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Superintendent's Message

I was in a kindergarten classroom the other day – about two weeks after school started. The teacher, Becky Gipson, was doing a terrific job teaching her students how to write the letter "i."

“We have been writing the capital letter 'I,' but now we are going to write the little letter 'i,'” Mrs. Gipson said. “But we don’t call it the ‘little i.’ We call it the ‘lowercase i.’ Can everyone say, ‘lowercase?’”

“Lowercase!” the class eagerly responded.

“What’s so special about this letter in the alphabet?” the teacher asked.

“It’s a vowel!”shouted one little girl excitedly.

Now that was impressive. So early into the school year a kindergartner who knows what a vowel is.

It’s a simple story that gets to the heart of what our teachers and staff do each and every day in the classroom. It’s about teaching and learning. About a foundation of learning that will take our students successfully towards graduation and into the world of college and careers.

Another school year is already well underway at our 12 year-round schools and has just begun at our 52 schools on traditional or modified traditional schedules. Our schools are already holding or gearing up for Back to School nights, fall sports and a wide variety of performing arts programs.

The start of the new school year was followed by good news regarding our students’ 2011 California Standardized Test results. The results, based on tests taken last spring, demonstrated that EGUSD students continue to make improvements year after year. Since 2007, EGUSD’s overall scores for English Language Arts increased by 9 percent and our scores for mathematics increased by 6 percent. Recently released graduation and dropout data likewise demonstrates EGUSD’s commitment to ensuring student success. EGUSD’s overall graduation rate of 83.5 and dropout rate of 9.1 is significantly better than the state and county averages.

We look forward to the positive impact in the coming years of an exciting grant that we call M3 – Making Math Meaningful. Over the summer, 120 EGUSD teachers who teach 6th grade and math classes through Algebra I were able to participate in a robust professional development program that we expect will accelerate student achievement. This is the first year of the $2.9 million, 3-year grant.

This is the second year of our EGUSD Virtual Academy program – an online school which provides options for students and parents who need the flexibility of a non-brick and mortar program. This is just one of the many digital tools that are increasingly becoming part of the educational model. As we move forward, EGUSD will continue to examine digital education tools and incorporate them when they provide added value to the classroom experience at a cost which works with our dwindling resources.

These are just a handful of the many great things going on EGUSD. We will continue to highlight our many efforts through our school and district communications. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to sign up for our electronic newsletter eguNews or checkout our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Have a great school year!

Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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