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April 2018

Superintendent's Message

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Spring Break. I would like to invite you to join me at two Spring Forums for an end-of-the-year parent check-in and listening opportunity. During these forums I will briefly comment on 4 "big idea" topics and then spend approximately an hour plus of questions and comments. The topics I will be discussing include:

  1. Safety and customer service
  2. Budget and staffing
  3. Personalized Learning Ideas update
  4. Elementary feedback, suggested ideas

I look forward to seeing you there!

More information may be found at www.srvusd.net/springforums.


SRVUSD Schools Named 2018 CA Distinguished Schools

Bollinger Canyon Elementary School, Coyote Creek Elementary School, and Rancho Romero Elementary School have earned statewide distinction as 2018 California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced on Monday, April 2. San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s (SRVUSD) three school honorees were among just seven schools recognized in Contra Costa County. 

“This distinction is a testament to the excellent education provided by our teachers, the leadership of our site administrators, the dedication of our students and the support of our parent community,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. “I congratulate our schools on their well-deserved achievement.”

These three schools were previously honored in 2014 as Distinguished Schools and in 2016, Bollinger Canyon and Rancho Romero were recognized as California Gold Ribbon Schools. In order to apply for the Distinguished Schools distinction, schools must first meet the eligibility requirements. California uses the multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). Information regarding the Dashboard is provided on the California Department of Education (CDE) California Accountability Model and School Dashboard web page.

The 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Schools were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress.

All three SRVUSD elementary schools will be honored during a ceremony in May in Anaheim, California.

 


SRVUSD Recognizes 2018 Classified Employees of the Year

 

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education recognized the District’s 2018 Classified Employee of the Year, Cindy Hill, as well as 43 other nominees representing SRVUSD schools and departments.

Cindy volunteered at Vista Grande for nine years prior to becoming a Classroom Paraeducator for 19 years. Therefore, Cindy has supported the Vista Grande community for the last 28 years. She is passionate about serving children and helping them to succeed.

She has been a leader among the paraeducators.  She articulates with the administration very clearly regarding any concerns the paraeducators may have and she is comfortable sharing new goals or ways to improve student learning.

To view a list of all the 2018 Classified Employees of the Year, click here.

The purpose of the Employee of the Year Program is to recognize the efforts of our outstanding classified employees and their positive contributions to students. Each year each SRVUSD school and division nominates an employee of the year. The final selection for Employee of the Year is based on the following criteria:

  • An individual who has made significant contributions to his/her school/community or department;

  • Adopts the attributes of Rigor, Relevance and Relationships in their work; and

  • Strives for excellence in his/her daily work and promotes a healthy work/learning environment.

All nominees are recognized by the Board of Education. Cindy will also be recognized, along with other district’s Classified School Employees of the Year, at a reception sponsored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

 


Bright Lights Award Nominations

The SRVUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee's Bright Lights Awards are designed to honor people who have made a positive impact in the lives of our students. Help us recognize people who go 'above and beyond' to engage, educate, and empower students receiving special education services (in any setting) by nominating someone who has made a difference for children with special needs.  

 

Nomination Forms are due by April 20, 2018.

One person will be recognized in each of these categories at the School Board Meeting on May 8, 2018.

  • General Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher (SDC)
  • Resource Teacher
  • Certificated Support Staff (psychologist, nurse, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, behavior specialist, assistive technology specialist)
  • Classified Support Staff (Paraprofessional, office manager, school office assistant)
  • Administrator (principal, assistant principal, program supervisor, Special Ed/Educational Services staff)
  • Parent Volunteer (classroom help, PTA member, CAC)

All nominees will receive the form you submit after May 8, 2018 so make sure to honor someone who has made a difference in the life of a child.

 


Spotlight Story—Student Work Displayed at U.S. Department of Education Exhibit

 

A special exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. contains work from Dougherty Valley High School student, Bianca Zhou. Bianca is one of the 2018 YoungArts Winners in Design, Photography, Visual Arts and Writing.

The U.S. Department of Education will celebrate Bianca’s achievements in Writing at their exhibit, Total Tolerance. The exhibit displays selected works by 2018 YoungArts Winners in Design, Photography, Visual Arts and Writing and runs through June 29, 2018 at the U.S. Department of Education.

YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 to 18 or in grades 10 through 12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than 11,000 applications, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support including financial awards, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.


Education Foundation and School District to Create Innovation Centers

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are teaming up to create state-of-the-art Innovation Centers that will support all schools in the District. These Innovation Centers will provide opportunities for teachers to integrate new technologies and innovations into their curriculum.

The centers will open for the 2018-19 school year at Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon and Charlotte Wood Middle School in Danville. SRVEF has donated $30,000 to create these centers. Each center will be equipped with innovative technology that all SRVUSD teachers can check out and use in their classrooms. By providing this access to teachers, it allows them to pilot new technology and experience it with their students prior to making a longer-term investment. Examples of the type of technology that will be available include hands-on robotic kits, coding materials, design challenges, and many more!  More information will be shared with staff in the coming months.

 


SRVUSD Teacher Recruitment Schedule

The district participates in numerous teacher recruitment fairs and will conduct screening interviews during its by-invitation-only "Job Fair" on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Click here for the Spring 2018 Teacher Recruitment Schedule

Candidates interested in being considered for available vacancies which occur for the 2018-19 school year must submit an online SRVUSD application through EdJoin with the following attachments:

  • Letter of Intent / Introduction
  • Current Resume
  • Three recent Letters of Recommendation (2 years or less preferred)
  • Copy of valid credential or letter verifying expected completion of program

 


School Board Invites Community Members to Apply for Parcel Tax Oversight Committee

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is seeking members for its Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

The committee provides oversight for the Board of Education to ensure that the funds are spent as intended by the voters of the parcel tax.  The committee meets at least twice per year and reports on an annual basis to the Board and community on how these funds have been spent.  All meetings are open to the public.

Four positions will be appointed by the school board. Parcel Tax committee members serve two-year terms.  They will not be compensated and will serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Members shall reside within the boundaries of the SRVUSD and shall be registered voters.

Applications are due no later than 4pm on May 16, 2018.  Recommendations/appointments will be made at the June 12, 2018 Board Meeting.

For additional information and to download the application visit: http://srvusd.ca.schoolloop.com/PTOC_members, or contact Sandra Corsetti in the Business Office, atscorsetti@srvusd.net, or (925)552-2905.

 


SRVUSD Summer Enrichment Classes

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Summer Enrichment Program registration is open! These courses are designed for students entering kindergarten through high school to enjoy an academic enrichment and/or a recreational experience. Please click on the link below to register for the SRVUSD Summer Enrichment Program.

Click here to register!

Visit our website for more information about Summer School.

 


SRVEF Imagineering – STEAM Enrichment Classes for SRVUSD Students

 

The SRVEF Imagineering afterschool enrichment classes for April are posted!

 

These are the final afterschool classes for the 2017-18 academic school year.  Don’t miss out on engaging classes taught by incredible SRVUSD certified teachers. Culinary Science, Cosmetic Chemistry, Intermediate Lego Robotics, Engineering with Sphero Robots, Python Coding, Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, and more.

This summer SRVEF will also continue to offer enrichment classes for SRVUSD students. The longer summer classes allow us to offer more in-depth science, technology, engineering, art, and math curriculum to students entering 3rd-9th grade. Students are given daily challenges, connected to industry experts, introduced to engaging project-based learning activities, and encouraged to explore new STEAM topics. For the complete schedule, visit www.bit.ly/summer_imagineering

Follow SRVEF Imagineering on Instagram for exciting program announcements as they prepare for a summer of  STEAM learning! https://www.instagram.com/srvef_imagineering/. To learn more about the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, visit the website www.srvef.org.

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