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Saturday, October 19, 2019

News & Updates

News & Updates

Ventura Unified Seeking Applicants for Surplus Property 7-11 Advisory Committee. - Monday, October 14, 2019

Ventura Unified Seeking Applicants for Surplus Property 7-11 Advisory Committee

The Ventura Unified School District Board of Education is establishing a committee to advise the District and Board, in connection with the development of policies and procedures relating to the sale or lease of surplus real property owned by the District.   The Board of Education invites all interested community members to apply for membership on the 7-11 Advisory Committee.  The new committee will consist of between seven and eleven members who must live in the District and be representative of at least one of the following:

  • The ethnic, age group and socioeconomic composition of the District;
  • The business community, such as store owners, managers or supervisors;
  • Landowners or renters, with preference to be given to representatives of neighborhood associations;
  • District employees
  • Parent/guardian of students;
  • Persons with expertise in environmental, legal, construction and/or land-use planning, including, but not limited to, knowledge of the zoning and other land-use restrictions of the City and County of Ventura

Members of the 7-11 Committee can expect to meet two to three times to complete its review and recommendations to the Board of Education, with tentative meetings set for November 19 and December 17, 2019, and January 21, 2020.

Applications will be available starting Friday, October 11 and will be accepted until 4:30 pm on November 4, 2019. A District selection committee will meet to review applications and make recommendations to the Board of Education. The application is available at online at and at the District office (255 W Stanley Avenue, Ventura).

Please contact Betsy George, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services (805) 641-5000 ext. 1202 or for additional information.


Public Safety Power Shutoff Update 10-10-19 @2:00 pm - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Public Safety Power Shutoff Update


10/11/19 3:00 pm UPDATE

Weather and Potential Power Shutoff Update

VUSD has been monitoring air quality and the weather.  At this time, the District has decided to allow all athletic activities that have not already been canceled, to go on as scheduled. However, the District, Athletic Directors, and Coaches will continue to monitor and take appropriate action if last-minute cancellations to athletic activities need to occur. If those decisions are made close to start time, we may not be able to post that information before your arrival at the facility.

If a student-athlete feels that they are unable to participate in athletic activities today, those requests will be accommodated without consequence but should be addressed with the coach before the start time.

Good luck to all of our athletes who are competing this weekend!


10/11/19 10:30 am UPDATE

The Ventura Unified School District continues to monitor air quality.  Each time there is an event that triggers air quality issues we do advise school sites on the proper procedures and protocols to keep all of our children as safe as possible. 

Earlier this morning the District recommended that all schools go to an indoor schedule today. Although we did advise an indoor schedule, air quality can change and fluctuate greatly and therefore school sites change procedures based on air quality.

We continue to communicate with those running large events today and to the best of our ability we will post updates regarding large VUSD events that will affect many of our families, here on Facebook, however, we request that you direct any specific school and after-school program questions to that particular school or the program advisor/coach.  


10/11/19 9:30 am UPDATE

UPDATE on Weather and Potential Power Shutoffs:
The cross country meet scheduled for today at De Anza Middle School has been canceled. Additional information can be obtained from your coach. Thank you.


10/11/19 7:40 am UPDATE

At this time ALL Ventura Unified Schools are open. The District offices will be monitoring both the potential for power shutoffs and air quality throughout the day. The District will advise the school sites and will update the parents/guardians should the need arise. Decisions will be made with student and staff safety as the priority.

We understand that these winds and the fire currently happening at the Santa Clara River could bring up anxiety for some. If this is the case, please remind your students to speak with their teachers or school counselors, we are here for them.

Please note, if our power does go out, this will impact traffic lights. If this occurs we ask everyone to be extremely cautious, especially around our schools.


10/10/19 UPDATE

Southern California Edison continues to monitor circuits throughout Ventura County to determine if there is a need for a Public Safety Power Shutoff. We encourage all families to keep updated with the interactive map at As of now, only two schools look as if they could potentially be affected, Foothill Technology High School and Loma Vista Elementary (at the very edge of a potentially impacted area).

In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), or power outage, Ventura Unified School District schools and other facilities and programs will continue to operate to the extent possible. If needed, the Superintendent, in collaboration with Principals, Assistant Superintendents, Risk Management, and local agencies, will determine if school(s) need to be closed and will send a notification as soon as possible. If the power goes out, and we determine we need to close school(s), we will ensure staff remains on campus for supervision until all students have been picked up.

During a power shutoff, we will continue to serve food, as our Food & Nutrition Services have a full ‘power outage’ plan and menu, which they are prepared to serve in the event of an outage.

We plan to run our buses on their routes at their scheduled times. If school closes early, staff will remain with the students who take the bus until it is time for the normal pick-up time. Please note that traffic lights may be affected, which may delay bus pick-up and drop-off times. If this plan changes for any unforeseen reason, we will notify families as soon as possible.

If a power outage does occur, our traditional “land-line” phones will not be working.

However, parents can call our District offices at 805-641-5000 and press 0 during this potential power outage, and we will facilitate calls and information through this number. If our power goes out at the District office, we will put an emergency number on our website at and our Facebook page at

We encourage all of our families to sign up with VC Alert, the Ventura County emergency notification system at This will provide additional non-school related information during all Ventura County emergencies.

We are committed to supporting the learning of every student through these power shutoff events, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we adjust to these new challenges. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school before an outage. We will work closely with families to resolve any unforeseen issues.

Ventura USD Appoints Anna Winslow as Principal of ATLAS Elementary School - Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Ventura USD Appoints Anna Winslow as Principal of ATLAS Elementary School

The Ventura Unified School District Board of Education voted 5-0 this evening to appoint Mrs. Anna Winslow, Principal of ATLAS Elementary School. Mrs. Winslow takes over for Mrs. Jennifer Duston, who served as the ATLAS Principal for the past ten years before resigning on September 13 to take a position with the Franklin Covey Foundation.

As the new leader of ATLAS (a Franklin Covey Leader in Me “Lighthouse School”), Mrs. Winslow brings with her 21 years of professional educational experience, including seven years as a site administrator. The last four years she has served as a Principal at Kamaile Academy in Waianae, Hawaii, a pre-K to 12th-grade school of over 900 students.

After moving to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child, Mrs. Winslow grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Cal State University, Northridge. She began her career as an educator at Wiley Canyon Elementary school in the Newhall School District for seven years and served as a grade-level chair and BTSA Support provider. Upon moving to Hawaii, Mrs. Winslow taught at the elementary level for three years at Kamaile Elementary, where she also held the role of grade-level chair for third grade. Mrs. Winslow was then selected to be the Math Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator (K-8) at Kamaile and also served as the After School Coordinator. In July , she was named Vice-Principal for PK-3rd grade and PK-12th-grade Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator for Kamaile. In 2014, Kamaile earned the distinction of being the Most Improved Charter School in Hawaii. In July 2014, she was selected Principal of Kamaile Academy (Pre-K – 12th) and served there for four years before she and her husband returned to the mainland in 2018 for family reasons. A Ventura County resident for the past year, she has provided over 100 leadership workshops to our U.S. Naval personnel in California, New Mexico, and Virginia while working for Transformation Systems, Inc.

The Ventura USD is excited to welcome Mrs. Winslow to the VUSD!



Young children and their families are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at the 13th annual StoryFest, planned for Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Ventura, 9 am to 2 pm.  This free event features story-telling, book giveaways, hands-on activities, Truckfest (opportunity for children to get up close and touch trucks and a fire engine), food for purchase, buy-one-get-one-free book fair and plenty of fun.  Media are invited to attend this special event at the Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Avenue, Ventura. The event is presented by Ventura Education Partnership and Ventura Unified School District. Major sponsors include Elks Lodge 1430 and First 5 Ventura County.

Community members from all walks of life will be reading books throughout the day in each of the six story tents.  Books will be read in English and Spanish, and every child attending the event will receive a free book.  Children and families will also be able to sign-up for library cards at the event by presenting a photo identification plus proof of residential address.  Special activities will be offered by local organizations serving children. 

The event celebrates the importance of reading to children.  Sharing books and stories with children, including infants and toddlers, is an important way of helping children prepare to read.  According to experts, families that encourage songs, stories, and books at a young age help their children be better students when they enter school years later. StoryFest will showcase many local programs and services available for families with young children.

VEP connects community resources to support and sustain innovation in education to benefit VUSD students. 

Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) is an all-volunteer group which fosters community recognition of the work of VUSD district teachers and staff and enlists the participation of parents, businesses, and community members in the education of our district’s children. For more information contact Kay Giles at 805-701-8984 or      



The Philadelphia 76er gives back to the school he attended as a child  

NBA Philadelphia 76ers’ James Ennis III had a few days off from training camp and he used that time to fly home and make a stop at his old elementary school, Ventura Unified School District’s Sheridan Way Elementary.  This hometown hero will be joined the Sheridan Way students at a school-wide assembly on Friday, August 30, 2019, to provide school supplies, sports equipment, and a pep talk as they kick off their year.

“At Sheridan Way, we tell our students that anything can be accomplished as long as they work hard and stay focused. Having the opportunity to have James Ennis, who is a product of the neighborhood and has had success, give that same message was priceless,” stated Sheridan Way Principal, Maria

Elizarraras.  “Our students can relate to him, and I am confident that his visit will inspire them to work even harder to achieve their goals. It will also give them a sense of pride in their neighborhood and will remind them of the importance of always giving back and helping others.” 

James grew up in Ventura and is a product of the Ventura Unified School District. In addition to attending Sheridan Way, he attended Cabrillo Middle School, and Ventura High School, where he played basketball. If he was not playing basketball, you could find him with his five siblings playing soccer, skateboarding, or rollerblading around town.  

“I wanted to donate to Sheridan Way because it is important for me to give back to the community where I grew up.  My education has helped me throughout my life, I learned to work hard and have discipline in everything I do.  The future for these kids is everything and this is one small way I can make an impact on their lives,” stated Ennis. 

James Ennis III played basketball throughout his VUSD career, went on to play for Ventura College and in 2010-11 he was named first team All-California Community College Athletic Association and first team All-Western State Conference after averaging 20.3 points, per game. He scored 1,053 points in two seasons of junior college basketball.  In his junior season, he joined the Long Beach State team.  After leading his team to the Big West Championship in 2013, he was named Big West Player of the Year and an AP Honorable Mention All-American. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 with the 50th overall pick and currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sheridan Way Academy of International Language Studies is an elementary school within the Ventura

Unified School District in the northern region of the City of Ventura.  Dedicated to their International Language Program, Sheridan Way promotes respect, significance, and the value of all cultures through the acquisition of English, Spanish, and Chinese languages. They also prepare their students for the demands of the 21st century technological expectations through integration of lessons and resources to foster creativity, innovation, and independent thinkers.

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