LVJUSD Superintendent's Newsletter- June 2020
Dear Livermore Community,
Since school dismissal began in mid-March, our district community has exemplified innovation, adaptability, and resilience, as everyone rose to the challenge of educating during a pandemic. Students, teachers, parents and guardians, family members, and staff members all changed course, over one short weekend, from going to school to living at school. Whether it was the kitchen table, the desk in the corner, or even a treehouse retreat, home spaces became learning spaces. Classroom collaboration moved online. We discovered that learning was possible anywhere.
On behalf of our Board of Education and our Leadership Team, I thank you all for your commitment to persevering through this challenge. In keeping with our District mission, not only are we surviving, but we are thriving.
Today, we are celebrating the final group of graduates of the Class of 2020, as our high schools conclude their multi-day individualized celebration of this educational milestone. I attended all four high school graduations, and came away so inspired by the unique, student-focused family experience that our high school administrators and staff worked hard to provide. Everyone present adhered to physical distancing and facial covering requirements, yet it seemed closer and more personal than ever, as every family enjoyed a front-row view of their graduating senior's proud moment! Last night, we also enjoyed the 8th grade promotion slideshow videos, marking another important transition. And over the past few weeks, we celebrated our 2020 LVJUSD retirees, our Middle College graduates, our Livermore Granada Boosters Olympian Scholar Athletes, and our Pedrozzi Scholars, all with virtual ceremonies. Our unique year-end celebrations represent innovative responses to the unprecedented circumstances we have faced this spring.
We will continue our creative problem solving as we plan for 2020-21. We are eager to welcome students and staff to the start of the new school year on Tuesday, August 25th. We will be flexible as we plan and prepare for multiple ways of learning, and develop our Roadmap to Reopening our schools. We look forward to hearing your priorities, through the Fall Planning Survey you will receive later today, as we start a new academic year.
And we will continue to nurture the social emotional growth and the mental health of our students. Now more than ever, it is essential to educate and safeguard the whole child. The unrest throughout our nation affects us all. The outrage, pain, and frustration of years of suffering and racial inequality are real and evident. We must address it. I affirm our District’s unwavering commitment to engage our students and community partners in order to surface, confront, and dismantle inequity, bias, devaluation, and prejudice that threaten the wellbeing of students of color in our community and in our schools, with the hope and end goal of reducing division and marginalization, healing deep-seated emotional wounds, and coming together in renewed unity and universal respect. Our young people are the future. I am optimistic that they will become part of the solution and be changemakers for a more peaceful and equitable world. Now, more than ever, we must listen. We must make changes. As educators, we will listen to their concerns, learn from their experiences, and empower them in new ways to help us make that happen.
Together, we have navigated a turbulent spring. Together, we plan for and look forward to a new school year of hope, strength, unity, and health. Enjoy a well-deserved summer break!
Stay safe! Stay #LVJUSDstrong!
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
The Class of 2020 Graduates!
walk onto their school campuses one final time as seniors to pick up their diplomas, leaving their schools as graduates. It is because of the tremendous dedication of our school administrators, teachers, and staff, that these events were designed and executed safely and socially distanced. Graduation 2020 is poised for the history books, one that will surely be remembered by all.
Celebrating Cowboy Graduates!
Assistant Superintendent Mike Biondi, Board Member Emily Prusso, Board Clerk Chuck Rogge, and Superintendent Kelly Bowers ready to celebrate the 438 Cowboy graduates!
The Silberman family awaiting daughter Alysa's walk across the stage!
Graduation on Horseback!
Jessica Powell-Falconer arriving on horseback to receive her diploma at Del Valle's graduation celebration!
Celebrating Cowboy Graduates!
Honoring our Retirees!
Child Nutrition Serves Students Throughout the Summer
Keeping a Math Mindset This Summer!
As summer begins, we encourage all students to continue to seek learning opportunities that help maintain and strengthen math skills. During summer break, when students are not actively practicing math, they can experience a loss of math skills.
Throughout the summer, students will be able to log in with their lvjusd.org accounts as they usually do during the school year to access to all of our District learning materials. Here are some resources to assist you:
- Pearson Investigations Math Words and Ideas: Videos and Tutorials on all skill areas for grades K-5
- Pearson Investigations Game Center: Games to practice skills in grades K-5
- YouCubed: Math at Home Newsletters
Special thanks to LVJUSD Math Coaches Sharon Abri & Linda Melendez
for providing this column throughout 2019-20
Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover - Livermore Library's Summer Reading Program!
A study by Dominican University showed that "children who participate in Summer Reading programs and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading and math when they return to school.” We hope all of our students will be reading and earning prizes all summer long!
Register and download game boards from the Livermore Library Summer Reading website! If you cannot print a game board at home, please call the library (925-373-5500) Monday - Friday from 1-5pm and request a board be mailed to you!
The Livermore Public Library has a wealth of online e-books and audio books to borrow and is now able to offer curbside pick-up by appointment. Please see their website for details.
Keep Counting, Livermore!
Our Census numbers are looking strong! Livermore currently has a 75.8% response rate, surpassing Dublin by 5% and Pleasanton by 1%! Given that this is the first Census that can be conveniently completed online, we know we can do even better! Times of uncertainty and economic hardship only highlight the importance of making sure that California, Alameda County and the City of Livermore receive every dollar we deserve!
If you have not already, complete your 2020 Census today!
For more information, including commonly asked questions, visit www.livermoreschools.org/census
If your incoming 7th grader needs a Tdap booster or second Varicella, please call your physician's office to inquire how they are handling those appointments. Please contact Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need resources during this time.
School nurses will continue to monitor the pandemic situation throughout the summer and look for ways to implement guidance from state and county agencies for our return. We wish you a safe and restful summer!
Special thanks to Jennifer Daily, R.N. and all of our School Nurses
for providing this column throughout 2019-20.
Bottom row, left to right: Jennifer Daily, Julie Howard, Carolyn Reggiardo
School Board Recognitions
Our Board of Education continues to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and staff, despite the inability to do so in person at this time. Each individual who is honored will receive a personalized letter from Board President Craig Bueno and Superintendent Kelly Bowers.
Croce Elementary Recognition
The preschool team at Croce Elementary School was recognized for its outstanding support of students and families. This team of teachers, paraeducators, and specialists collaborated to provide Parent Education nights throughout this year. Topics included supporting your child with positive behavior techniques, building language through play, and more. Principal Kendra Helsley, said, “I am proud of the incredible collaboration and teamwork it took to make these workshops a reality.”
Rancho Las Positas Elementary Recognition
The fourth grade team at Rancho Las Positas Elementary was recognized for developing meaningful connections with each fourth grade student in the school. These dedicated professionals provide engaging student rotations every Wednesday through high quality art, physical education, and math games. The end result is that each teacher has a connection and meaningful relationship with every 4th grade student. The team extends learning for students by providing an outdoor education camp-type experience at Camp Arroyo, where students and staff together participate in adventure activities including rock-wall climbing, hiking Cresta Blanca, creek studies, garden visits and tastings. Principal Steve Martin said, “The teachers are right alongside the students and the children absolutely LOVE IT!”
Save the Date!
- June 5 - 12: Fall Planning Survey Open
- July 4: Independence Day
- August 25: First Day of the 2020-21 Academic Year
The 2020-21 District calendar is available to download on our website: 2020-21 LVJUSD 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
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