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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

Summer Hours

July 8 - 26, 2019 special hours at the Ed Center:

  • Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Closed Fridays
Posted 5/10/19

New to NVUSD and need to enroll your TK through 12th grader into their new school? Now is your chance to complete the enrollment during the summer!

Location:  NVUSD District Office
Instructional Service Department
Elementary and Secondary Education
2425 Jefferson St, room 132B

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
July 8, 2019 through July 22, 2019
8 am - 12 pm

What is needed to enroll your child:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization records
  • 4 proofs of your residence:
    • Current photo ID
    • Lease, or mortgage, or tax return
    • Two of the following -- Bills (PG&E, or Cable) or bank statement or vehicle registration

For additional information visit https://www.nvusd.org/enroll#newreg

Enrollment paperwork may be filled out in the office or completed at home and returned.

Questions?

  • Elementary Education 707-253-3815 Ext 4822
  • Secondary Education 707-253-3815 Ext 4842
Posted 5/9/19

JoAnn Clark

JoAnn Clark, grades 11-12 teacher at Valley Oak @ American Canyon High School, has been selected as the Napa County Teacher of the Year 2020! JoAnn will represent Napa County to be considered for California Teacher of the Year.

The finalists for Teacher of the Year are Shannon Hattyar, Shannon Hattyarfourth grade teacher at Willow Elementary School, Patti Coyle, drama teacher with the St. Helena Unified School District, and Jeanne Heck, history teacher at Calistoga Jr./Sr. High School.

The Teacher of the Year and finalists, and the Napa County Classified School Employees of the Year, will be honored at a community celebration on May 22, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at the Napa County Office of Education, 2121 Imola Ave. in Napa.

For more information contact Seana Wagner, NCOE, swagner@napacoe.org.

group celebration

Posted 5/3/19

 

 

River School logo

The River Charter Board School of Directors last night unanimously voted to change their operating status from charter to non-charter school, effective July 1, 2019. Since 1995, River School has operated as a charter within the Napa Valley Unified School District. While the school has always operated within the district, this shift to becoming a traditional district school will provide even more district resources and stability for the school, while allowing it to adhere to its unique school program model, vision and values.

“This is an operational change that will allow us to focus our resources and efforts to continue to strengthen our implicit curriculum, which focuses on developing students with unique and powerful voices who also gain a strong sense of self and community,” said Peter Hartnack, Principal of River School. “After careful consideration, the River School Board of Directors has determined that the best way to realize our vision is to eliminate financial uncertainty by partnering closely with the district to plan for an exciting, stable future for our students, with additional resources including our long planned new campus facility on Salvador Avenue,” Hartnack continued.

The district has committed to long-term support of River’s unique curriculum and the school will have access to resources such as additional counseling services and new technology to support teaching and learning in the classroom for the upcoming school year, equivalent to other district middle schools. Additionally, River will remain an open choice enrollment option through the 2019-20 school year, and will engage in discussions with current school leadership to discuss enrollment processes beyond next year.

“I am continually impressed by the dedicated and passionate educators at River, whose students thrive academically, and practice how to be positive members of their school and larger community,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti,” Superintendent, NVUSD. “The district welcomes the opportunity to support and learn from this community as we work together to transition River’s operational model to align with our other district middle schools while supporting the mission and vision of their current program.”

Posted 4/30/19

The Napa Valley Unified School District is excited to announce that it is transitioning its board of education agenda building tool from the current platform (Granicus) to the web-based California School Board Association Agenda Online -- the market standard agenda building tool among California school districts.

Although our staff and trustees have been doing an effective job at governance with our current tools, this upgrade helps us become more efficient, including how we develop the board agenda. This change also directly supports Goal #6: Strategic, Impactful Governance and Policy Implementation as outlined in our NVUSD 2019-2022 strategic plan that was adopted by our board of education in December 2018.

This transition means that board agendas will look different than in the past. We are excited for the opportunity to provide easier and seamless access to our board materials while improving and upgrading our governance procedures. In addition, our live streaming and archived videos of board meetings will be hosted on our district’s YouTube channel. NVUSD will begin using California School Board Association’s Agenda Online beginning with the May 9th, 2019, board meeting.

We look forward to sharing these new tools with our stakeholder community as we work to improve making our governance approach effective and efficient.

Posted 4/30/19

What is Napa Grad Nite?  
Napa Grad Nite is an annual event providing a fun, safe and sober volunteersevent for all of Napa County's high school grads. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, June 6 from 9 pm until 3:30 am and will be held at the Napa Valley College campus.

Who runs Napa Grad Nite? 
Napa Grad Nite is run by Project Graduation, Inc., a nonprofit run entirely by community volunteers and relying almost exclusively on community support and input.  For more information please visit us at www.napagradnite.com.

How can you help? 
We need adult volunteers to help with set up and decorations on volunteer grilling foodMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3, 4, and 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, as well as throughout the day and night of the event on Thursday, June 6.

Sign up here  to help with this fantastic event.

Questions? Contact Mindy Wyman at gradnitevolunteer@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your help!

Posted 4/30/19

ACMS student winners C-SPAN StudentCam Competition

NVUSD today announced that three students at American Canyon Middle School have been awarded a C-SPAN national award for their StudentCam documentary addressing the theme, "What Does it Mean to be American?"

During a ceremony this morning on their school campus, 8th graders Kaitlyn Andaya, Ava Acosta and Hailey Ledford were each recognized and awarded $250 for their documentary, The Significance of Our Inalienable Rights.

These three Honor Roll students received an honorable mention for their six-minute documentary which explored how the 9th amendment defines the American experience. Citing interviews from Congressman Mike Thompson and Immigration Attorney Peter Bade, and including historical television footage, these students created an insightful and well-produced video.

"For over 5 years, this project has been an important element of our 8th Grade studies on the United States Government," said Dan Scudero, Ed.D, Principal of American Canyon Middle School. "One only has to watch these American Canyon Middle School student documentaries to see the intelligence and ethical character that these students, our future leaders, will bring when it is their turn to run our national government."

This year's contest included 2,923 documentaries submitted from over 6,300 students representing 48 states and Washington, DC. Only 150 student projects were recognized.

"This is a significant honor for these students who produced an informative and also provocative film," said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, Superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District. "This project perfectly aligns with our district's educational goals to help students learn and think critically about issues that affect our communities and nation."

More information about the contest and national winners

 

Posted 4/22/19