Vol. 3 No. 1                                        September 2017
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Dear Community,

Thank you, especially to our parents and families, for choosing and trusting us with your child’s education journey. Our parents and families made a choice to partner with us as we mold and guide our young people into our future leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and social activists. That partnership helped us open a new school year with energy and enthusiasm that was felt and displayed across our District.

Because of our community, four new kindergarten classes opened this year, and these are not just any kindergarten class. The class of 2030 includes three of the East Bay’s only district-run Mandarin Immersion classes at the new West County Mandarin School, and an additional Spanish Dual Immersion class at Washington Elementary School, our oldest Dual Immersion school in the District. The four additional classes represent the beauty and diversity of our district.


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What a way to start the 2017-18 school year in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Thank you to the West County Mandarin School, Lincoln Elementary, Mira Vista, Kennedy High School, and Tara Hills Elementary school for letting Superintendent Matthew Duffy share the first day with your communities.

Superintendent: Ensuring Safe Spaces for Our Dreamers

Dear WCCUSD Community,

Today, President Donald Trump took action that will directly impact some of the most vulnerable members of our community by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA, which was established by President Barack Obama in 2012, grants temporary protection from deportation known as “deferred action” to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16, have resided here since June 2007, and meet other requirements. Its goal is to allow young people—many of whom have lived the majority of their lives in the U.S.—to contribute to their communities without living in fear of being deported. The current administration in Washington has imposed a six-month deadline for Congress to develop an alternative to the program.

Eclipse Welcomes Students Back to School

Nearly 30,000 students began their school year under cloudy and overcast skies, but that did not deter them and their 1,500 teachers from beginning the year with a lesson on the solar eclipse.

The special lessons about the astronomical event, the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979, was just one of many activities welcoming back students and their families on the first day of school.

Sprint, WCCUSD Partner to Close Digital Divide

Kennedy High School senior Wilber Velasquez volunteered Wednesday to help bridge the digital divide for his fellow high school peers. Little did he know that by the end of the event, Wilber would help his own family close the same gap.

While volunteering, Wilber found out that he was one of the more than 300 West Contra Costa Unified School District seniors that qualified to receive a free wireless internet hotspot and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years through Sprint’s 1Million Project Initiative kickoff event at DeJean Middle School.

WCCUSD Opens First Mandarin Immersion School in the East Bay

The West Contra Costa Unified School District became the first East Bay School District to open a Mandarin Immersion School. The school kicked off the 2017-18 school year with three full kindergarten class complete with an aftercare program. Principal Eric Peterson spent the summer recruiting families from throughout the District to attend the school.

2017 College & Career Day


October 11 - All schools will host WCCUSD College & Career Day. This one-day event is held annually to promote a college-going culture. 

Each Elementary School takes its own approach to promoting the college going culture with special assemblies, College T-Shirt Day or college visits.

In Middle School, 6th and 7th graders participate in college and career activities such as guest speakers, games, and more. 8th graders take the PSAT 8/9 assessment.

In High School, 9th graders take the PSAT 8/9; 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT/NMSQT; and 12th graders take the SAT.

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Pinole Valley Graduate to Lead San Pablo Police Department


SAN PABLO - The city of San Pablo has hired Rathnesh “Ron” Raman, a 1991 Pinole Valley High School graduate, to lead its police department.

San Pablo officials announced the hiring of Raman on Thursday, August 3. Raman spent the past 21 years in the Pittsburg Police Department where he most recently served as captain.

Parents, Community Invited to Attend the Upcoming DLCAP Comittee Meeting

September 27 - Join the parents and community members of the District Local Control Accountability Plan (DLCAP) Committee for an evening meeting about the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is WCCUSD’s plan and programs to improve student outcomes for all students - especially low income, English learner, and foster youth students. All are welcome at this meeting, taking place at 6:00 pm at Helms Middle School. The District is seeking new DLCAP members. If you're interested, please visit to learn more.

Hands on Summer Learning

How did you spend your summer? More than 40 high school students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District spent June and July interning at number of Bay Area businesses and nonprofits.

The District's College and Career Pathways program hosted its first Summer Internship program with incoming seniors from De Anza, El Cerrito, Kennedy, Pinole Valley, and Richmond. Students interned at 40 local businesses, cities, and nonprofits, ranging from the Family Justice Center to the City of San Pablo to Hendrick Auto/ Honda of El Cerrito and Horizon Clinical Services.

District Wins Grant to Support Student Assistance Project

Superintendent Matthew Duffy joined Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe recently at a news conference at Nystrom Elementary School to discuss the passage and implementation of AB 1014, the Learning Communities for School Success Program that was signed into law last year.


Board of Education
September 6, 2017
DeJean Middle

Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
September 11, 2017
Cameron Elementary

Governance Subcommittee
September 12,  2017
Alvarado Adult School

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee - CBOC
September 13, 2017
Facilities Operations Center

CBOC Audit Subcommittee
September 14, 2017
Facilities Operations Center

Academic Subcommittee
September 19, 2017
DeAnza High School

DLCAP Committee
September 27, 2017
Helms Middle MPR


Want to become a WCCUSD volunteer? Parents and community members are invited to attend the upcoming fingerprint parties. Click here to view dates, times and locations. 

Around The District


Bilingual (Spanish) Elementary Teacher - Ford Elementary 2017-2018

Starting Salary - $ 47,485 - 76,618 Per Year with a full Credential
DEADLINE: 9/8/2017 04:30 pm Pacific

Lead Counselor of Educational Services

$50,139.61 - $83,056.34 Per Year with full credential
DEADLINE: 9/11/2017 04:30 pm

Special Education - Special Day Class Teachers Preschool

$ 47, 485 - $ $76, 618 Per year with a full credential
DEADLINE: 9/8/2017 04:30 pm Pacific

Special Education Non-Severely Handicapped Teacher for 2017-18 School Year

Starting Salary - $ 47,485 - $ 76,618 Per Year with a full Credential

DEADLINE: 9/8/2017 04:30 pm

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