Minutes & Bylaws

2021 Minutes

September 29, 2021


  • 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


  • 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
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

March 24, 2021
Video Conference

Governing Board Members

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


  • Jennifer Macon


  • 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