Meeting Notes: Oct 1

Meeting Date: Tuesday Oct. 1

Next Meetings:  

·      Wednesday, 10/9 and 10/23 at 4pm at Nova

·      Tuesday, 11/5 from 6 – 8pm at Nova

Key Decisions & Announcements:

·      Hold evening Roots meetings at Nova with 2 way conference call dial in option

·      Halloween Dance on 10/25

·      Family Consent Workshop on 11/14

·      Novaplosion Art Share/Craft Sale moving to Tuesday, 12/10

·      Roots would like to hold family education workshops – follow up at next meeting

·      Roots wants to survey teachers to find out what would be meaningful for Teacher Appreciation days.  Would this best come from Mothership?    

Monthly Meeting Times: 

·      Meet at Nova and broadcast so people can join:

  • 1:45pm T/Th Committee Meetings

  • 4pm Wed Meetings at 4pm 2 x a month,

  • 6pm meeting at Nova 1st Tuesday of every month

Meeting Notes:

  • Intros with names, pronouns and favorite dessert

  • Need to have evening meeting over Zoom or other real time technology to dial in, Jerry may be able to advise.

What Makes Nova Different?

·      Nova is a democratic school

·      Decisions are made via a system of committees in charge of the decisions in the school

·      Governing Committees

o   Mothership is responsible for overseeing the Committees and Roots

o   Decision-making matrix is used for all choices

o   Every decision about the school goes through the committee system

o   This system makes it easy for students to get involved and have their voice heard

Nova Roots Overview:

·      History

o   Disconnect between students and traditional PTSA model

o   This structure wasn’t working for Nova for a wide range of reasons

o   Last year was first year without formal PTA

o   Feedback received from families and students – not strong enough connection with families, different ways to connect

·      Intentions

o   Democratic

o   Serve as a root system for the Committees and students

o   Focus on supporting Nova Committees

o   Interactive - hope adults from Roots will come to Nova and interact with Committees, and students will come to the evening meetings when they can


·      All $ raised by Nova Roots will go into Alliance for Education account

·      Student budget committee determines how the money will be spent

·      Mothership Committee will connect with Committees and get back to us with information and/or next steps

·      Mothership student liaison will attend Roots day and evening meetings when available


Key Positions on Steering Committee needs:

·      Newsletter: Send out weekly email using MailChimp, automated system

·      Advocacy and relationship building with School Board, City Council

·      Finance: track statements, Alliance for Education, working with Budget Committee

·      Fundraising, Grant writing

·      Front Office volunteering

·      Tech Committee – Need an adult to help run it, 1 x week (T or Th) – 1:40 to 2:30 or 2:30 – 4

·      Novaplosion – move to December 10th

Consent Day – Nov. 15

·      Hoping to have students and providers facilitate Consent workshops for families on Nov. 14th

·      Medical consent

o   Mental Health

o   Reproductive Health

o   Drugs and Alcohol

o   Gender Care

Want to offer additional parent education opportunities throughout the year to provide support and communication skills


  • Upcoming Events and Projects:

    • Halloween Dance – Friday, Oct 25th

    • Novaplosion - December 10th

    • Teen Health Center

      • Experts will be able to come in and facilitate communication

      • Will start as part time clinic for Nova students, evolve into evening clinic for students