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Bowen School Council
December Summary
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:27 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
December School Council Update At this month’s school council meeting, we reviewed Newton Public Schools community goals in order to help identify our own school goals.  Once created, our Bowen School community goals will be incorporated in our S
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January Summary
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:28 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
At this month’s school council meeting, we continued to develop a community goal for our 2018 - 2021 School Improvement Plan.  Our draft goal states that we will “creatively engage families in school initiatives to increase involvement, connecte
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November Summary
Friday, December 8, 2017 3:41 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council November Update School Council kicked off the year welcoming new and returning members, reviewing the annual family survey and discussing our goals for the year.  This year 72 parents and guardians responded to our annual survey
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January Summary
Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:49 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
At the January meeting, the Bowen School Council began by activating their brains in a different way: by playing “Bowen School Council” Boggle!  Using the letters in “Bowen School Council,” teams of two or three tried to make as many words a
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March Update
Friday, March 31, 2017 4:09 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council March Meeting Update This morning, the Bowen School Council met to discuss the proposed Newton School budget and heard about how this budget proposal will directly affect Bowen.  Attached to this e-mail is the presentation that was s
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December Summary
Friday, January 13, 2017 3:22 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
December School Council Meeting Summary At the December meeting, the Bowen School Council began by sharing resolutions/goals for 2017.  Once again, opposite views on travel popped up, with “travel more” and “travel less” both making an appe
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November Summary
Friday, December 9, 2016 4:11 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
School Council November Meeting Summary At this month’s meeting, the members of the Bowen School Council began by sharing what they are thankful for, both personally and professionally, at this time.  It is interesting to note that both “traveli
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Bowen Family Survey
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:46 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Families: Bowen School Council is seeking your feedback as we continue the practice  of implementing a brief family survey.  During this process we hope to identify trends and changes over time.  In order to do so, we need your help!
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School Council Update & Election
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:20 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council Update & Election Every school in Massachusetts is required, by law, to have a school council made up of parents and teachers that serves as an advisory board to the principal. The council meets in open meetings monthly, and every
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June Update
Friday, June 3, 2016 4:18 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Summary Agenda (6/3/16): Community Builder - Favorite donuts, in honor of National Donut Day! Working Goals and Actions - Enrollment/Class Sizes - Clarifying information Bowen school wide enrollment is going from 445 to 421 stude
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May Update
Friday, May 27, 2016 2:43 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting Summary Agenda (5/20/16): Community Builder Bowen Update Working Goals and Actions: Consistent Communication to Families (continued) At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began with a “silly sentences
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April Summary
Monday, April 11, 2016 8:00 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council - April Meeting Summary At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council recognized the meeting date by sharing successful/fun April Fools’ Day jokes they have pulled.  The group has some creative minds!  The next item on
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March Summary
Saturday, March 12, 2016 8:49 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Summary - March At this month’s meeting, the Bowen School Council began by identifying “commonalities” amongst the members of the group.  Each member chose one question to ask as many people as possible in order to identi
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December Summary
Monday, January 4, 2016 3:20 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting - December 11, 2015 At last monthís meeting, the Bowen School Council meeting began with an opportunity for council members to share a memory of a memorable teacher and to explain why he or she made such an impression.
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November School Council Meeting Notes
Monday, November 30, 2015 7:49 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Meeting November 20, 2015 Notes   Attendance: Diana Guzzi (Principal/Co-Chair), Tiffany Back, Sharon Lipman, Christopher McBride, Nicole Davis, Renee Cebra, Ainsley Brockmeyer, Katie Frieze, Ellen Weiss, Andy Sokatch (Parent/Co
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November 20th Meeting
Friday, November 13, 2015 3:03 PM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council The Bowen School Council is ready to hit the ground running!  The focus priorities for this year will include communication and teacher support/development.  Additional priorities will be drawn from the results of this fall’
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FWD from the PTO - School Council Candidate Information
Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:43 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
We understand that some are having trouble finding the link to the information regarding the school council candidates. Please use this link, [ https://msg.schoolmessenger.com/m/?s=l_yLxrV72JQ&mal=c4421d23229d50ac2f8420f4a78ae324044124d81ccee4d
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School Council Update & Election
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 5:19 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
School Council Update & Election Every school in Massachusetts is required, by law, to have a school council made up of parents and teachers that serves as an advisory board to the principal.  The council meets in open meetings monthly, and eve
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Family Survey
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:32 AM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Dear Bowen Families:

This year, the Bowen School Council is continuing the practice we began last year of implementing a brief family survey.  We are excited that, with a year’s data, we can now begin to look for trends and changes over time.  And to do so, we need your help!  Below you will find a link for the anonymous survey from the Bowen School Council.  It is important for us to hear from you about what is working well at Bowen, areas to improve, and additional thoughts you have about your family’s experience at school. 

We ask that EVERY parent/guardian of a Bowen student to please fill out the survey (so that if a student has 2 parents or guardians each person should each fill out a separate survey).

The online survey is open today, October 13, 2015 and will close on October 21, 2015.  In addition to the online survey, paper copies will be sent home tomorrow, October 14.  This year we have also translated the survey into three of the other primary languages spoken in Bowen homes: Chinese, Russian and Hebrew.  PDF versions are attached to this email and are available in hard copy, upon request. 

The survey can be found at the following link:

If you choose to complete the paper copy of the survey, there will be a collection envelope on the office door labeled “Bowen Family Survey.”  School Council members will collect surveys daily.Once the survey is complete and data has been collected, the Bowen School Council will work as a group to analyze the results and look for trends.  These findings will be presented at an open School Council meeting for all members of the Bowen community who wish to attend.  The results will also be shared in a Bowen School Council Meeting Summary email.

We look forward to using this valuable feedback to continue to help us grow and learn!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you!

Yours truly,
The Bowen School Council Co-Chairs
Diana Guzzi, Principal                                    Andy Sokatch, Parent
Diana_Guzzi@newton.k12.ma.us                  asokatch@gmail.com

 
 



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Family Survey Update
Monday, June 1, 2015 10:40 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
Bowen School Council Family Survey Work Update During the April and May School Council meetings, the three working groups reported out summaries of recent work and identified action steps for each topic. ~Subgroups were formed based on themes identi
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November Summary
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:21 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
November Meeting Summary At this month’s Bowen School Council meeting we continued our discussion about conducting a community survey to gather more information about families’ experiences at and beliefs about Bowen.  Below is a brief summary
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October Summary
Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:19 PM -0400By: Diana Guzzi
October Meeting Summary This month the Bowen School Council reconvened for the new school year.  Every school is required by Massachusetts general law to have a School Council. The Bowen School Council serves as an advisory body to the Principal an
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January Summary
Friday, January 30, 2015 9:20 AM -0500By: Diana Guzzi
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