School Site Council Meeting

El Rancho High School

Minutes 09/15/2015

  1.  FLAG SALUTE--Led by Ashley Herrera at 5:45 p.m.

  1.  CALL TO ORDER--Dr. Kwek called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m.

  1.  ROLL CALL--Quorum confirmed

Parents--Josie Cambero, Robert Gallegos,  Mark Gutierrez, Maria Martinez

Students--Rene Gallegos, Ashley Herrera, Sarah Navarro, Natalie Woo

Classified Staff--Not present

Certificated Staff--April Farris, Judi Gollette, April Leal, Stephanie Senteno-Tapia, Mary-Helen Welch-Ebert

Administration--Dr. Jessica Kwek, Ms. Jazmin Chavez

Visitors--Hortencia Campos, Beatriz Martinez, Olga Montano-Briseno, Ruth Villaneda

First SSC meeting of the school year.  Introductions were made.  A review of School Site Council was presented.

Elections were held.  The new Chairperson-Josie Cambero, Vice Chairperson-Mark Gutierrez and Secretary-April Farris were elected.

Motioned--April Leal

Second--Sephanie Senteno

Change Bylaws to reflect meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month.

Motioned--Dr. Jessica Kwek

Second--Stephanie Senteno

Point of Info--Parliamentarian: Judi Gollete nominated

Motioned--Dr. Jessica Kwek

Second--April Leal

  1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES for 06/02/2015

Motioned--April Leal

Second--Judi Gollette


        a)ASB Report

PAST:  Freshmen First Day went well.  Freshmen had a chance to connect with their Link Leaders and fellow ASB members as well as get used to the school’s campus.  On Friday, August 28th, The Welcome Assembly was held.  Despite the heat , classes were able to win class points, recognize the fall sports and their captains, while maintaining their school spirit.  September 3rd was Back to School Night, which gave students’ parents a chance to become familiar their classes, teachers, and the various clubs on campus. 

September 4th was our first home football game.  September 11th was the Annual Club Fair at lunch where the clubs on campus were set up in the quad which gave students access to join.  Also held on September 11th was our Staff Appreciation game where teachers and staff were recognized for their hard work at the halftime show.

PRESENT:  ASB is preparing for Homecoming week on October 26th through October 30th.  Classes are also working towards the biggest event of the year, Night Pep Rally.

FUTURE:  College night is next Wednesday in the evening.  Representatives from numerous colleges will be on campus to answer questions from parents and students.

        b)Special Education Report--The RSP model has been modified to allow for case carriers to monitor their caseloads better and reduce the D/F rates.  The focus of Mild/Moderate teachers are beginning to turn towards aligning best practices and expectations of the students in their classes.

        c)DAC/DELAC Reports--None


        d)Principal’s Report--Luis Cruz met with the Extended Leadership Team on 09/14/2015 to help build a collaborative culture.  It was his first of five visits.  Regarding parent outreach, the PTSA is a slow process and it is taking longer.  The counseling structure has changed to alpha allowing for less of a caseload.  Caseloads were decreased from 600 - 450 students.  On October 14th, a new event called College Day will take place.  The District has paid for all 9th and 10th graders to take the PSAT.  11th graders can either apply for a fee waiver and take the PSAT or they will take the ASVAB.  12th graders will participate in different workshops (resume writing, SAT/ACT prep, etc.)  College Day will be a minimum day.  College night is 09/23.  Some new classes add are: American Sign Language (ASL), AP Chemistry, AP Studio Art, AP Art History, AP World History and Biomedical Pathway.  ERHS has a focus on memorializing and branding the high school.  A coordinator and a counselor has been selected for the IB program and they are attending training.  Mr. Juan Raygoza is the new AP of Student Services, which has been changed from Guidance.  Mr. Ledden has also returned as a Dean.  

  1.  LEGAL REQUIREMENTS--Parent Education opportuntitiesCoffee with Principal is scheduled for 10/07/2015.  There are two sessions: Morning (8:30 a.m.) and Evening (5:30 p.m.). PIQE will be starting 10/08/2015 at 6:30 p.m. (English) and 8:30 p.m. (Spanish).  Parents showed interest in continuing with Parent rounds for 2015/2016 school year.  Dr. Jessica Kwek will send out an informational email with some options after coordinating with teachers.


7.  FUTURE MEETING to be held on 10/08/2015 at 5pm.


9. ADJOURNMENT--Motion by Dr. Jessica Kwek at 6:16 p.m., Second by April Leal.

Minutes submitted by April Farris, SSC Secretary