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Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent

Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent
Today: 7/30/14

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Mission

The San Lorenzo Unified School District teachers and staff will collaborate with families and the community to cultivate safe learning environments and ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students

All students will become engaged community members contributing to, and becoming good stewards of,our changing world.

All students will reach their highest potential as creative and critical thinkers prepared for college, career and life-long learning.

Newsletter from Superintendent Brill

May 2014

Spring has definitely arrived.  Trees and wild flowers are in full bloom, there is pollen in the air, and students are being drawn toward summer vacation.  Of course, there is still a lot of powerful teaching and learning that will be taking place between now and June 12!  I want to take this opportunity to thank teachers and support staff who work so hard, using heart and soul, hands and minds, to ensure all of our students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and career! 
 

In honor of Staff Appreciation, the Board passed resolutions acknowledging Week of the Teacher, and Week of the Classified Employee.  Please be sure to thank our unsung heroes in these final weeks of school.  We are so fortunate to have such educators who work tirelessly on behalf of our students. 
 

For the past five months, we have been deeply engaged in a strategic planning/local control accountability planning process. We have appreciated your input and involvement in this very important work.  The Mission, Vision, Strategic Priorities and District Goals have been revised, and will be used to align our resources and practices to ensure we achieve more equitable and improved learning outcomes for all of our students.
 

On May 6, the San Lorenzo Governing Board approved our first wave of strategic investments that are targeted to increase or improve the services for subgroups who have traditionally been underserved (English language learners, low income, foster youth, Latino/Hispanic and African American students, students receiving special education, and homeless youth). While several of the initiatives must be negotiated with bargaining groups, all said, there are 27 initiatives that will have a positive impact on student learning and the working conditions taking place throughout our District. These include lowering class size, adding instructional coaches, a social worker, a librarian, paraeducators, summer school, and additional preparation time for elementary school teachers.
 

The following are some of the highlights/successes that reflect the good work taking place across the District.

  • SLZUSD is providing comprehensive professional development opportunities for certificated and classified staff during the summer months to support employees on their path of continual improvement.  There are 275 certificated and classified staff who have signed up so far.
  • SLZUSD has upgraded the bandwidth and will increase the wireless capacity to support the purchase of 947 new devices for students and staff.
  • WASC affirmed accreditation at East Bay Arts, Royal Sunset, San Lorenzo and Arroyo High School.
  • SLZUSD recognized the following exceptional Employees of the Quarter:                                                                             Certificated                                                  Classified
    Sylvia Riley                  Fall 2013                      Debi Rico
    Shirley Stibbard           Winter 2014                 Lisa Dawkins
    Lucy Moore                 Spring 2014                 Nancy Chacon

     
  • We have deepened our work in Restorative Practices with a focus on student social, emotional and ethical development.  
  • SLZUSD increased the rate of pay for substitute teachers which decreased the unfilled rate from approximately 76 per month to 16.
  • The Child Nutrition Department received an A+ in a recent State Review, with no areas out of compliance.
  • Bus Services received a grant that provided three brand-new, energy efficient school buses with higher safety standards than the 27 year old busses they are replacing.
  • The Mid Alameda County SELPA and Community Advisory Committee presented the Excellence in Special Education Awards to Lindsay Venezia (SDC teacher at Bay Elementary), Christine Pivacek (SDC teacher at Adult Transition Program) and Savita Chandra (paraprofessional at Arroyo High School).
  • Laura Low, District Spanish Translator, received the North Bay Field Office California School Employees Association (CSEA) Award for 2014.
  • Arroyo High School teachers, Jim Clark and Samantha Johnson, received notice from the Science Education conference at San Jose State University, the California Institute of Biodiversity, and the National Science Teachers Association/California Science Teachers Association joint conference that they have been selected to present the work they have done with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core. 
  • Another banner year for Arroyo TechBridge as Aliana Lucero, Allison Yu, Christine Chung, and Shelley Deng have been accepted into this year's Summer Science/Engineering program at Smith College in Massachusetts. Each girl was awarded a $6000 grant for travel and living expenses for this 4-week summer program on the Smith campus.
  • The African American Regional Educational Alliances honored 93 students from our school District for academic achievement and improvement, cultural consciousness, the arts and civic involvement.
  • Students have been participating in an array of college and career readiness activities including college tours, career days, and a multitude of scholarships and awards.
  • Students have offered a variety of exceptional plays, presentations, concerts at schools throughout the District.
  • Jasmine Penney of San Lorenzo High School broke the school record in the half mile at the Arcadia Invitational.
  • The Adult School transition students celebrated Earth Day eliminating weeds and planting flowers and plants throughout the campus.
  • The REACH Center supported 28 students in credit recovery and 18 students in SAT Test Preparation.
  • The Association of California School Administrators will honor three of our staff members for the ACSA 2014 Administrator of the Year award.  Robert Patrick for Elementary Principal, Rebecca Lacocque for Curriculum and Instruction Administrator and Sandra Vincent for Confidential Employee. 
  • The San Lorenzo Scholarship Foundation offered 33 students with financial awards for their inspirational efforts and accomplishments.
     

There is so much to be proud of here in San Lorenzo!  Of course, there are so many others worthy of special recognition.  I am honored and humbled to work along-side such a committed group of educators and employees.  I wish you all a positive and productive end-of-the school year.
 

Respectfully,

Fred Brill, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 
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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

On January 9th, over 100 SLZUSD directors, administrators, teachers, and community partners started the new year by learning more about Restorative Practices (RP). The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by building relationships and repairing harm. To learn more, click here.  Led by Amos Clifford of The Center of Restorative Process, this day was a unique and powerful experience. Sitting together in a large circle, participants actively participated in a variety of restorative exercises including an appreciative inquiry where volunteers used a structured process to publicly thank and appreciate someone else in the group. The tone of the day was overwhelmingly positive and created a feeling of care and closeness that will in turn radiate out and impact our larger school community. Here is what people are saying about the day:

 “I thought the last training we had was the best ever. We used to use classroom circles years ago and this will help us to start them again.” 
      
– Elementary principal

“This is exactly where we should be spending more professional development time with teachers and staff.”
     
 –Director

 “The day helped me form a closer tie with my administrator and colleagues.”
       
Teacher

 “I now have a powerful tool to use in the classroom to resolve conflicts at the classroom level, build community, and share positive feelings about one another.”
     
Teacher

 Visit http://www.centerforrestorativeprocess.com/ to download a free Restorative Circles curriculum guide.

 

 

 

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