Southern Section

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Southern Section’s President’s Message

Hello Southern Section.

Just some updates coming to you to keep you in the know.

Southern Section put on another amazing workshop July 27 in Palm Springs around SB 395, safe handling of drugs when Administrators must deal with them and OCR, I was thrilled with our full house of attendees. Palm Springs is always a fun destination with their wonderful restaurants, shops and street fair. We will be returning there October 2019.

October 11, 2018 we will be in Knotts Berry Farm again for our fall workshop, Administrator as Lifeguard. We will be bringing Sandy Hook Promise in as presenters with their “Say Something” and SOS! Signs of Suicide. Then Bob Mueller from SDCOE will do a session on Threat Assessments and rounding off the day Vincente Bravo from LACOE will be doing a session of Appropriate Disciplinary Action. This is one workshop that you should not miss, please go to the link for registration information and get yourself registered and your room booked, this is sure to be a sellout.

December 7, 2018 we will again be supporting LACOE with their informative morning taking an in-depth look and review of all the new legislation that will be affecting Districts. This is a must for those of you who update your Districts Annual Notification. There will be registration link closer to the date so keep an eye out on our website so you will be able to attend this.

February 1, 2019 we will be putting on a topical forum in Vista. There will be much more information to come on this but just mark your calendar anyway, this is a free event.

State Conference is being hosted this year by Bay Section in the Napa Valley at the Silverado Resort addressing many timely issues that school districts are coming across in their day to day activity of business. I highly recommend that you keep checking our website for the opening of registration. Four years ago Bay Section hosted the State Conference there and it was completely sold out.   You won’t be disappointed spending three days with us at this amazing location getting valuable information on best practices so hold open your calendars for April 17, 18 and 19 of 2019.

In Southern, June 7, 2019 we will be having our annual scholarship luncheon where we recognize students that have come from SARB contracts and failing grades to graduation with plans to continue into secondary education. Southern Board awards 6 students with $1000.00 scholarship to assist them in getting a strong start on that pathway. Please if you have a student in mind that has overcome their rocky start in high school to have achieved a diploma, please go on our web-site to find the application and encourage them to apply for this scholarship.

Please do take time to visit our web-site at to make sure you are receiving the most current events that are taking place as well as pertinent information that assists all of us in our jobs.

Till next time,

Jenifer Mendel,
Southern Section President


2018-19 Southern Section Board Meetings

           Date                      Time                      Location             

  • July 26th, 2018           9:00 to 4:00       Palm Springs
  • October 11th, 2018    12:00 to 2:00      Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel
  • December 7 2018      12:00 to 2:00      Following the Legislative Update at LACOE
  • February 1, 2019       12:00 to 2:00      Following the Phil Kauble Forum in Vista
  • April 17-19, 2019 –                               CASCWA State Conference
  • June 7, 2019,           9:30 to 11:00        Prior to the scholarship luncheon


“Administrator as a Lifeguard Workshop”
Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park


It is hard to imagine the loss of a child to violence. It is even harder to experience such a tragedy.

Schools today have safe school plans, crisis response teams, threat assessment teams, daily interventions, mental health support, SRO’s, regular drills and much, much more in place than ever before. However, if major crisis occurs, no matter how prepared you are, you will not be prepared enough!

Every day, students across the nation come to school and say or do things that require school administrators to take action! Actions that may make a difference between life and death!

“The Administrator as Lifeguard” will focus on best practices for recognizing and responding to warning signs that could indicate a student is considering harming them self or someone else.

We are honored to partner with the national non-profit, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), to give participants an in-depth look at three of SHP’s no-cost, “Know the Signs” violence prevention programs for schools.

Say Something is an education program that provides students with tools and practices to recognize the signs of a potential threat (especially in social media) and teaches them how to take action and Say Something. This session will be presented by SHP staff.

SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (also known as “HERE Now”) teaches students to recognize the symptoms of depression and suicide in themselves and others. Research demonstrates that the SOS Program, which is listed as on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, improves students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, and reduces actual suicide attempts. This session will be presented by San Diego Youth Services.

Safety Assessment and Intervention (also known as the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines) is a national evidenced-based violence prevention training program which is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and used in over 1,000 schools and organizations around the country. Our overview of this program will be provided by Bob Mueller from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Appropriate Disciplinary Actions, will focus on the decision-making process school administrators should follow-up to make and support sound decisions, focused on student safety, as a follow-up to threats of harm. This session will be presented by Vicente Bravo of the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
This workshop will deliver important information focusing on making schools safer. We hope to see you on October 11. Please click on the following for more information:


Workshop Flyer: CASCWA Southern Section – Administrator as Lifeguard 10-11-18 Updated Flyer

The Tragedy: December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School

The Promise:

SHP-Five Years of Promise


Secret Service Guide for Preventing School Violence



On July 27th, Southern Section presented a one day workshop focusing on the role of the school administrator as a detective.

The presenters included: San Diego Sheriff’s Department Detective S. Paul Park (Senate Bill 395, Law Enforcement Interaction with Student’s under 16 Years Old);  San Diego Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brian Butcher (Identification and Proper Handling of Controlled Substances) and  United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Right’s Attorney, Brian Lambert.

Below you will find a brief workshop follow-up file.  Once again, we thank those of you who attended.  We hope you enjoy the pictures!

CASCWA Southern Section July 27th Workshop The Administrator as a Detective Memories

CASCWA Southern Section Scholarship Information

For more than a decade, CASCWA Southern Section has awarded scholarships to deserving Students who have benefited from intervention by a Child Welfare and Attendance professional. These students have faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives which have made graduation from high school unlikely at best. Nevertheless, aided by a CASCWA member, these students have overcome these challenges and have earned their diplomas. This scholarship program is at the heart of CASCWA Southern Section
We are in the process of updating our Southern Section’s Scholarship information and will send out notification of when the process will be initiated.


Southern Section’s “Phil Kauble Workshop” February 2, 2018

On February 2, 2018, CASCWA Southern Section held an important workshop focusing on the topics of “Title IX” and “Universal Complaint Procedures.”  The workshop was held at the San Diego County Office of Education in San Marcos.  Bob Mueller, not only hosted the workshop, but he web casted the workshop to over 100 educators in the state.  To our knowledge, this was the first web cast of it’s kind for CASCWA.
Attorneys Karin Anderson and Elizabeth Harland delivered an excellent presentation.  Karin and Elizabeth are with the firm of “Adams Silva & McNally LLP.”  Their presentation was solid and clarified many issues associated with the two main topics.
Below you will find a copy of their presentation and a short pictorial memory of the event:

Presentation: Final CASCWA Presentation

Pictorial Memories: February 2 Phil Kauble Workshop Picture Memories


2017 LACOE Legislative Update

The Student Support Division of the Los Angeles County Office of Education held their annual “Legislative Update” on December.  We thank Dr. Victor Thompson and his incredible staff for the excellent event filled with current information.  Below you will find access to the event’s power point presentation and the latest edition of Southern Section’s Connection which focuses entirely on the workshop:

Legislative Workshop Power Point: Leg Update 2017 PPT Final (1)

CASCWA Connection LACOE 2017-18 Legislative Update 12 8 2018

2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Executive Board Members



2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Area Representatives






2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Committees






2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Members at Large












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