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Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent

Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent
Today: 11/27/14

Small Learning Communities in San Lorenzo High Schools

Click here and emerge into the world our SLC's

Eight SLC in SLzUSD. A step ahead in 21st Century Learning


Haga clic aquí y sumérjase en el mundo de nuestras SLC

¡Ocho Academias para el Aprendizaje del Siglo XXI!

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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.
     

Vision

Students will become creative, collaborative, compassionate, resilient, well-informed and socially responsible advocates for equity and social justice as a result of their education, experience and support from educators, families and the community.

Newsletter from Superintendent Brill

November 2014

While the leaves are turning and the holidays are fast approaching, our classrooms remain filled with powerful teaching due to the dedication of our teachers and support staff. During our professional development day on October 31, teachers collaborated with colleagues to acquire new skills and strategies to support all students in gaining mastery of the Common Core State Standards.  This included a focus on math instruction, guided reading, Restorative Practices, technology integration, specialized instruction and behavior support strategies for our students with disabilities, differentiating curricular expectations, to name a few of the workshops. 

I am proud of our teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to ensure all of our students graduate from our school system prepared for success in college and career. Three employees who exemplify this dedication to our children and families were recognized as Employees of the Quarter at our November Board meeting. Congratulations to certificated staff member Adriel Briscoe and classified staff members Laura Low and Susan Ma.

As part of our effort to ensure all students have opportunities to obtain high-skills, high-wage jobs when they complete their post-secondary pursuits, more than 200 students participated in the College Night on October 30, where they gathered important information from representatives of 45 different colleges.  Meanwhile, our 8th grade students are making choices about the Small Learning Community of which they will be a part when they enter high school.  Please click the following link to learn more about these exceptional career pathways

Once again, the District is required to develop/refine a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) with input from students, teachers, support staff, and parents.  The Plan must be approved by the Governing Board by June 16, 2015. The purpose of the process is to:

  • refine our educational priorities;
  • determine effectiveness of strategic investments;
  • align our resources and practices;
  • strengthen our partnerships; and,
  • increase community engagement.

Our intention is to achieve more equitable and positive outcomes for all students (including underserved populations such as English language learners, students in families with low income, Foster children, Homeless children, African American, Latino/Hispanic and students with disabilities).  We are expected to align our resources and practices to realize our District Goals which were developed in the 2013-14 school year: 

  1. Student Achievement: The San Lorenzo Unified School District will ensure equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for all students
  2. Student Engagement: The San Lorenzo Unified School District will nurture students to become  committed, caring and connected
  3. Basic Services: The San Lorenzo Unified School District will provide high quality services, schools, and staff
  4. Parent Involvement: The San Lorenzo Unified School District will cultivate meaningful partnerships and authentic family engagement

We are posting all input gathered, relevant documents, and a detailed timeline with important meeting dates on our LCAP Portal 2015-16, located on our District webpage.  To learn more about District and school-wide initiatives, join us on November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the San Lorenzo High Cafeteria for our Parent Engagement Committee (PEC) meeting, followed by the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting at 7:15 p.m. We look forward to your input and on-going involvement throughout the year.

Have a fabulous holiday season!

Respectfully,
Fred Brill, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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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