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Unity Project

#UNITYPROJECT


 

Snowline JUSD Draft Resolution

A collaborative effort among all Snowline JUSD stakeholders is underway around the development of a resolution that ensures that all of our schools are consistent, predictable, positive, safe, and nurturing for all students.  The Snowline JUSD Board of Education and Superintendent need your feedback on the draft proposal below.  Please share with us any input you may have at PR@snowlineschools.com by January 26, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your help.

 


 



 

 

#UnityProject Updates

Snowline Joint Unified School District

Update on Serrano HS Unity Project

Administrative Comments

 

S.A.F.E. Resolution

 

  • Leadership Council
    • Feedback on December 4
    • Feedback on December 18
  • DELAC
    • Feedback on December 18
  • Staff
    • Feedback in January
  • Task Force
    • Feedback in January
  • Students
    • Feedback from sessions
  • Board
    • Feedback and approval consideration

 

Serrano High School

 

  • Student efforts
    • Student feedback sessions
      • Large group (300+)
      • Small groups (6-60+)
      • Individual in written form (all 2,150 students)
    • ASB
      • Kindness Campaign in December
      • Kindness chains, chalk, posters
      • Kind words
      • Unity Festival
    • Friday Night Live
      • Safe boxes
      • Supporting ASB
    • Peer Leaders
      • Synergy outcomes modified
      • Restorative circle themes of discrimination, hatred, and racism
    • MMA
      • Public service videos being produced (expectations, kindness, unity)
  • Parent efforts
    • Parent feedback sessions
      • Large groups (108 and 22)
      • Individual via email and in meetings
    • Task Force (formation, implementation)
  • Staff efforts
    • Staff meetings
    • Opportunities to respond
    • Freshman English teachers and Teaching Tolerance training
    • Social media lessons from teachers
    • TLLs (exploring training, review of curriculum for sensitivity, talking about see and respond)
    • No Place for Hate
    • Leadership Council (review of policies and progressive discipline)
    • Restorative practices
    • Restorative circles by English and history teachers bimonthly
    • Deans and campus monitors investigating training options
    • App designed to allow students to text concerns to staff electronically

 

District Office

 

  • Email to all staff reinforcing commitment to addressing inappropriate behavior
  • Digital citizenship support at Serrano HS (proper social media use)
  • Social studies teachers (review of curriculum for inclusion of groups and their contributions)
  • Support from Ted Alejandre and SBCSS
    • Outside experts (considerations for engagement, facilitation, training)
    • Sherman Garnett (school climate)
    • Caroline Tillman, Chico Garza, and Mars Serna (diversity)
    • Hardy Brown II (racial empathy)
  • Task force of stakeholders
  • Social media and other public relations outreach
  • Regular communications on progress

12/18/17 Update

Progress continues to be made relative to the student and parent concerns that were expressed last month about bullying, discrimination, and racism at Serrano High School.  Unity Project actions implemented last week were as follows:

 

  • Student clubs and other organizations – The Serrano High School ASB’s (Associated Student Body’s) Kindness Campaign continued last week.  Among the numerous activities directed at the creation of a school culture of kindness, three efforts were identified by students and staff members as particularly successful.  The Unity in the Quad event resulted in students using sidewalk chalk to write powerful messages related to kindness during lunches.  Students from Friday Night Live implemented Safe Boxes throughout the campus, allowing students to write messages when needing help or to share information about inappropriate behavior on campus.  Multimedia Academy students and staff members started their planning for public service announcement videos addressing school-wide expectations, kindness, and unity.
  • Staff efforts – At Serrano High School, staff leadership teams addressed a number of next steps mentioned by stakeholders.  Teacher leaders explored diversity, sensitivity, and other relevant training opportunities and led department discussions about the importance of a see-and-respond approach to inappropriate student behavior.  The Leadership Council began the process of reviewing school/district behavior policies and progressive discipline procedures.
  • District efforts – District office administrators continued to conduct meetings last week around the development of plans for next steps, including conversations about the implementation of restorative practices as part of disciplinary consequences.  Digital citizenship support in the form of proper social media use was accelerated, prioritizing training for all Serrano High School students.
  • Outside experts – Two meetings were conducted with San Bernardino County experts.  San Bernardino County Board of Education Trustee Hardy Brown II discussed field trip and other support opportunities for students aimed at promoting empathy for others.  Caroline Tillman, Mars Serna, and Chico Garza from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools met with district office personnel around efforts to promote improved school climate, sensitivity to diversity, and welcoming site cultures.  Additionally, High Desert area superintendents shared ideas that are working in their districts.  One such concept that will be implemented in our district will be the Superintendent’s Student Council, a group of students from all 12 schools that work together to provide important input on student success for district plan inclusion.

 

As we work together on the Unity Project to produce outcomes much bigger than ourselves, I am reminded of the power of modeling.  Thanks for being the positive example for our students.

 

Ryan Holman, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Snowline Joint Unified School District

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Se continúa avanzando en relación con las inquietudes de los padres y estudiantes que se expresaron el mes pasado sobre la intimidación, la discriminación, el odio y el racismo en la Escuela Secundaria Serrano. Las acciones del proyecto Unity implementadas la semana pasada fueron las siguientes:

 

  • Clubes estudiantiles y otras organizaciones - La Campaña de bondad de ASB de la Escuela Secundaria Serrano (Cuerpo Estudiantil Asociado) continuó la semana pasada. Entre las numerosas actividades dirigidas a la creación de una cultura de bondad escolar, los estudiantes y miembros del personal identificaron tres esfuerzos como particularmente exitosos. El evento Unity in the Quad resultó en que los estudiantes usaran tiza en la acera para escribir mensajes impactantes relacionados con la bondad durante los almuerzos. Los estudiantes de Friday Night Live implementaron cajas de seguridad en todo el campus, permitiendo a los estudiantes escribir mensajes cuando necesitan ayuda o compartir información sobre el comportamiento inapropiado en el campus. Los estudiantes y el personal de la Academia Multimedia comenzaron a planificar videos de anuncios de servicio público que abordan las expectativas, la amabilidad y la unidad en toda la escuela.
  • Esfuerzos del personal: en la Escuela Secundaria Serrano, los equipos de liderazgo del personal abordaron una serie de próximos pasos mencionados por las partes interesadas. Los líderes docentes exploraron la diversidad, la sensibilidad y otras oportunidades de capacitación relevantes y dirigieron las discusiones de los departamentos sobre la importancia de un enfoque de ver y responder al comportamiento inapropiado de los estudiantes. El Consejo de Liderazgo comenzó el proceso de revisión de las políticas de comportamiento de la escuela / distrito y los procedimientos de disciplina progresiva.
  • Esfuerzos del distrito: los administradores de la oficina del distrito continuaron realizando reuniones la semana pasada sobre el desarrollo de planes para los próximos pasos, incluidas conversaciones sobre la implementación de prácticas restaurativas como parte de las consecuencias disciplinarias. Se aceleró el apoyo ciudadano digital en forma de uso adecuado de las redes sociales, priorizando la capacitación para todos los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria Serrano.
  • Expertos externos: se realizaron dos reuniones con expertos del Condado de San Bernardino. El síndico de la Junta de Educación del Condado de San Bernardino, Hardy Brown II, discutió las excursiones y otras oportunidades de apoyo para los estudiantes con el objetivo de promover la empatía hacia los demás. Caroline Tillman, Mars Serna y Chico Garza del Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de San Bernardino se reunieron con el personal de la oficina del distrito en torno a los esfuerzos para promover el clima escolar mejorado, la sensibilidad a la diversidad y la bienvenida a las culturas del sitio. Además, los superintendentes del área de High Desert compartieron ideas que están funcionando en sus distritos. Uno de esos conceptos que se implementará en nuestro distrito será el Consejo Estudiantil del Superintendente, un grupo de estudiantes de las 12 escuelas que trabajan juntos para proporcionar información importante sobre el éxito de los estudiantes para la inclusión del plan del distrito.

 

A medida que trabajamos juntos en el Proyecto de Unidad para producir resultados mucho más grandes que nosotros mismos, me recuerda el poder del modelado. Gracias por ser el ejemplo positivo para nuestros estudiantes.

 

Ryan Holman, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Snowline

December 11, 2017

 

 

Snowline Colleagues,

 

More progress was made in response to the student and parent concerns that were recently expressed about bullying, discrimination, hatred, and racism at Serrano High School.  The numerous actions that were taken last week contributed positively to the Unity Project, a collaborative effort of improvement among Snowline Joint Unified School District stakeholders.  Outcomes accomplished were as follows:

 

  • Student clubs and other organizations – The Serrano High School ASB’s (Associated Student Body’s) Kindness Campaign started last week.  Positive messages of unity were written by the student body on kindness chains, posters, and Post-Its that were displayed throughout the campus.  Other school service clubs and individual students wanting to make a difference met with the Serrano High School ASB to create collaborative kindness efforts and other future activities in support of unity.
  • Synergy – Serrano High School Peer Leaders modified their ongoing acceptance, appreciation, and understanding activity for tenth grade students to include more exercises that promote unity.
  • School staff meeting – District office administrators joined Serrano High School staff members for a meeting around next steps in the elimination of bullying, discrimination, hatred, and racism.
  • District meetings – District office administrators met last week multiple times to build plans for next steps.
  • Outside experts – A meeting was conducted with San Bernardino County Board of Education President and school climate expert Sherman Garnett around potential support to Serrano High School and other district schools.  Another meeting with three other San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools diversity experts was established.

 

The Unity Project is a powerful effort that will produce outcomes much bigger than ourselves.  Working together is the only way to make this happen.

 

Ryan Holman, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Snowline Joint Unified School District

 

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Colegas de Snowline,

 

Se hicieron más progresos en respuesta a las inquietudes de estudiantes y padres que se expresaron recientemente sobre la intimidación, la discriminación, el odio y el racismo en la Escuela Secundaria Serrano. Las numerosas acciones que se tomaron la semana pasada contribuyeron positivamente al Proyecto Unity, un esfuerzo colaborativo de mejora entre las partes interesadas del Distrito Escolar Unificado Conjunto de Snowline. Los resultados logrados fueron los siguientes:

 

• Clubes de estudiantes y otras organizaciones: la Campaña de bondad de ASB's (Cuerpo de Estudiantes Asociados) de Serrano High School comenzó la semana pasada. Los mensajes positivos de unidad fueron escritos por el cuerpo estudiantil sobre las cadenas de bondad, carteles y Post-Its que se exhibieron en todo el campus. Otros clubes de servicio escolar y estudiantes individuales que desean hacer una diferencia se reunieron con el ASB de la Escuela Secundaria Serrano para crear esfuerzos colaborativos de bondad y otras actividades futuras en apoyo de la unidad.

• Sinergia: los líderes pares de la escuela preparatoria Serrano modificaron su actividad de aceptación, aprecio y comprensión en curso para que los estudiantes de décimo grado incluyan más ejercicios que promuevan la unidad.

• Reunión del personal de la escuela: los administradores de la oficina del distrito se unieron al personal de Serrano High School para una reunión sobre los siguientes pasos para la eliminación de la intimidación, la discriminación, el odio y el racismo.

• Reuniones de distrito: los administradores de la oficina del distrito se reunieron la semana pasada varias veces para elaborar planes para los próximos pasos.

• Expertos externos: se llevó a cabo una reunión con el Presidente de la Junta de Educación del Condado de San Bernardino y el experto en clima escolar Sherman Garnett sobre el posible apoyo a la Escuela Secundaria Serrano y otras escuelas del distrito. Se estableció otra reunión con otros tres expertos en diversidad del Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de San Bernardino.

 

El Proyecto Unity es un esfuerzo poderoso que producirá resultados mucho más grandes que nosotros mismos. Trabajar juntos es la única forma de que esto suceda.

 

Ryan Holman, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Distrito Escolar Unificado de Snowline

December 4, 2017

 

Over the last week, Serrano High School and Snowline Joint Unified District administrators and staff members collaborated with students, parents, and community members around the continuing work aimed at eliminating discrimination, hatred, and racism.  Significant progress was made in the areas of determining the scope of concerns, identifying recommendations that will positively impact change, and taking action on strategies to facilitate improvement:

 

  • Student feedback sessions – Serrano HS students were able to participate in discussions targeting the identification of concerns and suggestions for change every day last week.  More than 200 students signed up to work in small groups led by site and district employees, with all responses charted.
  • Parent feedback session – Another parent meeting was held in the Serrano High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 29.  There were 22 parents and community members who attended the event, providing their feedback to the same two questions (biggest concern and most impactful change) that were asked at the first parent meeting.
  • Individual student feedback – On Thursday, November 30, all 2,150 Serrano High School students were asked to respond to the same two questions (biggest concern and most impactful change) individually during their WIN (What I Need) period.
  • Student clubs and other organizations – Numerous student clubs and other organizations have organized events and other efforts designed to promote kindness, unity, and school-wide support.  One example is the Serrano High School ASB, where students have created the Kindness Campaign for the month of December that includes a variety of activities designed to promote kindness.
  • S.A.F.E. resolution – School and district administrators worked together to review the S.A.F.E. (Safe Areas For Everyone) resolution proposed by Student Board Member Sabrina Cisneros, beginning the process of collaborating with stakeholders to create a shared outcome as Board Members directed.
  • Feedback in electronic format – The 80-90 charts filled with student and parent responses to the two questions (biggest concern and most impactful change) have been compiled into an electronic document that will be made available to all stakeholders.
  • Outside experts – Conversations with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre have led to three diversity experts engaging in initial conversations with us about needed support for students, parents, and staff members.
  • Task force – The formation of a task force of parents, community members, and educators to serve in an advisory capacity was started.

 

As our focus remains on finding solutions to support all students, working together with our stakeholders will be essential.  Doing so will allow us to realize outcomes bigger than ourselves.

 

Ryan Holman, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Snowline Joint Unified School District