Dear Livermore Community:
Autumn Innovations and Inspirations
October in our schools is an exciting month of learning and celebration. Teachers of all grades are engaging students in activities and projects that teach them mastery of grade level standards while developing their curiosity and innovative thinking. Elementary students are learning science, math, and art as they design and grow school gardens. Middle school students are fostering civic involvement and pride as they study government and engage in local community service. High school students are mastering their fall music performances, learning new languages, and growing pride in their school communities during Homecoming Weeks. And that is just a glimpse of the vibrant learning I see in our Livermore schools.
Autumn is a great season to get outdoors, and I want to thank our community for supporting our schools while enjoying the fresh fall air. Over 2,200 people joined the 8th Annual LVEF Walk 4 Education at Livermore High School. Thank you, Livermore Valley Education Foundation! What a fun-filled morning with tremendous community support! And what a celebration to have the event centered around the new field turf at LHS. I hope you will join me this evening as we cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new turf at Granada High School.
We are moving forward with the planning and implementation of the facilities bond, thanks to the community support of Measure J. Please check the LVJUSD website for current updates and photos showing progress at our school sites. As voters plan their visits to the polls next month, I encourage them to learn more about Proposition 55, which has critical implications for public education funding. I would also like to commend our School Board trustees for their ongoing service to the community. This fall, two positions scheduled for the election cycle were uncontested, so we congratulate Chuck Rogge and Chris Wenzel and look forward to four more years of their service. Having no opponents step forward signals a vote of confidence, while also saving the District the expense of an election.
I applaud all of our staff members for creating welcoming schools that inspire our students!
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Kelly Bowers Biography
Superintendent, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD)
Superintendent Bowers is a product of Bay Area public schools, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Berkeley, earning her Administrative Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Cal State University East Bay, and earning her Doctor of Education from UC Berkeley, as part of the Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP). She is married to a graduate of Livermore High School, and together they have three children, who have all earned college degrees after graduating from Livermore public schools.
Superintendent Bowers has extensive professional experience as an educator: thirteen years as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher in both urban and suburban settings, as well as seventeen years of site and district level administrative experience. Bowers taught math, science, English, social science, drama, theatre arts, journalism and leadership in the New Haven Unified School District and in Livermore schools. She served as an Activities and Athletic Director, Teacher on Special Assignment, middle school principal, Director of Curriculum and Special Projects, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services prior to being appointed LVJUSD Superintendent of Schools in May 2010. Now in her 7th year as Superintendent, Dr. Bowers continues to nurture community and industry partnerships to benefit students and enhance their educational experiences and prospects. She is civic-minded and encourages community members to recognize the value of investing time and resources in public education. Continued...