On behalf of the Governance Team, our staff and myself, welcome to a new school year! Tuesday, August 16, 2016 will be the first day of school and the beginning of what will be an exciting school year of learning for our students and staff. We are eager to start and welcome students back!
We want our schools to be safe, engaging, academically challenging, and a supportive learning environment. Livingston's children have undeniable potential to achieve at high levels and they come to school motivated to learn and succeed. We expect ALL of our students to be successful, regardless of any background, ethnicity, or special needs.
As we prepare for the coming year, I want to take this time to highlight specific key happenings the district is undertaking this year.
The safety of our staff and students is a top priority. As such, the district has partnered with Emergency Preparedness Group, Inc. In collaboration with our partners, the district will conduct a comprehensive revision of its school safety plans and emergency operations. Training will include performing emergency drills, active shooter drills for middle school, response to threat on campus, and parent workshops. Livingston schools are safe schools; however, we want to be proactive by continually striving to improve school safety.
Second, in the spring the district began the process of developing a Long Range Facilities Master Plan to guide the upgrading, modernization and management of its school facilities for the next 10 years. The purpose of the plan is to develop and prioritize facility improvements to better accommodate and support its current and future educational programs. Facility assessments began over the summer. Next steps will entail staff, parent and community engagement meetings to seek input regarding major issues as they pertain to facility planning. More information on how you can get involved will be coming soon.
Furthermore, we will continue to improve and support services and programs at all school sites. This includes implementing a new Language Arts/ELD curriculum district-wide; continue to improve services for struggling learners; provide enriching and challenging experiences for all students; maintain counseling and medical health services at all sites; continue enhancing the use of technology; support the implementation of Year 2 Restorative Justice/PBIS training for staff and support intervention measures in literacy and math. Finally, we will continue promoting student wellness, physical activity and healthy daily meals by offering more choices including a vegetarian option every day.
Finally, this new school year we welcome two new principals. Alma De Luna will be principal at Yamato Colony and although not new to the district, Victoria Bradshaw (former LMS art teacher) will be principal at Livingston Middle. We are also excited to have Maria Torres-Perez as our new Director of Categorical Programs and Special Projects. There is also ten new teachers that are ecstatic to begin and be part of the LUSD family.
We will continue our mission focus of preparing students to be proficient readers and writers who can solve problems and think critically, be adaptive and flexible, collaborate successfully and utilize technology effectively and learn the importance of positive work ethics and good citizenship.
A new year presents a new opportunity to engage, create and inspire new ways of learning and thinking for every child who will enter our schools on August 16. I am proud of the work we are doing in Livingston to prepare students to graduate from our district ready to compete and succeed in high school and beyond. I strongly believe we have what it takes to be the best academic model district in the county!
I encourage and invite parents and community members to be engaged in our schools and thank you for your support of our district.
—Andres Zamora, Superintendent