Monday Message From Dr. Mary Sieu




Superintendent’s Message - Dr. Mary Sieu

(Follow me on Twitter: @abcsupt)




December 10, 2018




Congratulations again to our new officers of the Board of Education--Ernie Nishii, President; Dr. Olga Rios, Vice-President; and Sophia Tse, Clerk.  At the December 4th Board of Education Meeting, we thanked Soo Yoo for her leadership as President of the Board. As mentioned at the Tuesday night Board Meeting, our next steps regarding Measure BB will begin in January.  On January 15, 2019 the Board of Education will need to adopt a Resolution entering into the minutes the Certification of the Election Results.  During that meeting, we will also adopt the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee Bylaws.  Our Bond Counsel, Rob Anslow from AALRR will be with us during that meeting to go over the Bylaws of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  The purpose of the Committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of the bond proceeds.  We will also commence with the First Bond Issuance Process with Piper Jaffray.


By February 19, 2019, the Board will appoint members to the Measure BB Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.  The Governance Team will determine the facility projects that will be included in the First Issuance of Measure BB Bonds.  Our goal is that by mid to late April is when we will sell the Measure BB First Bond Issue and begin to fund the first Measure BB Projects.


I had the pleasure of attending the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference in San Francisco on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018.  It was exciting to see two of our programs in the District, the Yellow Bus Tech Tour and Nixon Academy’s Watch D.O.G.S. Program earn the 17th and 18th Golden Bell Awards in ABC.  Nixon’s Watch D.O.G.S. Program also won $1,000 from the Principal’s Exchange as a Sponsor Winner in the Parental/Community Involvement Category.


On Saturday, Dec. 1, I was invited by CSBA to present at the Moscone Convention Center on “Success Stories on Equity and Access: How We Got Here.”  We received wonderful feedback about the efforts in our District and I have been invited to return to present at the CSBA Delegate Assembly Conference next year in Sacramento.


Finally, my favorite moments are always with the students in our District.  On Monday, Dec. 3, the Cerritos Korean American Association and Cerritos Korean Women’s Club held their 14th Annual Scholarship Dinner.  Six of our middle school students (Carmenita MS and Tetzlaff MS) earned a Green Tree Award and 12 of our high school seniors, representing all 5 high schools earned a Scholarship for their future.  It was a wonderful event to kick off the Scholarship season providing $10,000 worth of scholarships to our students.


On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Furgeson Academy of Communication and Technology, I had the opportunity to listen to the student writers share their stories in their first Open MIC Program.  The fourth grade students did a fabulous job expressing their stories in English and Spanish since many are in the Dual Language Immersion Program.  Equally as important were the student technologists who were taping and recording these stories to be broadcasted later to the school.  It was indeed a Writing Celebration!


At the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 6th held at the Sheraton Cerritos, the donations for the Chamber Holiday Drive went to the Cerritos Optimist Club Needy Families Project.  We thanked the Chamber of Commerce for their public support of Measure BB and celebrated with our business partners during the Holiday Luncheon.


Finally, I’m honored to have been selected as “Superintendent of the Year” by Education Dive: K12.  The 2018 Dive Awards recognize the industry’s top disruptors and innovators.  These executives, companies, trends and breakthroughs are transforming the industry and shaping the future.  Education Dive: K12 solicited suggestions for title nominees from its 151,000 readers.  Winners were chosen by the editors of Education Dive: K12 based on resonance and industry impact.  Please find the link for more information below:


News About Our Schools and/or District


Whitney HS MUN - Whitney HS's MUN won the Outstanding Small Delegation Award at the Los Angeles Invitational Model United Nations Conference at Mira Costa High School in Redondo Beach this past weekend from December 1st to 2nd.  There were over 1,000 delegates from Southern California competing at this 24th Annual Event.


Whitney HS - Rhea Raman, a junior at Whitney HS, was chosen for the very prestigious Outstanding Prosecution Attorney Award at the 2018 Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition. This year 2,500 students from 91 high school teams and 52 middle school teams competed. The Whitney HS Mock Trial Team advanced to Round 3, earning its place as one of the top 24 high school teams of this year's competition. Amsal Ali, a freshman, also earned an Honorable Mention for his outstanding presentation as the Prosecution Pretrial Attorney. Again, he's only a freshman!


AVID Focused Note Taking - This school year, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center has introduced an alternative to Cornell Notes Style note taking in classrooms. Most of our ABC AVID schools were introduced to Focused Note Taking (FNT) during AVID’s Annual 2018 Summer Institute in Anaheim. Currently, Palms ES, Carmenita MS, Fedde MS, Ross MS, and Gahr HS are in the process of sharing the new style of note taking (FNT) with staff as they move AVID school-wide. Schools are utilizing staff meetings for initial professional development delivered by Academic Services Special Program team members and using AVID Center created curriculum in the fall of 2018. Focused Note Taking incorporates five (5) phases of note taking: Creating the Notes, Processing the Notes, Connecting Thinking with the Notes, Summarizing/Reflecting with the Notes, and Applying Notes. During the spring, Special Program’s team members will return to sites to assist in reviewing note taking goals and implementation. In ABC, there are currently twelve (12) AVID schools: three (3) high schools, five (5) middle schools, and four (4) elementary schools.


ABC Council PTA - ABC Council PTA President Gail Bosfield-Swint and Vice-President Kirit Chauhan invited Dr. Mayfield to present information on an Equity Institute for PTA members. The PTA Executive Board was extremely receptive and acknowledged the importance of PTA members and parents’ participation in training focused on cultural diversity. The PTA Equity Institute is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019. Each school will be encouraged to send at least two parents to this one-day Institute. Generation Ready continues to support the cultural proficiency training in ABC. The key components proposed for the PTA Equity Institute include: valuing cultural diversity, conducting a cultural self-assessment, managing the dynamics of difference, and acquiring and institutionalizing cultural knowledge.