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Closed Schools, Yet Open Minds - A Message from the Superintendent as Featured in the Thousand Oaks Acorn

When I became Superintendent of the Conejo Valley Unified School District almost three years ago, I shared my vision for doing things “the Conejo Way,” with teamwork, relationship building, trust, and accountability to help ensure ideal academic outcomes for the students we serve. We are now at an unprecedented time in our school district’s history, and over the last two weeks, we as a district, and community, have tested our trust, and our ability to work together, while physically being apart, like never before. As we formally embark in distance learning for our 18,365 students I am beyond proud of the teamwork I have witnessed, and been a part of, and of the growth mindset we, as a community, have embraced in the best interest, and for the safety of our community’s youngest members. Click Here to Continue Reading

Free Meals Available for Children

As an essential service to the community we proudly serve, our Child Nutrition team is providing FREE sack lunches, and breakfasts for the following morning to all children ages 2-18 during the district-wide school closure. View the April menu here.

The Importance of Good Digital Citizenship

A digital citizen is someone who uses technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

With distance learning officially kicking off this week for all CVUSD TK-12 students - now is a great time to speak with children about how they can practice good digital citizenship as they engage with their learning on new technology, and through new communication touchpoints.

Rule #1 - be respectful! Students should treat their virtual classroom, and peers with the same respect they would in their traditional classroom.

Rule #2 - encourage positive behavior! To be safe online, and to create safe spaces for others online, students as digital citizens should be inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, and alert.

Rules #3 - be kind, be courageous - be an upstander! Students should support their peers online. Students should not engage in online applications with the intent to intimidate, harm, or upset others.

These rules to promote positive digital citizenship are in line with the District’s “Using Technology in School Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Students.”

Let’s continue to work together to support our students with the tools, information, and best practices that will help them be successful. Distance learning is new for all of us! Our dedicated teachers, administrators, and school site teams have been working diligently to engage in distance learning with our students. We are so grateful for their hard work. Students are at the center of everything we do, and we remain positive, and mindful of the unique challenges ahead.

Zoom Tips & Best Practices

Zoom has been a popular way to connect virtually, and is a resource many CVUSD teachers are using for distance learning. We have been advised to take a few precautions to ensure our Zoom meetings are a safe form of communication between us and our students, and to avoid inappropriate use. Our meeting ID’s will never be listed publicly. Please do not share our Zoom meeting ID on social media or any public outlet. The ID is the only way in, if we keep the ID private, others cannot join. Also, there is a Zoom feature called the “waiting room” which teachers are being encouraged to use. The waiting room allows teachers to see who is trying to join. As teachers see and ensure the students are in their class, they will let them in one at a time. Teachers will also be utilizing some of the controls such as muting the students when they join and will be disabling chat between the students. More tips for using Zoom are available here.

The Westlake High School Science Department and teachers support Los Robles Medical Center by donating their lab & dissection gloves. Thank you medical professionals for your service!

Congratulations Kristen Maturo – CVUSD’s May Teacher of the Month!

Kristen Maturo is an exceptional educator, who is dedicated to shaping the lives of students. For nearly a quarter of a century Mrs. Maturo has been a teacher at Sequoia Middle School, where she continues to make a lasting, positive impact on the school’s campus.

Mrs. Maturo is not the loudest, nor the most vocal person on campus. She leads with a quiet optimism, which grants her much respect amongst students and staff. In addition, she embraces challenges while remaining positive, and initiating a problem-solving attitude. Mrs. Maturo is always thinking about what is best for her students and the school. Congratulations Mrs. Maturo! Read more here
CTA - Students with Exceptional Needs | 2020 Human Rights Awards

We're Accepting Applications: Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee - At-Large Community Member

CVUSD is now accepting applications for its Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee - "At-Large Community Member" until the extended deadline of noon on April 15, 2020. The Bond Oversight Committee is comprised of community leaders who help serve for the implementation of the District's Measure I school facilities bond program. The application is available to complete online here. Additional information about this community service opportunity is available here.
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It was Experiential Learning in Action for Open Classroom Leadership Magnet Students

Second and third grade OCLM students were transported back in time to the 1890's! Students boarded a boat to Ellis Island with their luggage in tow. They then traveled through different simulation stations to ultimately arrive at the Statue of Liberty!

Maple Elementary Students Celebrated Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness large, and small were celebrated at Maple Elementary School's special Kindness Challenge Lunch! Students who participated in the Kindness Challenge were served up a delicious BBQ lunch from the District's Child Nutrition team. Go Mustangs!

CVUSD Receives Donation from Cafe Rio

Thank you to Cafe Rio for donating $1,250 to CVUSD as part of their grand opening event at their new restaurant on N. Moorpark Road on March 3rd. Directors from our Instructional Services team were on hand to accept the donation.

CVUSD Schools Celebrated Read Across America Week with Special Guest Readers

Los Cerritos Middle School Strings Performed Before the March 3rd Board of Education Meeting

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