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                        Staff Meetings on Monday, January 8, 2007

Agenda for E-News (7:20 AM) and Oil (2:15 PM) Staff Meetings of January 8, 2007, Room B-5

1. Team 4 takes attendance.

2. Last week I met with E-News team 7 and Oil team 7. The teams were told that E-News and Montebello Oil were like “AP Community”. There is no course called “AP Community”, but if there were, you would be taking it.

What does this mean? Just like any AP course, more is expected of students. Each of the two projects would qualify as an AP course because

• the weekly routine for each team is different from a school routine; you are given instructions and expected to carry them out every week without having to be reminded; if it seems as if a deadline might not be met, you are expected to know what to do so that the deadline not be missed;

• you are expected to work in teams with students who are not always your close friends; in school, when you work on homework, you often work with a close friend; in our project, you might find yourself doing activities with students whom you do not know; adults who want to succeed make friends and strive to cooperate;

• you interact often with adults, because our projects could not succeed without frequent contact with adults; you adapt to the adult subculture and act as if you belonged to that subculture, in order to cultivate the respect and cooperation of adults; adapting to the adult subculture might not be easy or quick, but is necessary for our project to succeed;

• with regard to school, if you do not finish homework, your grade might suffer, but does not affect those in the class who do their homework; by contrast, your activities in our project are important to the entire staff; for our projects to succeed, everyone on every team must do her or his share; we are dependent on one another for success; if anyone holds back, our project is less successful, might even fail;

• you share your ideas and show initiative in making the project more effective;

• you understand and are able to explain what your project is, why you are doing it, and some of the skills you expect to learn from regular participation; for these, you read chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, your team’s chapter, and chapters 15 and 16; team leaders read about their roles on the first page of chapter 4.

3. Team reports. Every team is to give a brief report at the weekly staff meeting. If nobody from a team attends, the brief report is to be given to team 4 in advance, so that team 4 read the report at the meeting. An important part of team reports is to share information about adults whom your team has met. For example, E-News team 7 met with Mr. Robert Chaffino, who is a member of Kiwanis and is the president of Camino Federal Credit Union, which is the bank for many of our school’s teachers. Mr. Chaffino’s contact information is useful for E-News teams 1, 6, 8, and 10, as well as Oil teams 1, 6, 7, and 8. What is the best way to ensure that all these teams get his contact information from E-News team 7, without taking too much time?

Pause for team reports.

4. Chapter 17 has been added to the E-News and Montebello Oil textbooks. You are to read chapter 17 at the “My Montebello” Web site. Chapter 17 helps you answer the question, “Will adults take us seriously?” Also, chapter 17 tells you what you will get personally from our project.

When you read chapter 17, you will see that your team will be evaluated. There is no individual evaluation. In other words, you do not get a grade, your team does. Since our projects are relatively young and the expectations are high, at an “AP” level, it will take time for your team to get a high grade. No team has a high grade yet, and there are even teams which have the lowest grade. You will know your team’s starting grade in an e-mail this week. Team leaders: you should call a team meeting and discuss your team grade with your team members, so that you figure out how to improve the grade.

5. The importance of recruiting more students for your team and other teams. We have a need to recruit right away.

6. Team 4 is to get everyone on staff free e-mail newsletters. Information and ideas in the newsletter can be useful to our project, as well as to your class discussions and homework. It is a good habit to check your e-mail at least twice a day, so that you not miss anything timely about our project. Check your personal and school e-mail accounts.

7. E-News teams 1, 7, 10, and 13, and Oil teams 1, 6, 7, and 10: you must meet very soon to plan for making presentations at the upcoming meeting of the Montebello Lions. Team leaders, it is your responsibility to call meetings, telling team members in two ways. Let me know, so that I give advice about presentations. You may combine meetings of different teams.

8. School e-mail service is unreliable. What can we do to have reliable e-mail service and have adults take us seriously?


































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