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6th Annual Parent Engagement Night 

Wednesday, April 25 at Emerson Junior High, 6:00-8:00pm

 

Parents, community members, district teachers, staff and principals are invited for an evening of presentations and keynote speakers, including Mayor Rob Davis. Together we will learn about wellness and health coping skills for students, social media and internet safety, how to promote inclusion through school climate committees, and how our newly ratified Graduate Profile will drive innovation in DJUSD classrooms. Join us for a very full evening of collective learning. This is a no cost event, child care and Spanish translation services are provided. More information and registration can be found on the Parent Engagement Website.

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 4/17/18




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

Davis Police Department reported that they have located Isaiah Turner, a 4th grade student at Pioneer Elementary who was reported missing this morning, safely at the home of a relative. We are thankful for the support of our community and the work of the Davis Police Department. 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 4/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters


Today Pioneer Elementary 4th grader Isaiah Turner did not arrive at school. The Davis Police were contacted by the child’s family member and is asking for any information that might help lead to Isaiah’s location.  This is extremely distressful to our school and we encourage any member of our community who may have information to contact the police to help with this search.  The  police have shared the following information:

 

** URGENT**
DPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating a child. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and lime green pajama pants with dragons on them. He left his house on foot this morning heading towards Pioneer Elementary at 8:25 am and didn't arrive at school. He is 10 years old, tan complexion, wavy long brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information, please contact the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400. 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 4/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

Announcing the Safety Task Force

Davis Joint Unified recognizes that the issue of student safety is not something we face alone, nor something we can fully address in isolation. To strengthen our safety net, we need our community’s support to identify risks and find ways to implement improvements in a timely manner.

 

The Davis Joint Unified School District cordially invites you to participate in a Safety Task Force. The Safety Task Force is designed to provide the Davis Joint Unified District with community input on a spectrum of safety-related considerations, challenges and solutions. The Safety Task Force process will also serve to direct feedback to a variety of school safety-related plans, including our Facilities Master Plan, scheduled to be finalized in May for Board of Education consideration.

 

All Safety Task Force meetings will take place in April 2018, and please see the schedule here. The Task Force meetings are open to the public and will include Spanish language interpretation.

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 3/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

Wednesday, March 14 marks a day of national interest around gun control activism. Our schools, depending on the level of interest from students, are prepared to engage students in discourse and activities that model civic engagement.  We also know some students will want to be part of the walkouts that are occurring nationally. As a school district we support student First Amendment rights, but must ensure student safety and uphold district policies and administrative regulations.  We share with you the following guidance so our community is clear on how Davis Joint Unified will be approaching any student walkouts.

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 3/13/18




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Dear DJUSD Parent/Guardian,

 

Harper Junior High School will be open on Monday, March 5, 2018.   

 

Today Davis Police officers, working with the Davis Joint Unified School District, were able to identify the source of the threat made against Harper Jr. High on Friday, a male student in his early teens.  Further investigation revealed the threat was a prank.  Any legal or school disciplinary measures related to this matter are being handled by the appropriate entity.

 

Harper Junior High School will be in session for a regular school day on Monday, March 5.  We are thankful for the assistance of the Davis Police Department for their thorough investigation and dedication the safety of Davis students.  In light of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida and other recent tragedies effective partnerships with the Davis Police Department are more important than ever.

 

At this point in time, all DJUSD schools are open on Monday, March 5, 2018.  There are no known threats to any campuses.

 

We understand that events like this can cause fear and stress. If you have questions or need support for your student, please contact your child’s principal or counselor.

 

Sincerely,

John A. Bowes, Superintendent

 

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Estimado/a padre/guardian de Harper

 

La escuela Harper Junior High estará abierta el lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018.

 

Hoy los oficiales de la policía de Davis, trabajando con el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Davis, han identificado la fuente de la amenaza contra Harper Jr. High el viernes, un estudiante masculino en su adolescencia. Investigaciones posteriores revelaron que la amenaza era una broma. Cualquier medida disciplinaria legal o escolar relacionada con este asunto está siendo manejada por la entidad apropiada.

 

Harper Junior High School estará en sesión para un día escolar regular el lunes, 5 de marzo. Estamos agradecidos por la asistencia del Departamento de Policía de Davis por su exhaustiva investigación y dedicación a la seguridad de los estudiantes de Davis. A la luz de los reciente tiroteo escolar en Parkland, Florida y otras tragedias recientes, las a efectivas con el Departamento de Policía de Davis son más importantes que nunca.

En este momento, todas las escuelas de DJUSD están abiertas el lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018. No se conocen amenazas a ningún campus.

 

Entendemos que eventos como este pueden causar miedo y estrés. Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda para su estudiante, por favor, póngase en contacto con el director o consejero de su hijo.

 

Sinceramente,

John A. Bowes, Superintendente

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 3/4/18




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DJUSD/Parent Guardians:

This message is to inform you that Harper has received a targeted and anonymous threat via the StopIt App. The threat claimed that there would be a school shooting at Harper Junior High School on Monday, March 5, 2018. As safety is the Davis Joint Unified School District’s number one priority, the Davis Police were contacted and, in conjunction with school staff, are conducting an investigation into the threat. Harper Junior High School and district administration are in close communication with the police as we continue to investigate over the weekend. If you have any information regarding this threat, contact the Davis Police Department- 911 for Emergencies and (530) 747-5400 Non-emergency line.  We will be communicating again with our school community no later than Saturday at 5pm about whether Harper will be closed on Monday.

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 3/2/18




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We need your feedback! 
DJUSD is asking for parent/guardian and staff feedback that will help with our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP helps the district connect the funding we receive with the goals we have established, and parent/guardian input, as well as staff input, plays a critical role in identifying these goals. There are separate 10 minute surveys for staff members, parents of elementary students, parents of middle school students, and parents of high school students. If you have children in multiple levels please take each survey that applies. 
Thank you so much for your time and feedback. It is greatly appreciated! 

 

Staff Survey: 

https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/ch06R1

Elementary Parent Survey: 

https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/QLsUBA 

Middle School Parent Survey: 

https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/pD7yvd

High School Parent Survey:

https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/IAxnx8

 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 2/22/18




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The Yolo County Bomb Squad will be conducting an operation Tuesday, Feb. 20, to destroy old evidence. This operation will take place at the old police firing range along Pole Line Road just north of Davis.
Residents may be able to hear several small explosions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please make sure to safeguard your pets during this time. The operation is not open to the public.

 

www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/bomb-squad-operation-may-get-noisy/

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Homepage, Homepage, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Sys Admins, Students, Associates and Parents

During construction bicyclists and pedestrians, traveling east and west who used the Davis Little League Path will need to change their route

Route Changes Include:

  • When leaving Davis High School or North Davis Elementary and traveling eastbound:

Follow the detour signs through Community Park to the intersection of F Street and 14th Street.  At F Street and 14th Street, enter into the bike lane and ride until you reach F Street and 11th Street.  At F Street and 11th Street, a crossing guard will assist you with crossing F Street.  Then travel to H Street and follow the detour signs to the H Street tunnel. 

  • When traveling from Holmes Jr. High and traveling westbound:

Go through the H Street tunnel.  Follow the detour signs on H Street headed south towards 11th Street.  At 11th Street, continue to F Street where the crossing guard will assist you across the street.  Then travel to B Street.  At B Street turn north towards 14th Street.  There is a crossing guard at B and 14th.

  • Do not cut-through the apartment parking lots between F Street and H Street.  
  • Do not ride your bike the wrong way on the road.

 

A map of the detour can be found here. 

 

More information on the project can be found here.

 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 12/5/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Homepage, Homepage, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Sys Admins, Students, Associates and Parents

From November 29-early January, there will be construction affecting the H to F street pathway, on the south side of the little league fields.  During construction, students, pedestrians, and cyclists traveling between H street and F street can use 11th street to safely cross F. A temporary crosswalk with a crossing guard will be located at 11th Street.  Find below links to more information.  We want to make sure that students are taking the safest routes possible to school.

 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 11/30/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Homepage, Homepage, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Sys Admins, Students, Associates and Parents

Please join us for the second annual Davis Joint Unified School District’s We All Belong Community Forum. This event is open to students, staff, parents and community members interested in providing a school climate of peace, respect and openness to diverse perspectives where all students, staff and families belong.  

Spanish translation and childcare will be available.

 

Where: North Davis Elementary Multipurpose Room

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 11/30/17




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Applications are due December 15th!

Are you interested in making a difference and contributing to the future development of World Language programs in the Davis Joint Unified School District? The World Language Task Force will examine current barriers to student participation, current and predicted funding support needed for committee-proposed options as well as future funding opportunities, cost-neutral opportunities, and additional immersion opportunities.  With the potential collaboration between community groups, local community colleges, and UC Davis, the district is seeking to further examine program in light of high school graduation requirements along with UC and CSU language requirements and study innovative programs offered by other school districts.  Download the World Language Task Force Application– applications are due December 15th. Please email the applications to Director Ricardo Perez at rperez@djusd.net.   
 

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Posted by: Madison Shumway, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 11/30/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

October 12- Air Quality Update

Air quality in Davis has improved over the last 18 hours, but wildfires continue in our region. District and school leaders will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day and modify outside activities accordingly.  We will post any updates to Facebook and the DJUSD website news at www.djusd.net

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 10/12/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers, Homepage and All Staff Unique ID

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Today, October 11, experts have determined the air quality in Davis is unhealthy for all groups. The smoke from wildfires in our region continues to impact our city and county.

School remains in session but we continue to monitor the situation and the communications from the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District and the County of Yolo.  Safety remains a top priority for our school community.  Individuals are encouraged to stay indoors with windows closed.   Students arriving at school this morning will be directed inside to multipurpose rooms or classrooms.  Students will remain indoors during recess, lunch and PE.  Athletic activities are being reviewed and updates will be available on the District and Davis website and Facebook throughout the day.  

If you have a student with health concerns, please contact your school office.

Further questions about smoke conditions can be sent to Maria Clayton,  DJUSD Public Information Officer at mclayton@djusd.net.

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 10/11/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The Davis Senior High School Madrigal Choir is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and will have a concert of about 150 past and current Madrigals on Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.  See attached flyer.

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 6/7/17




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SCHOOL

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

Adult School

 

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Brunelle Theatre, DSHS Campus

King High

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Brunelle Theatre, DSHS Campus

DaVinci High

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

North Gym, DSHS Campus

Davis School for Independent Study (DSIS)

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Brunelle Theater, DSHS Campus

Davis Senior  High (DSHS)

 

Friday, June 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Halden Field in the Ron & Mary Brown Stadium, Davis Senior High School Campus

 

 

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Admin, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 6/2/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

 Davis Joint Unified School District, in partnership with the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, announces that the Valley Oak Preschools (including Headstart), and the Adult Living Skills Program will be closed for one day on Friday, May 26, 2017, due to the outbreak of Norovirus.

 

Norovirus can cause stomach pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and more than 3,000 students have been ill for the last three weeks in Yolo County. Our school has worked hard to prevent Norovirus from spreading; however, our school continues to see an increase in sick students at a higher percentage than most schools in the county.  The decision to close our specific school site for this one date was made because of the percentage of students and staff in our programs that have reported symptoms over the last three weeks.

 

To prevent spread of the virus and to perform further deep cleaning/disinfection of our site, the school will be closed on Friday, May 26, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.  We apologize for the short notice and understand how this can affect families, but we need to take a more aggressive approach to end the outbreak.

 

See Attached Letter

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 5/25/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The following update is for all DJUSD employees and DJUSD parents/guardians.

 

                                                NOROVIRUS UPDATE

May 19, 2017  

 

 

The following is updated information about the recent outbreak of the Norovirus in our region and school district.

 

What is the Norovirus?

According to County Health officials, Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, fever, nauseau, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is passed through touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, close contact with an infected person or eating contaminated food or drink.  County Health experts report that the spread of virus is continuing and encourage the public to take extra precautions to curb the spread. Visit Yolo County Norovirus website and Press Releases.

 

What should I do to protect myself and others from the virus?

There are three key actions you can take to help prevent the spread of Norovirus:

  1. Report absences related to stomach illness symptoms to your school office.
  2. Encourage the practice of regular hand washing, especially before meals.
  3. Stay home an additional 48 hours after symptoms resolve. (Health experts warn that individuals are still highly contagious in this timeframe.)

Has the Norovirus affected Davis schools?

Norovirus cases have been confirmed in our schools. Over the last two weeks, the numbers of new cases do not appear to be growing rapidly.  We continue to see reported absences across the district, but the attendance rates are generally remaining steady.  That said, because this virus outbreak is highly contagious and the County Health experts have told us the spread has not peaked, we anticipate we will continue to see Norovirus absences throughout the end of the school year.  Certain school campuses have reported more staff or student cases than others, but, at this time, the virus is not disrupting normal school operations at any campus.

 

What is DJUSD doing to protect schools and students?

DJUSD is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing the current health situation:

  1. Daily Monitoring of Possible Cases and Regional Coordination

Over the last two weeks, our schools have have been tracking absences of students and employees with symptoms that may be caused by the Norovirus. Lead district adminstrators have been monitoring the numbers and trends as well as particpating in regular teleconferences led by Yolo County officials to talk about regional trends, cleaning recommendations, health updates and recommendations.

  1. Disinfecting and Deep Cleaning Efforts across Campuses and in Targeted Areas

Ensuring that we keep students and school learning environments safe and clean is a top priority.  DJUSD is diligently deploying extra resources to combat the spread of the Norovirus in our schools with the use of proper disinfecting agents. By tracking new cases on a daily basis and coordinating with county and federal entities about proper chemical use, we are able to target additional resources appropriately and effectively.  Custodians are working throughout the day to respond to calls as well as to cleanse and disinfect high contact point surfaces (doorknobs, restrooms, water fountains, keypads, etc.)  Additionally, our maintenance team is deploying crews to schools for evening and weekend deep cleaning.

  1. Education and Communication to Employees and the School Community

Keeping the community up to date on the current situation is a priority. DJUSD has issued a series of updates for employees and school site leaders. In addition to this communication, an update went out to all DJUSD parents/guardians early last week.   Updates, press releases and information from County Health continue to be shared on the DJUSD website, School Loop News and on the Davis Joint Unified School District Facebook Page. The school district continues to respond to inquiries from local news media almost daily.  If you have specific questions about the  Norovirus and what is happening in our school district, please contact your school principal or our Public Information Officer, Maria Clayton at mclayton@djusd.net.

 

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 5/19/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

The following Student Health and Safety information about the spread of Norovirus  is provided to Parents and Guardians from the Davis Joint Unified School District:

Yolo County Gastrointestinal (GI) Outbreak 
According to the Yolo County Health Department hundreds of students, teachers, and school staff are sick with stomach cramps, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in schools throughout Yolo County and the number is increasing each day. In Davis schools we have limited cases, but are seeing more students and staff having to stay home with symptoms each day.

Facts from County Health experts:

  • The outbreak is most likely caused by the Norovirus which is highly contagious.
  • Norovirus commonly spreads through touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, close contact with someone who is infected, or eating contaminated food or drink.  
  • Symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
  • Symptoms last for 1-3 days.  However, after symptoms go away, people are still highly infectious, especially the first 48 hours.  There is no treatment for Norovirus.    

More information about Norovirus, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/Norovirus  Information about Norovirus and templates for letters and guidance is also available by clicking on “Communicable Disease Investigation and Control” on the Yolo County website.
 
The Yolo County Public Health Officer states the following actions be taken to prevent further spread of the infection: 

  •  Students, Teachers, and School Staff should stay home if there is any sign of illness such as stomach pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
  • Stay home for an additional 48 hours after symptoms are gone.  Even though you feel better, you still carry the virus and can infect other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water.
  • Clean contaminated surfaces regularly with appropriate disinfectant.
  •  Do not prepare food and drink for others if you are sick.
  • Report to school front office if your student has fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach pain.
  • Questions related to symptoms and treatment should be directed to your primary care provider or clinic.  
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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 5/12/17




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Take Notice- Health Update


A new stomach virus has been on the rise in our county and currently affecting UC Davis and Woodland schools as well as schools in Sacramento.   At this time it is not affecting Davis school operations, but cases have been identified across our district.  As the situation changes, DJUSD will keep our community posted. 
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The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency is investigating a gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreak throughout the county. The most common cause of widespread GI illness is Norovirus, more commonly called the stomach flu. The organism causing the present outbreak is unknown at this time but Public Health is working to identify the organism.  Please read the press release for information about the situation.
http://www.yolocounty.org/Home/Components/News/News/4974/

 

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 5/10/17




Audience: Afterschool Professionals, Assistant Principals, Associates, Parents, Principals, Staff, Students, Sys Admins, Teachers and Homepage

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Davis’ Holmes Junior High School! Holmes was founded in 1966, and has been one of Davis’ Junior High schools, teaching thousands of children and contributing to our community. Its mascot is the Patriot. The namesake of the school is Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., a well-known American poet and author.

 

To celebrate, Holmes is holding our 50th Anniversary Open House on April 27th, 2017. We are also collecting artifacts to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried in the grounds of Holmes. If you have any items that you feel could be put in it, bring them to the front office of Holmes. We are also creating a Display Case in the library. The theme of this is “50 years of faces”. Feel free to bring anything that you feel will represent this subject, prior to the event. The deadline for these items is April 21st.

 

The Open House Celebration begins at 6:00pm, and ends at 8pm. It will be at Holmes. The address is 1220 Drexel Drive, Davis CA. All families are welcome! We would especially like to invite any Holmes alumni from years past or former Holmes students currently attending district schools. Wear any Holmes memorabilia that you own and come ready to have a good time! There will be food vendors, music performances, and activities around campus, so bring your family and get food and sit in the grass to watch students perform. We hope to see you soon!

 

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Posted by: Maria Clayton, District Staff, Davis Joint Unified School District
Published: 3/15/17