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Safe School Report

Long Beach Unified School District

Robert A. Millikan High School

2800 Snowden Avenue

Long Beach, California 90815

(562) 425-7441 Fax (562) 425-1151

Safe School Report

March 2008

Dr. Jeff Cornejo Don Keller

Co Principals

Table of Contents

I. Introduction.......................................................................................1

II. Step One: Identify Safe School Planning Committee........................2

III. Step Two: Create a Vision ...............................................................3

IV. Step Three: Gather Analyze Information about the School

the Community .................................................................................5

V. Step Four: Identify School and Community Areas of Desired

Change ..........................................................................................10

VI. Step Five: Set Major Goals ............................................................13

VII. Step Six: Select Strategies for Each Component ............................15

VIII. Step Seven: Evaluate and Assess Progress ....................................16

IX. Component 1: Personal Characteristics of Students and Staff........17

X. Component 2: The School’s Physical Environment.......................19

XI. Component 3: The School’s Social Environment ..........................20

XII. Component 4: The School’s Culture.............................................21

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Safe School Report

for Millikan High School

Introduction

Millikan High School has a school safety committee which was formed during the fall of 2000. The

committee meets to evaluate concerns and conditions on the campus. With the mandate of SB-187, this

committee will develop a Safe School Plan and review all emergency plans which directly affect our

school site. The committee realizes that the plan must be user friendly and that both staff development

and emergency drills must be held yearly. The importance of on-going self-assessment and continual

evaluation is very important. This document is for the entire school community to view and to become

aware of, thus expediting resources and personnel in the event of any emergency situation.

 

Step 1: Identify Safe School Planning

Committee

The Safe School Plan Committee will be composed of a cross section of the various school community

members of Millikan High School. The Committee will start meeting in the 2003/2004 school year and

work on integrating the various aspects of the school safety plan.

Safe School Plan Committee Members

Pat Erlandson School Nurse

Allyson Garcia Cafeteria Supervisor

Gail Miller Parent Representative

Ben Martinez Assistant Principal

Norma Mata Senior Office Assistant

Karen Briggs Head Counselor

Marcia Lynn Counselor

Rod Petkovic Parent Representative

Andrea Itson Faculty Member

Kaisha Irving Assistant Principal

David Swenson Head Custodian

Guillermo Jimenez Assistant Principal

Dorian Eveland Assistant Principal

 

Step 2: Create a Vision

Long Beach Unified School District

Mission Statement

The mission of the Long Beach Unified School District is to insure the educational success of all

students by having high expectations, a commitment to excellence, and a comprehensive program,

confirming the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive members of a

competitive society.

Millikan High School

Mission Statement

A Community that promotes academic excellence, personal integrity, and essential life skills.

 

Millikan High School

Staff Belief Statements

As educators we believe that:

A. We are all here to teach children.

B. We parallel the parents and are important in the life of the child.

C. We are powerful role models.

D. We create the environment where learning can take place.

E. We develop accountability in students.

F. We enhance student skills and knowledge.

G. We are accountable to serve our school community.

We also believe that all our students:

A. Have the potential and ability to achieve by producing quality work.

B. Are accountable for their actions.

C. Have the right to succeed/learn in a safe environment.

D. Have worth as human beings.

E. Are responsible for work in progress, attendance, attitude, and behavior.

We believe that parents must:

A. Be active partners with the schools for them to be successful.

B. Are responsible for their children’s actions, learning and behavior.

C. Have the responsibility to encourage children to work hard at school.

We believe that a positive school climate results when:

A. All participate in school activities which generate respect and school spirit.

B. The school is a partnership composed of staff, students, parents and businesses.

C. Misbehavior is not tolerated and consequences for it are immediate.

We believe that learning is fostered when:

A. There are consistent standards throughout the school and its programs.

B. Students are in attendance 95% of time (not to exceed 10 absences).

C. Education is viewed as an adventure in which the individual discovers his/her own

solutions.

D. The school is first a place of learning.

E. The school provides a curriculum in which all students can excel based on their

individual strengths.

F. The curriculum addresses real life situations and problems.

G. Motivation and high expectations are part of the school community.

 

Step 3: Gather and Analyze Information

about the School and the Community

Robert A. Millikan High School opened in 1956 as a neighborhood school with an enrollment of 2,500.

The neighborhood around the school has remained stable since that time and is composed of middle and

upper-level tract homes. The majority of the neighborhood is White with a sprinkling of Blacks, Asians,

and Hispanics. All of these residents fall into the middle to upper-middle class economic range, and set

high expectations for their children.

As the community has aged, so have its residents; therefore, only about 25.6% of Millikan’s current

enrollment comes from the immediate neighborhood. The remaining 74.4% of the student body are

bused to Millikan from the central area and the West Side. These students bring a rich diversity to

Millikan by infusing the school with a wide range of ethnic groups. The Hispanic group is the majority

population with significant numbers of Asians and Blacks. These students usually come from workingclass

homes, but some do come from the poverty level.

650 out of our 4,132 students are classified as limited English proficiency (ELL – English Language

Learner). Since the largest number of ELL students speak Spanish, the school has a growing English

Language Learner program.

Clearly, the demographics of the school have changed a great deal since 1956. The current population

for the 2007-2008 school year is 4,132 students. The school has a reputation for a calm, peaceful

atmosphere that is very conducive to education.

 

Site Resources Community Resources

Los Angles County Department of Education

76 On-Campus Clubs Administrative Staff

Long Beach Health Department

Advisory Committee ELAC DATE Program

Booster Organizations Regional Occupation Programs

Cafeteria Long Beach Fire Department

Career Guidance Center California State University, Long Beach

Carl Perkins Committee Lakewood County Sheriff Department

Classified Staff Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department

Custodial Staff Local Businesses

Faculty LBPD Juvenile Division

Full Time Nurse and Assistant Elks Club

Groundskeeping Staff LA County Office of Probation

Khmer Speaking Community Worker Junior Ebells

Media Center Search and Rescue

New Teacher Committee Long Beach City College

Numerous Computer Labs Long Beach School for Adults

Other Support Personnel Rotary Club

The Rambler (school newsletter) Building Bridges Camps

Parents LBPD East Division

Peer Counselors Long Beach Symphony

PTSA Department of Children Services

Quest Police Community Summits

Site Based Decision Making Opportunities for Youth

Spanish Speaking Community Worker Lions Club

Care Center Long Beach Aquarium

Student Council Educational Partnership High School

Students Business Partners

Instructional Leadership Team National Conference of Community Justice

Lead Teachers Long Beach City College

Professional Learning Communities Boy Scouts of America

Smaller Learning Communities Explorer Learning for Lift programs

Counselors Military Branches

Psychologist L.B. Youth Opportunity Center

1 Psychologist Intern Boeing

Port of Long Beach Upward Bound

CSU Outreach

 

Identify Areas

Prides and Strengths

Articulation with CSULB LBCC

Community and Business Partners

Deep commitment to Character Education

Extensive extra-curriculum program

Business community Partnerships

Culture of collaboration and success

Knowledgeable and Caring Staff

Many Parents Request for Special Transfers

Pathway to Excellence and Integrity

ROTC

Safe Campus

Staff that works well as a team

Strong, Winning Athletic Programs

Strong Parental Support

Strong Fine Arts Department

WASC Accreditation for Six Years

Well-Behaved and Academically Motivated Student Body

Well-Maintained and Attractive Campus

AVID Program

ELL Program

School to home communication:

Email

Posting of grades on line

Quarterly school newsletter

Smaller Learning Communities

QUEST

COMPASS

Global Technology

KIUP/GREEN

PEACE

STELLAR

MBA

 

 

 

Evening High School Report

Fall Semester Spring Semester

2004/2005 358 404

2005-2006 401 420

2006/2007 558 602

2007/2008 495 592

MOP (Millikan Opportunity Program)

Fall Semester Spring Semester

2004/2005 12 27

2005/2006 15 25

2006/2007 38 42

2007/2008 36 32

Suspensions/Expulsions


2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005/2006 2007-2008
Suspensions 385 231 243 226 221 230
Expulsions 3 2 2 3 2 5

 

     

Theft Reports

There has been a reported decrease in the number of theft on campus. The biggest areas

of concern are the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and the north and south parking lots.

These areas seem to be where the most property is stolen. Freshmen at Millikan High

School are, by far, the group that is most preyed upon.

Number of Reported Thefts in 2001/02 125

Number of Reported Thefts in 2002/03 119

Number of Reported Thefts in 2003/04 126

Number of Reported Thefts in 2004/05 131

Number of Reported Thefts in 2005/2006 142

Number of Reported Thefts in 2007/2008 135

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Analysis of the Data

After analysis of both the site and community data the following recommendations were made:

All Millikan High School events must be properly supervised.

Improve relationship with the members of the LBPD East Station. The

relationship with that Department should be as good as the relationship with

Juvenile Division.

Parking lot security has to be improved.

 

Step 4: Identify Areas of Desired Change

The immediate need for the Safe Schools Program is that Millikan High School draws together the

various stakeholders of the school. These involved parties will then continue to meet the requirements

of SB-187.

Millikan High School staff has designated three areas for improvement. They are as follows:

- Achieve expected growth toward meeting our API and AYP.

- Raise student achievement by meeting expected growth on API and AYP.

- Continue our schoolwide focus on literacy and algebra.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

On March 5, 2007 Robert A. Millikan High School went through the WASC accreditation process.

 

High Priority Objectives

1. Develop rigorous and comprehensive literacy and numeracy programs that have structures in

place to help improve student achievement in all content areas, especially among Hispanics and

African American students.

2. Close the achievement gap for ELL students in order to promote equity and student success in all

demographics.

3. Build a positive school culture of trust and collaboration to improve student achievement in all

content areas and professional collegiality between all staff.

 

Step 5: Set Major Goals

Major Goals

Based on the analysis of the major areas of desired change, our priorities for action are as follows:

1. Emergency Response Time needs to be improved by all parties involved.

This is a site, District, and outside agency problem.

2. Increase communication with the District. All issues that concern student

safety should be shared within the District. When another school has racial

unrest or there are problems in the neighborhoods, Millikan would greatly

benefit from this information. The information must be delivered in a timely

manner.

3. Security has to be improved when students are walking to and from their buses.

Many incidents seem to happen at the bus stops.

 

Goals to Focus on for

2007/2008 School Year

1. Millikan High School will develop and implement a strategic plan for the use of

technology for teaching and learning for staff and students.

2. Millikan High School will implement a plan to ensure that all students demonstrate

proficiency in the following essential learning’s by the completion of high school:

California Standards, core values, technology, career paths and employability

skills.

3. Millikan High School will implement a flexible schedule that supports the goals of

personalization, collaboration and learning for students, teachers and parents.

4. Millikan High School will close the achievement gap.

 

Step 6: Select and Implement Strategies for

Each Component

Component 1

Our goal is to provide students, staff and parents on-going staff development on

emergency preparedness procedures.

Action Plan:

Update emergency procedure plans each year.

All classrooms should have emergency procedures posted.

Provide opportunities for CPR and First Aid training.

After all emergency drill practices provide evaluation form.

Component 2

Our goal is to provide each staff member and student with a safe and clean learning

environment.

Action Plan:

Continue daily inspections by Head Custodian.

Continue to work as a team to keep the campus well maintained.

All staff will report areas in need of attention to administration.

Hold students responsible for picking up trash on campus.

Component 3

Our goal is to provide each staff member, student, and parent a clear understanding of

rules and expectations at Millikan High School.

Action Plan:

Merit/Demerit policy posted in each classroom.

Attendance policy will be sent home during first full week of school.

Students and parents will be informed of Millikan’s discipline policy.

Fair and Consistent consequences for all violations of school rules.

Continue on the Pathway to Excellence and Integrity.

Component 4

Our goal is to increase the number of students who feel that they are a part of Millikan

High School.

Action Plan:

Improve communication between the school, parents, and students.

Promote participation in all aspects of campus life among the students.

Promote caring and friendly environment.

Continue to keep the campus a safe and orderly environment.

 

Step 7: Evaluate and Assess Progress

Many of the attributes of the Safe School Plan have previously been implemented. There is a concerted

effort at this time to abide by the mandate set by SB 187.

During the 2008/20009 school year, the Millikan High School Safety Plan will be refined. The plans are

now set for several meetings of the committee when school starts. Surveys will be produced and run

during the upcoming school year and the results will be reported.

 

Component 1: Personal Characteristics of

Students and Staff

Definition: The traits that students, teachers, administrators, and other personnel bring to the campus

(ethnic/cultural diversity/experiences).

For the school year of 2006/2007, the student population at Millikan High School totaled 4132 students.

Of that number there were 1040 students who lived in the Millikan home school area. There were 22

school buses, which transported the remaining students who live outside the home school area. The

number of students represented by each ethnic group is as follows:

Asian 6.7%

African-American 10.9%

Filipino 3.1%

Hispanic 54.8%

Native American .2%

Pacific Islander .7%

White 23.5%

Of the 4132 students, approximately 15.7% were classified as English Language Learners (ELL). Since

the largest number of ELL students speak Spanish, the school has a large, effective English Language

Learner program.

Attendance has been a focal point of improvement at Millikan High School for the past three years, and

the current numbers reflect that change. Millikan’s average daily attendance is 97.82%. The transience

rate of the high schools in LBUSD is currently 1.22%. The transience rate at Millikan High School is

1.26%.

 

Ethnic distribution of certificated staff (as reported in the most recent CBEDS DATA).

African-American 6.9%

American-Indian 1.16%

Asian 3.48%

Filipino 1.74%

Hispanic 7.55%

Pacific Islander .58%

White 74.4%

Multiple or no response 4%

From information obtained from the last CBEDS data report the academic preparation of the certificated

staff is as follows:

Number of

Certificated Staff Bachelors Masters Doctorate

94 76 2

From information obtained from the last WASC report the ethnic distribution of the classified staff is as

follows:

African-American 21.9%

American Indian 1%

Asian 5.7%

Filipino 4.8%

Hispanic 23.9%

Pacific Islander 2%

White 41%

 

Component 2: The School Physical

Environment

Definition: The physical conditions in which education takes place (location, buildings,

and classrooms).

Address: 2800 Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, California 90815

Phone: 562.425.7441 Fax: 562.425.1151

Robert A. Millikan High School opened in 1956 as a neighborhood school

with an enrollment of 2,500. The current population of the school is predicted

to be 41325. The neighborhood around the school has remained stable since that time

and is composed of middle and upper level tract homes. The majority of the

neighborhood is white with a sprinkling of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics. All of these

residents fall into the middle to upper-middle class economic range and set high

expectations for their children.

As the community has aged, so have its residents; therefore, only about 25.6% of

Millikan’s current enrollment comes from the immediate neighborhood. Approximately

74.4% of the school’s population comes from the other various parts of town. The

Hispanic group is the majority population at 54.8% with significant numbers of Asians

and Blacks. These students usually come from working-class homes, but some do come

from the poverty level.

The school is located in an area that is reported to be one of the lowest crime reporting

locations in the city of Long Beach. There is a mixture of businesses and single family

dwellings surrounding the school. The school is located close to both Long Beach City

College and California State University at Long Beach. The area contains many parks

and green belts.

 

Component 3: The School Social Environment

Definition: The organizational and interpersonal processes that occur in and around the school

(structure, procedures, and organization).

Millikan’s administrative staff is composed of two (2) Co-Principals, four (4) Assistant Principals, one

(1) Facilitator, and one (1) Activities Specialist. Administrative meetings are held weekly to help keep

communication open and to ensure fair and consistent consequences for all students. Millikan has one

(1) Head Counselor; eight (8) Grade level counselors,Three (3) Project T.E.A.M. counselors and one (1)

Pathways counselors. All Counselors assist students in both academic and personal career issues. Other

Counseling services include Peer Counselors, Drug Counselors, Psychologist and Conflict Mediation.

Other support services include a full time Nurse, two (2) Athletic Directors, Media Center, Career

Center, and numerous computer labs.

The Site Council helps to make decisions on the campus. There are monthly meetings of the Site

Council.

Monthly faculty, conference period meetings and Monday afternoon meetings are held to facilitate

communication and foster collaboration among teachers and staff. Daily Bulletins are read in second

period classes and are posted.

 

 

Component 4: The School Culture

Definition: The general atmosphere or spirit of the school (norms, beliefs and values).

Positive Observations by Teachers

1. Visible security staff

2. Front entrance is secured

3. Campus has a feeling of safety

4. Students are friendly

Comments for Improvement by Teachers

1. Front gate security needs to stop and question any person entering/leaving campus

2. Slow response time by truancy van

3. Slow response time by school security

4. Students leave campus without permission