The VESD Voice OCtober 2019

Superintendent's Message

Jan Gonzales

Hi Everyone,

Fall is a great time of year and primarily because of all the great activities you all provide your students. In classrooms there are art projects, science about pumpkins and leaves, descriptive writing about change, and even some delicious salsa with all the ingredients grown right at school. There are also plenty of after school activities such as flag football, fall festivals, etc. You are all doing brilliant work and creating wonderful memories.

Desert Valley Hospital and Medical Center held the High Desert Fitness Challenge which VESD took 2nd Place. I want to send a huge thank you to all the participants, you were awesome! St. Mary’s took 1st Place this year, so we are looking to beat them next year.

Finally, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am hoping your heart is as full as mine because I am grateful for each and every one of you!

VESD Potential BOnd Measure


by Julia Rocha,4th grade teacher at Galileo Academy

On October 1st, we had the pleasure of having the San Bernardino SWAT team visit our 4th graders at Galileo to educate them on what it takes to be a part of their team. The officers brought their bulletproof vehicles as well as two robots they use on their missions.

At the beginning of the presentation, officer Frank gave an overview of what the SWAT team does on a typical day of work and then he opened up the floor for questions. Students asked questions like: What are the robots are used for? How long they have had their vehicle? and How long they have worked for the SWAT team? Most importantly, some questions that were asked were in regards to the requirements to work for the SWAT team, and if a person has a bad record for something like stealing, would they still be eligible to work for law enforcement. Students were engaged and excited to learn about how they one day could become a SWAT team officer.

In the final part of the presentation, the students had an opportunity to rotate stations between the two robots and their vehicle. Throughout the year, our fourth-grade students will learn about various careers and the requirements for each one. The SWAT visit was a great introduction and we hope it will have a lasting impact on our students and will make them think about their future.

Liberty Wins PBIS Gold

Liberty School of Creativity and Innovation is off to a wonderful start to the 2019-20 school year. We are incredibly proud of our 2019 Gold Level PBIS Implementation Award from the California PBIS Coalition. This recognition is the result of the years of tremendous dedication and collaboration by all Liberty stakeholders to provide Multi-Tiered systems of support for our students in academics, behavior and social-emotional development. Many of our PBIS team members were able to attend the CAHELP PBIS Ceremony on September 24 at Granite Hills High School where we accepted a plaque from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre.

Liberty's PBIS team with County Superintendent, Ted Alejandre

Across campus, our PAWSitive Pride is shining bright! At our first Student of the Month PAWSitive Pep Rally, we had many parents in attendance to celebrate students who demonstrate their PAWS (practicing safety, acting responsibly, working together, and showing respect) in all areas - including attendance. Students had surpassed their PAWSitive ticket challenge for the month five times over and got to see all 40 students of the month smash pies in the face of our SSC and principal! It was such a joy to have this time together as a Liberty family, and we look forward to continuing to build our PAWSitive community throughout the year!

PAWS Pep Rally

2019 Fitness Challenge

BE Salty!

VESD Employee Anniversaries

1 Year

Iris Douglass, Ashley Patterson, Ashley Pele, Susan Kirkpatrick, Abigail Torres, Jennifer Garcia, and Roxanne Razo

5 Years

Frankie Aguayo, Rita Herrera, Michelle Stanfield, Stephen Williams, Kristin Thompson, and Lawrence Akwaboah

10 Years

Domonique Potter

15 Years

Brianne Vasquez, Patricia Wheeler, and Eileen Chaidez

20 Years

Deborah Miller and Deborah Nelsen

Robin Schnelle - 26 Years

Kristen Clair - 27 Years

Richard Warren - 28 Years

Samantha Call - 28 Years

Judy Reece - 29 Years

David Wilson - 30 Years

2019 Operational Excellence Awards