ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
January 29, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
Norte Vista High School is among a distinguished group of schools in the State of California that will be recognized and honored for earning a Civic Learning Award for public schools during the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the Disneyland Hotel. The Chief Justice of California and State Superintendent of Public Instruction co-sponsor the Civic Learning Awards for California public schools. The award identifies replicable high-quality models and practices, and recognizes schools’ civic learning efforts.
“These schools have deftly kept students engaged in civic learning through another tough year,” said State Superintendent of Schools, Tony Thurmond, in a news release. “Through these programs, now more important than ever, students are encouraged to have an open dialogue about the social issues that inspire them to learn about our democratic system.”
Norte Vista’s Service Learning Program was able to engage over 300 students in more than 8000 service hours while implementing the pilot for the Seal of Civic Engagement Award for students in 2021-22. The major service projects were created and driven by students. Projects included issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, mental health/wellness, combatting loneliness, period positivity, food insecurity/emergency pantry/tiny pantry, and social/emotional connections.
Alvord is among five school districts in Riverside County that awards a State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) to our students who demonstrate excellence in civics education and participation, and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. The seal is affixed to student transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion. Statewide, only 181 schools, in 65 school districts, in 25 counties throughout the state bestow this prestigious honor to their students. Norte Vista is among those schools. Congratulations to Principal Marquez and the entire Norte Vista team!
POINT IN TIME YOUTH COUNT FOR HOMELESSNESS
Under the direction of teacher extraordinaire Ms. Amanda Bush, Norte Vista served as a Point in Time Youth Count for Homelessness Deployment Site for Western Riverside. This is a community partnership with the Continuum of Care (CoC) Division, the Department of Housing, and the Homelessness Prevention and Workforce Solutions (HHPWS). The count is held over 3 days and reflects a snapshot of Riverside County's Youth homeless population. Youth are defined in this count as individuals 18-24 years old. Obtaining an accurate count is critical to helping our community attract state and federal funding and support local planning efforts to address homelessness.
Ms. Bush said, "Norte Vista's Global Program students helped to facilitate check in, disbursement of emergency care bags, food for the volunteers doing the surveys and were the best representation of what youth leadership looks like on our campus. The community members encountered praised the student leaders for their maturity, attention to detail, empathy for others and overall drive to make our world a better place. We hope to continue to be a deployment site in the future and assist the county in their efforts to help solve the homelessness crisis."
The Homeless Point in Time Count is a three-day annual event that allows the county to collect valuable information about the diverse experiences of runaway, unaccompanied homeless and unstably-housed youth. Youth Count data provides critical updates on national and local progress towards preventing and ending youth homelessness. Learn more about the Homeless Point in Time program in the brief video below.
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO COMPLETE THE SCHOOL CALENDAR SURVEY
We are planning our school calendars for upcoming school years and we want your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey. Find the survey in English and in Spanish here. Please submit your response by no later than Tuesday January 31, 2023.
WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON MEASURE J CITIZEN'S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (CBOC)
Measure J is our $248M school facilities improvement bond that voters passed in November, 2022. The committee meets quarterly to ensure bond projects are in alignment with project plans. Annually, the CBOC provides a written report summarizing the committee’s proceedings and activities.
If you are interested in learning more about the CBOC or obtaining an application, please email CBOC@alvordschools.org with your inquiries.
INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER WINDOW IS OPEN AND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Intra-District Transfers only apply to students who live within the Alvord Unified School District attendance boundaries. If you live outside of the Alvord Unified School District, you will need to apply for an Inter-District Transfer from your resident district and then apply here.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades 6 - 12 is open from 1/16/2023 to 2/17/2023.
The Intra-District Transfer Window for Grades TK - 5 is open from 2/13/2023 to 3/24/2023.
Intra-District Transfers are granted using a random selection process and only if space is available at the school requested.
THE ANNUAL RIVERSIDE JOB FAIR IS THIS COMING TUESDAY
On January 31, 2023 from 4:30 - 7:30 at the Tyler Mall, prospective and future job seekers can learn valuable skills and obtain valuable resources, including:
- Meet with potential employers to discuss employment opportunities.
- Obtain valuable interview skills and job search strategies from seasoned professionals.
- Learn how to market yourself and create a social media presence such as a LinkedIn profile.
- Learn how to create resumes that get attention.
If you require an accommodation, please submit a request no later than three (3) business days before the date of the event. For more info, contact Linda Lagunas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-683-7100, Ext. 218.
ALVORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNUAL SPIRIT RUN IS THIS COMING SATURDAY
It's time to lace up your running or walking shoes and join your friends and neighbors at Zack Earp Stadium on the campus of Norte Vista High School.
The event is on February 4, 2023
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Download the registration form here. Drop it off at any Alvord school or at the Alvord District Office. Or mail it to: Alvord Educational Foundation, 9KPC Parkway, Corona, CA 92879
The annual Spirit Run is back after a pandemic interruption. The AEF team looks forward to its return and plans on making it a spectacular fundraising event. Everyone is invited to participate in the 5K run, 1 Mile run and 1 Mile walk.
Participation Trophies and Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place K-5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, 9th - 12th Grade, and Adult. We will also have the Perpetual Trophy which will be awarded to the school with the most registered participants.
SCHOOL SAFETY WEEKLY UPDATE
Among the primary objectives of Measure J, we have prioritized upgrading all school safety infrastructure. Developing uniform methodologies for assessing and addressing school safety infrastructure design has been a process we began in the Spring of 2022, when we established our Office of School Safety. As I have reported in this space, we have conducted uniform comprehensive threat assessments at all district facilities and subsequently developed consistent criteria to measure our safety standards and the threshold level of awareness, responsiveness, and security. As we design Measure J construction projects, safety will remain the primary consideration.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for choosing Alvord schools. We strive to be our very best, so that our students can be their very best.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
2/9; 3/9; 3/23; 4/20; 5/4; 5/18
Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance for Regular Meetings of the Board of Education. Find them here. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance for Special Meetings of the Board of Education.
Public Comments Welcome
Meetings are conducted at KPC Parkway, Corona, CA 92879. The Open Session begins at 6 pm. Members of the public may address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic on the agenda or not on the agenda.
School data below from 1/27/2023
Students Reporting a Positive Case: 53 (Last week 53)
Student Cases Requiring Contact Tracing: 45 (Last week 42)
Staff Reporting a Positive Case: 5 (Last week 5)
Riverside County Data COVID-19 Community Level: Low (last week Medium)
Weekly Metrics Used to Determine the COVID-19 Community Level
Case Rate per 100,000 population: 50.35 (Last Week 82.29)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 5.5 (Last Week 6.8)
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 4.3% (Last Week 5.4%)
Recommended actions based on current level
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions.