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DJUSD Parent Broadcast

November 2017 Parent Broadcast

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DJUSD Parent Broadcast


November 2017





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


Thursday, November 9: Elementary Teacher Work Day. No school for all elementary students.

Friday, November 10: Veterans Day. Holiday for all district students and employees.

November 13-17: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conference Week; 1:30 pm dismissal for elementary students. Kindergarten students may keep their regular schedule; check with your school site to confirm.

November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break. District office closed to the public.

December 25-January 5: Winter Break. This is a holiday for all district students. District offices will be closed to the public through January 7 and will reopen January 8.

Monday, January 8: High School Teacher Work Day. No school for students in grades 10-12 at Davis Senior High, Da Vinci High, and King High.




Superintendent Bowes Condemns Hate Acts in DJUSD

Recent acts of graffiti perpetrated at Davis Senior High school have targeted Jewish, African Americans, LGBTQ and other groups in our school community.  In a recent statement, Superintendent Bowes condemned the acts shared information about the swift and comprehensive response, “I am proud of the actions of Interim Principal McHale and the Davis High School staff in their response to hate speech on their campus.  The message has been clear and consistent: There is no room for intolerance in Davis Joint Unified and we will stand against hate and continue to be a safe and welcoming place for all students, staff and families.”

Read his full statement here.


We All Belong Community Forum

Please join district and school administrators, teachers, students, parents and community members on Monday, December 4 from 6:30-8:00pm at North Davis Elementary School multipurpose room.  DJUSD will look at data and experience and take the next steps to advance our efforts around the We All Belong Resolution, which provided a clear and transparent statement that DJUSD shall be a place where all students, employees and families feel welcome and safe. We look forward to parent, student, staff and community participation in this special workshop.



Attendance Matters!

Showing up for school has a significant impact on a academic success. Key tips:

  • Arrive to school and class on time
  • Learn when we recommend your child should stay home from school with illness at Managing Communicable Diseases
  • Try to plan family vacations during non-school days

Learn more at our district website at Attendance Matters!


Graduate Profile

DJUSD is creating a Graduate Profile as part of our efforts to review Board Policy on High School Graduation Requirements. A Graduate Profile is a document that a district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate high school in order to be successful in the 21st century. We have created a short survey asking for your input on what competencies should be included in the profile. Take the survey and find out more at Graduate Profile.


Substitute Teachers and Paraeducators Wanted

Our school district is critically short of teacher substitutes and paraeducators as a result of the statewide teacher shortage. Parents and community members who are interested is substitute teaching can contact personnel services  at 530-757-5300 x103 or email Lori Neundorfer for more
information and details. More information on becoming a paraeducator is available


Winter Athletics Reminder

Winter athletics is starting November 6. See Winter Try Out Information for specific sport start

dates.  All athletes in grades 9-12 must register electronically now through Athletic Clearance.

Please review the athletic parent/athlete handbook on the DSHS athletics website where you will

also find detailed instructions how to sign up your student. 



Flu season is here. Is your family ready?

Flu vaccination is your best protection against flu for almost everyone over 6 months of age. Contact your doctor, clinic, pharmacy or health department today. To find local flu clinic locations, visit http://flushot.healthmap.org


Take other important steps to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly (20 seconds) with soap and warm water or alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Health Instructional Materials:

Health Instruction in 7th and 9th grade includes the instruction of topics like identity, sexual health, healthy relationships, affirmative consent, how to find resources within our community, and HIV/AIDS.  Our staff is recommending the use of the following materials: FLASH and Teen Talk for use in Health Curriculum.  Materials will be on display in health classrooms and at the District Office for public viewing.  Additionally, DJUSD Health teachers will be available to review materials and answer questions on November 16th at Holmes Junior High from 4pm to 5:30pm.



Join the Local Control and Accountability Plan Parent Advisory

The Advisory will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on December 11, January 22, March 5 and April 16 to review academic programs and make recommendations for actions and services to improve student achievement particularly for English Learners, foster youth, homeless students, and students from a low socio-economic background. More information can be found here.

Street Smarts Poster Contest

The deadline for the 2017 Street Smarts poster contest has been extended to November 9. The rules and entry form can be found on the City of Davis Street Smarts webpage.






Compassion Project Workshop

DJUSD parents and staff are invited to participate in a 6 week workshop focusing on adolescent mental health and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. More information can be found on the DJUSD Crisis Services or you can sign up for the workshop here.




Davis Senior High School-All Student Center Coming Soon

Work on the DSHS All Student Center is progressing as it approaches the final stages of     construction. Please stay tuned for future announcements about the grand opening later this year. You can watch a timelapse video of the All Student Center’s construction here.  


Birch Lane- Scarecrow Breakfast

On October 25, Birch Lane Elementary held its Scarecrow Breakfast.  Students, parents, teachers, and district instructors enjoyed a fall-themed morning and breakfast. Find a fun Davis Enterprise article on the event can be found here.





César Chávez- Day of the Dead Celebration

César Chávez Elementary held a community celebration for Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos. There was a wide range of activities such as dancing and crafts.



Fairfield- Helping Rincon Valley Middle School

Students at Fairfield Elementary spent their recess moving mulch from the school parking lot to various spots on campus that needed it. For every 5-gallon bucket of mulch moved, the Fairfield PTA donated money to Rincon Valley Middle School, a school in Santa Rosa that was affected by the wildfires. Picture and article courtesy of the Davis Enterprise Article.


Montgomery- Introductory Robotics

Thanks to a generous donation from the MME PTA and Davis Robotics Foundation, each 4th grade class at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary is participating in a 6 week course of introductory robotics. In addition, a new after school robotics competition team will be open to 5th and 6th grade Montgomery students. We are so excited to bring engineering and robotics to our school!


Multiple Schools- Davis Farm to School

October was National Farm to School Month! Second-grade students in Davis schools learn how food gets to their plate, with some classes visiting local farms, as part of the Davis Farm to School program. The full story on how this month was celebrated within DJUSD can be found at this Davis Enterprise article.



Library After-Hours in DJUSD: Free Computer and Internet Access

Our Library After-Hours program provides computer and internet access with support in English       and Spanish for all DJUSD students and families.

Davis Senior High School Library:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-Noon. The November calendar with specific help topics can be found here.

Montgomery Elementary Library:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 p.m.


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.  


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. 




Like our Facebook Page 

Davis Joint Unified is on Facebook. Like our page to stay updated on important happenings across our school sites. View news and events as well as find updates on urgent situations. Just another way to stay connected.



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