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Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Newsletter

May 3, 2022

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week we honor all of our teachers and staff for their dedication and resilience to supporting our students. Our continued commitment to providing a quality public education on a daily basis is because of our talented teachers and staff. We thank you everyday for building upon our students knowledge and wisdom. Thank you teachers and staff for everything you do to support our students.

2022-2023 Instructional Calendar Approved by LAUSD Board

Calendar Includes Seven Optional Days to Include Targeted, Accelerated Learning and Professional Development Opportunities


The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education unanimously approved a new instructional calendar for the 2022-23 school year, with classes starting August 15, 2022, and ending June 15, 2023, to accommodate optional learning opportunities for students and optional professional development opportunities for employees.

Los Angeles Unified understands that its school community is still feeling the effects of the pandemic, and some students have lost important ground in terms of their academic performance. Research indicates that extended quality instructional time provides meaningful benefits for students in the most fragile populations. The school calendar provides opportunities for Los Angeles Unified to leverage resources to help address the academic loss experienced by our students and answer the school community’s call for help.

​​For students, the school calendar includes four additional days for optional, targeted, accelerated instructional opportunities, spread out throughout the year, which will provide real-time support and assistance to catch up and meet grade-level standards or earn a C or better in their courses or to get ahead. These optional student acceleration days will occur on the following Wednesdays: October 19, December 7, 2022, March 15 and April 19, 2023. The acceleration days are designed to benefit those who need to cover the most academic ground and will address the critical goals of the board, including literacy, numeracy and credit recovery to reach proficiency and be prepared for college and career success.


“The school calendar provides a meaningful investment in our students and teachers to address the crisis facing us today,” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “Doing the same thing that we've always done is quite frankly not acceptable. The accelerated learning days will be designed to provide a deep level of supplemental academic support for our students who need it the most – students who have lost the most ground, students in foster care, students with English language limitations or one or more disabilities. We must have the courage and compassion to provide extended quality instruction time for these students and professional development for our teachers.”


For more information, please visit https://achieve.lausd.net/calendar.

Calendar At A Glance

  • First Day of Instruction- August 15

  • 4 Acceleration Dates**

    • October 19, 2022

    • December 7, 2022

    • March 15, 2023

    • April 19, 2023

  • Similar Breaks:

    • 3 weeks Winter Recess

    • 1 week Thanksgiving Week Break (Holiday + Unassigned Days)

    • 1 week Spring Break

  • Unassigned Days

    • September 26 (Rosh Hashanah)

    • October 5 (Yom Kippur)

    • November 21-23 (Thanksgiving Week)

    • March 31 (Cesar Chavez Birthday Observed)

    • April 24** (Armenian Genocide Observed)

  • Last Day of Instruction- June 15

**New for 2022/23

Graduation/Culmination Schedules for High Schools & Middle Schools

As we approach the end of the year, please make note the time and location of the Graduation and culmination schedules for our Middle School and High Schools.


High School Graduation Schedules:

Van Nuys High School

June 10, 2022

7:00 p.m.

Location: Van Nuys High School


Grant High School

June 9, 2022

6:00 p.m.

Location: Grant High School


Middle School Culmination Schedules:

Madison Middle School

June 10, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Location: Grant High School


Armstrong Middle School

June 9, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Location: Grant High School


Van Nuys Middle School

June 10, 2022

8:00 a.m.

Location: Van Nuys Middle School

Summer of Learning 2022 Programs

Registration for this year's summer programs is now underway. Los Angeles Unified provides all current ETK – 12th grade students with in-person and online summer learning opportunities that combine academic instruction with engaging virtual enrichment activities this summer. We hope you will join us!


https://achieve.lausd.net/page/18159


Note: Registration and start dates for summer school programs vary. Please refer to the specific program for the start date and time.

Registration does require a Parent Portal Log In. If you do not have a parent portal account, please visit the Parent Portal website to set up an account before going to the to the summer school application site. Please click on the link to access the Parent Portal website: https://parentportalapp.lausd.net/parentaccess/.


CLICK on program below for more information and registration details:

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VNVG Community of School Highlights

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Congratulations Chandler Elementary California Pivotal Practice Award Program Winner

California is recognizing elementary and middle and high schools that have been recognized for a pivotal practice they implemented during the 2020–21 school year when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.


Congratulations to Principal Skoll and Chandler Elementary.

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
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Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Support Team

Vicky Damonte ............................Community of Schools Administrator

Joseph Prendez ..........................Lead Director

Howard Yao .................................Operations Coordinator

Lori Dudler ...................................Mental Health Consultant

Zeida Cuellar ...............................Instructional Specialist

Denise Dacles MacNeill ..............LRE Specialist

Chris Jue Steuck .........................LRE Specialist

Yadira Boites Dixon ....................Program Specialist

Lisa Marie Almanza ...................Program Specialist

Alma Carbajal .............................Parent Education Support Assistant

Shakeh Ayvazian ........................Parent Community Facilitator

Andrea Burgos ...........................Office Technician

Denis More .................................IT Support

Contact Us:

Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Office

Located @ Madison Middle School

13000 Hart Street

North Hollywood, CA 91605

818-299-5861