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Curriculum Council


Curriculum Council is composed of members of the MUHSD and is the place where new courses are proposed, old courses are revised, course name change requests are conducted, and CTE pathway modifications can occur.

Curriculum Council for the 2019-20 school year will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 beginning at 3:30pm in the District Office Board Room.

If you would like to develop a new course or propose a pathway change please contact your Associate Principal of Guidance and reach out to Stacey Cool or Jamie Camp.



Stacey Cool

Stacey Cool

Technology Integration Specialist
Jamie Camp

Jamie Camp

Technology Integration Specialist
District Office



All documents need to be returned to Educational Services by September 27, 2019 in order to be considered for the October meeting.

Curriculum Council Agendas & Minutes


October 23, 2018

March 19, 2018

MEETING AGENDA & SUMMARY

MEETING AGENDA & SUMMARY

Where: District Office Board Room

When: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Courses to be reviewed:

Interdisciplinary Studies name change to Academic Decathlon Honors (Districtwide). Presented by Adam Blauert and Josh Newton.

  • Academic Decathlon was approved.

Leadership name change to Student Government and Leadership (Livingston High School). Presented by Linda Gonzalez.

  • Academic Decathlon was approved.

Removal of ROP designations from CTE courses. (Districtwide). Presented by Stacey Cool.

  • No objections.

Sign-in Sheet

November 29, 2017

Meeting Agenda

MEETING AGENDA

Location: District Office Board Room

Date: Wednesday November 29th

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  1. Process for Curriculum Council (Aguilar)

1.1 Consultation process with DTA - A summary of the meeting will be posted on the MUHSD Curriculum and Instruction website and sent to all curriculum council members and the DTA president. DTA has five working days from the time the summary is sent to exercise their right to consult on any issue covered by the MOU in the current DTA contract.


  1. Updates from previous meetings (Aguilar)

2.1 Creation of policy to determine when a course earns extra grade point

2.2 Advanced Placement course materials and textbooks (*see list below)

2.3 World Language textbook adoption

2.4 Micro-Biology textbooks


3. Site introduction of all new previously approved:

2.1 UCCI courses being offered for 2018 - 2019

2.2 Advanced Placement courses for 2018 - 2019


4. Site introduction of new courses to be presented and considered for 2018 - 2019

4.1 Agriculture Sales and Marketing (Atwater and Golden Valley High School)

Gives students the opportunity in the Agricultural Public Sector besides only having the option of farming. More of an idea on how Ag Business works. Will need textbooks options by February.

This is going to feed into the Marketing Class. Students will find a local Ag business company and develop a plan/implement to help grow the business.

4.2 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (Livingston High School)

Introductions to organic and biochemistry

A continuation of chemistry that leads students to biochemistry

Teaches them how drugs interact to your body, what happens to your body functions at a molecular level.

Fits in with chemistry guidelines. This helps students that want to study medicine or biology after high school. Organic chemistry textbook will be used for the first semester and biochemistry textbook will be used for the second semester. They will do labs, present at back to school night, (presentations will be focusing on diseases at drastic rates). Livingston has science equipment. Funding: students will need their chromebooks to do simulations, read articles on diseases, look up cases. Digital Simulations to save money on labs. Large storage of chemicals are at school site. Need more detail on the outline, textbook that will be used, and websites that will be used. Ensure budget for consumables.


This course is taught at Merced College and would like to be articulated. Mandeep Takhar will contact Costa and Barb about articulating. Will work with Stacey on course detail needed for UC approval. Work with Costa on textbook rental.


4.3 Career Exploration OSHA and Worksite Safety (Yosemite High School)

Single semester course, and tailored to school site. Course is designed to take in the high turnover students, give them an exploration to branch off to pathways that our offered at the school. Career exploration, work site safety, OSHA guidelines. Designed to earn OSHA certificate after course. Students can test out and get their OSHA certification. Financial minimum: need support for certification for app fees which are $15 for series OSHA 10 and to be entered in the Federal OSHA database. Employers can verify on this database if students are certified. Renewal at 3 years for the certificate. Included in course: access to CPR training and certification. Goal is to have student upon graduation receive OSHA and CPR certifications. Not UCCI and not seeking A-G approval. Need financial support for student handbook which are accessible on the OSHA website. Asking for invoice on what the textbook set will look like and send to Costa.

4.4 Advanced Media Broadcasting (El Capitan High School)

A natural progression to digital media production course. School runs a Gaucho Network that broadcasts the sports event. Get the students more formalized training in broadcasting. A lot of equipment is not needed to be bought, already have the software from digital media. The only financial thing is the journalism broadcasting textbook. They have most equipment. Not a specific textbook listed, will do more research. Costa requested an invoice for the book.


4.5 Business and Marketing Essentials (Buhach Colony High School)

After career day and survey was done after career day, 15% of students at school were interested in marketing. Introductory course, looking for elective credit. Would be funded through perkins. Still researching on the textbook. Partner up with local businesses. Partnerships with students to be prepared to go into the workforce. The course title is different from ROP. Might need to change name because it is the same as the ROP course.


Concerns: With this course, we are going back and forth with the title. ROP course that mirrors it. Same course minus ROP, that is already there and needs to be submitted for A-G approval. Same standards needs to be taught. There is an outline that is already out there. He wants to do something different, that can’t happen. Has to follow what is there. We will be following up with Atwater and Buhach.


Notes: We can rename this course, keep it ROP, but BCHS has to follow what AHS has. The class doesn’t have too much interest. He had called it something else. Not to call it the same as AHS. What he wants to do is not the same level as Elaine.

Sit down with Osmer and call it something different that is not A-G. Put some curriculum together.

4.6 Agriculture Communications (Atwater High School)

Taught at GV already,

Get approved for elective credit. Take ROP off

Students will have opportunity to practice public speaking skills.

Model for those contest for FFA national speaking

Practice different type of speaking, write articles, reach out to community. Learn how to debate. Gear towards Sophomores

4.7 Foundations in Personal Finance and Money Management

Financial literacy class. Not geared towards mathematics. Geared towards financial field. Beneficial for students 10-12. Students are interested in this course during their economics class but doesn’t have time to discuss due to curriculum. Life Skills class more over than a math class. Can this be covered in a semester of Economics?


Concerns: this would be a math credential needed. Need for students wanting. We can talk about the title. Set up towards more of a math class.


Need to change the title as well.


5. Requested course name changes

5.1 Welding Ag Shop Skills to Ag Shop Skills- Ag Dept and Industrial Dept teaching welding. People were just asking for the difference.


5.2 ROP Vet Science to Vet Science- ROP thing

5.3 ROP Environmental Horticulture to Environmental Horticulture

5.4 Computer Science to Intro to Computer Science and Javascript - Computer science teachers are putting a lot of time. Going through Cisco Training. Trying to get up to speed. Computer science was way too general.

5.5 Beginning Drafting to Computer Aided Drafting Design


5.6 ROP Sports and Entertainment Marketing to Sports and Entertainment Marketing

*Advanced Placement textbook adoption for texts published on or before 2010.

AP Environmental Science

AP US History

AP European History

AP Government

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Literature

AP English Language

AP English Literature


Miscellaneous Information

1. Click here to view the UC Doorways (A-G) MUHSD site approved courses.


2. Click here to view the NCAA eligibility website. Not all A-G approved courses are approved by the NCAA. When counseling student athletes, use the NCAA eligibility website to ensure student athletes are taking the correct courses.

Meeting Summary

MEETING SUMMARY

Location: District Office Board Room

Date: Wednesday November 29th

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Attendees: See attachment


  1. Process for Curriculum Council

1.1 Consultation process with DTA - A summary of the meeting will be posted on the MUHSD Curriculum and Instruction website and sent to all curriculum council members and the DTA president. DTA has five working days from the time the summary is sent to exercise their right to consult on any issue covered by the MOU in the current DTA contract.

  1. Updates from previous meetings (Aguilar)

2.1 Creation of policy to determine when a course earns extra grade point

A committee consisting of 1 Advanced Placement teacher, 1 articulated course teacher, 1 counselor, 1 college counselor, 1 Associate Principal of Guidance and 1 registrar will be invited by Assistant Superintendent Aguilar to work on recommendations.

2.2 Advanced Placement course materials and textbooks (*see list below)

Advanced Placement teachers are currently meeting and are/will schedule two more collaboration dates at which time, Advanced Placement textbooks will be discussed. Recommendations for texts shall be given in the Spring to Assistant Superintendent Aguilar.

2.3 World Language textbook adoption

World Language teachers are currently meeting to select textbooks.

2.4 Micro-Biology textbooks

A meeting is needed to schedule a time to review textbooks. Currently, only El Capitan High School offers the course. Other MUHSD schools are in the process of offering this course for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

3. Site introduction of all new previously approved:

3.1 UCCI courses being offered for 2018 - 2019

3.2 Advanced Placement courses for 2018 - 2019

Click here to view all of the UCCI and new Advanced Placement courses being offered for 2018 - 2019.

4. Site introduction of new courses to be presented and considered for 2018 - 2019

4.1 Agriculture Sales and Marketing - CTE (Atwater and Golden Valley High School)

Approved

4.2 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (Livingston High School)

Approved

4.3 Career Exploration OSHA and Worksite Safety - CTE (Yosemite High School)

Approved

4.4 Advanced Media Broadcasting - CTE (El Capitan High School)

Approved

4.5 Introduction to Marketing - CTE (Buhach Colony High School)

Approved

4.6 Agriculture Communications - CTE (Atwater High School)

Approved

4.7 Foundations in Personal Finance and Money Management (Merced High School)

Not approved

5. Requested course name changes:

5.1 Welding Ag Shop Skills to Ag Shop Skills - Approved

5.2 ROP Vet Science to Vet Science - Approved

5.3 ROP Environmental Horticulture to Environmental Horticulture - Approved

5.4 Computer Science to Intro to Computer Science and Javascript - Approved

5.5 Beginning Drafting to Computer Aided Drafting Design - Approved

5.6 ROP Sports and Entertainment Marketing to Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Approved

5.7 ROP Art and History of Floral Design to Art and HIstory of Floral Design - Approved

*Advanced Placement textbook adoption for texts published on or before 2010.

AP Environmental Science

AP US History

AP European History

AP Government

AP Spanish Language

AP Spanish Literature

AP English Language

AP English Literature

Miscellaneous Information

1. Click here to view the UC Doorways (A-G) MUHSD site approved courses.

2. Click here to view the NCAA eligibility website. Not all A-G approved courses are approved by the NCAA. When counseling student athletes, use the NCAA eligibility website to ensure student athletes are taking the correct courses.


Sign-in Sheet

Image: Signatures of meeting attendees

April 6, 2017

Meeting Agenda

MEETING AGENDA

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 8:30 a.m. in the District Board Room

  1. Updates from previous meetings
    1. Mr. Weimer
    2. Mr. Aguilar
  2. New: Technology & Innovation/CTE (Aguilar)
    1. Modify or create new courses as identified by site pathways and requested by teachers. Teachers who will be teaching the courses will meet as needed.
      1. Cyber Security
      2. IT Essentials
      3. Diesel Engines 1-3
      4. Construction Trades 1-4
      5. Drafting
      6. Welding Ag Shop Skills
  3. New: Curriculum & Instruction (Weimer)
    1. Create a policy and guidelines to identify courses for extra grade point. The follow up to this will be to update the formulas for determining graduation honors. 1 AP teacher, 1 Articulated course teacher, 1 counselor, 1 college counselor, 1 Guidance AP and 1 registrar will be invited to work on recommendations.
    2. World Language textbook adoption- World Language Department Chairs, or their representative will be brought together to identify vendors for a textbook fair and review of available materials.
    3. Microbiology textbooks- have teachers of course meet.
    4. 2017-2018 benchmarks for ELA and math. Site department chairs will be asked to meet with their department and identify the benchmarks they would like to use on their site.

Meeting Summary

MEETING SUMMARY

  1. Updates on groups that are still meeting were provided for ELD Curriculum, What should Summer School look like, Instructional Pilots, CTE Pathways and NGSS.
  2. New items for Technology, Innovation & CTE
    1. Mr. Aguilar discussed the need to add or modify the following courses at the request of the teachers who are scheduled to teach these courses next year: Cyber Security, IT Essentials, Diesel Engines 1-3, Construction Trades 1-4, Drafting, Welding Ag Shop Skills. These teachers will be brought together to finalize these courses to meet their needs.
  3. New items for Curriculum & Instruction
    1. Mr. Weimer discussed the request to create a policy to determine when a course would qualify for an extra grade point. The formula for determining graduation honors would also need to be updated. 1 AP teacher, 1 Articulated course teacher, 1 counselor, 1 college counselor, 1 Guidance AP and 1 registrar will be invited to work on recommendations along with any member of the Curriculum Council who wished to attend.
    2. World Language Department Chairs will be contacted by mid-May to identify vendors they would like to review in the process of updating their textbooks.
    3. Microbiology currently does not have a textbook. The teachers scheduled to teach the course next year will be contact for a recommendation on textbooks to review and approve.
    4. Each site will meet to determine what their site would like to use as benchmarks in ELA and math for the 2017-2018 school year.

This was the final meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. A list of dates will be send to members in early may to identify the dates for the 2017-2018 school year.

Summary prepared 4/7/2017 by Scott Weimer

Sign-in Sheet

Image- Sign-in sheet for curriculum council meeting April 6, 2017

November 1, 2016

Meeting Agenda

MEETING AGENDA

Tuesday, November 1 @ 8:30 a.m. in DO Board Room

  1. Update on issues from 8/30/16 meeting
    1. Weimer
    2. Aguilar
  2. New: Curriculum & Instruction (S. Weimer):
    1. New Courses:
      1. Approve the use of all courses that are created and/or automatically approved by UC Doorways (ie: AP, PLTW, UCCI, UCD C-Stem, ROP)
    2. To ensure compliance with AP Syllabus requirements- select new instructional materials for AP courses that have textbooks published on or before 2010 (All teachers currently teaching the course would be brought together):
      1. AP Environmental Science 2007
      2. AP US History 2003
      3. AP European History 2006
      4. AP Government 2008
      5. AP Spanish Language 2003
      6. AP Spanish Literature 2007
      7. AP English Literature 2006
    3. New state requirements
      1. Suicide prevention policy
      2. CPR added to Health courses
  3. New: Technology & Innovation (C. Aguilar):
    1. New Courses
      1. Fire Science
      2. Criminal Justice
      3. Emergency Medical Response
      4. Fabrication and Manufacturing
      5. Construction Trades 1 and 2
      6. Advanced Construction Trades
      7. Yosemite: Conservation Corps & Telecommunications courses
      8. Physical Geography year long as part of pathway at GVHS
    2. Instructional Materials
      1. Horticulture - Ag (update to current curriculum)
  4. Next Meeting- Tuesday, January 17, 2016 @ 8:30 a.m. in DO Board Room

Note: a summary of the meeting will be posted online and sent to all Curriculum Council members and the DTA president. DTA has five working days from the time the summary is sent to exercise their right to consultation on any issue covered by the MOU in the current DTA contract.

Meeting Summary

MEETING SUMMARY

  1. Introductions- members introduced themselves and the sign in sheet is attached to the end of this summary.
  2. Mr. Weimer and Mr. Aguilar gave updates on meetings that have begun or been planned from the August 30, 2016 Curriculum Council.
  3. Curriculum and Instruction items were presented by Mr. Weimer
    1. New courses- the approval of all courses listed on the Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way, University of California Curriculum Integration, Merced County Office of Education ROP and University of California Davis C-Stem course lists. These courses are already created by these organizations and have automatic approval for A-G status- no paperwork needs to be created for these courses so teachers will not need to be taken off campus to create the course submissions.
    2. Update textbooks for AP courses that have textbooks published on or before 2010. The teachers who teach these courses will be contacted on how they would like to proceed in updating or selecting new materials. The AP courses are: Environmental Science, US History, European History, Government, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, English Language and English Literature.
    3. New state requirements- as per the guidelines of AB2246, the district will be establishing a committee to create a district Suicide Prevention Policy to take to the Board of Education. CPR will be added to the Health course and teachers will be provided with the information and training required by AB 1719.
  4. Technology, CTE & Innovation items were presented by Mr. Aguilar.
    1. New courses- Teachers who will be involved in teaching the following courses will be brought together to create the courses and identify instructional materials: Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Response, Fabrication and Manufacturing, Construction Trades 1 & 2, Advanced Construction Trades, Conservation Corps, Telecommunications and a year long Physical Geography course.
    2. Instructional Materials- teachers currently teaching the course will identify updated instructional materials for the horticulture course.
  5. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 17, 2016 @ 8:30 a.m. @ DO.

Summary prepared 11/07/2016 by Scott Weimer

Sign-in Sheet

Image- Sign-in Sheet for Nov 1 Curriculum Council

August 30, 2016