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Chatsworth Hills Academy 2010-11


Ancient Egypt

Ancient China

Ancient Greece

• HEAD OF SCHOOL What an historic year! From launching our newest school-wide theme, Ancient Worlds @ CHA, to announcing the plans for our new campus, Chatsworth Hills Academy experienced a renaissance of learning and a commitment to our exciting future. CHA’s Board of Trustees launched the CHArting the Future initiative to create a new facility that will provide a learning environment in keeping with the excellence of our academic programs. The new campus will facilitate 21st century learning, reduce maintenance costs, and provide the outdoor feel we currently enjoy.

Ann Gillinger

After more than a decade on the Board of Trustees, Victor Cosentino retired as Board President. His vision and leadership sustained us, but also catapulted us to new heights, culminating in this year’s landmark plans. Victor’s tenure will sustain students now and for generations to come.

We stand at the threshold of a new and exciting chapter, armed with a clear Strategic Plan and a course for CHArting our future. Our families, faculty, and friends of the School have given generously. We are particularly humbled by the receipt of the School’s largest single endowment gift from the Flynn-NikolaiMorgan families. They, along with others, have given to secure CHA’s legacy for future generations. Such loving attention to both the present and the future helps to make schools such hopeful places. This Report identifies a few of the many acts of giving that made this last year so pivotal, and that will continue to sustain us into the future. Thank you for your unique contribution to making the 2010-2011 year such an historic one. The true beneficiaries of this generosity are the students of Chatsworth Hills Academy. On behalf of these wonderful children, I proudly thank all of you.

• PRESIDENT, BOARD OF TRUSTEES As I reflect on my first year as President of the CHA Board of Trustees, I am astounded by the excitement, energy, and dedication that our faculty, families, and administration continue to bring to our children each and every day. This is the first President’s Letter for quite some time to be written by someone other than Victor Cosentino. I want to take this opportunity to thank Victor formally for his tireless efforts that have placed us on such a solid foundation for the exciting future we have planned.

Scott Rabin

As you all know, we have made tremendous progress towards our new campus. Our new home is a key element of CHA’s Five Year Strategic plan, which was approved by the Board this past summer and is included in this Annual Report.

It is an honor and privilege to work with the outstanding talent in our community on all of these efforts. I thank my fellow Board members for their insight, enthusiasm, and their willingness to support our school with their time and expertise. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank our incredible faculty and administration who have built the school we are all proud to be part of.

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• 2010-11 Board of TRUSTEES Victor Cosentino, President Scott Alberts Bruce Bailey Michelle Baron David Bobrosky

Don DeCampos-Measures Jennifer de Caussin Erich Miller Kathy Nikolai Scott Rabin

Pete Robbins Angie Roman Peter Schifrin Chris Stickney Bill Summers

• STRATEGIC PLAN The Board of Trustees created a Strategic Plan for 2011-2016. The Plan is the result of an extensive selfstudy, based on feedback from faculty, students, alumni and parents.

Deliver a 21st Century educational program. The CHA academic program is highly innovative and student-centered. We will: commit to a technologically advanced program attractive to the needs of today’s learners; create a personalized education plan for each student, setting academic goals and charting progress; stay ahead of the curve and continually update classroom technology; and employ a technologically savvy staff responsive to the needs of our students.

Recruit and retain top talent.

Future CHA Campus – Architect’s Rendering

The CHA faculty is directly responsible for the day-today excellence experienced by each of our students. To continue this tradition of excellence, we will maintain faculty satisfaction and provide performancebased incentives, and provide resources for the professional development of our faculty, allowing our teachers to stay on the leading edge of their craft.

Provide a modern, state-of-the-art facility. CHA’s Charting the Future (CTF) initiative allows the School to control its own future by operating on land that it owns. We will design and build an all-encompassing campus that attracts the entire population and enables our creative and innovative program.

Ensure financial security. To protect our current program and our ongoing viability, we must: increase the hard income coverage ratio to support our current operations; build cash reserves to a maximum of 20% of the operations budget; and increase financial aid annually, to better serve a diverse community.

Continue the legacy of excellence at CHA. Achieving success at CHA depends on the people involved. To promote a growing and effective community, we encourage every parent to be an effective ambassador. Each of us has a stake in the success of our school, and success requires the passion, promotion, and participation of everyone.

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• 2010-2011 FINANCIAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: Contributions and Gifts 19%

Auxiliary, Camps and Misc. 4%


Net Tuition and Fees 77%

Auxiliary, Camps and Misc. 5% Facilities 18%


• CHA had its strongest fundraising year ever with an 85% increase over last year's record breaking amount. • The percentage of families that participated in the Annual Fund was at its highest ever. • Additionally, CHA received the largest single gift in its history.

The Annual Report acknowledges contributions received between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. We make every effort to publish accurate information.

Programs and Supplies 16%

Faculty and Administration 61%

If an error has occurred, please accept our apologies and feel free to contact the School Office at (818) 998-4037 regarding any corrections.

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• DONORS Founder's Society $50,000 and above The Flynn Family Greg and Jeanne Morgan Dan and Kathy Nikolai 1977 Society $10,000 - $24,999 Victor and Susan Cosentino Dr. Imad and Mrs. Araceli Rasool Chatsworth Hills Academy Circle $5,000 - $9,999 Glenn and Jennifer de Caussin Ann and Bill Gillinger James and Nohemi Harrison Peter and Wendy Schifrin Chris and Kathleen Stickney Blue and Gold Club $2,500 - $4,999 Bruce and Teri Bailey Rob and Michelle Baron Top of the Hill Club $1,000 - $2,499 Eugene and Diane Arnold Glenn Ishida, AVC Office Automation Bank of America Scott Boroczi and Lisa O'Connell Howard and Renee Durlester John and Lynn Eissele Tim Gerrity Bill Guss and Angie Roman Edwin and Becky Juon Mr. William Reynolds and Dr. Kristina Bostrom Pete and Angie Robbins Benefactor's Circle $500 - $999 Scott and Janine Alberts Don and Anne DeCampos-Measures Nancy, Rachel ('03), and Samantha ('11) Elliott In Memory of Daniel Elliott Henry Emma Steve and Johanna Johnston Tony and Sanni Koesema Robert and Lisa Mestepey Joe and Annie Pender Scott and Gaynor Rabin Marsha and Bill Summers United Agencies Susan and Martin Washton Wells Fargo Other Gifts Mike and Mary Jane Abalos Joseph and Mari Abrams Kaila Akbaroff

Paul and Catherine Allen Alan and Karin Alpanian Varuzhan Bagtatlyan and Azatuhi Budagyan Holly Barnhill Glenn and Connie Barry Keith Beaman and Sandy Terry Allison Bellon Daniel and Heike Bernstein Greg and Sharon Bier Joseph Blank and Laura Seiden Shelley Bloom Phil Blowey and Raquel Mendoza-Blowey Mr. and Mrs. David Bobrosky Tom and Gina Boulanger Ed Brown and Quincy Hollands April Burns Brant Childers Raymond and Paulette Collins Kevin and Jacqueline Cope Joshua and Mary David Manuel Diaz and Beth Macias Walter and Linda Doyenart William and Lisa Effertz Peter and Camille Ehrhardt Susan Linn Ferris Lane Fife and Sherri Sigmon Frederick and Deanna Freund Anthony and Oksana Frolov Paul Garcia and Joseph Babeu Nora Gerson Mike Gillinger Bob Gossom and Diane Zwemer Pamela Green Julio Gutierrez Manuel and Velma Guzman Brent and Jennifer Hamilton T. Ilene Hart Tom Hislop The Ho Family Ed Hopkins and Cynthia Brown Scott and Jennifer Hubbard Henry Hudson Anita Jackman Dr. Brian and Mrs. Nicole Jacks Eugene Jeong and Peiling Hwang Dennis and Suzanne Kasimian Sean and Deborah Knight Kip and Kim Konwiser Kerry Kugelman Michael and Alyson Landis Ardyth Larsen Drew Lichtenberger Samantha Loy Jerry and Terry Lucera LaVondra Luckey

Judie Malkin Abraham and Brenda Manzur Yoram and Marie-Elena Manzur Kazar Markaryan Justin Marker and Barrie Waldman-Marker Colin Martin Kynia McCoy Michael McIlvery and Kim Oliva Erich and Beth Miller Heather Miller Alice Min Robert and Gioconda Mitas Lori Monkarsh The Mook Family Rose Marie Mook Frederick and Natalie Mueller Leigh and Caitlin Myers Joy Orosky Gregory and Teresa Palmer Kirstin Parris Edward and Lynda Peek Joyce and Bill Prescott Donna Rainville Malia Remo Patrick and Cinda Romano Tony and Helene Romano Steven Rosen and Christina Fenimore Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rosenbaum Eileen Russell Gurmeet and Jasmine Sahani Lani Sakiyama Gregory and Yara Salman Nancy and Bill Salyers David and Susan Scheirman Carl Schwaber Susan Scully Carol Serber Carol Shibel Alex Silvestre Alan and Donna Soltman Ashu and Rozy Sood Andy Sun Susan Taubman Dawn Tittiger Muthukumar Vaidyaraman and Anupama Muthukumar Michelle Warburton Douglas and Cynthia Washburn Cathy and Andy Weinstein Brandi Williams Jay and Marisol Winters Joel and Trudy Wolfe Adrian and Parveti Wood Steven and Svetlana Zonis Anonymous (7)

Many Thanks! CHA relies on charitable donations in order to maintain its small class sizes, innovative program, and beautiful campus. All donors receive tax benefits for their gifts of cash, stocks, or other capital assets. For further information on giving, please contact the Development Office at (818) 998-4037 x275.


Highlights! CHA students made their mark in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic fields, and in the community. They showed their confidence and creativity in the all-school Winter Concert and dramatic production of Willy Wonka Jr., both held onstage at California State University, Northridge.

Unforgettable Educator Award Winners Shelley Bloom (Art '09-'10), Ann Gillinger (Principal '10-'11) and Carol Shibel (Science '10-'11)

They showed their community spirit helping with the Children's Hunger Fund, Save Chatsworth, MEND, and a student-led initiative to help those devastated by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They also showed their competitive streak in areas such as the Scripps Spelling Bee, Knowledge Master competition, and Mock Trial. (Special congratulations to the Boys JV Basketball Team on their 2nd place finish). They collaborated with students and professors from Pierce College on a campus-based archaeological dig for Chumash artifacts. And they also congratulated their Unforgettable Educators Ann Gillinger and Carol Shibel.

CHA Boys Basketball

Halloween Carnival

All-School Winter Concert

Lower and Middle School Spelling Champions

CHA students made their mark in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic fields, and in the community.

Mock Trial Team at LA County Superior Court

Student Creativity

Middle School Production of Willy Wonka Jr.

5th Grade Colonial Day

Community life was as rich and active as ever with students, parent volunteers, and faculty bringing to life such memorable events as the Halloween Carnival, Grandparents Day, and, of course, Feriae Stativae, this year's Gala. Tying in with the annual Ancient Worlds theme, parents and friends of the School feasted and feted under the stars on the site of our future campus. Jog-A-Thon

Grandparents Day Award-winning 3rd/4th Grade Chorus

Community life was as rich and active as ever...

Feriae Stativae Gala

Mother-Daughter Tea

Community Service

• Highlights from the 2010-11 Academic Year This was an exciting year for CHA. While we explored the past with our theme of Ancient Civilizations, School Leadership focused on the School's strong future, drafting a Five-Year Strategic Plan and committing to a new campus on CHA-owned land. CHA additionally continued to strengthen its core elements: a strong academic curriculum; core values and community service; providing a broad range of activities and growth opportunities; and a highly involved parent community.

Highlights include: • Announcement of CHArting the Future, CHA's initiative to build a new campus on School-owned land • Greatest percentage participation in the Annual Fund • Receipt of the largest single gift in CHA history • Winner — Daily News Readers' Choice Award for “Best Private School” — 3rd year running • Winner — 2 Unforgettable Educator Awards — 2nd year in a row • SMART Boards in all Middle School classrooms • First Mock Trial Team competition • Archaeology Elective, partnership with Pierce College, and on-site dig

• Mission Statement Emphasizing character development and critical thinking, Chatsworth Hills Academy's mission is to provide opportunities for our students to fulfill their individual potential in a supportive, natural environment.

CHA Class of 2011 grads CHA is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by both the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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