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

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


Both public hearings will be held:

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM

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

 

Public Hearing A

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

Public Hearing B

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

 

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

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




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


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

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

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




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

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




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LCAP logo for VUSD


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

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




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The Sixth Grade Class

Of Orchard Elementary School

Proudly announces its

Graduation Ceremony

On Thursday, June 7, 2018

At 9:30am on the Upper Playground

 

*Due to being outside for graduation please feel free to bring comfortable chairs for you and your guests.  Main Gate will open at 8:45am.*

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 5/31/18




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Monday, June 4th

          AM Kinder 8:20am – 11:40am

          PM Kinder 8:30am - 11:50am

          1st – 3rd 8:30am – 2:35pm

          4th – 6th 8:30am – 2:40pm

Tuesday, June 5th

          AM Kinder 8:20am – 11:40am

          PM Kinder 8:30am - 11:50am

          1st – 3rd 8:30am – 12:40pm

          4th – 6th 8:30am – 12:45pm

Wednesday, June 6th

          AM Kinder 8:20am – 11:40am

          PM Kinder 8:30am - 11:50am

          1st – 3rd 8:30am – 12:40pm

          4th – 6th 8:30am – 12:45pm

Thursday, June 7th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

          AM Kinder 8:20am – 11:40am

          PM Kinder 8:30am - 11:50am

          1st – 6th 8:30am – 11:45am

 

Have a great summer break! 

 

See you Thursday, August 16th for the first day of 2018-2019 School Year.

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 5/31/18




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




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6th Grade Camp is next week from Monday 5/14/18 - Friday 5/18/18. Information has been given to your student throughout the school year. Contact the teacher for any last minute questions.

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Posted by: Ken Ratti
Published: 5/4/18




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Hello VUSD Families,
 

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

Sincerely,

Vacaville Teacher's Association

 

 

Hola familias de VUSD,

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

Sinceramente,

Asociación de Maestros Vacaville

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




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

Take the survey here.

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




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Check out VUSD's Community Bulletin Board featuring sports, events, activities and more for kids and families.

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




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

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




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

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




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Daybreak with Dad

Bring the guy you love the most, 

share a bite and enjoy your morning...on us!

 

Friday, March 16th

7:30am - 8:20am in the MP Room

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 3/13/18




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Academy of 21st Learning is hosting the Spring Family Science Night on Wednesday, March 14th! Join us 6:30-7:30pm in the MP Room for fun experiments and learning.

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 3/13/18




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

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




Audience: 3-6 Math Resources, Teachers, Students, K-2 Math Resources, Parents, 3-6 Math Resources, K-2 Math Resources, Tracee Eberhart, PTC news and Scrip, Parent & Student Handbook, Bells, calendar, general Info, School Info, Orchard Library, Faculty, staff, and Admin., Resources, Parent & Student Handbook, Staff, Resources, Orchard Parent Teacher Club (PTC), Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Associates, Orchard Library, Homepage and Homepage

Hello 6th Grade Families - In an effort to prepare you for Jepson Middle School, attached you will find Jepson's Newsletter for January -  March. 

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 3/8/18




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Minimum Days---Mark your calendar...

Tuesday, 3/6 - Friday, 3/9 - Minimum Day 1240/45 PM Kinder 8:30-11:50am ALL WEEK

 

Minimum Day Schedule:

AM Kinder 8:20am-11:40am

PM Kinder   8:30am – 11:50am

Grades 1-3 8:30am – 12:40pm

Grades 4-6 8:30am – 12:45pm

 

Optional Lunch 12:40am-1:00pm

 

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Posted by: Ken Ratti
Published: 3/1/18




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Hello VUSD Families,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Jane Shamieh

Superintendent

Vacaville Unified School District

(707)453-6101

janes@vacavilleusd.org

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




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

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

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

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

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




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LCAP logo Survey
 

Hello VUSD Parents and Guardians,

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

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent
Jane Shamieh


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Saludos a nuestros Padres/Guardianes de VUSD,

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

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

Gracias por ser parte de la educación de su estudiante.  

https://goo.gl/forms/WfAm3aGHNj1wenwB2

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

 

Sinceramente,

Superintendente 
Jane Shamieh

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




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Parent Meeting- the puzzle project
 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday, January 31st 

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

Orchard Elementary School Library 805 Orchard Ave. 


Questions? Call or email: 

Angel Giroux-Greber 

Special Needs Parent Liaison 

(707)453– 6172 

AngelG@vacavilleusd.org 


Child Care provided by district paraprofessionals 

Light refreshments served.

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




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

VUSD PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION EVENT

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

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




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

 

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

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




Audience: 3-6 Math Resources, Teachers, Students, K-2 Math Resources, Parents, 3-6 Math Resources, K-2 Math Resources, Tracee Eberhart, PTC news and Scrip, Parent & Student Handbook, Bells, calendar, general Info, School Info, Orchard Library, Faculty, staff, and Admin., Resources, Parent & Student Handbook, Staff, Resources, Orchard Parent Teacher Club (PTC), Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Associates, Orchard Library, Homepage and Homepage

REMINDER:

Talent Show Meeting

 

Wednesday, 1/10 1:30-2:00 in the MP Room

 

Quick informational meeting for the students that would like to participate in the Talent Show.

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 1/9/18




Audience: 3-6 Math Resources, Teachers, Students, K-2 Math Resources, Parents, 3-6 Math Resources, K-2 Math Resources, Tracee Eberhart, PTC news and Scrip, Parent & Student Handbook, Bells, calendar, general Info, School Info, Orchard Library, Faculty, staff, and Admin., Resources, Parent & Student Handbook, Staff, Resources, Orchard Parent Teacher Club (PTC), Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Associates, Orchard Library, Homepage and Homepage

Monday, 12/18 & Tuesday, 12/19 - Regular Schedule

AM K = 8:20-11:40am

PM K = 11:40am-3:00pm

1-3 = 8:30am - 2:35pm

4-6 = 8:30am - 2:40pm

 

Wednesday, 12/20 - Regular Wednesday

AM K = 8:20am -1 1:40am

PM K = 8:30am - 11:50am

1-6 = 8:30am - 1:15pm

 

Thursday, 12/21 - Minimum Day

AM K = 8:20am -1 1:40am

PM K = 8:30am - 11:50am

1-3 = 8:30am - 12:40pm

4-6 = 8:30am - 12:45pm

     Grab N Go Lunch available in the Cafeteria after school

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 12/18/17




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VPEF  100 Savings contribution offer
 

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




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Please bring in your canned food/non-perishable items. Bins are located in both the North and South Hallways. Thank you!!!

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 11/28/17




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Orchard Elementary School is excited to introduce 2nd chance breakfast. Chef Debbie will continue to offer breakfast 8:10-8:30am but will then offer a 2nd chance breakfast for students who were not able to have breakfast with her prior to school starting. The 2nd chance breakfast will be offered as a "grab and go" during the first recess (often referred to by the students as their "snack recess"). Prices are as follows:

$1.50 Breakfast (8:10-8:30am)

$1.50 2nd Chance Breakfast (1st recess)

 

Students that are on the Free and Reduced program will receive ONE breakfast (if the student would like an additional breakfast he/she will be charged the $1.50). 

 

Should you have any questions or need additional information please contact the Front Office. Thank you!

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 11/28/17




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

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




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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacaville PD arrest Picture

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




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Friday, 11/10 - No School

Veteran's Day - No School

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 11/7/17




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Thursday, 11/9 Minimum Day

AM Kinder 8:20-11:40am

PM Kinder 8:30-11:50am

1-3 8:30am-12:40pm

4-6 8:30am-12:45pm

 

Grab N Go Sack Lunch available (Lunch is $3.00. Free and reduced rate also apply).

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 11/7/17




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VHS Link Crew's annual Daddy Daughter Dance

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

5:30-8:30pm

at Vacaville High School

Pietro's will be provided

 

$40/pair

$15 for additional person

 

Tickets can be purchased in the Orchard Front Office

 

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 11/7/17




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

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




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Calling all 6th grade parents:

 

Yearbook needs a baby picture of your 6th grader (under 3 years old). They also need school related pictures from kindergarten to 5th grade (first day of school, fields trips, class parties, carnival, etc.). These pictures are for the 6th Grade Yearbook.

 

You can email or text pictures to Amy Roderick

mash00@att.net or 707.301.6016

 

Or if you prefer you can bring your picture to the Front Office and they will get email/text pics to Amy.

 

Please get your pics to Amy NO LATER THAN Thursday, November 30th. THANKS!

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/30/17




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Costumes may be worn to school on Halloween. Costumes must be comfortable, safe, allowing students to move about and play freely without interfering with vision; and should comply with school wide dress code. 

 

Costumes should not be offensive, bloody, or overly scary/frightening. No fake or make-believe (or real) weapons (sci-fi or not) allowed at school. No masks to be worn during class or recesses. Masks are fine, but only for the Parade.

 

I'm going to err on the side of super sensitive and play down (say no) the clown thing for another year; so for this year, no clowns. A lot of students and adults just do not react in a good way toward clowns these days.

 

The Orchard Parade will begin at 9:30am. Weather permitting we will circle the small parking lot 2x in front of the Main Office; so any spot around the parking lot will be a good viewing area. Please stay on the grass or front walk.

 

Classroom Parties:

Please continue to provide the healthiest snack possible for all classroom parties. Questions about party times and snacks should be directed to the classroom teacher.

 

Sincerely,

Kenneth J. Ratti

Principal

Orchard Elementary School

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/27/17




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Check out upcoming events, classes, clubs and more!

link to community bulletin

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




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duck cover and hold diagram
Duck, cover and hold. All VUSD schools will be practicing earthquake drills at 10:19 AM today. This is a great opportunity for families to review their emergency supplies and plans too. What's your family plan? http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step5/

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/19/17




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Friday, 10/27

Dress-up Day - "Team Up Against Drugs"

Wear your favorite sports gear (sports shirt/jersey, hats, etc.)

 

First Responders Day

 

6pm-8pm  Trunk-or-Treat

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/18/17




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We are excited to announce we are selling Apple Hill Pies.

Order Dates: 10/9-10/24

Pick-up Dates: 11/14 (pies are delivered frozen-must be picked up on this date)

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/17/17




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Please join us at Mountain Mike's Pizza Fundraiser:

Thursday, 10/19/17 (All Day, Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery)

401 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville

707.447.0123

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/17/17




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Please turn in your Triathlon Pledge Form and all donations no later than Friday, October 20th.

Checks can be made payable to Orchard PTC.

 

Thank you for participating in this HUGE fundraiser!

 

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Posted by: Tracee Eberhart
Published: 10/17/17




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

VIEW AIR QUALITY MEASURES HERE

Air Quality Index
 

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




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Vacaville may experience poor air quality in coming days. View information about air quality measures here.

Based upon information available Sunday, October 15th, all VUSD schools and offices will be open on a regular schedule Monday, October 16th. 

Currently, there are no plans to make up days for school closures. However, Super Saturdays are a great way for students to get additional help. The next Super Saturday is October 21st. Details are available at your school. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/15/17




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Hello VUSD Families,

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hola VUSD Familias,

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

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

• revisar extensas investigaciones

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

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

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

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

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