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Hello VUSD Families,

We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range.  Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. 

Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.

I want to extend my love and support to our families, and I wish you all a peaceful holiday break.

Take Care,

VUSD Superintendent Jane Shamieh

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Published: 11/15/18




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current air quality conditions at 134
Schools are in session today. At "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" levels, elementary students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Middle and high schools will have indoor lunch space available for students who would prefer to be inside.

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current air quality conditions
VUSD schools are open today. We will continue to keep students indoors and limit physical activity if air quality reaches AQI ratings above 150. Current air quality conditions can be found at www.AirNow.gov

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Published: 11/14/18




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yes we are open

All schools are in session today. If smoke worsens throughout the day, students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Physical activity for PE will be limited and kept indoors as well. 


11-13-2018- Conditions as of 5:00 AM.

5 00 AM air quality index at 103
For current air conditions and recommendations, visit www.Airnow.gov.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/9/18




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On November 15th, the VUSD Board of Trustees will host a public hearing during the regularly scheduled board meeting located at 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. The intention of this public hearing is to present the proposed trustee area map options being considered by the Board of Trustees, and to solicit public input.

 

View the currently proposed maps and more information.

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Published: 11/8/18




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As we learned with last year's fires, air quality can change significantly from hour-to-hour. VUSD will be looking to air quality resources for status updates and guidance about activity levels and exposure for staff and students.
We recognize that school closures have significant financial impact on many families, and will keep schools open whenever possible. Outdoor activities such as recess or PE may be held indoors.

In the event that school closures are required, parents will be notified prior to the start of the school day. We will keep families updated via text and email if smoke continues.

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Attached is an internship with a scholarship opportunity through the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs  Solano Chapter.  APAPA is a  national non-profit and non-partisan organization with a diverse membership representing all communities.  Through their efforts, APAPA is able to inspire, engage and empower the public about public policy.  We foster future leaders from minority communities to serve at federal, state, and local levels in the government.  Please share with your graduating seniors.  Application deadline is February 22, 2019.  For more information, please contact Amy Fabi at (707) 439-1371 or by email at apapasoc@gmail.com. 

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We will be hosting a Mental Health Summit on Thursday, November 15th at 6:15 pm.

 

The schedule can be found here, but please be aware that we are still confirming their assignments and some times/rooms may change.

 

Please click here to RSVP!

 

 

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Vacaville residents can view two currently proposed maps and more information about VUSD's transition to by-trustee are voting districts. View the maps

Community members can provide input and suggestions about the mapping process in a variety of ways:
 

COMMUNITY FORUMS

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

 

EMAIL: PIO@VacavilleUSD.org
MAIL: 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687
PHONE: (707)453-6155

 

Why are maps being drawn?
Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where all board members are elected by voters throughout the entire school district. On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution No. 3, 2018-2019, in response to a letter, threatening to sue the district under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). VUSD intends 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. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school board. View more info about the transition to by-trustee area voting districts.

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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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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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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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teen leadership summit
 

Don't miss this yea's Teen Leadership Summit October 13th! The summit is is for middle and high school student leaders who want to see and affect change in their community. This year's guest speaker is Jose Cordon helping teen find strength in spoken word.

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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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There's still room in fall sessions of Parent Project Junior (Loving Solutions) and Parent Project Senior.  These classes are offered as part of our ongoing partnership with the Vacaville Police Department/FIRST division. Join the more than 500,000 parents who've attended these classes nationwide.  For parents by parents!   

 

Each 10-week class is specifically geared towards parents of challenging, strong-willed and/or destructive children.  While there is an upfront cost, there are scholarships available and for parents completing the courses, we have a surprise in store for you!  Please feel free to post, share and distribute these flyers to anyone who might be interested.

 

Parent Project Jr (Loving Solutions) is specifically for parents of children ages 5-10 years old.  Strategies can be adapted to children younger than 5.  Monday Nights 6-8:30pm starting Sept 10th.  Topics covered include: 

  • Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
  • Parental Influence
  • Encouraging Positive Choices
  • Redirecting Negative Choices
  • Structuring for Success
  • Improving School Performance
  • Concrete Solutions for Tough Kids
  • Sleep, Diet & Behavior
  • Staying the Course
  • Recognizing and Supporting Success

Parent Project Sr is specifically for parents of children ages 10+.  This is perfect for parents of pre-teens and teens (and maybe even our adult children).  Tuesday nights from 6-9pm starting Sept 11th.  Topics include:

  • Understand our Children
  • Addressing Problematic Behavior
  • A Parent's Formula for Success
  • Adolescent Drug Use
  • The Out-of-Control Child
  • Cornering Relationships & Developing Action Plans
  • Finding Help & Support
  • The Dynamics of Change
  • Managing Conflict in the Home
  • Active Listening

Dinner is provided on week 1 and week 10 in both classes.  The remaining weeks, participants get creative with our dining options.

 

We hope to see you out to these nationally acclaimed classes and appreciate you sharing this information with the community.  These classes are open to any interested parents in the community and they do not have to reside in Vacaville or be foster/adoptive/relative caregivers.

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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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AERIES Parent Portal

Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, Vacaville Unified School District will use AERIES Parent Portal for all students.  The parent portal will offer a secure and convenient way to access and update your child’s information online.

 

The parent portal allows parents to:

  • View and update their child’s emergency contact information
  • Update student medical information
  • View standardized test scores and elementary report cards
  • View attendance information in real time
  • View the VUSD Annual Parent Notification
  • Complete the annual release acknowledgment and permission requirements

The parent portal system is self-registering.  Each family will receive an email in August with information to create your account. To set up your portal, visit https://aw.vusd.solanocoe.k12.ca.us/aeries.net/LoginParent.aspx  with the following information (your email will include your unique log-in needs): 

  • A valid email address
  • Your student's ID number
  • Your primary telephone number registered with the school
  • A verification code

IMPORTANT: Parents must complete emergency contact and student health information annually.  In an effort to reduce paper waste and save time for parents, VUSD is eliminating the use of the emergency cards to capture this information.  Parents must utilize Aeries Parent Portal to update this critical information that is needed in the event of an emergency. Annual release acknowledgments and permission requirements will also need to be completed through the parent portal. If The school's office staff can provide you with the information needed to create an account.

 

How to Create a Parent Portal Account

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Picture Days will be Wednesday and Thursday 8/22 & 8/23.

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Hello Buckingham Knights!

We are excited you will be joining us for the 2018-2019 school year. Here is the PE flyer with information on ordering athletic apparel for the Physical Education class. You may turn in the completed order form either to the Buckingham Main Office or directly to Ad Special T’s located at 202 Bella Vista Rd, Vacaville (next to the Buckingham 196 Fishbowl building). You can charge your order if you go into the store. For special requests on ordering, please call Ad Special T's at (707)452-7272 or you can also visit them in the store to see sample sizes.

Your completed order form may be turned beginning August 1, but no later than August 15. As a reminder, August 15 is your first Freshmen Forum and New Student Orientation.

Please see this link to download the order form: https://buckingham.schoolloop.com/athletics

We look forward to seeing you in PE class!

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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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Survey summary of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students
See what VUSD 7th, 9th and 11th grade students said about bullying at school, suicide, drug use and more. 
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide student survey in the nation asking kids about their school environment and inclusiveness, drug use, suicide and other issues that effect learning. We use this survey to get a better understanding of what students are experiencing. This survey is a component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of systemic health, prevention, and school environment (kindness) programs and curriculum. 
See a summary of the results attached here.

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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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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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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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Team 5496, The Robo Knights, have just received amazing news! We've been selected to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championships. This is an incredibly rare opportunity especially for a team as young as ours.  We have worked everyday since the beginning of the school year, including a six-week-long daily build season.  We have endured countless days and nights to ensure we are as prepared as possible for this event.  In addition, the Robo Knights spent everyday with community outreach, fundraising, and 200+ hours on designing, prototyping, and constructing our robot. 

Unfortunately, to attend we need to scrape up 16,000 dollars and this is where we need your help. Every donation would be greatly appreciated. Words cannot describe how happy and grateful we are for your support and donation. 

 

Click here to donate today!

 

or come to our garage sale this weekend!

 

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April 14 & 15

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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.  

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

 

Sinceramente,

Superintendente 
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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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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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Come learn about human trafficking in our community and how to protect yourself and your child, Wednesday, January 17th 6:00-9:00 PM.

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Join us for the first quarterly

BCMHS Summit for Success

 

We have curated a variety of speakers and topics to provide both students and parents with relevant and helpful tips, tricks, and tools to make the high school experience as smooth and successful as possible.

 

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

5:45-8:15pm

Room 101, Building 194

Dinner is provided!

 

Welcome to Summit 1: A Fresh Start Toward Success

5:45-6:30

SHIELD Dinner - Parent involvement, table discussion, and future topics

Room 101

 

Students

Parents

6:30-7:00

Study Hacks to Make Life Easier

Monica Buescher

Room 103

Introduction to The Parent Project

Gary Stanoff, MSW

Room 109

7:00-7:30

Mentorship, Personal Development, and Community Involvement

Judith Franco, VVPD Senior Program Coordinator

Room 102

Encouragement in Parenting Teens

Tessa Threets

Room 101

7:30-8:00

Successful Communication Between Students and Parents

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Mara León, LCSW

Room 103

8:00

Raffle prizes and feedback

Monica B

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With the new semester starting soon, students and parents will greatly benefit from a variety of short seminars, packed with information and resources, tailored to help kick bad habits, implement good study skills, and find accountability and motivation to keep up the positive improvements.

 

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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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