Minutes & Bylaws

2021 Minutes

April 27, 2022

CHMPA Meeting
April 27, 2022
7pm
Zoom

Attendance

  • Board members – Soo Ahn, Violeta Alarcon, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz, Kim Schwarz
  • Parent attendees – Joe Beam, Anne Bergman, Connie Carbajal, Clare Eisenberg, Nita Guzman, NK, Jacqueline Nyenda, Monica Ramallo-Young, Barbara Roscoe-Graff, Stella Samuel, Maria Sherman, Suzie Vicuna
  • Staff – Jennifer Macon

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • Really quiet in the last month, just spent money on instructional materials.

COREchella – Jennifer Macon

  • Went over the layout for Corechella
  • Tentatively meeting tomorrow at 2:00 at school to look at the space. Meet in the front of the school and Ms. Macon will come to the front.
  • Who is working where? As of now, but may change.
    • Connie Carbajal – Will oversee the food trucks, parent lounge and cafe.
    • Clare Eisenberg and Leah Isaacs – Will lead the cafe.
    • Soo will check in with Adrienne, Meena and Stacey to see if they want to lead the VIP Lounge, and let them know about the meeting at school tomorrow. Tentatively Adrienne will take the lead for the VIP lounge.
    • We need someone to lead the Pick-a-Ticket. Looking at all the donations and deciding what would be a good Pick-a Ticket item.
    • Pick-a Ticket – Keren Koretz
    • Outdoor Staging/Lighting – Betsy, Hank, Joe Beam, Shannon Warner
    • Sponsorships – Kim Schwarz
    • Marketing/Design – Cindy Malouf
    • Information Booth – Judith Barrett
    • Non Lead Volunteers – Heather Brannon, Anne Bergman, Jusceline Diaz, Stella Samuel
  • Finances – Andrea Chasek
  • 15 acts – 8 bands, 7 solos
  • Sponsorships – 20 so far. On the corechella.corebaby.org website, there is a button to click and make a donation. Will make a family sponsorship form.
  • Two weeks before Corechella we will put out a donation form for the cafe. Food/Drink
  • Tickets go on sale next week pre-sale. Sold online. At school tickets will go on sale two weeks before the event. Tickets will be $10 pre-sale (May 2nd) and $15 at the door (May 20). Open to everyone, no cap and plenty of space. Advertise to prospective parents.
  • Facebook Posts – Start promoting
  • COREchella walkthrough – May 9th at 5pm.
  • Contact the neighborhood councils at Reseda and Winnetka. They love to support schools
  • Food truck update – Not getting much feedback. Currently we have Rice Balls of Fire and Austins Burgers and Sandwiches. In need of more food trucks, including ones for dessert.
  • Still in search of a host.
  • Silent Auction – who is going to be charging for the items? Band or CORE? Band in charge of auction with the help of CORE.

Upcoming meetings

  • May 9, 2022 – 5pm COREchella Walkthrough
  • May 14, 2022 – Prom
  • May 25, 2022 – 7pm CHMPA
  • June 9, 2022 – Graduation

Meeting Adjourned – 8:34pm
Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

February 23, 2022

Parent Association Meeting – February 23, 2022
7pm – Zoom

Attendance – Governing Members

  • Soo Ahn, Violeta Alcaron, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz, Kim Schwarz

Faculty

  • Jennifer Macon

Introduction – Keren Koretz

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • Not much happening this month. Just some expenses pertaining to the Renaissance Faire. Year to date, we have $74,000 in revenue and $40,000 in expenditures.

CORECHELLA 2022 – Jennifer Macon

  • We have been tentatively approved for CORECHELLA. The last one we did was in 2019, so this is going to be a big deal and we are going to need a lot of help.
  • This year, we are partnering with the band and they will handle the silent auction.
  • We will have food trucks, bands, tryouts, a parent lounge, etc. This year with the new building opening, it will be in the promenade.
  • A kickoff meeting is set for next Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6pm. Anyone who wants to be part of the planning/volunteering, please attend the meeting, as we will go over all details. A facebook post and E-blast will go out regarding the meeting.
  • There is a CORECHELLA website, where people can find the donation letter along with a list of suggested items. No one has reached out to anyone yet for donations. We will double check the tax ID number, as we should have our own number.
  • Dana Goldstein has offered to handle the printing.

Guest Presenters – Keren Koretz

  • Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian III – Canoga Branch
  • Toki Gholami, Young Adult Librarian – Woodland Hills Branch

Upcoming Meetings

  • Corechella Kickoff, March 1, 2022 6pm
  • March 30, 2022
  • Apr 27, 2022
  • May 25, 2022

Meeting Adjourned – 8:15pm

Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

January 26, 2022

Attendance

  • Soo Ahn, Violeta Alcaron, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Welcome and Introduction- Keren Koretz

  • Announces resignation of Jennifer Blair
  • Announces addition of Kim Schwarz

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • $74,000 in revenue
  • $35,000 in expenditures due to Dia De Los Muertos and the Gatsby luncheon

Faculty – Jennifer Macon

  • Dia De Los Muertos was a success with officials from the district attending.
  • Gatsby luncheon party for the junior class helped bring some normalcy back. The students created art installations and acted out the plays they created. Faculty packed brunch/lunch boxes for the students that included apples, cheese and apple cider.
  • Update on COVID protocols – Students are wearing medical grade masks. No more cloth masks.
  • No longer utilizing contact tracing.  Now everyone is considered close contacts.
  • There is a 5 day quarantine in place for those students who have been around someone who tests positive.
  • Corechella – Currently we are waiting to see what happens with the surge and numbers. We will wait until February to see if we get the green light to continue with Corechella. The new campus looks beautiful and Corechella will be able to benefit from it.

Introduction of Guest Speaker – Keren Koretz and Violeta Alcaron

Ivan Estrada, author of Branding with Purpose

  • How do you find your happiness?
  • How do you find your passion?
  • Two follow up books, Brand with Courage and Brand with Love are due out soon.

Meeting adjourned 8pm

November 17, 2021

Introduction – CORE 4

  • Soo Ahn, Violeta Alarcon, Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz
  • Andrea Chasek, Treasurer

Faculty – Magnet Coordinator

  • Jennifer Macon

Absent – Jusceline Diaz

40 participants

Treasurer’s Report

  • $68,800 in revenue from Snap Raise
  • $1200 was spent on Dia De Los Muertos

Program Updates – Jen Macon

  • Dia De Los Muertos event recap. It was a phenomenal couple of days with exhibits, dancers, singers and an amazing altar. Representatives from the school board came and viewed all the exhibits and did a write up complete with photos.
  • Finals week will be the last week of school. December 14-16 will be minimum days. No final for 11th grade CORE. They will be doing a version of the Great Gatsby Dinner party, but more likely a lite lunch. 10th grease IUE will be the newsletter. 9th and 12th grade IUE’s will be the Friday before finals.
  • There may be a field trip second semester to the ropes course.

Main Presentation – Understanding the college application process

  • Carrie Adelman, mother of 2 sons, freshman (University of Texas/Austin) and sophomore (Washington University) currently in college. Oldest son is a graduate of the CORE program. Navigated the process with two different perspectives.
    • Early Action – non binding
    • Early Decision – Binding
    • Freshman parents – no worries at this time, focus on studies and what their kids interests are in preparation for building their resumes.
    • Sophomore parents – time for students to begin organizing and building their resumes.
    • Junior parents – Time for students to organize their college lists, and focus on area of study(if there is one), area of country they want to attend.
    • 2021 college admissions swas the wild, wild west of years for admissions.
    • LAUSD administers a free SAT test for students.
    • If students are taking AP classes you want them to take the exam at the end of the year, barring that they are bombing the class.
    • Saving money? Don’t rule out private universities, they are endowed and can offer more money than a UC or Cal State.
    • There are need and merit aid scholarships are available.
    • If your child is focused in a particular area, then apply in that major. But don’t necessarily feel the need to list a major.
    • Important websites to look at: NICHE, NACAC (largest college counseling fair), LA Promise Program, TAP, Naviance, FAFSA, COREbabywebsite (lists where all the kids have been admitted to for the past 10 years)
    • Have our kids look up colleges based on their interests. See what schools pop up and do virtual tours.
    • College Counselors? Personal matter, but it is an expense that can be justified in a public school setting.
    • Material to read – College That Change Lives, Loren Pope
    • High school rankings can be misleading. At Cleveland there are two rankings. The program ranking and the school ranking. UC’s don’t look at rankings.
    • Top 8-10% of high school classes may be a guaranteed admission to A UC school. Not necessarily the one of their choice, but at least a school. It is strictly based on grades and shows that you are on their radar.

Upcoming Events

  • No school the week of November 21st due to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • No CHMPA meeting in December
  • January 26th will be the Corechella kickoff meeting

Meeting adjourned at 8:36pm
Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

October 27, 2021

Board Members

  • Violeta Alcaron, Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz, Soo Ahn

Faculty

  • Jennifer Macon

Guests

  • Lori Howe, counselor and Fiyad Sayed, LCSW

Attendance

  • 9 participants

Introduction – Jennifer Blair, President and Jennifer Macon, Magnet Coordinator

  • Thank you to everyone who came tonight.

Main Speaker

  • Fiaz Syed, LCSW Psychiatric Social Worker
    • Mentioned that Cleveland has a new PSW, Mayra Villa
    • Spoke on the 4 “M’s” – Mindfulness, Mastery, Meaningful Engagement
    • There are currently three support groups on campus for student/families.
  • Lori Howe, Magnet Counselor
    • Spoke on Growth/Open Mindset
    • The journey is the focus, not the destination.

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • Snap Raise raised $68,000
  • We received $2,500 in other donations. Total year to date revenue is $70,800 and $16,400 in expenses.

CORE Business

  • Guest and board members, faculty introduced themselves. Including one parent who has offered to help with fundraising and event planning.
  • Ms. Macon spoke about Dia De Los Muertos. An email went out requesting and outlining volunteer opportunities. Sign ups are through “Sign Up Genius”. This year the event is going to be a three day event.
  • In order to volunteer you have to be double vaxxed and apply through the website for a volunteer application.
  • Brought to our attention that the link is not working for the volunteer parent sign up sheet.
  • We have outsourced our website management. The Website and email compilation list will be handled by Seth Burleigh.
  • Next month’s meeting, November 17, 2021 is NOT the last Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Events

  • November 2-4, 2021 Dia De Los Muertos
  • 10/29 and 11/03 – School Tours
  • November 11th no school in observance of Veteran’s Day
  • November 13th, Homecoming Dance
  • November 17th – November CHMPA Meeting
  • The Gatsby Production in November
  • November 22-26, No school due to Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Meeting adjourned 8:21

Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

September 29, 2021

Attendance

  • Board Members and Staff
    • Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek and Jennifer Macon
  • 24 Participants showed

Excused – Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz

Treasurer’s Report

  • $7,454 was spent on instructional materials and office supplies.
  • $2,000 was brought in donations, not including SnapRaise

Homecoming

  • Questions were raised about Homecoming. Jennifer Blair directed parents to ASB or the Cleveland Administration, as this is a Cleveland Sponsored Event. There is potentially a dance on 10/23/2021.

College Funding by Smart Track

  • Cyndi Menagaz, National Program Director

Upcoming Events

  • 10/01, 10/29 and 11/04 School Tours
  • 11/17 November CHMPA Meeting. Please make note that this is not the last Wednesday of the month.
  • No School 11/11 in observance of Veterans Day\
  • No School 11/22-11/26 for Thanksgiving Break

Meeting adjourned at 8pm

April 28, 2021

CHMPA Monthly Meeting
April 28, 2021
7pm
Video Conference

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair, Nickie Bryar, Andrea Chasek and Keren Koretz

Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Absent – Jusceline Diaz

Attendance –  Alex H., Alisha Celestine, Alison Thompson, Amanda Schwartz, Audrey Morchy, Bonnie Stern, Holly Rinsky, Erica and John, Kelly Doyle Mithcell, Leigh Ann Danner, Mx, Nicki Dennis, pamela, Stacey Hache, Valle, Hector, Violeta Alarcon, Ty, Samantha, Rebecca Rose, Jeana Aragon, Cindy, Chad Gordon, Amy Schulenberg, Dominic Le Fort.

Introductions and News – Jennifer Blair, Jennifer Macon

  • Questions regarding back to school and senior news.
    • School is trying to put together something smaller.
    • Smaller graduations for the learning communities.
    • There will definitely be a large overall virtual graduation.
    • School is purchasing lawn signs for the students.
    • CORE will be holding senior awards.  And with their award everyone will get a pennant.  They will get it when they get their diploma.  Please check all forms of communication.
  • Any start date or news on school next year? No.

Treasurer Report – Andrea Chasek

  • YTD Revenue – $1570
  • YTD Expenditures – $2500

Guest Speakers –

  • Samantha Koerner, CHMPA Alum and Founder of SAFTY – Supportive Allies for Trans Youth. Had two kids go through the program, Zac who graduated in 2017 and Cassie who graduated in 2020. Cassie is transgender and came out as a sophomore. There were four other transgender students in her graduating class. Sam started SAFTY, as a non profit, both for and because of Cassie. SAFTY provides a safe and nurturing environment to support questioning and transgender youth and their famlies. For teenagers and young adults who do not have family support, we provide free therapy and other services.  srkoerner95@gmail.com
  • Dominic Le Fort – Founder and Executive Director of QEDU, Queer Education. QEDU is a non profit organization, providing education legally required by the State of California.
    • Currently California is the only state that REQUIRES LGBTQ+ education. It is a legal requirement in the state of California to provide this education. It can take place in science and social studies classes.
    • Key terms include –
      • Cisgender – idenitfying with their assigned sex
      • Transgender – Do not identify with their assigned sex
      • LGBTQ – the T, Transgender was added in the 1970’s.
      • Gender nonconformity – happens for most kids as they go through some form of this. Example of gender nonconformity is a young boy wanted his nails painted because his sister has them painted. Gender awareness starts around the 2-3 year old mark.
      • Transition – There are puberty blockers to assist with the medical aspect of transitioning. Although there are some side affects to this, it ultimately allows them to help their body stop developing in a way that would cause them to do something more drastic in the future.
      • Gender Binary – A system of gender in which only two gender options exist. These genders are direct opposition to one another.
      • Non – Binary Gender Identity – Some individuals do not identify with the gender binary. This means that the way in which they understand their gender can be a combination of both male and female genders, no gender, or a fluid transition from one to the other.
      • Agender – Without gender.
      • Bigender – Both genders
      • Gender fluid – Fluctuate between genders.
      • Gender Queer – Don’t see my self without gender. Not always male and not always female. My gender is not male or female.
      • Gender Spectrum – A system of gender in which there are endless
      • Queer – different in some way. All encompassing.
      • Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual.
      • Sexual awareness usually occurs between the ages of 8-11 but do not acot on those urges until 14-15 years old.
    • Ways to support your youth –
      • Affirmative parenting
      • Start with yourself
      • Challenge gender
      • Non-expectant language
      • Meet queer people
      • Queer friendly books

Final 2020/2021 CHMPA Meeting –

  • May 26, 2021

Meeting adjourned – 8:20pm
Meeting recorded by Keren Koretz

March 24, 2021

CHMPA
March 24, 2021
7:30pm
Video Conference

Governing Board Members

  • Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Faculty

  • Jennifer Macon

Attendance

  • Ella Balcom, Kyle Barnnon, Claudia Rivera, Diane B., Elahe Tadayon, Esther, Xochilt Ismagil, Lana Aragon, Jocelyn Valle, Justin, Ishikawa Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Nicki Dennis, Petra Coy, Richard Dixon, Rickey, Titi Le, Valley Mestroni, Violeta Alarcon, Erin Lois Yambao, Zoey, Michelle Hertlein, Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Freddy MOrales, Elahe Tadayon, Amy Brown

Welcome – Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz

  • We are looking for any parents interested in helping next year on the board. Nickie Bryar will be leaving the Cleveland board this year and next year Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz will be done in the spring of 2022. Anyone interested in helping we’d love to have you.
  • Students have spoken and there will not be an online version of Corechella this year.
  • Tomorrow, March 25 is the day for students/parents to pick up their Snap Raise Core Wear merchandise. If you have received an email from Keren Koretz, she will be at Cleveland from 11-1 with your merchandise. Please email her back to confirm that you will be picking up.

Finances – Andrea Chasek

  • Not much financial activity in February.
  • Expenses were contained to accounting invoices. There was one donation.
  • We had expenses of about $33,800 leaving a total of 84,700.

Questions – Jennifer Macon

  • Construction will be complete by spring of 2022.
  • Start the fall year 2021 with the three story building being open.
  • Is Ms. Drell available to meet with the seniors? There are opportunities through the college and career counseling office to plan meeting for your students. Ms. Howe, Ms. Delondi and Ms. Drell.
  • Academic counselors typically set aside time to meet with the juniors this time of year.
  • Office hours, emails work to communicate with the counselors.

Guest Speaker – Pierce College

  • Laura Orozco, Career Guidance Counselor Assistant
  • LA Promise program is open at all community colleges. LA Promise is not a need based program although all students applying must submit a FASA application. This offers two free years of tuition, allowing students to enter a UC debt free. Application has a soft deadline, but encouraged to get done by April 1st. For more information in regards to any deadline, what the free tuition covers and transfer rates please contact Laura Orozco, Career Guidance counselor assistant at Pierce College.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 25th (11-1), Snap-Raise Core Wear Clothing Pick Up
  • March 26th, No School in Observance of Ceasar Chavez Day
  • March 29th – April 2nd No School for Spring Break
  • April 8th (10:30-1)- Final Virtual School Tour for Prospective Parents
  • April 16th – Final Day to buy Yearbooks

Upcoming Meetings

  • April 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021

Recording Secretary – Keren Koretz

February 24, 2021

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Absent – Nickie Bryar, Andrea Chasek

Parent Attendance

  • Violeta Alarcon, Paola Arroyave, Joseph Beam, Monica Blackburn, Erica Fox, Brooke Hache, Vally Mastroni, Kelly Mitchell, Janis Rodriguez, Kim Schwarz, Nicki, Monica.

Business and Financials – Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz

  • Nickie Bryar will be leaving after this year, and Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz will be leaving at the end of 2022, which will leave one spot open this year, and 3 more in another year. CORE is currently looking for parents to help and be board members. Paola Alarcon, Kim Schwarza and Monica Blackburn have all expressed an interest in helping.
  • There have been a little over $83,000 in deposits made since July 1st. Snap Raise and the Annenberg Grant make up the majority of these deposits.
  • There have been a little over $33,000 in expenses due to accountant fees, Coreexperience and other items.

Monthly Speaker – Los Angeles Library

  • Cindy Holsey, young adult librarian with the Northridge Branch library.

Meeting adjourned – 8pm

January 27, 2021

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair , Nickie Bryar, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

 Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Parent Attendance – Jennifer Thomas, MOnica Blackburn, Violeta Alcaron, Audrey Morchy, Joseph Beam, Sandra Camacho, Valley Mestroni, Trena Pitchford, Gary Krausz, Barbie Spiegel, Cg, Vangie Kim, Jeannette Mullins, Jennifer Thomas, Karen Cole, Monica Ramallo-Young, Meret K, Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Jojo Magcalas, Jeana Aragon, Elaine Villafana, Erica Fox, Marivel Mendez, Leah Isaacs

Meeting Called to order – 7:05pm

Welcome – Jennifer Macon 

CHMPA Business – Jennifer Blair

Financials – Keren Koretz

  • Andrea Chasek, treasurer for CHMPA could not attend tonight.
  • The finances are as follows :
    • Revenue – $82,736
    • Expenses – $30,599
    • Net – $52,136

Guest Speakers – Jennifer Macon

  • Ms. Macon introduced the following guest speakers:  
    • Fiaz Syed – Psychiatric Social Worker at Cleveland High School.
      • Spoke on mindfulness and paying attention to the here and now and doing it intentionally and without judgment.  He spoke on how and what they are offering the students at CORE, through school wide support services including “The Talk Show:  Mind and Mood Series”, Virtual Support Groups (Coping with COVID and Building Resilience) and how to contact your counselors.  He also spoke on what they are offering parents, including Ms. Howe’s parent support group and building resilience over anxiety.
      • Mr. Syed Provided a website he has created with resources and contact information : https://zubair45.wixsite.com/mysite
    • Donna Hill – retired Cleveland High School teacher
      • Spoke on the use of hypnotherapy and creating inner peace and calm during uncertain times.
    • Kana Koinuma  – Angelic Sound Therapy
      • Spoke on utilizing the EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique to assist students and parents during stressful times.

CORE Business – Jennifer Macon 

  • Back to school on Mondays – This is to be used for students’ mental health.
  • Please encourage your students to turn on their cameras.
  • Mondays and Advisory Periods, students are required to have it on.  If they can’t they need to alert the teacher ahead of time as to why not.
  • Teachers can assist students with Incorporating the breathing & EFT techniques into the curriculum during these challenging times. 
  • Teachers are being provided additional resources on these techniques and they will be encouraged to share them with their students.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – All meetings start at 7pm.

  • February 24, 2021
  • March 24, 2021
  • April 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021
January 26, 2022

Attendance

  • Soo Ahn, Violeta Alcaron, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Welcome and Introduction- Keren Koretz

  • Announces resignation of Jennifer Blair
  • Announces addition of Kim Schwarz

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • $74,000 in revenue
  • $35,000 in expenditures due to Dia De Los Muertos and the Gatsby luncheon

Faculty – Jennifer Macon

  • Dia De Los Muertos was a success with officials from the district attending.
  • Gatsby luncheon party for the junior class helped bring some normalcy back. The students created art installations and acted out the plays they created. Faculty packed brunch/lunch boxes for the students that included apples, cheese and apple cider.
  • Update on COVID protocols – Students are wearing medical grade masks. No more cloth masks.
  • No longer utilizing contact tracing.  Now everyone is considered close contacts.
  • There is a 5 day quarantine in place for those students who have been around someone who tests positive.
  • Corechella – Currently we are waiting to see what happens with the surge and numbers. We will wait until February to see if we get the green light to continue with Corechella. The new campus looks beautiful and Corechella will be able to benefit from it.

Introduction of Guest Speaker – Keren Koretz and Violeta Alcaron

Ivan Estrada, author of Branding with Purpose

  • How do you find your happiness?
  • How do you find your passion?
  • Two follow up books, Brand with Courage and Brand with Love are due out soon.

Meeting adjourned 8pm

November 17, 2021

Introduction – CORE 4

  • Soo Ahn, Violeta Alarcon, Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz
  • Andrea Chasek, Treasurer

Faculty – Magnet Coordinator

  • Jennifer Macon

Absent – Jusceline Diaz

40 participants

Treasurer’s Report

  • $68,800 in revenue from Snap Raise
  • $1200 was spent on Dia De Los Muertos

Program Updates – Jen Macon

  • Dia De Los Muertos event recap. It was a phenomenal couple of days with exhibits, dancers, singers and an amazing altar. Representatives from the school board came and viewed all the exhibits and did a write up complete with photos.
  • Finals week will be the last week of school. December 14-16 will be minimum days. No final for 11th grade CORE. They will be doing a version of the Great Gatsby Dinner party, but more likely a lite lunch. 10th grease IUE will be the newsletter. 9th and 12th grade IUE’s will be the Friday before finals.
  • There may be a field trip second semester to the ropes course.

Main Presentation – Understanding the college application process

  • Carrie Adelman, mother of 2 sons, freshman (University of Texas/Austin) and sophomore (Washington University) currently in college. Oldest son is a graduate of the CORE program. Navigated the process with two different perspectives.
    • Early Action – non binding
    • Early Decision – Binding
    • Freshman parents – no worries at this time, focus on studies and what their kids interests are in preparation for building their resumes.
    • Sophomore parents – time for students to begin organizing and building their resumes.
    • Junior parents – Time for students to organize their college lists, and focus on area of study(if there is one), area of country they want to attend.
    • 2021 college admissions swas the wild, wild west of years for admissions.
    • LAUSD administers a free SAT test for students.
    • If students are taking AP classes you want them to take the exam at the end of the year, barring that they are bombing the class.
    • Saving money? Don’t rule out private universities, they are endowed and can offer more money than a UC or Cal State.
    • There are need and merit aid scholarships are available.
    • If your child is focused in a particular area, then apply in that major. But don’t necessarily feel the need to list a major.
    • Important websites to look at: NICHE, NACAC (largest college counseling fair), LA Promise Program, TAP, Naviance, FAFSA, COREbabywebsite (lists where all the kids have been admitted to for the past 10 years)
    • Have our kids look up colleges based on their interests. See what schools pop up and do virtual tours.
    • College Counselors? Personal matter, but it is an expense that can be justified in a public school setting.
    • Material to read – College That Change Lives, Loren Pope
    • High school rankings can be misleading. At Cleveland there are two rankings. The program ranking and the school ranking. UC’s don’t look at rankings.
    • Top 8-10% of high school classes may be a guaranteed admission to A UC school. Not necessarily the one of their choice, but at least a school. It is strictly based on grades and shows that you are on their radar.

Upcoming Events

  • No school the week of November 21st due to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • No CHMPA meeting in December
  • January 26th will be the Corechella kickoff meeting

Meeting adjourned at 8:36pm
Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

October 27, 2021

Board Members

  • Violeta Alcaron, Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz, Soo Ahn

Faculty

  • Jennifer Macon

Guests

  • Lori Howe, counselor and Fiyad Sayed, LCSW

Attendance

  • 9 participants

Introduction – Jennifer Blair, President and Jennifer Macon, Magnet Coordinator

  • Thank you to everyone who came tonight.

Main Speaker

  • Fiaz Syed, LCSW Psychiatric Social Worker
    • Mentioned that Cleveland has a new PSW, Mayra Villa
    • Spoke on the 4 “M’s” – Mindfulness, Mastery, Meaningful Engagement
    • There are currently three support groups on campus for student/families.
  • Lori Howe, Magnet Counselor
    • Spoke on Growth/Open Mindset
    • The journey is the focus, not the destination.

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Chasek

  • Snap Raise raised $68,000
  • We received $2,500 in other donations. Total year to date revenue is $70,800 and $16,400 in expenses.

CORE Business

  • Guest and board members, faculty introduced themselves. Including one parent who has offered to help with fundraising and event planning.
  • Ms. Macon spoke about Dia De Los Muertos. An email went out requesting and outlining volunteer opportunities. Sign ups are through “Sign Up Genius”. This year the event is going to be a three day event.
  • In order to volunteer you have to be double vaxxed and apply through the website for a volunteer application.
  • Brought to our attention that the link is not working for the volunteer parent sign up sheet.
  • We have outsourced our website management. The Website and email compilation list will be handled by Seth Burleigh.
  • Next month’s meeting, November 17, 2021 is NOT the last Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Events

  • November 2-4, 2021 Dia De Los Muertos
  • 10/29 and 11/03 – School Tours
  • November 11th no school in observance of Veteran’s Day
  • November 13th, Homecoming Dance
  • November 17th – November CHMPA Meeting
  • The Gatsby Production in November
  • November 22-26, No school due to Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Meeting adjourned 8:21

Minutes recorded by Keren Koretz

September 29, 2021

Attendance

  • Board Members and Staff
    • Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek and Jennifer Macon
  • 24 Participants showed

Excused – Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz

Treasurer’s Report

  • $7,454 was spent on instructional materials and office supplies.
  • $2,000 was brought in donations, not including SnapRaise

Homecoming

  • Questions were raised about Homecoming. Jennifer Blair directed parents to ASB or the Cleveland Administration, as this is a Cleveland Sponsored Event. There is potentially a dance on 10/23/2021.

College Funding by Smart Track

  • Cyndi Menagaz, National Program Director

Upcoming Events

  • 10/01, 10/29 and 11/04 School Tours
  • 11/17 November CHMPA Meeting. Please make note that this is not the last Wednesday of the month.
  • No School 11/11 in observance of Veterans Day\
  • No School 11/22-11/26 for Thanksgiving Break

Meeting adjourned at 8pm

April 28, 2021

CHMPA Monthly Meeting
April 28, 2021
7pm
Video Conference

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair, Nickie Bryar, Andrea Chasek and Keren Koretz

Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Absent – Jusceline Diaz

Attendance –  Alex H., Alisha Celestine, Alison Thompson, Amanda Schwartz, Audrey Morchy, Bonnie Stern, Holly Rinsky, Erica and John, Kelly Doyle Mithcell, Leigh Ann Danner, Mx, Nicki Dennis, pamela, Stacey Hache, Valle, Hector, Violeta Alarcon, Ty, Samantha, Rebecca Rose, Jeana Aragon, Cindy, Chad Gordon, Amy Schulenberg, Dominic Le Fort.

Introductions and News – Jennifer Blair, Jennifer Macon

  • Questions regarding back to school and senior news.
    • School is trying to put together something smaller.
    • Smaller graduations for the learning communities.
    • There will definitely be a large overall virtual graduation.
    • School is purchasing lawn signs for the students.
    • CORE will be holding senior awards.  And with their award everyone will get a pennant.  They will get it when they get their diploma.  Please check all forms of communication.
  • Any start date or news on school next year? No.

Treasurer Report – Andrea Chasek

  • YTD Revenue – $1570
  • YTD Expenditures – $2500

Guest Speakers –

  • Samantha Koerner, CHMPA Alum and Founder of SAFTY – Supportive Allies for Trans Youth. Had two kids go through the program, Zac who graduated in 2017 and Cassie who graduated in 2020. Cassie is transgender and came out as a sophomore. There were four other transgender students in her graduating class. Sam started SAFTY, as a non profit, both for and because of Cassie. SAFTY provides a safe and nurturing environment to support questioning and transgender youth and their famlies. For teenagers and young adults who do not have family support, we provide free therapy and other services.  srkoerner95@gmail.com
  • Dominic Le Fort – Founder and Executive Director of QEDU, Queer Education. QEDU is a non profit organization, providing education legally required by the State of California.
    • Currently California is the only state that REQUIRES LGBTQ+ education. It is a legal requirement in the state of California to provide this education. It can take place in science and social studies classes.
    • Key terms include –
      • Cisgender – idenitfying with their assigned sex
      • Transgender – Do not identify with their assigned sex
      • LGBTQ – the T, Transgender was added in the 1970’s.
      • Gender nonconformity – happens for most kids as they go through some form of this. Example of gender nonconformity is a young boy wanted his nails painted because his sister has them painted. Gender awareness starts around the 2-3 year old mark.
      • Transition – There are puberty blockers to assist with the medical aspect of transitioning. Although there are some side affects to this, it ultimately allows them to help their body stop developing in a way that would cause them to do something more drastic in the future.
      • Gender Binary – A system of gender in which only two gender options exist. These genders are direct opposition to one another.
      • Non – Binary Gender Identity – Some individuals do not identify with the gender binary. This means that the way in which they understand their gender can be a combination of both male and female genders, no gender, or a fluid transition from one to the other.
      • Agender – Without gender.
      • Bigender – Both genders
      • Gender fluid – Fluctuate between genders.
      • Gender Queer – Don’t see my self without gender. Not always male and not always female. My gender is not male or female.
      • Gender Spectrum – A system of gender in which there are endless
      • Queer – different in some way. All encompassing.
      • Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual.
      • Sexual awareness usually occurs between the ages of 8-11 but do not acot on those urges until 14-15 years old.
    • Ways to support your youth –
      • Affirmative parenting
      • Start with yourself
      • Challenge gender
      • Non-expectant language
      • Meet queer people
      • Queer friendly books

Final 2020/2021 CHMPA Meeting –

  • May 26, 2021

Meeting adjourned – 8:20pm
Meeting recorded by Keren Koretz

March 24, 2021

CHMPA
March 24, 2021
7:30pm
Video Conference

Governing Board Members

  • Jennifer Blair, Andrea Chasek, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Faculty

  • Jennifer Macon

Attendance

  • Ella Balcom, Kyle Barnnon, Claudia Rivera, Diane B., Elahe Tadayon, Esther, Xochilt Ismagil, Lana Aragon, Jocelyn Valle, Justin, Ishikawa Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Nicki Dennis, Petra Coy, Richard Dixon, Rickey, Titi Le, Valley Mestroni, Violeta Alarcon, Erin Lois Yambao, Zoey, Michelle Hertlein, Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Freddy MOrales, Elahe Tadayon, Amy Brown

Welcome – Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz

  • We are looking for any parents interested in helping next year on the board. Nickie Bryar will be leaving the Cleveland board this year and next year Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz will be done in the spring of 2022. Anyone interested in helping we’d love to have you.
  • Students have spoken and there will not be an online version of Corechella this year.
  • Tomorrow, March 25 is the day for students/parents to pick up their Snap Raise Core Wear merchandise. If you have received an email from Keren Koretz, she will be at Cleveland from 11-1 with your merchandise. Please email her back to confirm that you will be picking up.

Finances – Andrea Chasek

  • Not much financial activity in February.
  • Expenses were contained to accounting invoices. There was one donation.
  • We had expenses of about $33,800 leaving a total of 84,700.

Questions – Jennifer Macon

  • Construction will be complete by spring of 2022.
  • Start the fall year 2021 with the three story building being open.
  • Is Ms. Drell available to meet with the seniors? There are opportunities through the college and career counseling office to plan meeting for your students. Ms. Howe, Ms. Delondi and Ms. Drell.
  • Academic counselors typically set aside time to meet with the juniors this time of year.
  • Office hours, emails work to communicate with the counselors.

Guest Speaker – Pierce College

  • Laura Orozco, Career Guidance Counselor Assistant
  • LA Promise program is open at all community colleges. LA Promise is not a need based program although all students applying must submit a FASA application. This offers two free years of tuition, allowing students to enter a UC debt free. Application has a soft deadline, but encouraged to get done by April 1st. For more information in regards to any deadline, what the free tuition covers and transfer rates please contact Laura Orozco, Career Guidance counselor assistant at Pierce College.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 25th (11-1), Snap-Raise Core Wear Clothing Pick Up
  • March 26th, No School in Observance of Ceasar Chavez Day
  • March 29th – April 2nd No School for Spring Break
  • April 8th (10:30-1)- Final Virtual School Tour for Prospective Parents
  • April 16th – Final Day to buy Yearbooks

Upcoming Meetings

  • April 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021

Recording Secretary – Keren Koretz

February 24, 2021

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Absent – Nickie Bryar, Andrea Chasek

Parent Attendance

  • Violeta Alarcon, Paola Arroyave, Joseph Beam, Monica Blackburn, Erica Fox, Brooke Hache, Vally Mastroni, Kelly Mitchell, Janis Rodriguez, Kim Schwarz, Nicki, Monica.

Business and Financials – Jennifer Blair, Keren Koretz

  • Nickie Bryar will be leaving after this year, and Jennifer Blair, Jusceline Diaz and Keren Koretz will be leaving at the end of 2022, which will leave one spot open this year, and 3 more in another year. CORE is currently looking for parents to help and be board members. Paola Alarcon, Kim Schwarza and Monica Blackburn have all expressed an interest in helping.
  • There have been a little over $83,000 in deposits made since July 1st. Snap Raise and the Annenberg Grant make up the majority of these deposits.
  • There have been a little over $33,000 in expenses due to accountant fees, Coreexperience and other items.

Monthly Speaker – Los Angeles Library

  • Cindy Holsey, young adult librarian with the Northridge Branch library.

Meeting adjourned – 8pm

January 27, 2021

Executive Board Attendance – Jennifer Blair , Nickie Bryar, Jusceline Diaz, Keren Koretz

 Faculty Attendance – Jennifer Macon

Parent Attendance – Jennifer Thomas, MOnica Blackburn, Violeta Alcaron, Audrey Morchy, Joseph Beam, Sandra Camacho, Valley Mestroni, Trena Pitchford, Gary Krausz, Barbie Spiegel, Cg, Vangie Kim, Jeannette Mullins, Jennifer Thomas, Karen Cole, Monica Ramallo-Young, Meret K, Kelly Doyle Mitchell, Jojo Magcalas, Jeana Aragon, Elaine Villafana, Erica Fox, Marivel Mendez, Leah Isaacs

Meeting Called to order – 7:05pm

Welcome – Jennifer Macon 

CHMPA Business – Jennifer Blair

Financials – Keren Koretz

  • Andrea Chasek, treasurer for CHMPA could not attend tonight.
  • The finances are as follows :
    • Revenue – $82,736
    • Expenses – $30,599
    • Net – $52,136

Guest Speakers – Jennifer Macon

  • Ms. Macon introduced the following guest speakers:  
    • Fiaz Syed – Psychiatric Social Worker at Cleveland High School.
      • Spoke on mindfulness and paying attention to the here and now and doing it intentionally and without judgment.  He spoke on how and what they are offering the students at CORE, through school wide support services including “The Talk Show:  Mind and Mood Series”, Virtual Support Groups (Coping with COVID and Building Resilience) and how to contact your counselors.  He also spoke on what they are offering parents, including Ms. Howe’s parent support group and building resilience over anxiety.
      • Mr. Syed Provided a website he has created with resources and contact information : https://zubair45.wixsite.com/mysite
    • Donna Hill – retired Cleveland High School teacher
      • Spoke on the use of hypnotherapy and creating inner peace and calm during uncertain times.
    • Kana Koinuma  – Angelic Sound Therapy
      • Spoke on utilizing the EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique to assist students and parents during stressful times.

CORE Business – Jennifer Macon 

  • Back to school on Mondays – This is to be used for students’ mental health.
  • Please encourage your students to turn on their cameras.
  • Mondays and Advisory Periods, students are required to have it on.  If they can’t they need to alert the teacher ahead of time as to why not.
  • Teachers can assist students with Incorporating the breathing & EFT techniques into the curriculum during these challenging times. 
  • Teachers are being provided additional resources on these techniques and they will be encouraged to share them with their students.

Upcoming Meeting Dates – All meetings start at 7pm.

  • February 24, 2021
  • March 24, 2021
  • April 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021