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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

By Miriam G. Mazliach

June 19, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held June 6, 2012.

Closed Session:
In action taken prior to the Board meeting, Anette Raichbart was approved as the new Principal of Chadbourne Elementary School.


Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris announced that FUSD has developed a “Customer Satisfaction Survey,” which the district plans to conduct annually. Responses and suggestions are being sought from students, parents, district staff, teachers and employees, to ascertain how the district is doing in regard to meeting the needs of the students. The form can be completed online via the district’s website, www.fremont.k12.ca.us by the June 28 deadline.


Eagle Scout Recognition:
Supt. Morris commended the Eagle Scouts for their “creativity, energy and hard work, and giving back to the community and schools.”

Steve Cho, who is serving as the Chair of the Mission Peak District (Fremont, Newark and Union City) introduced students who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Cho was assisted by Steve Armstrong, the immediate past District Commissioner (DC) for the Mission Peak District, who had served in the position for the past 4 years and is being succeeded by Gary Ely.

These are the students, from the Mission Peak District, who by their endeavors achieved Eagle Scout status:

Scott Kenneth Bennett, Jacob Robert Hillar, Jason Lau, Michael Patrick Muldoon, Shubham Agrawal, Neil Deryck Almeida, Nyle Christopher Almeida, Daniel Michael Brown, Randy Z. Chow, David Waikit Chung, Nicholas A. Delfino, Michael Thomas Dutton, Ashwin Ganti, Jeffrey Weiyang Lin, Christopher Lin, Robert James Mitscha, Rahul Rajesh Patel, Rajiv Jawahar Samagond, Alex C. F. Tsang, Douglas Yuk, Cole Edward Berggren, Mihir Nilesh Bhagat, Isaac Hayes Butterfield, Dominic Dmarco Cesana, Jack Richard Champion, Calvin Chang-en Chen, Christopher Clyde Colvin, Konnor Belknap DeLang, Zachery Robert Dunlap, Matthew Joseph Gutierrez, Jerry James Jackman, Avery Michael Kruger, John Ryan Leinweber, Charles Li, Jason John Litwin, Kyle Clark Machalowski, Jonathan Francis Melville, Alexander Albert Rich, Andrew Joseph Robertson, Zachary Robert Shaffer, Michael Irving Dictor Souza, Timothy Tang, Darien Tom Young, Alex Han Young.


Citizens for Better Community (CBC) Scholarships:
In support of education and to encourage students to become more involved and contribute to the community, the non-profit organization, Citizens for Better Community (CBC), awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Fremont high school seniors. To be eligible, applicants must have earned an un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above and been accepted to an accredited college. Students needed to demonstrate moral character traits such as Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance, Trustworthiness and Gratitude, developed by persevering through adversity.

Mr. Thomas Tang and Mr. Steve Cho, from the CBC Foundation Board, congratulated each of the recipients who received scholarships: Ariel Figueroa, American High; Kimberly Johnson, Kennedy High; Emilio Ruiz, Kennedy High; Yicheng Sun, Mission San Jose High; Nikki Murray, Robertson High; and Kerry Liou, Washington High.


Agenda Items - SURF:
“The Year in Review,” was presented by Allison Tong and James Ho of SURF (Students United for Representation to the Fremont Board of Education). They reported that the group, comprised of student leaders from local high schools, instituted several fundraising drives to benefit community organizations, including “Socks and Shoeboxes,” which resulted in over 100 shoeboxes, filled with socks and hygiene items, being donated to Abode Services.

Also, the Fremont School Board and Staff read aloud a resolution in appreciation of Allison Tong, as the outgoing “Student” member of the School Board, which she served on throughout this school year.

In turn, Allison Tong thanked the Fremont School Board as well as the SURF representatives she had worked alongside during her term. She next introduced Washington High student Kyle O’Hollaren who assumed the position of the Student Board member on the School Board for the upcoming school year.


Agenda Item - Service Learning Application:
To ease the unwieldy, burdensome paperwork and archaic filing system being used to track Fremont students’ Service Learning hours, two industrious Irvington High School seniors who happen to be twin brothers, Joraaver and Suchaaver Chahal, created an online application. By their efforts, students or teachers can now go online and easily record and track their information. Last summer, the Chahals spent over 536 hours, in the development process. Throughout this year, they made refinements with input from the school’s Service Learning Teacher, Scott Lewis, ensuring that it met all the necessary requirements. They have also uploaded a tutorial to YouTube. Irvington High will begin instituting this system at the start of the new school year.

A future goal is to eventually utilize the application at all the district’s high schools. Additionally, the brothers will be generously donating the application (transferring license) to the Fremont School District. Ultimately, FUSD could raise needed funds by marketing this useful application to other school districts.


Agenda Item – Student Wellness:
The Student Wellness Committee has met several times during the school year, with the goal of seeking to improve the freshness and nutritional quality of the food being offered to students at school, as well as addressing the areas of physical and emotional well-being. Although there has been progress in some areas, both trustees Larry Sweeney and Lara York indicated there were still areas to be improved upon including: having the committee meet more frequently, asking for more input and increasing the number of freshly-made entrees served. York asked for the committee to return at a future Board meeting, with specific goals, to meet some of the issues discussed.


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