As we conclude the 2019/2020 school year today, there is much to reflect upon. Certainly, the third trimester of the year was unexpected, but I am very proud of the proactive steps that the Eureka Union School District took to ensure our students had an engaging distance learning experience upon schools being forced to close. Our teachers, students and parents are to be celebrated for their efforts to act swiftly in carrying out instruction from home. We were all disappointed that we could no longer be in-person as safety became the immediate priority, but we learned so much from the experience. Moving forward, we will be refining our distance learning model of instruction to make it as strong as possible should we be directed to close school in the future. We will be even more prepared and ready to ensure that a rigorous program is in place for all students.
For summer break, we have opportunities for students to continue to be engaged with learning as well as for parents to help their children build socio-emotional competencies and promote prosocial behavior. Please check out our new summer learning and thriving website at https://tinyurl.com/EUSD-SummerLearningThriving.
To be prepared for next school year, we formed our School Opening Task Force this spring composed of twenty-five participants represented by teachers, classified staff, trustees, parents, health professionals and administrators. The task force researched models from around the world, met via Zoom with educators from China and Germany, and developed recommendations to the Board of Trustees. One option is families may elect a virtual home learning experience rather than in-class learning for the 2020/2021 school year. Called the Eureka Virtual Academy, it will be a full distance learning online curriculum. In addition, we must have an alternative for in-class instruction if school cannot open in the traditional format. We will have a model that will bring students to school for a portion of the week while implementing safety protocols. Please know that it is our sincere desire to start school on August 13 with a five day a week program. We want students to be face-to-face with other students and their teachers, but understand as a school district we cannot decide this on our own. We continue to be in communication with the county health officer on a weekly basis to ensure that we proceed in a manner that is safe and permitted. As pertinent information becomes available, we will be sure to share this with our families and staff over the summer.
In closing, you are all tremendously appreciated. As COVID-19 continues to alter our collective landscape, we must remind ourselves that we are in a period of time that will change for the better. We all look forward to getting back to a balanced world one day. We look forward to getting back to all of the good work that we are committed to in our Board adopted goals. Please enjoy your summer break and know that we have students and staff in our best interests.
EUSD Students Continue to Exhibit Excellent Performance in State TestingTop of Page
State-of-the-Art Instruction with High Expectations for All Students Results In Continued Exemplary Academic Achievement by the Eureka Union School District Students
The Eureka Union School District is extremely pleased that our students continue to demonstrate their exemplary achievement and ongoing progress on statewide assessments. The Eureka Union community remains exceptionally proud of these fine achievements as reflected by each school’s impressive results on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Our students in grades 3-8, including students with special needs, were tested for specific content areas in English Language Arts and Mathematics. This serves to document the tremendous success of our students as a result of our fine instructional programs and partnerships throughout the district. Once again, Eureka Union ranks at the top in proficiency of the state standards when compared to elementary districts throughout the area.
The entire Eureka community is to be recognized for the dedication, commitment and outstanding service to our students, and we congratulate all of our schools for a tremendous achievement. We are very proud of all of our schools as every teacher and every classified staff member, in one way or another, has supported our journey towards excellence. We are privileged to have the amazing support of families and the community at-large through our partnerships with the Eureka Schools Foundation, our Parent Teacher Clubs and other businesses.
The Eureka Union School District expressly thanks and recognizes our families for the tremendous commitment and dedication to quality schools for their children. Our continued successes evidenced by these very strong scores would not be possible without a working partnership, or a community of “family” that ensures ongoing achievement for all. Congratulations to all Eureka Union students on their continued success and demonstrated growth and achievement.
Eureka Union School District Goals (2019-2020) Top of Page
The LCAP document, includes three (3) goal areas which frame the priorities for our continual improvement. Our Board of Trustees approved the LCAP along with our District Budget at the June 27th Board Meeting. The following are highlights of each goal area as we begin the 2019-20 school year:
GOAL 1 - EUSD will provide high quality classroom instruction and curriculum that promote college or career readiness with academic interventions to eliminate barriers to student success.
Expanded Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to achieve successful academic outcomes for all students
Differentiated program supports and instructional materials (textbooks, supplies, equipment, & learning environment enhancements)
Targeted and Research-based Professional Development
Comprehensive, balanced student assessments
GOAL 2 - EUSD will support the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of all students by promoting prosocial behavior, teaching coping and decision-making skills, and modeling positive relationships.
Improve Physical Education programs for all students
Expand Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to achieve successful social emotional outcomes for all students
Expand Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to achieve successful behavioral outcomes for all students
Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
GOAL 3 - EUSD will ensure all school sites have safe, welcoming, and inclusive climates for all students and their families, so that all students have opportunities to be successful.
Safety and Climate
For specifics and highlights of the Local Control Accountability Plan three goal areas visit our District website at click here
Our Exceptional Partnership with the Eureka Schools Foundation (ESF) Continues
Our District continues to benefit from the unique and tremendous support of ESF. We cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support for ESF. Our students receive continued enrichment opportunities while offering our exemplary Summer Institute sessions for our professional staff. As a result of your continued generosity, the District will receive $396,000 in donations for the 2019-20 school year for which we are extremely grateful. We are extremely proud of our partnership with ESF for 26 years which has provided our District with over $7 million dollars to support our enrichment programs for your children and professional development opportunities for our staff. ESF will continue to support our students with offerings for before and after school through World Language courses. Due to the tremendous success of these programs during the school year, we will continue to pursue expansion of them to meet the needs of our students. Enrichment learning includes student access to our school libraries, computer/technology education, vocal and instrumental music, world language enrichment, and junior high school athletics. These important components of your child’s education are not fully funded with your state or property tax dollars as Eureka is a low funded due to our unique demographics. Without private funding from ESF, our District’s ability to continue to offer these valuable programs would not be possible. I encourage you to visit ESF’s website, https://eurekaschoolsfoundation.org/, for detailed information on how ESF’s donated funds are allocated and spent each school year and to learn more about ESF’s annual fundraising events. I am hopeful that your family will consider making a donation this school year to support the exceptional programs for our students.
We wish you all the best for continuing enjoyment in Summer 2019 and look forward to seeing you again as our school year begins. It is truly an honor and pleasure to serve you as we meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Your input, involvement and active participation are truly the keys to our success in our unique and wonderful Eureka Union School District “family” and community! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 774-1201.