Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – August 24, 2022

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.

Facilitator: Angela Bemus

The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at noon in
the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Jan George, Dr. Rod Earleywine, Angela Bemus, Associate

Guests Present: Janine Gacke, Behavior Supervisor, Amy Denney, Director of Curriculum,
Instruction and Assessment, Megan Garbe, Program Coordinator for Behavior Supports.

Discipline and Behavior Protocols

Angela Bemus reviewed updates to the Discipline and Behavior protocols. She provided multiple
article handouts regarding cellphones in the classroom. She will be sharing all the links to these articles with the Board. All articles covered cell phones in the classroom and why removing them is in the best interest of the students. She also shared there is an online petition to change the new protocols with 1000 signatures. The online petition was created by students.

Angela provided updates on headphones. She shared they arrived today to be distributed to buildings. Videos that were created on the new cell phone protocols have been also shared with students and staff.

Angela shared Behavior Support personnel have met with food service and substitutes and will be
meeting with transportation on September seventh regarding the new protocols. She reported that CIA (Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment) have received requests to use cell phones for curriculum purposes from two principals. These requests are for student related purposes. She shared that generally Technology can provide alternatives to using cell phones – i.e iPad, calculators, laptops, timers. Also, teachers do not need to make formal requests to use their cell phones for curriculum purposes. They would need to consult with their building principals.

Angela reported it went amazingly well on the first day of school. Jan George also shared students
responded well when asked to leave phones in classroom when using the restroom. Jan stated this new protocol has given parents an opportunity to have a conversation with students regarding cell phones.

The committee acknowledged the Discipline and Behavior Protocols Update.

Structure of Student Supports

Janine Gacke presented an update on the Structure of Student Supports. She reviewed the different layers, job duties and building assignments for various behavior support personnel from an organizational chart. In elementary, six behavior technicians have been added and NMS has added a student support specialist due to high student numbers at the building.

Angela Bemus shared that an equity liaison has also been added to Middle and High school buildings. She clarified the purpose of the ISS supervisor. They will work directly with behavior interventionists and will help free up other personnel. She reported there is now a process in ISS. ISS is no longer a place where students just “do their time and are released”. There is now structure and expectations.

Jan George asked for clarification on how the district is supporting new teachers. Angela Bemus

  • Mentors can now mentor more than one new teacher.
  • Consulting Teachers are focused on new teachers the first month of school.
  • More support is being allocated to kindergarten classrooms.
  • District is providing more support for teachers regarding behaviors and academics.
  • New teacher orientation program updated.

The committee acknowledged the Structure of Student Support Update.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for September 14th, 2022.