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Livermore Schools Welcome Students and Staff to a New Year

August 20, 2019 - Livermore, CA - Before classroom doors opened to students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, event center doors opened to welcome Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) employees to the 10th Annual Back to School Kick Off on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Kelly Bowers, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools led all employees in developing their focus for the school year, emphasizing Vision 2020 - One Focus, Every Child, Every School. “We envision students who are creative, critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, and who have solid character traits,” said Bowers. “But it is not enough to vision. We must make it happen. We must put it into action,” she stated.

Inspired and eager to start the year, both staff and students arrived at their new classrooms on Monday, August 19, 2019. High school seniors woke up early to be part of the traditional “Senior Sunrise.” Elementary students ran through high five tunnels created by their parents’ arching arms. Teachers greeted students at the door, some with the choice of a hug, fist bump, or high five. Elementary principals joined in recess activities. Secondary administrators visited with students in the quad. Livermore Police Officers joined the welcome by greeting families at all of our schools. 

Once through the classroom doors, elementary students found new school supplies ready and waiting on their desks. Middle and high school students received the Student One Card, providing access to Livermore Library resources as well as serving as their student ID. Each site worked tirelessly to provide a positive experience for students. Upon piling into the car at pick up, first grader, Graham Smoak reported that “It was fun” while his older brother, Logan Smoak, exuberantly exclaimed, “I think fifth grade is really fun and I get to sit by my friends! It’s awesome!”

“We are excited about this new year,” said Bowers. “We focus on each of our students. We see them for who they are and what they can become, and then we work to make our vision of a better world a reality.”

Photos courtesy of Livermore-Granada Boosters

Picture #1: High five tunnel with Altamont Creek Elementary dads

Picture #2: Marylin Avenue Elementary High Fives

Picture #3: Smith Elementary Principal Joe Meunier at recess

Picture #4: New school supplies provided by LVJUSD

Picture #5: Superintendent Kelly Bowers Ed.D with Granada and Livermore High cheerleaders

Picture #6: Livermore High School teachers at Back to School Kick Off

Girl entering high five tunnel Teacher giving student a high five Principal at recess with student Students at desks

Superintendent Kelly Bowers with cheerleaders Teachers