CVUSD Connect

Cajon Valley School District's weekly updates…

Welcome to CVUSD Connect!

Dear Team,

The purpose of CVUSD Connect is to open channels of communication, create transparency within our school district, and CONNECT us all once a week with a common message filled with updates, celebrations, school highlights, events, and more. Please send pictures, videos, and highlights from your school or department to me at so we can share with the entire family.

Kari, Michelle, Jon, Scott, and David


Making Cajon Valley… The best place to LIVE, WORK, PLAY, and RAISE A FAMILY

Promotional video for Cajon Valley Union School District’s World of Work initiative to bridge the gap between K-12 Education and the Global Economy.

The Cajon Valley Advantage is a key component to making our community a great place to live, play, work, and raise a family. The Cajon Valley Union School District recognizes each student enters our schools with his or her own unique strengths, interest, and values. Our schools offer students personalized programs and opportunities to further develop their strengths and interests into concrete, goals, ideas, and eventually careers that will impact the world.


Welcome…and…Thank you for your service in the US Military!

This week we welcome the children of an interpreter for the US Military in Iraq.  Although the story is heroic, it is not uncommon.  We are so grateful to serve a community that draws strength from diversity and peace from understanding.  Thank you to our Long Range Planning and Special Education staff for sharing this story.



Cajon Valley Middle School’s Budding Artists

Cajon Valley Middle School’s budding artists enjoyed a special event on Friday, February 24th at the Emerald C Art Gallery where their work, along with the work of Cajon Valley staff members were showcased.  Penny Rothschild, owner of the Emerald C Art Gallery in Coronado, was kind enough to open her doors to showcase student work for this special event.  

CVMS staff, students, and families enjoyed an evening of light refreshments, live music (played by CVMS staff and students), and amazing art work.  Student’s work and stories were celebrated by all and will remain on display in the Emerald C Art Gallery until March 1st.  

Cajon Valley Middle School’s Art Teacher Deborah Myers did an amazing job preparing her students for the event.  The showcase highlighted CVMS’ commitment to the arts and art education for our students.  

Justin Goodrich, Principal

Cajon Valley Middle School


Avocado Elementary Students Reach Across the World to Maasai, Kenya

Avocado Elementary is going to be collecting school supplies for the second year in a row to send to students in the Maasai community in Kenya.  We will be collecting for the next week.  Here is a video that they made for us last year when we sent them pen pal letters and supplies.

Ericka Smith, Avocado School


Cajon Valley Kids to take over Petco Park on Saturday March 4th

Congratulations to our Student TED Speakers! We were extremely impressed with the many applications for TED Speakers. As a result, 45 Cajon Valley students will share their TED talk at EXPO day at Petco Park for the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering as part of our promotion of the TEDxKids@ElCajon event on June 3, 2017. In the weeks leading up to the Festival the student speakers will work with Cajon Valley staff mentors to rehearse their presentations. We could not be more proud of our Cajon Valley students for sharing their ideas with the community. We hope you join us in celebrating and cheering on these brave students on March 4th, 2017 on the Dugout stage at Petco Park. 

Session One: 11:15am – 11:45am


  • Tina Kassabian; Making a Positive Change (Emerald Middle School)
  • Vanessa Zora; Ending the Generation of Student Debt (Emerald Middle School)
  • Revana Razoqi & Marlena Aziz; Starting a Club for Mental Health (Emerald Middle School)
  • Ellie Wavra; Sexual Harassment in our Society. (Hillsdale Middle School)
  • Reagan Warwick; My life with Epilepsy. (Hillsdale Middle School)
  • Elaina Scira: Saving our Children (Los Coches Creek Middle School)
  • Victoria Hague; Stopping Social Media Bullying (Los Coches Creek Middle School)
  • Chelsea Sanchez; Equality (Los Coches Creek Middle School)

Session Two: 12:00pm -12:30pm


  • Isela Creutzburg; Homeless Veterans (Avocado Elementary School)
  • Brooke Tucci & Haley Roa; Childhood Cancer (Avocado Elementary School)
  • Andrew Ramzi; The Game of Pool (Avocado Elementary School)
  • Isabella Villegas; Litter (Avocado Elementary School)
  • Sophia Mendez; Drawing Anime. (Avocado Elementary School)
  • Marcus Bautista; Give a Tent (Naranca Elementary)
  • Savannah Moore; Be the Match (Bostonia Language Academy)
  • Abigail Gonzalez; Sharing is Caring (Bostonia Language Academy)
  • Blossom Valley Elementary School

Session Three: 12:45pm – 1:15pm


  • Katelynn Grunstad; The Dangers of Fishing Nets (Fuerte Elementary School)
  • Paziano Parel-Sewell; Kindness (Fuerte Elementary School)
  • Alejandro Barajas-Mojica; War (Fuerte Elementary School)
  • Gianna Galbo; Save the Trees (Fuerte Elementary School)
  • Aspen Aldama; Adopting Animals (Madison Elementary School)
  • Andre Kiti; Persistence and Inventions (Meridian Elementary School)
  • Mary Azabo; Using Facetime to Connect Globally (Meridian Elementary School)
  • Leia Mims; Love of Drawing (Meridian Elementary School)
  • Jerry Gale; Becoming Future Ready with Video Games (Meridian Elementary School)

Session Four: 1:30pm -2:00pm


  • Tamarah Hadi; My Upcoming Surgery (Magnolia Elementary School)
  • Jorge Vargas Tiznado; Save the Environment (Magnolia Elementary School)
  • Isabella Durrett; ADHD (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Mckenzy Church; Save the Rhinos (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Luisa Manzo; Let’s Stop Cutting Down Trees (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Jordan Sanchez; Why Donate? (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Veen Saleh; Ending Littering in our World (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Dimitri Caron-Helman; Helping the Homeless (W.D. Hall Elementary School)
  • Berlin Dixon; The Benefits of Dance (W.D. Hall Elementary School)

Session Five: 2:30pm -3:00pm


  • Miranda Cook’s Third Grade Class- Dance Performance
  • Tyler Lemieux; Minecraft (Rancho San Diego Elementary School)
  • Bianca Hana; The Road to Peace (Rancho San Diego Elementary School)
  • Megan Coffey; Save our Planet (Rancho San Diego Elementary School)
  • Allyson Mercurio; Save the Tigers (Vista Grande Elementary School)
  • Jayden Garmo; Controlling our Actions to Stop Bullying (Vista Grande Elementary School)
  • Armani Maroki; Spreading the Cheer (Vista Grande Elementary School)
  • Preston Garmo; Friendship Corner (Vista Grande Elementary School)
  • Kaitlyn Shannon; Charity (Vista Grande Elementary School)

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Loether at

Liz LoetherCoordinator of Educational Technology | (619) 588-3115  | @LizLoether


Sunday March 5th “Come Run With Us… Green Mile, 5K, and Half Marathon”

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon – March 5th


As a proud sponsor of the event, the City of El Cajon would like to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K, and Green Mile Fun Run!

Several thousand green clad runners and walkers are expected to participate in this popular El Cajon event. The first race and activities will kick-off at 7:00 a.m. in historic downtown El Cajon, on the corner of Main Street and Magnolia Avenue under the El Cajon Arch.

The Half Marathon is a challenging 13.2 mile route down Main St into Rancho San Diego, Cuyamaca College, and back. The 5K is a straight and flat 3.1 mile course along Main Street. To ensure that all levels of fitness enthusiasts are satisfied, there will also be a “Tribes and Clans Fitness Throw-down,” a kid’s competition that combines the goals of the Presidential Fitness Challenge with other kid-sized fun obstacles, and a “Green Mile” for all ages.

The festival at the finish line will include athletic vendors, live music, food trucks, kids entertainment and bounce house, as well as a beer garden to enjoy local micro-brewed beer (for ages 21 and up).

While individuals and families are encouraged to register together, there is a special request for teams that represent local schools, organizations, and businesses. There will be competition amongst teams, such as a Real Estate Office Challenge and a Corporate Challenge. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to dress up in St. Patty’s Day outfits and take part in the “best dressed” competition.

Thanks to participation, the RunEC Foundation raised almost $20,000 for local charities and schools last year. To register, volunteer, and/or get more information about this special event, please visit (Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided)

For “pre-event” or “day of event” interviews, please contact Meredith Stowers at (619) 520-1018 or


“This is What We Do Every Day @ Blossom Valley…”

Today was one of those incredible days that remind you why you became an educator.  You see, today was Digital Learning Day.  For many districts, this is a one-day (take your best shot at doing something outside your comfort zone) foray into the world of digital learning.  

As I visited classrooms across Blossom Valley with Dr. Miyashiro and School Board member Karen Clark-Mejia, I was blown away by what we were seeing. We watched students from Kindergarten to 5th grade using PowToons and Google Slides to share how they would solve real world problems. One enterprising 2nd grader decided that wasn’t enough of a challenge, and instead wrote code (using Scratch) to create his animated presentation. Students all over campus were working on projects in science, math, and language arts using Google Classroom, trying their hand at programming on, learning to read with Headsprout, and gaining a deeper understanding of math concepts with the help of Jiji, the STMath penguin…and that’s when it hit me.  This isn’t a one-day, one-time, show…This is what we do every day!  

Yes…today was an amazing, ordinary, every-day kind of day.  The kind that makes me proud to be part of the dedicated instructional team at Blossom Valley, and prouder still to be a part of the larger Cajon Valley family.

Kirk Hoeben, Principal

Blossom Valley Elementary School

(619) 588-3678


Substitute Teachers Needed in Cajon Valley Union School District


Cajon Valley Invests in Solar for Clean & Renewable Energy Towards Cost Savings and Environmental Improvements

SunPower Corp. and the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) in California are planning to begin construction of SunPower Helix solar systems at 24 school sites in the El Cajon region of San Diego County this coming spring.

According to SunPower, the solar installations totaling 4.6 MW will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by the end of this year.

“With CVUSD’s solar investment, we continue to enrich both our schools and our communities by generating clean, renewable energy, which will help save on electricity costs and improve our local environment,” says Scott Buxbaum, CVUSD assistant superintendent of business services. “After reviewing qualifications and proposals from six firms, we are very pleased to have selected SunPower’s proposal as the best value to the district. Their team has been great to work with.”

CVUSD owns the solar power system, along with the associated renewable energy credits. To finance a majority of the project, the district secured U.S. Department of Treasury clean renewable energy bonds (CREBs), which are available to certain entities, primarily in the public sector, to finance renewable energy projects.

“We’re pleased to welcome CVUSD to a growing number of school districts across the country that are seeing the economic and environmental value that reliable solar energy solutions from SunPower can generate,” says Nam Nguyen, SunPower’s senior vice president. “Innovative financing options like CREBs and local bonds can accelerate the return on a solar project, making it easy for schools to reinvest savings into their classrooms.”

SunPower says it has installed more than 135 MW in 30 school districts, which, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, is enough to power 33,750 average California homes. Some of SunPower’s recent education customers include the Bonita Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District and Colton Joint Unified School District.


Digital Learning Day (This Thursday) February 23!

Digital Learning Day February 23!

We are READY!

The Cajon Valley School District is proud to announce Digital Learning Day on February 23, 2017. This is the third year Cajon Valley has participated in DLD. We hope that your students and you will join us this year as we dive into the book, “What to Do With a Problem” by Kobi Yamada.

  • Website full of videos, digital tool ideas, lesson ideas and more resources. 
  • Feb 23, share the book “What to Do With a Problem” with your class read by David Miyashiro. Google Drive / Youtube / Viewpure

Liz LoetherCoordinator of Educational Technology | (619) 588-3115  | @LizLoether


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