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The Goal: Internet Access for all PVUSD Students

The Goal: Internet Access for all PVUSD Students

By Maria Orozco, President PVUSD Board of Trustees, and Jeff Ursino, PVUSD Trustee On November 16 the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees considered several programs expanding access to Internet services for low income students across the district. With the introduction of Chromebooks and possible rollout of digital textbooks, there is a sense of […]






Establishing a “Growth Mind-Set”

Establishing a “Growth Mind-Set”

By Jeff Ursino, Trustee Pajaro Valley Unified School District I recently got the chance to sit in on a rally being held at Rio Del Mar School. What stood out to me besides the excited students is a concept that I was introduced to a few years ago, but is now in full swing at […]






Students Standing Up for Themselves

Students Standing Up for Themselves

By Jeff Ursino Last year I got the chance to talk to several teachers about the upcoming school year and what parents could do to better prepare their children for it. As the beginning of the new school year draws near I thought it would be a good time to re-visit what I was told […]






Forced Release of Confidential Student Data

Forced Release of Confidential Student Data

By Jeff Ursino, Trustee Pajaro Valley Unified School District Recently, the news has been reporting on a lawsuit called Morgan Hill Concerned Parents vs. the California Department of Education and the requirements the state has to provide student’s information as evidence in this lawsuit. I personally have been asked what the lawsuit is about, why […]






PVUSD Updates

PVUSD Updates

By Jeff Ursino New State Testing Results Recently, students across PVUSD took a test called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, coined the CAASPP. This is the first time the test has been administered district wide and this year’s results will be used as the baseline to gauge improvements and needed areas of […]






School Startup Tips

School Startup Tips

By Jeff Ursino I recently got the opportunity to talk to a group of teachers about the upcoming school year. The conversation quickly turned to what kids needed to do to be prepared and what teachers feel parents could do to get their students started on the right foot. So as the school year starts […]






Hail and Farewell to Brett and Murry

Hail and Farewell to Brett and Murry

By Jeff Ursino, Trustee, Pajaro Valley Union School District A few weeks before Spring Break, leaders at PVUSD received two resignations. Murry Schekman, Assistant Superintendent of secondary education, and Brett McFadden, Chief Business Officer, both resigned from their roles. Both individuals are senior leaders in the district, and have years of experience serving local students. […]






Sports Foundation Partnership Key to Community Support

Sports Foundation Partnership Key to Community Support

By Jeff Ursino, President and Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District I have often heard that the key to a great school is the community that supports it. The community’s support, their commitment to the educational process and the value the community places on education can help a school fulfill it’s full potential. The schools […]






Re-Introducing Reduced Class Size

Re-Introducing Reduced Class Size

By Jeff Ursino, Trustee, Pajaro Valley Unified School District A year ago or so I wrote an article discussing the importance of reduced class size and why I felt is was so crucial to the success of our students. As we move through the second school year with the re-introduction of reduced class size at […]