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There will be a SELPA Executive Board Meeting on February 10, 2023, starting at 12:00 pm. 

 

 

 

Posted 2/2/23

We distributed a new edition of our Family eNewsletter today; read it wherever you receive your ParentSquare messages or click here. 

Posted 1/26/23

Our wonderful staff give back to NVUSD as teachers, counselors, principals, and coaches - the list goes on and on! However, did you know that many also attended NVUSD schools growing up? Join us as we take a look back in time and learn about our NVUSD faculty and staff NOW and THEN.

Past Spotlight: Cheri Flohr

New Spotlight: Terri Lynne Ricetti

Executive Director of Special Education Services

Caption: Terri Lynn Ricetti poses for a picture with the bowl she received in recognition for her selection as ACSA's Special Education Administrator of the Year. 

NVUSD’s Executive Director of Special Education Services believes her Napa High teachers helped prepare her for a future as an educator. That future in education has benefited NVUSD students for nearly 20 years and has taken Ms. Ricetti through many meaningful positions and experiences. 

According to Ms. Ricetti, there were many Napa High teachers who reached out to support her when she needed it, they went “above and beyond to keep me engaged in school and on track to graduate. When I lost my way, they were the ones who took the extra time to reach out to me, to listen, to let me know that my presence in their classes was not just expected, but wanted. It is those relationships that I have kept in mind when I have had students who struggle and need an anchor of support.”

Since joining NVUSD in August 2003, Ms. Ricetti has been that anchor of support for the wonderful students and programs she oversees. It appears she has somewhat seamlessly traversed the role of specialist, coordinator, director, and now, executive director. Her accomplishments are reflected in so many areas, including her selection as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Special Education Administrator of the Year for 2022. 

Ms. Ricetti hopes to continue that great work, sharing, “My hope now is that the work I do inspires teachers to be an anchor of support for the students they work with every day.” 

We know she inspires others every day. 

Learn more about how Ms. Ricetti responds to the needs of students here!

Posted 1/19/23

The SBE ignored the terms of the AB 1505 charter reform law and exceeded its authority in reversing charter petition denials by Napa Valley USD and the Napa COE

Napa, Calif. (January 13, 2023) - Earlier this week, the California School Boards Association’s Education Legal Alliance (CSBA), which represents nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education throughout California, filed a lawsuit against the California State Board of Education (SBE). CSBA’s lawsuit supports the Napa Valley Unified School District’s (NVUSD) position in its litigation related to the Mayacamas Charter School petition. Among other claims, CSBA challenged the SBE for “exceeding its authority and improperly substituting its judgment for the discretionary judgment of the governing board of the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Napa County Board of Education.”

The litigation involves the SBE decision reversing the denial of the Mayacamas Charter petition by both Napa Valley USD and the Napa COE per the terms of AB 1505, a charter reform bill signed into law in October 2019. AB 1505 was the subject of extended negotiations between legislators, the Governor’s office, the State Superintendent, labor unions, state education associations, parent groups and supporters and critics of charter schools. The final agreement established a new framework for transparency and delegation of authority related to charter schools, including the charter authorization and appeal process.

“It’s disheartening to see the State Board of Education disregard not only the law but also the work of stakeholders on all sides of the charter issue that produced the carefully crafted reforms sought by authorizers and charter proponents in AB 1505,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “A key provision of this bipartisan legislation was that local authorizers — both school districts and county offices of education — could more closely consider the impact of a charter school on a local community and tailor their decision-making processes regarding petitions and renewals accordingly. The SBE undermined this agreed-upon principle, overstepped its authority and sidestepped the law in reversing the denials of the petition by the local governing boards.”

In addition to setting aside the SBE’s approval of the Mayacamas charter, CSBA also seeks “declaratory relief confirming the SBE’s limited role when considering charter petition appeals” to stop the SBE from continuing to ignore the recent changes to the Charter School Act that were specifically designed to promote local control.

CSBA was actively involved in the legislative process leading to the enactment of AB 1505, which dramatically altered the process for charter appeals to the SBE, limiting its role and authority in appeals. According to the CSBA court filings, “SBE wholly failed to accept its limited role of reviewing for error as established by Legislature in AB 1505 and sought to create grounds for reversal which:

(1) were not supported by any written submission by petitioner [Napa Foundation] “detailing, with specific citations to the documentary record, how the governing board of the school district or the county board of education, or both, abused their discretion” as required by Education Code section 47605(k)(2)(A);

(2) did not establish an abuse of discretion by either the governing board of Napa Valley USD or the Napa County BOE;

(3) were unsupported by any factual findings reflecting a rational connection between the few citations to error identified by petitioner, the facts in the underlying record, and the SBE’s conclusion that an abuse of discretion occurred; and

(4) ostensibly relied upon evidence or considerations beyond the administrative record.”

“In doing so, the SBE violated the Charter School Act and undermined the Legislature’s express intent in enacting AB 1505 to give broad discretionary authority over the creation of new charter schools to the local education agencies that are in the best position to make decisions regarding the creation of new public charter schools in their communities.”

In November 2022, NVUSD pursued legal action against SBE, also challenging SBE’s unlawful reversal of decisions made by both NVUSD and NCOE to deny the Mayacamas Charter Middle School petition. NVUSD asserted that the SBE’s decision was an abuse of discretion with potentially calamitous statewide implications. NVUSD’s challenge was supported by virtually every major statewide educational association as demonstrated by the many letters NVUSD received. [Those letters can be accessed at this link .]

“CSBA’s lawsuit affirms NVUSD's position on this very critical issue regarding charter appeals and AB 1505 interpretation,” NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti stated. “Such an overreach of authority by SBE sets a dangerous precedent at both the local and statewide levels, a precedent that is not in the best interest of the district or our students. We are appreciative of CSBA's decision to litigate this issue as our own lawsuit against the SBE advances through the courts.”

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Posted 1/13/23

We distributed a new edition of our Family eNewsletter today; read it wherever you receive your ParentSquare messages or click here. 

Posted 1/12/23

 

Veteran Phillips Magnet Elementary School teacher Jennifer Veveiros was honored as the 49ers Teacher of the Game on Saturday, December 24, at Levi’s® Stadium. During half-time, Jennifer was presented with a 49ers jersey.  Among the many contributions noted for her selection, from among many submissions throughout the North Bay Area, they cited her:

  • support of students applying for 4H scholarships to attend summer camp

  • focus on teaching students how to learn about their heritage and culture through art (see pictures below) 

  • volunteer work as a life coach for Girls on the Run to empower girls to be healthy and confident

  • annual summer program for historically underserved middle school students called Aim High

Jen Veiveros Hilos VisiblesCaption: Jen Veveiros' students create quilt squares illustrating their cultural heritage (left and right) that are now on display at the Napa County Historical Society on 1st Street and their website (center). 

 

 

We invite you to enjoy pictures from the event below:

Jen Veiveros at the 49er Game

Posted 1/12/23

Julianna Hart

Board Member

Area 7

 

Trustee Julianna Hart was elected to the NVUSD Board of EducArea 7 Trustee Hartation in December 2022 with the hope of giving back to her community by providing all children with a high-quality education. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Trustee Hart worked for successful companies, including Harte-Hanks, the Napa Valley Register, Restoration Hardware, and Sephora, where she is currently the Senior Studio Manager for Marketing and Creative Operations LVMH. A third-generation Napan, she also regularly contributes to her community through volunteering. Over the last ten years, she has served in many roles, including Region 6 Director and National PR Committee Chair for the Active 20-30 Club US and Canada, as President, Board Member, and Graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, as President of NEWS Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services Board of Directors, and as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Napa. Beyond working full-time and volunteering, Trustee Hart has four wonderful children, a 2021 graduate of New Tech High School and three younger children who attend Vintage High School and Pueblo Vista Elementary School.

 

Posted 1/11/23

 

At our December 15, 2022, annual Organization of the Board of Education Meeting, newly elected Julianna Hart and incumbents Robin Jankiewicz, Cindy Watter, and Elba Gonzalez-Mares were sworn into their roles by Napa City Council Member Liz Alessio. Following this, the board held the election for 2023 governing board officers. Trustee David T. Gracia became the new Board President, Trustee Cindy Watter became the Vice President, Trustee Eve Ryser became the Clerk, and Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti was appointed secretary to the Board of Education. After adjusting their seating to acknowledge their new roles, Board President Trustee David T. Gracia led the adoption of the 2023-2024 Board of Education calendar and the appointment of board members, liaisons, and representatives to specified committees for 2023. You can find more information about both on our Board of Education website by clicking here.

 

Newly elected board members
Caption: In the images above, Julianna Hart, Robin Jankiewicz, Cindy Watter, and Elba Gonzalez-Mares were sworn into their roles by Napa City Council Member Liz Alessio

The board also recognized and presented service awards to Kasama Lee, Barbara Franco, Liz Alessio, and Leon Garcia for supporting Bond Measures A1 and A2. The outgoing board president, Robin Jankiewicz, said, “We would like to express our gratitude to campaign coordinators Barb Franco and Kasama Lee for their extraordinary, steadfast and exemplary work leading our campaigns. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to city councilmember Liz Alessio [Napa] and mayor Leon Garcia [American Canyon] for their incredible contributions as elected officials to the campaign efforts. We hope to cultivate a future desire for more elected officials to support our schools the way you both did during the 2022 campaign.”

 

Rosanna Mucetti with Kasama Lee and Leon Garcia

Caption: Rosanna Mucetti poses with Kasama Lee (left) and American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia (right) with the service awards. 

 

Rosanna Mucetti poses with Barb Franco and Liz AlessioCaption: Rosanna Mucetti poses with Barbara Franco (left) and Napa City Councilmember Liz Alessio (right) with the service awards. 

 

On Thursday, January 19, 2023, the Napa Valley Unified School District presented the Service Award to Greg Payne, the Campaign Treasurer for Measure A1 & A2, in recognition of the extraordinary leadership and support he demonstrated during the campaign for Measure A1 and Measure A2. According to Trustee Jankiewicz, "Mr. Payne dedicated his expertise to managing the finances of the bond campaign, dedicated his time to this community, and lent his support to NVUSD. We, the Board of Trustees, want to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude for his service." 

 

Greg Payne Treasurer of Measure A1 and A2

Caption: Rosanna Mucetti (right) and Mike Pearson (left) pose with Greg Payne (center) holding his service award. 

You can enjoy every moment of the December 15, 2022, Board of Education Meeting and the recognition of Greg Payne by watching the proceedings in the YouTube videos embedded below.

 

 

Posted 12/16/22

Dr. Rosanna Mucetti has been selected as a 2022 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Dr. Mucetti joins just 24 other superintendents nationwide who were selected for the honor in recognition of their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts. 

"This recognition is due to the collective efforts of our organization's strategic focus on communication and engagement," shared Dr. Mucetti. "I am grateful for our Board of Education and all our staff and parents who support goals centered around robust communication, community engagement, and advocacy. They show up and work hard for our students each day."

“This year’s honorees understand just how important effective communication is in building trust and relationships with families, employees, students, and community members in their districts,” said NSPRA Executive Director Barbara M. Hunter, APR. “These emerging leaders have proven to be dedicated champions of innovative communication efforts to advance their district’s success.”

NSPRA had a record number of nominations this year—nearly 60—and many exceptional candidates, making the selection process very competitive. Since the 2015-16 school year, NSPRA has recognized 127 school district leaders as Superintendents to Watch. Honorees must have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and must demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

Visit www.nspra.org/superintendents-watch to learn more about this award.

About NSPRA

As the leader in school communication, NSPRA serves more than 2,500 members who work primarily as communication directors in public school districts and education organizations throughout the United States and Canada. NSPRA provides high-quality professional development programming through on-demand learning, an annual National Seminar, webinars, online, forums, and resources. For more information, visit NSPRA’s website at www.nspra.org.

Posted 12/15/22

Dear NVUSD Community,

 

As winter break draws near, I want to take a moment to share my admiration and thankfulness for all our students and staff have accomplished this year and for all that is to come!

 

Please click here or below to enjoy the sounds of our American Canyon High School Choirs, Vintage High School Choirs and drumline, and Napa High School Choirs through a compilation of their most recent performances. They continue to make us so proud!

 

I wish you a warm, joyful winter break and look forward to welcoming our students back on January 9th!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Mucetti's Signature

 

 

Posted 12/15/22