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

 

 

May 23, 2019 – 4:30 P.M.

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038

 

AGENDA

 

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

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

 

B. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Toni Frear and Marie Kirakossian

 

C. Flag Salute – Chair Lucente

 

D. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

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

 

E. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting - Chair Lucente

 

Minutes of the April 18, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors will be presented for approval. 

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

B. Committee/Council Reports

 

1. Finance Committee:  Sarah Ananta, Maria Patrón (FPC); 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 financial statements, cash flow position, and any variations in revenues and expenditures from the approved 2018-2019 budgets as of March 31, 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. 

 

A. Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 calendars

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

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

 

  1. A.Recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of Executive Director
  2. B.Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 Kaiser Permanente and Health Net plans for medical benefits for benefited employees 

D. Recommendation to approve extension of contract with School Nutrition Plus

 

E. Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 technology upgrades and software licenses

 

F. Recommendation to receive revised cost for software licenses from Illuminate Education, Inc., for 2019-2020

 

G. Recommendation to approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association

 

H. Recommendation to approve Ad Hoc Committee to nominate FCPS Board members for 2019-2020

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION 

 

  1. A.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

  1. A.Update from Ad Hoc Health Benefits Committee

VI. CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente will make the following announcement:

 

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

 

Convene to closed session

 

  1. A.Government Code 54957 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Evaluation of Chief Academic Officer and Instructional Coaches

VII. RETURN TO OPEN SESSION - ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

Reconvene to open session

 

Chair Lucente will announce any action taken in Closed Session.

 

VIII. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools Administrative and Business Offices, 8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

IX. ADJOURNMENT 

 

 

 

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item I.E.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

April 18, 2019

 

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Fenton Charter Public Schools, 8928 B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352.  [Dial-in Number:  (712) 770-5581; 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 4:36 p.m. by Chair Lucente.

 

B. Roll Call – Secretary of the Board – Laura Holmes

 

Board Members Present

Diane Abeyta, Parent Representative

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

Jed Wallace, Community Representative

 

Board Members Not Present

Gary Borden, Community Representative

Gabriela Montoya, Parent Representative

Walter Wallace, Community 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

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Agenda (Item III.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Approval of Minutes

 

Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg_and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the March 7, 2019 Regular Meeting (Item III.E.) were approved as presented. 

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed 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, Senior Client Manager of EdTec, presented the following update:

  • ïConsolidated forecasted net income is now $814,000, an increase over the prior month of +$177,000 due primarily to the following:
    • oContracted Special Education Instructors (including NPS):  savings of $112,000
    • oMaterials and Supplies:  savings of $66,000
    • oSalaries and Benefits:  savings of $32,000
    • oCash balances and overall fiscal health remain very strong, and all sites continue to have positive cash balances.

 

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 approve letters of engagement from CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP for audit of FCPS, SFV Education and FCPS Foundation

 

B. Recommendation to approve federal (Form 990) and state (Form 199) tax returns for FCPS and approve authorization for filing 

 

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 Consent Agenda (Items III.A. and III.B.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to receive and file LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit Reports for 2018-2019 School Year

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive and file LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit Reports for 2018-2019 School Year (Item IV.A.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

B. Recommendation to approve contract with NWEA™ for MAP® assessments for 2019-2020

 

On MOTION of Diane Abeyta, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the contract with NWEA™ for MAP® assessments for 2019-2020 (Item IV.B.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

C. Recommendation to approve reconfiguration of FCPS business office staff responsibilities and titles 

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the reconfiguration of FCPS business office staff responsibilities and titles (Item IV.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace     

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

D. Recommendation to approve expenditure for items above spending authority of Executive Director

 

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 expenditure for items above spending authority of Executive Director (Item IV.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace      

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Recommendation to approve notice to authorizing district, LAUSD, to reserve the right of Fenton schools to leave LAUSD SELPA

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the notice to authorizing district, LAUSD, to reserve the right of Fenton schools to leave LAUSD SELPA (Item IV.E.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace    

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

    1. a.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

    1. a.Update from Ad Hoc Instructional Focus Committee
    2. b.Update on Health Benefits Costs for 2019-2020 

 

    1. a.Information related to Performance Indicator Review (PIR) Assurance Forms and approval of PIR Improvement Plans for Fenton Avenue Charter School and Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

These were information items only 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 54957 - Public Employee Performance Evaluation and Public Employee Appointment, and Government Code Section 54956.9 – Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation.”

 

The Board convened to Closed Session at 5:57 p.m.

 

    1. a.Government Code 54957 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Evaluation of Current Administrators

 

    1. a.Government Code 54957 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT – 

Title:  Second Assistant Director Position (FACS)

C. Government Code 54957

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Evaluation of Executive Director

 

D. Government Code Section 54956.9

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION

 

VII. RETURN TO OPEN SESSION - ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

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

 

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

 

    1. a.Government Code 54957 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Evaluation of Current Administrators

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Diane Abeyta and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Board received and approved the positive evaluation of all administrators and recommended extending one-year contracts, and corresponding salary increases as applicable and indicated by the Administrative Salary Schedule, to all of the following:

 

    • ïLeticia Padilla Parra, Director, FACS
    • ïBarbara Aragón, Assistant Director, FACS
    • ïJessi Tello, Administrative Coordinator, FACS
    • ïRichard Parra, Director, FPC
    • ïSirui Thomassian, Assistant Director, FPC
    • ïWendy Kaufman, Administrative Coordinator, FPC 
    • ïCary Rabinowitz, Director, SMBCCS
    • ïMonica Castañeda, Assistant Director, SMBCCS
    • ïWalter Gomez, Administrative Coordinator, SMBCCS
    • ïRobin Rodriguez, Administrative Coordinator, SMBCCS
    • ïJennifer Miller, Director, STEM and FCLA
    • ïJennifer Pimentel, Administrative Coordinator, STEM and FCLA
    • ïCecilia Quijano, Administrative Coordinator, STEM and FCLA

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace    

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

    1. a.Government Code 54957 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT – 

Title:  Second Assistant Director Position (FACS)

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Board approved the promotion of Jessi Tello to the position of Assistant Director of Fenton Avenue Charter School.  (Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Fenton Avenue Charter School will have two Assistant Directors with specific and varied responsibilities to be determined by the Director, Leticia Padilla Parra, and the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. David Riddick.)

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace    

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

C. Government Code 54957

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Evaluation of Executive Director

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Board evaluated the Executive Director’s performance for the 2018-2019 school year and approved to extend a one-year contract to Irene Sumida to continue as the Executive Director of the Fenton Charter Public Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.  Her current salary is $45,022, the maximum salary allowable for STRS retirees.  For 2019-2020, her salary will be $46,451, which CalSTRS has calculated as the postretirement limitation for next year.  The limitation is calculated as half of the median final compensation of the members who retired during the last fiscal year.

 

Aye: (5) Diane Abeyta, Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin,

Joe Lucente, Jed Wallace    

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

Chair Lucente announced that no action was taken on Item VI.D. in Closed Session.

 

VIII. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Chair Lucente announced that the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, 1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038.

 

IX. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

______________________________

Laura Holmes

Secretary of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. B. 

 

Committee and Council Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.1.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

April 12, 2019

 

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:21 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Dominica Yasuda, Chair

 

Roll Call: Paige Piper, Secretary

 

Members Present: Dominica Yasuda, Paige Piper, Sofia Carias, Ana Gutierrez, and Jennifer Miller

 

Excused Members: Cecilia Quijano

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Jennifer Hines, Romelia Lagunas, Brennan Mack, and Tania Casas

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None

 

Approval of Minutes: Dominica Yasuda, Chairperson

 

Item #1 Minutes from the January 15, 2019 meeting of the Fenton STEM Finance Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Paige Piper, SECONDED by Sofia Carias, and CARRIED, the minutes from the January 15, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee were approved. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  None

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 2018-2019 Budget Update, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director

                       (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared the STEM income statement as of February 2019 with the committee. She identified the Operating Income, Revenue, and Expenses for the school. Mrs. Miller explained that the Operating Income is the amount of money the school is projected to end the school year with. Mrs. Miller explained that the school budget is based off of a projected ADA of 97%. At present, STEM is projected to end the year with a net income of $129,000, which is a decrease from the previously projected $136,000. This decrease is due to a slight adjustment from the previous month in the area of utilities and substitutes.  

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Proposed Budget, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director 

(Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that she has been working with EdTec to develop a budget for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Miller shared that the 2019-2020 budget is being built off of a projected budget reflecting 350-375 students and a projected ADA of 97.0%.   Currently, STEM’s projected Operating Income after the 2019-2020 school year is $240,000. Mrs. Miller shared that the school is budgeting for some facilities updates, including: a vendor will be adding shelving to the Hands on Lab, additional security cameras, playground enhancements, two trees being planted, and a shade awning over the outdoor blue tables. The budget for next year is still considered preliminary and will be approved by the FCPS board in June 2019.

 

On MOTION of Paige Piper, SECONDED by Sofia Carias, and CARRIED, the proposed budget was approved. 

 

Item #5 2019-2020 Staffing Needs, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director 

(Motion to Approve)

 

Currently, STEM is planning to hire a full time school counselor, a music teacher, and a part-time compliance position. Mrs. Miller shared that there may be more open positions after Round 4 of reorganization. This means that no official offers will be made to any candidates until after Round 4 of reorganization on April 29th. 

 

On MOTION of Sofia Carias, SECONDED by Ana Gutierrez, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 staffing needs were approved.

 

Item #6 Focus Lead Stipend, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director 

(Motion to Approve)


Mrs. Miller informed the committee that the focus lead stipend has already been projected for in the 2019-2020 budget. Due to the amount of work and dedication required of the Focus Leads, Mrs. Miller has proposed increasing the Focus Lead yearly stipend from $2,500 to $5,000. After reflecting on the time and energy commitment, heavy workload, and successful maintenance of implementing each school’s focus, it seems reasonable to increase this stipend to a similar amount as lead teacher. 

 

On MOTION of Sofia Carias, SECONDED by Ana Gutierrez, and CARRIED, the Focus Lead stipend was approved.

 

Item #7 TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director 

(Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the majority of grade levels are piloting the TWIG Science Curriculum. Mrs. Miller shared that the decision to purchase will not be made until after the pilot program is completed. The TWIG Science Curriculum has not been accounted for in the 2019-2020 budget. For both FCLA and STEM, the cost for 8 years would be $75,000 each. The three-year cost including consumables would be $55,000 each. Based on these figures, Mrs. Miller is recommending a three-year adoption to allow for more cash flow. A final decision about the adoption of this curriculum would have to be approved by the Instruction Committee in the coming month. 

 

On MOTION of Sofia Carias, SECONDED by Ana Gutierrez, and CARRIED, the TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase was approved.

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Sofia Carias, SECONDED by Paige Piper and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 7:59 a.m.  

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Paige Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

Finance Committee

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance Committee

 

April 12, 2019

 

A meeting of the FCLA Finance Committee was held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:18 am in the Conference Room at the Fenton Academies on 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley CA 91352.

 

Call to Order: Romelia Lagunas, Chairperson

 

Roll Call: Jennifer Hines, Secretary

 

Members Present: Romelia Lagunas, Brennan Mack, Jennifer Hines, Jennifer Miller, Michelle Raxlin and Tania Casas

 

Excused Members: Mauricio Mena and Cecilia Quijano.

 

Non-Members Present: Paige Piper, Sofia Carias, Ana Gutierrez and Dominica Yasuda

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  None.

 

Approval of Minutes from January 15, 2019: Romelia Lagunas, Chairperson

 

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

 

 On MOTION of Jennifer Hines, SECONDED by Tania Casas and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting of January 15, 2019, were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  None

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 2018-2019 Budget Update, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)  

 

Mrs. Miller reviewed income statement as of February 2019 including revenue and expenses. The current operating income for FCLA is $124,422. This is more than last projected due to less spent on special education than originally projected. This operating income will be added to our ending fund balance to create a savings of $339,527. 

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Proposed Budget, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director

(Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that she has been working with EdTec to develop a budget for the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Miller shared that the 2019-2020 budget is being built off of a projected budget reflecting 350-375 students and a projected ADA of 97.0%. Mrs. Miller shared that the school is budgeting for some facilities updates, including: a vendor will be adding shelving to the Hands on Lab, additional security cameras, playground enhancements, two trees being planted, and a shade awning over the outdoor blue tables.

 

On MOTION of Tania Casas, SECONDED by Brennan Mack and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 budget was approved as submitted.

 

Item #5                       2019-2020 Staffing Needs, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

Currently, FCLA is planning to hire one classroom teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, they will be hiring several positions to be shared with STEM including a full time school counselor, a music teacher, and a part-time compliance position. Mrs. Miller shared that there may be more open positions after Round 4 of reorganization. This means that no official offers will be made to any candidates until after Round 4 of reorganization on April 29th. 

 

On MOTION of Tania Casas, SECONDED by Brennan Mack and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 staffing needs was approved as submitted.

 

Item #6                       Focus Lead Stipend, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director 

                                    (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller informed the committee that the focus lead stipend has already been projected for in the 2019-2020 budget. Due to the amount of work and dedication required of the Focus Leads, Mrs. Miller has proposed increasing the Focus Lead yearly stipend from $2,500 to $5,000. 

    

On MOTION of Tania Casas, SECONDED by Brennan Mack and CARRIED, the Focus Lead Stipend was approved as submitted.

 

Item #7                       TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM  

                                    Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the majority of grade levels are piloting the TWIG Science Curriculum. Mrs. Miller shared that the decision to purchase will not be made until after the pilot program is completed. The TWIG Science Curriculum has not been accounted for in the 2019-2020 budget. For both FCLA and STEM, the cost for 8 years would be $75,000 each. The three-year cost including consumables would be $55,000 each. Based on these figures, Mrs. Miller is recommending a three-year adoption. The shorter adoption helps with cash flow and also allows us the flexibility to shop around for a new program after 3 years if we so desire. A final decision about the adoption of this curriculum would have to be approved by the instruction curriculum.

 

On MOTION of Jennifer Hines, SECONDED by Tania Casas and CARRIED, the TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase was approved as submitted.

 

Announcements: There were no announcements. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

On MOTION of Tania Casas, SECONDED Jennifer Hines by and CARRIED, the Finance Committee adjourned at 7:59 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Jennifer Hines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

 

May 2, 2019

 

A meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council was held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

 

Call to Order: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

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

 

Roll Call: Fanny Adnitt, Secretary

 

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

 

Members Excused: Geina Addison, Barbara Aragón, David Valle, Jessi Tello

 

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

Items #6, #7, #8, and #9 were added to the agenda.

 

Item #1

Minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Martin Penner, SECONDED by Mary Ann McPherson, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council Meeting of March 21st, 2019 were approved as presented.

 

Item #2 

Presentations from the Public: Tony Peña, Co-Chair

 

Any persons desiring to address the Committee on any proper matter. 

 

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 has been running a deficit all year due to low enrollment, overstaffing by two teachers, and pressing facilities projects. The school has been reaching for its reserves this year.

 

Item #4

Proposed 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, the projected budget still foresees a deficit of $26,000, even with the recent adjustment of staff. Two additional students would balance the budget. However, with the trend of student number decline, 25 additional students (adding a class) would better ensure a balanced budget for the next school-year.  Director Leticia Padilla-Parra emphasized the need to reach out further geographically to recruit students by doing promotional events with FPC and distributing fliers to our own students, libraries, the Discovery Cube, etc.

 

Item #5

Staffing Needs, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra informed the council that with Mr. Gomez moving to FPC to teach 2nd grade, there will be an open position in 5th grade in addition to the two open positions in Special Education left by Mrs. Jodele and Mrs. Mims. The open positions were posted on Ed Join. Interviews for the Special Education positions were conducted on Tuesday and four strong candidates are returning for a demo lesson.

 

Item #6

Special Education Lead Teacher Stipend, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra informed the council that presently the Special Education Lead Teacher position receives a stipend of $3,000. It was recommended for this rate to be adjusted to match that of the regular Grade Level Lead Teacher of $5,000 to reflect fairness.

 

Item #7

Library Renovation, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra briefed the council on the status of the ongoing library renovation. The existing tile surface is being cleaned, new area rugs and chairs are being added, desks are being treated, existing tables are being painted, new blinds are being installed, the stadium seating is being refinished, and new books are being donated by The World Is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) Foundation. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is projected to take place on June 11, 2019.

 

Item #8

Front Office Safety Renovation, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra shared with the council that the Front Office Safety Renovation didn’t happen during spring break as previously projected. The new counter is being worked on. The renovation was postponed to after SBAC is concluded to maintain focus on testing. It may need to take place during the summer break.

 

Item #9

Handball Court Renovation, Leticia Padilla-Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

Director Leticia Padilla-Parra informed the council that both handball courts are being renovated as the wood was decaying. The painting of a mural is being considered by 5th grade to decorate the murals.

 

Announcements:

None

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined 

 

Adjournment

 

On MOTION of Patricia Aparicio, SECONDED by Mary Ann McPherson, and CARRIED, the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council adjourned at 7:45 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Fanny Adnitt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

 

Finance Committee

 

Wednesday May 15th, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium

 

MINUTES

 

Call to Order: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam, Co-Chairs

 

The Finance Committee was called to order at 7:15 am by Chair AJ Smith.

 

Roll Call: Christy Namkung and Gaby Moya, Secretaries

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

 

Excused Members: Tashi Miller

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: None

 

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

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 21st, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Donald Ausherman, and SECONDED by Walter Gomez and CARRIED, the minutes from the February 21st, 2019 meeting of the Finance Committee were approved.

 

Presentations from the Public: None

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None 

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Financial Update, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)  

Mr. Rabinowitz presented the 4-year budget through the year 2022. For the 2018-2019 school year, our operating income was set to $338,758 based on an average enrollment of 890 students and an ADA of 97.5%. SMBCCS was confirmed to be in good financial shape. SMBCCS receives the majority of its revenue from the federal and state government. Due to a decline in enrollment and an increase in STRS and COLA percentages, the operating income is anticipated to decrease in future years. The committee discussed the educational software used at the school including Illuminate, iStation, and instructional materials like Ironbox.

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

Mr. Rabinowitz discussed resurfacing the school yard, which would include coating the asphalt to seal it in order to prevent cracks. He has applied for a grant to fund the resurfacing and is awaiting approval. The cost of the marquee was discussed as well as an air conditioning update planned for next year.  The committee also discussed the possible installation of a new fence around the perimeter of the school. The kinder yard canopies will be replaced next year and we are currently working on connecting our outdoor speakers to the PA System.

Item #5 Enrollment Update for 2019-2020, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

Mr. Rabinowitz states that the enrollment for next year is predicted to be lower, standing at 868 students, with a hopeful increase to 885 for the subsequent years. Currently, TK and Kinder have received about 50 packets, which totals at 74 students combined. This is the typical amount of student enrollment at this point in the school year. In order to bring in more students, we are looking to continue our student recruitment efforts such as attending local fairs and visiting head starts in the area.

Item #6 Summer Professional Development, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director

(Informational Item)

Mr. Rabinowitz stated that there are three professional development opportunities offered over the summer. The Benchmark Consortium will cost $500 per person with 10 staff members interested. The CA MTSS will cost $250 per person. The third opportunity is a training based on Thinking Maps which will cost approximately $1,000 per person. ELD leads will attend this PD. 

Announcements:

Next Regular Meeting: 

 

The next regular meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee will be announced at a later date. 

 

Adjournment:

On MOTION of Holly Putnam, and SECONDED by Gloria Munguia and CARRIED, the May 15 meeting of the SMBCCS Finance Committee was adjourned at 7:44 am.

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center 

Unapproved Minutes of the Finance and Safety Committee  

May 15, 2019

 

A meeting of the Finance and Safety Committee was held on Tuesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:19 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, Maria Patron, Max Schafer, Erika Quinonez, Annie Yi, Mia 

Martinez, Rosa Benkovic, Richard Parra, Wendy Kaufman, and Sirui Thomassian

 

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

 

Addition Item #7: Wilson Fundations Training (Sherman Oaks) total not to exceed $2500: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item).

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the February 5, 2019 Finance and Safety Committee 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra SECONDED by Wendy Kaufman and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Finance and Safety Committee Meeting of February 5, 2019, 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 Benchmark Advanced Professional Development (Palm Spring for 4 staff members) total not to exceed $3,500: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item)

 

Mr. Parra has informed staff that FPC has $20,000 set aside for professional development written in the budget. FPC still has about half of the budget remaining. Mr. Parra has invited lead teachers, instructional co-chairs, and administration to the Benchmark Advance PD on June 25-26. Ms. Salazar, Mrs. Shinn-Smith, Ms. Kaufman, Mrs. Cardenas, and Mrs. Thomassian have shown interest in attending. 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra SECONDED by Max Schafer and CARRIED, the PD for Benchmark Advance for four staff members has been approved. 

 

Item #4 MTSS Conference (Long Beach for up to 6 staff members) total not to exceed $5,500: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item)

 

This conference will be funded with the 2019-2020 budget as it takes place on July 27-28. The conference will be held over 2 days, and accommodations will be provided. Six staff members will be attending. Mr. Parra has invited the administrative team, Mrs. Shinn-Smith, Mrs. Ramirez, Maria Cardenas and/or FPC’s new psychologist. 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra SECONDED by Max Schafer and CARRIED, the PD for MTSS for six staff members has been approved. 

 

Item #5 2018-2019 Budget Update: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

 

This year’s budget is ending on a healthy balance for FPC. Mr. Parra informed that we are ending on a $300,000 positive at the end of the year. One major cost this year was our new the Benchmark Curriculum. However, this cost was offset by a few outstanding items. Those items include left over PD budget for the school year, postponed surveillance update, and postponed (trash can) gate repairs. Repairs and updates will roll over to the next year’s budget. One significant concern was enrollment. Our projected enrollment was 740 students, but we maintained a range of 700-710 number of students. Low enrollment did not impact the budget too significantly.

 

Item #6 2019-2020 Budget Preview: Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational)

 

Next year’s budget is almost identical to this year’s balance. Mr. Parra is projecting a $300,000 positive at the end of the year. Low enrollment is still a concern. The Governor’s budget is looking positive. School will be funded as predicted, and maybe more. There will be a 5-10% increase for ADA. However, with that increase, we are looking at a 5-10% increase in cost. Minor changes can be made by the end of May to maintain a healthy balance. 

 

Item #7 Wilson Fundations Training (Sherman Oaks) total not to exceed $2500: 

Richard Parra, FPC Director (Approval Item)

 

A group of teachers will be attending a PD held by grade-level in Sherman Oaks 

for a one-day training. Staff will learn to build a learning focused 

classroom: maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using 

questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging 

craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra SECONDED by Max Schafer and CARRIED, the PD for Wilson Fundations Training for staff members has been approved. 

 

Announcements

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Annie Yi and CARRIED, the Finance and Safety Committee meeting adjourned at 7:48 a.m. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.2.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Curriculum and Assessment Council

April 24, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Conference Room

 

MINUTES

 

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

 

Roll Call: Rebecca Williamson- Secretary

 

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 February 14, 2019 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On the MOTION Jacqueline Claudio, SECONDED by Valerie Tyler Mims, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from February 14, 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: No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Student Reorganization Meetings- Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

The sped placement meetings for 2nd to 3rd grade took place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at FPC.  Mrs. Padilla Parra and Miss Claudio attended.  The sped placement meetings for 3rd to 4th took place on Friday, April 12, 2019.  Mrs. Padilla Parra, Miss Lopez, Mrs. Jodele, Miss Claudio, Ms. Aragón, and Mr. Tello attended.  The placement meetings for 4th to 5th took place on Monday, April 22, 2019.  Mrs. Padilla Parra, Miss Lopez, Miss Claudio, and Mr. Tello attended. The classrooms were looked over and discussed carefully to ensure that classrooms were evenly distributed.  On the April 25th minimum day, 3rd to 4th grade will complete their reorganization.  On the April 26th minimum day, 4th to 5th grade will complete their reorganization.  

 

Item #4 Pinks and Blues for Student Reorganization- Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

The pink and blue forms were unchanged for the 2018-2019 school year.  In the coming months, Dr. Riddick would like to have a leadership discussion for input about possible changes to the form for the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

Item #5 Enrollment Ad-Hoc Committee- Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

All FCPS schools are facing decreasing enrollment.  FACS needs to increase enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.  An Enrollment Ad-Hoc Committee will be formed.  Mrs. Padilla Parra and other staff members from FACS will be attending an event at Branford Park on Saturday, April 27th.  Mrs. Padilla Parra is continuing to look into other ways to spread the word about enrollment, including placing new banners around the school.   

 

Item #6 SBAC Testing- Barbara Aragón, FACS Assistant Director (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Aragón announced that all grade levels had their SBAC administration meetings.  All grade levels will be having testing run-throughs this week.  All special education accommodations will be added in TOMS.  

 

Announcements: None

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

 

Adjournment: 

 

On the MOTION of Jacqueline Claudio, SECONDED by Rebecca Williamson, and CARRIED, the 

Curriculum Assessment Council adjourned at 7:54 a.m.

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by Rebecca Williamson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton STEM Academy

Instruction Committee

 

April 30, 2019 

 

Minutes

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:15 A.M. in the Hands On Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

 

Call to Order: Melissa Sopitkuankan, Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:19 a.m. by Chair, Melissa Sopitkuankan.

 

Roll Call: Alejandra Muñoz, Secretary

Instruction Committee Members Present: Melissa Sopitkuankan, Alejandra Muñoz, Crisinda Ismail, Lilia Padilla-Zuniga, Julie Nguyen, Jennifer Pimentel, Jennifer Miller

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Maria Cordero, Nicole Langlois, Lindsay Western

 

Members Excused: Romelia Lagunas

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Melissa Sopitkuankan, Chairperson

Approval of Minutes: Melissa Sopitkuankan, Chairperson

 

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

 

On MOTION of Crisinda Ismail, SECONDED by Julie Nguyen, and CARRIED, the minutes from the January 9, 2019 meeting of the STEM Instruction Committee were approved.  

 

Presentations from the Public: Melissa Sopitkuankan, Chairperson

 

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

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase,

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Pimentel presented information regarding the purchase of the TWIG Science Curriculum, which has been piloted by several teachers in kindergarten, first, third, fourth and fifth grade. Overall, teachers have expressed positive feedback. Mrs. Pimentel shared feedback from a few teachers.  Ms. Christenson taught several lessons and expressed that the material has been thorough and comprehensive. She also felt that the program is a good integration of Benchmark and STEM and an innovative way to tie into our STEM focus. The kindergarten teachers have completed a few lessons so far and feel that the program is easy to use, rigorous, and engaging. Mrs. Ismail indicated that she enjoyed the Fast Track option, which is particularly designed for those moments when there is a time crunch. She also stated that her students were very interested in using the student workbooks. Most teachers will continue to finish the lessons after Open House, as they are currently unable to fully utilize the program due to time constraints. A TWIG representative has continuously come in to support the piloting teachers and will continue to be available, as needed. A special thank you to the following teachers who volunteered to pilot Twig Science: Veronica Palazzola, Priscilla Gentry, Kelley Christenson, Lauren Cappelli, Elizabeth Marquez, Yesenia Fuentes, Crisinda Ismail, Paige Piper, Alejandra Munoz, and Elisa Vallejo.

 

On MOTION of Crisinda Ismail, SECONDED by Julie Nguyen, and CARRIED, the purchase of the TWIG Science Curriculum was approved. 

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Instructional Materials

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

 

Mrs. Pimentel provided information regarding instructional materials for the 2019-2020 school year. At the last Lead Teacher meeting, lead teachers were advised to talk to their grade level and get feedback. Second grade expressed that they have not fully utilized Scholastic News due to time constraints and may not be able to use it next year. Ms. Fuentes mentioned to the committee that she has been piloting Reflex Math with her class thanks to a grant. It is a program aimed at improving math fact fluency. Ms. Fuentes has been using the program with her class for 20 minutes each morning. Students are able to work on the program at home and school. If the TWIG science curriculum is adopted, then Mystery Science will no longer be used. The rest of the instructional materials will remain the same. 

 

Item #5 SBAC Grades 3rd-5th Lead Teacher Collaboration, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller discussed information regarding the 3rd – 5th Lead Teacher Collaboration Day that took place on Friday, April 12th. Lead teachers and grade level peers participated in a full-day collaborative meeting. Teachers shared SBAC resources, study materials, training schedules, strategies being implemented, and incentives being used. A Google drive folder full of resources has been shared with all the teachers. Mrs. Miller wanted to formally thank Yesenia Fuentes, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Crissy Ismail, Paige Piper, Alejandra Muñoz and Angie Ferri for their participation in this collaborative day. 

 

Item #6 Benchmark Consortium Professional Development, 

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

 

Mrs. Miller provided information regarding the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development opportunity that is scheduled for June 25 – 26th in Palm Springs. The cost will be $500 per person. This will provide a great opportunity for teachers to dive into the Benchmark Curriculum. Last year, Dr. Riddick and the instructional coaches, Angie Castellana Ferri and Teresa Elvira, attended the event in La Jolla. A lot of the Benchmark recommendations for this year came from last year’s Benchmark event. This professional development opportunity has been offered to the leadership team across the Fenton schools and will then be extended to all others who are interested. Fenton continues to look for opportunities to grow and professional development remains a big focus. 

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Julie Nguyen, and CARRIED, the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development was approved. 

Item #7 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute Professional Development, 

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

 

Mrs. Miller presented the committee with information regarding the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute Professional Development opportunity that is scheduled for July 29-31st in Long Beach. The cost will be $175 per person. The Fenton schools attended this training last year, and it covers many items, such as ideas for intervention, trauma practices, and behavior management. A lot of staff has already expressed interest in attending this year’s event.

 

On MOTION of Crisinda Ismail, SECONDED by Julie Nguyen, and CARRIED, the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute PD was approved. 

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Crisinda Ismail, SECONDED by Alejandra Muñoz and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:52 AM.

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by: Alejandra Muñoz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

Instruction Committee

 

April 30, 2019 

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Tuesday, April 30th 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: Maria Cordero, Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 7:17 a.m. by Chair, Maria Cordero.

 

Roll Call: Lindsey Western, Secretary

Instruction Committee Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Lindsey Western, Maria Cordero, Nicole Langlois, Yesenia Fuentes, 

 

Excused Members: Raquel Contreras

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Cecilia Quijano, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Crisinda Ismail, Lilia Padilla-Zuniga, Alejandra Munoz, Julie Nguyen

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Maria Cordero, Chairperson

Approval of Minutes: Maria Cordero, Chairperson

 

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

 

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

 

Presentations from the Public: Maria Cordero, Chairperson

 

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

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 TWIG Science Curriculum Purchase,

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Pimentel presented information regarding the purchase of the TWIG Science Curriculum, which has been piloted by several teachers in kindergarten, first, third, and fourth grade. The TWIG curriculum was introduced to the committee back in December 2018. Overall, the teachers have stated that the curriculum is thorough and comprehensive, rigorous, and easy to use. Teachers also feel that the program is a good integration of Benchmark and STEM. The materials are also easy to use. For busier times of the school year, there is a Fast Track option. students were very interested in using the student workbooks. A TWIG representative has continuously come in to support the piloting teachers and will continue to be available, as needed.

 

On MOTION of Lindsey Western, SECONDED by Nicole Langlois, and CARRIED, the purchase of the TWIG Science Curriculum was approved as submitted.

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Instructional Materials

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

 

Mrs. Pimentel provided information regarding instructional materials for the 2019-2020 school year. At the last Lead Teacher meeting, lead teachers were asked to talk to their grade level for feedback. Second grade expressed that although they like Scholastic News, they have not fully utilized Scholastic News due to time constraints and may not be able to use it next year. Ms. Fuentes mentioned to the committee that she has been piloting Reflex Math with her class thanks to a grant. It is a program aimed at improving math fact fluency. Ms. Fuentes has been using the program with her class for 20 minutes each morning. Students are able to work on the program both at home and at school. If the TWIG science curriculum is adopted, then Mystery Science will no longer be used. The rest of the instructional materials will remain the same. 

 

Item #5 SBAC Grades 3rd-5th Lead Teacher Collaboration, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller discussed information regarding the 3rd – 5th Lead Teacher Collaboration Day that took place on Friday, April 12th. This was a full-day collaborative meeting between lead teachers and grade level peers. Teachers discussed strategies and incentives being used in the classroom. Teachers shared SBAC resources, study materials, and training schedules. A Google drive folder full of resources has been shared with all the teachers. Mrs. Miller wanted to formally thank Yesenia Fuentes, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Crisinda Ismail, Paige Piper, Alejandra Muñoz and Angie Ferri for their participation.

 

Item #6 Benchmark Consortium Professional Development, 

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

 

Mrs. Miller provided information regarding the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development opportunity being held from June 25 – 26th in Palm Springs. The cost will be $500 per person. This will provide a great opportunity for teachers to dive into the Benchmark Curriculum. Last year, Dr. Riddick and the instructional coaches, Angie Castellana Ferri and Teresa Elvira, attended the event in La Jolla. A lot of the Benchmark recommendations and training for this year came from last year’s event. This professional development opportunity has been offered to the leadership team across the Fenton schools and will then be extended to all others who are interested. 

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Yesenia Fuentes, and CARRIED, the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development was approved as submitted.

 

Item #7 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute Professional Development, 

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

 

Mrs. Miller presented the committee with information regarding the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute Professional Development opportunity that is scheduled for July 29-31st in Long Beach. The cost will be $175 per person. The Fenton schools attended this training last year, and it covers many items relating to brainwork and social and emotional awareness, such as ideas for intervention, trauma practices, and behavior management. A lot of Fenton staff have already expressed interest in attending this year’s event.

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Yesenia Fuentes, and CARRIED, the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute Professional Development was approved as submitted.

 

Announcements: There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Yesenia Fuentes, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting adjourned at 7:53 am. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lindsey Western, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

Instruction Committee

May 13, 2019

MINUTES 

Call to Order:    Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:16 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: Gaby Arroyo, Grisel Benn, Monica Castañeda, Shanjana Chowdhury, Jennifer Flynn, Sasha Gongora, Beth Henschel, Kimberly Kiser, Lisa Morales, Jennifer Nishimoto, Joycelyn O’Brien, Cary Rabinowitz, Kyra Requiestas, and Fabiola Vega

 

Excused Members:    Jennifer Allen, Caroline Engel

 

Absent:    None

 

Non-Committee Members Present:    Bunny Wolfer

 

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

 

Approval of Minutes:    Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 26, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee             

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Kimberly Kiser, SECONDED by Fabiola Vega, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Instruction Committee from February 26, 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 Apple Learning Technologies Survey,​ C​ary Rabinowitz,  SMBCCS Director    (​Informational Item​) 

                            

On May 20, 2019, SMBCCS staff will be given access to an Apple Survey. It will look at teacher learning goals, perceptions, and other aspects of instruction. The survey will be open for 2 weeks. Once it is completed, the staff will be provided feedback on the results. 

                                                                                             

Item #4   California State University, Northridge - Rally in the Valley Competition     Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chair ​(Informational Item)

 

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, our Robotics team took home 2nd Place in the Obstacle Course and 3rd Place in the NASA Space Challenge at the Rally in the Valley competition at California State University, Northridge!

 

The students were very well prepared spending the morning strategizing and working collaboratively with their teams to organize and problem solve during these high stress, timed events.  Thank you again to our Robotics Coaches - Mrs. Aaronson, Mrs. Arroyo, Mrs. Hauck, Ms. Nishimoto, and Mr. Smith who did a phenomenal job guiding our students to success. With the coaches’ many years of experience working with our teams and participation in this event, they knew exactly how to motivate, energize, and empower our students and give them the tools to be independent thinkers and decision-makers.  

 

A special shout out to Jennifer Nishimoto who continues to take on a leadership role in the organization and management of the Rally in the Valley event for the last several years.  

 

Many Fenton staff members in attendance participated as volunteers.  Bunny Wolfer (and her husband!), Jazmin Luna, and Kelley Christenson from the Fenton STEM Academy helped as judges; Kyra Requiestas volunteered to support morning preparations and registration, and Dr. Riddick volunteered to take photographs throughout the morning.  Mrs. Rodriguez also helped by cheering on our students and Mr. Gomez ensured our students' safe arrival and return by accompanying our team on the bus alongside some of our parents.

 

Cary had a chance to briefly speak with representatives from LAUSD on Saturday.  They acknowledged Fenton as a leader in the field, recalling that the organization's forward-thinking in this arena dates back to the late 90's when Fenton Avenue Charter School led the nation providing 1 to 1 devices as part of their Virtual Learning System instructional model.  With our long history and expert staff we look forward to a bright future of continued success and celebrations.

 

Item #5 2019-2020 Instructional Materials/Supplies, ​Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS

                        Director (​Informational Item​) 

 

The Supply Request list will be sent out to all staff this week. This list includes materials to be used in the classrooms, such as crayons and pencils. If you are moving rooms, please inform Lucia to assist you with the moving of instructional materials, especially if moving grade-levels. We are looking at the software the school is using. We want to ensure the programs are used frequently and consistently. 

 

The staff also discussed what instructional reports should be brought to COST, SST, and IEP meetings, such as MAP results, iStation, and/or Freckle. This can help determine what software should be maintained at SMBCCS. 

Item #6 Student Reorganization, ​Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director 

(Informational Item) 

 

Student Reorganization begins this week, May 13, 2019. It will take place during the grade-level psychomotor times. Lead teachers please ensure teachers know what flags should be included to identify students that are ELLs, sorting students into high, medium, and low groupings using MAP percentiles, and students who receive special education services.                   

 

Item #7 Professional Development Day #7​, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director ​    

(Informational Item)

 

Professional Development Day #7 will be on May 24, 2019. The focus is mainly on planning with grade-level teams. Mr Rabinowitz will also meet with the specialists to discuss schedule changes.

 

Item #8 Summer Professional Development Opportunities, ​Cary Rabinowitz, 

SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Lisa Morales, SECONDED by Sasha Gongora, and CARRIED, the Summer Professional Development Opportunities was approved as submitted.

 

Benchmark Consortium will be held from June 25-26 in Palm Springs. Nine teachers are committed to attending. The CA MTSS is from July 29-31 in Long Beach. Five to six teachers will be attending. Thinking Maps training will be attended by the ELD leads. 

 

Another professional opportunity presented was the Arts Integration and Steam online conference to be held on July 18. Also, the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia from June 23-26, which is being offered to the Instructional Technology Coaches (ITC). 

 

The school will register teachers for the conferences. Teachers are responsible for paying for airfare and lodging. Teachers should submit their receipts within 60 days to be reimbursed. For mileage, teacher should submit the Google Map with the directions and distance.  Teachers also need to provide proof of attending any conferences. 

  

Item #9 MAP Final Testing Window, ​Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director   

(Informational Item)

 

MAP testing window began on May 7 for Kinder through 2nd grade.  The other grades, 3rd through 6th grade, will begin MAP testing on May 28. All grade-levels should have all MAP testing completed by June 7. 

 

Item #10 English Learner Document Review: RFEP Monitoring, ELD Protocol, ​Cary 

Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (​Informational Item​)

 

On May 20, our ELD Leads will be meeting with Dr. Riddick to review the ELD Progress Report. On May 22, the staff will review the report during the staff meeting. The majority of the report will be pre-populated on Illuminate. The reports need to be completed by the time report cards are submitted to the grade-level leads on June 3. 

 

RFEP identification moved to the end of the year because of when the ELPAC data is received. Administrators will inform the teachers which students are eligible for RFEP. The teacher will then determine if they feel the student is ready for RFEP.

 

RFEPs are now required to be monitored for 4-years. Please ensure all forms are completed for all students who have RFEP.

 

Item #11 Reading is Fundamental, ​Gaby Arroyo, Co-Chair (​Informational Item​)

 

Literacy Day for Pre-K to 3rd grade students will be Monday, June 3. On Monday, teachers will read or listen to the story All Are Welcome. Students will then complete the worksheet. ITCs will make copies of the worksheets for teachers. 

 

It was requested by RIF that we read the book All Are Welcome once a year.  Teachers are to complete the worksheet and send some back in to RIF.  ITCs need 4 worksheets from each teacher by Tuesday, June 4 in order to scan them and send them to RIF.  ITCs will return the scanned worksheets to teachers. 

 

Teachers can pass the worksheets to next year's teachers so they get to know their students.

 

If teachers would like the students to create a PicCollage, record a Clips video, draw a family picture using Sketches, introduce themselves using ChatterKids, or any other project you can think of....that would be awesome! If students complete a digital project, let ITCs know and they can submit it along with the worksheets.

 

Announcements: 

 

Ms. Castaneda will be sending out the Teacher’s Assistants’ evaluations this week. They need to be returned by May 24, 2019.  Ms. Castaneda will then meet with all the TA’s to review the evaluations. 

                            

Next Regular Meeting:  June 3, 2019

 

Adjournment

 

On MOTION of Kimberly Kiser, SECONDED by Fabiola Vega, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee adjourned at 7:55 a.m.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Instruction Committee

 

May 16, 2019

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 7:15 a.m. in the library of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Mara Shinn Smith, Co-Chair 

 

The Instruction Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:16 a.m. by Co-Chair, Mara Shinn Smith.    

 

Roll Call: Nina Ferman, Secretary

 

Members Present: Mara Shinn Smith, Nitima Angus, Karen Knapp, Nina Ferman, Diana Lucas, Coco Salazar, Lorena Sanchez, Krystal Rodriguez, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Vanessa Sarnecki, Brianna Ellis, Jacqueline Penner, Angie Salceda, Lisa Ibarra, Richard Parra, Sirui Thomassian, Wendy Kaufman

 

Members Excused: Maria Cardenas, Laurie Perez, Maritza Avila, Maria Reyes

 

Members Absent: None

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Mara Shinn Smith, Co-Chair     

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from March 19, 2019: Mara Shinn Smith, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the March 19, 2019 meeting of the Instruction Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez, SECONDED by Brianna Ellis, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Instruction Meeting of March 19, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

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

 

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

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

 

There was no Old Business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Instructional Materials (Digital, Consumables & Renewals), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Parra has ordered the consumables for My Math and Benchmark Advance. Lead teachers met last week to list items that need to be ordered. We ordered a little less of the My Math consumables since we have collected a few extras each year and can use those. Mr. Parra has already contacted both companies to ensure the materials are sent immediately as opposed to during the summer break. In regards to the digital instructional materials, we will continue with iStation, Mystery Science, Scholastic News (for first and second grade), and ESGI. We will discontinue Studies Weekly and kindergarten will no longer use Scholastic News. Social studies is deeply integrated within Benchmark Advance and presented in Scholastic News as well. Mystery Science sent a renewal email to several teachers, but Mr. Parra will contact them to clarify the duration of our contract first. Freckle (intended for second grade) originally gave an expensive quote for purchasing a digital license, but gave a cheaper quote of $3,200 upon hearing of our intended cancellation. We will ask for a presentation, since we were advised the program might not be sufficiently catered to primary grades. 

 

Item #4 Homework Supplies, Richard Parra, FPC Director  (Informational Item)

 

Kindergarten teachers have already received their homework binders and sheet protectors. The rest of the homework binders will be distributed on Friday. The kindergarten and first grade teams were asked for their preference of plastic or paper folders.

 

Item #5 ELD Progress Monitoring, Sirui Thomassian, FPC Assistant Director 

(Informational Item)

 

Dr. Riddick met with the TK/Kindergarten grade level to present the ELD Progress Monitoring. It is a different form that auto populates on Illuminate, shows how to look up scores (such as MAP scores) for individual students, and will assist with data on students considered for RFEP. He will meet with second grade next. It is straightforward, informative, and easy to monitor. For this school year, ELD Progress Monitoring will be done for the third reporting period. Next year, it will be used when we open and close student cums. The forms will be printed in black and white (so as to save color ink), and teachers will file them in student cums.

 

Item #6 Wilson Fundations Language Training, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Several members of the Intervention sub-committee will attend the Wilson Fundations Language Training during the last week of school. This is a one-day training that explores multi-sensory learning, additional strategies, and addresses issues that students with dyslexia may encounter. Since it is a one-day training that requires no hotel stay, the cost is $250 per person. As of now, four people are attending. 

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Angie Salceda, and CARRIED, the Wilson Fundations Language Training was approved.

 

Item #7 Benchmark Consortium Professional Development, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Lead teachers were invited to the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development on June 25 and 26. Wendy Kaufman, Sirui Thomassian, Mara Shinn Smith, Coco Salazar, and Maria Cardenas will attend, then share the information learned with staff.

 

On MOTION of Jacqueline Penner, SECONDED by Brianna Ellis, and CARRIED, the Benchmark Consortium Professional Development wa approved.

 

Item #8 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The California MTSS Professional Learning Institute has a state conference hosted by Orange County. Various presenters will discuss how to make MTSS more effective and give perspective on how to implement MTSS. Last year, Mr. Parra attended, along with our administrative team. Other schools sent different representatives, as well. This year, it is opened up to administrators, the SPED team, and lead teachers. We have not registered yet, and it will be a two-day event in Long Beach, during the last week of July. 

 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the California MTSS Professional Learning Institute was approved.

 

Item #9 Professional Development Day #7, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

Friday, May 24 is our Professional Development Day #7. Mr. Parra will share the agenda. Mr. Parra, Mrs. Shinn Smith and Mrs. Ibarra will meet with each grade level individually for part of the day, to discuss EL instruction and next year’s MTTS schedule and formatting. The remaining time will include rotations for grade level collaboration and discuss expectations for Intervention and the new Technology Lab.

 

Item #10 MAP End of Year Testing, Mara Shinn Smith, Reading Intervention Specialist  (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Shinn Smith shared that MAP testing has started and is going smoothly. The limited data currently available to us indicates that students are doing well and are motivated to meet their goals. Reading tests are being done first, followed by Math, and lastly, the Language test completed by second graders only.

 

Announcements:  There were no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Abigail Lopez-Dee, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:52 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Nina Ferman

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.3.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

April 10, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:19 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 7:19 a.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Stephanie Ellerbe, Secretary

 

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

 

Excused Members: Fernando Gomez 

 

Unexcused Members: Abigail Gillmore 

 

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 February 27, 2019:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 27, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Stephanie Ellerbe, 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 2019-2020 Staffing Needs, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Staffing needs for the 2019-2020 school year is based upon enrollment projections. The current vacant positions include one classroom teacher at FCLA and a full-time counselor to be shared between FCLA and STEM. Both positions have been posted to Edjoin and many qualified applicants have already applied. The Academies have also been approved to move forward with hiring a music instructor. Currently the position is being advertised through recommendations and will eventually be posted on Edjoin. 

 

FCLA is currently in Round 3 of Reorganization. The Academies are proceeding with interviews, but offers are dependent on enrollment and on the completion of Round 4 of Reorganization. 

 

On MOTION of Cedric Ramirez, SECONDED by Veronica Palazzola, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Staffing Needs were approved. 

 

Item #4 2019-2020 Hiring Committee, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The 2019-2020 Hiring Committee will consist of the Director, two Administrative Coordinators, the Chairs of Personnel and Instruction Committees, Faculty Representatives, and Nicole Langlois, as she was initially filling in for Melissa Sopitkuankan on the Reorganization Committee while she was out on maternity leave. There are interviews scheduled for today, which will be held in the conference room, as well as in classrooms for demo lessons. 

 

Interviews will continue next Tuesday, April 16th. Final recommendations for the open positions will be made after the Round 4 roster is posted on Monday, April 29th. 

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Hiring Committee was approved. 

 

Announcements: 

 

The staff meeting this afternoon will be for STEM only. The STEM Focus Leads will be offering guidance on the upcoming STEM Expo. Mrs. Miller would also like to formally thank the FCLA and STEM teachers for being so welcoming to the incoming FACS teachers.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:30 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Stephanie Ellerbe

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes

Personnel Committee

 

April 23, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the Reading Lab of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

Call to Order: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

 

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

 

Roll Call: Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

Members Present: Coco Salazar, Nina Ferman, Karen Knapp, Richard Parra, Krystal Rodriguez, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Laura Vasquez, Sirui Thomassian, Judy Lee, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Valle, Cristina Moran, Jeanette Hernandez, Lorena Sanchez, Laura Holmes

 

Members Excused: Daniel Quila, Cedric Ramirez, Celina Calvillo

 

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

 

There were none.

 

Approval of Minutes from March 18, 2019: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the March 18, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Laura Holmes, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of March 18, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

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

 

Old Business:

 

None

New Business:

Item #3 Part-Time Security Request for Leave of Absence, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

Bryan Sanchez, former FPC Part-time Security, has returned to military service.  The request for leave of absence has been submitted by the military, and will last at least nine months. 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Lorena Sanchez, and CARRIED, Bryan Sanchez’s Request for Leave of Absence has been approved. 

Item #4 Hiring of Part-Time Security, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

David De La Cruz (former Teacher Assistant at FPC), has applied and been hired to fill the part-time security position for the afternoon shift. 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Laura Vasquez, and CARRIED, the Hiring of David De La Cruz for the Part-Time Security Position was approved. 

Item #5 Custodian Resignation, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

Rodrigo Valle submitted his two-week notice, with April 17 being his last day. He will pursue a job more aligned to his background training in Technology Engineering. 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez, SECONDED by Sandra Valle, and CARRIED, Rodrigo Valle’s resignation was approved. 

Item #6 Hiring of Custodian, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

FPC will need to fill the vacant custodial position.  The position is open to the public. Candidates must have a high school diploma and preferably some custodial/maintenance background. 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the opening and hiring of a full-time custodial position was approved. 

Item #7 FPC Staff Roster 2019-2020, Richard Parra, FPC Director 

(Motion to Approve)

Mr. Parra presented the FPC Staff Roster for the 2019-2020 school year, which will be shared with staff on Friday, April 26. We currently have two open positions: School Psychologist and Education Specialist.

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Judy Lee, and CARRIED, the FPC Staff Roster for 2019-2020 was approved. 

 

Item #8 Hiring Committee, Richard Parra, FPC Director

(Motion to Approve)

The open positions at FPC have been posted online on Edjoin, and some candidates have already submitted applications. Thus, an FPC Hiring Committee needs to be formed in order to move forward and hire for these positions. The Hiring Committee for the custodial position will consist of all FPC administrators and our classified representative, Laura Vasquez.  The Hiring Committee for the certificated positions (School Psychologist and Education Specialist) will consist of all FPC administrators and the following Personnel Committee members: Coco Salazar, Nina Ferman, and Angie Salceda. 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Angie Salceda, and CARRIED, the Hiring Committees were approved. 

 

Announcements: 

 

The Enrollment Committee was thanked for their efforts and organization of events for recruiting students. The administrative team and several teachers participated in a recruitment event during the Humphrey Park Easter Egg Hunt this past weekend.  Another group of teachers will be attending a food truck event on Tuesday, April 23, where enrollment flyers will be distributed. An additional event will take place this upcoming weekend at Branford Park.   A booth will be set up where FPC staff will distribute flyers and have activities and prizes to help recruit more students. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Jeanette Hernandez, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee meeting adjourned at 7:33 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Wednesday April 24, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium 

 

AGENDA

 

Call to Order:    Megan Stevenson, Co-Chair

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7:20 a.m. in the auditorium at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School at 1022 N. Van Ness Avenue, Lost Angeles, California, 90038. 

 

Roll Call:        Cassondra Barrett

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Megan Stevenson, Emily Aaronson, Sandra Hernandez, Jocelyn Condo, Jazmin Luna, Cassondra Barrett, Rachel Cohen, Angela Boyd, Marie Kirakossian, Bernadette Montajes, and Cary Rabinowitz. 

 

Non-Committee Members Present: Walter Gomez

 

Excused Members: Tiene Hauck, Kristine Khachian, and Monica Castaneda 

 

Absent: Emma Colmenares, Carmen Solis, and Toni Frear 

 

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

            

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

 

Item #1    Approval of Minutes from the February 7, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

 

On MO On MOTION of Sandra Hernandez, SECONDED by Marie Kirakossian, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved and submitted. 

 

Presentati 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 Busin Old Business:    There is no old business.

 

New Busi New Business:

 

Item #3    2019 Staff Reorganization Round 4 Staff Roster, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

            

        Mr. Rabinowitz shared the 2019-2020 Certificated Staff Round 4 Roster. 

Nicole Reed will be moving from 5th grade to kindergarten. This leaves room 7 in the fifth grade hall vacant. Music class will be moved from the auditorium to room 46 and Ms. Neglia graciously volunteered to move into room 32. Room 3 will continue to be used for RSP. There are openings for the Upper SDC, counselor, and nurse positions. There will be six interviews on Monday, all in which Mr. Rabinowitz states are promising.   

 

Mr. Rabinowitz shared that student recruitment is currently taking place. Mailers were sent out last week. This makes it a potential for new classes to be opened.

            

Approved on MOTION of Jazmin Luna, SECONDED by Emily Aaronson, and CARRIED

 

Item #4    Staffing Needs for the 2019-2020 School Year, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabi Mr. Rabinowitz restated that unfilled positions for the 2019-2020 school year include an Upper SDC, counselor, and nurse position. In addition, budgeting may allow for a speech therapist, additional teaching assistants, a school nurse, and other supporting staff. 

 

Item #5    2019-2020 Lead Teacher Positions (Grade Level; STEAM; ELD; Drill Team; Special Education), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabi Mr. Rabinowitz provided a packet and shared information regarding the 2019-2020 lead teacher positions, which includes grade level, STEAM, ELD, Drill Team, and special education leads. Positions will also be reviewed Wednesday, May 1st at the staff meeting. 

 

ELD Le ELD Leads: Qualifications include a clear credential, regular status, implementation of ELD best practices and strong knowledge of the CCSS  and ELD standards, and strong leadership/communication/coaching skills. In 2019-2020, one focus at the school will be on professional development in the area of ELD.  ELD Leads will participate in PD to support teachers in this area. The ELD Lead stipend is $5,000. 

 

STEAM STEAM Leads: Qualifications include a clear credential, regular status, strong leadership/communication skills, implementation of STEAM best practices, and knowledge of the CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards. The STEAM Lead stipend is $5,000. Mr. Rabinowitz shared that there will be three STEAM Leads as opposed to five. STEAM Leads will be responsible for the continued cultivation of a STEAM culture at the school through the strategic coordination of STEAM activities throughout the year.  STEAM leads will be sent to conferences and workshops and will also be leading professional development next school year. 

 

Nominations for both the ELD and STEAM Lead positions are due 

Monday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. to Mr. Rabinowitz and online voting will be 

finalized by May 13th at 4:00 p.m. 

 

Grade Grade Level Leads and Special Education Leads: Qualifications include a clear credential, regular status, and a minimum of 1 year of experience at the grade level. Both the Grade Level Lead stipend and SPED Lead stipend will be $5,000.  Nominations are due on Monday, May 6, 2019 (4:00 p.m.) and applications will be due on May 13, 2019 (8:00 a.m.).  Both should be submitted to Mr. Rabinowitz. Mr. Rabinowitz shared that some grade levels have a rotation in which each year a different teacher from the grade level is lead teacher. Mr. Rabinowitz encourages teachers who have not been lead, and who are qualified, to consider taking a lead teacher position. 

 

            Mr. Rabinowitz concluded by stating that staff members can hold multiple 

leadership positions; however with the number of staff members at SMBCCS, Mr. Rabinowitz encourages that leadership positions be distributed to as many staff members as possible to ensure growth opportunities for all.

 

Item #6    2019-2020 Faculty Representatives, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabi Mr. Rabinowitz shared that the 2018-2019 school year marks the end of the two year term for the current faculty representatives. Faculty representatives have an important role in ensuring that all faculty is being heard and represented. Faculty members show high levels of professionalism as they may find themselves dealing with very challenging and confidential matters. Mr. Rabinowitz highly encourages faculty who are qualified to consider being a faculty representative. Faculty representative nominations will be due to Marcela Guerrero on Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00am.  Online voting will take place May 28th -29th.

 

Item #7    Resignation of Gaby Moya, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mr. Rabi Mr. Rabinowitz shared that Gaby Moya has submitted her resignation effective with the end of the school year. Gaby Moya started working at SMBCCS in 2014 and has made many contributions to Fenton over the past five years.  We wish her all the best in her new journey.

 

Approved on MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Jocelyn Condo, and CARRIED.

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting: May 14th, 2019

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Sandra Hernandez, SECONDED by Angela Boyd, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee was adjourned 7:55 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

April 25, 2019

 

A meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council was held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room at Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, California 91342. 

 

Call to Order: Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair

 

The Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting was called to order at 7:18 a.m. by Council Co-Chair, Mercedes Meeks.

 

Roll Call: Mary Gunckel, Secretary

 

Members Present: Karen Scharf, Barbara Ausherman, Mary Gunckel, Louis Chernovsky, Martha May, Mercedes Meeks, Karla Contreras, Lillian De La Torre, Leticia Padilla Parra 

 

Members Excused: Mimi Whang, Leanna Hendrix, Barbara Aragon, Jessi Tello

 

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

 

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

 

On MOTION of Lillian De La Torre, SECONDED by Barbara Ausherman, 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 FCPS Reorganization, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Information Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that FCPS Reorganization is still in process.  Any openings at any of the schools were open to all schools. FACS has not received any requests, so the FACS Roster will remain as is. If a FACS teacher would move to another FCPS school, that would be known by Friday, April 26th. All FCPS schools will have teacher positions posted on Monday, April 29th.  FACS will be hiring for open positions.

Item #4           Special Education Staff Changes, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director

                                   (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that we have changes with our current staff Patricia Orantes will be moving from her position as the RSP teacher to Room 2, the Intensive Learning Center. Joe Lafko will be moving to Room 12, in the RSP position. These changes will be for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Valerie Tyler Mimms will not be returning for the next school year. Svetlana Jodele will be retiring this June. FAC will be hiring for the open positions in SPED. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday,

                                   April 30th.

 

Item #5 Probationary Teacher Status, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director 

(Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra informed the council that our Probationary Teacher, Angel

                                    Garcia, has completed two years of successful lessons and observations. Mrs.

                                    Padilla Parra is recommending Ms. Garcia for Regular Status for the 2019-2020

                                    school year.

 

Announcements:    None

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Karla Contreras, SECONDED by Karen Scharf, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 7:20 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Mary Gunckel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

April 29, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:19 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 7:19 a.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Stephanie Ellerbe, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Kate Hetu, Abigail Gillmore, Stephanie Ellerbe, Brooke Schiffman, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, and Cedric Ramirez

 

Excused Members: Fernando Gomez and Veronica Palazzola

 

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

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Kate Hetu, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda. 

 

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

 

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

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, 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 2019-2020 Staff Roster and Hiring Update, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

Mrs. Miller presented the 2019-2020 staff roster. The only change from the previous roster is the addition of our new hires for the classroom and school counselor positions and room assignments were also added to the final roster. 

 

All classroom and support positions have been filled at FCLA. Hiring will continue for part-time classified positions needed or if enrollment increases. 

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Staff Roster and Hiring Update was approved. 

 

Item #4 Movement of Teachers from Probationary Status to Regular Status, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

At FCLA, Mrs. Miller recommends the movement of Jennifer Hines and Stephanie Ellerbe from probationary status to regular status. Both teachers have completed two years of successful observations lessons and demonstrated eligibility for movement. 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Ellerbe, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the Movement of Teachers from Probationary Status to Regular Status was approved. 

 

Item #5 Hiring of Melissa Katchen, School Counselor, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller presented on the hiring of Melissa Katchen. The FCLA hiring committee interviewed several qualified candidates. Ms. Katchen stood out as being very thoughtful, kind, and resilient. She is highly recommended and brings very valuable previous experience. She will be a strong asset to our school. 

 

On MOTION of Cedric Ramirez, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Melissa Katchen, School Counselor was approved. 

 

Item #6 Hiring of Loren Caballero, FCLA Teacher, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller presented on the hiring of Loren Caballero for the FCLA teacher position. Mrs. Caballero started the school year as a student teacher studying under Veronica Palazzola and has shown that she is highly skilled. Since then, she has gone above and beyond for The Academies, filling in long-term substitute positions at the school. FCLA is excited to have her join our team. 

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore , SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Loren Caballero, FCLA Teacher was approved. 

 

Item #7 2019-2020 Grade Level/SPED Lead Teacher Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller gave information on the 2019-2020 Grade Level/SPED Lead Teacher Packet.  Lead teachers have a critical role at The Academies. Their position supports teachers across both schools. The candidate must have two years of experience working for FCPS and demonstrate strong character traits. The nomination can come from both schools and are due to Mrs. Miller by May 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM. If candidates accept their nomination, the following items must be presented to Mrs. Miller: a plan book, Illuminate grade book, professional portfolio and a written application. The applicants will then present themselves to their respective grade levels. Following the presentations, online voting will occur to fill the position across all grade levels. The term of office is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. K-5/SPED Lead teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend.  Recommendations of Lead Teachers will be made by the Personnel Committee on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7:15 AM. Final approval will be made by the Board of Directors.  At the upcoming staff meeting on Wednesday, May 1st, a calendar will be given to teachers with the due dates. 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Ellerbe, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Grade Level/SPED Lead Teacher Packet was approved. 

 

Item #8 2019-2020 Focus Lead Teacher Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller provided information on the 2019-2020 Focus Lead Teacher Packet. These positions are necessary when looking at our charter petition and focus. During The Academies’ renewal, the LAUSD school board complimented Fenton for having these positions. They are authentic to our schools.  At FCLA, the focus lead encourages a social emotional learning and leadership emphasis within the school. There are two Focus Lead positions available per school. This position holds similar qualifications to other leadership roles. The candidates must demonstrate evidence of teaching practice in this area of focus. The term of office is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Focus Lead teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend. The position is school site-specific for nominations. Nominations are due May 6th to Mrs. Miller. If interested, nominees will submit a written application, which will be shared with staff members. Final approval of the position will be given May 31st , by the Board of Directors. 

 

On MOTION of Abigail Gillmore, SECONDED by Brooke Schiffman, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Focus Lead Teacher Packet was approved. 

 

Item #9 2019-2020 Faculty Representative Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Faculty Representative is another important leadership role. The Faculty Representative represents the staff and is sometimes involved in personnel or conflict resolution matters. Representatives have been intensely involved at the Ad Hoc committee meetings. They must be capable of sharing a view point that is both neutral and objective. The position holds similar job qualifications to other leadership roles and is school site-specific. Mrs. Quijano is proposing a position for a Teacher Assistant Representative for the next school year. The Faculty Representative is not a compensated position to ensure full transparency.  All nominations are due to Romelia Lagunas by May 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM. Voting will occur May 13th-May 15th. 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Ellerbe, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Faculty Representative Packet was approved. 

 

Item #10 2019-2020 Committee Selection and Chairs Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Committees are another important part of our charter that encourage teacher decision-making and parent input. Staff will be provided with a Committee Selection Form and should mark their committee preferences, as well as if they are interested in serving as a committee secretary or committee co-chair. Committee preferences will be due to Romelia Lagunas by May 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM. 

On MOTION of Brooke Schiffman, SECONDED by Abigail Gillmore, and CARRIED, the 2019-2020 Committee Selection and Chairs Packet was approved. 

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Ellerbe, SECONDED by Cedric Ramirez, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 8:00 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Stephanie Ellerbe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

April 29, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:20 a.m. in the Hands on Lab at Fenton STEM Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352.

 

Call to Order: Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Roll Call: Priscilla Gentry, Secretary 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 7:20 a.m. by Chair, Elisa Vallejo.

 

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

 

Non-Committee Members: Kate Hetu, 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 April 10, 2019:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the April 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 2019-2020 Staff Roster and Hiring Update, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

As of now, there are no open classroom positions at Fenton STEM Academy, however, there will be changes in classroom assignments. STEM will now have Mrs. Mack as the Transitional Kindergarten teacher and Yadira Mendoza as the final first grade teacher. This will result in four classroom teachers having to move classrooms. This will allow TK, kindergarten, and first grade to be placed in the same hallway at the front of the school closest to the MPR and front office. Second and third grade teachers will remain in their classrooms, as will fifth grade. Mrs. Piper, fourth grade, will be moving down the hallway to join the upper grades. 

 

Hiring will continue for a music teacher and other part-time and classified positions. 

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED the 2019 – 2020 Staff Roster and Hiring Update is approved.

 

Item #4 Movement of Teachers from Probationary Status to Regular Status, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller is recommending the following teachers to regular status after completing two years of successful formal observation lessons and demonstrated eligibility – Lauren Cappelli and Brennan Mack. 

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the Movement of Teachers from Probationary Status to Regular Status is approved.

 

Item #5 Hiring of Melissa Katchen, School Counselor, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the hiring of Melissa Katchen for school counselor. She will be shared among the academies. There were several candidates who were interviewed thoroughly and she stood out as the best candidate who has the skills, qualifications, and experience to be school counselor as far as addressing academic and behavioral needs within our student population. 

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED the hiring of Melissa Katchen (School Counselor) is approved.

 

 

Item #6 2019-2020 Grade Level/SPED Lead Teacher Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Information regarding lead teacher packets was presented to the committee. Packets will be sent out via email to the staff after the committee approves. Leadership roles are held on a one-year contract. Further details are in the packets, but some notable requirements are: the candidate must have two years of successful teaching experience and is a regular status employee and the nominations must come from their colleagues, and the lead teacher nominee will represent grade levels across the academies. Mrs. Miller asked that the staff pay close attention to due dates on these packets. The stipend for lead teachers will be $5,000, which will be more aligned. As soon as the nominees have presented their portfolios, the grade level team will take a vote online. A recommendation is made at the Personnel Committee meeting, which will be held on May 31st, then the final approval will go to the board.

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED the 2019 – 2020 Grade Level/SPED Lead Teacher Packet is approved.

 

Item #7 2019-2020 Focus Lead Teacher Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

The focus lead positions were written into our school’s charter petitions. When we were visited by LAUSD in the past, they complimented these focus lead positions and they were an authentic need to our school. There are two focus leads, typically one teacher who represents upper grade and one who represents the primary grades. Requirements for the focus lead are similar to the lead teacher, except this position is not shared among schools, the nominee must be familiar with STEM integration and NGSS alignment/knowledge, they must possess the same character traits and qualification, but now also show evidence of these practices.

 

The focus lead position holds a one-year contract, their stipend will increase in the 2019 – 2020 school year from $3,000 to $5,000 based upon the energy and time spent on their efforts. The candidate only can be nominated by an employee of Fenton STEM Academy only.  Nominations are due by May 6th, this is the earliest due date of all the leadership roles. The focus lead will submit their application by May 13th, which will be shared with staff. The final recommendation will be made final on May 31st.

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Bianca Bell-Reed, and CARRIED the 2019 – 2020 Focus Lead Teacher Packet is approved.

 

Item #8 2019-2020 Faculty Representative Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Faculty representative positions were presented. There is one representative per school – they are asked with the important job to represent the teacher voices, become involved with personnel issues, are a part of the reorg committee, and are included in other big decisions across the organization. They have attend Ad Hoc meetings, which were held on Saturdays. They represent our view points and bring information back to our schools after the meetings they attend. This position is a non-compensated leadership role – there is no stipend. This nomination form is due to the office manager, Romy Lagunas, by May 13th. After nominations are in, the staff will then vote online. Mrs. Quijano is proposing recommending for a Teacher Assistant Representative for the 2019 – 2020 school year. 

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the 2019 – 2020 Faculty Representative Packet is approved.

 

 

Item #9 2019-2020 Committee Selection and Chairs Packet, 

Jennifer Miller, STEM Director (Motion to Approve)

 

There are two pieces employees must look at when filling out the Committee Selection and Chairs packets. They must select their preference of committee, then rank numbers 1 though 4 (1 being their first preference, 4 being least preferred). The chair must meet requirements that are listed in the packet in order to be eligible. Preference forms are due to office manager, Romy Lagunas, by May 17th. From there, the Chairs of Personnel will work to plug in staff members once rankings are submitted. The requirements for Committee Chairs are also listed in the

packet. Final recommendations are brought to the Personnel Committee on May 31 st .

 

On MOTION of Kelley Christenson, SECONDED by Cedric Ramirez, and CARRIED the 2019 – 2020 Committee Selection and Chairs Packet is approved.

 

Announcements: No announcements were presented. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Bianca Bell-Reed of, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 8:00 a.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Priscilla Gentry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes

Personnel Committee

 

May 9, 2019

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the library of the Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

 

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

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

 

Roll Call: Karen Knapp, Secretary

 

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

 

Members Excused: Daniela Quila, Cedric Ramirez, Cristina Moran, Krystal Rodriguez

 

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

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from April 13, 2019: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the April 13, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Sandra Valle, SECONDED by Jeanette Hernandez, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Personnel Committee Meeting of April 13, 2019 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

 

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

 

Old Business:

None

New Business:

 

Item #3 Hiring of Full-Time Custodian, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion To Approve)

 

Isaac Ornelas has been hired as a full-time custodian. He was previously a part-time employee at Fenton STEM Academy. Mr. Ornelas’ hours will be from 5:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

On MOTION of Lorena Sanchez, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Isaac Ornelas as a Full-Time Custodian was approved. 

Item #4 Hiring of School Psychologist, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion To Approve)

The Hiring Committee interviewed six candidates for the School Psychologist position. References were contacted for the top three candidates.  Grisell Torres was selected due to her stellar recommendations. She has accepted the position of School Psychologist at FPC.

On MOTION of Angie Salceda, SECONDED by Sandra Valle, and CARRIED, the Hiring of Grisell Torres as FPC School Psychologist was approved. 

Item #5 Final FPC Staff Roster 2019-2020, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion To Approve)

Mr. Parra shared the updated FPC Staff Roster for the 2019-2020 school year.  All positions have been filled with the exception of an Education Specialist.  This position will be filled based on the need after looking at SPED numbers. 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Laura Holmes, and CARRIED, the Final FPC Staff Roster for the 2019-2020 school year was approved.

Item #6 2019-2020 Lead Teacher Selection Process, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

Mr. Parra presented the 2019-2020 Lead Teacher selection process.  FPC will be selecting Grade Level Leads, a Literacy Focus Lead, and a Special Education Lead.  The Lead Teacher packet will be shared with staff.

Lead Teacher nominations will be due on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. Literacy Focus Lead nominations will be due on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by 8:00 a.m.

Nominated teachers who accept the nomination will submit their application, plan book, and updated professional portfolio to Mr. Parra by 12:00 p.m. on May 22nd.  Applicants will present themselves on Wednesday, May 22 after school.  All voting ballots will be distributed and collected via a Survey Monkey link. 

Item #7 2019-2020 Faculty and Classified Representatives Selection Process, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

Mr. Parra presented the selection process for the 2019-2020 Faculty and Classified Representatives. Nominations for Faculty Representatives, Classified Representatives, and Teacher Assistant Representative will be due by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Those nominated will be asked if they accept their nomination and if so they will be on the ballot for voting between May 22nd and May 24th

In the past, a teacher from each grade level was chosen as a Faculty Representative. This is no longer the case.  Any certificated staff member may be nominated as a Faculty Representative.  Three Faculty Representatives, two Classified Representatives, and two Teacher Assistant Representatives will be selected for the 2019-2020 school year.

Item #8 2019-2020 Committee & Committee Chair Selection, Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

Mr. Parra will email the 2019-2020 Committee and Committee Chair Selection forms. All certificated staff will need to complete a Committee Selection form and submit it to the Office Manager, Cristina Moran, or to Mr. Parra by May 27th.   The selection form will be due a week after all the Faculty Representatives and Lead Teachers selection process is completed. This will allow those selected to those leadership roles to be placed in the appropriate committee. 

Mr. Parra also presented the Sub-Committee choices.  All staff will participate in at least one Sub-Committee.   The Enrollment/Advertisement Committee will be added as a sub-committee option.  PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) will now also include Restorative Discipline. Mrs. Ibarra will be asked to lead the Technology Integration Sub-Committee.

Announcements: 

 

Our Enrollment Committee has another fundraiser event at Shakey’s Pizza on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  We are asking parents to bring a potential future student with them to this event so they can learn more about our school. Laura Vasquez shared that she has been in contact with Shakey’s Pizza, and 20% of the proceeds will go to our school. We encourage our staff to strengthen our recruitment efforts by joining us for this event.

 

Wendy Kaufman thanked the Hiring Committee for their time and effort in interviewing the School Psychologist candidates. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: May 24, 2019

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Nina Ferman, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee meeting adjourned at 7:53 a.m. 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Karen Knapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee Minutes

 

Tuesday May 14, 2019

7:15 a.m. – Auditorium 

 

Minutes

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, May 14, 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

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Tiene Hauck, Megan Stevenson, Emily Aaronson, Emma Colmenares, Jocelyn Condo, Carmen Solis, Rachel Cohen, Carmen Solis, Angela Boyd, Marie Kirakossian, Cassondra Barrett, Kristine Khachian, Toni Frear, Jazmin Luna, Bernadette Montajes, and Monica Castañeda and Cary Rabinowitz 

 

Personnel Committee Members Excused: Sandra Hernandez

 

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

 

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

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the April 24, 2019 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Emily Aaronson, 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: A correction was made to April 24th, 2019 Personnel Committee minutes. Tiene Hauck’s attendance was changed from being an excused member in attendance to Present status.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Teachers Recommended for Regular Status for 2019-2020, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

Mr. Rabinowitz presented that the following teachers are recommended for regular status in 2019-2020: Virginia Casares, Nicole Reed and Cassondra Barrett pending approval by the FCPS Board of Directors.

 

On MOTION of Jazmin Luna, SECONDED by Angela Boyd, and CARRIED, the Teachers Recommended for Regular Status for 2019-2020 were approved as submitted.

 

Item #4 Hiring Updates and Staffing Needs for 2019-2020, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz informed the committee that two longtime staff members, Toni Frear and Gloria Munguia will be retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. He also stated that Gaby Moya has submitted a letter of resignation. SMBCCS hiring committee held interviews for the open Counselor and Special Day Class teacher positions.  We are happy to announce that Carina Adra has accepted the position as school counselor in 2019-2020. SMBCCS hiring committee held interviews for the Special Day Class position as well and was pleased with both applicants.  Unfortunately, neither accepted an offer of employment for the upcoming school year. SMBCCS currently has openings for Speech/Language Pathologist Therapists, Nurse and the Special Day Class position.

 

Item #5 ELD and STEAM Lead Teacher Placement for 2019-2020, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

It was announced that Bunny Wolfer and Jennifer Flynn were voted in as SMBCCS’s ELD Lead Teachers. AJ Smith, Ariana Gomez and Tiene Hauck will be SMBCCS’s STEAM Leads. The newly selected Leads will meet on Friday, May 24th to discuss plans for the upcoming school year.

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Emily Aaronson, and CARRIED, the ELD and STEAM Lead Teacher Placement for 2019-2020 were approved as submitted. 

 

Item #6 2019-2020 Committee Selection Process and Co-Chair Nominations, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz distributed 2019-2020 Committee Selection Process and Co-Chair Nominations packets. This process of selecting Committee Chair positions is an important piece of the Fenton Organization. Mr. Rabinowitz focused our attention on the second page of the packet that needs to be filled out and returned to Marcela Guerrero by Friday, May 17th.  The Committee Chair position must be held by an individual that has served on the committee for at least one year and has regular status. As a reminder, Lead Teachers are typically on the Instruction Committee and Faculty Representatives should select the Personnel Committee. On Monday, May 20th, Mr. Rabinowitz will distributed the committee membership roster for 2019-2020 and make staff aware of those nominated for the chair position.  Voting will begin on Tuesday, May 28th and end Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

 

 

Item #7 Maternity Leave Request for Jolea Makhlouf, Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz stated that Jolea Maklouf’s last day will be on Friday, May 17th, 2019 as she awaits the birth of her child. We wish her well.

 

Announcements:  

 

Monica Castañeda informed the Committee that T.A. Evaluations were distributed Monday, May 13, 2019 and are due by Friday, May, 24th.

 

Next Regular Meeting: June 5, 2019

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Angela Boyd, SECONDED by Marie Kirakossian, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 7:34 a.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Carmen Solis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.4.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

Unapproved Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

April 11, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:17 a.m. in room 110 of Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

 

Call to Order: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair     

 

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

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary   

 

Members Present: Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Sarah Lin, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Diana Lucas, Katherine Sheppard, Coco Salazar, Lorena Sanchez, Richard Parra, Bridget Ruiz, Claire Nichols, Wendy Kaufman, Sandra Lee, Paola Ramirez, Tony Pena

 

Members Excused: Robyn Gallo, Sirui Thomassian, Christina Peña, Felix Carillo, Krystal Hernandez, Caitlin McMabell

 

Members Absent: None 

 

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

 

Additions: Item # 8 Open House Pizza Sale – Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve) 

 

Approval of Minutes from February 28, 2019:  Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 28, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Abigail Lopez-Dee, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of February 28, 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: None

 

New Business:

Item #3 Interim Parent Advocacy Committee Chair – Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve) 

 

Claire Nichols has accepted the role of Interim Co-Chair for the Parent Advocacy Committee while Robyn Gallo is out on maternity leave. She will serve as Interim Chair on the FPC Parent Advocacy Committee for the remainder of the school year.  

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Karen Knapp, and CARRIED, the approval of the Interim Parent Advocacy Committee Chair was approved. 

 

Item #4 Spring Fundraiser/Bunny Pictures – Coco Salazar, Kindergarten Lead (Motion to Approve)

 

Coco Salazar requested to host a Spring Fundraiser. The Bunny picture funds will be used for future field trips and bus transportation for three kindergarten classes. Flyers and information regarding the pictures have been sent home. 

 

On MOTION of Sandra Lee, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Spring Fundraiser/Bunny Pictures was approved. 

 

Item #5 California Book Fair Details – Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Informational)

 

The book fair will be located in Room 110 and run from April 22 – April 25. Set-up will occur on Thursday, April 18, 2019 with pick-up on Friday, April 26. 2019. Preview Day for the Book Fair will be April 22, 2019. Fiona and Mr. Mayer will be present for a part of the day during the preview to welcome students. It was suggested that parents who are DOJ-cleared volunteer to work at the book fair. Teacher and TAs were encouraged to volunteer to help out. Book Fair hours: Monday – Wednesday from 2:30p.m. - 5:00p.m. and Thursday 4:30p.m. - 6:00p.m. Coco Salazar will create book fair flyers. 

 

Item #6 Fundraiser Update – Claire Nichols, Co-Chair (Informational) 

 

The Mutt-i-grees Fundraiser raised $981.00. The Mutt-i-grees team will decide the amount to be donated to the animal shelter and what portion of the funds will be kept in the Mutt-i-grees fund. 

 

During the World’s Finest Chocolate Spring Sale, the amount sold was $11,735. 50 After dividing the monies with WFC and incentives, the net profit for our sales was $5,100.00. 

 

Item #7 TK Fundraiser – Claire Nichols, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

TK teachers, Sarah Ananta and Bridget Ruiz, will hold a fundraiser at Chuckie-E-Cheese on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Funds raised are used for field trips expenses and classroom materials. 

 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Coco Salazar, and CARRIED, the TK fundraiser was approved. 

 

Item #8 Open House Pizza Sale – Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

A pizza fundraiser will be held for each of the three scheduled FPC Open Houses.  Lead Teachers will be contacted and asked if their grade level would like to host one of the fundraisers.  Kindergarten has expressed interest in hosting at least one of the pizza sales.  Pre-sale orders will be taken before each Open House and extra will be available for sale on the evening of Open House.   

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Wendy Kaufman, and CARRIED, the Open House Pizza fundraiser was approved. 

 

Announcements:       

 

Paola Ramirez suggested an all-day career day instead of a half-day. It would give students more time to enjoy and learn from all the Career Day guests. She would like feedback from all staff members who may have any ideas for this fun, engaging day for students.  

 

Mr. Parra invited staff to participate in the PUC 5K race at Hansen Dam on April 13, 2019. Teachers were also encouraged to represent FPC at our booth to pass out enrollment information and give out prizes. 

 

Next Regular Meeting:    TBD

 

Adjournment:  

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Paola Ramirez, 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 Charter Leadership Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

May 1, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:18 a.m. in the Hands On Lab at Fenton Charter Leadership Academy at 8926 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA  91352.

 

Call to Order: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

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

 

Roll Call: Lindsay Oquindo, Secretary

 

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

 

Non-committee Members: Lauren Cappelli, Raquel Contreras, Sydney Crowe, Elizabeth Marquez, Alex Munoz, and Jennifer Pimentel

 

Members Excused: Tony Pena and Susana Orozco

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

There was one correction to the agenda:

 

Mrs. Quijano will present Item #5 Kiwanis Literacy Club Partnership.  

 

Approval of Minutes: Krista Casanova, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 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.

 

New Business: 

Item # 3 Earth Day Student Recruitment Event, Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator, Informational Item

 

On April 20th, a group of members of our school joined Sun Valley Neighborhood council to celebrate earth day and recruit students..  Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Pimentel, Ms. Munoz, and Ms. Hetu attended the event at the Sun Valley Council Office and spoke to families about our school. It was a great event! 

 

Item # 4 FCLA Leadership Summit & Open House, Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director, Informational Item

 

On April 26th, FCLA hosted Open House and the Leadership Summit. The evening began at 4:30

p.m. with the Leadership Summit.  Parents and students visited the different areas of the school

that showcased the grade level Service Learning Projects.   The presentations highlighted our

partnerships with The Jester and Pharley Phund, Villa Scalabrini, The East Valley Animal

Shelter, and Totally Kids.  At 5:00 p.m., families transitioned into their child’s homeroom class

to hear a presentation about their grade level’s Service Learning Project.  After the presentation,

students and parents were able to tour classrooms during Open House. It was a successful night

with positive parent, student, and teacher interaction. 

 

Item # 5 Kiwanis Literacy Club Partnership, Cecilia Quijano, FCLA/STEM Assistant Director, Informational Item

 

Mrs. Quijano presented about her meeting with Jean Chadwick who is the Executive Director of

the Kiwanis Literacy Club.  The Kiwanis Literacy Club creates partnerships based on the needs

of the community and their Service Leadership Programs have provided all-access playgrounds,

restocked libraries, created food pantries, brought medical equipment, hosted diversity fairs, and

so much more for places in the community. They are interested in starting a partnership with the

Fenton Academies with a goal of partnering with all five Fenton schools in the future. They

would like to start with a book distribution to give books to the children before summer break. 

The Kiwanis Literacy Club is also excited to partner us with their “Be a Book Hero” Program

which is a teacher-focused grant in which they will award one to three teachers with a $200-$500

credit for books and school supplies.  The Literacy Club will work with the school to create the

criteria for participants. There is also potential that The Kiwanis Literacy Club can partner with

5th grade for their Service Learning Project next year. 

 

Announcements: 

 

An effective student recruitment tool has been the banner refresh.  There are new extension banners along the roofline and the school is going to replace the 10 vertical banners that are hanging on Sunland Blvd. We will also potentially be adding banners in the alleyway and the exterior of the building. The banners are a good visual for prospective families.  There will be a photographer coming around next week to take “action shots” of teachers and students in their classroom.  All images will be sent out and approved before being printed. 

 

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 7:37 a.m..

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lindsay Oquindo, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton STEM Academy

Unapproved Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting

 

May 1, 2019

7:15am

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:18am 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 7:18 am by Chair, Raquel

Contreras.

 

Roll Call: Sydney Crowe and Lauren Cappelli, Secretaries

 

Parent Advocacy Committee Members Present: Raquel Contreras, Jennifer Miller, Cecilia

Quijano, Lauren Cappelli, Sydney Crowe, Bridget Badro, Elizabeth Marquez

 

Non-committee Members: Krista Casanova, Camille McIntosh, Kaitlyn Ackerman, Lindsay Oquindo, Jennifer Pimentel, Alejandra Munoz

 

Members Excused: Tony Peña, Alin Kazarian 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: There was one correction to the agenda; Mrs. Quijano will present Item #5, the Kiwanis Literacy Club Partnership. 

 

Approval of Minutes: Raquel Contreras, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 26, 2019 meeting of the Parent Committee.  (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Sydney Crowe, 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.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Earth Day Student Recruitment Event, Cecilia Quijano,

FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

On Saturday, April 20th, several staff members joined the Sun Valley Council to recruit new families and celebrate Earth Day. The event took place from 9am to 1pm at the Sun Valley Council Office. Staff members offered information about Fenton STEM Academy while answering any questions from interested parents. Thank you to Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Alex Munoz, and Kate Hetu who participated in this successful event. 

 

Item #4 STEM Expo and Open House, Jennifer Miller,

FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

The STEM Expo and Open House will take place this Friday, May 3rd from 4:30 to 6:00pm. The event will begin with the STEM Expo, which will showcase grade level projects with STEM integration, and then transition to Open House in the classroom for the last 45 minutes. A panel of engineers will be providing demonstrations in the MPR while interacting with our school community. The panel includes an environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineer. Families will also be able to ask questions about STEM related job fields. In addition, a TWIG representative will hold a makerspace center in the MPR. Kona Ice and Tres Hermanos Tacos Food Trucks will also be at the event. Mrs. Miller would like to thank all the teachers who have been working so hard to make this a successful event! 

 

Item #5 Kiwanis Literacy Club Partnership, Cecilia Quijano, 

FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Quijano presented on our partnership with the Kiwanis Literacy Club. They would first like to give teachers books to distribute to their students; the literacy club is hoping to drop off books before students leave for summer break. In the fall, the club will implement the “Be a Book Hero” program that will help empower and support teachers by creating a $200-$500 grant that will be awarded to 1-3 teachers. These teachers will be able to use the money to buy their students books and supplies. This partnership is a great opportunity for our students and staff and could potentially lead to a fifth grade service learning project for FCLA next year. 

 

Item #6 Fifth Grade Activities, Alejandra Munoz, Fifth Grade Lead Teacher, Fenton STEM Academy (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Munoz presented on the fifth grade activities planned for the end of year. First, a fifth grade picnic is scheduled for Friday, May 31st at Bethel Church field. This will be a walking field trip. The event will include water balloon races, piñatas, free play, and food. In addition, on Monday, June 10th the fifth grade luncheon will be held in the MPR. This lunch generally includes chicken, mashed potatoes, watermelon, and cookies provided by SNP. On June 11th, “ John Hancock Day” will take place in each fifth grade teacher’s classroom. Fifth grade teachers order autograph books, students can bring their own yearbooks, and students spend the afternoon signing autograph books and yearbooks. On Thursday, June 13th, fifth grade will hold their Culmination Dress Rehearsal in front of several different grade level classes.. The theme for this year will be space. The last event scheduled for this year is the fifth grade culmination on Friday, June 14th. Students will perform for parents and receive awards and certificates. After the ceremony, a banquet will be held in the MPR for students and parents. 

 

Announcements:

 

The ten vertical banners that hang down near the street will be refreshed soon to help draw in potential families. There is also plans to add additional building banners in alley way to the playground. A photographer will be coming to campus for a day next week to take pictures for the banner. Mrs. Miller will inform staff when the day is confirmed.  

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Sydney Crowe, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee was adjourned at 7:37 AM.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Lauren Cappelli and Sydney Crowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the School Community Relations Council

May 7, 2019

 

A meeting of the School Community Relations Council was held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 7:20 a.m. in the conference room of Fenton Avenue Charter School at 11828 Gain Street Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

 

Call to Order:  Elizabeth Jimenez, Co-Chair

 

The meeting of the School Community Relations Council was called to order at 7:20 a.m. by Elizabeth Jimenez, Co-Chair.

 

Members Present: Robin Brenneisen, Breanne Francois, Angel Garcia, Elizabeth Jimenez, Leticia Padilla Parra, Jessi Tello, Tiffany Walker, and Cheryl Perkins

 

Members Absent:  Yadira Mendoza

 

Members Excused:   Alin Kazarian, Barbara Aragón, and Lara Hovaguimian

 

Item#1 Minutes from the March 19,2019 meeting of the School Community Relations Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Robin Brenneisen, SECONDED by Tiffany Walker, and CARRIED, 

the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #2 Presentations from the Public: Elizabeth Jimenez, Co-Chair

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Student Recruitment Event, Leticia Padilla Parra (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that 9 teachers confirmed that they would be joining her at Tasty Tuesdays, a food truck event held at El Cariso Park, in the endeavor to recruit new students.   She explained that many parents perceive charters as nonpublic schools or that they must live within the school’s boundaries to attend.  Mr. Tello has created a flyer that specifies that we are a “free, public” school where all are welcome to attend.  She explained that the flyer also indicates that we serve grades K-5 to ensure that parents know that FPC will serve any siblings in the early primary grades. Parents with students who are currently enrolled have received a message from Bright Arrow stating that we are now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.  Additional recruitment efforts may include food truck days in Northridge and Burbank as well the upcoming Watermelon Festival at Hansen Dam, our neighborhood park. 

 

Item #4 The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) Library Renovation, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that the renovation continues to be underway, but that the library will be unavailable for the remainder of the school year.  While some initial plans have been modified, she shared that two rugs will be added, the tables will be painted to match the décor, and new blinds will be purchased.  We are already in receipt of a cubed couch, ottomans, and many books. The foundation has donated a library to FPC as well.   The ribbon cutting ceremony at FACS is tentatively scheduled for June 12th.  

 

Item #5 Open House, Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra stated that she has already received confirmation from the 4 food trucks regarding their attendance at the May 30, 2019 Open House.  She informed members that during recruitment efforts, the parents of potential students were encouraged to attend this event and visit classrooms.

 

Item #6           Coffee with the Principal MeetingsLeticia Padilla Parra, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that the first of the newly implemented parent meetings was held.  Parents were able to get clarification on various topics and voice concerns.  She explained that she was able to clarify things like the reasoning behind dates on the school calendar.  She stated that the parents are eager to assist and solicited ways in which they could help.  They would like to assist in helping us secure more Apple computers and have helped to beautify the campus by adding plants to the area near the Family Center.  These bimonthly meetings will be added to next year’s calendar and parents will receive flyers informing them of upcoming dates.   

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBA

 

Adjournment:  

 

On MOTION of Tiffany Walker, SECONDED by Angel Garcia, and CARRIED, the School Community Relations Council meeting adjourned at 7:48 a.m.

 

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Cheryl Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

                                                        

Unapproved Minutes

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

May 10, 2019

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:15 a.m. in the Library of Fenton Primary Center at 11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA, 91331.

 

Call to Order: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. by Co-Chair Bridget Ruiz.

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

Members Present: Bridget Ruiz, Diana Lucas, Claire Nichols, Wendy Kaufman, Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Sandra Lee, Abigail Lopez-Dee, Paola Ramirez, Krystal Hernandez, Coco Salazar, Richard Parra, Sirui Thomassian, Sarah Lin, Katherine Sheppard

 

Members Excused: Lorena Sanchez, Robyn Gallo, Caitlin McMabell, Christina Peña, Felix Carillo

 

Members Absent: None. 

 

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

 

There were three corrections and no additions made to the agenda.

 

Corrections:  

 

Item #4 will be a Motion To Approve instead of Informational. 

Item #5 will be presented by Bridget Ruiz instead of Claire Nichols.

Item #6 will be presented by Richard Parra instead of Bridget Ruiz. 

 

Approval of Minutes from April 11, 2019: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the April 11, 2019 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Krystal Rodriguez, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of April 11, 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: None

New Business:

 

Item #3 Purchase of Homework Supplies - Richard Parra, Director 

(Informational)

 

Mr. Parra informed the committee that supplies for the 2019-2020 school year have been purchased. Funds from our school-wide fundraisers helped pay for the supplies and will be delivered to teachers soon. Other items that will be purchased with student body funds include items needed by the nurse like extra uniforms and wipes. 

 

Item #4 Book Fair Profit - Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Ruiz informed the committee that the Book Fair was successful, and thanked members of the committee and volunteers for helping out during the event. Total book sales were $4,249.81. Fenton Primary Center will receive a check for $1,164.33. It will be deposited into the FPC Student Body Funds account. The monies will be spent to purchase TPT resources and Scholastic news for some grade levels.

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Karen Knapp, and CARRIED, the Book Fair

Profit Designation was approved. 

 

Item #5 End of the Year Activities - Bridget Ruiz, Co-chair (Informational)

 

During the last week of this school year, FPC students and staff are invited to participate in the following spirit days:

 

Monday, June 10 - Pajama Day

Tuesday, June 11 - Disney Day

Wednesday, June 12 - College Wear

Thursday, June 13 - Sports Day

Friday, June 14 - School is Out for Summer (Summer clothes)

 

Item #6 Parent Orientation for New School Year - Richard Parra, Director

(Motion to Approve)

 

Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be on Friday, August 9, 2019. First and Second grade orientation will be on Monday, August 12, 2019. The times of the orientations to be determined after the professional development schedule is taken into consideration. 

 

On MOTION of Diana Lucas, SECONDED by Sandra Lee, and CARRIED, the Parent Orientation for New School Year was approved. 

 

Item #7 Career Day - Paola Ramirez, Counselor (Motion To Approve)

 

Career Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The feedback Mrs. Ramirez received for a full-day career day from staff was positive. Some presenters include a lifeguard, police officer, fitness instructor (yoga), hip hop dancers, and a spaceship builder with hands-on activities. We usually have eight presenters but our goal is to have ten to allow any needed flexibility. Presenters will be asked to come about an hour before rotations start.

 

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Krystal Hernandez, and CARRIED, Career Day was approved.  

Announcements: 

 

Mr. Parra informed the committee that June 7th will be our end of the year Staff Appreciation Breakfast. In addition, he updated the committee on enrollment and stated we still have openings. 

With the help of Mrs. Morales, the enrollment committee has another event to promote our school.  The event will be held at Shakey’s restaurant in Sylmar. Staff is encouraged to attend and meet potential Fenton families.  

 

Mrs. Ramirez shared a t-shirt for staff to purchase.  It’s a baseball themed design. Ideas are to wear it during our Sports Day. Shirts may also be printed for Admin, SPED, and other positions held at our school. Cost to purchase will be $14. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Coco Salazar, SECONDED by Krystal Rodriguez, and CARRIED, the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 a.m.

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

May 23, 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

04/08/19

14

228

227

248

717

96.45%

96.77%

 

 

Enrollment at Fenton Avenue Charter School is currently 717 students with ADA at 96.77%. Enrollment has decreased by two students since last month. We 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

 

State Testing 

 

SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium): Fenton Avenue students in grades 3-5 have completed the SBAC assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics this month. FACS tested over 700 hundred students, one grade level per week over the past three weeks. Thank you to Barbara Aragón for all of her work and preparation for the completion of these assessments. We will now await the positive results that will come in within the next few weeks.

 

CAST (California Science Test): 5th grade students at FACS will participate in the CAST assessment on Monday, May 20, 2019. Since this is the first operational administration of the CAST, it is considered the base year and students will receive score reports. 

 

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC): The ELPAC results for FACS students have been received. We are in the process of analyzing these results and beginning the process of reclassifying students who meet the reclassification criteria. Thank you to Barbara Aragón for preparing all of the very important paperwork that is a part of the reclassification process. 

 

End of Year NWEA MAP Assessments: FACS teachers will administer the End of Year NWEA MAP Assessments from May 23rd – June 7th. The data from this testing administration allow us to compare student growth from the beginning of the year assessment window and guide instruction for the coming school year. Teachers and administration will discuss this data during goal setting meetings in the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Testing: Twenty-six students were tested for GATE identification by an LAUSD school psychologist in the Spring.  The tentative results show that eight students were identified GATE.  

 

Personnel

 

FCPS Staff Reorganization: FCPS has completed the staff reorganization process. The FACS reorganization committee, composed of the faculty representatives, the co-chairs of the Human Resource and Personnel Council, the co-chairs of the Curriculum and Assessment Council, and administrators took part in this important process. FACS is currently in the process of filling openings for two education specialist positions as well as a 5th grade position.

 

School Community

 

2nd Grade Parent Meeting at FPC: FACS hosted a 2nd grade parent meeting at FPC on Thursday, May 2nd. The parents of our future 3rd grade students were provided information regarding the instructional programs and technology that students are offered at FACS. The school’s daily schedule and dismissal gate information for 3rd grade students were also provided. Our LA’s Best and YPI coordinators attended the meeting to share information regarding these programs and provide parents with applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

2019-2020 Student Recruitment: FACS student recruitment efforts continue. Our new banners are nearly complete and will be placed around the school within the next couple of weeks.  In addition to the flyers that have been distributed and the recruitment events, the school website has also assisted with our recruitment efforts. Parents are taking advantage of the “Enroll Now!” button that has been added to the website. We have received several inquiries via the website.

FACS Open House Event: Fenton Avenue Charter School will host its annual Open House on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Food trucks will be available to parents beginning at 4:30 pm. Nawal Takidin, the librarian from our neighborhood Lake View Terrace Library, will be on hand to share information with our parents regarding the library’s summer programs. This is always a well-attended and fun event that celebrates the hard work of our students and teachers. Our future 3rd graders from FPC have been invited to join us for this event. We look forward to touring all of our classrooms and opening up our school to current and future parents and students.

 

Facility Update

 

Front Office Renovation: The FACS front office renovation has begun. The original counter has been removed. It is in the process of being replaced by a new counter, a glass partition, and a glass door that will be accessible using a code. 

 

The World Is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) Foundation Library Donation: The FACS library renovation from WIJABA continues with projected completion within the next few weeks. A tentative ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2019. 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

5/28 8:30-9:30 BOC Sidewalk Meeting

5/30 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting – Family Center

5/30 6:00-7:00 Open House

5/31 8:30-9:30 Open House Snake – No MAP Testing

6/3 Tooth Fairy Visiting – CA Big Smiles

6/4 7:15-8:00 Curriculum and Assessment Council Meeting – Conference Room

6/5 7:15-8:00 Human Resource and Personnel Council Meeting – Conference Room

6/6 7:15-8:00 Budget, Safety, and Facilities Council Meeting – Conference Room

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

6/7 6:30-8:00 Staff Appreciation Breakfast

6/13 8:30-10:00 Neighborhood Action Council Meeting – Family Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.2.

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL (SMBCCS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

May 23, 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 May 17, 2019:

Monthly Attendance Average- 97.16

Cumulative Attendance Average- 97.37

 

Date

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Total

5/17/19

23

126

114

139

136

133

156

80

907

 

Santa Monica’s enrollment increased 11 students since last month’s Director’s Report from 896 to 907 students.  Our state preschool program has a current enrollment of 91 students for a total student enrollment of 998 students, our highest enrollment this year.  Looking forward, we have a total of 87 enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year, 55 students away from our budgeted goal of 868 students.  

 

INSTRUCTION

 

Schoolwide ELA and Math CAASPP Summative Assessments

Santa Monica has successfully completed ELA and Math testing for 3rd - 6th grade students.  The test was administered from approximately 8:30-10:30am over six days - Tuesday, May 7th to Thursday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 14th to Thursday, May 16th.  This year’s schedule was created with teacher input designed to give students a break within testing and allow classrooms to review and refresh before completing SBAC Performance Tasks.

 

On our first day of testing, T-Kindergarten through second grade students and teachers as well as classified staff members lined the hallways of the main building to cheer on our testing students as they paraded down the hallway on the way to their classroom.  Teachers and students reported that the festivities served as a great motivator for our testing students and a great way to strengthen school spirit.  

 

California Science Testing (CAST)

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, fifth grade students completed the California Science Test (CAST).  This was the first year the CAST was operational with scores being reported to the state.  

 

We are now focused on completing make-ups for all assessments for students that may have been absent or needed more time to finish.  

 

Thank you to Santa Monica teachers for their work throughout the year in preparing our students for their test and for expertly administering the assessment to our students over the last two weeks. Thank you also to Santa Monica’s administrative team, our custodial team, Jose Najera, and to the additional certificated staff and paraprofessionals for ensuring all students were able to access the assessment and were able to test in an environment conducive to their success.

 

Student Reorganization

Grade level teams, student support staff, and administration came together the week of May 13th to reorganize students into classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year.  This process utilized quantitative NWEA MAP achievement percentiles and classroom assessment data as well as the qualitative, social-emotional needs of the students to ensure an appropriate, growth-minded placement for the new year. 

 

Apple Learning Technologies Survey

On Monday, May 20, 2019, SMBCCS staff were given access to the Apple Learning Technologies Survey.  The survey is designed to provide insight into faculty and student practices at the school and serves as a prerequisite step toward applying for Apple Distinguished School Status next year.

 

Topics covered in the survey are related to the use of technology at the school and include:

    • ïRespondent demographics
    • ïTeacher sense of preparation and future professional learning goals
    • ïTeacher experience
    • ïStudent elements of learning
    • ïStudent learning products

 

The survey will be open to respondents for 14 days. Results will show how the data is measured and give ideas for next steps. They will guide staff in creating professional learning goals and identify opportunities to deepen student learning. 

                         

                     Sample Reports - Student Product Frequency and Elements of Stud. Learning

 

 

personnel

 

Hiring Updates and Staffing Needs for the 2019-2020 School Year

Two of Santa Monica’s longtime and beloved staff members will be retiring this year - Toni Frear and Gloria Munguia.  Their contributions to not only Santa Monica but the entire Fenton community of staff, students, and families are far-reaching and immeasurable.  We wish both Toni and Gloria great happiness and joy as they embark on a new adventure. Gaby Moya will also be leaving Santa Monica in 2018-2019 to rejoin her family in New York. Her passion for the students and teamwork will also be missed next year.

 

Santa Monica is currently seeking a Special Day Classroom teacher, Licensed School Nurse, and Speech and Language Pathologist.  Positions are currently posted on Edjoin.org and flyers have been distributed to neighboring universities and colleges. Thank you to our hiring committee for assisting us in finding a counselor for the new year. Our candidate has accepted the position and will start in August pending employee processing and Board approval.

 

SMBCCS Teachers Recommended for Regular Status

Congratulations to Cassondra Barrett, Virginia Casares, and Nicole Reed!  These teachers have completed two years of successful formal observations and have demonstrated eligibility for regular status.  Ms. Barrett, Ms. Casares, and Ms. Reed have been essential pieces in Santa Monica’s success over the last two years and wonderful complements to their grade level teams and our staff.  We look forward to continuing to watch them grow as Fenton educators at SMBCCS.

 

ELD and STEAM Leads for the 2019-2020 School Year

In line with Santa Monica’s Charter Renewal Petition approved in 2017, Santa Monica staff nominated and then confirmed through a vote of confidence the placement of Jennifer Flynn and Bunny Wolfer as ELD lead teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.  Mrs. Flynn and Mrs. Wolfer will assist teachers with the implementation of effective language strategies within instruction.  This assistance will come in the way of schoolwide professional development, grade level, and individual teacher support.

 

Santa Monica staff also nominated and then confirmed through a separate vote of confidence the placement of Ariana Gomez, Tiene Hauck, and Andrew Smith as STEAM Leads for the 2019-2020 school year.  STEAM leads will be responsible for the implementation of our schoolwide STEAM program by scheduling, organizing and facilitating schoolwide STEAM-themed events and supporting teachers in enriching and integrating STEAM within daily instruction and long term planning.

 

Community Relations 

 

SMBCCS Home Visits

Over the last ten years, Santa Monica teachers have participated in Home Visits to celebrate our families and the community. On Wednesday, April 24th, Santa Monica staff ventured out once more to surprise students and reward them for their many positive choices and hard work throughout the year. Congratulations to all of our students who were visited and recognized on this day and thank you to our teachers for making this event such a wonderful experience for all. 

 

Viacommunity Day at SMBCCS

On Friday, April 10th, SMBCCS welcomed volunteers from Paramount/Viacom to engage our students in a number of exciting activities. Viacommunity Day included volunteers from Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, Spike TV, and BET. The students engaged in indoor and outdoor activities such as Yoga, basketball, relay races, storytelling, and various science projects. On site for this year’s community day was Paramount President of Television, Nicole Clemens, who addressed our volunteers prior to beginning the day’s festivities. 

 

Thank you to Monica Castañeda for leading the organizational efforts of these two important annual events at Santa Monica.

 

California State University, Northridge - Sixth Annual Rally in the Valley

On Saturday, May 11th the SMBCCS Robotics Team took on teams from 19 other LAUSD and Charter elementary schools in Los Angeles across six events:

    • ïFollow the Line
    • ïObstacle Course
    • ïSUMO
    • ïNASA Space Challenge
    • ïFires, A Burning Issue - Robot Game
    • ïSTEAM Expo

 

Santa Monica took home 2nd Place in the Obstacle Course and 3rd Place in the Nasa Space Challenge. The students were led by coaches - Mrs. Aaronson, Mrs. Arroyo, Mrs. Hauck, Ms. Nishimoto, and Mr. Smith. Thank you to our coaches for empowering our students giving them the tools to be independent thinkers and decision-makers. Thank you also to Jazmin Luna, Kyra Requiestas, Dr. Riddick, and Bunny Wolfer for representing Fenton as volunteers at the event and to Walter Gomez and Robin Rodriguez for their support of our students.

 

SMBCCS Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to announce that SMBCCS raised $10, 250 in total sales through the Scholastic Book Fair held the Week of March 25th.  This equates to $5,148.83 in scholastic dollars and rewards for the school.  These funds have been traditional used to purchase scholastic magazines that supplement the ELA/Math curriculum in all grades, however teachers are also able to purchase various other items through scholastic such as classroom activities, games, and instructional equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

    • ïEnd of Year NWEA MAP Assessments, May 7th - June 7th 
    • ïUpper Grade Career Day, May 29th 
    • ïProfessional Development Day #7, May 24th 
    • ïSMBCCS Open House, May 30th
    • ïLiteracy Day, May 30th 
    • ïEnd of Year Semester Awards, June 3rd-7th 
    • ïPre-K Graduation, June 11th 
    • ïFifth Grade Farewell Assembly, June 13th 
    • ïSixth Grade Culmination, June 14th 

Item II.D.3.

FENTON PRIMARY CENTER (FPC)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

May 23, 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 May 17, 2019 (TK-2):

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

44

198

238

222

702

 

Actual Daily Attendance for the Month (ADA): 97.09% (96.8% April 2019 and 97% May 2018)

Cumulative ADA for 2018-2019: 97.49% (97.6% one year ago)

 

Student Enrollment and Recruitment: FPC continues to recruit students for the 2019-2020 school year. The school’s enrollment projections for 2019-2020 are as follows: 

 

TK

K

1st

2nd

Total

60

216

216

240

732

 

The school’s current rollover and completed application numbers for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

 

GRADE

TK

K

1st

2nd

Total

Ready for 19-20

20

160

204

240

624

Numbers Needed

-40

-56

-12

0

-108

 

FPC’s Special Education Program: FPC is unique in the way special education services are provided to students with special needs. It is important to understand the age of the students at FPC and how their needs differ. At this age we need to analyze the child’s developmental age, do a careful analysis of student history including trauma to make informed decisions, and provide a safe and organized environment for a well-crafted plan to be implemented. This year, FPC had over 80 Student Study Team (SST) meetings throughout the school year. FPC also had approximately 30 Initial Assessments throughout the year as a result of SST meetings and parent or teacher requests. As the school comes to the end of another successful year we are looking at innovative ways to continue success at the school and for the FCPS organization.    

 

Student Reorganization: Every school year FPC carefully analyzes the placement of students into classrooms for the new school year. FPC begins the process of reorganizing students by carefully placing students with special needs in clusters, or individually, in classrooms where they will be most successful. The school is in the final stages of completing all student placements and creating rosters for the next school year.

 

Open House: All four of FPC’s grade levels have completed their Open House. TK had their Open House on April 25th in the morning with a beautiful welcoming performance by all the TK students.  Kindergarten classes had their Open House in the evening of April 25th with all ten classrooms opening their doors to well over 200 visitors. First grade had their Open House the evening of May 15th and families enjoyed student presentations in the classrooms along with various photo and video slideshows created from experiences students had in their classroom throughout this past school year. Finally, our second grade students had their Open House the evening of May 16th. Second grade was unique because this is their last Open House at FPC. All the teachers did a fabulous job of displaying student projects and assignments that defined the rigorous standards taught at each of their respective grade levels.  

 

School Nutrition Plus (SNP) and the Farm to Table Lunch: On May 14th SNP sponsored an event called “Farm Stand” with a barbeque lunch for students, which included a variety of fruit or vegetables offered and displayed. The fruits and vegetables were combined to create delicious and nutritious salads. As part of our Wellness Plan, FPC students reviewed healthy eating and healthy choices with specific lessons in the classrooms. Teachers encouraged students to eat something different and healthy. It was a great success and the students found it to be interesting and exciting. 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week: The week of May 6th FPC celebrated teachers, TAs, the school nurse and administrators. It was an exciting week filled with events and fun activities. Most importantly everyone felt appreciated, and spirits were lifted.

 

Environmental Defenders: On April 30th FPC students attended the annual assembly provided by Environmental Defenders. Environmental Defenders is a theatrical presentation focused on taking care of our environment. Students learned about caring for our environment by placing trash in its proper place and finding ways to reduce pollution. This annual presentation is always very engaging for all students. This presentation is sponsored by Public Works of Los Angeles County.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

May 24 Last Full-Day PD for Teachers

May 27 Memorial Day 

May 30 Shakey’s Family Fun Night and Recruitment Event

June 5-7 Kindergarten Field trips to the Los Angeles Zoo

June 7 Staff End of Year Breakfast Celebration

June 13 FCPS Board Meeting – Last Meeting

June 14 Last Day of School

Item II.D.4.

FENTON STEM ACADEMY (STEM)  

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

May 23, 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

05/23/2019

63

46

45

36

48

77

315

97.6%

97.4%

 

STEM continues to promote enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year, with a projected total enrollment of 350 students. Student recruitment efforts are ongoing throughout the spring and early summer.    

 

Instruction

 

CSUN Rally in the Valley Robotics Competition Success: On Saturday, May 11th, Fenton STEM Academy participated in the annual Rally in the Valley Robotics Competition held at California State University, Northridge. Over 300 students representing close to 20 schools; district, charter, and private participated in a series of robotics events. Local politicians, university professors, STEM related businesses and organizations, and key leaders in the robotics field were on site for the exciting competition. Fenton STEM Academy was represented by three teams of fifth graders and one team of fourth graders. Our students did exceptionally well. Fenton STEM Academy students received 2nd place overall for the Fire Challenge – a challenge that required students to complete a series of LEGO simulated fire related challenges, using only strategy, coding, and the EV3 robot. Fenton STEM Academy received 1st place overall for the STEAM Expo – an event that required teams to construct a project addressing a fire related need. Our team project included a windmill that when it sensed heat, would spray water all over the nearby vegetation. 

 

Thank you very much to Elisa Vallejo, Kelley Christenson, and Alejandra Muñoz who dedicated their time, energy, and coaching to work with these students all year long. They have helped created memories and skills that will last a lifetime for our students. Also, thank you to the other STEM after school robotics teachers; Elizabeth Marquez, Melissa Sopitkuankan, Dominica Yasuda and Paige Piper for their work with our 2nd-4th grade students. Thanks to their voluntary efforts and time, we were able to provide an after school robotics experience for close to 70 students during the 2018-2019 school year!

TWIG Science Curriculum: Fenton STEM Academy will move forward with purchasing the TWIG science curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers from various grade levels had the opportunity to pilot the program this year and feedback has been extremely positive. A TWIG representative has provided support throughout the pilot, meeting with teachers for standards planning, answer questions, or even model classroom lessons. TWIG is a phenomena based science program for K-6 created by global STEM experts. The curriculum transforms NGSS framework into engaging three-dimensional storylines that integrate visual, digital, and hands-on learning. The curriculum is very much aligned to our reading program, Benchmark Advance and will prepare our students successfully to perform well on the new CAST science assessment. We look forward to enhancing our instructional practice with the inclusion of this new and comprehensive science component. 

Focus Leads for 2019-2020: Fenton STEM Academy will continue to offer a fully integrated STEM program for the 2019-2020 school year. Focus Leads will be key in maintaining a clear and defined instructional focus for Fenton STEM Academy. After reviewing the Focus Lead applicants, the Fenton STEM Academy staff participated in an online vote to identify the focus leads for the new school year. The results supported the assignment of Kelley Christenson and Elisa Vallejo to maintain the role of Focus Lead for the 2019-2020 school year. Both Kelley and Elisa have done an exceptional job this year with implementing the STEAM Schoolwide Challenges, overseeing and instructing the after school Robotics Clubs, and seeking new and innovative ways to enhance our STEM focus. They have many plans for the new year and we look forward to their guidance as we work to refine our STEM integration. 

 

May Professional Development:  Fenton STEM Academy will host our final day of professional development for the 2018-2019 school year on May 24th. Staff will participate in various grade level planning and collaboration activities. Student reorganization will take place at assigned times throughout the day. Teachers have expressed their appreciation at having this opportunity to work together to reflect on the past school year and plan for 2019-2020.

 

4th Annual STEM Expo & Open House: Fenton STEM Academy hosted our 4th annual STEM Expo & Open House on May 3rd. The event was well attended and included demonstrations from our 2nd and 5th grade robotics teams, as well as interactive demonstrations from real life engineers. Student projects showcased evidence of higher order thinking and problem solving skills for real-world challenges. Our 3-D printer was on display to showcase its use for student projects. Students were provided a stamp card, which encouraged visitation to each area of the Expo. Completed stamp cards were turned in the following day in return for a STEM Expo pencil. Feedback was extremely positive for this fun and informative event. Thank you to our hard working staff for a very successful night centered on STEM education and showcasing the yearlong efforts of our incredible students. Families expressed their astonishment and gratitude. 

 

State Assessments: Fenton STEM Academy students are nearing completion of all state mandated assessments. Physical Fitness Testing has been completed and submitted to the state for all fifth grade students. Students completed the SBAC and CAST from May 6th – 21st. The students were well-prepared and showed great perseverance and determination to do their very best. Thank you to our teachers for preparing our students throughout this past year. Thank you to our technology specialist, Cedric Ramirez, for ensuring technology was equipped, organized, and ready to administer the online tests and thank you to Jennifer Pimentel for her thorough planning to oversee this entire process. Testing has gone extremely well and we look forward to receiving positive results in the coming weeks. 

 

School Community 

 

Banner Campaign: Fenton STEM Academy is in the process of refreshing our banner campaign for banners that run along Sunland Boulevard. The school is working with a media consultant to obtain new photographs to replace the current building banners along Sunland, as well as adding new banners and imagery to the alleyway and possible the corner of Penrose and Sunland. These new appealing banners are ideal for catching the attention of those traveling along the busy intersection and street near our school. We are confident these measures will increase student recruitment efforts, which will translate to increased enrollment. Completed banners will be hung within the next few weeks. 

Fourth Grade NGSS Santa Barbara Overnight Experience: On May 30-31st, Fenton STEM Academy fourth graders will travel to Santa Barbara for an overnight field trip at the Santa Barbara Zoo. This highly engaging NGSS hands on experience provides an opportunity for our students to interact with exotic animals in their natural habitat. Two parent informational sessions were held for fourth grade parents. Thank you to Crissy Ismail, Paige, Piper, Tania Casas, and Mikki Raxlin for their work on organizing, planning, and attending this incredible trip.

 

26th Annual Kids Ocean Day/Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up: 2nd – 4th grade students from the Academies will participate in the 25th Annual Kids Ocean Day event on May 23, 2019 at Dockweiler Beach. Thousands of elementary students across Southern California gather on this day to raise awareness for coastal environmental concerns. The day includes a massive clean-up of trash and debris along the coast, as well as an aerial photo involving the formation of student bodies to form a giant human wave on the sand. We are proud to support this great organization and encourage our students to advocate for a plastic-free ocean. 

 

Semester Award Assemblies: Fenton STEM Academy parents have been invited to attend Semester Award Assemblies June 3th- 10th. Awards will be given to students that have demonstrated achievement in overall academics, improvement, citizenship, STEM proficiency, and attendance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

    • 2nd-4th grade field trip (Dockweiler Beach ñ Coastal Clean Up)
    • PD Day #7 ñ EOY Planning & Grade Level Collaboration 
    • Fourth grade Santa Barbara Overnight field trip to the Zoo
    • Fifth Grade Picnic
    • Semester Awards Assemblies
    • Fifth Grade Luncheon
    • John Hancock Day ñ Fifth Grade
    • Last Day of the School Year 

Item II.D.5.

FENTON CHARTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (FCLA)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

May 23, 2019

 

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

 

State Charter Number:  1613

 

Enrollment 

 

 

TK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Monthly

ADA

Cumulative

ADA

05/23/2019

83

68

69

61

43

324

96.6%

96.5%

 

FCLA continues to promote enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year, with a projected total enrollment of 360 students. Student recruitment efforts are ongoing throughout the spring and early summer.    

 

Instruction     

                                 

Kiwanis Book Club Partnership: The Fenton Academies received a generous offer to partner with the Los Angeles Kiwanis Book Club. This organization is developing a new educational component to promote early literacy to outstanding elementary schools within Los Angeles. Kiwanis has offered to provide free books to all of our students numerous times per year, with the first book distribution taking place Monday, May 20th. In addition to the book distributions, Kiwanis would like to award several teachers with small grants to enhance their classroom library. Teachers will be nominated for these unique grants in the coming year. Kiwanis Book Club is excited for this initial partnership with the Fenton Academies and has expressed interest in coordinating literacy efforts in the coming year. We look forward to sharing the result of this new and exciting partnership. Thank you to Cecilia Quijano for overseeing this partnership. Mrs. Quijano was a Kiwanis book club member during her high school years and is thrilled to assist with the implementation of our literacy initiative. 

TWIG Science Curriculum: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy will move forward with purchasing the TWIG science curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers from various grade levels had the opportunity to pilot the program this year and feedback has been extremely positive. A TWIG representative has provided support throughout the pilot, meeting with teachers for standards planning, answer questions, or even model classroom lessons. TWIG is a phenomena based science program for K-6 created by global STEM experts. The curriculum transforms NGSS framework into engaging three-dimensional storylines that integrate visual, digital, and hands-on learning. The curriculum is very much aligned to our reading program, Benchmark Advance and will prepare our students successfully to perform well on the new CAST science assessment. We look forward to enhancing our instructional practice with the inclusion of this new and comprehensive science component. 

Focus Leads for 2019-2020: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy will continue to offer a fully integrated Leadership/SEL program for the 2019-2020 school year. Focus Leads will be key in maintaining a clear and defined instructional focus for Fenton Charter Leadership Academy. After reviewing the Focus Lead applicants, the Fenton Charter Leadership Academy staff participated in an online vote to identify the focus leads for the new school year. The results supported the assignment of Kate Hetu and Veronica Palazzola to assume the role of Focus Lead for the 2019-2020 school year. These two Focus Leads will oversee and manage the grade level Service Learning Projects, the after school Drama Club and Student Council, as well as oversee the school’s innovative and unique programs such as Responsive Classroom and Move this World. They have many plans for the new year and we look forward to their guidance as we work to refine our Leadership/SEL integration. 

 

May Professional Development:  Fenton Charter Leadership Academy will host our final day of professional development for the 2018-2019 school year on May 24th. Staff will participate in various grade level planning and collaboration activities. Student reorganization will take place at assigned times throughout the day. Teachers have expressed their appreciation at having this opportunity to work together to reflect on the past school year and plan for 2019-2020.

 

2nd Annual Leadership Summit & Open House: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy hosted our 2nd annual Leadership Summit & Open House on April 26th. The event was well attended and included a grade level gallery walk to showcase service learning projects prior to a formal presentation that took place in teacher classrooms. Community partners such as the Jester and Pharley Phund, East Valley Animal Shelter, and Totally Kids Rehabilitation Center were on site to participate in this culminating celebration of civic responsibility and service leadership. Students were provided a stamp card, which encouraged visitation to each area of the Leadership Summit. Completed stamp cards were turned in the following day in return for a Leadership themed pencil. Feedback was extremely positive for this fun and informative event. Thank you to our hard working staff for a very successful night centered on Leadership and Learning and for showcasing the yearlong efforts of our incredible students. Families expressed their astonishment and gratitude. 

 

State Assessments: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy students are nearing completion of all state mandated assessments. Students completed the SBAC from May 6th – 21st. The students were well-prepared and showed great perseverance and determination to do their very best. Thank you to our teachers for preparing our students throughout this past year. Thank you to our technology specialist, Cedric Ramirez, for ensuring technology was equipped, organized, and ready to administer the online tests and thank you to Jennifer Pimentel for her thorough planning to oversee this entire process. Testing has gone extremely well and we look forward to receiving positive results in the coming weeks. 

 

School Community 

 

Banner Campaign: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy is in the process of refreshing our banner campaign for banners that run along Sunland Boulevard. The school is working with a media consultant to obtain new photographs to replace the current building banners along Sunland, as well as adding new banners and imagery to the alleyway and possible the corner of Penrose and Sunland. These new appealing banners are ideal for catching the attention of those traveling along the busy intersection and street near our school. We are confident these measures will increase student recruitment efforts, which will translate to increased enrollment. Completed banners will be hung within the next few weeks. 

 

Fourth Grade NGSS Santa Barbara Overnight Experience: On May 30-31st, Fenton Charter Leadership Academy fourth graders will travel to Santa Barbara for an overnight field trip at the Santa Barbara Zoo. This highly engaging NGSS hands on experience provides an opportunity for our students to interact with exotic animals in their natural habitat. Two parent informational sessions were held for fourth grade parents. Thank you to Crissy Ismail, Paige, Piper, Tania Casas, and Mikki Raxlin for their work on organizing, planning, and attending this incredible trip.

 

26th Annual Kids Ocean Day/Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up: 2nd – 4th grade students from the Academies will participate in the 25th Annual Kids Ocean Day event on May 23, 2019 at Dockweiler Beach. Thousands of elementary students across Southern California gather on this day to raise awareness for coastal environmental concerns. The day includes a massive clean-up of trash and debris along the coast, as well as an aerial photo involving the formation of student bodies to form a giant human wave on the sand. We are proud to support this great organization and encourage our students to advocate for a plastic-free ocean. 

 

Semester Award Assemblies: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy parents have been invited to attend Semester Award Assemblies June 3th- 10th. Awards will be given to students that have demonstrated achievement in overall academics, improvement, citizenship, Leadership traits, and attendance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

    • 2nd-4th grade field trip (Dockweiler Beach ñ Coastal Clean Up)
    • PD Day #7 ñ EOY Planning & Grade Level Collaboration 
    • Fourth grade Santa Barbara Overnight field trip to the Zoo
    • Semester Awards Assemblies
    • Last Day of the School Year 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. E.

 

Chief Academic Officer’s Report

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. F.

 

Executive Director’s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.F.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (FCPS)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

May 23, 2019

 

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

 

CCSA:

 

Dear Charter Leaders,

 

Considering the proof that charters are achieving incredible success for all students, it seems like it would be a no-brainer for legislators in Sacramento to champion our great public schools.

 

Yet, the California State Legislature, with support from the California Teachers Association (CTA), continues to pursue an aggressive agenda that puts politics before kids. Despite our best efforts to date, our fight to protect students is just getting started. The package of anti-charter school bills is moving forward and will be advancing from the appropriations committees to their respective chambers' floors. Here’s what we know:

    • AB 1505 (O’Donnell): Moved to the Assembly Floor. This bill creates uncertainty for students, teachers, and families choosing charter public schools by eliminating the right to appeal politically-driven decisions to the county or state and reducing the charter term to as few as two years.
    • AB 1506 (McCarty): Moved to the Assembly Floor. AB 1506 was amended to lift the outright ban on charter schools but would impose a cap in school districts with 10 percent or more of charter school student enrollment. This bill will also limit charter management organizations from serving more students and limit access to students who are seeking more options.
    • SB 756 (Durazo): Moved to the Senate Floor. This bill imposes a two-year ban on new charter public school choices for students and families.
    • AB 1507 (Smith): On Monday, the Assembly voted to send this bill to the Senate for further consideration. We are opposed to AB 1507 which jeopardizes student access to innovative public school options by further restricting where teaching and learning can happen. AB 1507 awaits further action in the Senate Education Committee after June 1.

A floor vote on AB 1505, 1506 and SB 756 is imminent and could coincide with a rally organized by opponents of public school choices at the State Capitol on May 22. We must stop these bills that will rip public school opportunities away from students who need them most! Please consider taking the following actions: 

    1. Call your Senator now and tell them you do not support SB 756.
    2. Call your Assemblymember now and tell them you do not support AB 1505 and 1506. 
    3. Share our parent guide, also available on standforallstudents.org, so that you may educate your school networks on these bills. Please consider compliance laws for your schools when distributing with parents.
    4. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest shareable content you can post on your personal feeds.
    5. Stay up to date on our CharterNation blog and share articles from it like this latest entry.
    6. Schedule meetings with your legislators and bring students and teachers to share their personal stories. We are happy to help coordinate those meetings with you.

We will continue pursuing every opportunity to work with Governor Newsom and California’s legislators, clarifying and strengthening existing practices that make California’s public schools stronger across the board. We applaud Governor Newsom’s commitment in the May Revise to increasing funding for special education, and we share his vision in ensuring that all of California’s kids – especially our most vulnerable students – have access to public schools that meet their individual needs.

 

Thank you for your relentless commitment to all public school students. They are depending on us and we cannot win this fight without you.      

 

Adelante!

 

Myrna Castrejón
President and CEO, CCSA

 

National:

 

From the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools – 

 

“2018 Annual Report”

 

Twenty-six years ago, the first charter school in the nation, City Academy, opened its doors in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Since then, the charter school movement has been growing, innovating, and thriving.  Today, 3.2 million students attend more than 7,000 charter schools across the nation.  

 

The National Alliance accomplished a great deal for the movement in 2018, including securing a record $440 million in funding for the federal Charter Schools Program, helping Mississippi and Alabama launch new high-quality charter schools, and winning precedent-setting legal battles in Washington state and Louisiana.  The National Alliance is dedicated to implementing their proven strategies to help the movement meet the demand for public charter schools, and will continue to unlock funding, improve laws, eliminate barriers, and shape the narrative.

 

State:

 

From School Services of California –

“Estimates of Out-Year COLAs”

With the release of the Governor’s 2019-20 May Revision, the Department of Finance has revised estimates of the statutory cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) after 2019-20. The table below illustrates the COLAs along with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) gap funding in each year:

 

 

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Statutory COLA

2.71%
(3.7% for LCFF)

3.26%

3.00%

2.80%

LCFF Gap Funding %

100.00%

 

“Senate Rejects Governor’s Special Education Funding Proposal”

On May 15, 2019, the Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education formally rejected Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision proposal relating to Special Education funding. Since its introduction in January, this proposal has been heavily criticized by education stakeholders, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and legislators who are concerned with the proposal’s narrow application to a small subset of local educational agencies (LEAs) and the state’s Special Education student population, particularly in light of the fact that all LEAs must serve students identified with exceptional needs beginning at age 3.

Instead, the subcommittee approved a total of $533 million for Special Education programs as follows:

    • $333 million in ongoing funding to equalize AB 602 per student funding rates to the 90th percentile of current rates; and
    • $200 million in ongoing funding to establish the Special Education Early Intervention Grant Program, which would provide a $4,000 per child grant for each three- and four-year-old receiving Individualized Education Program (IEP) services through their district of residence and who is also enrolled in a mainstream early education setting as determined by the IEP. This proposal would expand Transitional Kindergarten (TK) eligibility, and full average daily attendance funding, for any four-year-old with an IEP whose 5th birthday occurs after December 2 but within the school year (in other words, such students would be included in the TK cohort).

The Senate subcommittee redirected the remaining $163 million of Governor Newsom’s $696.2 million Special Education proposal to other education purposes. The subcommittee also approved the following notable investments:

    • Reducing the Governor’s proposed deposit into the Public School System Stabilization Account (education’s rainy day fund) from $389.3 million to $241.9 million;
    • Reducing the Governor’s proposed $600 million for Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities to $150 million;
    • Providing $100 million in ongoing funding to increase the daily per-student rate for the After School Education and Safety program; and
    • Providing $550 million in one-time funding for the Mental Health Student Services Act.

The full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee is expected to approve the Senate’s full budget on May 22, 2019. 

“Appropriations Committees Sends Hundreds of Bills to the House Floors”

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Appropriations Committees in both the Senate and the Assembly took up their suspense files and quickly disposed of nearly 1,100 measures.

The suspense file is a sort of legislative purgatory, where measures that are deemed to have a fiscal impact of a certain magnitude are placed until all those measures can be dealt with at once. In many cases, bills that go onto the committee’s suspense file never come off and are effectively killed without legislators having to cast a vote in favor or opposition.

Thursday’s hearings released hundreds of bills from the suspense files. Many of these bills were able to move on because of authors agreeing to amendments that addressed fiscal concerns, added coauthors, or reduced costs. Those bills now head to their house floors for a vote before they can go into the second house and move forward in the legislative process. Since we are in the first year of the two-year legislative session, the bills that did not make it out of the Appropriations Committee will, barring any rule waivers, be considered inactive for the rest of 2019 but can potentially be revived next year.

Below we highlight some of the significant education bills that will be moving forward in 2019:

    • Assembly Bill (AB) 39 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance)—Education Finance: Local Control Funding Formula: Aspirational Funding Level: Reports. This bill would set new, aspirational Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) base grant targets beginning in fiscal year 2020-21.
    • AB 48 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach)—Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022. This bill would put K-14 school facilities bonds on the 2020 and 2022 ballots. The bill was amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to include certain preschool facilities, add a matching requirement for the lead program, and set the 2020 bond amount at $13 billion.
    • AB 123 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) Early Childhood Education: State Preschool Program: Access: Standards. This bill would establish the Pre-K for All Act to expand eligibility for California State Preschool Programs (CSPP), increase the reimbursement rate for the CSPP, and require CSPP lead teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree by July 1, 2028.
    • AB 428 (Medina, D-Riverside)—Special Education Funding. The bill would establish a funding mechanism to support Special Education preschool programs, equalize Special Education funding rates to the 95th percentile, and provide a supplemental grant to support Special Education students with greater needs.
    • AB 500 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego)—School and Community College Employees: Paid Maternity Leave. This bill would require school districts, charter schools, and community colleges to provide at least six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leaves of absence taken by certificated, academic, and classified employees. 
    • AB 751 (O’Donnell)—Pupil Assessments: Pathways to College Act. This bill would require the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve a nationally recognized high school assessment, such as the SAT or ACT, that school districts and charter schools can administer, commencing with the 2021-22 school year, in lieu of the consortium summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics for grade 11.
    • AB 967 (Smith, D-Santa Clarita)—Local Control and Accountability Plans. This bill would requirea charter school to submit its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to their charter authorizer for review and approval. It would also require charter schools to comply with various other LCAP requirements that currently apply to school districts and county offices of education.
    • AB 1303 (O’Donnell)—California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program. This bill would eliminate the K-12 Strong Workforce Program and shift the ongoing funding to the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG), augment funding to CTEIG to reach $450 million ongoing, change the local match requirement for CTEIG to 1:1, and provide funding for regional CTE coordinators for technical assistance and support.
    • AB 1505 (O’Donnell)—Charter Schools: Petitions. This bill would make significant changes to the petition, renewal, and revocation process for charter schools.
    • AB 1506 (McCarty)—Charter Schools: Statewide Total: Authorization Restrictions. Originally this bill would have capped the number of charter schools statewide at the number operating as of January 1, 2020. However, the bill was amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to remove the statewide charter school cap and instead allow local educational agencies (LEAs) with less than 10% charter school enrollment to open charter schools, provide a rolling cap to LEAs with more than 10% charter school enrollment, and provide priority to noncharter school management organizations. 
    • Senate Bill (SB) 217 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge)—Special Education: Individuals with Exceptional Needs. This bill would, outside of the AB 602 formula, allocate $4,000 to school districts for every three- or four-year-old child with exceptional needs who is receiving a majority of Special Education and related services in the regular education program.
    • SB 328 (Portantino)—Pupil Attendance: School Start Time. This bill would prohibit middle schools and high schools, including charter schools, from beginning their school day earlier than 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. The change in start time would need to be implemented by July 1, 2022 or the date on which a collective bargaining agreement expires, whichever is later. The bill would exempt rural school districts from these provisions.
    • SB 729 (Portantino)—Local Control Funding Formula: School Districts and Charter Schools. This bill would require the LCFF base grants for school districts to be increased by a cost-of-living adjustment of 5.16% for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
    • SB 756 (Durazo, D-Los Angeles)—Charter Schools: Moratorium. Originally this bill would have prohibited the approval of new charter schools until June 30, 2024, but was amended by the Senate Appropriations Committee to prohibit the approval of new charter schools for only two years.
    • Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (Hill, D-San Mateo)—Taxation: School Districts: Parcel Tax. This bill would put a proposition on the ballot that, if approved by voters, would lower the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55% for school and community college districts to impose, extend, or increase a parcel tax.

While many significant education bills will be moving forward, there are a number that were held by the committee. We highlight a few of the bills that will not be moving forward below:

    • AB 124 (McCarty)—Childcare: Local Planning Councils. This bill would have required local childcare and development planning councils to provide information to cities and counties regarding facility needs for early childhood education.
    • AB 1508 (Bonta, D-Oakland)—Pupil Nutrition: Breakfast After the Bell Program. This bill would have provided grants, subject to a one-time appropriation, for schools to serve breakfast after school already has begun, known as “Breakfast After the Bell.”
    • SB 433 (Rubio, D-Baldwin Park)—Transitional Kindergarten: Average Daily Attendance. This bill would have universalized transitional kindergarten byrepealing the prohibition to earn full average daily attendance for any four-year-old whose fifth birthday occurs after December 2 and would have included those four-year-olds in the LEA’s unduplicated pupil count.

The bills passed by the Appropriations Committees, along with the scores of bills already awaiting consideration by the full Senate and Assembly, will be debated and will need to be approved by the house of origin by Friday, May 31, 2019. Bills that meet this deadline will then go to the second house where the committee process starts anew.

District:

 

Excerpts from the Los Angeles Times – 

Jackie Goldberg, a veteran politician and educator who served on the Los Angeles school board three decades ago, will once again have a voice in the nation’s second-largest school district after a resounding win Tuesday for a seat in a special election.

Goldberg’s victory over candidate Heather Repenning was also a win for the teachers union and will mark a shift in the board's power dynamic that had recently tilted toward pro-charter-school alliances.

Goldberg won with 71.6% of the votes counted after polls closed Tuesday, not including provisional and some mail-in ballots.

The seat has been vacant since the July 2018 resignation of former board member Ref Rodriguez, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to campaign finance violations.

Goldberg is entering a fraught time in the district, where leaders are struggling with declining enrollment, a fight over the expansion of charter schools and questions about how to meet the district’s financial commitments.

Her win could weaken the power of pro-charter school forces in L.A. — Rodriguez was one of four on the seven-member board elected with financial backing from charter school supporters. Goldberg gained support by speaking out forcefully against the growth of charter schools and said she was running to prevent the school board from being controlled by charter interests.

Though most charter reform requires state action, Los Angeles Unified is by far California’s largest district and adding as vocal an opponent as Goldberg could have far-reaching significance.

Beyond state lobbying, the board “could call for more, tougher oversight of the charter schools,” and more aggressively seek payment for use of district property, within the boundaries of existing law, UCLA education professor Pedro Noguera said.

Repenning had proclaimed she did not oppose charter schools and would have been an independent voice. She had also highlighted that she would have been the only board member with a child who currently attends a district school.

“I’ve tried not to play into the normal, endless war between the teachers union and the charter association,” Repenning said Tuesday night. “I ran because I wanted to bring the best ideas to our school board and ... make sure our students have more academic support from pre-K all the way to college.”

The California Charter Schools Assn., which has offered heavy financial backing in past elections, did not endorse a candidate in this race. But two pro-charter philanthropists, Eli Broad and Bill Bloomfield, donated to support Repenning.

FCPS:

 

The 2018-2019 Ad Hoc Health Benefits Committee will convene for one last meeting in June to discuss the impact of insuring spouses of retirees who reach the Medicare enrollment age of 65 after the Fenton retiree.  A recommendation will be made to the Board at the June meeting for inclusion in the Employee Handbook and implementation in the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item III. A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 calendars

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the January 31, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors, the 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar was approved.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Three additional calendars, which identify workdays for employees other than teachers, have been developed by Dr. Riddick and were reviewed by the Directors of the Fenton schools and key personnel in the business office.  The additional calendars are for those who follow a 201-day calendar (School Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Elementary School Counselors, and the Registered Behavior Technician), a 224-day calendar (administrators and certain school-based office staff), and a 249-day calendar (custodians, maintenance, and business office staff responsible for maintaining and caring for individual school sites, accounts payable, payroll, personnel, and technology, respectively). 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the 201, 224 and 249-day calendars for 2019-2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: 191, PK (187), 201, 224 and 249-day calendars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve revised General Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools have maintained documented accounting policies and procedures since the conversion of Fenton Avenue Charter School. 

 

ANALYSIS

 

As the organization has grown, additional procedures and regular clarifications and updating of policies have become necessary.   The following areas have been added, revised or further clarified

 

    • ïAdditional clarification on use of credit cards by selected administrators and management level personnel;
    • ïAdditional detail related to reconciliation of credit card expenditures;
    • ïRevised procedures for creation of purchase orders;
    • ïUpdated titles of staff responsible for required financial activities.

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the revised General Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Revised General Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual

Item IV. B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of Executive Director

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Executive Director has the authority to approve expenditures up to $25,000.  All expenditures over $25,000 must be approved by the Board of Directors.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The following expenditure exceeds the Executive Director’s spending authority, and the Board is asked to review and approve the item:

 

Purchase and installation of new master key system for Fenton Avenue Charter School - $69,945.00

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School is the only Fenton school still utilizing an old key system that does not provide the following safeguard:  All keys are a private keyway which means key blanks can only be obtained from the factory, thus duplication is not only controlled, but highly unlikely.  The current system allows keys to be duplicated anywhere.

 

It is critical that even with this new safeguard, all staff who are issued keys must be extremely cautious with school keys.  Replacement is costly and for that reason the financial responsibility of staff is spelled out in the Employee Handbook.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the expenditures for Fenton Avenue Charter School.

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.C.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve Kaiser Permanente and Health Net for medical benefits for benefited employees

 

BACKGROUND

 

Each year, the Executive Director meets with representatives from Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, and our insurance brokers to review proposed increases for the new school year.  If there are any questions or concerns with the proposal, we discuss possible changes in coverage to make the plans affordable for the schools.  

 

Fenton purchases Kaiser Permanente medical insurance directly from Kaiser, and has found this practice to be cost effective and efficient.  Health Net is purchased through an insurance broker.  Delta Dental and VSP are purchased through ASCIP.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Traditionally, Fenton offers two medical plans:  Kaiser and another HMO.  Health Net has been the other choice for a number of years and we will continue to offer these two choices in 2019-2020.

 

Kaiser’s rates are calculated ‘manually’ which is essentially the use of demographics (age, gender, zip code, etc.) to determine yearly rates.  For the 2019-2020, the proposed increase is 4.94%, from an increase of 12.5% last year.  Here are the proposed rates for Kaiser for 2019-20:

 

HMO 

$20 Office Visit

2018-2019 Rates

2019-2020 

% Change

2019-2020 Rates

2019-2020

Annual Cost per Plan

Subscriber only

$563.19

4.94%

$590.22

$7,082.64

Subscriber +1 dependent

$1,126.39

4.94%

$1,180.45

$14,165.40

Subscriber +2 or more dependents

$1,593.84

4.94%

$1,670.34

$20,044.08

Health Net’s rates are determined by ‘experience’ – the number of significant/major events paid by Health Net during the past year.   The initial proposed increase was 11.75%, but with a slight change to the plan, the increase is 5%, the same as last year.   The plan has been changed to a 3-level plan to match Kaiser’s plan.  Here is the Health Net proposal for 2019-2020:

 

HMO 

$20 Office Visit

2018-2019 Rates

2019-2020 

% Change

2019-2020 Rates

2019-2020

Annual Cost per Plan

Employee only

$675.82

5%

$712.43

Single

$8,549.16

Employee + Child(ren)

$1,182.66

5%

$1,531.73

Employee + 1

$18,380.76

Employee + Spouse

$1,621.95

Family

$2,061.23

5%

$2,101.68

Family

$25,220.16

 

For the Board’s information, here are the rates for retirees:

 

Kaiser Senior Advantage (HMO) with Part D – EOC #2 (for retirees who have reached age 65 and are enrolled in Medicare):

 

Coverage

2018-2019 Rates

2019-2020 Rates

2019-2020 Annual Cost per Plan

Retiree

$187.65

$192.16

$2,305.92

Retiree + Spouse

$375.30

$384.32

$4,611.84

 

Fenton’s group Health Net plan is not an option for retirees.  Retirees may select either Kaiser Senior Advantage or AARP United Healthcare once reaching age 65 and enrolling in Medicare.  If the retiree does not enroll in, and maintain enrollment in, Medicare, Fenton benefits cease.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the Kaiser and Health Net medical plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.D.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve fourth contract extension with School Nutrition Plus

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the April 30, 2015 meeting of the FCPS Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved the proposal from School Nutrition Plus for the Food Services Management Company (FSMC) Request for Proposal (RFP). 

 

As per the original contract, contracts must be renewed yearly, and renewals/extensions must be approved by the California Department of Education (CDE), School Nutrition Services prior to continued use of the FSMC vendor.  Once approved by the CDE, as a good practice, contracts are brought to the FCPS Board of Directors to share the CDE approval and request formal FCPS Board approval of new meal rates.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The CDE, School Nutrition Services, Contract Division, approved the extension of the contract between the Fenton Charter Public Schools and School Nutrition Plus, our selected FSMC, on May 3, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

The 2019-20 meal rates, compared to 2015-16 (first year of the contract), 2016-17 (first extension), 2017-18 (second extension), and 2018-19 (third extension), are displayed below:

 

Meal

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020*

Breakfast

$1.64

$1.68

$1.73

$1.78

$1.83

Lunch

$2.81

$2.88

$2.96

$3.01

$3.10

Snack

$0.75

$0.77

$0.79

$0.82

$0.84

Supper

$2.53

$2.59

$2.66

$2.94

$3.03

*Proposed rates 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the Contract Renewal Agreement as confirmed by the CDE, School Nutrition Services, Contract Division, with School Nutrition Plus for 2019-2020.  It should be noted that FCPS will request proposals from Food Service Management Companies early in 2020 as we approach the end of the five-year contract with School Nutrition Plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: Confirmation of approval by CDE School Nutrition Services, Contract Division, of fully executed Extension Contract with School Nutrition Plus. Contract Extension and Contract Amendment

Item IV. E.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 schedule of technology upgrades and software licenses 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Our IT Manager, Jason Gonzalez, has conferred with the Directors of all schools and identified technology and software needs for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The attached pages list the various projects planned for each site, and the FCPS office.   The total estimated cost for all five schools and the office is $802,532.05

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve technology upgrades and software licenses for each Fenton school and the FCPS office for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  Technology Upgrades and List of Software Licenses

Item IV.F.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to receive revised costs for Illuminate Education, Inc. software licenses for 2019-2020

 

BACKGROUND

 

Illuminate Education, Inc. develops tools to collect, organize, and analyze student data.  Its products include Illuminate Student Information (ISI), a student information system that provides all school site staff with a single, web-based point of access to student information; Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System (DnA); and Illuminate Special Education, a web-based data management system that simplifies special education processes and regulations while ensuring speed and compliance.  The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Irvine, California.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools have contracted for the use of two of the three Illuminate software systems since 2012.  Only the Special Education software was not purchased due to the requirement that all LAUSD schools and District authorized charter schools utilize Welligent, the District’s Special Education software system.

 

The Illuminate tools have proven to be effective and efficient tools, especially as the organization has grown to five schools, and the Board approved a three-year agreement at the May 17, 2018 board meeting.

 

The cost for the two Illuminate systems as agreed to last May remains the same, but enrollment numbers have changed and the cost for 2019-2020 is shown below:

 

 

Illuminate Student Information (ISI)

 

Year

Product

Fee Structure

Estimate of Annual Fee

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

ISI System

$4.00 per student

(2,955 students)

$11,820.00

Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System (DnA)

 

Quantity

Product

Description

List

Total Price

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

 

 

 

 

2,955

DnA Licenses

Per student licenses – Illuminate Data and Assessment

$3.50

$10,342.50

 

 

Assessment Scanning and Scoring

$1.00

$2,955.00

 

 

Access to Key Data Systems’ KDS Inspect Item Bank and Pre-built Assessments

$1.50

$4,432.50

 

The projected cost for the 2019-2020 school year from the original agreement was $30,550.00.  Due to a decline in enrollment, the cost is now $29,550.00.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors receive the revised costs for software licenses with Illuminate Education, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Illuminate Education, Inc. Invoice for 2019-2020

Item IV.G.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association

 

BACKGROUND

 

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) was established in 2003 as the membership and advocacy organization serving California charter schools.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

After years of maintaining the membership dues at the same level ($5.00 per student), the Board od Directors of CCSA approved an increase to be phased in over two years:  in 2017-2018, membership dues were increased by $3.00 to $8.00 per student, and in January 2019, dues were increased an additional $2.00 per student to $10.  Fenton’s membership cost for 2019-2020 will be $30,000 and Board approval is required for this action.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association at a cost of $10 per student and a total cost of $30,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.H.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve Ad Hoc Board Member Nominating Committee to review expiring board terms and recommend slate of directors for the 2019-2020 school year

 

BACKGROUND

 

Terms of office for the following board members will expire on June 30, 2019:  

 

Diane Abeyta

Yvette King-Berg

Joe Lucente

 

ANALYSIS

 

Each year, the Board has established an Ad Hoc Nominating Committee to identify prospective board members and establish a recommended slate of members for the new school year.  The board chair and vice chair are typically part of this committee, along with faculty and classified representatives. 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors appoint Board Chair Joe Lucente and Vice Chair Diane Abeyta as the chairs of the Ad Hoc Board Nominating Committee. Additionally, it is recommended the Board appoint Faculty Representatives Barbara Ausherman, Mercedes Meeks (FACS); Toni Frear, Marie Kirakossian and Megan Stevenson (SMBCCS); Laura Holmes, Krystal Rodriguez and Coco Salazar (FPC), Kelley Christenson (STEM), Veronica Palazzola (FCLA), and Classified Representatives Karla Contreras (FACS), Cedric Ramirez (FCLA/STEM), Erick Lazo (SMBCCS) and Laura Vasquez (FPC) to the Ad Hoc Committee.  It is further recommended that the Board request that the committee convene via conference call prior to June 12th to discuss recommendations to be presented to the Board on June 13, 2019 for formal approval.  Board officers for the new school year will be elected at the first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.  ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

BACKGROUND

 

The FCPS OPEB Trust was formally established at the East West Bank and an investment portfolio created on March 28, 2016.  The portfolio was transferred to Cathay Wealth Management on October 30, 2017.

 

ANALYSIS

 

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

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

May 23, 2019

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

President

 

SUBJECT: Update from Ad Hoc Health Benefits Committee

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the May 17, 2018 regular meeting of the FCPS Board of Directors, the Board approved the establishment of an Ad Hoc Health Benefits Committee whose purpose will be to analyze current health benefits spending trends and to devise a plan for meeting yearly increases.  Their specific tasks are listed below:

 

    1. a.To analyze how the current spending trend in health benefits will impact the organization, its operations, STRS and PERS obligations, and any future salary increases; and 

 

    1. a.To devise a plan for meeting the yearly projected increases in medical insurance premiums. 

Progress was shared at regular board meetings, and a final recommendation was brought to the Board at the January 31, 2019 meeting.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The committee will convene in June and will be asked to review an additional item related to retiree medical insurance.  A recommendation will be brought to the board at the June 13, 2019 meeting.  If approved, the recommendation will amend the current Employee Handbook and the revised handbook will be brought to the board at the first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year in September.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI.  CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Lucente announcement:

 

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

Personnel Matters.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.  RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

 

Chair Lucente will announce any action taken in Closed Session.

 

 

 

 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

Board Meeting Dates

2018-2019

 

All board meetings begin at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

September 20, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

October 25, 2018

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

December 6, 2018

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

January 31, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

March 7, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

April 18, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

May 23, 2019

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

1022 North Van Ness Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

June 13, 2019

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352