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Manuel RuizThe NVUSD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Manuel Ruiz to Chief Technology Officer for the district at the August 22nd board of education meeting. Mr. Ruiz, who has vast experience in both the public and private sector, will lead the district technology team as they embark on large scale implementation plans aimed at providing all students access to gold-standard technology, at every campus, in every classroom. The district’s comprehensive technology and security plans are primarily funded by the Measure H bond program and require seasoned leadership to ensure successful execution on these plans focused on both student learning and safety.

"Our district emphasis on student learning, achievement, and access as outlined in Goal One of our Strategic Plan, cannot be realized without a leader, who can deliver technology programs across the district," said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Superintendent NVUSD. "Under his leadership, we will ensure that every student and teacher, regardless of what school they attend, have equal access to technology so students can develop and thrive in our changing world." 

Ruiz was most recently the Chief Technology Officer for San Leandro Unified School District as part of Dr. Mucetti’s previous team. While at SLUSD, he implemented many strategic, district-wide technology implementation plans, including the one-to-one Chromebook rollout, installation of classroom interactive, display boards, upgrading the district Wi-fi and improving campus safety by installing cameras and the supporting technology. During his tenure there, his contributions led to creating a technology exemplar for California school districts. Before his time in SLUSD, Ruiz worked in Silicon Valley, where he managed the network infrastructure for a global telecommunications company. Ruiz holds an MS in Cybersecurity and a BS in Telecommunications Management. Before completing his degrees, he spent six years as a radar technician in the United States Marine Corps.  Ruiz is a resident of Vallejo and looks forward to working in the Napa Valley.

 "In this competitive recruiting market, we are fortunate to have Manuel Ruiz joining our team to elevate and expand our district technology programs," said Dana Page, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. "His experience leading, developing, and motivating teams, coupled with his breadth of experience with the unique issues schools face around technology and safety, make him the ideal candidate for this position. We are excited to welcome him to NVUSD on September 16, 2019.”

"I am honored to join NVUSD at this exciting time when the district is prioritizing student learning and providing the essential technological resources to support that learning, said Ruiz. "I've seen first-hand how technology can transform classroom learning, promoting engagement and collaboration, and I am looking forward to joining the team and embarking on this exciting work."

Posted 8/26/19

Since 2016, NVUSD has had a unique program in place called One Card. The first of its kind in California, One Card gives students full access to Napa County Library resources via their 6 digit NVUSD student ID.
This highly successful program, now being duplicated throughout California, allows students to use content databases, eBook libraries, downloadable music, movies and more. Students also have access to language acquisition programs, homework help and tutoring, practice tests, and they can check out physical materials and use computers at public library branches in Napa, American Canyon, Yountville and Calistoga…all with their student ID!     

We believe this dynamic partnership with the public library is one of the most powerful and effective ways to provide all students with what they need to succeed. Unless you notify your school that you do not wish for your student to have this access before September 20th, your child will automatically be enrolled in the One Card program.To opt-out, visit your school office or contact libraries@nvusd.org.

Find more information about the One Card program,  including how to opt-out.

Posted 8/19/19

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Napa Valley Unified School District announced it was recognized by the Center for Ecoliteracy for outstanding leadership and innovation in its school food system.

One of the Center of Ecoliteracy's key initiatives is the California Food for California Kids which focuses on cultivating healthy and sustainable school communities and educating kids on where food comes from. NVUSD's Food Services Program, NOSH (Napa's Operative for School food Health), was honored with the award along with just six other districts in California.

"At Napa Valley Unified, we are 100% committed to supporting students' academic success by offering healthy, fresh meals that also taste great," said Brandy Dreibelbis, Director of Nutrition Services. "We're so pleased to be recognized for our program where school food and education go hand and hand for the health of each student and our community as a whole." 

A partnership of the Center for Ecoliteracy and the TomKat Foundation, California Food for California Kids is a comprehensive statewide initiative designed to increase students’ ecological understanding about where their food comes from and how it reaches the table, improve children’s health and academic achievement, celebrate the abundance of California agriculture, enhance the state economy, and benefit the environment.

Posted 8/1/19

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Napa Valley Unified School District today announced it is accepting applications for school lunches, including free or reduced lunch for the 2019-20 school year. Families can register through the Titan Solutions Parent Portal, our secure online system. 

NVUSD's Food Services Program, NOSH (Napa's Operative for School food Health), is proud to offer healthy foods with the highest quality ingredients. Any child attending a school in the district may register to purchase meals, and children from families with lower incomes may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. 

As a reminder, students attending Snow Elementary, Shearer, Phillips, and McPherson Schools automatically qualify for free daily meals, due to NVUSD's participation in the Community Eligibility Program. 

New meal applications must be completed every school year by each family. Families are highly encouraged to register and use the tool as a secure and easy way to monitor your child’s meal account. 

For more information please contact the NOSH Food Service Department at (707) 253-3541.

Visit NVUSD NOSH Food Services for more information.

Posted 8/1/19