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loop the lagoon April 27, 2019

Don't miss the 16th Annual Loop the Lagoon run/walk fundraiser for all Vacaville Unified schools, Saturday, April 27, 2019! This iconic event offers challenging courses for serious runners, fun runs and walks for young kids and families, and a 5k for people who are in between. 

 

50% of every registration fees goes directly to the school of your choice. So sign up today, join in the fun, and help your school! Register at: https://www.loopthelagoon.com.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/22/19




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Find out about what's happening around VUSD in the Vacaville Unified March Newsletter!

VUSD newsletter

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/7/19




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community conference 2019

Join us on Tuesday, March 19th from 5:00-8:00pm at Vacaville High School for our first Community Conference. Don't miss this great event for parents and guardians with free sessions taught by the Vacaville Police Department, NorthBay Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Solano County Office of Education and more! Topics will include Career Exploration, E-Cigarettes & Vaping, Gang Awareness, Coping with ADHD, Emerging Drug Trends and much more.  Please join us for an informative and educational evening on topics important to every parent and guardian. View the Conference Guidebook.

 

Free childcare will be available upon parent/guardian registration.  Transportation for parents to and from Markham Elementary and Padan Elementary may be provided if sufficient interest is received with parent/guardian registrations.

 

Click here to reserve your seat, request childcare and transportation and receive additional information.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/27/19




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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Dear Parents,

I am writing to provide information regarding getting your child ready to enter the 7th grade next year.  Your child is required to have the following immunizations.  Students who do not have them will not start school in August, so please read the following information carefully. Please submit the documentation now to the school your child currently attends.

 

California law requires the following immunizations for students.  Students will not be able to begin 7th grade without these.

 

  • Proof of a pertussis (whooping cough) booster shot (Tdap) given after the age of 7

                                                AND

  • Two varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations

 

In addition to these requirements, 7th grade students should also have received two MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) as well as three hepatitis B vaccinations.

Students who do not show proof of receiving the Tdap and varicella immunizations prior to the first day of school will not be able to start school or receive a class schedule until proof is provided to the school.

 

We want to make sure your child starts 7th grade on time. Every year we have to send 7th graders home as they arrive on the first day.  This causes tears and frustration that can be avoided.

 

1.Get your child’s vaccinations now.

A large number of students need these shots between now and the start of school next year. Make an appointment with your child’s health care provider as soon as possible.   Avoid the back-to-school rush.

 

2.Bring proof of immunizations to your child’s current school now.

Your child will need to provide proof of immunization in order to start 7th grade.  It is helpful to turn this documentation in to your child’s elementary school to help with the transition to 7th grade. 

 

Under SB277, exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, are no longer an option for vaccines required for school in California. For more information go to www.shotsforschool.org. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

 

Sincerely,

Kimberly Forrest

 

Assistant Superintendent 

 

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Posted by: Lori Furtado, District Staff, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 2/26/19




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e-cigarette and vaping session

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. Nicotine exposure can also harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. 

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) Youth Development Services staff and members of the Solano Youth Coalition and will lead a one-hour informational session on current trends in tobacco products such as vape pens and e-cigarettes, the health effects, how students access the products, what the products look like, and current laws pertaining to tobacco products.

This session will be held in the VHS Library, and is open to all VUSD parents and members of the community.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/29/19




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Buckingham enrollment open until January 31st

Buckingham Charter Magnet High School is now accepting enrollment applications through January 31, 2019.  Buckingham is a tuition-free charter school with no attendance boundaries, offering a small school environment and learning options to fit each unique student. Any student can apply and applications are accepted through a random public lottery.

 

More admission and enrollment information is available on the school website. Don't miss this great educational opportunity!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/12/19




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job fair january 24th

Don't miss the Vacaville Unified School District classified position job fair January 24, 2019, 407 PM at 401 Nut Tree Rd. Vacaville. We are looking for outstanding candidates in:

  • student safety and supervision
  • licensed vocational nurses
  • information technology
  • food service
  • custodial
  • bus drivers
  • maintenance
  • paraprofessionals (teaching assistants)
  • clerical

Outstanding opportunities and job benefits await!

Questions? Contact (707) 453-6153 or VUSDJobFair@VacavilleUSD.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 1/12/19




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public hearing map

The Solano County Committee comprised of the Solano County Office of Education School Board Trustees is hosting a public hearing, Wednesday, December 19th in the Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High School located at 998 Marshal Road in Vacaville at 6:00 PM. The committee will be reviewing the VUSD Board of Trustee's recommendation to adopt map 101 (Blue map) as part of the transition to trustee-area elections in 2020. The public is invited to attend and provide input to the committee. Background information and the proposed map can be found at http://vusd-ca.schoolloop.com/CVRA

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/17/18




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pie chart of survey responses

The public surveys asking the Vacaville residents to indicate which proposed trustee-area map is preferred, closed on November 29, 2018.
297 responses were received with 45% of the responses choosing the BLUE map 101 as the top choice. After reviewing the responses from the public, the VUSD Board of Trustees selected map 101 as the map that will be recommended to the County Committee for approval and adoption in early December 2018. 

 

View more information about VUSD's transition for at large elections to by-trustee-area elections here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 12/3/18




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school closed

Hello VUSD Families,

We have decided to close schools and the district office tomorrow due to another forecast of air quality in the “unhealthy” range.  Please know that we do not take closing schools lightly, and we understand that this can have significant financial impact on our families. 

Under normal circumstances, we would remain open at AQI levels of 151-200, however we have concerns about the prolonged exposure to staff and students occurring this week.

I want to extend my love and support to our families, and I wish you all a peaceful holiday break.

Take Care,

VUSD Superintendent Jane Shamieh

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




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current air quality conditions at 134
Schools are in session today. At "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" levels, elementary students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Middle and high schools will have indoor lunch space available for students who would prefer to be inside.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/15/18




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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




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current air quality conditions
VUSD schools are open today. We will continue to keep students indoors and limit physical activity if air quality reaches AQI ratings above 150. Current air quality conditions can be found at www.AirNow.gov

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/14/18




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yes we are open

All schools are in session today. If smoke worsens throughout the day, students will be kept indoors as much as possible. Physical activity for PE will be limited and kept indoors as well. 


11-13-2018- Conditions as of 5:00 AM.

5 00 AM air quality index at 103
For current air conditions and recommendations, visit www.Airnow.gov.

 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/9/18




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public hearing
On November 15th, the VUSD Board of Trustees will host a public hearing during the regularly scheduled board meeting located at 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. The intention of this public hearing is to present the proposed trustee area map options being considered by the Board of Trustees, and to solicit public input.

 

View the currently proposed maps and more information.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




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screen shot of AirNow website
As we learned with last year's fires, air quality can change significantly from hour-to-hour. VUSD will be looking to air quality resources for status updates and guidance about activity levels and exposure for staff and students.
We recognize that school closures have significant financial impact on many families, and will keep schools open whenever possible. Outdoor activities such as recess or PE may be held indoors.

In the event that school closures are required, parents will be notified prior to the start of the school day. We will keep families updated via text and email if smoke continues.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 11/8/18




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pink and blue proposed maps
 

Vacaville residents can view two currently proposed maps and more information about VUSD's transition to by-trustee are voting districts. View the maps

Community members can provide input and suggestions about the mapping process in a variety of ways:
 

COMMUNITY FORUMS

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way

Saturday, October 27th – 9:00-10:30am 

at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place – Coffee and donuts will be served

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in Spanish

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in English

 

EMAIL: PIO@VacavilleUSD.org
MAIL: 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687
PHONE: (707)453-6155

 

Why are maps being drawn?
Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where all board members are elected by voters throughout the entire school district. On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution No. 3, 2018-2019, in response to a letter, threatening to sue the district under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). VUSD intends to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Voters would only vote for one seat on the school board. View more info about the transition to by-trustee area voting districts.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/25/18




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tell us what you think
 

Join in at a community forum!

Community forums provide a comfortable and informal setting for Vacaville residents to share ideas and feedback about how we develop the trustee-area voting boundaries. The community forum meetings are:
 

Thursday, October 25th – 6:00-7:30pm 

at Vaca Pena Middle School Library, 200 Keith Way
 

Saturday, October 27th – 9:00-10:30am 

at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place – Coffee and donuts will be served
 

Monday, October 29th – 6:00-7:00 pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in Spanish
 

Monday, October 29th – 7:00-8:00pm

at Markham Elementary School MP Room, 101 Markham Avenue
Discussion in English
 

 

The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the public hearings and community forums. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.  More information about the transition to a Trustee-Area election system can be found at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/CVRA.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 10/18/18




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Public Hearing A: To Seek Input Regarding a Waiver from the State Board of Education in Lieu of an Election

Public Hearing B: To Seek Public Input Prior to Drafting By-Trustee Area Maps


Both public hearings will be held:

DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA

 

Public Hearing A

Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustee members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, whereby voters throughout the entire school district elect each trustee member.  On September 20, 2018, the VUSD Board adopted Resolution #3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections. A by-trustee area election system would require each Board member to reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and would be elected only by the voters in that trustee area.  

 

A school district seeking to transition to a by-trustee area election system must submit an application to the local County Committee on School District Reorganization (“County Committee”) for approval. If the County Committee approves the school district’s application, California Education Code section 5020 would require an election to approve the transition to by-trustee area elections.  

 

To avoid the costs associated with an election and to ensure timely implementation, the VUSD Board will consider seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education of this election requirement, as well as certain other Education Code sections related to the election requirement.  If the waiver is granted by the State Board of Education, no election to approve the change to by-trustee area elections will take place, and the County Committee’s decision on the District’s proposal will be final.

  

Pursuant to Education Code sections 5019 and 33050, the Board invites community input on the proposed waiver request.  Any member of the public or representatives of the school district will be provided the opportunity to offer oral or written comments on the matter. Community members who wish to provide input, but who cannot attend may submit remarks to PIO@Vacavilleusd.org or by mail to VUSD Public Information Office, 401 Nut Tree Rd., Vacaville, CA 95687.

View more about the transition to by-trustee are election system here.

 

Public Hearing B

Board members are currently elected in “at-large” elections, where each member is elected by voters throughout the entire District.  On September 20, 2018, the Board adopted Resolution # 3, 2018/2019, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. 

 

The District’s demographers, the National Demographics Corporation, will present information on the process and criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps.  Following the presentation, the Board will hold the first of two statutorily required public hearings to receive community input on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).    

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/28/18




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On September 20, 2018 the VUSD Board of Education Considered the Adoption of Resolution No. 3, 2018-19, declaring the intent to transition from at-large elections to trustee-area board elections. 


Lozano Smith Attorney Ryan Tung provided an overview of the process for transitioning from At-Large Board elections to Trustee-Area Board elections.

Following the presentation, the Board approved the resolution to move forward with Trustee-Area elections. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/24/18




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teen leadership summit
 

Don't miss this yea's Teen Leadership Summit October 13th! The summit is is for middle and high school student leaders who want to see and affect change in their community. This year's guest speaker is Jose Cordon helping teen find strength in spoken word.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/18/18




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The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider a resolution declaring the intent to transition from an at-large election system to a by-trustee area election system for the members of the governing board. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville.

 

Currently, the seven members of the VUSD Board of Trustees are elected under an “at-large” election system, in which all voters residing within school district boundaries vote for each member. In August 2018, the District received a demand letter from the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, demanding that the District change its method of election to a by-district (or by-trustee) system in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code, § 14025, et seq.) (“CVRA”) or risk being sued by the firm. This is the same law firm that challenged the City of Vacaville’s election system, which led the City Council to vote unanimously to move away from at-large elections.

 

Under the CVRA, at-large elections are impermissible if they result in racially polarized voting or cause disenfranchisement of voters from a protected class. The only election system that provides VUSD complete protection from a CVRA claim is a “by-trustee area” election system. A by-trustee election system would require that voting districts be established within the Vacaville Unified School District boundaries. Each trustee must then reside within the designated voting district boundary, and trustees would then be elected only by the voters from the voting district in which the trustee resides. 

 

When a public agency receives this type of demand letter, the agency is given 45 days to demonstrate its intent to transition to by-trustee area elections.  If the VUSD does not adopt a resolution signaling its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area board elections within this 45 day “safe harbor window,” the law firm, or any other plaintiff, may file a lawsuit against the District under the CVRA. 

 

Superintendent Jane Shamieh commented, “Valid and reasonable points can be made on both sides of the discussion for at-large versus by-trustee area elections systems. However, a CVRA claim is very difficult to defend against and can result in extensive legal expenses. We do all that we can to preserve funds so that they can be used for students.  These are some of the reasons that the Board will be considering adopting the resolution of intention to change election systems.” 

 

The Vacaville Unified board will hear from the public and consider whether or not to adopt a resolution declaring the intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections on September 20th. The public is invited to attend and make public comment during the meeting. Residents can also provide comments to PIO@VacavilleUSD.org.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 9/17/18




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2018 VUSD Annual Update
VUSD invites parents and guardians to the 2018 Annual Update presentation, Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM at the VUSD Educational Services Center located at 401 Nut Tree Rd, Vacaville.
Come hear about actions that VUSD is taking toward early learning foundations, school safety, kindness and respect at school, multicultural education, workplace/career and technical education, soft skill development, college readiness opportunities,
Measure A projects and more. RSVP here

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 8/21/18




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online portal for reduced lunch
To apply online for free or reduced meals for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.  Paper applications are also available at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Road. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Student Nutrition Department at 707.453.6157. 

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 7/25/18




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Adam Wight ACSA honoree
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) named Willis Jepson Principal Adam Wight the Region Four Middle School Principal of the Year.
Adam has been the principal for Willis Jepson for two years and was part of the administrative team that earned the school the distinction of a California, and then National, School To Watch in 2016. He is a veteran in Vacaville Unified having taught or been in administration for sixteen years. He has continued to lead the Jepson staff in being champions for every student’s success with a solid foundation to prepare students for high school.
ACSA is the largest organization for school leaders in the United States. The organization advocates for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. ACSA Region 4 encompasses the counties of Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Solano. 

The ACSA Principal of the Year Award awards recognizes outstanding performance and achievement by individual administrators. Recipients of the award must show strong support for the school management team; exceptional leadership in managing school programs; to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education. Congrats Adam- well deserved honor!

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/15/18




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LCAP logo for VUSD


The LCAP describes VUSD’s overall vision for students, annual goals, expenditures tied to the goals, and specific actions the district will take to achieve the best educational experience possible for VUSD students. VUSD' plan focuses on student achievement and academic rigor, closing the achievement gap, school environments. View the current LCAP proposal here. Your input is important and can be submitted at PIO@VacavilleUSD.org

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 6/7/18




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Welcome Freshmen Bulldogs: Vacaville High School Locker Request Forms are available in the Front Office.  Small Lockers are for individual students, while large lockers must be shared by two students. If sharing, please pick up one locker form, but be sure to include your name & the student you are sharing with on the top part of the form. The locations of halls & lockers are given on the reverse side of the form. Choose area and write it on front of the form.  Freshman usually pick the first hallway closest to the office. If you have any questions about lockers, please ask a secretary. After completing the form, please return it to the front office.

 

Yearbooks are here! Pre-ordered yearbooks will be delivered to study halls today. If you are not sure you ordered a yearbook, there is a list in the front office and in the art room. Additional yearbooks will be sold first come, first served starting at lunch on May 31st. Yearbooks are $40 cash only (sorry, no personal checks at this time) and are available in the Art Room and the Front Office. Additional autograph pages are available for $1 in the Art Room. Any questions or concerns see Ms. Brasher in D16.

 

Dress up days continue: Today - Throwback Thursday (Dress Like Your Childhood Self) and tomorrow is Vine/Meme Day. More details for our dress up days can be found on our instagram @jepson.jags. Dress code will be enforced for all dress up days.

 

Tomorrow will also be our last lunch time activity of the year, FAMILY FEUD!!! Come out and watch the Jepson staff take on the students!

 

Also, the 8th grade activity is coming on Tuesday, June 5. Student Activities will be selling tickets for at lunch in the quad for $10 this week. Your ticket will cover all food and games! No tickets will be sold at the door.

 

College and career club will be hosting an open house during 7th and 8th-grade lunch at the boys and girls club portable! come check us out and see what we learned throughout the year! All are welcomed, we will have a raffle for a prize to our visitors.

 

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the Vacaville Public Library’s activities. There are handouts on the Jepson homepage.

 

Are you a 7th grader interested in joining Jepson robotics? If so, come over to Mr. Yarwood's class at D15 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4 to see what we are all about. Also, make sure you follow our Instagram account, @jepson_robotics to dm us and get more information. Also, make sure and spread this information to any sixth graders that you know who are entering Jepson next year. We need as many people as we can next year!

 

This is our last broadcast of the year, due to the fact we have to pack equipment away. Unfortunately, there will be no video class next year, so this is our final broadcast. We appreciate your time spent in watching and wish you all a great summer ahead.

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 5/30/18




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Survey summary of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students
See what VUSD 7th, 9th and 11th grade students said about bullying at school, suicide, drug use and more. 
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide student survey in the nation asking kids about their school environment and inclusiveness, drug use, suicide and other issues that effect learning. We use this survey to get a better understanding of what students are experiencing. This survey is a component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of systemic health, prevention, and school environment (kindness) programs and curriculum. 
See a summary of the results attached here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/30/18




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Published: 5/29/18




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Welcome Freshmen Bulldogs:

 

Vacaville High School Locker Request Forms are available in the Front Office.  Small Lockers are for individual students, while large lockers must be shared by two students.  If sharing, please pick up one locker form, but be sure to include your name & the student you are sharing with on the top part of the form.

 

The locations of halls & lockers are given on the reverse side of the form. Choose area and write it on front of the form.  Freshman usually pick the first hallway closest to the office. If you have any questions about lockers, please ask a secretary.  After completing the form, please return it to the front office. Thank You!

 

Yearbooks are here! Pre-ordered yearbooks will be delivered to study halls on Thursday, May 31st. If you are not sure you ordered a yearbook, there is a list in the front office and in the art room.
Additional yearbooks will be sold first come, first served starting at lunch on May 31st. Yearbooks are $40 cash only (sorry, no personal checks at this time) and are available in the Art Room and the Front Office.
Additional autograph pages are available for $1 in the Art Room.
Any questions or concerns see Ms. Brasher in D16.

 

Next week Student Activities has some fun end of the year stuff planned.

Dress up days:

Tuesday- Dynamic Duos

Wednesday- Disney Day

Thursday- Throwback Thursday (Dress Like Your Childhood Self)

Friday- Vine/Meme Day

More details for our dress up days can be found on our instagram @jepson.jags. Dress code will be enforced for all dress up days.

Friday will also be our last lunch time activity of the year, FAMILY FEUD!!! Come out and watch the Jepson staff take on the students!

 

Also, the 8th grade activity is coming on Tuesday, June 5. Student Activities will be selling tickets for at lunch in the quad for $10 all next week. Your ticket will cover all food and games! No tickets will be sold at the door.

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 5/25/18




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Here’s Mr. Birch with an announcement. (pause)

 

Welcome Freshmen Bulldogs: Vacaville High School Locker Request Forms are available in the Front Office.  Small Lockers are for individual students, while large lockers must be shared by two students. If sharing, please pick up one locker form, but be sure to include your name & the student you are sharing with on the top part of the form. The locations of halls & lockers are given on the reverse side of the form. Choose area and write it on front of the form.  Freshman usually pick the first hallway closest to the office. If you have any questions about lockers, please ask a secretary. After completing the form, please return it to the front office. Thank You!

 

All library books and textbooks are due by the end of the day on Friday, May 25th.  Math classes are scheduled to have students return all textbooks between May 23rd and 25th.  Fines will be put in for any missing library or textbook not turned in by May 25th.

 

P7 will meet on Friday during 8th grade lunch.  7th graders are welcome to attend and will be excused from their study halls.  We only have two Fridays left, so come and check out this great club before it's too late.

 

Monday, May 28th is a holiday, so we have a three day weekend coming up. Get those assignments finished and turned in, time is running out!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 5/23/18




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Welcome Freshmen Bulldogs: Vacaville High School Locker Request Forms are available in the Front Office.  Small Lockers are for individual students, while large lockers must be shared by two students. If sharing, please pick up one locker form, but be sure to include your name & the student you are sharing with on the top part of the form. The locations of halls & lockers are given on the reverse side of the form. Choose area and write it on front of the form.  Freshman usually pick the first hallway closest to the office. If you have any questions about lockers, please ask a secretary. After completing the form, please return it to the front office. Thank You!

 

All library books and textbooks are due by the end of the day on Friday, May 25th.  Math classes are scheduled to have students return all textbooks between May 23rd and 25th.  Fines will be put in for any missing library or textbook not turned in by May 25th.

 

P7 will meet on Friday during 8th grade lunch.  7th graders are welcome to attend and will be excused from their study halls.  We only have two Fridays left, so come and check out this great club before it's too late.

 

Monday, May 28th is a holiday, so we have a three day weekend coming up. Get those assignments finished and turned in, time is running out!

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Published: 5/21/18




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Join the Boys and Girls Club Teen Summer Club that runs June 18th-August 9th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More information on the flyer attached.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/21/18




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This Saturday, May 19th, will be our last Super Saturday of the year.  We will offer the following classes, Dance Drill workshop in conjunction with Vaca High.  Craft Time: Weaving and Basic Macrame, Homework Help: Math and English Specifically, but all subjects can be helped.  Remember Super Saturday is a great way to make up absences, get some work done, and have some fun. Times are 8 am-12 pm and a pizza lunch is provided.  Permission slips can be picked up from the front office or Mrs. Thiessen in E-19.

 

Gotcha field trip is next Monday, you should have already turned your permission forms into counseling. If you haven’t get them in today!

 

Today we are returning to our regular schedule. Please follow the bells accordingly.

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 5/16/18




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Vacaville Unified students and staff are focusing attention May 18-25th on making intentional efforts of kindness, respect and understanding both with those around us and online. We will be planting, drawing creating flowers to represent the actions we take to be a positive influence our community. 

Will C Wood students will be joined by Buckingham and Vaca High students in downtown Vacaville this Saturday, May 19th to share the symbols of kindness with community members.

Country High, Alamo, Sierra Vista K-8, Padan, Markham, Hemlock/ACE, Jepson, Ernest Kimme Charter, Cooper, Fairmont Charter, Browns Valley and Educational Services Center will also be hosting activities on campus next week to engage students in deliberate acts of positivity.

Join us this week! Plant your seeds of positivity with those around you and create a flower that represents it.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/16/18




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It's that time of year again...for those of you 7th graders who want to participate in an 8th grade student leadership club at Jepson, applications will be available in the counseling office. Applications are due back to counseling by Wednesday, May 16th NO EXCEPTIONS

 

Reminder that during testing P7 will meet on Wednesdays in E-19 during 8th grade lunch.  7th graders are welcome and will be excused from their study halls.

 

This Saturday, May 19th, will be our last Super Saturday of the year.  We will offer the following classes, Dance Drill workshop in conjunction with Vaca High.  Craft Time: Weaving and Basic Macrame, Homework Help: Math and English Specifically, but all subjects can be helped.  Remember Super Saturday is a great way to make up absences, get some work done, and have some fun. Times are 8 am-12 pm and a pizza lunch is provided.  Permission slips can be picked up from the front office or Mrs. Thiessen in E-19.

 

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Published: 5/14/18




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Today is block schedule periods 1, 3 and 7.  This week, you will test in your Math classes.  We did a great job last week with testing, so let’s keep it up.  Keep in mind the theme for this year’s testing is Sweet Success … a reminder to stay focused, work hard, examine the questions, eliminate wrong answers and take all the time given.

 

It's that time of year again...for those of you 7th graders who want to participate in an 8th grade student leadership club at Jepson, applications are available in the counseling office. Come join Yearbook, Peer Assistants, Student Activities or Club Live. Applications are due back to counseling by Wednesday, May 16th NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Track and field has their home meet today at Vacaville High School. Good luck to all the participants, Go Jags!

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Published: 5/9/18




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Today is block schedule periods 2, 4 and 6.  This week, you will test in your Math classes.  We did a great job last week with testing, so let’s keep it up.  Keep in mind the theme for this year’s testing is Sweet Success … a reminder to stay focused, work hard, examine the questions, eliminate wrong answers and take all the time given.

 

Don’t forget, students who demonstrate consistent effort in their testing period will be given a raffle ticket by their teacher.  This raffle ticket will be entered into a drawing every Wednesday during lunch where Mrs. Eeds will be raffling off over 100 snacks, candy and other assorted goodies.

 

It's that time of year again...for those of you 7th graders who want to participate in an 8th grade student leadership club at Jepson, applications will be available beginning on Wednesday, May 9th in the counseling office. Yearbook captures your memories and creates our outstanding yearbook. Student Activities will plan and coordinate lunch time activities and rallies. Peer Assistants help our 7th graders transition to middle school and run our school wide recycling program. Club Live plans Red Ribbon Week, Water Balloonza and so much more. Applications are due back to counseling by Wednesday, May 16th NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Finally, track and field has their home meet this Thursday at Vacaville High School.

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 5/7/18




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Preventing suicide takes an entire community. All VUSD families are invited to hear award winning author Kevin Hines present on the important topic of suicide awareness and prevention. Kevin is a motivational speaker, mental health advocate and an attempted suicide survivor who is known for his passionate support of mental health causes and prevention. This presentation is FREE, and all VUSD families are invited to attend.

The presentation will be held:

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Catwalk Theater at Will C Wood High,
998 Marshall Road, Vacaville

6:30-7:30 PM

More information about Kevin Hines at http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 5/4/18




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Anime Club will be having a meeting today in C13.  See you there!

 

This past week four Jepson Wrestlers attended the Western Regional Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The tournament featured wrestlers from all over the Western United States and was also a part of the U.S Open National Championships.  Logan Valledor competed at 94 pounds and was 2nd in Cadet Greco, Kinoa Medina competed at 106 pounds and was second in Cadet Greco and top 6 in Freestyle, Hayden Marino competed at 135 pounds and was 2nd in School Boy Greco, and Ethan Birch competed at 130 pounds and was 1st in School Boy Greco and 2nd in School Boy Freestyle.  Logan and Kinoa both qualified for the Cadet National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota and Hayden and Ethan were both named to the California National School Boy Dual Team. Congratulations Jaguars!

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Published: 4/30/18




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If you picked up a Vaca High drumline packet from the front office, please come pick up a teacher recommendation form as well.  This must be turned in along with the application and parent permission form by Wednesday. Try-outs are on April 26th. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

 

TA Applications are now available! If you are interested in becoming a TA next year, stop by the counseling office and pick up an application. Applications are due by Friday, April 27th.

 

ALL 8TH GRADERS INTERESTED IN PLAYING FRESHMEN FOOTBALL FOR VACAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, TODAY WILL BE A MEETING FOR YOUR FOOTBALL ORIENTATION AT VHS AND SUMMER SCHEDULING. PLEASE BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THIS INFORMATIONAL MEETING during 8th grade lunch from 11:21-11:51 in Room G 33. From Coach Pop.

 

P7 Club will be meeting this Friday in E-19 during 8th grade lunch.  7th graders are welcome to attend. You will be excused from your Study Halls.

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Published: 4/23/18




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If you picked up a Vaca High drumline packet from the front office, please come pick up a teacher recommendation form as well.  This must be turned in along with the application and parent permission form by April 25th. Try-outs are on April 26th. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Members of the Jepson student leadership teams will be out at 7th grade lunches this month on Fridays to answer questions about Club Live, Yearbook, Peer Assistants, and Student Activities. Applications for these clubs will be available in May.

 

Attention 7th Graders: TA Applications are now available! If you are interested in becoming a TA next year, stop by the counseling office and pick up an application. Applications are due by Friday, April 27th.

 

PAR store will be open Friday, April 20th during both lunches.

 

Finally, Jepson leadership is bringing the beach to you this Friday with the last dance of the school year!  The dance will cost $5 and start at 5:30. Remember, you need to have no debts and not more than 4 demerits to attend.  Come on out and enjoy a good time!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 4/18/18




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Hello VUSD Families,
 

On Friday, April 20th educators across the country will participate in bringing attention to school safety.  The Vacaville Teachers Association will also be participating in this effort by distributing stickers and posting signs with the message "Safe Schools for All.”  This participation is made in solidarity with educators nationwide and is in no way made as a protest of our district safety or any political positions. We simply encourage families (and students) to continue to consider and discuss the safety of all of our students. If you have any questions or thoughts, please contact VTA at: tracys@vacavilleusd.org.
 

Sincerely,

Vacaville Teacher's Association

 

 

Hola familias de VUSD,

El viernes, 20 de April, educadores a través del país van a participar en llamando atención a la seguridad escolar.  El asociación de profesores de Vacaville también participaran en este esfuerzo por distribuiendo etiquetas y colocando cartels con el mensaje “escuelas seguras para todos!” Este participación se hace en solidaridad con educadores a escala nacional y de ninguna manera está hecho como una protesta de la seguridad de nuestro distrito o cualquier posición politica. Simplemente alentamos a las familias (y estudiantes) que continuan considerando y discutan el seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes.  Si tienes alguna pregunta o pensamientos, por favor póngase en contacto con VTA a: tracys@vacavilleusd.org

Sinceramente,

Asociación de Maestros Vacaville

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 4/18/18




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Kona Ice will be here on Wed. April 18th after school. Prices range from $3-$5. Come out and have a nice refreshing drink!!

 

If you picked up a Vaca High drumline packet from the front office, please come pick up a teacher recommendation form as well.  This must be turned in along with the application and parent permission form by April 25th. Try-outs are on April 26th. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Members of the Jepson student leadership teams will be out at 7th grade lunches this month on Fridays to answer questions about Club Live, Yearbook, Peer Assistants, and Student Activities. Applications for these clubs will be available in May.

 

Attention 7th Graders: TA Applications are now available! If you are interested in becoming a TA next year, stop by the counseling office and pick up an application. Applications are due by Friday, April 27th.

 

Finally, Jepson leadership is bringing the beach to you this Friday with the last dance of the school year!  The dance will cost $5 and start at 5:30. Remember, you need to have no debts and not more than 4 demerits to attend.  Come on out and enjoy a good time!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 4/16/18




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Congratulations to the following student council members.  Drew Lammon President, Marcella Price Vice President, Jean Paclibare Secretary, Nathan Schnell Treasurer, Adelle Webb Public Realtions.  Thank you to all the students who ran.

 

This month, on April 14th, we will be offering the following Super Saturday options for you.  Dance Drill workshop in conjunction with Vaca High. Band Practice for Fiesta Days, Craft Time: Paintapalooza Day, Homework Help.  Remember Super Saturday is a great way to get some extra help, hang out with friends, and make up your absences. Permission slips are located in the front office or from Mrs. Thiessen in E-19.

 

Attention 7th Graders: TA Applications are now available!  If you are interested in becoming a TA next year, stop by the counseling office and pick up an application.  Applications are due by Friday, April 27th.

 

Members of the Jepson student leadership teams will be out at 7th grade lunches this month on Fridays to answer questions about Club Live, Yearbook, Peer Assistants, and Student Activities.  Applications for these clubs will be available in May. Here’s a video with more information. (Pause)

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Published: 4/11/18




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This month we will be offering the following Super Saturday options for you.  Dance Drill workshop in conjunction with Vaca High. Band Practice for Fiesta Days, Craft Time: Paintapalooza Day, Homework Help.  Remember Super Saturday is a great way to get some extra help, hang out with friends, and make up your absences. Permission slips are located in the front office or from Mrs. Thiessen in E-19.

 

Rain is in the forecast so come prepared just in case it’s raining when getting home.

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 4/9/18




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Well, we made it to the last day before spring break! It is a full day with regular dismissal at 2:27 pm. Hang in there guys.

 

Attention all 7th graders interested in trying out for a Leadership position for next year's Dance Drill Team, come to E-19 during Study Hall on Thursday, March 29th for an informational meeting and to pick up an application.  

 

Attention all 8th grade Students interested in trying out for the VHS Dance Drill Team:

Vaca High Dance Drill Team will be having tryouts for the 2018-2019 team.

Tryout packets will be available in the front office at Jepson and Vaca High.

All paperwork must be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in no later than April 9th @ 3:15 to Michelle in the Front office at Jepson.

Tryouts will be April 9th – 13th  a@ Jepson.

**Attendance is mandatory for all clinic practices in order to tryout**

For more information contact

Ms. Neitz in the front office or Laura at: VHSdancedrill@gmail.com.

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Published: 3/28/18




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Attention all 8th grade Students interested in trying out for the VHS Dance Drill Team:

 

Vaca High Dance Drill Team will be having tryouts for the 2018-2019 team.

Tryout packets will be available in the front office at Jepson and Vaca High.

All paperwork must be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in no later than April 9th @ 3:15 to Michelle in the Front office at Jepson.

Tryouts will be April 9th – 13th at Jepson.

**Attendance is mandatory for all clinic practices in order to tryout**

 

Spring break begins Friday March 30th. We return to school on April 9th.

 

Anime Club will be meeting today after school in C13.  Remember to bring your Domo drawings for the drawing contest!  There will be prizes for the top 3. See you there!

 

Attention all 7th graders interested in trying out for a Leadership position for next year's Dance Drill Team, come to E-19 during Study Hall on Thursday, March 29th for an informational meeting and to pick up an application.

 

That’s it for today. Be ready for some warmer spring weather this week!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 3/26/18




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Wednesday, March 28th 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Willis Jepson Middle School. Event is open to all VUSD middle school girls.

 

Young women in the S Club at Vacaville High School recognized the social challenges that they faced in middle school and are now offering support and mentoring for younger peers through the Building Bridges project. The premise of the event is based upon the principles of empowerment by changing personal perspective and spoken words as described in the book "Oh Shift" by authors Jennifer Powers and Mark Tucker.

 

The Building Bridges event for students will also feature discussions about subject that teen girls often don’t have control over, such as sexual harassment, sex trafficking, bullying as well as substance use. Tracey Lee, a licensed U.C Davis Coach and Supervisor will be the facilitator of the "Oh Shift for Teens" curriculum and will be leading the girls through an interactive empowerment workshop.

 

This event is open to all VUSD middle school girls. 7th and 8th grade students who wish to participate can register by calling the Willis Jepson Counseling Office at 453-6280.

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Published: 3/26/18




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Campaigning is still going on. Please be respectful of the signs. Speeches will be shown during study hall on Thursday.

 

Attention all 8th graders are you interested in Cheering with the VHS Cheer Squad next year? Come to a parent and student meeting On Wednesday, March 21st at 6pm in the VHS Gym.

 

Attention all 7th graders interested in trying out for the Dance Drill Team Leadership group at Jepson next year, there will be a meeting in E-19 during 8th grade lunch on Monday, March 26th.  We will discuss roles and responsibilities and handout leadership packets for you to take home. Mrs. Thiessen will take roll for the attendance office to excuse your absence from Study Hall. See you there.

 

P7 will be meeting this Friday during 8th grade lunch.  7th graders are welcomed and encouraged to attend. They will be excused from their study halls.

 

College Week Continues! The doors are looking pretty good! Don't forget all doors must be completed by the end of Study Hall Thursday. Also, today is college gear day so wear your favorite college tees, sweatshirts, and other clothing items! There will be a College Fair during lunch Thursday and a College themed relay race Friday. We are still looking for some 7th grade teams to participate. Are you interested? If so, find a team of four and see Mrs. Dubs in A6.

 

All wrestlers who participated in the Nor Cal TOC are invited to a pizza party in Mr. Birch's room on Monday March 26th at 11:45.  Come get a pass from Mr. Birch Thursday or Friday to be excused from your Study Hall. Don't forget, Don't get left out. Go Jags!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 3/21/18




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Parent and guardian feedback helps VUSD determine goals and priorities for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is an educational plan that maps expenditures to actions and student outcomes.

Take the survey here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/20/18




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It’s the first day of spring and spring showers are back today and tomorrow.

 

Attention all 8th grade Students interested in trying out for the VHS Dance Drill Team: Vaca High Dance Drill Team will be having tryouts for the 2018-2019 team. Tryout packets will be available in the front office at Jepson and Vaca High. All paperwork must be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in no later than April 9th @ 3:15 to Michelle in the Front office at Jepson.

Tryouts will be April 9th – 13th  a@ Jepson.

**Attendance is mandatory for all clinic practices in order to tryout**.For more information contact

Michelle Neitz in the front office or Laura at: VHSdancedrill@gmail.com

 

Monday started College week! We have lots of fun activities planned throughout the whole week. We have another Lunch Time Activity on Friday. Monday is also the start of our annual Door Decorating competition! In your Study hall you will work together to create a college masterpiece on your door! You must be done by the end of Study hall on this Thursday March 22. On Tuesday College club will be putting on Career Charades at lunch. On Thursday we are going to have a College Faire at lunch. It is also College Gear day, remember to wear your college gear on Thursday! Reminder this is the day that the door decorating will end. Friday during the Lunch Time Activity we will announce the winners of the door decorating competition, both 7th and 8th grade winners will get a pizza party!

 

Willis Jepson finished their wrestling season this past weekend by competing at the Nor-Cal TOC Middle School Wrestling Championships.  This year was the 50th time the event was held for the best middle school wrestlers from Bakersfield to Oregon. Jepson had 5 placers this year!  Casey Roberts led the way with a 2nd place finish at 100 pounds. Logan Valledor was 4th at 83 pounds, Eric Almarinez was 5th at 110 pounds, Luke Levengood was 6th 168, and Jason Brauning was 7th at 100 pounds.   Also competing for Jepson at the tournament was Hayden Marino, Noah Waldron, Kellen Ruiz, Jesse McCoy, Bandon Probis, Dylan Morgan, Francisco Ochoa, and Javier Sixto.

 

Jepson Book Fair will start Tuesday, March 20th and run through March 26th!!  The library will be open before and after school and during lunch for students to come check out new books, posters and other fun items.  Come check it out!

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Posted by: Ms Terresa Cook
Published: 3/19/18




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Check out VUSD's Community Bulletin Board featuring sports, events, activities and more for kids and families.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/19/18




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Loop the Lagoon fundraiser April 28th
The 15th Annual Loop the Lagoon fundraiser for Vacaville schools is right around the corner. This fun-filled community event features kids races, running/ walking events and a fair. 50% of every entry fee goes directly back to your school. Help raise money for your school and have a great time doing it! Register to participate or volunteer here.

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Posted by: Jennifer Leonard, District Admin, Vacaville Unified School District
Published: 3/16/18