Thank you for a wonderful first year. Last week, I had the privilege of attending eight different graduations and watching more than 2,100 of our students complete their K-12 educational experience.
For the next 10 weeks, the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Food Services Department plans to serve over 300,000 free meals to help keep more than 16,500 students from going hungry during summer break.
For the past two weeks, WCCUSD students from Middle College, Adult Education, De Anza, Kennedy, and Richmond have completed their K-12 education and graduated high school. We have tracked them all. Check out photos, videos, and find out what is next for some of our graduates.
With all due respect to hip hop legends Run DMC, it is the 2017 Kennedy High School seniors that know how to walk this way. A day before walking across the stage at their high school graduation, the Eagles graduating class showed elementary students in West Contra Costa Unified School District how to walk this way toward graduation in the school’s first Senior Walk.
In the school's first musical since 2009, the Oilers will have 180 students in their production of High School Musical. Show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Plus shows on Saturday and Sunday.
During its 18th Annual Reclassification Awards Ceremony, the West Contra Costa Unified School District celebrated 1,069 students that earned reclassification status, becoming fully proficient in English.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District recently celebrated its 4th Annual African American Honors Ceremony at the Craneway Pavilion recognizing African American students who have shown academic excellence in the 2016-17 school year. [Gallery]
The West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Christopher Mount-Benites as the new Associate Superintendent of Business Services.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District's Early Learning Program invites you to attend TK Parent Information night for students enrolled in the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to check meeting locations per school site.
In a few weeks, more than 2,100 of our students will complete their K-12 public education and walk across the stage at one of our 11 graduations. For some of our seniors, they will become the first in their families to not only graduate from high school but the first to attend college.
What do a bilingual instructional assistant, a typist 2 clerk, a community service officer, a office manager, a senior office administrator, a food services aide, a data entry clerk, and a custodian have in common? A love and dedication for West Contra Costa Unified School District students and staff and the District’s 2016-17 Classified Employees of the Year.
For three hours in DeJean Middle School’s multipurpose room, freshmen from Kennedy served as college representatives for over 35 colleges, presenting their research on each college to middle school students, families, and community partners.
Over 300 community members, parents, students and district staff gathered for the 4th Annual Best Practices Fair at Dejean Middle School on Tuesday to share strategies that positively affect the school community in WCCUSD. [Photo Gallery]
Washington Elementary is accepting applications for its Dual Immersion Spanish program. The Gold Ribbon School located in Point Richmond still has space and is adding an additional DLI kindergarten class for the 2017-18 school year.
The Downer Elementary School community used parent and teacher power to get a jump on Día del Niño. With help from 27 parent volunteers, Downer students celebrated Dia del Nino (Children’s Day) two days early with a carnival for students. Dia del Nino is celebrated on April 30 every year in Mexico and for the past five years, the Downer community has coordinated a carnival for students.
Takkarist McKinley, a 2013 Eagles graduate, realized his childhood dream when the Atlanta Falcons selected him with 26th selection in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Middle College High School is one of just 275 middle and high schools throughout the state of California being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.
Mira Vista Principal Gabriel Chilcott and his the rest of the staff and students used giant inflatable volleyballs, fruits and vegetable themed games, dancing including disco, cooking workshops, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to kick off the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s 24th annual Nutrition, Health and Fitness Festival on Thursday, April 20.
More than 100 special needs students from Crespi, DeJean, Hercules, Korematsu, and Pinole middle schools, and De Anza, El Cerrito, Hercules, Kennedy high schools and Transition school participated in a morning of basketball and celebration.
Welcome back from a much deserved spring recess. As we usher in April and prepare for the final nine weeks of the school year, our students, their families, and our teachers are in the midst of testing. This is the third year that California students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which measures our students’ academic progress in English Language Arts and mathematics.
The Biomechs finished sixth out of 60 teams at the First Robotics Competition, Silicon Valley Regional. The team went 7-4 at the two-day competition and competed against teams sponsored by NASA, Google, and Cisco.
Over 400 art pieces from students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District were showcased at the Richmond Art Center’s Annual Student Art Show reception on Thursday April 13. [Photo Gallery]
The West Contra Costa Unified School District held the Partner Provide Faire on April 11, 2017 where current and hopeful service providers had the opportunity to share their programs and services with all 56 principals. More than 160 providers like the YMCA of the East Bay to the City of San Pablo to the Latina Center had a chance to provide information and interact with principals and District officials on the Alvarado Adult School campus.
De Anza High School Spanish teacher Paula Raj is among four teachers chosen as a Contra Costa County Teachers of the Year (TOY) Program finalist, the Contra Costa County Office of Education recently announced.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has produced a four-page summary of its results on the CDE's California School Dashboard, a new accountability system that provides parents, families, educators, and community members data on how well the District and its schools are preparing students for success.
Chevron Richmond is recruiting up to 10 WCCUSD high school students for their annual Project Seed internship program. Students must apply by April 15. Click the headline for more information.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has announced the Spring Festival and Concert dates for all bands, orchestras, and choirs. Click the link to view dates and times.
Richmond High School's robotics team, the Biomechs, is competing in the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Friday at San Jose State University’s Event Center.
Jimmie Collier, Murphy's head custodian, has been named one of two 2016-2017 Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Classified Employee of the Year.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District named Eric Peterson as the principal of its new Mandarin language school that is set to open in August and is the first traditional public school of its kind in the East Bay.
In August, the West Contra Costa Unified School District will become the first public school district in the East Bay to offer a schoolwide Mandarin immersion program for its students. We sat down with veteran educator Eric Peterson, who was named principal of the West County Mandarin School.
Three Richmond students perform on the SHN Orpheum stage and then see Hamilton, the musical, with their classmates. With the help of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, more than 2,200 Bay Area students from 18 schools saw the musical story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton.
Parents from Verde and Chavez Elementary School recently graduated from their school's parent university, a district-wide program that teaches parents how to foster parent engagement and create active parent leaders. Click here to see photos of the Parent University graduation ceremonies.
Golden State Warriors host Peaceful Warriors Summit to encourage students to stand up to bullying.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Music Department hosted the 22nd Annual All District Music Festival on Thursday, March 9. Four Hundred students in the honor band, orchestra and choir performed a range of musical pieces for the community.
Righteous has three definitions according to Merriam-Webster. And if Korematsu’s Ghouran Chang used it in a sentence, it might go something like this: I capped a righteous win at the West Contra Costa County Unified School District Middle School Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the two-syllable adjective.
The District launches an online tool to give community members a quick and convenient way to view the District's financial information. The Citizen Transparency Tool provides the public to access on the District's $357 million annual general fund budget.
El Cerrito HS's Jae-An Wang, Pinole Valley HS's Chris Tan are among the 15,000 students out of a pool of 1.6 million nationwide competing for 7,400 available scholarships worth a combined $33 million.
The State of California today launched a new school accountability system for every district and public school in the state. The California School Dashboard is a new Web site that that provides parents, families, educators, and community members data on how well districts and schools are preparing students for success in the 21st century college and career.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District recently partnered with nine local agencies to hold the annual Road to the Future: Foster Care Youth Conference at DeJean Middle School for foster youth and parents to discuss issues and gain resources that support children while in care. [photo gallery]
Spartans' Christine Chinwuba was one of seven high school seniors in the Bay Area selected as a 2017 member of the Bay Area All Star Scholarship Team, which includes a $5,000 college scholarship
For the 31st year, the District honored 17 staff members and students who go above and beyond on a daily basis to support the District’s special needs students.
Montalvin Manor Elementary School recently hosted its annual midyear STAR Dance for students on track to meet their math and reading goals for the year. [photo gallery]
A trio of West Contra Costa Unified School District teachers is being recognized for its work to bring meaningful science experiences to their students.
March is upon us and as we close in on the homestretch of the school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to focus on our community. I continue to be amazed by the support and passion our community has shown toward the success of all our students.
More than two-dozen Kennedy High School grads showed their intense school pride by taking part in a special Alumni Day visit to the Cutting Blvd. campus on Friday, Mar. 3.
Superintendent Matthew Duffy reaffirmed the District's commitment to the safety of all students, including those who are transgendered, in a letter to the community released this week
The Ed Fund will award eight $1,500 scholarships to deserving African American male high school seniors in WCCUSD. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Click the link to learn more and apply by March 3.
The Spartans' second-year team is serving notice to the rest of the county after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Contra Costa County competition and collecting five individual awards.
Sausalito based non-profit Turning Green's The Conscious Kitchen program aims to change the way students view food by providing schools with fresh, locally, non-GMO, organic meals so that students have better health outcomes.
Students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will be offered an opportunity to learn the world’s most spoken language at a new school scheduled to open in August, increasing the number of educational options available for local families.
More than a dozen WCCUSD students took part in Middle School Math Night at the Cal women's basketball game against Colorado. Students and their families received free tickets and the students calculated the first half shooting statistics for a chance to win prizes from Cal.
Welcome to February where we celebrate Black History Month. While we should celebrate Black history every day as a part of American history, this month is an opportunity when we, as a community, formally honor and recognize the varied contributions African Americans have made in our society.
What a difference a day makes—especially when Apple and its CEO, Tim Cook, arrive at a school and work their magic on practically every nook and cranny of the campus.
Ohlone Elementary School is among the best in the Bay Area in the Energize Schools Energy Conservation Competition. Students at 11 schools helped save $9,000 on energy costs over the two-month contest.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District in partnership with the Black College Expo will host the 2nd Annual HBCU College Recruitment Caravan on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.at Richmond High School for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing higher education at a historically black college or university.
Grant's Tiffany Chieudjui, El Cerrito's Jessy Kronenberg, Korematsu's Sarah La Due, and De Anza's Paula Raj recognized by the Ed Fund
Substitute teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will receive a raise for the first time in at least five years after the Board of Education voted to increase the daily compensation by $18 per day. The daily rate for substitute teachers will increase to $135 from $118, while the long-term rate will rise to $175 from $160.
On National Signing Day, De Anza High School's Loren Calhoun, Devon King, and Rico Tolefree and El Cerrito's Damon Cole each signed letters of intent to play football.
All Contra Costa and East Bay schools are invited to attend STEM Games on Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Richmond Convention Center. Over 25 student teams will compete and showcase their knowledge in science, math, technology and engineering. Click here to view details and register your team.
Dear Community, Happy New Year! I continue to be honored to lead the way in 2017. As we begin 2017, we also mark the near midway point of the school year. Only five months to go. Wow!
El Cerrito's Aaron Banks and Damon Cole, Kennedy's Micah Barnes and Ryan Robinson, and Hercules' Emany Johnson recognized as among the East Bay's best high school football players by the largest newspaper
First 5 Contra Costa recently hosted a site visit at Murphy and Bayview Elementary schools for California State Legislature representatives to observe the effects of implementing high quality standards in preschool programs.
For the seventh straight year, children from San Pablo received an early boost from Santa and San Pablo’s annual Family Giving Tree 2016 event on Tuesday, December 20, 2017. The event hosted by the city, WCCUSD, Bay Area Community Resources, and the YMCA of the East Bay’s Y-Team helped provide gifts to more than 400 students and their families from Bayview, Dover, Downer, Lake, and Riverside elementary schools and Helms Middle School.
This year the Ed Fund will be awarding scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 to selected high school seniors. Apply by March 4 at www.edfundwest.org/our-scholarships.
It was a season of history for a number of West Contra Costa Unified School District athletes and teams with one student scholar posting the highest individual finish at a state event and two other student athletes helping their school rewrite its history books.
A group of West Contra Costa Unified School District seniors got a jump on their medical careers, becoming the fourth cohort to graduate from Contra Costa College’s Nurse Assistant Certification and Home Health Aide Program.
Ethan Alon was one of just 5,000 Hispanic students recognized nationwide as a member of the National Hispanic Recognition Program by the College Board based on his score on the PSAT/NMSQT (taken in his junior year) and his high GPA. More than 250,000 Hispanic students took the test as high school juniors.
James Patterson, Scholastic Reading Club award $7,000 to the school to purchase books, increase access to the library, and bring authors to the school
Kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year begins January 9, 2017. Click the link to view enrollment information and learn about the NEW online enrollment system.
School Band and Orchestra Magazine selected Erik Radkiewicz to represent California in its 19th Annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” Mr. Radkiewicz was recognized as one of the country's top music educators making a difference in the lives of our students.
Aaron Banks, a senior offensive lineman for the Gauchos, announced Friday that he will play next year for the Fighting Irish.
The PTA Bay Side Council recently hosted an art showcase for District students who submitted original artwork to compete in the California State PTA’s 2016-2017 Reflections Art contest. [Gallery]
The West Contra Costa Unified School District welcomed its two newest board members, Mister Phillips and Tom Panas, to the dais on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
Highland, Hanna Ranch, and Montalvin Manor elementary schools were among 47 schools recognized for their work in closing the achievement gap for low-income African American and Latino students in English and math.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District was one of three East Bay districts selected to participate in a statewide grant program to help school support staff pursue a teaching credential.
We learned Sunday night that Travis Hough and Sara Hoda were among the 36 victims of the devastating warehouse fire that took place Friday evening in Oakland.
Keith Johnson, the Director of the El Cerrito High School band, was named KRON 4’s Teacher of the Week for November 28 – December 2, 2016.
More than 80 prospective employees attend the West Contra Costa Unified School District hiring fair on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Candidates for teaching and school support staff filled out applications and were interviewed on the spot. WCCUSD alumnae Nia Chappell and Kate Linneman were hired to teach in WCCUSD for the 2017-18 school year.
Ryan Cutter made Hercules High School history, finishing fourth in the CIF State Cross Country Championship Division IV Boys race on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Ryan's finish is the highest place a WCCUSD athlete has had at the state cross country championship in at least 12 years.
WCCUSD welcomes students, families, staff, and community members to learn more about the 2016-17 LCAP and provide feedback on each goal and its actions and services.
West Contra Costa Unified School District is seeking credentialed teachers and classified employees for current vacancies and the 2017-2018 school year. Attend the hiring fair Wednesday, November 30 at Sylvester Greenwood Academy. Click here for more details.
A robot rolled into the 4th grade classroom at Coronado Elementary on Monday morning to transport educational technology to the students.
The Winter Visual & Performing Arts festivals are underway in WCCUSD. Click here to view the 2016-17 Band, Orchestra, Choir, Theater and Dance festival schedule.
Superintendent Matthew Duffy recently delivered the Annual State of Our Schools Address to community leaders, officials and supporters of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Click here to view the powerpoint presentation.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District recently held a community celebration to honor 14 local schools for receiving the California Gold Ribbon award from the California Department of Education.
Applications for the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CA Dream Act Application are being accepted for the first time this year starting October 1st. High school seniors and their families are invited to attend a free Cash for College workshop for help in filling out their financial aid applications.
The seven candidates running for seats on the West Contra Costa County Unified School District Board of Education in the Nov. 8 election have been invited to participate in a series of three forums jointly hosted by the League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County and the District.
Two seniors from the West Contra Costa Unified School District have been named semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials from the prestigious competition announced this week.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District, in partnership with the Alliance for Public Education, will showcase our fourteen local schools who received the California Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education. Please join us on Saturday, September 17 as we celebrate the award-winning, innovative practices in our local schools!
The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host four Saturday fingerprinting parties for parents and community members who want to volunteer at WCCUSD Schools. This is a “drop-in” day no appointment needed. Online application must be completed BEFORE the date of the event, please click for more info.
Results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) show that students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District made small gains on the tests, but that more attention is needed to ensure that every child meets the new state standards.
View highlights of district students on their first day of school.
The Board of Education recently honored eight members of the District’s non-certificated staff for being named the 2015-2016 Classified Employees of the Year.
District students were recognized at the Third Annual African American Students of Honor Ceremony for academic excellence during the 2015-2016 school year. Click to view the gallery of honorees.
Stege Elementary School students received new Apple iPads at their recent “Stege in Sync” launch, an initiative that supports student learning and engagement through the use of technology.
2016 LCAP stakeholder feedback is displayed in two new dashboards: 2016 LCAP Town Hall Participation & LCAP Survey Results Dashboard and the 2016 Community Feedback Dashboard. Click here to access the dashboard.
Nearly 85 percent of West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) students who entered high school in the 2011-2012 school year have earned their high school diploma, according to data released by the California Department of Education.
Infographics that summarize the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) in the District and the offerings at at each school site are now available.
There were 357 responses to the community survey commissioned by the Board of Education to gain feedback on the qualities and characteristics of the next superintendent.
A future naturopathic doctor who enjoys urban agriculture and a mariachi expert who plans to create affordable technology for people with disabilities are the two most recent Gates Millennium Scholars from the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Two schools in the District have been ranked among the top high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the news magazine announced this week. Hercules High School was awarded a silver medal and was ranked in the Top 10 percent nationally. Middle College High School earned a bronze medal for the third consecutive year.
Thirteen elementary schools from the West Contra Costa Unified School District are among 772 across the state to earn the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.
The District's "Hitsville High," aka Pinole Valley High School, is featured on the cover of this week's SF Weekly. Music editor Jessie Schiewe runs down the long list of musical heavyweights who have attended, or still attend, PVHS.
Alika Africa, an 8th grader at Korematsu Middle School spelled “pancetta” to win the Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District Middle School Spelling Bee held at DeJean Middle School last week.
See student highlights and performances from this year's All District Music Festival! (Video)
Community partners, leaders and parents judged nearly 200 student projects at the Annual District Science Fair recently. See what students and judges thought of this year’s science fair. (Video)
The District’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education held its annual “You Make a Difference” awards ceremony at DeJean Middle School recently bestowing honors on 12 deserving individuals who have made outstanding contributions in support of special needs students.
Fifth grader Martin Leung from Olinda Elementary is the inaugural winner of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Spelling Bee, held at Verde Elementary School last weekend.
President Obama is giving every 4th grader in the United States a free pass for their families to visit all federally owned lands and waters (including our national parks) for a year.
In recognition of their profound passion for instilling a love of learning in their students, five West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) teachers have been named the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award winners by the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, the organization announced recently.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District was named a First Place Winner for the Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High School in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal.
The El Cerrito High School boys basketball team captured its second consecutive North Coast Section title with a 70-59 victory over Newark Memorial on Saturday.
The De Anza High School boys soccer team captured the North Coast Section Division II title on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Campolindo High School.
Four high school seniors in the West Contra Costa Unified School District received Chevron Richmond Black Employee Network college scholarships during its 17th Annual Black History Awareness Celebration at the Chevron Refinery last week.
The District has unveiled a marketing campaign that supports the college-going culture that has taken hold at all of its schools. The So Can You campaign features students from the Class of 2015 who are attending college. The featured students represent the 63 percent of the Class of 2015 who said they would attend a two- or four-year college after graduation.
Were you issued a certificate of completion in 2006 or later? Did you meet all graduation requirements but did not pass either one or both sections of the CAHSEE? Based on the Senate Bill SB 172 signed by Governor Brown on Oct. 7, 2015, you may be eligible to receive a high school diploma. If you believe you now qualify for a high school diploma under the new law, you can fill out our online form to verify your eligibility.