Superintendent's Update
Volume III : Issue V
December 16, 2016
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12.19-1.2: Winter Recess
1.12: Board Meeting at 7pm District Office
1.16: Martin Luther King Day
2.10: Staff Development (Student-Free Day)
2.13: Lincoln's Birthday
2.16: Board Meeting at 7pm District Office
2.20: President's Day
3.9:  Board Meeting at 7pm Disrtrict Office
4.11: District Art Show
4.13:  Board Meeting at 7pm District Office

District staff, parents, Trustees, community leaders, and even students have worked together with LPA Architects, Inc. to create a detailed Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  The District's newly developed FMP identifies a vision for the next 10 to 15 years and provides a road map to coordinate short and long-range goals for our school buildings.
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Happy Friday!!

As we prepare for winter break, we would like to share some the great work going on in Fountain Valley School District!  In addition, we always like to take a minute to thank our students, teachers, support staff, parents, administrators, partners and community members for everything they do to support our District!  

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with love, laughter, family and friends!


Mark Johnson, Ed.D.

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Focus: Polar Day is a Huge Hit!

Recently, Fountain Valley School District hosted its Second Annual Polar Day. Polar Day is the celebration of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed on December 1, 1959. This treaty is symbolic of the true collaboration amongst nations for science and arctic research. The theme this year was A World United Through Science and throughout the day, FVSD students and families were UNITED in learning and fun.

This event is designed to showcase various STEAM activities in FVSD. The effort was led by the District's OC STEM Initiative Team,  which consists of teachers, support staff, parents and administrators. OC STEM exists to foster Orange County's economic competitiveness and sustainability through promoting STEM competencies across the educational continuum.

This year, we had a number of distinguished guests (current researchers) who provided presentations on various topics. These guests included: Dr. Susan Natlai from the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, Dr. John Shade from the National Science Foundation, Melinda Nicewonger from UCI,  Dr. Wendy Marshall from Ocean Quest, Dr. Jeff Bozanic, Distinguished Visitor and Explorer Mr. Dean Hadley, who was on the first Canadian ship to travel through the Northwest Passage in 1940, and our very own FVSD science teacher,  Mr. John Wood, all of whom shared their experiences in the Arctic with pictures, stories, and even real ice.

Students participated in hands on science (STEAM) lessons, played games, decorated cookies, and made a variety of polar themed crafts. The Polar Day team also challenged each school to create a specific Arctic Research Station made of gingerbread.

This was an amazing day for FVSD families to come together and and enjoy science, while celebrating global collaboration in our own community. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered, and to the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation for their support.  For our community to engage in STEAM activities and to learn from active researchers from both polar regions is a wonderful and unique offering from FVSD. In the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty itself, we continue to work cooperatively throughout the District and community to highlight our programs and best practices.
UPDATE: Facilities Work Moves Forward
We are very excited that our community supported Measure O this November.  Thank you to everyone who participated in our facilities journey over the last 18 months!  

From here, the work divides into two paths, finances and facilities.  The next step in facilities work is choosing an architect for project design.  While we have a Facilities Master Plan (developed by LPA Inc.), we need detailed plans, specific to each site, to move into construction. We will engage in a competitive process to choose an architect and expect to bring a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in February.  We anticipate 12-18 months to complete design and receive plan approval from the Department of State Architects (DSA).

On the financial side, our first order of business is to convene a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).  The purpose of the CBOC is to inform the public concerning expenditure of bond revenue, to ensure that the bond revenues are spent appropriately, and not used for teacher or administrative salaries.  The District will provide additional information regarding the CBOC on the Measure O page of the District website in January.   In addition, District staff will be preparing financial and legal documents required for the first of three bond sales.  Moreover, staff will be meeting with credit rating agencies and financial consultants with an anticipated April date for the first sale of approximately $19.8 million in general obligation bonds.  Please check the District website for updated information throughout this process.
HIGHLIGHT: New Officers for FVSD Board of Trustees

At their Annual Organizational Meeting on December 8th, the FVSD Board of Trustees honored outgoing Board President, Mrs. Jeanne Galindo, and elected Mrs. Sandra Crandall as its new President, Mrs. Lisa Schultz as its new President Pro-Tem, and Mr. Jim Cunneen as its new Clerk.

In addition, recently re-elected Trustees, Mrs. Galindo and Mr. Collins, took the Oath of Office.  Please join us in congratulating our re-elected Trustees and our new Board Officers!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Enjoy a Wonderful Holiday Season!
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