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Thanksgiving break this week

NVUSD students are on Thanksgiving break this week, and classes resume Monday, Nov. 28. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off before or after school breaks. Attendance is the single best predictor of academic success!

Open Enrollment continues through Nov. 30

Open Enrollment offers students and parents choice in the schools they attend for elementary school and for secondary (middle and high) school. Students new to the Napa Valley School District, please first register at your school of residence and then complete the online open enrollment application.

The opportunity to apply for Open Enrollment opened Oct. 3, and will close at midnight on Nov. 30. The process is done completely online. Visit and follow the link on the Home page. If you do not have access to a computer, visit your neighborhood school or your local Napa County library.

The Open Enrollment page contains a FAQ, instructions for how to use the online tool, information about all of our schools, and more.

You can select up to two choices of schools for your student, although your preference is not guaranteed.

n Some schools have no specified attendance area and so are ONLY available through Open Enrollment, including Napa Valley Language Academy, River School and New Technology High School.

n Some schools, because of high current enrollment, are only available through Open Enrollment to students who have siblings attending that school in 2017-2018, including Canyon Oaks Elementary, American Canyon Middle School and Redwood Middle School.

n Stone Bridge Charter School runs it own Open Enrollment period in January.

n Yountville Elementary School WILL have all grades in 2017-2018, including kindergarten, and has availability for Open Enrollment.

n Salvador and El Centro elementary schools will merge on one campus in 2018-2019. Starting in 2017-2018, the T-K, Kindergarten and first grade classes all will be at the El Centro site. Second through fifth grades will continue at both campuses, as related to the student’s school of residence.

Questions? Visit your school of residence or your student’s current school.

Winter Break is Dec. 19 through Jan. 6

Some families may need ideas for fun, safe, educational, healthy things for kids to do during the three-week break. Visit our website at and click on the snowman and the turkey to find a round-up of ideas, from drama to gymnastics.

High school seniors, apply for the Seal of Biliteracy by Feb. 7

Every year, hundreds of NVUSD seniors are awarded the Seal of Biliteracy, a state program that recognizes graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Being biliterate is an asset in a global economy.

Those who earn the recognition get an actual seal affixed to their diploma, and a notation on their transcript.

Not all of our high schools offer four years of a world language, so students in other programs, such as Valley Oak and Legacy high schools, Napa Valley Independent Studies and Napa Valley Adult School, can request an alternate language course pathway to a Seal of Biliteracy Proficiency Equivalency.

Any senior who is interested should visit the Counseling Center at school to pick up an application and discuss the criteria with counselors. Last day to submit a completed application is Feb. 7, 2017.

45 teachers get classroom grants from Education Foundation

Forty-five teachers in 19 NVUSD schools were awarded Spencer Colton Gold Star Grants from the Napa Valley Education Foundation, to help them inspire their students through creative, innovative projects and activities.

For instance, at Donaldson Way Elementary School, the “Creek Restoration and School Garden” project will partner with the Resource Conservation District of Napa County and the Napa Valley Food Coalition to plant trees near the creek and develop a garden. The school’s fifth grade students will measure and define areas to be planted and fenced, and will research and plan plant spacing. Students will be responsible for researching plants and their needs, and the project will focus in on science standards as students will learn about plants needs, climate and environment.

The MARE (Marine, Activities, Resources and Education) Program at Northwood Elementary will also benefit. MARE is a hands-on marine program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. At Northwood, students will focus on interdependence of ecosystems, the structure and function of plants and animals, and constructing marine habitats. The schoolwide program will serve 340 students.

These are just examples of great work in our schools being supported by the NVEF. Find out more at

Information provided by Napa Valley Unified School District. Please contact Elizabeth Emmett at 707-259-7525 or with comments or questions.