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Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Spelling Bee Champs

Congratulations to Vaca Pena students Alexis Aabadiano and Julia LeBaron, who took first and second place in the middle school division at the 2019 Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee!  They are joined by Nash Martinez from Alamo Elementary, who took first place at the elementary level.  Congratulations to all of the "Super Spellers" of VUSD!

 

See the full Reporter article here.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/11/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Vaca Pena Open House Flyer
Jepson Open House Flyer

Vaca Pena and Willis Jepson Middle Schools will be hosting Open House events for incoming 6th grade students and their parents.  Please join our middle schools to learn more about our staff, course offerings, athletics and more.  

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/6/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Vacaville Adult School

Adult Ed Logo

Two new classes will be starting soon at Vacaville Adult School.  Come learn about Hospitality for the Culinary Field and How to Become a Paraeducator for VUSD. Registration begins in February and classes are held in March and April.  Please see the attached flyers for additional details and registration information.

 

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/5/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Fairmont Elementary School

fairmont charter logo

Fairmont Charter Elementary is a tuition-free charter recognized by the California Department of Education as a Gold Ribbon School. This exceptional school has no attendance boundaries and is accepting enrollment interest forms through February 15, 2019. A random public lottery will be used in the likely event of an enrollment waiting list.

With a focus on science and technology, Fairmont provides a creative and safe learning environment with multi-tiered systems of learning support for students TK-6th grade. Fairmont Falcons are encouraged to be critical thinkers, work collaboratively, explore natural phenomenon, and be kind, responsible & respectful. Fairmont Charter also fosters a culture that encourages students to be comfortable with productive struggle in learning, creating a growth mindset that opens endless opportunities for young learners.

Enroll or call for a tour of Fairmont Charter today! (707)453-6240.
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/31/19




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

e-cigarette and vaping session

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. Nicotine exposure can also harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. 

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) Youth Development Services staff and members of the Solano Youth Coalition and will lead a one-hour informational session on current trends in tobacco products such as vape pens and e-cigarettes, the health effects, how students access the products, what the products look like, and current laws pertaining to tobacco products.

This session will be held in the VHS Library, and is open to all VUSD parents and members of the community.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/29/19




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Browns Valley Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Homepage, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

parent in fo night january 22nd 7 pm

Sierra Vista K-8 is hosting an informational night for parents who are interested in enrolling a student on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM in the multipurpose room.
Sierra Vista K-8 offers a wonderful small school environment for middle school students, has a college prep focus for all grades, and is an AVID school.

ABOUT AVID
Regardless of their life circumstances, AVID students overcome obstacles and achieve success. They graduate and attend college at higher rates, but more importantly, they can think critically, collaborate, and set high expectations to confidently conquer the challenges that await them.

AVID classrooms feature peer tutoring, focused note taking, collaboration, embedded soft skills, inquiry based activities, higher-level thinking and so much more.

We are pleased to offer this educational philosophy and practice to all Sierra Vista students.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/17/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Social media graphic

Please join the Vacaville Police Department to learn more about keeping youth safe from online predators.  January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the VVPD would like to share valuable internet safety tips and tools to help protect the youth in our community.  This event is for adults only.  Please join us on Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00-8:30pm at The Father's House, 4800 Horse Creek Drive, Vacaville.  Register online at www.fosterluv.com or call 707-689-8866.

 

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/16/19




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage and Homepage

Buckingham enrollment open until January 31st

Buckingham Charter Magnet High School is now accepting enrollment applications through January 31, 2019.  Buckingham is a tuition-free charter school with no attendance boundaries, offering a small school environment and learning options to fit each unique student. Any student can apply and applications are accepted through a random public lottery.

 

More admission and enrollment information is available on the school website. Don't miss this great educational opportunity!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/12/19




Audience: Public Information Office, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Human Resources, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Human Resources, Public Information Office, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

job fair january 24th

Don't miss the Vacaville Unified School District classified position job fair January 24, 2019, 407 PM at 401 Nut Tree Rd. Vacaville. We are looking for outstanding candidates in:

  • student safety and supervision
  • licensed vocational nurses
  • information technology
  • food service
  • custodial
  • bus drivers
  • maintenance
  • paraprofessionals (teaching assistants)
  • clerical

Outstanding opportunities and job benefits await!

Questions? Contact (707) 453-6153 or VUSDJobFair@VacavilleUSD.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/12/19




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

 

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11:04 AM LOCKOUT at Sierra Vista is now lifted. Office is open to visitors. Thank you for patience as we work with PD in keeping our students safe.

 

10:54 AM- UPDATE. Sierra Vista is still in LOCKOUT, however, instruction is proceeding us usual in the classrooms, and all students remain safe. The school office and campus is still closed to visitors. Please do not call the office for more information. We appreciate patience and support as we work with Vacaville Police in the preventive measure.

 

10:20 AM- UPDATE- SV K-8 is still in LOCKOUT status as a precautionary measure. All students are safe. Please do not go to campus or call the office for information. The office is closed until the LOCKOUT is lifted by Vacaville PD.

 

9:48 AM, Sierra Vista K-8 is in LOCKOUT (doors locked, business as usual in the classroom) as a preventive measure due to police activity in the area. All students are safe. The school office is closed. Updates will be provided when the campus reopens.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/9/19




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

public hearing map

The Solano County Committee comprised of the Solano County Office of Education School Board Trustees is hosting a public hearing, Wednesday, December 19th in the Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High School located at 998 Marshal Road in Vacaville at 6:00 PM. The committee will be reviewing the VUSD Board of Trustee's recommendation to adopt map 101 (Blue map) as part of the transition to trustee-area elections in 2020. The public is invited to attend and provide input to the committee. Background information and the proposed map can be found at http://vusd-ca.schoolloop.com/CVRA

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/17/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Last night Vacaville Police were notified about the possibility of a threatening comment made by a VP student. Vacaville PD is on campus to provide extra security and to support school administration in interviewing students. All students involved are accounted for and with school administration.

 

As always, please help your student understand the severity of any comment, picture or post that implies a threat of harm to self or others. We appreciate the diligence of students and parents who immediately reported the information to police and school administration. Together we can work to keep students safe and provide support when needed.

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The Solano County Committee will hear a proposal from VUSD to transition to trustee-area elections. This initiative was prompted by a letter threatening to sue the district if trustee areas are not adopted. Tonight's proposal includes the recommendation of the adoption of Map 101 (BLUE) which was the top choice indicated in the public survey. Tonight's meeting is public and will be held at 5100 Business Center Drive in Fairfield at 5:00 PM.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/12/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

pie chart of survey responses

The public surveys asking the Vacaville residents to indicate which proposed trustee-area map is preferred, closed on November 29, 2018.
297 responses were received with 45% of the responses choosing the BLUE map 101 as the top choice. After reviewing the responses from the public, the VUSD Board of Trustees selected map 101 as the map that will be recommended to the County Committee for approval and adoption in early December 2018. 

 

View more information about VUSD's transition for at large elections to by-trustee-area elections here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/3/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The proposed trustee-area maps originally made prior to this year's election. The trustee area elections sequences (detailed in the lower left of each map) have been updated based upon this year's election results. View the revised trustee area sequences at

http://vusd-ca.schoolloop.com/CVRA

revised trustee area sequencing

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/26/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

school closed

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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

madrigal dinner
Will C Wood Singers' Madrigal Dinner is a great way to mark the holiday season. Tickets sell out, so don't miss your chance to catch a show! Tickets available at (707) 592-4895.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/13/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, ~VUSD Demo School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

public hearing
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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

screen shot of AirNow website
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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




Audience: Public Information Office, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Public Information Office, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

pink and blue proposed maps
 

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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/25/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

culinary and hospitality training flyer
Culinary and hospitality classes are beginning at Vacaville Adult Education located at Country High next week don't miss this great opportunity to expand your horizons!

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




Audience: Thrower Opportunity Program, Will C. Wood High School, Alternative Cooperative Education, Vacaville High School, Solano Adult Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Thrower Opportunity Program, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Measure A, Alternative Cooperative Education, Vaca Pena Middle School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Edwin Markham Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Fairmont Elementary School, Measure A, Vacaville Adult School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Alamo Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Country High School, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Fairmont Elementary School, VUSD Career and Technical Education, Browns Valley Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Edwin Markham Elementary School and VUSD Career and Technical Education

tell us what you think
 

Join in at a community forum!

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

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way
 

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

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

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

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

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

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

 

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Edwin Markham Elementary School

architectural drawing

Exciting improvements are in the works! Please join us for an update on the latest plans for the Markham Elementary modernization project.

Wednesday, October 17th

In the Markham Multipurpose Room 

6:00-6:30 PM in English

6:45-7:15 PM in Spanish

 

¡Hay buenos cambios en el camino!  Acompáñenos para escuchar los últimos planes para la modernización de la escuela Markham.

 

miércoles, 17 de octubre

en la cafetería de Markham

6:00-6:30 PM en inglés

6:45-7:15 PM en español

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/15/18




Audience: Eugene Padan Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

10:48 AM Lockout was lifted. School office was re-opened.

 

UPDATE: 10:32 AM- Padan remains in a LOCKOUT while police work to detain a suspect in the area. All students are safe. We thank parents for their patience and understanding while we follow this precautionary step from Vacaville PD in order to ensure that all of our students and staff remain safe.

 

Eugene Padan Elementary has been placed in a LOCKOUT (doors locked, business as usual in the classroom) due to police activity in the area. The school office is temporarily closed. All students are safe.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/3/18




Audience: Public Information Office, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Public Information Office, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Solano Adult Education, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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


Both public hearings will be held:

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM

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

 

Public Hearing A

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

Public Hearing B

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

 

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

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




Audience: Special Education, Homepage, Special Education and Homepage

Special Ed Department would like to encourage you to attend Parent Night this Wednesday, September 26.  The meeting will be held at Cooper Elementary School, 750 Christine Drive.

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Posted by: Betty Bradanini, District Staff, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/25/18




Audience: Public Information Office, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Public Information Office, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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


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

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

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Please take a moment to read the following message from the Vacaville Police Department:
 

We want to notify our community about a suspicious situation that occurred just after 7pm tonight in the area of Sierra Vista Elementary School. Three young children, ages 10-12, were riding their bicycles down Bel Air Drive near Woodbury Circle when a man pulled along side them in a truck. The man allegedly attempted to coax the children into the vehicle and even offered them money. Luckily, the children knew better than to talk to strangers and continued to quickly ride down the street away from the man. The man continued to follow the children for a short distance until they turned down Woodhaven Drive and asked for help from a resident outside of their home. That resident contacted the police department and officers quickly responded to the area.
 

The man was last seen driving down Bel Air Drive, toward Alamo Drive. He was described as a Hispanic male, unknown age, hair on the side of his head and possibly balding on top. He had a "handlebar" mustache and was wearing a green shirt. He was last seen driving a dark colored truck, possibly a Dodge Ram. The truck had loud exhaust and a light colored camper shell, possibly white or silver.
 

This incident is a good reminder to talk to your children about the dangers of talking to strangers. It is unclear what this man's intent was and we are thankful these children reached the safety of a caring community member.
 

This incident is still under investigation. If you have any information please contact Officer Armosino at 707.416.8277

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Country High School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Vacaville High School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Homepage and Will C. Wood High School

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




Audience: Public Information Office, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Public Information Office, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

recycled ink

VUSD recycles used ink cartridges. If you have cartridges you would like to turn in, you can drop them off at the Educational Serves Center located at 401 Nut Tree Rd. For more information, contact Jim Wasielewski at jimw@vacavilleusd.org.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/7/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

UPDATE 10:56 AM- LOCKOUT has been lifted. Campus is now open. We thank parents for their support and patience as we work through incidents. Special thanks to Vacaville PD for taking immediate and proactive action to ensure the safety of our kids!

 

 

 

UPDATE- 10:42 AM-  Lockdown has been changed to a LOCKOUT (doors locked, business as usual in the classroom). Campus is still closed. More updates to come. Again, all students are safe and accounted for.

lockdown
Sierra Vista K-8 is currently in a LOCKDOWN due to a burglary suspect who may have run onto campus. PD with canine support are on campus to ensure student safety and confirm that the suspect is not on campus. We will provide update as soon as possible. All students are safe and accounted for.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/24/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Please note momentary road closures around Vacaville on the morning of Friday, August 17th.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/16/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage and Homepage

Adam Wight ACSA honoree
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) named Willis Jepson Principal Adam Wight the Region Four Middle School Principal of the Year.
Adam has been the principal for Willis Jepson for two years and was part of the administrative team that earned the school the distinction of a California, and then National, School To Watch in 2016. He is a veteran in Vacaville Unified having taught or been in administration for sixteen years. He has continued to lead the Jepson staff in being champions for every student’s success with a solid foundation to prepare students for high school.
ACSA is the largest organization for school leaders in the United States. The organization advocates for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. ACSA Region 4 encompasses the counties of Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Solano. 

The ACSA Principal of the Year Award awards recognizes outstanding performance and achievement by individual administrators. Recipients of the award must show strong support for the school management team; exceptional leadership in managing school programs; to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education. Congrats Adam- well deserved honor!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/15/18




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Homepage and Homepage

Jessica Reid ASCA award winner
We are excited to share that Jessica Reed has been hired as the instructional leader and Principal at Jean Callison Elementary. Mrs Reed was recently honored as the Association of California School Administrators district four Elementary Principal of the Year.
She has been the assistant principal and principal of David Weir K-8 School in Fairfield for the past four years. Before that she was the Assistant principal at Christian Academy. Her colleagues describe her as masterful at building relationships with her school community, and she is respected for having the highest of expectations for student achievement. Jessica is known to be positive, inspirational and a passionate educator. She is excited to serve Vacaville students we know she will be a great addition to Callison. Welcome Jessica!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/14/18




Audience: Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Homepage and Will C. Wood High School

Families will be sent links to purchase formal photos of their graduates. The following are candid images from the ceremony.

smug mug album covers

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/9/18




Audience: Vacaville High School, Homepage, Homepage and Will C. Wood High School

YouTube link
Graduation ceremonies for Will C Wood (7:00 PM 6/8) and Vaca High (9:00 AM 6/9) will be broadcasted live on this channel. Click image above for a link to the Vacaville Unified YouTube channel.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/8/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

LCAP logo for VUSD


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

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




Audience: Country High School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Homepage, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Homepage and Vacaville High School

Pre-Apprenticeship flier

VUSD will be hosting this trades pre-apprenticeship for the Solano Workforce Development Board. It is a free summer program targeting youth 18-24, although all ages are eligible. See more information at attached link below.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/4/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Country High School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville High School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Homepage and Will C. Wood High School

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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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

vaca high basebal team
The Vaca High Bulldogs battled to earn the San Joaquin section championship, the first team to do so in school history. Congrats Bulldogs. Your hard work and dedication has paid off !

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/30/18




Audience: Vaca Pena Middle School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage and Homepage

Teen Summer Club with teens smiling
Join the Boys and Girls Club Teen Summer Club that runs June 18th-August 9th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More information on the flyer attached.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/21/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Suiced Ripple Effect Movie

This film featuring well-known speaker and advocate Kevin Hines looks at the impact of suicide.

 

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 PM 

Edwards Fairfield 16 & IMAX, 1549 Gateway Blvd, 

Fairfield CA, 94533 

The event will only take place if we get at least 40 people to reserve tickets by May 22! 

You can reserve tickets and track our status at https://gathr.us/s/23416 

For more info: 

www.SuicideTheRippleEffect.com

 

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Browns Valley Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Hello VUSD Families,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Homepage and Homepage

UPDATE: Power has been restored to both schools.

 

PG&E is currently experiencing a power outage. The outage is affecting Ernest Kimme Charter Academy and Sierra Vista K-8. Class will continue as scheduled, however the schools currently cannot receive incoming calls.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/7/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

artist paining mural dedicated to Anne Starr
Join us in remembering the unique and vibrant spirit of Teacher Anne Starr Thursday, May 10th at 3:30 PM. The dedication ceremony of the wonderful mural painted in her memory will be held at Edwin Markham Elementary located at 101 Markham Ave.

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




Audience: Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Alternative Cooperative Education, Alamo Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Families, Families, Hemlock Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Vacaville Adult School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

image of Kevin Hines website

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

The presentation will be held:

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

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

6:30-7:30 PM

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

scoreboard of robotics competition
The Buckingham Charter Magnet High School RoboKnights are competing this week in the World's Robotics competition in Houston Texas. In today's round, they scored two more points than the opposing team! Fans can watch the competition live at: https://www.firstchampionship.org/watch-live. Congrats RoboKnights on a great year, your hard work has paid off. Good luck this week!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Vacaville High School, Homepage and Homepage

Phone scam alert

We have been alerted to a telephone scam attempting to raise funds on behalf of Vacaville High School football. These calls are fraudulent and are in no way affiliated with Vacaville High School. Please do not provide any financial information over the phone or online. Official Vacaville High School fundraising efforts will always be featured on the school website for verification as authentic school efforts. 

We appreciate community members bringing this scam to our attention. We value the tremendous generosity and ongoing support of our community members and want to maintain trust with our supporters.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

Hello VUSD Families,
 

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

Sincerely,

Vacaville Teacher's Association

 

 

Hola familias de VUSD,

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

Sinceramente,

Asociación de Maestros Vacaville

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




Audience: Will C. Wood High School, Homepage, Vaca Pena Middle School and Homepage

Celebration May 3rd at 3 30 PM
Please join us Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 3:30 PM for the Wildcat Stadium Grand Opening Celebration. 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/10/18




Audience: Thrower Opportunity Program, Country High School, Homepage and Homepage

UPDATE: 10:03 AM- LOCKOUT has been lifted. Fire in neighboring property is extinguished. All students are safe. School office is now re-opened.

 

Country High School and Thrower Opportunity program are currently in LOCKOUT (Doors locked, business as usual inside the classroom) due to a fire at a neighboring property. Students are safe.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/29/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Vaca Pena Middle School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage and Homepage

building bridges with stick figures

Wednesday, March 28th 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Willis Jepson Middle School. Event is open to all VUSD middle school girls.

 

Young women in the S Club at Vacaville High School recognized the social challenges that they faced in middle school and are now offering support and mentoring for younger peers through the Building Bridges project. The premise of the event is based upon the principles of empowerment by changing personal perspective and spoken words as described in the book "Oh Shift" by authors Jennifer Powers and Mark Tucker.

 

The Building Bridges event for students will also feature discussions about subject that teen girls often don’t have control over, such as sexual harassment, sex trafficking, bullying as well as substance use. Tracey Lee, a licensed U.C Davis Coach and Supervisor will be the facilitator of the "Oh Shift for Teens" curriculum and will be leading the girls through an interactive empowerment workshop.

 

This event is open to all VUSD middle school girls. 7th and 8th grade students who wish to participate can register by calling the Willis Jepson Counseling Office at 453-6280.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/26/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

links to english and spanish surveys

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

Take the survey here.

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Orchard Elementary School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Vacaville Early College High School Program, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Jepson Logo


Parents and guardians of students who will be attending or are interested in attending Willis Jepson Middle School in the Fall are invited to attend the 6th Grade Parent Night on Wednesday, March 7th.  This PARENTS ONLY event will be held from 5:30-6:30pm, in the Jepson Gym.  Come meet teachers, coaches and staff and learn more about the different classes, sports and clubs offered at Jepson.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/5/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Vacaville High School invites all 8th grade students and their parents/guardians to learn more about the exciting programs and opportunities offered at VHS at their 8th Grade Parent Orientation Night.  This event will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Vaca High Gym.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

Hello VUSD Families,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Jane Shamieh

Superintendent

Vacaville Unified School District

(707)453-6101

janes@vacavilleusd.org

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




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Thrower Opportunity Program, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Hello VUSD Families,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I share the following news.

 

The Vacaville Unified School District (VUSD) contacted the Vacaville Police Department and Child Protective Services on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, to report the possible physical abuse of a VUSD student. A VUSD employee reported a VUSD bus driverhad physically assaulted a student, and the school principal immediately initiated an investigation. Throughout the morning, the school district’s investigation revealed the student had sustained injuries from the incident. VUSD immediately contacted the Vacaville Police Department and Child Protective Services.  The driver was immediately removed from duty that morning and is no longer a VUSD employee.

 

The Vacaville Police Department immediately began a criminal investigation which consisted of several interviews, reviewing surveillance video from inside the school bus and consulting with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. The bus driver was arrested on felony charges today.

 

As a parent I’m sure this raises a great deal of concern, so I want to provide some facts to you and invite you to a parent meeting on Friday evening at 5:30 PM. I firmly believe that transparency with our families and with the public is critical in maintaining our integrity and trust amongst our families and community, so if you have any questions or concerns, please join us at the meeting, email or call.

 

The bus driver completed one route in the morning of Tuesday, February 6, 2018.  The route was the morning – AM Route G. 

 

The driver

  • Has driven on three days this school year (2017-18)
  • picked up and dropped off children at Vacaville High School, and then
  • picked up and dropped off children at Browns Valley Elementary School, and concluded her route by
  • by  picking up and dropping off students at Padan’s Preschool program

 

The incident was recorded as all of our school busses are equipped with cameras. The video surveillance was immediately turned over to Police as evidence.

 

The Friday meeting is for parents of all students with questions or concerns.  The time of the meeting is at 5:30 PM, and it will be held at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Drive.

 

We are disheartened and sickened by this terrible act upon a child. We know you are, too. If you have immediate questions that need answers, please contact me at (707) 453-6101 or janes@vacavilleusd.org.

 

Sincerely,

Jane Shamieh

Superintendent

Vacaville Unified School District

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/14/18




Audience: Sierra Vista Elementary School, Jean Callison Elementary, Vaca Pena Middle School, Browns Valley Elementary School, Willis Jepson Middle School, Homepage, Alternative Cooperative Education, Hemlock Elementary School, Alamo Elementary School, Country High School, Orchard Elementary School, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School, Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, Eugene Padan Elementary School, Vacaville High School, Homepage, Cooper Elementary School, Vacaville Adult School, Will C. Wood High School, Fairmont Elementary School and Edwin Markham Elementary School

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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
Jane Shamieh


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Saludos a nuestros Padres/Guardianes de VUSD,

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

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

Gracias por ser parte de la educación de su estudiante.  

https://goo.gl/forms/WfAm3aGHNj1wenwB2

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

 

Sinceramente,

Superintendente 
Jane Shamieh

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

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​​​​​​​Will C. Wood student Bryanna King shared her artistic talent with our school as part of our recognition of Black History Month. Bryanna designed and constructed several large works of art portraying important civil rights leaders and prominent African American figures in our society. You can see some of her work proudly hanging in the Will C. Wood quad in the center of campus. Thank you Bryanna!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

ACE Enrollment Meetings for Parents

The Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) Program’s philosophy of education honors and supports each individual’s unique development.  The program encourages and incorporates parent involvement to support the idea that education is a shared responsibility. The goal is to empower children to reach their potential in a supportive atmosphere where they experience joy, creativity, and self-confidence while learning about themselves and the world around them.

 

Essential components of the ACE Program’s philosophy that are integral to the goals include:

·      Cooperative support between students, parents, and teachers;

·      Multi-age classrooms and groupings;

·      Alternative assessment;

·      Extended learning experiences linking the classroom to the world in which we live.

 

Important Enrollment Dates and Events: 

·       Interest Forms Submission Dates: January 8, 2018 to February 16, 2018. Forms may be picked up in the school office or completed over the phone at (707)453-6245

·       ACE Information Meeting: February 6, 2018 @ 6:30-7:30pm

·       Classroom Observations: February 8, 2018 @ 9:00-10:00am

·       Parent Led Activity Observation: February 16, 2018 @ 9:30-10:20am

·       Lottery Ticket Pick Up: 

·       February 16, 2018 @ 10:20-11am

·       February 16, 2018 @ 4-6pm

·       February 26, 2018 from 9-10am

·       Lottery will be held:  February 27, 2018 @ 9am

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/23/18