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Academic Boosters

Monte Vista High School Academic Boosters

General Meeting Minutes for November 18, 2015


A meeting of the Academic Boosters was called to order by Chairperson Nina Fishman at 10:00am in Room 118 of the Workday Student Center.



Nina Fishman welcomed everyone and Introduced what we do as Boosters. Introduced Dr Ahern.


Ways and Means:

Janice Jeffries

Nothing new to report



Cliff Buxton

Very little activity this month,$4000 in deposits mix of corporate and personal funds, some minor checks.

Motion to ratify checks #968-970 made by Tamara Munger, 2nd Janice Jeffries. Motion Carried

Financial statement posted on Boosters website- see attached.



Janet Nunan asked for a motion to approve the October minutes, Moved Joy Lessman, 2nd Janice Jeffries, Motion Carried. Sign up clipboard was passed to check in and to put volunteer hours and email.



Dr. Kevin Ahern

API scores- we still have none. Based on number who took test, performance, based on only a few set standards. new one based on local Control Accountability Plan, more broad: grad rate, test scores, passing AP tests, for example. We are in limbo for having an API score until the new standards are set.

CAASP testing- students took last spring. Many did not take the test. This year 95% eligible students taking test is goal.


Pamphlet, about Guide to College readiness. CAASP helps the school to focus on Junior year, adding curriculum to bridge gaps of subjects they are not ready for at college.

“Standard Exceeded” means College ready

“Conditionally Ready” means students take an Early Start Program

“Not Ready” - making standards here at MVHS so formats of papers and language are consistent among staff and to colleges. Juniors take the ERWC to become ready.


-Question asked about catching students before Junior year. Algebra 1 struggles are a good indicator. We can improve how we deliver Math.

Also Interim Assessments are available- teachers need to buy into the fact that these work and are not a judgement on the teacher.

EAP test helps figure out if students need further programs.

-Question asked if CAASP is similar to other states’ testing. Yes, similar to Smarter Balance assessment. CAASP came out of Common Core which is a set of Standards, not a curriculum. More depth of knowledge for students, focusing on skills, not knowledge. Away from set curriculum of No Child Left Behind.

-California Common Core may be renamed to be California Standards.

-10th grade students are still going to take the STAR test in Science this year.

-  The thinking for the future is that most of the testing scores will be posted on transcripts now, so colleges can see the rounding out of the child and not only one or two test scores.

-  Career Technical pathway- Articulated programs aligned with community and some state colleges, like computer science, early child education, culinary arts, engineering. A 3 or 4 year pathway through High School. Intended for Industry Level Certification A-G Aligned, once graduating. Called Dual Credit- college credit as well as HS.



Meeting adjourned at 11:00


Future meetings:

January 13th, 10am

February 10, 7pm

March 9th, 10am

May 11th, 10am