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ATTN: 11th & 12th GRADERS:

Ed Tech Connect at Monte Vista High School

Come join us for a night of Virtual Reality Learning!  Educators, technology professionals, & students will connect to share ideas about how this emerging technology can transform education! Azine Davoudzadeh, SRVUSD Educator, will lead an evening of learning and conversation about the future of VR in our schools. Dinner will be provided. 



6:00pm-7:00pm - Mix & Mingle, Demos and Dinner

7:00pm-7:30pm - Presentations

7:30pm-8:30pm - Break Out Groups

8:30pm-9:00pm - Mix & Mingle, Demos


*More information will be emailed directly to attendees before the event date.


**Event Sponsored by SRVEF, SFVR 360, ED Tech Connect, & Whole Foods



Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 11/6/17

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Greetings Venture School Families,


Welcome to November! I would like to start November by thanking each of you for your commitment and support of our Venture School PTSA campaign to provide Youth Relief Kits in response to the fires in Napa and Sonoma.  As a school, we were able to send over 200 Youth Relief Kits that went immediately into the hands of students in need throughout the Sonoma Valley.  I was asked to pass on that “they appreciate your support and the love in the air that day was thicker than the smoke in Sonoma.” Great Job Vikings!


I would also like to thank our school community and the Venture School PTSA for recognizing Red Ribbon Week and reminding students about the dangers of drug abuse, using illegal drugs and/or medicine without a prescription. We also made Red pens available to all our students with label reminder about positive health and well-being. It was great to see the Red Ribbons throughout the campus as a reminder of our community commitment to student health and well-being. Thank you!


For the month of November, we are highlighting our 3rd Venture school wide Value: “Nurturing: The Venture School community helps students acquire the character strength to function in an increasingly challenging world.”


Lastly, we are excited to bring the Donors Choose crowdfunding opportunity to Venture School!  Donors Choose is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to bringing support, through direct online donations, to classroom and school project needs…and the donations are tax deductible!!!   Being one of the smaller schools in the SRVUSD means that we have a smaller budget than our comprehensive neighbors, even though we have the same needs as the larger comprehensive schools. Currently, the Donors Choose community has funded 12 Chromebooks for Venture School…we don’t want to stop there! All Venture teachers have active Donors Choose projects to be funded and have a deadline of December 31st. Please click the link below to learn about how to get involved:


November can be a challenging time for students as they strive to keep up with their assignments given the distraction of the holidays and breaks. Please encourage your student to take full advantage of the small group classes and labs, our open facility (8:30a – 3:30p) and working with the teachers to schedule productive study time at school and at home. For most students, devising a dedicated morning or afternoon block of time, dedicated to academics, seems to work best.



  • Ceramics Class – Venture School is offering 50% off our student and parent “Intro to Ceramics” course ($30 per couple) in November and December from 3:30p – 5:30p. See Venture Office Manager Dennice Barnes for details @


As we approach the end of the year, we have some important announcements to pass on…please see below.


In Partnership,

Matt Chamberlain



Important Dates / Events:




  • Friday, 11/10/17: Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL


  • Tuesday, 11/14/17: PTSA General Meeting @ 6:30p – 7:30p (Besides our PTSA Executive Board Members, we need an additional 15 students and/or parents to make the meeting official. Please add this to your calendar!)


  • Monday – Friday 11/20/17 – 11/24/17: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL Click link for some Thanksgiving humor:



Counselor Updates:


November 2017

As we get ready to celebrate what we are thankful for, November brings to the forefront Good Nutrition, Hunger awareness, Indian Heritage Month, and even Peanut Butter Lover’s month.  Yum!  Here’s more about other items to be aware to make the most of your November.


Stay Healthy This Fall

With the change in the weather, it is easy to feel a little low on energy or possibly catch a cold.

Here are 6 ways to stay healthy this fall.  Since I’ve lost my voice, I know I should have had more of #3.


Plan for the Break:

In the midst of hopefully the yummy food you will be eating and fun times to be had, plan ahead if there are extra tasks to complete since this is an extra week in the academic calendar.  If your child is behind in English by 2 tasks, choose the days that will work best to complete those assignments.  Monday and Wednesday from 10-12 and 2-4.  Give yourself time to rest, and complete your best work.  The week will come and go with travel, family, friends, and hopefully many laughs as well.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Alissa Kruse


Venture School

(925) 479-1215

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*Find the SPECIAL word and win a prize!:

Read the entire newsletter from top to bottom, and if you find the secret word – come to our front office and tell us what the word is and what it was in relation to within the newsletter, and claim your prize!


This month’s secret word is: couple

Good Luck and GO VIKINGS!

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 11/6/17

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Venture School wants to send our sympathies to those affected by the fires in Santa Rosa and Napa. Venture School in partnership with Venture PTSA, wants to take action and help where we can. After researching current needs with the Evacuation Center at Sonoma Valley High School, we will be collecting items and putting together "youth relief kits" and we need your help!  Starting today, we are asking our Venture Families or any San Ramon residents/parent to help by donating the following items in a large gallon sized zip-lock bag.


Items needed in bag:

1 Small Comb or Brush

1 Pack Facial Wipes / Baby Wipes (Travel size unscented)

1 Lip Balm

1 Toothpaste (Travel Size)

1 Toothbrush (Travel Size)

1 Dental Floss (Travel Size)

1 Hand Sanitizer (Travel Size)

1 Hand Lotion (Travel Size)

1 Deodorant (Travel Size)

1 Hand Soap (Travel Size)

1 Dry Shampoo (Travel Size)

1 Body Wash (Travel Size)

1 Beef Jerky

1 Granola Bar

1 Apple Sauce (Pouch)

5 Band Aids (any size)

1 Small Coloring Book and Crayons (small 5 colors)


Once bag is completed please drop it off at our Venture School front office 10540 Albion Road – San Ramon (next door to DVHS) no later than Wednesday, October 25th by 3:30pm.  We will have them delivered to the evacuation center. Thank you in advance for your generosity –

Go Viking Family!


Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 10/12/17

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Venture’s annual Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th. We will begin at 6:30p with a self-guided “Venture around Venture” tour where, upon arrival you, will receive a passport to get stamped at each destination throughout the tour. Collect all 9 stamps and each person will receive a prize and if your prize is color coded, you might be the winner of a $50, $25, $10, or $5 gift card. We have over 20! gift cards to give away that night!  Don’t forget to get your stamp at the short Principal’s presentation at 7:00p in the Main Study Room which is a stop on the passport tour. Students and parents who have signed-up (bring your printed receipt) for the “Run for Education” or sign-up at the Back to School Night “Run for Education” passport stop will receive a special prize that evening! Teachers and staff look forward to meeting you and creating that critical link for your student’s success in school.

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 9/13/17

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If you are looking for volunteer hours and enjoy working with kids (grades-2-7), please consider becoming a mentor for the Imagineering Program offered by the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF). This is a significant volunteering opportunity as mentoring assignments are available for multiple times during the year and during the summer. For each Imagineering class we offer, we employ 4-5 high school mentors. It's a great resume builder for your college applications and the children enrolled value the intimate support our mentors provide by keeping the ratios low during each class.


Imagineering is a beyond school enrichment program for SRVUSD students. The goal of Imagineering is to spark student interest in choosing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes in middle and high school with the ultimate goal of identifying more STEAM majors who will ultimately become highly sought after talent in the US corporate workplace.


For more information about Imagineering:


Interested students should compete a survey at:


Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 8/23/17

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Please see the Registration Page.

Are you returning to Venture School?

Registration for Venture School 2017 – 2018 will look at little different than in previous years. This year, we are emailing the registration packets  to each Venture Primary Enrolled Family ( e.g. students who take four or more classes at Venture School).
Please check your email accounts ASAP as the Registration packet is attached.  We ask that each family print, COMPLETE, review and return the materials during the week of May 22nd – 26th from 9:00a to 3:00p (closed for lunch from 12:00p – 1:00p each day).

The early return of the registration materials will help us facilitate our enrollment, plan our master room schedule and allow us to better serve our Venture families.
If you have any questions about the registration materials please email

Venture Manager Dennice Barnes at

In Partnership,

Matt Chamberlain

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 5/11/17

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Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! May 1st - May 5th.

Don't forget to congratulate your teacher this week!

Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 4/25/17

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Three balloons on ribbons

We LOVE our Office Assistant Vivian Jeffery who has been at Venture for 16 years!  Please join us in Congratulating her for all her hard work year after year serving the

Venture community.


Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 4/18/17

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Please join San Ramon Valley Street Smarts on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Danville for the FREE California Highway Patrol (CHP) “Start Smart” assembly, sponsored by State Farm Insurance.


“Start Smart” is a two-hour driver safety education class delivered by the CHP to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. At the event, CHP officers speak directly to the audience through candid conversations by discussing collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, aspects of distracted driving, driver/parent responsibilities and what precautions they all need to stay safe.


One parent must attend with their teen. Arrive at 6 p.m. to try the “Texting and Driving” simulator. Register at and select San Ramon Valley High School from the list.



Posted by: District Admin, District Admin, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Published: 4/14/17

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/11/17

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Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/10/17

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Don't forget our WASC Committee will be visiting Venture this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Posted by: Dennice Barnes
Published: 3/9/17

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Each February - March, the SRVUSD Climate Committee conducts a survey of all 4-12 grade students to gather data about how students feel about their school environment. The information is used by school sites when developing their Comprehensive School Safety Plans and help inform site level and district decision-making.


The links below will provide you with access to the "student engagement and connectedness surveys" for each grade span:


Survey for Grades 4 & 5


Survey for Grades 6-8


Survey for Grades 9-12

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 3/1/17

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The Middle School Technology Enrichment Class has been cancelled for Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 PM. The following week, Wednesday, March 8 the class will begin the unit on e-textiles.


Here are some resources to whet the students' appetites:

Introduction to E-Textiles

Formal Wear Bling

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 2/27/17

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There is a PTSA meeting today at noon in the Tech Room. The membership dues are $10 and cash or check are welcomed. 

Posted by: Kaylyn Patricio
Published: 2/16/17

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Please use the Access the login page for the survey using the following URL:


Select your grade and type in the following School Code:  AF79XF

Please note the School Code is case sensitive.


Click here for more information about the CA Healthy Kids Survey.


Posted by: Benjamin Mendoza
Published: 10/31/16