Fenton Avenue Charter School & Fenton Primary Center A Fenton Charter Public School

Board Agenda

Fenton Charter Public Schools

Meeting of the Board of Directors 

AGENDA

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The mission of the Fenton Charter Public Schools is to offer a high quality innovative education to all students in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where students, parents and staff become a community of learners achieving collaborative and successful outcomes. 

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School,

1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038.

 

 

  

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

The mission of the Fenton Charter Public Schools is to offer a high quality innovative education to all students in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where students, parents and staff become a community of learners achieving collaborative and successful outcomes.

 

FCPS:  8928 B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352 • (818) 962-3630

FACS:  11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA  91342 • (818) 896-7482

SMBCCS:  1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038 • (323) 469-0971

FPC:  11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA  91331 • (818) 485-5900

STEM and FCLA:  8926 Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352 • (818) 962-3636

 

REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

October 19, 2017 – 4:30 P.M.

Fenton Charter Public Schools Office

8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352

 

AGENDA

 

Instructions for Presentations to the Board by Parents and Citizens

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools (“Charter Schools”) welcome your participation at the Charter Schools’ Board meetings.  The purpose of a public meeting of the Board of Directors (“Board”) is to conduct the affairs of the Charter Schools in public.  Your participation assures us of continuing community interest in our Charter Schools.  To assist you in the case of speaking/participating in our meetings, the following guidelines are provided:

 

  1. Agendas are available to all audience members at the door to the meeting.

 

  1. “Request to Speak” forms are available to all audience members who wish to speak on any agenda items or under the general category of “Presentations from the Public.” “Presentations from the Public” is set aside for members of the audience to raise issues that are not specifically on the agenda.  However, due to public meeting laws, the Board can only listen to your issue, not respond or take action.  These presentations are limited to three (3) minutes and total time allotted to non-agenda items will not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.  The Board may give direction to staff to respond to your concern or you may be offered the option of returning with a citizen-requested item.

 

  1. You may also complete a “Request to Speak” form to address the Board on Agenda items. With regard to such agenda items, you may specify that agenda item on your “Request to Speak” form and you will be given an opportunity to speak for up to five (5) minutes when the Board discusses that item.  The total time allocated to agenda items will not exceed thirty (30) minutes per item. 

 

  1. When addressing the Board, speakers are requested to state their name and address from the podium and adhere to the time limits set forth.

 

  1. Any public records relating to an agenda item for an open session of the Board which are distributed to all, or a majority of all, of the Board members shall be available for public inspection at 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, California.

 

  1. PRELIMINARY

 

  1. Call to Order – Chairperson of the Board – Joe Lucente

 

  1. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Meaghan Berry, Laura Holmes and Coco Salazar

 

  1. Flag Salute – Chair Lucente

 

  1. Additions/Corrections to the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

  1. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting - Chair Lucente

 

Minutes of the September 21, 2017 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors will be presented for approval.

 

It is recommended that the Board approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

Any persons present desiring to address the Board of Directors on any proper matter.

 

Agenda items:  No individual presentation shall be for more than five (5) minutes and the total time for this purpose shall not exceed thirty (30) minutes per agenda item. 

 

Non-agenda items:  No individual presentation shall be for more than three (3) minutes and the total time for this purpose shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes. 

 

Ordinarily, Board members will not respond to presentations and no action can be taken.  However, the Board may give direction to staff following a presentation.

 

  1. Committee/Council Reports

 

  1. Finance Committee – Sarah Ananta, Maria Patrón (FPC); Holly Putman, Robert Zúñiga (SMBCCS); Nicole Langlois (FCLA); Toni Frear (STEM)

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council – Tony Peña, Martin Penner  (FACS)

 

  1. Instruction Committee – Mara Shinn Smith, Nitima Agnus (FPC); Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto (SMBCCS); Veronica Palazzola (FCLA); Angie Castellana Ferri (STEM)

Curriculum and Assessment Council – Christopher Torres (FACS)

 

  1. Personnel Committee – Nina Arguera, Coco Salazar (FPC); Walter Gomez, Robin Rodriguez (SMBCCS); Nicole Langlois (FCLA); Jennifer Pimentel (STEM)

Human Resource and Personnel Council – Rolando Gutierrez (FACS)

 

  1. Parent/Community Advocacy – Krystal Hernandez, Abigail Lopez-Dee (FPC); Ariana Gomez, Bunny Wolfer (SMBCCS); Cecilia Quijano (FCLA); Crisinda Ismail (STEM)

School-Community Relations Council – Elizabeth Jimenez, Cheryl Perkins (FACS)

 

  1. School Site Council
  2. English Learner Advisory Committee

 

  1. Treasurer/CFO’s Report: Kristin Dietz, Vice President, EdTec - FCPS Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

 

The Chief Financial Officer will present the July/August year-to-date financial statements, cash flow position, and any variations in revenues and expenditures from the approved 2017-2018 budgets, and September/October 2017 Financials for all sites.

 

  1. Directors’ Reports

 

  1. Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Mrs. Stacy Hutter

 

  1. Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Dr. David Riddick

 

  1. Fenton Primary Center (FPC) – Mr. Richard Parra

 

  1. Fenton STEM Academy (STEM) – Mrs. Jennifer Miller

 

  1. Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) – Mr. Cary Rabinowitz

 

  1. Executive Director’s Report: Irene Sumida

 

III.      CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

All matters listed under the consent agenda are considered by the Board to be routine and will be approved/enacted by the Board in one motion in the form listed below.  Unless specifically requested by a Board member for further discussion or removed from the agenda, there will be no discussion of these items prior to the Board’s vote on them.  The Executive Director recommends approval of all consent agenda items.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve English Learner (EL) Master Plans for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

 

            It is recommended that the Board approve the Consent Agenda.

           

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

  1. Recommendation to receive FASB ASC 715 OPEB report for June 30, 2017

 

It is recommended that the Board receive item IV.A.

  1. Recommendation to approve revised Procurement and Purchasing Procedures Policy

 

It is recommended that the Board approve item IV.B.

  1. Recommendation to approve Local Indicators for the California School Dashboard for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

 

            It is recommended that the Board approve item IV.C.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve opening of investment account for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

            It is recommended that the Board approve item IV.D.

 

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

  1. Review of updated Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures

 

  1. Compliance with LAUSD Resolution: “Keeping Parents Informed:  Charter Transparency”

 

  1. Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

  1. CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente will make the following announcement:

 

“The Board of Directors will now be moving into closed session to discuss matters described in Section VI.  Matters to be discussed are those permitted by Government Code Section 54957 (personnel).”

 

Convene to closed session

 

PERSONNEL: (Government Code 54957)

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT– Chief Academic Officer

 

PERSONNEL: (Government Code 54957)

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT – Chief Executive Officer

VII.     RETURN TO OPEN SESSION - ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

Reconvene to open session

 

Chair Lucente will announce any action taken in Closed Session.

 

VIII.   ANNOUNCEMENTS

IX.     ADJOURNMENT

 

            The meeting was adjourned at ____________________.

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, 1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038.

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, disability-related modifications or accommodations, including auxiliary aids or services, in order to participate in the public meeting of the FCPS Board of Directors, please contact the main office of either Fenton Avenue Charter School or the Fenton Primary Center at (818) 896-7482.  Notification of 72 hours prior to the meeting will enable FCPS to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accommodations and accessibility to this meeting.  Upon request, FCPS shall also make available this agenda and all other public records associated with this meeting in appropriate alternative formats for persons with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item I.E.1.

                  UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

September 21, 2017

 

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352 (call-in number:  641-715-3818; access code:  881498).

 

  1. PRELIMINARY

 

  1. Call to Order – Chairperson of the Board – Joe Lucente

 

The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m. by Chair Lucente.

 

  1. Roll Call – Secretaries of the Board – Barbara Ausherman and Mercedes Meeks

 

Board Members Present                  

Diane Abeyta, Parent Representative

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

Gabriela Montoya, Parent Representative

 

Board Members Not Present

Walter Wallace, Community Representative

Gary Borden, Community Representative

 

  1. Flag Salute – Chair Lucente

 

Chair Lucente led the Board and the public in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

  1. Additions/Corrections to the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

                        There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes

 

Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Gabriela Montaya and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the June 29, 2017 Regular Meeting were approved.

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS

 

  1. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

                        There were no presentations from the public.

  1. Public Hearing


A public hearing encouraging participation from parents, teachers, and community members regarding the sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials for each student was held.

 

  1. Committee/Council Reports

 

Minutes of all meetings held by any committee and/or council were sent to the Board Members prior to this meeting. 

 

There were no further reports by committees/councils. 

 

  1. Treasurer/CFO’s Report

 

Kristin Dietz, Vice President of EdTec, and Treasurer and CFO of the FCPS, presented Year End Unaudited Financials for 2016-2017.

 

  1. Directors’ Reports

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Stacy Carroll Hutter, Director, reported.

 

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Dr. David Riddick, Director, reported.

 

Fenton Primary Center (FPC) – Richard Parra, Director, reported.

 

Fenton STEM Academy (STEM) – Jennifer Miller, Director, reported.

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) –Cary Rabinowitz, Director, reported.

 

  1. Executive Director’s Report

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools (FCPS) – Irene Sumida, Executive Director, reported.

 

III.      CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

  1. Recommendation to approve the 2017-2018 Board Resolution regarding council and committee responsibilities and membership
  2. Recommendation to approve final staff rosters and employee contracts for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA for 2017-2018 school year

 

  1. Recommendation to approve 2017-2018 bell schedules and instructional minutes offered by FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA            

 

  1. Recommendation to approve 2017-2018 Parent Involvement Policies for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Santa Monica Boulevard, Community Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

  1. Recommendation to approve the Los Angeles County Office of Education “Certification of Signatures”

 

  1. Recommendation to approve move of Fenton Charter Public Schools account holding New Market Tax Credit interest payments from Citibank to East West Bank

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg SECONDED by Gabriela Montoya and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Consent Agenda was approved.

 

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

  1. Recommendation to approve slate of Board officers for the 2017-2018 school year

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Gabriela Montoya and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the slate of Board officers for the 2017-2018 school year was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve appointment of Parent Representative to FCPS Board of Directors

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the appointment of Parent Representative, Diane Abeyta, to the FCPS Board of Directors was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve Resolution #32: Sufficiency of Instructional Materials

 

On MOTION of Gabriela Montoya SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve Resolution #32:  Sufficiency of Instructional Materials was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve slate of directors and officers for the FCPS Foundation Board of Directors for 2017-2018

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the slate of directors and officers for the FCPS Foundation Board of Directors for 2017-2018 was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to receive Unaudited Actual Reports for June 30, 2017 for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

                       

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Gabriela Montoya and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive Unaudited Actual Reports for June 30, 2017 for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve Independent Study Agreement for 2017-2018 school year

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Independent Study Agreement for 2017-2018 school year was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve FERPA compliant Directory Information (DIR) sharing agreement with Charter Nation

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Gabriela Montoya and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the FERPA compliant Directory Information (DIR) sharing agreement with Charter Nation was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve revised General Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual

 

            On MOTION of Diane Abetya, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the revised General Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual was approved.

 

  1. Recommendation to approve MOU with Luminarias Institute, Inc.

 

            On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Gabriela Montoya and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the MOU between Luminarias Institute, Inc. and the Fenton Charter Public Schools was approved.

 

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

  1. Brown Act Training – Janelle Ruley from Young, Minney and Corr LLP presented

 

  1. LAUSD Charter Schools Division Oversight Process

 

  1. Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

                        These were information items only and no action was taken.

 

  1. CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente made the following announcement:

 

“The Board of Directors will now be moving into closed session to discuss matters described in Section VI.  Matters to be discussed are those permitted by Government Code Section 54957 – Personnel Matters.”

 

The Board convened to Closed Session at 5:58 p.m.

 

  1. Public Employment: Government Code 54957

VII.     RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

The Board reconvened to Open Session at 6:35 p.m.

 

Chair Lucente announced that action had been taken on the following items by the Board of Directors in Closed Session:

 

On MOTION of Gabriela Montoya, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Board approved the following actions:

 

  • Replacing the position of Executive Director with two positions: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer;
  • The job descriptions for the two new leadership positions;
  • The Chief Academic Officer’s annual salary of $165,000, and the Chief Executive Officer’s annual salary of $180,000 with benefits equivalent to all other FCPS full-time employees and determined by the original date of hire;
  • The selection of K12 Search, a firm specializing in the identification, recruitment and selection of new leadership for educational organizations to conduct a national search for the position of FCPS Chief Executive Officer.

These approvals necessitate the following steps, which the Board directed the Executive Director to accomplish prior to the next regular meeting of the FCPS Board of Directors:

 

  • Request applications for the position of Chief Academic Officer (CAO) from the current administrative staff beginning on September 22, 2017 with a deadline for applications of October 6, 2017;
  • Organize an Ad Hoc Interview Committee consisting of the following: 1) the Faculty and Classified Representatives; 2) no more than three members of the Board of Directors (Joe Lucente, Yvette King-Berg, and Daniel Laughlin volunteered); and 3) three administrators selected from the current administrative team. (Barbara Aragón, Cary Rabinowitz and Sirui Thomassian were selected by the representatives and have accepted).
  • Convene the Ad Hoc Interview Committee to interview all applicants for the CAO position on October 12, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am at the FCPS Offices.
  • Ensure a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Interview Committee for the CAO position which will be brought to the Board at the October 19, 2017 meeting. (The CAO will officially assume the position on July 1, 2018, but will work with the Executive Director in a variety of informal capacities during the 2017-2018 school year to ensure an efficient, transparent and seamless transition of leadership.)
  • Request a formal proposal and timeline for the hiring of a Chief Executive Officer from K12 Search. (The Board will review the proposal from K12 Search and the company’s recommended timeline at the October 19, 2017 board meeting.)

VIII.   ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  1. ADJOURNMENT

 

            The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 p.m.

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

______________________________                        ___________________________

Barbara Ausherman                                                    Mercedes Meeks        

Secretary of the Board                                     Secretary of the Board                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. C.

 

Committee and Council Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.C.1.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

 

September 20, 2017

 

A meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. in the Studio of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA. 91342.

 

Call to Order:    Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

The Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting was called to order at 2:58 p.m. by Co-Chair Tony Peña.

 

Roll Call:            Geina Addison, Secretary

 

Members Present                          Members Absent                           Others Present

 

See attached sign-in sheet for members present, members absent, members excused and others present.

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Item #1                      

 

Minutes from the September 1, 2017 meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Martin Penner, SECONDED by Karen Scharf, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting of September 1, 2017, were approved as presented.

 

Presentations from the Public: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

Item #2                      

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

There is no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3

 

FCPS Leadership Transition (Executive Director, Irene Sumida), Barbara Ausherman, Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, & Karla Contreras, Faculty Representatives and Classified Representative

                                    (Discussion)

 

This was a discussion item. The Faculty Representatives and Classified Represntative clarified the job description of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and updated the council about the upcoming process for the selection of the CAO. Applications for the position are due by October 6, 2017 and the CAO will ideally be selected, and approved by the Board by October 19, 2017. Questions from the staff were presented to the Faculty Representatives to share at the upcoming Board meeting, and all staff members were invited to attend the Board meeting.

 

Announcements

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined

 

Adjournment

 

By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council adjourned at 3:17 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council is to be determined.

 

Respectfully submitted by Geina Addison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

October 6, 2017

 

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Friday, October 6 2017 at 8:11 a.m. in Room 1 at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order:            Kelley Christenson, Chair

 

Roll Call:                    Paige Piper, Secretary

 

Members Present: Kelley Christenson, Paige Piper, Dominica Yasuda, Jennifer Miller

 

Excused Members: Raquel Contreras, David Valle, Ana Soto Gutierrez

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Bianca Bell-Reed, Elisa Vallejo, Jennifer Pimentel, Crisinda Ismail, Alejandra Munoz, Lauren Cappelli, Cedric Ramirez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None

           

Approval of Minutes: Kelley Christenson- Chairperson

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 30, 2017 meeting of the Fenton STEM Finance Committee

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Dominica Yasuda, SECONDED by Paige Piper, and CARRIED, the minutes from the August 30, 2017 meeting of the Finance Committee were approved.

 

Presentations from the Public:  None

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Fenton STEM Finance Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:          

 

Item #3           California Shake Out, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director

                       (Informational Item)

 

Fenton STEM Academy will participate in the California Shake Out on October 19th at 8:30 a.m. This is a state wide of earthquake drill that millions of Californians participate in. This is the third year that STEM will participate in the California Shake Out Drill. Mrs. Miller will hold a meeting with staff members with a specific role in the drill prior to the October 18th staff meeting. All staff will be informed of final plans for the day at the October 18th staff meeting. The drill will last as long as necessary for search and rescue to enter all classrooms.

 

Item #4           Facilities Update, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director

                        (Informational Item)

 

Mrs.  Miller announced that there are now eight functioning tables in the MPR.

 

Announcements:       None

 

 

Next Regular Meeting:         TBD

 

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Dominica Yasuda, SECONDED by Paige Piper, and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 8:18 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Paige Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

October 12, 2017

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352.

                                                          

Call to Order:            Toni Frear – Chairperson

 

The Finance Committee meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. by Chair, Tony Frear.

 

Roll Call:                    Jennifer Hines – Secretary

 

Finance Committee Members Present: Toni Frear, Jennifer Hines, Brennan Mack, Cary Rabinowitz.

 

Non-committee Members: Kate Hetu, Natascha Calnon, Nichole and Nicole Langlois

 

Members Excluded: Tony Mata, Raquel Contreras, David Valle

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Toni Frear – Chairperson

 

Toni Frear updated the agenda to reflect Jennifer Hines as secretary.

           

Approval of the Minutes: Toni Frear, Chairperson

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Fenton Charter Leadership Finance Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Jennifer Hines, SECONDED by Brennan Mack and CARRIED, the minutes from August 28, 2017 meeting were approved.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Toni Frear - Chairperson

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Finance Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Great California Shake Out Simulation Drill, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA

Director (Informational Item)

 

Cary Rabinowitz shared that on October 19th, FCLA will participate in the Great California Shake Out.  Mr. Rabinowitz and Mrs. Miller met with office staff and support staff yesterday for their simulations. Teachers will review procedures on October 18th.PD meeting. Prior to this, signs (red and green) will be hung on the door. Additionally, teachers will be asked to bring out the lockdown buckets. We are hoping to have parents involved at the request and reunion gates. All steps will be reviewed at October 18th meeting.

 

Item #4                       Facilities Update, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Cary Rabinowitz presented that padding has been added to all the poles outside and we now have 8 working tables in the MPR.  We are also still hoping to put up additional bulletin boards throughout the school. Want to have a uniform board, a service learning board and possible grade level boards. We have at least 5-6 large bulletin boards.  Toni suggested either a mural or decal quotes, Kate Hetu suggested an attendance board and Cary Rabinowitz suggested a YPI board.

 

Announcements: NONE

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Jennifer Hines, SECONDED by Brennan Mack, and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 7:21 am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Jennifer Hines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

 

October 13, 2017

 

A meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council was held on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 7:10 a.m. in the conference room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

 

Call to Order: Martin Penner, Co-Chair

 

The Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. by Co-Chair Martin Penner.

 

Roll Call:  Fanny Adnitt, Secretary

 

Members Present                          Members Absent                           Others Present

 

See attached sign-in sheet for members present, members absent, members excused and others present.

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Martin Penner, Co-Chair

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Item #1                      

Minutes from the September 20, 2017 meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Vanessa Ettleman, SECONDED by Tony Peña, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting of September 20, 2017 were approved as presented.

 

Item #2

Presentations from the Public: Martin Penner, Co-Chair

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

 

Item #3

Fundraising Update, Tony Peña, Council Co-Chair (Informational Item)

Council Co-Chair Tony Peña informed the council that the first fundraiser, Free Dress, raised $460.00. The second one, World’s Famous Chocolate Sale, is in progress now and sold $15,000.00 thus far.

The next fundraiser will take place in January. The council discussed the possibility of utilizing parent volunteers to help fulfill the orders next time.

 

 

 

Item #4                      

Facilities Update, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Stacy Carroll Hutter informed the council that the LAUSD Maintenance and Operations will be coming for inspection on October 24th, 2017. A water leak in the TK yard has been fixed by our crew. Outside lights were replaced and a sinkhole in the apparatus area has been fixed.

 

New Business:

 

Item #5                       

2017 Great California Shake-Out, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Stacy Carroll Hutter informed the council that the Great California Shake-Out will take place in the morning part of Friday, October 20th, 2017. The drill will occur one day after the state of California’s scheduled date due to FACS school pictures. The protocol for the drill will be reviewed during the staff meeting next Wednesday, October 18th, 2017.

 

Item #6                       

2017-2018 Oversight Visit Date, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Stacy Carroll Hutter informed the council that the 2017-2018 Oversight Visit will take place on February 22nd, 2018. The timing of the visit does not interfere with any other major event on our calendar.

 

Announcements

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined

 

Adjournment

 

By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council adjourned at 7:35 a.m. The next regular meeting of the council is to be determined.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Fanny Adnitt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.C.2.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Instruction Committee

 

September 14, 2017

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. in the library of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order:            Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chair

 

The Instruction Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. by Mara Shinn Smith and Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chairs.

           

Roll Call:                    Nina Arguera, Secretary

 

Members Present: Nitima Angus, Mara Shinn Smith, Nina Arguera, Karen Knapp, Coco Salazar, Diana Lucas, Judy Lee, Jacqueline Penner, Lisa Ibarra, Krystal Rodriguez, Vanessa Sarnecki, Maria Cardenas, Maria Reyes, Maritza Avila, Laurie Perez, Richard Parra, Barbara Aragón, Michelle Holloway, Tiffany Crawford

 

Members Excused: None

 

Members Absent: Maria Reyes

           

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from August 29, 2017: Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chair

           

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 29, 2017 meeting of the Instruction Committee.

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Nitima Angus, SECONDED by Judy Lee, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Instruction Committee Meeting of August 29, 2017 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

                                               

Presentations were presented by one of the public.

 

Coco Salazar shared that during kindergarten’s Back to School Night, parents were provided with passwords to access student portals for ConnectEd, My Math, Raz-Kids, Science Spin, and Let’s Go, all of which are accessible on the Fenton website. First and second grade will also share these links with parents. Additionally, the kindergarten team created a homework rubric yesterday to determine the exact quantity of homework turned in necessary for students to achieve their effort grade. Second grade shared they do not send homework on Fridays (occasionally send math), but instead request that parents log in to their child’s online resources. Now that these resources are available online, kindergarten is considering also not sending homework next school year and instead telling parents to access these resources. A concern was brought up regarding parent accessibility to technology when they are required for homework, but second grade shared that most students complete the work on their parents’ smartphones. We would like to pursue consistency with homework across all grade levels. Lead Teachers will meet with their grades to receive input on homework ideas and will present the general consensus to the Instruction Committee.

 

Old Business:

                                               

Item #3                       Update on Special Education, Michelle Holloway, Administrative  

Coordinator

(Informational Item)

 

Michelle Holloway explained there are about 63 students with IEP services and the SPED team is doing a wonderful job providing services and assistance. A Parent Meet and Greet was held on September 12, 2017. There were about 12 parents in attendance and they expressed feeling encouraged by what FPC is providing for their children. Each member of the SPED team introduced themselves and presented their roles. Additionally, Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Holloway completed FPC’s Self Review Checklist, a 12-page document that highlights mandated protocols. The checklist is ready to be submitted; therefore, different reminders and protocols will be reviewed with staff to ensure we are meeting all requirements. The special education instructional specialists will provide progress report updates that show how the students are progressing towards their IEP goals to teachers to accompany report cards.

 

New Business:

 

Item #4                       MTSS and SST Process and Protocol, Michelle Holloway, 

                                    Administrative Coordinator

(Motion to Approve)

 

MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and is replacing the current RTI. The team consists of General Education staff (with a representative from each grade level), the SPED team, and administrators. The push is for FPC to have a strong Intervention program, for which MTSS is the umbrella (SSTs, interventions, COST meetings, etc. will fall under MTSS). The team met and will continue to meet to determine what MTSS will look like in FPC. They will analyze the tiers and determine what teaching will look like in each tier, as well as how to move from tier to tier. This does not only encompass academics, but also student behavior. It will be a work in progress and the team will continue to have positive discussions to identify FPC’s goals and address the different tiers. With that comes the need for a protocol for the SST process. Mrs. Holloway is sharing a school-wide memo about what the SST Policy and Protocol is and ensuring we are vigilant in holding an SST when parents request them (must hold within 15 days). If parents express wanting their child assessed, teachers should ask the parents for a written request and immediately notify Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Holloway. Furthermore, if an SST is held for a student, their parents should not be surprised to hear their child has been struggling as they should have been kept well informed. There needs to be a follow-up for each SST to monitor each student’s progress. If it is a severe case, instead of following the SST process, teachers can let Mrs. Holloway know they need to meet for an SST right away. Therefore, more severe cases will be treated on a case-by-case basis. However, for the most part, the SST process should be followed. Mrs. Holloway also shared that an SST is not a means of getting an IEP, but is an opportunity to discuss students’ background to determine what may be affecting their academic performance and then brainstorming ways to support the student. If teachers are concerned about a student, it is important to bring up those concerns. Ms. Aragón shared that the COST process needs to be refined, which can be an item for the Intervention group and lead teachers to discuss.

 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez SECONDED by Diana Lucas, and CARRIED, the MTSS and SST Process and Protocol has been approved.     

 

Item #5                       Learning A-Z, Mara Shinn Smith, Reading Intervention Specialist

(Informational Item)

 

FPC has renewed Learning A-Z’s two products:  Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids.  This bundle is now called Raz-Plus. There were 4-5 kindergarten teachers willing to try Headsprout, so our Learning A-Z representative will grant these teachers access until the end of October. From there, the kindergarten team can pick which resource is most beneficial to their students.

 

Item #6                       NWEA MAP Testing Window and Update, Mara Shinn Smith, Reading

Intervention Specialist

                                    (Informational Item)

 

In regards to NWEA MAP testing, there is one more student that needs to be tested.  The fall testing window for all FCPS schools will be closed on 9/30/17.  This will allow the “district norms” data to be available on reports for parent conferences in November.  We are in discussions about having kindergarten also begin with MAP testing in the winter. 

 

Item #7                       FPC Master Plan, Barbara Aragón, Assistant Director

(Motion to Approve)

 

Ms. Aragón shared the FPC Master Plan Narrative 2017-2018, which teachers will place in their ELD binders. Most of the main elements are the same, but Ms. Aragón highlighted the changes which included “Kinder” being changed to “TK/Kinder” and the 48% student population has been changed to 50%, which is based on Illuminate. ELDRA has been removed from all documentation and teachers will continue to utilize both designated and integrated ELD instruction to build ELL skills across the curriculum. This will be distributed to all the teachers and likely shared with the board.

On MOTION of Coco Salazar, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the FPC Master Plan has been approved.       

           

Announcements:  None

           

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

Adjournment: By MOTION of Nitima Angus, SECONDED by Coco Salazar, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:53 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Nina Arguera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council

 

September 20, 2017

 

A meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. in the Conference Room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

 

Call to Order:            Christopher Torres – Co-Chair

 

The Curriculum and Assessment Council was called to order at 2:50 p.m. by Co-Chair Christopher Torres

 

Roll Call:                    Fong Chau, Secretary

 

Members Excused:   Jacqeline Claudio, Martha May, Lilia Padilla-Zuniga

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Lilia Padilla Zuñiga, and Christopher Torres – Co Chairs

           

Presentations from the Public:  Lilia Padilla Zuñiga, and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 30, 2017 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lara Hovaguimian, SECONDED by Rebecca Williamson, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from August 30, 2017 were approved as submitted.

 

 

Old Business:

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Curriculum and Assessment Council on any proper matter.

 

None

New Business:

 

Item #3                      FCPS Leadership Transition (Executive Director, Irene Sumida),

Barbara Ausherman & Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, Faculty Representatives (Discussion)

 

Mrs. Barbara Ausherman and Mrs. Mercedes Cordoba Meeks led a discussion with the council pertaining to the transition of Executive Director, Irene Sumida. They addressed all questions and concerns from the council.

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Marya Asadurian, SECONDED by Lee Melo, and CARRIED, the Curriculum and Assessment Council adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

September 27, 2017

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Instruction Committee

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:23 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

Call to Order:    Angie Castellana Ferri, Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:23 a.m. by Chair, Angie Castellana Ferri.

 

Roll Call:            Angie Castellana Ferri, Chairperson

Instruction Committee Members Present: Angie Castellana Ferri, Jennifer Miller, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Shannon Bailey, Ashley Johnson

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Cary Rabinowitz, Maria Cordero, Cecilia Quijano, Veronica Palazzola, Jennifer Pimentel, Lindsey Western, Yesenia Fuentes

 

Committee Members Excused: Romelia Lagunas, Tommy Ramirez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Angie Castellana Ferri, Chairperson

 

Additions: Item #8 Revised Monthly Progress Report was added to the agenda.

 

Corrections to the Agenda: The date of the meeting was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

 

Approval of Minutes: Angie Castellana Ferri, Chairperson

 

Item #1           Minutes from the August 31, 2017 meeting of the Instruction Committee.                 (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Ashley Johnson, SECONDED by Melissa Sopitkuankan, and CARRIED, the minutes of the August 31, 2017 Instruction Committee were approved as submitted.

                                    

 

Presentations from the Public: Angie Castellana Ferri, Chairperson

 

Item #2           Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

 

None

 

New Business:

Item #3           ELDRA Testing,

            Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that ELDRA testing will begin, Monday October 2, 2017. ELDRA will be used to monitor student proficiency in English language acquisition until the ELPAC assessment is adopted. A new hire training for ELDRA will take place in the STEM and FCLA Hands on Lab afterschool on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The second administration of ELDRA will take place during mid-February.

 

Item #4           Front Row Education Training,

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Informational Item)    

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that STEM and FCLA will hold a Front Row Education training on Thursday, October 5th from 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. for teachers in grades 3-5. Front Row is a supplemental ELA and Math program adopted by teachers in grades 3-5 to replace IStation. Due to this training, STEM and FCLA’s regular staff meeting held on Wednesday will be cancelled.

 

Item #5           Professional Development Day #5,

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that Dr. Robert Land will present to STEM and FCLA to conduct a professional development day focused on writing on October 6, 2017. Dr. Land’s title of his training is called, “Learning to Write, Writing to Learn, and Writing to Show What We Have Learned.” Dr. Land’s training will specialize in preparing students to answer writing prompts for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, writing vertically across grade levels, cross curricular writing, and using writing throughout multiple subjects.

 

On MOTION of Shannon Bailey, SECONDED by Ashley Johnson, and CARRIED the approval of the upcoming Professional Development Day #5 for Fenton STEM Academy was approved.

 

Item #6           Easy Play Area,

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that Play Area B will change from being a relay race area to an Easy Play Area to provide an alternative and safe area for children to play. The Easy Play Area will include toys and activities such as soft, foam balls, bean bags, swings, and hula hoops to help prevent injuries on the playground. Mrs. Miller stated she worked with Debbie Lopez, our current Adapted P.E. specialist through DirectEd to design this new area.

 

Item #7           Board-Approved FCPS Leadership Transition,

Angie Castellana Ferri, Faculty Representative (Informational Item)

 

Angie Castellana Ferri, faculty representative, presented an update about the Board-Approved FCPS Leadership Transition. The transition and deadline for the application for the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). Applications for the CAO will begin September 22, 2017, the deadline for submission will be October 6, 2017, and the interview process will begin October 12, 2017. The CAO salary position will earn $165,000 and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will earn $180,000. Once the position of the CAO is secured, postings for the CEO will be placed on K12 Search. Both the CAO and CEO will have a start date of July 1, 2018.

 

Item #8           Revisions to Monthly Progress Reports,

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the committee with a revised copy of the monthly progress report. The academic subject titles have been changed from: Meeting Grade-Level Standards, Not Meeting Grade-Level Standards, and Failing; to now read: Meeting Grade-Level Standards, Approaching Grade-Level Standards, and Standards Not Met. The Successful Learner Behavior titles will also be adjusted from: Rarely, Often, and Always to now read as: Rarely, Sometimes, and Consistently. The final adjustment to the monthly progress report will be the addition of the “Grades not yet determined” box to be added to the History/Social Studies category. The revisions have been made upon the collection of suggestions from the instruction committee and teachers from grade level meetings.

 

On MOTION of Ashley Johnson, SECONDED by Melissa Sopitkuankan, and CARRIED the approval of the monthly progress report has been approved.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting:        TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Melissa Sopitkuankan, SECONDED by Ashley Johnson, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:02 a.m.

 

Respectfully submitted by Melissa Sopitkuankan, Instruction Committee Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Instruction Committee Meeting

 

September 27, 2017

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order:            Veronica Palazzola, Chair

 

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:21 am by Chair, Veronica Palazzola.

 

Roll Call:                    Lindsey Western, Secretary

 

Instruction Committee Members Present: Veronica Palazzola, Cary Rabinowitz, Lindsey Western, Yesenia Fuentes, and Maria Cordero.

 

Non-committee Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Angie Ferri, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Shannon Bailey, Ashley Johnson, Cecilia Quijano, and Jennifer Pimentel.

 

Members Excused: Romelia Lagunas

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Veronica Palazzola, Chair

 

Cary Rabinowitz - added Item #8, Easy Play (Informational)

Cary Rabinowitz – Item #7 changed to Motion to Approve

 

Approval of Minutes: Veronica Palazzola, Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 5, 2017 meeting of the Instruction Committee

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lindsey Western, SECONDED by Maria Cordero, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Veronica Palazzola, Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:           

 

There was no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Board-Approved FCPS Leadership Transition, Cecilia Quijano, Faculty Representative (Informational Item)

 

Cecilia Quijano, faculty representative, presented updates about the Board-Approved FCPS Leadership Transition. Applications for the Chief Academic Officer position will be accepted between September 22 and October 6. The hiring committee, which consists of faculty representatives, 3 board members, and 3 administrators, will begin interviewing on October 12. The hiring committee will meet one Saturday per month. The newly hired CAO will begin his or her position on July 1, 2018 and will participate in the hiring process of the Chief Executive Officer. The yearly salary for the CAO position will be $165,000 and $180,000 for the CEO. The two positions will receive the same benefits as all Fenton faculty. Many other items have been discussed at previous staff meetings.

 

The next board meeting will be held October 19 at 4:30 in the business office.

 

Item #4                       Revised Monthly Progress Report, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mr. Rabinowitz presented the committee with a revised copy of the monthly progress report. Revisions have been made to some of the academic subject titles.  Meeting Grade-Level Standards, Not Meeting Grade-Level Standards, and Failing have been changed to now read: Meeting Grade Level Standards, Approaching Grade-Level Standards, and Standards Not Met. The Successful Learner Behavior titles will also be changed from rarely, often, and always to rarely, sometimes, and consistently. The last revision to the monthly progress report will be the addition of the “Grades Not Yet Determined” box to the History and Social Studies category.

 

On MOTION of Lindsey Western, SECONDED by Maria Cordero and CARRIED, the approval of the monthly progress report was approved.

           

Item #5                       2017-2018 ELDRA Administration, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director

(Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that ELDRA testing will begin Monday October 2, 2017. The ELDRA is used to monitor English language proficiency for English learners. A new hire training will be held in the FCLA/STEM Hands on Lab afterschool on Thursday, October 28, 2017. The second administration will take place at the end of February. Kindergarten will have their first administration in February and their second administration in April.

 

Item #6                       3rd Grade Front Row Training, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that FCLA and STEM will hold a Front Row Education training on Thursday, October 5th from 2:50 p.m. -3:50 p.m. for teachers in grades 3-5. Front Row is a supplemental ELA and Math program that will be used in grades 3-5. The primary grades will continue to use Istation. Due to this training, FCLA and STEM’s weekly staff meeting held on Wednesday will be cancelled.

 

Item #7                       Professional Development Day #5, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that Dr. Robert Land from California State University Los Angeles’ will be presenting a training to FCLA and STEM called, “Learning to Write, Writing to Learn, and Writing to Show What We Have Learned.” Dr. Land’s training will focus in preparing students to answer writing prompts for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, writing vertically across grade levels, cross-curricular writing, and using writing throughout multiple subjects.

 

On MOTION of Lindsey Western, SECONDED by Maria Cordero and CARRIED, the approval of Professional Development Day #5 for FCLA was approved.

 

Item # 8                      Easy Play Area, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director

                                    (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee of a plan to change Play Area B from a relay race area to an Easy Play Area. Due to limited space, several injuries occur during recess and lunch play time. After working with Debbie Lopez, our current adaptive Physical Education specialist, FCLA and STEM have created a plan for the Easy Play Area with safer equipment alternatives. The Easy Play Area will include toys and activities such as soft, foam balls, bean bags, swings, and hula hoops to help prevent injuries on the playground. 

 

Announcements:

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting:         TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Lindsey Western, SECONDED by Maria Cordero, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting adjourned at 8:01 am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lindsey Western, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Instruction Committee

 

October 5, 2017

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. in the library of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order:            Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chair

 

The Instruction Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:16 a.m. by Council Co-Chair, Nitima Angus.

 

Roll Call:                    Nina Arguera, Secretary

 

Members Present: Nitima Angus, Nina Arguera, Karen Knapp, Coco Salazar, Diana Lucas, Jacqueline Penner, Lisa Ibarra, Krystal Rodriguez, Vanessa Sarnecki, Maria Cardenas, Maria Reyes, Maritza Avila, Richard Parra, Barbara Aragón, Michelle Holloway, Tiffany Crawford

 

Members Excused: Mara Shinn Smith, Judy Lee, Laurie Perez

 

Members Absent: None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #6 and Item #9 will instead be presented at the Professional Development on Friday, October 6, 2017.

 

Approval of Minutes from September 14, 2017: Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 14, 2017 meeting of the Instruction Committee

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Instruction Committee Meeting of September 14, 2017 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Nitima Angus, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:              

 

There was no Old Business.

                                   

New Business:

 

Item #3                        Thinking Maps, Michelle Holloway, Administrative Coordinator

(Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Holloway informed the committee that FPC will be refreshing and retraining staff on Thinking Maps, as well as ensuring the implementation is complete. We have three teachers, one from each grade level, who will be taught to serve as trainers of teachers. These teachers will have training on October 17, 18, 19, and for two dates in November as well. On October 4, Barbara Aragón, Michelle Holloway, Mara Shinn Smith, and Lorena Sanchez attended a Thinking Maps Seminar. Their team is very excited about the implementation and moving forward with making sure everyone is fluent in Thinking Maps, as it is a strong language component for our school.

 

Item #4                       LAU Folder Revisions, Barbara Aragón, Assistant Director

(Motion to Approve)

                                   

Ms. Aragón shared the revisions to the LAU Folder. The former LAU Folder included ELDRA and CELDT. We will use English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) in place of ELDRA and will implement ELPAC instead of CELDT. ELPAC will start in 2018 with the Summative assessment. Ms. Aragón shared the format she recommends with the committee. There is a section for the California State Test and a section for ELPA. Additionally, there will be two scores for some students as they might take the Initial and the Summative. The Initial Test label will still be placed on the cumulative record.

 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez, SECONDED by Diana Lucas, and CARRIED, the LAU Folder Revisions has been approved.

 

Item #5                       Academic Achievement Incentive, Nitima Angus, Second Grade Lead Teacher

                                    (Informational Item)

 

When PBIS started implementing the VIP program, Mrs. Angus shared the idea of including an academic component to motivate students in addition to the behavioral incentives. Mrs. Angus described a former system called Go for the Gold, in which students were given incentives for high academic achievement such as being able to move to the front of the lunch line. It was suggested that FPC adapt a form of this reward system to recognize those students who achieve a certain academic standing during periodic reports or progress reports. If it is done in segments, it may motivate students for the next grading period. This idea will be discussed with all grade levels at the Professional Development meeting on October 6, 2017, in order to share opinions and ideas on the matter.

 

Item #6                        Parent Portal on Illuminate, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Informational Item)

 

Mr. Parra explained how FPC has discussed the parent portal for years and Illuminate has made some changes to it. Basically, the parent portal is giving the parents access to certain information on Illuminate. When they log-in, they will see their child’s information (which they cannot change), and most importantly, it will show grades based on the GradeBook teachers create, which will also be available in Spanish. The parent portal also includes an overall attendance log. Lead teachers discussed using this portal for next year. The goal is to eventually get rid of Progress Reports and instead tell parents to check their child’s portal. We are considering having someone pilot the parent portal with their class by the end of this school year so their parents can give input on any issues experienced. Every year, more and more parents have a device they can access information from. Mr. Parra explained how sending home flyers is ineffective, as most parents do not read them. We should monitor how much information parents receive through Class Dojo and possibly just send flyers through Class Dojo.

 

Item #7                        Progress Reports Update, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Informational Item)

 

Mr. Parra explained how the current Periodic Progress Reports will now be the Progress Reports on Illuminate. This decision was made with input from lead teachers and grade levels. Illuminate’s Progress Report will allow parents to see their child’s current progress, particularly the parents of struggling students. However, there are some components that still need to be fixed. The former Periodic Progress Report had the pdf fill-in, which would not work when a computer was updated. As soon as we tried it this year, some teachers notified Mr. Parra that it did not work. Rolando Gutierrez shared the Progress Reports from Santa Monica with lead teachers, which looks very similar to a report card. The goal for FPC is for the parent portal to eliminate Progress Reports.

 

Item #8                        Report Card for Alternate Curriculum, Michelle Holloway, Administrative Coordinator

(Informational Item)

                                   

FPC currently has two students on an alternate curriculum, meaning they are not completing any work on their grade level but are instead on an entirely different curriculum. It is called N2Y. Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. Werner are working on creating a report card based on the N2Y curriculum. This will be developed for the students currently on an alternate curriculum, as well as future students who will require one. The goal is to have this report card completed by November. The SPED team will meet with our FCPS organization lawyer on Friday, October 6 and some of these items will be discussed.

 

Announcements: Jacqueline Penner announced that FPC raised a total of $3,620.00 for the American Cancer Society fundraiser!

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Jacqueline Penner, SECONDED by Coco Salazar, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Nina Arguera

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council

 

October 12, 2017

 

A meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7:15 a.m. in the Conference Room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

 

Call to Order: Lilia Padilla Zuñiga – Co-Chair

 

The Curriculum and Assessment Council was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Co-Chair Lilia Padilla Zuñiga

 

Roll Call:                    Svetlana Jodele, Secretary

 

Members Excused:   Lara Hovaguimian, Jessi Tello

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Lilia Padilla Zuñiga and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Mrs. Hutter changed item #10, English Learner Master Plan, into “informational item.”

           

Presentations from the Public:  Lilia Padilla Zuñiga and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 20, 2017 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On Motion of Otilia Lopez, SECONDED by Lee Mello, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from September 20, 2017 were approved as submitted.

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Curriculum and Assessment Council on any proper matter.

 

There  were  no presentations from the public

 

Old Business:

 

Item #3                      Revised Periodic Report, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

                                   Mrs. Hutter informed the council that our technology specialist, Karla Contreras, adjusted descriptors for the achievement level on Periodic Reports (meeting grade-level standards, approaching grade-level standards, or standards not met) to match our Report Card. As was suggested by STEM, boxes were added for “grades not yet determined” for Science and Social Studies. In addition, descriptors for the Successful Learner Behavior were changed to “rarely, sometimes, and consistently.” The new version has been sent to the staff.

 

Item #4                      Revised NWEA MAP Spring Administration Dates, Stacy Carroll Hutter,

FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter shared with the council the revised dates for MAP spring administration due to ELPAC and SBAC spring administration. The new dates will be 5/21/18 through 6/08/18 due to ELPAC testing in February – 2/05/18 through 2/15/18. MAP will be taken after SBAC – 4/23/18 through 5/11/18. This way there will be a nice gap without testing, compared to last year when MAP was administered right before the SBAC. ELPAC will be administered in the spring. We will continue to use LAUSD re-classification policy for English Language learners.

 

Item #5                      GATE Parent Meeting & GATE Program Update, Stacy Carroll Hutter,

FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter informed the council on the successful GATE parent meeting on 9/28/17. The GATE team will meet with the parents again in the spring, on 5/15/18. The GATE pull-out program will run twice a week for one month beginning 1/10/18 and will focus on technology. The GATE team is also planning a visit to the planetarium for the students in the GATE program.  The GATE team was asked to share their best practices with a focus on differentiation with the staff during one of the future staff meetings.

 

Item #6                      Rosetta Stone ELL Intervention Introduction & Parent Meeting,

Jessi Tello, FACS Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter informed the council that the Rosetta Stone intervention for ELL students is going on right now with introduction week for the students. Mr. Tello is setting up the intervention and will meet twice with the students. There will be a meeting on 10/17/17 for the parents of students using the Rosetta Stone. The parents will be able to download the Rosetta Stone app on their phones to use at home. Our target group consists of students who have overall Levels 1 or 2 or Level 1 in Reading on the last CELDT. We currently purchased 62 licenses, of which a couple licenses are reserved for ELL students who may still come to our school. We also have an ELL component of Brain Pop that may be used in the classroom by ELL students.

 

New Business:

 

Item #7                      ELDRA Testing, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

                                   Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that bags with materials for ELDRA administration are ready and can be picked up from her office as of this week. TK will not be administering ELDRA. The TK teachers will be using other tools to measure students’ English proficiency, such as ESGI.

 

Item #8                      Parent Conference Packet - 1st Reporting Period 2017-2018, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

                                   Mrs. Hutter informed the council that teachers received their Parent Conference packets, and the Report Cards will be ready by the end of the day. Only dates were changed on the Report Cards. Mrs. Hutter advised the teachers not to change time slots for the conferences in order to avoid overlaps in time with other conferences that need translators and allow education specialists to attend the conferences.

 

Item #9                      2017-2018 Oversight Visit Date, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

                                   Mrs. Hutter informed the council that our Oversight Visit will be on 2/22/18.

 

Item #10                    2017-2018 English Learner Master Plan, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director

(Informational item)

 

Mrs. Hutter informed the council that the English Learner Master Plan has to be revised every year and sent to the district. Some changes were made due to the addition of TK on our campus. TK is using Wonders for reading instruction and My Math for math instruction. TK will be using ESGI (Educational Software for Guided Instruction) as a progress monitoring tool for progress reports and grades, as well as monitoring and assessing progress of ELL students. This tool is also currently used by FPC.

 

Item #11                    ESGI, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

                                   Mrs. Hutter informed that we are using ESGI (Educational Software for Guided Instruction) in TK.

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

 

Adjournment:

 

On the MOTION of Marya Asadurian, SECONDED by Otilia Lopez, and CARRIED, the Curriculum Assessment Council adjourned at 7:55 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.C.3.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

September 20, 2017

 

A meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:45 p.m. in the Studio at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342.

 

Call to Order:            Mercedes Meeks, Faculty Representative

 

The Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting was called to order at 2:59 p.m. by Faculty Representative, Mercedes Meeks.

 

Roll Call:                    Leanna Hendrix, Secretary

 

Members Present: Lizette Adkisson, Leslie Calaway, Louis Chernovsky, Christie Collins, Karla Contreras, Lillian De La Torre, Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, DeAnn Michiels, Stacy Carroll Hutter, Leticia Padilla Parra, Jessi Tello

 

Members Excused: Rolando Gutierrez, Joseph Lafko, Jaime Osornia, Mimi Whang

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Mercedes Meeks, Faculty Representative

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lillian De La Torre, SECONDED by Christie Collins, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Mercedes Meeks, Faculty Representative

 

Item #2                       Any person(s) desiring to address the Human Resource and Personnel Council on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:           

 

None  

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       FCPS Leadership Transition – Transition of Executive Director, Irene Sumida, Faculty and Classified Representatives, Barbara Ausherman, Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, and Karla Contreras (Informational Item)

                                    Barbara Ausherman, Mercedes Meeks, and Karla Contreras reviewed the timeline for the selection of a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for FCPS.  They informed the council that the representatives from all 5 schools met on September 16, 2017 to share any staff feedback from their respective schools, as well as to review the job description of the CAO.  The representatives also clarified the preferred experiences of the potential candidates.  Applications for the position will be due by October 6, 2017, and a tentative board approval date has been set for October 19, 2017.  Discussion ensued and questions from the staff were presented to the representatives.  All staff members were encouraged to attend the board meeting on September 21, 2017.

                                   

Announcements: none

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, SECONDED by DeAnn Michiels, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Leanna Hendrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Wednesday October 4, 2017

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. in the auditorium at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90038

 

Call to Order:            Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez, Co-Chairs

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:19 a.m. by Co-Chairs, Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez.

 

Roll Call:                    Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez, Co-Chairs

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Emily Aaronson, Tiene Ho, Virginia Casares, Sandra Hernandez, Jazmin Luna, Cassondra Barrett, Nicole Reed, David Riddick, Monica Castañeda, Walter Gomez, Teresa Elvira, Carmen Solis, Robin Rodriguez, Megan Stevenson, Angela Boyd and Kristine Khachian, Sirui Thomassian

 

Personnel Committee Members Not Present: Nicole Reed

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez, Co-Chairs

 

There were no Additions/Corrections to the Agenda.

           

Approval of Minutes from August 31, 2017:  Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 31, 2017 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Sandra Hernandez, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez, Co-Chairs

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business:            There is no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Updated Staff Roster for 2017-2018, Dr. David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Dr. Riddick presented the 2017 – 2018 Updated Staff Roster for SMBCCS. A new upper SDC

teacher, Scott Hunter, has been hired at SMBCCS. Scott Hunter and the long term substitute, Mathew Sasson, have been working together for the past week.  Scott Hunter began working at SMBCCS on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017. Mathew Sasson’s last day is Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Scott Hunter will have a meet and greet with parents on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Megan Stevenson, and CARRIED, the Updated Staff Roster for 2017-2018 was approved as submitted.

 

Item #4                       Updated Committee Roster for 2017-2018, Dr. David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Dr. Riddick presented the 2017 – 2018 Updated Committee Roster for SMBCCS.  Toni Chavez-

Gomez Finance Committee position has been appointed to Scott Hunter.  This decision is based

on keeping the committee member numbers balanced at SMBCCS.

 

On MOTION of Walter Gomez, SECONDED by Teresa Elvira, and CARRIED, the Updated Committee Roster for 2017-2018 was approved as submitted.

 

Item #5                       Independent Studies, Dr. David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

The staff at SMBCCS is trying to find a mechanism for keeping track of Independent Studies

that have been implemented and or created by teachers.  Further ideas will be up for discussion at a later time.

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting:         TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Sandra Hernandez, SECONDED by Angela Boyd, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:46 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

October 6, 2017

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Friday October 6, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. in the Room 1 at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

Call to Order:            Jennifer Pimentel, Chair

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 8:07 a.m. by Chair, Jennifer Pimentel

 

Roll Call:                    Jennifer Pimentel, Chair

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Jennifer Pimentel, Elisa Vallejo, Bianca Bell-Reed, Cedric Ramirez, Jennifer Miller

 

Non-committee Members: Dominica Yasuda, Paige Piper, Kelley Christenson, Crisinda Ismail, Alejandra Muñoz

 

Members Excused: Priscilla Gentry

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Jennifer Pimentel, Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes: Jennifer Pimentel, Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 30, 2017 meeting of the Personnel Committee

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed , SECONDED by Elisa Vallejo and CARRIED, the minutes from August 30, 2017 were approved.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Jennifer Pimentel, Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Formal Observation Lessons, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Jennifer Miller presented that first semester observation lessons have begun for probationary status teachers. Mrs. Miller shared the shift in percentages of probationary status certificated staff. Beginning August 2015, 63% of Fenton STEM Academy teachers were probationary and participated in formal observation lessons. Two years later, 38% of staff is probationary and will conduct formal observation lessons throughout the 2017-2018 school year. They will continue through December 2nd,  and the sign up is located in the office. Mrs. Miller complimented the staff on their high quality and thoughtful lessons. Lead teachers will continue to provide guidance to probationary teachers prior to their pre-observation lesson meeting with Mrs. Miller.

 

Announcements: NONE

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Elisa Vallejo, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 8:10 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Elisa Vallejo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

                                                                         

October 12, 2017

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:08 a.m. in the Hands-On Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

Call to Order:            Nicole Langlois, Chair

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:08 a.m. by Chair, Nicole Langlois.

 

Roll Call:                    Kate Hetu, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Nicole Langlois, Kate Hetu, Natascha Calnon, Cary Rabinowitz

 

Excused Member: Cedric Ramirez and Fernando Gomez

 

Non-Committee Members: Toni Frear

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Nicole Langlois, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

           

Approval of Minutes from August 28, 2017:  Nicole Langlois, Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Natascha Calnon, SECONDED by Kate Hetu, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Nicole Langlois, Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       First Semester Formal Observation Lessons, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Cary Rabinowitz discussed the first semester formal observations, which started in October and will be ending on December 2, 2017. All teachers have signed up for their formal observations and the pre-observation and post-observation meetings have also been scheduled. Thank you to all teachers for signing up so quickly and being flexible with their schedules. Teachers will complete an ELA lesson in the fall and a math lesson in the spring. During the 2015-2016 school year, 5 out of 8 teachers were observed. During the 2016-2017 school year, 7 out of 10 teachers were observed. During the 2017-2018 school year, 7 out of 12 teachers will be observed. Teachers have already started to plan for their formal observations.

 

Announcements:

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting:         TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Natascha Calnon, SECONDED by Nicole Langlois, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:12 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kate Hetu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

October 12, 2017

 

A meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council was held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 2:45 p.m. in the conference room at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342.

 

Call to Order:            Rolando Gutierrez, Council Chair      

 

The Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting was called to order at 2:48 p.m. by Council Chair, Rolando Gutierrez.

 

Roll Call:                    Rolando Gutierrez, Council Chair

 

Members Present: Louis Chernovsky, Christie Collins, Lillian De La Torre, Rolando Gutierrez, Leanna Hendrix, Joseph Lafko, Jaime Osornia, Mimi Whang, Stacy Carroll Hutter, Leticia Padilla Parra

 

Members Excused: Karla Contreras, Mercedes Meeks, DeAnn Michiels, Jessi Tello

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Rolando Gutierrez, Council Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 20, 2017 meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Christie Collins, SECONDED by Lillian De La Torre, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Rolando Gutierrez, Council Chair

 

Item #2                       Any person(s) desiring to address the Human Resource and Personnel Council on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:           

 

Item #3                       STAR Applied Behavior Analysis Training Update, Stacy Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

                                    Mrs. Hutter informed the council that the SpEd team participated in ABA training at the beginning of the school year in August.  More recently, on October 6, 2017, all adult assistants, security personnel, and after-school personnel who may interact with students also received the training. 

           

New Business:

Item #4                       Staff Update, Stacy Hutter, FACS Director  (Informational Item)

                                               

                                    Mrs. Hutter shared that Shelley Hart, one of our Education Specialist Interns, resigned on October 6, 2017.  We have hired a long-term substitute through Teachers on Reserve to fill her position for the remainder of the year. In addition, we will be hiring a few more one-on-one aides to fulfill IEP needs. 

 

Item #5                       Faculty Roster, Stacy Hutter, FACS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

                                    Mrs. Hutter presented our new faculty roster that reflects the change in our Education Specialist Intern position.  The position is now listed as one that is being filled by a long-term substitute.

 

On MOTION of Mimi Whang, SECONDED by Joseph Lafko, and CARRIED, the updated faculty roster was approved.

           

Item #6                       2017-2018 Oversight Visit Date,  Stacy Hutter, FACS Director

                                    (Informational Item)

 

                                     Mrs. Hutter informed the council that our annual district oversight visit will be on

February 22, 2018.  More information regarding this visit will be forthcoming as

we draw closer to that date.

 

Item #7                        Maternity Leave Request, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Assistant Director 

                                     (Motion to Approve)

 

                   Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that one of our third grade teacher assistants, Stephanie

                   Ulloa, has requested maternity leave beginning October 11, 2017 through

                   December 25, 2017.  Ms. Ulloa will return to work after winter break on January

                   8, 2018.

                                      

On MOTION of Leanna Hendrix, SECONDED by Lilian De La Torre, and CARRIED, Ms. Ulloa’s maternity leave request was approved.

 

Announcements: none

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Leanna Hendrix, SECONDED by Louis Chernovsky, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Leanna Hendrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.C.4.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the School Community Relations Council

 

September 20, 2017

 

A meeting of the School Community Relations Council was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 2:59 p.m. in the studio of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

 

Call to Order:  Tiffany Walker, Co- Chair

 

The meeting of the School Community Relations Council was called to order at 2:59 p.m. by Tiffany Walker, Co-Chair

 

Roll Call: Cynthia Eschenfelder, Secretary

 

Members Present: Angel Garcia, Cheryl Perkins, Juan Gomez, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Elizabeth Jimenez, Alin Kazarian, Robin Brenneisen, Yadira Mendoza, Olga Sanchez, Jessi Tello, Stacy Carroll Hutter, and Lety Padilla-Parra

 

Members Absent:  Shelley Hart

 

Members Excused:

 

Non-Council Members Present:  None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tiffany Walker, Co-Chair

 

Approval of Minutes from September 5, 2017: Tiffany Walker, Co-Chair

 

Item #1           Minutes from the September 5, 2017 meeting of the School Community                                               Relations Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Jimenez, SECONDED by Robin Brenneisen, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the School Community Relations Council of September 5, 2017 were approved as submitted.         

 

Presentations from the Public: Tiffany Walker, Co- Chair

 

Item #2           Any persons desiring to address The School Community Relations Council on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

New Business:          

 

Item #3           FCPS Leadership Transition (Executive Director, Irene Sumida)

Faculty Reps, Barbara Ausherman, Karla Contreras and Mercedes Cordoba Meeks

                                    Mercedes Cordoba Meeks shared that faculty reps met with the administrative staff this past Saturday to further address implementation of the leadership transition.  Barbara Ausherman stated that two additional requirements were added to the CAO job description.  She revealed that staff members had expressed concerns regarding the impact the two positions would have on FACS’s budget. She informed the staff that school budgets would be increased to accommodate the salaries of the new hires.  Each schools’ ADA would be taken into account with regard to the portion to be contributed.  A discussion ensued regarding the number of years of teaching experience that should be required for the position. Mrs. Ausherman clarified that the current requirements for experience are in line with what is generally expected for filling the positions with qualified and long-term officers. Karla Contreras informed the staff that the interview committee will consist of faculty reps and selected directors. Mrs. Stacy Carroll Hutter shared that the transition for her own departure will begin after October and completion of this current transition process.   Members of the staff were encouraged to attend tomorrow’s board meeting.

 

Announcements:

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Cheryl Perkins, SECONDED by Yadira Mendoza and CARRIED, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:35 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

                                           Parent Advocacy Committee                    

 

September 28, 2017

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium 

 

Minutes

 

Call to Order:            Bunny Wolfer and Ariana Gomez, Co-Chairs

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 7:24 a.m. in the auditorium at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038.

 

Roll Call:                    Hannah Bossenger, Secretary

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Lisa DeFrancesco, David Levinson, Monica Castañeda, Ariana Gomez, Bunny Wolfer, Siranush Akopyan, Donald Ausherman, Hannah Bossenger, Evelia Manzo, Emma Colmenares, Joanna Juarez, David Riddick

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Absent: Amanda Hill and Sasha Gongora

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Excused: Maria Geoffroy

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Sirui Thomassian

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Ariana Gomez, Co-Chair

                                   

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes: Bunny Wolfer, Co-Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 6, 2017 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee.

                                   

                                    A correction to the minutes was made; 9Dots getCoding needs to read 9Dots Lead L.A.

 

On MOTION of Evelia Manzo, SECONDED by Joanna Juarez, and CARRIED, the minutes from September 6, 2017 were approved with the correction.

           

Presentations from the Public: Ariana Gomez, Co-Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Parent Advocacy Committee on any proper matter.

                                    

                                    There were no presentations from the public. 

Old Business:            

                                   

Item #3                       Spirit Day Gear, David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

                                   

                                    A variety of shirts are currently being used to show school pride. It has been suggested that every Friday students and staff should have the option of wearing spirit gear. The school is currently in the works of contracting a vendor to design different spirit gear. Therefore, Friday will be officially known as School Spirit Day.

 

Item #4                       Drill Team Uniforms, David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

                                    

SMBCCS Drill Team is in need of purchasing new uniforms. Drill Team is fundraising to pay for the uniforms.  Student Council agreed to pay for half of the cost of the uniforms if Drill Team fundraised for the other half.  Drill Team is requesting an advance to cover the portion of the funds that they have not yet raised in order to have the uniforms in time for a December performance.  Drill Team will be doing a movie night to accumulate the funds necessary to pay back this loan. The uniforms, if taken care of, will be a one-time purchase and last approximately ten years.

 

            On MOTION of Donald Ausherman, SECONDED David Levinson and CARRIED, Drill Team Uniforms were approved

 

New Business:

 

Item #5                       FERPA compliant Directory Information (DIR) sharing agreement with Charter Nation, David Riddick, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

                                   

The FERPA compliant directory information sharing agreement with Charter Nation was approved by the board last week. It consists of all the Fenton schools giving families the right to opt out of Charter Nation notifications. Charter Nation advocates for parents and keeps them informed on charter related issues.  SMBCCS will send out an official opt-out letter the week of October 2nd.  Parents will need to submit a written request to the school by October 16th if they do not want their directory information. 

                                     

Item #6                       Student Council Update, Monica Castañeda, Assistant Director

(Informational Item)

                                     

                                    There are currently twelve teachers taking part of seven different student council committees. Student Council hosted their first meeting on September 19th. The first student council event took place on September 28th in the auditorium. The Batman Lego movie was played for 1st-3rd grade. On September 29th, the movie will play for 4th-6th grade. Additionally, the amazing student council bulletin board has been completed.

 

Item #7                       Parent Center Fundraiser, Johana Juarez, Parent Center Director

(Informational Item)

 

                                    The Parent Center will be hosting their yearly fundraiser earlier this school year. Uncle Jerry’s T’s is a catalog with a variety of merchandise of decent quality.  The fundraiser will last 3-4 weeks and orders will arrive approximately 2 weeks after the order is submitted. In addition, a FAQs page with the fundraising letter will be attached to help answer some of the questions parents may have. Please send any parents with questions to the Parent Center; they will gladly answer all their concerns there.

 

Item #8                       Unity Day, Monica Castañeda, Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

                                    Unity Day will be held on October 24th. Monica Harmon is inviting the same people as last year. This event will take place in the morning and everyone is encouraged to wear orange. The goal that day is to do the unity pledge and form a unity circle. The two options are to have each grade level do a project or do a schoolwide project under the supervision of Ms. Castañeda during psychomotor. In addition, SMBCCS is thinking of the possibility of having a friendship bench to be presented at the end of the rally.

 

Item #9                       Community Relations, Monica Castañeda, Assistant Director

(Informational Item)

 

                                    The dates have been finalized for Friday Readers. A schedule has been sent and they are scheduled to begin on October 13th. The Paramount Mentor/Mentee program’s beginning date is yet to be determined. Fingerprints from the Mentors need to be finalized. Four extra students have been added to the program. They are working on creating a continual program, therefore the four new students that have been added are from third grade.

 

Item #10                     Red Ribbon Week, Ariana Gomez, Co-Chair (Informational Item)

 

                                    Red Ribbon Week will take place on the week of October 23rd – October 27th. Students will receive a Drug and Bully Free pencil, sticker, and bracelet. In addition, the week will include spirit days to celebrate the unity against drugs and bullying. The spirit day themes are as follows:

                                    Monday October 23 – “Red Ribbon Week Kickoff”: Wear RED to kickoff RRW!!

Tuesday October 24 - Wear ORANGE to show your spirit for “UNITY DAY!”

Wednesday October 25 – “Peace Out to Bullying and Drugs”: Wear tie die (very colorful) clothing and peace signs!

Thursday October 26 - Twin Day: “Friends don’t let friends bully others or do drugs.”

Friday October 27 - Hawaiian Day; “Lei off bullying and drugs.” Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and bright colors, flowers, and leis.

 

For Friday’s spirit day, the school is looking into the possibility of purchasing leis for all the students.

 

Announcements: No announcements

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Hannah Bossenger, SECONDED by Evelia Manzo, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:58 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by:   Hannah Bossenger and Emma Colmenares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

October 5, 2017

 

Minutes

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:40 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room at Fenton Primary Center located at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order:            Krystal Rodriguez, Co-Chair

 

Roll Call:                    Robyn Gallo, Secretary

 

Members Present: Krystal Rodriguez, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Bridget Ruiz, Robyn Gallo, Gurpreet Gill, Claire Nichols, Katherine Sheppard, Darla MacDonald, Caitlin McManus, Paola Ramirez, Sandra Lee, Richard Parra, Barbara Aragón, Michelle Holloway, Roxanne Nazario, Bielma Perez

 

Members Absent: None

 

Members Excused: Christina Peña, Tony Peña, Rolando Gutierrez, Felix Carillo, America Funes

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Krystal Rodriguez, Co-Chair

 

There are no corrections or additions to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from September 12, 2017: Abigail Lopez-Dee, Co-Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 12, 2017 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Katherine Sheppard, SECONDED by Caitlin McManus, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of September 12, 2017 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Abigail Lopez-Dee, Co-Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Parent Advocacy Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business:            None  

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Upcoming Events – Krystal Rodriguez, Co-Chair (Informational)

                                   

Krystal Rodriguez informed the parents of the following upcoming events: Oct. 6th & 9th: No School, Oct. 19th: Picture Day, Oct. 23rd - 27th: Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 31st: Fall in Love with Reading Literacy Day, Nov. 9th: Donuts with Directors Meeting, Nov. 10th: No School-Veteran’s Day, Nov. 13th – 17th: Parent Conference Week. Krystal also shared information from the Lake View Terrace library. The library offers Preschool Storytime, Toddler Playtime, BARK Reading to dogs, STAR volunteer reading to kids, Building Blocks to inspire creativity, and Science Club.

 

Item #4                       Parent Voice Roxanne Nazario and Bielma Perez, Parents (Informational)

 

Roxanne Nazario and Bielma Perez informed parents that Parent Voice will be on two campuses at both FACS and FPC. They announced that on October 18th they will have their first afternoon meeting. At the meeting, they will discuss the different upcoming school events that parents can sign up for to volunteer to help with. They reminded us that events such as Picture Day, Red Ribbon Week, and Parent Teacher Conferences are all events that parents could volunteer to help. Parents volunteering their time must have DOJ clearance. If they do not have clearance, they can go through the process to become cleared and then start to volunteer.

 

Item #5                       Parent Volunteer Requirements – Barbara Aragón, Assistant Director

                                    (Informational)

                       

Barbara Aragón announced that the first step to volunteering is completing the volunteer application either in the office or to ask your child’s teacher for an electronic copy to fill out. The second step is to be TB cleared through a doctor. Once you have the application and the TB clearance then you are ready for the Department of Justice (DOJ) clearance. The appointment for a DOJ clearance is set up through our school office. We need a minimum of 7 parents to sign up in order to schedule a DOJ clearance meeting. Once you are DOJ cleared you are eligible to volunteer at any Fenton Charter School campus. A DOJ clearance from another agency will not be accepted.

                                   

Item #6                       State Testing (CELDT to ELPAC) – Barbara Aragón, Assistant Director

                                    (Informational)

                                               

                                    Barbara Aragón informed the parents that the CELDT test is now transitioning into the ELPAC.  For those students whose primary language is not English we administered the CELDT test at the beginning of this school year. In the spring, we will begin administration of the ELPAC. There are four areas that the students are tested on. The areas are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The scores will be sent home from the classroom teachers. If parents have any questions they should ask their child’s teacher.

 

Item #7                       Attendance – Michelle Holloway, Administrative Coordinator (Informational)  

 

Michelle Holloway informed parents that we are continuing to emphasize the importance of attendance. Student attendance helps with our school funding. Attendance also helps with their education as well. When students are in class every day they perform better. She advised parents to please communicate with their child’s teacher the day before if they know that their child will be absent. We have many incentives to encourage attendance such as monthly brag tags, classroom shout outs during school announcements, and monthly free dress. We will also have a bubble party assembly for those students who have perfect attendance for the semester. We will continue to have our semester pins and medallions for perfect attendance.

 

Item #8                       PBIS– Michelle Holloway, Administrative Coordinator (Informational)  

 

Michelle Holloway also informed the parents of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program. We teach students to be safe, be respectful, and be responsible. We call these the three B’s and they can be seen and heard throughout our campus. Specific behaviors that demonstrate each of the three B’s are posted in the halls, in the office, and in all classrooms. They can earn a “Caught you Being Good” ticket for showing positive behavior. The student’s name is placed in a raffle and they can be called to win a prize. They can also be nominated by their teacher to be a “Buzz Worthy Bee” and have their names put up on the school marquee outside for a week. If chosen, they will also get a certificate and have their picture put up on the TV in the office and on the bulletin board in the MPR. Students with the most Dojo points will also get to attend the Bubble Party assembly.

 

Mrs. Ramirez informed the parents of the Kindness Crew. The idea is to show support for the positive behavior being displayed on campus. Teachers chose two students from all classrooms to make up the Kindness Crew. The crew will operate every Tuesday at morning recess. They will be wearing vests and will be modeling kind behavior in each play area. The students will be changing every semester. These same students will also be in charge of recycling the items in their recycling box for their classroom.

 

Krystal Rodriguez announced that if parents notice that their child received an award that they should please praise and encourage them to keep up the positive behavior.

 

Item #9                       Enrollment Update – Richard Parra, Director (Informational)

 

Richard Parra informed the parents that we are completely full in second grade, but have openings for first grade and kindergarten. If any parents know of children looking for a great school, please recommend them. Mr. Parra announced that he would give a free shirt to those who recommend someone to Fenton. 

                                   

Item #10                     Facilities Update – Richard Parra, Director (Informational)

 

Richard Parra informed the parents that we are the only primary center that has three security guards and we are very careful with the adults that we let on campus. He also said that there are viruses going around and to please let the school know if their child had a virus that may be contagious. We have a full time nurse and a full time nurse assistant. We also disinfect and clean our classrooms daily. We are currently changing our air filters.

 

Item #11                     School Budget Update (Federal and State Program Funds and LCAP) – Richard Parra, Director (Informational)

 

                                    Richard Parra informed the parents that our school budget is going as planned. There are no changes to our budget. Over Thanksgiving break we will be installing new artificial turf to keep our playground looking nice.

 

                                    He also thanked everyone for the amazing chocolate fundraiser support. We earned over $20,000 in one week. We also had a pink hair cancer fundraiser that earned over $3,500 by selling pink hair extensions.

 

Item #12                     Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) – Richard Parra, Director

(Informational)

 

                                    Richard Parra informed our parents that our internet filters are in place so that anyone who has access to our Wi-Fi can only access educational websites.

 

Announcements: none

 

Next Regular Meeting: Tuesday, November 27, 2017

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Caitlin McManus, SECONDED by Claire Nichols, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Robyn Gallo, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

                                                            

Fenton STEM Academy

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee

                                                                         

October 6, 2017

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM in Room 1 at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

 

Call to Order:            Crisinda Ismail, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was called to order at 8:18 AM by Chair, Crisinda Ismail.

 

Roll Call:                    Alejandra Muñoz, Chair

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Crisinda Ismail, Jennifer Miller, Alejandra Muñoz, Lauren Cappelli

 

Non-committee Members: Bianca Bell-Reed, Kelley Christenson, Paige Piper, Jennifer Pimentel, Dominica Yasuda

 

Members Excused: Sydney Perez, Tony Peña

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Crisinda Ismail, Chair

 

Additions: Item #10 Third Grade Movie Night Fundraiser was added to the agenda.

       Item #11 Haunted House Event was added to the agenda.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Crisinda Ismail, Chair

 

Approval of Minutes: Crisinda Ismail, Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 6, 2017 meeting of the Parent Advocacy

                                    Committee.  (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Parent Advocacy Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Halloween Parade, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller provided information regarding the annual Halloween Parade, which will take place on Tuesday, October 31st. This year, both FCLA and STEM will participate in the event together, and it will be held in playground Area B. As the date approaches, more information will be distributed in regards to how grade levels will participate. A Minimum Day schedule for recess and lunch will be followed to ensure the parade’s commencement at 12:45 PM. Parents and staff will be provided with guidelines as to appropriate attire. Mrs. Quijano has volunteered to supervise students who choose not participate due to parent preference/personal beliefs.

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED the Halloween Parade was approved unanimously.

Item #4                       Family Math Night, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Motion to Approve)

Mrs. Miller provided information regarding the annual event: Family Math Night, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct 26th 5:00-6:00 PM. Kona Ice will be on site beginning at 4:30 PM. A percentage of the Kona Ice sales will be given to school. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open beginning at 4:30 PM in Rooms 1 and 2. The Haunted House will be held in rooms 27 and 28. There will be a $1 charge to enter, with all funds split equally between the FCLA and STEM student body accounts. Lead teachers will meet with their grade level team to discuss what activities they will host. The possibility of using stamp cards to encourage students to visit all grade levels was considered. This will be discussed amongst grade levels and brought back to Mrs. Miller.

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED Family Math Night was approved unanimously.

Item #5                       Scholastic Book Fair, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller provided information in regards to the Scholastic Book Fair, which will take place the week of October 23rd. This year’s theme is the Wild West. Students will be able to preview the book fair on October 19 and 20. Mr. Rabinowitz is working on the preview schedule. The book fair will be open during recess and an hour after school. Teachers will be given a list of which parents have been DOJ cleared and can volunteer at our Scholastic Book Fair. Promotional flyers will be distributed this upcoming Tuesday. The book fair has been held since STEM’s opening in 2015. Last year, the book fair sales were about $4,000, with all profits going directly into the general student body account.

Item #6                       Red Ribbon Week, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller provided information in regards to Red Ribbon Week, which will take place during the week of October 23rd. Mrs. Frear will be leading the event, which is meant to promote anti-drug awareness. Students will wear wristbands all week. On Wednesday, October 28th, red shirts will be worn to show we are “Red-y” to walk away from drugs. On Thursday, October 29th, jeans will be worn to show we are “Jean-ious”. A student poster contest and classroom bulletin board contest will also be held during this week. Teachers have received a memo from Mrs. Frear with additional details.

Item #7                       FERPA Compliant Directory Information (DIR), sharing agreement with Charter Nation, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Informational Item

Mrs. Miller provided information in regards to FERPA. This was board-approved by the entire Fenton organization and is in place at all five schools. This is a sharing agreement with Charter Nation, which asks for parent information in order to solicit parent input for charter reform and initiatives. They do not share information publicly. Parents received a notice this week, which informed them that Fenton will be sharing their information unless they choose to opt out. If parents wish to opt out, they must write a letter and submit it to the school by October 16th. Teachers may submit parent letters directly to the office and can refer parents to the main office if they have further questions.

Item #8                       FCPS Foundation Fundraiser Documents, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller provided information in regards to the fundraiser process and documents. She presented a flow map of the process and all the corresponding documents. Funds from schoolwide fundraisers go into the general student body account, which is evenly distributed amongst grade levels, and usually goes towards field trips. Fundraisers may also held by individual grade levels in order to cover additional expenses. The FCPS Foundation Committee has a list of foundation-approved fundraisers. When wishing to hold a foundation-approved fundraiser, Form A is utilized. For any non-approved fundraisers, a different protocol must be followed and Form B must be used. Fundraisers must be presented to the Parent Advocacy Committee for approval before they are held. Once approved, the correct form (A or B) must be requested from and signed by Kelley Christenson (our Foundation Chair), the hosting grade level, and Jennifer Miller. Once all signatures are collected, the form is submitted to Romelia Lagunas in the main office. The fundraiser can then take place. All money must be counted within 48 hours of the fundraiser and turned into Ms. Lagunas, who will subsequently submit the money to the FCPS Business Office. It is important to specify which account the funds will be placed into as to ensure payment is taken from the appropriate account when needed.

Item #9                       Fifth Grade Halloween Grams Fundraiser, Alejandra Muñoz, Fifth Grade Teacher, (Motion to Approve)

Alejandra Muñoz provided information on behalf of the fifth grade team regarding the Hall-O-Grams Fundraiser. The Hall-O-Gram sale will take place during the week of October 23 – 27. Hall-O-Gram order forms will be distributed to teachers, orders will be filled and then returned to teachers. Each Hall-O-Gram will consist of a Halloween card and a fun-size candy treat. Hall-O-Grams will be sold for 50¢ each. All funds from the fundraiser will go towards transportation for the 5th grade science field trip.

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED the Fifth Grade Halloween Grams Fundraiser was approved unanimously.

Item #10                     Third Grade Movie Night Fundraiser, Jennifer Pimentel, Third Grade Teacher, (Motion to Approve)

Jennifer Pimentel discussed details regarding the Third Grade Movie Night Fundraiser, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 3rd at 2:45 PM. The third grade team will be selling popcorn and a drink for $3. All funds raised will go towards the third grade field trip to Legoland, which will cost approximately $3,000.

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the Third Grade Movie Night Fundraiser was approved.

Item #11                     Haunted House Event, Jennifer Miller, STEM Director, (Motion to Approve)

FCLA and STEM will be hosting a Haunted House as was previously held last year. The Haunted House will be located in Rooms 27 and 28. Classes will have the opportunity to tour the Haunted House on Monday, October 30th and Tuesday, October 31st. A schedule will be provided to allow 15 minutes per class. The Haunted House will also be open during Family Math Night on October 26th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. An admission fee of $1 will be charged. Last year, the Haunted House earned $400. All funds raised will be split evenly into both FCLA and STEM’s student body accounts. Jennifer Miller thanked the tech team for helping create and run this very special event at the Academies. It has been a favorite for our students, parents, and staff.

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the Haunted House was approved.

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting:         TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:52 AM.

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Alejandra Muñoz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

School Community Relations Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the School Community Relations Council

 

October 10, 2017

 

A meeting of the School Community Relations Council was held on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 7:18 a.m. in the conference room at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342.

 

Call to Order:            Elizabeth Jimenez, Council Co-Chair 

 

The School Community Relations Council meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Council Co-Chair, Elizabeth Jimenez.

 

Roll Call:                    Cynthia Eschenfelder, Secretary

 

Members Present: Robin Brenneisen, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Angel Garcia, Juan Gomez, Stacy Carroll Hutter, Elizabeth Jimenez, Cheryl Perkins, Jessi Tello, Tiffany Walker,

 

Members Excused: Shelley Hart, Alin Kazarian, Yadira Mendoza, Leticia Padilla Parra, Olga Sanchez

 

Non-members Present: Veronica Ramos

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Elizabeth Jimenez, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 20, 2017 meeting of the School Community Relations Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Tiffany Walker, SECONDED by Angel Garcia, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Elizabeth Jimenez, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #2                       Any person(s) desiring to address the School Community Relations Council on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:           

 

Item #3                       Halloween Parade, Veronica Ramos, Attendance Officer and Halloween Committee Chair, (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Ramos updated the council on the Halloween Parade and basket raffle. A flyer was sent home to parents last week describing the parade, the basket raffle, and what will be offered for nonparticipating students. A second flyer will go home on Wednesday to encourage more raffle sales. Ms. Ramos proposed that Leadership students make an announcement to remind students to keep selling raffle tickets. There are plans for a flyer that features pictures of the completed baskets as well. Additionally, Ms. Ramos shared that the parade will begin at 1:20 p.m. on October 31st with the TK classes. Parents will be invited on campus at 1:10. Ms. Ramos will send a list with the order of classes for the parade.

 

Item #4                       Fundraiser Updates, Stacy Caroll Hutter, FACS Director, (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter explained that this fall FACS is doing a new box chocolate fundraiser. FPC did very well with this fundraiser. The usual chocolate bar fundraiser will still take place later in the year. The date is already set for this fundraiser, as well as for four to five Free Dress fundraiser days, which will occur throughout the year. The money raised by these fundraisers is put towards buses for field trips.

 

Item #5                       Night Meeting Agenda, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director, (Discussion

Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter reminded the council that the Night Meeting will take place this Thursday at 6 p.m. The information to be covered is similar to last year, including LCAP, CIPA, testing, the bullying policy, and the wellness policy. Discussion generated additional topics that could be presented: the Halloween Parade, the behavior and homework point system, openings for TK, upcoming meetings for middle schools, uniforms, and the Parent VOICE group. There will be a raffle for giftcards at the night meeting as well. A flyer will go home today, October 10th, about the meeting and raffle.

 

New Business:

 

Item #6                       TK T-Shirt, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director, (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Hutter presented the idea of a FACS TK shirt to the council, as FPC TK already has a shirt for the students. Mr. Tello shared his design for the FACS version, which uses elements of the FPC shirt with the FACS logo. The shirt is presented at cost—this is not a fundraiser. Discussion about the color ensued, in relation to whether the TK shirts should match FACS or FPC uniforms. The final decision will be left to the TK teachers.

 

Item #7                       Red Ribbon Week, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director, (Informational

Item)

 

Mrs. Hutter shared that Red Ribbon Week is the same week as Halloween. This year it features a dog theme, with the motto “keep your paws off of drugs.” Alin Kazarian will send out suggested lessons for each day, with possible connections to the Muttigrees curriculum. Each day of that week will have a different theme, like “crazy socks” or a similar idea.

 

Item #8                       2017-2018 Oversight Visit Date, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director,

(Informational Item)

Mrs. Hutter informed the council that the 2017-2018 Oversight Visit Date is set for Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. This date does not conflict with any other events. As it gets closer, Mrs. Hutter will update the council with further information.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting:  Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.: Title I Parent Night Meeting

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Robin Brenneisen, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED, the School Community Relations Council meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Cynthia Eschenfelder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

                                                                         

October 10, 2017

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:18 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order:            Cecilia Quijano, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Chair, Cecilia Quijano.

 

Roll Call:                    Krista Larson, Secretary

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Cecilia Quijano, Krista Larson, Stephanie Ellerbe, Lindsay Porter, Cary Rabinowitz

 

Non-committee Members: None

 

Members Excused:  Tony Peña

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Cecilia Quijano, Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from September 10, 2015: Cecilia Quijano, Chair

 

Item #1                       Minutes from the September 6, 2017 night meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee. 

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Krista Larson, SECONDED by Lindsay Porter, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Cecilia Quijano, Chair

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Parent Advocacy Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:            None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                       Halloween Parade,

Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

FCLA will host a Halloween Parade where students will have the opportunity to show off their costumes. The parade will be held October 31, 2017 in Area B. Classes will operate on a minimum day schedule to ensure that the parade does not interfere with lunch or recess periods. Fourth and fifth grade recess will take place in the MPR. Teachers will be given a map of where each class has been designated to sit. The parade will begin at 12:45 pm and end at approximate 1:45 so as not to disrupt dismissal procedures. Cecilia Quijano will host any students who do not wish to participate in the Halloween Parade. Mr. Rabinowitz reminded the committee that the costumes worn by students must be appropriate for school, and no weapons will be allowed. Students are permitted to wear masks, but are only permitted to wear them during the parade.

 

On MOTION of Krista Larson, SECONDED by Lindsay Porter, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #4                       Family Math Night, 

Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

FCLA and Fenton STEM Academy will be hosting a Family Math Night on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Mr. Rabinowitz will provide teachers with maps of where each grade level is to set up their activities. The activities will take place in the MPR and the Hands on Lab. The technology team has also set up a haunted house in room 27 and 28. The team will charge a $1.00 admission and will serve as a fundraiser to both FCLA and Fenton STEM Academy. The Kona shaved ice food truck will also be parked in Area B on Family Math Night.  Each grade level should meet to discuss what activities they will host on Family Math Night.

 

On MOTION of Krista Larson, SECONDED by Lindsay Porter, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #5                       Scholastic Book Fair,

Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The Scholastic Book Fair will begin on October 23, 2017. Each class will be able to preview the book fair for fifteen minutes on the Thursday and Friday prior to the opening. Mr. Rabinowitz will provide teachers with a preview schedule. During previews, Mr. Rabinowitz reminded the committee to advise students of the additional cost of tax, as students in the past have not brought enough money to cover both expense and the tax. The book fair will be open during recess periods and after school. Several staff members have already signed up to volunteer during these times. After the book fair is complete, the committees will meet to discuss how and when to use the funds.  Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that Scholastic provides up to a fifty percent return on the funds raised if used to purchase items from the Scholastic catalog. If the school decides to take cash from the fundraiser, the return is 25 percent of our total profit.

 

On MOTION of Krista Larson, SECONDED by Lindsay Porter, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #6                       Red Ribbon Week,

Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that Toni Frear will lead “Red Ribbon Week” beginning October 23, 2017. Red Ribbon Week highlights making good choices in life and staying away from drugs. Along with several activities, Red Ribbon Week will have two theme days. The first, October 25th, the “Red-y to Walk Away” will have students and staff wearing red. The second, October 26th, the Jean-IOUSES will have students and staff wearing jeans. Mrs. Frear will also provide further details regarding a poster contest and a bulletin board contest.

 

Item #7                       Charter Nation FERPA- Compliant Directory Information Opt-Out

Notices to Parent, Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Charter Nation is an initiative within the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) focused on growing the Charter base within California by educating parents, staff and other stakeholders, building and strengthening communication amongst stakeholders, and mobilizing this group if necessary.

 

FCPS Board-approved and in collaboration with the Directors of each school, the Fenton Charter Leadership Academy has disseminated the Charter Nation FERPA-compliant Directory Information Opt-Out Notice to parents.  These notices inform parents of the Academy’s intention to share family’s directory information with Charter Nation.  If parents decide to opt-out of this process, they must submit their request to FCLA in writing by Monday, October 16, 2017.  This notice can be given to the teacher or can be given directly to the office.

 

Item #8                       FCPS Foundation Fundraiser Documents,

Cary Rabinowitz, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz provided the committee with a fundraising information packet detailing the steps that need to be taken for any fundraiser. Each grade level or teacher wanting to host a fundraiser should refer to the flow map to begin planning. The packet contains a list of approved vendors for fundraising. If using an approved vendor, report to the Foundation Board Chair Krista Casanova for Form A. If a grade level or teacher wants to use a fundraiser not on the approved list of vendors, please request Form B. 

 

Fundraisers on the approved list must be brought to the Parent Advocacy Committee for yearly approval.  If granted, the Fundraising Host, Foundation School Chair, and the Director of the School sign Form A.

 

Fundraisers not on the approved list must be brought to the Parent Advocacy Committee for approval.  If granted, the Chair of the Parent Advocacy Committee signs Form B.  The FCPS Foundation Board must then approve the fundraiser.  The Foundation Board will establish specific guidelines, if necessary, and a timeline for the start and end of the fundraiser so as not to impact other school-wide events.  If approved by the FCPS Foundation Board, the school’s Foundation School Chair and the Director of the School also sign Form B.

 

When fundraising is complete, all monies must be counted and appropriately packaged by no less than 2 staff members within 48 hours.  Please report the funds raised to the Chair of the Foundation Board.  The final amount will be recorded in a ledger for filing purposes. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Krista Larson, SECONDED by Lindsay Porter, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:37 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Krista Larson, Secretary

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the School Community Relations Council

 

October 12, 2017

 

A meeting of the School Community Relations Council was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, and CA 91342.

 

Call to Order:  Elizabeth Jimenez, Tiffany Walker Co-Chairs

 

Members Present: Elizabeth Jimenez, Tiffany Walker, Robin Brennieson, Yadira Mendoza, Cheryl Perkins, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Angel Garcia, Leticia Padilla Parra, and Stacy Carroll Hutter

 

Members Absent:  Juan Gomez

 

Translator: Mr. Pena

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Elizabeth Walker, Tiffany Walker, Co-Chairs

 

Postponed until the next meeting

 

Approval of Minutes from October  10,  2017 (Postponed until the next meeting) Elizabeth Jimenez Co-Chair

 

Presentations from the Public: Elizabeth Jimenez, Co-Chair

 

Item #1      Any persons desiring to address the School Community Relations Council on              any proper matter.

There were none

 

New Business:

 

Item #2      Local Control Accountability Plan ( LCAP) Title I & Title III Funding

            Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Hutter shared that Title 1 and Title III funding are two sources of funding

that are used to provide supplemental services for our students.  Through these

funds we employ selected instructional aides as well as a music instructor.

 

Item #3   CIPA Policy ( Children’s Internet Protection Act), Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director ( Information Item)

                   

    Mrs. Hutter informed Parents that federal law requires K-12 schools to be CIPA                         (Children’s Internet Protection ACT) compliant in order to receive funding                                   through programs such as E-rate.  Every year, we are required to provide proof of                        our compliance.  Annually, we are required to inform parents of our internet                                policy and the precautions we take to ensure that our internet environment is kid-                        safe.  An example would be our Fortinet web filter that screens all the content that                           is accessed on our network.  If a student tries to access content that falls into an                           inappropriate category, our filter automatically blocks the attempt.  She shared                             that our Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2014.

 

Item #4      SBAC Testing Results, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Assistant Director (Information Item)

 

                        Ms. Padilla Parra demonstrated the procedure for logging on to the  official website were parents can now help their student access the SBAC practice test.  She emphasized that parents should assist their student as they answer test questions in order for them to gain any benefit.  She referred to the testing format and pointed out the extensive amount of reading required in both subject areas.  She explained that students who read well are much more successful in navigating the test. She implored parents to have their students read daily while engaging them in discussion about their reading. She explained that the tests are manageable and students are learning strategies that will aid in their performance.

 

Item #5      Anti-Bullying Policy Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director ( Information Item)

 

                        Mrs. Hutter informed parents that we do have an anti-bullying policy in place and bullying is addressed quickly and in accordance with the policy.  There are some misconceptions about what bullying is and the policy defines what qualifies as bullying.  She explained that Mr. Tello, the Administrative Coordinator, assists students in making appropriate and better choices.

                  

Item #6           Wellness Policy and School Cafeteria, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Assistant Director, (Informational Item)

 

                        Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that the school’s wellness policy was sent home at the beginning of the year.  The school’s website also has a link posted for those who wish to view it.  The policy intends to foster a more healthy and fit lifestyle for students.  She also stated that School Nutrition Plus makes student meals here at FACS.  They adhere to state requirements with regard to fat, sugar, and salt content in student lunches.  In addition, 85-95% of the student meals are made from scratch.  The school provides a daily breakfast, Second Chance breakfast, lunch, and an after school meal if the student remains on campus.  She asked parents to contact their student’s teacher before sending in treats for birthdays etc. as treats must now be relegated to one day in each month.

                       

Item #7          Upcoming School Events, Robin Brenneisen, 5th Grade Teacher

                        (Informational Item)

 

                            Ms. Brenneisen shared that the Halloween Parade On October 31st is open to all students, and parents are welcome to attend.  She informed the parents that accessory items such as swords, wands, etc.  would not be allowed.  She explained that fun activities are planned for students that would not be participating and they also get a free dress day. 

 

 Item #8          Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at FACS, Yadira Mendoza, TK Teacher ( Information Item)

        

         Ms. Mendoza announced that there are still a few openings left in the two TK classes at FACS.  She shared that the students engage in a reading and math program and have new equipment to enjoy.  She encouraged parents to come see the classes.  Mrs. Hutter informed parents that all enrollees have guaranteed placement at Fenton Primary Center once they transition to kindergarten.

 

Item #9      FACS Parent Voice Group, Belma Perez & Roxann Nazario, Parents

        

                                 Ms. Perez, and Ms. Nazrio introduced themselves to parents and explained their purpose for starting the group.  They stated that they want parents to be able to  support the teachers and staff while providing a vehicle where parents can get answers to questions and address concerns they may have.  Ms. Perez, shared that upcoming events where parents can support teachers is on picture day and Red Ribbon Week.  They would also like to have parents assist in the prep work needed for creating classroom  projects.  They informed parents of their upcoming meeting.

 

Item #10    Attendance, Uniforms & Activity Points, Elizabeth Jimenez, 3rd Grade Teacher & Stacy Carroll Hutter FACS Director (Information Item)

 

Elizabeth Jimenez shared that students in all grade levels earn both homework and behavior points daily. Those who have met participation goals, partake in a selected activity each month that rewards students for responsible and good behavior.  Mrs. Hutter reminded parents about the approved FACS uniform and the importance of students arriving daily to school and in uniform.  She commended parents for great student attendance for the month of October and directed them to use the Fenton website to report an  absence in advance if at all possible.  She explained that this allows an Independent Study to be completed.

 

Item #11    Middle School Parent Meetings, Stacy Carroll Hutter, FACS Director (Informational Item)

          

  Mrs. Hutter informed parents that on October 24th at 6 p.m. several middle schools will give presentations in the auditorium.  She explained that many schools accept applications and then hold a lottery.  She suggested that parents come out and then apply to to those schools they are interested in.

 

Item #11    Mrs. Eschenfelders’  5th Grade Class Performance

 

Mrs. Eschenfelders’ class performed a well- received song and dance illustrating the states and their capitals. 

 

Announcements:

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment:

 

 Several gift cards were given away to those in attendance.  The meeting was then adjourned at approximately 6:50 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. D.

 

Treasurer/CFO’s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. E.

 

Directors’ Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.E.1.

FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL (FACS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

The mission of Fenton Avenue Charter School is to further instill the joy of learning by creating an environment that promotes confident, self-reliant, interdependent learners who become productive, contributing citizens of the community.

 

State Charter Number:  30

 

General Information on Enrollment and Attendance:

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School Enrollment (3-5):

TK       3rd Grade        4th Grade        5th Grade        Total               ADA%

 34            232                 254                 258                 778                 97.88%

 

 

Enrollment and Attendance:

Enrollment at Fenton Avenue Charter School has grown to 778 students with an increased ADA at 97.88%.  Enrollment has grown incrementally since school began in August.

 

Professional Development: FACS teachers have participated in two professional development days (full and minimum days). On Monday, September 18, Dr. Randy Palisoc presented a half-day workshop on math fluency and the implementation of Ironbox.  On October 6th, Pamela Holguin-Brown, the co-director of the CSUN Writer’s Project, presented a full day training on the use of formative assessment.  It was an excellent and beneficial presentation with time dedicated to the formative assessment component of Benchmark Advance

 

Title I Parent Meeting: On October 13th FACS hosted its annual Title I parent meeting to a full auditorium. Parents received information about our Smarter Balanced Assessment results, Title III and I funding, the Wellness Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, the FACS LCAP and our CIPA policy and our new TK program among other topics.  Roxanne Nazario and Bielma Perez, FACS parents, presented information about the next Parent Voice meeting and volunteer opportunities for parents.  Cynthia Eschenfelder’s class performed and did an excellent job.  Our next parent event will be the Halloween parade on October 31st. 

 

Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) – Parent Meeting: Fenton Avenue Charter School hosted the fall GATE Parent meeting on September 28th.  Students and families enjoyed a continental breakfast and received information about the GATE program. Marya Asadurian and Martha May, members of the GATE team, also presented differentiation strategies and projects to the parents.  Jessi Tello described the technology component of the GATE program, which will focus on coding.

 

NWEA® MAP Assessments: All classes at FACS have completed MAP testing for the fall.  All parents will receive an NWEA MAP Student Goal Setting Report at parent conferences.

 

California English Language Development Testing (CELDT) & ELPAC Testing: Lety Padilla Parra and Veronica Ramos have completed CELDT testing for 2017-2018. FACS is preparing for the administration of the ELPAC in the Spring.

 

Professional Goal Setting & Observation Lessons: FACS completed all Professional Goal Setting meetings for 41 staff members. Certificated/Instructional staff met with the Director to discuss goals, reflect on accomplishments from the previous year and discuss data and plans for the future.  Observation lessons for probationary teachers begin in late October.  FACS has seven probationary staff members who will participate in the observation process.

 

Rosetta Stone for English Learners: In October, Jessi Tello hosted the Rosetta Stone workshops for our students who scored within level 1 and 2 on the CELDT.  We have over 60 students who will receive passwords and logins to a personal license that they can use at home and in the classroom.  The goal is to increase English fluency for our students who are not fluent or are recent arrivals to the country. Staff also received a refresher on using the program in the classroom and Mr. Tello is hosting a parent meeting/training on October 17th.

 

2017-2018 Staffing Update: Shelley Hart, Education Specialist Intern resigned on October 6, 2017.  The vacancy was filled with a fully credentialed long-term substitute from Teachers on Reserve.  The revised FACS roster has been submitted.

 

Great California ShakeOut 2017:  On Friday, 10/20, FACS will participate in the "2017 Great California ShakeOut".  Our drill will occur one day after the state of California’s scheduled date due to FACS school pictures.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

  • October 26 Middle School Parent Presentation-Alliance & GALS
  • October 31 Halloween Parade
  • October 30-November 3 Red Ribbon Week
  • November 7 Middle School Parent Presentation-PUC
  • November 13-17 Parent Conference Week
  • November 20-24 Fall Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.E.2.

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL (SMBCCS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School promotes academic achievement in a collaborative environment that creates self-confident, self-reliant learners who will become positive contributors to their communities.

 

State Charter Number:  446

Enrollment      Numbers as of October 13, 2017

             Enrollment: 922 (TK-6) (compared to 926 in September, 2017)

                                   90 (Preschool) (compared to 87 in September, 2017)

                                         SMBCCS Monthly Attendance Average: 98.12%

     SMBCCS Cumulative Attendance Average: 98.28%

 

 

PreK

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Total

10/13/17

90

36

118

140

133

116

162

148

69

1,012

 

INSTRUCTION

 

2017 CAASPP Results:  The official California Assessment of Student Performance (CAASPP) scores were released in September.  SMBCCS has consistently increased student achievement on the CAASPP in both reading and mathematics from 2015 to 2017.  In reading, students that have met or exceeded the standard has increased from 30% to 35% from 2015 to 2017 respectively. In mathematics, students that have met or exceeded the standard has increased from 26% to 30% from 2015 to 2017 respectively.  We are proud to showcase our highest performing classes as well.  In both ELA and Mathematics, we had classes that significantly outperformed LAUSD as well as the state of California.

 

ELA: CAASPP Comparison (2015 - 2017) (Schoolwide)

Math: CAASPP Comparison (2015 – 2017) (Schoolwide)

 

In ELA, LAUSD had an increase of 1% and the state did not show growth as measured by the CAASPP.  In Math, LAUSD and the state had an increase of 1% as measured by the percentage of students that met or exceeded the standard.   SMBCCS grew 2% in ELA and 3% in Math.  Perhaps our most significant area of growth is that of our RFEP students.  SMBCCS RFEP students continued to significantly outperform RFEP students in LAUSD and the state in Math.  SMBCCS continues to excel as compared by the performance of RFEP students in LAUSD and across the state.

 

RFEP Students

2015  CAASPP Math % Met

2016  CAASPP Math % Met

2017  CAASPP Math % Met

 

2015  CAASPP ELA % Prof.

2016  CAASPP ELA % Met

2017  CAASPP ELA % Met

SMBCCS

39

46

48

 

49

54

57

LAUSD

26

30

31

 

37

43

43

California

36

40

41

 

52

58

58

 

First Semester Observations: The First Semester Observations have begun for our probationary teachers at SMBCCS.  Teachers have been provided with explicit guidance to have a successful Pre-Observation Conference, Observation Lesson, and Post-Observation Conference.  We are optimistic that our teachers will find the process rewarding as we move to coalesce our best practices to increase student achievement.

 

Professional Development on October 6th: SMBCCS had an excellent Professional Development Day on October 6th.  All teachers in a workshop from MobyMax to provide our teachers with adaptive learning tools to help differentiate the curriculum for our diverse learners.  A special thank you to our ELD Leads (Teresa Elvira, Bunny Wolfer, Walter Gomez) and our STEAM Leads (Robin Rodriguez, AJ Smith, Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto) for doing an outstanding job uniting STEAM and ELD to engage student learning.

 

2017 Great California Shake Out:  On 10/19 at 8:45 a.m., Santa Monica will participate in the "2017 Great California Shake Out" along with over 10 million people all across the state of California. Our staff and students took part in a Level 4 drill to review our emergency procedures, release of students, and search/rescue.

 

Red Ribbon Week: The week of October 23-27 is National Red Ribbon Week.   We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week in honor of being bully and drug free.  Each day will feature a different activity for students:

 

Monday (10/23) Red Ribbon Day: Wear Red to Kick Off Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday (10/24) Unity Day: Wear ORANGE to show your spirit for UNITY DAY!

Wednesday (10/25) Peace Out to Bullying and Drugs: Wear tie die clothing and peace signs!

Thursday (10/26) Twin Day: Friends don’t let friends bully others or do drugs. Twin with your friend!

Friday (10/27) Hawaiian Day: Lei off bullying. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and/or bright colors

 

Mole Day: The SMBCCS STEAM Leads have organized Mole Day.  Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.  It celebrates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.

 

Unite Against Bullying Rally: On October 24th, SMBCCS will host a rally for Unity Day.  This is a national initiative for support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.   We will have distinguished guests at this rally just as we did last year from the state and local level.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange in unity and solidarity to stand up against bullying. 

 

Paramount Halloween Screening: Paramount has arranged for all of our students to attend a private movie screening for all our students on October 27th.  This screening will take place in a private screening room on the Paramount lot.

 

Halloween Parade: Santa Monica will continue the annual tradition of having a Halloween parade on October 31st at 1:15 p.m.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • October 19 – Great CA Shake-Out (8:45 a.m.)
  • October 23-27 – Red Ribbon Week
  • October 24 – Unite Against Bullying Rally at SMBCCS (9:00 a.m.)
  • October 27 – SMBCCS Students Invited to Paramount for Movie Screening
  • October 31 – Halloween Parade (1:15 p.m.)
  • November 3-9 – Earned Increase Walkthroughs
  • November 13-17 – Parent Conference Week
  • November 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • March 8 – LAUSD Charter Schools Division Oversight Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.E.3.

FENTON PRIMARY CENTER (FPC)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

The mission of the Fenton Primary Center is to cultivate a love of learning by fostering an environment that promotes self-discovery, independence and an awareness of the connectedness between self and others.

 

State Charter Number:  911

 

General Information on Enrollment and Attendance:

 

Fenton Primary Center Enrollment (K-2):

 

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

37

239

230

264

770

 

Actual Daily Attendance for the Month (ADA): 98.02%          Cumulative for the Year: 98.23%       

                                   

Student Enrollment: Fenton Primary Center continues to maintain a lower than expected total enrollment. Families were informed of the spaces available for kindergarten and first grade students at its evening information meeting held on October 5, 2017. Parents were encouraged to notify friends and family members to enroll their children at FPC. Brochures are currently being made to display at the local library, markets, and convenient stores in an effort to recruit students.

 

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at FPC: As a focus of our PLCs, FPC is currently working on refining its intervention and Response to Intervention (RTI) process. FPC has started to implement Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). On Friday, October 6, 2017, FPC held a professional development day to review, reflect and discuss data and plan for Tier I support in the classroom. The first task was to provide specific professional development on the understanding of what Tier I instruction currently looks like in each classroom and how it can improve.  The staff also reviewed the Tier I intervention flow map and discussed the specific steps of the process. This month, each grade level, began the Coordination of Services Team (COST) meetings and are implementing the key points discussed at the professional development day.

 

Positive Behavior and Intervention Support: FPC continues to provide a rich learning environment with a variety of positive recognition activities for all students. The school recognizes students daily by awarding “You are Bee-ing Good” tickets for those students who are following directions and being models of the school’s positive behavior plan during recess and lunch. This month, the PBIS team implemented a “VIP” pass. The “VIP” pass allows students to eat lunch first, at a special decorated table, and play an extra five minutes during lunch recess. These students are chosen for exhibiting positive behavior and following the expectations while lining up for lunch. The “Kindness Crew” is a select group of students that work once a week during recess and lunch to model the school-wide expectations and help create a positive environment with kind words and friendly gestures. They also help our environment by collecting recyclable material on campus on Thursdays. Additionally, “Buzzworthy Bees” are students nominated by their teachers weekly. These students are students who excel in exhibiting the school-wide expectations. Their names are displayed on our marquee for all to see. Thank you to the PBIS team and staff for creating such a positive environment for our students.

 

Emergency Preparedness: FPC has reviewed and updated its emergency procedures and crisis plans. The school has also made some changes to its emergency container and added supplies to accommodate all students and personnel. Thank you to the emergency preparedness team for working to ensure the safety of our students and staff in the event of an emergency.

 

Paws and Learn: FPC is in its first round of Paws and Learn presentations for this school year. These presentations are in the classrooms and teach the importance of caring for pets and humane education. The Paws and Learn mission is to teach children about responsible pet care and animal welfare. They provide a free public education program that helps children make informed, humane, and conscientious choices. They also promote respect for all living things.

 

Celebrations: On October 2, 2017, FPC celebrated Custodial Worker Day. The custodians were welcomed with warm pastries and notes of appreciation. The following day, October 3, 2017, FPC celebrated Technologist Day. Cedric Ramirez was greeted with a gift of appreciation. The FPC Social Committee provides these celebrations and moments of appreciation for staff.

 

Cancer Awareness Fundraiser: FPC had its first fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The staff, parents, and students participated in cancer awareness by wearing pink hair extensions. The extensions were sold for $10. The fundraiser was help on September 27 and October 4, 2017. Over the two days the school raised over $3,500 for the American Cancer Society and research specifically for lymphoma research. Thank you to Mrs. Penner for spearheading this fundraiser.

 

World Class Chocolate Sales: FPC collected over $17,000 in chocolate sales over the two-week fundraiser. The fundraiser was very successful and the school would like to thank Tony Peña for his work in organizing and preparing the entire event.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

October 20                 California Shake Out at FPC

October 23                 FPC Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

November 2-8            Teacher Walkthrough Observations

November 13             Parent Conference Week

November 20-24        Fall Break – No School

December 7                FCPS Board Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.E.4.

FENTON STEM ACADEMY (STEM) 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

The mission of the Fenton STEM Academy: Elementary Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is successful student engagement and achievement through the implementation of a curriculum that interconnects science, technology, engineering, and math across all disciplines, including art, music, language arts and social studies. 

 

State Charter Number:  1605

 

Enrollment

 

 

 

Kinder

 

1st

 

2nd

 

3rd

 

4th

 

5th

 

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

10/19/17

44

41

24

44

78

71

302

97.53%

98.1%

 

Instruction

 

Front Row Education: On October 5th, teachers in grades third – fifth participated in an introductory training led by Front Row Education. The training focused on effective use of ELA and Mathematics online resources, as well as various reports and data analysis tools. Front Row Education is an adaptive online program used as a supplemental instructional resource for third – fifth grade students at Fenton STEM Academy. The STEM teachers piloted this program during the 2016-2017 school year and have found the online lessons to be engaging and effective at meeting the varied needs of their students. 

 

Writing Professional Development: As approved by the STEM Instruction Committee, Fenton STEM Academy educators participated in a half-day workshop focused on improving student writing skills for our Professional Development Day #5. The Academies welcomed Dr. Robert Land from California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Land is the co-founder and current director of the Los Angeles Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project made up of 200 sites from across the country. The professional development centered on analyzing grade level and developmentally-appropriate writing that follows rules, reports information, expresses feelings, and attempts to persuade as well as ways to enrich writing across grade levels and curriculum.

 

English Language Development Training: On October 18th, Fenton STEM Academy will host a half day training led by Mrs. Bunny Wolfer focused on meeting the needs of our English Learners. Mrs. Wolfer (current ELD Lead at Santa Monica Boulevard Community School), will present key conceptual shifts in California’s ELD standards, proficiency level descriptors, and effective use of designated and integrated instruction. We look forward to hosting this informative training as we continue to look for ways to meet the needs of our English learners.

 

First Semester Formal Observation Lessons:  First semester formal observation lessons have begun for probationary certificated staff members. Educators will participate in a pre-observation and post-observation meeting with Mrs. Miller to discuss instructional goals and reflect on lesson outcomes. Fall lessons will focus on Explicit Direct Instruction to deliver English Language Arts lessons that meet California Common Core standards. These lessons are a wonderful opportunity to reflect and refine our teaching practice, while building instructional capacity amongst the staff.

LAUSD Oversight Visit: The yearly LAUSD Oversight Visit will take place at Fenton STEM Academy on February 1, 2018. The oversight visit will consist of review of documentation and compliance paperwork, interviews with key stakeholders, and classroom visits. The scores of our LAUSD Oversight Visit will be submitted for our charter renewal. We expect this visit to go well and look forward to showcasing our school.

 

School Community

 

Family Math Night: On Thursday, October 26th, Fenton STEM Academy will hold its annual Family Math Night event. This is a highly anticipated event to promote math fluency and build math skills. The expected outcome is parents will be taught math games that can be replicated at home. Grade levels will host various math game stations throughout the campus. Parents and students both will have the opportunity to engage in all TK-5th grade stations. Family Math Night is always a valuable opportunity to demonstrate how math can be fun and exciting. We look forward to this exciting and educational parent night event.

 

Red Ribbon Week: Fenton STEM Academy will participate in Red Ribbon Week, October 23-27, 2017. National Red Ribbon Campaign is a national prevention program to raise the awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. The theme will be “We Are Red-y To Walk Away From Drugs”.  Students will wear red wristbands all week and participate in various activities and lessons centered on the Red Ribbon theme. Thank you to Toni Frear for organizing and communicating this important week long focus.

 

Scholastic Book Fair: The Fenton STEM Academy Scholastic Book Fair will take place October 23rd – 27th. The book fair will be open daily during recess and after school, as well as during the Family Math Night parent event. In prior years, the book fair has earned approximately $4,000.00 in book sales for the week. Flyers have been distributed to students and teachers will begin to promote the upcoming book fair. Staff members and DOJ cleared parents have volunteered to assist during the week. We appreciate their effort in order to promote reading fluency, while raising funds for our school.

 

Facility Update

 

Great California ShakeOut Drill: On Thursday, October 19th, Fenton STEM Academy will participate in the “2017 Great California ShakeOut.” Students and staff will practice drop and cover procedures, evacuating the building, and join various safety teams. The search and rescue teams will search all rooms within the building while other teams focus on first aid, parent retrieval protocol, and maintaining a calm environment for students waiting on the yard. We will continue to refine our emergency procedures by practicing drills on a monthly basis.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

  • October 19 – California ShakeOut Drill
  • October 23-27 – Scholastic Fall Book Fair & Red Ribbon Week
  • October 26 – Family Math Night (5:00 – 6:00)
  • October 31– Halloween Parade

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.E.5.

FENTON CHARTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (FCLA)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

The mission of the Fenton Academy for Social and Emotional Learning is to nurture the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens in an increasingly interdependent global society by creating environments in which students are challenged to explore, to create, to make decisions while actively participating in and being accountable for their learning. 

 

State Charter Number:  1613

 

 

ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE

 

 

Transitional

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

TOTAL

Monthly

ADA %

Cumulative ADA%

9/21/17

25

70

72

76

44

287

98.0

98.04

10/19/17

27

70

71

75

44

287

96.6

97.33

 

287 are currently enrollment at the Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) as of Friday, October 13, 2017. The Academy has gained two additional transitional kindergarten students, but disenrolled a 1st grade and a 2nd grade student.

 

FCLA is excited to partner with the Tierra Del Sol Foundation this Holiday season.  Tierra Del Sol is located in Sunland-Tujunga just ten minutes from the school.  The foundation helps more than 675 people each day across Los Angeles County overcome cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral challenges resulting from developmental disabilities.

 

The Academy was contacted by Tierra Del Sol and asked to join their initiative showcasing schools in the area to help develop and continue to strengthen the community through their Farmer’s Market event.  We are currently planning to hold this event in late-November, early December and will use the opportunity to continue to get the word out and help build enrollment. 

 

 

INSTRUCTION

 

Professional Development Day #5 – Writing Focus

On Friday, October 6th, the Leadership Academy welcomed Bob Land, Ph.D., from California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Land is the co-founder and current director of the Los Angeles Writing Project at the University.  The Writing Project is an affiliate of the National Writing Project made up of 200 sites from across the country.  Our PD was titled, “Learning to Write, Writing to Learn, and Writing to Show What We Have Learned:  Process, Inquiry, and the Inevitable Prompt”.  It focused on determining definitions of “good writing,” enriching writing across grade levels and curriculum, and analyzing writing that follows rules, reports information, expresses feelings, and attempts to persuade.  We found that the presentation specifically ignited conversation on writing as a formative assessment and how we as a school can begin to monitor and develop the students’ writing abilities at grade levels and school-wide.

 

English Language Development Training

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Leadership Academy will welcome Bunny Wolfer, an ELD Lead at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School, to provide professional development on the progression of language acquisition through three stages of proficiency within the ELD standards.  Bunny will discuss the shifts in format and organization of the new ELD standards, its focus on student’s interaction and foundational language skill-building and how teachers can utilize the standards to provide both integrated and designated ELD instruction during the school day.  We look forward to Bunny’s visit and to implementing what we learn in our classrooms.

 

Other professional development that occurred this month:

 

Teachers

  • September 28th – New Hire ELDRA Training: Administration
  • October 5th – Front Row Education Training

 

Administration

  • October 3rd – North/South Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting
  • October 4th – Child and Adult Care Food Program Workshop

 

Special Education

  • October 4th - "Verbal De-escalation: Rethinking Challenging Behavior"
  • October 6th – Special Education: Legal Issues, Progress Monitoring, Unique Learning

 

Paraprofessionals

  • October 6th – STAR Behavior Agency Paraprofessional Training

 

Leadership Focus

Grade-levels have been working hard researching and some have begun planning their Service Learning Projects.  In these initial steps of pre-service, grade levels will identify the academic connection their project will have with our curriculum by choosing a theme from the Mutt-i-grees curriculum as the focus for their project and begin to integrate aspects of the themes pre-identified “Leaders of the Month” into their Projects.  From their, grade levels will determine whether there is a genuine need for the work they plan to accomplish.  We will then specifically ask the questions:

 

1) What is causing the issue and making this SLP necessary? 

2) Is there anyone/anything currently involved/helping with this issue? 

3) What do we need to learn before moving forward in addressing this issue? 

 

As we move through October and into November and December, we are excited to witness our students begin to take ownership of their chosen cause and watch our projects begin to take life. 

 

English Language Development Retell Assessment (ELDRA) Administration

1st – 5th grade teachers at the Leadership Academy are completing the ELDRA assessment this week.  Once students’ assessments are scored, teachers can pair this data with NWEA MAP data, ESGI and iStation data, and/or their classroom assessment data to inform instruction, monitor progress, and adjust to the needs of their English learner population.

 

PERSONNEL

 

Goal Setting Conferences and 1st Semester Formal Observations

It was a pleasure meeting with all of FCLA’s teachers in September to review and reflect on last year’s data and determine goals for the year.  As we now move into 1st Semester observations, all probationary teachers have scheduled a pre-observation meeting, lesson, and post-observation meeting.  As we continue to build our professional practice we hope that teachers will find ways to reflect and feel supported in this process.

 

PARENT ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

October is a very busy month at the Fenton Charter Leadership Academy.  This month the students will participate in Red Ribbon Week as they say no to drugs and focus on healthy living.  We will hold our annual Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser to promote literacy and the love of reading.  Also, we welcome the STEM and Leadership community for our Family Math Night where the students and teachers will exhibit their knowledge of mathematics at numerous stations throughout the school.  A very special thank you to our school counselor, Toni Frear for organizing this year’s Red Ribbon Week and to the STEM and Leadership Lead Teachers for their assistance in planning Family Math Night.

 

Halloween

Halloween continues to be one of the most highly anticipated times of the year at the Academies.  This year we will hold our Halloween Parade in Area B of our yard.  This day will follow a minimum day schedule to allow our students the opportunity to show off their incredible creativity and imagination during our Halloween Parade at the end of the day.  This year we will continue the tradition of our Haunted House during Family Math Night as well.  Thank you to the FCPS technology team for taking on this enormous feat yet again this year. We look forward to a memorable celebration.

 

FACILITIES

 

The Great California Shake-Out – Thursday, October 19th

The Fenton Charter Leadership Academy will be one of over 37 million other registrants world-wide taking part in the Shake-Out Earthquake Drill.  At approximately 8:30am, the students “Drop, Cover, and Hold” and then evacuate to our yard to practice the school’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.  The drill employs the efforts of all staff members at the Academy.  It will include four Search and Rescue teams charged with surveying classrooms after evacuation as well as Parent Request and Reunion procedures.  We thank everyone in advance for his or her teamwork on this day as we continue to make our student’s safety our number one priority.

 

Upcoming Events:

11/3                 End of First Reporting Period

11/6                 Earned Increase Walkthrough Week

11/13 – 11/17  Parent Conference Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. F.

 

Executive Director’s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.F.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (FCPS)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

October 19, 2017

 

The mission of the Fenton Charter Public Schools is to offer a high quality innovative education to all students in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where students, parents and staff become a community of learners achieving collaborative and successful outcomes.

 

CCSA:

 

The Los Angeles Advocacy Council was founded in 2016 to better meet the needs of the Los Angeles charter community. 

 

Our mission is to transform the public school system so that all district and charter students have access to high-quality public schools.

 

The council members include 17 CEOs and EDs of large and small charter schools and CMOs across Los Angeles.  The group meets monthly.

 

Member

School/Organization

Ana Ponce

Camino Nuevo

Brian Bauer

Granada Hills Charter High School

Jackie Elliot

PUC

Caprice Young

Magnolia

Irene Sumida

Fenton

Marcia Aaron

KIPP LA

Ted Morris

Endeavor

Pam Magee

Pacific Palisades Charter High School

Oliver Sicat

Ednovate

Vanessa Jackson

Collegiate

Cristina de Jesus

Green Dot

Emilio Pack

STEM Prep

Eric Studer

CHIME

Mark Kleger-Heine

CWC

Parker Hudnut

ICEF

Yvette King-Berg

YPICS

Vacnacy

 

 

The council has identified four “North Stars” that focus the work of the organization for the 2017-2018 school year:

 

  • Improving/refining/revising the District Required Language (DRL)
  • Improving the oversight process
  • Establishing long-term facilities use agreements for all charter schools
  • Building better relationships with the District

State:

 

From School Services of California –

 

LAO Analyzes Volatility of California’s Personal Income Tax Structure

The personal income tax (PIT) is California’s largest state revenue source, accounting for more than two thirds of the state General Fund, the predominant fund for financing the state's operations. The General Fund supports California’s K-12 public schools and community colleges as well as other state-funded programs such as universities, corrections, health facilities, and social services.  

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal advisor, released a report titled, Volatility of California’s Personal Income Tax Structure on September 28, 2017. The report scrutinizes California’s volatile PIT structure and the implications of that volatility.  

In the report, the LAO measures volatility by means of average deviation, which summarizes, for a given time period, how many percentage points the data deviates from the average annual compounded growth rate. Using this formula, the LAO is able to draw the following conclusions about California’s PIT structure:  

  • The state PIT base is much more volatile than personal income for the following two reasons:
    • Capital gains, which have nearly three times the volatility of the overall PIT, are included in the PIT base, but excluded from personal income.
    • Stable income categories such as employer-paid benefits, transfer payments (Social Security and unemployment insurance), and the excluded components of dividends, interest, and rent are included in personal income, but excluded from the PIT.
  • California’s graduated rate structure that taxes higher-income filers more heavily than lower-income filers makes the PIT revenue more unpredictable because the aggregate income reported by high-income earners, which is disproportionately from business profits and capital gains, is much more volatile than the aggregate income reported by low-income earners.

The LAO asserts that the Legislature has the power to reduce the PIT volatility because they have control over most facets of the PIT structure. However, the report offers the caveat that a more stable PIT would likely come at the cost of less revenue growth because the aggregate income of the top earners in California has grown much faster than the income of the entire population. This means that if the PIT were less reliant on the high-income earners it may make the structure less volatile, but could also result in slower revenue growth.

The report shows that California’s revenues will continue to be fragile because of the dependence on the top one percent of taxpayers, a group that is not growing, and because of the reliance on sales and income taxes for the marginal dollar instead of the less volatile property tax.

Stanford Warns Pension Costs Will Crowd out Public Services

In a report examining pension costs in public agencies across the state, Stanford University Professor Joe Nation warns that rising pension costs will account for an ever-increasing share of public budgets, making it more difficult to provide governmental services. Joe Nation served as a state Assembly member in the early 2000s.

In a report titled Pension Math: Public Pension Spending and Service Crowd Out in California, 2003-2030, Nation evaluated pension liabilities of selected cities, counties, school districts, and special districts. To project future pension liabilities, the study evaluated two assumptions of future investment returns for public pension funds, a baseline rate of 7% assumed by the pension funds and a more conservative alternative rate of 5%.

For all public agencies in the case studies, Nation drew the following conclusions:

  • Employer pension contributions from 2002-03 to 2017-18 rose on average 400%, i.e., contributions are now five times greater than 15 years ago
  • Employer contributions from 2017-18 to 2029-30 would increase 76% under the baseline case (7% rate of return) and 117% under the alternative case (5% rate of return)
  • During the period 2002-03 to 2017-18, pension contributions increased on average 400%, while operating expenditures grew 46%, with pension contributions now accounting for 11.4% of all operating expenditures, up from 3.9% in 2002-03
  • By 2029-30 pension contributions will account for 14% of operating expenditures under the baseline assumption and 17.5% under the lower alternative assumption
  • As pension costs have increased, public agencies have reduced social, welfare, and educational services as well as “softer” services such as libraries, recreation, and community services

The Pension Math report also looked specifically at the liabilities to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) funds of three school districts in California: Los Angeles Unified School District, Mill Valley School District, and Visalia Unified School District. The report notes that as of June 30, 2016, CalSTRS covered 914,000 members, including 439,000 current employees, and CalPERS covered 710,000 members, including 298,000 current employees.

On a statewide basis, the report projects that school employer rates for CalPERS would increase from 15.53% currently to 31.26% by 2029-30 under the alternative assumption that the fund’s return on investment is 5%. If the 7% assumed rate of return is realized, employer rates would still increase significantly to 25.23%. The report did not offer projected employer contribution rates for CalSTRS other than to note the current law authorizes employer rates to increase from 14.43% in the current year to a maximum of 20.25% in 2022-23. The report notes that while the CalPERS Board has the authority to raise employer contribution rates, CalSTRS rates must be enacted through a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

2016-17 CAASPP Scores Stagnant Across the Board

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the scores for the third year of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts and mathematics assessments, about a month later than expected.  The results show that the 2016-17 scores have stagnated from last year with little to no progress in narrowing the achievement gap between the lowest and highest performing student groups. The scores show that 48.56% of students tested proficient in English language arts and 37.56% tested proficient in mathematics. The English results were about a half percentage point drop from last year (49%), while the math results were about a half percentage point increase (37%).

The results come after last year’s marks showed about a four to five percentage point improvement in both English (from 44% to 49%) and math (from 33% to 37%) from the 2014-15 scores. Equity groups have been quick to point out that the achievement gap hardly budged from last year’s scores and slightly widened for the state’s English learners. State Board of Education President Michael Kirst downplayed the stagnant test results arguing that California is moving in the right direction and that “test scores are not the only way to look at how students are doing.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who held a press conference last year in Los Angeles to tout the gains made from the first year of testing to the second, released a statement that characterized the flat scores as a continuation of the progress made since the initial year of testing. He did concede that more work needs to be done in order to narrow the persisting achievement gaps and ensure that all students continue to progress.

Bills Signed by the Governor

SB 496 (Cannella, R-Ceres)—Indemnity: Design Professionals. SB 496 was signed into law on April 28, 2017, regarding the duty of design professionals to indemnify public agencies with whom they contract from claims against the public agency for design-related work. Specifically, as of January 1, 2018, SB 496 will:

  • For contracts, and amendments to contracts, entered into on or after January 1, 2018, render contractual obligations of design professionals to indemnify, including the duty to defend, public agencies for claims against the agency unenforceable except for claims that arise out of, pertain to, or relate to the negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct of the design professional.
  • Limit the costs to defend claims to no more than the “proportionate share of the fault” of the design professional. This provision, on its face, inhibits the ability of public agencies to obtain upfront duty-to-defend obligations from their contracted design professionals.
  • Not apply duty-to-defend obligations to joint venture contracts that include design professionals, or contracts that are covered by general liability insurance policies that covers all design professionals for their legal liability arising out of their primary services.
  • Not apply to state agencies.

Bills Failed Approval by the Legislature

AB 254 (Thurmond)—Local Educational Agency Behavioral Health Integration Pilot Program. This bill would have established a pilot program aimed at encouraging schools to provide additional behavioral health services to students. The bill would have required the funds to be used to provide or building capacity for the provision of direct behavioral health services to all students with a demonstrated need, with a concerted effort toward improving the delivery of underutilized services to students enrolled in the Medi-Cal program.

The bill would have authorized LEAs selected for the pilot program to provide direct behavioral health services through direct employment of health care providers, or by contracting with health care providers or school health centers. The bill would have appropriated $10 million annually (through the 2021-22 fiscal year) from the Mental Health Services Act for the pilot program.  

AB 1217 (Bocanegra)—Pupil Instruction: State School: STEM Instruction. This bill would have established a state school located in Los Angeles County to be governed by a nonprofit public benefit corporation for the purpose of providing instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to historically underrepresented pupils in grades 6 to 12, inclusive. The bill would have required the state school to complete a plan that governs the education of its pupils and the operation of the school in accordance with a specified timeline and prescribed criteria.

SSC Comment: This measure failed passage in the Senate and was ordered to the inactive file at the request of Senator Portantino. There are several questions as to whether this state-run STEM school would be considered a public charter school, as there are many similarities in the creation of this school and the creation of traditional charter schools. Opponents of the bill had argued that if this were a state-run STEM school, then it should be open to all eligible students throughout the state and be under the administrative control of the SSPI as the other state schools are.

SB 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge)Pupil Attendance: School Start Time. Commencing on July 1, 2020, this bill would have prohibited LEAs from beginning the school day for middle schools and high schools earlier than 8:30 a.m. However, rural school districts would have been authorized to seek a waiver from the SBE to delay implementation of this limitation.

SSC Comment: This bill failed passage in the Assembly on a vote of 26 ayes, 30 noes, and 23 not voting on September 14, 2017. Opponents had argued that the bill fails to consider the impact it has on parent drop off times; feasible hours for extra-curricular activities, physical education, and athletic programs; and school transportation. Opponents had also asserted that “the local school board knows more than the state about the education programs and needs within its jurisdiction,” and the school start time decision should remain “locally driven and collectively bargained.”

SB 607 (Skinner, D-Berkeley)—Pupil Discipline: Suspensions and Expulsions: Willful Defiance. As amended on June 26, 2017, this bill would eliminate the authority to suspend or recommend for expulsion any pupil in kindergarten through grade 5 who disrupts school activities or otherwise willfully defies the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators or school officials, and prohibits until July 1, 2023, the suspension or recommendation for expulsion any pupil in grades 6 through 12 for that same act and extends these provisions to charter schools. 

Governor Brown Signs Several Bills Supporting Immigrant Community

Since taking office in 2010, Governor Jerry Brown has not been afraid to sign controversial legislation to show his support for the immigrant community. In 2011 he signed the California Dream Act, allowing top students on the pathway to citizenship to apply for college financial aid. In 2013 he signed Assembly Bill (AB) 60, granting undocumented immigrants in California the right to obtain driver’s licenses. He also signed legislation to provide legal services to unaccompanied minors coming from Central America and legislation to extend healthcare coverage to undocumented children in the state. 

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Governor signed a package of bills once again aimed at protecting California’s undocumented population. This package includes the highly publicized “sanctuary state” bill, Senate Bill (SB) 54, by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

Summaries of the bills that were signed in the immigrant package that will affect K-12 public education can be found below.

  • SB 54 (Chapter 495/2017) will require the Attorney General, by October 1, 2018, in consultation with stakeholders, to publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible. Public entities, including public schools, would then have to implement that policy or an equivalent policy. The bill will also prohibit, with certain exceptions, state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources, money, or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
  • AB 699 (Chapter 493/2017) will require the Attorney General to publish model policies limiting assistance with immigration enforcement at public schools, requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to adopt the model policies or equivalent policies, and provides education and support to immigrant students and their families. The bill will prohibit school officials and employees of an LEA, except as required from state or federal law, or as required to administer a state or federally supported educational program, from collecting information or documents regarding citizenship or immigration status of pupils or their family members. Additionally, the bill will also provide that if an employee of a school is aware that a pupil’s parent or guardian is not available to care for the pupil, the school shall first exhaust any parental instruction relating to the pupil’s care in the emergency contact information it has for the pupil to arrange for the pupil’s care.
  • SB 257 (Chapter 498/2017) will deem that a student meets residency requirements for school attendance in a school district if he or she is a student whose parent(s) were residents of California and have departed California against their will and if the student seeks admissions to a class or school of a school district to be admitted by the school district regardless of his or her current residency provided that the student meets the following requirements:
    • Has a parent or guardian who departed California against his or her will
    • Provides official documentation evidencing the departure of his or her parent or guardian
    • Moved outside of California as a result of his or her parent or guardian departing California against his or her will, as defined, and the student lived in California immediately before moving outside of California
    • Provides information and evidence demonstrating that the student was enrolled in a public school in California immediately before moving outside of California

2017 Second Bill Signing Update

Governor Jerry Brown and his staff have been busy over the past week, acting on 160 bills since last Friday afternoon, September 29, 2017. Of those 160 bills, 143 were signed and 17 were vetoed.

Below are some of the top education issues approved by Governor Brown over the past week:

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 226 (Chapter 436/2017) will require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to grant or deny a completed application for a credential within seven days of receipt if the applicant holds a valid teaching credential in another state and is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in this state.
  • AB 667 (Chapter 445/2017) will require that the principal, his or her designee, or the district superintendent of schools inform a pupil who is being suspended of the other means of correction that were attempted prior to the suspension, during the mandatory informal conference.
  • AB 1520 (Chapter 415/2017) will establish the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force for the purpose of submitting a report for the Legislature and the executive administration of the state, as specified, that recommends future comprehensive strategies aimed at addressing deep child poverty and reducing child poverty in the state.
  • AB 1550 (Chapter 451/2017) will authorize two or more small school districts that have had the issuance of bonds authorized by the voters to form a joint powers authority for the purpose of issuing or selling those bonds for raising money for the purposes authorized by the bonds.
  • Senate Bill (SB) 344 (Chapter 461/2017) will extend the sunset date on the extended timeline provided to county boards of education in Class 1 and Class 2 counties to determine whether a student who has filed an interdistrict appeal should be permitted to attend in the district in which the student desires to attend.
  • SB 544 (Chapter 395/2017) will require school districts to award contracts for the provision of child nutrition program supplies to the most responsive and responsible party and requires price to be the primary consideration, but not the only determining factor.

Governor Brown Acts on Two Classified Employee Bills

As the deadline looms closer for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills that the Legislature presented to him last month, he took action on two noteworthy classified employee-related bills.

The Governor signed AB 670 (Thurmond, D-Richmond) to include part-time playground positions as part of “classified service” even if the employee does not serve in another classified service position in his or her district. AB 670 will take effect on January 1, 2018, after which part-time playground employees will be mandatorily covered under collective bargaining.

The Governor also acted on AB 621 (Bocanegra, D-Pacoima), which would have established a state-funded summer furlough fund for classified employees to contribute to and receive earnings during the summer months in which they are not working. AB 621 was one of several attempts over the last few years seeking relief for classified employees during the traditional summer academic recess. The Governor vetoed AB 621, citing that “employee compensation is a matter subject to local collective bargaining,” and that the bill would reduce local flexibility to set priorities within a local context.

California School Finance Authority Adopts Emergency Regulations for the Charter School Facility Grant Program

Today, October 11, 2017, the California School Finance Authority (CSFA) adopted emergency regulations for the Charter School Facility Grant Program (CSFGP). The program provides facilities rent and lease assistance to eligible charter schools (FPC, STEM and FCLA all benefit from this program).

With the increase in funding provided by the 2017-18 State Budget, as well as an increase in the number of applicants, CSFA staff anticipates that the CSFGP will be oversubscribed. There is $112 million available in the program, and staff is currently anticipating a minimum of $116 million in requests, with that number increasing once the applications for new schools are received by the October 16, 2017, deadline and other additional expenses are added. The emergency regulations that were adopted are intended to clarify the pro-rata share formula and set forth how funds will be disbursed during oversubscribed funding rounds. Based on current costs and available funding, it is anticipated that charter schools will receive 78% of its award under the pro-rata share formula.

While the emergency regulations changes include some nonsubstantive corrections, there are four changes of which to be aware:

  1. Section 10170.2 (e) and (h) include new definitions for average daily attendance (ADA) cap and cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) Index to address the increased per-ADA amount for 2017-18 and the new requirement that a COLA adjustment be applied to the ADA cap each year beginning in 2018-19.
  2. Section 10170.4 (a)(1)(A) and (B) were added and note that facilities rents or lease costs cannot exceed the prior year’s costs adjusted for COLA and ensure that rent or lease costs for new facilities are at or below market rate. These changes were included to discourage inflated lease or rent costs and ensure a fair distribution of funds among all participants. (Note that this change will not take effect until 2018-19.)
  3. Section 10170.9 includes various changes to provide a comprehensive pro-rata share disbursement schedule necessary due to the oversubscription of the program.
  4. Section 10170.10 (f) and (g) provide a single 30-day extension, under extraordinary circumstances, to the appeal process and clarify eligibility and award if application deadlines are not met.

As these are emergency regulations, they will go into effect for the 2017-18 funding round, with exceptions noted above.

District:

 

Dr. Ref Rodriguez resigned as president of the LAUSD Board of Education on September 19, 2017.  On September 26, 2017, Monica Garcia, BD 2, was nominated by new board member Kelly Gonez, BD 6, for the position of president and was elected on a 4-3 vote.  New board member Nick Melvoin, BD4, was selected as the vice president.

 

FCPS:

 

The Ad Hoc Interview Committee consisting of all Faculty and Classified Representatives from the five Fenton schools, three selected representatives of the administrative team and three selected members of the Board of Directors met on Thursday, October 12, 2017 to interview candidates for the position of Chief Academic Officer.  The committee’s recommendation will be presented in Closed Session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III.    CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

All matters listed under the consent agenda are considered by the Board to be routine and will be approved/enacted by the Board in one motion in the form listed below.  Unless specifically requested by a Board member for further discussion or removed from the agenda, there will be no discussion of these items prior to the Board’s vote on them.  The Executive Director recommends approval of all consent agenda items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item III.A.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

                       

SUBJECT:    Recommendation to approve English Learner (EL) Master Plans for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

 

BACKGROUND

 

All public school districts and charter public schools in California are required to create an English Learner (EL) Master plan, which provides guidance and direction to administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and students regarding the options available to parents and the expectations the district/charter school holds for every classroom.  It offers a guide to all staff to ensure that consistent, coherent services are provided to every English Learner (EL), Long-Term English Learner (LTEL), and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) student in each district or charter school.

 

ANALYSIS

 

LAUSD charter schools may elect to adopt the District’s EL Master Plan, or create their own.  The Fenton schools have elected to create their own plans to ensure the unique characteristics of each of the Fenton communities are well served.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the EL Master Plans for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments:  Letter from CSD; EL Master Plans for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.A.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

                       

SUBJECT:    Recommendation to receive FASB ASC 715 OPEB report for FCPS as of June 30, 2017

 

BACKGROUND

 

Since the approval of GASB 45 in July 2004, Fenton Avenue Charter School, and then in 2011, the Fenton Charter Public Schools, have been adhering to the Government Accounting Standards Board statement to determine Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities and obligations.  As a non-profit public benefit corporation, FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) statements are a better “fit” for the organization than GASB regulations, and in the 2015-2016 school year, FCPS transitioned to FASB reporting guidelines and received its first FASB ASC 715 actuarial report.

 

One major difference between GASB and FASB is the requirement for yearly actuarial reports for FASB compared to the “every other year” requirement under GASB, and hence, the Board will receive a FASB report yearly.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The results of the July 1, 2017 actuarial valuation report reveal the following:

 

Summary of Actuarial Valuation Results

July 1, 2016

July 1, 2017

Expected Postretirement Benefit Obligation (EPBO)

$12,976,115

$14,284,475

Fair Value of Plan Assets

$2,440,770

$3,131,779

Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation (APBO)

 

 

Actives

$6,068,413

$6,866,706

Retirees

$1,528,107

$1,397,812

Total APBO

$7,596,520

$8,264,518

Accrued Postretirement Benefit Cost

$2,402,747

$2,355,200

Service Cost (End of Year)

$385,316

$447,680

Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost

$680,030

$768,085

Discount Rate

3.76%

3.82%

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors receive the FASB ASC 715 Report for FCPS for June 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  Fenton Charter Public Schools Actuarial Valuation Report as of July 1, 2017

Item IV.B.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

                       

SUBJECT:    Recommendation to approve revision of Procurement and Purchasing Procedures Policy

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools has established a procurement and purchasing policy which ensures the ability of the Fenton schools to purchase materials and supplies, and enter into contracts while generally carrying on the business of the schools in a manner that deals equitably with all vendors and provides for efficient management and proper expenditure of public funds.

 

ANALYSIS

 

As necessary, minor additions and changes are made to the policy to ensure that the policy continues to be consistent with current applicable state and federal law, while also specifically articulating expectations of all staff involved in purchasing resources for the schools.

 

The last revision of the policy was recommended and approved on January 28, 2016 and necessitated by new requirements received from the California Department of Education, School Nutrition Division. 

 

The revision recommended here serves to clarify how purchases are to be received.  The additional statement is on page 7 under the topic of “Receiving Procedures, General Guidelines” and is italicized below:

 

  1. Receiving will be completed by someone other than the employee who ordered/requested the item (e.g., purchases made by a Director will be received and reviewed by the Office Manager of the school, etc.).

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the revised Procurement and Purchasing Procedures Policy.

 

Attachment:  Revised Procurement and Purchasing Procedures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.C.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

                       

SUBJECT:    Recommendation to approve Local Indicators for the California School Dashboard for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

 

BACKGROUND


In March 2017, the State Board of Education and California Department of Education unveiled the California School Dashboard (Dashboard)—available at www.caschooldashboard.org. The Dashboard, which has evolved from the moniker “Evaluation Rubrics,” illustrates the state of California’s new accountability system by measuring the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs) at the district, school and pupil subgroup levels. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard is intended to help county offices of education (COEs) and the state identify LEAs and schools in need of assistance.

The Dashboard covers the priorities established in the Local Control Funding Formula through the use of state and local indicators:

State Indicators

Local Indicators

Academic Indicator (English Language Arts and Math) (Priority 4)

Basic Services and Conditions (Priority 1)

English Learner Progress Indicator (Priority 4)

Implementation of Academic Standards (Priority 2)

Graduation Rate Indicator (Priority 5)

Parent Engagement (Priority 3)

Chronic Absenteeism Indicator (Priority 5)1

School Climate (Priority 6)

Suspension Rate Indicator (Priority 6)

Coordination of Services for Expelled Students (Priority 9)2

College/Career Indicator (Priority 7 and 8)3

Coordination of Services for Foster Youth (Priority 10)2

1Available in fall 2018
2For COEs only (County Offices of Education)
3Status only available in fall 2017

The Dashboard shows LEA performance on the six state performance indicators (only five of which are available) and the four local indicators (six for COEs), as applicable. The state indicators are based on data that is collected consistently across the state from LEAs through various statewide databases and sources, such as the California Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). LEAs and schools will receive one of five color-coded performance levels on the state indicators. State indicator performance levels are calculated using percentiles to create five-by-five colored tables that combine status (ranging from “very high” to “very low”) and change (ranging from “increased significantly” to “declined significantly”).

Since data is not collected at the state level for the local indicators, it is up to the LEAs to collect their own data and self-report on those standards for the Dashboard. Unlike the state indicators, the local indicators will not be ranked on a color or fill scale and instead will be rated as “Met,” “Not Met,” or “Not Met for Two or More Years.” In order to meet the standard for each applicable local indicator, an LEA must:

  1. Measure its progress using locally available data;
  2. Report the results to the LEA’s local governing board at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the local governing board; and
  3. Upload and publicly report the results through the Dashboard.

LEAs that do not meet all three of these standards for each local indicator will receive a “Not Met” on the Dashboard, and the Dashboard will automatically default to “Not Met” if an LEA does not upload information for a local indicator. The deadline to upload local indicators is December 1, 2017. If an LEA does not upload data by this deadline, it will not have another opportunity until the fall 2018 Dashboard release. Note that those LEAs that anticipate using the alternative accountability system scheduled for release in fall 2018 also need to upload their status on the local indicators by the December 1 deadline for the fall 2017 Dashboard release.

ANALYSIS

 

The Directors of the five Fenton schools met on Monday, October 9 (a non-instructional day at each of the sites, but work day for administrative, office and custodial staff) and collaborated on the completion of the local indicators for each of the Fenton schools for this first publication of the California School Dashboard. 

 

As required by the CDE, the four local indicators (Priority 1:  Basic Services and Conditions; Priority 2:  Implementation of Academic Standards; Priority 3:  Parent Engagement; and Priority 6:  School Climate) were completed for each site and are presented here for review and discussion prior to requested Board approval.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the Local Indicators for the California School Dashboard for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: California School Dashboard Local Indicators for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

Item IV.D.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

                       

SUBJECT:    Recommendation to approve opening of investment account for Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools OPEB Trust established an investment portfolio in March 2016.  Over the past year, the trust has benefited from the investment and added significantly to its earnings.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Using the experience and knowledge gained from the FCPS OPEB Trust, and the same financial advisor at East West Investment Services, the Ad Hoc Finance Committee explored the possibility of investing funds from the FCPS reserves, carefully and thoroughly reviewing cash flow needs for this year and succeeding years.  The reserve funds are currently earning less than 1% in the Los Angeles County Treasury and this was also a key factor.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the opening of an investment account for the Fenton Charter Public Schools with an initial investment of $1.5 million, and direct the Executive Director to accomplish the transfer of funds by the December 7th Board meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.A.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

 

SUBJECT:    Review of updated Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures

                       

BACKGROUND

 

Many concerns are the responsibility of local educational agencies (LEAs), including the hiring and evaluation of staff, employee relations, selection/provision of textbooks and materials, pupil discipline, provision of core curricula subjects, homework policies and practices, and dress codes and school uniforms. Every county office of education, district, and charter school governing board is required to have established local complaint policies that describe the procedures that must be followed to resolve complaints. Copies of complaint policies and procedures are to be available at county offices of education, district offices, or charter school offices. Many LEAs post their policies and procedures on their Web sites.

 

Some matters lie within the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) scope. Federal and state laws and regulations specify which programs and issues do. Not all complaints are within the scope of the UCP, even if they involve alleged violations of law.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures was adopted by the FCPS Board on December 4, 2014.  The policy and forms have been updated to reflect the move of the FCPS offices to the Sun Valley site, and reviewed to ensure accuracy.  The Board is asked to review and share any questions or concerns regarding the policy and documents.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures

Item V.B.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

 

SUBJECT:    Compliance with LAUSD Resolution: “Keeping Parents Informed:  Charter Transparency”

 

BACKGROUND

 

On January 12, 2016, Board Member Monica Ratliff brought forward a resolution to the LAUSD Board of Education which was approved by consent and titled, “Keeping Parents Informed:  Charter Transparency”.  The resolution is an extensive list of documents, which are to be available both manually and electronically to all parents, guardians and staff.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The list of documents is attached and presented to the Board as a reminder of the compliance required by the authorizing district at each of the Fenton schools.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: LAUSD Resolution – “Keeping Parents Informed:  Charter Transparency”

Item V.C.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

October 19, 2017

 

TO:                 Fenton Charter Public Schools

                        Board of Directors

 

FROM:           Irene Sumida

                        President

 

SUBJECT:    Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

                       

BACKGROUND

 

The FCPS OPEB Trust was formally established at the East West Bank and an investment portfolio created on March 28, 2016.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The President of the Trust, Walter Wallace, and Secretary of the Trust, Joe Lucente, will provide an update.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente announcement:

 

“The Board of Directors will now be moving into closed session to discuss matters described in Section VI.  Matters to be discussed are those permitted by Government Code Section 54957 – Personnel Matters.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.  RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

 

Chair Lucente will announce any action taken in Closed Session.

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

Board Meeting Dates

2017-2018

 

All board meetings begin at 4:30 p.m.

 

Location

September 21, 2017

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

October 19, 2017

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

December 7, 2017

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

January 25, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

March 1, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

April 12, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

May 17, 2018

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

June 21, 2018

(Meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m.)

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

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