School Site Council Meeting Minutes 11/5/13
El Rancho High School

1.         FLAG SALUTE
                        Led by Amber Hernandez

2.         CALL TO ORDER
                        Mr. Alfredo Martinez called to order the regular meeting at 5:05pm on                         11/5/13 in the school library.

3.         ROLL CALL

                        SSC members in attendance:
                        Parents--Debbie Goodall, Alicia Villegas, Alfredo Martinez
                        Students--Mia Castillo, Amber Hernandez, Briana Morales, Katherine Pina
                        Classified Staff--None
                        Certificated Staff--Desiree Palacios, April Farris, Mary Helen Welch-Ebert,
                        Mary Chapman
                        Administration--Ms. Jessica Kwek
                        Visitors in attendance--Josie Cambero, Beatrice Martinez
                        Members who sent regrets-- Ruth Villaneda

                        Quorum confirmed.

4.         APPROVAL OF MINUTES (01/1/13)
            --Motioned:  Jessica Kwek, Second: Debbie Goodall


    1.  Student Representative Report (Mia Castillo, Amber Hernandez, Briana Morales, Katherine Pina)

--Past: Homecoming week was October 14th-18th and Monday the 14th was a furlough day. Tuesday was blue pride day; ASB and Pepsters came to school early to decorate teacher’s classroom doors, the office and student and staff entrances with blue pride decorations. In addition, during lunch ASB hosted the annual blue pride runway where class presidents and their advisors competed for class points by getting dressed in blue and answering various questions about their class and school pride. Wednesday was the homecoming carnival: all clubs, classes and sports teams fundraised by selling food items during lunch. Thursday was the night pep rally. All performances went well (especially the staff skit). Lastly, Friday was homecoming day: ASB set up the assembly that took place during lunch and the princesses were announced. After the assembly, ASB set up for the dance that took place that evening and during the half time of the football game the queen was announced.
The following week was Red Ribbon Week and Character Counts week. Students participated in various activities at lunch that week.
--Present: Last Friday, 11/1 the varsity football team beat Santa Fe with a score of 45-13, they will play for the league championship this Thursday vs. La Serna at Cal Hi at 7pm. The canned food drive began yesterday and will go through 11/15. 4th period classes are competing to see who can bring in the most pounds of food. There will be 3 winners based on class sizes. The talent show will be on 11/14 at 6pm in the gym. Tickets are on sale now for $3.00 and they will be $5.00 at the door. There is no school on Monday 11/11 to honor Veterans Day.
--Future: November 18th-22nd in National Bullying awareness week. There will be no school from 11/25-11/29 due to furlough days and the Thanksgiving holiday. The annual Christmas tree decorating contest will be during lunch on 12/11. All classes receive a tree to decorate and at the end those trees are donated to less fortunate families. The powder puff pep rally will be held at lunch on 12/12 and the game will take place the same day at 7pm in the stadium.

    1.  DAC-- Debbie Goodall reported that she accidentally left the materials at home, but the meeting followed the same format as the DELAC meeting.
    3.  DELAC-- Alfredo Martinez reported that Mr. Martin Galindo came to the meeting to introduce himself and visit. Dora Delgado-Soto and other representatives from the safe schools healthy students grant reported about the various programs that are in place at all the school sites. Including the anti-bullying program, text-a-tip, etc. At the next meeting the CELDT scores will be reported.

Ms. Kwek mentioned that the text-a-tip has been really helpful at ERHS!  

    2.  Special Education--April Farris reported:
      1. Students in Mr. Gutierrez’s economics/government classes are participating in a currency corner where they are learning about the Dow Jones, Oil Prices and various currencies around the globe.
      2. In the life skills class, students are in the community weekly learning safety, proper conduct and how to make purchases.
      3. In the vocational program, students have been job searching at the Montebello mall.
      4. In the work ability program, students are employed at the Walgreens and Party City where they are learning job skills.
      5. Several teachers, Special Education and General Education, are going to attend a professional development workshop hosted by UCLA titled With Different Eyes. The focus is on teaching English learners.
    1. EIA SCE/ EIA LEP: Ms. Kwek reported that these funding sources are going away, so this discussion item should be removed from future agendas.


    1. Administration--Ms. Kwek:
      1. Thanked all of the parents who were able to attend the last WASC focus group meetings. The feedback and input from both parents and students is so valuable. We are trying to gather evidence to represent what is currently happening at the school and then finalizing an action plan that will state what goals we are setting and the steps we will take to meet those goals. We will need more parents at the next several meetings (11/8, 1/17, 2/7 and 3/14). The meetings begin at 7:30 and parents can check in at the main office.
      2. Implementing a professional development series (November through January) for teachers to attend ether before school, during their prep or after school. They will be used to communicate a common message about common core as well as provide a forum for teachers to work across disciplines.
      3. The club, sport and class advisors along with various teachers have been asked to participate in the Navidad en Baja boxes cause. Groups were given shoeboxes to fill with supplies that were specific to a gender and age of a young child. The boxes will be given to migrant farm workers in central California.



    1. School/Parent/Student Compact was distributed with the changes that were made following the September meeting. Members reviewed the revised compact.

Ms. Kwek motioned to approve the compact, Second: Debbie Goodall

    1. Review and approve WASC Action Plan/SPSA (including program components for Title 1 and Program Improvement)

Ms. Kwek led the members through the 75-page document and answered various questions along the way about the data and the programs. Pages 37-39 are the current goals and the role of SSC is to approve the allocation of funds being spent via categorical programs. Ms. Kwek pointed out that the allocation of funds is different with the implementation of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). LCFF is less restrictive that Title 1 or EIA monies.
Ms. Kwek made the changes to the document and will email that out to members. Members will meet Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5pm to approve the document.

7.         PUBLIC COMMENT: None

  1.         FUTURE MEETING


            Next meeting will be held on December 3, 2013 at 5pm in the ERHS library. 

  1.         AGENDA FORECAST



            Motion:  Ms. Kwek      Second:  Mary Helen Welch-Ebert
Alfredo Martinez adjourned the meeting at 6:09pm


Minutes submitted by Mary Chapman