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July 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Educational Program Committee

Agenda
1. Call to Order - 5:30PM - District Office Conference Room
2. Manner of public notification of meeting
3. Hearing of visitors or delegations
4. Approve Academic Standards Notice
Description:  Background:  Jennifer Peterson, Director of Academic Services, will present the Academic Standards used in the School District of River Falls that identifies standards utilized to guide classroom instruction.  Standards adopted are used by teachers to develop their curriculum maps, instructional units, and classroom assessments.  This is a required annual notice based on Act 55 for approval at the first board meeting after July 1st of each school year.  
Recommended Action:  Approve Academic Standards notice for the 2018-19 school year.
5. Approve preliminary and final River Falls High School Mock Trial field trip applications
Description:  Background:  Jennifer Peterson, Director of Academic Services, will present the preliminary and final field trip applications for the Mock Trial field trip to Atlanta, GA this September 20-24, 2018. 
Recommended Action:  Approve preliminary and final field trip applications for the Mock Trial field trip to Atlanta, GA, September 20-24, 2018.
6. Approve student handbook revisions
Description:  Background:  Jennifer Peterson, Director of Academic Services, and school administrators will present Student Handbooks for final approval for the 2018-19 school year.  Final submissions reflect updated "student privacy" language recommended by WASB and finalized after our last meeting. 
Recommended Action:  Approve school Student Handbooks for the 2018-19 school year. 
7. Approve the River Falls High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Business plan.
Description:  Background:  High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff will present information regarding a current Business and Marketing Plan.  CTE staff are currently collaborating with local businesses to identify needs and opportunities through our local advisory board and have created a business plan to support the development of student skills, extension of academic skills to career-based opportunities, and soft skills required for post-secondary success.  Specific information will be shared regarding these entrepreneurial ventures to date and moving forward in the 2018-19 school year.  
Recommended Action:  Approve the River Falls High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Business plan allowing them to develop, manufacture, market and sell goods produced at River Falls High School.
8. Approve high school modifications to the current retake policy.
Description:  Background:  Kit Luedtke, River Falls High School Principal, will present committee members with recommended revisions to the current high school retake policy.  Revisions recommended will align the high school policy to the current policy implemented at the middle school to provide for 6-12 alignment in our district's assessment policy. 
Recommended Action:  Approve high school modifications to the current retake policy.
9. Approve high school modifications to the current grading scale.
Description:  Background:  Kit Luedtke, River Falls High School Principal, will present committee members with recommended revisions to the current River Falls High School grading scale for approval. 
Recommended Action:  Approve high school modifications to the current grading scale.
10. Informational High School presentation specific to the possibility of reducing the total number of credits for graduation, and potential consideration to implement a study hall opportunity for high school students.
Description:  Background:  Kit Luedtke, River Falls High School Principal, will present current data collected regarding required credits for graduation in surrounding areas compared to River Falls High School.  Additional information and rationale will be provided specific to the benefits for implementation of a Study Hall opportunity for students at the high school as well as the implications to credits earned over four (4).  Input and recommendations will be elicited for future committee discussions to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students socially, emotionally, and academically. 
Recommended Action:  None, information only
11. Determine Possible Future Agenda Items
Description:  Background:  Discussion regarding potential future agenda items to be included on upcoming meeting agendas.  
Recommended Action:  Determine future agenda items as needed.
12. Recommend next Educational Program Committee meeting date
Description:  Suggestion:  Monday, August 6, 2018, in the District Office Conference Room.
13. Adjournment
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