On behalf of the Governance Team, our staff and myself, welcome to a new school year! Tuesday, August 15, 2017 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 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.
Our district is committed to providing all students a quality learning experience that is supportive, respectful, and challenges our students to learn and succeed. Together, with our parents and outstanding staff, we will continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning. For the 2017-18 school year, we commit to the following priorities:
As we prepare for the coming year, I want to take this time to highlight key happenings that have or will take place in the district:
- Facility Improvement Projects: Several needed facility improvement projects to improve and modernize Livingston schools have begun. As a result of careful facilities planning, responsible financial planning and the 2005 Measure B bond funds, the district is able to replace the majority of old portable classrooms with new modern classrooms at all the elementary schools. In addition, the district completed several projects over the summer such as fencing at the front of all elementary schools, interior door locks for classrooms, upgraded intercom speakers in every elementary classroom to improve school communication, exterior painting at Campus Park School, new classroom furniture, revamped school libraries at Yamato Colony and Campus Park and renovated technology lab at Livingston Middle to improve technology-based elective courses.
- Enriched Learning Experiences: We are excited to continue efforts of increasing the music program by hiring a music teacher to expand music instruction at the elementary level. All grade levels will now have access to music instruction on a regular basis. In addition, our music program at Livingston Middle is thriving and offers options for students to participate in a music elective such as guitar, choir, color guard and band. Visual art lessons will continue to be offered in the classroom for grades TK-5. Lessons are provided through a partnership with "The Muse" that include painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking activities. Finally, the device-to-student ratio goal has been met. All students have access to technology devices as a regular integrated part of daily learning.
- Effective Classroom Instruction: We cannot have great schools without great teachers. As such, LUSD continues to support and invest in the professional development of staff. We want our teachers to be well prepared to provide our student daily instruction that prepares them for success in high school and beyond. Some instructional changes your child will begin to receive are hands-on learning and projects, increased opportunities for communication and collaboration, opportunities for innovation and exploration, more critical thinking and problem solving tasks, using technology as a tool to enhance learning concepts, integrated science lessons, and understanding a solution/answer can be reached in more than one way.
Lastly, as most of you may know, Livingston Middle School Associate Principal, Jim Branch, has retired after 34 years with LUSD. We wish him a well-deserved retirement. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating, former Livingston Middle School teacher, Markella Tsatsaronis, as the new Associate Principal for Livingston Middle.
We are eager to start and welcome students back. I encourage and invite parents and community members to be engaged in our schools and thank you for your support of our district. We look forward to starting another successful school year!
- Andres Zamora, Superintendent