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Unified: A Day in the life of Alex, Conner and Adrianna

Denair Unified School District and the Denair High School proudly presents our first documentary highlighting three secondary students. As you experience "A Day in the life of Alex, Conner and Adrianna" it is our hope that you become connected to our exquisite community of high achieving learners and relational staff. This one of a kind documentary will be sure to touch your heart, mind and soul.

Free Breakfast, Lunch, & Snack Available to all Denair Students

Every student enrolled in the Denair Unified School District qualifies for three free meals each day starting this school year.

Nearly half the roughly 1,300 students at the district’s four campuses meet the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), allowing the district to offer free breakfast, lunch and an after-school snack to every student. A district qualifies for the program if more than 40% of families in its attendance area are enrolled in Medi-Cal. Students also qualify if they are certified as homeless, runaway, migrant, foster or enrolled in a federally funded Head Start program.

Denair’s participation and the federal and state reimbursements will save the district an estimated $5,000 this school year in food subsidies, said Chief Business Officer Linda Covello.

There are many benefits to the program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides funding and oversight:

  • Students: Access to free nutritious meals for all students, less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat nutritious meals
  • Parents: No household application means less paperwork and no worries about lunch accounts
  • School staff: Streamlined meal service operation and more time for students to eat their food
  • Administrators: Reduced paperwork and administrative costs, no need to track unpaid meal charges, improved program integrity, and more nourished students ready to learn and grow

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First Annual Drone Camp is Here!

Denair Unified School District is excited to announce that its first annual Drone Camp is here! 50 students between the ages 9 and 15 will be on the Denair High School football field between July 23-27 from 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The camp is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure.

By the end of the week, students will take to the skies and become an honorary junior drone pilot. Students will practice in flight simulators to learn the controls before flying a drone outside. One of the exercises involves a situation in which students must deliver items to hurricane survivors but the drone only has 30 minutes of battery life left.

What to do? Students also will learn how to take a drone apart and reassemble it while learning drone terminology. This exciting and intensive camp conforms to all FAA rules. This is the only camp of its kind between Sacramento and Fresno (there is a 100-mile limit between camps).

Come on out and watch our students explore the skies!

Drone Camp

  • Dates: July 23-27
  • Time: 8 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free (space is limited however)
  • Ages: 9-15
  • Coach: Darrin Allen or
  • Details: This is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure. Students will take to the skies and become an honorary junior drone pilot. Three free meals will be available for all students.
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Hard Work and Long Hours Pay off for Denair High FFA Students at Stanislaus County Fair

TURLOCK – There are no shortcuts to success for FFA students at the Stanislaus County Fair. Just ask Brielle Prock and Yasmin Mendoza.

The two Denair High sophomores-to-be spent more than 50 hours – including three consecutive 12-hour days – preparing their joint entry in the outdoor garden exhibit. Together, they transformed a barren 10-foot by 10-foot plot into a colorful July 4th backyard barbecue motif, highlighted by flowers planted in the shape of an American flag.

Their hard work impressed the judges, who awarded them first place in their category and defeating larger teams from Turlock High and Enochs in Modesto.

“We started planning it in May before school ended, but most of the work happened later,” Prock said of the garden. “We knocked it out in 10 days.”

She credited many in the Denair community for their help, including monetary support from the Denair FFA Ag Boosters that allowed them to purchase the flowers.

Long days are a common theme for the 41 Denair students who entered livestock or projects into this year’s fair, which wraps up its 10-day run on Sunday.

“The fair is kind of an addiction,” admitted Blain Cole, a junior this fall who is the incoming president of the Denair FFA. He’s often on site by 6 a.m. with other students to tend to their animals. He sometimes goes home or leaves to for lunch in the afternoon, but returns later to watch over his Hampshire lamb and mingle with friends. It’s the same fair schedule he’s been on for six years.

“It’s fun,” he said, “but the rush of showing (animals) can wear you out.”

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Terry Metzger Hired as New Superintendent of Denair Unified School District

We welcome Terry Metzger as our new superintendent.

Metzger has been the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa since 2012, but she is no stranger to Stanislaus County or the Central Valley.

She has two degrees from CSU Stanislaus– a master’s in education administration as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. She also has taught classes there as an adjunct faculty member.

Before she moved to Santa Rosa, Metzger was a teacher and elementary school principal in Galt. She also taught various grade levels in Lodi and Stockton, and has served as a principal coach for the Education Leadership Institute in Sacramento.

She is thrilled to be coming to Denair. Continue reading “Terry Metzger Hired as New Superintendent of Denair Unified School District” »

Denair Trustees OK $14.7 Million Budget for 2018-19

With little comment, the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously passed a 2018-19 budget Thursday night that projects continued enrollment growth at the lower grades but increasingly expensive state-mandated contributions to employee retirement funds.

The district expects to spend $14,782,733 in the next school year – about $1.5 million less than the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The difference, explained Chief Business Officer Linda Covello, is one-time investments made this year in salary payouts to staff, technology upgrades, textbooks, and teacher training and other professional development.

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Denair School Trustees Honor Outgoing Superintendent, Reward Teachers and Refinance Long-Term Debt

The Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees said goodbye to its popular superintendent, approved a one-time salary increase for teachers and agreed to refinance its debt to save money at a busy meeting Thursday night.

Superintendent Aaron Rosander – who inherited a district threatened with state takeover in 2014 – leaves it in much better financial shape than we he arrived. Enrollment has stabilized, new programs and an energetic leadership team are in place, and employee morale is definitely on the rise.

“Mr. Rosander, you changed the face and name of Denair. We were down and out and almost taken over. Thank you,” said Trustee Kathi Dunham-Filson.

Echoed Board President Ray Prock Jr.: “We wouldn’t be here today without you. … We are forever grateful.”

Rosander, whose daughter recently graduated from Denair High School, intends to move to the Bay Area to be closer to his elderly parents. He called educators “dream builders” who provide inspiration and guidance to students.

Earlier this year, trustees agreed to a similar one-time payout to non-teaching staff. Continue reading “Denair School Trustees Honor Outgoing Superintendent, Reward Teachers and Refinance Long-Term Debt” »

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Free Summer Meal Service Program Featuring Breakfast and Lunch at Denair Elementary Charter Academy Cafeteria and Supper at Denair High School Cafeteria! (Please see flyer for details, also available in Spanish)

Children do not have to attend Denair schools but must be 18 or younger to participate and there are no income or other eligibility restrictions.

Just show up and we’ll feed you a delicious, nutritional meal! The menu will change daily.

The program is a collaboration of the Denair Unified School District and the California Department of Education, using federal grant money.

DUSD helping to ensure that NO child goes hungry this summer!

For more information about our Food Service Department, please visit

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Sports Camps and First-Ever Drone Camp Coming to Denair High

School may be out, but summer will be a busy time around the Denair High School campus. Between mid-June and late July, there will be four sports camps as well as a first-of-its-kind drone camp.

Here is a complete list of the camps and costs, the age range of those eligible to enroll, and contact information. Registration payments can be made at the high school office through Thursday, June 7. After that, payments can be dropped off at the district office across the street.

Softball Camp, Volleyball Camp, Volleyball Kids Camp, Football Camp, Basketball Camp, Drone Camp

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Silva Hired as Next Principal at Denair Middle School

The Denair Unified School District didn’t have to look very far to find its next principal for Denair Middle School. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Amanda Silva, who currently serves as the district’s assistant director of special education.

“She’s dedicated to Denair. She empowers others. She’s forward thinking. She’s passionate about kids,” said Kara Backman, the district’s director of secondary education and high school principal. She served on the hiring committee will be Silva’s direct supervisor.

Backman said Silva stood out among the seven internal and external candidates who were interviewed. Silva will become the middle school campus’ fifth principal in the past four years, a trend she intends to do her best to end.

“The biggest thing is building culture and pride in community, school and students,” she said. “We need to be positive, think positive and work hard.”

Silva has been with the district since February 2016 and has worked with staff and students across all four campuses to develop special education programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an administrative credential and master’s degree from College of San Joaquin. Continue reading “Silva Hired as Next Principal at Denair Middle School” »

Resources for Helping Students Cope with Tragedy in the News



The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently engaged in litigation with two non-profit associations comprised of parents and guardians of children with disabilities. The plaintiffs in that litigation have requested numerous documents, as well as student data collected and stored by CDE, which may include personally identifiable student information.

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), CDE has been ordered, among other things, to inform parents and students of the disclosure of such information. CDE has requested that school districts and SELPAs post the following link to CDE’s website: The link provides a Notice and Objection Form to allow parents to object, by April 1, 2016, to the disclosure of personally identifiable information related to their children.


Please understand that the district is not a party to the litigation and is not required to disclose any student information, nor does it intend to do so. For more information, please contact CDE directly at (916) 319-0800.

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