I am truly proud of the accomplishments and dedication of our staff, students, parents and community members here in the Colton Joint Unified School District. With each year, the CJUSD continues to evolve and improve.
Academically, our teachers and administrators continue to support learning in so many ways. With increased teacher collaboration, our educators are able to pool their professional expertise and fine-tune instruction in a thoughtful, coordinated way. Through our Local Control and Accountability Plan, we targeted our resources to key goals, some of which include increasing reading proficiency and English language arts competency, improving discipline, promoting parent involvement and increasing support for the mental and physical health needs of students.
This year you will hear more about our CJUSD Graduate Profile, which will help us bring into focus - across all grade levels - the skills and knowledge CJUSD graduates need for future success. This includes weaving together the goals of the many components of our educational program-- including Common Core Standards, English Language Development Frameworks, the Next Generation Science Standards and our Linked Learning Pathways.
We continue to improve and expand use of technology in our classrooms. Technology can be an amazing educational tool, opening new ways to engage students actively in their lessons as well as prepare them for continued success in our changing world. It requires significant investment, not only in hardware and software but also in training and professional development to help our teachers make the most of it. CJUSD continues to make these investments because we know how important it is to be future ready.
And in order to truly be ready for the future, education needs the support of the broader community. This is our fourth year working with our CJUSD Community Cabinet, a diverse group of education, government, business and labor, community and faith-based organizations together with parents and staff. We introduce them to our programs and students and create opportunities for them to get involved. This can only strengthen the future of our community and region. It is so gratifying to see the level of active interest our broader community shows in education. The more we build on this, the more our students will know that the entire community believes in them.
We are so fortunate in CJUSD to have a group of employees who are such caring professionals, a dedicated Board of Education and parents and community who are dedicated to our children's future. Thank you for being a part of it.
Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year.
Congratulations to all those who participated in our first CJUSD CampED last week. More than 400 of you came out to spend the day learning about important topics including educational technology, integrating standards, IEPs, classroom culture and so much more. This is an exciting example of how we continue to learn and grow together as professionals. It was a huge success and a great way to kick off the year.
Kudos also to those who continue to embrace the important challenge of being future ready. More and more educators across our district are using technology as a tool for classroom engagement, professional development and collaboration. This leads to even more innovative methods to help students in critical areas such as our key charge of literacy. In CJUSD we know that readers are leaders, and we also know that not everyone gets there in the same way.
This year you will hear more about our CJUSD Graduate Profile, which will help us bring into focus - across all grade levels - the skills and knowledge CJUSD graduates need for future success.
I hope everyone marks their calendars for our first CJUSD District College and Career Fair on Oct. 4 at the Gonzales Community Center. Thank you to our committee members from schools throughout the district who are collaborating to pool our time, energy and resources to create one event that will serve all CJUSD students.
The College and Career Fair will also utilize participants from our Community Cabinet, which continues to thrive. One of my many highlights from last year was bringing professional mentors from Community Cabinet with me to my Superintendent's Student Book Club at Grand Terrace, Bloomington and Colton high school for discussions about their journeys as professionals, challenges they faced and how they handled those challenges. These are the opportunities to connect with each other that truly benefit both students and community members.
Our Executive Cabinet has a new member this year. Effective this week, Amanda Corridan is the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. This reflects our increasing emphasis on mental health services for students and the return of adult education to our district, which will be two of her key responsibilities.
On behalf of all of Executive Cabinet, and the Board of Education, thank you for all of your work. It is going to be a great year. Finally, we were lucky to have a summer intern this year in our Communications Department. Colton High School student Adrian Estrada directed a video project for us called This is CJUSD , featuring some of our accomplishments from the past year. Please check it out.