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Posted 7/18/19

We are looking for thoughtful, capable and committed community members to serve on what is referred to as a "7-11 Committee”. We expect the committee to be in place by August 1, 2019 and to complete its work by November 1, 2019.

This committee will make a formal recommendation to the Board of Trustees around small school closures/consolidations and possible uses for the property if any schools are closed. We are committed to both inclusion and transparency in this process and to that end, the committee’s proceedings and deliberations will be open to the public and all minutes and recordings will be published on our district website.

If you are interested in serving on this committee to examine this important issue, please review and complete the application by July 25th.

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Posted 7/12/19

Back to school

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

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Posted 6/27/19

The NVUSD Board of Trustees announced at last week's board meeting that two individuals have been appointed to serve in senior HR and finance leadership roles for the district. Maren Rocca-Hunt has been appointed Executive Director of Human Resources, and Melissa Cooke has been appointed Executive Director of Fiscal Services. Both positions are effective July 1, 2019.

"I'm pleased and energized to have these two experienced professionals serve on our district leadership team," said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. "Both Maren and Melissa's deep skillsets are perfectly aligned with our HR and financial needs at the district."

Maren Rocca-Hunt Ms. Rocca-Hunt has served NVUSD in various roles for more than 13 years, most recently as Executive Director of Elementary Education and Charter Schools where she was instrumental in bringing common core standards and deeper learning to our students, as well as using grant funds to spearhead high-level instructional training for K-12. She is filling the position vacated by Dana Page who was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources last month. Ms. Rocca-Hunt's experience includes district negotiations, talent recruitment, and training, including development of teacher and administrative evaluation tools. She also has served as an elementary school principal for many years, including five years as the principal for NVUSD's Canyon Oaks Elementary School.

Melissa Cooke

Ms. Cooke joins NVUSD with nearly 20 years of experience in leading and managing school finance. She joins the district from Eureka City Schools where she served as the Director of Fiscal Services for six years leading and supporting the key functions of budget development, accounting, and payroll. As Executive Director of Fiscal Services for NVUSD, Ms. Cooke will lead a staff of a dozen financial professionals, working closely alongside newly appointed Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Rob Mangewala. Ms. Cooke fills a position that has been vacant since November 2018.

These hires round out the full cabinet at the district and will report to Assistant Superintendents Dana Page and Rob Mangewala."With our three-year strategic plan underway, we have a solid plan and a lot of work ahead of us, and I'm confident we are building the team to support these goals to bring an exceptional learning experience for our students each and every day," said Dr. Mucetti.

Posted 6/20/19

Migrant EducationNVUSD Migrant Education is providing a six-week Adelante program on the Napa Valley College campus. Adelante offers non-credit college classes to more than 100 NVUSD students who qualify as coming from migrant families.

Migrant Education (https://www.nvusd.org/migranted) is a federal program, meant to bridge the gap for these students, offering funding for services and programs that provide eligible students additional support, including clothing, food sources, medical, dental and vision services, as well as academic services. read more >>
Napa Valley Register, June 11, 2019

Posted 6/11/19

Martha FrancoThe NVUSD Board of Trustees announced last night that Martha Franco has been appointed the new principal of Harvest Middle School, effective July 1, 2019. Mrs. Franco, currently the Assistant Principal at Harvest, began her educational career at NVUSD over 20 years ago, serving in various instructional and administrative roles throughout the district.

“Martha is a proven leader, committed to establishing collaborative learning environments and positive school climates wherever she works,” said Dana Page, NVUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “Her passion for, and familiarity with, the Harvest Middle School community made her the perfect choice to assume this permanent leadership position.”

Throughout her educational career, Mrs.Franco has extensive experience in bilingual education and dual immersion professional development. She served for 18 years as a teacher and Academic Specialist at Napa Valley Language Academy, supporting and leading its Dual Immersion Program by implementing new curriculum and technology to maximize student learning. Currently, she is a member of the team responsible for managing the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Harvest Middle School, the only middle school IB program in the North Bay. She plays a key role in promoting student success at Harvest by supervising all support and intervention programs as well as coordinating the Super Saturday Academy School, aimed at improving student attendance and academic achievement. Strong parent relationships at Harvest were formed through her leadership on the English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC) and she completed school site goal-setting and planning through AVID, a college and career readiness program.

“We were fortunate to have a qualified and passionate administrator in place to continue the innovative work at Harvest Middle School,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent. “Martha is a dedicated educator who promotes student achievement while maintaining a supportive and inclusive school culture. We welcome her to the leadership team and look forward to a seamless transition at Harvest.”

Mrs. Franco succeeds current Principal Monica Ready, who will leave Harvest to take over the reins as principal of Napa High starting July 1.

“Harvest Middle School is a special school with talented students, motivated faculty and staff and a supportive parent community. I am honored to serve as the principal and look forward to many exciting years ahead at Harvest,” said Mrs. Franco. “I have learned so much from Monica during the past year and the Napa High community is poised for continued success under her leadership. I look forward to a strong school partnership as our students progress through NVUSD.”

Posted 6/7/19

Monica ReadyThe Napa Valley Unified School District announced today that Monica Ready has been appointed the new principal of Napa High School, effective July 1, 2019 pending board approval at the April 25th board of education meeting. Ready has worked in the district since 2004, most recently serving as the principal of Harvest Middle School. She is also a Napa High School alum. During her tenure at Harvest, Ready implemented systematic changes to support teaching and learning objectives including grade level team leads, instructional learning walks and mentor coaching. She also oversaw a robust socio-emotional learning curriculm supporting mental health, wellness and culutural sensitivity and awareness. Lastly, she has successfully and collaboratively led the implementation of an effective International Baccalaureate and middle school Spanish immersion programs with the Harvest staff.

“Monica has a superior reputation within the NVUSD community and Napa High School will benefit from her strong leadership and passionate commitment to developing students to be lifelong learners and compassionate citizens. She demonstrated her strengths and capacity as a seasoned leader of secondary education in the principal selection process, ” said Dana Page, NVUSD Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Ready is no stranger to Napa High, after serving as an Assistant Principal from 2013-2016 where she designed and implemented the dual language immersion program and directly impacted students through the launch of the school-wide tutoring program and the Super Saturday Academy. Prior to that, she spent several years at Napa High school as an English teacher and athletic coach. “It is an honor to be named the Principal of Napa High School,” stated Monica Ready.  “As an alumni, former teacher and Assistant Principal of Napa High School, I respect the deep historical roots of Napa High and embrace leading students, staff, families, and community as we continue to support students to become future ready. I am thankful for the strong transition that Principal Silva has established as the Interim Principal of Napa High School. I look forward to championing the growth and achievement of students that occurs every day in the classroom, concert halls, and athletic fields.

Frank Silva, the current Interim Principal at Napa High School, will return to his previous position as principal of Browns Valley Elementary. Frank Silva was appointed as the Interim Principal last fall in response to various needs and challenges the school was facing at the time. He assumed the role with passion and commitment and dove into the work ready to solve problems and lay a strong foundation for Napa High’s future.

“During his brief time at Napa High, Frank Sliva made tremendous impact at the school. He stabilized Napa High School with a calm and confident leadership style, enabling the community to flourish during a challenging time of transition. His contributions to the school and the district are valued and will not be forgotten,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent. “With Monica Ready’s appointment at our next board meeting, we have another stellar educator in the leadership role and I know her passion around teaching and learning, particularly within the high school context, along with her deep secondary educational experience will continue to move Napa High forward.”

Photo credit: Michelle Ravencroft Photography

Posted 6/7/19

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School's out! What is your student doing this summer? Browse our list for academic programs, activity camps, arts, volunteer opportunities and more.

 

Posted 6/6/19

NOSH central kitchen entry sign

NVUSD announced the official opening of its new central kitchen -- a 10,734 square foot space that serves as the hub for cooking breakfast and lunch that's then distributed to schools across the district.

Located at the former armory on Menlo Avenue, the kitchen features state-of-the-art commercial appliances with modern elements such as large walk-in freezers and refrigerators, combination oven units, large skillets and a conveyor belt dishwashing system. Today, the central kitchen produces about 5,000 meals a day.

“It is well documented that good nutrition helps students show up at school prepared to learn,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. "Thanks to Measure H funding, we were able to build this amazing space which is providing healthier meals that our students actually want to eat."

Brandy Dreibelbis, NVUSD’s first nutrition director and a chef who joined less than two years ago, quickly transformed the way food services was operated at NVUSD. Under the new food services name NOSH (Napa's Operative for School food Health), Brandy has led efforts to bring a whole new standard of how food should be served -- whether it is canned or fresh vegetables, or new menus that she pre-tests with kids. The new kitchen is a finishing touch on her vision to cook more from scratch -- an important element in meeting NVUSD's goals to bring quality food to students. "I'm so thankful to all the parents and community members who, along with district support, allowed this kitchen and new program to come to fruition."

At a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, May 29, dozens of parents, community members, and district employees joined the Board of Education and NVUSD leaders to mingle and enjoy food that was catered by -- of course -- NOSH.

Board of Education Trustee Robin Jankiewicz was on hand to join the celebration and made remarks to the crowd gathered amongst the gleaning new equipment. "Change takes thoughtful and courageous action and we should take pride in valuing students, what they eat, and the impact of providing healthy food," she said. "This is change. This is impactful. This is NVUSD."

Read the Napa Valley Register article

Posted 6/3/19

lacrosse students

 

Athletics rosters at Napa and Vintage High Schools are expanding next year, with the addition of both boys and girls lacrosse programs. Ongoing discussions between the district, schools and the community about adding lacrosse came to fruition after the NVUSD Board of Trustees formally approved adding the programs to the athletics line-up during their meeting on May 23. The sport, currently the fastest-growing in the United States, debuts in spring 2020.

Over the years, many high school students have expressed interest in playing lacrosse, however, adding the program faced both logistical and financial roadblocks. Prior to moving to the Vine Valley Athletic League under the North Coast Section umbrella last year, there simply were not enough high school teams to play within a reasonable distance from Napa. The new league placement resolved the travel issues and with strong community financial support, the programs look forward to a successful kickoff.

“When I arrived in NVUSD nearly a year ago, I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and support for high school athletics, both within the schools and the larger Napa Valley community,” Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti said. “As a district, we strive to evolve and expand programs when feasible and in this instance we had an outpouring of support from students, administrators, families and the local community. It was evident that lacrosse was a missing piece of our stellar athletics program and it made sense to add it at this time,” Mucetti added.

Both schools plan to fill rosters for JV and Varsity teams, allowing opportunities for players at all levels to join the sport. Currently, for students at Napa’s public high schools, the only option to play lacrosse competitively is via the local club team, Napa Force. “In the past, since lacrosse was not offered at the public high schools, many of the club’s dedicated players chose to attend private schools to compete at the high school level,” according to Karen Fontanella, President of Napa Force. Adding the sport can help with the loss of enrollment to private schools if made an option for many of the club’s players. The club has raised over $25,000 to donate to the lacrosse program and is “ready to assist in any way to ensure it is both a successful and accessible program,” Fontanella said.

“Expanding athletics offerings engages more students overall and sends a positive message to the student body,” Sarah O’Connor, Principal of Vintage High School said. “When you add a sport, it is another option for students to be involved, our athletics program is recharged and community and school spirit increases.The time was right to add the sport, and it was done in a fair and equitable way by offering it at both high schools given the local demand,” added O’Connor.

With an official program on the books, next steps include recruiting coaches, securing equipment and field space, filling rosters, and reaching out to parent volunteers. “Our goal is to hire quality coaches who instill the athletic values that we promote here at Napa High School and within our district,” Napa High Athletic Director, Darci Ward said. “We hope to have strong parental involvement to help support our Boosters and the ability to launch a successful program at the onset,” Napa High Athletic Director Darci Ward said.

Napa High 11th grader Lainey Laband is excited to play lacrosse for Napa High and recruit others to join. Since moving here from Maine where she started playing the sport, she was disappointed to learn that lacrosse was not offered at Napa High School.

“When we bring lacrosse to Napa High, I'm hoping people get out of their comfort zone and try it out because it's such a lively sport, but can be quite a challenge to learn. We have a few other lacrosse players at Napa High who are very talented, and I can't wait to play with them next year when we're a part of a school team,” Laband said.

Posted 5/24/19