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PVSD's Weekly Family Update Message

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The PVSD weekly update includes information from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Danielle Cortes. Please click on the headline title above to link to this week's news and information!

Good morning PVSD families,

Today is the last day of school. All students will be dismissed at noon today. 

We hope that you enjoyed the 23-24 school year as much as we did .We are grateful to our families for your partnership and for your trust. It has been a pleasure to educate and nurture your children this school year. Thank you for choosing PVSD.
This is the last Friday Update of the school year. Friday Updates will begin Friday, August 2. School resumes Wednesday, August 21. For information on orientations and before school starts celebrations, CLICK HERE. Although I am ready for some down time and the slower pace of summer, at the same time I cannot wait to see everyone rested and excited to start the next school year alongside this fantastic PVSD team.
I wish you and your family a summer full of fun and wonderful memories.
Dr. Danielle Cortés
Superintendent of Schools

Standing Ovations for April 2024
Veronica Ortega -Assistant Superintendent
Gail Kurtz - Kinder at LPSSA
Stephanie Aquino – Middle School PE/ASB at SRTMS
Leigha Gaffuri – 5th grade at CHSA
Alexandra Trundy and Elizabeth Defreece-Kaufman – Co-taught TK at RRS
Rikki Slayton – ELA and Yearbook at MVMS
Kindergarten Co-Taught Class Team (Noelle Ferrante, Yvette Karcich, Victoria Olavide, Hannah Terrones)
Doreen Dillard - Substitute Teacher
Alicia Seth-Hunter – Kinder VSP at CHSA
Kayla Moore – RSP at SRTMS
Noe Esparza - Bus Driver – Transportation Dept. 
Dayna Klinshaw – Health Tech at DCS
Dayna Crosby, Campus Supervisor, SRTMS
Desiree Alcomendas, Health Tech, SRTMS
Tara Flood, Resource Teacher, Rancho Rosal
Standing Ovations for the May 2024
May 2024
Tulika Pal and PVSEA Childcare Team
Raegan Delgado, BCBA
Adrienne Cope, TK – Rancho Rosal
Tim Pryor, 5th grade – Las Posas
Sean Carter, 6-8 History/WEB – Las Colinas
Thomas Lamberson, Technology
Paula Velarde, TK – Rancho Rosal
Ali Alnouri, Technology
Ashley McCulloch, BCBA
April Rogers, Campus Supervisor – Cam Heights
Lacey Gibbins, 3rd grade – Tierra Linda
Antonia Marietti, 7-8 Science Long-term Sub, Los Primeros
Tabitha Steen, TK/K, PVSEA
Cell Phone Procedures for 24-25
Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and families, in 24-25 we will continue to require cell phones, smartwatches, and earphones of all sorts are to be out of sight and not used during the school day. Our students have adapted to this change are engaging in more positive activities during non-instructional time. Of course, students can have them set to silent in their pockets or backpacks. Smart watches need to be covered at all times. Students will need to ask to go to the office if they need to communicate with their parents. The office is happy to take parent calls in urgent matters like unexpected dismissal changes.
If you have suggestions on how we can refine or adjust or cell phone procedures, please share those comments HERE.
24-25 School Year
If you are moving out of the district over the summer and wish to continue with PVSD in person or through our Digital Learning Academy, please contact Martha Vazquez at right or call 805.389.2100 right away to save a spot.  Yes, you can continue in the PVSD brand of schools in much of southern California, including grades 9-12!

If you are moving within PVSD boundaries, please contact Martha Vazquez at or 805 389 2100 to discuss your options.

If you are leaving PVSD entirely, please be sure to fill out the Request to Un-enroll Form to ensure that records are delivered to your new school as efficiently as possible. This is not required for parents of 8th grade students.
No Place for Hate in PVSD
I would like to re-extend my offer to meet with families of students who have been impacted by hateful epithets. Please email me directly at to schedule a meeting. We need all PVSD families to talk with their children about this important topic.
  Beyond the Golden Rule
  Summary for Beyond the Golden Rule
  PBS Raising the Future: Teaching Kids How to Celebrate Our Differences
  PBS: Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism
June Celebrations and Holidays
If your family celebrates a holiday that you don’t see recognized in my updates, please email me directly so that we can weave that celebration into the fabric of who we are.  You can email me at
Fireworks Safety Month
The California Department of Education and the National Safety Council recognize June 1 through July 4 as Fireworks Safety Month. For more information CLICK HERE. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Pride Month
The California Department of Education recognizes June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Since 1999, when a presidential proclamation cited June as Pride Month, communities have honored the triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community during the month of June.  For more information, CLICK HERE. 

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
The California Department of Education recognizes June as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. For more information CLICK HERE.

World Environment Day (6/5/2024) 
The California Department of Education and the United Nations recognize June 5 as World Environment Day. For more information CLICK HERE.
Dragon Boat Festival (6/10/2024)
Dragon boat racing is a tradition that dates back over 2,000 years and is part of the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.  For more information CLICK HERE.

National Flag Week (June 9–15, 2024) and National Flag Day (6/14/2024) 
The California Department of Education and the federal government recognize June 9–15, 2024 as National Flag Week and June 14 as National Flag Day. For more information CLICK HERE.

Father’s Day (6/16/2024) 
The California Department of Education and the federal government recognize June 16, 2024 as Father’s Day. For more information CLICK HERE.
Juneteenth (6/19/2024)
The California Department of Education and the federal government recognize June 19 as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is observed on June 19 each year, commemorating the emancipation of the enslaved African Americans in 1865.  For more information CLICK HERE.

Join the PVSD Team! 
We are always looking for substitute employees. If you or anyone you know is interested in a substitute teacher position, please email Evelyn Mojica at emojica@pleasantvalleysd.orgFor positions other than teaching, please have them apply online at or reach out to the Human Resources, Classified department for questions or assistance ( or 
 Please tell a friend or family member!