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Minutes Governance & SSC 2018-2019

WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

Governance Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Minutes

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Bruce Wright at

 3:09 pm in Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright.

ROLL CALL by Michelle Levy.  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Mcpherson, Bruce Wright,                                                                     Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman,  Sassan Heydari,  and Michelle Levy.                                                   

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the March meeting were previously posted online and distributed for review today.  Sassan Heydari made a motion to approve the minutes and Karen Schiffman seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

Yvonne stated that the budget is closed.  After buying the class size reduction teacher there is not much left.  We were able to buy our librarian (Mrs. Leeds) back.  We think we’ll get that money back.

Yvonne reported that a gentleman came for the Charter visit and reviewed all the reports, assessments, and meeting minutes.

Bruce Wright explained the facts of Measure EE.

Bruce Wright informed the group that the teacher matrix has been done for next year.

Bruce Wright stated that the staff has requested that Restorative Justice be a focus for next year and Ms. Dix said she would like tol include parent education on what exactly will be expected.  She also mentioned that Attendance will also be targeted next year.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  Kim Sumner asked about getting a bigger presence of parents and teachers together, maybe at PATT meetings or have more opportunities for parents to have access to teachers.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: There were none.

MOTION TO ADJOURN:  At 3:40 pm, Michelle Levy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Karen Schiffman and unanimously passed. 

Respectfully submitted by:

Michelle Levy/Lynn Homsy  5/23/19

WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

SSC  Meeting

May 23, 2019

Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Bruce Wright at 3:05  pm in

Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright.

ROLL CALL:  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Macphearson, Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman, Sassan Heydari, and Michelle Levy.                                     

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the May meeting were previously posted online and also distributed for review today.   Sassan Heydari made a motion to approve the minutes and Yvonne Dix seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS: There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  There was none.

MOTION TO ADJOURN:  Sassan Heydari made a motion to close the meeting at 3:08 pm.  It was seconded by Lisa Taklender and unanimously approved. 

WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

SSC  Meeting

March 21, 2019

Minutes

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Principal Yvonne Dix at 2:50  pm in

Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Brice Wright.

ROLL CALL:  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Mcpherson, Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman, Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, and Michelle Levy. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the January meeting were previously posted online and also distributed for review today.  Lisa Taklender made a motion to approve the minutes and Karen Schiffman seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS: There was none.

ELAC:  Murray Mcpherson reported that the committee met to make recommendations to SSC.  They talked about assessments and LCAP goals for school.  They also discussed needs for EL and recommended after0-school tutoring.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  None

MOTION TO ADJOURN: Karen Schiffman made a motion to close the meeting at 2:59 pm.  It was seconded by Sassan Heydari and unanimously approved.  The next meeting will be May 23, 2019.

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WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

Governance Meeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Minutes

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Parliamentarian Bruce Wright at

 3 pm in Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright, Parliamentarian.

ROLL CALL by Lynn Homsy, Secretary.  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Mcpherson, Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman, Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, and Michelle Levy.  SAA Gladys McElhaney was also in attendance.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the January meeting were previously posted online and distributed for review today.  Michele Levy made a motion to approve the minutes and Fredilyn Quintanilla seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

OLD BUSINESS: There was none.

NEW BUSINESS: 

COMMITTEES: Bruce explained they met last week.  Only the technology committee submitted a report.

TECHNOLOGY:  Bruce reported that grades 3-5 conducted a Districted-mandated stress test on the computers last week where all the students went on at the same time to see if the computers could handle it as a preview for state testing.  Teachers submitted needs (such as broken or not enough chrome books) so they could be taken care of before testing.  In addition, Information is still being put on the school website.

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP):  Yvonne Dix presented a slide show on the LCAP that goes to the state regarding our needs.  It is required to identify annual goals and many sources are used to obtain the data. The ELCAP annual progress is 85.4%, which is very good.  The percentage of students/staff with 96% attendance went down from 97.8% to 93.4% this year.  She has already established a link to send to parents right after the report is approved by Governance today.

The District took many items out of our allowed budget so we need to make that up.  That “big pot of money” has been used this year for TAs and Supervising aides.  6 hour aides have to be paid benefits.  Costs went up and the district gave us less money. Charter block money went down because 1st and 2nd graders’ attendance went way down across the District.  3rd grade has gone down, too.  This is possibly due to the fact that children in the area have grown up. The charter block requires us to purchase a Target Instructional Improvement Grant (TIIG) for an upper grade teacher at a cost of $100,000.  Bruce noted that teachers agreed that money for a class size reduction teacher is the high priority. The approximately $263,000 that we have will pay for the two teachers, web site and some aides.  The grant for intervention has been submitted and it will cover the LCAT goal.

 

Yvonne noted the big problem now is attendance. The District has suggested a PSA counselor to call, write and meet with parents of delinquent children, but we don’t have that money so Mrs. Dix needs to take over that duty. The lottery is also a problem because some of those children live far and it’s not always easy for their parents to drive them here.  Bruce added that in addition parents don’t realize the importance of school attendance and take their children out for trip, events, etc.  Sassan said that parents need to be educated about the importance of attending school.  It should be pointed out that the budget is based on attendance –absent students means no money for those days.  With budget cuts, we especially need that money.  Sassan asked if we can legally harass parents and Yvonne replied “Yes, it can ultimately be sent to court.” 

Sassan observed that there seems to be a major need for cash next year, so we’re pushing HERO next year.  This year saw the lowest contributions. If we could get a push from the teacher it would really be helpful in raising money.  Michele added that we should also let them know what the money is for and let them see where their money is going.  Gladys noted that we have money for one six-hour aide and $1,000 for supplies for next year.

Bruce moved to accept the budget proposal as offered by Yvonne for the Charter block grant.  Sassan Heydari seconded and it was unanimously passed.   

PATT SLIDE SHOW:  Sassan asked Yvonne to show Governance the slide show that was presented to PATT on the new playground area art and tiger characters.  Yvonne played the slide presentation of the WHECES Mural Proposal for Wall Art as well as Woody and Wendy Tiger as it was presented by Kelly Velasquez.  Kelly would paint the outline and volunteers could fill in with color similar to “paint by numbers.” We’ll start with one as a test and see how it works.

MOTION TO ADJOURN:  At 3:50 pm, Michele Levy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Sassan Heydari and unanimously passed.  The next meeting will be May 23, 2019.

Respectfully submitted by:

Lynn Homsy, Secretary, 3/21/19

SSC & Governance on January 31, 2019
 

Governance Meeting

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Minutes

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Parliamentarian Bruce Wright at

3:04 pm in Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright, Parliamentarian.

ROLL CALL by Lynn Homsy, Secretary. In attendance were Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, Harold Henderson, Wendy Bieler, and Michelle Levy.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes from the November meeting were previously posted online and distributed for review today. Sassan Heydari made a motion to approve the minutes and Harold Henderson seconded. The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS:

ADMINISTRATIVE: Harold asked about the absence notes that went home for the period during the strike. Bruce explained LAUSD Sect. 5 allows principals to excuse absences. It is unclear if LAUSD will receive the lost money if it is an excused absence. The point is that if a student is excused it will still show up as an absence. Wendy mentioned that parents on permits were concerned they would lose their permits. Bruce responded that the excused absence will protect them. Bruce added that the teachers are thankful for the support and are pleased to receive what they asked for including nurse, no cap on smaller class size ratio, 6% raise, and the healthcare safety net for new hires. An agreement to discuss a charter moratorium was also agreed to. The contract is good for three years with a few minor re-openers. For one year, nothing can change, but then healthcare will be brought up again and concessions will have to be made.

SCHOOL CALENDAR: Bruce reported that it is set. Test times will begin a little earlier. April 23-25 for ELA, then 5th grade science the following week. All grades will begin math testing the second week of May. June 7 is still the last day of school. We will try to have the Book Fair in the library the second week of March.

TECHNOLOGY: Bruce reiterated the website is up and running. Wendy asked about the funds for computer programs that were discussed at the last meeting. Sassan said he has meeting with Ms. Dix this week. Things were delayed because of the strike. Bruce said that My Math is being used in all grade levels, but there might be further discussion in a few months about whether it is better than Engage NY. Bruce said there was money in the budget for one to one Chromebooks in grades 3-5 as well as new upgraded laptops for teachers. Wendy asked if the computers are new and Bruce answered yes. She also asked if there were enough. Bruce said the highest class size is 28 now, we have 30 computers per class, so it is not a problem now. They are getting rid of I pads. Schoolology is being pushed upon classrooms. Sassan brought up the concern about not getting good reception with Verizon which is a

particular problem with using credit cards at school functions like Fairs. Verizon does have an extender for those kinds of areas.

New Business: Sassan noted that PATT decided to give more financial support to teachers with gift cards for supplies. The teachers said it was greatly appreciated. Bruce also explained that we are using Parker-Anderson after school enrichment programs. They will run everything including obtaining getting permits. Teachers were concerned that their classrooms were left too messy.

MOTION TO ADJOURN: At 3:35 pm, Harold Henderson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Wendy Bieler and unanimously passed. The next meeting will be March 21, 2019 (changed

from March 28) and will be important since the budget will be discussed.

Respectfully submitted by:

Lynn Homsy, Secretary, 1/31/19

 

 

SSC Meeting

January 31, 2019

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Parliamentarian Bruce Wright at 3 pm in

Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright

ROLL CALL: In attendance were Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, Harold Henderson, Wendy Bieler and Michelle Levy.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes from the November meeting were previously posted online and also distributed for review today. Sassan Heydar made a motion to approve the minutes and Lisa Taklender seconded. The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS: There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

MOTION TO ADJOURN: Bruce Wright made a motion to close the meeting at 3:03 pm. It was seconded by Sassan Heydari and unanimously approved. The next meeting was rescheduled from March 28 to March 21, 2019.

SSC & Governance: November 29th, 2018
 

WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

Governance Meeting

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Minutes

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Parliamentarian Bruce Wright at

 3:03 pm in Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright, Parliamentarian.

ROLL CALL by Lynn Homsy, Secretary.  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Mcpherson, Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman, Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, Harold Henderson, and Michelle Levy.  Also in attendance were parents Diana Matzkin and Kim Sumner.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the September meeting were previously posted online and distributed for review today.  Sassan Heydari made a motion to approve the minutes and Fredilyn Quintanilla seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS: 

ADMINISTRATION:  Yvonne reported that the winter program will be held outside after an anonymous person notified personnel last year that it was dangerous to hold the program in the auditorium with an over-capacity audience.   The staff decided this year the program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12.  In case of rain,  it will be moved to Thursday, Dec. 13.  The Book Fair had to be canceled due to the possible teachers’ strike.  Installation of the new equipment on the upper playground is almost finished; they are just waiting for a part. The District paid for the new equipment. We purchased new computers for the computer lab because the old ones weren’t able to support the new software.  The old computers have been placed in lower grade classrooms.  Our goal is to have a one to one ratio of computers to student.  

Bruce said that parents have been asking about the budget.  Yvonne responded that the budget is developed in March.  The District is looking into every school to see what money they can take.  It’s especially frustrating because we don’t know which category is safe since the District keeps changing its decision.  Sassan said that parents have inquired about last year’s survey on where they thought money should be spent.  Yvonne responded that she presented those results, but will look into doing so again.  Sassan thinks it’s a good idea to tell parents what is spent and where.  He asked if we are allowed to tell parents how much we spent on the computers.  Yvonne said we are allowed and she’ll get a hard number for him.

TECHNOLOGY:  Bruce said we need more chrome books.  I pads are getting old.  ALEK is a computer program that is a good online supplement to My Math, but it’s $6,000.  Bruce asked Sassan  if he could take it to PATT and Sassan said, “Yes.”  ALEKS would help make My Math more rigorous and it is similar to Lexia IXL in that it personalizes the level to each student and helps with critical thinking.  ALEKS would not replace IXL.   Diana asked if we could ask companies for donations.  Yvonne said we can, but it depends on how it is presented.  We can’t advertise a company. 

Bruce reported the website is up and running.

GRADE LEVEL:  They have been meeting. Karen suggested that information is included on homework e-mails.  Michelle said they already are. 

FOOD AND TOY DRIVE:  Student Council is again sponsoring a food and toy drive from Dec. 3-14.

MOTION TO ADJOURN:  At 3:30 pm, Karen Schiffman made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was seconded by Lisa Taklender and unanimously passed.  The next meeting will be January 31, 2019.

Respectfully submitted by:

Lynn Homsy, Secretary, 11/29/18

 

WOODLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY CHARTER FOR ENRICHED STUDIES

SSC  Meeting

November 29, 2018

Minutes

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Parliamentarian Bruce Wright at 2:55 pm in

Room 20.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The flag salute was led by Bruce Wright

ROLL CALL:  In attendance were Yvonne Dix, Murray Mcpherson, Bruce Wright, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Karen Schiffman,  Lynn Homsy, Sassan Heydari, Harold Henderson, and Michelle Levy.  Also present were parents Diana Matzkin and Kim Sumner.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  Minutes from the September meeting were previously posted online and also distributed for review today.  Sassan Heydari made a motion to approve the minutes and Murray Macpherson seconded.  The motion to approve the minutes was unanimously passed.

NEW BUSINESS:  Bruce noted that there is little to discuss at SSC meetings because they are mainly for ELAC.  Yvonne announced that we met the reclassification requirements.  Murray added that several students have passed ELAC and he will inquire as to bringing it under the umbrella of SSC.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  None

MOTION TO ADJOURN: Bruce made a motion to close the meeting at 3 pm.  It was seconded by Harold Henderson and unanimously approved.  The next meeting will be January 31, 2019.

Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies

Governance Meeting

Minutes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Bruce Wright at 3 pm in Room 20.

 FLAG SALUTE:  Bruce Wright led the Flag Salute.

 ROLL CALL by Lynn Homsy, Secretary

In attendance were: Yvonne Dix, Murray Macpherson, Lynn Homsy, Bruce Wright,  Karen Schiffman, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Michelle Levy, Sassan Heydari and Wendy Bieler.  APEIS Nicole Bootel was also present.

 NEW BUSINESS: 

 INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS: Also included new APEIS Nicole Bootel.

 GOVERNANCE OVERVIEW:  Bruce reviewed the Governance Guidelines in detail.  The role of Governance is to promote the school’s mission and vision as well as to develop policies to ensure the success of students.  The guidelines are posted on the website.  He also presented the new WHECES website.

 ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  A parliamentarian, secretary and chair need to be elected.  Bruce self-nominated for the position of parliamentarian and Murray Macpherson moved to close the nominations for parliamentarian.  For the position of secretary, Yvonne Dix nominated Lynn Homsy, and Lisa Taklender seconded.  For the chairman position Bruce Wright nominated Yvonne Dix and Wendy Bieler seconded.  The three nominations were voted on and all were elected unanimously. 

 MEETING DATES:  Future Governance meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year will include:

November 29, January 31, March 28, and May 23.

 ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Yvonne reported that we have to complete certain required functions for the state which are due before November.  She will send a copy to Governance members to review.  Karen Schiffman asked if there is anything we haven’t completed and Yvonne responded that we have met all the requirements.  Members agreed that she can e-mail the information to us. 

   COMMITTEE REPORTS:

TECHNOLOGY:

Edlio: Bruce noted that PATT has the new official Edlio website, “A New World,” which is almost ready.

 EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS:  Yvonne announced that there are several programs underway.  Best Foot Forward is a dance and competition class for 4th graders which provides PE credit and will begin October 5.  Choir for 3rd and 4th graders will start soon.  Art will begin in January.  We have a new computer lab teacher.  The STEM program is continuing as integrated content.

 PUBLIC COMMENT:

Wendy Bieler brought up the concern that  it is taking a long time for parent volunteers to be processed.  In particular, the fingerprinting is an issue and she inquired if there is anything that can be done  to speed up the process. Yvonne said the

office can’t do much to help because the District mandates and handles it.  Parents from other schools are complaining, too. 

 Sassan Heydari asked about a PE coach.  Yvonne is looking into a coach program.  She noted the after-school Youth Service coach is wonderful, dedicated, and even has developed a football team that competes with other schools.  Unfortunately, he probably cannot be hired as a full-time coach here and he is recovering from shoulder surgery.

 MOTION TO ADJOURN:  At 3:40 pm, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Yvonne Dix, seconded by Wendy Bieler.   The motion carried - Yes.  The next meeting will be November 29, 2018.

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Lynn Homsy, Secretary, 9/27/2018

 

Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies

SSC Meeting

Minutes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

 

WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order by Bruce Wright, at 2:55 pm in Room 20.

 FLAG SALUTE:  Bruce Wright, Parliamentarian, led the Flag Salute.

 ROLL CALL by Lynn Homsy, Secretary

In attendance were: Yvonne Dix, Murray Macpherson, Lynn Homsy, Bruce Wright,  Karen Schiffman, Lisa Taklender, Fredilyn Quintanilla, Michelle Levy, Sassan Heydari and Wendy Bieler.  Also present was APEIS Nicole Bootel.

 NEW BUSINESS: 

 INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS: Also included new APEIS Nicole Bootel.

 SSC OVERVIEW:  Bruce reviewed the SSC Guidelines.  Since we  are not a Title I school. Most of the LAUSD SSC rules do not apply to us.  The LAUSD charter does say that we need to separate SSC from Governance, which we will continue to do. 

 ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS/ELAC:  If a school has more than 21 ELA students,it needs to be included in SSC.  Since we now have 28 ELA students, we need to follow those guidelines even though we don’t have ELA funds which would apply.

 MEETING DATES:  Future SSC meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year will include:

November 29, January 31, March 28, and May 23.

 PUBLIC COMMENT: - None

 MOTION TO ADJOURN:  At 3:00 pm, a motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Bruce Wright, seconded by Michelle Levy.   The motion carried -Yes.  The next meeting will be November 29, 2018.

 Respectfully submitted by,

Lynn Homsy, Secretary, 9/27/2018