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DUSD Newsletter September 2017

School Starts Thursday! Back to School Nights Next Week

Where did the time go? For nearly 1,300 students in the Denair Unified School District, summer vacation ends Thursday with the resumption of classes.

School begins at 8 a.m. on all four campuses – Denair Elementary Charter Academy, Denair Middle School, Denair High School and Denair Charter Academy. At DECA, there is a modified schedule for students in kindergarten and transitional kindergarten; start times have been mailed to parents.

The first day of school is always an exciting time as students are paired with new teachers at a new grade level. Each campus has special activities planned to mark the new school year.

And next week, parents are invited to meet their child’s teachers at a series of Back to School nights at DECA, DMS and DHS.

  • DECA: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 5:15 p.m.
  • DMS: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m.
  • DHS: Thursday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Aaron Rosander welcomed the staff back earlier this week with a note. There also were two days of training for teachers and administrators.

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School Board Candidate Forum Scheduled for August 10

There will be two vacancies on the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees for voters to fill in the November election. Prospective candidates are invited to a forum Thursday, Aug. 10 that will be occur at the end of the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district board room, 3460 Lester Road.

Trustees Sandi Dirkse and Robert Hodges already have announced they will not seek re-election. Two years remain on the terms of the three other board members – Kathi Dunham-Filson, John Plett and Ray Prock Jr.

Prospective candidates for the Nov. 7 election have until Thursday, Aug. 16 to file their paperwork with the Stanislaus County Office of Elections.

Trustees meet monthly and help set policy for the 1,300-student district, which includes four campuses.

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DECA Recognized for Efforts to Implement Behavior Program

Denair Elementary Charter Academy has received recognition for its implementation of a national program that supports proper behavior by students on campus.

Known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, the program offers a range of “evidence-based interventions to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students.”

According to the PBIS website, “the important supportive relationship between positive school- and classroom- wide culture and individual student success is emphasized.”

DECA’s staff began staff training in 2015-16 for the tier 1 PBIS guidelines, which were implemented last school year. There was training last year for the second level of the PBIS program, which will begin when classes resume this week. And training will occur this year for the tier 3 guidelines to be implemented next fall.

DECA is among hundreds of schools in California that follow the PBIS standards. In recognition, the campus received a bronze medal for 2016-17 from the California PBIS Coalition.

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The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently engaged in litigation with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), CDE has been ordered, among other things, to inform parents and students of the disclosure of such information. CDE has requested that school districts and SELPAs post the following link to CDE’s website: The link provides a Notice and Objection Form to allow parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children.


Please understand that the district is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so. For more information, please contact CDE directly at (916) 319-0800.

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