School Advisory Council (SAC) & School Advisory Forum (SAF)

SAC/SAF

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    What is a School Adivsory Council (SAC)?

    The School Advisory Councils (SAC) sets up priorities and student performance standards that serve as guiding principles for schools. The Council also looks at aspects of their school as suggested by the priorities and develops a written School Improvement Plan as part of the school and District's continuous growth model.

    Overview of School Advisory Council (SAC):

    The School Advisory Council (SAC), supports the School Improvement Plan and works side-by-side with School Advisory Forum (SAF) to make Stranahan High School (SHS) a better school in all facets, but most importantly academics. SAC is comprised of a core group of administrators, teachers, parents, and community leaders who have a vested interest in the success of all students at our school.  This council creates initiatives to support the student body with tools necessary for educational excellence. Here is where waivers are initiated, voted upon, and eventually rolled out to all parties involved.  These initiatives currently focus on improving reading skills with students that are deficient.

    Immediately following the SAC quorum SAF meets with a larger body of faculty, staff and parents to share concerns discussed in SAC.  This forum works in conjunction with Stranahan's Family Night events which are intended to pique the interest of the community and families surrounding SHS while important matters of the school are discussed.


    How can parents get involved and participate in the SAC committee?

    Parents are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting of the SAC committee at their child’s school. Sunland Park Academy's Council meets every third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm in the Media Center

    Why is it important for parents to be active participants?

    • The SAC committee provides a place where parents can voice their opinions and suggestions.
    • They have an active role in making decisions that will best serve the students.
    • SAC also gives the opportunity for parents to actively participate in setting goals and making plans to achieve those academic goals.
    • SAC allows for parents to identify issues that need to be addressed concerning the school climate.

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    What is a School Advisory Forum (SAF)?
    The School Advisory Forum (SAF) is open to all members of the school and community. The Forum has one member to report to the School Advisory Council, which then sends a representative to the district SAC. The district SAC acts as advisors, mentors, and advocates to both the district and to each school advisory council. At a School Advisory Forum all present will:

    • Plan, develop, and implement parent/community programs and training activities.
    • Address parent/community concerns; work with administration to solve problems and initiate desired changes.
    • Identify and coordinates the use of community resources to improve student achievement and school effectiveness.
    • Participate in increasing/sustaining high levels of community support for the school.
    • Assist SAC in identifying the educational needs and priorities of the school.
    • Participate in the preparation of the budget, and review budget related concerns.
    • Advocated for positive change in the school.
    • Remain current with school, district, state, and national issues.
    • Jointly works with School Board Members, Superintendent, and local Government officials.

    Facilities, Safety, Legislative, ESE, ESOL, Boundaries, Curriculum, Dress code, and Transportation are all issues addressed by SAF.

    What can be accomplished if I participate in SAF?
    Over the years, it has been parents, teachers, community members, etc. who have made positive changes in schools.  These changes can be at the school level, district level, state level and within the community or city.  From the school level, parents like you made the following changes:

    • Instead of having social security number to identify children, the schools now use a new randomly generated number to prevent identify theft and other privacy issues.
    • Defibrillators are now at every high school. A defibrillator is a machine used to shock the victim's heart and restore the heart's normal rythmic patterns. When a defibrillator is used, it in effect kicks the heart into action again, causing it to resume sending blood throughout the body.  This was needed specifically due to incidents during athletic activities.
    • It is now mandated that recess must not be used as punishment and all elementary students are entitled to 15 minutes of recess.
    • Currently, SAF was brought the idea to make lunch account information available online.