Dear CVUSD Community:
A caring community that gives back and works hard for the next generation of leaders to have a bright future. A community that donates its time and resources for the greater good. A community that supports one another. This is what makes the Conejo Valley so special and such a phenomenal place to raise children.
At Conejo Valley Unified School District, we’re beyond lucky to receive support from countless volunteers and community partners each and every school year.
On Aug. 22, we successfully opened our doors for the start of the 2018-19 school year, and many wonderful volunteers and community partners contributed to students feeling welcome and being prepared to succeed academically.
From bright, cheerful murals painted on our elementary school campuses by Eagle Scout volunteers to messenger bags and school supplies donated by local businesses and community partners, it’s these gestures, small and large, that often give our students an extra boost, further showing them that they’re cared for and that the community is rooting for them to succeed.
This doesn’t include the myriad of councils and committees in our district that work tirelessly to organize armies of parents and community helpers to provide unique opportunities and unlimited support for our students, staff and beyond.
Together these individuals donate countless hours in our classrooms, at special afterschool activities and events to help enrich the academic and extracurricular experiences of our students.
To better welcome volunteers to our campuses, we recently evaluated our practices and procedures and, with input from our school sites and security experts, we’ve developed a new streamlined system to facilitate involvement.
Our goal is for this new process to help ensure all volunteers have the same, optimal experience when signing up to donate their valuable time.
I can still remember the time spent as a volunteer in my oldest daughter’s preschool classroom. While I was a principal in the district at the time, I can remember how different it felt going in the classroom as a volunteer.
I’ll always remember the smile on my daughter’s face as we walked in together in the morning and how grateful I felt at the end of my hours because I knew she was in a safe environment with a fantastic teacher— Ms. Gonzales rocked!
We hope community members continue to consider the local schools when they are looking for a way to give back.
It’s a feeling of belonging and the providing of safe places to share passions, skill sets and interests that our classrooms and campuses offer students and community volunteers alike each and every day.
More information about our volunteer guidelines can be found on the district’s website, conejousd.org; click on the Community link in the top menu bar.
This school year is off to a great start, and a big part of that has to do with you, the Conejo community! Your generosity, dedication and the valuable resources you share enrich the academic experiences of our students and truly help make our schools exceptional places for learning.
Mark W. McLaughlin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Read Dr. Mark McLaughlin's Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year message here