October 17, 2017

Board Highlights: Oct. 17, 2017

The following is a brief recap of the Tues., Oct. 17, 2017, BPS101 Regular Board Meeting.

  • View the agenda and all supporting documents from this meeting and minutes from previous meetings. 
  • View BATV’s recording of the Oct. 17 meeting and previous meetings.
  • View recap of Tues., Sept. 19 Board Meeting.

Celebration: BHS STEM Scholars

Board Members celebrated three Batavia High School students—Ava Langstaff, senior; Andrew Scott, senior; and Hannah Thiel, junior—who were selected at the beginning of this school year by U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren to be part of his second class of 27 STEM Scholars from the 14th Congressional District. The three BHS students are also active members of the school’s robotics team, Roaring Robotics. Ava, Andrew, and Hannah talked with Board Members about their experience with the STEM Scholars Program and Roaring Robotics as well as their post-graduation plans.

Report: English Learners Program

BPS101 English Learners (EL) Program Director/H.C. Storm Elementary School Principal Anne Paonessa presented the Board with a report containing facts about our District’s EL program, a summary of the delivery model by level, an update on changes to ACCESS 2.0 Annual Language Assessment, and information about parent engagement. She also explained how EL students are served throughout BPS101 and the technology tools available to help these students in the classroom. A few highlights from Ms. Paonessa’s report:

Fast Facts

Number of EL Students enrolled in BPS 101 in the 2017-18 School Year 225


Number of EL Students that are new arrivals to the United States 9
Total Languages Spoken by Batavia’s EL Student Population


24 Languages other than English
Number of Batavia Public School students that took the ACCESS 2.0 Annual Language Assessment in 2017


The number of EL students who exited ESL services with a composite score of 4.8 or higher during the 2017 administration 12
Number of EL staff (both ESL and Bilingual) 10
2017 Total State and Federal Grants to support the EL program $104,016

Parental Involvement
The District’s BPAC (Bilingual Parent Advisory Council) meets four times throughout the school year. Members share information about the services their child is receiving, the ACCESS 2.0 annual assessment, and ways that families can support their children’s growth both academically and linguistically. The BPAC group is comprised of teachers, administrators and family members. The group meets at H.C. Storm Elementary School and the dates for the 2017-2018 school year are:

Oct. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 12, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

May 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Reports: High School and Middle School Counseling and Advising Updates

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Brad Newkirk presented the Board with counseling program highlights from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Report: Middle School ALOP Planning Update

BPS101 Student Services Director Lisa Palese and RMS Assistant Director of Special Education Natalie Assell updated the Board on the progress of the Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) titled, “Positive Achievements With Supports” (PAWS), at Rotolo Middle School. Approved by the Board in June 2017, the RMS PAWS program is based on the success of Batavia High School’s PAWS program, which launched in fall 2016 to support students at risk of academic failure. Targeted students are those who struggle to attend school and acquire credits. 

The RMS PAWS program is scheduled to begin supporting students in January 2018. According to Mrs. Assell, RMS already has 10 families who are eager for this opportunity for their child. Student Services staff members are currently identifying additional students who meet guidelines for participation.

Action: Policy 6:190

After much discussion over several meetings, the Board approved Policy 6:190 Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities with revisions. View updated policy >

Upcoming Meetings

Regular Board Meeting
Tues., Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

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

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