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End of Year Calendar

May 28     Memorial Day Holiday

May 30     Exhibition Night

                 Classrooms are open 6:00 - 7:30

                 Book Faire in Multi-use Room 5:00 - 8:00

June 1      DARE Culmination for 5th Grade  1:00

June 5      5th Grade Picnic 12:45                                                                                            

June 6      All School Field Day  10:30 - 12:00

                 Kindergarten Picnic  12:30

June 7      Last Day of School  11:45 Dismissal

                 Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony 8:30

                 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:45


Thursdays are Pizza Night at Papa Murphy's!

Papa Murphy's in American Canyon will donate 15% of your regularly priced purchases or 10% of discounted purchases to Napa Junction School.  You will need to show a paper flyer or the digital version in order for us to get this donation.  They are even throwing in free cookie dough for you if you participate.  

The first Thursday of every month is reserved for Napa Junction School.  Please take advantage of this business' generosity and support our school while giving yourself a night off from cooking!

View Architectural Plans for New School

NVUSD is working with the architectural firm ATI to develop plans for the new school site.  The expected opening date is August 2020.  The plans are still in the draft phase and we welcome public input.  Please feel free to contact the school principal if you have any questions or suggestions for this new school.  The plans will be finalized early fall and sent to the Division of the State Architect for final approval.  Once DSA approves the plans, they will go out to bid and construction will follow.

Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who will turn 5 by September 1, 2018?  If so, it is time to register for kindergarten.  The sooner you register, the better.  NVUSD makes decisions about teachers during the Spring. Their decisions are based on enrollment numbers.  When you wait until August to register your child, there is a good chance your child will be placed in a classroom with a substitute teacher.  Please help us avoid this scenario and register you child now.


Everything you need to know about registering is on the school district website enrollment page.


Does your child turn 5 between September 2, 2018 and December 2, 2018?  If so, it is time to register for our Transitional kindergarten program.  We only have 24 spots for our TK students.  TK is not required so when that class is full, all other applicants are turned away or placed in programs in Napa schools.  If you would like your child to attend Napa Junction as a TK student, it is best to register now!

One Student Who Rises Above


We are proud to introduce Gladys to you.  Mrs. Ireland and Mrs. Topal nominated Gladys for an award that recognized her personal growth as a student this year.  Gladys developed a wonderful growth mindset which opened up so many learning opportunities to her this year.  In years past she struggled with confidence and was easily overcome by academic challenges.  This year she decided that challenges are not insurmountable but opportunities to develop.  She learned to persevere, ask for help when she needed it, set goals for herself and to recognize her progress.  Congratulations Gladys for earning this honor and representing Napa Junction at the Every Student Succeeding event.  

Our Program

Napa Junction Magnet School is a New Tech Network elementary school.  All of our students are engaged in Project Based Learning (PBL), an instructional method where students work for an extended period of time investigating and responding to complex questions.  As a magnet STEM school, each project integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as literacy.  Students regularly attend our school's STEM Lab and have engineering, technology and field trip experiences that connect with their current PBL project.  Our program builds essential skills for today's world, including collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.

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Napa Junction Recognized

Tom Vander Ark, CEO of gettingsmart.com, recognized Napa Junction Magnet School in a recent Education Week article.  Getting Smart is a learning design firm that advocates for innovation in learning that boosts equity and access.  He recently visited Napa Junction and was impressed with how our students exhibited collaboration as part of our high quality project-based learning program.  The art


Napa Junction Featured

We are proud to have been featured in the latest Impact Report from New Tech Network. This report features evidence that we are transforming education. http://bit.ly/2wcWPsW



Visit the NVUSD Summer 2018 Opportunities for Students webpage to find dozens of things going on this summer for students, from NVUSD offerings, to community programs, swimming information and more! 


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  • Plan your summer at the Family Festival on April 28
  • More on planning your child's summer
  • Take the LCAP parent involvement survey online through May 10
  • Bike to School Day is May 10
  • New kindergartener or 7th grader next fall? Things to know.
  • Read the details here

Napa Valley Register -- April 24, 2018
American Canyon Eagle -- April 26, 2018



Each spring, students in grades 3-8 and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). English language arts/literacy, mathematics, and science tests are included in CAASPP.

For CAASPP testing, students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities, as designated in their active individualized education program, are eligible to take the California Alternative Assessments (CAAs).

The testing window opens April 2 for NVUSD students. The actual testing period within that window varies at each school. 

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades 3-8 and grade 11)
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades 3-8 and grade 11)
  • California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades 5, 5, 8, and high school will try out a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST.

These tests measure what your child knows and is able to do. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

For more information about tests, results, preparation, and the Alternative Assessments, visit the NVUSD Student Testing webpage.

For information on specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, please contact your child's teacher or the school office.


Worldwide, nationally and locally, humans are being challenged by forces of nature: fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and more. Close to home, we know the anxiety and uncertainty people feel when their world is changed overnight, such as the earthquake of Aug. 24, 2014. So our empathy for those in Texas, Florida, Mexico and other places is real and heartfelt.


Many in our community are uncertain and anxious due to the announced changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  


Our Board of Trustees, as well as the County Supervisors and municipal councils, resolved in April 2017: “We aspire to be a model for inclusion and equity for all populations, including immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers and are committed to supporting the ongoing inclusion and long-term economic and social integration of newcomers, and to demonstrate values of unity and acceptance.”


We will continue to follow the policies put in place nationally, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, until new policies or laws are enacted, and remain committed to our vision of preparing all of our community’s children for college and careers in the 21st century.


El NVUSD se compromete a servir a todos los estudiantes


A nivel mundial, nacional y local, los seres humanos están siendo desafiados por las fuerzas de la naturaleza: incendios, huracanes y otros elementos. Cerca de casa, somos conscientes de la ansiedad y la incertidumbre que la gente siente cuando su mundo cambia de la noche a la mañana, como pasó con el terremoto del 24 de agosto de 2014. Así que nuestra empatía por aquellas personas que viven en Texas, Florida, México y otros lugares es real y sentida.


Muchas personas de nuestra comunidad tienen incertidumbre y ansiedad debido a los cambios anunciados sobre la normativa Acción Diferida para Llegadas Infantiles (DACA, por sus siglas en inglés).  


Nuestra Mesa del Consejo Directivo, así como los Supervisores del Condado y consejos municipales, resolvieron en abril de 2017: “Aspiramos a ser un ejemplo de inclusión y equidad para todas las poblaciones, inclusive inmigrantes, personas refugiadas y otros recién llegados, y estamos comprometidos con el hecho de apoyar la inclusión económica y social continua y a largo plazo de los recién llegados, y con el hecho de demostrar los valores de la unidad y la aceptación.”


Continuaremos siguiendo las normativas que se implementen a nivel nacional, inclusive la Acción Diferida para Llegadas Infantiles, hasta que se promulguen nuevas normativas o leyes, y permanecemos comprometidos con nuestra visión de preparar a todos los niños y niñas de nuestra comunidad para la universidad y las profesiones del siglo 21.






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