School starts four weeks from today, Monday, Aug. 6, for the students in the Chino Valley Unified School District. As always, the summer continues to be a busy time.

A group of administrators, staff, and an officer from the Chino Valley Police Department had the opportunity to attend a school specific training at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland in June. The group was able to evaluate and make improvements to the schools’ emergency plans with the assistance of the EMI staff to be better prepared for a variety of emergency situations.

The district in cooperation with the district’s food service provider, Sodexo, continues the summer feeding program at Territorial Early Childhood Center. Children 18 years old and younger can eat both breakfast and lunch for free through July 27. Adults can eat for $3.00. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The district’s special education department if putting the finishing touches on expanding the district’s special education offerings. The changes will provide a more complete continuum of offerings to better address the individual needs of the district’s special education students. These changes are being completed at no net increase in expense to the district.

The summer provides the best opportunity to provide training for the district’s staff. The transportation department is busy training new bus drivers. New teachers will receive training in effective instructional strategies. All district staff will be trained in the Creating Communities curriculum, which will help staff develop better and deeper relationships with students which is proven to lead to increased student achievement. Our career and technical education teachers will be attending the CTE summer conference to hone their skills.

When school starts in four weeks it is important to remember that the first few days of school are very important and set the tone for the remainder of the school year. Teachers and students are developing a relationship that will last 10 months or more. Expectations are shared and the classroom culture begins to take shape. A positive experience during this time is vital for a child’s wellbeing and academic success. There is only one first day of school. Please encourage your students and stress the importance of their school experience.

New student registration for all schools continues to take place as we approach the beginning of the school year. A registration packet can be picked up at any school or can be found on the district’s website at www.chinovalleyschools.com. Keep up to date on what is taking place in CVUSD by liking the district’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChinoValleySchoolsArizona/.

We look forward to another great school year.