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PVUSD Poised to Impact Student Learning During 2017-18


As we launch into the 2017-18 school year on August 16, PVUSD leadership has a singular and coherent focus on student success. Achieving this mission will involve cultivating collaborative cultures, focusing direction, securing accountability, deepening learning, and ensuring all students are college and career ready upon graduation. Below we highlight significant investments we are making to ensure our students have a world-class education. 


Advancing Academic Achievement:

Our top priority is to expand opportunities and access to high quality learning environments. This summer, thousands of students have engaged for the first time in:

  • Hands on Science Learning with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • Coding training with Education Training Research (ETR)
  • Performing arts experiences with West Theatre and Tandy Beal Dance Company
  • Expanded credit recovery completion by 867 secondary students
  • Newly established Freshmen Bridge Program at Watsonville High to support students’ transition to high school


For the upcoming school year, many innovative programs will be introduced to our schools:

  • Edward James Olmo’s award winning Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project at Starlight Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle schools
  • El Sistema of Santa Cruz is providing music instruction at Radcliff Elementary.
  • Paso a Paso: Creciendo Juntos (Step by Step: Growing Together) to support early literacy for preschool through 3rd grade as well as for all children and families in our community
  • College and Career Centers are being supported at all three comprehensive high schools; Aptos High School will be included for the first time this year
  • VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) program expansion to include music offerings at all middle schools 


Investing in Human Resources:

Since February, PVUSD has been engaged in recruitment efforts to ensure students are taught by high quality staff. In addition we are:

  • Continuing to on-board new staff through a new teacher orientation
  • Launching a Human Resources site visitation with all new teachers to support a seamless transition into their teaching profession
  • Working diligently to reduce teacher vacancies to only approximately 20, many that will be filled before school starts
  • Offering “Voice and Choice” Professional Development days to support building of teacher capacity;   Teachers will be able to select their topic for professional learning days.
  • Implementing four benefits committee approved additional medical plans for employees.


Improving Learning Environments with Maintenance and Facilities:

We are dedicated to continually improving the learning environment for students.  This year, our students will be welcomed into many modernized and renovated facilities.  The District completed 50 modernization projects at 23 schools this summer. Some highlights include:

  • Aptos High School: lighted walkway and updated 21st Century Library
  • Mar Vista: new portables and replacement of fire alarm system
  • HA Hyde: new portables and communication center building
  • Mintie White: updated façade
  • Rolling Hills: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) laboratory


We believe our learning environments extend beyond the classroom, therefore we have:

  • Placed hot spots for Wi-Fi access on long-ride buses to facilitate digital literacy and student learning with Chromebooks
  • Began a pilot program to find green fuel alternatives for buses
  • Installed GPS on all buses
  • Implemented Z-pass system on buses to increase efficacy and safety of student loading and unloading

Serving the Whole Child:

PVUSD values a holistic approach based on meaningful relationships to achieve student success.  To accomplish this goal, the following initiatives are moving forward:

  • Lead counselor position to facilitate mobilization of resources to support wrap around services
  • New Socio-Emotional Counselors at alternative secondary sites to support our most fragile students
  • Professional development for teachers and staff on mindfulness
  • Positive behavior training at all sites to support innovative disciplinary practices
  • Nutrition enhancement through salad bars at all highs schools
  • California Thursdays for fresh meal choices at all high schools
  • Harvest of the Month program expanded to K-12
  • New pre-school assessment clinic and full time administrator at Special Education site Duncan Holbert



We will ensure student success through providing high quality learning environments, expanding parent and community partnerships, and maintaining quality staff.  We invite the community to visit our schools to see the exciting work that we are doing and the innovative programs we are implementing. We will continue to place students’ learning at the center of all decisions. 


Join us as we welcome 2017‐18 at the district wide breakfast at APTOS HIGH SCHOOL PAC ATRIUM at 7:15am.




The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the law firm of Fagen Firedman & Fulfrost published a 2-page fact sheet regarding ...more


The Pajaro Valley Unified School District (Local Educational Agency) has adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation , or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The policy includes the following: a) A statement that it applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district. b) Requirement that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
(Ed. Code (EC) §§ 200, 220, 221.5, 234.1, and 260; Gov. Code (GC) § 11135; Pen. Code (PC) § 422.55; Cal. Code of Regs., Title 5 (5 CCR) §§ 4900, 4902, and 4960)

Complaints alleging noncompliance with this policy of discrimination should be directed to: 

  • The following person is designated as District Coordinator for Nondiscrimination and Title IX Coordinator – Assistant Superintendent in charge of Human Resources, Ian MacGregor.   Contact information is:  Email – ian_macgregor@pvusd.net Phone – 831 786-2145  
  • District 504 Coordination – Director of Special Education, Heather Gorman.  Contact information is:  Email – Heather_Gorman@pvusd.net.   Phone – 831 786-2130
  • A copy of the district’s Uniform Complaint Policy is available at our website in Board Policy and Regulation 1312.3, (PDF Policy; PDF Regulation)  Nondiscrimination 4030 (PDF Policy) Sexual Harassment Board Policy 4119.11(a) (PDF Policy; PDF Regulation), It is also found in our Parents Rights and Responsibilities Handbook on page 13. (PDF click here)  For the Spanish version, click here
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District Calendar

Today: 8/16/17



Calendar 2017-18

(Wednesdays remain as early dismissal days for 2017-18. Exceptions: August 16th and June 6th - they are a regular day!)




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