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plant 1000 flowers representing kindness and respect
Vacaville Unified students and staff are focusing attention May 18-25th on making intentional efforts of kindness, respect and understanding both with those around us and online. We will be planting, drawing creating flowers to represent the actions we take to be a positive influence our community. 

Will C Wood students will be joined by Buckingham and Vaca High students in downtown Vacaville this Saturday, May 19th to share the symbols of kindness with community members.

Country High, Alamo, Sierra Vista K-8, Padan, Markham, Hemlock/ACE, Jepson, Ernest Kimme Charter, Cooper, Fairmont Charter, Browns Valley and Educational Services Center will also be hosting activities on campus next week to engage students in deliberate acts of positivity.

Join us this week! Plant your seeds of positivity with those around you and create a flower that represents it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/16/18




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Preventing suicide takes an entire community. All VUSD families are invited to hear award winning author Kevin Hines present on the important topic of suicide awareness and prevention. Kevin is a motivational speaker, mental health advocate and an attempted suicide survivor who is known for his passionate support of mental health causes and prevention. This presentation is FREE, and all VUSD families are invited to attend.

The presentation will be held:

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High,
998 Marshall Road, Vacaville

6:30-7:30 PM

More information about Kevin Hines at http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/4/18




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Please see health information on seasonal allergies, lice, pinkeye, and peanut allergies from our school nurse. 

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 4/23/18




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Hello VUSD Families,
 

On Friday, April 20th educators across the country will participate in bringing attention to school safety.  The Vacaville Teachers Association will also be participating in this effort by distributing stickers and posting signs with the message "Safe Schools for All.”  This participation is made in solidarity with educators nationwide and is in no way made as a protest of our district safety or any political positions. We simply encourage families (and students) to continue to consider and discuss the safety of all of our students. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact VTA at: tracys@vacavilleusd.org.
 

Sincerely,

Vacaville Teacher's Association

 

 

Hola familias de VUSD,

El viernes, 20 de April, educadores a través del país van a participar en llamando atención a la seguridad escolar.  El asociación de profesores de Vacaville también participaran en este esfuerzo por distribuiendo etiquetas y colocando cartels con el mensaje “escuelas seguras para todos!” Este participación se hace en solidaridad con educadores a escala nacional y de ninguna manera está hecho como una protesta de la seguridad de nuestro distrito o cualquier posición politica. Simplemente alentamos a las familias (y estudiantes) que continuan considerando y discutan el seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes.  Si tienes alguna pregunta o pensamientos, por favor póngase en contacto con VTA a: tracys@vacavilleusd.org

Sinceramente,

Asociación de Maestros Vacaville

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/18/18




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Parent and guardian feedback helps VUSD determine goals and priorities for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is an educational plan that maps expenditures to actions and student outcomes.

Take the survey here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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Check out VUSD's Community Bulletin Board featuring sports, events, activities and more for kids and families.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/19/18




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WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 6:00-7:30 ORCHARD LIBRARY

 

MEET SPECIAL NEEDS PARENT LIAISON, HEAR UPDATES FROM DISTRICT STAFF, SHARE CONCERNS, TRAINING, AND CONNECT WITH OTHER PARENTS.

 

GUEST SPEAKER ASST. SUPERINTENDENT OF SOLANO COUNTY SELPA TO DISCUSS EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN STRESSFUL SITUATIONS.

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 3/16/18




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Loop the Lagoon fundraiser April 28th
The 15th Annual Loop the Lagoon fundraiser for Vacaville schools is right around the corner. This fun-filled community event features kids races, running/ walking events and a fair. 50% of every entry fee goes directly back to your school. Help raise money for your school and have a great time doing it! Register to participate or volunteer here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/16/18




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VUSD schools will be performing lockdown drills (locks, lights, out of sight) today. The drill schedule for VUSD is set before the school year begins. Today's classroom conversation that accompanies the drill is the See Something, Say Something mantra that pertains to reporting threats, being kind, and offering help for those who may need it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/15/18




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Walk UP and extend kindness March 14th
Tomorrow is the national "Walk Out" movement, from 10:00 AM to 10:17 AM. As a district, we recognize that recent violent events weigh heavily on VUSD parents, staff and students. While VUSD is not promoting participation in the event, we will support students in middle or high school who feel compelled to express themselves in a respectful way during this time. Some student groups have organized voter registration efforts (non-partisan) and similar activities tomorrow. Teachers will remain in classrooms for students who do not wish to participate as well. 
"Walk Up" is another movement that encourages students and adults alike to extend kindness and support to others. Efforts of kindness is something we can all do today that can have immediate impact in our daily lives.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/13/18




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REMINDER-

 

MARCH 2ND FRIDAY &

MARCH 6TH-9TH TUESDAY-FRIDAY

1ST-3RD 12:35 DISMISSAL

4TH-6TH 12:40 DISMISSAL

SCIL PRESCHOOL & TK/K 12:00 DISMISSAL

TK STAYS AT REGULAR TIME

ALL ACE PROGRAM STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE MINIMUM DAYS

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 3/2/18




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Hello VUSD Families,

 

The recent school shooting in Florida is a horrible reminder that our worst nightmare is happening more and more. As we move forward through our fear for our own children and grief for families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I wanted to share what VUSD has and will continue to do to address school safety.

 

School violence is a complex issue. As a district we have worked to identify the aspects of school violence beyond legislation that we can directly control and impact in our schools.

 

As adults, the action that we can take today which serves as the foundation for a positive school climate is helping students understand the importance of respect, compassion, understanding and support of each other; face to face, on social media, at school and at home. We can model this behavior and help students look for understanding of each other. Our schools serve students with a wide range of emotional, physical and intellectual needs and it is important that we foster a culture that is inclusive of everyone. Sometimes behaviors we witness are misunderstood or present an opportunity to provide a student with needed support. However, consistent and understood consequences for students who choose to threaten, demean or bully others at school or online is also key.

 

A consistent and clear emergency response plan is also vital in keeping our students safe and addressing any potential threat on campus. We are in our fourth year of practicing the Standard Response Protocols (Lockdown, Lockout, Evacuate, Shelter). This plan was developed with guidance from the Vacaville Police Department. Vacaville PD is at the center of all our emergency responses and their expertise and support has been invaluable. A police sergeant and four school resource police officers are based on school campuses and serve all of our schools with safety and crime issues. Our emergency plan also includes monthly drills for students and staff as well as trainings for parents. I invite you to attend our next parent-training event on February 27th at 5:30 PM at 401 Nut Tree Road.

 

Our 2017-18 educational plan (LCAP) has also included funding and programing to systemically address social and emotional wellness for students. Each school has adopted systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that include teaching positive behaviors and offering a wide range of supports to fit each individual student’s needs. This includes sixteen mental health clinicians, therapists, and interns, school counselors, deans at secondary schools and school administration. The City of Vacaville also has a community service officer, two master social workers, family support workers and program managers who work to serve and support VUSD students as well.

 

Positive school climate and safety is an ongoing effort that must be the highest priority for the school district, parents, students, city and our community. Supporting students positively as they grow not only effects our school environment but our city as a whole.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please reach out to your school principal, district administration listed below or myself.

 

Director of Student Attendance and Welfare- Ramiro Barron (707) 453-7126 ext. 226

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services- Kim Forrest (707) 453-7201

Director of Community Engagement (emergency response)- Jennifer Leonard (707) 453-6155

 

Sincerely,

Jane Shamieh

Superintendent

Vacaville Unified School District

(707)453-6101

janes@vacavilleusd.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/16/18




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School shootings are a terrifying thought for every parent and educator. Student safety is always in the forefront for us as a community. Given yesterday's tragic events in Florida, we thought we would share the following upcoming events that are part of our annual calendar to address school safety. 
The first is our district wide Emergency Operations Center Training on February 27th that includes all of our schools and departments in executing an EOC with the focus on the logistics of keeping our students safe and accounted for in a disaster. 

The second is an informational meeting for parents, reviewing our Standard Response Protocols as well as our Standard Reunification Method Protocols, also on February 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Educational Services Center Board Room at 401 Nut Tree Road. 

Finally, March 15th is our annual district-wide school Lockdown Drill. The drills will be happening throughout the day at every school site. Each site creates a different scenario to practice each year, for example a school might elect to trigger the drill during passing period or recess rather than in the classroom so that students can practice the procedures under various circumstances. 

The Vacaville Police Department is an integral partner in keeping our kids safe. All of our protocols are created in collaboration with VPD. More information about VUSD's emergency response protocols can be found at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/SRP. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Leonard at (707)453-6155 with any questions or comments.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/15/18




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Girls on the run leader and coaches will be at the school Friday 2/16 during lunch recesses to explain the program and answer student's questions.

The program is March 5- May 18. Practice dates are Monday 2:20-4:05 and Wednesdays 1:20-2:35.

 

Applications and brochures are in the office.

Register online @ www.GOTRNapaSolano.org or call

707-637-8909

 

Registration is limited to 15 girls.

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 2/13/18




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Your responses count. Your responses will help shape important decisions over the next few months. The survey has 25 multiple choice items and a handful of optional short answer questions. Please note that your responses are private and confidential. Survey answers cannot be linked back to any specific respondent.

 

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 2/9/18




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LCAP logo Survey
 

Hello VUSD Parents and Guardians,

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) connects the funding we receive to the goals we’ve established, and it outlines the ways we measure progress. Parent/guardian input is a critical component to the plan. Academic success for each student requires a collaborative partnership between parents/guardians and schools.

Please take a few moments to share your feedback and priorities with us by completing one survey for each school your student(s) attend(s).  (2 surveys for 2 different schools, etc.)

SURVEY AT: https://goo.gl/forms/2SovZX O9KAH0PjXv1
Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s education.

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent
Jane Shamieh


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Saludos a nuestros Padres/Guardianes de VUSD,

El Plan de Control Local de Responsabilidad (LCAP, por sus siglas en inglés) conecta los fondos que recibimos a los objetivos que hemos establecidos y describe las maneras en que medimos el progreso.  El aporte de los padres/guardianes es un componente crítico del plan. El éxito académico de cada estudiante requiere una asociación colaborativa entre los padres/guardianes y las escuelas.

Por favor tómese unos momentos para compartir su retroalimentación y prioridades con nosotros completando una encuesta para cada escuela a la que su alumno(os) asista.  (2 encuestas para 2 escuelas diferentes, etc.)

Gracias por ser parte de la educación de su estudiante.  

https://goo.gl/forms/WfAm3aGHNj1wenwB2

Gracias por asociarse con nosotros en la educación de su hijo.

 

Sinceramente,

Superintendente 
Jane Shamieh

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/9/18




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Parent Meeting- the puzzle project
 

Join the January Special Education Parent Meeting supporting student success through equitable access, collaboration and empowerment. 

 

Come and listen to information from guest speaker officer Jeremy Johnson of the Vacaville Police Department regarding the “Puzzle Project”. This project started by officer Johnson is slated to strengthen ties between the police and the special needs community. 

 

Wednesday, January 31st 

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

Orchard Elementary School Library 805 Orchard Ave. 


Questions? Call or email: 

Angel Giroux-Greber 

Special Needs Parent Liaison 

(707)453– 6172 

AngelG@vacavilleusd.org 


Child Care provided by district paraprofessionals 

Light refreshments served.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/30/18




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Sixth Grade Parents

 

Please read the attached documents, they contain important information regarding 7th grade orientation from Mr. White, Principal of Jepson Middle School:

 

Padres de sexto grado

 

Por favor, lea el documentos adjunto, que contiene información importante con respecto a la orientación de séptimo grado del Sr. White, Director de la Escuela Intermedia Jepson:

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Posted by: Jennifer Austin
Published: 1/29/18




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Gill Van Attenhoven, an attorney and the Director of Training for the California Narcotic Officers Association will be giving a “don't miss “presentation about opioids and other drugs. Vacaville Police Sergeant Todd Dye, will also be speaking about opioid and drug use in Vacaville.
High school students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend to help raise awareness regarding opioids and other drugs that are killing children.

VUSD PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION EVENT

January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/22/18




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FAMILIES INTERESTED IN ACE-

PLEASE FILL OUT THE ATTACHED FORM AND RETURN TO THE HEMLOCK OFFICE.

707-453-6245

 

**ALSO CLICK ON THE ACE TAB  AND SCROLL TO ENROLLMENT FOR UPDATED ENROLLMENT INFORMATION OF DATES & TIMES.

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Posted by: Jenna Skinner
Published: 1/19/18




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Se enviará una carta a casa esta semana con respecto a las nuevas pruebas, ELPAC, para todos los estudiantes de segundo idioma. Por favor, encuentre una copia de la carta adjunta aquí también. No dude en ponerse en contacto con la escuela si tiene preguntas.

 

A letter will be mailed home this week regarding the new testing, ELPAC, for all second language learners. Please find a copy of the letter attached here as well. Feel free to contact the school with questions.

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Posted by: Jennifer Austin
Published: 1/17/18




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Sierra Vista K-8 will be hosting an informational meeting Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM in the school multipurpose room located at 301 Bel Air Drive, Vacaville.  It will be a great opportunity to meet and ask questions of staff, current students and parents. Enrollment packets will be available at the informational meeting.

 

Tours of Sierra Vista K-8 are also available for interested families on February 9th beginning at 9:00 AM. More information about Sierra Vista K-8 can be found on their website at http://sierravista.schoolloop.com/ or you can reach the school office at 707-453-6260.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/16/18




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Your student's instructional time and learning are very important to us! If your child forgets his/her instrument for band, we will not call into the classroom to notify him/her that it is in the office. Classroom and music teachers will remind students to check the office on the way to band to pick up a forgotten instrument.We feel this protects student learning, while still allowing students to have instruments dropped off if they forget them at home.

 

¡El tiempo de instrucción y el aprendizaje de su hijo son muy importantes para nosotros! Si su hijo olvida su instrumento para banda, no llamaremos al aula para notificarle que está en la oficina. Los maestros de aula y de música recordarán a los estudiantes que visiten la oficina en el camino a la banda para recoger un instrumento olvidado. Creemos que esto protege el aprendizaje de los alumnos, al mismo tiempo que permite que los alumnos se lleven los instrumentos si los olvidan en casa.

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Posted by: Andrew Hyland - ESC
Published: 1/9/18




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VPEF  100 Savings contribution offer
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/1/17




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Parent Technology Night @ Hemlock!

 

Interested in learning more about the technology students have access to at school and how you can access/monitor it at home? Join us for a Parent Technology Night presented by Digital Education Coordinators Dawn Marsh and Andrew Hyland with the VUSD Technology Department! The evening will cover:

  • Access to online curriculum
  • Student Productivity Platform: G–Suite for Education
  • Digital Citizenship Resources
  • District Safety Precautions and Monitoring

When: December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Where: Room 23 at Hemlock

*Space is limited so please RSVP! Flyer attached for RSVP. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 11/27/17




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Healthy Kids Survey Logo
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. Students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey between November 27 - December 21, 2017.  Parent information and consent forms will be sent home in November.  Click here for more information.

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Posted by: Rae Ann Quinata, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/16/17




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As a follow up and response to the concerning incident this morning involving the arrest of a near a bus transit station, please see the update below. As always, we encourage parents to help students understand how to be aware of their surroundings, not engage with strangers and immediately tell adults about strange or threatening incidents. We appreciate the immediate action and support from Vacaville PD, and are glad that the suspect was identified.

 

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE HAS BEEN POSTED BY THE VACAVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Two teenaged girls are to be commended for their quick thinking and actions yesterday, which have now led to the arrest of 29-year-old Vacaville resident Newton Payeah.

Yesterday morning while waiting for a bus at the Vacaville Transit Center on E. Monte Vista Avenue, Payeah approached two girls who were waiting for a bus to take them to school. He asked them if they would like to smoke marijuana with him and offered to give them a ride, identifying himself as an Uber driver. These brave young ladies did the right thing by not engaging him further and got on their bus when it arrived. They then reported what happened to an adult which resulted in police being called.

Our children's safety is extremely important to us and we immediately launched an investigation as to what occurred. Information was being shared on other social media platforms that in some situations was not correct. We want you to know we are committed to providing you information that is timely, accurate, and direct from the source on our social media platforms and sometimes that takes a little longer than we all may want, however this ensures accuracy in what's shared. Officers from our Youth Services Section were actively following up on the case when we learned Payeah returned to the transit center this morning. Officers immediately responded and safely took Payeah into custody. We were able to determine he does not work for Uber as a driver. Payeah was arrested for annoying a child under the age of 18 and booked into Solano County Jail. Below is a picture of Payeah at the time of his arrest and the car he arrived in.

This situation could have ended much different if not for the excellent decisions made by the girls. Please use this event to have those important conversations with your children about how to handle themselves should they ever be in similar circumstances.

Anyone with information regarding Payeah's actions is asked to contact Officer Erwin Ramirez at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260.

Vacaville PD arrest Picture

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/17




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VUSD Elementary schools will have bagged lunches for students to eat at school or take home during minimum days Nov. 9th & 13-17th. Lunch is $3.00. Free and reduced rates also apply.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/6/17




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Come join us for a night of fun with mathematics! 

Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6:30-7:30 pm

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Published: 10/30/17




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Halloween @ Hemlock Elementary School

Costumes may be worn to school on Halloween. Costumes must be comfortable, safe and should comply with the school wide dress code. Costumes should allow students to move about and play freely without interfering with vision. Student faces need to be entirely visible at all times; make up should be minimal. Masks, fake blood, fake weapons are not permitted. Costumes should not be offensive or overly frightening. Any students not in compliance will receive appropriate consequences.

Classroom Parties: Please continue to provide healthy snacks for all classroom parties in accordance with the district’s wellness party. Questions about party times and snacks should be directed to the classroom teacher.

Costume Parade: Weather permitting, we will parade outside. Parents, please remember to sign in at the school office and obtain a Visitor pass. We do ask that any parents in costume also adhere to the costume guidelines noted above.   Please check with your child’s teacher for details regarding their parade time.

 

 
 

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 10/23/17




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Duck, cover and hold. All VUSD schools will be practicing earthquake drills at 10:19 AM today. This is a great opportunity for families to review their emergency supplies and plans too. What's your family plan? http://www.earthquakecountry.org/step5/

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/19/17




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As we continue to deal with poor air quality that potentially changes hour by hour due to fires, we will continue to take steps to minimize exposure to smoke for staff and students. 

VIEW AIR QUALITY MEASURES HERE

Air Quality Index
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/17/17




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Vacaville may experience poor air quality in coming days. View information about air quality measures here.

Based upon information available Sunday, October 15th, all VUSD schools and offices will be open on a regular schedule Monday, October 16th. 

Currently, there are no plans to make up days for school closures. However, Super Saturdays are a great way for students to get additional help. The next Super Saturday is October 21st. Details are available at your school. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/15/17




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ALL VUSD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, OCT. 12th and FRIDAY OCT. 13th.

 

Hello VUSD Families,

We hope this message finds your families safe and well. Our hearts go out to those who have been evacuated or have lost loved ones, pets and homes in this tragedy. Thank you for your support as we work through the challenges of this disaster.

Because the evacuation areas in Solano County have increased, affecting even more VUSD families and staff and the air quality is now at hazardous levels, all VUSD schools and offices will be closed on Thursday October 12th and Friday October 13th. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this emergency. Take care and stay safe.

 

 

Saludos a las familias de VUSD,

Es nuestra esperanza que este mensaje encuentre a sus familias seguras y bien.  Nuestros corazones están con quienes han sido evacuado o ha perdido seres queridos, mascotas y hogares en esta tragedia.  Gracias por su apoyo mientras trabajamos para enfrentar este desastre lo mejor que podemos.

Debido a la que las áreas de evacuación en el Condado de Solano han aumentado, afectando aún más familias y personal de VUSD y que la calidad del aire esta ahora a niveles peligrosos, todas las escuelas y las oficinas de VUSD estarán cerradas el jueves, 12 de octubre y el viernes, 13 de octubre.  Gracias por su comprensión mientras sobre pasamos esta emergencia.  Cuídense y permanezcan seguros. 

Las áreas de evacuación y los niveles de humo han aumentado significativamente.  Las escuelas de VUSD estarán cerradas el jueves y viernes. 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




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School will be in session today.

 

VUSD schools will be open today with measures being taken to reduce smoke exposure for staff and students. Students who stay home with parental permission due to poor air quality will have excused absences.

 

“Our thoughts go out to our Fairfield/Napa/Sonoma neighbors and staff who are dealing with evacuations and tragedy. We understand that many VUSD parents cannot get time off for poor air quality and cancelling school creates childcare and income challenges for many. Keeping schools open, but excusing absences for those who choose to keep students home is the best way we can support our families during this tragedy while maintaining educational continuity.” VUSD Superintendent Jane Shamieh.

 

All VUSD schools will be collecting donations for fire victims today.

 

VUSD will follow data and guidelines from the Spare the Air Current Conditions table and the Air Quality Index. The following are measures that VUSD staff will take to ensure minimal exposure to unhealthy air.

 

 See more information about measures we will take to minimize smoke exposure for staff and students.

air quality index

index- spanish
 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/10/17




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Don't want lots of Halloween candy sitting around.... check out this link! 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 10/9/17




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Our first School Site Council meeting is Monday, October 9 at 2:45 pm in Room 1. This is a public meeting and open to all. Please see our agenda below:

 

 

 

Hemlock Elementary School Site Council

Agenda

Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 2:45pm

Location: Room 1

 

 

  • Opening & Roll Call
  • Minutes
    • Spring Meeting
  • Open Forum/ Public Comment (2 minutes maximum per person)
  • Site Reports
    • About the SSC Election Process
    • Training: Roles and Responsibilities of the SSC
    • Review of Parent Involvement Policy
    • Review of the current Bylaws
  • Unfinished Business
  • New Business
    • Examine & Discuss possible clarification/ changes to By-laws
      • How do we define % of ACE and Core parents on our SSC?
  • Election of SSC Officers
  • Reports
    • ELAC/DLAC
    • Teacher
    • Principal
  • Announcements
    • Upcoming Events
    • Next SSC Meeting
  • Adjournment
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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 10/4/17




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Looking for a fun day with the family? Check out the North Bay Science Discovery Day on October 28. More information in the link below. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 10/2/17




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Running late to school in the morning? Miss breakfast? Come on by to the kitchen at morning recess for 2nd Chance Breakfast. 

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 9/23/17




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Megan is currently serving as an Educational Services Administrator here in VUSD. She coordinates Novel Knowledge, science and the GATE program. Two-three days per week, Megan will be on campus at Hemlock to assist with student supervision and discipline, attendance and other general administrative tasks. 

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 9/23/17




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Hello VUSD Families,

As you probably remember, VUSD has been evaluating our school start times with the intent to create optimal learning environments for our students. Significant research shows that the circadian rhythm (or sleep cycle) for humans changes during the adolescent years. While young children typically are naturally wide awake early in the morning, teens biologically struggle with waking early, regardless of the time they go to sleep. Research shows that aligning school start times to better fit students' biological rhythms results in improved student performance and success.

VUSD has been evaluating school start times for over two years. This evaluation included: 

  • reviewing extensive research
  • recommendations from health organizations like the National Sleep Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • school district transportation 
  • cost analysis
  • feedback from principals
  • polls for students, parents and teachers

The VUSD Board of Trustees have taken all of these into careful consideration and have voted to adjust school start times for the 2018-19 school year. In the year to come, we will work with VUSD staff, City Coach, athletics, Vacaville Police and Fire and other community organizations in preparation of these new times. We understand that this positive change for student learning requires some adjustments for our families and community partners. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in fitting our educational system to meet students' needs.

More information about school schedules for 2018-19, research, articles, legislation, health tips and news on later school start time can been found here.

 

Hola VUSD Familias,

 Tal vez recordará que nuestro distrito ha estado evaluando los horarios de inicio de nuestras clases con la intención de crear ambientes de aprendizaje óptimos para nuestros estudiantes. Ha bastante investigación que muestra que el ritmo circadiano (o ciclo del sueño) para los seres humanos cambia durante los años de la adolescencia. Mientras que los niños pequeños suelen estar naturalmente despiertos temprano en la mañana, los adolescentes biológicamente luchan con despertar temprano, independientemente de la hora que se van a dormir. Las investigaciones demuestran que la alineación de las horas de inicio de la escuela para adaptarse mejor a los ritmos biológicos de los estudiantes mejora el éxito de los estudiantes.

El Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha estado evaluando las horas de inicio de clases por más de dos años. Esta evaluación incluyó:

• revisar extensas investigaciones

• las recomendaciones de organizaciones de salud como la National Sleep Foundation, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Academia Americana de Pediatría

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha tomado todas estas consideraciones y ha votado para ajustar las horas de inicio de la escuela para el año escolar 2018-19. En el próximo año, trabajaremos con el personal de VUSD, el autobús de la ciudad (City Coach), el atletismo, la Policía y los Bomberos de Vacaville y otras organizaciones comunitarias en preparación de estos nuevos horarios. Entendemos que este cambio positivo para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes requiere algunos ajustes para nuestras familias y socios comunitarios. Agradecemos su disposición a trabajar con nosotros para adaptar nuestro sistema educativo a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

 Más información sobre los horarios escolares para 2018-19, la investigación, los artículos, la legislación, los consejos de salud y las noticias sobre la hora de inicio de la escuela más tarde se puede encontrar en: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/22/17




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special education night
Join us at Special Education Parent Night Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Orchard Elementary. Meet other families, the special education leadership team and our special needs parent liaison.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/22/17




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For more information please check out the attached flyer. 

 

Homework Help Program starting soon....

 

Wednesdays, beginning October 11 3:30-4:30pm

Vacaville Public Library-Town Square 1

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 9/15/17




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VUSD works with community partners to keep kids safe. This month we are helping to shed light on human trafficking that can happen to kids in our city too.

Hear from a trafficking survivor at the Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention seminar Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 PM in the Will C. Wood Theater located at 998 Marshall Road. More info here

Human trafficking awareness flier
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/8/17




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City to open two cooling centers beginning Friday evening. Excessive heat warning issued by National Weather Service. With temperatures expected to reach well into the 100s over this Labor Day weekend, the City of Vacaville will be opening cooling centers at two of its community centers.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for our area and other parts of Northern California. As a result, the Three Oaks Community Center will have a cooling center in one of its assembly rooms. Three Oaks, which is located at 1100 Alamo Drive, will be open until 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/1/17




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Don't miss activities for students and parents. Check out the Community Bulletin Board.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/31/17




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Mrs. Mac
 

It's Teacher Tuesday! Hemlock Elementary teacher Jennie MacCallister, better known as Mrs. Mac, is a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher. You will be hard pressed to find a person with a bigger heart and more passion for kids than Mrs. Mac. She is always willing to jump in and help a colleague or a school event. Congratulations Mrs. MacCallister, and thank you for all of your hard work and devotion to kids.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/29/17




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Meet your child's teacher and find out more about the year on Wednesday, August 30!

 

 

Session 1 starts at 6pm

Session 2 starts at 6:30pm

 

ACE Program.... 

Session 1 at 6pm is for Mrs. Beeby and Mrs. Thomas' classes

Session 2 at 6:30pm is for Ms. Gardner, Mrs. Waid and Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Finnegan's classes

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 8/27/17




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Dear Families,

 

On Monday, August 21, 2017 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.  Northern California will experience 75%-80% of the eclipse between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  While this is an exciting event, even momentary glimpses of the sun can be unsafe for our eyes. It is important students are aware that they should not look directly at the sun unless they are taking proper precautions. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. 

 

Families, we ask that you spend time talking to your student about how to safely view this event. Here at Hemlock, we will be doing the same. Classroom teachers will plan activities accordingly for their class/program. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have specific questions.

 

Another note… you are welcome to send your student to school with a pair of eclipse glasses. We do advise you to ensure they are purchased from a reputable vendor and that they meet the International Safety standard (ISO 12312-2).

 

Below are a few links you might find helpful….

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/make-pinhole-projector.html

https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection

 

 

Thank you,

 

Mrs. Buzolich

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Posted by: Jennifer Buzolich
Published: 8/18/17




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August 21 Eclipse Resources!

On August 21 all of America will experience a solar eclipse. Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun); other regions will witness a partial eclipse.

The Bay Area will experience a 76% eclipse, with the moon beginning to cover the sun at 9:01 am, reaching maximum coverage at 10:15 am, and then moving away from the sun at 11:37 am.  

Some schools have made plans for students to go outside and watch the eclipse using special solar eclipse glasses and/or cards for pinhole viewing. Please check your school's website to see what kinds of activities are planned.  

If you want to send your child to school with glasses for viewing the eclipse, please be sure to provide designated solar eclipse glasses. Staring at even a sliver of the sun without adequate protection can cause permanent eye damage. (You can find more information about choosing safe glasses on the American Astronomical Society's website.)

The following websites have lots of layperson-friendly eclipse information to share with your families and friends:

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/15/17




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Community Heath and Sports Fair August 5th
Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville is hosting a Community Health and Sport Fair August 5th, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm at 1 Quality DR., Vacaville. The event hosts sports exams and immunizations for Kaiser members as well as community activities for parents, students and coaches. Admission is free.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 7/27/17




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kids eating lunch
Kids can keep in touch with friends this summer with Free Lunch With Friends. Kids 0-18 years can enjoy complimentary lunches all summer. No registration is needed. 

 

Dates M-F/Fechas

Time/Hora

Location/Lugares

6/12 thru 8/11/2017

11:45am – 12:30pm

DOWNTOWN LIBRARY- 1 Town Square Pl, Vacaville         

     

6/12 thru 8/11/2017

12:00pm – 12:45pm

MARKHAM ELEMENTARY- 101 Markham Ave, Vacaville

     

6/12 thru 8/11/2017

12:30pm – 1:00pm

MARIPOSA CENTER- 1625 Alamo Dr, Vacaville

     

6/19 thru 7/14/2017

11:00am – 11:45am

HEMLOCK ELEMENTARY- 400 Hemlock St, Vacaville

     

6/19 thru  8/4/2017

1:30pm – 2:00pm

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB- 100 Holly Lane, Vacaville

 

DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/26/17




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Kaiser Sports and Health Fair flyer
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/5/17




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suicide prevention ribbon
 

May is Mental Health Month. The intent of this observance is to bring awareness to growing mental health needs within our culture, and to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.  The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has brought national and local attention to issues related to mental illness and suicide.  Please take an opportunity to discuss the attached talking points with your children.  We need to work together to spread the message to our children that help is always available.

 

Click here for Discussion Points regarding "13 Reasons Why"

 

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/18/17




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KCRA 3 news reportCBS 13 news story
Dear Parents,

We can never be too careful when it comes to protecting our children.  A dangerous “game” surfaced on social media a while back, particularly with students in other countries. The game is being talked about by student in our schools. 

The “Blue Whale Challenge” app involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the final challenge of taking one’s life. While we do not know of any VUSD students who are playing it, we want to make sure that you are aware of it.

Evidently, it has been removed from the app store.  We are appreciative of members of the community who brought this to our attention; our children benefit when we work together to protect them.

Sincerely, 

Kim Forrest

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/17/17




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Please take a few moments to watch this video and share it. Our friends with Autism, like all people, need support and understanding. Helping students understand Autism is a great place to start.

screen shot of Amazing Things Happen video

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/15/17