Recognitions at the June 7th Board Meeting
During each monthly Board of Education meeting, time is allotted for recognition of students, staff, business partners, and schools that bring honor to the Fontana Unified School District and further its mission to improve the quality of education. There were several recognized at the Board Meeting on June 7, 2017.
Pledge of Allegiance
Melody Lynn of Chaparral Elementary School, was selected to lead the Board of Education in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"Melody Lynn just finished Transitional Kindergarten and is soon to be in Kindergarten," said Superintendent Randal Bassett. "She had a great year at Chaparral."
The Board recognized Alexander Lopez Alfaro, a student at Redwood Elementary School, for his act of heroism.
"On April 6, Alexander had just completed his lunch and was walking outside of the cafeteria," said Redwood Principal Eduardo Gomez. "To his surprise, he noticed a student who could not speak and was pointing to his neck. Alexander realized the student was choking on food and he knew he had to do something fast. He quickly got behind the student and performed the Heimlich Maneuver and he was able to dislodge a piece of hamburger that the student was choking on. The student is doing perfectly fine now and is extremely grateful for Alexander’s heroic act."
"At Redwood, we teach the Six Pillars of Character and we strive to model TRRFC each and every day, meaning that students strive to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring citizens," he continued. "Listen to the words a young Anne Frank wrote in her famous diary: 'The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. You decide the person you are going to become. Others will teach you right from wrong, but in the end, it is in your hands. You have the choice to do what is good and what is right.' That is the choice that Alexander made and it saved a life at Redwood.
Aspiring Leadership Academy
The Board recognized participants of the 2016-17 Aspiring Leadership Academy
"The Aspiring Leadership Academy was held in partnership with the Superintendent’s Office and the Fontana Management Association as part of the LCAP/LEA Plan Goal 4, which is ‘Cultivating Effective Teachers and Leaders’ which focuses on building a leadership pipeline, beginning with our students and ending with our administrators," said Dr. Shannon Miller, Director of Special Projects. "In partnership with FMA, the District has been working toward this goal for the past two years to create a learning opportunity for staff who are interested in moving into a leadership role in the district."
"This Leadership Academy is built around providing insight and support to staff members who wish to take on a leadership position," she continued. "This year we had our second annual academy in which participants attended monthly workshops designed to provide insight, strategies and opportunities to practice tasks associated with becoming a site administrator. Building on the program from last year, we continued with areas such as emotional intelligence, leadership qualities and personal vision, relationship building and observation, as well as resume writing and interview skills. This year we also added topics such as community engagement and master scheduling."
"Over the past two years that we’ve had this academy, we’ve had over 15 participants who have been promoted into administrative positions either in Fontana Unified or surrounding districts. With the success of this program, we are excited to announce that next year we will be working with Fontana Management Association and USW to design and expand our academy to address leadership capacity within not only our certificated staff but in our classified staff, as well."
A few of this year's participants were present at the meeting: Lakeisha Barrett, Sheila Chavez, Monica Heredia, Wendy Lu, Tina Stark, Heidemarie Taber, Hassan Yahya, Sahar Yahya.
2017 Youth Symposium
Shannon O'Brien and members of Theta Phi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. addressed the Board to acknowledge the success of the 2017 Youth Symposium.
"The success of the 2017 Youth Symposium was a direct result of our collaboration with the Fontana Unified School District," said Mrs. O'Brien. "The annual Youth Symposium is an event held by the various graduate chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority throughout the United States and internationally and occurs on the second Saturday in March all over the country. This event has been in existence for more than 20 years and its focus in on preparing youth for future success in academic, community, social, and career endeavors."
"For the past few years, Theta Phi Sigma Chapter has hosted the annual Youth Symposium in Rialto," she continued. "This year's symposium was held in Fontana for the first time, thanks to the district's leadership and genuine desire to further the success of its students and the community. The Fontana Unified School District LCAP Local Control Accountability Plan goal number 6, which was decided by parents and community stakeholders requires the district to strengthen family and community engagement through outreach, collaboration, and partnerships for the benefit of Fontana students. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is pleased to have been selected as a district partner for the benefit of Fontana students.
Two FUSD students who received scholarships from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., were also recognized at the meeting: Sheba Jennings of Summit High School and Samara Woolfolk of Kaiser High School.