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Clayton Valley Charter High School News
September 8-13, 2020

Dear CVCHS Families,

Can you believe we're almost through the first month of the school year? As always, thank you to all of you for continuing to maintain great participation from students and thank you to those of you who took our week two survey. We use your feedback to adjust our program and we will be asking for quick input like last week's survey frequently. In addition, we look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back for in-person instruction and we are closely watching the state's new color-coded system that guides what can and cannot be open in a county (As of today, Contra Costa County is still in purple, the most restrictive color).

Speaking of in-person, we were excited to host our Honor Roll ceremony last Friday, September 4th. It was great to have over 225 students and families back on campus, if even for a brief moment and one at a time. Congratulations to the honorees and their families on their achievements. We will have photos from the event posted to our Facebook page later this week. If you were not able to make the event or if you earned an honorable mention for a GPA of 3.0-3.49, your certificates and other hardware will be mailed this week.

As we finish our first month of 2020-21, here are a couple of reminders:

  • Each morning, please make sure students log into Google. Then, students log into Schoology. Once in Schoology, please log into the individual class for each period. Teachers will post links to Zoom and all other information on their Schoology page.
  • Now is your opportunity to give your input on the CVCHS 2020-21 LCAP. There will be a public hearing at the Governing Board meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9th. In addition to this week's meeting, students will be invited to give feedback on September 15th before classes begin. Families will have opportunities at the PFC meeting on September 15th and at our September 17th Back to School Night at 5 PM. (There will be presentations available in both English and Spanish on the 17th.)
  • Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 17th from 5:45-7:30 PM. This will be a virtual event hosted by your student's teachers. A detailed schedule will be sent home soon.
  • Last but not least, there are some exciting updates to CVCHS' food service program starting this week. Please see below for more details and find out how to get free meals from CVCHS every day for all of your children.

Thank you again for your continued support. Please email us with any questions or other ways that we may be of assistance.


Jeff Anderson

Save the Date for BTSN!

Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 5:45 - 7:30 PM.  As in years past, you will have approximately 10 minutes to hear from your students’ teachers regarding the expectations, instructional strategies, and course content that will be covered during the course of the school year. With distance learning still mandated, this will take place on individual Zoom calls hosted by your students’ teachers. A separate schedule will be sent as we get closer to the date.

Fall Credit Recovery 2020

Starting in September, we will be providing online Credit Recovery options through Edgenuity for students in need of credit recovery. There are multiple "tracks" to this credit recovery, all completed online for students:
  • Who earned a 50-69% in a previous semester and are eligible to earn a 10% bump in their grade by completing coursework showing mastery of previously taught materials.
  • Who failed the entire semester by earning <50% in the course.
Fall Credit Recovery Session Only:
  • Last opportunity for students to earn the 5% credit recovery for our Spring Semester Grading Policy for the 2019-2020 school year (to qualify, the student must have earned between a 75-79% or 85-89% spring semester to qualify.)
  • The last opportunity for students to FINISH any incomplete courses they may have started during summer school.
These programs will run simultaneously and are self-paced, though clear deadlines will be given to students enrolled in each program. The majority of the classes will be taken through Edgenuity, a virtual curriculum platform. Students will work independently on their courses but be assigned a case-manager (teacher) who will monitor their progress, grade their assignments, and unlock their exams for them as they progress through the material. 

If you believe your student is in need of Credit Recovery because they fit into one of the "tracks" listed above, please fill out this form. The information you submit will be reviewed by your student's counselor, who will determine the courses your student is eligible for. Students will then be enrolled and assigned to a case- manager. While there is no deadline for enrollment in this program, these courses do take time and the sooner the registration process is complete, the sooner students can start on their coursework.

Fall Credit Recovery Courses have a FINAL deadline of December 11th for completion.

Got Homework? 

Get help from the CVCHS Academic Mentors!

Mentors are here to help students beginning Tuesday, September 8th with:
  • Homework
  • Schoology (how to find your work and submit it correctly)
  • Zoom
  • Other tech issues
Students can get help:
  • Monday-Thursday from 3-4 PM
  • Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7-8 PM
To access the mentors, students should:
  • Log into their CVCHS Schoology account.
  • Click on “Groups” at the top of the page.
  • Click on their grade level group “Class of 2024” etc.
  • Zoom link will be in the ‘Updates’ and the ‘Materials’ section.
Help will be conducted through Zoom breakout rooms.

ASB's Equity and Inclusion Lending Library

CVCHS' Associated Student Body (ASB) is adjusting to distance learning and finding additional ways to reach students beyond the typical rallies, dances and dress up spirit weeks. The ASB Equity and Inclusion Committee is working on building an equity library so CV students can share books that help us all grow as diverse learners. Books will be housed in F2, the ASB room. All students and families are welcome to check out the titles that we have available. For a list of available titles, click here

If you are interested in donating to our lending library, please email Mrs. Westbrook, CVCHS' Activities Coordinator and ASB Leadership teacher.

Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. - Ben Okri  

Upcoming Webinars - Every Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

Click on the group name to register for one or all of the upcoming webinars
  • P.H.E.W! - Parent Health Education & Wellness
    Our next webinar is Monday, September 14th @ 5 PM. 10 Hacks for Productivity -  Dr. Cammy and therapy intern Kayla Hinojosa will identify and describe science-based strategies for academic success during web-based learning.
  • Everything's F.I.N.E! - Join us on Tuesday, September 15th for our next webinar.  Everything's F.I.N.E is a peer support group by teens for teens facilitated by school-based mental health interns Kyle Pettit and Angeline Escobedo. Teens are encouraged to show up just as they are, bring friends, and share discussion. Topics will include stress and anxiety management, study skills, motivation, sadness, chronic pain, and other topics from group members.
  • Dad's Unite Group - Our next webinar will be an Open Discussion on Thursday, September 10th @ 5 PM.  Dad's Unite is a peer support group for fathers and male caregivers facilitated by school-based mental health intern, Kyle Pettit. The purpose of this forum is to provide Dads with space to authentically share their experiences raising teenagers. The group is informal and discussion-based. Members have full freedom to guide and influence the conversation to empower a connected community of Dads who show up every week for themselves, each other, their kids, and families.

Friendship Club - Every Monday @ Lunch

Looking for some lunch buddies? Join us at Friendship Club! Every Monday at lunch from 11:30 am - 12 pm. Click here to join!

Bring Change 2 Mind Club - Every Wednesday @ 3:30 PM

Concerned about health and wellness? Join the BC2M student club every Wednesday at 3:30 PM. Click here to join in or visit their Instagram page @cvchsbc2m.

CVCHS Clubs, Clubs & More Clubs!!!

Want to get involved, meet other students, and make new friends? Join a club! There's something for everyone. Look for more information about club meeting dates and times on Schoology and in upcoming newsletters.

This week in our "Club Spotlight", we're highlighting the Girl Power Club. GPC meetings are every 1st and 3rd Monday at lunch over Zoom. All are welcome! Join the Remind - text @grlpwr20 to 81010.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits are being scheduled through Studio One. To make an appointment, please call them at (925) 361-0430. All seniors must take their portrait with Studio One in order to have the photo in the yearbook. Representatives will be on campus in early January. Additional information will be distributed once the dates have been determined.

Cap & Gown Orders

The graduation date for the Class of 2021 has not been locked in yet but will take place in early June 2021. However, now is the time to order your SENIOR’S cap & gown, grad announcements, and senior apparel. Graduation announcements, along with cap & gowns, will be distributed in Spring 2021. Other senior apparel will be shipped to you directly in 2-4 weeks. 

Please click here to directly access the Jostens website for Clayton Valley Charter. You will be able to see all of the options available for purchase. However if you would prefer a hard copy of a graduation packet, you can pick one up in the Front Office between 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The deadline for all orders is Friday, September 25th. If you prefer to mail in or email your order, send them to:

Martin Oliveira
c/o Jostens
P.O. Box 249, Danville, CA  94526
We know this is a very challenging time. Please feel free to contact Josten's if you have any questions or would like to ask about their easy payment plans. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

CVCHS Spirit Wear Pick Up

Due to the holiday weekend, we will not be open for pick-up on Friday, September 4th. You can still order items online at the Webstore. The distribution will resume on Friday, September 11th from 3:15 - 5:00 PM at the student store outside the Large Gym. Please bring your receipt or a screenshot of the receipt to receive the items purchased. Items can also be purchased during this time using a credit card only.

California Scholarship Federation

The California Scholarship Federation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California. Eligible students become members by submitting applications based on their report card grades. Membership is for one semester, and membership drives are held each semester within established periods dictated by the State bylaws. Conferences are held annually, and student awards recognizing scholastic achievement and community service are presented. To apply for the Fall 2020 semester, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18th at 3 PM. 

2020 CVCHS Scholarship Awards

Last week, CV featured the last group of scholarship winners and one name was spelled incorrectly. Congratulations again to Kyree Despanie and all of the winners! We are very proud of this amazing group of graduates!

You're Invited! Vape Pens and Teens: What Our Community Needs to Know

Hosted by the Contra Costa County Office of Education Tobacco Use Prevention Education, this webinar will provide an overview of the latest tobacco products used by young people. Adult and youth presenters will discuss the history of electronic smoking devices (vape pens), as well as the current products on the market. We will cover how they work, how the tobacco industry targets young people, health effects, and what we are still learning about these popular and dangerous devices.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Audience: Parents and other adults
There is no cost to attend, click here to register.

US Census 2020 - Everyone Counts!

You have the power to shape your future, and the future of all children, by counting everyone in your home in the 2020 Census. Learn more about how you can shape your future at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
  • Starting in March 2020, everyone living in your home needs to be counted. That includes children and newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, relatives and nonrelatives, and even those staying with you temporarily.
  • It’s easier than ever to respond to the census. You can respond in 13 different languages, and you can complete it online, by phone, or by mail.
  • Your responses to the census are safe and secure. The law requires the U.S. Census Bureau to keep your information confidential, and your responses cannot be used against you in any way.
Download Census 2020 Flyer - English
Download Census 2020 Flyer - Español

College, Career & Guidance

Scholarship Opportunities & Info

Effectively Researching Scholarships
Get Schooled has outlined how to research scholarship opportunities. From starting with a good scholarship database to filtering opportunities that align with a student’s life, use this resource to help you find scholarships. Also, Get Schooled will review your scholarship applications and essays for free!

Districts Make the Difference:  High school students are invited to create a fun and informative short video (under 90 seconds) highlighting the ways special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in California for a chance to win a scholarship. In December, Districts Make the Difference will award: $2,000 for the first-place winner, $1,000 for the second-place winner, and $500 for the third-place winner. Deadline: 9/30/2020.

Ascent Student Loans: Enter for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Students can enter every weekday for a chance to win. A new scholarship giveaway opens every month. Deadline: Ongoing.

Marine Scholarship Program: The Navy ROTC Scholarship with Marine Option program provides students $180,000 in scholarship money while earning a commission as an officer upon graduation. Other benefits include full tuition, books, and academic-related expenses at over 150 top colleges and universities. Students receive a monthly spending allowance and guaranteed employment for at least four years.

College Knowledge E-vents!

Overwhelmed by the college search process? Wondering how to choose your best fit without being able to visit campus? Come to this session to learn some tangible ways to build the best college list for you amidst a global pandemic. Hosted by recruitment experts from Dickinson College, Miami University, Salve Regina University, University of New Mexico, and the University of Delaware.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you need or want volunteer hours, you can access projects – plus STEM, medical, internships, and virtual opportunities at Volunteer Crowd. Volunteering is one of four important items on a college application. And, it's fun to do with friends.

CVCHS Drive-Thru Meals

Back by popular demand! Starting this week, CVCHS will be providing meals to anyone at the CVCHS campus. 
  • Grab-n-Go curbside meals you can choose, all home-cooked, including our signature yogurt parfaits.
  • Serving all children 18 years and younger (children do not need to be present).
  • No identification is required.
Meal pick-up is located in Lot 2 (middle parking lot between Student & Staff parking lot).

Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM-12 PM - Pick up a meal for one day
Wednesdays from 5-6 PM - Pick up 5 meals for 5 days

Comidas CVCHS para llevar

Regreso por demanda popular! A partir de esta semana, CVCHS proporcionará comidas a cualquier persona en el campus de CVCHS.
  • Grab-n-Go comidas en la acera que puede elegir: todas caseras, incluidos nuestros exclusivos parfaits de yogur.
  • Sirviendo a todos los niños de 18 años o menos (los niños no necesitan estar presentes).
  • No se requiere identificación.
La recogida de comidas se encuentra en el Lote 2 - (estacionamiento intermedio entre el estacionamiento de estudiantes y personal).
De lunes a viernes de 9:30 AM-12 PM - Recoja una comida para un día
Miércoles de 5 a 6 PM - Recoge 5 comidas durante 5 días

Yoga Classes Supporting Make-a-Wish!

Find your zen while supporting a great cause. Taught by Clayton Valley's own yoga teacher, Ms. Ebert, these classes are only $10 each or $30 for all four. Prices are per Zoom screen, so the whole family can participate for one price. 100% of the proceeds will go to the CVCHS Make-a-Wish fund! Purchase your classes on the CVCHS Webstore.

Sports Clearance for all Athletes

Every athlete who wishes to participate in sports during the 2020-21 academic year, must have a physical and submit documentation in advance through athleticclearance.comPlease have registration completed as soon as possible. The best time to get a physical is now.

In order to complete your registration, please click here. Click CA (for California).

If you are new to registering, watch the 6-minute video to show you the steps that need to be completed. You only need to complete the first four steps, listed below.

  1. Student Information
    • Download the physical form and give it to your doctor.
    • Have the doctor stamp the physical, sign, and date it.
    • Upload the signed physical form from the doctor to your account.
  2. Medical History
  3. Parent/Guardian Information
  4. Signatures

If you have a problem uploading the physical, please email Bob Ralston, Athletic Director, or drop it off in the main office.

CVCHS In The News

Read this month's Diablo Gazette column by Jim Scheible, CVCHS Executive Director, titled "Clayton Valley is back to school." Mr. Scheible writes about all the steps CVCHS took before the start of the 2020-21 school year and how we are leading the way with real-time learning. To read the column, click here.
Great things are happening every day at Clayton Valley!
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