Arroyo Seco Elementary School

May 2017

2017 Safe Kids Day Booster Seat Giveaway

Good Morning,
Please see the attached press release and flyer for 2017 Safe Kids Day Booster Seat Giveaway happening on the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 10.  We will be giving away 500 vehicle booster safety seats and 500 bicycle helmets to Alameda County kids.  We are expecting a pretty grand turnout and are hoping to farther spread the word as the event date approaches. Any help you can provide by sharing via your agency website, social media and other channels would be sincerely appreciated. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks so much in advance!!
I hope you have a great weekend.
Thank you,
Leah Doyle-Stevens
Office of Supervisor Scott Haggerty
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 1
4501 Pleasanton Ave.  |  Pleasanton, CA  94566
(925) 803-7289  |  (925) 484-2809 FAX 

Staff, Students, and Community Honored by Livermore Schools

Staff, Students, and Community Honored by Livermore Schools
May 12, 2017-Livermore, CA- School leaders gathered early in the morning, before school started, to celebrate students, teachers, classified staff, administrators, and community members who exemplify the excellence of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). At their annual awards breakfast on May 11, 2017, the Livermore Management Association (LMA) honored twelve outstanding individuals and community groups for their contributions to Livermore Schools.
Graduating seniors, Kathryn Rademann, from Granada High School (GHS) and Bianca Acosta, from Livermore High School (LHS), each received the Scott Haggerty-Gloria Rios Scholarship, a $1,000 award for outstanding seniors who plan to pursue a career in business. The LMA First Generation Scholarship, also for $1,000, recognized the academic excellence of Lisette Rocha (GHS) and Cinthia Astudillo (LHS). All four seniors are college-bound in the fall.
Marilyn Burns, Executive Assistant to the Principal at Croce Elementary School, was honored as Classified Employee of the Year. Principal Kendra Helsley said, “Our District is better because of Marilyn. For the past 23 years, her work has been guided by doing what’s good for the kids.”
The Teacher of the Year Award celebrated Fenna Gatty, Altamont Creek Elementary School’s Science Specialist. Ms. Gatty piloted and developed a cutting edge science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program, “Launch,” that engages students in grades K-5 in the interactive and innovative curriculum that is part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). “Ms. Gatty brings science to life for her students,” said Principal PJ Daley.
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) joined LMA in recognizing East Avenue Vice-Principal Mistee Guzman for her outstanding leadership. Ms. Guzman won the top award in the State for her support of students, families, and staff at East Avenue. Principal Helen Gladden praised Ms. Guzman for her support of equity and for her leadership in creating a safe school.
Director of Special Education, MaryAnn Frates, was honored as LMA’s Administrator of the Year. Amy Robbins, Director of Curriculum, introduced Ms. Frates as “a true advocate for all learners.” Ms. Frates has been instrumental in supporting educators as well as students and their families.
The President’s Award honored Christensen Middle School Principal Pat Avilla, for her commitment as an educator and leader. Ms. Avilla encourages teachers to see each child as unique, to “always remember that every student is someone’s child, and to always do what’s best for kids,” said Dayna Taylor, LMA President.
Livermore schools are stronger because of the generous support of members of the Livermore community. Retired teacher, Carol Howell, was recognized for her ongoing support of our schools, particularly through her work with the Livermore Rotary Clubs and their annual donation and distribution of hardbound, illustrated dictionaries to each third grader in town. 
Assistant Superintendent Chris Van Schaack highlighted the partnership with the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD), noting that sharing facilities and supporting families through Extended Student Services (ESS) before- and after-school care expands resources for all in the District. Jill Kirk accepted the award on behalf of LARPD. Students benefit from field trips to LARPD parks, they learn from LARPD rangers, and they participate in a multitude of LARPD programs both during the school year and throughout the summer. 
Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., honored the Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC) for its ongoing role in keeping arts alive for students, even when school funding dipped. Bowers acknowledged that LCAC is a true friend in education: “Friends come forward when you need them the most,” she said. LCAC President Lynn Seppala and Vice President Jeff Haskey accepted the LMA award on behalf of LCAC and its 29 member organizations that support arts and education. Bowers stated, “Music is universal. Culture is the glue that holds our community together.” She praised LCAC for its dedication to cultivating the arts for students, families, and the entire Livermore community.
Bowers added, “This annual breakfast is one of the highlights of each academic year, giving us an opportunity to celebrate our graduates who are now ready to contribute and thrive at the college level, and to say thank you to the folks in our District and in our community who make our schools great.” 
Group photo (attached) features, from left to right:
Lynn Seppala, Dr. Kelly Bowers, Carol Howell, Lisette Rocha, Jill Kirk , Marilyn Burns, Cinthia Astudillo, Pat Avilla, Bianca Acosta, MaryAnn Frates, Mistee Guzman and her daughter Cambree, and Fenna Gatty. Not pictured is Katey Rademann.


PTA Clarification - Parent Teacher Alliance is NOT the PTA


Livermore High Finalizing Preparations for its 125th Anniversary

May 1, 2017-Livermore, CA The month of May will be a busy one for all involved with the planning of the 125thanniversary of Livermore High School. The 7th Annual Livermore High School Alumni Association (LHSAA) Golf Tournament will take place on May 19th, leading up to Saturday, May 20th, which marks the big celebration. To sign up for the golf tournament and to purchase tickets to the evening social on the 20th, please visit www.livermorehigh.comand follow the link to the 125th Anniversary heading. 
Here is a schedule of the day’s events:
1:00 – 2:00pm Open House & Self-Guided Tours
            2:00 – 6:00pm Anniversary Program
Highlights include:
·         Self-led and student-led tours of the LHS campus, 
·         Displays of vintage Cowboy memorabilia, 
·         Classic car displays, courtesy of Altamont Cruisers,
·         Music & choral performances with student & alumni joint ensembles
·         Panels of past principals and staff
·         Sale of logo wear
6:00 – 9:00pm   Evening social featuring LHS grown herbs and plants in preparation of the menu and décor, with a signature Cowboy “mocktail” prepared by LHS culinary students and staff. Tickets are required for reception. 
Philomena Rambo, the District’s Director of Community Engagement, says, “The excitement continues to build as the time gets closer to celebrate our community’s oldest school! We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Livermore High School’s anniversary celebration later this month.” Students, family members, and community, and both past and present Cowboys are welcome. Local dignitaries and Superintendent of Schools, Kelly Bowers, Ed. D., will be in attendance presenting greetings and congratulations from local and state governments recognizing Livermore High School’s unique presence in Alameda county and its standards of excellence over 125 years. The evening culminates with the closing performance of the LHS Spring Musical, In the Heights
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