On August 16, 2023, Fillmore students started the 2023 school year. Pictured above are Rio Vista students who had a great first day of school. It was wonderful having the Roadrunners back on campus! Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/484802076990777/posts/723360493134933. 

San Cayetano students were welcomed back and were excited to kick-off a new school year, embracing new challenges, meeting new friends, and making amazing memories! Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/761635201782178/posts/1053025859309776.
On August 16, 2023, Fillmore students started the 2023 school year. Pictured above are Rio Vista students who had a great first day of school. It was wonderful having the Roadrunners back on campus! Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/484802076990777/posts/723360493134933. San Cayetano students were welcomed back and were excited to kick-off a new school year, embracing new challenges, meeting new friends, and making amazing memories! Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/761635201782178/posts/1053025859309776.
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On August 8th, 2023, 6th grade students and parents started their registration and orientation at Fillmore Middle School! Above are the new 6th graders who will be joining Fillmore Middle School this fall. Sixth grade parents met late at 5pm for the parent meeting. Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=7 83220143 805469&set =pcb.783 221797138637.
On August 8th, 2023, 6th grade students and parents started their registration and orientation at Fillmore Middle School! Above are the new 6th graders who will be joining Fillmore Middle School this fall. Sixth grade parents met late at 5pm for the parent meeting. Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=7 83220143 805469&set =pcb.783 221797138637.
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Sierra High held their Back-to-School Orientation for both parents and students. Principal Amber Henry said, "Thank you to the overwhelming number of families showing support of their child at our Back-to-School Orientation last night! We had the most participation ever. It shows us that this school year will be our best one yet! We will be planning FUN family events this year and we are so grateful to the families that have offered to help!" Photo & Info courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=759635049500059&set=a.496083222521911.
Sierra High held their Back-to-School Orientation for both parents and students. Principal Amber Henry said, "Thank you to the overwhelming number of families showing support of their child at our Back-to-School Orientation last night! We had the most participation ever. It shows us that this school year will be our best one yet! We will be planning FUN family events this year and we are so grateful to the families that have offered to help!" Photo & Info courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=759635049500059&set=a.496083222521911.
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Thank you to the overwhelming number of families showing support of their child at our Back-to-School Orientation! We had the most participation ever. It shows us that this school year will be our best one yet!

We will be planning FUN family events this year and we are so grateful to the families that have offered to help! The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is very true and we are encouraged by how much bigger this village is getting! We cannot wait to see all of our students’ smiling faces tomorrow at 8:25! Students will need to bring their laptops so that we can make sure they are all working by the end of the day. School releases at 1:25.

For the very few of you that missed our orientation we will be sending home the information you missed. It explains all of our school policies and procedures. Please reach out if you have questions, 805-524-8202.

 
Fillmore students entered the first annual Binational Summer Program hosted at Somis School, where visiting teachers from Mexico taught classes in math, English, computer coding and more to the students. On Wednesday, July 26, a Parent Engagement event took place for students to showcase their work. Photos courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/8/7/binational-summer-program-serves-fillmore-students.
Fillmore students entered the first annual Binational Summer Program hosted at Somis School, where visiting teachers from Mexico taught classes in math, English, computer coding and more to the students. On Wednesday, July 26, a Parent Engagement event took place for students to showcase their work. Photos courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/8/7/binational-summer-program-serves-fillmore-students.
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Fillmore Unified School District students participated in the first annual Binational Summer Program hosted at Somis School. Two visiting teachers from Mexico taught classes in math, English and computer coding. Lessons incorporated cultural enrichment to help students learn about their heritage and help them better connect to the material being taught.

The summer program provides a comfortable, welcoming environment that helps students build their confidence. Dr. Jesus Vaca, the Superintendent of the Somis Union School District, says migrant kids often need extra support to help them succeed in school. “They’re coming to a completely different country with a new language and a new culture. We need to help them get to where they need to be so they can be contributing members of our society.”

A Parent Engagement Event took place at FUSD on Wednesday, July 26 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Fillmore Middle School’s Staff Lounge. The two teachers from Mexico facilitated the event for migrant families with an art/writing activity and showcased the work students have been doing. Cynthia Frutos, Fillmore Unified School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services said, “We are honored that our district was selected to send students to the first annual Migrant Binational Summer School program and we look forward to participating in the program on an annual basis.”

The Ventura County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program (MEP) was instrumental in bringing this summer opportunity to Somis. Dr. César Morales, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, says the MEP has a long track record of helping migrant students overcome the obstacles they face. “Ventura County is home to many migrant students who have gone on to become leaders in our community,” he says. “They have built careers in fields like medicine, business and education thanks in part to the support they received from the migrant program.”

Ventura County is one of only three regions in the state to be participating in the Mexico-United States Binational Migrant Education Program this summer. The Somis program is a joint effort of the California Department of Education, the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education, the Ventura County Office of Education, and the Somis Union School District.

 
Rayleen Meza will receive $24,000 toward completing a nursing degree
Rayleen Meza will receive $24,000 toward completing a nursing degree
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VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (July 26, 2023) — Ventura County Credit Union is proud to announce it has awarded its inaugural First in Family Scholarship to Rayleen Meza, a Santa Paula High School senior who will be attending California State University Channel Islands as a nursing major in the fall, making her the first person in her family to pursue a college education. The scholarship, which is worth $24,000 distributed over four years, will help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies and other expenses.

Rayleen graduated high school with a 4.8 grade point average, having completed 14 dual-enrollment courses, which allowed her to simultaneously earn credits at the high school and college level. She attended Santa Paula High School’s Human Services Academy, enabling her to explore career options in the fields of health, education and human services. Rayleen also completed more than 40 hours of community involvement and four internships in the medical field, including through the Health Occupations Pipeline Education (HOPE) administered by the Ventura County Health Care Agency. Her internship experience at Santa Paula Medical Clinic helped her discover a passion for pediatric nursing, which she intends to pursue as a career after college. Due to her participation in the Regional Occupational Program in high school, Rayleen became a certified medical assistant in June.

As a first-generation college student, Rayleen said her parents had little to no information regarding the cost of higher education and this scholarship removes an immense weight from their shoulders as she works toward a degree to enter the medical field.

“I would do anything just to be a nurse,” Rayleen said in her application video. “Once I become a registered nurse, I plan to also go to school to become a nurse practitioner, and hopefully, one day open a clinic and be able to help all those around my community, to share my knowledge and be there for them because I know as a small community, everyone needs someone they can rely on and I would love to be that leader.”

Rayleen said the VCCU scholarship was “an honor.”

This is the first year VCCU has provided this scholarship opportunity, which was available to graduating high school seniors with acceptance into CSUCI. The scholarship was designed to help Ventura County students with modest means who would be the first in their family to attend a four-year university. This VCCU scholarship will be awarded on a bi-annual basis moving forward. The winner will receive $6,000 each year for four scholastic years.

“College affordability is often what prevents a deserving student from attending college,” said Linda Rossi, VCCU president/CEO. “We’re proud to help a student be the first in their family to attend our local Cal State University.”

For more information about VCCU and its services, visit http://www.vccuonline.net.

About Ventura County Credit Union
Ventura County Credit Union was chartered in 1950. It is the largest credit union headquartered in Ventura County, with eight offices, more than 80,000 members and more than $1 billion in total assets. VCCU offers a complete line of loans, federally insured savings, 24-hour electronic access services and more. Call 1-800-339-0496 or visit http://www.vccuonline.net for more information.

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The Fillmore Middle School administration team nominated incoming 7th grade student Ernesto Martinez as recipient of a new bike donated by the Fillmore Sheriff’s Department. Ernesto was nominated due to the social and academic growth that he exhibited throughout his 6th grade year at the middle school. Deputy Yolanda Avila presented Ernesto with the bike and had the following to say, “At times some students have a challenging time due to various factors. It is our responsibility and duty to work with students who have struggles and guide them through these rough patches. With support, compassion and empathy, students are able to understand that this is a safe space in which they are an individual for whom people care. Ernesto Martinez was such an individual. With the support and understanding he experienced this year, Ernesto thrived and rose to the challenge. Ernesto continues to do well academically and has made great strides in all other aspects of the challenges of middle school. Ernesto continues to persevere, and we are proud to see his personal growth and success this school year.” Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-middle-school-bulldogs-blog/2023/7/25/school-resource-officer-bike-donation.
The Fillmore Middle School administration team nominated incoming 7th grade student Ernesto Martinez as recipient of a new bike donated by the Fillmore Sheriff’s Department. Ernesto was nominated due to the social and academic growth that he exhibited throughout his 6th grade year at the middle school. Deputy Yolanda Avila presented Ernesto with the bike and had the following to say, “At times some students have a challenging time due to various factors. It is our responsibility and duty to work with students who have struggles and guide them through these rough patches. With support, compassion and empathy, students are able to understand that this is a safe space in which they are an individual for whom people care. Ernesto Martinez was such an individual. With the support and understanding he experienced this year, Ernesto thrived and rose to the challenge. Ernesto continues to do well academically and has made great strides in all other aspects of the challenges of middle school. Ernesto continues to persevere, and we are proud to see his personal growth and success this school year.” Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-middle-school-bulldogs-blog/2023/7/25/school-resource-officer-bike-donation.
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For years Fillmore and Piru Middle school students have taken a trip to Washington D.C. and this year is the 30th anniversary trip. Students can apply for the Washington DC/Philadelphia trip scholarship beginning August 20th. Any Fillmore/Piru area student, grades 7-11, during the fall 2023 school semester, are eligible. Above is a group photo of students who attended the trip back in 2015. Scan the QR Code to apply and a GoFundMe Page has been set-up for scholarship donations. There are more details in the article below.
For years Fillmore and Piru Middle school students have taken a trip to Washington D.C. and this year is the 30th anniversary trip. Students can apply for the Washington DC/Philadelphia trip scholarship beginning August 20th. Any Fillmore/Piru area student, grades 7-11, during the fall 2023 school semester, are eligible. Above is a group photo of students who attended the trip back in 2015. Scan the QR Code to apply and a GoFundMe Page has been set-up for scholarship donations. There are more details in the article below.
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This is not a school sponsored trip anymore and is it privately fundraised. Students can apply for scholarships using the information; and folks who would like to make a donation can do so by using the GoFundMe information mentioned below. So please help us get the word out!

Please complete the form (link/QR code) to apply for the Washington DC/Philadelphia trip scholarship. Any Fillmore/Piru area student grades 7-11 during the fall 2023 school semester may apply. All applications will be scored anonymously on a rubric to determine the scholarship recipient. The winning recipient will have their trip cost covered by our scholarship. Please check with your parents/guardians that you may attend the trip on the trip dates, October 6-10, 2023, before you apply.

Take a screenshot of your answers before you submit, so you have a copy as well. We are still accepting donations at our GoFundMe page to try and fundraise for another trip as well. If you’d like to donate, please go to our GoFundMe Page Fundraiser, submitted by Jennifer Beal: Fillmore-Piru Washington DC Trip Scholarship (gofundme.com). Any questions? Please email fillmorefreedomfliers@ gmail.com.

You must complete the application, save and
submit it by Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. for your application to be considered. Use the application link address or QR code to access the application. https://forms.office.com/r/WRemsqnrXV.

 
Pictured above are seven student workers who have been assisting the custodial staff at FHS this past summer as part of the Fillmore Unified School District’s Student Worker Program. More than 50 student workers are earning money and gaining work experience. Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/7/18/fillmore-unified-school-district-summer-student-worker-program.
Pictured above are seven student workers who have been assisting the custodial staff at FHS this past summer as part of the Fillmore Unified School District’s Student Worker Program. More than 50 student workers are earning money and gaining work experience. Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/7/18/fillmore-unified-school-district-summer-student-worker-program.
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More than 50 students are earning money and gaining work experience this summer across multiple Fillmore Unified School District departments including Grounds, Maintenance, Technology, Food Services, Custodial, Clerical, and at the School Farm. The program pays students minimum wage while gaining real-world experience and the chance to develop essential skills that extend beyond the classroom. They are learning practical knowledge, time management, and interpersonal skills that enhance their employability and readiness for future careers. Additionally, working within the school district fosters a sense of responsibility and ownership in their educational environment, instilling a deeper appreciation for the value of education and community involvement.

 
Summer School is in session at Mountain Vista, pictured above and below are 1st graders having fun as they discuss counting strategies with Counting Collections during Summer School. Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0EBYbTsgK3S4q8qrnwr rFZ19vdncmgMVd2SYfkeuP5s9pBDx8fATxg8 moaQmur7jMl&id=100063493185283.
Summer School is in session at Mountain Vista, pictured above and below are 1st graders having fun as they discuss counting strategies with Counting Collections during Summer School. Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0EBYbTsgK3S4q8qrnwr rFZ19vdncmgMVd2SYfkeuP5s9pBDx8fATxg8 moaQmur7jMl&id=100063493185283.
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HELP WANTED – House cleaning person for private home. Eight hours a week between M – F from 7:30am – 11:30am and/or 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Well paid. Call 805 – 524 – 9929. (7/13).

 
Mountain Vista Students from Mrs. Caballero’s 2nd grade summer school class studied stethoscopes. Students graphed their resting vs. Active heart rates. They analyzed how their heart rate changed after exercising. Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/permalink. php?story_fbid=pfbid02K GdEYg35qDCBXiB1tYi CYPRyKNwKAXKGCrZr436xaAyxo3E5Ez Hu9F5GorR7N8iEl&id=100063493185283.
Mountain Vista Students from Mrs. Caballero’s 2nd grade summer school class studied stethoscopes. Students graphed their resting vs. Active heart rates. They analyzed how their heart rate changed after exercising. Photos courtesy https://www.facebook.com/permalink. php?story_fbid=pfbid02K GdEYg35qDCBXiB1tYi CYPRyKNwKAXKGCrZr436xaAyxo3E5Ez Hu9F5GorR7N8iEl&id=100063493185283.
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Sespe Pre-school is replacing all of its playground features. The school's roofing and air conditioning will also be replaced. Work is expected to be finished within two weeks.
Sespe Pre-school is replacing all of its playground features. The school's roofing and air conditioning will also be replaced. Work is expected to be finished within two weeks.
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On June 02, 2023, FHS Alumni awarded $68,000 in scholarships to several Fillmore High Seniors. This year’s winners are listed as follows:
Isabella Ramirez - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, Class of ‘73 Memorial Scholarship (Attending Cal Lutheran University).
Jack Morris - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, FHS Class of ‘78 Memorial Scholarship, Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship. (Attending U.C. Santa Cruz).
Sofia Cardenas - FHS Class of ‘83 Memorial Scholarship (Attending the University of Arizona).
Daniela Bolanos - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, FHS Class of ‘93 Memorial Scholarship (Attending Ventura College).
Paola Ruiz De Lara - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, FHS Class of ‘98 Memorial Scholarship (Attending U.C. Santa Barbara).
Isabella Zhen - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, Fillmore High Alumni Scholarship (Attending U.C. San Diego).
Monique Hurtado - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, FHS Class of 2003 Memorial Scholarship, Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship (Attending U.C.L.A.).
Liliana Montejano - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, FHS Class of ‘2013 Memorial Scholarship, Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship (Attending U.C. San Diego).
Alanna Garcia - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, John Lemley Memorial Scholarship, (Attending U.C.L.A.).
Jovany J. Perez - Thomas DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, Steve and Patricia Baum Memorial Scholarship (Attending U.S.C.).
Ivan Becerra - Fillmore High Alumni Scholarship, Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship (Attending Cal Lutheran University).
Andrea Laureano - Scanlin/Balden Athletic Scholarship (Attending Cal State Northridge).
Mathew Pineda - FHS Class of ‘1971 Memorial Scholarship, Sespe Creek Events, Inc Art Sanchez Memorial Scholarship (Attending Ventura College) ——NOT PICTURED.

 

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Dear FUSD Community,
As we wrap up the 2022-23 school year, I extend my deepest gratitude to every person that makes up our amazing FUSD Family. This includes our awesome students, engaged parents, hardworking staff members, and dedicated community members who all continue to do their part to invest in our kids in Fillmore and Piru.
Fillmore Unified is a special place to work, live, and learn. It has always been the people here that truly make this community and school district such a wonderful place to call home. As your Superintendent, proud FHS alumna, and community member, I thank you for the ways you continue to unite around our collective purpose of supporting each student and their future goals.
Our students excel in so many amazing ways, making our entire community immensely proud of their efforts and accomplishments. Last week we celebrated the Class of 2023. Below are just a few of their accolades:
- $483,150 awarded at FHS Senior Scholarship Awards Night
- CA Scholastic Federation (CSF): 36 students
- California State Seal of Biliteracy: 30 students
- Golden State Seal Merit: 42 students
- Valedictorians: 21 students
- Admitted to the University of California (UC) System: 27 students
- Admitted to over 40 different Universities and Colleges
(Twenty different California State Universities, eight UCs, USC, Santa Clara University, and California Lutheran University)
- Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship Recipient
- Armed Forces: five students
- U.S. Airforce
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Marine Corps
We have had an incredible year, thanks to all of you! For those of you who have a child returning to our district in the fall, we are working hard over the summer to prepare for the 2023-2024 school year. Over the summer we will continue to share information with you about the upcoming school year through Parent Square messages, posts on our website, and social media.
I wish you a very happy and restful summer break. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your child, and the Fillmore Unified School District. I look forward to seeing everyone back on August 16 for the First Day of School.
Respectfully,
Christine Schieferle,
Superintendent
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Estimada Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Fillmore,
Al concluir el año escolar 2022-23, extiendo mi más profundo agradecimiento a todas las personas que componen nuestra increíble Familia del Distrito Escolar de Fillmore. Esto incluye a nuestros increíbles estudiantes, padres involucrados, el personal escolar que trabaja arduamente y la comunidad que se dedica a continuar haciendo su parte para invertir en nuestros estudiantes en Fillmore y Piru.
El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Fillmore es un lugar especial para trabajar, vivir y aprender. Han sido siempre la gente aquí las que verdaderamente hace de esta comunidad y distrito escolar un lugar tan maravilloso y acogedor. Como su Superintendenta, orgullosa egresada de la Escuela Secundaria de Fillmore y miembra de la comunidad, yo les agradezco la manera en que continúan uniéndose en torno a nuestro propósito colectivo de apoyar a cada estudiante y sus metas futuras.
Nuestros estudiantes sobresalen de muchas maneras asombrosas, lo cual hace que toda nuestra comunidad se sienta inmensamente orgullosa de sus esfuerzos y logros. La semana pasada, celebramos la Clase de los Graduados de 2023. A continuación se muestran solo algunos de sus logros:
- $483,150 otorgados en la noche de Premios de Becas para Estudiantes del Grado 12 de la Escuela Secundaria de Fillmore
- La Federación Escolar de California (CSF) – 36 estudiantes
- Sello de Alfabetización Bilingüe del Estado de California; 30 estudiantes
- Sello de Mérito Golden State – 42 estudiantes
- Valedictorianos (con promedio de calificaciones de 4.0 y mayor) - 21 estudiantes
- Estudiantes aceptados al Sistema de la Universidad de California (UC) – 27 estudiantes
- Estudiantes aceptados en más de 40 universidades y colegios diferentes
(20 universidades estatales de California diferentes, 8 UC, USC, Universidad de Santa Clara y Universidad Luterana de California)
- Beneficiario de la Beca Bill y Melinda Gates
- Fuerzas Armadas – 5 estudiantes
- Fuerza Aérea de EEUU
- Ejército de EEUU
- Cuerpo de los Marines de EEUU
¡Hemos tenido un año increíble gracias a todos ustedes! Para los que tienen un hijo(a) que regresa a nuestro distrito escolar en agosto, estamos trabajando arduamente durante el verano para prepararnos para el año escolar 2023-2024. Durante el verano, continuaremos compartiendo información con usted sobre el próximo año escolar a través de mensajes por medio del app de Parent Square y publicaciones en nuestro sitio web y redes sociales.
Les deseo unas vacaciones de verano muy felices y tranquilas. Gracias por la oportunidad de servirle a usted, a su hijo(a) y al Distrito Escolar Unificado de Fillmore. Espero verlos a todos el 16 de agosto para el Primer Día de Escuela del 2023-2024.
Respetuosamente,
Superintendenta,
Christine Schieferle

 
On Wednesday, June 7th, at the district office, Sierra High
School/Heritage Valley Independent Study held their 2023
Graduation Ceremony. Above are students as they take
their last bus ride as seniors. Photo courtesy https://
www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=712459410884290&set=
pcb.712460587550839.
On Wednesday, June 7th, at the district office, Sierra High School/Heritage Valley Independent Study held their 2023 Graduation Ceremony. Above are students as they take their last bus ride as seniors. Photo courtesy https:// www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=712459410884290&set= pcb.712460587550839.
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On Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm, Sierra High School/Heritage Valley Independent Study hosted their 2023 graduation ceremony at the Fillmore School District office. The evening was filled with families, friends, faculty, and staff smiling for photos as they congratulated the students. View the full ceremony live on YouTube with the following link: https://www.youtube.com/live/EsPQNXij Ql0?feature=share. Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=71245941088 4290&set=pcb.712460587550839.
On Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm, Sierra High School/Heritage Valley Independent Study hosted their 2023 graduation ceremony at the Fillmore School District office. The evening was filled with families, friends, faculty, and staff smiling for photos as they congratulated the students. View the full ceremony live on YouTube with the following link: https://www.youtube.com/live/EsPQNXij Ql0?feature=share. Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=71245941088 4290&set=pcb.712460587550839.
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Congratulations to Ms. Gutierrez’s 3rd grade class, who read 4-million words this year and is now ready to take on the 4th grade! Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmore usd.org/san-cayetano-elementary-eagles-blog/2023/6/5/ms-gutierrezs-3rd-grade-class-read-4-million-words.
Congratulations to Ms. Gutierrez’s 3rd grade class, who read 4-million words this year and is now ready to take on the 4th grade! Courtesy https://www.blog.fillmore usd.org/san-cayetano-elementary-eagles-blog/2023/6/5/ms-gutierrezs-3rd-grade-class-read-4-million-words.
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The Fillmore Philanthropic, Education, Organization (PEO) Chapter GY presented the Chapter GY Education Award of $1,500 to Fillmore High School senior Bennedy Ferrer. She wants to major in math and would like to teach in Fillmore. Pictured are GY President Susan Hopkins, Bennedy Ferrer, her mother Catalina and Jan Lee of the Award Committee. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Fillmore Philanthropic, Education, Organization (PEO) Chapter GY presented the Chapter GY Education Award of $1,500 to Fillmore High School senior Bennedy Ferrer. She wants to major in math and would like to teach in Fillmore. Pictured are GY President Susan Hopkins, Bennedy Ferrer, her mother Catalina and Jan Lee of the Award Committee. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm, Sierra High School/Heritage Valley Independent Study hosted their 2023 graduation ceremony at the Fillmore School District office. You can view the full ceremony live on YouTube with this link: https://www.youtube.com/live/EsPQNXijQl0?feature=share.  See more photos in next week’s Gazette. Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=712459410884290&set=pcb.712460587550839.
On Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm, Sierra High School/Heritage Valley Independent Study hosted their 2023 graduation ceremony at the Fillmore School District office. You can view the full ceremony live on YouTube with this link: https://www.youtube.com/live/EsPQNXijQl0?feature=share. See more photos in next week’s Gazette. Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=712459410884290&set=pcb.712460587550839.
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Rotary President Scott Beylik asked each of the veteran Rotarians to stand and state what service they were in. Those who stood were Dick Richardson, Joe Ricards, Bob Hammond, Ernie Villegas, John Garnica, and George Golden. This was followed by Rotarian Kellie Couse who introduced the graduating seniors who will be joining the US military and she presented with a military sash each. The students are (l-r) David Vaca, Air Force, Juan Luis Orozco, Marines, Mauricio Barajas, Marines and Christopher Valdez, Army. Congratulations to all! Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Rotary President Scott Beylik asked each of the veteran Rotarians to stand and state what service they were in. Those who stood were Dick Richardson, Joe Ricards, Bob Hammond, Ernie Villegas, John Garnica, and George Golden. This was followed by Rotarian Kellie Couse who introduced the graduating seniors who will be joining the US military and she presented with a military sash each. The students are (l-r) David Vaca, Air Force, Juan Luis Orozco, Marines, Mauricio Barajas, Marines and Christopher Valdez, Army. Congratulations to all! Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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FMS Principal Carlos Valdovinos named Administrator of the Year. Photo courtesy https:/
/www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/5/22/carlosvaldovinos-administrator-of-the-year-336cc.
FMS Principal Carlos Valdovinos named Administrator of the Year. Photo courtesy https:/ /www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/5/22/carlosvaldovinos-administrator-of-the-year-336cc.
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Eli Hernandez named Classified Staff of the Year. Photo courtesy https://
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Eli Hernandez named Classified Staff of the Year. Photo courtesy https:// www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/5/22/eli-hernandezclassified-staff-of-the-year-jdwlz.
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Vicki Murphy named Certified Staff of the Year. Photo courtesy https://
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Vicki Murphy named Certified Staff of the Year. Photo courtesy https:// www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-unified-school-district-blog/2023/5/22/vicki-murphycertificated-staff-of-the-year-6y
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In last week’s Gazette the Fillmore School Board recognized the 2023 Staff & Student Members of the Year. This week we are sharing the bios of the Classified, Certificated, and Administrator of the year along with their bios.

Mr. Valdovinos joined Fillmore Middle School and has truly changed the culture. He has built a team of teacher leaders whose ideas he embraces, he listens to their concerns, and has worked together with them to create a strong team of professionals on campus who are truly committed to empowering and bettering the lives of our students in Fillmore and Piru. The continuous commitment and support that is shown by Mr. Valdovinos is felt by staff on campus. This is evidenced by the smiling faces, the volunteering to participate in events and activities, and the positive climate on campus. Mr. Valdovinos is seen at community events, building relationships with local business owners to support our students, connecting with students during lunch and during passing periods, and welcoming families to join our team at the middle school to build an even stronger support system for our students. Our students continuously thank him for being there, enjoy the time and care he gives them in talking with them about their activities, and truly light up upon seeing him and knowing that their principal is so supportive.

Eli is a fun and energetic Roadrunner! He is positive, has a can-do attitude, and goes above and beyond in the workplace. When he is asked to help out or attend to a task, he does it without hesitation and is quick to help others. Eli takes the initiative and fixes any problem he sees. He does not walk by a problem and ignore it; he either takes care of the problem or gets the information to the appropriate staff so that they can take care of it. He works hard and puts in the extra effort/time to ensure Rio Vista School is clean and a safe