Board Agenda

Fenton Charter Public Schools

Meeting of the Board of Directors 

AGENDA
FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

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

 

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

 

REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

 

March 7, 2019 – 4:30 P.M.

Fenton Charter Public Schools

8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

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

 

B. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Barbara Ausherman, Mercedes Meeks

 

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 Meetings - Chair Lucente

 

The Chair will request the approval of the minutes from the previous Regular Meeting and the Special Meeting:

 

  1. 1.Approval of the Minutes of the January 31, 2019 Regular Meeting 

 

  1. 1.Approval of the Minutes of the February 21, 2019 Special Meeting 

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); Holly Putnam, AJ Smith (SMBCCS); Romelia Lagunas (FCLA); Dominica Yasuda (STEM)

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council:  Vanessa Ettleman, Tony Peña (FACS)

 

2. Instruction Committee:  Nitima Angus, Mara Shinn Smith (FPC); Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto (SMBCCS); Maria Cordero (FCLA); Melissa Sopitkuankan (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:  Robyn Gallo, Bridget Ruiz (FPC); Ariana Gomez, Bunny Wolfer (SMBCCS); Krista Casanova (FCLA); Raquel Contreras (STEM)

School-Community Relations Council:  Elizabeth Jimenez, Yadira Mendoza (FACS)

 

a. School Site Council 

b. English Learner Advisory Committee

 

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

 

The Chief Financial Officer will present the financial statements, cash flow position, and any variations in revenues and expenditures from the approved 2018-2019 budgets as of January 2019.

 

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 – 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. 

 

  1. A.Recommendation to approve contracts with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) for Induction Program Services (Beginning Teacher Programs)

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of Executive Director 

 

B. Recommendation to approve hiring of Instructional Technology Coach at Fenton Primary Center

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION 

 

A. Form 700

 

B. Update from Ad Hoc Instructional Focus Committee

 

C. Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 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.1.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

January 31, 2019

 

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928 B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

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

 

The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 4:32 p.m. by Chair Lucente.

 

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

 

Board Members Present

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

Jed Wallace, Community Representative

Walter Wallace, Community Representative 

 

Board Members Not Present

Diane Abeyta, Parent Representative

Gary Borden, Community Representative

Gabriela Montoya, Parent Representative

 

C. Flag Salute – Chair Lucente

 

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

 

D. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

The Executive Director requested the addition of item IV.G. -  “Recommendation to approve proposal for FASB ASC 715 actuarial valuation reports for 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 by Brett A. Schwab & Associates” and item IV.H. – “Recommendation to receive and file REVISED June 30, 2018 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools”.

 

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

 

Aye: (4) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the December 6, 2018 Regular Meeting (Item I.E.) were approved as presented. 

 

Aye: (4) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

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. Treasurer/CFO’s Report 

 

Cindy Frantz, EdTec Client Manager and assistant to Kristin Dietz, Vice President of EdTec, and Treasurer and CFO of the FCPS, presented the following update:

  • Consolidated forecasted net income is now $932,000, an increase over the prior month of +$515,000 due to the following:
    • oReceived local revenues not budgeted for - ASCIP rebates and K-12 vouchers (+$66,000)
    • oStaffing changes at home office and other sites resulted in reduced costs (+$152,000)
    • oTrued up equipment lease expenses based on expirations and not renewing this year (savings of $280,000)
    • oCash balances and overall fiscal health remain very strong, and all sites continue to have positive cash balances
    • oAreas that we continue to research, anticipating possible forecast changes next month include:
    • oP1 ADA ahead of budget for 3 sites (FPC, FCLA and STEM) and under budget for 2 sites (FACS and SMBCCS)
    • oCompensation, including overtime and extra pay, health and welfare benefits actuals by site, PERS expense

 

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) – Irene Sumida, Executive Director, reported.

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

A. Recommendation to receive and file 2017-2018 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 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar

 

C. Recommendation to approve Memorandum of Understanding with “The World is Just a Book Away” (“WIJABA”) and Fenton Primary Center

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Consent Agenda (Item III.A. through Item III.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, W. Wallace, 

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to approve appointment of Community Representative to FCPS Board of Directors

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 4 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the appointment of Jed Wallace to the FCPS Board of Directors (Item IV.A.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (4) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

B. Recommendation to approve plan for implementation of “Low-Performing Students Block Grant” allocated to Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton STEM Academy

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve plan for implementation of “Low-Performing Students Block Grant” allocated to Fenton Avenue Charter School and Fenton STEM Academy (Item IV.B.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

C. Recommendation to approve expenditure for an item above spending authority of Executive Director

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the expenditure for the item above spending authority of Executive Director (Item IV.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

D. Recommendation to approve use of one-time unrestricted funds at each school site to support the implementation of California’s academic standards

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve use of one-time unrestricted funds at each school site to support the implementation of California’s academic standards (Item IV.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Recommendation to approve mechanism for addressing cost of health benefits

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Walter Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the mechanism for addressing the cost of health benefits (Item IV.E.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

F. Recommendation to approve revised FCPS Employee Handbook

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the revised FCPS Employee Handbook (Item IV.F.) was approved as presented.

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

G. Recommendation to approve proposal for FASB ASC 715 actuarial valuation reports for 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 from Brett A. Schwab & Associates.

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the proposal for FASB ASC 715 actuarial valuation reports for 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 from Brett A. Schwab & Associates (Item IV.G.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

H. Recommendation to receive and file REVISED June 30, 2018 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive and file the REVISED June 30, 2018 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools (Item IV.H.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

    1. a.Form 700 Filers

 

    1. a.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

C. Update from Ad Hoc Health Benefits Committee

 

D. Update from Ad Hoc Instructional Focus Committee

 

These were information items and no action was taken.

 

VI. CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente made the following announcement:

 

“The Board of Directors will now be moving into closed session to discuss matters described in Section VI.  Matters to be discussed are those permitted by Government Code Section 54956.9 – Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation.”

The Board convened to Closed Session at 6:40 p.m.

 

A. Government Code 54956.9

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION

Case name unspecified:  Disclosure would jeopardize existing settlement regulations

 

VII. RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

The Board reconvened to Open Session at 6:50 p.m.

 

Chair Lucente announced the following:

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Board of Directors agreed to settle a pending claim and gave the Executive Director the authority to act on its behalf.

 

Aye: (5) King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace, 

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:51 p.m.

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

______________________________ ___________________________

Kelley Christenson Veronica Palazzola

Secretary of the Board Secretary of the Board

Item I.E.2.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPECIAL MEETING

 

February 21, 2019

 

A special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 4:00 pm via conference call.  (1-641-715-3818; access code – 881498#)

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

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

 

The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Chair Lucente.

 

B. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Cecilia Quijano

 

Board Members Present (and their respective locations)

Diane Abeta, Parent Representative

8727 Lucia Place, Sun Valley, CA  91352

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

10660 White Oak Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

8283 Willis Avenue, Panorama City, CA  91402

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

17112 Minnehaha Street, Granada Hills, CA  91344

Jed Wallace, Community Representative

3817 Halcon Place, Davis, CA 95618

Walter Wallace, Community Representative 

3929 Hibbert Ct, Simi Valley CA 93063

 

Board Members Not Present

Gary Borden, Community Representative

Gabriela Montoya – Parent Representative

 

D. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 6 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Agenda (Item I.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (6) Abeyta, King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace,

W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

The minutes of the previous meeting will be presented for approval at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

B. Committee/Council Reports 

 

Committee/council reports will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

C. Treasurer/CFO’s Report 

 

The Treasurer/CFO’s report will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

D. Directors’ Reports 

 

The Directors’ report will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

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

 

The Chief Academic Officer’s report will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

F. Executive Director’s Report 

 

The Executive Director’s report will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

There were no items on the Consent Agenda.

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to receive REVISED FASB ASC 715 OPEB report for June 30, 2018 

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 6 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive REVISED FASB ASC 715 OPEB report for June 30, 2018 (Item IV.A.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (6) Abeyta, King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace,

                                    W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

B. Recommendation to receive and file SECOND REVISION to June 30, 2018 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools

On MOTION of Diane Abeyta, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 6 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive and file SECOND REVISION to the June 30, 2018 consolidated audit report for the Fenton Charter Public Schools (Item IV.B.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (6) Abeyta, King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace,          

                                    W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

C. Recommendation to approve Corrective Action Plan to address finding from June 30, 2018 audit

 

Board Chair Joe Lucente suggested the following amendment to the Corrective Action Plan (to be added as the third bullet to page one):

 

“The Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will not renew the current actuary’s contract and has contracted with another actuary who has provided FCPS with accurate and timely information and advice in past years.”

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 6 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Corrective Action Plan to address finding from June 30, 2018 audit (Item IV.C.) was approved as amended.

 

Aye: (6) Abeyta, King-Berg, Laughlin, Lucente, J. Wallace,          

                                    W. Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

There were no items on the Information Agenda.

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:21 p.m.

 

The next regular meeting of the Fenton Charter Public Schools Board of Directors is scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

______________________________

Cecilia Quijano

Secretary of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. B. 

 

Committee and Council Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.1.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Primary Center

Unapproved Minutes of the  

Finance and Safety Committee

 

February 5, 2019

 

A meeting of the Finance and Safety Committee was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:20 a.m. in the library of Fenton Primary Center at, 11351 Dronfield Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331.

 

Call to Order: Maria Patron, Sarah Ananta, Co-Chairs 

 

Roll Call: Mia Martinez, and Annie Yi, Secretaries

 

Members Present:     Sarah Ananta, Max Schafer, Annie Yi, Mia Martinez, Richard 

Parra, Wendy Kaufman, Sirui Thomassian, Rosa Benkovic, and Erika Quinonez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Maria Patron, Sarah Ananta, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the October 17, 2018 Finance and Safety Committee 

 

On MOTION of Mia Martinez, SECONDED by Rosa Benkovic and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Finance and Safety Committee Meeting of October 17, 2018, were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Maria Patron, Sarah Ananta, Co-Chairs 

 

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

 

Old Business:       None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 PD for Behavior "Restorative Discipline Seminar" - $1,000 to send 4 members to one-day training: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item) 

Ms. Kaufman, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Ramirez, and Mr. Young will be attending the PD for Behavior “Restorative Discipline Seminar”.

 

On MOTION of Rosa Benkovic, SECONDED by Mia Martinez and CARRIED, the PD for Behavior "Restorative Discipline Seminar” for 4 members has been approved.

 

Item #4 PD for Dashboard Review at LACOE - $200 per person - 4 participants - $800 total: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item) 

This will be a 2 non-consecutive day PD set for a day in February and March. This PD will allow members to be informed of instruction data based on dashboard scores and the key features for next year. It will give FPC insight of what the data mean for our school and what we can do with the data. Some of the features include, but not limited to, school climate, attendance, new curriculum implementation and behavior. FPC is expected to submit the data through a survey on a yearly basis. Ms. Angus, Ms. Shinn Smith, Mr. Parra, and Ms. Thomassian will be attending the PD. 

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Annie Yi and CARRIED, the PD for Dashboard Review at LACOE for 4 members has been approved.

 

Item #5 Budget Update 18-19: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

This year’s budget is projected to end healthy for FPC. Mr. Parra is projecting a $300,000 positive at the end of the year. One major cost this year was our new Benchmark Curriculum. The one-time money of $196,000 that was given to FPC will help offset the cost. One concern is enrollment. Our projected enrollment was 740 students, but we are still under 710. Our numbers are hovering between 701-708. This will continue to impact our budget moving forward.

 

Item #6 Preliminary Budget for 19-20: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

It is predicted that enrollment will not drop. The budget will be set at 700 students. We are losing at least one teacher and that will help off-set the budget. We continue to plan for the future and look at FPC’s innovations as we prepare the new budget.

 

Item #7 Oversight Visit Update: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

Overall, the over-site visit was very successful. FPC had the finance piece reviewed last Thursday. Mr. Parra and Ms. Moran were interviewed. Overall, our visit was a success. Official results will be given to us in 4-6 weeks. 

 

Item #8 CCSA Conference in Sacramento: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item) 

Directors were invited to attend the CCSA Conference in Sacramento.  The total cost will be $1,400 to send Mr. Parra. The conference is March 11-14. 

 

On MOTION of Mia Martinez, SECONDED by Max Schafer and CARRIED, the CCSA conference in Sacramento for Mr. Parra has been approved.

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBD 

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Erika Quinonez and CARRIED, the Finance and Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 7:53 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Mia Martinez and Annie Yi, Committee Secretaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

 

February 20, 2019

 

A meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council was held on Wednesday, February 20, 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 7:19 a.m. by Co-Chair Tony Peña.

 

Roll Call: Fanny Adnitt, Secretary

 

Members Present: Fanny Adnitt, Patricia Aparicio, Barbara Aragón, Fong Chau, Christie Collins, Vanessa Ettleman, Joseph Lafko, Mary Ann McPherson, Leticia Padilla Parra, Tony Peña, Martin Penner, Jessi Tello, Ann Velasco

 

Members Excused: Geina Addison, David Valle

 

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

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Item #1

Minutes from the January 15th, 2019 meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Mary Ann McPherson, SECONDED by Martin Penner, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting of January 15th, 2019 were approved as presented.

 

Item #2 

Presentations from the Public: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: 

None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 

2018-2019 Budget Update, Leticia Padilla-Parra, Director 

(Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra informed the council that FACS’ budget is running a deficit. The school is overstaffed by two, possibly three teachers due to lower numbers in TK and overall enrollment. The school is reaching into its reserves this year, but that will not be possible for next school year.

 

Item #4

Preliminary Budget for the 2019-2020 School Year, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra shared with the council that for the next school year, accompanying the trend of decline in enrollment in California, FACS is projected to have 9 - 3rd grade classes (compared to 10 this year), 9 - 4th grade classes, and 9 - 5th grade classes (compared to 10 this year also). Thus, the budget will be smaller. FACS hopes to cut $300,000 from the budget to balance it. Two, possibly three teachers at the higher end of the pay scale will be invited to move to FCLA/ STEM. A one-time $2,500 stipend will be offered to those who accept to move. Discussion of ideas to help promote FACS and enrollment ensued.

 

Item #5

Fundraiser Update, Tony Peña, Family Center Director 

(Informational Item)

Family Center Director Tony Peña informed the council that the World’s Finest Chocolate Sale Fundraiser didn’t reach its goal of $12,000. FACS sold $10,346. After paying WFC $7,830, FACS raised $2,516. There are 64 boxes of chocolate left that can be sold to FPC. Therefore, the projected amount raised is $4,436. Ideas were discussed to reach better results during the next fundraiser.

 

Announcements:

 

None

 

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined 

 

Adjournment

 

By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council adjourned at 7:55 a.m. The next regular meeting of the council is to be determined.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Fanny Adnitt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

 

Finance Committee

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium

 

MINUTES

 

A meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee was held on Thursday, February 21st, 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: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam, Co-Chairs

 

The Finance Committee was called to order at 7:16 am by Chair AJ Smith and Holly Putnam.

 

Roll Call: Christy Namkung and Gaby Moya, Secretaries

Finance Committee members present: Cary Rabinowitz, Christy Namkung, Gloria Munguia, Holly Putnam, Nicole Reed, Lisa DeFrancesco, AJ Smith, Tashi Miller, Marcela Guerrero, Richard Castro, Walter Gomez, Aaron Veals, Gaby Moya, Donald Ausherman

 

Excused Members: Jolea Makhlouf, Sandra Campos

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam, Co-Chairs

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 17, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Holly Putnam, and SECONDED by Gloria Munguia and CARRIED, the minutes of the January 17, 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 Financial Update, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)  

Mr. Rabinowitz provided an update on the school’s finances.  He reported additional revenue in the form of the Option 3 grant that was received by the school and a negative change in our operating income due to the results of an actuarial study that was completed on the school’s OPEB liabilities.  Based on many variables including market dynamics, mortality rates, the benefit packages of retired employees, and the health benefit packages of current employees, our liability increased approximately $82,000, leaving our operating income at approximately $127,000.  Mr. Rabinowitz also discussed limitations that have been placed on classified employee overtime, restricting overtime pay to emergencies and coverage only.

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

Mr. Rabinowitz provided an update on the installation of the school’s new marquee.  The designs have been submitted to LAUSD for review. Once approved, they will be submitted to DSA.  Pending DSA approval our structural engineers will begin installation. An installation date has not been confirmed yet.  The adult bathroom in the auditorium has been completely renovated and the other bathroom will also be renovated. LAUSD has almost completed checking the lead levels of the water, and they will also check specific classrooms with leaks. Mr. Castro is compiling a list of classrooms for them to inspect. 

Announcements: There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting:  

 

The next regular meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee will be announced 

at a later date.

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of  Walter Gomez  and SECONDED by Lisa DeFrancesco and

CARRIED, the February 21st meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee was adjourned at 7:26 am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

Instruction Committee

February 26, 2019

MINUTES

Call to Order:     Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2019, at 7:15 A.M. in the Auditorium at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90038.

 

Roll Call:     Beth Henschel, Secretary

Instruction Committee Members Present:    Jennifer Allen, Gaby Arroyo, Grisel Benn, Monica Castañeda, Shanjana Chowdhury, Caroline Engel, Jennifer Flynn, Sasha Gongora, Beth Henschel, Kimberly Kiser, Lisa Morales, Jennifer Nishimoto, Joycelyn O’Brien, Cary Rabinowitz, Kyra Requiestas, and Fabiola Vega

 

Excused Members:   None 

 

Absent:     None

 

Non-Committee Members Present:     Robin Rodriguez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:     Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

 

Approval of Minutes:     Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

 

Item #1   Minutes from the January 15, 2018 meeting of the Instruction Committee      (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Caroline Engel, SECONDED by Kimberly Kiser, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Instruction Committee from January 15, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

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

matter.

 

Old Business:     No old business.

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Winter MAP Assessments,​ C​ary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director 

(​Informational Item​) 

 

Winter MAP Assessments have concluded at SMBCCS. “Average Distance from the Norm” and “Achievement %ile Growth by Assessment” data tables were shared by Mr. Rabinowitz. The graphs illustrate the growth of our students as they get closer to meeting the 50th percentile norm. The data table is broken into assessments and grade spans, K-1, 2nd-5th, and 6th grade. The assessments are Math, Reading, and Language. The Language Assessment showed the most growth. It was discussed that new enrollment in lower grade levels may be affecting the limited growth in K-1. 

 

Item #4     Mid-Year Goal Setting Meeting, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings concluded on February 15. The meetings centered on determining the focus students teachers will plan to strategically support to reach the 41  percentile. The Student Profile and Learning Continuum on the NWEA MAP website can be utilized to plan for instruction for each student. Teachers are encouraged to use the student statements to guide their instruction with these students.

 

Item #5 Earned Increase Walkthroughs​, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item) 

 

Earned Increase Walkthroughs started on February 25th and will continue through March 1st.  The walkthrough team consists of Grade Level Lead Teachers, STEAM Leads, ELD Leads, Faculty Representatives, and Personnel Chairs.  Each teacher will welcome five members of the team into their classroom for a maximum of five minutes. The team is excited to visit all of the classrooms.  

 

Item #6 LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item) 

 

Mr. Rabinowitz thanks the staff for a very smooth visit. Our visitors from LAUSD praised the great work that SMBCCS demonstrated and specifically commented on teacher questioning in the classrooms as well as classroom environments.  The team was also impressed with the obvious technology integration in classrooms. Santa Monica should receive their results in the coming weeks.

Item #7 Literacy Day, Gaby Arroyo, Instructional Technology Coach (Informational Item)

Literacy Day will be celebrated on March 1, 2019. Read Across America Week is from February 25 - March 1. On March 1, teachers will read a Dr. Seuss book and complete a project. Gaby Arroyo sent a link on different projects on Google Drive. Lead Teachers are to email Mrs. Arroyo, their book and project along with the classes’ favorite and least favorite books.

 

Our next Literacy Day project will be on a book titled All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. It was presented to us that we will need to complete this project once a year.

 

Item #8 LA Promise Fund Project, Jennifer Nishimoto, Instructional Technology Coach (Informational Item) 

 

LA Promise Fund once again is partnering with Paramount Studios to create an animation education program; this time with a focus on their new movie Wonder Park.

We are again participating in this project with Ms. Moya’s and Ms. Namkung’s classes. LA Promise Fund and Paramount Studios hosted a PD for teachers that Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto attended. The PD for teachers allowed us to build upon the skills we developed for integrating the arts in last year’s project, “Sherlock Gnomes”. They provided us with standards-based lesson plans and resources for use in our classroom. Paramount will also be hosting a screening of the movie and discussion with animators on the day of the movie’s premiere. Students will be able to show their projects to animators at Paramount Studios.

 

There are expectations to participate in this event:

 

Teacher PD

Saturday, February 9th  from 9AM-12PM @ Paramount Studios. 

 

Movie Screening

Students will participate on Friday, March 15th  at Paramount Studios in the viewing of “Wonder Park”.

 

Expectations for Participation

Between the PD and screening, we are required to teach 1 lesson, but we will complete the entire unit.  Student work samples (photos or videos) will be submitted. The students and teachers will need to complete short surveys.

 

Announcements: none

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment

 

On MOTION of Fabiola Vega, SECONDED by Lisa Morales, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee adjourned at 7:36 a.m.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.2.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Curriculum and Assessment Council

February 14, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Conference Room

 

Minutes

 

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

 

Roll Call: Cynthia Eschenfelder and Juan Gomez – Secretaries

 

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

 

There were no additions or corrections to the Agenda.

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 17, 2019 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On the MOTION of Marya Asadurian, SECONDED by Valerie Tyler Mims, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from January 17, 2019 were approved as amended.

 

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

 

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

 

Old Business:

 

Item #3 No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

Item #4 Winter MAP Assessments, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Informational Item)

 

Lety Padilla Parra mentioned that the purpose of having the NWEA MAP assessments during the winter is to try to redirect student performance, if necessary, based on their results. Although it is the first time that FACS has proctored the Winter NWEA MAP assessments, Lety mentioned the importance of using the data to help guide student performance in the middle of the year before taking the SBAC, rather than waiting until the end of the academic year to redirect instruction. It was also stated by Barbara Aragon that there was a study that linked student performance on NWEA MAP that correlated with SBAC performance. Student results on NWEA MAP assessments often project similar results on the SBAC where students can meet or exceed standards. Usually, if a student meets the 41st percentile on the NWEA MAP assessments, it is often correlated that they will perform well on the SBAC. 

 

Item #5 Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Lety Padilla Parra also mentioned her experiences with the teachers during the Goal Setting meetings. She stated that she uses that time to discuss student growth using the NWEA data. In addition, it is an opportunity to also evaluate student results on these assessments in order to come up with a plan to help increase student performance.

 

Item #6 RACER Writing, Lety Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Discussion Item)

 

Lety Padilla Parra expressed her appreciation for Yesenia’s presentation on the RACER strategy. The presentation gave teachers at FACS a better insight on how to practice writing with their classroom. RACER strategy is a formula used to direct students in answering short prompts using text evidence. Although it may not be used in every classroom school wide yet, it is a great resource and tool to utilize during classroom instruction. Therefore, Lety stated that it would be great to get the FACS organization to get on board in order to familiarize students from earlier grades. She also mentioned that there will be posters that will be ordered for teachers to put up in their classrooms. 

 

Announcements:  None

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: To Be Announced

 

 

Adjournment: 

 

On the MOTION of Cynthia Eschenfelder, SECONDED by Cynthia Valerie Tyler Mims, and CARRIED, the Curriculum Assessment Council adjourned at 7:59 a.m.

 

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by Juan Gomez and Cynthia Eschenfelder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.3.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

January 29, 2019

 

A meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council was held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 7:10 a.m. in the conference room at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342. 

 

Call to Order: Leanna Hendrix, Council Co-Chair

 

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

 

Roll Call: DeAnn Michiels, Secretary

 

Members Present: Lizette Adkisson, Barbara Ausherman, Karen Scharf, Louis Chernovsky, Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Meeks, DeAnn Michiels, Karla Contreras, Lillian De La Torre, Leticia Padilla Parra, Barbara Aragón, Jessi Tello 

 

Members Excused: Mimi Whang 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Leanna Hendrix, Council Co-Chair 

 

Item #1               Minutes from the December 10, 2018 meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lizette Adkisson, SECONDED by Karla Contreras, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

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

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:  None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Extended Maternity Leave Request, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Motion to   Approve)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that the Extended Maternity Leave Request is from Speech Pathologist, Geina Addison. An updated request letter was received on January 7th, 2019. Geina Addison will be extending her maternity leave, which began on October 22, 2018. She will be returning and resuming her duties starting May 6, 2019. 

 

On Motion of Lillian De La Torre, Seconded by DeAnn Michiels, and CARRIED, the motion was approved as submitted.

                                   

Item #4 FCPS Guidelines for Attending Conferences and Workshops, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that workshop and conference attendees will be reimbursed for expenditures using a required Travel Reimbursement Form after attending and providing proof of attendance. This requirement is due to the current educational climate and in order to prevent questioning of our school's procedures. 

 

Item #5 MOY Goal Setting Meetings, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra discussed that mid-year goal setting meetings will begin February 5th-21st, once the Winter MAP testing window closes and scores are received. These scores will be compared to beginning of the year MAP scores. Discussion will include observation of growth, groupings, trends, and adjusting instruction to meet the needs of students. The sign-up is now available in the front office next to the time cards. 

 

Item #6 Second Semester Formal Observation Lessons, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Informational Item) 

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra discussed that all probationary staff will complete their formal second semester observations in late February and early March. FACS has five probationary staff members who will participate in the observation process. A question was asked by Louis Chernovsky as to when the sign-ups would be available. An informational email will be sent out later this week to all probationary staff with detailed information regarding their upcoming observation lessons. 

 

Item #7 Revised FCPS Employee Handbook, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra discussed that recent updates were made to the FCPS Employee Handbook. The handbook is reviewed often by Irene Sumida, the FCPS Business Office and lawyers, and then summarized and clarified for staff. A question was asked by Leanna Hendrix as to whether employees need to sign acknowledgement of receipt of these changes. It was discussed that the revised handbook will need to first be approved at the board meeting on Thursday. 

 

Item #8 Staff Roster Update, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra stated the only change to the staff roster was the return of Education Specialist Patricia Orantes from maternity leave. She returned the week of December 10th, 2018.  

 

Item #9 TA Updates, Jessi Tello, FACS Administrative Coordinator 

(Informational Item)

 

Mr. Tello discussed updates regarding recent TA hires. Over winter break, one morning aide, one psychomotor aide, and one SPED aide were hired. FACS currently has 36 TAs, with the hopes of not exceeding 40 in the event that more SPED aids will be needed. He mentioned FACS is looking to fill positions for one more morning aide, one afterschool supervision aide, and one adult assistant. It was noted that YPI has alleviated the need for more aides in afterschool supervision. 

 

Announcements:       Mrs. Padilla Parra announced that FACS Faculty Reps Barbara Ausherman and

Mercedes Meeks will update staff at Wednesday's staff meeting regarding the  topic discussed during Saturday's Ad Hoc meeting. Staff are encouraged to share comments and ask questions through the faculty reps. Input is requested and valued. 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Lizette Adkisson, SECONDED by Karla Contreras, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 7:42 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: DeAnn Michiels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

February 27, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:21 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 7:21 a.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Stephanie Ellerbe, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Kate Hetu, Veronica Palazzola, Stephanie Ellerbe, Abigail Gillmore, Brooke Schiffman, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel 

 

Excused Members: Cedric Ramirez and Fernando Gomez 

 

Non-Committee Members: Kelley Christenson, Elisa Vallejo, Bianca Bell-Reed, Priscilla Gentry

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Kate Hetu, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda. 

 

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

 

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

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, 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 FCPS Reorganization Guidelines for 2019-2020, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Informational Item)

 

Jennifer Miller presented information on the FCPS Reorganization Guidelines that were emailed out on February 25, 2019, by Chief Academic Officer, David Riddick. The Reorganization process will consist of four rounds. The biggest change to the reorganization process for the up-coming school year will occur during round one. Directors across FCPS will be looking at and discussing past year trends at schools in regards to enrollment, fiscal impact, and unique staffing needs. During this round, a list of teachers will be assembled for recommendations to fill positions at school sites based on the above factors. These teachers will be notified by the C.A.O of their nomination. Should the teacher accept to relocate, they will receive a one-time stipend of $2,500. Round two of school site reorganization begins March 25, 2019. Each school will post their assignments by Friday, March 29th. During round three, all requests to move to open positions at your respective school are due by April 9th at 3:00 p.m. On April 12th, the Reorganization Committees will post open assignments at each school. During the last round of reorganization, Directors will accept requests from all FCPS permanent status teachers for open positions at any of the five schools. Request letters are due by April 18th and are to be submitted to the Reorganization Committee at the school you are requesting. Teachers are encouraged to be mindful of the important dates listed in the reorganization packet as to when and to whom forms should be submitted. During the reorganization process, any movement made will be in the best interest of the students and the schools. A final roster will be posted Monday, April 29, 2019.  A list of final recommendations will be submitted to the FCPS board of Directors for approval at the May 9, 2019 FCPS board meeting. 

 

Item #4 FCLA Reorganization Committee for 2019-2020, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Jennifer Miller provided information on the FCLA Reorganization Committee for 2019-2020. It was recommended that the FCLA and STEM Reorganization Committees combine, as done in past years. The Committee will consist of the Director (Jennifer Miller), Administrative Coordinators (Cecilia Quijano and Jennifer Pimentel), Faculty Representatives (Kelley Christenson and Veronica Palazzola), as well as the FCLA and STEM Instruction and Personnel Committee Chairs (Elisa Vallejo, Kate Hetu, and Maria Cordero). Nicole Langlois will be taking the place of Melissa Sopitkuankan while she is out on Maternity Leave.

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the FCLA Reorganization Committee for 2019-2020 was approved. 

 

Announcements: 

 

The February 27th staff meeting will be led by the Ad Hoc representatives, Kelley Christenson and Veronica Palazzola. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:51 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Stephanie Ellerbe

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee Minutes

 

Wednesday February 27, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium 

 

Minutes

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the Auditorium at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90038.

 

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

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:16 a.m. by Co-Chairs, Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson.

 

Roll Call: Carmen Solis, Secretary

 

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

 

Addition of Item #6: Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings was presented to the Personnel Committee by Cary Rabinowitz.

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Tiene Hauck, Megan Stevenson, Emily Aaronson, Sandra Hernandez, Emma Colmenares, Jocelyn Condo, Carmen Solis, Rachel Cohen, Carmen Solis, Angela Boyd, Marie Kirakossian, Cassondra Barrett, Kristine Khachian and Cary Rabinowitz 

 

Personnel Committee Members Excused: Toni Frear, Jazmin Luna, Bernadette Montajes, and Monica Castañeda.

 

Non-Members in Attendance: Robin Rodriguez 

 

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

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the January 16, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

(Motion to Approve)

On MOTION of Megan Stevenson, 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 2nd Semester Earned Increase Walkthrough Week, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz discussed that the Earned Increase Walkthrough Week consists of 5 team 

members which include: STEAM Leads, ELD Leads, Grade Level Leads and Faculty 

Representatives. It is beneficial to have a team of 5 members in order to have more eyes and 

perspectives during class observations. The same checklist from years past will be used. There is 

a possibility that the paper based checklist will transition into a Google document that will be 

filled out with iPads. Walkthroughs will conclude at the end of the week, Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Teachers will receive a letter stating if they successfully demonstrated the criteria Walkthrough

observation. 

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Staff Reorganization Packet, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz presented the 2019-2020 Staff Reorganization Packet to the Personnel 

Committee. Round 1 which will begin on Monday, March 4, 2019 is the main change in the 

2019-2020 Staff Reorganization Packet. Round 1 will be used to identify teachers on 

the higher part of the pay scale to inquire whether they would like to move to another school 

to help balance the school’s budget. Due to Santa Monica’s diverse population of teachers with 

varied levels of experience, Mr.Rabinowitz does not predict teachers from Santa Monica

transferring schools as part of Round 1.  Dr. Riddick and Administration will meet with eligible 

teachers. Teachers who transfer schools will be given a one-time $2,500 bonus for moving

school sites. Rounds 2-4 will remain the same as years past. 

 

The Reorganization Committee will meet on March 28th for Round 2, April 10th for Round 3 and

April 23th for Round 4. Mr. Rabinowitz stated it is important to fill out the forms in the 2019-

2020 Staff Reorganization Packet to the best of one’s ability. The packet was discussed in

further detail at the Staff Meeting.

 

Item #5 2nd Semester Formal Observation Lessons for Probationary Teachers, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Information Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz stated that 2nd Semester Formal Observation Lessons for Probationary Teachers 

will begin on March 11, 2019. The focus of the observations will be on Math instruction and 

the implementation of EDI. Mr. Rabinowitz looks forward to observing the teachers and meeting 

with them for pre and post observations. 

 

Item #6 Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Information Item) Added Item

 

Mr. Rabinowitz stated that Mid-Year Goal Setting Meetings are complete. The emphasis of the 

meeting was to analyze data and identifying and selecting Focus Students in Language, Reading 

and Mathematics. Mr. Rabinowitz will meet with Grade Level Leads the week of March 4th to 

discuss what is expected to occur with said Focus Students.

 

Announcements:  

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Angela Boyd, SECONDED by Carmen Solis, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:41 a.m.  

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Carmen Solis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

February 27, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:23 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

 

Roll Call: Priscilla Gentry, Secretary 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:23 a.m. by Chair, Elisa Vallejo.

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Elisa Vallejo, Bianca Bell-Reed, Kelley Christenson, and Priscilla Gentry

 

Excused Members: Cedric Ramirez

 

Non-Committee Members: Kate Hetu, Veronica Palazzola, Stephanie Ellerbe, Abigail Gillmore, and Brooke Schiffman 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

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

 

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

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

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 FCPS Reorganization Guidelines for 2019-2020, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the Reorganization Packet for the 2019-2020 school year that was emailed to all staff members on February 25th. The first item due is the Personal Teaching History to Romy on March 15th. A noticeable difference this year in the packet is Round 1 (Week of March 4th): there are guidelines that will be looked at by Directors. They will discuss the needs of each of the schools looking at enrollment trends. This year, any overstaffed school will be encouraged to have teachers voluntarily move to another school with openings. A list will be provided with teachers who are at the top of compensation package. The staff who are at the top of the total compensation package will be notified and they will have a chance to accept or decline the possible transfer. A one-time stipend of $2,500 will be offered to those who voluntarily accept to transfer. The final list of the names will be brought to March Ad Hoc meeting. 

 

Round 2 will begin March 25th. The FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee will meet to place teachers and assignments will be posted Friday, March 29th for the 2019-2020 school year. For Round 3, all requests to move within the same school will be received April 8 and 9th and the FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee will meet April 10-12th. The Round 3 roster will be posted April 12. If there are no requests and no one wants to move – Round 3 roster remains the same as the Round 2 roster. 

 

Round 4 involves those wanting to move to a different Fenton school than the one currently assigned. Probationary teachers are unable to request movement outside of their own school. Request letters are sent to the Reorg Committee at the school you are requesting to transfer (due April 18th). 

 

The final roster for Round 4 will be posted April 29th – this is the date for the Personnel Committee to approve the final roster. Final teaching positions are posted April 29th. Once all current employees are placed, then each school may hire based on their staffing needs. 

 

Item #4 FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee for 2019-2020, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee will consist of the Director (Jennifer Miller), Administrative Coordinators (Jennifer Pimentel and Cecilia Quijano), Chairs of Personnel (Elisa Vallejo, Kate Hetu), the Chairs of Instruction (Maria Cordero, Melissa Sopitkuankan*), and Faculty Representatives (Kelley Christenson, Veronica Palazzola)

 

* Mrs. Sopitkuankan will be out on maternity leave and her position will potentially be fulfilled by Nicole Langlois. 

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED the Reorganization Committee is approved.

 

Announcements: Today’s staff meeting is dedicated to a presentation given by the Ad Hoc representatives, Kelley Christenson and Veronica Palazzola.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed of, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:51 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Priscilla Gentry

 

Item II.B.4.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

Unapproved Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

February 1, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:16 a.m. in the library of Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

 

Call to Order: Robyn Gallo, Co-Chair     

 

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

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary   

 

Members Present: Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Sarah Lin, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Diana Lucas, Caitlin McMabell, Krystal Rodriguez, Katherine Sheppard, Coco Salazar, Lorena Sanchez, Richard Parra, Bridget Ruiz, Robyn Gallo

 

Members Excused: Sirui Thomassian, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Lee, Claire Nichols, Paola Ramirez, Christina Peña, Felix Carrillo

 

Members Absent: None 

 

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

 

There is one correction to the agenda. 

 

Corrections: Diana Lucas will be secretary. 

 

Approval of Minutes from January 18, 2019:  Robyn Gallo, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 18, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Lorena Sanchez, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of January 18, 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 California Book Fair Dates– Robyn Gallo, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

Robyn informed the committee that she was able to book The California Book Fair from 4/22/19 – 4/26/19. The committee will meet in March to discuss further details including the volunteer schedule, preview day, and decorations. 

 

On MOTION of Caitlyn McMabell, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the California Book Fair dates were approved. 

 

New Business:

 

Item #4 Parent Advocacy Night – Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Informational) 

 

The next night meeting will be held in the MPR on 2/28/19 at 5:30 p.m. Members are asked to meet in the MPR at 5:00 p.m. so tasks can be delegated.  Flyers will be prepared and teachers will remind parents through Class Dojo.  The meeting date will also be featured on the marque.  As an incentive to encourage parent participation the committee will have a raffle including uniform shirts and books. A slideshow will be created to showcase our most recent activities here at school including Kindness Week, 100th Day, and Mutt-i-grees Pack Party Week. The committee liked the idea about having an Art Gallery to showcase student art. Teachers will be asked to save some work, and Mrs. Brett can choose 2 from each teacher at each grade level. 

 

Item #5 Dr. Seuss T-Shirt Fundraiser Coco Salazar, Kindergarten Lead (Motion to Approve)

 

Flyers will be placed in teacher boxes. The sale starts Monday, 2/4/19- 2/28/19 the day before Dr. Seuss Week.  Money raised will go towards building Kindergarten’s field trip budget.  Coco mentioned that there will be two new designs as well as new t-shirt design for teachers. 

 

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Lorena Sanchez, and CARRIED, the Dr. Seuss T-Shirt Fundraiser was approved. 

 

Item #6 Mutt-i-grees Pack Party Week/Hearts for Hounds Fundraiser – Katherine Sheppard, Mutt-i-grees Lead (Motion to Approve)

 

Mutt-i-grees pack party week will be the week of 3/4/19 to 3/8/19. The Mutt-i-grees subcommittee will sell $1 bracelets.  1,000 bracelets were purchased and sold during the Pack Party week.  All proceeds will be donated to the East Valley Animal Shelter.  

 

On MOTION of Abigail Lopez-Dee, SECONDED by Krystal Rodriguez, and CARRIED, the fundraiser and activities for Pack Party week were approved. 

 

Item #7 English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC) Update – Richard Parra, Director (Informational) 

 

Mr. Parra informed members that the ELAC is made up of parents, teachers and administrators who review the Master Plan and criteria for reclassification.  He is planning on scheduling a meeting and work with the committee members who were previously on the committee. 

 

Item #8 School Site Council (SSC) - Richard Parra, Director (Informational)

Mr. Parra informed members that ELAC and SSC (School Site Council) come up the during the District’s oversight visits.  He explained that we already aligned to what is required through WASC and Charter Renewal.  Meetings are scheduled throughout the year and the last meeting was held at the beginning of the school year.  He plans to have another one soon.

 

Announcements:       

 

Mr. Parra will begin to focus on recruitment for enrollment. He mentioned that other schools in the area have all had a decline of students each year for the past three years. He believes that although there is also a decline in the birthrate, he is hopeful that we will be able to recruit 200 students. We will use our current enrollment flyer to target the neighborhood families and highlight what appeals to parents including counselors, nurses and smaller class size.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:  

 

On MOTION of Sarah Lin, SECONDED by Coco Salazar, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:54 a.m.

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the School Community Relations Council

February 21, 2019

 

A meeting of the School Community Relations Council was held on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 6:07 p.m. in the conference room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

 

Welcome: Tiffany Walker

 

The meeting of the School Community Relations Council was called to order at 6:07 p.m. by Tiffany Walker. 

 

Members Present: Barbara Aragón, Robin Brenneisen, Breanne Francois, Tiffany Walker, Angel Garcia, Leticia Padilla Parra, Lara Hovaguimian, Jesse Tello, Barbara Aragon, Alin Kazarian

 

Members Absent:  

 

Members Excused:   Elizabeth Jimenez, Yadira Mendoza, Cheryl Perkins 

 

Additions/ Corrections to the Agenda: none

 

Item #1 Presentations from the Public: Tiffany Walker

There were no presentations from the public.

            

New Business:

 

Item #2:  Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), Title I & Title III Funding - Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Information Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra explained that the school has a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to ensure transparency in the allocation of school funds.  The FACS LCAP delineates the way funds are used at our school to meet the needs of our LCAP.  The plan is available on the school website for further review.

 

 

Item #3: CIPA Policy (Children’s Internet Protection ACT), Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Information Item)                 

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that the Children’s Internet Protection ACT shields the students while they interact with learning tools on the Internet.  The CIPA policy explains how FACS students are safeguarded while they use the Internet at school.  The school has strong firewalls that protect students from accessing inappropriate websites.  Additionally, search topics that are not appropriate are monitored.  

 

Mrs. Parra recommended that parents are alert when their children are on the Internet at home.  As our homes do not have firewalls similar to the school’s, it is vital to monitor websites that are visited and interactions that are made on social media. 

 

Item #4:  SBAC Testing, Ms. Aragón, FACS Assistant Director & Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Information Item)   

 

Ms. Aragon described the state testing requirements for FACS.  The testing window is set for April 29 to May 23, 2019. Teachers are preparing our students for these tests and attendance is vital.  Students in grades 3-5 will be assessed in Language Arts and Math; students in fifth grade will also take the Science test; all students will take Performance Tasks.  Ms. Aragon pointed out that the test is adaptive to each student’s level. 

 

The CAASP website was presented and parents were shown how to access the online

practice assessments.  A sample Performance Task was reviewed.  

           

Item #5:  Wellness Policy and School Cafeteria, Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra provided a description of the school’s Wellness Policy.  The Wellness Policy is our school’s plan to provide healthy foods to our students.  The school’s nutrition program, School Nutrition Plus, offers free breakfast, lunch, and supper to all students and meets federal guidelines that provide healthy meal options to students. 

 

Item #6:  Enrollment for 2019-2020Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that enrollment has begun for the next school year.  Parents were encouraged to share information about the positive assets of our school.  This includes low classroom sizes, technology, a music teacher, great teachers, etc.  

 

Item #7:  Charter School Education, Ms. Roxann Nazario, Parent Voice Representative (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Roxann Nazario, FACS Parent Voice representative, shared information about current happenings in charter school education.  Ms. Nazario shared that CCSA represents CA charter schools and they are running a rally in Sacramento to support charter schools.  The rally will give citizens an opportunity to stand up for their rights to choose the school of choice for their children.  CCSA has offered to pay for transportation to send parents to participate in the rally.  Ms. Nazario shared her availability to answer any questions parents might have.

 

Item #8:  Upcoming School Events, Robin Brenneisen, 5thGrade

Teacher (Informational Item)             

 

Ms. Brenneisen shared information about upcoming school events.  The Scholastic Book Fair will take place between March 5-March 7.  Parents were invited to volunteer during recess time and afterschool.   The Spring Picture Day and Culmination Picture Day is coming up in March.  Parents were informed about the attire students can wear for the picture day; Parent Conference Week is coming up in March and teachers will have an opportunity to connect with parents; Open House will be held on May 30th, at 6pm.  More information will be sent home regarding upcoming school events. 

 

Item #7: Attendance, Uniforms & Activity Points, Breanne Francois, 3rdTeacher & Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Information Item)

 

Ms. Francois reminded students about the importance of student attendance.  Parents were urged to inform teachers when they have planned absences so Independent Studies can be completed. 

 

The uniform policy was reviewed and reminders were provided about acceptable hairstyles. 

 

Item #8: Middle Schools, Mrs. Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed students that middle school have been accepting applications.  She shared information about local options available to the students. 

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

Adjournment: 6:46

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lara Hovaguimian, Council Co-Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

February 26, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Tuesday, February, 26, 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: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:20 a.m.by Chair, Krista Casanova

 

Roll Call: Lindsay Oquindo, Secretary

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Krista Casanova, Camille McIntosh, Kaitlyn Ackerman, Lindsay Oquindo, Jennifer Miller, and Cecilia Quijano

 

Non-committee Members: Bridget Badro, Sydney Crowe, Lauren Cappelli, Raquel Contreras, Jennifer Pimentel, and Paige Piper

 

Members Excused: Tony Pena, Susana Orozco

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

There was an addition to the agenda:

Item # 5 Fourth Grade Pizza Sale, Paige Piper, STEM 4th Grade Educator (Motion to Approve).

 

 

Approval of Minutes: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 26, 2019 Meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee.  (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lindsay Oquindo, SECONDED by Kaitlyn Ackerman, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

 

Presentations from the Public: Krista Casanova, 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 Student Recruitment Plan for 2019-2020, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director  (Informational Item)

 

The schools have mailed out a distribution of 3,000 postcards to Sun Valley and the surrounding

areas. There are plans to send out another post card distribution in April. School tours will start 

soon and can be expected to happen about once a week. When a school tour is scheduled, it will

be listed in the Weekly Bulletin. School tours are an effective way to grow enrollment. 

Informational fliers have been printed and are available in the front office for staff to distribute. 

These fliers have also been distributed to the local parks and recreation center, local library, and

nearby businesses. The banner refresh has been completed and there are more, vibrant posters

along Sunland Boulevard and on top of the parking structure. On Friday, April 5th there is a Tour

for Life event which is during our Spring Break so the school’s attendance at this event is to be

determined. However, on April 20th the school will participate in an Earth Day Event in

partnership with the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council and Grocery Outlet Bargain

Market. This event will take place from 8am-noon and there will be a sign-up sheet in the main

office for anyone interested in participating. On April 27th, there is a Board Area 6 event hosted

by Kelly Gonez at a park in which all schools in the area are welcome to set up a booth, meet the

community, and showcase their school. We may have a joint booth with FPC and FACS. More

information is to come, but please sign up for any event that you are interested in. 

 

Item # 4 Topics for March 6th Parent Night Meeting, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Typically, there are two parent night advocacy meetings per year in which parents can hear about 

School updates. This year the meeting will cover an enrollment update, a presentation on student

achievement and our SBAC trends for this year, information about Spring State Testing and a

website that students can log on at home to practice for the test, ELPAC and SARC update, and

the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council will be joining and discussing upcoming elections.

Mrs. Miller is also thinking of a way to have student involvement at the meeting in terms of a

performance or showcase because this motivates parents to attend. 

 

Item # 5 Fourth Grade Pizza Sale, Paige Piper, STEM 4th Grade Educator (Motion to Approve)

 

Paige Piper informed the Committee that 4th grade will be holding a pizza fundraiser on Friday,

March 22nd after school in order to raise money for bus fees to travel to a STEAAM Event at the

Pomona Fairplex.  The event is hosted by the Discovery Cube, Cal Poly Pomona, and the

American Association of Mechanical Engineers.  Bus fees are $1,200 and the pizza sale will be

$3 for a slice of pizza and a drink. 

 

On MOTION of Lindsay Oquindo, SECONDED by Kaitlyn Ackerman, and CARRIED, the Fourth Grade Pizza Fundraiser was approved. 

 

Item # 6 Dr. Seuss Literacy Day, Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Cecilia Quijano reported that Friday, March 1st is Read Across America Day and a school wide

literacy day event. Students may wear pajamas and will participate in Dr. Seuss related activities

in class. In the TK-3rd grade classes, RIF books will be distributed. 

 

Announcements: 

Please upload pictures for the yearbook, they are due on Friday, March 1st. 

 

Next Regular Meeting:

 

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

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Lindsay Oquindo, SECONDED by Kaitlyn Ackerman, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee adjourned at 7:36 a.m..

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lindsay Oquindo, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton STEM Academy

Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

February 26, 2019

7:15 a.m.

 

Unapproved Minutes for Parent Advocacy Committee

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:22 AM in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Raquel Contreras, Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was called to order at 7:22 a.m. by Chair, Raquel Contreras. 

 

Roll Call: Raquel Contreras, Chair

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Raquel Contreras, Sydney Crowe, Lauren Cappelli, Bridget Badro, and Cecilia Quijano 

 

Non-committee Members Present: Jennifer Pimentel, Camille McIntosh, Kaitlyn Ackerman, Lindsay Oquindo, Paige Piper, and Krista Casanova

 

Members Excused: Tony Peña, Elizabeth Marquez, and Alin Kazarian 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: There were no corrections to the agenda.  

 

Approval of Minutes: Raquel Contreras, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 16, 2019 meeting of the Fenton STEM Parent Advocacy Committee. (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Bridget Badro, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Raquel Contreras, 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 Student Recruitment Plan for 2019-2020, Jennifer Miller,

FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

Mrs. Miller presented on the student recruitment plan for 2019-2020 school year. This week 3,000 postcards were distributed to Sun Valley and the surrounding areas. Postcard mailers will be distributed once again in April. Informational flyers have also been created; staff members are encouraged to bring copies to local businesses to help spread the word. Copies are located in the front office. Last week, these informational flyers were brought to the local Parks and Recreation, libraries, and local businesses. In addition to postcard mailers and flyers, school tours will be provided about once a week for interested parents. Several events have also been planned during the spring to help encourage student enrollment. On Friday, April 5th, Fenton STEM Academy may have a booth at the Tour for Life event. Since this event is held during our spring recess, the event is currently tentative. On April 20th, we will be partnering with the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council and Grocery Outlet for an Earth day event, focusing on plant potting. On April 27th, Board Area 6 will be hosting an event with Kelly Gonez at a local park. Fenton STEM Academy will join FACS, FPC, and FCLA to showcase our schools at one of the event’s booths. Staff is encouraged to sign up for the upcoming events in the office. 

 

Item #4 Topics for March 6th Parent Night Meeting, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller spoke to the committee about the upcoming Parent Night Meeting on March 6th. Fenton STEM Academy holds two parent advocacy night meetings a year for parents to attend and hear any information on school updates and important events. At the March 6th meeting, parents will be provided information on 2019-2020 enrollment, student achievement, spring state testing (including login information and website), and ELPAC and SARC reports. Parents will also receive information on the neighborhood council and upcoming elections. School Focus Leads may update parents on our STEM school-wide challenge. Currently, no student performances have been planned; Mrs. Casanova will look into a possible Drama Club performance.

 

Item #5 Fourth Grade Pizza Sale, Paige Piper, STEM 4th Grade Educator (Motion to Approve)

 

Fourth grade has planned a Pizza Sale to fund their field trip to the STEAAM Event at the Pomona Fairplex. The event will be held by Discovery Cube, California State Polytechnic University, and the American Association of Mechanical Engineers. Demonstrations and hands on activities will be available for students. Student admission to the event is free, but funds need to be raised to pay for buses. The fundraiser will be after the field trip; funds raised will be used to reimburse the general student account. The Pizza Sale will be held on Friday, March 22nd after school. Pizza and a drink will be sold for 3 dollars. 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Sydney Crowe, and CARRIED, the fourth grade level fundraiser was approved.

 

Item #6 Dr. Seuss Literacy Day, Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano discussed Dr. Seuss Literacy Day that will be held on Friday, March 1st. The day will coincide with Read Across America Day. TK-5th grade students will be allowed to wear pajamas to school, while taking part in Dr. Seuss activities in their classrooms. Teachers from TK-3rd grade will distribute Reading is Fundamental books. Mrs. Quijano thanked Ms. Palazzola, Mrs. Oquindo, Ms. Cappelli, and Ms. Christenson for picking up the RIF books. 

 

Announcements: Please upload yearbook pictures by Friday, March 1st. Halloween pictures are also needed; please upload any photos you have to the Google Drive.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Sydney Crowe, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee was adjourned at 7:36 AM. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lauren Cappelli and Sydney Crowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. C. 

 

Treasurer/CFO’s Report

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. D. 

 

Directors’ Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.1.

FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL (FACS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

March 7, 2019

 

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

 

 

 

Enrollment and Attendance:

 

 

 

 

TK

3rd

4th

5th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

03/04/19

13

232

228

249

722

96.2%

97.0%

 

 

 

Enrollment at Fenton Avenue Charter School is currently 722 students with ADA at 97.0%. Enrollment has decreased by five students since last month. We will continue seeking ways to increase our enrollment including the replacement of the banners around the school, distribution of flyers, and participation in recruitment events.

 

 

Instruction

 

Mid-Year (MOY) NWEA MAP Assessment Results: All students at FACS have participated in the Mid-Year NWEA MAP Assessments for the first time. The administration took place from January 22nd – February 8th. This is exciting because the data from this testing administration allows us to compare student growth from the beginning of the year assessment window and guide instruction for the remainder of the year. This assessment is also a good predictor of student performance on the state’s CAASPP assessments. The results are very encouraging. 

 

Please see the table below:

 

 

Teachers have analyzed student scores will use their findings to differentiate instruction based on student need. Teachers and administration have discussed this data during the mid-year goal setting meetings that took place in February. 

 

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): Barbara Aragón, Veronica Ramos, a team of education specialists as well as a team of teachers at each grade level have completed the 2019 administration of the ELPAC to all English Learners at FACS. Thank you to all for the time and effort dedicated to this large undertaking. These results will provide us an additional measure of student progress for our English Learners.

 

 

Personnel

 

FCPS Staff Reorganization: The 2019-2020 FCPS staff reorganization guidelines and timeline have been distributed to all teachers. The FACS faculty representatives, Barbara Ausherman and Mercedes Meeks, as well as administration provided any needed explanation or clarification of the process at a staff meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 

 

Second Semester Probationary Teacher Observations: All probationary staff have signed up to complete their formal second semester observations in March.  FACS has five probationary staff members who will participated in the observation process.  

 

 

School Community

 

School Community Relations Council Parent Night Meeting: On Thursday, February 21, 2019, the School Community Relations Council members participated in the spring School Community Relations Council Parent Night Meeting. Students and parents received information on a wide variety of important topics including supporting CCSA (presented by Roxann Nazario), SBAC testing, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), enrollment, technology safety, and upcoming school events. 

 

Black History Month Performance: Ms. Mendoza’s TK class as well as the FACS chorus, led by Kim Chambers, put on an amazing performance. The talents of our students are always so impressive. Various students sang solos that highlighted their incredible voices. I initially thought I was listening to a recording! Thank you to Ms. Aragón for coordinating the performance, and to Mrs. Chambers and Ms. Mendoza for all of their work with the students!

 

Field Trips to Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Darren Tom, the account executive at the Discovery Cube Los Angeles, located within walking distance of FACS, donated free tickets for every FACS student! The students in TK, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participated in a walking field trip to the Discovery Cube during the month of February. These trips provided an opportunity for our students to explore a variety of science topics in a fun hands-on environment. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful community partner that seeks out ways to provide wonderful experiences for our students! 

 

2019 Hearts for Hope Gala: I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Hearts for Hope Gala (a fundraising event for Hope Gardens) on February 16, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Dr. Riddick, his wife, and Richard Parra were also in attendance. The invitation was offered as a thank you for our work with our students from Hope Gardens, and in order to provide us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Hope Gardens. Approximately 20 students residing at Hope Gardens currently attend Fenton Avenue Charter School. Faith Bearchell, who has conducted several Benchmark Advance trainings at the Fenton schools, and is a very involved volunteer at Hope Garden, insisted that we be invited. We had the opportunity to speak with the new director at Hope Gardens and talked about various ideas for strengthening our relationship with the organization. 

 

 

Facility Update

 

The World Is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) Foundation Library Donation: The FACS library renovation from WIJABA began on Thursday, February 21, 2019. The walls have been painted, the carpet has been removed from the stadium seating, and we are in the process of selecting a durable floor covering that will not damage the tile currently in place. Furniture options are also currently being discussed. It is very exciting to see this transformation taking place!  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

    • CCSA Conference ñ Mrs. Padilla Parra - Sacramento
    • Earned Increase Walkthrough Week #2
    • Pi Day
    • 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting ñ Family Center
    • End of 2nd Reporting Period
    • 3rd Grade Awards Assemblies
    • 4th Grade Awards Assemblies
    • TK Awards Assembly
    • 8:20 5th Grade Panorama Picture - Yard
    • 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting ñ Family Center
    • 5th Grade Awards Assemblies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.2.

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL (SMBCCS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

March 7, 2019

 

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 March 1, 2019:

 

Monthly Attendance Average- 97.13

Cumulative Attendance Average- 97.45

 

Date

Grade

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

 

11/30/18

23

117

113

136

137

129

157

78

890

1/25/19

24

123

111

137

137

130

155

79

896

3/1/19

24

126

111

138

134

133

155

79

900

Change

1

9

-2

2

-3

4

-2

1

10

 

Santa Monica has a current enrollment of 900 with cumulative net gain of 10 students since the end of November 2018.  The majority of the gain happened in kindergarten (9).  Santa Monica’s state preschool program has increased its enrollment to 91 students.

 

 

LAUSD ANNUAL PERFORMANCE-BASED OVERSIGHT VISIT - FEBRUARY 20, 2019

 

Santa Monica welcomed LAUSD’s Charter School’s Division on February 20th for our annual oversight visit.  The Division’s Team performed its formal review of the school focused in four areas - (1) Governance, (2) Student Achievement and Educational Performance, (3) Organizational Management, Programs, and Operations, and (4) Fiscal Operations. The visit began with a discussion with Santa Monica’s administrative team and the FCPS Special Education Coordinator, Judy Werner.  We discussed the school’s internal and state summative assessment gains, our innovative programming, the Special Education program, and our progress toward meeting the goals identified in our Local Control Accountability Plan.  This meeting was followed by a tour of classrooms and a document review.  Santa Monica teachers did an exceptional job preparing for our visit and were complimented by the team for their intricate and student-centered classroom environments as well as the various instructional strategies observed.  We look forward to receiving results from our oversight visit in the coming weeks. 

 

 

INSTRUCTION

 

NWEA MAP® Middle of Year (MOY) Assessments – January 8th to January 25th 

Research and internal trends have shown that students scoring at or above the 41st percentile on the Math, Reading, and Language growth interim assessments have a greater probability of meeting and/or exceeding the standard on end of year Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments.  The table below compares the percentage of students reaching or exceeding this 41st percentile threshold on beginning, middle and end of year interim assessments.  The data shows increases in the percentage of students at or above the 41st percentile on all beginning of year assessments from 2016-2017 to Fall 2018-2019.  With this year’s MOY assessment complete, we are also pleased to see students meeting similar levels in Language and Reading as they did last year.  This corresponded to almost 50% of students meeting the standard last year on the SBAC. Our Math scores have also grown a percentage in comparison to last year’s MOY assessment. We hope to see this growth in MAP scores correspond to growth on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in May.

 

 

 

NWEA MAP Student Growth Awards

On Friday, March 1st Santa Monica celebrated the success of its students by awarding the top 5-8 students at each grade level that showed the most growth on Middle of Year MAP Assessments.  It was a particularly rewarding exercise as we found that many students winning awards, possibly due to the functionality and structure of our assessments, were those “middle of the road” students that do not very often get recognized for improvement and often do not get recognized for consistently high achievement. 

 

February Professional Development Opportunities:

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

 

    • ïgetCoding Professional Development, February 5th (Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto)
    • ïLA Promise Fund:  Paramount Animation Education Program, February 9th (Gaby Arroyo, Gaby Moya, Christy Namkung, Jennifer Nishimoto)

 

Early Childhood Foundational Mathematics Preschool and TK Training (2 Sessions)

On February 1st, Jennifer Flynn, a kindergarten teacher at Santa Monica, developed and led a training for preschool teachers and our transitional kindergarten teacher focused on Early Foundations in Mathematics.  This training was so well received that Mrs. Flynn has been asked to repeat Part 1 of this training for teachers of primary age students from the other four Fenton schools.  Jennifer will repeat Part 1 on March 8th at the Business Office for those that did not attend in February and Part 2 will be on May 3rd at Santa Monica.  

 

 

personnel

 

Earned Increase Walkthroughs

Administration and Santa Monica’s Lead Teachers conducted Earned Increase Walkthroughs the Week of February 25th.  The walkthrough team briefly observed classrooms in five-minute increments using the FCPS walkthrough form based on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.  Walkthroughs represented a great opportunity for teachers to highlight and share best practices to ensure strategic and intentional instruction and to cultivate growth-minded environments in every classroom. 

 

Spring Formal Observations for Probationary Status Teachers

Second semester observations will begin March 11th through March 29th for probationary teachers.  This process will include a (1) pre-observation meeting between teacher and administration to review the lesson being presented and discuss steps to ensure its success; (2) A formal observation in the teacher’s classroom in the area of Mathematics; (3) A post-observation meeting to reflect on the lesson presented to identify success, challenges, and areas to refine, revisit, and reflect on.  Teachers are typically probationary status for two years comprising four observation lessons that take place in the fall and in the winter.  Probationary teachers receive a great deal of feedback and support from school administration, grade level colleagues, grade level lead teachers, and they additionally receive support this year from our new FCPS Instructional Coaches.

 

Community Relations 

 

6th Grade Lottery and Procedures

Santa Monica is fortunate to offer seventy-five lucky students a spot in our 6th grade each year.  Consistently large 5th grade enrollment has made the 6th grade lottery a staple each year at Santa Monica.  

 

Lottery procedures and timelines were publicly advertised March 1st and application forms will be made available to current 5th grade students and through our main office from March 4th to March 8th.  Following this period, applications will be counted to determine whether more applications were received than available spots.  In the event that this happens, the school will hold a lottery with the exception of existing students who are guaranteed admission in the following school year. Per Charter Petition, admission preferences in the case of a lottery shall be given to the following students in the following order:  

 

    1. a.Pupils who live within SMBCCS’s attendance boundary
    2. b.Residents of the District
    3. c.Siblings of currently enrolled students
    4. d.Children of employees of FCPS
    5. e.All other students

 

Santa Monica has scheduled the 6th grade lottery to take place March 15th at 2:45pm.

 

LA Promise Fund:  Paramount Animation Education Program

LA Promise Fund is once again partnering with Paramount Studios and Santa Monica to create an animation education program.  This time with a focus on their new movie, Wonder Park.

 

Second grade teacher, Gaby Moya, and fourth grade teacher, Christy Namkung, were randomly selected this year to have their class participate in this program that integrates the arts into curriculum in innovative ways.  Guided by our instructional technology coaches, Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Ms. Moya and Miss Namkung participate in PD and interact with standards-based lesson plans and resources provided by Paramount.  On the day of the movie’s premiere, the teachers and their students will be invited to the studios for a screening of the movie and discussion with animators.

 

 

Parent Advocacy Night Meeting, March 6th

Santa Monica hosted its Parent Advocacy Night Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th with the goal of engaging with and receiving feedback from parents of the school and within the community.  Our meeting covered the following items:

 

    • ï2019-2020 Enrollment and Projections
    • ïLocal Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Updates
    • ï2019-2020 6th Grade Enrollment and Lottery
    • ïLA Promise Fund:  Paramount Animation Education Program
    • ï2019-2020 Instructional Calendar
    • ïSpring Parent Conference Week
    • ïSpring CAASPP Testing
    • ïSpring Fundraising
    • ïUpdates from Student Council

 

Santa Monica will conduct a mail drop of post cards in the Hollywood area advertising the school and plans to schedule and strategically recruit students for 2019-2020 school year through the feedback of a recruitment sub-committee established at Parent Advocacy.

 

 

FACILITIES AND SAFETY

 

Review of Custodial and Security Schedules and Procedures

Thank you to Monica Castañeda for her work with Richard Castro and Santa Monica’s custodial team in reviewing the efficiency of custodial work happening at the school.  Miss Castañeda, Richard Castro, Sandra Funez, Ivan Juarez, and Elvin Reyes met on the Saturday prior to our oversight visit to review updated schedules, job responsibilities, and organizational procedures applicable to the team.  Miss Castañeda has also reinvented the way Santa Monica staff can communicate with our custodial team by sharing directions with staff that will allow them to communicate through our information system, Illuminate.

 

Thank you also to our Plant Manager, Richard Castro, for his continued hard work and daily leadership facilitating and delegating responsibility to ensure the completion of all maintenance and custodial tasks at the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

    • ï2nd Semester Formal Observations, March 11th - 29th  
    • ï6th Grade Lottery, March 15th 
    • ïSMBCCS Spring Show, March 20th-21st 
    • ïOpen Enrollment Begins for TK through 5th Grade, March 25th 
    • ïParent Conference Week, March 25th-29th 
    • ïScholastic Book Fair, March 25th-29th 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.3.

FENTON PRIMARY CENTER (FPC)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

March 7, 2019

 

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 Current Enrollment as of March 1, 2019 (TK-2):

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

44

200

236

224

704

 

Actual Daily Attendance for the Month (ADA): 97.2%       Cumulative ADA for the Year: 97.7%

 

One Year Ago, March 2018, Fenton Primary Center’s Enrollment was:

 

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

37

242

234

257

770

 

ADA for the month- 97.5% Cumulative ADA: 97.7%  

 

Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) Mid-Term Review: With the WASC Mid-Term Review on February 21, 2019, FPC completed its fourth oversight and compliance school visit of the school year. The school has successfully been reviewed for Federal Program Monitoring, Los Angeles Unified School District Special Education Validation Review, Los Angeles Unified School District Charter School Oversight Review, and now the WASC Mid-Term Review. FPC received a six-year accreditation through WASC during the 2015-2016 school year, with a mid-term review during the 2018-2019 school year. This completes the compliance reviews for school year. The school will now focus on updating the LCAP and reviewing the school education plans for the next school year. Below are commendations FPC received from the WASC visitors:

 

- The 100% improvement in EL Reclassification in 4 years demonstrates the school's ability to focus on student learning needs.

- Parents interviewed are very pleased with the school and staff. They stated their children receive a great experience and preparation for their future at this school.

- The school has an excellent collaborative and effective decision making model in place.

- The clean and orderly school environment and maintenance of the facility supports the school's focus on learning by eliminating unnecessary distractions to the learning process.

 - Students are very well behaved, enthusiastic, and responsive to the teacher's directions and instruction in and outside the classroom. 

- The respect of the Executive Director and Director is recognized by all members and families of Fenton Primary Center.

- The use of ClassDojo for parent communication is very positive.

 

MAP Winter Assessments Completed: During the month of February, FPC completed its winter MAP assessments. Below is a graph that depicts the percentage of students scoring above the 41st percentile during beginning of year, mid-year, and end of year assessments over the last three years. It is important to note this data includes all students K-2nd grade. 

 

 

Language

 

Reading

 

Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

School

16-17

17-18

18-19

 

16-17

17-18

18-19

 

16-17

17-18

18-19

Beginning

*

*

53%

 

42%

43%

50%

 

35%

37%

45%

Middle

*

*

52%

 

41%

46%

58%

 

33%

36%

50%

End

*

*

 

 

40%

51%

 

 

35%

45%

 

 

100th Day of School: FPC celebrated its 100th day of school on Monday, February 4th. The school had a variety of hands on interactive math activities that included the use of manipulatives to assist in counting to 100, grouping tens to make 100, calendar activities, and much more. With FPC servicing primary age students, this schoolwide event makes math come alive and brings relevance to student learning. It was an exciting day for all FPC students and staff. 

 

Discovery Cube Science Workshops for Students: Discovery Cube Los Angeles, has sponsored science workshops for all FPC classrooms this school year. The grade-specific, hands-on, 50-minute, workshops are presented by trained Discovery Cube staff. The workshops have been a huge success with students learning about the aerodynamics of bees and dissecting owl pellets to learn more about the diets of these fascinating creatures.  

 

Discover Cube Parent Workshops Literacy through Science: Discovery Cube, Los Angeles has also sponsored three 6-session workshops for parents to help improve literacy with hands-on, take home activities. The sessions began at FPC in February. These sessions are being provided in Spanish and English. Parents are given many types of take-home science activities that relate to primary grade literature books. This helps parents see the correlation and importance of reading and science. FPC will offer the second 6-session workshop in March.  

 

Field Trips: FPC students attend at least two educational field trips per year, designed to enrich and enhance their exposure to language, cultural literacy, and hands on learning experiences. Transitional Kindergarten students will be visiting the Kidspace Museum this week. All Kindergarten students have or will have visited the Key to the Sea Aquarium.  1st grade students will be visiting the Science Center in Los Angeles. FPC’s 2nd grade students have visited the Natural History Museum. These are just a few of the field trips provided. Every student gets to attend at least two different locations every year they attend FPC. FPC is devoted to providing children with life changing experiences through quality field trips.  A special thanks to Laura Vasquez and Wendy Kaufman who work diligently with lead teachers to find and schedule all the field trips for the school throughout the year.  

 

Dr. Seuss Literacy Week: FPC celebrated Literacy Week the week of February 25th. The campus is currently decorated with various Dr. Seuss themes. Coco Salazar, Social Committee Chair, and members of the social committee along with Parent Advocacy Committee provided a plan for the literacy event.  All FPC staff were involved in decorating corridors with beautiful Dr. Seuss themes such as Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and the Lorax.  This event, with all of its beautiful colors and activities, encourages students to read and build a love for reading.

 

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): All FPC teachers have been provided training focused on the Annual ELPAC assessment during the month of February. FPC began administering the ELPAC for all English Learners the week of February 25th. Test administrators have been diligently trying to complete assessments. The school plans to complete ELPAC by the middle of March. Thank you to Sirui Thomassian and Maria Reyes for providing the trainings, setting up the testing session, and overseeing the entire assessment process. 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

3/5 ID Picture Make-ups

3/7 Lifetouch Spring Pictures (Free Dress for students)

3/11 CCSA Conference thru 3/14

3/14 GATE Testing begins at FPC

3/25 Parent Conference Week (Shortened Days all week)

4/1 Spring Break (No School all week)

4/8 Staff Development Day #6 

4/18 FCPS Board Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.4.

FENTON STEM ACADEMY (STEM)  

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

March 7, 2019

 

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

 

State Charter Number:  1605

 

 

Enrollment 

 

 

Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

03/07/19

63

46

46

35

48

77

315

95.7%

97.4%

 

Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year began on February 4, 2019. STEM is projected to enroll a total of 350-375 students for the 2019-2020 school year. Student recruitment efforts are ongoing throughout the spring including parent meetings at local Head Start preschools, postcard mailings, school tours, and participation at several events during March and April.   

 

 

Instruction

 

Results of the 2018-2019 Middle of Year (MOY) MAP Assessments: All students during January 2019 participated in Middle of Year (MOY) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments at Fenton STEM Academy. Students in Kindergarten – 5th grade were tested in reading, math, and language skills. It is interesting to note an increase in mathematics proficiency compared to past data. The following table displays the percentage of students scoring in the 41st percentile and higher during beginning of year, mid-year, and end of year assessments over the last three years. It is important to note this data includes TK-5th grade. 

 

Schoolwide Data

 

 

Language

Reading

Mathematics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-17

17-18

18-19

16-17

17-18

18-19

16-17

17-18

18-19

Beginning

40%

40%

46%

35%

38%

41%

27%

34%

37%

Middle

43%

43%

42%

40%

41%

39%

30%

31%

34%

End

50%

46%

 

41%

43%

 

39%

42%

 

 

 

Middle of Year data has provided a strong predictor of CAASPP proficiency rates. According to MOY data for students in 3rd-5th grade, STEM has strong potential to outperform last year’s CAASPP proficiency rates.

 

Grades 3rd-5th 

 

 

 

Reading

41st % (2018)

SBAC (2018)

41st % (2019)

 

Math

41st % (2018)

SBAC (2018)

41st % (2019)

 

46%

44%

47%

 

 

34%