Eureka Union
School District

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
--Sir James Barrie

As Summer 2014 continues, we send you our best wishes and hope that you have enjoyed this very special season. We have been very busy planning and preparing for another exemplary school year for your children in the Eureka Union School District. We are certainly looking forward to seeing you soon as our school year begins. With the development and approval of our first Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) guided by a wide range of stakeholder input throughout the 2013-14 school year, a variety of new and exciting opportunities will be provided this year in our ongoing efforts to continue to enhance our outstanding educational experiences for "every student - in every school - every day." Our EUSD team continues with our high energy, commitment and dedication to excellence on behalf of our most deserving students!
The LCAP, a multi-year (3 year) document, includes five (5) 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 26th Board Meeting. The following are highlights of each goal area as we begin the 2014-15 school year:

  • California Common Core State Standards (CCCSS) Implementation
    Our professional development, curriculum and instruction planning and implementation continue in the area of CCCSS. We are so pleased that our newly adopted CCCSS-aligned Mathematics materials will be available to TK-8 students and staff this year, coupled with key professional development for all teachers who provide math instruction. The Pearson enVision program will be implemented in grades TK-5, with the Carnegie Learning program to be implemented in grades 6-8. We will continue to work together to ensure that our students are highly successful in the achievement of our high standards in all areas of the curriculum. Additionally, we are planning for opportunities for you to become more familiar with these new programs as you assist your children in their learning.

  • Enhanced Access to Technology
    In order to ensure that our students are fully prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead and including readiness to join the 21stcentury workforce, we continue with our serious commitment to enhanced technological access for students and staff. The Wireless Infrastructure Project (WIP) is well underway this summer. Funded by the CCCSS Implementation funds, our overall speed and reliability of access from wireless devices district-wide will be greatly enhanced. We will continue to work together to develop the "next steps" as we determine the end-user devices that will most benefit our students and staff. Attached is a detailed report regarding the current status of the project as we look forward to the completion of Phase I of the project. Special thanks and appreciation are extended to our volunteer Project Supporters and Champions, Gary Dees and Bryan Thomas. Karen Perrin, Network Coordinator, has been working tirelessly to support this ongoing project since its inception and throughout the summer months. Special thanks are extended to the support of the members of our Technology Think Team, our wonderful Technology Technicians and the entire Maintenance and Operations staff. It is all about teamwork! Enhanced technological access will have a profound effect upon the ways in which our curriculum and instruction is delivered throughout the District.

  • Enhanced Opportunities for Student Intervention and Enrichment
    This goal area assures our quest to ensure creative, enhanced opportunities for intervention and support for our students this year. We offered a wide variety of opportunities for our students during our Summer Sessions this year which included our partnership with ESF to provide Mandarin, Spanish and iCode (Computer Coding) courses, in addition to a Summer Boot Camp for our young English Learners and Extended School Year programs for our special needs students. As the 2014-15 school year begins, Mrs. Stephanie Groat, Principal at Maidu Elementary School, will serve as the Coordinator of Student Intervention Support in addition to her duties at Maidu. Studies will be underway this year to further enhance educational opportunities for all students, with special emphasis upon our English Learners, Foster Youth and students eligible for free and reduced lunch. These studies will include the ways in which targeted instructional aide support could support students as well as developing plans for English Language Development (ELD) instruction for our English Learners. In order to continue to study the ways in which enrichment opportunities can be provided to our students, Mrs. Patrice McCallum has been appointed to add to her duties as the Principal at Ridgeview Elementary School her service as our new Coordinator of Student Enrichment Support. Studies will be underway this year to determine the ways in which World Language instruction may be offered during the school day as well as new and innovative approaches to serve our gifted students and provide support to our staff. Excelsior School Principal, Dr. Heidi Williams, has been appointed to continue in her role as our Coordinator of Professional Development and CCCSS Implementation to ensure our steady forward progress in offering state of the art curriculum and instruction to our students. Together with our administrative team, our Coordinators will serve as tremendous resources for our staff, students and families as defined and described in our LCAP.

  • Safety, Facilities and Support Services
    Our focus upon student, staff and community safety continues this year. We will continue to implement many of the recommendations from the safety studies that were completed during the 2013-14 school year. Two additional positions in the Maintenance and Operations Department and one new Operations Clerk position at the District Office promise to support our goals in these areas. We welcome Michael Lehman, Assistant Groundskeeper, and Janice Cartegena, Operations Clerk to our fine team. A Skilled Maintenance I position will be filled shortly. In the Transportation Department, we are pleased that Susan Walstad will serve as our Dispatcher/Trainer. We ask that you seriously consider the utilization of our exemplary EUSD Transportation Services this year! We are proud to offer you the safest way to transport your children to and from school on our clean, safe, well-maintained and highly efficient school busses, with our courteous, highly trained, and friendly drivers serving them! Utilization of our school busses provides the safest routes to and from school, while assisting us greatly with our efforts toward enhanced student safety. We plan to continue with convenient bus stops and time-efficient routing to meet your needs. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to answer any questions that you may have. You are welcome to call the Transportation Office at 774-1231. Our School Bus Drivers and Transportation Department Team will be present at each Class Assignment Night (TK-6), Orientation Session (7-8) and Back to School Night (TK-8) to provide you with any additional information that you may need. Bus pass applications and daily punch cards will also be available for purchase at each of our sites on these special evenings. Please consider our wonderful busses as an alternative for your home to school transportation needs for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Student Engagement
    We are so fortunate to be offering our student meals once again through the fine services provided by the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Our Board of Trustees entered into a five year inter-agency agreement which promises to provide nutritional options for your children as we continue to focus upon our goals in the area of overall student and staff wellness district-wide. New programs and offerings will also be available this year to support staff wellness and fitness. As we continue to offer additional student support, an additional .8 FTE Counselor will serve our students. We are pleased that Shannon Laurin has joined our EUSD team. Additionally, Lisa VandeSteeg, Assistant Principal at Cavitt Junior High School, will serve students for an additional period per day to provide enhanced support. Our two School Nurses, Linda Shank and Lynda Farley, will provide additional support to students, families and staff through the addition of five days of service beginning in the 2014-15 school year. These enhancements have been included in our LCAP. We will continue our keen focus upon regular school. It is essential that students are in attendance everyday, except when ill or when an absence is absolutely necessary. This enables children to participate fully in our exemplary instruction in each and every classroom throughout the District. Additionally, the District's budget is dependent upon a high percentage of student daily attendance as the District ONLY receives funding when students are present, regardless of the reason for the absence. The loss of revenue of at least $35.00 per day, combined with each child's loss of instructional time, result in significant impacts. Please plan your family vacations and student appointments outside of our regularly scheduled instructional time. Attached you will find the adopted 2014-15 school calendar to further assist you with your planning. 

We wish you all the best for continuing enjoyment in Summer 2014. We 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 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 916.774.1201.

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