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Venture’s annual Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th. We will begin at 6:30p with a self-guided “Venture around Venture” tour where, upon arrival you, will receive a passport to get stamped at each destination throughout the tour. Collect all 9 stamps and each person will receive a prize and if your prize is color coded, you might be the winner of a $50, $25, $10, or $5 gift card. We have over 20! gift cards to give away that night!  Don’t forget to get your stamp at the short Principal’s presentation at 7:00p in the Main Study Room which is a stop on the passport tour. Students and parents who have signed-up (bring your printed receipt) for the “Run for Education” or sign-up at the Back to School Night “Run for Education” passport stop will receive a special prize that evening! Teachers and staff look forward to meeting you and creating that critical link for your student’s success in school.

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 9/13/17




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If you are looking for volunteer hours and enjoy working with kids (grades-2-7), please consider becoming a mentor for the Imagineering Program offered by the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF). This is a significant volunteering opportunity as mentoring assignments are available for multiple times during the year and during the summer. For each Imagineering class we offer, we employ 4-5 high school mentors. It's a great resume builder for your college applications and the children enrolled value the intimate support our mentors provide by keeping the ratios low during each class.

 

Imagineering is a beyond school enrichment program for SRVUSD students. The goal of Imagineering is to spark student interest in choosing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes in middle and high school with the ultimate goal of identifying more STEAM majors who will ultimately become highly sought after talent in the US corporate workplace.

 

For more information about Imagineering:

https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Imagineering

 

Interested students should compete a survey at:

https://www.srvef.org/Imagineering/Become-A-Mentor

 

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Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 8/23/17




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August 18, 2017

 

Dear Venture Students and Parents:

 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to Venture School and to an exciting year of learning and growth for our students. Our teachers and staff are looking forward to working with your family to create a wonderful learning experience. 

 

As you know, Venture is a unique hybrid school setting that strives on educating students through independent study (one to one and small group class instruction).  Venture is an essential hub of learning for the SRVUSD where students are given the opportunities to accomplish their academic goals through creative, project-based, experiential learning that is tailored to each student’s learning style, interests and passions that will ultimately prepare them for 21st Century College and Career expectations.

 

We are very excited to announce the recent reauthorization of our six year WASC Accreditation term (2017-2023) and applaud the work our entire school and district community.  We have seen a tremendous amount of growth at Venture School over the years, especially the last three years, and we appreciate your support as we continue the process of planning, evaluating and implementing programs that support our thriving learning environment for all students.

 

Each month, during the 2017-2018 school year, you will notice that we will be highlighting our school Mission and Vision and schoolwide Values (Validating, Empowering, Nurturing, Teaching, Understanding, Recognizing and celebrating the Extraordinary students that come to Venture).  Reviewing our mission, vision, goals and expectations will help to keep our community laser focused on student interest, growth and success.

 

We are also excited for our ongoing programs and new offerings at Venture, including:

 

  • NEW! Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
  • NEW! California Scholastic Federation (CSF – High School)
  • NEW! “Venture into Ceramics” Student / Guardian Ceramics Course
  • NEW! Mantra’s Matter Elective
  • NEW! Scholastic Book Club Orders K -12
  • NEW! Increased Mathematics Lab Times
  • NEW! Increased Spanish Lab Times
  • NEW! Drawing Essentials and Comics and Cartooning Classes
  • Student Leadership Class
  • Venture Climate Committee
  • Self Defense Elective
  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (11th & 12th Grade)
  • Academic Enrichment Course
  • Updated Digital Photography Elective
  • Book Club
  • Tennis Club (Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00)

 

 

There are many opportunities for Venture students to become an active part of our school community and we encourage our students to get involved through one or more small group classes, joining / starting a club, or to building regular time into their day to study at Venture.

Looking forward, one of the most vital components of a successful learning experience is the involvement of parents and our joint commitment towards making your student’s education at Venture School the most it can be. We are always looking for parent volunteers: Whether it be our Venture School Site Council that oversees our instructional program and ensures that school resources are used effectively to support the needs of our students and/or our Venture PTSA that is essential to Venture’s overall success by encouraging parent involvement, and providing informative and educational meetings that shares the important work of PTA’s across the district.

 

Our caring and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to building a strong, trusting relationship that makes learning accessible, challenging, enjoyable and exciting.  Please know that, as Principal, my door is always open to you should you have questions, concerns, suggestions or ideas. You can reach me directly at (925) 479-1200 or at mbchamberlain@srvusd.net

 

In partnership,

 

Matt Chamberlain

Principal, Venture School

 

 

 

Venture Counseling Corner:

 

Hi Venture Vikings! Welcome Back to a new school year! It’s a pleasure to work with you and your children to help facilitate success for their future. Here are some notes and reminders from the Counseling Office:

 

Seniors: It’s an exciting time for Seniors as they continue to think about what will happen after graduation, June 7, 2018.  This is the time to ensure proper planning so plans can be carried out for Fall 2018.  

 

SAT Updates:  SAT has added an August administration for August 26th.  There is no September administration.  October registration closes Sept. 8th.  Students should plan on taking the SAT or ACT 2 times for optimal scores.  November testing is the only time to take a Language with Listening test.  

 

Schedule Changes:  Students that need to adjust their concurrent schedules need to see Ms. Kruse for possibilities.  Not all changes are possible at the comprehensive schools.  Counselors do the best with-in the Master Scheduling abilities, but not able to accommodate all changes all the time.

 

Applications to 4-Year Universities:  If students are planning to apply to ANY 4-year school, they need to use their Naviance account to add ANY school they are applying to.  Students also need to make an appointment with Ms. Kruse starting Sept. 5 to ensure they are on the correct timeline for their applications.  

 

 

Alissa Kruse

Counselor, Venture School

 

 

 

EXCITING STUDENT/GUARDIAN ART CLASSES!

 

Venture School will be offering monthly opportunities to “Venture into Ceramics” with Debbie Slaydon.  “Venture into Ceramics” classes are designed for students and guardians to work together in a structured art environment.  The classes will focus on skills and techniques that lead to a finished / glazed art project in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

This fun ceramics opportunity will also be a fundraiser for Venture School and is limited to up to 12 couples (students and guardians).  September’s classes will focus on pinch pots and will meet on September 6th and 20th from 3:30p – 5:00p.  Please see the attached flyer for registration and enrollment information. Sign-up now, only 12 open spots!!!

 

 

Important Dates:

 

August 21, 2017                     Solar Eclipse Day @ 9:45a – 10:30a (Venture Parking Lot)

 

August 22, 2017                     Venture Site Council @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Staff Lounge)

 

August 30, 2017                     Elementary Parent Night @ 6:00p – 7:00p (Tech Room)

 

September 4, 2017                  Labor Day Holiday – No School

 

September 6, 2017                  “Venture into Ceramics” Ceramics Course @ 3:30p – 5:00p

 

September 13, 2017                Student Climate Committee @ 12:00p – 1:00p (Classroom 2)

 

September 13, 2017                Back to School Night @ 6:30p – 8:30p

 

September 19, 2017                PTSA General Meeting @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Tech Room)

 

September 20, 2017                “Venture into Ceramics” Ceramics Course @ 3:30p – 5:00p

 

September 26, 2017                Venture Site Council @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Staff Lounge)

 

September 28, 2017                Venture Picture Day @ 9:00a – 1:00p (Art Room)

 

 

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 8/21/17




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Please see the Registration Page.

Are you returning to Venture School?

Registration for Venture School 2017 – 2018 will look at little different than in previous years. This year, we are emailing the registration packets  to each Venture Primary Enrolled Family ( e.g. students who take four or more classes at Venture School).
Please check your email accounts ASAP as the Registration packet is attached.  We ask that each family print, COMPLETE, review and return the materials during the week of May 22nd – 26th from 9:00a to 3:00p (closed for lunch from 12:00p – 1:00p each day).

The early return of the registration materials will help us facilitate our enrollment, plan our master room schedule and allow us to better serve our Venture families.
If you have any questions about the registration materials please email

Venture Manager Dennice Barnes at Dbarnes@srvusd.net

In Partnership,

Matt Chamberlain

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 5/11/17




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Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! May 1st - May 5th.

Don't forget to congratulate your teacher this week!

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 4/25/17




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We LOVE our Office Assistant Vivian Jeffery who has been at Venture for 16 years!  Please join us in Congratulating her for all her hard work year after year serving the

Venture community.


 

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 4/18/17




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Please join San Ramon Valley Street Smarts on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Danville for the FREE California Highway Patrol (CHP) “Start Smart” assembly, sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

 

“Start Smart” is a two-hour driver safety education class delivered by the CHP to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. At the event, CHP officers speak directly to the audience through candid conversations by discussing collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, aspects of distracted driving, driver/parent responsibilities and what precautions they all need to stay safe.

 

One parent must attend with their teen. Arrive at 6 p.m. to try the “Texting and Driving” simulator. Register at http://chp-bayarea.eventbrite.com and select San Ramon Valley High School from the list.

 


 

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Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/14/17




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SPRING BREAK WILL BE

MONDAY, APRIL 3RD - FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH. 

CLASSES WILL RESUME ON MONDAY, APRIL 10TH.

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/11/17




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REMINDER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND IS OUR NEXT MIMIMUM DAY SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8AM TO 11AM.  VENTURE DOORS WILL BE OPEN TO STUDENTS FROM 11AM TO 3PM.

THANK YOU!

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/10/17




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Don't forget our WASC Committee will be visiting Venture this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/9/17




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Each February - March, the SRVUSD Climate Committee conducts a survey of all 4-12 grade students to gather data about how students feel about their school environment. The information is used by school sites when developing their Comprehensive School Safety Plans and help inform site level and district decision-making.

 

The links below will provide you with access to the "student engagement and connectedness surveys" for each grade span:

 

Survey for Grades 4 & 5

 

Survey for Grades 6-8

 

Survey for Grades 9-12

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 3/1/17




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The Middle School Technology Enrichment Class has been cancelled for Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 PM. The following week, Wednesday, March 8 the class will begin the unit on e-textiles.

 

Here are some resources to whet the students' appetites:

Introduction to E-Textiles

Formal Wear Bling

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 2/27/17




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There is a PTSA meeting today at noon in the Tech Room. The membership dues are $10 and cash or check are welcomed. 

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 2/16/17




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The FREE teen driver safety education presentation, “CHP Start Smart” is on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the California High School Theater. View the flyer or sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-start-smart-class-california-high-school-san-ramon-tickets-28745826541

 

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 11/10/16




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SRVUSD Education Services would like as many student respondents as possible to this short survey.  Student voice is extremely important and Education Services truly appreciates the feedback from this survey.

 

 

 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3108113/Student-English

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Posted by: Benjamin Mendoza
Published: 11/7/16




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Please use the Access the login page for the survey using the following URL:  https://surveys.wested.org/chks/HA493KZ?lang=en

 

Select your grade and type in the following School Code:  AF79XF

Please note the School Code is case sensitive.

 

Click here for more information about the CA Healthy Kids Survey.

 

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Posted by: Benjamin Mendoza
Published: 10/31/16




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We would greatly appreciate you taking 10 to 12 minutes to complete the Venture Planning Survey at the link below. 

http://tiny.cc/venturesurvey2017

(Click or copy and paste into your browser)   

 

Your responses will greatly assist us in evaluating our current educational offerings and in continuing to improve our programs to ensure outstanding educational opportunities in the future for all students. Your input will also be invaluable in supporting the continuing accreditation of Venture by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A WASC review of Venture's academic programs is currently underway and your input is an essential component of the WASC evaluation and the shaping of Venture's continually improving academic and social student development offerings.

 

As the parent of a Venture student, you are in a unique position to comment on the value of alternative educational programs and to recommend enhancements to such programs. We thank you for your participation in the survey and are looking forward to having the benefit of your assessments and recommendations.

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Posted by: Benjamin Mendoza
Published: 10/24/16




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The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley invites students to participate in their 9/11 Essay Competition with the theme:

 

 “Should the ongoing terror attacks be included in our 9/11 remembrance ceremony?”

 

All San Ramon Valley Students may apply. There will be cash prizes corresponding to each grade level. If you or your student are interested, please complete the appended form and email it along with your essay to mrs.w@comcast.net

Essays are due by 4:00 PM on September 23rd.

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Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 9/6/16