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End of Year Message



Dr. Joe Jaconette

New Residency Verification Requirement for Students Entering Grades K, 3, & 6

The school board revised the district requirements for proof of residency (Administrative Regulation 5111.1—Criteria for Residency) at the April 13, 2015 board meeting. Beginning this year, in addition to each student new to the district, every student entering kindergarten, third grade, and sixth grade shall provide proof of residency.  School sites will be notifying parents of the time frame to turn in the necessary documentation.

Jim Manheimer Appointed New Principal at Wagner Ranch Elementary School

At the June 8th board meeting, the school board unanimously voted to appoint Jim Manheimer as principal of Wagner Ranch Elementary School. The recommendation was made after using a selection process that included a committee comprised of representatives of teachers, classified staff, and administrators. Mr. Manheimer is an educator with extensive knowledge of curriculum and strong leadership skills. His experience spans nearly three decades, and includes four years as an elementary school principal, nine years of additional administrator experience, and 11 years as an elementary classroom teacher. Mr. Manheimer has served students with diverse needs, in varying socioeconomic school settings. He has worked for neighboring districts including San Ramon Valley, Lafayette, Alameda, and Martinez. Most recently, following a lifelong dream, he moved with his family to Asia, and taught fifth grade students in a rural village in Cambodia. We welcome Jim Manheimer to our Leadership Team beginning July 1, 2015.


Teacher of the Year Vickie Hilty

Congratulations to Vickie Hilty, teacher at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. Ms. Hilty was selected as our district Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Hilty has over 15 years of excellent teaching experience. She was recently honored by the Orinda Rotary Club and will receive further recognition at a Contra Costa County Office of Education dinner in September 2015.



This year the Contra Costa County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Association of California School Administrators, recognized Debbie Wong - Wagner Ranch School Secretary, Mike Lent - Maintenance Craftsman, and Partner in Educational Excellence - OIS Parent Michael Donner. Debbie Wong also received the California Association of School Business Officials award. Congratulations to these worthy nominees.


2014-2015 Retirees

Golden Bell presentations were made at the June 8th school board meeting to teachers Bonnie Fend, Barbara Gunderson, and Claire Tosio; instructional aide Karen Cousins; and Director of Facilities Ed Silvas, thanking them for their years of dedicated service, and wishing them well in the future.


CBEE Honor Roll Schools

The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) has once again named all five of our schools as “Honor Roll Scholar Schools” for 2014 due to consistent high levels of student academic achievement.


My best wishes to you all for a safe and relaxing summer break.

Dr. Joe Jaconette