Resolution 2016.17.4 and 2016.17.5
Shoreline Unified Regular Board Meeting
December 15th 2016
6:00PM @Tomales High
A Message from Superintendent Bob Raines
We all have so many things for which we can be thankful. I can honestly say, in the short six months that I have been back in the Shoreline Unified School District, my list has gotten longer and longer.
I am thankful for a Board of Trustees that is dedicated to our students and teachers. They work hard, come to meetings prepared, and investigate issues looking for the best solutions. I am grateful for strong leadership at our school sites. We have principals who balance, skillfully, the thousands of immediate demands before them with a broad understanding of the best interests of all their students.
Here in the District Office, we have an outstanding group of individuals who make sure that the District works smoothly, that bills and employees are paid, supplies purchased, digital technology works, and all those laws and regulations are followed. The same is true at each school site, where the clerical staff and family advocates all understand the importance of their work, in support of principals and teachers, students and their families. I am grateful that they all do this knowing that they are essential to our mission of making sure that each child achieves to their maximum.
And my basket of gratitude about bursts when I think of our teachers and counselors. I am so thankful when I see the hard work that each and every one of our teachers engages each day for our students. From preschool to Advance Placement in High School, from physical education to speech and special education, our teachers devote their days and nights to making sure that each child will succeed. And our counselors are often the sole person a child can seek out when they need an ear and some kind words. Whether it’s preparing that perfect early reading lesson, or accompanying juniors and seniors on college campus visits, our teachers go above and beyond for all of our kids.
And that goes for all of the instructional assistants who work tirelessly to support both teachers and students day in and day out in our schools. Their work may not be glamorous, and it may be done entirely in the background, but I am grateful, far beyond words, for all the ways that they make sure our students have all the support that they need.
We have some other heroes who work behind the scenes, making sure that everything and everyone functions at peak levels. Our food service workers make healthy and tasty meals for all of our children, ensuring that they are well nourished and happy. I am thankful for their hard work. And I’m grateful for the great effort of our custodians and maintenance workers. Often they do their jobs when no one is around, but we know it makes all of our lives better.
The first district employee many children see each day, and the last one, too, is their bus driver. I am grateful for their commitment to the safety and comfort of all of our children, and how they are sure to deliver their precious cargo securely to school, and then back home each day.
All of this takes place in three of the most wonderful communities I’ve had the honor of serving. I am thankful for the committed parents and dedicated community members who all rush in and lend a hand (and more) to help us serve our students. Serving on PTA’s and Site Councils, as room parents and classroom volunteers, our parents and community members are a huge part of the exceptional programming that we can offer our students.
Finally, I am grateful for our students. There are high school seniors I see in "downtown" Tomales, and preschoolers who come and talk to us through our District Office windows. I’ve seen our students working hard in class, playing hard in sports and in rock bands, and being gracious and welcoming when I come to their schools. They are the reason that we do what we do, and they express their appreciation daily.
We are truly fortunate, and I count myself among the most fortunate in the world to be able to come to work with all of these fantastic people day in and day out. What a lucky man I am, and a very grateful one, too. Thank you!