ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
September 10, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
Tomorrow, Monday, September 11th, 2023 marks the 22 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning. Flags will be lowered to half-staff at our schools and offices for the entire day on September 11.
STUDENTS GRADES' 6 - 12 MUST CHANGE THEIR PASSWORD
Please be advised that students in Grades' 6 - 12 will be prompted to change their Google password from their current password to a new one the next time they log into their Google account or their Chromebook. The change is a security protocol for safety purposes. Regarding passwords, encourage your student to never share their password with other students.
PLAN AHEAD FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
The VAPA Saturday Series is for all students, grades TK - 8. Students will have the opportunity to develop their artistic voice by exploring, learning, creating and producing within multiple Visual and Performing Arts disciplines. Sign up today!
September is National School Attendance Awareness Month. We have been averaging 91.5% attendance. Prior to the COVID disruption, we averaged about 95%. In addition to lower overall average attendance, our chronic absence rates have been rising. Students are classified as chronically absent if they are absent 10% or more of the time. Attendance Awareness Month is intended to remind parents of the high correlation between attendance and school success. Chronically absent students without a valid excuse are referred to the District Attorney's School Attendance Review Board if our efforts to work with families to improve attendance are not successful.
September is also National Suicide Prevention Month. We can all help prevent suicide. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has been accessed over 23 million times since it became available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Suicide Prevention Awareness is a movement by mental health professionals and others to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention.
Challenging the stigma associated with mental health challenges takes understanding, education and a closer look at our own attitudes toward mental health. Fear and misunderstanding often lead to prejudice and discrimination which can lead to feelings of hopelessness and shame in those struggling to cope with their mental health challenges. It's a primary barrier to diagnosis and treatment. Contact your school's administration or counselor at the first sign of problems.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
Next Meeting is September 21. Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance for Regular Meetings of the Board of Education. Find them here. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance for Special Meetings of the Board of Education.
Public Comments Welcome
Meetings are conducted at KPC Parkway, Corona, CA 92879. The Open Session begins at 6 pm. Members of the public may address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic on the agenda or not on the agenda.
Sign Up for Weekly Notifications in Aeries & Follow Your Student's Progress
Visit the Aeries Parent Portal frequently to check on assignments and grades. You can also sign up to receive a weekly notice in Aeries for a quick summary of the grade book, missing assignments, attendance for the week. Here's how to sign up:
- Login to Aeries Parent Portal
- Click on the down arrow on the top right corner after your email address
- Select “Parent Notification Preferences”
Sign Up for our After School Program
Alvord provides an extension of the school day and school year through its Expanded Learning Program. The focus is on academic, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development for students in elementary and middle school, including middle school sports. The program does not replicate learning activities that take place during the regular school day. Instead, it builds upon them. The program is offered everyday after school, as well as intercession, including summer and extended breaks for holidays. Learn more about it here. Or call (951) 358-1682, Monday - Friday, 9:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Participate in our Middle School Sports Program
Did you know we offer a full year of middle school sports? We kick off the program with Track and Field just a few days after the school year begins. Specific information regarding clinic and team tryouts will be distributed by each individual middle school site. The link to register to participate in any our middle school sports programs will be sent via Parent Square next week once our registration website goes live. All interested students will need to register and students trying out for any of our competitive teams will need to provide a sports clearance physical form completed by a medical doctor prior to their tryout. Forms can be obtained in the main office of any of our middle schools. Soccer follows the Track & Field season. Other sports include volleyball, flag-football, basketball and pep squad. Make sure your child is registered to participate. The website link is coming soon!
Activate you Parent Square Two-Way Communication
Parent Square is a safe and secure platform for school-to-home and home-to-school communication. All of our schools rely on it to keep parents informed. Instead of a one-way communication tool, Parent Square provides two-way communication. But to fully utilize the two-way feature of Parent Square, you have to activate your account. Sign in here and activate the two-way tool.
Date: September 16
Hours: 10am to 2pm
Location: Cal Poly Campus outside of the Bronco Center
Learn how to navigate through the college process for students and parents. There will be food, festivities, education, a STEAM Pavilion, a Health and Wellness Pavilion, and more. It's fun for the entire family. Watch the 2-minute video below to learn more about the event.