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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


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

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

Posted 6/3/22


There is no better way to understand the magnitude and value of the investment we make in our students than to learn about our graduates. Over the past few months we put a spotlight on some of our graduates and we encourage you to read about all of their educational journeys and future plans. 


Ilyaz Nathan Alvarez (ACHS)

Alison Watson (NTHS)

Erick Castro Jimenez (NHS)

Sophia Elizabeth Martin (VHS)

Karla Dominguez (NHS)

Yizel Solano Gonzalez and Itzel Solano Gonzalez (VHS)

Kyla Martin (ACHS)


Meet Ilyaz Nathan Alvarez


Nathan found hope for a better future and a path to college through the AVID program at American Canyon High School (ACHS). AVID, an elective program offered at each comprehensive high school in the district, stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. 


Prepared for the Future


Starting his freshman year, Nathan joined the AVID program at ACHS and met a group of students motivated by a common goal.  At the heart of the AVID program are the relationships forged between classmates and the teacher through the common purpose of pursuing success in achieving college and career goals. In reflecting upon her four years as Nathan’s AVID teacher, Katy O’Brien, said, “Nathan has one of the biggest hearts. Since meeting him freshman year he has been invested fully in the AVID program as well as his extracurriculars.” 


This investment included developing key academic skills such writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading–what AVID refers to as WICOR. As a result of this work Nathan says, “I’m basically primed and ready to go off to college.” He also expressed gratitude for his time at ACHS saying, “the Napa Valley Unified School District gave me an opportunity to become something better and to further my education.”


Post Graduate Plans

As Nathan celebrates graduating from high school, his investment has paid off. In the fall he will attend Sacramento State University to further his education in the field of medical sciences. This will be the next step in his journey of realizing his career goal which he describes as “learning how I can help people as a nurse.” Speaking confidently of his future, Mrs. O’Brien said, “Nathan is going to be an incredible nurse that every patient will look forward to seeing. I cannot wait to see where life takes him.”

Ilyaz Nathan Alvarez

Caption: Ilyaz (Nathan) Alvarez sitting for his graduation photo.

Meet Alison Watson


NVUSD fosters safe and rigorous learning environments for all students – including those with exceptional knowledge and skills. Alison Watson, a Canyon Oaks Elementary alumna and one of New Tech High School’s 2022 valedictorians is one such student. 


Reflecting on his experience with Alison, Jon Southam, a New Tech math teacher, described how she started freshman year in Math 3 (most students start in Math 1) “Alison would ask me questions about our work in class that made me question my own thinking,” recalls Mr. Southam. “That's a good thing, as all of us educators know. Alison has a mind that I haven't seen in a student before and I'm excited to see what she does next."


Prepared for the Future


In Alison’s graduation speech she listed a series of memorable experiences in which she was challenged through inquiry. Among these was “the Trial Project” in which world history teacher Andrew Biggs held “verbal sparring matches” to put Enlightenment Era historical figures on trial for crimes against humanity.  She also recalled the “awesome projects” of senior year including “engineering mind controlled cybernetic limbs, and prototyping satellites for national design competitions.”


Thinking of Alison and the satellite competition, Angelene Warnock, New Tech chemistry, Maker Space and leadership teacher said, “She is curious, hardworking, and always willing to jump into a new adventure. Case in point: I found an opportunity for my students to work with mentors from MIT to design a prototype microsatellite and program it to detect small scale plastics polluting the ocean. At the time, we knew next to nothing about the topic.” According to Ms. Warnock, when she brought the opportunity before the class, Alison said, "I have no idea, but that sounds interesting. I bet we can figure it out!" 


“And we did, '' said Ms. Warnock.“We taught ourselves about satellites, power and imaging systems, orbital mechanics, and the programming language, Python.”


Reflecting on these opportunities and experiences Alison said, “NVUSD has provided me with invaluable life experiences, such as the chance to apply for college, take hard classes in a safe environment, and allowed me to meet such great role models as my teachers.”


Post Graduate Plans


One of Alison’s great role models, New Tech English teacher SuzAnne Regalia, observed that “Alison has jumped into the universe with wide-eyed wonder, eager not only to see everything but to understand it in a deep and meaningful way.” 


No doubt, Alison will jump with that same wide-eyed wonder into her studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It is not hard to draw lines between the experiences she has had as an NVUSD student and her plans to major in math and get more involved in the computer sciences.


Alison Watson delivering her valedictorian speech

Caption: Alison Watson delivers her Valedictorian speech at Memorial Stadium. Watch all of the great speeches in our livestream archive on our YouTube Channel.


Meet Erick Castro Jimenez

Whether you start in our district as a transitional kindergarten student or enroll in high school, our schools are ready to welcome and support you on your journey. Case in point, senior Erick Castro Jimenez immigrated to California from Mexico and took his first class in our district at Napa High School as a sophomore. He remembers that “the teachers and [my] classmates received me in a positive way and supported me at all times, making me feel at home, and happy.”


It is worth noting that Erick gave as much positivity as he received. Speaking of Erick his AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher, Esther Colorado said, “The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh once said ‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy’ that is exactly how I used to feel every day whenever Erick was in my class.” Continuing she said, “He was a source of joy for me and for his classmates. He lives his life without letting obstacles put a frown on his face. He is definitely a joy to be around and I always remember him because of that.”


Prepared for the Future

As an immigrant and English Language Learner, Erick has certainly faced his share of obstacles and he credits his experience with NVUSD staff and programs with his success. He shared with us that “the teachers, NVUSD programs, and counselors always look for a way in which the student has an approach to overcome himself,  motivating me to be a better person who prepares myself for life's obstacles.” Elaborating, he said,   “Upon my arrival at NVUSD, the district gave me the necessary tools to be a successful student, opening ways for me to attend a 4-year university.” 


Post Graduate Plans

In fact, next year, Erick is excited to attend Menlo College in Silicon Valley. He knows it will be a challenge and plans to establish good work habits early because, he said, “I will need to be a mentally strong person to carry out the challenge of university life.” While at Menlo he looks forward to, “experimenting with meeting people from different places which is an incredible way for me to expand my world and get more knowledge about the corporate world.” His social studies teacher, Rosalinda Hurtado, is confident he will meet this next challenge with success saying, “he is such an amazing young man. He has surpassed and succeeded all expectations for a student that has been in the country for such a short period of time. He is kind, intelligent and an amazing friend. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. I know he will do great things.”


Senior Erick Jimenez Castro with Ana Andrilla

Caption: Erick Castro Jimenez with Napa High Assistant Principal Ana Andrilla at the 11th Annual Every Student Succeeding Awards Ceremony. You can read more about the awards here. 



Meet Sophia Elizabeth Martin 


Recently, Sophia Elizabeth Martin graduated with her associate's degree from Napa Valley College and graduated from Vintage High School on June 15. You read that correctly, she earned her associated degree before graduating from high school. Read more about her story in the Napa Valley Register by clicking here.  


Sophia Martin in NVC graduation cap and gown



Meet Karla Dominguez


The Napa Valley Unified School District provides students the chance to excel in ways meaningful to them. For Class of 2022 senior Karla Dominguez, Napa High provided opportunities to refine her athletic and artistic talents as a Spiritleader. Summing up the experience Karla shared, “I was met with the most supportive and loving coaches and teammates. They not only helped me with dance, but helped me become a leader as a captain of the team, gain confidence, and grow as a person.” 


Hollie Johnson, director of the Napa High Spiritleaders program, continued from a coach's perspective. She remembers Karla as “an absolute joy to teach and coach. Karla pushed herself every day with hard work and a positive attitude to become the best dancer she could be. I also selected Karla as a Dance Officer where she mentors our Jazz 1 students. Karla loves giving back to our beginning dancers. She is an incredible role model for them.”


Karla attended McPherson and Shearer Elementary Schools, Harvest Middle School, and will graduate from Napa High School. 


Prepared for the Future

Looking to the future, Karla expressed confidence, observing that “NVUSD provided me with multiple opportunities to come out of my shell and be involved while staying academically challenged. I have been co-president of a club for three years, in AVID for six years, and a Spiritleader Captain, a Dance Officer, on the Breakers team, and a Girls on the Run junior coach.” Further explaining her preparation she noted, ”I have also presented to the NVUSD Board of Education about Bring Change to Mind and our fight to end the stigma surrounding mental health.” 


Post Graduate Plans

Karla is excited to attend UC Berkeley next year where she plans to double major in Psychology and Sociology and minor in Spanish. Her AVID teacher Brian King believes in her sharing, “Karla has always shown herself to be one hundred percent dedicated to her academics and to changing the paradigm of her family's future.” Elaborating, he said, “Her accomplishments inspire all of us at NHS AVID to reach for goals we might once have thought were unattainable."


It is fitting that upon graduation from Berkeley, Karla plans to pursue a career working for a mental health non-profit.


Karla Dominguez at a Napa High football game

Caption: Karla cheering on the Napa High football team at Memorial Stadium.



Double Feature

Meet Yizel Solano Gonzalez and Itzel Solano Gonzalez


Yizel and Itzel are twins that attended Salvador Elementary School, Redwood Middle School, and will graduate in June from Vintage High School. Summer Search, AVID, Migrant Education and music are programs that shaped their journey throughout their time in our district. According to the sisters, the programs provided an outlet to express themselves, explore their interests, and discover their strengths. 


Both have fond memories of their four years in the Vintage High School band. Yizel vividly recalls her first day of band camp under the hot sun with sweat dripping down her face, singing on bus trips at the top of her lungs, and playing under the Friday night lights in front of what she describes as, “the enormous stadium filled with thunderous crowds.” Yizel also sentimentally remembers “the fierce chanting of ‘We believe we will win, we believe we will win!’ during [marching band] competitions.”  These are but a few of the memories that Yizel shared that she says, “are kept in my heart.”


Itzel’s experience leading the flute section was a cherished memory. “When I walked into Memorial Stadium, all I could hear was the loud rumble of the audience and the stadium lights reflecting on the field,” she said. “Leading the flute section and marching to the cadence of the drum as we walked in with the football team. The crowd went wild…it was surreal.”


Prepared for the Future

Reflecting on her time at NVUSD Yizel said, “The district prepared me for my future by having amazing programs, teachers, and community. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for my teachers who have always encouraged me to strive for more.”


Itzel noted that she has been a student at NVUSD for seventeen years. “[It has] helped me flourish into an adult ready to take on the next chapter of my life,” she said. “It has offered me many opportunities and support during my learning years. I was introduced to the music program in 5th grade, and from there I had opportunities to meet wonderful teachers and counselors that have shaped who I am today.” She continued, “not only that, but the Napa Valley Community has supported me with scholarships and volunteering opportunities.”


While Yizel and Itzel credit their success to their teachers, programs and community, their teachers provide their own lens. Yizel’s band director at Vintage High School, Brendan Galvin, describes her as, “One of the most hard working students in the music program during her four years at Vintage. While seemingly reserved, after talking with Yizel, one without a doubt realizes that she has extremely mindful insights to share with the world.”


Jen LaMonte, an English teacher at Vintage High School, made a similar observation about Itzel. “In person, Itzel carries herself with a quiet gravitas. She is not given to careless chatter in class, but when it is time to speak, people listen,” said Ms. LaMonte. “In January of 2018, Itzel blew us away during the schoolwide Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. On stage, her presence was remarkable and electric. The understanding and emotional depth she communicated through her performance showed compassion, maturity and courage.  Whatever her achievements will be after graduating from Vintage, they are sure to be dazzling.”


Post Graduate Plans 

Discussing her future plans, Yizel says that she was raised by her mother to value education. She remembers her mother saying to her, “Mija tienes que estudiar para tener una carrera y un buen futuro.” This translates to: “Daughter, you have to study to have a career and have a great future.” She hopes to honor her mothers words and her fathers “deep callused hands, from making cement all of his life” by prioritizing her education. 


She is well on her way to fulfilling this commitment, having received a full ride to UC Davis where she plans to major in viticulture and enology. Equipped with this education, Yizel says, “someday, I will own my own winery and provide jobs to many immigrant people who have come to this land for an opportunity to thrive for a better future; as my parents did for me.”


Itzel received a full ride scholarship to Dominican University of California where she plans to study biology in a pre-med program. She looks forward to taking on internships and forming connections that will help her become a doctor. However, like Yizel, her ambition goes beyond a career. She says,  “As a Latina, I want to represent my culture and my native town Oaxaca because that is really where my roots are from. Becoming a doctor is not only for me, it's for my family and siblings who are looking up to me.”

Yizel and Itzel Solano Gonzalez outside Castillo di Amoroso

Caption: Yizel and Itzel Solano Gonzalez outside of Castello di Amorosa




Meet Kyla Martin 


Kyla started as a ninth-grade student at American Canyon High School (ACHS). Over the past four years, she has earned a reputation as a successful multi-sport student-athlete and community leader in the school and surrounding community.


Reflecting on her time as an NVUSD student, the memories she has from playing soccer and track for ACHS stand out most to her. Kyla noted that “the time learning from and growing with my teammates, competing with other NVUSD students, was really an inviting experience in both sports and something I really enjoyed.”


Prepared for the Future

She is grateful for the direct access to people at ACHS who helped her understand how to prepare for college. She specifical referenced access to Napa Valley College which has classrooms located on the ACHS campus. According to her ACHS counselor, Liliana Zmed, “Kyla has the strength of spirit to meet any challenge, the grace and eagerness to change the lives of others, and the intellectual ability to be a leader and agent of positive change in any of her endeavors.”


Post Graduate Plans

Next year, Kyla will attend Howard University in Washington D.C. where she will major in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing and advertising sales. She is excited by the opportunity at Howard to network and pursue career opportunities. Her goal is to one day build up and market her own business.


When asked about her next phase of life, Kyla said,  “I’m interested in learning more about myself as I grow and enter a new environment with many new, diverse, people who I can build friendships and collaborative networks with.”  She also wants to “take in everything that I can from this point on because this is the start to everything after I graduate and enter a four year college.”


Kyla Martin in her American Canyon High School Letterman Jacket

Caption: Kyla Martin stands on a beach in her American Canyon High School letterman jacket.

Posted 6/3/22

Branded Bar

To bCollage of transitions day photosuild belonging to their new school community, our middle school students, staff and families participated in transition events during the month of April and May.  We kicked off the transition with Welcome Nights at all of our Middle Schools where incoming students and families learned about their new middle school, met staff, and toured the school with student leaders.  These nights were followed by Middle School Transition Days for 6th and 7th grade students from Harvest Middle School, River Middle School, Napa Valley Language Academy, Napa Valley Independent Studies, and Pueblo Vista Elementary School.  Over a two-day period, close to 500 NVUSD students participated in school tours and team building games led by student leaders and staff.  Middle school students from schools across the district connected with friends and made new connections to peers, staff, and the school community.  Colleagues built connections as they worked side-by-side to support students.  Last but certainly not least, NVUSD middle school staff participated in Early Release staff and team meetings on June 1. These events planted seeds for our students, families and staff that we know will grow as we launch school in the fall.




Transition Day collage

Posted 6/3/22

"Snap snap snap."

Fingers around the room showed support for members of FLAGG (Filipinx Life and Generation Groups) during a recent meeting in the Wellness Center at American Canyon High School.


Weekly FLAGG meetings bring together students from ACHS and ACMS as well as adult mentors and student leaders to encourage the sharing of issues and concerns in a safe and non-judgmental environment. The snapping represents acknowledgement and support for anyone who shares a personal story.

During this particular meeting, students and guests shared one High (a positive story) and one Low (a challenging or upsetting story) from the week. A goal setting activity was next, followed by a large group discussion that prompted the question, "What is a concern you have about being an adult?" Answers included "I don't know what my career will be" to "doing my taxes!"

"The Filipino culture has many commonalities but we also have a lot of diversity within our own community," said Clarence Mamaril, NVEF Filipinx Community Liaison and FLAGG Coordinator. "This intergenerational forum is a big help for the health and wellness of students, and especially for Filipino youth who face unique challenges and stigmas."


FLAGG is a program of the Napa Valley Education Foundation (NVEF). Kristin Anderson, Director of Programs for NVEF, participated in the meeting. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this program thanks to generous funding from the County of Napa's PEI program, and we are grateful to Clarence who has dedicated his time and effort," she said. "Being part of the discussion was truly rewarding and a reminder that we have outstanding youth in our community!"

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The May meeting fell during national Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - a time to recognize these distinct cultures and celebrate how they make our schools and broader community more vibrant.


For more information, please visit


Members of FLAGG are joined by Coordinator Clarence Mamaril
Members of FLAGG are joined by Coordinator Clarence Mamaril

Posted 5/27/22

The Board of Trustees announced on Thursday, May 26 at the Napa Valley Unified School District Board meeting that Trustee Jason Dooley is resigning from the Board of Education effective immediately. He made the decision to resign to avoid a potential conflict of interest as his wife pursues new educational positions within NVUSD. Dooley, who represents Area 7, has served on the board since December 2020.

"I am immensely excited for my wife as she embarks on a career that she is passionate about," explained Dooley. "Resigning is the appropriate decision to avoid any potential conflict of interest. This governance team and NVUSD administration work tirelessly to improve the quality of education here. We are headed in a great direction, and I am proud of the part that I played in that."

Mr. Dooley's decision is in keeping with Government Code section 1090 which prohibits the Board and its members from making a contract that would financially benefit one of its members.

"Trustee Dooley has been an exceptional and dedicated member of the Board of Education during what has been some of the toughest years for our district," said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. "I'm thankful for the hard and thoughtful work he has done to benefit our schools and students."

Mr. Dooley's seat will remain vacant until the special election in November 2022. The incoming new trustee's two-year term will begin in December 2022.

For information about the Napa Valley USD Board of Education, please visit

Posted 5/27/22

Dear NVUSD Community,

As the nation is processing the horrific news of the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the unspeakably tragic loss of life that confronts us as a community yet again, I am compelled to share my deep, profound sadness for these families and the entire Uvalde school community. It is difficult to think of the tremendous grief and suffering the parents are experiencing. My heart goes out to them, and we hold them close in our thoughts.

We know these events are scary and unsettling for our students and staff and we need to stand together as we process yet another act of mass violence in our country. For those struggling, our district provides a wide array of emotional support resources through our student wellness program, and the Care Solace program is available to help students, families and staff find the right community-based provider in the mental health space. Please take advantage of these free, confidential resources if your student or a family member needs counseling or any type of emotional support. 

In addition, I would like to remind everyone that the NVUSD Board of Education passed a resolution supporting safe gun storage in May of 2021. This resolution along with resources like Be Smart for Kids remind us that every adult can play a role in keeping our kids and communities safer. Let’s make sure we are all doing our part. 

Please join me in sending collective love and strength to all those affected by this horrendous, senseless crime. Our hearts go out to our fellow educators and students in Texas as they grapple with this senseless and tragic violence.


Signature of Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti​​​​​​​

Dr. Rosanna Mucetti


Posted 5/24/22

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May 23, 2022



City of American Canyon

Jason B. Holley, City Manager

(707) 647-4351



Cass Caulfield

(415) 867-8327





The City and NVUSD are Collaborating to Repurpose Civic Facilities and School District Parcels


AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. – The City of American Canyon and the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) today announced their collaboration on the future of school and civic sites within American Canyon. The discussions pertain to various properties, including the site of the former Napa Junction Elementary School (located on Napa Junction Road), the community center/gymnasium at American Canyon Middle School, and vacant lands on Eucalyptus Drive and American Canyon Road.


Key components of the new partnership would include the City relinquishing its role as the co-owner of the community center/gymnasium and NVUSD transitioning its ownership of the former Napa Junction Elementary school site to the City. As background, Napa Junction Elementary was moved from its former location due to the damage from the 2014 earthquake and recently opened a brand-new campus on Eucalyptus Drive. 


Importantly, the City and NVUSD are committed to ensuring existing civic facilities will remain available for use by the community through the City’s and NVUSD’s respective facility rental programs. 


City Manager Jason Holley said, "The City and NVUSD are the two largest landowners in American Canyon.  As the City’s population grew from 6,200 people to nearly 22,000 people today, the City worked with the District to expand educational opportunities here.  Two decades ago, this unique partnership manifested itself in the creation of a joint civic complex that includes the American Canyon Middle School, community center/gymnasium and Philip West Aquatics Center.  Prospectively, NVUSD will begin to shape the future of the gymnasium site as the City re-imagines the former school site on Napa Junction Road."   


According to NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, “It is our duty and responsibility to provide the best educational programs for students across the district, and this exchange will allow us flexibility for enhanced programs for American Canyon students. At the same time, our collective hope with the City is to maximize the space for the broader community – so we believe this exchange will represent a ‘win-win’ for everyone.”


Holley added, “The future of the former school site is a ‘blank slate’ and after an agreement is finalized, the City Council will begin its process for listening to the community’s ideas and interests before ultimately deciding its new future. The continued sharing of our respective civic facilities and maximizing their use remains essential for the community's benefit. The City appreciates our collaborative relationship with NVUSD and values our partnership”.  


While the City Council and school district have not finalized the exchange agreement, each entity is committed to moving forward with their own legal process once the terms of an agreement are set. Details will be shared in the coming months, including updates on discussions, timeline and proposed land maps.


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Posted 5/23/22

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

Posted 5/19/22

Unidos Middle School logo

Many people don’t know that NVUSD’s new Unidos Middle School is not only A Dual Language Immersion Pathway but a Language and Cultural Arts Integration Academy as well.


In the process of opening Unidos Middle School, two primary questions from parents emerged. To address those questions Director Monica Ready and Principal Alejandra Uribe held a Zoom webinar with Patrick Bolek the Executive Director of Artful Learning; the organization that will provide the model and professional development for cultural arts integration at Unidos.


Spanish Language Instruction for All 

The most common parent question was whether Unidos was an option for their child even if they did not attend an elementary school in the dual language immersion pathway. 


The answer is yes! While Unidos will serve as the new pathway for our students continuing in the dual language immersion program, it’s also open to all students interested in learning Spanish. The dual language immersion pathway is complemented at Unidos by a pathway for those new to formal Spanish language instruction. Principal Uribe emphasized that this pathway served both new Spanish language learners and “heritage speakers” (home language is Spanish). You can see these two pathways organized in the table below.  


Day in the life of a Unidos middle school student schedule

Integrated Arts for All 

The second most common question emerges when parents realize that Unidos does not offer elective courses. This is followed by the question,  “When will my child get to experience the visual and performing arts?” In fact, this is a common question among families making the transition from a DLI elementary school to a DLI middle school as they realize the same limitation in the schedule. 


The great news about opening Unidos is that it created the opportunity to solve this yearly dilemma. Because of the integration of cultural arts, students no longer need to choose between formal language instruction and formal art instruction.


By design, art will be integrated into every content area in every grade level. According to Bolek, there are four components to the framework of artful learning: experience, inquire, create, and reflect. E b“We train teachers how to reimagine their curriculum and provide an interdisciplinary approach for students that allow them a variety of voice and choice in how they express their understanding,” he said. Reflecting on her past experience as a middle school principal, Director Ready said, “This program will allow students to explore various modalities in the arts. So when they look at elective opportunities in high school such as visual arts and performing arts, they know what they want to dive deeper into in high school.” 

Unidos Middle School was given the tagline, “Language and Cultural Arts Integration Academy” because it is intentionally designed for all students interested in learning in an environment rich in language and art. To learn more about Unidos Middle School and Artful Learning, we encourage you to watch the included video and visit the Artful Learning website. 



Posted 5/13/22

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

Posted 5/5/22

Recently, we shared with you the moment that Rebecca Lacau, a first-grade teacher at Willow Elementary School, learned that she was the 2022 Napa County Teacher of the year. If you haven't watched the moment yet, or you want to see it again, follow these links to our posts on Facebook and Instagram. On May 1, 2022, the Napa Valley Register covered this incredible news in a story that you can read here: Rebecca Lacau of Willow Elementary School named Napa County Teacher of the Year


Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti with Napa County Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Lacau
Caption: Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti with Napa County Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Lacau. 

Posted 5/5/22

With sunny skies and warmer temperatures outside it’s time to fully welcome spring. For those of us itching to get out in the garden, you might be able to get some pointers from some of our elementary students who spend time plowing, planting and picking produce each week with the help of teachers and parent volunteers. Many of our schools across the district have abundant garden programs for students to integrate their classroom learning with a hands-on garden curriculum. 


We connected with three of our elementary schools to find out more about what’s growing in their gardens. If you are interested in visiting or supporting our gardens, please contact the individuals below or any of our many schools that have active garden programs. NVUSD is proud of our schools and students who are learning firsthand about farm to table! 


Vichy Elementary School 

Q&A with Sally Zikmund, Principal


Growing Minds and Produce in our Elementary School Gardens


14 - 10'x4' raised beds 


Growing Minds and Produce in our Elementary School Gardens


Chris Hattich is our garden teacher and he tends the garden year round, even when we don't have students! 


How often do students work in the garden?


Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade work in the garden twice per month. Each class is split in half so that all students get to participate equally. There is a schedule so teachers can prepare. 


What are you currently growing in your garden or getting ready to grow?


Winter/Spring- kale, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, potatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots


Summer/Fall- tomatoes, peppers, melons, watermelon, pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, zucchini


Year round- table grapes, raspberries, apples

Is any classroom learning incorporated into the garden activities?


One of our 2nd grade classes has been studying bees. K's recently started sunflowers for classroom observation as part of their living/non-living unit. Many of our classrooms are studying plant life cycles, etc. We try to incorporate science instruction with garden activities when we can. 


What do you do with the food that is grown in the garden?


Students consume the majority of what is grown in the garden. When there is enough produce to do so, students hold a Campus Farmer's Market during dismissal.


What do students tell you they like about their time in the garden?


Getting their hands dirty and eating!


 Students in the garden at Vichy Elementary School

Caption: Vichy Elementary School students working in and sampling from their garden.


Pueblo Vista Elementary

Q&A with Robin Thompson/TK teacher


How large is your garden - or how many beds? 


PV has a spacious garden. We have 8 4x10 beds, a fountain, numerous fruit trees and space for activity/exploration centers such as a lizard castle, a cocina, a digging box and a planting station. We also have a special Pollinator garden space to support our study of Pollinators. 


Who primarily takes care of the garden?


Student groups, teachers and parents collectively care for the garden. We have received generous support from Lou Penning Landscapes as well. 


How often do students work in the garden? 


PV students visit the garden on a regular basis. TK visits 3x a week, K-2 1x week and the upper grades 2x a month or so depending on their units of study. Classes sign up for garden usage on our school garden calendar. 


What are you currently growing in your garden or getting ready to grow? 


We are always growing plants that invite pollinators, such as Salvia, Calendula, Herbs, Sunflowers etc. We are currently growing a number of vegetables: Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Favas, Carrots and Radishes (Roots, Stems and Leaves) these support our Plant and Plant Parts Unit learning. This month we will be planting our Salsa Garden. The produce will be used to make salsa during our Harvest Festival in the Fall. We also grow Lavender, Calendula and Sage which students use to make hand salves and sage bundles to sell to raise money for our garden. We have also started a succulent garden. We propagate the succulent plants and sell the cuttings to raise money for the garden. 


Is any classroom learning incorporated into the garden activities? 


As an Environmental Science Magnet school, our school garden was created to support the Environmental Science units produced by each grade level. Our garden is a learning lab. Each science unit is linked to meaningful time in the garden space.


What do you do with the food that is grown in the garden? 


We talk about the parts of the plant, the needs of the plant and then we eat it! We have made soups, salads, salsa and smoothies with the produce from our garden. Often items are plucked from the ground, rinsed and sampled on the spot. 


What do students tell you they like about their time in the garden? 

Research proves that being outdoors is beneficial to our emotional health and well being. One just needs to witness the joy on the faces of all those who are engaged in the school garden experience to understand that school gardens are valuable places to learn about science and to enjoy the outdoors. Children love the fresh air, the freedom of movement and the chance to put their knowledge of environmental science into action.


Pueblo Vista TK students in the garden

Caption: Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students in the garden.


Phillips Elementary

Q&A with Paige Pleasant,  2nd grade teacher, lead teacher for the garden club


How large is your garden - or how many beds?


We have 7 raised beds and another 7 lower beds, not raised.


Who primarily takes care of the garden?


I do as the lead teacher for the garden club (after school).


How often do students work in the garden?


The club members work in the garden 2 days a week, the schedule is after school, 2:30-4:00. The classrooms may come to the garden anytime in the school day, it is open to all grades. Second grade uses the garden for two science units at the beginning of the school year, three classes visit multiple times per month. 


What are you currently growing in your garden or getting ready to grow?


Harvesting and/or ending the season for our winter crops: onions, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, chard, beets, and brussel sprouts


Planted for spring so far: chiles, cucumbers, squash, gourds, beans, chyote, tomatoes, carrots, and tomatillos


Fruit trees bearing fruit: fig, apple, pear, and berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)


Is any classroom learning incorporated into the garden activities?


Second grade seed dispersal unit, pollination unit, and ecosystem units in science.


What do you do with the food that is grown in the garden?


Teach culinary skills: soup, salsa, salads, butternut ravioli, spring rolls, and more.

Classroom harvests to eat: radish, carrots, peas, berries.


Farmers Market in fall: Garden club members harvest, price, weigh (some), and sell the garden produce after school to parents. 


What do students tell you they like about their time in the garden?


Comments I hear frequently from students:


“So many bugs. Lots of colors. Yummy strawberries. Look at the lizard. Look at the bluebirds flying into the birdhouse,  I love eating the peas. Is that broccoli? The bees are pollinating. Look at the caterpillars. Can we hold the worms?  It is so peaceful. Can we explore?"


Phillips Elementary School students with produce from their garden.

Caption: Phillips Magnet Elementary School students with produce from their garden.

Posted 4/29/22

We are proud to announce that the California Department of Education recently awarded our district the California Pivotal Practice Award!  This new award was designed to celebrate districts and schools that implemented innovative practices during the 2020–21 school year when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NVUSD was recognized for its innovative practices in the area of Robust Family Engagement and Support. Learn more here.

Posted 4/29/22

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

Posted 4/21/22


There is no better way to understand the magnitude and value of the investment we make in our students than to learn about our graduates. Over the next few months, we will be spotlighting some of our graduates and we encourage you to check back regularly so you can learn about their educational journey and future plans.


Meet Kyla Martin 


Kyla started as a ninth-grade student at American Canyon High School (ACHS). Over the past four years, she has earned a reputation as a successful multi-sport student-athlete and community leader in the school and surrounding community.


Reflecting on her time as an NVUSD student, the memories she has from playing soccer and track for ACHS stand out most to her. Kyla noted that “the time learning from and growing with my teammates, competing with other NVUSD students, was really an inviting experience in both sports and something I really enjoyed.”


Prepared for the Future

She is grateful for the direct access to people at ACHS who helped her understand how to prepare for college. She specifical referenced access to Napa Valley College which has classrooms located on the ACHS campus. According to her ACHS counselor, Liliana Zmed, “Kyla has the strength of spirit to meet any challenge, the grace and eagerness to change the lives of others, and the intellectual ability to be a leader and agent of positive change in any of her endeavors.”


Post Graduate Plans

Next year, Kyla will attend Howard University in Washington D.C. where she will major in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing and advertising sales. She is excited by the opportunity at Howard to network and pursue career opportunities. Her goal is to one day build up and market her own business.


When asked about her next phase of life, Kyla said,  “I’m interested in learning more about myself as I grow and enter a new environment with many new, diverse, people who I can build friendships and collaborative networks with.”  She also wants to “take in everything that I can from this point on because this is the start to everything after I graduate and enter a four year college.”


Kyla Martin in her American Canyon High School Letterman Jacket

Kyla Martin stands on a beach in her American Canyon High School letterman jacket.

Posted 4/21/22

West Park Elementary School students celebrated a Week of Kindness culminating in a community celebration Friday morning with students, parents, school staff, district office staff, and the Superintendent of Napa County Schools, Dr. Barbara Nemko attending. You can read more about the event in the Napa Valley Register's article: Napa students sing “Yes” to kindness.

Posted 4/9/22

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

Posted 4/7/22

Vintage High School students are performing "Mama Mia!" at the Evans Auditorium through Sunday, April 10. You can view performance times and purchas tickets on the Vintage High School Choir website. You can read about the musical and the performers in the Napa Valley Register's article: Preview: Vintage High School presents ABBA's 'Mama Mia!'

Posted 4/6/22

On March 1, Ava Osborne, a sixth-grade student in the dual language immersion program at Pueblo Vista Elementary School received an envelope from the Board of Directors of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE). In December, her family encouraged her to submit an essay she wrote in English and Spanish about how bilingualism has shaped her identity and enabled her to positively impact her school and community. It was her first time submitting her writing to a contest, so she did not know what to expect. However, she was invested emotionally because she was proud of her essay and wanted to make her family proud.


Upon receiving the letter those feelings resurfaced and with nervous anticipation, she opened the envelope. Inside, she found a letter from the CABE board that began, “Congratulations!” As her nervous anticipation gave way to joyful pride, she learned that she was selected as the winner in its essay contest among all 6th-8th grade applicants from schools throughout California. On April 1, Ava will be honored at the annual virtual  CABE Conference where she will read her essay in English and Spanish. 


You too can celebrate Ava by reading her essay in English, Spanish, or both by clicking on the following link. Congratulations, Ava!    


Ava’s Essay

Caption: Ava Osborne, at Pueblo Vista Elementary school.

Posted 3/31/22

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

Posted 3/24/22

The NVUSD community input sessions about the future of the Harvest Middle School site came to an end with a final meeting last Tuesday, March 15. The result was a "site vision" that supported housing and open amenities. You can find the presentations and video of the community input sessions here and you can read about the outcome in the Napa Valley Register.

Posted 3/21/22

Middle school students looking to try a new sport or compete for their school can look forward to a new, free, after-school athletics program launching at middle schools in fall 2022. The new program was born out of the middle school redesign work with the goal of building community and connection and enhancing the middle school experience.


The expanded program offers more sports running concurrently with coaches, uniforms, transportation, equipment, and the opportunity to compete in a league format, with consistent schedules against other schools. Sixth graders can participate in two sports offered throughout the year and seventh and eighth graders will have six sports—the full lineup for the 2022/23 school year includes:


Fall Sports 

Coed Cross-country - 6, 7 & 8 grade

Girls Volleyball - 7 & 8 grade 

Coed Soccer - 7 & 8 grade


Winter Sports

Boys and Girls Basketball - 7&8 grade


Spring Sports

Coed Track and Field - 6,7 & 8 grade

Coed Badminton - 7 & 8 grade


It's been over 15 years since the middle schools have had a formal athletics program run by the district which at the time had to be eliminated due to budget constraints. The first-year budget for the program includes additional funding to cover start-up costs such as equipment and uniforms. 


Students at Redwood Middle School play basketball in PE. Next year students across the district will have the chance to add to the pennants hanging in their gyms.

“Kids love sports and the more we can integrate athletics by offering more opportunities for students to connect with one another and the school - will be so beneficial,” said Jen Kohl, principal of Silverado Middle School. “This program will help students develop habits around participating positively both in schooling and in athletics - building a great foundation for high school.”


Posted 3/18/22

The Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance just released recognition of their February Visual and Performing Arts Students of the Month. NVUSD students from American Canyon Middle School, American Canyon High School, Silverado Middle School, Vintage High School, and Phillips Elementary School were among those recognized. Read all about them in the Napa Valley Register's article: Arts student recognized for excellence.

Posted 3/16/22

When the Middle School Design Team met in August 2021, they had a huge task ahead of them —  reimagine and redesign the middle school experience for all our students and staff. Central to its decision-making was to improve programming and provide school options to support our diverse community of learners. 

The ongoing work by the design team, made up of students, staff, and administrators, was recently presented at a Board of Trustees meeting. Members shared highlights of what our district’s middle schools will look like starting with the 2022/23 school year. 



All middle schools will have consistent start and end times. New bell schedules include a weekly advisory or homeroom period allowing students to build community and experience our social-emotional learning curriculum. Additionally, schools will add flex periods for academic differentiation — whether a student needs intervention or advanced learning opportunities.


Smaller Learning Communities

Middle school is a critical time for students to form positive connections with teachers and peers and begin preparing for a more rigorous high school schedule. To better support, our students, the three comprehensive middle schools (Silverado, Redwood and American Canyon Middle School) will adopt a teaming approach in 7th and 8th grade, where students are grouped in a cohort and share the same teachers for the entire school year in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science. This approach allows teachers to effectively address and collaborate on the best ways to support students’ socio-emotional and academic needs. Sixth grade will adopt a core model, meaning all students are taught by a team of three to four teachers. 

Another option for smaller learning communities is the expansion of our TK-8 schools. Starting with the 2022/23 school year, Shearer will add an additional 6th grade class and a 7thgrade class to eventually build a complete TK-8 program at that campus. And Browns Valley will begin the transition to a TK-8 school by adding two sixth grade classes next year. This gives families looking for a smaller school experience another option to consider. 



The district will operate an expanded after-school athletics program by offering two 6th grade sports and seven sports for 7th and 8th grades. All teams will compete against other schools in the district and a budget has been allocated for coaches, equipment and uniforms. 


A Redesigned Middle School

Unidos Middle School

NVUSD will open a dedicated dual-language immersion middle school, strengthening our DLI pathway and offering families an additional option in programming. The program will offer three language pathways, Dual Language Immersion, Introduction to Spanish, and Spanish for Spanish speakers. Unidos, which is fully enrolled for its inaugural year,  will also offer cultural arts integration throughout its core classes.

Much has been accomplished in a short time,  thanks to the dedicated work of the Middle School Design Team. There is still more work to be done and district leadership is confident these improvements will positively impact the middle school experience. 

“When the team developed our middle school vision and programming, we were focused on the unique emotional and academic needs and milestones that present during the middle school years, '' said Monica Ready, Director, Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and English Learner Services and the lead for the middle school design team’s work. “We are excited for the future of our middle schools and will continue to seek feedback and adjust programming to better serve our middle school students and families.”

Look for more stories in the coming weeks about the future of our middle school and visit our middle school webpage for the latest information. 

Posted 3/14/22

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

Posted 3/10/22

Recently, the district and the Napa Valley Education Foundation joined forces to bring JazzReach, a non-profit organization located in New York City dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation, and teaching of jazz music, to NVUSD elementary and high schools throughout the district. Over three days, four JazzReach musicians, introduced students at NVLA, Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary, and Willow Magnet Elementary School to the jazz genre and also taught clinics for the jazz bands at American Canyon, Napa, and Vintage High Schools. 


Introduction to Jazz

The elementary school program focused on the basics of jazz. An ensemble including a saxophone, keyboard, bass, and drums began with a one-song performance. Prior to playing, students were asked to participate by carefully observing each musician and their collaboration as an ensemble. 


After each performance, students enthusiastically raised their hands, and with a little guidance, identified the three key musical elements of every song: rhythm, melody, and harmony.

To wrap up the experience, students expressed their own creativity through a call and response exercise led by the saxophone. While this final collaboration wasn’t as polished as the opening, the smiles on the students' faces were a beautiful example of engaged learning!



The Clinic

Working with the American Canyon High School (ACHS) Jazz Band, the JazzReach ensemble underscored the same themes of collaboration and improvisation. The professional musicians played with the students–modeling how to make eye contact, listen, and improvise–followed by opportunities for the students to practice. Each member of the JazzReach ensemble gave individualized and group feedback focusing on eye contact and understanding the voicing of chords with the piece.


Arabella Cueto, the ACHS Jazz Band keyboardist, described the experience illustrating the power of close interaction with professional musicians. She noted "The musician modeled how to improvise what to play instead of reading straight off of the sheet music, coming up with harmonies at the top of his head to help accompany the rest of the band." and she was "impressed by how easy he made it look, even though it is much harder."


Jamie Butler, the director of the ACHS choral program, pointed out that in a normal year students would get the opportunity to work with professional musicians and college directors at festivals and competitions. However, due to COVID-19, the past two years have been anything but normal–especially for the visual and performing arts. As a junior, Arabella said that this was the first time she had the opportunity to learn from professional musicians. Summing up the experience, she said, “I really enjoyed getting to see, up close, professional musicians work together and to have them observe me and give me feedback, both positive and constructive.”

Posted 3/4/22

Read about the winners of the Napa County-wide contest for Poetry Out Loud, American Canyon High School's very own Mistura Bankole and Paige Rosal in the Napa Valley Register's article: Am Can students sweep poety contest.

Posted 3/3/22

Shearer Elementary School is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Read all about it in the Napa Valley Register's article: Napa's Shearer School celebrates 100 years of educating young Napans.

Posted 3/3/22

On 'Twosday' 2/22/22, Jennifer Huffman captured Alta Heights Elementary School students and staff celebrating the unique date with a variety of activities.  Enjoy all her photos in the article: "Napa students celebrate a 'Twosday' like never before"

Posted 2/26/22

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

Posted 2/25/22

In honor of Black History Month, we are sharing some of the projects NVUSD students are doing to learn, share and reflect on the achievements and contributions of African Americans.




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In Jennifer Veveiros’ 5th grade class at Phillips, students selected and researched a black leader and created a multimedia project, including a video that was posted to the class website. The students selected a range of current and historic leaders, including Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Dr. Mae Jemison, the first Black woman astronaut to go into space.


student writes about Rosa Parks for Black History Month“After learning the habits of successful leaders, the students discussed the importance of courage and how their selected leader exhibited this characteristic,” said Ms. Veveiros.


The students at Phillips, a leadership, engineering, art, and design magnet school, also learned about influential Black artists and musicians. After exploring the artwork of Alma Thomas, the students created their own artwork inspired by the famous artist. Thomas was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, and she also exhibited her paintings at the White House on three occasions.




Pueblo Vista Elementary


Did you know — the inventor of both the gas mask and the traffic light, and the inventor of portable refrigeration share something in common? Both African-American individuals are subjects of discussions in Talia Godinez’s sixth-grade class at Pueblo Vista Elementary School. During Black History Month,, students spend 2-3 mornings per week learning about prominent African-American individuals, some well-known and some more obscure, but all who have made positive contributions to our history and culture.  



According to Godinez, students also connect their learnings with the current curriculum. For example, a poetry unit in language arts is supported by learning about notable African-American poets Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman. And she also tries to select individuals that might not have name recognition but are relatable to their lives somehow. A perfect example — is Nia Di Costa, the first African-American woman to direct a Marvel film. At the end of February, students will pick from ten individuals and produce a writing and art project called “Historial Hoodies,” where they design the perfect hoodie for the selected person based on what they have learned.


Donaldson Way Elementary School


At Donaldson Way Elementary School (DWES), 4th-grade students connected art with history. They started by reading a biography about an influential black artist, watching a video about the artist, and then received an art lesson in the style of the artist, followed by the opportunity to create their own artistic expression in the style of the artist. 


The Artists and the Art

First, students read about Jacob Lawrence, who is considered to be one of the most famous African American artists of the 20th century. After learning about his life and his works as a painter, students completed a guided drawing lesson. Pictured below are the finished products from Mrs. McCullough’s class where students used mixed media, including crayons, oil crayons, markers, and sharpies to finish their drawing. 


Art of Jacob Lawrence by 4th Grade Donaldson Way Students

Students then read and watched a video about Alma Woolsey before learning about her style of artistic expression inspired by color theory and the use of watercolors. To practice what they learned, students created their own Color Field paintings. Mrs. Whitehead’s class is featured below. It is especially fitting that the DWES 4th-grade class learned about Alma Woolsey since she was a teacher for 38 years before seriously taking up art.


Art in the style of Alma Woolsey by 4th Grade Donaldson Way Students


Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

According to 4th-grade teacher Mrs. McCullough, “Mrs. Whitehead, Mrs. Hesser, and I teamed on planning and implementing these lessons for every fourth-grader at DWES. Each of us put our own twist on the lesson. For example, my students used mosaic to create their Alma Woolsey piece. It was a team effort!”


Redwood Middle School


At Redwood Middle School, Amelia Brown, Ammy Hallinan, and Julie Eastman are reading the Watsons Go to Birmingham with every 6th-grade student. The novel is an award-winning work of historical fiction by Christopher Paul Curtis based on his childhood and the events of the Civil Rights Movement centered around Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. 


Blending English and Social Studies

Before reading the novel, students were given an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement. According to sixth-grade teacher Amy Hallinan, 

In order to help students understand the concept of civil rights, we viewed some images about civil rights. Before telling the students about the subject of the images they predicted what these pictures could be showing. We watched a documentary on the Children's March and the unrest in Birmingham in 1963 including events featured in the book such as the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Both of these events helped solidify national support for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Pictured below are students from Mrs. Hallinan’s and Julie Eastman’s blended English and Social Studies classes reading the novel and learning about the Civil Rights Movement.


Students at Redwood Middle School Reading and Watch a Video

Posted 2/18/22

A collaborative community partnership came to fruition recently as American Canyon’s first school-based Family Resource Center (FRC) opened on the Napa Junction Elementary School campus. The center provides a range of services and classes to families, including technology, ESL, job application support, emergency financial assistance, and referrals for social services for any family in American Canyon. 


With a unique partnership between NVUSD, On the Move, a non-profit organization, the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and the Napa Valley Education Foundation, the center fills a gap in services desperately needed in American Canyon. NVUSD provides the operational support for facilities - in this case, on the newly constructed Napa Junction campus, On the Move helps with programming and staffing, Napa Valley Vintners Association provided capital funding of $1 million for the construction of the center, and the Napa Valley Education Foundation administered the funds for the construction. 


"This Family Resource Center is the first school-based center of its kind in American Canyon, providing families easy access to a multitude of comprehensive services," said Noreen Montgomery, principal of Napa Junction Elementary School. 


The Napa Junction Family Resource Center is one of five in NVUSD — other centers are located at Shearer, McPherson, Snow, and Phillips elementary schools. All centers are open to the public, and clients do not need to have a student enrolled in NVUSD to receive services. 


“We know one of the best ways to support the student is to also support the family and that is why our five FRC’s are strategically located and accessible to all families and the broader community,” said Matt Manning, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and English Learner Services-Elementary.


According to Elsa Nunez, FRC site coordinator, planning for the Napa Junction FRC opening included extensive community surveys and data gathering in determining the types of services to offer. Nunez also relies on a steering committee comprised of members from the city government, school leadership, and community organizations and stakeholders. And Nunez herself has deep ties to the community, having lived in American Canyon for 14 years and serving in various school-based volunteer roles, including a member of Napa Junction's PTA board from 2014 - 2020. 


"For me, this role is so rewarding because I know we can help individuals meet their goals," said Nunez. And her continued dedication will help evolve and expand programming over time as demand increases. Nunez also wants to offer paid internships to adults and teens and expand class and workshop options. 


To find out more about the center's schedule and offerings - please email or call (707) 227-3548. Spanish translation is available.

Napa Junction Staff and Family Reosurce Center

Posted 2/17/22

On Valentines day Jennifer Huffman asked Phillips Magnet Elementary School students, "What do you get when you mix 31 fifth graders, watercolors, paintbrushes and Valentine’s Day?" Read all about in her story,  Napa Phillips students have a heart for art on Feb. 14. 

Posted 2/17/22

Joanna Ho is a New York Times bestselling author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, Eyes that Speak to the Stars and Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma.


Find the Zoom link and read more about Joanna Ho by visiting our Virtual Authors Events webpage.

Posted 2/16/22

Recent headlines about increasing mental health issues paint a concerning picture -- especially for children and teens. According to experts, there has been a sharp increase in reports of youth that are struggling with mental health — and depression, anxiety and suicide are on the rise. As a district of more than 16,450 students, NVUSD is keenly aware of this disturbing trend and has responded by investing even more in health and wellness resources.


Support in Many Forms

According to Kristin Nelson, Coordinator of Student Wellness & Support at NVUSD, “School communities are a critical cornerstone to serving and supporting our youth  – and that includes their mental health.” 


In 2020-2021, NVUSD increased support across all elementary, middle and high schools by increasing staffing and establishing partnerships. Thanks to relief funds, grants, and funding from the Napa Valley Education Foundation, we were able to add mental health counselors, social workers, interns and school therapists. In addition, NVUSD implemented a new universal SDQ screener – an evidence-based behavioral screener that identifies students who may need intervention or support and at what level. We conducted this confidential questionnaire with every student at every school site, which helped us assess individual needs. Explained Ms. Nelson, “What’s most exciting about the SDQ screener is that we are integrating it annually into our regular assessment practices so it will be an ongoing tool to assess and support the mental health needs of our students.”


Wellness Centers at Every Middle School

Since 2014, NVUSD has operated the Wellness Program which is a partnership between schools and community partners to support health, well-being and academic success of students at every age. NVUSD Wellness Centers are located at Napa and American Canyon middle schools, providing psychologists, social workers, school counselors as well as physical space for students at any time of day. In addition, the district offers free support through Care Solace, and has integrated social emotional learning practices and curriculum across all grade levels.


We All Play a Role in Mental Health

"Protecting youth mental health is everyone's job," said Sarah Knox, NVUSD's Director of Prevention & Intervention. "From parents to principals to teachers to the lunch staff, everyone helps create a safe, caring environment where mental health problems aren’t stigmatized."


According to the school site wellness teams, these efforts have truly made a difference - and the timing couldn't be more critical with the many societal pressures in our world today -- from the rise of digital media and screen time to broader societal issues such as rising income inequality, civil unrest, gun violence, climate change, and a global pandemic. 


“With the right systems and people in place, schools can take a big step forward when it comes to supporting their students,” said Ms. Knox. “And most important of all is to educate openly and talk about it.”


Please visit for more information, including mental health resources, free suicide prevention support, and more. 


Posted 2/16/22

Napa High Choir, band, and theater student students, stage the Little Shop of Horrors. Read all about it in the Napa Valley Register's article: Craving live theater? Napa High's 'Little Shop of Horrors' opens Feb. 16

Little Shop of Horrors Poster


Posted 2/14/22

School is critical for student learning and social-emotional health. COVID-19, along with distance learning, reaffirmed this reality. Our own NVUSD community was no exception, as our staff discovered while analyzing the results from our annual survey of students' social and emotional health.  


Teaching and incorporating social-emotional skills was already a priority of the district – and we have several programs already in place. Second Step is well established at both elementary and middle schools across the district, as is a student behavior system called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). After reading the survey results last year, Sarah Knox, Director of Prevention and Intervention, knew our students would also “benefit from a tool that unified these programs and systems holistically.” 


Welcoming the Toolbox Project to NVUSD

The Toolbox Project, a program developed by a former school counselor, Mark Collins, in Sonoma County, was a perfect fit for our elementary students. It playfully uses the idea of a toolbox to help kids learn 12 social and emotional tools when they encounter difficult situations. 


According to Whitney Westbrook, the Toolbox Project certified trainer and Donaldson Way Elementary School 2nd/3rd-grade teacher, all elementary schools kicked off the year by giving all teachers and kids an introduction to each of the 12 tools. Students received their own toolbox, where they then colored each tool, practiced the chants for each tool, and even created class agreements.  


Teachers also use community circles to build student relationships and give students the opportunity to share how they use the tools. In December, Paige Pleasant sat in a circle with her 2nd-grade students at Phillips Magnet Elementary School and asked each student to share their favorite tool. The most popular tool was the breathing tool, an imaginary measuring tape that students pull out as they breathe in and out saying “I calm myself and check-in.” Another popular tool was the garbage can–a tool to help them remember to “let the little things go.” Most students talked about using both of these tools at home, especially with their siblings. At school, a popular example was the garbage can tool out on the playground. 


Student review the 12 Project Toolbox Tools


Teachers are also doing a deeper dive into each tool throughout the year–see the schedule here. In January, 2nd-grade students at Donaldson Way reviewed each of their tools with Mrs. Hattich and Mrs. Faris. They took out their toolbox, acted out the movement of each, and chanted the tools tagline. Often, this elicited student questions like, “how do I ask someone to stay out of my personal space?” This then allowed for a deeper dive into the “Using Our Words” tool. 


Student practice the 12 Project Toolbox Tools


Lessons From School to Home 

The Toolbox Project was started in every elementary school across the district this fall. So, be on the watch for your children using these tools at home. We also invite you to partner with us in helping your child to use each of these tools at home. Please download the poster pictured above and put it somewhere visible in your home.

If downloading a copy isn’t convenient, pick up a copy at your child’s school. At Phillip’s Magnet Elementary, principal Julie Jones makes the posters available in the Family Resource Center (FRC).

Principal Jones is also working on providing opportunities for her parents to learn more. Project Toolbox was the topic at one of her Parent University sessions in December. She noted that as parents were introduced to the tools they were realizing, “oh, that is what my child was doing.” 

Now that you know about the tools your child is practicing in the classroom, we hope you will start to make connections at home. If you are interested in learning more, you can attend a Project Toolbox parent learning session on Tuesday, March 1st at 5:30 pm. Find the Zoom link and much more in our Parent Learning Series calendar. Another great way to learn more is to talk about the tools with your child. We suggest following Mrs. Pleasant’s example, showing them the poster, and asking them to tell you about the tools they like to use.

Posted 2/11/22

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

Posted 2/10/22

By now, most college application deadlines for high school seniors are approaching quickly or have already passed. By all accounts, it will be a competitive year, with applications increasing more than 22 percent over last year, according to recent data from the Common Application. Some families hire expensive college counselors and testing tutors to guide students through the process. And for some fortunate NVUSD students, college and career planning, academic advising, and skills workshops are available to them, free of cost, as a part of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program sponsored by Napa Valley College.


Funded by a federal grant, ETS aims to close the achievement gap by providing students in grades 6th through 12th with essential skill workshops, academic counseling, and one-on-one assistance with the college discovery and application process, including excursions to tour colleges. What makes this program different is its history and long-term commitment to its students. Since 1991, the program has served thousands of students through partnerships with middle schools and high schools in Napa. Through the years, the program intensifies with added time and focus on helping students realize that a college is a viable option for their future.


“All of our students have the potential for success; we help them believe in themselves,” said Ramon Salceda, Associate Dean, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services Programs. Salceda knows firsthand the benefits of ETS, having participated in the program during his years at Napa High in the 1990s. As a first-generation college graduate, his family did not have the tools to assist in the college process. He and his three siblings participated in ETS and graduated from college with advanced degrees. The passion for teaching and learning was in their genes as all returned to work in the education field and attribute their success to the ETS program.


In its 30th year, ETS has not slowed down, with approximately 600 students enrolled in the program, including a cohort of 100 current high school seniors. One of those students, Guadalupe Tellez-Rivera, a senior at Napa High, is relieved to have completed all of her college applications and is patiently waiting until the University of California schools release their decisions in March. Guadalupe has been in the ETS program since sixth grade and credits ETS with introducing college opportunities to her early on.


“I will be the first in my family to go to college. So I knew little or nothing about the process, and I really had not even given college much thought at all, said Guadalupe. “Over the years, the on-campus workshops that ETS facilitates slowly gave me more information until I was in the college mindset, and I had a clear perspective of what it looked like and what I needed to do to get there.”


Ingrid Guerrero-Gonzalez, a Vintage High senior, has also been in ETS since middle school and found her coaches so helpful, especially during the college application process explaining how to navigate fees applications and distinguish between all the different types of colleges. The time and energy spent have paid off as Ingrid has already been accepted to four California State University campuses and is now waiting on decisions from the UC schools. 

“I love learning, and I’m so excited to start a new journey and I’m so thankful to ETS for helping me get here,” said Ingrid. 


The ETS program is currently accepting applications from students attending the following five schools, Redwood, Silverado, Harvest, Napa, and Vintage High Schools. Applications can be found here. 


Student Pictures

Posted 2/4/22


As a district that values the diversity of our valley, NVUSD is proud to serve our 16,500 students, including the 45% who are current or former English learners.


Many parents aren’t aware that we have a generous amount of support and resources available to these students – and much of those benefits are driven from our English Learners Advisory Councils (ELAC) and the District English Learners Advisory Council (DELAC).


What does DELAC do?

Our DELAC team is composed primarily of parents as well as administrators to support the ELAC councils that exist at schools. Specifically, the DELAC team - which conducts public quarterly meetings,  advises the school district on education programs and services for English learners. 


We caught up with our DELAC committee last month as they were participating in a leadership training session. They shared their priorities and emphasized the importance of parents stepping up to support their own children as well as other English language learners.


Elba Marquez, parent and DELAC President said, “An important aspect of what we do is to provide a voice for the students and a sense of belonging. The only way we can do this is to gather our parents – the best advocates – to support how we can make this happen in our schools, and also at home.” 


DELAC Vice President Rosario Mondragon added, “At the top of our priorities is the well-being of the kids – and part of that is making sure students and families are involved,” she said. “We are always looking for fresh ideas and approaches through feedback from parents.”


The others in the room agreed, citing that in order for a strong future, parents must step up and educate themselves on behalf of students. 

DELAC board members and trainers at December leadership training


“English Learners have diverse needs,” said DELAC Mayra Contreras, who represents Snow Elementary. “We are here to learn so that we can create and raise leaders– both for our children and parents.” 


“These dedicated parents are a critical part of ensuring that our English learners are getting the support and resources they need to succeed,” explained Viviana Lorea, who oversees the group and helps facilitate meetings and professional development. “All meetings are virtual and open to the public. I encourage parents to come, share your feedback, and tell us how we can best support your child and family.”


Learn more about the English Learner and District Advisory Councils at


Current DELAC Representatives

Elizabeth Martinez

Angelica Chavez

Rosalba Avina

Elba Marquez

Esbeidy B Pina

Rosario Mondragon

Laura Gavina

Julia Pelaez

Mayra Contreras

Posted 1/28/22

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

Posted 1/27/22



Wanted: community-minded residents in the NVUSD/Napa Valley and American Canyon boundaries who are interested in serving on a public committee to provide oversight for the Napa Valley Unified School District’s General Obligation Bond (Measure H). The independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) is a group of dedicated volunteers who actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayer money for school construction.


New Members Needed as Seat Terms Expire

We are pleased to have many dedicated and qualified members already on the committee but need to fill new seats as several of our members’ terms are expiring. 


Any local resident is invited to serve on the CBOC committee. You do not need to be a parent of a NVUSD student. 


Apply Today!

If you are interested please see our COBC webpage for guidelines and to fill out the CBOC Application. 


No school district employee or official of the school district or any vendor, contractor, or consultant of the School District may serve on the committee.  All applicants must reside within Napa Valley Unified School District.  There is no compensation for the service.  Meetings are usually scheduled every other month.  Members serve two-year minimum terms.


NVUSD is thankful for the service and hard work of all our members, current and past, and looks forward to welcoming new community members to keep the public informed of our Measure H progress.


Please visit our website for more information at  Please email specific questions to and a staff member will be happy to discuss.

Posted 1/24/22

In the News: Napa school district schedules forums to discuss Harvest campus' future, for dates and times see the poster below or download the attached file. To learn more visit our webpage.


Harvest Middle School Site Input Sessions Dates, Times, and Location.

Posted 1/24/22


As students returned to school for their second semester of the 2021-2022 school year, Dr. Ean Ainsworth, principal of Napa High, received some impressive news. Two Napa High students were selected to serve as members of the first Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. Atticus Fisher and Luisa Ortega Subdiaz, alongside nine others students from across the state, will have the opportunity to shape the future of education in California.


Dr. Ainsworth put this selection in perspective saying, “It would have made my week to hear that one of my students received this honor. After all, there are over 1.5 million high school students in California, so to have two is incredible!”


Luisa and Atticus have known each other since childhood as members of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, however, neither knew that the other had applied. When they logged into their first meeting, both were a little nervous because, as Luisa expressed, “It is easy to forget that they are all 17 years old, just like you.” Their nerves were eased a little when they spotted one another in Zoom. Luisa joked that “it felt like we made eye contact through the screen.” 

Luisa Ortega Subdiaz and Atticus Fisher

It is easy to see why Luisa and Atticus were selected for the YAC. Their journeys through K-12 education are impressive and they both will bring unique perspectives to their advisory roles.


Atticus has maintained an impressive 4.54 GPA. and in his new role, he plans to draw upon meaningful relationships and experiences in K-12 education. Before Napa High, Atticus attended Browns Valley Elementary School and River Middle School. He affectionately recalled several teachers that had a significant impact on his development during those years. His first-grade teacher, Jane Rowland, and kindergarten teacher, Marian Moffett, helped him overcome a sensitivity to sound. In middle school,  Mary Lynn Bryan, who Atticus described as “warm and full of love,” was a teacher he felt a strong connection to, and he believes “the impacts that a caring teacher can have on a student’s life cannot be overstated.”  Growing up as the child of a high school science teacher, also broadened his insight into K-12 education. 


His experiences in extracurricular activities will also come into play. He is currently the Concertmaster of the Napa High band where he plays the tuba and trombone, the vice president of Choir, and the pianist for Napa High’s spring production of Little Shop of Horrors. 

Like Atticus, Luisa is academically accomplished with a 4.4 GPA and also maintains an impressive schedule of extracurricular activities. She attended Napa Valley Language Academy and Harvest Middle School, following NVUSD's dual language immersion pathway into high school. Central to her journey is her growth as a leader and she credits her high school Spanish teachers for helping her “understand how to be Latina and a leader.” Her extracurricular activities also helped her grow as a leader as she was recently recognized as an All-American for the Napa High Spiritleaders. 


However, Luisa’s volunteer work in mental health, as Co-President for Bring Change to Mind (BC2M), has prepared her most for this role. Notably, she serves on the California Advisory Council for BC2M and provides regular contributions to the Napa High weekly newsletter about mental health issues. In reflecting on the relationship of this volunteer work to her new role,  she said, “it has created opportunities for me to get to know a diverse group of students at Napa High, and I hope to draw upon those perspectives as an advisor on the YAC.” 


As members of the first Youth Advisory Council, Luisa and Atticus have a unique opportunity to set the direction for the group. We look forward to seeing how their input and leadership shape the future of education in California.


Posted 1/21/22

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 6:00 PM, NVUSD invites all employees, families, and community members to a virtual celebration honoring a group of our outstanding employees.

The honorees include: 

  • the 2020-2021 Classified Employees of the Year
  • the 2021-2022 Student Support Personnel of the Year
  • Manager of the be announced the night of the celebration
  • Teacher of the Year Nominees

Of the 23 teachers of the year nominees, we will announce the five that will represent NVUSD for consideration for the Napa County Teacher of Year. For a complete list of the honorees, click here to open the employee honor roll.


Join us by using the following Zoom Link to join the celebration at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Zoom Link:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or One tap mobile :
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Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 720 707 2699  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 847 2736 8709

Posted 1/21/22

As the great American poet Robert Frost was once quoted, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.”


With this beautiful description of the art of poetry in mind, we congratulate NVUSD student Joseph (Joey) DeNatale who was selected as Napa County’s first-ever youth poet laureate. He was publicly recognized on January 4th at the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting. 


“It’s a great honor to be named poet laureate,” said Joey, and then recited “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Frost, whose work Joey said was a “huge creative inspiration and a big factor in my interest in poetry.”


Joey was introduced by Anthony Halstead, Director of Library Services & Community Outreach.


“By selecting the county’s first youth poet laureate, we recognize the unique value that a teen voice can bring to the community,” said Halstead. “Joey will be an ambassador of poetry and strive to heighten the appreciation of this art form.”


Joey, a student at Vintage High School, was selected by a panel of community members, poets and librarians. His year-long appointment will include attending local engagements and cultural events.


Said Halstead, "One of the exciting things about a youth poet laureate is that the exuberance of youth can be brought to this art, and allow us to learn from one another, and the poet inside each of us.”


Congratulations, Joey!  We look forward to being inspired by your words and talent throughout the year.


Napa County Youth Poet Laureate, Joey Denatale

Posted 1/18/22

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

Posted 1/16/22

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

Posted 12/16/21

 The 2021 Competition Band Season has been a huge success in NVUSD. Congratulations go out to the American Canyon High School Marching Band (also called the Wolf Pack Marching Band) which took first place in its Division (2A) and third place in Percussion out of 15 teams November 20th at the Fairfield “Tournament of Champions” meet.  


These wins followed The Pack and ACHSMusic.Org (boosters) hosting the highly successful inaugural Napa Valley Band Reserve (NVBR) at Memorial Stadium.  The NVBR was a “home game” of 22 bands from across Northern California where The Wolves, in exhibition performance, showed that the “strength of Wolf is in the Pack” before a big crowd of about 3,000 competitors, staff, and spectators who were happy to see competition bands back in action!   


Reflecting upon this season, Mr. Brendan Day, ACHS Instrumental Music Director, said. "We began our competitive season back in August with the simple objective of coming back together and rediscovering the joy of performing as a group. Over the coming weeks, the dedication and hard work of these students proved they were determined to come back to the activity as a competitive force. The growth these students had shown from the start to the end of the season was tremendous."  


Mr. Steven Green, ACHSMusic.Org parent and planning team member, brings his own perspective to the season:  “As parents, we see ACHS Music preparing our kids for college and life by providing mastery through Competitive Marching Band, Winter Percussion, and Winter Guard.  This competitive program is critical to us because it combines music and dance with athleticism while teaching and developing leadership and teamwork.  That our kids had such a strong finish to the Marching Band season, after COVID disruptions, shows how effective Competitive ACHS Music is, and speaks to success next semester as our seniors lead Winter Percussion and Guard teams.”  


Earlier in the season, the Pack competed in the Del Oro Band Review, earning Division 3rd place and a high percussion trophy. They also competed at the WBA NorCal Super Show and earned a Division 3rd place trophy. Find more information on the ACHS music program at


Hats off to the Wolf Pack Marching Band!


ACHS Marching Band

Posted 12/14/21

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

Posted 12/2/21

NVUSD student actors, dancers and musicians back on stage and on the field! Read the article here: The show must go on: Through masks and coverings, performing arts go on for Napa students



Posted 12/2/21

When does a large middle school not feel so large?  When it uses “teaming” to create a small school experience for all students. Redwood Middle School (RMS) has a long history implementing this model and Silverado Middle School (SMS) is ready to expand upon its current use of teaming in the 6th grade.


Bigger Can Be Better


Large comprehensive schools have real, practical, benefits for the students that attend them, such as the flexibility to provide expanded elective programming. Some parents fear that the benefits of expanded programming are outweighed by the risk that their child may get lost socially and academically in such a large environment. 


However, large schools offer the flexibility to create teams at each grade level. You might wonder, what are the benefits of teaming? In short, teams make it possible to create the benefits of the “small school” culture within a large school setting. It is such a powerful program tool that Chuck Dresel, a teacher at RMS for more than 20 years, recently celebrated teaming as RMS’ “superpower.” On a similar note, in a conversation about the redesign of middle schools, longtime SMS teacher Cathy Schillaci said, “Teaming has been an important part of our 6th-grade program as students make the transition from elementary school.” Through the teaming model, RMS and SMS have the best of both worlds. 


How Teaming Works


During a recent special board meeting, Mr. Dresel captured the power of teaming by explaining that it is “the glue that holds all other school programs together.” Each student is assigned a team with the same core teachers for math, science, English, and social studies. RMS principal Maryanne Christoffersen highlighted one of the benefits of teaming, saying that, “teachers are meeting in morning PLCs, in their respective teams, to develop best practices and support student learning outcomes with a particular focus on academic achievement and a strong emphasis on the developmental needs of all students.” 


RMS Team Hornets Teacher and Student

In a conversation about the redesign of NVUSD middle schools, SMS principal Jen Kohl noted that when teachers can meet together to talk about their team of students and their needs, they can “create a sense of belonging and tend to the students’ social-emotional needs.” From academics to social-emotional needs, teaming creates a “small school” culture, while also providing the elective program options that are only available in large schools. 


Positive Outcomes for Students


Students notice the impact of teaming, too. Ella G., an 8th grader at RMS, said, “it was helpful in 6th grade to share the same teachers on a team because it made it more like elementary school.”  Betsy Whitt, an RMS teacher of more than 20 years, presented student survey data to the board that underscored the impact of teaming in a large comprehensive middle school. In listening to student voices, she reported that 91% of 7th and 8th grade students are happy to be at RMS. In addition, 95% of students reported feeling safe and 96% reported feeling close to one or more students. At the same meeting, Ella G. shared, “one thing that makes Redwood special to me are the bonds that I have created with students, teachers, and staff members. It [Middle School] isn’t like the movies, for example, it isn’t as scary as you think, and once you find the right people to be around, it feels like your second home.”  

Since teams require flexibility, they also require large schools to be done well. “Although declining enrollment has made teaming harder in recent years as schools have grown smaller, I am excited that the redesign of our middle schools in the 2022-2023 school year will allow us to improve the structure of our teams and the programming we can offer,” said Ms. Jen Kohl. While Ms. Maryanne Christofferson emphasized, “We are excited about the amazing possibilities next year to use teaming to create smaller learning communities within a larger comprehensive middle school setting. It is one of the best ways we know of to create a caring and connected community of learners.” In fact, parents can be excited that the redesign of our middle schools will make it possible for NVUSD to improve its teaming models and offer the best of both worlds to our students.

Posted 11/30/21

NVUSD has reviewed the petition and has provided the following findings and recommendation. This item will be presented and discussed at the Board of Education meeting on December 9.


The findings and recommendation and can be viewed here

Posted 11/22/21

What are your hopes and dreams for the school year?"


This question was asked of New Technology High School students in August. It was a great way to kick off a new school year after the worst of the pandemic -- and also underscored what was front and center on the minds of students -- a combination of academic goals as well as a focus on community and connection. Through drawings and words, students expressed what they were looking forward to. 

"Get into College", "Stay Healthy", "No more Zoom!" and "Become eco-centric" were just a few of the visual representations that will be framed and installed throughout the walls of the school.

One commonality was the eagerness to get back to learning, reflecting the strong program in place for more than 25 years of engaging students in project-based learning and providing real world experiences outside of the classroom.


Bringing College to Life


New Tech has many programs in place to prepare students for life beyond high school and college. Each student is required to take at least three UC/CSU transferable college credits as well as a 50-60 hour internship by the time they graduate.


According to Principal Susan Miller, one of the most impactful opportunities for students is the "Dual Enrollment" program where students take college courses at the local Napa Valley Community College. "This program gives students first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to be in a college setting and learn alongside other students," said Miller. "This real-world experience teaches them to engage with professors and gives them insight into what college-level work requires."


Case F. is a current junior at New Tech High and has already completed three courses at Napa Valley College, including Introduction to Anthropology and a College Success class. He explains that this on the ground experience really helped him understand how college classes work. “For me, I think being dual-enrolled in these college classes while also in high School gave me a foundation on how to enroll in college, and how to manage requirements like taking notes to succeed in these classes,” he said. “It’s definitely one of the most valuable things I’ve learned while at New Tech.” 


About 40% of New Tech High School students are currently participating in the dual-enrollment program.


Along with its strong academic program, New Tech is also focused on the vital importance of building community and culture. This year, the school launched a new homeroom structure and community circle activity that bring the students together with teachers and provide a safe and social palace for connection and support. 

If you are interested in learning more about New Technology High School, visit their website, or visit the NVUSD Enrollment page to learn about Open Enrollment options.New Tech High School Students

Posted 11/18/21

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

Posted 11/18/21

Nestled in the hills just east of downtown Napa is Alta Heights Elementary School with its new principal who is passionate about making students feel seen and known.


The new principal of Alta Heights, Ted Ward, is a product of the Napa Valley Unified School District. In fact, when he was a senior at Vintage High School he volunteered in a third-grade classroom, which he said was “ an aha moment for me...I really liked working with younger kids. I felt a value and a sense of connection in that volunteer service.” 


Now, as the Principal of Alta Heights, Ted wants all of his students to feel like they are seen and known. To make this happen he committed to learning every returning student’s name, about 285 in total, within the first two months of the school year. This focus on seeing and knowing kids hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to Whitney Farris, current parent and former Family Faculty Club (FFC) president and treasurer, “ Ted is doing amazing work. He makes a huge effort to get to know the kids and you can tell...the kids love him!”  

Alta Heights Elementary School

Thinking about the first months of the 2021 school year, Ted is impressed with the hard work of his teachers. He especially praised them for the high quality of their grade level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) -- a group of grade-level teachers who study student data to use in planning lessons and to reinforce content and skills. He noted that careful, advanced, planning like this “ helps teachers know their students and to really see their strengths and weaknesses, allowing for individual student attention in class.” Coming off of a year of hybrid learning, Ward believes that this level of attention will be necessary to help all students “get what they need in order to make at least one year’s growth in one year's time.”


Alta Heights doesn’t just have great teaching that leads to individual attention. The school also has programs such as their “ class buddy program” where 5th-grade students meet weekly with their 1st-grade buddies to build community. They also provide a strong leadership club for 4th and 5th grade. Not to mention the garden program that gives students the opportunity to learn and connect with each other in the beautiful, natural environment of the eastern hills of Napa. 


Ted also praised the value of their strong Family Faculty Club (FFC) that creates spaces for community and opportunities for student enrichment. In the past, the FFC has organized annual community-building events such as their Harvest Festival, Festive Winter Celebrations, and a May Fiesta. However, he is most excited about FFCs plans to relaunch its after-school extracurricular experiences, including classes such as gardening, cooking, art, science, technology, engineering, and math. Farris was also very proud of the in-school programs the FFC has sponsored over the years such as the arts curriculum Meet the Masters where students study a famous artist and then reproduce one of their great works.


If you are interested in learning more about Alta Heights, visit their website to schedule a tour of their campus, or visit the Enrollment page to learn how to register.


Posted 11/9/21

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

Posted 11/4/21

Over 1,400 high school students began their college exploration journey last month by participating in free offerings of the PSAT and SAT tests. The district covered the cost and administered the test on campus during the school day to ensure accessibility to all. In the past, students tested on a Saturday at various host schools, some outside of the local area. 

Students take the PSAT in preparation for the SAT  and is an integral part of the college application process for many four-year colleges. “By making this crucial first step in the college pathway convenient and available to all, we are supporting their future success - in whatever post-secondary journey they embark on, said Monica Ready, Director III Curriculum, Instruction, and English Learner Services.

Since 2019, NVUSD has paid for students to take either the PSAT or the SAT, supporting the district’s strategic plan goal to have all students graduate college- and career-ready.

"Taking the SAT can be such a stressful test to prepare for and to engage in; I know that's extremely true for myself. However, having the school administer free testing has been super helpful in me achieving my best possible score,” said Sophia T., a senior at Napa High School.  “It makes me feel supported by our administration and district, so I really appreciate Napa High for providing this benefit. "


Posted 11/1/21

Step aside, Hollywood, and make room for the 5th graders at Irene Snow Elementary School! These lucky students are part of a transformative program called the Youth Cinema Project which brings professional filmmakers into the classroom to teach kids how a movie is made.


Founded by the famous actor, director, producer and humanitarian Edward James Olmos, this program brings a fresh, fun and fully unique approach to learning. Instead of teaching concepts from the book, students learn real-world skills like problem solving and collaboration while building their confidence and ability to express themselves.


Working directly with filmmaking mentors, 5th graders are learning the entire process of making a film --  from idea generation to scriptwriting to pre-production, filming and editing. As they go through the process they are treated like colleagues. This week, students were learning concepts such as the “hero’s arc” and “character flaws” to help as they begin scriptwriting. 

Youth Cinema Project Collaboration

Principal Oliva McCormick was visiting the class during one session and noted, “it was exciting to see students so engaged and asking questions,” she said. “This is project-based learning at its best and I think it goes a long way in keeping them interested in learning across all subjects.” 


After conducting a qualitative assessment of the program in 2019, Stanford University praised Youth Cinema Project for what it brings to students, such as “in-depth active instruction of vocabulary practices across multiple modalities,” and “cultivates social-emotional learning competencies”

Stay tuned for an update on this story when we have the final films. Want to learn more? Grab some popcorn and visit the Youth Cinema Project website where you can view the final films from other California school students.

Posted 10/28/21

The Napa Valley Register's Jennifer Huffman shares the Skakeri brothers efforts to collect backpacks for Afghan refugees in the Bay Area. Check out the article here: Napa students collect backpacks for Afghan Refugees 

Posted 10/25/21

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

Posted 10/21/21

The NVUSD Board of Trustees on October 14, formally adopted the new name for the new middle school language academy, which will be housed at the current River School campus, located at 1850 Salvador Ave, starting with the 2022/23 school year. Unidos Middle School was put forth as a formal recommendation from the Citizen Advisory Committee, formed specifically to review name suggestions and submit recommendations for the Board’s consideration. Since August, the nine-member committee has met to identify a process for reviewing and recommending a potential name.  Also, students from Pueblo Vista and Napa Valley Language Academy (NVLA) engaged in the process of visioning a new name for the location by providing name suggestions, drawings, and words that reflect the spirit of the new school. 


"The name Unidos Middle School was actually suggested by one of my students and then it was adopted by the committee as the final choice,” said Franklin Hernandez, a teacher at NVLA and a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee. “The student suggested the name because it means “united” in Spanish and he believes this school will bring students together from all over the Napa area. I definitely agree and it’s a name that can bring forward the idea of unity for so many in our community who have struggled with so many changes the past two years,” said Hernandez. 


Unidos Middle School will open with a rich dual-immersion language program, serving as a connecting pathway between elementary and high school dual language immersion (DLI) programming. Current DLI students matriculating to middle school from Pueblo Vista, Napa Valley Language Academy (NVLA), and Harvest, as well as current River students, will be automatically enrolled in Unidos but have the option to enroll elsewhere. Students who are not in the groups automatically enrolled can choose Unidos during the Open Enrollment process from November 1-30. 


Alejandra Uribe has been chosen to lead Unidos Middle School as its first principal. A veteran principal and expert in dual immersion language programs, Ms. Uribe currently serves as the principal of NVLA where she has worked for the last 20 years. She will continue in that role while she leads the preparations for the launch of Unidos.


“We look forward to Unidos Middle School bringing together students and staff who are committed to the goals of bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. Our new middle school solidifies our very sought-after dual language pathway, offering families a unique educational opportunity to learn in two languages seamlessly and simultaneously,” said Pat Andry-Jennings, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services.

Posted 10/14/21

Maycamas Charter Middle School Petition Available

The charter school petition for Maycamas Charter Middle School has been received and can be viewed here. 

Posted 10/13/21




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The following items will be included on the agenda of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Education regular meeting on October 14 at 7:00 p.m.: 


1. Public Hearing and Adoption of Resolution Certifying Compliance with Education Code Section 60119 – A public hearing and Board Certification of Compliance are required in order to be eligible to receive instructional materials funds from the State of California.  The Governing Board will hold a public hearing in which parents, teachers, and community members are encouraged to discuss the sufficiency of the district’s textbooks and instructional materials for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 


2. Public Hearing and Certification of Compliance with Education Code Section 60422 – Education Code Section 60422 requires local education agencies to certify that they have provided each pupil with standards-aligned textbooks or basic instructional materials and that they have done so within the time limit stated.  


You may call into the meeting to provide public comment via Zoom. You can join the Zoom Meeting from a computer, mobile device, or tablet. The Zoom meeting information will be provided on the district’s website for every board meeting agenda, as long as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Remote Online Public Participation Instructions


Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device:


Or join by phone: 

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International numbers available:





Los siguientes artículos se incluirán en la agenda de la reunión regular del Consejo de Educación del Distrito Escolar Unificado del Valle de Napa del 14 de octubre a las 7:00 p.m.: 


1. Audiencia Pública y Adopción de Resolución que Acredite el Cumplimiento con la Sección 60119 del Código de Educación – Se requieren una audiencia pública y un Certificado de Cumplimiento del Consejo para ser elegibles para recibir fondos para materiales de enseñanza del Estado de California.  El Consejo Directivo tendrá una audiencia pública en la que se anima a participar a padres, madres, maestros y miembros de la comunidad para debatir sobre la suficiencia de los libros de texto y materiales de enseñanza del distrito para el año fiscal 2021-2022. 


2. Audiencia Pública y Certificación de Cumplimiento con la Sección 60422 del Código de Educación – La Sección 60422 del Código de Educación requiere que las agencias de educación locales certifiquen que han proporcionado a cada estudiante libros de texto o materiales de enseñanza básicos alineados con los estándares y que lo han hecho dentro del plazo de tiempo indicado.  


Pueden participar en la reunión para realizar un comentario público mediante Zoom. Pueden unirse a la Reunión Zoom desde una computadora, dispositivo móvil o tableta. La información sobre la reunión en Zoom se indicará en la página web del distrito para cada agenda del consejo directivo, mientras sea necesario durante la pandemia de COVID-19.


Instrucciones de Participación Pública Remota Online


Únanse desde un PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone  o dispositivo Android:


O participen por teléfono: 

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Posted 10/11/21

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

Posted 10/7/21

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

Posted 9/23/21



September 10, 2021

NVUSD Launches New Website 

for Redistricting of Trustee Boundary Areas 

NVUSD is kicking off the 2021 redistricting process with a new web page that features information, a timeline, and details for how the district will seek input from the public on redrawing district boundaries. Find the information at

Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. All school districts in California with trustee areas must engage in “redistricting” every 10 years following the federal census (which took place in 2020). NVUSD Redistricting is a public process that will potentially adjust the lines of our Board of Education Trustee area boundaries in order to ensure that all trustee areas continue to have equal populations and follow all state and federal laws. The Napa County Election Division is working with NVUSD as well as other entities in our county who are going through their own redistricting process, including the City of Napa, Napa County Board of Education, and Napa Valley College. 

Your Input is Important!

The district needs community input as they redraw the Trustee boundary areas. The first way you can participate is by developing a list of communities of interest (COI) that can be utilized in the process to redraw district lines. More information is available on the website, including step-by-step instructions.

Join a Public Meeting

The kick-off of this process will be on Thursday, Oct. 14 at our regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. There are many ways to participate so please view the website for information, including translation into Spanish and Tagalog.


Please email with questions or comments.

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Posted 9/10/21

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

Posted 9/10/21

NVUSD Announces New Parent Education Series

 Emma Seppälä, Author of The Happiness Track to visit on September 20


Renowned speaker, Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., the author of The Happiness Track, is virtually visiting NVUSD on Monday, September 20 at 5:30 pm. Seppälä, in conversation with Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, will discuss the science behind resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness. Seppälä is a lecturer at the Yale School of Management,  Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program, and the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. 



"We are thrilled for our community to hear from an international expert on topics that are so relevant to our families today. Learning how to form stronger connections between happiness and success and having the tools to achieve both benefits our parents, our families, and our community,” said Kate McMillan, Director of Library Services. 



By pre-registering here you can ask a question of the author and will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Happiness Track. Spanish translation will be available.


Date: Monday, September 20th

Time: 5:30 pm

Use the following Zoom information to join:


Open to all community members - Join Us!


Posted 9/9/21