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Middle School Redesign Task Force


Task Force Meetings

All meetings will be live streamed and made available to the public.

Please use the link for ALL NVUSD Middle School Redesign Task Force Meetings:

ALL meetings: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


NVUSD will hold a special board meeting on April 15 at 7:00 p.m. where NVUSD staff will provide the board with a presentation based on the outcomes of the Task Force worksessions. The board will then take action on the recommendation at the regular business board meeting scheduled for April 22. As always, both meetings will be live-streamed for the public.

Harvest and River Middle School Information

On April 22, 2021, the Board of Education approved the closures of Harvest Middle School and reconfiguration of the River Middle School campus in the 2022-2023 school year. Please see below for important information on options for impacted students.

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Due to continued enrollment declines across the district, NVUSD is currently operating too many middle schools. This has created barriers to maximizing our resources for students. The Middle School Task Force has been assembled to create a sustainable solution, including discussing school closures and consolidation of facilities. The goal is to improve instructional programming and ensure success and resources for all Middle School students..

After receiving applications from the community, our Middle School Task Force was formed, comprised of parents, teachers, principals, as well as NVUSD administrators and staff.

The Task Force will meet 6 times over the next two months for a series of informational reports, research, group discussions, processing activities and scenario planning. All meetings will be virtual and made available to the public via a live stream and through archived recordings.

The committee will draft a proposal and invite community input. After which, a formal recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education at a special board meeting in late April/early May.

During the six public meetings, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • NVUSD Middle School history
  • Enrollment trends
  • Facilities capacity
  • Capital improvement costs
  • Long term facilities modernization 
  • Student demographics
  • Performance data
  • Instructional programs

 In addition to the following Q&As, you will find detailed information and links to the meeting discussions by date in the above sections.

Q: What is the current average class size in middle school?
The average class size varies based on the class and course. For example, PE classes tend to be larger than English classes.  Classes for English Language Learners and Special Education Students tend to be smaller.

Q: How many students open enroll at each site? (i.e. which is their “school of choice”)

  • American Canyon Middle received 2 out-of-district open enrollment applications which were accepted. The resident families of ACMS applied and accepted open enrollment seats at 1 HMS, 3 RMS, 2 SMS, and 5 River. 
  • Harvest Middle received 25 1st choice open enrollment applications and all were accepted. The resident families of HMS applied and accepted open enrollment seats at 19 RMS, 7 SMS, and 51 River. (20 7th grade applied and accepted for Dual Language Immersion) 
  • Redwood Middle received 39 1st choice open enrollment applications and all were accepted. The resident families of RMS applied and accepted open enrollment seats at 20 HMS, 3 SMS, and 85 River. 
  • Silverado Middle received 12 1st choice open enrollment applications and all were accepted. The Resident families of SMS applied and accepted open enrollment seats at 4 HMS, 15 RMS, and 42 River. 
  • River received 196 1st choice open enrollment applications and 170 were accepted based upon a staffing of a 5 to 34 ratio, one teacher with 5 classes of 34 students.

Q: What is Harvest Middle School’s English Learner and Dual Immersion student population?

At Harvest, there are a total 23 Dual Immersion students that are also English Learner students.

Q: Has the district considered moving 6th grade to all (or at least some) of the elementary schools and have middle schools just be 7th & 8th grade?  
The district is not currently considering the option of moving 6th grade to the elementary schools, but may do so in the future if feasibility and interest studies warrant it.

Q: Who determines how school boundaries are drawn?
The board of trustees drives the process for drawing boundaries and maps for residency. 

Q: What is the land value/resale value of Harvest, Redwood and Silverado MS?
There are many things that go into the value of a school site. Neighborhood, size and future land use are all factors. Future land use or entitlement can sometimes be changed with the approval of the City that the land is located. Since the future land use has not been determined, it is very difficult to determine the market value of the property. 

Q: What are annual operational costs for NVUSD middle schools?
The cost of operating Silverado, Redwood, and Harvest is about $2,000,000 each. 

Q: What is the maximum capacity of River School? What is the plan to increase enrollment?
Based on the staffing number used, 553 represents a class size average of 26.33.  630 represents a class size overage of 30:1, which is probably the more realistic number. Any potential growth at River would be contingent upon open enrollment demand and how the outcomes of the Middle School Redesign process impact future enrollment plans. There is currently no “formal” plan to grow River.

Q: Are there students who want to attend Harvest but enrollment has been cut off due to not having enough teachers.
100% of families that requested Harvest for 2021-22 were accepted.   

Q: What are the residential areas that make up the enrollment population of River? 
The approximate breakdown of River Enrollment based on residential boundary is as follows:

  • Silverado 27%
  • Redwood 36%
  • Harvest 33%
  • American Canyon 3.5%
  • Out of District .5%

Q: Is there still an ELA class available for parents and guardians to provide  language assistance for parents and guardians of english learners?
Several school sites offer English classes on site for parents provided by NVUSD’s Adult Education.

Q: Silverado has a much higher number of socioeconomically disadvantaged and unduplicated students. What funding or programs are being received for these students at this site and at the other schools?
Unduplicated students generate additional federal (Title I) and state (supplemental) funding. (NOTE: unduplicated count refers to the number of students who are identified as Foster/Homeless Youth, English Learners or qualifying for Free/Reduced lunch. If they are identified as more than one, we still only count them once, hence "unduplicated"). 

Q: What are the specific programs at River? How does River differ from other Middle Schools?
You can find the differences in elective programming on slides 31-32 from the February 16 meeting.  River had operated as a Charter School until the 2019-2020 School Year.  The goal of the charter was to develop self-actualized students through a schoolwide focus on respect, responsibility, resourcefulness and responsiveness, which manifests in a variety of programs and routines on the campus.  The school is all Open Enrollment, meaning there is not a boundary and all students must use the open enrollment application.  River is the smallest middle school with a capacity of just over 600 students.

Q: How can we make co-curricular course offerings like art and music more equitable? 
Our ultimate goal is to build on our strengths and create equity across sites. Teachers require different credentials in order to teach different arts courses.  Some schools have found there has been a strong interest from students in one type of arts or another, and have, over the years, ended up with a larger choir program at one school, and a larger band program at another school.  When we transitioned to a 6 period day from a 7 period day, most of the middle schools phased out world language in favor of Visual and Performing Arts Electives.

Q: What plans does the district have to provide additional resources to the final middle schools for music, language, art, etc.? 
We believe that consolidation will provide the benefit of allocating resources across fewer schools, leading to more robust offerings at each school.  It is important to make sure the programs have strong alignment to the programs at our High Schools as well.

Q: What are the courses/programs that support ALPS students who are transitioning from Elementary to Middle School?
ALPS students are encouraged to enroll in Accelerated coursework at the middle school level. That said, any student who exhibits the need for extra challenge may benefit from a Student Success Team (SST) meeting. The SST is an intervention process that brings together parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and students (if appropriate) to identify strengths and needs and discuss recommendations and strategies to support and challenge students in class.

Q: What is the current demand for DLI programs? Does it exceed current supply?
Currently there is a wait list of 7 Kindergarteners split between PV and NVLA.

Q: How does Dual Learning Immersion (DLI) compare to other types of K-12 programming in terms of its ability to successfully desegregate schools in NVUSD? 
DLI schools are schools of choice, meaning families choose to attend outside of their school boundaries. The DLI model creates and promotes bicultural environments based on the 50/50 ideal ratio of native English/Spanish speaking students. Other magnet school programs (Artful Learning, IB, etc.) also encourage students to attend outside of their resident boundaries.

Q: How many students at Harvest Middle School are considered DLI students?
 208 students. 


# Name Role
1 Dr. Rosanna Mucetti Superintendent
2 Dana Page Assistant Superintendent
3 Mike Pearson Assistant Superintendent
4 Pat Andry-Jennings Assistant Superintendent
5 Rob Mangewala Assistant Superintendent
6 Elizabeth Gonzalez Director
7 Sarah Knox Director
8 Matt Manning Director
9 Peter Hartnack Director
10 Stephanie Solberg Coordinator, Special Education
11 Barb Franco 7-11 Committee Chair
12 Arik Housley 7-11 Committee Vice Chair
13 Elba Marquez Community Member
14 Rosario Mondragon Community Member
15 Skip Keyser Community Member
16 Jennifer Kohl Middle School Principal
17 Martha Franco Middle School Principal
18 Cathy Adams Middle School Principal
19 Carliza Bataller Middle School Principal
20 Maryanne Christoffersen Middle School Principal
21 Helen Rocca Elementary School Principal / DLI
22 Alejandra Uribe Elementary School Principal / DLI
23 Frank Silva Elementary School Principal
24 Monica Ready High School Principal / DLI
25 Susan Miller High School Principal
26 Franklin Hernandez Teacher / NVEA
27 Chuck Dresel Teacher / NVEA
28 Jen Can Teacher / NVEA
29 Denise Keller Teacher / NVEA
30 Sara Kvidahl-Schmitz Teacher / NVEA
31 Catie Kensok Teacher / NVEA
32 Megan Burton Teacher / NVEA
33 Kristin Nelson NAPS
34 Lisa Abbott NAPS
35 Courtney Garcia Union Chief Negotiator
36 Hector Gallegos Union President
37 Nancy Miranda CSEA
38 Sarah Ball Parent
39 Silvia Regalado-Zachlod Parent
40 Lorraine Richardson Parent
41 Laura Miller Parent
42 Nicole Carty Parent
43 Mayra Paniagua Parent
44 Alyssa Flynn Parent
45 Jesus Cortez Parent
46 John Burton Parent
47 Orlando Carreon Parent
48 Aura Silva Parent
49 Katherine Fleming Parent
50 Laura Cerruti Parent