Forestville Union School District 3- 5 Year Strategic Plan for Arts and Physical Education November 2008 Introduction

This strategic plan offers a comprehensive framework for the future of arts education for the Forestville Union School District. The plan is intended to guide district leaders, administrators, teachers, and parents in their efforts to provide rich, diverse and sustainable arts and physical education learning for every student. With an appreciation for current district-wide realities, along with an innovative eye to the future, this plan outlines key strategic directions for achieving our vision for a district-wide integrated arts education program.

Forestville Union School District
The Forestville Union School District community is committed to the following vision and mission statements that resulted from the collaborative efforts of teachers, students, administrators, board members, and community members. It serves as a guiding principle at both the policy level and at the program implementation level. We, the Forestville School Community, are committed to providing our Kindergarten through eighth grade students with a safe, supportive and challenging educational environment, respectful of all individuals, in accordance with state and local guidelines.

Our purpose is to enable students to become lifelong learners - - knowing how to learn, how to make decisions and how to relate positively as productive, responsible and ethical citizens.

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Initial Impulse to Develop a Strategic Plan
The Friends of Forestville School Education Foundation (FOFSEF) provided the initial impulse and funding for the plan. FOFSEF was challenged to keep pace with increased funding needs for enrichment programming, as well as financially nurture the introduction of new offerings on campus. With traditional fundraising streams yielding less, several directors began discussing the feasibility of seeking additional support through grant writing. Information gleaned from a Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) sponsored Grant Writing Workshop provided two linked aspects critical for successful grant writing. Endowments are awarded to schools which best articulate a succinct idea of who they are and are informed by a strategic plan which integrates requested funds to a greater school vision. It became clear that, in order to move forward, FOFSEF needed to collectively revisit with administration, faculty, and parents the motivating factors that informed enrichment programming at Forestville School and Academy.

Planning Process Description
This Strategic Plan reflects the dedicated, collaborative efforts of a wide crosssection of the Forestville Union School District community including; board members, administration, staff and parents. Over a series of four workshops in the month of October 2008, participants gathered to provide their vision, insights, concerns, hopes and course of action that make up our plan. Karin Demarest, based on a model developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, facilitated the workshops. The strategic planning process utilized a four-step model, focusing on the following areas: Practical Vision, Strengths/Underlying Contradictions, Strategic Directions and Implementation Planning. In each step, a question was presented that guided the group process, for example “What do we want to see in place in 3-5 years at Bellevue Union?” Using consensus-building techniques, participants contributed their ideas and identified overarching themes. The following summary highlights the results of this comprehensive process.

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Our Practical Vision
The Practical Vision reflects each individual participants’ hopes and aspirations for the future of Forestville Union School District. These are real dreams, expressed by the individuals, fitted together to build a concrete, collective vision.
In 3-5 Years. Forestville Union School District will strive to build their arts programs guided by the following Practical Vision.

⇒ Inspire Community Connections ⇒ Support an Integrated Curriculum ⇒ Showcase Artistic Achievement ⇒ Design and Implement Performance Measures ⇒ Establish Sustainable Funding ⇒ Create Continuous Growth ⇒ Provide Exceptional Facilities ⇒ Articulate a Clear Vision ⇒ Develop Dynamic Instructors ⇒ Inspire Community Connection

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Our Strengths and Challenges
The Strategic Planning committee recognizes that a solid strategic plan is built on the strengths of the current arts programs, while honestly assessing the challenges that might be barriers to achieving our Practical Vision. This process acknowledges that lack of time and funding are often considered insurmountable blocks to the implementation of a strategic plan, so opts to look beyond these omnipotent challenges to deeper barriers such as assumptions, beliefs and current practices.

Strengths • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Core Group in FOFSEF Engaged faculty and board Strong arts/artist community in West County Fairly strong diverse industries – clusters within the county with strong education component Space and setting Strong, independent art programs Strong community tie Tradition Administration who’s open to new ideas Increase in arts related events in the county PreK-8 (rare) Light on inertia Classroom teachers with strong curriculum knowledge Artists on staff to integrate

Core Challenges • • • • • Community Engagement Cohesive Communication Competing Interests Organizing & Coordinating Grant Writing & Funding

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Our Strategic Direction
Strategic Directions begin the process of operationalizing the Practical Vision by building courses of action or programs based on the identified challenges. These are broad directions that directly impact the future of the schools arts program. The directions identified by the Strategic Planning committee include: • Reinforcing the School as the Heart of the Community Events Community Connections • Broadening Communication & Participation Broaden Communications Parent Outreach & Participation • Redesigning a Comprehensive Arts Program Coordination Curriculum & Planning Integrating with the Arts Community

First-Year Goals by Quarters

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

The first year goals reflect agreed-upon actions that are focused and set into a priority according to a quarterly calendar. These specific, concrete accomplishments are set as goals, not as mandates, and will be reassessed at the end of each quarter.

Quarter 1 Accomplishments: January - March
Task
REINFORCING THE SCHOOL AS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Parcel tax exploratory committee created and argument framed Parking Toll Box Upper Lot Public Relations Committee Created BROADENING COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION One program at Tree Lighting Ceremony Communications Committee Formed Media Plan Developed REDESIGNING A COMPREHENSIVE ARTS PROGRAM Establish & meet with a Fine Arts Department monthly Establish an Arts Committee (including parents, admin, staff & community members) Carol, Jill, Deborah & Janet Everyone present at Strategic Planning – any other interested stakeholders PR Committee (Joanie & Raissa) Stan FOFSEF & Board Matt Joanie & Raissa

Point Person/

Completion Date

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Quarter 2 Accomplishments: April - June
Task
REINFORCING THE SCHOOL AS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Two local artists give presentations Two major Spring events Professional Arts Coordinator Identified BROADENING COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION Expand phone-a-thon to include business Viking Voice is available online REDESIGNING A COMPREHENSIVE ARTS PROGRAM Master schedule created including the Arts by May 2009 Schedule events, projects for the 20092010 year (i.e. assemblies) Jennifer, Jill, Lorie, Stan & Administration Arts Coordinator FOFSEF Talin Tamzarian Arts Coordinator Stan Amy Norris & Deborah Padrick

Point Person/Notes

Completion Date

Quarter 3 Accomplishments: July -September

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

Task
REINFORCING THE SCHOOL AS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Fall Gala: Committee for Forestville School 110 year celebration created BROADENING COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION One Chamber event hosted Two Board hosted special events Two Parent Forums One presentation to a Rotary Clum REDESIGNING A COMPREHENSIVE ARTS PROGRAM Arts Coordinator hired by summer ($) Band for every 5th grader

Point Person/Notes

Completion Date

John Kuntz, Kim Nichols

Bob Guy, Ron Janet, Barbara Guy, Bob, Janet

Amy, Deborah Scheduling Advisory Committee

Block schedule for fine arts with a “wheel” Scheduling Advisory component Committee

Quarter 4 Accomplishments: October - December
Task Point Person/Notes Completion Date

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

REINFORCING THE SCHOOL AS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Two major fall events (110 year, Back to School) BROADENING COMMUNICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION Art Stamps for sale in local shops REDESIGNING A COMPREHENSIVE ARTS PROGRAM Elizabeth FOFSEF, Board

Summary:
Forestville Union’s Strategic Plan outlines an ambitious, yet achievable direction for the next 3-5 years. The plan is a starting point and a guide along the way; lasting change occurs with dedicated action. Standing behind the vision and strategic actions of our plan requires commitment and hard work. Every member of the Forestville Union community is encouraged to

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185

participate in bringing this plan to fruition. contribute.

Please contact our district office to learn how to

Our Thanks:
Forestville Union School District would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of those who gave their time and heartfelt ideas to develop of our Strategic Plan:

Ron Abler Heidi Barnes Matt Barnes Joanie Blechel Bob Borbe Jean Bullard Liz Cozine Raissa de la Rossa Debbie Eakins Guy Eck Barbara Farell Melaine Gamer Janet Greene Noelle Huberty Paul Huberty Jill Humrich

Stan Johnson Mike Kamrath Elizabeth Koebsell Karen Koenig John Kuntz Diana Nelson Amy Norris Kathy Olmsted Deborah Paddrick Lori Pola-Hoard Peggy Porter Lynn Rogers Carol Swanson Talin Tamzarian Chris Uebel

**The Practical Vision, Strategic Directions and First-year Accomplishments outlined in this report highlight key themes excerpted from the plan’s complete working documents. To receive a copy of these documents, please contact Karin Demarest, kdemarest@scoe.org

Forestville Union School District

6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA (707) 887-2185