Important Message for Parents

Calendar Change - 2015

Four Days with No School

Please make a note of the NEW, non-student school days on the revised school calendar for this school year.  Students will not have school on:

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Friday, April 24, 2015

The adjustment to the calendar is being made to reflect professional development days for staff.  Remember, every day that school is in session … Attendance Counts!

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    A recently commissioned independent survey of voters in the Chino Valley Unified School District shows residents feel Chino Valley schools provide a quality education but perceive schools to have a significant need for additional funding.

    The survey, conducted February 19-22, 2015 by the highly respected opinion research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, provides insight into constituent opinions and educational priorities, including evaluating interest in a potential educational bond measure.

    More than two-thirds of respondents believe Chino Valley schools provide high-quality education to local students. “Our award-winning schools significantly outperform the County and state average,” said Superintendent Wayne M. Joseph. “I’m pleased residents recognize the great work our teachers and students are doing.”

    Residents view local schools as an integral part of the community with 87% believing that improving public schools helps to maintain strong property values. “Quality schools make our communities more desirable places to live, do business and raise a family,” said Joseph.

    However, more than two-thirds of respondents also believe that local schools have a need for additional funding. When asked about a potential bond measure, 62% of respondents are supportive of a bond to invest in aging schools to retain and attract quality teachers, ensure safe drinking water, and make other health, safety and classroom improvements. Any potential bond measure would be legally required to be spent locally and be subject to strict accountability requirements, including independent annual financial audits. 

    “I’m grateful for the support we see in the community for improving our schools,” said Joseph. “Investing in local schools would allow us to continue to maintain our high level of academic excellence and expand programs like career education, allowing more students to experience real-world job training.”

    “We are encouraged by this initial feedback from the community, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with residents regarding their priorities for local schools,” added Joseph.

    The Chino Valley School District will be kicking off a community engagement effort to get more feedback from residents regarding local school education and inform the community about school needs.

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  • Initial Community Survey Results

    District Explores Options for Additional Educational Funding


    ·         Presentation of Key Findings

    ·         Summary Memo of Key Findings

    ·         Press Release of Key Findings


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  • Calendar

    No school for students on Friday

    Staff members will be in professional training on Friday, April 24.

    Students, enjoy your day off! 
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  • Anna Borba Elementary shows a caring spiritGroup of students with box of hygiene items they donated

    During the last week, students at Anna Borba Fundamental School have written kind messages to one another, recycled waste, performed thoughtful acts, and collected hygiene items for families in need.

    The “We Care” Week, April 20 to 23, was organized by teacher Kim McCormick to help students learn how to care for one another, the Earth, and the community.

    “They are very caring. They are very nurturing,” Ms. McCormick said of the Borba students. “I really love the kids at this school.”

    On Monday, students wrote a message to a friend at a table on the playground. The notes were delivered the following day.

    On Tuesday, pupils were challenged to think of a way to help a friend, do that act, and then write about it on a small note that was posted on a “We Care” banner on the playground.

    On Wednesday, students dropped off waste they had recycled in their classrooms throughout the week.

    On Thursday, they delivered dozens of hygiene items they had collected throughout the week to Ms. McCormick’s classroom.

    Each grade level was asked to bring a particular item in. Among the items donated were toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes, washcloths and hand towels, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, soap, and deodorant. Some students gave money.

    Borba assistant principal Jeanne Clements came up with the idea to collect items for the Chino Neighborhood House, which serves families in need throughout the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The 30 student members of the school’s Safe School Ambassadors anti-bullying group made signs for We Care Week, and Home Depot in Pomona donated boxes for the hygiene item collection.

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  •  Group photo at Autism Walks event Helping solve the puzzle
    Mission Impuzzable - Born to Stand Out!, a team that included several Rolling Ridge and Country Springs elementary school staff members, families and students, participated last weekend in the annual Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
    The group walked in support of students and families affected by autism. Mission Impuzzable also raised $630 for autism research through collection jars at the two schools.
    The team name refers to the symbol for autism, a puzzle piece, which was designed by a member of the National Autism Society to reflect the mystery and complexity of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
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  • Earth Day April 22
    Conservation measures saving money, resources

    Chino Valley Unified School District has saved more than $760,000 in electricity and natural gas costs this school year when compared to a baseline of utility costs set in 2008 when the district began conservation measures.

    As of March, the district is using 18% less electricity and has saved more than $660,000 in electricity costs when compared to that baseline year, according to Carla Kleinjan, sustainability coordinator for the district.

    As of March, the district is using 22% less natural gas and has saved about $100,000 in natural gas costs when compared to 2008’s costs, Ms. Kleinjan said. The gas savings is particularly notable because there was no Chino Hills High pool to heat in 2008, Ms. Kleinjan said.

    “With the drought getting worse, we will continue to try to conserve water,” she said. “We are using about 25% less water so far this year, compared to our baseline year.”

    Even though the district is using less water, it still has to pay more because the cost of water has gone up 70% in the last five years, Ms. Kleinjan said.

    “We ask all sites, and especially school Green Teams to be on the lookout for irrigation leaks or problems and to report them to their site administration so that a work order can be generated,” she said. “Irrigation is our biggest consumer of water at the district.”

    In 2010, the district encouraged students and staff at local schools to form Green Teams and receive incentives for their school by cutting down on electricity and other conservation measures. This year, all but three school sites have Green Teams, Ms. Kleinjan said.

    She offers the following energy savings tips:

    -Keep the doors closed when the air conditioning or heat is running

    -Turn off lights when you leave your classroom or workspace, even if there are motion sensors in the room

    -Don't use screen savers on computers as they keep the computer awake and using electricity. Remove all screen savers (in your power settings), and make sure the sleep settings are set to make your computer go to sleep or hibernate after 30 minutes without usage. Make sure your settings for your monitor are also set to have the monitor go to sleep after 10 to 15 minutes without usage. 

    -Always turn your computer and monitor off at the end of the day

    -Use half of your lights if there is adequate daytime light in your room

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  • Chino High athletes sign with collegesAthletes at table

    Eight Chino High athletes participated in a college scholarship signing ceremony Tuesday, April 21 at the school.

    The students, their sport, and the college they have signed with and accepted scholarships from are:

    Brooke Ligtenberg, Girls Soccer -- Cal State Fullerton
    Blaine Quinzon, Boys Soccer -- Ottawa University (Kansas)
    Angel Flores, Boys Soccer -- Hope International University
    Baldemar Martinez, Boys Soccer -- Rio Hondo College
    Zachary Longe, Baseball -- La Sierra University
    Ashley Amancio, Softball -- Avila University
    Devin Collins, Football -- University of La Verne
    Kenny Sutton, Football -- University of Redlands

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  • Paint bucket  

    Spruce up Saturday at Cortez

    Cortez Elementary School in Chino will receive a day of service from local church members on Saturday, April 25.

    Up to 50 members of the San Antonio Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on San Antonio Avenue in Chino plan to tackle the school’s quad area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. They will paint 35 picnic tables, refresh a map of the United States, and plant flowers around the quad.

    Some Parent Faculty Association members from Cortez are also expected to help, according to school officials. In past LDS day of service events, members of other religious organizations have assisted in completing projects, said Ken Rasmussen, director of public affairs for the Chino, California Stake of the LDS, headquartered in Chino Hills.

    Other day of service events are planned in the Chino Valley area on Saturday, including work on the community garden in Chino, and assistance to local shut-ins, Mr. Rasmussen said.

    In a past day of service, LDS members laid mulch throughout the entire campus at Ayala High.

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  • Sup and Liz Community gets look at Hope Resource Center

    A little boy who didn’t want to go to school because he only had a piece of rope to hold up his pants is just one of the stories heard in the six months since centers opened at local school sites to help families in need.

    An open house was held Thursday at one of the five Hope Resource Centers offered by the Chino Valley Unified School District.

    The event featured a tour of the Hope Resource Center located on the campus of the district’s Alternative Education Center in Chino Hills. It also included information booths on healthy living and recreation programs offered by the cities of Chino and Chino Hills, and anti-smoking programs offered by the school district.

    The Hope Resource Centers are the result of efforts by Superintendent Wayne Joseph to help families in need in the school district after realizing that many academic problems stem from issues children have at home. In February 2014, he established a Hope Committee of local community leaders to address those issues, and in November of that year, the school district opened the five centers with $250,000 it had set aside for the project.

    During the open house, Chino Valley school board members Andrew Cruz and James Na said the superintendent’s idea to help families in need began long ago with his elders.

    “My mother, father, and grandmother always tried to emphasize the feeling that it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, ultimately it’s about how you treat other people,” Superintendent Joseph said. “(The centers) say something about this community. It’s such a vibrant community; that embraces each other.”

    Each center is manned by a bilingual case manager who helps provide families with food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information, housing information, and counseling, often through referrals to other agencies. The school district contracts with the City of Chino to provide the case managers.

    Clothing comes from the district’s CARE Closet, operated from a room on the Chino Valley Adult School campus in Chino. Families are invited to visit the Closet and select items for their children.

    The Hope Resource Centers are located at the Chino Valley Adult School campus, 12970 Third St., Chino; Alternative Education Center, 15650 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills; Dickson Elementary School, 3930 Pamela Drive, Chino, room 16; Walnut Avenue Elementary School, 5550 Walnut Ave., Chino, room 20; and Dickey Elementary School, 2840 Parco Ave., Ontario, room 103.

    Chino Valley Unified School District families may visit any of the resource centers.

    Center hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Afternoon appointments are available by calling the Family Resource Center’s main number at (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

     “It’s impressive how quickly this came about,” Chino Hills City Councilman Peter Rogers said at the open house Thursday. “Normally, bureaucracy holds things up.” He said the open house will generate interest in the centers, as word gets around the community.

    Chino Hills Mayor Cynthia Moran encouraged those attending the event to donate clothing to the CARE Closet. The number one need at the closet is jeans and shoes for children in grades first through sixth, said Liz Lara, program manager for the centers.

    “We have found, the most practical way to help our families is with gift cards,” Ms. Lara said.

    The district is currently working through the Chino Community Center Corporation to get non-profit status for the Hope Resource Centers so donations will be tax-deductible.

    For information about the centers, to donate clothing and gift cards, or to volunteer at the CARE Closet, call (909) 628-1201, ext. 8960.

    To see more photos from the event, visit Chino Valley Unified School District’s Facebook page.

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    Help Chino Valley USD Earn Free Surface Pro 3 Tablets!
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  • HOPE Family Resource Centers
    We’re here to help! HOPE Family Resource Centers are now open at five locations to assist District families with:
    • Health referrals (Medi-Cal, Covered CA, counseling) 
    • Social services (CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC)
    • Family support (food, clothing, parent education, tutoring information)                                                                    
    Please see flyer for locations and more information.
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  • Please take a moment to read the attached information regarding an Anthem Blue Cross data breach:

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  • Parent Night - Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessment


    Parents are invited to learn how they can support their student under the new curriculum and standards.
    Choose the location or evening that works best for your schedule … plan to attend this important parent meeting.
    The Assessment and Curriculum Departments web pages have multiple documents and links for parents and community members on Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced State Assessments. Click here for the Assessment Department web page. Click here for the Curriculum Department web page.
    Common Core Information

    The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. Click below to find information about the standards and the CCSS-related activities taking place in California.
    California Department of Education
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  • Click on the "News" tab above to read about "What is New in Chino Valley USD for 2014-15".
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    Local Control Funding Formula
    LCAP available on LCFF web page 
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  • Common Core Curriculum Preparation:

    On August 2, 2010 the State Board of Education adopted the California Common Core Standards. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, these new national standards will replace our current state standards.  Chino Valley USD teachers are working on Rigorous Curriculum Design in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to ensure that the education in Chino Valley USD is the best education for our students.
    The changes are being driven by three important reforms:
    • The Common Core State Standards, adopted by California in August 2010, and the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted in September 2013;
    • Assembly Bill 484, passed in September 2013, introducing a new statewide assessment system to replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting System (STAR); and
    • the change in California's school finance system, signed by Governor Brown in July 2013.

    More information can be found on the Chino Valley USD Curriculum Department web pages.

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  • What's New for 2014-15?
    School Started on August 25, 2014
    Welcome to the New School Year at Chino Valley Unified School District! Our education system across the nation is changing to adapt to the 21st Century. As students graduate from our schools, whether college bound, seeking a career in the Armed Forces, transitioning into technical training or entering the work force, they need 21st Century skills in order to compete in the global economy and marketplace. Our campuses - the heart of our community - have been coming to life over the past weeks as final preparations are being made for the return of our students.
    The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), enacted as part of the 2013-14 budget package, establishes a new uniform funding formula and a new system of academic accountability. The formula replaces revenue limits and most categorical programs with uniform base rates for all pupils and provides significantly more funding for English learner and low-income students. The new system of academic accountability requires school districts and charter schools to publicly report how they will use the funds provided under the formula, as well as establishes a new system of support and intervention support for underperforming school districts and charter schools.
    The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), is a key document under LCFF, and establishes the strategy to enhance student achievement with an emphasis on actions and services to three specific groups as set out by the state: English learners, students from low income households and foster youth.  Our community engagement process brought together stakeholders to identify programs and services that were included in the LCAP.  Together, with the community, CVUSD’s LCAP was created to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators; including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement.
    New national educational standards, Common Core State Standards, were created by teachers, parents, school administrators, and experts across the nation for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics.  The new standards will support student learning by increasing the level of rigor and depth of learning that results in better critical thinking skills and the ability to apply what has been learned.  The new standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.  Teachers continue to be trained to implement the Common Core State Standards which have been designed to provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world.  Chino Valley USD teachers are working on Rigorous Curriculum Design in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to ensure that the education in Chino Valley USD is the best education for our students.
    The California Distinguished School flag will soar at Liberty and Litel elementary schools following flag raising ceremonies.  The schools were named 2014 California Distinguished Schools and join the list of 17 other schools that have been named Distinguished Schools, some once and some twice.
     Students in Kindergarten through the 3rd grade will be returning to smaller class sizes as the District reduces the class size ratio to 27:1.  Class sizes will continue to reduce in size each year in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade in accordance with state funding.
    A string orchestra program will begin for fifth and sixth grade students at Country Springs, Eagle Canyon and Dickson elementary schools.   The program is intended to involve students who are at risk or failing academically. 
    A multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral support or intervention to students will be implemented through the hiring of intervention teachers at all school sites.  Intervention teachers work with small groups of students who have been identified as performing below grade level standards.
     A focus on college and career readiness for all students refers to the content knowledge, skills, and habits that students must possess to be successful in postsecondary education or training that leads to a sustaining career.  A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial or developmental coursework.
    Pathways are a course of study in high schools allowing students to choose classes based on a specific focus on industry sector topics.  Some of the pathways offered at District high schools include health sciences, engineering, culinary arts, computer science and public service.
    Linked Learning is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education, and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers.  Students can choose among industry-themed pathways in fields, such as engineering, public service, and biomedicine and health. 

    Because high schools are not working for large numbers of young people, Linked Learning was developed to provide students of all levels and abilities with the best possible chance for success to excel in college and career.

     Early Years College offers a college course to incoming ninth grade students.  The program provides the opportunity for students to earn an associate degree while attending high school with our partner, Chaffey College.  The program is in development and available at Ayala High School.

    Campus work that was completed over summer includes the addition or enhancement of 30 computer labs as testing and assessment of students shift from paper and pencil to computers; the installation of new heating and HVAC systems at Eagle Canyon Elementary School and Canyon Hills and Townsend Junior high schools; and the installation of new roofs at Eagle Canyon Elementary School and Canyon Hills and Townsend Junior high schools.
    Portable classroom buildings are being added to the Chaparral and Rhodes elementary schools campuses.  New computer labs utilizing classroom space, the lowering of class sizes, and residential development growth necessitated the need for additional classrooms to accommodate enrollment in the 2014/15 school year. 

    Magnolia and Ramona Junior high schools will welcome School Resource Officer John Cervantes from Chino Police Department.  He will work with students at the two schools focusing on prevention and assisting in the transition to a non-elementary classroom setting by providing a safe environment in which to talk about issues that may confront the students as they adjust to a new system and school.  School Resource Officers continue to work with students at the District’s five high schools.

    Other changes include the hiring of a Bilingual Clerk at schools with more than 15% of their student population speaking a language other than English and the expansion of Parent Training Programs to assist parents in navigating their child’s educational career.  Expanded community outreach is also planned to increase participation and engagement in parent and family programs.

    Students at five additional schools can now begin their day with a nutritious meal at school.  The breakfast program will now be available for students at Briggs Fundamental, Magnolia and Townsend junior high schools, and Rhodes and Cattle elementary schools.  Those schools that will continue the breakfast program include: Ayala, Chino, Chino Hills and Don Lugo high schools; Buena Vista Continuation High, Chino Valley Learning Academy; Ramona and Woodcrest junior high schools; Chaparral, Cortez, Dickey, Dickson, Glenmeade, Liberty, Marshall, Newman and Walnut elementary schools.

    Breakfast menu items include cereal, muffins, French toast, hot dog on a stick, milk, fruit juice, apple slices, yogurt, and fruit cups.  Full cost of the breakfast will be 80 cents for elementary students and $1.10 for students in grades seven through twelve. Reduced price for eligible students is 25 cents.  Free breakfasts are also offered to eligible low-income students.  Applications or to sign up for free and reduced meals is available on the District website:

    Transitional Kindergarten will open its doors to students who turn five between September 1 and December 2.  The program changed the entry date for students in California over the course of four years beginning with its adoption in 2011/12.  Transitional Kindergarten provides a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for those children born in the fall.  Transitional kindergarten is tailored to meet the academic and social needs of young learners and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in a nurturing environment to ensure success in Kindergarten.

    The office of Access and Equity was created under the LCAP to provide resources to school sites that will support improved student achievement, safe schools, and a positive school climate.  These resources include funding, data, information, advice, and coordinated community and parent involvement.  The office provides strategic guidance and support services for: Title I/SCE Schools; Supplemental Educational Services (SES); Public School Choice; and Home-School-Community Partnerships.

    The District’s new web site continues to be a work in progress.  The new site will allow for greater functionality and access for all users.  Information is continuing to migrate and content is being updated as new features become available. 

    School was already in session for nearly 90 students at Anna Borba Elementary School as part of the Summer Jumpstart Program.  Students in grades 1 – 6 were invited to attend the morning sessions for 10 days to review and prepare for the new school year. 

    Teachers from around the District taught phonics, grammar, vocabulary, math and writing to English Learner students.  The program was approved by the Board of Education under the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). 

    “It is important that students spend some time reviewing what they have learned in the previous year and to begin to look ahead to new information so they can start school on the right foot,” said Anna Borba Principal Gerson Renderos.

    What Programs to Look Forward to in 2014/15

    Alternative Education opportunities continue to be available for students who thrive in non-traditional settings including our Virtual School and Independent Study.

    The F-1 Visa Program is in its third year of inviting students from around the world to spend one year at one of our high schools. 

    The award winning Attendance Counts! campaign is completing its seventh year in its goal of increasing daily student school attendance. The campaign has generated an additional $3.6 million in revenue since its creation and is sponsored by community partners Pomona Valley Health Centers and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

    Student attendance has risen or maintained excellent levels considering the factors affecting enrollment, primarily, the decline in enrollment throughout Southern California.  Last year’s overall District attendance rate was 96.69%.  The goal for this year is 97.5%.

    Bullying is addressed with a formal program that gives the responsibility to the students to discourage bullying through the own efforts.  The Safe School Ambassadors program is starting its fifth year in the district and offers the opportunity to change the culture, all initiated by the students themselves after they have gone through training.

    The award-winning Parent Information Nights on Drugs and Cyber Issues will begin its sixth year sharing information with parents on current issues their children may face and how to deal with them.  This program won a state award for its public relations outreach to parents.  It is run in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and has contributed to decreasing incidents on campuses by half since its inception.  This year’s focus will be outreach to parents of junior high students in response to requests from parents.  The first event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on November 19 at Magnolia Junior High School.                                                         

    Our partners on the Chino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have been presenting Run, Hide, Fight, a video teaching tool to provide guidance to schools and the community in what to do if an armed intruder comes on to a campus or an office.  It replaces past practice and teaching which was to lock down or shelter in place until help arrives.  Now, law enforcement agencies across the nation are urging people to consider the options.

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