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WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!

Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. It’s going to be an amazing year!

 

As superintendent, I know this will be a great year because I’ve watched our staff throughout the Simi Valley Unified School District work hard and with much enthusiasm to prepare for this coming year. From our newest teachers setting up their classrooms and creating their lesson plans, to our facilities department sprucing up our campuses, our district staff updating our systems, and our administrative staff overseeing training and hiring at every level, everyone has been working at full capacity to make sure our students are well cared for when they come to school this Wednesday. I could not be prouder of our staff.

 

Some of the many changes happening around our school district this year include:

  • The transition of Knolls Elementary School into a Project-Based Learning School;
  • The transition of Madera Elementary School into a Civics Leadership School;
  • The continued three-year positive certification for our budget from the County;
  • The many beautiful facility improvements at our schools that were completed over the summer;
  • The start of more facility improvements, thanks to last year’s passage of the Measure X bond; and
  • The adoption of new English and Language Arts materials in all grades.

This is just a sampling of what’s happening in your schools. For the coming year, we can’t be more excited about the purchase of a new district office home. We’ve waited a long time for the right opportunity to become available, and we’ve found it at the new Cochran Street location. Even better, we were able to purchase this property with the proceeds of the sale of the current district office, and additional surplus property proceeds. No general funds or bond monies were used to achieve this effort. We’re hoping to move by the end of this year, and the new facility promises to provide much better resources for all of our staff and our community. For more information, see www.simivalleyusd.org/NewDistrictOffice.

 

Lastly, we want to welcome the 35 new teachers coming to us this year and celebrate some new leaders to our district. Many have been with us for a long time. A couple are new to us. We’re delighted to welcome them to our family and we know they will be wonderful resources for you at their respective sites. They are:

 

Shay Lundstrom, Principal at Katherine Elementary School
Shanda Weaver, Principal at Knolls Elementary School
John C. (JC) Baxter, Asst. Principal at Simi Valley High School
April Jacobsen, Asst. Principal at Simi Valley High School
Brian Kiunke, Director of Activities at Simi Valley High School
Ila Laguercia, Counselor at Simi Valley High School
Cynthia Fernandes, Asst. Principal at Sana Susana High School
Mark Sheinberg, Asst. Principal at Simi Institute for Careers & Education
Thomas (Tee) Buckle, Asst. Principal at Hillside Middle School
Shannon Madsen, Dean at Hillside Middle School
Jennifer Conmay, Assistant Principal at Sinaloa Middle School
Matthew Long, Dean at Sinaloa Middle School
Aamina Hennings, Counselor at Royal High School
Sophia Crocker, Director of Classified Personnel (District Office)
Dr. Richard Underhill, Coordinator of Categoricals (District Office)
Jamie Snodgrass, Coordinator of Curriculum & Assessment (District Office)
Shauna Messinger, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Math (District Office)

 

Finally, we want to acknowledge that while we’re enjoying the many wonderful things happening around our district, our main goals of improving student achievement and improving customer service remain our top priorities. We know that every child coming into our schools can and will reach their highest potential. Our mission is to create an atmosphere of inclusion for all students and to install a lifelong love of learning. Our doors remain open for every child. That’s our promise to you.

 

We are all here for you and your children, and we thank you for entrusting them to our care. Please remember to drive safely in and around our schools during these first weeks especially. We know that at Simi Valley Schools, our students go from here to anywhere!

I look forward to sharing this amazing year with you!

 

Dr. Jason Peplinski
District Superintendent

SPECIAL HALF-YEAR TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN CLASS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT

If you have a child born between December 3, 2012 and January 9, 2013, we have a special Transitional Kindergarten class just for them starting on January 9, 2018. For more information about this opportunity, click HERE.

NEW FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

The Parents' Rights Handbook for 2017-2018 is available HERE.

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN, TRANSITIONAL AND TRADITIONAL KINDERGARTEN INFO

Junior Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten and Traditional Kindergarten enrollment is happening now! For more information about all our Kindergarten programs, click HERE.

WE'RE ON THE MOVE! 

The Simi Valley Unified School District's Board of Trustees voted to sell the district office property that we currently call home at 875 E. Cochran and buy a new building at 101 W. Cochran! And the best part is that the district is able to do this using only the proceeds of the sale of the district office; the Wood Ranch property, which closed last year; and surplus property money. For more information, click HERE.

STUDENTS AWARDED FOR ANTI-SMOKING PSA

Nine students from Hillside Middle School were recognized for their exemplary anti-tobacco Public Service Announcement (PSA) project on May 31 by the Ventura County Office of Education in the Teens Kick Ash program. The five-minute video shows several girls contemplating the use of e-cigarettes. The link to the PSA is HERE. The students recognized are: Lanna Chop, Abby Hatfield, Kyleigh Hays, Ariana Horton, Autumn Jessel, Marina Mattina, Kaela Wefers, Kira Wefers and Emma Charpentier. Congratulations on your fine work!

21 FROM HILLSIDE MS HONORED AT ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Theater students from Hillside Middle School competed against 2,000 other students at the annual Shakespeare Festival on April 29 in Fontana. For more information, please go HERE for the press release.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HILLSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL!

Hillside Middle School and Royal High School have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools! With this honor, they join Sinaloa and Valley View Middle Schools and Santa Susana High School, who were named in 2015. We are so proud of all of our amazing schools.Schools are invited by the Department of Education to apply for this honor and about half of those are chosen for the award. Elementary schools and secondary schools alternate years.

SUPERINTENDENT PEPLINSKI SHARES INFORMATION ON SCHOOL SAFETY

In light of the San Bernardino shooting tragedy this week, Dr. Jason Peplinski issued a letter to the community about school safety. To read more, click HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 VENTURA COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS!

Three students from the Simi Valley Unified School District at the 2017 Ventura County Science Fair have won recognition for their hard work. They are: Kayetan Chorazewicz, 11 grade from Santa Susana High School who won First Place in Physics; Faith Bray, 7 grade from Hillside Middle School who won First Place in Physics; and Pranathi Nemani, 6 grade from Vista Elementary School who won an Honorable Mention in the Earth, Space and Environmental Science Category. Kayetan Chorazewicz and Faith Bray qualify to compete in the California State Science Fair in April at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. For more information on our winners or the Ventura County Science Fair, click HERE.

TWO ROYAL HIGH TEACHERS HONORED

Social Studies Teachers Brian Dennert and John Downey from Royal High School were names the High School Social Studies Outstanding Teachers of the Year by the California Council of Social Studies, based on a nomination by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Mr. Dennert and Mr. Downey work closely with the Reagan Foundation to bring unique programs to the Royal High students, including the Brown Bag Lunch, where speakers come to talk to the students about varied issues. Congratulations to Mr. Dennert and Mr. Downey on their well-deserved recognition!

VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL

Vista Elementary School, one of the District's two Fundamental schools, was named a National Blue Ribbon School after an extensive application process. Vista shares this distinction with three other Simi Valley Schools: Hollow Hills Elementary School, Valley View Middle School and Wood Ranch Elementary School. For more information on Vista's accomplishment, please go HERE.

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GUIDE TO SIMI VALLEY SCHOOLS

The newly updated 2017-2018 Guide to Simi Valley Schools provides a comprehensive overview of all of our quality schools. If you're new to the area, or researching schools for your child's transition, our Guide is a great place to start. Download the PDF HERE.  

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