All Things AltEd

Newsletter for Del Amigo High & Venture School 8/2022

An Note From Your Principal

Alte Ed Students and Families,


The school year is off to a great start! We have enjoyed meeting and working with your students in-person and online. Next week marks the end of the first grading period. We will be sharing progress reports so you are able to see your student's growth. Students who are not making adequate progress will be invited to meet in small groups or one on one for intervention. Please take the opportunity to work closely with your teacher so you are able to receive the maximum amount of support and instruction possible!


We are still looking for parents/caregivers and students who are willing to serve on our site council. Please complete the form below or e-mail Dennice Barnes at dbarnes@srvusd.net to let her know by this Wednesday. We will then send out an official vote.


I hope everyone has a great week and stays healthy and safe!


Lynsie Castellano, Principal

SRVUSD Wellness Survey

We have our first Wellness Survey screener for students to do this quarter. This survey is given throughout the district to grades 3-12 to learn more about their social and emotional well-being. The questionnaire will gauge the various attributes:
  • Joy of Learning
  • School Connectedness

  • Educational Purpose

  • Academic Efficacy

  • Overall Student Wellbeing


Our Venture middle and high school students will take the survey in Advisory, while Del Amigo will take in their survey during English.

Fastbridge Assessments 3-12

Fastbridge is our district academic screener for English Language Arts and Math. Assessments will be given district wide to all students three times a year. Data from these assessments will be analyzed and used for lesson design and intervention.

Help Desk- Changes

Parents: Navigate to https://Parentithelp.srvusd.net. If you already have a help desk account or are using Google to sign in you can choose "login" in the top right hand corner of the screen and submit your ticket. Parents can also email parentithelp@srvusd.net or call our help desk at 925-824-1840 #2.

Students: Navigate to https://studentithelp.srvusd.net and choose "login" in the top right hand corner of the screen to submit your ticket. Students sign in using their District email and password. Students can also submit tickets by emailing studentithelp@srvusd.net or calling our help desk at 925-824-1840 #2.

Available Language Programs and Language Acquisition Programs

Parent Notice

San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) offers the following language and language acquisition programs for student enrollment. Parents/Guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child (EC Section 310/a/).


  • Structured English Immersion Program: A language acquisition program for EL students in which nearly all classroom instruction is provided in English, but with curriculum and a presentation designated for students who are learning English. At minimum, students are offered designated ELD and provided access to grade level academic subject matter content with integrated ELD.

  • Mandarin Enrichment Program: A language program for English learners and native English speakers in the SRVUSD which provides supplemental instruction in Mandarin including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

How to Enroll Your Child in a Language Acquisition Program:

If you would like to enroll your child in one of the Language Acquisition Programs in SRVUSD please submit a written request to the office of your local school. The following information must be included in your request:


  • Date of request

  • Parent and child names

  • Description of request

  • Grade level of student


How to Request the Establishment of a New Program at a School:

Schools in which the parents of legal guardians of 30 pupils or more per school or the parents or legal guardians of 20 pupils or more in any grade may request a language acquisition program be established at a specific site that is designed to provide language instruction. If you would like to make a request, please submit a written request to the office of your local school. The following information must be included in your request:


  • Date of request

  • Parent and child names

  • Description of request

  • Grade level of student.


Process to Respond to Parent Requests for New Programs


San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) will process all parent requests for new programs and will follow the steps listed below.


SRVUSD will:


  • Assist parents in clarifying their request

  • Maintain records of each request for three years

  • Accept requests from students enrolled for the current year as well as the following school year

  • Monitor the number of parent requests for language acquisition or language programs on a regular basis throughout the year

  • Consider requests for a multilingual program from parents of pupils enrolled in the school who are native speakers of English when determining whether a threshold is reached.


Reaching a Threshold


When the parents of 30 pupils or more enrolled in a school, or when the parents of 20 pupils or more in the same grade enrolled in a school, request the same or substantially similar type of language acquisition or language program, the school responds by notifying the SRVUSD immediately and the following three actions will be taken:


  1. Communication

Within 10 school days of reaching a threshold described above, SRVUSD will notify the parents of pupils attending the school, the school’s teachers, administrators, and SRVUSDs English learner parent advisory committee and parent advisory committee, in writing, of the parents’ request for a language acquisition program.


  1. Cost and Resource Analysis

SRVUSD will then identify costs and resources necessary to implement any new language acquisition or language program, including but not limited to:

  • Certificated teachers with the appropriate authorization

  • Necessary instructional materials

  • Pertinent professional development for the proposed program

  • Opportunities for parent and community engagement to support the proposed program goals


  1. Determination

Having completed the costs and resource analysis, SRVUSD will determine, within 60 calendar days of reaching a threshold described above, whether it is possible to implement the requested language acquisition or language program. At that time, SRVUSD will provide notice, in writing, to the parents of pupils attending the school, the school’s teachers, and administrators of its determination.


  • Determination to implement a program at the school:In the case that SRVUSD determines it can implement the request program, SRVUSD will create and publish a reasonable timeline of actions necessary to implement the program. The district will confer with school personnel, including administrators, and teachers with the authorizations required to provide or oversee the programs and services for English learners, regarding the design and content of language acquisition programs.


  • Determination not to implement a program at the school: In the case that SRVUSD determines it is not possible to implement the program requested by parents, the district will provide a written explanation of the reason(s) why the program cannot be provided. The district may offer an alternate option that can be implemented at the school.


Each school will follow the process described above, even if at the time the threshold is met, SRVUSD provides the requested language acquisition or language program at another school.


Citations: EC sections 305 and 310, 5 CCR section 11311 and 11312.



About Language Acquisition Programs and Language Programs




Program Type

Characteristics



Language Acquisition Program

(English Learners)

The California Code of Regulations section 11309 requires that any language acquisition program provided by a school, district, or county shall:


  • Be designed using evidence based research and include both Designated and Integrated English Language Development.


  • Be allocated sufficient resources by the local educational agency (LEA) to be effectively implemented, including, but not limited to, certificated teachers with the appropriate authorizations, necessary instructional materials, pertinent professional development for the proposed program, and opportunities for parent and community engagement with support the proposed program goals; and


  • Within a reasonable period of time, lead to:

Grade-level proficiency in English, and, when the program model includes language instruction in another language, proficiency in that other language; and


Achievement of the state-adopted academic content standards in English, and, when the program model includes instruction in another language, achievement of the state-adopted academic content standards in that other language.




Language Program

(non-English Learners)

  • Language programs offer students who are not English Learners opportunities to be instructed in languages other than English.


  • May lead to proficiency in languages other than English




Parent and Community Engagement


Parents may provide input regarding language and language acquisition programs in the LEA or to be considered in the LEA during the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (EC Section 52062). If interested in a different program from those listed above, please contact the SRVUSD ELD Coordinator to ask about the process.


Parents who need additional information or support please contact:

  1. Site Administrator

  2. Christopher George: Director of Instruction, at cgeorge@srvusd.net

  3. Deanna Zappia: ELA/ELD Coordinator, at dzappia@srvusd.net

Kit Bragg: Director of Assessment, at kbragg@srvusd.net