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Etiwanda School District

May 2021

Message from the AAPEAC Chairperson

As we approach the end of the school year, we are incredibly grateful to the hard work and dedication of teachers, administrators, and staff in our Etiwanda School District. It’s remarkable to note that with a student population of over 13,000, ESD families were able to choose the learning environment best suited for their families during this historical time.

Our 2020-2021 AAPEAC worked hard throughout the year to build upon the strong foundation created by our past leaders. The vision was always to create an environment where our children thrive. We continue to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students while simultaneously partnering to close the performance gap.

We have found new and innovative ways to work together with ESD. Our partnership has strengthened during this difficult year, proving that every cloud does indeed have a silver lining. Please take time to read the newsletter where we highlight the work we accomplished this year.

From the Executive Board, a heartfelt thank you to the parents and educators of AAPEAC.

We look forward to reaching new heights in 2021-22.

Have a wonderful day,


Inside this Edition...


AAPEAC Accomplishments for 2020-21

Members of the 20-21 AAPEAC have much to be proud of during a school year that was challenging for everyone, including students, families, and teachers. This year we were able to accomplish many "firsts," including:

  1. Securing the Innovation Funding proposal which sets aside funds to support programs and activities that align with the goals of AAPEAC and support outcomes for students in the Etiwanda School District.
  2. Amending AAPEAC Bylaws to extend the one-year term to a two-year term for representatives and alternate advisors to provide committee members with enough time to commit to plans and actions developed by subcommittees.
  3. Holding our first AAPEAC fundraiser, the AAPEAC Book Fair to provide books for school libraries that reflect the diversity in our schools.
  4. Collaboration with District administrators to support the District Strategic Priority of hiring the most qualified candidates reflecting the diversity of our student population.
  5. Collaborating with school administrators on Black History Month activities and supporting elementary schools with funds to provide engaging assemblies celebrating the history and accomplishments of African Americans.
  6. Improving communication and building community throughout the district through the new AAPEAC Voice newsletter.
  7. Building stronger partnerships with our school principals with regular meetings to discuss programs and student outcomes.

AAPEAC for the 2021-22 School Year

This year, the AAPEAC committee took action to amend the Bylaws to extend a committee member's one-year term to a two-year term. This provides representatives with additional time to learn about district and school structures, collaborate with district leadership, and develop recommendations to improve outcomes for African American students.

All current members were surveyed to determine who would like to continue for a second term under the new bylaws. Any school with a representative or alternate advisor position vacancy will hold an election before the end of the school year to fill the vacancies.

Newly elected Representatives and Alternate Advisors commit to attending AAPEAC meetings during the school year and serve on one subcommittee. Subcommittees meet more frequently and develop recommendations related to a focus area such as cultural, academic, parent engagement, or parent/teacher interaction.

Officers elected for the 2020-21 school year serve a two-year term.


Call for Nominees

Your school may have openings for the 2021-22 AAPEAC. If you are interested in serving, please respond to the nomination flyer through your school site.

Representatives commit to attending the orientation meeting and five meetings each year. Alternate Advisors support the school Representative by attending meetings in their absence. Alternate Advisors are also encouraged to attend all of the scheduled meetings.

All committee members, Representatives and Alternate Advisors, serve on one subcommittee that meets monthly.

Meetings for the 2021-22 school year will be split between virtual and in-person and determined by school conditions. Meetings are scheduled from 5:00 - 7:00 pm throughout the year.

New Bylaw changes extend the term of committee members to two years. Committee vacancies at each site are determined by resignations or need to balance terms.

For the 2021-22 school year, AAPEAC has Representative or Alternate Advisor vacancies at almost all schools. Schools without vacancies are: Falcon Ridge Elementary, Perdew Elementary, East Heritage Elementary, and West Heritage Elementary.


Inaugural AAPEAC Book Fair

The first AAPEAC sponsored Book Fair was a success in more ways than funding. The AAPEAC Book Fair netted $10,600 in sales, far more than the goal of $3000. Families and educators supported our book fair by purchasing seventy-seven books for classrooms and home libraries.

In partnership with Ashay by the Bay, AAPEAC earned a 15% commission which provided our committee with $1590 to donate towards school library books for our children. These books will have a special label inside indicating the book was donated to the school library on behalf of the African American Parent & Educator Advisory Committee.

We hope to make this an annual tradition, so look for our flyer next year!


May 13 Board Meeting AAPEAC Presentation

Please join us for the May 13 Board of Trustees meeting to hear Mrs. Stephanie Walton, AAPEAC chairwoman, provide the Etiwanda Board of Trustees with an overview of the AAPEAC for 2020-21 accomplishments and recommendations to consider for 2021-22 planning.


Innovation Funding

One new Innovation Funding proposal was approved by AAPEAC at the March 17 committee meeting. A fifth-grade teacher at East Heritage was provided Innovation Funds for additional books with diverse characters and storylines to add to her classroom library. These books were purchased through the AAPEAC Book Fair with Ashay on the Bay.

AAPEAC Innovation Funding also provided partnership funding for a virtual laser light show assembly celebrating Black History month for elementary schools.


Next AAPEAC Meeting...

2021-22 Orientation Meeting Wednesday, June 3, 2021 (Virtual)

This will be the first meeting of the 2021-22 APPEAC. Meeting agenda is available on the district website under the Family Tab "How Can I Get Involved" AAPEAC link, 72 hours prior to the meeting.

School Site AAPEAC Representative contact information is available through your school office or by calling the Instruction Department at (909) 803-3126.


Questions? Please reach out to us.

AAPEAC Officers

Stephanie Walton, chairwoman, stephrus1@msn.com

Myiesha Majors, vice chairwoman, realtormyieshamajors@gmail.com

Tawni Flot-Williams, secretary, tawniflot@gmail.com

Etiwanda School District

Charlayne Sprague, assistant superintendent of instruction, charlayne_sprague@etiwanda.org

Damita Walton, director of pupil services, damita_walton@etiwanda.org

Jeannie Tavolazzi, director of instruction, jeannie_tavolazzi@etiwanda.org