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I want to thank each of you for providing feedback on the list of Personalized Learning Ideas we released last month. These conversations are important. They provide all of us an opportunity to reflect and think about the decisions we are making to best support our students.

 

As a reminder, in light of the District's funding challenges, in a combined effort to alleviate student stress and to be proactive in addressing increasing class sizes, we continue to explore a number of ideas designed to create flexibility and options for middle and high school students, staff and parents.

 

Of all these ideas, the elimination of the seventh class option at high school has generated the most discussion. We have heard your concerns and revised our approach to this idea.

 

Our revised idea is that all current high school students will continue to have access to a 7th on-campus class option during their SRVUSD high school career. In addition, we will continue to work with staff and the community to ensure that all future SRVUSD high school students will be able to take two on-campus electives each year, in addition to the on-campus courses needed to graduate and meet elite college entrance requirements.

 

By no means are we considering reducing access to elective programs. In fact, by taking advantage of some of the ideas from the list -- such as free SRVUSD summer school, online courses, local college courses and internships --  students can create more flexibility in their school day schedule and may be able to take even more on-campus electives than under the current model. All of these options would be eligible for credit towards graduation and reflected on high school transcripts.

 

One topic that comes up frequently in my parent meetings is funding, therefore I want to take this opportunity to provide some clarifying information.  We all want what is best for our children. Thanks to our generous parent community, SRVUSD is able to offer more opportunities for students than our State funding provides. It is important to know that in 2013, when the State of California changed the mechanism for funding school districts from Revenue Limits to The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), it created a system in which school districts with higher numbers of high-needs students (i.e., socio- economically disadvantaged, English language learners, homeless youth, and foster children) receive substantially more funding. Because San Ramon Valley Unified School District has a much lower number of eligible students, we receive less State funding per student than most of our neighboring districts.

 

As a matter of fact, SRVUSD ranks third from the lowest among all California unified school districts in per pupil state funding. In the SRVUSD, we are lucky to have an active, engaged PTA legislative committee that works tirelessly to advocate for equitable funding for our students. I, along with the PTA and community-at-large, will continue to lobby our State legislators to increase funding to education. Until such time as we achieve that goal, we must do everything we can locally to stretch the dollars that we receive to provide the best possible options for all students. If you want to get involved with or learn more about the legislative work that PTA is doing, please visit their website.

 

To learn more about all the Personalized Learning Ideas, I encourage you to join me at one of my Fall Parent Meetings and to provide feedback through our online form.  These meetings are intended to give parents an opportunity to learn about these ideas and provide some time for questions and answers. Since we do not have unlimited time at these Parent Meetings to answer all questions, we have designed the online form.  We encourage you to use the form to submit those questions that did not get addressed at the meetings and share your ideas. In addition to meeting with parents, we are also meeting with staff, students and holding small group meetings with various stakeholders.

 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to refine these ideas based on student, staff and parent feedback and share information by email. We will also be scheduling interactive, problem-solving, small group meetings for parents and staff. In November, we will conduct a formal online survey for all SRVUSD 8th-12th grade students, as well as all staff and parents. Please consider completing this survey. As always, feedback is welcome!

 

Regards,


Rick Schmitt
Superintendent

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/18/17




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The District is rolling out an updated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Plan during the 2017-2018 school year as part of its compliance with AB 2246

 

Four school psychologists (with support from SRVUSD counselors and administrators) are creating a District document based on Palo Alto Unified School District’s Suicide Prevention Toolkit.

As part of the District’s comprehensive approach toward suicide prevention, there will be a Suicide Prevention presentation on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the California High School Theater for the parent community.

 

The presentation is a general overview and introduction to suicide prevention where participants explore the issue of suicide, learn current suicide related statistics, how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help.

 

For more information, visit the Contra Costa Crisis Center website.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/17/17




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We have made the decision to allow after school activities including homecoming parades and athletic events to take place today based on current and predicted air quality conditions or weather. If there is a major shift in air quality, we will postpone outdoor activities and events today and will communicate directly with the appropriate stakeholders.

 

There are a handful of afternoon and evening events scheduled for Saturday. We will make a decision by a 9 a.m. Saturday morning regarding these events and communicate as needed.

 

Thank you for all of your understanding and patience over the last few days.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/13/17




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The district-wide College Night has been around for 25+ years, is coordinated by the 4 high school College and  Career Centers. This year will be held at Monte Vista High School and all SRVUSD families are invited. It is a crowded event, so if you plan to stop by, it is best to get their early!

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/10/17




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San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), in partnership with Street Smarts and the California Highway Patrol, will implement 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.

 

Start Smart provides an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations, responsibilities and family expectations that are part of driving a vehicle.  The goal is to promote and create safe driving habits around SRVUSD schools.

 

“The CHP Start Smart classes provide an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to engage each other in a conversation about safe driving practices. We are grateful for our community partners for coming together yet again to promote safety in the San Ramon Valley,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said.

 

The Start Smart classes will begin in the 2017-2018 year for parking pass eligibility in the 2018-19 school year. At this class, officers from the California Highway Patrol will discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage. All SRVUSD comprehensive high schools will offer several free classes each year that are open to anyone. The class must only be taken once during a student’s high school career.

 

Students and their parent or guardian will need to sign-in at the event to verify attendance for their school. Students can attend any of the SRVUSD CHP Start Smart events. Reservations are required.

 

“Two hours can save a Life!” said CHP Public Information Officer Brandon Correia, who also teaches the class.
 

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

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/10/17




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The week of October 16-20, 2017 is focused on Digital Citizenship. But here in SRVUSD we think this topic is so important that we will be sharing tips with our families throughout the month of October.

 

We are trying something new this year by offering parents, students and staff the opportunity to receive a text message each week with information about helping students learn to be good Digital Citizens. Each text message will include information, an activity to do with your child, and additional resources. 

 

These text messages through Remind.com are optional. If you are interested, you can sign up by either sending a text message or using the join code with the Remind app on your phone.

 

  • For Elementary Schools: Text the code: @98g32b  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/98g32b
  • For Middle Schools: Text the code: @8fb8kh  to the phone #: 81010 or use the app link: http://rmd.at/8fb8kh
  • For High Schools: Text the code: @34cffb to the phone #: 81010  or use the app link: http://rmd.at/34cffb
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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/5/17




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From time to time, we get questions related to how we determine class sizes. SRVUSD uses a staffing ratio formula based on contractual agreements and statutes in California law. These ratios are based on a very simple formula determined by the number of students enrolled in a school.

 

The following explains how these class size ratios work in SRVUSD.

 

Please note the Q&A at the bottom of this webpage for additional information.

 

Elementary Schools

 

The District staffs Transitional Kindergarten through Third Grade at an average class size by school at 24:1. 

 

Class sizes in Grades 4 and 5 are staffed at an average 30:1 students to teacher ratio.

 

Middle Schools

 

The District's middle schools have been and continue to be staffed at an enrollment ratio of 28:1 students to teacher. That means one full time teacher is allocated per 28 students at the school site.

 

High Schools

 

The District's high schools have been and continue to be staffed at an enrollment ratio of 27:1 students to teacher. That means one full time teacher is allocated per 27 students at the school site.

 

As part of the District’s exploration of ideas to create flexibility and options for students, staff and parents, the District is reviewing a number of ideas that would decrease class sizes in middle and high schools. None of these ideas involve additional taxpayer dollars. More information about this idea and several others will be shared through the Superintendent’s September column and at the Superintendent’s Fall Parent meetings.

 

Q & A

 

Q. Do Special Education staffing ratios count in the overall average or are they separate?

 

The staffing ratios are calculated based on the total general education student population enrolled at the sites, including students who receive Resource Specialist support. It does not include Special Day classes.

 

Q. What are the repercussions if the District does not hit the staffing goals?  

 

The District is contractually obligated to comply with staffing ratios. Staffing is increased when the District underestimates through its projections the actual number of students enrolled at an individual school site. Staffing is decreased when the District overestimates the actual student enrollment at an individual school site.

 

Q. How are other certified staff members counted in this formula?

 

Non-classroom certificated employees, including nurses,speech-language pathologists, counselors and site administrators are not counted or included in the classroom staffing ratios.

 

Q. Do the number of courses a school offers affect class size?

 

No. The only thing that affects class size is student enrollment and staffing ratios determined by contractual agreements.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 9/18/17




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The Annual San Ramon Rotary Auction for Education is the largest funder of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s educator grants.

 

Bid on exceptional items and get a chance to win prizes. All bidders will be automatically entered into a drawing for the following prizes.

 

1st Prize – 55 inch LG TV courtesy of Magnolia Audio Visual
2nd Prize – $500 Magnolia Gift Card
3rd Prize – $300 Target gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics
4th Prize – $200 Amazon gift card courtesy of Crow Canyon Orthodontics

 

The auction opens on September 20 and closes on September 29. 
Bids opened Wednesday, September 20 at 
www.bidlizard.com/therun.

 

Thanks to an amazing partnership with the Rotary Club of San Ramon, the Online Auction for Education is possible. Bid on amazing items donated by Rotarians, Community Members and Businesses throughout Northern California but especially The San Ramon Valley who care about quality public education in our community. Jump on board and place your bids!

 

The drawing will be held on race day. Visit www.sanramonrotary.org for more information.

 

Reminder—If you haven’t already registered for the Run for Education, you can sign up here!

 

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 9/18/17




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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been fortunate to receive generous support from the community since 2004 through voter approved parcel tax measures. Parcel tax funding provides a secure, stable source of revenue that the District can count on every year. This money stays in our local schools and cannot be taken away by the State.

 

In May 2015, voters approved Measure A --  the continuation of an $144 parcel tax that expired in 2016.  Measure A will expire in 2025. Measure A is authorized to fund:

 

  • Core academic programs in reading, writing, math and science;

  • Advanced Placement courses and other programs to prepare all students for success in college and careers;

  • Ongoing teacher training and development to attract and retain teachers;

  • Career and technical training programs.

 

Measure A also includes the following accountability provisions:

  • All money raised by the measure stay local

  • An independent citizens oversight committee would ensure all funds are spent as promised

  • None of the funds can be used for administrators’ salaries

  • Homeowners age 65 and older are eligible to receive an exemption

  • The measure expire in 2024 and cannot be renewed without voter approval

 

All SRVUSD Parcel Tax funds are overseen by a community based Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (also known as the PTOC) which was established by the Board of Education of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District when the Measure "C" parcel tax was passed in 2009. This citizen committee remains in place to continue its oversight of Measure “A”.  Each year since its inception, the PTOC has presented a report to the Board of Education affirming the appropriate use of the parcel tax funds.


For more information about the PTOC including their annual reports, visit http://bit.ly/2f8xSJF.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 9/8/17




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The Exchange Club of the
San Ramon Valley invites you to participate in the 9-11 Essay Competition

 

The theme for the 2017 competition is “Since 9/11/2001, our military has been deployed in the Global War on Terrorism. What can Americans do to help our injured veterans after they return from deployments in combat zones?”

 

Click here to complete the application

Essays Are Due By September 23rd—No Exceptions

 

1st 2nd 3rd Essay awards:

  • High School $500, $300, $200
  • 5th-8th $300, $200, $100
  • K-4th $150, $100, $50

 

The Remembrance Ceremony will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. 

Location: All Wars Memorial - Oak Hill Park - 3005 Stone Valley Road - Danville, CA

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 9/1/17




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The smoke and the haze that is affecting the San Ramon Valley right now is being blown this direction from fires in Butte County and Grass Valley. Due to the poor air quality and extreme heat predicted today through Monday, all SRVUSD outdoor activities including P.E. were moved indoors today and will moved inside again tomorrow.

 

In addition, to ensure the safety of our students, coaches, parents and community supporters, due to the extreme heat conditions and poor air quality, all indoor and outdoor SRVUSD middle and high school athletic activities, including all home, neutral and away practices and competitions, are cancelled starting today through Monday, September 4. This includes all CIF fall sports: cross country, tennis, football, water polo, golf and volleyball.

 

  • In addition to our fall middle and high school sports, this cancellation applies to extracurricular and co-curricular activities involving marching band, cheerleading, color guard, pom and dance teams starting today through Monday.

 

  • The only exception to this directive is that coaches or directors may meet with students in a classroom as long as the meeting does not include any physical exertion.

 

With poor air quality and temperatures predicted to rise to 111 degrees in the coming days, fields, courts, pool decks, golf courses and trails will rise to even higher temperatures. In addition, many indoor sporting facilities are not air-conditioned.

 

Our goal is to ensure the safety of our students, staff, parents and community. This decision was made with the full support of the North Coast Section Commissioner, Gil Lemmon. We have also been in communication with San Ramon Valley Fire District Chief and are monitoring the air quality.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 8/31/17




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If you are looking for volunteer hours and enjoy working with kids (grades-2-7), please consider becoming a mentor for the Imagineering Program offered by the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF). This is a significant volunteering opportunity as mentoring assignments are available for multiple times during the year and during the summer. For each Imagineering class we offer, we employ 4-5 high school mentors. It's a great resume builder for your college applications and the children enrolled value the intimate support our mentors provide by keeping the ratios low during each class.

 

Imagineering is a beyond school enrichment program for SRVUSD students. The goal of Imagineering is to spark student interest in choosing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes in middle and high school with the ultimate goal of identifying more STEAM majors who will ultimately become highly sought after talent in the US corporate workplace.

 

For more information about Imagineering:

https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Imagineering

 

Interested students should compete a survey at:

https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Become-A-Mentor

 

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Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 8/23/17




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With the upcoming solar eclipse just around the corner on August 21, there are many exciting learning opportunities for students. Many of our teachers will build the eclipse into their curriculum and classroom conversations.

 

Most importantly, we will emphasize to students the safety message of not looking directly into the sun or the eclipse. The only safe way to view the eclipse is through special eclipse viewing glasses that filter enough harmful rays to make viewing the sun safe.

 

Below is important information about the solar eclipse:

 

What is a solar eclipse?

 

A solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular celestial event. The last time it occurred in the contiguous United States was in 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  

 

Will we be able to see the total solar eclipse from the San Ramon Valley?

 

No. The Bay Area will experience a partial eclipse but not the full eclipse. But even a partial eclipse of this magnitude will darken the sky as about 76% of the sun is blocked in our area.

 

What time will the partial eclipse take place in the San Ramon Valley?

 

The partial eclipse will last 2 hours and 36 minutes in the Bay Area, from 9:01 a.m. to 11:37 a.m. The peak of the eclipse in our region will occur at 10:15 a.m.

 

Is it possible to view the solar eclipse safely?

 

While you never want to look directly into the sun without appropriate protection (sunglasses aren’t enough), there are ways to view the eclipse safely. These methods include special safety glasses and pinhole projection. More information about safe methods of viewing the eclipse can be found here.

 

We want to use this unique opportunity as a learning experience. The District has compiled information for staff and parents on a SRVUSD solar eclipse website. You can also find great information at NASA’s special website.

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich
Published: 8/18/17




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As part of our ongoing efforts to support diversity and equity in our District, we are proud to present our Culturally Responsive Speaker Series featuring several renowned experts. Education and communication are essential to help foster dialogue around the challenges that divide. Our goal is to create a community that values diversity, embraces our differences and builds partnerships based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. Please join us!

 

All presentations are from 4-5:30 p.m. and are free to attend.

 


9/7/17  

Zaretta Hammond

Helping Students Become Engaged and Confident Learners

San Ramon Valley High School PAC


9/28/17 

Dr. Lori Watson

Setting the stage for Equity & Opportunity: An Introduction to Courageous Conversation

Dougherty Valley High School Theater


10/26/17 

Olivia Higgins 

LGBTQ Inclusion in School Culture, on Campus & in the Classroom

California High School Theater


11/15/17

Ameena Jandali

Understanding Muslim students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment

California High School Theater


 

Additional Sessions may be added. Please check our website for updates. 

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 8/16/17




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This fall, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt invites parents to join him in a conversation about District priorities and future initiatives. Nine meetings will be held throughout the District between September 25 and November 1, 2017. The discussions will focus on expanding opportunities and flexibility for students, families and staff, improving student wellness, enhancing staff working conditions and ensuring that each student, employee and family feels safe and respected.

 

The meetings will be held at middle schools (and one high school) on the dates and times below. These meetings are designed for elementary, middle and high school parents. Parents from all grade levels are encouraged to attend the meeting that is most convenient.

 

 

Date

Time

Location

Site

9/25/17

9 a.m.

MPR

Los Cerros Middle School

968 Blemer Road

Danville, CA

9/28/17

9 a.m.

MPR

Gale Ranch Middle School

6400 Main Branch Road,

San Ramon, CA

10/2/17

9 a.m.

MPR

Windemere Ranch Middle School

11611 East Branch Parkway

San Ramon, CA  

10/5/17

9 a.m.

MPR

Diablo Vista Ranch Middle School

4100 Camino Tassajara

Danville, CA

10/12/17

9 a.m.

Library

Charlotte Wood Middle School

600 El Capitan Drive

Danville, CA

 10/17/17

 6 p.m.  Library

Monte Vista High School

3131 Stone Valley Road
Danville, CA 94526

10/19/17

9 a.m.

Library

Pine Valley Middle School

3000 Pine Valley Road

San Ramon, CA

10/25/17

8:30 a.m.

Library

Stone Valley Middle School

3001 Miranda Avenue

Alamo, CA

10/26/17

10:30 a.m.

Library

Iron Horse Middle School

12601 Alcosta Blvd.

San Ramon, CA

11/01/17  6 p.m.    Library

Dougherty Valley High School

10550 Albion Road
San Ramon, CA 

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 8/14/17




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Thanks to the outpouring of support for the annual Run for Education as well as generous donations from local companies and individuals, the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is once again able to offer educator and school grants to support the staff and students of the San Ramon Valley School District. This year there are three unique grant opportunities, Educator Grants, Music Grants and Science Grants totaling more than $150,000. The window to apply for grants will close on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Questions about the following three grants should be directed to grants@srvef.org.

 

Educator Grants supported by the Run for Education
Apply for up to $1,000 at www.donorschoose.org 

The Foundation is partnering with DonorsChoose.org for the application process this year.  Full time credentialed staff (or two educators sharing one full time position) may apply for SRVEF grants up to $1,000, one grant per individual. Grants in all subject areas will be considered, including field trips, special visitors, and professional development. Technologies for student use (Chrome Books, iPads, laptops) are excluded in this grant cycle as those are being funded through SRVEF’s technology initiative. To stretch the grant dollars and to fund more grants this year, upon application, grant applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding from citizen donors (parents, friends, family). DonorsChoose.org workshops will be available August 10, 2017, at the SRVEF office (3280 Crow Canyon, San Ramon). Click here https://goo.gl/forms/xULVKHHQQzvuFrph1 to sign up for this assistance from Cecilia Brear, SRVEF staff member.

 

In addition, please note the attached SRVUSD guidelines regarding Donorschoose.org grants.

 

Science Grants supported by local donors.  

Apply for up to $5000 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6ubZRjvU3vC4-0pyc-9mkLC1gu_5UonUIyiZYDhQScCuzxw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

 

The SRVEF Major Gifts and Endowment Committee, supported by local citizen donations, is sponsoring grants for long-term innovative science activities/programs that promote student science learning and staff professional development. The goal of all proposals should be increasing student interest, experiences and success in science. Objectives may be accomplished through activities such as participation in RAFT training, recruitment and management of secondary school faculty in the CCC Science Fair, new modules for Imagineering, teacher/student science conferences, or other long-term innovative educational ideas.  

 

Music Grant supported by local donors.
Apply for up to $5000 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetU21_CWnv7ur9_oMIiDFp4Ldj7TxVMEl8k_t8upoOHR9wfQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.

 

The SRVEF Major Gifts and Endowment Committee is also promoting long-term innovative music activities/programs that enhance student music learning and staff professional development. The goal of all proposals should be increased student access to as well as interest and success in learning music. The individual grants will be funded up to $5,000.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 8/7/17




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Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, SRVUSD will implement a new meal payment system called, SchoolCafe. The current meal payment system, MealTime, was shut down as of June 23, 2017.

 

Each parent/guardian who chooses to use the system will need to create a new account in SchoolCafe.

 

Please register here.

 

Once your account has been created, any remaining balances from our previous system -- Mealtime -- will be carried forward and will be reflected in your SchoolCafe account.

 

View the Parent Guide for instructions on how to Register, Make a Payment, Set Automatic Payments, Set Low Balance Alerts and more.

 

The 2017-18 Free and Reduced Price Meals Application will be available within the parent portal of Infinite Campus.

 

For more information about the SRVUSD Lunch Program, click here.


If you have questions regarding your account, please email schoolcafe@srvusd.net.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 7/26/17




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Each year, San Ramon Valley Unified parents are asked to complete an online “Annual Update” to verify household and emergency contact information and complete the annual release acknowledgement and permission requirements.

 

To complete the Annual Update:

  1. Login to the Parent Portal at https://campus.srvusd.net/campus/portal/sanRamon.jsp.
  2. Click on the Annual Update link located in the bottom left corner of your Welcome page titled “Online Enrollment Annual Update”.
  3. This message will guide you through the Annual Update process. 

 

Don’t remember your user name or password?  Did you set up your security questions and options?  If so, you can recover this yourself.  If not, please send an email to portalhelp@srvusd.net to have them help you out!  Do this now to avoid delays in August!

 

Don’t have a portal account yet?  Contact your student’s school office via phone after July 25, 2017 to receive your unique user key to set up an account.

 

The parent portal will open on a different day for each high school and its feeder middle and elementary schools. Please note: parents do not need to fill out the annual update on the day that the portal opens. Parents will have until September 1, 2017, to fill out the information.

 

The Annual Update link will be located in the bottom left corner of your Parent Portal welcome page on the following dates:

 

Tuesday, July 25: San Ramon Valley High School, Del Amigo High School, Venture School, Stone Valley Middle School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, Alamo Elementary, Rancho Romero Elementary, Montair Elementary, John Baldwin Elementary and Greenbrook Elementary

 

Wednesday, July 26: Dougherty Valley High School, Windemere Ranch Middle School, Gale Ranch Middle School, Hidden Hills Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Quail Run Elementary, Coyote Creek Elementary, Bella Vista Elementary

 

Thursday, July 27: California High School, Iron Horse Middle School, Pine Valley Middle School, Golden View Elementary, Twin Creeks Elementary, Bollinger Canyon Elementary, Montevideo Elementary, Walt Disney Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary and Country Club Elementary

 

Friday, July 28: Monte Vista High School, Los Cerros Middle School, Diablo Vista Middle School, Vista Grande Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Sycamore Elementary School, Tassajara Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary

 

For more information, click here or check out our FAQ webpage.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 7/17/17




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SRVUSD Educator, Kimberley Gilles, was named one of the 48 public school educators to become a member of this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows by The NEA Foundation. Gilles, an educator of 30 years, is an English teacher at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. Gilles will spend a year building global competency skills (the capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance).

 

gillesAs a result of the Fellowship, Gilles will be better equipped to prepare students for global citizenship. Fellows also create valuable global lesson plans for their students that are freely shared with educators across the nation and the world through open-source platforms.

“I am excited about sharing my experience and deepened understanding of the world with my students via stories,” says Gilles. “As an English teacher, I will collect the poetry, novels, essays, and art forms of different cultures and weave them all into my American curriculum.”

 

This class was selected from over 400 applicants from across the country. These new Fellows teach all grade levels – and all subjects: from visual and performing arts to agri-science, vocational studies to history. They come from rural, suburban, and urban schools. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. Some have participated in similar programs, and some have never traveled abroad. The diverse cohort will allow educators to learn from each other and bring global perspectives to a wide range of students.

 

“We believe that educators are the key to giving students the skills to thrive in an interconnected world,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We created the Global Learning Fellowship to provide professional development in teaching global competencies and to support educators as they integrate these skills into classroom instruction.”

 

Over the course of a year, the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts will support Gilles as she immerses herself in online coursework, webinars, and collegial study, including a two-day professional development workshop this fall and a nine-day international field study next summer, bringing the full cohort together with experts in global learning.

 

Prior Fellows have contributed valuable knowledge to the field by posting replicable lesson plans on open-source platforms here and here. Past Fellows have returned to advance global competency in their schools and districts—one Fellow recently brought Peruvian artists to her school to teach her students how to incorporate their own culture into their art. 

 

Get to know all of the 2018 NEA Foundation Learning Fellows by visiting neafoundation.org.

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Published: 6/22/17




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San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) special education teacher, John Blake, was honored with the 2017 Lifetime Excellence in Service award on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at a banquet hosted by the Developmental Disabilities Councils of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. 

 

john blakeJohn Blake has worked as a special education teacher at San Ramon Valley High School for over 20 years.  He started as a paraprofessional health aide in 1990-91, yet he has been a part of the special education program at SRVHS since 1981 as the first student Teacher’s Aide when the program arrived.  At that time, SRVHS had programs from P.E., music, choir, art, English, math, language, foods, science and others who opened their doors to special education participation.

 

About 5 years ago, he helped bring the Special Olympics Program to SRVHS to compete as one the home schools for some of the events.

 

Blake always strives to make sure students get the chance to participate and be involved with anything on campus that may bring learning and enjoyment to his amazing kids. He and his educational team do their best to ensure that they respectfully go through the correct avenues so students can safely and appropriately participate.

 

"We are never going to be perfect and catch everything out there but we always do our best, and we always try to look at things as half full... and how we can fill it up a little more next time," said John Blake.

 

Blake feels that it is most important to reach out to all staff and students on campus so that Special Needs students can attend as many things on and around campus as possible.  Providing the chance to know, help, work together, and learn from each other as they grow. 

 

 “Caring for these very special young individuals takes a unique person.  John Blake is that person. John shows such compassion, patience, caring, and kindness for his students, yet his natural ability to make those around him feel comfortable and included is what I believe to be John's greatest gift.  Mr. Blake shows us that everyone belongs. He inspires me daily and brings positive energy into every room he enters,” said colleague, Samantha Libby.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 6/7/17




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SRVEF is pleased to once again be offering Summer Imagineering Classes!  These 3 and 4 day classes will begin the week of June 5, and continue through week of July 24.  There are 20 individual classes to choose from, for various grades from 3rd to 8th.  No long term commitment!  Just choose the class you like, the week you are home!

Imagineering is unique to the San Ramon Valley:

  • The instructors for these classes are ALL SRVUSD employees, and most are certificated teachers!
  • These classes are located on various school sites in the San Ramon Valley
  • All of the profits from Imagineering go directly to funding San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, initiatives, and grants to support teachers, classes and students

 

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 4/25/17




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SRVUSD is administering a homework survey to parents, teachers, site administrators, and middle and high school students. Results from this survey will be used to help identify the best practices for homework and improve the implementation of our homework policy.

 

The survey is anonymous and should take 5-10 minutes to complete and can be completed using a computer, tablet, smartphone or any online device. The links will be live from April 17 until April 28. Below is the link to the parent survey:

 

For Parents:

2016-17 Homework Survey for Parents

 

               

If you have questions or concerns about the Homework Policy or this survey, please check the district’s homework policy page or feel free to contact Jason Reimann, Director of Instructional Services at JReimann@srvusd.net or (925) 552-2916.

 

Thanks again for your help with gathering this important feedback.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 4/18/17




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Please join San Ramon Valley Street Smarts on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Danville for the FREE California Highway Patrol (CHP) “Start Smart” assembly, sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

 

“Start Smart” is a two-hour driver safety education class delivered by the CHP to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. At the event, CHP officers speak directly to the audience through candid conversations by discussing collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, aspects of distracted driving, driver/parent responsibilities and what precautions they all need to stay safe.

 

One parent must attend with their teen. Arrive at 6 p.m. to try the “Texting and Driving” simulator. Register at http://chp-bayarea.eventbrite.com and select San Ramon Valley High School from the list.

 


 

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Published: 4/14/17




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wareMarissa Ware, a second-grade teacher at John Baldwin Elementary School, was selected as a finalist for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year!

 

“It is such an honor to be representing the teachers of San Ramon Valley Unified School District at this next level,” Ware said in an email interview. “I feel fortunate to be teaching in such a diverse district that provides rich professional development enriching so many dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable teachers.”

 

Marissa started teaching at her childhood campus John Baldwin from 2000-02. She moved to Coyote Creek Elementary from 2002-10 and then returned to John Baldwin in 2010.

 

“I have learned something from every colleague, student and parent that I have encountered over my 18 years of teaching, and I truly feel I am the teacher I am today because of the people I've had the opportunity to work with,” she added. “I hope to represent our district well.”

 

John Baldwin principal Joe Romagna said he was “incredibly proud” of her selection as a county finalist and praised her commitment to enhancing the educational experience of her students and her peers.

 

“Marissa is an exemplary teacher that inspires her second-grade students to do their best while also instilling a love and joy for learning,” he said.

 

“In addition to her role in the classroom, Marissa's colleagues note that she is a tremendous resource at John Baldwin Elementary and other sites as a literacy coach, where she helps teachers grow in their instructional practices in reading and writing,” he added.

 

Marissa and three other educators were chosen by a 13-person committee that reviewed and rated applications for the 22 Teachers of the Year representing public school districts across the county. 

 

The two winners are set to be announced during a banquet in Concord on Sept. 28 that will also honor all 22 district-level Teachers of the Year from throughout the county.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 4/14/17




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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s (SRVUSD) Board of Education recognized the District’s 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Patricia (Pat) Carlson as well as 46 other nominees representing SRVUSD schools and departments.

“Pat’s skill and longtime commitment as our District Office Receptionist has had an indelibly positive and far-reaching effect on the many staff, parents and community members of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District,” said SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt. “Pat strives for excellence in her daily work by treating those with whom she comes into contact with the utmost patience, attention and dignity.”

 

Pat Carlson was hired as the Receptionist at the District Office in January 2006 after a brief stint as a Child Nutrition Assistant in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  As the District Office Receptionist, Carlson’s daily customers include classified and certificated staff, substitutes, aspiring employees, vendors, parents and community members who approach Carlson seeking guidance, assistance and a listening ear.  Because she is frequently the first employee whom these individuals come into contact with, she is the “face” of the District in their eyes.

 

To view a list of all the 2017 Classified Employees of the Year, visit the SRVUSD website.

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.

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All nominees are recognized by the Board of Education. Pat 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 on April 20, 2017.  

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 3/22/17




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The entire community is welcome to this free “one-stop-shop” event where they can meet face-to-face with various groups that provide summer and fall programs and activities for youth.

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm

Dougherty Valley High School Commons

 

Examples of programs that have participated before are:

  • Sports and Martial Arts Programs
  • Academic Support and Academic Enrichment
  • Music Lessons
  • Day and Overnight Camps
  • Dance Programs
  • Volunteer and Job Opportunities
  • Childcare Opportunities
  • Post High School Programs (before college)
  • Free and Low Cost Activities for Families and Children

 

The San Ramon Valley Community Fair is organized by the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of San Ramon, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, the Town of Danville, and the SRV Council of PTAs. 

 

Organizations that provide summer and/or fall programs for youth ages 0-18 and their families may register to have a table at the Community Fair, using the online Vendor Registration form.  The deadline for vendors to register is March 22, 2017

 


 

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Published: 3/14/17




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Published: 2/21/17




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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.

 

Five 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 March 15, 2017.  Recommendations/appointments will be made at the April 18, 2017 Board Meeting.Recommendations/appointments will be made at the April 18, 2017 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, at scorsetti@srvusd.net, or (925) 552-2905.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 2/15/17




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The Student Recognition Project is an opportunity to recognize high school students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for project-based learning with a unique community twist! Students compete in their choice of 25 categories that showcase their skills, both within and outside the curriculum. Project judging is done by professionals with extensive expertise in the various categories. The program is coordinated by  volunteer San Ramon Valley community members and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century.

 

Students who want to take part must submit a registration form by February 17, 2017 in each category they wish to enter.   Projects are due by March 2, or in the case of performance projects are scheduled for a specific day and time the week of February 27.  Projects are showcased at the annual Open House at which the honorable mentions and winners are unveiled.

 

The Open House on March 13, 2017 is open to the public and showcases hundreds of student projects representing most of the categories ranging from engineering to community service to fashion design.  While the contest is only open to high school students, students of all ages and their families are encouraged to attend.  It’s inspiring to see what our students can do! 

 

All submitted projects will receive a letter of recognition; honorable mentions will receive a certificate; and winners will receive a prize, an invitation to the awards breakfast, and a chance to connect with the judges. This year, winners of the arts categories will have the chance to have their artwork displayed at the Village Theater in Danville between April 22-May 6, 2017.

 

The program is coordinated by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and sponsored by Chevron.  The judging and Open House space is provided by Bishop Ranch. The program is a collaboration between students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley. It promotes educational excellence and prepares students for future career possibilities.  More information on the Student Recognition Project may be found at www.studentrecognition.org.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 2/13/17




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San Ramon Valley Community Against Substance Abuse and Castro Valley Community Action Network are very excited to announce the opening of registration for the 23rd Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference taking place on March 4, 2017. The Youth to Youth High School leaders from San Ramon Valley and Castro Valley can’t wait to inspire your 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and help them discover the power of their voice. This is an amazing day and an opportunity for young teens to spend with high school leaders who believe in the strength of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free. But this conference is about so much more than drug and alcohol prevention. It’s about leadership, self-confidence and empowering young people to make positive choices that impact their future.

 

Registration Link: http://conta.cc/2hdFSuv

What: 23rd Annual Youth to Youth Middle School Conference
When: March 4, 2017
Where: Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Castro Valley Time: 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Cost: $45 before February 18; $55 after February 18

 

Youth to Youth’s principles are simple:

  • The program is youth driven,
  • Every teen is given the opportunity to take on leadership roles and
  • Each young person is guided in developing assets within themselves.
  • The Youth to Youth model creates opportunities for teens to support each other in decisions
    to be drug free. One of the strongest predictors of adolescent drug use is association with drug using peers. The youth staff simply says that Youth to Youth is about kids helping other kids stay drug free. The conference is an entire day where youth get together, have fun and talk about some really important issues.

 

  • More than 100 high school students will work at the conference, guiding their middle school peers through skits, games, panel discussions and small-group activities. More than 20 workshops will be offered throughout the day. Some of the topics to be covered include building self-esteem, stress reduction, drug and alcohol abuse, positive body image, dating and relationship troubles, self-defense, jazz dancing, art, and communication skills. True stories of teens and substance abuse will be a key element of the conference. There will also be small group discussions, a motivational speaker and a dance at the end of the conference.
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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 1/24/17




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2017-18 TK/Kindergarten Enrollment Timeline

 

New, earlier close to the TK/Kindergarten Enrollment window for the 2017-18 school year:


The TK/Kindergarten enrollment window will be open from January 23 through February 17, 2017. See TK/Kindergarten Specific Information for details.

 

Posted on the TK/Kindergarten Specific Information page of the district website:

  • January 23, 2017: Online Enrollment opens (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the online enrollment application*).
  • January 24-27, 2017: New TK and kindergarten students with siblings at their resident school site - bring your online enrollment application summary and required documents to your resident school site. Current TK students - bring your required documents* to your resident school site (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the online enrollment application).
  • January 30 - February 17, 2017: All new TK and kindergarten students - bring your Online Enrollment summary and required documents to your resident school site. Current TK students - bring your required documents* to your resident school site (parents of current TK students do not need to complete the Online Enrollment application).
  • February 17, 2017Completed enrollment packages must be received and verified by February 17th in order to be included in a lottery should it be necessary at your resident school. Completed enrollment packages are received and verified at your resident school. Enrollment applications received after February 17 are received on a first come first serve basis. 

*Required documents for current TK students:

 

Age Requirements

SRVUSD strictly follows California Education Code on age eligibility for entry to TK and Kindergarten programs.  Please carefully read the age eligibility requirements below.  You must enroll your student in the age appropriate grade level per the guidelines listed below.

 

 

2017-18 School Year

Kindergarten:

Children who turn five years of age on or before September 1, 2017 are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten only. 

Transitional Kindergarten:

If your child turns five years of age on or between September 2, and December 2, 2017, you may only enroll in the TK program.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 1/23/17




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parenting conference

The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs’ annual parent education conference specializes in topics and information related to children in preschool through high school and targets parents, educators and community members. 

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00am to 3:00pm

Dougherty Valley High School

 

This year’s conference features a keynote address by Michele Borba, who will be speak on “Empathy: The Best Antidote for Bullying and Lessons for Success in the Digital Age,” and introduce her latest book, UnSelfie, which gives 9 proven and teachable habits to nurture children’s empathy and why developing empathy is key predictor to help kids succeed in our global, digital-driven world. As an expert recognized internationally for her work in bullying prevention and character education, Michele’s work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. She has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and The View among others to share her expertise.

 

Your conference registration also includes selection of one morning and one afternoon small-group seminar, continental breakfast and lunch.  Seminar topics include executive functioning, family dynamics, nutrition for healthy sleep and stress reduction, manifesting mindfulness as kindfulness, drug abuse & trends among teens, online safety, raising children with special needs, college planning and funding, tools to guide the gifted child, multicultural parenting, and many others.

 

Conference Event Page   |    Register Now   |     Session Descriptions and Presenter Biographies

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 1/20/17




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Saturday, January 28th from 9-1:30 p.m.

 

Join us for Imagineering Day as we explore the wonders of STEM! This conference is for students and parents in 4th to 12th grade, and will start with a keynote address from Karen Mendoza, Retail Operations Manager for Nintendo of America, Inc. Breakout sessions include Genes, Animation, Leadership in Social Media, App Development, 3D Printing, Self Driving Cars and much more! For more information, visit: www.srvef.org

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Published: 1/19/17




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The Human Resources Department publicizes certificated position vacancies through professional organizations, the district’s website, and Ed-Join.  The district participates in numerous teacher recruitment fairs (see below) and will conduct screening interviews during its by-invitation-only "Job Fair" on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

 

Event

Date

Stanislaus State University (Turlock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contra Costa County Office of Education

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

San Francisco State University

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

University of the Pacific (Stockton)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Chico State University

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UC Davis

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sonoma State University

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Alameda County Office of Education

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Candidates interested in being considered for available vacancies which occur for the 2017-18 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

 

 

SAN RAMON VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT JOB FAIR

SATURDAY, April 15, 2017 

Screening interviews will be conducted on Saturday, April 15, 2017 for certificated applicants interested in being considered for positions in the 2017-18 school year.  To be considered for a screening interview, candidates must submit an online application NOW through EdJoin for "Pool" postings for the 2017-18 school year.  Applicants selected to interview will be invited to our job fair by email in late March or early April.

          

Screening Process:

  • Online EdJoin application packet is submitted between Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and Friday, March 17, 2017 to be considered for a screening interview at our Job Fair.
  • Applicants selected for a screening interview will be contacted by Human Resources by email and scheduled for an interview time.  Candidates will be scheduled for interviews between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Successful applicants will be placed in an eligibility pool and considered as vacancies become available for 2017-18.  Principals will review applications and select candidates from the pool for additional interview(s).
  • Applicants must either be fully credentialed, have completed credential requirements, or be intern eligible before the start of the 2017-18 school year.
  • Applicants must have an authorization to teach English learners or be eligible for such authorization before they commence employment.
  • Applicants must meet NCLB compliance requirements, and if experienced, produce an NCLB compliance certificate before they commence employment.

 

Hiring Process From April Through Fall 2017:

  • Applications will be accepted for vacancies.  Vacancies are posted on the district website and on Ed-Join.
  • Candidates with complete EdJoin applications will be contacted for a position interview.
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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 1/13/17




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The 2017 Student Recognition Project is here! This district-wide competition recognizes and rewards high school students for projects completed outside the normal classroom curriculum. Local community members who are experts in the category fields do all project judging. All projects will receive a letter of recognition, honorable mentions will receive a certificate, and winners will receive a prize, and invitation to the awards breakfast, and a chance to connect with judges.

 

This year, a unique opportunity will be presented to the winners of the arts categories. They will have the chance to have their artwork displayed at the Village Theater in Danville between April 22-May 6, 2016. In addition to that opportunity, the project added three new categories this year: Graphic Design, Leadership, and Engineering. 

 

Register to participate between January 9-February 17 at http://studentrecognition.org/student-entry-registration.


Check out the categories and FAQ’s at www.studentrecognition.org!

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 1/9/17




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San Ramon Valley Unified School District music programs got a state-of-the-art boost this year thanks to a generous donation from inMusic, Inc., the corporate owner of 13 premiere companies that deliver groundbreaking hardware and software solutions to the music, professional sound and consumer electronics industries.

 

In total, 43 pieces of electronic music equipment have been added to music programs at six middle schools and one high school based on a request for funding through a grant process. The total market value for the equipment is nearly $25,000. The equipment ranges from electronic drum sets, electronic wind instruments, keyboards, DJ equipment and music production equipment. The grant and donations are administered through the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF).

 

The SRVEF and SRVUSD thank the inMusic team and their CEO, Jack O’Donnell who made the donation in honor of Ed and Kathy Chiverton (Jack’s sister).

 

“One of the things that makes the San Ramon Valley Unified School District so special is the support that we receive through the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, community members and donors.  We thank Mr. O’Donnell and the Chivertons’ for their support and investment in music for our students,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said.

 

This donation was part of the SRVEF Endowment’s new Music Initiative. In addition to the inMusic grant program, SRVEF funded 17 music instruction grants to enhance the work that is being done at all grade levels.  The SRVEF awarded at least one grant to every school that submitted a grant.

 

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is the primary fundraising organization working in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to provide financial support and promote public education in our community. Together, with its 33 local school affiliate education and learning fundraising organizations, we collectively raise and donate over $7,000,000 to the SRVUSD each academic year.

 

The SRVEF has relationships with individual donors, local merchants, local service clubs and corporate sponsors and connects their interest in supporting public education with programs that impact children directly among each of the thirty- four elementary, middle and high schools within the SRVUSD.

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 12/15/16




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We are excited to announce that San Ramon Valley Unified School District is participating in Speak Up 2016 from November 29th through January 13th! This survey will help us answer questions, such as:

  • How are our students using technology for learning in and out of school?
  • How important are the use of technology to our teachers and parents? What types of technology would our teachers like and how would they use it in the classroom? Do our ideas about technology align with our students’ parents?
  • What are the hot trends in emerging technologies (e.g. mobile devices, online learning, gaming, simulations)?

Speak Up is an online national research project that provides an easy way for students, parents, and educators to participate in our decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the national dialogue about educational technology. Since 2003, Project Tomorrow has collected the viewpoints of over 4 million students, educators and parents – the Speak Up dataset represents the largest collection of authentic feedback from these key educational stakeholders.

As a participant in Speak Up, SRVUSD will receive free, online access to the aggregated results with state and national comparisons, providing us with valuable data that can be used for our strategic planning, professional development and budgeting plans during the school year.

Taking the survey is easy!

Follow these instructions to take the survey:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SU16survey.
  2. Select your group (e.g. parents, educators)
  3. Search for your school by entering your zip code or by selecting California and selecting your school’s name from the list.
  4. Read the instructions and begin the survey.

Please note that students in grades 4, 8 and 10 will take the survey in class. Thank you for your participation.

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Published: 12/1/16




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The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) announced that they have funded 65 general and 17 music grants totaling nearly $138,000 thanks to the community’s support of the annual Run for Education, the San Ramon Rotary Club’s online auction, the Imagineering Program and the SRVEF Endowment Committee’s Night with the Stars fundraisers.

 

"Our education community continues to raise the bar by incubating new learning approaches and each year SRVEF sees the fruits of their labor through their innovative grant requests," said Colin Zink, President of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. "We are pleased to award 25 more grants and a 36 percent investment increase this year, including a new music category funded by our endowment committee."

 

Every San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) school that submitted an application is receiving at least one grant. The Foundation received 162 general and 19 music grant requests totaling nearly $340,000. A committee of SRVEF Board Members read each application and scored them on merit without knowing which school or individual had submitted the requests.

 

Through the grant application process, SRVEF recognized the district-wide interest in computers and tablets and is now working on a possible technology initiative to help meet these needs in a coordinated and equitable way. As a result, grant proposals for computers and tablets were not funded and have been set aside for future consideration. SRVEF’s hope is to work together with district administration and school foundation affiliates to help fund the need for more computer-type devices in SRVUSD schools.

 

Please see the table below for results. Any questions can be directed to grants@srvef.org.

Grant Title

Primary author's name

School affiliation

Grant award

"All Hands On Deck"

Terri Knight

Twin Creeks Elementary

$500.00

"Orff" Tuned Percussion

Sarah Rick

Green Valley Elementary

$2,905.00

Are You Like Me--Am I Like You?

Adrienne Casebeer

Twin Creeks Elementary

$1,800.00

Books for Every Student

Emily Gomes

Country Club Elementary

$1,138.51

Bringing the Roots of American Jazz to SRVUSD

Nancy Raaum

Alamo Elementary School

$1,000.00

Building Communication Between Parents and Toddlers with Special Needs

Naomi Murphy

SRVUSD infant toddler Early Start

$1,000.00

Buying Bottom Brass to Build a Better Balanced Band!

Ben Loomer

Stone Valley Middle School

$1,654.96

Character Counts

Ondi Tricaso

Montair Elementary

$2,000.00

Choldenko Author Visit

Sherri Wright

Hidden Hills Elementary

$1,500.00

Chorus Class at Montevideo

Eileen Hock

Montevideo Elementary

$1591.87

Coding with Robotics

Chris Faidley

Gale Ranch Middle School

$2,500.00

Culinary Arts Program - Stone Valley Middle School

Judith Kerns

Stone Valley Middle School

$1,800.00

Del Amigo 16-17 Get Them Reading

Jon Sawyer

Del Amigo High School

$2,500.00

Delivering Independence

Noralyn Giles

Del Amigo High School

$2,500.00

Digital Data Collection

Hitu Saksena

Diablo Vista Middle School

$2,500.00

District Music Grant

Kellie Hoover

SRVUSD

$10,000.00

Don't Forget the "A" in Steam

Shawn Wells

Bollinger Canyon Elementary

$3,000.00

DVHS Clean Up with Coffee

David Offerman

Dougherty Valley Elementary

$1,000.00

DVMS STEM Club 2016-2017

Regina Yang

Diablo Vista Middle School

$1,800.00

EMC2: Elementary Engineering Minds Collaborating and Creating with LegoWeDo2.0

Ursula M. Sexton

Montevideo Elementary

$2,500.00

Empowered Readers

Debbie Davis

Golden View Elementary

$2,500.00

Engaged World Learners

Cheri Eplin

Greenbrook Elementary

$600.00

Engineering in Elementary

Lisa Sawires

Walt Disney Elementary

$2,200.00

Engineering in Elementary School

Teresa Pierce

John Baldwin Elementary

$2,450.00

Enriching NGSS in the Third Grade Classroom

Sarah Ferlazzo

Golden View Elementary

$2,476.44

Finale Music Writing Software

Cheryl Yee Glass

San Ramon Valley High

$400.00

Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

Eva Kowalewicz

Green Valley & Live Oak elementary schools

$2,500.00

Flexible Seating for First Graders

Christine Hall

Greenbrook Elementary

$840.00

Fourth Graders Love Graphic Novels

Katie Robinson

Green Valley Elementary

$300.00

Full STEAM ahead with Lego Robotics

Rose Tishler

Country Club Elementary

$2,244.32

Funding to Start a FIRST Tech Challenge Team

Chris van Wolbeck

San Ramon Valley High

$2,500.00

Gathering Drum

Suzanne Thomas

Quail Run Elementary

$500.00

Genre Specific Literature Circles

Taylor Mulholland

Pine Valley Middle School

$850.00

Getting AVID With It!

Erin Foley

Charlotte Wood Middle

$750.00

Heckenlively High-Altitude Academy

Kent Heckenlively

Gale Ranch Middle School

$1,200.00

High Interest Non-Fiction Mentor Texts

Kristine Blechman

Charlotte Wood Middle

$100.00

Is Change Possible?

Ruth Dyrness

Diablo Vista Middle School

$1,320.00

It's Massive!

Joell Marchese

Pine Valley Middle School

$2,473.15

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop

Nancy Raaum

Alamo Elementary

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop

Mariane Randall

Sycamore Elementary

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop

Alicia Smith

Creekside Elementary

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop

Suzanne Thomas

Quail Run Elementary

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop for Rancho Romero School

Helen Town

Rancho Romero and Walt Disney elementary schools

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Student Songwriting Workshop for Walt Disney Elementary School

Helen Town

Walt Disney and Rancho Romero elementary schools

$1,000.00

Jim Papoulis Visit

Sherri Wright

Hidden Hills Elementary

$1,000.00

Kindergarten Playground Equipment

Kim Kraft

Rancho Romero Elementary

$1,500.00

Knock Knock. Who's there? STEAM. STEAM Who?   STEAM me up with Picasso

Lynne Ertola

Tassajara Hills Elementary

$1,900.00

Learning Takes Off with Mini Airborne Drones

Cecilia Brear

Los Cerros Middle School

$1,791.93

Library of Children's books in Spanish

Ana Rea

San Ramon Valley High

$500.00

Literacy in the Kinder Class

Tori Ostrom

Bella Vista Elementary

$1,400.00

Maker Space To Go

Gerri Peterson

Pine Valley Middle School

$1,200.00

Making It in Middle School

Wendy Cunningham

Charlotte Wood Middle

$1,000.00

Math Support for Resource Students

Melanie Mearns

Charlotte Wood Middle

$299.00

Meet All Students Needs

Celeste Granger

Bella Vista Elementary

$724.84

Neil Armstrong Chorus Music Grant

Lorna Monteith

Neil Armstrong Elementary

$3,000.00

Percussion Instruments

Gail Trenerry

Quail Run Elementary

$1,250.00

Portable monitor system

Helen Town

Walt Disney Elementary

$1,500.00

PRINCIPAL'S DISCRETIONARY

 

Iron Horse Middle School

$2,000.00

PRINCIPAL'S DISCRETIONARY

 

Coyote Creek Elementary

$2,000.00

PRINCIPAL'S DISCRETIONARY

 

Vista Grande Elementary

$2,000.00

Programming for Beginners

Allison Adams

Twin Creeks Elementary

$1,450.00

Projector Grant

Mariane Randall

Sycamore Elementary

$2,000.00

Quail Run Students Lead the Way!

Mimi Quan

Quail Run Elementary

$2,460.00

Rising Sea Levels - What's the Big Deal?

Barbara Weisbrod

Diablo Vista Middle School

$2,050.66

RoboPlay to RoboLearn

Rae Anne Crandall

Los Cerros Middle School

$1,927.63

San Ramon Library Teen Collaborative Space

Nicole Blazin

City of San Ramon

$1,500.00

Saving the World - One Design at a Time

Julie Garrahan

Los Cerros Middle School

$375.00

Sensory Room

Jessica Rishwain

Pine Valley Middle School

$1,500.00

Sincerely Yours

Karen Clark

Rancho Romero Elementary

$500.00

Spatial FUN: Families Under the Nightly Sky Planetarium

Ursula M. Sexton

Montevideo Elementary

$2,475.00

STEM in Kindergarten!

Renee Pipitone

Bella Vista Elementary

$1,560.85

String Instruments Needed

Gail Trenerry

Live Oak Elementary

$2,414.00

Tennis for one, Tennis for all!

Michelle McConnell

Creekside Elementary

$1,224.97

The Microscopic World

Valerie Lauer

Montair Elementary

$792.00

Twin Creeks Friendship Circle

Christine Tyshing

Twin Creeks Elementary

$1,500.00

VEX IQ Kits for DVHS Robotics Summer Camp

Vela Rajesh

Dougherty Valley High School

$2,494.85

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Azine Davoudzadeh

Gale Ranch Elementary

$2,500.00

Vocational Training

Christine Niemoeller

California High School

$2,224.60

Wiggles Are Okay

Monina Salazar

SRVUSD Intervention

$2,500.00

Womens’ Sports

Doug VanderHorst

Dougherty Valley High

$1,500.00

WRMS Drama Microphones

Susan Warner

Windemere Ranch Middle

$2,322.90

Xylophones for 2nd Grade

Shiva Samini

Live Oak Elementary

$500.00

 

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich
Published: 11/3/16




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Kindergarten Readiness Information Night 

 

Kindergarten has dramatically changed over the past five years. With the introduction of Common Core Standards, children are being asked to do more academically.  The continuum of language arts, math, science and history/social science standards begin in Kindergarten.  As parents we want you to understand exactly what these expectations are.  Please come to an orientation meeting for parents where a panel of teachers and curriculum experts will discuss the kindergarten curriculum and readiness. All are welcome to attend either session.

 

Age eligibility for Kindergarten:  Your child must be five on or before September 1st 2017.

 

Kindergarten Readiness

For Residents of

Alamo and Danville

Kindergarten Readiness

For Residents of

San Ramon

January 18, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

San Ramon Valley High School

Performing Arts Center (PAC)

 

501 Danville Blvd., Danville

 

January 19, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

California High School

Theatre

 

9870 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon

 

 

Transitional Kindergarten Information Night

 

Students born between September 2nd – December 2nd are no longer eligible for Kindergarten.

 Students falling between these dates are Transitional Kindergarten eligible only.

 

We invite you to an informational meeting to discuss the Transitional Kindergarten program for your children. Transitional Kindergarten is the “first of a two-year Kindergarten program” using a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.  In addition this unique program prepares students for the rigor of the Kindergarten Common Core Curriculum.  Teachers and administrators will discuss the transitional kindergarten curriculum and the benefits of this program.  All are welcome to attend either session.

Transitional Kindergarten Information

Transitional Kindergarten Information

December 15, 2016

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Green Valley Elementary School

Multi-Purpose Room

 

1001 Diablo Road, Danville

December 14, 2016

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Coyote Creek Elementary School

Multi-Purpose Room

 

8700 N. Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon

 

Information regarding enrollment can be found at http://www.srvusd.net/edservices/enrollyourchild

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 10/6/16




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San Ramon Valley Unified School District College Night 2016

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dougherty Valley High School 10550 Albion Way, San Ramon, CA 94582

 

College Night is designed to educate you on the many higher education opportunities available to students. Representatives from over 135 colleges, universities, vocational schools and military academies will be on hand to answer questions and distribute literature. All students and parents are invited to attend.

 

We have two special parent presentations to choose from this year:

 

“The Collegiate Athlete” (Library)

 

or

 

“Exploring Community College Options”

Learn about Associate Degrees, Career Technical Education (CTE,)Transfer Options and More (Performing Arts Center)

 

(Each presentation will be from 7-8 p.m.)

 

This 29th Annual College Night is brought to you through the combined efforts of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the Academic Boosters from California, Dougherty Valley, Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley High Schools.

Participant RSVP is NOT required.

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For more information contact your high school’s College & Career Center:

 

Students: How to make the most out of attending College Night!!

 

Questions to ask yourself before you attend College Night

Prior to college night, ask yourself “Why do I want to go to college in the first place?” This may sound basic, but you’ll be surprised how difficult this question might be for you to answer in the beginning. Consider sitting down with your parent(s) and discussing some factors or features they might be looking for in a college for you.  Do you have the same thoughts? During this discussion, be sure to talk about budget and location to help understand your options. In addition, think about your skills and interests, and identify potential majors that fit your current personality and lifestyle. Use the tools in Naviance and your College & Career Center to help you start defining your strengths and explore college possibilities. Use Naviance to help build your profiles and college searches.

 

Get a list started

Once you have identified a list of 15 or so “very likely” and “maybe” schools, find out which colleges and universities will be represented at the fair. You can expect to see approximately 135 or so colleges represented at our college fair.

 

Be organized and have a plan in place before you attend. This will make the evening a more pleasant experience for you (and your parent), and will keep you focused. With 135+ colleges it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Planning ahead will keep you sane!

 

Make some labels

Include the following information on a label: Name, Address, Phone number, Date of High School Graduation, Name of High School, Email, Major interest (if you have one), Sport of interest (if you have one), and along with your current GPA and SAT/ACT test scores (if you want). This makes visiting different tables a lot easier when you can have more time to talk to the college representative and just put a sticker on an interest card.

 

Bring a bag

You will be gathering materials of all shapes and sizes and a bag will help.

 

Student driven

Students should guide their parents through the event. Don’t let them lead you!  Stop at college tables that might not be on your list if they look interesting, but try to stay focused so you get the information you need to assist you with the college application/research process.

 

What should you pick up from the table?

Students should try to get the following information: View book, application information, and information on specific majors, financial aid information and the representative’s business card for future reference. Be sure to ask about summer programs for high school students as these are great ways to learn about a college campus.

 

What can your parents do at College Night?

We will be having two speakers: one to talk about “The Collegiate Athlete” and one to talk about the Exploring Community College Options: Learn about Associate Degrees, Certificates, Transfer Options and more”… See flyer for details.

 

What should you do after College Night is over?

In the few days after the event take time to sort through the materials that you gathered from the evening. Save business cards from representatives in case you need to email questions that you might have.  Set up a favorite list within your Naviance account (“Colleges I am thinking about”). You can also watch for when the colleges that you are interested in might be visiting your high school campus and sign up to attend those visits through Naviance (using your school’s procedure).

 

Note for Parents: You can assist your student by encouraging him/her to begin the exploration process EARLY! Be ready to discuss potential college (post high school) options, including finances. Encourage your student to do some self- reflection regarding his/her plans after high school to enable him/her to find a “right fit” college or post high school experience. Rev. 9/1/15

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Posted by: District Admin
Published: 8/26/16




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On May 3, 2016, the SRVUSD Board of Education approved a revised Board Policy, Administrative Regulation, and fee schedule for Facility Use.  The new fee schedule will become effective on August 15, 2016. The Administrative Regulation has been updated with a "Priority of Use Schedule."  These documents can be found by clicking here.

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Posted by: Elizabeth Graswich
Published: 5/13/16