Superintendent's Update
Volume IV : Issue IX
May 9, 2018
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5.7-5.11:  Teacher Appreciation Week
5.17:  6-8 Open House
5.21-5.25:  Classified School Employee Week
5.24:  TK-5 Open House
5.28:  Memorial Day Holiday
5.29: Modified Day
5.30: Groundbreaking at Courreges @ 3PM  and at Masuda @ 3:45PM
6.6: Middle School Track & Field Tournament at Fulton
6.14:  FVSD Board Meeting at 6:30PM
6.19-6.21:  Modified Days
6.21:  Last Day of School
6.21:  FVSD Board Meeting at 6:30PM
Peachjar eFlyers

Last year, 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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The month of May continues to be one of our busiest, and sometimes craziest, times in education (SBAC Testing, Open Houses, concerts, facilities modernization, future planning, etc.), and I am reminded of how precious the time we have together truly is. In just 31 days, we will all be headed off in different directions, reconnecting with family and loved ones, building memories, and enjoying one of the real reasons we all live in Southern California: summer.  I want to take a moment to thank the entire FVSD community for their ongoing commitment to our children.  This is an exceptional place to live, work and go to school and we are honored to be a part of this family! 

As always, thank you for everything that you do to support teaching and learning!
Mark Johnson, Ed.D.

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THANK YOU: The 16th Annual District Art Show was a Great Success!
16th Annual District Art Show

On April 17th, the FVSD Family came together in celebration of the visual and performing arts at the 16th Annual District Art Show. With nearly 2500 in attendance, the evening was filled with students, family and community members enjoying art from preschool-8th grade students on display in our Board Room.  In addition, our Honors Symphonic Orchestra and Vocal Music program performed beautifully, and our lot was filled with students and families exploring the interactive art and music stations.  

Thank you to our Site Art Reps for their hard work in preparing and executing an amazing show: Vicki Thompson (Cox), Polly Villarreal (Courreges), Heather Kurtz (Fulton), Ariana Priest (Gisler), Sara Wadhwani (Masuda), Kelly Blanchard (Newland), Marianne Owen (Oka), Jill Summerhays (Plavan), Brooke James (Talbert), Rebecca Kim (Tamura), Jill Martin and Rena Bonifay (Preschools).  And, thank you to our Maintenance and Operations staff, especially Joe Hastie, Steve Benner, Gordon Llanos, Sam Koser and Tracy Venus who worked tirelessly to set up for the event.  Furthermore, the show would not be possible without the partnership and support of our Superintendent's Parent Council, led by Theresa Payne, and our Fountain Valley Schools Foundation, led by Judy Edwards.  

Moreover, 34 students were honored with Best of Show ribbons and their work will remain on display at the District Office throughout the 2018-19 school year.  It was a wonderful night for our students, families and community in celebration of the visual and performing arts in FVSD, and just another reason why #WeHeartFVSD!   
FOCUS: FVSF Board of Trustees Approves GMP for Courreges; Measure O Continues to be On Schedule
Measure O On Time

We are pleased to report that our Measure O projects continue to be on time and progressing rapidly!  The Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for both Masuda Middle School and Courreges Elementary School have been approved by the Board of Trustees.  And with the start of summer, will come shovels in the ground at both Courreges and Masuda.  Soon, staff will begin packing up their classrooms in preparation to move into interim housing.  In addition, on May 30th, we will be hosting groundbreaking ceremonies at both Courreges and Masuda.  We look forward to celebrating with our students, staff and community this next step in implementing Measure O, and improving the air quality and climate control at two of our campuses!

Moreover, through the diligence of our Board of Trustees, and Assistant Superintendent, Chris Fullerton, one of our campuses moved up in the design process from phase three to phase two.  This means that plans for three campuses, Fulton Middle School, Cox Elementary School and Tamura Elementary School, are currently in design and will go to DSA for plan check this fall.

It is because of our wonderful community and the passing of Measure O in 2016 that this work is possible.  Thank you for supporting our students, staff and schools.  Just one more reason why #WeHeartFVSD!
CONGRATULATIONS: Fountain Valley Schools Foundation's Taste of Fountain Valley was the Best Yet!
Taste of FV
Congratulations to the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation on a very successful Taste of Fountain Valley!  At the end of April, over 450 community members joined us at Los Caballeros Sports Club to enjoy a great evening of food and refreshments with friends.  The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation raised nearly $20,000 in support of our music and STEAM programs.  More than 30 food, wine and beer vendors, along with non-food vendors, participated, donating their time and delicacies for the largest crowd at a Taste of Fountain Valley to date!  

Thank you to the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation, especially Melissa Watanabe, for your tireless efforts on behalf of our students, staff and programs!  You brought our community together for a wonderful evening in support of our District!
HIGHLIGHT:   Board Honors Students and Parents from Courreges School and Celebrates Teacher of the Year, Niki Buck
Courreges Recognition  
Each month, the Board honors students and volunteers from our schools, during their regular meeting, in an event that can only be described as amazing!  Recently, family, friends and staff joined the Board in celebrating some of our outstanding Courreges students, in addition to thanking our dedicated volunteers.   From Courreges School, the Board honored Lilah Asbury (K), Bella Le (1st), Brooklyn Plummer-Spatz (2nd), Darien Blaogon (3rd), Luke Brown (4th) and Brandon Clausi (5th) .   In addition, the Board thanked some very special volunteers for their dedication to our students and staff.  The Board recognized and thanked Alina Jimenez-Newton and Kasie Hanley for all that they do for Courreges .  Moreover , Girl Scout Troop 4167  did a wonderful job leading the Pledge of Allegiance .  
Prior to our recognitions, the Board of Trustees joined parents and staff in celebrating our District Teacher of the Year, Cox Third Grade Teacher, Niki Buck.  The Board was honored to have the opportunity to present Ms. Buck with this much-deserved recognition.

It was a phenomenal evening, enjoyed by all, and a great celebration of our students, staff and volunteers!  Just one more reason why #WeHeartFVSD!
Our theme for 2017-18 is We Heart FVSD, as we celebrate the caring and loving culture that is Fountain Valley School District.  We hope that you will join us in documenting your love for our students, our staff and our community by tagging your photos on social media #WeHeartFVSD.
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