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Tracy Smith
Friday, October 18, 2019

Cynthia Evers, Board President*****************************Tracy Smith, Superintendent

Employees of the Month Honored: Donna Hagle and Susan Brantley

Donna Hagle is employed as the Extended Care Coordinator at Austin Creek. Jenny Lynch, Austin Creek Principal, and Seth Weinberg, Extended Care Director, honored Donna by presenting a video of students in the Austin Creek Extended Care program sharing what they love about “Miss Donna.” Mr. Weinberg shared compliments from parents. The children are very happy and parents are impressed with Donna’s flexibility, passion to do the right thing, and good leadership.

Susan Brantley is a 6th grade teacher at Matanzas and is recognized as a valuable member of the Matanzas “family.”  She balances positivity, fun, and rigor across all she does.  She is committed to ensure that each student demonstrates growth, not only academically, but personally and in their character and never gives up on her students no matter how challenging the obstacles they face. 

School Spotlight: Matanzas

Principal Kate Westrich represented Matanzas School and reported on their work delving into to Center for Leadership 5D Dimensions of Teaching. The Rincon Valley Union School District is entering its third year partnering with the Center for Educational Leadership. Each principal has introduced and reinforced learning around the 5D rubric with her staff in a variety of ways.  Principal Kate Westrich shared the CEL story of learning at the Matanzas Campus and planned next steps which include the following:  Deliberate practice, two areas of focus from the 5D framework, video teaching practice, collegial conversations – collaboration, opening up the practice of teaching, and reflection.


Potential Reconfiguration of Rincon Valley Charter School and Spring Creek Matanzas.

The district has organized opportunities for board members to hear directly from staff and parents at each school site.  These opportunities for engagement were reviewed.  The question of how can we work together to achieve what is best for kids and meet the financial demands the district is experiencing is what is being discussed.  A decision has not been made.

Due to the power shutoffs, the October 10th Community Engagement meeting was postponed.  The meeting was held this past Tuesday, October 15th.  With roughly 50 people in attendance, many voices were heard and input and questions were recorded.  Outcomes of this meeting can be found at


District Budget: Budget Informational Sessions

Ms. Smith and Dr. Pandolfo reported on the Budget Information session held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  District administrators presented the first of a series of budget informational sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to provide stakeholders (teachers, classified staff, parents, and community members) with an overview of how school budgets work and then more specific information in regards to the RVUSD budget.

Topics covered in this session included:

·       Develop a better understanding of RVUSD’s budgetary process and requirements

·       Understand the LCAP cycle and the impact the LCAP has on the budget

·       Be able to identify significant sources of RVUSD’s revenue and how they are generated

·       Know, in general terms, where RVUSD typically spends money

The series will continue over the next few months on the following dates. October 22, November 19, January 21, February 25, March 24, April 21.  All meetings occur from 3:30-4:30 at the district office.  All presentations are recorded and can be found at RVUSD Budget Website. We welcome all questions and comments- please see website!

English Learners Report

This school year we have administered the initial English Language Proficiency Test (ELPAC) to 62 students so far.  Of the 62 students, 17 were initially fluent, while 45 are now considered English Language Learners.  Our district has 340 identified English Learner students.  Our district currently has 18 students that are “Long-Term English Learners” and 81 students “AT RISK” for becoming Long-Term English Learners.  Lauren Ridgway, EL Coordinator, will be working with classroom teachers and EL Assistants to ensure that we don’t see many “AT RISK” students becoming Long-term Learners. Additionally, she will be meeting with each principal and support coordinator to look at the data for each EL student and discuss ways to support their language acquisition process.  Our district reclassified 19.8% of our EL students this past year, which exceeded the goal of 15%. 

Rincon Valley Partnership (RVP): A Consortium for Students with Special Needs

Rincon Valley Partnership is a Consortium of services for students with special needs and serves students from 9 districts. RVP is managed by the Rincon Valley Union School District.  Classes are spread out over 9 schools in 6 school districts.  These include 2 Preschool Speech classes, 6 Preschool Special Day Classes, 2 Social Emotional Learning Programs, 8 Primary Moderate/Severe Special Day classes.  There are currently 177 students enrolled in our programs.  Preschool numbers are a little lower than last year right now. RVP preschool classes tend to fill up by the end of the year as students turn three and become eligible. 

The vision of the RVP is to serve students in the least restrictive environment.  Highlights include:

  • Most students are spending time with their general education peers and in programs closer to their homes. 
  • The general ed teachers and community are so accepting of students with special needs
  • An RVP 6th grader will be joining the Superintendent Student Advisory Council (SSAC) for the first time
  • Special Olympics will be held on November 4

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) 

MTSS is a system designed to discover and plan for various levels of support for students in either academics, behavior or both.  The following Tier Titles are being adopted by Rincon Valley:

Tier 1-Universal supports

Tier 2-Supplemental supports

Tier 3 – Intensive Support

A committee of teachers and administrators discussed the following for each of the tiers:

What do we currently have in place? What do we need? What questions do we have?

The committee, which meets regularly, will be creating a pyramid for each of the core areas of curriculum and one for behavior. The pyramids, when complete, will provide examples of interventions at each level and steps for determining when students should move between tiers.  


Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00PM