Dear Rancho Vista School Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back from winter break. I hope that you had an opportunity to spend time with your family and friends, relaxing and enjoying special time together. I also hope that everyone had a healthy start to the new year as well. We will begin our second semester of the year on Monday, January 9, 2023, when our students return from winter break. We are excited to see our students!
Storm Damages: While we are most thankful for the rain which will help with our continuing drought conditions, several of our schools sustained some water damage from the recent rains. In most cases our incredible maintenance, custodial and grounds staff were able to clean up the messes and repair the damages in short order. However, the office at Rancho Vista School sustained major water damage. We will continue to work on restoring the building as quickly as possible, and we have been able to adjust the work areas so that the office will still be open, but with some restrictions in access.
Specifically, the area where you normally enter the office will be open, however, only one of our staff will be stationed there, so please be patient as she gets to each of you. The other members of our usual office staff will be housed in a different part of the office. Our Health Office will remain open, so that if your child gets sick, they will be in that office. Administrative Offices are still in the back part of the office.
The office has been treated so that the environment is safe, but you will notice that we are in the process of restoring the lower part of the wall with drywall, replacing that which was damaged by the flooding. That may take a couple of weeks to complete as well as the repainting of the entire office.
Without disrupting students' classrooms, having the office remain open as reconstruction after hours was completed seemed to be the most appropriate alternative. Again, please be patient as we will move as quickly on this project as possible.
Solar Panels: As you drive around the district, you may notice that we are in the process of changing out some of our solar panels. Technology is always changing and advancing, and more efficient and effective panels with lower profiles will replace those we currently have in place at Del Sur School, Leona Valley School, The IDEA Academy at Cottonwood, and District Office. This project will take a while, but when it is complete, we will be able to continue to use solar to reduce our electricity usage, saving money for other uses.
Jobs: If you are looking for a job in teaching, please note that there will be a Job Fair on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the District Office. You can file an application by visiting our Human Resources Department on our website. We also are continuing to seek employees for a
variety of positions, especially instructional assistants. Please apply if this is a career path you might find of interest. Thank you for considering WUSD.
NWEA Scores and Progress Reports: All students should have received progress reports on the last day of the first semester in December. Along with that, many students also received their NWEA progress scores for the first semester. Please be sure to review these two documents with your child to ensure they are aware of the growth they are making this year, and encourage them to continue the good work they’ve started. The staff at the school sites will be able to answer any questions that you may have.
Extended Learning Opportunities Programs: Beginning in the 23-24 school year, we will be offering an extended learning program to all of our UPK-6th grade schools. The intent of this program is to provide students with 3 hours more of directed instructional support after school. In preparation for that service for students at 10 of our schools, we will be starting a pilot program at the end of January. The program will be hosted at Anaverde Hills School, The IDEA Academy at Cottonwood, Esperanza School, Gregg Anderson Academy, Rancho Vista School, and Del Sur School, and services will be provided by the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club. Seats for the program by law must first be offered to our students with the greatest academic needs, and will be offered at no cost to the family. At this point, our pilot will be in place at a minimum until spring break. If it can be expanded thereafter, it will be offered across the District when we return in April. Please look for notices from your school staff that will be distributed later in January.
Again, welcome back to the 22-23 school year. As we start the new semester, I am hoping that you and your family have made a resolution to attend school on time every day. Attendance continues to be amongst the most important aspects of academic achievement as well as setting students up for success for career and college in their futures.
We appreciate your continued support of our schools and staff. I again want to thank our staff members who worked tirelessly this past week to get our schools ready for students. Additionally, thank you to all of our staff members as they continue to help our students learn each and every day. See you Monday!
Happy January to All,
Regina L. Rossall