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The Napa Valley Unified School District (District) announces a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified applicants to provide Architectural services for Various Projects scheduled through 2025-2026 years. 


The purpose of this RFQ is to procure a contract with one or more firms to meet the District’s needs in a timely manner. 


The competitive method used for this solicitation is known as a “Request for Qualifications” (RFQ).  Applicants will be selected according to their Statements of Qualifications (SOQ).  Interviews may be conducted if the District determines it is appropriate or necessary to make its selection.  Negotiations will be conducted with one or more of the top-ranked applicants.  All costs for developing and submitting the SOQ are entirely the responsibility of the person or entity submitting the SOQ, and shall not be chargeable in any manner to the District.   


All applicants submitting an SOQ must mail or deliver one (1) original and five (5) copies of their SOQs to: 


Napa Valley Unified School District

Attention:  Don Evans

School Planning and Construction

1616 Lincoln Ave.

Napa, CA 94558 


All documents required by this RFQ must be received at the above-designated location.  Application packages must be delivered so that they are complete and received NO LATER THAN 2:00 P.M. ON AUGUST 12, 2016. 


No facsimile/fax or email documents will be accepted.   Timely delivery of the submittals to the District is the sole responsibility of the applicant.  Late receipt of an SOQ may be grounds for rejection.                                                     

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Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 7/15/16

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Congratulations to Connor Harris, a junior at Napa Valley Independent Studies, who has been confirmed as the 2016-17 School Year Board of Education Student Representative. Connor's first board meeting as student representative will be August 18. The job of the student representative is to represent all students in all NVUSD high schools, facilitating discussion of all sides of issues.

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Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 6/9/16

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Data provided by the California Department of Education shows that NVUSD has both increased the number of students graduating and reduced the number of them quitting school. The improvements were district-wide as well as in key demographic groups, including Hispanics and special education students.


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Napa Valley Register

May 24, 2016

Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 5/24/16

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Harvest Magnet Middle School in Napa is now officially designated an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, having received notification last week that the school has demonstrated that all program requirements are in place to meet the IBO's accreditation requirements. Until last week, the school was referred to as a “candidate” for authorization, while still offering the IB Middle Years Program. The school also received seven commendations related to teacher practices, collaborative curriculum planning, and lesson design that were beyond the requirements for authorization and will benefit the implementation of the IB Program.


“This authorization is the culmination of years of tremendous work, heart and commitment to enhancing student learning on the part of faculty, staff, students, parents, the District, and our community to innovate and transform our school,” said Jenny Banta, IB coordinator at Harvest. “IB’s student-centered and inquiry-based academic program, with its emphasis on intercultural understanding, is an ideal way to equip our young people with a love of learning and a global-mindset as they head into high school, college and careers, and become active, contributing members of our society.”


The heart of IB programs is the Learner Profile, which outlines 10 attributes that are taught and encouraged by IB World Schools. IB learners strive to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective.


In the classroom, students learn by asking questions, exploring, collaborating, researching and presenting their knowledge in a variety of ways. Language development and interdisciplinary connections are central to all eight IB subject areas: Math; Language & Literature; Individuals & Societies (History); Science, Physical & Health Education; Language Acquisition (Spanish); Performing/Visual Arts; and Design Cycle.


“The concept of critical thinking becomes very real for students when they tackle an issue or question in one class, then see that same question raised in another class,” said Cathern Kipsey, a parent club member and parent of both a former and a current Harvest student. “The change in focus helps them to understand the importance of considering many points of view,” she said.


Established in 1968, IB offers four programs for students ages 3 to 19. At NVUSD, Bel Aire Park Magnet Elementary School and Mt. George Elementary School are authorized in the Primary Years Program. Harvest Magnet Middle School will be the only school authorized to present the Middle Years Program in the entire North Bay.


“Our 18,000 students are diverse and our academic offerings should be, as well,” said NVUSD Board of Trustees President Robb Felder. “Adding an authorized IB middle school to our rich mix reinforces our stated commitment to ensure our students have the skills necessary for college and careers in today’s world,” he said.


Harvest Magnet Middle School is at 2449 Old Sonoma Road in Napa and serves 706 students in grades 6 through 8 and, through Open Enrollment lottery, draws students from Yountville, Napa, American Canyon and other North Bay communities.   


To find out more about the HMS IB program contact Jenny Banta at jbanta@nvusd.org and visit www.ibo.org. For more on NVUSD schools and other magnet offerings, visit www.nvusd.org and select the Our Schools pull-down menu.

Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 5/22/16

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  • No registration or eligibility requirements.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult (an adult may bring more than one child).
  • Adults can buy lunch for $3.80, breakfast for $2.25, a snack for $1.50, and milk for 50 cents.



Silverado Middle School

June 27 - July 29

10:00 - 10:30 AM Snack

12:45 - 1:15 PM Lunch


Napa High School

June 15 - July 21

11:15 - 12:00 Lunch only


American Canyon

Canyon Oaks Elementary School

June 13 - June 30

10:00 - 10:30 AM Breakfast only


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Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 5/16/16

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Lori-Leanne Parris, program coordinator at Hayward Adult School, has been named principal of Napa Valley Adult Education in Napa, starting July 1, 2016. ​​She will succeed Rhonda Slota, who is retiring after 17 years as principal and 30 years of service in the Napa Valley Unified School District. Parris’ appointment was approved at last night’s meeting of the NVUSD Board of Education.


“Lori-Leanne Parris brings corporate and public sector expertise, along with a contagious enthusiasm to prepare adult learners for college and careers,” said Superintendent Patrick Sweeney. “She has excellent experience working with business partners, community colleges and K-12 school systems. She helped create strategic alliances to capitalize on resources and provide courses to maximize employment skills. We are very excited to welcome Lori-Leanne Parris to a great adult education team.”


Parris has been a program coordinator at Hayward Adult School since 2015, managing many of the school’s instructional programs such as Career Technical Education, Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development (GED) and more. She has also been an adult school instructor in San Leandro and Oakland Adult schools since 2009. Prior to her work in education, Parris was a business consultant and strategist for Price Waterhouse, Silicon Graphics and Autodesk.  


“I am very excited to join such an outstanding Napa Valley Adult Education community,” Parris said. “It will be an honor to work with such talented Napa Valley Unified School District educators, administrators and staff to help students reach their educational and career goals.”


Napa Valley Adult Education serves more than 5,000 students each year, offering career and technical training, high school diploma and equivalency (GED, HiSet), parent education, workplace training, self-enrichment classes and more.


Parris has a B.S. in computer science from Concordia University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay.

Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 5/6/16

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Visit the NVUSD Student Health & Wellness webpage for more information about vaccinations.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 5/5/16

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Click here to find out about student summer resources and enrichment provided by NVUSD and the Napa Valley community and beyond.


Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 4/28/16

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Sarah Knox, former assistant principal at McPherson and Canyon Oaks elementary schools, and current Supervisor of Interventions at the NVUSD office, has been named principal of Northwood Elementary School in Napa, starting July 1.  She will succeed Dana Page, who earlier this spring moved to the NVUSD human resources office. Retiree Sharyn Lindsey will complete the school year as interim principal. Knox’s appointment was approved at Thursday’s meeting of the NVUSD Board of Education.


“Sarah Knox brings years of excellent experience working in diverse communities, and we  look forward to her contributions at Northwood,” said Superintendent Patrick Sweeney.

Knox has been the Supervisor of Interventions since August 2014, ensuring that all students receive the instructional supports and services they need to learn and achieve at high levels. Before that, she spent a year at both McPherson and Canyon Oaks elementary schools and six years serving as a district reading intervention trainer and coach. She started her career at NVUSD as an English teacher at Napa High School in 2001.


“I am eager to work closely with parents and staff to support our students as they learn for their future selves within a joyful learning community that celebrates and embraces all perspectives,” Knox said.


Northwood Elementary School serves 338 students in grades K-5.

Knox has an English degree from UC-Davis and a masters degree in Education from Touro University. She also spent a year at the University of Granada, Spain.  


She and her husband, McPherson Elementary School principal Troy Knox, live in Sonoma with their children.

Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 4/15/16

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Monica Ready, current assistant principal at Napa High School, has been named principal of Harvest Middle School in Napa, starting in late July. She will succeed Carlos Flores, who resigned to take a position in Palm Springs in January. Retiree Barb Franco will complete the school year as interim principal. Ready’s appointment was approved at last Thursday’s meeting of the NVUSD Board of Education.


“It’s exciting for me to see a Napa native, and a successful graduate of our school system, serve our students as such a talented and capable leader,” said Superintendent Patrick Sweeney. “We are looking forward to Ms. Ready’s contributions as principal.”


Ready has been an assistant principal at Napa High School since 2013, managing many of the school’s instructional initiatives, such as Common Core, inquiry-based learning, New Technology Network, AVID, and more. She started her career at NVUSD in 2004 as an English teacher at Napa High School. In the interim, she has been an AVID coach and Districtwide AVID coordinator, a learning community leader and, in 2012-2013, assistant principal at Harvest Middle School.


“I am excited to be a part of the Harvest Middle School community and lead a school focused on serving the whole child through an International Baccalaureate education. Having worked there in 2012-2013, I am thrilled to return to a dedicated staff, supportive parent group and incredible students,” Ready said.


Harvest Middle School serves 680 students in grades 6-8.

Ready has an English degree from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Touro University.

She and her husband, NVUSD academic specialist Chris Ready, live in Napa with their children.   

Posted by: Kelly Cliff
Published: 4/15/16