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Los Alamitos High School SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL January 23, 2008 The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m. by Chair Jill Sterling-Erman. Members, alternates, and guests present: Phil Bowen, Kathryn Currie, Gillian Flagg, Kathy Foss, Lori Franzen, Sarah Fuller, Kelly Godfrey, Katie Greenthal, Jeff Heeren, Deborah Hiltzik, Shari Kaulig, Robyn Juhasz, Janine King, Lorraine Navarro, Heidi Olshan, Tracy Phillips, Deya Slade, Jill Sterling- Erman, Dr. Gregg Stone, and secretary Maureen Motsinger. Minutes of the November 28, 2007 meeting were approved as written. Dr. Gregg Stone, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, reviewed the following items: 1) There will be a change in English options for seniors. Thanatology and Western Theology will continue to be offered but as elective courses. Students will receive elective credit, not English credit, for these courses. Mythology will still be offered as an English option for 2008- 09 but beginning in the 2009-10 school year will be offered for elective credit only. Discussions with English Department teachers are also being held examining the current survey courses of American Literature, British Literature, Modern Literature, and World Literature to be sure they also meet the framework and content standards. 2) The Chinese I new course proposal was approved by the LAUSD Board of Education and will be part of the 2008-09 curriculum providing enrollment is met. 3) Dr. Stone met with Robert Craven, Education Technology Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education to discuss the possibility of offering online Los Alamitos High School courses. OCDE utilizes the Angel Learning Management System to provide districts with the technology to run online classes and would provide training for our teachers. Districts provide their own curriculum. Online classes would be the same range as in the regular classroom (35 in class) and would also be considered one section in the teacher’s regular class load. Online classes would start on a small scale with course offerings still to be determined. A member questioned the possibility of students taking an online class as a seventh period. Dr. Stone replied that this would most likely not be an option as it would require funding for additional sections not available at this time. Concerns of members present included losing the teacher/student face to face interaction and the problem of students leaving the campus at odd times. Dr. Stone stated students would have a sticker on their ID card and the online course would be offered either as a 0 period or after lunch. A member present who currently teaches online classes at a community college stated usually the students taking online classes are highly motivated and it prepares students for online college classes. It was decided to pursue this possibility by seeing if there would be an interest from students and the community. 4) Dr. Stone reported that at the request of Cypress College he had met with them to discuss the possibility of offering Cypress College courses on the LAHS campus. The following details the criteria for this proposal: any course in the Cypress College catalog could be offered on our campus; any high school student could enroll in the course with no minimum age requirement; the cost is $25.00 plus materials. Community members could not be excluded for enrollment but must come at either 0 period or in the evening. Discussion ensued and it was also decided to pursue this additional possibility by seeing if there would be an interest from students and the community. Principal Godfrey announced the LAHS 40th anniversary possibilities for fall of 2008 including the following: Wednesday - Hall of Fame Banquet honoring approximately ten past graduates with entertainment also provided by alumni; Thursday - golf tournament during the day and homecoming at night with individual tents in the parking lot for graduating classes; Friday – school would be dismissed early and alumni would visit campus; Saturday – Taste of Los Al would be held at a bigger venue. A directory of all graduates for the last forty years is being developed. These activities will be fundraising events for LAHS and will be advertised as such. Phil Bowen, Assistant Principal of Student Services, reported on the Substance Abuse Task Force. The Task Force was formed by Superintendent Dr. Greg Franklin as a result of the concern over the use of drugs and alcohol by students in our schools and community. The Los Alamitos High School WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) report also addressed this concern as well as a LAUSD Board of Education district priority goal. The Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is comprised of teachers, students, parents, administrators (site and district level), LAUSD Board of Education members, community agencies, youth services and law enforcement. The Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force is comprised of three committees: Parent/Community Education, Intervention, and Deterrents. The Deterrent Committee is investigating the possibility of voluntary drug testing and a drug deterrent canine to come on campus once a month for the 2008-09 school year. The Intervention Committee is looking at an alternative for the current five day suspension policy in effect for students who are found under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. A possibility would be to offer a two day suspension if the student would participate in an extra support intervention program held at the Orange County Sheriff Training Center. They are also proposing a K-12 curriculum program which would not only include drug prevention but conflict management as well. The Parent/Community Committee is preparing a brochure including the forty developmental aspects to distribute to businesses for customer availability. All of these recommendations will be presented to the LAUSD Board of Education on February 26, 2008. Once approved, policies will be written for implementation. These programs will need funding and members were asked to contact Mr. Bowen if they have fundraising suggestions. The district is also looking into the possibility of a grant. Mr. Bowen also reported that the Breathalyzer Policy was implemented at the Winter Formal with none of the students who were randomly tested showing positive for alcohol. The next meeting will be held on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in room 500. The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
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