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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

During its May 23 meeting, the NVUSD Board of Trustees appointed three individuals to senior leadership positions: Dana Page, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; Mike Pearson, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services; and Rabinder (Rob) Mangewala, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. All three hires join the executive cabinet, reporting directly to Superintendent Rosanna Mucetti, and assume their new roles on July 1, 2019.

During the past year, Dr. Mucetti conducted a needs assessment and efficiency analysis across the district and sought feedback through community listening sessions aimed at identifying areas of improvement and opportunity for the district. Output from the research included finalizing a three-year strategic plan, designing a new organizational structure aligned to support district goals and objectives and promote collaboration across departments to improve district performance.

“I am thrilled to work with this new leadership team comprised of innovative thinkers and strategic problem-solvers, all with deep and relevant educational experience,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Superintendent. “Our district’s success depends on an unwavering commitment to student achievement which will require prioritizing our programs and resources at every step. I’m confident this new team’s experience and dedication to our mission will bring a gold standard educational experience to NVUSD.”

Dana Page Dana Page, currently serving as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources has been appointed to the role permanently. Page has worked in the district for over 20 years in school and district management roles and currently serves as the primary personnel officer for over 1,500 employees, overseeing recruitment, staffing, employee relations and contract negotiations. She previously served as the NVUSD Executive Director, Human Resources, responsible for leading human resources procedures for over 800 employees, served as the chief contract negotiator for CSEA & NAPS and supervised all risk management efforts. Page started her career in Napa as a teacher at Pueblo Vista Elementary School and also served as Assistant Principal and Principal at McPherson Elementary and Northwood Elementary, respectively.
Mike Pearson District-wide facilities and operations will be led by Mike Pearson in his new role as Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services. Pearson currently serves as Executive Director of Facilities and Operations responsible for all maintenance and operations departments, with over 150 employees deployed at campuses and facilities district-wide. He also manages all construction projects under the Measure H bond program, ongoing facility design and planning, and in his new role, will add food services and transportation to his responsibilities. Moving this position to report directly to the superintendent supports the district strategic plan goal to Maximize Effective and Sensible Facilities Management Based Upon Measurable Economic Realities. In addition to his operations experience, Mr. Pearson has deep roots in the Napa Valley community and a 25 year professional history within NVUSD, serving most recently as principal of Vintage High School.
Rabinder Mangewala Rabinder (Rob) Mangewala joins NVUSD as the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services. He will serve as the new finance leader for the organization, playing a critical role in ensuring the district successfully addresses its financial challenges. The new structure also reassigns technology, data management and enrollment responsibilities from Instructional Services to the Business Services Division. Hailing from the San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD), Mr. Mangewala oversaw district-wide data management, enrollment, information technology and instructional materials for SLUSD. During his tenure, he managed a multi-million dollar budget and implemented an online enrollment process resulting in increased district enrollment and revenues. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hayward where he taught for 13 years while obtaining his administrative credential and masters degree at Cal State East Bay. He also holds a certificate in School Business Management (CBO) from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.


“During the past year, we have ushered in a new era at NVUSD with the hiring of a new superintendent, adopting a three-year strategic plan and now implementing organizational and leadership changes. All of these positive shifts will promote and support our dedicated and passionate administrators, faculty and staff, setting the course for an exciting future for our students and community. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate our new appointees and look forward to working collaboratively for all our students in Napa Valley Unified”, said José Hurtado, President, NVUSD Board of Trustees.

Posted 5/24/19

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 5/24/19

2019 classified employees of the year

NVUSD Classified BBQ, May 21, 2019

L-R: Asst. Sup. Mary Ann Valles, Liz Gomez, Jaime Montez de Oca, Deanna Zamudio, Oscar Cazares, Travis Haws, Liliana Caldera, Interim Asst. Sup. Dana Page, Board Trustee David T. Gracia

Not pictured: Veronica Gomez, Michelle McCarver


Liz Gomez

Sr. Admin. Secretary

Clerical Special Ed Office

Jaime Montes de Oca

Bus Driver

Transportation Transportation

Deanna Zamudio

Head Custodian

Custodial Canyon Oaks ES

Oscar Cazares

Landscape & Grounds Specialist

Maintenance Maintenance

Travis Haws

Information Systems Specialist

Technology Technology

Michelle McCarver

Food Svc. Cafe Assoc.

Food Services ACMS Cafeteria

Veronica Gomez

Instructional Asst.

Instructional Support Valley Oak HS

Liliana Caldera

Community & Parent Liaison

Other Category

Assessment & Accountability Office /

Redwood MS

Posted 5/23/19

AC Robotics Team


Saturday, May 19th, AC Robotics participated again in UC Davis CSTEM Day 2019, with 23 teams competing from elementary, middle and high schools.


ACMS and ACHS won a combined total of 25 awards! Despite the unprecedented difficulty of the challenges, they did an amazing job. Our students worked hard and didn't give up when things didn't go their way. They all succeeded with their amazing hard work and effort!   


This year, eleven NVUSD coaches participated to make this event possible: Jonathan Mao, Sabrina Lui, Denise Keller, Tammy Lee, Damon Wright, Scott Marsden, Y Vu, Alma Gonzalez, Ron Eick, and Stefani Williams and Lilliana Zmed.


Thank you to NapaLearns for their generous support of AC Robotics. NapaLearns provided buses to the event and funded many of the teams and video entries. They even supported other NVUSD schools in their first or second year of implementation so that other students will benefit from the CSTEM program.


Most importantly, thank you to the AC Robotics parents for their contribution. The AC Robotics program thrives because of the tremendous amount of support from the American Canyon community.


AC Robotics Summary for CSTEM RoboPlay Robotics Competition:

  • Division A HS (Math 3+)--1st Place Regional, 3rd Place Statewide
  • Division B HS (Math 1&2)-- 1st place Regional, 1st Place Statewide; 2nd Place Regional; 3rd Place Regional.
  • Division C MS (7th/8th) - 1st Place Regional, 2nd Place Statewide; 3rd Place Regional


American Canyon Middle School

Statewide Middle School Award of Achievement

  • Kiana Leigh Garcia

Statewide MS Girl's Leadership Award

  • Aminah Hilliard

Statewide Junior Division RoboPlay Video Winners

  • Best Storytelling - Botman: The Dark Bot Returns

  • Best Choreography - Dancing Queen

  • Most Interesting Task - World of Bots

Regional Division C (7th/8th Grade) RoboPlay Robotics

  • 1st Place Regional  - PUG BOTS

  • 2nd Place Statewide - PUG BOTS

  • 3rd Place Regional -

Regional RoboPlay Robotics MS Perseverance Award



American Canyon High School

Statewide High School Award of Excellence

  • Colin Velicaria

Statewide High School C-STEM Scholarship

  • Katrina Cole

  • Malaysia Hilliard

Statewide HS Girl’s Leadership Award

  • Taylor Buono

Statewide Senior Division RoboPlay Video Winners

  • Best Theme: Barobo 500

  • Best Choreography: Walking Around the Christmas Tree

  • Best Computational Thinking: Dreams of No

Regional Division A (Math 3+)  RoboPlay Robotics

  • 1st Place Regional - Hui Xiong, Bu Yao Shuo

  • 3rd Place Statewide - Hui Xiong, Bu Yao Shuo

Statewide Division B (Math 1-2) RoboPlay Robotics

  • 1st Place Regional - Team Alpha

  • 1st Place Statewide - Team Alpha

  • 2nd Place Regional - Ms. Williams Rocks!

  • 3rd Place Statewide - Ms. Williams Rocks!

  • 3rd Place Regional--Pro-Grammers

Regional RoboPlay Robotics HS Spirit Award

  • Vu - Girls

Regional RoboPlay Robotics HS Teamwork Award

  • Vu - 7th Period

Posted 5/22/19


The last day of school is June 6. What will your student be doing this summer? Browse our list for academic programs, activity camps, arts, volunteer opportunities and more.


Posted 5/21/19

No germsState law requires all students entering 7th grade to provide proof of having received a Pertussis (whooping cough) booster and 2 varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccines, prior to the start of school on August 14th.

You should have received this letter in the mail.

When your student has received these vaccines please bring documentation to your child’s school.
Students who have not received these immunizations will NOT be allowed to start school next August for the 2019-20 school year.

Thank you,
NVUSD Health Services

Posted 5/21/19

Willow Elementary kids

We are excited to announce the official opening of Willow Elementary School! More than 100 people joined us on Tuesday to celebrate our new campus, featuring student- led tours and performances. Principal Pam Perkins opened the ceremony along with Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti and Executive Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations Mike Pearson. Attendees also got to hear from a special guest, John Holder, a former Principal of El Centro Elementary, who is also Ms. Perkins' father!

Read more about the event in the Napa Valley Register.

Posted 5/17/19

Ginger DunneNVUSD announced last week that Ginger Dunne has been appointed the new principal of Mt.George Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019.  Dunne has 23 years of teaching experience within NVUSD, teaching multiple grade levels at Alta Heights Elementary School. In addition to her wide breadth of classroom experience, Dunne has served in a number of leadership roles at Alta Heights, including School Site Council, Family Faculty Club liaison, and NVEA Site Representative. On a district level, she has extensive experience working with the Napa Valley Education Association and the District Negotiations Council and has a keen understanding of both the collective bargaining and the interest based problem solving processes. Additionally, she has served as both the Academic and Campus Coordinator for the Aim High Summer Program for the past several years. Her experience inside and outside of the classroom will serve the Mt. George community well.

“Ginger is a seasoned and accomplished classroom teacher, with extensive leadership experience, which will all transfer seamlessly into her new role as principal. Not only is she familiar with NVUSD but her ties go beyond the classroom, bringing a unique perspective that will support and inspire the students, families, faculty and staff at Mt. George,” said Dana Page, NVUSD Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

“We welcome Ginger to the NVUSD leadership team, and we know that she will work very hard on behalf of the students, staff and families of the Mt. George community,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve as the principal at Mt. George Elementary,” shared Ms. Dunne. Ms. Dunne will begin her assignment on July 1st and looks forward to working closely with staff and parents to launch an amazing new school year for Mt. George students.

Posted 5/16/19

Napa Valley Unified School District announced today it is launching a formal process in American Canyon to solicit concerns and feedback regarding the proposed new middle school construction in American Canyon. The announcement comes after Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti met with focus groups comprised of American Canyon parents and educators on Monday evening. During the meeting, district administration shared current district budget figures, enrollment data and population projections. The community input meeting will be held on May 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the American Canyon High School library.

Based on a current analysis of critical enrollment and population data, the district has illuminated how building a second middle school in American Canyon would require the district to make significant budget cuts to pay for the operational costs of running a second middle school, especially in light of current enrollment trends in the region. “Without new students enrolling in our district to generate revenue, the cost of running an additional middle school would require budget cuts, and unfavorable program reductions district wide,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti.

A new proposed middle school in American Canyon was initially included in a NVUSD Facilities Master Plan and budgeted in Measure H bond dollars back in 2016. However, based on declining enrollment and decreasing population growth in American Canyon, district administration and the Board of Trustees are evaluating whether new construction at this time is a prudent financial decision. For now, the district team has proposed to pause the construction process and reconsider the appropriate plan. A community engagement process is underway, and will allow NVUSD to share and discuss the district’s current enrollment and revenue challenges, and propose alternatives to building a new school to address some of the concerns with the current American Canyon Middle School campus.

“The NVUSD Board of Trustees and the District have a fiduciary responsibility to protect our financial assets and make sound and responsible budgetary decisions based on data, including managing our voter-approved Measure H bond funding with long term planning in mind,” said Dr. Mucetti.

The community input meeting will be held on Monday, May 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the American Canyon High School library. Translation and childcare will be provided. After gathering input from the community, NVUSD will make a formal recommendation to the Board of Education.

“We look forward to hosting this important community meeting,” said Dr. Mucetti.

Posted 5/15/19