August 14, 2017

This message comes to send greetings to all of our students, faculty and parents of the Nevada Joint Union High School District.  Each August, we turn our attention to enjoying these last days of summer, the Nevada County Fair and then back-to-school for one and all.  You will be getting more detailed information from your school principal but here are some of the bigger highlights.

  • School starts for students on Wednesday, August 16.  We will be running a minimum day schedule on that day.  The calendar for the entire school year is available on our website.   District/calendar
  • School begins for most students at 8:30 AM.  The   new bus schedules are on our website on the transportation page.  Ghidotti will still follow the Sierra College schedule and will begin high school classes 5 minutes earlier to meet minimum state requirements for instructional minutes for high school. North Point students will still schedule their individual appointments at school.
  • We are proud of our scratch cooked fresh school meals.  Our food service contracts locally as much as possible.  Students may purchase meals for $2.00 for breakfast and $4.00 per lunch.  If you think you may qualify please watch your enrollment packet and sign up for the National School Lunch Program.  It not only includes the school meals but qualifies your student for reduced rates on college entrance testing, internet in the Comcast service area and generates a higher level of funding for our schools. 
  • In November of 2017, the voters of Nevada County blessed us with the approval of our school bond, Measure B.  This past summer we replaced gas lines and roofs at Nevada Union and got new artificial turf for Hooper Stadium.  We repaired cracks in the stucco and repainted the Don Baggett Theater.  Bear River has a brand new video surveillance system, Public Address System and fire safety doors in the Ag Mechanics shop.  The video surveillance systems are scheduled for the fall for Silver Springs and Nevada Union.  We are engaged in planning for next summer’s projects and beyond.  Thank you voters for Measure B!
  • Every year we engage our community stakeholders in the update of our “2020 Vision” strategic plan and its associated Local Control Accountability Plan. (LCAP).  Priorities for this year include continuing student success in the 4 A’s: Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics.  A focus on student mental health continues to be a priority as well as implementation of technology with our student Chromebook project and continued improvement of our school facilities.

It is indeed our pleasure and good fortune to serve our community as your high school educators.  With eager anticipation we enter the 2017-18 school year prepared to reach and teach our students as they embark or continue upon their high school adventure.  Happy New School Year!

Louise Johnson, Ed.D.


Nevada Joint Union High School District