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Education Matters

Education Matters is our monthly column published in the Napa Valley Register and American Canyon Eagle. The fourth Tuesday and Thursday of each month, we discuss a topic of interest to students, parents and the greater community. 



Napa Valley Register -- September 26, 2017

American Canyon Eagle -- September 28, 2017


Must be present to learn!

We are well into the school year, and we hope your family has adjusted to the change in schedule, from the less structured days of summer to the more regimented school days.


There are many things parents can do to support student learning, but the most important factor in school success is, not surprisingly, attendance. Your student must be present to learn. Being at school, on time, ready to learn, every day, makes a measurable difference in success.


Your student ID is your Napa County Library card

NVUSD and Napa County Libraries have expanded the One Card program this fall, enabling even more students to use their student ID card as a Napa County Library card, good at any branch in Napa County.


Specifically, your student can borrow items, receive free online homework tutoring, use Library computers, request materials from partner libraries, and download music, eBooks, magazines and other electronic resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on the Napa County Library website.


Last year, middle school and high school students were enrolled in the program. Beginning Oct. 1, all elementary, middle and high school students will have access.


Find more information about the One Card program at www.nvusd.org/1card.


American Canyon schools meeting on Oct. 3

The NVUSD Facilities Master Plan includes major projects for the American Canyon community, including a new middle school next to American Canyon High School, a new site for Napa Junction Elementary, and other work.


Please join us for a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, to learn more about the plans and schedules for these schools. The meeting will take place in the Theater at American Canyon High School, starting at 7 p.m.


For more information, visit the NVUSD website at www.nvusd.org.


Open Enrollment begins Oct. 2

When students enroll into NVUSD, they are assigned a School of Residence based on their home address. Open Enrollment offers students and parents choice in the schools they attend for elementary school and for secondary (middle and high) school.


On Oct. 2, the Open Enrollment process will begin for the fall of 2018-2019, NEXT school year. The application period closes on Nov. 30, 2017. You can use the online tool to apply (find it at www.nvusd.org), and assistance is available at your school site, if you need it.


Visit www.nvusd.org and click on the Open Enrollment links on the Home page to find out more about how this process of choice works.


School Expo is Oct. 26

To help parents research NVUSD schools and to support the Open Enrollment process, NVUSD will offer a School Expo on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the District Ed Center, 2425 Jefferson St. in Napa.


From 5 to 6:30 p.m., representatives from all of our elementary and middle schools will be on hand to answer your questions and talk with you about their schools.


Find out more at www.nvusd.org.


Food Day is Oct. 24

Education, prizes, tours, food, fun ... it’s all on the menu on Tuesday, Oct. 24, when NVUSD, Napa County, the Farm Bureau, UC Master Gardeners, Napa Local Food and more team up to present Food Day. Join us on the shared campus of Harvest Middle School and River School, 2447-2449 Old Sonoma Road in Napa, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.


The seventh annual Food Day will focus on school and community gardens as a means to eating freshly grown fruits and vegetables. Both River School and Harvest Middle School have successful school gardens, and both gardens will be available to tour throughout the night.


In addition, UC Master Gardeners of Napa will teach three 15-minute information sessions for prospective teachers, parents and students who are interested in starting their own garden. Students will have the chance to compete in a salsa recipe contest and three local chefs will prepare the winning recipes from the three age divisions on the night of the festivities. The organizers will also collect non-perishable food donations, conduct a prize giveaway and host local food trucks on the night of the event.


Find out more at www.nvusd.org.