As tomorrow marks the conclusion of one of the most unusual and challenging years in education, we have much to be proud of and thankful for as there was an incredible effort exhibited by our staff, students and parents/guardians. Together, we adjusted to the changing conditions to ensure that a quality education was provided to our students, regardless of the challenges presented before us. Our classified employees, teachers, certificated support staff, administrators, students and parents/guardians are to be celebrated collectively for their effort to act swiftly in carrying out instruction and learning either virtually and/or in-person. I want to personally extend my gratitude to each and every one of you for staying focused on providing educational excellence to our students. What we accomplished was truly extraordinary.
Moving forward, we have a robust summer school program to support students who were academically impacted this past year. Summer school will occur June 14 - July 15. Parents/Guardians will be informed if their child is selected for this program. In addition, we have a two week STEAM summer camp that will provide support for gifted students and high achievers. This program will occur June 21 - July 1. We are fortunate to fund the two programs with “expanded learning” one-time funds received from the state.
As we prepare for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 11, we are planning to be in-person five days a week in our traditional schedule prior to the pandemic. As of today, the state public health officials have not indicated what mitigation measures will be required in the school setting for education. Please know that we will continue to advocate for our students as we await updates from the state and will be prepared to carry out instruction regardless of the circumstances. As we receive pertinent information, we will keep everyone apprised of what to expect at our schools next year.
In closing, you are all tremendously appreciated in many, many ways. You kept our Eureka community strong throughout the past year. We all look forward to getting back to a balanced world and we look forward to continuing the exceptional work that we are committed to for our most deserving students. Please enjoy your summer break and know that we have you in our hearts and best interests.
EUSD Students Continue to Exhibit Excellent Performance in State Testing
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.
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 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, www.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.