This Week @ DATA

March 14 - 18, 2016 Vol. 1 - 26


Tuesday, March 15th

6:00-8:00 pm - Ventura High School Freshman Orientation Night, VHS Auditorium *

Wednesday, March 16th

5:30-7:00 pm – Buena High School Freshman Orientation Night

5:30-7:30 pm - IMPACT Teen Drivers Presentation (Short PTA meeting before presentation), see attached flyer

Thursday, March 17th

Spirit Day! Wear Green!

7:00 pm – Ventura High School Musical, Little Women *

Friday, March 18th

6th Grade Compass Party

7:00 pm – Ventura High School Musical, Little Women *

Saturday, March 19th

8:00-12:30 pm Saturday School

7:00 pm – Ventura High School Musical, Little Women *


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Pennies for Patients – ASB fundraiser for kids with blood cancer continues. Please bring loose change. Collection ends on March 21st.

Cougar Claw Wrestling Club – First meeting of the Cougar Claw Wrestling Club this Tuesday, March 15th at 5:30 in the VHS Wrestling room. This club is open to VUSD boys and girls, 2nd through 8th grade. For more information, please see Mr. Gaeta.

Little Women -Ventura High School Theater Department presents Little Women in the VHS Auditorium March 17, 18 and 19 at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the auditorium box office. Adult tickets are $9 and student tickets are $6.

8th Graders - If you are planning to attend VHS or BHS next year, please attend the Orientation Nights this week. VHS is Tuesday, March 15th from 6:30-8:00 pm. BHS is Wednesday, March 16th from 5:30-8:00 pm. Information sheets were passed out to 8th grade students last week and are also available in the front office.

Help collect books for Ms. Foreman - The PTSA offered teacher grants, but we couldn’t fund them all. These are the titles Ms. Foreman requested. New or used is greatly appreciated. Please drop off at the office and label PTSA so that we can keep track of what is donated and that they don’t go to the school library.

The following list contains the 28 chosen book titles and their authors.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Time, Mark Haddon

The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan

Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier and Doug Holgate

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

El Deafo,Cece Bell

Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate

Inside Out and Back Again, Thanhha Lai

Friends for Life, Andrew Norriss

These titles are available individually or in box sets:

The Dark is Rising Sequence, Susan Cooper: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising;Greenwitch;The Grey King; Silver on the Tree

Olympians, George O'Connor: Zeus; Athena; Hera; Hades; Poseidon; Aphrodite

The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann: The Unwanteds; Island of Silence; Island of Fire

John Green: The Fault in our Stars; Paper Towns; Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines

from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, on March 19th, April 16th, and May 28th.

Important Notice for Parent/Guardian(s) of 6th Graders - If your student has not had their Tdap vaccine yet, they must do so as soon as possible. Students without the vaccine will not be allowed to start 7th grade in August. Please bring proof of the vaccine to the Health Office.

Yearbook - Yearbooks on sale now for $40. To order, please see Ms. Erin, in the front office. We have a layaway programs that starts at $5. Many new items will be added this year including an online version of the yearbook and opportunity for the community to upload photos that the yearbook staff could add to the book. See Ms. Bandringa for details.

Speech & Debate Tournament

Congratulations to Mrs. Manriquez and the following students for their participation this past Saturday in the Migrant Education Speech & Debate Regional Tournament at Oxnard High School: Yaritza Loyola, Brandon Flores, Laisha Jiménez, Karen Julián, Maria Loyola, Manolo Rodriguez and Alan Saucedo.

A special recognition to Yaritza, Brandon and Alan who all placed 3rd, in their grade level, with their prepared and extemporaneous speeches!


Click here for VCOE website

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all public schools across the state, including those operated by the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE).

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against CDE regarding compliance with special education laws. As a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students statewide since Jan. 1, 2008 to attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. No data is being released to the public and extensive precautions are in place to keep the data secure. Additionally, the parties are required to either return or destroy the data at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

VCOE schools were not involved in the lawsuit and are not the subject of any of the suit's allegations. VCOE will not be disclosing any student data.

Parents and guardians who want to object to CDE's release of their students' data to the plaintiffs' attorneys may do so by submitting a form by mail prior to April 1, 2016. Links to the form and additional information about this case are below:


Imagination StationThe Imagination Station is a place to create different kinds of arts, crafts, and other hands-on projects. This week we'll be creating with Legos. See our schedule of activities on the Library Activities web page. The Imagination Station is open before school Monday and Friday and at lunch Tuesday-Thursday.

Updated Library Web SiteCheck out our new “Library Activities” page at

Poetry PageantApril is Poetry Month. If you'd like to submit your poem for publication, go to the DATA Library web site ( You can claim it or be anonymous.

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New DATA T-shirts are here! Sizes Youth Large through Adult Extra Large available. For sale now in the DATA office - $10 each.


Monday, March 21st

Spring Picture Day

Registration for high school classes for current 8th graders (at DATA)

Wednesday, March 23rd

Incoming 6th Grade Orientation at DATA

March 25th


March 28th - April 1st


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This Wednesday!

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