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In the News

NEWS 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

NEW DISTRICT OFFICE OPEN HOUSE ON SEPT. 30

All are welcome to an Open House at the new District Officer, 101 West Cochran Street. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 30, Dr. Jason Peplinski and his leadership team will conduct tours of the the new facility. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 25, 2017

AUGUST 18, 2017

ARCHIVES 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

May 31, 2017

STUDENTS AWARDED FOR ANTI-SMOKING PSA

Nine students from Hillside Middle School were recognized for their exemplary anti-tobacco Public Service Announcement (PSA) project on May 31 by the Ventura County Office of Education in the Teens Kick Ash program. The five-minute video shows several girls contemplating the use of e-cigarettes. The link to the PSA is HERE. The students recognized are: Lanna Chop, Abby Hatfield, Kyleigh Hays, Ariana Horton, Autumn Jessel, Marina Mattina, Kaela Wefers, Kira Wefers and Emma Charpentier. Congratulations on your fine work!

May 2, 2017

21 FROM HILLSIDE MS HONORED AT ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Theater students from Hillside Middle School competed against 2,000 other students at the annual Shakespeare Festival on April 29 in Fontana. For more information, please go HERE for the press release.

April 28, 2017

Simi Valley Introduces New Football Coach

Ventura County Star

Record Number of Students Graduate from Simi Schools

Simi Valley Acorn

Royal, Hillside Earn Gold Ribbons

Simi Valley Acorn

Foundation Names Teacher of the Month: Jeramie Oliveira

Simi Valley Acorn

Whoa, Nellie!

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Softball, Simi Valley High School

Highlander Shuffles on Gridiron and Track

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Football, Royal High School

Feats of Strength

Simi Valley Acorn

Counselor Made a Difference

Simi Valley Acorn

APRIL 26, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO HILLSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL!

Hillside Middle School and Royal High School have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools! With this honor, they join Sinaloa and Valley View Middle Schools and Santa Susana High School, who were named in 2015. We are so proud of all of our amazing schools.Schools are invited by the Department of Education to apply for this honor and about half of those are chosen for the award. Elementary schools and secondary schools alternate years.

April 26, 2017

Simi Rallies for Dramatic Victory over Moorpark

Ventura County Star, Sports: Baseball, Simi Valley High School

April 21, 2017

Gardens Bring Science to Life

Simi Valley Acorn

High School Receives $1K Athletics Gift

Simi Valley Acorn

Pioneers Continue Ascending on Links

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Boys Golf, Simi Valley High School

April 19, 2017

April 17, 2017

April 14, 2017

Royal's JROTC Passes First Inspection with Flying Colors

Simi Valley Acorn

Summer School is on at Valley View

Simi Valley Acorn

Highlanders Arise

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Boys Tennis, Royal High School

Maintaining High-Tech Classrooms Comes at a High Cost

Simi Valley Acorn

(The Simi Valley Acorn published a correction to this story on April 21, 2017, saying, "In last week’s paper, it was incorrectly stated that Simi Valley Unified School District will spend an estimated $70 million to replace obsolete and broken Chromebooks between now and 2030. Although $70 million of Measure X funds has been earmarked for technology, about $16 million of that will be spent specifically on replacing Chromebooks.")

Aspiring Teacher Thanks Mentors

Simi Valley Acorn

Robotics Team Shoots for World Domination

Simi Valley Acorn

April 12, 2017

April 11, 2017

April 7, 2017

State Program Creates a System of Favoritism

Simi Valley Acorn

Girls Enter Tech World Through the Hospital

Simi Valley Acorn

Park View Educator in the Spotlight

Simi Valley Acorn

Hailey's a Comet

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Track & Field, Simi Valley High School

Parity Party

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Girls Lacrosse, Royal & Simi Valley High Schools

April 6, 2017

March 31, 2017

MARCH 28, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 VENTURA COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS!

Three students from the Simi Valley Unified School District at the 2017 Ventura County Science Fair have won recognition for their hard work. They are: Kayetan Chorazewicz, 11 grade from Santa Susana High School who won First Place in Physics; Faith Bray, 7 grade from Hillside Middle School who won First Place in Physics; and Pranathi Nemani, 6 grade from Vista Elementary School who won an Honorable Mention in the Earth, Space and Environmental Science Category. Kayetan Chorazewicz and Faith Bray qualify to compete in the California State Science Fair in April at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. For more information on our winners or the Ventura County Science Fair, click HERE.

March 24, 2017

March 17, 2017

Crosswalk Sting Yields 20 Citations

Simi Valley Acorn

Educators Groom Citizen Scholars, Teachers Honored by State Social Studies Council

Simi Valley Acorn

Students Leave Their Mark in Space

Simi Valley Acorn

Around the Horn

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Softball, Royal High School

Perfect Form

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Softball, Simi Valley High School

Superintendents Value Safety

Simi Valley Acorn

March 10, 2017

District of Choice Debate Has Local School Districts at Odds

Simi Valley Acorn

County Students Kick Ash

Simi Valley Acorn

State Reflections Winners Honored

Simi Valley 

Top of the Hill

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Baseball, Simi Valley High School

Highlanders Sizzle at Spartan Relays

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Swimming, Royal High Shcool

Superintendent Expresses Thanks

Simi Valley Acorn

Preserve District of Choice, But Make it Equitable

Simi Valley Acorn

MARCH 6, 2017

TWO ROYAL HIGH TEACHERS HONORED

Social Studies Teachers Brian Dennert and John Downey from Royal High School were names the High School Social Studies Outstanding Teachers of the Year by the California Council of Social Studies, based on a nomination by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Mr. Dennert and Mr. Downey work closely with the Reagan Foundation to bring unique programs to the Royal High students, including the Brown Bag Lunch, where speakers come to talk to the students about varied issues. Congratulations to Mr. Dennert and Mr. Downey on their well-deserved recognition!

March 3, 2017

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Bellwood Project Clears First Hurdle

Simi Valley Acorn

Scientific Minds at Work

Simi Valley Acorn

Thespian Club PresentsThree Upcoming Plays

Simi Valley Acorn

Royal Girls Soccer Team Hits Road

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Girls Soccer, Royal High School

Fundraising Campaign for Coach's Family

Simi Valley Acorn

High Schoolers Worked Together

Simi Valley Acorn

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Drill Team Rifle Sparks Lockdown

Simi Valley Acorn

County Superintendent Discusses School Vouchers

Simi Valley Acorn

Schools Join Forces for Showcase

Simi Valley Acorn

Rise of the Middle School Robots

Simi Valley Acorn

A Bright Future

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Girls Water Polo, Royal High School

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

FEBRUARY 3, 2017

JANUARY 27, 2017

CSUCI Forms Fast Track to Teaching

Simi Valley Acorn

Teacher of the Month: Laura Hofmann

Simi Valley Acorn

Highlanders Top Rivals

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Boys Basketball, Simi Valley High School and Royal High School

Corley in Coma After Single Car Accident

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Girls Soccer, Royal High School

JANUARY 20, 2017

Grant Spending Plan Approved

Simi Valley Acorn

Alcohol, Tobacco Use Down Among County Kids, Survey Shows

Simi Valley Acorn

District Invites Parents to Kindergarten Information Nights

Simi Valley Acorn

Rivalry Week

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Boys Soccer, Simi Valley High School and Royal High School

Schools, Teachers Are Inspiring

Simi Valley Acorn

Students Run to Help Those Who Cannot

Simi Valley Acorn

JANUARY 13, 2017

Parents Have Until Feb. 28 to Apply for School of Choice

Simi Valley Acorn

Student Fitness Tests Show Mixed Results

Simi Valley Acorn

Vista Elementary's STEM Night Returns

Simi Valley Acorn

Individuals Honored for Service to Education

Simi Valley Acorn

Porter Delivers for Simi

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Girls Basketball

Russell is Royal's Not So Secret Star

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Girls Water Polo

Many Enable Schools to Thrive

Simi Valley Acorn

Why We Should Care About Physical Fitness Results

Simi Valley Acorn

JANUARY 6, 2017

District Staffing Up for Measure X

Simi Valley Acorn

SVUSD to Adopt New English Textbooks

Simi Valley Acorn

Marching with Honor

Simi Valley Acorn

Soccer Madness

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School, Royal High School Boys Soccer

Many to Thank at Simi Valley Schools

Simi Valley Acorn

Principal Helped Teacher Grow

Simi Valley Acorn

DECEBER 30, 2016

The Quest for Glory

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports

Aspiring Teacher Thanks Mentors

Simi Valley Acorn

Teachers, PTA Impact Future

Simi Valley Acorn

DECEMBER 23, 2016

DECEMBER 16, 2016

Restorative Justice for All At Valley View

Simi Valley Acorn

Grebeta is the Patient Young Grasshopper

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Boys Basketball

Splash Zone

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Girls Water Polo

DECEMBER 9, 2016

Dancers of Fledgling Ensemble Strut Their Stuff

Simi Valley Acorn

Simi Adult School Celebrates a New Beginning

Simi Valley Acorn

Striking Distance

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal and Simi Valley High Schools Girls Soccer

The Pin King

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High Schools Wrestling

Many Thanks to Teachers, Coaches

Simi Valley Acorn

DECEMBER 2, 2016

Burgeoning Barristers Take Silver in Brooklyn

Simi Valley Acorn

Post Election Disruptions Minimal at Schools

Simi Valley Acorn

The Most Important Lessons in their Lives

Simi Valley Acorn

Running Wild

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Girls Cross Country

Let's Make Simi the Thankful City

Simi Valley Acorn

NOVEMBER 25, 2016

Hospital Encourages Future Doctors

Simi Valley Acorn

Training the Doctors of Tomorrow

Simi Valley Acorn

Teacher of the Month: Kristin Riddick

Simi Valley Acorn

Young Women Step Toward Leadership

Simi Valley Acorn

Education Foundation Awards 90 School Grants

Simi Valley Acorn

Highlands Win CIF Championship

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Boys Water Polo

Ready for the Jump

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley and Royal High Schools Girls Basketball

Pioneer Baseball Star Signs College Scholarship

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Baseball

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

District Says Goodbye to Outgoing Trustees

Simi Valley Acorn

Marching Bands Battle

Simi Valley Acorn

Vista Brings Home the Blue Ribbon

Simi Valley Acorn

(Please note there is as correction for this story. There are three other Simi Valley schools which have won the National Blue Ribbon Award. Wood Ranch Elementary School and Valley View Middle School have each received the honor once and Hollow Hills Elementary School has received the honor twice.)

District Recognized for Digital Citizenship

Simi Valley Acorn

Fast Break Fury

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley and Royal High Schools' Boys Basketball

NOVEMBER 11, 2016

White, Lundstrom, LaBelle Win Seats. Measures X and Y Also Approved

Simi Valley Acorn

Mock Election Teaches Students to Become Informed Voters

Simi Valley Acorn

Pioneers Rush for 238 Yards in Victory Against Highlanders

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School and Royal High School Football 

NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Election Coverage

Ventura County Star

NOVEMBER 4, 2016

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL

Vista Elementary School, one of the District's two Fundamental schools, was named a National Blue Ribbon School after an extensive application process. Vista shares this distinction with three other Simi Valley Schools: Hollow Hills Elementary School, Valley View Middle School and Wood Ranch Elementary School. For more information on Vista's accomplishment, please go HERE.

OCTOBER 28, 2016

Pioneers Present 48th Annual Band Spectacular

Simi Valley Acorn

Simi Valley Pioneers Doubles Tandem Finishes Season with 58-2 Record...

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Girls' Tennis

Fore Glory: Russon, Royal Make History

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Girls' Golf

Highlanders Hit the Road

Simi Valley Acorn: Royal High School Football

Students Learn About Aviation Careers at Event

Ventura County Star

OCTOBER 21, 2016

OCTOBER 16, 2016

OCTOBER 14, 2016

Teachers, Parents Rally Behind Bond Measure

Simi Valley Acorn

Teens Learn About Local Manufacturing

Simi Valley Acorn

Students Take Flight in New Tech Center

Simi Valley Acorn

Santa Su Channels "Scooby-Doo"

Simi Valley Acorn

Highlanders Hunt for First Win

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Football

OCTOBER 8, 2016

OCTOBER 7, 2016

Vista Named Blue Ribbon School

Simi Valley Acorn

Cadets Get a Boost

Simi Valley Acorn

Growth and Grappling: Sinaloa Sabers Learn Confidence on the Mat

Simi Valley Acorn

Marching Bands Sound Off at Royal

Simi Valley Acorn

Reagan Library's Situation Room Puts Students to Test

Simi Valley Acorn

Discovery Center Still Going Strong

Simi Valley Acorn

Simi Valley Football Team Plays at Camarillo Tonight

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Football

Highlanders Take Down Pioneers in Four Sets

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School and Royal High School Girls' Volleyball

OCTOBER 5, 2016

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Kidnapping Phone Scam Making Rounds in Simi

Simi Valley Acorn

Local Educators Go On a Clay Date

Simi Valley Acorn

Teacher of the Month: Caroline Hardeman at Hollow Hills Elementary School

Simi Valley Acorn

Staying Safe on Two Wheels

Simi Valley Acorn

College Standouts

Simi Valley Acorn

Rookies Rule the Links

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Girls Golf

Royal Football Team will Honor Military Tonight

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Football

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Cadets March Toward Bright Future

Simi Valley Acorn

Teens Stand Up Against Suicide

Simi Valley Acorn

Arroyo Elementary's FLAGS Program Gets Kids to the Greek

Simi Valley Acorn

White Oak Celebrates Student Creativity

Simi Valley Acorn

Berylwood, Park View Honored

Simi Valley Acorn

Royal Seeks Winning Formula

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Boys Water Polo

Local Football Teams Gear Up for Games Tonight

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Football

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Elementary Campuses Get Marquee Boards

Simi Valley Acorn

Royal's Calderon, Locke Put in Long Miles for Girls' Cross Country Team

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Girls Cross Country

Defending League Champ Royal, Spry Simi Valley Will Battle in Girls' Volleyball

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School and Simi Valley High School Girls' Volleyball

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Policy Requires Up-To-Date Shots

Simi Valley Acorn

Key Club Serves Community

Simi Valley Acorn

Simi, Royal Continue to Make Racket Court

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School and Simi Valley High School Tennis

Simi Valley Vs. Moorpark is a Family Affair

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Football

SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Students Score Higher than State, County

Simi Valley Acorn

Teens' Advice on Healthy Eating is Right On the Dot

Simi Valley Acorn

Bike Ride Raises Funds for Simi Valley Schools

Simi Valley Acorn

Baby "B" is Now the Boss

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Girls' Cross Country

Lancers, Pioneers Kick Off with Wins

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Football

Golfer's Paradise

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School and Simi Valley High School Girls' Golf

SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

AUGUST 26, 2016

AUGUST 24, 2016

AUGUST 19, 2016

AUGUST 17, 2016

AUGUST 16, 2016

August 13, 2016

AUGUST 12, 2016

AUGUST 5, 2016

JULY 29, 2016

JULY 22, 2016

JULY 8, 2016

JULY 7, 2016

JULY 1, 2016

School Sale Finalized

Simi Valley Acorn

District Closes Gun Policy Loophole

Simi Valley Acorn

JUNE 30, 2016

JUNE 24, 2016

The Teacher of the Month Is...

Simi Valley Acorn

Reagan Foundation Awards Scholarships

Simi Valley Acorn

Passing Grades: Conejo Classic Simi Valley, Royal Football Teams Battle 7 on 7 Tournament

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School and Royal High School Football

JUNE 22, 2016

JUNE 17, 2016

JUNE 10, 2016

JUNE 2, 2016

May 20, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. JAMIE REESE!

In a surprise ceremony today, May 20, at Mountain View Elementary School in Simi Valley, teacher Jamie Reese was awarded the Ventura County Teacher of the Year by Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Stan Mantooth and Simi Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jason Peplinski.

Ms. Reese teaches a Special Day Class for K-3 grade at Mountain View Elementary School, where she's been since 2009. Her peers, and her principal, Jennifer Goldman, nominated her for her commitment to her students and their families, and for her unending support of her fellow teachers and staff. She is known around the District for her high level of technology knowledge and willingness to help and train other teachers and staff. She helped her co-workers at Mountain View Elementary create and maintain individual websites to better the flow of communication between the classrooms and families. She has mentored new teachers through the county’s programs, produces a districtwide monthly newsletter and is a Google Certified Educator, to name just a few of her efforts.

As a site-based administrator, there is a part of me that wants to keep her right here on campus all of the time; however, that would be a tremendous disservice to the profession,” Ms. Goldman said. “Ms. Reese possesses unlimited potential to impact countless students by sharing her vision with teachers across the country.”

Students are the highest priority for Ms. Reese. She wrote, “When I think about my views on teaching, I keep coming back to the students. I believe that teaching should be student-centered, but what does that actually look like in a classroom…. I believe that by making my classroom more student centered, I am able to more frequently highlight the strengths of my students and as a direct result of that, students are excited about school and their self-esteem goes up.”

In the nomination application, one of Ms. Reese's students said, "She makes me happy. She does things to make me laugh. She turns me into a burrito when I am mad. I can talk to her when something is bothering me. She teaches very good. She reads mindset stories to teach me not to give up."

“We are incredibly proud of Ms. Reese and her commitment to her students, families and co-workers,” Dr. Peplinski said. “This is an amazing honor for her to receive. We are lucky to have such highly skilled and committed teachers, like Ms. Reese, in our classrooms. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she serves as a great model for other educators everywhere.”

Ms. Reese will go on to compete at the state level in 2017 for Teacher of the Year. This program has been in place since 1973 and this is the first SVUSD winner since 1977. 

MAY 21, 2016

May 3, 2016

Annual State of Our Schools 

On May 3, 2016, District Superintendent Dr. Jason Peplinski gave his annual State of Our Schools address at Santa Susana High School. Reviewing the many changes our district has seen in the last year, Dr. Peplinski also pointed us to the future, talking about the things that will be happening in our schools. The complete written presentation can be found HERE.

February 23, 2016

February 20, 2016

February 19, 2016

WWII Veteran Inspires at Arroyo Elementary

Simi Valley Acorn

Teens Awarded for Act of Kindness

Simi Valley Acorn

Simi Valley Senior Defender Overcomes Turbulent Childhood

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Boy's Soccer

Raising Arizona: Royal Hires Football Head Coach

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Football

Winter playoffs Have Arrived

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Girls Soccer; Royal High School's Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer and Girls Water Polo

Highlanders Subdue Spartans Once Again

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Royal High School Boys Basketball

February 12, 2016

February 11, 2016

February 10, 2016

February 5, 2016

Enrollment Drop Slows in 2015-16 School Year

Simi Valley Acorn

Awards Honor Champions of Education

Simi Valley Acorn

Pioneers Seize League Crown

Simi Valley Acorn, Sports: Simi Valley High School Wrestling

January 30, 2016

January 20, 2016

January 19, 2016

January 10, 2016

January 5, 2016

December 17, 2016

December 5, 2016

November 30, 2016

November 22, 2016

November 18, 2016

November 7, 2016

October 30, 2016

October 26, 2015

October 19, 2015

October 11, 2016

#SIMISCHOOLSFIRSTDAY

We had an amazing response to our first social media campaign, #simischoolsfirstday! More than 700 photos were submitted through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We gathered about 200 of the best shots we could grab and created these two slideshows--because there were too many pictures for just one. If your picture is not featured, it's not because your children weren't adorable, because they were! It is likely that we had trouble with the image or the resolution. We hope you enjoy watching these as much as we enjoyed seeing these images throughout the first day of school. Thank you!