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Board Meeting Highlights 8-13-19
Board Meeting Highlights 8-13-19
Tracy Smith
Friday, August 16, 2019

           Cynthia Evers, Board President                                            Tracy Smith, Superintendent

Wellness Policy

School snacks must conform to the USDA guidelines, which include calorie limits, sugar caps, and nutrient requirements. The state and federal government also require that each district form a Wellness Council. The Rincon Valley Wellness Council has met twice last Spring to discuss ways to improve the health and well-being of our students.  The Council is currently made up of district leaders, representatives from the Food Services Program and a parent.  The plan is to expand the program to include additional parent representatives and teachers. 

                  The policy changes include:

·       We will NOT have food for Birthday Celebrations-- Fun, Fair and Easy for all

·       If there is a class celebration (Holiday, other party) before lunch, the teacher must work with our Food Services Department. --- This is a compliance requirement

·       After lunch celebrations can include ALL fresh fruits and vegetables and food items from the smart snack list (link to smart snack list here)


Next Steps with the committee will be to discuss some of the other topics that have been raised, including items served through our food services department and fundraisers. Principals will provide guidance at the site level.

Middle School Curriculum Policy: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education and HIV Prevention Education, Grades 7-12

Comprehensive sexual health education must be taught once in middle school and once in high school. All instruction must be age-appropriate and medically accurate. Comprehensive sexual health education must address the needs of students of all gender and sexual orientations. The counseling team, site administrators and nurses will be working together to explore different curriculum options, to set up training and communications outlined in this policy.  Parents will be provided with opportunities to review the instructional material prior to it being presented to students.  This policy will be implemented starting in January 2020 with curriculum and teaching beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

Summer Professional Development for Teachers

The Rincon Valley Union School District values providing professional development for our staff.  Teachers appreciate the opportunity to have options during the summer. 

·       Ed Tech Institute - Jacob Lopez organized two Ed Tech Institutes, one in June and one in July.  During this two day institute participants learned in a variety of technology based workshops relating directly to the teaching in our classrooms.  We had several of our teachers leading the workshops, building the capacity of our own teachers as leaders.  The workshops were two days long and we had 46 teachers total attend. 

·       Differentiation PD - There has been a desire to increase the learning differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students.  Jenny Lynch, Colette Haldi, and Kathy Alexander came together to lead a week long training on differentiation in the classroom and how it applies directly to our curriculum in Rincon Valley.  We had 23 teachers attend this professional development. 

Before School Professional Development for Staff

The two days before school started were packed with great trainings for teachers and staff:

·       Center for Educational Leadership Framework for High Quality Instruction

·       Safety Training: Active Shooter followed up by site meetings to plan for safety and emergencies

·       Social Emotional Learning training included Kimochis, Restorative Practices and Zones of Regulation

·       Carnegie Math training for the middle school teachers

·       First Aid and CPR training for most of our classified staff

Summer Facilities Projects

It has been another busy and productive summer for facility work in RVUSD.   The largest project is at Whited Elementary School, and given the scope of the project, work is proceeding close to schedule and the contractor feels strongly that the work will be largely complete by the first day of school.    During the week of August 4th the playground structure installation began.  The track is scheduled to be rubberized within the next few days, at which point the sod can be installed.   The foundation of the shade structure has been poured, but the erecting of the posts and installation of the fabric will likely take place in September.  The scheduled summer roof rehabilitation is largely complete at this time and the electrical switch gear at the District office is underway.   There was additional design work required by PGE on the switch gear project which caused construction delays, but work is proceeding and should be complete by mid-September.

The maintenance staff and custodial staff have been hard at work all summer. We would like to acknowledge all of the staff’s work that has taken place during the summer, especially Daniel Hebel, head of Maintenance and Operations, and Alison Smith, Operations Manager and Food Service Director. 

LCAP Parent Budget Overview Approved – Click here to view this document

RVUSD Board Goals: click here to view

The board reviewed and discussed an implementation plan for Board Goals for this year. The Board Goals were approved at the June Board meeting.

Other comments:

The board officially accepted the generous donation from the Rincon Valley Education Foundation of $51,000 to help support various programs this year including the Science Facilitators. Rincon Valley Education Foundation had a successful first fundraiser for this year: raised $2,500 at the Montgomery Village concert last Saturday. The Foundation is planning a Winter Gala- more information to come.



Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00PM