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May 20, 2022

Board of Directors, Board Candidacy Appointment Announcement

Dear BLA Community,

The following is the information for appointed vacancies for the BLA Board of Directors 

  • There are two Board vacancies that will be appointed 
  • The vacancies are for Seat F (vacant July 1, 2022, and expires on June 30, 2025), and Seat G (currently vacant and expiring on June 30, 2023).  
  • The appointment application dates are Friday, May 20th-Wednesday, May 25th between 7:30 and 3:30 p.m. 
  • The date of the final determination will be no later than June 10th, 2022 
  • The Board of Directors’ email address is: Boardblra@blracademy.org   
  • Application instructions are as follows: Please note the Application Policy is currently under review/revision, and the instructions for the application process in this announcement are binding.  
    • Applications submitted for prior election or appointment cycles are not considered valid and the candidate will not be considered for appointment. Therefore, prior candidates must re-submit an application (may use prior application).
    • Early or late applications will not be accepted or considered under any circumstances. 
    • Prior to submitting the application, all applicants shall have read the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Bylaws, the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Charter School Contract, the Appointed and Elected Eligibility Policy, and the Code of Conduct. All applicants must be prepared to sign the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Board Member Code of Conduct agreement if they are appointed, as well as abide by all bylaws and policies. 
    • Candidates shall submit their signed application to the Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy no later than Wednesday, May 25th at 3:30 p.m., as well as a soft copy: A soft copy of the application must also be emailed to the Board of Directors’ email address Boardblra@blracademy.org  Subject line must include candidates first and last name along with the statement “Attn: Board of Directors, Board Candidacy Application”  
    • Applications are not considered properly completed or received until both the signed hardcopy and softcopy of the application have been received.  
  • Please be sure to review the Appointment Policy for additional provisions surrounding the expectations/requirements around the appointment. *All foreseen revisions to the Appointment Policy have been integrated with the foregoing announcement. 

Thank you,
BLA Board of Directors Appointment Committee

Board of Directors Application for Election Candidacy or Appointment (DOC) »

Board of Directors Appointment Policy (PDF) »

Board of Directors Elected and Appointed Position Eligibility Policy (PDF) »

School Board Code of Conduct (PDF) »

April 25, 2022

Health and Wellness Success Stories at BLA!

This year our Health and Wellness committee was committed to teaching the students at BLRA about perseverance, teamwork, and overall health.  The Great Endurance Race was a five week PE unit where the students spent 10 minutes at the beginning of each class building endurance as they ran laps.  They also kept track of their laps by using tally marks and working together to encourage their partner to set goals and meet them.  At the end of the 5 weeks, each class added up all of their laps and converted them to miles to see if they were able to complete the Great Endurance Race.  This unit was in alignment with the Fun Run put on by Boosterthon!  This was a huge success for BLRA and we are looking forward to having our Bounce House Day and Color Blast first week in May to celebrate reaching our fundraising goal!

Another big event this year was the Kids Heart Challenge! We were able to teach the students about cardiovascular health and how it impacts their mind and body! Weekly messages were sent out to our BLRA community to raise awareness about heart disease and provide information on heart healthy choices students and families can make at home.

We are incredibly grateful to be a part of this community and share these success stories with you!

Coach Brooks and Coach Dosmann
Wellness Co Leaders for BLRA

This year at BLPA, we have tried to build upon the success of our Social-Emotional Learning programs from last school year. Our Counseling team has done an amazing job creating and executing strategies for better identifying the personal needs of our students. We have utilized referral programs to organize specific small groups for our students.

Our Strengthening Family Ties small group was open to 6-8 graders who were referred based on a divorce in the family or significant family change or disruption. The group sessions and activities addressed the following areas: Building Trust, Family Support, Kindness, Communication, and Working Together. The overall objectives for the group were (1) Identifying their feelings, their family roles, and changes in their family. (2) Developing coping skills: Learning how to handle problems and feelings. (3) The child’s role in family relationships. (4) The child’s perception of themselves and their families.

We also provided an Owning Up group for middle school girls who either were referred based on friendship/relationship issues that caused admin or a dean to intervene, or interest in gaining social skills.  The group sessions address social and friendship skills to help middle school girls build and maintain healthy connections. The activities will empower your adolescent to confront social cruelty, bullying, and injustice while increasing their “soft skills” which are the ability to work with others, negotiate conflict, understand and respect the needs of others in balance with their own needs.

Lastly, our Coping Skills for Stress small group consists of 6th-8th graders who were referred based upon the needs assessment, self-referral, or teacher referral. The goal of this group focuses on identifying emotions, understanding personal response to emotions and situations, and understanding how to best utilize coping skills in a variety of situations. Students are taught to utilize these skills in both the school setting and home/personal setting.

A huge shoutout to our Wellness team and Counseling Department for all they do for our students, staff, and community!

Wes McKenzie and Ben Novak
Wellness Co-Leaders for BLPA

April 19, 2022

2022 BLA Board of Directors Election/Candidate Information

Dear BLA Community,

As you know, the Board has two positions for elected seats becoming available.

a. Election day and voting time period will take place May 2nd-6th during normal school hours (7:30a.m.-315:p.m. at Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy).

b. The official ballot is attached below:

c. The candidate information is attached below:

d. The candidates will be provided an opportunity to speak at the candidate forum on April 19th, at the Regular Monthly Scheduled Board Meeting, 6:30p.m. in the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Library.

e. The election result for the two elected seats becoming available will take place at the Regular Monthly Scheduled Board Meeting on May 17th, at 6:00p.m. in the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Library. Ballots will be tallied at the board meeting on May 17th, after which the board will announce the newly elected members. The two candidates with the most votes will fill the two elected seat positions. In the event of a tie, a run-off vote will be held immediately at the May board meeting with present eligible voters. The newly elected board members will officially take office beginning with the July board meeting.

f. The voter eligibility information is as follows: Parents or legal guardians of children who attend the school(s) shall be eligible to vote in school elections. Such parents or legal guardians shall cast one ballot, regardless of the number of children they have enrolled in the school. No family shall cast more then two ballots maximum per family. For the purpose of the election, a family is defined by the primary address listed for enrolled students in the school enrollment database (voter and student information must match).

g. Voting process information (instructions) are included on the ballot and are as follows:

1) Cast one vote for each open position (2), with only one vote per candidate. Casting a vote for more candidates than there are openings or casting more than one vote per candidate will invalidate your ballot and it will not be counted. There is no cumulative voting (i.e., for the two open positions, you cannot combine your two votes and vote them both for the same candidate; instead, you must cast your two votes for two different candidates; however, you may choose to cast only one vote for a single candidate).

2) Print and sign your name, fill in date, and print the name of the eldest child enrolled at BLRA or BLPA and their primary enrollment address below to allow for the voter eligibility determination. Incomplete ballots will not be counted.

3) Fold the top of the ballot down to the dotted line and stable or tape the ballot closed. In order to maintain anonymity, the signature portion will be removed before the ballots are counted.

4) Return the ballot to the school and place in the ballot box in the BLPA office no later than May 6 th , 2022, 3:15pm.

Again, in order to be counted, ballots must be completely filled out including printed name of the voter, signature of the voter, and the printed primary address and name of eldest student(s) enrolled in BLRA/BLPA. All ballots must be received no later than the timeline given. Ballots that fail to meet these criteria will be considered spoiled and will not be counted. Determinations concerning spoiled ballots will be made by the Election Committee and are final.

Thank you,
BLA Election Committee

September 23, 2021
June 23, 2020

Capturing Kids’ Hearts® National Showcase School

For the third year in a row, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy was selected by the Flippen Group as one of the 2020-21 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools®. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is an ongoing and immersive process to engage students academically and reduce behavioral distractions. The program is grounded in the belief that “if you have a child’s heart, you have their mind.” The program creates high-achieving centers of learning by strengthening students’ connectedness to others by establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior. These “social contracts” are present in each Banning Lewis Ranch Academy.

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

Banning Lewis Academy was recognized with the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award in 2012 for demonstrating excellent student growth and exceeding expectations in longitudinal academic growth over three school years.

2019 ACCEL School of the Year

Banning Lewis Academy earned the distinction of ACCEL School of the Year for meeting academic and enrollment targets in the 2018-19 school year. In 18-19, 100% of 23 sophomores qualified for concurrent enrollment to begin earning college credits above and beyond the Advanced Placement® program. Also in 18-19, Banning Lewis Ranch was selected by the Flippen Group as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools®.