November 20, 2017, Meeting Info

As we plan for our next Building Effective Schools Meeting, we are grateful to the Christ Wesleyan Church for hosting us at their Well Coffee House on Monday, November 20, from 6-8pm.

Pastor Branden said they close to the public at 7, but we can be in there later. We will be able to get drinks and cookies and snacks till 7pm. If people want to get there early to get sandwiches, you will have to get there a little before 6 to place the order. Also, they want to offer all of your drinks/beverages to be on them! Pastor Branden is going to open a tab for us and their Lead Pastor will pay our bill the next day. He and Pastor Branden are happy to offer this for the meeting!

Below please find our Meeting Agenda, October Meeting Notes, and an Executive Summary created by the McDowell Institute, the Initial Review of 2015 PAYS Data, and the address to Christ Wesleyan Church.  Thank you so much!

Building Effective Schools Committee Meeting_November 15 2017

Building Effective Schools Notes_October 23 2017

Milton PAYS Exec Summary

Initial Review of 2015 PAYS Data_MASD

Hosted at The Well

Christ Wesleyan Church 

363 Stamm Road

Milton, Pa 17847

 I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday night.

Good Thoughts To Each of You,

Cathy Keegan

 

October 23, 2017, Meeting Info

Greetings,

Another month has gone by and it is time for us to meet again. I look forward to seeing you on Monday night, October 23, at 6 pm, in the High School Literacy Café.  I am confident our discussion and action planning will be rich and productive.  Below please find our agenda.

Sincerely, Cathy

Messaging and Communication

  • Communications Model
    • Determine others to sit on a subcommittee to create the messaging
      • Messaging campaign
    • Determine audience
      • Parents
      • Community
      • Youth
    • Positive messaging
      • Resources
        • Communities in Schools PA
        • Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
        • PA Liquor Control Board
    • Select information to message
    • Create goals for each audience
      • Provide Information
      • Determine Support for evidence based programs as solutions
        • Resources:   EPIS Center
    • Legislative and Policy Change(s)
      • Drugs and alcohol – supporting Police Departments
        • Drug free Communities Grant
          • Resources:  CTC funding
      • Age 14 – mandatory versus voluntary participation

September 25, 2017, Meeting

The Milton Area School District has been collecting and reviewing data about our students, families, and community. This data collection includes areas that impact our student lives such as alcohol, drugs, mental health, poverty, community climate, safety, peers, at risk behaviors and risk and protective factors.  The connection of this data and its potential impact on the community as a whole is critical.

I believe that as we continue to work together collaboratively, and develop a concerted response we can and will make a difference. These challenges are not only felt in our schools, but also within our community, supporting agencies, and organizations. I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us as we review the data, and the action planning that occurred throughout the summer.

Invitees include representatives from human services, educational organizations, business representatives, criminal justice, Milton ministerium, McDowell Institute, and legislature. I welcome your attendance at the Building Effective Schools Committee Meeting on September 25, 2017, starting at 6 pm in the Milton Senior High School Literacy Café (library). I look forward to working together and generating a support model for our children. It really does take a village to raise a child!

I am eager to see each of you.

With appreciation,

Cathy S. Keegan
Superintendent of Schools

May 22, 2017, Meeting

The next Building Effective Schools meeting will be held on Monday, May 22, at 6:00 PM in the High School Literacy Café.

As this school year moves to closure, all the work that this committee has done helps us to look forward to the 2017-18 school year. During this May meeting, we will continue to navigate through the PAYS data and work collaboratively to deepen our Action Plans.  Again, please take this opportunity to proactively invite others to join our group. We value our school partners and acknowledge their importance at the table as we plan to address the implications of the survey results.

I appreciate your continued commitment to our staff, students and school community.

With respect,

Cathy Keegan

April 24, 2017, Meeting

Greetings,

Thank you for your willingness to serve on the Building Effective School Committee. As we navigate through the PAYS data and work collaboratively to develop Action Plans, we would like the opportunity to proactively  invite others to join our group. As we plan for the future, and deepen our understanding as to the content of our Action Plans, we believe having all the partners at the table is critical.

Please find below the first draft of our Action Plans. Please reflect upon the content and I ask you to consider bringing a guest with you to our Monday, April 24, meeting at 6 p.m. The more voices at the table, the better our plans will become.

PAYS Action Plans – Draft

I appreciate your commitment to our staff, students and school community.

With respect,

Cathy Keegan

February 27, 2017, Meeting

The next Building Effective Schools Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 27, at 6 pm in the Senior High School Literacy Cafe.  Our goals for this meeting are to continue the work on our action plans we developed last meeting (January 30) and review the data for other areas of interest.

The areas the Committee selected last meeting include:

1) Social and Emotional Health
2) Community and School Climate and Safety

Social and Emotional Health

Short term goals:

  • Implement SWPB in the high school by the end of 2018
  • Implement, with fidelity, the Too Good for Drugs curriculum
  • Implement five positive parent phone calls per week by every teacher

Long term goals:

  • 50% decrease in drug use, as measured by the 2023 PAYS data
  • 35 % decrease in physical harm to self, as measured by the 2023 PAYS data

Community and School Climate and Safety

Short term goals:

  • Determine student interest for after school programming
  • Expand the WEB program so that other grades have access to a peer mentor and peer tutor, increasing social interaction

Long term goals:

  • Create opportunities to increase student voice in the schools
  • Investigate and implement depression and suicide curriculum at all levels
  • Investigate opening a partial hospitalization program

Just a reminder, the meeting dates for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year are:

  • Wednesday, March 29
  • Monday, April 24
  • Monday, May 22

I look forward to seeing you there.

Educationally yours,

Cathy Keegan

December 12, 2016, Meeting

The Building Effective Schools Community Group (BESCG) meets on Monday, December 12, at 6 pm in the Milton High School Literacy Cafe. Attending again will be Meghan Blevins, Communities That Care Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator with Penn State EPISCenter. She will help us dis-aggregate the PAYS data (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) so we better understand the survey results and their meaning. We will have difficult but worthwhile conversations, which will allow us to proactively respond. Once we gain this understanding, we can then begin planning to address the needs of our community.
 

October 17, 2016, Meeting

The first Building Effective School Community Group for the 16-17 school year was held on Monday, October 17, at 6 p.m. in the high school Literacy Cafe.

The Milton Area School District has been collecting data about our students, families, and community. This data collection includes areas that impact our student lives such as alcohol, drugs, mental health, poverty, community climate, safety, peers, at risk behaviors and risk and protective factors.  The connection of this data and its potential impact on the community as a whole is critical.  We look forward to working together and generating a support model for our children. It really does take a village to raise a child!

Presentation Slides

Continued conversations at the BESCG meetings will center around “Empowering Communities to Develop Strategic Planning Programming.”  This year representatives from human services, educational organizations, local businesses, service groups, criminal justice system, ministerium, and legislatures are invited.

Whether you are a veteran member or a new attendee, everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate in this group discussion as “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 12, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the high school Literacy Cafe.

May 23, 2016, Meeting

The next BESCG meeting is Monday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school Literacy Cafe.  At this meeting we will discuss:

  1. A celebration of our year of work
  2. Plans for 2016-17

Everyone is welcome!