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Superintendent's Community Message: April 23, 2022

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Hello WCCUSD Community,

The weekend is here! There are several happenings in WCCUSD and I am so excited to share them with you. First, here are some focal points in our District that I don’t want you to miss:

The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host a community safety forum on Tuesday, April 26 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Join the forum to review the District's safety plan and hear the District's response to recent safety issues in schools. The community will have the opportunity to review the plan, ask questions, and give feedback on best practices for a safe learning environment in WCCUSD. 

I want to stress the importance of this event and your attendance. This is your opportunity to hear from the district safety team about our short-term actions and long-term safety plans. We will discuss the increase in incidents we have seen lately, and some commonalities we have found. We’ll also share information on how we are tracking incidents and what we are doing to monitor school sites. 

Together, there are many actions we can take to ensure our students and staff are safe.

Please click the link below to join the webinar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26:

Access the via Phone: +1(669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 930 7007 5240
Passcode: 931438

We are well into the strategic planning process and have received great feedback from the community. Your support and participation will lead to creating a powerful vision, mission and graduate profile for WCCUSD and our students. I would like to thank the members in our community who have taken part so far, and I would like to personally invite you to join and make your voice heard.

The next engagement is Monday, April 25 from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Here is the Zoom Link:

RSVP on the strategic plan web page: On this page, you can also find dates for each upcoming engagement.

Take the Two-Way Communication Survey 

WCCUSD is looking to improve communication with families! We are exploring two-way communication platforms that could go into effect for the 2022-23 school year. These platforms better help parents and teachers exchange messages, as well as help stay connected to news and events from the district. Please take this survey and share it with families in WCCUSD. The survey will close on April 30. 


Attend the West County Transition & Special Education Resource Fair, April 23 

The 15th Annual West County Transition and Special Education Resource Fair is Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Vista Hills Education Center. Parents, guardians and caregivers will meet community agencies that provide vital services for school aged youth and young adults. There will also be fun activities and door prizes for attendees. This event is free and fun for the whole family.

Vista Hills Education Center is located at 2625 Barnard Street in San Pablo.  

We hope to see you there.


Hercules High's Sam Umozurike named to Academic All-America Team

Story Credit: Richmond Standard

Hercules High junior Sam Umozurike is a big contributor both on the football field and within the classroom. That’s why Umozurike was among 100 high school football players in California to be named as the 2021 Academic All-America Team by High School Football America, which is hosting its second annual iteration of the recognition, powered by scoutSMART. To be considered for the 2021 Academic All-America Team, a player has to be a contributing member of a varsity football program in 2021 and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Congratulations Sam Umozurike for your outstanding academic excellence and athleticism, and thank you to the Richmond Standard for covering the story here.

Two EdFund Teaching Excellence Winners Named WCCUSD's Teacher of the Year

DeJean Middle School Math teacher, Nashon Williams, and Richmond High School Ethnics Studies and Chicano Studies teacher, Luis Chacon, have been named WCCUSD’s Teacher of the Year. 

Williams and Chacon are among 19 teachers selected out of nearly 8,600 teachers teaching in Contra Costa County public schools and community colleges to move forward in the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s selection of the 2022-23 County teacher of the year. CCCOE will announce the four finalists on May 4. Read the full announcement here.

Williams and Chacon were previously among four educators named the EdFund’s 2022 teaching excellence winners, and will be recognized during the Ed Fund's free, virtual Soaring to Excellence celebration on May 12.

Congratulations to Nashon Williams and Luis Chacon for their excellence in WCCUSD!


CoBiz Richmond Hosts Meet and Greet with Superintendent Chris Hurst

Students, parents, staff and community members are invited to meet the Superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst, at Noon on Saturday, April 23 at @Co Biz Richmond Inc. Participants will hear a panel discussion moderated by Berkeley Unified School District Board President Ka'Dijah Brown that includes topics, such as campus safety, the District’s budget, solvency and receivership, and the looming crisis of COVID 19.

The free event is sponsored by Soulful Softball Sunday and hot lunch will be served.


United Latino Voices Hosts Free Health Fair for Students in Richmond and San Pablo 

United Latino Voices (ULV) will host a community health vaccine fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Nystrom Elementary School for students and families in Richmond and San Pablo.  The event, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, will provide free COVID-19 vaccines for attendees ages five and older, and first and second boosters and flu shots. Families and community members will enjoy games, music, a Zumba class, food and giveaways. The event is free to the community. Be sure to bring a shopping wagon to carry your food box. See the flyer for more details.


Face Coverings Now Voluntary for AC Transit Riders

Credit: AC Transit eNews

AC Transit will implement a voluntary face mask policy effective Tuesday, April 20, 2022. Riders will now have the option of wearing a face covering while onboard our buses. 

We still strongly encourage everyone to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which recommends that transit riders wear face coverings. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) dispensers at the entrance of each bus will continue to have complimentary, disposable face masks and hand sanitizer available for the convenience of our riders. 

Please visit our website, or contact us directly for more information, questions or comments: 

Your health and safety are always our priority. Thank you for riding AC Transit.

Healthy Richmond Announces Youth Survey and Listening Session for Students in North Richmond

North Richmond Youth Survey
Do you currently live or have lived experience in North Richmond? If yes, participate in this survey so that your voice will be able to influence future development plans in North Richmond such as resources, services, and programs that impact the lives of youth.

Complete the survey using this link:

North Richmond Youth Listening Session
Do you currently live or have lived experience in North Richmond? If yes, participate in this 30 minute listening session so that your voice will be able to influence future development plans in North Richmond such as resources, services, and programs that impact the lives of youth.

Upon completion of the session, you will receive a free $15 Target Gift Card!

Sign up using this link:

Community Buzz Café on Race Equity 2022
Are you a resident of Richmond concerned about race equity? If yes, please join the conversation on the City of Richmond’s Race Equity Action Plan! This month we will be discussing Goal #2: “Every city department is governed by the principle of ‘Community Ownership’, fostering democratic participation and equity through community-driven decision-making.”

Every month, we meet on the 4th Tuesday at 6pm – 7pm with other community members to unpack the goals of the Race Equity Action Plan. Your voice is needed in advancing racial equity so come join us by completing the following interest form:

GO Public Schools launches Parent’s Guide to College Conversations

Go Public Schools recently launched A Parent's Guide to College Conversations, which aims to help families better understand financial aid award letters, explore college cost-saving opportunities, and have healthy, productive conversations with their children about their futures.  The guide is informed by academic counselors, college advisors, and parent leaders and is also available for download in Spanish.

2022 STEM Science Fair Winners Receive Awards 

The District’s STEM/College & Career department visited schools this week to distribute medals, certificates, checks and plaques to WCCUSD 2022 STEM Fair 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners. Students were given a mini ceremony to celebrate their awards and you can view the award photos HERE.

The District’s STEM Fair took place Thursday, February 17 via Zoom for students in grades 6-12 to share their research in the following categories: Physical Science, Biological Science, Behavioral Science, Engineering/Tech/ Innovation. Over 30 representatives from several organizations and universities across the Bay Area took time out of their day to judge 49 student entries from 9 schools in the District.  A slide deck from the evening with shots of the winning projects is HERE.

Attend the 56th Annual Student Art Exhibit in Person April 6 - May 14, 2022

The West Contra Costa Unified School District, in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, is hosting its annual student art exhibit to showcase student artists across the district. 

Student artwork can be viewed in person from April 6 - May 14, 2022 at the Richmond Art Center. The art show reception will be held from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Richmond Arts Center. Visit the for more information.


Class of 2022 Graduation Schedule Now Available

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! High school graduations begin Saturday, May 21 with Middle College at the Contra Costa College football field and continue through Tuesday, June 21 with Extended Learning completing the season. Visit the District’s website at to see the full graduation schedule.

In community,


Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst

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