The Grapevine

LVJUSD Superintendent's Newsletter - June 2021

Superintendent's Message

Dear Livermore Community,

As the Class of 2021 walks across the stage this week to accept their high school diplomas, we are excited for their future! This week we celebrate the accomplishments of each of our students as they complete another year of learning and growing in our schools. Over the past few weeks, we have also celebrated Middle College graduates, Livermore - Granada Boosters Olympian Scholar-Athletes, Pedrozzi Scholars, and our 5th and 8th graders promoting to their next level of education. We are so proud of them all.

Thank you, on behalf of our Board of Education and our Leadership Team, to our families, our staff, and our community partners who have worked together to serve our students throughout this past year. This year in particular, we have combined our determination and resilience to support their academic success as well as their social emotional health and wellbeing.

Our community has shown their generosity in so many ways this year, helping to fund Chromebooks and hot spots so that each student could have the technology needed to be successful during distance learning, in addition to supporting academic programs in our schools. Thanks, in particular, to the Livermore Valley Education Foundation, the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore, the Real Estate Alliance of Livermore, the Wente Foundation for Arts & Education, Lam Research, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for their combined efforts to support all of our students.

As the health of our community and our country continue to improve, we have a newfound appreciation for activities, outings, and human contact and connections that we perhaps once took for granted. It is no wonder that we are eager to return to our pre-pandemic lives. Our schools will open their doors on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, resuming our full-time schedule. We anticipate an exhilarating and joyful first day of school that will be the start of a memorable year!

Enjoy a well-deserved break this summer!

With gratitude,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Pictured above: Vineyard High School graduate & Superintendent Bowers

Celebrating 2021 Milestones

Congratulations to our 8th graders promoting to high school and our seniors graduating and moving on to accomplish their post-high school goals! While our promotions and graduations are being held in person this year, so that even more friends and family members can cheer on our students, we will have videos available on school websites about a week after the ceremonies. Check your school website for more information.

Keeping a Math Mindset This Summer

This year, we have learned so much and been so adaptable to the conditions for teaching and learning. As summer begins, it is important that we continue to seek learning opportunities to help maintain and strengthen our students’ math skills. Even during a typical summer break, when students are not actively practicing math, they can experience a loss of math skills. This year we can help alleviate some of those losses by continuing to engage our students in math activities.

Students will continue to have access to Dreambox. The students log in through Clever. If they are going to summer school the teacher listed will be their summer school teacher. If not, they will see their current teacher listed. Even if students have not been using Dreambox much in their class, they may still participate over the summer. This is a fantastic and fun way to strengthen math skills.

Here are other resources for students and families:

Math Mindset is contributed by Sharon Abri and Linda Melendez, LVJUSD Math Coaches.

Explore Livermore with Your Math Passport

All students in grades TK through 5th are invited to keep their math skills sharp by joining the Math Passport adventure this summer! This is a game that will take you around Livermore to enjoy the sights, learn about our city, AND do fun math problems!

Start by downloading the TaleBlazer app to a mobile phone, head to the Civic Center Library, and start solving math problems! Students who complete the problems at all ten locations will be able to submit a form letting their principal know who they are. Principals will celebrate them at a school assembly this fall.

To learn more about how to get started with Math Passport, visit our website:

Keep Reading with the Library’s Summer Reading Program

All children and adults are encouraged to participate in the Livermore Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme: Color Your World! You can read and earn prizes now through August 12, 2021. For more information, visit the

Livermore Library Summer Reading Website

Child Nutrition Serves Students This Summer

From Wednesday, June 16 through August 18, 2021 Weekly Wednesday Meal Kits will be available for pick-up at Junction K-8 School ( 298 Junction Avenue) from 9-10 a.m. These kits will include a week’s worth of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and grains.

Daily grab-and-go meals will also be available during summer school from June 21 - July 15, 2021. Pick-up is available Monday - Thursday from 11:10 - 11:40 a.m. at four school sites. See flyer below or on our website for details.

Other community organizations will continue to provide additional food resources. For more information, visit

Taste of California Challenge Grant Awarded to LVJUSD Child Nutrition Team

The LVJUSD Child Nutrition Services Team has been awarded $8,500 as a recipient of the Team Nutrition Taste of California Standardized Recipe Challenge (Taste of CA Challenge) Grant by the California Department of Education. With this grant, the Child Nutrition team will be able to develop entree or side dish recipes using locally grown products that will meet the diversity of students’ taste expectations.

Read the full story here.

Livermore Named a 2021 All-America City

The results are in and we are excited to announce that Livermore has been selected as one of ten cities across the country to be named a 2021 National Civic League All-America City. A joint application and 10-minute live virtual presentation with LVJUSD, the City of Livermore, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) and Las Positas College highlighted school-led anti-vaping efforts, a unified response to youth mental health issues, racial and social justice advancements, and homelessness and affordable housing.

Impressive were our LVJUSD students and staff who prepared for and participated in the virtual presentation:

Livermore High

Emma Goulart

Kassandra Torres

Granada High

Miraya Choudhury

Owen Fidler

Will Taggart


Doreen Aubel

Liisa Hanninen-Danner

Roxanna Pittman

Zachary Radecke

Congratulations Livermore! Watch our team in action for our All-America City Presentation and Awards Ceremony (Livermore’s award at 33.15)

Livermore Learns - Summer Resources

Livermore Learns will be back starting August 2021 with new parent education opportunities. Please refer to our Livermore Learns web page to find links to past video presentations, presentation slides, and parent tips to featured topics including:

  • anxiety and depression

  • establishing a routine

  • grief and loss

  • motivating your child

  • social media and screen use

  • supporting SDC students

  • supporting students as they transition to in-person learning

  • supporting your child’s mental health over summer

  • work/life balance

  • vaping/ tobacco and substance use

Livermore Learns is our district’s parent education program designed to educate, inform and engage parents and guardians as they support their children throughout their education.

If you have an idea for a Livermore Learns webinar topic, please email

Nurse’s Station

Be sure your children are healthy and ready for school on August 24th! We are looking forward to having students back on campus all day, and we want to be prepared to care for those who have allergies or who need medications during the day. We encourage you to contact your healthcare provider this summer if children have special health needs or if they plan to play sports at middle school or high school.

Please visit our website at to download forms that your healthcare provider can complete:

  • Sports Physicals

  • Food Allergies

  • Medication Needs During Schools

We would like to have all forms on file prior to the first day of school.Thanks so much in advance. Health Services wishes all families a very healthy summer!

Nurse’s Station is contributed by Catherine Arthur, Shelley Casey, Laura Curran, Jennifer Daily, Julie Howard, and Carolyn Reggiardo, our LVJUSD School Nurses.

Honoring Our Retirees

Thank you to those who have given so much to our district over the years! Congratulations and best wishes in your retirement!
2020-21 LVJUSD - Retirement Celebration - May 26, 2021

Board Recognitions: May 18, 2021

AAREA Honors Our Students

This year, the African American Regional Educational Alliances celebrated its 17th Annual Awards Ceremony, honoring African American Student Achievement and Excellence.

This annual event celebrates a range of accomplishments of African-American students, and acknowledges and recognizes the support of parents, family and community in the lives of children. Students are recognized in transitioning grades 5th (entering middle school), 8th (entering high school) , and 12th (graduating from high school), in a variety of categories that celebrate the whole child.

Our students were also recognized by our Superintendent and Board of Trustees at the Board Meeting on May 18, 2021:

This year, our District celebrates twenty-five students:

Arroyo Seco Elementary

Jaden Alvarez, Jayden Marcum

Christensen Middle

Cayden Douglas, Ty McGary

East Avenue Middle

Faith Ogunfunmi

Granada High

Shaniece Bartlow, Trinity Bell, Josiah Broussard, Laelah Gross, Amaiah

McIntosh, Jada Lashay Rhodes, Payton Spurlock

Joe Michell K-8

Destiny Bryant-Mooney

Junction K-8

Katelyn Birdow

Livermore High

Aladi Amarachukwu, Josiah Alpher, Brandon York, Morgan Leak, Arthur

Mola, Melia Nichols, Jonathan Ogunfunm

Mendenhall Middle

Soren Bumpus, Aidan Ofori, Caleb Ofori, Justin Turner-Merchant

Congratulations to these shining stars!

5.2021 LVJUSD AAREA Awards

MathCounts Competition 2021

This year the middle school MathCounts season was held 100% online with coaches meeting weekly with students virtually for math practice. The annual MathCounts competition was held in-person on Saturday, May 8 at Granada High School (following proper health and safety guidelines) with the 7th and 8th grade Lightning Rounds held via Facebook Live for a fun and exciting end to the season.

Congratulations to all of our 2021 top “mathletes” from our 2021 competition!

Sixth grade winners:

First Place: Tanay Deka, Mendenhall

Second Place: Arshia Mittal, Mendenhall

Third Place: Anaya Menon, Mendenhall

Seventh grade winners:

First Place: Isaac Yee, Mendenhall

Second Place: Charles Hertz, Mendenhall

Third Place: Brian Zhang, Mendenhall

Eighth grade winners:

First Place: Audrey Manley, Mendenhall

Second Place: Hastin Chen, Christensen

Third Place: Shrish Premkrishna, East Avenue

5.18.21 MathCounts Board Recognition

Student Board Representatives

A big LVJUSD thank you for the commitment and contribution of student board members- Michaela Esposito from Livermore High School and Bobby Zepeda from Granada High School. These students bring the voice of the students at their respective schools to the board discussions and relay actions taken by the board. They report on news and events, share school highlights, and show tremendous pride for their schools and the community. Michaela and Bobby have served our district and the broader community through their work as student board members and we truly appreciate that. They remind us of the tremendous potential of this next generation. We thank you for doing an outstanding job this year representing your schools and the District.

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Paraprofessionals at East Avenue Middle School

This amazing group of paraprofessionals support our students with the greatest needs. It has been extremely challenging this year but they've made numerous sacrifices and have done so many wonderful things to help these students. They have continued to come up with ideas on how to help students achieve their potential. They are resourceful, smart, hardworking, dedicated, kind, and constantly go above and beyond to ensure students build their confidence and thrive. Thank you for all you do!

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Livermore High School Office Staff

This group of 8 dedicated staff members worked as a tight knit team over this past year to get the job done. They were the very definition of flexible, creating an office on wheels to meet students and parents outside, socially distanced, so that students could obtain the materials they needed for learning. They answered questions in both English and Spanish about Schoology as well as distance learning procedures. They continued to serve the needs of students and families, treating everyone with respect and patience while everyone navigated a different way of doing school. This team of office staff is the face of Livermore High and we are so very lucky to have them. They are humble, kind and a ton of fun, and make every day “A Great Day to be a Cowboy!"

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Dates to Remember!

The 2021-22 District calendar is available on our website: 2021-22 LVJUSD District Calendar

To be notified of upcoming events, be sure to download the Livermore Schools app from the App Store or from Google Play. Follow your schools, and see all of the calendar dates through the app!

For site-specific information on events and celebrations, please visit school websites.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.



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