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April 2018 Parent Broadcast

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April 2018




School Calendar

View our 2017-2018 school year calendar for important dates, holidays and more.


May 28 Memorial Day. No school for all district students.

June 7 Last day of School




California Exemplary District and Distinguished School Award

DJUSD has been recognized as one of the 2018 Exemplary School Districts recognized by the State of California for making an impact on student outcomes. DJUSD was selected for our special education inclusion program.  Special thanks to Director of Special Education Patrick McGrew and his team for leading this work and to our special education teachers, general education teachers, paraeducators and other support staff who have helped to create this model program. Congratulations also to Pioneer Elementary School which received the California Distinguished School Award for its Reading Intervention program. The program has been active at Pioneer for over 10 years and is coordinated by Reading Specialist Tara Johnson to whom we send our congratulations in addition to Director Matt Duffy, Interim Principal Veronica Dunn, and the entire Pioneer staff and community.


April 20th – DJUSD Student Activities

On April 20, students across the nation are again planning to walk out of classrooms to call for improved gun control laws, and to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence in schools. Our school district shares the deep sense of grief and outrage in wake of school shootings and prioritizes safety of students.  On March 15, the Davis Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 37-18 Safe Schools and adopted a legislative letter of support for the Sandy Hook Promise H.R. 4909, Stop School Violence Act; and H.R. 2598, Gun Violence Restraining Order Act.  Both of these documents can be found on the March 15 Board agenda. In accordance with Board of Education direction, April 20 wil be a day of student voice and expression.  Students in Davis will be given the opportunity to gather in a designated area at their school and given time and space to express their personal views and to engage in civic activities in an organized way.  Find out more at Superintendent Update on April 20th here.


Summer School Registration

Secondary Summer School is now accepting applications.  See details here or speak to your student's counselor.

Adult and Community Education Offers Pharmacy Technician Program

As advances in science bring more medications into the market, the need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow.  Pharmacy Technicians assist Pharmacists with mixing and packing prescriptions and can serve as a vital member of the Pharmacy team.  The next cohort for prospective Pharmacy Technicians will start on April 10th and advance registration is required.  Contact the Davis Adult and Community Education office or visit our website for more information.


Attendance Matters!

Attendance Matters! Here are some reasons why:

  • Attendance closes the achievement gap.
  • 83% of students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade cannot read at    grade level by 3rd grade. Those students are 4 times more likely to dropout of high school.
  • Missing 5-9 days of school in a semester can drop a GPA from 3.0 to 2.7.

Visit our Attendance Matters Website.


Spring Testing in April

Each spring students in grades 3-8, and 11 take the California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress (CAASPP) Summative Assessments.  These assessments are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and administered through an online portal.  You can view practice and training tests at CAASPP.org  More information about Spring Testing here.


Athletics Update

2018-2019 Fall Athletes: Visit our 2018-2019 CIF sport calendar for all sports.

  • The CIF has moved the sport calendar forward. Football will begin official practice on July 23, 2018, while the rest of the fall sports will begin on July 30, 2018. Please keep these dates on your calendars as you plan your summer events. To prepare for the start dates, don’t forget that you must sign up electronically for DSHS Sports.
  • All Sports Sutter Sports Physical Clinic: Saturday, June 2 from 8:30am-12:30pm. More details can be found on the DSHS Athletic Website
  • Davis Senior High School Athletics is now on Facebook! Follow their page for news and updates on Blue Devil Athletics.

Introducing Davis Blue Devils Athletic Boosters

Davis Senior High School Athletics is excited to announce the Davis Blue Devil Athletic Boosters (DBDAB). DBDAB was developed as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping ALL DSHS athletic programs meet their needs to provide a top quality and a safe athletic experience for ALL student in DJUSD schools. Check out their new website for information about the group and how to get involved.


Unitrans Proposes Changes in Fare, Service, and Routes

City of Davis Unitrans is proposing changes in fares, service, and routes. The new proposed routes would connect some of our neighborhoods and schools. If approved, these new routes would go into effect next school year. You can view all of the proposed changes here.


School Safety Task Force

Davis Joint Unified recognizes that the issue of student safety is not something we face alone, nor something we can fully address in isolation. In April, DJUSD launched its Safety Task Force. The Safety Task Force is designed to provide the Davis Joint Unified District with community input on a spectrum of safety-related considerations, challenges and solutions.  Learn  more at djusd.net/safety.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

April observes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The sooner we discuss safety and healthy relationships with our children, the better.  Conversations about personal boundaries should start in preschool and should continue until they prepare to leave for college. Visit the Crisis Services page for a simple consent animation to share with your child, ages 14 and up. Davis Senior High will be hosting sexual assault awareness events throughout the month.


April 20 Highlights Cannabis Culture

April 20, often referred to as 420, is a day that commonly refers to smoking marijuana and getting high. Ask your teen what they know about 420.  Here is an article with tips on how to talk to your kids about marijuana. Davis Joint Unified does not allow possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs on school campuses or at school events.




6th Annual Parent Engagement Night – April 25

Helping children thrive and find safety and belonging in our schools and community.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

6:00pm - 8:00pm at Emerson Junior High Indoor Commons

Parents, community members, district teachers, staff and principals are invited for an evening with presentations and keynote speakers, including Mayor Rob Davis.  Together we will learn about wellness and health coping skills for students, social media and internet safety, how to promote inclusion through school climate committees, and how our newly ratified Graduate Profile will drive innovation in DJUSD classrooms. Join us for a very full evening of collective learning. This is a no cost event, child care and Spanish translation services are provided. More information and registration can be found on the Parent Engagement Website.


Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival – May 12

Saturday, May 12, 2018-  9:00am- 12:00pm at Da Vinci Junior High School. The Julia Robinson Mathematics festival invites students in grades 4-9 and their parents to explore intriguing, accessible mathematical activities. More information and registration can be found here.


9th Annual Race and Social Justice Research Symposium – May 17

Thursday, May 17 2018- 4:00-7:00 pm at the Davis Senior High School South Gym. The Symposium highlights the research done by over 40 groups spread across 9 sections of the Race and Social Justice class. Each group researched a significant issue facing our country and our community. The presentations will summarize local data collected by students relating to their group’s researched issue and some possible ways to solve the problem.  All are welcome and admission is free.


¡Intercambio! Language Exchange for Parents

¡Intercambio! Language Exchange for Parents and Community Members Spring session begins Thursday, April 5th at Montgomery Elementary School. Want to learn Spanish? Want to learn English? Need to brush up on your skills in either language? Join ¡Intercambio! and be part of a fun multilingual community. Open to everyone. Jump in wherever you are! Come whenever you can!




Youth in Government

Rayna Kibrya from Davis Senior High School, accompanied Superintendent John Bowes and Director of Technology Marcia Bernard to the state capitol where she shadowed California Department of Education Deputy Superintendent/DJUSD Board President Tom Adams for the morning. Rayna  provided student feedback on relevant topics in Education and sat in on a World Language Standards State Committee Meeting. Congratulations, Rayna!




Published at Pioneer

Mrs. Pandeleos and Mrs. Herrera’s second graders at Pioneer Elementary had the unique opportunity to work with the Writing Buddy Program.  Each student-Writing Buddy partnership worked together to create an original piece of writing focused on the student him/herself. Each piece of student writing was then compiled and published into a class book representing all 21 students. 


Breakfast bonding

On March 21, Harper Junior High Staff had a wonderful breakfast together, with delicious eggs and pancakes cooked by Principal Kerin Kelleher and Home Ec teacher Yves Bouyssounouse, with Sue Meyer assisting as sous chef.  It was a great morning of collaboration, friendship, and fantastic food!




We’ve Expanded Our Social Media!

Davis Joint Unified is now on Instagram and Twitter! Follow our accounts for more pictures and updates on our schools, and to see important news and messages.


Celebrate School Employees: #Love4DJUSDstaff

Help us celebrate the hard work of our teachers and other employees who work throughout our district to promote student learning. Our schools are special because of the people who work here. Share your thoughts and join the conversation on our Facebook site #Love4DJUSDStaff. 




Internet Essentials

To enhance access for all families, DJUSD promotes a program for families of children who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Comcast Internet Essentials provides home internet service for $9.95/month and a home computer (desktop or laptop) for a one-time fee of $149.99 plus tax.  This involves a simple application through Comcast. Support is provided, and there are no contracts or strings attached for families. More information is available here.


Public Information Office

Davis Joint Unified School District 

530-757-5300 x149


DJUSD is committed to improving communications with parents and the broader community. All efforts will be made to ensure you receive timely updates bundled in a way to avoid overwhelming your Inbox. It is important to remember that DJUSD uses this SchoolMessenger tool for important news and updates as well as for Emergency Communications. If you have concerns about communications, please email communications@djusd.net.