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Open Enrollment is January 15 – March 1. The Annual Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten Fair will take place on February 21 and February 22 at the Robert Livermore Community Center.  All new first through fifth graders will also register their students at this fair.  Parent information meetings will take place prior to the fair. Detailed information will be posted on our website by January 10th. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/16/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24.  Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, November 27.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/15/17




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Individuals and families that call will be given the name and address of a site in their neighborhood that is holding a special holiday distribution on a first-come- first serve basis.  Any questions can always be answered by giving us a ring: 1-800-870-3663 or 510-635-3663 (Dial 1 for English, 2 for Food, 3 For Holiday Food).

Holiday Helpline Flyer

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/13/17




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Your art may become the next logo of Science Odyssey.  Contest is open from November 9th - December 1st for students in grades K - 12.  Fifty dollar award given for top entry in the categories: Grades K - 5, 6 - 8, and 9 - 12.  Rules and entry form

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/13/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

On Veterans Day, as a community and as a nation, we dedicate time to honor all who serve or have served in our armed forces. With this special edition of The Grapevine, I would like to add my personal thanks to the members of our District family who are also members of the military. These special individuals serve our country, and, daily, they serve our students.

 

As the daughter of a U.S. Marine and granddaughter of a U.S. Navy Seabee, I know that service in the military includes a commitment of support by families. I salute all in our community whose patriotism and dedication have helped guarantee the freedoms we enjoy in our country.

 

With deep gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.                          
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/10/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Friday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day. School and offices will reopen on Monday, November 13th.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/8/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

It would take a room larger than the planned gymnasium at Livermore High School to fit a Thanksgiving table that could seat the many generous community and staff members who enrich our students’ lives throughout the year. Thank you to everyone who contributes to our schools!

 

Many hours of professional commitment, infused with love, define the preparation by our teachers, office staff, custodians, yard supervisors, campus catering staff, counselors, specialists, aides, support staff, nurses, and administrators who serve our students daily. Scores of volunteers support our students and staff by giving their time and talents to prepare materials, facilitate activities, and chaperone events. And, behind the scenes, our maintenance, warehouse, and District Office staff support the schools each day. Thank you, also, to our Board Trustees for their tireless commitment to the students of Livermore.

 

A visit to one elementary classroom reveals layers of community support that combine to bring learning to life for our students. It’s easy to see the Chromebook cart, the document camera, the bulletin board art, the classroom library, and the flexible seating provided by PTA fundraisers, Rotary, and Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) grants, and by many of our community partners. The upgraded wireless network -- less visible, but key to the integration of technology into 21st-century learning -- is a gift from the entire community through Measure J. And the backpacks hanging outside the door on numbered hooks show both family support and gifts from our community so that each child starts the year with new school supplies.

 

I want to thank the organizations in our community that support our students and families, often in ways that others cannot see. Our Child Welfare and Attendance staff members collaborate with City Serve, Open Heart Kitchen, Axis Community Health, Tri-Valley Haven, Shepherd’s Gate, and other agencies that make it possible for all students to have life’s necessities. Students who are rested, fed, and healthy are students who can learn and achieve.

 

Together, we create this generous community of Livermore that we call home. Together, we show our value of education and our faith in the future of our children.

 

With gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.                          

Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/3/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District music performance calendar is now available here.

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Published: 11/3/17




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The Livermore Police Department invites accompanied children up to 12 years of age to Trick or Treat through the Police Department on Monday, October 30th from 5:00 - 7:30 PM.  The Livermore Police Department is located at 1110 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore.  Costumes are encouraged.  Flyer

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/26/17




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The Livermore Granada Boosters will be holding the 8th Annual Race to the Flagpole on Saturday November 11th. We hope to see you at the race.  Register now!

Race to the Flagpole (Free Photos w/ entry)

https://www.active.com/livermore-ca/running/distance-running-races/race-to-the-flagpole-free-photos-w-entry-2017

 

Event details and schedule

  • Race Day is November 11th 2017 beginning at Independence Park in beautiful Livermore California. The 5k and 10k race is through scenic Sycamore Grove, where you will be able to take in breathtaking views of the Livermore wine country. Both courses are mostly flat with a majority on dirt trails.  
  • Race day bib pickup is: 6:45-8:15 AM at Independence Park, 2798 Holmes Street Livermore.
  • The 10k starts at 8:45 AM, 5k 9:00 AM, 1 Mile run 10:15 AM.
  • All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, medal, post-race refreshments and free downloadable photos. The top male and female finishers will also be recognized for the 5k, 10k and 1 mile runs. 
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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/20/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District invites the Livermore community to apply for three positions on the Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee. Members serve a two-year term.  Press Release & Application

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/20/17




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As of 10:00 AM Friday, Livermore’s air quality has moved into the “orange” range – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.  Because of this, indoor locations will be provided to students during recess and breaks.  All PE classes will be indoors, until further notice.  Staff will continue to be mindful of students and staff who are sensitive to air quality and monitor for respiratory issues.

 

We will monitor the conditions and alter student activities as needed. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority, and we will be responsive to the changing conditions.

 

Thank you.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/13/17




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Dear Parents and Guardians of Livermore Students,

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we follow the progress of the devastating fires in the North Bay Area and continue to monitor the air quality indicators for our own area to ensure student safety in our schools.


As of 5:00 Thursday afternoon, air quality in Livermore is “good.” We are hoping that air quality will remain in the “good” or “moderate” range tonight and Friday. We are planning a normal school day tomorrow, Friday, October 13.


We do understand that air quality can change quickly. We will monitor the conditions and alter student activities as needed. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority, and we will be responsive to the changing conditions.


Thank you for your ongoing support,

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/12/17




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We have been monitoring air quality throughout the day so that we continue to ensure student safety in their curricular and extracurricular activities at our school. The air quality in Livermore has improved since yesterday and early this morning, allowing us to resume some activities.

 

Livermore schools will host outdoor after-school athletic competitions today, Thursday, October 12th, as long as the air quality continues to be moderate. If the winds change and air quality becomes unhealthy, games and matches will stop. Our student athletes will not be traveling to play sports at other schools that have unhealthy air quality. Athletes will be notified directly by their coaches if plans have changed.

 

Indoor competitions (girls volleyball) will be played, as scheduled.

 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to monitor changing conditions and make adjustments, as needed. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/12/17




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The 2017 Tri-Valley College & Career Fair is being held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Granada High School, 400 Wall Street, in the large and small gyms.  Tri-Valley students and their parents are invited to meet with representatives from;  UCs, CSUs, Community Colleges, Private Colleges, Out of State Colleges, Technical Schools, Military & ROTC, Apprenticeships. Flyer

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Published: 10/12/17




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All Livermore schools will follow inclement weather procedures on Thursday, October 12th, limiting outdoor exposure of students and staff. Except for walking to classes, all outdoor activity before and during school hours is canceled.

We will be implementing the following precautions:

  • PE, recess, and breaks will be held indoors.
  • Lunch will be held indoors.
  • Windows and doors will be kept closed.
  • Staff will be very mindful of students and other staff members who are sensitive to air quality.

Safety continues to be our utmost priority. We are monitoring the air quality and will continue to keep our community updated as conditions change.  While other schools closer to the fires may have decided to close, Livermore schools remain safe places for students and staff.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/11/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

School is underway! On my visits to classrooms around our district, I am continually impressed by the high level of student engagement, the dedication and expertise of our teachers, and the ongoing commitment of all staff members to raise this next generation of global citizens.

 

This month, we celebrate our students who excel academically. We congratulate our National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students at Granada and Livermore High - these seniors rank in the top 1 - 3% of all seniors in the United States. We are proud of our 350 students who are officially biliterate - those whose English Learner status was reclassified to English Fluent. We commend the hundreds of students who met and surpassed their Summer Reading Program goals, and the thousands who scored at the highest levels on CAASPP. And we applaud the innovative students at Christensen Middle School whose empathy for others inspired them to create the wheel chariot and augmentative alternative communication device that allow all students to participate in physical education; their efforts earned them the 2017 Innovation Tri-Valley Dreammakers and Risktakers Award.

 

Our students' successes are a tribute to their creativity and their intellectual perseverance. It is also a tribute to their teachers' ongoing learning and commitment to excellence. I am excited that our entire faculty, district-wide, has the opportunity this month to participate in a full day of professional development. Our teachers - our experts - are empowering one another to be better.

 

Learning doesn’t just happen in classrooms. Learning opportunities can be found all around us. Our mission is to graduate students who will contribute to society. Kudos to the Granada High School students who adopted North Forest High School in Houston, Texas, and to the students at Arroyo Seco, Croce, and Rancho Elementary Schools who reached out to show compassion for elementary school students in Houston.

 

Our students are contributing and our schools are thriving!

 

Warm Regards,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.                          
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/9/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office. 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 10/5/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Friday, October 6th which is a non-student day. Offices will reopen on Monday, October 9th.

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Published: 10/3/17




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A community celebration of the arts sponsored by the Bothwell Arts Center, ArtWalk returns to downtown Livermore on Saturday, October 14, 2017. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Works by over 150 artists can be enjoyed, as well as live music, cultural arts demonstrations, and crafts for children.  Art from high school, middle school and elementary students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School district will be on display in the Bankhead lobby.  

 

The event offers a priceless opportunity for artists to interact with visitors as they explore a broad range of works, ranging from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to jewelry and mixed media. Subject matter is equally broad, from floral to figurative and more. Unlike many other festivals, the streets in Livermore are kept open during ArtWalk and displays are clustered throughout downtown parks, sidewalks, galleries, wine bars, restaurants and shops. Residents and visitors can experience all downtown Livermore has to offer, while honoring art as the theme of the day.

            

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 10/3/17




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TV30's back with award winning high school football coverage.  This season, we will broadcast three varsity football games on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. We will be at Granada High School on this Friday, October 6th to cover the Foothill @ Granada Homecoming game. It is scheduled to start airing on October 7th. We will also broadcast Livermore @ Amador on Friday, October 20th.  More Information

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Published: 10/3/17




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Many companies like Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have programs that match employee donations to qualified non-profits like the Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) or school parent groups (PTA, PTO, Boosters). Please consider supporting our schools. Thank you.

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Published: 10/2/17




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The United Against Bullying Coloring and Poster Contest is open to students of all ages. This year's theme is "I HEART Kindness."  Because kindness stops bullying so if you can be anything, be kind. The coloring contest has three age categories:  5-7, 8-9, and 10-12.  The poster contest is for middle and high school students. Entries accepted until October 31, 2017. Go to http://unitedagainstbullying.net/contests for the rules and regulations, prizes, and how to enter.  Contest Flyer

 

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Published: 9/26/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is posting up-to-date news, upcoming events, pictures, and videos of Livermore schools and our community each day. Stay in the loop by following us on Twitter and liking our Facebook page. And feel free to engage! We’d love to hear from you.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 9/22/17




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STEAM Lab Looking for Donations

The upcoming Science Technology Engineering Art & Math (STEAM) lab at Marylin Avenue Elementary School is looking for donations.  This project has been a passion of teacher Taylor Parker for the past few years and continues to inspire and challenge students in the after school “STEAM TEAM”.  Here is a list of things they could make immediate use of:  Legos, fabric, digital cameras, digital video cameras, tripods, iPad 2 or newer, iPhone 5 or newer, iMac 2005 or newer.  Contact Taylor Parker by email at tparker@lvjusd.k12.ca.us or by calling the school at 925 606-4724. 

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Published: 9/20/17




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Invitation by the Livermore Valley Opera to the Final Dress Rehearsal of Don Pasquale on Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater, Livermore.  Admission is free for students and teachers.  Cost for parents accompanying a student is $10. Door opens at 6:45 p.m. The opera begins at 7:30 p.m.  Pre-performance talk at 7:00 p.m. by Revital Shmerling.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 9/13/17




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Dear Livermore Community,            

 Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! What an exciting start as our 13,750 students and 1,340 staff members gathered on the first day to share in the Great American Eclipse! And what an incredible connection to the new Next Generation Science Standards. I continue to be grateful to our industry partners and STEM supporters, including those that allowed us to provide safe glasses to view the eclipse.

 

During my visits to our schools these first days, I have been inspired by the enthusiasm of our staff and the eagerness of our students. Preparation before the first day beautified our campuses and schools, stocked our shelves, and provided for professional development that enabled teachers to collaborate and plan a challenging curriculum for their students. Thanks to the generous support of the Livermore community, Measure J Bond work began this summer, and planning is underway to update our facilities to better support our educational needs.

 

Believe it or not, we have just welcomed the Class of 2030! In a few short months, we will graduate the Class of 2018, our first group of students who are truly 21st-century natives. Our world is changing, and education continues to be the foundation that prepares our children to be leaders. The keys to college and career readiness are good work habits and regular attendance. We look forward to welcoming all of our students to school each day. We are committed to providing each of them an inspiring curriculum that includes character education, wellness, and arts, along with academic rigor.

                                                       
Warm Regards,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.                          
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 9/1/17




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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 UPDATE: Students and staff will remain indoors today as they did yesterday. Athletic events are canceled, with the exception of varsity football. Granada plays at Newark, where temperatures are cooler. Livermore will have a delayed start at 8:00 p.m., after sunset, and when temperatures are cooler. Our school sites continue to monitor temperature and air quality.

 

Because of the smoke in the area today, Thursday, August 31, and because of predicted high temperatures for tomorrow, Friday, September 1, all school sites are following inclement weather procedures, and limiting outdoor exposure of students and staff. In addition, all athletic practices and competitions have been canceled today.

 

Student safety continues to be our utmost priority. We will keep our community updated as conditions change.

 

For more information see the National Weather Service Alert.

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Published: 8/31/17




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With children starting a new school year, the Livermore Police department is reminding our community of the need to drive safely around and through school areas. Please keep these important tips in mind especially during the busy morning and afternoon hours around our neighborhood schools.
 

•  Parents should plan their child’s walking/riding route to school and discuss safety topics with their child surrounding the designated route.  Students should never jaywalk.  Bicycle riders must ride the same direction as other traffic.  Bicyclists must obey the rules of the road.
 

•  Students should not cross against red lights, whether walking or on bikes, scooters or skateboards.
 

•  Motorists approaching school zones should keep an eye out for children at all times.
 

•  Parents who drive their students to school are reminded to use the school’s drop off and pick up zones and become familiar with the established rules of the drop off/pick up zone.  Parents should never stop their vehicle in the middle of crosswalks or let students exit their vehicles in the middle of the street.
 

•  Parents should avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces students to unnecessarily cross busy streets — often mid-block instead of at a crosswalk.
 

•  Drivers should always prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
 

•  Drivers must stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
 

While we know that mornings and afternoons can be hectic times in getting to or from school, there is no situation that is so important that students and parents can’t take the time to do it safely and legally.

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Published: 8/18/17




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We are looking forward to observing the upcoming solar eclipse on our first day of school. Every school is planning educational activities for students to maximize the learning opportunities of this historic event. Click the link below to see a simulation of the eclipse in Livermore.

https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator?lat=37.6536947&lng=-121.67393709999999

 

Thanks to generous STEM donation funds from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and other community partners, our District has purchased NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses for all students and staff.  Please know safety is our highest priority.  All staff and students will have safety guidelines to follow and outdoor viewing will be supervised by school staff. Please reinforce with your student the importance of following all safety guidelines, which are also available by clicking the link below.  2017 Solar Eclipse Safely sheet

 

Some schools will be adjusting their break and recess schedules. In the event that families do not want their student to participate in our district-wide viewing, each site has developed opt-out procedures.  Expect specific details and guidelines from your school site principal this week.

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Published: 8/16/17




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With the start of the new school year, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is welcoming new leadership staff to the District Office and to school sites. 


Mike Biondi, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, is joined by Kevin Grier, Director of Curriculum, and Helen Gladden, Assistant Director of Curriculum, to lead the educational work of the District. Director of Special Education, Frank Selvaggio, also joins the District team to continue the focus on achievement for all students. 


Arroyo Seco Elementary School welcomes new principal, Gatee Esmat. Sunset Elementary School will be led by Tom Jones. Carla Estrada-Hidalgo takes the helm at Vineyard Alternative School. Jeannette Garza and Jeremy Vilkins join Junction Avenue K-8 principal, Dayna Taylor, to complete the leadership team at the District’s Dual Immersion School. Denise Nathanson, formerly at Arroyo Seco, will be joining Marylin Avenue Elementary this year as principal; and Mistee Guzman has been appointed principal at East Avenue Middle School, where she has served as vice-principal for several years. Alex Eckert will join Ms. Guzman at East Avenue as vice-principal. 


Superintendent of Schools, Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. said, “We are grateful for the contributions over the past years of our outgoing administrators, and we are looking forward to the innovative leadership our new staff members will bring.” 


Mike Biondi brings experience and vision to his new role as Assistant Superintendent. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University and additional coursework completed at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Biondi’s depth of experience in educational leadership spans twenty-two years including: University Faculty Instructor, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair and Teacher. “I am delighted to join the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District team,” said Biondi. “I am very impressed by the dedicated teachers, school staff, and the district-wide leadership that supports students and staff at such a high level.” 


Kevin Grier’s twenty-five year career in education includes service as math teacher, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, middle school principal, and director of human resources. Grier earned his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and his Master’s Degree in Educational Management at Azusa Pacific University, in addition to a B.A. in political science from U.C. Irvine. Grier is committed to providing a robust curriculum that will further the District mission of preparing students for the 21st Century world. “I am committed to providing each student with the best educational experience possible, that will provide the broadest range of options after high school,” said Grier. 


Helen Gladden joins Grier in the Curriculum Department, after serving in LVJUSD as principal at East Avenue Middle School, and vice principal and English teacher at Livermore High School. She has a master's degree in Educational Leadership from California State University East Bay and a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley. Throughout her career in education, Gladden has demonstrated her commitment to preparing all students to contribute and thrive in a changing world. In 2015, her accomplishments were recognized both statewide and nationally when she was named by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as the California Co-Administrator of the Year. 


Frank Selvaggio brings 18 years of experience in public education, including principal, school psychologist, special education teacher, and community college faculty member. He holds Masters Degrees in Education Administration, School Psychology and Special Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Selvaggio looks forward to supporting all students. “I have dedicated my professional life to helping children, families and educators find personal, professional, emotional and academic success,” said Selvaggio. 


Gatee Esmat began her interest in education while earning her bachelor’s degree at U.C. Berkeley, where she worked with students in the community. She has served as vice principal and teacher since 2007 at the elementary and middle school levels. Esmat holds a Masters in Education from U.C. Davis, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Brandman University. “I am so excited to be joining the Arroyo Seco community,” said Esmat. “I will continue to provide a positive and nurturing school atmosphere, and to provide our students the platform to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.” 


Tom Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College. His 18 years in education include experience as both teacher and administrator. Jones is excited to join the students, staff and parent community at Sunset. “I look forward to adding positively to the already amazing culture at Sunset. Consistent and ongoing communication will be an early focus of mine, as I believe it is an important component to leverage in order to drive toward excellence,” said Jones. 


Carla Estrada-Hidalgo has served as an educator in LVJUSD for 11 years. She received her Administrative Services Credential from California State University, East Bay. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from Chapman University, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Anthropology and Spanish, from California State University, East Bay. Estrada-Hidalgo is committed to ensuring equity and enhancing educational opportunities for all students. “I’m honored and privileged to be part of students’ educational experiences. It’s gratifying to witness their achievements and growth; and I look forward to continuing to serve our Livermore students by supporting and strengthening our schools,” said Estrada-Hidalgo. 


Jeannette Garza has served as Spanish teacher and Leadership teacher during her 14-year career in education. Currently earning her Master of Science in Educational Administration, Garza also holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from California State University, East Bay. Garza has been honored as the 2017 Rotary Teacher of the Year for Livermore High School. She is excited to bring her bilingual background to Junction’s Dual Immersion program. 


Jeremy Vilkins joins the Junction administrative team with 14 years of experience as an educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University, his multiple subject credential from CSU Hayward, and his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay. Vilkins has worked as history and leadership teacher, yearbook and newspaper advisor, and intervention services coordinator. Vilkins is looking forward to meeting and supporting the Junction community. “Although I have had my hand in many projects, my favorite part of being an educator is making learning fun for the students,” said Vilkins. 


“In addition to the superb slate of administrators, we are proud to be adding 80 teachers to the District for 2017-18,” said Director of Human Resources, Melissa Theide. A combination of retirements and increased enrollment has provided the opportunity to further build the District team. 


The new staff members will join with all LVJUSD employees for the annual Kickoff Celebration on August 17, the official start of the 2017-18 school year. “We come together as a team to celebrate our combined focus on students,” said Bowers. Students will be welcomed back on the first day of school, August 21. 

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Published: 8/6/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office. 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 8/2/17




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Important information to register your student for 2017-18 school year in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

 

For Registration, please go to this link: http://www.livermoreschools.com/registration.


Complete the form on that page. Bring the form along with the required documents to your school of residence.  

  1. Current Immunizations
  2. Birth Certificate of child (Original)
  3. Photo ID of parent
  4. 2 Proof of Residence (Originals)

       Required Documents

 

Any questions contact:
​​​​Sydney Humphre​​​y 925 606-3206, shumphrey@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

             Terri Saenz 925 606-3207, tsaenz@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

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Published: 7/20/17




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All are welcome to attend the Tri-Valley Health Initiative Livermore Health Fair. Free health, dental and vision screenings for ages 3-18 on Wednesday, August 16th from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at Junction Avenue K-8 School, 298 Junction Avenue, Livermore. This is an opportunity for children to receive free health, dental, and vision screenings, and for families to learn about resources for health. Activities, entertainment, and food will make this a fun and valuable event. Remember your immunization card.

 

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Published: 7/19/17




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The following dates have been set for the closing and reopening of school offices this summer:

  • Elementary school offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 16, 2017.
  • Middle school offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • High School offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 30, 2017.

All K-12 offices will reopen to the public, beginning Thursday, August 3, 2017.

  • Elementary school offices shall be open to the public from 9AM – 3PM, with a daily lunch hour of 12PM – 1PM.
  • Middle and high school offices shall be open to the public from 9AM – 4PM. 

The District office will be closed July 4, 7, 14, 21 & 28.

 

Office hours will resume to regular hours on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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Employees of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) love coming to work. They are proud to be responsible for the education of over 13,500 students. And they know their dedication makes a positive difference in the community.


For the second year in a row, LVJUSD has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by the Bay Area News Group (BANG). On Sunday, June 25, 2017, BANG identified the Top 100 Workplaces in the Bay Area. “The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District celebrates its employees’ passions, dedication and hard work while also taking pride in creating world-class opportunities for its students. Team members work together to empower the next generation of global citizens and to transform the students of today into the world leaders of tomorrow,” wrote Andy Coffaro, Correspondent for the East Bay Times.

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Livermore Schools, is proud that the District has been recognized for its positive work. “When I go into classrooms and see the excitement for learning on children’s faces, I know we are all doing important work,” said Bowers. “I am honored that our employees know they are valued for their work and that they are happy being part of our team,” she added.


Craig Bueno, President of the Board of Education, agrees that the LVJUSD is a great place to work. “Our District has now been awarded Top Workplace four times, including the past two consecutive years. Considering the broad competition, this is an especially prestigious award for a public school district. This award clearly illustrates the accomplishments of our motivated and engaged teachers, staff, and administrators, as well as the leadership provided by Dr. Bowers. We will not rest in our pursuit of excellence.” 


LVJUSD earned the Top Workplace honor based on high-scoring results of an employee survey, administered by Workplace Dynamics in February 2017. The survey gave employees the opportunity to evaluate LVJUSD in areas including connection, effectiveness, and leadership. Employees shared that they feel appreciated, able to work to their full potential, and part of something meaningful. They also feel that new ideas are encouraged, their manager helps them to learn and grow, and they have flexibility in work and life balance.


Superintendent Bowers encouraged participation in the annual survey. “Throughout our district, we share an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. Each year that I have served as superintendent, I have sought employees’ input to learn how we can improve our support of the students, staff, and families of Livermore,” said Bowers.


“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

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Published: 6/27/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

Throughout this school year, we have focused on showing appreciation for all who contribute to the success of our students and our District. Whether sharing a token of appreciation, or writing a note, or saying “thank you,” we have let our colleagues know that they make a difference in our lives, both professionally and personally. As the school year comes to a close, I continue to be grateful to our entire community for supporting students, families, and staff throughout the year. Thank you to our employees and our partners for all you do!
 
Please join me in congratulating the almost 1,000 students who graduate this week, moving on to college and career, ready to contribute and thrive in their next endeavor. I am confident that our students are well-prepared for future challenges, thanks to the excellence they have experienced in our schools. I look forward to watching them make a difference in our community and beyond.
 
Just as our graduates are prepared to be lifelong learners, all of our students can look toward summer as an ideal time for self-directed learning. Today students say goodbye to their teachers, and bring their backpacks home one last time, as they head into summer vacation.  Children will pitch in at home and may have summer jobs. They will also have time to let their imaginations soar. As you enjoy family time this summer, I encourage you to unplug those devices and engage with one another as you explore our parks and libraries, delve into new projects, and create some great memories during the Summer of 2017.
 
With gratitude,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Published: 6/8/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office. 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 6/8/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's proposed budget for 2017-2018 is available for public inspection in the lobby of the District Office at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore or HERE. A Public Hearing will be held on June 13, 2017 at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting, which begins at 7:00 pm in the Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Blvd. 

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Published: 6/7/17




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The availability of viable public parking is an important consideration for many Livermore residents, merchants, and visitors. In an effort to ensure safe and accessible parking, the City of Livermore recently passed a new ordinance governing the types of activities that may be carried out in city owned parking lots and structures. The Livermore Police Department wants to inform the public, and specifically the city’s youth, about this ordinance so that they can avoid possible fines related to violating the ordinance.


In summary, the ordinance (LMC 10.20.261) states that city owned parking lots and parking structures may only be used for parking then exiting, entering to retrieve a vehicle, short term passenger drop off/pick up, or direct passage through to another public area.  Examples of current city owned parking lots and parking structures include the downtown parking garage, the parking lot behind the First St. Alehouse, the parking lot behind the Sauced Restaurant, the Livermore Civic Center, and all lots associated with city owned parks. The City is in the process of posting signage at all locations to make people aware of the new ordinance.


Livermore PD has been receiving complaints that juveniles are congregating in the downtown parking garage and we would like to inform the community that this new ordinance makes that type of activity illegal.

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Published: 6/6/17




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Joint Press Release by LVJUSD and TVLC

June 5, 2017 - Livermore, CA Students attending the Livermore Valley K-8 Charter School (LVCS) and the Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School (LVCP) will be able to extend their school year instead of ending school abruptly today. A collaborative agreement between the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) and its oversight agency, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), provides for LVJUSD support that will allow LVCS to remain open at least until June 7th and LVCP to remain open at least until June 9th.


LVJUSD Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent Chris Van Schaack, and Fiscal Director Teresa Fiscus met this afternoon with TVLC CEO, Dr. Lynn Lysko to jointly determine how LVJUSD could provide immediate intervention and assistance to minimize the impact of TVLC’s fiscal standing on LVCS and LVCP students. LVJUSD’s support allows a less abrupt closure to the school year, with the least possible disruption, ensuring course completion, administrative and custodial support, and instructional minutes compliance. There will be necessary time for teachers of record to assign grades, for office staff and the registrar to close up with proper recordkeeping, and for students and their families to participate in planned promotion and graduation ceremonies.
 

LVJUSD feels strongly that students and families need to finish the year with adequate notice, and that students need to complete their academic year to the greatest extent possible. “The last day of school is an important milestone for students of all ages. In addition to completing academic work so that students are prepared for the next grade level, students want to be able to say goodbye to teachers and classmates. At the high school level, students need to be able to present their final projects, and teachers need time to enter grades so that students have complete transcripts,” said Bowers.


For over a year, the current TVLC management team has been working to improve and strengthen the organization's fiscal systems. Today's agreement helps TVLC finish out the school year and continue its focus on long-term recovery. “We appreciate the District joining with us to put our children first under these extraordinary circumstances," said Lysko. "This act is an important reminder of the shared responsibility our entire community has to the education and well-being of each student.”

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Published: 6/5/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  

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Published: 6/1/17




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2017 Safe Kids Day Booster Seat Giveaway is happening at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 10 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  They will be giving away 500 vehicle booster safety seats and 500 bicycle helmets to Alameda County kids. Free BBQ lunch served 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM with live family entertainment, safety activities and community resource fair. More information on the flyer.

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Published: 5/30/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda 

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Published: 5/26/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Monday May 29th, Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th.

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Published: 5/26/17




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Attention high school students. Would you like to change the future? Participate in a summer Biotech Bootcamp  to learn basic DNA investigation and transformation skills that are used for crime scene investigations, gene testing and gene modification. Space in camp is limited due to laboratory space.  A waiting list will be kept once spots fill. 

 

Dates:  July 10 - 13 for students entering grade 10 in fall

           July 17 - 20 for students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall

 

Place: Las Positas College      Time:  9:00 AM - 3:00  PM        Cost:  No fee     

Prerequisites:  An interest in science. Register online by June 1.

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Published: 5/23/17




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All are invited to join the party this Saturday at Livermore High School. Doors open at 1:00. Decade tents, a car show, and musical performances will be offered throughout the afternoon.  Guided tours from 3:00 - 6:30. Staff panel (former and current school principals and staff), facilitated by Ron Nicola, takes place at 4:10. Proclamations and program at 5:00 in the Main Gym. Evening social starts at 6:00.The LHS Spring Drama production, In the Heights, starts at 8:00. Come for all of the fun, or stop in for some - and be part of this wonderful community program.

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Published: 5/18/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 5/15/17




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In partnership with the African American Regional Educators Alliances (AAREA), we are offering AAREA's successful Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) S.T.E.P.S. program locally to our incoming fifth through eighth grade students for the 2017-2018 school year. STEM S.T.E.P.S. is a culturally relevant academic enrichment program that offers STEM and college awareness experiences to participating students through project-based activities, exploration and field trips. The program will take place one Saturday a month from September 2017 through May of 2018. In addition to the student programming, parents will participate in the Regional Parent Network which includes culturally relevant outreach efforts to support families with the information, tools and resources to be a partner with the school, district, and educational entities to enhance the education of African American students. Flyer

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Published: 5/11/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District affirms its unwavering commitment to support all students. The District mission - Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world - is a promise to each student in our District.

 

Read the affirmation, All Kids Are Our Kids: Affirmation of a Safe, Supportive, and Respectful School District  (Spanish version)

 

Read the FAQs about Equal Access and Student Safety  (Spanish version)

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Published: 5/6/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

As the end of the year approaches, our students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. We are enjoying student performances and participating in academic awards celebrations. We are visiting Open Houses to view student portfolios and see samples of their achievement. 

Starting this first week of May, our students join with other students throughout California to show their academic growth. Students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 are demonstrating their strengths in Mathematics and English Language Arts as they take computer-based Smarter Balanced tests, as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, (CAASPP). We are piloting the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) tests at several of our schools. Many high school students are also taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams that will validate their college-level coursework and make them eligible to earn college credit for their high school courses. For the first time, our high school International Baccalaureate (IB) students are taking exams that will demonstrate their progress toward earning the IB Diploma.

We all have vivid memories of being tested -  to show our mastery of a subject in school, or perhaps to prove our ability to drive a car. Because we want to do our best, we can be both excited and anxious when test days came around. I know that our students want to do their best on this month’s tests, and show all that they have learned. Our teachers and staff members are taking extra steps to support students’ positive attitude by holding assemblies, making posters, and creating slogans to showcase the importance of testing as an opportunity for students to show what they know.

The results of these spring tests are important for students and for our schools. Students receive a comprehensive report of their progress on State standards, and teachers use these results to provide support and enrichment opportunities for students in 2017-18. 

Thank you to our families for your ongoing support. Please continue to ensure that students have a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast before coming to school. We look forward to celebrating positive results with our students!

Warm regards,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Published: 5/5/17




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Notice of Public Hearing on Intention of Livermore Valley Joint
Unified
School District to Consider Entering into a Solar Power
Purchase Agreement with SunPower Corporation, Systems
Pursuant to Government Code Section 4217.10, ET Seq.

 

The Governing Board of the District will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the District Office Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore to consider authorizing District staff to negotiate the terms of the Agreement.

Public Notice

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Published: 5/2/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Published: 4/21/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public.  Agenda

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Published: 4/20/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Monday April 17 which is a non-student day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18.

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Published: 4/14/17




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Tri-Valley Community Television is seeking nominations for Outstanding High School Coach of the Year. Did you have a high school Coach this academic year that made a difference in your sports training and will also have a positive impact on the rest of your life? Now you have a chance to thank that person by nominating him or her for the Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award. 

 

It’s easy to nominate your favorite coach. Just go to tv30.org and click on the banner at the top of the website. Fill out the short form to nominate your favorite coach. The winner will be announced at this year’s Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding Athletic Awards Event taking place on May 25, 2017 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. The deadline to submit the nomination is May 1, 2017

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Published: 4/7/17




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The High School Senior Arts Awards Program is designed to identify, recognize, and encourage talented graduating high school students who reside in Livermore and/or attend a Livermore school. Schools may be public, private, charter or home school, and must be Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited. Up to 10 winners will receive a $600 award from the City’s Commission for the Arts. 

 

To apply for the award students complete the 2017 City of Livermore High School Senior Art Awards applicationprovide a copy of the most recent transcript along with a letter of recommendation from their teacher which is due no later than 5:00 PM on April 28, 2017.

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Published: 4/7/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public.

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Published: 3/31/17




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Our schools provide a safe place for all children to learn. LVJUSD educators support each and every child in Livermore. The District mission - each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world - is for all students.

 

For information about Safe Schools, Student Privacy, Equal Access, and ICE, see the FAQs (Spanish version).

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Published: 3/31/17




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All school sites and the district office will be closed from Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th for spring break. School sites and offices will open back up on Monday, April 10th.

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Published: 3/30/17




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#BestSchoolDay is back! Today, March 29th, every donation to live projects on DonorsChoose.org will be matched, thanks to some of our most generous supporters. #BestSchoolDay is a special moment to celebrate public education and the amazing work that teachers do every day with their students.

 

Every time you support a classroom project, you’re helping to build a movement of people who believe that America’s teachers should have the best resources to make every day the #BestSchoolDay for their students.

 

Find a classroom to support at LVJUSD

 

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Published: 3/29/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Meeting agenda

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Published: 3/24/17




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Kristie StarkovichThe Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District welcomes Kristie Starkovich as the new principal for the satellite elementary campus. Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, said “We are so pleased to have Ms. Starkovich join our leadership team. Her experience, enthusiasm and collaborative leadership style make her a perfect fit for our educational community.

 

Kristie Starkovich joins the administrative team with over 20 years of experience as an elementary school educator. She has served as a classroom teacher, intervention teacher, vice principal, and principal, primarily with Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) and Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD).


Ms. Starkovich is passionate about education and is eager to explore innovative and effective strategies to enhance student learning. Starkovich believes it takes a team to cultivate a climate in which students thrive and become lifelong learners. She looks forward to working with the entire school community, students, staff and families.


Ms. Starkovich grew up in Livermore. She attended Sunset Elementary School, Mendenhall Middle School, and graduated from Livermore High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with Concentration in Foreign Language from California State University East Bay (formerly Hayward), and a Master of Arts degree from National University.


Ms. Starkovich demonstrates the power of persistence and perseverance which have allowed her to learn, grow, and succeed professionally and personally. She values spending time with her husband Aaron, stepdaughter Nicole, and stepson Darren. Nicole will be a junior at Livermore High School in the fall. Walking her big yellow Labrador retriever, riding bikes, and placing her toes in the sand are her joys in life. Last year, she completed her first triathlon and is looking forward to training for many more.


Principal Starkovich is ready to get to know her new school. “I am honored to join the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and return to the community I call home,” she said.

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Published: 3/23/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Meeting Agenda

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Published: 3/17/17




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On Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM the Livermore School District will be having a Teacher Recruitment Fair at the District Office located at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore.

 

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is seeking teachers in the following subject areas:

  • Multiple Subject (with EL Authorization or Bilingual Authorization)
  • Single Subject: Mathematics, Science, Spanish
  • Services: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology
  • Education Specialist Instruction: Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities

We will conduct preliminary interviews for highly qualified applicants. Principals and staff members will be on hand to greet you and answer questions.


If you have questions or need assistance, call Kathy Dreisbach at 925-606-3291 or email hr-recruitment@lvjusd.k12.ca.us.

 

Recruitment Fair Flyer

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Published: 3/16/17




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Hindu Community and Cultural Center/Shiva Vishnu Temple of Livermore Scholarship

To support and further the education of students in our community, the Board of Directors of the Hindu Community and Cultural Center have established three perpetual scholarships of $500.00 each to be awarded to a worthy high school graduating senior at each of the comprehensive high schools (Granada High and Livermore High) and one among seniors graduating from alternative schools in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. More Information & Application

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Published: 3/15/17




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Edward Teller was a co-founder of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  Dr. Teller’s work at the Laboratory is only one element of his long multidimensional and distinguished life as a scientist, educator and citizen.  In honor of Dr. Edward Teller, LLNL is sponsoring scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 each to a graduating senior at Livermore and Granada High Schools. 

 

Applicants must be a current graduating senior, been accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college or university and submit a completed scholarship application by April 28, 2017.

 

Application & Information regarding the criteria, process, selection and award.

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Published: 3/15/17




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The Livermore Police Department recently responded to two vehicle vs. bicycle collisions near school zones over the past week. If your child rides their bicycle to school, we would like to remind parents to discuss bicycle safety and rules of the road with their children.


Bicyclists ARE NOT pedestrians and are required to obey all traffic laws and to wear a helmet if under the age of 18.


Motorists should also keep in mind that while traveling in school zones, there are likely young, inexperienced bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. Please use extra caution while exiting driveways or making turning movements in areas around schools.


Remember that the speed limit in school zones is 25 MPH when children are present (regardless of the posted speed limit). Please read these bicycle safety tips and share them with your family and friends.

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Published: 3/15/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 3/13/17




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Reading for the Future
Dear Livermore Community,

Long before I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley, I knew the power of reading. A good book was like a magic carpet when I was younger, giving me the ability to explore new worlds, meet new people, and dream new possibilities. My library card was a ticket each Saturday to a new stack of adventures. I can remember being delightfully lost in a good book, and even feeling sad when I closed the cover on the last chapter of a favorite character’s story. Today, I continue to be an avid reader. Reading is the key to understanding new perspectives. It is the essential element of success in learning.  


Reading others’ words empowered me to write my own. Even as a second grader, using Dr. Seuss’s book as an impetus to plan my future, I learned that a book could provide a framework for my dreams. And, remembering my Dad’s words, “A goal is a dream with a deadline,” my reading led me to set goals and prepare for my future.

As we celebrate reading this month, let’s all pick up a good book. And, even more important, let’s all read a book with a child. I had a great time reading with students at Altamont and Croce Elementary School sites on Thursday. Thank you for inviting me along with your other guest readers! 

Warmly,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/3/17




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The "Make a Difference" Awards were established to celebrate the special education youth throughout our community and provide an opportunity for families to acknowledge individuals who have gone "above and beyond" to make a difference in the life of their special child.  All submissions are due Friday, April 7, 2017.  

Award criteria and submission form

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Published: 3/2/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Published: 2/24/17




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Parents of new TK/Kindergarten students for the 2017/18 school year are invited to register their children for school in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. The annual Registration Fair is Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. More information about the TK/Kinder Fair

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Published: 2/22/17




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The City of Livermore is reminding everyone to stay safe by staying out of the arroyos. With all of our recent rain the arroyos have swollen throughout the city. Please refrain from playing, boating, rafting, and wading in the arroyos. During a major storm the waters can become fast moving and extremely dangerous.

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Published: 2/19/17




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The TV30 crew will be at Livermore High School on Tuesday, February 14th to cover the Granada vs. Livemore boys and girls varsity basketball games. TV30s last basketball Game of the Week broadcast features Livermore cross town rivals Granada Matadors and the Livermore Cowboys both boys and girls basketball teams facing off for city bragging rights. Catch all the excitement starting on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 30, AT&T U-verse via channel 99, and streaming @ tv30.org.

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Published: 2/9/17




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On Saturday, 2/25/17, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Music Department will host a Solo & Ensemble Festival for music students from the Tri-Valley Area. This is the 55th year the Livermore District Music Staff has hosted the event. The festival will be held Los Positas Junior College and runs from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, followed by a formal, “Command Performance” at 7:00 pm in the Barbara Mertes Center for the Arts.


The purpose of a Solo & Ensemble Festival is to foster a love for “Art” music. Performance literature will consist of “classical” repertoire. Students may perform as a soloist or as part of an ensemble (duet, trio, etc.).


Approximately 200 students participate annually. Participants must be music students in their district music program. The festival is divided into five events (instrument families), Brass & Percussion, Woodwinds, Strings, Vocal, and Piano.


Entrants will have five minutes to perform their selection in front of a clinician. All clinicians are public school educators known for their expertise as musicians and teachers. After each performance the soloist/ensemble receives comments and a rating, which rates their performance against a standard for their age group. Ratings range from “needs improvement” to “superior”.


In addition, performers that have demonstrated superior musicality may receive a Command Screening. A command screening is a second opportunity to perform, this time in front of a “screening judge”. Of these screenings, 12-15 performers will be selected for a formal evening performance at the Barbara Mertes Center of the Arts.


The Command Performance represents a cross-section of the district’s music program and will represent a sampling of performers on a variety of instruments, as well as various age levels, from the district music program.


All events and performances, including the evening command performance are open to the public. Admission is free.

 

Livermore Valley JUSD Music Staff
 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/6/17




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The 2017 LVJUSD Science Odyssey is a science event for the whole family. Students in grades 1-12 develop science and engineering projects that demonstrate the application of scientific thinking and engineering design protocols on topics of their choice. The community is invited to view the projects on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 5 to 7 PM, at Junction Avenue K-8 School.

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/6/17




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February embraces many science and engineering events throughout LVJUSD and the city of Livermore, including the Science Odyssey the annual science and engineering fair held at Junction Avenue K-8 School, "Science on Saturdays" the free speaker series hosted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and more. For more information about these and other events open to the community go to the Science & Engineering Events Calendar.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/4/17




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Focus on Kindness

Dear Livermore Community,
Winter days may still be short, but the brightness in our schools this month is reflective of our bright future. Throughout our District, we are celebrating Science and Engineering, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Black History Month. I encourage you to attend some of the many events happening throughout our community.

Perhaps the highlight of February, in many of our classrooms, is Valentine’s Day. This year, as we celebrate friendship and family as part of Valentine’s Day, I encourage all of us to extend the kindness we practice on that day into a daily practice. Several years ago, I was the recipient of a “random act of kindness,” and I am still touched by that event and more positive because of it. It’s not surprising that researchers show that being kind actually helps us be happier, healthier, and less stressed. February 12
th-18th has been declared “Random Acts of Kindness Week.” Let’s all plan, intentionally, to be especially kind this month. Our schools, our community, and our lives will benefit!

Warm regards,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/3/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/3/17




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All LVJUSD community members are invited to learn more about growth mindset during the LVJUSD Reading and Discussion Group on February 15th at the Civic Center Library. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 - 11:30 am, and again at 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

 

We will be discussing the book, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. We will discuss how having a growth mindset enables us to stick with challenging situations, instead of choosing to give up. We will also discuss the powerful role of praise in guiding growth mindset, especially in children.

 

Even if you don’t have time to read the book, you are still encouraged to participate. Check out this Tedx Talk for an overview. (Carol Dweck Tedx Talk: “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve.”)

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 2/1/17




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Community members are invited to participate in a Manufacturing Careers Hiring Event on February 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore. The event will feature information sessions by local manufacturers, including Bakefresh, Draexlmaier, and Solar City, as well as interviews and hiring opportunities. These and other companies will be recruiting for a variety of positions including Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, Injection Molding Manager, Quality Manager, Assembly Operators, Injection Operators, Lamination Operators, and more. The event is open to adults and students 18 years or older.

 

There are two sessions available and the sponsors recommend that you pre-register for this event at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MFGCAREER.

 

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is joining with the City of Livermore, the Alameda County Business Development Group, Las Positas College, Tri-Valley ROP, and other partners to host this event. Press Release

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/27/17




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The Pedrozzi Foundation is hosting a free workshop to provide hands-on-help to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the library at Granada High School, 400 Wall Street, Livermore - drop in any time from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The workshop is open to all Tri-Valley high school seniors and current college students.  For more information see the Press Release & Flyer.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/23/17




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Parents of new TK / Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year are encouraged to attend one of four scheduled informational meetings to learn about the registration process, a typical Kindergarten day, and the current information about the Transitional Kindergarten program.  We have scheduled four dates and locations to meet your needs.

  • Monday, January 30th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Joe Michell School Multipurpose Room, 1001 Elaine Avenue, Livermore
  • Tuesday, January 31st 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Croce School Multipurpose Room, 5650 Scenic Avenue, Livermore
  • Wednesday, February 8th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Junction Ave. K-8 School Multipurpose Room, 298 Junction Avenue, Livermore
  • Thursday, February 9th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Jackson Avenue School Multipurpose Room, 554 Jackson Avenue, Livermore

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/22/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/20/17




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This year's city-wide middle school math tournament is being held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Granada High School's Student Union. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the competition starts at 9:00 AM. The awards will be presented around 12:30 PM. Click HERE for the flyer.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/18/17




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Happy New Year

Dear Livermore Community,

Welcome to 2017! As we come back from the winter break, I hope you are recharged and eager to take on new challenges! I am always invigorated by the fresh start a new year brings, recalling the words of Edith Lovejoy Pierce: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”


Each day, we find ourselves with opportunities to make decisions, with opportunities to make a difference. This month, as our nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to justice and equality, I would like to share how his message has shaped my own work as an educational leader. Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. King delivered a speech about the “drum major instinct” - the desire many people have to be out in front of the group, to be recognized for making a contribution. Yet Dr. King, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize, was not one to seek the limelight or ask to wave the baton. He was a man of humility. At the heart of his speech is Dr. King’s core message: “he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”


So, this month, let’s celebrate all who serve others. I am grateful for those in our community who are in public service, and for all who volunteer their time. Throughout our district, our staff of over 1,450 has chosen service as their vocation. I am grateful for my own opportunity to serve over 13,000 students and their families in our Livermore community. And I am grateful for your support and contributions to ensure that all of our students achieve growth and success, through the many opportunities our schools offer.

 

With gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/13/17




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Click HERE to start enrolling your child for next school year.  Any questions, contact Student Services at 606-3206 or 606-3207. Welcome!

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/12/17




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Students returned from Winter Break on Monday, January 9, 2017. Please check each school's website for more information about upcoming events and activities.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 1/9/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District invites the Livermore community to apply for three positions on the Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee. Members serve a two-year term.  
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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/22/16




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Schools will be closed beginning on Friday, December 23 and reopening on Monday, January 9. Season's greetings to all LVJUSD families and community members!

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/22/16




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have an orientation meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/15/16




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Granada High School Band & Orchestra Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 20. Granada High School Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert AND Livermore High School Band, Orchestra & Jazz Holiday Concert are Wednesday evening, December 21. All shows are at 7:00 P.M. Join us and enjoy an evening of student music and holiday cheer.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/11/16




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Dr. Kelly BowersDr. Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of Schools for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumna by California State University East Bay’s College of Education and Allied Studies. Superintendent Bowers is a product of Bay Area public schools, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1987, earning her Teaching Credential (1991), Administrative Credential (2001) and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (2002) at Cal State University East Bay. Superintendent Bowers went on to earn her Doctorate in Education from UC Berkeley (2016), as part of the Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP). The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the university.


Dr. Bowers has over 30 years of experience as an educator, including 7 years as superintendent. Under her leadership, the LVJUSD has earned distinction for educational excellence, while also being selected as a Bay Area Top Workplace in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Dr. Bowers has been honored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as the 2012 ACSA Region VI Superintendent of the Year, representing all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Distinguished Alumni award recognized Dr. Bowers for her outstanding commitment as an educator and for her success in providing exemplary educational opportunities for all students in the Livermore District.

 

LVJUSD Board President Craig Bueno applauded Bowers’ leadership. “Our Board is passionate about the education of our Livermore students and the sheer potential that a great education will offer each of them. In her achievement, Dr. Bowers personifies our primary mission: ‘Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world,’” said Bueno. Dr. Bowers is a “hands-on” superintendent who is actively involved with students, teachers, and her staff of over 1200 employees. “She’s enthusiastic. She’s one of the biggest cheerleaders we have,” said Board Trustee, Anne White.

 

As she received her award, Dr. Bowers said to the CSUEB faculty and members of the CSUEB Pioneer family, “Together you all have taught and inspired me to believe in myself and believe in others. Especially, I believe in the possibilities of education to change lives and, ultimately, change our world. I embrace this mission as my life’s work and I promise to be the pioneer who continues to make a difference for our children.”

 

Since 1985, Cal State East Bay has honored top alumni from each of its four colleges who have made significant contributions as professionals in their fields, who practice ethical leadership, and whose overall work demonstrates commitment to the values of the university. Dr. Bowers was honored on October 21, 2016 along with Atul Dhablania, vice president of Hardware Engineering and Worldwide Operations for Dell SonicWALL (College of Business and Economics); Gaylord “Glenn” Henry, founder and current president of Centaur Technologies (College of Science); and Nancy O’Malley, district attorney of Alameda County (College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences).

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/11/16




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Dear Livermore Community,


We move from a month of gratitude to a month of celebration with family, friends, and community. This month, as we share time and gifts with one another, we have much to celebrate throughout our schools and our community.


Even as the days are shorter, the light in our classrooms shines brightly. Throughout our schools, our teachers are actively inspiring our students as they delve into the heart of their studies. Trimester 2 is underway, and students are in the midst of mastering this year’s curricula and showcasing their learning. You may have visited our schools to see STEM projects, or artwork, or video games created by our students. You may be cheering on our scholar athletes at competitions in gyms or outside on cold days. You may be planning to attend musical performances and drama productions that showcase our students’ talents. The vitality in our schools each day continues to prepare our students for their bright futures.


The partnership between our schools and community continues to be a blessing. We are the recipients of community generosity, thanks especially this month to the Livermore Valley Education Foundation and the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. We also take time to embrace the world outside of the classroom by serving and giving to our community. I am truly inspired by the creative ways our staff and students are brightening the winter months for families in Livermore and beyond.


We have a busy month ahead of us, and time off as we start the New Year to reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017. I encourage you all to take time for yourselves, and to achieve balance among the busy elements in your lives, as you enjoy this festive season.


Happy Holidays!


Warmly,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 12/11/16




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Tuesday, November 29, 2017 is the day America joins together to give back to the community. The Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) is participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY and invites you to donate to support our schools. LVEF is the foundation that supports the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Your gift to LVEF on Tuesday is a gift to our neighborhood schools. Link to LVEF for the Donation Form. Thank you!

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/28/16




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Dear Livermore Community:

A Culture of Gratitude
I am both grateful and proud to live and work in a community that highly values the education of children. Each day of the school year, our teachers, administrators, and support staff create engaging, relevant lessons that excite our students as learners. I am especially grateful this year for their unwavering commitment as they welcome students to our classrooms even after school has started. Each student and each family in our District bring unique contributions to the larger mosaic that make us a true reflection of the community. Thank you, all.


Our work as educators does not happen in isolation. Community involvement is key to making our schools great. Daily, on each of our campuses, community support is evident: volunteers, materials, and services that help our schools run well and nourish our students even after they leave. This month, we are particularly honored by gifts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation. Thank you, Livermore, for your support of our facilities, and of our students and staff! 

This month, as school communities and as families, we celebrate Thanksgiving. I wish each of you a happy holiday, and I thank you all for giving so much each day of the year.

 

With heartfelt gratitude,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/19/16




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25.  Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, November 28.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/18/16




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 11/8/16