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NVUSD Family Newsletter: Find Opportunities to Get Involved, Stay Informed, and Celebrate Success

District logo, Family Newsletter, March 21, 2024

District Student Advisory Students
Caption: The district student advisory council posed as a group following their March meeting where they developed prototypes to address how they can support the transition from 8th to 9th grade, develop relationships with adults and peers, and create opportunities for future visioning.

In this Volume:

  • Uniting for Impact at the District Staff Development Day

  • Community Installation Shapes New Strategic Plan

  • Join Us for the Last Coffee with the Superintendent of the 23-24 School Year

  • Spotlight on Success - 2019-2024 Strategic Plan

  • Empowering Your Child for CAASPP Success: A Family Guide

  • Join Our Informative Fentanyl Awareness Presentation

  • Celebrate Our Board of Education Students of the Month

  • Trimester Two is Over! Have You Seen Your Child’s Progress Report?

  • Sneaky Ways of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts

  • Paper’s 24/7 Education Support System

  • Napa Valley Wellness Conference–Building a Culture of Wellness

  • Racial Equity Seminar Series Concludes in Napa, Next Chapter Begins in American Canyon

  • Fresh Milk Adventures Begin at Canyon Oaks and Phillips Elementary!

  • Join the Search for Napa High's New Choir Director

Uniting for Impact at the District Staff Development Day

We celebrated another fantastic professional development day on Friday, March 8! Staff from across NVUSD gathered at American Canyon High School, diving into expert-led sessions aligned with our district's priorities. Check out the highlights and snapshots of the day's activities below. Join us in applauding our dedicated team's ongoing learning journey!

Community Installation Shapes New Strategic Plan
NVUSD's Community Installation allowed us to gather and  honor our journey  and dream about our future . Guests, including community members, students, and staff, were welcomed at the district office to enjoy tasty refreshments and a gallery walk showcasing NVUSD's recent achievements. The event also offered a unique opportunity to review and share thoughts on the final draft of NVUSD’s new Strategic Vision. This celebration was a testament to our collective efforts and the bright path ahead. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their input, making this event a memorable milestone in our district's story.
Join Us for the Last Coffee with the 
Superintendent of the 2023-2024 School Year
On Tuesday, March 5, Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti hosted Coffee with the Superintendent at Vintage High School. The  final Coffee with the Superintendent of the Spring will take place at Phillips Elementary School on Tuesday, April 2. These meetings are open for all to attend. Let us know what you would like to discuss and if you plan to attend by filling out this  Google Form.  More information to follow!

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Spotlight on Success - 2019-2024 Strategic Plan
Celebrate with us as we reflect on our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and the many successes accomplished over the last five years. Today, we're sharing the stories of our graduates . We invite you to read all about how they are prepared for learning and life. Dive into this story and more in the  NVUSD News.

Spotlight on Success, Celebrating 5 years of excellence. Graduating Prepared for Life
Empowering Your Child for CAASPP Success: A Family Guide

In April and May, our students will take on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This important set of tests is designed for specific grades:

  • Students in grades 3–8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English language arts and math.

  • The California Science Test (CAST) is for students in grades 5, 8, and 12.

Here are four ways you can help your child do well:

  1. Encourage Your Child: Tell them to try their hardest. Doing well on these tests can help them understand what they're good at and what they might need to work on. It's a great way for them to see how they can grow and meet their school goals.

  2. Keep Up with School News: Watch for messages from your school about when these tests will happen so your child is ready.

  3. Make Sure They Rest: Getting a good night's sleep before the test can make a big difference. Help them go to bed early so they're well-rested.

  4. Start the Day Right with Breakfast: Eating a healthy breakfast is super important. Thanks to the NOSH program, all students can have breakfast and lunch for free at school. This means one less thing for you to worry about. To learn more about our free breakfast and lunch program, check out the NOSH website.

With these steps, we can all support our students in doing their best on the CAASPP tests.

Join Our Informative Fentanyl Awareness Presentation

Join us for a crucial Fentanyl awareness presentation, hosted by the Opioid Safety Coalition. This important event is scheduled for Monday, April 8, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Evans Auditorium in the Ed Center, located at 2425 Jefferson Street, Napa. It's specifically designed for parents of students in NVUSD, aiming to inform and equip you with the knowledge to safeguard our youth. A subsequent session for middle school students will follow on Thursday, April 11.  The urgency of this topic is underscored by startling statistics from the CDC, which estimates that 110,511 people in the United States succumbed to drug overdoses in 2022, with synthetic opioids like fentanyl implicated in nearly 70% of these deaths. Fentanyl's potency is such that a mere two milligrams can be fatal. This presentation will delve into the critical aspects of fentanyl, offering insights into how we can protect our children in Napa and American Canyon.
Celebrate Our Board of Education Students of the Month

January and February board of education students of the month

NVUSD’s Board of Education recognizes  students  each month who have shown exemplary scholarship, citizenship, and school/community service. Students are selected by their school principal and are honored at a  public board meeting. For January and February, American Canyon High School named Ojani Castillo and James Andino. Napa High School named Alina Ceja Delgado and Nico Lopez-Magro. Congratulations!

For more information and to view all the previous Student of the Month superstars, visit .
Trimester Two is Over! Have You Seen Your Child’s Progress Report?

The Trimester Two Elementary Progress Report  is now available for viewing! Families can access the progress report through  My Parent Portal  ( ). If you have not yet set up your Parent Portal account, please go to  and follow the prompts to set up your parent access. As a reminder, parents may access the NVUSD elementary report card online.  If you would like more detailed information or have questions about the report card, please read the companion document  that  includes both directions and FAQ. Please reach out to your child's  school  if you have additional questions. 

For middle school , the second trimester is also in the books and reports cards are in the mail.  Please keep an eye out for mail from the Napa Valley Unified School District. 
Sneaky Ways of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts 

Sign up for SmartSocial s next live virtual event about social media. Led by students and educators, this event focuses on navigating the challenges of addictive video apps.  As these platforms become increasingly captivating, parents express concern. What can they do when their child cannot disconnect and engage with the real world? This event will: 

  1. offer insights into the allure of these apps,

  2. feature personal experiences from students,

  3. provide practical advice for parents and educators on:

    • managing screen time

    • fostering healthy digital habits


Learn about the psychological tactics used by these platforms. Gain tips on encouraging open discussions about digital well-being and the value of offline activities. This is an opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge to support your children. Register now to secure your spot and join us in empowering our youth to thrive in a digitally connected world.

Paper’s 24/7 Education Support System

Paper is here to help your students achieve their academic goals 24/7.  Here are a few ways you can use Paper today: 

  • Your child can access one-on-one support from expert tutors using the Paper app in Clever. 

  • Your child can submit writing assignments for expert feedback. Learners can note their writing concerns and attach instructions and rubrics for each uploaded assignment to ensure the feedback they receive is relevant, helpful, and aligned with classroom instruction. Learn more  here .


Paper provides additional support to students preparing for their AP exams. Learn more  here  and share with your students today.  
Napa Valley Wellness Conference–Building a Culture of Wellness

The 5th annual Napa Valley Wellness Conference, hosted by the Napa Valley Education Foundation, was a huge success. Over 350 participants explored the theme of "Schools as Hubs, Students as Leaders." The sessions focused on the importance of mental health, inclusivity, and sustainable wellness programs in schools. Attendees explored the Vintage High School Wellness Center. They toured the facility learning from NVUSD's finest about the center's operations and impact.


The second day featured a compelling youth panel from Napa, Vintage, New Tech, and American Canyon High Schools. The panel shared their visions for the future and the critical role of wellness programs. Fifty-six NVUSD staff, led by Danielle Swafford, also delved into mindfulness practices. The goal, enhancing school and staff wellness.

Don't miss out on the heartwarming moments and insights from the conference. Visit  NVEF's Facebook  and Instagram  pages for photos. Let's celebrate our community's commitment to wellness together!
Racial Equity Seminar Series Concludes in Napa, 
Next Chapter Begins in American Canyon

Our four-part Parents for Racial Equity Series wrapped up successfully on March 6, thanks to the brilliant guidance of Dr. Watson. This series taught participants how to engage in conversations about race with their children. 

A key takeaway for parents was the impact of silence on race discussions—silence speaks volumes. To foster a "color conscious" mindset rather than a "color blind" one, it's crucial to broaden our understanding of race and sharpen our conversational skills with children and others.

Good news for those who missed out: the series returns this April in American Canyon. Don’t miss this chance to grow and learn together!

Fresh Milk Adventures Begin at Canyon Oaks and Phillips Elementary!
Big news for our school district! Canyon Oaks and Phillips Elementary Schools are now enjoying the cool, fresh taste of milk from our new bulk milk machines. They're part of our exciting goal to equip 10 of our 26 schools with these machines by the end of the year. Students are loving the delicious difference, and we're just getting started. Here's to more fresh milk moments across our schools!
Join the Search for Napa High's New Choir Director
Napa High School is on the lookout for a new Choir Director, and we need your help! We believe in the power of community and know that the best way to find the perfect person for this role is by spreading the word far and wide. We've put together a video showcasing what makes the Napa High Choir Director position so special, and we're asking for your assistance in sharing it. By reaching out to your network, you might just help us connect with our next Choir Director who will inspire and lead our talented students. Please take a moment to watch and share our video. Together, we can ensure the continued success and harmony of our choir program. Thank you for your support in finding the right leader for our students!


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