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Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We are so excited to meet our students and their families!


We have worked hard over the last couple of months to get our schools ready for our students. As superintendent of Simi Valley Schools, I am proud of the effort and enthusiasm all of our employees have put into the coming school year. Our teachers have transformed their classrooms into fun and engaging learning spaces. Hiring and training new employees have kept us very busy at the district office throughout the summer. Classified staff have kept us on-track and focused on the day-to-day needs of the running a public school district of this size. All of this work has been accomplished with positive energy and big smiles.


Over the summer, many changes were made to our campuses. From new air conditioning at Santa Susana Elementary School to the construction start of multi-purpose buildings at Garden Grove Elementary School and the Simi Institute for Careers & Education, to a new entryway at Simi Valley High School and extensive security measures installed in all of our schools, our facilities are receiving wonderful upgrades that add to their comfort, safety and visual appeal. Most of these projects are funded through Measure X, the 2016 school bond the voters of Simi Valley graciously approved, and we are grateful for the support of our community.


Part of the Measure X Bond includes refurbishing all of the classrooms in the Simi Valley Unified School District. Just as teaching methods evolve to meet the needs of today’s learners, so do our classrooms. Flexible furniture arrangements allow students to collaborate better, to stand at times, to move while learning, and more. Over the summer, two additional schools received schoolwide updates: Atherwood Elementary School and Valley View Middle School. They join last year’s schools: Arroyo, Knolls, Mountain View and Wood Ranch elementary schools and Santa Susana High School. These schools received new furniture and technology for all classrooms, along with additional campus renovations. In time, every remaining school in Simi Valley will receive similar upgrades to their campuses.


This year, we celebrate 59 new teachers and 20 new classified employees coming to our schools. We also welcome our new and promoted school and district leaders to Simi Valley Schools. We’re delighted for their new positions and know they will be wonderful resources for you at their respective sites. They are:

•    Jerry Block, Assistant Director of Student Support Services
•    Dr. Richard Underhill, Principal at Garden Grove Elementary School
•    Matthew Guzzo, Principal at Santa Susana High School (former assistant principal at Royal High School)
•    Aimee Spurbeck-Boian, Coordinator of Categorical Programs
•    Wendy Mayea, Assistant Principal at Royal High School
•    Aaron Dobson, Assistant Principal at Royal High School
•    Elizabeth Boucher, Counselor at Valley View Middle School
•    Denise Johnson, Counselor at Apollo High School and Valley View Middle School
•    Lisa Hotz, Counselor at Santa Susana High School
•    Kelli Sparks, Elementary Counselor
•    Layton Spracklen, Teacher on Special Assignment-ELD, Special Programs


Also, because her position is key to the operations at the District Office, we wish to welcome Tracey Rapp as our new district receptionist. Ms. Rapp was formerly at Knolls Elementary School and we are thrilled to have her with us, fielding your calls and handling your concerns.


While we are enjoying the many wonderful things happening around our district, our main goals continue to be increasing student engagement and academic achievement, improving customer service and making our campuses as safe as possible. Our mission is to welcome every child coming to our schools and to help them reach their highest potential. We provide an atmosphere of inclusion for all students and work hard to instill a lifelong love of learning.


We will not have the actual numbers until mid-September, but from early applications we are expecting that our declining enrollment has finally leveled off. We are 400 students ahead of our enrollment projects and we have more kindergarten admissions this year than in many years’ past, making us very optimistic about this coming year.


This year, we once again celebrate the first day of school with a social media event. For those who are willing, we ask that any pictures of your children that you post to your social media of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), that you include the hash tag #SimiSchoolsFirstDay2019on your posts. That way we can all enjoy our community’s first day of school through your photos.


Thank you for trusting us with your children. We are proud to serve our families. Please remember to drive safely in and around our schools during these first weeks especially. And remember that at Simi Valley Schools, our students go from here to anywhere!


Dr. Jason Peplinski
District Superintendent
Simi Valley Schools


The 2019-2010 Budget for the Simi Valley Unified School District was approved on June 11. Please click HERE for the budget.


The 2019-2020 Local Accountability Plan (LCAP) is approved and available. Please go HERE for access to the document.


On Feb. 9, the Today Show aired its piece on the national teacher shortage, which featured three of our teachers from Mountain View Elementary School. Teachers Erin Kutcher, Carly Wilson and Katie Muklevicz, along with Kim Uebelhardt from the Ventura County Office of Education, did an amazing job of showing the country why teachers teach. We are so very proud of you all, for being the best of the best in education and for always putting our kids first. And thank you to the entire staff and students at Mountain View for showing the Today Show how amazing you all are! The link to the piece is HERE.


Applications for Junior Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten are being accepted now for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information on these programs, please click HERE.

The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in district programs and activities. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


Every school district that receives federal funding is required to designate and/or adequately train at least one employee to coordinate the recipient's Title IX responsibilities. Title IX regulations also require the name and contact information of each Title IX coordinator be made public by the educational institution. The Simi Valley Unified School District affirms its commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals. This commitment requires that no discrimination shall occur regarding admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program and activity on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, religion or marital status.


Complaints alleging non-compliance with Title IX can be filed by using the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as identified in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600 et. seq. and the Simi Valley Unified School District Board Policy 1312.3, and should be directed to the Title IX coordinator at school site involved. The SVUSD Title IX coordinator is:


Dr. Hani Youssef, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
101 West Cochran Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065
805.306.4500, Extension 4200
email: hani.youssef@simivalleyusd.org


The Simi Valley Unified School District only offers competitive athletics as defined by Education Code 221.9(e) at Royal High School and Simi Valley High School. Please refer to their websites for more specific information on their programs.

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