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We distributed a new edition of our Family eNewsletter today, read it wherever you receive your ParentSquare messages or click here. 

Posted 8/11/22

August, 2022


NVUSD is Honored with National Golden Achievement Award for Communication


This summer, the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Achievement Awards and 2022 Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards. NSPRA named Napa Valley Unified School District as a winner of their “Golden Achievement Award” which recognizes outstanding, strategic work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, marketing and engagement. 


NVUSD was named for the district’s communication campaign, “Stronger Together, Better Than Ever.” The campaign was established in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide clear and engaging communication through new and existing channels, which included a video series, virtual town-hall chats, as well as social media and digital communications. 


A public award ceremony took place during the NSPRA conference in Chicago in June. Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti and the communication team accepted the award. 


“As one of the first school districts in the state of California to open for in-person learning, NVUSD remained committed to frequent and effective communication to our school community of 16,500 students and 2,000 employees,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “We have worked hard to provide frequent and open communications to our parents and community, and I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the district.”

NVUSD also participated in “listen and learn” round table discussions with conference attendees to share insights on its communication strategy approach.


NVUSD accepts national communication award​​​​​​​

Posted 8/11/22

Recently, our Food Services program, NOSH, was featured as a "bright spot" in the food-to-school movement in a report released by the California Department of Food & Agriculture and the Office of First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Read all about it in the EDCAL article, New report ‘plants the seeds’ for California farm-to-school movement. 

Posted 7/29/22

This summer, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Napa Valley, Cool School, and EDMO, the Napa Valley Unified School District has had over 2,800 students participating in summer enrichment programs at 13 sites throughout Napa and American Canyon. This is all thanks to Bill 130 that Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last summer during a visit to Shearer Elementary School. The bill gives school districts more funds to offer additional learning opportunities throughout the school year and over the summer. 

 

All students participating in these expansive programs engage in activities for learning and play provided by our partners daily. Throughout the morning, small groups of students rotate through classrooms with NVUSD teachers to receive targeted individual and small group instruction in language arts and math. 

 

At Phillips Elementary, Jennifer Ellison teaches “rising 1st graders” to prepare them for second grade. Describing the program she points out, ”Students develop skills at different paces, and these students were selected because they have shown that they would benefit from more time to develop their skills fully.” She highlighted, “They become better prepared for the upcoming school year as they gain confidence in their abilities. We play games with numbers, letters, and writing to accomplish this. As they play, students are given opportunities to read, write, and solve math equations.” 

 

At Willow Elementary, Lynette Young teaches “rising first graders” too. Describing their time together she said, “My students are learning phonics and reading skills for language arts as well as writing every day.” She made special note of the fact that she has “a chance to read with each student individually each day.” The students also work daily on basic math skills. According to Lynette, “They are reviewing number concepts, practicing number writing, addition, subtraction, and word problems.” Before the end of summer school, “they will work on measurement and shapes.” She finds the curriculum provided by the district to be “very helpful,” but like all great teachers, she says “I am adding to it for additional practice in skills my students need.” 

 

Also funded by the bill are the District’s before and after school care and winter break programming. If parents are interested, they can sign up for before and after school programming now. Additional information regarding the onsite before and after school provider can be found on the district webpage.  Parents should also keep an eye out for information in our Family Newsletter, social media, and website. For specific questions about these upcoming opportunities, please email Audrey Chubbs at nvusdchildcare@nvusd.org.

 

Students learning in Summer Programs at Willow Elementary

Caption: “Rising 1st grade students” preparing for 2nd grade at Willow Elementary.

 

Students learning in Sumemr Programs at Phillips Elementary

Caption: “Rising 1st grade students” preparing for 2nd grade at Phillips Elementary.

 

 

Posted 7/22/22

Together with our talented faculty, staff, and students, our principals empower our school community to realize its mission of transforming lives by instilling and inspiring lifelong learning in every student. As we look towards the 2022-2023 school year, the Napa Valley Unified School District is ready for meaningful collaboration, scaffolded challenges, and the continued academic, athletic, and social/emotional advancement of each of our students. Use the links below to learn more about these transformative leaders and their hopes for the exciting year ahead.

 

Amy Martinez

Jessica Mautner

Kim Title

Martha Franco

Peter Hartnack

Alejandra Uribe

Abhinav Dev

Jessica Hutchinson

 

 

Amy MartnezNapa Valley Language Academy (NVLA) is pleased to welcome Principal Amy Martinez to campus this fall. Ms. Martinez comes to NVUSD from San Rafael City Schools where she served as assistant principal. She brings an extensive background in language development, including work as an ELD department chair, BTSA provider, Spanish teacher, elementary teacher, and bilingual teacher. She also spent four years teaching first grade in Monterrey, Mexico. Ms. Martinez is dedicated to dynamic leadership that promotes creativity, unity, and a love of learning. We are confident about the year ahead as Ms. Martinez continues this great work at NVLA.

 

 

Jesicca Mautner

Jessica Mautner joins Snow Elementary School as principal, bringing with her a wealth of training and leadership experience. Jessica has over 20 years of experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, and intervention in the Napa Valley and Calistoga Unified School Districts. She started developing her leadership experience in Calistoga where she was the summer school principal for grades K-12. She continued to develop her leadership experience at the Solano County Office of Education as the curriculum, instruction, and assessment program manager. Since 2015 she has taught as a kindergarten, and 1st grade classroom teacher at Snow Elementary School where she has guided current Snow teachers through the beginning teacher support and assessment program. 

 

She is also an Association of California School Administrators Leading Edge certified administrator, a SeeSaw ambassador, teacher trainer, and has completed multiple Buck Institute Problem Based Learning training academies. Among these myriad accomplishments, Ms. Mautner was also a finalist for the 2019 Napa County “Teacher of the Year.” Ms. Mautner earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cal State Northridge, graduating with distinction.

 

 

Kim TitleAs the Interim Principal of Bel Aire Park Magnet Elementary for the 2022-2023 school year, Kim Title brings over 29 years of Napa Valley Unified School District teaching and coordinating experience, specifically with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. She started her teaching career at Bel Aire Elementary School before moving to Mt. George Elementary for 20 years. Recently she returned to Bel Aire Park where she has continued to hone and develop her instructional leadership experience, IB curriculum knowledge, and focused on building strong relationships with the Bel Aire Elementary community. 

 

 

 

Martha FrancoMartha Franco joins Willow Elementary School as principal, bringing with her 25 years of experience as a teacher at Shearer and NVLA, assistant principal at El Centro and Salvador Elementary Schools, data coach/intervention coordinator, and, most recently, as assistant principal and then principal at Harvest Middle School. In addition to her strong bilingual instructional leadership experience, she is committed to continuing to build and strengthen the Artful Learning Program. We are confident that with her experience, Ms. Franco will lead Willow Elementary School with a focus on growing a positive school climate and culture, initiating innovative practices that promote student achievement, and building strong relationships with all stakeholders.

 

 

 

RedPeter Hartnackwood Middle School Principal Peter Harnack is highly skilled and draws on over a decade of experience as a site administrator and teacher leader in both high school and middle school. He currently serves as assistant principal at Redwood where his student-centered approach and calm, positive attitude have been hallmarks of his leadership style. Peter attributes his early formative years in education to building his philosophy that school should “focus equally on building bright minds and great people.”  He brings his strengths in promoting social emotional learning and leading through change to Redwood at the perfect time. We are thrilled that Peter will be able to provide excellent leadership and continuity at Redwood through this time of great transition.

 

 

 

Alejandra UribeAfter 22 years as a teacher and leader of the Napa Valley Language Academy (NVLA), Alejandra Uribe will take the next step in her career by becoming the principal at Unidos Middle School. Ms. Uribe’s expertise with dual language immersion, developed at NVLA, will benefit our Unidos students and families while strengthening the program across all of NVUSD. Her experience also makes her the ideal leader to guide non-dual immersion students taking a Spanish class for the first time at Unidos. Ms. Uribe is honored to lead this important work with the community, work that offers educational richness, budding opportunities for students, and builds the social and cultural competence of our entire school community. Ms. Uribe will foster the same culture she cultivated at NVLA, one where student leaders bring authentic integration and voice to our community through shared experiences rooted in language, culture, and art integration.

 

 

 

Abhinav DevAbhinav Dev begins as interim principal of New Technology High School (NTHS). Mr. Dev most recently served as an education specialist and credit recovery lead teacher at NTHS. He was the special education department chair and a member of the multi-tiered system of support team and the leadership team. Before coming to NVUSD, Mr. Dev was a special education program specialist in charge of special education programs at multiple locations across three school districts as part of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. Mr. Dev is well respected by staff, students, and the community of New Tech. His unique perspective and strong relationship-building skills will serve him as he embarks on this new leadership role.

 

Jessica HutchinsonJessica Hutchinson returns to Vintage High School to take the helm as principal, having many years ago taught French and advancement via individual determination at Vintage. Ms. Hutchinson has nine years of experience as a high school administrator and 12 years as a teacher, coach, and coordinator of college readiness programs like AVID. She uses her deep skill set in analyzing data, building systems, and executing detailed implementation plans to ensure high achievement for all students while remaining a thoughtful and measured individual who strives to understand all points of view. She does not shy away from tough decisions. Ms. Hutchinson has a high degree of integrity and is committed to putting the welfare of students and staff first.

Posted 7/1/22

Click on the following link to read the Napa Valley Register's article: Two NVUSD school bond measures to go before Napa voters in November

Posted 6/28/22

We distributed a new edition of our Family eNewsletter today, read it wherever you receive your ParentSquare messages or click here. 

Posted 6/17/22

You can read the whole story about our draft budeget in the Napa Valley Register by using this link. 

Posted 6/17/22

Recently, 36 NVUSD students were honored along with other Napa County students for outstanding academic achievements while overcoming personal challenges. The Every Student Succeeding program is a statewide awards program sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA.)  The regional event, sponsored by the Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) and the Association of Napa County School Administrators (ANCSA), took place on May 31 and was attended by families, principals, and local dignitaries.

 

NVUSD students were nominated by their principal or school counselor and at the event received certificates and were featured in a slideshow presentation. Troy Knox, principal of McPherson Elementary has been involved in ANCSA and believes in the importance of “recognizing these students who have persevered and demonstrated success in school despite having to overcome personal challenges.” 

 

Here is what a few of our administrators said about their school’s student award winners:

 

Evelyn Guia Flores

Napa High

“​​Evelyn Guia Flores is a current senior at Napa High. She has persevered given an extraordinary amount of challenges. During 9th grade, Evelyn’s mother passed away. Since then, she and her family have experienced different setbacks. Nonetheless, Evelyn has continued to serve as a role model to her two younger siblings. She has pushed herself academically, taken college classes, participated in AVID and athletics, while still serving at our site as a tutor, and active club member and officer of a few groups. She was accepted to various universities and will be a first-gen student at Cal in August.”

 

Javier Soto

American Canyon Middle School 

"Javier has a strength of character that is unwavering.  He has pushed and worked to gain academic skills that were at times far out of his reach.  He never backs away from a challenge and at the same time worries and cares for everyone around him. Javier has surpassed expectations set for him and accomplished so much in middle school." 

 

Jesus Guzman Rendon

Bel Air Elementary

“Jesus has grown tremendously this year despite the challenges of coming back to school after a pandemic. He has made the decision to change past habits to become an active inquirer and thinker. He collaborates with his peers and adds to the classroom conversation about significant concepts that affect our world. He enjoys sharing his thinking in new ways through the arts and writing. All of us at Bel Aire are proud of his progress and his commitment to becoming a principled and caring member of our community.” 

 

To see a list of all the Every Student Succeeding award winners please click here. 

 

Posted 6/9/22

Check out the story about Snow Elementary School's participation in the Youth Cinema Project and their award winning entries to Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival in The Napa Valley Register--Napa students win at Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. 

 

If you'd like to know more, you can read Ready, Set. Action! Snow Elementary Students Unlock the Power of Learning Through Filmmaking (use this link) about the beginning of the project in the fall. You can also scroll down to watch each of the films submitted by our students. 

 

Baby Bird 

Screenshot of Baby Bird Film

 

Camping Trip

Screenshot Camping Trip Film

 

Ghost Girl

Screenshot Ghost Girl Film

 

Haunted School

Screenshot Haunted Film

 

Living with Luci

Screenshot Living with Luci Film

 

Night of the Buddha

Screenshot Night of the Budhha Film

 

Sunny & the Sick Mom

Screenshot Sunny and the Sick Mom

 

The Walking Ghost

Screenshot The Walking Ghost Film

 

Snow Slideshow

Screenshot Youth Cinema Project Slideshow

Posted 6/9/22