Jan 7, 2010 Minutes

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School

Minutes 1/7/2010


  1. Structure of Charter Council

    1. Discussion re: losing Mike & Dana. Dana would like to still be involved. We need to be careful of side-bar conversations, gossiping, etc.

    2. Decision Making process: Items which will be voted on will be on the agenda one week prior to the meeting. If people are unable to make the meeting, they will submit their feelings and vote prior to the meeting. Items which come up at the meeting which need to be voted on will be tabled until the next agenda. If the item is timely, we will vote, but will allow 48 hours for people not at the meeting to weigh in.

      1. Thumbs up/sideways/down: We will attempt to reach consensus. Thumbs down will get more time to share their thoughts.

    3. Discussion of Charter Council roles/responsibilities

    4. Charter Council Vote

Council Chair – Kim Bradley

Council Co-Chair/Treasurer – Erica Stein

Council Secretary – Allison Schwedner

Chair of Curriculum/EL – Anna Demm

Chair of Fundraising/Grants – Melissa Williams

Chair of Facilities/Outside Services – Christina Wooley

Chair of Public Relations/Marketing – Carolyn Gallagher


  1. Preparation for TTUSD meeting on Thurs. Jan 21


Action items will be completed by Jan. 15. Melissa and Anna will proofread the document. Christina will highlight all document changes. Kim will email the document to TTUSD prior to the meeting.

    1. The district’s legal council will be at this meeting. Jill and Elizabeth will attend the meeting with Kim, Allison, Erica & Carolyn.

    2. Elizabeth is working on Intervention piece.

    3. Erica will update Governance section to include;

Upon school opening a TTUSD Board member will be a non-voting member of the Charter Council.

Founding Members will be voting members of the Charter Council until school opening.


Erica will update the Charter to reflect that we seek outside, expert advice through the following individuals; Brian Martinez, GVCS principal, John LeCavalier, EL representative and Elizabeth Bell, local educator.


    1. We will not pursue the Union at this point.

    2. Anna will invite Brian Martinez, the GVCS principal to our district meeting on the 21st.

    3. Carolyn will get up to speed on the Race to the Top Funding.

    4. Kim updated the Admissions section to reflect striving for 30/70 lakeside/Truckee admissions and racially balanced based on the census.

    5. Carolyn was in contact with Camille, from Creekside. She has been asking questions about our sponsorship. We would like to keep the door open with Camille and keep her in the loop with our efforts.

    6. Allison addressed the districts technology concerns. Kim has added a small section on technology in the charter. SunMie will research what other EL schools are doing with technology. Kerri recommends adding a piece on keeping our students up to speed on technological advances.


  1. Foundation Board

    1. Vote to move forward with applying for 501c3 status for the Foundation.

    2. Vote on Foundation Board members

President: Melissa Williams

Secretary: Jill Penwarden

Treasurer: Erica Stein

    1. Erica/Jill will determine the amount to be collected to pay for 501c3 application and founding members will contribute at next meeting


  1. Site Update/Language Component Follow-up –

Tabled until next meeting

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On top of all the teaching and learning, I'm struck by the joy in the faces of all the children as they go about their quest for knowledge. Thanks to all the courageous and energetic people who had the vision to make this school a reality. With all the challenges the world faces today and predictions of disaster, these committed teachers/staff, these engaged families, and these beautiful children are a beacon of hope.

SELS embodies everything that I feel is important in my child's education and I am so grateful that she has the opportunity to learn in such an enriching environment. Teaching our children how to think and how to treat others is critical to their future success. I am thankful every single day for all the wonderful staff at SELS.

What an amazing place. It has been everything for my son that I had hoped he could experience in school. Great teacher, stimulating learning environment, and a deeply caring and nurturing place.

I am grateful that my child is encouraged to interpret concepts and think about how they apply to his life, not just memorize and repeat material. I love that SELS asks kids to think about who they are and how they contribute to the community, locally and globally.

I greatly appreciate that SELS is a heart-centered school that teaches ethics and values along with academics. That approach makes SELS a unique and special place.

I appreciate all the teachers and staff and their responsiveness. I also appreciate all the work the staff are doing to help the kids figure out how to fill each other's buckets!

Our son is bubbling over with excitement for learning. This environment is gifting him with life long skills to succeed. We are so thankful for this school.

All the Adults and students challenge each other the THINK!

SELS is amazing in the way they teach topics hands on and allow the children to learn in practical settings. We couldn't be happier seeing our son flourish so much! Thank you.

I am very grateful to the SELS staff for offering my 5th grader their hearts, as well as their knowledge. Better yet, they make learning fun and adventurous! My youngster is THRIVING at your wonderful school!!

We are thankful for many wonderful ideals and principles at SELS, but what really brings those into reality is the caring, hard-working teachers and staff. We wouldn't have thought that someone else would care as much about the whole education of our daughter as much as we do, but there is a whole team of such people at SELS.

I am so thankful that my 5th grade daughter is a member and student of this beautiful community and school. She is receiving a fantastic education with hands on learning, caring, understanding, creative, out of the box thinking and intuitive teachers. She feels included, important, confident and is growing tons in her knowledge and place in this wonderful community. Thank you SELS for being an amazing part of my daughter's education and Life!

I truly appreciate all the staff, students, parents and families at SELS. It is these people that make SELS so wonderful.
This has become a new 'family" for us!

I am so grateful for the amazing staff; they are the most amazing guides. It is an inspiration to watch them help our children learn and grow into thoughtful, independent, productive human beings!
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