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Village High School Kids Shine

Original post made by lynne, Del Prado, on Jun 9, 2011

Last night at Amador Valley, students from Village High School accomplished their goal of graduating. When you have a child who struggles, seeing them collect their diplomas makes you swell with pride. The kids who gave speeches were articulate, well spoken, and very grateful to be given the chance to succeed. My heart was heavy, but in a good way.
Thank you to all the teachers and staff at Village for making my son believe in himself.

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Posted by Empathizer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

@lynne, congrats to your son, and all the best to him as he goes forward! I really do believe that getting kids to believe in themselves is the answer. Good luck to him!

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Posted by Pls.Valley Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

Congratulations Lynne, to you and your son. Some of the sweetest kids have graduated from Village. Where fitting in a large population of 2000 was a struggle, many thrive in the smaller atmosphere of Village. The staff at Village have the respect of district teachers and administrators for their dedication and commitment. Congratulations again and may your son have continued success!

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Posted by Friend
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

Lynne - Congrats to your son! Good Luck to him as he continues his life's journey! I think that there is common misconception of Village that it is only where the "in trouble" kids go. That is not the case...those just having struggles in school and need the more individualized attention are there to get just that - and succeed! The staff is wonderful and it is a very tight community.

Again...congrats to your son!

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Posted by TMC
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

Congrats to your son.
My daughter graduated with your son... I agree that a smaller setting with focused teachers is a far better setting for the kids. I never expected my kid to walk away with scholarships last night, and I was so proud of ALL the Village graduates, these kids experience life, they know life and will be the leaders of tomorrow in their own way...
And congrats to the teachers and staff, for it is ALL YOU that inspire every single one of those kids!
Congratulations to all the Graduates of Village High School
You Guys Rock!!!

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Posted by lynne
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

I thank you guys so much for your kind remarks. When I first dropped my son off at Village two years ago, I can honestly say I cried. This was not the path I wanted him to take, but I also knew that this is where he would shine. He is a good kid, and I have never had any trouble with him. He is respectful, kind and well mannered.
At the end of last year he had made up all his missing credits and could have gone back to Foothill. He choose not too. He said he felt at home, loved his teachers and had made great friends.
Last night was one of the proudest moments of my life, not just for my son but for all those special, lovely kids who travelled a lonely road.
Again, thank you guys. And to my son Jay, I love you.

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Posted by Liza
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

Aww Lynne I was so proud of your wonderful son and all of those great kids that graduated last night. For all who know Jay are very aware of what a special person he is. This is just the beginning of a great future and adventure for him and his fellow classmates. I was sad as well when I dropped my child off at Village the first day, but now we are aware of what a special, amazing place it really is.

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 10, 2011 at 8:45 am

I graduated from there 20 years ago! Very proud of all the kids that could just drop out or end up in jail, but instead stick to it and graduate!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

There is a misconception about Village High School.
It IS one of Pleasanton's best kept secrets.
My kid was never in real trouble, she just needed a smaller setting for her education. She was in private catholic schools until we moved here and the larger communties were non accomodating, overwhelming and the kids were mean.
Village high school provides an awesome experience for any kid, it is not a last resort, it is a great option!!

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Posted by 2001 Graduate
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jun 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I graduated from Village in 2001 and couldn't have done it without the wonderful teachers there. I transfered to Amador my junior year and wouldn't change myself to fit in there. I ended up at Village my senior year and turned my life around. I graduated high school, went on to college and got my teaching credential. I understand the rep Village has and there are SOME troublemakers but there are so many more who get a second chance and use it!
Congrats to all the past, present and future Village graduates!

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