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August 18, 2017


Dear Venture Students and Parents:


Welcome to the 2017-18 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 hybrid school setting that strives on educating students through independent study (one to one and small group class instruction).  Venture is an essential hub of learning for the SRVUSD 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.


We are very excited to announce the recent reauthorization of our six year WASC Accreditation term (2017-2023) and applaud the work our entire school and district community.  We have seen a tremendous amount of growth at Venture School over the years, especially the last three years, and we appreciate your support as we continue the process of planning, evaluating and implementing programs that support our thriving learning environment for all students.


Each month, during the 2017-2018 school year, you will notice that we will be highlighting our school Mission and Vision and schoolwide Values (Validating, Empowering, Nurturing, Teaching, Understanding, Recognizing and celebrating the Extraordinary students that come to Venture).  Reviewing our mission, vision, goals and expectations will help to keep our community laser focused on student interest, growth and success.


We are also excited for our ongoing programs and new offerings at Venture, including:


  • NEW! Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
  • NEW! California Scholastic Federation (CSF – High School)
  • NEW! “Venture into Ceramics” Student / Guardian Ceramics Course
  • NEW! Mantra’s Matter Elective
  • NEW! Scholastic Book Club Orders K -12
  • NEW! Increased Mathematics Lab Times
  • NEW! Increased Spanish Lab Times
  • NEW! Drawing Essentials and Comics and Cartooning Classes
  • Student Leadership Class
  • Venture Climate Committee
  • Self Defense Elective
  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (11th & 12th Grade)
  • Academic Enrichment Course
  • Updated Digital Photography Elective
  • Book Club
  • Tennis Club (Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00)



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 / starting a club, or to building regular time into their day to study at Venture.

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. We are always looking for parent volunteers: Whether it be our Venture School Site Council that oversees our instructional program and ensures that school resources are used effectively to support the needs of our students and/or our Venture PTSA that is essential to Venture’s overall success by encouraging parent involvement, and providing informative and educational meetings that shares the important work of PTA’s across the district.


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 mbchamberlain@srvusd.net


In partnership,


Matt Chamberlain

Principal, Venture School




Venture Counseling Corner:


Hi Venture Vikings! Welcome Back to a new school year! It’s a pleasure to work with you and your children to help facilitate success for their future. Here are some notes and reminders from the Counseling Office:


Seniors: It’s an exciting time for Seniors as they continue to think about what will happen after graduation, June 7, 2018.  This is the time to ensure proper planning so plans can be carried out for Fall 2018.  


SAT Updates:  SAT has added an August administration for August 26th.  There is no September administration.  October registration closes Sept. 8th.  Students should plan on taking the SAT or ACT 2 times for optimal scores.  November testing is the only time to take a Language with Listening test.  


Schedule Changes:  Students that need to adjust their concurrent schedules need to see Ms. Kruse for possibilities.  Not all changes are possible at the comprehensive schools.  Counselors do the best with-in the Master Scheduling abilities, but not able to accommodate all changes all the time.


Applications to 4-Year Universities:  If students are planning to apply to ANY 4-year school, they need to use their Naviance account to add ANY school they are applying to.  Students also need to make an appointment with Ms. Kruse starting Sept. 5 to ensure they are on the correct timeline for their applications.  



Alissa Kruse

Counselor, Venture School






Venture School will be offering monthly opportunities to “Venture into Ceramics” with Debbie Slaydon.  “Venture into Ceramics” classes are designed for students and guardians to work together in a structured art environment.  The classes will focus on skills and techniques that lead to a finished / glazed art project in a relaxed atmosphere.


This fun ceramics opportunity will also be a fundraiser for Venture School and is limited to up to 12 couples (students and guardians).  September’s classes will focus on pinch pots and will meet on September 6th and 20th from 3:30p – 5:00p.  Please see the attached flyer for registration and enrollment information. Sign-up now, only 12 open spots!!!



Important Dates:


August 21, 2017                     Solar Eclipse Day @ 9:45a – 10:30a (Venture Parking Lot)


August 22, 2017                     Venture Site Council @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Staff Lounge)


August 30, 2017                     Elementary Parent Night @ 6:00p – 7:00p (Tech Room)


September 4, 2017                  Labor Day Holiday – No School


September 6, 2017                  “Venture into Ceramics” Ceramics Course @ 3:30p – 5:00p


September 13, 2017                Student Climate Committee @ 12:00p – 1:00p (Classroom 2)


September 13, 2017                Back to School Night @ 6:30p – 8:30p


September 19, 2017                PTSA General Meeting @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Tech Room)


September 20, 2017                “Venture into Ceramics” Ceramics Course @ 3:30p – 5:00p


September 26, 2017                Venture Site Council @ 3:00p – 4:00p (Staff Lounge)


September 28, 2017                Venture Picture Day @ 9:00a – 1:00p (Art Room)




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