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IMPORTANT NEWS AND NOTICES

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Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:
 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!


The first day of school is upon us and we are excited to get started. Last year, we ushered in many changes to our schools and we, and our students, are better for it. Thank you all for your patience and your commitment to our children’s education. Here are some of the highlights from the last year:

  • We opened the Justin Early Learners Academy to serve the preschool needs of our community.
  • Connected Learning Programs were formed to thematically partner some of our elementary, middle and high schools. CLPs create seamless, focused learning experiences in international studies, fine and performing arts, medical sciences and more.
  • Middle and high school Pathways programs continue to expand.
  • Our high schools now offer more Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes to accommodate more students in higher-level classes.
  • There are campus/facility improvements throughout the district, ranging from new landscaping to exteriors renovations, heating/AC systems and technology upgrades.
  • Monte Vista School, the district’s homeschool program, moved to a permanent home at the former campus of Lincoln Elementary School. It also offered Kindergarten programs for the first time. The result was the doubling of its enrollment over the previous year!
  • We gave ourselves a redo as well, by rolling out our new district logo, Promise Statement and motto.

We’re still working hard. Moving forward into this new school year, some of the new things you will find are:

  • For the first time in a long time, we’ve hired 35 new teachers and will possibly bring on more during the year!
  • The implementation of the Unique Learning System for teaching functional skills to our moderate and severe Special Education students.
  • The piloting of prospective English/Language Arts curriculum in all grades.
  • The piloting of the elementary Medal of Honor-Character Education national curriculum, which our teachers helped to write.
  • We’ve expanded our Foreign Language offerings to include Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, German and American Sign Language at some schools.
  • Our district’s budget has received a three-year positive certification from the County.
  • The rebranding of the Simi Valley Adult School, which will be revealed in the near future.
  • Continued facility improvements at some campuses.
  • The rollout of 14,000 Chromebooks and carts for our classrooms. Also, the District’s WiFi systems will be upgraded at every campus.
  • Measure X, the General Obligation Bond, will appear on the November 8 ballot for voter approval. (More information can be found on the District’s website, simivalleyusd.org.)

Improving student achievement and ensuring that every member of our staff continues to provide the best customer service possible to our families remain our top priorities. We believe that every child coming through our doors can and will reach their highest potential. From our highly qualified teachers to our nurturing and compassionate counselors, administrators and support professionals, we create an environment of inclusion and instill a love for learning. Our doors are open to every child; that’s our promise to you.


With innovation comes change. Once again, we ask for your patience as we continue to implement programs and systems to improve our students’ educational experience. If we stumble along the way, please let us know. We are here for all of you. And please, remember to drive safely in and around our campuses, especially in these first weeks of schools.


Our students are our top priority because at Simi Valley Schools, our students go from here to anywhere!

Have a wonderful school year.

 

Dr. Jason Peplinski
District Superintendent

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Information is now online about Measure X, the General Obligation Bond for the November 8, 2016 ballot. Click HERE for the webpage with many resources providing facts about Measure X.

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If your child will turn five years old between Dec. 2, 2016 and Jan. 10, 2017, we have a special program just for you. Our Half-Year Transitional Kindergarten enables your child to become a part of a JK/TK classroom beginning Jan. 10, 2017 (second semester) until the end of the school year. These students will go into traditional kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year. JK/TK classes are full-day and taught by fully credentialed teachers specializing in Early Childhood Development. Students receive hands-on, age-appropriate instruction, and are exposed to basic foundational skills in core academics, the arts and technology. These programs are free to Simi Valley residents. For more information, contact the Educational Services Department at (805) 306-4500, extension 4207. Or email to mischelle.ray@simivalleyusd.org.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONS DUE NOW!

If you haven't turned in your applications for either your neighborhood school or your School of Choice for your child's upcoming Kindergarten year, now is the time. All of our 18 elementary schools welcome tours and private meetings beginning in August. Questions? Contact the Educational Services Department at the District office at (805) 306-4500 ext. 4207. Or email to mischelle.ray@simivalleyusd.org. For more information about our fabulous Kindergarten programs, go HERE. Thank you!

KN_Reese_Jamie_00006.jpgCONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VENTURA COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2016!

Mountain View Elementary School's special day teacher, Jamie Reese, was named the Ventura County Teacher of the Year on May 20. Click HERE for the Press Release on her award.

STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS ADDRESS AVAILABLE

On May 3, Dr. Jason Peplinski, SVUSD Superintendent, presented his State of Our Schools address at Santa Susana High School. The full video to the presentation is HERE. The PDF of the PowerPoint can be viewed and downloaded HERE.

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On Jan. 4, District Superintendent Dr. Jason Peplinski revealed the new logo, motto and Our Promise to the Simi Valley Schools community. These essential organizational tools clarify and reinforce our educational commitment to our community of students, staff and parents. HERE.

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The 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 School Calendars can be accessed HERE.

SVUSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color or disability in any program or activity.