Newest Dougherty Valley Elementary School to celebrate with ribbon cutting
On Monday, August 8, 2016, San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), staff, parents, students and community members will celebrate the grand opening of SRVUSD’s newest school–Bella Vista Elementary. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the new campus at 1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San Ramon. During the ceremony, Kathy Moore, San Ramon’s Poet Laureate (2012-2016) and SRVUSD’s Curriculum Coordinator, will recite a poem dedicated to the school, followed by a ribbon cutting.
Parents and students are also invited to attend a “Meet and Greet” with staff after the ceremony at either 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Bella Vista Elementary School will open with 520 Transitional Kindergarten through 5th graders, providing relief to the elementary schools in Dougherty Valley in San Ramon. Principal Barb Mallon, former principal at Twin Creeks Elementary, leads the school. The school’s mascot is the “Trailblazers."
“With the support of our Board of Education, staff, students, parents, community and business partners, I am confident this school, like our other 35, will be world-class in every way,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said.
It is the first elementary school in the District with Project Launch–a program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Project Launch is the elementary pathway of the middle and high school program Project Lead the Way. This program focuses on activity-, project-, and problem-based STEM curriculum, providing students a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
“I am honored to work with such a dynamic group of educators as we bring Project Launch and a Maker Space to SRVUSD. Many thanks to the people responsible for creating such a beautiful school site, especially Project Manager John Forkey,” Bella Vista Principal Barb Mallon said. “I look forward to August 15th when we formally begin our amazing adventure. Go Trailblazers!”
Bella Vista Elementary was made possible through a unique three-way partnership between the City of San Ramon, Shapell Homes (now Toll Brothers), and the SRVUSD. Shpell Homes and the City of San Ramon provided the land to the School District, with the playfields also serving as permanent joint-use parkland for the City. This partnership continues the joint-use cooperation and sharing between the City and the School District that exists at the other schools in San Ramon, and has become a model for other communities.
The school construction was funded thanks to the voters who supported the $260 million Measure D school facilities bond approved in 2012. The new school has been built to accommodate approximately 830 Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade students, on a 7.4 acre site located approximately 1/2 mile southwest of the Dougherty Station Community Center and Library. The school site is located across the street from the City’s new 30-acre community park.
“Communities are never more vibrant and successful than when they invest in education and infrastructure. We are grateful for our community, the City of San Ramon and Shapell Homes for making this new school possible, as well as the San Ramon Valley Unified School District staff who brought the vision to fruition,” Schmitt said.
Bella Vista Elementary will be SRVUSD’s 36th school and the fifth elementary campus in eastern San Ramon.
About the San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District stands among the highest-achieving school districts in California. It encompasses the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, and San Ramon (including the new Dougherty Valley communities in east San Ramon) as well as a small portion of the cities of Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. Considered a “destination district” due to its strong reputation for academic excellence, businesses and families chose to move to the area for its schools. With approximately 32,000 students, the District has a 98.4% graduation rate. Almost 40% of students are enrolled in an Advanced Placement course and 95% of graduates plan to attend college.