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The energy drink market is popular.  Their names suggest extreme power.  They are marketed to those who want improved athletic performance, study late at night or to get over a mid-afternoon slump. Claims include the ability to boost energy, improve concentration, speed up metabolism and enhance nutrition.


These drinks contain mixtures of vitamins, minerals and tropical extracts.  BUT the main ingredient is caffeine. Many have as much caffeine as a cup of coffee or more and much more than soft drinks.


Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. High levels of caffeine in some energy drinks can cause dehydration (depleting the body of needed fluids).  This is not safe for athletes who need to be adequately hydrated.  Caffeine also speeds up heart rate and can raise blood pressure. In children this can lead to agitation, irritability, nervousness and inadequate sleep.


Other ingredients that can lead to possible problems include the following:


Guarine – a caffeine-like substance. 


Taurine –an amino acid that the body naturally produces; the effect of too much of this is unknown.


Vitamins, minerals and herbs-could upset nutritional balance in the body.


To compare caffeine content in milligrams/ounce(mg/oz):


Brewed coffee has 14 mg/oz., Coca-Cola 3 mg/oz., Monster 10 mg/oz. , 5 hour energy 69 mg/oz, Red Bull 9.5 mg/oz. Rockstar 10 mg/oz. and Rockstar energy shot 80 mg/oz.


Know what the kids are drinking.  And remind them that other beverages especially water can give their bodies necessary nutrients, hydration and energy.


Jeff Kresge


3448 villa lane, Suite 102, Napa, CA 94558

T: (707) 251-2015     C: (707) 266-3630     F: (707) 257-7898





With the current uncertainties nationwide about immigration and documentation, NVUSD has compiled resources that address student and parent rights, and where to find help.






Our annual Family Festival will be held Saturday, April 29, 11-3, at the NVUSD Education Center, 2425 Jefferson Street, in Napa.


This free event is open to the community, and will feature information for families as well as food, entertainment and activities.


For more information, visit our webpage: www.nvusd.org/famfest


Community organizations that provide services to children and families are invited to participate. If you would like to host a table or booth in our event, please fill in your details below to automatically register. We will contact you with additional details as we near our event.





It takes a team to ensure your student is as successful in school as he or she can be. That team includes the student, the school and you - the parent or guardian.

Studies show that students do better when parents are engaged in and supportive of their education. We encourage you to:

  • Meet your student’s teachers, either at Back-to-School night or by calling or e-mailing.
  • Get to know who is who at the school. The administrators, counselors, teachers, aides and others all play a role in your student’s success.
  • Track your child’s progress online through parent portals; frequently check in verbally with your student’s teachers.
  • If you think your student needs extra services, ask for an evaluation.
  • Set aside a designated time and space to do homework, and ask every night if your student has work to complete.
  • If you have time, volunteer at school and/or join the parent-teacher organization.
  • Be an advocate. Ask questions, both of your student and the school, and voice concerns early with the appropriate person (teacher first, then
  • principal).
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude in your home about education.
  • Monitor screen time.
  • Encourage your student to read for pleasure.
  • Talk with your student about the school day.