School Site Council
The Site Council is an administrative body mandated by California’s Education Code, and each school’s Site Council is comprised of administrators, parents and teachers. Our Site Council’s primary mission is to determine the best use of allocated state and district funds to ensure that every Baywood student has the most optimal education experience possible. We discuss policy decisions and other issues that affect the student and teacher experience at Baywood, and stay abreast of core needs of the school community.
The Site Council meets on the first Thursday of every month of the school year at 3:15 p.m. in room 28 on the first floor of the upper grade building. The meetings are open and we invite any interested Baywood community member to attend.
The 2017-18 Site Council administrative members are Principal Maria Majka, Assistant Principal Amanda Driscoll and Administrative Assistant Jerryan Whiteman; parent members are Adam Mayte, Lauren Rilliet, Sally Christgau, Ken Chin and Susan Sanchez; and teacher members are Brenda Sterling, Laurel Studebaker and Brian Beebe.
Any parent interested in getting involved in a particular issue noted below should contact a parent member of the Site Council. Each spring, we assess parent interest in open Site Council positions (at least three) for the following school year and, when necessary, hold an election in May for the open positions.
Priority Focus Areas
Budget/Spending: Site Councils receive funds each year from the State of California to support site-based improvements. Other sources of funding include the District Education Foundation, Facility Use Fees and private donations. Some monies have restricted uses, such as technology, English Learners’ programs and libraries; others are spent at the discretion of the Site Council. The Site Council’s tracks this spending, ensuring the funds are spent from the proper accounts, and that funds are spent to benefit all Baywood students and greatly enrich the children’s daily experience.
Enrichment: The Site Council helps to oversee Baywood’s enrichment programs: art, music, dance, computer curriculum, and science, and to monitor after-school care and enrichment programs. Parents who have a strong interest in Baywood’s enrichment programs are welcome to attend meetings.
Health & Wellness: The Baywood Wellness Committee is dedicated to promoting nutrition and healthy eating, physical fitness and overall wellness to Baywood students and families. Specific projects include a website and blog, the school’s garden project, school lunch improvements, healthy class celebrations, and special school-wide health and fitness events.
LIFESKILLS: A Committee was established to promote social responsibility throughout the Baywood community. Committee members implement and oversee the social responsibility curriculum, called ITI Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS, which teaches aspects of character, values, attitudes and behaviors for citizenship. This program includes training for teachers and parents. Committee members also oversee programs such as peer mediation, character trait integration, and conflict resolution. Volunteers who are interested in this topic or who have skills in this area are strongly encouraged to participate.
Outreach/English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC): The charter of this committee is to reach out to all groups within Baywood Elementary for which English is the second language spoken at home. Strengthening communications with non-English speaking families is a primary concern. The committee welcomes parent volunteers, especially those who are bilingual in Spanish and English, to assist with both outreach efforts and oral and written translations for parent/teacher/school communication at each grade level.
Targeted Instruction: Site Council funds and PTA gifting support differentiated instruction and programs that help to improve student achievement. The targeted instruction program includes hiring of an additional teacher at the 4th & 5th grade level and additional instructional support at the primary level (K-3). The program enables all students to receive the benefit of quality small group instruction during core curriculum hours. The Site Council helps to oversee targeted instruction and coordinate additional student educational programs, such as on-site tutoring.
Traffic: Baywood’s location on a major thoroughfare poses a number of traffic issues. Potentially dangerous conditions exist, especially during drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon. In cooperation with the PTA, the Site Council will continue to work with the San Mateo-Foster City School District staff, the San Mateo Police and Public Works departments to make safety a priority.