Welcome to Ygnacio Valley Elementary School!
As the new principal I expect to continue the wonderful work of our past principal, Christine Richardson, and the amazing staff here at YVE. Mrs. Richardson said that YVE was the hidden gem of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and I believe this to be true. The staff has already welcomed me and has made me feel at home here. The families and staff here are clearly proud of our school and the growth the students have accomplished.
Information you should know:
- YVE has celebrated continued growth on the Academic Progress Index (API) over the past 7 years.
- Our Kindergarten program is unique in that we provide an extended Kindergarten day. Whereas, most schools have a 3 1/2 hour Kindergarten day, Kindergarten students at YVE attend school for 5 hours daily. This allows us to offer plenty of time to master the standards that are foundational to lifelong learning while still making time for activities that foster creativity and socialization.
- YVE is a site that receives Quality Education Investment Act money, which allows us to maintain lower class sizes of 20:1 in grades K-3 and 25:1 in grades 4-5.
- All students in grades Kindergarten-5 participate in Learning Academies in both Reading and Math. Learning Academies have been successful in meeting the diverse learning needs of our students. Students who require additional support in certain skills receive it, and students who have already mastered a skill can extend their learning by using their skills in more complex ways.
- YVE has the CARES After School Program, which provides homework help time, enrichment activities, and health and nutrition programs through a free after school program until 6 p.m. each day for students in grades K-5.
I look forward to working with you this year, getting to know all the YVE families, and making an impact with you and your child as we prepare our students for 21st century learning.
Linn Kissinger, Principal
Upcoming Events and Announcements
- 11/25-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)
- 12/09-12/20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences. Early dismissal each day for grades 1st-5th at 1:00pm.
Kindergarten dismissed regular time at 12:50pm.
- 12/23-01/03 - Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
- December 2013 newsletter available now. Past newsletters available under the "Information" tab.