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Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent

Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent
Today: 9/17/14

Summer School Schedule 2013-2014

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REACH Youth Center in Ashland

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Mission

The San Lorenzo Unified School District teachers and staff will collaborate with families and the community to cultivate safe learning environments and ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students

  • All students will become engaged community members contributing to, and becoming good stewards of our changing world.
  • All students will reach their highest potential as creative and critical thinkers prepared for college, career and life-long learning.
     

Vision

Students will become creative, collaborative, compassionate, resilient, well-informed and socially responsible advocates for equity and social justice as a result of their education, experience and support from educators, families and the community.

Newsletter from Superintendent Brill

September 2014
 

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year.  I’m happy to report that our teachers and support staff are working with great passion to ensure all students are receiving an educational program of the highest quality.  Our primary goal is to prepare all students for success in college and career, but we cannot do it alone.  Research shows that when parents and families are involved in school and district activities, their students perform at much higher levels.  

While all of us are working to establish new routines, I wanted to offer some specific suggestions about how we can work together to support your child’s education:

  • All of us should be aware of the ways in which teaching and learning are changing as a result of the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) that will prepare our students for success in college and careers. We will continue to focus on developing skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.  
  • When children are hungry it is more difficult to focus on learning.  Please make sure your child eats a hearty breakfast before school and a nutritious lunch at school. Please fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch Form (if you haven’t already done so), if you believe your family might qualify.
  • In San Lorenzo, we not only focus on student learning, but we care about our students’ social, emotional and ethical development.  To this end, our District has been implementing Restorative Practices. Our intention is to cultivate a caring and respectful culture and climate throughout the community so all of our students feel safe and an integral part of our community.
  • In San Lorenzo, we understand that those students who take advantage of expanded learning opportunities outside of regular school hours will be healthier, more connected and more successful in school. Please contact your child’s school for information about school, district and community-sponsored clubs, sports and activities, including the REACH Ashland Youth Center.
  • Having a stable home and dependable support system will help children feel better about themselves and will help them learn in school. Find out about the Student Support Services offered for foster youth, immigrant students, homeless students or those students simply going through a rough patch in their lives.  
  • A safe school environment is more conducive to helping students learn. We are continuing to partner with the County Sheriff’s Office and our own School Resource Officers to help keep our students and community safe.  
  • Students speak forty-four languages in the San Lorenzo School District, and we celebrate the different cultures that are represented. Learn more about Programs and Services that help our student learn English while maintaining fluency in their home language.
  • Attendance is essential if we want our students to learn at high levels. Chronic absences, even among kindergarteners, is an early indicator of students dropping out of school.  For every day that your child is absent, the District loses approximately $57 dollars.  Please help keep your children healthy and in school.
  • We want to see you actively engaged in school and district activities.  Please make the time to volunteer in our schools and attend relevant district-wide events.  

I wish you all a positive and productive school year (A special thanks to State Superintendent Tom Torlakson for providing a template of these helpful tips).
 

Respectfully,
Fred Brill, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

On January 9th, over 100 SLZUSD directors, administrators, teachers, and community partners started the new year by learning more about Restorative Practices (RP). The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by building relationships and repairing harm. To learn more, click here.  Led by Amos Clifford of The Center of Restorative Process, this day was a unique and powerful experience. Sitting together in a large circle, participants actively participated in a variety of restorative exercises including an appreciative inquiry where volunteers used a structured process to publicly thank and appreciate someone else in the group. The tone of the day was overwhelmingly positive and created a feeling of care and closeness that will in turn radiate out and impact our larger school community. Here is what people are saying about the day:

 “I thought the last training we had was the best ever. We used to use classroom circles years ago and this will help us to start them again.” 
      
– Elementary principal

“This is exactly where we should be spending more professional development time with teachers and staff.”
     
 –Director

 “The day helped me form a closer tie with my administrator and colleagues.”
       
Teacher

 “I now have a powerful tool to use in the classroom to resolve conflicts at the classroom level, build community, and share positive feelings about one another.”
     
Teacher

 Visit http://www.centerforrestorativeprocess.com/ to download a free Restorative Circles curriculum guide.

 

 

 

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