ana chavezDear DVS Families, 

On November 10th, over 60 families attended Coffee with the Principal from 8am to 10am.  At the meeting, we discussed the Charter Renewal Process, the 2016 Election and what it means for our community, and reviewed and practiced common core mathematical concepts.

Charter Schools must be renewed every 5 years by their authorizer, and our authorizer is the Los Angeles Unified District (LAUSD).  The LAUSD Charter Division unit audits DVS every year on Academic Achievement, Operations, Governance, and Fiscal Operations, and recommends either for renewal or denial to the LAUSD Board every 5 years.   This year, the Charter Division Unit has recommended DVS for a 5-year Charter Renewal, the LAUSD Board will be voting to approve or deny the recommendation this upcoming Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 5pm.  If you would like to show your support and attend the board meeting, please meet us in the school ‘s playground at 2:30pm on Tuesday, November 15th and we can carpool to LAUSD Head Quarters  located at 333 South Beaudry LA CA 90017. If you are interested in participating, please click on this link for more information.

Donald Trump has been elected by the electoral vote as our new president.  Many families who are or have family members undocumented are worried about what is going to happen to students and families in this community.  We will be having a speaker at our next Coffee with the Principal discussing rights and answering any questions you may have about your status.  We will also be conducting a workshop on how the school and families can create a Deportation Plan in case a parent(s) or guardian(s) were to be deported.  There is also a lot of anxiety among the students, so we have our counselor available, and we continue to ensure our students they are safe in our school.  For more questions on immigrant rights and actions the US Immigration Costumes Enforcement takes please go to this link.

If you stayed long enough at Coffee with the Principal, you learned about the relationship between additional and multiplication and subtraction and division.  Parents learned several strategies to multiply and divide, and got a chance to practice solving several math problems.  Parents learned about common errors made by students, and the importance of teaching students to value the process and learning from mistakes.  For more information on general data about our school go to the CDE website and click on Data Quest.  For more information on the State Test practice Exams go to caaspp.org and click submit without any information.  For more information on the common core multiplication and division strategies go to this you tube video.     

Sincerely,
Ana J. Chavez
Principal, Downtown Value School

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ana chavezDear DVS Families,  

On September 12, 2016 and September 21, 2016 we had a very well attended Coffee with the Principal and Schoolwide Meeting.  Over 100 families came to these two meetings one in the morning from 8am to 9am and one in the evening from 5pm to 6:30pm.  Families received information on the following: 

  • How to be involved
  • Different ways the school communicates with parents
  • How to read your child’s state exam scores
  • How to support your child academically with state exams
  • Procedures for parent complaints
  • Homework Policy
  • Defining Rigor
  • Discussed our Schoolwide Discipline Philosophy  and tools we are using this year
  • Tutoring Support and options
  • The Local Control Accountability Plan
  • The School Budget
  • Upcoming Parent Workshops and events

Do not worry if you missed both meetings; we will meet again for Coffee with the Principal every second Thursday of the month at 8am and for another schoolwide meeting on October 12, February 15th, and May 17th from 5 to 6pm. 

At Coffee with the Principal, a couple of parents requested that I address the negative conversations parents are having  while standing by the school’s gate in the morning as this brings the morale of other parents down.  If you notice other parents that speak negatively about school procedures, the school staff, other people’s children, other parents, or have any concerns about teacher retention, the budget, or anything that comes to mind, please encourage them to make an appointment with the person in charge of that particular program and we will address it.  Spreading rumors or talking about problems rather than addressing them will not help make things change.   It is a normal part of life for conflicts and misunderstandings to occur, but how we choose to resolve problems is the important lesson we are teaching our children. If you hear parents speaking negatively about an issue, I encourage you to do three things:

  • Share the positive experiences you have had
  • Encourage them to bring concerns with possible solutions to the administrative team
  • Become involved and informed at Coffee with the Principal, schoolwide meetings, and parent governance meetings such as the PTO, the School Site Council, and the ELAC committee. 

It takes a village to educate our students.  In order to ensure that your child will graduate from a four year university and that he/she will be successful in life, we must collaborate in this long journey ahead of us.  Let’s be proactive and involved in a positive way and lift our programs up.  

Warm regards,

Ana J. Chavez
Principal, Downtown Value School

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ana chavezDear DVS Families,  

I hope all of you had a restful summer break with your family and friends and that you are ready to begin the school year.  Our faculty has been working really hard over the summer upgrading the facility, attending professional development, planning instructional units, and collecting and organizing school forms. 

We switched our air conditioning equipment and lights for more environmentally friendly heating ventilation air condition units and LED sensor lights.  The student restroom tiles were replaced, and the playground’s pavement was restriped and treated to cover any cracks and prevent injuries. All of these changes were made to ensure your child is in a facility where environmental factors do not get in the way of his/her learning. 

Over the summer the California Department of Education sent us the state exam test results for our students.  We made a 100% growth in Language Arts and a 50% growth in Math.  You may pick up your child’s test scores from his/her current teacher or the office. Please make sure you congratulate your child for his/her growth and that you set a new goal for this year.  More information will be given on this topic at Coffee with the Principal and at Back to School Night.  We will be highlighting students who are at or exceed in ELA and Math on Monday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:55 am. 

Besides all the facility upgrades, what is new this year?  We will be having art classes all year long and daily PE classes for kinder through 5th grade.  We also have instructional coaches (Ms. Villanueva, Ms. Cohen, Ms. Orellana, and Mr. T) and part time instructional aides in every single grade to support students and our teachers.  Our Assistant Principals Ms. Qavi and Dr. Codio will be in the main office to answer any questions and concerns you may have, and Ms. Chavez will be in her office, next to the parent center, in room B3. 

This year, we are submitting a charter renewal petition for Downtown Value School to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors.  We will be discussing more on this topic at Coffee with the Principal every second Thursdays of the month and at a school wide parent meeting on September 21, 2016.

This year our goal is for over 60% of our students to be at or exceed grade level standards and to have “Less than Five” absences.  We want you to continue honoring our school values by sending your child to school every day and on time, setting goals to go beyond his/her potential, to continue instilling behaviors that promote respect for peers and adults, and encouraging him/her to collaborate with others and make a difference in the world.  We want you to continue supporting your child in his/her journey to attain a college degree.  We want to encourage you to be involved in many aspects of the school program.  Please review the workshop calendar for the year and talk to your child’s teacher to explore ways on how you can be involved. 

Welcome back and we look forward to having another wonderful year!

Warm regards,

Ana J. Chavez
Principal, Downtown Value School

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