Superintendent's Responses to LCAP Public Comments 2015-16
As part of the development of the 2016-2017 Local Control Accountability Plan, Hickman Community Charter District presented data, goals and actions to community groups. Parents and community have had the ability to ask questions or post responses through an online survey.
Meeting with Hickman Association of Teachers – February 16, 2016
PTSA LCAP Workshop- February 23, 2016
HCS Parent Workshop - February 29, 2016
HES/HMS Parent Workshop - February 29, 2016
HES/HMS School Site Council Meetings - February 29, 2016
School Site Staff LCAP Discussion – March 2016 Staff meetings
LCAP Stakeholder Survey – March 2 to April 1, 2016
Board of Trustees Meetings on March 14, 2016 - Update on Progress, June 6, 2016 - Public hearing on LCAP and June 20, 2016 – LCAP and Budget Approval
Meetings with 5th and 8th Grade Students - May 10, 2016
Student Survey completed by 5th graders at HES and 8th graders at HMS and HCS - May 11-26, 2016
The following are questions or comments from the community, along with responses from the superintendent (in italics). They have been gathered from the various stakeholder meetings, as well as from the online response system.
How can we help students better achieve academic success?
I would like to see more on-campus activities that challenge advanced or gifted students.
HCCD LCAP addressed this with the continuation of GATE and the expansion of STEM Maker Garage to campus programs in 2016-17
Students often complain that once they get behind in homework it is very hard to catch up. These students often don't have a strong support system at home and don't take advantage of the morning or afternoon homework clubs. Maybe having a "lunch catch up" would help.
HCCD LCAP expanded library hours to 4PM and provided before and after school intervention and homework help. While many teachers provide time at lunch to help students, we feel it is best for students to have a "brain break" during lunch.
Hire a nurse and/or counselor at the campus schools
There is a school nurse shortage throughout the state. There was a long period of time that we did not have a nurse during 2015-16. We have secured a nurse through Stanislaus County Office of Education for 16-17. In addition, we have used LCAP Supplementary funds to provide a health clerk. This will help us better address student health needs and reporting requirements.
Upon the retirement of our school psychologist at the end of this year we are recruiting a part time Psychologist/Counselor for 2016-17.
Change the summer school program,
We used LCAP Supplementary funds to redesigned our summer school program to be more engaging while providing instruction at student's individual levels.
Continue to have and add to visual and performing arts so district supports all learners and their different styles
Continuation of our visual and performing arts programs are addressed in our LCAP.
Maybe more technology based opportunities within the academic programs
The Local Control Accountability plan provides for device replacement and purchase, and budget for training. This amount of support will enable HCCD to provide a robust and effective technology program.
I think they are doing great already! I love all the class options that are available to us as well as the resources from the Annex.
Thank you. We make it a continuing effort to expand and refine our offerings at HCS.
You're doing a terrific job in most areas. Physical Education for the Homeschool side could use additional resources...one day per week instruction/sports in a non-competitive venue, or at least a semi-competitive venue, i.e. teaching focus rather than competition,would be great. Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball-elective type structure. P.E.-Winter
We will explore this.
I would appreciate more options for learning a second language. We miss Rosetta Stone :(. My son got to use it, but by the time my daughter was old enough it was no longer offered.
Rosetta Stone was very costly and unfortunately underused. HCS has provided other options for second language learning.
Offer a longer class session in fall and winter/spring
We will explore this. However, classes at the homeschool are meant for enrichment. We do not want to take away from time for primary instruction.
Facilitate free or low cost use of space nearby so that Hickman parent community can create additional classes for the Hickman community. People attempt to create additional classes all the time but locations are tricky... be a resource to facilitate such classes.
The Hickman campus can be made available for use by parent community. Please contact Frank Kampen to work out those details.
I think Hickman Charter already does so much to help students achieve academic success. I think they should continue to hire great education coordinators that really care about the students just as they do now.
Thank you for your kind words.
How can we help students better prepare for high school, college and careers?
I love the new standards, even when it frustrates my kiddo to "show his work.
Our teachers have been working hard to implement the standards. We also believe deeply in a growth mindset. Meaning that students construct knowledge by examining their work and analyzing their mistakes.
I think field trips to area business would help students get a better idea of what the training required to work in local industries. Perhaps companies like Google could be involved.
We will look into this in the future. We currently have a partnership with Stanislaus Partners in Education which provides funding and facilitates these types of trips.
Intentionally create a culture assuming HS diploma & post high school education of all kinds beg early elem. Ideas- host ongoing student & parent programs w/ speakers etc. explaining the process and requirements for going to college etc., have former students come talk to current students, host career sharing esp by parents/comm members.
These are very good suggestions. We have implemented the Life of a Warrior program starting in 2016-17. This could be added as a pillar of their program.
Middle School classes with the goal to prep students for AP placement programs (HCS).
Our middle school programs at HCS are enrichment in nature. The core curriculum is delivered by the parent educator. Your EC can help you create a core program that best prepares your student for AP coursework.
Transition options for those desiring a more traditional High School campus.....what are our choices/options. How successful are the homeschool kids in this type of an environment. (statistically).
We will explore this.
Career exposure. Career Fair?
Our STEM Faire provides exposure to STEM related fields. We will explore the possibility of expanding this.
More information on how to structure a longer essay. Maybe include info on how to make a 5 page report rather then just 5 paragraphs. These longer reports seem to be assigned frequently in high school. Even if this is part of one of the writing assignments during one of the learning periods.
This has been passed this on to our middle school ELA team.
Develop relationships with nearby high schools...charter, public and private so that they have a better idea what it means when I student applies from Hickman. And so the E.C.s are known to them -- e.g. so they say "This E.C. gives x student a strong recommendation and I know we can trust that."
We will consider this.
I would love to see Hickman Charter school offer a homeschooling program for the high school level.
This is something we have heard often. At this time there is no plan to expand to high school.
How can we help parents better connect to and engage with our schools?
Consistent messaging and communication techniques are key. Newsletter, Facebook, etc. It's all important to help keep families connected.
The LCAP addresses all of these with continuation of multiple modes of consistent communication.
If a student is involved in sports or band then their parents tend to be more connected. Perhaps offering a wider variety of interest based activities would have more families willing to spend time at the school.
Beyond athletics and music, we have expanded our campus program to include Science Olympiad and Academic Pentathlon. We would welcome suggestions for other programs we could provide.
Provide programs and experiences to empower parents as learners EX. Eng classes for parents, GED classes, library open evening/Sat. for online learning. Con't academic family experiences like Math night, join PTSA in Literacy Day (parents creating the experiences-woo hoo), be a center for the Hickman Community since they have no other public entity
Many of these offerings were continued or added to the LCAP. We are working on a partnership with MJC to provide English classes for parents. Math Night will be continued. We hope to engage the PTSA to partner with us on a Literacy Night.
I believe there is already a lot of support from the EC's and teachers on how to become involved and engaged as well books in the Annex for doing so.
It is fairly engaging already. We spend much of our time on campus, and still haven't taken advantage of everything that there is to offer. Hickman offers a lot.
I really enjoyed the parent education workshops offered last year.
We will be continuing our workshops for parents.
Having some events at/near the Annex may be more central and therefore better attended? Provide a gathering a couple times a year for parents with separate kid activities so that parents can attend and not worry about their kids.
We will explore this.
I love getting the email updates and being able to sign up for classes and find information online.
Thank you. We have continued and expanded this type of communication in our current LCAP.
Inspiring students to learn and grow to their potential.