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Our program at Vacaville Unified School District is an exemplary model of differentiated instruction that is driven by the classroom teachers at our ten elementary schools. The students are placed in cluster groups and enriched with materials that may be accelerated or presented in greater depth and /or complexity. Our GATE Students are challenged at rate commensurate with their abilities that is determined by their classroom teacher daily.

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'GATE-ER' delivers!

Many thanks to the over 40 volunteers, Medical Sciences I & II Students, Ms. Teri Shook and the nearly 130 'GATER's that attended, "GATE-ER" on Saturday, 14 March at Vaca High.

A great time was had by all exploring vital signs, phelobotomy, radiology, orthopedics and even overviewing the basics of CPR. Though we were recreating the 'ER' ... no calls were needed to 911!

Posted by: Joanne Bucsko
Published: 3/21/15

Novel Knowledge Celebrates 10 years!

The site competitions have begun across VUSD. Students continue to read and re-read this year's 10 titles. Please mark your calendar for Friday, 1 May @ Vaca Pena Middle School beginning at 6:30 PM to support your team at the 10th Annual District Championship!

Posted by: Joanne Bucsko
Published: 11/2/14

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Key Dates 14/15

ATS Qualifying Exam: Sat. 14 February 2015 @ Vaca Pena Middle School at 9:00 AM

OTM Regionals at Natomas HIgh : Sat. 21 February beginning at 8:00AM

'GATE-ER' : Sat., 14 March @ Vaca High beginning at 9:00 AM

STATE OTM Championship: @ UC Riverside : Sat. 28 March