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Welcome to Region 19!

June 28, 2017  |   Comments Off on Welcome to Region 19!

Welcome to the ACSA Region 19 website! Here you will find news, events, useful contacts, helpful resources and more, created for administrators working in Riverside county.

What is ACSA?

The Association of California School Administrators was established in 1971, and is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders throughout California.

The mission of ACSA is to support California’s educational leaders; ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel; and champion public education. More than two dozen job-alike and issue-oriented councils and committees, a board of directors and a delegate assembly keep ACSA focused on school leadership and on education policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.

ACSA has a significant role in steering the course for improvements and progress in public education and for school administration. Among its many activities, ACSA continues to lead efforts in negotiations on school finance as well as in advocacy efforts to increase program flexibility for schools, districts and counties. Recognizing the state’s financial situation these past several years, ACSA has led efforts with counterparts in the Education Coalition to maximize education funding and to protect the integrity of Proposition 98.

ACSA’s focus on teaching and learning means the association has a lead advocacy role on issues such as curriculum and instruction, assessment and accountability and improving efforts to close the achievement gap. As expectations and accountability requirements for school leaders increase, ACSA continues to be on the forefront on No Child Left Behind implementation issues at the state and federal level.

The association continues to be the leading proponent in the state for school leaders and for our profession. ACSA led the cooperative effort to adopt California Professional Standards for Education Leaders, a set of high quality standards for effective school leadership. Professional learning programs offered by the association – ACSA’s Principal Center summer programs, ACSA academies for nearly every administrative position, AB 75 principal training programs and coaching programs for both new and experienced school and district leaders – are aligned with these standards to ensure quality among the ranks of school administration.

The State Level

Opportunities for involvement at the state level include serving as an elected officer, a member of the Board of Directors, or a representative to the Delegate Assembly. ACSA members serve on statewide professional committees, task forces and advisory bodies. This cadre of committed volunteers is a vital professional network for ACSA members. State ACSA’s leaders can be located on the state ACSA web site under ACSA Leadership.

The Region Level

ACSA’s 19 regions divide the state geographically and provide valuable opportunities for professional involvement with administrators in nearby school districts. The regional structure allows your voice to be heard on education issues. Each region elects regional officers who also serve as the region’s voice at the statewide Delegate Assembly. In addition, regions elect a representative to ACSA’s state Board of Directors. ACSA regions offer networking opportunities, professional development workshops and programs tailored to meet local needs. A portion of your dues is rebated to regions for these programs and activities.

The Charter Level

More than 200 charters have been created within regions to address the local interests of members in one or more school districts. The charter structure gives ACSA its grassroots strength. If you are new to a district, the local ACSA charter is an excellent forum in which to meet your colleagues, share experiences and learn about district issues.

ACSA Region XIX Election Results

March 24, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA Region XIX Election Results

Congratulations to the following who will serve as members of  the 2017-2018 ACSA Region XIX Executive Board:

President – Diane Perez, San Jacinto USD
President-Elect – Grant Bennett, Perris Union High SD

Vice President, Legislative Action – Julie Vitale, Romoland SD

Vice President, Membership – Kelly May Vollmar, Desert Sands USD

Vice President, Committee/Councils – Jeff Simmons, Nuview Union SD

ACSA State Board Director – Michael McCormick, Val Verde USD

Past President – Karen Valdes, Menifee Union SD

Professional Development Event with Dr. Michele Borba

January 29, 2017  |   Comments Off on Professional Development Event with Dr. Michele Borba

Images of Possibilities: How to Create Empathic, Caring, Respectful Schools — and Why We Must

Dr. Michele Borba

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00 to 7:30 p.m. (dinner provided)

Hemet USD Professional Development Center
1791 W. Acacia Avenue, Hemet

Early bird registration: $10 (by February 14)
After February 14: $15

Registration Flyer (PDF)

For additional information, contact Diane Perez,
(951) 929-7700, ext. 4202;

Registration available through EventBrite Link:

ACSA State and Region Awards Programs

November 3, 2016  |   Comments Off on ACSA State and Region Awards Programs

Each year, State ACSA and Region XIX recognize outstanding performance and achievement by individual administrators, classified managers, confidential employees, community partners, and lay persons.  The 2017 Awards Program has been officially announced by State ACSA.  Information, tips, and nomination forms are available online on the State ACSA website,  All members are encouraged to submit nominations.

In addition, members have an opportunity to nominate outstanding students for the Every Student Succeeding Awards.  Be sure to submit your nomination forms for a deserving student to be recognized at the region and state levels.

Region XIX also welcomes nominations for the Dr. John Schrom award for given to an administrator who exemplifies selfless service. The award is named after the late Dr. John Schrom, who died suddenly in 2004 after being diagnosed with cancer. John’s legacy to our region was the respect, kindness, and humility that he demonstrated while serving in a variety of administrative positions in four districts in Riverside County. Please access the Dr. John Schrom nomination form here.

When submitting a nomination, you must address the criteria identified on each form to provide a quality and competitive application.

You are encouraged to include supporting information for nominations in all categories.  A selection committee, chaired by Region XIX Past President Michael McCormick, comprised of individuals representing the Region XIX board, charters, and committees/councils will be responsible for reviewing and selecting individual winners in each category.

Region XIX will honor and recognize award recipients at the Spring Celebration to be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Riverside Convention Center.

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Nomination deadline:  Nomination forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 19, 2016.  Nomination forms must be submitted to the ACSA Region XIX Awards Committee as follows:

ACSA Region XIX Awards Committee
c/o Jennette Harper, Region Consultant
33159 Fairway Drive
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Questions may be addressed to Jennette at (909) 522-7274.

Join Us for Our Region Fall Membership Event

September 30, 2016  |   Comments Off on Join Us for Our Region Fall Membership Event
Region President Karen Valdes and the Region XIX Board of Directors invite you to the

ACSA Region XIX Fall Membership Event

featuring an informative presentation by

Dr. Ilene Straus

California State Board of Education, Vice President
Join us as we celebrate the Week of the School Administrator (October 9th – 15th) and acknowledge the contributions all school administrators make “to ensure the creation of communities of learning and teaching that serve both the aspirations of individual students and the greater good of society.” –ACSA Mission Statement

Thursday, October 6, 2016

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Ponte Winery

35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula

Appetizers will be provided.
Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. For a chance to win a prize, enter an exciting drawing by either bringing a non-member as your guest or become a new member during the event!

Thank you to our sponsor: AXA

RSVP your attendance by contacting Kelly May-Vollmar,

Regions XIX and 12 Leadership Conference Engages #ACSALeaders

June 6, 2016  |   Comments Off on Regions XIX and 12 Leadership Conference Engages #ACSALeaders
2016-17 ACSA Region XIX Leaders - thanks to Bill Olinger, Region 12, for getting us all in one fabulous photo!

2016-17 ACSA Region XIX Leaders – thanks to Bill Olinger, Region 12, for getting us all in one fabulous photo!

Regions XIX and 12 join forces once again for another successful leadership conference!

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Honoring our Region’s Outstanding Administrators and Students

June 5, 2016  |   Comments Off on Honoring our Region’s Outstanding Administrators and Students
This year’s annual Spring Celebration included a special presentation of the Dr. John Schrom Award.
group photo

#ACSA19Unconference Express Tri-Charter Event

April 6, 2016  |   Comments Off on #ACSA19Unconference Express Tri-Charter Event

WRCASM, RASM and CNMA are joining together to present the ACSA19Unconference.

ACSA19Unconference is an event organized by your colleagues, specifically designed to create a participant-driven, fun-filled day of professional development.  This Unconference will focus on topics of high interest to administrators.

When:    April 16, 2016

Where:  Val Verde High School
Multipurpose Room/Gymnasium
972 Morgan Street
Perris, California 92571

Time:      8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (a light breakfast will be provided)

Who should attend:  Administrators, aspiring administrators, and teacher leaders will connect with like-minded individuals, collaborate on ideas, brainstorm solutions to common education problems, have group discussions, and receive information that can immediately be applied to their campus or district.  Sessions are not planned until the day of the event, and anyone can start a session.  ACSA19 Unconference follows the “vote with your feet” model – if a session does not meet your needs, get up and join a different session.

Encourage your fellow ACSA members to attend and bring a non-member and both of you will receive a chance to win a prize.

To learn more and to register for this FREE event go to this link  If you can’t make it, follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #ACSA19Unconference.  Walk-ins are welcome.

We hope to see you on April 16th!!!

Region XIX 2016 Administrator of the Year and Every Student Succeeding Recipients

February 3, 2016  |   Comments Off on Region XIX 2016 Administrator of the Year and Every Student Succeeding Recipients

Thank you to all of our members who nominated their colleagues for this year’s awards program. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Barry Kayrell
Hemet USD

Secondary Principal
Ryan Lewis
Santiago High School
Corona-Norco USD

Middle Grades Principal
Sean Curtin
Amelia Earhart Middle School
Riverside USD

Elementary Principal
Kelly May-Vollmar
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Desert Sands USD

Central Office Administrator – County/District

Tony Knapp
Palm Springs USD

Secondary Co-Administrator

Margo McCormick
Indio High School
Desert Sands USD

Elementary Co-Administrator
La-Trice Johnson
Bubbling Wells Elementary School
Palm Springs USD

Classified Leader
Judy Miller
Perris Union High SD

Confidential Employee
Joyce Threadgold
Riverside USD

Personnel/Human Resources Administrator
Kyley Ybarra
Riverside USD

Special Education Administrator
Troy Knudsvig
Val Verde USD

Business Services Administrator

Vincent Christakos
Hemet USD

Pupil Personnel Administrator
Jane Mills
Palm Springs USD

Curriculum and Instruction Administrator
Christina Goennier
Beaumont USD

Adult Education Administrator
Jereme Weishedel
Coachella Valley Adult School
Coachella Valley USD

Valuing Diversity Award
Eric Antuna
Palm Springs USD

Partners in Education Award
Kevin Schaefer, Technical Assistance Facilitator
National Center for System Improvement

Ferd Keisel Award
Susan Mills
Riverside USD

Dr. John Schrom Award
Sari Kustner

Every Student Succeeding
Dulce Nance
Ramona High School
Riverside USD

Please join us in honoring our award recipients at this year’s Spring Celebration, June 3, in Palm Springs.  Registration flyers will be available in April.

Congratulations to our Region Scholarship Recipients

September 28, 2015  |   Comments Off on Congratulations to our Region Scholarship Recipients

The following members received 2015-16 Region XIX Professional Development Scholarships:

Curriculum and Instruction Leaders Academy — $500

  • Janice Delagrammatikas, Riverside County Office of Education
  • April Moore, Corona-Norco USD

Equity Institute – $500

  • Deborah Rozeski, Moreno Valley USD

Innovative Technology Academy-  $500

  • Frieda Brands, Lake Elsinore USD
  • Victor Cisneros, Riverside USD
  • Robbin Hamilton, Lake Elsinore USD
  • Karen Valdes, Menifee Union SD
  • Steven Ybarra, Riverside USD

Principals’ Academy – $733

  • Tiffany Norton, Desert Sands USD
  • Jacqui Olmos, Desert Sands USD
  • Michael Schneider, Desert Sands USD

School Business Academy – $838

  • Joshua Kim, Menifee Union SD