Board Agenda

Fenton Charter Public Schools

REGULAR MEETING - 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.

 

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 DronfieldAvenue, Pacoima, CA 91331 • (818) 485-5900

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

January 30, 2020 – 4:30 P.M.

Fenton Charter Public Schools

8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352

Call-in Number: (712) 770-5581; Access Code: 881498#

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.

 

2. “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.

 

3. 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.  

 

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

 

5. 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.

I. PRELIMINARY

 

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

 

B. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Kelley Christenson and Veronica Palazzola

 

C. Flag Salute – Chair Lucente

 

D. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

The Chair will request any amendments to the agenda, and then approval.

 

E. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting - Chair Lucente

 

Minutes of the December 5, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors will be presented for approval. 

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. 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.

 

B. Committee/Council Reports

 

1. Finance Committee: Sarah Ananta, Maria Patrón (FPC); Donald Ausherman, AJ Smith (SMBCCS); Jennifer Hines (FCLA); Dominica Yasuda (STEM)

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council:  Tony Peña, Marty Penner  (FACS)

 

2. Instruction Committee:  Lisa Ibarra, Jacqueline Penner (FPC); Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto (SMBCCS); Yesenia Fuentes (FCLA); Alejandra Muñoz (STEM)

Curriculum and Assessment Council: Lee Melo, Christopher Torres (FACS)

 

3. Personnel Committee: Nina Ferman, Coco Salazar (FPC); Megan Stevenson, Tiene Hauck (SMBCCS); Kate Hetu (FCLA); Elisa Vallejo (STEM)

Human Resource and Personnel Council: Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Meeks (FACS)

 

4. Parent/Community Advocacy Committee: Bridget Ruiz, Coco Salazar (FPC); Ariana Gomez, Evelia Manzo (SMBCCS); Lindsay Oquindo (FCLA);
Sydney Crowe (STEM)

School-Community Relations Council: Leticia Padilla Parra (FACS)

 

  1. a.School Site Council:  Leticia Padilla Parra, Christopher Torres (FACS); Richard Parra, Sandra Valle (FPC); Karla Morales Jimenez, Bunny Wolfer (SMBCCS); Amarjeet Gonzalez (FCLA/STEM) 
  2. b.English Learner Advisory Committee:  Barbara Aragón, Patricia Acosta, Mariana Flores, Mary Gunckel, Maura Martinez, Leticia Padilla Parra (FACS)

C. Financial Business Manager’s Report: Kristin Dietz, Vice President, EdTec - FCPS Financial Business Manager

 

The FCPS Financial Business Manager will present the FCPS financial statements cash flow position, and any variations in revenues and expenditures from the approved 2019-2020 budgets, and November 2019 Financials for all sites.

 

D. Directors’ Reports 

 

1. Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Mrs. Leticia Padilla Parra

 

2. Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Mr. Cary Rabinowitz

 

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

 

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

 

5. Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) – Mrs. Jennifer Miller

 

E. Chief Academic Officer’s Report and LCAP Update – Dr. David Riddick

 

F. 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. 

 

A. Recommendation to receive and file 2018-2019 School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

B. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to receive and file the June 30, 2019 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

B. Recommendation to approve expenditures for items above spending authority of Executive Director

 

C. Recommendation to approve Request for Proposal (RFP) for independent auditor

 

D. Recommendation to approve resolution (Resolution #39) supporting submission of material revisions to charters of Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center to LAUSD Charter Schools Division

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION 

 

A. Public Notice of FCPS Food Services Management Company Request for Proposal (RFP) 

 

B. Form 700 Filers

 

C. Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

D. Progress on bond investment financing

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

IX. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

December 5, 2019

 

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 4:34 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

A. Call to Order – Vice Chairperson of the Board – Diane Abeyta

 

The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 4:34 p.m. by Vice Chair Abeyta.

 

B. Roll Call – Secretaries of the Board –Beth Henschel, Marie Kirakossian and Megan Stevenson

 

Board Members Present

Diane Abeyta, Parent Representative

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

Jed Wallace, Community Representative

Walter Wallace, Community Representative 

 

Board Members Not Present

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

 

C. Flag Salute – Vice Chair Abeyta

 

Vice Chair Abeyta led the Board and the public in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

D. Approval of the Agenda – Vice Chair Abeyta

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Agenda (Item I.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Approval of Minutes

 

Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Vice Chair Abeyta

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the October 24, 2019 Regular Meeting (Item I.E.) were approved as presented. 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Vice Chair Abeyta

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

B. 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.  

 

C. Financial Business Manager’s Report 

 

Cindy Frantz, Assistant to Kristin Dietz, Vice President of EdTec, and Financial Business Manager of the FCPS, presented the following update:

  • ïConsolidated forecasted net income is now $680,000, an increase from the previous forecast of $413,000 due to the following:
    • oStaffing changes at the schools and home office resulted in reduced costs ($167,000 consolidated decrease in expense)
    • oUpdated prior year lottery actuals received in excess of accrued revenue ($55,000 consolidated increase in revenue)
    • oReduced forecasted expenses for computers and other equipment ($46,000 consolidated decrease in expense)
    • oDecrease in capitalized expenditures due to timing of projects ($41,000 consolidated decrease in expense)
    • oCash balances and overall fiscal health remain very strong and all sties continue to have positive cash balances
    • oFirst interim reports for the five Fenton schools were prepared and sent to LAUSD on November 25, 2019 and presented to the Board.  Copies of reports for each site were also included at the end of the formal presentation document.

 

D. Directors’ Reports 

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Leticia Padilla Parra, Director, reported.

 

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Cary Rabinowitz, Director, reported.

 

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

 

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

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) – Jennifer Miller, Director, reported.

 

E. Chief Academic Officer’s Report 

 

Fenton Charter Pubic Schools (FCPS) – Dr. David Riddick, Chief Academic Officer, reported.

 

F. Executive Director’s Report 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools (FCPS) – Dr. David Riddick, Chief Academic Officer, reported for Mrs. Sumida.

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

There were no items on the Consent Agenda.

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to review and receive the draft of the June 30, 2019 consolidated audit for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Walter Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to review and receive the draft of the June 30, 2019 consolidated audit for the Fenton Charter Public Schools (Item IV.A.) was received as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

B. Recommendation to approve LAUSD Certification of Board Compliance Review

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the LAUSD Certification of Board Compliance Review (Item IV.B.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

C. Recommendation to approve expenditures for items above spending authority of Executive Director

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Walter Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve expenditures for items above spending authority of Executive Director (Item IV.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

D. Recommendation to ratify and accept Memorandum of Understanding and Grant Agreement with Think Together

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Walter Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to ratify and accept the Memorandum of Understanding and Grant Agreement with Think Together (Item IV.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace 

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Recommendation to ratify and accept contracts with Grant Republic for grant writing services, including California State Preschool Program Grant for Fenton schools’ consortium 

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the contract with Grant Republic for grant writing services (Item IV.E.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace, 

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

F. Recommendation to ratify and accept contract with Schwab Actuarial Services to produce 10-year projection of OPEB costs

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to ratify and accept the contract with Schwab Actuarial Services to produce 10-year projection of OPEB costs (Item IV.F.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,  

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

G. Recommendation to ratify and accept various ongoing contracts with school vendors 

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the various ongoing contracts with school vendors (Item IV.G.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

H. Recommendation to approve expansion plan for Fenton Charter Leadership Academy and Fenton STEM Academy

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Walter Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the expansion plan for Fenton Charter Leadership Academy and Fenton STEM Academy (Item IV.H.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,  

Walter Wallace 

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

I. Recommendation to approve Resolution #38:  Issuance of Education Revenue Bonds to Refinance New Market Tax Credit Loan for SFV 11351 Dronfield LLC, and Refinance Clearinghouse Loan and Finance Expansion Efforts for SFV 8926 Sunland LLC

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace, and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve Resolution #38:  Issuance of Education Revenue Bonds to Refinance New Market Tax Credit Loan for SFV 11351 Dronfield LLC, and  Refinance Clearinghouse Loan and Finance Expansion Efforts for SFV 8926 Sunland LLC (Item IV.I.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Jed Wallace,

Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

    1. a.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

The following amounts are the estimates, which will be transferred to the OPEB Trust account in December:

 

Location

Amount

Fenton Avenue Charter School

$180,062

Fenton Primary Center

$113,426

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

$164,275

Fenton STEM Academy

$49,225

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

$55,054

Fenton Charter Public Schools

$60,461

TOTAL

$622,503

 

The estimated amounts listed above will be transferred to the OPEB Trust account at East West Bank and then transferred to the OPEB Investment Account at Cathay Wealth Management.

 

B. Recognition of FCPS Student Achievement Symposium Presenters

These were information items only and no action was taken.

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:56 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

______________________________ ___________________________

Beth HenschelMarie Kirakossian

Secretary of the Board Secretary of the Board

 

 

 

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Megan Stevenson

Secretary of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. B. 

 

Committee and Council Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.1.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

 

Finance Committee

 

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium

 

MINUTES

A meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee was held on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 7:15 am in the Auditorium of Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90038

Call to Order: Donald Ausherman and AJ Smith, Co-Chairs 

The Finance Committee was called to order at 7:18 am by Chair AJ Smith

Roll Call: Christy Namkung and Holly Putnam, Co-Secretaries

Finance Committee members present: Cary Rabinowitz, Christy Namkung, Nicole Reed, Lisa DeFrancesco, Tashi Miller, Richard Castro, Aaron Veals, AJ Smith, Jolea Makhlouf, Emily Aaronson, and Walter Gomez

Excused Members: Holly Putnam, Donald Ausherman, Jennifer Allen, Monica Castaneda, and Sandra Campos 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Donald Ausherman and AJ Smith, Co-Chairs

 

The date for the previous minutes to be approved were changed from August 27, 2019 to October 15, 2019.

 

Approval of Minutes from October 15th, 2019: Donald Ausherman and AJ Smith, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 15th, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Tashi Miller  and SECONDED by Emily Aaronson and CARRIED, the minutes of the October 15, 2019 Finance Committee meeting were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: 

 

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

 

Old Business: None 

 

There was no Old Business.

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Finance Update, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz discussed the financials that were reviewed at the board meeting. SMBCCS currently has a $590,055 operating income which was an increase from $481,000 due largely to the added workers compensation revenue received from the previous year.  Our enrollment remains steady at the level budgeted for the year, and our cumulative ADA percentage is slightly higher than budgeted so we are in good standing.

 

Item #4 Facilities Update (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 5), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

LED lighting was installed inside of the school over this past Thanksgiving break using Prop 39 Clean Energy funding. In addition, these funds will also be used to upgrade AC units in rooms 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37 (bungalows) with the possibility of upgrading the remainder of the AC units in 1st and 2nd grade classes as well. 

We are working with LAUSD to replace ceiling tiles in Room 26 and 27 as well as the J-Building for safety reasons. Mr. Rabinowitz also discussed the possibility of installing a new fence around the school. Options are being considered, but of course it will happen when students are out of school. 

DSA has received information on our marquee and it is currently being reviewed.  The school will be provided updates as they come.   Lastly, we will be installing a new freezer as we have recently lost product due to poor installation, air circulation, and an old condenser.

Item #5 Restorative Practices:  Alternatives to Suspension Professional Development (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

Administration have been working to look into ways for students to work on reflecting on their choices in a positive way and restoring the negative effects of their decisions.  Mr. Rabinowitz and Mr. Gomez are looking for approval to attend the Restorative Practices:  Alternatives to Suspension Professional Development in Santa Ana on February 10th.  It will cost $290 total for registration.

On MOTION of  Lisa DeFrancesco and SECONDED by Christy Namkung and CARRIED, the Restorative Practices were approved as submitted.

Item #6 Lexia Reading Core 5 Educational Software (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-3), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

Lexia is an online program that students use individually and allows teachers to use the data to teach small groups in order to help identify where students need help. Piloting teachers and students from TK-6th grade have reported satisfaction with the product and feel it has been a strong tool to drive small group instruction. Lexia will cost $5,950 for the remainder of the year.  This will allow the rest of our staff an opportunity to use the program in their classrooms.  At the end of the year we will determine whether Lexia will replace Istation for the 2020-2021 school year.

On MOTION of Christy Namkung and SECONDED by Tashi Miller and CARRIED, the Lexia Reading Core 5 Educational Software was approved as submitted.

Item #7 FCPS Guidelines for Attending Conferences and Workshops, Robin Rodriguez, Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

Mrs. Rodriguez presented updated procedures for reimbursements. A thorough reimbursement checklist was created by Stacey Manzo from the Business Office in order to help teachers. In order to receive any reimbursement for conferences attended, staff members must provide: 

    • -Conference Agenda and supplemental evidence of attendance
    • -Original (not a copy), itemized receipts with only the items you are requesting reimbursement
    • -Proof of Mileage (driver only if carpooling)
    • -Completed Overnight Pre-approval form from the Director (if applicable)

Mrs. Rodriguez reminded the committee that reimbursement requests must be submitted within 60 days of conference attendance and reviewed the required forms (one for conferences and one for reimbursements not having to do with conferences, events, or trainings). Mrs. Rodriguez also reviewed and emphasized how to calculate per diem for your trip on the website and showed an example.

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Jolea Maklouf and SECONDED by Richard Castro and CARRIED, the December 10th meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee was adjourned at 7:42 am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council

 

December 12, 2019

 

A meeting of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council was held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 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: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

The Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council meeting was called to order at 7:17 a.m. by Co-Chair, Tony Peña.

 

Roll Call: Christie Collins, 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

 

Item #3 was removed from the agenda. 

 

Item #1 Minutes from the November 5, 2019 meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Martin Penner, SECONDED by Mary Ann McPherson, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council meeting of November 5, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

Item #2             There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: There was no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 State Preschool (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the committee that all five Fenton Charter Public Schools have applied for state preschool as an organization. Fenton Primary Center will serve as the lead school. If preschool is awarded, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School and Fenton Primary Center will most likely have preschool in the 2020-2021 school year. The other campuses will most likely have preschool in the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Item #4 FACS Updates and Charter Renewal (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the committee that a material revision to include the addition of sixth grade at Fenton Avenue Charter School will be written and submitted. If approved, FACS will serve students in grades three through six in the 2020-2021 school year. A petition to support the addition of sixth grade will be made available for parents to sign. With reference to the upcoming charter renewal, suggestions concerning a change in the start time of the school day and number of days worked per year were offered. Mrs. Padilla Parra will share these suggestions at the upcoming Director Meeting.

 

Announcements: Mrs. Padilla Parra announced that an email will be sent to staff later today containing updated information regarding our participation in the Holiday Pacoima Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

 

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined

 

Adjournment: By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council adjourned at 7:49 a.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted by Christie Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

January 22, 2020

 

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on January 22, 2020 at 7:20 a.m. in the Hands-on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Dominica Yasuda, Chairperson

 

Roll Call: Bianca Bell-Reed, Secretary

 

Members Present: Dominica Yasuda, Bianca Bell-Reed, Brennan Mack, Sofia Carias, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia Quijano

 

Excused Members: Sal Morales

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Jennifer Pimentel, Brandi Pease, Jennifer Hines, Fong Chau

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None

 

Approval of Minutes: Dominica Yasuda, Chairperson

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 23, 2019 meeting of the Fenton STEM Finance Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Brennan Mack, SECONDED by Sofia Carias, and CARRIED, the minutes from the October 23, 2019 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 Budget Update,

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the budget update for STEM. She projected the income statement from EdTec, which states revenue, expenses, and the operating income. She explained each line item and pointed out the approved amount, the previous forecast, and the current forecast. Mrs. Miller informed us that the budget is presented in a more detailed manner at the FCPS Board Meeting. It’s important to know how the budget is trending because it will drive what we are able to do and provide in the future. The budget is based off an ADA assumption of 98.0% for the year. Mrs. Miller reminded the committee that the best way to help our ADA is to capture Independent Studies. The committee was informed that STEM is on track with the budget projections. 

 

Item #4             Facilities Update, (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 5-6) 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that we do not have any major facility projects for the current year. Our major project will be the addition of the back building, which may require some projects in the main building. Although we are holding off any plans for facility enhancements, projects focused on student safety will be considered. The Fenton Academies recently installed 5 more state-of-the art video cameras in areas deemed most important to student safety, such as the pedestrian gate and the drop off/pick up valet line. 

 

Item #5 Scholastic Book Fair Sales, 

                                    Cecilia Quijano, Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano informed the committee that the Fenton Academies have generated and collected $8,485.34 during our Scholastic Book Fair that ran from October 18-24, 2019. Of which, we’ve received a total of $4,297.70 in “Scholastic Dollars.” In the past we’ve purchased a subscription of the Scholastic News that were used as a supplement to our curriculum.  This year, although they have done away with the purchase of the monthly Scholastic News using “Scholastic Dollars,” they have agreed to “grandfather” us in and recognize us as a loyal host of the Scholastic Book Fair in our community.  We were told that the Fenton Academies are one of the few, if not the only elementary school, in the neighborhood that hosts book fair events in the last 5 years since we’ve been here.

 

We, as a school, will decide on how to redeem the Scholastic Dollars.  The following options are:

*Take products from a future Scholastic Book Fair

*Shop the online Scholastic Dollars Catalog

*Shop at a Scholastic Book Fair warehouse (by appointment)

*Place an order from their regional booklists, which is available upon request

 

The total of $4,297.70 that we’ve received in Scholastic Dollars is a combination of a Profit Balance of $3,904.37 and a Reward Balance of $393.33.  Although the Profit Balance will not expire, the Reward Balance of $393.33 will expire on April 13, 2020. Moving forward, we will bring this to discussion with our lead teachers at a meeting, and they will bring it back for further discussion at their respective grade-level to decide how we want to use the Scholastic Dollars.

 

Mrs. Quijano wanted to thank both parent volunteers and staff for their dedication and commitment in making and running another successful book fair for our students.  She also, thanked Ms. Pease for allowing us to house the book fair in the music room and roving into classrooms for our students’ music time.

 

Announcements: None

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

 

Adjournment: On MOTION Bianca Bell-Reed, SECONDED by Sofia Carias, and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 7:51 a.m.  

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Bianca Bell-Reed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

Finance Committee

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

January 22, 2020

 

A meeting of the FCLA Finance Committee was held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:18 am in the Hands on Lab at the Fenton Academies on 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley CA 91352.

 

 

Call to Order: Jennifer Hines, Chairperson

 

Roll Call: Fong Chau, Secretary

 

Members Present: Tania Casas, Fong Chau, Jennifer Hines, Jennifer Miller, Brandi Pease, and Cecilia Quijano

 

Excused Members: Mauricio Mena

 

Non-Members Present: Bianca Bell-Reed, Jennifer Pimentel, Sofia Carias, Brennan Mack, and Dominica Yasuda

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None.

 

Approval of Minutes from October 23, 2019: Jennifer Hines, Chairperson

 

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 23, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Tania Casas, SECONDED by Brandi Pease and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting of October 23, 2019, were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Jennifer Hines, Chairperson

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Budget Update, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller presented to the committee on the budget for FCLA. She shared information provided by Edtec which is the outside accounting firm used to support all Fenton Schools. According to the income statement by Edtec, our school continues to have a healthy reserve and we are projected to end the year in the positive based on the assumption that our ADA average continues to remain at about 98 percent. Mrs. Miller stressed that maintaining high in-seat attendance and encouraging parents to sign up for independent studies whenever possible will allow our budget to remain in a positive place. She highly encourages all teachers to seek out and share strategies that have been effective in motivating and maintaining high ADA in their classrooms. 

 

Item #4 Facilities Update, (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 5-6)  

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller presented information regarding the authorization of funds to update security cameras that will ensure student safety. All major enhancements will be postponed until the addition of the annex begins. 

 

Item #5 Scholastic Book Fair Sales, 

                        Cecilia Quijano, Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano presented to the committee about the Scholastic Book Fair Sales that took place from October 18-24, 2019. She explained that the event generated and collected $8,485.34 We’ve received a total of $4,297.70 in Scholastic Dollars.  In the past we’ve purchased a subscription of the Scholastic News that was used as a supplement to our curriculum.  This year, although they have done away with the purchase of the monthly Scholastic News using Scholastic Dollars, they have agreed to “grandfather” us in and recognize us as a loyal host of the Scholastic Book Fair in our community.  We were told that the Fenton Academies are one of the few, if not the only elementary school, in the neighborhood that hosts book fair events in the last 5 years since we’ve been in operation. Mrs. Quijano also added that we, as a school, will decide on how to redeem the Scholastic Dollars.  The following four options are: (1) Take products from a future Scholastic Book Fair  (2) Shop the online Scholastic Dollars Catalog  (3) Shop at a Scholastic Book Fair warehouse  (4) Place an order from their regional booklists, which is available upon request. 

 

The total of $4,297.70 that we’ve received in Scholastic Dollars is a combination of a Profit Balance of $3,904.37 and a Reward Balance of $393.33.  Although the Profit Balance will not expire, the Reward Balance of $393.33 will expire on April 13, 2020. Moving forward, we will bring this to discussion with our lead teachers at a meeting, and they will bring it back for further discussion at their respective grade-level to decide how we want to use the Scholastic Dollars. Mrs. Quijano wanted to thank both parent volunteers and staff for their dedication and commitment in making and running another successful book fair for our students.  Also, thank you to Ms. Pease for allowing us to house the book fair in the music room and roving into classrooms for our students’ music time.

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:  

 

On MOTION of Tania Casa SECONDED by Brandi Pease and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 7:50 a.m.  

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Fong Chau

Item II.B.2.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Curriculum and Assessment Council

December 4, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Conference Room

 

Minutes

 

Call to Order: Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

The Curriculum and Assessment Council was called to order at 7:22 a.m. by Co-Chair Christopher Torres

 

Roll Call: Cynthia Eschenfelder and Robin Brenneisen – Secretaries

 

Members Present: Marya Asadurian, Robin Brenneisen, Jacqueline Claudio, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Lee Melo, Leticia Padilla Parra, Cheryl Perkins, Jessi Tello, Christopher Torres, Rebecca Williamson

 

Members Excused: Barbara Aragon, Jessi Tello 

 

Members Not Present: Otilia Lopez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #5 FACS Updates and Charter Renewal was added to the agenda.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 24, 2019 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On Motion of Jacqueline Claudio, SECONDED by Marya Asadurian, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from October 24, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

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

 

 

Old Business: No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Reflex Math (LCAP 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Action Item)

 

General consensus across grade levels is that Reflex Math seems like a viable option to implement across grade levels. Mrs. Padilla Parra will move forward in pursuing this for all students. 

On Motion of Marya Asadurian, SECONDED by Rebecca Williamson, and CARRIED, Reflex Math was approved. 

 

Item #4 State Preschool (LCAP 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that all five FCPS schools were included in the application for a state preschool program. The process, though competitive, seems promising. Each class would consist of about 20 students, ages 3 to 4, in session for 8 hours per day. The program would be operational outside of the charter as its own entity and therefore no revision to the charter is needed. 

 

 Item #5 FACS Updates & Charter Renewal (LCAP 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra reviewed an excerpt from Mrs. Sumida’s Executive Director’s Report regarding organization-wide adjustments including, but not limited to, the organization’s reputation, financial discipline, school performance, and increased enrollment strategies for all schools. There will be a meeting next week on December 10th at 6:30 am to discuss these strategies and ideas for FACS’ future. 

 

Announcements: FACS and FPC Chorus members will perform in the Pacoima Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 14th. Teachers are invited to march alongside the students and pass out flyers.

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: To Be Announced 

 

 

Adjournment: On the MOTION of Robin Brenneisen, SECONDED by Cynthia Eschenfelder, and CARRIED, the Curriculum Assessment Council adjourned at 8:01 a.m.

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by Cynthia Eschenfelder and Robin Brenneisen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Instruction Committee

 

December 11, 2019

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Lisa Ibarra and Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chairs   

 

Roll Call:    Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present: Mara Shinn Smith, Karen Knapp, Coco Salazar, Richard Parra, Jacqueline Penner, Maria Reyes, Lisa Ibarra, Angelica Salceda, Nitima Angus, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Wendy Kaufman, Vanessa Sarnecki, Sirui Thomassian, Gurpreet Gill, Maria Cardenas, Diana Lucas

 

Members Excused: Paola Ramirez, Krystal Rodriguez, Brianna Ellis

 

Members Absent: none

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Lisa Ibarra and Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chairs

 

Item # 9      FPC Professional Development Agenda for January 13th, 2020 Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

Item #1       Minutes from the October 23, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Jacqueline Penner, SECONDED by Nitima Angus, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Instruction Committee Meeting of October 23, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Lisa Ibarra and Mara Shinn Smith, Council Co-Chairs

 

Item #2       Any person(s) desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

                        

Item #3   Intervention Specialist Position (LCAP 1, AMO 1, 5), Richard Parra,

FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

Richard Parra made an announcement regarding Mara Shinn Smith’s leave of absence. The hiring committee has selected someone to be the new Intervention Specialist. The newly hired Intervention Specialist will be announced during tomorrow’s Personnel Committee meeting.

 

Item #4   Selection of Instruction Committee Co-Chair, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

Jacqueline Penner has volunteered to be the new Instruction Committee Co-Chair.

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Nitima Angus, and CARRIED, Jacqueline Penner has been approved as the new Instruction Committee Co-Chair.

 

Item #5      MAP Winter Administration Update (LCAP 1, AMO 5), Mara Shinn Smith, Reading Intervention Specialist (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Shinn Smith gave an update on the MAP Winter Administration. Lisa Ibarra and Sirui Thomassian will meet to discuss the MAP Winter administration.  The tentative testing window for FPC will run between January 15 - 31, 2020.  

 

Item #6      Professional Development for Lisa Ibarra:  ISTE Conference - (LCAP 3, AMO 2), June 28 - July 1, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Lisa Ibarra will attend the ISTE Conference that is in California this year. It’s a huge technology conference that focuses on STEM and technology teaching strategies. The ISTE Conference is from June 28, 2020 – July 1, 2020.

 

On MOTION of Angelica Salceda, SECONDED by Mara Shinn Smith, and CARRIED, Lisa Ibarra was approved to attend the ISTE Conference from June 28th – July 1st, 2020.

 

Item #7      Professional Development for TK - 1st Grade:  SoCal Kindergarten Conference - (LCAP 3, AMO 2), February 28-29, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The SoCal Kindergarten Conference is from February 28 - 29, 2020 in Pasadena.  There will be between 10-12 teachers that will be attending.

 

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Professional Development for TK- 1st Grade: SoCal Kindergarten Conference has been approved.

 

Item #8      Professional Development for Kaufman, Ferman, and Gill:  Get Your Teach On Conference - (LCAP 3, AMO 2), January 20-21, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The “Get Your Teach On” Conference (GYTO) held on January 20 -21, 2020 focuses on classroom management and academic rigor. Wendy Kaufman, Nina Ferman and Gurpreet Gill will be attending.

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the Professional Development: Get Your Teach On Conference has been approved.

  

Item #9      FPC Professional Development Agenda for January 13th, 2020 Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

Richard Parra announced to the committee that Wendy Kaufman will lead the FPC Professional Development on January 13, 2020. The PD will focus on mindset tools for teachers and students, restorative justice and MTSS.

 

Announcements:

 

Mara Shinn Smith reminded the committee members to make it a priority to continue to seek out available learning opportunities that are of interest and need.  Richard Parra thanked Mrs. Shinn Smith for being a co-chair of the Instruction Committee and for her wealth of knowledge that she’s given us. We will miss her!

 

We are preparing for the Pacoima parade on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. After school today, our staff will work together to create the FPC parade float for Saturday.

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment:

 

By MOTION of Abigail Lopez-Dee, SECONDED by Nitima Angus and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:34 AM.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

 

 Instruction Committee

December 18, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Room 41  

 

Minutes

Call to Order: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chairs

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 7:17 A.M. in room 41 at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90038.

 

Roll Call: Jennifer Flynn, Co-Secretary

Present: Gaby Arroyo, Cassondra Barrett, Caroline Engel, Jennifer Flynn, Kimberly Kiser, Jazmin Luna, Lisa Morales, Jennifer Nishimoto, Jocelyn O’Brien, Cary Rabinowitz, Kyra Faulk, Robin Rodriguez, and Fabiola Vega

Excused: Grisel Benn, Carmen Solis, Angela Boyd

Absent: Sasha Góngora

Non-Committee Members Present: Bunny Wolfer 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chairs

The location of the meeting was changed to room 41. 

Approval of Minutes: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 23, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Caroline Engel SECONDED by Fabiola Vega and CARRIED, the minutes of the Instruction Committee meeting on October 23, 2019 were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chairs

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

proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public. 

 

Old Business:   

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 MAP Winter Administration Update (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-3), Cary Rabinowitz, Director 

(Informational)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz shared that the Middle of the Year MAP assessment window will begin on January 14, 2020 and run through January 31, 2020. He stressed that teachers should focus on their administration of the test: classroom climate, encouraging students to do their best and to focus on the assessment so that the testing experience can be as genuine as possible. Teachers please make sure you are administering the correct test to avoid testing errors. 

 

Mr. Rabinowitz also shared that based on trends from previous years relating to our Beginning of the Year MAP scores from this school year, our testing data looks good. Because of the shorter testing window and absences that often occur in January, teachers should plan to begin testing earlier in the testing window to ensure all students are tested. 

 

Item #4 Winter/Spring Probationary Teacher Formal Observations (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2) , Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz shared that the fall observations of probationary teachers went very well. He was excited to see so much focus on small group instruction and to see the ability of our newer teachers to differentiate work for their students. Winter Formal Observations begin on January 14, 2020. Teachers who taught a math lesson in the fall will focus on language arts, and vise versa. Probationary teachers are asked to still teach lessons using small group instruction. 

 

Item #5 California School Dashboard 2019 Data Release (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4; LCAP Goal 2, AMO 4), Cary Rabinowitz (Director) (Informational)

 

The results on the California Dashboard are now official. The comparisons are between the 17-18 and 18-19 school years. In Language Arts Santa Monica’s color dropped to orange from yellow because of our dip in Language Arts scores from the previous year. We maintained yellow in Mathematics due to the gains that we made in our math scores. 

 

One area to look at for this school year is our population of Students with Disabilities. Because their scores dropped from 17-18 to 18-19 in ELA, our color band changed from orange to red. Similarly in Mathematics, even though our SWD maintained their scores, the Dashboard color turned red. 

 

Regarding our English Language Learners, 34.9% are making progress towards the standard. This is not a designated color yet on the Dashboard, as this is the first year California has begun to track ELL progress. This data is based on our ELPAC scores. 

 

Mr. Rabinowitz stressed that despite our change in ELA color from yellow to orange on the Dashboard, our ELA and Mathematics scores are both higher than most of our resident schools’. In addition, our percentage of students receiving Free and Reduced Price Lunch and students who are English Language Learners are both higher than most all of the resident schools. 

 

Item #6 Summative ELPAC Administration (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 3), Cary Rabinowitz (Director) (Informational)

 

The Summative ELPAC Administration will begin on February 10, 2020. The Summative ELPAC is now a computer-based test. Training will be given at the end of January. The administration tested a pilot group of students at the beginning of the year. They indicated that the computer-based test may take longer than the paper and pencil test we are used to. Teachers will be given ample opportunity to practice before administration begins. 

 

Item #7 Lexia Reading Core 5 Educational Software (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-3), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

A group of teachers piloted the Lexia Reading Core 5 Educational Software this past fall and provided feedback through surveys. There was unanimous support from teachers at all grade levels for the program. We would like to move forward with purchasing the program for the second half of the school year at a cost of $5,950 for all teachers to use. Mr. Rabinowitz shared that Lexia does have an alignment with MAP, which may make it more useful to teachers than other software programs. Teachers would be surveyed at the end of this school year to determine if we should replace iStation with Lexia. Because of the quantity and quality of resources that come with the program, there needs to be further discussion on how to use the resource in the classroom, as well as discussions about using the reading levels from Lexia to drive reading instruction. Since Lexia is a TK-6 program, there is the possibility of streamlining the use of the software in all SMBCCS classrooms. A trainer from Lexia will come to provide professional development for all staff members. 

 

On MOTION of Lisa Morales SECONDED by Kimberly Kiser and CARRIED, the proposal to purchase Lexia Reading Core 5 Educational Software for the remainder of the school year was approved. 

 

Item #8 2020 Innovating for Equity Summit (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz seeks approval to attend the 2020 Innovating for Equity Summit to be held in Anaheim, CA from February 11-12, 2020 at a cost of $475. 

 

On MOTION of Caroline Engel SECONDED by Jazmin Luna and CARRIED, the proposal for Mr. Rabinowitz to attend the 2020 Innovating for Equity Summit was approved. 

 

Item #9 Professional Development Day 5 (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational)

 

For our January 13, 2020 Professional Development Day, the administration will review the information discussed in each breakout group during our last WASC planning meeting. Mr. Rabinowitz shared his positive feelings about the lively discussions he witnessed in each group, as well as the thoughtfulness of the notes that teachers submitted. On 1/13/20 we will delve further into our areas of strength and growth to continue working on our WASC action plan. 

 

We may also have an Apple Distinguished School presentation, or a Thinking Maps training. 

 

For our April PD days we are thinking about planning a SMBCCS Test Prep Symposium. More information will follow. 

 

Item #10 Reflex Math Pilot Group (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational)

 

Santa Monica is interested in piloting the Reflex Math program, which is for grades 2-6. The program focuses on basic number sense and automaticity. Lead Teachers should talk with their grade levels to gauge interest in being involved in the pilot group. Third Grade has already indicated their strong interest in being a part of the pilot group. 

 

Announcements

 

There were no announcements. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment

 

On MOTION of Caroline Engel SECONDED by Cassondra Barrett and CARRIED, the Instruction

Committee adjourned at 7:59 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

Instruction Committee

January 16, 2020

 

Minutes

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:15A.M. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Chair, Alejandra Muñoz 

 

Roll Call: Paige Piper, Secretary 

Instruction Committee Members Present: Alejandra Muñoz, Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga, Paige Piper, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, and Ana Soto Gutierrez

Non-Committee Members: Yesenia Fuentes, Lindsey Western, Martha May, Nicole Langlois, Maria Cordero, Martha May, Cecilia Quijano, and Kate Hetu

Members Excused: Romelia Lagunas

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

Approval of Minutes from October 9, 2019: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 9, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee.                 (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Paige Piper, SECONDED by Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga and CARRIED, the minutes from the October 9, 2019 meeting of the STEM Instruction Committee were approved.  

 

 

Presentations from the Public: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

 

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

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 ASES Grant Renewal and Application (LCAP 2, AMO 2)

    Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item) 

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) grant is a state grant that provides after school funding. Mrs. Miller informed the committee of the grant requirements and explained that STEM was awarded the 3 year grant in 2017, but FCLA was not. The ASES grant, which fully funds the Think Together after school program will be expiring in June 2020. Over the winter break, both schools applied to renew their ASES grants. Mrs. Miller hopes to have both FCLA and STEM approved for the ASES grant to provide after school programs for at least 100 students each beginning in August 2020. 

 

Item #4 WASC Update, (LCAP 2-3)

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared the WASC self-study document with the committee. Lead teachers were asked to review specific sections of the report and their input is due January 16, 2020. The WASC document will be emailed out to all staff on Friday, January 17, 2020. Additionally, a word document will be provided for staff to indicate any suggestions or changes. Mrs. Miller will be sending the report to the WASC committee on Monday, January 20, 2020. 

 

Item #5 NWEA MOY MAP Assessment (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2,)

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Pimentel informed the committee that the staff meeting on January 15, 2020 focused on the importance of the MOY MAP testing. The MOY MAP data is critical for providing interventions to students, and predicting student success on the SBAC. Mrs. Pimentel shared that there were some minor changes to the MAP testing schedule distributed at the staff meeting, but updated schedules have been emailed out to all teachers. MOY MAP testing will begin January 21st and conclude February 7th. 

 

Item #6 ELPCA Summative Assessment  (LCAP 1, AMO 3-4), 

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

The ELPAC will be given to 63 STEM students who have been identified as English Learners. The Spring ELPAC administration will be given completely online. Primary students will be tested in a one-on-one setting, while upper grade students will be tested in a setting similar to SBAC. All ELPAC test administrators were trained in October and gave the ELPAC field test earlier this school year. The administrative coordinators will be attending another training on January 21st and will inform the test administrators of any changes. Mrs. Pimentel would like to thank all those who volunteered to administer the ELPAC. 

 

Item #7 SXSW Educational Conferences, (LCAP 3, AMO 2) 

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Adminsitrative Coordinator (Mption to Approve )

 

Mrs. Pimentel informed the committee that the FCLA lead teachers met with Mrs. Miller and proposed attending the SXSW educational conference to be held March 9 - 12 in Austin, Texas. This conference is highly recommended and will include opportunities to learn about leadership, accessibility and inclusion, along with other topics. Ms. Veronica Palazzola, Ms. Kate Hetu, and Mrs. Jennifer Pimentel will be attending the trip, and will share what they learned with the staff upon their return.

 

On MOTION of Paige Piper, SECONDED by Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga and CARRIED, the approval to attend the SXSW Education Conference was approved. 

 

Item #8 Innovating for Equity Conference (LCAP 3, AMO 2)

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that Dr. Riddick has asked the Directors and Instructional Coaches to attend the Innovating for Equity Conference, which will take place February 11-12, 2020. This conference presented by the California Department of Education and will focus on best practices and meeting state and federal requirements.  It will take place in Anaheim, California and will require attendees to stay one night in a hotel. Mrs. Miller will share what information was presented and how it will be implemented at STEM upon her return.

 

On MOTION of Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga, SECONDED by Paige Piper and CARRIED, the approval to attend the Innovating for Equity Conference was approved. 

 

Item #9 School Accountability Report Card (SARC), (LCAP 1-3),

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the state requires all public schools to complete an annual SARC report, which must be uploaded to sarconline.org by February 1, 2020. The SARC report will be reflective of the most recent school year, 2018-2019. The report will include information disclosed on the California Dashboard, including student achievement, school profile, and teacher placement. Mrs. Miller will email the SARC out to all staff members prior to the February 1st upload. The SARC may be viewed by the public at sarconline.org. 

 

Item #10 6th Grade Information Meetings

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that before Winter Break, an “Intent to Return” form was sent out to current 5th grade students. Of the forms sent out, about 70% have been returned. Feedback from the forms indicates that many parents are eager to learn more about the proposed instructional program before committing to enroll. To address this, two parent informational meetings have been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 28th: one before school and one after school in order to provide multiple times for parents to attend. At this meeting, Mrs. Miller will share a preliminary draft of the building plans, staffing, and the instructional program. Mrs. Miller reached out the 6th grade team at SMBCCS for any resources and materials that may be helpful to cover at this meeting. Additional informational meetings will likely be planned in the future. Mrs. Miller invites all interested teachers to attend. 

 

Item #11 Parent Orientation Meetings for 2020-2021

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Lead teachers have begun discussing the possibility of holding parent orientation meetings before school begins during one of the Professional Development days. The proposed plan is that on one day, each grade level would be assigned a time to present their orientation material to parents. Mrs. Miller shared that some of the benefits of holding the orientation meetings are reducing disruptions to instruction and reduced schedule changes. Likewise, Mrs. Miller informed the committee that some potential consequences of this change are decreased parent attendance due to family vacations and student attendance. This summer orientation meeting would be in lieu of the traditional summer meet and greet. So far, grade level feedback has been in favor of holding the parent orientation meeting before the beginning of school. A final decision will be made once the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been finalized. 

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

On MOTION of Paige Piper, SECONDED by Yadira Mendoza, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:57 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Instruction Committee Meeting

 

January 16, 2020

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Yesenia Fuentes, Chairperson

 

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Chair, Yesenia Fuentes.

 

Roll Call: Lindsey Western, Secretary

 

Instruction Committee Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Nicole Langlois, Lindsey Western, Martha May, and Maria Cordero.

 

Non-committee Members Present: Cecilia Quijano, Kate Hetu, Alejandra Munoz, Yadira Mendoza, Paige Piper, Lilia Padilla Zuniga, and Ana Soto Gutierrez.

 

Members Excused: Raquel Contreras

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Yesenia Fuentes, Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections. 

 

Approval of Minutes: Yesenia Fuentes, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 9, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee

(Motion to Approve)

 

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

 

Presentations from the Public:  Yesenia Fuentes, 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          ASES Grant Renewal and Application, (LCAP 2, AMO 2)

            Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that FCLA applied for the ASES grant. This grant is provided by the state and is restricted to after school funding. FCLA applies every year due to the cost of afterschool programs. Schools with a high percentage of free and reduced count, as well as title 1 schools, are more likely to receive this grant.  This is a three-year grant of $130,000 per year. It will fully fund the current afterschool program, Think Together. Both FCLA and STEM applied in 2017. However, FCLA did not receive the grant. Mrs. Miller hopes both FCLA and STEM will be awarded the grant for the new school year beginning in August 2020.

 

Item #4 WASC Update, (LCAP 2-3)

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared the WASC self-study document with the committee. Lead teachers reviewed specific sections of the document to provide input and feedback.  Mrs. Miller will email the document to all staff on Friday, January 17, 2020. She encouraged all staff to thoroughly read through the report. She will email an additional document to provide input and feedback. The final document will be sent to the WASC committee on Monday, January 20th.

 

Item #5 NWEA MOY MAP Assessment (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2,)

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Pimentel informed the committee that the staff meeting on January 15, 2020 focused on the importance of the MOY MAP testing. The MOY MAP data shows growth from the beginning of the year and tracks data across school years.  It is critical for providing targeted interventions for students and predicting student success on the SBAC. Mrs. Pimentel shared that there were some minor changes to the MAP testing schedule that was distributed at the staff meeting, but updated schedules have been emailed out to all teachers. MOY MAP testing will be held from January 21st until February 7th. 

 

Item #6 ELPAC Summative Assessment (LCAP 1, AMO 3-4) 

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

The ELPAC assessment will be given to 68 FCLA students previously identified as English Language Learners (ELL). Students from grades TK through 5th will be tested. Test administrators will give the computer-based assessment one-on-one to students in grades K-2nd.  Students in grades 3rd-5th grade will test independently on the computer in an SBAC like setting. All ELPAC test administrators were trained in October and gave the ELPAC field test earlier this school year. The administrative coordinators will be attending another training on January 21st and will inform the test administrators of any changes. Mrs. Pimentel would like to thank all those who volunteered to administer the ELPAC Summative Assessment.

 

Item #7 SXSW Educational Conference, (LCAP 3, AMO 2)

Jennifer Pimentel, Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mrs. Pimentel informed the committee that the FCLA Focus Lead Teachers met with Mrs. Miller and proposed attending the SXSW educational conference to be held March 8th – 12th in Austin, Texas. This conference is highly recommended and will include opportunities to learn about leadership, accessibility and inclusion, Social Emotional Learning, as well as other topics. Ms. Veronica Palazzola, Ms. Kate Hetu, and Mrs. Jennifer Pimentel will be attending the trip, and will share what they learned with the staff when they return.

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Martha May and CARRIED, the approval to attend the SXSW Education Conference was approved. 

 

Item #8 Innovating for Equity Conference (LCAP 3, AMO 2)

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that Dr. Riddick has asked the Directors and Instructional Coaches to attend the Innovating for Equity Conference, which will take place February 11th-12th, 2020. This conference, presented by the California Department of Education, will focus on best practices, SPED, effective ELL strategies, and meeting state and federal requirements.  It will take place in Anaheim, California and will require attendees to stay one night in a hotel. Mrs. Miller will share what information was presented and how it will be implemented at FCLA upon her return.

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Martha May and CARRIED, the approval to attend the Innovating for Equity Conference was approved. 

 

Item #9 School Accountability Report Card (SARC), (LCAP 1-3) 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that the state requires all public schools to complete an annual SARC report, which must be uploaded to sarconline.org by February 1, 2020. The SARC report will reflect the most recent 2018-2019 school year. The report will include information disclosed on the California Dashboard, including student achievement, our school profile, and teacher information. 

 

Item #10 6th Grade Information Meetings

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that an “Intent to Return” form has been sent home to all 5th grade families. 70% have been returned. All families are eager, yet some have additional questions about the instructional program before deciding to enroll. Two parent informational meetings have been scheduled on January 28th. The first session will be held 7:30 A.M. -8:00 A.M. The second session will be after school from 3:00 P.M. -3:30P.M. At this meeting, Mrs. Miller will share a preliminary draft of the building plans, staffing, and the instructional program. Mrs. Miller reached out the 6th grade team at SMBCCS for any resources and materials that may be helpful to cover at this meeting. Additional informational meetings will be planned and held in the future. Mrs. Miller invites all interested teachers to attend. 

 

Item #11 Parent Orientation Meetings for 2020-2021 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Discussion Item)

 

There has been ongoing discussion among lead teachers and grade levels about the possibility of holding parent orientation meetings before the new school year begins during one of the Professional Development days. The proposed plan is that on one day, each grade level would be assigned a time to present their orientation material to parents and families. Some of the benefits of holding the orientation meetings in summer are reducing disruptions to instruction and reduced schedule changes. Mrs. Miller informed the committee that some potential consequences of this change are decreased parent attendance due to family vacations and student attendance. This summer orientation meeting would take the place of the traditional summer meet and greet. So far, grade level feedback has been in favor of holding the parent orientation meeting before the beginning of the school year. A final decision will be made once the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been finalized. 

Item #12 Crazy 8s Math After School Club

Kate Hetu, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy is pleased to offer an exciting extracurricular opportunity. The Crazy 8s Math Club will be available to a group of 15 students. This club will encourage students to have fun with math, while developing their problem solving and critical thinking skills. The Crazy 8s Math Club is not intended to be a tutoring program. Rather, it is designed to show children that math is a fun, playful activity to do with friends outside of school hours. This club is available for students of all math abilities. This club will be an eight-week program. Sessions will be held every Thursday after school from 3-4 pm in the Hands-on Lab. The Crazy 8s Math Club will be supervised by Ms. Hetu. It will begin Thursday, January 16th and run through Thursday, March 5th.

 

Announcements:

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Lindsey Western, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting adjourned at 7:57 am. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lindsey Western, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.3.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Personnel Committee

 

December 3, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in room 115 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

The Personnel Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.    

 

Roll Call: Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present:   Coco Salazar, Nina Ferman, Karen Knapp, Jeanette Hernandez, Richard Parra, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Laura Vasquez, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Valle, Lisa Ibarra, Sandra Lee, Judy Lee, Laura Holmes, Nitima Angus, Cristina Moran

 

Members Excused: Cedric Ramirez, Paola Ramirez, Sirui Thomassian

 

Members Absent: None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from October 16, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 16, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Nitima Angus, SECONDED by Angelica Salceda, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of October 16, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Nina Ferman, 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: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Leave of Absence for Mara Shinn Smith (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mara Shinn Smith submitted a letter for a leave of absence. Her last day will be Friday, December 20, 2019. 

 

On MOTION of Laura Holmes, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the Leave of Absence for Mara Shinn Smith was approved.

 

Item #4 Opening of Reading Intervention Specialist Position (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

 

Richard Parra distributed a memo explaining the opening of the Reading Intervention Specialist position, a timeline for the hiring process, a list of members who will be on the Interview Committee, and the job description. The Reading Intervention Specialist is a vital role at FPC. Our school has been focusing on literacy and foundational skills in reading for 5 years. The person in this position is an important contributor in creating effective, targeted intervention for all students, as well as sharing the latest, research-based strategies with teachers. The position will first be posted for all teachers at FPC. Mr. Parra will share an email with this information.

 

On MOTION of Lisa Ibarra, SECONDED by Jeanette Hernandez, and CARRIED, the Opening of Reading Intervention Specialist Position was approved.

 

Item #5 Hiring Part-Time Security (LCAP 3, AMO 6), Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Motion to Approve)

 

Daniel Diaz was hired for the part-time security position in the afternoon. This is a 3.5-hour position.

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Nitima Angus, and CARRIED, the Hiring Part-Time Security was approved.

 

Item #6 TA Representative, (LCAP 3, AMO 6), Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

 

Myrka Caro was nominated and selected as the TA Representative for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

On MOTION of Angelica Salceda, SECONDED by Sandra Valle, and CARRIED, the TA Representative was approved.

 

Announcements:   

 

There will be a staff meeting on Wednesday, December 4 with information regarding the Pacoima Parade, which Fenton Primary Center will participate in on Saturday, December 14. This is a wonderful opportunity to advertise our school within the community, and we are asking any available staff members to participate in this recruitment event. The sign-up sheet for any staff member who can participate has been placed near the teacher’s boxes, and will be available at the staff meeting as well.

 

Ms. Salazar also reminded the committee that the Fenton Primary Center Instagram account is now active. We have already had an inquiry on any openings in second grade through it, and already have 140 followers. We hope to use this account to build awareness of our school to raise enrollment.

 

Next Regular Meeting: December 12, 2019 at 7:15 a.m.

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Nina Ferman, SECONDED by Sandra Valle, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee Meeting adjourned at 7:46 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

December 10, 2019

 

A meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council was held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342. 

 

Call to Order: Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair 

 

The Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting was called to order at 7:20 a.m. by Council Co-Chair, Mercedes Meeks.

 

Roll Call: DeAnn Michiels, Secretary 

 

Members Present: Lizette Adkisson, Barbara Ausherman, Mary Gunckel, Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, DeAnn Michiels, Karen Scharf, Leticia Padilla Parra, Barbara Aragón, 

 

Members Excused: Karla Contreras, David Valle, Louis Chernovsky, Lillian De La Torre, , Jessi Tello

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from October 29, 2019: Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 29, 2019 meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Karen Scharf, SECONDED by Barbara Ausherman, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

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

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 State Preschool (LCAP 1, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)) 

 

Mrs. Padilla Para shared that Fenton Charter Public Schools will apply for state preschool and the grant will be submitted in December 2019. All five campuses will apply with the aid of a grant writer.  FPC will be the lead school since they are a priority level 2 and SMBCCS is a priority level 3. If FCPS is awarded state preschool, SMBCCS and FPC will have preschool next school year, and the other campuses will have it the following school year. The hope is for each campus to have two preschool classes.

 

Item #4 FACS Updates & Charter Renewal (LCAP 1, AMO 1),

  Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Para stated that the charter renewal focus is beginning now. The first part is the writing of the material revision to possibly host sixth grade and become a 3-6 grade campus. This would help meet the needs of students and parents. FACS will need to submit a letter outlining the school's educational plan, enrollment roll-out plan, and transitional plan for 7th grade. Additionally, a petition of parent signatures is required and will be available for parents to sign in the front office soon. The second part of the upcoming charter renewal is a focus on meeting the needs of high achievers in 6th grade with a specific strand that shows innovation and interconnects all grade levels.

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Lizette Adkisson, SECONDED by Mary Gunckel, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 7:38 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: DeAnn Michiels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

                                                        

Unapproved Minutes

Personnel Committee

                                                        

December 12, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on December 12, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in room 115 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order:         Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

The Personnel Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:16 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.

         

Roll Call:                Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present: Coco Salazar, Nina Ferman, Karen Knapp, Jeanette Hernandez, Richard Parra, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Laura Vasquez, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Valle, Lisa Ibarra, Sandra Lee, Nitima Angus, Sirui Thomassian

 

Members Excused: Cedric Ramirez, Paola Ramirez, Judy Lee, Laura Holmes, Cristina Moran

 

Members Absent: None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Nina Ferman, Co-Chair 

         

Approval of Minutes from December 3, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

         

Item #1 Minutes from the December 3, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Sandra Lee, SECONDED by Angelica Salceda, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of December 3, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Nina Ferman, Co-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  Hiring of Reading Intervention Specialist Position (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The Hiring Committee has selected Brianna Ellis as our new Reading Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Ellis will officially begin in her new role on January 21, 2020.

On MOTION of Lisa Ibarra, SECONDED by Jeanette Hernandez, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Reading Intervention Specialist Position was approved.

 

Item #4   Hiring Long-term Substitute Teacher (LCAP 3, AMO 6), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Since Mrs. Ellis will be transitioning into the Reading Intervention Specialist position, we will need to hire a long-term substitute teacher to take over her second grade class for the remainder of the school year. Mr. Parra will contact the three substitute teachers who are most highly recommended to determine who will assume this teaching position. 

 

On MOTION of Nitima Angus, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Long-term Substitute Teacher was approved.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee meeting adjourned at 7:23 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Thursday December 12, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium 

 

AGENDA

 

Call to Order: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 7:18 A.M. in the auditorium at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90038.

 

Roll Call: Zoe Weiss, Secretary 

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Megan Stevenson, Tiene Hauck, Sandra Hernandez, Emma Colmenares, Jocelyn Condo, Shanjana Chowdhury, Zoe Weiss, Rachel Cohen, Beth Henschel. Marie Kirakossian, Cary Rabinowitz, Walter Gomez. 

 

Excused Members: Kristine Khachian 

 

Absent: Bernadette Montajes 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Approval of Minutes:  Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the October 17, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Walter Gomez SECONDED by Marie Kirakossian and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, 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 Probationary Teacher Support and Formal Lesson Observations (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Second year probationary teachers will begin formal observations when the school returns from its winter recess. The window for sign-ups will open as soon as we get back. Observations will extend until the first week of February. Probationary teachers continue to receive support from the instructional coaches, administration, and veteran teachers. All of the probationary teachers are probationary 2 status at this year. 

 

Item #4 Hiring of Office Manager (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

SMBCCS hired Erick Lazo as the office manager after Marcela accepted a new position at the business office. His transition has been smooth. The office manager position is vital for typical day procedures and for community. Erick’s first day was November 12th., 2019.  

 

Item #5 Hiring of Attendance Assistant (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

With Erick’s move to office manager, there is an open position for attendance assistant. The school will be conducting interviews today, December 12th, 2019. There are 3 applicants. The Personnel Committee Co-Chairs,  Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, a classified staff member, SMBCCS administration,  and the FCPS attendance manager will be conducting the interviews. 

 

Item #6 Maternity Leave Request - Robin Rodriguez, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Robin Rodriguez has requested maternity leave tentatively for December 20th, 2019 through March 2nd, 2020. 

 

Item #7 Maternity Leave Request - Emma Colmenares, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Emma Colmenares has requested maternity leave tentatively for December 13th, 2019 through February 17th 2020. 

 

Item #8 Maternity Leave Request – Evelia Manzo, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Evelia Manzo has requested maternity leave tentatively for December 20th, 2019 through April 6th, 2020. 

 

Item #9 Updated Staff Roster, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

There is an updated staff roster based on the new positions that have been filled at SMBCCS. The new roster coincides with the additions and changes to the staff and is updated regularly. 

 

Announcements:  The position of Upper SDC teacher is still open. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Sandra Hernandez SECONDED by Emma Colmenares and CARRIED. The Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:28am. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

January 15, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:19 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

Call to Order: Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:19 a.m. by Chair, Elisa Vallejo

 

Roll Call: Julie Nguyen, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Elisa Vallejo, Lauren Cappelli, Kelley Christenson, Julie Nguyen, Priscilla Gentry, Cedric Ramirez, Jennifer Miller, and Jennifer Pimentel

 

Non-committee Members: Kate Hetu, Veronica Palazzola, Stephanie Garcia, Brooke Schiffman, Krista Casanova, and Cecilia Quijano

 

Members Excused: 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from October 10, 2019:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 10, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli and CARRIED, the minutes from August 27, 2019 were approved. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Elisa Vallejo, 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 Second Semester Formal Observations, (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Jennifer Miller informed the committee that signups for the second semester formal observation for probationary staff have been sent out. Second Semester Formal Observations will begin January 21st to March 14th.  All 8 probationary staff are completing their second year of probationary status. The only probationary teachers next year would be new hires. 

 

Item #4 Middle of Year Goal Setting Meetings, (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Jennifer Miller presented about the middle of year goal setting meetings. She informed the committee that the sign up for slots would be sent out through a Calendly link on Friday with the weekly bulletin. Goal setting meetings will occur over a four-day window beginning on February 19th. Similar to the Beginning of the Year Goal Setting Meetings, these meetings are focused on MAP data and looking closely at students who are projected to meet grade level standards, or pass the SBAC. This meeting will also allow teachers to compare and measure results from last year’s data as well. There will be a roving substitute teacher these days to provide coverage for the 30-minute meeting held in in Mrs. Miller’s office. 

 

Item #5 FCPS Guidelines for Attending Conferences and Workshops, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Jennifer Miller discussed the goals of each school’s focus and how conferences are identified based on school need. Professional development is a critical component to school improvement. Many of our current practices, like the STEAM Schoolwide Challenge, Responsive Classroom, and Twig Curriculum were discovered during attendance at previous conferences. Although very beneficial, there are certain guidelines that must be followed for those staff members attending conferences.

 

All conferences require approval beforehand from the Instruction Committee. Mrs. Miller reviewed the forms associated with conferences which include: the overnight stay pre-approval form, travel reimbursement form, and reimbursement checklist. It is very important that all attendees view the per diem rates of the city they are visiting beforehand as all lodging and meals must fall within that per diem in order to be reimbursed. The school can purchase registration for conference attendees, but all attendees must pay up front for meals, travel (mileage or flight expense), and stay (hotel expense). Meals can only be reimbursed if they are not included by the conference. There is a per diem allowance for each meal timeframe. Due to costs of hotels, many attendees opt to share rooms to stay within the per diem allowance. If the room is shared, you must inform the hotel that the room expense needs to be split. Travel costs reimbursement requires boarding pass as proof, thus can only be submitted after the trip. Original, itemized receipts are required and must be submitted within 60 days. Conference attendees will be required to present the material learned from the conference. The administrative team is available if there are questions pertaining to conferences and reimbursement documents. Prior to a group attending a conference, administration will meet with the team and review the guidelines. 

 

Item #6           Selection of Personnel Committee Secretary, (LCAP 1, AMO 2),

Elisa Vallejo, Personnel Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

Elisa Vallejo requested a volunteer for co-secretary for the Fenton STEM Academy Personnel Committee for the 2019-2020 school year. Priscilla Gentry graciously volunteered for the position as committee secretary.

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson and CARRIED, Priscilla Gentry as Personnel Committee Secretary was approved.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Priscilla Gentry, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:44 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Julie Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

January 15, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 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: Kate Hetu, Chair

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Brooke Schiffman, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Kate Hetu, Veronica Palazzola, Stephanie Garcia, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Krista Casanova, Cedric Ramirez, and Brooke Schiffman

 

Excused Members: None 

 

Non-Committee Members: Cecilia Quijano, Elisa Vallejo, Kelley Christenson, Lauren Cappelli, Julie Nguyen, and Priscilla Gentry 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Kate Hetu, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from October 10, 2019:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 10, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova, SECONDED by Stephanie Garcia, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Kate Hetu, 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 Second Semester Formal Observations, (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the committee with the plan for second semester formal observations. This year, there are eight participants, all in their second year of probationary status. These teachers will be observed teaching a mathematics lesson. The window for second semester observation lessons is January 21st to March 13th. A Calendly link has already been e-mailed to probationary teachers. Mrs. Miller extended her thanks to the lead teachers for providing their mentoring and guidance, and shared how newer teachers compliment and appreciate the process. 

 

 

Item #4 Middle of Year Goal Setting Meetings, (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Continuing with annual tradition, the Fenton Academies will hold middle of year professional goal setting meetings. The MOY data is important for instructional decisions and feedback. The goal setting meetings will be held within a four-day window, beginning on Wednesday, February 19th through Monday, February 24th. The Calendly link to sign up for these meetings will be sent out in the notes section of the Weekly Bulletin message this Friday, January 17th. There will be a roaming substitute to provide coverage for 30 minutes. The meetings will focus on student growth from the beginning to the middle of the year. This data is an excellent predictor of how students will perform on the SBAC test, as well as if they will achieve grade level standards. Middle of year MAP assessments will begin next Tuesday, January 21st. 

 

 

Item #5 FCPS Guidelines for Attending Conferences and Workshops, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller reviewed the FCPS guidelines for attending conferences and workshops. The first step in the process of selecting a conference or professional development is to identify a need at the school. The Focus Leads have been instrumental in identifying conferences that meet the needs and focuses of each school. Once a conference has been selected, it is brought to the Instruction Committee for approval. If there is an overnight stay involved, Mrs. Miller fills out the pre-approval form and submits it to the Business Office. Mrs. Miller also reviewed the travel reimbursement form with the committee. This form is to be completed and submitted after the group returns. The school is able to cover the initial registration costs of a conference, but all other expenses, including lodging, meals, and travel, are paid for by the attendee. It is important to keep all itemized receipts for reimbursement, as well as boarding passes and conference documents. Upon return, attendees can submit these documents for reimbursement, although expenses must be within the per diem rate. All forms must be submitted within 60 days from the date of travel. 

 

Announcements: 

 

There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Stephanie Garcia, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:43 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Brooke Schiffman 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

                                                        

Unapproved Minutes

Personnel Committee

                                                        

January 16, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on January 16, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. in room 115 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order:           Coco Salazar, Co-Chair  

        

The Personnel Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.    

 

Roll Call:                   Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present: Coco Salazar, Nina Ferman, Karen Knapp, Jeanette Hernandez, Richard Parra, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Laura Vasquez, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Valle, Lisa Ibarra, Sirui Thomassian, Judy Lee, Laura Holmes

 

Members Excused: Cedric Ramirez, Nitima Angus, Cristina Moran

 

Members Absent: Sandra Lee, Paola Ramirez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

Item #8       Updated Faculty Roster, Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Informational)

         

Approval of Minutes from December 12, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

         

Item #1              Minutes from the December 12, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Sandra Valle, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of December 12, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

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

         

Old Business:         None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3                   Request for Leave of Absence (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

Robyn Gallo submitted a formal request for a Leave of Absence from December 20, 2019 until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. She plans to return in August 2020, if a teaching position is available. 

 

On MOTION of Angie Salceda, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian and CARRIED, the Request for Leave of Absence was approved.

 

Item #4                   Confirmed Long-term Substitutes (LCAP 3, AMO 6), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

With the hiring of Brianna Ellis as FPC’s new Reading Intervention Specialist, long term substitutes have been scheduled to fill her 2nd grade position for the remainder of the year. Kelly Froelich is covering the first month and Magaly Ponce will then take over on February 3, 2020 until the end of the school year.

 

Additionally, Arturo Vizcaino has returned to take over Robyn Gallo’s position in first grade. 

 

On MOTION of Lisa Ibarra, SECONDED by Laura Holmes and CARRIED, the Long-term Substitute Teachers were approved.

 

Item #5                   Second Semester Observations for Probationary Staff (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Informational)

 

Our probationary staff includes Sarah Lin (first grade teacher) and Janessa Kelly (school psychologist). Sarah Lin has an observation scheduled in February. 

 

Item #6                   Middle-of-Year Goal Setting Meetings (LCAP 2, AMO 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

 

A sign up for middle-of-year goal setting meetings will be sent to staff.   Meetings will take place on February 10, 12, and 14.

 

Item #7                   FCPS Guidelines for Attending Conferences and Workshops (LCAP 3, AMO 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director

 (Informational)

 

The specific guidelines that our FCPS organization has in place for those who attend conferences and workshops were reviewed.  Each conference and workshop staff members attend must be pre-approved.  The Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy is also explained in the FCPS Accounting Manual.  The Travel Reimbursement Form can be found on Google Sites in the FPC Important Documents/Shared Drive.

 

Item #8                   Updated Faculty Roster, Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Informational)

 

Mr. Parra shared our updated FPC faculty roster. Brianna Ellis has been added as our Reading Intervention Specialist, and the all long-term substitutes have been listed in the appropriate classrooms.

Announcements:

 

FPC’s and FACS’ Administrators and Lead Teachers will be meeting at the Business Office to review the Fenton Material Revision Documents.   They will be discussing converting Fenton Primary Center and Fenton Avenue Charter School into TK-6th grade schools.

 

The committee was also reminded to place their vote for the 2020 – 2021 FCPS Calendar.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Angie Salceda, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee meeting adjourned at 7:36 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.4.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

December 6, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in room 115 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:17 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.    

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

Members Present:   Coco Salazar, Bridget Ruiz, Diana Lucas, Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Nina Ferman, Sarah Lin, Wendy Kaufman, Sirui Thomassian, Juan Gomez, Robyn Gallo, Mara Shinn-Smith, Cynthia Soto

 

Members Excused: Felix Carillo, Paola Ramirez, Christina Peña, Tony Peña, Richard Parra

 

Members Absent: None

 

Non Members: Nitima Angus, Jacqueline Penner

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

There were two corrections and one addition made to the agenda. 

 

Corrections: 

 

Item #6 will be presented by Nitima Angus and Jacqueline Penner instead of Bridget Ruiz. 

 

Items #7 & #8 will be presented by Sirui Thomassian instead of Richard Parra. 

 

Additions:  

 

Item #9     Attendance - Free Dress Coupon (LCAP 2, AMO 3) Coco Salazar, PAC Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

Approval of Minutes from November 8, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the November 8, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Nina Ferman, SECONDED by Bridget Ruiz, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of November 8, 2019, were approved as submitted.

Presentations from the Public: Bridget Ruiz, 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 Pacoima Parade Update (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Coco Salazar, FPC PAC Co-Chair (Informational)

 

The committee was reminded that the Pacoima Parade is on Saturday, December 14, 2019.  FACS will be participating in the parade along with FPC.  Both school choruses will be singing in the parade.  Mrs. Ruiz will be attending an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 10th to get all the final information. 

 

Mrs. Calvillo’s father will be letting FPC borrow his truck.  FPC staff have begun preparing items to decorate the truck with a Toy Story theme.  All staff will be asked to attend a staff meeting afterschool on Wednesday, December 11th to finish preparing items for the parade. Second grade teachers who are unable to attend the parade will be letting other staff borrow their Toy Story costumes for staff members to wear.  Two banners, one for each school, have been ordered which will be carried along the parade route.

 

New Business:

 

Item #4 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirt Fundraiser Update (LCAP 2, AMO 1) – Nina Ferman, FPC Mutt-i-grees Lead (Informational)

 

Mrs. Ferman shared that some late orders for the Mutt-i-grees t-shirts have still been arriving. The shirts are now all sold out. The total sale was $497.00, and the funds have already been submitted to the Business Office

 

Item #5 Mutt-i-grees Bracelet Sale (LCAP 2, AMO 1) Nina Ferman, FPC Mutt-i-grees Lead (Motion to Approve)

 

The annual Mutt-i-grees bracelet sale will take place from December 9-13, in order to coincide with the Mutt-i-grees Canned Food, Blanket, & Towel Drive. If bracelets are not sold out by December 13, sales will continue into the following week. Bracelets will be sold for $1 each, and 100% of the funds raised will be donated to two local animal shelters (Best Friends Mission Hills & West Valley Animal Shelter). They will receive the funds when the donation items are delivered to them on December 20.

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Cynthia Soto, and CARRIED, the Mutt-i-grees Bracelet Sale (LCAP 2, AMO 1) was approved.

 

Item #6 2nd Grade T-shirt Fundraiser (LCAP 2, AMO 1)Nitima Angus and Jacqueline Penner, FPC 2nd Grade Lead Teachers (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Angus stated that the 2nd grade team would like to fundraise to purchase flexible seating and learning centers for their grade level.  Two new t-shirt designs will be sold.  One shirt will be sold for $9.00 and can only be worn on Fridays or Spirit Days and the other shirt will be sold for $10.00 and can be worn during the week, like a regular uniform. The order form will be sent home on December 9th and the sale is expected to go through December 18.  Shirt will be delivered to students in January.

 

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED the 2nd Grade T-Shirt Fundraiser  (LCAP 2, AMO 1) were approved as submitted.

 

Item #7           Shop with a Cop (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Sirui Thomassian, FPC Assistant Director    

(Informational)

 

Mrs. Thomassian reported that two students from FPC and one from FACS were selected to “Shop with a Cop”.  Mr. Parra was present at Target with our FPC students as they shopped.   

 

Item #8 District Oversight Review (LCAP 1, AMO 1) – Sirui Thomassian, FPC Assistant Director (Informational)

 

Mrs. Thomassian shared that binders will be created for the oversight visit in February.   FPC will be first campus from the organization to be visited.

 

Item #9                    Attendance - Free Dress Coupon (LCAP 2, AMO 3) Coco Salazar, PAC Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

It was recommended that the monthly Free Dress Coupons be done away with.  Instead parents will be notified via Class Dojo which is what several teachers already do.  Many students forget their coupons at school.  This would also eliminate the need to prepare the coupons. Mrs. Kaufman will prepare a memo informing teachers of the new procedure.  Teachers will be asked to send a message and select only the parents whose child is getting “Free Dress”.   The memo will also notify teachers not to publish a list with other students’ names due to confidentiality. 

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the elimination of printing monthly Free Dress Coupons was approved.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:51 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Diana Lucas  

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton STEM Academy

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

December 9, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Monday, December 9th at 7:17am in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

Roll Call: Crissy Ismail and Elizabeth Marquez, Secretaries

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Sydney Crowe, Elizabeth Marquez, Crissy Ismail, Melissa Katchen, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia Quijano

 

Non-committee Members: Abigail Gillmore, Kaitlyn Silva, Veronica Palazzola, Alejandra Muñoz, Mikki Raxlin

 

Members Excused: Tony Peña

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from October 21, 2019: Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 21, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Crissy Ismail, SECONDED by Elizabeth Marquez, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Sydney Crowe, 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:  There was no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that any school that has 21 or more English learners must have an English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC). The percentage of parents on the committee needs to match the percentage of EL students in the school. Regular school attendance falls under the ELAC committee as well. The first meeting will consist mainly of training for committee members. The committee will have a very similar structure to School Site Council. The nomination forms are due on Friday, December 13th. Nomination forms received from students will be turned in to the main office.  Once all nomination forms are received, ballots will be sent home. The ballots will not be due until after students return from winter break. The due date for ballots is January 17th and ELAC members will be publicly announced by January 24th. Meetings will tentatively take place Fridays at 7:15am. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 31st at 7:15 a.m.

 

Item #4 State Preschool Application, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller reminded the committee that the Academies are applying for state preschool as a consortium with all five of the Fenton schools. For FCLA and STEM, state preschool will very likely begin 2021, due to renovations and expansion taking place during the 20-21 school year. State preschool will consist of two teachers who would work an 8-hour day from 7:30am to 4:30pm. Each teacher would work approximately 123 days per school year, with 12 overlap days and class size is 20 students. The position will follow the salary schedule of a preschool teacher. The work calendar and other details will be shared in the coming months. 

 

Item #5 Winter Performance, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano informed the committee that FCLA/STEM Kinder and 1st grade Winter Performance will be held for three days starting at 8:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 17 to Thursday, December 19.  A parent flyer and tickets will be sent home this week. Due to the space limitations in the MPR the following guideline will be required:  Each child will only receive two tickets, no strollers will be allowed in the MPR, however, if parents do bring a stroller, there will be a designated area to park the strollers.  Parents are welcomed to bring young siblings, but they must sit in the parent’s lap and not take up a seat. Families from the following classes: Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Hines, and Ms. Gillmore will be invited on Tuesday, 12/17; the classes of Mrs. Mack, Mrs. Gentry, Ms. Nguyen, & Ms. Mendoza will be invited on Wednesday, 12/18; and the classes of Ms. Palazzola, Ms. Western, Ms. Christenson, and Ms. Cappelli will be invited on Thursday, 12/19.

 

Item #6 Spring World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Quijano shared that our Fall WFC fundraiser was another success: FCLA generated a total sale of $6,210 and a net profit of $2,695.05. STEM generated a total sale of $7,012.50 and a net profit of $2,753.25. We would like to recognize and thank Mr. Tony Peña for his dedication and all his hard work in taking care of the logistics and details of running a successful fundraiser. We are now preparing for the Spring fundraiser beginning February 7 to February 14, 2020.  With the approval of the committee, we would like to have a “kick off assembly” on Friday, 2/7 at 8:15 a.m. during our monthly spirit day assembly.

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez, SECONDED by Crissy Ismail, and CARRIED, the spring’s World Finest Chocolate fundraiser was approved. 

 

Item #7 The Great Kindness Challenge, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Veronica Palazzola, FCLA Kindergarten Lead Teacher (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Palazzola briefly discussed the plans for The Great Kindness Challenge week, which will take place from January 27th – January 31st. Each day will have a kindness task. Monday- Sign kindness pledge, student announcement with Kindness Week Pledge Poem (I pledge to myself on this very day to try to be kind in every way), Challenge 1: compliment someone. Tuesday: Student announcement with pledge poem, Challenge 2: Thank-you notes (assigned by class/staff member). Wednesday: Student announcement with pledge poem, Challenge 3: Sit next to someone new at lunch and share it with your teacher after. Thursday: Student announcement with pledge poem, Challenge 4: Open the door for someone. Friday: Student announcement with pledge poem, Challenge 5: Find a friend at the buddy bench and introduce yourself!

 

Item #8 Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Alejandra Muñoz, STEM Fifth Grade Lead Teacher (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Muñoz shared that the Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser will begin Monday December 9th. Holiday grams will be sold for fifty cents each. There will be four different designs for students to choose from along with a candy cane attached to the front. Students will come to classrooms in the morning to pick up any orders and they will be filled the same day. The funds raised will be used for fifth grade field trips as well as end of the year activities such as the end of year picnic. 

 

On MOTION of Melissa Katchen, SECONDED by Crissy Ismail, and CARRIED, the Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser was approved. 

 

Item #9 Mutt-i-grees Buddy Bench, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Veronica Palazzola, FCLA Kindergarten Lead Teacher (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Palazzola shared that to go along with the kindness challenge we will be purchasing “the buddy bench” The buddy bench will be placed in Area B by the trees. Kindergarten students will record a video showing the proper way to utilize the buddy bench. This bench will be intended as a tool for spreading kindness and empathy year round. 

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez, SECONDED by Crissy Ismail, and 

CARRIED, the Mutt-i-grees Buddy Bench was approved. 

 

Announcements: Mrs. Miller formally thanked the committee and FCLA STEM staff for their ongoing commitment to teaching kindness, empathy, and compassion to all our young learners. All research shows that emotionally healthy children, achieve at higher rates and are more likely to have success later in life. 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Crissy Ismail, SECONDED by Elizabeth Marquez, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:44am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Crissy Ismail and Elizabeth Marquez, Secretaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

December 9, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Kaitlyn Silva, Interim Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:18am by Interim Chair, Kaitlyn Silva

 

Roll Call: Abigail Gillmore, Secretary

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Lindsay Oquindo, Bridget Badro, Abigail

Gillmore, Kaitlyn Silva, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia Quijano

 

Non-committee Members: Veronica Palazzola, Crisinda Ismail, Melissa Katchen, Lindsey Western, Sydney Crowe, Elizabeth Marquez, Alejandra Munoz 

 

Members Excused: Lindsay Oquindo, Susana Orozco

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Kaitlyn Silva, Interim Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from October 21, 2019: Kaitlyn Silva, Interim Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the October 21, 2019 Meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee.  

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Michelle Raxlin, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Kaitlyn Silva, Interim 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

 

There was no old business.

 

Item # 3 English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), (LCAP 2, AMO 1), Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller shared that any school that has 21 of more English Language learners must have an English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC). The purpose of this committee will be to monitor the progress and achievement of English Language Learner students. The committee will be served by five nominated individuals. Members will be nominated by parents and staff via nomination forms. Staff members received an informational memo and nomination form during a staff meeting, and parent nomination forms were sent home to families the following day. Nomination forms are due to the front office on December 13th 2019. Ballots will be distributed to staff and families on December 16th, and are due January 17th. Selected nominees will be called to accept the position, and final members will be announced January 24th. The ELAC committee’s first meeting will be held on January 31st, and future meetings are tentatively scheduled for Fridays at 7:15 am.

 

Item # 4 State Preschool Application, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that the five Fenton schools are currently completing the application process for state preschool at each site. Upon completion of the application, Fenton anticipates to hear back by March 2020. If accepted, the schools will have three years to implement and begin operation of the preschools. The academies anticipate being able to begin operation on their site by the school year 2021/2022. The preschool will run as a full day program, with a teacher work day of 7:30am-4:30pm. This longer day schedule is more desirable to working families. The preschool will have a longer calendar year, and it is anticipated that two teachers will share the job, working approximately 135 days each, including overlap days. Class size will be capped at 20 students. The position will follow the salary schedule of a preschool teacher. More info will be disseminated to staff and families in coming months.  

 

Item # 5 Winter Performance, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano informed the committee that the FCLA/STEM Kinder and 1st grade Winter Performance will be held for three days starting Tuesday, December 17 to Thursday, December 19, all at 8:30 A.M.  A parent flyer and tickets will be sent home this week. Due to the space limitations in the MPR the following guidelines will be required:  

 

    • ïEach child will only receive two tickets
    • ïNo strollers will be allowed in the MPR, however, if parents do bring a stroller, we will have an area for them to park the stroller.
    • ïIf parents ask about young siblings, they may attend as long as they sit on a parent’s lap. The sibling may not take up a seat.

 

Families from the following classes will be invited on these days:

 

    • ïTuesday, 12/17 - The Classes of Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Hines, and Ms. Gillmore
    • ïWednesday, 12/18 - The Classes of Mrs. Mack, Mrs. Gentry, Ms. Nguyen, & Ms. Mendoza
    • ïThursday, 12/19 - The Classes of Ms. Palazzola, Ms. Western, Ms. Christenson, and Ms. Cappelli

 

Item #6 Spring World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve)

 

Our Fall WFC fundraiser was another success:

 

    • ïFCLA generated a total sale of $6,210 and a net profit of $2,695.05
    • ïSTEM generated a total sale of $7,012.50 and a net profit of $2,753.25

We would like to recognize and thank Mr. Tony Peña for his dedication and all his hard work in taking care of the logistics and details of running a successful fundraiser. We are now preparing for the Spring fundraiser beginning February 7 to February 14, 2020. With the approval of the committee, we would like to have a “kick off assembly” on Friday, 2/7 at 8:15 a.m. during our monthly spirit day assembly.

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Michelle Raxlin, and CARRIED, the spring’s World Finest Chocolate fundraiser was approved.

 

Item #7 The Great Kindness Challenge, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Veronica Palazzola, FCLA Kindergarten Lead Teacher (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Palazzola discussed the plans for The Great Kindness Challenge week taking place from January 27th-31st. Each day will begin with a student announcement over PA with a kindness task of the day: 

 

    • oMonday-Sign kindness pledge, Student announcement with Kindness Week Pledge Poem (I pledge to myself on this very day to try to be kind in every way) 
    • oChallenge 1: compliment someone
    • oTuesday: Student announcement with pledge poem,
    • oChallenge 2: Thank-you notes (assigned by class/staff member)
    • oWednesday: Student announcement with pledge poem
    • oChallenge 3: Sit next to someone new at lunch and share it with your teacher after
    • oThursday: Student announcement with pledge poem,
    • oChallenge 4: Open the door for someone
    • oFriday: Student announcement with pledge poem,
    • oChallenge 5: Find a friend at the buddy bench and introduce yourself!

 

Item #8 Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Alejandra Munoz, STEM Fifth Grade Lead Teacher (Motion to Approve)

 

Ms. Munoz shared that the Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser will begin Monday December 9th, and run through December 20th. Holiday Grams are available for purchase by students for 50 cents each. Teachers received a collection envelope and 5th grade students will come to collect orders each morning. Orders will be filled the day of.  begins 12/9, teachers received collection envelopes last week. Funds raised will go towards 5th grade field trips and end of year activities such as a picnic.

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Michelle Raxlin, and CARRIED, the Fifth Grade Holiday Grams Fundraiser was approved.

 

Item #9 Mutt-i-grees Buddy Bench, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Veronica Palazzola, Kindergarten Lead Teacher, (Motion to Approve)

 

Ms. Palazzola shared that in tandem with the kindness challenge described in Item #7, the school will be purchasing a “buddy bench”. The bench will be placed in Area B. a video made by Kindergarten students will be shared out to the school as a “how-to” for using the bench. This bench will be intended as a tool for spreading kindness and empathy year round.

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Michelle Raxlin, and CARRIED, the Mutt-i-grees Buddy Bench was approved.

 

Announcements: 

 

Mrs. Miller formally thanked the committee and FCLA STEM staff for their ongoing commitment to teaching kindness, empathy, and compassion to all our young learners.  All research shows that emotionally healthy children, achieve at higher rates and are more likely  to have success later in life.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of (Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Michele Raxlin, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:44am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Abigail Gillmore, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

January 17, 2020

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. in room 115 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:16 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.    

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

Members Present:   Coco Salazar, Bridget Ruiz, Diana Lucas, Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Sarah Lin, Richard Parra, Wendy Kaufman, Sirui Thomassian, Juan Gomez, Cindy Soto

 

Members Excused: Felix Carillo, Christina Peña, Nina Ferman, Paola Ramirez

 

Members Absent: None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

There was one correction made to the agenda. 

 

Corrections: 

 

Item #10 was changed from a Motion to Approve item to a Discussion item. 

 

Approval of Minutes from December 6, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the December 6, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

One correction was made to the December 6, 2019 PAC minutes:  the word “shirts” was misspelled and corrected.  

 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of December 6, 2019, were approved with the correction.

 

Presentations from the Public: Bridget Ruiz, 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 2nd Grade T-shirt Fundraiser Update (LCAP 2, AMO 1) – Bridget Ruiz, FPC PAC Co-Chair 

(Informational) 

The 2nd Grade T-shirt Fundraiser was a success and the grade level raised $544.00. 

New Business:

 

Item # 4 100th Day (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Bridget Ruiz, FPC PAC Co-Chair 

(Motion to Approve) 

This year’s 100th Day will be on February 6, 2020.  The committee decided to continue having the students and staff dress as if they were 100-years-old.  Grade levels will discuss any additional activities that will take place in the classroom. Half sheet flyers will be sent home to announce the upcoming 100th day.  The flyer will also be posted on both School Story via Class Dojo, on the FPC website, and on Instagram.

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED, the 100th Day Event was approved.

Item # 5 PBS Library Event (LCAP 2, AMO 1) – Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Motion to Approve) 

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, FPC has scheduled PBS So Cal to hold a PBS Kids Introductory Workshop at the Lake View Terrace Library. This is the second event that will be held at the Lake View Terrace Library.  The workshop is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Tony Peña will translate.  A flyer will be sent home to invite parents to attend and parents will be asked to reply by Tuesday, January 21. Several members of the PAC committee will be in attendance to welcome parents and assist as needed.

On MOTION of Bridget Ruiz, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the PBS Library Event was approved.

 

Item # 6         Parent Night Meeting (LCAP 2, AMO 1 & AMO 2) Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve) 

The next Parent Night Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  PAC Co-Chairs and administration will work on determining the items that will be presented and create an agenda.  Chorus will be asked to perform. The committee also agreed that the Night Meeting will include FPC’s 2nd Annual Student Art Show.  Mrs. Brett will be notified and teachers will be asked to submit student artwork to display at the art show.

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED, the Parent Night Meeting was approved.

Item #7 Grade Level Expansion (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

FPC’s and FACS’ Administrators and Lead Teachers are meeting at the Business Office to review the Fenton Material Revision Documents which are requesting converting both Fenton Primary Center and Fenton Avenue Charter School into TK-6th grade schools.  

The Material Revisions will be presented to the FCPS Board at the next board meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 30 and once approved will be sent to the District.  The Leadership team is working on determining the name and focus of their respective schools.  LAUSD would need to give us an approval for the expansion before any changes are made.  The plan for grade level expansion will be shared with parents.  Staff reorganization will not happen until after the Material Revision is approved.  

Item #8 Seuss Week (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Coco Salazar, FPC PAC Co-Chair 

(Motion to Approve) 

Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Week will be the week of March 2.  The committee agreed to keep the same spirit days as last year.  The week will promote literacy and grade levels can decide on a daily literacy activity for each day’s theme.  The week will conclude with distribution of the Reading Is Fundamental books.  Teachers will be reminded that students must self-select their book.  The flyer will be updated and sent home.  Reminders will be posted on Instagram and School Story/Class Dojo. The campus will be “Seussified” as in previous years and each wing will keep the same theme as the previous two years: 

Red Wings – The Cat in the Hat

Blue Wings – One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Orange Wings – The Lorax

Green Wings – Green Eggs and Ham

 

On MOTION of Bridget Ruiz, SECONDED by Cindy Soto, and CARRIED, Seuss Week was approved.

 

Item #9 Cat in the Hat T-Shirt Fundraiser (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Coco Salazar, Kindergarten Lead Teacher 

(Motion to Approve) 

Kindergarten teachers, Karen Knapp and Coco Salazar, would like to fundraise to purchase educational games/accessories to use with the classroom iPad.  They would like to hold the annual Cat in the Hat T-shirt fundraiser.  The fundraiser will run from February 3 to February 13.  The shirts will be distributed the week prior to Seuss Week.

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Cat in the Hat T-Shirt Fundraiser was approved.

 

Item #10 Book Fair (LCAP 3, AMO 3) – Bridget Ruiz, FPC PAC Co-Chair  

(Discussion) 

PAC Co-Chairs are trying to secure a date for the annual Book Fair.  Several dates were discussed.  California Book Fairs will be contacted to determine availability.  It was mentioned that the book fair is more successful when it is held during another school event like the Parent Night Meeting or during one of our Open Houses when parents are on campus.  It was suggested that there can be a “Kickoff” during the Parent Night Meeting and have the Book Fair go through Seuss Week.  This item will be further discussed once dates have been confirmed. 

Item #11 Enrollment/Student Recruitment (LCAP 2, AMO 2) – Richard Parra, FPC Director                                               (Informational) 

While several students have disenrolled upon the return from the winter break, we have had new enrollees.  Enrollment for the 2020- 2021 school year is scheduled to begin the first week of March.  With the FPC Material Revision, FPC will only have five kindergarten classes for the 2020 - 2021 school year as four classes will begin at FACS.  Based on those numbers and with the current TK enrollment, FPC will have room for 80 new kindergarten students.   In addition, five third grade classrooms will open if the Material Revision is approved.  Determining which 2nd grade students will be able to remain at FPC for third grade is still under discussion.   

The committee shared some ideas about advertising.   It was suggested to continue advertising at the Lake View Terrace Library and to possibly hang advertising banners on the fences of Hansen Dam Golf Course and the local Little League fields on Osborne.  We would have to request permission from both locations and look out for vandalism to the banners.  Parent and Committee Member, Cindy Soto, said she could contact the people in charge of the little league fields and would be willing to keep an eye on vandalism since she lives in the community.  Mrs. Thomassian also added that she and Mrs. Kaufman have visited local preschools and handed out flyers.

Announcements:   

 

The committee was reminded to place their vote for the 2020 – 2021 FCPS Calendar.

 

Next Regular Meeting: Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:15 a.m.

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:52 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Diana Lucas  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

January 23, 2020

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:20 am in the Hands-On Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Lindsay Oquindo, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:20 am by Chair, Lindsay Oquindo

 

Roll Call: Abigail Gillmore and Kaitlyn Silva, Secretaries 

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Lindsay Oquindo, Abigail Gillmore, Kaitlyn Silva, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia Quijano, Michelle Raxlin

 

Non-committee Members: Paige Piper, Elizabeth Marquez, Kate Hetu, Sydney Crowe, Melissa Katchen

 

Members Excused: Susana Orozco, Bridget Badro

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Lindsay Oquindo, Chair

 

The addition of Mutt-i-grees Madness week was added to the agenda for committee approval. 

 

Approval of Minutes: Lindsay Oquindo, Chair

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from December 9, 2019

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Kaitlyn Silva, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Lindsay Oquindo, 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 Enrollment for 2020-2021, (LCAP 1, AMO 2),

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Informational Item)

 

Enrollment for 2020-2021 is beginning on February 10, 2020. The Academies are beginning in February to give the schools a better idea of our enrollment numbers earlier so staffing and facility decisions can be made in advance. Enrollment will be offered at both FCLA and STEM in all grades, TK-6th. Because the schools are very balanced in numbers right now, new enrollees will be offered enrollment at either school. Enrollment flyers will be sent home with students the next 3 Fridays in a row, in anticipation of our Feb. 10th enrollment date. 

 

Item #4 Student Recruitment for 2020-2021, (LCAP 1, AMO 2),

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Informational Item)

 

Along with enrollment comes student recruitment. It is important that FCLA gets out into the community and makes connection with potential families as often as possible. Some upcoming student recruitment events on the schedule are: 

    • -Saturday, February 1st from 8:30-10:30 am: Sun Valley Parks and Recreation Center’s Soccer Picture Day
    • -Saturday, February 1st: Burbank Animal Shelter’s Kitten Bowl from 10:30 am-1:30 am. Along with the normal recruitment papers and information, there will also be a fun craft that families can create while stopping by the FCLA recruitment booth.
    • -Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm: Sun Valley Neighborhood Council Presentation by Mrs. Miller and those interested. 
    • -Saturday, March 21st: Burbank Animal Shelter’s Tour for Life. An idea was brought up by a committee member to see if pet bandanas can be created with the Fenton logo printed on it so that when pictures are being taken, Fenton is being promoted!
    • -Saturday, April 11th: Sunland-Tujunga Parks and Recreation Center’s Easter Egg Hunt

 

Item #5 Mutt-i-grees Ambassador Program Australian Wildlife Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1, 2),

Kate Hetu, FCLA Focus Lead, (Motion to Approve)

 

FCLA 2nd grade student ambassador, Nicholas Welch, presented on how The Fenton Academies will be coming together to support the Australian wildlife, which has been seriously affected by the current wildfires. Our fundraising efforts will take place during the week of February 3rd-7th. Funds collected will be sent to the North Shore Animal League, who will be sending the donations to the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which has directed its efforts towards koala conservation, and to WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals. Our FCLA Mutt-i-grees Ambassador, Nicolas Welch, has joined us today to share how the Fenton Academies plan to help. Both he and the STEM ambassador, Eymi Bracamontes, will help to promote, organize and manage: Coins for Koalas and Wildlife Eraser Fundraiser

 

On MOTION of Kaitlyn Silva, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the Mutt-i-grees Ambassador Program Australian Wildlife Fundraiser was approved as submitted.

 

Item #6 Mutt-i-grees Madness Week,

Kate Hetu, FCLA Focus Lead, (Motion to Approve)

 

This year FCLA plans to reinstate a school tradition, Mutt-i-grees Madness. During the week of March 16th-March 20th, students will take part in various activities to raise awareness for shelter animals. The week will start with the introduction of a new bulletin board, featuring animals available for adoption at nearby animal shelters. Students will make daily announcements to increase awareness about shelter animals. In addition, the second grade team will also raise money through various fundraisers. They would like to hold a movie fundraiser. Students would sell tickets for $4, which would include popcorn and a juice. The movie would take place on Friday, March 16th from 8:20- 9:45am. They would also sell raffle tickets for $1 to earn the chance to attend a dance party with “Fenton Fido”. During the school day, they would invite 20 students to join Fenton Fido for a dance party with glow sticks. All money collected during this week will be donated to the East Valley Animal Shelter, a high-need shelter in the area or it will be used to add something beneficial to the school campus.

 

On MOTION of Kaitlyn Silva, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the Mutt-i-grees Madness Week was approved as submitted.

 

Announcements:

 

Mrs. Miller shared about celebrating the initiatives being brought forward during the Parent Advocacy Meetings by all the participating teachers. The initiatives truly go above and beyond and our staff is to be commended for their hard work!

 

Next Regular Meeting: 

 

The next meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee will be held at a later date, to be determined.

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Kaitlyn Silva, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:40 am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kaitlyn Silva, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

January 23, 2020

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:21am in the Hands On Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:21am by Chair, Sydney Crowe.

 

Roll Call: Crissy Ismail and Elizabeth Marquez, Secretaries

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Sydney Crowe, Elizabeth Marquez, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia Quijano, Melissa Katchen

 

Non-committee Members: Paige Piper, Mikki Raxlin, Abigail Gillmore, Lindsay Oquindo, Kaitlyn Silva, Kate Hetu, Maria Welch, Nico Welch

 

Members Excused: Crissy Ismail, Tony Peña

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

Addition of Item #6 Mutt-i-grees Madness Week 

 

Approval of Minutes: Sydney Crowe, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the December 9, 2019 Meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee.  (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez SECONDED by Sydney Crowe and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Sydney Crowe, 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 Enrollment for 2020-2021, (LCAP 1, AMO 2),

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that enrollment for the 2020- 2021 

school year will begin February 10th, 2020. We will be enrolling 

students for transitional kindergarten through 6th grade at both FCLA and 

STEM. Staff are encouraged to continue to spread the word of enrollment 

to families with students who may have students in transitional 

kindergarten through sixth grade. A flyer will be sent home to remind 

families of the enrollment dates. 

 

Item #4 Student Recruitment for 2020-2021, (LCAP 1, AMO 2),

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller discussed the events for student recruitment for the 2020- 

2021 school year. She discussed the importance of going out into the 

community and making the community aware of the school. The first 

major event will take place on Saturday February 1st at the Sun |Valley 

Parks and Recs Center for their Soccer Picture Day event from 8:30-

10:30am. That same Saturday will be the Burbank Animal Shelter Kitten 

Bowl from 10:30am -1:30pm. The next event will take place Tuesday, 

March 10th from 6:30- 8:30pm for a Neighborhood Council Presentation. 

The following event will take place on March 21st at the Burbank Animal 

Shelter for their tour for life event. The last event will take place on 

Saturday April 11th at Sunland Tujunga Parks and Rec for their Easter 

Egg Hunt event. This is supposed to be one of the biggest events with an 

estimate of over 600 people expected to attend.  If you would like to sign 

up for any of the events or have any ideas let Mrs. Miller know.

 

Item #5 Mutt-i-grees Ambassador Program Australian Wildlife Fundraiser, (LCAP 2, AMO 1, 2),

Kate Hetu, FCLA Focus Lead, (Motion to Approve)

 

The Fenton Academies will be coming together to support the Australian 

\wildlife, which has been seriously affected by the current wildfires. Our 

fundraising efforts will take place during the week of February 3rd-7th. 

Funds collected will be sent to the North Shore Animal League, who will 

be sending the donations to the World Wildlife Fund Australia, which has 

directed its efforts towards koala conservation, and to WIRES, a wildlife 

rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured 

and orphaned native animals. Our FCLA Mutt-i-grees Ambassador, 

Nicolas Welch, has joined us today to share how the Fenton Academies 

plan to help. Both he and the STEM ambassador, Eymi Bracamontes, will 

help to promote, organize and manage the following events:

 

Coins for Koalas

Each class will have a week to collect as many coins and/or bills that they 

can. By Friday, February 3rd, all collections will be gathered. The class 

who has raised the most money will receive an Australian-themed prize 

(Koala pencil hugger). The Student Council School Spirit Committee has 

already created posters to be hung throughout the school campus to 

advertise this event.

 

Wildlife Eraser Fundraiser

The Student Council Community Outreach Committee will be using their 

recess time to sell wildlife erasers to the school community for $1. This 

fundraiser will take place during each grade level’s recess on February 

5th, 6th and 7th. The Community Outreach committee has already created 

posters and a fundraiser schedule.

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez SECONDED by Sydney Crowe and CARRIED, Mutt-i-grees Ambassador Program Australian Wildlife Fundraiser was approved.

 

Item #6 Mutt-i-grees Madness Week 

Kate Hetu, FCLA Focus Lead, (Motion to Approve)

 

For our Service Learning Project, second grade will be reinstating a school 

tradition, Mutt-i-grees Madness. During the week of March 16th-March 

20th, students will take part in various activities to raise awareness for 

shelter animals. The week will start with the introduction of a new bulletin 

board, featuring animals available for adoption at the Burbank animal 

shelter. Students will make daily announcements to increase awareness 

about shelter animals. In addition, the second grade team will also raise 

money through various fundraisers. We would like to hold a movie 

fundraiser. Students would sell tickets for $4, which would include 

popcorn and a juice. The movie would take place on Friday, March 16th 

from 8:20- 9:45am. We would also sell raffle tickets for $1 to earn the 

chance to attend a dance party with Fenton Fido. During the school day, 

we would invite 20 students to join Fenton Fido for a dance party with 

glow sticks. All money collected during this week will be donated to the 

East Valley Animal Shelter, a high-need shelter in the area or it will be 

used to add something beneficial to the school campus.

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez SECONDED by Sydney Crowe and CARRIED, Mutt-i-grees Madness Week was approved.

 

Announcements:

Mrs. Miller officially recognized and thanked everyone involved in these special initiatives. She understands the majority of these voluntary efforts go far above and beyond what’s expected from a classroom teacher.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Elizabeth Marquez SECONDED by Sydney Crow, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:40am.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Elizabeth Marquez, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.4.a.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton STEM Academy

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes

School Site Council (SSC)

 

December 13, 2019

A meeting of the School Site Council was held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:25 a.m. in the Hands on Lab of the Fenton Academies at 8926 Sunland Boulevard Sun Valley, California 91352.

 

Call to Order: Amarjeet Gonzalez, Chair

 

The School Site Council meeting was called to order at 7:25 a.m. by Amarjeet Gonzalez, chair of the School Site Council. 

 

Roll Call: Hannah Boykins, Vice Chair

 

Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Susana Orozco, Crissy Ismail, Paige Piper, Jennifer Hines, Hannah Boykins, Amarjeet Gonzalez, and Ovsanna Karapetyan

 

Excused Members: Stephanie Cruz, Hugo Zarate

 

Non-Members in Attendance: Cecilia Quijano

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  There were none.

 

 

Item #1 Minutes from the September 27, 2019 meeting of the School Site Council (SSC) (Motion to Approve), Amarjeet Gonzalez, Chair

 

On MOTION of Crissy Ismail, SECONDED by Jennifer Hines, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Amarjeet Gonzalez, Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the School Site Council on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Schoolwide Student Achievement Update, LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4,

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Final 2019 CAASPP scores have been published on the California Dashboard. CAASPP scores show strong performance and continued increasing trends. In 2019, the FCLA students in third and fourth achieved 51% proficiency in ELA. At STEM, the students in third to fifth grade achieved 50% proficiency in ELA. Nearby schools performed at an average of 36% proficiency, compared to 44% in LAUSD, and 51% statewide. In mathematics, FCLA achieved 46% student achievement, while STEM maintained at 34% proficiency. Nearby resident schools had 27% math proficiency.

 

 In addition to the external data, the school gives the internal MAP assessment three times a year in August, January/February, and June. Mrs. Miller reports that students performing in the 41st percentile or higher in grades 3-5 are likely to pass the CAASPP. MAP is a formative assessment that provides students with computer adaptive questions. Beginning of year MAP scores at FCLA show 52% of students are performing in the 41st percentile in ELA. In mathematics, FCLA Is demonstrating 46% of students achieving in the 41st percentile. In STEM, 41% of students are achieving in the 41st percentile in ELA and Math. In addition to continuing to focus on student academic achievement, the school is also targeting chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism will be included on the California dashboard. Currently, both schools are trending in the green. Last year, STEM was in the orange and FCLA was in the red. One way the school can improve chronic absenteeism is by encouraging parents to complete independent studies. 

 

Item #4 English Language Advisory Council (ELAC), LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1-4

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the English Language Advisory Committee is a new way for parents to be involved at the school. This committee is designed to monitor achievement of English Learner students. The school recently sent home nomination forms, which are due back December 13, 2019. The ballots will be sent home December 16th, and the first meeting will be held in January 2020. This committee will provide input for the English Learner master plan. 

 

Item #5 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation,

LCAP Goals 1-3, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that this year the academies will complete the WASC self-study report to earn a 6 year WASC accreditation. Currently, the academies have initial WASC accreditation which was earned in Spring 2017. Both schools will have a concurrent WASC visit March 2-4, 2020. The WASC team will review the self-study written report and look for evidence during classroom visits and focus groups. Currently, both schools are working on completing the written report. The WASC team is comprised of 6 people, and will arrive on March 1, 2020. 

 

Item #6 6th Grade Expansion, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Discussion Item)

 

On November 19, 2019, the material revisions were approved by the LAUSD board on consent. 6th grade will begin in August 2020. Parent informational meetings will begin in January 2020. At these parent informational meetings, Mrs. Miller will present the instructional program for 6th grade, which includes a rotational instructional program. The current 5th grade teachers are developing a plan for how 6th grade can look different from 5th grade. Current ideas are: Camp CIMI overnight trip, Math Field Day, and a debate team. Mrs. Miller also shared the current architectural plans for the annexation of the new building. As part of this $7 million dollar project, there will be eleven 5th and 6th grade classrooms in the new building, a servery, an MPR, and a rooftop playground. These renovations will allow the school to eliminate the current handicap parking spaces in front of the current school. The plans will be shared with parents at the January informational meetings and are subject to change due to cost and construction factors. 

 

Item #7 Student Recruitment for 2020-2021, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM

Director (Discussion Item)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the council of the declining enrollment trends throughout California. However, the academies are continuing to grow. The academies will begin enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year on February 10, 2020. Current recruitment efforts include banners, flyers, attendance at community events, neighborhood council, school tours, local preschools, and word of mouth. Amerjeet Gonzalez suggested reaching out to the Volunteers of America preschools. Hannah Boykins suggested updating the Academies’ website with more photos of the classroom and utilizing social media. 

 

Announcements: There were none.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD 

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Crissy Ismail, SECONDED by Susana Orozco, and CARRIED, the School Site Council meeting adjourned at 8:08 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Paige Piper and Crissy Ismail 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

                                                        

Unapproved Minutes

 

School Site Council (SSC)

                                                        

December 19, 2019

 

A meeting of the School Site Council was held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:22 a.m. in Room 110 of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

 

Call to Order & Pledge:   Sandra Valle, Chair

 

Roll Call:                       Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present: Charlene Rodriguez, Francisca Gutierrez, Cindy Soto, Karen Knapp, Sandra Valle, Maria Reyes, Richard Parra, Wendy Kaufman.

 

Members Excused: Mayra Beltran, Judy Lee, Sirui Thomassian

 

Members Absent: Marisol Luna, Ana Paula Pelacio, Rocio Ramirez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Sandra Valle, Chair

 

There were none.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Sandra Valle, Chair

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Item #1       Minutes from the September 27, 2019 meeting of the School Site Council                            (SSC) (Motion to Approve), Sandra Valle, Chair

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Wendy Kaufman, and CARRIED, the Minutes from the September 27, 2019 School Site Council meeting were approved.

 

Item #2   Any persons desiring to address the School Site Council on any proper matter.

 

Old Business:     None

        

New Business:

 

Item #3             Schoolwide Student Achievement Update, LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4, 

  Richard Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

Richard Parra gave an update on our schoolwide student achievement. He explained and presented a summary of our school’s MAP scores and how those scores compared to the national norms. He explained how we use the scores to measure growth. Mr. Parra presented the scores for each grade level. He commended the teachers on their efforts of teaching the students the foundational skills and language necessary to meet the expected students’ growth compared to the national norm.

 

Item #4           English Language Advisory Council (ELAC), LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1-4 

Richard Parra, Director (Informational Item)

                                

Our school will be forming an ELAC Committee. It is mandated by the state to have an English Language Advisory Council to discuss the progress of our English Learner population.

 

Item #5         LAUSD Oversight, LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1-4 Richard Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

On February 4th, 2020 we will have our LAUSD Oversight Visit. We are preparing the binders with the evidence necessary to achieve success from Los Angeles Unified School District Charter Division oversight committee. 

 

Item #6             Grade Expansion, Richard Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

Richard Parra explained to the council that the idea of changing the campus to a TK-5 school. He asked for input from the council members. There was a discussion regarding both options of either changing to a TK-5 or staying a primary center TK-2.

 

Item #7            Student Recruitment for 2020-2021, Richard Parra, Director 

(Discussion Item)

 

We have a student enrollment/recruitment committee that has been organizing events to increase enrollment next school year. We’ve partnered with the Lake View Terrace Library to put our name out in the community and the school participated in the Pacoima Parade and handed out over 400 postcards with enrollment information. In February, our Speech Therapist, Sandra Lee will do a presentation at the LVT Library on vocabulary development and speech. Parents will learn strategies and techniques on how to help their child develop language at home.

 

Announcements:

 

Mr. Parra invited the School Site Council members to attend our Holiday Breakfast tomorrow that starts at 6:30 a.m.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Wendy Kaufman and CARRIED, the School Site Council meeting adjourned at 7:58 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

School Site Council (SSC)

December 19, 2019

7:15 a.m. –Conference Room

 

MINUTES

 

A meeting of the School Site Council was held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:39 a.m. in the Conference Room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain St, Lake View Terrace, CA, 91342. 

 

Call to Order: Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

 

The School Site Council was called to order at 7:39 a.m by Director Leticia Padilla Parra.

 

Roll Call: Cynthia Eschenfelder, Secretary

 

Members Present: Meagan Kimmer, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Leanna Hendrix, Christopher Torres, Tony Peña, Leticia Padilla Parra

 

Members Excused: None. 

 

Members Not Present: Lilian Garcia, Rebecca Lechuga, Mayra Peña, Esmeralda Sarmiento

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  

 

There were no additions or corrections to the Agenda. 

 

Item #1 Minutes from the September 27, 2019 meeting of the School Site Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On Motion of Leanna Hendrix, SECONDED by Tony Peña, and CARRIED, the minutes of the School Site Council from December 19, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director

 

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

 

 

Old Business: None. 

 

New Business:

 

Item #2 Advisory Committees Update, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared updates from the school councils that advise the board and the School Site Council. All FCPS schools have submitted an application for State Preschool. If granted, FACS plans to institute their preschool in the 2021-2022 school year, rather than next year. The preschool will be in session for 8 hours a day for approximately 243 days for families with qualifying income. FACS is also developing a material revision to the charter to add 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents have already begun a petition. Information will be sent out as it becomes available. All Fenton schools are moving towards having a more traditional TK-6 model to help meet the needs of the community, especially those of parents dropping students off at multiple locations. Finally, Reflex Math has been purchased for all students as a resource for mastering basic math skills.

 

Item #3 Use of Title I, Title II, and Title III Funds, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

FACS receives Title I, II, and III funds, which are all earmarked for specific purposes. Title I funds are reserved as financial assistance for students of families with low-income and are often used to purchase academic resources that these students would not otherwise have access to. Title II funds help maintain teacher and principal quality, by attracting and maintaining highly qualified educators and offering professional development opportunities. Title III funds support the needs of students with limited English proficiency and are used for specific professional develop and curricular support. 

 

Item #4 English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1-4), Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

The English Learner Advisory Council is a council to advise the School Site Council regarding the needs of English Language Learners at FACS. Its formation is currently underway, with the election of members occurring this week.

 

Item #5 6th Grade Revision Submission, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that a material revision to the charter to add 6th grade starting the 2020-2021 school year is in progress with the assistance of Mrs. Irene Sumida, Dr. David Riddick, and all school administrators. The goal is to submit the revision by January for LAUSD board approval. Updates will be communicated with parents as they occur.  

 

Announcements: None. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: 

 

The next meeting of the School Site Council will be held on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 7:15 a.m.

 

Adjournment: Adjournment: 

 

On the MOTION of Leanna Hendrix, SECONDED by Meagan Kimmer, and CARRIED, the Curriculum Assessment Council adjourned at 7:59 a.m.

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by Cynthia Eschenfelder

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

School Site Council

 

December 19, 2019

3:00 p.m. – Auditorium  

 

Agenda

 

Call to Order: Bunny Wolfer, Co-Chair

 

The School Site Council meeting was called to order in the auditorium at 3:05 p.m. by Bunny Wolfer, Co-chair.

 

Roll Call: Jocelyn Condo 

 

Members present: Cary Rabinowitz, Jocelyn Condo, Bunny Wolfer, Lisa DeFrancesco, Lika Dalakishvili, Karla Morales Jimenez, and Magda Rios.

Excused: Johana Juarez

Absent: Nancy Beltran and Tammie Robinson

Non-Members Present: 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Bunny Wolfer, Co-Chair

 

There were no corrections or additions to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes: Bunny Wolfer, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the September 27, 2019 meeting of the School Site Council

 

On MOTION of Lisa DeFrancesco, SECONDED by Karla Morales Jimenez, and CARRIED, the minutes of the School Site Council from September 27, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Bunny Wolfer, Co-Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the School Site Council on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:             None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 SMBCCS Student Achievement (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-4), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Mr. Rabinowitz shared a few things done by SMBCCS to monitor student achievement. First, SMBCCS takes part in MAP testing. The students take the MAP test three times a year in order to show and monitor growth. The data provided by this assessment drives teacher instruction in the classroom. Mid-year assessments for MAP testing will begin January 14th 2020 to January 28th 2020 for all grade levels. Second, SMBCCS uses the California School Dashboard. The Dashboard is a website that shows how schools are performing on a state and local level. You can view different categories on the Dashboard such as school enrollment and the achievement of different subgroups at a school like English Learner or socio-economically disadvantaged students. This dashboard helps SMBCCS monitor any changes in regards to academics, enrollment, English learners, and much more. SMBCCS is uses the dashboard for a variety of things including setting our school focus for the year. Third, SMBCCS uses English Language Proficiency Assessments for California or ELPAC. The ELPAC is used to monitor our English Language learners progress toward English Language proficiency. Similar to our own ELD progress monitoring used by teachers. The ELPAC scoring report is viewed as having 4 different levels. However, when viewed closely students can be considered to be on a lower or higher side at levels 2 and 3 creating 6 levels. This data is used when considering students for reclassification. 

 

Item #4 LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit (LCAP Goal 1-3), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Mr. Rabinowitz shared that LAUSD will be visiting SMBCCS on February 6th, 2020. He presented the areas LAUSD will be examining and looking for evidence of at SMBCCS. The areas are as follows: 

 

    • ïGovernance
    • ïStudent Achievement and Educational Performance
    • ïOrganizational Management and School Programs
    • ïFiscal Operations.

 

Item #5 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Self-Study Visit 2020 (LCAP Goal 1-3), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Mr. Rabinowitz presented SMBCCS as a WASC accredited school and the terms for accreditation. Santa Monica’s WASC six-year cycle of accreditation is up in 2020. We will participate in a self-study visit March 9-11, 2020. The accreditation process is intricate in the forms of input needed from various stakeholders in the school: students, teachers, parents, and community members. The visit set for March will last for 3 and a half days. During the visit members from WASC will be meeting with various groups of people that are a part of or involved with SMBCCS such as: administration, teachers, and school site council parent members. In addition to WASC accreditation being important for SMBCCS there are many programs that work with our school that ensure students receive the best services.

 

Item #6 English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1-2), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director 

                                    (Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Mr. Rabinowitz mentioned that SMBCCS will begin an English Leaner Advisory Council or ELAC. SMBCCS is receiving federal funding, therefore, we have been asked to create an ELAC committee. ELAC will provide data and evidence of the decisions being made on behalf of English Learners that attend SMBCCS. One of the requirements of this council is that the majority of members need to be parents of English Learner’s that attend Santa Monica. The process for creating this council will be similar to the process used for creating the School Site Council. Parents will be made aware of and asked to consider taking part of the council. Ballots will be sent out for voting to take place. The process will begin after Winter Break.

  

Item #7 SMBCCS Staff Professional Development (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director 

                                    (Informational Item)  

 

This was an informational item only. Mr. Rabinowitz went over the professional development days, PD days, within the school year calendar. These PD days are embedded in our school calendar in order to help teachers continue expanding their knowledge regarding their profession. It also allows for a detailed focus on certain topics. The topic is usually aligned with the school’s focus for that academic year. So far, SMBCCS has had two PD days. The first PD day was focused on Kagan Structures. Many teachers have been able to incorporate Kagan structures to optimize student engagement in the classroom. The second PD day was a Teacher Symposium held in November. The Symposium, which included all of the schools within the organization, allowed teachers to show case what they do in the classroom that works for them and their students. This was a great opportunity to learn about teacher’s different abilities and ideologies in regards to teaching. Our next PD day is set for January 13, 2020. 

 

Announcements: Mr. Rabinowitz extended an invitation to the parents in the SSC to be a part of the group of parents that will meet with WASC members. 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBD

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Cary Rabinowitz, SECONDED by Jocelyn Condo and CARRIED, the School Site Council Committee was adjourned at 3:41 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.4.b.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

 

January 13, 2020

 

AGENDA

 

Call to Order: Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director 

 

Ms. Aragón called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm.

 

Roll Call: Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra called the roll. 

 

Members Present: Mary Gunckel, Maura Martinez, Mariana Flores, Barbara Aragón, Leticia Padilla Parra

 

Non-member Present: Dr. David Riddick

 

Members Absent: Patricia Acosta

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None

 

Presentations from the Public:  None

 

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

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #2 Introduction and Election of ELAC Chair and Secretary, Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Aragón stated that the selection of a Chair and Secretary were necessary prior to conducting the meeting. Mrs. Padilla Parra was nominated as Secretary, and Ms. Aragón was nominated as Chair. The positions were unanimously approved by the council members.

 

Item #3 English Learner Advisory Committee Responsibilities, Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Aragón shared the council responsibilities with the members. The role of the council as a requirement for the school in advising the director in decisions involving students designated as English Learners (ELs), and advancing their academic achievement.

 

Item #4 FACS Local Control Accountability Plan Overview (LCAP), Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared the FACS LCAP with the council members. This included the three goals, and progress toward meeting those goals, as well as the assignment of funds toward achieving the goals. The FACS LCAP is also posted on the FACS website for the council members reference. 

 

Item #5 FCPS Master Plan, Dr. David Riddick, FCPS Chief Academic Officer (Informational Item)

 

Dr. Riddick shared the FCPS English Learner Master Plan with the council. This summary included how students are identified, the use of the ELPAC assessment, the students’ access to the instructional program, integrated and designated ELD instruction, tools and practices, and reclassification criteria. He also encouraged parent members to reach out to the school with any questions they may have regarding the material covered.

 

Item #6 ELPAC, Program Overview, Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Aragón shared information regarding ELPAC and SBAC testing. She described the use of the initial and summative versions of the ELPAC assessment. She also shared resources available to assist parents in helping their children prepare for these assessments. 

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting: 2/10/2020

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 3:48 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. C. 

 

Financial Business Manager’s Report

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. D. 

 

Directors’ Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.1.

FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL (FACS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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:

 

 

3rd

4th

5th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

1/26/2020

190

221

214

625

96.0%

97.66%

 

 

Enrollment at Fenton Avenue Charter School is 625 students with ADA at 97.66%. FACS will continue seeking ways to increase our enrollment including distribution of flyers and postcards, and participation in recruitment events.

 

Instruction

 

Material Revision Request for FACS Charter: Due to a need to better serve our students and the school community, Fenton Avenue Charter School will submit a material revision to its charter petition. This includes a change to the grade span currently served (TK, 3-5), requesting the ability to serve grades TK-6, but this change will not affect the capacity of 832 students that was originally stated in the charter, as well as the addition of a focus in Environmental Studies. An approved FCPS board resolution is also required in order to submit the material revision document. Upon receiving FCPS board approval, the request for revision and the FCPS board resolution will be submitted to the Los Angeles Unified School District Charter School Division on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Charter School Division will then review the request and communicate with FACS as to a possible date for placement on the LAUSD Board meeting agenda for approval. Many parents have signed a petition supporting the request, and an overwhelming number of current 5th graders and their parents have expressed a desire to remain at FACS for the 2020-2021 school year as 6th graders if the material revision is approved. 

 

LAUSD Oversight Visit: The yearly LAUSD Oversight Visit will take place at Fenton Avenue Charter School on February 19, 2020.  During the full-day visit, required documentation will be reviewed, interviews will take place, and classrooms will be visited. 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC): The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) has been completed for Fenton Avenue Charter School for the 2019-2020 school year. The SARC provides important information regarding the school’s demographics, teacher qualifications, student achievement, facility conditions, and parent involvement opportunities. 

English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) Computer-based Summative Assessment: The computer-based ELPAC replaces the paper-pencil Summative ELPAC in February 2020 and the paper-pencil Initial ELPAC in July 2020. During the month of February, all FACS English Language Learners (ELLs), approximately 120, will participate in the ELPAC Computer-based Summative Assessment. The speaking portion of the exam is administered one-on-one. The listening, reading, and writing portions of the ELPAC will be administered to groups of students on a computer. Thank you to Barbara Aragón for all her work in preparing to administer this assessment, and to Veronica Ramos and Karla Contreras for their assistance. 

Personnel

 

Second Semester Probationary Teacher Observations: All probationary staff will complete their formal second semester observations in February.  Fenton Avenue Charter School has four probationary staff members who will participate in the observation process. 

 

Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings: All Fenton Avenue Charter School teachers will participate in mid-year goal setting meetings during February and early March. Teachers will meet with the director to discuss and analyze the data collected during the middle of year NWEA MAP Assessment administration. This information will help teachers identify student growth and needs, as well target instruction for the second semester.  

 

School Community

 

“Coffee with the Principal” Meetings: Fenton Avenue Charter School hosted a “Coffee with the Principal” on Friday, January 17th. During this meeting, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics were reviewed at the request of the parents at the previous meeting. The parents were also provided with information of how to access further information as well as additional parent resources. It was wonderful to have discussions and answer questions, additionally, parents provided each other with tips on helping their children with math. Information on the school’s plans to request a material revision were also discussed. This information was greeted with smiles and excitement. Every parent at the meeting was in favor of the request.

 

Informational Parent Night Meeting: A Parent Meeting was held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the FACS auditorium in order to discuss the material revisions for FACS and FPC. It was shared that these material revisions include a request to expand the grade levels served at FACS and FPC to TK-6 grade, as well as a brief description of the innovations the schools will continue to develop. The information was very well received and all parents in attendance signed the petition in support of the proposed change.

 

Facility Update

 

Intercom/Clock System Installation: Work on the installation of a new intercom/clock system in every room on the campus is nearly complete, and already functioning. This system will replaces the outdated system previously used and enhances the school safety. 

 

Security Camera Installation: The installation of security cameras throughout the campus and in the school parking lots is nearly complete.  These cameras significantly increase the school’s ability to monitor what occurs on campus during school hours as well as when the school is closed. Thank you to Jason Gonzalez for all of his work in making this happen as well as for his supervision of the installation. 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

2/4 8:00-2:00 GATE Field Trip – Glendale City College Planetarium 

2/5 7:15-8:00 Human Resource and Personnel Council Meeting – Conference Room

2/6 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting – Family Center

2/6 5:00-6:00 Parent School Community Relations Council Night Meeting – Auditorium

2/7 7:15-8:00 Budget, Safety, and Facilities Council Meeting – Conference Room

2/10-2/14 Scholastic Book Fair - Library

2/10 7:45-9:10 COP/LAUSD Help Group Learning Lab Visit – Conference Room & Rm. 9

2/13 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting – Family Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.2.

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL (SMBCCS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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 AND ATTENDANCE

 

As of January 24, 2020

Monthly Attendance Average- 97.03

Cumulative Attendance Average- 97.86

 

Date

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Total

11/22/19

19

122

122

118

137

132

`137

78

865

1/24/20

20

123

123

120

139

135

137

79

876

Change

1

1

1

2

2

3

0

1

11

 

Santa Monica has gained 11 students since the end of November.  Santa Monica’s state preschool program has an enrollment of 71 students.  Santa Monica’s cumulative ADA percentage is trending higher than last year and was reinforced by a stronger January than in 2019  (95.8 in 2019 v. 97.03 in 2020).

 

INSTRUCTION

 

Public Release of the 2019 California School Dashboard

2019 Dashboard data was publicly released on December 12, 2019.  The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement.  

 

 

 

The graph shows Santa Monica’s distance from the standard (DFS) according to the California School Dashboard since growth data became available in 2016-2017.

SMBCCS saw significant increases in tests scores from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018 resulting in increases toward the standard (depicted as “0” in the graph) and color changes to yellow in both ELA and Math on the Dashboard.  In 2018-2019, the school saw a decrease in ELA which triggered a color change back to orange.  In Math, the school increased 5.6 points toward the standard and remained yellow.

In the tables below, Dashboard Achievement Status places Santa Monica with the third smallest DFS among resident schools in English language arts at -22.7 points below standard and Math at -30.6 points below standard.  It is important to notice that Santa Monica fell to orange in ELA because of its overall decline, yet shows stronger achievement than schools in the yellow.

 

     2018-2019 CA School Dashboard Data:  English Language Arts

Resident Schools

# of students

Achievement Status

Growth

Van Ness Ave Elem.

86

3.3

-4.9

Hollywood Primary Ctr.

23

-16.2

-19.2

Grant Elementary

256

-16.4

11.7

SMBCCS

484

-22.7

-8.8

Kingsley Elementary

187

-25.5

-2.6

Alexandria Ave. Elem.

306

-36.8

13.9

Vine Street Elementary

237

-50.9

11.5

Joseph Le Conte Middle

707

-52.5

-3.6

Ramona Elementary

269

-56.9

6.6

LAUSD

223,502

-24.1

5.1

State

3,189,965

-3

3.1

 

    2018-2019 CA School Dashboard Data:  Mathematics

Resident Schools

# of students

Achievement Status

Growth

Hollywood Primary Ctr.

23

-5.6

-11.4

Van Ness Ave. Elem.

85

-14.3

-6.2

Kingsley Elementary

187

-28.9

-7.8

SMBCCS

484

-30.6

5.7

Grant Elementary

256

-42.1

0.3

Alexandria Ave. Elem.

305

-51

20.4

Ramona Elementary

269

-69.1

3.5

Vine Street Elementary

237

-77.5

4.1

Joseph Le Conte Middle

703

-100.2

-2.2

LAUSD

223,082

-54.1

5.2

State

3,183,085

-33.5

2.9

 

Dashboard academic indicators report on the following SMBCCS significant (30 or more) student subgroups in ELA and Math:

    • -Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
    • -Hispanic
    • -English Learners
    • -Students with Disabilities

 

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged and Hispanic student populations at SMBCCS reflect similar results as the schoolwide data above because those subgroups comprise over 95% of our school population.  

 

English Learner Subgroup Performance

Santa Monica’s EL population is the largest among all resident schools per Dashboard results with 361 students tested.  Santa Monica’s EL students have the second smallest DFS among resident schools in ELA at 35.2 points below standard and in Mathematics at 39.8 points below standard.  

 

In 2019, 11.4% of Santa Monica’s EL subgroup met or exceeded the standard in 2019 compared to LAUSD (5.7%) and the State (12.7%) in ELA, and 15.1% of Santa Monica’s EL subgroup met or exceeded the standard in Math, stronger than both the LAUSD (6.8) and the State (12.6).  This subgroup has shown significant growth since the inaugural year of the Summative Assessment in 2015, 9.7 percentage points in ELA compared to LAUSD (2.7) and the State (1.7) and 8.1 percentage points in Math compared to LAUSD (1.8) and the State (1.6).  

 

Special Education Subgroup Performance

Our special education subgroup is the largest among all resident schools and has the smallest DFS in ELA and Math among schools with significant numbers.  Similar to our overall ELA results, it is important to notice that Santa Monica fell to red in ELA and Math, yet shows stronger achievement than schools that are orange.

 

2018-2019 CA School Dashboard Data – SPED Subgroup:  English Language Arts

Resident Schools

# of students

Achievement Status

Growth

Hollywood Primary Ctr.

4

***

***

Van Ness Ave. Elem.

16

-33.4

15.7

Kingsley Elementary

15

-83.8

-3.1

SMBCCS

104

-99.8

-14

Grant Elementary

30

-111.1

6.5

Joseph Le Conte Middle

101

-112.2

14.7

Alexandria Ave. Elem.

36

-123

38.1

Vine Street Elementary

29

-123.5

0.6

Ramona Elementary

77

-125

9.9

LAUSD

32,420

-106.6

7.7

State

420,092

-88.3

7.6

 

2018-2019 CA School Dashboard Data – SPED Subgroup:  Mathematics

Resident Schools

# of students

Achievement Status

Growth

Hollywood Primary Ctr.

4

***

***

Van Ness Ave. Elem.

15

-48.3

-10.7

Kingsley Elementary

15

-54

3.6

SMBCCS

104

-109.3

0.6

Alexandria Ave. Elem.

36

-119

38.4

Vine Street Elementary

29

-119.4

14.7

Grant Elementary

30

-123.2

11.4

Ramona Elementary

77

-132.6

7.3

Joseph Le Conte Middle

102

-162.4

16.3

LAUSD

32,180

-133.7

7.9

State

417,191

-119.4

6.6

 

2019 Summative English Language Proficiency for California (ELPAC) Assessment

The ELPAC will be administered to 49% of our TK – 6th grade students beginning February 18th.  Students’ level of English language proficiency will be determined through testing in four domains – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing - in both group and one to one settings.  The speaking section of the ELPAC will be administered one on one and will be scored by Santa Monica teachers.  Thank you to our Assistant Director, Monica Castañeda, and our Administrative Coordinator, Walter Gomez, for planning and preparing ELPAC Grade Level Trainings for each grade level to set common scoring practices and expectations among teachers.

January - February Professional Development

SMBCCS staff continued to participate in various professional development opportunities in the month of January:

 

    • ïProfessional Development Day #5 – Thinking Maps:  Writing from Beginning to Beyond, Presenters – Jennifer Flynn and Bunny Wolfer, January 13th  (Santa Monica Certificated Staff)
    • ïBehavior Safety-Care Emergency Training, January 14th-15th (SMBCCS Paraprofessionals, Fenton Staff)
    • ï2019-2020 CAASPP/ELPAC Pretest Workshop, Downey, CA, January 16th (Monica Castañeda)
    • ïState and Federal Program Directors Meeting, SUFD, January 24th 

 

personnel

 

Mid-Year Professional Goal Setting Conferences

Mid-Year Goal Setting conferences will begin on February 11th.  All teachers will meet with Mr. Rabinowitz to review MAP, Benchmark, and My Math assessment data to identify student progress and the need for interventions in preparation for state testing.  Meetings will take place before and after school and during teachers’ iLab time. During the meeting, teachers will reflect on instructional practices from the Fall and will progress of Focus students identified in the Fall.  We will also review classroom attendance data to ensure cumulative attendance percentages remain strong.

 

Community Relations 

 

English Language Advisory Council (ELAC)

SMBCCS is currently composing an English Language Advisory Council (ELAC)  as a subcommittee of the Parent Advocacy Committee.  The ELAC is responsible for advising the Director and staff in the development of the English Learner Master Plan, assisting in the development of a schoolwide needs assessment, informing parents of the importance of regular school attendance, and assisting with the school’s annual language census.

 

Coffee with the Principal

On Wednesday, January 15th, parents were welcomed into our Parent Center for our monthly Coffee with the Principal meeting. At these meetings, parents join administration for a light breakfast and are updated on new happenings at the school. At this month’s Coffee event, we discussed AB 1505 and parents learned how the California School Dashboard gives a school a color.  Parents also completed an activity identifying the colors of our resident schools.  During this meeting, parents also have time to express their “Stars” and “Wishes.” Santa Monica staff members are very often highlighted at this time by our parents for their exceptional work at our school.

 

Semester Award Ceremonies

During the Week of January 20th, Santa Monica held the first of our bi-yearly Semester Awards.  Students are awarded certificates in one of three areas – Achievement, Citizenship, and Improvement.  Students with 0 absences and a maximum of 4 tardies are awarded an Attendance certificate as well.  1-2 grade level ceremonies occur in our auditorium during the first two hours of the school day. All classrooms from each grade level are in attendance as well as parents of award winners. This year’s awards were very well attended and served as a perfect example of how Santa Monica and the community work together in the best interest of our students.

 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

Santa Monica’s SARC for the 2018-2019 school year has been submitted for Board approval.  Since 1988, state law has required public schools to prepare and submit the SARC document.  The Report Card serves as a tool to provide parents and communities information about school sites in an attempt to make the best choice possible for their child’s education.  The SARC provides families demographic data about the school, school safety and basic conditions of learning at the school, academic and state testing data, class sizes, teacher and staff information, details about our school’s state-approved curriculums, fiscal and expenditure data, and many other items.

 

FACILITIES AND SAFETY

 

Installation of HVAC Units in the Bungalows (Prop 39 Clean Energy Funds)

Approved by the Board in October 2019, the installation of six new energy efficient HVAC units was stalled just prior to installation over the Winter Vacation.  LAUSD is requiring the submission and approval of plans to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) ensuring the weight baring capacity of the bungalows.  What was going to take a few days to install, would take 3-4 months if required to move through DSA.  A work-around was identified by our vendor and confirmed by LAUSD to build structural platforms outside of the bungalows to support the weight of the HVAC units.  We are currently waiting on design specs from the vendor to determine whether we will move forward.  

 

Removal of Southeast Facing Awning – Room 25

Thank you to the FCPS Maintenance that assisted with the installation of the awning outside of Room 25.  The awning was installed to help with leaking that was occurring on the landing outside of the room making exiting dangerous during an emergency.  LAUSD has informed us that they have found a solution to the leaking outside of the room and asked that the awning be removed.  

 

Upcoming Events:

 

    • ïProfessional Goal Setting Conferences, Begin February 11th 
    • ïLAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit, February 6th
    • ïLearning Walks, February 24th – February 28th 
    • ï6th Grade Lottery Procedures and Timelines Posted, March 2nd 
    • ï6th Grade Lottery, March 13th 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.3.

FENTON PRIMARY CENTER (FPC)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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 as of October 18, 2019 (TK-2):

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

41

214

199

224

678

 

Actual Daily Attendance for the Month of November (ADA) = 97.15% (One Year Ago= 96.5%)

Actual Daily Attendance (ADA) Cumulative 2019-2020 = 98% (One Year Ago= 97.7%)

 

Enrollment decreased from 694 to 678 in the past month. One year ago our enrollment was 708.

 

Fenton Primary Center’s Material Revision: Fenton Primary Center has spent the past month analyzing the possibility of changing its charter from a transitional kindergarten to second grade to a transitional kindergarten to sixth grade school. With the help of Irene Sumida and David Riddick the school created the material revision. The material revision will be presented to the FCPS board and then presented to the LAUSD Charter Division for approval. The material revision may be approved as soon as March and implementation will begin in preparation for next school year. Parent conferences are the week of March 23rd and the school will provide parents with a choice for 3rd grade. As you see in the graph below, about 50% of 2nd grade students going to third will stay at Fenton Primary Center. 

 

 

With the material revision, FPC has decided to change its name from Fenton Primary Center to Fenton Preparatory Charter. The focus of FPC will also need to change. The school’s leadership team decided to make the focus “Communications and Technology”. Over the past few years FPC has many opportunities for children to excel in literacy and technology. The school will add additional opportunities in the areas of digital citizenship, speech and debate, journalism, community advocacy, and public speaking through performances and presentations. Our mission will remain the same:

 

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.

 

FPC looks forward to presenting to the FCPS board monthly updates of the material revision and the school’s ongoing preparations. 

 

PD Day #5 – Restorative Justice Practices: On January 13th, FPC had its 5th professional development day for the 2019-2020 school year. It was a great, productive, and collaborative day spent discussing ways to support students. As part of FPC’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) plan behavior support is critical for staff and students. The school’s administrative coordinator, Wendy Kaufman, gave a presentation on Restorative Justice. Mrs. Kaufman gave teachers information on the history and rationale of restorative justice. Teachers had an opportunity to practice specific techniques that will support and improve the behavior of students by recognizing and taking responsibility of the inappropriate behavior and addressing those affected by it.    

 

Gifted and Talented Program Testing (GATE): FPC is in the process of testing second grade students for the Gifted and Talented Program (GATE). Every year the school has about 20-50 students test for GATE with about 20% of those tested qualifying. Mrs. Kaufman (Administrative Coordinator) and Ms. Kelly (School Psychologist) are working on the process with teachers submitting a list of students to be tested. The school is waiting for a response from LAUSD on a date to assess.  

 

LAUSD Oversight Visit: FPC will have its annual LAUSD oversight visit on February 4, 2020. The school’s oversight binders were completed and ready for the visiting team. FPC will have an opportunity to present the many positive characteristics of the school. The following items will be noted during the visit: 

 

Collaboration: FPC has created a culture of collaboration by ensuring that staff provides input in all aspects of the school’s structure. Teachers and staff provide input and have a voice at their grade levels and on every committee in which they serve. The school has over ten different sub committees that all provide valuable input and contribute to the overall success of the school. FPC’s high level of collaboration is evident in its Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) which allow teachers to contribute as members of a collective effort to help all students achieve at high levels.

 

Quality Teaching and Rigorous Classroom Environment: All FPC classroom teachers have participated in professional development on best instructional practices. Most recently, they all participated in professional development in Kagan classroom strategies for better student engagement. The expectation is that all classrooms will showcase quality instruction through small group or whole group. Students will be actively engaged in the lessons being delivered. Classroom environments will represent the latest rigorous instruction and best practices. FPC classrooms will be well organized and conducive to high levels of learning.  

 

Technology: This year FPC hired Lisa Ibarra as the Instructional Technology Coach and created a technology lab for all students to learn the necessary skills to meet today’s technology literacy expectations. FPC believes students can achieve higher academic success by efficiently using technology in their learning. The lab is visited by every student at least once a week for 30-40 minutes. Activities in the lab are aligned to the development of computer skills and classroom curriculum.  

 

Mobile Eye Clinic Vision to Learn: FPC was fortunate to have Vision to Learn, a non-profit, visit in December to help complete vision screenings for all kindergarten and 2nd grade students for free. Those students that did not pass the vision screening were invited to participate and receive a full eye exam. On Thursday, January 23, 2020 the Vision to Learn van visited FPC and gave 23 eye exams. They will return in March to see an additional twenty students. Vision to Learn will provide all students that complete the process with a new pair of glasses. A special thanks to Mimi Whang, our school nurse, for scheduling the visits and coordinating the vision screenings. This is a wonderful opportunity for the FPC students and community. 

 

Great Kindness Challenge Week: FPC is celebrating The Great Kindness Challenge this week. Teachers will be delivering special lessons about kindness and students will participate in mini events throughout the week. Most importantly, students will be exposed to the meaning of kindness with appropriate activities. Some of the events will teach students about giving, helping, complimenting, being a friend, and acts of kindness. This event is a perfect addition to the positive culture FPC offers all stakeholders.  

 

Mutt-i-grees Food and Blanket Drive December 2019: FPC had a successful collection of pet food and used blanket donations for animal shelters in need during the month of December. The FPC Mutt-i-grees team led by Nina Ferman worked on creating flyers, collecting containers, and delivering all the materials to the local shelters. 

 

World’s Finest Chocolate Sales: FPC begun its World’s Finest Chocolate sales on January 16th and will end January 31st. The chocolate sale fundraiser is the largest fundraiser of the school year and it is expected to raise about $4,000 in profit for school field trips and homework supplies.  

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

2/4 LAUSD Oversight Visit

2/6 100th Day of School

2/14 Staff Development

2/17 President’s Day – No School

3/5 FCPS Board Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.4.

FENTON STEM ACADEMY (STEM)  

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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 

 

 

TK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

01/30/2020

64

62

47

49

42

49

313

96.6%

97.6%

 

Instruction

 

Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (WASC): The final WASC Self-Study report was sent to the FCLA/STEM WASC Chair and corresponding team members on Tuesday, January 21st. The report was completed with multiple opportunities for stakeholder input through ongoing staff meetings, grade level discussion, and shared google documents. We look forward to welcoming the WASC team on Sunday, March 1st and encourage all FCPS Board Members and staff to join us as we celebrate the arrival of the visiting team. The WASC visit will occur Monday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 4th. The Academies model will be a first for WASC, providing a concurrent visit of two schools by one larger team. We look forward to a rewarding experience and sharing positive results. Thank you to all for your participation in this critical process for the Academies. 

 

STEAM Schoolwide Challenge: Fenton STEM Academy strives to become a catalyst for stimulating real world industry and college/university mentoring relationships. Building partnerships with colleges, universities, aerospace and engineering outreach programs continues to remain a schoolwide focus.  These partnerships provide real-world learning experiences, creating a foundation of STEM content knowledge that will prepare and inspire generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving.

 

In addition to connecting students to the outside world for STEM related occupations, Fenton STEM Academy reinforces our STEM learning model by introducing real world challenges within the classroom environment. Fenton STEM Academy is preparing for participation in the annual STEAM Schoolwide Challenge. This year’s challenge is based upon the story of George Washington Ferris Jr. This project will be based off the book, Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel. This project focuses on Mr. Ferris’ ability to be visionary and work through many challenges to build a Ferris wheel for the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1893. Through the trade book, Mr. Ferris and his Wheel, students learn that men and women from all backgrounds choose careers as scientists and engineers. The character trait of being visionary references the way that George Washington Ferris Jr could “see” his Ferris wheel before it was actually built.

Every TK – 5th student will work in groups to design and build a Ferris wheel, using simple household materials. Learning targets include understanding the relationship between an axel and wheel, while incorporating creativity and ingenuity. Students are participating in learning structures to discuss ideas about scientist and engineers and how they approach problems through a different lens. The challenge will be modified with grade level needs in mind. Staff was introduced to the STEAM challenge and timeline during the January 22nd staff meeting. The challenge will take place throughout January – February in the Hands on Lab. Thank you to the dedicated STEM Focus Leads, Kelley Christenson and Elisa Vallejo for their hard work on designing, planning, training, and overseeing the implementation of this challenge.  

 

English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) Summative: The ELPAC Summative assessment will be given to 63 STEM students previously identified as English Language Learners (ELL) from February 18th-28th. Students from grades TK through 5th will be tested. Test administrators will give the computer-based assessment one-on-one to students in grades K-2nd.  Students in grades 3rd-5th grade will test independently on the computer in an SBAC like setting. All ELPAC test administrators were trained in October and gave the ELPAC field test earlier this school year. Thank you to Jennifer Pimentel and the additional ELPAC test administrators, Cecilia Quijano, Veronica Palazzola, Kelley Christenson, Nicole Langlois, Yesenia Fuentes, Alejandra Muñoz, and Virginia Palma. Students must receive an overall score of 4 to be eligible to reclassify. Assessment is expected to be completed by March in an effort to receive reclassification information prior to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC): Fenton STEM Academy has completed the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for the 2019-2020 school year. This state requirement provides stakeholders with important information regarding the school’s demographics, teacher qualifications, student achievement, facility conditions, and parent involvement opportunities. The SARC will be presented to the board for approval during the FCPS January meeting and finalized online by the February 1st deadline. 

 

LAUSD Charter Schools Division Oversight Review Visit:  The LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD) will conduct their yearly oversight visit to STEM on Friday, February 14th.  Teachers look forward to demonstrating their effective implementation of a STEM infused program, use of Thinking Maps, and engagement strategies such as Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures. Fenton STEM Academy is the fourth Fenton school to participate in the yearly oversight review process during the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

Personnel

 

Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings: As approved by the STEM Personnel committee, all STEM teachers in grades TK-5 will participate in mid-year goal setting meetings. These meetings are a follow up to the goal setting meetings that were held in the beginning of the year. Mid-year meetings will analyze data collected from the winter MAP testing administration. This review of data will allow teachers to target instruction in an effort to best prepare students for the spring CAASPP testing, as well as provide intervention and enrichment. Mid-year goal setting meetings will take place February 19-24th.

 

School Community

 

Student Recruitment and Enrollment: Fenton STEM Academy will begin enrolling for the 2020 – 2021 school year on February 10, 2020. The following recruitment events have been planned for the next several months. Many of these events have proven very successful for recruitment over the past five years, with the addition of several new recruitment opportunities:

 

    • Informational Flyers – Informational flyers will be distributed to nearby organizations and businesses. They are available in the main office. (Ongoing)

 

    • Postcard Mailing – Several mailings will take place, informing families about enrollment at Fenton STEM Academy. (Ongoing)

 

    • Preschool Visits – Leadership will visit nearby preschools to share information regarding our instructional program and enrollment process. (February/March) 

 

    • The Sun Valley Parks and Recreation Soccer Day Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. (February 1st)

 

    • The Burbank Animal Shelter “Kitten Bowl” Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process, while promoting shelter adoption. This event will take place during a kitten fair and the annual “Kitten Bowl” show will be playing from the Hallmark Channel. (February 1st)

 

    • Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Monthly Meeting – The Fenton Academies will present to the council and community stakeholders an update on student achievement and future expansion plans. (March 10th)

 

    • Burbank Animal Shelter/Tour for Life - The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. Participating staff will conduct a mini craft activity with attending children. (March 21st)

 

    • The Sunland/Tujunga Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. (April 11th)

 

    • The STEM Expo – The annual STEM Expo will serve as a recruitment opportunity, in addition to a celebration of our STEM infused program. Interested families will be invited to tour and participate during this schoolwide event. (May 1st)

 

    • Parent Communication – Current families will continue to receive information regarding enrollment through weekly newsletters, parent meetings, assemblies, etc. Word of mouth has continued to remain our strongest form of recruitment thus far. (Ongoing)

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

    • ïFebruary 10 – Enrollment begins for the 2020-2021 school year
    • ïFebruary 14 – LAUSD Oversight Visit
    • ïFebruary 18 – ELPAC Testing begins
    • ïFebruary 19-24 – Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings
    • ïMarch 1 – WASC Arrival Celebration (2:00 p.m.)
    • ïMarch 2-4 – WASC On Site Visit

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.5.

FENTON CHARTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (FCLA)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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 

 

 

TK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

01/30/2020

46

53

64

62

59

40

324

96.7%

97.6%

 

Instruction

 

Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (WASC): The final WASC Self-Study report was sent to the FCLA/STEM WASC Chair and corresponding team members on Tuesday, January 21st. The report was completed with multiple opportunities for stakeholder input through ongoing staff meetings, grade level discussion, and shared google documents. We look forward to welcoming the WASC team on Sunday, March 1st and encourage all FCPS Board Members and staff to join us as we celebrate the arrival of the visiting team. The WASC visit will occur Monday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 4th. The Academies model will be a first for WASC, providing a concurrent visit of two schools by one larger team. We look forward to a rewarding experience and sharing positive results. Thank you to all for your participation in this critical process for the Academies. 

 

Service Learning Projects (SLPs): Members of the Fenton Charter Leadership Academy community continue their active involvement in city, state and community groups, agencies and foundations, which have common goals for the reform and improvement of education and the improvement of our city and communities through Service Learning Projects. Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibilities, and strengthen communities.

 

FCLA teachers and students have completed the pre-service phase of the Service Learning Cycle for 2019-2020. Students and staff are gearing up for the service phase of the cycle. The following list provides an update of grade level status for SLPs:  

 

    • ïKindergarten students are focusing on kindness within the school community and taking on Kindness Week at the Academies. Students from all grade levels will take a kindness pledge and participate in daily kindness challenges. The week will culminate with the introduction of our new “Buddy Bench,” a safe space where those in need of a friend can go. 
    • ïFirst graders expressed interest in creating a club focused on environmental awareness. Students will be gathering supplies and working together to better our school environment at recess and lunch. This initiative will include a training on safety and sanitation, playground clean up, and increasing efforts toward sustainability at the Academies. 
    • ïSecond grade will be reinstating a school tradition, Mutt-i-grees Madness. During the month of March, students will take part in activities to raise awareness for shelter animals. The week will start with the introduction of a new bulletin board, featuring animals available for adoption at the Burbank animal shelter. Students will also raise money through various fundraisers. All money collected during this week will be donated to the East Valley Animal Shelter.
    • ïStudents in grades three through five have selected projects based on their interests and are hard at work implementing their ideas. The initiatives these grades are working on include the areas of people, animals, and environment. Projects include community beautification, assistance and companionship to the elderly community, and honoring community heroes, like law enforcement, and more.

 

Thank you to the FCLA Focus Leads, Veronica Palazzola and Kate Hetu for their commitment and guidance to staff on implementation of these incredible opportunities for student development. 

 

English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) Summative: The ELPAC Summative assessment will be given to 68 FCLA students previously identified as English Language Learners (ELL) from February 18th-28th. Students from grades TK through 5th will be tested. Test administrators will give the computer-based assessment one-on-one to students in grades K-2nd.  Students in grades 3rd-5th grade will test independently on the computer in an SBAC like setting. All ELPAC test administrators were trained in October and gave the ELPAC field test earlier this school year. Thank you to Jennifer Pimentel and the additional ELPAC test administrators, Cecilia Quijano, Veronica Palazzola, Kelley Christenson, Nicole Langlois, Yesenia Fuentes, Alejandra Muñoz, and Virginia Palma. Students must receive an overall score of 4 to be eligible to reclassify. Assessment is expected to be completed by March in an effort to receive reclassification information prior to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC): Fenton Charter Leadership Academy has completed the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for the 2019-2020 school year. This state requirement provides stakeholders with important information regarding the school’s demographics, teacher qualifications, student achievement, facility conditions, and parent involvement opportunities. The SARC will be presented to the board for approval during the FCPS January meeting and finalized online by the February 1st deadline. 

 

LAUSD Charter Schools Division Oversight Review Visit:  The LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD) will conduct their yearly oversight visit to FCLA on Thursday, February 13th.  Teachers look forward to demonstrating their effective implementation of a SEL/Leadership program, use of Thinking Maps, and engagement strategies such as Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures. Fenton Charter Leadership Academy is the third Fenton school to participate in the yearly oversight review process during the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

Personnel

 

Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings: As approved by the FCLA Personnel committee, all FCLA teachers in grades TK-5 will participate in mid-year goal setting meetings. These meetings are a follow up to the goal setting meetings that were held in the beginning of the year. Mid-year meetings will analyze data collected from the winter MAP testing administration. This review of data will allow teachers to target instruction in an effort to best prepare students for the spring CAASPP testing, as well as provide intervention and enrichment. Mid-year goal setting meetings will take place February 19-24th.

 

School Community

 

Student Recruitment and Enrollment: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy will begin enrolling for the 2020 – 2021 school year on February 10, 2020. The following recruitment events have been planned for the next several months. Many of these events have proven very successful for recruitment over the past five years, with the addition of several new recruitment opportunities:

 

    • Informational Flyers – Informational flyers will be distributed to nearby organizations and businesses. They are available in the main office. (Ongoing)

 

    • Postcard Mailing – Several mailings will take place, informing families about enrollment at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy. (Ongoing)

 

    • Preschool Visits – Leadership will visit nearby preschools to share information regarding our instructional program and enrollment process. (February/March) 

 

    • The Sun Valley Parks and Recreation Soccer Day Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. (February 1st)

 

    • The Burbank Animal Shelter “Kitten Bowl” Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process, while promoting shelter adoption. This event will take place during a kitten fair and the annual “Kitten Bowl” show will be playing from the Hallmark Channel. (February 1st)

 

    • Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council Monthly Meeting – The Fenton Academies will present to the council and community stakeholders an update on student achievement and future expansion plans. (March 10th)

 

    • Burbank Animal Shelter/Tour for Life - The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. Participating staff will conduct a mini craft activity with attending children. (March 21st)

 

    • The Sunland/Tujunga Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Event– The Fenton Academies will host a booth with information regarding both schools and the enrollment process. (April 11th)

 

    • The Leadership Summit – The annual Leadership Summit will serve as a recruitment opportunity, in addition to a celebration of our SEL/Leadership program. Interested families will be invited to tour and participate during this schoolwide event. (May 29th)

 

    • Parent Communication – Current families will continue to receive information regarding enrollment through weekly newsletters, parent meetings, assemblies, etc. Word of mouth has continued to remain our strongest form of recruitment thus far. (Ongoing)

 

Upcoming Events: 

    • ïFebruary 10 – Enrollment begins for the 2020-2021 school year
    • ïFebruary 13 – LAUSD Oversight Visit
    • ïFebruary 18 – ELPAC Testing begins
    • ïFebruary 19-24 – Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings
    • ïMarch 1 – WASC Arrival Celebration (2:00 p.m.)
    • ïMarch 2-4 – WASC On Site Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. E.

 

Chief Academic Officer’s Report and LCAP Update

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. F.

 

Executive Director’s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.F.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (FCPS)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

January 30, 2020

 

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:

 

National:

 

From the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools – 

 

As we approach the end of an eventful year for the charter school movement, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support and highlight some of the biggest moments from 2019.

We’re grateful to the millions of people across party lines and in every part of the country who speak out in support of charter schools. We know our schools are making a difference in the lives of students and in the communities we serve, and we’ll continue making that message heard loud and clear.

For every state, such as California, where changing political dynamics raised new barriers to charter school growth, other states reflected the wishes of parents and supported their charter schools. Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and more provided fairer funding to charter schools and took steps to make more high-quality schools available to students.

After a tumultuous federal appropriations process, Congress is now likely to provide the same record level of funding for the Charter Schools Program as last year, along with funding increases for Title I and IDEA. And courts in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, and elsewhere ruled in favor of our schools and students.

Throughout the 2020 elections, we expect to hear continued attacks on charter schools, both in the presidential race and in other races around the country. But we are encouraged by polls that consistently show parents want more public school choices. Both EdNext and the Benenson Strategy Group produced important surveys this year showing that support for charter schools remains strong, particularly among families of color.

Our most important mission in 2020 will be to make sure charter school supporters are active and vocal. Parents who value their schools cannot take them for granted. Educators who value the freedom and empowerment that charter schools offer cannot sit quietly while special interests try to take them away. We love working with the great people throughout this movement who know how important charter schools are to students. As we get ready for the year ahead, read below for some of our top moments and achievements from 2019.

Happy Holidays,

Nina Rees
President and CEO
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

State:

 

From School Services of California –

“CDE Releases the 2019 California School Dashboard”

by Kyle Hyland 

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the third year of the California School Dashboard (Dashboard), the state’s accountability system for local educational agencies (LEAs) and individual schools.

The Dashboard replaced the state’s previous accountability system, the Academic Performance Index (API), which was suspended five years ago. The API relied exclusively on standardized test results and gave each school a single score. The Dashboard, on the other hand, incorporates multiple measures via six state indicators and five local indicators (seven for county offices of education [COEs]). LEAs and individual schools receive one of five color-coded performance levels for each state indicator for the total student population, as well as individual student groups. Performance levels for the state indicators are based on status (current-year performance) and change (improvement or declines over time).

Local indicators are reported for LEAs, but not for individual schools within an LEA. For each local indicator, an LEA can receive a rating of Met, Not Met, or Not Met for Two or More Years. Performance on the local indicators is a reflection of the LEA’s response to the State Board of Education (SBE) approved self-reflection tools designated for each local indicator. 

Performance on the Dashboard is used to identify LEAs and individual schools that need assistance under state and federal accountability standards. Under the statewide system of support, COEs take the lead in ensuring that support providers work collaboratively with school districts to identify the factors behind low achievement and to provide assistance. Under current law, charter school authorizers are responsible for ensuring that charter schools identified for differentiated assistance are taking the necessary steps to improve. (Assembly Bill 1505 [Chapter 486/2019] shifts this responsibility to county offices of education and geographical lead agencies, for charter schools authorized by a county, beginning with the 2020–21 school year.) The 2019 Dashboard is the first year that charter schools can officially be identified for differentiated assistance. 

This is also the first year that LEAs, including charter schools, can be identified for differentiated assistance based on their performance on the English Learner Progress Indicator (ELPI). However, since the ELPI measures progress towards proficiency rather than just proficiency, it takes two years of data to determine status, and three years of data to determine change, both of which are necessary to populate one of the five color-coded performance levels on the Dashboard. Since a performance color cannot be populated for the ELPI until the 2020 Dashboard, the SBE approved using the ELPI status of “very low” as a proxy for “red”, the lowest color performance on the Dashboard, in order to identify LEAs for assistance (see “SBE Approves Details for the ELPI and Modifications to the ESSA State Plan” in the November 15, 2019, Fiscal Report). 

According to the CDE press release, the fall 2019 Dashboard has identified 333 school districts, 53 less than last year (386), as having at least one low-performing student group across two of the state priorities, making them eligible for differentiated assistance. The Dashboard data also identified 32 charter schools where at least three student groups (or all student groups if the charter school has less than three student groups) did not meet the performance standard for any Local Control Funding Formula priority area over the past three years, thus meeting the eligibility for differentiated assistance.  

All districts identified for assistance will need to work with their respective COEs or other support providers, such as the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, to lift the performance of the student groups that are struggling. Charter schools that were identified will need to work with their authorizers to raise their student performance as well.  

The CDE will also use the Dashboard to identify schools that are eligible for federal assistance funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The list of these schools will likely be released sometime in January; and we will be sure to provide a Fiscal Report article with that information. 

The Dashboard is available for viewing at www.caschooldashboard.org.  (Also see attached “SSC School District and Charter School Financial Projection Dartboard – 2020-21 Governor’s Proposed State Budget”.)

“Assembly Democrats Outline 2020–21 Budget Priorities”

by Kyle Hyland 

posted December 17, 2019

On Monday, December 9, 2019, Assembly Budget Committee chairman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), released his house’s Blueprint for a Responsible Budget (Blueprint), which identifies the Assembly’s priorities for investments based on the Legislative Analyst’s recent report projecting a $7 billion State Budget surplus going into fiscal year 2020–21.

For the 2020–21 State Budget, the Blueprint sets the following four broad goals to:

    1. Ensure the state is ready for potential future uncertainty and protect promises made
       
    2. Continue moving forward
       
    3. Remove the remaining Great Recession cuts
       
    4. Continue aggressive oversight for effective government 

The Blueprint then goes into more specifics for each of those four goals. In the area of education, the Blueprint calls for: 

    • Providing funding for preschool facilities 
       
    • Expanding access to early care and education programs
       
    • Helping K–12 schools deal with funding needs 
       
    • Improving the state’s special education programs 
       
    • Increasing higher education access at California State University, adding to California student enrollment at the University of California, and reforming financial aid 

The release of the Blueprint falls weeks ahead of the January 10, 2020, expected release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020–21 State Budget proposal. The Senate is also expected to reveal its spending priorities in the next several weeks, all of which will set the stage for next year’s State Budget negotiations. 

“AB 218 and Its Fiscal Impact on Schools”

by Dave George, SELF 

posted December 19, 2019

[Editor’s Note: From time to time, we publish guest articles that we think inform readers on timely and relevant issues for schools. This guest article by Schools Excess Liability Fund (SELF) provides information on the impact of Assembly Bill (AB) 218 for local educational agencies (LEAs), focusing exclusively on fiscal considerations for insurance management. We recognize that we are dealing with very sensitive subject matter that has a profound impact on victims, and in no way desire to diminish their pain, but rather hope to inform those responsible for ensuring coverage. While insurance is an important topic, it is no substitute for proper recruiting, hiring, training, and supervision of those responsible for the safety of every child in their care. Dave George is the Chief Executive Officer for the Schools Excess Liability Fund.]

As you may or may not already be aware, AB 218 was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in mid-October and becomes law on January 1, 2020, allowing lawsuits from any time in the past against schools by victims of sexual assault. This article does not seek to minimize or trivialize the trauma associated with inappropriate sexual conduct, but rather share how AB 218 creates a ticking time bomb for LEAs. School insurance professionals and other education stakeholders across California have worked to educate our state leadership on the potential effects of this law on public education, as LEAs around the state will be pushed to fiscal distress. Insurance premiums were estimated assuming policies would not incur costs of future sex-assault claims once the statute of limitations had passed. Now insurers need to recalculate their reserves based on the new law. For example, one school insurer alone increased their claims reserve by $100M when New York passed a similar law last year; California will likely be far worse. 

Here are some things to know now and to prepare for in your 2020–21 and subsequent budget cycles.

AB 218: What Does the Bill Do?

AB 218 is a broad, retroactive reform of California civil law as it relates to childhood sexual assault. It allows lawsuits to be filed against your LEA and your employees (and former employees) by a person up to the age of 40, for acts of sexual assault that occurred prior to age 18—meaning students you may have had up to 22 years ago. This is a permanent part of the law. It further includes what is called “reviver” language that allows lawsuits against schools to come forward, regardless of the age of the victim. The window of this “reviver” period is three years. Therefore, LEAs can receive a lawsuit beginning January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022 for allegations occurring from any point in the past, by a person of any age.

What is a JPA?

California law allows public agencies to come together for a mutual purpose and form a joint powers authority (JPA), which itself is also a public entity. Insurance protection is a common use of this tool, as a JPA is how public school districts in California commonly procure their insurance, including employee benefits, workers compensation, and property and liability insurance. There are many JPAs in California for public schools, but regardless of what entity it is, a JPA is the legal structure for how we all work. The JPA is NOT insurance; it is a cooperative, or joint purchasing pool, of insurance for public entities. Each of your districts makes a contribution annually to your JPA; think of it as your insurance premium. Public entities, in fact, largely insure each other on a statewide basis by sharing in each other’s risk, also known as “self-insurance.”  The public sector has been using this mechanism of self-insurance as far back as the 1970s.  Through a combination of self-insurance, purchased coverage, and excess insurance, LEAs attempt to protect their ongoing viability for current and future students. SELF has protected school districts in California since 1986 by providing excess liability coverage through a JPA. 

AB 218 Implications for Your District

If you are involved in your district’s insurance program, you know that property and liability insurance costs have increased over the past few years. Property coverage saw the most dramatic increase this past year due to multiple years of wildfire activity in California, but liability coverage costs have grown substantially as well. AB 218 will add very significant cost pressure on top of this. Litigation, jury awards, and settlements against public agencies in California have risen dramatically in the past few years. The addition of AB 218 to California law will compound this in two ways.

First, recalling that you largely insure each other as public entities, those dollars are collected annually and are actuarially determined. Just as pension contribution rates are rising for California State Teachers’ Retirement System and California Public Employees’ Retirement System, so will estimated liability costs for lawsuits, and thus contribution rates for insurance will rise. Second, while JPAs self-insure, they also procure traditional insurance/reinsurance to protect against volatility in claims. Insurance and reinsurance markets in the U.S. and globally are raising their rates significantly in response. But more than just raising rates, they are weighing their own risk with California public entities and, in some cases, choosing to discontinue doing business with us or limiting the amount of insurance they are willing to offer to public entities. This ultimately puts more of the risk and cost back to you and will encroach on your General Fund.

What to Expect Now

Your General Fund contributions to Fund 67 for liability premiums will be rising significantly and potentially exponentially for the foreseeable future. This is not just because prospective costs will be rising, but retrospective costs as well. Because this legislation is retroactive to all years in the past, you may receive lawsuits from any year. The only way to pay for these prior years is with further contributions from LEAs and reliance on old insurance policies that may have been in place.

You will want to report any lawsuit immediately to your current insurance partner JPA, which we know you already have systems in place to do. But understand you may receive litigation from years you had a different insurance arrangement. You will want to document your insurance coverage history as far back as you are able so you understand what coverage you had, the policy limits, and whether there are any years in which a commercial insurer you had a policy with may no longer be in business. At SELF, we are assisting our members with their coverage history with us as far back as 1986, but some litigation will pre-date that. Many of your JPAs are doing the same.

Going Forward

Look to your current JPA for help and guidance. JPAs have been your insurance experts for well over three decades so that you can focus on what you are experts in: educating California’s students. I can speak for all of us in the school insurance business in saying that we are here to serve schools. While our news will be focused on increasing costs in the coming years, know that we are committed to help guide you through the impacts of these changes in law on your insurance. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more and, to give as much advance notice as possible, so you can plan your insurance costs each budget year.

 

“New Laws for 2020”

Over the fall, School Services of California Inc. highlighted the most important bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first year of office that will affect education in 2020 and beyond. As a refresher as we enter into the new year, here are some of the most significant bills affecting education operations:

    • Assembly Bill (AB) 218 extends the statute of limitations for commencement of legal action for childhood sexual assault to forty years of age, or five years from discovery of the injury; provides enhanced damages for a cover up, as defined, of the assault; and provides a three-year window in which expired claims could be revived.
    • AB 1353 reduces the probationary period for school district classified employees from one year to six months in non-merit school districts.
    • AB 1505 makes various changes relating to charter school authorizations, appeals, and renewals; clarifies the teacher credentialing requirements of charter school’s teachers; and places a two-year moratorium on nonclassroom-based charter schools starting January 1, 2020.
    • Senate Bill (SB) 142 requires employers to provide a lactation room or a location that includes prescribed features; access to a sink and refrigerator in close proximity to the employee’s workspace; and develop and implement a policy that educates employees on these rights.
    • SB 126 requires charter school governing boards to comply with a variety of the same open meeting, conflict-of-interest, and disclosure laws as traditional school district governing boards.
    • The education community is still interpreting how AB 5 will affect certain education functions—like facilities maintenance and special education specialists. AB 5, which is being challenged in court and at the ballot box, codifies the California Supreme Court decision in the Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court into law, and makes other changes to how independent contractors are defined. Legislative changes are expected to be proposed in 2020.

Some bills did not take effect on January 1, 2020, but local educational agencies (LEAs) would be wise to consider starting to plan for:

    • AB 48, if Proposition 13 is approved by voters in March 2020, changes certain aspects of school facilities law, including the ability for districts to levy developer fees in certain circumstances. 
    • AB 1172 creates new oversight for non-public schools serving students with disabilities beginning in 2020–21.
    • SB 276 requires the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to develop a standardized medical exemption certification form which, beginning January 1, 2021, will be the only documentation of a medical exemption that is acceptable, and further requires CDPH to review all medical exemptions from schools or institutions with an immunization rate of less than 95%, physicians who have submitted five or more medical exemptions in a calendar year, and schools or institutions that do not provide reports of vaccination rates to the CDPH. 
    • SB 328 changes the school start time for middle and high schools, but does not take effect until July 1, 2022, or when a district’s current collective bargaining agreement expires. 
    • SB 390 requires school security officers and security guards employed by a school or community college district, commencing July 1, 2021, to complete a specific training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week.
    • SB 419 extends the prohibition for the suspension of a pupil in grades 4 and 5 for willful defiance, and for five years prohibits the suspension of a pupil in grades 6 through 8, beginning July 1, 2020.
    • Finally, some measures take effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature. For example SB 265, which requires those LEAs to ensure that a student whose parent or guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not denied a reimbursable meal of the student’s choice because of the fact that the student’s parent or guardian has unpaid meal fees, and to ensure that the pupil is not shamed or treated differently from other pupils. 

“Special Fiscal Report: Governor’s Proposals for the 2020-21 State Budget and K–12 Education”

posted January 10, 2020

Preface

During the Great Recovery, California enjoyed unprecedented growth in funding largely due to restoration of past reductions, growth in the economy, and passage of Propositions 30 and 55. To open his press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom disabused California’s naysayers, those with “California Derangement Syndrome,” that the best days are behind us.

Governor Newsom’s press conference preamble, as he called it, highlighted the state’s job growth, bond rating, rainy day fund, state surplus, and payments to the Wall of Debt. He gave credit to Governor Jerry Brown for setting the tone and tenor on many of these items and continues these as priorities. In the world of education, Newsom also honors Governor Brown by continuing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), but also goes his own way when it comes to local versus state control of funds for new programs.

Over the fall, the education community braced against the news that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) might be significantly less than what was projected just months before. There was hope that Governor Newsom would provide flexible funding above a meager COLA, perhaps with a “super” COLA, for the LCFF. Instead, Governor Newsom proposes several new or continued categorical programs, all with laudable goals, but few that provide immediate relief when the cost to keep local educational agencies (LEAs) afloat hovers around 4%. 

As we enter the 2020–21 State Budget deliberations, a key focus will be on whether California is slowly or quickly moving into a new education funding era.

Overview of the Governor’s Budget Proposals

On Friday, January 10, 2020, just after 10:30 a.m., Governor Newsom released his second proposed State Budget for the upcoming 2020–21 fiscal year stating that “Building a strong fiscal foundation now is the best way the state can prepare for the future and continue to build a ‘California for All’.” Gone are the days of the five minute budget press conferences by former Governor Jerry Brown. Consistent with his inaugural State Budget presentation, Governor Newsom went into great detail and spent nearly two hours presenting the Budget through his Twitter account followed by an additional hour of answering questions from reporters.

The Governor led by explaining that he is proposing a $157 billion General Fund Budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a 2.23% increase over the current year. The total State Budget proposed by the Governor measures at $222.2 billion. Governor Newsom emphasized that the 2020–21 Budget is structurally balanced. He uses a significant amount of one-time funds as a way to provide flexibility during times of economic uncertainty. In fact, this strategy, along with continued economic growth, allowed the Governor to propose extending nearly $2 billion in programs that were due to expire on December 21, 2021, to July 1, 2023. Being fiscally prudent, examples of proposed flexibility are found in the education budget where nearly 60% of the $3 billion in available new revenue is proposed for new or the extension of one-time investments.

Economic Outlook

Acknowledging eleven years of economic expansion, the State Budget proposal forecasts “constrained growth” for the state over the next four years. Governor Newsom noted in his press conference that while the economy is not contracting, our continued growth is. Nevertheless, the state’s General Fund continues to enjoy stronger than estimated revenue from the “Big Three” taxes. The 2020–21 revised revenue forecast is over $5 billion more than the 2019–20 State Budget Act projection. Personal income tax is up by $1.2 billion, corporation tax is up by $700 million, and revenue from the sales and use tax is projected to be $1.1 billion over the 2019 Enacted Budget estimates.

Governor Newsom continues to build additional reserves beyond the $16 billion currently set aside in the Rainy Day Fund. An additional $1.9 billion transfer is proposed in the budget year and an additional $1.4 billion over time, bringing the Rainy Day Fund to $19.4 billion by 2023–24. This unprecedented level of state savings and Governor Newsom’s prudent budgeting approach, which mimics the days of his immediate predecessor, can help the state weather a future economic storm should it come.

The Economy and Revenues

Economic Outlook

Following the footsteps of his predecessor, Governor Newsom cautions that the opportunities for continued economic growth is expected to slow as both the nation and the state have reached full employment. The economic stimulus from the 2017 federal tax policy changes has run its course, interest rates are very low, the stock market is at an all-time high, and growing risks from trade tensions between the U.S. and China as well as military escalation in the middle east all create instability in the global economies of California’s trade partners. In particular, California faces unique structural risks in its aging population and housing shortage.

The State Budget proposal includes constrained job growth realized unevenly across the state and acknowledges an increase in payroll jobs resulting from rule changes on independent contractors, moving most onto company payrolls. The Budget assumes that personal income growth will be 4% through the projection period. Growth in real wages and personal income are necessary to sustain healthy consumption and overall economic activity.

While the State Budget identifies rising economic risk related to the housing shortage, the UCLA Forecast from December 2019 focuses on continued trade tensions with China, subprime auto loans, certification of the Boeing 737 Max, and trillion-dollar deficits. As the world’s fifth largest economy, California is especially reliant on import-export business and decreasing imports will have an impact. When combined, the economists at UCLA state that the likelihood of a recession is 32%, but share that a temporary economic slowdown in the second half of 2020 is far more likely.

Revenues

The 2020–21 State Budget assumes higher overall revenues for fiscal years 2017–18 through 2019–20, exceeding the 2018–19 State Budget projections by more than $5.05 billion. Over the three-year period, personal income tax, sales and use tax, and corporation tax are expected to beat earlier estimates.

Over the long term, the forecast calls for continued increases in the state’s “Big Three” taxes.

 

“Big Three” Revenue Forecast
(General Fund Revenue—in billions)

 

Fiscal Years

Average 
Year-Over-Year Growth

 

 

 

 

 

2018–19

2019–20

2020–21

2021–22

2022–23

2023–24

 

Personal Income Tax

$98.6

$101.7

$102.9

$106.1

$108.1

$110.0

2.2%

Sales and Use Tax

$26.1

$27.2

$28.2

$29.0

$29.7

$30.4

3.1%

Corporation Tax

$14.1

$15.3

$16.0

$16.5

$17.0

$17.6

4.6%

Proposition 98

Adopted by state voters in 1988, Proposition 98 sets in the State Constitution a series of complex formulas that establish the minimum funding level for K–12 education and community colleges from one year to the next. This target level is determined by prior-year appropriations that count toward the guarantee and (1) workload changes as measured by the change in average daily attendance (ADA), and (2) inflation adjustments as measured by the change in either per capita personal income or per capita state General Fund revenues, whichever is less. While gains experienced over the last several years continue with the 2020–21 State Budget proposal, these gains represent the minimum required by law.

Current- and Prior-Year Minimum Guarantee

The Proposition 98 minimum guarantee has increased from the 2019 State Budget Act for both 2018–19 and 2019–20 due largely to an increase in property tax revenue in 2018–19 and increased General Fund revenues in both years.

For the current year, Governor Newsom’s State Budget proposal acknowledges an increase of $517 million from the 2019–20 State Budget Act—raising the Proposition 98 guarantee to an estimated $81.6 billion, up from $81.1 billion. The 2018–19 year reflects a more modest increase of $301.5 million, raising the minimum guarantee from $78.1 billion to $78.4 billion.

2020–21 Minimum Guarantee

For 2020–21, the Governor’s State Budget proposes a Proposition 98 guarantee of $84 billion, an increase of $3 billion year over year. As expected, given the continued declines in enrollment, the guarantee is projected to be based on Test 1—funding based on education’s proportion of the General Fund in 1986–87.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment and Average Daily Attendance

The estimated statutory COLA for K–12 education programs in 2020–21 is 2.29%, and is applied to the LCFF base grant targets, as well as other education programs that are funded outside of the LCFF. Those programs include Special Education, Child Nutrition, Preschool, Foster Youth, American Indian Education Centers, the American Indian Early Childhood Education program, and the Mandate Block Grant.

Note that while the COLA is lower than estimated in the 2019–20 enacted State Budget, it is higher than that projected by the Legislative Analyst’s Office in its Fiscal Outlook, which was released in November 2019.

Statewide, ADA is expected to continue declining. The State Budget proposal reduces Proposition 98 funding in 2019–20 due to an ADA decline greater than projected in the 2019–20 State Budget Act, and in 2020–21 from a further projected ADA decline in 2020-21.

Local Control Funding Formula

The Governor’s 2020–21 State Budget proposal includes an increase of $1.2 billion in Proposition 98 for the LCFF reflecting the 2.29% COLA. This brings LCFF funding to $64.2 billion.

LCFF Target Entitlements for School Districts and Charter Schools

The target base grants by grade span for 2020–21 are increased over 2019–20 by 2.29% to reflect the estimated statutory COLA:

Grade Span

201920 Target Base Grant Per ADA

2.29% COLA

202021 Target Base Grant Per ADA

TK–3

$7,702

$176

$7,878

4–6

$7,818

$179

$7,997

7–8

$8,050

$184

$8,234

9–12

$9,329

$214

$9,543

The Transitional Kindergarten (TK)–3 grant increase for the class-size reduction (CSR) grade span adjustment is $819 per ADA in 2020–21, and the grade 9–12 base grant per ADA is increased by $248 in recognition of the need for Career Technical Education (CTE) courses provided to students in the secondary grades.

School districts and charter schools are entitled to supplemental grant increases equal to 20% of the adjusted base grant (including CSR and CTE funding) for the percentage of enrolled students who are English learners, eligible for the free or reduced-price meals program, or in foster care. An additional 50% per-pupil increase is provided as a concentration grant for each percentage of eligible students enrolled beyond 55% of total enrollment.

Special Education

Following the investment in the 2019–20 State Budget for Assembly Bill (AB) 602 equalization ($152 million) and one-time flexible funding to school districts based on the number of preschoolers with disabilities ($493 million) plus the call for policy reform to improve outcomes for students with disabilities—the 2020–21 State Budget continues to provide investments in special education. Governor Newsom’s Budget for 2020-21 proposes to use all of last year’s $645 million to fund special education base grant increases this year and to use a three-year rolling average of LEA ADA, while still allocating funds through Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs). All but one hundred LEAs will receive an increase in base funding through this funding and those LEAs will be held harmless.

Similarly to the 2019–20 State Budget, the Budget proposes $250 million one-time funding to school districts based on the number of preschoolers ages three to five years with exceptional needs served. In a departure from the flexible nature of these funds in the current year, the Budget would require the funds to be allocated to increased or improved services. The Budget proposes $4 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund for dyslexia research, training, and a statewide conference.

Long term, the 2020–21 State Budget calls for a multiyear approach and one-time funding to study the current SELPA governance and accountability structure and improved accountability for special education service delivery and student outcomes. Going forward, the Administration plans to create a new funding formula to support equity, more inclusive practices, and early intervention; make changes to governance and accountability; pursue reforms related to family and student engagement; and incorporate recommendations from the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. 

Teacher Investments

The State Budget proposal includes over $900 million in one-time Proposition 98 funds to address California’s persistent educator shortage and crisis in the following programs:

    • $350 million to expand the existing Educator Workforce Investment Grant program to provide training to support students with disabilities and English learners, as well as to develop educator capacity in the areas of multitiered system of supports, social-emotional learning and restorative justices practices, non-discriminatory and anti-bullying supports for marginalized student groups, and computer science and STEM fields
    • $193 million for the Workforce Development Grant Program, as well as $175 million to expand the Teacher Residency Program, which address teacher shortages in high-need subjects and areas
    • $100 million to provide $20,000 stipends for teachers who participate in the California Teacher Credential Award Program and complete four years of teaching in a high-need subject at a high-need school
    • $64.1 million to expand the Classified School Employees Credentialing Program to support classified staff who aspire to become credentialed teachers

Community Schools and School Nutrition

Community Schools

In reinforcing efforts to serve the whole child, the 2020–21 State Budget proposes to invest $300 million in one-time Proposition 98 funds to establish Community School grants accessible by LEAs that employ the community school model. Such efforts would include student wrap-around services like mental health and social services; training in student mental and behavioral health, trauma-informed care, and restorative justice; family and community engagement such as home visits; extended learning time; and expanded learning opportunities.

School Nutrition 

The Governor proposed to increase funding for school nutrition by an ongoing $60 million Proposition 98 appropriation and proposes a $10 million Proposition 98 fund to train school food service workers in promoting healthier and more nutritious meals. Additionally, a new Farm to School Grant Program is proposed to be created in the Department of Food and Agriculture, which will provide grants to schools for access to healthy food. This new grant is proposed to be funded with $10 million in non-Proposition 98 funds to start and $1.5 million annually thereafter.

 

Computer Science

The Governor reminded us that he is particularly interested in making sure students are able to access computer science education. With that in mind, he is investing $15 million in one-time funds for grants that LEAs may access to support training approximately 10,000 K–12 teachers to earn a supplementary authorization on their credential to teach computer science. In addition, the Statewide System of Support will gain a computer science component as $2.5 million in one-time funds is proposed for one county office of education to serve as a repository for computer science resources for professional development, curriculum, and best practices.

Early Childhood and Preschool

Early childhood investments continue to be a top priority for Governor Newsom. This is perhaps most strongly signaled by his sweeping proposal to establish a Department of Early Childhood Development under the Health and Human Services Agency, and shift all but the California State Preschool Program from the Department of Education into the new department, beginning in July, 2021. The new department is intended to integrate early childhood funding, programs and services including child care, home visiting, and early health programs. As it relates to programs affecting public agency providers, the Governor’s State Budget proposals includes the following investments:

    • $75 million in Proposition 98 funding to expand the Inclusive Early Education Expansion program that provides one-time grants to construct or modernize preschool facilities that serve children with disabilities
    • Increases the provider reimbursement rates for General Child Care and State Preschool by a 2.29% COLA
    • Proposes future changes in the State School Facility Program if voters approve the $15 billion statewide school bond (Proposition 13) to provide facility grant enhancements to expand preschool programs on school campuses

School Facilities

The State Budget proposal does not include any significant new initiatives for school facilities. It acknowledges the Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act (Act), which will appear on the March 2020 ballot as Proposition 13 and reforms the School Facility Program (SFP).

Similar to his first budget last year, the Governor’s 2020–21 State Budget proposal includes the sale of an additional $1.5 billion in bonds for 2020–21 to support the SFP—funding that will go to address the backlog of school districts and charter schools waiting for state funds to become available.

Lastly, the Budget for 2020–21 proposes diverting a portion of the funds allocated for school districts to retrofit and construct facilities to support full-day kindergarten programs. As part of the 2019–20 Adopted Budget, $300 million was allocated to encourage school districts to increase access to students in kindergarten—particularly through the conversion of part-day to full-day programs—by retrofitting existing or constructing new kindergarten facilities. The Budget proposal looks to dedicate an unspecified portion of these funds to support the construction of preschool facilities on school campuses. Assuming passage of Proposition 13, the Administration would also introduce language to provide new construction and modernization per pupil grant enhancements for the construction or modernization of facilities to expand preschool programs.

 

System of Support

The 2019 Dashboard released last month identified 333 school districts to work with their county offices of education (COEs) for differentiated assistance. This work is part of the statewide system of support that has evolved over the last several years, which is intended to help persistently low performing LEAs identify and address root causes for their lack of progress. The 2020–21 State Budget proposal reinforces the statewide system of support with a one-time $300 million investment to establish Opportunity Grants and expand the capacity of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. The grants are for the lowest-performing schools and school districts to pair with federal Title I resources to provide integrated and intensive interventions to close achievement gaps.

CalSTRS and CalPERS Payments

While the Governor makes reference to the $3.15 billion (one-time, non-Proposition 98) California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) investment that was made on behalf of employers as part of the enacted 2019–20 State Budget, he does not propose to provide any additional CalSTRS and CalPERS relief for LEAs in his 2020–21 State Budget blueprint.

Discretionary Funds

For the second consecutive year, Governor Newsom’s State Budget does not propose any one-time Proposition 98 discretionary funding for school districts, charter schools, or COEs.

Federal Programs

Late December 2019, President Donald Trump signed the spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that increased education funding nationally by $1.3 billion to bring it to $72.8 billion. Included in this increase are $600 million for Head Start and $400 million each for Title I and special education. California receives approximately 10% of these national figures. Because the federal fiscal year runs October through September, these changes affect the next school year.

In Closing

In closing, Governor Newsom is making his mark and distinguishing himself in his proposed 2020–21 State Budget. While respecting Brown’s education reform by maintaining LCFF at “full funding” through providing the COLA, he is creating and maintaining several one-time education programs under his watch. While many of these programs are intended to improve LEA operations over the long term, Governor Newsom provides minimal, immediate relief from the myriad cost pressures that LEAs face. 

Remember that the Governor’s Budget proposal marks the beginning of the process, not the end. We expect the Legislature to push back on the Governor’s priorities and propose their own. As the various proposals are considered by legislative committees, we can expect both confrontation and compromise. We continue to watch the evolving dynamic between a Governor hitting his stride in the second year and a well-established legislative leadership with a strong Democratic supermajority.

We look forward to continuing to see the vision Governor Newsom has for the state of California and wish him well as we all continue this journey together.

From California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) – 

“Understanding the Changes to Proposition 13”
By Sara C. Bachez and Elizabeth Esquivel, Governmental Relations

Understanding that legal jargon and election ballot information can be confusing to voters, there is an added complexity regarding two initiatives impacting public education in this year’s election cycles on March 3, 2020 and potentially on November 3, 2020.

The two Proposition 13 related measures are known as The Californians for Safe Schools and Healthy Learning (on the March 3, 2020 ballot) and Schools and Local Communities First (proposed for the November 3, 2020 ballot). This article explains both initiatives and their current status in detail.

Proposition 13: Californians for Safe Schools and Healthy Learning (March 3, 2020) 

On October 7, 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 48 (O’Donnell and Glazer), which placed a $15 billion state school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020 statewide primary election. The Secretary of State assigned the heavily supported initiative by state officials, educators and administrators, and education organizations with the ballot number Proposition 13.  

According to the recent Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) statewide survey, 53 percent of likely voters support a statewide measure to authorize bonds for construction and modernization of public school facilities, with 36 percent opposing it and 10 percent as undecided.

K-12 Programs

    • New construction: $2.8 billion, with up to 10 percent set aside for small school districts
    • Modernization: $5.2 billion, with up to 10 percent set aside for small school districts and $150 million earmarked for lead in water projects
    • K-12 Career Technical Education: $500 million
    • Charter Schools: $500 million

Higher Education

    • California Community Colleges: $2 billion
    • California State University: $2 billion
    • University of California: $2 billion

Grant Amounts

    • New Construction projects: Increases the state grant amount sliding scale basis, from 50% to 55% (New state match 55% and local match 45%).
    • Modernization projects: Increases the state grant amount sliding scale basis, from 60% to 65% (New state match 65% and local match 35%). 
    • For both modernization and new construction projects, the grants will be based on a districts ability to generate local funds and the percentage of low income, foster care, and English learner students.

Prioritization 

    1. Establishes four cycles annually for review of applications.
    2. Prioritizes health and safety applications, such as projects addressing mold, asbestos, seismic safety, and lead in water, in the review process.
    3. Establishes a separate funding program to enable school districts to test and remediate lead in drinking water outlets.
    4. Allows school districts to demolish and construct a building on an existing schoolsite, if the following conditions are met: 
    5. The building or buildings to be replaced are at least 50 years old.
    6. The school district provides to the department a cost-benefit analysis that indicates the total cost to modernize the building or buildings is at least 50 percent of the current replacement cost of the building or buildings. The cost-benefit analysis may include applicable site development costs.

Recognizes Hardship

    • Provides school districts affected by a disaster, such as wild fires, with immediate assistance, such as temporary facilities.
    • Increases the number of school districts eligible to receive up to 100 percent of state grants due to inability to provide a local match.
    • Establishes a process to assist small school districts in applying for funds and access of those funds.

Allowable Uses

    • Allows construction projects to include 1) preschools at school sites, 2) kitchens, and 3) space for counselors and nurses to increase support services.

Developer Fees

    • Developer Fees for Multifamily Housing: Until January 1, 2026, waives fees for multifamily housing within a ½ mile of a major transit stop. Until January 1, 2026, provides 20% reduction to multifamily housing projects in other areas.
    • Developer Level 3 fees: The Level 3 fee doubles the fees paid by developers when state bond funds are exhausted. However, Proposition 13 suspends this fee level from January 1, 2021, or whenever existing bond funds are expended, to January 1, 2028. 

Schools and Local Communities First (proposed November 3, 2020)

The proponents of “The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020” have submitted a revised initiative to increase funding for K-12 public schools, community colleges, and local governments by amending the state constitution to require commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on their market value. Exempted from the proposed measure would be residential properties, agriculture properties, and owners of commercial and industrial properties with combined value of $3 million or less. 

This proposed measure impacts the famous measure from 1978, Proposition 13, that placed limits on property taxes equal to 1 percent of the value, plus an additional amount for pre-existing outstanding local debt. The 1978 constitutional amendment eliminated local agencies ability to issue bonds with two-thirds vote and restricted annual increases of assessed value of real property to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2 percent.

After accounting for state income tax losses related to the proposed measure, it is estimated to generate between $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion annually, with the new revenues distributed 60 percent to local governments and 40 percent to schools and community colleges. 

Major Components of the Initiative 

    • Threshold for market value reassessment: more than $3 million in property value
    • Education Funding: 
    • 11 percent to community colleges
    • 89 percent to K-12 public schools, charter schools, and county offices of education
    • Annual minimum of $100 (adjusted annually) per full-time student for all schools and colleges
    • Effective Date: January 1, 2022 and defers reassessment for small business property until the 2025-26 fiscal year
    • Small Business: The term small business must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; 2) be independently owned and operated in California; and 3) owns real property located in California 

Status of the Initiative 

The campaign has until April 14, 2020 to gather the required 997,139 signatures to qualify for the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot.  On December 3, 2019, the proponents certified that they had reached the 25 percent of required signatures, or 249,285 signatures for a constitutional amendment. 

Upon receipt of the certification of the 25 percent threshold, the Secretary of State must provide copies of the proposed initiative measure and the circulating title and summary to the Senate and Assembly. Each house of the legislature is required to assign the proposed initiative measure to its appropriate committees and hold joint public hearings, at least 131 days before the date of the election at which the measure is to be voted on, in this case November 3, 2020. The legislature cannot amend the proposed measure or prevent it from appearing on the ballot. 

The proposed measure has garnered support from various labor organizations and community-based organizations, but has also been met with significant opposition from various business organizations such as the California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, and the California Taxpayers Association. 

What’s Next?

This initiative is still pending circulation. We will keep you informed should it qualify for the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot.             

District:

 

Anticipating the approval of Resolution #39 by the FCPS Board of Directors, the administrative team has scheduled an appointment with the LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD) for Friday, January 31st.   There is no required timeline for the review of Material Revisions, so the review of our request is totally up to the discretion of the school district.

 

FCPS

 

Prop 39 Clean Energy Update for FACS and SMBCCS – 

 

The Prop 39 Clean Energy projects planned for FACS and SMBCCS, the two schools on District sites, have been (FACS) or will most likely be (SMBCCS) cancelled.  The following letter explains the situation, which is nearly identical for each site:

David Michel

California Energy Commission

1516 Ninth Street

Sacramento, CA  95814

 

Re: Fenton Avenue Charter, EEP# 5728, CDS# 19647336017016

 

Dear Mr. Michel,

 

Fenton Avenue Charter hereby authorizes the cancellation of its Prop-39 Energy Expenditure Plan # 5728.

 

LAUSD, the facilities owner, provided a free (to Fenton) LED Lighting Retrofit on the campus.  While this improved the lighting quality for our students and faculty, it left the Prop-39 Energy Expenditure Plan with a Savings to Investment Ratio (SIR) for its HVAC measures well short of the minimum 1.01 required by Prop-39.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Irene

 

Our Prop 39 consultant, James Richmond, at First Note Finance explained it more bluntly to David Michel at the Energy Commission:

“LAUSD fouled this one up in two different ways.  First, LAUSD’s requirements for (BARD-only) equipment resulted in very expensive contractor bid pricing.  This combined with LAUSD’s requirements for many extra features in the BARD equipment, plus internal LAUSD engineering and inspection charges, resulted in per-unit installed costs in the ~$25,000 to $27,000+ per unit price range.  This is more than double our experience for the same exact equipment on other projects in other jurisdictions at prevailing wage, even with DSA.  Second, LAUSD decided to perform its own in-house LED Lighting retrofit on the Fenton Avenue campus.  Once they did this, and the school had no Prop-39 dollars spent on it, the resulting SIR on the HVAC project was around ~0.60.  The school would have had to contribute approximately $98,000 out of pocket to correct the SIR to the guideline minimum of 1.01.  

“Again, glass half-full.  The school got a free LED Lighting Retrofit out of it from LAUSD.  I am sorry we were unable to complete the HVAC project.  We have a few other HVAC projects that are soon to drop out on other LAUSD sites for similar reasons, I am sorry to say.”

Plans for 2020 - 

The second semester of the 2019-2020 school year promises to be a hectic, but fulfilling time with many possible changes ahead for the organization.  

 

The addition of 6th grade at FCLA and STEM, and possibly FACS and FPC, will change the instructional program while bringing us full circle.  Fenton Avenue Charter School began as a K-6th grade elementary school and moved to the middle school structure only due to the need for space at the FACS campus.  

 

Of course, we also continue to work on the bond financing for FPC, FCLA and STEM daily and look forward to the conclusion of the sale, which will allow us to begin renovating the additional facility for FCLA and STEM.  The bond offering is expected to begin on February 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to receive and file 2018-2019 School Accountability Report Card (SARC) documents for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

BACKGROUND

 

Since November 1988, state law has required all public schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). A similar requirement is also contained in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school.  A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals.  The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Although there can be great variation in the design of school report cards, they generally begin with a profile that provides background information about the school and its students. The profile usually summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. State law requires that the SARC contain all of the following:

    • Demographic data
    • School safety and climate for learning information 
    • Academic data 
    • School completion rates 
    • Class sizes 
    • Teacher and staff information 
    • Curriculum and instruction descriptions 
    • Postsecondary preparation information 
    • Fiscal and expenditure data

School report cards must be updated annually and published by February 1.

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board approve the five SARC documents and direct the Executive Director to have the documents posted on the Fenton website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton STEM Academy and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy School Accountability Report Card (SARC) documents for 2018-2019 

Item III. B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar

 

BACKGROUND

 

Dr. Riddick, Chief Academic Officer, worked with the Directors of the Fenton schools to develop the 2020-2021 instructional calendar.

 

ANALYSIS

 

After receiving staff input, Dr. Riddick summarized results, created a survey to allow all full-time staff to vote for their choice of calendar, and a final calendar was selected.

 

The recommended calendar adheres closely to this year’s instructional calendar, and reflects 184 days of instruction and 7 days of professional development for certificated staff.  

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board approve the instructional calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.  Additional work calendars for those who work 201, 224 and 249 days will be brought to the Board later in the year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  2020-2021 Instructional Calendar 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to receive and file the June 30, 2019 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

BACKGROUND

 

Each year, an independent fiscal audit is required to review the financial practices and year-end position of local educational agencies.  Audits must be conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S. and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

 

ANALYSIS

 

An audit of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP and a draft reviewed and received by the Board at the December 5, 2019 regular meeting.  The final consolidated audit report, unchanged from the draft, was received on December 11, 2019, and is attached here for review and discussion by the Board.  

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors receive and file the June 30, 2019 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: June 30, 2019 Consolidated Audit

Item IV.B. 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve expenditures for items above spending authority of Executive Director

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Executive Director has the authority to approve expenditures up to $25,000.  Expenditures over $25,000 must be approved by the Board of Directors.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The following expenditures exceed the Executive Director’s spending authority, and the Board is asked to review and approve the items:

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School:  Replacement of 16 drinking fountain fixtures, including other related necessary repairs and retesting for lead contamination - $45,122.40

 

Sixteen drinking fountains at various locations throughout the school were identified by LAUSD as needing repair and replacement due to identified levels of lead.  The site is an LAUSD site and the work must be completed by LAUSD Maintenance and Operations.

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools:  Selection of new vendor to provide Student Information Systems (SIS) software and other related support – between $66,900 (most costly vendor) and $34,900 (lowest cost projection) for the first year

 

Illuminate has been the vendor of choice for the Fenton schools for several years.  Unfortunately, the company will no longer provide support in the area of Student Information Systems, which is critical to ensure Fenton captures and retains all relevant student information from enrollment to matriculation.  Illuminate will continue to provide support in data and assessment; another critical area particularly in light of the role test scores, academic achievement, growth and improvement will play as AB 1505 is implemented.  

 

Dr. Riddick and the business office data team (Business Data Manager Ruben Ramirez, Business Data Specialist William Lander, and Attendance Manager Rolando Gutierrez) have been meeting, reviewing, interviewing and basically dissecting the proposals and ability of every reputable vendor to identify a company that has the experience and ability to produce and deliver what we seek.  The Directors at each of the Fenton schools have also been highly engaged.  Dr. Riddick also hosted a “vendor fair” for interested charter schools to meet and interview prospective vendors.  All vendors listed below either participated in person or via teleconference.  The Fenton team rated the vendors, and then separately called each with specific inquiries regarding their ability to service the needs of the Fenton schools.

 

Here are the companies under consideration along with their respective annual costs:

 

Comparison Costs for FCPS (3,000 Students)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set Up Costs

Annual Cost

Total 1st Year

 

Data and Assessment Annual Cost

Final Annual DnA and SIS

Infinite Campus

$28,800.00

$48,900.00

$77,700.00

 

$18,000.00

$66,900.00

PowerSchool

$22,575.00

$22,825.00

$32,800.00

 

$12,075.00

$34,900.00

School Pathways

$22,000.00

$17,738.75

$39,738.75

 

$18,000.00

$35,738.75

Alma

$15,000.00

$45,000.00

$60,000.00

 

$18,000.00

$63,000.00

Aeries

$19,250.00

$45,000.00

$64,250.00

 

$18,000.00

$63,000.00

Illuminate

$0.00

$11,820.00

$11,820.00

 

$18,000.00

$29,820.00

 

This item is brought to the Board for approval as the cost will exceed the Executive Director’s spending authority and is presented here because a specific vendor has not yet been selected, but will be prior to the next Board meeting on March 5th.  The Executive Director requests approval to select one of the vendors listed here (all exceed the $25,000 limit) within the next two weeks and prior to the next Board meeting to ensure FCPS is well prepared for the 2020-2021 school year.  

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the expenditure as presented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: LAUSD Modified Project Cost Estimate,; Planner Data Entry; Presentation to LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee on January 23, 2020 by Chief of Facilities

Item IV.C.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve Request for Proposal (RFP) for independent auditor

 

BACKGROUND

 

The original contract with CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP was a three-year contract, which expired on June 30, 2019, and as required by law, FCPS must go to bid for an independent auditing firm.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The selection and contracting of the independent auditing firm must be completed in March 2020 to ensure the Los Angeles County Office of Education is notified of the selected auditor by April 1, 2020.

 

FCPS will post a bid for prospective auditors on January 31, 2020, with an anticipated selection by February 28, 2020, and board approval of the contract at the March 5, 2020 regular meeting of the board.

 

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is attached for review and approval by the Board prior to posting.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) and direct the Executive Director to post the RFP on Fenton’s website as well as email copies to prospective auditing firms to seek formal bids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Request for Proposal for independent auditor

Item IV.D

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve submission of resolution (Resolution #39) supporting submission of material revisions to charters of Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center to LAUSD Charter Schools Division

 

BACKGROUND

 

Fenton Avenue Elementary was converted to charter in July 1993.  Successfully renewed five times over the course of the last twenty-six (26) plus years, in addition to charter conversion, the school, and later the organization, have initiated and successfully implemented innovative solutions to best serve all students and their families:

 

    • ïThe goal of moving off the Modified Concept 6 Year Round, Multi-Track Calendar of 163 instructional days by establishing the Fenton Primary Center as a separate school was realized on September 4, 2013 with the opening of the 55,000 square feet, two-story facility constructed and funded entirely by the Fenton Charter Public Schools.   This plan necessitated the separation of the primary and upper grades to efficiently restructure Fenton Avenue Charter School to accommodate half of the original grade levels served upon conversion (K-6) and move to a school serving grades 3-5 only.    Fenton Primary Center was designed to accommodate grades K-2, or half of the student population, and hence was named a “primary center”.   Since the 2013 opening of FPC, all students at all Fenton schools benefit from a 184-day instructional calendar.
    • ïThe divestiture of Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (“SMBCCS”) to the Fenton Charter Public Schools by consensus vote of the LAUSD Board of Education on May 1, 2012 resulted in a failing school transformed to the highest performing elementary school in the community within one year.   

 

The LAUSD Board’s unanimous support of the start-up petition for FPC, and then unprecedented divestiture of SMBCCS, reflect the partnership FCPS has enjoyed with the District while also demonstrating how seriously Fenton has embraced full responsibility for its schools and the students they serve.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The number of Students with Disabilities (“SWD”) has been trending upward since the 2011-2012 school year according to the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.  The District and all charter schools in Los Angeles have experienced this same trend.

 

Recognizing this and seeking to build the special education capacity of charter schools across the District, the Charter Operated Programs (“COP”) was established.  Created in 2011, the Los Angeles Unified School District Charter Operated Program:  Option 3 (COP3) is an independent collaborative of 181 Los Angeles charter schools working together to provide innovative, high quality options for students with unique needs.

 

As a conversion charter school, Fenton Avenue Charter School’s history and experience are inextricably linked to that of the District.  Prior to conversion, the percentage of students with IEPs was just under 10% and special education program options included Resource Specialist Teacher support or placement in a primary or upper grade Special Day Class – nearly identical to the options offered at LAUSD traditional elementary schools.  

 

Since conversion, and with the assistance and support of COP3 to identify strategies for assisting all schools in serving students with disabilities in the most inclusive settings, Fenton Avenue’s SWD population has increased to 15.3%:  12.6% identified with mild to moderate disabilities and 2.7% identified as moderate to severe.  

 

COP3 offers grant opportunities to its member schools with particular emphasis on creating programs that will assist member schools in serving the needs of all SWDs without the assistance of the District.  In 2016, the award of a Program Development Grant to FACS established the Behavioral, Emotional, Social Training Program (“BEST Program”).  Focused on students exhibiting more severe behavioral and social and emotional needs, this pilot program provided training and preparation for certificated and classified staff to identify appropriate and meaningful support for these students.  The program was highly successful and continues at the FACS campus without grant support.   The continued efforts include intensive training for paraprofessionals with STAR, a professional psychological services group; ongoing paraprofessional training and support on campus by special education staff, including the Registered Behavior Technician, Elementary School Counselor, and Occupational Therapist; and support to the general education teachers.  The students in this program are in general education classrooms with an Adult Assistant (“AA”) or Behavior Intervention Specialist (“BII”) support and related services.  

 

In addition to behavior support, the need to provide assistance with academic challenges led to the establishment of two Intensive Learning Centers at FACS to provide more focused support for specific needs:  one focuses on intensive reading instruction for non-readers and dyslexics using the Orton Gillingham systems in combination with the CMO-adopted language arts adoption, Benchmark Advance.  The second Intensive Learning Center is focused on more serious student needs across all curricular areas using the CMO curriculum adoptions Benchmark Advance, My Math, and Unique Learning (an alternate curriculum).  Students in this program are identified as SLD, AUT, SLI, OHI and ID.   

 

In 2019, COP3 awarded a second Program Development Grant to FACS:  an experimental program that blends the more restrictive environment of the non-public school setting with the inclusiveness of a general education campus.  The THG Learning Lab is a collaborative partnership between Fenton Charter Public Schools and The Help Group (“THG”), a non-public agency.  The goal of this collaboration is to bring the expertise and experience of THG and Fenton together to create an innovative program to better support students with the most significant needs.  This collaboration has resulted in a model that offers a quality education in the least restrictive environment on a public charter school campus.  The Learning Lab staff implements innovative evidence-based approaches to behavioral and emotional regulation and learning for students and support staff creating an environment that promotes confident, self-reliant, interdependent learners who become productive, contributing citizens of the community.  The program has completed its first semester with students demonstrating significant social and emotional improvement, while also showing strong academic performance.  Parents attest to the benefits of this blended program as their students gain the benefit of specialized instruction specifically tailored to their needs while continuing to interact with peers in general education classes.  The greatest benefit is that students remain enrolled at a general education campus and all needs are met without the drastic move to the restrictive non-public school setting.

 

During year 2 of implementation, Learning Lab staff will serve in the capacity of resource and support to the general education teachers and staff.  Ongoing consultation and professional development will be provided to the general education staff regarding such areas as trauma-informed practices, positive behavior practices, de-escalation techniques, and other related topics.  General education teachers will also receive “in vivo” support from Learning Lab staff in their classroom or in the Lab.  This allows general education teachers serving Lab students to build positive relationships with their students in a smaller, safer environment while receiving feedback and support on positive, proactive techniques they can use in their own classrooms.  It will additionally assist Fenton in building capacity to independently implement this program with Fenton staff by the end of year 3.

 

With the implementation of the programs described above along with the continued Education Specialist programs for students with mild to moderate disabilities, the continuum of special education programs offered at FACS has reached a significant level with outside placement rarely contemplated or necessary.  In every instance, the needs of the student are carefully reviewed with the parents and the IEP team, and ultimately, the placement is a collective decision made in the best interests of the student.  If a placement other than FACS is in the best interests of the student, it will be requested.  But it is the expressed desire of the FCPS to service all students, general education and special education, within the Fenton organization if at all possible.

 

The success of the program offerings at FACS has led to the request for a Material Revision.  

 

FACS is a 3rd through 5th grade elementary school, but special education services do not necessarily begin in the 3rd grade.  To best serve the needs of the Fenton attendance area, clearly identified due to FACS’ conversion status, accommodate students identified as having the need for any of the programs at FACS at the other Fenton schools, and to realize the full potential of the programs developed and in progress at the FACS site, the school must serve a full contingent of grade levels, TK-6.  Here are the specific reasons for the necessity of the grade level change:

 

    • ïIdentification of special needs and addressing those needs does not begin abruptly in the 3rd grade.  Early identification can alleviate many more years of specialized service if the need is identified and addressed in the primary grades.
    • ïYounger grades cannot be added to the existing programs at FACS due to the lack of general education peers.  If SWDs are going to participate in the most inclusive environment, age appropriate peers must also be enrolled at the site.
    • ïAs the plan builds to full grade level capacity, FCPS would like to utilize the FACS programs to service students across all its schools who have the need for any of the special education programs described here.  Three of the other four Fenton schools enroll TK-6th grade, and therefore FACS should have the same grade level configuration if all Fenton schools are going to utilize the special education programs offered at FACS when a particular program is the best option for placement.  Lessons learned from the THG/FACS Learning Lab collaboration will guide the establishment of a similar Lab for lower grades, when needed, and after all grade levels are represented at each Fenton site.  Ultimately, these program options may be established at multiple Fenton sites and include partnerships with other charter schools. 
    • ïNumber of Students with Disabilities by Fenton site and disability:

 

Grade Level/Disability

FACS

M/M = 80

M/S = 17

FPC

M/M = 54

M/S = 15

SMBCCS

M/M = 109

M/S = 20

STEM

M/M = 35

M/S = 7

FCLA

M//M = 42

M/S = 11

Transitional Kindergarten

 

Total 9

Total 0

Total 1

Total 0

AUT

 

1

 

 

 

HOH

 

1

 

 

 

ID

 

1

 

 

 

OHI

 

1

 

 

 

SLI

 

5

 

1

 

Kindergarten

 

Total 12

Total 14

Total 3

Total 5

AUT

 

2

5

 

1

ID

 

1

 

 

 

MDO

 

1

 

 

 

OHI

 

 

1

 

1

SLD

 

2

 

 

1

SLI

 

6

8

3

2

First Grade

 

Total 21

Total 11

Total 6

Total 9

AUT

 

3

4

 

1

ID

 

1

 

 

 

OHI

 

7

1

 

4

SLD

 

4

5

3

2

SLI

 

6

1

3

2

Second Grade

 

Total 27

Total 14

Total 7

Total 9

AUT

 

4

1

3

 

ID

 

1

 

 

 

OHI

 

3

3

2

2

SLD

 

15

9

1

1

SLI

 

4

1

1

6

Third Grade

Total 28

 

Total 20

Total 5

Total 9

AUT

3

 

3

 

2

ED

 

 

 

 

2

ID

1

 

 

 

1

OHI

6

 

2

3

2

SLD

14

 

12

 

 

SLI

4

 

3

2

2

Fourth Grade

Total 37

 

Total 26

Total 10

Total 7

AUT

5

 

2

2

1

ED

1

 

 

 

 

OHI

10

 

17

1

1

SLD

19

 

5

6

4

SLI

1

 

2

1

1

VI

1

 

 

 

 

Fifth Grade

Total 32

 

Total 31

Total 10

Total 14

AUT

5

 

2

1

1

ED

1

 

 

1

2

OHI

9

 

4

 

2

SLD

16

 

22

4

9

SLI

1

 

3

4

 

Sixth Grade

 

 

Total 13

 

 

AUT

 

 

3

 

 

OHI

 

 

1

 

 

SLD

 

 

9

 

 

TOTAL

97

69

129

42

53

 

Mild to Moderate Disabilities

 

OHI

Other Health Impaired

SLD

Specific Learning Disability

SLI

Speech or Language Impairment

Moderate to Severe Disabilities

 

AUT

Autism

ED

Emotional Disturbance

HOH

Hard of Hearing

ID

Intellectual Disability

MDO

Multiple Disabilities:  Orthopedic

VI

Visual Impairment

 

    • ïFenton has also engaged in conversations with neighboring charter schools as to the possibility of enrolling their students in the special education programs at FACS.  The limited grade level span limits these possibilities.
    • ïSome of the students currently enrolled in the blended THG/FACS program are in the fifth grade.  Their parents have shared that this is the first year of success their children have experienced and middle school would be a disruptive departure for these students with fragile social and emotional skills.  Matriculating to middle school one year later would ensure a greater sense of confidence, higher level of maturity, and greater probability of success in middle school and high school.

 

Questions Regarding the Original Division of Grade Levels between FACS and FPC:

 

    • ïThe original split of grade levels was done to ensure a move to single track happened as efficiently as possible.  Now, after more than 6 years, the parents have stated their preference for FACS to house TK-6th in order to accommodate their schedules for pick-up and drop-off of students at one site rather than two.  A separate Material Revision request is being submitted simultaneous to this request for the Fenton Primary Center to become a TK-6th grade charter and also request a name change to “Fenton Preparatory Charter” to better reflect the school’s purpose and vision.  
    • ïThe two schools will continue to define their specific strengths, as has occurred organically at each site, and there will be no “competition” between the two as each will be clearly distinguished from the other.  Both will remain schools of attendance for those living in the former Fenton Avenue Elementary School area of attendance and parents will select the school that best fits their child’s needs.  Each school will adhere as closely as possible the numbers indicated below to ensure a class size of no more than twenty-four students. 
    • ïNeither school will exceed the original enrollment capacity as approved in the most recent charter renewal petitions.  (FACS’ capacity is 832; FPC’s capacity is 840.)
    • ïThe reconfiguration of the two schools will be thoughtfully rolled out to ensure parents are well informed, each campus is well prepared to welcome a new grade level, and teachers at each site have the resources and training necessary to provide an outstanding instructional program at the new grade level added to the site.
    • ïHere is how the grade levels will be added to each site:  

 

FPC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charter Term

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Grade

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

TK

40

40

40

40

40

40

K

218

120

120

120

168

152

1

203

218

120

120

144

144

2

230

216

216

120

120

144

3

-

120

120

120

120

120

4

-

-

120

120

120

120

5

-

-

-

120

96

96

6

 

 

 

 

24

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-3

691

714

616

520

592

600

4-6

0

0

120

240

240

240

Total

691

714

736

760

832

840

# of Teachers

31

30

31

32

35

35

 

 

FACS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charter Term

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Grade

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

TK

0

-

-

-

40

40

K

0

96

120

120

72

72

1

0

-

96

120

72

96

2

0

-

-

96

120

72

3

192

120

120

120

120

120

4

227

192

120

120

120

120

5

216

227

216

120

120

120

6

-

144

144

120

156

192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-3

0

216

336

456

424

400

4-6

635

563

480

360

396

432

Total

635

779

816

816

820

832

# of Teachers

25

32

34

34

34.5

35

 

    • oThe Material Revisions (reconfiguration of grade levels) at Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center must occur simultaneously so as not to impact any students and their families.
    • oAs FACS adds primary grades, FPC must add upper grades to ensure that the number of students at each grade level and each site are equalized and all students can be accommodated.  If this is not accomplished, the end result will be the inability of either school to accommodate all grade levels in the original Fenton Avenue Elementary attendance area.  This “equalization” is reflected in the enrollment schematic displayed above.
    • oThe change of grade levels at each site will eventually result in the following:
    • oFenton Primary Center – Grades TK - 6th
    • oFenton Avenue Charter School – Grades TK - 6th 

 

Components of Instructional Program:

 

Revisions to each charter petition will be made to add appropriate curriculum frameworks and details related to instruction for each new grade level.   Existing charters of other Fenton schools will be used to ensure alignment across the organization, particularly for the addition of 6th grade to FACS and FPC in the same manner FCLA and STEM described the addition of 6th grade using SMBCCS as the curricular model.

 

Effect on Neighboring Middle Schools:

 

The designated middle school of attendance for the Fenton Avenue Charter School area is Maclay Middle School.  The table below displays the list of schools to which students chose to matriculate for sixth grade in 2019-2020, with charter public schools highlighted:

 

Middle Schools

Charter Public Schools

Traditional Public Schools

Number of Students

(242 Total)

Percentage

Alliance Marine-Innovation & Technology

12

5.00%

Castaic Elementary

1

0.40%

Endeavor Middle School

1

0.40%

Girls Athletic Leadership School

3

1.20%

Golden Oak Elem. School

1

0.40%

Granada Hills Charter

2

1.00%

High Desert Middle School

1

0.40%

James Foster Elementary

1

0.40%

Lone Hill Middle School

1

0.40%

Maclay Middle School

13

5.40%

Miguelito Elementary School

1

0.40%

Mt. Gleason Middle School

1

0.40%

Mulholland Middle School

1

0.40%

Nobel Middle School

2

1.00%

North Valley Military Institute

4

2.00%

Oliver W. Holmes Middle School

1

0.40%

Pacoima Middle School

1

0.40%

Patrick Henry Middle School

2

1.00%

Porter Middle School

2

1.00%

Portola Middle School

1

0.40%

PUC Community College Middle School

83

33.00%

PUC Lakeview Charter Middle School

74

30.00%

PUC Inspire Middle School

11

4.00%

PUC Nueva Esperanza Middle School

1

0.40%

PUC Triumph Middle School

5

2.00%

Robert Frost Middle School

4

2.00%

Robert Fulton Middle School

1

0.40%

Robert Milikan Middle School

1

0.40%

San Fernando Middle School

2

1.00%

Sylmar Leadership Academy

2

1.00%

Valley View Elementary

1

0.40%

Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

1

0.40%

Vista Middle School

1

0.40%

Walter Reed Middle School

1

0.40%

Unknown

2

1.00%

 

 

 

Matriculated to Charter Public Middle Schools

197

81.40%

 

Preparation for and Transition to Middle School in 7th Grade: 

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School will take the following steps to ensure sixth grade students and families are well positioned for a successful transition to middle school upon completion of sixth grade at FACS:

 

    • ïFACS will continue to follow the practice of inviting the middle school in the FACS attendance area (Maclay Middle School), along with all neighboring charter middle schools, to student/parent informational meetings early in the second semester of the school year. 
    • ïFACS administrators and sixth grade teachers will meet with the leadership of the resident middle school and the schools the majority of families have chosen in the past to explore best practices that will ensure a positive transition to middle school.  
    • ïInvitations to the area middle school, as well as other middle schools regularly selected by FACS parents, will be extended whenever there is a special event or opportunity for interaction.
    • ïField trips to Maclay Middle School and other middle schools will be planned and initiated by FACS staff to introduce students to the variety of middle school options available for 7th grade.
    • ïWhen 6th grade is added to FPC, most likely in 2023-2024, the plans described above will be implemented by FPC.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the submission of the resolutions supporting the material revisions to the charter petitions of Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center to the LAUSD Charter Schools Division.

 

 

Attachment: Letters of request to the Director of the LAUSD Charter Schools Division for Material Revisions to the charter petitions of Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center and FCPS Board Resolution #39 Supporting Material Revisions for the Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton Primary Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.  ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.A.

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

March 5, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Public Notice of FCPS Food Services Management Company Request for Proposal (RFP) 

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools are required to go out to bid for Food Services Management Services prior to the end of this school year.  The schools participate in four federal food service programs:  School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), After School Meal Supplements Program (“snacks”), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the “supper” program.  

 

The RFP was approved by the Board on September 12, 2019, and sent to the CDE School Nutrition Division on September 13 for review and approval.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The RFP was received on January 15th with required revisions identified by the CDE.  The final approved RFP was received on January 16th.   The CDE-approved document will be posted on the FCPS website on January 31, 2020, and publicized in the SFV Sun.  

 

Here is a summary of the revisions:

 

    • oGeneral Instructions for Respondents – Added a new item after Item 17 (and all items moved forward to next number):  “The respondent shall include a menu cycle for CACFP (7CFR, Part 226).”
    • oEvaluation Criteria – Added 5 points for the value of “Cost” to ensure this item was worth the highest number of points.
    • oFee Proposal – Removed the top table; not needed.
    • oSample Contract:
    • oBuy American – Added, “The FSMC will provide certification of domestic origin for products which do not have country of origin labels.”
    • oBooks and RecordsAdded Item E, “The distributing agency/CDE, recipient agency/SFA, the Comptroller General, the USDA, or their duly authorized representatives, may perform on-site reviews of the FSMC’s food service operation, including the review of records, to ensure compliance with requirements for management and use of donated foods (7 CFR, Section 250.53[a][10])."
    • oScope of Work – Added “CACFP” to the end of the last clause.
      • Section 2, Item A – Removed “Purchase food and/or supplies if authorized by the SFA” from beginning of sentence.
      • Section 2, Item E – Added “and 226” to end of first paragraph.  (226 refers to the Child and Adult Care Food Program which we tap into to provide snacks and supper for those students who remain after the regular school day.)

The RFP and all supporting documents will be mailed via Fed Ex with delivery confirmation requested via signature receipt to five Food Service Management Companies (FSMCs).  These companies were selected due to name recognition, history, and ability to identify a mailing address.  If any additional FSMCs request copies, they will be mailed in the same manner if requested, and/or sent via email if requested.  The RFP will be posted on our website on January 31, 2020.


RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item and no action is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: FCPS Food Services Management Company Request for Proposal and sample contract published in the SFV Sun 

Item V.B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Form 700

 

BACKGROUND

Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interest, also known as the Form 700. The Form 700 provides transparency and ensures accountability in two ways:

      1. It provides necessary information to the public about an official’s personal financial interests to ensure that officials are making decisions in the best interest of the public and not enhancing their personal finances.
      2. It serves as a reminder to the public official of potential conflicts of interest so the official can abstain from making or participating in governmental decisions that are deemed conflicts of interest.

ANALYSIS

 

All members of the FCPS Board of Directors, key directors and managers, and Faculty and Classified Representatives are part of the decision-making group identified by FCPS as required filers.

 

All required filers have been notified and received the Form 700 and related schedules to be completed, signed in blue, and returned to the Executive Director to submit to the LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD).

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.C.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

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 and moved to Cathay Wealth Management on October 30, 2017.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Additional funds were deposited in the OPEB checking account held at East West Bank on December 18, 2019 and were transferred to the investment account at Cathay Wealth Management in January after officers of the trust and the financial advisor determined how best to proceed with investments in 2020.  Here are the totals deposited from each school:

 

Location

Amount

Fenton Avenue Charter School

$180,062

Fenton Primary Center

113,426

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

164,275

Fenton STEM Academy

49,225

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

55,054

Fenton Charter Public Schools

60,461

TOTAL

$622,503

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: December 2019 Statement of Account

Item V.D.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

January 30, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Progress on bond investment financing 

 

BACKGROUND

 

The California School Financing Authority approved a $27 million bond conduit financing request from FCPS on December 6, 2019 which will be used to refinance the New Market Tax Credit Loan for SFV 11351 Dronfield LLC, pay off the Clearinghouse loan for SFV 8926 Sunland LLC, and use additional funding to renovate the building at 8928A Sunland (adjacent to the business office) to create 11 general education classrooms, 2 special education rooms, a servery, multipurpose room, several offices, staff lounge and rooftop play area for the Academies.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

Board Chair Joe Lucente will present an update on progress to date.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Resolution 19-35 of the California School Finance Authority; Letter of Support from Kelley Gonez, LAUSD Board District 6 

Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

Board Meeting Dates

2018-2019

 

All board meetings begin at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

September 20, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

October 25, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

December 6, 2018

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

January 31, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

March 7, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

April 18, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

May 23, 2019

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

June 13, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352