#AltEd Alert

The Venture Community Newsletter for Grades K - 12

Friday, April 16, 2021

PRINCIPAL'S POST

Dear Venture Families,



1. Venture Registration Packets for students who are enrolled in four or more Venture classes: The Registration packets for next year will be sent out electronically soon. If you are a current Venture student (enrolled in four or more classes) and would like to stay at Venture for 2021-22, you will complete the registration packet and return it to us by May 1st. Students entering grades 6-12 will also be completing a course selection form. Ms. Kruse will hold a meeting to go over the course selection process, and explain concurrent enrollment procedures for the Venture students who are interested in taking 2 classes at another SRVUSD school. Watch for the invitation.


2. Virtual Academy: At the school board meeting on 3/30 there was a presentation about the SRVUSD Virtual Academy for next year. It will be one of our Alternative Education options. There is a tab on the Venture web page that will take you to information about the Virtual Academy. It will be similar to the remote instruction that was offered at the other schools this year. If you are interested in that model, you will complete the transfer application on that webpage. If you would like to continue at Venture with independent study or continuation high school, you will simply complete the registration packet described in #1 above.


3. Concurrent Students at Venture: If you are a 6-11th grade student, are taking 2 classes at Venture this year, AND are interested in continuing your concurrent enrollment from another SRVUSD school (4 classes at the other school), AND would like to continue to take 2 classes at Venture next year, contact your counselor at the other SRVUSD school. You will not complete the Venture Registration Packet or course selection sheet. If you would like to switch your enrollment so that you are at Venture for 4 or more classes you will apply for an intra-district transfer to Alternative Education. That application will be available online after April 26th.



Keep an eye on our school webpage; we are updating it frequently with information and links to forms you may need. We will continue to send the #Alt Ed Alerts via email and post those on the website, too.


Best wishes,


Rose

MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL COURSES for 2021-22

Scheduling information will be coming out soon. We will be holding a virtual presentation at the end of April to explain the scheduling / transcripts process. Look for that date/time in the coming weeks #AltEd Alert!

Changes to Grab-N-Go Meal Distribution

Beginning April 12th, Grab n go Meals for all SRVUSD students are being distributed on Mondays only from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Each Monday, students will receive meals for 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches. Farmers to Families Food Boxes will also be available.


No need to qualify. No Student ID required. Meals and Food Boxes free of charge to all students 18 and younger.


Click for more Information and Serving Locations

4/18 and 4/29: College Board's College Fairs by Region

BigFuture Day events are four hours long. You can drop in and out of the event at the times that work for your schedule. The College Panels and College Planning sessions will be recorded for future viewing. You need to register in advance to attend the live events and access the recordings.

  • Connect directly with colleges you're interested in by using the chat feature to talk with admissions representatives.
  • Hear from representatives at a range of colleges through regional and state panel discussions. Use the chat to ask questions and learn more from the speakers.
  • Take key college planning steps at our sessions. Hear from experts on topics like financial aid and scholarships, essays and interviews, college applications and planning timelines and more.


What to expect and to Register: Click Here.


April 18th Event: Schools in the Midwest


April 29th Event: Schools in the Southeast


This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.

4/19: Another Virtual College Fair for CA students

Featured Sessions:


  • FAFSA, CSS & Financial Aid – How does it work?
  • How to Approach your Personal Statement (Essay)
  • Navigating the UC & Cal State Applications



Click Here for more info about the schools being featured (some of the hundreds of schools include: Oregon State, USC, University of Missouri, Boise State, CSU/UCs, University of Vermont, and even a bunch of international schools...!

4/21 DEADLINE: GRADUATION CELEBRATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2021!

Great news! We are planning to hold a traditional in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021! Our preliminary plans are for an outdoor ceremony on Thursday, June 3rd on the Dougherty Valley High School campus. (Time is TBD.)

We will be following State and County protocols to ensure that this is a safe celebration for all. Masks will be required. Each graduate will be allowed up to 4 guests from their own household.


Please complete this survey below to let us know if you plan on walking across the stage to receive your diploma. This survey must be completed by Wednesday, April 21st. GRADUATION SURVEY LINK CLICK HERE

4/21 and 4/28: Financial Literacy Courses

April is National Financial Literacy Month!


Financial literacy is critical because it equips us with the skills and tools to manage money effectively. FiAT is partnering with Junior Achievement and Tri-Counties Bank to provide four FREE information sessions on topics of Budgeting, Credit, and Savings. All four of the sessions will be held over zoom at 5:30pm PST.



April 7, 2021 - Budgeting part 1

April 14, 2021 - Budgeting part 2

April 21, 2021 - Credit

April 28, 2021 - Savings


REGISTER HERE

4/22 DEADLINE: “Be Reel!” Video Contest for middle and high school

The Street Smarts “Be Reel” Video Contest gives San Ramon Valley students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of traffic safety by producing public service announcements (PSAs) that educate their friends, family, and community. As a component of the Street Smarts Program, the video contest aims to raise awareness about traffic safety issues to both the students participating in the contest and those who see their work.Middle school and high school students are eligible to participate, with a separate contest for each grade level: Grades 6 – 8 and Grades 9 – 12, and entries will be judged and awarded separately.



  • 2021 CONTEST THEME: “Biking Safely with Family and Friends!”
  • Length: 45–60 seconds
  • Evaluation: Content (50%): Does it follow the theme and is it persuasive? Creativity (25%): Does it hold their interest? Video Production (25%): Can it be viewed and heard clearly?
  • Categories: “Best Use of Special Effects/Animation” and “Best Plot/Storyline” and “Best Editing”

Ready for more details? Click HERE.

4/23 National Day of Silence

Day of Silence was created by a University of Virginia student named Maria Pulzetti. She felt that LGBTQ youth were consistently silenced and ignored by parents and administrators, and that their concerns and complaints were falling on deaf ears. Inspired by this, Maria created the Day of Silence as a one-time event held during the University’s LGBTQ pride week. She believed the day would promote awareness amongst those who might not have been tuned into these issues, by surrounding them with a silence they couldn’t help but notice.


In 1997, one year after the day’s creation, it went national, with over 100 institutions participating. In 2000, GLSEN, one of the largest LGBTQ education networks in the country, adopted the Day of Silence as one of their official projects. Today, students at all levels participate in the day. Many participants choose to wear tape over their mouths or Xs on their hands to further call attention to the movement.


Silence is a powerful message. On Day of Silence, the LGBTQ community and its supporters use the same silence that they are subjected to for highlighting issues they face and promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community.


In solidarity with the LGBTQ community, students take a vow of silence and participate in silent campus rallies and demonstrations. The message is executed with colorful posters, tapes over mouths, and staged theatrics. The silence is broken by the end of the day.


Learn more about the Day of Silence, as presented at the March 30th SRVUSD Board meeting, and as recognized as a School Board Resolution.

4/29 and 5/13 WELLNESS SERIES for HIGH SCHOOLERS

The Contra Costa County Office of Education designed a four-part series for students to participate in engaging conversations and receive reliable information and resources on subjects related to mental health and overall wellness.


The series is free but you must pre-register HERE.


  • April 29, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Financial Competency, Fluency, and Wellness. Engaging and educating students on financial competency, including creating a budget, financial literacy, and planning for the future.
  • May 13, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Mental Health & Wellness: Prevention & Support. Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness month in May, students will receive information and resources on self-care, managing stress, how to get help, and how to support others.

4/24 DEADLINE: $4300 Scholarship for DVC-Bound Seniors

Do you plan to attend DVC as a science, math, or engineering major?


Do you need to take General Chemistry I and Precalculus for your major?


Could you use an annual scholarship of up to $4300 to make progress towards that degree?

If the answer to all of those questions is Yes, the PUMA STEM Scholars project could be great for you!


The PUMA STEM Scholars project is DVC's newest learning community. Starting in Fall 2021, the PUMA STEM Scholars Project will welcome scholars into a collaborative, transformational learning experience designed to give aspiring scientists and engineers at our college a firm foundation in their science or engineering major to support their successful transfer to a 4-year institution.The program includes supports for students' academic, career, and financial needs.


Apply by April 24th to be considered for our first round of awards. If you have questions about this program, please contact Dr. Ellen Beaulieu lbeaulieu@dvc.edu

GRADUATES: Please Update Naviance

If you have been accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college, update your Naviance account. All FINAL transcripts will be sent to your college through this account, including local schools like DVC and Las Positas.


Questions? Contact Ms. Kruse.

SCHOLARSHIP$$$$ for SENIOR$$$$

Scholarships offer a lot of money if you are willing to put in the work to apply. Scholarships are being advertised and updated weekly. Check the Venture Scholarships page for updates.

Another place to look is StudentScholarships.org. They have tarted publishing their awards. BIG OFFERING$!!


If you have been offered a scholarship award, please send to Ms. Kruse for documentation.

April is National Poetry Month

What is National Poetry Month?

National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.


What are ways to celebrate?


Learn More

THE OFFICE NEEDS EVERYONE'S HELP, PLEASE!

If you have books, spirit wear, or other materials waiting to be picked up, we need you to swing by the office ASAP. You should have received an email or a phone call regarding this. Our lobby is getting full with bags and such and it needs to be cleared out.


If books (for English classes) are not claimed, they will be returned back into our collection. If your student found the book in another way (library, online), please let us know that - it really helps.


Questions? Vivian in the office: vjeffrey@srvusd.net

REMINDER: CURBSIDE PICK UP

TUESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS 8:30AM TO 1:30PM

until the end of this school year.

Same process as always:

  1. Pull up to the front of the school
  2. Honk your horn and in a minute or two someone will come out to assist you.

~~~~~ COMMUNITY NEWS and EVENTS ~~~~~

SPRING Workshops for Families

Parenting Classes for parents of children ages 0-19 years old

Download the flyer HERE with various dates
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COPE Workshop: "Fun and Games"

Saturday, April 24th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

SRV Council of PTAS Presents:
FUN & GAMES, TECHNOLOGY EDITION
Saturday April 24, 10:30am

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAS is pleased to present a virtual Family Engagement opportunity featuring speakers from C.O.P.E. on Saturday, April 24 at 10:30am. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of video games for children.


Students, family members and educators are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. There will be breakout groups for students, parents and educators to discuss topics and share their perspectives and experiences with others.


Video games have their positive attributes, but for many parents, it's a struggle addressing screen-time, safety, potential dependency, violence, etc. And the concerns have become more complicated with remote school.


Whatever the family "rules" or norms were pre-pandemic, kids are spending more time gaming, which for many has been a primary form of entertainment, stimulation and social interaction during shelter-in-place.


Join us to Discuss:


  • The pros and cons of video gaming;
  • How gaming provides safe social interaction during Covid;
  • Dependency/addiction to gaming;
  • Gender norms of video games;
  • Sleep hygiene/how gaming can interrupt sleep patterns;
  • Effects on youth from violent video games; and Screen fatigue.


Learn More and Register Here: www.srvcouncilpta.org

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Addressing Self-Harm in Youth

Monday, April 26th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Free Webinar for Parents and Community with Jennifer Johnson, LCSW


Learning that your child is engaging in self-harm can feel scary and overwhelming.
In this webinar learn guidelines for parents on how to recognize the signs of self-injury, and ways to support those you care about who may be engaging in self-injurious behaviors.


CLICK HERE to register.

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Stories Build Bridges Speaker Series #3

Tuesday, April 27th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Featuring Jasmine A. Jones!

With over a decade of experience as a political operative and civil engagement advocate, Jones will be sharing about her various leadership roles and her passion for diversity and inclusion.


She has been featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and most recently was the national organizing director at Rock the Vote for the 2020 election.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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4/29 and 4/30 Advocacy Day for Education 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency

Thursday, April 29th, 9am

This is an online event.

Please join the San Ramon Valley Council, Pleasanton Council and Las Trampas Council for Advocacy Day 2021.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


The first Advocacy Day took place in 1980, prompted by the passage of Proposition 13 and its anticipated negative impact on education. Today, Advocacy Day serves as a vehicle to both influence our legislators and inform our PTA volunteers and community members. Four decades of advocacy have focused on issues of finance, education reform, class size, standardized testing, special needs and children’s health issues. This year is different.


Undeniably, the pandemic has greatly impacted the schools and the health of our families and communities. For exactly one year we have faced uncertainty on a daily basis and the challenge of not knowing what the future holds for our students and schools. This year Advocacy Day will focus on “Moving Forward with Resiliency.” We will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our school superintendents and state legislators. A panel of highly respected frontline medical and mental health experts will share the most current information and recommendations. The equity issues at play will be addressed by both educators and corporate professionals.

Together we will advocate directly to our legislators for the education of all our children.