Superintendent's Update
Volume III : Issue VII
March 7, 2017
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3.9:   Board Meeting, 7pm
3.22:  LCAP Community Forum, Board Room
4.11: District Art Show
4.13:  Board Meeting, 7pm
4.17-4.21:  Spring Recess
4.29:  Taste of Fountain Valley
5.4:  Open House TK-5
5.11:  Open House 6-8
5.18:  Board Meeting, 7pm
5.29:  Memorial Day
6.15:  Board Meeting, 7pm
6.23:  Last Day of School
6.27:  School Offices Close to the Public
Taste of Fountain Valley 4/29

The 13th Annual Taste of Fountain Valley will showcase a selection of some of the best eateries, caterers, bakeries and food trucks from and within the local areas of Fountain Valley.  Join us on Saturday, April 29th at Los Caballeros Raquet & Sports Club. Learn more.
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Peachjar eFlyers

On  February 1, FVSD began utilizing an electronic flyer distribution system, Peachjar, in an effort to improve communication, ensure a strong link between home and school, and to enhance community support and involvement in our schools. Every school, the District Office, and outside organizations uses Peachjar to distribute district-approved e-flyers to families district wide .  We are excited about the addition of Peachjar and look forward to this means of communication! Learn more.

District staff, parents, Trustees, community leaders, and even students have worked together with LPA Architects, Inc. to create a detailed Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  The District's newly developed FMP identifies a vision for the next 10 to 15 years and provides a road map to coordinate short and long-range goals for our school buildings.
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I can't believe it is March already! This continues to be an exciting and progressive time in our District and we are extremely pleased to share a number of updates with our staff, families and community!

As always, thank you for everything you do to support teaching and learning in our District.  
Mark Johnson, Ed.D.

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HIGHLIGHT: FVSD Names Beth Fockler Teacher of the Year 2017!

FVSD is pleased to announce Beth Fockler, 6th grade English and history/social science teacher at Fulton Middle School, as our Teacher of the Year for 2017!  Congratulations Mrs. Fockler!
FOCUS: Middle School ELA - Common Novel Units of Study
In March, we are excited for our middle school ELA teachers to begin teaching our common novel units of study to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders in FVSD!  This is the first time that all students, within their respective grade levels, will be reading the same novel at the same time, regardless of which school a student attends.  A big thank you goes out to our ELA teachers and teams for all of the hard work that they put into developing these units.  In addition, we want to thank our ELA Teacher on Special Assignment, Page Hertzberg, for facilitating and supporting this work.  Well done, everyone!!

A Long Walk to Water (6th Grade)
Based on the true story of one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, A Long Walk to Water follows the story of two narrators, a boy named Salva, and a girl name Nya. Linda Sue Park presents a dual narrative following two threads, both set in Southern Sudan: one in 1985, the other in 2008.

Woods Runner (7th Grade)
In Woods Runner, Gary Paulsen tells the story of Samuel, a thirteen-year-old boy who lives on the frontier of the British colony of Pennsylvania in 1776.  Samuel faces conflict and challenges when his life is changed at the onset of the Revolutionary War. 

Hiroshima (8th Grade)
First published in the New Yorker magazine in 1946,  Hiroshima is a journalistic account of the experiences of six people who survived the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima.
MIDDLE SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA:  Fulton, Masuda & Talbert Students and Parents Honored by Our Board of Trustees
The FVSD Board of Trustees had the honor to recognize six outstanding students from each of our middle schools at the February 16th meeting.  From Fulton Middle School, the Board honored: Kanoa Wesley (6th), Eileen Baghdasarian (6th), Sean Zukle (7th), Emelia Ostovarpour (7th), Jake Pederson (8th), and Julia Svartstrom (8th).  From Masuda Middle School, the Board honored: Jaden Smalley (6th), Abdulazim Muhammad (6th), Eric Stiffler (7th), Audrey Tengan (7th), Marina Haliem (8th), and Glenn Atkins III (8th).  And from Talbert Middle School, the Board honored: Rhegan Crosby (6th), Devon House (6th), Jacqueline Dinh (7th), Emma Paquette (7th), Miranda Shannon (8th) and Seth Allen (8th).  The Board was joined by family, staff and community members in celebrating the amazing accomplishments of these students.
In addition, the Board thanked some outstanding parent volunteers from our middle schools.  From Fulton Middle School, the Board recognized and thanked  Elizabeth Smilor and  Erin Volz.  From Masuda Middle School, the Board recognized and thanked  Karen Cunningham and  Theresa Payne.  And from Talbert Middle School, the Board recognized and thanked  Tami Morrison and  Bobbie Banner.  It was an amazing Middle School Extravaganza indeed
HIGHLIGHT:  Three FVSD Admins Recognized by ACSA
Recently, FVSD received some pretty special news! After a very rigorous process, the Association of California School Administrators honored three of our administrators as Administrators of the Year, in their respective fields.  Dr. Julianne Hoefer, Director of Educational Services (left) was honored in the area of Curriculum and Instruction; Mrs. Chris Fullerton (center), Assistant Superintendent, Business, was honored in the area of Business Services; and, Ms. Erin Bains (right), Principal at Gisler Elementary, was honored as the Elementary Principal of the Year.  Congratulations to all three of our leaders!  They truly are remarkable and help to make the FVSD Family exceptional! 
SAVE THE DATE:  15th Annual District Art Show April 11th
Please join us for the District Art Show on April 11th!  We had over 1,500 attendees last year and we are trying to break that record. We promise you'll absolutely love it! Click here for more information.
TAG IT!: #myFVSDImpact
Our theme for 2016-17 is The FVSD IMPACT, as we focus our efforts to IMPACT ALL students in the Fountain Valley School District.  We hope that you will join us in documenting your IMPACT on students and the amazing moments happening in our schools by tagging your photos on social media #myFVSDImpact.
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