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As this week’s Napa Police Department investigation regarding the mass school shooting threat continues, we learned this morning that another River Middle School student has been arrested and will be charged as an accessory after the fact. According to the police, his involvement was actively attempting to thwart the investigation by hiding evidence and interfering with witnesses. There is no direct evidence that this suspect was actively involved in the planning of any violence towards others. The student is now in custody and that legal process is proceeding.

We are grateful to the Napa PD for their diligent focus on keeping our students and staff safe while also doing quality police work that enhances the security of our entire community.

Our focus here at NVUSD remains on the emotional, mental and physical health and safety of our students and staff. Tuesday night all NVUSD families received information via ParentSquare about resources and support in response to this incident. Additional supports such as law enforcement presence, counselors and mental health workers, and resources for teachers to use in supporting students in the classroom will remain in place where needed. NVUSD will be working on large-scale, Districtwide action plans to address students’ socioemotional needs, digital citizenship and safety, and school security more intensely in response to the events of the last couple of days.

We look forward to communicating further details in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

 

 

Nueva información, apoyo continuo con respecto a amenazas estudiantiles

A medida que la investigación de esta semana del Departamento de Policía de Napa sobre la amenaza masiva de tiroteo en una escuela, nos enteramos esta mañana que otro estudiante de River Middle School ha sido arrestado y será acusado como un accesorio después del hecho. Según la policía, su participación intentaba activamente frustrar la investigación ocultando pruebas e interfiriendo con los testigos. No hay evidencia directa de que este sospechoso haya participado activamente en la planificación de cualquier violencia hacia otros. El estudiante ahora está bajo custodia y ese proceso legal está en proceso.

Estamos agradecidos con el Departamento de Policía de Napa por su diligente enfoque en mantener a nuestros estudiantes y personal a salvo mientras también realizan un trabajo policial de calidad que mejora la seguridad de toda nuestra comunidad.

Nuestro enfoque aquí en NVUSD sigue siendo la salud y la salud emocional, mental y física de nuestros estudiantes y personal. El martes por la noche, todas las familias de NVUSD recibieron información a través de ParentSquare sobre recursos y apoyo en respuesta a este incidente. Los apoyos adicionales, tales como la presencia policial, los consejeros y los trabajadores de salud mental, y los recursos que los maestros pueden usar para apoyar a los estudiantes en el aula permanecerán en su lugar donde sea necesario. NVUSD trabajará en planes de acción a gran escala en todo el Distrito para abordar las necesidades socioemocionales de los estudiantes, la ciudadanía digital y la seguridad, y la seguridad escolar más intensamente en respuesta a los eventos del último par de días.

Esperamos poder comunicar más detalles en un futuro próximo.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y compromiso.

Posted 1/10/19

Pam Phillips is one busy lady.

Phillips, a mom of two American Canyon High School students, has been actively volunteering at the American Canyon high school and middle school since her kids enrolled years ago. Read more >>

Napa Valley Register, Jan. 8, 2019

Posted 1/9/19

The events of yesterday and today can leave our students and families feeling unsettled and anxious, and in need of support. We want to share resources with you, as well as to tell you about what is happening over the next few days.
 

What is happening at NVUSD?
While we strive to maintain a normal learning and social environment, we realize that our community has experienced a crisis and so there will be some differences over the next few days.

  • There is an increased law enforcement presence at River Charter and Harvest Magnet Middle Schools.
  • In addition to the school counselor, we have increased mental health support available at River School. Harvest Middle School's Wellness Center, with two counselors and a social worker, is open to any students or staff who require support.
  • Vintage High School will continue to have dedicated full-time law enforcement and mental health staff.
  • We are providing resources and guidance for teachers on how to talk with and support students at all District schools, through discussion, relationships, check-ins and more.
  • Today we held a meeting with River and Harvest school staff members, to share information and to gather interests and needs.
  • Tonight we held a parent meeting to share additional information, answer questions and gather information on parent interests.

Each of our schools has a comprehensive safety plan, with protocols and systems that are approved by the Board of Education. Teachers and staff are trained on the plan, including scheduled drills for fire, earthquake, teacher down and lock down (active shooter) events.
We are following our discipline procedures and policies, including an investigation, while law enforcement continues the legal investigation.

Resources for you to use with children
Children may be confused or fearful that they or their loved ones are at risk. Adults need to help children feel safe, even if they themselves feel vulnerable. Parents and teachers can help children understand what is happening factually, how events do or do not impact their lives, and how to cope with their reactions.
Our Coping with Traumatic or Unsettling Events web page includes a lot of great material, including age-differentiated strategies.
Common Sense Media  and  Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times provides similar information.
We’ve attached English and Spanish language guidance for you on how to talk with your student.

Resources available at our schools
Please reinforce with your student that the adults on campus are there to help them, especially the counselors and other or other mental health support staff, the site principal or other administrators.
The professional staff at our middle school Wellness Centers are available to students and staff.

We are proud of our students and staff
As a District, we stress positive school climate and culture, including character, and reinforce it through many programs, protocols and expectations. The fact that this student knew something and said something is testament to the character of our young people. We are also proud of our staff, who are ready to support your student at school every day.

We are grateful that these events, as unsettling as they are, are rare. This has presented a learning opportunity for NVUSD, and we will use what we’ve learned to improve our response. We appreciate your support now and as we move ahead. 

 

Respuesta de NVUSD y recursos para padres.

Los acontecimientos de ayer y de hoy pueden hacer que nuestros estudiantes y familias se sientan inquietos y ansiosos, y necesiten apoyo. Queremos compartir recursos con usted, así como informarle acerca de lo que estará sucediendo en los próximos días.

¿Qué está pasando en el NVUSD?
Mientras nos esforzamos por mantener un ambiente social y de aprendizaje normal, nos damos cuenta de que nuestra comunidad ha experimentado una crisis y, por lo tanto, habrá algunos cambios en los próximos días.

  • Existe una mayor presencia de las fuerzas del orden público en las Escuelas Secundarias River Semiautónoma y Harvest Magnet.
  • Además del consejero escolar, hemos aumentado el apoyo de salud mental disponible en la Escuela Secundaria River. El Centro de Bienestar y Salud de la Escuela Secundaria Harvest, con dos consejeros y un trabajador social, está abierto a cualquier estudiante o personal que requiera apoyo.
  • La Escuela Secundaria Vintage continuará teniendo personal dedicado a la ley y salud mental a tiempo completo.
  • Estamos proporcionando recursos y orientación a los maestros acerca de cómo hablar y apoyar a los estudiantes en todas las escuelas del Distrito Escolar, a través de discusiones, relaciones, reuniones de seguimiento y más.
  • Hoy sostuvimos una reunión con el personal de las escuelas River y Harvest, para compartir información y reunir intereses y necesidades.
  • Esta noche sostuvimos una reunión de padres para compartir información adicional, responder preguntas y recopilar información acerca de los intereses de los padres.

Cada una de nuestras escuelas tiene un plan de seguridad integral, con protocolos y sistemas aprobados por la Junta de Educación. Los maestros y el personal están capacitados con respecto a
este plan, incluidos los simulacros programados para incendio, terremoto, y bloqueos de seguridad (tirador activo). Estamos siguiendo nuestros procedimientos y normas de disciplina, incluida una investigación, mientras que la policía continúa con la investigación legal.

Recursos que se pueden utilizar con los estudiantes.
Los estudiantes pueden sentirse confundidos o temerosos de que ellos o sus seres queridos estén en riesgo. Los adultos necesitan ayudar a los estudiantes a sentirse seguros, incluso si ellos mismos se sienten vulnerables. Los padres y maestros pueden ayudar a los niños a comprender qué está ocurriendo con los hechos pertinentes, cómo los acontecimientos afectan o no afectan sus vidas y cómo hacer frente a sus reacciones.
Nuestro portal de Internet con información acerca de cómo lidiar con acontecimientos traumáticos Coping with Traumatic or Unsettling Events o inquietantes incluye una gran cantidad
de material excelente, incluidas estrategias diferenciadas por edad.
Los portales de Internet de Common Sense Media y Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times en tiempos de inquietud ofrecen información similar. Le adjuntamos orientación en inglés y español acerca de cómo hablar con su estudiante.

Recursos disponibles en nuestras escuelas
Refuerce con su estudiante que los adultos en el campus están allí para ayudarlos, especialmente los consejeros y otro personal de apoyo para la salud mental, el director de la escuela u otros
administradores. El personal profesional de nuestros centros de bienestar y salud de la escuela secundaria está
disponible para los estudiantes y el personal.

¡Estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros estudiantes y personal!
Como Distrito Escolar, hacemos hincapié en el clima y la cultura escolar positiva, incluido el carácter, y lo reforzamos a través de muchos programas, protocolos y expectativas. El hecho de que este estudiante supiera algo y dijera algo es un testimonio del carácter de nuestros jóvenes. También estamos orgullosos de nuestro personal, que está listo para apoyar a su estudiante en la
escuela todos los días.

Estamos agradecidos de que estos acontecimientos, por muy inquietantes que sean, no son frecuentes. Esto ha presentado una oportunidad de aprendizaje para el NVUSD, y utilizaremos lo que hemos aprendido para mejorar nuestra respuesta. Agradecemos su apoyo ahora y a medida que avanzamos.

Posted 1/9/19

Teachers at elementary schools in NVUSD and other rural Napa County school districts will be able to add depth and student engagement to their classroom activities through movement, dance, music, singing and more, thanks to a $775,861 grant from the California Department of Education (CDE). The funding represents the first major step forward in implementing NVUSD’s Arts Master Plan, created in a public-private partnership and approved by the Board in spring 2016.

The NVUSD application for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant included a consortium of partners including the Napa Valley, Calistoga, Howell Mountain, and Pope Valley school districts,  and the Napa County Office of Education.

“This grant represents the next chapter in a County-wide initiative to provide equitable arts education to all students. We would not have received this important funding without our Arts Plan already in place,” said Chuck Neidhoefer, NVUSD coordinator of Visual & Performing Arts. “This is a real testament to the work of our community partners who helped bring the Arts Plan to fruition, and who have worked with us since its adoption to ensure its success - especially the Arts Council Napa Valley, Festival Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Education Foundation."

The funds will provide teacher training from arts integration experts, and will provide materials and supplies for teachers to use the techniques in their classrooms. Critical areas of the Arts Master Plan will be implemented, including a free two-week Arts and Science Summer Camp for English Learner students in grades 3-5, which will be offered in June 2019. It will also allow the District to purchase curriculum materials that are aligned with English Language and English Language Development  adoptions through 2025.

The arts integration training will be offered to mainstream and specialist teachers, including special education, physical education and teachers working with advanced learners. Some of the grant funds will also benefit after-school arts programs.

“Increased student engagement leads to deeper learning and better retention in all subjects, including math and English. The arts are a demonstrated way to support and encourage engagement,” Neidhoefer said.

At NVUSD, the grant will align aspects of the Arts Master Plan with the District’s Strategic Initiatives, including technology expansion (special training will be provided to support technology-infused arts integration) and student wellness initiatives (the annual spring Wellness Conference will feature content on Wellness & the Arts).

“As a system, we are focused on a common set of goals and objectives to provide the very best outcomes for our students,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “This grant  supports our strategic efforts by ensuring students have access to the arts so they can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. I am also thrilled that the grant provides professional development for teachers and strengthens our partnerships that directly align to our strategic plan goals.”

Olivia Dodd, president and CEO of Arts Council, said, “This grant is a huge vote of confidence for the Arts Master Plan and our unique public-private partnership. We are excited to see the initiative, which all of us have worked on, get this incredible boost and really expand the reach to students.”

The grant money will be provided by the Federal Title IV program, and must be expended by Sept. 30, 2019. For more information on the Arts Master Plan, visit www.nvusd.org/arts.

student with art

PHOTO CAPTION: A young man is using art to learn about animal structures and adaptation in a life science class.

Posted 1/3/19

Six months into her tenure as NVUSD Superintendent, Dr. Rosanna Mucetti has submitted to the Board of Education two important documents that will guide the District through the next three years. 

  • The First 90 Days Report is the result of an intense Listening and Learning Tour to identify NVUSD’s strengths, areas for growth, opportunities and challenges, and provides a focus on maximizing strengths to address challenges.
  • The Board of Trustees approved the NVUSD 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, prepared by Dr. Mucetti and the management team and built on the existing Board priorities and goals and the recommendations in the First 90 Days Report. It is a road map to June 30, 2022, and includes goals, key initiatives and tactics in six key areas.

Read more >>

Napa Valley Register, Dec. 26, 2018

Posted 1/2/19

Hear Dr. Mucetti speak with Napa Broadcasting's Jeff Schechtman about her first 6 months and her plans moving forward.

Posted 12/19/18

There are so many teachers in Napa’s Schmitz family that they could start their own school. That’s the joke when the parents and adult children get together for their regular Monday night dinner at the Schmitz family home.

All seven of Greg and Chris Schmitz’ children – plus two daughters-in-law, one boyfriend and Greg himself — are in teaching fields. Five of them are in NVUSD.

... read more

Napa Valley Register, Dec. 18, 2018

Posted 12/19/18

On Dec. 6, the NVUSD Board approved the revised Student Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. We revised the calendar following feedback from parents, students and staff that the version previously approved in October was problematic.

With the revised calendar, we endeavored to fulfill some key interests:

  • Retain our traditional first week of school: Monday and Tuesday as teacher work days; first day of school on Wednesday; and early release on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Offer staff two full days of District-based professional development.
  • To the extent possible, honor the preferences of parents and staff regarding Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.

Our Calendar Committee built three calendar options, and presented them to parents, teachers and staff for reactions. Thank you to the nearly 1,900 people who responded online.

You can see the recommended calendar here. It features:

  • The traditional first week of school, with teacher work days, a Wednesday start for students, and early release all three student days.
  • No changes to the Thanksgiving or Winter student breaks.
  • An additional student day the last week of school in June (last day of school on Friday, June 5, rather than Thursday).
  • Restoring Monday, April 13, as a student day
  • District-based professional development days for staff on Oct. 11 and March 13 (no students on those days).

We are working on any necessary changes regarding graduations or end-of-the-year activities. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email opinions@nvusd.org or call (707) 253-3571.

Posted 12/7/18

At the Dec. 6 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Rosanna Mucetti presented to the Board her First 90 Days Report (Spanish) , including observations, findings and recommendations in the areas of Governance, Organizational Culture, Community Relations and Communication, Teaching and Learning, and School Business and Finance.


At that same meeting, the Board approved staff's Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 (Spanish), which will guide our work for the next three years. The content was built with input from the Board and hundreds of stakeholders including staff, teachers, parents, partners, community members and more. 


You can view video of the Board meeting (and skip to your items of interest) here.


If you have questions, comments or concerns, please email opinions@nvusd.org.

Posted 12/7/18