VNVG Community Connections

Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Newsletter

April 18, 2022

Welcome Back!

After a week of spring break, we welcome all of our students and staff back in hopes that everyone had a restful break. We remain hard at work to continue our teaching and learning for the final months of the school year. We have aligned with county guidance to make masking optional for all staff and students in our TK-12 grades, however students and staff in our Early Education programs (Pre-K, ETK, PALS) will continue to wear masks at this time.


We remain hopeful that our our transition back to school after a restful break, allows us to continue to focus on our students' academic and socio-emotional recovery and continued safety. We encourage parents and guardians to stay informed and up to date. As new information becomes available, it is shared with you by your school administrators. Please make sure we have the most current contact information on file at our school site.

Big picture

VNVG Community of Schools Leadership Team

Join Us for Our Next Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Big picture
Big picture

State Testing has Begun...

Big picture

College Begins In Pre-K

Big picture

Summer School Opportunities

Big picture

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Covid Testing Schedule at Local District Northeast Schools April 18-22

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Student and Family Wellness Update

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Armenian Genocide Remembrance- April 24

Big picture
Big picture

Alumnus Spotlight: Julio Cortez, Pulitzer Prize Photographer

We are proud to recognize Pulitzer Prize Photographer Julio Cortez, an alumnus from Coldwater Canyon Elementary, Madison Middle School and Grant High School. Cortez’s photos will be in history books for generations. The image he shot of a protester holding the American flag upside down in Minneapolis is perhaps the most iconic image of the unrest after George Floyd’s death. Cortez was told his picture was a Pulitzer Prize-winning shot. Cortez modestly deflected such talk, reminding people that many brilliant shots were made last year.

Source: https://ouresquina.com/2021/marcio-jose-sanchez-and-julio-cortez-add-pulitzer-to-triumphant-journeys/

Big picture

Welcome New Principal at Dixie Canyon Community Charter

Ms. Silvia Lopez was most recently the Instructional Specialist for grades K-12 at the San Fernando/Sylmar Community of Schools. She has been with the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2004. Ms. Lopez has also served as Teacher, a Targeted Student Population Advisor and Categorical Program Advisor in the Northwest and Northeast areas. She feels honored for the opportunity to support Dixie Canyon Community Charter as the new Principal. We welcome Ms. Lopez to the Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools and look forward to working together with all stakeholders to lead our students to success. Ms. Lopez will begin as Principal at Dixie Canyon Community Charter on April 25th. Congratulations Ms. Lopez and welcome to the Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools.

Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools: HIGHLIGHTS

Big picture

Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Support Team

Vicky Damonte .........................................................................Community of Schools Administrator

Joseph Prendez .......................................................................Lead Director

Howard Yao .............................................................................Operations Coordinator

Lori Dudler ...............................................................................Mental Health Consultant

Zeida Cuellar ...........................................................................Instructional Specialist

Denise Dacles MacNeill ..........................................................LRE Specialist

Chris Jue Steuck......................................................................LRE Specialist

Yadira Boites Dixon ................................................................Program Specialist

Lisa Marie Almanza ................................................................Program Specialist

Alma Carbajal ..........................................................................Parent Education Support Assistant

Andrea Burgos ........................................................................Office Technician

Denis More ..............................................................................IT Support

Shakeh Ayvazian.....................................................................Parent Community Facilitator

Contact Us:

Van Nuys/Valley Glen Community of Schools Office

Located @ Madison Middle School

13000 Hart Street

North Hollywood, CA 91605

818-299-5861