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Posted 11/8/19

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Posted 11/7/19

Open Enrollment and New Student Registration begin October 28. There have been many questions about the impact of the power outages, resulting in all of our schools closing temporarily.

We'd like to emphasize that Open Enrollment and New Student Registration are NOT "first-come first-served" processes. The application window is October 28 - November 29. All applications received by the last day will enter lotteries together with no priority based upon date submitted.

For new families, it is fine to wait until your school of residence re-opens in order to get and complete a registration packet, which becomes Step 1 of 2 if you are going to also apply for open enrollment.

Current families can go directly online to apply for open enrollment any time between Oct. 28 - Nov. 29.

For questions or assistance with Open Enrollment or New Student Registration, the NVUSD Enrollment Center is open:

Posted 10/28/19

This year’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Report (CAASPP) showed NVUSD students slightly improving in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Positive progress trends are most evident in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th in both subject areas and more modest progress at the secondary level, grades 6th, 8th and 11th.

Overall, 47.9% of students met or exceeded state standards in ELA and 34.8% met or exceeded standards in Math. The subgroup with the most opportunity for improvement is English Learners, scoring 50 percentage points or more lower than students overall. 

Compared with the state, NVUSD has a higher percentage of students meeting state standards and a slightly lower percentage exceeding standards. 

“At NVUSD we have high expectations for teaching and learning and we want all of our students to continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Our goal is to continue to invest in programs in every school and classroom to help all students excel and become lifelong learners understanding that effective program improvements should render improved progress on state accountability measures,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent.

Detailed District CAASPP results can be found on the CAASPP website. Individual students results will be mailed home during the next two weeks. CAASPP results for middle and high school students are viewable in the Aeries Parent Portal.

For help understanding individual student results, please visit the District's Understanding Test Scores webpage.

Posted 10/25/19

On Wednesday, October 16, over 1000 Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) high school juniors took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) during class and free of charge. Historically students have had to pay to take the exam, which costs $17 and is administered on a weekend.

The PSAT is typically taken in preparation for the SAT which many students begin taking throughout their junior year and is an integral part of the college application process for many four-year colleges. Nationally, approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT each year. NVUSD’s free PSAT program supports a key initiative of the district’s strategic plan, aiming to ensure all students are college and career-ready. 

“Providing the PSAT free of charge and during the school day is crucial for increasing access and opportunity for many students who might not otherwise take the test. As important though, is what teachers and administrators witness after students complete the test. There is a notable increase in engagement around the college process, students begin to inquire about how to improve their scores, and the path to college starts to emerge as a tangible option for them,” said Sarah O’Connor, principal of Vintage High School. 

Last year, NVUSD piloted the free PSAT program with a smaller group of students and based on its success, was offered to all juniors this year. The district is looking at ways to grow its college and career readiness programming, including expanding student internship opportunities, career technical education programs, dual enrollment, and bringing college and career readiness activities to the elementary and middle school levels.

“Today there are so many amazing pathways and opportunities for students after high school and we want all our students to explore options, set goals and to have an action plan for the future. Completing the PSAT, is a step forward on the college path that some students might not have considered before,” said Mary Ann Valles, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services.

Posted 10/18/19

 

 

On October 11, 2019, over 850 NVUSD instructional staff members (teachers, paraeducators, social workers, principals, assistant principals, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, counselors, library media specialists, district office administrators) gathered at American Canyon High School to deepen their learning around key district instructional initiatives.  Addressing Student Learning, Achievement and Access (Goal 1 of the strategic plan), the content of the day focused on three areas:

  • Instruction that Works
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Content subject state standards

Instructional staff members were provided new tools and strategies to implement in the classroom with the ultimate goal of increasing students’ sense of well being and academic progress.

The PD planning teamThe PD Day Planning Team, L-R: Mary Ann Valles, Chrissy Cotten, Kathie Norman, Tracy Weis, Karly Miller, David Damico, Pat Andry-Jennings

Napa Valley USD’s Instructional Services division began planning for the day last January. Over 9 months, the district’s professional learning team prepared for the conference style event, which included 80 unique topics offered during 150 workshop sessions. Topics ranged from “Positive Behavior Supports for Para-Educators”  to “Bringing Depth & Complexity to Classroom Discussions” to “Mindful Tools For Education Professionals.”  As much as possible, specific sessions targeted each specific job category.

Posted 10/15/19

Open enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will open on October 28, 2019 and will run through November 29.

The time frame is shorter this year as the board will make decisions on any potential school closures on October 24. If schools are closed, they will be removed as options for registration and open enrollment.

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Posted 9/30/19