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Superintendent's Update

From the Office of Superintendent Kelly Staley
November 2017

A Message of Thanks

The incredible successes celebrated in this newsletter are directly tied to the dedicated, passionate and caring members of our Chico Unified School District team. As we enter the season of gratitude, may you be filled with inspiration and joy. We're so thankful to have an entire community investing in the education and future of our students.

- Superintendent Kelly Staley

Thankful for Art

Pleasant Valley High School students transformed the school library in to an art showcase at the 2017 Fall Prelude Art Exhibit. Students curated their own space with artwork created throughout the semester.

Parents, teachers, students and staff were invited to view the gallery while enjoying smooth jazz and light refreshments.
Students from Pleasant Valley High School's culinary arts program prepared and served hors d'oeuvres for gallery attendees.


Students had an opportunity to share their view of the world through art. We invite you to view some of these incredible creations.
View Fall Prelude Art Exhibit Photos

Thankful for Music

Pleasant Valley High School Jazz Ensemble I Is Swinging

Pleasant Valley High School's Jazz Ensemble I is providing students with performance opportunities around the community. They recently played with the U.S. Marine Corp Jazz Orchestra, at Chico State's Fall Concert and at multiple school events - including the PVHS Art Studio's Fall Prelude Exhibit.

We're thankful to Band Director Ryan Heimlich and all those who support the music program throughout the community.

Thankful for Community

Chico High School Welcomes Senator Jim Nielsen

Students at Chico High School discussed water, agriculture and civic engagement with California Senator Jim Nielsen.

Future Farmers of America (FFA) students (Barron Bertagna and Jazmin Cauffield) guided the Senator around campus and explored the Career Technical Education (CTE) welding program. Learn More

Thankful for Facility Funding

Voter approved Measure K Bonds are opening the door to incredible building and infrastructure improvements throughout all of Chico Unified School District. Thanks to these additional funds, students will be enjoying new fields, upgraded technology and science labs and additional classrooms.

Construction is abound throughout many of the campuses, and we invite you to learn more about some of these projects.
Pleasant Valley High School
Pleasant Valley High School's new field demonstrates the pride and unity students feel when they come out to support sporting events.
Chico High School
The new scoreboard at Chico High School was installed. New equipment will allow for instant replays and can be customized to work with a variety of different sports.
Photo of Chapman campus
Chapman Elementary School

A DROPS Grant award created comprehensive landscaping and building changes to encourage water efficiency and learning opportunities.
Construction is underway at Shasta Elementary School. Students will be gaining new buildings to accommodate the growing student population, security fencing and a single point of entry for safety.
Learn More

Grateful for Food

Photo of Administrators serving food.
Chico Unified School District's Nutrition Services Department brings administrators, parents and students together for their Turkey Feast. An annual tradition, the Thanksgiving Feast places students at the center of celebration and ensures everyone has the opportunity for a hot, turkey meal with all the fixings. Learn more.
Growing Compassion & Strong Communities
Photo of Student Leadership Team collecting food.

Little Chico Creek's Student Leadership Team is proud to announce the school raised over 800 cans for Community Action Agency of Butte County, which runs the North State Food Bank program.

Many of our schools are giving back to the community this holiday season by donating food to our Butte County neighbors. We're so proud of their hard work and compassion!

Giving Back Through Community Outreach

Volunteering at Treat Street
Superintendent Staley, along with fellow Rotary Members, helped provide safe passage for youth during the downtown Halloween Treat Street celebration.
Make A Difference Day

Principal Allen, along with fellow Chapman Elementary volunteers, spent the afternoon cleaning up the Chico Creek Nature Center.
Fifth Graders Make Monthly Visit to Amber Grove Place
Instructor Beth Geise from Hooker Oak Elementary takes her fifth grade class to visit their "grandbuddies" from Amber Grove Place assisted living facility every month. She's working to bridge the generation gap and get students in to the community.

Thankful for Students

Most days instructors spend their energy planning and teaching our students. We have to stop and take pause when the students turn around and teach us.

Please enjoy this student production from Fair View High School.
BLAST after school program students filmed and produced this powerful video. Meet the Real Fair View Youthforce Class of 2017.

Reflections Upon Recent Events

Chico Unified School District takes students and staff safety extremely seriously.  The recent events in neighboring Tehama County reinforce the need for our school administrators and staff to continue their vigilance in monitoring our school campuses.
Thanks to the support of our community, CUSD recently passed Measure K.  Funds from Measure K have been used to increase security at our campuses, including security fencing, single points of entry, and security cameras.  In addition, each school develops a Safe School Plan every year. 
District and site leadership teams work with school site staff to ensure that the staff knows how to respond in a variety of situations, ranging from severe weather to an intruder on campus.  To this end, CUSD schools have been holding Code Red Drills to reinforce with students and staff how to respond in case of an emergency.  Further, students and staff are encouraged to immediately report any suspicious activities or behaviors that cause unease.
We encourage families to check Twitter (@Chico_Unified) and our website ( as we update information, including school safety messages, on a regular basis.
It is our desire that through the work we do on a daily basis, Chico Unified can play a part in ending senseless violence in our communities.  This includes the work being done to improve our school facilities as well as our focus on the social, emotional, and academic development of our students.
CUSD offers both heartfelt condolences and any support we can provide to all those impacted by the events in Rancho Tehama. Our hearts overflow with gratitude for our community's first responders and law enforcement officials.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars with the following upcoming events:
  • CUSD Kindergarten Faire - Thursday, 11/30
  • CUSD Kindergarten Registration - Monday, 12/4 - Thursday, 12/7
  • Chico Junior High School - Fall Concert (12/7/17)
  • Chico Junior High School - Piano Recital (12/12/17)
  • Willy Wonka - Hooker Oak Elementary (12/8/17-12/10/17)
  • PVHS Phoenix Wearable Art Fashion Show - Saturday, 4/21/18
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