Vol. 4 No. 8                                         April 2019
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Superintendent Matthew Duffy

Dear Community,

Can you believe that we have less than seven weeks left until the end of the school year? Our team is fully committed to working hard to finish strong and build the path for the upcoming school year. 

Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to sit down with small groups of students from our high schools. The honest and frank conversations gave me, and us, a lot to think about as we move forward.

The main theme that stood out is the impact we, as adults, have on students. Whether it was a teacher, principal, food service worker, or custodian, the students remembered the relationship they had with those adults, both positive and negative. In everything we do, relationships matter.

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Around The District

You Make A Difference Awards

You Make a Difference Award winner shared the same sentiment that only through teamwork, collaboration and a “It takes a Village” spirit are educators able to make a lasting impact on the lives of students facing some of the steepest challenges to learning and growth.

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Contra Costa County Youth Hall of Fame Honorees

Richmond High School seniors Marlen Munoz and Rita Benitez and Pinole Valley High School senior Raven Richardson were honored by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors with 2019 Youth Hall of Fame Awards in the Teamwork, Good Samaritan, and Perseverance categories, respectively.

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Works of Art

More than 450 art pieces from 387 students across the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s middle and high schools were on display as part of the 54th Annual Student Art Show at the Richmond Arts Center.

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Write Stuff: Richmond Writes! Poetry Winners Honored

Students from 13 elementary, middle, and high schools in the District submitted over 460 poems for this year's Richmond Writes! Poetry event, and 47 students were recognized for their work around the theme of "You are the author of your own life. Write a poem about who you are from your own experience."

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NY Times Bestelling Author Visits Richmond High School. 

Check out these photos and short video from Richmond High School students in the Engineering Partnership Academy, who sat down with the Executive Director of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition and New York Times Bestselling Author Shaka Senghor to discuss themes from his memoir "Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison".
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As we approach the California Science and Engineer Fair on April 29 and 30 in Los Angeles, take a look back at the WCCUSD STEM and Science Fair. WCCUSD has three students participating in the state competition.
The Spring Music Festivals are in full swing. If you missed out on the Winter performance, you can see highlights of it here.
How is your spelling? Checkout some of the top District Spellers highlighted from the annual Spelling Bee, including comments from the winner, Nicole Hong an eighth grader at Pinole Middle.
West Contra Costa Unified School District Superintendent Matthew Duffy and United Teachers of Richmond President Demetrio Gonzalez have been visiting schools around the District highlighting the great things happening in and outside of the classroom. Check out their first visit to Helms Middle School.


Board of Education

April 24 | 6:30 pm
DeJean Middle School

Multilingual District Advisory Committee (MDAC)

April 25 | 6:30 pm
Helms Middle School

Multilingual District Advisory Committee (MDAC)

April 26 | 9 am
Kennedy High School


April 30 | 6:30 pm
Kennedy High School

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting

May 6 | 6  pm
Pupil Services Center

Board of Education

May 7 | 6:30 pm
DeJean Middle School

CBOC Audit Subcommittee

May 7 | 2 pm
Facilities Operation Center

Board of Education

May 8 | 6:30 pm
DeJean Middle School


May 9 | 6:30 pm
Facilities Operation Center

Facilities Subcommittee

May 15 | 3 pm
Facilities Operation Center

Re-Inventing Stege Community Meeting

May 14 | 6:30 pm
Stege Elementary School

Governance Subcommittee

May 15 | 6 pm
Alvarado Adult School
Design the Food Services Food Truck
Students want to see your artwork rolling around the District? Then design the Food Service's food truck and win an iPad Gold. The design should be your original work and incorporate a theme center around healthy freshly prepared meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, cultural diversity, and include the Food Services logo. The deadline is April 30. To enter, visit  
Come to the April 30 DLCAP meeting and provide feedback on a rough draft of the 2019-20 LCAP. We need your input. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m at Kennedy High School
The 12th Annual West County Transition and Special Education Fair
Vista High School and the District's Transition Program are hosting the 12th Annual West County Transition and Special Education from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. For more information, click here
31st Annual Soaring to Excellence Celebration
Join us from 6:30 pm-9 pm on Friday, May 10 at the Richmond Country Club as we celebrate the Ed Fund's Teaching Excellence Award winners and its scholarship winners at the 31st annual event.
Scholarship Alert!
The El Cerrito branch of the NAACP has extended the deadline to Wednesday, May 1 for its scholarship program to WCCUSD graduating seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college. Scholarship awards are based on community and school activities, scholastic achievement, and financial need. More information and the application is available here.
Accounting Technician
Full Time
Salary: $24.53-$29.33 hourly
Deadline: April 24
Preschool Teacher for 2019-20 School Year
Full Time
Salary: $49,923.25-$87,568.41
Deadline: June 28
Coordinator Special Education (Cameron Preschool) 
Full Time
Salary: $107,352.11-$126,296.62
Deadline: April 30
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