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In March of 2019, VUSD purchased a Foamstream weed abatement system that uses only biodegradable and non-toxic compounds in combination with steam to kill unwanted plants. The system will be piloted this summer in hopes of stepping away from chemical use for a multitude of applications. 

Two local news stories from February discussed the technology and included VUSD:

Daily Republic 

The Reporter

illustration showing Foamstream use

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/24/19




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loop the lagoon April 27, 2019

Don't miss the 16th Annual Loop the Lagoon run/walk fundraiser for all Vacaville Unified schools, Saturday, April 27, 2019! This iconic event offers challenging courses for serious runners, fun runs and walks for young kids and families, and a 5k for people who are in between. 

 

50% of every registration fees goes directly to the school of your choice. So sign up today, join in the fun, and help your school! Register at: https://www.loopthelagoon.com.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/22/19




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Find out about what's happening around VUSD in the Vacaville Unified March Newsletter!

VUSD newsletter

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/7/19




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community conference 2019

Join us on Tuesday, March 19th from 5:00-8:00pm at Vacaville High School for our first Community Conference. Don't miss this great event for parents and guardians with free sessions taught by the Vacaville Police Department, NorthBay Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Solano County Office of Education and more! Topics will include Career Exploration, E-Cigarettes & Vaping, Gang Awareness, Coping with ADHD, Emerging Drug Trends and much more.  Please join us for an informative and educational evening on topics important to every parent and guardian. View the Conference Guidebook.

 

Free childcare will be available upon parent/guardian registration.  Transportation for parents to and from Markham Elementary and Padan Elementary may be provided if sufficient interest is received with parent/guardian registrations.

 

Click here to reserve your seat, request childcare and transportation and receive additional information.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/27/19




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e-cigarette and vaping session

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. Nicotine exposure can also harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. 

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) Youth Development Services staff and members of the Solano Youth Coalition and will lead a one-hour informational session on current trends in tobacco products such as vape pens and e-cigarettes, the health effects, how students access the products, what the products look like, and current laws pertaining to tobacco products.

This session will be held in the VHS Library, and is open to all VUSD parents and members of the community.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/29/19




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public hearing map

The Solano County Committee comprised of the Solano County Office of Education School Board Trustees is hosting a public hearing, Wednesday, December 19th in the Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High School located at 998 Marshal Road in Vacaville at 6:00 PM. The committee will be reviewing the VUSD Board of Trustee's recommendation to adopt map 101 (Blue map) as part of the transition to trustee-area elections in 2020. The public is invited to attend and provide input to the committee. Background information and the proposed map can be found at http://vusd-ca.schoolloop.com/CVRA

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/17/18




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pie chart of survey responses

The public surveys asking the Vacaville residents to indicate which proposed trustee-area map is preferred, closed on November 29, 2018.
297 responses were received with 45% of the responses choosing the BLUE map 101 as the top choice. After reviewing the responses from the public, the VUSD Board of Trustees selected map 101 as the map that will be recommended to the County Committee for approval and adoption in early December 2018. 

 

View more information about VUSD's transition for at large elections to by-trustee-area elections here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/3/18




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school closed

Hello VUSD Families,

We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range.  Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. 

Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.

I want to extend my love and support to our families, and I wish you all a peaceful holiday break.

Take Care,

VUSD Superintendent Jane Shamieh

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




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current air quality conditions at 134
Schools are in session today. At "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" levels, elementary students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Middle and high schools will have indoor lunch space available for students who would prefer to be inside.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




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current air quality conditions
VUSD schools are open today. We will continue to keep students indoors and limit physical activity if air quality reaches AQI ratings above 150. Current air quality conditions can be found at www.AirNow.gov

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




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yes we are open

All schools are in session today. If smoke worsens throughout the day, students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Physical activity for PE will be limited and kept indoors as well. 


11-13-2018- Conditions as of 5:00 AM.

5 00 AM air quality index at 103
For current air conditions and recommendations, visit www.Airnow.gov.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/9/18




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public hearing
On November 15th, the VUSD Board of Trustees will host a public hearing during the regularly scheduled board meeting located at 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. The intention of this public hearing is to present the proposed trustee area map options being considered by the Board of Trustees, and to solicit public input.

 

View the currently proposed maps and more information.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




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screen shot of AirNow website
As we learned with last year's fires, air quality can change significantly from hour-to-hour. VUSD will be looking to air quality resources for status updates and guidance about activity levels and exposure for staff and students.
We recognize that school closures have significant financial impact on many families, and will keep schools open whenever possible. Outdoor activities such as recess or PE may be held indoors.

In the event that school closures are required, parents will be notified prior to the start of the school day. We will keep families updated via text and email if smoke continues.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




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pink and blue proposed maps
 

Vacaville residents can view two currently proposed maps and more information about VUSD's transition to by-trustee are voting districts. View the maps

Community members can provide input and suggestions about the mapping process in a variety of ways:
 

COMMUNITY FORUMS

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way

Saturday, October 27th – 9:00-10:30am 

at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place – Coffee and donuts will be served

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in Spanish

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in English

 

EMAIL: PIO@VacavilleUSD.org
MAIL: 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687
PHONE: (707)453-6155

 

Why are maps being drawn?
Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where all board members are elected by voters throughout the entire school district. On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution No. 3, 2018-2019, in response to a letter, threatening to sue the district under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). VUSD intends to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school board. View more info about the transition to by-trustee area voting districts.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/25/18




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tell us what you think
 

Join in at a community forum!

Community forums provide a comfortable and informal setting for Vacaville residents to share ideas and feedback about how we develop the trustee-area voting boundaries. The community forum meetings are:
 

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way
 

Saturday, October 27th – 9:00-10:30am 

at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place – Coffee and donuts will be served
 

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in Spanish
 

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in English
 

 

The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the public hearings and community forums. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.  More information about the transition to a Trustee-Area election system can be found at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/CVRA.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/18/18




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Public Hearing A: To Seek Input Regarding a Waiver from the State Board of Education in Lieu of an Election

Public Hearing B: To Seek Public Input Prior to Drafting By-Trustee Area Maps


Both public hearings will be held:

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA

 

Public Hearing A

Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustee members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, whereby voters throughout the entire school district elect each trustee member.  On September 20, 2018, the VUSD Board adopted Resolution #3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. A by-trustee area election system would require each Board member to reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and would be elected only by the voters in that trustee area.  

 

A school district seeking to transition to a by-trustee area election system must submit an application to the local County Committee on School District Reorganization (“County Committee”) for approval. If the County Committee approves the school district’s application, California Education Code section 5020 would require an election to approve the transition to by-trustee area elections.  

 

To avoid the costs associated with an election and to ensure timely implementation, the VUSD Board will consider seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education of this election requirement, as well as certain other Education Code sections related to the election requirement.  If the waiver is granted by the State Board of Education, no election to approve the change to by-trustee area elections will take place, and the County Committee’s decision on the District’s proposal will be final.

  

Pursuant to Education Code sections 5019 and 33050, the Board invites community input on the proposed waiver request.  Any member of the public or representatives of the school district will be provided the opportunity to offer oral or written comments on the matter. Community members who wish to provide input, but who cannot attend may submit remarks to PIO@Vacavilleusd.org or by mail to VUSD Public Information Office, 401 Nut Tree Rd., Vacaville, CA 95687.

View more about the transition to by-trustee are election system here.

 

Public Hearing B

Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the entire District.  On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution # 3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. 

 

The District’s demographers, the National Demographics Corporation, will present information on the process and criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps.  Following the presentation, the Board will hold the first of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).    

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/28/18




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On September 20, 2018 the VUSD Board of Education Considered the Adoption of Resolution No. 3, 2018-19, declaring the intent to transition from at-large elections to trustee-area board elections. 


Lozano Smith Attorney Ryan Tung provided an overview of the process for transitioning from At-Large Board elections to Trustee-Area Board elections.

Following the presentation, the Board approved the resolution to move forward with Trustee-Area elections. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/24/18




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teen leadership summit
 

Don't miss this yea's Teen Leadership Summit October 13th! The summit is is for middle and high school student leaders who want to see and affect change in their community. This year's guest speaker is Jose Cordon helping teen find strength in spoken word.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/18/18




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The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider a resolution declaring the intent to transition from an at-large election system to a by-trustee area election system for the members of the governing board. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville.

 

Currently, the seven members of the VUSD Board of Trustees are elected under an “at-large” election system, in which all voters residing within school district boundaries vote for each member. In August 2018, the District received a demand letter from the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, demanding that the District change its method of election to a by-district (or by-trustee) system in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code, § 14025, et seq.) (“CVRA”) or risk being sued by the firm. This is the same law firm that challenged the City of Vacaville’s election system, which led the City Council to vote unanimously to move away from at-large elections.

 

Under the CVRA, at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting or cause disenfranchisement of voters from a protected class. The only election system that provides VUSD complete protection from a CVRA claim is a “by-trustee area” election system. A by-trustee election system would require that voting districts be established within the Vacaville Unified School District boundaries. Each trustee must then reside within the designated voting district boundary, and trustees would then be elected only by the voters from the voting district in which the trustee resides. 

 

When a public agency receives this type of demand letter, the agency is given 45 days to demonstrate its intent to transition to by-trustee area elections.  If the VUSD does not adopt a resolution signaling its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area board elections within this 45 day “safe harbor window,” the law firm, or any other plaintiff, may file a lawsuit against the District under the CVRA. 

 

Superintendent Jane Shamieh commented, “Valid and reasonable points can be made on both sides of the discussion for at-large versus by-trustee area elections systems. However, a CVRA claim is very difficult to defend against and can result in extensive legal expenses. We do all that we can to preserve funds so that they can be used for students.  These are some of the reasons that the Board will be considering adopting the resolution of intention to change election systems.” 

 

The Vacaville Unified board will hear from the public and consider whether or not to adopt a resolution declaring the intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections on September 20th. The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the meeting. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/17/18




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2018 VUSD Annual Update
VUSD invites parents and guardians to the 2018 Annual Update presentation, Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM at the VUSD Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Rd, Vacaville.
Come hear about actions that VUSD is taking toward early learning foundations, school safety, kindness and respect at school, multicultural education, workplace/career and technical education, soft skill development, college readiness opportunities,
Measure A projects and more. RSVP here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/21/18




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online portal for reduced lunch
To apply online for free or reduced meals for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.  Paper applications are also available at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Road. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Student Nutrition Department at 707.453.6157. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 7/25/18




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Families will be sent links to purchase formal photos of their graduates. The following are candid images from the ceremony.

smug mug album covers

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/9/18




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YouTube link
Graduation ceremonies for Will C Wood (7:00 PM 6/8) and Vaca High (9:00 AM 6/9) will be broadcasted live on this channel. Click image above for a link to the Vacaville Unified YouTube channel.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/8/18




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LCAP logo for VUSD


The LCAP describes VUSD’s overall vision for students, annual goals, expenditures tied to the goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve the best educational experience possible for VUSD students. VUSD' plan focuses on student achievement and academic rigor, closing the achievement gap, school environments. View the current LCAP proposal here. Your input is important and can be submitted at PIO@VacavilleUSD.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/7/18




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Survey summary of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students
See what VUSD 7th, 9th and 11th grade students said about bullying at school, suicide, drug use and more. 
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide student survey in the nation asking kids about their school environment and inclusiveness, drug use, suicide and other issues that effect learning. We use this survey to get a better understanding of what students are experiencing. This survey is a component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of systemic health, prevention, and school environment (kindness) programs and curriculum. 
See a summary of the results attached here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/30/18




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plant 1000 flowers representing kindness and respect
Vacaville Unified students and staff are focusing attention May 18-25th on making intentional efforts of kindness, respect and understanding both with those around us and online. We will be planting, drawing creating flowers to represent the actions we take to be a positive influence our community. 

Will C Wood students will be joined by Buckingham and Vaca High students in downtown Vacaville this Saturday, May 19th to share the symbols of kindness with community members.

Country High, Alamo, Sierra Vista K-8, Padan, Markham, Hemlock/ACE, Jepson, Ernest Kimme Charter, Cooper, Fairmont Charter, Browns Valley and Educational Services Center will also be hosting activities on campus next week to engage students in deliberate acts of positivity.

Join us this week! Plant your seeds of positivity with those around you and create a flower that represents it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/16/18




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