Dear SUHSD Staff,
Welcome back to the second semester of the 2019-20 school year. I hope you had some restful and rejuvenating time away with family and friends. I had the opportunity to spend my time here at home in Siskiyou County and sure enjoyed our beautiful surroundings and of course the Ski Park. As we move into our very busy second semester, let's remember to take care of ourselves and make sure that we are ok. Education is a very intense and all consuming profession and as Roni Habib as indicated to us, we must be well so we can help our students be well and experience growth and success. Thank you for all you do to support our students' social, emotional, and academic needs.
To address some of the areas that were brought to my attention in the survey provided to me by CTA, I and the cabinet will be providing all staff with a weekly Siskiyou Snapshot. This will be published following our Cabinet meetings and will consist of key items from our cabinet and district work. As we move into negotiations, 2020-21 staffing and budgeting processes, and continue to implement our many educational endeavors outlined in our district LCAP, I recognize how important it will be to provide our staff, students, parents and communities with transparency and as much information as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask questions to clarify any of the information provided, express concerns, and help us seek solutions that will support the work of educating our students.
The format of the Snapshot follows our weekly cabinet agenda. This Snapshot is longer then the future Snapshots will be because I am catching up with a number of these items.
- Enrollment: HCHS - 47, MHS - 29, MSHS - 268, WHS - 183, Total District = 527
- ADA Month 4 P2: HC-43.39, MHS-27.27, MSHS-257.34, WHS-172.57, Total District = 500.58
- Chronic Absence % (students absent for any reason) is currently HCHS 21.3%, MHS 17.2%, MSHS 13.0%, WHS 14.9%, Total District = 14.6% (of our students have missed more than 10% of the school year to date)
Victories and Reflections
Congratulations to Greg Eastman and the combined MSHS, MHS, and WHS Choral programs for a wonderful Candlelight Concert just prior to vacation. What an incredible showing of our students talents and learning potential. Congratulations Greg and all of our student performers.
Congratulations Happy Camp High School and the Happy Camp Community for working on and receiving a Ford Foundation Grant to develop and implement an after school program for students. What a tremendous opportunity for our students and a great collaborative effort from the Happy Camp Community.
Congratulation to all district staff and students. We are seeing some positive increases in our CA State Data Dashboard Indicators in the areas of Graduation Rate Blue - Indicator (+3 levels), College and Career Ready - Green Indicator (+3 levels), ELA - Green Indicator (+2 levels, Math - Yellow Indicator (+1 level). You can see the full SUHSD and individual site Dashboards Here: CA Schools Dashboard
Calendar and Announcements
January 14 2020 Cabinet Meeting at DO
January 15, 2020 SUHSD Board Meeting/MS Community Input Meeting at 6:30 pm
January 20, 2020 No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 22, 2020 Cabinet Meeting at MHS
January 22-23, 2020 VAPA Content Area Meeting
January 23, 2020 Admin and Secretary IS meeting at 1:30 at DO
January 27, 2020 Student Success Task Force Meeting at 4:30 at MSHS
January 29, 2020 District Athletic Director Meeting at 1:30 at DO
2020-21 Calendar - Links to draft 2021 calendars the board will be considering at January meeting. I am working with our feeder schools to align calendars so I would like to get a draft approved to help support this alignment process. Here are Links to Draft B and C. B is very similar to this year with an August 25th start and June 11 end date. C has an August 24th start with a president’s week included and a June 11th end date. Both have Spring break the 4th week of March aligned with COS.
2020 Census - our county is working to increase the participation rate of the census count for 2020. Traditionally 18-22% of our population is missed. This represents potentially millions of dollars in lost revenue and services. Here are some interesting resources for schools to use to help in this process:
Restorative Practices Handbook - The COE provided administrators with a copy of The Restorative Practices Handbook For Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators, by Bob Costello. This 100 page book is a great reference and quick read full of restorative practice strategies for all. We are purchasing some copies for each site to have on hand. Please see your site admin for a copy.
Personnel and Human Resource
Reminder if you have an address change to complete the Employee Change of Info sheet in the PLC and send it to the district office.
Planning for the 2020-21 school year - It is that time of the year when we start the process of planning for the 2020-21 school year. So that we can plan appropriately with as much information as possible, we ask all staff that are considering retirement, resignation, leave, or change of assignment requests, to inform the district in writing of your intentions for the 2020-21 school year. If you are planning a change of your employment status, please send a letter to me or Bonnie Rodgers stating your intentions. Please do this by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 7, 2020. Certificated employees considering retirement should review CTA Contract Article 7.7 -(d) The Governing Board may allow certificated employees the opportunity to work on a part-time basis before retirement without jeopardizing full retirement credit. The Superintendent or designee may establish regulations which allow certificated employees who are members of STRS or Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) to reduce their workload from full to part-time, receive service credit and maintain the retirement benefits the employee would have received if the employee had been employed on a full-time basis. (See Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 4117.11). This information helps us plan and make appropriate decisions with the least amount of stress and impact on our programs and your colleagues.
Curriculum and Instruction
Administrative and Deans Evaluation Process - We are in the process of developing a new Administrator and Dean of Students Evaluation. For administrators we are looking to use the same process that was developed with CTA for certificated teachers. We are considering using the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders - CPSEL as the standards and rubric. We are currently reviewing the rubric and adding any language to make sure it represents SUHSD and local practices. We will be presenting this concept at the January Board meeting and gathering input from the Evaluation Committee on Teaching and Learning, The Student Success Task Force and all site staff members. You can see our draft live CPSEL working document here. For Deans, we will be meeting with Deans to identify and develop a process and rubric.
5D Certificated Evaluation Process - As we are working through our first year of full implementation of our 5D Instructional Evaluation Process, we appreciate everyone's participation and attention to the details of this important process.
For formal evaluees, we are moving into Mid-year conferences to:
- Check-in on progress toward goals
- Debrief Fall Observations
- Debrief student surveys
- Plan for the Spring semester
For informal process staff members, you should:
- Check-in on progress toward goals
- Meet with peers to discuss and/or set up possible peer observations
- Participate in collaboration meetings focused on the 5D process
Student Success Task Force/LCAP - Here is the link to the SSTF/LCAP meeting Notes and Agendas. At our December meeting, the committee came to consensus on a graduation credit requirement of 250 units for all schools. We also developed the following vision/purpose statement for senior project:
Draft Senior Project - Vision/Purpose Statement
Must have the three components of written, physical, and oral which demonstrates college and career readiness for post-secondary options. Can include multiple ways to demonstrate proficiency in the written and oral areas. May include the concept of a portfolio process as evidence of completion of the components.
Prior to our next scheduled meeting, each school site should meet to review this statement and develop ideas regarding the process and implementation of the senior project at their site.
Flex PD Midyear check in - Just a reminder that all certificated staff need to complete their 13 hours of professional learning: Am I on track for completing my Flex PD Plan? How many of my 13 hours of professional learning do I have remaining? Do I need to adjust any part of my Flex PD Plan to meet my learning goal?
The district conducted budget workshops for our CTA and CSEA units. Here are the materials that were presented at the two workshops. Please do not hesitate to see Sarah or I if you have questions regarding district or site budgets and the budgeting process.
Please remind our students of winter driving-safety and communication tools for possible emergency closures, ie: radio stations, Aeries Communications, etc.
Culture of Safety
Please make sure you have completed your Keenan Safe Schools modules. At this point we all should have completed the following: (Here is the link to Keenan so you can check on your progress) https://siskiyouhsd-keenan.safeschools.com/)
From the County
County Office of Education Professional Learning Calendar Link is Here, Folder of resources link is Here.
Thank you for all of your dedicated work - Have a great Friday and weekend
Mike and the District Cabinet