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Date: March 21

Time: 7:00 PM (Open Session)

Location: NVUSD Education Center Board Room
2425 Jefferson St.

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Posted 3/15/19

See something say something students and mentors

NVUSD today announced that the Board of Education passed Resolution No. 19-21, during the March 7 Board meeting, underscoring the district's commitment to the safety of students.

"Health and safety are both critical components in a student's ability to learn and develop - both academically and socially,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent. “This resolution demonstrates our commitment to protecting our students
and those who support them at school from all forms of violence.”

One recent example of this commitment took place last week at Harvest Middle School when faculty and students were joined by Congressman Rep. Mike Thompson to celebrate Sandy Hook Promise’s fourth annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week. The program raises awareness of the power that each student has in preventing gun violence and saving lives when they “Say Something” to a trusted adult. Harvest Middle School has been a participant since the program's inception and was one of dozens of youth organizations nationwide to join in the call to action week festivities.

Standing central in the event were Arik and Hannah Housley, who lost their daughter Alaina in the Thousand Oaks Shooting November 7, 2018. Their message frequently has been to be kind to those around you, and ask how they are doing. “The work in our country starts with our youth; and to help them be aware, mindful and honest, as well as know that there are people around them for support," said Alaina's mother Hannah who is also the Activities Director at Vintage High School in the NVUSD. "Harvest Middle School working with the Say Something program is a great start for our community, and we know they will continue this long-standing tradition.”

Recent events at NVUSD have reminded the community that the issue of gun violence can hit close to home. The district discovered first-hand the power of this notion in January when it learned a student on campus was threatening the safety of others. An immediate investigation found probable cause to arrest the student, and it was a student who said something to their parent after hearing about the plans.

"Students who speak up to keep our community safe are true heroes," said Harvest School Principal Monica Ready. Teacher Marie Zorn adds, “our students that feel confident enough to say something can help avert a potential tragedy.”

According to research, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told someone of his/her plans prior to the attack and 70% of people who complete suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning. SHP’s programs work to proactively prevent tragedy by reinforcing the power within young people to stop violence before it starts.

The Say Something Program raises awareness of the power that each student has in preventing gun violence and saving lives when they “Say Something” to a trusted adult. Say Something is delivered at no cost to schools and organizations by Sandy Hook Promise. The program can be taught in the classroom, through assemblies, or by student ambassadors. Sandy Hook Promise has educated over 5.5 million in its Say Something and other Know the Signs programs to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

Posted 3/11/19

BrightFutures sign

Students at Vintage High School have a place to learn more about career pathways by meeting with visiting employers, either in-person or via web conference, or through workshops focused on workplace skill sets and career pathways.

This new program aimed at showing students career possibilities kicked-off with the newly equipped BrightFutures College and Career Center opening at Vintage High School... read more

Napa Valley Register, March 2, 2019

Posted 3/5/19

It has come to our attention that some children are hearing from the Internet or one another about the “Momo Challenge.” It is important to note that new challenges are arising on the Internet all the time, and we look to you, our families, to start the important conversation with your children about making safe decisions while online.

While there is currently no evidence that this particular challenge has resulted in direct harm to children, we do think it is important to understand and to be aware of current social media challenges, as well as how to best approach these types of challenges with your children. Below is some information to help you understand this Internet hoax:
“Parents, please stop freaking out over the Momo Challenge”
“Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge'”
Common Sense Media
13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About”
Consejos sobre medios y tecnología para tu familia
Learning about being a good digital citizen is incorporated into NVUSD’s curricula in all grades. We encourage our families to continue the conversation at home, and always be aware of your child’s online presence.  Common Sense Media has great resources for parents on everything from online security to a complete “Parents Need to Know” tab.
Finally, any parental fear about the Momo Challenge likely revolves around the unsubstantiated claim that it is intended to ultimately drive students to hurt themselves or others. If you have a concern about any child, 

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
  • Call Napa County Mental Health at 707-253-4711
  • Speak with a school counselor, social worker, or administrator.
Posted 3/1/19

students at winery
Fields of Opportunity, a partnership between the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, will again take high school students from both the city of Napa and Upvalley through the ins and outs of the largest industry in their backyards this summer... read more

Napa Valley Register, Feb. 27, 2019

Posted 2/28/19

Tell us what you think

We want parent feedback about student education, including how engaged and included you feel, school safety, academic support and more. The survey is 32 easy-to-answer (one click) question and ends on March 22.

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Posted 2/20/19

CABE 2019 Attendees

Fifteen Community & Parent Liaisons along with four of Migrant Education Parent Liaisons attended a one day CABE Regional Training on January 24th in which they were provided training addressing the following:

  • ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for

  • Parent Leadership and Engagement

  • Dual Language Immersion Programs for Parents & Teachers

  • Common Core and ELD Standards for English Learners

  • CABE Legislative Update

  • Seal of Biliteracy

  • Immigration Resources

  • Preparing Students for College

Parent Liaisons were able to participate in this professional development opportunity and bring back strategies in which ALL parents and families can be supported depending on their diverse needs.

L-R back row

Cecilia Soriano, Community & Parent Liaison Silverado Middle School

Liliana Calderon, Migrant Education Parent Liaison Districtwide

Ramon Baeza Calderon, Community & Parent Liaison Snow Elementary School

Vilma Ledesma, Community & Parent Liaison Redwood Middle School

L-R, front row

Maria Cruz-Migrant Education Parent Liaison Districtwide 

Alejandra Herrera Community & Parent Liaison Shearer Elementary School

Silvia Angel-Community & Parent Liaison Pueblo Vista & Browns Valley Elementary School

Tracy Rodrigues-Biggs, Community & Parent Liaison New Tech High School

Nancy Miranda, Community & Parent Liaison Napa High School

Christian Pitayo-Cuevas, Migrant Education Parent Liaison Districtwide

Irma Delgadillo, Community & Parent Liaison Alta Heights & West Park Elementary School

Gabriela Magallon, Migrant Education Parent Liaison Districtwide 

Karina Servente, Community & Parent Liaison America Canyon Middle School

Bibiana Corona, Community & Parent Liaisons American Canyon High School

Rosa Perez, Community & Parent Liaison Canyon Oaks and Snow Elementary School 

Claudia Aranda, Community & Parent Liaison Vintage High School

Veronica Guerrero Donaldson Way Elementary School & Valley Oak High School
Clara Mier-Buoncristiani, Harvest Middle School

Posted 2/5/19

Fish tacos. Green chile and cheese tamales. Chicken pozole. Roasted sweet potato wedges. These have all recently been on menus at NVUSD. But not so long ago, that wasn’t the case. NVUSD is on a mission to shift from heat-and-serve processed foods to healthier, scratch-cooked student meals using real ingredients... read more >>

Posted 1/28/19

Teachers at elementary schools in NVUSD and other rural Napa County school districts will be able to add depth and student engagement to their classroom activities through movement, dance, music, singing and more, thanks to a $775,861 grant from the California Department of Education (CDE). The funding represents the first major step forward in implementing NVUSD’s Arts Master Plan, created in a public-private partnership and approved by the Board in spring 2016.

The NVUSD application for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant included a consortium of partners including the Napa Valley, Calistoga, Howell Mountain, and Pope Valley school districts,  and the Napa County Office of Education.

“This grant represents the next chapter in a County-wide initiative to provide equitable arts education to all students. We would not have received this important funding without our Arts Plan already in place,” said Chuck Neidhoefer, NVUSD coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts. “This is a real testament to the work of our community partners who helped bring the Arts Plan to fruition, and who have worked with us since its adoption to ensure its success - especially the Arts Council Napa Valley, Festival Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Education Foundation."

The funds will provide teacher training from arts integration experts, and will provide materials and supplies for teachers to use the techniques in their classrooms. Critical areas of the Arts Master Plan will be implemented, including a free two-week Arts and Science Summer Camp for English Learner students in grades 3-5, which will be offered in June 2019. It will also allow the District to purchase curriculum materials that are aligned with English Language and English Language Development  adoptions through 2025.

The arts integration training will be offered to mainstream and specialist teachers, including special education, physical education and teachers working with advanced learners. Some of the grant funds will also benefit after-school arts programs.

“Increased student engagement leads to deeper learning and better retention in all subjects, including math and English. The arts are a demonstrated way to support and encourage engagement,” Neidhoefer said.

At NVUSD, the grant will align aspects of the Arts Master Plan with the District’s Strategic Initiatives, including technology expansion (special training will be provided to support technology-infused arts integration) and student wellness initiatives (the annual spring Wellness Conference will feature content on Wellness & the Arts).

“As a system, we are focused on a common set of goals and objectives to provide the very best outcomes for our students,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “This grant  supports our strategic efforts by ensuring students have access to the arts so they can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. I am also thrilled that the grant provides professional development for teachers and strengthens our partnerships that directly align to our strategic plan goals.”

Olivia Dodd, president and CEO of Arts Council, said, “This grant is a huge vote of confidence for the Arts Master Plan and our unique public-private partnership. We are excited to see the initiative, which all of us have worked on, get this incredible boost and really expand the reach to students.”

The grant money will be provided by the Federal Title IV program, and must be expended by Sept. 30, 2019. For more information on the Arts Master Plan, visit

student with art

PHOTO CAPTION: A young man is using art to learn about animal structures and adaptation in a life science class.

Posted 1/3/19