Superintendent Rosalina Rivera

  •  Rosalina Rivera

    One Team, One Vision


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  •  New York Times Article Screenshot

    DUSD - New York Times Article (link)

    Dear Staff, I am elated to inform you that we have more to celebrate! Today our district was featured in the New York Times. Yes, the New York Times! Our district showed remarkable recovery according to nationwide 3-8 grade testing data from researchers at Stanford and Harvard. The testing data for grades 3-8 showed that DUSD schools have not only caught up in math, but have improved beyond pre-pandemic levels. Take time to enjoy and read the article link above.

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  • Superintendent's Message

    We have had an amazing year full of opportunities to celebrate the unwavering dedication of our students, teachers, and staff. Thank you to our present and past coaches who have supported student events. Your commitment to the achievement of our students is again reflected in these stellar results! Please join me in extending our warmest congratulations to the Morningside track team, who clinched the Valley Championship in the 4x400 meter event in Clovis.This team had a very successful year including triumphing at multiple meets prior to clinching the Valley title. Let's give a huge cheer to the Valley Youth Champion Morningside RelayTeam, consisting of William Osobampo, Jeremiah Gonzales, Richie Ramirez, Gabriel Palacios, and coach Everado Pantoja. I also want to commend the KCSOS STEAM Olympiad participants for their outstanding achievements. Participating coaches were from Almond Tree (Elizabeth Montoya), Del Vista Math & Science Academy (Maria Ledesma & Daisy Cerna), Cecil Avenue Math & Science Academy (Baltazar Montes, Jorge Carrillo Jr., Jose Guzman & Fiona Tan), Harvest (Jennifer Gamino, Amanda Beardsley, & Sergio Fernandez Jr.), La Vina (Mark Voshall & Michelle Den-Beeman), Morningside (Tony Gonzalez, Jessica Rodriguez, & Yesenia Gonzalez), Nueva Vista Language Academy (Anakaren Cruz, Edith Bejar, and Maria Ceja), Pioneer (Andres Rodriguez, Jayme Galvan, & Lanore Herrera-Diaz), and Princeton (Camelia Martinez & Mary Jane Gonzalez). Our brilliant students truly excelled in this event and secured over 60 awards clinching more than 14 first-place titles. For a glimpse of the event, check out this video: STEAM Olympiad 2024 We also have more to celebrate! Our DUSD Teacher of the Year, Cherry Popoy, was honored on Tuesday evening at the Kern County Education Champions of the Year event sponsored by KCSOS. Cherry represented the district very well and joined the team of Teacher Champions at the county level. Way to go, Team DUSD! Rosalina Rivera

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  • Testing Season

    DUSD Family, As we begin testing season, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your hard work and dedication to ensure our students are prepared to take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. It is important to remember that this is only one measure of the magnitude of work you do each day to ensure that our students have the opportunity to reach their goals and dreams. Teachers- your unwavering commitment to our students' growth and achievement truly makes a difference in their lives each day--thank you. Also, thank you to all staff for the leadership, support, and service you provide on a daily basis to enhance the lives of our students. There is no one quite like Team DUSD! Rosalina Rivera

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  • District and Schools HotLine Phone Numbers - Main Hotline	661-721-5000 x00600 Stu Reception Center

    DUSD Hotline Information

    Please contact your site hotline for information on classes, schedules and resources.

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  •  Dear Staff, It is a pleasure to work with each of you - our outstanding staff at DUESD

    Winter Superintendent's Message

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  • Fall Superintendent's Message

    Thank you for supporting our students as they proudly put on their costumes and experience walking in our Kiddie Day Parade. As always, the goal is to make sure our students feel loved! A big hug to all the participants and volunteers!!! Also, thank you to all of our district family for supporting our students on a daily basis. For our year-round district staff, I hope you enjoy some time off. Wishing you much rest... Happy Fall Break!!! Have a splendid day!

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  • Superintendent's Message

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! This summer our classified staff, managers, and administrative team have been working hard to make sure that we are safe and ready for a positive and productive year. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of the employees who worked many long, hard hours throughout the summer months, and to all the energetic individuals who donated their time and talents to help beautify our district departments and schools. I also want to congratulate our talented classified, certificated, and administrative staff members who will be transitioning to new roles in our District! Congrats! This year, our journey as a district family begins with a new initiative: Promise 180! I would like for everyone to join us and to pledge their commitment to ensuring that every student is in school and pledge to do our very best to support, educate, and engage with every student on a daily basis. By endorsing and committing to Pledge 180, we are also communicating to each child how much we care about their education. As a DUSD family member, we care about you and commit to make sure you have the best working conditions possible! Our journey this year is to create a sustainable environment of support and to become growth partners. Thank you again for being part of our DUSD team. And now, let the journey begin…. Have a splendid day! Rosalina Rivera

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  • Superintendent's Message End of the Year Class of 2023

    On behalf of our Board of Trustees as well as our district administration, we congratulate the Class of 2023 for a job well done and for attaining your diploma. Graduating Class of 2023, nothing in this world is as important as the next steps you decide to take and the course of life you decide to navigate. Take your school pride, your positive attitude, your perseverance, and create a legacy. Remember, you are strong and make wise choices! Students, take time to celebrate and reflect on all the things you have accomplished and don’t forget to thank your teachers, parents, grandparents, and the community of Delano. May you prosper and YOU HAVE MY BEST WISHES FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE. Congratulations to the entire graduating Class of 2023.

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  • Superintendent's Message Early Spring 2023

    Dear Staff, This week is marked as National School Social Work Week. We are extremely grateful to our social workers who are called on to empower our students, families, and community to reach their own potential. Our social workers give hope to our students and through their support and care they help them see a brighter tomorrow. Please take time to acknowledge and thank our social workers. Thank you Social Workers for being part of our DUSD Team. Enjoy your special week.😊

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  • Superintendent's New Year Message

    Happy New Year, It is a pleasure to work with our dedicated staff, positive parents, and precious students. Our goal is to provide excellent educational services on a daily basis. We continue to promote excellence and make every effort to ensure every student is experiencing success. Another goal is to provide a family-oriented environment. We believe in strengthening our relationships to promote a strong team. I want to express my gratitude to all of our DUSD staff for inspiring and empowering our students, and wish everyone an amazing journey in 2023.

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  • DUSD Nurses Giving Shots of Hope

    #Team DUSD: We will continue to work hard and we will do all we can to help meet the fundamental needs of our students and families. DUSD strongly recommends that all staff and community members continue to follow public health guidelines. STAY HOME. WASH YOUR HANDS. WEAR A MASK. BE SAFE!

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  • CAASPP Scores for the 2018-2019

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    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Grandparents, It has been a pleasure working with your children during our first months of instruction. All of our students are precious, and we appreciate your continued support. I hope you all enjoy your well-deserved fall break. I look forward to seeing all of the students’ bright faces upon their return to our schools. Our educational team is working hand in hand with the staff at the schools to make sure we have the resources and instructional programs in place at each site that will address every child’s individual needs. Please reach out to your site principal or the district office if you have any questions, or if you would like to support our outreach efforts and fundraising for those in need in our educational community. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve your child/children at DUSD. Rosalina Rivera

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  • Superintendent's Message Summer

    Welcome back Students, Parents, and Staff, I hope you had a restful break. As we embark on this year's journey, let's remember to give our personal best every day for the precious children we serve at DUSD. By working together as one, we will be able to accomplish amazing things. Wishing you a great school year! Rosalina Rivera

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  • Superintendent's Message Winter

    Dear Staff, Happy New Year and Welcome back! I hope you had a joyful and relaxing break. As we are prepared to warmly welcome back our students on Tuesday, I wanted to share a few important reminders to help maintain a safe and healthy environment and keep our schools open and thriving. We will all need to do our part to stop the spread of the virus-now more than ever. DUSD has put multiple measures in place to keep students and staff healthy and safe; however, we believe that the safest place for students is at home at this time, and we are highly recommending that parents consider remote learning as an option. Because we are not authorized at this time to transition to virtual instruction, our schools will continue to remain open. Parents who are interested in enrolling their child in the DUSD Remote Learning Academy should contact their school site to begin the registration process. Parents will be encouraged to test their child by Monday, January 10th. The district will be providing KN95 masks for all staff members. All staff will be COVID-19 tested upon their return to work on Monday January 10th. Please notify your supervisor if you are having any COVID-19 symptoms.

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  •  Dear Staff,   I hope you rest and enjoy the lights, gifts, and food during this festive holiday sea

    Superintendent's Holiday Message

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  • Superintendent's Message - Fall 2021

    Dear Staff, I want to welcome everyone to the 2021-22 school year! It is going to be an amazing, challenging, and exciting year. At DUSD, we have learned that there is no challenge too great if we work together, and if we value everyone's role and contributions. As we start the school year, we need to place the highest priority on creating a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment for our students, our parents/guardians, and for each other. Every staff member has an important part to play in accomplishing this goal. We have all been through an unprecedented experience, and the effects are still with us. We need to take care of our students, and we need to take care of each other. We are not going back to normal; we are going forward to a new reality, where our students will need us more than ever. Be flexible, be ready to adjust, be ready to make changes, be ready to lead the way ... just as you have for the past 16 months. We've got this! Thank you, and have a great school year! Rosalina Rivera

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  • Superintendent's Message March 2021

    For our Staff - I want to THANK YOU for giving all that you can to make each day more meaningful for every student at DUSD. Every effort to go the extra mile for a student matters. Continue your quest to give your personal best! For our Parents - Before we conclude this academic year, I want to THANK YOU for having such precious children. We love serving them and providing an enriched educational experience at DUSD. We appreciate all of your support during the pandemic, and we embrace a bright future ahead of us. For our Students - You have dedicated yourselves to your education. I want to THANK YOU for bringing your best everyday. You are the highlight of all that we plan and do everyday at DUSD. Keep working hard and keep learning. We are DUSD! ...Strong and Mighty! And.... "Together - We will see it through!"

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  • Superintendent's Message - November

    At this holiday season, I want to express my warmest thanks for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to supporting the needs of our students and families of Delano. Your work matters! By sharing your time and talents, you are making a positive difference in the lives of our entire district family. Thank you for your efforts. Please continue to be extra diligent in wearing your mask, washing your hands often, watching your distance, and making wise choices. May this time be one of joy, peace, and comfort as we bring this unprecedented year to a close. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! Rosalina Rivera

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  • Superintendent's Message August - December

    Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! The start of a new school year is always exciting, and that is especially true this year. We are starting with distance learning, and so for now we will not see our students walking to school, getting dropped off, or exiting from a school bus. Instead, our students are connecting with our teachers and by our support staff. At all of our schools, grade levels, and programs, classes are organized, students are engaged, and the school year is underway. The 2020-21 school year begins under extraordinary circumstances. At DUSD, the essential work of public education continues, and we embrace the challenges. Even as we begin the school year with distance learning, and our students are not yet with us on campus, I want each one of our students to feel special. I want every student to feel special as a direct result of how we engage with them on a day-to-day basis. I want every staff member to be highly proactive in identifying and meeting the needs of our students. Our deepest calling as educators is to help every student that we come into contact with each day to understand the enormous value and potential within them.

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  • Superintendent's Message - June

    There have been many difficult issues that have arrived with great intensity in the past few months. We have continued to live with COVID 19, and we have been powerfully reminded that civil rights remains an ongoing challenge for our country. I am confident that DUSD as an institution is committed to respecting each and every person regardless of background or circumstances, and I am confident that DUSD will continue to be one family that is united in our commitment to equal treatment and mutual understanding. Right now, at this time in our history, there is an undeniable need to seek out the voices of persons who differ from us in terms of race, gender, religion, orientation, or political views. We have been quarantined for reasons of public health, but we cannot quarantine our minds from the voices of the marginalized, the victims of systemic injustice, the people who hold political views that are different from ours. We need to engage with these voices on the most fundamental level, so that this moment will be truly transformative, and will truly move us - all of us - toward a more just and equitable nation.

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  • Retirement Celebration

    Dear staff, Many of our colleagues and friends have made the decision to retire this year. Our retirees have given many years of dedicated service to the children and families of the Delano community. Each retiree, in his or her own way, has furthered the cause of public education and helped to shape the character of our District, and therefore each retiree will always be part of our DUSD family. Please be reminded that we will have a live stream drive-thru at the District on Wednesday, June 10, from 10 am to 11 am., to honor and recognize our retirees. There will be a link on the District website that will allow staff and family members to participate in the live stream. A list of retirees - who have notified us as of this date - is provided below. Also, please view the presentation attached. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Delano community, thank you, DUSD retirees, for your distinguished careers and for allowing us to work alongside you in the field of education. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors. With gratitude, Rosalina Rivera

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    Superintendent's Message - April

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  • Superintendent's Message January - February

    Welcome back, District family, and Happy New Year! It’s great to be able to enjoy some vacation time, but it is also great to come back and reconnect with colleagues and with our amazing students. We are beginning a new calendar year, but we are also in the middle of a school year, with many days of instruction and many events and activities to look forward to. As a District, I believe that we are fundamentally strong, and we are seeing many programs, departments, grade levels, and school sites make the jump to the next level of performance and achievement. As a recent example, this is a good place to once again congratulate Morningside School for officially receiving the California Distinguished School Award!

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  •  Educator of the Year: Yazmin Herrera

    Educator of the Year: Yazmin Herrera

    Educator of the Year: Yazmin Herrera spins 'magic' in her 6th special education classroom to create results. When Yazmin Herrera walks into her 6th grade Almond Tree Middle School classroom, she enchants her students with her 11 years of experience as an educator into “magic." Forging connections with parents, the school’s administration and her special education students created trust throughout her career that she now casts as magic when teaching, Herrera said. Her charms caught the eye of a Kern County Superintendent of Schools committee which named her a teacher of the year, the highest honor bestowed annually upon three local educators. Passionate about education, Herrera described the honor as an incredible feeling. By ISHANI DESAI Jul 16, 2023

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  •  KERO News reporting Sebastian Millan Spelling Bee Win.

    Sebastian Millan Wins the Scripps Spelling Bee!

    Student represents Delano as the first place winner for the Scripps Spelling Bee! 11-year-old Sebastian Millan is no stranger to spelling bees... and now he's reached the top! He took home the regional title and is now headed to Washington D.C. as the local representative for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "L O C O M O T I V E — locomotive,” said Millan. That's the word that made it possible for Sebastian Millan to go home with the first-place trophy for the 2024 Scripps Kern County Spelling Bee. (KERO)

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  •  The Innovative and Impactful Schools (I²S) recognition logo

    Congratulations La Vina Middle School on Achieving I²S Recognition

    The I2S recognition is a prestigious acknowledgement of schools through a rigorous identification process including data analysis, submitted application, and site interviews. La Vina Middle School was selected as one of the top five Kern County schools to have successfully implemented, provided evidence for, and was able to articulate promising practices having shown effectiveness and sustainability. (See Video Below)

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  •  Blue Campaign End Human Trafficking

    Human Trafficking 101

    Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion in exchange for labor, services, or a commercial sex act. Causing someone under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act, regardless of using force, fraud, or coercion is human trafficking under U.S. law. Human traffickers use various forms of force, fraud, and coercion to control and exploit victims. These forms include imposing of debt, fraudulent employment opportunities, false promises of love or a better life, psychological coercion, and violence or threats of violence. The crime of human trafficking hinges on the exploitation of another person. People often falsely believe “human trafficking” implies victims must be moved from one place to another to qualify as a victim. Human trafficking does not require transportation to be considered a crime. It is a crime that can be committed against an individual who has never left his or her hometown.

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  • Words of Encouragement!

    Words of Encouragement!

    In all the media reports about the COVID-19 pandemic, and in all of the directives and advisories, Delano Union School District Superintendent Rosalina Rivera saw something essential was missing: Words of encouragement. So, she decided to do something about it. That began Friday morning when Jack Tillman, the district’s director of maintenance and operations, and two of his workers, Ralph Cruz and Jose Heredia, installed the first two signs with a simple message of encouragement to not only the district’s students and parents, but everybody driving along Cecil Avenue, one of Delano’s busiest streets, and seeing the Cecil Avenue Math and Science Academy signs. “Together — We Will See It Through” in English, “Juntos — Lo Sobreviviremos!” in Spanish,

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  •  How to wear your mask

    How to wear your mask

    Wearing face masks or cloth face coverings helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. For masks to work, they have to be worn properly. Wash your hands before and after wearing the mask and use only the loops of the mask to put it on and take it off. Choose a mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that completely covers your mouth and nose and fits snugly against the sides of your face, leaving no gaps. Do not wear a mask that is too loose on the sides. Do not pull the mask low on your nose, below your nose, or below your mouth or chin. Do not leave your chin or your mouth exposed or dangle the mask from one ear. Do not wear the mask in any other way that does not entirely cover your mouth and nose. Do not touch the front of the mask while wearing it. If you use a cloth mask, wash it and dry it daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.

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  •  DEA Fentanyl Picture Warning

    News Alert!

    What's Happening? Deaths from fake pills with fentanyl are surging across the country and right here in our own school district. In the past 18 months, we've lost several students to fentanyl-related poisonings — teenagers who had hopes and dreams and plans. These teenagers had families who loved them and are still coming to grips with their losses. Teens are purchasing what they think are OxyContin, Percoset or Xanax pills via social media, but drug dealers are making these fake pills with the cheaper, stronger and more deadly synthetic drug called fentanyl to increase their profits. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Teens never know what they’re getting. One pill can kill them. One pill.

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  •  AB856: COVID-19 Youth Health Information

    Assembly Bill 856: Pupil Health: COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act

    As schools bring students back for in-person learning, it is important to ensure a safe return to classrooms. Assembly Bill (AB) 856, Pupil Health: COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act, chaptered on July 23, 2021, encourages schools and school districts to provide information to our youth and their families on how to safely return to exercise and physical activity after exhibiting signs or symptoms of, or testing positive for, COVID-19. AB 856 is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has guidelines regarding returning to exercise and physical activity after exhibiting signs or symptoms of, or testing positive for, COVID-19.

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  •  DUSD Hotline Information Main Hotline – 661-721-5000 x 00600 Student Reception Center – 661-487-112


    Please contact your site hotline to enroll into our remote learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year.

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  • NEWS RELEASE Coronavirus Message

    Delano Union School District continues to take a proactive role in addressing the health and well-being of our students. The circumstances associated with COVID-19 have presented our District with unprecedented challenges. Using the information that is available to us, we are making plans and decisions that are prioritizing the health needs of students, family, and staff. This is an ongoing situation, with new developments and significant uncertainty. The District is in direct contact with the State of California, Kern County, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and all state and local public health agencies. To navigate through this difficult time, we will partner with local educational and governmental agencies, and we request patience, understanding, and flexibility from our DUSD family and the Delano community.

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  • Morningside School named a California Distinguished School

    Morningside School is one of the most exceptional schools in California according to the California Department of Education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the honorees for the 2020 California Distinguished School Award, and Morningside was named on this list of outstanding Schools.

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  • National School Breakfast Week!

    "Energize your day with School Breakfast" March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) Delano Union School District Schools will be bringing awareness by giving out promotional NSBW items to our students while serving Breakfast. Students must grab a school Breakfast in order to receive a promotional item. Please see our attached menu for the days the items will be given out. (Promotional items are limited). Please use our hashtags when posting for Delano’s National School Breakfast Week. #bestchoiceDUSD #SchoolBreakfast #NSBW20

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  • Dear Parents,

    We are very excited to adopt a new form of communication at Delano Union School District. Aeries Communications powered by ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to: 

    • Send and receive school and class information

    • Share pictures and files

    • See calendar items

    • Sign up to volunteer

    • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

    ParentSquare Parent Videos

    Padres — Introducción a ParentSquare

     All school, grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text or you can download the free app.

     The Help & Support question mark in the top right corner can help answer most of your questions. So join in!

    Estimados Padres, 

    Estamos emocionados en adoptar una nueva forma de comunicación en Delano Union School District. Aeries Communications powered by ParentSquare es fácil de usar y está diseñada para ayudar a las escuelas para mantener a los padres informados y facilitar la participación. Provee una manera segura para que el director, maestros, personal, y padres puedan:

    • Mandar y recibir información de la escuela y las clases

    • Compartir fotos e información

    • Ver noticias en el calendario

    • Apuntarse para hacer de voluntario

    • Y mucho mas…todo en un lugar centralizado!

     ParentSquare Parent Videos

    Padres — Introducción a ParentSquare

    Toda información de su escuela/grado y salón de clase ahora será mandada a su computadora o teléfono inteligente por correo electrónico y/o mensaje de texto o puede descargar nuestra aplicación gratis. 

     El signo de interrogación de Ayuda y Soporte en la esquina superior derecha puede ayudar a responder a la mayoría de sus preguntas. Únase a nosotros!


    VISION: We are a learning community of educators that holds integrity and excellence as our core values. We are serving families that have entrusted their children to us. We will be deserving of that trust. We will be excellent role models; we will be highly skilled practitioners; and we will be dedicated and proactive in meeting the personal and academic needs of our students and their families. We embrace our responsibility to serve the community and we define our personal success in terms of the success of our students.

    MISSION: Our students will recognize and develop their talents, know that they are valued, and will experience success through a world-class education. Our students will acquire a strong foundation for their future college and career endeavors.

    GOALS: We will provide an environment of academic excellence that will develop creative and critical thinkers. We will engage each of our students as unique individuals in order to prepare them for college and career readiness. We will commit to provide a supportive learning environment that models a strong, positive work ethic, sparks an attitude of inquiry and enthusiasm for learning, and enables our students to become productive and responsible citizens. We will educate all students in a safe and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to be active citizens of a culturally diverse society.

    Every employee will honor students, parents, and community members by providing exemplary customer service.

    “Committed to working together for a better education through excellence"

  •  PE+ Physical Literacy


    Please visit our DUSD PE Website for information on Physical Fitness Activities during the Covid-19 Closure.

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    Aeries Parent Portal

    DUESD is proud to provide access to the Aeries Parent Portal for students grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

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  •  Say Something Logo

    Say Something Sandy Hook Promise

    Say Something is a youth violence prevention program from Sandy Hook Promise – a national violence prevention organization. Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows youth and adults to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others.

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