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8/13/18

With children starting a new school year, the Livermore Police department is reminding our community of the need to drive safely around and through school areas. Please keep these important tips in mind especially during the busy morning and afternoon hours around our neighborhood schools.
 

•  Parents should plan their child’s walking/riding route to school and discuss safety topics with their child surrounding the designated route.  Students should never jaywalk.  Bicycle riders must ride the same direction as other traffic.  Bicyclists must obey the rules of the road.
 

•  Students should not cross against red lights, whether walking or on bikes, scooters or skateboards.
 

•  Motorists approaching school zones should keep an eye out for children at all times.
 

•  Parents who drive their students to school are reminded to use the school’s drop off and pick up zones and become familiar with the established rules of the drop off/pick up zone.  Parents should never stop their vehicle in the middle of crosswalks or let students exit their vehicles in the middle of the street.
 

•  Parents should avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces students to unnecessarily cross busy streets — often mid-block instead of at a crosswalk.
 

•  Drivers should always prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
 

•  Drivers must stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
 

While we know that mornings and afternoons can be hectic times in getting to or from school, there is no situation that is so important that students and parents can’t take the time to do it safely and legally.

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7/27/18

When school starts on August 20, students and families at Mendenhall Middle School and Smith Elementary School will welcome new principals. Tammy Rankin will serve as Mendenhall’s new principal, and Joseph Meunier will join the District as the new principal at Smith.

“Ms. Rankin has long been a leader in our district, and we are excited to see her take the helm of Mendenhall,” said Superintendent of Schools Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. “And I am so eager for the students to meet Mr. Meunier - they will love his enthusiasm.”

Tammy Rankin is happy to return to Mendenhall Middle School to continue working with the many students and families she has been with for the past six years. In her most recent position as Smith Elementary principal, Rankin was proud of supporting staff in ensuring that all students’ needs were met academically and socially. She looks forward to continuing this work at Mendenhall. Rankin believes that forming strong partnerships between families and the school is an essential part of every student’s education, and she believes that it is her job to help students find a connection to the school community to ensure success. Rankin was born and raised in Livermore, attending LVJUSD schools from kindergarten through grade twelve. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from California State University, Hayward. Rankin has worked in the LVJUSD for 24 years, teaching at Livermore High School and Vineyard High School, and serving as an administrator for the last 18 years. She has served as the Dean of Guidance at Granada High School, vice principal at Junction Avenue Middle School (now K-8) and Mendenhall Middle School, and principal at Jackson Avenue Elementary and Smith Elementary.

Joe Meunier brings experience at elementary and middle schools to his new leadership role in LVJUSD. His priority as a principal will be to ensure that every child learns in a happy, healthy, and supportive environment. Meunier looks forward to ensuring student success as principal at Smith Elementary through quality curriculum delivery and social and emotional support. Meunier has lived in Livermore for nine years. He has worked in the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) since 2009, serving as an elementary and middle school teacher and, most recently, as vice principal at Hart Middle School. His tenure at PUSD shaped his passion for education and for supporting student growth. Meunier earned his BA and teaching credential from Saint Mary’s College, and his Administrative Leadership credential from California State University East Bay.

Both principals are eager to begin collaborating with their teachers and staff to launch the 2018-19 school year next month.

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6/13/18

On Tuesday, May 1st, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Board of Education voted to approve an additional vice principal (VP) at its two comprehensive high schools for the 2018-19 school year. On June 12th, the Board unanimously approved the two new appointments to those positions. The positions will be filled by Livermore High School (LHS) teacher Brett Christopher as an LHS VP, and Granada High School (GHS) Athletic Director Clark Conover as a VP at GHS. 

 

In addition, the District is pleased to announce several other administrative changes. Erik Taylor, currently a VP at LHS, will join Del Valle Continuation High School as the school’s VP. Valerie Nebo will join the administrative team at LHS as VP. Ravi Prabhala, Integrated Technology Specialist and Teacher on Special Assignment at LVJUSD, will be promoted to VP at Mendenhall Middle School.

 

Brett Christopher is an LHS alumnus looking forward to serving his alma mater as a vice principal. He earned his B.A. in Education from the University of the Pacific and went on to Concordia University, Irvine where he earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. He worked in Stockton as an educator, putting together a curriculum for a new charter school and teaching high school social science courses. There, he also taught English Language Development, pre-algebra, P.E., blended online courses, and started a baseball program. Christopher has been with LVJUSD for three years, teaching core and honors core at East Avenue Middle School, before moving to LHS where he has been teaching social science for the last two years. In addition to teaching social science at LHS, Brett has taught Freshmen in Transition (FIT) and Leadership, and has worked with student leaders as advisor to the Associated Student Body (ASB).

 

Clark Conover attended LVJUSD schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He earned an AA degree from Chabot College – where he is a member of the athletic hall of fame – and went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He received his teaching credential and administrative credential from California State University East Bay. Conover has worked at Granada High School for the last nineteen years, teaching mathematics, health, P.E., and work experience. He coached the GHS wrestling team for thirteen years, and served as Athletic Director for the last eleven. Conover brings strong communication and problem-solving skills, organization, knowledge of the academic programs and teaching strategies, and the ability to work with a team to the position of vice principal.

 

Erik Taylor has been an educator in LVJUSD for the last fifteen years. He has taught middle and high school, served as the District’s Integrated Technology Specialist, and served as vice principal at Christensen Middle School and, most recently, Livermore High School. As VP, Taylor worked closely with the Mathematics and Special Education departments, and was responsible for testing and technology. He led the implementation of a new math course designed to strengthen foundational skills in algebra. Taylor is the current Livermore Management Association (LMA) President and Livermore Chapter President of the Association of California School Administrators.

 

Valerie Nebo is an LHS alumna and has worked in the LVJUSD for the last fifteen years. She served as a teacher at Livermore and Vineyard High schools; and as a teacher, track and field coach, and International Baccalaureate Programme coordinator at GHS. She has been with Mendenhall Middle School as vice principal for the last two years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University East Bay. Nebo brings to LHS her belief that all students can achieve and succeed. She looks forward to working with staff and administration to realize the District’s mission to prepare students to contribute and thrive in a changing world.

 

Ravi Prabhala earned his B.S. in Genetics at the University of California Davis and continued his education by earning an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of the Pacific and an M.S. in Educational Leadership at California State University East Bay. Prabhala taught earth and life science at East Avenue Middle School for ten years. During his time there, he launched the Project Lead the Way STEM program, and coached the boys and girls basketball teams. For the last four years, he has served as Integrated Technology Specialist as an LVJUSD Teacher on Special Assignment. Prabhala brings energy and enthusiasm to the position of vice principal. He is passionate about student-centered classrooms, providing authentic learning opportunities for students, and empowering students with additional voice and choice in their learning.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented and accomplished educators to their new roles as administrators in our district,” said LVJUSD Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. “Our students stand to benefit greatly from their experience, leadership, and passion for education. Through collaboration and contributions to our schools’ already phenomenal leadership teams, these additional roles - and those who serve in them - are sure to enhance the capacity of our staff and teachers to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.”

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