Board Policy & Administrative Regulation

Board Policy 6161.1

Administrative Regulation 6161.1

Administrative Regulation 6161.12

New Elementary STEM Titles Recommended to the Board of Education - February 18, 2020

Too Much Noise (Grade 1) by Ann McGovern - Lexile 290L

Matter-See It, Touch It, Taste It, Smell It (Grade 2) by Danielle Ruth Stille - Lexile IG490L

Ice Boy (Grade 2) by David Ezra Stein - Lexile 510L

Little Raindrop (Grade 2) by Joanna Gray - Lexile 610L

What is the World Made Of? (Grade 2) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld - Lexile 560L

The Big Rock (Grade 2) by Bruce Hiscock - Lexile 890L

Rocks Hard, Soft, Smooth and Rough (Grade 2) by Natalie Myra Rosinsky - Lexile IG600L

If You Find a Rock (Grade 2) by Peggy Christian - Lexile AD740L

Bugs Are Insects (Grade 2) by Anne Rockwell - Lexile AD590L

Ant Cities (Grade 2) by Arthur Dorros - Lexile 600L

Tops and Bottoms (Grade 2) by Janet Stevens - Lexile 580L

A Log's Life (Grade 2) by Wendy Pfeffer - Lexile AD730L

Stone Fox (Grade 3) by John Reynolds Gardiner - Lexile 610L

Badger Claws of Ojai (Grade 3) by Matt Boardman 

Zia (Grade 4) by Scott O'Dell - Lexile 790L

The Wild Robot (Grade 4) by Peter Brown - Lexile 720L

Eye of the Storm (Grade 5) by Kate Messner - Lexile 740L

Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor (Grade 5) by Tim Kehoe - Lexile 770L

A Wrinkle in Time (Grade 5) by Madeline L'Engle - Lexile 740L


Previewing Proposed Titles for Board of Education Approval

The titles listed above are available to be checked out at the CVUSD District Educational Center (1400 E. Janns Rd.) and at the office of each CVUSD elementary school.

Information on the two scheduled Preview Nights is listed below.

Important Dates

February 19, 2020 Preview Night, 6 PM - 8 PM, University Center MPR (2801 Atlas Ave., Thousand Oaks)

March 3, 2020 – Action item, vote for potential adoption - *item was tabled 

March 5, 2020 - Preview Night #2, 6 PM - 8PM, CVUSD Board of Education Conference Room (1402 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks) **New location

New titles approved by the Board of Education - December 17, 2019

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) (Grade 9) by Bryan Stevenson - Title Description - Lexile 1130

Forget Me Not (Grade 7) by Ellie Terry - Title Description - Lexile 670


Core Literature Selection Adoption Process

  1. During the English Language Arts (ELA) Articulation meeting a teacher presents a book with rationale for possible adoption to core literature list. The ELA Articulation committee meets three times a year and is composed of the ELA department chairs from each secondary school, as well as school site and district administrators.
  2. Other members of the articulation group may agree to read the book for review and discussion at the following articulation meeting. Or, if other members have read the proposed book the articulation committee votes to move the proposal to Secondary Curriculum Advisory Council (SCAC).
  3. Book is presented with rationale to SCAC by the ELA articulation committee representatives.
  4. Titles recommended by the English Articulation Committee will be submitted to SCAC for recommendation to the board of education.
  5. Title of proposed material is placed on public agenda 72 hours in advance of the board of education meeting.
  6. Titles recommended to the Board of Education for adoption will adhere to the following process:
    • BOE Meeting 1 - Presentation and Information item only
    • BOE Meeting 2 - Information item, discussion & community input
    • BOE Meeting 3 - Action item, vote for potential adoption
  7. After the material is proposed to the board of education as an information item during BOE Meeting 1, the books will be available for the parents and community to preview in multiple languages, as available, at CVUSD District Office and school sites.
  8. Parent/community will have an opportunity to speak at public comments at each of the BOE meetings as described in #6 above and prior to the BOE vote to either approve or deny the adoption of the core literature novel.
  9. If adopted, and as per Administrative Regulation 6161.12, all 9-12 English teachers’ syllabi will include a uniform letter from the District (AR 6161.12 Exhibit A) that outlines the parents’/guardians’ opportunity to review each core literature title and request an alternative assignment, along with the process for submitting an alternative assignment request form. The letter will include a parent/guardian acknowledgment signature and the following statement: Student and parents/guardians have the choice to request an alternative assignment.
  10. All core literature titles are available to be checked out of the school’s library and/or the Instruction Office at the CVUSD District Office, and will be available in multiple languages to the extent available by the publisher. Parents/guardians are encouraged to preview materials in advance of the unit of study, as some titles may include mature content.
  11. Students and parents/guardians must be informed of all core literature titles selected for use during the school year no later than the high school’s Back to School Night.