School Site Council (SSC)

The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of Sequoia teachers, parents and community members who work together with the principal to develop, review and implement an ongoing School Improvement Plan.

At Sequoia, the SSC plays both an official and unofficial role. Officially, as mandated by state law, the School Site Council (SSC) is an elected committee, representing school staff and the community, responsible for developing and reviewing an ongoing Community Schools Strategic Site Plan (CSSSP, also called the Site Plan). The SSC works with the principal to develop, review, evaluate and allocate state-awarded funds for school improvement programs. Under the California State Education Code, the CSSSP must address curricula, instructional strategies, and materials responsive to the individual educational needs and learning styles of each pupil.

  • Site Plan: The Site Plan outlines the academic performance of Sequoia, and lays out specific goals for improving the academics and closing the achievement gap. The Site Plan outlines programs to close the gap, such as reading intervention, Student Success Teams (SST), and other intervention programs.
  • Budget: The SSC oversees an annual budget for special programs of approximately $180,000. This budget helps fund many of the auxiliary staff and programs around Sequoia, such as intervention specialists and English language development.

Additionally, the SSC is a place where overarching school issues are discussed in an open environment among teachers, administration and parents. These conversations break into three main areas:

  • Academic Achievement: What is the academic philosophy at Sequoia and how can we ensure our teaching matches it? Are we doing enough to close the achievement gap? Is every child highly engaged in learning? Does the school curriculum incorporate the right amount of enrichment programs?
  • School Climate: Does Sequoia provide a safe and engaging environment for students to thrive?  What improvements can we make to facilities, playground activities, and the overall functioning of the school to improve this climate? How can we empower students to solve problems and resolve conflicts?
  • Parent Involvement: How can we work with all parents to increase involvement in the school? How can we align parent involvement with the academic plan?

The Sequoia SSC generally meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Sequoia library. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a voting member of the SSC to attend meetings. Parents can also review Sequoia’s Site Plan online at http://www.thrivingstudents.org/38 and the SSC meeting minutes in the big white binder located in the Sequoia office.

If you want to see how the different people and programs of Sequoia all fit together, have a particular passion for your child’s education, have a school problem you want to help solve, or if you want to get to know the principal and some of the teachers better, come to an SSC meeting.

2016-2017 SSC Meeting Minutes

October 2016 SSC meeting

October 2016 Title I meeting

September 2016 SSC meeting