The Grapevine

LVJUSD Superintendent's Newsletter- June 2020

Superintendent's Message

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!


With Gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

The Class of 2020 Graduates!

After months of intense and careful planning with students, parents, teachers, staff, District leadership, community partners and healthcare agencies, our Class of 2020 was able to

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.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Promotion 2020!

On Thursday, June 4th, all middle schools debuted their promotion slideshow videos to celebrate our Class of 2020 8th graders! Congratulations! We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 to high school in the fall! To view the promotion videos for each school, please visit our LVJUSD YouTube Channel or the homepage of each middle school.
Congratulations 8th Graders!

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!
Oh, The Places You Will Go... Retirement Edition | 2020 LVJUSD Retiree Celebration

Child Nutrition Serves Students Throughout the Summer

Even after serving nearly 145,000 meals throughout school dismissal, the work of our Child Nutrition Department continues throughout the summer. Meals will be distributed from 9:30-10:30 am, Monday - Friday at Junction Avenue K-8 and Marylin Avenue Elementary Schools. Information flyers about food distribution and additional food resources from our city and county are available in English and Spanish on our website at www.livermoreschools.org/summerchildnutrition.

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:






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!

The Livermore Public Library's summer reading program has begun! While you may not be able to roam the aisles of your favorite library just yet, the summer reading program continues to offer opportunities to set goals and earn prizes at every level - from pre-readers, to independent readers, to teens and adults!


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.

Summer reading program flyer

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

Nurse's Station

District nurses have been in close contact with local physician offices and are happy to report that offices are opening up for well child appointments for 4 and 5-year olds in need of immunizations. The State of California has confirmed that all immunization requirements for school entry are still in place, despite the pandemic.


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 tsaenz@lvjusd.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.

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Top row, left to right: Cat Arthur, Shelley Casey, Laura Curran

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.”

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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!”

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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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