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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is hosting a Classified Job Fair on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 1-3:30 p.m. The event is scheduled to take place in SRVUSD’s Boardroom located at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville.


Candidates attending the Job Fair will have the opportunity to speak with Human Resources representatives and ask them questions. Candidates are encouraged to bring a resume and letter of interest. Screening interviews will be available.


SRVUSD has positions open in many different areas. Some of the openings include:


Child Nutrition Assistants

General and Special Education Paraeducators

Licensed Vocational Nurse Positions

Bus Driver


Child Nutrition



To view a list of all open positions at SRVUSD and to apply online visit

To start the application process:

  • Visit and type “San Ramon Valley Unified” in the search bar.
  • Click on a position you are interested in.
  • Press the button “Click Here to Apply.”
  • Either login or press “Click Here” to create an EdJoin account.
  • Complete the application process.


Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 7/27/17

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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

In Partnership,

Matt Chamberlain

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!

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

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Three balloons on ribbons

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.


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 and select San Ramon Valley High School from the list.



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

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

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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.

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

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

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. 

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

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The Board of Education approved the district's instructional calendar for the 2017-18  school year. Click here to access the calendar. First day of school is Monday, August 14th!

Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 12/7/16

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The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) Board of Education is seeking members for the Facilities Oversight and Advisory Committee (FOAC). Through this committee, the community as a whole is able to participate in the process of reviewing school facilities and of planning for the future. A key priority for the committee will be to provide advice to the Board, the Superintendent, and senior district management on current and future facilities issues affecting SRVUSD and their impact on education.


Committee Responsibilities

  1. Provide oversight of Measure D facilities bond projects and expenditures;
  2. Review current and future SRVUSD facilities and master plans and provide recommendations to the Board and district management on the priority of implementation;
  3. Review financial and performance audits and submit an annual report to the Board of Education;
  4. Review and provide recommendations related to district standards and long term maintenance;
  5. Review and provide recommendations on the development of a comprehensive list of facilities priorities that would require additional revenue sources;
  6. Review and recommend solutions for the proper protection of the community’s investment in maintaining school facilities.

FOAC Composition

The FOAC consists of at least seven (7) board-appointed members to serve for a term of at least two (2) years, without compensation, and for no more than three (3) consecutive terms. The membership will reflect the SRVUSD community. Education Code requires that representation on such a committee must include the following:

  • A member who is active in a business organization within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District;
  • A member active in a senior citizen’s organization;
  • A member active in a bona fide taxpayers association;
  • A parent/guardian of a child currently enrolled in SRVUSD and active member of a parent/teacher organization such as PTA or school site council.


The FOAC shall meet a minimum of four (4) times each year.

Applications are available HERE or at the School District Office, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.


Deadline to submit applications is December 12, 2016.

Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 11/17/16

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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


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.

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:


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.


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.

(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.

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

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Register for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Run for Education!

Register here


We need 3,000 more runners to reach our District goal!


Can't attend the run? Register as a virtual runner!


Support the cause and you will get:

  • Our awesome long sleeve run t-shirt!
  • A medal if you are running the 10k!
  • Credit (money) for your school!

Thank you for your continued support of SRVUSD schools!

Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 10/10/16

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Meet San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s new Superintendent Rick Schmitt at our “Coffee with the Superintendent”. At this coffee, the Superintendent will share a little about his priorities, the District’s “Framework for Excellence” and his philosophy.  What Mr. Schmitt most appreciates is hearing from parents and one of his priorities is two-way communication. He always walks away from these meetings having learned new, interesting and important information.


The Superintendent will be meeting with every school parent community this fall. If you can’t make this event, check out details of other meetings listed at

Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 9/29/16

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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

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

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

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August 3, 2016


Dear Venture Students and Parents:


Welcome to the 2016-17 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 school setting that strives on educating students through independent study, one to one instruction, small group classes and online learning.  Venture is an essential hub of learning for our district 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.


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 a club, or to just to build regular time into their day to study at Venture. We are very proud to be offering new elective courses for this year:


  • Student Leadership Class (8th – 12th Grades): The Leadership class is the student council and student activities center for Venture School. Enrollment is handled by application process to the Leadership Teacher or Principal. Students are responsible for the activities and spirit of the student body. Leadership students must have a willingness to serve the student body as well as set a positive example for fellow students and the community. The goal of the leadership class is to develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders in the future. The course gives students an opportunity to work with their peers, school staff, and community members in order to promote a positive school experiences and develop a school community of which we can be proud. If you are interested in the Leadership Class, please email Teacher Lindsey Meinbress at or Principal Matt Chamberlain at for the Leadership Class application.


  • Expository Reading and Writing (11th & 12th Grade): The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Course texts will include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other non-fiction texts. The course is open to 11th Grade students as an elective.  Seniors may take this class as their 12th Grade English course or as an elective. If you have questions about the Expository Reading and Writing class, please email Teacher Melanie Harris at


  • Academic Enrichment (9th – 12th Grades): This elective course is designed to help students gain the skills that ensure academic success in high school and college. We will focus on study skills, learning strategies, note taking strategies, and academic goal setting with some emphasis on the AVID model.  We will learn collaboration skills in a team environment and work together to support academic success. This course is designed for the student who has the determination and willingness to improve their time management, organizational and critical thinking skills because "they just want to do better in school." Come join us and be part of our team! If you have questions about the Academic Enrichment class, please email Counselor Alissa Kruse at or Teacher Melanie Harris at


  • Book Club (6th – 12th Grades): Do you like to read?  Turn reading into a social activity by joining the Venture Book Club!  Meetings will be approximately once a month.  This year we’ll read some new Young Adult Literature novels (appropriate for grades 6-12) and we’ll be in the know before the blockbuster movie comes to the big screen.  What will we do? Discuss, share our favorite parts, review, analyze and have some fun talking it up.  Don’t worry, if you are short on free time, you may choose the titles that interest you and leave the rest behind.  And the best part?  Students can earn 1 elective credit per book.  Be on the lookout for the Venture Book Club dates & details, posted in the hallway and on the Venture website. If you have questions about the Book Club, please email Teacher Kerry Wells at


We are also looking to schedule a self-defense PE course, a middle school tech lab as well as infusing character education, digital citizenship and project based learning opportunities to introduce and reinforce the importance of community involvement, volunteering and giving back to the community. Please see the schedule of classes and/or your Venture teacher for more information about signing up for these wonderful elective course options.


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.  Listed below are opportunities for parents to get involved and support our students and staff.


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


In partnership,

Matt Chamberlain

Principal, Venture School



Parent Volunteer Opportunities


School Site Council:

The Venture School Site Council is responsible for overseeing our instructional program and ensuring that school resources are used effectively to support the needs of our students. Specifically, the site council analyzes student achievement data to develop the ongoing improvement strategies incorporated in our Single Plan for Student Achievement. All members of the Venture School community are welcome to attend site council meetings, but the law requires that we hold an election for our voting parent and student membership. We have typically scheduled a one hour meeting each quarter.


We have six members on our site council at Venture – the principal, two teachers, two parents, and a student. We are looking for one or more parents and at least one student to join the site council this year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Matt Chamberlain by Friday September 9th.



Venture School is currently soliciting interest in forming a PTSA at our site. A PTSA can only be successful with your help. In order to determine interest, please click on the link and fill out a brief survey.


The PTA will be an essential part of the overall success at Venture School. Our goal is to encourage parent involvement, give school updates from Principal Matt Chamberlain and Counselor Alissa Kruse, and hold informative and educational meetings that shares the important work of PTA’s across the district. We will typically schedule a one hour meeting each month.

The mission of the Venture School PTA will be to empower, support and inform PTA members and leaders, increase awareness of the importance of family engagement and expand family engagement programs and to promote, strengthen and expand the organization.

In order to establish our PTA, we need a minimum of 25 parents to make it work. Do you have PTA experience and/or can you help us establish a strong PTA foundation?  Please contact Principal Matt Chamberlain ASAP for more information.


Important Dates:

First Week of School:                            August 8th - August 11th

Teachers will call to set the initial appointment


Staff Development Day:                        August 12th (No School)


Elementary Parent Introduction Night:  August 17th (6:30pm – Venture Classroom 1)


Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 8/5/16