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Browns Valley Bears!

 

   May 1st 2019   

 

National Bike to

School Day!

 

Ride your bike, scooter or skateboard to school and receive prizes. Make sure to wear a helmet too!

  




 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 4/22/19




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tell us what you think
 

Join in at a community forum!

Community forums provide a comfortable and informal setting for Vacaville residents to share ideas and feedback about how we develop the trustee-area voting boundaries. The community forum meetings are:
 

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way
 

Saturday, October 27th – 9:00-10:30am 

at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place – Coffee and donuts will be served
 

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in Spanish
 

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in English
 

 

The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the public hearings and community forums. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.  More information about the transition to a Trustee-Area election system can be found at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/CVRA.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/18/18




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Browns Valley Halloween Parade

 

The Browns Valley Halloween Parade will be held on October 31st, on the blacktop, beginning at 8:30a. Parents are welcome to attend and are asked to stay on the Grass Area or in the Covered Snack Area during the parade. *Please provide your student with a change of clothes that your student can easily change into following the parade.

 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 10/17/18




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Red Ribbon Week 

October 23rd-31st 

 

Pledge to Be PAWS-itively Drug Free on October 23rd during IPE

 

Themed Spirit Days:

Tuesday – Oct 23rd: Turn BV Red (Wear Red)     

Wednesday – Oct. 24th: Turn your back on drugs (Wear your shirt backwards)

Thursday – Oct. 25th: Sock It to Drugs – (Crazy Sock Day)

Friday – Oct. 26th: Team up Against Drugs – (Team Jersey Spirit Wear) This day is sponsored by the Vacaville Police Department, the class with the highest number of participants will be entered into a drawing to win a prize from the Vacaville PD.

Monday – Oct. 29th: We are all sick of drugs (Wear Green)

Tuesday – Oct. 30th:  We are PAWS-itively Drug Free (School Spirit Wear)

Wednesday –Oct. 31st: Scare away drugs                                           (Halloween Costumes)

*If students wear costumes they must follow the following guidelines: No masks of any kind, costumes should be tasteful, modest, and appropriate for a school environment, no forms of weapon, blood, or gore may be part of the costume. 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 10/17/18




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Public Hearing A: To Seek Input Regarding a Waiver from the State Board of Education in Lieu of an Election

Public Hearing B: To Seek Public Input Prior to Drafting By-Trustee Area Maps


Both public hearings will be held:

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA

 

Public Hearing A

Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustee members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, whereby voters throughout the entire school district elect each trustee member.  On September 20, 2018, the VUSD Board adopted Resolution #3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. A by-trustee area election system would require each Board member to reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and would be elected only by the voters in that trustee area.  

 

A school district seeking to transition to a by-trustee area election system must submit an application to the local County Committee on School District Reorganization (“County Committee”) for approval. If the County Committee approves the school district’s application, California Education Code section 5020 would require an election to approve the transition to by-trustee area elections.  

 

To avoid the costs associated with an election and to ensure timely implementation, the VUSD Board will consider seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education of this election requirement, as well as certain other Education Code sections related to the election requirement.  If the waiver is granted by the State Board of Education, no election to approve the change to by-trustee area elections will take place, and the County Committee’s decision on the District’s proposal will be final.

  

Pursuant to Education Code sections 5019 and 33050, the Board invites community input on the proposed waiver request.  Any member of the public or representatives of the school district will be provided the opportunity to offer oral or written comments on the matter. Community members who wish to provide input, but who cannot attend may submit remarks to PIO@Vacavilleusd.org or by mail to VUSD Public Information Office, 401 Nut Tree Rd., Vacaville, CA 95687.

View more about the transition to by-trustee are election system here.

 

Public Hearing B

Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the entire District.  On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution # 3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. 

 

The District’s demographers, the National Demographics Corporation, will present information on the process and criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps.  Following the presentation, the Board will hold the first of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).    

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/28/18




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On September 20, 2018 the VUSD Board of Education Considered the Adoption of Resolution No. 3, 2018-19, declaring the intent to transition from at-large elections to trustee-area board elections. 


Lozano Smith Attorney Ryan Tung provided an overview of the process for transitioning from At-Large Board elections to Trustee-Area Board elections.

Following the presentation, the Board approved the resolution to move forward with Trustee-Area elections. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/24/18




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International Walk to School Day  

Wednesday,

October 10, 2018!

 

 

Walk to School and receive a prize!

 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 9/24/18




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The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider a resolution declaring the intent to transition from an at-large election system to a by-trustee area election system for the members of the governing board. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville.

 

Currently, the seven members of the VUSD Board of Trustees are elected under an “at-large” election system, in which all voters residing within school district boundaries vote for each member. In August 2018, the District received a demand letter from the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, demanding that the District change its method of election to a by-district (or by-trustee) system in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code, § 14025, et seq.) (“CVRA”) or risk being sued by the firm. This is the same law firm that challenged the City of Vacaville’s election system, which led the City Council to vote unanimously to move away from at-large elections.

 

Under the CVRA, at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting or cause disenfranchisement of voters from a protected class. The only election system that provides VUSD complete protection from a CVRA claim is a “by-trustee area” election system. A by-trustee election system would require that voting districts be established within the Vacaville Unified School District boundaries. Each trustee must then reside within the designated voting district boundary, and trustees would then be elected only by the voters from the voting district in which the trustee resides. 

 

When a public agency receives this type of demand letter, the agency is given 45 days to demonstrate its intent to transition to by-trustee area elections.  If the VUSD does not adopt a resolution signaling its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area board elections within this 45 day “safe harbor window,” the law firm, or any other plaintiff, may file a lawsuit against the District under the CVRA. 

 

Superintendent Jane Shamieh commented, “Valid and reasonable points can be made on both sides of the discussion for at-large versus by-trustee area elections systems. However, a CVRA claim is very difficult to defend against and can result in extensive legal expenses. We do all that we can to preserve funds so that they can be used for students.  These are some of the reasons that the Board will be considering adopting the resolution of intention to change election systems.” 

 

The Vacaville Unified board will hear from the public and consider whether or not to adopt a resolution declaring the intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections on September 20th. The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the meeting. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/17/18




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Congratulations BV Bears!!

 

Owen Banuelos - President

Natalie Gomez - Vice President

Danny Spadaro - Secretary

Audrey Ruffer - Treasurer

Ava Duran - Spirit Officer

Kaitlin Mullinax- Public Relations

Brigham Palmer - Wellness/Conflict Manager

 

Student Council Senate

Caylee Smith

Trinity Walton

Sophia Ratley

Jacob Kelly

Rylie Stine

Alena Silva

Madissy Marshall

 

 

 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 9/14/18




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MAD CREW

3rd - 6th Grade Students

 

MAD Crew applications will be handed out to students who are interested in participating. Applications are due back to their teacher by Friday, September 21st. Two representatives from each 3rd through 6th grade classroom will be chosen and notified by Friday, September 28th. The first MAD Crew meeting will be held on Thursday, October 4th. The time and location of this meeting will be provided to MAD Crew representatives. Meetings are held before school. 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 9/12/18




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 Browns Valley Music Assembly

 

Browns Valley will be having a music assembly for 5th and 6th grade students. The Vacaville Unified School District music staff will be introducing instruments in a live performance at our school site. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly on Thursday, September 13th from 9:50-10:20am. Please make sure to check in with the front office to get a visitors pass prior to attending the assembly.

 

 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 9/7/18




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Calling all Browns Valley Bears!!

The 2018-2019 Super Saturday Schedule is available.

 Click on the date you are interested in attending and you will find a permission slip. 

 

Super Saturdays

Enrichment & Attendance Recovery Program 

*Each Super Saturday will count for one day absence from school. 

 

September 15, 2018

October 20, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 15, 2018

January 26, 2019

February 9, 2019

March 9, 2019

April 13, 2019

May 18, 2019

 

Please contact the front office with any questions you may have.

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 9/2/18




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Browns Valley Bear Spirit Wear is available for order online -

 

www.fancloth.com/95688/413949 

 

This website has an online catalog for your review and a large selection of items to choose from.  Order by October 5th!

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Posted by: Laurie Hicks
Published: 8/28/18




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Book Fair, August 29 - September 6th

Please stop by the Library to look at the books and supplies we have for sale through Scholastic Book Fairs.  Proceeds from book sales help us fund the purchase of additional books for our Library.

The book fair will be open during Back to School Night, Wednesday, August 29th from 5-7:30 PM

Shopping hours: 7:30 AM-9:00 AM and 2:00-3:30 PM

Online orders available at scholastic.com/fair

 

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Posted by: Laurie Hicks
Published: 8/27/18




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Picture day is Monday,

September 17th.

All students will be

photographed for ID purposes.

Student who miss picture day can

have pictures taken at make-up

day on October 25th.

Watch for picture order packets

the week of September 10th.

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Posted by: Laurie Hicks
Published: 8/27/18




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2018 VUSD Annual Update
VUSD invites parents and guardians to the 2018 Annual Update presentation, Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM at the VUSD Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Rd, Vacaville.
Come hear about actions that VUSD is taking toward early learning foundations, school safety, kindness and respect at school, multicultural education, workplace/career and technical education, soft skill development, college readiness opportunities,
Measure A projects and more. RSVP here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/21/18




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Join us for Back to School Night and Book Fair

Wednesday, August 29th

Two sessions available:

6:00 - 6:25 and 6:30- 6:55

Meet the teacher in his/her classroom for information on this years' activities and classroom expectations.

 

The book fair will be open for you to shop.

Students will be able to shop August 30-Sept 6th.

Online shopping will also be available for friends and family.

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Posted by: Laurie Hicks
Published: 8/20/18




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online portal for reduced lunch
To apply online for free or reduced meals for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.  Paper applications are also available at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Road. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Student Nutrition Department at 707.453.6157. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 7/25/18




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NEW SCHOOL HOURS FOR 18/19!!

 

AM Kindergarten 8:05 - 11:25

PM Kindergarten 11:30-2:50 (Wednesday 9:40-1:00)

 

Grades 1-3           8:15 - 2:20  (Wednesday 12:55)

Grades 4-6            8:15 - 2:25 (Wednesday 1:00)

 

 

Remember:  Attendance counts.  Please make every effort to be at school on time each day.

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 6/20/18




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Browns Valley's Office Closes for Summer

June 20 to August 6

Office Open for the 2018 - 2019 School Year

August 7, 2018 through June 18, 2019

Office Hours:

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 6/15/18




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LCAP logo for VUSD


The LCAP describes VUSD’s overall vision for students, annual goals, expenditures tied to the goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve the best educational experience possible for VUSD students. VUSD' plan focuses on student achievement and academic rigor, closing the achievement gap, school environments. View the current LCAP proposal here. Your input is important and can be submitted at PIO@VacavilleUSD.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/7/18




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plant 1000 flowers representing kindness and respect
Vacaville Unified students and staff are focusing attention May 18-25th on making intentional efforts of kindness, respect and understanding both with those around us and online. We will be planting, drawing creating flowers to represent the actions we take to be a positive influence our community. 

Will C Wood students will be joined by Buckingham and Vaca High students in downtown Vacaville this Saturday, May 19th to share the symbols of kindness with community members.

Country High, Alamo, Sierra Vista K-8, Padan, Markham, Hemlock/ACE, Jepson, Ernest Kimme Charter, Cooper, Fairmont Charter, Browns Valley and Educational Services Center will also be hosting activities on campus next week to engage students in deliberate acts of positivity.

Join us this week! Plant your seeds of positivity with those around you and create a flower that represents it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/16/18




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Hello VUSD Families,

 

Area media has recently shared security video from February depicting an incident involving a district bus driver and a student. This is the same video that led to the arrest of the driver on February 14th of this year. In an effort to continue to be communicative and transparent, we are providing the following summary of actions that Vacaville Unified employees took in response to this incident.

 

On Tuesday, February 6th, an employee who was waiting outside of a bus witnessed the incident involving the bus driver and the student. Once the student was off the bus, the employee immediately escorted the student to the principal to report the event. The principal immediately started an investigation. That same day, VUSD removed the driver from further routes, contacted Child Protective Services and filed a report with the Vacaville Police Department. Police were also notified about the surveillance video.

 

The Vacaville Police Department concluded their investigation the following week. VUSD then presented the video to the victim’s parents. We contacted each family with students who ride district busses to notify them of the arrest of the bus driver and to answer any questions. A letter from Superintendent Jane Shamieh about the incident was also placed on social media. Community members were invited to attend a public meeting to address any concerns or answer questions for parents.  Approximately thirty parents, employees and administrators attended the meeting. Television media was present as well.

 

The bus driver received hundreds of hours of professional development beyond required certifications and trainings during her employment. These trainings included a wide variety of topics including but not limited to driver safety and special education issues. We will continue to provide trainings, professional development and support for all of our employees serving students.

 

Please know that we take this matter very seriously and will continue to be forthcoming and collaborative with our families.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/10/18




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image of Kevin Hines website

Preventing suicide takes an entire community. All VUSD families are invited to hear award winning author Kevin Hines present on the important topic of suicide awareness and prevention. Kevin is a motivational speaker, mental health advocate and an attempted suicide survivor who is known for his passionate support of mental health causes and prevention. This presentation is FREE, and all VUSD families are invited to attend.

The presentation will be held:

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High,
998 Marshall Road, Vacaville

6:30-7:30 PM

More information about Kevin Hines at http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/4/18




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        DreamBox is available for your student to access

                                  ALL Summer!!

 

Link to DreamBoxhttps://play.dreambox.com/play/login?requested_url=%2F

 

Dream Box Learning promotes the highest-quality, research-based K-8 math lessons that empower students to master key math concepts. With the power to deliver millions of individualized learning paths, DreamBox individually tailors every math lesson and ensures that students work in their optimal learning zone. A math learning curriculum that connects to coming assessments, it effectively builds conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and college and career readiness.

 

The link is also located on our main School Loop website in the Quick Links section. 

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Posted by: Traci White
Published: 4/30/18




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Hello VUSD Families,
 

On Friday, April 20th educators across the country will participate in bringing attention to school safety.  The Vacaville Teachers Association will also be participating in this effort by distributing stickers and posting signs with the message "Safe Schools for All.”  This participation is made in solidarity with educators nationwide and is in no way made as a protest of our district safety or any political positions. We simply encourage families (and students) to continue to consider and discuss the safety of all of our students. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact VTA at: tracys@vacavilleusd.org.
 

Sincerely,

Vacaville Teacher's Association

 

 

Hola familias de VUSD,

El viernes, 20 de April, educadores a través del país van a participar en llamando atención a la seguridad escolar.  El asociación de profesores de Vacaville también participaran en este esfuerzo por distribuiendo etiquetas y colocando cartels con el mensaje “escuelas seguras para todos!” Este participación se hace en solidaridad con educadores a escala nacional y de ninguna manera está hecho como una protesta de la seguridad de nuestro distrito o cualquier posición politica. Simplemente alentamos a las familias (y estudiantes) que continuan considerando y discutan el seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes.  Si tienes alguna pregunta o pensamientos, por favor póngase en contacto con VTA a: tracys@vacavilleusd.org

Sinceramente,

Asociación de Maestros Vacaville

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/18/18




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links to english and spanish surveys

Parent and guardian feedback helps VUSD determine goals and priorities for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is an educational plan that maps expenditures to actions and student outcomes.

Take the survey here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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screen view of community bulletin board
Check out VUSD's Community Bulletin Board featuring sports, events, activities and more for kids and families.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/19/18




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Loop the Lagoon fundraiser April 28th
The 15th Annual Loop the Lagoon fundraiser for Vacaville schools is right around the corner. This fun-filled community event features kids races, running/ walking events and a fair. 50% of every entry fee goes directly back to your school. Help raise money for your school and have a great time doing it! Register to participate or volunteer here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/16/18




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see something say something, lockdown icon
VUSD schools will be performing lockdown drills (locks, lights, out of sight) today. The drill schedule for VUSD is set before the school year begins. Today's classroom conversation that accompanies the drill is the See Something, Say Something mantra that pertains to reporting threats, being kind, and offering help for those who may need it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




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Walk UP and extend kindness March 14th
Tomorrow is the national "Walk Out" movement, from 10:00 AM to 10:17 AM. As a district, we recognize that recent violent events weigh heavily on VUSD parents, staff and students. While VUSD is not promoting participation in the event, we will support students in middle or high school who feel compelled to express themselves in a respectful way during this time. Some student groups have organized voter registration efforts (non-partisan) and similar activities tomorrow. Teachers will remain in classrooms for students who do not wish to participate as well. 
"Walk Up" is another movement that encourages students and adults alike to extend kindness and support to others. Efforts of kindness is something we can all do today that can have immediate impact in our daily lives.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/13/18




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Posted by: Julie Gove
Published: 2/27/18




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Hello VUSD Families,

 

The recent school shooting in Florida is a horrible reminder that our worst nightmare is happening more and more. As we move forward through our fear for our own children and grief for families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I wanted to share what VUSD has and will continue to do to address school safety.

 

School violence is a complex issue. As a district we have worked to identify the aspects of school violence beyond legislation that we can directly control and impact in our schools.

 

As adults, the action that we can take today which serves as the foundation for a positive school climate is helping students understand the importance of respect, compassion, understanding and support of each other; face to face, on social media, at school and at home. We can model this behavior and help students look for understanding of each other. Our schools serve students with a wide range of emotional, physical and intellectual needs and it is important that we foster a culture that is inclusive of everyone. Sometimes behaviors we witness are misunderstood or present an opportunity to provide a student with needed support. However, consistent and understood consequences for students who choose to threaten, demean or bully others at school or online is also key.

 

A consistent and clear emergency response plan is also vital in keeping our students safe and addressing any potential threat on campus. We are in our fourth year of practicing the Standard Response Protocols (Lockdown, Lockout, Evacuate, Shelter). This plan was developed with guidance from the Vacaville Police Department. Vacaville PD is at the center of all our emergency responses and their expertise and support has been invaluable. A police sergeant and four school resource police officers are based on school campuses and serve all of our schools with safety and crime issues. Our emergency plan also includes monthly drills for students and staff as well as trainings for parents. I invite you to attend our next parent-training event on February 27th at 5:30 PM at 401 Nut Tree Road.

 

Our 2017-18 educational plan (LCAP) has also included funding and programing to systemically address social and emotional wellness for students. Each school has adopted systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that include teaching positive behaviors and offering a wide range of supports to fit each individual student’s needs. This includes sixteen mental health clinicians, therapists, and interns, school counselors, deans at secondary schools and school administration. The City of Vacaville also has a community service officer, two master social workers, family support workers and program managers who work to serve and support VUSD students as well.

 

Positive school climate and safety is an ongoing effort that must be the highest priority for the school district, parents, students, city and our community. Supporting students positively as they grow not only effects our school environment but our city as a whole.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please reach out to your school principal, district administration listed below or myself.

 

Director of Student Attendance and Welfare- Ramiro Barron (707) 453-7126 ext. 226

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services- Kim Forrest (707) 453-7201

Director of Community Engagement (emergency response)- Jennifer Leonard (707) 453-6155

 

Sincerely,

Jane Shamieh

Superintendent

Vacaville Unified School District

(707)453-6101

janes@vacavilleusd.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/16/18




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emergency response icons
School shootings are a terrifying thought for every parent and educator. Student safety is always in the forefront for us as a community. Given yesterday's tragic events in Florida, we thought we would share the following upcoming events that are part of our annual calendar to address school safety. 
The first is our district wide Emergency Operations Center Training on February 27th that includes all of our schools and departments in executing an EOC with the focus on the logistics of keeping our students safe and accounted for in a disaster. 

The second is an informational meeting for parents, reviewing our Standard Response Protocols as well as our Standard Reunification Method Protocols, also on February 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Educational Services Center Board Room at 401 Nut Tree Road. 

Finally, March 15th is our annual district-wide school Lockdown Drill. The drills will be happening throughout the day at every school site. Each site creates a different scenario to practice each year, for example a school might elect to trigger the drill during passing period or recess rather than in the classroom so that students can practice the procedures under various circumstances. 

The Vacaville Police Department is an integral partner in keeping our kids safe. All of our protocols are created in collaboration with VPD. More information about VUSD's emergency response protocols can be found at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/SRP. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Leonard at (707)453-6155 with any questions or comments.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/15/18




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Posted by: Andrew Hyland - ESC
Published: 2/14/18




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LCAP logo Survey
 

Hello VUSD Parents and Guardians,

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) connects the funding we receive to the goals we’ve established, and it outlines the ways we measure progress. Parent/guardian input is a critical component to the plan. Academic success for each student requires a collaborative partnership between parents/guardians and schools.

Please take a few moments to share your feedback and priorities with us by completing one survey for each school your student(s) attend(s).  (2 surveys for 2 different schools, etc.)

SURVEY AT: https://goo.gl/forms/2SovZX O9KAH0PjXv1
Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s education.

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent
Jane Shamieh


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Saludos a nuestros Padres/Guardianes de VUSD,

El Plan de Control Local de Responsabilidad (LCAP, por sus siglas en inglés) conecta los fondos que recibimos a los objetivos que hemos establecidos y describe las maneras en que medimos el progreso.  El aporte de los padres/guardianes es un componente crítico del plan. El éxito académico de cada estudiante requiere una asociación colaborativa entre los padres/guardianes y las escuelas.

Por favor tómese unos momentos para compartir su retroalimentación y prioridades con nosotros completando una encuesta para cada escuela a la que su alumno(os) asista.  (2 encuestas para 2 escuelas diferentes, etc.)

Gracias por ser parte de la educación de su estudiante.  

https://goo.gl/forms/WfAm3aGHNj1wenwB2

Gracias por asociarse con nosotros en la educación de su hijo.

 

Sinceramente,

Superintendente 
Jane Shamieh

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




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Super Saturday!!!

Vacaville Unified School District

Browns Valley Elementary School

Academic Enrichment & Attendance Recovery Program

 

Super Saturday Dates 2018

**Each date listed below has a link to the permission slip**

 

February 10, 2018

March 10. 2018

April 14, 2018

May 19, 2018

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Posted by: Andrew Hyland - ESC
Published: 2/1/18




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Parent Meeting- the puzzle project
 

Join the January Special Education Parent Meeting supporting student success through equitable access, collaboration and empowerment. 

 

Come and listen to information from guest speaker officer Jeremy Johnson of the Vacaville Police Department regarding the “Puzzle Project”. This project started by officer Johnson is slated to strengthen ties between the police and the special needs community. 

 

Wednesday, January 31st 

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

Orchard Elementary School Library 805 Orchard Ave. 


Questions? Call or email: 

Angel Giroux-Greber 

Special Needs Parent Liaison 

(707)453– 6172 

AngelG@vacavilleusd.org 


Child Care provided by district paraprofessionals 

Light refreshments served.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/30/18




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Opioid Class header
Gill Van Attenhoven, an attorney and the Director of Training for the California Narcotic Officers Association will be giving a “don't miss “presentation about opioids and other drugs. Vacaville Police Sergeant Todd Dye, will also be speaking about opioid and drug use in Vacaville.
High school students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend to help raise awareness regarding opioids and other drugs that are killing children.

VUSD PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION EVENT

January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/22/18




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Kindergartners will need to turn age 5 on or before 9/1/2018

 

Transitional Kindergartners will be turning 5 between 9/2/2018 and 12/2/2018

 

Schools that have TK programs are:

Markham, Hemlock, Padan and Fairmont 

 

TK, Kindergarten and older student Registration will begin on March 6th at 9 am in the Office. Please have your Proof of Residence ready for  us to check prior to getting packet. Packets will be released at the time of registration and the days after but no sooner. We have a limited amount of seats we can fill, so please come prepared with everything you need. Packets will be time and date stamped and students placed on a first come first serve basis upon completion of packet, as well as balancing for each class. No requests for AM vs PM Kindergarten will be taken. Please come with:

 

Certified copy of a Birth Certificateor A duly attested Baptism Certificate or Passport

 

Immunization Record - Must be up to date - not excepting Religious exemptions anymore, only Medical exemptions but Medical Exemption form must be filled out and signed by Physician. 

 

Entrance into School Physical: For TK, Kindergarten and 1st grades only. Students must be over the age of 4 years and 3 months at the time of Physical for it to count (This will come in Packet or can be picked up early in the office or printed from the Browns Valley Schoolloop) - Must be filled out and signed off by Physician. (Kaiser has there own form for this that they can print off with the Physician's electronic signature.) Otherwise you can use the form we provide and return to us with the completed packet paperwork. 

 

Oral Exam: For TK, Kindergarten and 1st grades only. (This will come in Packet or can be picked up early in office or printed off from the Browns Valley Schoolloop) - Must be filled out and completed by your Dentist returned with the completed packet paperwork.  

 

Proof of Residency - We will be checking this first to make sure you are within our school boundary before releasing packets. Utility Bill with Parents name and address on it. (PG&E, Telephone, Loan/Lease agreement, etc) 

 

You will be filling out paperwork for us as well. Be prepared with Medical Ins. card number, Doctor's name and telephone number, and Dentist name and telephone number. We will need names and numbers of other people who will be allowed to come and pick up your child in case we cannot reach you. Until we get everything from you we need, as well as everything we give you filled out, your packet will not be considered complete. 

 

If your child needs to take any type of medication or needs an EPI Pen at school, please let us know so that we may give you all the proper paperwork for this as well. Paperwork will need to be filled out and signed by Physician. Medication will need to come to school labeled from Pharmacy with student's name and dosage on it, in order for us to keep it here at school.  Bring in paperwork and medication right before school starts back.

 

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Posted by: Andrew Hyland - ESC
Published: 1/16/18




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Sierra Vista K-8 Logo
Sierra Vista K-8 will be hosting an informational meeting Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM in the school multipurpose room located at 301 Bel Air Drive, Vacaville.  It will be a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of staff, current students and parents. Enrollment packets will be available at the informational meeting.

 

Tours of Sierra Vista K-8 are also available for interested families on February 9th beginning at 9:00 AM. More information about Sierra Vista K-8 can be found on their website at http://sierravista.schoolloop.com/ or you can reach the school office at 707-453-6260.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/16/18




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Mrs. Fein
Randi Fien teaches the TK-2 functional academics class at Browns Valley Elementary. Mrs. Fien is an exceptional teacher who goes above and beyond for her students every day. Despite being a second year teacher, she excels at creating a warm and positive classroom environment where students can grow and learn while feeling safe and supported. She collaborates with her special education colleagues to ensure that students receive a rigorous academic program. Randi recognizes and honors her students as unique learners and strives to create lessons that allow students to meet their potential. Mrs. Fien is a shining example of what great teaching can do. Thank you for all you do to support the students at BV Randi!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/8/17




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VPEF  100 Savings contribution offer
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/1/17




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Come dance the night away with friends and family! Have your picture taken at the Photo Booth. Enjoy music, games, and refreshments! All Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.(1 adult per 4 children) All proceeds go to the 6th grade Activities Fund. 

 

When: Friday, December 15

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm

Who: All students grades K - 6th

Cost: $5.00 per child ( Adults are free*)

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Posted by: Julie Gove
Published: 11/29/17




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Hello Browns Valley Family. Exciting news! The Scholastic Winter Holiday Book Fair is coming! The Online Fair will start Dec. 3rd thru Dec. 8th. You can even purchase online and have the items delivered to the school and then passed out to your child/children. Just click here.

 

The Book Fair will be open: 

 

Dates: Monday, Dec. 11th thru Friday, Dec. 15th

 

Time: 8 am to 3 pm 

 

Place: Library

 

Parent Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help out, please sign up here.  
 

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Posted by: Dawn Marsh
Published: 11/28/17




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Healthy Kids Survey Logo
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. Students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey between November 27 - December 21, 2017.  Parent information and consent forms will be sent home in November.  Click here for more information.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/16/17




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As a follow up and response to the concerning incident this morning involving the arrest of a near a bus transit station, please see the update below. As always, we encourage parents to help students understand how to be aware of their surroundings, not engage with strangers and immediately tell adults about strange or threatening incidents. We appreciate the immediate action and support from Vacaville PD, and are glad that the suspect was identified.

 

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE HAS BEEN POSTED BY THE VACAVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Two teenaged girls are to be commended for their quick thinking and actions yesterday, which have now led to the arrest of 29-year-old Vacaville resident Newton Payeah.

Yesterday morning while waiting for a bus at the Vacaville Transit Center on E. Monte Vista Avenue, Payeah approached two girls who were waiting for a bus to take them to school. He asked them if they would like to smoke marijuana with him and offered to give them a ride, identifying himself as an Uber driver. These brave young ladies did the right thing by not engaging him further and got on their bus when it arrived. They then reported what happened to an adult which resulted in police being called.

Our children's safety is extremely important to us and we immediately launched an investigation as to what occurred. Information was being shared on other social media platforms that in some situations was not correct. We want you to know we are committed to providing you information that is timely, accurate, and direct from the source on our social media platforms and sometimes that takes a little longer than we all may want, however this ensures accuracy in what's shared. Officers from our Youth Services Section were actively following up on the case when we learned Payeah returned to the transit center this morning. Officers immediately responded and safely took Payeah into custody. We were able to determine he does not work for Uber as a driver. Payeah was arrested for annoying a child under the age of 18 and booked into Solano County Jail. Below is a picture of Payeah at the time of his arrest and the car he arrived in.

This situation could have ended much different if not for the excellent decisions made by the girls. Please use this event to have those important conversations with your children about how to handle themselves should they ever be in similar circumstances.

Anyone with information regarding Payeah's actions is asked to contact Officer Erwin Ramirez at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/17




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bag and apple
VUSD Elementary schools will have bagged lunches for students to eat at school or take home during minimum days Nov. 9th & 13-17th. Lunch is $3.00. Free and reduced rates also apply.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/6/17




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Check out upcoming events, classes, clubs and more!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/24/17




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As we continue to deal with poor air quality that potentially changes hour by hour due to fires, we will continue to take steps to minimize exposure to smoke for staff and students. 

VIEW AIR QUALITY MEASURES HERE

Air Quality Index
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/17/17




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Hello VUSD Families,

As you probably remember, VUSD has been evaluating our school start times with the intent to create optimal learning environments for our students. Significant research shows that the circadian rhythm (or sleep cycle) for humans changes during the adolescent years. While young children typically are naturally wide awake early in the morning, teens biologically struggle with waking early, regardless of the time they go to sleep. Research shows that aligning school start times to better fit students' biological rhythms results in improved student performance and success.

VUSD has been evaluating school start times for over two years. This evaluation included: 

  • reviewing extensive research
  • recommendations from health organizations like the National Sleep Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • school district transportation 
  • cost analysis
  • feedback from principals
  • polls for students, parents and teachers

The VUSD Board of Trustees have taken all of these into careful consideration and have voted to adjust school start times for the 2018-19 school year. In the year to come, we will work with VUSD staff, City Coach, athletics, Vacaville Police and Fire and other community organizations in preparation of these new times. We understand that this positive change for student learning requires some adjustments for our families and community partners. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in fitting our educational system to meet students' needs.

More information about school schedules for 2018-19, research, articles, legislation, health tips and news on later school start time can been found here.

 

Hola VUSD Familias,

 Tal vez recordará que nuestro distrito ha estado evaluando los horarios de inicio de nuestras clases con la intención de crear ambientes de aprendizaje óptimos para nuestros estudiantes. Ha bastante investigación que muestra que el ritmo circadiano (o ciclo del sueño) para los seres humanos cambia durante los años de la adolescencia. Mientras que los niños pequeños suelen estar naturalmente despiertos temprano en la mañana, los adolescentes biológicamente luchan con despertar temprano, independientemente de la hora que se van a dormir. Las investigaciones demuestran que la alineación de las horas de inicio de la escuela para adaptarse mejor a los ritmos biológicos de los estudiantes mejora el éxito de los estudiantes.

El Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha estado evaluando las horas de inicio de clases por más de dos años. Esta evaluación incluyó:

• revisar extensas investigaciones

• las recomendaciones de organizaciones de salud como la National Sleep Foundation, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Academia Americana de Pediatría

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha tomado todas estas consideraciones y ha votado para ajustar las horas de inicio de la escuela para el año escolar 2018-19. En el próximo año, trabajaremos con el personal de VUSD, el autobús de la ciudad (City Coach), el atletismo, la Policía y los Bomberos de Vacaville y otras organizaciones comunitarias en preparación de estos nuevos horarios. Entendemos que este cambio positivo para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes requiere algunos ajustes para nuestras familias y socios comunitarios. Agradecemos su disposición a trabajar con nosotros para adaptar nuestro sistema educativo a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

 Más información sobre los horarios escolares para 2018-19, la investigación, los artículos, la legislación, los consejos de salud y las noticias sobre la hora de inicio de la escuela más tarde se puede encontrar en: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/22/17