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Board Meeting Highlights from September 19, 2023

Highlights from the September 19, 2023, School Board meeting:  

The Board welcomed the fall student advisors, Eliora-Margaret Kwakye from Summit Virtual Academy and Nadia Kudrin from Envision Career Academy! Student advisors provide a voice to the Board from students across the district. Eliora-Margaret is a figure skater, a technology tutor, and a former participant in the Disney Dreamers Academy. Nadia plans to be a mentor at a local middle school and join the Future Business Leaders of America.   

The Board recognized the NTPS team who led the 2023 Summer Scholars Program. Summer Scholars provides extra support and credit retrieval opportunities for students. More than 500 students across elementary and secondary grade levels participated this summer! Those recognized include:   

  • Elementary Principal Katrina Groen
  • Secondary Principal Katherine Davis
  • Administrative Specialist Alexis Hirst
  • Student Information Support Specialist Jami Robertson
  • Transportation Supervisor Deron Bozeman
  • Dispatcher Mark Payne

Meadows Elementary School Principal Angie DeAguiar shared good news from her school community, where half of all classrooms now participate in ethnic studies work. Ethnic studies is a K-12 framework that centers on the humanization of education and the knowledge and perspectives of diverse racial groups, reflecting narratives and points of view rooted in that group’s lived experiences and intellectual scholarship. Meadows 5th-grade students demonstrated the Unity Clap and In Lak’ech, two practices they are using to build relationships rooted in an awareness of the positive changes our cultural ancestors have brought to our communities. This work aligns with our Strategic Plan:

  • Goal 2 — Responsible, Resilient, Empowered Learners, Outcome d: Increased percentage of students open to and accepting cultural diversity.   
  • Goal 3 — Critical Thinkers and Solution Seekers, Outcome b: Increased percentage of students applying learning to collaboratively engage in solving relevant challenges within the classroom, school, and community.

The Board was updated on Strategic Plan Goal 4: Continuous Growth – All Students, All Subjects, Outcome a: Increased percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on standards. Students continue to improve achievement to reach pre-pandemic levels, and our goal is by the spring of 2024, students in grades 3 and above will meet or exceed English language arts, math, and science standards to the level achieved before the pandemic.

Photos from the meeting.
Clockwise from top-left: Summer Scholars staff posing with their recognition certificates; A Meadows student participant holds the gift they received; The Board and new advisors seated at a long table; Meadows music students performing led by their teacher.