Arroyo Seco Elementary School

November 2016

Del Valle High School Gives Thanks for Community

Del Valle High School Gives Thanks for Community
November 18, 2016 – Livermore, CA Del Valle High School’s front lawn became a community banquet hall as the staff and students hosted the school’s 12th annual Turkey Feast on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The annual event originally began as a way for the staff to provide a bona fide Thanksgiving dinner for their students. The event has evolved to become a student-made feast, complete with dessert and decorations. Since 2013, students in Del Valle’s Culinary Program are the head chefs, preparing and presenting food in a professional way. 
Over 200 Del Valle students as well as staff members from throughout the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry relish, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls, and homemade apple crisp. Students under the guidance of teacher, Sam Steele, deep-fried twelve turkeys to feed their guests. Mr. Steele has been part of the Turkey Feast tradition since it began. “Every year, the students come together, put on a good meal, and enjoy time with family,” said Steele.
Each year the event is reinvented by the students. They design an original poster and invitation for each year. The menu is reviewed and updated. Table and seat counts are determined so that everyone has a spot at the tables. Del Valle Principal Darrel Avilla added, “The event is a nice, Del Valle community effort. Students prepare the entire feast. It’s a true opportunity for them that we all enjoy.”

Livermore School District Recognizes Two Community Partners

Livermore School District Recognizes Two Community Partners
November 17, 2016 - Livermore, California Open Heart Kitchen and Fertile Groundworks were both recognized by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  “Open Heart Kitchen and Fertile Groundworks partner with our district, and indeed the entire community, through their work in feeding many of our students and families,” said Philomena Rambo, LVJUSD Director of Programs and Partnerships. 
Open Heart Kitchen has delivered to Livermore schools since 2003. Through their weekend box lunch program, many students receive nutritious lunches that they might not otherwise get during that time. Fertile Groundworks, whose main garden is on land provided by Asbury United Methodist Church, donates food not only to Open Heart Kitchen and other food pantries, but also delivers weekly to two Livermore elementary schools.  In addition, Fertile Groundworks helps twelve school sites in Livermore with their school gardens. 
Both groups sent representatives to the meeting Tuesday as the LVJUSD Trustees and Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Bowers, extended their gratitude. District employees collected food items, which were then donated to Open Heart Kitchen. “Especially at this time of year, we are grateful for both of these organizations and for their ongoing support,” Rambo concluded.

Satellite Elementary Campus Opens

Satellite Elementary Campus Opens
November 14, 2016 - Livermore, California Over 300 students in T-K through 5th  grade started school today at the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District’s satellite elementary campus. Principal Scott Vernoy reported that students and staff were excited about their first day of school at the new location. “The feeling here all day has been incredibly positive. We are looking forward to a great year,” said Vernoy. Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Laura Morgan says, “It is wonderful to be here and serve the children of Livermore.”
The LVJUSD opened the satellite campus in response to a recent surge in enrollment in the District. Vernoy said he already has begun “to create a school where staff is valued, parents are welcome, and students are engaged and excited about learning.” Satellite Campus parent representatives participated in the District’s Parent Club Information Council (PCIC) meeting last week, in anticipation of establishing the site’s Parent Teacher Organization. PCIC President, Ellen Goold, said, “It was great to see the enthusiasm of the newest members to the group. I look forward to collaborating with them.”
The mission of the LVJUSD is to prepare students “to contribute and thrive in a changing world.” Vernoy says the Satellite Campus will follow the District’s mission, “by creating a learning environment that fosters the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of students.”

199 Students Honored for Achievements as English Learners

199 Students Honored for Achievements as English Learners
November 9, 2016, Livermore, CA- On Thursday, November 3, 2016,  Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) hosted the Annual English Learner Reclassification Ceremony, which honored 199 students for achieving proficiency in English, their second language.
The lively and uplifting ceremony was hosted at Livermore High School and was punctuated by student speeches highlighting their English proficiency. Attendees also enjoyed dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Tlapalli. Dr. Kelly Bowers, District Superintendent, welcomed the students and their families. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by students from Marylin Avenue Elementary school. Student speakers for the evening were Angel Alvarez (Junction Avenue K-8 School), Aolani Godinez (Livermore High School), and Emilia Vega (Vineyard Alternative School-Adult Education).
During the 2015-2016 school year, there were 1,750 English Learners in Livermore Schools, 14% of the student population. In order to be reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (FEP), students must meet the following criteria:
●       pass the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), 
●       maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average in English Language Arts, 
●       score proficient or advanced on the district writing benchmark, and
●       achieve level of “Met or Exceeded Standards” on the CAASPP state test.
Students were honored with a medal and a certificate at last week’s ceremony.
Reclassification means that English Learners are on pace with their native English-speaking peers. The result of this reclassification indicates that these students no longer need English Language Development (ELD) support, as provided for all English language learners.
Special thanks go out to all the Principals, English Learner Liaisons, and Cabinet and Board Members who came to support students, and for their ongoing commitment to support English Learners in Livermore.

Veterans Day Special Edition

Dear Livermore Community,

On Veterans Day, we honor all who have served and who continue to serve in the United States Military. The first Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, marked the end of The Great War. Today, nearly a century later, we thank all whose commitment and sacrifice continue to preserve our freedom and the inalienable rights we enjoy as Americans.

I am proud to be the daughter of a U.S. Marine and the granddaughter of a U.S. Navy Seabee who served in World War II. I know there are many in our community whose loved ones have served or are currently serving in branches of the Armed Forces. Please join me in a special Veterans Day salute to staff members of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District for their dedicated service to our country.



Kelly Bowers, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

The Grapevine: Veterans Day 2016 Special Edition

Dia de los Veteranos 2016 Edicion Especial

“Smarter” Lunchrooms Unveiled   

November 7, 2016 - Livermore, California - This past week, two LVJUSD schools unveiled their new “smarter” lunchrooms.  Based on a grant from the Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) of California Program, the two schools have added some enhancements to their lunchrooms that will encourage students to select and enjoy nutritious foods.
At Marylin Avenue Elementary School, The Roadrunner Cafe has a new interactive component with messages about nutrition, what’s in season now, and how to “pick your plate” for higher energy and fitness. The lunch room has a brightly painted mural on the walls, a fresh fruit and vegetable stand, and friendly staff helping the students to enjoy their lunch.
At Junction Avenue K-8 School, The Bulldog Café has become a warm, welcoming place that promotes healthy eating. The students have been impressed by the television screen that not only shows the menu of the day but also promotes the “Harvest of the Month.” Eighth grader Jasmine Cruz said, “The way they are putting out large salads and packaging the vegetables definitely changes the way I makes my lunch choices.”  Cafeteria Supervisor, Lori Heyl, says she loves the new changes. 
The principal of Junction, Dayna Taylor, says that everyone likes seeing the students trying new foods and eating more fruits and vegetables. “Teaching students to eat healthy now is a lesson they will use their entire lifetime”, said Taylor.
In addition to the grant money, LVJUSD will receive support from the SLM collaborative, led by the California Department of Education, the Dairy Council and the University of California Fresh Nutrition Education Program. Students at both schools will also receive nutrition education to reinforce the lunchroom makeover messaging.


---------------------------------------- RACE TO THE FLAGPOLE  -  PRESS RELEASE -----------------------------------------
The Livermore-Granada Boosters will host the 7th Annual “Race to the Flagpole” on Saturday,  November 12, 2016.  The event offers several distances that include a 5K run/walk, 10K run, half marathon and one-mile fun run.  All events start at Independence Park and go through Livermore’s scenic Sycamore Grove Park.  The half marathon goes through Holdener Park in the rolling wine country and continues through Sycamore Grove. These events are open to all ages and abilities. They encourage awareness and appreciation for fitness, as well as community pride. This year the opening ceremonies will include the VFW Color Guard, National anthem and flag presentation.  All race proceeds support the Livermore-Granada Boosters scholarship program. 
Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. at Independence Park, 2798 Holmes Street in Livermore. The half marathon starts at 8:30am, 10K starts at 9:00am and 5K at 9:15am.  The one-mile fun run begins at 10:45 am. Pre-registration entry fees for the 5K are $30, the 10K $35 per runner, and half marathon entry fees $45 per runner.  Group/family discounts are available for four or more runners.   The one-mile fun run entry fee is $10. On race day, all registration entry fees will be an additional  $10.  
This year we are offering a special student rate to all students - high school seniors and under that wish to participate in the 5K, 10K or half marathon.  The cost is only $20 for any of these events.  In order to receive the student rate you must register online at
Every participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, medal, and post-race refreshments.  The awards ceremony honors the top finishers in each race, school participation, and a tribute to our veterans.  All schools in Livermore may compete for the top participation award. The school with the most participants receives a $250 cash donation. For more information, for sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit  or contact Mike Nagel, Race Director, at 925-667-6535 or email at
----Thank you to our current Diamond and Silver Sponsors ---
Diamond Sponsor - $2500
·         Caratti Jewelers of Livermore – 2056 First Street Livermore -
Silver Sponsor - $500
·         Fusion 3 Salon – 1776 First Street Livermore -
·         McNally Carpet Cleaning -