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MONTEBELLO E-NEWS AND OIL
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
• 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
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
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?