#AltEd Alert

The Venture Community Newsletter for Grades K - 12

Friday, March 26, 2021

CLICK: SRVUSD FREE Food Distribution Mondays

Food Boxes are FREE to SRVUSD students 18 and younger. Everyone is eligible. No proof of need required. No proof of income required. No application to fill out. Just show up to a distribution site and pick up a box.

3/28 DEADLINE for 10th graders to register for the 4/20 PSAT

On Tuesday, April 20, SRVUSD will administer the PSAT 10 to all 10th grade students who want to take this exam on their high school campus. Tenth grade students need to register for this exam, at no charge, during the PSAT 10 registration window. SRVUSD will email all 10th grade families and students with PSAT 10 registration information. You may have heard directly from some concurrent schools already.

4/1 DEADLINE! SENIORS- There WILL be a graduation ceremony! Fill this out ASAP!

There WILL be a Venture graduation celebration in June! If you are a FULL TIME Senior enrolled at Venture (4 or more classes), FILL OUT THIS FORM ASAP by April 1, 2021. We need to know:

  • Your preferred name on your diploma
  • Your height (for cap and gown)
  • Short statement about your experience at Venture
  • Do you want to purchase a celebratory lei?
  • Do you want a 2021 lawn sign?

Questions? Contact Office Manager Dennice Barnes: dbarnes@srvusd.net

4/1 High School Student Wellness Series

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 1, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Take Down Tobacco: A Roast of Big Tobacco. A night of comedy and empowerment that will engage students in the #TakeDownTobacco National Day of Action, led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The county's Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) team has also created a resource folder with additional information, resources, and activities.
  • April 15, 2021 4:00 - 5:30pm: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE): LGBTQI+ Fluency and Allyship. Exploring SOGIE terminology, rights, and how to be a supportive ally.
  • 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.


This is a teacher workday.

Spring break follows 4/3 - 4/11.

4/16 DEADLINE: 2021 Congressional Art Competition (High School)

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Congressman Swalwell is hosting a CA-15 Congressional Art Competition once again this year. Any high school students residing in our district may participate. For more information, see the submission guidelines and release form. All entries will be accepted electronically and are due to CA15ArtComp@mail.house.gov no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 16.

First-place wins will a certificate from Congressman Swalwell, and their art will be sent to Washington, DC, to hang in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Additionally, the first-place winner will receive two round trip tickets to attend the Congressional Art Competition Reception held in Washington, DC.

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


All SRVUSD students may access Sora with their Google Logins. It is one of the apps on our Google Suite, and it can also be accessed via this direct link. There is also a free Sora app you can download onto your device - select "San Ramon Valley Unified School District" as your school. The middle and high school Teacher Librarians have curated titles for all secondary students (6-12). K-5 Sora selections are coming soon!

March is Women's History Month

What is Women's History Month?

Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as National Women’s History Month, to give extra attention to the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world.

What are ways to celebrate?

  • UNlearn and RElearn history through the lens of milestones that celebrate women

  • Gather or spend time with people of ANY gender who are important to you and make a difference in the world. Get them to tell you a story about their life. Or, write a letter to a woman, or ANYONE, who has made an impact on you.

Learn More



until the end of this school year.

(Except during Spring Break)

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.


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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.


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.