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March 31, 2014
Venture School (and all other SRVUSD schools) will be closed for spring break the week of April 14-18. Classes resume on Monday April 21st.
Transfer Requests to Resident Schools
If you live in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and are planning to return to your resident SRVUSD school for the 2014-15 school year, we recommend that you submit your transfer request now. Transfer requests are now made electronically; you can access the link here:
The SRVUSD Student Services Department will prioritize transfer requests received before tomorrow (April 1st ) so that our secondary students are able to choose classes for the 2014-15 school year.
All Venture families who live outside our school district must submit an interdistrict transfer request each year to enroll at Venture. The directions for that procedure are also available on this webpage.
Testing continues this week with SBAC testing for 11th grade students and fitness testing for students in grades 5, 7, and 9. Please see the Venture website for specific dates and times for each test. Testing schedules are posted at the top of our homepage:
Concurrent Enrollment for 2014-15
Applications for the Concurrent Enrollment Program for 2014-15 will be available at Venture right after Spring Break. Applications must be completed and returned to Venture by Friday, May 9th. All students interested in concurrent enrollment must apply, even if they are currently participating in the program. Space is limited; district policy allows Venture to place ten students at each comprehensive high school and three at each middle school. Students may take concurrent classes only at their home school and is not permitted at the elementary level. Priority is given at the high school level to students needing to take lab science, world language, and advanced math courses required for college admission but not offered at Venture, with older students having top priority. Students selected for concurrent enrollment will receive notification before the end of May.
Small Group Classes – Session 4
Our 4th quarter support and enrichment classes begin on Monday April 7th. The class schedule is available at school and on our school website. Sign-up sheets have been posted for Session 4.
Our graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday June 19th in the Performing Arts Center at Dougherty Valley High School. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m and end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Graduating students should plan on arriving no later than 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Staff will give them instructions at that time.
Please note that due to the size of the Performing Arts Center we will be requiring tickets for entrance. Tickets are free, but they will be limited at this time to six per family. (Graduates do not need a ticket.) We may have additional tickets available for distribution as some families may not need all of their tickets and some seniors may not be attending the ceremony. You may indicate your desire for additional tickets on the cap and gown form and we will use that information to establish a waiting list based on the responses we receive.
Venture teachers have the graduation packets for their senior students and began distributing them last week. Seniors may order a cap and gown for the ceremony, but no one is required to wear a cap or gown to participate in our graduation. Cap and gown orders must be returned by May 2nd. In the graduation packet, seniors will also find a personal statement form. Graduates will provide a short statement about their education and their future plans. Venture teachers will read these statements at the graduation ceremony. Personal statements are due back to your teacher by May 23rd.
We normally have at least one student speaker and one student musician perform at our ceremony. We will hold auditions for speakers and performers in May. If you are interested in the possibility of speaking or performing at graduation, please see your teacher, Matt or Lucy for more information.
We look forward to celebrating with you in just a few months.
School Site Council Meeting – April 3rd at 8:30 a.m.
The Venture School Site Council will be meeting this Thursday morning at 8:30. We will be preparing for the visit with the WASC accreditation team scheduled for April 10th. All members of the Venture School community are encouraged to attend.
Student Recognition Project
Several Venture students received awards in this year’s San Ramon Valley Education/Business Roundtable Student Recognition Project. Congratulations to Quetzali Maldonado who had a winning entry in the Black and White Visual Art category and to Kieran Harmon (Honorable Mention in Dance) and Kate Jorgensen (Honorable Mention in Color Visual Art). Thanks to all the Venture students who participated in this year’s program.
Venture Interact Club
The Venture Interact Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 3:45 to 4:45 in Classroom 1 at Venture School. The Venture Interact Club is currently working to raise funds for The Wheelchair Project. 100 million people worldwide need a wheelchair but can’t afford one. 30 million of these individuals are children, 90% of whom cannot attend school. We are working together with all other SRVUSD schools to purchase wheelchairs for this effort. Each chair costs $150 to manufacture and ship; our goal is to raise enough money to purchase at least two on behalf of Venture School. Please look for coin canisters in your teacher’s work area. Thank you for your donations!
STUDENTS PLANNING TO ATTEND DVC, LAS POSITAS, OR ANY OTHER COMMUNITY COLLEGE full-time after June should apply ASAP in order to ensure a successful start to college. Every campus has an online enrollment process accessed through their website. After enrollment, students will complete an online orientation, ELA and Math assessments, and the advising class. (At DVC, this class is called “Counseling 095” and requires a Concurrent Enrollment form signed by the principal or counselor.) Once these things are taken care of, students will be able to register for classes along with other new college students. Please see Lucy if you have questions about the process.
EVENING ENROLLMENT PRESENTATIONS AT DVC are scheduled for Wednesday, April 9th at 6 pm and Thursday, April 17th at 6 pm for parents and students who missed the DVC presentation at their own high school (including the Venture presentation on March 6th). Those who wish to attend are asked to register at www.dvc.edu/welcomecenter. The programs will be held in the Trophy Room of the main DVC campus in Pleasant Hill.
HELPFUL SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION is available through a national clearinghouse at www.StudentScholarships.org. This ten-year-old organization provides scholarship management services for companies as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for high school students. Seniors can use a variety of criteria to find scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible. The California Student Aid Commission at www.casc.ca.gov is another excellent resource for students who have applied for financial aid. Students who haven’t set up a WebGrants4Students Account to track the Cal Grant can view the presentation titled, “I’ve Applied for a Cal Grant. What’s Next?” Guidance is also offered on “Fixing Your FAFSA” and the Middle Class Scholarships, among other topics.
STUDENTS PLANNING TO TAKE SUMMER SCHOOL CLASSES AT LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES may start the enrollment process any time. DVC summer term classes are online, and other campuses will be posting their class schedules in early April. Each campus has a unique timeline for concurrent enrollment. For DVC classes, students may apply at any time, but must register in person with all paperwork completed starting on May 29th. For Las Positas classes, students must apply in person with all paperwork completed by May 21st, but may register online starting at a later date. Some courses require the completion of Math or English assessments prior to registration. All campuses require Concurrent Student/Special Recommendation forms to be signed by the principal or counselor.
THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR comes to San Francisco on Saturday, May 3rd, 1:30-4:30 at the Cow Palace. Representatives from approximately 200 colleges and universities will be on hand with information about their schools. Ten workshops will cover such topics as “SAT vs. ACT,” paying for college, writing the application essay, “in state vs. out of state,” etc. For more details as well as online registration, go to www.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent
STANFORD PRE-COLLEGIATE SUMMER INSTITUTES AND SUMMER COLLEGE offer both residential and daytime programs for high-achieving students seeking academic enrichment opportunities. A wide variety of courses are available to teens ages 14-19. Limited financial aid is available. To learn more about the summer institutes and college, as well as to access the application, visit: www.spcs.stanford.edu/explore.
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