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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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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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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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construction worker

A building trades boot camp for high school students will start June 19 at Solano Community College and run for three weeks, with a break during the July 4 holiday.

Students will learn about the trades, get OSHA and CPR certified and visit apprenticeship centers.

The boot camp will run Monday through Thursday and take place at the rural Fairfield campus at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in Building 1800 by the tennis courts.

Contact Maire Morinec, dean of the School of Applied Technology & Business at Solano College, at 864-7155 for more information.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/16/17




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Click image below to view or download graduation pictures

vusd photo albums
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/10/17




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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




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Race registration and packet pickup today at Fleet Feet Vacaville from 12-6 PM, and tomorrow from 6:30-8:00AM at Lagoon Valley! Remember half of your registration fee goes back to the school of choice.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/12/17




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Loop the Lagoon May 13th

The Loop the Lagoon Run/Walk fundraiser for the Vacaville Public Education Foundation (VPEF) is May 13th. 50% of your registration fee will go directly back to your school of choice! 

 

So, rally your coworkers, friends and family and join this fantastic fundraising event for schools in beautiful Lagoon Valley!

 

Register at: http://www.loopthelagoon.com

 

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




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Papa Roach
Papa Roach -- a world-touring, Grammy-nominated, triple-platinum rock band with members who originally hail from Vacaville – will break away from their album promotion schedule on May 3 to come home to deliver a message to Solano County children: Be fearless, dream big, aim high to develop your full creative potential.

Members of the band will return to their hometown for a special dedication ceremony at Imagine That!  – Vacaville’s newly opened hands-on learning Exploratorium for children of all ages and abilities. Exhibits at the center encourage children to be free to imagine, create, and welcome sciences and art into their lives.

The highlight of this special ceremony will be Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine proclaiming May 3 as Papa Roach Day in Vacaville. In honor of Papa Roach’s generous support of our community, organizers have created a special exhibit at the center that celebrates their musical success. One portion of the exhibit invites youngsters to play out their rock dreams and musical talents.

Papa Roach formed in 1993, with Jacoby Shaddix, a student at Vacaville High, and Jerry Horton of Vanden High, since that time and with Members Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo, Papa Roach have achieved critical and commercial acclaim selling over 25 million albums worldwide. 

The dedication will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Vacaville’s Imagine That!, 848-B Alamo Drive.

For local information, contact Lauren Runow of Imagine That!, (707) 474-5317.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/2/17




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Kim Academy Open House April 6th
The Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning will be hosting an open house April 6th at 6:00 PM. The evening will include tours, food, raffle prizes, virtual reality demonstrations and more! The Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning offers students makerspace, service learning in the community, online courses, electives and more. Come see for yourself!

REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/4/17




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Join us this month for Autism Awareness. Learn more about Autism and get a better understanding of those who have Autism. Click the image below for videos and more.

Autism Awareness, accept, understand, love

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/31/17




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Tell us what matters most to you! Community input is an important part of quality education for all VUSD students. Your feedback through the second part of a brief parent survey is greatly appreciated.
LCAP Survey

http://www.vacavilleusd.org/lcap

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/22/17




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All VUSD schools have power and are in session today.

 

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE:

Buckingham, Orchard, Markham, Brown

 

PEABODY ROAD expected to be closed this morning. Please use alternate routes to Will C Wood and expect traffic delays.s Valley and Padan have power, school will start at normal times.

 

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/7/17




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VUSD is searching for talented and enthusiastic educators for the 2017-18 school year. Join us this Saturday to learn more about career opportunities with VUSD.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/6/17




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Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub your hands together until dry.

Cover your coughs and sneezes.  Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and always throw the used tissue in the trash.  Remember to wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.  You can also cover your cough and sneezes with your sleeves if you do not have a tissue available.

Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the virus to other people.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age or older.

Source:  Solano County Public Health Department

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/26/17




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The California Department of Education is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week January 23–27, 2017. Check out VUSD's webpages for parents and students:
FOR STUDENTS        FOR PARENTS

Make a positive difference online this week!

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




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The 2nd Annual Youth Summit for high school students is coming to Will C Wood Saturday, February 11, 2017. More info

YOUTH SUMMIT
 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/5/17




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Schools

Closed: December 23rd-January 6th

             Return to school January 9th

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Posted by: Ken Johnson, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/21/16




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Make sure you know what to do and what to expect during a school site emergency. VUSD is hosting an informational meeting for parents about emergency protocols used at all school sites.

Tuesday December 6th at 5:00 PM in the Will C Wood library or Wednesday, December 14th at 5:00 PM in the Vaca High library

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/28/16




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nolan sullivan

 

Superintendent Jane Shamieh and Board of Education President Shelley Dally presented Board member Nolan Sullivan with an award of appreciation for his years of service on the VUSD Board. Mr. Sullivan has a long history of serving students, not only as a Board member, but as the Chief Organizer for Measure A, the President of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation (VPEF) the Chair of Loop the Lagoon charity run and more. Nolan did not run for re-election so that he could spend more time with his young family, but we expect he will continue to have a strong and positive presence in our community. Thank you Nolan for all that you do.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/18/16




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VUSDCommunityBoard

Check out the new Community Bulletin Board highlighting non-profit activities, events, groups and places for kids and parents. Look for the Quick Link icon on the VUSD homepage.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/9/16




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Congratulations to VUSD teacher Brian Speck who was honored on Saturday at UC Davis as a CSTEM teacher of the year. Great job Mr. Speck!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/16




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In response to parent feedback, Vacaville Unified School District is going green with parent notification forms this year! The 2016-2017 Annual Notification for Parents/Guardians & Students is now primarily here: Annual Notifications & Forms. 

 

Please take a few minutes to view the document. An acknowledgement form went home with your student and should be returned by September 22nd, 2016.

 

If you prefer a printed version of the notification, please indicate this on the acknowledgement form. A copy will be sent home

with your student.

 

Thanks for your continued support of this and other green initiatives for students.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/15/16




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Willis Jepson and Vaca Pena hosted iCANHELP assemblies and student training groups this week. #iCANHELP empowers students to delete negativity from social media and to be true to who they are when posting online. Watch the FOX40 news story.


 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/31/16