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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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San Dieguito Union High School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 3

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Melisse C. Mossy

Educator/Parent
7,389 votes (39.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • STUDENTS FIRST. Our mission and policies need ensure our students have the best opportunities for the best learning experiences possible.
  • SAFEST SCHOOLS. We must ensure we provide a safe spaces where our students and staff know they will be safe in any emergency.
  • SMALLER CLASS SIZES where the most creative, innovative and meaningful learning experiences can take place to prepare students to be the workforce leaders of tomorrow.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business Owner, Teacher, and Mother
Business Stakeholder, Mossy Automotive Group (1998–current)
Substitute Teacher, San Dieguito High School District (2016–2018)
Substitute Teacher, Santa Fe Christian Schools (2015–2016)
Managing Partner, Rawhide Ranch (2013–2015)
Educator, Oceanside Unified High School District (1993–1998)

Education

California State University Los Angeles Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate as well as S12 and S31B Certificates, Education (1993)
USC Bachelor of Arts, Humanities with an Emphasis in Film & Theater (1991)

Community Activities

Volunteer for 8 Years, National Charity League (2010–current)
Founder & Scholarship Organizer & Donor, USC Equestrian Team (1989–current)
Volunteer, Venture Church (2015–current)
International Volunteer, Uganda, Nepal, Pt. Loma, LOVE DOES (2014–2017)
Volunteer, Horizon Christian Fellowship (2015–1998)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters North County San Diego (4)

What are the pressing problems of this school district, in your opinion, and what experience do you bring to the Board that will help address these problems?
Answer from Melisse C. Mossy:

1.      

a.     Safety /Well-Being

Safety and well-being is a basic need of life. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, if we are to help students and staff achieve their fullest potential and think creatively, humans must first feel safe and secure.  I believe it is important to obtain funding (through existing means, grants, and community partnerships) to ensure campus safety and the overall well-being for students. I understand a consulting firm is working on this issue, and appreciate their feedback; however, we must expeditiously move forward to ensure safety for all those on school grounds.

b.     Instructional Enrichment Opportunities for Teachers and Students

If we desire our teachers to be dedicated, committed and inspiring, we need to be dedicated, committed and inspired to give them the tools that they and our students need. Educators deserve to be given support and funding to innovate their classrooms, to be compensated to research, implement, and share creative teaching strategies that produce meaningful, engaging and interactive learning of California State Standards.  All of this directly benefits students. Again, I believe it is important to obtain funding (through existing means, grants, and community partnerships) to increase the opportunities to provide new and engaging strategies of learning.  I will support the development of additional courses, aligned with state standards, which are designed to ensure our students are ready to succeed as global citizens in today’s changing and technologically innovative world.

c.     Class Size Averages

 

Our classes size has gone froma maximum of  30 to an average of  38. I would work hard to decrease the current class sizes as low as possible so that students can get the individualized attention and resources they need. We will need to find ways to create additional district funding however I do believe this is possible if we work together with corporations and the community.

What is your view of charter schools?
Answer from Melisse C. Mossy:

 

Every child deserves an optimal learning environment and I think that first we must ask ourselves why families seek charter schools to begin with. Is it more flexible class time? Smaller class sizes? Differentiated curriculum?  We need data on this. We have an above par district; perhaps we can offer creative educational opportunities within our existing schools to provide what charter school families seek.   I understand there are challenges to charter schools, one that they require district funds be funneled away from the general fund, which could lead to a budgetary deficit. I believe it is important to understand why families are interested in charter schools, and to encourage students from wanting to leave their traditional schools by meeting their needs. Through creating programs that are superior, dynamic and innovative, our stakeholders will have no desire or need to look elsewhere. With of the support of our educators we CAN and MUST provide a high quality and equal access education to all students regardless of their learning style, over achievement or lack of achievement. I enthusiastically believe this is possible if we continue to work hard and work together. Ultimately, we must support our students and be the ambassadors of our constituents.

 

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives (for students who are not in charter schools), so that more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Answer from Melisse C. Mossy:
We have numerous high achieving and exceptional schools in our district. Each school has an individual flare and individualism that makes it unique and special... just like our students. I would not curb our current school choice initiatives unless the constituents who elected me had a strong desire and reason for this change. Currently, I have a student who has attended two different SDUHSD high schools and she appreciates the flexibility to try a new environment and unique classes not all schools offer.

Are there school discipline strategies or behavioral support programs that you find appealing alternatives to exclusionary or punitive discipline? If so, which ones, and why?
Answer from Melisse C. Mossy:

Expelling students should definitely be a last resort, and compelling research from Duke University has indicated that suspension generally “is not only less effective than had been hoped, but potentially harmful not only to students receiving the suspension but to the broader school community.” Examples would depend on the actions of the individual, but some ideas include Restorative Justice, where a student offender is held accountable for their actions, and then required to face the victim in order to help restore what was lost. Peer juries and outside organizations are sometimes part of restorative justice efforts. Community service can offer kids a chance to gain skills and offer a more meaningful consequence to misconduct.  Substance abuse programs,and emotional support programsmay be more helpful than exclusionary or punitive discipline as the reason for the behavior is identified and the behavior modification is emphasized. Mentoring programs to monitor behavior accountability may also be helpful. Each child has a unique situation and the consequence for misconduct should be individually appropriate.

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