Message from Superintendent Geyer

July 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019/20 school year. Thursday, August 8 will be the first day of school for students. Every year we look forward with anticipation to the new school year where we are privileged to be able to provide for the educational well-being of our students. This year is no different. We continue with our vision of ‘EVERY student will achieve their highest educational goals’.

 

Focus in the district on continuous improvement is driven by our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). This plan includes the following three goals: 1) Students will graduate from high school, college and career ready; 2) Students will feel a sense of connectedness academically, socially, emotionally, and physically in their schools; and 3) Families and members of the greater school community will be engaged as educational partners. Actions and services within these three goals defines the work being done. To view the LCAP in its entirety, visit the district website.

New actions and services for this year include hiring an art teacher, offering the Elevate math program in the summer as well as increasing the regular summer school period by two days, implementing a take-home program with Chromebook computers for students in grades 7-12, and integrating robotics through the UC Davis C-STEM program at the school sites.

Mathematics has been an area of focus for the district and that will continue. A district-wide teacher math committee began this past school year. This committee will continue to meet to share best practices, set goals, monitor those goals and share the results of the work they are doing and its impact on student learning in the classroom. At intervals during the school year, results will be shared at district-wide math meetings.

Excitedly, the district is opening the newly constructed 8 classroom building at Arbuckle Elementary School when school begins. This building will house the second and third graders. This project and our others would not have even been remotely possible without the generous voters in our district who passed the Measure B bond in November of 2016. In other facility news, new bleachers and a press box at the high school stadium are anticipated to be installed and ready for the upcoming football season. Upgrades of restrooms at Pierce High School are also planned. Construction plans for adding an additional locker room to the main gym at the high school are working their way through the approval process too.

We continue to encourage you to be a part of your child’s schooling experience and welcome your participation as we strive to fulfill our mission: ‘We are committed to provide a high quality staff and healthy learning environments. Parents and community members are partners in our educational community’.

Sincerely,

Carol Geyer

Superintendent

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