December 2009

From the Superintendent

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know the staff appreciated having a break. Working in public education is very rewarding, but also fast paced and sometimes fairly intense, so periodic breaks are needed to renew the energy and commitment that this important work requires.

Speaking of intense, the Board of Education and district staff have been working diligently on a possible $25,000,000 solar initiative that would establish “solar carports” over several school parking lots. These structures would consist of either fixed solar panels on the roofs of the carports, or panels that move as they track the sun. This possibility has become available because our school district was drawn from a lottery allowing us to issue very low interest bonds as part of the Federal stimulus program. The funding does have to be paid back over 15 years, which is why the Board is being cautious to make certain that the energy savings would generate enough dollars to pay back the principal amount as well as create a fund to pay for eventual replacement of the solar panels. We have been operating on the premise that the bonds had to be issued by December 31st, although we are now hearing that the state may delay the process, which may not be a bad thing as the process has been a bit rushed. Feel free share to share your thoughts on this matter with us and/or attend the December 15th Board of Education meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Education Center where the Board will continue its discussion of this proposal. See below for more information on how to provide input into the process.

On a different subject I want to thank those who attended one of the recent forums and/or sent in feedback on the proposals I presented for discussion purposes. We are still compiling all of the comments and feedback, and in January the Board will be asked to share their thoughts and feedback as they have really not had an opportunity to do so. I found the conversations at the forums to be very thoughtful and I am confident that out of this process will emerge greater clarity around the direction this fine school district should move in the months and years ahead.    

I hope December is a great month for our students and their families, and that the upcoming winter break and holidays are joyful and fun-filled for all.



Steven Enoch
Superintendent of Schools


Kindergarten Registration Begins in January

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2010-11 school year will be held from January 11 through February 19, 2010.  Please refer to the district website for more information, and to access the enrollment forms needed to enroll at your school of residence.  Please contact Educational Services at 925-552-2914 if you have any questions regarding enrollment.


Information Regarding Residential Burglaries and Crime Prevention

The City of San Ramon has been experiencing a recent increase in residential burglaries.  The majority of these have been occurring during daylight hours.  A common theme in the method of committing these crimes is that the suspect(s) first attempt to discover if the residence is occupied.  This may be accomplished by the suspect knocking on the door, if the suspect gets no answer, the suspect may attempt entry into the house; either through the front door or an alternate door or window to the side or rear of the residence.  Suspects may also ring the door bell, leave a card, and later return to the residence and check to see if the card or paper is still there, in an effort to determine if anybody is at home prior to checking the side and back yards.  If a resident answers the door, the suspect may explain that they have some legitimate business in the neighborhood; frequently advertising or soliciting for some service.
There have been several instances in which residents have observed suspicious persons at a neighbor’s house and have delayed calling the police until after the persons have departed; or they only report the suspicious activity while police are conducting an investigation into the theft that occurred at their neighbor’s house.  We urge you to contact the police department to report suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood, while that person or vehicle is still present.  It would be helpful when calling to provide as much descriptive information as possible; including person and vehicle descriptions such as: clothing being worn or make/model/color/license plate of vehicles.
As the holiday season approaches, it is common for thefts from vehicles to increase.  The local police departments would like to remind residents that they can help in preventing thefts from their vehicles by:

  1. Keeping vehicles locked
  2. Keeping all personal items, especially valuables or bags that appear to contain valuables, completely out of view.
  3. Do not park your vehicle, go to the trunk to hide personal items, and leave the vehicle parked as you conduct your business.  Thieves often watch people as they park their vehicles and see them place valuables in the trunk; this is common in shopping mall and health club parking lots.

If you have any questions or wish to report a suspicious circumstance, contact your local police dispatch.


District Seeks Input On Solar Panel Shade Structures

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) is seeking public input on the planning of a possible project to add solar panel shade structures in the parking lots at some or all of the following schools:

  • California High School
  • Dougherty Valley High School
  • Monte Vista High School
  • San Ramon Valley High School
  • Diablo Vista Middle School
  • Gale Ranch Middle School
  • Iron Horse Middle School
  • Quail Run Elementary.

If the Board of Education approves the sale of QSCBs, SRVUSD will use the funds for adding fixed-tilt shade structures and/or tracking-shade structures with solar panels at some or all the school parking lots listed above. The parking lot structures would provide shade for cars and support the solar panel arrays. The project would also include new security systems for the parking lots and appropriate lighting. The District has received examples of installations and renderings of the solar panel shade structures from four possible vendors. These renderings and photographs can be found on line at: or click here for the direct link.
The District would like to hear from the public regarding the solar panel structures. Your input concerning the planning of this project may be submitted in writing to Ms. Margaret Brown, Facilities Development, 2430 Camino Ramon Suite 240, San Ramon, CA 94583 or via email to: Please submit your written input by December 8, 2009.


Local High School Selected for Prestigious Honor



While the North Coast Section is well known for its athletic awards, it also recognizes and awards academic achievement. Each year the NCS, with the help of the schools, tracks the academic achievement of athletes.  The Elmer Brown Memorial Award recognizes such achievement.  Monte Vista High School was recently awarded the Elmer Brown Memoral Award of Excellence by the North Coast Section of California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the academic achievement of its student athletes. Pictured here are Assistant Principals Joy Brahmst and Adam Jennings, accepting the award banner at a recent meeting of the SRVUSD Board of Education.

SRVUSD Employee Kudos

Congratulations to the following SRVUSD employees for recent awards and recognitions...

  • The following teachers were named Outstanding Educators for 2008-09 by Prudential Realty: Ali Carpenter-Jordan and Annie Vargas, science teachers from Charlotte Wood Middle School; Debbie Murphy (1st Grade), Sharon Mosbaugh (2nd/3rd Grade),   Nancy Reynolds (3rd Grade) and Bea Winslow (5th Grade), classroom teachers from Montair Elementary
  • David Matley and his Speech & Debate team from Monte Vista High School brought back the first “wins” for the school ever from the prestigious Glenbrooks National Speech and Debate Tournament in Chicago.
  • PG&E Company recognized Thomas Jamison, Senior Director of Operations, Craig Cesco, Director of Maintenance & Grounds, and Scott Logan, Maintenance Coordinator, for effective energy conservation efforts on behalf of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
  • Roberta Mobley, Resource Specialist at Tassajara Hills Elementary, was recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Danville Sycamore Rotary Club.
  • Shannon Hancock, Windemere Ranch Middle School math teacher, was awarded “Outstanding Faculty Member 2009 – University of Phoenix, College of Education” for her work in the teacher credential and masters degree programs.
  • Bill Powers, Sociology, Psychology & US Government teacher and boys’ basketball coach at Monte Vista High, won the 2009 AT&T National Sportsmanship Award for helping Oakland’s McClymonds High School send its basketball team to the State Championships.  Monte Vista was nominated by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
  • Kelsey Wengel, a teacher from Dougherty Valley High, was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Danville Sycamore Rotary Club
  • Joell Marchese, Pine Valley Middle School science teacher and our own SRVUSD Teacher of the Year, advanced through the county semi-finals to become Contra Costa County 2009 Teacher of the Year!


Important Dates

  • June 7-10: Final Exam Week
  • June 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • June 10: Last Day of School (Minimum Day)
  • June 11: High School Graduation/Teacher Work Day
  • June 18: First Day of Summer School (check district website)
  • June 29: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • August 23: First Day of School for 2010-11
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