Arroyo Seco Elementary School

April 2017

Las Positas College Invites the Community to Career Exploration Open House

LIVERMORE, Calif.—Las Positas College invites the community to a Career Exploration Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Campus Tours begin at 5 and 6 p.m. and start at the Student Services & Administration Building Patio, Building 1600, near Parking Lot C, where guests can also get information and a campus map. Additionally, a Public Safety Program career fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Quad.

“Our Open House provides the perfect opportunity to see our beautiful campus and facilities, meet faculty and students and learn more about college and careers,” said Career and Technical Education Project Manager Vicki Shipman. “We expect to see a wide range of visitors, from high school and middle school students and their parents to professionals interested in advancing their careers.”

Guests can explore career and transfer programs and visit with faculty and students. Representatives from student clubs will be available in the Quad and there will be music and prize drawings. Parking is free. The cafeteria will be open.

Represented programs will include Applied Photography, Automotive Technology, Biological Sciences, Business Studies, Computing Studies, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Mass Communications, Theater Arts, and Visual Communications/Graphic Design.

The Public Safety Program career fair from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Quad will feature the following programs: Administration of Justice, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services and Fire Service Technology. Program vehicles will be on display and visitors can discuss careers with faculty, students, alumni, and representatives from area public safety agencies.  

Las Positas College is consistently ranked among the top community colleges in California. It has one of the highest transfer rates in the state and offers guaranteed transfer admission to 30 colleges and universities to students who meet requirements. Las Positas College collaborates with area business, industry and government partners to develop a skilled workforce. 

Livermore High School’s New Stunt Team Wins Big Going into Playoffs

April 21, 2017- Livermore, CA Livermore High has a Stunt Team? What is that? Stunt is a new competitive team sport, approved by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) that is derived from traditional cheerleading. Stunt removes the crowd-leading and focuses on the technical and athletic components of cheer, which include partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, jumps and tumbling skills. Teams compete in matches that consist of four quarters of play.
When Livermore High School fielded a stunt team, no one knew exactly what to expect. This exhilarating sport is only in its second season as a CIF high school sport. The East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) has just seven teams this year. Two teams competed last year for the first time, and the rest are new to the sport, including Livermore High.
The Livermore High team has proven to be strong competition because of its large size (30 athletes) and the ability to learn all six levels of routines.  The Cowboys have improved every single week, getting stronger and more competitive.  
Going into the last week of competition, the Cowboys were tied for second place with California High School, with a record of 4-1.  The Cowboys played two matches on April 18th.  First, they defeated Amador 15 to 9.  Then they went up against California High.  The match was tied all the way through the first 3 quarters.  The Cowboys ended up ended up defeating Cal 15-10.  
The team is now preparing for the North Coast Section playoffs Tuesday April 25th at Dougherty Valley High School where they are seeded second and hoping for a bid to the State Championships the first weekend of May.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified Schools Win Gold Ribbon and Civic Learning Awards 

April 21, 2017, Livermore, California – Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce recent awards won by four schools in the district.  Mendenhall and Christensen Middle Schools have won the Gold Ribbon School Award. Joe Michell K-8 and Livermore High Schools have been awarded the Civic Learning Award. 
For the Gold Ribbon Award, each school’s application highlighted a specific program that is representative of excellence throughout the school. Christensen Middle School’s application showcased their school’s co-teaching model. “This program is in its fourth year. It has been incredibly effective for meeting the needs of our students,” says Pat Avilla, Principal of Christensen Middle School. 
Mendenhall Middle School’s application highlighted their National History Day program. “It started with one honors class and now it touches every student in the school,” says Susan Sambuceti, Principal of Mendenhall. The program has been championed by eighth grade teacher Robbie See, who piloted the program and has led the school-wide expansion. 
The Civic Learning Award celebrates schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. The program also identifies models that can be replicated in other schools. “These designations as California Gold Ribbon Schools, along with the Civic Learning Awards, are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the employees in our schools. I applaud all educators throughout our community who work tirelessly to develop new and innovative ways of engaging and developing our students,” says Superintendent Kelly Bowers.

Recognize a teacher of the week!

Below is a link to a new recognition program by NBC. This may be something of interest.  As we know employee morale is key to job satisfaction. 

AEG Oakland Community Foundation Scholarship Program

The Foundation is excited to announce the third year of its scholarship program. This scholarship will provide 3 graduating high school seniors or community college transfer students in Alameda County with up to $10,000 in tuition and books for the 2017-18 academic year. Additionally, scholarship recipients will receive a paid summer internship to work at Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda Coliseum this summer.
See the attached application for more details. If you have any questions, contact Krystle Von Puschendorf at (510) 383-4632

The Grapevine: Community Newsletter from LVJUSD

Dear Livermore Community,

As superintendent, I have the privilege of leading the education of over 13,300 students who represent the diversity of our Livermore community. Together we celebrate and respect the rich traditions of many cultures. I am proud to lead the District’s mission to educate all of our students so that they are able to contribute and thrive in a changing world. To guarantee that our mission holds true for each student, the Board of Trustees and I are committed to ensuring that our schools are safe places to learn.

In partnership with the Livermore Police Department and Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools Program, LVJUSD staff continues to improve safety at our schools. We are in the process of studying school sites, drop-off and pick-up zones, and parking areas during busy times so that we can keep students and community members safe. We are planning implementations of upgraded security measures so that our campuses maintain the highest level of safety during school hours. We have also updated our procedures for visitors on our campuses so that student safety continues to be our top priority.

Our commitment every day to every student is that school is a safe place to learn and grow. Our staff members care about each student. Together, we support and safeguard the children of Livermore.


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Saturday May 20th A's Game

To get the tickets please send your checks to:
c/o 5757 Haggin Oaks Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
For questions call:
Lynn Buskard
CMS PTA – President

East Avenue Middle School Hosts Mathematics Festival

More than 120 students from throughout the East Bay attended the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival hosted by East Avenue Middle School in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) on Saturday, March 25. “We were thrilled to host this regional event and include students from around the District and the broader East Bay community,” says Helen Gladden, Principal of East Avenue Middle School.  
The festival, which is a noncompetitive celebration of great ideas and problems in mathematics, is named after the late Julia Robinson, a mathematics professor at U.C. Berkeley who is best known for her solution of Hilbert's Tenth Problem. Students circulated through a series of stations where they worked collaboratively with table leaders to engage in thought-provoking activities and games.  “The students truly enjoyed the stimulating and engaging puzzles,” says Ms. Gladden. “Special thanks to East Avenue Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher Ms. Riffaya Rajid and East Avenue GATE Parent Representative Ms. Abbie Warrick who were instrumental in bringing the festival to Livermore,” Ms. Gladden continued.
The Festival provided students a collaborative opportunity to actively engage in challenging, hands-on math activities. Amy Robbins, Director of Curriculum for LVJUSD, said, “Students were enthusiastic as they applied their mathematical thinking to solve problems and puzzles. Seeing so many students shows the value of STEM education in our District. These students came on a Saturday to enjoy more math fun!”