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Committee members present at meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Eleni Karowski, Chrissy Sheffield, Daelin Winters, David Newton, Katie Lehnertz, Mary Karr, Julie Stokes, and Bill Maniatis
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and recommends the allocation of $ 1734.54 for the following items. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, January 17, 2020 and the following items were approved.
- Knights in Progress: $1200.00
Jeff Bonds and Julie McGinis requested funds to support the Knights in Progress field trip to Cal State Long Long Beach. $642 will assist in paying for one bus. Up to 50 students will attend this field trip. The allocation committee also provided additional money for lunch for each student while on the Cal State Long Beach campus.
- Social Science: $534.54
The Social Science Department requested funds to cover the fees associated with the field trip to Chapman University Law Day 2019. This was a previously approved allocation #2036 of $850 and was closed because the request for funding was never completed. A transportation bill has arrived and the request is renewed. The conference was free for students. The funds requested would be used to reimburse transportation and the sub for Mr. McKinley for that day. It was recommended that any new bills that arrive from this event be submitted via a new allocation request.
Committee members present at meeting: Chrissy Sheffield, Daelin Winters, Krista Pruitt and Bill Maniatis
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 and recommends the allocation of $ 8862.00 for the following items. The board voted unanimously via email to approve the allocations.
- Theater Arts: $ 3000.00
Brandee Lara Barnaby requested funds to support their musical GREASE. These funds will assist in paying for speakers, set materials, costumes and custodial costs. The production will be on 20th, 21st, and 22nd and try out are now and open to ALL students!
- AVID: $3,862.00
Kim Dang and Chanderika Subherwal requested funds to cover chaperone expenses for the AVID College Road Trip on February 12-14 2020. These funds will cover the substitutes, hotel, and meal costs associated with this trip. 50 students will attend this event.
- Science/Club: $1,000.00
Paul Roundy, Katie McFarland, and Alyce Reynaud represented the Science Olympiad Club, Foothill’s competitive science team. Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized competition that focuses on various scientific disciplines (i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, etc…) The club requested funds to cover registration fees, as well as t-shirts and needed materials to compete. The team/club consists of 35 students and this club has received regional recognition for their success.
- Science Department: Not to exceed $1,000.00
Paul Roundy, on behalf of the Physics Department, requested up to $1000.00 to cover the costs of Physics Day at Knotts Berry Farm on March 12, 2020. There are about 20 students who cannot afford the entrance into the park and need assistance in order to participate. Kids in the Physics classes sign up and choose to go.
Committee members present at the meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Bill Maniatis, Eleni Karnowski, Heather Boyd, Daelin Winters, David Newton, Katie Lenhertz
The allocations team met on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $3,214.00 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, November 15, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- PBIS: not to exceed $1,500.00
The Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS Team) was allocated money to purchase drawing prizes. These prizes are for student encouragement and are used to reinforce and recognize positive behaviors. Students receive CARE cards with which they can enter themselves into drawings to win prizes. These funds will help and encourage positive behavior and actions around Foothill.
- Administration: $1712.00
The administrative team received the remaining funds from the Harry's Fund account. These funds will be placed into the ASB account and will be used for students in financial need.
Committee members present at the meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana Tyson, Mary Karr, Eleni Karnowski, Heather Boyd, Daelin Winters, David Newton
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $12,140.45 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, October 11, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- IB Math Department: $800.00
The IB Math Department will receive funds to attend training in Los Angeles. The purpose of this training is IB specific since the IB program is changing the curriculum starting in the 2020-21 school year. The money covers the conference and the mileage for this training. This is a valuable training and will realign the current curriculum with the new upcoming standards.
- Math Department: not to exceed $369.00
The Math Department will receive funds for Foothill students to participate in the American Mathematics Competition. This is a nationally recognized competition. This competition is available to any student that would like to participate. The funds will cover registration, materials, and 3.5 hours of coaches training.
- Special Education: $3,800.00
The Special Education Department will receive funds to cover The Pure Game Program. This program is specifically designed for special education students to practice concepts such as commitment, respect, encouragement, self control, and teamwork. The Pure Game Program will take place once a week on Thursdays throughout the school year. This program teaches social emotional skills through the game of soccer while giving real-time feedback to the kids.
- FHS Performing Arts Department/ Music: $5,274.00
The FHS Band will receive funds to purchase of Vibraphone. Currently, FHS does not own one. This instrument would be used with our current band and will also help expand the band with a drum corp. The Vibraphone will also be used by students in the Special Education program as a way to learn music. This instrument has a 20-30 year lifespan and would benefit countless kids in coming years.
- FHS Performing Arts Department/ Music: $347.20
The FHS band will receive funds to purchase 6 flags and poles for the band. These flags will enhance our marching band and color guard in shows and competitions. This will directly impact the band's scores at competitions and their over appearance and esprit de corp. These flags will also be used at all games, performances, and parades.
- Science/ AP Chemistry: $950.30
The Science Department will receive funds to 1 AP Chemistry kit. The kit will provide valuable tools to assist students in experiments. We currently have one AP Chemistry class at Foothill.
- Science/ All Chemistry Classes: $599.95
The Science Department will receive funds to purchase dry erase boards, erasers, and easels for students to use in class. All Chemistry classes will have access to these supplies. These supplies will be used for collaborative work
Committee members present at meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana Tyson, Katie Lehnertz, Heather Boyd, Julie Stokes, Bill Maniatis and Daelin Winters
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $39,953.42 for the following items. The Board met on Friday, September 13, 2019 and voted to approve the following allocations.
- Mock Trial: $1,100.00 (#2051)
Josh Hermanson requested funds for students to participate in Mock Trial. Mock Trial is an educational program that combines performance-based, law-related education with tournament style, academic competition. High School students, working in teams under the guidance of volunteer attorney coaches and teachers, analyze the facts of a hypothetical criminal court case, prepare trial strategy and enact every role in trail proceedings. The students present their cases in real courtrooms before sitting judges and are scored by volunteer attorneys.
- TEAM: $1,497.00 (#2052)
June Abrams requested funds to purchase a potter’s wheel for students in ceramics class. There is currently one wheel in the classroom and the addition of another wheel would give more students the opportunity to use the wheel for their projects. Ed Fund has asked June to consider offering some ceramic pieces created by students to be offered as auction items at the Spring Fundraiser.
- TEAM Department: not to exceed $650.00 (#2053)
June Abrams requested funds to purchase a Cricut Maker system and related supplies. The system can cut hundreds of materials quickly and accurately and the tools can be used for scoring, writing and adding decorative effects. The machine will be made available to all classes in the TEAM department as well as ASB and Ed Fund.
- TEAM Department: not to exceed $300.00 (#2054)
June Abrams requested funds to purchase vinyl inspirational quotes/sayings to display in various areas on campus. These quotes will help with self-esteem and will be placed in bathrooms and classroom walls. Ed Fund is requesting bathrooms be cleaned and monitored before decals are purchased so all students may feel comfortable using the facilities.
- TEAM Department: not to exceed $750.00 (#2055)
June Abrams and Keith Mosley requested funds to design and create a garden on campus adjacent to the culinary and art classes. The garden will offer opportunities to teach life skills to students such as gardening and cooking and will enhance the aesthetics on campus. Culinary students will plant, harvest and then use herbs, fruits and vegetables in their recipes. Ceramics students will also participate in planting and create ceramic art to add beauty and interest to the garden.
- World Language Department: $3,215.36 (#2056)
Steve Alejo and Samantha Stein requested funds to purchase headsets for the World Language classrooms. The headsets will facilitate speaking practice and assessments in class. Students will be able to practice their presentational and interpersonal speaking skills in a low-stress environment and teachers will be able to provide valuable feedback in a more timely and efficient manner. Students at all levels of French, Latin and Spanish will also be more prepared for the AP and IB exams which contain speaking components.
- World Language Department: $1,180.00 (#2057)
Steve Alejo and Samantha Stein requested funds to pay for annual license fees for online websites for foreign language students. The websites are essential for department members to include technology in their instruction. The websites will be used by students throughout the year and support the students in their mastery of the concepts and material presented in class. The sites will be used in all levels of Spanish (1-5AP) and some levels of French and Latin.
- Social Studies: not to exceed $2,200.00 (#2058)
Alexandra Miller requested funds to purchase entrepreneurship and finance titles to add to her classroom library. Economics students will have the opportunity to read a wide range of books covering various topics including personal finance, time management, common sense economics, entrepreneurship, motivation and much more. The recommended titles encourage students to understand that learning isn’t limited to the classroom and that it comes in forms other than lectures, textbooks and YouTube videos. The books help demystify investing, finance, and the concrete actions that actors in market economics can make to grow their wealth and secure more free time in their lives.
- Campus: not to exceed $20,000.00 (#2059)
Jen Maniatis, parent and PTO co-president requested funds to execute the Every Fifteen Minutes Program on campus. The Every 15 Minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.
- Administration: $1,061.06 (#2060)
Michelle England requested funds to purchase kettlebells. The kettlebells will be used by all students involved in athletics or P.E.
- Administration: not to exceed $8,000.00 (#2061)
Michelle England requested funds to begin library space project. This project is intended to support wellness in creating a clean, safe space for students. All students at FHS stand to benefit from the renovated space as all students come through the library to check out materials, get laptop support and many come to print documents. Several hundred use the library daily as a place to do their homework, work on projects or just relax. This addresses our work at FHS with student wellness through Challenge Success. This project will result in providing students with a space that they can feel comfortable in and give students another safe space on campus. Additionally, school psychologists have offices the library, so in the event that a student is in crisis and goes to the library, there would be staff available to triage the situation. These funds will be used to have CAD drawings rendered by an interior designer, provide a $5,000.00 retainer for the designer and pay her assistants.
The board voted through email August 1, 2019. All 27 board members responded for 100% vote and allocations of $21,000.00 were
- ASB: $3,000.00 (#2047)
Natalie Anderson requested funds to purchase 1,000 t shirts to be given to students at the FHS vs Tustin football game pep rally. Shirts will also be distributed to students during spirit week. In exchange for the funds, the Ed Fund logo will be printed on the t-shirts. The goal of distributing the shirts is to instill school spirit on campus and create excitement for the upcoming game. This purchase will benefit 800- 1,000 students.
- Link Crew: $5,000.00 (#2048)
Mike Lee and Ross Goldman requested funds to support Link Crew. The purpose of Link Crew is to help guide, mentor and promote 9th grade students and help them with their high school path. The funds will be used for training supplies, Link Crew leader t-shirts, activities throughout the 1st semester and for a motivational speaker for the Freshmen. (Keith Hawkins) This purchase will benefit 800 students.
- Campus Culture: $13,000.00 (#2049 )
Brett D’Errico requested funds to help and support the purchase and installation of various campus culture items. These items include new pole banners, Nike/FHS pennants and customized graphics in various areas on campus. Foothill recently became a Nike committed school. These Nike items will help foster a sense of pride and community on campus and will enhance school culture for all students. This purchase will benefit 2,400 students.
Committee members present at meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana Tyson Katie Lehnertz, Heather Boyd, David Newton, Gail Jang and Daelin Winters
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $28,320 for the
- English Department: $3,500 -- Department Heads, Josh Hermanson and Joanne McDermott are requesting funds to allocate $250 per English teacher (14 total - two teachers feel their libraries are complete) to purchase fiction and non-fiction texts to solidify classroom libraries. These libraries are teacher funded. This would allow teachers to facilitate student reading of high interest contemporary yet academically rigorous texts that would be used for the department requirement of recreational reading of 400 pages (for College Prep. Classes) to 600 pages (Honors and AP/IB classes) per semester. This would allow teachers to specifically choose texts that pair with their core curriculum and then require students to synthesize multiple perspectives on the same theme, a skill required in CAASPP state exam essay as well as SAT and ACT writing. These texts will explore topics such as tolerance, self-fulfillment and actualization, culture and knowledge.
- History/Social Studies Department : $1,420.00-- Alexandra Miller is requesting funds to purchase 120 subscriptions to Albert.io, a learning companion for students enrolled in AP Government/AP Micrecon. Albert.io would be used by teachers to provide support and individualized practice to bring up AP pass rates. SAT, ACT and AP prep materials are also available to all students though the subscription.
- Foreign Languages: $1,400.00-- Glen Kerch is requesting funds to attend the CLTA Summer Seminar for Language Teachers at UCSB. Participants will examine the new 2019 World Language Standards for California schools. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the new standards and will be presented with resources to enhance the implementation of the standards in the classroom.
- Administration/ School-Wide: Not to exceed $22,000.00-- Principal, Michelle England is requesting funds to purchase technology subscriptions for all students. The three tools she would like to continue to use for the 2019-20 school year include PearDeck, ActivelyLearn and NoRedInk. The annual fee for PearDeck is $4,000, NoRedInk was $10,500 this year and ActivelyLearn should not exceed $7500 next year.
The purpose of Pear Deck is to provide immediate feedback to an entire class through a platform that allows students to interact with slide decks and questions. The answers, class content, and teacher feedback is immediate and allows students to learn new content and review old content.
The purpose of NoRedInk is to provide students with grammar and writing practice and lessons. Departments that have heavy writing emphasis use this program and utilize their reports.
ActivelyLearn is a platform that uses primary and secondary source documents with teacher added questions and annotations to help supplement all content areas. These purchases will benefit all FHS students.
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $5,000 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, April 13, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- Administration: $5,000- Assistant Principal, Kristin Hartloff, asked for funds to provide financial assistance to students who do not qualify for aid under the Free and Reduced Lunch Program but still require assistance to help cover registration costs for AP tests. This financial support would be available to all students in AP classes thereby making the tests accessible for every AP student.
Committee members present at the meeting: Sheryl Dutrisac, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana, Tyson, Gail Jang, Bill Maniatis, Daelin Winters, David Newton
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $20,901.07 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, March 15, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- Administration/ School-Wide: Up to $3,200--The school administration is asking for funds to cover the speaking and traveling costs for Chris Sandy, a renowned speaker on the dangers of substance abuse, especially on driving. While this program will be made available to all grades this year, this is to bridge the gap left with the inability to bring the entire “Every 15 Minutes” program to FHS this year, and will hopefully be a good reminder to our juniors and seniors about safety during prom and graduation season. The cost of the speaker is $3200. PTO is contributing $2000, so the administration is asking for up to $3200 to cover additional travel expenses.
- Robotics/ Engineering: $7,000--The Foothill Vex Robotics Teams (3) are raising funds to attend the Vex World Championship 2019 in Louisville, KY. Last year, Foothill and their ally (from Canada) placed 2nd in the world and was the last standing US team in the championship round (China, Canada, Canada, Foothill). The total cost to attend this event is approximately $27,000 and they have raised $20,000 through parents, boosters, corporate sponsors, and grants. The $7,000 allocated will help fill in the gap in expenses required to attend.
- Administration/ School-Wide: $10,000— After receiving a grant from Exxon for $2000 to be used for water bottle filling stations, the Allocations Board suggested we purchase 3 total stations at $4000 each. These will be installed before June 1 and will be located in the gym, in front of the 100 building, and in one additional location.
- Social Science Department: $75-- This allocation will fund the rental of a footlocker from the National WWII Museum filled with 15 WWII artifacts (sand from Iwo Jima, dog tags, V-mail letters, high school year book from 40’s etc.) to supplement WWII education in the classroom.
- Social Science Department: $626.07-- This allocation will provide new historical literature titles to the FHS library (41 total) to enrich learning about historical events and deepen reading skills and enthusiasm.
Committee members present at the meeting: Katie Lehnertz, Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana, Tyson, Gail Jang, Heather Boyd, Bill Maniatis, Daelin Winters
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $8,669.43 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, February 9, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- English Department: Up to $2,000-- Funds will go towards production and school-wide distribution of a literary supplement that features creative student work in the form of poems, short stories, photography, and original art. Students anonymously submit entries and a jury consisting of students and teachers choose submissions to be featured in the magazine. Entries that make the cut are formatted and laid out in a visually appealing, four color magazine style supplement. The publication will be available to every student on campus.
- Special Education: $500-- This allocation is for the Functional Skills Class for students with moderate to severe disabilities. This class provides a domestic skills instruction program which enables students with disabilities to increase independence by learning to care for their own daily needs. The funds provided will enable the class to engage in weekly cooking lessons. The students will learn to make a budget and shop from a list at Smart and Final. The items purchased will then be used to make meals. Additionally, the classroom needs a functioning vacuum and funds will also be provided to purchase one.
- Science Department: $4,697.22-- The Science Department will be provided with funds to purchase dissection materials for all of the Foothill Biology classes. This will provide students with the opportunity to study the anatomy and physiology of fetal pigs and sharks. These funds will educationally support over 600 Foothill students.
- Social Science Department: $850-- The AP Government classes will receive the funding for 100 students to attend Chapman University's Law Day 2019. The Law Day conference brings students, teachers, judges, and attorneys together to discuss, debate, and share opinions on current legal and public policy issues of interest to high school students. The conference is free but funds are needed for transportation and to cover the cost of securing a substitute for the day.
Committee members present at the meeting: Katie Lehnertz, Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana, Tyson, Gail Jang, Heather Boyd
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and recommended the allocation of $15,589.06 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, January 11, 2019 and the following items were approved.
- Physical Education: $8,992.55-- Funds will purchase 6 quick-change portable/ adjustable stands and backboards. The current layout on campus does not provide PE with enough basketball courts in any area to conduct class. With the addition of these units to the existing 4 goals, 80 students will be able to participate in basketball as a PE unit. This purchase will benefit 700 Foothill students.
- Visual and Performing Arts: $6,416-- The funds will purchase cabinets and closets to be built in the choir room. These provide much needed space to store concert attire and Dickens Caroler's costumes.
- Special Education: $180.51-- Funds will be provided to purchase games for the Knights Who Care Club. The club provides mentoring for special education students who need support with social skills. The new games will provide opportunities for social skills practice in a real-world setting. Any Foothill student interested in supporting their peers is eligible to join KWC club which meets weekly during tutorial.
Committee members present at the meeting: Susan Hanson, Katie Lehnertz, Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana, Tyson, Gail Jang, Heather Boyd, Bill Maniatis
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 and recommended the allocation of $12,113.52 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, December 7, 2018 and the following items were approved.
- Theater Arts: $6,365-- Funds will purchase new curtains for the theater. The current curtains are damaged, stained, and smell bad. Over the years, they have been repaired, but repairs are no longer applicable and they need to be replaced.
- Social Studies: $832.52-- Funds will purchase an iPad for a social studies teacher that will allow teacher mobility while walking around the classroom and helping/interacting with students using a specific teaching program. This iPad will belong to Foothill and will have a serial number registered with the district.
- AVID College Road Trip: $2,916-- These funds will cover accommodations and meals for 4 chaperones attending the AVID College Road Trip. Chaperones, which are FHS teachers and staff, will oversee 50 students on a weekend trip. Students have done the necessary fundraising to cover the costs of their trip.
- Campus Laminator: $2,000-- The current campus laminator is old and parts are difficult to find when it breaks down, which is often. A laminator on campus allows for increased longevity for teaching materials and other school-related materials.
Committee members present at the meeting: Susan Hanson, Katie Lehnertz, Sheryl Dutrisac, Mary Karr, Chrissy Sheffield, Diana, Tyson, Dave Newton, Daelin Winters, Julie Stokes, Heather Boyd, Bill Maniatis
The Allocations team met on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and recommended the allocation of $20,507.81 for the following. The Ed Fund board meeting was held on Friday, November 9, 2018 and the following allocations were approved.
- Tutoring: $10,000-- Funds will cover 44 CSUF tutors that offer support in every academic subject area during after-school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any student athlete with a D or F is required to attend after-school tutoring, but it is open to all students regardless of their grades.
- Peer Tutoring: $1,000-- The Knights for Knowledge peer tutors are a group of Foothill students volunteering their time during tutorial periods, as well as assisting the CSUF students after school. This group has grown to 40 students and has proven successful for struggling students as well as for students needing a place to ask questions on subject content. The funds will go toward operating costs, SAT/ ACT prep books, and t-shirts for the tutors.
- Recreational Reading Books for English Classes: $4,000-- $250 has been allocated to each FHS English teacher to purchase recreational reading books to supplement their teacher-funded classroom libraries. This allocation will help students have diverse resources and easy access to reading materials for required recreational reading.
- Campus Security Radios: $2,700-- As the size of our campus has grown, the district-provided security radios do not have the proper reach to be accessible on parts of the Foothill campus. These funds will purchase 10 advanced radios with farther reach which is crucial not only in an emergency, but in everyday communication.
- Campus Security Megaphones: $915.81-- Funds will purchase 5 new megaphones for use during a disaster situation. Prior to this request, there were no working megaphones on campus. These megaphones are crucial in directing students and keeping order in an emergency situation.
- Campus Tourniquets: $1,795-- The funds will purchase 100 tourniquets to add to the campus emergency backpacks that are used in disaster situations. This Rapid Application System (R.A.T.S.) is the fastest, simplest life-saving device in an emergency.