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December 2017

Superintendent's Message

Happy Holidays!

I want to take this opportunity to convey warm wishes to our parents and staff for a restful, safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our schools. Let's all take a few moments to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a community with excellent schools and resources for young people. Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Rick Schmitt

December 2017

2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Instructional Calendars


On Tuesday, December 12th the SRVUSD Board of Education received draft Instructional Calendars for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. The calendar was developed in collaboration with the San Ramon Valley Education Association and reflects feedback received from the Instructional Calendar Survey. The calendars will be brought back to the Board of Education on January 9, 2018 for final approval.

Important dates to note for 2018-2019:

First Day of School: August 13, 2018

Winter Break: December 21, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Spring Break: April 1-5, 2019

Last Day of School: May 31, 2019

Important dates to note for 2019-2020:

First Day of School: August 13, 2019

Winter Break: December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020

Spring Break: April 6-10, 2020

Last Day of School: May 29, 2020


Supporting Student Wellness During Finals

In the coming days our middle and high school students will be taking their final exams for the first semester. This can often be a stressful time for our students and we want to do everything we can to support them. It’s important that we watch for signs of stress in our students and support them by providing coping strategies, modeling positive wellness behaviors, and watching for signs of anxiety and stress.

Parents can help their students deal with stress  by encouraging them to find balance. Support the use of coping strategies and help them find some free time to recharge. The following are some strategies that parents can share with students to help navigate the anxiety that often comes with tests.

  1. Exercise
  2. Eat healthy
  3. Stay hydrated
  4. Take study breaks
  5. Ask for help from friends, counselors, teachers
  6. Get plenty of rest

It’s also important that we all watch our students for signs of distress. The following are some signals that might mean your child needs additional support:

  • Withdrawing from friends, family, activities  
  • Significant change in sleep, appetite or weight  
  • Hopelessness: sees no chance of improvement  
  • Feeling worthless or excessively guilty  
  • Feeling like a burden
  • Alcohol or drug use 
  • Feeling trapped with no way out of the situation 
  • Neglecting appearance 

It is possible that these signs can signal students are having suicidal thoughts. If you have any concerns about your student’s mental health or suspect they might be thinking about harming themselves, it’s important to seek help right away. Our school counselors are available to speak with your students anytime during school hours. Below are other resources available 24/7:

Contra Costa Crisis Center Suicide and Crisis Hotline 1-800-833-2900 Text “HOPE” to 20121.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

SRVUSD has a webpage dedicated to our work in Suicide Prevention and Intervention at https://www.srvusd.net/suicideprevention.

Thank you for supporting the mental health of our students. We wish all of our students and families a successful finals experience and restful holiday break.


The 2017-18 Student Recognition Project is Almost Here!

The Student Recognition Project is almost here! This district-wide competition recognizes and rewards high school students for projects completed outside the normal classroom curriculum. All judging is done by local community members who are experts in their fields.

Winning projects will receive a prize, a chance to connect with judges and an invitation to the annual awards reception in the spring. Get a jump start and check out the categories and FAQ’s at www.srvusd.net/studentrecognitionproject! Applications to participate open on January 8.


Spotlight Story

A junior at Monte Vista High School launched his own company in September called Twilight Years, where he shares stories from veterans and survivors of various conflicts.

Alexander Shvakel has always been captivated by stories of the Great Patriotic War in his Belarusian homeland. Stories of grit, determination, and perseverance motivated him to dig deeper and discover more about his family roots during World War II. He decided to start Twilight Years to share his family story and the stories of other veterans.

This month, he had the opportunity to interview a Vietnam veteran, and five Russian veterans from World War II. Their stories will be posted later this month.

Click here to view his website.

If you know someone who would like to have their story shared on Twilight Years, please visit  https://hashtagsciencerock.wixsite.com/twilightyears/contact.


Schools Give Back

SRVUSD schools are busy spreading holiday cheer this season! Here are just some of the ways our schools are extending a helping hand:

  • Pine Valley Middle School is holding a toy drive for their sister school. 
  • Monte Vista High School is collecting items to put together packages for the homeless.
  • Diablo Vista Middle School adopted 22 families from their sister school.
  • California High School is having a holiday toy and gift card donation drive for their sister school.
  • Golden View Elementary has a giving tree for local families in need.
  • Montair Elementary School is holding a toy and coat drive for their sister school.

Check out the SRVUSD social media pages to see photos of holiday giving events throughout the season.


Teen Driver Education Program to Emphasize Safety

SRVUSD is implementing a new system for students who wish to obtain on-campus parking permits that emphasizes traffic safety. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, students and their parent/guardian must attend a free two hour “CHP Start Smart” class in order to be eligible for a parking permit.

All SRVUSD comprehensive high schools offer several free classes each year that are open to anyone.  At this class, officers from the California Highway Patrol discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage. The class need only be taken once during a student’s high school career.

For class dates, FAQ’s, or contact information, visit the SRVUSD Start Smart webpage.


SRV Council of PTA’s Parenting & Beyond Conference

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs' Parenting Speaker Series bring professionals and experts on various aspects of parenting in order to inform and provide learning opportunities to our parents and educators to benefit kids of all ages.

The first speaker event will be on:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

San Ramon Valley High School Theater

501 Danville Blvd., Danville

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

For more information and to register, please visit:

http://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/ParentSS2018


Street Smarts Video Contest

The Street Smarts “Be Reel” Video Contest gives middle school students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of traffic safety by producing public service announcements (PSAs) that educate their friends, family, and community. As a component of the Street Smarts Program, the contest aims to raise awareness about traffic safety issues to both the students participating in the contest and those who see their work.

Participants, who can be individuals or a group of up to four middle school students, can win prizes by creating a 60-second (or shorter) PSA on a specific traffic safety theme.

Click here for the contest entry form, guidelines and release forms.

Videos must be submitted by Tuesday, December 19, 2017, no later than 4 p.m.


District Receives Data Management Recognition

SRVUSD has qualified for the 2016-17 California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System  (CALPADS) Data Management Recognition. CALPADS are used for many significant purposes, including the Local Control Funding Formula, the test registration system for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, and the Accountability Progress Reporting system. SRVUSD staff working with CALPADS is integral to keeping CALPADS up-to-date with current, accurate data.

For more information on this program go to the CALPADS Data Management Recognition webpage here.