Southeast Elementary PTO Meeting

September 5, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by Co-President Amanda Luna.

Members present: Amanda Luna, Lacy Hepp, Abby Hubbard, Jessica Van Winkle, Janet Irlmeier, Annie Antelman, Sara Palmer, Cristine Engelbrecht, Kelly Hochstetler, Ben Muller, Kelly Heuton, Nicole Beck, Josh Beck, Sarah Barthole, Lauren DeVries, Laura Hutzell, Paula Reyhons, Brianne Moore, Laurel Quinn, Laura Ryan, Joy DeJong, Nichole Conner, Annie Lecaque, Lindsey Haley.


Amanda welcomed the group and commented on the outstanding attendance. Possibly the largest group we’ve had in several years.

Amanda shared a thank you note from Kona Ice for inviting them to Meet The Teacher Night, as well as thank you notes from teachers and staff for lunch provided during their August professional development day and the $100 Amazon gift cards.

Old Business

Review of May minutes. Motion to approve May minutes by Lacy Hepp. Motion seconded by Janet Irlmeier.
Review of June Executive Board meeting minutes. Motion to approve June minutes by Sara Palmer. Seconded by Amanda Luna.

Principal Time: Ben Muller

Mr. Muller thanked PTO for giving each teacher and staff member a $100 Amazon gift card at the beginning of the year to purchase specific items for their classrooms and/or students. Mr. Muller commented that he has noticed that several gift cards are being used to purchase books for classrooms.

Mr. Muller introduced English Language Learner teacher Laurel Quinn.

Southeast currently has 660 students. This is an increase, compared to 595 students last year. This resulted in 27 sections.

Mr. Muller informed the group of the February bond referendum for elementary school #11. This ‘Prairie Trail 2’ building will be located north of DMACC, south of Ankeny High School near the Kum & Go at Ankeny Blvd and Magazine Rd. This building will be larger than the other elementary buildings, intended to hold 750 students rather 650. He mentioned that four current elementary buildings are being added onto. This will add six additional classrooms to those schools.

Mr. Muller announced that Southeast has eight new staff members this year including a new librarian, coaches, teachers.

He pointed out the new mounted projectors that have been installed in all classrooms. This allows for better use of classroom space as the projector cart no longer needs to be out in the middle of the room. In addition, new Bluetooth microphones have been installed in each classroom. In other school districts this has proven to increase the attentiveness of kids. Muller shared that he expected the same results at Southeast.

Mr. Muller said that professional development this year will be focused on literacy. In previous years, teachers created their own instructional pieces. This year the district has adopted a new resource that will make literacy efforts uniform across all classrooms. There is also a new math screener being introduced in Ankeny School District. This is intended to give educators an early view of where our kids are at with their math abilities.

Teacher Presentation: ELL introduction by Laurel Quinn

Southeast now has 45 English speakers of other countries (including 5 kids don’t speak English)

These are the languages spoken at SE this year:
Chinese Mandarin
Liberian English

There is an average of 6-7 students per grade.

A question was raised about the availability of books focused on diversity for Southeast students. Mr. Muller said that the district is going to provide books that are bilingual. Ms. Quinn shared that there are a couple websites available to purchase these types of books. They are:

Parents expressed a concern and desire to include ELL families in PTO events. Ms. Quinn offered to encourage participation and would take RSVPs and provide translators. There was lengthy discussion on ways to get ELL families involved in SE activities. Suggestions included putting a diversity spin on the spring Papas & Pajamas literacy event; doing a World Day; reintroducing a carnival but putting a diversity spin on it.

Treasurers Report was reported by Treasurer Kelly Heuton. A motion to approve the treasurers report came from Laura Ryan, with the second from Amanda Luna.

Heuton presented the 2017-18 PTO Budget. Sarah Barthole made a motion to approve the budget, with a second from Sara Palmer.

New Business

Color Walk

Same as last year
Route around school, specials teachers spray students who want to be sprayed
Decision to skip the prize this year (no water bottle)
Packets will go home soon
A chart will be updated showing fundraising progress
Parent volunteers (signup genius link in newsletter to go out next week)

 Spirit Wear

Beginning of October
Looking for suggestions of designs
Consider adding Staff item
Can we get sample shirts for size reference?
Dri fit was recommended
Lindsey Haley made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion was seconded by Kelly Heuton.

Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Meeting Minutes