parents, staff, and partner schools and organizations. Board Member Tina Bleakley asked why school is slated to start on August 15, 2018. Dr. Newkirk explained that it is because BPS101 is on the collegiate calendar and to ensure high school students complete finals before winter break. The draft calendar is also closely aligned with the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. A final calendar recommendation will be brought to the Board at the next Regular Board Meeting on December 19, 2017, for approval.

Report: Title 1 Annual Monitoring

In accordance with the monitoring responsibility built into “policy 6:17 Title 1 Program,” Dr. Newkirk provided Board Members with this report on BPS101 Title 1 schools. Title I qualification is based up on the percentage of low-income enrollment at each building. In the 2016-17 school year, four of eight BPS101 schools (H.C. Storm, Hoover-Wood, J.B. Nelson, and Rotolo Middle School) qualified for the Title I program, and more than 350 BPS101 students and families at these schools were supported through Title I funding.

Report: Annual School Report Card

Every year, the State of Illinois publishes school and district report cards. BPS101 Chief Academic Officer Dr. Brad Newkirk prepared this report to share highlights with Board Members. Illinois report card info as well as BPS101 programs, achievements, community partnerships, and resources can also be found in the 2017-18 BPS101 Fast Facts booklet >

Upcoming Meetings

Regular Board Meeting
Tues., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

Regular Board Meeting
Tues., Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

All meetings are open to the community and are located at the Rosalie Jones Administration Center, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia.