Dear Livermore Community:
Beginning the Year with Gratitude
As we come together after the Labor Day holiday, I am grateful to see energized students and staff working together in our classrooms throughout the District. The excitement of learning is palpable, as students eagerly participate in their first hands-on lab, or check out their first book from the school library, or complete their first lap around the track. I hope parents and guardians were able to sample some of this excitement by attending Back-to-School nights last week and this week at all of our schools.
The gratitude I feel extends to everyone in our LVJUSD community - for the contributions made daily to improve the lives of students and families. I encourage all employees in the District to take a moment during the next few weeks to extend a token of gratitude or a handwritten note, or perhaps have a short conversation to let a colleague know that the work of each day matters and is appreciated.
Thank you, families, for making daily attendance at school a priority for your children. Each day students are in school is a day they grow and learn. Research indicates that regular attendance in elementary school predicts success in high school. And regular attendance in high school keeps students on track for graduation, college, and career. One of the greatest predictors of success is positive student attendance.
I look forward to supporting our students and staff each day!
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...