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June 5, 2014
Dear Venture Families –
Since this is our last newsletter for the year, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of serving as principal at Venture School for the past four years. It has been a pleasure to work with our great students and a very caring staff and parent community. I will miss my work here, but I know you will be in great hands with our new principal, Matt Chamberlain. I look forward to saying my personal farewells to your over the next two weeks.
All the best –
Registration packets for the 2014-15 school year are available for pick-up at our front desk. All returning families need to complete a registration packet.
Also – a reminder to our out-of-district families that you must renew your interdistrict transfer requests with your home district. You are welcome to call our front desk (925-479-1200) if you have any questions.
Venture’s summer school program begins on Monday June 23rd and runs through Friday August 1st. (Friday, July 4th is a holiday and school will be closed that day.) Students who have registered to attend summer school will receive a phone call on or before June 23rd to schedule an appointment with their teacher.
Congratulations! We are looking forward to celebrating with you at our graduation ceremony on Thursday June 19th in the Performing Arts Center at Dougherty Valley High School. Our ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Graduating students should plan on arriving no later than 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Staff will give them instructions at that time.
Six tickets per family are now available for pick-up at our front desk. If you have requested additional tickets, please speak with Sheila or Vivian. As a courtesy to other Venture families, we ask that you only take the number of tickets you need and reserve tickets for family members and close family friends. Thanks for your consideration and your understanding.
Finally, please remember that you will need your tickets at the door for admission. We will not have additional seating available for guests who arrive without tickets.
Viola Lee and the Dougherty Valley High School Music Boosters have made a very generous donation of beautiful graduation leis for our students. They are available for purchase at Venture. Please see the display in our lobby (or the photo on our website). All proceeds go to Venture School. You are welcome to call us at 925-479-1200 with any questions. We look forward to celebrating with you on June 19th.
Congratulations to Alex Farley who was one of three finalists in the San Ramon Valley Exchange Club’s 2014 scholarship competition. Alex wrote an essay on the Constitutionality of the U.S. War Powers Acts and defended her findings to a panel of judges at an Exchange Club luncheon.
REMINDERS TO SENIORS:
If you need to include your Community College grades and credits on your Venture transcript, please order an official transcript from the college and bring it to Venture. If the official transcript will not arrive at Venture prior to graduation, you may print an unofficial transcript and bring it to Lucy as evidence of course completion. Venture will need to have the official transcript as soon as it is available.
All Seniors must complete the Senior Graduation Survey prior to June 19th. Seniors must access Naviance/Family Connections through the portal on the Venture School website homepage (see QuickLinks). Students who have used Naviance at their former high school utilize the same Username and Password. Any who need login assistance should see Lucy as soon as possible.
STUDENTS PLANNING TO TAKE CONCURRENT CLASSES AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN THE FALL will be able to sign up for those classes the first week of August. (Las Positas requires that students submit an application and any required documents by July 16 for “pre-approval.”) Concurrent Enrollment forms require the signature of either the Venture principal or counselor prior to submission at the colleges. You may obtain the signature prior to June 27th or after August 4th.
THE VENTURE CLASS OF 2015 can get a head start on college applications this summer. It is an especially good time to start thinking about the application essays and personal statement, which are required for UC and private colleges. (California State University applications do not include essays or personal statements.)
The Venture Counseling Office will close for the school year on Wednesday, June 25th and will reopen on Monday, August 4th. Have a good summer!
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