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!

Welcome to Chino Valley Unified School District's new website.
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  • Wayne Joseph

    Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. 
                                                             Robert Fulghum

    I was reminded of this Fulghum quote when I recently read Police Chief Karen Comstock’s open letter to the Chino community. In it she cited two incidents in which modern technology was used to threaten two of our schools which resulted in both schools going thru the lockdown process. In the first case, the threat was delivered anonymously, while in the second case it was done through text messaging.

    These two examples raise the following question for me ---What message have we as a society sent to our children concerning technology?  We know that through modern technology we can be taken by satellite to any spot on our planet in a matter of minutes to witness what is often some crisis in another part of the world. Have we used these instances to teach our children compassion in viewing the plight of others who are less fortunate than we?   Or have we become inured and desensitized to all of the violence we see within our own country and throughout the world?

    Have we taught our children that technology should be used to provide medical advances and comfort to those who are in need, or have we sent the message that we are more concerned with technology that provides immediate thrills for us like video games that simulate killing?

    Have we taken the time to engage our children in conversations in which we stress that technology should be used to bring about a sense of lasting peace, or have we instead stressed the importance of drones that can now kill our enemies with pinpoint precision?

    Have we told our children that e-mail and text messaging are tools to enhance immediate communication but are not substitutes for personally connecting with others or meaningful relationships? Have we shared with them that social media should not be used a means to enhance our own sense of self- importance, or worse, to malign and impugn the reputation of others?
    Until our society makes a concerted effort to teach our children the positive benefits that technology can foster, we should not be surprised or incredulous when our children use it for questionable or nefarious purposes. It is only when we set an example in which the goal is to make our society a nicer, kinder, and gentler place, we can expect our children to use technology to make our world a better place in which to live.

    Wayne Joseph

     Wayne M. Joseph, Superintendent
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  • College Bound Night 2015 Information
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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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  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy
    Learn anything for free at Khan Academy - with topics from arithmetic to calculus, physics, finance, and history. Watch, listen, and discuss over 4,200 videos in the growing library. Practice your mathematics skills from addition to calculus. Explore Computer Science to create beautiful art and design your own games using Computer Science lessons. Click here for Khan Academy.
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  • School Site Locator
    Site Locator

    en Español
     WeTip for a Safer America       

    Online Meal Applications  

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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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