AESD Week in Review


Week of April 25-29, 2016

Superintendent's Message

Good Morning Trustees,

This was another action packed week in our district. Some highlights of my week are the following:

  • I was asked to be part of 3 member Superintendent panel for the Association of the California School Administrators meeting at Cal State San Bernardino. I was able to share some of the great things that we are doing in our district to over 100 administrators from throughout Southern California. As a panel, we discussed the Every Student Succeeds Act. The event went very well and I had quite a few audience members approach me after the panel discussion to inquire more about our district.
  • We had a conference call with our attorney, Mr. Breese to discuss DTPA. Our attorney, Mark Breese communicated to us that DTPA and their legal counsel contacted him to determine if the District was simply going to abandon its position regarding the facility now that the County Board of Education has approved the petition on appeal. I put that notion to bed quickly, informing them that our position has not changed. Our position regarding the Facility Use Agreement was and remains separate and independent of any approval or denial decision, whether that approval or denial was by the District, the County Board of Education, or the State Board of Education. We agreed like every other charter school, the issue of action on a petition and potential use of District facilities are separate issues, and are addressed separately. The arbitration proceeding will take place on June 8-9th. The goal of the Arbitrator is to have a decision by June 30th.
  • I attended the STAR Rotary Award on Wednesday as we celebrated a Kindergarten student from West Side Park.
  • There was a mediation session that took place this week to confer on Causandra Aaron. No progress was made on this case.

Trustees, I am looking forward to a great board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Have a wonderful weekend,


Gus Franklin - 100 Mile Club

Congratulations on your 100 Miles Osizemahye! Keep up the great work students! I know we have many more students finishing their 100 miles soon!
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Adelanto Elementary School -Principal, Ramon Rizo


Task #1: We are moving right along with SBAC testing. Chrome book carts were assigned, and all materials were ready to go. We are confident that all assessments will be done this week, and will plan for make-ups to continue on Friday.

Task #2: This week we also hosted our final CCSS Math Parent Work Shop in our auditorium. What a great evening of Math it was! Our amazing staff of teachers carefully put together CCSS math lessons to present to our community of parents and students. Activities included: money values, plotting with positive and negative coordinates, and analyzing graphs/data.

Task #3: Our amazing PTA is running a Spring Scholastic Book Fair this week which includes a “buy one, get one” deal. Our students are very excited about this, and have been coming to school each day to purchase books.

Task #4: Wonders of Writing student work will be finalized this week to be submitted to the publishers for printing. We are very excited to have students share their stories, and have them permanently displayed for their families.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: ELAC and SSC meetings on May5th

Event #2: PBIS STAR recess, Friday, April 29th

Bradach Elementary School -Principal, Julie Hirst


Task #1: Marketing the Message: Continued posting on Facebook. This week we highlighted the 2nd grade making butter and planting seeds, the SDC class planting seeds, 6th grade making rubber band rockets, and the 5th grade Oregon Trail rafts. We also highlighted our parents making the hats for our kinder promotion. Held the 5th-8th Grade panorama and promotion pictures. Coffee with the Principal and Pawesome awards are on Friday.

Task #2: High Expectations: Began working on the Interim and Final Summative evaluations for staff.

Task #3: College Readiness: Continued daily college announcements. Continued working on the AVID binder for next week. Am meeting with Coop to review her presentation for Tuesday this weekend.

Task #4: Effective Leadership/Instruction: Spent the weekend reading the Café book. Jules and I sat down and planned out the book study for both the Café and the Daily 5 and are planning collaboration days to be able to conduct the book study. We are starting with the Daily 5, we will finish it by the time school starts and will begin implementation in all classes from day 1. We will then walk the staff through the Café book study at the beginning of the year. We are sending 10 teachers to Hesperia next week to see the program in action. We will take the 4th and 5th grades after testing concludes. Attended the Foster Youth Task Force and began working on the PowerPoint to train staff on Foster Youth. Met with our foster youth counselor on Monday and formulated a plan for her to see kids. We are working together to have the students set goals that we will support in the office. Participating in the Leadership Academy Mock Interviews on Thursday. Attended IEPS Thursday. This has been a busy week of meeting with individual parents on student progress and conflicts with other students.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Pawesome Assembly & Coffee with the Principal 4/29

Event #2: May 9th and 10th, Hesperia Daily 5 visits.

Columbia Middle School -Principal, Rich Upshaw


Task #1: AVID CERTICATION Formally Approved 4.13*** AVID Coordinator would like to recommend Columbia to represent High Desert Region for 2016/2017 school year. All High Desert AVID trainings/conferences will be held at Columbia, with District approval.

Last three years Oak Hills High School has been High Desert site location.

Task #2: Administrative Assistants lunch

Task #3: CAASPP testing

Task #4 : SARB Meeting

Upcoming Events

Event #1: CAASPP Testing

Eagle Ranch Elementary School --Principal, Laura Ramos


Task #1: Our SPED team continues to work closely with administration to make sure all IEPs are current, scheduled, and held. We are continuing to work to maintain the 100% compliance rate. We are also working together for CAASPP/CAA/Smarter Balance Testing.

Task #2: Our staff development time was a scheduled Inclement Weather day.

Task #3: CAASPP testing continued this week on campus.

Task #4: Our Lady Eagles Basketball team participated in the Victor Valley High School tournament.

Task #5: GATE testing was conducted on campus.

Task #6: Sixth Grade teachers were attended “Get Ahead Writing” Professional Development on campus.

Task #6: Our transitional kindergarten class hosted their culminating leadership event. The event is a performance in the MPR that will demonstrate learning from spring.

Task #7: Our fourth grade classes hosted their culminating leadership event. The event is “Walkthrough Camino Real” which will demonstrate learning about missions.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: School wide Final Spelling Bee on Monday, May 2nd at 2:15 in the MPR

Event #2: Third Grade “Get Ahead Writing” Professional Development will be held on Thursday, April 28th

El Mirage School -- Dean, Vanessa Jones

Dr. Jones is now at Melva Davis

Melva Davis Academy of Excellenc Principal, Vanessa Jones


Task #1: We have 630 accepted students. More applications are coming in daily with the projection of reaching 700 students in early May.

Task #2: IT has been working on campus to ensure that all of our classrooms are set up with teacher computers. When IT is finished we will have two computer labs on campus and a computer lab/learning center in the library.

Task #3: We are preparing for our Open House for MDAE accepted students on May 23rd.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Letters of Acceptance mailed to selected students –

May 9-13, 2016

Event #2: Open House for MDAE Students and Families – May 23, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Event #3: Parent Middle School Tour – Wednesday May 25th @ 11:00am

George Magnet School, Principal, Carol Coburn


Task #1: The School Site Council met this week and we revised the Parent Involvement Policy and the School-Family Compact for the 2016-2017 school year. The council had some good ideas to add to the policy such as a special movie night for volunteers and their family to appreciate them as well as getting involved in some community projects. We will meet again in May to approve the new documents.

Task #2: Students in grades 7-8 tested last week for CAASPP. This week grades 3-4 tested and we also administer the 5th and 8th grade science test. The students are testing well and doing a great job in the testing rooms and hallways. We are busy completing make-up testing for all students. We will be mostly done by Friday, April 29, with only make-ups left.

Task #3: Our young scholars have been practicing for the George Talent Show. The Talent Show will be on Friday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the George MPR. Students are performing all kinds of acts. It will be a fun event for families.

Task #4: I attended the 6th grade field trip to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The students learned about mammals, dinosaurs, rocks and minerals, and other natural elements on earth. The students were well behaved and really enjoyed the exhibits.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: George Talent Show, Friday, April 29 from 6:00-? p.m. in the MPR

Event #2: George Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Wednesday, May 4 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the MPR

Event #3: Art field trip to LA County Art Museum in Los Angeles, Friday, May 6 from 9:00-6:00 p.m.

Gus Franklin Jr. --Principal, Mina Blazy


Task #1: General Ed testing is complete; makes will continue on Friday

Task #2: Walked the classrooms during the test

Task #3: Returned Chrome Books to regular use; out of testing mode

Task #4: More K-2nd grade teachers are using the tablets. They love them!

Task #5: Sending Spring Festival pictures to Sandra A.

Task #6: Mrs. Henao worked with 6th grade on PBIS collaboration and student input

Task #7: PBIS training and SWIS trained

Task #8: Set for CST/CMA testing for next week (5th grade science)

Task #9: Teacher collaboration

Task #10: looking at acceptance for kindergarten 2016-2017

Task #11: CAASPP training before spring break

Task #12: Prepared training for 6th and 7th grade teachers on the Middle School Concept – Book study: This We Believe

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Earned funds from Fiat drive

Event #2: TK: event: April 29th - Grandparent's Celebration Day at 2:00p.m. in my classroom

Event #3: May 6th - Mother's Day Tea Celebration at 2:00p.m. in my classroom

Event #4: May 27th - Father's Day - Day of Fun Celebration at 2:00p.m. in my classroom

Event #5: May 31st - Water Fun Day - Celebrate in classroom and on kinder playground (all day event)

Event #6: June 1st – 5th and 6th grade water park field trip

Event #7: Promotion May 30th 5th grade and June 2 6th grade

Event #7: June 1st - Game Day - Kids bring games from home (morning) & Final Awards Assembly in my classroom at 2:00p.m.

Event #8: June 2nd - Movie Day - Celebrate the last day of school

Event #9: 5th -7th grade dance TBD – possibly May 27th

Event #10: May 7th – MESA end of the year competition

Mesa Linda Middle School--Principal, Darlene Mossman


Task #1: SBAC Testing

Task #2: IEP meetings

Task #3: Meeting with Life Church 4/28/16

Task #4: Mock interviews for Leadership Academy 4/28/16

Task #5: PBIS meeting 4/28/16 to complete the TIF

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Leadership Team meeting 5/2/16

Event #2: Academic Pentathlon Saturday 4/30/16 Sitting Bull 8am – 3pm

Event #3: IEPs

Event #4: Team Character meeting 5/4/16 2:30 – 3:30pm

Morgan Kincaid School ---Principal, Kristen Cooper


Task #1: Time was spent preparing for Career Day. Presenters were contacted to confirm their participation and a schedule was set up.

Task #2: We continued with CAASPP testing. This week the focus was on science testing and make up testing.

Task #3: SST meetings were held for 16 students. Two students showed enough progress to be exited from the SST process. A referral to social skills groups was made along with one referral for testing. The remaining students will be monitored next year.

Task #4: I attended the foster youth panel meeting. I also met with our new foster youth counselor and introduced her to staff. We discussed students and their needs and she was able to meet with several students.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Career Day – April 29th 8:00-10:00

Ted Vick School- Principal, Vikki Chavez


Task #1: Held Coffee with the Principal to discuss school configurations and concerns. Parents were very positive about the changes, as they had already met Mr. Upshaw at a previous coffee with the principal.

Task #2: Held expectation talks about end of the year behavior with grades 4-8. Students signed behavior contracts.

Task #3: Held data chats with third graders and their teachers in preparation for CAASP testing. Students enjoyed being recognized for their progress and challenged each other to meet data goals.

Task #4: Held Round Up assemblies to recognize students who have kept their focus and met AR goals.

Task: 5: Celebrated Administrative Assistants all week long with daily treats. Luncheon will be


Upcoming Events

Event #1: AVID Parent night May 2.

Event #2: Volunteer breakfast April 29.

Victoria Magathan School -Principal, Sandra Loudermilk


Task #1: We began testing this week. Testing is going well.

Task #2: School Site Council met and approved paying for hotel expenses for our Dual Immersion Team to attend the ATDLE Conference this summer.

Task #3: Our staff is working on finding out which of our students will be returning next year. I am working on staffing for next year.

Task #4: I had our community forum. Parents understood the reason for the changes.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: State testing continues next week with third and fourth grades.

Event #2: Rotary Club will provide an appreciation lunch for all staff on Thursday.

Event #3: Coffee with the principal will be Friday morning and our Dual Immersion parent information meeting will be at 3:00.

West Creek Elementary School -Principal Deborah Bowers


Task #1: High Expectations: We continued the state testing this week. 3-4th grade teachers mentioned they have noticed students focused on the testing. Teachers have approached me with ideas to support students throughout the year. For example, teachers see a need for more typing in their classrooms even at the very beginning stages of 3rd grade.

Task #2: College and Career Readiness: College Attire day is a popular day on our campus. Students enjoy sharing their stories about why they are wearing certain shirts or hats. We also have staff who enjoy sharing their shirt stories with each other. As the end of the year approaches, our 5th and 6th grade students are thinking about moving onto the middle school and the reality of thinking about their goals is life are becoming more apparent. College attire today is helping our students think about their future.

Task #3: Effective Instruction: Making sure that all students are in attendance will increase our instruction on campus. We are having attendance incentives, such as dances and movies, to improve attendance on our campus. In the last 2 weeks, our attendance has increased from 93% to 95% on most days. Students on campus makes sure our students are learning.

Task #4: Marketing: Our parents are very excited for the basketball tournament coming next week. Parents are on campus after school watching their children practice. Having parents excited about the tournament is making for a positive outlook on campus.

Westside Park Elementary School -Principal Sherelle Crawford


Task #1: Meetings held with Principal and individual teachers to review at-risk students and determine supports for next school year.

Task #2: Student achievement and intervention continued to be supported with SST and IEP meetings. SST meetings held to implement interventions for academics and behavior.

Task #3: Parents continue to enjoy the “Loving Solutions” parenting workshop each week.

Task #4: Students continued to enjoy the music program.

Task #5: Superintendent met with Principal and Safety Team member to discuss Red Cross support and potential training.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Benchmark Assessments K-2nd 5/2/16

Event #2: Renaissance STAR Math and Reading Assessments, 5/2/16

Event #3: CAASPP testing, 4/13/16 – 5/6/16

Chief Academic Officer- Dr. Amy Nguyen-Hernandez


Task #1: Last Thursday I participated on the interview panel for the Dean position at El Mirage. All of the candidates did a good job in the interview, but there were two outstanding candidates who the entire panel voiced as being strong candidates who could do a great job in the position and would be a good addition to the AESD administrative team. These two candidates will be moved to the next round of interviews.

Task #2: On Friday I participated in the Assistant Superintendent Network Spring Symposium. It was attended by the majority of the 33 Assistant Superintendents/Chiefs of Academic Services employed in a San Bernardino County school district. The day will filled with trainings and networking.

Task #3: On Monday I participated on the interview panel for Counselor for Melva Davis Academy of Excellence. We heard from many qualified candidates who had both the skills and compassion to work with our students. The Principal of MDAE will do the reference checks to complete the interview process as we get ready to hire for that position.

Task #4: On Tuesday I participated in the Foster Youth Task Force meeting. It was attended by Principals, a parent, District Office personnel, the ADTA President, and a person from the County. It was a very productive meeting as we collaboratively decided on our priorities for our Foster Youth Counsel and created an action plan to better support our Foster Youth by increasing our professional development and training for our Administrators, Teachers, and Parents next year.

Upcoming Events

Event #1: Fri, April 29: High Desert Ed Services Network meeting in Yermo @ 8:30 am

Event #2: Sat, April 30: Headdress Ball @ 5:30 pm in San Bernardino

Event #3: Tues, May 3: SPED PAC/STRONG graduation @ 9:30 am in the Board Room

Event #4: Thurs, May 4: MEEC Annual Awards Banquet @ 5 pm in Spring Valley Lake

Chief Business Officer- Mr. Ajay Mohindra


Task #1: I attended the Adelanto Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting where ideas and information was shared to promote the City of Adelanto. The Adelanto Chamber will be giving a scholarship to a high school student from Adelanto.

Task #2: Met with Dr. Mossman and Ms. Nelson at Mesa Linda to discuss Life Church invoices and facility use agreement with school site.

Task #3: Dr. Gomez, Dr. Hernandez and I participated in a conference call with our attorney to discuss Desert Trail Facility agreement for upcoming arbitration.

Task#4: District negotiation team met to discuss CSEA health and Welfare proposal and develop different options to present to Board of Trustees prior to next negotiation session.

Task#5: Met with Child Nutrition Services Staff to provide them information regarding Summer School and to stay abreast of any concerns or issues prior to end.

Chief Personnel Officer- Mr. Todd Beal


Task #1: Certificated

References on applicants from March 5th job fair are occurring. Site wide transfers are being sorted out and vacancy list is being updated. Middle school counselor interviews occurred on April 25, 2016. SAI Teacher interviews occurred on April 29, 2016. New hire substitute teacher orientation occurred on April 28, 2016. Contracted teachers for General Education and SAI continue to be processed for the 2015-2016 school year. Certificated substitute/guest teachers continue to be processed for the 2015-2016 school year. Substitute teacher coverage was at 94 percent even though there were school business absences all days this week. Various other Personnel functions addressed on a daily basis.

Task #2: Classified

On April 26, 2016 the Information Systems Support Technician and Substitute Warehouse Person exams occurred. On April 27, 2016 the NCLB exam was given. On April 28, 2016 the Substitute Bus Aide test was given and Clerk III, Library Media Coordinator, and Custodian transfer interviews occurred. Contracted classified employees continue to be processed for the 2015-2016 school year. Classified substitutes continue to be processed. Processing of volunteers for the 2015-16 year continues. Various other Personnel functions addressed on a daily basis.

Task #3: Risk Management

4/26; Attended the High Desert Employee/Employer Trust meeting with Jeanette Wheeler, CSEA Rep. and Brian Hahn, ADTA Rep. at Hesperia Unified S.D.; Discussion surrounding Medicare eligible dependents and employees. Kaiser has a program for Medicare eligible participants. The Trust will be hosting a seminar for employees/dependents in the near future. They will also be hosting a seminar for District benefit managers. Eff. 7/1/16 we those enrolled in Blue Shield medical plans will now have Teledoc. This is a service for convenience, where an employee or dependent can call a doctor and receive clinical advice. There is a $10 copay. If it’s an emergency, they will have to go to the ER or even Urgent Care. We will roll this out and have information for all employees and their dependents during our Open Enrollment session which starts 5/16/16.

  • 4/26; CSEA negotiations planning session for benefits.

  • 4/28; Todd and I are attending mediation on a case.

  • 4/28; Leadership Academy Mock Interview

  • 4/29; CSEA negotiation preparation meeting.

Task #4: Child Welfare and Attendance

Our estimated count on Saturday School for this past session was over 900 students. We have one session for the year remaining which will be on May 14th.

Our current enrollment is 8,510 students. This is up from last week.

We are planning a 4th – 6th grade track meet for boys and girls in late May. All Elementary schools will have an opportunity to participate.

Task #5: CSEA Negotiations


Task #6: ADTA Negotiations


Upcoming Events

Event #1: 4/29/2016 – SAI Teacher Interviews

Event #2: 5/4/2016 – Elementary School Teacher Interviews

Special Education- Jennifer Johnson

Out this week

Director of CNS- Delise Barringer

Out on Sick Leave

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Geta Woldie, Director of Fiscal Services

Mr. Woldie is doing a fantastic job as our Director of Fiscal Services. Mr. Woldie carefully reviews our district budgets and expenditures. Geta leads by example in providing exemplary customer service to all. The Fiscal Services department which encompasses payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing have tremendously improved in the the last year under his leadership.

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