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Employees of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) love coming to work. They are proud to be responsible for the education of over 13,500 students. And they know their dedication makes a positive difference in the community.


For the second year in a row, LVJUSD has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by the Bay Area News Group (BANG). On Sunday, June 25, 2017, BANG identified the Top 100 Workplaces in the Bay Area. “The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District celebrates its employees’ passions, dedication and hard work while also taking pride in creating world-class opportunities for its students. Team members work together to empower the next generation of global citizens and to transform the students of today into the world leaders of tomorrow,” wrote Andy Coffaro, Correspondent for the East Bay Times.

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Livermore Schools, is proud that the District has been recognized for its positive work. “When I go into classrooms and see the excitement for learning on children’s faces, I know we are all doing important work,” said Bowers. “I am honored that our employees know they are valued for their work and that they are happy being part of our team,” she added.


Craig Bueno, President of the Board of Education, agrees that the LVJUSD is a great place to work. “Our District has now been awarded Top Workplace four times, including the past two consecutive years. Considering the broad competition, this is an especially prestigious award for a public school district. This award clearly illustrates the accomplishments of our motivated and engaged teachers, staff, and administrators, as well as the leadership provided by Dr. Bowers. We will not rest in our pursuit of excellence.” 


LVJUSD earned the Top Workplace honor based on high-scoring results of an employee survey, administered by Workplace Dynamics in February 2017. The survey gave employees the opportunity to evaluate LVJUSD in areas including connection, effectiveness, and leadership. Employees shared that they feel appreciated, able to work to their full potential, and part of something meaningful. They also feel that new ideas are encouraged, their manager helps them to learn and grow, and they have flexibility in work and life balance.


Superintendent Bowers encouraged participation in the annual survey. “Throughout our district, we share an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. Each year that I have served as superintendent, I have sought employees’ input to learn how we can improve our support of the students, staff, and families of Livermore,” said Bowers.


“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”

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Published: 6/27/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office. 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 6/8/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

Throughout this school year, we have focused on showing appreciation for all who contribute to the success of our students and our District. Whether sharing a token of appreciation, or writing a note, or saying “thank you,” we have let our colleagues know that they make a difference in our lives, both professionally and personally. As the school year comes to a close, I continue to be grateful to our entire community for supporting students, families, and staff throughout the year. Thank you to our employees and our partners for all you do!
 
Please join me in congratulating the almost 1,000 students who graduate this week, moving on to college and career, ready to contribute and thrive in their next endeavor. I am confident that our students are well-prepared for future challenges, thanks to the excellence they have experienced in our schools. I look forward to watching them make a difference in our community and beyond.
 
Just as our graduates are prepared to be lifelong learners, all of our students can look toward summer as an ideal time for self-directed learning. Today students say goodbye to their teachers, and bring their backpacks home one last time, as they head into summer vacation.  Children will pitch in at home and may have summer jobs. They will also have time to let their imaginations soar. As you enjoy family time this summer, I encourage you to unplug those devices and engage with one another as you explore our parks and libraries, delve into new projects, and create some great memories during the Summer of 2017.
 
With gratitude,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Published: 6/8/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's proposed budget for 2017-2018 is available for public inspection in the lobby of the District Office at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore or HERE. A Public Hearing will be held on June 13, 2017 at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting, which begins at 7:00 pm in the Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Blvd. 

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Published: 6/7/17




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Important information to register your student for 2017-18 school year in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

 

For Registration, please go to this link: http://www.livermoreschools.com/registration.


Complete the form on that page. Bring the form along with the required documents to your school of residence.  

  1. Current Immunizations
  2. Birth Certificate of child (Original)
  3. Photo ID of parent
  4. 2 Proof of Residence (Originals)

       Required Documents

 

Any questions contact:
​​​​Sydney Humphre​​​y 925 606-3206, shumphrey@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

             Terri Saenz 925 606-3207, tsaenz@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 6/6/17




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The availability of viable public parking is an important consideration for many Livermore residents, merchants, and visitors. In an effort to ensure safe and accessible parking, the City of Livermore recently passed a new ordinance governing the types of activities that may be carried out in city owned parking lots and structures. The Livermore Police Department wants to inform the public, and specifically the city’s youth, about this ordinance so that they can avoid possible fines related to violating the ordinance.


In summary, the ordinance (LMC 10.20.261) states that city owned parking lots and parking structures may only be used for parking then exiting, entering to retrieve a vehicle, short term passenger drop off/pick up, or direct passage through to another public area.  Examples of current city owned parking lots and parking structures include the downtown parking garage, the parking lot behind the First St. Alehouse, the parking lot behind the Sauced Restaurant, the Livermore Civic Center, and all lots associated with city owned parks. The City is in the process of posting signage at all locations to make people aware of the new ordinance.


Livermore PD has been receiving complaints that juveniles are congregating in the downtown parking garage and we would like to inform the community that this new ordinance makes that type of activity illegal.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 6/6/17




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Joint Press Release by LVJUSD and TVLC

June 5, 2017 - Livermore, CA Students attending the Livermore Valley K-8 Charter School (LVCS) and the Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School (LVCP) will be able to extend their school year instead of ending school abruptly today. A collaborative agreement between the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) and its oversight agency, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD), provides for LVJUSD support that will allow LVCS to remain open at least until June 7th and LVCP to remain open at least until June 9th.


LVJUSD Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent Chris Van Schaack, and Fiscal Director Teresa Fiscus met this afternoon with TVLC CEO, Dr. Lynn Lysko to jointly determine how LVJUSD could provide immediate intervention and assistance to minimize the impact of TVLC’s fiscal standing on LVCS and LVCP students. LVJUSD’s support allows a less abrupt closure to the school year, with the least possible disruption, ensuring course completion, administrative and custodial support, and instructional minutes compliance. There will be necessary time for teachers of record to assign grades, for office staff and the registrar to close up with proper recordkeeping, and for students and their families to participate in planned promotion and graduation ceremonies.
 

LVJUSD feels strongly that students and families need to finish the year with adequate notice, and that students need to complete their academic year to the greatest extent possible. “The last day of school is an important milestone for students of all ages. In addition to completing academic work so that students are prepared for the next grade level, students want to be able to say goodbye to teachers and classmates. At the high school level, students need to be able to present their final projects, and teachers need time to enter grades so that students have complete transcripts,” said Bowers.


For over a year, the current TVLC management team has been working to improve and strengthen the organization's fiscal systems. Today's agreement helps TVLC finish out the school year and continue its focus on long-term recovery. “We appreciate the District joining with us to put our children first under these extraordinary circumstances," said Lysko. "This act is an important reminder of the shared responsibility our entire community has to the education and well-being of each student.”

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Published: 6/5/17




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The following dates have been set for the closing and reopening of school offices this summer:

  • Elementary school offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 16, 2017.
  • Middle school offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • High School offices will remain open to the public, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, through Friday, June 30, 2017.

All K-12 offices will reopen to the public, beginning Thursday, August 3, 2017.

  • Elementary school offices shall be open to the public from 9AM – 3PM, with a daily lunch hour of 12PM – 1PM.
  • Middle and high school offices shall be open to the public from 9AM – 4PM. 

The District office will be closed July 4, 7, 14, 21 & 28.

 

Office hours will resume to regular hours on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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Published: 6/3/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Meeting agenda

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Published: 6/1/17




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2017 Safe Kids Day Booster Seat Giveaway is happening at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 10 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  They will be giving away 500 vehicle booster safety seats and 500 bicycle helmets to Alameda County kids. Free BBQ lunch served 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM with live family entertainment, safety activities and community resource fair. More information on the flyer.

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Published: 5/30/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Monday May 29th, Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th.

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Published: 5/26/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda 

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Published: 5/26/17




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Attention high school students. Would you like to change the future? Participate in a summer Biotech Bootcamp  to learn basic DNA investigation and transformation skills that are used for crime scene investigations, gene testing and gene modification. Space in camp is limited due to laboratory space.  A waiting list will be kept once spots fill. 

 

Dates:  July 10 - 13 for students entering grade 10 in fall

           July 17 - 20 for students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall

 

Place: Las Positas College      Time:  9:00 AM - 3:00  PM        Cost:  No fee     

Prerequisites:  An interest in science. Register online by June 1.

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Published: 5/23/17




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All are invited to join the party this Saturday at Livermore High School. Doors open at 1:00. Decade tents, a car show, and musical performances will be offered throughout the afternoon.  Guided tours from 3:00 - 6:30. Staff panel (former and current school principals and staff), facilitated by Ron Nicola, takes place at 4:10. Proclamations and program at 5:00 in the Main Gym. Evening social starts at 6:00.The LHS Spring Drama production, In the Heights, starts at 8:00. Come for all of the fun, or stop in for some - and be part of this wonderful community program.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 5/18/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 5/15/17




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In partnership with the African American Regional Educators Alliances (AAREA), we are offering AAREA's successful Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) S.T.E.P.S. program locally to our incoming fifth through eighth grade students for the 2017-2018 school year. STEM S.T.E.P.S. is a culturally relevant academic enrichment program that offers STEM and college awareness experiences to participating students through project-based activities, exploration and field trips. The program will take place one Saturday a month from September 2017 through May of 2018. In addition to the student programming, parents will participate in the Regional Parent Network which includes culturally relevant outreach efforts to support families with the information, tools and resources to be a partner with the school, district, and educational entities to enhance the education of African American students. Flyer

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Published: 5/11/17




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District affirms its unwavering commitment to support all students. The District mission - Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world - is a promise to each student in our District.

 

Read the affirmation, All Kids Are Our Kids: Affirmation of a Safe, Supportive, and Respectful School District  (Spanish version)

 

Read the FAQs about Equal Access and Student Safety  (Spanish version)

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Published: 5/6/17




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Dear Livermore Community,

As the end of the year approaches, our students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. We are enjoying student performances and participating in academic awards celebrations. We are visiting Open Houses to view student portfolios and see samples of their achievement. 

Starting this first week of May, our students join with other students throughout California to show their academic growth. Students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 are demonstrating their strengths in Mathematics and English Language Arts as they take computer-based Smarter Balanced tests, as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, (CAASPP). We are piloting the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) tests at several of our schools. Many high school students are also taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams that will validate their college-level coursework and make them eligible to earn college credit for their high school courses. For the first time, our high school International Baccalaureate (IB) students are taking exams that will demonstrate their progress toward earning the IB Diploma.

We all have vivid memories of being tested -  to show our mastery of a subject in school, or perhaps to prove our ability to drive a car. Because we want to do our best, we can be both excited and anxious when test days came around. I know that our students want to do their best on this month’s tests, and show all that they have learned. Our teachers and staff members are taking extra steps to support students’ positive attitude by holding assemblies, making posters, and creating slogans to showcase the importance of testing as an opportunity for students to show what they know.

The results of these spring tests are important for students and for our schools. Students receive a comprehensive report of their progress on State standards, and teachers use these results to provide support and enrichment opportunities for students in 2017-18. 

Thank you to our families for your ongoing support. Please continue to ensure that students have a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast before coming to school. We look forward to celebrating positive results with our students!

Warm regards,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 5/5/17




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Notice of Public Hearing on Intention of Livermore Valley Joint
Unified
School District to Consider Entering into a Solar Power
Purchase Agreement with SunPower Corporation, Systems
Pursuant to Government Code Section 4217.10, ET Seq.

 

The Governing Board of the District will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the District Office Board Room at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore to consider authorizing District staff to negotiate the terms of the Agreement.

Public Notice

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Published: 5/2/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Meeting agenda

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Published: 4/21/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public.  Agenda

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Published: 4/20/17




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Monday April 17 which is a non-student day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18.

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Published: 4/14/17




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The High School Senior Arts Awards Program is designed to identify, recognize, and encourage talented graduating high school students who reside in Livermore and/or attend a Livermore school. Schools may be public, private, charter or home school, and must be Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited. Up to 10 winners will receive a $600 award from the City’s Commission for the Arts. 

 

To apply for the award students complete the 2017 City of Livermore High School Senior Art Awards applicationprovide a copy of the most recent transcript along with a letter of recommendation from their teacher which is due no later than 5:00 PM on April 28, 2017.

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Published: 4/7/17




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Tri-Valley Community Television is seeking nominations for Outstanding High School Coach of the Year. Did you have a high school Coach this academic year that made a difference in your sports training and will also have a positive impact on the rest of your life? Now you have a chance to thank that person by nominating him or her for the Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award. 

 

It’s easy to nominate your favorite coach. Just go to tv30.org and click on the banner at the top of the website. Fill out the short form to nominate your favorite coach. The winner will be announced at this year’s Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding Athletic Awards Event taking place on May 25, 2017 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. The deadline to submit the nomination is May 1, 2017

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Published: 4/7/17




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Our schools provide a safe place for all children to learn. LVJUSD educators support each and every child in Livermore. The District mission - each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world - is for all students.

 

For information about Safe Schools, Student Privacy, Equal Access, and ICE, see the FAQs (Spanish version).

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Published: 3/31/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Published: 3/31/17




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All school sites and the district office will be closed from Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th for spring break. School sites and offices will open back up on Monday, April 10th.

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Published: 3/30/17




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#BestSchoolDay is back! Today, March 29th, every donation to live projects on DonorsChoose.org will be matched, thanks to some of our most generous supporters. #BestSchoolDay is a special moment to celebrate public education and the amazing work that teachers do every day with their students.

 

Every time you support a classroom project, you’re helping to build a movement of people who believe that America’s teachers should have the best resources to make every day the #BestSchoolDay for their students.

 

Find a classroom to support at LVJUSD

 

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Published: 3/29/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Meeting agenda

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Published: 3/24/17




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Kristie StarkovichThe Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District welcomes Kristie Starkovich as the new principal for the satellite elementary campus. Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, said “We are so pleased to have Ms. Starkovich join our leadership team. Her experience, enthusiasm and collaborative leadership style make her a perfect fit for our educational community.

 

Kristie Starkovich joins the administrative team with over 20 years of experience as an elementary school educator. She has served as a classroom teacher, intervention teacher, vice principal, and principal, primarily with Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) and Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD).


Ms. Starkovich is passionate about education and is eager to explore innovative and effective strategies to enhance student learning. Starkovich believes it takes a team to cultivate a climate in which students thrive and become lifelong learners. She looks forward to working with the entire school community, students, staff and families.


Ms. Starkovich grew up in Livermore. She attended Sunset Elementary School, Mendenhall Middle School, and graduated from Livermore High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with Concentration in Foreign Language from California State University East Bay (formerly Hayward), and a Master of Arts degree from National University.


Ms. Starkovich demonstrates the power of persistence and perseverance which have allowed her to learn, grow, and succeed professionally and personally. She values spending time with her husband Aaron, stepdaughter Nicole, and stepson Darren. Nicole will be a junior at Livermore High School in the fall. Walking her big yellow Labrador retriever, riding bikes, and placing her toes in the sand are her joys in life. Last year, she completed her first triathlon and is looking forward to training for many more.


Principal Starkovich is ready to get to know her new school. “I am honored to join the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and return to the community I call home,” she said.

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Published: 3/23/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Meeting Agenda

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Published: 3/17/17




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On Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM the Livermore School District will be having a Teacher Recruitment Fair at the District Office located at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore.

 

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is seeking teachers in the following subject areas:

  • Multiple Subject (with EL Authorization or Bilingual Authorization)
  • Single Subject: Mathematics, Science, Spanish
  • Services: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology
  • Education Specialist Instruction: Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Moderate/Severe Disabilities

We will conduct preliminary interviews for highly qualified applicants. Principals and staff members will be on hand to greet you and answer questions.


If you have questions or need assistance, call Kathy Dreisbach at 925-606-3291 or email hr-recruitment@lvjusd.k12.ca.us.

 

Recruitment Fair Flyer

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/16/17




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The Livermore Police Department recently responded to two vehicle vs. bicycle collisions near school zones over the past week. If your child rides their bicycle to school, we would like to remind parents to discuss bicycle safety and rules of the road with their children.


Bicyclists ARE NOT pedestrians and are required to obey all traffic laws and to wear a helmet if under the age of 18.


Motorists should also keep in mind that while traveling in school zones, there are likely young, inexperienced bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. Please use extra caution while exiting driveways or making turning movements in areas around schools.


Remember that the speed limit in school zones is 25 MPH when children are present (regardless of the posted speed limit). Please read these bicycle safety tips and share them with your family and friends.

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Published: 3/15/17




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Edward Teller was a co-founder of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  Dr. Teller’s work at the Laboratory is only one element of his long multidimensional and distinguished life as a scientist, educator and citizen.  In honor of Dr. Edward Teller, LLNL is sponsoring scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 each to a graduating senior at Livermore and Granada High Schools. 

 

Applicants must be a current graduating senior, been accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college or university and submit a completed scholarship application by April 28, 2017.

 

Application & Information regarding the criteria, process, selection and award.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/15/17




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Hindu Community and Cultural Center/Shiva Vishnu Temple of Livermore Scholarship

To support and further the education of students in our community, the Board of Directors of the Hindu Community and Cultural Center have established three perpetual scholarships of $500.00 each to be awarded to a worthy high school graduating senior at each of the comprehensive high schools (Granada High and Livermore High) and one among seniors graduating from alternative schools in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. More Information & Application

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Published: 3/15/17




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The Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee for the parcel tax will meet Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Board Conference Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/13/17




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Reading for the Future
Dear Livermore Community,

Long before I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley, I knew the power of reading. A good book was like a magic carpet when I was younger, giving me the ability to explore new worlds, meet new people, and dream new possibilities. My library card was a ticket each Saturday to a new stack of adventures. I can remember being delightfully lost in a good book, and even feeling sad when I closed the cover on the last chapter of a favorite character’s story. Today, I continue to be an avid reader. Reading is the key to understanding new perspectives. It is the essential element of success in learning.  


Reading others’ words empowered me to write my own. Even as a second grader, using Dr. Seuss’s book as an impetus to plan my future, I learned that a book could provide a framework for my dreams. And, remembering my Dad’s words, “A goal is a dream with a deadline,” my reading led me to set goals and prepare for my future.

As we celebrate reading this month, let’s all pick up a good book. And, even more important, let’s all read a book with a child. I had a great time reading with students at Altamont and Croce Elementary School sites on Thursday. Thank you for inviting me along with your other guest readers! 

Warmly,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/3/17




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The "Make a Difference" Awards were established to celebrate the special education youth throughout our community and provide an opportunity for families to acknowledge individuals who have gone "above and beyond" to make a difference in the life of their special child.  All submissions are due Friday, April 7, 2017.  

Award criteria and submission form

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 3/2/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. Meeting agenda

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Published: 2/24/17




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Parents of new TK/Kindergarten students for the 2017/18 school year are invited to register their children for school in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. The annual Registration Fair is Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. More information about the TK/Kinder Fair

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Published: 2/22/17




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The City of Livermore is reminding everyone to stay safe by staying out of the arroyos. With all of our recent rain the arroyos have swollen throughout the city. Please refrain from playing, boating, rafting, and wading in the arroyos. During a major storm the waters can become fast moving and extremely dangerous.

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Published: 2/19/17




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The TV30 crew will be at Livermore High School on Tuesday, February 14th to cover the Granada vs. Livemore boys and girls varsity basketball games. TV30s last basketball Game of the Week broadcast features Livermore cross town rivals Granada Matadors and the Livermore Cowboys both boys and girls basketball teams facing off for city bragging rights. Catch all the excitement starting on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 30, AT&T U-verse via channel 99, and streaming @ tv30.org.

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Published: 2/9/17




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The 2017 LVJUSD Science Odyssey is a science event for the whole family. Students in grades 1-12 develop science and engineering projects that demonstrate the application of scientific thinking and engineering design protocols on topics of their choice. The community is invited to view the projects on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 5 to 7 PM, at Junction Avenue K-8 School.

 

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Published: 2/6/17




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On Saturday, 2/25/17, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Music Department will host a Solo & Ensemble Festival for music students from the Tri-Valley Area. This is the 55th year the Livermore District Music Staff has hosted the event. The festival will be held Los Positas Junior College and runs from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, followed by a formal, “Command Performance” at 7:00 pm in the Barbara Mertes Center for the Arts.


The purpose of a Solo & Ensemble Festival is to foster a love for “Art” music. Performance literature will consist of “classical” repertoire. Students may perform as a soloist or as part of an ensemble (duet, trio, etc.).


Approximately 200 students participate annually. Participants must be music students in their district music program. The festival is divided into five events (instrument families), Brass & Percussion, Woodwinds, Strings, Vocal, and Piano.


Entrants will have five minutes to perform their selection in front of a clinician. All clinicians are public school educators known for their expertise as musicians and teachers. After each performance the soloist/ensemble receives comments and a rating, which rates their performance against a standard for their age group. Ratings range from “needs improvement” to “superior”.


In addition, performers that have demonstrated superior musicality may receive a Command Screening. A command screening is a second opportunity to perform, this time in front of a “screening judge”. Of these screenings, 12-15 performers will be selected for a formal evening performance at the Barbara Mertes Center of the Arts.


The Command Performance represents a cross-section of the district’s music program and will represent a sampling of performers on a variety of instruments, as well as various age levels, from the district music program.


All events and performances, including the evening command performance are open to the public. Admission is free.

 

Livermore Valley JUSD Music Staff
 

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Published: 2/6/17




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February embraces many science and engineering events throughout LVJUSD and the city of Livermore, including the Science Odyssey the annual science and engineering fair held at Junction Avenue K-8 School, "Science on Saturdays" the free speaker series hosted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and more. For more information about these and other events open to the community go to the Science & Engineering Events Calendar.

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Published: 2/4/17




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. Meeting Agenda 

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Published: 2/3/17




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Focus on Kindness

Dear Livermore Community,
Winter days may still be short, but the brightness in our schools this month is reflective of our bright future. Throughout our District, we are celebrating Science and Engineering, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Black History Month. I encourage you to attend some of the many events happening throughout our community.

Perhaps the highlight of February, in many of our classrooms, is Valentine’s Day. This year, as we celebrate friendship and family as part of Valentine’s Day, I encourage all of us to extend the kindness we practice on that day into a daily practice. Several years ago, I was the recipient of a “random act of kindness,” and I am still touched by that event and more positive because of it. It’s not surprising that researchers show that being kind actually helps us be happier, healthier, and less stressed. February 12
th-18th has been declared “Random Acts of Kindness Week.” Let’s all plan, intentionally, to be especially kind this month. Our schools, our community, and our lives will benefit!

Warm regards,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Published: 2/3/17




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All LVJUSD community members are invited to learn more about growth mindset during the LVJUSD Reading and Discussion Group on February 15th at the Civic Center Library. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 - 11:30 am, and again at 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

 

We will be discussing the book, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. We will discuss how having a growth mindset enables us to stick with challenging situations, instead of choosing to give up. We will also discuss the powerful role of praise in guiding growth mindset, especially in children.

 

Even if you don’t have time to read the book, you are still encouraged to participate. Check out this Tedx Talk for an overview. (Carol Dweck Tedx Talk: “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve.”)

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Published: 2/1/17




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Community members are invited to participate in a Manufacturing Careers Hiring Event on February 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Robert Livermore Community Center in Livermore. The event will feature information sessions by local manufacturers, including Bakefresh, Draexlmaier, and Solar City, as well as interviews and hiring opportunities. These and other companies will be recruiting for a variety of positions including Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, Injection Molding Manager, Quality Manager, Assembly Operators, Injection Operators, Lamination Operators, and more. The event is open to adults and students 18 years or older.

 

There are two sessions available and the sponsors recommend that you pre-register for this event at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MFGCAREER.

 

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is joining with the City of Livermore, the Alameda County Business Development Group, Las Positas College, Tri-Valley ROP, and other partners to host this event. Press Release

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Published: 1/27/17




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The Pedrozzi Foundation is hosting a free workshop to provide hands-on-help to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the library at Granada High School, 400 Wall Street, Livermore - drop in any time from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The workshop is open to all Tri-Valley high school seniors and current college students.  For more information see the Press Release & Flyer.

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Published: 1/23/17




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Parents of new TK / Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year are encouraged to attend one of four scheduled informational meetings to learn about the registration process, a typical Kindergarten day, and the current information about the Transitional Kindergarten program.  We have scheduled four dates and locations to meet your needs.

  • Monday, January 30th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Joe Michell School Multipurpose Room, 1001 Elaine Avenue, Livermore
  • Tuesday, January 31st 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Croce School Multipurpose Room, 5650 Scenic Avenue, Livermore
  • Wednesday, February 8th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Junction Ave. K-8 School Multipurpose Room, 298 Junction Avenue, Livermore
  • Thursday, February 9th 6:00 - 6:45 PM at Jackson Avenue School Multipurpose Room, 554 Jackson Avenue, Livermore

Informational Flyer - Spanish version

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Published: 1/22/17




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. Click HERE for the agenda.

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Published: 1/20/17




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This year's city-wide middle school math tournament is being held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Granada High School's Student Union. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the competition starts at 9:00 AM. The awards will be presented around 12:30 PM. Click HERE for the flyer.

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Published: 1/18/17




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Happy New Year

Dear Livermore Community,

Welcome to 2017! As we come back from the winter break, I hope you are recharged and eager to take on new challenges! I am always invigorated by the fresh start a new year brings, recalling the words of Edith Lovejoy Pierce: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”


Each day, we find ourselves with opportunities to make decisions, with opportunities to make a difference. This month, as our nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to justice and equality, I would like to share how his message has shaped my own work as an educational leader. Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. King delivered a speech about the “drum major instinct” - the desire many people have to be out in front of the group, to be recognized for making a contribution. Yet Dr. King, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize, was not one to seek the limelight or ask to wave the baton. He was a man of humility. At the heart of his speech is Dr. King’s core message: “he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”


So, this month, let’s celebrate all who serve others. I am grateful for those in our community who are in public service, and for all who volunteer their time. Throughout our district, our staff of over 1,450 has chosen service as their vocation. I am grateful for my own opportunity to serve over 13,000 students and their families in our Livermore community. And I am grateful for your support and contributions to ensure that all of our students achieve growth and success, through the many opportunities our schools offer.

 

With gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Published: 1/13/17




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Click HERE to start enrolling your child for next school year.  Any questions, contact Student Services at 606-3206 or 606-3207. Welcome!

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Published: 1/12/17




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Students returned from Winter Break on Monday, January 9, 2017. Please check each school's website for more information about upcoming events and activities.

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Published: 1/9/17




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Schools will be closed beginning on Friday, December 23 and reopening on Monday, January 9. Season's greetings to all LVJUSD families and community members!

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Published: 12/22/16




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District invites the Livermore community to apply for three positions on the Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee. Members serve a two-year term.  
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Published: 12/22/16




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The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have an orientation meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Click HERE for the agenda.

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Published: 12/15/16




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Dear Livermore Community,


We move from a month of gratitude to a month of celebration with family, friends, and community. This month, as we share time and gifts with one another, we have much to celebrate throughout our schools and our community.


Even as the days are shorter, the light in our classrooms shines brightly. Throughout our schools, our teachers are actively inspiring our students as they delve into the heart of their studies. Trimester 2 is underway, and students are in the midst of mastering this year’s curricula and showcasing their learning. You may have visited our schools to see STEM projects, or artwork, or video games created by our students. You may be cheering on our scholar athletes at competitions in gyms or outside on cold days. You may be planning to attend musical performances and drama productions that showcase our students’ talents. The vitality in our schools each day continues to prepare our students for their bright futures.


The partnership between our schools and community continues to be a blessing. We are the recipients of community generosity, thanks especially this month to the Livermore Valley Education Foundation and the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley. We also take time to embrace the world outside of the classroom by serving and giving to our community. I am truly inspired by the creative ways our staff and students are brightening the winter months for families in Livermore and beyond.


We have a busy month ahead of us, and time off as we start the New Year to reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017. I encourage you all to take time for yourselves, and to achieve balance among the busy elements in your lives, as you enjoy this festive season.


Happy Holidays!


Warmly,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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Published: 12/11/16




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Dr. Kelly BowersDr. Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of Schools for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumna by California State University East Bay’s College of Education and Allied Studies. Superintendent Bowers is a product of Bay Area public schools, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1987, earning her Teaching Credential (1991), Administrative Credential (2001) and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (2002) at Cal State University East Bay. Superintendent Bowers went on to earn her Doctorate in Education from UC Berkeley (2016), as part of the Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP). The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the university.


Dr. Bowers has over 30 years of experience as an educator, including 7 years as superintendent. Under her leadership, the LVJUSD has earned distinction for educational excellence, while also being selected as a Bay Area Top Workplace in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Dr. Bowers has been honored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as the 2012 ACSA Region VI Superintendent of the Year, representing all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Distinguished Alumni award recognized Dr. Bowers for her outstanding commitment as an educator and for her success in providing exemplary educational opportunities for all students in the Livermore District.

 

LVJUSD Board President Craig Bueno applauded Bowers’ leadership. “Our Board is passionate about the education of our Livermore students and the sheer potential that a great education will offer each of them. In her achievement, Dr. Bowers personifies our primary mission: ‘Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world,’” said Bueno. Dr. Bowers is a “hands-on” superintendent who is actively involved with students, teachers, and her staff of over 1200 employees. “She’s enthusiastic. She’s one of the biggest cheerleaders we have,” said Board Trustee, Anne White.

 

As she received her award, Dr. Bowers said to the CSUEB faculty and members of the CSUEB Pioneer family, “Together you all have taught and inspired me to believe in myself and believe in others. Especially, I believe in the possibilities of education to change lives and, ultimately, change our world. I embrace this mission as my life’s work and I promise to be the pioneer who continues to make a difference for our children.”

 

Since 1985, Cal State East Bay has honored top alumni from each of its four colleges who have made significant contributions as professionals in their fields, who practice ethical leadership, and whose overall work demonstrates commitment to the values of the university. Dr. Bowers was honored on October 21, 2016 along with Atul Dhablania, vice president of Hardware Engineering and Worldwide Operations for Dell SonicWALL (College of Business and Economics); Gaylord “Glenn” Henry, founder and current president of Centaur Technologies (College of Science); and Nancy O’Malley, district attorney of Alameda County (College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences).

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Published: 12/11/16




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Granada High School Band & Orchestra Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 20. Granada High School Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert AND Livermore High School Band, Orchestra & Jazz Holiday Concert are Wednesday evening, December 21. All shows are at 7:00 P.M. Join us and enjoy an evening of student music and holiday cheer.

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Published: 12/11/16




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Tuesday, November 29, 2017 is the day America joins together to give back to the community. The Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) is participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY and invites you to donate to support our schools. LVEF is the foundation that supports the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Your gift to LVEF on Tuesday is a gift to our neighborhood schools. Link to LVEF for the Donation Form. Thank you!

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Published: 11/28/16




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Dear Livermore Community:

A Culture of Gratitude
I am both grateful and proud to live and work in a community that highly values the education of children. Each day of the school year, our teachers, administrators, and support staff create engaging, relevant lessons that excite our students as learners. I am especially grateful this year for their unwavering commitment as they welcome students to our classrooms even after school has started. Each student and each family in our District bring unique contributions to the larger mosaic that make us a true reflection of the community. Thank you, all.


Our work as educators does not happen in isolation. Community involvement is key to making our schools great. Daily, on each of our campuses, community support is evident: volunteers, materials, and services that help our schools run well and nourish our students even after they leave. This month, we are particularly honored by gifts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation. Thank you, Livermore, for your support of our facilities, and of our students and staff! 

This month, as school communities and as families, we celebrate Thanksgiving. I wish each of you a happy holiday, and I thank you all for giving so much each day of the year.

 

With heartfelt gratitude,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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Published: 11/19/16




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All Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25.  Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, November 28.

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Published: 11/18/16




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Dear Livermore Community,

On Veterans Day, we honor all who have served and who continue to serve in the United States Military. The first Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, marked the end of The Great War. Today, nearly a century later, we thank all whose commitment and sacrifice continue to preserve our freedom and the inalienable rights we enjoy as Americans.

 

I am proud to be the daughter of a U.S. Marine and the granddaughter of a U.S. Navy Seabee who served in World War II. I know there are many in our community whose loved ones have served or are currently serving in branches of the Armed Forces. Please join me in a special Veterans Day salute to staff members of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District for their dedicated service to our country.

 

Gratefully,

Kelly Bowers, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools 

 

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Published: 11/10/16




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Race.jpgThe Livermore-Granada Boosters will host the 7th Annual “Race to the Flagpole” on Saturday, November 12. The event offers several distances that include a 5K run/walk, 10K run, half marathon and one-mile fun run.  All events start at Independence Park and go through Livermore’s scenic Sycamore Grove Park. The half marathon goes through Holdener Park in the rolling wine country and continues through Sycamore Grove. These events are open to all ages and abilities. All race proceeds support the Livermore-Granada Boosters scholarship program. 

 

Race-day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. at Independence Park, 2798 Holmes Street in Livermore. The half marathon starts at 8:30am, 10K starts at 9:00 am and 5K at 9:15am. The one-mile fun run begins at 10:45 am. Pre-registration entry fees for the 5K are $30, the 10K $35 per runner, and half marathon entry fees $45 per runner.  Group/family discounts are available for four or more runners. The one-mile fun run entry fee is $10. On race day, all registration entry fees will be an additional $10. This year we are offering a special student rate to all students - high school seniors and under that wish to participate in the 5K, 10K or half marathon. The cost is only $20 for any of these events. In order to receive the student rate you must register online at www.livermoregranadaboosters.org

 

Every participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, medal, and post-race refreshments. The awards ceremony honors the top finishers in each race, school participation, and a tribute to our veterans. All schools in Livermore may compete for the top participation award. The school with the most participants receives a $250 cash donation. For more information, for sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit www.livermoregranadaboosters.org or contact Mike Nagel, Race Director, at 925-667-6535 or email at flagpolerace@yahoo.com.

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Published: 11/8/16




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The Measure J Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will meet Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public. Click HERE for the agenda.

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Published: 11/8/16




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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. This is just a glimpse of the vibrant learning I see in our Livermore schools.

 

Autumn is a great season to embrace the 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 projects, 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, please pay close attention to those propositions that have critical implications for public education. 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!

 

With gratitude,

 

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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Published: 10/9/16




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The voters of Livermore approved Measure J, the General Obligation (GO) bond measure, on June 7, 2016. Measure J requires the formation of a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee composed of a minimum of 7 members. Applications are now being accepted for positions on the Committee. For more information about the Committee, see the Measure J FAQs. The Questionnaire & Application is available HERE or at the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore. Applications may be submitted via e-mail, regular mail or in person at the District Office 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore, CA 94551. NOTE: DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS BEING EXTENDED through Monday, October 17, 2016.  Your participation on this essential Committee is encouraged and appreciated.

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Published: 10/7/16




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District 2016-17 Music Performance Calendar is now available. 

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Published: 10/4/16




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M. Theide Photo.JPGSuperintendent Kelly Bowers is proud to announce that Melissa Theide has joined the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District as the Director of Human Resources. “Ms. Theide is a highly respected educator, and we are looking forward to her leadership in our district,” said Dr. Bowers.


Melissa Theide began her career as an educator in 1996, serving as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal. Under her leadership, Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton earned the California Distinguished School Award twice, and won the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award. Theide comes to the LVJUSD after serving as the Director of Human Resources in Castro Valley.


Ms. Theide graduated cum laude from Azusa Pacific University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She earned her multiple subject teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona, and she earned her administrative credential as well as her Masters in Educational Administration from California State University San Bernadino.


Theide and her husband of 22 years live in the Tri-Valley. They have two daughters who are currently pursuing college degrees. Says Theide, “It is an honor to have been selected as the new Director of Human Resources. I am looking forward to serving our staff, students, and community members for many years to come.”


Ms. Theide fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Yolonda Holmes, who led the LVJUSD Human Resources department for the past 15 years. “Programs developed by Ms. Holmes such as the Workplace Wellness Initiative, Classified Professional Development, and the focus on mentoring employees ‘from hire to retire’ have contributed to making the LVJUSD a Top Workplace,” said Dr. Bowers. “We are looking forward to building on these great programs under the leadership of Melissa Theide.”

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Published: 9/23/16




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The 8th annual Walk for Education takes place Saturday, September 24, from 9 AM to Noon at the Livermore High School track. This year's Walk will be a family-friendly extravaganza, with 30+ vendor booths, 8 carnival games, refreshments, and lots of free giveaways, including snazzy LVEF sunglasses for each student walker & an LVEF tote bag for each adult. Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) allocates the registration proceeds directly back to the school PTA/PTO's and the school with the most walkers wins $500. For more information and to register go to LVEF.org.  

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Published: 9/20/16




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Notice of Public Hearing Regarding the Sufficiency of Student Textbooks
and Instructional Materials per Education Code Section 60119(c)


The governing board of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in the Board Room of the Education Center at 685 E. Jack London Blvd., Livermore, California regarding the sufficiency of textbooks and/or instructional materials.

Public Notice

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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!


With gratitude,


Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Published: 9/10/16




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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, for the San Francisco Bay Area. Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy. High levels of ozone pollution are harmful to breathe, especially for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Please limit outside activities where possible. Exhaust from vehicles on Bay Area roads accounts for more than half of the air pollution in the region. Bay Area residents are asked to drive less to reduce smog and improve air quality in the region.

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Published: 9/6/16




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Girls Who Code is coming to Livermore! All middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in this project-based program that teaches coding skills. Students will also visit technology businesses (such as Twitter, Facebook, Google) and learn about career opportunities.


Clubs will meet one day/week, after school for 2 hours. Clubs will start the week of September 12 or 19 and will run for 12 weeks. Register here. 


This program is made possible by a partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Computation Directorate. LLNL volunteers will teach the classes.


For more information contact Regina Brinker at rbrinker@lvjusd.org or visit Girls Who Code.

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Published: 8/31/16




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The California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee is holding a Firefighter Career Expo on Saturday, August 27th at 526 Commerce Way in Livermore.  This expo is designed to introduce students to a career in firefighting through activities, simulations, and displays. Middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in this field are encouraged to attend.  Families are also welcome to attend the expo and barbeque.  The event is free and will be held from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  For more information go to http://www.cffjac.org/go/jac/

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Published: 8/25/16




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Dear Livermore Community:

As we begin the 2016 - 2017 academic year, I continue to be honored to serve as your Superintendent of Schools.  There is a magic about the first day of school. It’s the start of a new year, new friendships, new opportunities, new challenges, and new growth. I am eager to renew our commitment to “inform, inspire, include and innovate” throughout our work as educators and supporters of students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.


This fall we welcome over 12,900 students to our schools - many of them new to our district. We also welcome 100 new employees. This summer, LVJUSD was honored, for the third time, as a Top Workplace, awarded by the Bay Area News Group for being one of the top 100 places to work in 2016. All of us who work in the Livermore schools are excited this fall to launch a new school year, and we look forward to graduating the Class of 2017 with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in our changing world.


It is truly a pleasure to begin this year knowing that our community supports the work we do in our schools. With the passage of Measure J, Livermore voters pledged to upgrade school facilities so that each and every classroom will be equipped with the technology and resources to prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century. Watch for more information on facilities improvements made possible by Measure J.


I am privileged to work with you as partners on behalf of our students and the Livermore community we call home.

 

Warm regards,

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/24/16




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Here are some important safety reminders about walking to school safely, child passenger safety, and teen driver safety.  Check out the above resources to be proactive and work to prevent accidents, injuries and keep students safe.

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/20/16




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The Livermore School District has a policy for providing free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Click HERE to learn more including how to apply.

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/20/16




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The Try Transit to School Program offers Tri-Valley middle and high school students unlimited rides on all regularly scheduled routes from August 22 – September 2. More info

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/19/16




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The TriValley Health Fair will be held on August 17, 2016 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM for the Tri-Valley community and families at the Junction Avenue K-8 School, 298 Junction Avenue, Livermore, CA. The purpose is to provide health and wellness screenings and appropriate follow-up to the under-served community.

Free admission

Health screenings
(including free state-mandated screenings and school-required immunizations)

Dental screenings

Vision screenings

Linkages to referral services

Prizes

Local entertainment

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/10/16




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August 16, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Junction Avenue K-8 School 

298 Junction Avenue, Livermore, Room 3

LVJUSD parents/legal guardians must be present with their LVJUSD students who are 4-19 years of age and meet one of the following requirements:

  • No health insurance
  • Health insurance does not cover immunizations
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Eligible for CHDP/Medi-Cal

First come, first served.  There is no charge. 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/10/16




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Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is in its sixth year using an online system, InfoSnap, to register and update student information electronically. Parents/Guardians must complete this yearly update process before students can receive class schedules and start school for the 2016-17 school year.

 

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/8/16




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This Friday, August 5th is Read Where You Are day.  Join the movement as people across the country participate in the U.S. Department of Education's annual #ReadWhereYouAre day of action. Participating is easy! All you need to do is snap a picture of yourself at your favorite reading spot and use the hashtag #ReadWhereYouAre.  Encourage your friends and family to participate.

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 8/4/16




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In response to our community, we are extending our office hours for high school enrollment at Livermore and Granada High Schools. Please click on this information link for items that will be needed when enrolling. 

 

Livermore and Granada High School will be open to register new students  Tuesday, July 26th through Thursday, July 28th  from 1:00 - 3:30 PM.

 

Starting Thursday, August 4th, high school offices, including Vineyard High School will be open Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

 

Students can also register at the Student Services Department in the District Office, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.

Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th 
Monday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 3rd

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 7/21/16




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment effective July 1, 2016:  Vice Principal Valerie Nebo, Mendenhall Middle School.


Valerie Nebo is honored to become the Vice Principal of Mendenhall Middle School, after teaching in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District for 14 years. Ms. Nebo comes to Mendenhall most recently from Granada High School, where she has been an English teacher for the past eight years. During the last two years, Ms. Nebo has also served as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Coordinator, leading Granada High School through a successful process to become authorized as an IB World School. Prior to her work at Granada, Ms. Nebo also taught all levels of high school English at both Livermore High School and Vineyard High School. Ms. Nebo has taught Leadership, she has been instrumental in providing intervention to at-risk students, and she has coached the sprint team for Granada Track and Field.


Ms. Nebo earned her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She has recently completed her Masters in Educational Leadership, through California State University East Bay.


Ms. Nebo grew up in Livermore, attended Livermore schools, and is now a proud LVJUSD parent. She enjoys kayaking, reading, exercising, dancing, and, most of all, encouraging children and youth to be successful, happy, healthy and confident people.  When asked about her new position, Ms. Nebo said, "While I will dearly miss my Granada High School family, I look forward to my new role at Mendenhall.”

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 7/6/16




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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments effective July 1, 2016:  

  • Alex Eckert, Principal, Vineyard Alternative School & Livermore Adult School
  • Matthew Hart, Vice Principal, Granada High School
  • Tara Aderman, Principal, Altamont Creek Elementary School
  • Risha Krishna, Vice Principal, Joe Michell K-8 School

Read the Press Release

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Posted by: Lori Sanborn
Published: 6/17/16