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Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified High Schools Launch Job Search for Next Head Football Coaches

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– Covina Valley Unified School District Covina and South Hills high schools are each searching for qualified candidates for their next head football coach. Both schools are looking for coaches who will help coordinate all aspects of their football program and foster the development of student-athletes. Covina High School has an outstanding football team—winning the Sierra League Championship and reaching the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) quarterfinals in 2021.

South Hills High School also follows in a strong football tradition, winning five CIF titles – most recently in 2018.

The ideal candidates must have at least three years of high school or college football coaching experience and be eager to support the growth of student-athletes.

The candidates must also exhibit excellent sportsmanship, promote fan involvement at games and special events, and exercise positive communication strategies, strong organizational skills, and safety awareness in their work with fellow coaches, staff, parents, and community.

 

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How to Apply

To apply, candidates must submit an employment application, resume, three letters of recommendation, CIF Certifications in Concussion in Sports and Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a confirmation of TB clearance, and current CPR/First Aid certification. Covina Valley School District will not accept online copies of CPR/First Aid certification.

This Covina Valley Unified School District position is compensated as stated in the District’s stipend salary schedule.

All candidates must submit their applications through EdJoin. The job postings are open until filled. More information is posted at https://www.edjoin.org/cvusdk12.

Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified Elementary Schools Named to U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best K-8 Schools’

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— Seven Covina Valley Unified School District elementary schools have been recognized among the top-performing public schools in California, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best K-8 Schools rankings.

Mesa Elementary School and Barranca Elementary School ranked in the top 15 percent of elementary schools in the state, while Merwin Elementary School, Grovecenter Elementary School, and Rowland Avenue Elementary School all ranked within the top 20 percent. Workman Elementary School and Ben Lomond Elementary School also ranked in the top 25 percent. U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural K-8 rankings draw from U.S. Department of Education data on student proficiency and performance in mathematics and reading.

U.S. News & World Report analyzed student assessment data from the 2018-19 school year and considered the results in the context of socioeconomic demographics.

 

Small District Culture

Covina Valley School District prides itself on fostering a “small district culture,” where teachers and administrators know students by name and offer personalized services to teachers and students. Covina Valley Unified School District offers innovative programs at their elementary schools to best serve their diverse student body – such as computer science, access to high-speed broadband internet, 1:1 technology, and a K-5 dual-language immersion program in Mandarin, Spanish and English.

“Congratulations to our elementary schools for being named among the best elementary schools in the state by U.S. News & World Report,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Superintendent Elizabeth Eminhizer said.

“This designation wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of our students as well as our teachers, staff, parents, and community to support student success.”

 

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Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified School District Delivers More Than $6.1 Million in Savings to Local Taxpayers

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– Covina Valley Unified School District recently refinanced some of its General Obligation (G.O.) bonds, resulting in decreased interest rates and saving taxpayers $6.1 million. Under the leadership of the Board of Education, Covina-Valley Unified sought to refinance the bonds to take advantage of historically low-interest rates in 2021. The refinancing reduced the interest rate on the prior bonds from 4.67% to 2.91%.

This move will result in $6,133,480 in savings to local taxpayers from 2023 to 2044 and lower the repayment ratio on these bonds from 1.42 to 1. The refinancing applies to all current interest bonds.

 

Improvements

The bonds have funded facilities improvements across the District, including the construction of the Covina Valley School District Field and Dr. Mary Hanes Professional DevelopmentCenter.

While the District itself will not receive any part of the savings, Covina Valley Unified School District pursued the opportunity strictly to benefit local taxpayers as part of their continued support for the District’s students and their education.

“The Covina Valley Unified School District consistently aims to benefit local taxpayers by seizing opportunities to refinance old G.O. bonds with higher interest rates and replace them with new bonds with lower interest rates,”

Covina-Valley Unified Superintendent Elizabeth Eminhizer said.

“Since 2013, the Covina Valley Unified School District has saved taxpayers about $24.7 million through 2052.”

 

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Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified School District Updates Trustee Boundary Maps, Seeks Community Input

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– Covina Valley Unified School District will hold two meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and Monday, Feb. 7 to evaluate the 2020 U.S. Census data and discuss updates to its trustee area boundary maps.

On Jan. 18 at their next regularly scheduled meeting, the Covina Valley Unified School District Board of Education will hear a presentation on the redistricting process and examine adjusted map scenarios that maintain population balance between the trustee areas.

The  Covina Valley Unified School District Board of Education will then facilitate a public hearing at 7 p.m. during their regular board meeting on Feb. 7 at the Dr. Mary Hanes Professional Development Center, located at 220 W. Puente St., Covina, to receive community input on the draft map scenarios. The public is encouraged to attend the hearing and submit comments by completing the Request to Speak Card and handing it to the clerk before the meeting.

 

Plans

From there, the District will adopt and submit a final, revised plan to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for final approval.

The Covina Valley School District conducts redistricting every 10 years following the release of the U.S. Census.

During the redistricting process, Covina-Valley Unified will analyze the latest census data and the total population variances between its trustee areas and update its maps to ensure they maintain a balanced population in compliance with California law, the Federal Voting Rights Act, and the United States Constitution. The District must complete its redistricting process by Feb. 28.

“Our goal at Covina-Valley Unified is to ensure we best represent our entire District community,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Superintendent Elizabeth Eminhizer said.

“We encourage our District families to be involved in this process as we work to attain the highest levels of success for every student.”

 

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Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified School District Provides Free, At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits to Students

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– In accordance with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and revised health protocols outlined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), Covina-Valley Unified School District provided District students with more than 6,000 free, at-home COVID-19 testing kits during drive-thru distribution events on Jan. 6 and 7.

Covina Valley Unified School District worked with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) to receive and distribute the tests, which are being provided to school districts by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

 

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Distributions

Over the course of the distributions, Covina Valley School District students and families gathered at the Covina Valley Unified School District Field to obtain their testing kits containing two COVID-19 tests and instructions on how to administer them.

“At Covina Valley Unified School District, our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families,”

said Jonathan Blackmore, Covina-Valley Unified’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.

“We appreciate our community’s support as we review and implement the new health orders while minimizing the disruption of student learning.”

Covina Valley Unified School District’s distribution of at-home tests is part of a statewide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and bolsters the District’s ongoing efforts to support the health and safety of the District community.

In addition to the at-home tests, Covina Valley Unified School District continues to offer COVID-19 resources to students, staff, and the community. For more information on the District’s COVID-19 resources and protocols, please visit https://www.c-vusd.org/.

 

Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified’s Northview High School Varsity Football Competes in First-Ever CIF Division 4-A State Championship

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– Football history was made at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium as the Northview High School varsity football team competed in their first-ever CIF Southern California Division 4-A State Championship game on Dec. 11, 2021.

Coming into the game, the Vikings were experiencing one of Northview’s most successful seasons in years, winning the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) Division 10 Championship title for the first time since 1987 and the school’s first CIF-SS Division 4-A regional championship.

For Vikings head football coach Marcel Perez, this Covina Valley School District team was something special.

“We didn’t know what kind of season we were going to have coming off of COVID-19 and school closures,”

Perez said.

“Our offensive coordinator Anthony Silva did a great job of putting the pieces together and making our offense a run-heavy strong offense, and our defense flew around and made plays all day. It just became a great combination.”

Although the Vikings played formidably against their opponent – the Sacred Heart Cathedral Fighting Irish – they lost the game 48-29.

 

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Hard Work

“We’ve been working hard for decades to make the championship,”

Northview High junior and varsity football captain James Arellanes said.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve won a CIF title, and to make it as far as we did means a lot to everyone in this community.”

With the successful season Covina Valley Unified School District’s Northview had this year, the team has brought a greater spotlight on the school’s football program. Coach Perez hopes future athletes continue to work hard and carry on the legacy of this team.

“A big congratulations to Marcel Perez and our Northview football team for their incredible season,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Northview High Principal Dr. Ryan Parry said.

“This is a great accomplishment on our students’ behalf and for our school. I’m excited to see where the team goes from here.”

 

Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified School District Conducts Annual Board of Education Reorganization

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– The Covina Valley Unified School District welcomed Board of Education members to new leadership positions at their reorganization meeting held on Dec. 13.

The Covina Valley Unified School District Board of Education selected Rachael Robles as the new President. Sue L. Maulucci was selected as Vice President and Gary C. Rodriguez was selected as Clerk. Members Maria M. Caceres and Maria E. Roman round out the Board of Education.

“I am excited to continue working with the Covina Valley Unified School District Board of Education on fostering student engagement and creating innovative school-wide programs that connect students to learning,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Eminhizer said.

“As a District, we will continue working together to ensure the highest levels of achievement for all of our students.”

 

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About the District

Covina Valley Unified School District serves the communities of Covina, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Irwindale with a strong educational program that is aligned with the California Department of Education standards.

Covina Valley School District is governed by the Covina-Valley Unified Board of Education, a group of five elected representatives tasked with setting the strategic course of the District and facilitating efficient and safe school operation.

The Board of Education meets twice monthly from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Dr. Mary Hanes Professional Development Center, located at 220 West Puente Street, Covina.

For more information about the Covina-Valley Board of Education, please visit the Covina-Valley Unified website.

Covina Valley Unified School District | South Hills High School Football Coach Resigns

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– South Hills High School head football coach, Danilo Robinson, resigned his coaching position today. Robinson saw the team through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, charting a course to keep players safe while returning them to the field.

“Coach Robinson was key in keeping our Huskies together and leading them through the challenges of the pandemic,”

Covina Valley Unified School District South Hills Athletic Director Darren Murphy said.

“We appreciate the work Coach did in keeping our kids safe.”

 

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About Danilo Robinson

Robinson is a graduate of the Covina Valley School District Covina High School and played football at Utah State. Robinson came to South Hills in January 2019 after two years as coach at Sky View High in Smithfield, Utah, where he led the team to back-to-back section titles. His coaching career spans more than 15 years at both the college and high school levels.

“Athletics teach our students valuable life skills about teamwork, commitment, strategy, and perseverance,”

Robinson said.

“I’m proud of these kids – they have shown tremendous spirit during this pandemic.”

Given South Hills’ respected athletics program, it is anticipated the coaching slot will quickly attract a strong field of candidates for the job.

Covina Valley Unified School District | Covina-Valley Unified Middle Schools Redesignated as 2021 Schools to Watch

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– All three Covina Valley Unified School District (C-VUSD) middle schools – Las Palmas Middle School, Traweek Middle School, and Sierra Vista Middle School – have been recognized as 2021 California Schools to Watch, celebrating their efforts in closing the achievement gap, establishing positive learning environments, and infusing technology into every aspect of learning.

All three Covina Valley Unified School District middle schools are among 31 high-performing California middle schools to be honored this year. Traweek and Sierra Vista were first designated in 2018, while Las Palmas was first designated in 2019. All three schools were re-evaluated to retain their Schools to Watch status. Across its 17 campuses, Covina-Valley Unified offers a variety of school-wide programs that foster student engagement and connect students to learning inside and outside the classroom.

Increasing access to technology and bolstering digital literacy have been critical cornerstones at each middle school, implementing coding into their curriculum and providing each student with a personal Chromebook.

 

Opportunities

Programs such as Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)aim to help create an atmosphere that promotes the value of kindness, inclusivity, acceptance, and positive social interaction among students and staff.

Through initiatives like the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, all three middle schools have helped narrow the achievement gap and train students for rigorous high school and college curriculums. In addition, Las Palmas is one of the few middle schools in Los Angeles County recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School.

These achievements have garnered Covina Valley School District state and national recognition, including distinctions as a California Model District for Inclusive Practices for Special Education, California and National Forum Schools to Watch, California School of Character, California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award, multiple California Gold Ribbon and Distinguished School awards and membership in The League of Innovative Schools.

The Schools to Watch program is a collaborative effort with the California Department of Education, the California League of Schools, and the California Middle Grades Alliance, in association with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Since 1999, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform has advocated for improved academic and developmental outcomes for all middle-grade students in the United States.

“I am so proud of all of our middle schools on their redesignations as 2021 California Schools to Watch,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Superintendent Elizabeth Eminhizer said.

“This acknowledgment demonstrates the commitment by our dedicated teachers and staff to provide the best learning experience for our students.”

 

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Covina Valley Unified School District | Northview High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team Wins First-Ever CIF-SS Championship

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– In a surprise victory, Northview High School’s girls varsity tennis team was named CIF Southern Section champions for the first time in school history.

The Vikings entered the playoffs unseeded, but their unranked status did not stop them from making the most of the opportunity. Throughout the playoffs, they reminded themselves of their coach’s mantra—refuse to lose.

Northview’s team first beat Downey High School in the first round, then beat fourth-seeded Chaffey High School in the second round. The Vikings then beat Loara High School in the quarter-finals and El Rancho High School in the semifinals. After their win against El Rancho, the Vikings were eager to compete in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship against Apple Valley High School. The Vikings’ doubles team of senior Ana Luna and junior Jianna Cervantez went 3-0 in the championship match, and singles players senior Jessica Gustafson and senior Victoria Paez went 2-1. Sophomore Julia Sanchez also won a set to give the Vikings five sets in singles.

 

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A Game Worth Remembering

Entering the final set, the Vikings were ahead 9-8, but with doubles team Costanza Dominguez and Giselle Figueroa trailing behind their competitors 3-2 in the last match, the title was on the line. Ultimately, Dominguez and Figueroa overcame the 3-2 deficit and won the championship for Northview High School.

“Winning CIF means quite a bit for the girls and myself,”

Northview High Girls Varsity Tennis Coach Brian Rice said.

“Over the period, they exemplified what teamwork is and what it meant for all of them to really accomplish their goals.”

The win was a culmination of hard work and commitment for the Vikings; as much of the team consisted of girls new to tennis, the team focused on polishing and perfecting the sport fundamentals.

“We worked so hard to get to where we are today,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Northview High senior and girls varsity tennis captain Jessica Gustafson said.

“As a team, we could tell when we won because we all helped each other out and celebrated.”

Rice said he hopes his athletes continue to understand the significance of hard work and working together as a team, adding that he is grateful his athletes have become a community and support each other on and off the court.

“Congratulations to Brian Rice and the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team on their outstanding accomplishment,”

Covina Valley Unified School District Northview High Principal Dr. Ryan Parry said.

“Their extreme focus, drive, and determination have paid off as they are now CIF champions.”

 

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