Grizzly Community Update

Friday, May 19, 2023

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Good evening Grizzlies,

We are at the end of another action packed week.

I want to congratulate our Stunt team, who competed in the California State Championships last Sunday. They finished 2nd in the state! Congratulations on an amazing season.

On Tuesday we hosted the inaugural SRVUSD Civics Day. Student groups from CHS, Windemere Ranch Middle School, and Venture School, created projects focused on solving a problem in our community or across the world. We had some very creative and motivated young people present some innovative ideas.

This week was also "Senior Week." All week long members of the Class of '23 participated in lunch time activities that culminated in a senior rally today.

We continue to review and uphold safety procedures.

Thank you for following our current campus safety protocols by signing in at the front office before coming onto campus; and thank you for your partnership in keeping our students, staff and campus safe.

I have had some great conversations and suggestions from parents over the last couple weeks regarding safety. Since the gate procedures are new and our staff is investing a significant amount of time and people power to keep gates closed to the best of our ability, we welcome any volunteer support you are willing to give to help us. Make sure that you are cleared through our district Be a Mentor Volunteer System, and we will gladly have you help us supervise throughout the day. Please share your interest on the attached form.

I sent the below message to students on Monday morning (May 15) and we are continuing to adjust to find the best ways to continually ensure safety. I encourage you to have conversations with your children about supporting and following the gate procedures.

"Good morning Grizzlies,

I hope you all had a great weekend. After reviewing our current campus safety procedures, we’ve determined that to improve campus safety we need make sure that gates and exterior doors are secured. Beginning this week we will be closing the gates between buildings that allow entry to our campus at 8:45 am and the entrances at either end of the main building. Main Building access will only be from the center entrance. If you arrive on campus after 8:45 am, you must enter campus from the administration building. This is a big shift so as we transition to this new procedure we will have a campus monitor at the gate between the main building and the world language building at 8:45 am this week."

Next week is Thrive Week as student begin to prepare for finals. Please see all the spirit themes in the upcoming dates section below.

Have a great weekend.


Mr. Ball

LGBTQ+ Pride Month (New)

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is celebrated across SRVUSD. This resolution was passed and adopted on August 16, 2022 by the Board of Education. It is one of the many resolutions adopted by the Board.

SRVUSD celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month because:

  • The District is committed to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student and staff member. To accomplish this goal, we are engaged in efforts to create practices and initiatives to support students and staff who identify as LGBTQ+.

  • June is an opportunity to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness of services, and foster dialogue to further our equity goals, to ensure that all students feel safe, welcome and included at school.

  • Progress pride flags will be flown at the District Office and at all school sites for the entire month of June, to recognize the contributions made by members of the LGBTQ+ community and as a representation of our commitment to support our LGBTQ+ students and staff.

Here is a resource from the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE).

Steering Committee Applications Open

SRVUSD is excited to share with Parents and Caregivers that applications are open for parent/caregiver positions on three SRVUSD Steering Committees:

  • Social Emotional Well-Being Steering Committee

  • Equity Steering Committee

  • Deep Learning & Innovation Steering Committee

These advisory groups are comprised of Board of Education members, certificated and classified staff, administrators, students, and parents/caregivers. The purpose of the committees is to support the District in achieving the goals set forth in SRVUSD's Strategic Directions.

Steering Committee members will meet five times during the school year, working alongside one another to guide and advise SRVUSD on how to prioritize the goals set forth in the Strategic Directions, identify effective action steps to meet goals and evaluate evidence on the progress the District is making toward the goals. Members will also have opportunities to enact some of the activities suggested in the first round of steering committees.

Please complete the Google Form application linked below that corresponds to the committee you are interested in joining. The final selection of Steering Committee members will be based on criteria that consider a number of variables in an effort to achieve broad and inclusive representation. The goal is to have a cross-section of individuals sit on this committee and reflect the diversity of the SRVUSD community.

Social Emotional Well-Being Steering Committee Application

Equity Steering Committee Application

Deep Learning & Innovation Steering Committee Application

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 19, 2023. You will be notified over the summer on the status of your application. Please note that if you are not selected, there will be a number of opportunities for you to participate and provide input in other ways. SRVUSD High School students are also encouraged to apply and will receive a separate email that has the student application links.

If you have any questions, please email the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Debra Petish, at:

Student Volunteer Opportunity at Bollinger Canyon Summer School

Bollinger Canyon Summer School has an opportunity for rising 9th-12th graders to gain some valuable volunteer experience working with youth and staff.

Hours can be verified to fulfill service requirements for Leadership, CSF, or other clubs, but students may also volunteer just to have some fun over the summer!

Bollinger Canyon Elementary School

June 12 - July 10 (No school 6/19, 7/3, 7/4)

8:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Interested students may apply using this summer school volunteer link.

Please note: students must use their SRVUSD google account to access the form.

Any questions? Please email

Thank you for helping us spread the word by sharing with students, staff, and families!

Alessandra Castro

Summer School Principal

Traffix Bus Passes for 2023/2024

The Bus Pass Sales Schedule for the 2023/24 school year is attached.

Additionally, here is a link for quick access:

Views from the Den

Civics Day

Members of the Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon communities helped review and provide feedback to our students on their Project Citizen presentations.
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Freshman Leadership

Members of our Freshman Leadership classed presented their rally games to their classmates as they prepare for more leadership opportunities in the coming years.
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Senior Awards Night

Wednesday night we recognized over 70 seniors with our Senior Awards Night. It was fun recognizing the accomplishments of the amazing seniors in the class of 2023.

Pictured below are four, Chaeie K. (Air Force), Nimisa P. (Navy), Patrick L. (Army), and Sophia P. (Air Force) Grizzlies that all received nominations to our military services academies from Congressman Eric Swalwell.

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Senior Rally

The Class of '23 finished up their Senior week with a senior rally today!
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Powerpuff Football

The Seniors pulled of an amazing win 19-7 in tonight's matchup versus the Junior class. Great job to our players, coaches, refs, and fans!
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NCS Win!

Congratulations to our Softball team, who won their 2nd round NCS game 1-0 vs. College Park. Hailey King hit a walk-off homerun in extra innings to put the Grizzlies over the top! Pitcher Kaitlyn Lee had her second consecutive shutout of the NCS playoffs!
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Finals Bell Schedule

Semester finals are right around the corner!

Important Dates

May 22-26: Thrive Week Spirit Week

Mon 5/22:

Spirit Wear: PJ Day! Be cozy and come to school in PJs!

Thrive Week Activity: Watch a movie in the library @ lunch

Tues 5/23:

Spirit Wear: Dress in your ideal partner's style! For example - think athletes are cool, wear sports gear!

Thrive Week Activity: Watch Senior band, Anticus, and teacher band, Partial Credit, perform in the quad @ lunch!

Wed 5/24:

Spirit Wear: Dawgs Out Day! Wear flip flops, sandals!

Thrive Week Activity: Spend time with therapy dogs in the quad @ lunch!

Thurs 5/25:

Spirit Wear: Adam Sandler Day! Dress in his classic look (ie. gym/cargo shorts, oversized t-shirts)

Thrive Week Activity: Llama Day! Pet some llamas on the JV Softball field @ lunch!

Friday 5/26:

Spirit Wear: Anything But a Backpack Day! Be creative and school appropriate by using anything but a backpack to carry your stuff to school!

Thrive Week Activity: Field Day! Grab a spot on the football field and enjoy music and games @ lunch!

May 24, 25: Senior Disneyland Trip

May 26- June 1: Finals Week

Friday, June 2: Graduation, 6 pm, Stadium