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Education Matters is our monthly column published in the Napa Valley Register and American Canyon Eagle

The fourth Tuesday and Thursday of each month, we discuss a topic of interest to students, parents and the greater community. 

Education Matters: Preparing for summer and the school year beyond

Napa Valley Register -- September 26, 2018

American Canyon Eagle -- September 27, 2018

Superintendent’s ‘Listen and Learn’ Town Hall meetings happening now

When Dr. Rosanna Mucetti submitted her application to become superintendent at NVUSD, she proposed that, if she were selected, she would follow an entry plan designed to help her get “clarity about the District’s current strengths, areas of growth, potential opportunities and immediate challenges.”

An essential part of the entry plan is a “Listening and Learning” tour, featuring dozens of in-person meetings with staff, partners, legislators, elected officials, media and more, and anchored by Town Hall meetings with the community.

Dr. Mucetti will use the information from the tour to inform strategic planning work for the next few years. The in-person, evening Town Hall meetings are intended to be very interactive with lively discussion.

Please plan to join us at one of the three remaining public gatherings. All meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and run for 90 minutes. Translation, child care and light refreshments are available.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, at American Canyon High School Library (in English)
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, at Vintage High School Library (in English)
  • Monday, Oct. 8, at Harvest Magnet Middle School Multipurpose Room (en español)

Can’t make an evening meeting? Please share your thoughts via our online survey, in either English or Spanish, at

Open Enrollment for 2018-19 starts Oct. 1

The Open Enrollment period at NVUSD, which begins Monday, Oct. 1, offers families the opportunity to request a school other than the neighborhood school your student is automatically assigned to attend. It allows choice in the educational program your child attends.

There are many reasons why a family would apply to attend a different school. For most, they are looking to take advantage of magnet programs such as dual immersion learning or an emphasis on STEM or International Baccalaureate programs; to provide a smaller or larger school environment, or other reasons. Not all requests are able to be fulfilled, but the process is designed to be unbiased and to grant as many requests as possible.

Here’s how it works: Depending on where you live, your student is assigned a school of residence. Starting Oct. 1, parents can request the student be assigned to a different school for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents make the request online, including student information, parent and sibling information, and first and second choices of school. Open Enrollment closes on Nov. 30, and all applications submitted during that two-month period have equal status in the lottery selection process; there is no preference for or penalty against applications submitted earlier or later in the process.

For most students who apply for Open Enrollment, acceptance will be based on an unbiased lottery process. Families will be notified in mid-December if they are selected, and, once notified, they have 48 hours to accept the new school placement or the opportunity will be offered to the next student on the list. Once a student is accepted at a new school, the family does not have to re-apply every year to continue at that school.

Please note that during transitions (elementary to middle school, middle to high school), students will automatically be enrolled in their school of residence, and the family must use the Open Enrollment system again to apply for a different school or program.

Parents can find the Open Enrollment information and links on the home page at or call (707) 253-3815 with questions.

NVUSD is hiring!

We think working to support and educate our young people is one of the most important roles in a community. If you think so, too, please consider joining us.

NVUSD has openings in both teaching (certificated) and support (classified) areas, both full-time and part-time positions. You can find the announcements and details at; just search “Napa Valley Unified” to see the entire list. You can make a difference in a student’s future!

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