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Superintendent Message and Communications

Dear Oak Grove Staff and Communities:

Welcome to the new school year! We are glad to have you as part of our Oak Grove community and hope you are looking forward to the new academic year.  As we open the new school year, I wish everyone the greatest success in their educational journey.


Last year we had many challenges and transitions with the closure of two schools and the changes in school boundaries.  At our community forums, we heard the love that the community has for their schools and the staffs working there.  This year we will welcome new families, students and staff members as we continue to build pride and confidence in the Oak Grove School District.

As we start the new school year, I want to share some of the accomplishments and transitions that took place over the summer.


With the retirement of Assistant Superintendent Maria Wetzel at the end of last year, we are pleased to announce Ivan Chaidez as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Ivan is a passionate and collaborative leader who is dedicated to ensuring all students achieve their greatest potential.  He has previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Director of English Language Learners and Alternative Education Services, Principal, Assistant Principal and Teacher. Ivan believes in building relationships and working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the community.  He brings experience from Dixon Unified, Napa Unified and, most recently, Novato Unified School District where he served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  His experience and passion for education will ensure his success at Oak Grove.  He is excited to join our Team, and looks forward to meeting the staff, students and families of Oak Grove. 


I am also pleased to welcome the new Assistant Principal of Bernal Intermediate School, Mr. Miles McClure Garner.  Mr. Garner joins us from the Evergreen School District where he served as the Assistant Principal of Leyva Middle School.  Miles is a dedicated and charismatic leader who is ready to support the Bernal staff and community. We are happy he is joining the Bernal community and our Leadership Team.


I would like to thank everyone who worked hard over the summer getting all sites up and running.


Education can change the world, and we have an opportunity to contribute to that change at our schools and with our students. I am confident that by working together we can build inclusive, innovative and strong communities to provide our students with an excellent educational experience. I look forward to seeing our students and communities as I visit the school sites and programs this year.


Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! 




Jose L. Manzo







Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Summer Program
The CNS Team continued their focus of providing meals to the children of this District and all community members under 18 years old from June 11 through July 27.  School sites that were operating the Seamless Summer Program were hosted at Edenvale, Del Roble, Stipe and the Boys & Girls Club at Davis. The Child Nutrition Team supported the Summer Bridge and math programs at Edenvale and Christopher along with the YMCA summer program at Del Roble and the Boys and Girls Club summer programs at Davis and Stipe.  CNS also provided support to the Oak Grove School District Extended School Year (ESY) program at Sakamoto Elementary.  Together these sites served an average of 1120 meals per day at both breakfast and lunch.


Math Programs
Many Oak Grove students participated in our summer math programs at Edenvale from June 18-July 13. The Elevate Jr. program was offered to qualifying 3rd grade students. In addition, ALearn and Elevate programs were offered to qualifying 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students throughout the District. ​ These fantastic programs offer students the opportunity to review and strengthen important math concepts, as well as reinforce a growth mindset. Teachers also weave in college lessons so students begin thinking about their future early! A total of 10 summer math classes were held, providing interventions for nearly 300 students, completely free of charge to students who qualified. 


Before and After School Enrichment (BASE) 
Our BASE Summer Camp at Taylor was a huge success!  Over 100 students attended each week for 8 weeks! Students were delighted to participate in creating a variety of art projects, engage in sports fun, share in computer learning and games, and enjoy weekly field trips to numerous child friendly environments.  Thank you to all the teachers, assistants and staff that worked hard to make certain that the children spent their summer in a safe and pleasurable setting.


Extended School Year: (ESY)

Our students with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) participated in our Extended School Year at Sakamoto Elementary. Over 220 children from preschool to 8th grade enjoyed 19 days of energizing learning of academics and social skills. 


Summer Bridge Program

Our SEAL Summer Bridge programs ran from June 12 – June 29.  Over 180 students participated in these two weeks of engaging thematic units.  Our fourth and fifth grade students learned about the important role of journalism and how to be informed consumers of the news.  The bilingual kinder and first grade classes learned about Ocean Life and the second and third grade classes learned about Fossils.  Parents also participated in workshops on “Raising Bilingual Children” and “Helping Your Child with Media Literacy”. 


Camp Invention

Baldwin, once again, hosted Camp Invention this summer.  The children were presented with hands-on challenges that encouraged teamwork, innovation and creative problem solving.  Our own Oak Grove teachers facilitated this experience and we sincerely thank them for leading the way.