VENTURA - The Ventura College Transfer and Career Center will host workshops designed to help newly enrolled and potential students with such issues as New Student Follow-Up, Financial Aid Certification, the VC Promise, CSU Applications, and Pre-Nursing Advisement . All workshops will be held in the Transfer and Career Center in the new Student Services Center on the Ventura College campus and are free and open to the public.
Parking is $1 during the week. The closest parking on campus is by the Athletic Event Center in the West parking lot, accessible off Loma Vista Avenue, between West Campus Way and Central Campus Way.
Financial Aid Certification Workshops will be held June 9: Noon to 2 pm, June 13: Noon to 1 pm, June 17: Noon to 2 pm, June 18: 9:30 am – 11:30 am, June 23: Noon to 2 pm and June 26: Noon to 2 pm.
New Students Follow-Up Workshops will be held June 2: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 11: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 16: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 24: 1 pm to 3 pm, and June 30: Noon to 2 pm.
Pre-Nursing Advisement Workshops will be held June 4: Noon to 2 pm, June 10: Noon to 2 pm, June 20: 11 am to 1 pm, and June 24: Noon to 2 pm.
VC Promise Workshops will be held June 6: Noon to 2 pm, June 12: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 19: 1 pm to 3 pm, and June 27: Noon to 2 pm. The Ventura College Promise is the largest grant program of its kind in the nation. All Ventura County high school grads and new GED recipients will receive three consecutive semesters of their enrollment fees paid by the Ventura College Foundation if they enroll at Ventura College within twelve months of receiving their diploma, without regard to their family income or grade point average. For more information on the Ventura College Promise, please call 805-6461.
CSU Application Workshops will be held June 3: 2 pm to 4 pm, June 5: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 11: 1 pm to 3 pm, June 19: 4 pm – 6 pm, June 24: 1 pm – 3 pm, and June 26: 1 pm to 3 pm.
For additional information, call the Ventura College Transfer and Career Center, (805) 654-6473. For maps and directions, please visit VenturaCollege.edu, click on College Information and then select Maps and Parking.

 


 
Elyse Hackney and D.J. Wareham.
Elyse Hackney and D.J. Wareham.
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Local residents David Jacob (D.J.) Wareham and Elyse Hackney were recently honored at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Scholars. This honor was bestowed on high school seniors from all over Ventura County for recognition of exceptional leadership and character. D.J. and Elyse were in the same preschool class (with teacher Elizabeth Kemp) in Sonshine Preschool and attended grade school together at Fillmore Christian Academy (with teachers Pattie Kinkade, Martha Richardson and Janet Rutland). They have each excelled in their high school years and credit much of their success to a solid foundation in their early school years. D.J. is the son of David and Diane Wareham of Fillmore and he will be graduating from St. Bonaventure High School next month. He has been accepted and plans to attend Northern Arizona University in the fall to study Pre-med. Elyse is the daughter of Chuck and Tracy Hackney of Fillmore and will be graduating from Ventura County Christian High School next month. She has been accepted and plans to attend The Masters College in the fall to study history.

 


 
A volunteer from the Ojai Raptor Center holds a barred owl.
A volunteer from the Ojai Raptor Center holds a barred owl.
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Pictured (l-r) are Jatziri Rangel, with Sonia Rangel, and Natalie Naves display their science project at Piru School’s Science Fair last week.
Pictured (l-r) are Jatziri Rangel, with Sonia Rangel, and Natalie Naves display their science project at Piru School’s Science Fair last week.
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Piru student Maria Ibarra is shown with her science project at Piru Elementary’s Science Fair last week.
Piru student Maria Ibarra is shown with her science project at Piru Elementary’s Science Fair last week.
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Piru Elementary School just held their Open House/Science Fair. Many parents and students attended the event enjoying the opportunity to visit with their child’s teacher and see student work. The classrooms and more than 50 science experiments in the cafeteria looked great! Many thanks go to Lynda Catalano, our science and art teacher, for organizing the science fair and awarding our young scientists with more than 70 ribbons.

Also that night the Ojai Raptor Center dropped by with a few of their feathered friends. The students and parents couldn’t take their eyes off the beautiful birds. The Ojai Raptor Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured birds of prey, and to providing educational programs to teach about raptors and our shared environment. One of our favorites was a beautiful barred owl.

 


 
50 Graduates from Fillmore; 4 from Piru

The Ventura College 78th Annual Commencement Ceremony was held at the Athletic Event Center on the Ventura College Campus on Wednesday, May 14. Ventura College’s graduation was held on the same day as Oxnard College, and Moorpark College’s was held on May 15. More than 1,162 students have earned 1,369 degrees and certificates, and so are eligible to be recognized. There are fifty students who are Fillmore residents and four who are Piru graduates among those earning their degrees and certificates. The day’s events included the traditional graduation breakfast, the processional ceremony and a reception for the graduates and their families. Two sign-language interpreters were utilized during the graduation ceremony, and an interpreter was available upon request for the other events.
Commencement began at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Robin Calote, Ventura College President, addressed the group. The Chair of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Dr. Larry Miller, Vice Chair Robert O. Huber, trustees Stephen P. Blum, Cheryl Heitmann and Arturo D. Hernández, the Chancellor of the Ventura Community College District, Dr. James M. Meznek, the Academic Senate President Kathryn Schoenrock, the Classified Senate President Barbara Cogert, and Ms. Juliana Hernández, the outgoing president of the Associated Students of Ventura College, made brief remarks as well. Four faculty and staff members announced the graduates.
The Ventura College President’s Office hosted the post-ceremony reception for the graduates, their family, faculty and staff.
Among the graduates at this year’s events were Deborah Thompson, a resident of Fillmore, who said, “When I started college at age 18, I wasn’t sure which college classes to take, so I took just the classes that interested me, not the classes that would help me transfer to a four year university. The first time I went back to school was to get my certificate in child development. I’ve been going to school on and off for many years, taking one class at a time. I took 2006 off to care for my ill husband, who made me promise to go back to school. I will be receiving my associate degree in Child Development and an associate degree in Liberal Studies. I am still taking the last classes I need to transfer to the University of LaVerne. Being busy has helped me with my grief over the loss of my husband. Besides having a career to be proud of, I will enjoy teaching. I will be honoring my husband and my mother, who always supported me, as I graduate from Ventura College and transfer on.”
The Ventura College 2008 graduates from Fillmore and Piru are:
Fillmore: Nicole Marie Acosta, Rosalba Aragon, Jose Angel Arellano, Julie A. Arroyo, Jennifer Brock, Shawn Phillip Burson, Jacqueline Carlos, Victor Castillo, Desiry Jessica Cisneros, Stacie Cooke, Kaitlyn Couch, Alyssa Brianne Cruz, Natalie Diaz, Brandon Duff, Stephanie Escoto, Leticia Felix, Mayra Felix, Veronica Garcia, Anthony Grande, Arturo Hernández, Yurema Landeros, Christina Larson, Teresa Lupercio, Maria L. Magana, Terra Marsh, Berta Martinez, Carlos Martinez, Juliette Martinez, Jose Munoz, Namiko Oniki, Omar Ortiz, Nathan Page, Nikole Ramirez, Jonathan Rangel, Scott Reeder, Roque Mauricio Rivera, Diana Rojo, Kimberly Ruiz, Blanca Sanchez, Guadalupe Sanchez, Blanca Sandoval, Julie R. Sandoval, Christina Stevens, James Stevens, Renae Stovesand, Deborah Lynn Thompson, Dana L. Turner, Berta Vassaur, Diana Zamora, Farrah Zavala
Piru: Violeta Lemus, Maria E. Medina, Alex Melendez, Jose Mendez, Jr.

 


 
Natalie Garnica
Natalie Garnica
Student, Fillmore High School

The ASB Convention was held on Monday, and delegates from every first period class at the high school chose the nominees for the student government’s cabinet positions. The ASB Convention is designed get involved in the election process and ensure that the whole school is fairly represented. The nominees for the 2008-2009 ASB Cabinet offices are as follows: ASB President – Jill Wilber and Bailey Pina; Vice President – Katy Talon and Nathan Liu; Commissioner of Finance – Taylor Atkins and Juan Carlos Toledo; Secretary – Brenda Magana and Kyla Hernandez; Speaker of the House – Lorenzo Guietterez and Garrett Reilley; Commissioner of Publicity – Natalie Garnica and Gabriel Candelario; Commissioner of Activities – Karli Chessanie and Aimee Orozco; Commissioner of Renaissance – Nadia Lomeli and David Watson; Commissioner of Clubs – Megan Louth and Sal Ibarra; and Sergeant at Arms – Nathan Ibarra and Jose “Froggy” Estrada.
The canidates will have campaigned all of this week and each will give a short speech on Thursday at lunch. Voting will take place on Friday, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday. Class elections will be next week, and people who wish to run for a Class office may pick up an application in the office.
The Senior Class Mother/Son Banquet is this Thursday and yearbooks will be here soon – the year is coming to a close. For more information, contact the student store at 524-8491.

 


 
Ventura County Office of Education
Ventura County Office of Education

Ventura County's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Consortium will host its annual Induction Graduation Ceremony to honor the county's more than 300 beginning teachers who have participated in the BTSA/IC program. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Invitees include legislators, school board members, community leaders, district and school site administrators, beginning teachers, and their support providers.
Guest speakers include Dr. Pamela Davis, Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical Center. She will speak on “Celebrating Professional Excellence and Technical Competency”. Also, one of the program’s graduating teachers, Jackie Powell, will read her own creation, a humorous and thoughtful piece drawn from her experiences as a teacher last year entitled, “Interaction Overload”.
The Celebration is being held under the auspices of the Ventura County Office of Education, Teacher Support Services, Dr. Paula Lovo, Executive Director.

 
You are invited!

The First San Cayetano Elementary School Art Show
5:30 - 7:00, Wednesday, May 28th.
In the San Cayetano School cafeteria.
Sponsored by The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation and United Parents for Education.

 
Judge Donald D. Coleman, Supervising Juvenile Judge with the Ventura Count Superior Court, spoke to students at the Fillmore Community School on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. The judge encouraged the students to stay in school and achieve their dreams.
Judge Donald D. Coleman, Supervising Juvenile Judge with the Ventura Count Superior Court, spoke to students at the Fillmore Community School on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. The judge encouraged the students to stay in school and achieve their dreams.
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This is the time of year when high schools are at their peak busiest in the school year with State testing, scheduling and Grad activities. At this point, staff at high schools ponder on what more they can possibly do to help guide teens towards successful adult lives.
For a few hours, Judge Donald D. Coleman, Supervising Juvenile Judge,Ventura County Superior Court, spoke to students from Fillmore High School and Fillmore Community High School, respectively, about his role as a judge, how he planned his career goals, obstacles he met and overcame. He spoke to students about how they have responsible choices to make and how the decisions they make now can follow them throughout their life. Judge Coleman commented he enjoyed coming to Fillmore High School and connecting with the teens at the school on a prevention, rather than punitive level.
At noon, students Luis Muñoz, FHS Senior, and Quetzaly Santiesteban, FHS Sophomore, youth applicants to the Ventura County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Commission, and Norma Pérez-Sandford, FHS/FCHS Counselor and VCJJDPC Commissioner served as hosts to welcome Judge Coleman with a delicious potluck lunch that was provided and attended by volunteer parents, staff and students.
Fillmore “Legends”, businesses or individuals, who continually and unselfishly support Fillmore Unified School District in the goal of academic success and delinquency prevention were also recognized: Mr. Conway Spitler, The Fillmore Gazette, El Pescador Restaurant, La Fondita Restaurant & Bakery, Yanni’s, La Flor Bonita, VONS Supermarket, Super A Supermarket, Melstone Cyber Café, McDonald’s, Little Caesar’s :Pizza, Dominoe’s Pizza, Carl’s Jr., La Michoacana Bakery, ¡Ay, Chihuahua!, Taco Bell, 7-Eleven, Francisco’s Produce and others.

 
The Space Shuttle Café landed in Fillmore on Thursday during the Sespe School Science Fair. The Café is a reincarnated DC3 that was first launched in 2004. The aircraft originally rolled off the Douglas Co. production line in March 1944 and flew in World War II. After the war, All American Airlines (which later became Allegheny Airlines) bought the plane. A hijacking to Cuba is part of the plane’s lore. Argonaut Airways was the last commercial airline to own this DC3 before it was retired in mid-1970.
The Space Shuttle Café landed in Fillmore on Thursday during the Sespe School Science Fair. The Café is a reincarnated DC3 that was first launched in 2004. The aircraft originally rolled off the Douglas Co. production line in March 1944 and flew in World War II. After the war, All American Airlines (which later became Allegheny Airlines) bought the plane. A hijacking to Cuba is part of the plane’s lore. Argonaut Airways was the last commercial airline to own this DC3 before it was retired in mid-1970.
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Jeff Sweeney
Jeff Sweeney
Superintendent Fillmore Unified School District

In January, the Governor proposed a $4.8 billion funding cut to education that would have a devastating impact on our school district. In Fillmore, the estimated loss in funding for 2008-09 is nearly $900,000. In addition to this loss due to the Governor’s proposal, an additional $700,000 in on-going costs must be budgeted into the 2008-09 school year budget. The reduction in funds from the state in addition to the on-going costs means that the Fillmore Unified School District must reduce our overall 2007-08 school year budget by $1.6 million for the new school year, 2008-09. In response to this information, the District began immediately containing costs (reduction in office supplies, elimination of conferences, etc.) and developing a potential budget reduction list in January. Our Board has been meeting since February to review potential cuts in preparation for approving a final budget for the 2008-09 school year in June. Be assured that we will do all we can to preserve vital programs and minimize employee layoffs as we develop next year’s budget.

Educational Budget Crisis
On March 4, our Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in opposition to the Governor's proposed cuts, which would be the largest in the history of education in California. Every parent, student and staff member can have a voice in the fight to protect public education in California. I encourage all of you to take a moment and write to our elected officials in Sacramento to voice your concern about the budget crisis and the effect it will have on our children's futures. The names of our elected officials are: Senate-George Runner, 5097 State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone 916-651-4017, fax 916-445-4662; Senate-Tom McClintock, 3070 State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone 916-651-4019, fax 916-324-7544; Assembly Audra Strickland, 4208 State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 94249, phone 916-319-2037, fax 916-319-2137.
I want our employees, parents and community to know that protecting students and staff from the harm the proposed Governor’s budget proposes is our top priority. However, such severe cuts to our funding will necessitate the loss of some services. We have already had to cut some summer school offerings. In addition to this item, the Board has been studying a variety of potential budget reductions. Some areas the Board is considering include: Eliminating in-town bus service; Reducing positions and utilizing their funding sources to provide more service; and Reducing the budget needed to replace aging technology equipment.
We want to keep moving in the positive direction that we have begun together these past two years. Board members, leaders, teachers, support staff, parents, and moreover the entire community have all worked especially hard to make Fillmore Unified a district that focuses on student achievement, providing a safe environment, and meeting the unique needs of all our students.

 
Migrant Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at Ventura College.
Migrant Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at Ventura College.
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Over 750 students from across California and other states including Texas and Arizona gathered this weekend to compete in the Migrant Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament at Ventura College. There were 66 teams entered in the competition. The event was hosted by the Ventura College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Department along with the Ventura County Office of Education.

The event is designed to challenge and motivate students and help them see the value of education.

Fillmore Unified School District had a total of 51 students participating from San Cayetano, Sespe, Mountain Vista, Piru and Fillmore Middle School.

The Piru speech team was coached by Piru Elementary 5th grade teachers Claudia Cornejo and Delia Silva. The Sespe speech team was coached by teachers Mary Allyn Garcia and Beverly Garnica. The San Cayetano speech team was coached by teachers Lisa Fluke and Erika Henderson. The Mountain Vista speech team was coached by Jennifer Weir and Raina Arellano and the Fillmore Middle School speech team was coached by teacher Maria Meza.

Saturday night more than 1,000 excited children and adults gathered together during the tournament’s award ceremony in the college’s Athletic Event Center to see how each team did during the day’s competition. By the end of the ceremony Piru and Sespe Elementary students had a lot to smile about. Piru took home 4 Migrant Speech awards!

Luis Cruz scored 2nd place in 5th grade prepared speech, Andres Luna scored 3rd place in 5th grade prepared speech, Daniela Garcia scored 1st place in 5th grade extemporaneous speech, and Claudia Moreno scored 3rd place 5th grade extemporaneous speech.

Sespe School took home two top awards. Steven Rodriquez scored 1st place in the 5th grade prepared speech and 2nd place in the 5th grade extemporaneous speech.
Congratulations to all!

Everyone who participated walked away with a participant trophy and a lot to be proud of. We can’t wait until next year.

 
Gang Violence PREVENTION

Fillmore Middle School Gym
Thursday, May 15, 2008 6pm to 7pm

Presented by Ventura County Probation Agency
Probation Officer TONY MACHUCA

What is a GANG?

WHY do children join gangs?

How can YOU help prevent your child from joining a gang?

Parents, come find out the answers to these questions & more!

 

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

6:00 P.M. - SPECIAL MEETING - BUDGET STUDY SESSION
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA

The public may review or request a copy of support materials provided to the Board Members where the word materials appears.

6:00 p.m.

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

II. ROLL CALL

III. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS

IV. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.

V. ACTION ITEMS
a. Approve Resolution Number 07-08-15 Reduction Classified Positions/Lay-off of Classified Personnel: (Materials will be provided)
• Bus Driver/Grounds
• HVAC Technician
• Special Education Instructional Assistant

VI. INFORMATION/DISCUSSION
b. Budget Update

VII. FUTURE MEETINGS
May 20 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
June 3 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting – Board Room
June 17 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting - Board Room

VIII. CLOSING COMMENTS AND AGENDA BUILDING

IX. ADJOURNMENT

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

 
kellsie McLain
kellsie McLain

On May 1, 2008 The National Society of High School Scholars today announced that Fillmore High School student Kellsie McLain from Fillmore Ca., has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prize.
“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Kellsie has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academics excellence, said Mr. Nobel. “Kellsie is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”
“Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated NSHSS President James Lewis. “We aim to help students like Kellsie to help Kellsie build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”
Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participations in programs offered by educational partners, online forums, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.
Formed in 2002, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. Currently there are more than 400,000 Society members in 130 countries. NSHSS provides scholarship opportunities for deserving young people.
For more information about NSHSS visit www.nshss.org.

 
Mrs. Anderson’s 3rd grade class performed a musical “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Mt. Vista, Friday evening. Top Row: Katelyn, Aviana, Emma, Norma, Sarai, Scott and Anthony, Bottom Row: Lupita, Jazmin, Evan, Miguel, JJ, Mary, Jennifer, Francisco, Jacob, Cody, Alexandra, and Mrs. Anderson.
Mrs. Anderson’s 3rd grade class performed a musical “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Mt. Vista, Friday evening. Top Row: Katelyn, Aviana, Emma, Norma, Sarai, Scott and Anthony, Bottom Row: Lupita, Jazmin, Evan, Miguel, JJ, Mary, Jennifer, Francisco, Jacob, Cody, Alexandra, and Mrs. Anderson.
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The students of Priscilla Anderson's third grade class performed a musical "Jack in the Beanstalk" written by Ron Fink & John Heath of Camarillo at Mountain Vista Elementary to great applause on Friday evening. Friends and family of the twenty students enjoyed an evening with Jack, his mother, shepherds, farmers, a servant, a cook, a goose, a giant, story-tellers, and a living beanstalk. All the students in the class had their own parts, comprised of ten songs that had the kids performing solos, duets, trios, and a chorus. This was the first musical Mrs. Anderson has put together in which she did a terrific job. The students were involved in set-making, gathering costumes, and making props. Word spread around the school quick and they were asked to perform for many other classrooms as well.

 
WASC committee meeting
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

This week I was fortunate to meet with a group of students at the WASC committee meeting. First of all WASC is the group that gives accreditation to the public schools. Every one at the high school is involved in meetings to show what the high school is doing, has been doing and plans to do in the future.
The group of students led by Miss Wilber, in my opinion, did a super "job" of discussing student teacher relationships. There were high marks and there were low marks with explanations as to why. This was done in a very professional manner and one made me proud to be a part of the committee.
Discussion included: comments on students and teacher relationships, suggested improvements in programs and activities on the campus. Other items included: Use of the library, more after school help, expectations for students is too low, little family support, and many other items.
The campus was discussed, career day was discussed. reading the bulletin, a staff which you can trust, teachers cannot do it all, more class offerings, new clubs, school spirit is not very high, don't mow the lawns during class time, campus could be a lot more cleaner.
These young people were certainly leaders in the facts taken into account and recommended, taken into account the present and future of the school. I, for one, salute their professional attitude and concern for the future.

 

The Alumni "Flashbacks" were sent out last Friday, so by the time you read this, you should have your copy in your hot little hand. If not, let the alumni office know at 524-0416. 960 copies were labeled, stamped and stuffed in envelopes by the hard working crew of Joyce Basolo, Margaret Haskell, Jayne Johnson, Maxine Merry, Ellyn Mosbarger, Joleen Stethem and Em Wendell, and it took them only one and a half hours, one pot of coffee and half a dozen donuts. Good work, people. Kathleen Penrod McCreary did another great job of putting the information together that was sent in by many different people. There are letters from alumni members about many different things, reminiscences from Marion Reed, class of '42 about the Buckhorn School Rhythm Band and from Doug Gibby, class of '69, about the move from Mountain View School to San Cayateno School in 1957, articles on the alumni members who were honored as Citizens of the Year, the Herrera Family who make up the musical group, Los Hermanos Herrera, and a picture and articles about the 1957 Fillmore High Boxing Team and tournament. The Reunion Page lists all the reunions that are being held this year. Classes of 1938, 1948, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1988 and 1998 are all holding reunions in May, on June 13 and 14, and in August. The scholarship recipients for the alumni scholarships and for the John and Nit Lemley scholarships are announced, and a reservation form for the alumni dinner is included. Please let the alumni office know if you have any comments or suggestions about this issue or future issues of the "Flashbacks".
The next Alumni Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 19, at the home of Mark Ortega, and the main topics of discussion will be the alumni dinner to be held Saturday, June 14 at the City Park, beginning at 4:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Much work has to be done in preparing for this event, and volunteers are needed to help out on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14. We had lots of great help last year, and we hope to have those same people to help this year.

 

More than 400 students have been named to the 2007 fall semester Dean’s Honor List at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. CLU students qualify for the Dean’s List by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average in their academic subjects.
California Lutheran University is located in Thousand Oaks with graduate centers in Oxnard and Woodland Hills. Founded in 1959, the University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.It is also authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer a variety of credentials.
Serving more than 2,100 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students, the selective liberal arts and science institution offers 36 majors and 28 minors along with professional preparation programs in specified fields of study. Master’s degree programs are offered in education, psychology, computer science, business administration, and public policy and administration. Doctorial programs in educational leadership and higher education leadership are offered through the School of Education. Members of the CLU student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu or call the University at 805-493-3151.
The following local students were honored, Sarah Adams of Fillmore, Janyne Piche of Piru.

 
Graduation Ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

VENTURA -- The Ventura College 78th Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Athletic Event Center on the Ventura College Campus on Wednesday, May 14. Ventura College’s graduation will be held on the same day as Oxnard College, and Moorpark College’s will be held on May 15. More than 1,162 students have earned 1,369 degrees and certificates and so are eligible to be recognized. The day’s events will include the traditional graduation breakfast, the processional ceremony and a reception for the graduates and their families. Two sign-language interpreters will be utilized during the graduation ceremony, and an interpreter will be available upon request for the other events. The Commencement will be closed captioned and webcast live at http://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student_services/student_activ....
The annual graduation breakfast will start serving at 9:00 a.m. in the main dining room in the Campus Center. The breakfast is cosponsored by the Ventura College Foundation and the Associated Students of Ventura College.
Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Robin Calote, Ventura College President, will address the group. The Chair of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Dr. Larry Miller, Vice Chair Robert O. Huber, trustees Stephen P. Blum, Cheryl Heitmann and Arturo D. Hernández, the Chancellor of the Ventura Community College District, Dr. James M. Meznek, the Academic Senate President Kathryn Schoenrock, the Classified Senate President Barbara Cogert, and Ms. Juliana Hernández, the outgoing president of the Associated Students of Ventura College, will make brief remarks as well. Four faculty and staff members will announce the graduates.
The Ventura College President’s Office is hosting the post-ceremony reception for the graduates, their family, faculty and staff on the lawn behind Guthrie Hall, next to Central Campus Way, immediately after the ceremony.
For additional information, contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Ventura College Public Information Officer, (805) 654-6462 or asmoore@vcccd.edu.

 

Fillmore High School has received the released 10th grade CAHSEE results (California High School Exit Exam) for the test which was administered in March to all 10th graders in California.

This year’s 10th grade class set new records at Fillmore HS on their first attempt at passing CAHSEE:

80% passed English Language Arts

75% passed Math

2 students had perfect scores in BOTH areas - Andres Casas and Anthony Chavez earned a perfect 450 score in BOTH math and English Language Arts.

California students have six opportunities during high school to pass both sections of the Exit Exam: one opportunity during 10th grade, two test opportunities during 11th grade, and three opportunities during 12th grade. Students who are having difficulty passing the one or both parts of the exam are placed in CAHSEE classes during their school day for support and intensive intervention to build skills in both/either areas.

In accordance with California state law, senior students who have not passed both sections by graduation are awarded a Certificate of Completion instead of a diploma, but they are still awarded three more opportunities for two more years after graduation to pass the exam. Every year adult students come back to Fillmore High School to take advantage of the opportunity to pass the test and claim their diploma.