• Noelani Pearl Hunt

Rising Above in Silicon Valley!

Updated: Mar 5, 2020


“ Rising Above in Silicon Valley! ”

Message from the Superintendent and Board of TrusteesI always think the same thought this time of year — I can’t believe another school year is starting. Here it is again! Let me be among the first to welcome you the 2018-2019 school year.2018-2019 is a year of excitement and anticipation as we welcome our students and 60 new teachers, as well as a number of new classified staff members, to a brand new year. Some of our students are new to the district.

To those who may be new, please know that this is a community of caring students, parents, and teachers who will do their best to make you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable in your new surroundings. People in Santa Clara Unified care. Following our 2015-2020 strategic plan, “Rising Above in Silicon Valley!” and our Local Control and Account- ability Plan (LCAP), this year, we are focusing our work to invest in student and staff excellence on three main themes: We have a goal that every student will graduate with a diploma.

That diploma provides the op- tions we want every student to have for college and career. This work begins in our earliest grades, ensuring all students are reading at grade level by third grade, which directly correlates to graduation and post-graduation success.2We want all our students to attend school regularly. Most of our students do this already, but a small percentage of students become “chronically absent.” Being present at school, where students can receive the instruction, help, and guidance of our amazing certificated and classified staff and ad-ministration, offers our students the best chance for making positive progress toward their high school graduation and diploma.

We want to find ways to better support our students who have special needs to keep them on a positive path toward graduation.More than teaching content and skills, we are teaching the whole child. We accept that responsibility be- cause fulfilling it is necessary for the betterment of our community and our society. Our staff members and our parent community know how important education is to individuals and to our country. Over generations, families have risked everything just to be able to participate in the education that we offer here in Santa Clara Unified.

How wonderful it is that we can all be part of such an important endeavor!And as you know, our commitment to investing in excellence faces the voters of Santa Clara Unified on November 6, 2018. The Board of Trustees approved a Facilities Needs Summary in the Spring of 2018 and in August, the Board placed the bond plan designed to fund the assessment on the ballot.

This $720 million plan is a critical step forward to ensuring that each and every one of our schools provide the kinds of classrooms, labs, and other spaces needed to teach current core curriculum in math, science, technology, reading, and the arts. It will also make sure that our ongoing work to ensure safe, comfortable schools for all students is accelerated. Check out our website at www.santaclarausd.org for more information on Measure BB and our bond planning program.With a growing district and an ever-changing world, we have much work to do in the years ahead. We have already come a long way as a community, and we have done it together — this makes us abundantly opti- mistic about the future! Thank you for your collaboration in the past, and we look forward to working together again as we continue to offer 21st Century education.


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