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Minutes - ASB Daytime Council 12/17/13





December 17, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 9:58 AM by Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. McKenna.

Mrs. McKenna welcomed everyone to the meeting.

It was brought to the Council’s attention that they are encouraged to communicate back to their fellow classmates the information that is shared at ASB meetings.

The minutes of the November 13, 2013, Daytime Council meeting were approved as written.

Program Update
  • Winter Term Begins- December 2, 2013
  • Winter Term Ends- March 7, 2014
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day- January 20, 2014
  • Lincoln’s Birthday- February, 10, 2014
  • President’s Day- February 17, 2014
Financial Report

The balance as of December 16, 2013, was $3,414.38.

Report from Evening ASB Council

The minutes from the November 12, 2013, Evening ASB Council were distributed. Mrs. McKenna explained that the minutes from each council meeting are given to the other council, so that they each know what is being discussed at each others meetings.

New Business

Mrs. McKenna encouraged the Council to promote the Christmas toy drive in each of the classrooms. It was explained that if each student were to bring in one toy, the Interfaith Food Center toy drive would be a great success. Mrs. McKenna also informed the Council that a small team of Council members went to each class to promote the toy drive.

Mrs. McKenna informed the Council that the Cal High ASB Council sponsored a toy drive for the children at the Salvation Army Transitional Living Center. The Adult School has several students that live at this center, so it was nice to hear that their children will benefit from a local high school’s ASB Council.

Mrs. Roberts spoke to the Council about the logistics of sponsoring a blood drive. She explained that the District is very busy and expressed concern about committing to such a large event. The Council voted to postpone sponsoring the Red Cross blood drive. Mrs. McKenna will inform the Red Cross of the Council’s decision.

A student asked why ABE students, who have passed the GED exam, do not get the same recognition as the students in the GED Lab. Mrs. Roberts explained that the ABE teachers need to be given the form for students to fill-out so that they can be given such recognition. Students who pass the exam are given the opportunity to have their names displayed on the marque. In addition, a few Council members suggested a ceremony be held to honor these students. Mrs. Roberts informed the Council that approximately 200 students pass the GED exam every year. She said some type of recognition may be possible, and this idea will be a continuing item of discussion.

Mrs. Roberts also informed the Council of the upcoming changes to the GED exam. It will be a completely computerized test. There will be a separate room available for testing. A student can choose to take the entire test at one time for a cost of $140 or choose to take each part separately, four sections, at $35 a part. The test is offered in English and Spanish. Registration is done on-line. Mrs. Roberts said the January GED Test dates for the Whittier Adult School had not yet been scheduled. She also mentioned that the new GED Exam is apparently more difficult than the current exam.

Mrs. McKenna announced that a former ABE/CTE student, Cindy Perez, was honored in San Jose by OTAN for being a successful student who has thrived in spite of many challenges. She also received a special commendation from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees for her accomplishments.

Old Business

Students were reminded of the Day of the Teacher event and were asked to think of ways to celebrate the occasion.

Student Concerns

Daytime ASB President, Miguel Gonzalez informed the Council that the CTE Department will be holding “Professional Dress Days” which will provide the students an opportunity to dress as if going to a job. He informed the Council that free clothing is available in Mrs. McKenna’s room, #305, for those interested.

The next ASB Daytime meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:45 AM.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Audrey McKenna, ASB Council Coordinator & CTE Teacher