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Student Programs

Here are some of the programs available to VUSD students:

Elementary Schools


All students receive at least one session of art taught by local artists. Art classes range from water color to ceramics.

Classroom Buddies

Upper-grade classes meet with lower grades for buddy activities. 
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Students apply and are chosen for leadership squads. Students learn leadership skills and engage with fellow students.

Library Program & Book Give Away

All students are assigned weekly library time and every student receives a free book to keep.

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Lunch Buddies

Students working on social skills meet at lunch in a group with the school counselor or family specialist.

Makers Space & STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 

Students have the opportunity to create, build, and work on STEM activities during recess.

Science Fair & Math Bowl

Fourth and fifth-grade students participate in the school science fair. The science fair helps students understand and use the scientific method.

Shining Stars

Shining Stars is a group run by the school counselor to help assist younger children in working with their emotions.

Ski Trips

Students get the opportunity to ski/snowboard four times per year and receive lessons from ski instructors. 

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Avery Middle School

Academic Support

Students have the opportunity to visit classrooms before school between 8:00-8:45 am for academic assistance (often 1:1 support) from their teachers.

Club Live

Calaveras County Office Of Education sponsors a lunch time group focused on Social-Emotional Learning needs such as peer interactions, conflict resolution, bullying concerns, tobacco use prevention education, social media concern, and other student-based issues.

Study Skills Elective

An 8th-period elective program designed to help increase student achievement through support in completing missing assignments, organization assistance, and positive encouragement. 

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