January Hawk Happenings

What's New and Happening @ Indian Valley

In Full Swing!

Learning is in full swing at Indian Valley! It is so great to have everyone back at school and in the routine. This is the time of the year when students are fully settled into their classrooms and start to pick up momentum in their learning and preparation for the upcoming grade.

The 100th day of School falls in January, which is always a fun day in Kindergarten and First Grade. They study the concept of making 100 throughout the year, so it is a big celebration when it comes.

Welcome Back Indian Valley- Daily Attendance is Important

Happy New Year!!

The Walnut Creek School District has seen a marked improvement to attendance as a result of our “Every Student, Every Day” campaign. We are celebrating the accomplishment and thank YOU for your partnership in this important work!

Let’s continue our great work by attending school Every Day! As you return from winter break, the following these tips may help you reestablish your routine:

  • Set regular bedtime and morning routines and stick with it

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before

  • Talk about what they’re looking forward to at school at bedtime and again in the morning. Their enthusiasm is sure to create morning energy.

  • Celebrate when they push through and get to school on time. Remember, on time attendance every day makes for healthy and happy learners!

Important Dates

  • January 21 - TK/K Parent Info Nice (TC MPR)
  • January 22 - Dine In/Out @ Chipotle for WCEF
  • January 23 - IV Science Fair (6:30- 8:00 pm)
  • January 27 - Kindergarten Packets available in IV Office (TK packets available at WCSD office)
  • February 13 - Staff Development Day - No School
  • February 14-17 - President's Day Weekend ~ No School
  • February 28 - End of Trimester 2
  • March 6 - Spring Picture Day
  • March 14 - Indian Valley Auction Party
  • March 24 - 5th grade Panoramic Picture
  • March 30-April 3 - SPRING BREAK ~ NO SCHOOL

Class Meetings are a Great Way to Start the Day

Our classrooms are starting the day off with a class meeting. It is a time to pause, come together as a community and set the tone for the day. It is also a time when classrooms can discuss what is working well and what they can do to make it even better. Here are some pictures from class meetings around school.

Student Safety is Priority

See This Important Letter from our Superintendent

January 15, 2020

Dear Walnut Creek School District Families,

Thank you for the positive messages supporting the practices WCSD has put in place to empower our students to respond when they encounter an unsafe situation. I have received requests to share District safety information and the resources available to support our students, staff, and families.

Establishing strong partnerships with local agencies was crucial as we updated emergency plans, practices and provided training to our employees. The Walnut Creek Police Department and Nicole Rosenbush, our Walnut Creek Resource Officer, have responded to requests to provide training and work alongside us to implement strategies that support our schools in an emergency situation. Officer Rosenbush can often be found on our campuses communicating with site administration, attending coffee chats and working with staff and students. She is quick to respond when we reach out to engage her for support across the district. I very much value having this resource as I believe her presence builds trust and provides a strong connection between the district and local law enforcement.

Walnut Creek School District was the first district in Contra Costa County to implement Sandy Hook Promise four years ago. This includes Start with Hello and the See Something Say Something Program. Most recently, we added the anonymous reporting system to support students who are experiencing a crisis and need immediate help. Since the implementation, we have received 7 calls from students and been able to deploy the appropriate supports to assist our students and families. Sandy Hook Promise leaders have visited WCSD and attended a governing board meeting to assist in ensuring our partnership had a strong foundation and was set up for success.

Our partnership with the City of Walnut Creek provides financial support in the amount of a $25,000 matching grant to provide crisis counseling services at all seven schools and crossing guards in high traffic locations. While most districts are struggling to maintain counseling services, WCSD has both a TK-8 crisis counseling program and 2.2 FTE of counseling support for our 6-8 graders at WCI and Tice Creek. Our collaboration with the Contra Costa Child Prevention Council initiated the implementation of the Speak Up Be Safe Program for all 5th graders. Additional programs such as MindUp, Responsive Classroom and Every Student Every Day address the social and emotional needs of our students. In December, we formed our District Climate Committee to continue our quest to provide exceptional resources to support our students.

In addition to updating our policies, WCSD has implemented practices to educate our staff. We have provided ALICE training to prepare all employees for an emergency situation. In addition to ALICE, all district employees are required to complete several online safety modules to address child abuse, bullying, and harassment. Employee identification badges are distributed at the beginning of each school year so that school personnel can be immediately identified on campuses.

Best practices are in place at the district and site level, including a comprehensive communication system. Blackboard Communications provide a platform for text, email and messaging through the WCSD App. If you have not downloaded the district app, you may do so by following this link. New protocols for volunteers were implemented in 2017. These include signing in at the school office upon arrival and participating in an annual volunteer safety training. Chaperones are now required to complete fingerprinting clearance prior to accompany students on overnight field trips. Our emergency response protocol is posted in every classroom across the district. All staff have reviewed and practiced these procedures.

Finally, I would like to thank our Walnut Creek community for passing Measure D. These funds have contributed to making safety upgrades to our facilities. We have installed safety cameras across the district on all campuses, installed signage, replaced and repaired perimeter fencing, improved outside lighting and installed 19 security gates with panic bars.

Walnut Creek School District will continue to focus on safety and make it our number one priority. Empowering our students and staff with the tools and information to respond to an emergency is critical. Thank you for your partnership and support.


Marie Morgan
Walnut Creek School District Superintendent

Curriculum Corner

Third Grade Science

Third Grade flexed their creative and engineering skills when they discussed how they could keep cool in the hot sun. What sort of coverage and materials would do the best job? Each one was unique and showed their process and how they prioritized the materials available. This activity is one example of how students can explore adaptations in animals as well as practice STEM and Design Thinking. Well done 3rd Grade!

Blog All About It

There are always fun things popping up around campus. Next month, we will highlight some of our great specialists. WCEF Turn Up the Heat Campaign is coming in February. The partnership we share with WCEF is integral to ensuring high quality enrichment programs on all campuses across the district.

Check out their website for more information.