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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.

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:

board region 12 directory of officers 2017 2018 with cells rev 8 29 17 bro

 

 

ALL POSTS BELOW THIS POINT ARE EVENTS FROM 2016-2017

July 31, 2017  |   Comments Off on ALL POSTS BELOW THIS POINT ARE EVENTS FROM 2016-2017

Incoming Leaders of ACSA Regions 12 and XIX Attend Annual Palm Springs Leadership Conference

June 5, 2017  |   Comments Off on Incoming Leaders of ACSA Regions 12 and XIX Attend Annual Palm Springs Leadership Conference

Coach Jim White (McFarland USA) faces the audience.

Once again this year leaders of Regions 12 and XIX conducted and attended a joint leadership conference at the Palm Springs Hilton from June 3-4, 2017.  The tri-fold purpose of this conference is to introduce or extend ACSA policies and procedures, become up to date on hot topics in the political, financial and academic world of educational leadership, and to socialize and get to know each other. We also do our annual installation of incoming officers at this same event, and reserve time for region and charter specific planning time.  Special guests included State ACSA’s incoming president, Dr. Lisa Gonzales, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre and (guest speaker) Coach Jim White, whose story was played by actor Kevin Costner in the film McFarland USA.

 

 

 

 

SB County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre greets the crowd.

 

 

 

 

Region 12 leaders assemble on the Stairway to Heaven for this group shot.

Region 12 leaders (left of podium) and XIX (right of podium) are simultaneously sworn in by incoming State ACSA President Dr. Lisa Gonzales (at podium).

Coach Jim White discusses leadership and determination. Coach was the subject of the movie McFarland USA, and was portrayed by Kevin Costner.

Leaders of the Fontana Management Association (FMA) charter schmooze for the camera whle modestly taking a back table.

 

 

Retired Educational Managers (REM) of Regions 12 and XIX hold June Luncheon and Installation of Officers

June 3, 2017  |   Comments Off on Retired Educational Managers (REM) of Regions 12 and XIX hold June Luncheon and Installation of Officers

The charter to which you all aspire–REM–held one of their twice-annual luncheons on June 2, 2017, the day prior to the Regions 12 and XIX annual Leadership Conference at the Palm Springs Hilton. The incoming Slate of Officers was approved by the general membership and installed by the incoming presidents of the two regions: Dr. Cindie Medeiros of R-12, and Diane Perez of R-XIX. The REM group has a lot of fun. Although we keep abreast of trends in education and educational leadership, and provide high school scholarships and even scholarships for working administrators to attend ACSA academies, we also set out to enrich ourselves by the “field trips” we take and the guest speakers we invite to our functions. This day’s speaker was Nancy Cliath, not coincidentally also one of our V.P.s of Programs, who spoke on “Geneaology as a Hobby and Telling Your Stories. Nancy has done research on genealogy and provided us with many interesting resources.

 

You can access the agenda for this event here and see how the other half lives: luncheon June 2017 agenda

 

Incoming REM boardies take the solemn oath of office as they are sworn in by incoming region presidents for 12 and XIX Diane Perez (far left) and Dr. Cindie Medeiros (second from left) .

Guest speaker Nancy Cliath, standing at back left, shares her experiences with genealogy.

SALSA Charter Holds Scholarship Luncheon on May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017  |   Comments Off on SALSA Charter Holds Scholarship Luncheon on May 3, 2017

The SALSA (San Bernardino Association fo Leaders for School Administration) charter, i.e. the SB County Supt. of Schools office, held a luncheon to raise funds for scholarships on May 3.

Annual Spring Celebration/Administrators of the Year Dinner Held on April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017  |   Comments Off on Annual Spring Celebration/Administrators of the Year Dinner Held on April 20, 2017

Once again this year, ACSA Region 12 held its Spring Celebration event where we feted peer-nominated leaders in a variety of categories, as well as several high school scholarships (children or grandchildren of ACSA members) and our Every Student Succeeds (ESS) selection. This year’s event was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in San Bernardino. (NOTE: our 2017-18 event will be on Monday, April 23, 2018 and will be at the Doubletree by Hilton in Ontario. Their main room has twice the capacity and we have outgrown our britches at the SB location.)

Our event was co-hosted by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, and State ACSA’s 2016-17 President Dr. Ralph Gomez Porras, who took turns awarding our honorees.

FYI, nominations for this year’s awards are now open and are being centralized by State ACSA. Please see details of how to nominate under the “news and resources” section of the Region 12 website. The absolute deadline to submit nominations is on January 12, 2018. This is a state deadline and there are NO exceptions.

 

It was not possible to include ALL photos taken at this event in one blog. However, you can see all of them via this Dropbox link. Cut and paste into your browser if clicking does not take you there:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rq1gaxcbqk8trrt/AABLnvw-pSn9Vh2da4vikR79a?dl=0

 

 

 

Region leaders compare notes as attendees arrive and check in.Click here to see the entire list of recipients!

The Redlands High School Chamber Strings entertains guests during the social hour.

spring celebration save the date flyer

Volunteers man the registration booth and await the onslaught of 300+ arrivals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awardees assemble on-stage at the conclusion of the ceremonies.

Region 12 selected two superintendents for the Superintendent of the Year award this time around. Above, Jerry Almendarez of Colton Joint USD is flanked by State ACSA President Dr. Ralph Gomez Porras. Pictured at right is Dr. Ron Williams, superintendent of Victor Valley Union HSD.

 

High school scholarship recipient Sara Kirk sings the National Anthem.

 

 

We were over capacity at 300+ attendees, necessitating moving to a new venue next year.

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre shares a moment with high school scholarship recipient Kalynne Brantley.

A beaming Joanne Thoring-Ojeda, a past region president, watches as her granson Noah Johnson receives a scholarship.

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