Del Amigo & Venture Alternative Education School

Principal's Message


Hello Alt Ed Community!

I wanted to begin by recognizing the amazing Venture students who were honored last Friday for their excellent grades earned in the first semester. It was wonderful celebrating with them, their families and staff!

From Feb.27-March 1st Venture (high school only) will be undergoing our WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) accreditation. Every high school that awards diplomas must go through this process. This year the WASC team will be conducting a virtual visit. A key component of the visit is meeting with students, parents and staff. The Parent focus group will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 28th from 1:30- 2:15 . Please complete THIS FORM by Friday February 17th if you’d like to participate. We really need parent participation. I will send out the zoom link once you complete the form.

Venture High school students- Students are also needed for a focus group that is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th from 10:30-11:30 via zoom. Teachers have recommended various students and I will be reaching out soon. You can also let your Advisory teacher know if you are interested.

Again, we appreciate all of your support with this process.

Lynsie Castellano



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Important Dates:

Celebrating Black History Month February

Tuesday February 14th - Valentines Day

Monday February 20th - NO SCHOOL Presidents Day

Tuesday February 21st - NO SCHOOL Staff Development Day


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Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 8:30am

10540 Albion Road

San Ramon, CA



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Parent Engagement with the NAACP

We are continuing to expand opportunities for all parents and caregivers to engage in topics of interest that connect to our Strategic Directions. Parents/caregivers are invited to join either in-person or virtually to learn more about the following:

  • Awareness and strategies to creating a safe learning space in the home

  • Promoting good citizenship, attendance, and achievement

  • Learn more about parental support and school participation

  • Understanding CAASPP, CAST, and assessments

  • Navigating social media

Please share this flyer with your families.


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Counselors Corner

Hello Students and Parents:

Del Amigo Grading:

February 17th is the end of grading period 5. Check schoology for updated grading information. All grades including Edgenuity courses will go on the transcript.


February 17 will be the first progress grading period for this semester. Check Schoology for updated grading information. Talk with the subject teacher or Ms. Kruse with questions.


Las Positas College is having an open house. Saturday March 25th for anyone interested to see programs, the campus, opportunities. Las Positas is as GREAT as DVC, AND all classes are on the Livermore campus. So, if you live closer to the south end of the district, LPC is a great option. Sign up here if you are interested.


Dear SRVUSD sophomores and parents/caregivers of sophomore students,

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) soon will be accepting applications for the first cohort of the SRVUSD/Las Positas Welding Job Training program. The SRVUSD/LPC Welding Job Training program is a unique dual enrollment program offered in partnership with Las Positas College in Livermore. Through this program, high school juniors and seniors enroll in a shortened high school schedule so that they may attend designated college courses during their regular school day or in the evening. Students will engage in learning alongside college students while maintaining their high school experience.

SRVUSD/LPC Welding program students participate during their 11th and 12th grade years and may earn a general welding certificate upon completion of the program. They take four courses at their home school and two or more courses per semester at LPC. Additionally, students will attend a weekly support course. Students have the opportunity to complete requirements for a general welding certificate by the time they graduate from high school. Free tuition expenses are provided but students are required to provide their own transportation.

We encourage a wide variety of students to apply to the SRVUSD/LPC Welding program. Students who are hard-working, able to persevere through challenging situations, and bring a diverse set of experiences and perspectives to the program would be an especially good fit.

The SRVUSD/LPC Welding application materials can be found here on Thursday, February 16, 2023. Students interested in applying to the program should complete the online application (student and parent/guardian parts) no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023. The teacher recommendation form is separate from the student application. Once the application has been submitted, the teachers listed on the application will be contacted to provide their letters of recommendation for the candidate.

If you or your student would like to learn more information about the program, we will be offering the following remote informational session:




Wednesday, February 15, 2023

5:00 pm


Financial aid offers can be THE determining factor for your students, but jargon, inconsistent formatting, and unclear cost information make award letters difficult to understand. This free webinar shows you how to review financial aid offers with students and families so they can compare the full costs of attending multiple colleges to make informed financial decisions about where to go to college and how to pay for it.

You’ll be able to:

  • Use uAspire's College Cost Calculator to accurately compare college costs
  • Explain financial aid jargon in student-friendly terms
  • Identify aid offer best practices and common ways they can be confusing
Save your seat now for Financial Aid Offer Review on February 14 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT. Please share this free resource with your networks!

Register now!

uAspire College Cost Calculator

Use and share this online tool with students and families to decipher and compare financial aid offers. They can easily figure out how much they'll have to pay, including estimates for indirect expenses and loan repayment, and compare costs between colleges easily.

Find it here:

And...Financial Aid Events for students and families

uAspire also hosts free virtual events to walk students and families through the financial aid process and applications, provide resources and guidance, and answer questions. Up next:

  • Understanding Financial Aid Offers
  • FAFSA Walkthrough
  • Post-FAFSA Steps
Students can sign up at


Fall 2023 Extended Deadlines

The following CSU campuses are still accepting freshman applications:

  • Chico
  • East Bay
  • Maritime
  • San Francisco
  • San Marcos
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus

Visit our Application Dates & Deadlines page to confirm the campus and program deadline dates.


You may have seen ACCESS as a new period on the Venture schedule. This class has been added if students struggled in a course at Venture in the fall, OR if students transferred in with low grades. This is a more targeted way we can offer support and connect with students. Most support is scheduled on Friday since there are no high school classes on Fridays, and only Art/PE for middle school. As we shared during the orientation when students enrolled, in person support could be a requirement for independent study. If a student has been added, they need to come to the scheduled time for support.

Please check the template below and the schedule for more information.

ACCESS Information

ACCESS Schedule

If you have questions, feel free to schedule a meeting with Ms. Kruse through THIS link.



What: Starting in the 2022-23 academic school year, high schools and school districts (Local Educational Agencies) will need to ensure that all 12th graders in the state of California complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, unless the student has formally submitted an opt-out waiver. The goal of “All In for FAFSA/CA Dream Act” is to expand access to financial aid to thousands of students who may have otherwise not been aware of these opportunities. California Assembly Bill 132

Who: All seniors must complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application. Check here to learn which application applies to you. Students of all income levels applying to all types of post-secondary programs need to apply. Many colleges require the FAFSA or Dream Act Application for merit based scholarships or even to be able to participate in different programs at the colleges. FAFSA or the Dream Act Application is not only for students who intend to apply for need-based scholarships or grants.

How: Go to the online FAFSA Application or CA Dream Act Application.

*To be prepared for your online application, complete this FAFSA on the web worksheet or CA Dream Act worksheet

What will I need to fill out the Dream Act Application or FAFSA®?

  • Your Social Security Number (if you have one)

  • Your Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA® form using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

  • An FSA ID (for FAFSA) so you can electronically sign the FAFSA® form

We will be checking our account later this spring as to which students still need to complete the FAFSA.


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15 yrs and older - Lifeguards Needed at MVHS and SRVHS

Please share with all High School students: Lifeguards are needed for pool coverage during water sports practices and events. Lifeguards must be 15 years of age or older.


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High School Students: 2023 National Youth Science Camp

2023 National Youth Science Camp

Please see this letter from the California Department of Education regarding the 2023 National Youth Science Camp. The completed application and supporting materials must be submitted online by 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.


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Student Senate Sponsored Art Contest

ATTENTION 6th - 12th graders

Theme: See something, say something!

Submission deadline: March 5th; Use this link to submit:

Top 3 winners will have their artwork shown in every middle and high school in the district!

Art Contest Rules and Guidelines

  • The art must connect with the theme.

  • The art must show the artist’s personal interpretation of the theme.

  • The art must be original and be made without help.

  • The art must not contain anything derogatory or offensive.

  • An artist’s statement must be submitted explaining the art and how it connects with the theme.

  • Art forms allowed: visual arts (painting/drawing). Digital art is permitted so long as it is original.

  • Open to all SRVUSD middle and high school students


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Leadership San Ramon Valley Education Days

DEL AMIGO and VENTURE High School Only: As part of Leadership San Ramon Valley's Education Day, we are looking for a student panel to speak to community members about their current experience as a High School Student in our District on March 2, 2023. We are asking for at least 1, and at most 2 students from each High School. It is important to us that we have a diverse panel of experiences, including not only demographically, but also in terms of student achievement and experience. We would really love representation for both our schools. If you are interested in participating please contact to sign up.


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Parent & Family Corner

2022-23 Family and Community Engagement Series

Our 3rd Annual Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Series is for parents, families, and community members. Events are virtual, with simultaneous Spanish translation.


  • Thursday, March 16, 2023; 6:30-7:30 PM; Topic: Supporting Young People Struggling with Tobacco & Other Substance Use

Workshops Flyer (pdf)

Register for an upcoming workshop

Visit our webpage to view archived webinars.


When Parents Smoke, Here's How It Can Affect Teen Vaping

Although teen vaping is strongly influenced by peers, parents play a significant role too.

Read the article


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Covid Test Distribution

We have received brand new COVID tests!

Feel free to come by the front office any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm to pick up your boxes.


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Del Amigo (EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING) Breakfast Club!

Wednesday, Oct. 19th 2022 at 8:30am to Wednesday, May 31st, 9am

10540 Albion Road

San Ramon, CA

All Del Amigo students are invited to our FREE Breakfast club EVERY WEDNESDAY morning!

8:30am to 9:00am served in our big room.

From Doughnuts, Chilaquiles, to Breakfast Burritos ... every week it's something different provided by different staff members. We host a variety of topics of discussion or games. For example this last Wednesday in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month we played LOTERIA with our breakfast club attendees.



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