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Williams High School 2011 Meeting October 1, 2009

Attending today were Jim Hirsch, Mary Hewett, Sara Bonser, Karen McDonald, Mike Collingsworth, Patty Meyer, Jim Wussow, Susan Modisette, Cathy Galloway, Danny Modisette and Margie Grounds. Looking back at the last meeting, what were some of the goals that we discussed? Will the feeder alignment pattern have any affect on the plan for Williams High School? Possibly. Changes to the feeder school alignment are currently being discussed by the feeder alignment committee. The committee will gather all of the information including input from the community and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board will outline their criteria at the October 20 Board Meeting. We anticipate the Board will make a decision sometime in November. One of our goals is to develop a program at Williams High School that will be comprehensive, attractive and competitive to all PISD students. The possibilities for Williams High School extend to all ends of the spectrum including: #1 Develop a standard high school program at Williams High School for the general population then have a separate "academy" where a different program resides. #2 Create a new program developed specifically for the students in the Williams High School feeder which will focus on all of the students. How will the program work when the Williams High School students move to Piano East? The McMillen students will be on the standard program and the Williams High School students will be on the academy program? Karen McDonald feels that Plano East Senior High can accommodate both the standard program and the academy. Possibilities: Develop several large areas of study that might include the following: 1. Medical field programs that are not being taught at other campuses in the district 2. Teaching major studies 3. Technology programs and sub fields that are not being taught at other campuses in the district 4. Forensic science and criminal justice programs. (This will have to be a 9-12 program) The selection of teachers for the academy will be different; marketing of the program will be very important. Basic high school classes will be included along with dual credit. We will want to provide on the job training and internships. Community partners for field experiences will also be a big part of this program. We will redesign how instruction is delivered in order to free up time for the classes that focus on the student's area of specialization. We also anticipate

continuing the IB program at grades 11 and 12. We will not provide the structured pre-IB program at grades 9 and 10 since our students are currently receiving that instruction at all of our 9-10 schools. Williams will be a boundary school and will have a full selection of extracurricular activities, club, organizations and campus life. Strategies: Research some existing programs rather than building everything from the ground up. Should the Williams program be an application based program? Decide if we need an application process and what it will be used for. Some see the application process as an expression of interest or a commitment to the program. Definitions and strands of the program; what do we want to include? Is there a model that offers three courses in a two-hour block of time? Would compacted courses be something to consider? Explore ways to search and find this type of model. Consider use of some on-line courses that could be taken during the day. Develop an on-line dimension to a course that will compact the course. Should we consider doing this in grades 9-12? Can we put together some sample schedules to see how much time we will need to compact? Include opportunities for students that struggle and may need additional time Make sure we include teacher certification in the mix We have a lot of work ahead of us. How can we expand this group (to include teachers, coordinators and others) and at what stage do we engage them to look at the plan? 1. Identify the initiatives that we want to pursue. 2. Find ways to compact classes and use on-line classes 3. Focus on the strands; how do we assess what those will be? 4. What will the decision making process look like? 5. Identify possible partners - (Collin College; Medical Center Plano, Texas Instruments) 6. Look at the listing of curricular and non-curricular clubs and organizations to see what areas our students are interested in. Organize our Avenues Consider Corporate, Municipal and higher educational partners Develop a concept document - put together our thoughts, capture them in written form [Danny asked that Karen McDonald, Sarah Bonser, Cathy Galloway, Susan Modisette and Jim Wussow work together on the concept document] Next identify the strands (Achieve Texas has some good programs) Next develop a team to look at the strands Other issues to discuss:

Transportation for students to travel to their internships or bring the interns to the campus. Identify the types of jobs that will be needed in the future. The Texas Workforce Commission has done some studies on this. Is the Plano Chamber of Commerce a possible source of information?

Williams High School 2011 September 15, 2009

Attending the meeting today were Patty Meyer, Karen McDonald, Susan Modisette, Jim Wussow, Roxanne Burleson, Margie Grounds, Jim Hirsch & Danny Modisette. Discussion today will center on planning for Williams High School when McMillen High School opens in the fall of 2011. We need to outline our goals and discuss different strategies and implementation of the plan. Goals Based on previous discussions, what are our goals for Williams High School and Plano East Senior High? Create unique learning opportunities that will be engaging to Williams High School students and attractive to other Plano ISD students. This can be a "Value-add" for the East Cluster as the feeder realignment is implemented Create an environment that will foster the introduction of new content integration into programs, instructional practices and student ownership of learning Create a 9-12 continuity for students and staff Consider: 1. Early college 2. Career pathways

Strategies What strategies do we want to explore? What will entice students to become part of a program that is different from the programming at the other campuses? Design strands of study 1. IBCC (International Baccalaureate Career Certificate) Research and design course/content integration Curriculum development Create time and opportunities in student schedules for participation in strand courses. Transition planning: start at 9 th &10th or start only at 9th ? Facility implications Staffing Professional development Students 1. Application process 2. Internships 3. Field studies 4. Lab school Partners 1. Higher education 2. Business 3. Public sector Marketing

Flexible scheduling

Next steps: 1. Schedule another meeting with the committee and ask Mary Hewett to bring detailed information on program possibilities. 2. Begin working on the research, design and structure of the strands and programs 3. Karen will continue gathering information on the IBCC program

Williams High School 2011 August 12, 2009

Attending the meeting were Danny Modisette, Mike Collinsworth, Roxanne Burleson, Jim Wussow, Susan Modisette, Margie Grounds, Mary Hewett and Jim Hirsch. Danny spoke to Doug about the thoughts and suggestions discussed at our last meeting. Thoughts, ideas and questions resulting from our last meeting: They liked the areas of study that Mary suggested and the fact that all of the programs have the option of granting a certification Would the students that are zoned to Williams have the option of taking a traditional path or would they have to enter into one of these programs in order to attend Williams? One of the strands for the program might be a regular course of study, but the school would probably be restructured. Would there be a transfer process for Williams' students? If so, how would that work? Would we have extra-curricular activities like football, cheerleaders, clubs etc? Yes, we would. Would students be able to move from one area of study into another during the four year plan? Danny sees us making dramatic changes at Williams HS. He feels that all of the students attending would be enrolled in one of the three or four large areas of study. How will the programs be structured? One suggestion is to blend two or three elements (courses) together into either a one or two class block. This would free up some class time for students. Examples might include blending math, history and English classes together. We can offer traditional and nontraditional electives to form a type of "career magnet school." Think of this as "core courses with expanded electives."

Application process: Will students have to apply to the program? An application process would show some level of student commitment. If so, what would the process look like? How strict would the process be? What process will we use to select students if we have too many students apply? Other Thoughts and Questions: What other resources and people do we need to include in the development process? Should we bring in expertise and outside sources that we do not have? Should we set up one or two examples of a program? Restructure how we offer and deliver core courses. (This would free up time for electives)

Develop strands to apply for elective offerings understanding that there will be some common type of electives Provide more global descriptors of electives (look at the strands) i.e. law and public service; education and social services. Provide a program with an eye towards offerings that will attract students across the district. Identify higher education and business partners to assist with the program Include Cathy Galloway in discussions to see if this would affect any of her programs Discuss the transition process from WHS to PESH combining students from WHS and McMillen HS. It would be easy for McMillen students to opt in to the program. Can a student start the program in 11 th grade? Establish experiences that students can participate in and be part of i.e. rotations, internships with business, as well as bring people in as part of the program Steps: Create our own program and delivery model Mary will create a model in one or two areas for the group to see Bring in the principals to show them the concept Enlarge the development team for the next step in planning (including teachers)


Danny asked to set up our next meeting the week of the September 7 th. He would like to invite the principals to attend the meeting.

Williams High School 2011 July 31, 2009

Attending the meeting were Danny Modisette, Mike Collinsworth, Roxanne Burleson, Jim Wussow, Susan Modisette, Margie Grounds, Mary Hewett, and Jim Hirsch Williams High School is one of our largest 9-10 campuses. What are some of the things that we want to accomplish at Williams High School by 2011? The medical field Change the demographics at the campus by attracting other students. Decide whether we want to maintain the pre-IB program Develop a program exclusive to Williams that will attract students to the program. Is there a way that we can create a small learning community at Williams similar to a pre-IB academy that would develop a special learning environment? Mary Hewett brought some data that was discussed at our last meeting. She feels that the program we develop needs to be for grades 9-12. We will have to market whatever program we develop. Possibilities include the following: The medical field Technology Forensic science Teaching Criminal justice Engineering We would identify areas in these fields that are not currently being taught. The programs could be designed to provide certifications, dual credit or college credit. The concept of highly qualified teachers would really come into play if we implement this concept. Criteria for the programs might include the following: To participate in one of these programs, the students would have to be a part of the general population of Williams High School Develop and use an application process for student admission Develop a four-year pro ram Start the program with 9th grade students the first year and add one class each year there after Consider use of flexible scheduling for internships at times other than during the school day [during the evening]. Consider creating an electives magnate school. We can offer unique electives that are exclusive to Williams and they will feed into these new programs.

Would the programming at WHS be career or theme oriented? We would like to provide programs similar to the major studies programs that we had 25 years ago when the senior high school concept was developed. Mary suggested implementing four new strands/programs at the 9 th grade level in 2011. In the past, our focus was on bringing students to Williams, not developing a program. This will give us an opportunity to make high school more relevant to our students. We can focus on four strands to develop these programs instead of offering isolated courses. You might have one strand that is a general program like we offer at the other schools. What number of students do you have to have to create a strand? Staffing: It will be crucial to staff Williams with the right people; what will our level of commitment be? Will we publicize this and attract teachers to the program? Should we ask interested teachers to apply for the program? We need to start the planning process one year in advance. Steps include identifying the teachers and staff that will move to McMillen High School. We can also consider whether we want to open the hiring process at Williams using an application. We will then need to relocate the current WHS teachers that do not apply or that are not hired to other campuses. The district will have to have a full commitment for the program to succeed. Next steps: Identify some additional people (principals etc.) to explore additional ideas and develop work groups. We have plenty of time to develop a program like this. Are there some partnerships that can help us develop the courses that will make our students attractive to employers? Bring in some partners to identify these areas. Danny would like for the group to meet again in about one week.

Williams High School 2011 April 14, 2009

Toni Jenkins and Brenda Kohl from Collin College joined our group today. We will look at possibilities for a partnership with Collin College and determine whether the Early College High School program will fit at Plano East if we start the program at Williams HS. We want a four-year program that will be open to students across the district. Students would apply for admission. The program would start at Williams in 2011 with a 9th grade class the first year, a 10th grade class the second year and a third and fourth year class that moves the students and program to Plano East. Jeff would like to get information about the early college high school program. Toni brought some financial information for Jeff to review. The college cannot charge the high school students tuition in the Early College High School "ECHS" program. In 2013, students at Clark HS will be rezoned to PSHS. There are some concerns about 9 th grade students taking college classes. Can we create a college environment with a qualified faculty and a true college curriculum? Career and Technology programs and STEM are viable options. Jim Hirsch told the group that there are currently programs in Carrollton Farmers-Branch and DISD. Cedar Valley College, Mountain View College and Brookhaven College are also programs. The students in the program will probably have @ 30 hours of college credit when they graduate from high school. The students we are hoping to attract to the program are students that want to accelerate as well as students that might not be candidates for college. Berkner High School Program: Berkner has a School within a School; like the Irving Academy. Concerns: The perception that high school teachers are teaching high school curriculum as well as college curriculum. Some programs have professional development for the high school teachers at the college campus. We want to build in some type of provision like that. They will have to have a master's degree in their discipline or master's degree with 18 hours in the discipline. Funding: The district would receive funding from ADA. The college would receive contact hour reimbursement. Grants are also available for this program. Bill and Melinda Gates are very active in working with these programs Current ECHS Programs in the state: Information provided by Cathy Galloway. Colleges get approximately 37% of their funding from the state. They also have a lag time in receiving the funding. The funding is set for a three year period and does not take into consideration the increased funding in years two and three. T-STEM program: Jim Wussow thinks that the period to start this program has already passed. Additionally, there were several restrictions. Jim did not see what course offerings were available for the current programs. He does not think

that T-Stem as a program does not offer the ability to create an academy for your schools. Would students be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at the high school level? We believe they would be able to participate. Dual credit opportunities are also a viable consideration. Toni said they do not have the space to start a program on the Spring Creek campus of Collin College. We would have to implement the program at Williams HS and PESH. Every year we lose a number of very bright students to the TAMS program at UNT. We would like to provide an extra-curricular component for these ECHS students in order to make the program attractive to the students. Space at PESH: Karen McDonald feels they will have lots of space available for this program. They can consider using one building for the ECHS program. Next Steps: Find out about the transfer vs. freshman entrance requirements. Look at the programs currently in place and see what is being offered and how well the program is doing. The population of the program will need to be a mix of all students. What do we need to offer in 9th and 10th grade to attract students to the program? How do we engage the kids in 9 th and 10th grade before the move to the SHS campus? Offer some unique courses at 9 th and 10th grades to attract students into the program. The program will offer some flexibility Find out about the transfer of credits and freshman entrance requirements from the program to college. Toni & Brenda will look into this. Develop the selection process and criteria for the program Karen will look into UIL eligibility Location of the program (one campus or two) How will student textbooks be funded? Cathy will find out about grants and fund Link to the T-STEM site is http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ed_init/thsp/tstem/academies.htm

Williams High School 2011 March 6, 2009

Jeff Bailey welcomed everyone to the meeting and said that we will focus on possible plans for Williams HS during the high school realignment. We know a lot more about the state legislature's plans for the 4 by 4, and it appears we may have more flexibility. Jeff asked Cathy Galloway to bring some information today from Clear Creek HS regarding their early college high school program to see if it might be something we are interested in. The facility is located on the San Jacinto College campus and has 300 students enrolled in the program. The students can choose from any of the programs that San Jacinto College offers. Cathy said the profile of the early college high school student is very similar to profile of our AVID students. The Clear Creek program is sponsored by several premier businesses in the Houston area. Sara feels the early college high school program is interesting and would attract a variety of students. Jeff has concerns about whether the program would work for us since we don't have a college that could house our students. Cathy recommended taking a trip to Clear Creek to see the program and determine whether it is something we are interested in. Several colleges and school districts in our area are offering an early college high school program including Richland College, Brookhaven, and UNT Dallas. Jim Hirsch will follow up with officials from Richland and Brookhaven and get information on their early college high school programs and the funding. 1. How do the colleges make their money by partnering with districts to offer the early college high school program? Cathy Galloway will follow up with Clear Creek on the early college high school program and their funding. 2. Is it feasible to offer a 9-12 early college high school program and house it at Williams High School or at Plano East Senior High? Karen McDonald will look at the space and see how many students it can house. 3. Consider talking to Toni Jenkins at Collin College about using a wing at one of their campuses to house an early college high school program. What courses would we offer? What would the program look like? Jeff will speak to Toni and invite her to attend our next meeting to discuss our options. Jim Hirsch mentioned the new tech school in Coppell. It is a model that

is 9-12 that brings courses together in non-traditional way. Should we make a trip to Coppell to see their new tech school? What about T-STEM? Jim & Susan check into that program and report back at our next meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 3 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Library Room. Toni Jenkins from Collin College will join us to discuss the early college high school program.

Williams High School - 2011 January 30, 2009

Jeff Bailey welcomed everyone to the meeting. Attending were Cathy Galloway, Sara Bonser, Karen McDonald, Mike Collinsworth, Roxanne Burleson, Susan Modisette, Jim Wussow, Mary Hewett, Jeff Bailey and Margie Grounds. The purpose of today's meeting is to follow-up on the group's visit to Collin College on December 2, 2008. We need to discuss which programs might be offered. Jeff would like to get some information on the school's medical program. No one from that department attended the December meeting. Cathy Galloway said that the most popular career education pathways at Frisco ISD are criminal justice (Collin College), health science (TWU) and engineering, architecture and culinary arts (University of Houston). The students in the engineering program move straight from Collin College to UTD. All of their credits transfer with them. Karen McDonald said the enrollment in the culinary arts program at PESH is dwindling. The group discussed the fact that there are numerous degree plans, certification programs and career pathways in this field. Possibly we should consider other program options for this program. Certification programs: Some feel that we should consider looking at programs that will attract students into fields offering certifications. We currently have a few programs that offer certifications such as the EMT program and nursing program. Jim Wussow said there is a large network of curriculum for career education-technical programs that we have not looked in to and feels that we should. Sara Bonser attended a meeting with Senator Shapiro earlier this week where they discussed the new graduation programs. Apparently there are three possible pathways being considered: math science; career and technology; and arts and humanities. Sara feels that we need to get more information on how the state will structure the career and technology program before we make any decisions on our changes. Karen McDonald said Senator Shapiro invited the PESH art team leader to meet with her and her assistants regarding an art science program. Apparently they are working on other options for students in this area. Jeff said our next step is to identify the programs that will be offered at Williams High School when the sixth 9-10 high school opens. Do we also want to consider having specific programs at each senior high school? Possible programs include:

IB Program (consider housing them at Williams and PESH. Both campuses have the space) Medical Science program (Our current program is limited; consider expanding it) Music, Art and Technology programs A Night School program for career education offerings Magnet schools or academies STEM and UTD: should we have a conversation about developing a program? Concurrent classes Project Lead the Way (This program starts at middle school and has lots of engineering path ways) Mary Hewett is looking at several possibilities in this program.

Next Steps: Identify the current programs that are offered at each high school and senior high school and the number of students enrolled. Determine which programs offer a certification option. Mary Hewett will pull this information together for our next meeting. Determine whether we should bring UTD into the mix in conjunction with Collin College: Have a conversation with Senator Shapiro about the possibilities and changes being considered in the legislature. We will schedule another meeting in late February or early March.

Williams High School - 2011 October 8, 2008

Jeff Bailey welcomed everyone to the meeting. Those attending included Cathy Galloway, Jim Hirsch, Jim Wussow, Karen McDonald, Mary Hewett, Susan Modisette, Sara Bonser, Mike Collinsworth, Roxanne Burleson and Margie Grounds. State plan for Pathways: Jim Hirsch

Jim provided several handouts including the SCCI (States' Career Clusters Initiative). The information included the vision, mission and goals. The state has adopted the 16 career clusters which include the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Agriculture Food & Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Arts, A/V, Technology and Communication Business Management and Administration Education and Training Finance Government and Public Administration Health Science Hospitality and Tourism Human Services Information Technology Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Manufacturing Marketing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

This plan is designed to help students with their post-high school transition and to make decisions about their future.

Achieve Texas Pathways: Mary Hewett

All of PISD's Career and Technical Education courses are aligned in the 16 career clusters under one of the career paths. Mary provided a handout of the courses that are available in each of the 16 clusters. She also provided a handout showing the number of certifications by category received by PISD students in 2007-08. Mary gave the group a sample copy of a career path in the area of health science technology. The document shows the courses that a student would take in grades 9-12 to complete the health science technology program. Mary also has the same sample plans available in all of the other career areas offered in PISD. Offerings at other district academies: Cathy Galloway & Sara Bonser

Lewisville ISD and Frisco ISD are following the Achieve Texas model. Both districts have been selected to be one of a handful of GO Centers in the state. A GO Center is a college and career information center primarily located in high schools that focus on creating a school-wide college-going culture and promotes college awareness and accessibility. The GO Center serves as the primary point of coordination between the Get-It-campaign efforts and the local communities. Frisco ISD is not currently receiving any waivers but they are accessing some loopholes in the career and technology areas. Can we see some sample class schedules to see what courses they are taking? Yes. The group also asked if we can find out if there are specific courses that can substitute for math and science courses. They also want to know how many certification programs Frisco offers. Lewisville ISD currently has two centers. They do not hold any waivers towards 4 x 4. They serve grades 9-12 with students attending the Dale Jackson Career Center (DJCC) half days and the other half at their home campus. They are on the accelerated block schedule. The district supplies bus service from the student's home campus to DJCC. Students attending the Health Science program must provide their own transportation from school to the assigned medical rotation location. Several districts including Lewisville, Carrollton and Garland offer a night school program that students can attend for four hours per night rather th an going to regular day school. Irving ISD Academy:

The Irving Academy is similar to the Frisco program using internships. Students do have options to do something other than an internship. Which programs are the students most interested in attending? Garland ISD Partnership with the Chamber of Commerce:

Garland ISD currently has a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce which is an economic development partnership that started with Richland College. They work directly with the chamber of commerce and the school district. They are offering some dual credit courses and some career and technology. Students do their internship with businesses that participate in the program. Federal Grants:

The smaller learning communities grant is gone, and we are not aware of any other grants available

Williams High School - 2011 Agenda August 6, 2008


Welcome Those attending were Sara Bonser, Cathy Galloway, Jim Hirsch, Mike Collinsworth, Susan Modisette, Mary Hewett, Jim Wussow, Roxanne Burleson, Karen McDonald and Jeff Bailey.


Charge to group


Williams High School 2011 A. Attendance zone/feeder patterns B. Demographics C. Facility/space D. Programs - Pre-113, AP, Career & Technical Ed, Academics/Small Learning Communities, Visual Arts, ESL, Special Education, etc. Graphic Design Legal pathway Culinary Arts Banking Medical and Dental Visual Arts E. "Pathways" - specialized programs, STEM, technology, licensing, certifications State pathways F. Continuum of programs 9-12 with Plano East Senior High


Community Connectedness A. Student and Family Services programs B. Destination Graduation C. CIS D. Corporate partnerships


Discussion Programs are in Irving, Garland and Frisco ISD 13 Academies at Williams; core teachers assigned and special ed assigned to each team May 2008 - Red notebook; article ASCD


Next steps State Plan for Pathways - Jim Sara & Cathy will develop a list of programs offered at other district academies. Cathy Galloway will check on waiver process and credits at the Frisco program. Achieve Texas Pathways - Mary Hewett Sara Bonser - Garland ISD Chamber of Commerce Sara Bonser - Federal Grant



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