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Apple Valley USD kicks off 2016-2017 school year

posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:34 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 11:09 AM ]
Ted Alejandre addresses AVUSD staff at the annual school year kick-off.
Over 700 certificated and classified staff gathered at Granite Hills High School on Aug. 1 to prepare for the arrival of the district’s 13,000 students, who will begin a new school year on Aug. 3.

The third annual AVUSD Kick-off began at 7:15 a.m. with a networking breakfast, catered by the Granite Hills’ Cougar Kitchen, led by Margie Morgan.

At 8:00 a.m., staff funneled into the GHHS gymnasium for the official kick-off ceremony. Tom Hoegerman, AVUSD Superintendent, challenged the staff to remember the valuable role that they play in the lives of each student, regardless of their title or department. “Each one of us has an impact on the children of Apple Valley,” he said. “As we work hard to engage students, to connect them to school, to keep them in school and ultimately to prepare them for their future, we all need to make sure that those kids feel wanted, supported and have a sense of hope.  Every one of us can make that happen for our students.”

Staff chat with one another at the AVUSD Kick-off.
Hoegerman introduced Ted Alejandre, County Superintendent for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, who delivered the keynote address. Alejandre spoke about San Bernardino County’s “Cradle to Career Roadmap”, which outlines important academic and social emotional benchmarks to prepare students for their futures. He also addressed various county-wide programs, in which Apple Valley USD has been a model, including AVID, Career Technical Education, the Desert/Mountain Student Advisory Panel and STEM education.

Alejandre spoke on the importance of offering guidance and resources to students as they explore potential careers, and highlighted AVUSD’s role in the Desert Mountain Economic Partnership, which kicked off last fall and aims to bring businesses, schools and government leaders together to prepare all students for college and career readiness.  The concept is to build pathway opportunities for students as we prepare them for college and career, and to build economic opportunities for the students when they graduate from college so they can return to our communities.

Following the keynote address, Hoegerman spoke about the great strides the world has taken in technology and how this shift has

impacted the current generation of learners. “Information and knowledge will continue to double at an even faster rate,” he said. “By making sure our students are prepared for their future, college and career, using the Cradle to Career Pathway as our compass, with a flexible skill set, our students will succeed.”

“Because of the work each of you do, and from what I see from students as I visit classrooms, I have a great hope for the future,” Hoegerman said.

Following the keynote address, presentations were made by Angel Bocanegra of Horace Mann Insurance, who donated three bikes to each of the district’s 13 schools to encourage attendance, and by Victorville Motors regarding the “It’s a Gas” program.