Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Amador Community College Foundation Board - Thurs Mar 17

Amador Community College Foundation
DATE: Thursday, March 17, 2016
LOCATION: County Administrative Office Conference Room C, 810 Court Street, Jackson
TIME: 2:30 PM Open Session of Regular Meeting of ACCF – Public welcome

Discussion/Action Items
1) Public Comment:  Public welcome and introductions.  At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.

2) Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Karen: request for approval of February 18th minutes – action item
b) Russ: Report on bank balances
c) Angelica: report on accounts payable
d) Karen: Final selection on logo rebranding – action item
e) Karen:  sub-committee formation for business plan development

3) Curriculum Access: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Matt/Janice: Update on Amador Learning Center activities
b) Karen/Jamie: Introduction of Intern Coordinator and Update on intern program development
c) Karen: Matt’s recommendation for laptop inventory – action item
d) Russ/Janice: report on leasing options – action item

4) Partnerships: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Jason: presentation of draft business survey – action item
b) Karen: report on presentation to Social Services Transportation Advisory Council

5) Marketing/Finance/Fundraising:  Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Karen: notification of Bank of America Grant Award for $5,000
b) Karen: submission of Sierra Health Foundation Grant for $15,000

Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members)  
March 22nd meeting with ACUSD High School Principals, Shasta College Dean of Distance Education, and Amador
Learning Center Staff re dual enrollment initiative.

ADJOURNMENT: Until April 21, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Help support the Back Pack 2 School project!

Upcountry & Camanche Lake Community Centers will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations for their Back-Pack 2 School Project for students in need at the FREE photos with the Easter Bunny on March 12th from 12pmto 4pm at Aaron's in the Amador Shopping Plaza
Since 2007 Camanche Lake and Upcountry Community Centers have sponsored the Back-Pack 2 School Project. This is a county-wide project which provides backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies for children whose families are financially stressed. Without the generosity of local individuals, businesses, and community organizations, many families would struggle to provide these much needed supplies. Below is the school supply list.

You can help by purchasing one or more of these items listed.
3 Ring Binders
5 Subject Notebooks
Graph Papers
Binder Dividers
Wide Ruled Binder Paper
College Ruled Binder Paper
Composition Notebooks
Personal Dry Erase Boards
Dry Erase Markers
Pens (Black, Blue & Red)
Mechanical Pencils
Eraser Caps
Colored Pencils
Pencils with Erasers
Glue Sticks
Pencil Boxes
Pencil Sharpeners
Pocket Folders
Reading Books
Reusable Water Bottles

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

California Connections Academy at Ripon Opens Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year

Virtual Public School for Grades K-12 Hosting Information Sessions and Events for
Families Interested in Online Education
Ripon, Calif. (March 1, 2016) – California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12, is now accepting new students for the 2016-17 school year during the open enrollment period beginning March 1st. To provide additional information about online education and the enrollment process to parents and students, the school is hosting online and in-person events and free information sessions.
"With K-12 online learning continuing to grow across California and beyond, we’re constantly providing additional resources to help our students thrive, including elective and AP courses, online clubs and in-person social events,"said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “We recommend that families interested in online school attend a free information session to learn more about our approach to individualized education and start the enrollment process as soon as possible."
The school currently serves more than 940 students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy provides a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards and state-credentialed teachers who teach a variety of courses, including extensive electives such as foreign languages, digital technology and career technical courses. In addition, the school offers core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies, and UC “a-g” approved science wet labs.
As a part of the results of the 2015 Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey, 95 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality, citing the variety of classes offered to students and the different ways available for children to learn the information at hand, in the way that fits their needs best.
“Connections Academy is the best program for my child. She can learn at her own pace, from home, in a safe environment,” said a parent from the Modesto area. “Since being at Connections Academy, my child has flourished.”
Outside of California Connections Academy’s classes, which include honors and AP courses, the school offers a range of online clubs, from robotics and chess, to art, college prep, and more. Many students also enjoy the in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year – from college visits to school dances – where they can socialize offline with staff and fellow students.
“I like the interaction with the teachers and other students via LiveLessons®, calls, and field trips,” said Dawn Craig, a parent from the San Ramon area in the school’s Parent Satisfaction Survey. “I homeschooled on my own prior to joining Connections Academy, and this has definitely enriched my children's learning at home experiences.”
To learn more about California Connections Academy @ Ripon and begin the enrollment process, visit the school’s website.  For a complete schedule of upcoming information sessions and events with dates and locations, visitwww.connectionsacademy.com/california-online-school/learn-more/events/ripon.
About California Connections Academy @ Ripon

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12, including transitional kindergarten, in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.