VDS hosted the Rubik’s Cube Competition on Saturday, February 9. Over 60 students and 100 parents from the 3 Coachella Valley School Districts attended the individual and team events. CVUSD teams included students from Oasis and Valle Del Sol. Our own Isaac Burkett was able to solve the cube in 39 seconds and take home a silver medal in the individual solving competition. For the team competition, 8 students needed to solve 25 cubes in the fastest time possible. Valle Del Sol received 2nd place in the 6th grade division by solving the 25 cubes in 5 minutes and 25 seconds. Thank you to Mr. Carman for organizing this event and everyone else that assisted and participated to make this such a fantastic event.
Welcome to Valle Del Sol Elementary School
We are extremely excited to have your student with us at V.D.S. We look forward to establish a partnership with you so that we can ensure that your student is building an academic foundation for college, career and citizenship.
We had our annual Science Night at VDS on Thursday for the students and members of the community. We had a tremendous crowd who were treated to various hands on activities to get the students excited about science at VDS. Thank you to Mr. Budai and his Science Heroes for putting on an awesome event for the community.
We had 12 staff members attend Tech Fest at Desert Ridge Academy in Indio on Saturday, February 2. Those present attended various workshops and presentations throughout the day to enhance their technological instructional strategies and social media skills. Ms. Eyre was also recognized as the Site Leader of the Year for Technology from the Coachella CUE. Congratulations to Ms. Eyre and thank you for organizing this event for the VDS staff to attend.
We participated in the Kindness Challenge at VDS this week. Staff and students performed various kindness activities and demonstrated their kindness spirit by dressing up in various themes throughout the week. On Friday, the Safety Supervisors showed kindness to the staff by providing breakfast and the VDS Friday Night Live Club hosted some fun events for the students to perform during lunch. Special thank you to Ms. Marquez-Michel, Ms. Eyre, Ms. Lopez, Mr. Ramirez and the Safety Supervisors for making this such a great week of Kindness.
Trip to the Living Desert
The USDA Summer Meals Program provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out.
Lactalis and No Child Hungry teamed up to donate over 16,000 meals to United Way of the Desert. These meals then made their way to the East Valley where they were distributed to thousands of residents.
The Flying Doctors & CV Medical Volunteers host the Free Health Fair forFamilies without insurance. They provide free medical services such as; mammograms, Chiropractic services, physical therapy, dental and vision &hearing services.
On Thursday, September 14th we held an event giving members of the community the opportunity to speak with the principal about issues impacting the school. This time was used to have a conversation about what it means to have a positive school culture.
Valle del Sol Elementary School held their Back to School Night on Thursday, August 31 and it was well attended by numerous members of the VDS community. The parents first met the VDS staff in the cafeteria and then proceeded to the teachers' classrooms where they became familiar with the academic and behavioral expectations for the students.
Toro Canyon Middle School held its Back to School Night. Over 300 families were in attendance. The evening began with a presentation from Principal Charlie Housewright on the power of family relationships in learning. Toro Canyon is a home for the students of the community where care and love go hand-in-hand with learning.
This being the third Thursday of the month, we held our monthly Tasa de Cafe con el Director parent meeting on September 21, 2017. This event is held from 8:10 AM to 9:00 AM in our Teacher's Lounge.
On September 19, 2017 Fifth and Sixth Grade students at Mountain Vista Elementary had a presentation from District Attorney Mike Tripp along with representatives from Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The topic of the presentation was "Making Good Choices". Students were presented with information about appropriate behaviors in and out of school, bullying, cyberbullying, appropriate use of technology and the consequences that could occur if bad choices are made. Follow up visits to individuals occurred for a question and answer session. Students and staff found the presentation to be very informative. Our Bobcats vowed to follow the "Bobcat Code of Honor".
Students at Mecca Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in running for a student council position. Prior to delivering the speeches, the participants learned about civic responsibilities, which included leading by example and the right to vote. Both fifth and sixth grade students were required to demonstrate eligibility to participate by turning in a petition that clearly indicated they met the requirements of being a student who was academically sound, exhibited positive signs of good citizenship, and expressed their goals for the position of their interest in an essay. The speeches were top notch and our attending audience listened attentively. The ASB election process proved to be a learning experience for all students involved and those elected to represent their peers will have multiple opportunities throughout the year to develop their leadership skills.
On Monday, September 18th, John Kelley students Omar Perez, Maycon Velasquez, Giselle Valencia, Nohely Angel-Segoviano, Rosario Ibarra and Judith Perez represented the school's student body as they presented Mr. Brian Daly and Linda Cott from the American Red Cross with $556.00 dollars. John Kelley Blazers participated in a coin drive to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This is a testament to the care and compassion of our students for those who lost their homes, personal belongings and security. Our Blazers were happy to help with the relief effort for those affected in Texas.
A film crew from RCOE visited all day to document thoughts and reflections on our Teacher of the County, Mr. DeToya. The crew interviewed Mr. DeToya, colleagues, students and me. They will edit the footage into a four-minute montage to be presented during the May awards ceremony for County recognitions. Go Mr. DeToya! We wish him the best as he competes for State Teacher of the Year.
The Coachella Valley Unified School District Health Mobility Assistants are seen here geared up for the new school year to support the health needs of student's all across CVUSD! Right from day one of the school year, they were prepared to support the health needs of our students.
The Flying Doctors along with the CV Medical Volunteers will host a health fair at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 16.
A book can transport a reader on a journey to another place and time but for many students in the East Valley, the journey of learning how to read can be difficult.
A local assemblyman is looking to cut the red tape that prevented volunteers from helping children in the East Valley learn to read. Eduardo Garcia's Transport to Literacy bill is now headed to the state assembly.
Coachella Valley Unified School District have something unique to look forward to next year: electric school buses