Vol. 2 No. 3                                        Feburary 2017
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Dear Community,

Welcome to February where we celebrate Black History Month. While we should celebrate Black history every day as a part of American history, this month is an opportunity when we, as a community, formally honor and recognize the varied contributions African Americans have made in our society. We spotlight the achievements of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, former President Barack Obama, and Maya Angelou.

Closer to home, it’s a chance for our community to honor and highlight our local African American leaders -- leaders like Sylvester Greenwood, a longtime West Contra Costa Unified School District educator who, on an interim basis, served as the District’s first African American superintendent. I didn’t get a chance to meet Mr. Greenwood, but a number of our community members did. 

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2017 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Surprise! 2017 Teaching Excellence Award Winners Announced 

WCCUSD is hosting its second LCAP Town Hall Meeting for the 2016-17 school year. Join us from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11 at the Pinole Valley Middle School Multipurpose room, 1575 Mann Dr, Pinole. Translation and childcare services will be provided.

Board Approves Mandarin Immersion School

Students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will be offered an opportunity to learn the world’s most spoken language at a new school scheduled to open in August, increasing the number of educational options available for local families.

The Board of Education this week approved a Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program to open in August 2017, on the site of the Serra Adult School in Richmond.

Apple Volunteers Help Out at Stege

By Zach Chouteau

What a difference a day makes—especially when Apple and its CEO, Tim Cook, arrive at a school and work their magic on practically every nook and cranny of the campus.

That’s what took place on MLK Day at Stege Elementary School, during a special Day of Service that saw 150 Apple volunteers and some of their family members make sweeping improvements that caused students (and teachers) to ooh and ah upon their Tuesday return.

Board Raises Pay for Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will receive a raise for the first time in at least five years after the Board of Education voted to increase the daily compensation by $18 per day. The daily rate for substitute teachers will increase to $135 from $118, while the long-term rate will rise to $175 from $160.

Signing Day: Four WCCUSD Athletes Off to College

The last time De Anza High School had multiple football players receive athletic scholarships to play in college, head coach Tyree Reed was a player on the team. More than 20 years later with Reed as the Dons’ head coach, the school had another class of multiple players receive scholarships to play at a four-year university.

In front of a packed student body, seniors Loren CalhounDevon King, and Rico Tolefree each signed a National Letter of Intent at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday in the De Anza High School quad.

WCCUSD Students Help the District Save Money on its Energy Bill

Ohlone Elementary School was among the best out of 44 Bay Area schools participating in the Energize Schools program. Ohlone reduced its energy consumption by close to 5 percent and created door hangers, posters, and pamphlets that encouraged teachers, school staff, and parents/guardians to conserve energy at school and home.

Going Above and Beyond for Special Education Students

The West Contra Costa Unified School District recently announced 17 students and staff members who have been honored for their contributions above and beyond their roles in the lives of special education students.

The District’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education named 11 staff members as recipients of the 2017 You Make a Difference Award, five students to receive the Jake Rockeman Student Award and one school bus driver for the Brian Rutford Memorial Award.

Around The District

Students Share Poetry Out Loud 
Richmond High Debaters Have Early Success


Safety/Climate Subcommittee
February 16, 2017
Hercules High School

District Budget Engagement Committee
February 27, 2017
Pinole Valley Middle

Facilities Subcommittee
February TBD
Facilities Operations Center

Board of Education
March 1, 2017
DeJean Middle

Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
March 9, 2017
Dejean Middle School

Academic Committee
March 14, 2017
De Anza HS Media Center

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee - CBOC
*Joint Meeting with Board of Education
March 15, 2017
Facilities Operations Center

Youth Commission
March 20, 2017
Helms Middle School

DLCAP Committee
March 21, 2017
Facilities Operations Center

COLLEGE FAIR ALERT: WCCUSD juniors and seniors are invited to attend the Annual HBCU College Fair at Richmond High School, Friday, February 17 from 4:30p - 7:30p. Read More
SCHOLARSHIP ALERT: The Richmond Promise workshops will begin March 1 for students interested in applying for scholarships. Read More

Upcoming Events

The Annual District Science Fair will be held Thursday, March 2 at the Contra Costa College  Knox Performing Arts Center. District and community members can view science projects from middle and high school students within WCCUSD. Learn More
The annual All District Music Festival will be held Thursday, March 9 at the Richmond convention center. Enjoy musical performances from honor choirs, bands and orchestras  throughout the district. 
All Contra Costa and East Bay schools are invited to attend STEM Games on Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. Over 25 student teams will compete and showcase their knowledge in science, math, technology and engineering. Read More
The 2017 graduation schedule for WCCUSD is Now Available 

WCCUSD Job Opportunities

Biology Teacher
2017-2018 School Year
Kennedy High School
Full Time - 186 work days
$46, 102 - $76, 618/ Yr
with a full Credential

ELD Teacher

Richmond High School
Full Time - 186 work days
$46, 102 - $76, 618/ Yr
with a full Credential

Kindergarten Teacher

Murphy Elementary
Full Time - 186 work days
$ 46, 102 - $76, 618/ Yr
with a full Credential

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