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Oct. 30, 2018, news for NVUSD parents and community
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YOUR TOP 3 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:
1) Don't forget to vote by Nov. 6!

2) Festival Napa Valley supported our Arts Education Master Plan in a BIG way this month! (See below)

3) Social media helps us build community. Check out the "8 Social Media Rules Every Parent Should Know" below. 
ENGAGE
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE BY NOV. 6
Your vote is your voice. 
YOU CAN ATTEND OR LIVESTREAM THURSDAY'S BOARD MEETING
On the agenda for Thursday's Board of Education meeting: Students of the Month from Napa High School and New Technology High School; staff reports on academic programs, budget (GASB 75 report) and facilities; approval of revised Board policy and administrative regulation pertaining to Open/Closed Campuses; a change to discipline designees and teacher in charge at Alta Heights Elementary; an agreement with Facilitron for online facilities rental, payment processing and insurance; approval of revisions to NVUSD's English Learner Master Plan; a change order for for the construction work at Irene Snow Elementary School; approval of the 2018-2020 Measure H Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee members; a resolution adding administrators as authorized NVUSD signers when applying for State construction funds; approval of funding for staff Aeries training; a resolution and an agreement changing the program under which NVUSD pre-funds retiree health benefits and other post-employment benefits; and introduction of supplemental Social Science high school curriculum; plus the consent calendar. 
     You can always find Board agendas, minutes and video here
     The public portion of the meeting begins at 7 p.m., in the Board Room at 2425 Jefferson St. in Napa. You can attend in person, or view the livestream on our website using the link above. 
NVUSD IS HIRING!
Join our team and help fulfill our vision of inspiring lifelong learning in all of our students! Right now, NVUSD is hiring fiscal services director, a head custodian for American Canyon High School, and a variety of instructional support and clerical support positions. Some of the positions are only a few hours day, perfect for stay at home parents or retirees! Visit the Edjoin website and search Napa Valley USD for the entire list of openings. 
LEARN
8 SOCIAL MEDIA RULES FOR EVERY PARENT TO KNOW
In 2018, social media, including Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, is an important tool in building community, and that includes our NVUSD community or your school community. 
     We can share upcoming events, photos and stories from our schools, official emergency information and offers of or requests for help or information, among other things. These all help us stay connected and engaged.
     Please be aware that while sharing information on social media in some situations can help keep our students and staff safe and focused on learning, that's not always the case. If you are looking for information from the school about a specific topic or issue, please directly call or visit the school with your question rather than posting it on social media. You'll get the benefit of two-way conversation, plus there won't be inadvertent sharing of incorrect information. 
     Check out these "8 Social Media Rules Every Parent Should Know," including tips on sharing photos of other peoples' kids and (very important!) when to get into tussles with other parents on social media. Share the article with your student for a great conversation!
VARIED OFFERINGS FOR VARIED INTERESTS AT NVAE
Check out these classes for adults starting in November at Napa Valley Adult Education: 
The Legacies of Long-ago Napans
Are you interested in Napa’s history? We have the class for you! This class will focus on historical buildings and structures, inventions and amusing anecdotes, as well as Napa County authors, musicians and artists. Class begins on Nov. 6!
Ballroom Dancing
Come dance with us on Thursday nights! Learn the basics of Ballroom, the Waltz, Rumba and more. Class begins on Nov. 8!
Microsoft PowerPoint
Would you like to make beautiful PowerPoint presentations? We can help! Learn to make your presentations more interesting and take the OPAC test to earn a certificate. Class begins on Nov. 13.

   
KNOW
NVUSD LIBRARIES: YOUR PARTNER
NVUSD Library Services is your partner for student success. With this newsletter we want to familiarize you with two resources for secondary students.
     Middle school: Once students transition to secondary, pleasure reading can take a back seat for even the most voracious readers. We have just the thing to get reluctant, struggling or “just plain busy” readers back on track: Rapid Reads! Rapid Reads is a special collection of popular, high-interest, low-level titles for middle school readers available in three different formats for easy access: print (available in school libraries) and digital audio and ebook (both via Overdrive/Sora).
     High School: Gale’s Student Resources In Context is available to high school students providing access to news content including full-text newspapers and periodicals and media content (images, videos, and audio selections). This “go-to” resource has tools (save and share search results, citations, etc.) that provide everything students need for research assignments in one powerful, user-friendly dashboard. Password for home use: nvusd.
LUNCH MENUS FOR YOU TO PRINT
Each month, NOSH, our food service division, posts the menus for the month, for both elementary and secondary breakfast and lunch. You can download or print them, and plan your student's gastronomic month accordingly! November's Harvest of the Month is apples, and as always, the unlimited salad bar offers a variety of fruits and vegetables. 
MLK ESSAY CONTEST FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK Coalition is sponsoring the "MLK Dare to Dream Essay Contest."  The contest is open to middle and high school students throughout Napa County. A winner from each grade level will be selected (6th-12th grades). The entry should be limited to no more than 600 words, and the due date is Dec. 5, 2018. See the bilingual flyer for more information or visit the website for rules, prizes and more. 
A HUGE (literally) thank you to Festival Napa Valley and COO Sonia Tolbert (blue dress) for the oversized check for $100,000 that Ms. Tolbert presented to Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Chuck Neidhoefer earlier this month.
     The Napa High Pep Band joined Sonia and Chuck onstage at the Festival's fall concert at Napa Valley College to celebrate the Festival's ongoing support of NVUSD's Arts Education Master Plan. Countywide, the Festival has supported students with more than $1.2 million over the past several years. Bravo! 
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