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GARIBALDI SECONDARY SCHOOL PAC MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 ATTENDANCE: Terry Stanley, Brenda Rubenuik, Shirley Boag, Grant Frend, Marion Jones, Sandy MacKinnon, Deborah Tennisco, Leanne Regan, Tamara Gardner, Eva Fan, Michael Ko, Vanessa Park, Art Hagen CALL TO ORDER: By Brenda Rubenuik at 7:06pm ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Adoption of the minutes from the May 2nd meeting was motioned by Deborah Tennisco and seconded by Tamara Gardner. CHAIR’S REPORT (by Brenda Rubenuik): • Need to fill out our BCCPAC application; every school has to do that • May not have a Dec. meeting or may make it at 6pm because there’s a music concert that same night • Election of PAC Executive: President - no one wanted to take over from Brenda Rubenuik so Brenda will stay on; Treasurer - no one wanted to take over from Shirley Boag so Shirley will stay on; Secretary - Terry stepped down, Tamara Gardner will take over the position • DPAC - is Lisa stepping down?; no one wanted the position • Collaboration Day result - our school voted to do it again and MRSS is dong it as well (on the same days) SECRETARY’S REPORT (by Terry Stanley): • Fundraising information for poinsettias, Purdy’s chocolates, coffee, Little Coupon Book; gave to Mr. Frend and he will email it to the teachers for fundraising for their clubs, sports, etc. PRINCIPAL’S REPORT (by Grant Frend): • Great start to the year; up by 30 kids, the number of International students is way up • Total registered: 825 • Added 6 blocks last week (Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Fine Arts 11) • Hired Todd Goodman; he is teaching ESL, Fine Arts 11, and Science 9 • Mr. Wallace is working at MRSS half time so the two automotive blocks are cancelled (couldn’t find anyone to fill the position) • Class sizes look good; only Drama has over 30 students • Had grade 8 hike and barbecue


• Looking for a new mascot; an animal that is a “rebel”; have to retire “Taz” as couldn’t put him on anything due to copyright infringement • Doing an online survey for the grade 8s to find out why they chose Garibaldi • “Breaking Down The Walls” with Phil Boyte this week; trained 60 leaders on Tuesday, then doing 3 days with 20 leaders each day, 160 students a day (small groups of 8) • Did a very powerful session called “Crossing the Line”; Amazing • Newsletters are going to be on the website; no longer doing paper copies; will send a reminder every two weeks to look on the website • GSS is on Facebook and Twitter; go there for current information; this year will use it more for showcasing things with photos and videos • Some nice things happening this week; teachers have adopted a Monsters and Zombies theme, Oct 26 Psycho session will have a Monsters and Zombies theme; “Experience Music” in Seattle field trip with a horror film; theme will be in guitar & English classes • Quebec City field trip in Feb • Ghana “Me to We” field trip at Spring Break • Photo club field trip to Alouette Lake next Saturday, September 29 • Collaboration Day being done by MRSS (now 2 of us doing them); the other 4 principals are going back to talk to their schools so they may end up doing it as well • “Ted Talks” with Mr. Moore • Some of the teachers will be doing video teaching (like Mr. Wallace did in previous years in automotive); there is a grade 8 math teacher doing this so that some of the kids can work ahead • “Blended Science” for grade 9s; mix of books and videos • Checking out what other schools are doing; trying to become more flexible with structure for students (but do not want to follow the Thomas Haney module); want kids to be able to work ahead • Will the PAC be able to support the theatre department again with funds right at the start to help with building the set?; Terry motioned, Shirley seconded, passed unanimously; $2,000 to come out of the gaming account for the theatre • Wants to do a parent/student/teacher “Welcome Back Barbecue” • Mr. Wiebe is now at MRSS UPCOMING EVENTS (Grant Frend): • Sep 20 - Parents “Back to School” night; provides parents with tips and the parents get to meet the pod teachers • Sep 24 - NID • Sep 25 - Tailgate party for the grade 12s • Sep 27 - Student Support Services night for parents of students on an Individual Education Plan • Oct 4 - Aboriginal Education parents night • International student parent night


TREASURER’S REPORT (by Shirley Boag): • Gaming account balance: $12,487 ($6,000 being kept aside for Phil Boyte and some for the light board) • General account balance: $3,101.09 • $500 cashed - 2010 bursary • Lots of receipts in June - $6,157.46 • Gaming funds weren’t spent on sports, speaker system for gym, basketball uniforms, Multiculturalism Club, First Nations carver (being spent this week per Mr. Hagen); due to last year’s teachers’ job action; we can carry over the unused funds • Haven’t received information yet on how much we’re getting for this year’s our gaming grant DPAC REPORT (by Lisa Blanchard): • Absent INFORMATION (Anelma Brown): • Consults Oct 3 & 4 - for teachers to talk to all the Special Education teachers INFORMATION (by Art Hagen): • The conference room is re-named as the “Hausknecht Room” in honour of Mr. Hausknecht who passed away at the end of the last school year • All parents are welcome to stop in at his classroom at any time GENERAL: • Deborah Tennisco wanted to discuss the contract for grad parents/students • She doesn’t like the clause about not allowing the grads to graduate if they exceed the number of excused absences and missed blocks (both her and her daughter are upset by this) • Mr. Frend says GSS has never not allowed a grad to walk due to absences (only due to marks) • This is a district contract, not a school policy; Deborah will take the matter up with the district NEXT PAC MEETING: • Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm ADJOURNED: By Brenda Rubenuik at 7:59pm

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