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Region 12 and XIX Retired Educational Managers Charter Holds Annual Winter Presidents Luncheon

January 24, 2018  |   Comments Off on Region 12 and XIX Retired Educational Managers Charter Holds Annual Winter Presidents Luncheon

The combined REM charter of ACSA Region’s 12 and XIX held its annual Presidents Luncheon on January 24, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton in San Bernardino. REM events concentrate on not only information relevant ot our group such as retirement benefits, but also “fun” activities that are entertaining and informational. This time, we were entertained by Prestidigitator Anthony the Magic, who really did amaze us. “How did he do that?” we asked. “How could that rabbit come out of that handkerchief?”  We were also brought up to date on retirement issues by Nancy Cliath and Dr. Margaret Reed, two of our REM board members. Nancy also shared plans for remaining events for this year. When the time comes for YOU to retire, ask about membership in the REM charter and also how to continue your ACSA membership and keep in the know.

Dr. Margaret Reed apprises attendees of the latest political goings-on regarding pensions and other retirement issues.

Members enjoy their Sombrero Buffet prior to the magic act. In the background, Nancy Cliath shares out.

Presto Chango! Moments later, animals appear.

REM board member Sari Kustner (center) is bedazzled and befuddled by Anthony the Magic. His assistant is at the left.

Womens Leadership Network Holds November Event

November 13, 2017  |   Comments Off on Womens Leadership Network Holds November Event

The first WLN event of the academic year was held at the Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center  on November 13, 2017.  See the flyer here: WLN Flyer 2017 (002)

This event was organized by Dr. Mary McNeil (Needles USD Superintendent) and was graciously sponsored by SchoolsFirst and Franklin Covey. The group was honored to have the current president of State ACSA, Dr. Lisa Gonzales, in attendance!  The day’s theme was “Leadership for the 21st Century: Understanding Balance, Pathways & Opportunities” and included the following components:

Pathways to Leadership: Dr. Lisa Gonzales ACSA President/Asst. Supt. Ed
Services Dublin USD & Dr. Holly Edds ACSA President Elect/Asst. Supt. Ed
Services Orcutt USD
• Healthy Life Skills: Akemi Davies-McNeil, MA, OTR/L MSOT Field Coord. Stanbridge University
• Administrator Panel discussion
• Networking Opportunities

Watch future announcements concerning the next WLN event!

 

 

 

Attendees gather for a group shot during a break in the proceedings. At far front right (kneeling) is Dr. Lisa Gonzales, State ACSA President.


Region 12 President Dr. Cindie Mederios ( at far left) with her WLN cohorts welcomes attendees.

WLN region organizer Dr. Mary McNeil (Superintendent of Needles USD) is at right in stripes.

 

 

MDMA Charter Holds Fall Membership Social in Victorville on November 7

November 7, 2017  |   Comments Off on MDMA Charter Holds Fall Membership Social in Victorville on November 7

The Mountain-Desert Management Association (MDMA) held a well-attended Fall Membership Social event on November 7 at the El Pescador restaurant in Victorville. The El Pescador is a premium location in the high desert and has private rooms group functions. MDMA President Carlos Cerna made opening remarks, followed by Region 12 updates by Region President Dr. Cindie Mederios. Dr. Beth Higbee, Assistant Superintendent of SBCSS, spoke on the “Shifting Role of Administration in New Accountability.” Sherman Garnett, SB County Board of Education President and State ACSA Member Recruitment Team person, discussed the “Importance of Building Your Professional Network.” Obligatory but exciting opportunity drawings were held. The venue and the camaraderie led to many staying behind after the formal presentations to network and schmooze. Sherman Garnett recruited a number of new ACSA members this evening.

You can see the event flyer here: MDMA social flyer

MDMA President Carlos Cerna welcomes the multitudes.

Dr. Beth Higbee, Assistant Superintendent at SBCSS, discusses the changing roles of administrators.

 

The MDMA crew and others gather for a group shot at the conclusion of the program.

The MMDA crowd and visitors take their seats for the evening’s presentations.

 

Sherman Garnett, President of the SB County Board of Education and an ACSA Membership Recruitment person, talks about the benefits of networking.

Region 12 President Dr. Cindie Medeiros updates MDMA on overall Region 12 thrusts and happenings.

Region Executive Board Holds Strategic Planning Meeting on November 6

November 6, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region Executive Board Holds Strategic Planning Meeting on November 6

Your Region 12 Executive Board meets several times each year in addition to their presence at other events such as Leadership Assemblies, Membership Recruitment Socals etc. to plan future thrusts and to continue the evolution of our Strategic Plan to follow State ACSA’s leads. One such meeting was held at Marie Callender’s by ONT on November 6, 2017. Planning focused on three essential thrusts:

  • Local Advocacy
  • Professional Development Opportunities for both certificated and classified members
  • Increasing the awareness of what ACSA and the region have to offer

This is a long-range planning process and our progress should be measured by the activities, information and trainings the region offers its members over time.

 

Region 12’s Sabine Robertson-Phillips receives Personnel/HR Administrator of the Year Award from State ACSA

November 3, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 12’s Sabine Robertson-Phillips receives Personnel/HR Administrator of the Year Award from State ACSA

Region 12’s selection for the 2017 Personnel/HR Administrator of the Year went on to become STATE ACSA’s Personnel/HR Administrator of the Year as well. Sabine was feted at the Association Awards Presentation at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose on November 3, 2017 during the State ACSA Leadership Summit.

View the excerpt of all state recipients including Sabine’s from the event’s program booklet here: State ACSA admins of year 2017 with Sabine Robertson-Phillips for R12

Sabine Robertson-Phillips is Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Redlands USD.

 

Region 12’s Every Student Succeeding (ESS) Recipient Victor Ramirez-Diaz Feted at State Leadership Summit in San Jose

November 2, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 12’s Every Student Succeeding (ESS) Recipient Victor Ramirez-Diaz Feted at State Leadership Summit in San Jose

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 the ESS students from each region were feted at a luncheon as part of the State ACSA Leadership Summit in San Jose. Masters of Ceremonies were Lisa Gonzales (State ACSA President) and Stanley Roberts (Reporter for local S.J. TV Station DRON4 News). Our own ESS recipient, Victor Ramirez-Diaz, was unable to attend due to school commitments but was nevertheless featured along with the other recipients. Victor hailed from David Stine Chaffey West school, part of the SB County Office of Education. He was nominated by his administrator at David Stine, Mr. Don English. Victor’s profile from the program that day can be seen here:  Ramirez-Diaz ESS program scan

 

October Region Leadership Assembly Meeting

October 2, 2017  |   Comments Off on October Region Leadership Assembly Meeting

Members of the Region Leadership Assembly met on October 2, 2017 at the San Bernardino campus of Azusa Pacific University. The agenda is posted under the Features section of this website along with Minutes once available. Highlights included a presentation and donation by Dr. Gabe Soumakian of Teachers Pension, an announcement that Region 12’s State Board Director Dr. Ron Williams will be running for State ACSA Vice President this year, and a “slide show” of our recent Fall Membership Recruitment Social which is highlighted in another post. We also had a group “think tank” discussion to generate answers to three questions from State ACSA which will be compiled with other region responses to guide the next 5-year phase of State ACSA’s Strategic Planning Process. The questions and our region’s responses, which were shared at the recent STATE ACSA Leadership Conference at LAX on October 11, can be seen in the link below. Many thanks to respondents and also to the facilitator, Dr. Margaret Reed, our region representative to the State Retirement Committee, who guided us through this process.

Trends That Might Impact our Profession final R12

Dr. Gabe Soumakian, a retired superintendent and now with Teachers Pension, presents region president Dr. Cindie Medeiros with a donation for  use in furthering our goals and projects.

Members of the Region Leadership Assembly dedicated their after-work evening to ensuring the success of Region 12.

Dr. Margaret Reed, Region 12’s Retirement Committee representative, guides the L.A. through answers to three questions about the future of education. These questions were posed by State ACSA to glean insights as they embark on the second 5-year strategic planning process.

 

A Wonderful R-12 Membership Recruitment Social Event!

September 25, 2017  |   Comments Off on A Wonderful R-12 Membership Recruitment Social Event!

Region 12 held it’s annual Fall Membership Recruitment Social on September 25, 2017 at the Shandin Hills Golf Club. The main event this evening was hearing a panel of seven distinguished San Bernardino County area superintendents, including County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, each answer ONE question posed to them by moderator Dr. Cindie Mederios (region president) regarding their road to executive leadership. We also had short presentations beforehand by Mr. Alejandre, as well as Dr. Gabe Soumakian (an  ACSA Partner4Purpose sponsor), Mr. Sherman Garnett (SB County Board of Education President and Region 12 Member Recruitment Team person).  Thanks to our President-Elect Scott Sparks, we also had visits and presentations from two state political figures: California state Senate Member Connie Leyva (D-Chino) and California state Assembly Member Tony Thurmond, who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) against Marshall Tuck. See the celebrities pictured below!  The original RSVP flyer for this event can be seen here: Fall Social flyer

Old friends Ofelia Lariviere (left) and Raquel Posadas-Gonzalez meet up during the social hour and mug for the camera.

Region President Dr. Medeiros brings the event to order.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gabe Soumakian and business partner John Aycock share their investment services with the crowd prior to the superintendents’ panel discussions.

County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre shares thoughts on local education with the audience prior to the panel discussion.

Seven distinguished area superintendents each have their turn at the podium to answer a single question posed by the moderator regarding their road to executive leadership.

 

State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) greets the crowd. Assembly Member Thurmond is a candidate for SPI.

The Panel: From left to right are Jerry Almendarez (Colton JUSD), Ted Alejandre (SB County Supt. of Schools), Dr. Dale Marsden (S.B. City USD), Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila (Rialto USD), Mauricio Arellano (Redlands USD), Cali Binks (Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD) and Dr. Ron Williams (Victor Valley Union HSD). Each was given a copy of a recent publication available on Amazon titled “Dear Mr. Banks” which features decades of humorous letters from parents and students to retired Fontana Principal Ray H. Banks.

State Senate member Connie Leyva (D-Chino) takes the podium.

CJUSD Management Organization (MAC charter of ACSA Region 12) Spearheads Efforts to Help Hurricane Victims

September 19, 2017  |   Comments Off on CJUSD Management Organization (MAC charter of ACSA Region 12) Spearheads Efforts to Help Hurricane Victims

The newly-formed Colton JUSD charter, Management Association of Colton (MAC), has mobilized to assist with victims of Hurricane Harvey. See this press release from their district below!

Colton – Thanks to the generosity of Colton Joint Unified School District administrators, staff and students, boxes of much-needed supplies are on their way to Texas to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The CJUSD Management Association of Colton (MAC), working in partnership with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the CJUSD Transportation Department, coordinated a “Stuff the Bus for Harvey” campaign to collect supplies for Houston Independent School District. The district’s 200,000 students were impacted by Harvey and in need of basic supplies.

“Many of the students and families of the Houston Independent School District have lost everything,” noted MAC Secretary Melissa Williamson. “One of the primary focuses of MAC is to provide assistance to those in need. As MAC representatives, we were excited to have an opportunity to help with this need.”

Items collected included: clothing, undergarments, shoes, canned goods, backpacks, school supplies and toiletries.

Sites that participated in the effort include: Michael D’Arcy, Sycamore Hills, Ruth Grimes, William McKinley, Grand Terrace and Terrace View Elementary Schools, Ruth O. Harris Middle School, San Salvador Preschool, CJUSD Transportation and the CJUSD District Office.

MAC and ACSA Region 12 are partner professional organizations that support CJUSD administrators and advocate for leadership development and philanthropy. The CJUSD MAC/ACSA Board includes: President Timberly Axelrod; Vice President Jo Ann Grier; Treasurer Amber Duran; Secretary Melissa Williamson; Vice President of Legislative Action, Judy Servin and Vice President of Membership, Cindy Aguilar-Munoz.

Region 12 Board of Directors Holds first Executive Meeting of the 2017-18 Year

August 21, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 12 Board of Directors Holds first Executive Meeting of the 2017-18 Year

Your incoming Region 12 board and staff held their first planning and strategy meeting at Marie Callender’s on August 21, 2017 to ponder the fate and direction of our region for the new school year. Not all board members are pictured below.

Our agenda can be accessed via this link:

Elected Board Agenda Aug 21 2017

 

For a complete list of who’s who on the Region board and how to contact us, click here:

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