Stories and photos from across Apple Valley Unified School District.
Ron Whalen (CTA Board Director), Vicki Campbell (4th Grade Teacher), and Devon Ades (Fuel, Licensing, Permitting Manager, Apex Logistics, LLC) Left- Mrs. Campbell's class, along with Principal Carnahan, and representatives from CTA Printing Co-op and Apex Logistics, LLC.
Students in Mrs. Campbell’s fourth grade class were surprised with a special assembly today, after winning first prize in the California Trucking Association (CTA) annual poster contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “Truckers are Champions of Commerce”. Ron Whalen, CTA Board Director, presented a $500 check to Mrs. Campbell to be used in her classroom at Sitting Bull Academy.
The assembly welcomed several other elementary classes for an educational presentation on the trucking industry. Whalen and Devon Ades, with APEX Logistics, spoke to students about the purpose of trucking, the mechanics of these vehicles, and the idea that “if you got it, a truck brought it”. APEX brought a “big rig” truck which Mrs. Campbell’s class had the opportunity to view up-close following the assembly.
On Wednesday, February 16, two new officers were sworn in as official Police Officers with the Apple Valley School District Police Department. New officers B. Davis and J. Rosales were joined by officials from AVUSD, members of the AVUSD Police Department, and their families.
The AVUSD Police Department is a specialized law enforcement agency, dedicated to providing an ideal learning environment by “Protecting Our Future”. We are thankful for their service to our community and commitment to the wellbeing of each of our students!
Photo: Theda Smith (AVUSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction), Tom Hoegerman (AVUSD Superintendent), Ken Davis (AVUSD ASES Coordinator), Kristin Dupree (Principal, Mariana Academy), Ted Alejandre (County Superintendent), Thelma Evans (Mariana Academy ASES Coordinator), and John Duran (County Expanded Learning Lead).
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Mariana Academy's A.S.E.S. program was visited by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools! Ted Alejandre, County Superintendent, and SBCSS Expanded Learning Lead, John Duran, met with Principal Dupree and had the opportunity to see this exciting after-school program in action.
On Feb. 3, Rio Vista School of Applied Learning held their annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The entire school assembled on the playground to watch a parade, created by the school's second grade classes. Each second grade class made a dragon, which paraded around the audience as the Granite Hills High School Band played music. Second graders were treated to a traditional Chinese meal, including fried rice, egg rolls, chow mein and chicken.
Photos: Second grade students show off their cardboard dragons, in celebration of Chinese New Year.
On Feb. 3, Phoenix Academy students in grades TK-8 had the opportunity to hear from professionals in a variety of careers. The school's Career Fair included guest speakers from the Apple Valley Animal Shelter, Apple Valley Fire Protection District, Granite Hills HS Catering, Leary Sport, VVC Fire, the Marine Corps, Desert Valley Hospital, Probation, and AVUSD. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, experience hands-on demonstrations, and learn about the steps they can take now to pursue those careers in the future.
On Jan. 25, all Apple Valley Unified School District A.S.E.S. program staff participated in a professional development training, in which they discussed the importance of after school programming and learned about the new procedures that will be implemented statewide to ensure the continuation of high-quality programs. The training session focused on Continuous Quality Improvement, and was facilitated by Jessica Hay and Zoila Couture of the California Afterschool Network. John Duran, Regional Lead with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, also attended the meeting.
“We are proud of the programming we are able to provide, and are constantly striving to grow, learn, and implement cutting-edge procedures that are designed to give our students an exceptional after-school experience,” Ken Davis, Phoenix Academy teacher and A.S.E.S. Coordinator, said. “Quality After School Programming provides the equivalent of 90 additional school days each year, and we hold that responsibility in the highest regard.”
Thank you to all our A.S.E.S. Families for being so understanding with last week's closure. We know these closures are inconvenient for our families, and truly appreciate your understanding in allowing our staff the opportunity to develop the high-quality programming you have come to expect of us.
Photo: The Granite Hills Peer Helpers, along with Rosallyn Celle, Counselor and Peer Helpers Advisor, and Daisy Vargas, Peer Helpers Teacher, smile with a $500 check, after taking first place in the Teen-to-Teen Safe Driving Campaign.
The Peer Helpers at Granite Hills High School received a $500 check on Tuesday, after taking first place in the Teen-to-Teen Safe Driving Campaign Southern California Contest, sponsored by Safety Center Incorporated and the Allstate Foundation. The group plans to put the funds toward the purchase of materials for their monthly Cougars United events.
The contest comes in an effort to reduce distracted driving and to create youth-led teen safe driving campaigns for schools. Students were expected to create a safe driving campaign and to conduct a survey to see how their efforts increased safe driving decisions.
Jan. 26--Apple Valley Unified School District has become aware of a social media post regarding the consequences assigned to a student for not participating in a school fundraiser.
AVUSD cannot require donations from any party in return for services. Schools within the district often run fundraisers to offset the costs of field trips and students cannot be denied access to such an opportunity based on their ability to participate.
AVUSD is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment for all of our students and will continue to investigate the incident and take action as appropriate.
Apple Valley High School is pleased to announce the relaunching of the Apple Valley Clothes Closet. The school is accepting used clothing donations, which will be used to help those in need. Donations can be brought to AVHS Room F-3, or Room F-1 during lunch. For questions, please contact Gretchen Peratt at 760-247-7206 ext. 353.