Message from Superintendent Geyer

July 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 Welcome to the 2018/19 school year. Our first day of school this year will be August 8. We at Pierce Joint Unified School District consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve our students, our families, and our communities. Our vision is that ‘EVERY student will achieve their highest educational goals’. We work to achieve this vision through our mission which is ‘We are committed to provide a high quality staff and healthy learning environments. Parents and community members are partners in our educational community’.

 Academic achievement, school connectedness, including student engagement, and social-emotional well-being continue to be the guiding force for our district’s continuous improvement. Our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) captures each of these ideas in its 3 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 support the work needed in order to accomplish the goals.

Actions and services from the previous year’s LCAP will continue with the addition of the following new actions and services: two periods of language arts per day for seventh and eighth graders, a math intervention period during the regular school day at the middle school, a period of Academic Advancement for all 7th and 8th graders, an online curriculum at all sites for students needing behavior/discipline modifications, a character development program at the elementary schools, staff development training for campus supervisors, staff development training for all staff on the topic of social-emotional learning, and a visitor and emergency management software program for improved security at the school sites.

Facility work continues in the district as a result of the Measure B bond that the generous voters of our district passed in November of 2016. The multi-purpose room at the high school is completed and students will begin using it as their cafeteria on the first day of school. Work has begun at Arbuckle Elementary in preparation of replacing portable classrooms with an 8 classroom building. For this next school year, 7 portables have been relocated near the existing library portable to house students while the permanent building is being built. Fencing around the entire school has been completed as a means of securing the campus and having just one entry point through the main office during the school day. Work at the north gym of the high school continues. New windows have been installed and remodeling at the south end of the building will result in a brand new weight room to be utilized by PE classes and athletic teams. Planning for adding an additional locker room at the main gym continues.

You are your child’s first teacher and we respect and value your participation as a partner. Please be involved in your child’s education by: attending school events (Back-to-School Night, Parent-Teacher conferences, parent trainings, Open House), volunteering in the classroom, volunteering for special events, checking your child’s grades online through the parent portal, participating in Parents’ Club, and attending school site council meetings. Let’s work together to put ‘Students First’ in our district.

Sincerely,

Carol Geyer Superintendent

 

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