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Our Mission: The Novato Unified School District is an innovative and effective education system that provides diverse academic experiences to meet individual student needs, and challenges students to realize their educational potential.

Our Vision: The Novato Unified School District is committed to providing an educational experience that will: · ensure students possess academic and technical knowledge to enter successful careers and post-secondary experiences. · prepare all students to be successful, responsible, and productive citizens and leaders in a diverse and global society · encourage students to embrace a variety of learning opportunities throughout their lifetime · provide students with tools to unlock their full potential The Novato Unified School District will exemplify excellence in education by ensuring high quality, innovative instruction and equitable access to learning opportunities that inspire and prepare students to reach their utmost success






Dear Pleasant Valley families and community members,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2016/2017 school year at Pleasant Valley School! It promises to be another exciting year at PV with lots of new learning experiences for everyone. I sincerely expect us to accomplish many more great things together as individuals and as a school. This will be my fourth year as principal at PV, and my 9th year as an administrator. Prior to PV, I was principal at Ross School in Ross, and I served as Assistant Principal and Interim Principal at Peabody Charter School in Santa Barbara, CA. Before becoming an administrator, I taught grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 6th grades as a bilingual teacher and a GATE teacher. I moved to Novato two years ago, and I absolutely love being a part of this generous and loving community. I have three fabulous grown-up children and two wonderful grandchildren, and my favorite past-time is to spend time with family and friends. I also love to read, hike, and travel, and I have a yoga and meditation practice.

This year I invite you to join me in working towards several key initiatives at Pleasant Valley. For 2016/17 we will be focusing on the implementation of Project-based Learning, Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing workshops, and the integration of technology in classrooms. We also want to expand our Green Team and Campus Beautification efforts, and we want to provide more opportunities for parents and families to be informed and become involved in PV events and activities through PTA’s new Konstella online community. Please be sure to attend our Back To School Night on August 25 from 6:00- 8:00pm for more information about our expectations and goals for this year. Thank you so much for your support, and Aim High, PV Eagles!


Dana Sadan

Pleasant Valley Elementary

  • 755 Sutro Ave.
    Novato, CA, 94947
  • 415-897-5104
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