Dear Shoreline Families:
Thus far, it has been an amazing first few months as the new Superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District. I have learned so much as I try to mainly listen to what people have to say regarding all the wonderful things going on in the school district. Let me share some of the things that I have learned. First, I have heard and seen that we have Pre K through 3rd grade initative (supported through the Marin Community Foundation grant) that provides an incredible academic support system to our earliest learners, and insures that they all are reading by the third grade. Next, I have learned that teachers in this district really care about the students in this district and are willing to go “beyond the call of duty” to offer the best teaching and learning opportunities in their classrooms. I have also seen that our site administrators focus on providing the best support to the teachers and support staff in the district by making available to them professional development, cultural proficiency training, solid site leadership, and a vision that will help us continue the climb upward as we strive to provide a high-quality 21st century education for the children of Shoreline Unified. Finally, I have learned that we have a school board that genuinely cares about the education of children, with each member passionate about providing the best opportunities for children.
This past week the School Board met for the second time this year for a 3-hour board retreat to map out some areas of focus for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year.
The five focus areas will be:
1) to continue to focus on academic excellence as we integrate and implement the Common Core state standards into our teaching
2) engage in ongoing professional development in order to support staff as we ask them to implement Common Core, develop career pathways, and articulate K-12 curriculum
3) continue the cultural proficiency efforts of the district by continuing to provide valuable time for teachers and staff to meet to further the dialogue and to remove cultural barriers
4) continue to explore ways of improving communication in the district between ALL stakeholders—parents, staff and community
5) focus on student wellness. The district has been revisiting the idea of student wellness this year. We have met twice and will continue to meet monthly until we have a wellness plan that we feel is ready to go to the board for adoption. Our wellness plan addresses the food being served to students in classrooms and through Food Service, the physical activities and lifetime physical fitness mind set being taught to our students in the classrooms; and the safe guarding and strengthening of the mental health of our students.