Recognitions at the September 13th 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 September 13, 2017.
Pledge of Allegiance
Kevin Ortiz, a fifth grade student at Cypress Elementary School, was selected to lead the Board of Education in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"Kevin is excelling academically, completes class assignments, and participates on a regular basis," said Superintendent Randal Bassett. "He is respectful, responsible and safe throughout our school and is kind to all his peers."
Employees of the Quarter
The Board of Education recognized the Employees of the Quarter, a program implemented this year by the Superintendent's Office in collaboration with Fontana Teachers Association, United Steelworkers, and Fontana School Police Officers Association.
"We are here to recognize the employees of Fontana Unified who continually go above and beyond for the students and staff setting new benchmarks of service excellence," explained Dr. Shannon Miller, Director of Spcial Projects. "Today we honor the men and women who – in the course of ordinary circumstances – have achieved extraordinary results for their job. It is gratifying once again, these employees were recognized by their peers for this recognition and had no idea they were being nominated for this award."
"Ms. Hilary Lawson was nominated by fellow Live Oak Elementary School teacher Jennifer Boling," said Dr. Miller. "Hilary has made a commitment of embracing the Transforming Together Cornerstones of Every Student Successful, Engaging Schools, and Empowered Communities. Hilary has been an employee here in Fontana for the last 16 years and has made a lasting impact not only on the Live Oak family but the surrounding communities as well. She does not hesitate to take time out of her day to coach and mentor other teachers on how to create a classroom atmosphere where students always feel they belong, love, power, freedom, and most importantly fun. This provides a school wide environment where students are free to express themselves and truly engage in the classroom and learning environment."
"Hilary started the ‘Inland Empire Love Your Neighbor’ program at Live Oak, which helps families in need. Through this program, Live Oak families have collected donations of food, clothing, household items, and money to provide to families who have suffered tragedy, illness, or just experiencing some hard times. This program has grown over the years and now not only serves the needs of Live Oak students but surrounding community members as well. Hilary has definitely been an influential person in our Fontana Unified family for good. Hilary, we would like to thank you for the continued dedication, support, and love you show our students and families daily."
"Sheri Sebo, School Police Department Office Manager, nominated Mr. Efrain Aguilar," continued Dr. Miller. "He has been an employee here in Fontana for the last 6 years and is an integral team member in our School Police Department. Sheri nominated Efrain for the hard work he displays day in and day out in fulfilling the commitments and duties of his job. Efrain has never gone out of his way to look for attention in his job and has always been the epitome of a “team player” for the district. He has stepped up on numerous occasions to cover shifts when needed and has never hesitated to volunteer his assistance in times of need."
"Efrain has not only helped the department in his work as a dispatcher, but has also stepped in to help whenever needed. Efrain has not hesitated to assist with putting together department statistics and data for presentations and reports needed for the department. He strives to do the best in whatever is assigned to him and encourages each one in his department to be the best of who they are."
The Employee of the Quarter representing USW is Ken Sterwerf, Senior Custodian at Birch High School. Mike Mahan, Custodial Lead, nominated him. Unfortunately, Ken was not able to attend the Board Meeting. He will be recognized at the December Board of Education meeting.