Hollis School Board Meeting

Hollis Primary School

May 11, 2006


Harry Haytayan, Chair

William Beauregard

Jennifer MacLeod

James O’Shea, MD

Venu Rao


Richard Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Mellinee Capasso, Assistant Business Administrator

Dr. Gail Paludi, Principal HPS

Carol Thibaudeau, Principal HUES

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary


Harry Haytayan started the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and welcomed Venu Rao to the Hollis School Board.


Open Forum


No items for the open forum.


NECAP Presentation


Carol Mace Linda Walsh and Karen Kelley gave the NECAP presentation.


The NECAP assessment test is given in October of every year.  Grades 3-8 are tested in Reading and Mathematics.  Grades 5 & 8 in Writing.  The test is designed to measure Average Yearly Progress and meets NCLB requirements.  It also measures student achievement against Grade Level Expectations.


The test format for mathematics includes multiple choice and 1, 2 and 4 point constructed response.  The test format for reading includes multiple choice and 4 point constructed response.  The test format for writing includes three 4 point constructed response items and one extended writing prompt.


Achievement Levels


Student proficiently defined as “Proficient or above” (Levels 3 & 4).  Levels 1 and 2 indicate additional instruction/practice is needed.

NCLB requires this assessment be used to determine AYP.  AYP involves three factors; participation rates, performance of the school as a whole, and performance of subgroups (ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special needs, English language learners).  Schools must meet performance targets.  Targets increase each year until all students reach proficiency to establish AYP, Additional information will be released on May 22, 2006.


NECAP Results in Math for Fall 2005


NECAP Results in Reading for Fall 2005


NECAP Results in Writing for Fall 2005


The staff then reported on the focus areas for next year and the implications for instruction.


Jennifer MacLeod asked when the questions would be released.  The staff reported that 25% are out now and that they expect more later.  Some questions are not released so they can be used in the future.  The staff also feels that the NECAP is a better test than the Terra Nov a.


James O’Shea asked if all the kids got the same preparation and the staff said yes.  Hopefully, there will be a correlation between NECAP and school performance.  Dr. O’Shea also asked if this could be a part of the teacher mentoring process.


Bill Beauregard asked if the teachers were surprised at the results.  The staff responded that they were surprised only with a couple of areas at the Upper Elementary.  Most errors were in recording the answers.


Harry Haytayan said that he is not a big believer in tests; however, 31% not proficient in writing is unacceptable.  He feels that the schools should be looking less at math and more at reading and writing.  Harry asked the staff this question.  If special education children are below grade level, how do you reconcile that with NCLB’s requirement for all kids to be proficient?  The staff explained that all subgroups need to make Adequate Yearly Progress.  If AYP is not met for two years in a row, then the school would be labeled in need of improvement.  Harry also wants to see a future report on weaknesses and assessment.


Principal’s Report


Dr. Gail Paludi gave the Principal’s Report for HPS.

Enrollment Figures


Current Information


Ed. Spec

# of classes

Full enroll-


As of 5/11/06

Change from last report

Ave. class size

Actual class enrollments








18, 18, 17, 16

Grade 1







18, 18, 18, 18, 18, 17, 17

Grade 2







20, 20, 20, 21, 22

Grade 3








20, 20, 21, 20, 20, 19, 20

Primary Totals


23 classes






Home Study Students:  HPS – 6

Hollis Early Learning Program



Supervisor Update


·        We are focusing on Writer’s Workshop, and teachers receive on-going, embedded training throughout the year.  Linda Clark, Tufts Consultant, will work with the faculty on 5/9/06 and 5/15/06.  She will participate in classroom lessons and provided in-class support for teachers and students.

·        The Curriculum Supervisors meet weekly with Dr. Paludi to plan the team meeting agendas and discuss current topics regarding curriculum.

·        The monthly report from the Curriculum Supervisors is attached.



Board Goals 2005-2006



Professional Development for Staff


·        Linda Clark, the Tufts Consultant, will be here on May 9, 2006.  She will be coaching teachers in their classrooms.

·         We are planning a summer reading workshop with Tufts University to launch our “Reader’s Workshop” program.   We are looking forward to spending June 22 and 23, 2006 with Linda Clark, the consultant we have been working with this year.



Staffing for ‘06-’07 School Year


·        There are no changes at this time. 

Building Maintenance


Grade Level Team Meetings


Additional Items of Interest


·         Kindergarten Parent Information Night was held on April 20, 2006.  We had approximately 40 parents in attendance.  The faculty and staff presented a comprehensive overview of the Kindergarten program.

·         First Grade Parent Information Night will be held on 5/18/04.  We look forward to welcoming the parents of our incoming first graders.

·         The Hollis Primary School will host “Portfolio Day” on June 1, 2006.  We will be sending home a schedule of times for each grade level in the near future.



Special Events




Carol Thibideau gave the Principal’s Report for HUES.





Ed. Spec.

# of classes

Full Enrollment

As of  5/11/06

Change from last report

Ave. class size

Actual class enrollments

Grade 4







23, 23, 24, 24, 24,24


Grade 5







20, 21, 21, 21, 22,22

Grade 6







20, 20, 20, 21, 22,22



18 classes






Home Study: 9











Curriculum & Instruction


·        Our final Senior Luncheon, hosted by Mrs. Fischer’s class, took place on April 20th - guests were so appreciative of these lunch dates and have requested that we continue this important tradition.

·        The HUES Playground Fundraising Campaign is beginning to experience some healthy activity (DI raised $270. during lunchtime contests, the student Read-a-thon has reported an estimated total of $900. and parent mail-in donations are on-going. The next fundraising event is the HUES Student Talent Show coordinated by 4th grade teachers:  Shailagh Klicker & Caryn Miller. We are very excited about this event!

·        The PTA Enrichment Program has recently funded some wonderful programs: Rob Surette, the Amazing Hero Artist (HPS also attended), Star Lab for 5th graders, Abe Lincoln, and the Artist-in-Residence programs.

·        School Spirit Week was enjoyed by HUES last week. Beth Cregan, technology teacher, planned the week’s activities with the help of Student Council and the culminating activity was Friday’s Groovy Day hosted by Lesha Colthart, music teacher.

·        The PTA has graciously offered to fund the skylight shades in the media center. This has been an on-going facility issue and the PTA will cover the $2,600. expense.

·        Staff Appreciation Week was celebrated May 8-12 with daily raffles and treats for all staff. National School Nurse Day was also celebrated J.

·        Sixth Grade Camp preparations are nearing completion…Carol attended the Parent Chaperone meeting on May 2 and things are on schedule. Miss Hoyt is doing a marvelous job coordinating this student experience.

·        Summer Camp plans are underway. Meg Bamford is coordinating the reading camp and MaryLou Noonan & Melanie White are co-coordinating the math camp

Looking Ahead




A motion was made by Jennifer MacLeod to accept the recommendation to hire an additional 5th grade teacher for one year.  The motion was seconded by Venu Rao.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, o no.


A motion was made by William Beauregard to waive the 20 day substitute pay for Sonya McTeague and make her Bachelors step 1 effective April 17, 2006.  The Business office will make any retroactive adjustment.  The motion was seconded by James O’Shea.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made by Jennifer MacLeod to accept Mary Ann Zagami’s request for an additional year of leave of absence for family reasons.  The motion was seconded by James O’Shea.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made by James O’Shea to accept the maternity request of Sarah Proulx for 2 trimesters per the FML Act and Collaborative Bargaining Agreement.  Sarah Proulx will return at the end of the second trimester.  The motion was seconded by Venu Rao.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made by Jennifer MacLeod to accept the recommendation of Jessica Cue to replace Mary Ann Zagami for one year.  James O’Shea seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


Business Administrator Report

The report was given by Mellinee Capasso.



Food Service

Facilities – on going maintenance


Next Meeting Issues


The next Hollis School Board meeting is scheduled for June 7th.  The Board set up a workshop to discuss goals before the June meeting.  The workshop is set for May 25th at 9:30 am at the HPS Conference Room.  The School Board will meet at 9:00 that day to discuss other business.  Harry Haytayan asked that all Board members send their ideas for 3 year goals to James O’Shea.  The Board will also approve the 2006/2007 school year calendar at the May workshop.


The Farley Building and Evaluation Study Committee will be on the agenda at the School Board’s June meeting.


Bill Beauregard wanted to discuss the ethics policy (BCB) for school board members.


A motion was made by Bill Beauregard to adhere to the School Board member code of ethics (BCB).  The motion was seconded by James O’Shea.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.


A motion was made to go into non-public under RSA 91-A3IIC by Bill Beauregard.  The motion was seconded by Jennifer MacLeod.  The motion carried by a roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no.  9:45pm