News from the Superintendent
Letter from Superintendent Gallagher
Staff, Students, Parents, and Community Members,
I would like to welcome everyone back for the 2018-19 school year. We are all excited about the great work that we can achieve together. The district motto of “Every Student Can Succeed” drives our district as we focus on the best interests of our students. We need everyone’s support as we strive to provide the highest quality of education for all students.
The district celebrated the new school year with a community breakfast on August 28, when we welcomed all of our new teachers and staff and recognized those that continue to support our district, including the Stuff The Bus” School Supply Drive organized by KURY Radio. This year, the drive delivered a mountain of needed supplies such as backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks and art supplies to our schools, along with a $1,900 donation. More than 40 local businesses and organizations also contributed to welcome baskets for our new staff.
There is a lot of exciting news happening around the school district, here are a few highlights:
Over the summer we completed seismic safety retrofit project at Azalea Middle School. It was finished on schedule and under budget. Students returned to a refreshed building with many new fixtures and improved learning environments, but most importantly the building is now better prepared to protect students during an earthquake.
Starting this Fall, Kalmiopsis Elementary was awarded a USDA Provision 2 grant, meaning that all students, regardless of family income, will receive free breakfast in the classroom and free lunch daily.
Our graduation rates continue to climb. Last year’s class (the Class of 2018) is projected to surpass an 80 percent graduation rate. Our freshman-on-track rate remains above 90 percent, and we have expanded the Extended School Day Program and real-time assessment tools to help students stay on academic track at all levels.
Our high school continues to grow our partnerships with regional universities and Southwestern Oregon Community College to offer dual credit options. We have expanded our career technical education (vocational education/industrial arts) department, certification programs, and career pathway programs to help students graduate college and career ready.
The 2017-18 district goals will be consistent with previous years focusing on 1. Increasing the graduation rate, 2. Improving student achievement, 3. Closing the achievement gap, 4. College and Career Readiness for all students, 5. Recruitment and Retention of Employees, & 6. Improved Community Communications.
I look forward to working with all of you this year and am honored to be continuing as your Superintendent. I know that we will have a great school year. See you in the community.
Sean Gallagher, Superintendent
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