Superintendent's Community Message: Upload Your Vaccination Card for a Chance to Win; New Workshops; Scholarships; Performances & Teaching Excellence
Good evening WCCUSD Community,
Upload your vaccination card for a chance to win! WCCUSD in partnership with the West Contra Costa Ed Fund, district tech partner D&D Security and WCCUSD Unions, are excited to announce a district-wide raffle for children ages 12 and older who upload their vaccination card to the District’s secure website at: www.wccusd.powerschool.com/public. There are several prizes available, including:
- A laptop computer
- $500 Gift Cards
- Portable Speakers
- Portable Photo Printers
- Amazon Echos
- Google Assistants
- VISA and Store Gift Cards
The first drawing will be December 10, 2021 and the second drawing will be December 17, 2021.
Every student vaccination card that is uploaded or returned to the school front office before December 9, 2021 will be eligible for both drawings.
Find more information and details at www.wccusd.net/vaccineraffle
Give Input into the Reimagining of Richmond High and Kennedy High School Next Week
What would you like to see happen? How can we reimagine and redesign the school to deliver a higher quality education for each and every student?
Join us for the second community engagement meeting at Kennedy High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7 and at Richmond High School at 6p.m. on Thursday, December 9 to give your input on the new campus design.
At this meeting, the public will hear from the architects behind this project, another step in a process that will conclude in June. By June, the architects will have created the plans for the physical re-design of Richmond High School and Kennedy High School.
Attendees must have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to engage in this meeting.
WHO: All interested community members but especially the parents, students, educators and staff of Richmond High, and the school communities of Chavez, Dover, Downer, Ford, Lake, Riverside, Peres, Verde, and Helms. Must have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to engage in this meeting.
WHAT: Give input into the reimagining of Richmond High
WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 6-8 pm
WHERE: The Richmond High theater
WHO: All interested community members but especially the parents, students, educators and staff of Kennedy High School, and the school communities of Coronado, Grant, King, Lincoln, Michelle Obama, Nystrom, Stege, Washington and DeJean. Must have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to engage in this meeting.
WHAT: Give input into the reimagining of Kennedy High
WHEN: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6-8 pm
WHERE: The Kennedy High library
Apply for the 2022 Chevron Black Employee Network Scholarship Program
The Chevron Black Employee Network invites high school students in WCCUSD to participate in the 2021 Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Committee Scholarship Program. Since 2004, the Chevron Richmond Black Employee Network (BEN) has awarded over 40 scholarships to deserving high school students from the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Funding for the scholarships is provided by Chevron Richmond’s Policy, Government & Public Affairs (PGPA) department in partnership with the Richmond Black History Awareness Committee (BHAC). The scholarship is given in honor of Dr. William F. King. Dr. King is a distinguished African American Chemical Engineer who retired from Chevron in 2003.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 17, 2022. All required documents must be received as requested.
Take the WCCUSD Website Survey
We want to hear from you! The WCCUSD communications team is working to improve the district website to ensure everyone in the community can access information about schools, programs and services.
We are launching this survey this week to collect your feedback. Any upgrades we make to the website will be reflective of the WCCUSD community’s ideas. Thank you for taking the time to complete this five-minute survey.
City of Richmond Redistricting Workshop
The City of Richmond Clerk’s Office will host a Redistricting Workshop via Zoom on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. and the final two post-draft public hearings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18 and Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocol, this may be a virtual event.
National Demographics Corporation (NDC) will facilitate the hearings to discuss the process to reestablish the district boundaries of the city.
Start drawing maps or attend the workshop and public hearings! Send comments and draft maps to firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish translation will be available for the workshop and public hearings.
The Redistricting Webpage may be found at: www.ci.richmond.ca.us/Redistricting and includes the ability to translate from English to other languages.
If you have questions, please email the City Clerk Department at: CityClerkDept@ci.richmond.ca.us.
Upcoming Platica con el Docto/Chat with a Doctor
United Latino Voices in collaboration with Healthy Richmond has been reaching out to the Latino Spanish speaking communities of Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo to provide residents with COVID and COVID vaccine education and an opportunity to ask a doctor in real-time questions they might have about the vacunas to encourage them to get their children vaccinated and to vaccinate themselves. These upcoming sessions are designed for the Spanish speaking community. See further details in Spanish flyer here.
WCCUSD Proudly Presents 2021-2022 Winter Band/Orchestra/Choir/Theater/Dance Performances
We would like to wish everyone the happiest of Holidays!! There are a host of winter performances around the district for you to enjoy.
12/7/21: Hercules Middle Sch. Winter Orchestra Festival 7:00 – 8:30 PM @ HMS Cafeteria
12/8/21: Hercules Middle Sch. Winter Band and Choir Festival 7:00 – 8:30 PM @ the HMS Cafeteria
12/8/21: Richmond High School Bands and Orchestra 6:30 PM @ RHS Little Theater
12/9/21: Helms Middle School Winter Performance 5:00 PM @HelmsMS
12/10/21, 12/11/21: El Cerrito Gaucho Dance Company Concert 7:00 PM @ the ECHS Theater
12/10/21: De Anza VAPA Showcase 6:30 PM @ the DeAnza Theater
12/14/21, 12/15/21: Korematsu MS Winter Concerts 5:00 PM @ Korematsu Gym
12/15/21: Hercules High School Music Department Showcase 6:30 PM @ the Hercules HS Gym
12/15/21: Betty Reid Soskin MS Winter Band/Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM @BRSMS Gym (Live Stream Available)
12/15/21: Pinole Valley HS Bands Winter Concert 7:00 PM @ PVHS Theater
12/16/21: Pinole Valley Choir, Dance, and Piano Winter Performance 7:00PM @PVHS Theater
12/16/21, 12/17/21: ECHS Winter Band Concert 7:30 PM @ ECHS Theater
1/28/22, 1/29/22: ECHS Theater Production 7:00 PM @ ECHS Theater
EdFund 2021-22 Teaching Excellence Award Nominations Now Open
For more than 30 years, the Ed Fund has recognized the district's best teachers through the Teaching Excellence Awards. With the return to in-person learning, the Ed Fund wants to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous work our teachers have done and continue to do throughout the West Contra Costa Unified School District to support our students. This year, we are proud to announce the 2021-2022 Teaching Excellence Awards. Our 2021-2022 nomination form is now open! Please submit your nomination(s) by December 31, 2021.
The WCCUSD Redistricting Commission to Host Meetings in Each Trustee Area
The Redistricting Commission will hold five in-person meetings, one meeting in each of the five trustee areas. In-person capacity is limited to 30 people. Please use this sign-up form to attend the meeting in person.
Dec. 7, 2021:
Kennedy High School Library & Zoom (Area 2)
4300 Cutting Blvd.
All meetings will begin at 6:30 PM
Redistricting Commission meetings will also continue to be broadcast via Zoom using the following link:
By computer, please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or by Telephone:
US: (669) 900 6833
Webinar ID: 92663418445#
Redistricting Commission meeting agendas are available for review online at: http://www.wccusd.net/redistrictingcommission
WCCUSD’s Independent Redistricting Commission Seeks Applicants for Trustee Area 2 Commissioner Seat
The West Contra Costa Unified School District Redistricting Commission is an independent body tasked with analyzing the 2020 Census Data and reviewing and revising the Trustee Area boundaries for the 2022-2030 elections for the Board of Education. The commission consists of seven members representing each of the five trustee areas and two members who are residents of Contra Costa County but live outside of the district boundaries. The Commission will perform all or nearly all of its work between now and March 1, 2022.
The Commission seat for Trustee Area 2, which encompasses Kennedy High School and other portions of Richmond, is currently vacant, and the District is soliciting applications for that position. All interested individuals should apply. The application is available here. English | Spanish. Service on the Commission does not require any prior experience with redistricting or any particular subject matter expertise.
Kenneth Chris Hurst, Ed.D