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The continuing effects of the Camp Fire on our air quality can be difficult, especially for those with breathing sensitivities.

After discussions with our staff, the County Office of Education, the Napa County Dept of Public Health, and other North Bay districts, along with consideration of various factors, NVUSD will take the following precautions to lessen the effects on our students and staff.

  • In elementary schools, teachers have been directed to move PE, lunch, recess and any other relevant activities indoors. Secondary schools are encouraged to maximize as much internal space as possible and to modify their supervision protocols to ensure students are safe.

  • All staff have been directed to keep doors and windows closed.

  • Our Maintenance and Operations staff is operating the ventilation system with recirculating (not outside) air and dampers closed, to maintain the air quality in the classrooms and staff areas

  • Teachers and other staff who work directly with your students will follow protocols for any students who have concerning symptoms or reactions by contacting parents directly. Our school nurses are also available to respond to concerns.

  • Athletics will follow NCS Guidelines regarding postponement or cancellation.

  • If your student has asthma but does not have an inhaler at school and you want to send one,  please download the NVUSD medication form and ask your health care provider (doctor) to complete and sign it. Return it to your school office with your student's inhaler. 

As parents, you know your student’s health and needs best, and we encourage you to make the best choice for your student in terms of attendance. If you decide to keep your student out of school, please just follow the usual attendance protocols for your school. The absence will be excused and teachers will talk with your student about making up the work.

NVUSD will continue to monitor the situation and will send ongoing communication, as needed. We will also post announcements on the school websites. Thank you for your support.

Posted 11/13/18

Cheri FlohrCheri Flohr, assistant principal at American Canyon High School, will take over as interim principal at Browns Valley Elementary School in Napa as of Nov. 26, NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti announced yesterday.

Flohr will take the reins from Frank Silva, who will assume the interim principal position at Napa High School for the remainder of the school year. In addition, NVUSD is diligently working to ensure a solid transition plan is in place for the American Canyon High School community in order to fulfill the assistant principal duties currently held by Ms. Flohr at ACHS.

“Cheri Flohr has the administrative, instructional and team-building skills to continue the tradition of excellence at Browns Valley Elementary School,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “During this transition in leadership, Ms. Flohr will offer continuity and a stable presence that will benefit students, staff and parents.”

Flohr has been on the administrative team at ACHS since 2016, and a teacher in NVUSD since 1996. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Sonoma State University and teaching credentials in physical education and administrative services. She grew up in Napa, and attended Snow Elementary School, Ridgeview Junior High School and Napa High School.

“The Browns Valley area has been my home for many years and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to support the community that I live in as an interim principal at Browns Valley Elementary School,” Flohr said. “I am happy to work closely with the team there and with NVUSD administration to ensure that Browns Valley Elementary School students and families have continued success throughout this 2018-19 school year and beyond. Go, BV Bears!”

NVUSD will facilitate a comprehensive process to fill the permanent principal position at Napa High School, and Mr. Silva will have the opportunity to pursue the opportunity or return to Browns Valley Elementary. Similarly,  if Mr. Silva continues at NHS, NVUSD will embark on a comprehensive hiring process to fill the permanent position at Browns Valley. If the permanent principal position becomes available, Ms. Flohr will be welcomed to apply.

“Our goal is to have our assigned administrators in place at all of our schools for the 2019-2020 school year by late spring,”  Dr. Mucetti said.

The staff and parent at both Browns Valley Elementary and American Canyon High were notified of the interim appointment. A parent meeting is scheduled at Browns Valley for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. to introduce Ms. Flohr to the school community and address questions.

Posted 10/23/18

Full and Fair Funding
Despite boasting the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest gross domestic product of any state, California sits near the bottom nationally in nearly every significant measure of school funding and school staffing.

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has launched a new website advocating for the Full and Fair Funding students deserve and California public schools need to prepare graduates for college, career and civic life in the 21st century. To ensure that California remains the home of innovation and opportunity, CSBA is calling on the state Legislature to raise school funding to the national average by 2020 and to the average of the top 10 states by 2025. 

Visit the website and sign the Full and Fair Funding petition.

Posted 10/19/18

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Frank Silva, longtime principal at Browns Valley Elementary School in Napa, will take over as interim principal at Napa High School as of Nov. 26, pending Board of Education approval on Nov. 1, NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti announced today.

Silva will take the reins from Annie PetriFrank Silvae, who has been NHS principal since 2015.

A Napa native, Silva has been in education for 32 years, 23 of them with NVUSD. He has served as a teacher, dean of activities and assistant principal and principal at sites including Napa Junction, Shearer, Alta Heights and Browns Valley elementary schools, and at Vintage High School.

“Frank Silva’s skills are a great match for Napa High School,” Mucetti said. “He is a proven leader and team-builder, with a long history and connection with our community. He is the right person to lead Napa High staff and students while we prepare to recruit for the permanent position in the spring.”

While at Alta Heights Elementary School, Silva improved the school’s API score by 100 points over eight years; earned the school a “California Distinguished School” designation in 2006; and earned the Napa Peace Table award for the school’s anti-bullying campaign. Before his work in Napa, he was a teacher in Redwood City and assistant principal at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato. His father, also named Frank, was principal at Vintage High from 1973 to 1982 then head of NVUSD Secondary Education until he retired in 1991.

Silva was named Elementary Educator of the Year for District 4 of the Association of California School Administrators, as well as being honored by the Sacramento Kings as Community All Star in 2014 for his leadership during the Napa earthquake. In 2012, he was nominated as Male Role Model of the Year by NEWS, which provides domestic violence and abuse support services locally.

“I grew up in Napa, and attended Alta Heights Elementary, Silverado Middle School and am a proud Vintage High graduate,” Silva said. “I love NVUSD and our community, and my focus is always on ‘what’s best for our kids?’

“I look forward to building on the strong foundation in place at Napa High School, with outstanding teachers; intelligent, curious students; and supportive families. ”

Silva has his bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Human Development) from San Francisco State University;  his teaching, administrative credential, and masters degree from University of San Francisco, and completed additional coursework in school administration at Sonoma State University. He has been principal at Browns Valley Elementary since 2008.

“Browns Valley is a strong school community, and I know they will continue to provide our students with excellent teaching and support,” Silva said.

Superintendent Mucetti said, “I also want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank Annie Petrie for her contributions to NHS during her tenure. Napa High leads the District in CAASPP scores and in the number of students who graduate eligible for the UC and CSU systems, and that is something to be proud of. Mrs. Petrie will work on special projects in the District office for the remainder of this school year.”

Silva’s successor at Browns Valley has not been named. Dr. Mucetti will share the interim strategy with Browns Valley families at an evening meeting at the school on Oct. 24, Mucetti said. There is also a parent meeting for Napa High School families the evening of Oct. 25. The schools will send additional information about those dates to families through the usual school channels.

Posted 10/17/18

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NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti,  l , and Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory  accept a check for  105,000 from Chevron representative Julie Wirth during the Safeway Open earlier this month.
NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, (l), and Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory  accept a check for $105,000 from Chevron representative Julie Wirth during the Safeway Open earlier this month.

Students at four NVUSD elementary schools will experience science in a real-world, hands-on way, thanks to Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s $105,000 donation in connection with the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa in early October.

The “Living Labs” at Northwood, Canyon Oaks, Donaldson Way and Pueblo Vista Magnet elementary schools will enable teachers and students to explore concepts and key ideas that cut across all sciences, such as cause and effect; and to introduce students to the practices that scientists and engineers use to investigate and build, such as scientific inquiry.

“This donation directly supports one of our key initiatives in our draft strategic plan, that students will experience responsive, engaging pedagogy and high-impact teaching and learning strategies,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “That means hands-on learning that is interesting, challenging and based in real-world concepts.”

The donation will fund materials and equipment, such as sampling and measuring equipment and protective wear for experiments, science journals and robotics kits; portable mobile devices such as tablets or ereaders; field trips to destinations such as Lawrence Hall of Science or the Marine Mammal Center; and professional development for teachers.

As a sponsor of the Safeway Open Golf Tournament and an advocate for education, Chevron wanted to find a way to support local schools in the Napa Valley area. Stan Teaderman, owner of Allied Propane, and Don Walker, Chevron Brand Manager and part-time Napa resident, worked with Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory to help facilitate the donation.

“What a great way to support our children,” Gregory said. “I was just happy to be able to play a small part, by introducing the Chevron folks to Dr. Mucetti. Then they all took it from there.”

According to Mark Matheny, Brand Specialist at Chevron, the donation was part of a challenge on the par 3, 11th hole during the Wednesday ProAm round that preceded the Open. For every tee shot that hit the green, Chevron would donate $3,000 to support local students and teachers impacted by last year’s wildfires. Thirty-five golfers hit the green and at the gala that evening, Chevron presented Gregory, Mucetti and Napa Valley Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Stewart with a ceremonial check for $105,000.

Since 2013, Chevron has invested $400 million in educational partnerships globally, benefiting more than 650,000 people.

Posted 10/17/18

The opening of the new River School campus, on the site of the former Salvador Elementary School in Napa, will be postponed, NVUSD officials announced today. The new 530-student campus had been scheduled to open in August 2019, one of the many District projects funded in whole or in part by Measure H.

According to Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations Mike Pearson, though construction is already under way, the current schedule indicates a completion date of Aug. 30, 2019, after the school year has already begun for NVUSD students and teachers. Once the construction work is complete, it takes about a month to finalize the Information Technology, fire suppression and other systems.

“Moving the entire school to the new campus, though it can be done fairly quickly, is very disruptive and it does not serve our strategies in terms of teaching and learning,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD superintendent. “Given the facts at hand, we would rather postpone the opening than try to accelerate the schedule, which would likely result in the students and staff moving onto a campus that isn’t ready for them on Aug. 12.”

The new opening date has not been decided, Pearson said, though the options include moving the school over winter break and opening in January 2020, or waiting to open the new campus in August 2020.

Mucetti and Pearson met Monday with the charter council of River School, an NVUSD dependent charter, to brief them on the changes.

“We are disappointed, of course,” said Richard Hall, president of the River School Charter Board of Directors. “That said, we also realize that the initial schedule was quite ambitious, and we’d rather have a complete, well-built campus than one that is accelerated to meet the first day of school deadline. We’ve let the District know that our preference would be to open the school in January, and send our first class of 8th grade graduates off to high school from our new facility. ”

“There are positives and negatives to either opening date,” Pearson said, “and we’ll make a thoughtful decision working closely with the staff, students and families at River School.”

Measure H, passed by NVUSD voters in June 2016, authorized $269 million for work to fund the District’s Facilities Master Plan, including significant projects related to seismic- and earthquake-related needs; security and safety upgrades; technology upgrades; and, in the case of River School, making efficient use of NVUSD’s existing facilities, to offer students the services they need. Find more at www.nvusd.org/measureh.

Posted 10/17/18
Posted 10/5/18