July 28, 2014 Important Links and Dates

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LaVenture Parents and Students:


Now that summer is here, it is time to begin looking ahead!  We are already working hard to be ready for the start of school.  You will receive much more information about the 2014-15 school year sometime in early August, but for now I want to draw your attention to a few important dates:

• July 7-August 7 – Summer School @ MVHS (Monday-Thursday, 8-1)
• July 7-17 – AVID Excel Summer Bridge @ MVHS (Monday-Thursday, 8-1)
• July 7*-31 -- ESY (Extended School Year) program @ LaVenture (Monday-Thursday, 8-noon)
• *July 7th is an Open House for parents to come and meet with teachers.  Class begins on the 8th.
• August 25 & 26 – WEB Leader training, 10:00-3:00 (WEB leaders are also part of Leadership class and will be helping with the August 27th Orientation.  WEB leaders will receive additional information from the WEB advisors this summer.)
• August 27
o Orientation for incoming 6th grade students , 8:00-Noon
o Orientation for Incoming 7th grade students, 1:00-4:00
• September 3 – First day of school (first bell at 7:25!)


Another big change to be aware of – we have changed our school policy regarding personal electronic devices:  “Beginning in the fall, school year of 2014-15, personal electronic devices (phones, laptops, tablets, headphones, iPods, MP3’s, etc…) may not be used during school hours (7am-2pm) or they will be collected by an adult and placed in the office until after school.”

As I said, I will contact you with more information in early August.  In the meantime, please feel free to call the school (428-6116) or email me at driddle@mvsd320.org.  Summer office hours are 8:00-3:00, Monday thru Friday, from June 16th to July 2nd.  The office will reopen August 4th.




David Riddle



New Policy for Personal Electronic Devices


Beginning in the fall of school year 2014-2015, personal electronic devices (phones, laptops, tablets, headphones, iPods, MP3’s, etc…) may not be used during school hours (7am-2pm) or they will be collected by an adult and placed in the office until after school. Please power off all devices during the school day and place them in your backpacks or purses. Parents who need to contact their child during the school day should call the office at 428-6116.


First offense:  student may pick up from the office at the end of the day
Second offense:  parent will need to pick up from the office
Third offense: parent will need to pick up from an administrator


Aparatos Electrónicos Personales


Comenzando con el otoño del año escolar 2014-2015, no se puede utilizar los aparatos electrónicos personales (los teléfonos, ordenadores portátiles, audífonos, iPod, MP3, etc…) durante el horario del día escolar (7am-2pm). Al contrario, el aparato estará recogido por un adulto y guardado en la oficina hasta el fin del día escolar. Por favor, apague todos los aparatos durante el día escolar y colóquelos en su bolso o mochila. Padres que necesitan contactar a su estudiante durante el día deben llamar a la oficina de la escuela al 428-6116.


Primera infracción: el estudiante puede recoger el aparato al fin del día escolar
Segunda infracción: un padre debe recoger el aparato en la oficina
Tercera infracción: un padre debe recoger el aparato de un administrador




Late Arrival and Attendance Policy:


Students must check-in at the student window when they arrive. To excuse the late arrival, students must have a written note with parent signature or a parent must accompany the student to the student window. If no form of excuse is received when the student arrives that morning, the student will be assigned an automatic 15 minute detention the following school day.


Regular attendance is critical to academic success! The responsibility to ensure good attendance is shared by the student, the parent and the school. If your child is ill, please remember to call in, as early as possible for each day your student is absent. For more on the Attendance Policy, please refer to your Student Handbook found in the Student Planner.





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As a convenience to parents, Mount Vernon School District now provides parents an easy way to add money to their student’s food service account and pay fees and fines. Online payments can be made into student accounts through the Skyward Family Access parent portal they currently use. We have contracted with RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor, to provide a secure site for making payments.


Click on the link above to go directly to Family Access, or click on the link below for instuction on how to use Family Access.


Instructions for Family Accees - English


Instructions for Family Access - Spanish


Instructions for Family Access - Russian







Hazardous weather, floods, or emergencies may force changes in bus transportation schedules and pick-up/drop-off points for Mount Vernon students.  In the event of such emergencies, please do not tie up telephone lines to the school or radio stations.  The following radio stations begin broadcasting emergency schedules or school closure information at 5:00am.  They are your most current and accurate source of information.


KAPS      660 AM
KBRC     1430 AM
KIRO       710 AM
KOMO    1000 AM
KAFE      104.3 FM
KMPS      94.3 FM

Announcements will say:


School closed for one day only. All activities cancelled.

Schools open __ hour(s) late. Dismissed at regular time unless announced otherwise. Listen for further announcements.

School open. Buses on limited routes.

Buses begin on schedule. Be prepared for possible delays.









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