ADVISORY
The Advisory period is a 26-minute, mandatory tutorial in the middle of the school day that occurs right 
before lunch for all students that have two or more Ds and/or Fs in any of their classes. Students 
assigned to Advisory are required to attend the three-week Advisory cycle, four days a week with one of the 
teachers that they have a D or F.  During the first four weeks of school, all freshmen are placed into a Freshmen Advisor that are run by Link Crew upperclassmen mentors, and are exposed to the many activities on campus while doing team-building activities.  Students who have zero to one D and/or F have an extended 56-minute lunch period during which they can take advantage of a number of different activities during the 26-minute Advisory period.
 
Click link above to view ASSETS Program page.
 
LITERACY FOCUS
One of our greatest challenges is the increasing number of students entering our school who are reading
at or below the sixth grade level. Although the percentage of students scoring Advanced and Proficient
on the English Language Arts (ELA) CST has gone up over the past three years, Monte Vista recognizes
the need to continue improving student literacy through a school-wide effort. Therefore, a multi-
disciplinary Literacy Team has been developed where teachers demonstrate how to use various graphic organizers and summarizing techniques; all departments have agreed to use these strategies in their instruction. Also, the Literacy Team will continue to gather input from staff members about areas of
concern regarding literacy and look at ways to conduct on-site professional development strands in 
order to begin to  consistently implement best practice literacy strategies school-wide. The focus for 
2017-18 will be to continue school-wide efforts to develop and refine the use of graphic organizers and
summarization techniques as well as begin to share and implement student engagement strategies in 
order to more fully engage students, thus making them more responsible for their own learning.
 
LITERACY INTERVENTION
ACHIEVE3000 Tier I literacy program for all freshmen enrolled in Discovering Technologies
and Global StudiesIC. Achieve 3000 is an online program that offers over 10,000 articles all written at varying lexile levels. Students take an initial lexile leveler assessment and then read and respond to the same article, but written at the lexile level of each individual student. Students retest after completing 40 articles and then the lexile level is reset in order to continue to challenge the students to grow in their reading abilities.
READ180 Monte Vista has established four sections of reading support classes. All freshmen enrolled in English IC were administered the NorthWestern Evaluation and  Assessment (NWEA) diagnostic test that provided a breakdown of gaps for each student's literacy  levels/skills. In conjunction with our feeder middle school recommendations, their NWEA results, and their ELA CST scores, students scoring below sixth grade level and/or scoring Far Below Basic or Below Basic on their most recent CST English Language Arts were possible candidates for a reading support class. Along with retesting all reading students at the end of the first semester and end of the year to help determine growth and persistent gaps, the Oral Language Fluency (OLF) assessment is given to students in the Reading Program in order to further gauge their growth. As mentioned earlier, using Title I funds, 20 new computers and the online version of Read 180 were purchased over the summer.
 
LEARNING CENTER
The Learning Center is a dropout prevention/credit-recovery program where students are required to 
attend school two hours a day where they check in with the teacher, do work, and ask for help. Then, students are required to do another two to four hours of work on their own at home. The goal is to have students do the equivalent of a minimum of four hours worth of work each school day. Students work on
one class at a time and credit is issued based on the amount of work they complete, not their seat time.
The Learning Center offers three, two-hour blocks with two teachers and approximately 30 to 45 students
per block. Priority of student selection is as follows: fifth-year seniors, seniors, and then juniors. Only on 
rare exceptions are underclassmen admitted (health issues, pregnancies, and/or severe circumstances).