Do you ever find yourself wanting the 411 on 225 or 115 funds in the Lincoln Budget? Come to an LSC meeting and we will provide you all the information you have always wanted to know. The 225 fund is our Supplemental Grant State Aid (SGSA) and is not affected by the Student Based Budget implemented a year ago. The 225 Fund was created to provide supplemental instructional services or materials to students from low income families while the 115 Fund is the General Fund and is used to account for all financial resources, except those required to be accounted for in another fund. How these funds are used to make sure that Lincoln is as successful as possible is just one item you can learn by attending the LSC meetings.
The LSC continued to work on the CIWP (Continuous Improvement Work Plan) at the March meeting. If you would like to know what goes into the curriculum and the goals set for the students and faculty, come to next meeting and we will be reviewing the progress we have made on more of the current CIWP.
The Principal report during this meeting brought the news that 22 of our teachers are doing professional development. From attending the National Science Teacher Association Conference to Technology to Socratic Seminar and Art programs and the Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C., our teachers are very active in obtaining additional training for the benefit of all our children. The Principal Digest is a great resource for finding out more about the current events and opportunities available for students at Lincoln.
As most of you know, CPS instituted the PARCC standardized testing this year, with little notice. Principal Armendariz reported on the schedule of the testing and how it was going to be administered for Lincoln. The test this year has no direct effect on school funding, however, if CPS failed to administer the test, the State had stated it would withhold funding to CPS overall. The PARCC exam is NOT utilized for high school enrollment or IG. PARCC will also not be used for SQRP (School Quality Rating).
The Annex and improvements to the current facility continue to run on schedule to be completed July 29, 2015, and be ready to greet the students next fall.
The LSC is embarking on the Annual Principal Review.
Lastly, I will let you all know that while we enjoy one of the highest percentage parent volunteer rates, there is always room for more volunteers. We will continue to need more and more parents involved as we grow. Come to an LSC meeting and see where you can fit into your child’s educational future, whether you help the PTA, FOL, EFAC, ALESMA, the Auction, or the LSC (more acronyms you should know!), you can make a difference.
The next meeting of the LSC is set for Thursday, April 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
On March 2, 2015, CPS announced that all students, grades 3-8, will take the PARCC assessment (see 3-2-15 CPS Letter to Parents_ and 3-2-15 ISBE News Release). Please refer to the February 16thPrincipal's Digest if you need additional information on the PARCC exam. If you remember, the PARCC exam is divided into two timeframes: the PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window is from 3/9-4/2. The second PARCC exam timeframe is the PARCC End-of-Year (EOY) assessment whose testing window is from 4/27-5/22. It is important that your grades 3-8 students are not tardy and are in attendance on these test dates to take the exam. We have very little time for make-up exams. The PARCC PBA assessment schedule is as follows: