Coral Academy of Science
A Public Charter STEAM School
Science is the study of the natural world, including the laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, and conventions associated with these disciplines. Science is both a body of knowledge that has been accumulated over time and a process—scientific inquiry—that generates new knowledge. Knowledge from science informs the engineering design process.
Technology, while not a discipline in the strictest sense, comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves. Throughout history, humans have created technology to satisfy their wants and needs. Much of modern technology is a product of science and engineering, and technological tools are used in both fields.
S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for an integrated curriculum that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics education. By integrating the knowledge and skills of these subjects in the classroom, students will be prepared for post-secondary education and to be part of the growing workforce. To promote innovative standards to help our students succeed, we are also integrating an Arts and Design program to meet the needs of employers. All together, by introducing a S.T.E.A.M. approach to learning, we plan on creating the best and brightest innovators of tomorrow and years to come.
Engineering is both a body of knowledge—about the design and creation of human-made products—and a process for solving problems. This process is design under constraint. One constraint in engineering design is the laws of nature, or science. Other constraints include time, money, available materials, ergonomics, environmental regulations, manufacturability, and reparability. Engineering utilizes concepts from science and mathematics as well as technological tools.
Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and space. Unlike in science, where empirical evidence is sought to warrant or overthrow claims, claims in mathematics are warranted through logical arguments based on foundational assumptions. The local arguments themselves are part of mathematics along with the claims. As in science, knowledge in mathematics continues to grow, but unlike in science, knowledge in mathematics is not overturned, unless the foundational assumptions are transformed. Specific conceptual categories of K-12 mathematics include numbers and arithmetic, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability. Mathematics is used in science, engineering, and technology.
Mehmet H Gunes, Ph.D.
Mehmet Hadi Gunes is currently and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received M.S. degree from Computer Science and Engineering Department of Southern Methodist University in 2004 and Ph.D. degree from Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008. He has expertise in complex networks, communications, Internet measurements and network security. He has published over 60 papers at peer-reviewed journals and conference/workshop proceedings. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. He has also served on the program committees of several international conferences and NSF panels.
Murat Yuksel, Ph.D.
Murat Yuksel is an Associate Professor at the CSE Department of The University of Nevada – Reno (UNR), Reno, NV. Prior to UNR, he was with the ECSE Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY as a Postdoctoral Associate and a member of Adjunct Faculty until 2006. He received a B.S. degree in computer engineering of Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in 1996. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science of RPI in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He worked as a software engineer at Pepperdata, Sunnyvale, CA and a visiting researcher at AT&T Labs and Los Alamos National Lab. His research interests are in the area of networked, wireless, and computer systems with a recent focus on big-data networking, UAV networks, optical wireless, public safety communications, device-to-device protocols, economics of cyber-security and cyber-sharing, routing economics, network management, and network architectures. He has been on the editorial board of Computer Networks, and published more than 100 papers at peer-reviewed journals and conferences and is a co-recipient of the IEEE LANMAN 2008 Best Paper Award. He is a senior member of IEEE, senior and life member of ACM, and was a member of Sigma Xi and ASEE.
As a Coral Academy parent of triplets and the owner of Mass Flow Associates, an Engineering firm focused on gas/liquid flow in the semiconductor equipment industry, Patti Mudd joined the Coral Academy Board 5 years ago. In addition to serving on the CAS Board, Mrs. Mudd is a very involved community leader working with the Boy Scouts of America, Girls Scouts of America, Nevada Opera, and Sierra Nevada Children’s Choir. A strong supporter of S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), Mrs. Mudd continues to assist the Coral Academy board and faculty in not only in growing Coral, but in transitioning from a STEM to STEAM school.
“I have lived in Reno, NV for over 10 years and have been teaching for 5 years. I am currently in graduate school where I am studying STEAM education. Prior to teaching, I was the Regional Director for GYMTASTIC! which is located in the Bay Area, as well as a competitive gymnastics coach. I taught 3rd grade at Coral Academy of Science from 2011-2013 where I received the award for “Teacher of the Year” from the Accord Institute in 2012. I have two children who currently attend Coral Academy Middle School and High School; I and my husband are extremely pleased with the academic rigor they are exposed to which will prepare them for a successful collegiate future.”
1. The governing body of a charter school must consist of:
(a) One member who is a teacher or other person licensed pursuant to chapter 391 of NRS or who previously held such a license and is retired, as long as his or her license was held in good standing.
(b) One member who:
(1) Satisfies the qualifications of paragraph (a); or
(2) Is a school administrator with a license issued by another state or who previously held such a license and is retired, as long as his or her license was held in good standing.
(c) One parent or legal guardian of a pupil enrolled in the charter school who is not a teacher or an administrator at the charter school.
(d) Two members who possess knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
(2) Financial services;
(3) Law; or
(4) Human resources.
2. In addition to the members who serve pursuant to subsection 1, the governing body of a charter school may include, without limitation, parents and representatives of nonprofit organizations and businesses. Not more than two persons who serve on the governing body may represent the same organization or business or otherwise represent the interests of the same organization or business. A majority of the members of the governing body must reside in this State. If the membership of the governing body changes, the governing body shall provide written notice to the sponsor of the charter school within 10 working days after such change.
NUMBER OF MEMBERS
The Board of Trustees of the Coral Academy of Science shall consist of seven (7) members pursuant NRS 386.549.
Current Board of Trustees of the Coral Academy of Science shall appoint the new Board of Trustees at the last meeting of the academic year.
QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS
To qualify as a candidate for election as a member of the Board of Trustees of Coral Academy of Science, an individual cannot be employed by the Academy and shall be of age of maturity in this state.
NRS 386.305 provides that a member of any Board of Trustees shall not be financially interested in any contract made by the Board of Trustees of which he or she is a member.
TERMS OF OFFICE
All Trustees shall hold office for a period of one (1) year and until his or her successor is appointed and qualified.
FILLING VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
If any vacancy occurs on the Board of Trustees of Coral Academy of Science, Board of Trustees shall appoint a new member.
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Board of Trustees of Coral Academy of Science serve at the pleasure and may be removed at any time and for any reason by a majority vote of the Board.
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Officers of the Board of Trustees of Coral Academy of Science shall be President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers shall be elected at the last meeting of previous academic year.
DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees. He or she shall conduct all meetings in accordance with the Policies, Regulations and Bylaws adopted by the Board. He or she shall appoint committees of study when directed by the Board. He or she shall have the right, as other members of the Board, to discuss questions. It shall be the prerogative of the President, if there is no objection from a Board member present, to move an agenda item to a different position during the course of any meeting. The President shall have the authority to sign all necessary documents related to the functions of Coral Academy of Science and those required by law under Nevada Revised Statutes. The President shall hold office for one (1) year.
DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings and transactions of the Board of Trustees, and shall sign all necessary documents related to the functions of Coral Academy of Science and those required by law under Nevada Revised Statutes. The Secretary shall hold office for one (1) year.
DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
Treasurer shall oversee the budget of the school. Treasurer and Executive Director shall form a committee to report the updates of the budget to the Board in each meeting if necessary. Treasurer shall hold office for one (1) year.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Board of Trustees shall appoint an Executive Director as a head administrator for the school. The Executive Director has full authority for all kinds of school activities, day-to-day operation of the school, hiring and firing of personnel except full time teachers and administrators. The President and Executive Director together shall form a committee to handle the hiring and firing for full time teachers and administrators. Final approval shall be made by Board of Trustees. The Executive Director shall submit a progress report to the Board in each meeting if necessary.
The Board of Trustees shall approve the annual projected budget of upcoming academic year at the last meeting of current academic year.
ADOPTION OF BYLAWS
The internal operation of the Board of Trustees shall be governed by a set of bylaws adopted by the Board.Bylaws may be proposed by any member of the Board. Written notification of any proposal shall be sent to the members of the Board prior to a regularly scheduled Board meeting wherein it will be discussed and action taken. Final action shall be by a majority vote.
AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
The bylaws of the Board shall be subject to amendment only upon a majority vote of all the members of the Board at the last meeting of the academic year.
Meetings are conducted by the President or in his or her absence by the Secretary.
In addition to the first meeting of the year on the second Wednesday of August, The Board shall meet on the 8 th Wednesday of each quarter at 5:00 pm , unless due to special circumstances a meeting date is changed or cancelled.
Board members in attendance must vote on all issues. Voting shall be by “yes,” “no,” or “abstain.” If a Board member cannot be present at a meeting due to exceptional circumstances, a vote may be cast by means of a speaker phone.
PUBLIC MEETINGS OF THE BOARD
All meetings of the Board are open to the public except that the Board may exercise its right to close meetings to the public at those times when appropriate pursuant to the provisions of the Nevada Open Meeting Law and NRS 288.220.
PREPARATION OF AGENDA
The agenda of the Board of Trustees shall be prepared by the President in consultation with Board members, staff members and other groups or individuals directly concerned. The proposed agenda will be posted in compliance with NRS 241.020.
In all meetings of the Board, other than those for which the law requires all members be present, the presence of four (4) members shall constitute a quorum. No action of the Board is valid unless approved by a majority of the entire Board of seven (7) members.
Except as provided by specific stipulations in the Bylaws of the Board, the Board shall conduct all of its meetings in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
The minutes of all official meetings of the Board are recorded and filed in the President’s office. Minutes are considered public property after approval by the Board and are available for inspection.
Special meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held at the call of the President whenever there is sufficient business to come before the Board, or upon the written request of three (4) members of the Board, and in compliance with the provisions of the Nevada Open Meeting Law.
A successful school environment is nurtured in a variety of ways. Regular classes are supported with enrichment activities through clubs and teams in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Music, Sports, and more. The curriculum is designed to meet the students’ needs through accelerated track placements as well as remedial support in areas of reading and mathematics.
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANCE
- Small group, or one-on-one instructional settings,
- Using areas of strengths to enhance areas of weakness,
- Utilization of state of the art technology by both staff and students,
- Academic support programs that meet the students’ needs and help them grow at their own pace.
Coral Academy of Science offers many distinctive educational features including:
- Three state of the art computer labs
- A state of the art life science lab
- A state of the art physical science lab
- LCD projector and CCTV system equipped classrooms
- A small staff: student ratio of 14:1, with class sizes in Core Subjects not exceeding 25:1
- Team teaching and thematic units
- Advanced classes in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies
- Academic assessments performed during first week of school, as well as throughout the year, to determine student needs and to provide diagnostic information, and ensure progress
- In addition to standardized state mandated tests, CAS uses MAP tests in the fall, winter, and spring to monitor the students’ progress
- Fine arts classes emphasizing sculpture, sketching, relief, watercolor, and acrylic painting
- Numerous AP (Advanced Placement) classes from the College board to provide a challenging curriculum and college credit
- Numerous electives, including digital arts, band, string, art, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, advanced science, robotics, and astronomy
- A comprehensive Physical Education program emphasizing physical development, team building, leadership skills, and self-confidence
- Value centered learning opportunities using cooperative learning skills, leadership training, project management, communication, presentation, personal integrity, reflection and self-development
- Spanish classes to promote cultural sensitivity and international awareness, and further high school credits
- Extracurricular activities to encourage personal growth, leadership potential, cooperative relationships, and community spirit
- In and out of school competitions for developing academic, social, and behavioral skills in our students
PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Extensive parental and community involvement are encouraged in CAS:
- Well attended monthly Parent-Teacher Committee (PTC) meetings
- Monthly business meetings are set up where parents and interested individuals help the school in all aspects including grant writing, expansion plans, student projections, marketing, etc.
- An active PTC provides materials and funds for special projects in the classrooms
Parents volunteer in the lunchroom, chaperoning, and cosponsoring after school clubs, etc.
The heart of the mission of CAS is to provide a solid academic foundation in the core subject areas through implementation of a rigorous, yet motivating and exciting curriculum including;
- Project based instruction, (Advanced classes and project competitions)
- Technology based curricula, (Integrated units with computer classes and application of subjects in advanced classes)
- Students range from gifted to those with learning disabilities; some have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. To ensure success for all, students receive assistance from tutors comprised of qualified volunteer parents, teacher aides, and members of the faculty. After school programs, focused on academic areas such as homework assistance, or collaboration with the regular teacher for re-teaching areas of specific student difficulty.
- We purchased a well-proven remedial program, Skills Tutor, which students used to access the subject specific areas online wherever and whenever they wanted. The use of this software is being monitored frequently by teachers and after school tutors to provide students with the feedback they need in their areas of weakness. Our college advisor oversees this program.
- Grades are reviewed by the administrators on a regular basis, through the CAS computerized intranet network, to monitor students, and ensure they are on-track. When an administrator finds students who are not performing at an acceptable rate, files are reviewed and a teacher/parent conference is held. A plan to succeed is then developed for that student.
- CAS maintains a web site where grades and homework may be checked daily by parents. The site is being used by all staff to ensure parents are well informed of their child’s progress.
- CAS provides after school clubs such as, chess, robotics, soccer, literature club, art, student council, MathCounts, Lego robotics, Science Olympiads and SimCity Competition.
- Parents are notified immediately, if a teacher suspects that a student may be having difficulty in mastering a specific skill. All CAS teachers are available after school to assist students with homework.
- Good communication is established among administrators, teachers and parents through CAS Internet-based School Program. We have two 1:1 fully equipped computer labs and one portable computer lab consist of 24 wireless laptops to help students develop computer skills, as well as to assist with class projects and assignments.
- CAS teachers design weekly lesson plans as well as annual plans specifically aligned with Nevada State Standards. Annual plans, syllabi, and weekly plans are turned in for review by the administrators, as well as being posted on our website for parent communication.
- Teachers provide challenging and innovative instructional programs, offering a minimum of four hours weekly of instruction beyond the State mandated hours.
- Teachers meet monthly for department-by-department discussions to enhance or resolve curriculum and instructional issues.
- Time on task is further increased via our tutoring program, which runs from 2:30 P.M.-3:15 P.M. daily to assist students with specific difficulties in all subjects.
- CAS teachers receive bi-weekly “tips” on techniques for enhancing student performance, at each staff meeting.
- All teacher have Tablet PC’s provided by the school
- New CAS faculty are formally evaluated three times in a year. Returning faculty are formally evaluated once a year.
Development of strong social skills through utilization of rehabilitative vs. punitive discipline is provided through in-service classes and materials on Best Practices, Recent Educational Research, Teaching with Dignity, Internet academic sites, the direct teaching of Social Skills, and Accommodations and Modifications for special needs students. Specific classes scheduled include:
- Brain Based Research.
- Multiple Intelligences.
- How to best work with special needs students.
- Leadership Curriculum & Activities, which provide opportunities for individual development and group reflection.
- Speakers from the community who provide information on post high school educational options, vocational information and serve as role models
2016-2017 Board Meeting Agendas
2015-2016 Board Meeting Agendas