Good morning everyone. Good morning. It’s my pleasure to call this meeting to order, as we begin the 134th school year for the Long Beach Unified School District. (audience applauds) Yes, if we could please ask you to put your phones on vibrate, that’d be great. Thank you. We’d like to recognize our Board of Education members, Diana Craighead. (audience applauds) Megan Kerr. (audience applauds) Jon Meyer. (audience applauds) Vice president, Dr. Juan Benitez. (audience applauds) And before I introduce our board president, could we also have any board members from the Long Beach Education Foundation stand to be recognized? All right, yes. (audience applauds) Our next speaker, Dr. Felton Williams, is serving his fifth term as president of the board. Both Dr. Williams and Jon Meyer will be retiring in 2020, after more than 16 years on the board. (audience applauds) And the last time that Dr. Williams opened this meeting as president, was back in 2015. And a lot has happened with Dr. Williams since then, right? Okay, for instance, he received the National Urban Educator of the Year Green-Garner award from the Council of the Great City Schools. (audience applauds) And that was for his work at the local and national levels. The council serves 72 of the nation’s largest school districts, including ours. About seven million students. And Dr. Williams also served as chair of that organization. He was selected by the Claremont Graduate University as Alumnus of the Year in 2017. The same year that he won the Goodwill SOLAC award for community impact. And, of course, for years, Dr. Williams has helped us to close achievement gaps, and he’s worked very hard, particularly for students of color, to give them greater opportunities to take advanced placement courses and to participate in honors programs. And we’ve so appreciated his enduring support. Please welcome your Board of Education president, Dr. Felton Williams. (audience applauds) Good morning. Good morning. I was on automatic pilot this morning, maybe some of you were the same. I was headed straight to Cabrillo High School. (audience laughs) And I got a text from the superintendent reminding me where I needed to be this morning. So, Chris, thank you very much. I wanna just take a moment to just thank Diana Craighead for the fantastic job she did as our Board President last year, Diana. (audience applauds) And thanks to all of you for all the work that you’ve done day in and day out, working with our students to make this district one of the best urban school districts in America. The study by the Journal of American Medical Association talks about the importance of education, particularly as it pertains to health. Why it’s so important for our kids to be educated. And we all know that schooling is critical to every child. And particularly to those young folks who are most vulnerable. We know that education is critically important. And, so, as educators, we understand that role, but more importantly, what actions do we take to promote it? And I can think back, growing up, teachers who were there to move me forward, who were there to encourage me, teachers who challenged me, teachers who showed confidence in me, they set high standards, they held me accountable, and more importantly, they showed respect for who I was. And most, if all, students respond to that. So, when we think about all the kids that come to us, there are certain things that I’ve looked at, I’ve studied, I’ve been part of for years, that talk about how all these things come together and work for the good of our kids. And recognizing that all those kids that come to us really want to learn. And are really there for that purpose. And being able to move some of these things together, then, helps to facilitate the fact that these kids want that, they need that, and surely enough they deserve that from each and every one of us. And in terms of just wrapping up, ’cause I know Chris doesn’t like me to get up and talk for too long. As far as this school district is concerned, as Chris Aftehue said, I had an opportunity for the past 15 years to work with the Council of the Great City Schools. And in that capacity, I’ve worked with superintendents from all across this country. The one thing that they all say whenever I walk into one of those meetings anywhere, is how great Long Beach Unified School District is. They all look to Long Beach Unified School District as a flagship district throughout the nation. So, as you’re sitting here in your seats this morning, understand that for all those school districts that are out there, they look to Long Beach Unified School District as a leader, as a flagship institution. So, I can’t even brag about Long Beach when I sit in those meetings. They don’t wanna hear it from me. But I do get that vibe every time I walk into one of those meetings. So, there are some good things that are going on in this district, that we need to recognize and appreciate. Particularly, how we’ve really worked to work with all of our students, particularly our students of color. That’s an encouraging fact that I recognize as a board member, and all the work that all of you do to keep that happening, so I wanna continue to encourage that. I believe in the ability of every student to learn. I believe in equity, and I really push hard for those things as a board member. And my colleagues do as well. And I appreciate working with every single one of them. So, in closing, I wanna say that we’re gonna start this year off, all of you come in and do tremendous work, we’re gonna keep that momentum going. And thank y’all very much. (audience applauds) Got another board member from the foundation, here. Mr. Walter Larkins. (audience applauds) Thank you Walter, for joining us. And thank you Dr. Williams, for those inspiring words. Next, we have an eight minute video that captures some of the essence of why our school district is such a special place. And this video will be made available at lbschools.net later today. Special thanks go to the Office of Multimedia Services and their summer interns, Leila and Allondra, for their hard work on this video. Let’s go ahead and take a look. (upbeat music) What does it mean to attend school in the Long Beach Unified School District? What does it mean to work in the Long Beach Unified School District? What is it about this place that is so encouraging and comfortable, that many of us never want to leave? The LBUSD is unique, in that so many employees are graduates of our schools and proud to be LBUSD. Hi, I’m Jay Camerino, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. So, in this new position, it’s really to make sure that I’m visiting sites, visiting classrooms, supporting the teachers in the classroom, supporting the students in the classroom, and obviously the sites and our administrators who are working hard every day to ensure that our students are getting the best quality education, but also the best quality experience. Long Beach is a big city with a small-town feel. It’s so diverse. There’s so many different things that Long Beach brings and offers. Going to school somewhere different from my own community, really lit a light to say hey, everybody struggles. So, I didn’t see color. I just saw the fact that students were, or people are who they are inside. It was life changing and life-altering in a great way to move to Long Beach. Athletics was a huge piece in being disciplined. Knowing that there’s other things that you’re responsible for. And a team relies on you. So, another part of where I think is really my heart, is that I’m always part of a team. Whether it’s my family, whether it’s colleagues, or whoever I’m around, I’m responsible to make sure that I do what I’m supposed to do because my team is relying on me. The best thing about going to school at Long Beach Unified is there’s so many opportunities. From just the amazing teachers and staff we have at our schools, to the Long Beach College Promise. Long Beach Unified was probably 99% of why I went to college. All the things that we do in Long Beach have a direct connection with Long Beach Unified School District, and I think the community as a whole, Long Beach Unified being at the thrust of all this, really helped me to be where I’m at today. When I was 11 years old, my family and I packed our bags and said goodbye to our friends and the rest of our family, to start a new adventure in this country, full of opportunities. My name is Angel Rodrigo Avilar Menendez. My sophomore year, mainly, my counselors decided that 10 students that were sophomores would take AP Physics one, which is algebra-based. It turned out to be a class I really liked, even excited to learn the algebra, and that just accelerated my math learning process because I ended up liking math a lot more. My counselor has been a lot of help, mainly, because whenever I had a problem, I could always go to her. But, she also always pushed me to do better. She always suggested that I take certain classes. So, my counselor was definitely a lot of help in pushing myself. At first, I was just in school because my parents wanted me to. But after pushing myself, and seeing how fun it can be, I just liked the idea of challenging how far I can go. I would like to thank you, Cabrillo, for taking me in and for making me feel like I belong. Although I have to keep moving forward, along with everybody else, I will never forget that this is home. Thank you.
(audience cheers) My name’s Jose de la Mora, and I’m the operations director for Long Beach Unified School District. (upbeat music) Some of my daily duties are approving payroll, a lot of delegating. I met with my crew just to address some concerns and hear them out, and just letting them know that I have an open door policy. It’s challenging, but I welcome a challenge. That’s my mindset throughout my career. Learn it and try to master it. My teachers, back in middle school, stand out a lot to me. Encouragement, and just trying to guide us in the right direction, whether it was career path or college. Long Beach Unified definitely made a difference in my life by being able to provide different experiences. When I attended DeMello Middle School, the wood shop. That’s one of the classes that jumps to mind when I think back. Just being able to get hands-on experience with the equipment, with the power tools, and being able to create something. And making it mine, was a great experience. Well, the best thing about attending school in Long Beach was the people, the students. Different ethnicities, you get to meet a lot of people and make new friends. And being an employee now, of the district, it’s the same thing. My name is Diamond Boxley, and I’m a senior at Jordan High School. I’ve been part of the Math Collaborative since my freshman year. I used to go to 123th Street School over in Watts. Then I went to Jane Adams for elementary. Then, after that I went to Lindsey, finally Jordan, and I’m about to go to UCI in the future. Lindsey was a big influence on where I wanna go ’cause I got into the MESA program over there. And I know for sure, if I stayed inside of Watts, I wouldn’t have had been inside the MESA program. They don’t have opportunities like that over there. I always knew I wanted to go to college because I wanted to go into STEM. When I heard about the Math Collaborative, I thought it was perfect. It was math-focused, right? They have scholarship opportunities, and it’s a pathway to college. We gotta be ready to invest in our own education. I was part of BESTT, which is focusing on business, entrepreneurship, and tourism. It helped me learn how to actually formulate a business plan. People are looking for those opportunities inside of high school, and when they find it they like to take advantage of it. I’m guessing the Long Beach School District, and the people who work for it, figure that it’s really important to invest in the younger generation. ‘Cause we’re gonna be the people who are gonna be taking care of things once people of the older generation retire. Hi, my name is Ruth Ashley, and I’m the Deputy Superintendent of Education Services for the Long Beach Unified School District. While I was a student, those schools, John Muir, Stephens, and Poly, they were truly life landmarks for me. And going to school, everybody trusted each other. It was the neighborhood that took care of us. It was the schools that took care of us. It was the teachers that took care of us. The relationships that we built with those around us, our families, our friends. So, that’s where the strong sense of kinship came from. What Long Beach Unified School District does for its families, it’s that collaboration, that sense of support. It’s not just one person. It’s not just the teacher. It’s not just the principal. It’s everyone involved. It really is a community. It’s making connections. It’s seeing that child through, all the way till graduation and beyond. Once I started working in our schools, I’ve continued to grow. And even now, as I’m sitting in an office, over on 1515 Hughes Way, I want to say that I’m still growing. When I think about people who talk to me, when they say, you know what, I work from home, I’m able to be comfortable, I can do my work and just feel at home. I can honestly say that I work from home too. Proud to be LBUSD. Proud to be LBUSD. Proud to be LBUSD. #proudtobeLBUSD (audience applauds) Well, we’re going to launch a huge social media campaign, so you’re gonna hear a lot about this. And we are encouraging everyone to use the hashtag, #proudtobeLBUSD. So, you feel free to tweet, if you tweet, ’cause there’s lots to celebrate today. And as you walked in, you heard the Celebration by Kool and The Gang, because we have a great deal to celebrate. But, I do wanna take a minute and thank Jay, Ruth, Jose, Angel and Diamond for being the first, in what we’re gonna call our legacy videos. We’re gonna be doing these every month of students and employees and those who make Long Beach special. So, let’s give them a round of applause. (audience applauds) So, starting this week, those videos are gonna be chunked and sent out to thousands of people. And thank you to OMS and to our great interns, as Chris shared with you earlier, we now have a YouTube channel, and we’re actually live-streaming this meeting to thousands of people as we speak. Our first live-stream meeting was our first board meeting in July. And starting then, all board meetings and all meetings like my parent forums, will be live-streamed. Because we want more and more people to be engaged, and as we’ve always said, we’re very transparent. And you heard keywords in that video, or those five videos. You heard things like relationships, opportunities, family, home, and people ask me all the time, what makes Long Beach Unified so special? And I said there’s no special sauce, it’s the people. And as I start my 18th year as Superintendent, I tell people, they go, well do you feel tired? I go, well no, I’m not tired. I look old. (audience laughs) I don’t have as much hair as I did when I was a kid here at Wilson High School. I probably have shrunk a couple inches. But I have to tell you, I’m more excited today for the opportunities of our students. And as you heard Diamond and Angel speak, when I first met Angel, and I shared with him that he was going to Cal Tech, he said, you know Mr. Steinhauser, you can share that information on one condition. He goes, you tell everybody that I’m a proud west-sider who can go wherever he wants to go. (audience applauds) And if you don’t know, one of the most beautiful things about the Long Beach College Promise, is that Angel finished all his calculus. There are three levels of college calculus that he had to take before he started Cal Tech. And he told me, you know Mr. Steinhauser, this was the first semester, he goes I finished calc one and calc two at City College. I’m taking a rest, ’cause my brain’s tired right now, but I’m gonna finish calc three next semester. That’s amazing. Think about this, a young person who comes here at 11 years old, the opportunities that he was able to achieve. And Diamond, who came to us from another school district, who said that if he had stayed in that other place, he would not have had those opportunities. So I want you to think about that as we talk today, and we talk throughout the school year. We have wonderful opportunities for young people, but we have to make sure that all of our kids have these opportunities. So, we’re gonna show you a video, you have these slides, also, in your packet and we’ll go over them in a minute, but if we can roll, what we call, the data video right now. Thank you. (upbeat drum music) (audience applauds) As you can see, from the video, we have a lot– (upbeat drum music) I’ve watched it a couple times, myself. So, we’re gonna go, if you look in your packet, you have some slides. So, we’re gonna go to the first slide. We can bring that up on the screen. And the data slides, you can see here, and we’ve broken them into smaller chunks so you can read them. So, as you all know, we have an LCAP goal that says we wanna make 3% gain in language arts and math. And these school, here, made a 5% gain. Which means there was a greater gain than we expected. And then, the cohort gain is really, really important. That means that if I was in third grade and took my test in fourth grade, those kids grew, which is really, really important. Now, I know you’re all interested in this because if you follow me on Twitter, you saw that we’re gonna give out close to a million dollars in this meeting today. That’s a lot more than we gave out last year. Which means, so if you’re gonna use your math skills, if you were at 5%, and you’re on that list, so let’s say, I’m gonna pick on Kettering, so, Kettering’s gonna get $5,000 for that achievement. And this is Kettering on the 5% cohort gain, yes or no? (audience speaks off mic)
Yes. So, they got another $5,000. So, we’ll go to the next slide, here. So, then you saw, remember, I always give you a challenge to close the achievement gap by at least 50%, and guess what? I asked you to double it last year, and you doubled it this year between language arts and mathematics. So, give yourselves a round of applause. (audience applauds) 14 schools closed the achievement gap. So, Kettering is, again, over here, but if you’re on that list, on closing the gap, which is really, really important, you’re gonna get $10,000. (audience gasps)
All right. High growth, you’re gonna get $5,000. So, is Kettering on that list? Nope, sorry, Kettering. (audience laughs) Don’t feel sorry for Kettering. You’ll find out in a minute why. This is really, really important, because as you saw, Long Beach Unified is the large urban district in the state that is beating everybody and making high, consistent gains. Most districts are improving, but Long Beach is improving much faster and at much higher rates than other people. You need to be very proud of that. So, here are schools that made three or four-year gains. This is really important. And I’m so proud, because you know we’re all working on equity and closing the opportunity gaps, and the achievement gaps, when you look at the schools with the asterisks, these are all high-poverty schools. You can see that those numbers are almost evenly divided with achievement throughout the district. Which means that Long Beach believes in equity and is serving all students. So, these schools also get $5,000. Is Kettering on that list? (audience applauds)
Yeah! So, Kettering, another $5,000. So, now we’re gonna go into math. Math, you guys hit it out of the ballpark in math this year. Math, you’re gonna see in a minute, I’m gonna talk about it. Look at all these schools and all the gains that they made. All those schools get 5%, ah, 5%, $5,000 for their 5% gain. The cohort gains, which is really, really hard, especially in mathematics as you learn new skills, unless you love math like Angel. Here, last year, we only had one school on the closing the gap. This year, you have seven. Give yourselves a round of applause. (audience applauds) And our great partner, Kettering, showed up again. Look at that. High growth, this is really important, because on the high growth ones, it means that your students made greater growth than is expected. And you can see, Newcomb, 10 times the growth. That’s amazing. That’s because of the hard work that we do in preschool, all the way up until high school. And let’s look at the continuous. Three years gain, look at that. Again, many, many schools in high poverty making consistent gains. It’s really hard to make consistent gains, folks. So, let’s give all your schools a round of applause. (audience applauds) I have to tell you, when I heard this data, and where’s Dr. Kale? Dr. Kale, raise your hand. Poor Dr. Kale, let’s give her a round of applause for taking over research. (audience applauds) I said, Dr. Kale, I wanna see this data. And then she’d come back and say oh, wait, wait. And then we’d go back and forth, ’cause I go this is really huge. We set a goal, years ago, to have 60% of our kids meet UC and CS requirements. And remember, Long Beach Unified has 70% of our kids are in poverty, a third of our kids are on welfare, 20% of our kids speak another language, other than English, and we have 5,000 homeless kids. All the problems of urban America. But look at this. This year, we predict we will hit at least 60%, as a system, of our kids qualifying to go to a UC or a CSU. And you know what’s really, this is great, and we’re gonna raise the target guys because now we hit the goal. It’s like if you lose five pounds in a diet, then you go to 10. But, what’s even more important than that, the Board of Education, if you recall, raised the math requirements for students in our district five years ago. And I just found out, and board, I haven’t shared this with you, that Long Beach Unified has the toughest math requirement in the state of California. We are the district that requires kids to take four years of mathematics. So, as people say, if you raise the bar, they won’t hit it, it’s not true. If you raise the bar and provide support, they will. Which is really important, because around 2013, 14 is when we changed that, and we phased it in, if you remember. So, right now, our students have to have four years of math, we’re not saying they have to all take calculus. But four years of math, and look what they did, they consistently went up. Let’s give yourselves a round of applause. (audience applauds) This is good, but this is even better. So, these schools hit it out of the ballpark and went, and you can see I picked schools that had 70% or higher, and we had schools that had 60%, who met the target. So, look at Wilson, Millikan, McBride, Sato, and CAMS, all had 70%, as a school, of hitting their targets. As a school. What’s even more important than that, CAMS, Sato, McBride, Wilson and Poly all had every significant subgroup hit 60% of higher on A through G. So, for example, here at Wilson, every single group, African Americans, Cambodians, Hispanics, Caucasians, all hit 60%. In fact, the Cambodians here, at Wilson were at 80%, and the Caucasians were at 80%. So, we have many things to celebrate, so let’s give everybody a round of applause. (audience applauds) Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the money. So, we’re gonna pass out some charts. Everybody wants to know, this is all color-coded, it looks nice and pretty. So, elementary’s in blue. K-8 and middle schools are in orange. High schools in black. And the grand total that we’re gonna give out today is $958,000. (audience applauds) Over 50 schools are getting money, and I’m gonna put my glasses on for a minute because I’m gonna call out two schools. So, Juan, I know Juan was sitting over here, I think. Juan, where’s Juan at? Juan Gutierrez, where’s Juan? Stand up Juan. Juan’s no longer at Kettering, he’s been transferred to Edison. But, Kettering’s getting $55,000. (audience applauds) Mona, Mona’s no longer at Oropeza. Mona stand up. Your school is getting $40,000. (audience applauds) And Mona, continue to stand for a minute. Juan stand back up, I know I’m embarrassing you, but stand back up Juan, I can see you now. So, stand back up.
(audience laughs) What these two schools also did, was that they closed the achievement gap by more than 50%, both in language arts and mathematics. And look at these schools on opposite sides of the city. Congratulations. (audience applauds) I do wanna call two groups to the stage for a minute. Last year, we recognized Fiscal Services and the SPED Department, for the great work that they do in collaboration in serving our young people. So, I wanted to recognize two departments today. Because as educators, it takes the entire village to do what we need to do. And thousands of people behind the scenes. So, we had many, many projects, and we could recognize many, many departments. But I wanna point out two. One is our Facilities Department. We have one of the biggest bond programs going on with billions of dollars being put in our community. This auditorium is one example of it. We have over 13,000 students are gonna experience air conditioning for the first time. Their teachers, their parents will all be happy. It doesn’t take, it’s a lot of work, guys, to try to have this all work. So, I would like Alan to come up here please. Alan, would you please come up here? (audience applauds) And then the other one, as Alan’s coming up here, I’d like Matt from TISB to come up here because–
(audience applauds) Where’s Matt at? Come on down, Matt. For those of you who know, we have 85,000 Chromebooks. We refreshed 32,000 Chromebooks. And TISB hired four interns and those interns were great. Which means that our youngsters, as they come back to school, will have new Chromebooks that they are gonna have. They started this work in April, and it’s a lot of work to move 32,000 out and to bring 32,000 in. So, we wanna reward both these departments with checks for $5,000 each. So, there’s yours, sir.
(audience applauds) This is yours. You may wanna talk to Renee and to Dr. Brown of how they used that money because this is what I call, free money. Free money can be used for a lot of things except for trips to Hawaii and that kind of thing. (audience laughs) But it is to be used to celebrate your colleagues and your departments, and we can’t thank all of them enough for what they’ve done to help our youngsters. So, thank you. (audience applauds) Told you today’s gonna be about celebrations. Okay, may we show this video please? Who knows who this is? Scrooge McDuck, exactly. I’ve been called a lot of things in life. I’ve been called Robinhood, I’ve been called the Grinch, I’ve been called Scrooge McDuck, who I actually love because I’m a big cartoon fan. I’ve been told my wallet squeaks when it comes to fiscal services, which is all true. But, you have many advocates out there. And your fiscal departments told me, they said hey Chris, it would be really nice if you allowed the schools to have 100% of their carryover. So guess what? You’re getting 100% of your carryover. (audience applauds) And even more than that, you’re gonna get 100% of your carryover moving forward. So, congratulations. Now, having said that, Scrooge McSteinhauser’s gonna say, the money is for our children. So, please spend the money. Now, Scrooge McSteinhauser’s also gonna say please have a nice reserve, okay? But don’t, Kettering, you got $55,000, you can spend 48 of it, okay? So, please, please, please. So, we’ll go to the next one. So, now I’m gonna leave you with some challenges and some opportunities. Every year I ask you to continue to close the achievement and opportunity gaps. And that’s what I want you to do. We had 14 schools who did that this year. I want it to be 28 next year because we can do it. You can do anything you achieve and anything you set your mind to. The next one I’m gonna ask you to do, is to again, focus on that equity this year. Equity comes in many, many, many forms. It’s not just academic equity, it’s all kinds of things. So, remember to do that. The other one is, as you look at this youngsters, this actually is gonna be on the cover of Linda Darling-Hammond’s study on the positive outliers. Which studied Long Beach. And they asked, and thank you Dr. Baker and Chris E, we sent them two pictures, and they’re gonna use both our pictures. This is gonna be on the cover that’s gonna go throughout the nation, talking about districts like Long Beach who are beating the odds and doing what they need to do for the young people. This is actually Millikan High School graduation, this last year. (audience applauds) I’m also gonna ask you, any many of you do this on a regular basis. I’m gonna ask that you bring in that student voice on a regular basis. If folks like Dr. Baker, who went out and shadowed kids this year, and exec staff who did empathy interviews, if they can do it, all of us can do it. And that’s everybody. But, just don’t do it one time, do it on a regular basis. Whether it’s a group of kids you’re meeting at lunchtime, or whatever, when I meet with my student advisors, they tell us everything. And I lot it because they tell us things that we don’t even wanna hear. (audience laughs) And sometimes those are the most important, to be very, very honest with you. And then the last one I’m gonna share with you, for my homework assignment, is I want all of you to have self-care. I struggled with the announcements as a parent, when they said put your oxygen mask on first, and then your kids. ‘Cause as a parent, you want your kids to be safe. But your kids can’t be safe if you’re not there. Your students and staff can’t be safe and do their job that they need to do, if you’re not there. Self-care comes in many different things. For people like me, it could be watching cartoons. For other people, it could be yoga. It could be running. It could be whatever you choose it to be. But, make sure you have self-care, and make sure that those you supervise have self-care. Because as educators, we’re continuing to give out our bucket. But our bucket, eventually, will be empty, if we don’t have self-care, okay? So, that’s your homework assignment. Now, we also have another one. (audience applauds) People ask me, do I get a shirt like this? And yes you do. Everyone gets a shirt like this. So, when you leave today,
(audience applauds) and this is really, really important. Folks, we really need to, when we exit today, that those who rode the bus, which are the majority of you, you exit here to get your checks and you’re gonna get these two books because one is on innovation, we want you to be innovators. We want you to be risk-takers, that’s how we do great things. And the next one is a book, it’s called Give and Take. It’s about relationships. Because you heard throughout the meeting today, it’s about relationships and about people working together. So, there’s books for everybody. There are t-shirts for everybody. There’s 55 checks out there for those who are receiving checks. And if we don’t have your right size, we will order you a shirt. So don’t worry, there is an opportunity to do that. But, on behalf of the board, on behalf of the executive staff, and most importantly, on behalf of our students, I do wanna say thank you for you what you do for our kids each and every day. People ask me, where would you wanna be as a superintendent of other places? There’s no other place because this is, in my opinion, the best. You are beating the odds. When I shared with you about the AP data, and about the A through G data, there’s a district across the 605, their high school has 17% poverty and their at 76% A to G. Those high schools that I showed you up on that slide, not a single one of those high schools has a poverty rate below 50%. Where’s the equity? It’s right here, in Long Beach Unified. So, congratulations, and have a great year. (audience applauds) Mrs. Ashley is gonna come up here and share with you, and exec staff a few things. (audience applauds) Not to worry, I wasn’t about to get up here and dance on stage by myself, but I can now check that off my bucket list, and y’all know my jam. (audience laughs) Happy new school year to all of you, and happy new fiscal year to our business folks out there. It’s always an honor to be with you, to celebrate you, and to kick off another fine school year as we head towards 2020. And it’s also time to say thank you for all that you do for our schools, and to make sure our students and our staff are in good care. Before we congratulate our new managers, let’s take this opportunity to reminisce of days gone by. These were the days that continue to inspire our own work and service to children. Because of time, we won’t be able to hear from our executive staff right now, but that will come a little bit later. However, I want to introduce to you my colleagues, to those of you who are new in the group, and welcome two new cabinet members. The slide you see behind me represents a year book. Our friends at OMS helped me dig up these old pictures that many of you may remember from a few years back. And I want to make it very clear that I had permission to show each photo that you’re about to see. And I also want to thank my colleagues for letting themselves be seen, for allowing others to get a sense of how we were in our youth, and that there’s absolutely no shame in how we looked in the ’70s and ’80s.
(audience laughs) The first page of our yearbook features the courageous, Chris Steinhauser, a proud bruin of Wilson High, followed up by our personable Pamela Seki, assistant superintendent of OCIPD, and our very caring Christopher Lund, assistant superintendent, MS K-8 schools. And as we turn the page, we see our genuine Jill Baker, (audience laughs) deputy superintendent of schools, followed up by jovial Jay Camerino, (audience laughs) assistant superintendent of high schools, and our very own, top-of-the-line, Tiffany Brown. (audience laughs) I’m sorry Jay, but this joke just does not get old. (audience laughs) Next up, we’ll see our assistant superintendent of elementary schools, the brave Brian Moskowitz. In the middle we have our youthful Yumi Takahashi, chief business and financial officer. And not new to the team, but new to the yearbook, our very kind, Ken Kato, executive officer of personnel commission, and classified employment. (audience applauds) And all of you remember me and my cheesy flower. (audience laughs) You know, we’ve been sharing a lot about our stories, our leadership journeys, a lot about ourselves. And Jay actually inspired me to share this snippet of my story when I was young. It was a moment of inspiration as a child, growing up within a large family on the west side during the ’60s and ’70s. And this photo was actually part of a set, where you bring your own clothes and you change your outfits. So, this is me in a dumb orange turtleneck. (audience laughs) But it was a time in my life, when I had made an important decision. You see, I came from a devout Catholic family, and just prior to this photograph being taken, I was confirmed, and received the Holy Spirit that strengthened my faith. And in preparation for this holy sacrament, I had to choose a name for myself. I had to choose a name of a saint, a saint I admired, and one that I looked up to as a role model. So, true story, I chose the name Annette, after Saint Annette Funicello. (audience laughs) I admit, it was always about the eyebrows and not about the hairdo. But, let’s move on and introduce one of our district leaders, our dynamic David Zaid, assistant superintendent of human resource services. (audience applauds) David is a proud graduate of Long Beach Poly, home of scholars and champions. (audience cheers) And thinkers, too. And then he went on to graduate from Long Beach State. And most of you recognize David from this photo that’s up on our website, where David helped 40 Jordan High School students dress for success. Each young man received a new suit as part of the school’s Math Collaborative program. Well done, David. (audience applauds) Little did we know, that David was dressing for success since he was a toddler. (audience laughs) And now, I’d like to introduce our very own, keen and kinetic, Kristi Kahl, assistant superintendent of research and school improvement. (audience applauds) As you can see, Kristi is a proud product of both the ’80s and LBUSD, graduating from Millikan High. Those of you who know Kristi, know that she’s not shy, she embraces her own vulnerability and has a flare for entertainment. Therefore, Kristi, you get the award for best high school yearbook picture ever. (audience laughs) (sighs) It reads get tough. Junior Kristi Kahl gets into her halftime routine to the rhythm of Beat It at the home game against Wilson. I don’t know about you, but I will forever have a new visual in my mind whenever I hear this song, Kristi. And as I’ve said before, you only tease the ones you love. And I hope you all know that I have a whole lot of love for you. So, thank you to all. And let’s bring up our new classified managers, introduced by the youthful Yumi Takahashi. (audience applauds) So, we will do this in an orderly manner. If your name is on the first page of the segment within your packet, for classified promotions and new hires, will you please come up on stage? And we’ll be sure to recognize you with the wave of a hand. Don’t be shy, come on up. Woo, this is a long list. So, I’m happy to call up Yvette Brotherton, elementary school office supervisor, MacArthur. Thea Guin, middle school office supervisor, Franklin. Carla Gerard, middle school office supervisor, Muir. Mariana Puentes Flores, physician services technician, human resources services. Jesus Rios, employment services supervisor, personnel commission. Cindy Ruiz, administrative secretary, multimedia services. Maravich Hockenson, administrative secretary, student support services. Mindy Ritter, administrative secretary, student support services. Karen di Russo, administrative secretary, information services. Pamela Brackman, senior administrative secretary, personnel commission. Oscar Ochoa, grounds crew supervisor, operations branch. Lamont Heads, custodial crew supervisor, operations branch. Jonathan Mendoza, custodial services inspector, operations branch. Otis Quincy Wilbert, custodial services inspector, operations branch. Francisco Guzman, school safety supervisor, school safety and emergency preparedness. Kelli Iwane, child nutrition specialist, nutrition services branch. I’m only halfway done, guys. Marianne Grosvenor, associate research data analyst, research planning and evaluation. Greg Robinson, associate personnel analyst, personnel commission. Juan Duong, fiscal services analyst, fiscal services. Kristine Pratt, fiscal services analyst, fiscal services. David Pitman, areal custodial manager, operations branch. Fran Wilbur, areal custodial manager, operations branch. Mike Luper, maintenance manager, maintenance branch. Kurt Atkins, nutrition services manager, nutrition services branch. John Meehan, nutrition services manager, nutrition services branch. Mario Coffman, technology field operations supervisor, information services. Ferdos Fazeli, facilities project manager, facilities branch. Zach Egay, assistant director, fiscal services. Dave van West, assistant director, maintenance branch. Debra Ferdman, general counsel, special education, office of student support services. Mark Chavez, director, nutrition services branch. Jose de la Mora, director, operations branch. Steve Buoy, transportation director, maintenance branch. And Alan Reising, business services administrator, business services. Thank you. Congratulations to everybody.
(audience applauds) All right, if you’re a newly promoted elementary assistant principal or principal, come on up. We are waiting for you. (audience applauds) Thank you Ruth, for showing those pictures. It’s always nice to remember that I had hair at one time. The hair’s just kind of moved down onto my chin instead of the top of my head. It’s nice to be with all of you. It’s always awesome to be here to kick off. We spent a lot of time last week with principals and assistant principals, but it’s nice to be back with all of the managers today. So, it’s my great pleasure to be able to introduce awesome administrators. I’ll start off with three folks who were just amazing teachers on special assignment the last few years. That we were able to give them that promotion to assistant principalship, and I know they’ll do great work for their schools. So, let’s hear it for Nicole Kelly at Addams, Tracy Hall at Dooley, and Ann at Roosevelt. (audience applauds) So, these next five names I’m gonna call, I say this to people at this time every year. If you see their extension show up on your phone, or if they call you from their cell phone or text, please answer right away. As a new principal, they have a million questions, and they try to spread those questions around so that nobody thinks they have a lot of needs, you think they just have a little bit of needs, but really, they’re calling 20 of you. So please pick up the phone. And, so, those are Cheryl Huber at Alvarado. (audience applauds) Brenda Ocampo at Chavez. (audience applauds) Rachel Peters at Kettering. (audience applauds) No longer at this school, Nancy Dalton at Stevenson. (audience applauds) And last but not least, Dr. Patrick Booker at Twain. (audience applauds) Let’s hear it for elementary schools, yeah! All right, good morning. If you are a newly promoted MS K-8 assistant principal or principal, please come on up. All right, and calling attention to our packet, here, I wanna call out, there are some typos here. So, I’m gonna correct that in our presentation here. All right, so we have three new assistant principals to the MS K-8 level, and four new principals to the MS K-8 level. So, our three new assistant principals, first, starting off with Patrice Rice, new assistant principal at Jefferson. (audience applauds) And Torrie Baker, new assistant principal at Lindbergh. (audience applauds) And Brooke Hogan, the new assistant principal at Lindsey. (audience applauds) And then, our four new principals at the MS K-8 level, Jorge Montanez, the new principal at Hamilton. (audience applauds) Kathleen Reed, the new principal at Nelson. (audience applauds) Alma Black, the new principal at Tincher K-8. (audience applauds) And Rashawn Williams, the new principal at Washington. (audience applauds) What an amazing group. Thank you so much. This is gonna be an awesome year. (audience applauds) All right high school team, let’s come on up. Represent, here we go. Let’s give them a round of applause as they come up here. (audience applauds)
Come on high school team. Likewise, Ruth, thank you for putting Mario up there, much better looking person than me, anytime, any day. So, you can use that reference anytime. I don’t see it, but that’s perfect, that’s great. I’m sure Cessi does. (audience laughs) Thank you all. Coming to Cabrillo is activity special head, Connie Granieri. Connie, welcome.
(audience applauds) Also a new activity special head at Jordan is Michelle Greene. (audience applauds)
Welcome. All right, new head counselor at Browning as well, Lupe Saldana. (audience applauds) Head counselor at CAMS, Kim Johnson-Agulto. (audience applauds) Head counselor at Sato is Gerard Maliwat. (audience applauds) New assistant principal to Lakewood, Miruna Lascar. (audience applauds) Assistant principal at Millikan, Arinn Filer. (audience applauds) Assistant principal at Millikan, Macy Jelinowicz. (audience applauds) Assistant principal to Millikan, Daniel Yu. (audience applauds) Assistant principal, here, at Wilson, Edward Steinhauser. (audience applauds) Assistant principal Wilson, Lloyd Wilson. (audience applauds) Our new promoted vice principals are Tomika Romant at Lakewood. (audience applauds) Kaisha Irving-Holder at Millikan. (audience applauds) Matt Brown at Poly High School. (audience applauds) and Renee Shipman, Wilson High School. (audience applauds) Congratulations, give them another round of applause. Thank you. (audience applauds) Good morning and happy new year, LBUSD. It’s good to see all of you out there. (audience applauds) I am going to introduce our non-level, mostly central office folks. So, if you are a non-level promotee, come on up. This group spans pre-school, all the way through assistant sup. Great, so, first let me introduce Lindsey Evans, program coordinator at CDC, Lindsey. (audience applauds) Coming into central office from Cabrillo High School, Chris Itson, AA to the deputy superintendent. (audience applauds) Ed Garcia, who moved from principal in elementary to program administrator, head start. Serving our young students. (audience applauds) Katiria Hernandez, a familiar face to you, program administrator, HRS. (audience applauds) Liseeth Ramos, promoted to vice principal measure E and elementary office. (audience applauds) Our new director of community partnerships, Dr. Lucy Salazaar. (audience applauds) New director of employee relations and ethics, Steve Rockenbach. (audience applauds) And two newest assistant superintendents, Dr. Kristi Kahl, research, planning, and school improvement. (audience applauds) And David Zaid, assistant superintendent of human resource services. (audience applauds) Let’s give them a round of applause. Thank you, thank you all. Congratulations, again, everyone. Bless you all with my flower. (audience laughs) Let’s bring up Carrie, our president of Album. Come on up, Carrie. (audience applauds) Good morning, everyone. Good morning. My name is Carrie Nanak, and I’m starting my third year as president of Album. I’d like to let you know a little bit, oh thanks.
(audience applauds) I’d like to let you know a little bit about what we do. We’re part of a charter of the Association of California School Administrators, ACSA, and we stay active in their meetings and conferences. So, this allows us to be aware of, and act on the most crucial issues affecting our district, especially at state and legislative action issues. So, we had a conference here, in Long Beach, on the Queen Mary, last school year. And people came from all over. And they really, really loved the Long Beach way of doing things. So, Dr. Felton Williams was correct about that. We also, annually, sponsor a district manager to participate in Leadership Long Beach. And we have an active alumnus in Leadership Long Beach representing Album. Our president is included in meetings with TALB and CSCA, which the district is seeking input or presenting information that will affect all employees. This year we were invited to participate in the budget audit committee, and participated in the new training that we’ll receive today that all staff will be trained upon. We were included in discussions around the new pay period calendar, and we talked with Mr. Zaid about the reasons for, and positive aspects of changing health insurance. We also had your back on comp days, and the district executive staff fully supported our efforts. (audience applauds) Thank you. We contribute to the classified picnic every year, as we honor their hard work and dedication to our students. We purchase your business partnership plaques every year. We purchase gift cards for you to enjoy if your ticket’s called on days like today. And we sometimes even pay for your lunch at principal’s meetings. We also recognize any Album member who plans to retire at our end-of-the-year party. Which, by the way, is way more fun now. (audience laughs) Moreover, school board candidates call us to share about themselves, seeking Album support in their election campaigns. Please know, that if you have any questions about any district action or policy, we’ll be happy to share those questions with our superintendent or the appropriate deputy or assistant sup. We are a safe space for you. We are your voice. So, we’re proud of the work we’ve done, and at this time, I would like the Album board to please stand up. Album board members, oh, look. They’re all together over there. (audience applauds) Please give them a round of applause. Thank you so much to the board for all of your support. Now, if you are an actual Album member, we would like you to reveal yourselves. So, if you’re an Album member, can you please stand up? You paying dues for Album. Okay, take a look around. If you’re just one of the 25 people that signed up today, you’re in, stand up. Stand up. Okay, now don’t sit down, hang on. Look around you. Is there someone next to your who’s not standing up? (audience laughs) Okay, shake their hand. Hold their hand, good. Don’t let go of their hand. Take them out front where we have the sign ups. No, no, I’m just kidding. Sit down, sit down. No pressure, no pressure. Lastly, I just wanna say, may the positive energy that you have and your natural light shine so that you are able to inspire all that you work with this year. Let’s make it a great year. Thank you. (audience applauds) Next, we have Michelle for Casa, Michelle. (audience applauds) Hello everybody. My name is Michelle Francis, and I’m the school support secretary at Cabrillo High School, go jags! (audience applauds) I wanna thank you for allowing me this opportunity, Chris, to speak on behalf of Casa, and to spotlight the wonderful things that we do. Last week, we had a fabulous summer institute that we attended, the supervisors and the plant supervisors. It was wonderful. I wanna give a round of applause to everybody that was a part of that. (audience applauds)
It was awesome. It was really, really, awesome. I wanna thank you, principals, for allowing your secretaries the opportunity to attend our morning monthly meetings. It’s an opportunity to build relationships. It’s a time where we discuss best practices and share what we do, so that we can become more efficient and not recreating the wheel. We take those skills that we learn from collaborating with one another, back to our site, and we have a network in which we can call upon. As they were saying, the new principals, when you see somebody calling, you pick up the phone, ’cause you know they have a quick question. We’re really into relationship-building, and again, thank you, principals, for allowing your secretaries their time, the release time to come and be a part of it. Let’s give a round of applause to the principals. (audience applauds) I’d like to, also, say thank you to Chris and the executive team because we meet with them on a quarterly basis. And they come to us with opportunities to present things before we present it to the whole, general population. They brought to us the new payroll system, and we helped them to kinda work it through. And then we became the calm voice. And we were able to answer questions for our peers, to those that had concerns and everything. They also helped us with this recent child abuse training system that we had. By using Casa first, we were able to provide guidance and calmness to all the sites, and we helped with the transition, and be a positive influence in accomplishing the goals. We do like that we are included in many things that the executive board is doing, and Long Beach Unified as a whole. And we wanna continue that relationship-building, that we have this opportunity. So, it’s a once-a-month meeting, and we invite all of you secretaries that haven’t come, if you haven’t joined, there’s still time. Come see Anna. And we will be able to sign you up and get you in there. There is a meeting schedule inside of our packet that we’ve given, and again, just join us and make this year a wonderful school year. Thank you so much. (audience applauds) Thank you Michelle. And next, I’d like to bring up Walter Larkin, president of the Long Beach Education Foundation. (audience applauds) Correction, I’m not yet the president, I’m merely a president-elect. So, let’s get it perfectly straight. So, my name’s Walter Larkin, some of you know who I am. And I’m with the Long Beach Education Foundation. I’ve been with the foundation for almost four years, I guess. It’s hard to believe. And I have to say, in front of all of you, I am so, seeing all the statistics about what you’ve accomplished, I’m so impressed. And just proud to be standing up here with you. So, I’d like to give you my own hand for a great job. (audience applauds) So, the philosophy of the Long Beach Education Foundation is receive funds, support some of the programs that you’re really aware of. And our goal is to really provide those funds for you, the principals, and of course, the bottom line is the students. I’m a business person. So I always like to talk about the bottom line. So, the foundation reaches out to hundreds of non-profits in the community and other business partnerships, and that’s how I became involved initially with Long Beach Unified School District, as a business partner. And we rely on those organizations, not only for financial support, but also for resources. And some of you, I’m sure, have benefited from some of those resources. Sometimes I feel the Long Beach Education Foundation is like the best-kept secret, but it’s amazing, the contributions that they’ve made and the impact they’ve had on the community, not just in Long Beach Unified, but outside Long Beach Unified. So, this year, 2019-20, the Long Beach Education Foundation will focus on fundraising for district-wide support for impoverished and homeless students, embracing every population of students that would benefit from enrichment activities. So, although Judy is retiring this year, which was very dramatic for me to hear, frankly, she’s left the foundation on great financial footing. And our new executive director, Lucy Salazaar, will have a great platform that she can start in on. So, I’m very happy about that as well. So, what started 16 years ago, with barely $11,000 in two small scholarship endowments, has increased to $8 million. And that’s an incredible number. As a business person, that’s like 72000% increase. And that’s like 45000% increase per year. And anyone who achieves those kind of results would be having amazing performance. So, by any measure, Judy has done a fantastic job. This is her last management meeting that she will be attending. And I know she’s gonna kill me for going off script, sorry Judy, but I’d like to give Judy Seal a big round of applause for her dedicated service and support for the schools. (audience applauds) So, my second goal, here, which Judy told me about, was Ruth, I have to basically make sure I address the Harmony Project, which I will. And I know I’ve got short on time. But, we’re starting a fifth year of the Long Beach Harmony Project. Some of you have heard about it, I’m sure. And it continues to exceed all expectations in overall student performance, parental engagement, community support, including Long Beach Police Chief Luna, and Long Beach Unified School District and of course, Long Beach Education Foundation, showing tremendous support. During the 2018 fundraiser, the audience learned how to play percussion instruments. I’m a horrible musician, but that was kind of interesting. And then Chief Luna and the fire chief, Chief Espino, played these West African drums. So, for those who haven’t gone, it is an incredible experience seeing these young people play these instruments for the very first time. But, it was great fun and it was a fantastically successful fundraiser. So, Jim Petrie, who you all know, has done a fantastic job running and managing that program. And he’s gonna be teaching everyone that shows up at the next one, another instrument. Which, I don’t know what that’s gonna be. So, dates to remember. So, please refer to your information packet. On December 11th, 2019, they’ll be a Long Beach Harmony Project gala. You’re all, of course, welcome to attend. And seeing those little kids play those instruments is very inspiring. And also the most inspiring student dinner will be on Thursday, May 28th, 2020. So, that’s also in your packet. On behalf of the Long Beach Education Foundation, we are grateful for the trust that you put in us, congratulations to everyone here. Have a wonderful school year. The foundation looks forward to working with you now and in the future. So, before I stop, are there other board members of the foundation here? I’d like them to stand if they are. If not, only one here? I guess I’m it. Well, thank you very much for your time and congratulations to Long Beach Unified School District. (audience applauds) Thank you Walter. Before we go on to the very last pieces of the meeting. I’d like Latisha and Lorrie to come up here for a minute. Come up here. (audience laughs) They don’t give me too many people to supervise. (audience applauds) (audience laughs) Aw. (audience applauds) I’m really blessed to have so many good people in my life. And these two fine people keep the calm. It isn’t always easy working with me, I’ll be honest with you. I’m stubborn, a lot of other things. But, these two people make it all happen on a daily basis. And they do it with grace and with dignity, always with a happy smile, and always calm. And you can imagine the calls, sometimes, that they get from not-so-happy people. But I have to tell you, I talked to this gentleman just the other day, and this is a true story, I haven’t shared with them. He goes, you know Mr. Steinhauser, you have to tell those in your office, thank you. Because when I called, I wasn’t the nicest person. But they remained calm, they said yes, we understand your issue, someone will get back to you, we promise you. It may not be today, it may be tomorrow. But, we promise you your need is important and you will be heard. And that went a mile. So, I just wanted to recognize them ’cause you have thousands of people out there doing the same thing. So, thank you so much. (audience applauds) So, before we go to the other part that you want, the prizes, and there’s some really nice prizes. Thank you for those who have been tweeting out about the different things, ’cause I just opened my Twitter and saw that you’ve been doing that. Excellent job. And when it comes to technology, I’m a minus 29 on a scale. But, I am gonna take a selfie, here. (audience laughs)
So, everyone smile. I’ll take a couple ’cause there’s so many people. So, we’ll go to here. We’ll go over here. And then we’ll see when he can tweet it out. We’ll see. So, reminder about your homework. Continue to close those achievement gaps and opportunity gaps. Continue to work on equity. We want you to innovate. We want you to have relationships. And, as important as all those other things, what’s the last? [Woman In Audience] Self-care? Self-care. If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of all those others. So, we have lots of great prizes, so if you could take out your tickets. And just a reminder, before we do close, remember your checks are out here, your shirts are out there. Dr. Brown and Dr. Kale, would you please stand for a moment? Yeah, you folks, let’s give them a round of applause. They designed the shirts. (audience applauds) Thank you to the CAC parent member who designed our logo. This came under that line, other duties as assigned. So, if you don’t have a ticket, raise your hand and we’ll make sure you get one. I see some people in the very back there, that don’t have a ticket. Again, you’re gonna have a great meeting over at Browning. So, we wanna make sure that folks, there’s some tickets back here, Lorrie, in the very back over there, that so far people have. I’ll take those other tickets. One other announcement I do wanna make, thanks to the Board of Education, many of our schools are what we would call green schools. And we have about, maybe 40% of our schools actively focusing on recycling and other pieces. Our goal this year is that every single one of our schools becomes a green school. So, there have been resources set aside for the additional reck-ade support. You’re gonna hear more about that later. And even more importantly than that, our green leaders in our district, and you’ll hear, they’re gonna present at the board workshop, but they’re also gonna be presenting later. They have identified several different items that schools need to become green. So, for example, recycling bins, special carts for your custodians and others. The district, again, thanks to the board, has set aside resources for those one-time purchases. So, when that memo and that email comes through, please don’t set it aside, you really want to focus on that because it’s really important that we, as a community, we as the largest employer in the city of Long Beach, and we as the big boy in the group, lead with everything we’re doing. And as you well know, we have 21 solar projects going on this year, with additional ones that we’ve already done. So, my challenge to you, as the fifth homework assignment, is, if you’re not a green school today, you wanna become a green school tomorrow, okay? So, there’s lots of resources there to support you. And you’ll hear more about that as we go. So, the first one, we have four Target gift cards. And these are from Album. So, thank you so much Album. As always, I’ll read the last three digits. 433, 433, please stand up so we can see you. I see the person over there. Good job. (audience applauds) 295, 295, please stand up if it’s you. All right, Kim, I see Kim standing. The next we have is 361, 361. Okay, right over there. And next we have 194, 194, is 194 in the house? Good job. Next, we have two tote bags that each have a $25 Amazon gift card. Pretty cool. Next is 296, 296. All right, good job. Next, we have, oh very close, 293, 293. All right, good job. Next, we have two complimentary lunches for two from Apple Spice Junction. They’re actually a very good group that support us. Next, we have 344, 344. Do I see anybody? Oh, right back there. And next we have 027, 027. Good job. Next, we have, this is really important, especially for individuals like me, we have four Superior B carwash certificates. (audience laughs) Which I’m assuming Superior B’s a good carwash. So, the 297, 297. All right, over here. We have 447, 447. (cheering)
Okay! (audience laughs) 455, 455. Back there. And next, we have 186, 186. All right Cheryl. Next, we have a $75 gift card to Gladstone’s down in the town. (audience chattering)
Oh, people like Gladstone’s. 152, 152, who’s going there? (audience member cheering) All right. Next, we have a $25 gift card to Hof’s Hut. 289, 289, okay Kristi! Next, we have a $25 gift card to Legend’s for your favorite football game. So, 278, 278, okay! Next, we have a one-night weekend stay and breakfast for two at the Long Beach Marriott. (audience chattering) You may wanna wait and take this in November, when you get to the November dip. (audience laughs) 474, 474, who’s going? (audience member cheers)
All right, good job. Next, we have two tickets for a Long Beach Playhouse show. They do a great job. 453, 453. Okay, right back here. Next, we have six $25 Amazon gift cards from our friends at Long Beach Schools Financial Credit Union. They do take good care of our money. So, 258, 258, please stand. Yes sir! All right, good job. (audience laughs) 300, 300. Do I see 300? 130, 130. 244, 244. (woman speaks off mic) Okay, good job. Next, we have 169, 169. Okay, right back here. Is that all six? Lorrie? One more, okay. 097, 097. 097, okay right back there, excellent. Next, we have a $25 gift card to Parkers’ Lighthouse. 006, 006. (woman cheers) Okay, right back here. Next, we have a Sunday brunch for two on the Queen Mary. You may also wanna save this for the November dip. 167, 167, who’s going to the Queen Mary? 167. (audience cheers) Good job. Next, we have two Starbucks gift bags. Each have a $25 gift card inside. You can use those anytime, lots of caffeine. (audience laughs) 114, 114. All right, right back here. And the next one is gonna go to 256, 256. Okay, great job. Next, we have our Trader Joe’s gift bag. They always do a great job when they put these gift bags together. Tell them thank you, please. This is from the Los Altos Trader Joe’s. 015, 015. Who’s winning the gift back? All right, and last we have a Visa card for $100. (audience cheers) And you know, you can actually win, if you join the Twitter chat, we give out four $100 gift cards for those who participate in the Twitter chat. So, you may want to join that. Every month. Every month we give out. So, last year, we gave out almost 40, I believe. So, this winner is gonna be 246, 246. Who’s 246? (audience cheers) Please stand, so we can give you your card. Excellent, excellent job. Again, thank you everybody for a great job. Thank you, have a great year. (audience applauds)